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Small Town News From The Hartford Herald

More small town news.  Within these tidbits are many names and interesting stories that would help flesh out your genealogy.  The birthday dinner story gives the names of parents, a sister, a father, and children.  And what a happy occasion.  Following are weddings, an elopement, death and illness.  All part of everyday life.

from The Hartford Herald, Ohio County, Kentucky

Wednesday, July 23, 1902

A Birthday Dinner

Thomas W. Wedding, of Barretts Ferry, and Miss Nancy Wright were married in Ohio County on the 16th day of October 1845.  To them have been born nine children – four girls and five boys.  Of said children three boys and one girl are dead.  The living children are Mrs. Mary Ann Midkiff, wife of W. P. Midkiff, Mrs. Ada Acton, wife of S. S. Acton, Mrs. Manda Rebecca Foreman, wife of Elijah D. Foreman, John T. Wedding and James B. Wedding.  Mrs. Nancy Wedding was seventy-seven years old on the 19th day of July and Thomas W. Wedding, her husband, was 80 years old on July 20.  The children mentioned above of these old and honored people gave their parents a birthday dinner on Sunday, July 20.  The dinner was bountiful and carefully arranged and good enough to satisfy the most extreme epicure.  Mr. Thomas W. Wedding and Mrs. Mariah Davison, wife of George W. Davison, are the only living children of the late George W. Wedding, who died in 1854.  Mrs. Davison was present and is now seventy-three years old and in frail health.  There were twenty-four grand-children present and many of the neighbors – about fifty people in all being present.  Mr. Wedding gave a short talk in which he expressed his appreciation for the kindness shown him and his wife.  We hope these old people, who have lived honorable lives, and who are now more than three score and ten, may live to see many birthdays and that their declining days may be the most peaceful of their lives.

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses since last Wednesday:  W. H. Blackburn, Ceralvo, to Edna Myers, Ceralvo.  Oscar Smith, Flint Springs, to Clovia M. Daugherty, Flint Springs.  John E. Shultz, Fordsville, to Lillie Eskridge, Fordsville.


Mrs. D. F. Cawthorn, of Glasgow, arrived a few days ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Likens, of Jingo, who is very weak with consumption.  Mrs. Cawthon will visit her brother, Bob Forrester, of this place, and visit her old friends of Hartford before she returns to Glasgow.  It will be remembered by many, Mrs. Cawthorn left Hartford seven years ago to make her home in Barren County.


As announced in these columns a few weeks ago, Professor Charles H. Ellis and Miss Corinne Landrum will be married at the First Baptist Church in Calhoon this evening at 8:30 o’clock.  Mr. Ellis, who is one of Ohio County’s most promising young men, is to be congratulated in winning the heart and hand of such an estimable young lady.  After the ceremony the bride and groom, together with several friends, will repair to the residence of the bride’s parents, Judge and Mrs. Ben F. Landrum, where a sumptuous repast will await them.  They will remain in Calhoon until Friday, when they will visit the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, near town.


Died at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. H. A. Miller, at 12 o’clock, noon, last Thursday, of that most dreaded disease, consumption, Miss Annie Lewis.  Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Coakley and Petrie.  Her remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery Friday afternoon.  Miss Annie, who had been a member of the Baptist church for 22 years was a most lovable lady.


Mr. Rethel L. Duke, of Hartford, and Miss May E. Davis, of near Prentis, aged 18 and 16, respectively, eloped to Cannelton, Indiana, last Sunday and were married.  They returned to the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Duke, Monday night.

News Items From The Hartford Herald

Very unusual to find a newspaper from 1875 from a small town!  My husband’s sister lives close to Hartford.

The Hartford Herald, Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky

Wednesday, January 6, 1875

Mr. W. R. Haynes, editor of the Grayson Herald, spent a few days in our town during the recent holidays, visiting his brother, Professor Haynes.

Miss Mollie Brothgrow, one of Owensboro’s most charming belles, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. S. K. Cox, of this place, returned home last Monday.

Miss Josie Lendrum, one of McLean County’s brightest and most fascinating young ladies, is here on a short visit to the family of Mr. William Hardwick. Miss Josie is a daughter of our old friend, Thomas Lendrum, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of McLean County.

Miss Julia Townsend, who has been absent for several months teaching school near Litchfield, made a short visit home during the holidays. Miss Julia is one of the purest, noblest and most intelligent young ladies ever reared in our town, and we were glad to meet her at home again.

Our young friend, Harry Bridges, the popular salesman of that excellent wholesale grocery firm of Louisville, Carson, Daniel & Co., was in town last week looking as happy as a big sunflower. He paid his respects to this office, and subscribed for the Herald for one year. May success and happiness attend you, Harry.

Henry M. Stevens, who had been arrested and lodged in jail on a warrant charging him with false swearing in a trial before Squire W. T. Rickets, at his December term, 1874, was brought before Judge W. F. Gregory on Tuesday of last week, and after a full investigation was discharged. His Honor informed him that the Commonwealth would pay the jailer for boarding him that day, and as it was about noon he had better go back to jail and get his dinner, which Henry did and left a happy man.

Dr. J. S. Morton came very near ending his life one evening last week, by one of those mistakes that sometimes will occur among physicians. The day was raw and cold, and he had been visiting patients in the country, and on his return late in the evening, felt that a glass of wine would do him good. Through mistake he swallowed paregoric, and for some time antidotes were in urgent demand. By their use, and keeping him moving about the floor for several hours, he recovered from the effects of the poison.

One of the Herald corps had the pleasure of attending the closing exercises at the public school immediately preceding the Christmas holiday season, and was particularly impressed with the evidences displayed by the pupils, of the efficiency of the Principal, Professor J. Ellis Haynes, and his young and talented assistant, Miss Emma Haynes. The declamations, essays and compositions of the scholars would have been a credit to any educational institution in the country. We understand that a movement will be shortly set on foot which will enable our town to provide a school building that will be an ornament to the town and a substantial monument to the liberality and taste of our citizens. With such a building as the one contemplated, under the charge of so thorough and excellent an educator as Professor Haynes, Hartford could then boast of as good a school as any town in the Green River Nation.

It is our sad duty to announce the death of our esteemed fellow citizen, R. F. Barnett, which occurred on the 25th, after quite a short illness. He was attending church at North Creek, at the time he was taken sick, and was carried to the residence of John F. Wallace, nearby, and grew worse so rapidly, that he could not be removed to his house, and died within a few hours. He was a good business man, and filled the position as Surveyor of this county for many years, and was Deputy Sheriff for a long while. He has filled many other important positions, and always discharged his duty faithfully. He was a member of the M. E. Church, South, and at the time of his death was secretary of the county council of the Patrons of Husbandry. His loss will be severely felt in the community where his lived, as well as by his wife and children.