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James Greenville Trimble Obituary

James Greenville Trimble, June 15, 1823 – June 19, 1919.  Nannie Mize Trimble, his wife, September 24, 1824 – December 25, 1891.  J. G. Trimble, Jr., son, August 11, 1870 – March 13, 1958.  Ella O’Hair Trimble, daughter, August 22, 1857 – October 2, 1931.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, June 24, 1919

Death Claims J. G. Trimble

Was past 96 Years Old and Was One of the Grandest Old Men That Ever Lived

Since Mr. Trimble’s birthday anniversary, June 15th, he had been a very sick man and the end came not unexpected.

Mr. Trimble was born June 15, 1823, in Wolfe County, near where Hazel Green now stands.  He was married April 27, 1846, to Miss Nannie Mize of Irvine.  To them were born nine children.  He, with his family, came to this city in 1876 and have lived at his present home from that time to the hour of death.  The first death in the family occurred December 25, 1891, when the devoted wife passed the great divide.  Death did not enter the family again until 1916, when Mrs. Thomas D. Jones, Tampa, Florida, was taken.  The surviving children are:  Mrs. Mary Greewade, of Hunneywell, Kansas; Mrs. J. T. Day, of Hazel Green, Kentucky; Mrs. Nancy Holly, of New York City; Nelson H., Robert M., Bruce W., J. Green, Jr., and Miss Ella, all of this city.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Louisa Wilson, of this city, who is now 86 years old, and is the only member of the family of 13 children living.

Mr. Trimble made confession of his faith in Christ in 1892, was baptized by this son, Bruce W., a minister of the Christian Church, and took membership in the Methodist Church, of which church Mrs. Trimble had been a member for a long time.  Until of very recent years he was a faithful attendant at all the church services and his life gave evidence of a consistent follower of his Saviour.  He has been prominently identified with the business interests of this city, at one President of the Exchange Bank of Kentucky.  For many years he has been a large stockholder and director of the Mt. Sterling National Bank, attending business meetings of the board of directors until recently.

Of Mr. Trimble much could be written, for indeed he has been a busy man.  He was honest, a consistent member of his church, believed in high education and give his children every advantage.  He was a man of progress and kept pace with all advancement.  By his death one of our very best citizens has been taken.

Funeral services will be held at his residence Wednesday at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. L. Southgate, and burial will

be in Machpelah Cemetery.

May memories of this grand old man never fade.


Montia C. White Obituary

Soldier Boy, Montia C. White, born October 2, 1875, died April 2, 1901.  Columbia Cemetery, Adair County, Kentucky.

This is such a sorrowful obituary.  All are, but this one truly makes me sad.  Not mentioned below are the parents, Jesse V. White and Kittie Frances White.  Two brothers, Anthony and Autney White died before Mont White.  One sister, Lula White, lived another 50 years. 

The Adair County News, Columbia, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 10, 1901

Sick Almost Unto Death He Starts From San Francisco

Accompanied by His Father to Be With His Mother and Sister When the End Came

Dies While En Route Home

Two years ago the subject of this writing left his home in this place and located temporarily in Monticello.  He had been engaged in business but a short time in that place when a recruiting officer appeared on the scene and Mont enlisted for the Philippines, joining the 47th regiment United States Volunteers.  In three months he was upon the Islands doing good service for his country.  Letters came as often as transports would convey them, and in nearly every one up to last October he spoke of his good health and how well he was enjoying the life of a soldier.

In December, if we remember correctly, the family received a letter stating that his health had somewhat broken down, and that he had been relieved from active service.  His condition grew worse and subsequently he was transported to San Francisco for better treatment.  Reaching that place letters continued to come, Mont claiming that he was improving and would soon be able to start home.  He evidently had a flattering disease, one calculated to put death out of his mind.  Ten days before he died a letter was written in which he stated his intentions upon reaching home.

In the meantime his parents became uneasy and a message was sent to the hospital in San Francisco making inquiry as to his condition.  The answer came, “Mont White very low.”  Another message was sent from here bringing about the same response.  Upon receiving this last word the father of the young man left for San Francisco intending to bring his son home.  He reached his destination, and upon the advice of physicians, in company with his boy, he left for Columbia.

Mont stood the travel very well until they reached the State of Louisiana, and when near Lafayette he grew rapidly worse and died in a few minutes.

The sad intelligence was soon known here and all heads were bowed in sorrow.

The body embalmed, the father started homeward, the saddest journey of his life.

The remains reached Columbia Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and in one hour thereafter, upon the advice of a physician, were interred in the city cemetery.  A very large crowd attended in body, a just tribute to a young and popular citizen who succumbed to disease, terminating in death, while following the flag of his country.

To the heartbroken parents and only sister this whole community tenders its profoundest sympathy.

Resolutions upon this death passed by the young men of Columbia, can be found upon our first page.

Jesse V. White, January 19, 1846 – March 18, 1922.  Kittie Frances White, March 4, 1850 – June 5, 1933.  Columbia Cemetery.

Wesley Lefare Routt – Last Confederate Veteran Dies In Anderson County

Wesley L. Routt, 1843-1942.  Rachel E., his wife, 1836-1923.  Mt. Hebron Methodist Cemetery, Anderson County, Kentucky.

Wesley Lefare Routt was born December 14, 1843, in Anderson County, Kentucky, to Richard Routt and Mary J. Holman.  Wesley was born just in time to be a soldier of the Civil War – and he served in the Confederate Army in Company G, Sixth Regiment.  He fought at Shiloh, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca and Dallas.  He was wounded at Dallas and disabled for any further service during the war.  He is listed in History of the Orphan Brigade by Ed Porter Thompson, 1898.

After the war, Wesley returned to the county of his birth, where he married Rachel White, October 27, 1867.  The couple had three children, Stanley, Jennie and Ira.  Stanley married Virginia A. Bond.  Jennie never married, and Ira lived about a year.

There is not one census in which all family members appear together.  Since baby Ira died in 1876, he did not appear in any census.  The only proof that he lived at all is the tiny stone in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County.  In the 1880 census Wesley is 36, Rachel is 42, Stanley is 10, Jennie is 7, and Jane White is 82 (Jane is Wesley’s mother-in-law).  In 1900 Stanley is not living with the family, but in 1910 he is, with his wife Virginia.  In 1920 Wesley, Rachel and Jennie are living in the same household.  Rachel White Routt died February 17, 1923, of bronchial pneumonia.  On her death certificate, her parents are listed as Thomas White and Jane Doson.  After that date Wesley and Jennie lived together until her death on February 10, 1941.  She was found, presumably by her father, dead in her room, of a hemorrhage of the lungs due to long standing tuberculosis.  Stanley Routt died ten years previous.  Wesley Lefare Routt had outlived all his relations – his parents, his wife, his children, and, to my knowledge, all his brothers and sisters.  Wesley died a year later, May 9, 1942, at the age of 98 – he would have been 99 in December.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

 Friday, May 22, 1942

 Lawrenceburg Loses Last Soldier Of South

 Wesley L. Routt, better known as “Uncle Buck Routt,” 98 years of age, died last Saturday afternoon at his home near the Kentucky river on the Harry Wise extension road, in Anderson County. Funeral services were held at the Hebron Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M. D. Morton, pastor of the Sand Spring Baptist church.

With the passing of Uncle Buck, Anderson county has lost its last confederate soldier, as he was the last of those Anderson countians who fought under the confederate flag.


Silas Cyrus Corbin of Bath County

Silas Corbin, February 2, 1832 – October 26, 1915.  Longview Cemetery, Bethel, Bath County, Kentucky.

Silas Cyrus Corbin was born, in Bath County, Kentucky, the son of Zachariah Corbin and Nancy Doggett.

Silas married Artemesia Arrasmith in October 1858 in Bath County; both were born in Bath County, and resided there.  It was a first marriage for both; Silas was 25 and Measia, as she was called, was 18.

In the 1860 census for Bath County they are a young couple, Silas is 29, and Measia is 21, and John, is their 11-month-old son.  Silas is a farmer, with real estate worth $1700 and personal estate valued at $630.  I could not find the family in 1870.  In 1880 Artemesia has died.  Silas and his children are living with his brother – Martin Corbin, who is 52, his wife Maggie, 28, and young son, Samuel, two months.  Silas, listed as Cyrus, is 47, and relation given to head of household is brother.  Silas’ children living there are John W., 20; Alfred, 16; and Nancy, 13; listed as nephews and niece.

There are many tidbits about Silas Corbin in The Owingsville Outlook, the local newspaper.  In the May 15, 1900, issue we learn that Silas Corbin’s brother, Dick, died at Burdette, Bates County, Missouri, on February 26th.  Dick and brother Tom went to Missouri in 1869.  Tom and Silas are the only two surviving children of Zachary Corbin.

Farming was very important to Silas Corbin and he put much energy and industry into his farm to make it successful.  The March 8, 1906, issue of The Owingsville Outlook says, ‘Samuel Manley bought of Silas Corbin near Reynoldsville 50 acres for $2,200.  J. M. Richard sold to Silas Corbin near Reynoldsville, 75 acres for $3,000; to James Corbin two tracts of 69 and 23 acres for $2,000.’

In November of 1910 we read that, ‘Silas Corbin and John Boyd shipped a car-load of cattle, and John W. Corbin and George Boyd shipped a car-load to Cincinnati.’  John W. Corbin is Silas’ son.  In February 1902, we find that Silas Corbin raised 12,135 pounds of tobacco on six acres of land last season.’

In July of 1896 Silas Corbin stopped by The Outlook office for ‘a social chat’ and when asked about his crops said, ‘that about two acres of his corn were only “tolerable” – would make only about 20 barrels per acre – but that the balance would make a better average.  He feels so good over the general crop prospects that he will take holiday this week and haul a buggy-load of neighbors’ children to the Sharpsburg fair.’

In the 1900 census of Bath County, Silas is living with daughter Nancy and her husband, George Boyd, and their three children – Katie, 9; William, 8; and Hannah, 4.

Silas lived to the wonderful age of 84 years, 8 months and 24 days, according to his death certificate.  According to information given by his son Alfred, on October 26, 1915, Silas Corbin died ‘from heart failure in his buggy on the turnpike between Sharpsburg and Reynoldsville’ in Bath County.

Robert Botts and Wife Buried In Machpelah Cemetery

Yesterday’s post was the will of Robert Botts of Montgomery County, Kentucky.  Today I would like to share more information about him and his family.

According to the 1850 census record of Montgomery County, Robert Botts was born in Virginia.  He was born November 25, 1779, to Joseph and Catherine Butler Botts.  I could find no mention of Joseph Botts as a Revolutionary War veteran – although he was of the age, born June 23, 1748.  In the 1810 census of Montgomery County five Botts – all on the same page.  We have Joseph Botts, with a male and female of ‘over 45 and upward’ – I’m sure Joseph and Catherine.  Robert, Joshua, Charles and Lawrence Botts are listed with their families – brothers, and sons of Joseph and Catherine.

There is a Peter Tolin listed on the same page.  Could this be Elizabeth Tollson’s father?  Robert married Elizabeth Tollson July 9, 1809, in Montgomery County.

Joseph Botts died in April 1814 in Montgomery County.  I could not find a will, but did find an inventory.  There are eight slaves named in the inventory, with their ages – Robert, aged 67; Henry, aged 45; Henry, aged 57; Peggy, aged 51; Susan, aged 15; Sidney, aged 12; Daniel, aged 10; and Robin, aged 4.  This could be important information for those looking for their black ancestry, slaves are not always named.

Another interesting tidbit in the inventory of Joseph Botts is the list of books – ‘Sundry volumes of Laws of Congress containing the acts until 1804, two books containing a number of the Virginia laws, Bible, dictionary and song book.’

Son Robert died in 1855, at the age of 75.  In his will, Robert named eight children – Benjamin Tollson, Nancy, Joseph, Amy Greene, James R., Catherine, Elizabeth and George Botts.  In the 1850 census only the youngest three are living with their parents.  Robert is 70; Elizabeth, 60; Catherine, 27; Elizabeth, 24; and George, 22.

Benjamin Tollson Botts married Mary Coleman Williams.  Nancy Botts married James C. Wells.  Nancy died June 15, 1853.  She left two young sons, Christopher and Benjamin Wells.  Joseph Botts married Julia Ann Myers.  Amy Greene Botts married Harrison O’Rear.  James Robert Botts married Mary Matilda Everman.  Catherine Botts married Milton McClure.  Elizabeth Ann Botts married Joseph B. O’Rear.

Robert Botts, born November 25, 1779, died September 4, 1855.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

The 1855 Montgomery County Deaths shows Robert Botts, male, married, farmer, residence Montgomery County, born Virginia, son of Joseph and Catherine Butler Botts, died in Montgomery County on September 4th of apoplexy.

Elizabeth, wife of Robert Botts, born August 18, 1790, died April 21, 1858.

Wife Elizabeth lived an additional three years, dying April 21, 1858.  They left many descendants.

Robert’s flat gravestone is on the left, Elizabeth’s above-ground stone on the right.

Saturday’s Genealogy Adventure

Ritchey and I spent a delightful day Saturday visiting cemeteries in three counties – Montgomery, Bath and Powell.  It was a warm day, but the breeze usually made it quite nice.

Our first stop was Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County.  When we drove into town they were having a festival and looked like everyone was having a great time!  The cemetery is on both sides of E. Locust Street, Hwy 713.  When we arrived, an artist was painting and allowed me to take her photo.

Then I started taking photos.  There were many old gravestones.

Capt. J. A. Crawford, born September 25, 1765, died April 9, 1851.  Dorothy Crawford, born April 22, 1775, died September 21, 1846.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. 

Some were large and elaborate.

Next we drove to Bath County.  At Crown Hill Cemetery, in the small town of Sharpsburg, I found this stone with a family tree between the two names.

At Longview Cemetery, in the little town of Bethel, I was amazed at the shape of the very old section.  Hopefully they will repair the old stones.

The rest of the cemetery is beautiful and very well taken care of.  We lunched under one of the trees.  It was on a slight hill and breeze was wonderful!

After lunch, we headed for Powell County.  The first cemetery we visited there was Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery in Clay City.  It was a rather small cemetery.

B. S., husband of Elizabeth Burgher, born December 7, 1814, February 7, 1900.  Elizabeth, wife of B. S. Burgher, born August 8, 1828, died March 9, 1912.  Powell’s Valley Baptist Cemetery, Clay City, Kentucky.

Clay City Eaton Cemetery is another small cemetery.

Dock F. Philleps, June 15, 1844 – November 14, 1916, served in Civil War, Co. H. 14, Kentucky Cavalry.  Clay County Eaton Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

Our last stop was Kennon Cemetery, in the rural part of Powell County.

Amanda Druzela Lyle, February 3, 1862 – May 19, 1941.  ‘Sweetly sleeping.’  Kennon Cemetery, Powell County, Kentucky.

It was a wonderful day, spent doing what we love!  More pictures and information will follow!

Louise Fabry and August Abt – From Germany and Switzerland to Lincoln County

A year or so ago Ritchey and I visited three small cemeteries in Ottenheim, Kentucky.  Ottenheim is a small town in rural Lincoln County settled by German and Swiss immigrants.  There is the German Reform Church Cemetery, the Lutheran Church Cemetery and St. Sylvester Catholic Church Cemetery.  I believe at one time Ottenheim was a bustling little town and community, but today you could drive through without realizing you missed it!

Today I want to share with you information about the Abt family – August Abt and Louise Fabry – and some of the photos we took in St. Sylvester Cemetery.

At home, with a little research, I’ve found much more about this immigrants to Lincoln County.  Louise Fabry came from Germany with her parents and siblings in 1886, leaving from the port of Le Harve, France, on the steamship St. Laurent.  They arrived in New York on March 18, 1886.  Included in the family were the parents – Pierre, 50, and Madeline, 42.  The children were Michael, 17; Pierre, 11; Louise, 7; Emile, 3; and Marie, 1.  The family came to Kentucky and settled in the little town of Ottenheim.

According to the census records August Abt and his family came from the Aargau Canton, Rottenschwil, Switzerland, in 1884.  His parents, Leonz Plezidus Abt and Verena Huber, were both from the Aargau Canton of Switzerland – he from the town of Rottenschwil and she from Unterlunkhofen – about a twenty-five-minute walk from each other.  Leonz and Verena married February 15, 1863.  They had eight children – Kaspar, August, Maria, Joseph, Johann, Adolf, Anna and Joseph.

Louise Fabry married August Abt on September 27, 1899, in Lincoln County, at Oppenheim.  In the 1910 Census of Lincoln County August is 44, Louise is 33.  Children are Celia, 10; Elsie, 8; and Charles, 6.  Daughter Elfredia was born in 1912.

Louise Abt, May 24, 1878 – September 5, 1918, St. Sylvester Catholic Cemetery, Ottenheim, Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Unfortunately, a terrible accident took place on August 30, 1918.  Louise caught her fingers in the gear of a fruit press.  She died six days later of lock-jaw, a form of blood poisoning.  What a sorrow for the family.  Elfredia was only six.

Cecelia Abt, June 18, 1906 – November 3, 1923.

Daughter Cecelia died at the young age of of 23.  I believe there must be a mistake for her birth year on her gravestone.  She was ten in the 1910 census, and 19 in the 1920 census.  Cecelia must have been older than the seventeen years it shows on her stone.

August Abt, February 8, 1865 – September 11, 1844.

Four years later August Abt married Wilhelmine ‘Minnie’ Jedamzik.  She also had children from a previous marriage.  They lived happily together until August’s death on September 11, 1944.