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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.


Clark County Public Library Obituaries Index – Luther Dykes Obituary

The Clark County Public Library offers a valuable service to those interested in obituaries from this county.  From 1867 to 2009, with not all dates available, library volunteers have made an index of obituaries that appeared in local papers – The Clark County Democrat, 1867-1886; The Winchester Democrat, 1887-1917; The Daily Democrat, 1918-1910; The Semi-Weekly Sun, 1878-1880; and The Winchester Sun, 1881-present.  On this page, Clark County Newspaper Obituaries, click on corresponding alphabet character and you can see the entire list of those men and women with an obituary listed in one of the newspapers – sometimes there is even more information as noted below for Luther Dykes.  It talks about his illness, death, some court information and selling of the estate.  Think how valuable this could be if you have ancestors who lived in this county!  Many thanks to those volunteers who worked many, many hours to give us such a valuable resource!

Luther Dykes, born November 1, 1825, died October 14, 1898.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

All articles are from The Winchester Democrat

Tuesday, September 20, 1898

Stricken With Paralysis.

Luther Dykes, a well-known and highly respected citizen living near Boonesboro, was stricken with paralysis Sunday and one side is perfectly helpless.

Tuesday, October 18, 1898

Death of Luther Dykes.

Luther Dykes died at his home near Boonesboro Friday evening of paralysis aged seventy-four years.   Funeral Sunday at Forest Grove Church by Elds. J. W. Harding, T. Q Martin and L. C. Hoskins and burial in the Winchester Cemetery. Mr. Dykes was a native of the county and he always lived in the same neighborhood.   He was a straight forward, honest man and a good citizen. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Railsback and his last wife was Mildred Mitchell. Three sons, John, the well-known iceman of this city, James D., a merchant of Richmond and Richard who lives near Boonesboro, and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Stafford, of Florida, also survive him.

Tuesday, October 18, 1898 

Mr. and Mrs. Barney Kelley, of Richmond, were in the city Sunday. They came over to attend the funeral of Luther Dykes.

Tuesday, October 25, 1898

County Court Items.

Will of Luther Dykes offered for probate. He leaves his property to his wife and four children, equal parts, with the exception that his wife is left a small sum of money in addition. Jas. D. Dykes was appointed administrator with H. L. Stevens, R. D. Hunter and Ealler Dykes as appraisers.

Friday, November 11, 1898

J. D. Dykes, executor of Luther Dykes, will sell the farm and personalty of said decedent November 22nd. See advertisement in this issue.

Friday, November 25, 1898

Sale of the Luther Dykes Land.

J. D. Dykes, executor of his father, Luther Dykes, sold publicly Tuesday the lands of said decedent near Boonesboro. The home place of 75 acres was bought by Ealler Dykes at $26 per acre. The Lisle tract near by was bought by Dick Dykes at $21.30 per acre.

Tuesday, March 7, 1899

Real Estate Deals

Luther Dykes, Exr., to Ealler Dykes, 74 acres near Boonesborough, for $1,950.

Tuesday, April 25, 1899

Those having claims against the estate of Luther Dykes, deceased, will present them to J. D. Dykes, of Richmond. See notice in this issue.

Milly Railsback, wife of Luther Dykes, born December 9, 1829, died March 10, 1883.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

Richard and Mary ‘Polly’ Duerson

IMG_1700_1Richard Duerson, July 29, 1790 – October 2, 1855.  Polly Duerson, September 18, 1809 – July 28, 1902.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky.

This blog started with just the one photo of the gravestone of Richard and Polly Duerson, taken in Winchester City Cemetery in Clark County, Kentucky.  But, of course, that is only the beginning.  There were no other stones that I photographed with this last name.  The hunt was on!

1850 2In the 1850 census of Clark County Richard Duerson is listed as 59 years of age, born in Virginia; Polly, 40, born in Kentucky; along with the following children – Henry, 17; Eldred, 14; Maria, 13; Charles, 11; Mildred, 9; Catherine, 7; Lucy, 4; Richard, 2.  1850 is usually where I start in the census records – it’s the first that names all individuals living in the household.  In the 1850 Slave Schedule for Clark County Richard Duerson is listed as owning 12 individuals – 8 females and 4 males that range in age from less than a year to 57 years of age.

Let’s back up to 1830.  In that census 10 individuals are living in the household – one male 30-39 – that would be Richard; one male 20-29.  Since Richard and Polly married December 23, 1823, there would be no children of that age – unless Richard was previously married and had a son (he was more than 10 years older than Polly).  It could also be a younger brother of either of the couple.  One female 20-29 – that would be Polly; and three females under the age of 5 – three daughters!  There are 2 black males less than ten, a male 55-99 and one female 24-35.  It is quite possible those three young daughters were married and in homes of their own by the 1850 census twenty years later, or more likely, since the 1910 census tells us Polly had 13 children and only 7 were alive at that time, these three young daughters died before 1850.  Of course, they may have married and died during childbirth.

deaht 1This very tiny photo says that Richard Duerson, 63, farmer, no parents listed (although in a Clark County newspaper I found that Jack and Mary Bush Duerson were named as his parents), died September 30, of diarrhea.  Cholera was listed but marked out.  I’m not sure why.  Eight other individuals listed on that page died of cholera.  Of the 82 deaths in Clark County in 1855, 13 were caused by cholera – 16%.

Gaitskill 1 2Polly was left a widow at the age of 46 – much like her mother, Ann Gaitskill, who was left a widow in 1812.  Ann was appointed guardian to ‘Susan, Sally, Nancy, Betsy, Emily, Polly and Mariah Gaitskill, orphans of Henry Gaitskill, deceased, whereupon she, together with James Stewart and Thomas Wright her securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $10,000 conditioned according to law.’  Seven young daughters!  Could their father have been killed during the War of 1812?  This may also explain why Polly Gaitskill married at such a young age!

It was so exciting to find so many court/probate records for this family after the father’s death.  The first is a list of ‘articles promised and set apart for the use and benefit of the widow and infant children of Richard Duerson, deceased’.

admin 23 1Some of the items listed are two horses and gear, one plow and gear, two cows and calf, two beds, bedding and furniture; one loom and spinning wheel and card.  One pot and one oven, no stove on premises, six plates, six cups and saucers, one coffee pot and tea pot (thank heavens for that!  couldn’t be without tea!).  One half dozen knives and forks, one table, family Bible.  One saddle and appendages and bridle.  Six chairs, all the poultry on the farm, ten head of sheep, wheat, one two year old heifer for beef.  This was written October 18, 1855 – less than two weeks after Richard’s death.

Notice the children are listed as ‘infant children’.  I believe this would be any child under the age of twenty-one.  The children’s actual ages are Henry, at age 22 in 1855, down to Richard, aged 7.

admin 79 1The next interesting find was a map of Richard Duerson’s land showing the allotment of dower – Mary is now listed with her christian name rather than nickname – I suppose since she is head of household that raises her in the eyes of the public!  Notice the map shows where the ‘Mansion house’ was on the 254 acres of land.  There are several named roads on the map – Mt. Sterling Road, Winchester and Mt. Sterling Turnpike, Red Rive Ironworks Road – and a railroad, the Lexington and Big Sandy.  Mary also owns 38 acres of land next to the railroad.  In addition to all this information, the people living adjacent to her property are listed!  John Weaver, Thomas Hart, Philip B. Winn, John W. Redmon and a Mr. Kelly are her neighbors!

admin 80Another tract of land.

admin 81 2The division of slaves gives Mary Duerson the following – Austin, aged 35; Sarah, aged 14; Patsey, aged 9; and Delpha, aged 63.  We will return to this in 1870!

guardian 507 2Each of the children except Henry had guardians that looked after the portion of the estate given to their wards.  The above is one piece of information from April 4, 1857, for Maria.  Eldred and Catherine were wards of William Henry Duerson, probably their uncle.  Maria and Charles were wards of J. N. Winn, a neighbor.  Mildred was the ward of H. G. Poston; and Lucy and Richard were wards of William Halley Smith.

1860 2In the 1860 census Mary is listed with five of her children, each of which have their portion of their father’s estate listed.  Maria and Charles were probably married at this point.  Maria married a Mr. Bean and Charles became a doctor.

1870 2In 1870, the first census after the Civil War, it is interesting to note that Henry is back home, living with his mother; the other children all married and in homes of their own.  But the most important piece of information is Sarah and Bush Hall and their children that live with Mary Duerson.  Bush is a farm laborer and Sarah is a domestic servant.  Remember the young slave, Sarah, who was part of Mary’s dower?  I believe this to be the same woman, now employed rather than a slave.

In 1880 Mary Duerson is living alone, but in the 1900 census she is a boarder with Olivia Sewell.  Mary is listed as born in 1809, aged 90, a widow, gave birth to 13 children, 7 living, both parents born in Virginia.  Mary died two years later.

from The Winchester Democrat, Clark County, Kentucky

Tuesday, July 29, 1902

 Death of Mrs. Duerson

Mrs. Mary Gaitskill Duerson died yesterday morning of the decay incident to old age, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maria Bean, on College Street, in the ninety-fourth year of her age. The remains will be buried this afternoon in the Winchester cemetery, services at the grave by Rev. J. J. Gilbert.

She was a native of this county, and before her marriage was Miss Gaitskill. Her husband, Richard Duerson, died in 1874.

She leaves three sons, Dr. Chas. Duerson, of Mt. Sterling, Henry and Eldred Duerson, of this city; also four daughters, Mrs. Maria Bean, Mrs. W. D. [Mildred] Thomson and Mrs. Chas. E. [Lucy] Stuart, of this city and Mrs. Kate Hieronymus of Mt. Sterling. She was perhaps the oldest white person in the city and was highly respected by all who knew her.




Mrs. Lucinda Ecton Obituary

IMG_1704Lucinda Ecton, November 2, 1818 – December 15, 1910, Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

from The Winchester News, Clark County, Kentucky

Thursday, December 15, 1910

Quietly Passes Away at the home of Her Daughter of Complications Due to Advanced Age

Mrs. Lucinda Ecton, one of Clark County’s oldest citizens, passed away Thursday morning at 3 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George W. Strother, on Boone Avenue, of complications incident to old age.

Mrs. Ecton was in her ninety-third year. She was the widow of Mr. Burgess Ecton, a prominent farmer and citizen of Clark. She was born in Clark County and has lived here all during her life.

She is survived by three children: Mrs. George W. Strother, Mrs. Matt Scott and Senator C. B. Ecton, and a stepson, Mr. James T. Ecton.

The funeral services will be conducted at the residence of Mr. G. W. Strother Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock by Rev. Richard French and Rev. J. H. MacNeill. Burial in the Winchester Cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers: H. T. Strother, Roy Scott, Joe Ecton, C. B. Strother, T. Strother Scott and C. B. Ecton, Jr.

IMG_1703Burgess Ecton, September 12, 1806 – October 20, 1889, Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

Skinner Family of Clark County, Kentucky

IMG_1723In memory of John Skinner, born March 15, 1765, died April 26, 1843.  Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

Buried in the Winchester Cemetery of Clark County, Kentucky, are four members of the Skinner family.  John, the father, was born in 1765, in some records in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

IMG_1725In memory of Sarah Skinner, born October 2, 1775, died September 26, 1837

Sarah, wife of John Skinner was born October 2, 1775, ten years his junior.  I believe they moved to Kentucky about 1800.  According to some records they had many children, two of which are buried beside them.  This stone is very difficult to read, but Ritchey took several very close photos and I was able to make out the name and dates.

IMG_1722In memory of Nathan V. Skinner, born January 13, 1805.  His father erects these stones to his memory by the side of mother.  He died in a distant land, South Carolina, on the 13th day of  October, 1841.

Evidently this was a precious son who traveled to South Carolina – or possibly lived there – and this was a reminder of his life, even though he was probably buried where he died.

IMG_1724In memory of Isaac Skinner, son of J. and S. Skinner, born November 26, 1802, died August 26, 1834

Another son who died in his 30s!  What a sorrow that must have been.  I wish I knew more about this family, but at least there is this record to share with you.  Is anyone related to this family?

William Henry Cunningham Family Plot

IMG_1675William Henry Cunningham Family Plot

Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

The city cemetery in Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, is beautiful and serene.  Ritchey and I enjoyed taking photos there last year.  I’m sharing with you today information about William Henry Cunningham and his family that are buried there.

William was the son of Abner Cunningham and Pamelia Clarkson, born June 3, 1830, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.  In the 1850 Clark County census he is listed with his large family:  Abner, 48, farmer; Pamelia, 43; Jesse, 24; William, 20, doctor; Elizabeth, 18; Mary C., 16; Sidney, 14; Benjamin B., 12; Pamelia, 10; James C., 8; Charles, 5; Nannie, 2: Wellington, 22, lawyer; Sarah J., 23, Wellington’s wife; and Elizabeth Bailey, 28.  The family is living beside Polly Cunningham, 75, born in Virginia, very likely Abner’s mother and William’s grandmother.

In the next couple of years William Cunningham married Nannie M. (perhaps last name Batterton, but could not find evidence).  She was born about 1828.  In the 1860 Clark County census William and Nannie are listed, both aged 30, with sons Edward, 7, and William, 2.  Unfortunately William died at the young age of 4.

IMG_1674William M., son of Dr. W. H. & Nannie Cunningham, died August 6th, 1862, in the 4th year of his age.

In the 1870 Clark County census, William is listed as 40, physician; Nannie M., 41; Edward, 17; Mary E., 9; and Jessie D., 44, farm laborer (William’s older brother listed in the 1850 census).

IMG_1673Dr. Wm. H. Cunningham died February 2nd, 1875, in the 45th year of his age.  He is not here, he is risen.  Dear Husband, Dear Father, Farewell.

William Cunningham died February 2, 1875, in his 45th year.

In the 1880 Clark County census Nannie is listed as 50, widowed, with the two children, Edward S., 27, and Mary E., 19.

IMG_1672Nannie M. Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in the 70th year of her age.  Fare thee well then dear Mother; May thy rest be calm and sweet.  Till we all with thee shall gather close around our Savior’s feet.

Nannie Cunningham died March 21, 1898, in her 70th year.  She, William, and their young son, William, are buried in Winchester Cemetery.  This fine monument was probably erected by the two remaining children.

Clinkinbeard-Strode Families – Winchester Cemetery

IMG_1704_1Clinkinbeard and Strode Families

Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Kentucky

William Clinkinbeard was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, October 10, 1761.  He came to Kentucky at an early age since he married Mary Mooney in 1781 at Fort Boonesborough in what is now Madison County,  According to the above plaque William was a Private in the Fayette County Militia during the Indian Wars.  He was also a Private in the 5th Regiment of the Mounted Kentucky Volunteers during the War of 1812.  Mary Mooney Clinkinbeard was born May 10, 1756, and died March 15, 1840, in Clark County, Kentucky.  William Clinkinbeard died October 13, 1844.

IMG_1703_1William Clinkinbeard, born October 10, 1761, died October 13, 1844

William’s son, John Clinkinbeard, was born August 16, 1792, in what is now Clark County, Kentucky.  He married Sally Strode, daughter of John Strode and Ruth Constant, from Strode’s Station.  Strode’s Station was within the county, not too far from Fort Boonesborough.

In the 1830 census of Clark County John Clinkinbeard is listed with four males under the age of 5, two males aged 5-9, one male 30-39; two females aged 5-9, one female aged 10-14 and one female 30-39; three male slaves under the age of 10, one male slave aged 10-23, and one female slave aged 10-23.

In the 1850 census John is listed as a farmer, age 57, Sally, 52, Jonathan, 23, Stephen, 22, James, 21, Elmore, 16, Thomas, 15, Simeon, 14, Ruth E., 13, Andrew, 11, Allen, 10, and Sally, 7.  In 1860 the children listed living with John and Sally are Elmore, 25, Jonathan, 28, Ruth, 20, Andrew, 18, Allen K., 17, and Sallie 15.

IMG_1697_1John Clinkinbeard, born August 16, 1792, died April 28, 1870

IMG_1696_1Salley, wife of John Clinkinbeard, died November 29, 1866, aged 68 years

John Strode and Ruth Constant, parents of Sally Strode, are also buried in Winchester Cemetery.  They were from James County, Virginia.

IMG_1702_1John Strode, born September 25, 1768, died August 2, 1834

IMG_1701_1Ruth, wife of John Strode, born March 24, 1770, died August 21, 1845