Saturday, February 21, 2015

Obituary: Juanita (Doom) Cobb, 89

Juanita (Doom) Cobb
Nov. 3, 1925 - Feb. 10, 2015

ELKHART — Juanita Cobb, 89, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Valley View Health Care Center.

She was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Dycusburg, Ky., to Francis and Addie Lee (Duncan) Doom. On April 29, 1943, she married the late J. T. Cobb. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Rick D. (Betty Jean) Cobb of Elkhart and Charles L. (Nancy) Cobb of Goshen; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, J. Wayne Cobb; two sisters, Mary Guess and Lola Mae Patton; and three brothers, Jessie, Rayburn and Charles Doom.

Juanita was a loving homemaker for many years and often enjoyed gardening. She was an avid bird watcher. She was a wonderful cook and baker and was especially known for her wonderful snickerdoodles.

The family will receive friends for an hour prior to the 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb 15, funeral service at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Jo Johnston of Billings Funeral Home will officiate. Interment services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 17 in Prairie Street Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Juanita may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Source: The Elkhart Truth, Feb. 13, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lamb Family Reunion Planned for Oct. 2015

The Lamb Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center in Princeton, KY. All family members (descendants of Thomas Lamb and Longshore Lamb) and friends of the family are invited to attend.

A ceremony to erect a tombstone for William (son of Longshore Lamb) and his wife, Rebecca Lamb, will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Old Orange/Dorr Cemetery, just outside of Princeton. William Lamb served as a private in the War of 1812 in Col. William Mitchusson's Regiment of Kentucky Detached Militia under Capt. John C. Dodd. Descendants will honor his service to our country in this important conflict at a time of an expanding, young nation.

After the ceremony, a catered, Southern style lunch will be served at the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center.

For more information, email Linda Lamb Monticelli (rlmflm at or Matthew T. Patton (matthewtpatton at More details will be provided in upcoming announcements.

Obituary: Walter "Ronnie" Green, 74

Walter "Ronnie" Green: July 14, 1940 - Feb. 2, 2015
Walter “Ronnie” Green, age 74, of Dycusburg, died Monday, February 2, at Livingston County Hospital in Salem. He was a member of Dycusburg Baptist Church, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired correctional officer at Kentucky State Penitentiary.

Survivors include one step son, Pat Travis Perry, Princeton, KY; one step grandson, Ryan Perry, Princeton, KY; four step great grandchildren; two brothers, Don Green, Mayfield, KY and Kerry Green, Dycusburg, KY; two sisters, Ginny Brown, Eddyville, KY; and Nancy Rideout, Valley Park, MO, and several nieces and nephews.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his wife, Kitty Marie Lovell Green, his parents, Tom and Edna Mae Henry Green; four brothers, Duke, J.C., Luther and Oscar Green; and two sisters, Joann Chaney and Betty Guier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville, KY.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Steven Kirk officiating. Burial will follow in Dycusburg Cemetery.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Obituary: Dorothy M. Grimes Henry, 80

Dorothy M. Grimes (July 16, 1934 - Nov. 30, 2014)  
Dorothy M. Grimes Henry, 80, of Dycusburg, KY died Sunday at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare. She was a member of Dycusburg Methodist Church.
Surviving are her sons, Joe Allen Grimes and Timothy Grimes both of Dycusburg, KY and Steven Glenn Grimes of Dawson Springs, KY; daughter, Evelyn Gail Lindsey of Marion, KY; sisters, Helen Teer of Paducah, KY and Clarice Coleman of Madisonville, KY; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and Marion Henry; daughter, Marcella Ann Kinnis; 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Services are scheduled for 11 AM Wednesday December 3, 2014 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, KY with interment in Dycusburg Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

McKinney Family Descendants to Honor Ancestors in Crittenden County, Kentucky; Tombstone Erected

Descendants of early Crittenden County settlers Vincent and Nancy (Newton) McKinney will dedicate a memorial tombstone in their honor at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. All descendants and friends of the family are invited to the Asbridge Cemetery for the event.

The McKinneys moved to Kentucky from Jefferson Co., Tenn., raising a family of several children whose descendants still live in the area. Their children were: William A. McKinney, John M. McKinney, Mary E. McKinney, Mariah J. McKinney, James Harrison McKinney, Prudence V. McKinney, Calvin F. McKinney, Joseph Newton McKinney, Sarah Ann McKinney, Lorena E.A. McKinney, Thomas Jefferson McKinney, and Martha C. McKinney.

Vincent McKinney, born in 1808, died Feb. 1868. Nancy Newton-McKinney lived from about 1816 and died after June 1880. Now more than 145 years later, the family collaborated to erect a tombstone in their memory. A farmer by occupation, the Vincent McKinney along with his family left Tennessee around 1850 and migrated to Crittenden County. On Jan. 4, 1853, for the sum of $100, he purchased a parcel of about 400 acres, part of which bordered Claylick Creek.

They apparently lived there the rest of their lives, and are likely buried at this homestead. Several children and grandchildren of the couple are buried at Asbridge Cemetery. For this reason and its proximity to the McKinney farm, the family chose this cemetery for the memorial marker.

For more details about the dedication, contact Matthew T. Patton at (215) 285-0920 or

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Obituary: Willie "Billie" (Polk) York, 88

Willie “Billie” York, 88, of Providence died July 9, 2014 at Salem Springlake Care Center.


She was of Protestant faith.


York is survived by a brother, Doyle Polk Jr. of Frances; three sisters, Georgia Nell Polk of Frances, Margaret Riley of Frances and Linda Perryman of Marion; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. York; and her parents, Doyle Polk, Sr. and Ina Polk.


Services were Saturday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion with interment in Mapleview Cemetery.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crittenden County Coroner's Inquest (1854): Body of Wm. McKee Found Near Town of Dycusburg

"this the 10th July 1854 Critenden Co Ky: We the Jurors Sommoned and qualified for the purpose of examining the body of Wm. McKee who was found dead Near the town of Dycusburg do Report that we have examined the body and find Marks of Violence or suposed to be by as we find bruises from little cuts and holes having the appearance of shot holes and other Marks of violence." [signed] Thos. T. Thompson forman, Charles Addy, John C. Martin, J.W. Smith, L.T. Gwinn, A.B. Wallis, P.P. McIntire, F.J. Burks, J.W. Bice, A. Lindley, Thos. R. Jarrett, Wm. Brashear, J.J[?] Bishop Police Judge of Dycusburg.

Special thanks to Brenda Joyce Jerome for sharing. Visit her Western Kentucky Genealogy blog for a wealth of interesting stories and tidbits of history and genealogy of this part of the state. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Last Will and Testament of Mary C. and Vashti O'Brien (sisters) of Caldwell Co., KY

Will of the O'Brien Sisters (Caldwell County, KY)
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Mary C. O'Brien and Vashti O'Brien were the daughters of John Logan "Jack" O'Brien and Remica Shoemaker. John was born circa 1799 in Tyrone, Ireland. On 21 June 1831, he and Remica, known as "Meeky" were married in Livingston County. Remica was the daughter of William Shoemaker and wife, Elizabeth, who came to Livingston County from Virginia.

To their union, three (known) children were born:
  1. John Logan O'Brien, Jr., born 1833, died 1884. He married Sarah McElroy, dau. of Isaac Benjamin McElroy and Celia Wheeler-Crouch, on 19 Dec. 1860. Their children were: Nannie, Sarah, Rosa, Ellen, Virginia, and Benjamin.
  2. Mary C. O'Brien was born 26 Oct. 1834 in Caldwell County, KY, and died 6 June 1921 in Caldwell County, KY. She had a son, William L. O'Brien. Never married.
  3. Vashti O'Brien was born 22 Nov. 1836 in Caldwell County, KY, and died 25 Dec. 1923 in Caldwell County, KY. Never married.
Last Will and Testament
We the undersigned and possessed of various properties both real and personal in the County of Caldwell and State of Kentucky jointly and undivided and being sound in mind and memory do hereby make and acknowledge this to be our last will and testament. Witnesseth: that the first one dyeing (sic) then all property both personal and real shall revert to the surviving partner then at the death of the other or last surviving partner then it is our wish and will that after just debts and burying expenses shall have been paid the remainder of all personal and real estate wherever found shall be paid or transferred by our Executor or the court to Wm. L. Obrian Son of Mary C. OBrian. We hereby name and appoint W.R. McChesney as Executor of this our last Will and Testament.

Witness our hands this July 6, 1901
  Mary C. OBrian
  Vasti OBrian

Attest W.R. McChesney,
Egbert, L.M. Sherrell – Witnesses

I, John T. Lamb, Clerk of the Caldwell County Court for the State and County aforesaid do certify that the foregoing instrument of writing was produced in open court and proven by the subscribing witnesses to be the last Will and Testament of Mary C. Obrian and Vasti Obrian and is such established and ordered to be recorded, and I have recorded it together with this certificate in my said office: given under my hand this the 21 day of June 1921.

John T. Lamb, Clerk
By Elsie Cash, DC

Source: Caldwell County Will Book C, page 347