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C. B. Overstreet Dies of Consumption

C. B. Overstreet, born December 14, 1823, died March 5, 1885.  Old Union Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, March 13, 1885

Mr. C. B. Overstreet died of consumption at his home, near Aliceton, at 5 minutes past 12 o’clock, Wednesday night, the 4th inst.  The deceased was 61 years old and was highly esteemed.  His remains were buried by the Masons at Union Church, last Friday.  Rev. R. H. Caldwell delivered the funeral discourse in the presence of a large audience of sorrowing friends.  He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Harmon, and a host of friends.

Mary A., wife of C. B. Overstreet, born April 15, 1834, died January 23, 1892.

Biography of Major Isaac N. Cardwell

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Clark County

Major Isaac N. Cardwell, a native of Knox County, Tennessee, was born September 27, 1827.  John Cardwell, his father, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1790.  He acquired a common-school education in youth, and adopted his father’s vocation in life, farming.  He came to Knox County, Tennessee, in 1812, where he followed agricultural pursuits, living on his father’s farm in that county.  In 1822 he was married to Miss Ara W., daughter of Colonel Thomas Watkins, a wealthy planter, who had a family of eleven children, of whom Ara was the seventh.  In 1831 John Cardwell removed to Jefferson County, Tennessee, where he purchased land and farmed, remaining until 1840, when he came to Breathitt County, Kentucky.  He entered general merchandising, and was Postmaster at Jackson, Breathitt County, from 1844 until 1877.  Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell were the parents of six children, viz.:  John W., William D., Isaac N., Thomas P., Miranda E. (Little) and A. E., the last named two of whom are dead.  John Cardwell served in the War of 1812, and drew a pension for that service during the latter part of his life.  He and Mrs. Cardwell were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he was a Whig.  He died in 1877, in his eighty-seventh year.

Perrin Cardwell, grandfather of our subject, was also born in Fauquier County, Virginia, and was of English origin.  He emigrated in an early day to Knox County, Tennessee, where he died in 1850, in the ninety-eighth year of his age, leaving a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth (Warsham) Cardwell, and nine children, viz.:  John, William, Daniel, George, Martha (Watkins), Susan (Nutty), Maria (Jourolman) and Louisa (Jourolman).  Perrin Cardwell was in life a wealthy planter and a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Judge Cardwell was educated at the Tennessee University, graduating in 1850.  He read law with Judge Reese at Knoxville, Tennessee, and was admitted to the bar in September, 1850.  He came to Kentucky in 1858, and located at Booneville, the county seat of Owsley County, where he practiced law very successfully until 1861, when he was commissioned by President Lincoln as Major of the Seventh Kentucky Infantry (Federal service).  He served until February 1863, when on account of rheumatism he was compelled to resign.  Returning home he remained in Lexington until the fall of 1864, when he removed to Estill County and opened a law office at Irvine.  He served two terms in the Kentucky Legislature as Representative of that county, in 1872-73 and 1881-82.  He served during the last year of the Mexican War as Orderly Sergeant of Captain John J. Reese’s company of the Fifth Tennessee Infantry.  In 1860, just before the beginning of the late Civil War, he was commissioned by Governor Beriah Magoffin as Colonel of the Militia in Owsley County. In 1884 he left Estill County, and settled in Winchester, Clark County, where he has since been practicing law.

Judge Cardwell has been twice married.  His first wife died in July, 1881, leaving one child, Lena (Fox), of Madison County, Kentucky.  He was next married in Frankfort, in November, 1882, to Miss Jennie Todd, daughter of Harry I. and Jane B. (Davidson) Todd, both Kentuckians.  Mrs. Cardwell is a granddaughter of Governor Crittenden, was born and raised in Frankfort, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Cardwell, who is not connected with any religious organization, and with no secret organization except the Masonic order, is politically a Republican.  His mother is still living, and is in the eighty-seventh year of her age.

News From The Schuyler Citizen – 1860

The Schuyler Citizen

Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois

Died – John Gardner – at the residence of his step-father, Hugh Smith, eight miles north of Rushville on Monday the 18th inst., John Gardner, aged about 18 years.  “Little Jo Gardner” as we usually called him, was a remarkable character, when a little boy he injured his spine by falling from a ladder standing against the side of a house, and with which he was amusing himself.  He became a hunch back; but in proportion as his body became deformed did his mind become accelerated and ennobled.  When quite a boy he joined the M. E. Church and from the first and throughout was a bright exemplar of its principles – a practical, faithful Christian.  He was fully resigned to his melancholy condition, never repining, always cheerful and died saying he “rejoiced in the near prospect of soon resting from his life of pain and affliction in the arms of his blessed Savior”.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 20, 1860

Died – Mrs. John Philips – At four o’clock last Saturday afternoon (9th inst.,) the wife of Mr. John Phillips, living near Huntsville, hung herself.  We learn from a neighbor that she had recently exhibited signs of mental derangement, owing it was supposed to a late marriage in her family of which she disapproved.  A few days before her suicide she had requested her sister-in-law to ask her husband to kill her.  On Saturday morning she met with a person who was fully acquainted with the circumstances attending the recent suicide in the neighborhood, of Mrs. Marlowe, and obtained from him by close questioning every particular as to the manner of tying the rope, etc.  In the afternoon the family were all absent but a little son.  She made him go to the field to cut sprouts, and then went into the meat house in the yard and hung herself, following the plan of Mrs. Marlowe.  Her little son was the first to discover her.  A couple of daughters had just come in and with the aid of a man who was just then passing she was taken down, but life was quite extinct.  She was buried on the following day.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860.

Died – John Bohrman – Our city has been the scene of another suicide.  John Bohrman, a German butcher, was found suspended by the neck in his stable loft, about nine o’clock yesterday morning.  He had evidently been hanging several hours when he was discovered.  An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.  Beardstown Democrat, 19th inst., The Schuyler Citizen, June 27, 1860

Died – Thomas M. Martin – On Wednesday evening, July 4th, in the fortieth year of his age, from the effects of wounds received about his head and breast by the premature discharge of a cannon, Thomas M. Martin, son of the Rev. Thomas Martin, of Tennessee.  Mr. Martin came with his family to Rushville in December 1855, and during his residence here had won, by the uniform uprightness of his life, the confidence and esteem of our entire community.  He was a member of the M. E. Church, having joined when quite a youth and such had been the consistency of his Christian life with his profession, that when the Dread Messenger came in so unexpected a moment he did not find him unguarded, for so soon as he regained his speech he expressed his entire willingness to obey the summons.  During the few hours he survived his wounds he was calm and collected, and spoke much of the blissful abode he felt assured of being about to enter.  He expired peacefully and happily while being brought homeward.  He was also a prominent member both of the Good Templar and Masonic Fraternity of this place, and an officer in each.  Both of the Lodges here attended his funeral.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860

Died – Mr. David C. Gillam – on Thursday at 12 midnight from the effect of wounds received in the head and breast at the same time with Mr. Martin, Mr. David C. Gillam (brother of B. C. Gillam) of this place, in the 29th year of his age.  Mr. Gillam is well known in this community, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  From the moment he was struck his reason was gone, and though able to talk, up to the period of his death, his mind was wondering.  At the time of his death he was sexton of the Presbyterian Church.  It is a singular coincidence that Mr. Martin also was the sexton of the M. E. Church.  The bodies of both were conveyed to the M. E. Church, and an impressive funeral discourse preached by the Pastor Rev. W. D. Lemon, assisted by the Revs. John Scripps and S. E. Wishard.  A large concourse of sympathizing friends attended the burial.  The bereaved families have the warm sympathies of our entire community.  Mr. Gillam leaves a wife and three children.  Mr. Martin leaves a wife and six children.  The Schuyler Citizen, July 11, 1860.

William Bryan Biography

from Logan County Biographies

William Bryan

Among the pioneers of Kentucky, and contemporary with Daniel Boone, was the grandfather of William Bryan, of Russellville, Logan County.  The first record now known of the family of Bryan dates back to the colonial days when a William Bryan emigrated from England to America and settled in North Carolina.  He espoused the cause of the Colonies and fought in the Revolution and probably died in North Carolina.  He reared a son, William, and it was he who removed from North Carolina to Kentucky shortly after the coming of Boone.  He doubtless hunted and trapped with that celebrated pioneer; and it is definitely known that they traded one with the other, as Mr. Bryan married Barbara, a sister of Boone’s, while the latter secured in marriage the hand of Rebecca Bryan, the sister of William Bryan.  Mr. Bryan soon wearied of the wild life in the wilderness of Kentucky and removed to what is now Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he reared his family and passed the residue of life, which terminated in the close of the eighteenth century.  He reared one daughter and five sons, the second of whom was named William, he being the father of the subject of this sketch.  He was born in Pennsylvania, there reared to maturity and married Miss Phoebe Inman, which union resulted in the birth of six children.  He finally settled in Ohio, where he died in 1860; and where his widow is now living, in her eighty-seventh year.  William Bryan, of Russellville, Kentucky, was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, in 1840.  When nineteen he located in Russellville.  He was educated by Horace Mann, in the Antioch College of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and before removing to Kentucky, had learned the art of photography, at which he engaged for several years after going to Russellville.  In 1875, he abandoned this to embark in merchandising, and is now doing a thriving dry goods business.  He is an official member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a director of the Logan County Female College; a member of the Masonic order, and in politics a Democrat.  Mr. Bryan was married in Russellville, Kentucky, in 1865, to Miss Sallie, daughter of George W. Weller.  Their union has resulted in the birth of four children, viz.:  Ida, Frederick W., Fannie M. and Frank Bryan.