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George Rogers Clark and Locust Grove – Jefferson County

Locust Grove decorated for Christmas in the traditional manor of the 1810’s.

Information on the family of George Rogers Clark is taken from articles written for The Filson Club History Quarterly 1935-1940, by Rogers Clark Ballard Thurston.  In his latter years, General Clark lived with his sister, Lucy, who married William Croghan.  Their home was Locust Grove, located on Blankenbaker Road near the Ohio River.  Ritchey and I love to visit Locust Grove – in addition to being open all year, special events are held – a spring garden show in May, a Jane Austen festival in July, an 18th Century Market Fair the last week in October and Christmas at Locust Grove in December.  I will share some photos we’ve taken.

Tea during the Christmas festivities.

George Rogers Clark was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1752.  Within a few years his family moved to Caroline County, Virginia.  Parents John Clark and Ann Rogers had ten children, all born in Virginia:  Jonathan; George Rogers; Ann; John, Jr.; Richard; Edmund; Lucy; Elizabeth; William and Frances Eleanor.  Some of the general’s family moved to the Louisville area of Kentucky – including his parents.  His parents home, Mulberry Hill, was on the eastern outskirts of Louisville, on Beargrass Creek.  Of the six sons of John and Ann Clark, five served as commissioned officers and the youngest, William, was one-half of the Lewis and Clark duo whose famous expedition to the northwest was made 1804-1806.

Cooking Carolina rice and his Lordship’s beef – delicious together in a bowl – at the 18th Century Market Fair!

With bread and cheese we had quite a sumptuous meal!

George Rogers Clark was a surveyor and as early as 1772 made a trip down the Ohio River.  By 1776 he stayed in Kentucky and became the one to whom others in the state looked to for advice and leadership.  For a short time Clark was at Ford Harrod in Mercer County.

Ritchey talking about cannon and shot.

The general and I discussing his last visit to Washington City.

And jugglers!

In 1809 General Clark stumbled and fell at the fireplace and one of his legs was burned.  Erysipelas set in and his leg was amputated above the knee.  It was at this time that he came to live with his sister and brother-in-law at Locust Grove.  He lived an additional nine years, dying February 13, 1818.  Immediate survivors were his brother William, in St. Louis, and three sisters, Ann Gwathmey, Lucy Croghan and Fanny Fitzhugh.  He was buried in the Croghan family cemetery at Locust Grove.

General George Rogers Clark, November 9, 1752, died February 13, 1818.  Croghan Family Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

In 1869, from a bequest from Isaac Clark, son of Jonathan, lots were procured in Cave Hill Cemetery, and many of the graves were moved to that location, including General Clark’s.

General George Rogers Clark’s burial spot at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

 

 

Mark McGohon Re-Interred In Memorial Acre In Harrodsburg

In 1930 the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution laid off an acre of land next to the pioneer burying ground at Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.  This plot of land was to be used to inter Revolutionary War soldiers whose graves were in neglected family graveyards.  Mark McGohon, his wife and daughter, were the first to be buried there, on June 15, 1930.  The next day, Memorial Acre was dedicated by the D. A. R.

Mark McGohon, Jr.

Revolutionary Soldier, Kentucky Pioneer, Christian Patriot

Born in Ireland, 1750.  Died in Kentucky, 1848.

First to be buried in Memorial Acre

When a lad he migrated to America and fought in the battles of Paoli, Bound Brook, Brandywine and Germantown.  Served under General George Rogers Clark and General Josiah Harmer, also in other campaigns against the Indians.

A defender of Fort Harrod in the westward sweep of civilization.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, June 13, 1930

Dust of Fort Harrod Hero To Be Laid In Memorial Park

Mark McGohon’s Exploits During Revolution Are Recalled; Descendants to See Military Rites.

Harrodsburg, Ky., June 12. – The dust that once was Mark McGohon, immigrant from Scotland, and Revolutionary War soldier, who dwelt in Old Fort Harrod, has been removed from what once was the garden of his son-in-law, James McKittrick, at Mackville, on the line of Mercer and Washington Counties, to be buried again with military honors in the Pioneer Memorial State Park here.

The remains of Mark McGohon and his daughter, Nancy, who was born in the old fort, will be interred by the McGohon Clan with services at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the “Revolutionary Memorial Acre,” provided by the Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in the Pioneer Memorial State Park.

Dr. W. H. Wisehard, Indianapolis, great-grandson of Mark McGohon and chieftain of the McGohon clan, will preside at the services.  Mark McGohon will be the first Revolutionary War soldier to be buried in the Memorial Acre, set apart for that purpose, which will be dedicated Monday afternoon.  Part of the ceremonies will be the firing of military salutes by the Frankfort and Springfield Nation Guard companies under direction of Adjt. Gen. W. H. Jones.

Mark McGohon slept for eighty-two years in his son-in-law’s garden.  As a boy he came to America with his mother and two sisters to join his father, the elder Mark McGohon, at New York.  During the voyage the mother and one of the girls died and were buried at sea, and the ship docked at Philadelphia instead of at New York.

The boy, Mark, and his little sister, penniless waifs in a strange land, were befriended by a man who saw the little girl crying as she and her brother wandered the streets of Philadelphia.

During the Revolutionary War, Mark, still a small boy, followed some troops as they marched to camp and joined them.  One day he heard his name called at muster and the man who answered it proved to be his father.  While encamped in Western Pennsylvania, Mark was assigned to carry milk to the camp from a farm house.  The daughter of the family served him the milk from a farm house.

When the troops moved on Mark promised to return to the girl, Betsy Dunn, when the war ended.  Carrying his honorable discharge, which still is in the possession of his descendants, Mark went back after the war and married Betsy Dunn.  They came to Kentucky and took shelter in Old Fort Harrod.

While living in the fort, there was a period when the settlers had no bread.  Grain crops had been destroyed by the Indians, and the occupants of the fort used the cooked white meat of wild turkeys and dried buffalo meat for bread.

Hearing of these conditions at the fort, Betsy’s father sent a bag of flour by some settlers who came down the Ohio River to the Falls, now Louisville, and Mark rode horseback to that site, where he obtained the flour and carried it back to the fort.  He told his wife to cook enough of the flour so that every person in the fort could have a piece of bread.  The skillet oven in which the bread was baked is among the relics now in the McGohon cabin in the fort Harrod replica.

When the horses were grazing outside the fort, Indians stole all but three.  One was a white mare, ‘Nell,” which Betsy’s father had given to her as a wedding gift.  Mark and other settlers trailed the Indians and saw them in camp at what is now New Albany, Indiana.  Mark climbed high into a tree, calling to the mare, which swam the river, followed by the other horses.

Mark McGohon built his log cabin two miles northeast of Harrodsburg.  Here he lived to extreme old age, finally going with his spinster daughter to Mackville, where a married daughter lived.  There he died at the home of his son-in-law and was buried in a two-ply walnut coffin under six feet of earth.

Mark McGohon’s great-grandson, Joe Thompson, Mackville, supervised the removal of the remains to the Memorial Acre.

Elizabeth Dunn McCohon, Sacred to the Memory of the wife of Mark McGohon, Jr. 

Born in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Kentucky with her husband following the Revolutionary War.  Pioneer woman who heroically met the toil and danger of the frontier and nobly did her part in maintaining domestic life within Fort Harrod, when surrounded by peril and attack from the Indians.

Her efforts aided in establishing the Presbyterian Church at Harrodsburg.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Monday, June 16, 1930

Body of Revolutionary Hero Is Reburied In D.A.R. Cemetery

Mark McGohon Is First Soldier to Be Interred In Harrodsburg Memorial Acre

Harrodsburg, Ky., June 15 – The remains of Mark McGohon, Revolutionary soldier, were interred with a simple ceremony this afternoon in the Revolutionary Memorial Acre in the Pioneer Memorial State Park.  He is the first of the soldiers in that 1776 struggle to be taken from a neglected grave and placed in the keeping of the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution, who will make their ‘acre’ one of the beauty spots of the Pioneer memorial State Park.  The flag-draped casket was carried by Legionnaires.

Beside the grave of Mark and his daughter, Nancy, born in old Fort Harrod, gathered members of the McGohon clan from Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and several other states.  The Rev. J. W. Carpenter of the Presbyterian Church offered prayer.  ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ was sung by Garnett Dean, McKee Reed, B. G. Alderson and William Reed.  Dr. W. H. Wishard, Indianapolis,

Chieftan of the McGohon clan, reviewed the short and simple annals of Mark McGohon, heroic chiefly in that he fought honorably in every battle of life.  He paid tribute to the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution for preparing a beautiful spot where those warriors for American Independence may be moved from oblivion.  ‘America the Beautiful,” by the quartet, and the benediction closed the service.

A military salute will be given Mark McGohon Monday afternoon when the Kentucky Daughters of the American Revolution dedicate their Memorial Acre.  Troops A and I, State militia, under Adjt. Gen. W. H. Jones, will fire the volley.  This salute will be part of the ceremonies of the celebration of the 156th anniversary of the founding of Harrodsburg.

Mark McGohon, when a mere lad joined a Pennsylvania company during the Revolution.  After his honorable discharge, which is still in the possession of his descendants, he came with his bride, Betsy Dunn, to Fort Harrod.  He died October 8, 1848, and since that date has slept in a grave in the Homestead garden of his son-in-law, James McKittrick, at Mackville, on the Mercer-Washington County line.

The Revolutionary Memorial Acre adjoins the Pioneer Cemetery in the Pioneer Memorial State Park, the oldest cemetery in Kentucky where sleep the brave dwellers in old Fort Harrod, who founded the first permanent settlement in Kentucky.  The Kentucky State Park Commission has placed this section of the Pioneer Park in the keeping of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Kentucky.  Any Revolutionary soldier may be reburied there by his family.

Other Revolutionary soldiers whose graves have been located in Mercer County by the Jane McAfee Chapter D. A. R. of Harrodsburg are Maj. Thomas Allin Captain John Armstrong, Captain William Armstrong, John Bohon, Captain Abram Chapline, Henry Comingore, Sr., John Comingore, Thomas Graham, Dominie Rev. Thomas Kyle, John Lillard, Col. William Logan, Lieutenant James McAfee, George McAfee, Col. Thomas P. Moore, Gen. James Ray, Capt. Lewis Rose, Abraham Sharp, John Sharp, John Smock, Sr., Captain James Stagg, Cornelius Vannice, Gen. John P. Van Nuyce, Cornelius A. Vanarsdale, Cornelius O. VanArsdale, Edward Houchins, Tobias Wilhoite.  There are a number of other Revolutionary soldiers known to be buried in Mercer County, but their graves have not been located.

Hundreds of persons from throughout Kentucky and from other states are expected to visit Harrodsburg Monday for the annual Pioneer Memorial Day exercises at the park.

The programme will begin at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon with the dedication and the principal address will be made by Mrs. Lowell Fletcher Hobart, president of the General National Division of the D. A. R., of Washington.  Mrs. James Darnell, director of State Parks, also will speak.

Nancy McGohon, daughter of Mark M. McGohon, Jr., and Elizabeth Dunn McGohon.

Born in Fort Harrod, buried in Memorial acre, 1930.

McGohon Family buried at Memorial Acre

Main Street in Harrodsburg – 1904 and 113 Years Later!

Let me introduce you to my town!  Harrodsburg, located in Mercer County, was laid out June 16, 1774, by Captain James Harrod and his band of men.  It was first called Harrodstown, then Oldtown, and finally Harrodsburg.  In the very early years there were Indian attacks, and many settlers were killed.  But the rich and fertile land of the Bluegrass area was too profitable to give up.  As more and more families moved to Mercer County, and the Indians gave way to Ohio and Indiana, life became more peaceful.

In the 130 years since the site was laid out, and this picture was taken, there is no comparison to the log fort and this photo from 1904.  Fort Harrod, and the cabins within, fell into disuse and decay.  This is a photo of a bustling little town!  Power lines dominate the picture, large buildings, churches, horse and buggies, men and women on the streets – with no worry of Indian attacks!  Progress was here.

And if we go an additional 113 years forward to today, we see a modern, small town, but with a few signs from the first photo.  The brick building on the right side of the street, in the middle of the photo, is still standing.  For many years it was used as the home for the County Clerk’s Office.  Directly across the street is the courthouse, which cannot be seen in either photo.  A new courthouse was built a few years ago, and the county offices were moved to a building on Lexington Avenue.

The yellow house is still there, with a bit of renovation.  In the original photo the Christian Church stands beside it.  The church, which has been rebuilt, is hidden by the tree, but can be see in the above photograph.

I wanted to show you a close up of the old photo.  You will have to imagine that the first two buildings on the right (the church and store front) are now the large Christian Church from the modern photo.  The brick building begins with what was the County Clerk’s Office.

Past the building that housed the clerk’s office is The Kentucky Fudge Company – one of our favorite places to eat!  Studio G is next, with local music and talent.  Several other businesses are located down the street.  The building at the end – blue, with a turret – is the office of Dr. Tammy Hoskins, my optometrist.  You can see this building in the original photo!

Power lines are now underground, giving a nice, neat Main Street appearance.  I love small towns – and I especially love living in one!  Come visit – I’ll show you the replica of Fort Harrod, with the huge Osage orange tree in front, that has been the center of many school photos.  We’ll visit The Kentucky Fudge Company for lunch.  The Harrodsburg Historical Society on Chiles Street is a must for genealogy research.  There are many old cemeteries to visit.  And Shaker Village is just a few miles away – they serve a lovely dinner.

 

The Old Fort on Seminary Hill

Several days ago I shared the name of a book Ritchey and I found when we were at Glover’s Bookery in Lexington – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky.  Today I share with you one of the photographs included in this book – and a re-creation we attempted.

The above is a picture of Captain Philip B. Thompson standing on the spot on old Seminary Hill where once stood the log house which constituted part of the old fort.  Captain Thompson, now in his eighty-first year, attended school on the old Seminary Hill, also called Old Fort Hill, as early as 1828, and at that time there remained two buildings of the Old Fort, one being two-story, the other a one-story addition.  The number of cabins in the fort or its dimensions either way is nowhere preserved.  A census was taken on the second day of September, 1777, at which time the population of Harrod’s Fort was 198.

The little white house beside the church is the home of a sweet woman of 84 years – we met her today for the first time while we were taking photos.  She looks about twenty years younger!  She has lived in that house all her life and told us much about the history of the area.  The church burned quite some years ago, and was rebuilt, resulting in the building we see today – therefore different from the first photo taken in 1904.  The fort actually stood in the parking lot that is to the left of the church.  I’m not sure exactly where Captain Thompson stood to get the church and house in the old photo.  But let us just say our photo is a close representation!  Ritchey is standing in the yard of the recreated fort, with the cemetery behind him.

Kentucky Fudge Company – Harrodsburg’s Historic and Culinary Treasure

The Kentucky Fudge Company in the early years – when it was Dedman’s Drugstore.

If you have never visited the small town of Harrodsburg, I heartily recommend you do.  Located in central Kentucky, we have so much history to offer since we are the oldest town in the state, founded in 1774 by a group of pioneers led by James Harrod, of Pennsylvania, who built Fort Harrod.  It was the only colonial city and the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.  I am proud to call Harrodsburg ‘home’.

Originally Kentucky was called Fincastle County when it was part of Virginia.  In 1776, after Harrodsburg had been a town for two years, it was renamed Kentucky County, Virginia.  Four years later Kentucky County was divided into three counties – Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln.  Harrodsburg was the county seat of Lincoln County, and remained so until 1785 when Mercer County was formed, Harrodsburg becoming the county seat for Mercer.  Kentucky became a state in 1792.

With our county clerk’s office that has records back to the very early years, our wonderful public library that has its own genealogy room and the Harrodsburg Historical Society located on Chiles Street, it is a genealogists dream.

But today I want to talk to you about the Kentucky Fudge Company located on Main Street.  It is located in the old Smith and Dedman Drugstore building that opened in 1868 at 225 South Main Street.  C. M. Dedman bought out his partner and it was known as Dedman’s Drugstore, and continued as a pharmacy until 1983.  The James Harrod Trust eventually acquired the property through the generosity of a local citizen, and restored the first floor of the drugstore.  The Kentucky Fudge Company was opened in 2006 and is a wonderful gathering place for adults and children – to enjoy ice cream in huge waffle cones or lunch or dessert – and to spend time talking and visiting with friends.

As you come through the front door it seems as if we’ve walked back in time.  From the original soda fountain, stained glass windows and the original cherry cabinets of the pharmacy to the ceilings and floors, history is in present time.  Drugstore memorabilia, old photos and such are on display.

But let’s talk about the food – you know how much I love to eat!  The menus are written on blackboards and the list is filled with yummy sandwiches, soups, salads, ice cream, bakery items.  The Saturday after five menu can be anything from a Roast Beef Manhattan to Pot Roast and Horseradish to personal pizzas and quesadillas.  On St. Patrick’s Day weekend we enjoyed Bangers and Mash!

My personal favorite lunch is their Triple Scoop – I always choose chicken salad, potato salad and olive nut spread.  Served with crackers, this is heaven on a plate!  The chicken salad is filled with chunks of chicken, grapes and celery; the potato salad is wonderful (tastes like it is made with baked potatoes); and the olive nut is by far the best I’ve ever eaten – pecans, green olives and cream cheese!  My mouth salivates just thinking about it!

And Saturday at 6:30 the Trivia begins – tables are filled with locals enjoying food, drinks and answering those mind-boggling questions!  Such fun!

And what about the fudge?  Oh, my!  One taste and you are hooked!  It is creamy, smooth and delicious!  Last time I tried the peppermint schnapps – now a personal favorite.  They also have buckeye (chocolate and peanut butter), milk chocolate and walnuts, bourbon, and several others.

Any visitor who stops by the Kentucky Fudge Company always returns!  We have friends from Canada who can’t wait to come back to to KFC to have lunch and some pie!  My sister loves the food so much she said the tea room is unnecessary.  And for any genealogy enthusiasts who visit, I always take them to the Kentucky Fudge Company!  Come to Harrodsburg and I will take you!

Mary McMurtry Rose Buried At Memorial Acre – Is She, or Isn’t She?

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I have been working on the Rose Family Cemetery that is located on Maude Lane in the small town of Burgin, in Mercer County, Kentucky.  The land has been owned by the VanArsdall family for many, many years, and is still owned by descendants of the same family.  What is so remarkable is that when my parents moved to Burgin in 1983, they lived next door to Roger and Geneva VanArsdall.  Their home was on Main Street, but Roger and his brother owned the farm at the back of my parents and the VanArsdall’s.  This cemetery was sitting there, waiting for me to find it, but until this fall I never knew it existed!

When a few members of the Lewis family came to Harrodsburg to search for their families, they were also interested in the Rose family, and through research we found the cemetery!  I shall stop at this point on the Lewis Cemetery.  That will have to be a blog for another day, as I am still trying to read the old gravestones and decipher what I can.  But in looking through the records it has led to a conundrum.

In 1937 Captain Lewis Rose, his wife, Mary Hatton McMurtry Rose, and son Charles Rose were exhumed from their burial spot on the VanArsdall farm, and interred in the small plot of land next to Fort Harrod Pioneer Cemetery, which is known as Memorial Acre.  This I had found previous to the Lewis family research, and I was eager to share this with them.  But as I sit here today, trying to piece together who was buried in the Rose Cemetery in Burgin, jogging dates, pieces from family bibles, wills and other bits of information, it occurs to me that the woman who is buried beside Captain Lewis Rose in Memorial Acre could not be his wife Mary – the dates on the above ground gravestones show she was born in 1779.  We know that Mary Todd Hutton was first married to Captain John McMurtry, about 1761.  Their first child, James, was born in 1771, so she had to be born before 1779.  After the death of John McMurtry, Mary married Captain Lewis Rose in 1793.  On the marriage bond is written she is the widow McMurtry, and that she and Captain Rose have grown children.  This definitely eliminates her birth date as 1779.

The gravestone in Memorial Acre reads, ‘Mary McMurtry Rose, wife of Lewis Rose, born February 4, 1779, Mercer County, Kentucky, died November 24, 1854, Mercer County, Kentucky.  A true pioneer mother, lived where Shakertown, Kentucky, now is, defending self and children against Indians, while husband held war captive.’

I am sure the intention was to move Mary McMurtry Rose’s body to this site, and commemorate her, along with her husband, Captain Rose.  There was another Mary Rose in the cemetery on the VanArsdall land – the wife of Charles Rose, son of Captain Lewis Rose, and daughter of Alexander Lewis.  She was born February 4, 1779, and died November 24, 1854.  Was her body moved to Memorial Acre?  Or were the dates just mixed up between the two women with the same first and last name?

How will we ever know?  The re-interment was in 1937 – probably everyone that had anything to do with it are long dead.  It could be that the correct body was moved, but the dates taken from another grave.  However, I think this unlikely.  DNA testing would possibly reveal information if we could find direct descendants, but I’m not sure the body could be exhumed, even if there would be DNA left after such a long time.

So in conclusion what should we say?  Possibly Mary Hutton McMurtry Rose IS buried beside her husband, Captain Lewis Rose, but the dates are incorrect on the gravestone.  Or, Mary Lewis Rose is buried beside HER husband, Charles Rose, with the wrong last name and information on the gravestone.  What do you think?

 

Aged Couple Go To Their Heavenly Reward

Richard Henry Bohon and wife, Mary Ellen VanArsdall Bohon, were descendants of the very early pioneers of Mercer County.  What a long lineage of history flowed through their veins. 

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Richard Henry Bohon, 1829-1912.  Mary E. Bohon, 1830-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, November 29, 1912

On Sunday morning last, at one o’clock, Mr. Richard Henry Bohon, a lifelong citizen of this place, and the oldest member of the Assembly Presbyterian Church, passed away at the ripe age of 84 years. He was on the streets the preceding Wednesday, apparently in his usual state of health. On Friday he went to bed, but was not complaining of anything beyond a somewhat unusual weariness which continued until Sunday morning, without pain or suffering of any kind, and at one o’clock death came to him like the sleep of an infant.

At the close of the Revolution, Watt Bohon emigrated to what was then Kentucky County, Virginia, and located at Harrodsburg Station, and John Bohon, father of the deceased, was born in the old fort, so that Mr. R. H. Bohon was a direct descendent of one of the early pioneers, and his name is connected with the beginnings of Harrodsburg. Sixty-three years ago in 1849, he married Miss Mary Ellen Vanarsdall, who survives him, and all these years their lives have been in a marked degree happy and blessed, filled with the sunshine of peace and contentment. Mr. Bohon was a good man, a good neighbor, a good citizen, commanding the cordial respect and friendship of the community, and the confidence and love of his household and relations. His aged wife, now in her eighty-third year, who divided his sorrows and doubled his joys, has been an equal partner in all the blessings which this home has received and conferred, and now, crowned with years and blessings, she awaits the time when she shall take up the broken thread of life where partings are unknown.

Besides his wife deceased leaves three sons, Daniel, of Monticello, Illinois; George, of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Joseph, of Los Angeles, California. The first two of them reached their father’s bedside before his death. The funeral service, conducted by his pastor, Dr. M. V. P. Yeaman, was held at the Assembly Presbyterian Church and the interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, April 11, 1924

Mrs. Mary Ellen Bohon, widow of the late R. H. Bohon, died on College Street in this city. She was stricken with pneu­monia in both lungs a few days before, and owing to her advanced years had not the strength to combat the disease. Her funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian Church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. S. S. Daughtry, and the interment was in the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery: The pallbearers were Messrs. James Isham, Hanly Bohon, Bush W. Allin, H. C. Bohon, Nat VanArsdall and Frank D. Curry. Mrs. Bohon was next to the oldest member of the congregation and Mr. Daughtry paid a brief but beautiful tribute to her.

One of the few remaining links of the past with the present was broken with the death of Mrs. Bohon. She was 93 years old, having been born in Mercer County, November 28, 1830. It is doubtful if any women whose life’s span was lived in this community ever left a better record of true womanhood. She was the daughter of Daniel VanArsdall and Leah Stagg VanArsdall, and is a descendant on both sides of the early pioneers in Kentucky who settled in this region. On October 28 — her nineteenth birthday — she was married to the late Richard Henry Bohon, who passed away in 1912. She was a devoted and helpful wife, a loving and tender mother and a friend above the price of rubies. Her life has been spent in unselfish devotion to her family and those about her, and also in her younger days, to activities in her church. She is the last of a family of seven children, and she leaves with those who knew her the memory of a beautiful and useful life.

Three daughters have been waiting with their father in the Land Beyond, and three sons remain to mourn her. They are Dan V. Bohon, Harrodsburg; Joe Bohon, Los Angeles, California, and George R. Bohon, of Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Joe Bohon has recently been seriously ill and was not able to make the long trip here.