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Patterson – Vanarsdall Marriage License and Certificate

This may also be of interest to those researching the Rose family.

Marriage License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, To any Minister of the Gospel, or other Person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony.

You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between Garret W. Patterson and Cynthia E. Vanarsdall, the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature as Clerk of Mercer County Court, this 1st day of January 1866. C. R. Allin, Clerk

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify, that on the second day of January 1866, the Rites of Marriage were legally solemnized by me, between Garret W. Patterson and Cynthia E. Vanarsdall, at Henry Vanarsdall’s, in the County of Mercer in the presence of Smith Rose and John Rose.

Signed, L. Marrett

Nicholas County Marriages

Nicholas County Marriages


  • Robert Stephenson married Martha McAnully, by John P. Campbell, on April 6, 1802.
  • John McNide married Susannah Barnett, by John Barnett, December 15, 1803.
  • John Swinny married Priscilla Potts, by Bartholomew W. Stone, November 24, 1803.
  • Sampson Archer married Polly Kineart, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 22, 1803.
  • James Collins married Mary McDowell, by John Barnett, September 29, 1803
  • John Benson married Sally Musich, by John Barnett, November 3, 1803.
  • Peter Ireland married Ann Allen, by Bartholomew W. Stone, September 28, 1804
  • Robert McCune married Phoebe Ray, by Bartholomew W. Stone, December 27, 1804
  • Gaven Mathers married Peggy McCune, by Bartholomew W. Stone, February 21, 1805.
  • John Scott  married Elizabeth Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone, July 4, 1805.
  • Aaron Wiggins married Elizaeth Inard, by Caleb J. Taylor, September 23, 1804.
  • Alexander Allerson married Elizabeth Taylor, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 2, 1805.
  • John Ellis married Lucrece Wells, by Caleb J. Taylor, June 20, 1805.
  • Thomas Harney married Mary Grosvenor, by John Barnett, December 19, 1804.
  • Andrew Burns married Hannah Adams, by John Persons, September 20, 1804.
  • James Ishmael married Mary McFerrin, by John Person, June 21, 1804
  • Parker Brown married Sarah Bell, by John Barnett, January 17, 1805.
  • William Landers married Rebecca Plugh, by John Persons, January 5, 1804
  • George Eidson married Mary Lilly, by John Barnett, October 11, 1804.
  • Abraham Dorlan married Sally Brown, by John Barnett, November 29, 1804.
  • Thomas Davis married Elizabeth Grosvenor, by John Barnett, July 5, 1804.
  • Samuel Long married Susannah Barlow, by John Barnett, March 15, 1804.
  • Jacob Fight married Peggy Cotrill, by John Barnett, June 6, 1805.

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.

Marriages From Nicholas County

Parties Names – By Whom Married – Dates
  • John Wiley to Hannah Rouse, by John P. Campbell – 13th July 1800
  • John Saunderson to Ibby Galbreath, by Augustine Easton – 24th December 1800
  • Peter Mann to Barberry Jones, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • John Fearman to Jane McClelland, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • Thomas Jones to Jane Easley, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • George Frayman to Margaret Snap, by John Whitaker – no date returned
  • John Evans to Margaret Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 1st January 1801
  • David Caldwell to Eleanor McClanahan, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 25th February 1801
  • Daniel Newcome to Christian Davidson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 26th March 1801
  • John Johnston to Sarah Craig, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 28th May 1801
  • Edward P. Criswell to Mary Stephenson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 6th August 1801
  • Andrew Bunton to Elizabeth Lockridge, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 26th November 1801
  • Benjamin Burdin to Elizabeth Tully, by M. Hill – 6th November 1801
  • Samuel Marshall to Susannah Waggoner, by John Whitaker – 30th July 1802
  • John Williamson to Sarah Grosviner, by John Whitaker – 30th July 1802
  • Thomas Reveal to Elizabeth McFerrin, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 21st January 1802
  • Dennis Conners to Polly Burke, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 9th February 1802
  • William McLees to Elizabeth Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 25th February 1802
  • Robert Hall to Mary Thomson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 22nd April 1802
  • Robert Pendergrass to Ester Kilgore, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 23rd September 1802
  • William Wishart to Betsy Rodes, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 7th October 1802
  • James Piper to Frances Ray, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 30th November 1802
  • John Moore to Easter Archer, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 7th December 1802
  • Isaac Darland to Jenny Wilson, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 9th December 1802
  • John Myers to Ruth Smart, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 6th January 1803
  • Thomas Caldwell to Polly Caldwell, by Bartholomew W. Stone – 2nd June 1803
  • Samuel Haslett to Mary Stephenson, by John P. Campbell – 25th March 1802

Starling Robertson – Hester Smith 1800 Marriage Bond and Consent

Starling Robertson and Hester Smith were married February 18, 1800, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Flemming (or Flemon) Sterling was bondsman.  Samuel Robertson and Hannah Robertson signed the marriage consent for their son.

I found a marriage later in the year – July 9, 1800 – between Flemon Robertson and Mary Smith, probably Hester’s sister.  Samuel Robertson was listed as Mary’s guardian.

Know all men by these presents that we, Starling Robertson and Flemming Robertson are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency, the Governor of Kentucky, in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment whereof well and truly to be made unto the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 18th day of February 1800.

The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Starling Robertson and Hester Smith, for which a license has issued.  Now, if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

Starling Robertson, Flemon Robertson

I hereby certify that we have no objection to the Clerks issuing of a marriage license for Starling Robertson and Hester Smith to be married.  Given under our hands and seals this 18th day of February 1800.

Samuel Robertson, Hannah Robertson

Teste.  Solomon Robertson, Pleasant Robertson

Washington County Marriage Records

1901 Wedding of Hermia Louise Northup and Francis Burchard Harrington

After typing an obituary or a wedding announcement, as in this case, I always try to find more information to add to my article.  What I found was rather sad, and I almost decided not to publish this blog, but since life isn’t always kind, I decided I would.  More information at the bottom.

Hermia Louise Northup was a daughter of Jay Northup and Emma Eliza Wood, both born in New York.  In the 1880 census of Lawrence County, Kentucky, Jay was 37, Emma was 36, Mary was 11, Pheba was 5; Hermia was 3 and Emma was six months.  Twenty years later, in 1900, only the two youngest daughters remain at home.  Jay and Emma have been married 33 years, and of eight children, four are living.

Louisa, Kentucky, is the county seat for Lawrence County.  In 1900 there were a little more than a thousand people living there; one hundred years later the population has doubled – still not a metropolis.  I love small towns – everyone knows everyone, people are close and even small things are exciting – much less a society wedding!

The Big Sandy News, Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky

Friday, October 11, 1901


Of One of Louisa’s Most Charming Young Ladies

A wedding of more than usual interest to Louisa people occurred at Ashland, Wednesday of this week.  At eleven o’clock, a.m., on that day, Miss Hermia Louise Northup, of Louisa, became Mrs. Francis Burchard Harrington, of Albany, New York.  The marriage took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Russell, the latter being the bride’s sister.  Rev. W. H. Hampton, of the Episcopal Church, spoke the fateful words that bestowed the new name upon one of our most lovable girls.

The spacious parlors were artistically decorated in palms.  To the strains of the Lohengrin Wedding March, by the Leroy Orchestra, the bridal party entered.

Miss Emily Northup, youngest sister of the bride, acted as maid of honor, while Mr. Tensck, of New York, was groomsman.

The bride wore a magnificent gown of white Louisine crepe.

The affair was kept so quiet that only members of the family knew anything of the arrangements.  Friends had expected the event to occur soon, but were taken unawares at last.  The inefficient train service up this way was the principal reason for having the wedding occur in Ashland.

The bride is the third daughter of Col. Jay H. Northup, our most prominent businessman.  It is customary to shower words of praise upon brides, oftimes without strict regard for the merit in the case.  But here is an instance in which it is genuine pleasure to write of the graces and good qualities of the bride, for she possesses them in an unusual degree.  To say that she is a general favorite is to give that common term its fullest meaning.  Her amiability and sweet disposition, her kindly interest in all and cheerful greetings for each, have won for her the friendship and admiration of all who know her.  It is safe to predict that in her new home she will win her way to the hearts of all as she has here.  She possesses marked ability as an artist, and it was while pursuing studies in this line in the east that Mr. Harrington met her.

Mr. Harrington is the son of a prominent and wealthy New York railroad man, and he himself is engaged in the same occupation, holding a responsible position on the New York Central system.  He is known as an exemplary young man.

No invitations were issued and only the immediate families and a few friends were present.  The wedding party from New York came in the private car “Idler”.

The young couple left Ashland at 1 o’clock, going to Cincinnati and, after a brief wedding tour, will go to Albany, their future home.

I can’t say exactly what happened between Hermia Louisa Northup and Francis Burchard Harrington, but I cannot find them together at any point after the marriage.  In the 1910 census of Albany, New York, Francis B. is living with his father, Francis A., just the two with a housekeeper and three servants.  I cannot find Hermia in any 1910 census.  In 1920 she is living with an aunt and uncle – T. F. and Pheba E. Wallace, in Lawrence County.  Hermia is listed as ‘widowed’.  In 1930 it is just she and her aunt, and she is listed as divorced.  In 1940 Hermia is still in Lawrence County, her sister Emily, brother-in-law John Turner, and nephew John Turner live with her.

Hermia Louisa Northup died November 24, 1945, in Eastern State Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky.  ‘Hospital records’ is listed as the informant on the death certificate, with unknown for birthplace and parents’ names and birthplaces.  I find this very sad – was no one with her when she died?  Eastern State Hospital has been a psychiatric hospital since 1817.  I presume the 1-16 length of stay on the above record was days – we know it could not be years.

Now, just so we don’t end on a sorrowful note, I did find in The Big Sandy newspaper that Hermia lived a full life.  There were numerous mentions of her in the columns visiting family members, going on trips, having people to visit, etc.  She never remarried and had no children. 

A List of Marriages – Jessamine County – 1799-1800

A List of Marriages

  • March the 6th day 1799 married James Tockett to Polly Howard
  • March 21st day 1799 married William Drake to Agnes Cunningham
  • April the 9th day 1799 married Joseph Kennedy to Eleanor Sellars
  • April the 11th day 1799 married William Moore to Patsy Boles
  • July the 14th day 1799 married Benjamin Williams to Nancy Williams
  • October the 21st day 1799 married Alexander Wilson to Polly Johnson
  • December 31st day 1799 married Charles Kain to Jane Holm
  • January the 9th day 1800 married Joseph Smith to Peggy Johnson
  • February 13th day 1800 married John Kennedy to Sarah McCoun

George Smith, Minister

Jessamine County Clerk’s Office