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The Thomas Family of Mason County

James C. Thomas, April 2, 1834 – October 23, 1917.  Elizabeth J., wife of J. C. Thomas, June 24, 1842 – July 4, 1899.  Charles Thomas, son of J. C. & E. Thomas, March 12, 1862 – April 5, 1863.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

James Cooper Thomas was the son of Jacob Thomas, born in Virginia, and Amanda Cooper, born in Kentucky.  This information was given on his death certificate.  He died October 23, 1917, a widower, a retired merchant, at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 21 days.

On November 30, 1859, in Mason County, James C. Thomas married Elizabeth J. Seward.  He was 24, born in Indiana, a resident of Mason County.  Elizabeth was 17, lived and was born in Fleming County.

In the 1850 census of Mason County James C., 16, is living with his parents, Jacob, 43, and Amanda, 37.  Siblings include John N, 14; Richard B., 12; Oliver H. P., 6; and Alice, 2.  Only James C., John N. and Oliver H. P. live to adulthood, and James C. is the only one to have children.

In the 1880 census James, 44, and wife Elizabeth, 38, are living with his father, Jacob Thomas, 72, born in Virginia.  Their children, Lilly, 11; Jacob, 9; and Laura, 3; are listed.

O. H. P. Thomas & Co.  O. H. P. Thomas and Co. Distributors of Fine Kentucky Whiskies, was established in 1860, and have the distinction of being the oldest house in their line in the state.  They have a reputation for selling only the purest and best Whiskies, Brandies, Wines and Gin, and their prices are always right.  Go to O. H. P. Thomas & Co. for this class of goods.  Office and salesroom 120-122 Market Street.

This is the business purchased by James Cooper Thomas after the death of his brother, O. H. P. Thomas in 1902.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 24, 1917

James Cooper Thomas

Aged Maysvillian Died Very Suddenly at His Home on Forest Avenue Last Evening – Was in Whisky Business Here For Many Years

Mr. James Cooper Thomas, aged 83 years, passed away very suddenly at his home on Forest Avenue last evening about 6:30 o’clock of acute indigestion.  Mr. Thomas was apparently in excellent health and his death occurred while he was eating his supper.

Deceased was born near Mt. Gilead, this county, on April 2, 1834.  For a number of years he was engaged in the whisky business in this city with his son, Mr. Jacob Thomas, the firm being widely known as the O. H. P. Thomas Company.  He retired from business several years ago.  He was a most excellent old gentleman and was well liked by all who knew him.

He is survived by two daughters and four sons – Mrs. P. G. Smoot, Mrs. S. P. Browning and Mr. Jacob Thomas of this city; Mr. John Thomas of Willow Springs, Missouri; Mr. Frank Thomas of Joplin, Missouri; and Mr. Perry Thomas of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but will be announced in tomorrow’s Ledger.

Oliver H. P. Thomas was James’ brother – evidently he began the whisky company and perhaps after his death was run by James and his son, Jacob.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 5, 1899

Death’s Harvest

Grim Reaper’s Visit Has Darkened More Happy Homes

Mrs. James C. Thomas

The death of Mrs. James C. Thomas occurred yesterday morning about 4 o’clock at her home near Mt. Gilead.

Deceased was 57 years of age and was one of Mason’s estimable residents.

She is survived by six children, – four sons, Messrs. John B. of Willow Springs, Missouri, Jacob and O. H. P. Jr., of this city and B. F. of near Mt. Gilead, – and two daughters, Mrs. P. G. Smoot and Mrs. Pearce Browning of this city.

The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning from the family residence near Mt. Gilead and the remains will be interred in Maysville Cemetery.

Jacob Thomas, July 7, 1807 – July 27, 1885.  Amanda A. Thomas, February 20, 1813 – May 14, 1871.

Jacob and Amanda Thomas – parents of James Cooper Thomas.

Richard B. Thomas, July 19, 1838 – October 24, 1854.  Alice J. Thomas, March 12, 1848 – February 12, 1851.

Siblings of James C. Thomas who died young.

John N. Thomas, July 16, 1836 – February 3, 1896.  Jacob Thomas, 1872-1932.  Lulu Y. Thomas, 1871-1965.  James C. Thomas, 1899-1950.  Marybelle Thomas, 1905-1965.

John N. Thomas was a brother to James C. Thomas.  Jacob Thomas was a son of James C., Lulu his wife, and children James C. and Marybelle, grandchildren of James C.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 4, 1896

John N. Thomas

Death Claims One of the City’s Prominent and Esteemed Business Men

Mr. John N. Thomas died last night at 8 o’clock at the family residence on Third Street, of heart failure.  He had been in failing health for three years, and while it was known that his condition of late was very serious, the sad news of his death was in the nature of a shock to many of his friends.

John Nelson Thomas was born near Mt. Gilead and was in the sixtieth year of his age.  He was a son of Jacob and Amanda (Cooper) Thomas, his parents being among the county’s old and esteemed citizens.  Most of the deceased’s life was spent in this city, where he was for years identified with the grain trade and wholesale liquor business.  No one stood higher as a businessman.  His wife, who was a Miss Drake, of Cincinnati, survives him, and he leaves two brothers, Mr. J. C. Thomas, of Orangeburg, and Mr. O. H. P. Thomas, of this city.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, March 25, 1902

O. H. P. Thomas

Another Prominent Citizen Answers the Final Summons

His Death Occurred at 7 O’clock This Morning, After an Illness of Seven Weeks

Mr. O. H. P. Thomas, whose serious illness has been frequently mentioned during the past month or so, died this morning at 7 o’clock at the family residence, 414 West Third Street.  He had been suffering from a complication of diseases the last seven weeks, and his serious condition for some time had in a measure prepared his relatives and friends for the sad announcement that came this morning.

Mr. Thomas was born near Mt. Gilead, this county, and was a son of the late Jacob and Amanda Thomas.  He was fifty-seven years of age.  The greater part of his life had been spent in Maysville where he had amassed a handsome estate as a wholesale liquor and grain merchant.  He had been prominently identified with the business interests of the city for many years.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, who was Miss Mary Stevenson, and he leaves one brother, Mr. James C. Thomas of the county, and several nephews and nieces, among them Mr. Jacob Thomas, Mrs. Dr. Smoot and Mrs .Pearce Browning of this city.

The funeral will take place Thursday, but the hour has not been fixed, Rev. Dr. Waller and Rev. Dr. Molloy officiating.  Interment in the Maysville Cemetery.

W. E. Wells Obituary

W. E. Wells, 1830-1907.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

The Public Ledger, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 14, 1907


The venerable W. E. Wells, died last night at 7 o’clock at his home in Moransburg, with a complication of ailments after an illness of three months, aged 78 years.

He leaves a widow and six children, five boys and a daughter.

He is of a pioneer family and has resided in the house where he died ever since his marriage forty years ago.

Louisa J. Wells, 1845-1913.

Frank W. Armstrong Obituary

Frank W. Armstrong, born October 9, 1841, died December 3, 1894.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 4, 1894

Frank Woodland Armstrong died at Battle Creek, Michigan, at 12:45 p.m. Monday.  A telegram during the afternoon brought the sad news to relatives and friends at this point.

He had been in feeble health for many years and had used every effort, with an ample fortune at his command, to stay the dread malady, having visited the noted resorts for invalids on both continents.

Deceased was the son of the late John Armstrong, who was one of the most successful business men in the early history of Maysville, and who did as much to build up the town as any citizen of his time.  Many monuments of his enterprise are extant among the best business houses and residences of our city.

Frank W. Armstrong spent his boyhood days in Maysville; attended the Maysville Seminary under Rand & Richeson; subsequently attended school at or near Louisville, under the charge of the late Bishop Smith; then about the time of the breaking out of the war he went to Paris, France, where he had a brother, and pursued his studies there for several years.  Coming back to this country after the war, he engaged in some commercial enterprises at Cincinnati, but in later years his failing health forbade close attention to any business.

He was a man of fine intelligence, great urbanity of manner, a true friend and a man of a high order of integrity – his word was as good as his bond.  In his death a happy family circle loses an affectionate and loving husband and a fond and devoted father.  He was as thoroughly equipped for the enjoyment of life as any man the writer has ever known – barring, of course, his poor health.  His friends and relatives will miss him.  His genial manner, bright and vivacious in spite of the depressed condition of his health, made him always a welcome companion and a cherished friend.

He was most happily married to Miss Trimble, of Hillsboro, Ohio, who survives him.  He leaves but one child, a daughter, who is the wife of Robert Sweigert, Esq., of Lexington, Kentucky.

His funeral will occur at Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon, December 6th.


Mitchell Family Buried In Maysville Cemetery

A lovely gravestone in the Maysville Cemetery, located in Mason County, holds the records of the Mitchell family.  Charles S. Mitchell was born in 1792 in the county, a life-long resident, the son of Ignatius Mitchell and Mildred Smith.  Ignatius was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War and received a land patent in Mason County (at that time Bourbon County).  His name appears on a company muster roll for May 1788, dated Valley Forge, June 1, 1778.

In this article from The Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, May 1, 1912, it tells of the exploration in the mountains of South America by Gerard Fowke – a grandson of the ‘famous duelist, Charles Mitchell.’  In 1812 a duel was fought in Sprigg Township, Adams County, Ohio, between Thomas Marshall and Charles Mitchell, son of Ignatius Mitchell and brother of Dick Mitchell, from The History of Adams County, Ohio, Nelson W. Evans, 1900.  This makes me wonder of Charles Mitchell was in the War of 1812.  I wonder what circumstance caused the duel?  It was before his marriage to Elizabeth Fowke.

Charles Mitchell married Elizabeth Fowke, September 2, 1821, a daughter of Roger and Susannah Fowke

‘Know all Men by these Presents, That we, Charles Mitchell and Susannah Fowke, are held and firmly bound unto The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, for the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated the 2nd day of September, 1821.  The condition of the above obligation is such, that, whereas a marriage is intended to be had and solemnized between the said Charles S. Mitchell and Elizabeth Fowke.  Now if there be no legal cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.’  Signed by Charles  Smith Mitchell and Susan Fowke, mother of Elizabeth.

In the 1840 Census of Mason County we find Charles Mitchell listed with 1 male under five, 1 five to ten, and one 30 to 40; 2 females under five and 1 female 20 to 30.

In the 1850 census we find Charles aged 57 and wife Elizabeth aged 45.  Children are Richard P, 25; Sibella, 23, Ignatius W., 20; Susan C., 18; Charles S., 15; David R., 13; Theobald, 11; Harrison Clay, 9; Joseph O., 6; and Elizabeth M., 6 – a set of twins.  Charles was a farmer.  Elizabeth, his wife, was born in Pennsylvania, the rest of the family were born in Kentucky.

In the 1860 census Charles is 68 and Elizabeth is 55.  Children listed in the household are Richard P., 36; Ignatius W., 30; Susan K., 28; Theobald, 21; Harrison C., 18; Joseph O., 16; and Elizabeth M., 16.

Children of C. S. and E. F. Mitchell.  Roger F., died February 27, 1826, aged 3 years.  Mary E., died December 1, 1840, aged 9 years.  Martha Ann, died June 26, 1849, aged 23 years.  R. P. Mitchell, 1824-1885.  H. C. Mitchell, 1841-1868.

Three children died previous to the 1850 census – Roger F., in 1826; Mary E., in 1840; and Martha Ann in 1849.  Two other children who died after their parents are listed on this side of the stone, Richard P., who died in 1885, and Harrison Clay, who died in 1868.

John D. Smith, died near Murfresboro, Tennessee, April 9, 1870, aged 51 years.  Sibella M. Smith, died December 29, 1863, aged 35 years.  Children of J. D. and S. M. Smith.  James L., died May 31, 1862, aged 5 years; Nannie J., died March 9, 1865, aged 5 years; Willie, died in Nashville, Tennessee, July 17, 1862, aged 2 years. 

John D. Smith married Sibella Mitchell.  They both died at a young age, as well as three of their children, who are buried in the Mitchell plot.

Charles died June 12, 1861, of dropsy.  He was listed as 69 years of age, a farmer, and his parents were Ignatius and Mildred Mitchell.

Charles S. Mitchell, died June 12, 1861, aged 69 years.  Elizabeth F. Mitchell, died January 19, 1879, aged 74 years.

Elizabeth Mitchell lived another 18 years, passing away at the age of 74 on January 19, 1879.

Theobald Mitchell, 1839-1882.  Richard Mitchell, 1875-1909.

Son, Theobald, and grandson, Richard, died after Charles and Elizabeth.  Generations buried together in Maysville Cemetery.

Jacob Linn Buried at Maysville Cemetery


Jacob Linn, born July 30, 1854, died March 12, 1902.  Catherine M. Linn, born November 10, 1856, died February 28, 1920.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

When I first started this post it was going to be the gravestone photo and obituary for Jacob Linn.  With just a little research in the local papers, Jacob has become a ‘real person’ with more than just a few dates added to his name!

First I would like to share the marriage bond for Jacob and his wife Catherine Schatzmann.

linn-marriageBe It Known, That we, Jacob Linn, as principal, and William Schatzman, as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:  That, whereas, Marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound Jacob Linn and Catharina M. Schatzmann.

Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Maysville, Mason County, this 21st day of June, 1880.

                                 Jacob Linn, William Schatzman

Attest:  W. W. Ball, Clerk, Mason County Court

The information from the second page gives us the date of marriage, June 22, 1880.  The groom lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, is 25 years of age, this is his first marriage.  He is a beer brewer, was born in Germany, as were both his parents.

The bride lives in Maysville, Kentucky, is 23 years of age, her first marriage.  She was born in Iowa and her parents were born in Ohio.

Little snippets from The Daily Public Ledger and The Daily Evening Bulletin give us interesting tidbits about the lives of Jacob and Catherine.

From 1882 it seems that Jacob Linn ran a confectionery, ‘Attention is called to the advertisement of Jacob Linn in this issue of the Bulletin.  He has on hand a fresh supply of confectionery, fruit, canned goods, etc., at low prices.  He is a baker of long experience and proposes to furnish bread, cakes, etc., fresh every day and of the best quality.  Give him a call.’  Daily advertisements are found in the evening papers of Maysville, The Daily Evening Bulletin.  Ice cream was a specialty.  This shop was located on Second Street, below the post office.

July 2, 1892, it says, ‘Jacob Linn and wife, and W. A. Schatzmann, wife and son have returned from a pleasant visit to the  Soldier’s Home at Dayton, Ohio.’  Who did they visit?  Could have been either father who perhaps fought in the Civil War – or possibly a brother.

Jacob was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge.  He is listed as one member who went to the installation of the Flemingsburg lodge – ‘They bring back a report of a royal time.’  And on another occasion Jacob and wife, along with others, attended the meeting of the Grand Lodge of K. of P. at Ashland.

In September of 1893, Jacob Linn was granted license to sell by retail ‘spirituous, vinous and malt liquors.’  Ads appeared in the paper that read , ‘If you want Sohn’s Old Gold Beer of Imperial brew, call on Jacob Linn, No. 105 Market Street.  He has the exclusive sale.’  And, ‘Old Bold and Bock Beer, Imperial brew.  Also Bock Weurst at Jacob Linn’s Saturday.’

A Saturday, December 23, 1893, ran the following ad, ‘All the boys will be looking for the best of it next Monday, and no one will be surprised to know that popular Jacob Linn, the well-known saloonist, will be prepared to give them the best of it.  Just think of the bill of fare – Roast Pig and Tom and Jerry.  What a sumptuous drawing card, and what a tempting plate!  Delicious, delightful and splendid will be the roast pig, while the Tom and Jerry will be just as nourishing and rejuvenating as ever.  Remember the place, 105 Market Street.’

Had to look it up, but a Tom and Jerry is a classic warm, winter toddy!  Perhaps this was the last hurrah for the saloon keeper – did it not flourish as he expected?  On January 20, 1894, less than a month past the ‘sumptuous feast’ the paper says, ‘Mr. A. Weland has purchased for his son, Jacob, the interest of Baker Wood in the saloon formerly owned by Jacob Linn.’

Nothing more of Jacob Linn is in the newspaper until his obituary.  Perhaps he sold his business due to poor health.  He died eight years after selling his business.

from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, March 13, 1902

Mr. Jacob Linn

A Former Resident of Maysville Died Wednesday at Covington – Burial Here Friday

Mr. Jacob Linn, formerly a resident of Maysville, died shortly after noon Wednesday at his home in  Covington, of dropsy.

Mr. Linn was in his fiftieth year, and is survived by his wife, who is a sister of Mr. William L. Schatzmann, of this city.  He leaves no children.

The remains will be brought here for burial.  the funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the resident of Mr. Schatzmann, 227 West Second Street.

Deatley Plot at Maysville Cemetery


Severn P. Deatley, born January 25, 1830, died May 3, 1892.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.


Bettie W., wife of S. P. Deatley, born February 14, 1837, died August 28, 1882.


Nannie A., wife of Severn P. Deatley, after his death wife of W. S. Wallingford, born September 24, 1857, died March 23, 1949.

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

May 4, 1892

S.P. Deatly, a prominent Oddfellow of Tollesboro Lodge, whose serious illness is noted in our correspondence elsewhere [he was ill with pneumonia], died early this morning at his home near Tollesboro. He was a brother-in-law of W.W. Ball of this city, his first wife being a sister of Mr. Ball. His second wife was a daughter of Charles Coryell of this county. He leaves a widow and several small children. Mr. Deatly was a good citizen, whose loss will be keenly felt.


Select Gravestones From The Maysville Cemetery

Ritchey and I fell in love with Maysville when we visited there last October – the city, the people, the history – the cemeteries!  I had previously visited only three of the nine northern Kentucky counties we visited – all along the mighty Ohio River.  I look forward to a return visit! 

The following are various gravestones from the Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.  As you can tell it was a beautiful fall day!


Louis, born August 16, 1858, died December 12, 1881.  Helena, born July 12, 1852, died October 13, 1854.  Mary Louise, born January 8, 1847, died June 5, 1848.  Children of L. & E. Collins.  Maysville Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.


Louis Collins, born February 28, 1814, died July 28, 1886.  His wife, Elizabeth, December 23, 1821 – March 7, 1915.


John H. Langhorn, drowned by falling from the Steamer Companion on the night of January 27, 1833, aged 32 years, 7 months and 16 days.  Theresa A. Caldwell, wife of John H. Langhorn, born May 19, 1808, died November 1, 1832.  Mary, their daughter, died September 1, 1832, aged 2 years, 4 months and 13 days.


John Trotter Langhorne, born January 4, 1779, died June 30, 1839.  Elizabeth Baxter, wife of John Trotter Langhorne, born November 26, 1798, died February 5, 1879.


Thomas Young, Virginia, Captain in Col. J. Crockett’s Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1751-1837.


James B. Robinson, born October 26, 1798, died August 11, 1851, aged 55 years, 9 months and 19 days.


Lucretia, wife of James R. Robinson, born November 15, 1810, died Friday, May 14, 1869.




In memory of father, J. Paul Ort, born Berrenburg Province Hessen Germany, died in Maysville, Kentucky, November 9, 1861.  In memory of mother, Kathrina Ort, born Rotemburg A. D. Fulda Province Hessen Germany, died in Ohio, May 6, 1873.