Zion's Harp

Scanned images of "Zion's Harp" are now online.  Zion's Harp, "Being a Choice Selection of the Richest Sacred Songs Not Found in the Methodist Hymn Book : and Many Never Before Published, with Several Original Pieces", Author:  Fountain Elliott Pitts, Publisher:  Morton & Griswold, Louisville, KY 1852, Length:  384 pages.

Here is the link:  Zion's Harp

Dora Alice (Brantley) McConnell Obituary #2

1924 Crittenden Press Obituary.



Mrs. Dora McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Jorden Brantley, was born February 28, 1860. She was 64 years and five months old. She died July 24, 1924. She professed faith in Christ in 1872 and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Sugar Grove in 1873, where she lived a true and faithful member until God said it is enough, come up higher. She was married to Jim McConnell November 6, 1880.

To this union was born six children. They are: Elmer, of Wyoming; Press and Jim, Mrs. Mable Hopkins, Mrs. Lura Sutton, all of this county; Cole of Missouri; one brother, Seldon, Kan., one sister of this county.

Mrs McConnell was a noble character, a home builder, a good mother and a splendid neighbor. The funeral as conducted by Rev. W, T. Oakley at Sugar Grove in the presence of a large congregation. The floral offering was pretty and abundant. W. T. OAKLEY


Dora Alice (Brantley) McConnell Obituary

1924 Crittenden Press Obituary.



Mrs. Dora McConnell, aged 64 years, died at her home near Blackburn church last Thursday, July 24. She was the widow of the late J. M. McConnell, who died about five years ago.

She leaves six children as follows; Elmer, of Gillette, Wyoming; Pressley, Ollie J., Mrs. Mabel Hopkins and Mrs. Lura Sutton, all of this county and Cole, of Missouri. She was a daughter of the late Jordan Brantley and leaves one brother, Mr. W. D. Brantley, of Selden, Kansas, and one sister, Miss Dean Brantley, of this county.

Her funeral was conducted by Rev. W. T. Oakley at Sugar Grove Saturday. Mrs. McConnell was an excellent christian woman.


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

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