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Saying Goodbye to Aunt Frankie

My dear Aunt Frankie (Frances Wheatley) passed away at the end of November, aged 90 years.  My mother was the last of the brothers and sisters, and Aunt Frankie was the last of the spouses.  They were great friends in addition to being sisters-in-law.  Uncle Paul, mom’s brother, was the only remaining son after Reuben died of appendicitis, and Robert, in World War II.  According to mom they spoiled him horribly!

After their marriage, mom would stay with Paul and Frankie to help during pregnancies and after babies were born.  She and Frankie developed a very close relationship that lasted all their lives.

I remember Aunt Frankie as a superb cook.  And I loved the sound of her voice – it was very unusual.  I still remember conversations, and can hear her say to mom, ‘Now Catherine!’  Lovely memories!

This photo was taken on their wedding day in 1950.  Earl and Marie Wheatley (her parents), Aunt Frankie, Uncle Paul, Alice and Rue Carrico (my grandparents).  My little short grandmother!  She was another good cook.

Paul and Frankie had seven children, four sons and three daughters, and were married 63 years before he passed away in 2013.  What a long, wonderful life together!

Dad Went to P.F. October 15, 1931

Today I share a photograph of a lovely woman.  She looks dressed for a dance.  Her hair piled atop her head, in a large braid.  The off-the-shoulder dress is very fancy, and the flowers attached on the left side add even more to the overall effect.  There is a hint of a smile.

The photographer was William Buell of Evansville, Indiana.

On back is written ‘Dad went to P.F. October 15, 1931.’  I’ve searched, trying to find an incident that happened on that date with the initials P.F.  Found nothing.  This date is in-between wars.  I hoped it would give a clue as to this woman’s name.

If nothing else she will remain our lovely mystery woman.

The Second John McMurtry and His Will

In pulling a will to use for today’s blog I did a second take when I read the name John McMurtry.  If you recall, I wrote a blog for John McMurtry’s will June 18, 2016.  Needless to say I had to re-read what I had written.  The John McMurtry of the 2016 blog lived in Mercer County, in the far east central part of the county, near where Shaker Village is located today.  He owned a mill at the junction of the Dix (originally Dick’s) and Kentucky rivers.

The will I share with you today is for John McMurtry who lived near Cove Spring.  This spring is located in the extreme south central part of Mercer County, at the border of Mercer and Boyle counties on US 127, south of Harrodsburg.  When his will was written, in 1780, it was Kentucky County – or as he wrote it – Caintuckey County.  By the time the will  was probated in 1783, his property was part of Lincoln County.  At that time Mercer County was part of Lincoln.  In the will John McMurtry mentions, but doesn’t name, his father.  Sons James, Alexander, Samuel and William.  Other children are mentioned, but not named.  His wife’s name was Mary. 

I believe the two John McMurtry’s are cousins.  In the September 1907 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, it says that, ‘A cousin, William McMurtry, accompanied Captain John McMurtry.’ (the first mentioned).  It is very likely the second John McMurtry was a son of this William.  Another coincidence are the three men who witnessed this second will – John Hutton, James Hutton and William McMurtry.  The first John McMurtry married Mary Todd Hutton.  Both families, McMurtry and Hutton, were from Rockbridge County, Virginia.  Quite easy for the two families to intermarry.

Lincoln County Will Book 1, Pages 35-36

In the name of God, amen.  I, John McMurtry, of Caintuckey County in the state of Virginia, being in perfect health praised be God, do make this my last will and testament as followeth.  I allow father his hundred acres of land in the southeast corner of my survey – with the spring called William McMurtry’s Spring.  I give my son James one hundred and fifty acres of land with the buffer spring joining his grandfather’s line and extending along the south line of my survey, and a good mare bought with the money

at Holston for him.  And to my son Alexander I give the Cove Spring with a hundred and fifty acres of land, joining the north line of my survey.  And to my son Samuel I give an improvement towards the west line with one hundred and fifty acres of land, joining the west line.  And to my son William I give the little spring with the remainder of the land.  And to my wife, Mary, I give a full privilege of my son William’s land and all its conveyances during her lifetime, tho not to hinder him of a privilege of water and woodland when he comes of age, and for the movable assets I leave to my wife to school and support the children with and to distribute as she sees proper.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 7th day of July and in the year of our Lord 1780.

Sealed and declared by the above named John McMurty, for and as his last will and testament in the presence of us, John Hutton, James Hutton, William McMurtry.

At a Court held for Lincoln County the 18 February 1783

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of John McMurtry, deceased, and proved by the oaths of James Hutton and William McMurtry, an ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  William May


Monument to Col. John Hardin

Monument to Col. John Hardin, erected by his son Mark Hardin.  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Col. John Hardin was everything mentioned in the following article – pioneer, soldier, patriot and Christian.  He owned land in what was originally Nelson County, Kentucky, but in 1792 became Washington County.  His will and further information was in a former blog.

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 20, 1856

Monument to Col. John Hardin

Mr. Edgar Needham, marble cutter of this city, has executed for Mark Hardin, Esq., a marble monument 20 feet high and of very fine finish, which is to be erected in the new cemetery at Shelbyville, in this state, to perpetuate the memory of that notable and patriotic pioneer Col. John Hardin, of Shelby.

Col. John Hardin, born October 1, 1755, killed Mary 1792, whilst bearing his country’s flag of peace to the Indians N.W. of the Ohio.

Col. Hardin was one of the most distinguished of that noble band of pioneers who drove back the aborigines from the forests of Kentucky, and founded the glorious institutions of this Commonwealth.  He richly deserves to have his memory perpetuated in marble.


The monument of Col. Hardin is a Doric Pedestal with its capitol surmounted with a blocking course, on which is raised in Alto Relievo, four original and characteristic emblems representing the Pioneer, the Soldier, the Patriot and the Christian.  Upon the blocking course is a column with a capitol of palm leaves, upon which is perched the glorious American eagle.  On the front of the monument is the following inscription:  ‘Col. John Hardin, born 1755; killed May 1792, whilst bearing his country’s flag of peace to the Indians N.W. of the Ohio.’


This is unquestionably one of the finest private monuments ever built in Kentucky, and the representation of the ‘old Kentucky Rifle’ with its old-fashioned flint lock has been universally admired by all who have seen the work.  We understand that the blocks containing the emblems can be seen today and tomorrow at the establishment of Mr. Needham, on Jefferson Street, previous to their being boxed up for shipment.


We are happy to add that in this instance the designing and the execution of the work has been confided to our own citizens.


If this policy were more generally adopted by our men of means, we should hear far less about the low state of the mechanic arts in Kentucky.  What our mechanics and artisans need is a fair chance for the work which legitimately belongs here.  This they ought to have and this they must have, if Louisville is to make any progress in manufacturing and mechanical industry.

Jane, wife of Col. John Hardin, died May 31, 1823, the mother of Sarah McHenry, Martin D. Hardin, Mark Hardin, Davies Hardin, Mary Estill, Lydia Ann and Rosanna Field.


John E. Keith Obituary

J. E. Keith, 1837-1909.  Mary Elizabeth, his wife, 1841-1930.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

John E. Keith was the senior member of the firm J. E. Keith & Sons, marble cutters.  An announcement of his company, less the sons, was in the local newspaper October 3, 1883.  It said he was prepared to do all kinds of marble work, from a $3 tombstone to a $500 monument.  He purchased marble direct from the quarries in Vermont and Marietta, Georgia, and granite from the celebrated Concord quarries in new Hampshire.

John Keith married Mary Elizabeth LaHeist (found on son Clarence’s death certificate).  In the 1880 census for Breckinridge County he was listed as 43, a tombstone agent, with wife Mary, 39.  Children in the census were Jennie, 17; Fannie, 15; Samuel, 12; Clarence, 10; and Proctor, 1.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 3, 1909

Brief Illness For Mr. Keith

Widely Known Citizen and Monument Maker Dies at His Home In This City Saturday Night

Death Lamented By All

The entire town was deeply grieved Sunday morning in learning of the death of Mr. J. E. Keith, who had been ill such a short time.  Wednesday night about one o’clock Mr. Keith was seized with a severe convulsion which was followed one after another until death came at ten o’clock Saturday night.

Mr. Keith was nearly seventy-three years old and was born in Breckinridge County, but was reared in Meade County where he was as well known.  He came to this city in 1856.  Last August Mr. and Mrs. Keith celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and little did they believe their happiness would so soon be shattered.

In the death of Mr. Keith, Cloverport loses not only one of her best and oldest citizens, but one of the most active and decided men.  He was never on the fence on any question that came up for the welfare of the town, especially for the temperance cause did he stand firm.  He was a member of the Baptist church and his life as a christian was an example to both young and old.  Everybody had faith in Mr. Keith and his character was highly esteemed.

Mr. Keith was engaged in the monument business here with his youngest son, Proctor Keith.

Besides Mrs. Keith he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Lusk, of Stonewall, Mississippi, and three sons, Clarence Keith of Elizabethtown, Sam Keith and Proctor Keith of this city.  The latter three were at his bed-side during the last moments of his illness and had entire care of him.

Albert Keith of Florida, was an own brother of the deceased and George Keith of Evansville was a half-brother.  Mrs. Jennie King of Brandenburg, and Mrs. Fannie Hemstetter of Leitchfield, were half-sisters.

Mrs. Lusk arrived from Stonewall, Mississippi, in time to attend the funeral.  Misses Ola and Janie Keith and Robert Keith, of Owensboro; Miss Pauline Moorman, Lonnie and Marion Keith, grandchildren of the deceased were also here yesterday.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. Lewis and beautiful music was rendered by friends.  The interment took place in the Cloverport Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were:  Charles Hall, John A. Barry, Charles Lightfoot, Robert Willis, Joe Allen and Marion Weatherholt.

Weddings in the December 6, 1895 Issue of The Hopkinsville Kentuckian

The Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Christian County, Kentucky

Friday, December 6, 1895


Campbell-Leonard – Mr. J. Wheeler Campbell, of Paducah, son of Judge James Campbell, and Miss Mary Leonard, of Eddyville, the charming daughter of Col. S. N. Leonard, were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s father at Eddyville, Wednesday evening.  The ushers were Messrs. Given Campbell, of St. Louis, Robb Noble and Tom Leonard, of Eddyville.  Vincent Nigro’s Italian band furnished music of the occasion, and at midnight the couple took the train for the east.  They will be at home to their friends in Paducah after December 14th.

Claggett-Settle – Mr. Ward Claggett and Miss Carrie Settle were married at the home of the bride, in Clarksville, Wednesday evening, Rev. A. M. Growden officiating.  The young couple took the train at once for their home in this county, arriving on the 8:50 accommodation.  Mr. Claggett is a prominent and highly esteemed young farmer, near this city.  The bride is a lovable and attractive young land, and the groom is to be congratulated upon his good fortune in winning her.

Jones-Sivley – Mr. A. A. Jones, of Owensboro, and Miss Sallie E. Sivley, of this city, were married at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, by Rev. H. C. Settle.  They left the same evening for their home in Owensboro.  Mr. Jones is a well-known furniture dealer of that city.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. George Sivley and is a handsome brunette of unusual attractiveness.

Taylor-Miller – J. M. Taylor and Miss Leona Miller, of Elkton, were married at the Northington House Clarksville, Wednesday, Squire Zopher Smith officiating.  J. A. Taylor and Miss Lennie Edward, R. L. Morris and Miss Mary Thompson, all of Elkton, were the attendants.

Turner-Wilson – Mr. George Turner and Miss Lula Wilson, both of the Cerulean neighborhood, were married in this city Tuesday by Judge Breathitt.

Johnson-Trotter – Mr. W. W. Johnson and Miss Rodler Trotter, both of North Christian, were married at the home of the bride’s parents Wednesday afternoon.

Rudolph-Moss – W. S. Rudolph and Miss Maud Moss, of Jordan Springs, were united in marriage December 1, at 3 o’clock, by Rev. J. R. Rice at the residence of Mr. Shanklin, in Clarksville.

Photo Found In Pocket Of Deceased

This photo of two lovely women has a bit of a mystery about it.  We do not know the names of these two women, or their relationship.  If I had to guess I would say they are mother and daughter.  This photo was taken about 1885, by Conley Brothers in Celina, Ohio.  The high collars and curled front hair give us a clue to the time period.

The most interesting part is what is written on back – ‘Found in brother Cum’s pocket after his death.’  How interesting that this gentleman would have this photo with him, and possibly carried it with him for a good number of years.  What was his relationship to the women in the photo?  Since the author did not write who these women are, I take it they did not know.  Is one a long lost love?  Could the daughter be his child?  I know, I’m letting my imagination run wild.  But it does raise questions!