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Death, Birth and Marriage – In the March 23 1895 Frankfort Newspaper

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, March 23, 1895

Deaths of the Week

A Rich Harvest for the Grim Reaper

Bryant – Mrs. Puss Bryant died Wednesday night at her home on East Main Street, after a brief illness, aged about 80 years.  The deceased was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Isabel Montgomery, with whom she has made her home of late years, but was formerly a resident of Council Bluff, Iowa, to which place the remains were shipped Thursday afternoon for interment.

Gallery – Mr. Mike Gallery died Friday night of last week at his home, a mile and a half from the city, on the Versailles Pike, after a protracted illness.  He was a native of Ireland but came to this county when a young man and by toil and economy had accumulated considerable property.  He was an honest, hardworking man, correct in all his dealings and leaves two sons and one daughter, as well as a large number of friends to mourn his death.  His funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the Catholic Church.

Cromwell – Mrs. Lizzie Jessee, wife of William Cromwell, Esq., died Thursday morning at 2:30 o’clock after an illness of five weeks with typhoid fever.  The deceased was a daughter of Col. George M. Jessee, of Henry County, had been married less than two years and leaves to her broken-hearted husband a bright little boy of four months old.  Of a lovely disposition which drew to her the hearts of those with whom she came in contact, having just located in a bright new home and with everything which made life to her worth living, the silver cord was loosened all too soon and a large circle of devoted relatives and friends are overwhelmed with grief for her loss.  Her father, mother, sisters and brothers, who had been constant and devoted in their attentions during her illness, were with her when the end came, and now that all is over will return to their homes with hearts bowed under an exceeding weight of woe, the grandmother taking with her little Willie, – too young to realize his terrible loss – will be tenderly cared for and nurtured as was the loved one who is gone.  The grief-stricken young husband, whose heart and home are thus shattered, has the sympathy of a large circle of friends and of those who sorrow with him.

The funeral took place yesterday morning at 11:30 o’clock from the residence on South Shelby Street, the services being conducted by Rev. W. B. Taylor, of the Christian Church, of which the deceased was a member.

Ellis – Mrs. Philipa Ellis died at the home of her son, Mr. Thomas Ellis, on the South Side, at 4 o’clock Monday morning, aged 86 years.  The deceased was formerly from Shelby County and had only recently removed to this city.  The remains were taken to her old home Tuesday morning and interred at Mt. Tabor Church.

Glanton – Mrs. W. A. Glanton died at the home of her husband in Eddyville on Tuesday and the remains were brought here for interment, the funeral taking place from the Christian Church Thursday morning.  The deceased was formerly Miss Sullivan, of this county.

Noel – Mr. Silas M. Noel, an old and well-known resident of this county died Thursday morning at 6 o’clock, at his home just below Leestown, after a lingering illness, aged about 65 years.

His funeral took place yesterday afternoon from his late residence and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the cemetery.


Ireland-Jillson – Mr. George T. Ireland, of Pleasureville, and Miss Mary Jillson, youngest daughter of Mr. R. B. Jillson, were married Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s parents on High Street, in the presence of a few friends and relatives, Rev. W. B. Taylor officiating.  The newly wedded couple left shortly after the ceremony for a short bridal trip but will return to the city today and take rooms with the bride’s parents for the present.


Dean – In this city on Friday, Marth 15th, to Mr. Gus Dean and wife, a son.

Herdon – In this city on Friday, March 15, 1895, to Judge W. C. Herndon and wife, a son – John Presley.

Thomas – In Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday March 14th, to Mr. Landon A. Thomas and wife, a daughter – Ellen Polk.

Dr. Aquilla Talbott Obituary – Fayette County

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, December 17, 1838 – September 3, 1907.  Sallie J. Head, his wife, January 13, 1839 – August 2, 1909.  Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 4, 1907

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, one of the best-known physicians of Lexington, and an ex-Confederate soldier, died at his residence in this city at 6 o’clock this morning.  Dr. Talbott had been in bad health from a complication of kidney and stomach diseases for several months.  Yesterday afternoon he felt so ill that he went home about 1 o’clock and retired, hoping that he would feel better after a night’s rest.  he, however, grew gradually worse until he expired this morning.  Dr. Talbott was born in Bourbon County in 1838.  When he was seventeen years old the family moved to Franklin County, where he grew to manhood.  When Bragg’s army invaded Kentucky he joined Scott’s Louisiana cavalry and served with that organization until the close of the war.  In 1870 he came to Lexington and began the practice of medicine, in which he gained a wide acquaintance and popularity.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Preston Blake officiating.  The interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery.  The pallbearers will be as follows:  W. H. Snyder, Shelby Kinkead and Ben T. Head, of Lexington; J. S. Head, Jr., Ashland, Ky.; R. C. Head, of Louisville and Augustus Talbott of Paris, Ky.

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, September 7, 1907

William E. Bradley Obituary

William E. Bradley, May the twenty-seventh 1840 – February the sixteenth 1905.  Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Kentucky.

The Owensboro Messenger, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky

Friday, February 17, 1905

Prominent Whisky Man

William E. Bradley Dies Suddenly At Frankfort

Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 16 – William E. Bradley, aged sixty-three years, assistant treasurer and general manager of the Kentucky distilleries and warehouse companies, and treasurer of the W. A. Gaines Company, died at his home in this city this morning at 12:30 o’clock.

Mr. Bradley was at his place of business yesterday and had returned from the theater but an hour before he was stricken.  Mr. Bradley was a brother of president Edson Bradley, of the Kentucky distilleries and warehouse companies, of New York, and is one of the best known whisky men in the United States.  He was born in New York state and came to Frankfort in 1878 and was associated with the W. A. Gaines Company.  He was one of the organizers of the Kentucky Distilleries Company and has given his time and attention to the management of the business.  In his early manhood he was married to a Miss Hall, of New York, who died in 1880.  He was married to a Miss Mamie Hawkins sixteen years ago.  He leaves besides his wife two sons, William E., Jr., and an infant, Udolpho Speed.

Tobin Family Obituaries – Franklin and Marion Counties

Lawrence and Mary Tobin’s graves in Frankfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Kentucky.

Lawrence Tobin was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1817, the son of Lawrence and Kate Tobin.  He came to the United States in 1840.  Mary Leonard was born in Ireland in 1829, a daughter of John Leonard.  The couple married in 1847.  They began their Kentucky life together in Jefferson County.  In the 1850 census Lawrence was 34, a laborer; Mary was 22.  Son Richard, 2, born in Kentucky was listed, as well as Hugh Leonard, 19, born in Ireland – probably Mary’s brother.

By 1860 the family  had moved to Frankfort.  Lawrence was now a grocer.  Children John, 10; Kate, 8; Rose, 4; and Hugh, 2, had joined the family.  Three more children were born by 1880 – James, Susan and Annie.

Lawrence Tobin, 1817-1897.

Kentucky Advocate, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky

Monday, December 27, 1897

Lawrence Tobin Dead

Just as the Angelus was ringing Sunday night from the church of which he was a member for many long years the spirit of Lawrence Tobin took flight.  Mr. Tobin was one of the best known Democrats in the state, having been one of the brave few who assembled in Louisville just after the war to reorganize the party in Kentucky.  He was born in 1815 in Ireland and came to this country when a young man, and had lived in Frankfort since about 1848.  He was elected city councilman several times and was on the state central committee for many years.  A wife and eight grown children survive him.

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, September 16, 1905

Death of Dr. Hugh Leonard Tobin

This sad announcement came as a shock to our city.  His death occurred at 11 o’clock on Thursday night, at Pope’s Sanitarium, in Louisville.  Dr. Tobin was the third son of the late Mr. Lawrence Tobin and Mrs. Mary Tobin.  he was 44 years of age, and was a physician of fine attainments and standing.  He had been physician at the local penitentiary for eight years in succession, and had also served in a like position under Governor Buckner.

For some time Dr. Tobin had been troubled with a painful intestinal disease, which baffled the skill of our local physicians, and had recourse to an operation for relief.  The operation was performed some ten days ago, and contrary to the hopes of the surgeons, he did not rally as fully as it was hoped he would.  On Thursday the case assumed a dangerous phase, and his brothers, Mr. Richard Tobin and Mr. John Tobin, were summoned to his bedside.  He sank rapidly, and the end came as stated.

Dr. Tobin was highly esteemed for his integrity and ability as a man and physician.

He leaves a wife and nine children, three brothers, three sisters and his aged mother to mourn his untimely end.

The remains were brought home yesterday and the funeral and burial will take place from the Church of the Good Shepherd today.  Rev. Father Thos. S. Major conducting the sad rites.

The sympathy of a wide circle of relatives and friends is extended to the bereft.

Mary Leonard Tobin, 1829-1908.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, July 3, 1908

Death of Mrs. Tobin

Mrs. Mary Leonard Tobin, widow of Lawrence Tobin, once one of the leading Democratic politicians in Kentucky, died here this morning at 7 o’clock at the age of 79 years.  Infirmities of old age caused her death.  Lawrence Tobin was once chairman of the Democratic State Committee and one of the prominent party leaders in the State.  One of his son, Dick Tobin, was Mayor of Frankfort several years ago.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 15, 1926

James M. Tobin, 58, Dies In Frankfort

Frankfort, Ky., April 14 – James Madison Tobin, 58 years old, died of heart trouble at 5 o’clock this afternoon while talking with a friend in front of a Main Street store here.  Mr. Tobin was a son of the late Lawrence Tobin.  He is survived by two brothers, John Tobin, Lexington, and Richard Tobin, secretary of the Railroad Commission, and four sisters, Mrs. Kate Boldrick, Lebanon, and Misses Rose, Anne and Susie Tobin, Frankfort.

The Courier Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, July 16, 1927

Former Mayor Frankfort Dies

Lingering Illness Fatal to Secretary of State Railroad Commission

Frankfort, Ky., July 15 – Richard Tobin, 77 years old, former mayor of Frankfort and Secretary of the State Railroad Commission for the last eight years, died here this afternoon at his home in South Frankfort of a lingering illness.  Mr. Tobin had been active in State politics for many years and had a wide acquaintance among politicians throughout the State.  He was the first mayor of Frankfort to be chosen by Popular vote.  The mayor was formerly elected by the city council.

Mr. Tobin is survived by four daughters, Misses Lucille Tobin, Blanche Tobin, Anna Tobin and Mayme L. Tobin, and one son, Richard Tobin, Jr.  No funeral arrangements have been made.


Susan Tobin was born October 10, 1861, and died January 25, 1929, in Marion County, Kentucky, evidently visiting her sister, Mrs. Kate Boldrick.  The unmarried sisters were living at their old homeplace, 326 Main Street, in Frankfort.  Susan never married.  She was buried in Frankfort.

After the death of sister Susan, the unmarried sisters Annie and Rose Tobin made their home with their sister, Kate, in Marion County.  Annie Tobin was born February 28, 1872, and died May 28, 1931, and was buried in Frankfort.

Two months later, brother Dr. John Tobin, born December 8, 1860, died July 28, 1931.  He also lived in Marion County; he was buried in Frankfort.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, August 13, 1939

Rose Tobin was born April 24, 1856, and died August 7, 1939, in Marion County; she was buried in Frankfort.

Kate Tobin Boldrick lived longest of all her siblings.  She was married to George Boldrick.  They had a large family of nine children.  Kate was born April 26, 1853 (although the date given on her birth certificate was April 25, 1864; she was listed in the births of Franklin County for 1853) and died October 3, 1940.  She and her husband were buried in St. Augustine Cemetery in Lebanon, Marion County.




Wedding Showcase At Kentucky Historical Society

When last at the Kentucky Historical Society I took time to photograph the beautiful wedding collage on one of the walls near the entrance.  I always look at this since it is so lovely, and now I have photos to share with you!

The wedding photographs and documents must be from Scotland since the documents are about the Aitcheson family from Rochsalloch, Scotland.  Not only is there a marriage bond, or certificate, but deeds and conveyances to members of the family.

Each bride is individually beautiful and dressed according to the time period in which she was married.

It is Appointed, Contracted and Matrimonially Ended between the Partys following, viz., William Alexander, Merchant in Edinburgh, lawful Son of William Alexander, Esquire, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, with the Special advice and consent of the said William Alexander, his father of the one Part, And Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, lawful Daughter of John Aitcheson, of Rochsalloch, Esquire, with the Special advice and consent of the said John Aitcheson, her father, of the other Part in manner following.  That is to say the said William Alexander the Younger and Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, having conceived a Mutual Affection for one another have accepted and taken and by those presents Accept and take each other as their lawful spouses and promise to Solemnize and complete the holy Bond of Marriage together with all requisite Solemnities.  In Contemplation of which Marriage the said William Alexander the Younger hath become bound and obliged and by these presents, binds and obliges him, his heirs, Executors and successors to consent and pay to the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson a free life-rent annuity of Seventy pounds sterling during all the Days of her life, in case she shall survive him, at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martinmas, by equal portions beginning the first term’s payment  thereof at the first term of Whitsunday or Martinmas that shall happen after the decease of the said William Alexander the Younger for the half year immediately preceding and so forth yearly and termly thereafter during all the Days of the life of the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson with the sum of seventy pounds sterling.

         William Alexander, Junior, Christian Aitcheson, John Aitchseon

Quite a different marriage bond from what we have in Kentucky!  Whitsunday is Pentecost Sunday, usually the first holiday of summer, and Martinmas is the feast of St. Martin’s death on November 11th.  Since Martinmas corresponded with the end of harvest it was a good time for celebration.

Such a wonderful collection!  This would be a fantastic way to show off your own collection of old photos and documents (copies, of course!)

Hm, I thought this post was finished, but decided to do a little extra research on this family – why would a Scottish family be on the wall of the Kentucky Historical Society?

There is no date on the marriage contract, making it a little difficult to research, but I found out that William Alexander’s wife, Christian, died about 1783 in Scotland.  His father, William Alexander, died about 1763.  Since he was alive at the marriage, William and Christian must have married shortly before that date.  After Christian’s death, William and son, Robert, came to Virginia.  Robert moved on to Woodford County, Kentucky, and his father came about 1816, dying there three years later.  William Alexander also had children by a second wife.  They came to Kentucky about the same time, and lived near his eldest son.  Now we have our Kentucky connection!


Peter Jett – Culpeper County, Virginia, to Franklin County, Kentucky

Just an interesting tidbit, I’m now reading Capital on the Kentucky by Carl E. Kramer, a two hundred year history of Frankfort and Franklin County – absolutely fascinating!  William L. Jett, son of the Peter Jett of this biography, is mentioned in the book as being a law partner of Patrick U. Major, in the late 1870’s to 1880’s.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Franklin County, Kentucky

Peter Jett was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, June 3, 1804, and is a son of Matthew and Susan (Tapp) Jett, also natives of Culpeper County, and of English origin.  Matthew Jett was born about 1776, served in the War of 1812, came to Kentucky in 1830 and settled on a farm between Frankfort and Lawrenceburg, in Franklin County, and died in 1854.  Peter Jett was reared a farmer, but also learned carpentering, and for years was a contractor and builder.  He settled in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1827, was appointed county assessor, and after the adoption of the new constitution was elected to that office, in which  he served eighteen or twenty years.  May 27, 1829, he married Miss Julia Ann, daughter of Stephen Arnold of Franklin County.  Mrs. Julia Jett died in 1865, and in 1871 Mr. Jett married Mrs. Caroline Cromwell Giltner, a native of Fayette County.  To the first marriage of Mr. Jett there were born three children:  Martha J. (Mrs. Reid), Matthew Edgar and William L.  The last named was born in 1841, and was a Confederate soldier, married Miss Susan Gresham, of Monroe County, Georgia, and was appointed post office inspector under Cleveland.  Peter Jett has been chairman of the Franklin County Democratic County Committee for twenty years.

Daniel Boone’s Frankfort Grave?

img_8455Daniel Boone, November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820.  Rebecca Bryan Boone, January 9, 1739 – March 18, 1813.

Where is Daniel Boone buried?  I suppose it depends on who you ask!  Daniel died in Marthasville, Missouri, in 1820, his wife, Rebecca, seven years earlier.  Their bodies were buried in the Bryan Cemetery, on a family member’s farm, on the banks of the Missouri River.

Daniel Boone moved to Missouri from Kentucky because he thought the latter too crowded – too many people.  He must have been disheartened with his land speculation deals that drove him deeply in debt.  Missouri would be a fresh start – and less people.  Since life was very hard in Kentucky, I’m surprised the descendants agreed to have the bodies returned to the state.


from A Short History of Franklin County, Kentucky, by C. E. James, for the Fourth of July, 1876, 1881

Remains of Daniel Boone

At its session of 1844-’45, the Legislature of Kentucky adopted measures to have the mortal remains of the celebrated pioneer, Daniel Boone, and those of his wife, removed from their place of burial on the banks of the Missouri River, for the purpose of interment in the cemetery at Frankfort.  The consent of the surviving relations of the deceased having been obtained, a commission was appointed, under whose superintendence the removal was affected.  The 13th of September, 1845, was fixed upon as the time when the ashes of the venerable dead would be committed with fitting ceremonies to the place of their final repose.  It was a day which will be long remembered in the history of Franklin County.  The deep feeling excited by the occasion was evinced by the assembling of an immense concourse of citizens from all parts of the state; and the ceremonies were most imposing and impressive.  A procession, extending more than a mile in length, accompanied the remains to the grave, where were gathered a vast multitude.  The hearse, decorated with flowers and evergreens, was drawn by four white horses, and was accompanied by the following distinguished pioneers as pallbearers, viz:  Col. Richard M. Johnson, of Scott; Gen. James Taylor, of Campbell; Capt. James Ward, of Mason; Gen. Robert B. McAfee and Peter Jordan, of Mercer; Waller Bullock, Esq., of Fayette; Capt. Thomas Joyes, of Louisville; Mr. Landon Sneed, of Franklin; Col. John Johnson, of the state of Ohio; Maj. E. E. Williams, of Kenton; and Col. William Boone, of Shelby.  The procession was accompanied by a number of military companies, and by the members of the Masonic fraternity, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in rich regalia.  The funeral services were performed in a beautiful hollow near the grave.  The hymn was given out by the Rev. Mr. Godell, of the Baptist Church; prayer by Bishop Soule, of the Methodist Episcopal Church; oration by the Hon. John J. Crittenden; closing prayer by the Rev. J. J. Bullock, of the Presbyterian Church, and benediction by the Rev. P. S. Fall, of the Christian Church.  The coffins were then lowered in the graves.  The spot where the graves are situated is as beautiful as nature and art could make it, being on the brink of a river bluff, and commanding a magnificent view.  A monument of Kentucky marble, four feet square and twelve feet high, marks the spot.

img_8452Lovely view of the Kentucky River from Boone’s Grave

And what does Kentucky Educational Television say about this?

‘Daniel Boone wasn’t born in Kentucky, and he didn’t die here, but we still regard him as our favorite son. He was held in such high regard that 25 years after his death in Missouri in 1820, Kentuckians brought his bones, and those of his wife, Rebecca, back to Kentucky. The bones were reinterred at Frankfort Cemetery on a scenic spot overlooking the Kentucky River. A granite monument was erected.

The gravesite is the number one tourist attraction in the city—but is Daniel Boone really buried there?

The Friends of Daniel Boone’s Burial Site in Marthasville, Missouri, aren’t so sure, and the controversy has simmered for years. Much has been disputed: Did Daniel’s son Nathan really give permission for the bones to be disinterred? Was the proper grave dug up? If so, were all of the bones removed?

Some say that back in Missouri, Daniel was originally buried at Rebecca’s feet, so the bones next to her weren’t Daniel’s. Over the years, researchers have pored over old records trying to solve the mystery. The skull buried in the Frankfort grave has even been exhumed and examined, but results were inconclusive.

Finally, some say that not all of Daniel’s bones were removed to Frankfort. In fact, some Missouri historians say their research shows that only the larger bones were taken by the Kentucky delegation—which would mean that Daniel Boone has two graves.’

img_8460I suppose we will never know for sure – but it is indeed a pleasure to visit the grave in Frankfort.  At the very least we can call it a monument to this great American pioneer.