Trimble County Kentucky

Historical Society Newsletter

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Crestwood KY 40014

Phone: 502 241 7698



                      Volume 12 Issue No.3 September 2008 *********************************************************

                                           Editor: Sue Ralston Reid

The Tirmble Co Historical Society has lost of its most treasured members. Wilbur N. Cundiff, age 85 died Friday, August 29, 2008 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville KY.

 He married Anna Laura Welch 65 years ago. They have four daughters. He retired after 42 years of service with B.F. Goodrich Chemical Company. He was a World War II Naval Veteran. He volunteered with the Blinded Veterans Association and the TARC board. In 2002, he received the Mayor’s Liberty Award and received the Metro Disabilities Council Breaking Barriers Award in 2007, along with other numerous volunteer awards. Mr. Cundiff was a long time member of the Society; serving as President and for many years, Treasurer. He is remembered for his dedicated participation in the Society as a man of honor and a man of respect who loved his family, loved his country and loved his fellow man. His presence be greatly missed.

On June 21, 2008, James Kastner, Vice President and Library Director at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), gave a presentation on the materials and information available at the KHS. Sources available for genealogical research include tax lists, by county, dating from formation of the county are on microfilm. The 1790 and 1800 tax lists have been published as “ First Census of Kentucky” and “Second Census of Kentucky”.

Kentucky vital statistics on microfilm: births, marriages, deaths, (1852-1861). A card index is available. Also, 1874-1878 on film. Indexes for birth (1911-1988) and deaths (1911-1993) are on microfiche. Uncertified death certificates, 1911-1956, on microfilm. Death indexes for 1911-1999 on are CD.

County court records on microfilm, including wills and marriages, from the formation of the counties to 1910, when available.


Abstracts of wills, marriages deeds, pensions, and cemetery records, by county are available, but no general index is available.

Surname files include various data arranged by family name. An extensive collection of Kentucky County and state histories, some with biographical sections.

Newspapers on microfilm, nearly complete for 19th century Frankfort and early Lexington, scattering for other localities in Kentucky.

A collection of historical and genealogical periodicals, including most Kentucky titles, and covering major publications throughout the U.S.

Indexed rosters of Kentucky soldiers in the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War. Revolutionary War and Kentucky Confederate pension are also available. PeeWee Valley Confederate Home papers. WWI draft registration cards and record of service cards.

Land records-photocopies of original records are housed in the Secretary of State’s Office.

Kentucky church records and Bibles and Bible records, by family name, thousands of published genealogies, Kentucky biographies and biographical histories, selected city directories for Kentucky, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in book form and microfilm, Regional collections of historical and genealogical sources include all fifty states, microfilm of many KHS manuscript collections, as well as the Draper Collection, microfilm of genealogical collections (Barton papers, Congleton Papers and Ferguson Collection, public internet access available for genealogical research.

Due to the large volume of inquiries, the KHS Library is unable to accept e-mail or fax request. Fee-based research services are available by mail and online through secure credit card transactions in the 1792 Store. Order forms can also be found on the Web site. The KHS Library is open to the public five days a week. Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., except some state holidays. You can check the Web site concerning holiday hours.

The Society did not meet in July.

On August 16, 2008, Sue Reid, President, gave a presentation on the Ralston’s of Trimble Co KY.

September 20, 2008 Steve Smith, member, will give a presentation on “The History of Trimble County KY” based upon his research.

.The shelves in the Society’s library are completed. Charles and Marguerite Miller and Sue Reid met at the library August 12, 2008 to return research books to the new shelves. They also straightened the files and cleaned up the research room. In an effort to better organized the research room, the members have voted to purchase materials necessary for this project. To date, “Trimble County Church Records” have been organized into two white binders with pages and pictures being inserted into clear protective covering for preservation. This will be an ongoing project for sometime to come.

Due to the lack of interest, the Society is no longer collecting recipes for publication or collecting cell phones.

Ten members of the Society attended the Six Counties Picnic Friday August 22, 2008 at Ghent KY, hosted by the Carroll County Historical Society. Each county’s representative gave an update of their Society’s activities for the current year.

The Society has begun work on another Heritage book which will include a military section. The complete title has not been decided. The Society is requesting that members and the community submit their family history(ies), their family bible records, family pictures (please provide names and dates, if known, and place where picture was taken). If your family has a member who served in any branch of the military during war time or peace time that was not in the “Military Photo Book” published by the Trimble Co Historical Society, please submit with the same information as for family pictures and branch of service. The only requirement is that the family have a Trimble Co connection. You may mail the above to the Society at the address on the front page. You may also, leave the information with the Trimble Co Library in Bedford. Please submit information in an envelope with the submitter’s name and address so that pictures, if so desired, can be returned.

Kentucky Marriages 1797-1865 submitted by Sue Reid

While researching marriages of various counties I found the following marriages with a Trimble Co connection. They are as follows:

1.      May 11, 1864. (Could be 1814)

         Alfred Z. Royer, of Trimble Co Ky. to Miss Martha Castleman, dau. of Charles W. Castleman of Fayette Co. (Fayette Co KY)

2.      June 11, 1843. Thomas King of Trimble Co Ky, to Miss Clementine King of Madison In. (County not given)


3.June 10, 1845. Thomas Theobold of Frankfort, to Miss Susan Moffett of Trimble Co KY. (County not given)

Taken from the Courier Journal, Thursday Morning, April 19, 1895

REJECTED. Mrs. Mary Howard Preston’s Will Refused Probate. She Was IRRESPONSIBLE. So Rules Judge Lee, of Trimble Co. Claim Confirmed That She Was a Religious Monomaniac. AN APPEAL GRANTED. 

Messars, Humphrey & Davie, who represented the heirs when an attempt was made to probate the will of Mrs. Mary Howard Preston in Jefferson county, are of the opinion that the appeal from the decision of the County Court Judge in Trimble county will be brought to trial in the Circuit Court, which will meet in the summer or early in the fall. It has been erroneously reported that Mrs. George M. Davie and Mrs. John Mason Brown are the interested as heirs in having the will set aside and are contesting the will. They have no interest in the contest. Mrs. William Preston is the principal contestant.

Local interest attaches to this litigation in consequence of the large amount of property involved, and the fact that Mrs. Mary Howard Preston died at a Catholic institution in this city (Louisville) bequeathing nearly all of her estate to the Catholic church. When the will was presented for probate the heirs at law resisted this on the ground that Mrs. Preston was not a resident of Jefferson county; that the County Court Judge had no jurisdiction and that the will was invalid because Mrs. Preston had been subjected to undue influence and was not in mental condition to execute a valid will. Testimony was heard before Judge Hoke, in which the contestants sought to prove that Mrs. Preston was a religious monomaniac. A vigorous resistance was offered by the Catholic church and a stubborn legal contest was foreshadowed, but Hoke quickly dismissed the case.

Taken from the files of Virginia Taylor

Joseph, son of Milton and Susan Hankins, was born near Milton, Ky, July 17, 1852. Departed this life April 22, 1928, aged 75 years, nine months and five days. Practically all of his life was spent in and around Brooksburg, except for a few years of his early manhood when with his parents, which was spent on Eagle Hollow, near Madison. Early in life he became a member of the Morris Chapel M.E. Church and attended services regularly. Whenever possible, and served as steward for the past several years. On Nov., 1874, he was untied in marriage to Elizabeth Clements. To this union were born eight children, four having preceded him to the great beyond, the last one Mamie, only three years ago. He leaves to mourn their loss besides the devoted wife, four children: Mrs. Frank L. Sweazey of West Terre Haute, Ind; Mrs. Chas. E. Primm, LaGrande, Oregon, and Anna and Howard at home. Also eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Peak, North Vernon and Mrs. Ozpha Rogers, North Madison, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He lived an upright and true Christian life, and during revivals and at prayer meetings at Morris Chapel, he had prayed and testified until tears would come into his eyes, so he could not talk any longer for the salvation of his own children and others as well. His suffering at times was terrible, but he bore it with the greatest of patience, and if he could speak to us now, we feel sure that he would acknowledge the following lines of “poetry” “I long to lay this painful head...And aching heart beneath the soil.....To slumber in that dreamless bed.... From all my toil.....  The sun is but a spark of fire....

A transient mentor in the sky.....  The soul immortal as its sire,.....Shall never die.”

He was a kind and generous husband and father, and will be greatly missed by his loved ones. He possessed that spirit of true friendship which springs from the human heart and forms the true character of a man. He shall always live in the memory of his friends, and in the hearts of those he loved, and by whom he was loved.

July 10, 1930 75 Years Ago ....Looking Back

Five plead guilty to Independence Day misbehavior. After a hit and run in Milton and running a road block in Bedford, Sheriff John O’Nan halted a Chevrolet roadster with two boys and arrested them but were later released on bond. Two men in Milton were arrested for being drunk in a public place and were also released to appear in court he next morning. Two men were brought here and lodged in jail after they had an automobile accident at the top of the Milton Hill. All of the six boys were brought before County Judge W.C. Morgan, who disposed of their cases with fines and paying for the damages to the wrecked car. A breach of peace charge was dismissed against one of the boys. Obits: Billie Toombs, Indianapolis.

Sarah Rand Seriously Ill.....Mrs. Sarah Rand suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Friday at her home in Bedford. She was taken Saturday by ambulance to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington. She has been in the intensive care section of the hospital.

The Madison Courier Mar 7, 1940.....Married Fifty Years...To Celebrate Golden Wedding and Birthday Anniversaries......Mr. And Mrs Louis Kleopfer of Lexington, route two, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on March 10. This will be a double celebration as it is also Mr. Kleopfer’s 76th birthday. His wife is 72. They were married by the Rev. A. Y. More, at the Sharon ___ Church and are living on the same farm where they started housekeeping. They will celebrate with a family dinner at noon and a reception for their many friends in the afternoon. Mrs and Mrs. Kleopfer have seven children, Arch, George, Howard, Elmer, Agnes, Mrs. Frieda Ingram and Mrs. Anna Nighbert. They have fourteen grandchildren. Mrs. Kleopfer’s three bridesmaid and Mr. Kleopfer’s best man will be present to join in this happy affair

Bedford Man Fired On, Bullet Lodges in Back....(no date given) Chester Perkinson, 37, of Bedford, Ky., is in a critical condition at the King’s Daughters’ hospital suffering from a bullet wound he received Saturday night when a dispute arose between Grover Callis, Vernon Mahoney and Mack Law, all living near Bedford. Mahoney, charged with shooting and wounding is in jail at New Castle. He is alleged to have fired a pistol after Callis and Law became engaged in a heated argument. Perkinson, according to a report to this office early today, was an innocent bystander, and had followed Callis and Law from Main Street in Bedford, where the argument started, to a point on the Bedford-Milton highway one mile north of Bedford where the trouble was renewed. Perkinson was taken to the hospital at midnight two hours after the shooting and was attended by Dr. George a May. The bullet is said to have entered the abdomen and lodged in his back.

Carroll Co KY Marriages


April 12, 1910.....Aldridge, Albert, age 22, b. Henry Co , s/o William and Susan Aldridge, married Bessie Carder, age 15 on June 15, 1910, b. Henry Co, d/o J.W. and Laura Carder. Joe Carder bond.


Dec 4, 1901.....Bain, John W, age 24, b. Trimble Co, married Della Campbell, 15, b. Carroll Co.


Feb 24, 1907.....Banks, Alonzo, 20, b. Carroll Co, s/o William A and Emma Banks, married Ida Mae Garrett, 21, b. Trimble Co Ky, d/o Richard and American Garrett


Jan 30, 1902.....Barnett, Ashby, 22, b. Campbellsburg, married Cora Simmons, 19, b. Trimble Co.


April 13, 1907.....Callis, Carl, 21, Leeport Ky, s/o William and Minnie Callis, married Lena Gaunt, 21, Pendleton, d/o James and Nannie Gaunt


Dec 21, 1906.....Callis, Thomas A. 2nd marriage, b. Trimble Co s/o W.O., married Lou Welch, 2nd marriage, b. Trimble Co


Oct 16, 1901.....Calloway, Sylvester, 22, Bedford, b. Trimble Co, married Gratie Handlon, 22, near Bedford, b, Trimble Co


Dec 5, 1909.....Davis, Jessie 24, s/o J.A. and Mary Davis, married Amanda Wallace, 21, b. Owen Co, d/o John and Mollie Wallace


Aug 1, 1911.....Devine, Lester, 22, Trimble Co, s/o Bud and Ellen Devine both born Ky., married Margaret Angell, 19, Trimble Co, d/o Curtis and Cornelia Angell


Mar 4, 1911.....Driskell, Oscar, 22, s/o William and Mattie Kunn, b, Ky married Pearl Dunn, 18, d/of James and Ida Dun


April 25, 1904.....Easton, John, 39, 2nd marriage, b, Trimble Co, mother born Bourbon Co, married Cassie Evans, 23, Campbellsburg, born Trimble Co, father born In and mother born Trimble Co


March 4, 1910.....Edwards, Joseph, 22, Milton, born In, s/o John and Eliza Edwards, married Minnie Kelley, 21, Madison In, d/o Joseph and Elizabeth


Sept 3, 1904.....Gammons, Andy 21, Trimble Co married Ada Handlon, 15, Trimble Co.


Jan 10, 1907.....Gammons, William, 22, s/o James and Malinda Gammons, married Ethel Moreland, 21, d/o Clarence and Bell Moreland


Dec 28, 1905.....Garriott, Joseph 28, English Ky, s/o Henry and Anges Garriott, married Minnie Wilson, 24, d/o Ben and Lyda Wilson

The Carrollton News December 29, 1904


Births                                                                   August Continued

To Barney Holzclaw and Wife a daughter


3rd to G. B. Wyatt and Wife a daughter                    September

7th to J.R. Feller and Wife, a son                               No Births listed

10th To Nat Banks and Wife a son

21st To G.W. Vandiver and Wife a daughter               October

29th To W. B. Snyder and Wife a daughter                 10th To Jad Cemint and Wife a daughter

                                                                            11th To R.L. Mitchell and Wife a daughter


4th To Wm. Webster and Wife a daughter                  November

11th To Jas. Cook and Wife a son                              15th To Henry Jasper and Wife a son

12th To Jas. Hudson and Wife a son                          22nd To Bert Collins and Wife a son

                                                                            27th To M.C. See and Wife a son

March                                                                     To Porter Garnett and Wife a son

11th To George D. Logeman and Wife                       29th To T.J. Cochran and Wife a daughter

      a son

12th To Pete Coleman and Wife a son                        December

                                                                            11th To Wm. Klein and Wife a son


2nd To Wm. Straub and wife a daughter                    Miscellaneous

6th To Geo. Mefford and Wife a son                          January

10th To Shirley Kendall and Wife a son                      6th Blackburn & Wright sold their gro-

22nd To Wm Viston and Wife a son                            cery store to M. Chadwell

                                                                            23rd Carrollton Steam Laundry closes

May                                                                        down

7th To Andy Jones and Wife a son                             27th John W. Burke purchased W.

8th To Peter Hill and Wife a daughter                         Smith’s Jewelry store

14th To Fred Haskell and Wife a son

28th To John Garrett and Wife a son                         February

30th To Jesse D. Adams and Wife a son                     9th Navigation resumed on the river

                                                                            After 95 days’ suspension


10th to S.B. McQueen and Wife a son                        October

27th To Claude Raney and Wife a daughter                10th Residence of Henry L. Webster

                                                                                  Destroyed by fire. Town of New

July                                                                        Liberty partially destroyed by fire.

17th To Jas. G. Mosgrove and Wife a son                   29th Taylor house on Main Street

      To F.H. Suethoiz and Wife a son                           burned.

20th To Wm. E Cless and Wife a son


August                                                                   4th Resdience of Jordon Tharp burned

3rd To Emmette Orr and Wife a daughter                   10th Home of Geo. Skirvin burned.

6th To Charles Mills and Wife a daughter

20th To W. B. Grubb and Wife a son

The Milton News Thursday May 15, 1913


SOCIETY Doings of the People of Milton


Mrs. James Hudson and son Leonard are visiting relatives at Munice, Ind. Miss Mollie Luckett

has moved from her farm on Fisher Ridge to Madison.
Mrs. Thomas J. Tandy is visiting her mother, Mrs. Sarah Langstaff, near Worthville.
Mr. W. T. Ashby, of Pleasant Retreat, made the round trip to Louisville Saturday.
Mr. George Fearn of Mobil Ala, was a guest of friends in Milton Sunday and Monday.
Mr. And Mrs. Robert Varble, of Louisville, are visiting the former’s sister, Mrs. J.L. Gossom.
Mr. Giltner Harmon, of Indianapolis, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gathright Harmon.
Mrs. H.C. Engleman and son Milton of Lagrange are visiting her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bebout.
Mr. Frank Beach, of near Shelbyville spent Saturday and Sunday with his sister Mrs. Charles Dierkis.
Mrs. Nannie Vories, of New Orleans, arrived Sunday and will spend the summer with Mrs. Ben Morris.
Mr. and Mr. P.C. Snyder, of Louisville, were guests of friends in Milton Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Clark Brown and sister, Mrs. John Seifielder, of Freeport, Ill., are visiting Dr. and Mrs. Calvert.
Miss Maud Pecar returned to Louisville Sunday, after a visit of several days to her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Joe Pecar.
Mrs. Mattie Jordon of DeLand, Fla, arrived Sunday and will spend the summer with her sister, Miss Jennie Fearn, in Madison.
Mr. Joseph Pecar Jr, and daughter, of Louisville, spent a few hours Sunday with relatives in Milton. Then came up on the transfer.
Mr. John Bulter, of Loblerville, Tenn., visited his father, Mr. J.F. Butler in the Liberty neighborhood, from Saturday until Tuesday.
Mrs. W. H. Crawford and family returned to their home in Louisville Saturday, after a two weeks’ visit among relatives in Milton and vicinity.
Mr. Jesse Smitha of the Carmel neighborhood, has located in Middletown Ohio were he has a nice position and is pulling down three bucks per day. He is paining most everything red.
Messrs James W. Singer and Frank Thieman attended the Great Council of Red Men at Lexington this week. They represented Tallapoosa Tribe No. 92. This tribe now numbers about 130 members who are enthusiastic Red Men. It has done a great good for the community and is one among the best of the beneficiary orders. The work put on in Redmanship makes a lasting impression for good on the mind of him who receives it.



Mr. Jacob Varble of near Monitor, left at the News office Saturday, two full-grown snow-white ground mice, the like of which no one in Milton ever before saw. They are full of life and very attractive in the show window at the Milton drug store.


Those berry sets that Hampton Bros. are selling at 10 cents each piece will look mighty good filled with strawberries. Better invest.


Genealogy Query


1. My name is Jane Rester and I have been researching my Chilton family ancestry as of late and would greatly appreciate any input anyone has. My great grandfather was Henry Smith Chilton Jr. and my great grandmother was Alphia McCallister. So any information anyone has on the Chilton’s or McCallister’s would be wonderful. Contact Jane Rester at 617 Mills St. Picayune MS. 39466 or email me at


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