Monday, April 21, 2014

Will of Margaret (Robertson) Bishop of Dycusburg (1861)

In the name of God, Amen. I Margaret P. Bishop of the town of Dycusburg, Crittenden County, State of Kentucky, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hast pleased God to bless me with, viz:

I will that my Negro woman Mary and her child John & Henry and lot of land in Dycusburg, Ky. being part of lot no. shall be sold after my death and the proceeds thereof to be distributed as follows, viz: To my brother W.H.H. Robinson, I give and bequeath of same two hundred dollars. To my sister Mrs. J.A. Wadlington two hundred dollars of said proceeds. To my niece Mrs. Margaret A. Baldwin, one hundred and fifty dollars of said proceeds. To my niece Margaret Ann Simms, one hundred and fifty dollars of said proceeds. To my nephew Coleman R. Sevells I give and bequeath one hundred dollars of said proceeds.

To my nephew R.R. Kelly I give and bequeath one hundred dollars of said proceeds and the balance of said proceeds from the sale of said Mary and her children John & Henry & lot of ground aforesaid. I give and bequeath unto my niece Mrs. M.E. Brooks, I also will and bequeath unto my niece Mrs. M.E. Brooks after all of my just debts and funeral expenses are paid all the balance of my property both real and personal not mentioned in this will.

I also hereby appoint and constitute my friend Mr. Giles S. Cobb to carry this will into affect and do not wish the county court of Crittenden County to require security of him for that purpose and it is my desire that if Mary’s child shall be born alive shall be sold with her and to be sold the Negroes & lot upon such terms as Mr. Cobb thinks best and I hereby revoke all former wills made by me previous of this date. Given under my hand this 2nd day of February, 1861. M.P. Bishop. Witnesses: John F. Gordon, D.B. Cassidy.

State of Kentucky. Crittenden County Court, March 12th, 1861. I Berry S. Young clerk of the County Court foresaid County hereby certify that on the 12th day of March 1861 the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last will and testament of Mrs. Margaret P. Bishop, decd., was produced in Court and proven to be her true last will and testament by the oath of John F. Gordon subscribing witness thereto and proven also by said Gordon that D. B. Cassidy subscribed said instrument as a witness thereto whereupon the same is ordered to be recorded whereupon I have duly recorded same and this certificate in my office. Given under my hand this 15th day of March, 1861. Berry S. Young, Clk.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

An Act to Incorporate the Dycusburg Academy (1860)

AN ACT to incorporate the Dycusburg Academy.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

§ 1. That P. G. Johnson, D. A. Brooks, W. B. Dycus, G. D. Cobb, P. L. Yancey, D. B. Cassidy, and J. N. Flanagan, and their successors, be, and they are hereby, constituted and created a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the “Trustees of the Dycusburg Academy,” and as such shall have perpetual succession, with full power to acquire, hold, and transfer real and personal estate, make contracts, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in their corporate capacity; to make such rules, by-laws, and ordinances as they may deem necessary, consistent with the constitution and laws of this State or of the United States.

§2. That said trustees shall have power over all the business concerns of said academy; they may appoint a president, treasurer, clerk, and such other officers as they may think necessary.

§3. That as many as five of said trustees, meeting in pursuance to their own rules, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The said trustees shall have power to employ a principal and such assistant teachers, male or female, as they may deem necessary.

§4. They shall have power to increase the number of trustees, from time to time, as they may think the interests of the institution may require; they may have power also to fill vacancies that may happen in said corporation, and have power to remove from office any member of the board of trustees, a majority of all the board concurring.

§ 5. That all the estate, money, or property now belonging to, or which may hereafter be acquired by, said corporation by devise, gift, or otherwise, shall be used in such manner as the trustees, by their corporate action, may determine.

§ 6. That said trustees shall not be required to procure a common seal, but all their corporate acts may be performed and evidenced by the official signature of the president; and said president shall be chosen from their own body annually.

§ 7. That the trustees of the Dycusburg academy shall have power to confer upon the pupils of said academy, any or all the diplomas or degrees conferred by other corporate institutions of learning in this State; and the private seal of the president of the board and principal of said academy, may stand in lieu of a corporate seal, and until one is procured, should said board determine to use a common seal.

§8. That when the academy, hereby made corporate, shall afford facilities for teaching all the children and youths in the district in which it is situated, and for the period during which each of said pupils is or hereafter may be entitled to tuition under the general laws in relation to common schools, then the school trustees may, if they see proper, report the same as the common school of said district; and it shall be entitled to all moneys coming to such district from the common school fund: Provide always, That when said academy shall cease to furnish facilities for teaching, as above required, then the benefits conferred on it in this section shall cease and determine, and common schools are to be taught in said district as heretofore required by law.

§ 9. This act shall take effect from and after its passage, and the Legislature reserves the right to alter or abolish this charter.

Approved February 20, 1860.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Obituary: Bobby Neil Patton, 48

Bobby Neil Patton
Mr. Bobby Neil Patton, 48, of Marion, KY, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Mr. Patton was a member at Emmaus Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Maxine Patton; a son, Blake Patton; a step-son, Clint Sunderland; three sisters, Brenda Duncan and (Ruben Houser), Sandy Green and (Kerry Green), Bonnie Fralick and (Bob Fralick); a grand-daughter, Chloe Patton; a grand-son, Thomas Patton; and a step-grand-daughter, Embya Guess.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Austin and Dorothy Brown Patton; and one brother, Thomas Ross Patton. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 2PM, in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Wring officiating.

Burial will follow in the Asbridge Cemetery in Marion, KY. Friends may call from 5 to 9PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem. Condolences may also be left online at


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Obituary: Virginia K. Peek, 93

DYCUSBURG - Virginia K. Peek, 93, of Dycusburg died Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Crittenden County Hospital.

She was a retired farmer and an assembly worker at Arvin Industries. She was a member of Dycusburg Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Patsy O'Bryan and Sue Bailey, both of Dycusburg; one brother, Charlie Conger of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millie N. Peek; one brother; two sisters; and one granddaughter. Her parents Lemuel and Nannie Holliman Conger.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville with Rev. James Oates officiating. Burial will follow in Dycusburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at the funeral home.

Source: The Paducah Sun, Feb. 3, 2014

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Obituary: Elma Lewis, 92

DYCUSBURG — Elma Lewis, 92, of Dycusburg died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation. She was a member of Frances Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Boling of Dycusburg and Lena O’Bryan of Marshall County; one stepson, Virgil Lewis of South Shores; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one stepgrandchild; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oval Thomas Lewis; one stepdaughter, Darlene Gulledge; 12 brothers and sisters; and one stepgrandchild. Her parents were Erving and Leona Keaton. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, Ky., with interment in Dycusburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, at the funeral home.

Source: The Paducah Sun

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Obituary: Dorothy McKinney, 84

EDDYVILLE — Dorothy R. McKinney, 84, of Eddyville died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion.

She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Lyon County. She is survived by one son, James Noble McKinney of Lyon County; two daughters, Vicki Carter of Franklin, Tenn,. and Jennifer McKinney of Nashville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dale Dunning of Eddyville and Gene Dunning of Paducah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble McKinney; three brothers; and one sister. Her parents were Levi and Arlene Barrett Dunning. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Dunn’s Funeral Home with the Rev. James Holsapple officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the funeral home.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lamb Reunion 2013: History, Heritage, and Legacy

By Matthew T. Patton and Linda Lamb Monticelli

Attendees of the 2013 Lamb Family Reunion
The third Lamb Family Reunion was held Oct. 11-12 in Caldwell County, with nearly 50 Lamb descendants from eleven states in attendance: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. Attendees were descendants of Longshore Lamb and his wife, Sarah Lee, early settlers of Caldwell County; and of Longshore’s brother, Thomas Lamb.

A Focus on Genealogy
The reunion kicked off on Friday with a gathering at the George Coon Public Library in Princeton, with many cousins meeting for the first time there. Judy Boaz, director of the library, shared the interesting and storied past of the library. After her speech, the group moved next door to the Glenn E. Martin Genealogy Library for an afternoon of research and a glimpse into its collection.

Following genealogy research at the library, Toni Watson, Caldwell County clerk, welcomed the group at the records room at the Caldwell County Courthouse where staff had graciously pulled several documents and records relating to the Lamb family. Renowned Western Kentucky genealogist and historian Brenda Joyce Jerome, a certified genealogist, was on hand to assist family members with record searches. On Friday night, nineteen attendees gathered at Adams Breezy Hill Restaurant for dinner and fellowship.

On Saturday morning, more than 40 gathered at the Lamb Cemetery at Claxton to dedicate a new tombstone for John and Mary Clayton-Lamb. In early 2013, the family gathered donations from Lamb family members across the country to erect a new stone in their memory. Their original tombstones have faded to near illegibility, so descendants decided to act to keep the flame of their memory alive through placing the new granite marker.

The marker includes the birth and death dates of John and Mary, and on the back lists all of their twelve children, as well as their children’s birth and death year. On the front, the family inscribed: “Memorial Lovingly Erected by Descendants – 2013.”

A Historic Cemetery
Marker for the Lamb Cemetery in Caldwell Co., KY
New stone for John and Mary (Clayton) Lamb (front)
New stone for John and Mary (Clayton) Lamb (back)
Because of the generosity of the donations gathered for their new stone, excess money was used toward a stone to mark this historic cemetery. It reads: “Lamb Cemetery. Since 1839. An old family graveyard on land John and Mary Clayton Lamb lived and raised their family. Erected by Lamb descendants 2013.”

The ceremony to unveil the two new stones began with musical selections on bagpipes by Paul Thompson, known as “The Town Piper.” After his renditions of songs to celebrate the lives of John and Mary, two of their descendants, Matthew T. Patton of Johns Creek, Ga., and Linda Lamb Monticelli of Plymouth, Mich., uncovered the stones for the crowd. The ceremony closed with “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.
From there, the family moved to the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center for a Southern-style lunch and an afternoon of visiting. A 64-page booklet (including welcome letters from dignitaries like Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear) was given to all attendees. On display were several documents and maps: the petition written for the Lenape Indians by the Lamb family’s ancestor Robert Longshore in 1681; accounts audited file for Longshore Lamb’s service in the Revolutionary War; the American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in 2009 for Revolutionary War Patriot Longshore Lamb; several maps showing where the family’s ancestors lived from the 1600s through the early 1800s; and two large family tree charts showing four generations of descendants, one for Thomas Lamb and Alice Longshore, and the other for Longshore Lamb and Sarah Lee.

Guest Speaker
The guest speaker of the afternoon was Brenda Joyce Jerome, who presented a captivating talk on tombstone epitaphs. She provided examples of various epitaphs and carvings from tombstones, including cautionary passages like the one engraved on Mary Lamb’s original stone in the Lamb cemetery. It warns passers-by that they, too, should prepare to face a fate of death.

With sunny skies and comfortable weather throughout the entire weekend, the family relished reuniting with cousins across the country and sparking new friendships with cousins whom they met for the first time.

The next Lamb family reunion is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2015.