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Before The War

This was a newspaper column published in The Springfield Sun in 1926.

Before The War was a newspaper column devoted to gleanings from the lives of citizens of Springfield and Washington County before the War Between the States.

Editor’s Note:  This column will appear as a weekly Sun feature.  Our readers are invited to send copies of old letters, newspaper clippings, or data of historical nature for publication.  The only requirement is that all material sent must apply to events in the lives of citizens of Springfield or Washington County previous to the War Between the States, which began in 1861.

Pottsville Ahoy!

The following advertisement appeared in the Lebanon (KY) Post.  Issue of March 22, 1854:  Notice – The undersigned will at the May term of the Washington County Court move said Court to establish a town on the land where Pottsville is now situated, in Washington County, as shown by a survey and plat now filed in the County Clerk’s office of Washington County, and shall ask the appointment of Trustees, etc.  The boundary of the town will be seen by reference to plat.  This 20th day of February 1854 – William Burns, Johnson Stumph, Samuel Burns, William Spraggins, William Thurman, Henry Pope, Spence & Hord, J. W. Pope, James Burns, R. Jones, George Campbell, M. Martin, William Worshaw.

Time Have Speeded [sic] Up

In 1854 it took two days to get a letter from Springfield to Louisville, and three days from Lebanon to Louisville.  Starting a letter from Lebanon on Monday 12 12 o’clock, it would reach Springfield at 2, where it remained until the next day until 3, at which hour it would move on to Bardstown, and arrive there at 6.  At 10 p.m. it would leave there and arrive in Louisville at 6 o’clock on Wednesday morning.  This schedule, of course, depended upon good time and no delays.

Fire At James Clements

The farm house of James Clements, situated two miles from Springfield, was burned to the ground Sunday morning, April 9, 1854.  The family were absent at church, and when they returned in the evening, they found their dwelling house a heap of smoldering ruin.  It was believed that a hired servant, who had been left in charge, set it on fire.  This was, truly, an unfortunate circumstance as Mr. Clements, a few months before, had let to the altar a fair bride.

Small Child Burned

A small child of Mr. C. Cunningham, of Springfield, got badly scalded on Monday, April 17, 1854, by the overturning of a kettle of boiling water in its lap.  Instant medical care was given the little tot and it was soon out of danger.

Cholera In Springfield

This dread disease raged in Springfield in 1854, and there were ten or more deaths reported by the middle of June.  Citizens were frantic, and many deserted the place.  Warnings to be careful of their diet were issued to the town’s residents.  Cherries and other unhealthy fruit, as well as unripe vegetables, were to be shunned as one would poison.

Died

At his residence in Washington County on Tuesday, the 15th of August 1854, Mr. J. T. Hamilton, after a long and painful illness.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Heavy Rain

There was a very heavy rain in the neighborhood of Springfield on Tuesday evening, September 19, 1854.  Old timers could not remember when the community had before been visited by such a veritable cloud burst.  The creeks and branches ran in torrents, even sweeping away fences in places.

Prominent Lawyer Dies

George C. Thurman, Esq., departed this life at 9 o’clock Saturday, September 30, 1854, at his home in Springfield.  He was an excellent lawyer, and a clever, warm-hearted gentleman.  He was attacked by an immense carbuncle between his shoulders, but a week or so before he died, which defied all the acknowledged medical skill which was called to his beside.

Taken from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, Cook.

Washington County, Kentucky, Deaths

Kentucky Vital Statistics

Washington County Deaths “C” 1852-1860

Call, Elvira, age 11 months, female, resided and born Washington County, died September 2, 1854, of head injuries, daughter of John M. Call.

Call, Mary, age 1, female, single, resided and born Washington County, died November 5, 1852, of worms, daughter of John and E. Call.

Calvert, William, age 8 months, male, resided and born Washington County, died September 10, 1854, of thrush, son of Robert A. Calvert.

Cambron, Francis, age 16, male, single, farmer, resided and born Washington County, died December 5, 1853, of typhoid fever, son of Hillary and Caroline Cambron.

Cambron, Hillary, age 54, male, died May 1, 1856, no cause given, son of William and Rebecca Cambron.

Campbell, Fillmore, age 28, resided and born Washington County, died October 10, 1858, of croup, son of George Campbell.

Campbell, Henry C., age 2, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died September 1, 1853, of flux, son of Morton and Mary Campbell.

Canter, Delila, age 15, female, single, resided and born Washington County, died August 16, 1852, no cause given, daughter of Leonard Canter.

Carey, E., age 9, male, died July 14, 1856, of flux, son of James and E. Carey

Carey, John, age 2, male, died June 6, 1856, of flux, son of James and M. Carey.

Carey, Permelia, age 57, female, died July 4, 1856, of flux, daughter of N. and E. Hayden.

Carrico, Ann, age 64, female, married, resided and born Washington County, died June 5, 1852, of cancer, daughter of Bernard and Eleanor Montgomery.

Carrico, Joan, age 29, female, single, resided and born Washington County, died November 26, 1853, of rheumatism, daughter of Aquilla and Eleanor Carrico.

Carrier, James W., age 1, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died August 20, 1852, of flux, son of Nelson and Elizabeth Carrier.

Carrier, Mary, age 55, female, married, resided Washington County, born Jessamine County, died February 17, 1854, of fever, daughter of John and Sarah Crow.

Carrier, Nelson, age 4, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died August 5, 1852, of flux, son of Nelson and Elizabeth Carrier.

Carrier, not named, age 6 weeks, male, died September 19, 1857, no cause given, son of Edward Carrier.

Catlin, William, age 12, male, died August 1, 1856, no cause given, son of Robert Catlin.

Casey, Elizabeth, age 29, female, married, resided Garrard County, born Washington County, died 1858, of fever, daughter of William and Nancy Wilson.

Cheatham, Frances, A., age 10, female, resided and born Washington County, died 1854, no cause given, daughter of Duncan Cheatham.

Cheatham, Lucy, age 12, female, single, resided and born Washington County, died September 25, 1855, of flux, dysentery, daughter of Obdiah and Ann Cheatham.

Cheatham, Mary, age 20, female, died December 17, 1856, of consumption, daughter of Henry Cheatham.

Cheek, not named, age 3 months, male, resided and born Washington County, died July 30, 1854, no cause given, son of Lewis Cheek.

Chesser, Beedin T., age 5, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died April 5, 1852, of scarlet fever, son of Beedin and Charlotte Chesser.

Chesser, Elizabeth, age 2, female, single, resided and born Washington County, died April 20, 1852, of scarlet fever, daughter of Beedin and Charlotte Chesser.

Chesser, Frances, age 3, female, resided and born Washington County, died October 20, 1858, of whooping cough, daughter of James M. and Catherine Chesser.

Chesser, James, age 3, male, died Mary 10, 1857, no cause given, son of William and Elizabeth Chesser.

Chesser, James, age 3 months, male, died February 14, 1857, no cause given, son of Elizabeth Curtsinger.

Chesser, not named, no age given, male, died December 20, 1857, no cause given, son of E. Chesser.

Chesser, Robinson, age 13, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died September 10, 1855, of dysentery, son of Thomas Chesser.

Christianson, M. J., age 16, female, single, died September 17, 1860, of typhoid fever, resided Washington County, born and died on Glens Creek, daughter of Richard Christianson.

Clark, Susan, age 21, female, died October 20, 1856, of flux, daughter of James and Nancy Sutton.

Clarke, John M., age 37, male, married, farmer, resided Washington County, born Montgomery county, drowned August 6, 1855, son of Thomas and Mary Clarke.

Clarkson, Ann E., age 4, female, single, resided and born Springfield, died at Springfield, April 18, 1858, of scarlet fever, daughter of Theodore Clarkson.

Clarkson, Frank Polin, age 6, male, single, resided and born near Springfield, died at Springfield, April 10, 1858, of scarlet fever, son of Theodore Clarkson.

Clements, Burnett, age 16, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died July 15, 1852, of flux, son of George and Ann Clements.

Clements, Mary H. C., age not given, female, resided and born Washington County, died November 7, 1854, no cause given, daughter of James Clements.

Clements, Thomas, age 23, male, single, farmer, resided and born Washington County, died October 26, 1852, of fever, son of Walter and Hester Clements.

Clements, Walter, age 40, male, married, farmer, resided Washington County, born Maryland, died July 28, 1852, of cholera, son of Samuel and Mary Clements.

Coleman, Sarah, age 13, female, single, resided and born Mercer County, died December 20, 1852, typhus fever, daughter of Henry and Martha Coleman.

Colvin, Jasper, age 3, male, single, resided and born Washington County, died September 8, 1853, of flux, son of Elias and Serilda J. Colvin.

Colvin, Mary, age 7 months, female, resided and born Washington County, died September 20, 1854, no cause given, daughter of Mary Colvin.

Colvin, Martha, age 5, female, died February 21, 1860, no cause given, born Garrard County, resided and died on Chaplin, daughter of Elias Colvin.

Colvin, Wesley, age 2, male, resided and born Washington County, died January 10, 1858, of fever, son of Elijah Colvin.

Colvin, not named, age 9 months, male, resided and born Washington County, died September 9, 1853, no cause given, son of Elias and Serilda Colvin.