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Sutton’s Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary In 1890

George W. Sutton and Julia A. Shepherd Sutton celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 10, 1890, with a celebration Monday evening prior to the all-important date.  Mr. Sutton was 84 and his wife, 73.  Their marriage took place in Lewis County, and by 1847 they were living in Aberdeen, Brown County, Ohio, just across the river from Maysville, Kentucky.  George lived another six years, and Julia another ten.  Four children were born to the couple – Mary A., John C., Charles B. and Nelson J. Sutton. 

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Thursday, October 9, 1890

Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Sutton celebrated their golden wedding at their home in Aberdeen, Oct. 6th.  No invitations were sent out, but quite a number of their friends and acquaintances called on the aged couple during the afternoon and evening, and remembered them kindly in the way of valuable and substantial presents.  Refreshments were served to the guests, the occasion being a happy one, especially to the couple who had passed a half century of married life.

Mr. G. W. Sutton and Miss Julia A. Shepard were married near Concord, Lewis County, Kentucky, on October 6th, 1840, by Rev. Hugh Wilson.  Mr. Sutton was born in 1806 and Mrs. Sutton in 1817.  They are unusually hearty and sprightly, retaining their hearing and sight remarkably well for people so far advanced in years, and seemingly have the prospect of living for many years to come.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 8, 1896

Aberdeen Loses One of Her Oldest Citizens

Mr. George Sutton, probably Aberdeen’s oldest citizen, died last night.  He was born in Fleming County, October 10, 1806, and had been a resident of Aberdeen since 1847.

He leaves threes sons, John Carr and Charles, of Aberdeen, and Nelson, of Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.  His only daughter died some years ago.

The date of the funeral has not been announced.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Monday, June 11, 1900

Mrs. Julia Sutton

Death of One of Aberdeen’s Oldest Citizens at an Early Hour This Morning

Mrs. Julia Sutton died this morning shortly after 3 o’clock at her home in Aberdeen, aged eighty-three years.

Deceased leaves two sons, Mr. N. J. Sutton, of Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, and Mr. C. B. Sutton, of Aberdeen.  Her husband, George W., died in 1896.

The funeral will take place Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m.  Services by Rev. Armacost.  Burial in Charter Oak Cemetery.

Hon. Jasper W. Muir Obituary – Nelson County

Jasper W. Muir was the son of William Locke Muir and Mary E. Hester, born December 11, 1828, in Clark County, Indiana.  His family moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, the next year.  Jasper and Mary Elizabeth Wickliffe were married about 1850 and had six sons before her death in 1868:  Nathaniel Wickliffe, William Logan, Joseph Halstead, Jasper W. Jr., Charles Wickliffe and James D., who lived only eight months.  Nine years after Mary Muir’s death Jasper married a widow, Florida Sloan Talbott.  The couple had three children:  Joseph A., Mary and Henry Louis Muir.  William Logan Muir and James D. Muir predeceased their father.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 11, 1907

Hon. Jasper W. Muir Dies at Bardstown

Pioneer Lawyer of Nelson County Passes Away In His Eighty-fourth Year

Bardstown, Ky., April 10 – Hon. Jasper W. Muir died at his residence here at an early hour this morning as a result of a stroke of apoplexy suffered three years ago.  He was eighty-four years old and was one of the most prominent men in this community.  He was a pioneer lawyer of the Bardstown bar, having been a partner of the celebrated Ben Hardin when that lawyer was at the height of his fame.  Mr. Muir was a veteran of the Mexican War, was formerly school superintendent of Nelson County, and was a member of the last constitutional convention.  He relinquished the practice of law about thirty years ago, and since that time had been engaged in the banking business.  He was one of the wealthiest men in Nelson County.  He is survived by his widow and seven children, one of whom is Mrs. Mary Hagan, wife of Robert J. Hagan, of Louisville.  The funeral will take place Friday afternoon.

Jasper W. Muir, December 11, 1823 – April 10, 1907.  St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky.

Dr. Aquilla Talbott Obituary – Fayette County

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, December 17, 1838 – September 3, 1907.  Sallie J. Head, his wife, January 13, 1839 – August 2, 1909.  Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 4, 1907

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, one of the best-known physicians of Lexington, and an ex-Confederate soldier, died at his residence in this city at 6 o’clock this morning.  Dr. Talbott had been in bad health from a complication of kidney and stomach diseases for several months.  Yesterday afternoon he felt so ill that he went home about 1 o’clock and retired, hoping that he would feel better after a night’s rest.  he, however, grew gradually worse until he expired this morning.  Dr. Talbott was born in Bourbon County in 1838.  When he was seventeen years old the family moved to Franklin County, where he grew to manhood.  When Bragg’s army invaded Kentucky he joined Scott’s Louisiana cavalry and served with that organization until the close of the war.  In 1870 he came to Lexington and began the practice of medicine, in which he gained a wide acquaintance and popularity.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Preston Blake officiating.  The interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery.  The pallbearers will be as follows:  W. H. Snyder, Shelby Kinkead and Ben T. Head, of Lexington; J. S. Head, Jr., Ashland, Ky.; R. C. Head, of Louisville and Augustus Talbott of Paris, Ky.

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, September 7, 1907

Amsden-Sanders Plot In Versailles Cemetery – Woodford County

  James P. Amsden, January 15, 1847 – October 29, 1906.  Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

These beautiful gravestones are located in the Versailles Cemetery in Woodford County, Kentucky.  They are two of eight, all family members.  In addition to James and Laura Sanders Amsden, the following are buried in this plot:

  • Son, John Sanders Amsden, October 13, 1883 – February 21, 1899
  • Laura’s daughter by a previous marriage, Margaret (Pearl) Voorhies, wife of James B. Haggin, June 13, 1869 – June 8, 1965;
  • Daughter, Jean Amsden, wife of William M. Haupt, February 5, 1880 – September 28, 1966;
  • Son-in-law, William M. Haupt, April 1, 1880 – September 26, 1957;
  • Laura’s parents, Margaret H. Sanders, September 4, 1804 – Jun 13, 1878 and Col. Lewis H. Sanders, 1796-1864, on one stone;
  • Laura’s brother, Lewis Sanders, born in Franklin County, Kentucky, November 7, 1826, died July 2, 1871.

In the 1850 census of Woodford County we find James P. Amsden, 3 years of age, living with his parents, John Amsden, 41, jailer, born in Massachusetts, and Lucretia, 35, born in New York.  John L, 6; and Laura B., 1, are siblings.  In 1860 the family is living in a boarding house, and father John is a merchant.  Two other children, Mary, 9; and Charles E., 6; make up the household.  Young daughter Laura is not listed.  I feel she must have died sometime between 1850 and 1860.  In 1870, John Amsden is a banker, son John is a salesman and son James a clerk in a bank.  No other children are listed.

James P. Amsden married Laura E. (Sanders) Voohries, June 3, 1879, in Louisville.  B. M. Messick performed the ceremony and witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Tevis and F. W. Ferguson.  One year later in the 1880 census baby Jean has been born; Pearl Voohries, 10, was living with the family.  Pearl is Laura Sanders’ daughter from a previous marriage.  She married George T. Voohries, and must have divorced him since he lived until 1913, but he maintained a good relationship with his daughter, and was at Pearl’s home when he died.  He was a Confederate veteran.  In 1900 James and Laura have only one child living with them, Jean, aged 20.  Margaret Pearl had married by this date.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, October 30, 1906

Laura L. Sanders, wife of James P. Amsden, November 18, 1844 – February 25, 1929.

The Owensboro Messenger, Daviess County, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 26, 1929


Seven Depart This Life November 27, 1913

When searching newspapers for information on pioneer families I found this list of seven people who died on the same day, November 27, 1913.  Two are listed as members of pioneer families, Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd and Austin P. Speed.  Two were German immigrants, August Moeller and Simon Schoening, who came to this country at an early age, both 82 years of age at the time of their deaths.  Two were railroad men, Captain Wilmer Ridgway and Frank Hanke.  James Graham, a much younger man, was a boilermaker. 

Louisville was already a large city 105 years ago.  In the 1910 census the city was home to 223,928 people.  The hub on the Ohio was where many came from more rural areas to seek their fortunes and become immersed in the large community.  Within the last hundred years or so the population has tripled.

Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Avenue in Louisville, originally the old farm of the Johnston family.  In 1846 the cemetery began and from the start was considered to be a garden cemetery.  It is quite beautiful.  I had a short 30 minutes or so in this cemetery about ten or twelve years ago. 

St. Louis Cemetery is located at 1167 Barret Avenue, Louisville.  In 1811 it was located behind the original St. Louis Church at 10th and Main Streets.  The church was relocated in 1831, the gravesites were moved to the Catholic section of Western Cemetery.  The present St. Louis Cemetery was opened in 1867.  About 48,000 are buried there.  This cemetery is on my list to visit.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, November 28, 1913

Death Quick

Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd Victim of Heart Attack

Stricken as She Was Preparing for Visit

Austin P. Speed Succumbs to Bright’s Disease

Day’s Necrology List

Mrs. Mary Pearce Dodd, widow of John L. Dodd, who was a leading Louisville attorney, died of heart disease at 12:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at her residence, 1375 South Fourth Street.  Although she had been in ill health several years, her death came as a shock.  She was stricken Wednesday morning as she was preparing to go to Henderson to spend Thanksgiving.  Her condition did not appear serious until midnight, when she lapsed into unconsciousness.

Mrs. Dodd was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1860.  She was the daughter of Charles and Maria Schultz Pearce, a pioneer family.  She attended school at Maysville and at Cincinnati.  In 1883 she was married to John L. Dodd.  She is survived by one son, John L. Dodd, who is a student at the Culver Military Academy; three brothers, Charles D. Pearce, of Louisville, president of the Citizens National Life Insurance Company; Edward Pearce, of Lexington, and Crit Pearce, of the Treasury Department at Washington, D.C.; two nieces, Mrs. Thomas McGoodwin, of Birmingham, and Mrs. Marie Dodd Semple, of Louisville, and one nephew, C. Pearce Dodd, of Louisville.

Mrs. Dodd was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church during the entire time of her residence in Louisville and was a prominent religious worker.  She was of quiet and retiring disposition, but a faithful contributor to all charitable causes.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the residence.  Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Austin P. Speed Dead

Member of One of Kentucky’s Pioneer Families

Austin P. Speed, formerly a prominent coal dealer of Louisville and a member of one of Kentucky’s pioneer families, died of Bright’s disease at his home, 417 Park Avenue, at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Mr. Speed had been ill several months, and his death was not unexpected.

He was a native of Nelson County and a son of Thomas S. Speed.  At the age of 17 years Mr. Speed came to Louisville where he completed his education, and later engaged in the coal business as a member of the firm of Byrne & Speed.  Later Mr. Speed engaged in mining coal until three years ago, when he was forced to retire on account of ill health.  He was well known in business circles in Louisville and was closely connected with the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

His widow, Mrs. Georgia A. Speed, and one son, Goodwin Speed, of Montana, survive him.  One brother, Hanan Speed, of Oklahoma, and one sister, Miss Louise Speed, of Indianapolis, also survive.  Mr. Speed was a brother of the late Thomas Speed, clerk of the United States Court.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning.  Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.

August Moeller Dies At 82

Fall Believed to Have Hastened Retired Furniture Dealer’s End

August Moeller, 82 years old, a wealthy furniture dealer, died of senility at his residence, 225 North Seventeenth Street, at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  A fall down a stairway in his home two weeks ago, while not causing any noticeable injury, is thought to have hastened his death.

Mr. Moeller retired from business thirty years ago.  During his residence of seventy-four years in Louisville he had made eleven trips back to Hanover, Germany, his native land.  He was planning to make another ocean journey to his fatherland in the early spring.

Coming to Louisville at the age of 8 years, Mr. Moeller entered the furniture business when a young man.  At his retirement he was one of the officers of the Kentucky Furniture Company.

He married Miss Catherine Hart in 1849.  She died twenty-five years ago.  Mr. Moeller is survived by three sons, H. C., W. H. and E. A. Moeller, all of Louisville, and four daughters, Misses Augusta, Emma and Anna Moeller, of this city, and Mrs. Robert Lenz, of Mack, Colorado.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Captain Wilmer Ridgway

The death of Captain Wilmer Ridgway, veteran conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, was made known to Louisville friends yesterday through a telegram from Olive Hill, Kentucky, where he had gone for a week’s vacation.  The message stated that he had been stricken suddenly with heart failure while hunting.

Captain Ridgway was 50 years old and had been running between Louisville and Ashland for many years.  He retained a residence both at Ashland and Louisville.  At the latter place he made his home at the Preston Hotel, rooming with Captain J. D. Burch, a lifelong friend and a fellow conductor on the Chesapeake & Ohio.

He had a wide acquaintance among the traveling public.  He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, Shriners and Blue Lodge Masons.  His wife survives him.  Funeral services will be held at Olive Hill Saturday.

Frank Hanke

Frank Hanke, 67 years old, died at his home, 816 South Shelby Street, at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon of heart disease.  Mr. Hanke was a native of Indiana but had lived the greater part of his life in Louisville.  He was employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company.  He is survived by three sons and one daughter.  Funeral services will be held at the residence at 8:30 o’clock Monday morning and at 9 o’clock at St. Martin’s Church.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Simon Schoening

Simon Schoening, 82 years old, a retired shoe merchant, died of senility at 9 o’clock last night, at his home, 1973 Deer Park.  He was a native of Lippe Detmold, Germany, and came to America in 1858.  For many years he was connected with a shoe industry at Eighteenth and Jefferson Streets, but retired from active business about twenty years ago.  Mr. Schoening is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Schoening, and two daughters, Misses Emma and Minnie Schoening.  Funeral arrangements have not been made.

James Graham

James Graham, a boilermaker, 34 years old, died at his home in Berry Boulevard early yesterday morning after a short illness of a complication of diseases.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara Graham.  Funeral services will be held at the resident at 2 o’clock this afternoon.  Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Michael and Ann Foley of Limerick County, Ireland

Michael Foley, 1829-1904.  Ann, his wife, 1817-1895, of Co. Limerick, Ireland.  St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Mason County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Saturday, April 27, 1895

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Tuesday, November 15, 1904


Colonel Cuthbert Bullitt – Louisville’s Oldest Citizen in 1899

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 31, 1899

Louisville’s Oldest Citizen

Louisville’s oldest citizen of prominence is, without doubt, the notable figure, Col. Cuthbert Bullitt.  Col. Bullitt was born January 12, 1810, in the city of Louisville.  His birthplace was a substantial house which then stood on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in the city which was then a small village.  Col. Cuthbert Bullitt’s father was also named Cuthbert Bullitt, and another brother, William, lived on the corner of Bullitt and Main Streets.  Col. Bullitt was one of eight children and the youngest of four sons.

He was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Bardstown, and in his young manhood went to New Orleans, where he remained until 1870.  In that city he married a daughter of Col. Maunsel White, a prominent man of Louisiana, a merchant and sugar planter.  Col. Cuthbert Bullitt was for a number of years a member of the great firm of Maunsel White & Co., extensive dealers in cotton and sugar.  He was formerly an old-line Whig, and as a sequence became a very prominent Union man.  He was always individual, always courageous, and, after Louisiana seceded from the Union, he placed in front of his house a motto which could be seen at the City Hall of New Orleans and all over Lafayette Square.  It was as tall as a man and it read: ‘Kentucky:  United we stand, divided we fall.’  For his too ardent expressions of opinion he was advised by his many friends to leave the state, and soon after acted upon their advice.  After the capture of New Orleans by the Federal troops, and before the Mississippi was opened, President Lincoln sent Col. Bullitt to that city by sea, and afterward made him Collector of the port.  In 1870 her returned to Louisville, where he was always well known and since he has resided here.  During the winter months he goes to New Orleans.  He has ever been a great social favorite, a typical club man, an authority on questions of etiquette and good living, and he has ever been popular.  He is a successful write of newspaper articles and within the past few years his series of articles, ‘Tales of Two Cities,’ in the Courier Journal, have attracted not a little attention.  Well versed in the news and social gossip of New Orleans and Louisville, he interested many people.  Col. Bullitt’s handwriting, memory, carriage, appearance and conversation are marvelous for a man of his age.  He is handsome, erect and dignified, and travels about alone.  Recent letters from New Orleans to friends in Louisville describe, in a graphic manner, his present life as full of winter gayeties, the opera, parties, balls, etc., particularly a ‘mystery party’ where the ladies go masked and the gentlemen unmasked.  It is safe to say that Col. Bullitt has kept up the social whirl longer than any other man in the country, for he will be ninety years old next month, and is as great a society man as he was seventy years ago.  Louisville citizens of note quote him and tell of him in other cities as the most wonderful example of the ‘old citizen’ that any city in the country can produce.

A portion of the article on Col. Cuthbert Bullitt’s death:

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, August 5, 1906

After an eventful life of almost ninety-seven years, Col Cuthbert Bullitt, the oldest native -born resident of Louisville, died at 7:15 o’clock yesterday morning in his apartments at St. Joseph’s Infirmary.

During his stay in New Orleans, Col. Bullitt became enamored of a beautiful girl, Miss Eliza White, the daughter of Col. Maunsel White, a distinguished and wealthy merchant of New Orleans.  Col Bullitt, in an interview given out by him several years before his death, said that Miss White inspired the one perfect love in his long life.  They were married in the early thirties, and as a result of the union five children were born.  All of these children have died, one son living until he was eighteen years old.

During the Revolution, General William Bullitt, Col. Bullitt’s grandfather, was on the staff of Gen. LaFayette.  It was this General William Bullitt who was the founder of the family in Kentucky.  He built a house near the river at a point near which the pumping station of the Louisville waterworks now stands.

Although the brothers and immediate relatives of Col. Bullitt have preceded him to the grave, he is survived by many nephews, nieces and cousins.