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A Wedding and A Funeral in Clark County

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, June 10, 1896

Joy and Sorrow

In the midst of life we are in death.  Along the pathway of existence the cradle and the coffin jostle each other and the pathway to the bridal altar.  A sad exemplification of the latter fact occurred at the home of John Goff, of Indian Fields, Wednesday.

On this occasion, ‘Edgewood,’ his handsome county home, was the scene of a beautiful wedding.  Owing to the illness of Mrs. Goff the festivities were of a very quiet nature.  However, long before the appointed hour, the spacious rooms were filled with the near relatives who had come to witness the marriage of the youngest daughter of the household, Miss Patsy, to Mr. John R. Downing, of Mason County.

The parlors were brilliantly lighted and decorated, and the dining room, where an elegant luncheon was served, presented a fairy-like appearance.

At 11 o’clock the bridal party entered the parlors.  First came Rev. Mr. McGarvey of Lexington, who performed the ceremony; he was followed by Misses Lillie and Anna Goff, cousin and niece of the bride.  Then came the bride attended by her sister, Miss Margaret Goff, and the groom with his attendant, Mr. Edward Gault, of Mason County.

The bride was gowned in a dainty creation of Paris mull, and valenciennes lace and carried bridal roses.  The maids also wore Paris mull and carried pink mermets.  The bridal party gracefully grouped, with fern-draped window as a background, made a beautiful tableaux.

After luncheon, the happy couple drove to this city where Mr. and Mrs. Downing took the 3 o’clock train for Maysville.

The groom is a cultured gentleman and one of Mason County’s most popular and prosperous farmers.  Clark is losing one of her most lovable daughters but her loss is Mason’s gain.

Mrs. Patsy Goff, the mother of the bride, had been ill for some time, but was thought to be better, but that evening she grew worse and about dark she died.

She was originally Miss Prewitt and was sixty-five years of age.  Funeral at

the residence this morning and burial in the Winchester Cemetery.

She leaves six sons and five daughters, to-wit:  Thomas, Levi, James, John, Elisha and Caswell, Mrs. Henrietta Bedford, Mrs. Emma Browning, Mrs. Lizzie Bedford, Miss Margaret Goff and Mrs. Patsy Downing.

The sympathy of a host of friends go out to the stricken family in this sorrowful ending of a day of joy. – Winchester Democrat.

John Hedges Goff, May 9, 1821 – May 23, 1901.  Martha Chandler Prewitt Goff, December 8, 1830 – June 3, 1896.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky

Friday, May 24, 1901

Died Thursday Morning

Father of Mrs. John R. Downing Passes Away at His Home in Clark County

Mr. John Hedges Goff, in his eighty-first year, died early Thursday morning at his home at Indian Fields, Clark County, of old age.  The funeral takes place at Winchester at noon today.

Mr. Goff was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom survive, among those surviving being Mrs. John R. Downing, of Washington.

Mr. Goff was a prominent breeder of Shorthorn cattle and was instrumental in the building of the Kentucky Union railroad.

The Winchester Democrat, Clark County, Kentucky

Friday, May 25, 1901

Mr. John Hedges Goff died shortly after midnight Wednesday at his home at Indian Fields, of old age, he being in his eighty-first year.  The remains were interred in the Winchester Cemetery, with services at the grave.  His wife, formerly Miss Martha Prewitt, died in 1895; three children are also dead, and ten survive, viz:  Thomas Goff, of Lexington; Mrs. H. C. Bedford and Levi Goff, of Winchester; Mrs. Emma Browning and John Goff, of Jackson; Elisha Goff, Caswell Goff and Miss Margaret Goff, of Clark County; Mrs. Lizzie Bedford, of Columbia, Mo., and Mrs. Patsy Downing, of Mason County.  Mr. Goff was born at Indian Fields and had lived there all his life.  Although for many years one of the most popular and prominent men in the county, he never held political office, but for many years had been an Elder in Bethlehem Christian Church.  He was devoted to public improvements, and was a prominent breeder of Shorthorn cattle.  He was instrumental in building the Iron Works turnpike and Kentucky Union Railroad, in both of which he lost money, resulting in financial embarrassment later.  He was a good neighbor and a splendid citizen, and his death is a loss to the whole community.  A singular coincidence was that his death occurred on the anniversary of the marriage of his favorite granddaughter, Mattie Bedford.

The Winchester Democrat, Clark County, Kentucky

Tuesday, May 21, 1901

Friday we attended the burial of our old friend and brother and former neighbor, John H. Goff. And while standing near the group of weeping children, and looking down into the empty grave, which would soon receive and for ever hide from view the mortal remains of our dear old friend, our mind wandered back to our boyhood days; we saw in those long bygone years the luxurious, beautiful, prosperous and happy home of John H. Goff. No farm in this entire section of the county was more fertile and kept in a higher state of cultivation. The home was prosperous because intelligence and industry were combined in tilling the soil and in managing its various departments and products. It was a religious home where parents and children were accustomed to meet together around the family altar and enjoy sweet communion with their Maker. The widow and orphan, the poor and needy and distressed never left his home empty handed. The world has in truth been made happier and better by this good man having lived in it. His sons can do no better than emulate the life and character of their father.


Alexander Tribble Breathes His Last May 13, 1888

Alexander Tribble, born April 5, 1810, died May 13, 1888.  Nancy, his wife, born July 27, 1819, died January 16, 1893.  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County, Kentucky.

The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, May 16, 1888

Alexander Tribble died at his home on the Big Hill turnpike, 4 ½ miles from Richmond, in Madison County, Kentucky, on Sunday morning, May 13th, 1888, aged 78 years.  The funeral occurred on Tuesday, and the burial in the Richmond Cemetery at 3 o’clock of the same day.  Deceased was a native of and always resided in Madison County.  He was a member of the Christian church, a Democrat, and a farmer.  He was an excellent business man, and accumulated an estate of $250,000, which he disposed of by will.  There executors were appointed – Mrs. Tribble, Mr. Zan Tribble and Mr. Thomas D. Chenault.  The sum of $5,000 was set aside for a monument; $1,000 was given to Mt. Zion Church; $1,500 to Miss Nickerson, who had lived at his house; a small farm to Rev. T. J. Tribble; and other bequests were made.  The executors are to conduct the estate in the most profitable manner during the life of Mrs. Tribble.  At her death she has a right, under the will, to dispose absolutely of one half of the estate, the remainder to go to the relatives of Mr. Tribble.  Mrs. Tribble was a Chenault.  Deceased was the largest tax-payer in Madison County, and sold larger and better lots of fat cattle than any man who ever lived in the county, his cattle often being exported to England.  He was a model farmer, a good neighbor, an excellent citizen, and lived an enviable Christian life.  He was noted for his uniform pleasant disposition to all persons, regardless of rank or position.  A large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to the cemetery.

Alexander Tribble married his cousin, Nancy Chenault, October 26, 1843.

Peter Tribble, born March 9, 1774, died March 18, 1849.  Mary Tribble, born April 2, 1776, died September 14, 1831.  ‘Their remains are laying 3 miles south of Richmond.

Peter and Mary are Alexander Tribble’s parents.  Mary Boone married Peter Burris Tribble, the son of Rev. Andrew Tribble and Sarah Ann Burris, October 8, 1793.

David Chenault, born September 30, 1771, died May 9, 1831.  Nancy Chenault, born November 6, 1778, died August 2, 1862.  ‘Their remains are laying near Cave Spring Church.’

Nancy Tribble’s parents.

Eliza L. Clay Smith Obituary


To the Memory of J. Speed Smith, born July 31, 1792, married July 31, 1815, died June 6, 1854.  Erected by his widow, Eliza L. Clay Smith, born March 29, 1798, died October 14, 1887

from The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 19, 1877

Mrs. Eliza Smith died at the home of her son, John Speed Smith, in Richmond, Kentucky, on Friday, October 14th, 1887, in the 90th year of her age. The funeral occurred from the Baptist church on Monday, and the burial in the Richmond Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was the mother of Rev. Green Clay Smith, Dr. C. C. Smith, Hon. J. Speed Smith, Mrs. Talbott, of Tennessee, and Mrs. David S. Goodloe, of Lexington, the last named being the mother of Hon. Wm. Cassius Goodloe, ex-Minister to Belgium, Maj. Green Clay Goodloe, of the Marine service, son-in-law of Senator James B. Beck, Dr. David S. and Judge Speed S. Goodloe. Mrs. Smith had six other children. She was the sister of Gen. Cassius M. Clay, ex-Minister to Russia, the late Hon. Brutus Clay, of Bourbon, and Mrs. Pauline Rodes, deceased, of Madison County. She had five other brothers and sisters. She was the widow of the late Hon. John Speed Smith, member of Congress, and daughter of Green Clay, Brigadier General in the War of 1812.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Madison County, a member of the Baptist church, and retained her faculties of sight hearing and speech to her last day. She was an accomplished woman, and until recently when wheeled up to the piano in her invalid chair, played with skill many of the pieces she learned three quarters of a century ago.

Elizabeth Field Holloway Obituary


William Holloway, born May 25, 1810, died June 19, 1883.  Elizabeth F., wife of William Holloway, born April 25, 1811, died February 8, 1903.  Richmond Cemetery, Madison County

from The Richmond Climax, Madison County, Kentucky

Wednesday, February 11, 1903

Mrs. Elizabeth Field Holloway died at her home in Lexington, on Sunday evening, in the 93rd year of her age. Deceased was a widow of Col. William Holloway, who was a merchant in this city many years ago, being of the firm of Field and Holloway and conducted business in the room now occupied by Mr. B. W. Turner. Mrs. Holloway was the daughter of Col. Ezekiel Field and Patsey Irvine Field. After her marriage she and her splendid husband resided at the old Holloway home on East Main Street until after the close of the war, at which time they removed to Lexington. Deceased leaves a brother, Col Zeke, and three daughters, Misses Mary, Pattie and Annie, and two sons, Robert and Suniun, to mourn her loss. Her remains were brought to this city yesterday and interred in our beautiful cemetery, where she now rests beside her loved ones, who long ago passed to their eternal rest.