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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Laban J. Bradford and William A. Bradford, MD biographies

COL. LABAN J. BRADFORD, a native of Bracken County, Ky., was born June 26, 1815, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Johnson) Bradford, natives respectively of England and Virginia. William Bradford, a farmer, immigrated to Bracken County, Ky., in 1791. He served as high sheriff in the county under the old constitution, and also as magistrate. His wife was a daughter of Thomas Johnson, who was private secretary of George Washington, served in the war of the Revolution, and died in Virginia. William Bradford died in Bracken County in 1830. The subject's grandmother was a cousin of John Wesley. Laban J. Bradford received a high-school education (remaining on the farm until fifteen years of age), and two years later became a clerk at Augusta. When twenty years of age he became a partner in a general merchandise business, in which business he continued for forty years. He was engaged in boating from New Orleans to St. Martinsville, La., and Cincinnati for four years. In 1855-56 he represented Bracken County in the Legislature, and was chairman of the Committee on Penitentiary. During that session he obtained an appropriation of $5,000 to establish a State agricultural society, of which society he was president for seven years. In 1858 he established a tobacco fair at Louisville which existed ten years, Mr. Bradford being president for seven years. He was appointed by Gov. Bramlette as president of the board of visitors to the State University at Lexington, which position he held until the separation of the State college from the university, when he became one of the trustees of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Lexington. For a number of years he was president of the National Tobacco Association, and was selected by the State Board of Agriculture to appear in Washington and petition Congress not to tax leaf tobacco, in which he was successful. But during all this time he was connected with planting, and rearing of stock, writing essays on tobacco, hemp and horticulture, and the choice of professions, etc. In the struggles that agitate society he is never narrow. He had his own views and they were firmly held. In all that was personal but few possessed the same attractive traits of character. His home is the scene of refined hospitality and happiness. "We learn that his large library, which his long life has been spent in gathering, is to be donated to the State College of Kentucky. He moved to Covington in 1874, has dealt in real estate, and now owns 6,000 or 8,000 acres of land. In March, 1844, he married Miss Jane M. Jewell, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Jewell. The former was a merchant in Charleston for many years, and the latter was a native of Richmond, Va. Our subject was married in Pointe Coupee, La., and six children were the result of his marriage, of whom four are living, viz.: Emma Eldridge, of Cincinnati; Sallie, who married A. G. Roulstone, of Tennessee; Alexander Jewell, a merchant in Bracken County, a member of the last Legislature, and chairman of the educational committee, who died in June, 1887; and Jennie, who is at home. Mr. Bradford is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Kentucky: A History of the State by William Henry Perrin
DR. WILLIAM A. BRADFORD was born in Pendleton County, Ky., in 1849, and is a son of Hugh and Margaret (Chalfant) Bradford. Hugh Bradford was also a native of Pendleton County, was born in 1818, and was a farmer. William A. Bradford received his preliminary education in the common schools of Pendleton County, pursued subsequently, the ordinary literary and preparatory course of study, and then entered the Cincinnati College of Medicine, from which he graduated with the degree of M. D. In 1871 he located in Morgan, Ky., followed his profession there two years, and then removed to Saline County, Mo., where he practiced two years, and then returned to Pendleton County, Ky., and settled in But
ler, where he is still actively engaged in practice. November 16, 1872, he married Miss Mildred A. Morris, a native of West Virginia, born February 12, 1850, and a daughter of William and Julia (Mitchell) Morris. To this marriage have been born three children: Lamah, Nellie and W. Hugh. The Doctor represented Pendleton County in the Legislature in the session of 1883-84; has been a member of the town board of Butler several times, and in addition to his medical practice is partner with C. C. Hagemeyer in the manufacture of lumber, and in dealing in grain and flour. He has also been engaged in the tobacco trade since 1879, and owns a large warehouse in Butler; beside these activities he owns and cultivates a farm of 265 acres in Pendleton County. The Doctor is a Democrat in politics, and in religion a Baptist, being a member of the congregation of that denomination at Butler. He is also Worshipful Master of Bostwick Lodge, No. 508, A. F. & A. M.
Kentucky: A History of the State by William Henry Perrin

Saturday, June 15, 2013

John Reeves of Mason County, Kentucky and Morgan County, Indiana

John Reeves

"John Reeves is a native of Mason County, Ky.,  and was born February 20, 1802, and is a son of James and Sarah (Holton) Reeves, the former a native of Ireland, and the latter of Maryland.  John Reeves, Sr., immigrated with his parents, Isaac and Margaret Reeves, to America previous to the Revolutionary war, and when sixteen years of age entered the army under Gen. Washington, serving the seven years.  He then married and settled in Mason County, Ky., where he and his wife ended their days. John Reeves, our subject, is the only child of his father living.  In 1823, he moved to Monroe County, Ind.,  and in 1824 to Owen County, where he married, in 1828, Mrs. Eleanor Hayward. In 1829, he removed to this county, where Mrs. Reeves died in 1861, the mother of eight children--James, Nancy, Abigail, Austin S., Sarah, Samantha, Benjamin and Julia A. In 1863, he remarried Mrs. Ann Edwards.  Mr. Reeves is an excellent gentleman, and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church, of which Mr. Reeves has been an active worker for fifty years."

Page 333
Indiana -- Morgan County

Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana: historical and biographicalA
Author: Weston A. Goodspeed

City of Publication: Chicago
Publisher: F. A. Battey & Co.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cox Cemetery

                                                Cox Cemetery
It's odd how you can pass something hundreds of times and not notice it and then all of a sudden, one day, there it is. Whether I happened to look at just the right moment or the light was just right, there was a headstone I'd never seen before.
This unkept cemetery is at the edge of a hay field along State Rt. 10, between Caddo and Fossett's Bend in Pendleton County, Kentucky.  Owning a farm and growing up on a farm I understand that you don't go tromping through a hayfield, so I waited until the hay was cut and then asked the owner if I could go visit.  He graciously said I could.  The field around the cemetery is cleared and level, but the hay/weeds in the little cemetery area are almost shoulder high.

At one time there was a woven wire fence around the stones, but there's just a small section left now.

This stone is so worn that the inscription is worn off.

I located another one hidden in the weeds and then flattened them so I could see the whole stone.

This is Mary Dean, second wife of Samuel Cox.  The stone says died June 1, 1836, aged 46 years and one month.  If there are days listed also it's buried in the ground.

Mary's footstone.

Outside the maze of hay and weeds I found Samuel.  His stone is flat on the ground.

Samuel's inscription says died Dec. 2, 1857 aged 74 years, 11 months, 28 days.  Samuel married Barbara Sharp as his third wife on August 17, 1845 in Pendleton County. Barbara was married first to Ross McCall on December 2, 1830 in Pendleton.  She is buried in the McCall/Cox Cemetery at Caddo. 

Update August 2013.
Samuel and Mary have been re-interred in the Lenoxburg Cemetery, Bracken, KY.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

James H.Hall, Sr., of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and Mason County, Kentucky

James H. Hall,... born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1817, moved to Maysville, KY in 1836...
The Times-Picayune 7 June 1885 pg 8

James H Hall was born 24 December 1817 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  This was sworn to in a passport request in New Orleans, New Orleans Parish, Louisiana on 9 January 1873.

He married in Mason County, KY on 18 May 1840 to Mary Catherine (or Katherine) Brooks, a native Kentuckian.

In 1850, James is a farmer living in Lewis County with Mary, age 33 and 4 children: Georgeanne, (age 8);  Isabel (age 6); John H, age 5 and James H at 1 year old.  There are several others in their home. Their real estate is valued at $ 6,500.00

The 1860 census records them in East Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky.  James is shown as a 'plow maker.' It really looks like 'blow maker' in the record.  He's been successful, as his real estate is not valued at $ 11,000.  with personal property of $ 1,700.00.  The children at home now are George Ann; Isabella; John H; James and Samuel, age 9; William, age 7 and 4 y/o Mary.

1870 still finds them in Maysville, Mason, KY where there is verification of his occupation as a maker of plows.  James, Samuel, William and Mary remain at home.  79 y/o Charlotte Brooks who was born in Virginia is with them.  They also have 3 servants.  James (Jr.)  is a bookkeeper. 

1880 they remain  in Maysville with Mary and 2 of the children: James and William remaining at home. James records here that his father was born in Ireland and mother in Pennsylvania.  Mary's records now say that she and her parents were born in Virginia.

The youngest daughter, Mary Elizabeth was born 7 Feb 1855 in Mason County (birth records of Mason Co) but her death record in Atlanta, Fulton, GA gives a year of 1856 when she died as Mollie Hall Miller on 4 August 1921.

William Franklin and Samuel Milton both died in Maysville.

James H Hall, Sr died in Maysville, Mason, Kentucky in February 1886, apparently on the 25th of the month.  He was so well liked and well respected that businesses closed the day of his funeral out of respect and admiration for him. 

Information from census, marriage and newspapers.

Northeastern Kentucky Early Births and Deaths

These are excerpts and will not include all available information.

"In Highland, KY, at the residence of his daughter, 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, of pneumonia, Conard (sic) Phister, in his 87th year.  ...."  8 Dec 1881 - Cincinnati Enquirer pg 5

"Honorable Francis T. Hord --...was born in Maysville, KY 24 May 1835..."
The Fort Wayne Sentinel 3 August 1882 page 2

Patrick Garvey, died 15 September 1883 in Newport, KY, in his 40th year....
Cincinnati Enquirer 16 September 1883 pg 4

Ed O'Sullivan was found dead in his bed this morning... - Flemingsburg, KY 12 Dec 1883
Cincinnati Enquirer 13 Dec 1883 pg 2

Maysville, KY - 5 Aug --Tobe Crawford, ... who was shot down on his doorstep on Friday last, has since died....
The Courier-Journal 6 Aug 1884 pg 1

Maysville, KY - Fred Otto, ... died yesterday morning,... in his 56th year. 
The Courier -Journal 18 July 1888 page 3

Maysville, KY --20 July 1889 Jas. Guilfoyle, Jr., aged 22, ...was killed outright....
The Courier-Journal 21 July 1889 pg 12

Henry S. Newell, Jr. was shot and killed yesterday...
The Courier-Journal 2 Dec 1889 pg 8

At Maysville, KY...Mrs Anna Dickson...killing her..., aged 70
The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) 21 May 1890 page 1

Maysville, KY...29 May 1890 Mrs. John Duley died last Tuesday...
The Courier-Journal 30 May 1890 page 5

Maysville, KY..7 June 1890 Phillip Freund, Jr. died at his home this morning....
The Courier-Journal 8 June 1890 page 16