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John E. Keith Obituary

J. E. Keith, 1837-1909.  Mary Elizabeth, his wife, 1841-1930.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

John E. Keith was the senior member of the firm J. E. Keith & Sons, marble cutters.  An announcement of his company, less the sons, was in the local newspaper October 3, 1883.  It said he was prepared to do all kinds of marble work, from a $3 tombstone to a $500 monument.  He purchased marble direct from the quarries in Vermont and Marietta, Georgia, and granite from the celebrated Concord quarries in new Hampshire.

John Keith married Mary Elizabeth LaHeist (found on son Clarence’s death certificate).  In the 1880 census for Breckinridge County he was listed as 43, a tombstone agent, with wife Mary, 39.  Children in the census were Jennie, 17; Fannie, 15; Samuel, 12; Clarence, 10; and Proctor, 1.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 3, 1909

Brief Illness For Mr. Keith

Widely Known Citizen and Monument Maker Dies at His Home In This City Saturday Night

Death Lamented By All

The entire town was deeply grieved Sunday morning in learning of the death of Mr. J. E. Keith, who had been ill such a short time.  Wednesday night about one o’clock Mr. Keith was seized with a severe convulsion which was followed one after another until death came at ten o’clock Saturday night.

Mr. Keith was nearly seventy-three years old and was born in Breckinridge County, but was reared in Meade County where he was as well known.  He came to this city in 1856.  Last August Mr. and Mrs. Keith celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and little did they believe their happiness would so soon be shattered.

In the death of Mr. Keith, Cloverport loses not only one of her best and oldest citizens, but one of the most active and decided men.  He was never on the fence on any question that came up for the welfare of the town, especially for the temperance cause did he stand firm.  He was a member of the Baptist church and his life as a christian was an example to both young and old.  Everybody had faith in Mr. Keith and his character was highly esteemed.

Mr. Keith was engaged in the monument business here with his youngest son, Proctor Keith.

Besides Mrs. Keith he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Lusk, of Stonewall, Mississippi, and three sons, Clarence Keith of Elizabethtown, Sam Keith and Proctor Keith of this city.  The latter three were at his bed-side during the last moments of his illness and had entire care of him.

Albert Keith of Florida, was an own brother of the deceased and George Keith of Evansville was a half-brother.  Mrs. Jennie King of Brandenburg, and Mrs. Fannie Hemstetter of Leitchfield, were half-sisters.

Mrs. Lusk arrived from Stonewall, Mississippi, in time to attend the funeral.  Misses Ola and Janie Keith and Robert Keith, of Owensboro; Miss Pauline Moorman, Lonnie and Marion Keith, grandchildren of the deceased were also here yesterday.

The funeral was held from the Baptist church at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. Lewis and beautiful music was rendered by friends.  The interment took place in the Cloverport Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were:  Charles Hall, John A. Barry, Charles Lightfoot, Robert Willis, Joe Allen and Marion Weatherholt.

‘Uncle Billy’ Moredock Summoned

One feat accomplished on our western Kentucky trip – we found the Lewis Cemetery in Hancock County!  We tried to find it in June, with no success.  But with the help of Google Earth and a page from Glenn Hodges book, Daybreak On Old Fortification Creek, we pinpointed the location!  This was another cemetery back a gravel road, onto farmland.  It is a small cemetery, just for family, about 35 people are thought to be buried here.

William Moredock married Hannah Amanda House, granddaughter of the John Lewis and Elizabeth Brown that moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to what was then Breckinridge County, Kentucky (later Hancock County).  John Lewis was a brother to William Joseph Lewis, who married Captain John Linton’s sister, Catherine Jennings Lewis.  Joseph and Catherine Linton Lewis’ son, William Linton Lewis, also moved to Hancock County, and is buried in this cemetery.

The Breckinridge News, Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 20, 1908

“Uncle Billy” Moredock Summoned

Genial Man And Aged citizen Dies At Hardinsburg – Respected And Loved By Young And Old

Once Lived In Hancock

Hardinsburg, Ky., May 18 – (Special) –

After an illness of several weeks, William T. Moredock, one of our aged and most highly respected citizens quietly breathed his last at two o’clock Wednesday morning, May 13.

Mr. Moredock was born near Hardinsburg, March 5, 1834.  After learning the trade of cabinet maker with the Hon. G. W. Beard and Judge Eskridge, he moved to Hancock County, where his life was spent, with the exception of the last two years here with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Evans, at the Commercial Hotel.

A part of the time he was a farmer in Hancock County, the other part found him in business at Lewisport.

In 1856 he was married to Miss Hannah A. House, of Hancock County, and for fifty years they lived happily together, a happiness broken only by his death.  Besides his wife he is survived by these children:  James William, of Macon, Georgia; Samuel H., of Tampa, Florida; B. H. Moredock, of Louisville; and Mrs. Evans, of Hardinsburg.

He was noted for his social, genial disposition.  His home was ever open to his friends and crowds of young people loved to visit there and enjoy the hospitality and sunshine within its walls and nothing pleased him more than to know that he was adding to the pleasures of others.

He was a Methodist, a Christian gentleman, a man whose citizenship enriched the neighborhood in which he lived.

The remains were laid to rest at Lewisport on Thursday.

Mrs. Moredock goes to Louisville where she will remain for some time with her son.

William T. Moredock, March 5, 1834 – May 13, 1908.  Hannah A. Moredock, February 24, 1840 – October 21, 1909.  Lewis Cemetery, Hancock County, Kentucky.

John and Eliza Murphy Lillard Buried In Cloverport Cemetery

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Silas Lillard.  He is a brother to the above named John Lillard.  The brothers were born in Boyle County, Kentucky, sons of Barnett Lillard and Elizabeth Dicken.  When grown, the men moved to Breckinridge County and lived near the town of Cloverport.  In the 1900 Census of Breckinridge County John was 57, Eliza was 54, daughter Anna was 16, and brother Silas was 67.  At some point the family moved to Cloverport Road in Hancock County (Cloverport is on the border between the two counties.).

John Lillard and Eliza Murphy married in Breckinridge County the 6th of December 1882, at J. V. Murphy’s – most likely the father of the bride.  The witnesses were Charles E. Lightfoot and F. M. Ragsdale.  The groom was 40 and the bride’s age was given as 36, but according to her birth date she would have been 38.  Since it was a later in life marriage the couple had one daughter, Anna, born in 1884.

John and brother Silas were prominent farmers in the area, and were well-liked in their community.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, November 7, 1906

John Lillard’s stroke was very serious, although he lived another six years.

From his death certificate we learn the name of John Lillard’s parents.

John Lillard, 1842-1912.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 2, 1921

Surprisingly, Eliza Murphy Lillard also suffered a stroke, just like her husband, and she lived another seven years.

Eliza Murphy Lillard, 1844-1928.

Anna Lillard married Frank C. English.


Silas Lillard Obituary

Thought it interesting that Mr. Silas and his brother John were born in Danville, Boyle County, then moved to Breckinridge County.  There are Lillard’s buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, and I’m sure there are Lillard’s buried at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.

img_3578Silas Lillard, 1832-1913.  Cloverport Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

from The Breckinridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 2, 1913

Last of the Lillard Name Gone

Silas Lillard Dies At His Home At Skillman – Funeral and Burial Takes Place Here – The Rev. Mr. Stout Conducts Services.

Eighty-One Years Old

The funeral of Mr. Silas Lillard was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank English in this city Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock.  The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. W. W. Stout of Hawesville, and the interment took place in the Cloverport Cemetery.

Mr. Lillard died at his country home at Skillman Wednesday.  His death was not unexpected on account of his advanced age and his failing health.  For six months or a year he had been very weak, often falling while walking in the house or yard.  These falls were very trying on him and kept the family in a state of constant anxiety.  During his illness he was very patient and it seemed to bring out all the kindness of his heart, instead of making him hard to care for and to nurse through the long hours of his old age.

Mr. Lillard was eighty-one years old January 27 and was born in Danville, Kentucky.  He came to Cloverport when a boy.  He engaged in the tobacco business with his brother, the late Mr. John Lillard, both then succeeded and accumulated comfortable means.  Mr. Lillard’s farm and property in this city is left to his niece, Mrs. English.  She and her daughter are the only ones of his immediate family left.  He was unmarried.

Mr. Lillard was a great lover of hunting and this was his pastime in life.  In his younger years he hunted a great deal and one time went on a big hunt in Arkansas.  In the party were Messrs. David Oglesby, Richard Witt and James Stephens.  Mr. Lillard talked of these old times very frequently, but more serious talks during the last two years were about his preparation for the last pilgrimage and it was pleasing for the Rev. Mr. Cottrel to be with him on these occasions.

Miss Laura Murphy and Mrs. John Lillard came from Skillman to attend the funeral.

The Breckenridge News – October 14, 1903

Scan_Pic1486The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky

Wednesday, March 21, 1900

Death at Hardinsburg

The numerous friends of J. A. Witt will be sorry to learn of his death which occurred at his house in Hardinsburg, Monday morning at 8 o’clock.  Mr. Witt’s illness dates back more than a year ago, when his general health began to decline.  There were times when he rallied and seemed to improve, but relief was not permanent.

He had been confined to his bed about a month.  A change for the worse came one day last week, and he lingered until Monday morning.

Mr. Witt was a native of Virginia, but came with his parents to Kentucky when a child.  His ancestors were of old Virginia stock, and were a family of some distinction.  his father resided in Hancock County some years, where he died.  Subsequently his mother married Joseph McPhateon, of this city.  She resided here for some years, and died at an advanced age.

Mr. Witt received his early education in the schools of Cloverport.  At the age of fourteen he started out in life for himself.  He first learned the tailor’s trade.  Back in the forties, this was considered a good business, but it did not last long.  Later Mr. Witt embarked in the mercantile business at Stephensport, but only remained there a short while.  He went to Hardinsburg in 1871, where he bought tobacco for Hensley and Beard.  Being quite successful in this, he afterwards began to do business on his own account.  This was in 1874 and he continued it quite successfully until his death.  some may have had more capital, but no one had more energy and industry than Mr. Witt.  It was this that kept his business up for twenty-five years.  He was kind and genial to everybody, and this won him a host of friends.

Mr. Witt was twice married, the first time to Miss Mary Jarrett, of Stephensport, who died in 1863.  His second marriage was in 1874 to Miss Eliza Hardin, who resided near Rosetta, this county.  His wife and two adopted daughters, Misses Allie and Julia, survive him.

Mr. Witt was a brother of William Witt of this city, and Richard Witt, a farmer at Rosetta.  The funeral services took place yesterday at the M. E. Church South, in Hardinsburg, of which Mr. Witt was a member for years.  Rev. F. M. Petty, the pastor, conducted the services.  Mr. Witt was sixty-nine years of age.

Scan_Pic1486 3To Run For Congress

R. M. Jolly, of Irvington, a Republican politician who represented the counties of Breckenridge, Meade and Hancock as Senator in the last two sessions of the General Assembly, is a candidate for Congress in the fourth congressional district, to succeed David H. Smith, the present Democratic incumbent.

Senator Jolly’s announcement was made yesterday.  He came to Louisville yesterday afternoon to confer with a number of local Republican politicians regarding his race.  He said to a reporter for the Courier-Journal yesterday afternoon he had fully determined to make the race, and would shortly make his formal announcement.

Senator Jolly is a miller, and was one of the hold-over senators at the recent term of the General Assembly.  He is one of Mr. Taylor’s closest friends and is a loyal party man.  Courier Journal.

Mr. Green Roberts Dead

Lewisport, Kentucky, March 15 – Mr. R. Green Roberts died Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock after a short illness of spinal meningitis, at the age of forty-seven.

He was a member of one of Hancock County’s old and highly respected families.  He was a charter member of Starlight Lodge No. 54 A.O.U.W., and will be buried by this order at the family burying ground Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.  Owensboro Messenger.


A beautiful home wedding occurred Saturday night at nine o’clock in this city at the Johnson house.  The contracting parties were Miss Birdie Johnson and Mr. James Kennedy.  Rev. W. B. Rutledge of the Baptist church performed the ceremony.  The bride is the handsome daughter of Mr. and Mr. E. H. Johnson who recently moved here to run a boarding house.  The groom is one of Hancock County’s substantial farmers and a popular young man of that county.  They left Monday for their country home near Hawesville where they will live in the future.

Died of Consumption

Another sad day for Mr. James Durham and family was caused by the death of his son, Mr. John Durham, who departed this life Sunday morning, March the 11th.  His death was caused by consumption.  He had been spending some time at Ashville, North Carolina, hoping to recover his health and returned home only in time to bid his loved ones goodbye.  The funeral took place Monday at 2 o’clock and he was buried in the family burying ground.  The family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Scan_Pic1486 1Rev. John M. Crowe

Rev. John M. Crowe, A. M., student, philosopher and orator, will deliver his famous lecture, “The Tell-Tale Tick of Time,” at the Methodist Church Monday night, March 26.  Admission 25 and 15 cents.  Reserved seats 50 cents.

Those who have heard the two week’s series of sermons delivered by Rev. Crowe will be delighted to make a part of his audience, and others are urged to take this opportunity of hearing one who has been pronounced the equal of Sam Jones, Dr. Talmage and Joseph Cook.

The Franklin Favorite, speaking of this lecture recently delivered there, say:  ‘His dramatic efforts in some of the more impassioned parts of his discourse, his fine imagery and his faultless and elegant language, combined to render the effort, from an artistic standpoint, one of an extremely high order, while the wholesome truths and helpful counsel which abounded throughout were calculated to be of much practical value to his listeners.’

Rev. Crowe receives no remuneration for his two weeks’ work among us, save the proceeds of his lecture which should be well patronized.