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Does anyone know who the parents of Fannie Centers was?
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From: "Carole Bays" <acbays(a)mrtc.com>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 9:07 PM
Subject: [KYWOLFE-L] Luther Brown
> Wolfe County News - Jan. 19, 1973
> MR. BROWN DIES AT HAZEL GREEN
> Luther Brown, 37, of Hazel Green died Tuesday, Jan. 16 at his home
> following a long illness. He was a retired Armco Steele employee and a
> member of the Church of God.
> Born Dec. 10, 1885, in Wolfe County, he was a son of the late Elisha and
> Fannie Centers Brown.
> Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Taulbee Brown of Hazel
> Green; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Ingram of Hazel Green, Mrs. Blaine
> Morrison of Booneville, Mrs. Joyce Dillon and Mrs. Billy Carpenter of
> Middletown, Ohio; two sons, Dorsey Brown and Taylor Brown of Hazel
> Green; 24 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great
Clay City Times - Sept. 30, 1937
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Sparks born Sept. 25 and named
Robert Lowell died Monday morning the 27th, and was buried at the Creech
graveyard in Wolfe County Tuesday. The young parents have the sympathy
of many friends, this being their first and only child.
Friends here of Green Gentry learn with regret of the accident and the
death of Ben Tindall, a traveling saleman, seemingly from Memphis,
Tenn., when the car which Mr. Tindall was driving collided with Mr.
Gentry's coal truck. Gentry said he saw the car coming, zigzagging
first one way then the other and he tried to keep from striking it and
almost went into the ditch. Mr. Tindall was dead when they rushed to
him. The coroner's inquest released Mr. Gentry upon examining trial and
it was proved Mr. Tindall was sober, but the supposition is he was
asleep or dead when he ran into the Gentry truck, judging from the way
his car was zigzagging when it came in sight.
Mr. Gentry is a Wolfe county man but is well known at Slade. We are
glad to learn that Mr. Tindall was sober then he died.
Jan. 5, 1928
In this paper was a column Indianapolis, Ind.
W.H. Kincaid reports that the auto works are picking up fast. His
checks seem to be getting larger, too. His last week's pay was $28.00.
Mr. James Townsend has been on the sick list for two weeks, but is
slowly recovering. His many friends hope he will soon be able to be
back to his work and among the boys at Vancamp Packing Company.
Jet? Townsend of Madison Ave., was called to Torrent, Ky a few days ago
to see his brother, Fielden Townsend and after arriving, sent a telegram
back that his brother was dead. Mr. Townsend has many relatives and
friends here who are sorry to learn of his death.
Mrs. Stella Fulks and Jim Hanks (Missouri Jim) were quietly married at
the bride's home Wednesday eve by Rev. J.T. Coons. We wish them a long
and happy life together. Mrs. Lucy Drake set them a nice supper Friday
Mrs. Dora Lykins and son, Victor, of Laona, Wis., spent Friday night
with Mrs. Curt Lykins.
Mrs. Lizzie Cable, Mrs. Mort Rose, Mrs. Stella Fulks, Mrs. Osa Byrd took
a nice basket of eatables to Mr. Claude Amburgy and family. Mr. Amburgy
is in the last stage of t.b. and the family is in a pitiful condition.
Wolfe County News - April 1973
John M. Spencer, 83, of Route 1 Campton died at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, March
25 after a long illness. He was a native of Wolfe County. A retired
farmer, and a member of the Church of Christ. He was the son of the
late Alex and Carolyn Trent Spencer.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Belle Spencer; one son, Earl
Spencer of Columbus, Ind., one step-son Orville Center of Route 1,
Campton, two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Strunk, Springfield, Ohio, and Mrs.
Lucille Hatton, Indianapolis, Ind., one step-daughter Mrs. Fern Hollon,
Campton, one half-brother, Bill Spencer, Route 1 Campton; 27
grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the
Landsaw Church of Christ by Rev. Willie Taylor and Rev. Arm? Taulbee.
Burial was in the Sugar Orchard Cemetery on Stillwater. Funeral
arrangements were under the direction of the Porter and Son, Funeral
Hazel Green Herald - Nov. 14, 1901
G.R. Peck, who has been confined to his bed for some time with fever, is
able to be out again.
Hoy Allen, who has been confined to his bed with typhoid fever for the
past 19 days, is very low.
Married at the residence of the bride's father, Miss Lou Steele and a
Mr. Baker. Also H.I. Webster and Louisa Hackney at the residence of
T.F. Stamper. May their lives be prosperous and full of sunshine.
While hunting Saturday night, George Gentry fell over a cliff
seventy-five feet high, killing him instantly. He stepped upon a log
aiming to jump down on the other side, the log was on the edge of the
cliff, and he went over and his head striking a rock. When he was
picked up his brains had run out upon the ground. He was a young man 20
years of age. May the bereaved have our heartfelt sympathy.
Arbury Swango, who has just recovered for a severe spell of fever, spent
Monday with J.E. Brooks and wife.
Alonzo Jones and wife of Salem, and John Nickell of Gillmore, went to
Hazel Green Sunday to see Aunt Kitty Nickell, who is quite ill at the
home of her son, Dr. Andy Nickell.
James Owens accidentally shot himself through the hand last Sunday.
Married, Nov. 6th, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E.F. Cecil, Miss Bonney Cecil and Jo Lee Oldfield. We wish them a long
and happy life.
Ed. Lewis, who bought Joshua DeBusk's farm is now moving to his new
home. Mr. DeBusk and family will leave for Oklahoma in a few days,
where they expect to make their future home.
Died - Harry Adams, age 23 son of W.M. and Abbie Adams. He died at the
home of his father, of that most dreaded disease consumption. He leaves
a wife and one child, a father, mother, and five brothers; James and
Porter Adams, Indianapolis, Ind., Early, Earnest and Charlie Adams at
Trent. Three sisters, Mrs. Crit Cable, Mrs. Dave Hampton and Ila
Adams. To mourn his loss. The funeral services were held by Rev. P.R.
Legg and the remains were laid to rest at the Adams graveyard near here.
Mrs. Billie Spencer of Whisman died at her home Wednesday night, and was
buried Thursday at the Whisman graveyard. We have not heard the
Lewis Taulbee and wife who have been in South Lebanon, Ohio for the past
year are here visiting the former's parents. Lewis is a noted man and
has a charming wife (Rose) We are glad to have them with us.
July 23, 1917
Elijah Lockhart, on the 4th inst., held a reunion of his children at the
family residence at this place. There were nineteen children and
grandchildren present. Uncle Ligah and his wife had a splendid dinner
set for them and they had a general lovefeast together. We wish them
all the peace and comfort in their old days that can be bestowed upon
them, as they are both good, Christian people.
A.F. Chapman was bitten on the hand by a large copperhead snake a few
evening since while getting corn from his crib, and the wound caused
much pain, but he is now better.
Joshua Robbins, about 78 years of age, was drowned in Big Caney, a
tributary of Quicksand, on June 17. As no one saw him at the time of
the accident, he is supposed to have been wading the creek just below
this home where he usually crossed. I the evening he was drowned the
stream was exceedingly high and no person would have been safe in
crossing. He was found at the mouth of the creek by a small boy will
fishing, who notified Anderson (Apperson) Lovely and Phillip Gabbard,
who were passing. In a very few minutes the banks were crowded with
friends. He was without relatives in this county. Coroner Green
Taulbee was immediately sent for and an inquest was held. An
investigation revealed small wound on the top of the head about an inch
and half in length, which the jury pronounced to be the cause of his
death; but whether inflicted by human hands or not could not tell. He
was without pants when found and had floated about two miles.
Bud Baker and Rutherford Armstrong had a little spat the other night in
which Baker knocked the claret from Armstrong's nose and Armstrong sent
Baker to the floor with a Dutch winder, Friends interfered and stopped
Born on the 27th ult., to the wife of Thomas Canard (daughter of Isaac
Risner) a boy.
Wolfe County News - Jan. 19, 1973
WOLFE NATIVE DIES IN HOSP.
George W. King, 77, Keck, died Sunday, Dec. 17 at Good Samaritan
Hospital in Lexington. He was a retired farmer and a native of Wolfe
County. He is survived by his wife Martha Banks King, two daughters,
Faye Stevens, Flint, Mich., and Mrs. Mildred Banks, VanCleve; four sons,
Melvin King, Winchesters; John King, Pierceton, Ind., George King, Jr.,
Keck; and Morton King, VanCleve; 10 grandchildren and one great
Also surviving are three sisters, Alice Patton, Bethany; Elizabeth
Tolson, Pierceton, Ind., Hallie Tolson, Campton, and five brothers,
Frank King, Rogers, Ky., Bill King, Middletown, O., Robert King, Clay
City; Morton King, Paris, and Jesse King, Jenkins.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the home of
his son, George King, Jr., by the Rev. Omer Spencer. Burial was in the
Strong Fork Cemetery, Keck, with Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of
Wolfe County News - Jan. 19, 1973
MR. BROWN DIES AT HAZEL GREEN
Luther Brown, 37, of Hazel Green died Tuesday, Jan. 16 at his home
following a long illness. He was a retired Armco Steele employee and a
member of the Church of God.
Born Dec. 10, 1885, in Wolfe County, he was a son of the late Elisha and
Fannie Centers Brown.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Taulbee Brown of Hazel
Green; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Ingram of Hazel Green, Mrs. Blaine
Morrison of Booneville, Mrs. Joyce Dillon and Mrs. Billy Carpenter of
Middletown, Ohio; two sons, Dorsey Brown and Taylor Brown of Hazel
Green; 24 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great
Funeral services Thursday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Herald and Stewart
Funeral Home Chapel at West Liberty with Rev. Ellis Kendall officiating.
Burial in the Hazel Green Cemetery.
Note: age typed as printed.
Clay City Times Oct. 4, 1928
Lorenze Spencer died suddenly on the Slade Hill last Wednesday. He was
employed by Horton & Co., contractors. Had eaten his dinner and was
sitting beside the road when he was seen to fall over. The other
workmen went to him, he was dead. Mr. Spencer leaves a family. He was
well respected citizen of Wolfe County.
And in the same paper:
Lorenzo Spencer died suddenly at the rock crusher near Slade where he
was employed Sept. 26. He had been a member of the Church of God for a
number of years. He told some of his friends ten days before he died he
wished he could fall asleep in the arms of his Savior at any time. He
is survived by wife, one daughter, Mrs. Ike Baker, three sons, Luther,
Henry and Harrison and eight grandchildren, father, G.H. Spencer, two
sisters, Mrs. Wm. Conway, Denniston, Ohio, Mrs. James Pelfrey, one
brother, H.C. Spencer. He is greatly missed by his many friends.
He was buried in the Tar Ridge Cemetery in the family lot. Funeral
services conducted by Rev. J.R. Hobbs, of Zachariah.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Corbett Bryant, Sept. 13, a son James Verl. To Mr.
and Mrs. Noah Creech, a son, Charlie Eugene.
Aug. 16, 1928
Alfred Pelfrey was shot at Campton Sunday night, it is said by Earl
Garrison, son of Willie Garrison. Pelfry was rushed to the hospital in
a serious, almost dying condition. (reported dead since writing above)
Orvil Roberts and Garrison and Pelfrey's sisters drove up in a car,
Pelfry took his sisters out of the car and the parties in car began
shooting at him, one bullet penetrating the bowels 8 times. All the
boys were at Slade recently, some worked here last week. We deeply
regret to hear of such things happening. Garrison had not been found.
Mrs. Sam Duff received a message Monday notifying her of the death of
the youngest son of her brother Wayne Bryant. Remains taken to Rogers
for Burial Tuesday.
Clay City Times - `July 26, 1928
News has been received here of the death of Mr. John Wilcox, of
Middletown, Ohio formerly of Campton, who was brutally murdered near
Middletown last Friday.
Mr. Wilcox was a contractor and it is said that he received a note
asking him to bid for a contract somewhere near town and that $400.00
security required in order to get a bid so Wilcox left for the place
with the money and also the note he had received in his pocket.
Sometime later he was found beaten to death and both money and note were
gone. It is believed that the writer of the note is the slayer of Mr.
Wilcox, but as yet no clues have been found. The body was taken to
Bethel, Wolfe county for burial Tuesday.
Aug. 16, 1928
J.D. Lucas was arrested in Morgan county last week for the murder of
John Will Cox in Ohio. Recently Mr. Cox was a former sheriff of Wolfe
county and has many friends and relatives in Powell and Wolfe Counties.
Lucas escaped a mob by a freight train letting the police car cross the
track them coupled again and the mob could not cross. Lucas is said to
be the son of old man Lucas, who lived at Campton Junction last year,
was here different times last summer but was raised in Lee County, not
Powell. Kentucky gets another scar by such an outrageous inhuman murder
which is always heralded to all parts of the world but crimes equally as
bad have been committed by natives of other states, but real Kentuckians
condemn such and do not commit such crimes and we bow our heads in shame
and pray God to enlighten this class and show us what to do to rid the
human race of them, but prisons are running over with mon_ maniacs. To
remove the cause is only remedy, which is nearly all cases can be traced
to whiskey. What sensible man or woman can vote for a man who upholds
this awful sincursed stuff. We congratulate our Editor, Mr. Burgher,
for his stand against the man who says he is a Democrat but favors a wet
America. He is not a Democrat. No true Democrat would uphold what Al
Smith does. If the wet Democrats condemn J.E. Burgher for his stand,
they may add every dry Democrat in America for there are thousands of
them who are pledged against him.
Hazel Green Herald - Sept. 1, 1909
Almost a Murder
The Lexington Herald of Wednesday week contained a telegram announcing
that Joel Stamper, of Torrent, had on Tuesday evening shot his
sister-in-law, Mrs. J.D. Lucas, in an attempt to kill Lucas, who is was
stated had just married the woman. The wounded woman was taken to the
Good Samaratine Hospital, at Lexington, and on Monday was released as
out of danger. But there seems to be doubt as to whether Lucas and the
woman are married. He introduced her as his wife, but she referred to
him as her sweetheart, and if he is married to her he is a bigamist, as
he has a suit pending in the Lee Circuit Court for divorce from a second
wife, he having been divorced from the first. It is a mixed affair and
may lead Lucas to the pen, where he recently served a sentence for
manslaughter at Beattyville.
Does anyone know anything about Harrison Birchfield, bro. to Sam Birchfield
whose obit appreared today?
I have him b. in April of 1890 and I know he is desceased. His parents were
James Birchfield and Matilda Rose Birchfield (Rose was her maiden name, dau.
of Anderson Rose, son of Samuel Rose, son of John and Rebecca Bowen Rose.
Any help on any fact would be appreciated.
Clay City Times - April 11, 1935
Former Powell Countian Takes own Life
Alex S. Drake, an insurance man of Pawhuska, Okla., and formerly of the
county and Wolfe county, on the 31st day of March took his own life.
The act was committed in his office after Drake had shot and killed a
former friend, H.W. Wilson. Friends of the two said trouble had been
brewing for some time over business relations and the shooting had been
anticipated. By request, the remains were buried in Pawhuska. Mr.
Drake was fifty-five years old and unmarried. He had lived in Oklahoma
for 32 years without once returning to his native state. He leaves
several relatives in this county; two brothers, C.C. Drake of Xena, and
C.S. Drake, of Clay City, and now residing in Hamilton, Ohio; a niece
and two nephews, Mrs. Walton Wilson, Thomas I. Rogers and Emory G.
Rogers; an uncle, J.H. Drake, of Stanton. He also has a brother now
living in Logansport, Ind., G.C. Drake, formerly of this county.
May 12, 1938
Former Neighbor Passes Away
Jesse Townsend, who formerly lived near Rosslyn, died at the home of
Dock Gilley May 10th, 1938. Age 59 years. He was born at Torrent in
Wolfe County April 28, 1879. He was a consistent member of the church
of God at Rosslyn. His home is near Zachariah. He leaves to mourn a
devoted wife and seven children. Three children have gone on before
him, one young daughter having died this year. We remember him here at
Rosslyn as a good neighbor and friend. No one here remember to have
ever seen him angry or unkind in any way. His family adored and
respected him. He has brother, sisters and friends who will come from a
distance to the funeral which will be at the Townsend graveyard near his
home on Thursday, May 12 at 2;00 o'clock. We extend to the bereaved
family our heart felt sympathy.
July 23, 1936
We sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Creech in the death of their infant
daughter, who was buried July 4th; also Rev. Miles Bryant and Mrs.
Bryant in the death of their infant baby, who just recently died.
Misses Zeola and Irene Hobbs and Esther Spencer attended the funeral of
Miss Virgie Creech Monday. Others of this place also attended.
Miss Virgie Creech, age 20, of Pine Ridge, passed away July 5th after a
few months' illness of t b. She bore her suffering patiently and talked
until just before the end came and then fell peaceably asleep. She was
a Christian girl and had a sweet disposition. She made friends instead
of enemies. She was the daughter of Mrs. Alice Creech and the late Fess
Creech. Surviving are her mother, one sister, Miss Bonnie Creech, five
brothers, Boyd Creech, Vernol Creech, Dorse Creech, Cord Creech and Ted
Creech besides a host of friends and other relatives. Elder J.F.
Powell, of Slade preached on Sunday night, July 5th at, the home where a
large crowd of relatives and friends assembled. Then on Monday, the 6th
funeral services were held at the home by. J.F. Powell and Ramah
Johnson, who both gave consoling words to the bereaved ones. Interment
was in the Creech cemetery near Campton in the family lot where her
father and little sister were buried. We greatly sympathize with the
grief stricken family.
In the 1910 Wolfe Census is a family:
James H. Duff 30 married one time four years
Carrie 19 wife 2 children and both living
Davis M. 03
Would like any information on the parents of James H. and the maiden
name of Carrie?
Next door are:
John W. Gordon age 33 married one time six years
Lillie B. 23 wife Lilliebelle was a daughter of
Eliza Allen and Colson Duff.
Maude E. 04
Stella M. 02
Lilliebelle had a brother, James Logan born ca 1879, could this be James
Logan? James Logan died in Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1977. I can't find
him in any census, unless he is the one mentioned above.
John and Lilliebelle Gordon were married in Breathitt, lived in Wolfe,
Breathitt, & Letcher Counties Kentucky.
They had children born in Lee, Letcher and Breathitt. I loose them in
Thought you might like to see this.
J. Larry Helton, Jr.
" It isn't how you die, it's what you live for. " - Daniel Boone
www.FrontierFolk.org/k-sites.htm (Simon Kenton sites)
www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/8696/SPOORS.html (early schools)
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From: Judy Oldiges
To: J. Larry Helton, Jr.
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 4:04 PM
Subject: Simon Kenton Coffin
I was quite surprised to get the copy about Simon Kenton. The old gentleman is in a care center and his wife has died. Thankfully, his son must have decided it was important.
Simon Kenton breathed his last on April 29, 1836. Death came early in the evening at his cabin located on the farm of John and Matilda Parkinson, his son-in-law and daughter. The farm was located about five miles north of Zanesfield OH, and near the small community of New Jerusalem, Logan County, Ohio. Kenton lived to the advanced age of 81 years and 26 days old. On the day he died, he spoke to his loving wife Elizabeth, saying, "I have fought my last battle, and it has been the hardest of them all." During the day and early evening, neighbors would come and go. He knew them all. When death came, it was "like a candle going out". The family contacted a nearby cabinet maker that evening to prepare his coffin. The carpenters' name was Abel North. (my ancestor). North worked all night, and by morning had ready for delivery a fine walnut coffin. According to tradition, North owned the farm on which Max Sibley now lives on Sibley Road, northeast of Urbana, Ohio. (this farm house !
is still standing). Tradition has it that North always maintained a substantial supply of air dried walnut and cherry lumber for this specific purpose. The tree from which Kenton's coffin was contructed had been cut and processed into lumber many months before. It was a large walnut which grew directly across the road from the present home of Max Sibley. Simon was buried the following day on a slight knoll a few yards south of the Kenton cabin. There were thirty mourners including family at Kenton's interment. In the year 1848, a newspaper correspondent with a Marysville, Kentucky, paper urged his readers in Mason County to support a move to bring Kenton's body back to Mason County, where an appropriate marker could be erected as a memorial to the old frontiersman. The idea somehow faltered and died. (This article apparently was written by Ray Crain, and his books at the time were available through the Springfield Paper and the New Carlisle News.)
Hazel Green Herald - Feb. 17, 1910
Last Friday morning while a crowd of men were standing around waiting
for their turns at the saw and grist mill of James Haulsey, near
Hardiman, in the Calaboose district, the boiler let go with terrific
force, instantly killing Elementary Campbell and Henry Perry, a son of
Thomas Perry. Campbell's body was terribly mutilated, being thrown
about fifty years and nearly all the clothing stripped off. The boys'
clothing was also partially stripped off and the body badly torn, the
left leg being found some thirty feet distant. A number of the
bystanders were seriously injured, among them being James Haulsey,
George Spencer, Thomas Perry, Logan Pelfry, Cal Wadkins and Thomas
Perry, Jr. son of George Perry. Medical aid was immediately summoned
and everything done to relieve the injured; some of whom are not
expected to recover. It is not positively known what caused the
explosion, but it is said that the water in the boiler was low and cold
water was suddenly pumped into it. A horse hitched about fifty feet
from the mill was struck by a piece of the shattered boiler and
Note; Elementay Campbell was the son of John (Farmer John) Campbell and
Martha (Patsy) nee? Williams Campbell and the husband of Martha Jane
Bailey d/o Green F. Bailey and Naomi Addison.
Death of Aunt Eliza Nickell
Last Friday night, 11th inst., Mrs. Eliza Nickell, widow of Geo. W.
Nickell, deceased, and niece of A.P. Lacy, died at the residence of Mr.
Lacy, on Lacy creek, after a prolonged illness. Mrs. Nickell had been
married twice, her first husband being Jesse Combs, of Hazard, after
whose death she married George W. Nickell, with whom she moved to
Missouri some fifteen years ago. Mr. Nickell died and she returned to
Kentucky since which time she has been making her home with Mr. Lacy.
"Aunt Liza," as every person called her was recognized as a Christian,
noble woman, and loved by all. She left no children, but a host of
friends, and her life of 70 years was pure and loveable. Tender friends
laid her go rest Sunday in the Mark Lacy burial grounds, near where she
As the result of a quarrel between Emery Risner and his wife, tenants on
the farm of Andy Toliver, near Mize, Risner had his arm severely cut
with a razor in the hands of his wife. He was at once taken to the home
of his father-in-law, Dave Jackson where surgical aid was rendered by
Dr. Taylor Center, who pronounced the wound a serious one. Mrs. Risner
declares the cutting was accidental.
Hazel Green Herald - Jan. 16, 1900
Deputy Collectors Castle and Atkeson Make an Important Capture.
United Stated deputy Collectors, G.W. Castle, and H.W. Atkeson, of the
Eighth District. Captured an illicit distilling outfit in the cellar of
John Shepherd's dwelling two miles west of Campton, on the 9th inst.
This is one of the most complete and most valuable outfits ever captured
in this section. The distillery was so arranged that the smoke from the
furnace was carried up the kitchen chimney, the water was supplied from
the well through an underground pipe, and the slop was carried through a
culvert to the branch about 50 years from the house.
This is the tenth still destroyed by the two officials within the past
month. They stumbled upon the Shepherd outfit by accident. They
stopped at Shepherd's house for a drink of water, and noticing on a bed
some grains of malt, lifting the cover they saw a quantity of malt, and
asking what it was were told it was a lot of dampened corn that had been
laid out to dry. Going out of the house the officials noticed a ditch
leading to the house, and asking what that meant they were told it was
ditch to drain the water from the house. Becoming more suspicious of
illicit game they descended to the cellar, and the result was the
capture of a full distilling apparatus.
Hazel Green Herald - June 16, 1910
Another Breathitt Killing.
Jackson June 13 - Miles Crawford is dead, Clay Crawford is dying here of
a fractured skill, and Elisha Johnson is in the Breathitt county jail on
a charge of murder following a fight near Athol Saturday night.
The trouble arose between Clay and Miles over a woman, and Clay got the
worst of it. Johnson took Clay's part, and, according to his own story,
shot and killed Miles. He says he shot to save Clay's life.
The Crawfords were only distantly related, if at all. Clay is the son
of Steve Crawford, a prominent merchant, and a nephew of Sheriff Breck
Hazel Green Herald - Nov. 30, 1899
On the 16th inst., we published a notice of the death of Frank and John
Miller, near Antioch, in this county. Since that time we learn the
following particulars in regard to their deaths. Frank, who was in
perfect health, knelt at the bed side of John and offered up a prayer in
his behalf in which he said, "If it is necessary to save John's life, by
taking mine, Oh Lord, I now offer myself as a sacrifice." After which he
started to arise and staggering fell into the arms of someone nearby.
Before they could assist him to a bed he expired, and the occurrence
created considerable excitement, many thinking his death was the result
of their prayer. John, however, died few hours after, and they were
buried in different coffins but in the same box and in the same grave.
Note: Frank and John were sons of George Washington Miller and
Cinderella Louisa Shackelford.
Mrs. Georgeann Amyx, of near Daysboro, has sold out her effects and
will removed to Amsterdam, MO., where her tow sons, Dr. John and Breck
Amyx, are engaged in the drug business. She will leave about the 15th
of next month.
C.B. Amyx has brought an interest in his brothers' drug store at
Amsterdam, MO., the style of the firm being Amyx Bros. Amsterdam, he
writes is a place about the size of Hazel Green, but quite a business
place, and the people are very much like those of our blue grass country
though perhaps mores sociable. He is delighted with his new location,
and says he will feel at home as soon as his mother comes out to keep
house for him and his brother, John.
Married at the residence of the bride's father, Chick Watson, of Caney,
Morgan county, on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Frank Mannin and Miss
Ellen Watson, Elder H.D. Adams officiating. They spread a big supper,
and had quite an enjoyable time.
Hazel Green Herald - May 30, 1901
Elsberry Little was shot by Ingram Buchanan on Saturday evening last, on
the dividing ridge between Lacy creek and Stillwater and died from his
wound on Sunday evening at 1:30 o'clock. The particulars, as we learn
them are about as follows: A quarrel between the two men occurred a few
night previous while they were sitting up with a sick child, and meeting
on Saturday they emptied their pistols in shooting at each other with
the ________as above.
There are two stories about this affair, but we refrain from publishing
anything further until Buchanan has his trial.
We are glad to have the opportunity to say that Willard Hill and wife,
who left here about four months ago to make Illinois their future home,
will return here Thursday. Glad to have them back again.
March 10, 1910
George Rice, the contractor and builder, is now building a shop near his
residence 16x32 feet, and will be prepared henceforth to do all classes
of job work. The building will be divided into two rooms, one of which
will be the workshop and the other will be used for coffins, caskets and
wall paper, a full supply of which he will carry at all times. He will
also be prepared to make coffins to order at all times. In a shed in
the rear of his shop he will house his hearse and have it ready for
service at any time he may be called upon for it. In brief, he will run
an up-to-date undertaking business in connection with his carpenter and
repair shop and he solicits the patronage of the public, for which he
will be thankful.
A Dirty, Mean Trick
Of all the low down, dirty thieving we have ever been called upon to
chronicle the following case is the climax. It will be remembered that
little George Rice died recently, leaving a wife and three small
children. Saturday or Sunday some sneak entered the widow's smokehouse
and took every morsel of meat therein, but dropped a jowl in his or
their flight. We have heard of men low enough to steal from the blind,
but even that would not be as bad as to steal from a widow and her three
little children. The people there about should run down the miscreant
and punish him or them.
Mr. John Sebastian died at her home, at Daysboro, last Thursday night,
leaving a husband and five children to mourn her loss. Mrs. Sebastian
before marriage was Miss Roxie Little, a daughter o Harry Little, and
was a noble woman. Her husband has the sympathy of all his neighbors,
and The Herald condoles with him in his bereavement.
Dr. Taylor Center traded a 200 acre farm he recently purchased from John
Will Cox, lying upon the waters of Red river, known as the Fielden Cox
place, to Dr. G.M. Center for his residence in Hazel Green and 21 acres
of Red river bottom.
Wolfe County News - Jan. 19, 1973
CASSIE CRASE OF BELKNAP DIES
Cassie Crase, 73, wife of Mariner Crase, of Belknap, died 7:15 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 at the Jackson Nursing Home. She was a native of
Other survivors besides her husband include two sisters, Mrs. Florida
Purlee, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. Lillie Walker, Mt. Sterling, and a
number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 14, at the
Belknap Holiness Church by Rev. Forest Bailey and Rev. Wardie Craft.
Burial was in the Mullins Cemetery at Belknap. Funeral arrangements
were under the direction of the Porter and Son Funeral Home.
Wolfe County News - Jan. 19, 1973
MRS. FERGUSON DIES AT INSKO
Mrs. Allie Lacy Ferguson, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the
home of her daughter; Mrs. Sarah Melczek at Insko. A native of Wolfe
County, she was born at Belknap March 9, 1880 and was a daughter of the
late William L. and Elizabeth Walter Lacy.
Mrs. Ferguson is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Melczek; one son, Homer
Ferguson of Virginia, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Phipps of Insko.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Potter Funeral
Home Chapel in West Liberty by Rev. Gerald Rogers and Rev. Forest
Bailey. Burial was in the Ferguson Cemetery at Insko.
WARNING: This is a gruesome story. But it is part of history. - Norma
HAZEL GREEN, WOLFE COUNTY, KY., WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 1887
AN AWFUL CRIME
One of a Family Killed And Three Others Wounded
Two of the Actors in the Bloody Drama Arrested in Wolfe County
Catlettsburg, Ky., March 9 -- Intelligence has just been received here of
the most atrocious crime ever committed in the annals of the State, which
occurred in the adjoining county of Lawrence.
Some days since Samuel Smith, a lad of sixteen years, had a slight
difficulty with Stephen Hammond and family. Yesterday he repaired to the
Hammond household, on Cat's Fork, and after killing old man Hammond, shot
his wife three times and his son and daughter once each, mortally woulding
the three. The wounded are suffering excruciatingly and there are no
possible hopes of their recovery. After this wholesale slaughter of an
entire family, young Smith immediately left for parts unknown, but the
neighbors are in hot pursuit, and should the indignant people get their
clutches on him he will furnish a matinee for Judge Lynch. This is one of
the most diabolical crimes ever committed in Eastern Kentucky, and the
greatest excitement prevails in the neighborhood. The denizens are
thirsty for revenge and declare that the perpetrator shall be hunted
down. It is next to an impossibility for him to escape.
The above special dispatch to the Cincinnati Enquirer appeared in the last
Thursday edition of that paper. On Sunday last, just afther the
benediction had been pronounced in the Presbyterian Church and the
congregation dismissed, two young men passed and one inquired of the crowd
still assembled about the church, "Will this road lead to Campton?". As
they were on the throughfare leading to the capitol city of Wolfe, one
gentleman answered, "Yes, Sir, if you follow it far enough."
Another gentleman standing by observed, sotto voice, "You had better be
careful how you talk; that man on the left looks like he would
shoot." The pedestrians passed on, and about six hours later three horse
men, armed with double barreled shotguns rode into town on the West
Liberty Road. They stopped and inquired if two young men, walking, had
passed? They were answered in the affirmative and interrogated as to the
reasons for the pursuit, when one of the trio detailed a story
corroborating the above. The three men left town, going in the direction
of Campton. Subsequently Boone Byrd, of Grassy, secured a shotgun, and
went on to join the pursuing party.
THEY ARE ARRESTED
Just as the above was put into type the announcement was brought to this
office that the two men had been captured and were in town. the HERALD man
sought out one of the guards, W. M. Bowling, a nephew of Hammond's who gave
the following detailed account of the terrible tragedy. Sampson Smith, on
Monday, preceding the murder, knocked down and beat a young son of
Hammond's, aged about 16 years and then gave himself up to a
Magistrate. he had his trial before Squire Adkins and a jury, and was
fined $100. Just as soon as the verdict was announced, the prisoner pulled
his pistol and shot Mrs. hammonds three times. Old man Hammonds then
turned towards his wife, when Emanual Hatton caught him, and throwing him
across the yard fence, cut him twice. Elijah Smith then rushed upon
Hamonds and inflicted three more knife wounds. Neal Hammonds, another son,
upon trying to assist his father, was knocked senseless by a blow from a
club in the hands of Elijah Smith. Miss Lizzie Hammonds went to the
assistance of her mother, when Sampson Smith turned and fired five shots at
her, only one of which struck her, which lodged in her left side. Failing
to kill her in this way, he pulled his knife and then cut her in the left
side and on the arm. The would in the side was four inches in length,
while the other cut laid the flesh open from the wrist to the elbow. In
her efforts to defend her person from the thrusts of her assailant, Miss
Hammond grabbed the knife. Each time it was wrenched from her by her
antagonist and each time the knife left a furrow filled with
blood. Sampson then turned upon the small boy he had attacked the day
before and cut him three times in the back. Bowling stated that five men
were engaged in the affray, viz.: Sampson, Elijah and Henry Smith,
brothers and Emanuel and Bill Hatton. The last two named, it is thought
escaped in to North Carolina while Henry Smith is supposed to have gone to
The two prisoners brught to this place, Elijah and Sampson Smith, were
captured at the residence of ex-Assessor Smith, of this county, who is
their uncle and one of the best citizens in the county, on Sunday
night. The posse making the capture was composed of John L. Napper,
(claimed to be a detective) and W. M. Bowling, from Lawrence County,
assisted by Sheriff G. T. Center, D. S. Tom Tutt, Jailer Geo. Drake and
Mike and Boon Byrd. Jailer Drake and Napper left with the prisoners
Monday evening and intended taking them via Mt. Sterling and Catlettsburg,
to Louisa, in Lawrence County.
STATEMENT of the PRISONERS
In an interview with the prisoners while here, Elijah denied nearly all the
details given above and made a statement totally at variance with the
foregoing. He stated in substance that his brother did have a fight with
young Hammonds; that subsequentl the elder Hammond met him and told him he
might prepare to have the matter settled next day, and that on the day of
the trial the Hammond party came there with clubs and knives, prepared for
any emergency. Just after the trial, while several of both parties were
standing the the yard, the elder Hammond passed by and pushed his brother
to one side; that his brother asked if he intended an offense; that
Hammond stated he could take it as he pleased; that then some one struck
Hammond and the fight became general, a man named Hatton taking his
brother's part. He moreover stated that Bowling and Napper had greatly
magnified the affair, as only the senior Hammond was killed, while the
others were but slightly injured and would recover, whereas Napper and
Bowling claimed all were dead but the young lady. He also claimed that the
Hammond party outnumbered them, and were the aggressors in the afair of the
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Wolfe County News - Jan. 1973
Elbert Patrick Taulbee, 58, of North Middletown, KY., died Wednesday,
Dec. 20, at Mary Chiles Hospital in Mt. Sterling. He was a farmer and a
member of the Baptist Church.
Born July 3, 1914 in Wolfe County, he was a son of the late Martin and
Margie Creech Taulbee.
Mr. Taulbee is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth Havens Taulbee of North
Middletown; two sons, Edward and Timothy Wayne Taulbee, both of North
Middletown; six daughters, Mrs. Lurlene Ratliff of Carlisle, KY., Mrs.
Eldalee Ratliff of Paris, Mrs. Louise Harper and Mrs. Diane Johnson,
both of Richmond, Ind., Mrs. Janet Thompson of Mt. Sterling, and Mrs.
Norma Gay McCoy of Stanton; a brother, Johnnie Taulbee of Paris; four
sisters, Mrs. Lula Smith of West Liberty, Mrs. Beula Smith of Grassy
Creek, Mrs. Rosa Gibson and Mrs. Ora Postman of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at the
Potter Funeral Home Chapel in West Liberty by Rev. Billy Wright. Burial
was in Grassy Lick Cemetery at Grassy Creek, Porter Funeral Home in