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1899 Check for Peoples Deposit Bank

Scan_Pic1685This is a check from my great-grandfather’s account at Peoples Deposit Bank in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, dated July 24, 1899.  It is made out to Cunningham and Duncan in the amount of $1.82 for merchandise.  Now what could great-grandmother Frances have purchased?

Scan_Pic1686From the July 28, 1898, issue of the News-Leader Cunningham and Duncan claim to have the largest stock of dry goods, clothing, etc., and selling at lower prices than any house in town!  And they give inducements to cash buyers – rather those who charge!  No credit cards then, just a charge account at the store.

Scan_Pic1687And their Christmas sale ad from December 22, 1898, will ‘enable you to make very handsome presents for little money!’  They have something for everyone.  ‘For the mother or wife, can sell you handsome blankets, table linens and napkins, rugs, etc.  For the daughter, a handsome wrap, fine shoes, hosiery, handkerchiefs and gloves.  For the boys a nice shirt, suit or overcoat, tie, hat or shoes, handkerchiefs and mufflers.’

Scan_Pic0026This photo of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and wife, Frances Barber Linton, was taken about 1899.  My grandmother, Alice, the oldest daughter would have been six, Margaret, sitting in her father’s lap, would have been four, and baby Laura, in her mother’s lap, was about two.  Another daughter, Lillian Catherine, was born in March of 1900.  Robert was the son of William Peter Montgomery and Martha Ann Carrico, born at the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Frances was the daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, born in 1867.

Joe F. Carrico Obituary

According to my mother we are related to all Carrico families in Washington and adjoining counties.  However, I cannot find this family in my database!  Does anyone know this family – or are related to them?

from 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.

News From The News-Leader

Welcome 2014!  I hope you spent the new year ringing in with those you love.  We had our traditional Swiss fondue with good friends and family – a tradition of at least 25 years!  Today I share with you a column from the Cartwrights Creek area of Washington County, Kentucky, from the local newspaper, The News-Leader.  Was so excited to find this as many of my Carrico relatives are mentioned!  Joseph Benedict Carrico married Melvina Ann Smith, my great-grandparents, are the Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carrico listed below.  Rue Carrico, my grandfather, is their youngest son.  Arthur Carrico is also their son.  John Richard Smith is the brother of my great-grandmother, Melvina Ann Smith Carrico.

The News-Leader, Washington County, Kentucky

Thursday, March 1, 1906

Cartwrights Creek

Well I guess you all will be surprised to hear from this noisy little place, but we are not dead yet, so I thought I would write a few lines to the good old News Leader.

Mrs. J. R. Smith and Mrs. J. B. Carrico were visiting at Mary E. Carrico’s Monday.

Rue Carrico bought of T. E. Ballard one mare at $145.  J. B. Carrico also bought of the same party one milk cow at $25.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Carrico were visiting at J. Rich Smith’s Sunday.

Will Smith gave the young people a dance last Thursday evening.  All report a jolly good old time.

Arthur Carrico, of Shelby County, was visiting his parents Monday and Tuesday.

Miss Annie Spalding is spending this week at Clear Creek, Marion County, with her brother Sam.

John Hamilton sold to Smith Carrico five hogs at $20.

The farmers at this place are very busy plowing up their corn ground.  Some few have finished plowing.

Mr. Joe Smith, of Raywick, was over to Springfield Monday.

Mrs. A. Winfield, of Owensboro, is spending a few weeks with her brother and sister of this place.

Albert Medley went to Shelby County last Wednesday to accept a position.  We wish him good luck.

Richard Parrott Obituary


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

Thursday, March 20, 1902

Richard Parrott Dead

Mr. Richard Parrott, an old and valued citizen of the county, died at his home about three miles from town on last Tuesday morning at an early hour.  Mr. Parrott had been in failing health for many months, but had been confined to his bed only a few weeks with his last illness.  The deceased was 74 years old and had been a highly respected citizen.  He was a farmer and stock breeder and a successful one, being a man of good business capacity, and whose word among his friends and neighbors was regarded to be as good as his bond.  He reared a large family of children who are all now grown to manhood and womanhood.  The deceased is also survived by his wife and the sympathy of friends throughout the community is expressed for the bereaved family.  The funeral is announced for 10 o’clock this morning from St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, of which he was a consistent member.

Richard F. Parrott, April 27, 1828 – March 18, 1902.  Margaret C., his wife, Mary 23, 1832 – January 11, 1912.  St. Dominic Church Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Charles Neale Obituary


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

Thursday, June 7, 1900

Charles Neale Dead

Charles F. Neale, who was a well-known and popular young man of the county, died at the home of his father, Mr. F. R. Neale, in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood on last Friday morning after a long illness of consumption.  The deceased was about thirty years of age and was born and reared in this county, where by his upright and moral character he won the respect of all with  whom he came in contact.  About a year and a half ago, his health becoming very bad, he went to New Mexico, but did not improve and returned home several weeks ago.  His condition appeared to improve somewhat since his return until a few days before his death, when he became suddenly worse.  In the fall of 1892 the deceased was married to Miss Katie Meadows and she and their little daughter survive.

The funeral took place Saturday morning from the church at Pleasant Grove, conducted by Rev. W. T. Overstreet, and the burial was in the cemetery at the same place.  The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved wife and child and parents of a young man whose memory will always be held in the highest esteem.

Charles F., son of F. R. and M. B. Neale, November 5, 1870 – June 1, 1900  Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Into a Watery Grave

The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky

July 18, 1907

Into a Watery Grave

Sad Fate of Four Members of a Camping Party on Beech Fork on Last Friday Morning

Event Casts a Shadow of Gloom Over The Town

The Dead

Jacob L. Pardieu

Miss Nellie Noe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Noe

Miss Mary Comstock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T.   Comstock

Eddie Brown, colored boy, son of Bell Brown

While members of a fishing camp, the persons whose names appear above met death in a watery grave on last Friday morning in Beech Fork River, about three quarters of a mile from Maud, a small town on the Springfield and Bloomfield turnpike and about twelve miles from Springfield.  The unfortunate victims were all residents of Springfield.  The bodies of Miss Comstock and the colored boy were recovered shortly after the accident and within a few feet of where they were seen to sink.  The body of Miss Nellie Noe was recovered at about 11 o’clock on the following morning, a quarter of a mile below the fatal spot and below the old mill.  Mr. Pardieu’s remains were not recovered until Sunday morning when the body rose to the surface near the spot where the accident occurred and was found floating.

There has not been an event to occur in Springfield for years that has cast such a gloom over the entire community as the sad accident which took away the lives of four well-known people in the town.  The first message came by telephone from Maud and stated that four persons had been drowned.  The news spread like wild fire and everyone was soon making anxious inquiries for particulars.  Later reports confirmed the sad tidings and it was definitely learned that the victims of the unfortunate accident were Misses Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock, Mr. Jake Pardieu and Eddie Brown, the little colored boy.  Immediately searching parties were organized and more than a hundred men from Springfield were on their way to the river, prepared to search for the missing bodies.  Before the Springfield crowd had reached the spot the bodies of Miss Comstock and that of the colored boy, Eddie Brown, had been recovered.  News of the disaster had spread through all the neighborhood and during the day several hundred people had gathered on the river banks to render what aid they could in recovering the bodies of the unfortunate victims.

The Accident

There are a number of more or less conflicting reports about the particulars of the accident, but after talking with some of the eyewitnesses the News Leader is able to give the following version which we believe to be correct in all its essential details.  A camping party made up of the families of Messrs. C. W. Noe, Jake Pardieu, Richard Walker, W. T. Comstock, besides other friends had been in camp on the river bank for a day or two.  The men had placed a trot line and had been engaged in “running” it and for purpose had used two or three small row boats.  Two of those boats, especially, were frail affairs and were not intended for rough use.  In the party were two young men, Messrs. Harlan White and Arthur Thompson, who suggested to the young girls, Misses Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock that they go boat riding.  Accordingly the two small boats were brought into use and Miss Noe embarked in the boat with Harland White, while Miss Comstock went with young Thompson.  The young people were rowing about in the big pool of water above the old mill dam, which is quite deep in places.  Mr. Pardieu was in a larger boat and with him was the Negro boy, Eddie Brown.  He rowed out to where the young folks were and called to them to come back up to the shore, that he wanted them to help with the trot line.  While Pardieu was near the boats Miss Nellie Noe became alarmed at the water rising in the boat in which she was riding and clamored over into the boat occupied by Pardieu.  The other small boat containing Miss Comstock and young Thompson also drew near and Miss Comstock also attempted to get into the larger boat, but missed and fell into the water.  Mr. Pardieu dropped from the side of his boat to help the girl, but in some manner, probably owing to the moving over of the other occupants, the boat was upset.  In the excitement and probably in their efforts to help the girls the three men and the colored boy and the two girls were all floundering about in the water, which was some twelve or fifteen feet deep.  The three boats were overturned and useless.  Just what happened then, accounts differ.  The current at that point was swift and the unfortunate young people appeared to be doomed.  The struggle was brief.  The drowning girls grasped desperately at their companions and Mr. Pardieu was seen to be making a brave effort to save one or both of the girls, but the boats were gone and the shore was too far away to reach.  Before any of the other members of the party on shore could reach the spot the waters had closed over the unfortunate young ladies and the colored boy, and Pardieu, who was a good swimmer, was making a desperate struggle.  He was evidently too nearly exhausted, however, to make any progress and soon sank for the last time.  In the meantime the two young men, Thompson and White, after struggling in the water managed to grasp one of the capsized boats and to cling on until help reached them.  White was almost unconscious, having gone down twice before grasping the boat to which he clung.

Searching for the Dead

The news of the terrible disaster soon spread and willing workers came from every direction, and the work of rescuing the dead from the watery grave was begun.  Owing to heavy rains the night before, the river had begun to rise that morning and the swift current made the work of the searchers quite difficult.  After a short time the bodies of Miss Comstock and later that of the colored boy were brought to the surface and cared for.  All day Friday a hundred men dragged and dived in the river in the vicinity of the fatal spot in an effort to locate the two missing bodies, but without success.  The particular place is known as the “old mill pond” and a long and deep hole of water is formed in the river by an old mill dam over which the water was flowing freely on the day of the accident.  The use of dynamite was resorted to in the hope of causing the bodies to come to the surface, but the effort was unsuccessful.  With the coming of night the work of the searchers was suspended, but early on Saturday morning the work began again and was carried on systematically more thoroughly.  The searchers extended operations on down the river below the dam and here it was that the remains of poor Nellie Noe were discovered where they had lodged in shallow water.  The point was about a quarter of a mile below the scene of the disaster.  Encouraged by the finding of this body, the searchers went to work with renewed energy in their efforts to locate the one remaining corpse, that of Mr. Pardieu.  Despite heroic work, however, no trace of the missing body was discovered, and the tired out searchers went to their respective houses Saturday evening with their work yet unfinished.

On Sunday morning the news came to town that the body of Pardieu had been discovered.  It was found floating in the pool near where it had gone down by a colored man, Tyler Bland, who was on the river bank alone at an early hour.  The treacherous waters had given up their dead after successfully resisting the efforts of searchers for forty-eight hours.  The remains were taken to a neighboring house and later on brought to town.  There was a general expression of relief and thankfulness that the last of the earthly remains of the unfortunate victims of the great disaster had been recovered.

The Funerals

The sad duty of burying the dead was the next trial of their friends.  The services over the remains of Miss Mary Comstock took place at the Baptist church at 3 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, and were largely attended.  The funeral discourse was delivered by the regular pastor, Rev. W. H. Williams, and six of her girlfriends acted as pallbearers.  The interment was in Cemetery Hill.

On Sunday afternoon the friends of the departed ones were called on to witness the sad and unusual occurrence of a funeral service over two remains at one time.  At St. Dominic Church at the same hour the funeral ceremony over the remains of Miss Nellie Noe and Mr. Jake Pardieu was held, and later on the two bodies were consigned to rest in St. Dominic Cemetery.  Six girlfriends and schoolmates of Miss Noe carried the remains of their departed friend to the grave.

Eddie Brown, the colored lad, was buried on Saturday evening on Cemetery Hill, after services at the colored Baptist Church.


Jacob L. Pardieu, December 8, 1869 – July 12, 1907, St. Dominic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Jacob L. Pardieu

Jacob L. Pardieu had lived in the vicinity of Springfield about 17 years.  His parents came from North Carolina and he was born in Claybourne County, Tennessee, where his parents resided for a while before coming to Kentucky.  He was 38 years of age and at an early age was married to Miss Mattie Walker, daughter of Mr. Green Walker, at Logood, Indiana.  Besides his wife, four children, the oldest being a son of 15 years, survive.  There was perhaps not a more industrious and hardworking man in the county than Jake Pardieu.  He worked and struggled sometimes through adversity in an effort to provide a competency for his family and he won the respect and friendship of all with whom he came in contact.  The bereaved wife and little children have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss.

Mary Comstock

Born August 1897, died July 12, 1907, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Comstock, and was born and reared in Springfield.  She was of a bright and cheerful disposition and had many warm friends both among her young associates and among the older people of the community.  She had been a member of the Springfield Baptist Church for several years and her life was that of a conscientious Christian character.  She had been a regular attendant of the Springfield Graded School and was a bright pupil and a general favorite with her classmates.

In the death of Mary Comstock a father and mother have lost a valuable aid and comfort, and brother and sisters will miss her kindly advice and help.


Nellie Noe, Mary 20, 1889 – July 12, 1907, St. Dominic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky

Nellie Noe

Another one of the victims of the distressing tragedy was born May 20, 1889, and was consequently just eighteen years of age.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Noe and was born and reared in Springfield.  There was perhaps no brighter mind, nor stronger character among the younger set of girls of Springfield than possessed by Nellie Noe.  She was ambitious and talented.  She stood at the head in her classes at school and won the respect and love of both teachers and pupils.  She was the idol of her devoted parents and her shocking death was a sad blow to them which will tax all their Christian fortitude for them to bear.  The heartfelt sympathy of many friends of the bereaved family goes out to them in this their sad hour.

A Tribute

Nellie, how very, very much you will be missed, especially so by loved ones at home and associates as well.  How sad the death of this sweet girl and in such a shocking way.  God in heaven, give father, mother, sisters and brother strength to bear this great grief.  Oh how sad it must and does make the entire community and how very sincerely do all sympathize with them.  Nellie was loved by all who knew her, she being of a bright and loving disposition, was a general favorite, to  know her was to love her.  Sunny and pleasant seemingly making it her one point to be congenial to all alike.  How cruel this sudden snatching her from our midst seems, how hard it must be for loved ones to bear.  But remember, bereaved ones, this will give you a desire to live a good, Christian life in that you may meet her in heaven.  Nellie, in her own sweet way, was always ready to lend a helping hand to any who need help, always glad to be of service to her companions, thereby commanding their love and good will.  She was a sweet and obedient child to her parents, their will being her pleasure.  Again do we most sincerely ask God a blessing on bereaved ones in this their unspeakable loss with the assurance that one day all things will be made plain to those who trust to God their all in all.  J. O. W.  Maryville, Tennessee

The Relationship

Mr. Pardieu and Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock were closely related by blood and marriage.  Mr. Pardieu’s wife and Nellie Noe’s mother are sisters, they being members of the Walker family.  Nellie Noe and Mary Comstock were own cousins, Mrs. Comstock being a sister of Mr. Charles Noe, the father of Nellie.

Proof of Abraham Lincoln’s Birth in Washington County, Kentucky

Today is the 204th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  Following is the account of the marriage of his parents – Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks – that occurred in Washington County on June 12, 1806 – and the possibility that our famous president was born in Washington County rather than Hardin County!  What do you think?

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

February 11, 1909

Washington County’s Part – In the History of Abraham Lincoln’s Ancestry.  Proof of His Birth in This County

It was the good fortune of the writer to know intimately two venerable women of Washington County, who have passed away within the last two years, who, by reason of relationship to Nancy Hanks Lincoln, gave the writer much information concerning the ancestry of the mother of Abraham Lincoln.  These women were Mrs. Mary Thompson, whose husband, Mr. Robert Mitchell Thompson, was a lineal descendant of Nancy Hanks.  The other, Mrs. Nancy Mitchell Walker, who bore the same relationship to Nancy Hanks, the mother of Mr. Thompson and the father of Mrs. Walker being first cousins to Nancy Hanks.

Written documents and family records in possession of these families were thoroughly gone over by the writer with Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Walker and other members of the two families, and a careful study of records aided the writer materially in collecting the following facts here given the readers of The News-Leader.

From Virginia to Kentucky

In the year 1788 in old Virginia, a company of pioneers was formed to follow the trail of Daniel Boone into the new country northward beyond the Cumberland Mountains.  The families composing  that company were Robert Mitchell’s family, consisting of the father, mother and two children, John and Sarah, and a Shipley and Browning families, eleven members in the party in all.

In the same year, Joseph Hanks, whose wife Naomi Shipley Hanks, who was a sister of Mrs. Mitchell, with their eight children, came from Virginia to Kentucky.

Richard Berry and wife, Sarah Shipley, a sister of Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Hanks found a home in Washington County.

Nancy Hanks parents, Joseph Hanks and wife Naomi (Shipley) Hanks and eight children settled in Hardin county near Elizabethtown, where the husband and father four years later died.  The mother survived the father less than a year.  Nancy, being the youngest, then about nine years old, came to live with her aunt, Sarah (Shipley) Berry in Washington County.

This hospitable pioneer home of the Berry’s also sheltered Sarah Mitchell, whose mother, Judy (Shipley) Mitchell was killed at Crab Orchard by the Indians when the party of Virginia immigrants stopped to rest their horses, cattle and other animals they were bringing from their old home.  Little Sarah was taken captive by the Indians, and her brother, John, escaped by hiding and three years later went to Canada and bought Sarah’s freedom from the man to whom the Indians had sold her.

These two girls, Nancy Hanks and Sarah Mitchell, lived with their aunt, Mrs. Berry until their marriages: Nancy to Thomas Lincoln and Sarah Mitchell to John Thompson.

The Lincoln Family In Washington County

Abraham Lincoln, Sr., who owned a large tract of land in Jefferson County was shot one day while out in a clearing near his home.  The oldest son, Mordecai, inherited the large estate, according to the law of primogeniture, which still obtained at that time.  The widow came to Washington County with her sons, Josiah and Thomas, and the youngest son, Thomas, worked at the carpenter’s trade with Mr. Richard Berry who is represented to have been a good worker and carpenter, and it was while Thomas Lincoln was working at the carpenter’s trade that he learned to love Nancy Hanks, the niece of Mrs. Berry.  The marriage of Thomas and Nancy Hanks was solemnized at the Berry house June 12, 1806.

Proof of Marriage

The marriage bond, signed by Thomas Lincoln, with Richard Berry, surety, and also the minister’s return are of record in Washington County clerk’s office where it remained for years in oblivion, while political enemies cast aspersion upon the legitimacy of Lincoln, and his biographers had to admit their inability to obtain any information concerning Lincoln’s parents marriage.  Lincoln never knew that the proof of his parents’ marriage existed, and by the merest chance was the proof found.

A cousin of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Mr. Robert Mitchell Thompson, while on a visit to Larue County, was repeatedly told that Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks were never married, and that Abraham Lincoln was an illegitimate child.  Being the kinsman of Nancy Hanks, Mr. Thompson was naturally indignant that such a report should be accepted as true.  He had heard of the marriage of Nancy Hanks to Thomas Lincoln at the home of Richard Berry and had heard of it from persons who were guests at the wedding and believed the records of the marriage could be found in the county.

Returning home, Mr. Thompson related the story he had heard in Larue County to Mr. W. F. Booker, county clerk, and stated that he remembered the year to have been 1806 when the marriage occurred.  As no index of records was kept at that early period the task seemed almost a hopeless one.  Mr. Booker’s diligent search was rewarded by the discovery of the bond, and the minister’s return, which are as follows:


Know all men by these presents that we, Thomas Lincoln and Richard Berry, are held and fairly bound unto his Excellency the Governor of Kentucky, in the just and full sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which well and truly to be made to the said governor and his successors, we bind ourselves, our heirs, do jointly and severally, formerly, by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 10th day of June 1806.  The condition of the above obligation is such that there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks for which a license has been issued.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue in law.

                                       Thomas Lincoln, Richard Berry guardian, John H. Parrott


I do certify that by authority of license issued from the clerk’s office of Washington County, I have solemnized the rites of matrimony between Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, June 12, 1806, A.D., agreeable to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Witness my hand, Jesse Head, D.E.M.E.C.

His Parents

Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks after their marriage went from the home of Richard Berry to a hewed log house near Little Beach on what is now known as Lincoln Run, in the Beechland neighborhood, where they began housekeeping.  In the course of time a child was born, a daughter, whose name was Sarah.  Three years later a boy was born.  Now the point of contention of Washington County regarding the birth of the boy – is based upon the testimony of William Hardesty, who was a young boy when the Lincolns lived in this county.  Before the birth of the second child, according to Mr. Hardesty, Thomas Lincoln went to Hardin County, now Larue, to make arrangements to move his family and left the boy, William Hardesty, at his home with his wife for company and protection.  Before their removal to Hardin County, a boy was born February 12, 1809, and he was called Abraham.  Mr. Hardesty went with the Lincolns to help them in moving, and this infant and the daughter, Sarah, were carried from Washington to Hardin County.  There are now living in Springfield persons to whom Mr. Hardesty related the foregoing facts.  Other persons older than Mr. Hardest have related substantially the same facts.  Mr. Ivan Rogers, whose death occurred the 3rd inst., and Mrs. Charlotte Hobart Vawter, received the same information several years ago from an old lady who lived in the neighborhood of the Lincoln home and was conversant with their family events.

Whether Abraham was born in Washington or Larue county, the fact is of record in this county that his parents were married here.  It is true Lincoln thought he was born in Larue County, but he knew nothing about his parents’ marriage, where, when or by whom married.  It is just as reasonable to believe he was mistaken as to the place of his birth.  At any rate, the proof hangs upon the slender thread of belief in the veracity of old citizens of Washington County, or of Larue County.

Local Families Related to Lincoln

In writing this article it is necessary to trace the genealogy of the three families, Berry, Hanks and Mitchell, and show the relationship of the families in order to prove more than a cursory interest and knowledge of the traditions and history of Nancy Hanks by those who contributed the facts about the families.  the records in the clerk’s office are a proof conclusive of her marriage to Thomas Lincoln, but other personal incidents and family history have been handed down four generations of the family.

Judy (Shipley) Mitchell’s children, John and Sarah Mitchell, each married and reared large families.  John married Eliza Boone Browning and their daughter, Mrs. Nancy Mitchell Walker who died a little more than a year ago related many interesting facts as told her by her father of their relatives, the Hanks – parents of her cousin, Nancy Hanks, for whom she was named.

Sarah Mitchell married John Thompson and to them were born ten children:  Martha, Elizabeth, Naomi, Stith, Jane, Nancy, William R., Sterling, John W. and Robert Mitchell Thompson, the latter to whom credit is due and should be given for instituting the search for the marriage record of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.  Mrs. Charlotte Robert Vawter, of Indianapolis, is a daughter of Naomi Thompson and has done much to perfect the genealogy of Lincoln.

Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, of Springfield, and Mr. John W. Thompson, of Indianapolis, are the only living children of Mr. Mitchell Thompson.

These two families, Walker and Thompson, were substantial honorable families, and their remaining descendants in this county and in Indianapolis are men and women of integrity and honor.