Crittenden County, Kentucky

Obituaries and Death Notices

Volume II

1900 - 1905


Compiled by

Stephen Eskew



The Crittenden Press - 1900

04 January 1900


Buried at TYNER's Chapel Dec. 22, W. F. BROWN, who was killed at Greenfield, Tenn., while trying to board a moving train.  Will left this neighborhood in November, and had many friends here who regretted to learn of his tragic death.


Died at the residence of her son-in-law, Spillman THRELKELD, Dec. 17, Mrs. Martha McCOLLUM.  Her remains were buried at the MILLS graveyard near Salem, Rev. CRICHLOW conducting the funeral services.  She was a good christian woman.


Died at the home of her father, Rev. Aaron HUMPHREYS, Mrs. Jose WRING.  She had been a long sufferer from consumption.  She was buried at Union.  Rev. EATON conducted the funeral services.  Mrs. WRING was a good christian woman and had many friends who sympathize with her relatives.


Local Brevities

Jim OVERBY, a well-known farmer, living near Otter Pond, Caldwell county, died last night in great agony a few hours after drinking alcohol.  He leaves a family.



One of our most dear friends has exchanged a world of suffering and trial for one of unalloyed bliss and security.  Mrs. Effie M. WALKER,  who was formerly Miss BIGHAM, was born in Crittenden county, Ky., May 18, 1878, and died at the home of her father in the county of her birth, Dec. 10, 1889.[sic]  She was happily married to Mr. C. A. WALKER, Jan. 1, 1896, and he is called early to mourn the departure of his young and loving wife.  She professed a happy experience of grace when quite a young girl and united with the Presbyterian church at Chapel Hill under the ministry of Rev. A. J. THOMPSON several years ago, giving her heart to Jesus in her girlhood.  She honored him all her life and was a faithful, devoted member of the church till she joined the church triumphant.

She was a dutiful daughter, a loving sister, and a good true and affectionate wife and mother; she met the responsibilities of her station and was ready when the hour came.  She was not well for weeks before she died but bore her afflictions with christian fortitude and always hoped soon to be better.  I was with her several times during her last illness and saw her suffer death and not once did she ever murmer, but would place her snow white hands to her ever aching head as if to say, "Oh my head."

She loved her parents, brothers and sisters so dear, and always looked forward to the time when she could go home; was so proud to be in the family circle and when it was the will of God, would visit home every week.  She took great interest in her home and certainly succeeded in establishing a pure and happy home.

I esteem it as one of the pleasures and honors of my life to have enjoyed the friendship of such a noble woman and I only record the well established facts in her life when I say she was true to all the obligations that come upon her.  She was not only large in statute but in character large hearted and of a cheerful temperament; her company was always most agreeable as her friendship was valuable.  It has been truthfully said that death loves a shining mark, this was certainly demonstrated in the sudden demise of dear Effie.

A few weeks ago the picture of health now to pay the last tribute to her memory, take the last look, the farewell kiss at the dark portal of the tomb, and say farewell till the last trump shall sound.  These things are so sad but sadder still would if be if there was no hope of a blissful immortality beyond, but parents and friends have a hope that cheers and comforts their hearts in this hour of gloom and sadness.  It is hard to give up those we love, but God be thanked we do not sorrow as those who have no hope.  Her sun of life went down calm and serenely like the golden splendors of the gorgeous sun set; her day of life closed out in love and beauty.  We often speak of a beautiful life, but if the life of the christian is beautiful, the death of the child of God is far more so.  Sad is death under the most favorable circumstances, it is but the opening or beginning of a higher life.  May Heaven's richest blessings rest upon the sorrowing husband and weeping friends.  Weep not dear husband for in Heaven your darling Effie is an angel now.

Our darling Effie's gone to rest,

With all the angels fair;

While we are here by sin oppressed,

She's free from every care.

She's singing with the angels now,

All dressed in robes so white.

Of him who died on Calvary's brow,

To give her life and light.

We think her words to us would be,

Be faithful to the end.

That Christ may bring you up to see

Your darling and your friend.

A few more years of grief and pain,

Will end your days of woe;

Then you shall surely with me reign,

Where joys immortal flow.


11 January 1900

Local Paragraphs

Mrs. Ollie BEAVERS, wife of Mr. John BEAVERS of the Caldwell Springs neighborhood, died at her home Wednesday night of last week after several days illness.  She was a faithful, loving and true wife, an affectionate mother and her death is the saddest blow that could have befallen the family.  She leaves a husband and two children--one a babe eleven days old.  She was a daughter of Rev. W. R. GIBBS, and an exemplary Christian woman.


Finis SHERFIELD, of near Tolu, died Tuesday of pneumonia.  He was an employ of the spar mines, and one time was in the grocery business at the spar mines.


In Memory

The fairest flowers bud, blossom into beauty and show to us their loveliness for a season, then fade from our sight and are no more.

So, Charlie Earl, little son of Charlie and Ninna DAUGHTREY, was born May 20, 1899, and died Nov. 20, 1899, age six months.

Though his stay on earth was short, his sweet little presence filled their home with joy.  He was the source of comfort, and the object of the affection of the entire family.

Papa and mama, sorrow not for little Earl, tho' it seems that the light of your home has been extinguished, but remember that he who gave the sweet little babe to cheer your home for a short time, had a brighter and more lovely place for him; and He has plucked this fair little flower and transplanted it in His Heavenly garden, where it will never more have to fade.

You have another treasure laid up in heaven to beckon you on.  Ever be faithful to the trust God has given you and one day he will call you to where your treasures are.   He is making heaven dearer to you by taking your treasures from earth and placing them there.

The funeral of little Earl was preached by Rev. B. A. CUNDIFF, and loved ones gently laid his little body away in the Hurricane cemetery to await the day when the Saviour shall wake his jewels.

"Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade

Death came with friendly care

The opening bud to heaven convey'd

And made it blossom there.

M. F. F.



Mr. DODDS, a very old man, died last week at Mr. Will TEER's.



Died at His Home

in BELLs Mines Sunday Night

On Sunday night, Mr. John W. PHILLIPS died at his home in the BELLs Mines neighborhood, after a brief illness.  Mr. PHILLIPS was born within two miles of the place where he died, nearly eighty-three years ago, and with the exception of two years, he lived the eighty-three years in that section of the county.  His father moved from North Carolina and settled in that neighborhood about the year 1800.  J. W. PHILLIPS was married to Miss FINCH in Marion county, Illinois, and nine children were born to them, four of whom are still living.  His wife died and he was afterwards married again, and six children were born to him, all of whom survive him.

He was a good man and a good citizen, respected by all who knew him.  Throughout the years of his long life, he was an honest, sober, charitable man, doing unto others as he would have them do unto him.

Quite a crowd of kindsmen, neighbors and friends attended the funeral Monday afternoon.



A little child of Mr. SISCO's died Jan. 3, and was buried at Chapel Hill.

18 January 1900

In Memory

Died at her home near Caldwell Springs church, Jan. 3, 1900, Mrs. J. H. BEAVERS in the 27th year of her age.  Sister BEAVERS was a daughter of the well known and highly appreciated Baptist preacher, W. R. GIBBS.  Ollie professed faith in Christ at the age 12 or 13 years, and joined the Baptist church at Crooked Creek, afterwards took her membership to Caldwell Spring church, in whose membership she died.  She lived a devout, consistent christian life, and hence died in triumphs of faith, and has gone home to reap her reward.

Ollie was married to J. H. BEAVERS three years ago, and to this happy union has been born two bright little children, who have been left to the care of the devoted husband and father, and to friends, and especially to the care of God who gave them.

The funeral sermon was preached by T. C. CARTER at Caldwell Springs from Job 13:10.  "Man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?" in the presence of a large congregation of relatives and friends, who deeply mourn her loss.

To know sister BEAVERS was to love and admire her for her real merit.

To the bereaved family and friends we extend our sympathy and prayers, and rejoice that you weep not as those who have no hope.  "Ollie is gone; not loss but flown; not dead, but asleep in Jesus."

"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep from whence none ever wake to weep."

T. C. C.


Local Paragraphs

On Wednesday night of last week a young man named Ollie CHANDLER, died at the home of his father north of town of measles and pneumonia.  Four other members of the family are down sick; two of them--the mother and a grown son--are dangerously ill.


A little two year old child of Mr. RIGGS, of the Shady Grove neighborhood was badly burned two weeks ago, and after much suffering died Thursday.



Catherine J. PHILLIPS, or "Aunt Kittie PHILLIPS," as she has been generally called of late years, was born April 21st, 1821.  She was a daughter of William and Polly HILL.  There were twelve of the children and all grew to manhood and womanhood.  All are now gone but Uncle Billie HILL, of Hillsdale.  They were all christians.  Aunt Kittie professed religion and joined the Methodist church when she was eighteen years old.  She was married to D. B. PHILLIPS January 19, 1843; six children were born to them, all of whom are living except Edgar, who died a prisoner in the Civil war, and Brown who died about two years ago.  The surviving children are John M. and Bascom; Sallie, wife of Fillmore WOFFORD, and Clara, widow of John NUNN.  All are men and women of most christian character, and an honor to the communities in which they live.  We know of no better way of judging a woman than by the character of the children she raises, and in their very lives they "arise up and call her blessed."  She was a devouted mother to her children, and a kind friend to all.  Her children have heard her pray earnestly for their salvation and rejoice and praise God that her prayers were answered.

She was a patient sufferer for several years previous to her death.  The writer saw her a few days before she died, and she was peacefully and patiently awaiting the end.  It seemed that the frail body but scarce concealed a spirit from the better world.  She remained in this perfect peace till the Lord released from the suffering body and bade her come up higher.  She died September 18, 1899.

Soldier of God well done,

Rest be thy loved employ;

And while eternal ages run,

Rest in thy Master's joy.

Her friend,




Uncle John W. PHILLIPS, died at the home of his son, Ed. PHILLIPS, last Sunday, in his 83rd year.

25 January 1900

Local Paragraphs

Mrs. W. B. CHANDLER died at her home north of town Monday after several days illness of pneumonia.  Two weeks ago her son died, thus within a short space two members of the family were buried.



Mr. Jos. CROWELL died last week.



Samuel LEMON

To Samuel LEMON as a Result of a Fall,

Friday Morning

Mr. Samuel LEMON died at his home in the Repton neighborhood Friday morning.  As was stated in the PRESS last week he sustained a fall, breaking his leg; gangrene set up and the broken member was amputated and for a short time there was every evidence that he would recover, but it soon developed that the disease extended above the point of amputation and there was no hope for him.

He was an excellent young man, steady, sober, industrious and honest, he had worked his way to the rank of a teacher and stood high with his associates, and many friends mourn his death.


W. A. LEWIS Dead

W. A. LEWIS, a well known citizen of this county, died at Ringgold, Ga., Tuesday night.  He left here in November to spend the winter in the south, hoping the climatic change would prove beneficial to his health.  He has been sadly afflicted with rheumatism several years.  He was a good man and a good citizen.



The property of D. D. MAXWELL, deceased, was appraised last Friday.


Infant twin girls of Mrs. D. M. MAXWELL died last Thursday.


Richard RORER died last Thursday in the 82nd year of his age.

08 February 1900


Gilliam CAMERON, a young man well known here, died at Paris, Tex., February 3.  He was a son of Mr. J. H. CAMERON, at one time sheriff of this county, and many of our people remember him as a little boy.  He went west with his father many years ago.  Many of his friends here will regret to hear of his death.


Local Paragraphs

Rev. Pate CONGER died at his home seven miles north of Marion Friday after several weeks illness.


Mr. W. W. LUCAS, formerly a citizen of this county, died at his home in Indian Territory Jan. 10.  The deceased was a son of Mr. R. C. LUCAS of this county; he moved to the west several years ago.



Mr. John R. JENNINGS died yesterday morning at his home two miles west of Marion.  He had been suffering several months with a cancer on the face.  Mr. JENNINGS has been a resident of this county many years; he was a good citizen, and an honest christian gentleman.  His wife and seven children survive him.

The interment will be at the new cemetery at this place today.



Mrs. Viola McMICAN was buried at the McMICAN graveyard a few weeks ago.



Mrs. Sarah MIZELLE died at her home in Livingston county Thursday, Feb 1, very suddenly.  She was brought to her family graveyard for interment Friday.  She formerally lived in this county and raised a large family of which several survive her.



The little child of Mack RUSHING died last week of whooping cough.



Lizzie Dell, little daughter of W. H. and Florence A. THURMAN, died at her home Aug. 22, 1899.  She was born in Crittenden county, Ky., Aug. 20, 1898.

Mysterious indeed are the ways of an Alwise Providence; strange that he would call one so young and sweet to try the realities of that blissful home beyond life's sunset radiant glow.

While the heart bows in submission to the call of the Master, yet a little daughters love shall be remembered and cherished for years to come.

It is a great consolation to her parents and friends to know that she has gone to rest in that beautiful land beyond life's stormy sea, where sickness, sorrow and death never comes and where all is pure joy, love and happiness.

E. L. G.

15 February 1900

Granville CLEMENT

Granville Franklin CLEMENT, oldest son of Isheam and Sarah CLEMENT, was born in Charlotte county, Virginia on the 12th of November, 1808.  His father moved to Kentucky when he was 10 years of age and settled the farm now occupied by F. M. CLEMENT his youngest brother.  In July 1833, he married Margaret Saline, daughter of Robert PHILLIPS.  They settled near his father-in-law's on the road leading to Providence, seven miles east of Marion.  He opened the farm now occupied by Berry DEBOE, and prospered as a farmer until the death of his wife in 1872.  They raised a family of six children, but they all preceded him to the grave, except Caroline, wife of J. M. DEAN, of Iron Hill.  After his wife's death he went to live with his son, F. M. CLEMENT, jr., at Weston, and they were partners in the tobacco trade for several years with varied success but in the outcome about 1882 became financially involved and lost all.  Then he went to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. DEAN, about 1886.  Seven years to a day before he died he fell on an icy porch floor and fractured the upper thigh bone on left side.  That limb was useless and he was a confined invalid afterwards.  Being very nervous and shaky he could not stand alone entirely.  He could propel himself around on a rolling chair to the different rooms and out on the front porch in good weather.  In his early life he was very quick and excitable, and lived an active stirring life, but become more patient and bore his confinement with christian fortitude.  His wife and him were converted under the preaching of Rev. TEMPLEMAN in the early forties and connected themselves with the Presbyterian church at Marion.  While rational the writer inquired of him and he said he was pared to go and was trusting in the Lord.  He was a devoted Mason and very anxious to be buried by them.  A number of them attended and performed that task to some extent but they deferred the usual Masonic rites to a future time.  He first complained of his hip being more painful, got very restless, especially at night.  We could see he was failing fast and on Friday he went into deep sleep or stupor and could not be aroused to take nourishment or medicine and remained so until he breathed his last at 6 o'clock p. m. Jan. 31.

He died in his 92 year and his earthly remains were laid beside his companion, his children and many of his wife's kindred in the ALLEN graveyard with appropriate service led by Elder DEBOE of the C. P. church.

We should have noted in its proper place that he had liberal pecuniary aid from his brother, F. M. CLEMENT, during his helpless condition and perhaps Zion Lodge.


Local Paragraphs

The wife of Mr. Hugh GIVENS died at her home seven miles east of Marion Sunday night, of consumption.  A large concourse of relatives and friends attended her funeral at Repton Tuesday morning.  She was a daughter of Mr. Fielden BRANTLY, one of the leading citizens of that section.


The wife of Mr. Thos. J. HAMILTON died at her home at Sheridan Sunday night, of measles and pneumonia.  She was an esteemable christian lady and her death is a sad blow to the family.


Mr. Dick PARIS died at his home near Pleasant Hill church Saturday night.  He was injured in an accident two years ago and never fully recovered.


The wife of Mr. George SUTTON died at her home near Iron Hill Monday, and was buried at Sugar Grove Tuesday.  The family moved from Union county to this county last fall.


Mrs. James WIGGIN died at her home near Sheridan yesterday morning.


In Memoriam

Mrs. Sarah A. MIZELL, wife of Isaac MIZELL, passed from earthly care, pain and labor to a Christian's joy and rest Feb. 1, 1900, at her home at Bayou Mills, Ky.  She died suddenly of hemorrhage of the lungs in the 68th year of her age.

She was a daughter of John TERRY, and was first married to Eld. B. W. BARNES, who preceded her to rest some twenty years ago.

Eight children and her last husband survive her--Joel Grace BARNES, Millard BARNES, Milo BARNES, Delaney BARNES, Mrs. Mollie BEARD, Laura BARNES, Lillie WOODYARD and Julia HODGE.

She professed faith in Christ and joined Union Baptist church at the early age of thirteen.  Her christian life as maiden, minister's wife and later as deacon's wife was beautifully consistent and scriptural.

She took a lively interest in the affairs of the church and seemed to know not only all the members, but every one in the community.  Hers was indeed a preacher's home.  She was of a sociable nature, kind to every one, especially to those in sickness and distress.  She was a devoted wife, and affectionate mother, a true friend and an earnest christian.  Her influence was exerted for good.  "Her children rise up and called her blessed."

Her funeral services were held in Union church.  The text was:  "For to me to live is Christ, to die is gain."  The interment took place in Union cemetery in hope of the resurrection.




A Well Known Citizen Shot By

Marshal of Fredonia

Last Monday night at Fredonia, Mr. Floyd ORDWAY was shot and killed by A. B. MOSELY, the town marshal of that town.  The particulars of the tragedy as we have been able to get them are in substance as follows:

ORDWAY returned to Fredonia from Marion about dark, and went into BUCKNER's store, and asked about his son who was reported to have the smallpox.  MOSELY came in and ORDWAY said to him, "You was spotted two weeks ago," using rather rough language.  Another party who was in the store at the time started out and MOSLEY followed him toward the door, when ORDWAY called to MOSLEY to come back, at the same time going towards him, and again using profane language.  MOSLEY returned and took a seat at the stove and when ORDWAY returned MOSLEY offered him the chair he was occupying.  ORDWAY refused to take the chair but moved around the stove towards MOSLEY, who retreated behind the counter, and the two men were behind the counter, when Dr. BUCKNER asked them to go out if they were going to quarrel.  ORDWAY said all right he would go if the doctor would make MOSLEY go.

ORDWAY went out the door with MOSLEY just behind.

Here, according to MOSLEY's statement, he told ORDWAY to consider himself under arrest, and ORDWAY caught him by the coat collar with both hands and, again using profane language, told him that he would cut his throat, and proceeded to shake MOSLEY, and, in the scuffle the latter was thrown down and in a kneeling or stooped position he drew his pistol and fired, and in the scuffle that continued MOSLEY regained his feet and fired two more shots.  The first shot entered just below the ribs and ranged upwards; the other two entered the groin. After the two last shots were fired, ORDWAY leaned up against the fence or building and sank down and died within fifteen minutes.

MOSELY went to Princeton immediately and surrendered himself; Tuesday an examining trial was held and he was discharged.

ORDWAY was one of the best known men in this section, and was a good citizen, and has many friends.  Of late years he had become rather a hard drinker, and it is very probable that had he not been somewhat under the influence of liquor, the trouble would not have occurred.


In Memoriam

In memory of my loving friend and grand-child Johnnie PARIS.

Dear Johnnie has gone for awhile,

We miss his radiant face and lovely smile.

His seat is vacant, he has passed away

To the world of happiness and endless day.

Hard it was to part with him so dear to us all,

But weep not, dear parents, it was the Savior's call.

He needed him to shine in the beautiful dome so fair,

Where he is happy without an earthly care.

From his garden of flowers he plucked our gem so rare,

And heaven gains a jewel in his presence there.

When our work on earth is no more,

We'll meet Johnnie on the other shore,

And hear him chant those sweet songs

Mother, he loved so well to hear you sing.

Dry up your tears and weep no more,

For we will meet on that bright shore

Where parting is no more.

--Grandma P. E. PARIS

22 February 1900

Local Paragraphs

We learn that a daughter of Mr. Tom BOSWELL, near Crayneville died Sunday night.


Mr. Newton THOMASON, a well known citizen, died at his home near Piney Creek church Saturday.  He had consumption.



On the 27th of January 1900, little Walter, son of E. A. and Burnicie CAMPBELL, dress caught fire and burned him so badly that he only lived about ten hours, when his spirit took its flight to live and be with God forever.  Walter was a bright and promising for one of his age--3 years and 8 months.  He was the pride of his parents and grand parents, but he has gone home.  His body was intered on the 29th, in the family cemetery at his grand fathers, there to await the resurection morn; there with others of his kindred in that peace which the world cannot give or take away.  The gentle breeze fans his verdent covering, he heeds it not; the sunshine and storm pass over him, he is not disturbed, no sound proceed from him save the silent yet thrilling admonition:  "Seek ye the straight gate and narrow way that leads to eternal life at God's right hand."

Died on Jan. 24, 1900, at the residence of Mrs. Berry CLARK, in the FORDs Ferry neighborhood, Mrs. Viola McMICAN, and daughter of Mr. J. E. CLAGHORN.  She leaves a husband, two little children, father, mother, brothers, sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a kind neighbor and a bright christian.  She professed religion at the age of 16, and afterward joined the Presbyterian church at Marion, and lived a faithful member of that church until death.

I would say to her relatives and friends, if you will follow the christian example she set you may rest assured you will meet Vi in that happy home above, where partings will be no more.

Alone unto our Father's will

One thought hath reconciled;

That He whose love exceedeth ours

Hath taken home his child.

Fold her, oh Father! in thine arms,

And let her henceforth be

A messenger of love between

Our human hearts and Thee.

--A Friend



J. C. CROWELL was born in Macklinburgh county, North Carolina, Oct. 26, 1834, and died Jan. 16, 1900.  He was married in this county in his early days and lived here until his death.  He followed milling as an occupation throughout the greater part of his life, and often remarked that he enjoyed running the mill better that anything he could do.

During the civil war he was slightly wounded near the left eye by a gun cap, which years after formed a cancer that no medical treatment would cure.  In late years it gave him such pain that he adapted the habit of using narcotics to keep down misery but of no avail.  He suffered intensely until God brought relief.  He closed his eyes in sweet slumber, to awaken at the dawn of eternal grace.  A wife and eight children survive him.  He lived a devoted Christian life.

His youngest son



Mr. Henry EASLEY died at the residence of John BAKER in the Iron Hill neighborhood, Monday night.  He had been in declining health for a number of years, and some ten years ago he went to California hoping to be improved by the climate and the change did probably prolong his life.  Two weeks ago he returned to this county, having abandoned hope, and declined rapidly until the end.  He was a brother of Mr. John EASLEY, a well known citizen, and a brother-in-law of Mr. J. L. STEWARD, of this place.


Mrs. Penina FRANKLIN, died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Thomas J. YANDELL, of this place, Saturday, after a brief illness of pneumonia.  The interment took place at Union church Sunday.

The deceased was the widow of H. W. FRANKLIN, who died twenty-five years ago, and she was a daughter of the late Samuel WILBORN.  She was in her 61st year, and was healthy and vigorous, and came to Marion a few weeks ago to be with her daughter, Mrs. YANDELL, who had the measles.  She leaves four children:  Mrs. Kate YANDELL, Mrs. John N. CLARK, Mrs. Fin MILES and Mr. Sherman FRANKLIN.  She was an excellent christian lady and many friends are deeply grieved at her death.