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Andrew M. and Edna Pearl Payne Obituaries – McLean County

Andrew M. Payne, 1861-1929.  ‘Asleep in Jesus.’  Calhoun Cemetery, McLean County, Kentucky.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Saturday, December 7, 1929

Andrew M. Payne

Andrew M. Payne died at his home near Calhoun, McLean County, Friday morning of complications, following a hemorrhage of the brain.  Surviving are his widow and four children, Mrs. Estel Fulkerson, Eula, William and Taylor Payne, all of Calhoun.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed but probably will be held Sunday from the Calhoun Baptist Church.

Edna Pearl, wife of Andrew M. Payne, 1879-1937.  ‘Asleep in Jesus.’  Calhoun Cemetery, McLean County, Kentucky.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 7, 1937

Mrs. Pearl Payne

Calhoun, Ky., July 6 – Mrs. Pearl Payne, 57, died suddenly at her home at 1321 Kentucky Street, Bowling Green, this morning.  She is survived by four children, William and Taylor Payne, of Bowling Green, Mrs. Arthur Greenwalt, of Livermore; Mrs. Estel Fulkerson, Calhoun; one grandson, Billy Morton Fulkerson; one sister, Mrs. O. F. Kimberlin, Owensboro; three brothers, Frank Taylor, Louisville; Henry Taylor, Waynesville, Illinois; and Harry Taylor, Dwight, Illinois.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Calhoun Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Wednesday, by the Rev. George C. Lovan.  Pallbearers will be J. H. Kerrick, Carl Kerrick, James Jones, B. J. Morehead, Elmo Trunnell and R. Duke.

John W. and Sarah Rollins and Daughter Sarah

Nothing has left me more puzzled in research on a family, and still have found so much information.  Three gravestones stand in Calhoun Cemetery in McLean County.  My husband Ritchey visited his sister earlier in the month and stopped by the cemetery to photograph several of the stones.  John W. Rollins, his daughter Sarah Rollins, and wife Sarah Rollins are buried in a row, the daughter between her parents.

In the 1850 census of McLean County John was 50, a millwright, born in Pennsylvania.  Wife Sarah was 48, born in Kentucky; daughter Sarah was 8.

A millwright, in the 19th century, was a specialized carpenter who designed and constructed mills.  They had a working knowledge of driveshafts, bearings, gearings and mechanical bells.  They executed every type of engineering operation in the construction of mills – designed the patterns of the water wheel systems, carved the gear mechanisms and erected the mill machines.  Since this was such a specialized job I’m sure they stayed busy.  In the 1864 IRS schedules John W. Rollins income was $1,195 – only six men in the county had higher incomes.  He paid a 5% tax of $59.75.

Death came to visit the family in the summer of 1858, claiming daughter Sarah, aged 16.  I could find no death records for McLean County, although most counties in Kentucky did keep sporadic records at that time.

Sarah A., daughter of John W. & Sarah Rollins, born December 24, 1841, died July 8, 1858.  Calhoun Cemetery, McLean County, Kentucky.

You can tell by her gravestone how much this young woman was loved.  A garland of flowers and leaves surround what at one time was her photograph.  Over the last one hundred and sixty years the rain and weather have reduced it to something unrecognizable.  A two-stanza verse is now very faint.

John Rollins, born January 18, 1800, died December 22, 1869.

In December of 1869 John Rollins came down with pneumonia.  It proved fatal; he died just before Christmas.  At the top of his gravestone is the square and the compass, sign of a Freemason.

Sarah Rollins, born September 10, 1809, died May 28, 1871.

Sarah lasted a year and a half before dying at the age of 62.  Was it from sadness losing her husband and daughter?  Her stone has a star, a symbol of divine guidance.

Did John and Sarah have other children?  In the 1860 census the two are listed in the census.  I could not find them in the 1840 census

Neither John or Sarah left a will – perhaps because there was no one to leave anything to except each other?  On February 8, 1870, S. J. Boyd, attorney, was appointed administrator for John.  Louis L. Moore, William Noland and C. G. Smallhouse were appointed appraisers of his estate.  The interesting items from this appraisement were a clock, one lot of books valued at $15, a Masonic chest for $10, 2 maps at $5, various tools used in his trade.  Property set aside for the benefit of his widow included ‘two bedsteads and bedding, all the carpet in the house, cooking stove and utensils, the Bible, kitchen items, all the wearing apparel’.

Sarah bought several things at the sale – a clock, bureau, the Masonic chest.

When Sarah died in May 1871, less than a year after her husband, her appraisement and sale was held on July 29th and 31st 1871, everything was sold – including a gold watch for $70, the family Bible, all beds and other furniture.  And no one with the last Rollins purchased a thing.  Sarah’s appraisement included $528.50, $66 in silver, $2 in gold, a ladies’ gold watch and chain for $50, locket and earrings for $10.  It makes me think there were no other children, no one to inherit.  The sale total was $442.63.  Too sad.  If anyone knows of other children I would love to have that information.

‘The Godfather of Muhlenberg County’

A few days ago, I introduced you to Henry Rhoads, known as the ‘Godfather of Muhlenberg County’.  In 1913 Otto A. Rothert published his A History of Muhlenberg County, and gives us much information on the early settlers and up to the present day – that is, 1911 present day.  Most of my information is taken from that book.

As mentioned in the earlier blog, Henry Rhoads came to America, with his brothers, from Germany.  He fought in the Revolutionary War under General John Peter Muhlenberg, who commanded soldiers mostly from Germany and Holland, and in whose honor, Henry Rhoads later named the county in which he lived.

At first the Rhoads families settled in what is today Calhoun in McLean County, and was originally called Vienna, but the title to the land was lost by the brothers in a court case.  They moved to what is now Browder in Muhlenberg County.  ‘When Henry Rhoads came to this part of the Green River country he stopped at Barnett’s Fort, on Rough River, above Hartford.  He first located his claim for land at the site of the present town of Calhoun and laid out a town in 1784 and called it Rhoadsville.  When Rhoads was defeated by Captain John Hanley, agent for the Dorsey’s, of Maryland, the name of the town was changed to Vienna.  Rhoads then went back to Barnett’s Fort for a short time and soon after located in Logan County, the bounds of the present county of Muhlenberg, five miles from Paradise on Green River and a mile for the present town of Browder on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

‘Simultaneously with the departure of the Germans to the south side of the river, they erected a fortification about five miles south from Rumsey for refuge in case of Indian attack.  This was called “Pond Station.”  This was in Muhlenberg until the territory embracing it was made a part of McLean County.  About the same time such of the residents of Fort Vienna as owned slaves quit the fort and opened up farms north of the river, where some of their descendants are still to be found.’

After a long struggle with the courts Henry Rhoads received 2,000 acres of a 7,000-acre tract he had surveyed for General Alexander McClanahan.  Not until October of 1801 did he receive a deed to his property.  It was on this tract that the family lived, and the farm was passed from father to son for more than a century.  The graveyard for the Rhoads family is near the historic house.  The small stone for Henry Rhoads reads – H. R., B. J. 5, 1739, D. M. 6, 1814.

We all having those interesting tidbits handed down through the generations, and the Rhoads family is no different.  The following story is from Mr. Rothert’s book – ‘When Henry Rhoads settled on his tract of land, Muhlenberg was practically an unbroken wilderness.  Many wild animals, large and small, held sway.  A number of stories are told about the game that roamed over these hills in olden times.  I here repeat two of these stories, because they are characteristic of life in the wilderness and because they are incidents from the life of Muhlenberg’s first great pioneer, handed down by local tradition.

‘When Henry Rhoads was building his log house his neighbors were few and far between, but all came with a helping hand and a happy heart to take part in his “house-raising.”  These old-time house-raisings were attended as much for the sake of their social features as for the purpose of building a house.

‘One afternoon, while the crowd was busily engaged on the roof of this building, a large bear leisurely wandered into sight.  When the men saw the animal, they stopped work and immediately started on a bear chase.  Some ran after hmi with axes and others with guns.  The women of the wilderness always lent a helping hand.  In this instance one woman followed in the bear chase with a pitchfork.  After an exciting time, old Bruin was finally killed.  That night a large bearskin was stretched on the new log wall and barbecued bear meat was served in abundance at all the other meals prepared for the house-raising party.

‘But the noise made by the bear-chasers evidently did not scare all the wild animals out of the neighborhood.  About a year after that event Henry Rhoads, while walking in his wood, which is still standing a short distance north of the old house, espied a large drove of wild turkeys.  He slowly raised his flint-lock rifle for the purpose of shooting a fine gobbler strutting under a white oak within close range.  When he was about ready to pull the trigger, he heard a rustling in the dry leaves behind him.  Rhoads looked around, and to his great surprise saw a huge panther preparing to spring upon him.  Without stopping to take sure aim he fired at the threatening beast.  Luckily the bullet hit the animal between the eyes and killed it instantly.  A half-hour later Rhoads walked back home with the panther skin on his arm and his trusty flint-lock on his shoulder.

‘These old flint-locks were, as a rule, fine-sight and unerring.  They were slow but sure, although they did not kill every panther they were aimed at.  Compared with modern rifles they were slow in all the operations that preceded and resulted in the discharge of the bullet.’

In the July 12, 2002, edition of The Messenger-Inquirer, of Owensboro, Kentucky, an article mentions that Henry Rhoads father was Heinrich Rhoads, who came to this country from Germany, ‘and was a German gunsmith, who is credited with inventing the Pennsylvania long rifle that he made for frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone, a Rhoads family friend.  The weapon was later called a Kentucky long rifle.’

Henry Rhoads was a member of the State Legislature from Logan Count when, in 1798, Muhlenberg was formed, and he was the first man to represent the new county in the House of Representatives.  In addition, he is credited with drawing plans for the first courthouse of the county.  In his later years Henry Rhoads spent most of his time on his farm, until his death in 1814.

In 1839, in Logan County, Elizabeth Linton, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson, and granddaughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason, married Jacob Vaught Rhoads.  Jacob’s father was David Rhoads, born in Pennsylvania in 1777.  He married Elizabeth Vaught, also from Pennsylvania.  I cannot say that Jacob Vaught Rhoads is a grandson of Henry Rhoads, but it is possible; otherwise he would be a great-nephew.

Today In Genealogy History – April 5

Franklin Eugene and Robert Alvey, twins, were born 89 years ago – April 5, 1924 – in McLean County, Kentucky.  They were the sons of Charles Volk Alvey and Mary Delores Hayden.  Franklin died four days later.  I have no information about marriage or children for Robert Alvey.  Their siblings were Mary Violet, Georgia Ethel, Mamie Gertrude, Anna Gladys, Clifton Ambrose, Charles Henry, Myrtle Cecilia, Inez Louise, Nellie Edwina, Joseph Royce and Mary Elizabeth Belle Alvey.