This is an old newspaper clipping from a 1941 Springfield Sun – the local newspaper for Washington County, Kentucky. I’m sure this was one my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, saved, since it was a few years before she died – and because her mother’s death, thirty-one years previous, was listed as part of the news for June of 1910. Other interesting tidbits were a couple of marriages, finding of the body of a missing woman, and the dedication of the capital in Frankfort!
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 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.
I thought this list was interesting – those who owned lots in the town of Springfield in the year 1817. I do not have any relatives on the list, but am familiar with the Booker’s, Montgomery’s, Lancaster’s, McElroy’s and Rudd’s. Do you have anyone on this list?
This article appeared in the March 19, 1936, Springfield paper.
from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, by Orval W. Baylor
A list of persons, with their improved Lots in the town of Springfield subject to Taxation for the year 1817.
Note: In the following arrangement the person’s name comes first, then the number of tithes, number of lots and lastly the valuation of lots.
George McKay, 3 – 1 – $500; John Hurst, 1 – 2 – $800; Richard Phillips, 3; Samuel Robertson, 4 – 2 – $1200; Elias Davison, 6 – 1 – $6000; James Woods, 1; William B. Booker, 2 – 1 – $1200; Paul J. Booker, 2 – 2 – $500; William T. Phillips, 4 – 2-$4000; Hugh McElroy, 1; William H. Hays, 2 – 2 – $1500; Electius Mudd, 3 – 1 – $1200; James S. Simms, 1; Benjamin Montgomery, 1; Daniel McAllister, 1; Raphael Lancaster, 2 – 2 – $1000; Joseph B. Lancaster, 1; Daniel Thompson, 2; James Hughes, Jr., 1; George Wilson, 1; Anthony McElroy, 1; Christopher A. Rudd, 1 – 1 – $1500; Matthew Nantz, 1; Philip Barbour, 2 – 1 – $800; Jesse T. Riney, 1; John Bainbridge, 1; Nathaniel Whitehead, 1; Richard Biddle, 1; Benson Riggs, 1; John A. Montgomery, 1 – 1 – $500; Robert H. Nantz, 1; William Glasscocke, 1; Hugh Lunch, 1; John Viers, 1; Joseph Willis, 1; Charles Crossgrove, 1; James Rudd, (Teacher), 1; John Wilson, 1; Jonathan Riney, 0 – 2 – $1500; Thomas Houts, 0 – 2 – $600; John Hays, 0 – 1 – $300; Dudley Robertson, 0 – 1 – $200.
To Patrick Morgan, Collector of the Town Tax of Collection. By Order of the Board of Trustees. April 11th, 1817. Attests. John Hughes, Jr., CBT.
from The Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky
June 17, 1905
Cupid Cutting Capers In June
No Let Up in the Rush of Matrimonial Matters
Still More to Follow
Two Weddings Thursday of Well Known Young Lawyers
The marriage of Mr. Roger Wayles Harrison and Miss Evie Louise Nash Thursday afternoon was an especially pretty church wedding.
The Baptist church was well filled with the friends of the young couple and the stand was elaborately decorated with potted plants.
Messrs. James A. Young, Jr., Wallace Kelly, R. M. Fairleigh and Charles H. Nash, Jr., were the ushers and preceded the wedding party as they entered promptly at 4:30 o’clock to the strains of the wedding march played by Mrs. James H. Anderson.
Mr. Harrison entered on the arm of his best man, Mr. John Stites, and the bride came in with her sister, Miss May Nash. Meeting at the chancel, the bride and groom took their places on the stand and the ceremony that united them was appropriately said by Dr. Charles H. Nash, the bride’s father. Dr. Edmund Harrison, father of the groom, stood beside Dr. Nash and concluded the ceremony with a short prayer.
Upon leaving the church, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison went at once to the L & N depot and boarded the 5:18 train for a Southern trip. Returning next week, they will be at home at Bethel College.
The bride’s costume was a handsome traveling dress of blue.
A large party of friends accompanied them to the depot and threw handfuls of rice at them as they boarded the sleeper.
Mr. Harrison is the youngest son of Rev. E. Harrison, President of Bethel Female College, and is a rising young attorney. His bride is the oldest daughter of Rev. C. H. Nash, D.D., Pastor of the Baptist church. Petite and graceful, with dark hair and eyes, her beauty is of the Southern type. She is a graduate of Bethel College with the degree of A.M., and is an accomplished musician.
Mr. Charles Odom Prowse and Miss Elizabeth Lyon, of Nashville, were married Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock, at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Julia B. Lyon, in Nashville. Rev. M. P. Logan, of the Episcopal Church, officiated. They left for Monterey, Tennessee, to spend a few days before returning home.
The bride, a few years ago, visited Mrs. C. K. Wyly, in this city, and Mr. Prowse met her and the attachment was formed that has so happily culminated. She is a young lady of aristocratic lineage and possesses much beauty and many personal charms.
Mr. Prowse is a son of County Clerk John P. Prowse, and is the Republican nominee for County Attorney.
They will live at the home of the groom’s father, on South Main Street.
Mr. John Thomas Woosley and Miss Ida Mai Hiser will be married at the home of the bride-to-be’s brother, Mr. T. G. Hiser, on West Fifteenth Street, next Thursday, June 22nd.
Hon. Denny P. Smith, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Miss Susie White, daughter of Mr. W. C. White of Cadiz, will be married on June 28th.
The old newspapers from by-gone days give us a good example of life during those years. Today I share stories of two weddings and a silver wedding anniversary from The Daily Evening Bulletin of Maysville, Kentucky. It sounds as if these events were planned for many weeks or months, and enjoyed by all who attended. The description of clothing, entertainment and people who attended make these stories come alive! Remember, in 1881, the ladies fashions were still long, flowing and elegant.
from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
Wednesday Evening, November 23, 1881
The main topic in Maysville society for the last week or two has been the approaching marriage of Miss Bessie Thomas to Mr. Robinson J. Jones, of Cincinnati. They were married this morning at half-past ten o’clock in the Church of the Nativity, by the Rev. J. D. Powers, in the presence of a large gathering of invited friends. Messrs. Hiram Pearce, Henry Chenoweth, George Bruce and Harry Talbott, popular society young gentlemen, acted as ushers and attendants. The bridesmaids were Misses Anna Douglass January, Julia Chenoweth, Lottie Poyntz, Mary B. Pearce, Lizzie Cox and Lilian Frazee.
The bride was dressed in plain and brocade satin, veils and flowers and the bridesmaids in white mull, vallencienes and large Gainsborough hats trimmed with ostrich feathers.
The ceremony was brief, beautiful and very impressive. As the newly wedded pair left the church the ushers gave their arms to the bridesmaids, leaving last the two youthful ones, Misses Cox and Frazee, who at the close of the ceremony came in front of the altar and standing at the side of the font made a picture worthy of the brush of Titian.
The presents were numerous and costly and the wedding breakfast a marvel of delicacies.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones left by the train at noon, for Cincinnati, accompanied by the best wishes of their many friends.
Gilmore – Blackery
The marriage of Miss Louisa C. Gilmore, one of our most charming and amiable young ladies to Mr. W. O. Blackerby, of Bracken County, took place at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. M. Gilmore, this morning. Rev. J. B. Glorieux performing the ceremony. The wedding was a quiet one, only the immediate friends of the family being present.
from The Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky
Thursday Evening, November 24, 1881
The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Mockbee, was an elegant social affair. The invitations read from four to eleven p.m. Most of the guests were married couples, and the older people availed themselves of the earlier hours of the evening. The house was profusely decorated with flowers, many the gifts of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Mockbee received in the large parlors, standing near the center. On the right of Mr. Mockbee was his son, W. S. Mockbee, and his bride, (nee Miss Hattie Wiles), and Miss Mary Mockbee. On the left of Mrs. M. were little Edward, Laura and Dora. Their son Charles was indispensable in the dining room. Mrs. Mockbee was attired in a most lovely silver-colored silk, trimmed with steel passamenterie and fringe. She wore white lace fichu, white kid gloves and white flowers in her hair. Mr. Mockbee wore a full evening dress of black, and white boutonniere. The young ladies of the family, pure white. It was a very charming group indeed. Among the presents displayed – from associates and employees of the Champion Mills: gold-lined fruit bowl and castor combined, from officers and the teachers of the M. E. Sunday School, of which Mr. Mockbee has long been superintendent. The family gifts were as follows:
From Mr. and Mrs. Scott, silver cake basket. From Charles Mockbee and his cousin, Miss Georgia Shaw, silver card receive and bouquet stand. Dozen silver knives from W. S. Mockbee and wife. Solid silver tablespoons from Mary Mockbee. Teaspoons from Ed, drinking cup from little Laura and Dora.
There were very many other presents from friends at home and abroad, which we cannot here enumerate.
The tables were handsomely decorated and the supper beyond our pen to describe. A nice feature of the entertainment was the presence at different times during the evening of all the employees of the Mills of which Mr. Mockbee is a large owner. Many strangers from a distance were present. Among them were Mr. Powers, wife and daughter, of Augusta, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Manker of Maysville, Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Gazely of Decatur. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Miller of Russellville.
Stamm’s Band appeared about 10 o’clock and discoursed sweet music, and were most royally entertained. A beautiful poem by Mrs. Snedeker was highly enjoyed by all.
Today many have specific views on the Confederate flag and the war itself, but beginning in the 1890’s reunions were held annually for the Confederate veterans who made it through the war and were still living. Starting 25 years after the end of the war, perhaps feelings had calmed. After all, it was Americans who fought Americans in the war. We didn’t fight another country, but ourselves. I’m sure the Union veterans had their reunions, also. Like any brotherhood, it was just good to get together and catch up on what had happened since the war. I find it amusing that in the article it talks about ‘the boys’! The youngest were probably in their late 40’s and 50’s, the oldest in their 80’s!
from The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky
Tuesday, July 26, 1898
The Confederate Reunion
The Bourbon veterans have returned from the national reunion of the Confederate veterans, which was held in Atlanta last week, reporting a pleasant time at the reunion, though the weather was very warm.
The Bourbon County Company – Company C., Col. W. C. P. Breckinridge, Ninth Kentucky Cavalry – was entertained during the stay at Atlanta by their comrade, John A. Miller, formerly of Millersburg. Mr. Miller now lives in Atlanta and is President of the large stock firm, the Bradley-Miller Company, and is captain of the Governor’s Horse Guards of Atlanta. The members present were Capt. Ed Taylor, Cincinnati; Hon. E. Abrams, U. S. Inspector of Hulls, Louisville; Ex-Congressman C. C. Black, of Augusta, Ga.; John W. Boulden, Maysville; Milton Wallace, Lockport; Hon. W. A. Morris, Mitchell Neal, Mt. Olivet; Judge Russell Mann, A. T. Forsyth, J. E. Kern, John T. Nesbitt, Peter Mernaugh, John D. Penn, of Paris; Charles Meng, G. T. Bradley, North Middletown; Joseph A. Miller, Jesse W. Payne, Thomas McIntyre, Millersburg. A barbecue was given by Capt. Miller to his comrades on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7. About 100 ex-Confederates and permanent citizens of Atlanta were present. Hon. C. C. Black spoke for the company, and Hon. A. P. Candler, of Atlanta, responded for Capt. Miller. Capt. Mitchler, of Atlanta, sang his beautiful ‘Bugle Call’ and Maj. Lamar Fountaine, of Mississippi, who bears sixty-seven wounds, recited his beautiful war poem, ‘All Quiet On The Potomac Tonight.’ Buglers from the Horse Guards made the boys feel they were again living in the 60’s. Capt. Miller had made to order six large tents, all decorated with Confederate flags, and these were pitched under the large forest trees in his yard. In front of these the Company, with Mrs. Miller and her daughter, Miss Edna Miller, the sponsor of the Company, were photographed.
The reunion was the largest ever held.
The Kentucky girls were the prettiest.
There are 1,200 camps, with 40,000 members.
Hon. G. R. Keller and Horace Taylor represented Carlisle at Atlanta.
Rev. L. H. Blanton and Dr. I. M. Poyntz, of Richmond, went down with the Bourbon boys.
The veterans passed resolutions of condolence in deference to the memory of Gen. ‘Cerro Gordo’ Williams.
The Confederate choir and Glee club of Louisville, about forty strong, were present, and won great applause.
Capt. Ed Taylor’s Company, bearing the State flag of the U. C. V., led the Kentucky division in the parade.
The meetings were held in the Tabernacle at the Exposition grounds, which has a seating capacity for 15,000.
Dr. John A. Lewis, Ellezy Blackburn and W. A. Gaines, of Georgetown, with Will Lewis, of Frankfort, came in Monday night.
Maj. Austin, of the 9th Kentucky Cavalry, now living near Atlanta, greeted the boys for the first time since the surrender in 1865.
Gens. J. B. Gordon, Stephen D. Lee, Cabell, Anderson, Wade Hampton, Longstreet, Rosser, Evans and others were present.
Miss Winnie Davis, daughter of the Confederacy, Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, Mrs. B. H. Hill, were present and were introduced to the veterans.
Miss Anna Johnson, the handsome sponsor for the Mt. Sterling camp, was accompanied by her father, Col. Thomas Johnson, who is in his eighty-sixth year.
The Bourbon Veterans were greeted by many ex-Bourbons. Among them were Capt. John A. Miller, Capt. Bob Milam, Henry, Carleton and Lee Miller, Bowden Bros., Waddell Bros., Mr. Catchings, Rev. Hallam, Mrs. Adella Miller, and others, and their families.
Louisville made a strong bid for the next reunion, but it will be held at Charleston, S. C. The reunions have been held as follows: Chattanooga, Tenn., July 3, 1890; Jackson, Miss., June 1, 1891; New Orleans, La., April 8, 1892; Birmingham, Ala., April 25, 1894 (postponed from 1893); Houston, Tex., May 22, 1895; Richmond, Va., June 30, 1896; Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 1897; Atlanta, Ga., July 20, 1898.
Capt. Ed Spears, Capt. J. R. Rogers, Ed Rice, Hiram Carpenter, W. M. Lawson, W. H. Whaley, E. P. Clark, were among the Bourbon veterans who attended the reunion. Others who accompanied the Bourbon delegation were Judge W. M. Purnell, Mrs. Ev. Rogers, Mrs. Minnie Wilson and Miss Judith Carpenter, of this city; Mrs. Joseph A. Miller, Mrs. W. M. Layson and daughters, Mrs. G. W. Bryan and Miss Lula Grimes, of Millersburg. Mrs. Wilson will remain for a fortnight with her sister, Mrs. Chamberlain.
from Breathitt County News, Jackson, Kentucky
Friday, October 23, 1903
Was the Fulkerson-Rawlings Wedding Last Evening
Many Handsome Gifts
The wedding of Miss Laura Rawlings and Mr. Robert Fulkerson was solemnized last evening at 8:30 o’clock, at the Imperial Hotel, in the presence of a large assembly of friends and relatives.
The house was beautifully decorated with evergreens and ferns, and on the mantle and stand table were large jardiniers of cosmas, tastefully arranged.
A few minutes before 8:30, the wedding party proceeded down the stairs, Miss Hattie Richmond first, followed by Miss Hattie MeLin; then came the bride. The bridesmaids wore beautiful toilettes of blue silk mull, and carried bouquets of long stemmed Chrysanthemums. Never did the bride look lovelier than in her wedding gown of white Paris muslin, elaborately trimmed in handsome lace; her bouquet was of white bride’s roses.
The wedding party was met at the foot of the stairs by Mr. Leonidas Redvine and Mr. T. T. Hiner, followed by the bride and groom and Rev. M. W. Hiner, who performed the ceremony.
The grouping under arch formed by the stairway was very pretty and effective.
After the congratulations, which followed, the wedding gifts were displayed in the parlor. Seldom, if ever, have such wedding gifts been seen in Jackson. Among the many handsome presents were several beautiful pieces of cut glass, a large quantity of silver, bric-a-brac, chairs and everything in the way of handsome presents was lavished on this happy couple.
Among those who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Day, of Winchester; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Day, of Frozen; Mr. Mack Clark, of Clay City; Mrs. Beasly, of Covington; Mr. and Mrs. Hornbrook, Mrs. E. A. Hornbrook, of Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hend, Mr. and Mrs. Kash, Mr. and Mrs. Henry, Mr. and Mrs. William Day, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Fleenor, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Blair MeLin, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Spencer, Dr. and Mrs. Kash, Mr. and Mrs. Bowling, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bosworth, Mr. John E. Patrick, L. Y. Redwine, Dr. Hogg, Sam Fleenor, Misses Tipton, Miss Carrie Day, Misses Margaret and Kate Sewell, Miss Nettie Combs, Miss Emma Clark, Miss Hurst, Miss Marcum, Mrs. Judge Redwine, Miss Hurst, of Campton, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Gibson, Captain Pickard, Dr. and Mrs. Swango, Mrs. Clarence Hadden, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Hagins, Miss Lula Hagins, Mr. and Mrs. Patton, Mrs. Philips, Mrs. Bohannan, Mrs. Lyon, Captain MeLin and wife, of Virginia, Mr. Claude Day.
Mr. Fulkerson is employed with the Day Bros. Co., and he is held in high esteem by his employers. He was born and raised in Lee County, Virginia, and is a son of L. D. Fulkerson, of Lee County, who has been Representative of his county several times.
Miss Rawlings is also employed with the Day Bros. Co., in the Millinery Department, of which she has charge, and is one of the best in this part of the state. She is loved by all who know her. She is from Covington, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. She has been in our city several years. The News joins in wishing them a long and prosperous life.