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Mrs. Nannie McIntire Edelen Obituary

J. Polin Edelen, 1850-1926.  Nannie Edelen, 1850-1909.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, September 23, 1909

Estimable Woman

Was Mrs. J. Polin Edelen Who Died Last Week

After fighting long and heroically against a most painful disease, Mrs. Nannie Edelen died Wednesday, September 15, 909.  About one year ago her health began to fail, at that time she suffered a severe attack of sickness from which it was thought she had nearly recovered, but in the spring of this year, the hopes that had been raised by her apparent recovery were to be displaced by disappointment, for the old trouble began to manifest itself in an aggravated form.  In the hope of bettering her health an operation was advised and performed.  It then developed that her case was hopeless, as she was found to be suffering from cancer of the liver.  After a few weeks at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Louisville, she was removed to her home, where she remained until her death.

Mrs. Edelen was born in Washington County, March 19, 1850, and during the whole of her life remained a resident of her native county.  She was a daughter of the late John H. McIntire who for many years served the people of this county in the official position of County Judge, and is favorably remembered as a man of absolute fairness and the strongest integrity.  On September 20, 1870, she was married to J. Polin Edelen, to which union twelve children were born, eight of whom with her husband survive, namely, Walter, Ray, George, Joseph and Thomas Edelen, Mrs. W. T. Leachman and Misses Pearl and Stella Edelen, all of whom are residents of this county.

Mrs. Edelen was an exemplary Christian woman, possessing all those virtues which go to make a noble character.  She was never happier than when doing something to alleviate the pain and suffering of those in sickness or distress and whatever acts of charity she performed was done for charity’s sake for she never sought to place them in the public glare in order to gain the applause of the world, for she was satisfied when she knew in her own heart that she had done the right as she saw it, and when once her path of duty was clear to her mind she was absolutely fearless in the discharge of that duty.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at St. Rose where a High Requeim Mass was sung by Rev. Father Kennedy, after which the remains were laid to rest in St. Rose Cemetery.  The large crowd which was present and the many beautiful floral designs was evidence of the high esteem in which she was held.  So consistent was her life in its every phase that were we to write it in one word, that word would be ‘Sincerity.’

Augustine Cooper and His Two Wives – Mahala Monica Bean and Matilda Coomes

Augustine Cooper and Mahala Monica Bean, daughter of Bennett Bean, were married February 12, 1827.  In the 1850 Washington County census, Augustine, 43, and Monica, 41, are listed with ten children – Bennett, 22; Charles N., 19; Richard R., 18; Alexander B., 16; Philip, 14; Sarah E., 13; James W., 10; Mary E., 8; Thomas H., 6; and John B., 4.  In 1860 only Bennett and Richard were not living with the family.

Monica Bean Cooper died September 20, 1862.  Two years after her death Augustine married again – this time to Matilda A. Coomes, June 20, 1864.

In the 1870 census Augustine is 64, Matilda, 34.  Their three small children are Augustine, 5; Mary, 3; and Joseph, 11/12.  Augustine Cooper died November 22nd of that year.  In the 1880 census Matilda is living with her three children in Nelson County, where she was raised as a child.  She died at the young age of 49.

According to the death certificate of son Joseph, who became Brother Cyril Cooper, C. F. X., Augustine Cooper and Matilda Coomes are listed as his parents.  Daughter Mary became Sister Mary Catherine Cooper and was a school teacher in Paducah.  Augustine Cooper and his wives left many descendants.

Augustine Cooper, born June 4, 1805, died November 22, 1870.  Monica, wife of A. Cooper, born August 8, 1807, died September 20, 1862.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.


Edwin Barber Clarkson Obituary

Barber Clarkson, February 7, 1860 – February 14, 1909.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 18, 1909

E. B. Clarkson Dead

Mr. E. Barber Clarkson, one of the best known farmers in Washington County died at his home four miles north of Springfield on last Sunday evening after a short illness of pneumonia and heart trouble.  The deceased was born in this county 58 years ago and was a son of the late Mr. Dora Clarkson, his mother being a Miss Edwards.  In early life Mr. Clarkson married Miss Etta Taylor, who together with five daughters and three sons survive him.  There was probably not a more honorable nor upright man in the county than Barber Clarkson.  His word was as good as his bond and he never made an enemy and had a host of friends.  He had been engaged in farming and stock raising all of his life.  He reared a large family which was always well provided for.  Besides his wife and children, Mr. Clarkson is survived by a brother, Mr. Sidney Clarkson, of the county, and a sister, Mrs. T. P. O’Bryan, of Springfield.

The deceased was a member of the Catholic Church and his funeral took place at St. Rose Tuesday morning.

Etta Taylor, wife of B. Clarkson, 1862-1920.

Edwin Barber Clarkson was the son of Stephen Theodore Clarkson and Martha Linton Edwards.  He married Etta Clark Taylor May 11, 1878.  Etta Clark Taylor was the daughter of Benjamin Springer Taylor and Martha Jane Janes.  Their children were James Eugene, who died in 1895; Martha Evelyn, who married Samuel Donatus Mudd; Annie Mary, who married John Earl Snider; twins, Mary Alberta and Sidney Albertus, who died before 1900; Francis L. K.; Mary Catherine; Mary Sally; Marguerite, who married Reed Crume; Thomas Dominic, who married Annie Mae Lanham; Charles Albert; and Edwin Bertram, who married Elizabeth Taylor.

Joseph Francis Carrico Obituary

Joseph F. Carrico is my second cousin three times removed.  All the Carrico’s in Washington County are related!  William M. Carrico and Mary Jane O’Daniel were Joseph’s parents.  The large Last Supper that hung above my grandmother’s kitchen table, while she was alive, and is now in my kitchen, was purchased from an ‘old’ William Carrico.  Perhaps this is he?  Born about 1820 he was 53 years older than my grandmother.

Joseph F. Carrico, 1849-1909.  Isabell F. Carrico, 1850-1920.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, May 27, 1909

Joe F. Carrico Dead

Mr. Joe F. Carrico died at his home four miles south of Springfield early yesterday morning.  About one year ago Mr. Carrico suffered a severe stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered.  About two weeks ago he received another stroke which was the immediate cause of his death.

Mr. Carrico was about sixty years of age, and the son of Mr. William Carrico, who died many years ago.  Early in life he was married to Miss Belle Johnson, a daughter of Mr. Henry Johnson.  The greater portion of his life was spent on the farm where he died.  He leaves his wife and one son, Damon Carrico, of Lebanon.  The funeral will take place at St. Rose this morning at 9 o’clock.

John Edwin Smith and His Two Wives

John Edwin Smith is my gr-gr-grandfather.  He was the son of Samuel E. Smith and Nancy Cusick, born March 30, 1830, in Marion County, Kentucky.

He first married Ellen Lyons, daughter of Augustine Lyons.  The marriage probably took place in Marion County, before December of 1850, when their first child, Melvina Ann Smith, my great-grandmother, was born.  The Marion County Courthouse was burned in 1863 when John Hunt Morgan came through the area.  All records before that date were destroyed.

John and Ellen had four more children, Mary Isabella, Thomas Henry, John Richard and Mary Ellen Smith.  Baby Mary Ellen was born in 1859, Ellen died September 5, 1859, possibly due to childbirth or complications thereof.  Ellen Lyons Smith was buried in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Marion County.  Unfortunately her stone was destroyed during a storm when trees fell and crushed it.

Harriet, wife of John E. Smith, born August 7, 1840, died October 20, 1898.  St Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

John Smith married Frances Harriett Carrico October 2, 1860, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was a daughter of Pius M. Carrico and Mary Magdalene Spalding.  The couple had seven children:  James, Mary Catherine, Ann Elizabeth, George Robert, Cecilia Jane, George Washington and Victoria Mary Jane Smith.  Harriet Carrico Smith died October 20, 1898.

John E. Smith, born March 10, 1830, died February 17, 1907.

After burying two wives John Smith lived another nine years, dying February 17, 1907.  His obituary in The Springfield Sun, Washington County, names him as one of the ‘county’s best known citizens.’  It also said he was ‘born in Marion County March 10, 1830, and at one time owned a distillery in that county, and made considerable money while engaged in that business. In this connection it might be well to say that Mr. Smith was a remarkably temperate man. At the age of seventeen he signed a pledge to never again touch intoxicating beverages of any kind, and we are informed that this pledge was never broken.’  And finally the obituary ended with, ‘The deceased at one time was an extensive land owner in this county, owning 500 or 600 acres of good land, but this he divided among his children when he became incapacitated for business.  Mr. Smith was a liberal and kind-hearted man; he was a good neighbor and a kind and considerate father.’

The children surviving their father were Mrs. J. B. Carrico (my great-grandmother), J. Richard Smith, Mrs. F. M. Carrico, James E. Smith, Mrs. Barton Mattingly and G W. Smith.  Besides his children he left sixty-three grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.  What a legacy!



100 Years – Johanna Scannell Obituary


Michael Scannell, a native of Ireland, born 1815, died November 30, 1893.  Johanna, wife of M. Scannell, a native of Ireland, died February 20, 1915, age 100 years.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 25, 1915

Almost a Centenarian

The oldest woman in Washington County passed to her reward when on last Saturday night Mrs. Johanna Scannell departed this life.  Prior to her married Mrs. Scannell was a Miss Fitzgerald and was born in County Cork, Ireland, in January 1816.  She grew to womanhood in her native country.  When quite young she suffered the loss of her mother.  When a young woman she was united in marriage to the late Mr. Michael Scannell.  After her marriage they took up their residence in their native land, but came to this country in 1850, and for about 12 years lived in New York City.  Sometimes in the early sixties they moved to Washington County and settled near St. Rose.  She was the mother of twelve children, only two of whom survive her, Mrs. J. O. Polin of this county and Mr. B. J. Scannell of Louisville.  Mrs. T. J. Medley and Dennis Scannell, both of whom are now dead, were here, children as was also the late Sister Benedicta of St. Catharine and the late Rev. Father Joseph Scannell, who died in Memphis, Tennessee, during the yellow fever plague of 1878.

In 1893 she suffered the loss of her husband and companion for more than one half century.  Shortly after his death she moved in with her daughter, Mrs. J. O. Polin, which place continued to be her home until her death.

Mrs. Scannell was a remarkable woman in that she retained a clear recollection and memory up until her death, and the vigor of youth was never extinguished, even in old age, and she was never happier than when indulging in merriment with young people, with all of whom she was a favorite.

Although away from Ireland many years she never forgot the green fields of the old sod, and frequently during her life was heard to sing in the Irish language, its national songs.

Those who remember her in earlier days have many recollections of her willingness to help her neighbors and many could give testimony of her vigors in this regard.  She was very devoted to her children, and delighted to have her grandchildren assembled at her side.  She also had the pleasure to have several of her great-grandchildren visit her before her death.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Rose Monday morning with Requiem High Mass, by Father Christmas, after which the remains were laid beside those of her husband in St. Rose Cemetery.  A large crowd of old friends and neighbors attended the funeral services.

Not ‘THE’ Alexander Hamilton!

One of the early citizens of Washington County, Alexander Hamilton was a fascinating man – with four wives and nine children!  Mr. Orval Baylor has given us a marvelous look back into the history of Washington County – so thankful for the articles he wrote in the early 1930’s!  My husband rented property in this very area from the Hamilton family in 1979-1980, before we married.  I’m sure these modern day Hamilton’s are descendants of Alexander!

216Alexander Hamilton, born January 6, 1788, died November 7, 1878.  Harriet Edelen, born 1791, married A. Hamilton February 19, 1811, died March 13, 1823.  Theresa Jarboe, born 1796, married A. Hamilton January 4, 1825, died September 6, 1825.  Elizabeth S. Smith, born 1804, married A. Hamilton November 21, 1826, died March 31, 1834.  Lucinda Hayden, born 1815, married A. Hamilton June 2, 1835, died March 30, 1845.  May they rest in peace.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

from Pioneer History of Washington County, by Orval W. Baylor, September 27, 1934

In browsing through the records of Washington County one frequently comes upon the well-known name, Alexander Hamilton.  Sight of the name causes the observer to think of the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, and the man who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.  What relation, if any, was Washington County’s Alexander Hamilton to the man who handled the financial problems of our country’s first administration?

Washington County’s Alexander Hamilton was born in Maryland, in 1789, and when he was eight years old (1797), he was brought to Washington County, Kentucky.  Alexander’s father was Thomas Hamilton, descendant from a prominent English family.

Thomas Hamilton married, in Maryland, Ann Hoskins, and in the spring of the year 1797, he brought his wife and eight children to Washington County.  The family settled on the waters of Cartwright’s Creek and Parker’s Run, about 6 miles from Springfield, and on the road from Springfield to Bardstown.  The land is now owned by Mr. Ollie Barber, and a large brick dwelling house now stands on a hill overlooking the road and the site where the log cabin, in which Thomas Hamilton and his family lived, was built in 1797, and where it stood until a few years ago.

Thomas and Ann Hoskins Hamilton were the parents of the following children, towit, Richard, Elizabeth, Thomas Hoskins, Alexander, Lloyd, Lucy, Ann, Benjamin, and Edward.  Of these, Richard died unmarried, leaving his property to his mother and brothers and sisters; Elizabeth married Clement Hill, son of Thomas Hill, in 1798.  They lived near Lebanon and were the parents of 17 children.  Webb says, “The descendants of Clement Hill are in excess of those of any other of the early Catholic emigrants to the State.”  Thomas Hoskins Hamilton married Elisur Clements.

Alexander Hamilton, son of Thomas and Ann, married four times.  1st, in 1811, Harriett Edelen; 2nd, in 1824, Theresa Jarboe; 3rd, in 1826, Elizabeth Smith; and 4th, in 1835, Lucinda Hayden.  By his four wives he was the father of four sons, and at least five daughters.  The sons were Richard, Thomas, L. Alexander and Robert.  The daughters were Martha, married Alexius Craycraft; Catherine married Columbus Tong, and probably second, James A. Jarboe; Ellen, married William Smith; Lucinda H. married G. D. Robertson; and another, name unknown, married R. B. Montgomery.

Alexander Hamilton lived and died in the neighborhood where his father settled in 1797.  He was appointed “surveyor of the road from Hills Mills to the Ball Knobs on Cambron’s Road leading to the mouth of Hardin’s Creek” in 1813.  He was for a number of years a Justice of the Peace for Washington County, which office he resigned in February, 1843, to become Sheriff of the county.  He lived to be 90 years of age and died in 1878.  His last days were spent with his son, Lloyd Alexander, on the road from Springfield to Bardstown, a short distance east from Frederickstown.

Watch for more information on Alexander Hamilton at a later date!