Bourbon County, KY
Margie Bailey's Scrapbook

Mary Hatton, member of the now closed Bourbon Genealogical Society, has donated this material.  It was given to her by her friend Thecla Bailey.  The scrapbook belonged to Thecla's mother, Margie Bailey.

Printed by permission of the Bourbon County Genealogical Society 2003-2010

*  Aged Man's Challenge Remained Unaccepted - Part 1, Part 2

"Beneath Gracious Home Grim Relic of Slavery": The Grange, home of Kinzea Stone Sr. and his sons Edward and Howard.


    -   Millersburg Yesteryears February 6, 1901 - Tom Bowles and wife move into part of the Mrs. Sarah Lawson house.

    -   Obituary - Mrs. Tom Bowles

*   Boyles, Wallace: City Parcel Post Deliveryman wearing Indian headdress as a promotion

*   Cane Ridge Meeting House 1801 Revival

    -  Article

*   Devotions

    -  The Old Clayhouse 8/21/1931

Dick Porter's House Destroyed by Fire, Nov 1953

Dr. Martha Petree: "Death Released Her Story, But Put An End To Study Of Her Strange Power Of Healing"

*  Elmendorf

   -  "Elmendorf Green Hills mansion looked like this in 1920's."

   -  "Fabulous Elmendorf, James Ben Ali Haggin, Part Turk, Lived in Luxury After Making Personal Fortune"

   -  Photo: James Ben Ali Haggin

First Wife of Barton Stone Once Buried in Jackstown

*  Goudy Family

   -  Building in which the Goudy family lived:  Cynthiana, Harrison County, marks the tragic life and death of Margaret Goudy

   -  Newspaper Article - Part 1, Part 2

The Gypsy's Warning

*   Here We Stand Empty Handed: A Kentucky Preacher Stands on Historic Ground Asking People to Wake UP!

*   Jackstown Story

*   Jackstown Story Awaits Subsiding of Old Hinkston

*   Jackstown Story Unravels

*   "Julian Rogers, New Owner oh Idle Hour Undecided On Entering Horse Business." Paris Daily Enterprise-dated Tuesday March 26, 1957: Part 1, Part 2

*   Kirkpatrick Award

Lexington Historian is giving up Efforts to find the Maxwell Grave

*   "Log Cabin Built 143 Years Ago in County Probably State's Oldest"  Part 1 - Part 2

*   Millersburg: "A Breath of France", stone house built in 1791 with furnishing brought from long ago

    -  Part 1 and Part 2

*   Millersburg: "The old gives way to the new. New road under construction-Millersburg, Ky. July 1952"

*   Millersburg Christian Church

*   Mrs. Mac Swinford: Cynthiana - "Mother of the Year"

*   Owings House

*   Pleasant Valley

*   Poems

    -  "Crossing the Bar"

    -  Great Granddad

    -  Pro Patria by Cotton Noe

*   Sister Jane Miriam: Director of Nursing

*   Stopping Places Along Old Route

*   Tombstone Tales: "Millersburg's Indian Boy"

*   Waugh, Bob -"Walking Bob": Rites Conducted Monday in Carlisle for Bob Waugh" DOD: 15 Nov 1969

*   Yellow Poplar and Pine in Old Bridge at Jackstown  Withstand Many Decades

Obituary - Mrs. Maggie Horseman Bailey

Paris, Ky., Nov 26 - Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Horseman Bailey, who died Friday night at the home of a son Carl Bailey, near Millersburg, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the M. E. Pruitt and Son funeral home at Millersburg, conducted by the Rev. Orville M. Skeen, pastor of the  Millersburg Christian Church.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Bailey family cemetery at Owingsville.  Active pallbearers will be the following grandsons: Carl Sparks Bailey, Clyde Bailey Jr., Noel Horseman, Billie Bailey, Marion Banta and Clyde Douglas Bailey.  Honorary bearers include Dr. V. C. Moseley, Dave Clark, Cecil Elkins, J. E. Weathers, Charles Burroughs, Roy Lowe and Roy and Tom Slone.  

The body is at the funeral home in Millersburg.

Peter Vinegar


These are really "Peter Vinegar Days" in Central Ky.  Oldsters and semi-oldsters hereabouts will remember the term formerly used as descriptive of heat waves.  It was used on occasions when the temperature mounted to a degree which might be considered as this mundane sphere's nearest approach to the climate Peter Vinegar used to associate with the nether regions in his famous sermons delivered everywhere in the country and elsewhere. 

The colored evangelist who lived and held forth for the part in Lexington, was a familiar figure in Nicholas County between 40 and 50 years ago often appearing at Henryville and at Ewing where his fiery delineations of the world to come for sinners were of the quality that made his name a byword throughout the Bluegrass and a synonym for heat.

The application of his name to the hottest of days persisted long after the old preacher had gone to his reward in, I have always hoped, a far cooler region than that which he often described in his favorite sermon entitled:  " A Dam' Hot Day"

Editor: The Herald
I noticed that more dope on Peter Vinegar is desired, following the mention of the noted revivalist in the Demon Dopester's column. 

Mrs. Anna Bell Ward of Somerset is writing a historical novel and one of her characters is Peter Vinegar of Chitlin' Switch of Fayette Co.  I believe that if anyone interested in this matter would would drop her a line, she could furnish the information and would be glad to do so.


When I was a small girl down in Carlisle, Nicholas County, there came to the community a tall, gaunt Negro man who said his name was Peter Vinegar and that he had come to pour out religion of the Good Book on the sinners.  He was known to have a revival at Ruddles Mills, Bourbon County and several other settlements.  His sermon texts were quite unusual.
" For the bed I am too short" "Hold that Tiger" "The debbil is a porcupine"
He vanished quite suddenly, just as he had come.  - Mrs. Guy R. Bell

This is information for "Folklorist" Peter Vinegar.  Peter Vinegar was the Rev. Alexander Vinegar who died July 19, 1905.  Accounts of his death were carried by both of the Lexington papers.  An article concerning him by Bob Fain was published in the Lexington Herald Leader August 20, 1953.  Mrs. Nannie Bell Taylor objected to some of the statements made in this artlcle in a letter to the editor-Mary Hester Cooper

If " Folklorist" will contact Mrs. Jessie Vinegar, 477 West Fourth Street,  Lexington, he may be able to get a line on Peter Vinegar.  I think the old fellow is buried in the of the colored cemeteries in or around Lexington and this Mrs. Vinegar married one of his descendants.  Peter often came to Cynthiana for camp meeting days and drew large crowds of white folks.  -Reader of Cynthiana

             Mrs. Alice Lawson, Dies At Age Of 102 Years (DOD 5/7/1968)

It was on May 1 that Mrs. Alice Colston Lawson celebrated her 102nd birthday.  Tuesday, the centenarian, one of Bourbon County's residents, died at her home in Millersburg. 

    Bourbon County Coroner, Bruce Forsythe said Mrs. Lawson was found dead in her bed by her grandson, Colston Madden, about 11:30 a.m.

    Madden had gone to his grandmother's home about 9 a.m. to see that she had her breakfast, Mrs. Lawson, residing alone.  At 11:30 he returned to the home to check on her, as was his practice, and found her dead. 

    Madden and other relatives and friends made regular checks at her home throughout several times every day to make sure everything was in order with her because of her advanced age. 

    A native of Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Americus Colston and was a member of the Woods Chapel Methodist Church in Millersburg. 

    In addition to the grandson, she is survived by two great grandsons, Colston Jr. and Robert Madden, Cleveland, Ohio.

    The body was removed to the Martyn-Hurley Funeral Home, however, funeral arrangements are not complete.


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Crystal Dingler - County Coordinator
Copyright 2010

From the Bourbon County Genealogical Society "BCGS" 2003-2010 Scrapbook
kept and submitted by Mary Hatton

Historic marker (and celebration when it was dedicated) for Mae Street Kidd. Her mother & Margie Bailey (see scrapbook above) were the best of friends in Millersburg, Ky. 
Dave Redden started the BCGS, Dia Davidson-local news Anchor, Charlene Garr-relative of Mae Street Kidd, Kellie Scott-Vice-President of the BCGS.
The Marker is in the park in Millersburg. Millersburg, Ky. is 7 miles from Paris, Ky.
Boone Society Begins Cemetery Preservation
Spring Cleanup at Rockbridge Cemetery
Clay-Bedford Cemetery on Escondida Road Restoration
Ruddles Mills Group
Eagle Scouts worked to restore Cemetery in Ruddles Mills
Stonermouth Presbyterian Cemetery Cleanup by Ruddles Mills Community

2003  New Genealogical Society Formed
A Pioneer Speaker

African American Program
Black History Month
State Digitizes Land Documents
Group Preserving Pisgah Cemetery
Colville Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge Program
Dia Davidson & Thecla Bailey (Marggie Bailey's Daughter).
This article offers some of the history of Ruddles Mills. There are 2 very old historic cemeteries  at Ruddles mills.

From the Lexington Hearld-Leader dated Sunday June 4, 2006. The Ruins on Lower Howard's Creek are a Historic Landmark in Clark Co (early, this was part of Bourbon Co).