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Brothers and Sister Obituaries – John Thompson Thomas, James Thomas, and Margaret McAfee Thomas Obituaries

John T. Thomas, 1860-1901.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, July 18, 1901

After an illness of two weeks of typhoid fever complicated with Bright’s disease, Mr. John Thompson Thomas departed this life, Monday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock, aged 40 years. Short services were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. D. Bryant, where he died, Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. C. J. Nugent officiating, and interment took place in Spring Hill Cemetery. Two sisters – Mrs. J. D. Bryant and Miss Maggie Thomas, of this city, and a brother, Mr. William Thomas, of Fresno, California, survive to mourn his loss. At the time of his death, Mr. Thomas was in the employ of F. G. Curry & Co., Cincinnati, Wooden and Willow Ware, and made them an efficient and faithful worker. They showed their appreciation of his worth by sending a lovely floral design. A beautiful design was also sent by the Elks Lodge of Cincinnati, of which deceased was a member. John Thomas was universally liked and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his untimely death. He was a jovial, pleasant companion, a devoted friend and brother and a useful citizen. The pall-bearers were: Fred G. Currey, J. W. Mitchell, Charles Geffinger, D. M. Hutton, T. H. Hardin and F. P. James.

James P. Thomas, 1857-1899.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 29, 1899

Mr. James H. Bryant and Miss Margaret Thomas have received the sad intelligence of the death of their brother, Mr. James Thomas, in Hot Springs, Arkansaa.  The remains, we learn, will be brought here for interment.

Margaret McAfee Thomas, 1860-1930.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 5, 1930

There was a feeling of sadness in the community when it became known that Miss Margaret McAfee Thomas had passed away after a few days’ serious illness at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital at six o’clock Saturday morning.

Miss Thomas was the youngest daughter of the late John H. and Sarah Neeld Thomas and the last of the family that represented two lines of distinguished ancestry, which was reflected in the life of this woman of acknowledged high ideas of honor and integrity.

One sister, Mrs.James D. Bryant, and four broth­ers, William, James, Robert and John H. Thomas, preceded her to “the Land Beyond the Blue.”

Miss Thomas was a woman of unusual brilliance of intellect and unselfish­ness of spirit. She was an honor graduate of Daughters College, a charter member of the College Street Club, the Harrodsburg Woman’s Club, the Harrodsburg Public Library director­ate, the local Red Cross Chapter and the Jane McAfee Chapter of the D. A. R.

Especially does the Harrodsburg Public Library owe Miss Thomas a debt of gratitude, she being one of the women responsible for its existence and high degree of efficiency. She was a member of the board of Managers for twenty-six years, Li­brarian for eight years, secretary and chairman of the book-buying committee for a long period.

She was a member of the Methodist church, useful in its activities until a break in health caused her to relinquish many duties, but not her support and interest.

Mrs. Eugene Mitchell, Louisville; Mrs. Lewis Bond, Chicago; Mrs. Harold VanArsdale, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Washington Reed, Lexing­ton, were with their aunt during her last hours. Other surviving relatives are two nephews, Dr. Montgomery Thomas, Fresno, Calif.; Harry Thomas, San Fran­cisco, and a niece, Miss Mary Thomas, also of San Francisco, and several grandnieces and nephews.

According to her written wishes a simple service was held at the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. E. K. Arnold. A quartet sang “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.” Passages of Scripture were read and the church burial ritual followed. A tender prayer closed the services.

She was left sleeping beneath a wealth of lovely flowers telling their story of the love and esteem of relative and friends.

1813 Leonard – Thompson Marriage in Mercer County

It was my great delight to discover an ancestral relationship with my dear friend, Debbie Hise.  Her husband has long joked that we were related, and to his amazement we are.  Debbie is my fourth cousin once removed – we descend from John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  They are my fourth great-grandparents, Debbie’s third.  After being friends for 30+ years, it is nice to have that unexpected connection!

Know all men by these presents, that we, John Leonard and James Thompson, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said Commonwealth.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 23rd day of November 1813.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intending to be solemnized between the above bound John Leonard and Deborah Thompson.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

John Leonard, James Thompson

Teste.  Thomas Allin

 

Mercer County 1830 Marriages by Thomas Cleland

The Rev. Thomas Cleland became pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church in 1813.  Many of the names in the list are probably parishioners – McAfee, Armstrong, Cardwell, Forsythe, Cozine and others.  He also preached at Cane Run Church and the Old Mud Meeting House, which was the Dutch Reformed Church.  Rev. Clelland was also a teacher and conducted a classical school for young men in his home, teaching Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Homilectics.  He continued as minister of New Providence until his death, at age 80, in 1858.

List of Marriages for 1830 viz.

Shelton Ransdal and Elizabeth Cozine – January 14th

William Chambers and Elizabeth Nourse – January 27th

William McMurtry and Sarah Maria VanAnglen – February 11th

Rice McAfee and Ann Maria Armstrong – February 24th

John C. Cozine and Martha Light – February 25th

Jacob Crow and Mary Crawford – March 1st

William Woods and Jane D. Cardwell – March 11th

James Woods and Priscilla Armstrong – March 25th

Buchner Miller and Comfort D. Worthington – April 13th

Thomas Reed and Elizabeth Parish – April 20th

Stephen Jones and Mary Ann Barkley – April 29th

John Kirkpatrick and Ann Smythey – Mary 14th

Aaron James and Mahala Starnes – June 23rd

Jesse Hale and Mary Stagg – July 22nd

Joseph Chamberlain and Cynthia B. Roberts – August 5th

John Kemper and Frances A. Doggett – August 11th

John Cardwell and Margaret Ransdal – September 2nd

Harvey T. Ray and Eliza A. W. Cozine – September 21st

Charles M. Cunningham and Hannah Magoffin – September 21st

William H. Adair and Elizabeth Cromwell – September 28th

Willis Burford and Julia Forsythe – October 21st

Joseph McAfee and Priscilla Ann Armstrong – October 26th

Andrew Forsythe and Narcissa W. McAfee – October 29th

Harvey Cunningham and Rebekah Cardwell – December 2nd

Samuel Kennedy and Susan Jordan – December 16th

Greenbury D. Murphy and Susan Boyce – December 16th

 

To the Clerk of Mercer County

I do certify that the above contains an accurate list of all the marriages with the dates annexed that I have celebrated within the last year, agreeable to authority from your office.

                                                       Thomas Cleland

January 1st 1831

Cornelia VanArsdall Obituary

Cornelia B. VanArsdall, August 27, 1861 – March 20, 1919.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 28, 1919

VANARSDALL

Thursday night, after several weeks of suffering from a complication of diseases, death laid his hand upon Miss Cornelia VanArsdall at her home on  College Street in this city. She had been for a long time a member of the Christian church and had lived faithfully according to the Master’s teaching. She was of a retiring disposition, a woman who loved her home and her friends, big hearted, hospitable and thoughtful of others, and she will be greatly missed by those nearest and dearest with whom she was content to spend her life. The funeral service was held at her home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. B. Bourland, assisted by Rev. M. S. Clark, of the Methodist church and she was laid to rest in the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery beneath a wealth of flowers, sent by sympathetic friends of the family. None will miss her more sadly than the mother whom she leaves, whose constant companion she has been. The brothers and sisters who survive are Messrs. J. F., John I., Muscoe, E. Buford and D. P. VanArsdall, all of this city; Mrs. Thomas VanArsdall, Mrs. Abe Sharp and Mrs. Margaret Owens, of Wichita, Kansas; Mrs. J. B. Anderson, of Chanute, Kansas, and Miss Minnie VanArsdall, of this place.

 

Blake Arnold Family Buried in Old Union Baptist Cemetery

This small cemetery sits on a little knoll, just over the Marion County border in Boyle County.  I have wanted to visit this cemetery for years.  Old UnionBaptist Cemetery is just off US68 and I always passed it on my way to Danville, and still pass it visiting my sister.  Before my marriage it was always my idea to stop, never had the chance.  Then Ritchey and I have talked about it every time we pass.  So about 40 years later I finally made it!  In the above photo you can see a black plaque on the tallest gray stone.  It reads, ‘Site of Old Union Church in memory of Pioneers of the Doctors Fork Community, erected by the Harmon – Gray – Pipes Family Association.’

This marker reads – Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church, organized March 15, 1801.  the first permanent meeting house of this congregation was on this site in 1805 and remained so until 1957.  This marker has been erected for the occasion of the bicentennial of Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church in loving memory of the founding members of this church’s congregation and the family of faith that continues to serve her today.’  Across the way stands the new, brick Doctor’s Fork Baptist Church – which is ministered by a friend of ours!

Blake Arnold, born in the year 1803, died March 29, 1872.

Today we will talk about the family of Blake Arnold.  He was born in Virginia in 1803.  Blake first married Permelia Calvert in Washington County, Kentucky, August 15, 1828.   Together they had at least five children, since they are named in the 1850 census, John, Mary, Martha and Nancy.  Nancy was born in 1838.  Wife Permelia must have died shortly thereafter.  She is not listed in the 1840 census of Mercer County – the only 3 females are the daughters.

Know all men by these presents that we, Blake Arnold and Thomas Stewart, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this 17th day of August 1840.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a license about to issue for a marriage intended to be solemnized between the above named Blake Arnold and Martha Blagrave.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void else to remain in  full force and virtue.

                              Blake Arnold, Thomas Stewart

Witness, John T. Allin, D. C.

On August 17, 1840, Blake Arnold married Martha Blagrave in Mercer County, Kentucky.  She is listed in the 1850 Boyle County Census with him, the five children mentioned above, and four children of there own – Samuel, Permelia (named for the first wife), James and Woodson Arnold.  In the 1860 Boyle County Census two additional children are listed – Robert and William Creed Arnold.

Martha J., wife of Blake Arnold, born April 25, 1818, died October 12, 1893.

Blake Arnold died March 29, 1872.  We will discuss his will tomorrow.  Martha lived another 21 years, raising the children.

Permelia, daughter of B. & M. Arnold, born September 16, 1842, died August 29, 1867.

Daughter Permelia died at the young age of 25.  She was probably taken away by consumption.

R. B. Arnold died July 26, 1883, aged 30 years and 5 months.

Son Robert also died at a young age.

John Arnold, July 30, 1828 – December 3, 1880.  Julia Arnold, August 6, 1833 – June 21, 1897.

Eldest son, John, died seven years after his father.

George Crane, October 15, 1835 – August 21, 1928.  Nancy Crane, April 30, 1836 – March 17, 1909.

Daughter Nancy, buried with husband George Crane.

This small cemetery was worth the wait!  It is beautifully cared for by the families mentioned above.  Thanks to them for their dedication to their ancestors!

Daniel Dicken 1790 Mercer County Will

Another early will from Mercer County.  Notice that Mr. Dicken lists himself as of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer.  I believe the ‘trusty friends’ listed in the will are actually Daniel’s older brothers.  He gives his estate to his younger brothers and sister, so evidently there were older siblings.

In the name of God, amen.  I, Daniel Dicken, of the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Kentucky, and County of Mercer, being of sound mind and memory, do make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament.  I will all my estate, real, personal and mined to be equally divided between my three younger brothers and sisters, Charles Dicken, Winifred Dicken and Lot Dicken, after my just debts are all paid.  I do hereby appoint and nominate my trusty friends, Christopher Dicken and Isaac Dicken to be executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.  Signed, sealed and published in presence of:

Daniel Dicken

William Dicken, Joseph Dicken, William Batton

At a Court held for Mercer County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 28th day of February 1792

This last will and testament of Daniel Dicken, deceased, was exhibited into Court and proved by the oaths of William Dicken and Joseph Dicken, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  Thomas Allin, C. C.

Catherine McMurtry Receives Portion of Bequest from Father’s Will

Captain Lewis Rose, born October 11, 1749, and died February 20, 1829, left a will naming several children.  He married first Barbara Thair, and, secondly, Mary Todd Hutton McMurtry, her first husband being Captain John McMurtry.

At the Historical Society in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, there are filing cabinets full of pieces of paper the county clerk was going to get rid of.  Thank goodness the society realized the importance these papers would be to genealogists!

I used this particular one today since it concerned his daughter, Catherine Rose, who married her step-brother, Joseph McMurtry.  Many of the Rose family members are buried in a family cemetery in the little town of Burgin, also in Mercer County.  Catherine is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

Catharine, wife of John McMurtry and daughter of Captain Lewis Rose, born November 21, 1780, died September 1, 1867.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Little scraps of paper can be very important and give little clues about our families.  My great-grandmother was diligent about saving old tax receipts and other pieces of family information!

Received of Robert B. McAfee, Executor of Lewis Rose, deceased, five hundred dollars in part of my share of the price of his land sold by said Executor according to the directions of his will.  Witness my hand this 14th day of May 1842.

                                                          Catherine McMurty

Test.  A. H. Alexander

NB $200 of the above said money from the land.