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Small Town News From The Hartford Herald

More small town news.  Within these tidbits are many names and interesting stories that would help flesh out your genealogy.  The birthday dinner story gives the names of parents, a sister, a father, and children.  And what a happy occasion.  Following are weddings, an elopement, death and illness.  All part of everyday life.

from The Hartford Herald, Ohio County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 23, 1902

A Birthday Dinner

Thomas W. Wedding, of Barretts Ferry, and Miss Nancy Wright were married in Ohio County on the 16th day of October 1845.  To them have been born nine children – four girls and five boys.  Of said children three boys and one girl are dead.  The living children are Mrs. Mary Ann Midkiff, wife of W. P. Midkiff, Mrs. Ada Acton, wife of S. S. Acton, Mrs. Manda Rebecca Foreman, wife of Elijah D. Foreman, John T. Wedding and James B. Wedding.  Mrs. Nancy Wedding was seventy-seven years old on the 19th day of July and Thomas W. Wedding, her husband, was 80 years old on July 20.  The children mentioned above of these old and honored people gave their parents a birthday dinner on Sunday, July 20.  The dinner was bountiful and carefully arranged and good enough to satisfy the most extreme epicure.  Mr. Thomas W. Wedding and Mrs. Mariah Davison, wife of George W. Davison, are the only living children of the late George W. Wedding, who died in 1854.  Mrs. Davison was present and is now seventy-three years old and in frail health.  There were twenty-four grand-children present and many of the neighbors – about fifty people in all being present.  Mr. Wedding gave a short talk in which he expressed his appreciation for the kindness shown him and his wife.  We hope these old people, who have lived honorable lives, and who are now more than three score and ten, may live to see many birthdays and that their declining days may be the most peaceful of their lives.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses since last Wednesday:  W. H. Blackburn, Ceralvo, to Edna Myers, Ceralvo.  Oscar Smith, Flint Springs, to Clovia M. Daugherty, Flint Springs.  John E. Shultz, Fordsville, to Lillie Eskridge, Fordsville.


Mrs. D. F. Cawthorn, of Glasgow, arrived a few days ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Likens, of Jingo, who is very weak with consumption.  Mrs. Cawthon will visit her brother, Bob Forrester, of this place, and visit her old friends of Hartford before she returns to Glasgow.  It will be remembered by many, Mrs. Cawthorn left Hartford seven years ago to make her home in Barren County.


As announced in these columns a few weeks ago, Professor Charles H. Ellis and Miss Corinne Landrum will be married at the First Baptist Church in Calhoon this evening at 8:30 o’clock.  Mr. Ellis, who is one of Ohio County’s most promising young men, is to be congratulated in winning the heart and hand of such an estimable young lady.  After the ceremony the bride and groom, together with several friends, will repair to the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. Ben F. Landrum, where a sumptuous repast will await them.  They will remain in Calhoon until Friday, when they will visit the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, near town.


Died at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. H. A. Miller, at 12 o’clock, noon, last Thursday, of that most dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Annie Lewis.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Coakley and Petrie.  Her remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery Friday afternoon.  Miss Annie, who had been a member of the Baptist church for 22 years was a most lovable lady.


Mr. Rethel L. Duke, of Hartford, and Miss May E. Davis, of near Prentis, aged 18 and 16, respectively, eloped to Cannelton, Indiana, last Sunday and were married.  They returned to the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Duke, Monday night.

Captain Peter Stevens Rush Biography

from Metcalfe County, Kentucky – Biographies

Captain Peter Stevens Rush, one of the prominent farmers and influential citizens of Metcalfe County, was born near the mouth of Meshack’s Creek, Monroe County, Kentucky, July 4, 1826.  At the age of six years he removed with his parents to his present residence.  Near the beginning of the late war he enlisted in Company K, Thirteenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in the capacity of captain.  He was in the battle of Shiloh, where he was twice wounded; once in the neck and once in the shoulder, and besides was in a large number of minor skirmishes, one of which was near his home in Monroe County.  He was engaged in the service nearly four years.  His father, James C. Rush, was born in Monroe County, May 8, 1804.  He was a son of Benjamin and Rachel Rush, born , respectively, in 1782 and 1786, in Monroe County, Kentucky, and in Virginia.  Benjamin Rush was a son of James Rush, of Virginia, who settled at an early day in Cumberland County (now Monroe), two miles east of Tomkinsville.  He was of Welsh descent.  James C. Rush was married three times; first, May 18, 1825, to Nancy, daughter of Peter and Nancy (Wright) Stevens of Monroe County, Kentucky.  They had one son, our subject.  His second marriage took place February 23, 1833, to Elizabeth Whitlow, of Barren County (now Metcalfe).  They had no children.  His third marriage, was in 1874, to Mrs. Jane (Mize) Bradley.  They had no children.  Captain Rush has been twice married; first, May 2, 1847, to Eliza J., daughter of Samuel M. and Milley K. (Kinnaird) Moran.  To them were born Harriet A. (Reed), Martha E. (Sparks), Ann F. (Perkins) and Edward H.  Mrs. Eliza J. Rush died January 27, 1867.  His second marriage took place October 17, 1868, to Agnes F., also a daughter of Samuel Moran.  To them have been born Flora Y., Milley F., Mary I., Rob M. and Charles R. C.  Captain Rush had as good educational advantages as were usual in his day, but were confined entirely to subscription schools.  He started in the race of life without assistance; first engaged in farming with which he combined teaching, and in these pursuits, with industry and economy, he has become the owner with his wife of 300 acres of well improved and productive land.  He was for ten years a constable, and is at present in the tenth year of his service as a magistrate and a member of the court of claims of Metcalfe County.  He is a moral man; a believer in the doctrines of the Christian Church, and in politics is a staunch Republican.  He is one of the six Republicans who formed the nucleus of the present Republican party in Metcalfe County, and was an elector on the first national Republican ticket.

John B. Cook Biography

from Hart County, Kentucky – Biographies

John B. Cook, the third of William F. Cook’s six sons and five daughters, was born October 23, 1819, in Hart County, Kentucky.  William F. Cook was the second of Henry Cook’s five sons and two daughters and was born March 27, 1789, in Virginia.  Henry Cook was a farmer and slave owner in Virginia, and immigrated to Kentucky before its evacuation by the Indians.  William F. Cook lived at home until his marriage at the age of twenty-two; he had learned the stone mason’s trade in youth, and worked at it in his county.  In 1815 he entered 250 acres of wild land in Hart County, most of which is now owned and cultivated by John B.  This tract he improved and cultivated, building on it a log cabin, the pioneer style of architecture; here he spent the remainder of his life.  The maiden name of his wife was Miss Nancy Gum, one of a family of two children – a son and a daughter; her mother, Margaret Ann Kennedy, a native of Maryland, was married three times, to McComus, Gum and Dale.  William F. Cook was one of the number who went out with General Hopkins in his Indian campaign in Indiana; his death occurred June 21, 1865; that of his wife July 3, 1865; he was a member of the Christian Church, she of the Baptist.  John B. Cook worked at home part of the time for himself until 1850, when he went to selling goods  near Hardyville, where he remained nearly two years; he then came home and took charge, (with a brother) of his father’s farm, and continued this until 1865 – the year of the death of his parents.  January 11, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary F. Harlow, the third of Jesse and Nancy (Wright) Harlow’s four daughters.  Jesse Harlow was a native of Barren County, and his wife of La Rue.  A short time before the death of his father, John Cook and his brother bought sixty acres of land – a part of the original tract covered by the patent, which had been sold by William F. Cook.  After his brother’s death he inherited sixteen and one-half acres, thus making forty-six and two third acres owned by him at marriage.  This he has increased to 200 acres, and his place is well improved with good residence, barns and stables; the residence was built by his father; he raises all the cereals common to our climate, and tobacco, to which he turns his particular attention; he has taken three premiums on bright tobacco at the Louisville tobacco fairs three different years, and in 1864 sold a crop for $2,700, $170 per 100 pounds.  He began with no fortune but is now worth about $10,000; he is the father of two children:  William Lee, who is attending school in Glasgow, Kentucky, and Mary Clementina, who died in 1876, in the seventh year of her age.  During life his wife was a member of the Christian church, of which Mr. Cook and son are both members; he is a member of the Masonic order, and in politics was, in ante bellum days, a Whig, but since has been a conservative member of the Democratic party.  The names of William F. Cook’s other children are George W., Elizabeth (McComus), Valentine, Margaret A. (Lindell, Carter), James M., Mary J. (Hardy), Martha S. (Prewitt), Dorinda T. (Edwards), William W., Henry C. and Jonathan W.