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Here's an obit I found that I thought might be of some interest to someone.
This is *not* an exact transcription of the obit but does include everything.
Owsley County Courier, Fri., 27 Nov. 1942 "Rites Held for Joseph GOOSEY"
Joseph GOOSEY, 69, died at his home near Cressmont on 24 Nov, following a
A son of David and Armina ROACH GOOSEY, he was born 5 June 1873 in Lee Co.,
Ky. He was a member of the Christian Church for the past 40 yrs, and was a
resident of Cressmont for the past 28 yrs.
He is survived by his widow, two sons, William GOOSEY, Hamilton, OH, and
Wilson GOOSEY, Cressmont; two daughters, Mrs. Martha HAMLYN, Dayton, OH, and
Fannie POND of Hamilton, OH; two brothers, Tom and Jim GOOSEY both of Old
Orchard; three sisters, Mrs. Josie GULLETT and Mrs. Martha FRALEY both of
Lexington, and Mrs. Mary Ann LYNCH of Heidelberg; and three stepdaughters,
Mrs. Matt VENABLE, Vincent, Mrs. Ed EVANS, Delvinta, and Mrs. John HOWELL,
Funeral services were conducted at the gravesite with the Rev. Luther NEWNAM
and assisted by Chris EVANS.
Owsley County Courier, Friday, 7 July 1939
"Two Men Die In Weekend Battles"
Beattyville, July 6
Two men died in Lee County during the past weekend as a result of gun
battles. Two are in hospitals in critical condition suffering from bullet
wounds: and another was only slightly wounded.
The dead are Wilgus STEELE, 48, of Pebworth and Vance LYNCH, 25, a W P A
worker. T. M. PENDERGRASS, 58, Owsley County, is in the Gurrant Hospital,
Winchester, suffering from bullet wounds in the head and arm. Ned ALLEN is
in the hospital suffering from wounds received Sunday. Charles THOMAS,
wounded only slightly, is now in the Madison County jail.
STEELE met his death Saturday evening in a fight with THOMAS at Rowland's Inn
on the Beattyville-Booneville highway. According to reports he and THOMAS
had trouble in Beattyville shortly before the shooting. STEELE was wounded
about the head and taken to the Pattie A. Clay Infirmary, Richmond where he
died soon afterwards.
PENDERGRASS, Owsley County, was said to be acting as peacemaker when he was
struck by bullets. He was brought to Beattyville where first aid was
rendered then rushed to the hospital in Richmond. His condition at present
is reported as serious.
THOMAS was treated for slight wounds and released from the hospital. He was
arrested on a warrant issued in Madison County and placed in the Lee County
jail; later to be transferred to the Madison jail to await the examing trial
which is set for Friday.
LYNCH was killed Tuesday morning at about 11:30 near the home of John WYATT
of Old Landing. An inquest was conducted at the scene of the killing by
Coroner Robin RILEY and the verdict stated that he died as a result of a
shotgun charge fired by WYATT. The charge fired by WYATT struck LYNCH in the
face killing him instantly.
Witnesses stated that an argument preceeded the shooting. Afterwards WYATT
was brought to Beattyville and placed in jail.
Owsley County Courier Friday, 28 July 1939
"Wounds Prove Fatal To T. M. PENDERGRASS"
Tom Morgan PENDERGRASS, 59, died at the Gurrant Clinic in Winchester, Ky,
Sunday, 23 July, at 4:30 a. m. He was admitted to the hospital on July 1
suffering from bullet wounds in the arm and head.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant Grove at 2:30 Monday afternoon by the
Rev. WALTERS. Interment was in the family cemetery at Pleasant Grove.
Garrett Funeral Home of Beattyville was in charge.
PENDERGRASS was struck by bullets fired during a fight July 1 between Charles
THOMAS and Wilgus STEELE at Rowland's Inn on the Beattyville-Booneville
highway. He was brought to Beattyville where first aid was rendered adn then
rushed to the hospital where, for a while, it looked as if he would recover.
He is survived by his widow: eight children: Lillian HALCOMB, Kings Mill,
OH, Mrs. Cassie REYNOLDS, Lancaster, Dessie GABBARD, Indiana, Clifford,
Alberta, Merril, Carrie, and Cleveland, all of Booneville; two brothers,
Bill of Dayton, OH, and Robert of St. Paul, Minnesota, and two sisters, Lou
DALEY, Dayton, OH, and Haddie BOWMAN, Scoville, Ky.
Owsley County Courier, Friday, Dec. 1, 1939
"Charles THOMAS Draws Five Years"
Beattyville, Nov 30
Charles THOMAS was given a five year sentence in the State prison Friday for
the killing of Wilgus STEELE.
STEELE died in the Pattie A. Clay Infirmary, Richmond following a fight that
occured at Rowland's Inn on the Beattyville-Booneville highway on July 1. T.
M. PENDERGRASS, Owsley County, was also killed in the fight.
Evidence was introduced which showed that STEELE died from wounds in the head
received in the fight. Although several shots were exchanged, he had not
received any bullet wounds.
THOMAS, entering a plea of defense, declared that STEELE was killed in an
attempt to protect his own life. He was wounded during the shooting.
What isn't mentioned in the articles above is that Charles THOMAS was married
to Geneva Lee STEELE, d/o Wilgus STEELE. Wilgus apparently disliked Charles
since he is mentioned in Wilgus' will dated 28 Dec 1934
"All I have bequeathed to Geneva Lee STEELE is hereby revoked, if she lives
as a wife to or with Charly THOMAS as long as she lives."
Wilgus STEELE was the s/o Jacob TERRY and Rosa STEELE.
Must have been some catfight for these old women to go to trial!
Owsley County Courier, Friday, 24 July 1942
"Woman, 75, Tried In Owsley County"
Owsley County had it first experience with a woman jury in over fifteen years
In a breach of the peace case tried before Judge C. A. BOWMAN, Kansas EVANS,
75, was found guilty of striking Julia EVANS, 82. The incident occured near
Pleasant Grove Tuesday. The six women on the jury deliberated, then fixed
the penalty at a fine of $10.
The jury was made up of Mrs. A. J. CARMACK, Mrs. Sam MOORE, Mrs. Elisha
BOWMAN, Mrs. George SANDLIN, Mrs. Lit PARKER and Mrs. Clyde GIBSON.
Question: Was this a common practice of seating an all female jury when the
two parties involved in a case were female?
Here's an obit I found while looking at some microfilm. I'm not related to
this person and have no further info on her family except that James P.
SMALLWOOD was the s/o William and Margaret HAMILTON Smallwood.
Owsley County Courier, Friday, 3 Nov. 1939
Miss Margaret SMALLWOOD, 75, died in Louisville October 28. The body was
brought here Monday and Tuesday it was interred at Primrose, the funeral
services being conducted by Rev. J. J. HIERONYMUS.
Miss SMALLWOOD, d/o James Polk and Nancy LUCAS Smallwood, was born at
Primrose October 8, 1864. She was the only daughter. Her father was a
veteran of the Civil War being a lieutenant in the 47th Ky Inf. He died in
Beattyville in 1896 and was a member of Proctor Lodge No. 213, F. & A. M.
Miss Margaret lived in Beattyville from 1885 to 1910, when she and her mother
moved to Primrose where her mother died a few years later. About six years
ago Miss SMALLWOOD went to Louisville where she made her home with relatives.
her death occured suddenly from a heart attack. She is survived by a large
number of relatives in Lee County.
All funeral arrangements were in charge of the Congleton Bros. Funeral Home.
Bonnie L PETERS
Age 21, single, teacher, common schools
Born in Clay Co. Ky, resides in Clay Co. Ky.
Age 21, single
Born in Owsley Co. Ky, resides in Clay Co. Ky.
Jasper L PETERS
Lillie H PETERS
DATE 5th October 1929
Married by James McIntosh, minister at Christ Church in Mistletoe, Owsley Co.
Ky. in the presence of Dewey Gay and Ida Daniel.
Transcribed by Lynda Combs Gipson from microfilm.
Folks, Many of our surnames of Southeastern Kentucky, also made their way to
the new 1796 formed county of Bullitt. One of our Rootsweb subscribers posted
this very useful instruction to access the information of Bullitt County
Cemeteries from the Rootsweb very quickly. I am enclosing his instructions
for you to keep:
"Much easier way is to access the Bullitt Co.. Archives web page directly and
scroll down to cemeteries.
JOHN in CA