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Missourian with Kentucky Ties – Marriage and Death

The Washington Herald, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 24, 1908

James W. Zevely Weds

Former Washingtonian Takes Miss Janie Clay as Bride

Mexico, Missouri, June 23 – Miss Janie Clay, the only daughter of Col. and Mrs. Green Clay, of Mexico, and James William Zevely, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here tonight.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Leslie M. Potter, of Kirkwood, Missouri, and was witnessed by about 200 guests, many of whom were from other states.

Miss Clay is a tall, slender blonde of pronounced beautify, a graduate of an Eastern college, and an expert horsewoman.

She is a member of an old Southern family, and her father, Col. Green Clay, has served in the Missouri senate on two different occasions.

Mr. Zevely was special agent of Indian Affairs for the Interior Department under ex-Gov. Francis, and was reappointed.  He also served as Missouri State Librarian.  He is now a practicing attorney of Muskogee.

Among the guests were Samuel G. Blythe, of Washington, and Louis Seibold, of The New York World.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, December 22, 1912

A great number of newspapers in Oklahoma and the adjoining states have been boosting Col. J. W. Zevely, of this city, for the position of Secretary of the Interior.  Col. Zevely is a Missourian, but is by marriage a Kentuckian, having married, some four years ago, Miss Clay, daughter of Green Clay, from Paris, Kentucky, and Mexico, and a niece of Ezekiel Clay, one of the best-known men in the Bluegrass.

Mrs. Zevely and the Colonel spend much of their time in Kentucky, and Mrs. Zevely never lets a summer go by without making a visit to her Kentucky relatives.  As Miss Janie Clay she was as well known as any of the Kentucky girls, and was always counted as one of the ‘fair daughters of Bourbon County.’

Besides having married a Kentucky, Col. Zevely has been for years the law partner of James M. Givens, born and reared in western Kentucky, and is perhaps closer to him, personally and politically, than any man living.

William Clay Zevely, January 29, 1911 – May 7, 1922.  ‘A perfect soul asleep.’  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 8, 1922

Col. J. W. Zevely’s Son Dead

Funeral Tomorrow at Paris, Ky., Grandson of Senator Clay

William Clay Zevely, son of Col. J. W. Zevely, 2029 Connecticut Avenue, died yesterday at the Children’s Hospital, where he had undergone an operation for mastoiditis.  Col. And Mrs. Zevely will leave with the body at 4:35 this afternoon for Paris, Kentucky, where the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon.  Interment will be at Runnymede, the old homestead near Paris of Mrs. Zevely’s father, the late Senator Green Clay, of Mexico, Missouri.

The Zevely’s are both natives of Missouri, but they have homes at Muskogee, Oklahoma, and in Washington.

James William Zevely, October 8, 1861 – June 10, 1927.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Sunday, June 12, 1927

Buried In Paris

Attorney to Harry F. Sinclair Dies at Home in East Hampton, L. I.

New York, June 11 – Funeral services for Col. James W. Zevely, 66 years old, will be held at Paris, Kentucky, it was learned today.  Colonel Zevely, personal attorney to Harry F. Sinclair, died at his home in East Hampton, Long Island, last night.  Burial will be beside the body of his son, Billy, 10, who died three years ago.  Mrs. Zevely, a daughter, Miss Jane Clay Zevely, and Earl W. Sinclair were at his bedside when Colonel Zevely died.  Mr. Sinclair arrived after his death.

The body is to be placed aboard Mr. Sinclair’s private car, Sinco, and is to leave for New York City tonight.  The car is to leave Now York tomorrow morning for Kentucky.  Mrs. Zevely and her daughter, Harry F. Sinclair and his brother are to accompany the body to Paris.

Born in Linn, Missouri, he received his education in the public schools, the Christian Brothers’ College in St. Louis and the University of Virginia.  Following his graduation from the Virginia University he was appointed Missouri State Librarian.  He began his activity in politics in 1888, when he was elected secretary of the Missouri Democratic Committee.

Colonel Zevely was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Muskogee, Oklahoma, from 1902 until 1917.  From Oklahoma he went to Washington, later coming to New York.

The Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 18, 1928

Left Good Estate

Associated Press

New York, April 17 – Col. James W. Zevely, attorney from 1917 for the Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation and attorney for Harry F. Sinclair, who thought so much of the Colonel that he named the pride of his stables Zev, left

His entire estate when he died last June 10, to his wife and daughter.

Janie C. Zevely and Jane C. Zevely, who live at No. 1107 Fifth Avenue, share equally in the Zevely holdings, which may exceed $500,000, it was estimated yesterday.  Daniel F. Cohalan of No. 43 Cedar Street, attorney for Mrs. Zevely, was named executor in the will, drawn November 12, 1924, and filed for probate yesterday.

Col. Zevely entered the Teapot Dome spotlight when his ‘loan’ of $25,000 to Albert B. Fall, then Secretary of the Interior became public.  He died in his home at East Hampton, Long Island, and his body was transported in a special train under the guidance of his friend Sinclair to Paris, Kentucky, where burial took place beside the grave of a son, James W. Zevely.

Janie Clay Zevely, February 22, 1886 – October 16, 1976.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

From The Bourbon News – Dr. Wash and Lucinda Fithian Obituaries

Dr. Wash Fithian, 1825-1904.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Friday, June 17, 1904

Dr. Wash Fithian, the oldest and most beloved physician of Paris, died at his home on Pleasant Street, Wednesday afternoon, at 5:25, after three weeks of illness.  His death is mourned by the entire community, for he was loved, honored and respected by all.  It can truly be said that his death ended a useful life and the world has been made better that he lived in it, for he leaves a character for us to emulate.

There are sad hearts in many homes in Paris and Bourbon County, where this faithful and loving physician has. For over a half century, administered in the tenderest way to relieve pain.  Surely the horrors of death should vanish when such a man as Dr. Wash Fithian is called to his eternal home.  It is not death but a peaceful, restful sleep.

Dr. Washington Fithian was born in Salem County, New Jersey, January 8th, 1825, which made him 79 years old last January.  His parents were Dr. Joel and Sarah Dick (Sinickson) Fithian.  His father was a native of New Jersey, and moved to Oxford, Ohio, in 1831, and followed his profession through life.  Dr. Wash Fithian graduated at Miami University, at Oxford, in 1845.  In that year, he began the study of medicine and prepare for his profession under his father.  He attended lectures regularly and graduated in the Ohio College of Medicine, at Cincinnati, in 1848.  In the same year, he located at North Middletown, Bourbon County, Kentucky, and entered upon the practice of his profession, remaining there for fifteen years.  In 1864 he moved to Paris, where he has since resided, after a short stay in preceding year at Shelbyville.  He gave his time and energies to his profession, to which he was greatly attached, and in which he always occupied an enviable position.  He had contributed with his pen to medical literature, and his practice and life was an advocate of the most elevated standard for the noble profession.  He was a veteran of two wars – Mexican and the late Civil War – a surgeon for a time in both.

For many years he and his brother, the late Dr. Joseph Fithian, were partners, and the love of these two brothers for each other was beautiful to behold.  It has often been remarked that Dr. Wash had never been the same man since the death of Dr. Joe several years ago.  It can also be truly said that there never lived in this community two men more beloved and highly respected than these two brothers – Dr. Wash and Dr. Joe Fithian.

His home life was all that characterizes a noble, Christian gentleman – an affectionate and devoted husband and a loving, indulgent father and grandfather.

His long life has been distinguished for his great integrity of character, and his exceptional personal, social and professional habits.

He was married September 18, 1850, to Miss Lucinda Hutchcraft, who survives him with two children – Charles Fithian and Mrs. F. M. Faries.

He was a Mason and Odd Fellow for over fifty years and an officer for many years in the Methodist church.

His funeral will be held at the Methodist church, this (Friday) morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. L. Clark, assisted by Rev. Dr. E. H. Rutherford.  The services will be concluded at the grave by the Masons and Odd Fellows.

The pall bearers are:  Dr. F. J. R. Tilton, Dr. B. E. Bean, Dr. Silas Evans, H. A. Power, James McClure, A. Shire, John N. Davis, H. O. James.

Mrs. Wash Fithian, 1829-1909.

The Bourbon News, Paris, Kentucky

Tuesday, August 24, 1909

Mrs. Lou Hutchcraft Fithian, wife of the late Dr. Wash Fithian, entered into eternal sleep Friday morning at 11:30 o’clock, at her home on Pleasant Street, where she has resided for nearly half a century.

She had been confined to her bed for several weeks, when a week ago she was stricken with paralysis.  She was born in Bourbon County on June 7, 1829, being in the eighty-first year of her age.  In September 1850, she married Dr. Wash Fithian, of North Middletown, and several years afterwards located in Paris.

She was the eldest daughter of Reuben Hutchcraft, and is survived by one son, Dr. Charles N. Fithian; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Fairies; one sister, Mrs. Richard Harris, and her brothers, Messrs. R. B. Hutchcraft and William H. Hutchcraft, all of Paris, except the last named, who resides in Missouri.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Fithian was a remarkable woman in many respects, noted for her vitality and industry to the very last, although she had been an invalid for a number of years.  She had a bright mind, probably could give more correct dates of notable events that had occurred in Bourbon during her long and useful life than any other person in the county.

She was in fact a mother in Israel, always ready and anxious to do some loving act of kindness for a neighbor, friend or acquaintance.  She idolized her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A loving, trusting and devoted mother, a kind neighbor, a true friend.  A noble Christian woman has passed from our midst in the death of Mrs. Wash Fithian.  She is not dead, but has only entered into that calm, peaceful and restful sleep that is the reward for all such women as the deceased.

Her funeral Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church, at three o’clock, was one of the largest ever witnessed in our city, and the many beautiful floral designs were but a slight tribute of love and affection that is held by the people of this community for the deceased.

The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. M. T. Chandler, assisted by Rev. R. S. Litsinger, of the Episcopal church.  Mrs. Fithian had from early life been a consistent member of the Methodist church.  She was laid to rest in the Paris Cemetery by the side of her honored and much loved husband, Dr. Wash Fithian, who had preceded her to the grave.  The pall bearers were:  Mr. W. H. McMillan, Mr. J. W. Davis, Mr. John N. Davis, Mr. James McClure, Mr. H. A. Power, Mr. H. O. James, Mr. F. P. Lowry, Dr. F. L. Lapsley.

Jennie Rion – Death Comes at Age of 20

This beautiful and heartbreaking stone is located in the Paris Cemetery in Bourbon County.  Death at a young age is always sad, but the beautiful verse on the stone gives us an idea of the total grief of the young husband.  Newton B. Rion, Jr., never remarried.  He lived with his father until he passed away, then lived as a boarder.  This must have been a true love!


Jennie, wife of N. B. Rion, Jr., born May 3, 1846, died October 4, 1866.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

My dearest, darling Jennie, thou canst not came to me.  But nearer draws the numbered hour, when I shall go to thee.  And thou perchance, with seraph smiles, and golden harp in hand, mayest come the first to welcome me, to our Emanuel’s land.

Captain E. F. Spears and Sarah Woodford Spears Obituaries


E. F. Spears, 1840-1907, Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky

from The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

Friday, August 30, 1907

Captain E. F. Spears Dead

Captain E. F. Spears, one of Paris’ most prominent and highly esteemed citizens, died at his home on High Street, Thursday morning at 6 o’clock of heart trouble.

In the passing away of Captain Spears a devoted husband, a loving father, an honored business man, a brave soldier, a true and loyal friend has been removed from our midst.

Captain Spears was born in Paris in 1840, and was the third son of Abram Spears and Rebecca Ford.  At the age of thirteen he began to do for himself, being early in life trained to provide for his own necessities, and after meeting all the obligations of life like a true man, he dies a wealthy man, leaving one of the largest and most prosperous enterprises in our community, being at the head of the well-known firm of E. F. Spears and Sons.

At the outbreak of war he espoused the cause of the South, and volunteered his services in the Second Kentucky Infantry as private, he was, however, soon after elected First Lieutenant in Company G, known in history as the ‘Orphan Brigade,’ and for effective service rendered, he was promoted to a Captaincy, and bravely led his company until the close of the war.  During this time he participated in all the heavy battles in which his command was engaged, except Shiloh.  He was three times wounded and once taken prisoner, yet through it all, he acquitted himself as a true and gallant soldier.

There are only three surviving members now left of the famous ‘Orphan Brigade’ – J. F. McDonald, of Kansas City, now visiting friends here, John Carrington, of Nicholasville, and John Mahone, who has been an inmate of the county infirmary for twenty hears, refusing a number of times to allow Captain Spears to provide a home for him.

Upon his return to Paris at the termination of the war, Captain Spears engaged in the grocery business for two years with his brother, the late Henry Spears.  In 1867 he engaged in business under the firm name of Woodford, Spears & Clay, which lasted for nine years when the firm dissolved.  Captain Spears then purchased the mill site on Stoner, now known as Spears’ Mill, which he conducted until he moved to Paris in about 1886.

In coming to Paris he purchased the coal, grain and seed business of his deceased brother, Mr. William Spears, and for a number of years the firm name was Spears and Stuart until the firm was dissolved and Captain Spears then took his two sons, Woodford and Catesby, into the business with him.

In 1866 he married Miss Sallie Woodford, eldest daughter of the late John T. Woodford.  To them were born five children, Miss Mary, John Woodford, Miss Lizzie, Catesby Woodford, and Keith Young Spears, who with their mother, survive.

Captain Spears was a consistent member of the Second Presbyterian Church for years, and for a number of years has held the office of Elder.  He will be missed by his church.

The funeral services will be held at the residence on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock conducted by Rev. Dr. E. H. Rutherford.

The pall-bearers will be Dr. C. J. Clarke, James McDonald, George R. Bell, Buckner Woodford, Sr., Cabell Bullock, Lot Young, Charles Stephens and John T. Woodford.


Sallie Woodford Spears, 1841-1919, Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky

from The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

Tuesday, October 7, 1919

Following a long illness, during which she bore her suffering with a resignation born of faith and understanding of the rewards that come to those who have fought the good fight.  Mrs. Edward F. Spears, aged seventy-nine, widow of the late Captain Edward F. Spears, of Paris, died at her home on High Street, in this city, at 6:30 o’clock last night.  Mrs. Spears had been an invalid for a long time, and her death, while not unexpected, came like a shock to those who knew and loved her.  Mrs. Spears’ death is indirectly ascribed to the effects of a fall which she sustained some time ago, when her hip was broken.

Mrs. Spears was a daughter of the late Mr. John T. Woodford, of Montgomery County.  She was a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church, to which she was devoted.  She is survived by two daughters, Misses Mary and Elizabeth Spears, three sons, Catesby Spears, Woodford Spears and Keith Spears, all of Paris, three brothers, John T. Woodford and Henry Woodford, of Montgomery County, and Catesby Woodford, of this county, and one sister, Mrs. William L. Yerkes, now residing in Los Angeles, California.

The funeral arrangements had not been completed as we went to press last night, but the funeral will probably be held Wednesday afternoon.

In the death of Mrs. Spears the community loses a truly Christian woman, one whose womanly attributes endeared her to all who knew her.  To her family she has ever been a counselor, advisor and friends, and was staunch and true in all her relations to life.

Holt Family Buried at Paris Cemetery

IMG_2843John Caldwell Holt was born November 21, 1856, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.  He married Kate Huntington Gilbert October 6, 1886, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In the 1900 Census of Kent County, Michigan, we find John C., 43, born November 1856, married 14 years; Kate G., 39, born July 1860, gave birth to 6 children and 6 still living; Harry, 12, born August 1887; Thomas G., 11, born February 1889; John C., 9, born April 1891; Elizabeth, 9, born April 1891, twins; Isabelle K., 6, born June 1893; and Kate G., 5, born August 1894.  All were born in Michigan except for the father.  John works in the security trust department of an iron company (it was hard to read on the census page).

IMG_2846 1John Caldwell Holt, born November 21, 1856, died January 25, 1942.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The Holt family lived most of their life in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In the 1910 census we find them still in Kent County.  John is 54, Kate, 48; Harry, 29; and Elizabeth 19.

The family made at least two trips to Europe during the 1920’s.  On August 17, 1921, Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell Holt, with daughters Kate and Isabelle, sailed on the S. S. Adriatic from Cherbourg, France, arriving in New York on August 25th.  On May 3, 1924, arriving in New York on the S. S. Paris, from Le Harve, Mr. and Mrs. John Caldwell Holt, Isabelle, Kate and Thomas Gilbert, listing their address as Grand Rapids, Michigan.

IMG_2847 1Kate Huntington Gilbert, wife of John Caldwell Holt, born July 3, 1860, died November 3, 1949.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Although John Caldwell Holt died in Michigan, it is evident his body was brought back to Kentucky for burial.  Did his wife, Kate, remain here?  After her death seven years later she was buried beside her husband.

Two sons and one daughter-in-law are buried beside their parents.

IMG_2848 1Thomas Gilbert Holt, born February 1, 1889, died September 28, 1949.

According to Thomas’ death certificate he never married.  He died just two months before his mother.

IMG_2845 1John Caldwell Holt, Jr., born April 11, 1891, died July 30, 1982.

IMG_2844 1Agnes Georgianna Derrick, wife of John Caldwell Holt, Jr., born August 20, 1894, died November 29, 1985.

Captain E. F. Spears Biography


E. F. Spears, 1840-1907.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky

from History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, Perrin, 1882

Bourbon County

Captain E. F. Spears, milling; was born 1840 in Paris, the third son of Abram Spears and Rebecca Ford.  At the age of thirteen he began to do for himself, being early in life trained to provide for his own necessities.  At the outbreak of the war, he espoused the cause of the South, and in June volunteered his services in the Second Kentucky Infantry as private, he was, however, soon after elected First Lieutenant in Co. “G” and for effective services rendered, he was promoted to a captaincy and led his company until the close of the war.  During this time he participated in all the heavy battles in which his command was engaged, except Shiloh, he was three times wounded, and once taken prisoner, yet through all, he acquitted himself as a true and gallant soldier; upon his return to Paris, at the termination of the war, he engaged in the grocery trade for about two years with his brother Henry; in 1867, he engaged in company with others in the distillery and mill business, under the firm name of Woodford, Spears and Clay, which association lasted about nine years, at which time the firm dissolved, Mr. Spears purchasing the mill-site, and the warehouse near by, and engaged in milling exclusively in 1876; his mill is situated in the southern part of the precinct, on the Stone River; under his management the mill is doing excellent business; the mill has five run of stone, and the arrangement of the manufacturing portion was with a view to make the “New Process” flour.  The mill runs regularly, having steam power attached when the water is low, and with his grading appliances for his wheat, he is enabled to make a straight and regular grade of flour, which is in demand in the market, from the regularity of the brand; in 1866, he married Sallie Woodford, eldest daughter of John T. Woodford, one of the prominent farmers of the precinct.  To Mr. Spears have been born five children, whose names are:  Mary, John W., Lizzie, Catesby and Keith Young.


Sallie Woodford Spears, 1841-1919, wife of E. F. Spears.


Mary Spears, 1867-1921, daughter of E. F. and Sallie Woodford Spears.

Joseph Stephens Obituary

IMG_2831Joseph Stephens died April 2, 1885, aged 87 years.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.

The only old Paris newspaper that I was aware of was The Bourbon News – have used it many times to find obituaries to go with gravestone photos I have taken. The on-line records are from 1895, and, of course, would not have an obituary from 1885. The following obituary was taken from The Kentuckian-Citizen, which was Bourbon County’s older and more widely known newspaper! I suppose it’s much like tiny Springfield, Kentucky, having two newspapers in the early years – The Springfield Sun and The News-Leader! Hurray for small towns and their multiple papers!

You can read more about Joseph Stephens, Sr., in an earlier blog – Stephens Family Buried at Paris Cemetery.

from The Kentuckian-Citizen, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky

April, 1885

Death of Joseph Stephens, Sr.

Uncle Joe Stephens is no more! He died at his residence in Paris on Wednesday night last, at 2 o’clock. Although he had been confined to the house for some time, he had kept his bed only a few days before his departure. He died at the good old age of 87 years. He came here from near Huddles Mills, in 1810, and learned silversmithing. After the death of his employer (Mr. Phillips) he succeeded him in business, on the square. In 1835 he went into the dry goods business with George Ballard, from Maryland. After this he was engaged in various ways for some years, until he, and his son, Charles Stephens, went into the grocery business, in which he continued for the rest of his life, being able to attend to business up to quite a recent date.

“Uncle Joe”, as nearly everyone called him, was universally respected and loved. He was one of the sincerest and most unpretentious men that ever lived. In Paris, where he lived for three quarters of a century, he was regarded a model of uprightness and Christian integrity. For more than 60 years he was a faithful member of the Baptist Church, over 50 years holding the office of deacon, in which he was blameless. He was also treasurer of the church for a number of years.

Mr. Stephens is now, perhaps, more of the history of Paris than any other man, and was often sought for information on this subject. He has gone from our midst and will be greatly missed by the entire community. His wife preceded him to the tomb ten or twelve years ago. His surviving children are Joseph Stephens, of Marietta, Ohio; Mrs. Clark, of Louisville, Charles Stephens, Miss Josie Stephens and Mrs. Varden, of Paris.

The funeral, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. A. French, occurred at the Baptist Church yesterday, at 3 o’clock. There was a large concourse of sympathizing friends present in spite of the bad weather.