Kentucky Genealogy and History

Harrison County Kentucky

Obituaries and Death Notices

Andrew Jackson Beale
Andrew Jackson Beale, a native of Kentucky and served in the Kentucky legislature. Dr. A.J. Beale, now for the second time member of the General Assembly; in 1860 of the physicians of Cynthianna, Kentucky. He was a Confederate soldier in the 9th Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Infantry Company A, as a surgeon leaving with a rank of Captain. The Confederate Monument in Battle Grove Cemetery was dedicated on May 27, 1869. Early in 1867 Dr. A. J. Beale (confederate surgeon) called a meeting at his office of Confederate friends and sympathizers in Harrison county, where an organization was effected looking to the erection of a monument as a fitting memorial to those fallen heroes, to be know as the “Cynthiana Confederate Memorial Association.” The following officers were elected; A. J. Beale, President; H. W. Shawhan, Newton Miller, Henry Turton, Vice Presidents; Caleb W. West, Secretary; Frank M. Curle, Treasurer. He came to Oklahoma Territory to take part in the Land Run on April 22, 1889. After William Couch’ s resignation, he ran for Mayor against Henry Overholser and won election by fourteen votes. Upon assuming office, Mayor Beale introduced an ordinance requiring that the Mayor and Council members serve without pay. He also worked aggressively to resolve questions of lot ownership and promised fair and equitable handling of lot claims, but in December of 1889 the U.S. Attorney General issued an order prohibiting the City’s provis ional government from resolving ownership of lots until Congress set up a provisional government for Oklahoma Territory. Land disputes were a constant source of turmoil during Mayor Beale’s brief term (November 27, 1889 - December 30, 1890). Dr. Beale died on January 4, 1909 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Carr of Cynthianna, Kentucky.

Dr. A. J. Beale; Ex-Confederate, Passes Away At Sister's Home At Cynthiana
Cynthiana, Ky., Jan. 4.-Dr. A. J. Beale, prominent ex-confederate soldier, former member of the Kentucky legislature and a pioneer of Oklahoma City, died at has daughter's home here today, aged 73 years. Dr. A. J. Beale is well known among the older citizens of Oklahoma City as a home steader of a place near the city waterworks, just west of the Wright place. His farm is now a part of Oklahoma City and is well settled. Dr. Beale left Oklahoma City about ten years ago. Mrs. Henry Carr of Pauls Valley, the wife of a prominent lawyer of that place, is a daughter. [Source: The Oklahoman January 5, 1909 Page 8]
The committee appointed by Captain D. H. Hammons, Camp No. 177, U.C.V., to draft suitable resolutions of respect to the late Dr. A. J. Beale, Oklahoma City's first mayor, who died at his old home in Kentucky, January 4, has submitted its report as follows: "Whereas , It has pleased the Great Commander of the Universe to remove from our midst our comrade, Dr. A. J. Beale; "Therefore, be it resolved, by Captain D. H. Hammons Camp No. 177, U.C.V., Oklahoma City that in the death of Comrade Beale we have lost one, who whether a citizen, soldier, statesman or physician was ever true to the trusts he was called upon to assume. "As captain of Company A, ninth Kentucky cavalry, Gen eral Breckinridge's division, Confederate army, his record stands unsurpassed. As a member of the Kentucky legislature he faithfully performed his duty. " He was a pioneer of Oklahoma, being an Eighty-niner, and was elected as the second mayor of Oklahoma City in the winter of 1889 on the retirement of Captain Couch, the first mayor. "As one of the commanders of D. H. Hammons Camp No. 177,Oklahoma City, he earnestly promoted every plan that would be beneficial ito his comrades. As a physician he stood high among the medical fraternity. "As a comrade, white we mourn his loss, we know that he was passed over the river and is resting under the shade of the trees.' "Having removed back to Kentucky some years ago he passed away at Cynthiana, Ky., January 4, 1909, at the age of 73. "Resolved, That the press of this city be requested to publish these resolutions, that a copy be forwarded to his relatives and a copy be spread upon the minutes of this Camp." [Source: The Oklahoman January 22, 1909 Page 11]

William T. Coleman
Coleman, William T., merchant, born in Cynthiana, Ky., Feb. 29, 1824; died in San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 22, 1893. In early youth he engaged in lumbering in St. Louis, went through the full course in the St. Louis University in two years, and began studying law, but was soon compelled by failing health to abandon it. He then spent several years in lumbering in the forests of Wisconsin. In 1849 he became one of a party who made the overland trip to California, and while his companions went direct to the mines he opened several stores for the sale of mining supplies. The assault on Mr. Jansen, a well-known merchant of San Francisco, in February, 1851, led to a determination on the part of the law-abiding citizens to rid the community of its large criminal element, and to the formation of the famous Vigilance Committee, of which Mr. Coleman was one of the foremost members. In 1856 the committee was revived with Mr. Coleman at its head, in consequence of the murder of James King, of William, a conspicuous editor. Mr. Coleman resisted great pressure against interfering with "the people," had charge of the trials, dir ected the execution of the murderers, and prevented the committee from taking any action that would precipitate trouble with the United States authorities. From 1857 till 1864 he lived in New York city, but continued to direct the business of the firm of William T. Coleman & Co. in San Francisco. While in New York city he aided materially in suppress ing the draft riot, contributed liberally to patriotic benefactions, and after the war headed the movement to aid the stricken people of the South. In 1877 and 1878 he left his business affairs at the request of citizens of San Francisco and organized the Committee of Safety to fight Dennis Kearney and his sandlots mob. In this, as in previous emergencies, he was highly successful. In 1888 his firm failed with liabilities of about $2,000,000, but it made a compromise with its creditors, and in 1892 Mr. Coleman personally liquidated his entire indebtedness, more than he was legally bound to pay, with interest. Source: American annual cyclopaedia and register of important events, Volume 33, 1893; Sub. by Robyn Greenlund]

T. G. Craig
CYNTHIANA, Ky., August 29. – Mr. T. G. Craig, aged sixty years, died at his home here after a long illness. He was a charter member of Cynthiana Commandery, No.   16, Knights Templar. [Lexington Herald (30 Aug. 1901) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Roger Dills
CYNTHIANA, Ky., Dec. 19. – Roger Dills, 63 years old, died suddenly Saturday morni ng at his home in Parkland Heights. He is survived by his wife who was Miss Lucy Scroggins, and three brothers, Joe Dills,Winchester; John and James Dills, of this city. A sister, Mrs. Sudle Spohn, died about two months ago. The funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at the residence at 2 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. C. W. Elsey. B urial will be in Battle Grove cemetery. [Lexington Herald (20 Dec. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Josie Shawhan McMillan
PARIS, Ky., Jan. 26. – Mrs. Josie Shawhan McMillan, formerly of Paris, died this we ek at her home in Cincinnati. She had been married three times, the first to August Gutzeit, Paris; second to Rufus Stivers, Paris; and third to Mr. McMillan, Cincinnati, all of whom survive her. She is also survived by her parents, Mrs. Annie Shawhan, Cincinnati, and Joseph Shawhan, Cynthiana; two children, Rufus and Mamie Harris Stivers. The burial took place this morning in Battle Grove cemetery at Cynthiana. [Lexington Herald (27 Jan. 1921) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Elmo Smith
CYNTHIANA, Ky., Aug. 20. -  Elmo Smith, 9 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith, of Davis, died this morning of fever. [Lexington Herald (21 Aug. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

William Sparks
CYNTHIANA, Ky., Aug. 20. – Mr. Wm. Sparks, 80 years old, died at his home at Lees burg, this morning of the infirmities of age. He was one of the representative men of his neighborhood, and has a large family connection in the county. Burial at Jacksonville today. [Lexington Herald (21 Aug. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Nannie T. Swinford
CYNTHIANA, Ky., June 3. – Mrs. Nannie T. Swinford died yesterday morning of consumption. Mrs. Swinford has for a long time been in ill health, but took to her bed only a few months ago. She is the wife of Hon. M. C. Swinford, Representative of Harrison county. [Lexington Herald (4 June 1896) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Harry Rhodes Wiglesworth
CYNTHIANA, Ky., June 10. – Harry Rhodes Wiglesworth died at his residence in this city yesterday morning in the forty-sixth year of his age, after an illness of four months, from Bright’s disease. Mr. Wiglesworth was a native of Harrison county, and was the son of William. [Lexington Herald (11 June 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Frank Wilson
CYNTHIANA, Ky., June 21. – Frank, three-year-old son of W. S. Wilson, a prominent farmer, was attacked by a vicious horse and received injuries from which he died in a few hours. [Lexington Herald (22 June 1901) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

J. W. Wornal
CYNTHIANA, Ky., Oct. 18. – J. W. Wornal, one of Harrison county’s most prominent citizens, died at his home at Lair today of typhoid fever. The deceased was eighty-seven years of age. [Lexington Herald (19 Oct. 1897) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


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