Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rosine General Store

Found on the National Register for Historic Places, the Rosine General Store was built in 1933.

Pendleton House

Found on the National Register for Historic Places, the Pendleton House is located at 403 East Union Street, Hartford. The home is named "Hillside" and was built between 1861 and 1866 by Dr. John E. Pendleton, a prominent Hartford doctor.

Railroad Depot - Fordsville

Found on the Register for Historic Places, the Louisville, Henderson and St. Louis Railroad Depot at Fordsville was built in 1916.

Bill Monroe Farm

Found on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bill Monroe Farm is located in the Rosine community, two miles west of the intersection of US 62 and US 1544. This is the homeplace of country music legend Bill Monroe and the home and the surrounding five acres is owned by the Bill Monroe Foundation. The home was constructed in 1920 by Monroe's parents.

Samuel E. Hill House

Found on the National Register for Historic Places, the Samuel E. Hill House is located at 519 East Union Street, Hartford. Samuel E. Hill was a prominent Federal military officer from Kentucky during the Civil War. This home was built in 1871.

Hartford Seminary

Registered on the National Register of Historic Places, the building that housed the Hartford Seminary is located at 224 E. Center Street. The building is also know as The Old Watterson Place. It was home to The Hartford Seminary from 1839 to 1880.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Centertown School Under Construction 1938

Centertown School Under Construction 1938

Rockport Gym Under Construction 1936

Rockport Gym Under Construction 1936

County Grade and High Schools in Hartford, abt 1937

County Grade and High Schools in Hartford, abt 1937

City Hall and Fire Station, Hartford, abt 1937

City Hall and Fire Station, Hartford, abt 1937

School at Mount Pleasant 1880's-1890's

School at Mount Pleasant 1880's-1890's

Hartford College and Business Institute, W.H. Davidson 1880's-1890's

Hartford College and Business Institute, W.H. Davidson 1880's-1890's

Unknown School in Ohio County 1880's to 1890's

Sorry that I don't have the name of this school or the names of any of the people in the photo. The source was the "Superintendent of Public Instruction" and the only description is 1880's to 1890's.

Friday, October 19, 2012



Ronnie Bennett’s childhood story

            The morning April air was just bit cool as 14 year Ronnie left his family's farm house to walk the three miles to the Hartford school house for a spelling bee but as he climbed the hills and jumped the ditches along the dirt road the temperature seemed just right to his short-sleeved arms.

            Just as he reached the half-way point which was the driveway to the County Farm he heard someone call his name. Ronnie recognized the voice as that of the operator of the facility. Old man Richner matter-of-factly walked down the driveway to meet him.

            Having lived this close to the County House all his life the teenager had accepted the atrocity as a fact of life and wouldn't really grasp its significance for many years.  The County Farm was the only option for the very poor without family to take them in, the elderly too feeble to care for themselves or anyone with mental problems. The county would hire an operator for the farm and allow him to make all decisions for those unfortunate enough to be sent to the facility by the court or their family.

            "Would you like to work today" the tall man asked the boy as they approached each other in the driveway. "I was going to the spelling bee but if you need me I guess I will help you today because I'm not that good a speller anyway," he replied. "Aunt Janie died last night and I've got to go to McHenry for a box. Could you get the old mare and hook to the rock sled and go by the house and get Rollo and you and him go dig a grave over by the fence in the far side of the graveyard," the county house operator said.  "O.K., where’s the shovels and dynamite and I'll get right on it," Ronnie said.  "The shovels, broad axe, and hoes are in the smokehouse but you better not set off any blasts without me here and besides the ground over there is not that rocky," Richner said.  "O.K.," the boy said disappointedly. Blasting was the favorite part of helping the old friend of his family with clearing and other tasks last summer.

            As the teenager reached the porch with the mare, sled and other tools he saw Rollo coming out of the house on his home-made crutches. The boy had worked with Rollo last summer removing rocks from the fields on the county farm so he well knew what the middle-aged man whom had spent most of his life at the county farm could or could not do.

            The lame man made his way to the sled and sat down on the edge and laid his crutches on the pile of digging tools. Ronnie walked along beside the sled and drove the mare as close to the iron gate of the County Farm cemetery as possible.  Rollo took his crutches and the broad axe and made his way to the gravesite while the boy tied the mare.

            The pair dug the grave in about two hours to the depth of five foot on the highest corner since the hilly gravesite sloped slightly in two directions. As the boy and slightly "Slow" man labored on the grave they talked about hunting and fishing and other things until the conversation got slow and Ronnie asked, "Rollo, how did you come to be here at the Poor House (another name for the county farm)."  My folks died when I was 10 and nobody kin to me liked me being crazy so someone brought me here in a wagon pulled by two black mules," the man replied.  After another few quite moments the boy chanced a second question very cautiously, "Rollo, you don't have to tell me but I was wondering how come you are crippled."  The man replied, "Mr. Hall, who used to run this place, cut the leaders in the back of my legs when I tried to run away from here right after I first got here and heaven knows I had my reasons for running off.  I made it to the church house and everyone was mad because I was there being crazy and all. He used a butcher knife and it hurt really bad for a long time.”

            The grave was barely finished when they heard the sound of Mr. Richner's old ‘36 flatbed Ford Truck coming down the driveway toward the house. The pair took the sled back to the porch of the house and looked at County Farm Operator and waited for him to tell them what to do next.

            Ronnie helped Richner unload the very plain wood coffin onto the porch. Two old women who were residents of the facility were finishing combing and brushing the hair of the corpse as the box was unloaded. The 14 year old helped place the deceased into the coffin by grasping the feet while Richner grabbed onto the torso. They lifted her from a homemade slab of oak boards placed on saw horses. The Operator then called for anyone who wanted to pay last respects to Aunt Janie to come out of the house and do so. About ten weary, hopeless and feeble men, women and one child filed by the coffin to view their friend for the last time.

            The Old Man, the cripple and the boy loaded the coffin onto the sled since the road was not firm enough to get over with the truck. This time they opened the wrought iron gate and drove the sled in across graves with flat rock markers to the open freshly dug hole. Richner told Ronnie to throw a couple big dirt clods into the grave and the directions were followed. "Take the lines off the mare and bring them over here," the county house operator told the teenager. They placed the lines one on each end of the coffin and used them to lower the box into the ground. The dirt clods allowed the lines to be removed after the coffin was in place.

            “Thank you for helping today. Would you finish up here so I can take the Missus to visit her sister, she hasn't been out of her bedroom today while this mess was going on," the Operator said."  Ronnie and Rollo covered up the grave and placed a flat rock at the head as a marker as the old truck roared down the driveway back toward town.

            This happening is only recorded in the memory of the man who was the 14 year old in this story. A bulldozer pushed away the wrought-iron fence, the grave markers of sandstone and marble and the last evidence of a past and sorrowful chapter in the history of our society. The removal of (evidence of) the cemetery was necessary to make way for a building in which to store golf carts at the local country club. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Judith (Benson) Mitchell

Judith (Benson) Mitchell

August 27, 1787-Apri1 3, 1882
Shelby and Ohio Counties, KY


An Introduction to Chichester Benson

Abt. 1763-August 1826

Judith Benson was the daughter of Chichester and Mary Benson, who reportedly came to America from Ireland or Wales, date unknown.  Some researchers say that Chichester first settled in Virginia and that he served in the American Revolution from Virginia.  A man by that name is listed in the Historical Register Virginians in the Revolution, Richmond, 1938, by John H. Gwathmey.  The American Revolution, also called the American War of Independence, was waged between the American colonies and Great Britain (1775-1783).

If we calculate that Chichester was possibly born between 1760 and 1763 and married Mary between 1781 and 1784, we could conclude that he would have been old enough to serve in the Revolution toward the end of the war. 

It is likely he and Mary had their first child within a year or two of their marriage. That would tie in with the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Benson, who married Elias Wood on February 6, 1805, in Shelby County, Kentucky.  Betsy was probably eighteen or nineteen when she married which would put her birthdate between 1785 and 1786, making her the oldest (she was named as the first child in Chichester’s will). 

One Chichester Benson, who may possibly be our ancestor is documented in Surry County, North Carolina.  The 1784-1787 census of North Carolina, Captain Humphrey’s District, lists a Chichester Benson, head of a family consisting of 1 male 21-60 and 1 female.  This would seem to be compatible in time and place for our ancestor. Possibly, Betsy was born a year or two after the North Carolina State census was initially taken in 1784.

Tax records in Surry County, if extant, would verify what year he moved into the county and began paying poll or property taxes.  It would also prove when he left the county and what year his name ceased to be listed on the tax rolls.  Census takers often missed our ancestors living in a county, but tax collectors seldom missed them.

Chichester and Mary (last name unknown) had seven known children (may not be in the correct birth order) – but are given in the order cited in their father’s will:

1)      Elizabeth “Betsy” who married Elias Wood, Feb 6, 1805, Shelby County, KY.
2)      Judith who married Joseph F. Mitchell, December 29, 1807, Shelby County.
3)      George Benson, no further information.
4)      Zachariah Benson, married Elizabeth (?); moved to Washington Co. IN.
5)      Sarah “Sally” married George Snelling, February 22, 1809, Shelby County.
6)      Roseanna “Rosey” who married John Mitchell, August 25, 1813, Shelby County.
When they moved to Washington County, IN, Zachariah moved with them.
7)       Ann Benson, married George Tucker, February 7, 1827, Shelby County.

Chichester’s name was first found in Shelby County, Kentucky in the 1803 tax records.  In 1805, his daughter, Betsy, married Elias Wood in Shelby County.  Other records document that Chichester Benson arrived in the county at least before the August Term of Court 1807, when he was paid for "crying the sale for the Estate of Elizabeth Butler." 

The above data was researched, copied, and transcribed from Film 33970, part 2, 259,250: Shelby Co. Wills, page 172, Volume 2, Indexed, by George E. Kimble in Florida from microfilmed records in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He stated that lack of time prevented an exhaustive study of the available records, but, however, that this data should provide a basis for further study.  Part of his notes follow that included a photocopy of Chichester’s original will, written in 1825, but not recorded until 1826.

The will of Chichester Benson, dated 26 September 1825, recorded August Term 1826, in Will Book No. 7, Pages 168/170, names wife, Mary; children - Betsy Wood, wife of Elias Wood, Judy Mitchell, wife of Robert Mitchell; George Benson, Zachariah Benson, Sally Snelling, wife of George Snelling; Rosey Mitchell, the wife of John Mitchell; & Ann Benson; grandchildren - John, Polly, Thompson and Jonathan Mitchell, children of Joseph Mitchell, deceased.  (Joseph was first married to Judith Benson). 

In his will, Chichester further provided for his wife:

“whereas my dear wife Mary Benson has been much aid to me in accumulating the property I now hold, & for love I now hold for her, I do therefore give and bequeath unto my said wife, during her natural life, the profits, interests & rents arising from my entire property or so much of it as shall support her in care & comfort for her to live in the dwelling I now inhabit during her natural life, but nevertheless, if she chose not to reside therein, then they, the executors hereinafter to be named, shall rent the same out for the support of my said wife, during her natural life.”


In the Shelby County Court, September Term 1826, on motion of William Bayne, Executor, ordered that James Pierce, Jonathan Webb, Edmund Bull and James Bayne, or any three of them being first sworn, to appraise the Slaves, if any, and personal Estate of Chichester Benson, dec’sd and that they report thereof to Court.  Attested by Jas. Whitaker, Clerk.

 Appraisement of the personal property of Chichester Benson, October 23, 1826, includes two negro women, Chloe and Patsy.  The Inventory and Appraisement was examined and approved by the court on motion of William Bayne, Exectr, ordered to be recorded.  The Inventory included 3 horses, 13 head of sheep, 6 head of cattle, 19 hogs, one ox cart, plows, axes, hoes, spade, log chain, carpenters tools, 34 geese and ganders, one rifle gun, kitchen and bedroom furniture, flat irons, loom, grindstone, hay, oats, 75 barrels of corn, one flax brake, one wheat fan, tubs, barrels, 2 mowing sythes, etc.”  (Values are given in the original inventory, plus additional items.)

No record has been found as to where Chichester was buried in Shelby County – perhaps on his farm.  He would have been between 63 and 66 years old.   It is unknown what happened to Mary after her husband’s death, and whether or not she chose to continue to live in her home.  Most likely, she eventually went to live with one of her children.  An analysis and study of Shelby County census and tax records could possibly shed light on where she lived after 1826.

Joseph F. Mitchell

At age 20 in Shelby County, Judith Benson married Joseph F. Mitchell, said to be of “Irish parents,” on December 29, 1807.  This couple had four children, born between 1809 and 1816:

    1)  John, born April 24, 1809, Shelby Co, KY; md. Sarah Ann Smith in 1831
    2)  Mary "Polly," born about 1811, md. William Miller, March 27, 1828, Ohio Co.
    3)  Thompson, born July 3, 1813, who md. Ann Miller, July 28, 1836, Ohio Co.
    4)  Jonathan, md. Jenetta Ann Smith, September 9, 1840, Ohio Co.

Joseph apparently died in 1816, as documented in probate records. Because he died intestate, an Administration was had for his estate in the December court, settled by Judith Mitchell. In Will Book No. 3, pages 499/500 of Shelby County, Kentucky, is included an appraisement and inventory of personal property sold by the Estate of Joseph Mitchell, deceased, by Judith Mitchell, (her mark), Administrator, December Court of 1816.  

A guardian for the minor children of Joseph and Judith should have been appointed by the Court, and further study may prove this to be William Mitchell, who was possibly a brother of Joseph.  Court records need further investigation after 1816 for the guardianship.

Robert Mitchell

About three years after Joseph’s death in 1816, Judith married Joseph's brother, Robert Mitchell. She was 32 and he was 36.  Robert may have been the son of Robert Mitchell (Sr.) and Elizabeth Campbell.  In a deed found in Deed Book N-O, 1816-1818, Shelby County, Kentucky, dated June 20, 1816, Robert Mitchell and his wife, Elizabeth (her mark), conveyed  to Isaac Watkins, 143 acres, on the Shelbyville-Louisville Road.   Robert and Elizabeth Campbell Mitchell settled in Washington County, Indiana and are buried in the Mill Creek Cemetery, as evidenced by their headstone there.

As documented below in a marriage contract, Judith and Robert probably married about June 1819.  According to the Mitchell History written by Mrs. W. L. Kimble in Ohio County, KY - this couple after marriage first settled in Bullitt Co. KY, at Mt. Washington, where they lived a short while. Before their marriage in 1819, Robert and Judith (Benson) Mitchell, drew up the following marriage contract, recorded in Bullitt County, Kentucky in Circuit Court, Deed Books D& E, page 135 of Book D - (Microfilm No. 482,659).

 In working together with George E. Kimble, the document below was given to me by George in 1978, who transcribed it from his meticulous notes made in Salt Lake City, Utah: (All the original misspelled words have been left intact.)

“The following agreement is this day made between Robert Mitchell and Judith Mitchell, both of the County of Bullitt and State of Kentucky. 1th - That a marriage will shortly take place between the two parties. 2th - That the said Robert Mitchell on and after the celebration of such marriage hereby disclaims any and every right which by law he might or would have to such property as is owned at present or may be due or comeing to the said Judith from her father or otherwise. 3d That the said Robert Mitchell will not at anytime hereafter pretend to either with or without law to hold occupy & injoy any part or posess himself of any priviledge over and about the property which may belong or may hereafter descend or in any way whatever be given to the said Judith Mitchell. 4th - That the said Judith Mitchell or the wife of the said Robert Mitchell, to be, or whenever the said marriage shall take place shall hold and be entitled in common to all the priviledges over any property which the said Robert may posess or other married women are.

Witness our hands and seals this 18th day of June 1819. (Signed) Robert Mitchell her Judith X Mitchell mark " The previous agreement was duly acknowledged by the parties before me in my office under this day, given under my hand as Clerk of Bullitt County Court this 18th day of June 1819. (Signed) James Halbert.  


As already cited, Judith had four children by Joseph.  By her union with Robert, she had two more children:

      1)      Julia Ann Mitchell, born Feb 17, 1820, who married Walker White, Oct 24,
            1839.  She died Feb 21, 1901.  They raised a family of 10 children.

2)       Joseph Martin Mitchell, born March 19, 1822, (my ancestor).  He married Susannah Caroline Acton, Aug 24, 1843.  This couple raised a family of 9 children.  Joseph Martin Mitchell (my ancestor) was father of Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, who married James William Cox, of Ohio County, KY, August 4, 1860.  James and Mary had 14 children.)

Robert Mitchell was found paying taxes for the first time in Ohio County in the 1825 tax records. Five years later, by the time of the 1830 census, Robert was living with his wife and four children in Ohio County.  In 1835 he was listed with 168-1/2 acres and 500 acres on Caney Creek, and Thompson was listed for the first time.  The family was also shown in the 1840 census.
In the 1850 census in Ohio County, Kentucky, Robert Mitchell's age is listed at 67, thus being born about 1783. His occupation is given as a shoemaker. Judith Mitchell is 65; she was born August 27, 1787. Both are listed as being born in Pennsylvania, No children are listed with Robert and Judith in 1850, but they lived near Walker and Julia White, their daughter and son-in-law.  Robert died in 1858, but no record has been found as to his burial place.

In the 1860 census for Ohio County, Judith Mitchell, 72, is listed as living in the Brigg’s Mill, Caney District, page 155, dwelling #1026. Living with her was Elizabeth Pearson, 22.  Next door, in dwelling #1025, are listed Walker White, age 45, and Julia A. Mitchell White, age 37.  
The 1870 census of Ohio County listed Judith Benson, 83, as born in North Carolina, and living with the Walker White family.  Since Judith may have given the information herself to the census taker, it is logical and I believe her accuracy in stating that she was born in North Carolina.  It lends a little more credability to the story that Judith’s father, Chichester Benson, may have resided in Surry County, North Carolina at the time of the 1784-1787 State Census  of North Carolina in Captain Humphrey’s District.

In 1880, Judith  Mitchell, age 95, was listed as mother-in-law in the household of Walker White, 66, and Julia, his wife, age 39, along with their youngest son, Christopher K. White, age 19.  Judith’s birth year is listed “about 1785” with birthplace as Kentucky.  She is listed as “widowed” and said her father’s birthplace was Ireland.  Two years later, Judith Mitchell died in 1882, although there is some debate about the exact month and day of her death.
Reference is made to Joe Taylor’s newspaper column for Ohio County, May 10, 1882, which he said was pulled from the Hartford Herald newspaper on microfilm for the year 1882. It cites the article below.  At the time, Judith Mitchell was living near Rosine at the home of John Miller, believed to be her son.  Not really an obituary, the article appears to be more like a tribute to her life:


 “Died at the home of John Miller in Ohio County, on the 3th of April 1882, Mrs. Judith Mitchell, in her 96th year.
She was well as usual until a few hours before her death. She complained of pain in her shoulder and chest. She said her time had come, her Saviour would take her home, she had waited so long for her release, but she was going now.
She gave her dying charge, when told she would soon be better, she said, "No, the messenger has come."  The pain ceased in a short time, and she seemed to be sleeping sweetly, when she drew a long breath and her granddaughter went to her, and she was dead, without a struggle, or a moan, she had passed away. She died in peace with the world for she loved all and to know her was to love her.
Though she had not walked a step for 15 years, she retained her mental faculties to the last, and with Christian resignation was ever cheerful and alert. For many years, she had been a member of the Baptist Church, had been a widow the second time in 24 years, raised six children, five of whom were present at her burial, the youngest over fifty years old. Her living posterity at her death was 179.”  
As will be noted, we have a little dilemma here with differing dates about Judith’s exact date of death.  Two brief newspaper notices found by Lynn Miller in the Hartford Herald, edition of October 25, 1882, contradict the date of death given in the first article cited above, in which Joe Taylor stated, “Died at the home of John Miller in Ohio County, on the 3th of April 1882, Mrs. Judith Mitchell, in her 96th year.”  

To quote Lynn Miller, a well-known, knowledgeable Ohio County researcher, who has helped many other researchers, he said:  “Joe Taylor has it that she died April 3, 1882.  So I did a newspaper search for Judith Mitchell - for all of 1882.  I got one hit:  Hartford Herald, edition of October 25, 1882,” as below:

Funeral of Judith Mitchell, lately deceased
will be preached at Cane Run Church near
Cane Run next month."

Lynn checked Cane Run Cemetery in Ohio County Cemeteries, Volume 1, but she is not listed. Maybe unmarked or marker no longer there?   If Judith Mitchell is buried there, most likely her husband Robert was buried there, too.  The brief article above provides the place where her funeral would be preached.  Services at some churches were only conducted once a month due to their circuit-riding preachers.

Another discovery Lynn made was a second published notice of her death in the same newspaper edition on page 3 that mentions the preacher’s name and the name of the church where services would be held, and it invited friends in the county to attend:

"Rev. Jordan Armstrong, the well-known Baptist
                                    minister, will preach the funeral of Mrs. Judith
                        Mitchell, lately deceased, at Cane Run church
near Horse Branch, Ohio County, Ky., on the third
Sunday of next month.  Friends of the family and
the public generally are invited to attend.”

The conflicting dates are puzzling, because Lynn did a complete (1836-1922) search (twice) of the Herald in pdf and ocr-txt format at the Library of Congress site and the Kentuckiana Digital Library site and could not find an obituary for Judith in April 1882

When he searched Joe’s clippings from the Ohio County newspapers which are on line and downloadable, he found the May 10, 1882 tribute.  Here’s what Joe said, “The following information was pulled from the Hartford Herald newspaper on microfilm for the year 1882.” 

And yet, her death appears in the October 1882 newspaper, which can hardly be disputed.  I’m strongly inclined to believe her death occurred in October 1882.  Can anyone offer proof of the correct date of death for Judith Benson and the cemetery where she is buried?  If you can, please help solve this mystery.


Numerous descendants of the early pioneering families of Judith (Benson) Mitchell continue to live in Ohio County, Kentucky to this day, and many have raised respectable families of their own.  We are fortunate to be among those descendants.

                                                                         ~   Janice Cox Brown, Tyler, Texas
                                                                              October 7, 2012

(Will welcome any corrections to this biographical sketch).

Updated 29 Oct 2012

Helen McKeown writes: Remember in that 1882 era, funerals may have been preached once a year for the ones of the community who had died.  Some of those dates morphed to the church homecoming dates in future years.  So suspect this was the same person Judith Mitchell died 4-1882 funeral preached 10-1882.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Updated Oct 14, 2012 to add additional towns.



ADABURG.  A post office in Ohio county, 13 miles north of Hartford, the county seat, and 8 from Whitesville, the banking and shipping point.  Population100.  J. W. Patton, postmaster.  Combs, Wm., blacksmith.

Combs, Wm.                         blacksmith
Keown, J J                            teacher
Patton & Son                        General Store
Sapp, Rev. J H
Stewart, W H                         carpenter
Taylor, Rev. J T
Taylor, R. F.                           thresher
Ward & Co.                           Saw Mill
Weller, Alex


AETNAVILLE.   On the O. F. of R. & G. H. R. (Deanefield station), in Ohio county,
25 miles from Hartford, the judicial seat, and 5 miles from Whitesville, the nearest
bank location.  Population, 250.  Exp.,Adams Tel. W.U.  John J. Huff, postmaster.

Aetna Coal Co.                     general store
Brown, Henry                        barber
Canan, R L                            druggist
Carson, C T                          General Store
Haycraft, Mrs J M                 hotel
Heitzikng, Peter                    corn mill
Jones, Alvah                         physician
Morrison, J A                         police judge
Parson, J T                            marshal
Powell, Wm B                       general store
Thompson Coal Co             General Store and Coal
Thornton, H                           wagonmaker


BAIZETOWN.  In Ohio conty, 16 miles from Hartford, the county seat, 7 miles from Rosine, its shipping point, and 9 from Beaver Dam, its banking point. V. Embry, postmaster.

Albin, J R                               general store
Baize, John A                       mason
James, T F                             carpenter
Keown, A S                           General Store
Martin, R B                            constable
Worley, L N                           mason
Young, A                               physician


BEAVER DAM.  On the C. O. & S. W. Ry., 5 miles southeast of Hartford, the county seat of Ohio county, and 110 from Louisville.  Daily stage to Hartford. Exp., Adams.  Population, 600.  Emma Barnes, postmater.

Austin, A J                             carpenter
Austin, F O & Co.                 general store
Austin, R H                           blacksmith
Baldwin, D L                         carpenter
Barnes, John H,                   Cash Beaver Dam Deposit Bank
Beard, John                          barber
Beaver Dam Deposit Bank B. Dampy, pres, John H. Barnes, cashier
Blankenship, W H                grocer
Coats, Mrs G A                     dressmaker
Dampy, B,                              pres. Beaver Dam Deposit Bank
Gray, B F                               livestock
Hocker & Co                         general store
Hudson, J M                         carpenter
Hunt, Stewart & Leach        genl store
Maddox & Leach                  livery
Merrick, H                              railroad and exp agt
Metcalfe, H S                        hotel
Mitchell, George F               physician
Mitchell, I F                            physician
Mitchell, S I                           druggist
Rhodes, D J                          insurance
Taylor, C M                            saw and flour mill
Taylor, R T                             druggist
Taylor & Austin                     livery
Taylor & Co.                          meat market
Tilford, E D & Co                  groceries
Williams, J D                         blacksmith

BEDA.   In Ohio county, 5 miles north of Hartford, the seat of justice and bank location.  Beaver Dam, 9 miles south, is the nearest shipping point.

Bennett, B. M.                       blacksmith
Foster, John B                      general store
Goodshaw, A.                       general store

BELLS STORE.  Ohio county.  See Buford.


BUFORD.   Ohio county, 9 miles northwest of Hartford, the county seat and bank location and 20 miles south of Owensboro, the shipping point.  Population, 80.
W H Holbrook, postmaster.

Graves, B F                           live stock
Holbrook Winfrey,                General Store
Hoover, F M                          general store and flour mill
Hussey, C W                         hotel and blacksmith
Jargin, Rev                            (Baptist)
King, John W                         hotel and livery

CENTERTOWN.   In Ohio County, 5 miles from McHenry, its shipping point, and
7 miles southwest of Hartford, the count seat.  Population, 150.  Alvin Rowe,

Balls, T F                               blacksmith
Chapman George,               Physician and Drugs
Ford Bros.                              blacksmiths
Heill, John                             shoemaker
King, H C                               physician and drugs
Morton, L C                           miner
Rowe, W V(?)                       harness maker
Rowe W Morton,                  General Store
Stroud, B N                           flour and saw mill
Truster(?) & Brown              general store

CERALVO.   On Green River, in Ohio County, 10 miles south of Hartford, the
County seat, and 3 miles from Rockport, the nearest railroad approach.  Ship
direct by water.  Population, 130.

Barnard, W D                        hotel
Everly, Dr. J M                      drgs
Fulkerson, V D                     general store
Milner, P A                            blacksmith

CLEARRUN.  A post office in Ohio county.

CROMWELL.  On Green river in Ohio county, 12 miles southeast of Hartford, the county seat and banking point.  Population,  200.  J R Herald, postmaster.

Burden, B F                          blacksmith
Clark, B F,                             Dry Goods
Daniel, J W                           produce
Gentry, John                         hotel
Gillstrap, Hattie                     milliner
Gore, N W                              drugs
Kahn, A,                                Hotel
Leach, A K                            general store
Martin, W N & Son               general store
Shepard, James                   blacksmith
Taylor, J W                            physician
Taylor, J X                             drugs
Tilford, W T,                           Dry Goods and Tobacco

ECHOLS.   On the C O & S W Ry, in Ohio County.  Hartford, 11 miles northeast, is
the county seat.  J H Stevens, postmaster.

Duncan, W G,                       railroad and exp agt.
McHenry Coal Co.,             John H. Stevens, Mngr, General Store

FORDSVILLE.  On the O. F. of R. & G.R and L., St. L. & T. Rys. In Ohio county, 20 miles northeast of Hartford, the county seat and 75 miles southwest of Louisville.  Population, 600.  Exp., Adams,  Tel.  W. U.   J. T. Smith, postmaster.

Bristow, Rev J W                  (Baptist)
Brite, G W                              grocer
Cooper, J D                           druggist
Cooper, J F                           general store
Ford, C E                               stationery
Ford, T S                                live stock
Fordsville Banking Co,       J. T. Smith, pres.  Ike C. Adair, Cashier
Hale, J W                               watchmaker
Howard Hotel,                       J B. Howard, propr.
Johnson, L T                         railroad and exp agt.
Krawn Bros,                          livery
McCarty, J W                         physician
McCuen & Shawn               general store
Matthews, D M                      physician
Matthews, H F                      lawyer
Miller, N J                              carpenter
Osborne, T W                        painter
Reynolds, J S.                      flour mill and feed
Roberts, James                    deputy sheriff
Roland, Rev T F                   (Methodist)
Smith, C M                            horse trainer
Smith, J T Jr,                         Harness maker
Smith, J W                             barber and confectioner
Star (weekly),                        I M Key, prop.
Stines, T P                             teacher
Tabor, C B                             police judge
Wallace, B F                         farm implements
Wedding, T S                        blacksmith
Wedding & Dasch               shingle mnfrs.
Wilson & Co                          general store
Wright, Reuben                    blacksmith

HARTFORD.  The judicial seat of Ohio county, is located on Rough Creek, 110 miles southwest of Louisville and 4-1/2 miles from Beaver Dam, on the C., O. & S. W. Ry, its shipping point.  Population, 750. 

Bank of Hartford                   S K Cox, pres.  G T McHenry, Cashier.
Bean, G J                              undertaker
Bean, L B                              drugs
Bean, T M                              hotel
Carson & Co,                        general store
Casebier & Burton               livery
Duke, T S                              harnessmaker
Fair Bros & Co,                     General Store
Fields, C L                             livery
Ford, J W & Co                     flour mill
Foster, John B                      general store
Griffin, Z W & Bro                 druggists
Hardwick, W G                      grocer
Jones, J C                             general store
Klein, George,                      Hardware and Groceries
Manzy, W H                          carpenter
Martin, C R                            jeweler
Moseley, B F & Co               general                     
Potter & Condict                   saw mill
Schapmier, W F                   shoemaker
Thomas Bros,                       saddlers
Thomas, J A                          general store
Thomas, Owen J                  grocer
Weinshermer, Henry           jeweler
Westerfield, O P                   meats
White, A D                             general store
Williams Bros,                       blacksmiths
Williams, W H                       general store
Williams & Bell                     drugs
Woerner, L Fred                   shoemaker
Yelser, F W                           blacksmith

HEFLIN.  In Ohio county, 7 miles from Hartford, the county seat and banking point.
Ship to Beaver Dam.  R. A. Rowan, postmaster

Ford, Robert L                       physician
Heflin, W M                           general store
McMillan, C Z                       saloon
Newton, Florence,               music teacher
Rowan, R A,                         General Store

HERBERT.  A post office in Ohio county.

HORSE BRANCH.   On the C. O. & S. W. Ry., in Ohio county, 15 miles east of Hartford, the county seat.  Exp., Southern.  Tel., W. U.  Population, 50.

Autry, Thompson & Co.      general store
Daniel & Parks                     grocers
DeHart, Wm.                         grocer
Leech, W C                           grocer
Myrtle, W                                general store

HORTON.   Ohio county, on the C. O. & S., W. Ry, 7 miles east of Hartford, the
county seat and bank location.  Population, 100.  H. T. Thompson, postmaster

Ashby, H M                           blacksmith
Hyatt, J J                               stave mnfr
Muir, J T                                photographer
Thompson, G B,                  General Store and Flour Mill
Thompson, Miss Katie        railroad agt.

MC HENRY.   Ohio county, on the C. O. & S. W. R.R., 5 miles south of Hartford, the county seat and bank location.  Exp. Southern Tel.,  W.U.  Population, 500.

Central Coal & Iron Co.
Ford, J W & Co.                   general store
Hunter, R P                           grocer
McHenry Coal Co.               General Store and Miners
McHenry Mfng Co.               machines
Southard, J P                        blacksmith
Williams Coal Co.

MAGAN.   In Ohio county, 14 miles north of Hartford, the county seat and 4 miles from Deanfield, its shipping point.  Bank at Fordsville, 5 miles distant.  Population, 60.  J D. Ralph, postmaster.

Gray, J M                               blacksmith
Ralph J D                              General Store
Roach, Joel H                       physician
Westerfield, Isaac                physician

NARROWS.   On the O. F. of R. & G. R. R. R. (Phillips station), in Ohio county,
15 miles from Hartford, the county seat.  Population, 75.   Exp., Adams.  F. Renfro, postmaster.

Carmickle, James                blacksmith
Powers & Renfrow              saw mill
Renfrow Bros.                      General Store
Renfrow, J B                         railroad and exp agt

OLATON.   On the O. F. of R & G. R. R. R.  In Ohio county, 15 miles northeast of Hartford, the county seat and bank location.  Exp., Adams.  Population, 38.  W. B. McDaniel, post master and flour mill.

PALO.   Ohio county, 9 miles from Hartford, the county seat and banking point. 
Ship  to Beaver Dam.  E. Iglehart, postmaster and general store.

POINT PLEASANT.   On Green river in Ohio county, 14 miles west of Hartford, the county seat and banking point, and 2 miles east of Island Station, its shipping point.  Population, 50.  J. B. Maddox, postmaster.

Maddox, J. B.,                       General Store and Blacksmith
Patterson, L L                       leaf tobacco
Patterson, L M & Co,           brick and tile mnfrs.
Tenny, T F                             hotel
Tichener, B F                        physician

PRENTISS.   On Green river, in Ohio county, 12 miles southeast of Hartford, the
county seat and bank location.  Population, 75.  E. T. Miller, postmaster.

Dowell, M. C.                        wagonmaker
Miller, E. T.                            General Store
Shepard, G B                        flour  and saw mill
Swain, P A                            hardware and blacksmith
Taylor, Melvin & Son            flour and saw mill
Taylor, T M                             druggist

RENDER.   A post office in Ohio county.

RENFROW.   Ohio county, 12 miles southeast of Hartford, the county seat and
bank location, and 5 miles southeast of Rosine,  its shipping point. 

Douglas P H & Co.              general store


REYNOLDS  STATION.   On the O. F. of R. & G.R.R.R., in  Ohio county, 20 miles
from Hartford, the judicial seat and 4 miles from Fordsville, the nearest bank
location.  Population, 36.  F. M. Reynolds, post master.

ROCKPORT.   On Green river, in Ohio county, 11 miles south of Hartford, the
county seat and bank location.  It is on the C. O. & S. W. Ry.  Exp.  Southern.
Tel. W.U.  Population, 500.  M. J. Reid, post master.

Blivens, Robert B                 shoemaker
Campfield, M V                    general store
Culbertson, J J                     barber
Daniel, J & Co                      restaurant
Davenport, Mrs M C             hotel
Duncan, D J & Co.,              General Store
Fulkerson & Rap                  livery
Graves, W P                          lumber
Iler, R E & Co                        general store and drugs
Iler, R R                                  sadler
James, W B                          justice
Layton, Charles W               physician
Maddox, John D                   physician
Monroe, Felix                        lumber
Reid, L                                   transfer agent
Reid, Haden & Co.,             General Store
Rogers & Brown                   saw mill
Rossen, Wallace                  teacher
Smith, Joseph                      railroad and exp agent
Tilford, Wm                            fisherman
Tinsley, Edward                   carpenter
Woodburns & Dural             saw mill
Young, H J                            general store

ROSINE.   Ohio county, on the C. O. & S. W. Ry, 12 miles east of Hartford, the
county seat and bank location.  Exp.  Southern.

Crowder, L P                         confectioner
King, J W & Co                     grocer
Ragland, J M                         grocer
Ragland, M S & Son            general store
Watts, H P                             blacksmith

SELECT.   Ohio county, 15 miles southeast of Hartford, the judicial seat, 10 southeast of Beaver Dam, the nearest rail approach and banking point.  Population, 55.  J. J. Stewart, postmaster.

Baize, A & Son                     grocer
James, S M                           general store
Langford, R I                         physician
Shields, Birch                       teacher
Stewart, J. J.,                        General Store
Stewart, Miss Zada              music teacher

SHREVE.   Ohio county, 18 miles northwest of Hartford, the county seat, and 8 miles from Fordsville, its shipping point.   Population, 25.

SMALLHOUS.   Ohio county, 12 miles southwest of Hartford, the county seat.  It is
on Green river.  Population, 30.  T. R. Barnard, postmaster.

Barnard, E K                         general store
Barnard, T. R.,                      General Store
Drake Bros.                          leaf tobacco
Ford, T J                                blacksmith
Moorman, A C                      flour mill
Rayneer Bros.                      saw and grist mill
Richardson, T J                    blacksmith

TAFFY.   Ohio county, 8 miles from Hartford, 5the county seat, And 9 miles from Whitesville, its banking and shipping point.  B. C. Rhoads, postmaster and general store.

TAYLOR MINES.   A post office in Ohio county.

WESTERFIELD.   Ohio county, 12 miles from Hartford, the judicial seat, and 17 miles from Beaver Dam, the nearest rail approach.  Population, 40.

Rhoads, C J                          general store
Smith, P A                             blacksmith

WHITE RUN.   On the C. O. & S., W. R.R., in Ohio County, 18 miles east of Hartford, the county seat and bank location. 

Alford, J F                              general store.