Volume No. 4 Issue No. 1 June 1, 2000

Trimble County Excerpts of Obituaries

The Trimble County Historical Society has only one new book since last fall. It is "Excerpts of Obituaries From Trimble County, KY before 1928" compiled by Virginia G. Taylor. They are priced at $15.00 per book and $3.00 for S&H, from the Trimble County, Historical Society. This Obituaries Book made it into the Book Notes of the "Kentucky Ancestors" in Vol 35, No 2, Winter 1999. This is a Genealogical Quarterly of the Kentucky Historical Society. Our special thanks to Thomas E. Stephens, Editor, for adding it to Book Notes. One of our members, Marguerite Miller, also had a submission published in the same issue, however not relating to Trimble County.

Joy Mack , Charles and Marguerite Miller spent as much time as possible during the Memorial Day weekend, offering help to those locating their plots. They also sold Trimble County Cemetery Books to any who wished them. Helping others always has great rewards.

Joy Mack is working on our Court Order Book 1, with several helping her with proof reading, from as far away as Florida and Oklahoma.

Joy Mack has entered online, the Trimble County, Kentucky, Tax Lists for 1837, and a partial tax list for 1838-1839. Also the excerpts of three of the 1913 Trimble Democrat's, are online, as well as a list of students from the Trimble County Yearbooks, 1914 to 1920, plus 1923, 1935 and the Millers Branch School for 1928, by Marguerite Miller. These can be viewed at:

Alice C. Sprigue donated some old Milton, Grange Roll Books and Pleasant View Cemetery records. The Grange came into being in 1867, and still exist today in some locations. More can be learned about The Grange Connection at:

Joan Stevens, of Greencastle, Indiana has sent us some pictures and Bible records for our files. This would be on the Luckett and Ray families. This information will also be added to the next Trimble County Heritage Book, soon to be started.

Other Historical Events: Kentucky's Underground Railroad, passage to freedom was on KET TV, Feb 14, 2000, with Diana Perrine Coon, on the banks of the Ohio River, in Trimble County. She was telling about as many as six known crossing on the river. Penn Bogert, of the Filson Club, spoke about the large volume of slave trading in Louisville, during the years 1810-1840's. We also heard from Blaine Hudson, U of L, Anne Butler, KSU, and many other authors and historians. A very interesting part was about the state song "MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME" and what it really means, and how and why it was written. It might surprise many. Watch KET for other upcoming historical stories.

We have added a new book to our shelves at the Trimble County Library. It is Confederate Pensioners of KY, Pension Application of The Veterans & Widows 1912-1946, abstracted by Stephen Douglas Lynch.

The Preston Plantation Inc, a nonprofit organization, is actively seeking to preserve a Kentucky Underground Railroad Station along the Ohio River. They held a Preston Parley on June 17, 2000 featuring, Diana Perrine Coon on the Free Blacks and the Underground Railroad and Evelyn Welch, History Presenter portraying Delia Webster. The plantation was a site of underground railroad activity. Their goal is the preservation and restoration of the plantation as a Living History Museum. School Day, is October 13th. The students will be learning about life along the Ohio River during this time, by means of historic presentations. Check for future events at or email to

The Bedford Inn, Bed & Breakfast with Antique and gift shop, has been on the list of Historic Homes. The homestead, was build around 1830, and became the home of W. F. Peak, around 1850.There is a lot of history in this old house. The Ransdell's have restored the home to a bed and breakfast, with private restrooms. As you tour through the house, you can just picture the families that had lived there so many years ago. It has a gift shop set up in the old parlor room. What better place to stay on a genealogy trip to Trimble County, Kentucky? It is located just behind the courthouse at, 531 West Street, Bedford, Kentucky. You can phone 502-255-7888 or 800-459-4536 to get further information.

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