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Burials In Cloverport Cemetery – Breckinridge County

Mark Wedding, August 26, 1820 – February 25, 1894.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 28, 1894

An Old Resident Dead

Mr. Mark Wedding, seventy-two years of age, died of consumption at his home in this city at 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday, February 25.  His remains were interred in the Cloverport City Cemetery yesterday.

Mr. Wedding had been in bad health for some time, and his death was not a surprise to those who were acquainted with his condition.  He has been a respected citizen of Cloverport for many years and his death is regretted by many friends.  He raised a family of four sons, who are filling lucrative and honorable positions in other parts of the country.  He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband.

Dudley Hambleton, 1821-1898.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 28, 1898

Two Old Citizens Pay Nature’s Debt

Hon. Dudley Hambleton Passes Away

Represented Breckinridge Twice in the Legislature

Was a Consistent Member of the Baptist Church

Hon. Dudley Hambleton, a man who was loved by all who knew him, died early Tuesday morning.

For a week he has been hovering between life and death, and although his precarious condition was known to almost everyone in the county, the news of his final passing away came like a shock.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton has always been prominently identified with Cloverport.  He was born in this county, April 19, 1821.

He was married to Jane Watkins in November, 1843, and the following children were the result of the union:  James Hambleton, Samuel Hambleton, Mrs. Courtney Babbage, and Mrs. Martin S. Whitford, now living in England.

For many years Mr. Hambleton was regarded as a leading business man of Breckinridge County.  He practically bought all the tobacco that was brought to Cloverport for sale and was the largest buyer until the war came on.

At the close of the Civil War he purchased the A. A. Gordon farm at Holt’s paying $25,000 cash for it and engaged in farming.

He was always a man of affairs and stood high in the estimation of all who knew him.  He was twice elected to the legislature by the Democratic Party.

Hon. Dudley Hambleton was one of the best men Cloverport ever had.  During the days of his prosperity he was known as the young man’s friend and his purse was always ready to back some poor young fellow struggling for a foothold on the ladder to success.  He was charitable to a fault.

He was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

His funeral took place today and was largely attended, the remains being interred according to the rites of Masonry.

Julius Hardin Has Been Laid to Rest

Was a Prominent Democratic Worker

A Man of Strong Convictions and Fine Character

By the death of Julius Hardin, Breckinridge County has been deprived of one of her most substantial citizens.

The deceased had been suffering for some time with a carbuncle on the back of his neck and his death was looked for daily for a week or more before the end came.

He passed away Friday, September 23rd, with hardly a struggle.

Julius Hardin was born in this county October 9, 1846.

He was a man of strong character and firm convictions.  He took an active interest in politics during his life and for years was regarded as one of the staunchest Democrats in the county.

While he was a hard worker for party success he never sought office or preferment of any kind.

He was honest, sincere and his agreeable personality won for him a host of warm friends.

He was a scion of the noted Hardin family, coming from the pioneer stock that settled Breckinridge County over a century ago.

The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

The funeral took place Saturday, the services being conducted by Rev. Sneed, of Hardinsburg, who preached a sermon eloquent in its sympathy for the bereaved wife and children and rich with its tributes to the character of the dead.

The remains were interred in the Cloverport Cemetery and were followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral corteges that has ever been seen in the city.

The News with the whole community extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Peter Dhonau, born January 30, 1812, died September 13, 1899.  Mary Elizabeth Dhonau, born January 1, 1815, died March 27, 1896.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 20, 1899

Peter Dhonau

An Old Resident of the County Passes Away

Mr. Peter Dhonau, one of the county’s oldest citizens, died at his home near Balltown last Wednesday.  He had not been confined to his bed and death was due to the sudden giving away of his constitution.

Mr. Dhonau was born in Sobenheim, Prussia, January, 1813.  He came to this country in 1844, and located at Rome, Indiana, on a farm.  He continued farming until the year of 1869, when he moved to this part of Kentucky where he has resided ever since.

His most estimable wife departed this life in March, 1896, leaving eleven children to mourn her loss.  Two died in infancy, one at nine years and one at mature age.  Seven children are still living who are, Mrs. Michael Hamman, Mrs. Phillip Dick, Mrs. Charles Fuchs, Mrs. William Sanders, Miss Harriet Dhonau and William and Albert Dhonau.  There are twenty-seven grand-children and twelve great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dhonau was probably one of Breckenridge County’s most prosperous farmers, and was well liked by everyone.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.  His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Rome, Indiana.  [Although this gravestone leads us to believe he was buried in Cloverport Cemetery.]

Was Captain J. M. White Buried Standing?

Captain J. M. White, born October 25, 1823, fell asleep, January 16, 1880.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The gravestone of Captain James Moorman White stands in Cloverport Cemetery in Breckinridge County.  At first glance I thought perhaps Captain White was in the Civil War, but he was a riverboat captain, sailing his vessels down the Mississippi to Vicksburg and New Orleans.  He was very famous during his day, and it is said he was buried standing, facing the bend of the Ohio River.

The Kentucky New Era

April 2, 1992

Captain’s gravesite headstone still stirs up debate

Cloverport, Ky. – One gravestone in the hilltop cemetery faces the Ohio River with its granite cut to resemble two steamboat smokestacks.

Buried beneath is James M. White, a riverboat captain, who was known around river communities during his lifetime, but gained even more notoriety after his death.

Stories passed down over the years say the captain was buried standing, ready to take the helm.

Searches through local historian’s papers turned up newspaper clippings that mention White and his unusual manner of burial, which he had requested.

Newspaper clippings in the Breckinridge County Archives say the captain, born in Joeville – which was renamed Cloverport in the early 1880s – died in January 1880 in New Orleans and his body was shipped back to Breckinridge County for burial.

Captain White’s grave is near the crest of a high hill, just a short distance from the Ohio River.  According to tradition, he was buried facing the west bend of the river.

‘Hands on the wheel, eyes on the bend,’ writes Margarete G. Smith, a Cloverport historian.

Smith, who is now in a nursing home, was acquainted with White’s son and two daughters, and her father was a friend of White.  She kept records on the river town for nearly 50 years, taking over for her father, who was the town historian for about 40 years.

Smith has said White was well liked and had a good personality.  In a 1973 interview, she said White is the only known riverboat captain to be buried in an upright position.

The large stone, designed to resemble two smokestacks from a steamboat, cost $375 at the time it was constructed.  Over the years, weather has grayed the once white stone, but White’s name is still easily legible.

The stone simply states ‘Captain James M. White, born October 23, 1823, died January 16, 1880.’

Not everyone is in agreement about just how the captain was buried.

An article in the S & D Reflector, a magazine for the Sons and Daughters of River Pioneers, calls the story that he was buried standing up as being in error but gives no reason for the statement.  And now, 112 years after the burial, no witnesses to the burial remain.

So, the believers and nonbelievers will probably continue the debate without coming to any real conclusion.

One thing is for sure though, and that is a riverboat, described as one of the most elaborate of the times, was named for White.

Dorothy Rees of Hawesville has many pictures and information about steamboats, including the J. M. White.  Rees’ husband, Arthur, was chief engineer on the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen.

Among Rees’ materials are writings by William H. Tippitt, an Ohio River buff, Dorothy Rees said.  In his writings, Tippitt describes Captain White as ‘a most able man when in command of someone else’s steamer but very poor manager of his own boats.’

White went to work for a Captain John Tobin after losing his own boat, the Katie, to the U.S. Marshall.  He turned what had been a low profit vessel to a success and made the money used to build the boat named for White.

The White was built in 1878 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and was designed to carry 10,000 bales of cotton.  The cabin areas contained gilded chandeliers and were built with walnut, ash, mahogany, rosewood and ebony.  Stained glass was also used throughout.

The ship burned December 13, 1886 at St. Maurice Plantation Point, Louisiana, nearly seven years after the captain’s death.

His life was such that is inspired Will S. Hays to write a poem about him.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, December 29, 1882

This poem was reproduced in The Richmond Climax in 1896 at the request of a lady, then in Richmond, who often traveled on Captain White’s boat.

What an exceptional extravagance to ride the waters in a ship like Captain White commanded.  The following are a few other websites with pictures of the captain’s home in Cloverport, a photograph of the captain, and a story about the burning of the J. M. White.

Captain J. M. White’s imposing gravestone.

Mark Wedding Obituary

Mark Wedding, August 26, 1820 – February 25, 1894.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 28, 1894

An Old Resident Dead

Mr. Mark Wedding, seventy-two years of age, died of consumption at his home in this city at 1 o’clock p.m. Sunday, February 25.  His remains were interred in the Cloverport City Cemetery yesterday.

Mr. Wedding had been in bad health for some time, and his death was not a surprise to those who were acquainted with his condition.  He has been a respected citizen of Cloverport for many years and his death is regretted by many friends.  He raised a family of four sons, who are filling lucrative and honorable positions in other parts of the country.  He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of a good husband.


Mark Wedding was married twice.  His first wife, Nancy Jane Hale was the mother of his seven children.  Mark and Nancy married August 19, 1843, in Ohio County, Kentucky.  They lived there through the 1860’s.  Mark was made Postmaster of Fordsville July 20, 1865.

Through the census records I have found the names of their children:

  1. Emily, born about 1844, died 1915 in Ohio County.
  2. Charles Lee, born 1845, died 1918 in Indiana.
  3. Mark, born 1848, no record of death.
  4. Caleb H., born 1848, died 1929 in Texas.
  5. Columbus Victor, born 1855, died 1915 in Missouri.
  6. Millard F., born 1855, no record of death.
  7. Annie J., born 1859, died 1939 in Larue County, Kentucky.

Mark started out as a carpenter, thus listed in the 1850 census.  In 1860 he was a farmer, and by 1870, and a move to Breckinridge County, he was a merchant and thus remained until his death.

Nancy Hale Wedding died in 1874.  Two years later Mark married Sophronia Shacklette.  She had two children from a previous marriage – Emma and Alfred, listed in the 1880 census.  Sophronia Shacklette Wedding moved to Rome, Indiana, to live with her daughter after the death of husband Mark.

John E. Keith Obituary

J. E. Keith, 1837-1909.  Mary Elizabeth, his wife, 1841-1930.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

John E. Keith was the senior member of the firm J. E. Keith & Sons, marble cutters.  An announcement of his company, less the sons, was in the local newspaper October 3, 1883.  It said he was prepared to do all kinds of marble work, from a $3 tombstone to a $500 monument.  He purchased marble direct from the quarries in Vermont and Marietta, Georgia, and granite from the celebrated Concord quarries in new Hampshire.

John Keith married Mary Elizabeth LaHeist (found on son Clarence’s death certificate).  In the 1880 census for Breckinridge County he was listed as 43, a tombstone agent, with wife Mary, 39.  Children in the census were Jennie, 17; Fannie, 15; Samuel, 12; Clarence, 10; and Proctor, 1.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 3, 1909

Brief Illness For Mr. Keith

Widely Known Citizen and Monument Maker Dies at His Home In This City Saturday Night

Death Lamented By All

The entire town was deeply grieved Sunday morning in learning of the death of Mr. J. E. Keith, who had been ill such a short time.  Wednesday night about one o’clock Mr. Keith was seized with a severe convulsion which was followed one after another until death came at ten o’clock Saturday night.

Mr. Keith was nearly seventy-three years old and was born in Breckinridge County, but was reared in Meade County where he was as well known.  He came to this city in 1856.  Last August Mr. and Mrs. Keith celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and little did they believe their happiness would so soon be shattered.

In the death of Mr. Keith, Cloverport loses not only one of her best and oldest citizens, but one of the most active and decided men.  He was never on the fence on any question that came up for the welfare of the town, especially for the temperance cause did he stand firm.  He was a member of the Baptist church and his life as a christian was an example to both young and old.  Everybody had faith in Mr. Keith and his character was highly esteemed.

Mr. Keith was engaged in the monument business here with his youngest son, Proctor Keith.

Besides Mrs. Keith he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Lusk, of Stonewall, Mississippi, and three sons, Clarence Keith of Elizabethtown, Sam Keith and Proctor Keith of this city.  The latter three were at his bed-side during the last moments of his illness and had entire care of him.

Albert Keith of Florida, was an own brother of the deceased and George Keith of Evansville was a half-brother.  Mrs. Jennie King of Brandenburg, and Mrs. Fannie Hemstetter of Leitchfield, were half-sisters.

Mrs. Lusk arrived from Stonewall, Mississippi, in time to attend the funeral.  Misses Ola and Janie Keith and Robert Keith, of Owensboro; Miss Pauline Moorman, Lonnie and Marion Keith, grandchildren of the deceased were also here yesterday.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. Lewis and beautiful music was rendered by friends.  The interment took place in the Cloverport Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were:  Charles Hall, John A. Barry, Charles Lightfoot, Robert Willis, Joe Allen and Marion Weatherholt.

John and Eliza Murphy Lillard Buried In Cloverport Cemetery

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Silas Lillard.  He is a brother to the above named John Lillard.  The brothers were born in Boyle County, Kentucky, sons of Barnett Lillard and Elizabeth Dicken.  When grown, the men moved to Breckinridge County and lived near the town of Cloverport.  In the 1900 Census of Breckinridge County John was 57, Eliza was 54, daughter Anna was 16, and brother Silas was 67.  At some point the family moved to Cloverport Road in Hancock County (Cloverport is on the border between the two counties.).

John Lillard and Eliza Murphy married in Breckinridge County the 6th of December 1882, at J. V. Murphy’s – most likely the father of the bride.  The witnesses were Charles E. Lightfoot and F. M. Ragsdale.  The groom was 40 and the bride’s age was given as 36, but according to her birth date she would have been 38.  Since it was a later in life marriage the couple had one daughter, Anna, born in 1884.

John and brother Silas were prominent farmers in the area, and were well-liked in their community.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 7, 1906

John Lillard’s stroke was very serious, although he lived another six years.

From his death certificate we learn the name of John Lillard’s parents.

John Lillard, 1842-1912.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 2, 1921

Surprisingly, Eliza Murphy Lillard also suffered a stroke, just like her husband, and she lived another seven years.

Eliza Murphy Lillard, 1844-1928.

Anna Lillard married Frank C. English.

 

H. A. and Adrian Heston Oelze Obituaries

H. A. Oelze, 1848-1915.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. Continue reading H. A. and Adrian Heston Oelze Obituaries

Silas Lillard Obituary

Thought it interesting that Mr. Silas and his brother John were born in Danville, Boyle County, then moved to Breckinridge County.  There are Lillard’s buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, and I’m sure there are Lillard’s buried at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.

img_3578Silas Lillard, 1832-1913.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

from The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 2, 1913

Last of the Lillard Name Gone

Silas Lillard Dies At His Home At Skillman – Funeral and Burial Takes Place Here – The Rev. Mr. Stout Conducts Services.

Eighty-One Years Old

The funeral of Mr. Silas Lillard was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank English in this city Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock.  The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. W. W. Stout of Hawesville, and the interment took place in the Cloverport Cemetery.

Mr. Lillard died at his country home at Skillman Wednesday.  His death was not unexpected on account of his advanced age and his failing health.  For six months or a year he had been very weak, often falling while walking in the house or yard.  These falls were very trying on him and kept the family in a state of constant anxiety.  During his illness he was very patient and it seemed to bring out all the kindness of his heart, instead of making him hard to care for and to nurse through the long hours of his old age.

Mr. Lillard was eighty-one years old January 27 and was born in Danville, Kentucky.  He came to Cloverport when a boy.  He engaged in the tobacco business with his brother, the late Mr. John Lillard, both then succeeded and accumulated comfortable means.  Mr. Lillard’s farm and property in this city is left to his niece, Mrs. English.  She and her daughter are the only ones of his immediate family left.  He was unmarried.

Mr. Lillard was a great lover of hunting and this was his pastime in life.  In his younger years he hunted a great deal and one time went on a big hunt in Arkansas.  In the party were Messrs. David Oglesby, Richard Witt and James Stephens.  Mr. Lillard talked of these old times very frequently, but more serious talks during the last two years were about his preparation for the last pilgrimage and it was pleasing for the Rev. Mr. Cottrel to be with him on these occasions.

Miss Laura Murphy and Mrs. John Lillard came from Skillman to attend the funeral.