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

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