William Peter Montgomery was born 178 years ago – August 7, 1833 – in Washington County, Kentucky. He was the son of William Peter Montgomery and Mary Polly Yates. His father died two months before his birth during the cholera epidemic. William Peter Montgomery married Martha Ann Carrico December 20, 1862. Together they had ten children.
Note by Phyllis Brown: William Peter Montgomery was my great-great-grandfather. I am descended through his son Robert E. Lee Montgomery.
The Springfield Sun – August 24, 1910
Sudden Death of W. P. Montgomery
Well Known and Highly Respected Citizen of Washington County Passes Away
The people of this county and especially those of this community, were profoundly shocked to hear of the death of W. P. Montgomery, which occurred at his home Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mr. Montgomery was not only a man of advanced years, being 77 years of age, but for some time had been in bad health. His death was caused by acute indigestion.
Mr. Montgomery was known and liked by the people of this community in which he was born and where he had spent all his life. He was a man with many admirable traits of character and his familiar figure and courteous manner will be greatly missed by all who knew and admired him. Mr. Montgomery raised one of the best families ever raised in this county and besides his wife he is survived by the following children: Thomas Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, Charles Montgomery, Sam Montgomery, Mrs. Kent Smith, Mrs. A. B. Rudd, and Miss Sallie Montgomery, of this county, and Brother Christopher, a member of the Xaverian order, of Baltimore.
The funeral services were conducted this morning at St. Rose and attended by a large concourse of friends. The remains were later interred in St. Dominic’s cemetery.
The News-Leader, Springfield, KY – August 25, 1910
A death that was a shock to his many friends because of its comparative suddenness was that of Mr. Wm. P. Montgomery which occurred on last Monday afternoon at five o’clock. Montgomery attended church at St. Dominic’s Sunday morning and was in his usual health until about ten o’clock Sunday night when he was taken violently ill with Cholera Morbus, which in connection with heart trouble, caused his death the next day. On the 7th day of this month he celebrated his 78th birthday. Mr. Montgomery was born and reared in Washington County and is the last of a family of six children. When a young man he was married to Miss Annie Woodward, who lived but a few years. No children of this marriage survive. On the 29th of December 1862 he was married to Miss Martha Ann Carrico, who with the following ten children survives, namely: Messrs Thomas, Robert, Sam and Charles Montgomery, Mrs. Laura Wheatley, Mrs. Kent Smith, Mrs. Brook Rudd, Mrs. R.S. Mudd and Miss Sallie Montgomery, all of this place, and brother Christopher Montgomery of the Order of Xavena Brothers of Massachusetts.
Mr. Montgomery was well known throughout the county, and was of a hospitable nature being one of those men of whom it can be said, “The latchstring of his door always hung on the outside.”
Funeral services were conducted at High Requiem Mass by Father Sullivan at St. Rose yesterday and burial was in St. Dominics cemetery. The pall bearers were Luke Barlow, Fred Carrico, John A. Polin, Joe Spalding, Joe Polin and Lee Carrico.