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October 7, 1890

DIED - At the residence in Trigg County, Mrs. Mary Thomas, wife of Starkey Thomas, sr., aged 88 years - 2 months and 12 days. She was born in Trigg county July 25th, 1807, and united in marriage to said Starkey Thomas, Sr., in the year 1824. She professed Christ and joined the United Baptist Church in 1842, and lived a devoted Christian life and loving wife and mother 48 years, lived to see, and remaining as yet in life, 9 children, 48 grand children, 68 great grand children and 1 great great grand child total 124 surviving children. Interment the 8th at the Family Cemetery, and funeral services by Bro. Samuel Sumner at the grave, attended by a large congregation of loving children and friends, who mourn her loss. We feel that our loss is her eternal gain.

Oh, may she wing her hallowed flight
From earth-born woe and care,
And soar above the clouds of light,
Her Saviour's love to share.


August 22, 1892
Death of Mrs. W. A. Lawrence
We are pained to chronicle the death of the estimable lady whose name heads this article. She passed from earth into spiritual life on last Monday morning aged about thirty seven years, of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Lawrence, the lovable daughter of Stanley Thomas, of this district, united with the Oak Grove Baptist Church in early girlhood, and died in full triumph of that faith. She leaves a husband, Mr. William Lawrence, and eight children to mourn her untimely and saddening death. All have the sympathy of the entire community in this their most trying bereavement.

(The History of Thomas & Bridges Family by Gilbert Bridges lists Margaret's death as Aug 23, 1932.)



August 7, 1893
A Sad Death
Mrs. Nora Armstrong Sholar the young and beautiful wife of Mr. J. A. Sholar, died at her home in this city last Monday eve at 6:30 o'clock, after an illness of twenty-one days of typhoid fever. In making this sad announcement we fully realize that a most estimable Christian lady has passed from the earthly walks of life, and that a loving husband and father, mother, sister, brother and friends have lost a bright jewel in the casket of earthly affection. Her memory will long be cherished as her gentle nature and noble traits of womanhood are monuments left, to which all who knew her can point with conscious pride. To her bereaved husband family the sympathy of the community is extended. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. T. N. Compton and John T. Cunningham, of the Baptist Church, at the family cemetery where her remains were interred Tuesday afternoon. In the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.



May 20, 1894
Died of Consumption

Mr. James Thomas, son of the late Esq. Peyton Thomas, died at his home on Donaldson Creek last Sunday. For several weeks he had been in the last stage of consumption, and his death was not unexpected. He was a man about forty years of age and a good citizen. He leaves a wife and several children.


March 20, 1896

Died - Sunday night, March 20th, 1896 at eight o'clock, little Homer, the 12 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bridges. While standing too near the fire the little one's clothing caught fire and before its mother could tear them from him he was badly burned on face and stomach and died Sunday night from the effect. It was thought he sucked the blaze down his throat. We extend to the weeping father and mother our earnest sympathy.


November 15, 1896

Death of an old Citizen

The angel of death again visited our community and claimed one of our oldest citizens after a long series of illness. Mr. Starkie T. Bridges passed peacefully away Sunday morning. He was buried Monday at the old William Bridges burying ground. The funeral services were conducted by Brother Samuel Sumner and H. Herndon. He was the second son of the late William Bridges and was born February 15, 1823, was seventy three years and nine months old. Like many of his fellow men he had his faults, but they were but grievous ones. Though seemingly abrupt in manner he had a disposition as gentle and kind as that of a woman. He was a member of the Donaldson Creek Baptist Church and a true Christian. Had been often heard to say during his long illness that he was ready and willing to die. He was buried in a suit of clothes that he had saved for many years for that purpose. He had many years ago laid away enough money to pay his funeral expenses. During the three years of suffering he bore his affliction with the fortitude of a Christian and was never heard to complain. His motto in life was Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. He leaves a wife, seven children, three brothers, two sisters, and many friends to mourn his loss.

Being one of the oldest inhabitants of the community he was considered by all as a connecting link between the present and former days.


Paducah Register
July 22, 1898

Mrs. Robert Wilkins Passes Away at the Age of Thirty-One
Mrs. Peachie Wilkins, aged thirty-one years, died yesterday on Trimble street. She had recently become a mother. Besides a husband she leaves four children. Her remains will be buried at Oak Grove at 4 o'clock this afternoon

Mrs. Wilkins was the wife of Mr. Robert Wilkins, formerly of this county, and the youngest daughter of Mr. Stanley Thomas, who lives five miles south of Cadiz. She was a most excellent Christian lady, and many friends and relatives in the county will much regret to learn of her death.

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