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Sunday, March 24, 2013


Transcribed by Valerie J. Thompson, 20 Mar 2013

Nicholas County, Kentucky Will Book H, page 266
Last will and Testament of James M. Myers, owing to the uncertainty of life and certainty of death, I make this my last will and testament.
First, I will that my insurance money, or so much of it as it will take you towards paying off my land debt.
Second, That I desire that my wife Lucy H. Myers shall have full possession and control of my entire estate, real and personal so long as she remains a widow, or until my children become of age.
Third, That I desire to empower my wife, if she thinks is best for the interest of herself and my children, to sell the land on which we now live, and to re-invest the money in land, or not to re-invest as she may think best, and I request the court to confirm the sale; if the money is not re-invested in land, I require of my wife to give security that is good and satisfactory for my children’s money until they become of age.
Fourth, I desire all my debts be paid as early as practicable.
Fifth, I hereby appoint my father-in-law, Milford Berry and request of him to see to it that this, my will, is properly and rightfully executed.

Signed by me this First day of February 1879,      J. M. Myers

Attest: George C. Faris
             R. T. Hill

Nicholas County Court, March Term, 1879
This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James M. Myers, deceased was this day produced in open court and was fully proved by the oaths of Geo. C. Faris and R. T. Hill, the attesting witnesses, thereto, Whereupon said last will and testament is confirmed, established, and ordered to be recorded, which is done.                Attest: Jno. A. Cambell, CNCC
     James Monroe Myers was born 21 May 1840 and died 9 Feb 1879 according to his tombstone located at the Hopkins Cemetery, also known as the W. B. Hopkins burial ground in Nicholas County, Kentucky.  His death notice was given in the Carlisle-Mercury newspaper 20 Feb 1879. Photograph of his tombstone can be found at Find A Grave Memorial #6973315.
This young man, who died at age 39 was married to Lucy H. Berry, daughter of Milford Berry, who was named as his Executor. Lucy was the young widow of Jacob J. Hopkins, who is also buried at the Hopkins Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial  #6973288.
Lucy and Jacob J. Hopkins had one son, Jacob Milford Hopkins born 25 Feb 1870-19 July 1933. According to his death certificate he is buried at Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County, Kentucky. Death certificate image is available at Kentucky Death Records,
James Monroe Myers and Lucy had three sons. She is listed on the 1880 Census of Moorefield,Nicholas County, Kentucky with her four sons.
The sons of James Monroe Myers and Lucy Berry Hopkins:
*Herdy Pickett Myers was born 1 July 1873 (WW I Draft Registration), although tombstone reads 1874.  He died 27 Nov 1958 Nicholas County, Kentucky. He is buried at Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County, Kentucky, Find A Grave Memorial# 83240816. His Kentucky death certificate is viewable at Kentucky Death Records,
*Herman P. Myers was born 1873, possibly a twin to Herdy Pickett Myers, in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He died 1900 and is also buried at Carlisle Cemetery, Nicholas County, Kentucky, Find A Grave Memorial# 83240879
*James Walter Myers was born 4 Sep 1878 (WW I Draft Registration). He died 30 Dec 1952 Nicholas County, Kentucky. He is also buried at Carlisle Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial# 83241043 His Kentucky Death certificate viewable at Kentucky Death Records, states his parents were James Monroe Myers and Lucy Berry.
Lucy H. Berry, daughter of Milford Berry and Frances Ann Hendricks, and widow of Jacob J. Hopkins and James Monroe Myers was born Sep 1849, and died 12 July 1908. She is buried with her sons  at the Carlisle Cemetery in Nicholas County, Kentucky, Find A Grave Memorial# 75082089


Sunday, March 3, 2013

PETER SHUTTS 1841-1900

Peter Shutts Co D, 116th Ohio Infantry
Rock Springs Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

          A tombstone represents a family. The following is a glimpse of the life of Peter Shutts of Company D 116th Ohio Infantry. This Company was organized in Monroe County, Ohio, which is where I believe Peter Shutts was born about 1841. He is listed with his parents William and Catherine Shutts on the 1850 and 1860 Census of Monroe County, Ohio. He remained in Monroe County, Ohio after the Civil War through 1880, where he is listed in Summit, Monroe County. About 1886 he and his wife, Margaret Powell, and their children moved south to Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

Application for Military Marker

     Peter died Thursday, 24th May 1900. The cemetery is listed as 'Thompson' on the application for a military marker. The Rock Springs Cemetery may have been identified with the Thompson family at one time, as the tallest monument there is for a young Thompson woman, whose family are also buried there.
Mt Vernon Signal 25 May 1900

Pension Index Card
     Peter filed for his pension 26th April 1880. Margaret, as his widow, filed 19th Nov 1900 in Kentucky.
1890 Veterans Schedule
Glades, Rockcastle


     Peter is listed on the 1890 Veterans Schedule of Glades, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He enlisted 12 Aug 1862 (Union) and mustered out 14 June 1865 Richmond, Virginia. His residence is listed as Wabd.
Tombstone photo for Peter Shutts by Valerie J. Thompson located at Find A Grave Memorial# 5368028
    Martha Powell Shutts survived her husband another six years. She died 28 Feb 1916 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Her Kentucky Death Certificate lists her birth as Monroe County, Ohio, 12 Aug 1846, and her parents as John and Katie Powell.  
Children of Peter and Martha Shutts:
     *Susan Dorman listed in the 1880 Census, Summit, Monroe County, Ohio is named as a sister to Peter H. Shutts in his obituary.  Susan Dorman was born 15 April 1869. She married William D. Livesay 24 Nov 1887 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. She died 17 July 1950,  Find A Grave Memorial# 5379037 and photo at the Livesay Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
   William D. Livesay was born 11 Dec 1865 and died 28 Apr 1936, Find A Grave Memorial# 5379036 and tombstone photo.
     *Harriet "Hattie" Shutts was born 20 May 1870 in Monroe County, Ohio. She married John McNeil 13 Dec 1896 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. (Rockcastle County, Marriages)
    *Peter Herman Shutts was born 30 Nov 1872 in Monroe County, Ohio. He married Balzora W. Price, daughter of William H. Price and Sarah Colyer, 15 Mar 1896 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He died 28 Feb 1944 in Hendricks County, Indiana. He was a school teacher at one time. He is buried at the Danville South Cemetery, Hendricks County, Indiana. Find A Grave Memorial# 36562871 and tombstone photo. Public photo of his obituary at
  Balzora W. Price (1875-1968) died in Bradenton, Florida and is buried at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto County, Florida Find A Grave Memorial# 52514378 and tombstone photo. Public photo of obituary at
     *John W Shutts was born 15 Nov 1875 in Monroe County, Ohio. He  married Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" McMullin 18 Sep 1895 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He died 1 April 1955. They are buried at Providence Church Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Find A Grave Memorial# 6959220. Mary "Lizzie" McMullin 30 Sep 1877 -25 April 1963 Find A Grave Memorial# 6959219
Other References:
U.S. Civil War Pension File Index -
U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans 1925-1963 -
Newspaper Images of Mt. Vernon Signal