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Is the Death Date Correct?

Oswell B. Dorsey, born January 15, 1818, died March 22, 1854.  Machpelah Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.

I believe most of us would conclude when looking at an ancestor’s gravestone, that the death date listed would be a good indication of when our loved one died.  Today while looking through photos taken at Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, I found that not quite the case.  Not daily, but quite often I add a gravestone photo on my Kentucky Kindred Facebook page.  I chose the stone of Oswell and Virginia Dorsey since, according to the dates on the stone, both died in 1854, about six months apart.  Very unusual for a young couple to pass away so soon after the other.  The detective wheels started turning.

Virginia M., wife of O. B. Dorsey, born February 24, 1824, died September 28, 1854.

I put the two names in ancestry, with the dates of birth and death for Oswell Dorsey.  The first item I looked at was Montgomery County deaths for the year 1854.  Now this is when it got interesting.

According to their gravestone, Oswell died March 22, 1854, and wife Virginia died September 23, 1854.  Looking at the death records that was not the case.  They both died in July of 1854, both of fever and they were cared for by Dr. Benford.  There were quite a few deaths during the month of July – fever, flux and cholera listed as causes of death.  This changed their death dates from six months apart to a few days, possibly the same day.

Other information in the death records gave us the name of their parents.  Oswell was born in Fleming County, the son of John and Nancy Dorsey.  He was a merchant.  Virginia, born in Montgomery County, was the daughter of Edward and Mary Stockton.

Hm.  Next, I checked for a will for Oswell Dorsey.  His will was dated March 22, 1854.  The date on his gravestone.  Since the will wasn’t probated until the October 1854 term of court, it isn’t likely Oswell died the day he wrote it.  According to the will, everything was ‘to be managed and controlled by my friend and brother-in-law, George J. Stockton, for the exclusive use, enjoyment and benefit of my beloved wife, Virginia Dorsey.’  Of course, by the time the will was probated, Virginia Dorsey was dead.

One other reference on Ancestry was made to Genealogies of Kentucky Families Volume I.  I checked my copy and found the Dorsey’s came from Calvert County, Maryland, one group of whom settled in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, which was at that time called Stockton Station.  Larkin Dorsey, whose grandfather was in the Revolution, came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, founder of Stockton Station.

‘Larkin Dorsey, who came to Kentucky with Major George Stockton, married Elizabeth Ingram, in 1780 at Hagerstown, Maryland.  He was born August 24, 1784 [must be 1748], and died February 22, 1822, in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.  He was a cadet in the 9th company of Light Infantry, January 3, 1776.  Commissioned Ensign in Army, June 18, 1778.  His children were:  Edward, John, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah, Robert, Amelia and Joseph.

‘John Dorsey married Nancy Spiers, Edward – Juliet McDowell, Joshua – Nancy Williams and Milly Alexander, Rachel – C. V. Anderson, Sarah – Thomas Wallace, Robert died in infancy, Amelia – Thomas Andrews and Joseph married Mary Wheatley and Ann Threlkeld.

‘The children of John Dorsey, who was born April 19, 1783, and died November 5, 1847, were – Oswell Burns Dorsey, Elizabeth Ingram Dorsey, Martha Ann Dorsey, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, John Edmondson Dorsey, Rachel Anderson Dorsey, Robert Stockton and Jeremiah Spiers Dorsey.’

Virginia Stockton Dorsey was a descendant of Major George Stockton, in whose company Larkin Dorsey came to Kentucky.  George Stockton married Larkin Dorsey’s sister, Rachel Dorsey; their son Edward Stockton married Mary Allin Jouett (of the Mercer County families of those names).  George Jouett Stockton and Virginia Margaret Stockton were two of their children.

In conclusion we can say the dates on the gravestone for Oswell and Virginia Stockton Dorsey are incorrect – but why?  If we look a little closer to the death records for Montgomery County for 1854, we find that George J. Stockton is listed just under the name of Virginia Dorsey.  George is listed as 40, a merchant (were he and Oswell Dorsey business partners as well as brothers-in-law?), parents were Edward and Mary Stockton (same as Virginia) and he died of cholera, cared for by Dr. Nelson.  Under his name is William Stockton, 14, son of George and Gusta [Augusta] Ann Stockton, who also died of cholera.  And below his name is Gusta A. Stockton, 36, daughter of Francis Somersall, who died of fever.  Oswell and Virginia Dorsey had no children.  George and Augusta Stockton had four – William Edward who died in 1854 with his parents, Robert Henry, Mary Somersall Stockton and Augusta George Stockton, who was born in February of 1854, a babe of five months when her parents died, and who lived just until the age of three.  With so many deaths in one family, it was quite likely several years before gravestones were purchased.  This could have led to the mix-up in death dates.  Always check several sources, if possible.

Nicholas County Deaths – 1855 – Part 1

Listed below are deaths in Nicholas County from 1855.  Birth and deaths were located in the county unless otherwise stated.

  • James Crow, age 3 months, son of William and Nancy Crow, died December 55, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Nancy Ann Wilson, age 2 years, daughter of Harry and Hester Wilson, died July 15, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Tolney Foster, age 34, farmer, born in Fayette County, son of Henry and Esther Foster, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • Esther Foster, age 59, born in Ohio, daughter of John and Sarah Whittington, died September 20, 1855, of cholera.
  • John W. Bishop, age 5, son of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died November 12, 185, of whooping cough.
  • Charlotte E. Bishop, age 1, daughter of Silas and Rose Ann Bishop, died October 4, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Patrick Brady, age 82, born in Stafford County, Virginia, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brady, died September 30, 1855, of cancer.
  • Sarah O. Redman, age 1, daughter of Washington and Rachel Redman, died September 23, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Alexander Dampier, age 22, son of Henry and Martha Dampier, died October 6, 1855, by arson.
  • Thomas J. McCormick, age 12, slave of Thomas J. McCormick, died February 15, 1855, of consumption.
  • John H. McCormick, age 26, born in Bourbon County, son of Thomas J. and Sarah McCormick, died September 24, 1855, of diarrhea.
  • James Fulton, age 1, son of John L. and Elizabeth J. Fulton, died August 21, 1855, of whooping cough.
  • Hetty F. Brewer, age 2, daughter of John and Levinia Brewer, died November 20, 1855, of whopping cough.
  • Joseph Evans, age 48, son of John and Margaret Evans, died October 13, 1855, of cholera.
  • William H. Canon, age 2, son of Thomas and F. Canon, died April 13, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Jane Marion, age 31, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Hord, died April 22, 1855, ?
  • Christopher Kimes, age 12, son of Stephen and Mary Kimes, died November 5, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Columbus W. Congleton, age 5, son of Columbus and Walker Congleton, died August 15, cause unknown.
  • Agnes Haus, age 46, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Johnson, died October 3, 1855, of consumption.
  • Harrison Dale, age 35, born in Virginia, son of Solomon and Mary Dale, died August 10, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Joseph B. Bramble, age 3, son of John Mason and Mary Jane Bramble, died December 22, 1855, cause unknown.
  • Mary Collier, age 65, born in Montgomery County, daughter of Eliza Wells, died August 17, 1855, of congestive fever.
  • William Thomas, age 15, son of James and Nancy Thomas, died July 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Elizabeth Wilson, age 10 months, daughter of John and Elizabeth Wilson, died April 8, 1855, of pneumonia.
  • Preston Talbott, age 15, slave of Preston Talbott, died February 15, 1855, of typhoid fever.
  • Mary Ann Wilson, age 29, daughter of John and Rachel Rogers, died September 16, 1855, of disease of the lungs.
  • Wilson Branch, age 22, son of Abner and Ellen Branch, died August 6, 1855, of typhoid fever.

Deaths In Logan County

The following is a list of deaths from Logan County, Kentucky, including age, birth, death, cemetery, spouse, father, mother and additional comments.  All parties born in Kentucky unless otherwise mentioned.

  • Mary Darby Jenkins, age 73, born April 4, 1857.  Died July 26, 1930, buried in Darby Cemetery, Logan County.  Husband W. W. Jenkins; father, Dathan Darby; mother, Irene Milliken.
  • Mary E. Jenkins, age 84, born February 17, 1844.  Died January 23, 1929, buried in Allensville Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.  Widowed; father, Benoni Dawson; mother, Margaret Hogan.
  • Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, age 64, born December 16, 1871.  Died March 1, 1936, buried in Porter Cemetery, Logan County.  Husband, Isaac Jenkins; father, Ben Turner; mother, Fleenor Paaradine.
  • Nancy Emaline Jenkins, age 69, born December 10, 1859, in Tennessee.  Died, August 30, 1929, buried in Dripping Springs Cemetery, Logan County.  Husband, Reuben Jenkins; father, Steven Ayers, born Tennessee; mother Rachel Jenkins, born Tennessee.
  • Richard R. Jenkins, age 77, born November 10, 1845.  Died August 11, 1923, buried in Allensville Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.  Father, John Jenkins; mother, Jane Shackleford.  Died in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Rilla Campbell Jenkins, age 83, born July 12, 1866.  Died January 10, 1950, buried in Berea Cemetery, Logan County.  Husband, Robert Tyler Jenkins, deceased; father, Peyton Campbell.
  • Reuben D. Jenkins, age 77, born December 19, 1861, in Tennessee.  Died August 2, 1939, buried in Dripping Springs Cemetery, Logan County.  Wife, Louisa Belle; father,  William Jenkins, born Tennessee; mother, Mary Goad.  Farmer.
  • Russell Darby Jenkins, age 45, born October 23, 1883.  Died January 10, 1929, buried in Allensville Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.  Wife, Luella Thomas Jenkins; father, W. W. Jenkins; mother, Mary Darby.  Merchant.
  • William Wood Jenkins, age 79, born November 14, 1857.  Died, April 16, 1936, buried in Darby Cemetery, Logan County.  Wife, Mary Darby, deceased; father, Ben Jenkins; mother, Irene Weldon.
  • Annie B. Jennings, age 79, born December 26, 1861, in Tennessee.  Died March 1, 1940, buried in Russellville Cemetery.  Husband, W. T. Jennings; father, Robert Moss, born in Tennessee; mother, Sallie Wiseman, born in Tennessee.  Died in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Charles Jennings, age 68, born September 2, 1875.  Died September 28, 1943, buried in Logan County.  Wife, Deanie Hadden; father, Thomas Jennings, born in Tennessee; mother, Lucy Grinter.  Farmer.
  • Deanie Hadden Jennings, age 85, born February 14, 1873, in Todd County, Kentucky.  Died March 8, 1958, buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  Husband, Charles Jennings, deceased; father, Samuel W. Hadden; mother, Adilicia Hardy.
  • James Monroe Jennings, age 71, born August 12, 1865.  Died June 18, 1937, buried in Grinter Cemetery, Logan County.  Wife, Mattie Head; father, William Jennings, born in Tennessee; mother, Rebecca Gibson, born in Tennessee.  Farmer.

1818 Death Notices in The Reporter

Just one note – if you have never been to Locust Grove, in Louisville, home of Major William Croghan, who married George Rogers Clark’s sister, Lucy Rogers, it is definitely worth the trip!  The house is a wonderful example of an early Kentucky home.  The 18th Century Market Fair held at the end of October each year is great fun for young and old – and there are many other adventures throughout the year.  George Rogers Clark spent his last years there after suffering a stroke in 1809.

List taken from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vols. 39-41

  • James Carson, died January 12, 1818.
  • Captain Mann Satterwhite, of Fayette County, died Friday morning, January 16, 1816.
  • Hugh Crawford, drowned while attempting to cross a mill pond, Saturday, January 17, 1818.
  • Thomas Burling, a printer of the Reporter, Lexington, died February 3, 1818, leaving a wife and child. He was a native of New York.

Scan143Died at Locust Grove, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on the 18th instant General George Rogers Clark, a distinguished revolutionary hero, and remarkable for the ability and perseverance he displayed, and the hardships and sufferings he endured, in the early wars of the western country.  in military skill and daring intrepidity, no man ever surpassed:  his zeal and devotion to his county’s interest and welfare were preeminent:  and it were impossible for that country to discharge, by word or action, the debt of gratitude she owes for the invaluable and splendid services he rendered, the immense sacrifices he made, in support of her rights, liberties and independence.  From The Kentucky Gazette, Fayette County, Kentucky, February 21, 1818.

  • General George Rogers Clark, of Locust Grove, died Friday, February 13, 1818, aged 66 years.
  • John Williams, of Woodford County, was killed by his son, Milton Williams, March 13, 1818. He was almost 60 years of age.
  • George G. Ross, of Lexington, died Wednesday, April 15, 1818, aged 31 years.
  • Christopher Greenup, of Frankfort, died Monday, April 20, 1818, aged 69 years.
  • Eliza Pope, consort of John Pope, of Frankfort, Secretary of State, died April 24, 1818.
  • General Thomas Posey died at Shawneetown, March 20, 1818.
  • Captain Robert Megowan, of the late firm Buck, Bradford and Megowan, Lexington, died Wednesday, May 13, 1818.
  • Lydia Allen, wife of John Allen, of Fayette County, died in May, 1818.
  • William Carson, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Julian Misner, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Jane Shields, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Louisa Bain, of Lexington, died in May, 1818.
  • Charles McIntire, of Russellville, Kentucky, died in New Orleans, May 24, 1818.
  • Elisha Warfield, of Fayette County, died Thursday morning, July 16, 1818, aged 78 years. He was a native of Maryland.
  • James Ragland, Sr., of Clark County, died July 18, 1818, aged 75 years. He had been a resident of Clark since 1788.
  • Ann Hart, relict of the Captain J. G. S. Hart, of Lexington, died in Philadelphia, July 10, 1818.
  • Fanny D. Berry, daughter of Major Herman Bowman, of Woodford County, and consort of Dr. R. B. Berry, died at her Fayette County residence Saturday, August 1, 1818, aged 17 years.
  • Henry P. Smith, attorney-at-law, Harrodsburg, and son of Jesse Smith of Mercer County, died August 8, 1818.
  • Richard Davenport, of Danville, died in August, 1818.
  • James Hughes, of Frankfort, died at Blue Licks, in August, 1818.
  • William Neely, of Jefferson County, Mississippi, died in Winchester, Kentucky, August 27, 1818. He married Mrs. Irvine, widow of Dr. Irvine, who was killed at the River Raisin.
  • William Wallace, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Paris, died Thursday, September 10, 1818, aged 33 years.
  • Francis Drake, of Lexington, died Friday, September 11, 1818, aged 50 years.
  • John Prentiss, Sr., died Saturday, September 12, 1818, aged 75 years.
  • Louisa C. Keets died in Washington County, near Springfield, in October, 1818.
  • Mary Thompson, consort of Major George C. Thompson, of Mercer County, died November 10, 1818.
  • William Flower, son of Richard Flower, of Lexington, died in November, 1818, aged 21 years. He was an English emigrant.
  • Robert Rodes, of Madison County, died November 20, 1818, aged 59 years.

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

  • Mitchell M. Qualls, Greenup County, February 23, 1914, Vol. 9, #4098
  • Myrtle May Qualls, Crittenden County, August 10, 1912, Vol. 49, #19290
  • Peter Qualls, Crittenden County, August 26, 1912, Vol. 55, #21889
  • Will H. Qualls, Hopkins County, January 31, 1915, Vol. 3, #1279
  • Willie Qualls, Clark County, June 14, 1914, Vol. 31, #15109
  • Anna Mae Quarles, Christian County, August 16, 1913, Vol. 43, #21225
  • Archie Quarles, Franklin County, August 25, 1915, Vol. 39, #19333
  • Caten Henry Quarles, Christian County, December 14, 1915, Vol. 60, #29594
  • Emily Celia Quarles, Simpson County, June 25, 1915, Vol. 32, #15620
  • Francis M. Quarles, McCracken County, January 18, 1912, Vol. 6, #2152
  • Frank Quarles, Christian County, August 13, 1913, Vol. 43, #21224
  • Frank M. Quarles, Christian County, March 23, 1913, Vol. 14, #6625
  • George Quarles, Christian County, February 7, 1915, Vol. 18, #8566
  • Gill Clardy Quarles, Christian County, March 3, 1912, Vol. 17, #6406
  • Helen Quarles, Clark County, January 29, 1914, Vol. 2, #861
  • James H. Quarles, Christian County, April 26, 1915, Vol. 23, #11293
  • Lee Douglas Quarles, Christian County, December 31, 1911, Vol. 77, #30796
  • Leutisha Quarles, Jefferson County, September 29, 1914, Vol. 48, #23889
  • Miama Quarles, Bourbon County, February 4, 1915, Vol. 7, #3195
  • Peter Quarles, Christian County, July 23, 1912, Vol. 42, #16719
  • Robert Lee Quarles, Jefferson County, February 23, 1915, Vol. 9, #4395
  • Theresa Quarles, Christian County, May 16, 1912, Vol. 31, #12052

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

  • Mary O. Yarbro, McCracken County, October 3, 1914, Vol. 54, #26557
  • Carlon Yarbrough, Webster County, April 23, 1914, Vol. 35, #17011
  • Eddie Yarbrough, Todd County, October 18, 1915, Vol. 52, #25667
  • George Washington Yarbrough, Logan County, May 23, 1911, Vol. 33, #13075
  • Harrison Yarbrough, Daviess County, November 21, 1912, Vol. 69, #27365
  • Infant of Jackson P. Yarbrough, Carlisle County, February 25, 1911, Vol. 8, #3100
  • James Nelson Yarbrough, Fayette County, April 1, 1913, Vol. 20, #9875
  • John R. Yarbrough, Graves County, October 10, 1914, Bol. 61, #36259
  • Kate Yarbrough, Logan County, July 10, 1914, Vol. 41, #20024
  • Lizzie Yarbrough, Logan County, June 24, 1914, Vol. 33, #16226
  • Lucy Yarbrough, Logan County, April 25, 1915, Vol. 28, #13740
  • Nathaniel Norwood Yarbrough, Webster County, April 7, 1912, Vol. 29, #11381
  • Nathaniel Norwood Yarbrough, Webster County, April 7, 1912, Vol. 74, #29233
  • Ora May Yarbrough, Hopkins County, April 4, 1915, Vol. 32, #15962
  • Roseline Yarbrough, Hopkins County, August 13, 1911, Vol. 53, #20888
  • Thelma Yarbrough, Webster County, October 7, 1915, Vol. 59, #29094
  • Thelma Yarbrough, Webster County, October 6, 1915, Vol. 52, #25775
  • Mary Yarling, McCracken County, March 22, 1911, Vol. 19, #7531
  • Albert Lee Yarnall, Fayette County, December 9, 1913, Vol. 64, #31823
  • Joe Henry Yarnall, Woodford County, April 13, 1915, Vol. 23, #11237
  • Nora May Yarnall, Bourbon County, October 1, 1914, Vol. 51, #25150
  • Ada May Yarnell, Scott County, December 1, 1912, Vol. 81, #32082
  • Elizabeth G. Yarnell, Jefferson County, July 22, 1914, Vol. 38, #18552
  • Lizzie Frances Yarnell, Bourbon County, August 31, 1912, Vol. 48, #18953
  • William Yarnell, Kenton County, April 28, 1911, Vol. 26, #10179
  • Mary Yast, Boyle County, December 29, 1915, Vol. 59, #29302

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

Kentucky Vital Statistics – Deaths – 1911-1915

  • Addie Lee Procter, Jefferson County, September 30, 1911, Vol. 60, #23678
  • George N. Procter, Clark County, March 20, 1913, Vol. 14, #6674
  • Henry O. Procter, Campbell County, May 26, 1913, Vol. 25, #12395
  • James Albert Procter, Daviess County, August 26, 1915, Vol. 39, #19146
  • Jeff Procter, Warren County, October 11, 1912, Vol. 66, #26310
  • Levinia Martha Procter, Clark County, February 15, 1913, Vol. 8, #3839
  • Infant of A. D. Proctor, Logan County, June 6, 1914, Vol. 38, #18970
  • Alexandria Proctor, Daviess County, June 17, 1914, Vol. 31, #15166
  • Amanda Proctor, Shelby County, July 29, 1915, Vol. 37, #18171
  • Anderson Proctor, Rockcastle County, March 26, 1911, Vol. 21, #8057
  • Ben F. Proctor, Fayette County, August 10, 1911, Vol. 52, #20513
  • Charles J. Proctor, Sr., Simpson County, February 11, 1913, Vol. 12, #5674
  • Charles R. Proctor, Jefferson County, July 23, 1911, Vol. 47, #18409
  • David Emmette Proctor, Jefferson County, February 23, 1914, Vol. 10, #4551
  • Eliza A. Proctor, Harrison County, October 22, 1915, Vol. 49, #24449
  • Elizabeth Proctor, Jefferson County, July 24, 1912, Vol. 44, #17522
  • Emma J. Proctor, Jefferson County, June 25, 1911, Vol. 39, #15500
  • Ezekiel Proctor, Livingston County, August 16, 1913, Vol. 45, #22402