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Wayne N. Stevens Obituary

The Ohio County News, Hartford, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 12, 1918

Bright’s Disease Fatal

To Wayne N. Stevens, Who Passed Away at Battle Creek, Michigan, Thursday Night

Thursday night about 12 o’clock death claimed Wayne N. Stevens, age 55, one of the best known farmers of Ohio County, when he succumbed to Bright’s disease at a sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had gone about three weeks before in an effort to get relief from the malady which was sapping his life away.

Mr. Stevens had been a sufferer from the ailment which ultimately caused his death, for quite a while, but he had been confined to his bed only a short time.

He was a member of Hartford Lodge No. 675, F. & A.M., and also a Knight Templar and a Shriner.

Besides his wife, who before her marriage was a Miss [Magnolia] Renfrow, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Creasy Stevens, and one brother, Lon Stevens.

The funeral, which occurred at the Stevens home, a few miles north of town, and the burial at Alexander school house, was attended by one of the largest crowds ever brought together on a similar occasion in Ohio County.  Fully five hundred people were present to pay the last tribute of respect and honor to this well-known and well-beloved Ohio County citizen.

The funeral at the home was conducted by Rev. A. D. Litchfield, pastor of the Hartford Methodist Church, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Hartford Lodge of Masons, assisted by Masons from various lodges over the county, and laid to rest with Masonic honors by the side of loved ones in Alexander Cemetery.

Wayne N. Stevens, November 9, 1863 – June 17, 1918.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Vernon E. Riley Obituary

Vernon E. Riley, October 23, 1908 -March 22, 1914.  ‘Budded on earth to bloom in heaven.’  Bruner’s Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 27, 1914

Little Vernon, aged 5 years, died last Sunday at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bottom, near Jenkinsville. He was the only child of Mrs. Ida Riley, widow of the late Mr. Sydney Riley. The bright little fellow was ill but a short while with pneumonia. The funeral service was held at Bruner’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. Willis, and the interment was in the cemetery there. The bereaved mother has the sympathy of many friends.


Mary E. Ellis Obituary

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 23, 1928

Mary E. Ellis, wife of Alexander C. Ellis, April 27, 1840 – February 21, 1928.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Elijah Francis Matherly Obituary

E. F. Matherly, May 26, 1830 – October 28, 1912.  Julia A., his wife, April 14, 1835 – January 8, 1914.  Deep Creek Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, November 1, 1912

E. F. Matherly, about the oldest citizen in the West End of the county, died Monday night at the age of eighty-two. He was a highly respected gentleman, and besides his aged wife he leaves seven grown children. The funeral services were held at the Deep Creek church and the burial was in the cemetery adjacent to the church.

In 1850 Elijah Francis was living with his parents, Banister and Susan Matherly.  Banister was born in Virginia.  In addition, Sarah Matherly, Banister’s mother and Elijah’s grandmother, was living with the family.  She was 95 and born in Maryland, which makes her birth year 1755.

Elijah Francis Matherly and Julia Ann Lester were married in Mercer County October 23, 1852.  In the census records I found their children listed as Amanda, John, Nancy, Jesse, Matilda, Martha, Obediah, Mary, Elijah and Julia. 

The death certificate for Elijah Matherly gives his mother’s maiden name as Susan Taylor.  It also gives his birth date as May 26, 1829.



Wald Family Buried in Evergreen Cemetery

Valentine Wald, born 25 July 1837, in Saxon-Weimer, died 26 August 1890.  Amelia Ward, nee Saunder, born 29 September 1843, in Nordhausen, died 26 November 1918.  Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, Kentucky.

Valentine Wald and Amelia Saunder came to the United States, probably with their parents, who were hopeful of a new life in the United States.  Amelia came to this country in 1858, according to the 1910 census.  Valentine was born in Saxon-Weimer, Germany, July 25, 1837.  Amelia was born September 29, 1843, in Nordhausen, Prussia.  I do not have a place or date of marriage, but in the 1880 census of Campbell County, Kentucky, they are listed with six children.  The two eldest, Valentine and Elizabeth, were born in Ohio, the last four in Kentucky.  The names and ages of their children in 1880 census are as follows:  Valentine, 14; Elizabeth, 11; Emma A., 9; Andrew, 7; Frederick, 4; and Louis, 1.

Sadly, Valentine Wald, the elder, died ten years later.  Amelia survived until 1918.

The Dayton Herald, Montgomery County, Ohio

Saturday, April 11, 1891

The eldest son, and his father’s namesake, Valentine, married Lydia Lockwood during the week of April 9, 1891, according to The Dayton Herald.  Lydia was the daughter of William Lockwood and Caroline Boyar/Boyce.

In the 1909 census of Campbell County we find Valentine, 33, a night watchman, born in Saxon-Weimer.  Wife Lydia is 31, and was born in Prussia.  The couple have been married 9 years, had four children with only one living, Erma, aged 4 years.

In 1910 Valentine is a molder for a brass foundry.  In addition to Erma, 14, they have a son, Louis, 7.

Lydia E. Wald, 1868-1917.

Seven years later Lydia dies of chronic Bright’s disease, a disease of the kidneys.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Monday, November 5, 1928

When Valentine Wald dies of blood poisoning in 1928, a very curious line appears in his obituary – ‘survived by his widow, Mrs. Lydia Wald’.  Perhaps this is a typo?  Lydia had been deceased for eleven years!  Or could he have married another woman named Lydia?

Valentine A. Wald, 1866-1928.

Daughter Erma married Albert Henry Sandman in 1926.  In the 1930 census of Campbell County the couple have one son, Robert, 2.  Erma’s brother, Louis Wald, lives with them; he died in 1940.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Friday, March 8, 1940

Son Louis Wald died in a work related accident, just like his father.

Louis J. Wald, 1902-1940.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Saturday, Jun 21, 1975

Erma was the last of the family to be buried in Evergreen Cemetery.  She survived until 1975.

Erma Wald Sandman, 1895-1975.

Frederick H. Winkler and Caroline Ebrink Winkler Obituaries

According to the 1900 census for Campbell County, Frederick Winkler and Caroline Ebrink (have seen it as Abbering) had been married forty years, putting that marriage about 1859/60, having had nine children with seven living at that time.  Frederick Winkler was born in Switzerland and came to the United States before 1859.  Caroline Ebrink was born in Kentucky, but her parents were born in Germany.  In the 1860 census the couple are living with Ann Ebrink, 64, Caroline’s mother.  Son George, at five months is their only child.  Ten years later Frederick is listed as head of household, with wife Caroline and four children, and mother-in-law Anna Ehrbring (another spelling!).  In the 1880 census Frederick, 44, and Caroline, 38, are listed with the following children:  George, 20; Mollie, 15; Peter, 12; Bertie, 10, Emma, 4; and Elaine, 2.  Frederick is listed as a blacksmith.  Son Fred was born just after the census was taken.  In 1900 two children remain with their parents – Elaine, 22, is a bookkeeper; and Fred, 20, is a tile setter.  Frederick shoes horses at this date.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Friday, March 15, 1901

Winkler – Frederick H., aged 65 years, at the family residence, 714 Robert Street, Newport, Kentucky, March 14.  Funeral Sunday March 17 at 2 p.m.  Services at St. Paul’s Protestant Church.

Frederick died of paralysis, according to death records.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County, Ohio

Wednesday, April 11, 1923

Mrs. Caroline Winkler, 82 years old, died yesterday at her residence, 227 East Tenth Street.  She was the widow of Frederick Winkler and is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Emma Bregel, Newport; Mrs. Clara Kuhlman, Newport; Mrs. Mollie Bogart, Cincinnati; Mrs. Bertha Wischmeyer, Middletown, Ohio, and one son, George Winkler, of Cold Springs, Kentucky.  She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock Friday from the residence, with services at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel.

Caroline’s death certificate lists her parents – Henry Abbering and Barbara Ann Gutcherhum.  She died of arterial sclerosis.

Frederick Winkler, 1835-1901.  Caroline Winkler, 1841-1923.  Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, Kentucky.

Nathan Robinson and Ida Bell Robinson Obituaries

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, July 22, 1932

Mrs. Ida Bell Robinson, aged 61, died early Wednesday at her home at Tablow, this county. She was the daughter of James and Sarah Satterly Robinson, and was a prominent Christian woman in the community where she lived having been a devout member of the Bethel Baptist church for 36 years. Her funeral was held there this morning conducted by the Rev. W. D. Moore, and burial was in the Bethel Cemetery. Besides her husband, Nathan Robinson, she leaves two sons, Fred Robinson and Christopher Robinson, both of this county, and three grandchildren and a foster-daughter, Mrs. Howard Shewmaker, of Cornishville. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. P. Bunch and Mrs. David Harley, and two brothers, Henry and David Robinson.

The casket bearers at her funeral were William and Walter Releford, Tilford Robinson, L. Robinson, Russell and Andrew Bunch.

Nathan Robinson, 1868-1936.  Ida Bell Robinson, 1871-1932.  Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 28, 1936

Nathan Robinson, 68 years of age, died Monday, February 24, 1936, after only six days illness with pneumonia. He was a well-known citizen of the Tablow section of Mercer County, and the son of W. M. and Sarah Beasley Robinson. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laudie Murphy Robinson, and two sons, Fred Robinson, Harrodsburg, and Chris Robinson, of Tablow, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He also leaves his father, W. M. Robinson, who is 91 years old; five sisters, Mrs. James Dorsey, Washington county; Mrs. Silas Releford, Bohon; Mrs. Clarence McClain, Mrs. Howard Shewmaker, near Cornishville; Mrs. Edgar Robinson, Duncan; four brothers, B. L. Robinson, Anderson county; James L. Robinson, Willisburg; R. L. Robinson, Fisherville, and Overton Robinson, Sharpsville.

The funeral was at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon at Bethel Baptist church, with burial in the Bethel cemetery. Six nephews were the pall bearers; Will, Walter, Grover Releford; Tilford and Orvie Robinson and Andrew Bunch.