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Thomas Tudor – Born in Cape Town, South Africa – Died in Robertson County, Kentucky

Thomas Tudor, 1820-1907.  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Robertson County, Kentucky.

After all these years of genealogy research I’m still amazed at what can be found with just a small bit of information.  I started with a photo of the gravestone of Thomas Tudor, 1820-1907, located in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Robertson County, Kentucky.  My first thought, since Thomas died after 1885, was to check for an obituary.  In the Maysville newspaper of March 6th of that year is the following:

‘Thomas Tudor, aged eighty-seven, died at his home in Mt. Olivet this afternoon.  His father was a shoemaker, and the British Government sent him to Cape Town to make shoes for the soldiers, and while there Thomas was born, and a sister was born while they were on board ship coming back.  He was for years the leading tinware merchant of this city.

‘He was married four times.  His last wife and eight children, Mrs. Nora Hise, William and Thomas Tudor, of Newport; Charles, of Charleston, W. Virginia; Robert, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Edward, of Columbus, Ohio; Bruce, of Portsmouth, Oregon, and a daughter survive him.’

In those two short paragraphs we learn so much about his man.  He was born in Cape Town, South Africa!  What few people in Kentucky – especially at that time – could claim that birth place?  And his sister was born on the voyage home.  And he had four wives.

Next, I checked census, marriage and other records, in addition to more newspapers.

A March 1882 edition of The Evening Bulletin carried an advertisement for his stove and tinware business.

And in November of that year a fire burned part of his business and the bar-room of W. W. Watkins.

Thomas Tudor married Caroline White October 4, 1843, in Mason County.  Her parents, Robert and Roxana White, gave consent for the marriage.  In the 1870 census of Mason County Thomas is 49, a tinner, born in Africa; Caroline is 43; Charles, 25, a shoe maker; America, 19; Robert, 17; Thomas, 15; William, 9; and Edward, 4.  Thomas’ mother, Bridget, 92, is living with the family, along with Ellen, 28, and Thornton, 4, all with the last name Tudor.  Thomas’ father, Charles, was deceased by this date.

Caroline died in the years between 1870 and 1880.  By that time Thomas has married again, his wife is Amanda, she is 40.  They have three children, James, 8; Lizzie, 6; and Bruce, 1.  The younger sons from his first marriage also live in the household, William, 20; and Edward, 13.

October 17, 1889, Thomas Tudor married Mrs. Serena Gardner.  She must have died shortly after their marriage, since on October 3, 1894, he married Mrs. Mariah Kenton Meullikin.

And I did find information on his sister, born during the voyage home from Cape Town – Jane Tudor Blanchard.  In 1916 she celebrated her 90th birthday.

Sutton’s Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary In 1890

George W. Sutton and Julia A. Shepherd Sutton celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 10, 1890, with a celebration Monday evening prior to the all-important date.  Mr. Sutton was 84 and his wife, 73.  Their marriage took place in Lewis County, and by 1847 they were living in Aberdeen, Brown County, Ohio, just across the river from Maysville, Kentucky.  George lived another six years, and Julia another ten.  Four children were born to the couple – Mary A., John C., Charles B. and Nelson J. Sutton. 

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, October 9, 1890

Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Sutton celebrated their golden wedding at their home in Aberdeen, Oct. 6th.  No invitations were sent out, but quite a number of their friends and acquaintances called on the aged couple during the afternoon and evening, and remembered them kindly in the way of valuable and substantial presents.  Refreshments were served to the guests, the occasion being a happy one, especially to the couple who had passed a half century of married life.

Mr. G. W. Sutton and Miss Julia A. Shepard were married near Concord, Lewis County, Kentucky, on October 6th, 1840, by Rev. Hugh Wilson.  Mr. Sutton was born in 1806 and Mrs. Sutton in 1817.  They are unusually hearty and sprightly, retaining their hearing and sight remarkably well for people so far advanced in years, and seemingly have the prospect of living for many years to come.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 8, 1896

Aberdeen Loses One of Her Oldest Citizens

Mr. George Sutton, probably Aberdeen’s oldest citizen, died last night.  He was born in Fleming County, October 10, 1806, and had been a resident of Aberdeen since 1847.

He leaves threes sons, John Carr and Charles, of Aberdeen, and Nelson, of Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.  His only daughter died some years ago.

The date of the funeral has not been announced.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Monday, June 11, 1900

Mrs. Julia Sutton

Death of One of Aberdeen’s Oldest Citizens at an Early Hour This Morning

Mrs. Julia Sutton died this morning shortly after 3 o’clock at her home in Aberdeen, aged eighty-three years.

Deceased leaves two sons, Mr. N. J. Sutton, of Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, and Mr. C. B. Sutton, of Aberdeen.  Her husband, George W., died in 1896.

The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m.  Services by Rev. Armacost.  Burial in Charter Oak Cemetery.

Michael and Ann Foley of Limerick County, Ireland

Michael Foley, 1829-1904.  Ann, his wife, 1817-1895, of Co. Limerick, Ireland.  St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Saturday, April 27, 1895

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, November 15, 1904


Excerpts From The Evening Bulletin

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Monday, July 25, 1898

Jasper M. Hixson

Death Saturday Afternoon of an Old citizen Whose Parents Were Among the First Settlers of Mayslick

The venerable Jasper M. Hixson died Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock at the home of his grandniece, Mrs. Mattie Taylor, 1001 Second Street.  Deceased had been very feeble for some time, as a result of infirmities of old age.  Sometime Friday night he got up and dressed himself and in walking about the house fell down the stairs.  He sustained no serious injuries, but the shock was such that it hastened the end, and he peacefully breathed his last at the hour named.

Jasper Morris Hixson was a son of Nathaniel and Anna (Morris) Hixson and was born May 21, 1813, while his father was in his country’s service under General Shelby in the war then in progress.  His parents were among the first settlers of Mayslick.  He was married twice, but leaves no children.  His wives were sisters, daughters of Jack Metcalf.

Mr. Hixson was one of the early members of the Mayslick Baptist Church.  In 1849 he was one of the Mason countians who went to California, where he remained for years.

The funeral occurred this morning at 10 o’clock at the Mayslick Baptist Church, Rev. J. W. Porter, of this city, officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.


Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gill entertained last Friday evening with a lawn party, in honor of their niece, Miss Willie Watson, and her guests, Miss Bessie Felix, of Ashville, N.C., Miss Lucy Chappel Power, of Augusta, and Miss Bessie Peed of Mayslick.  Twenty-five couples of Maysville society folk were in attendance.  The old Gill mansion is a beauty within itself and with the lawn strewn with Chinese latterns, and the house brilliantly lighted, it presented a most charming scene.  There was fine music.  Elegant refreshments were served, and at morn, it was with regret ‘Home, Sweet Home’ was heard.


Pearl Smith, a son of the late R. K. Smith of Brooksville, is in the list of sick and wounded soldiers brought last week from Santiago by the steamer Seneca, and now at New York.


Have you tried Chenoweth’s orange phosphate?  Made from the fresh fruit, at Chenoweth’s soda fountain; 5 cents per glass.


Charlie Owens, a twelve-year-old boy of Augusta, fell a distance of fifteen feet, and it is thought was fatally injured.


The next re-union of the Confederate veterans will be held at Charleston, S.C.


Mr. John McIlvainey is seriously ill at his home on Limestone Street.

John Trotter Langhorne – Victim of Cholera

John Trotter Langhorne, born January 4, 1779, died June 30, 1833.  Elizabeth Baxter, wife of John Trotter Langhorne, born November 26, 1798, died February 5, 1879.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

This beautiful stone stands in the Maysville Cemetery in Mason County in honor of John Trotter Langhorne, and his wife, Elizabeth Baxter Payne.  John was born too late to fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War, but both had veterans in their families.  Maurice Langhorne was John’s grandfather; William Payne was Elizabeth’s grandfather.  The Cincinnati Enquirer of Sunday, September 1, 1929, contains an article on the Langhorne family.  From it we find that William Payne was a member of the House of Burgesses, ‘who met at Raleigh Tavern, May 18, 1769, and May 27, 1774, to protest against the importation and purchase of British manufacturers.’  On a granite boulder at the old capitol at Williamsburg, Virginia, is engraved the names of the members who were there on those dates.  Along with Peyton Randolph, Speaker of the House, is the name of William Langhorne, among others.

William Langhorne’s son, Maurice Langhorne married Elizabeth Trotter, parents of John Trotter Langhorne.  Col. Duvall Payne married Hannah Brent, parents of Elizabeth Baxter Payne.

John and Elizabeth’s children were Elizabeth Baxter, Maurice, Sarah Bell, John Duvall, Judith Fry, Penelope Vertner, William David and Thomas Young Langhorne, almost all given a name from their ancestral families for their middle name.

From The History of Maysville and Mason County, by G. Glenn Clift, we find that John Trotter Langhorne was the landlord of the Eagle Tavern in Maysville.  In a letter dated August 20, 1833, after cholera had abated, ‘I have been spared by the good will of the Lord and in good health at the time.  Mr. Stockwell you spoke of is alive and well.  James, his brother, is dead, the one that lived with Messrs. Poyntz and Co. since the death of Mr. J. T. Langhorne.’  I felt sure cholera was the cause of John’s death simply because he died in June 1833.

Elizabeth Baxter Payne Langhorne lived another 46 years.  She is listed in the 1840 census as head of household, but with the number living there she must have had children and grandchildren living with her.  By 1850 she is living with her daughter and son-in-law, Judith Fry Langhorne and Charles Marshall.  Elizabeth died February 5, 1879, at the age of 80.





Cox Family Buried In Maysville Cemetery

Cox Family, Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky

In the Maysville Cemetery lie a family by the name of Cox.  Father and son were born in London, England, and moved to this country in 1817.  In the 1850 Mason County census, George Cox is listed as 59, merchant, worth $20,000.  His wife, Ann, is 52.  Children listed are William, 29, merchant; Lissant, 24, clerk; Lucy M., 18; Joseph H., 15, clerk; Horatio N., 12; and Albert G., 10.

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perriin, Battle & Kniffin, 1888

Mason County

George Cox, a son of a salesman of respectable standing, was born in the city of London on the 1st day of March 1791, and, according to a good old English custom, was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, on the 1st of April following.  His father was John Cox, third son of Henry Cox, born at Ross Herfordshire, May 13, 1756, and his mother was Mary Cowell, born October 26, 1756.  They were married at the Parish Church of St. James, Clerkenwell, London, May 2, 1784.  The result of this union, which was a most happy one, was eight children:  Edward and Henry dying in childhood; John, born September 24, 1789, and supposed to have been killed in Spain or Portugal while serving his country in the Peninsular War under Wellington; George, the subject of this sketch; Ann Maria, born January 11, 1793, died December 12, 1867; Frances, mother of the late James Wormald, of this city; Margaret died in infancy, and Esther became the wife of George Herbst, May 8, 1834, dying in 1840.  There are authentic records which trace Mr. Cox’s ancestry back for more than three hundred years, but the purpose of this article is to treat of the individual whose life-work affords a shining example.  The father was employed in the hosiery shop of a man named Marsh, and into this shop the son was taken at the early age of nine years, and from that period to the day of his death he devoted his energies to well-directed industry.  His mother died February 20, 1811 and was laid to rest in the burial ground of St. Mary, Newington, Surrey.  July 16, 1814, his father married again, his second wife being Elizabeth Caroline Rose.  In 1817, at the age of twenty-six, and after a service of seventeen years in the shop of Mr. Marsh, Mr. Cox determined to seek a home in the ‘Western World,’ and he succeeded in getting his father, stepmother, his sisters and a number of cousins to come with him.  They landed at Baltimore and came from that point overland as far as Pittsburgh, where they took a flat-boat down the Ohio for Maysville, their destination being Lexington, Kentucky, then the foremost city of the west.  Here the party located, and for several months George Cox sought in vain for employment.  During these months, however, he made the acquaintance of Ann Hopkins, an English girl, born in Nottingham, July 15, 1796.  From Lexington he went to Cincinnati, where he found employment for a short time, and on the 10th of April, 1819, he returned to Lexington and made Miss Hopkins his wife.  With her he came to Maysville to engage in business, his only capital being $50 in money, a strong frame, good health, industry, and, above all, honesty.  He opened a small store in a frame house on Front Street, above Market, one-half of the house being occupied by his cousin and brother-in-law, Edward Cox, as a bookstore and bindery.  Both families lived in the second story of the building.

Mr. Cox was a methodical merchant from the very start.  He kept a record of every transaction.  The first item of goods sold by the merchant is set down thus: ‘1819, May 5, Quills, 6 ¼ cents.’  His simple system of keeping accounts enabled him to know what he was doing at all times.  He paid for articles as he bought them, and when they were gone, if he had money to replace them, it was evident that he was neither losing money nor getting in debt.  At the end of each week he footed up his sales, being for the week from May 31 to June 6, 1819, $23.37 ½.  From this modest beginning George Cox’s business grew until his name was as familiar to the merchants of the east as that of any man in the Union, and it carried with it a prestige that might well be envied.  It was not many years before increasing business obliged Mr. Cox to secure larger quarters, and he moved into the building now occupied by the ‘St. Charles,’ on Front Street.  Here he remained until 1840, when he bought the property immediately across the alley from the ‘St. Charles,’ and this he occupied as store and dwelling until 1850, when the site now occupied, on Second Street, was purchased.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, November 25, 1881

William H., Mr. Cox’s eldest son, was about this time admitted to a partnership in the house, and under the firm name of George Cox & Son the business grew until it was perhaps the largest retail dry goods trade in northern Kentucky.  Mr. Cox possessed in a large degree that prerequisite for success, patience.  He knew that a permanent business could not be established with a lavish expenditure of time, and he chose rather to win the confidence of his customers than to urge upon them goods that would not prove satisfactory.  He had one price for an article, and that was the price first named.  He sought a fair return for his investments, and rather than deviate from an established rule the article could remain on the shelf.  On the other hand, if any line of goods advanced in price, he never advanced the price of those on hand, but often sold them for less money than was necessary to replace them.  He despised the shams and shoddy of modern days, and rather than misrepresent an article in the slightest degree he would permit a customer to go elsewhere.  This he made an infallible rule at the outset, and it is a rule that is observed by the house to this day, as it has been throughout an honorable career of nearly seventy years.  Mr. Cox was among the few Englishmen who became Americanized.  In 1851 he paid a visit to London but found little pleasure in the trip.  Nearly all his relatives had died or moved to other lands, and upon his return to Maysville he told his family, ‘I’m an American now, and no longer an Englishman.’

Joseph Henry, born February 17, 1835, died August 2, 1861.  Horatio Nelson, born October 21, 1837, died August 4, 1865.  sons of George and Ann Cox.  Did they die fighting in the Civil War?

He was an unflinching friend of the Government during the Rebellion.  He loaned largely of his means to aid in carrying on the war, taking in return Government bonds, despite the protests of many of his friends that the bonds would be worthless.  He reasoned that if the Government lost, everything was lost, and he would rather sacrifice his fortune in an effort to save his Government, than to lose it by remaining passive.  Mr. Cox was a liberal contributor to every public enterprise and to every worthy object.  He was opposed to taxing the public for railroad and other internal improvements, believing that they should be built by private enterprise.  He was a good citizen in all that the term implies.

George Cox, born in London England, March 1, 1791, died September 212, 1881.  Lissant Cox, born March 1, 1826, died July 21, 1905.

His death, on the 21st of September 1881, removed from Maysville her staunchest merchant.  Although possessed of a large fortune, consisting of real and personal property, he made no will, expressing confidence that the law would make an equitable and satisfactory division among his heirs, a confidence that was not misplaced.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 3, 1885

Mr. Cox had by his first wife fourteen children, three of whom are still living (November 1887):  Lissant, the only surviving son; Mrs. Lucy M. Keith, of Maysville, and Mrs. E. C. Reeder, now residing in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ann, wife of George Cox, born July 15, 1796, died June 20, 1853.  Mary Caroline, wife of George Cox, born April 19, 1815, died April 9, 1895.

Mrs. Cox died June 20, 1853, and on the 12th of November 1854, Mr. Cox married Mrs. Mary C. Dimmitt, who survives him.

John Cox, born in London, England, May 13, 1756, died September 6, 1845.

John Cox, the father, came to Maysville from Lexington, some time after 1820, and died here September 6, 1845, in his ninetieth year.

Elizabeth Caroline, wife of John Cox, born July 2, 1770, died June 20, 1835.

His second wife died in Maysville, June 20, 1835, aged sixty-five years.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 10, 1895

Elizabeth C. Reeder, born July 11, 1828, died January 7, 1905.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 11, 1905

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Saturday, July 22, 1905


Henry Clay Stone Buried At Mt. Gilead Cemetery Mason County

Henry Clay Stone, September 5, 1843 – April 17, 1919.  Sallie E., his wife, December 30, 1848 – January 26, 1923.  Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

Henry Clay Stone was the son of Kinzea Stone and Elizabeth Ann Seamonds, born in Bourbon County, September 5, 1843.  In the 1850 census of that county Kinzea is 37, wife Elizabeth, also 37.  The following children are listed:  Jesse N., 13; Sarah A., 11; Malinda J., 9; Henry Clay, 7; Martha, 5; and Mary E., 3.  Also living in the household are Edward Stone, 33; David Dodge, 17; and Bernard Graham, 25, listed as schoolmaster and born in Ireland.

Henry Clay Stone married Sarah Wallingford about 1870.  In the 1880 census they are 36 and 33, respectively, with daughters Nettie, 4; and Minnie, 3.  In the 1900 census we find the couple has been married for 30 years.  They have had 7 children, but only 3 have survived.  Minnie, 23; Kinzea, 19; and Elizabeth C., 13.  Daughter Nettie was deceased by that date.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 17, 1919

H. Clay Stone Died At Noon of Influenza

County Magistrate and Prominent Citizen of Mt. Gilead Neighborhood Dies of Heart Trouble Developing In Influenza

Mr. H. Clay stone, Magistrate of the Mt. Gilead district, died at his home near that village at noon today of heart trouble brought on by influenza, from which he has been suffering for the past several days.

Mr. Stone was 75 years of age and quite a prominent citizen.  He was a very extensive reader and one of the best posted men in the county on many subjects.  He was a member of he one of the oldest families in Kentucky and a very likable gentleman.

Besides his wife, Mr. Stone is survived by one son, Kinza Stone, who made his home with his parents, and two daughters, Mrs. William Byron, of Mt. Carmel, and Mrs. Minnie Johnson, of Lexington.

Arrangements for the funeral have not as yet been made.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, April 18, 1919

Squire Stone’s Funeral Saturday Afternoon

The funeral of Squire H. Clay Stone will be held from the late home at Mt. Gilead Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock and burial will be made at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.