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John Cecil Davis Obituary

from SWS, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Mr. John C. Davis, a prosperous farmer, residing five or six miles north east of town, committed suicide, yesterday morning, about 6 o’clock, by shooting himself in the heart with a shot gun.  He had been, for a month or more, afflicted with the grip and was demented at the time he took his own life.  At the February term of the Mercer Circuit Court, he attended as one of the trial jury, and the exposure during the cold weather was too great for his constitution.  He was sixty-three years old and leaves a wife and six children, four daughters and two sons.  A brother, Mr. George Davis, of Perryville, and a sister, Mrs. Malinda Ashford, survive him.  He was in good circumstances and his family relations most pleasant, and dementia, produced by the grip, is the cause of his lamentable act.

Mr. John Cecil Davis is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

John Cecil Davis, November 2, 1835 – March 31, 1899

Belle Nooe Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 25, 1902

A sad and distressing death was that of Mrs. Belle Nooe, wife of Mr. J. B. Nooe, last Thursday morning.  She had been complaining for several days, but was not thought to be seriously ill, and the morning of her death her husband had gone to the country, at her request, to make the final arrangements for moving to their farm on the Bellows Mill Pike.  A short while afterward, one of the neighbors dropped in for a few moments and she seemed very bright and insisted that she did not need any one to stay with her, but when the neighbor returned in about a half hour, she was dead.  The physicians said death had been instantaneous and without suffering.  The funeral occurred Saturday morning at ten o’clock, conducted by Rev. M. G. Buckner.  The deceased has been for many years a devoted member of the Christian Church and many are the kind and generous deeds left with her memory.  She left no children, but the bereaved husband has the sympathy of the community.

Sister Nancy Rupe of the Shaker Community Died Saturday

Shakertown – or, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill – is one of the most peaceful places on earth.  The village has been restored and is about a ten minute drive from our home!  As often as possible we take advantage of the slower pace that envelopes you as soon as you drive on the grounds.  Many times we come just to walk the many pathways around the village.  We also love to eat in the Trustees Dining Room – wonderful Shaker meals of fresh food prepared lovingly!  Their Shaker Lemon Pie is to die for – made with paper-thin slices of whole lemons!

The day we visited the cemetery to find Sister Nancy Rupe’s grave was a hot one – over 100 degrees!  Unfortunately we found no stone for Sister Nancy – perhaps there were such few members in 1907, and aged at that, that there was no one to provide a gravestone for her.  The last Shaker, Sister Mary Settles, died in 1923.

We did fine this beautiful stone – the inscription is as follows:

Our brother, Francis M. Pennebaker, born January 16, 1837, died December 31, 1902

There are buildings to tour, farm animals and gardens, and a riverboat ride!  I encourage anyone close to Mercer County to spend a day – or weekend! – in this lovely place.  You will be refreshed in both mind and body!  And they will make you ‘most kindly welcome’!

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, November 21, 1907

Old Saint Gone

Sister Nancy Rupe Has Been Crowned in the Kingdom Above

Sister Nancy L. Rupe, one of the best known members of the Shaker community, died at Shakertown Saturday from the infirmities of age.  The funeral services were conducted there Sunday afternoon by Rev. Lon Robinson, of the Methodist church, and she was laid to rest in the burying ground on the hill-side where the greater number of her brother and sister Shakers lie.  In his remarks Mr. Robinson beautifully likened those that are left in the community to the autumn leaves, ready to fall at the slightest touch.  Sister Nancy was but one of these leaves, the summer of her life was gone, and gently, softly, she drifted away to join the many that have already fallen.  Nearly all her life was spent in the Shaker village.  She had seen it rise from a struggling band to a prosperous and wealthy colony, and then watched the decline with a sore heart when adversity overtook her people.  She was a native of Louisville, one of several motherless children, whose father was one of the early converts to the Shaker faith.  Louisville was but a little river town in those days, with few side-walks, and narrow unlighted streets.  A missionary from the newly established Shaker community up the Kentucky River, came down the stream to the larger settlement, preaching the idyllic life of his people, where each shared with the other as members of one family.  Many gave up the struggle in the frontier town, and cast their lot in with this brotherhood, among them the father of Sister Nancy Rupe with his half-orphaned family.  And so she came to Shakertown seventy-six years ago as a little child of ten and all her love and work has been given to the community.  She grew to be a woman of culture and literary attainments, and is lovingly known as “The Poetess of Shakertown”.  She has written many poems and sketches, most of them relative to her people.  She was also a great reader, and out of her wonderful memory could repeat verses and snatches of the works of world-renowned authors.  Several years ago when rural free delivery routes were established, many of the small post-offices were done away with, among them “Pleasant Hill,” the name of the Shaker village, and this called forth a heart-felt protest from Sister Nancy Rupe.  It was one of the last things she ever wrote, and now as she, too, has passed away, the poem takes on a deeper interest.

In Commemoration of Her Many Virtues

This beautiful memorial in Spring Hill Cemetery, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, is one of the most beautiful by far.  Dr. J. Addison Thompson put this as a memorial to his loving wife, Amanda Singleton.  The inscription is as follows:

In commemoration of her many virtues, this monument is dedicated to Amanda Singleton, wife of Dr. J. A. Thompson, February 4, 1819 – March 9, 1878

When the doctor died three years later, an inscription was added to the back of the monument:

J. Addison Thompson, A.B., M.D., Fellow of the Ohio Medical Society, July 4, 1805 – April 2, 1881

But when we consider, whether it is a tall stately monument, or a small, simple stone, it’s the love of the two people – and other family members – that make it a beautiful memory.  Let’s always carry those we love in our heart, and keep their memory burning brightly.

Obituaries – Thomas and Martha Houchins

Thomas O. Houchins, November 3, 1829 – August 19, 1903
Martha H., his wife, July 30, 1823 – July 24, 1906

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, August 27, 1903

Mr. T. O. Houchins, a highly respected citizen, died at his home, near Burgin, last Wednesday night, aged seventy-three years.  Funeral services were held at the house Friday and the interment took place at Spring Hill Cemetery, this city.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, July 26, 1906

Mrs. Oliver Houchins, a venerable and highly respected woman living near Burgin, died early Tuesday morning.  The funeral took place Wednesday and she was buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.  She leaves three sons, Messrs. John and James Houchins, of this county, and Rev. William Houchins, of Kansas.

Priscilla Stagg Obituary

from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Saturday, September 18, 1897

Mrs. Priscilla Stagg, widow of the late Simon Stagg and mother of Messrs. Elwood Stagg, of this county, and G. A. Stagg, of Louisville, died of general debility, Thursday, in the sixty-ninth year of her age.  Her father, Mr. John Adams, was twice married, she being a daughter of the first marriage and sister of Messrs. Adam and David Adams.  Messrs. John Ebenezer, Caleb, Joshua and William Adams are her half brothers.  She was a lady of strong mind and good judgment and a true Christian.  For many years she was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and now enjoys the rest that is reserved for them that love and serve the Lord.  As daughter, wife, mother and neighbor, she knew her duty and nobly did it.  The funeral was conducted, yesterday, at 3 o’clock, p.m. at the Assembly Presbyterian Church, by her pastor, Rev. W. O. Goodloe, assisted by Rev. J. G. Hunter, D. D., of the First Presbyterian Church; and interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Mosheim Tabler Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Thursday, April 30, 1903

Dr. Mosheim Tabler died in Belleview Hospital on April 23rd, in the 63rd year of his age.  He was born June 18, 1840, in Wythe County, Virginia.  He was the son of Rev. J. T. Tabler, a distinguished Baptist minister.  He attended Allegheny College in Greenbriar County, West Virginia, from 1859 to the beginning of the Civil War, when he, with many others, left his class and volunteered in the Confederate army.  He was a lieutenant in Bryant’s Battery and was known as a gallant Christian soldier, having taken part and often commanding his battery in many of the great battles of the war.  After the war he chose medicine as his profession and graduated in medicine and surgery at the Richmond, Virginia, Medical College in 1866.  Soon after this he married the accomplished cousin of General Rosser, Miss Fannie B. Rosser, of Bedford, Virginia.  Four bright children, Mosheim B. Tabler, Charles F. Tabler, both in business in New York City, Mrs. Virginia Boomhower and Miss Fannie Tabler, now at school, were born to them.  His wife died September 7, 1884, and is buried in our beautiful city of the dead.  On May 31, 1890, he married Miss Susie B. Biggs, of Louisville, who survives him.  He settled in Harrodsburg in 1875 and was one of our most honored citizens.  He built and owned the Southwestern Railroad, and was prominent in many business enterprises until 1893, when he located in New York City and took a post-graduate course in Belleview Hospital and graduated with distinction in medicine and surgery in 1896.  He leaves two bright children, Willie and Alice, by his second wife.  He lived a pure Christian life and was loved and respected by all who knew him.  There never was a more devoted, loving, husband and father.  He was Knight Templar and was buried here Sunday afternoon with Masonic honors, a number from the Danville Commandery attending the services.