Fielder Wemmes Acton
1837 – 1912
Of Ohio County, Kentucky
Son of Bartemus Acton and Sarah Ann Robey
Grandson of Osborn Acton and Elizabeth (?)
of Charles County, Maryland
FIELDER WEMMES ACTON - Born March 24, 1837, he was named for an uncle by the same name in Charles County, Maryland. Fielder grew up on his father’s farm near Hall’s Creek, and was seventeen when he joined the Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in 1854. He married Elizabeth Wade Hines on January 28, 1858. Elizabeth was the daughter of Simeon Walton Hines and Elizabeth Wade.
On July 1, 1863, Fielder, age 26, and three of his brothers, Gabriel, age 31; Thomas W., age 34; and William H., age 29, all registered for the U. S. Civil War Draft. All four brothers gave their occupations as “farmer.” Captain John R. Grissom was the registrar. Fielder also served in the Ohio County Home Guards, and is listed in the U. S. Civil War Pension Index, because he filed for a pension on January 23, 1893. He became eligible because his home guard unit was activated and called out to help the 17th Kentucky Infantry by order of Col. McHenry.
According to his death certificate, he died from pneumonia the day after his birthday at age seventy-five on Mar 25, 1912. His obituary was published Mar 27, 1912. Fielder’s headstone is inscribed with date of Mar 24, 1911, which is in error. Fielder and Elizabeth are buried in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery near Sulfur Springs. They had eight children listed in their family Bible.
Both photos above are of Fielder Wemmes and Elizabeth (Hines) Acton.
The children of Fielder and Elizabeth Hines Acton were:
1. Margaret May Acton, born January 14, 1859 and married William M. Potts on December 7, 1876. She died February 4, 1904 and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Ohio County.
2. Enoch Crow Acton, born October 2, 1860 and married Julia Ann Brown on December 15, 1885. He died December 29, 1947 and is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Daviess County, KY.
3. Sara Jane Acton, born December 2, 1862 and married Orrin Duke on January 12, 1881. She died August 25, 1955 and is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Daviess County.
4. Martha Taylor Acton, born January 17, 1864 and married James B. York on January 27, 1881. She died February 5, 1941 and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Ohio County.
5. Ida Elizabeth Acton, born December7, 1866 and married William Virgil Duke on May 21, 1884. She died August 16, 1942 and is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Daviess County.
6. Eva Wade Acton, born December 15, 1869 and married D.C. Burton on March 11, 1891. She died May 9, 1932 and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Ohio County.
7. Tinie F. Acton, born September 22, 1873 and married Thomas P. Wilson on December 22, 1898. She died December 7, 1913 and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Ohio County.
8. Maude B. Acton, born April 26, 1880 and she married John Daniel on August 15, 1900. She died October 11, 1962 and is buried in Olaton Cemetery, Ohio County.
Fielder and Elizabeth Hines Acton’s Obituaries:
The Hartford Herald, Wednesday, March 27, 1912
F. W. Acton Dead
Mr. F. W. Acton, one of Ohio county’s well known citizens, died at his residence ten miles northeast of Hartford last Monday morning at 4 o’clock.
“Uncle Fielder” as he was commonly known, had been in feeble health for the past few years and was stricken with pneumonia about two weeks ago and gradually grew worse until the end came. His remains were interred in the Mt. Vernon Church cemetery at 1 o’clock p. m. yesterday, after funeral services by the local pastor. The deceased, who was 75 years old last Sunday, leaves surviving him a widow and several children—all grown and married—among whom is Mrs. J. A. Daniel, of Hartford, who was at his bedside for several days before his demise.
Hartford Herald, Wednesday, June 15, 1921
Mrs. Elizabeth Acton, widow of F. W. Acton, died last Monday evening at 9:30 o’clock of diseases incident to old age. Although she had been in ill health for some time her condition had not been serious until the previous Wednesday. She had reached the ripe old age of a little more than 81 years. She was living with her daughter, Mrs. James B. York and Mr. York, of near Sulphur Springs at the time of her death.
She was a faithful member of Mt. Vernon M. E. Church South and a splendid type of womanhood. Her friends were numbered by those who had the blessing of her acquaintance.
She is survived by six sons and daughters as follows: E. C. Acton, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Sarah J. Duke, wife of O. T. Duke, Owensboro; Mrs. Ira Duke, Owensboro; Mrs. Maud Daniel, wife of John Daniel Beaver Dam; Mrs. Eva Burton, wife of Dock Burton, near Sulphur Springs and Mrs. Martha York, wife of J. B. York, near Sulphur Springs. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive. Her husband preceded her to the grave about ten years ago.
Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. S. Gillette, at Mt. Vernon church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby. The bereaved ones have our sincerest sympathy.
· Kentucky Marriage Certificates
· Kentucky Death Certificates
· The Hartford Herald
· A Chick And Kin Book, Volume 2, by Eula Eunice Park Mitchell
· The Families of Sarah Ann (Mitchell) Neighbors Landrum Peters by David Arthur Meyers
· Family records of Janice Cox Brown
· Family records of Betty York Tichenor and Ruth York Bennett
· Family records of Hoyt Wilson
· Family records of Glenda Potts Thacker
This genealogical biography was furnished by Terry Acton, a direct descendant of Fielder Acton. We thank her for her contribution to this blog.