Tressa Rebecca (Brantley) Lamb Obituary

1924 Crittenden Press Obituary.


Mrs. Tressa Rebecca Lamb, widow of the late James M. Lamb, died at her home on Bellville street on Saturday evening, December 5, following an illness of pneumonia, aged 75 years.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at Sugar Grove church, Rev. W. F. Hogard officiating, following which the remains were laid to rest at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Lamb was a splendid Christian woman and a member of Hill's Chapel Methodist church.  She is survived by two sisters and a brother:  Mrs. Dora McConnell, of Piney section; Mrs. [sic] Dean Brantley, of this city, and W. D. Brantley, of Kansas.


W. D. Brantley Obituary

1927 Crittenden Press Obituary.



W. D. Brantley, a former Crittenden county man, died after a short illness last Friday, June 24, at his home in Selden, Kansas. Mr. Brantley, who was 75 years old, had been a farmer during all of his adult life.

The deceased came from a well known Crittenden family and was the son of the late Jordon Brantley. He was married to Miss Arminta Crider, daughter of the late Bennett Crider. About twenty-five years ago Mr. Mr. [sic] Brantley and his family moved to Kansas to make their home.

Funeral services were held Sunday in Selden.

The surviving relatives are two sons, Claude, of Colorado, and Walter of Kansas; six daughters, Linnie, Sussie, Rosie, Effie, Ina and Vernie; and one sister, Miss Mandeanie Ann Brantley, of Marion.


George Dempsey Kemp Obituary

1938 Crittenden Press Obituary.


Geo. D. Kemp Buried At Shady Grove

Member of Pioneer Family Dies Dec. 1 at Pleasant Hill Home

George Dempsey Kemp died at his home, in the Pleasant Hill section Thursday, Dec. 1. He had been in ill health for some time due to infirmities of age.

The son of William Shelby and Luzie Ann Towery Kemp, he was a member of one of the pioneer families of this section of the state. Born near Shady Grove, Mar. 22, 1862, he attended public schools in that community and spent the early portion of his life there.

George Kemp was married to Miss Sarah Jane Towery Aug. 19, 1883, and for many years maintained his home in the Pleasant Hill section of Crittenden where he was the owner of a large farm.

Spending his entire lifetime in the county of nativity, Mr. Kemp was possessed of more than the usual scope of acquaintenances and friends.  He was known in Webster, Union and Caldwell counties almost as widely as in Crittenden.

Always interested in youth, education, schools, and community affairs, he served as sub-district trustee for a period of 32 years and as member of Crittenden Co. Board of Education for seven. The major interest of his life was his farm and the attendant work necessary thereon.

Survivors are his wife and five children:  Dr. W. C., Dixon, Ky., Mrs. W. F. Brown, Mattoon community, Mrs. B. F. Drennan, Deanwood, Mrs. J. H. Todd, Blackford, Mrs. C. H. McMican, city, and 14 grandchildren, also four great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. J. G. Brantley, Providence; two brothers, R. T., Caldwell county, and John of Missouri.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 2 from Shady Grove Baptist church with Rev. R. A. Utley, Providence, officiating. Mr. Kemp had been a member of the church for many years. Interment was in Shady Grove cemetery.

Paulbearers were all grandsons and granddaughters served as flower girls.

Tucker & Franklin directed.



An interesting story about the feud between the Belts and the Oldhams of Hardin County, IL. from the Chicago Times, July 17, 1879 and printed in The New York Times, July 27, 1879.


The Roberts Family of Robertstown, Caldwell County, Kentucky

"The Roberts Family of Robertstown, Caldwell County, Kentucky" is a manuscript compiled by Ila (Earle) Fowler) in 1946.  She was the daughter of Benjamin Prince Earle and Mary Ann Roberts.  She was a 2nd cousin 3x removed.  Robertstown was located at the intersection of KY highway 70 and KY highway 293.  It was also called Edd Barnes' Store and I believe it is now called Fryer.  The old Roberts cemetery is located on top of the hill about a mile from the intersection.

The Roberts Family

Cora Towery McConnell Obituary

Cora Towery McConnell Obituary


Cora Towery McConnell died Tuesday Nov. 19th from an attack of influenza followed by double pneumonia. She was the twenty-year-old daughter of C. H. and Missouri E. McConnell, very highly esteemed people of the Shady Grove section.


She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Luther, who lives in New Mexico and Henry of this county; also five sisters, Mrs. Harvey Vanhooser, Mrs. Henry Tudor, Mrs. Harvey Lowry and two younger sisters Lera and Reba. She was a member of Blackburn church and a devoted Christian worker.


Her remains were laid to rest in the Shady Grove cemetery.


Her kind and loving disposition won friends for her wherever she went. She taught her home school for two years and was well beloved all over the section. Though she is gone, she is not forgotten. Her beautiful life is a memorial to be found in the hearts of all those with whom she came in contact. Her many friends and the "Press" extend sympathy to the sorrowing hearts of the bereaved family.


1918 Crittenden Press Obituary.

James Monroe McConnell Obituary #2

In Memory
Of James Monroe McConnell.


James Monroe McConnell was born Oct. 15th, 1850, died May 12th, 1919, age 68 yrs six months 21 days.


Professed faith in Christ when young. Joined the Baptist church at Olive Branch when it disbanded he drew a letter and never united with any other church.


Was first married to Jennie Barrett [Bassett] Hill, Dec. 3, 1873. To this union was born two children, Mrs. Emma Coleman and Mrs. John Stembridge. Second marriage to Dora Brantley, Nov. 6th 1880, to this union: 6 children, Elmer, of Wyo., Preston, Coleman and James, Mrs. Mable Hopkins and Lura, who is still at home.


The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. T. Oakley, assisted by Rev. Talley.


We hardly ever see such a crowd of people gather at a funeral, as gathered at Blackburn church to pay tribute to a man whom everyone loved. Bro. McConnell was a man of few words, a safe counselor, his word was his bond, he was a real upright Christian gentleman.


He and his faithful wife, and industrious children had accummulated [sic] quite a nice fortune. Every thing that a devoted wife, loving children and good neighbors could do was done. The Doctor did his best.


After the funeral sermon and the people viewed the remains, the Masons took charge, and their work was beautiful. The Shady Grove and Marion lodges did the work. The interment in Blackburn cemetery. Bro. McConnell gave this ground to the church.


The grave was covered with beautiful flowers.


1919 Crittenden Press Obituary.

James Monroe McConnell Obituary



James Monroe McConnell, aged 65 years, one of the Counties most substantal men, died at his home in Shady Grove section Monday morning at 10 o'clock of double-pneumonia.


He had been ill only a week, and his death was a great shock to his family and friends.


The funeral and burial will be conducted at Blackburn church, (of which he was a member) Thursday, by his pastor, Rev. I. W. Tally, being deferred to await the arrival of his son, Elmer, who lives in the far west.


The deceased was twice married, his first wife who was Miss Jennie Bassett of Providence having died many years ago leaving two daughters who now survive; They being Mesdames: Emma Coleman and John Stembridge of this county.


His second wife was Miss Dora Brantley, daughter of the late Jordan Brantley and survives him with 4 sons, Elmer, of Wright, Wyoming, Preston, Coleman and Jas. of this Co., and two daughters, Miss Lura, and Mrs. Mabel Hopkins. His father, John Newton McConnell died 40 years ago, and his mother, who was Miss Eliza Jane Brown, survived her husband 25 years. He leaves three sisters, Mabel, wife of James W. Woolf, of Arizona, Sue, wife of J. F. Castner, and Isabel wife of Hery [Henry] Travis, both of the Providence and Piney section[.] Three brothers are left also, they being C. Hodge McConnell of the Shady Grove section, W. T., and Albert McConnell, both of this city.


Among those from this city who attended the funeral and burial of James McConnell at Blackburn last Wednesday were the following: J. B. Wiggins, J. Alex Guess, E. J. Travis, Geo. H. Manley, W. T. McConnell and wife, Albert McConnell and wife, H. F. Martin, J. R. Summerville, Harry Joiner, A. M. Duvall, M. 0. Eskew wife and son Billie, David Lowery [sic] and wife, Aubrey Cannan, Rev. T. C. Newman.


1919 Crittenden Press Obituary.

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