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Russell – Lyons Marriage License and Certificate – Mercer County

Marriage License

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any Minister of the Gospel, or other Person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony

You are permitted to solemnize the rites of Matrimony between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons the requirements of the law having been complied with.

Witness my signature as Clerk of Mercer County Court, this 5th day of October 1866.

                         Ben C. Allin, Clerk by C. W. Allin, D.C.

Marriage Certificate

This is to Certify that on the 7th day of October 1866, the Rites of Matrimony were legally solemnized by me, between Isaac Russell and Zurah Lyons at Zachariah Lyons in the County of Mercer, Kentucky, in the presence of Letcher McCowan, George Burrus and Peter Davis.

Signed, Robert A. Nelson

 

 

Crawford and Ewing Families in Mercer, Washington, Boyle and Marion Counties

Cyrus Crawford, born December 3, 1802, died September 23, 1855.  Mahala F., daughter of Harrison and Ruth Walker, & wife of Cyrus Crawford, born April 1, 1811, died January 22, 1857.  They were married May 25, 1837.  Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, Kentucky.Samuel Crawford, born November 4, 1787, died August 14, 1868.

In the Perryville Cemetery, Boyle County, there are graves of two brothers – Samuel and Cyrus Crawford – and their wives.  The brothers were the sons of Thomas Crawford and Mary Ewing, both from Chester County, Pennsylvania.  When they moved to this area Boyle was still part of Mercer County, not becoming a county until 1842.  Both Crawford and Ewing families moved to Kentucky, settling in Mercer and Washington, and after the formation of Boyle and Marion, some families were in the areas that became the two new counties.  The two families intermarried – Samuel Crawford married his first cousin, Catherine Ewing, daughter of Samuel Ewing and Margaret McMichael.  Samuel’s brother Thomas married Catherine’s sister, Rebecca.

Samuel Crawford, born November 14, 1787, died August 14, 1863.

Catherine, wife of Samuel Crawford, born March 21, 1790, died July 10, 1861, aged 71 years, 3 months, 19 days.

Since there are so many intertwined marriages, and these families are so interesting, I checked the Mercer County marriages for any with these two names.

  • James Crawford married Catherine Miller, December 7, 1794. Bondsman, William Crawford.  Bride’s parents, John and Sarah Miller.
  • John Crawford married Ethe Jones, December 7, 1796. Bride’s father, Mason Jones.
  • William Crawford married Mary Pryor, May 18, 1798. Bride’s father, John Pryor.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Reilly, November 8, 1798. Bride’s parents, Barnabas and Anne Reilly.
  • Thomas Ewing married Margaret Tilford, June 1, 1790.
  • William Ewing married Margaret Paulson, December 24, 1790. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford, who certifies the bride is 21.
  • Jesse Durham married Elizabeth Ewing, March 5, 1810. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • James Gilbertson married Eliza Crawford, March 21, 1808. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • Nathan H. Hall married Ann Crawford, July 14, 1807. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • John McAfee married Margaret Ewing, February 27, 1798. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • George Crawford married Elizabeth Embree, March 15, 1815.
  • James Crawford married Judith wood, February 10, 1812. Bride’s father, James Woods.
  • John Crawford married Abigail McFatrich, April 1, 1824. Bondsman, William E. Crawford.  Daughter of William and Abigail (Steen) McFatrich.
  • Samuel Crawford married Catherine Ewing, November 4, 1814. Bondsman, Samuel Ewing.
  • Thomas Crawford married Rebecca Ewing, May 6, 1816. Bondsman, Samuel Crawford.
  • Thomas Crawford, Jr., married Sarah Shearl, July 6, 1824.
  • Thomas J. Crawford married Margaret Crawford, March 4, 1816. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • William Crawford married Jane Vandike, July 24, 1822.
  • Baker F. Ewing married Sarah M. Durham, November 11, 1823. Bondsman, John L. Ewing.
  • John Ewing married Betsy may, October 30, 1817.
  • John Bohon married Mary Crawford, October 7, 1818. Bondsman, William Crawford, makes oath his sister Polly is 21 years old.
  • Jacob Crow married Mary Crawford, February 26, 1820. Bride’s Father, Thomas Crawford.  W. E. Crawford.
  • William McElroy married Catherine Crawford, February 2, 1811. Bondsman, Thomas Crawford.
  • George Stevenson married Margaret Crawford, April 16, 1811. Bride’s mother, Eleanor Crawford.  Hugh Crawford.

Washington County Marriages

  • a. Crawford married A. P. Flournoy, January 31, 1884.
  • Leroy Crawford married Josephine Patix, July 3, 1883.
  • John Crawford married Sarah McElroy, March 10, 1817.
  • Thomas Crawford married Laura Durham, October 18,1876.
  • E. Crawford married Mary Gum, June 2, 1887.
  • William Crawford married Susanna Graves, February 8, 1859.
  • William E. Crawford married Esther McElroy, November 23, 1825.
  • Charles Ewing married Henrietta Hayden, February 19, 1805.
  • Henry Ewing married Susan Grundy, September 23, 1824.
  • F. Ewing married Margaret E. Creager, April 18, 1862.
  • James C. Ewing married Mattie E. Short, May 14, 1874.
  • James Ewing married Mary Wicker, October 22, 1833.
  • James Ewing married Sally Clark, March 5, 1823.
  • James T. Ewing married Jennie D. Brown, March 25, 1885.
  • John Ewing married Eleanor Kelly, November 1798.
  • John T. Ewing married Amanda Thompson, January 2, 1855.
  • Samuel Ewing married Sarena White, October 12, 11864.
  • Samuel Ewing married Susan Lewis, December 9, 1821.
  • William Y. Ewing married Ann Reid, October 12, 1810.
  • Daniel Edelen married Julia Crawford, December 12, 1876.
  • Edelen married Charlotte Crawford, September 3, 1874.
  • Gabriel E. Nall married Maria T. Crawford, February 10, 1851.
  • John W. Skeins married Lavinia Crawford, March 17, 1863.
  • John O. Ball married Margaret Ewing, May 27, 1844.
  • George W. Bates married Mary E. Ewing, February 6, 1850.
  • Craven Belcher married Margaret Ewing, August 1798.
  • Dabney C. Cosby married Lydia Ewing, April 29, 1813.
  • William Edmondson married Martha Ewing, December 8, 1831.
  • Levi Funk married Sarah Ewing, September 15, 1827.
  • Thomas Head married Anne Ewing, November 29, 1814.
  • John Huff married Mariah Ewing, May 13, 1840.
  • Charles Norris married Nancy Ewing, January 10, 1822.
  • John N. Nourse married Rachel C. Ewing, May 8, 1828.
  • George W. Parrish married Arena F. Ewing, June 14, 1877.
  • John C. Riley married Mary Ewing, December 21, 1820.
  • William E. Riley married Elizabeth Ann Ewing, April 20, 1846.
  • Samuel Rubles married Susanna Ewing, May 19, 1858.
  • Daniel Thompson married Polly Ewing, May 13, 1813.

More information about these families will be forthcoming.

1844 Will of Cornelius C. Vanarsdall – Mercer County

The 12 of November 1803.  Sir, Please to grant Cornelius C. Vanarsdall license to marry my daughter, Catherine, as I have no objection from me.  Peter Huff.  To Thomas Allin Clerk of Mercer County.  Abraham Huff, Francis Waldrin.

Cornelius C. Vanarsdall is the son of Cornelius A. Vanarsdall and Janet Baird.  He married Catherine Huff, daughter of Peter Huff and Mary Brokaw, November 12, 1803, in Mercer County.  Both families were originally from New Jersey.  Both fathers were in the Revolutionary War.

Will Book 12, Page 171-172, Mercer County

I, Cornelius C. Vanarsdall, of the County of Mercer and State of Kentucky, being at this time weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of all living do ordain and establish this instrument of writing as my last will and testament.

1st.  I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, trusting alone in my Redeemer for Salvation, and my body to be decently buried by my executors to be hereafter named.

2nd.  It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid out of debts due or sale of stock.

3rd.  It is my will that my wife remains in the use and occupancy of my farm and house during her natural life for the purpose of raising and educating my four youngest children and also retain all my household and kitchen furniture and as much of my farming utensils as she may need to keep in cultivation my farm and as my four youngest sons come of age severally they shall each receive three hundred dollars to be paid by my executors out of the proceeds of my farm If so much

if not out of my estate.

4th.  It is my further will that my executor shall sell all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and other stock and personal property which may not be necessary to cultivate the farm and be necessary for food and milk for my family, to be selected at the discretion of my wife and the appraisers of my estate and out of the proceeds to pay my son, Thomas, one thousand dollars when he comes of age.

5th.  My blacks are to remain with my wife to help cultivate my farm or she may hire out any she chooses to help raise money to pay the above legacies.

6th.  In case any of my children should marry during the life of my wife she shall give each a bed and furniture, bureau, two cows and calves and sheep such as my other children who are married have received.

7th.  My three oldest sons, Abraham, Peter and Simon, have each received one thousand dollars which they aided in making which together with the three hundred dollars willed to my four youngest sons has allowed them over and above the equal division provided for in the next clause of this writing.

8th.  After the above legacies are provided for and after the decease of my wife, all my estate both real and personal, including blacks, are to be sold and equally divided between all my children, including grandchildren who are to take per stripes their parents’ shares.  The land may be sold by my executors or the survivor or survivors of them in one or more tracts or such reasonable credit as they may choose and they or either of them are hereby authorized to convey the same in fee simple to the purchaser or purchasers as soon as paid for.

9th.  It is my wish and intention that my unmarried children shall live on my farm in my house with their mother as they have heretofore done and the household furniture, kitchen furniture and farming utensils, horses, cattle, hogs and sheep which may be necessary to cultivate the farm and furnish food for the family to be set apart by my wife and the appraisers, shall be in her hands to provide for my young unmarried children and aid in her support and help pay the legacies to my four youngest boys.

10th.  It is my wish that out of the proceeds of my farm, my wife and executors shall send my granddaughter, Kiturah, to school and clothe her until she is well educated, and I hereby desire that my son Abraham

shall attend to this business as her guardian.

11th.  I hereby appoint my sons Abraham and Peter my executors of this my last will and testament.  Witness my hand and seal this 7th day of September 1844.

Cornelius C. Vanarsdall

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of John A. Tomlinson, Thomas Clelland, Robert B. McAfee

Mercer County, October County Court 1844

The last will and testament of C. C. Vanarsdall, deceased, was this day produced into court and proved by the oaths of Thomas Clelland and Robert B. McAfee, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Attest.  Thomas Allin, C.C.

Revolutionary War Veteran Cornelius O. Vanarsdall Pension Papers

Old Mud Meeting House

The Old Mud Meeting House in Mercer County is one of only two log meeting houses to survive in Kentucky.  The Harrodsburg Historical Society has restored it to its former glory.  It is also the first Dutch Reformed Church west of the Alleghenies, built in 1800 from sturdy oak timbers with walls filled with mud mixed with straw and sticks.  It is located on Dry Branch Road off US68 south of Harrodsburg.

In the adjoining cemetery, surrounded by a rock wall, lie the bodies of thirty-one Revolutionary War veterans.  Most graves are graced with bronze markers, a few with regular gravestones, a few with both.  Fifty families came to Mercer County from Pennsylvania in 1791, many originally from New Jersey.

Today I would like to share a portion of the pension papers for Cornelius O. Vanarsdall – there are over one hundred total!  In his story Cornelius gives us a vivid picture of what life was like for the soldiers during the war.  At the beginning he was a spy.  Have you watched the series Turn?  Must have been much like that.  Later he had many duties including guarding prisoners, driving wagons and trying to keep the British from taking food and stock from the local citizens.  For a gentleman of seventy-four years his memory seems very good!  I checked dates, places and the men he served under – and everything checked out!

In her statement, which is not in this post, Cornelius’ wife, Elizabeth, swears they were married before the first day of January 1794.

State of Kentucky, Mercer County

On this 17th day of April 1834, personally appeared before me, Isaac Pearson, a Justice of the Peace, and one of the judges of the Mercer County Court, Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, a resident citizen of Mercer County, Kentucky, aged seventy-four years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated:

That is the year 1776 he volunteered in Captain VanCleave’s Company and he was employed by Colonel Vroom and Major Baird, who commanded the New Jersey Militia when stationed in Sumerset County near Flagg’s old tavern, to act as a spy and give them all the intelligence he could obtain in relation to the British lines, their movements in which capacity he acted faithfully until the taking of the Hessians at Trenton, which was fully three months, he was always in the fullest confidence with the Jersey officers, in the service at many times he was in great danger and peril of his life, he thinks it was the day after the battle at Princeton, he knows it was about the first of January he thinks, 1777, he was detailed out of his uncle’s company, to wit, Captain Vancleave, to guard the lines on the Millstone River, and to keep back the cattle and prevent the enemy from plundering and foraging on the people.  Major Baird was our principal commander and a great one he was.  The enemy’s main army then lay in Brunswick and our army on the Millstone River, in this service he was actually engaged five months and a half, when he was discharged, again in the fall of the same year.  Captain Vancleave’s wagon was possessed by Major Maury, he thinks, of the 2nd Jersey Regiment, a driver was wanted, he immediately volunteered for the service and joined General Wagner’s army then station on the Raritan River, in this service he was actively engaged in conveying provision to the 2nd Regiment, hauling and procuring wood for the officers and soldiers

Until the spring of the year following, and God knows during this winter he had like to have freezed several times.  The army moved from this encampment in April and he was discharged.  This was a tour of ten months which he served faithfully.  Again he entered Captain Vancleave’s Company as a volunteer and joined the army under the command of Baron Steuban and General Winans, or some such name, at Springfield for a tour of three months.  This was after the battle at this place, he cannot recollect certainly the year, he thinks it was in 1780 during this tour, he was in frequent skirmishes when acting as piquit(?) guard.  He honorably discharged after having served his full tour by Captain VanCleave, again he served another tour, as a drafted soldier in Captain Swems Company from Sumerset County and marched to join General Wayne’s army, then at the North River.  We marched to a place called Pompton, when we received orders to halt.  When we were stationed for some time, we then marched to Morristown when we were delegated to guard the prison then stationed in the Morristown Meeting House.  We were stationed here for some time.  He knows he served his full tour and was honorably discharged, again he served another tour at Millstone when the courthouse was burnt.  This was a tour of one month guarding prisoners at this place.  He again joined Captain Lott’s Company for a full tour of three months and marched from Somerset County to the landing on the Raritan River above Brunswick where we were stationed for some time and discharged.  He served other tours several days at a time which he thinks unnecessary to mention.  He knows he was in actual service upwards of two years.  His general officers were Wayne, Steuband, Winans, Col. Vroom, Major Baird, Captain VanCleave, Swim, Lott and some others not recollected.  He has long since lost his discharges.  He hereby relinquished every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except this present and declared that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall

The deposition of Cornelius A. Vanarsdall, who was a Lieutenant in the Army of the Revolution, aged eighty-five years, taken at the Clerk’s office in Mercer County, Kentucky, this 17th day of April 1834.  This deponent being first duly sworn states upon oath that he is well acquainted with Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing declaration that he knows him to be the identical man he represents himself to be, that he knows that he served faithfully in the War of the Revolution, he lived in the same county and state with him and served in the same army, but not all the tours with him, but he is fully satisfied that he served upwards of two years faithfully and further sayeth not.

Cornelius A. Vanarsdall

Also the deposition of Peter Huff and Lawrence Vanarsdall, both Revolutionary pensioners, taken at the same time and place and for the same purpose, both being duly sworn according to law, do upon oath, state that they are well acquainted with the said Cornelius Vanarsdall, who has subscribed and sworn to the foregoing deposition that they lived at the time of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey and near the county of Somerset and served in the same army with the said Cornelius O. Vanarsdall and know that he served as he states in his declaration.  They have long been intimately and well acquainted with the said Vanarsdall and know his to be a man of truth and further sayeth not.

Peter Huff

Lawrence Vanarsdall

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall further states that owing to his age and feebleness he is unable to attend the County Court for the purpose of swearing to his aforesaid declaration without difficulty and bodily pain and further sayeth not.

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, Continental Line, Revolutionary War, November 14, 1760 – February 24, 1843.  Old Mud Meeting House Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, Pvt. Col. Vroom’s NJ Regt, Revolutionary War, November 14, 1760 – February 24, 1843.  Spy.

Jesse Head – Cabinet Maker, Justice of the Peace, Methodist Minister Who Performed Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Marriage

Jesse Head was born in Frederick County, Maryland, January 28, 1768, the son of William and Mary Walker Head.  He married Jane Ramsey January 9, 1789.  Jane was the daughter of Robert and Susannah McDonnell Ramsey, born April 10, 1768, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  Jesse and Jane moved their family to Washington County, Kentucky, about 1797.

Jesse Head

We have stated on several occasions, that Jesse Head, the man who married Lincoln’s parents at Francis Berry’s house in Washington County on June 12, 1806, quit Springfield for Harrodsburg in the year 1810.  The following advertisement which appeared in The Argus of Western America, Frankfort, Kentucky, Friday, December 14, 1810, confirms our conclusion as to the removal date.  It reads:  ‘CABINET WORK:  The subscribers are about to settle themselves in the town of Harrodsburg where they intend to carry on the above business in its various branches.  They have imported some elegant mahogany, and intend keeping some plank of the first quality, and hope by their attention to business, to please all those who may favor them with their custom.  They will take any kind of produce.  December 13, 1810.  Jesse Head & Son.’

Jesse Head appears in Washington County records in 1797.  It does not appear from the old tax books that he owned real estate at that time, but he seems to have been a resident of the town of Springfield where he engaged in the business of cabinet making.  On December 5, 1797, David Rodman, a minor, was bound to him ‘to learn the art of cabinet maker.’

On February 6, 1798, Jesse Head’s name comes into the records of the county to remain there until a short time before he quit Springfield to go to Harrodsburg in 1810.  On the aforementioned day in 1798, he was sworn a Justice of the Peace and by virtue of that office was a member of the County Court.  This office he held as late as the year 1808.

At the election of trustees for the town of Springfield in January 1810, Jesse Head was re-elected a member of the board for the ensuing year.  He had served for nearly ten years in the capacity of trustee.  After being re-elected in January he determined to leave Springfield where he had successfully engaged in the business of cabinet making and set up in a similar business in Harrodsburg.  He sold his properties in Springfield and was gone from the town before the close of the year, so that when the inhabitants thereof gathered for the annual election in 1811 his name was not proposed for reelection.

For approximately 12 years Jesse Head was a dominating figure in the religious, political and business life of Washington County.  In the field of religion, he was the leading spirit in the establishing of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington and adjoining counties.  In politics he was the outstanding member of the County Court and of the board of trustees of Springfield during his sojourn here.  This statement is not altered or qualified by the fact that Felix Grundy, later to become one of the foremost lawyers and statesmen of the State of Tennessee, was here at the same time and serving with Head as a member of the board of trustees.  As a cabinet maker he had few equals, and many were the early homes of Washington County that contained ‘better furniture’ made by the hands of Jesse Head and his son in their shop in Springfield.  If unbroken pedigrees were at hand it might be shown that some of the antique pieces that grace the homes of Springfield and Washington County today had their beginnings in Jesse Head’s shop.

Lincoln Marriage Temple, houses the log cabin in which Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks were married June 1806, in Washington County, Kentucky.  Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, at Fort Harrod.

Historians have tried to assign some good reason for the selection of Jesse Head as the officiating minister at the wedding of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks on June 12, 1806.  Such a task should not be difficult.  To us there is but one explanation.

We have not the least doubt but that Jesse Head and Thomas Lincoln formed an acquaintanceship some years previous to the marriage date.  Both men were cabinet makers – Lincoln more of carpenter than cabinet maker, perhaps, but even so, as good as the average in the work in which Jesse Head excelled.  Undoubtedly Thomas Lincoln was often in the shop of Jesse Head and perhaps the two men worked together on numerous occasions.

Thrown together in their work as carpenters and cabinet makers, Lincoln and Head must have become fast friends.  Jesse Head, many years Thomas Lincoln’s senior, old enough to be the young and struggling carpenter’s father, probably spoke of many things, the more important things of life, when the two worked together or when Thomas sat in Head’s shop passing away the time when he happened to be in Springfield.

The Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky.  Sunday, May 21, 1922.

Jesse Head was a devout man.  He loved his God and his church.  He was a zealous exponent of the faith and Methodism but tolerant of others and their religious beliefs, and men loved him for his works sake.  He was in influence for inestimable good on the lives of all with whom he associated.  In this respect his association with Thomas Lincoln was not an exception.  If there was one person whose association with Thomas Lincoln made that young man the honest, sober and straightforward fellow that he was, that person was Jesse Head.

Viewing the matter in the light of the foregoing explanation, one does not ask why Thomas Lincoln sought Jesse Head in preference to any other, when he came to marry Nancy Hanks on that memorable day in June 1806.

From  Kentucky, Pioneer History of Washington County,compiled from newspaper articles by Orval W. Baylor and others.

Rev. Jesse Head, January 28, 1768 – March 22, 1842.  Preacher – Editor – Patriot.  He married June 12, 1806, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, parents of Abraham Lincoln.  Jane Ramsey Head, April 10, 1768 – August 30, 1851.  Married Jesse Head January 9, 1789, and nobly shared with him the privations and triumphs of the life of a pioneer preacher.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Early Mercer County Marriages by William Bottom

Mercer County marriages from November 23, 1814 to October 12, 1815

  • November 23rd, 1814, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony John Bruce and Barthenia Casey.
  • December 8th, 1814, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Joseph Files and Patsey Martin.
  • December 8th, 1814, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Thomas Bottom and Nancy Thompson.
  • May 23rd, 1815, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Elijah Moore and Lydia Hendrixson.
  • June 23rd, 1815, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Aaron Hendrixson and Polly Moore.
  • July 4th, 1815, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Berryman Harreld and Polly Parr.
  • July 20th, 1815, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony Austin Moore and Patsey Goldman.
  • September 1st, 1815, I joined together in the holy estate of matrimony David Casey and Elizabeth Whoberry.

By me, William Bottom

Thomas Allin, County Clerk

Joseph and Mary Jane Lillard Buried in New Providence Cemetery

Joseph Lillard, born June 27, 1827, died August 9, 1898.  New Providence Presbyterian Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, August 12, 1898

Mr. Joseph Lillard, an influential farmer of the McAfee neighborhood, died Tuesday night of a complication of diseases. Mr. Lillard was seventy-one years of age and was highly respected. He leaves a wife and several grown children. Funeral services were conducted at Providence church yesterday afternoon by his pastor, Rev. S. F. Taylor, and the interment took place in Providence Cemetery, a large number of his friends and neighbors attending.

Mary Jane, wife of Joseph R. Lillard, January 22, 1832 – August 16, 1910. 

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

 Friday, August 19, 1910

Mrs. Mary Jane Lillard, one of the most venerable and highly respected women of the county died Tuesday night at the home of her son, Mr. Will Lillard, near McAfee. She was seventy-nine years of age and the widow of the late Joseph Lillard. She was a lovable Christian character and had been for years a devoted member of New Providence church, where her funeral was held on Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Harvey Glass, and the interment was in the adjacent cemetery. The deceased leaves three sons, all substantial and well-known citizens of this county. They are Messrs. William, James and David Lillard.