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1846 Will of William A. Jones – Livingston County

William A. Jones is the fourth great-grandfather of my husband.  Unfortunately, I do not know the name of his first wife.  Ritchey descends from his son Thomas who married Rachel Margaret Walker.

This is a fantastic will because it names all the children – and tells us the wife, Mariah Jones, is a second wife.  Why didn’t everyone be so thoughtful?

Livingston County Will Book B, Page 117

In the name of God, amen.  I, William A. Jones, of the County of Livingston and State of Kentucky, being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same manner following, that is to say I give –

1st.  I desire that so much of my perishable property to be immediately sold after my decease and out of the money arising therefrom all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

2nd.  After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give to my wife, Mariah Jones, the balance of my perishable property after the above named debts being paid and the tract of land I now live on I give to my wife during her natural life or remains my widow, and at her death or marriage the said tract of land to be equally divided between David Jones and Patsy Allen and Sarah Jones, James Jones and Isaac Jones, Edmond Jones and Elizabeth Jones, all of the above being the children I have by my last wife.

3rd.  I give to Thomas Jones and Jesse Jones and Joshua Jones and Fanny Gazaway and William W. Jones and Olive Barr, six hundred acres of land lying in Trigg County in this state, near the mouth of Little River.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Thomas Jones and my son David Jones executors of this, my last will and testament.  I do not request my executors to give security, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 27th day of December in the year 1846.

William A. Jones

Signed, sealed and published and declared as the last will and testament of the above-named William A. Jones, in presence of us.  Witness, Jesse Wills, Jonathan McCandless, Elisha Biggs.

Kentucky, Livingston County

I, James S. Dallam, Clerk of the Court for the County aforesaid, hereby certify that the foregoing last will and testament of William A. Jones was on this day produced in open court and proven by the oaths of Jonathan McCandless and Elisha Biggs, two subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Thereupon I have truly recorded the same and this certificate in my said office.  Given under my hand this 1st day of February 1850.

James S. Dallam

William A. Jones, born June 17, 1784, died December 29, 1847.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

The Edward Palmer Torian Family of Trigg County

Edward Palmer Torian was the son of George and Martha Palmer Torian, born in Christian County March 22,1820, the ninth child out of ten.  He moved to Trigg County and became a merchant.  On November 10, 1848, he married Martha L. Durall.

Infant daughter of E. P. and M. L. Torian, born and died April 26th 1850.  Pioneer Cemetery, Cadiz, Trigg County, Kentucky.

In the 1850 census of Trigg County the couple were living with the D. B. Carson family, also a merchant.  Edward was 30, and Martha was 22.  No children were listed, but the sad fact is they had a daughter, Molly, who born and died the same day, April 26, 1850.  Martha soon followed her daughter to the grave on September 23, 1850.

Mrs. Martha L. Torian, consort of E. P. Torian, born September 29th 1827, died September 23rd 1850.

The beautiful sentiment written on the stone gives us an idea of Edward’s grief –

When evening shadows gather round, And sleep our eyelids seal, The memory of departed friends, Will o’er our spirits steal.  Again we press a loving lip –

And the rest is beneath ground!  How I wish I could read the full verse!

Infant son of E. P. & M. E. Torian, born and died May 3, 1855

Three years later Edward marries Mary E. McAllister on December 18, 1853.  Again his marriage ends in tragedy.  An infant son was born and died May 3, 1855.  Mary died eighteen days later, May 21st, of puerperal fever.  This fever killed so many women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries I had to do a little research.

Puerperal fever is an infection of some part of the reproductive organs following childbirth, resulting in high fever, chills and lower abdominal pain – generally resulting in death.  Since many doctors at the time did not believe hand washing was necessary, many cases were caused by the doctors themselves.  The prior health of the mother was also a determining factor.

Edward marries a third time – to Mary E. Allegree.  In the 1860 Trigg census they are living with the E. A. Slaughter family, a druggist.  Edward was 37, merchant, with $8000 in personal estate, and Mary was 26.

Edward P. Torian, born March 22, 1820, died November 20, 1861.

Edward Palmer Turian died November 20, 1861.  I could find no cause of death.  His widow lived less than three years after his death.  Such a shame that no one from this family has descendants living today to keep their memories alive.  We shall remember and mourn them.

18 Counties/36 Cemeteries/3,000 Plus Gravestone Photos

Melissa Williams, born October 25, 1851, died February 17, 1923.  ‘Gone to a brighter home where grief can not come.’  Stoney Point Cemetery, Allen County, Kentucky

The past eleven days have been more epic than I ever thought possible.  Ritchey and I traveled to western Kentucky for genealogy research.  We visited 18 counties, 36 cemeteries and took more than 3,000 gravestone photos.

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 58 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Number one on our list was a visit to Livingston County to find out more about his Jolly family, and to photograph gravestones of all family members.  That was accomplished!

Drury Boyd, born May 6, 1827, died January 13, 1891.  Martha Boyd Cemetery, Christian County, Kentucky.

Number two was to visit cemeteries in as many of the surrounding counties as possible.  In addition to Livingston we visited 17 others – Allen, Butler, Caldwell, Christian, Clinton, Cumberland, Hancock, Logan, Lyon, McCreary, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Warren and Wayne!

Father, Abner R. Terry, February 10, 1807 – November 29, 1847.  Mother, Eleanor Dyer, February 6, 1805 – December 9, 1892.  Daughter, Susan Emaline, wife of Judge John R. Crace, May 5, 1835 – January 20, 1860.  Infant daughter, Mary.  Terry-Pioneer Cemetery, Trigg County, Kentucky.

When we left Harrodsburg on Saturday morning, the 21st of October, we enjoyed breakfast at the Bluebird Cafe in Standford.  Then headed south to cover the southern counties that share a border with Tennessee – McCreary, Wayne, Clinton and Cumberland.

Joshua F. Bell, Pvt. Co. D., 30 Regt.  Ky Vol. Inf.  1844-1930.  Alexander Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.

Our home base was Logan County, staying in Garwood Linton’s beautiful cottage farm house – large old trees surrounded the house, leaves of gold, green and red, many fluttering down with the breeze.  The old, old cedars that his gr-gr-grandfather, John Wesley Linton, planted after the Civil War, in memory of his company that didn’t make it home.  The farm house is so comfortably decorated, but with great style and pizazz!  Across the road is Corinth Country Market, with homemade bread, pies and cakes, sandwiches, canned goods, and many other yummy things (we stopped by quite often).

Aquilla M. Starks, December 28, 1799 – September 13, 1855.  Antioch Cemetery, Todd County, Kentucky.

From Logan County we fanned out to the other counties, generally visiting three counties per day.  One day was spent at the Logan County Historical Society.  Most of the towns we visited were small, with restaurants that concentrated on good food, and people that were so very friendly.  It was a wonderful trip – and now I have so much to share with you!

John C. Dabney Biography

County of Trigg, Kentucky – Historical and Biographical by Perrin, 1884

John C. Dabney was born January 14, 1852, in Cadiz.  He is the second of five children born to Albert S. and Pamelia (Middleton) Dabney.  His father was born in Louisa County, Virginia, and emigrated to Trigg County when about fourteen years of age; he was a highly cultivated Christian gentleman, a member of the Christian Church and one of the purest and best men that ever lived; he was exceedingly popular, and filled with marked ability and credit, for about sixteen years, the office of County Clerk; he died in Cadiz in 1860, in his thirty-sixth year.  His mother was the eldest daughter of the late John Middleton of Shelby County, Kentucky.  She was a lady of superior intelligence and culture, and also possessed rare business qualifications.  She is said, by those best acquainted with her, to have been the brightest scholar of her classes.  She obtained a profound knowledge of the classics, and as a Latin scholar had but few equals and no superior.  She was a faithful and devoted mother, an earnest and conscientious Christian, a member of the church of her husband and brought up her children – three sons and a daughter – “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  She had the consolation of knowing and seeing her children profess Christ before she was called to her sweet reward; this estimable lady died in December, 1875.  Our subject received his primary education while working on the farm and helping to support his widowed mother and family, and studied night and day at home under the instruction and tutelage of his mother, and later attended the schools in Cadiz, where he won prizes for his studious habits, scholarship and gentlemanly deportment.  In 1869 he left Cadiz and went to the Kentucky University at Lexington.  There we find him a lad about seventeen years of age, hard at work; studious, industrious, faithful and punctual in all his school duties, and as a reward for his thorough, faithful work, he was promoted to a Captaincy in the Second Session and had charge of the Military Department, and also received the appointment to West Point from the university as having the highest and best standing in his classes, but he declined to accept this high honor, and continued at the university as a student for two years longer, holding the position of Captain and noted for his competency and strict military discipline.  He was also engaged as tutor in the university by which means he was able to finish his education.  Having completed his literary course in June, 1873, he went to teaching school and studying law; he taught one year longer at Lexington and then took a course of law lectures at Kentucky University, and then returned to Cadiz and took charge of the high school, which position he ably filled as Principal for about eight years.  In 1876 he was admitted to practice law in the courts of the state, since which time he has been actively engaged in the practice of his profession (even while teaching), and we predict for him a bright future.  In August, 1883, he was elected County Attorney, which office he now honorably fills, and is said to be one of the most active, energetic and competent officers Trigg has had.  He is a member of the Board of School Examiners, and also connected with the Society of Chosen Friends.  Captain Dabney was married June 14, 1876, to Miss Mattie, second daughter of J. W. Chappell, of Cadiz.  Three bright children gladden their home.  Captain Dabney and wife are both devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  He has been Sunday School Superintendent for the past six years.

Elias A. Nunn Biography

from County of Trigg, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical by Perrin, 1884

Linton Precinct

Elias A. Nunn was born in Smith County, Tennessee, November 16, 1833, and is a son of Lindsey and Rachel (Coleman) Nunn, natives of Shenandoah County, Virginia.  The father came to the county in 1848, and settled three miles west of Canton, where the mother died in 1852.  In 1854 the father moved to Henry County, Tennessee, where he died in 1881.  Subject is the fourth of seven living children.  He began life for himself when twenty years old, and settled at Linton.  Here he engaged in the saw-milling business with Messrs. Gentry & Whitlock, 1865, under the title of Gentry, Nunn & Co.  He remained in this business until 1882.  He came to his present farm in 1870, where he now owns about 1,800 acres; has about 200 acres in cultivation.  Mr. Nunn was married in 1865 to Miss Margaret Martin, a daughter of John Martin, of Trigg County.  Mrs. Nunn is a native of this county, and is the mother of five children – two sons and three daughters.  Subject is a member of Linton Lodge No. 575, A. F. & A. M.  In politics he is an Independent.

John G. Jefferson Biography

from County of Trigg, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical by Perrin, 1884

Cadiz Precinct

John G. Jefferson is the oldest native born white child now living in Cadiz; he was born here on September 21, 1834, and is a son of Dr. Thomas B. and Martha A. (Graves) Jefferson.  The father was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on the 13th of April, 1805, and was a son of Peter F. and Elizabeth (Harrison) Jefferson.  The former was a cousin of President Jefferson, the latter a cousin of President Harrison.  When Thomas was six years old his father moved to Sumner County, Tennessee.  Here Dr. Jefferson obtained the rudiments of his education.  At the age of eighteen he entered the office of Dr. Rawlings and commenced the study of medicine.  After studying there one year he entered the Transylvania University at Lexington.  At this institution he remained two terms, and graduated with honor to himself and credit to his preceptors.  On his return from college he settled in the vicinity of Nashville, Tennessee.  After practicing medicine one year alone he entered into a co-partnership with Dr. Maxey, at Haysboro, Davidson County, Tennessee.  In 1830 he determined to go to St. Louis, and accordingly started for that place; he was delayed by a severe snowstorm at Hopkinsville, and while stopping there some of the citizens of Cadiz, among them William Cannon, then Clerk of the Circuit Court, petitioned him to settle at this point.  Accordingly in the fall of 1831 he came to Cadiz, and cast his lot with the people of this county.  In 1832, when the Asiatic cholera made its appearance in Kentucky, Salem, in Crittenden County, was smitten by the epidemic.  The people of Cadiz, fearing this disease would appear at that point, solicited Dr. Jefferson to go and investigate the theory of the disease.  With commendable zeal and fearlessness he started to Salem, but on his arrival at Princeton he found the scourge had already reached that point.  Here the citizens stopped him and insisted that he should take charge of the case of Mr. Peter Simmerman, a merchant of that place, then pronounced by the home physicians to be in a hopeless condition.  Our subject now has in his possession two letters concerning his father’s treatment of this case; one written by N. S. Dalman, Esq., the other by Thomas Haynes, Esq., in which the courage, skill and firmness of Dr. Jefferson are spoken of in words of deep admiration.  Simmerman although in a collapsed state when Dr. Jefferson reached him, was cured, and as one of the letter writers remarked, “Dr. Jefferson snatched an estimable citizen from the grave and restored him to the bosom of his family.”  He continued to make tri-weekly visits to Princeton during the prevalence of the disease, and under the treatment of this physician the disease lost its terrors to some extent.  From this time until his death Dr. Jefferson occupied a very high, if not the highest, rank in the medical profession of this and adjoining counties; he died on July 11, 1873, and his loss was severely felt in the community in which he had resided so long, especially by the poorer classes, for whom he had great sympathy.  He loved the right, manly and the noble, and detested fraud, meanness and sham.  The mother of subject was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, and her death occurred in this county in April, 1853.  The schools of the county furnished subject’s education.  When a youth he went to Eddyville, Lyon County, and there taught school for a while, then wrote in the County Clerk’s office.  While engaged in this latter occupation he also found time to read law some, and in 1855 he entered the Louisville Law School.  From this institution he graduated in the class of 1856; he came to this county and practiced his profession for a few months, when he became book-keeper at Laura Furnace, where he remained until his marriage.  During the war he spent most of the time in the South.  In 1866 he returned to Cadiz and remained a short time; he then went to Texas, where he spent several months, and then returned to this county.  In January, 1869, he was appointed County Court Clerk, and in the following August he was elected to the office for one year, and in August, 1870, he was re-elected for four years, and since that time has held the office continuously, being re-elected in 1874, 1878 and 1882;  he is an insurance agent, and also does something in farming, having a tract of land near Cadiz.  Mr. Jefferson was married near Nashville, Tennessee, on May 17, 1861, to Miss Elizabeth S. Banks, a daughter of Samuel M. and Nancy R. (McCarty) Banks.  Mrs. Jefferson was born in Fayette County, Missouri, and is the mother of five children – one girl and four boys.  Subject and family are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Mr. Jefferson is also a member of A. F. &  A. M, I. O. O. F., K. of H. and Chosen Friends fraternities.

E. C. Spiceland Biography

Anything with the name ‘Linton’ intrigues me!  Still not sure about the history of Linton Precinct in Trigg County!

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1884

County of Trigg, Linton Precinct

E. C. Spiceland was born in Stewart County, Tennessee, June 1, 1826, and is a son of Sanford and M. (Copeland) Spiceland, natives of Northampton County, North Carolina.  In 1845 our subject went to Canton, and kept the ferry for one year; the following year he ran a saloon.  In 1847, he enlisted in the Mexican War and remained about three months; served, while out, in the Quartermaster Department.  On his return to Canton he clerked for W. D. Grace.  In 1850 he moved to Cadiz and there clerked for William Sorey & Company.  After remaining there one year, he returned to Canton, where he clerked in a warehouse.  In 1854 he began merchandising for himself, and remained in business at that point until the breaking out of war.  In 1862, he enlisted in Company L, of the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry.  He went out as Lieutenant, and was afterward made Regimental Quartermaster.  He returned to Canton in September, 1863, and in partnership with John D. Tyler ran a warehouse.  On January 1, 1866, he came to Linton, and began merchandising.  At this place he has since been engaged in business.  In 1875 he took his son, S. L. Spiceland, into the business as partner.  The firm now carries a stock of about $10,000.  Soon after he came to Linton he was appointed Postmaster and held the office until about 1875.  Since that time the position has been filled by his son.  Mr. Spiceland married in 1848 to Miss Martha Ross, daughter of Kenneth Ross, of Tennessee.  She was born in Stewart County, and died in April, 1866.  She left three children – one son and two daughters.  Mr. Spiceland was next married in July, 1866, to Miss Mary Scudder, a daughter of P. P. Scudder.  She died in 1871, and in 1872 Mr. Spiceland married Miss Martha Barte, a daughter of A. J. Barte; they have five children living  – two sons and three daughters.  Subject is a member of the Baptist church; has served as Magistrate of the county.  In politics he is identified with the Republican Party.