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Cholera Rages In Flemingsburg and the County

The following article is taken from a Fleming County newspaper (I do not have the name), giving accounts of the cholera epidemics from 1852 to 1855.  So much of this type of information would be lost if it weren’t for reports of this kind, written by people who were there, or their children who were told these stories by their parents.

July 29, 1930

The Cholera Scourge of 1852-1855

The following account of the scourge of Asiatic cholera that visited Flemingsburg and Fleming County in 1855 was given me by Horace C. Ashton, October 28, 1925.  He had a sound and capable memory.

The first case was on County Court day of June.  The victim was Mrs. Patrick Maley.  It was never discovered how she caught the disease.  As soon as it was known that there was a case of cholera in the town the people quickly dispersed.

Marcus Wallace died of the disease, the family deserted the house and L. W. Andrews, Isaac Demint and a son of Ben Young gave him burial.  Young died the next day.  Mr. Wallace’s wife died, as did her brother-in-law.  Ben Wallace and his wife lived where Hord Armstrong now lives, although the house was not completed at that time.  Thomas Wells later finished it.

The following were some of the deaths: Dr. Charles Hart, Dr. R. M. Grimes, Dr. E. O. Bell, uncle of Ed Kenner; William McDonald, father of the late Arthur McDonald; Dillon Bridges, Benjamin Harbeson, Burdman, a carriage painter.  Samuel Stockwell, who had retired to Bell Grove Springs, dispatched a note to Dr. E. O. Bell, inquiring if it would be safe for him to return to his home in Flemingsburg.  The doctor replied that the disease had abated, and all danger had passed.  Sad to relate, the doctor took the disease and died, the last victim of the scourge.  The large majority of the deaths was among Negroes and foreigners.  Several Irish families lived in dwellings where Dudley Garage now is, and where the clerk’s office now stand, were taken by the disease.  Six slaves of Benjamin Harbeson were buried in one day.  Seven slaves of Maj. Wm. H. Darnall died.  L. W. Andrews, Isaac Demott, David McGavitt, Ike and Dave Vansant buried the dead.  Peter Burke dug the graves and conveyed the bodies to the grave yard in a one-horse wagon covered to imitate a hearse.  Altogether there were 117 deaths in the county and of these 47 were in town.  A large majority of the population of the town fled to escape the fatal disease.  Grass and weeds grew in the streets until they looked like the fields.

C. L. Dudley informs me that there were some cases of cholera in Flemingsburg in 1852. He says:

‘In 1852 my father, Joseph Dudley, lived at the intersection of Mt. Sterling Avenue and Water Street, where Wallace Peck now lives.  John Pratt, a blacksmith, lived next door where George Faulkner now lives.  Mr. Pratt had three sons, James, William and Edward.  I played with William in the afternoon and the next day he took cholera and died the same day.  His younger brother, Edward, died with the same disease.  Mrs. Pratt, their mother, fell a victim to the same malady.  A Negro man who worked for Mr. Pratt, at his trade, died also.  I was eight years of age.  William Pratt was some older than I.  There were doubtless other deaths in town, but I cannot recall who they were.’

Mrs. Harriett Dudley Ashton remembers that Mrs. Pratt left an infant, about one year old, that was taken into the Dudley home and cared for till Mrs. Perrine, who lived near Elizaville, a near relative of Mrs. Pratt, took the child and reared her to womanhood.  Mrs. Perrine was the mother of two deaf and dumb daughters.  Mrs. Ashton also remembers that the Sunday before William Pratt died that he with others was in the old grave yard, now our cemetery, William climbed up into a large buckeye tree, gathered a number of buckeyes and threw down at the root of the tree and said, ‘When I die I want to be buried there,’ and it was done as he requested.  Mrs. Ashton says that when the cholera was raging here in 1855, Thomas Botts and Jackson Darnall each would kill a mutton on alternate days and bring it to her father’s home where it was cooked, and thence was distributed to the homes of the suffering people.

At the siege of the cholera in 1855 the late Arthur McDonald, father of Hargis McDonald, was stricken.  He was about 18 years old and clerking for Bishop & Morris, where the Oddfellow’s building now stands.  He was given up for dead, and a man came to the home to take his measure for his coffin.  The doctor, appearing on the scene at this juncture decided that he was not dead, and administered to him an enormous dose of calomel, which saved his life.  It was through violent vomiting and purging that cholera operated, and usually only a few hours were endured by the patient.

The most effective remedy for cholera was sulphate of copper, arsenic and camphor in very minute doses.

During the cholera of 1855, Captain L. M. Cox and his brother, Judge Cox, took their families to Mayslick, but they remained in Flemingsburg, occasionally visiting the families.  John Cox, now living in Flemingsburg, son of Judge Cox, was only three years old at that time, but gives many details of their stay in Mayslick.  This is remarkable.

Dr. R. M. Skinner says that J. W. Ball and an aunt, Miss McAtee, were attacked by cholera in 1852, at Esculapia Springs in Lewis County, and recovered.  These cases were rare.

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Friday, August 17, 1855

Merchants of Madison County

This newspaper clipping has been in my possession for so long I cannot remember from which newspaper it was taken.  It must have been a Richmond newspaper, but not sure about year – 1930?

Interesting story about the merchants of Richmond and the part they played in the early days of the city and county.  Many are buried in Richmond Cemetery.

Merchants of Madison County were its princes

By Fred Allen Engle

(Editors note:  This is a continuation of Mrs. James W. Caperton’s paper on early homes in Madison County which was written in 1930.)

Major Burnam, in his reminiscences – 1903, says that ‘the Merchants of Tyre were her princes’ and that the same might be said of the Merchants of Richmond, preceding and following the Civil War.

Four sons of Mr. William Walker built up large fortunes as Merchants of Richmond.  Mr. Owen Walker and Mr. Jason Walker married sisters – daughters of James Stone.  Mr. Owen Walker, in 1858, moved his family to the brick residence on Main Street in Richmond.  It was torn down to make way for the Methodist Church.  His daughters, Miss Kate Walker and Miss Coralie Walker were very beautiful and were among the first in Richmond to travel abroad.

The wedding of Miss Coralie Walker to Mr. Leonard Hanna of Cleveland was celebrated in this home in 1888 and was a brilliant social event.  The caterer and orchestra were from Cincinnati.  Marcus A. Hanna, brother of the groom, was here for the wedding – a guest in the home of M. and Mrs. W. W. Watts.

Marcus A. Hanna, in 1896, became the United States Senator from Ohio and was the main spring of the McKinley administration.  His vast fortune made him a useful influence to his country.

Mrs. Coralie Walker Hanna contributed $25,000 toward the endowment of the Pattie A. Clay Infirmary as a memorial to the Walker Family, having been requested by her relative Mrs. James Bennett to aid in any way she would, and she and her son have made superb gifts to the city of Cleveland.

The Jason Walker house at the end of Broadway in Richmond is one of the largest houses in Madison County.  It is built of brick and in its day was the centre of much elegant entertaining.  There were many charming daughters in this family.  Mrs. Mullins, Mrs. Pinkerton, Miss Coty Walker (Mrs. Grusby of Florida), Mrs. White, whom it is a pleasure to recall.

Mr. James B. Walker married Miss Helm of Woodford County, and they owned the house on North Street built by col. and Mrs. J. Speed Smith.  Mrs. Walker’s dinners were a tradition in Richmond.  They had two daughters.  One married Mr. Robert Stone and the other, General Benet, U.S.A.  Their grandson, Stephen Vincent Benet, wrote the prize Civil War epic ‘John Brown’s Body’.

Another Richmond merchant was Mr. John W. Crooke, whose home on West Main is still occupied (in 1930) by this three daughters and son Mr. John W. Crooke, Jr., a banker.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hawkins – Mrs. Hawkins is a sister of Mr. Owen Walker and his brothers and of Mrs. Sinclair Watts – lived at ‘Linwood’ on the Lexington Pike.  The house was of colonial architecture of brick and a beautiful place.  The debut hall of Miss Ida Jennings, a granddaughter, was given at ‘Linwood’ in June 1878, dancing in a pavilion on the lawn – afterward, Mrs. J. E. Greenleaf.  The present house was built in 1881 by Mr. and Mrs. Brutus J. Clay.

Mr. Howard, who married Miss Goodloe, was another merchant of Richmond who built what is now called the Bronston Place, formerly on Third Street.  It is a handsome brick structure with iron verandah.  This home was the scene of much entertaining in the 1880’s when the five daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Branston were en tapis.

Mr. Holloway, another merchant, built the grand house on East Main, opposite the Cemetery.  It was, for many years, a beautiful place and centre of entertaining.  It was called ‘Abberville’ for Mrs. Bronston’s home in South Carolina.

Mr. Thompson Burnam, Sr., made his fortune as a merchant and then built ‘Elk Garden’.

Solomon Smith, another Richmond merchant built the house now occupied by his granddaughter, Mrs. George Cornelius, on the Hill and which stood near Madison Female Institute.  It has a semi-circular wall in the hall to accommodate the stairway which has a round rail and delicate spirals – a duplicate of this wall and stairway is at ‘Dreaming Creek Heights’, put there in 1861.  The Smith homestead is older.  The home of Hon. W. B. Smith was located on the Summit, and here he and Mrs. Smith celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1904, surrounded by their beautiful daughters – Mrs. John M. Park of Nevada, Mrs. W. G. White and Mrs. Robert R. Burnam.

Major McClanahan, a merchant who married the widow of Captain Ezekiel Field who was killed at the Battle of Blue Lick, built the brick residence on the Hill, afterward converted in 1858 into the Madison Female Institute.  A Tudor tower was added with a tessellated finish to the roof which made an imposing building.

This great building was used as a hospital after the Battle of Richmond in the Civil War, 1863.

Madison Institute received the patronage of many of the first families of the Blue Grass, Kentucky and other states – Illinois, Texas, Missouri – who sent their daughters to this school, not only for schooling, but for the even as important education which was to be received from association with the elegant social atmosphere of Richmond and Madison County.  This school was under auspices of the Christian Church and was discontinued some years ago after a successful period of some 50 years or more.

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.’

Monument to Col. John Hardin

Monument to Col. John Hardin, erected by his son Mark Hardin.  Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.

Col. John Hardin was everything mentioned in the following article – pioneer, soldier, patriot and Christian.  He owned land in what was originally Nelson County, Kentucky, but in 1792 became Washington County.  His will and further information was in a former blog.

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, November 20, 1856

Monument to Col. John Hardin

Mr. Edgar Needham, marble cutter of this city, has executed for Mark Hardin, Esq., a marble monument 20 feet high and of very fine finish, which is to be erected in the new cemetery at Shelbyville, in this state, to perpetuate the memory of that notable and patriotic pioneer Col. John Hardin, of Shelby.

Col. John Hardin, born October 1, 1755, killed Mary 1792, whilst bearing his country’s flag of peace to the Indians N.W. of the Ohio.

Col. Hardin was one of the most distinguished of that noble band of pioneers who drove back the aborigines from the forests of Kentucky, and founded the glorious institutions of this Commonwealth.  He richly deserves to have his memory perpetuated in marble.


The monument of Col. Hardin is a Doric Pedestal with its capitol surmounted with a blocking course, on which is raised in Alto Relievo, four original and characteristic emblems representing the Pioneer, the Soldier, the Patriot and the Christian.  Upon the blocking course is a column with a capitol of palm leaves, upon which is perched the glorious American eagle.  On the front of the monument is the following inscription:  ‘Col. John Hardin, born 1755; killed May 1792, whilst bearing his country’s flag of peace to the Indians N.W. of the Ohio.’


This is unquestionably one of the finest private monuments ever built in Kentucky, and the representation of the ‘old Kentucky Rifle’ with its old-fashioned flint lock has been universally admired by all who have seen the work.  We understand that the blocks containing the emblems can be seen today and tomorrow at the establishment of Mr. Needham, on Jefferson Street, previous to their being boxed up for shipment.


We are happy to add that in this instance the designing and the execution of the work has been confided to our own citizens.


If this policy were more generally adopted by our men of means, we should hear far less about the low state of the mechanic arts in Kentucky.  What our mechanics and artisans need is a fair chance for the work which legitimately belongs here.  This they ought to have and this they must have, if Louisville is to make any progress in manufacturing and mechanical industry.

Jane, wife of Col. John Hardin, died May 31, 1823, the mother of Sarah McHenry, Martin D. Hardin, Mark Hardin, Davies Hardin, Mary Estill, Lydia Ann and Rosanna Field.


Before The War

This was a newspaper column published in The Springfield Sun in 1926.

Before The War was a newspaper column devoted to gleanings from the lives of citizens of Springfield and Washington County before the War Between the States.

Editor’s Note:  This column will appear as a weekly Sun feature.  Our readers are invited to send copies of old letters, newspaper clippings, or data of historical nature for publication.  The only requirement is that all material sent must apply to events in the lives of citizens of Springfield or Washington County previous to the War Between the States, which began in 1861.

Pottsville Ahoy!

The following advertisement appeared in the Lebanon (KY) Post.  Issue of March 22, 1854:  Notice – The undersigned will at the May term of the Washington County Court move said Court to establish a town on the land where Pottsville is now situated, in Washington County, as shown by a survey and plat now filed in the County Clerk’s office of Washington County, and shall ask the appointment of Trustees, etc.  The boundary of the town will be seen by reference to plat.  This 20th day of February 1854 – William Burns, Johnson Stumph, Samuel Burns, William Spraggins, William Thurman, Henry Pope, Spence & Hord, J. W. Pope, James Burns, R. Jones, George Campbell, M. Martin, William Worshaw.

Time Have Speeded [sic] Up

In 1854 it took two days to get a letter from Springfield to Louisville, and three days from Lebanon to Louisville.  Starting a letter from Lebanon on Monday 12 12 o’clock, it would reach Springfield at 2, where it remained until the next day until 3, at which hour it would move on to Bardstown, and arrive there at 6.  At 10 p.m. it would leave there and arrive in Louisville at 6 o’clock on Wednesday morning.  This schedule, of course, depended upon good time and no delays.

Fire At James Clements

The farm house of James Clements, situated two miles from Springfield, was burned to the ground Sunday morning, April 9, 1854.  The family were absent at church, and when they returned in the evening, they found their dwelling house a heap of smoldering ruin.  It was believed that a hired servant, who had been left in charge, set it on fire.  This was, truly, an unfortunate circumstance as Mr. Clements, a few months before, had let to the altar a fair bride.

Small Child Burned

A small child of Mr. C. Cunningham, of Springfield, got badly scalded on Monday, April 17, 1854, by the overturning of a kettle of boiling water in its lap.  Instant medical care was given the little tot and it was soon out of danger.

Cholera In Springfield

This dread disease raged in Springfield in 1854, and there were ten or more deaths reported by the middle of June.  Citizens were frantic, and many deserted the place.  Warnings to be careful of their diet were issued to the town’s residents.  Cherries and other unhealthy fruit, as well as unripe vegetables, were to be shunned as one would poison.


At his residence in Washington County on Tuesday, the 15th of August 1854, Mr. J. T. Hamilton, after a long and painful illness.  He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Heavy Rain

There was a very heavy rain in the neighborhood of Springfield on Tuesday evening, September 19, 1854.  Old timers could not remember when the community had before been visited by such a veritable cloud burst.  The creeks and branches ran in torrents, even sweeping away fences in places.

Prominent Lawyer Dies

George C. Thurman, Esq., departed this life at 9 o’clock Saturday, September 30, 1854, at his home in Springfield.  He was an excellent lawyer, and a clever, warm-hearted gentleman.  He was attacked by an immense carbuncle between his shoulders, but a week or so before he died, which defied all the acknowledged medical skill which was called to his beside.

Taken from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky, Cook.

1894 Weddings, Parties and Luncheons

I always enjoy reading the announcements in old newspapers of weddings, dinner parties and other affairs.  It is a moment, frozen in time, for us to enjoy. 

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 4, 1894

Society News

The brilliant nuptials of Mr. B. F. Watkins, of New York, and Miss Shirley Chenault, of this city, took place last evening at 9 o’clock at the College Street Presbyterian Church.  Long before the hour a large crowd of friends had assembled, and when the doors were opened they soon filled every available space in the pretty church.  The decorations were most tasteful.  Potted plants of waxy magnolias and palms formed the background for the banks of annunciation lilies.  The bride was loveliness itself, and her brunette beauty was never more pronounced than it was when she appeared last evening in her bridal gown of ivory satin, which was cut low in the neck, around which was a bertha point of lace.  A bridal veil was held on her brow with a tiara of diamonds.  The bridal bouquet was of orange blossoms and white roses, covered with white tulle, and entwined with a bowknot made from a white lace handkerchief, according to the latest Parisian idea.  The maid of honor, Miss Milbrey Watterson, wore a pink silk gown, and made a contrast to the other attendants, who entered in twos and were uniformly gowned in white moire, around the full sleeves, rounded corsage and revers of which was a trimming of otter.  They carried shower bouquets of Catherine Mermet roses.

The groom and his best man, Mr. Robert Harrison, of New York, met the bridal procession at the altar, and formed the central figures of the semi-circle composed of the bridesmaids and the ushers.  These were Misses Laura Brand, Abbie Goodloe, Maud Yandell, Florence Beckley, May Brockenbrough, Annie Chenault, of Richmond; Mary Chenault, of Lexington; and Messrs. John Snedecor, Preston Carson, of New York; Roger Ballard Thurston, Raphael Semmes Colston, Burton Vance, Ben Leight, Edwin Whitney and Spencer Graves, of St. Louis.  The flower girls were Nellie Chenault, Hattie Montgomery, Ethel Chenault and Maud Montgomery, all beautifully dressed.

As the wedding part moved down the aisle, Mrs. Maggie Ward Bell, the organist, played the march from “Lohengrin” and “Traumerei” during the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, of the Warren Memorial Church, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Herbener, the pastor of the College Street Presbyterian Church.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the opening march from Wagner’s “Tannhauser” was played for the retrocessional.

After the ceremony a reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jason W. Chenault, of 908 Second Street, at which only the bridal party, the relatives and a few intimate friends were present.  The decorations at home were not elaborate, but were of the same kind as those at the church, in the parlors the mantels and mirrors being banked in palms and annunciation lilies.  The bridal supper was served from small tables about a large center one, where the wedding party was seated.  It was covered with a white silk cloth, and had in its center a mound of lilies surrounded by ferns.

At midnight Mr. and Mrs. Watkins left for their future home in New York City, where they have taken a residence on West Seventy-Third Street.

Among the guests from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Nash and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Aldrich, of New York, who came here especially to attend the wedding.


The wedding of Dr. W. Ewell and Miss Ella Belle Perry, of Taylorsville, took place Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. L. G. Perry.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. W. W. Gardner, of Taylorsville.  The groom was formerly a resident of Louisville, where he has a large number of friends.  Miss Annie Moore, of Shelbyville, and Mr. Clarence Money, of Finchville, accompanied the bridal pair to this city.  Dr. and Mrs. Ewell are on their way to New York, where the groom expects to take a post-graduate course in surgery at the Polyclinic Hospital.


Mrs. Paul Cain, of St. James Court, was the hostess of the L.D.W. Euchre Club last evening.  The following were among those present:  Will Lyons, Kenneth McDonald, A. Leight Monroe, Donald McDonald, J. C. Burnett, John Hughes, Harry McDonald, George Avery, Henry S. Tyler, Miss Atmore.


Miss Selena Barrett, of 1212 West Broadway, gave a luncheon of twelve covers in honor of Mrs. Frederick Butler, of Detroit, yesterday morning.  The decorations in white filled in with the popular stevia flowers.


Miss Mary Swearingen leaves next week to attend the wedding of Mr. Lawrence A. Young and Miss Mabel Wheeler.  While she is in Chicago she will be the guest of Miss Katherine Baker.


A large party will leave next Wednesday for Chicago with Mr. Bennett H. Young in a private car to be present at the Young-Wheeler wedding, which takes place in that city at noon on Thursday.  In the party will be Mrs. Allison, Mrs. J. G. Cecil, Miss Mary Swearingen, Mrs. Burwell K. Marshall, Dr. Stuart Young and a number of others.


Yesterday a marriage license was issued to P. Bronger and Annie B. Lampton.


Miss Virginia Matthews gave a dance last night at her home to a number of her school friends.


Mrs. George F. Downs, who has been quite ill of la grippe, is now considerably improved and expects to be out in a few days.


Miss Julia Penn, of New Albany, who has been spending a few days with Mrs. J. Moss Terry, returned home yesterday.  Miss Penn will be one of a large theater party to hear Patti at the auditorium tomorrow evening.

Reunion of Friends Born About 1833 in Madison County

Found this delightful story in a 1900 newspaper from Madison County.  I must say, the Smith’s knew how to treat their guests!

from The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, December 12, 1900

1833 – A Happy Reunion – 1900

Last Friday Mr. James W. Smith gave a big dinner in honor of his uncle, Mr. William Smith, of Fayette, Howard County, Missouri.  These old friends of the latter and companions of his boyhood days were at the table:  Messrs. Peter and Samuel Phelps, Calvin and Overton Burgin, Samuel Shearer, William Bennett, W. K. Denny, A. T. Chenault and Major Curtis F. Burnam.  Of the repast, it is superfluous to speak.  Mrs. Smith, the lovely hostess, had prepared for the enjoyment of the guests every delicacy to tempt their appetites, and though the guest of honor is a loyal citizen of the Sucker State there was no Missouri compromise, everything being strictly Kentuckian, even down to Old Kentucky hams, that has no rival among the beasts of the field or the birds of the air.  The biggest and most dignified gobbler on Stoney Run had been slain in honor of this feast, added to which was sauce from the gregarious cranberry, as red as claret which tinted with delicate richness the complexion of the succulent celery.  The sportive oyster was there in soup and shell, leaping from aged tongues into still youthful stomachs to die there in ecstatic bliss.  All things else from a well-filled larder, sundry toothsome dishes and divers condiments, made a feast that was fit for the gods.  All the guests had passed the three-score mile post, and some had gone beyond the fourth, but they knew it not that day; for time had turned backward for once on his way, and made them all boys again, just for that day.  The whole house was given over to their enjoyment, and it rang with the unrestrained laughter of the delighted assembly as joke after joke, yarn after yarn had been spun amid loud ha-has and hurrahs!  It was a glorious reunion and will dwell long and pleasantly in the memories of all.

A brief mention of the guest in whose honor the occasion was given may be interesting, being a native of this county, which he left in 1854, and has not visited since 1885.

William Smith was born in 1833 on what is now called the Billy McChord place.  He is the third child of James and Nancy Howard Smith, deceased, the latter a sister of Benjamin Howard, all old Kentucky pioneer stock.  James Smith was a brother of John Smith, of this county, father of Mrs. Dawson Oldham and Mrs. David A. Chenault, all deceased.  Mr. Smith’s grandfather, James Smith, came in 1790 from Ireland and settled, and with his wife lies buried on the old David Chenault place on the ridge between the latter’s house and John Smith’s.

Mr. Smith has lost a brother, the late Presley Smith, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Jerman.  Himself and four younger brothers, Jason W., Thomas, Solon and Benjamin, all reside near each other in Missouri.  An only sister, the youngest child, Mrs. William K. Denny, lives in this city.

Mr. Smith tells an interesting story of his removal to Missouri.  It was in the year of the Great Drouth, 1854, and he rode horse-back to St. Louis, fording every stream except the Mississippi.  He went via Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, Terre Haute, Indiana, and St. Louis, occupying 15 days on the journey.  In Missouri, he was married to Miss Maria Louisa Robinson, whose mother was a Miss Sebree, Woodford County, Kentucky, her father being a South Carolinian.  They have one son and five daughters, one of whom is Mrs. McFerran-Crowe, of Versailles, who attended school in Richmond.  A bright saying of Dr. and Mrs. Crowe’s little Elizabeth was recalled by Mr. Smith: ‘Grandpa, where was God (during the Galveston storm?)’  ‘God was in heaven, my child,’ he replied.  ‘He was?’ she asked in surprise, ‘Well, He ought to have been in Galveston!’

A year ago, a brother, Mr. Solon Smith, visited Richmond and impressed himself most delightfully on all his old friends, and the writer recalling the sterling character of his Democracy, ventured to ask his brother if he, too, were a Democrat.  Whereupon Mr. Smith answered by narrating this story: ‘My wife’s uncle, a Mr. Sebree, went away out West and met a man of the same name, and naturally they wished to trace up their kinship, if possible.  The stranger was not much on ancestral history asked these three test questions.  ‘First, are you a Democrat?’  “Yes.” He replied.  ‘Second, are you a Baptist?’  ‘I am,’ was the response.  ‘Lastly, are you poor?’  ‘I certainly am,’ was the reply.  ‘Well,’ said the wild Westerner, ‘we are kinfolks, so come in and stay all winter!’

‘Excepting that I am a Campbellite, and not a Baptist,’ said Mr. Smith, I am of the same household as my brothers, political and otherwise.

After a few days sojourn among his old friends hereabouts, Mr. Smith will return to Howard County and, we trust, will soon return or send another member of the family that is so well remembered here in the place of their nativity, ‘The Old Kentucky Home.’