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Steen – Brenton 1786 Bourbon County Marriage

Know all men by these presents that we, William Steen and Adam Brenton, of Bourbon County, are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor of this Commonwealth, and his successors in the penal sum of fifty pounds, to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Patrick Henry, Esq., or his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this first day of December 1786.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas I, John Edwards, Clerk of the County of Bourbon, have this day issued a license for the marriage of William Steen and Ann Brenton, of this county.  If therefore, there is no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, and that no damages accrue by means of said license being issued, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

William Steen, Adam Brenton

Sealed and Delivered in presence of . . .

This is to certify that Ann Brenton has freely given her consent to wed with William Steen this 23rd day of November 1786.

Ann Brenton, her mark

Test.  John Miller, Alexander McKinzey

Genealogy – Rain and Shine

Ritchey and I had a wonderful time at the Maryland to Kentucky genealogy conference in Owensboro, Kentucky, this past weekend.  On our drive, we stopped at a couple of cemeteries – even though it was raining!  We will have to return to take better photos, but Ritchey volunteered to brave the rain – dear man that he is! – and, of course, he had his geocaches to look for also!

Our goal was to visit the Greathouse and Lewis family cemeteries in Hancock County.  We found the Greathouse, where this video was taken, but not the Lewis – I feel it is at the back of a cornfield, near the river, and we couldn’t see it from River Road.  We also found the Henderson family cemetery, and visited Lewisport Cemetery.

The conference was great fun – met lots of new people and visited with old friends.  Thanks to all of you who stopped by the booth – it was so nice to see you!  I made some new discoveries, bought lots of books and maps, and sold some of my CDs.  The most fun was talking genealogy for two full days!

Sunday, before heading home, we stopped at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Daviess County.  It was a beautiful day – great for taking photos.

Lyons-Alvey 1820 Marriage Bond and Consent

Know all men by these presents, that we, Richard Lyons and Stephen Spalding, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money, to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 23 day of December 1820, the condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is shortly a marriage intended between the above bound Richard Lyons and Miss Ann Alvey, daughter of John Alvey, for which a license has issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

Richard Lyons, Stephen Spalding

Mr. John Hughes, Esquire

Sir, please to grant license for matrimony to Richard Lyons and my daughter Ann Alvey and in so doing you will oblige your friend.

John Alvey

Test. Henry Alvey, Jamiah Alvey

December 23, 1820

Stephen Spalding

Richard Creekmur Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle and Kniffin, 1887

Simpson County

Richard Creekmur was born February 29, 1822, in Simpson County, Kentucky, where he grew to manhood and has always resided.  His father, William M. Creekmur, a native of Norfolk County, Virginia, was a soldier in the War of 1812; was long a member of the Regular Baptist Church, and died in Simpson County in 1844, at the age of seventy-two years.  He was a son of Richard Creekmur, of Virginia, who was a soldier in the Revolution.  William M. married Martha, daughter of Jonathan and Martha Balance (died 1847, aged sixty-three years), and from their union sprang Philip, Rilen, Dorcas (See), Mary Stewart, Sallie (May), William M., Richard and Tabitha (Stewart).

In May, 1844, Richard married Eliza, daughter of Philip and Mary (Jones) Gibbs, of Simpson County (born in Campbell County, Virginia, March 2, 1817), and to them were born Martha J. (Bush), Lafayette, Mary E. (deceased), William, Sallie B. (deceased), Emily and Alice (deceased).  In the beginning of their business career, Mr. and Mrs. Creekmur had an even start in the world, and by industry and perseverance have acquired a competency.  They lost five slaves by the late war.  Mr. Creekmur is a farmer, having 106 acres of well improved and productive land in a high state of cultivation.  He is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and in politics a Democrat.

William Creekmur was born in Simpson County, August 1, 1852; married November 9, 1876, Amanda N., daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Capewell) Jennings, of Simpson County (born March 14, 1856), and their union has been favored by the birth of one son, Herschel.  William owns forty-eight acres of first-class land.  He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in politics a Democrat.

Old Photo from Logan City Utah

This is a great photo I share with you today.  Definitely from the 1870’s, the style of skirts and the man’s jacket, closely buttoned at the top, are more than enough clues to date it.  This style of dress is very beautiful, not quite the impression the huge skirts of the 1860’s made, but more ornate in detail and trims.  Both women wear fine gold necklaces, and the gentleman a gold watch chain.

Do you notice anything unusual in the photograph?  It seems that both woman are a bit possessive of the gentleman.  The hand on the shoulder, and one on the forearm speak volumes.

This photograph was taken by T. B. Cardon in Logan City, Utah.  I did just a bit of research on Logan City and found it is indeed inhabited by many Mormons, and is considered very conventional.  The town was founded in 1859 by settlers sent by Brigham Young to survey for the site of a fort by the Logan River.  Evidently a beautiful place to live, it is the home of Utah State University and has a ski areas close by.  Given that this photo was taken in Logan City, this three people could very well be Mormon, and be a man with his two wives.

I found a wonderful site with information on T. B. Cardon and his wife, Lucy Smith.  They were Mormon, and not only was he a photographer, but also a watch maker and jeweler.

Thomas B. Cardon was a member of General George B. McClellan’s army during the Civil War, and after the Battle of Gaines Hill, where he was shot in the arm and side, was left for dead.  Coming to,  surrounded by the dead from the fight, he caught up with the Union Army just before being captured by the South.  He survived, met Lucy Smith and proposed in 1867, married four years later.  They were married 27 years before Thomas’ death in 1898.

T.B. Cardon Dead.  Passing Away One of Logan’s Most Highly Respected Citizens. The hand of death has again been thrust into our midst and has plucked from amongst us one whom, not only his family, but the entire community, will miss and mourn for.  Thomas B. Cardon passed away at his home on Tuesday evening after an illness reached its culmination in an attack of pneumonia which developed recently, and was the stated cause of death.

Nervous prostration, brought on by worry over business reverses which a less honest man than he would not have noticed, which had weakened his body and made it an easy prey to disease, was the real cause of death. He built up a magnificent business here, and then when the panic came a few years ago he lost it all, simply because he gave every man credit for being as honest as he was himself.  He never recovered from the shock of the affair, but fell prey to needless worry; for no man in Logan would have deemed Thomas B. Cardon’s word less than his bond. But the strain was too great; the magnificent brain wore itself out and the big, honest heart of Thomas B. Cardon was stilled forever. He leaves a wife and family behind him, who will miss him as much, but will treasure within their hearts the memory of his worth and goodness.

A biographical sketch of Mr. Cardon was partly prepared for this issue but was withheld at the request of the relatives, in order to obtain some additional information in regard to his life.  The funeral services will be held at one o’clock on Friday in the tabernacle.

–      Utah Journal Newspaper, February 17, 1898

Springfield Weddings In November 1903

The following weddings took place in the month of November 1903, involving brides and/or grooms from Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.

The zibeline suit worn by Miss Mary Mayes consists of a soft, thick fabric, usually made of wool, such as mohair or alpaca.  It is usually used for bridal and evening dresses.

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 12, 1903


Cards are out announcing the approaching nuptials of Miss Anna B. Leahy of Louisville, to Mr. Walter E. Leachman of this place.  The wedding will take place at St. Francis Church at Crescent Hill on Wednesday the 18th inst.  It will be an elaborate affair.  Following the ceremony, a reception will be given the bridal party at the home of the bride’s parents after which the bride and groom will take the train for Springfield via Lebanon, where they will make their home with the groom’s mother, Mrs. M. I. Leachman.  Miss Leahy, the bride-to-be, has many friends in Springfield, she, having visited here several times.  She is the daughter of Mr. John K. Leahy, a prominent business man of Louisville.  She is a young woman of many charms of person and character.  Mr. Leachman is a Springfield man with a host of friends and is coming to the front as one of the town’s leading merchants, having recently become engaged in the furniture business.

Miss Mary Mayes of this place and Mr. John Mahon of Penick Station, Marion County, will be married here on Wednesday, November 25th, in the afternoon.  The wedding will be a quiet home affair and will take place at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Mayes.  The bride elect is a young lady of many fine traits of character and accomplishments, and has a large circle of friends who wish her all happiness possible.  Mr. Mahon is a well-to-do and enterprising young farmer of Marion County and has a home ready prepared for the reception of his bride and where they will begin housekeeping immediately after the wedding.

Thursday, November 19, 1903

Miss Bell Smith and Richard Keene, and Julia Badgette and Joseph Medley, were married at half past twelve o’clock Wednesday the 18th.

Thursday, November 26, 1903


A beautiful yet simple home wedding was that of Miss Mary Mayes and Mr. John Mahon, which took place yesterday afternoon at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Mayes of this place.  The parlors of the Mayes home were decorated with mistletoe and holly which made a very pretty setting for the bridal scene.  The bridal pair entered the parlor at 3 o’clock and approached the improvised altar where Rev. Clarence Crawford, in a very graceful ceremony, pronounced them husband and wife.  The bride was attired in a blue zibeline tailored suit with hat to match.  Only a few relatives and intimate friends of the contracting couple were present to witness the ceremony and after a few minutes of congratulations from these the bridal party left for the home of the groom’s parents near Lebanon, where they were given a reception.  They will begin housekeeping immediately at the farm residence of the groom in Marion County.  The bride was the recipient of many and costly presents from her friends and relatives, testimonials of the esteem in which she is held.

Among the relatives and friends from a distance who attended the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Curry, Covington, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Curry, Harrodsburg, Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Bohon, Hustonville, Mr. H. Y. Bolton, Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. James Mahon, Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gilkeson, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Browne, Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford, Misses Mayme and Jennie McElroy, Irvine and Proctor McElroy of Lebanon.

Blake Arnold’s 1872 Will

Yesterday I introduced you to the family of Blake Arnold, who is buried in the Old Union Baptist Cemetery in Boyle County, Kentucky.  Today I would like to share his will, written March 19, 1872, and proved at the June 1872 Court.  Evidently he knew the time of his death was drawing near.  Nine of his ten children are listed in the will – daughter Permelia died in 1867.

I, Blake Arnold, of the County of Boyle and State of Kentucky, make this my last will and testament, revoking all others by me made.

First.  I devise to my wife, Martha Arnold, my home tract of land, about one hundred and sixty acres, during her natural life.  Five hundred dollars in cash, all of my household and kitchen furniture, one bay horse, Swiss, and duo branded gray horse, one choice cow and calf, one choice sow and pigs, one large plough and two shovel ploughs, two pair of harness, also, provisions for eighteen months after my death, six yearling ewes and buck, the cash to be paid at my death.

Second.  To my son, John Arnold, eighteen hundred dollars above all allowance, he to account out of the same for a note held against him of six hundred dollars with its interest made payable one day after date, the balance payable to hi six months after my death.

Third.  To my daughter, Mary Harmon, five hundred dollars above all previous allowances payable six months after my death.

Fourth.  To my daughter, Patsy Holland, one thousand dollars to account out of the same for a note I hold against her husband, Robert Holland, with its interest, the balance to be paid to her six months after my death.

Fifth.  To my daughter, Nancy Crain, fifteen hundred dollars above all allowances heretofore made to her, payable six months after my death.

Sixth.  The balance of my land adjoining the land allotted to my wife, about two hundred and forty acres more or less, held in common by my five sons, Samuel Arnold, James Arnold, Woodson Arnold, Robert Arnold and William Creed Arnold, until the youngest arrives to the age of twenty-one years, then to be equally divided among the said Samuel, James, Woodson, Robert and William Creed Arnold, together with all other lands and others I may possess to be equally divided among them.  When William Creed arrive at the age of twenty-one years or to sell as they may think proper, their interest to be equal in rents from my death until William Creed arrives at lawful age.  Also, the home farm at the death of my wife to be equally divided between them the said Samuel Arnold, James Arnold, Woodson Arnold, Robert Arnold and William Creed Arnold, to have out of my estate one horse worth one hundred dollars, one cow, one bed and one saddle to be worth as much as the horse, cow, saddle received by James and Woodson without charge against them in settlement of my estate.  Samuel has received his bed and cow, but no horse.

Seventh.  The residue of my estate, consisting of stock notes and cash to be converted into cash and the proceeds divided equally after paying expenses and other charges between my sons Samuel, James, Woodson, Robert and William Creed Arnold.

Eighth.  I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Samuel and Woodson Arnold and my friend William Scraggins my executors to this my last will, fully authorizing them to carry all its provisions into effect.  Given under my hand and seal this 19th day of March 1872.

Blake Arnold

Test.  S. P. Burton, S. E. Bottom

Boyle County Court

June 18 Term, 1872

I, Jonas B. Nichols, Clerk of the Boyle County Court, do certify that the forgoing will of Blake Arnold, deceased, was proven to Court at the above term and duly proven by the oaths of S. P. Burton and S. E. Bottom, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded, which is now done.

Given under my hand this 18th day of June 1872.

Jonas B. Nichols, Clerk, by R. J. Nichols, Deputy Clerk