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News Items From The Daily Public Ledger, Maysville

from The Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky – Mason County

Saturday, October 24, 1896

James M. Mitchell

His Death at His Country Home Early This Morning

James M. Mitchell, one of the most honored citizens of Mason County, died at his home near Helena at 7:30 o’clock this morning, in his 75th year. He had been in poor health for some time, but his death was not expected. Born on the farm where he died, his entire life had been spent in this community, and no man was more honored and respected. He was a most successful farmer and able financier, and was President of the banking firm of Wells, Mitchell & Co., afterwards the First National Bank, and of late years of Mitchell, Finch & Co.’s Bank. His loss will be felt most seriously by the entire community. No arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral.

The Best Yet

The Men’s Rally at Y.M.C.A. Hall tomorrow Afternoon

Tomorrow afternoon from 3 till 4 o’clock the Men’s Rally will be held in the Association Hall, Masonic Temple, Mr. W. T. Berry, Principal of Third District School, will be the speaker. You have heard from others how charming and helpful are these rallies. If you have never been to one try tomorrow’s and the good you get will strengthen you to combat the many ills of life and petty temptations which arise in your business the coming week. Just look at the good things: An inspiring, hearty song service into which you can enter and thus do your share towards helping others, a piano and violin duet by Mr. Hoeflich and Miss Margaret Duke Watson – “Angel’s Serenade,” violin obligatte, a short talk which will do you good in a business way and perchance tell you something which may make you rich, and last you will be one of a crowd of men gathered from all classes and conditions in life met for a common purpose – to receive benefits which shall raise us to a higher level and give us a better appreciation of the wonderful advantages and opportunities with which we, as a people, are surrounded. The Hall is cheerful and bright, the reading table is full of all kinds of literate, and best of all a cordial greeting and a fraternal spirit are yours to command.

Other News

The first quintuple wedding in matrimonial annals of the state is to take place at Liberty Church in McCracken County, December 20th. The contracting parties will be Solen Mason and Miss Fannie Torian; Moss Council and Miss Callie McAllister; Tilla Fristoe and Miss Tommie Wallace; Rube Dossett and Miss Annie Harper; Edgar Griffin and Miss Stella Miller. Rev. Thomas will perform the ceremony, and the brides-to-be are young schoolteachers.

The funeral of the late Mrs. William P. Coons occurred yesterday morning from the residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson on West Fourth Street. Rev. W. O. Cochran of the Central Presbyterian Church conducting the services. The burial was largely attended by relatives and friends of the deceased, while the floral tributes were exceptionally handsome.

Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky

IMG_3969Mt. Gilead is a small, overgrown cemetery in rural Mason County, Kentucky, just on the line with Fleming County, on Highway 597, where Highways 1234 and 597 come together.  Just looking at this photo you would not suspect the number of gravestones in this cemetery!  Ritchey and I braved the weeds and brambles to get our photos!


Nancy M. Mattingly, born March 15, 1818, died September 12, 1903.  In my father’s house are many mansions.

This stone is quite beautiful!  Notice the castle-like house at the top of the stone.


One of two rock walled plots within the cemetery.


Three above-ground stones within the walled area.


The second walled area – filled with trees!  A few stones rest  on the trees and stand closer to the wall.


J. P. Campbell, born March 2, 1808, died October 16, 1895.  Sarah, wife of J. P. Campbell, born (no date), died September 1, 1874.


Steps of the church?


Joseph Hampton, born February 7, 1798, died August 10, 1859.  Judith K., wife of J. Hampton, born February 22, 1800, died June 1, 1874.


James Wallingford, born July 17, 1793, died May 1, 1865


Beautiful stone!  Caption at bottom reads, “As a Husband, devoted.  As a Father, affectionate.  As a Friend, ever kind and firm.  In life, he exhibited all the gifts of a Christian, in death his spirit returned to God who gave it.”


Sarah, wife of James Wallingford, born December 18, 1792, died July 27, 1860


Aunt Betsy Browning – no dates.


Mary E., daughter of John and Lucy Ann Breeze, born August 28, 1860, died November 3, 1863


A view of several other stones.


Samuel Bramel, born July 20, 1800, died April 27, 1881.  Mary J., wife of Samuel Bramel, born August 10, 1802, died June 10, 1849.


In memory of Nicholas Wallingford, was born December 14, A.D. 1739, and departed this life September 5, A.D. 1829, aged 69 years, 8 months and 21 days.

At the bottom of the stone reads, “His race was swift, his rest sweet.  His views divine, his bliss complete.  His song sublime, his transports swell.  His state eternal, God his all.”  This gentleman was the oldest person found buried in the cemetery.

SAM_3612 1Notice the beautiful carving at the top of the stone – such intricate work for a stone this old.  A large bouquet of leaves, with a corresponding one above that is upside down, with a long drape of cloth around the top of the stone.

These are just a few photos we took during our visit at Mt. Gilead Cemetery.  Perhaps one day you will visit!  Let me know if you have relatives buried in this cemetery.

Arthur Brough Obituary

Bracken County, Kentucky

Arthur Brough died at the home of his son, John C. Brough, in Milford at 11:30 p.m. April 24th, 1928.  He had a few days of critical illness following years of declining health.  He was born in Mason County April 12, 1848.  He came to Milford in the early seventies and was married to Fannie Coleman in 1876.  The greater part of half a century was spent in Milford.

He leaves a devoted son John, who with his wife and son George had stayed his tottering steps in these last years.  He was a courtly gentleman of the old time school.  For many years he was a teacher in the county schools.  He was the Milford member of the Fiscal Court as long as he would consent to serve.  He united with the Milford Christian Church on July 4, 1910, under the ministry of the Rev. Marion Pfanstiel, who will officiate in the last sad rites tomorrow.  He was active in Church and Sunday School work.  He leaves two brothers living, both very old.  James, an old time traveling salesman at Dayton, Ohio, and Mack, of Crittenden, Kentucky, who is nearing the ninetieth milepost, was a leading teacher more than fifty years ago when wielding the birch held the place now given to athletics.  Of the well-known family of Robert Coleman, two of his wife’s sisters survive, Mrs. Lydia Harber on the home farm and Mrs. Belle Frank of Brooksville.  Funeral services will be held in the Milford Christian Church Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow in the Coleman cemetery on the Coleman farm by the side of his wife who passed away some twenty years ago.  Always a cultured gentleman he spent his fourscore years in making friends.  Regret only will follow his taking off, and sympathy for the sorrowing son, daughter-in-law and grandson.  They can look back over the years of duties ably filled as time softens troubles and griefs into tender memories.

What a Genealogy Weekend!

IMG_3969What a weekend!  Three days of total genealogy (and a little geocaching!) – eighteen cemeteries in nine counties – 1,840 photos in all!  Can you even imagine how much information I have to share with you!

It started with Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Mason County, located on Highway 1234 at the Fleming  County line!  Now I know this photo doesn’t show much – just a sign.  But behind, and mixed in with, the three foot grasses and brush are many gravestones.  We braved the briars and brambles to get photos!


This was a northern Kentucky trip, beginning in Lewis County and working our way around the Ohio River to Trimble County, ending with the Bedford Cemetery.  Much more coming in the next few weeks and months!

William Hopkinson Cox Biography

Scan_Pic1695from Kentucky – A History of the State, by Perrin, 1888

Mason County, Kentucky

William Hopkinson Cox, first son of George Cox and Ann Hopkins, was born in Maysville on the 24th of September, 1820.  His early advantages were few, but, limited as they were, the best possible use was made of them.  His mother had been a school teacher previous to her marriage, and Mr. Cox’s early mental training was received from her.  At about the age of ten years he was sent to a country school taught by “Jack” Holton, a famous teacher in his day.  His school was located in what is now known as the Tuckahoe neighborhood, and numbered among its patrons Dr. Thomas Nelson, the father of Hon. Thomas H. Nelson, Ex-Minister to Mexico, and the late Major-General William Nelson, of the United States Army.  Subsequently Mr. Cox was sent for a short time to Prof. William W. Richeson, who has lived to see so many of his pupils rise to high places in the councils of the nation, or to win fame on fields of battle.  At the age of twelve years Mr. Cox entered his father’s store, and here began a business training that won for him an honorable name throughout a long and useful life.  He remained in the employ of his father some thirteen years, and at the age of twenty-five concluded to engage in business for himself.  Forming a partnership with Madison S. Dimmitt, who had married his second sister, the firm of Cox & Dimmitt began business on the 15th of April, 1846, in the storeroom now occupied by George W. Childs, on the west side of Market Street, above Front.  Both partners gave strict attention to their trade, and it is not singular that they soon carved their way to success.  Mr. Dimmitt died on the 12th of February, 1848, and Mr. Cox conducted the business alone until about 1850, when he formed a partnership with his father, under the style of George Cox & Son.  On the 2nd of November 1854, Mr. Cox was married to Elizabeth Russell Newman, at Flat Bush, L. I., near Brooklyn.  She was a woman of rare excellence, and their home was a happy one.  Her death, on the 9th of November, 1862, was a severe shock to her devoted husband, who was left to care for three small children.  He was true to the memory of his wife, and it was rarely that he did not visit her grave on the Sabbath.  Like his father, Mr. Cox abhorred all manner of shams.  Moral, upright and just in all his dealings, he detested trickery of every sort.  The religion that he believed in chiefly was the religion of honesty and of doing good to deserving people.  He was generous to a fault when any act had been performed to enlist his sympathies.  He shunned rather than sought prominence or public position.  A liberal subscriber to the stock of the Maysville and Lexington Railroad, at the earnest solicitation of his friends he accepted the position of a director, but this was because he thought he could be useful to his fellow stockholders.  For some years previous to his death he was a director in the State National Bank, and held the position of vice-president of that institution when he died.  In this he is succeeded by his eldest son and namesake.  William H. Cox had begun life at the bottom of the ladder.  As he had climbed up, so he taught his two sons.  Giving them an education better than he himself had received, he placed them in the store, paying each a modest sum for services, teaching them the value of every dollar they received.  They were trained, as he had been, to rely upon their own exertions.  Those who know them will concede that those lessons were not wasted.  Mr. Cox was an outspoken Union man during the war, and while he did not obtrude his views upon others, he was never known to conceal his sentiments when called upon for an expression.  During this period there was a species of moral cowardice in Kentucky which prompted men to seal their lips for the sake of “policy”.  When told that his opinions would injure his trade, Mr. Cox informed his adviser that his goods were for sale, his principles were not.  His father dying in 1881, he continued the business without interruption until the winter of 1884-85.  After more than fifty years of unceasing toil, his health failed and he was forced to succumb.  Although his sons frequently urged him to rest, he could not divorce himself from a labor which had become a second nature to him.  The brevity of his illness was proof enough that he had worked too long.  After a few weeks suffering he breathed his last on the 3rd day of February, 1885, sincerely mourned by his children, and his death deplored by the entire community.  His survivors are two sons, William H. and George L., and to these he devised his entire property by a will which is a model of simplicity.  Better than riches, he left them an untarnished name.  The business of George Cox & Son is now conducted by the third generation, and upon the same plan that has been pursued for seventy years.

Will of Edmund Martin – Mason County, Kentucky

Edmund Martin was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  He served as a private in the Sussex County, New Jersey militia, receiving certificate #577, dated May 1, 1784.  He is buried in the Old Millersburg Cemetery in Nicholas County, at the county line with Bourbon County.  This will is from Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky.  Nicholas County was formed in 1799 from portions of Bourbon and Mason Counties.  Tomorrow my blog will be about the Martin family buried in Old Millersburg Cemetery.  It is interesting to note that Edmund Martin died the day his will was signed.

Will of Edmund Martin

Mason County, Kentucky

In the name of God Amen. I Edmund Martin of Maysville, County of Mason and State of Kentucky considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First of all my just debts to be paid. I then bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna the house and shore houses thereon, during her life. I also bequeath to her three feather beds and furniture, one bureau and three tables with the desk and bookcases. I also give and bequeath unto my son Edmund Martin (after his mother’s death) the aforesaid house and lots with the improvements thereon; which I now live in and my said son Edmund is to pay out of said house and lot the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to his brother Micajah Martin one year after his mother’s death being one of four yearly payments of the same amount to be paid to his said brother Micajah until the sum of one thousand dollars has been paid in full to his said brother Micajah. I also give and bequeath unto my son Jerry Martin the one hundred acres of land on which he now lives. I also bequeath to my son-in-law Eli Huron fifty acres of land on which he lives. I also give and bequeath to each of my daughters herein mentioned that is to Nancy Aultic, Rachel Rees, Milly Bland and Hannah Porter four hundred dollars if so much remains of my estate after paying my just debts. I request that these people who have my obligations for deed to lots – Swells Boaz Brooks and Levi Boone and any others that the same deeds may be made when they pay the respective balances due me. I request also the tan yard lot to be sold for the payment of my debts. The residue of my estate when all my just debts are paid to be equally divided between my children, Elijah Martin excepted as he has got his proportion before. I hereby appoint my son Elijah Martin and my worthy friend Moses Daulton to be my Executers of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will by me made.

In witness whereof I have set my hand seal this 28th day of November 1811.

Edmund Martin

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Edmund Martin to be his last will and testament in our presence – Charles Gallagher, Adam McFerrin, Sanford Carroll