John J. Crittenden Alexander Biography

from Warren County, Kentucky – Biographies

John J. Crittenden Alexander was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, June 19, 1842. He is the third in a family of five sons: Robert, James, Crittenden, Charles and Henry, and seven daughters: Mary, Martha, Sallie, Carrie, Julia, Pamelia and Eliza. The mother, Pamelia (Allen) Alexander, is yet living. The father, John D. Alexander, a philanthropist, died in 1854. In 1844 he removed to Warren County, Kentucky, where he resided until his death. He was a son of John Alexander, whose father, John, was a native of Virginia, and removed to Cumberland County, Kentucky, being one of the first settlers in that county. The descendants of John Alexander, Sr., can be numbered by thousands, and are prominent in almost every state in the union. They are far above mediocrity and noted for their energy and tact for pushing whatever enterprise they enter into, or whatever vocation they follow. John J. Crittenden Alexander received his early education in the common schools of Warren County, and finished with a course in Cecilian College. At the age of nineteen took a situation as clerk in a drug store, where he remained until 1872. Having a natural taste for horticultural pursuits, he has given his attention principally to that business for the last twelve years, and is now the proprietor of the most extensive orchards in southern Kentucky. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Sallie Carpenter. They are blessed by the birth of four sons: Dabney, Edward, Franklin and Charles, and two daughters: Beatrice and Ida.

Abram Kulp Obituary


from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, March 31, 1897

Abram Kulp, a highly respected member of the Society of Shakers, Pleasant Hill, died Sunday, aged sixty-eight years.  For more than sixty years he lived at the village and was for many years a farm deacon, understanding his business and attending to it with industry and energy.  A week ago he got upon his faithful horse, Pilot, and, as if stricken with vertigo, fell off on the other side and lay unconscious.  He was soon taken to a comfortable room, but never again became conscious.  A month previous to this accident he was found on the Pleasant Hill and Danville Road lying under his prostrate horse.  So soon as Messrs. Caldwell and Brown had dragged him out, the horse, of his own volition, got up.  Brother Kulp’s left collar bone was broken but otherwise he seemed to be uninjured.  The funeral was conducted yesterday in the solemn and simple manner of the Society, and his remains were consigned to their last resting place by his father and other relatives who had been faithful Shakers.  He was not only popular with his people, but a favorite with all who knew him, many of our citizens attending the obsequies.


Both photos taken at Pleasant Hill, Shaker Village, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Popular Grove Baptist Church Cemetery


Popular Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

Russell County, Kentucky


Joseph A. Lucas, October 4, 1857 – October 25, 1936


Odos H. LaFavers, Tec 5 US Army, World War II

April 20, 1925 – July 5, 2010


Peter F. Foley, born August 14, 1834, died December 30, 1916

A friend to his country and a believer in Christ.

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Henry Law, Virginia, Private, Militia, Revolutionary War


This veteran and wife are buried directly across the highway.


This beautiful little church and cemetery is located on Highway 127 South, just 3 miles from the Casey County border.

Washington County, Kentucky – Marriages

Marriages – Washington County, Kentucky


G. Mason Goatley married Mary J. Seay 05 Nov 1867
Hugh Goatley married Martha C. Carter 21 Feb 1882
J. H. Goatley married Susan A. Boblett 19 Nov 1872
James Goatley married Annie Peak 08 Sep 1880
James Goatley married Mandy Leachman 02 Jul 1881
James Goatley married Rosa Hays 12 Sep 1883
Jeff Goatley married Ann Ellery 04 Feb 1867
John Goatley married Nancy Anna Reed 07 Apr 1834
John W. Goatley married Susan Ann Holloway 18 Sep 1860
Louis Goatley married Sallie Taylor 13 Oct 1883
Mason J. Goatley married Harriet Rebecca Dickerson 23 Jul 1846
Palmer Goatley married Sallie Settles 29 Jul 1874
Richard A. Goatley married Anne E. Chesser 24 Sep 1861
Thomas Goatley married Rebecca Ann Mock 09 Oct 1838
William Goatley married Maggie Leachman 29 Dec 1885
William Goatley married Mary Blansett 10 Aug 1807
William Goatley married Matilda Toon 01 Aug 1833
William S. Goatley married Susan M. Cutsinger 02 Sep 1873
Enoch Godfrey married Nancy C. Dollins 24 Mar 1865
Caleb G. Goff married Sarah C. Burns 30 Sep 1878
J. T. Goff married Maggie Pinkston 18 Nov 1892
James A. Goff married Martha A. Gregory 02 Jun 1887
James Goff married Susan Lawson 31 Jul 1843
James H. Goff married Ida B. Britton 05 Feb 1890
James H. Goff married Sarah Jane Satterly 20 Sep 1870
Lewis Goff married Rutha A. Coulter 15 Jan 1871
Taylor Goff married Emily Jane Keeling 27 Jun 1872
Samuel Goins married Jane B. Wathen 04 Sep 1877
Mays Goldsmith married Mary Votaw 1865
Samuel Goldsmith married Amelia J. Votaw 11 Oct 1851
Vincent Goldsmith married Elizabeth Clark 16 Mar 1795
Benjamin T. Goode married Amanda E. White 10 Jan 1874
Daniel C. Goode married Ellen Rigdon 24 Sep 1889
J. H. Goode married Mary Bowles 07 Oct 1886
J. T. Goode married Rose Rigdon 21 Dec 1882
James Goode married Nancy Rigdon 01 Jun 1875
John Goode married Sarah Ann White 28 Aug 1860
John Goode married Sarah C. Elliott 05 Oct 1882
John L. Goode married Nancy A. Harmon 20 Oct 1880
Joseph A. Goode married Louisa Goode 25 Mar 1872
Nathaniel Goode married Patsy Mullins 13 Jun 1820
W. S. Goode married Mattie Barlow 10 Mar 1881
William Goode married Sarah White 20 Oct 1881
Christopher C. Goodlett married Margaret E. Hilbert 12 Apr 1881
Hezekiah Goodlett married Arimata Montgomery 04 Aug 1889
James D. Goodlett married Sarah E. Milburn 13 Aug 1882
Jasper Goodlett married Anna Bell Satterly 19 Mar 1878
John J. Goodlett married Martha Voorhies 28 Oct 1883
John S. Goodlett married Alice Norton 02 Mar 1884
John T. Goodlett married Jennie C. Robinson 24 Feb 1881
Joseph A. Goodlett married Alice Ann Riley 12 Dec 1878
Joseph Goodlett married Leatha Barnett 29 Jul 1880
Leonard B. Goodlett married Amanda J. Cornish 23 Feb 1890
Marion Goodlett married Nancy Satterly 27 Feb 1866
Nathaniel Goodlett married Cynthia A. Harley 08 Jul 1883
Nathaniel Goodlett married Eliza N. Hume 05 Mar 1889
William A. Goodlett married Margaret F. Walls 22 Jul 1888
William G. Goodlett married Ellen J. Goodlett 1853
William Goodlett married Emily Jane Goodlett 06 Jul 1878
William H. Goodlett married Martha E. Smith 26 Aug 1888
William H. Goodlett married Susan E. Norton 20 Nov 1870
William L. Goodlett married Mildred Stine 29 Sep 1881
William s. Y. Goodlett married Mary Walls 09 Jan 1879
George Goodloe married Janet A. Brown 27 Apr 1869
John Goodnight married Peggy Conder 14 Mar 1805
John Goodrum married Elizabeth Layton 18 Sep 1823
James Goodwin married Susanna Kelly 14 Mar 1809
John Goodwin married Sarah McKune 14 Sep 1858
George Gootee married Mary Burris 14 Aug 1818
George S. Gootee married Mary J. Mudd 01 Dec 1851
George W. Gootee married Cordelia Gardner 10 Nov 1868`
James T. Gootee married Rose A. Fields 30 Aug 1851
John Gootee married Mary L. Hinton 13 Jul 1847
Joseph Gootee married Rose Ann Fields 19 Feb 1844
Richard A. Gootee married Ann S. Nalley 03 Oct 1863
Thomas Gootee married Nancy Silvers 24 Sep 1816


Marion County Heritage Center Book Signing


Sunday, April 6th, was quite a fun day!  All Marion County authors were invited to come to the Marion County Heritage Center for a reception and book signing.  My book, A Garrard County Tragedy, has been in publication for 14 years, but, nevertheless, I was invited to join a relatively new group of authors.


The Marion County Heritage Center is located in the old court house!  There are section on some of our famous natives – Eddie Miles, an Elvis impersonator, and The Turtle Man of television fame.  Honestly, I don’t know his name!  There are also cases with pieces from the Civil War and earlier Marion County history.


In the above photo you can see the 8X10 photos of the Hill graveyard in Garrard County, and older generations of the family, that I shared with those who visited my table.  The Hill-Evans feud was the first of the many Kentucky feuds.  Most began after the Civil War, such as the Hatfield-McCoy feud, but this one started in 1829 and ran through 1854.  My great-great-grandfather, Isaiah Hill, along with his two brothers, was killed in the feud March 13, 1852.  His wife had died in childbirth two years earlier.  Fourteen children were left orphans.  My book focuses on how the children continued with their lives in the face of such tragedy.

It was lovely to come home to Marion County and visit with friends and family.  It’s always good to come home!

The Potter Family Biography

from Warren County, Kentucky – Biographies

The Potter Family. The exact origin of this family is not accurately known, though it is traced to Thomas Potter, who was, it is supposed, born in one of the Carolina’s in 1746; immigrated to Kentucky prior to 1800, for a brief period settled in the upper end of the state, and then came to Warren County, where he died in 1824. Frederick Potter, a son of Thomas, was born in South Carolina in 1785; also came to Kentucky in the pioneer days of the state, and settled in what is known as the Three Springs neighborhood, of Warren County. He married Elizabeth Kirby, a native of Virginia, born in 1790, a daughter of Jesse Kirby, who was a Virginian; born in 1757; was a soldier in the Revolutionary War; came to Kentucky in 1796, and here his death occurred in 1852. To Frederick and Mrs. Potter were born thirteen children, eleven of whom yet survive their parents. Mr. Potter died in 1868, and his wife one year earlier; he was a farmer. Although he began life in limited circumstances, and could farm as only the pioneers of this country could; yet by untiring energy and perseverance he became one of the foremost and prosperous farmers of southern Kentucky.

Moses Potter, the eldest son of Frederick and Elizabeth Potter, was born on the old Potter homestead, in this county, February 27, 1808. He was reared on the farm and assisted his father until he reached his majority. He was educated at the private or subscription schools of the neighborhood. Beginning life for himself he superintended a farm for one year, and then began farming on his own account. He has been one of the most extensive land owners in Warren County, and an enterprising and successful farmer. In addition to farming he dealt extensively in horses and mules, and at one time was one of the greatest traders in tobacco in this part of the state. He continued farming until 1884, when he retired from active life on the farm. His marriage took place in 1828, with Eliza Butts, a native of Culpeper County, Virginia. To them were born six children: Mary E., Presley B., John W., Frederick R., James R. and America F. Mrs. Potter died May 10, 1879, and in 1883 Mr. Potter was united in marriage with Mrs. T. M. Tully, nee Jones, of Russellville, Kentucky, a native of Fairfax County, Virginia. Mr. Potter was formerly a Whig, but of late years he has been an earnest Democrat. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Hon.

Lewis Potter, the second son of Frederick and Elizabeth Potter, is a native of Warren County, Kentucky, born January 23, 1810, on the old homestead. Like his brother, Moses, he was reared on the farm, and became used to the early modes of agriculture of this county. At twenty-one years of age he began life for himself. The first year he rented a farm, and subsequently purchased the same place, and there lived for forty years and farmed. During these years of active life he purchased many additional farms, and at one time was one of the most extensive landlords of this county. After giving liberally to all his children, he has about 1,000 acres left of well-improved land. Like his father he worked with untiring energy, and became one of the most successful farmers of this portion of Kentucky. After spending forty years on the farm he removed to Bowling Green, and here has since resided. The marriage of Mr. Potter took place February 10, 1831, with Elizabeth Hagerman, a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, daughter of Joseph and Ruth Hagerman, whose maiden name was Ricketts. The Hagerman family came to Warren County in 1817. To Mr. and Mrs. Potter were born thirteen children, and those surviving are as follows: Charles F., Julia A., Fulton R., Ruth A. and Clinton C. Mr. Potter was formerly an old line Whig, but since 1860 has been identified with the interests of the Democratic Party. In 1875 he was elected to represent Warren County in the Kentucky General Assembly; was a member of the session called to revise the Kentucky statutes. He is a mason and a member of the Christian Church, of which his wife is also a member. They are highly respected and widely known.

Hon. Pleasant J. Potter, banker, another son of Frederick and Elizabeth Potter, was born on the old homestead, in Warren County, March 29, 1820, and was educated at the early schools of his county, and at college in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The greater portion of his knowledge, however, has been acquired in active practical life and through his own exertions. During his life and at the school he gained an extensive knowledge of mathematics and surveying, and was engaged at the latter for a number of years. Fifteen years of his life, after he was grown, were devoted to agriculture, at which he was most successful, and which he continued until 1858, when he was elected sheriff of Warren County, and so faithfully did he discharge the duties of that office that he was re-elected in 1860 without opposition. In 1865 he was elected to represent Warren County in the State Legislature. At the close of his services in the General Assembly he retired from official political life. During the years of his official life he held sacred the trust imposed in him by his constituents. In 1869 he engaged in a general banking business, and in this he has since continued, and is one of the best financiers of Kentucky. In 1884 Mr. Potter took his sons, James E., Hubert P. and William J., into the business with him, and the firm is now known as P. J. Potter & Co., and is the oldest and one of the principal banking houses of the country. The marriage of Mr. Potter took place January 25, 1844, with Julia F. Hill, a native of Warren County, Kentucky, born March 30, 1820. To this marriage were born ten children: Elizabeth B., Mary R., Ella P., Effie P., Sallie, Emma, Pearl and the three mentioned in connection with the bank. Mr. Potter has been a Mason since 1850. Mrs. Potter is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is one of the enterprising and liberal men of Kentucky, the largest property holder and the heaviest tax-payer in Warren County. For many years he has been one of the directors of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

James E. Potter, third child of P. J. and Julia F. (Hill) Potter, was born in this county, August 14, 1848. He received a common school education at the Bowling Green schools; in 1872 entered his father’s bank, and in 1884 became a partner in the business. He is a man of fine business qualifications, and one of the leading accountants of southern Kentucky. His marriage took place October 14, 1874, with Mary L. Reynolds, of Lexington, Kentucky, daughter of Samuel Reynolds. To this marriage have been born four children, three of whom are living: Mary A., George W. and Pleasant J. Mr. Potter is a Democrat and his wife is a member of the Baptist Church.

My Mother – Catherine Carrico Hill McIlvoy – 1931-2014

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Mom waiting for the school bus.

My beautiful mother, Catherine Carrico Hill McIlvoy, passed away Thursday afternoon at 2:35.  I am devastated, but she is now at peace.  That gives me great comfort.  Everyone knows the love of a mother is not to be taken lightly.  It is one of the surest of loves and is always there through the years.


Mom riding her beloved mule, Mike.  Evidently she and Mary Alice raced these mules and had them jump over small piles of brush!  Much to their father’s consternation!


Mom in her early twenties.

Mom lived her life with love of family, God and nature.  We were all met at the door with a smile and a hug, a pot of coffee and home-cooked food.  It didn’t matter when you arrived, she was ready to feed!  I loved to listen to her talk of the old days – when she was young and growing up on the farm, all the wild adventures she and her sister Mary Alice had, stories about her grandparents and the love she had for her mom and dad.  I will miss hearing those tales, but I believe they are imprinted on my heart.


Mom and Dad, James Philip Hill, married April 7, 1956.  Mary Alice Carrico, mom’s sister was maid of honor, and Henry Thompson, nephew of my dad, was best man.  My Dad died at the young age of 50, 28 years ago.


Mom with my children, Linton and Kate, 1989.


Mom and Linton dancing at a wedding, 2004.

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The last picture of mom before her death.  This was in February when she stayed with us for a month, then was in the nursing home for about a month before she died.  Mom loved playing with the cats while she was here!  I will miss her so very much!  If you still have your mother give her a special hug, or a phone call!