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Dudley M. and Johanna Chrisman Ball Obituaries

Dudley M. Ball, Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

Dudley M. Ball, March 29, 1824 – April 19, 1900

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Saturday, April 21, 1900

Dudley M. Ball Dead

A Wealthy Farmer and Descendant of a Famous Virginia Family

Versailles, Ky., April 20 – Mr. Dudley Mitchum Ball, aged seventy-six years, a prominent and wealthy farmer and stock raiser of this county, died last midnight of pneumonia, after only a few days’ illness.  Mr. Ball was a descendant of the historic family of that name, of which the mother of George Washington was a member, and the farm upon which he died was settled more than one hundred years ago by Mr. Ball’s maternal grandfather, Dudley Mitchum, of Virginia.

Mr. Ball is survived by a widow, three daughters and four sons, viz: Mrs. Minnie Moore, the wife of the Hon. D. L. Moore, of Harrodsburg; Mrs. Josephine Harris, Miss Susan Ball, Messrs. John, Dudley, Howard and Ernest Ball.

The funeral services will be held at Mr. Ball’s late residence, on the Nicholasville turnpike, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Joanna Chrisman, wife of Dudley M. Ball, December 8, 1833 – June 18, 1915.

The Advocate Messenger, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

Friday, June 18, 1915

Was Well-Known Here

Versailles, Ky., June 16 – Mrs. Johanna Chrisman Ball, eighty years old, widow of Dudley M. Ball, died this morning at her home, Maple Hill, on the Nicholasville turnpike, after an illness of seven weeks.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Josie Ball Harris, of this county; Mrs. D. L. Moore, of Harrodsburg, and Mrs. Charlton Alexander, of Paris, and three sons, John, Dudley M. and Howard Ball, of this county.

 

Stephen L. Chasteen – Civil War Soldier – Dies At 81 Years of Age

Stephen L. Chasteen, 1845-1926.  His wife, Millie Ann Davis, 1849-1924.  Pisgah Presbyterian Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Sunday, October 17, 1926

Stephen Chasteen was a bugler in Company A, 6 Regiment Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army, during the Civil War.

According to the Company Descriptive Book he was 18 years of age when he joined the Union Army, six feet tall, of fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  Stephen was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.  He was a farmer.

Stephen Chasteen was captured at Woodville, Alabama, August 25, 1863, and confined at Richmond, Virginia, September 26, 1863.  He was paroled at City Point, Virginia, March 7, 1864; reported at C. B. Maryland, March 9, 1864, sent to C. P. Maryland November 1864, where he reported the same day.  Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, March 9, 1864.

Stephen mustered out December 23, 1864, at Louisville, Kentucky.  He was a soldier for three years, including one being prisoner of war.

Isn’t it impressive that he was with the Regimental Brass Band from August to November of 1864?

 

 

1866 Wedding of George T. Hord and Miss Jane Steele

The Louisville Daily Courier, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday, December 25, 1866

A Diamond Wedding in Woodford

The quiet of our happy village was dispelled on the evening of the 19th by the hurrying to and fro of carriages, hacks and every conceivable kind of vehicle, and greeting the ear of every passer-by was the cheerful inquiry, ‘Shall we meet you at the wedding tonight?’  Mr. George T. Hord, a most elegant and highly cultivated banker, of the firm of Hord and George, and Miss Jane Steele, one of Kentucky’s rarest and most beautiful fair ones, were married by Mr. Venable, our most worthy and greatly beloved Episcopal minister.  The wedding was regal, the scene attendant upon it truly imposing, the beautiful church was brilliantly lighted, and strains of soul-searching music welcomed many distinguished and magnificently dressed guests.

On they came until every seat and aisle were crowded, and after merry greetings, they waited in breathless anxiety the coming of the happy pair.  Intense the excitement grew, until, at last, to the tune of a grand march, entered first the graceful bride and groom, accompanied by ten beautiful attendants, led to the altar by so many gallant cavaliers, magnificently attired.  The bride, as blushing as a May-day rose, was half concealed ‘neath the mazes of a costly and long flowing veil, her dress of the most gorgeous rep silk, handsomely decorated with point lace, and hung in massive folds superbly around her matchless form.  The diamonds sparkling from her queen-like neck and fairy ilugers, made a most brilliant display of a handsome bridal gift of her generous husband.  Her presents were many and mostly of silver.  The groom, the very essence of gallantry and elegance, wore a few gems of the purest water, but rarer far than all, there seemed to be enshrined within his bosom a heart all wreathed with rare and tender buds of love and joy.  So soon as the beautiful ceremony was performed the bridal party were followed by the happy guests to the residence of the bride’s father, Judge William Steele, whose courtesy, coupled with that of his estimable lady, could not have been excelled.  The supper gotten up in good taste, with almost unlimited labor and cost was indeed sumptuous.

The evening passed delightfully, and to the music of Saxton’s band through the mazes of the merry dance we glided until the wee hours of the night, when, with light hearts, we repaired homeward to invoke a prayer for the loving pair, and to mingle with our dreams thoughts of the grand entertainment of the evening.

Versailles, Dec. 20th

According to the census records George and Jane Steele Hord did not have children.  In 1900 they had been married for 35 years.  George was born in Virginia and Jane in Alabama.  George died January 16, 1901, of pneumonia.  According to Jane’s death certificate, she died July 31, 1918.  Her parents are listed as W. J. Steele, born in Kentucky, and Mary D. Winston, born in Alabama.  Jane was born February 14, 1839.

1850 Woodford County Marriage Bonds and Returns

Date of Marriage Bond – Name of Couple – Minister’s Return

Woodford County Kentucky

  • April 3, 1850 – Ewin Trower to Louisa E. Johnson.
  • April 6, 1850 – Johnson Miller to Sarah Shryock. I hereby certify that I, a minister of the gospel of the Presbyterian Church, celebrated the rites of matrimony between Johnson Miller and Sarah Shryock of the County of Woodford and State of Kenucky on the 7th day of April 1850.  William M. King.
  • May 13, 1850 – Benjamin F. Taylor to Eleanor H. Yancy. I hereby certify that the rites of matrimony between Benjamin F. Taylor and Eleanor H. Yancy were solemnized by me on the 14th of May 1850, J. M. Botts, M.G.
  • Mary 18, 1850 – Hugh C. Spears to Susan Mary Munday
  • May 29, 1850 – Christopher W. Veatch to Mary P. Beckam
  • June 3, 1850 – Robert S. Gray to Mariah M. Ball. This is to certify that the underlined celebrated the rites of matrimony between Robert S. Gray and Maria M. Ball, the 4th day of June 1850, Enos Campbell.
  • June 4, 1850 – Frank P. Hearn to Catherine Hiatt. I do certify that I celebrated the rites of matrimony between Frank P. Hearn and Catherine Hiatt on this 4th day of June 1850, H. H. Kavanaugh.
  • February 14, 1850 – Richard B. Young to Jane E. Jennings. I do hereby certify that I, this day, celebrated the rites of matrimony between Richard B. Young and Jane E. Jennings February 14, 1850, William Morton.
  • June 19, 1850 – John Allen to Fanny S. Derrings
  • July 22, 1850 – Hiram Wiggs to Eliza Smithy
  • July 31, 1850 – George W. Hawkins to Pamelia Sargent. I do hereby certify that I solemnized the rites of matrimony between George W. Hawkins and Pamelia a. Sargent on the first day of August 1850, J. M. Botts, M.G.

Brown Family Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery

Brown Family Plot – Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

George I. Brown was born in Virginia in 1784.  He bought property in Jessamine County, Kentucky – quite a lot since his real estate was valued at $54,000 in 1850.  George married Sarah Perry, November 17, 1809, in Woodford County, Kentucky.  They had two sons, George and Moreau Brown.

Sarah, wife of G. I. Brown, born September 30, 1789, died May 6, 1832.

Sarah Brown died in 1832, and the next year George married Catharine W. McKinney, June 6, 1833, in Woodford County.  Since both wives came from this county perhaps there were family members living there.

In the 1850 census of Jessamine County George, 65, is listed as a farmer, born in Virginia.  Wife Catherine is 46.  Their three children are Mary Hannah, 15; William, 12; and Sally, 9.

George I. Brown, born December 11, 1784, died March 14, 1856.

Catherine lived another nine years before dying in 1867.

Catherine W., wife of G. I. Brown, born October 25, 1802, died October 2, 1867.

From this angle you can see son Moreau Brown’s gravestone on the right – with the statue at the top – and son George Brown’s would be on the left, next to the beautiful gravestone of his wife, Anne Hemphill.  A better view is in the first photo of this article.

 

 

Final Resting Place of R. T. Thornton

My posts have been meager the past few days – it is a busy time.  Our living room, kitchen, entry, hall and office were painted last week.   The office consists of three walls of bookcases – filled with books.  All those books were packed in totes, stacked in other rooms – books were everywhere!  Now I’m in the process of putting them back on the shelves – at least this has given me an excuse to sort!  More in-depth posts will hopefully come later in the week – or whenever the house is in order again!

R. T. Thornton, Standard Bearer in the 6th Reg. KY Volunteers, born October 10, 1811, fell at the Battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862.  Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Kentucky.

Wedding Showcase At Kentucky Historical Society

When last at the Kentucky Historical Society I took time to photograph the beautiful wedding collage on one of the walls near the entrance.  I always look at this since it is so lovely, and now I have photos to share with you!

The wedding photographs and documents must be from Scotland since the documents are about the Aitcheson family from Rochsalloch, Scotland.  Not only is there a marriage bond, or certificate, but deeds and conveyances to members of the family.

Each bride is individually beautiful and dressed according to the time period in which she was married.

It is Appointed, Contracted and Matrimonially Ended between the Partys following, viz., William Alexander, Merchant in Edinburgh, lawful Son of William Alexander, Esquire, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, with the Special advice and consent of the said William Alexander, his father of the one Part, And Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, lawful Daughter of John Aitcheson, of Rochsalloch, Esquire, with the Special advice and consent of the said John Aitcheson, her father, of the other Part in manner following.  That is to say the said William Alexander the Younger and Mrs. Christian Aitcheson, having conceived a Mutual Affection for one another have accepted and taken and by those presents Accept and take each other as their lawful spouses and promise to Solemnize and complete the holy Bond of Marriage together with all requisite Solemnities.  In Contemplation of which Marriage the said William Alexander the Younger hath become bound and obliged and by these presents, binds and obliges him, his heirs, Executors and successors to consent and pay to the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson a free life-rent annuity of Seventy pounds sterling during all the Days of her life, in case she shall survive him, at two terms in the year, Whitsunday and Martinmas, by equal portions beginning the first term’s payment  thereof at the first term of Whitsunday or Martinmas that shall happen after the decease of the said William Alexander the Younger for the half year immediately preceding and so forth yearly and termly thereafter during all the Days of the life of the said Mrs. Christian Aitcheson with the sum of seventy pounds sterling.

         William Alexander, Junior, Christian Aitcheson, John Aitchseon

Quite a different marriage bond from what we have in Kentucky!  Whitsunday is Pentecost Sunday, usually the first holiday of summer, and Martinmas is the feast of St. Martin’s death on November 11th.  Since Martinmas corresponded with the end of harvest it was a good time for celebration.

Such a wonderful collection!  This would be a fantastic way to show off your own collection of old photos and documents (copies, of course!)

Hm, I thought this post was finished, but decided to do a little extra research on this family – why would a Scottish family be on the wall of the Kentucky Historical Society?

There is no date on the marriage contract, making it a little difficult to research, but I found out that William Alexander’s wife, Christian, died about 1783 in Scotland.  His father, William Alexander, died about 1763.  Since he was alive at the marriage, William and Christian must have married shortly before that date.  After Christian’s death, William and son, Robert, came to Virginia.  Robert moved on to Woodford County, Kentucky, and his father came about 1816, dying there three years later.  William Alexander also had children by a second wife.  They came to Kentucky about the same time, and lived near his eldest son.  Now we have our Kentucky connection!