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1895 Wedding Invitation

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Ashby

request your present

at the marriage of their daughter

Mary Elizabeth

to Mr. Silas J. Tichenor,

Wednesday evening August twenty-eighty,

Eighteen hundred and ninety-five,

at eight o’clock,

West Providence Church,


Vic Barnett, of the Dayton area, sent this to me the other day.  In addition he sent a book of newspaper clippings that will be discussed in another blog.

This wedding invitation intrigued me since I had not seen one this old.  And I delved right in to find out more information about this family.

I found Silas and Mary Elizabeth living with their respective families in the 1880 census for Ohio County.  Silas Josiah was the oldest child of Byram Ebenezer Tichenor, 36, and Zelmar Dean Maddox, 33.  He was 7 in this census.  Sisters Sallie, 5, and Mattie, 2, round out their family.

Mary Elizabeth, 9, was the daughter of William Thomas, 40, and Sallie Mary Ashby, 39.  Margaret, 11; Lewis B., 6; Alverda, 4; and William, 2, are the remaining children.

The Hartford Republican, in its Friday, June 3, 1892, edition lists the Hartford College Report, for the fourth term ending on that date.  Silas Tichenor maintained a general average of 96, only one student with a score of 97.

In the 1900 census of Ohio County Silas Tichenor is listed as 26, and was a merchant.  Mary is 29, and one child, daughter Lilian, is listed as aged 3.  In 1910 two sons are also listed, Silas Conrad, 9, and J. Russell, 3.  In 1920 one additional child, Byram, is 7.  At some point after this census, and before the next, this family moved to Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan.

At the end of their lives Silas and Mary Elizabeth Tichenor were brought back to Ohio County and buried in West Providence Baptist Cemetery, along with many other family members.  Silas died at the age of 81, April 16, 1953.  In his obituary it was said the family moved to Detroit in 1927.  He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Ashby Tichenor, one daughter, Mrs. J. L. Thorp, of Detroit; and three sons, Conrad, of New Castle, Indiana; J. Russell and Bryam of Detroit.

Mary lived another nine years, passing away at the age of 92 on May 5, 1962, in Detroit.  Son J. Russell Tichenor passed away in 1957, leaving only a daughter and two sons to mourn their mother.

Elmer E. Tinsley Obituary

The Hartford Republican, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, March 10, 1922

Fidelia Ward Tinsley lived several years after her husband’s death.

Fidelia Tinsley, Mary 2, 1868 – July 31, 1938.  Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Elmer E. Tinsley, November 28, 1864 – March 6, 1922.


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.

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.

Civil War Pension Application for Widow of Captain John W. Hill

John W. Hill, of Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky, enlisted in the Civil War in August of 1862.  His wife, of three years, Mary Elizabeth Stevens, bore him one daughter, Antha Hill, before John was killed during the Battle of Knoxville, in 1863.  Mary married Alexander Ellis as her second husband in 1868.  After his death she requested a widow’s pension from her first husband.  Captain John W. Hill is buried in the National Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Claimant’s Affidavit

State of Kentucky, County of Ohio

In the matter of the claim for restoration of pension of Mary E. Ellis, John W. Hill, Company G, 12th Kentucky Cavalry, #27064.

On this 27th day of April 1905, personally appeared before me a notary public within and for the County and State aforesaid, Mary E. Ellis, the claimant, who, after being first duly sworn by me, declares as follows:  Claimant says she has only been married one time since the death of the soldier, John W. Hill, and that was to Alexander Ellis, and he died on the 29th March 1905, and that she is now a widow.  Claimant says her late husband, Mr. Ellis, died not render any military or naval service and that claimant is not in receipt of pension from the U.S.  Claimant says she has the following property.  Claimant says she has a life estate in about 90 or 100 acres of land situated near Hartford, Kentucky, of the value of about $1,000.  And that the same is encumbered by a mortgage debt of about $700, one horse and one mule of the value of $130, two milk cows worth

$35, hogs worth $10, household and kitchen furniture worth $50, one road wagon worth $15.  Claimant says her income from all sources for month or years since April 8th 1905 has been very little and the total value of her land will not exceed $75 per year and that she has no person legally bound for her support.  Claimant says her post office is Hartford, Kentucky.

Mary E. Ellis

Subscribed and sworn so before me, the above day and date, by the affidavit, Mary E. Ellis, and I hereby certify that affidavit well knew the condition of the affidavit before and executed same and that she is creditable and that I am not concerned in this case whatever.

S. K. Cox, Notary Public, Ohio County, Kentucky

As Mary E. Hill, now Ellis, of Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky, widow of John W. Hill, Captain, Company G, 12th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, the rate of $20 per month, commencing April 8, 1905.  Captain John W. Hill enlisted August 20, 1862, killed November 18, 1863.  Claimant’s marriage to soldier, January 17, 1859.  Claimant remarried March 31, 1868.  Second husband died March 29, 1905.

John W. Hill, Captain of Company G, 12th Kentucky Cavalry, was killed in action near Knoxville, Tennessee, November 18, 1863.  Company was there and then in action.

Letter From Son Harlan Just After the Armistice of 1918

Elmer E. Tinsley and wife Fidelia Ward Tinsley were so happy to receive a letter from their son talking about the day prior to, and Armistice Day, when all firing of World War I stopped.  It was the end of the war and everyone was gloriously happy.  The family lived in Ohio County, in western Kentucky.

The Hartford Republic, Ohio County, Kentucky

Friday, January 24, 1919

Harlan Tinsley Now In Germany

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tinsley, of Route 5, recently received a letter from their son, Harlan E., written from Layn, Germany, near Coblenz.  He is much impressed with the country there, which is made up of big hills, valleys and small rivers.  All of the Ohio County boys in his regiment, the 322, Division 32, with the exception of Carl Wilson, or Rockport, who was in the hospital from slight effects of gas, were well and doing fine.  The 322nd crossed the German and Luxemburg line December 1st, having marched through from near Verdun, France, which point they left November 17, crossing the Rhine December 13.  He says, ‘the hardest work I ever did was the night before the armistice was signed, we were running a telephone line up to the front and the shells and bullets were whistling all around us.  I was in an old barn the next morning trying to take a nap when the Sergeant called me and said the firing would cease at 11 o’clock.  I could hardly believe it, but at the end of the last minute all firing ceased.  I had been under shell fire so long I felt like a bird out of a cage and count myself lucky to get out at all.’

1919 Will of Matilda Barnett Tinsley

Matilda E. Barnett was the wife of Captain Woodbury Tinsley, of Ohio County.  The daughter of Joseph C. Barnett and Frances Bennett, Matilda was born December 16, 1842.  She and her husband, who was a captain in the Civil War, raised four children – Elmer, Orlistis, Wilburn and Etta.  Captain Tinsley died May 16, 1907, and his wife survived another eighteen years.

The local newspapers give lovely accounts of Mrs. Matilda Tinsley.  In December of 1911 a short notice reads, ‘A number of Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley’s relatives gave her a very agreeable surprise last Saturday in honor of her 69th anniversary.  By arrangement the relatives all met at her residence on Walnut Street about noon with everything good to eat and many useful presents.  Everybody had a most pleasant time and Mrs. Tinsley was overjoyed.’

In November of 1919 there is a note about her trip south, ‘Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley, accompanied by her son, Mr. E. E. Tinsley, left Tuesday for Decatur, Alabama, where they go to visit Mrs. Tinsley’s daughter, Mrs. S. E. Bennett and Mr. Bennett and family.  Mrs. Tinsley will remain two months or more, while Mr. Tinsley will return the first of next week.’

And in June of 1921, ‘Mrs. Matilda Tinsley had as her guests for dinner last Saturday, at her home on Walnut Street, quite a number of her relatives, including her daughter, Mrs. S. E. Bennett, of Decatur, Alabama, and two sons, W. S. Tinsley, city, and O. R. Tinsley, of the Washington community.’

Don’t you love small town newspapers that give peeks into the everyday lives of our ancestors?

Alexander Cemetery, Ohio County, Kentucky.

Matilda Tinsley made her will at the end of 1919 but lived another six years.  Son Elmer was deceased by this date.  She was buried in Alexander Cemetery, but unfortunately we did not take a photo of her gravestone while visiting the cemetery last October.

Ohio County Will Book E, Page 205

Whereas I, Matilda E. Tinsley, of Hartford County, Kentucky, deeming myself mentally capable and desiring to make complete and final disposition of my property, after death, do make and publish this instrument as my last will and testament.

First – It is my will and desire that my body receive the usual and customary burial, and that a monument, the exact duplicate in so far as possible and practicable, shall be erected at my grave as that marking the resting place of my deceased husband, Woodbury Tinsley, and that all expenses incident to any sickness, my burial and for the monument erected, be first fully settled.

Second – I will, devise and bequeath all of my property, both real and personal as well as mixed, to my four children, viz., Elmer E., Orlistis R. and Wilburn S. Tinsley, and to Etta M. Bennett, share and share alike.  To have and dispose of in any manner as seemeth best in their judgment, after division shall have been made.

Third – It is my desire except as my said four children may otherwise mutually agree, that the four Liberty Loan U. X. Government bonds which I possess in the sum of $50.00 each to be divided one to each beneficiary herein named.

Fourth – Deeming it best perhaps that such of my personal effects as bedding, household and kitchen furniture, and kindred articles be sold, and the proceeds be divided, I make that direction except, however, in case my Executors, whom I shall hereafter name, and who shall qualify unanimously agree otherwise.

Fifth – It is my express desire and I hereby empower and clothe my Executors with full authority to transfer, sell and convey any and all real estate of which I may die seized or possessed, making the title absolute and as lawful as I myself could if living.

Sixth – I hereby nominate and appoint my three sons, Elmer E., Orlistis R. and Wilburn S. Tinsley as Executors of this my will, especially directing that they serve without the execution of bond and that no appraisement of any of my property to be made other than that which the said Executors may wish to make themselves, or have made under their direction out of Court, neither shall there be any sort of report made in or to the Court.  I further direct that in case something should arise to keep either of the above named from serving as executor, that the remaining two shall act, or in case it should be utterly impossible for any two to serve, that the remaining one shall serve and act doing that which the three might have done.

I designate my three sons for the reason that my beloved daughter and her husband reside in another state and quite a long distance from my place of residence, and for that reason do not wish to entail the hardship and expense upon either of them of coming here to attend to any of the small business necessary to be transacted.

In case either of the beneficiaries hereinfore named should die before my estate is administered upon, I direct that settlement with legal or statutory representative be made in lieu thereof.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand, this 21st day of November, A.D. 1919.

Matilda E. Tinsley

The foregoing instrument of writing was signed by the Testator therein, Mrs. Matilda E. Tinsley, in our presence and by her request was signed by us in her presence and in the presence of each other.

Witness our hands, this the 21st day of November 1919.

McDowell A. Bogle, Ramey E. Duke

The foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Matilda E. Tinsley, deceased, was this day produced in open court and upon the sworn testimony of Ramey E. Duke, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the other witness being absent, the handwriting of the said Matilda E. Tinsley was proven to be genuine by Wilburn S. Tinsley, and upon such testimony it was proven to be the last will and testament of the said decedent, and was probated and ordered to record as such, which is now done accordingly.

Given under my hand this April 6, 1925

Guy Ramey, Clerk