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WILLIAM WALTER, son of MR. AND MRS. BILLY CUNNINGHAM, died Jan 10th 1901, aged 3 years and 8 months, PRESTON DALE son MR AND MRS DALE BRIDGES, died Dec 6th 1900, aged 1 year and 7 months. Loving parents rest contented that your little ones have been tenderly waited across the celestial shore, which for them was only little streamlets, and have entered the city where the purest blossoms never fade in the valley of eternal bliss; where the sable pinion of the night never shadows the cloudless skies; far beyond the dismal scenes of sickness and death. May the blessed healer visit the heartbroken parents in their lonely hours and enable them to bear their sad realities; and when length of years makes them tired of earthly joys and the sable curtains of death gently close around the scene of their existence may the angels of God attend their bed and take care that the expiring lamp of life shall not receive one ruse blast to hasten its extinction. Thus prepared may they enter into the holy land of everlasting rest where their little angels are singing songs of glory, sitting at the feet of the great Teacher who said "Learn of me", with angels for companions through ages of happiness that shall never end.
Farewell depart ones;
Brother, son, farewell.
We feel, we know that they are gone,
Amont the blest, to dwell


May 13, 1900
W.S. Thomas Dead
Mr. William S. Thomas died at the residence of Miss Josephine Thomas on Donaldson creek, May 13, at 6 o'clock in the evening, in the seventy-third year of his age. He was an inoffensive old man, somewhat of a recluse in the latter years of his life and was rarely seen on public occasions, but loved his neighbors and appreciated the good wishes and kindly acts of old friends. He was an old gentleman of great taciturnity, and we have often thought if the world had been peopled by such men alone our lives had been spent, if less enjoyable, in much more peace and quiet. He was buried at 10 o'clock yesterday at the old Perry Thomas burying ground on Donaldson.


November 1, 1901
Death of An Old Man
Old man Sim Bridges died at his home on Donaldson creek last Friday of a complication of diseases and old age. He had been in a low state of health for a long time. He was a very quiet and unobtrusive man, and his death for that reason was unexpected at the time by most of his nearest neighbors. At his death he was the oldest member of an old and respectable family, and before his health gave down was a leading character in the old neighborhood and well beloved by his friends.


October 13, 1903

Perry Thomas Dead
Former citizen of Trigg Dies In Owensboro
Mr. Perry Thomas died Tuesday morning at 2 o'clock at his home in Owensboro of Bright's disease. He had been in declining health for about two years. The burial took place in Owensboro yesterday afternoon. Mr. Thomas was a native of Trigg county and was about 69 years of age. He spent most of his life in Trigg county. In 1889 he accepted a position in the office of the Collector of Internal Revenue, and had since made his home in Owensboro. He leaves a wife, and while he never had any children, many orphan children had been reared by them, and no parent ever cared more for a child than did Mr. Thomas and his wife for those they had taken to raise.

He was a strong, Baptist and a most excellent gentleman, and his death will be mourned by many Trigg countians. His Brother A.W. Thomas of this county, attended the funeral.

October 13, 1903
In Memoriam
Perry Thomas, the subject of this sketch, was the son of Perry and Elizabeth Thomas, and was born in Trigg county, Kentucky, November 13th, 1836, was married to Miss Aurora Wimberly, in February, 1859. Professed religion in August, 1859, but did not join the church for four years. He then joined Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, and was baptized by Rev. H. A. Patterson. He was in the constitution of Liberty Point Church. He served as clerk of his church eighteen years; was ordained a deacon in his church in the seventy's. When he moved to Owensboro in December 1889, he joined the Walnut Street Baptist Church as a deacon, which office he held until his death, which occurred at 2 A.M. October 13th, 1903. The funeral was preached at 2:30 the following day at the walnut street Church by the Rev. Dawson and his pastor, the Rev. gabby, and was buried by the Knights of Honor, of which he was a worthy member, in Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro, Kentucky, amidst a host of friends with no relatives of either branch of the family present, but the writer of this sketch. He never had any children of his own, but took six orphan children to raise, one died when young; the other five have been raised to manhood and womanhood. Three are married, two are with the family, viz: Mary Thomas (Casey), who is an invalid and Alice Cunningham, who is a teacher in the city school at Owensboro, to whom he was as much devoted as if they were his own children and they in turn were as devoted to him as if he had been their natural father. His wife survives him, and four brothers and four sisters who live in Trigg county, except one brother in Graves county.

He went to Owensboro in December 1889, in the Revenue service with Gov. John Feland and held the post for four years. He has lived in Owensboro every since and died at 523 Frederica Street. He was just as an upright in all his dealings; he lived a life of a true Christian, devoted to the church and its cause, and a Sunday school worker, he was a great sufferer for nearly two years, and when his dissolution was near he said "death does not conquer me." The Lord's will is my will and I am ready to go." Hence we sorrow not as those that have no hope for we are assured he is safely home in that building of God not made with hands eternal in Heaven.
His brother, A.H. THOMAS


January 28, 1903
Death of James J. Thomas At the Age of Seventy
Mr. James J. Thomas, born March 19, 1833, died Jan 28, 1903, after a brief illness.

Mr. Thomas joined the Donaldson Creek Baptist church in 1854. He was married to Miss Mary Cunningham, July 6, 1856, ordained deacon in 1866. He helped to organize the Oak Grove Baptist Church in 1875. He lived on the same farm, about six miles south of Cadiz, Ky., for about 50 years. He reared a large family of nine children, who were with him at the close of his long but happy life. He was a constant church member of near 50 years, and at the time of his death he had been a deacon of the Oak Grove Church, where he endeavored to faithfully discharge the duties that his position demanded. He was a man of untiring energy, of sound judgment and of honest repute -- a character untarnished; a soul without blemish. A beloved and loving brother, husband, father and friend died in the evening of his life after having reached the ripe old age of seventy.

The wife has lost an affectionate husband; the children a fond father, and the church one of its great pillows. Being weary, he fell on the roadside and by loving hands was carried to his room and placed upon his couch, where he remained until he fell into a dreamless sleep that kissed down his eyelids still in death. But every life will become a tragedy at its close as deep and dark as it can be, and whether prepared or unprepared we must meet the summons when it comes.

January 28, 1903

In Memory of J. J. Thomas
In complying with a request to write the obituary of our beloved J. J. Thomas, Sr. who died at his home in this county after a short illness on Jan 28, 1903, we do so feeling our inability to do justice to the occasion, as none could estimate the worth of such a man and his influence on his county, his neighbors, his church and his family, sketch of his life, one half the loss that these have sustained in his death.

Mr. Thomas was a member of one of the largest and most highly respected families of Trigg county. He was the third son of that well-known family of Starkie and Polly Thomas which consisted of eight sons and one daughter - Mrs. W. T. Armstrong. He was the second member of the nine to be called to his reward, his oldest brother, W. B. Thomas, having died in August, 1901. His father died in 1881 at a venerable old age, after having seen all of his children married and located around him in what the writer always thought for the nine was the happiest homes in Trigg county.

Mr. J. J. Thomas was born March 19, 1833; received a liberal education for his day, and taught school after the years on completing his education. He was converted to Christ and joined the Donaldson creek Baptist Church under Rev. Trimble's preaching in 1854, and lived a devoted Christian life from that time until his death. Her served that church, also the Oak grove Baptist Church, which he helped to organize in 1875, both in the capacity of clerk and deacon, remaining in the latter position to the close of his life, having faithfully discharged the duties of that honored position for 40 years. He married Miss Mary Cunningham, the daughter of Esq. John Cunningham, July 6, 1856, and located in one of the happiest of those nine homes, six miles south of Cadiz, where the remained of his useful life was spent in honest toil and the enjoyment of his family. To this union was born six sons and three daughters, all of whom he was permitted to see reach their majority, and like himself and his good wife, become members of the Baptist Church. He was a kind man, and never used harsh words to the members of his family, yet we have never seen anyone command more respect of his children; was a sober man, and was successful in raising his boys -- as was his hearts desire ---to be sober men. He was forgiving to unfortunates who were slaves to the monster of strong drink, and has taken their prostrated and unconscious forms into his cultured home, lest harm should come to them in such a state. He was a quiet man in a crowd, and was content for others to do the talking, but when in a private conversation he was found to be well informed and interesting. He was unpretentious in his work and business, but lost no time in making provisions for his large family, which he always supplied with great abundance, was economical and taught his family to be the same, therefore he accumulated a nice estate.

While Mr. Thomas was an industrious men he was also a student. He red many books and gave much time to the book of all books - the Bible. He was a subscriber to the Western Recorder for 40 years, read other papers and kept posted in the markets and current events of the day. He was a pillow in his church and feely of his substance to the Master's cause, and was never too busy to attend the meetings, his home was the preachers home, and many have shared his hospitality and rested their weary bodies there. In fact his latch-string was placed on the out side, and his door was continually being opened to admit his and his families welcomed guests. When memory, that kind deed of peace, carried the writer back and permits him to again enjoy the past. It does not show him a more pleasant period than some. His sons, Seldon T., James J. Jr., Starkie W., and J. Spurling, like himself and brothers, settled near the old family tree, J. Cull Thomas who was a prosperous young farmer in Graves county, being the one exception. Mrs. Charles Pursley, of Cadiz, and Mrs. C. W. Wilson, of the county, ever kept in closest touch with their childhood home. On that occasion, Mr. Thomas, knowing that the responsibility of entertaining rested on him, without the assistance of his large family of children who were with him twelve years ago when the Doctor was last there, gave his whole time to make the occasion pleasant to his guests, and everything was as much in chime as a wedding bell.

Mr. Thomas never sought publicity, but preferred his own fireside and family circle instead, yet when his county demanded his services as a juror, no better man could be fund for the place, as he did not jump at conclusions, but reached them by careful investigation. He served in the United States Court at Paducah in 1895. He was contented with the remuneration of his labor, and did not seek to derive sharp grades; was kind to all and true to his friends, every relying on the honor of those who had proven themselves worthy of his confidence therefore he did not play the Jew or seek new men in making his purchases, but stood by his friends as some in Cadiz well know.

Besides leaving a living wife, who has proven herself worthy of that term in the full sense of the word, and nine children, he also leaves nineteen grand-children. As we said before he had made provision for this emergency, and leaves a nice estate for their maintenance. But the greatest legacy he left is good will to all men, an untarnished name, amiable traits of life, and a Christian character, which may be used by all who knew him as a waybill that leads into higher, nobler, and more useful life that gives the greatest happiness here and a reward from the Master, when the trials of this life are over.

To his loved ones, we would say in conclusion, he had almost finished his three score years and ten, with a degree of health that permitted him to enjoy your association. He would soon have been on borrowed time with the afflicting hand of age upon him. He finished his course without that daily suffering that accompanies old age. He passes from an active, useful, Christian life to his reward. Emulate his examples that you too, like David, can say I will go to him.
His nephew,
Alfred Cunningham


April 27, 1904

Orrin D. Bridges died on Wednesday, April 27, 1904, at his home near Cureall?, Howell county, Mo. He had been in declining health for more than twelve months. His death was caused by kidney troubles and other complications. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his untimely death. His children are Mrs. Adaline Sholar, of Trigg county, Ky; Mrs. Martha Sumner, Mrs. Peachie Hixon, Mrs. Susan Dorsey, Mrs. Charity Sharp, Mrs. Jennie Sloan, and James R. Bridges, of Missouri and John W. Bridges and Orrin S. Bridges, of Arkansas. He has seventy grandchildren and twelve great grand children living, making 82 descendants. Two brothers and two sisters survive him. They are Drewry Bridges and C. T. Bridges and Mrs. Charity Battoe, of Maple Grove, this county, and Mrs. Adaline Hixon, of Graves county, Ky.

Mr. Bridges was born in Trigg County, Ky., age 82 years and 10 months. He was the oldest of twelve children and was a son of the late William and Mary Thomas Bridges of Trigg County. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Hixon in 1852, and lived near Maple Grove until 1879, when he moved with his family (all except Mrs. Nealy Sholar) to Howell county, Mo., where he purchased 260 acres of land upon a part of where is now located the Morningglory Zinc mines, one of the richest mines in Eastern Missouri, 60 acres of which was sold last year to a Chicago firm for $25,000.

Funeral services were held at the grave and the funeral was preached by Rev. Hastwell Taylor. The remains were given their last resting place near his home in Missouri at the Fowler burying ground in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends and a large majority of descendants.

He was a member of the Baptist Church for more than 30 years, and lived a life of devotion to his church and the cause of Christianity. He also belonged to the Masonic fraternity and was made a Mason in 1870 in Canton lodge No 242 at Canton, Ky., and was a great admirer of the wonderful teachings of the fraternity.

He leaves many relatives in trig and adjoining counties - all the Calhoon, Sholar, Lawrence, and Thomas families are close relations - also Browns, Starks, and Stanleys of the various states.

The writer visited him just one year ago in his affliction, which was borne with Christian fortitude, and when I bad him good-bye he asked me to meet him in the sweet by and bye, and may God grant me that glorious privilege. From a recent letter I was informed that when the end was near he called his children and grand children around him and told them that he was prepared to go, and requested them to prepare to meet him in heaven. So weep not, dear wife, brother, sisters, children, and friends, for we know if we shall have done our duty well we will some day meet him on that bright and beautiful shore, where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more."
His brother, C.T. BRIDGES


September 4, 1904
Young Man Dead
Clyde Thomas Answers The Final Summons
Edgar Clyde Thomas closed his eyes for the last time on all earthly scenes last Sunday morning at one o'clock. This is a sad example of the proverb that says, "The old must die, but the young may die sooner."

Clyde was the youngest member of the large, well known and highly respected family of James J. Sr., and Mary Thomas. Until January 28th, 1903, the death angel had not cast its dark shadow over that happy home, but on that day it came and claimed for its own the head of that household, and left a vacancy in the hearts of the wife, the sons, and the daughters that this world can never fill. So naturally the fondest love of the grief-stricken family turned to Clyde, the youngest of all the children, and during his two weeks' illness while the typhoid fever burned his brow he was watched over day and night by the ever wakeful eyes of his brothers, and cared for him in his time of need regardless of the demands of their other duties. But all their efforts and all the medical skills was in vain. He was called to his eternal home before he had here reached the zenith of manhood. He was 22 years of age, the 16th of last October. His young life had so many rich promises for which he would have been glad to live. But like his Savior, who, too, was a young man, he was required to say not my will but thine be done.

Just twelve years from the day he was baptized as a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church his body was laid to rest in the Thomas Cemetery by the side of his father. As they laid him to sleep there late Sunday afternoon his pastor, Rev. J. T. Cunningham paid him a high tribute in the discourse that he preached to a large audience. He, as a boy, was a splendid student in school; always gained the confidence of his teachers and the love of his schoolmates. He made the school better than it would have been without him. Not by words, but by example, which is far more effective than words. As a young man he was a social favorite among a host of friends, and no words can tell how much his absence will sadden their future gatherings. He lived a consistent Christian from the time he joined the church to the close of his brief life, and will be missed by the church.

He leaves a mother, three sisters and five brothers to mourn his loss. His sisters are Mrs. Charles Pursley, Mrs. Clarence Wilson and Miss Cicero Thomas, all of this county. His brothers are Selden T., James J. Jr., Starkie W., and John S. Thomas, of this county, and J. Cull Thomas, of Graves county. He was a loving brother, and his brothers and sisters have our profoundest sympathy in their bereavement. But there is no love like a mother's love, and in her grief may she have that peace that comes from on high and possess all human understanding.


September 1904
Dedicated to the Memory of Clyde Thomas
On the 4th day of September 1904, death came to a once happy family and claimed brother and son for his own.

He has crossed over the river, Jordan,
And is resting on the other side,
Waiting for kindred and loved ones
To greet him at even tide.

The angels bore him to heaven,
Sweet home prepared for the blest.
Where sorrows never can enter;
With his Savior he is at rest.

Weep not friends on earth, for him,
Your loss is only his gain;
In that bright celestial city
Where he ever will remain.

Brothers and sister, friends and mother,
He has crossed the rolling tide,
And over there is sweetly resting
With his Savior by his side.

Yet dear friends, we hope to meet him
On that bright eternal shore,
Where sickness never comes
And partings are no more.

To the mother, crushed to spirit,
Yours the heart hath loved him best
Was it cruel thus to take him?
"No, my friend he's gone to rest.

Could you open heaven's portals
And behold your darling now,
You would cry, "O God of wisdom."
To thy will I meekly bow.




Cadiz Record –
Feb 1905

Good Man Gone Sudden Summons Comes to Mr John J. Light
Mr John L LIGHT one of the best and most honored citizens of the county died very suddenly near his home five miles southwest of Cadiz late last Wednesday afternoon, on March first. In company with his three youngest sons and John Spurlin THOMAS, he had been engaged in building a plant bed all day and at the usual hour left their work and started home for the night. When they got within a short distance of Mr ThomasŐ home and just as Mr Light turned to go on to his own home he fell in the road. Mr Thomas and the boys were near him and rushed to him to render any assistance that might be necessary to relieve him. They found him in a very serious condition and one of the boys hurried to the home a few hundred yards away to bring the camphor which they thought might relieve him. The boy was gone probably five minutes and about the time he returned his father breathed his last, living only about six or seven minutes after he fell.

He never spoke a word after falling and never regained consciousness. His death was evidently due to apoplexy.
Mr Light was fifty seven years of age, and besides a wife, who is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Stanley THOMAS, and ten children has many friends and relatives to mourn his untimely death. Mr P.T. LIGHT, of Canton district, is a brother of the deceased.

Mr Light was one of the leading and most active members of Oak Grove Baptist Church, taking an active part in religious works and had not missed a meeting of his church for many years. In the presence of many sorrowing friends and loved ones, the remains were laid to rest on Thursday in the old family burying ground near his home. No man in the county stood higher in the estimation of his neighbors and friends than Mr Light and it will be a long time before another is found to take his place.


Cadiz Record
Feb 1905

In Memory
On January 30th, death visited the home of Mr and Mrs Richard Thomas and took from them their darling baby, Fannie Jane, aged two years, ten months and five days. Weep not father and mother, for little Fannie Jane, for she has fled from this troublesome world to one where trouble and sorrow never comes. I know she will be missed by papa and mama and two little sisters. Lay aside her little shoes and dresses, for she will never need them here on earth again. She has gone to meet little Gobel on that bright and peaceful shore, where parting is no more. It is hard, so hard, to part from one so dear, but the Lord taketh away. All we can say if farewell, little darling, thou has gone before us, but we hope to meet you in that world that is far brighter than this. Her Aunt.


July 1, 1908

Old Lady Dead
Mrs. Charity Battoe Passes Away Near Maple Grove
Mrs. Charity Battoe, one of the most highly respected old ladies of the county, died lat Thursday at her home near Maple Grove after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Battoe was sixty six years of age, and a consistent member of the Donaldson creek Baptist church, and had been a long time. She is survived by two brothers, Drew and C. T. Bridges, of this county, and one sister, Mrs. Adaline Hixon, of Paducah. One son, Edwin Battoe, also surviving her. The funeral was conducted Friday at the home of C. T. Bridges by Rev. H. E. Gabby, of this city, and the burial followed in a private burying ground.



June 5, 1908

R.A. Thomas Dead
Clever Citizen of the County Passes Away
Mr. Robert Allison Thomas died Friday at his home near Mt. Pleasant Church after an illness of several months. For several weeks past his condition had grown gradually worse, and death came as a relief from great suffering.

The deceased was the second son of Mr. Stanley Thomas, and was born near Oak Grove, five miles south of Cadiz, about fifty-one years ago. In early life he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Cunningham, and that union was blessed with eleven children, nine of whom, with the bereaved wife, are now living. Mr. Thomas had been a member of the Baptist Church since boyhood, and was a good Christian man and a clever citizen. His aged father and mother, three sisters and three brothers also survive him. A better neighbor or truer friend did not live in Trigg county than Bob Thomas, and many are made sad by his untimely death.

In Memory of Robert A. Thomas
Death entered our midst on the morning of June 5th, 1908, and took the spirit of Br. Robert A. Thomas to its place of eternal rest. He was born December 16th, 1856 - age 51 years, 5 months and 20 days. He professed faith in Christ in early life. He suffered more than a year, but bore his suffering with Christian patience. He seemed to be perfectly resigned to the will of God. He leaves a noble wife, nine children, father and mother, three sisters, three brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death. We will say to the bereaved ones, weep not for him, for his mission one Earth is finished and he has gone to his reward. In his death the church and family sustained a great loss - the church a faithful member, the wife a devoted husband, the children a kind, affectionate father. The church and every true Christian should enter into deep sympathy with the bereaved family and friends of the deceased, but we mourn not as those who have no hope, because he left evidence that he was going to rest. To the children we would say look to Christ in your bereavement and follow the example of your father that you may at last meet him in the home of the blessed. His remains were laid to rest in the old Thomas grave yard near Oak Grove.


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