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1853-1903 Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff – Daviess County

The Messenger Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, April 5, 1903

A Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Goff, two of the most highly respected old people of the county, celebrated their golden wedding last Sunday at their beautiful country home near Sorgho.  They are a wonderfully preserved couple.  Mr. Goff is seventy-six years old, but is as active as most men who are twenty years younger.  Mrs. Goff is sixty-eight and has lost but little of the grace and none of the cheerful brightness of her former years.  Mr. Goff was born at Taylorsville, Kentucky, and Mrs. Goff, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Onan, at New Castle, Kentucky, both removing to Daviess County in their youth.  On the morning of March 29, 1853, they mounted their horses, accompanied by a number of their friends, who adopted the same mode of travel, and rode to St. Alphonsus Church, where their lives were united and their destines made one.  It was a happy wedding and was followed by a happy married life.  They have always lived on the farm they now occupy, and will make it their home until they are called from earth.  They have three daughters, Mrs. J. I. Molohar, of Henderson; Mrs. Edward Stiff, of Calhoun, and Miss Edna Goff of Sorgho, and three sons, Mr. T. S. Goff, of Aveline Kansas, and Messrs. Robert and Sid Goff of Sorgho.  The celebration of their golden wedding was not elaborate, only their children and a few of their neighbors being in attendance, but the presents received were numerous and handsome.  Both declared that they enjoyed their fiftieth wedding anniversary with as much zest as they did their first, which was not doubted by any of

those who saw them as they caressed and smiled upon each other.

1824 Will of George Scott – Daviess County

Daviess County, Kentucky – Will Book A

Pages 3-4

Know all men by these presents that I, George Scott, of Daviess County, Kentucky, this day have made my last will.  Respecting the distribution of my small portion of my earthly property in the manner as followeth.

To wit.  First my lawful debts to be paid and secondly I will to my daughter, Sarah Mullican, son Elisha and son William, son Asa, son George, son Elijah, daughter Jenna, daughter Matilda and grandson Milburn, one dollar each.  Also I will my interest in a judgement obtained in the General Court at Frankfort against Hicks & Campbell Richmond for thirty-three and some other hundred dollars unto the above named Sarah, Elisha, William, George, also Elijah, Jenna and Matilda and whereas there is some sales made on Judgement they are equally interested in them as if sales had been made in Judgement.

I also will to son Elijah 75 dollars in stock property valued at commonwealth paper.  To my daughter Matilda a young mare.  I will the plantation on which I now live to son Abner and James B. Scott.  I will that my daughter Polly shall have one hundred and fifty dollars instead of the land to be counted out of my estate afterward, all and singular of property belonging to me I will to Polly Scott, Abner and James B. Scott, both Negroes, horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and household plunder and all these to my three youngest children, but that there should be no mistake I will that my wife Susannah be carefully maintained out of the property willed to her children and that the property afore mentioned be left with her and her children during her lifetime or until her children come of age except such as to discharge debts or to purchase necessary or that appears to be a surplus for to be disposed of as occasion may see fit.

I hereby appoint Warner Crow as trustee over my estate to assist until the children come of age or otherwise to buy, sell, direct, collect debts, to pay off and to act as he thinks just according to the afore mentioned will for on behalf of my wife and her children.

In witness I have set forth my hand and seal this 1st day of November 1824.

George Scott

G. Calhoun, Samuel Calhoun


At a County Court began and held for the County of Daviess at the Court House in Owensboro on Monday the 13th day of June 1825, this will was exhibited in Court and duly proved to be the act and deed of the within named George Scott, by the oaths of George and Samuel Calhoun, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and Warner Crow, the executor therein named made oath to said will and executed bond agreeable to law and a certificate for obtaining a probate thereof in due form was granted the said executor which will is duly recorded in said Court.

Attest. George Hanley, Clerk Daviess County Court

State of Kentucky, Daviess County Court, June Term 1867(?)

The above containing the above foregoing will having been destroyed it is now ordered that the same be re-recorded.  Witness my hand this 10th day of June 1867.

Thomas C. Jones, Clerk

Something New

I’m always trying to think of new things to try to keep you interested – as if gravestone photos aren’t enough!!  This is my first attempt at adding a video to the blog.  We’ll see if it works!

These photos were taken in June 2017 at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Daviess County, near the little area known as Knottsville.

If you hover your mouse over the lower right-hand corner you can make the video full screen.  Pushing your Esc button at the top left of your keyboard will change it back.

Let me know what you think.

William B. and Mary Angeline Handley

 Mary A., wife of W. B. Handley, born August 23, 1840, died December 28, 1930.  William B. Handley, born January 24, 1836, died December 24, 1904.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 25, 1904

An Aged Citizen Dies – W. B. Handley, Ill Only Three Days At St. Lawrence

W. B. Handley, sixty-eight years of age, died at his home at St. Lawrence, at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon  He had been ill for only three days of pneumonia.  The funeral will be held from St. Martin (s/b St. Lawrence) Church at 8 o’clock Monday morning, and interment will be made in the church cemetery.  He is survived by a widow and three children.  They are Mrs. Kate Wood, Mrs. Belle Connor and Mrs. Annie Henning.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 27, 1904

Knottsville – Mr. W. B. Handley, one of the most prominent and highly esteemed citizens of the eastern part of the county, was buried from St. Lawrence Church Monday morning at 9 o’clock.  Father Clements paid a most eloquent tribute to his character as a father, a husband, a citizen and a Christian.  Mr. Handley was in his sixty-ninth year and is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. J. W. Wood, of Owensboro; Mrs. Lee Henning and Mrs. Thomas Connor, of St. Lawrence.  Mrs. J. C. Blandford, of West Louisville, was a sister.  he was stricken with pneumonia on Tuesday afternoon and died the following Saturday at 4 o’clock.

William B. Handley married Mary Angeline Russell in 1860.  The couple had eight children, two boys who died as infants, Martin Kendrick and Charles J., and six girls – Mary Catherine, Isabella Florence, Anna Elizabeth, Rosa Alice, Maria Josephine and Ida J.  Josephine died in 1892 at the age of 17, and Ida died in 1900 at the age of 22.  Rosa died in 1903, aged 32; I’m not sure if she married.  Three married daughters are survivors at the time of their father’s death in 1904.  However, two of those sisters died in 1906 – Mary Catherine Handley Wood, September 9th, of complications of diseases, leaving five children; and Anna Elizabeth Handley Henning, November 18th, of typhoid; she left three children.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 30, 1930

Mrs. William B. Handley – Mrs. Mary Angeline Handley, 90 years old, the oldest and one of the best-known women of the St. Lawrence section, died at 11:45 o’clock, Sunday night.  Mrs. Handley had exceptionally good health until a week ago when she contracted bronchial pneumonia.  She was born at Lebanon, Kentucky, August 23, 1840, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Russell.  In 1861, she was married to the late Esq. William Handley, and to this union eight children were born, all deceased.  she is survived by eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  For the past ten years, Mrs. Handley made her home with her granddaughter, Mrs. M. A. Henderson.  The funeral will be held at 9 o’clock this morning at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with a Requiem High Mass offered by Rev. F. X. Laemmle.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Joseph and Catherine Russell, parents of Mary Angeline Russell Handley, are buried in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Marion County.

Husbands and Wives Buried at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery Daviess County

William P. Coomes, born May 17, 1817, died January 18, 1884.

Margaret A.., wife of W. P. Coomes, born September 8, 1826, died April 16, 1902.

Robert McBride’s first wife, Elizabeth, died at the age of 40.  He married again after her death.

Elizabeth E., wife of Robert A. McBride, born December 14, 1845, died May 2, 1885.

Robert A. McBride, born December 15, 1848, died February 22, 1917.

V. J., wife of R. A. McBride, November 23, 1841 – July 23, 1912.

George Mattingly, born October 30, 1802, died October 31, 1882.

Nancy, wife of George Mattingly, December 15, 1807, died October 23, 1869.

Thomas C. Moran, December 25, 1841 – May 7, 1925.  Elizabeth A., his wife, August 7, 1844 – March 23, 1912.

James Monarch, born January 27, 1790, died November 23, 1854, aged 64 years, 9 months, 26 days.

Ruth, wife of James Monarch, born January 22, 1792, died February 20, 1874.

Charles H. Higdon Biography

Charles Higdon, November 11, 1835 – September 26, 1918.  Sara A. Higdon, February 9, 1950 – December 5, 1918.  St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Daviess County, Kentucky.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Knifflin, 1883

Daviess County – Knottsville Precinct

Charles H. Higdon, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in this precinct November 11, 1835, and was a son of B. Henson and Henrietta (Milton) Higdon, both natives of Maryland.  He was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools of this county.  he was married in 1870 to Sarah A., daughter of John R. Duncan.  Eight children have been born to them, six now living – Charles I., Mary M., Francis K., Elmer L., Henson and an infant son.  Mr. Higdon owns 135 acres of well-improved land.  He and family are members of the Catholic Church.

James C. Miller Biography

from History of Daviess County, Kentucky, Inter-State Publishing Company, 1883

Masonville Precinct

James C. Miller resides on the same farm in Masonville Precinct where his father settled in 1824, and where he was born August 26, 1830.  His father, Fleming Miller, was born in Henrico County, Virginia, November 1, 1791.  He followed teaming until the outbreaking of the War of 1812, when he enlisted in Captain De Val’s company.  After the war, he returned to Virginia and married Elizabeth Ally, and they came to Shelby County, Kentucky, where they had a family of four children, one living – Pleasant J., a tobacco merchant of Owensboro.  The mother died in Shelby County, and Mr. Miller then married Rosa Boswell, and then moved to Daviess County in 1824; soon after his arrival here she died.  He then married Sallie Crawford in 1829, a native of Shelby County, Kentucky.  He died June 28, 1860, and his wife died December 23, 1844.  James C., subject of this sketch, was the oldest of their eight children.  He was married to Amy S. Miller, January 23, 1852.  She was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of James and A. (Anderson) Miller.  After his marriage, he settled on the old homestead with his father one year; then moved on a farm in Ohio County, Kentucky.  His wife died July 22, 1854, leaving one daughter – Sallie C., born February 27, 1853, now the wife of Dr. J. C. Sutton, residing in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.  After his wife died, he returned to Daviess County with his father.  He married Frances Y. Haynes, February 12, 1856.  She was native of Ohio County, Kentucky, born December 20, 1832, and was a daughter of Josiah and Frances Y. (Howard) Haynes.  After his marriage Mr. Miller settled on his farm in Ohio County and remained until 1870, when he returned to Daviess County and settled on a farm, two miles east of Whitesville, in Boston Precinct, where they remained until December 1878, when he purchased the old farmstead farm in Masonville Precinct, where he and family still reside.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller have had seven children, six living – Emma N., born March 14, 1857; Josiah H., born April 12, 1860; Henry C., born June 26, 1862; Fannie R., born July 12, 1866; Mary E., born January 27, 1869, and Amy B., born Jun 11, 1872, all residing with their parents except the eldest son, Josiah H., who is teaching school in Western Kentucky Normal School at South Carrollton.  Mr. and Mrs. James C. Miller are members of the Baptist church at Bethabara, as are all their children.  Mr. Miller is a member of Hodges Lodge, A. F. & A. M., at Whitesville.  He was Justice of the Peace in Ohio County four years; was appointed in Daviess County in 1880, to fill out an unexpired term, and elected in 1882 for whole term.  He was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Daviess County in 1875, and held that office three years.  He has held various other local offices of trust in his precinct.  Mr. Miller owns a fine farm of 165 acres where he resides, 125 under cultivation.  In politics, he is a Democrat.  He is of Irish and German descent.  Mrs. Miller’s family was English and Welsh decent.