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Two Brothers Who Died Young – Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery

My first thought when I caught sight of this dramatic angel in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati was, ‘Don’t blink!’  Not sure how many of you are Dr. Who fans – but that’s all I could think about while looking at this statue.  For a while I was mesmerized.  Now that I’ve found out more about the two young men who died far too young, I’m overwhelmed with sadness at the early loss of life.

Just a note on the Gracchi reference in the following obituary – the two brothers were Roman politicians in the 2nd century B.C.

Sacred to the memory of Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery.  Gather many into Christ’s flock.  Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.

Sheldon and Albert Thomas Emery were sons of Thomas Josephus Emery and Mary Muhlenberg Hopkins, born in England and New York, respectively.  They were married in 1864.  Sheldon Emery was born March 18, 1867, in Turin, Italy.  Albert Thomas Emery was born in Cincinnati, September 21, 1868.

In the 1880 Hamilton County, Ohio, census, Thomas Emery, 48, was a dealer in real estate; Mary was 43, Sheldon 13 and Albert 11.  Also living in the household was Mary’s mother, Mary Hopkins, 73; and Mary’s sister, Belle Hopkins, 31.  In the 1890 census Sheldon is listed as a clerk, working for his father.

Albert Thomas Emery died February 11, 1884, in Concord, New Hampshire, as the result of an accident while coasting.  He was at school.  Sheldon Emery died October 26, 1890, as a result of pneumonia.  He was an alumnus of Harvard Law School.

Cincinnati, October 27, 1890

Sheldon Emery

On Sunday, October 26, 1890, of double pneumonia, Sheldon Emery, son of Thomas J. and Mary M. Emery, in his 24th year.

When the mother of the Gracchi was asked to display her jewels she answered, as she enveloped her two boys in her arms, ‘These are my jewels.’  In imitation of this noble Roman mother Mrs. Emery might thus have truly answered six years ago if asked to exhibit some token of her wealth.  She, like the mother of the Gracchi, was the mother of two boys as bright and promising as were the Gracchi.  Today her jewels are gone.  The first perished in a coasting accident while at St. Paul’s School about six years ago; the other died last night at his home at Edgecliffe, Walnut Hills.  The house is now left unto Mr. and Mrs. Emery desolate.  Mr. Sheldon Emery, in whom both the father and mother had centered all their hopes, was but just developed into a mature man.  He had scarcely rounded his twenty-fourth year.  Of exemplary habits and endowed with the energy that has characterized his father and that distinguished his grandfather, he was big with promise.  He had a powerful frame, symmetrical with a brain that had been cultivated by study and extensive reading.  He was therefore fully equipped to engage successfully in the pursuits of which his father was master.  Indeed, he had already begun to gradually assume a part of the great responsibilities with which the master was eager to entrust him.  Is it any wonder, then, that the house is today desolate?


News from Wednesday, June 1, 1910 – The Springfield Sun

This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky.  I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910.  Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!

John Boyle – Brunetta Arnold 1836 Marriage Bond and License

Know all men by these presents, that we John Boyle and John Arnold, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds, current money, to which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally by these presents – sealed with our seals and dated this 2nd day of February 1836.

The conditions of the above obligation is such, that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound John Boyle and Brunetta Arnold, of Garrard County.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John Boyle, John Arnold

Attest, A. M. McKee

State of Kentucky, Garrard County, Sct.

To any person legally authorized to celebrate the rites of Matrimony:

These are to License and permit you to join together in the Holy State of Matrimony, Mr. John Boyle and Miss Brunetta Arnold of the county aforesaid, the said John Boyle having entered into bond conditioned as the Law directs.

Given under my hand as Clerk of the Court for the county aforesaid, this 2nd day of February 1836.

James H. Letcher, Clerk

Final Resting Place of R. T. Thornton

My posts have been meager the past few days – it is a busy time.  Our living room, kitchen, entry, hall and office were painted last week.   The office consists of three walls of bookcases – filled with books.  All those books were packed in totes, stacked in other rooms – books were everywhere!  Now I’m in the process of putting them back on the shelves – at least this has given me an excuse to sort!  More in-depth posts will hopefully come later in the week – or whenever the house is in order again!

R. T. Thornton, Standard Bearer in the 6th Reg. KY Volunteers, born October 10, 1811, fell at the Battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862.  Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

Leslie C. Riker Obituary

Leslie C. Riker, 1882-1940, Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 21, 1940

In the sudden passing of Leslie Condit Riker on Sunday evening, June 16, 1940, at his home on College street, the community of Harrodsburg lost one of its best loved citizens. He was born July 8, 1882, at the family home on Danville Pike, in Mercer County and has always lived in Harrodsburg. He was the son of Lee Riker and Marie Rue Riker, both deceased. He was one of five children of which three are still living; Carrie R. Michel, of Oak park, Ill., Frank C. Riker, of council Bluffs, Iowa, and Charles N. Riker, of Harrodsburg. In 1934 he married Amelia Craig who survives him.

The funeral was at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, June 18, at the Presbyterian church with the pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter conducting the services. Burial was in Spring Hill cemetery.

The bearers were Otto Redwitz, J. E. Brown, George Rue, Oran Stagg, Harrodsburg; Frederick Mickel, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Bennett Bean and Lawrence Brewer, Lexington; and Herbert Robertson, Henderson.

He was a trustee of the United Presbyterian church, a member of the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital Board, director of the Mercer County National Bank and one time City Commissioner.

He was associated with the London Assurance Company for nearly thirty years as special agent for Kentucky and Tennessee, which position he held at the time of his death. The high esteem in which he was held throughout the states was manifested by the floral offerings, the expressions of praise and the attendance at the funeral by Chris D. Shefe, assistant manager of the New York office, as well as agents from many places.

From childhood he has been a part of the community of Harrodsburg. Its problems, its joys and its sorrows were a part of his life. Many friends, white and colored, will remember his wise counsel, his practical advice in their affairs, and his generous financial help in their extremities. They will remember and continue to work, with his ideals in mind for the best interests of his community.


c. 1910 Woman’s Traveling Outfit

I’m so excited to share this photo with you today – a woman’s traveling costume from about 1910.  The pleated skirt is very stylish, partnered with a high collared white blouse, set off with a pin at the throat.

Don’t you love the long jacket?  Large puffed sleeves with slim lower sleeves – and the black collar and cuff with stars.  The dark gloves are a good contrast to the white outfit.

And can we talk about the hat?  The multitude of flowers give this outfit a softening touch.  It looks very nice with her feminine hairstyle.

Such a fascinating photo of an era of long ago!

Andrew Lovelace of Ballard County

The first white men in Ballard County came in 1780, when General George Rogers Clark came with about 200 soldiers to establish a military outpost at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, laying claim of the United States to the Mississippi River as its western boundary.  Fort Jefferson was established with about 200 soldiers, which was a mile and a half south of what is now the town of Wickliffe.  The Chickasaw Indians considered this their territory and were anything but happy that their land had been invaded by the white man.  A few settlers came down the river to the fort after it was established, but the Indians attacked and killed them mercilessly.  Soon the fort was abandoned and any remaining settlers left also.  Until the purchase of this area of Kentucky in 1819, there were no permanent settlers.

Of the settlers who came in around 1818/1819 were John Humphrey, Solomon Redferrin, Robert Crafton and William Crafton, Daniel Doolin, John Weaver, James Talbott, William Rush, William Holman, Samuel Wilson, Andrew Lovelace, the Ewell family, the Newman family, Benjamin Kimmell, Samuel Saruthers, Penuel Billington, James Ashley, Israel Linn, William Linn, the Stovall family, the Unsell family.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Ballard County, Kentucky

Andrew Lovelace

Upon the crest of a high hill overlooking the village of Lovelace, and commanding a magnificent view of the valley of the Mayfield Creek, rests a substantial brick residence, the home of a bright and sturdy old pioneer, the worthy subject of this sketch.  Andrew Lovelace was born February 12, 1811, in Butler County, Kentucky, and came with his parents, in 1822, to what is now Ballard County, where he has since resided.  His father, Captain Andrew Lovelace, Sr., a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, was born in 1776, removed to Kentucky in an early day, and died here in 1863.  He was the son of Elias, a soldier of the Revolution, who also died at this place about 1833.  He was the son of John, an Englishman.  Subject’s mother, Rebecca, daughter of William Holman, of North Carolina, died in 1834.  To her and husband were born:  Elizabeth (Hall), Nancy (Lynn), Elias, Archibald, subject, Rebecca (Humphrey), Isaac and William.  Subject was married November 5, 1833, to Miss Eleanor, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shelton) Ashley, of Butler County (born May 15, 1815), and his union has been blessed by the birth of Virgil S., Martha J. (Howard), John H., Freeman B., James M., Mary E. (Elsey), William A., Eliza B. (Trice), and Susan V. (Henderson).  Subject is a farmer, has prospered in his business and now owns 400 acres of well improved and valuable land which is in a fine state of cultivation.  In politics he still clings to the tenets of the old line Whigs.

Andrew and Eleanor Lovelace are buried in the Lovelace Family Cemetery in the town of Lovelace.