March 11, 2015

Genealogy Report of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Descendants

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GENEALOGY REPORT OF 
BENJAMIN K. BETHURUM

Compiled by Dora Whitaker, March 2015. Updated January 2016.


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Generation No. 1

Benjamin Kincaid Bethurum (1815 - 1903)

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1. Benjamin Kincaid Bethurum was born 28 Mar 1815 (alt. May 1815) in Kentucky, and died on 10 Jun 1903 in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Benjamin was the son of David Porter Bethurum and Margaret. Benjamin married Lucy Ann Lewis in about 1839 in probably Kentucky. Lucy was born 30 Mar 1820 and died 27 Mar 1903 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Benjamin and Lucy are buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

See footnote [41] for a note about Lucy's maiden name.

In about 1839, Benjamin and Lucy married in probably Kentucky. [7]

On the 1850 Census, Benjamin and Lucy are living in Southern District, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with three children in their household. Benjamin's occupation is Farmer, and Real Estate Value is $1,000. Listed on the previous page is Stephen and Matilda Cummins. [1]

In 1858, Benjamin was elected as a Rockcastle County Court Judge. [2]

On the 1860 Census, Benjamin and Lucy are living in Rockcastle County, Kentucky with five children and one worker in their household. Benjamin's occupation is Presiding Co. Ct. Judge, and Real Estate Value is $1,800 and Personal Property Value is $1,520. The worker in the household is Emanuel Mink, occupation Laborer. [3]

During the Civil War, Benjamin briefly held the rank of Corporal in the Union Army in Company B, Rockcastle and Lincoln County Guards Infantry Battalion. Enlisted 7 May 1862, mustered out 7 Jul 1862. [4]

During the Civil War, Lucy served in Nurses Med. Dept. U. S. Volunteers. [38]

In 1862, Benjamin was re-elected as a Rockcastle County Court Judge. [2]

On the 1870 Census, Benjamin and Lucy are living in Voting District No. 1, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with three children and one worker in their household. Benjamin's occupation is Farmer, and Real Estate Value is $2,500 and Personal Property Value $1,000. The worker in the household is Willis[?] Prewit, occupation Works on Farm. [5]

On the 1880 Census, Benjamin and Lucy are living in Enumeration District No. 97, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with two children and three grandchildren in their household. Benjamin and Lucy's daughter Margaret is listed as a widow. Margaret's daughter Lucy Cummins, age 9, is reported as Idiotic, and did not attend school within the year. Benjamin's occupation is listed as Farmer, and reports being disabled with Pleurisy. Next door is Matilda Cummins, Margaret's mother-in-law, also listed as a widow. [6]

From 1885 to 1890, Benjamin held the office of Rockcastle County Attorney. [2]

On the 1900 Census, Benjamin and Lucy are living in Brodhead Voting Precinct 8, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child and two boarders in their household. Lucy is listed as the mother of six children, three living. Benjamin has no occupation listed. Benjamin and Lucy are listed as having been married 61 years. Their household is described as a House (not farm) Owned Free of Mortgage. The boarders in the household are Vira Whitehead and George Smith. Vira is widowed, age 86, mother of five children, none living. George is single, age 40, occupation Farm Laborer. [7]

Obituary of Benjamin K. Bethurum, printed June 16, 1903:

"Judge B. K. Bethurum, aged 88, died Wednesday night of old age and a general giving away of the entire body. Judge Bethurum, for many years was a very prominent factor in politics, having served the county one term as sheriff, two terms as county judge and one term as county attorney.--Mt. Vernon Signal." [8]


Benjamin and Lucy are buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [9]


Children of Benjamin and Lucy are:
2.   i. Mary J. Bethurum, b. 10 Mar 1841, d. 17 Jan 1894.
3.   ii. David Porter Bethurum, b. 17 Aug 1843, d. 12 Mar 1923.
4.   iii. James Bethurum, b. about 1847,  d. 19 Nov 1878.
5.   iv. Margaret Bethurum, b. about 1850, d. ?
6.   v. Charles Bethurum, b. about 1855, d. Mar 1874.
7.   vi. Alice Bethurum, b. about 1862, d. 12 Sept 1913.



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Generation No. 2

Mary J. Bethurum Purcell (1841 - 1894)

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2. Mary J. Bethurum was born 10 Mar 1841 in Kentucky, and died 17 Jan 1894 in Kentucky. Mary was the daughter of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis. Mary married John Daniel Purcell on 8 Aug 1860 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. John D. Purcell was born 29 Apr 1832 (alt. Apr 1833) in Madison County, Kentucky, and died 13 June 1913 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. John was the son of John D. Purcell and Sallie Bruse. Mary and John are buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.


On the 1850 Census, Mary, age 9, is in the household of her parents. She is listed as having attended school within the year. [1]

On the 1860 Census, Mary, age 19, is in the household of her parents. She is listed as having attended school within the year. [3]

On 8 Aug 1860, Mary J. Bethurum marries John D. Purcell in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [10]

On the 1870 Census, Mary and John are living in Voting District No. 1, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child and two workers/boarders in their household. John's occupation is Farmer, and Real Estate Value is $400. The workers/boarders in the household are William Meadows, occupation Works on Farm, and Matilda Meadows, occupation Keeping House. [11] 

In 1874, Mary's brother Charles is killed by Lincoln County Sheriff Walter Saunders at Mary and John's residence near Hall's Gap, Lincoln County, Kentucky. Click here to read more.

On the 1880 Census, Mary and John are living in Enumeration District 94, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with three children and two other family members in their household. John's occupation is Farmer. No household members are described as disabled. The other family members in the household are Sallie Purcell, John's mother, and Daniel Purcell, John's cousin. Also at the same dwelling number but separate head of household is James T. Purcell [John's brother?], wife and two children. [12]

On the 1900 Census, John is living in Enumeration District No. 64, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with two children in his household. John is listed as widowed, occupation Farmer. Their household is described as a Farm Owned Free of Mortgage. [13]

On the 1910 Census, John is living in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in the household of George W. Burton and Carrie B. Purcell Burton, his daughter. [14]

Mary and John are buried in Maretburg Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [9]


Children of Mary and John are:
      i. James J. Purcell, b. abt 1865, d.
      ii. John Samuel Purcell, b. 1872, d.
     iii. Carrie B. Purcell, b. July 1879 (alternate: July 1880), d. ; m. George W. Burton, abt. 1901



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David Porter Bethurum (1843 - 1923)

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3. David Porter Bethurum was born 17 Aug 1843 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 12 Mar 1923 in Kentucky. David was the son of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis. David married Mary Moore in probably Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Mary was born May 1850 (alternate: 1854) in Kentucky, and died Apr 1907 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. David and Mary are buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.


On the 1850 Census, David, age 7, is in the household of his parents. He is listed as having attended school within the year. [1]

On the 1860 Census, David, age 17, is in the household of his parents. He is listed as having attended school within the year. [3]

During the Civil War, David held the rank of Corporal in the Union Army in Company G of the 19th Regiment of the Kentucky Infantry. He enrolled 1 Nov 1861 and mustered out on 26 Jan 1865. He also reportedly spent six months in a Confederate prison in Texas. [16] [27]

On the 1870 Census, David, age 26, is in the household of his parents. His occupation is Works on Farm. [5]

In 1871-1872, David was a student at Berea College studying English Grammar. [15]

In 1873, David was indicted for involvement in the burning of the Rockcastle County Courthouse. Click here to read more.

In September 1878,

VIOLATION OF THE TOWN LAW.

Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, Jack McCall was standing in the back-room of Jim Maret's grocery, when Dave Bethuram, a desperate character, walked in and drawing his revolver, addressed McCall: "Jack, we'll settle this thing right here." McCall responded that he was ready, and Bethuram leveled his pistol at his breast. McCall seized the pistol and closed with his assailant.  A lively scuffle ensued, in which McCall succeeded in wresting the pistol from Bethuram's grasp.  He then fired, the ball passing through the fleshy part of Bethuram's arm, and striking him in the side, making a flesh wound.  At this juncture the combatants were separated by the spectators, and the Sheriff arriving, arrested them and took them at once before Judge Randall, where they were held in a bond of $500 each to answer for an affray, $100 each to answer for carrying concealed weapons, and $500 each to keep the peace for one year.  They gave the required bonds.  Bethuram's wounds, tho' painful, are not considered dangerous.  Four other persons who were seen in the crowd during the melee, with pistols in their hands, were arrested and required to give bond in the sum of $500 each, to keep the peace. [19]

In a hand-to-hand fight at Mount Vernon, between David Bethurum, a desperate character, and Jack McCall, the latter received a pistol shot through his arm and side. [20]



On the 1880 Census, David and Mary are living in Enumeration District No. 97, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with six children. David's occupation is Farmer. Mary is described as unable to read or write. No household members are described as disabled. [17]

In July/August 1881,

Bill Prewit and Dave Bethuram had a row over a voter in the Court-House last Monday. Hot words were passed, friends rushed in and about twenty men were rushing wildly about with pale faces and hands on their pistols, but the disturbance was quieted down before any body was hurt. [36] 

In December 1884,
D. P. Bethurum will begin the manufacture of whisky in a few days. His distillery is situated near his residence. J. W. Miller has been appointed storekeeper for the United States to watch the said distillery. [21]


In 1894, David was elected as Rockcastle County Court Judge. [2]  Click here to read more on David's legal career/troubles.

On the 1900 Census, David and Mary are living in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child in their household. David's occupation is Farmer. Mary is described as mother of eight children, six living. She is also described as unable to read or write. Number of years David and Mary have been married is blank. [18]

Obituary of Mary printed April 19, 1907:
DEAD.-- Mrs. Mary Bethurum wife of Judge D. P. Bethurum, died Wednesday after only a few hours serious illness. Mrs. Bethurum had been in poor health for more than a year, at which time she suffered a light stroke of paralysis, but her physicians and family believed she was slowly recovering from this attack and the second attack which came Wednesday morning, resulted in her death a few hours later, came as a great shock to the family. Only the husband and two sons who are at home were present when the end came. Judge L. W. Bethurum who started as soon as he received word, and although he had only a few miles to go, did not reach home in time to see his mother alive. Hon. B. J. Bethurum, whose home is in Somerset, arrived on the afternoon train yesterday. The remains were brought here and taken to the home of Miss Mat Williams where short and appropriate services were conducted by Rev. Briscoe, after which the burial took place in Elmwood Cemetery. [22]




On the 1910 Census, David is living in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with two children, one daughter-in-law, one grandchild and two servants in the same household. David is described as widowed three years, with no occupation listed. The household is described as a Farm Owned Free of Mortgage. The servants in the household are Charlie Herd, age 21, occupation Laborer On Farm, and Sarah E. Herd, age 14, occupation Cook Private Family. [23]

On the 1920 Census, David is living on Day Fork Road, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child in the same household. The household is described as Owned Free of Mortgage. [24]

David's death certificate describes him as Widowed, Farmer, age 79, born in Rockcastle County, son of Benjamin Bethurum and Lucy Lewis, cause of death Influenza. Informant was Millard J. Bethurum. [43]

David and Mary are buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [25]


Children of David and Mary are:
      i. Martha H. Bethurum, b. 29 Mar 1870, d. 23 Jan 1903; m. Edward Fletcher[?]
8.   ii. Leonard W. Bethurum, b. 27 May 1872, d. 18 Mar 1924.
9.   iii. Burgess James Bethurum, b. 5 Feb 1874, d. 6 Mar 1949.
      iv. Ella C. Bethurum, b. Mar 1876, d. 14 Dec 1900; m. William T. McClure [25][26]
10.  v. Millard Johnson Bethurum, b. June 1878, d. 9 June 1929.
      vi. Charles Bernard Bethurum, b. 3 Aug 1879, d. 2 May 1938; m. (1) Nellie McClure; (2) Bessie Holley; (3) Grace McCall [25]
     vii. unknown Bethurum, b. ?, d. before 1900.
     viii. unknown Bethurum, b. ?, d. before 1900.

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James Bethurum (1847 - 1878)

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4. James Bethurum was born in about 1847 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 19 Nov 1878 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. James was the son of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis.


On the 1850 Census, James, age 3, is in the household of his parents. [1]

On the 1860 Census, James, age 12, is in the household of his parents. He is listed as having attended school within the year. [3]

During the Civil War, James briefly held the rank of Private in the Union Army in Company G, 5th Infantry Regiment, Kentucky Infantry. He enlisted 21 Mar 1865 and mustered out on 29 Jul 1865. [27]

On the 1870 Census, James is living in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one other person in his household. James's occupation is Grocer, and Personal Estate Value is $200. The other person in the household is John Marshal, occupation Barber. [28]

In 1877, an attempt was made on James's life by a Ku Klux group. James shot and killed one of the men. Click here to read more.

On 19 Nov 1878, James was killed by Emmett Snodgrass, a school teacher. Snodgrass had been indicted for participating in the Ku Klux group that tried to kill James the previous year. Newspaper articles described James as a "desperado." Click here to read more.

Update 1/15/2016: According to one James O. Garver, Jr., who reached out to me via email, the lone mourner at James's funeral, "a little girlish-looking woman named Pointer, who had lived with the desperado for years," (November 25, 1878 article in this post) was pregnant with James' child. Mahalia Poynter gave birth to Brownlo Poynter on 12 Feb 1879.

On his death record, James was described as White, Single, Farmer, born in Rockcastle County, son of B. K. and Lucy A. Bethurum, cause of death Shot. [29]

In 1891, a Deceased Union Veteran headstone was provided for "James L. Bethurum, Pvt. Co. G 55 Regt, Ky Infy" to be placed at "Bethurum Cemetery near Mt. Vernon." [30]

Also in 1891, James's Civil War Pension was claimed by his mother Lucy. [31]


Children of James are:
No known children.
Mahalia Poynter gave birth to Brownlo Poynter on 12 Feb 1879.

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Margaret A. Bethurum Cummins (1850 - ?)

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5. Margaret A. Bethurum was born in about 1850 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died [unknown] in probably Kentucky. Margaret was the daughter of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis. Margaret married Charles Andrew "Andy" Cummins on 25 May 1870 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Andy was born in about 1852 in Rockcastle County, County, Kentucky, and died 30 Jun 1877 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Andy was the son of Stephen Cummins and Matilda.


On the 1860 Census, Margaret, age 10, is in the household of her parents. She is listed as having attended school within the year. [3]

On the 1860 Census, Andy, age 6, is in the household of his parents in Rockcastle County, Kentucky along with two siblings, Cyrenius and Elizabeth. His father Stephen Cummins has occupation Shoemaker, Real Estate Value of $500, and Personal Property Value of $670. All three children are described as having attended school within the year. [32]

On 25 May 1870, Andy and Margaret married in Pulaski County, Kentucky. [33]

On the 1870 Census, Andy and Margaret are living in District 5, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with Andy's mother Matilda in the same household. Andy's occupation is Farmer. Matilda is described as unable to read or write. [34]

In 1873, Andy was indicted for involvement in the burning of the Rockcastle County Courthouse. Click here to read more.

In March 1874, Andy escaped capture by Lincoln County Sheriff Walter Saunders. Click here to read more.

On 30 June 1877, Andy one of four inmates taken from the Mount Vernon jail and lynched. Click here to read more.

On his death record, Andy is described White, Married, occupation Boot[?] & Shoe maker, place of birth Rockcastle, child of Stephen & Matilda Cummins, cause of death Hung. [35]

On the 1880 Census, Margaret and her children are living in her parents' household in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Margaret is described as widowed. Her daughter Lucy, age 9, is described as Idiotic. Her son Benjamin, age 6, is listed as having attended school within the year. Next door is Margaret's mother-in-law Matilda Cummins who is also described as a widow. [6]

I have been unable to trace Margaret or her children after the 1880 Census.


Children of Margaret and Andrew are:
      i. Lucy Cummins, b. 1871, d. unknown.
      ii. Benjamin Cummins, b. 1874, d. unknown.
      iii. Mary A. Cummins, 1875, d. unknown.

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Charles J. Bethurum (1855 - 1874)

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6. Charles J. Bethurum was born in about 1855 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died in March 1874 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Charles was the son of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis.


On the 1860 Census, Charles, age 5, is in the household of his parents. [3]

On the 1870 Census, Charles, age 16, is in the household of his parents. His occupation is Works on Farm. [5]

In 1871-1872, Charles was a student at Berea College studying English Grammar. [15]

In 1873, Charles was indicted for involvement in the burning of the Rockcastle County Courthouse. Click here to read more.

In March 1874, Charles is killed by Lincoln County Sheriff Walter Saunders at the home of Charles's brother-in-law John D. Purcell. Click here to read more.

On his death record, Charles is described as White, Single, Farmer, born in Rockcastle County, son of Benj K & Lucia A. Bethurum, cause of death Shot. The record says he was killed in June 1874, but newspaper reports indicate March. [37]


Children of Charles are:
No known children.

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Alice Bethurum Lewis (1862 - 1913)

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7. Alice Bethurum was born in Aug 1862 (alt. 1865) in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 12 Sept 1913 in Kentucky. Alice was the daughter of Benjamin K. Bethurum and Lucy Ann Lewis. Alice married John F. Lewis in about 1906 in probably Kentucky. John F. Lewis was born about in 1855 in Kentucky, and died after 1910 in probably Kentucky. Alice is buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.


On the 1870 Census, Alice, age 8, is in the household of her parents. [5]

On the 1880 Census, Alice, age 18, is in the household of her parents. She is listed as having attended school within the year. [6] 

On 27 April 1892, Alice was appointed postmaster of Maretburg, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [39]

On the 1900 Census, Alice, age 34 [38?], is in the household of her parents. She is listed as single, the mother of no children. [7]

In about 1906, Alice married John F. Lewis. [40]

On the 1910 Census. Alice and John are living in Enumeration District No. 97, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. John's occupation is Farmer Own Farm. Alice and John are listed as married four years, first marriage for both parties. Alice is listed as the mother of no children. Their household is described as Farm Owned Free of Mortgage. [40]

Obituary of Alice Bethurum Lewis printed September 19, 1913:

Mrs. J. F. Lewis died at her home near Maretburg last Friday, and was buried in the Maretburg Church cemetery the following day. She leaves a husband and a host of relatives to mourn her loss. [42]



Alice is buried in Maretburg Cemetery in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [9]


Children of Alice and John are:
No children.

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Generation No. 3

Leonard W. Bethurum (1872 - 1924)

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8. Leonard W. Bethurum was born 27 May 1872 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 18 March 1924 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He was the son of David Porter Bethurum and Mary Moore. Leonard's first marriage was to Ray Jones on 15 May 1898 in Jellico, Campbell County, Tennessee. Ray was born Apr 1873 and died 6 July 1906. Ray was the daughter of L. S. Jones and Georgia Williams. Leonard's second marriage was to Mattie Bishop Williams in December 1915 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mattie was born 1864 and died 4 Jan 1945. She was the daughter of Jacob J. Williams and Elizabeth Miller. Leonard, Ray, and Mattie are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

On the 1880 Census, Leonard, age 8, is in the household of his parents. He is listed as having attended school within the year. [17]

Leonard attended Valparaiso University at Valparaiso, Indiana, and Washington College at Williamsburg, Kentucky. [16]

In 1897, Leonard graduated in law degree from the University of Louisville. [16]

On 15 May 1898, Leonard married Ray Jones in Jellico, Campbell County, Tennessee. [44] 

On the 1900 Census, Leonard and Ray are living in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child in their household. Leonard's occupation is Lawyer. Leonard and Ray are listed married three years. Their household is described as a House Rented. [45]

From 1902 to 1906, Leonard held the office of Rockcastle County Attorney. [16]

In 1906, Leonard ran unsuccessfully for State Congress on the Republican ticket to represent the Eighth District. [16]

Obituary of Ray printed July 13, 1906:
DEAD:-- Just as the hour hand pointed to 12 o'clock on Friday July 6th, the spirit of Mrs. Ray Bethurum, wife of L. W. Bethurum, took its flight to the God who gave it. For more than three months the deceased had been in wretched health suffering from Bright's disease, and three weeks ago went to Middlesboro, to spend a while with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Jones, thinking perhaps the change would do her good. But her weakened constitution could no longer stand the strain and on Wednesday, she passed into a state of unconsciousness from which she never did recover. Mrs. Bethurum, who used to be Miss Ray Jones, a granddaughter of the late J. J. Williams, was married to Judge L. W. Bethurum on April 15th, 1898, and to this union were born three children, but only one is living, Tevis, who is now with Mrs. Frannie Adams and Miss Mat Williams. The remains were brought here on the early train Saturday morning and laid to rest in the Mt. Vernon cemetery Saturday afternoon after appropriate services conducted at the Christian church by Rev. McCallum, the pastor, and the church of which the deceased had been a member [f]or many years. [46]

From 1906 to 1914, Leonard held the office of Rockcastle County Court Judge. [16]

In 1908, Leonard again ran unsuccessfully for State Congress on the Republican ticket to represent the Eighth District. [16]

In 1909, Leonard became a director and attorney for the Peoples Bank of Mount Vernon. [16]

On the 1910 Census, I was unable to locate Leonard. However, I did find Leonard and Ray's daughter Tevis living in the household of Mattie B. Williams on Main Street, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Mattie is listed as single. Tevis's relationship to Mattie is Niece. Mattie was the sister of Ray's mother Georgia Williams and the sister of Burgess James Bethurum's wife Leila Williams--also, Mattie marries Leonard five years later. [47] 

In 1911, Leonard ran unsuccessfully for the office of State Auditor. [16]

In December 1915, Leonard married Mattie Williams in Louisville, Kentucky. [16]

On the 1920 Census, Leonard and Mattie are living on East Main Street, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child and one additional family member in their household. Leonard's occupation is Lawyer General Practice. Daughter Tevis, age 16, is listed as attending school within the year. Also in the household is Mattie's sister Fannie Adams, widowed. [48]

Obituary of Leonard printed March 19, 1924:

JUDGE L. W. BETHURUM DIES IN MT. VERNON

Funeral Services for Brother of Senatorial Candidate to Be Held Today

Judge Leonard W. Bethurum, of Mt. Vernon, died yesterday morning at 7 o'clock at his home in Rockcastle county, according to a message received by his brother, Judge B. J. Bethurum.

Judge Bethurum had been ill for several days, but his death was unexpected, as his condition was not thought serious. He was 52 years old. He had been a prominent attorney in Rockcastle county for more than 25 years, serving two terms as county judge and one as county attorney.

During the last few years Judge Bethurum had been in Louisville a great deal of his time acting as campaign manager for his brother, Judge B. J. Bethurum, who is a candidate for the United States senate on the Republican ticket to succeed Senator A. O. Stanley.

Judge Bethurum was married twice. He is survived by his second wife, who was Miss Mattie Williams, daughter of J. J. and Elizabeth Miller Williams of Mt. Vernon, and one daughter Miss Tevis Bethurum, daughter of his first wife.

Funeral services will be held in Mt. Vernon this afternoon at 2 o'clock. [49]

On his death record, Leonard's occupation was Lawyer, son of David P. Bethurum and Mary Moore, cause of death Cerebral Hemorrhage. Informant was Mrs. L. W. Bethurum. [50] 

On the 1930 Census, Mattie is living on Main Street, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with her sister Fanny in the same household. Mattie is listed as widowed, age 50 at first marriage, no occupation listed. Fanny is also widowed, age 21 at first marriage, no occupation listed. Mattie's house is described as House Owned, Value of $10,000. [51]

On the 1940 Census, Mattie living on East Main Street, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with no other household members. She is widowed, no occupation listed, and education is High School 4 Years. There is a note in the left margin which says "information from neighbor, Mrs. Hiatt." [52]

On her death record, Mattie is described as resident of Mount Vernon, widow of Leonard W. Bethurum, daughter of Jacob J. Williams and Bettie Miller, cause of death Apoplexy. [53]

Leonard, Ray, and Mattie are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [25]


Children of Leonard and Ray are:
i. Elizabeth? Bessie Bethurum, b. Dec 1898, d. Mar 1901. [54]
ii. Mason Lovell Bethurum, b. 15 Sept 1901, d. 1905. [55]
iii. Tevis Rae Bethurum, b. 28 Nov 1904, d. 4 Apr 1941; m. Norman P. Smith

Children of Leonard and Mattie are:
No children.

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Burgess James Bethurum (1874 - 1949)

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approx. age 28  [78]
9. Burgess James Bethurum was born 5 Feb 1874 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 6 Mar 1949 in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky. He was the son of David Porter Bethurum and Mary Moore. Burgess married Leila Williams on 25 Jun 1896 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.  Leila was born in Aug 1874 and died 7 Aug 1955. She was the daughter of Jacob J. Williams and Elizabeth Miller. Burgess and Leila are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.


On the 1880 Census, Burgess, age 6, is in the household of his parents. He is listed as having attended school within the year. [17]

In 1895, Burgess was admitted to the Kentucky bar. [56] 

On 25 Jun 1896, Burgess married Leila Williams in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [57] 

In 1899, Burgess became a representative in the Kentucky General Assembly for Rockcastle and Laurel Counties. [56]

On the 1900 Census, Burgess and Leila are living in Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky with one child in their household. Burgess' occupation is Lawyer. Burgess and Leila are listed as married four years. Leila is listed as mother of two children, two living. Their household is described  as House Owned Free of Mortgage. [58]

In 1908 and 1909, Burgess was a Commonwealth Attorney in the 28th Judicial District. [56]

In 1909, Burgess was elected Judge in the 28th Judicial District. [56]

On the 1910 Census, Burgess and Leila are living in Somerset Ward 2, Pulaski County, Kentucky with one child and one relative in their household. Burgess' occupation is Judge Circuit Court. Burgess and Leila are listed as married fourteen years, first marriage for him, second marriage for her. Leila is listed as the mother of two children, one living. Also in the household is Lena McClure, niece. [59] 

In 1915, Burgess was re-elected Judge in the 28th Judicial District. [56]

On 12 Sept 1918, Burgess registered for the World War I draft. On his application he listed his occupation as Judge 28th Judicial Dist. Ky. His address was N. Main Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky. His nearest relative was his wife, Leila Bethurum. He was physically described as tall, slender, blue eyes, dark brown hair, and no disqualifications. [60]

On the 1920 Census, Burgess and Leila are living on Main Street, Somerset Ward 2, Pulaski County, Kentucky with no other household members. Burgess' occupation is Lawyer General Practice. Their household is described as Owned Free of Mortgage. [61]

In October 1921, Burgess resigned his position as Circuit Judge to take a position with the Prohibition Department. In the Prohibition Department he served as a legal adviser under Director Samuel Collins. [56][62][64]

In 1923, Burgess and Leila are listed in a Lexington, Kentucky city directory. Their address is 130 E 2nd, and Burgess's occupation is Prohibition Judge. [63]

In January 1924, Burgess announces campaign to run for United States Senator on the Republican ticket. [56]

On 1 February 1924, Burgess resigned his position as legal counsel with the prohibition department in order to focus on his Senatorial campaign. [64]

On the 1930 Census, Burgess and Leila are living on Market Street, Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky with no other household members. Burgess' occupation is Lawyer General Practice. Their household is described as Rented, Rent is $45.00. They are listed as owning a radio set. Burgess' age at first marriage was age 22, Leila's age at first marriage was age 20. [65]

In 1935, Burgess and Leila are living in the same house as the 1940 Census. [66]

On the 1940 Census, Burgess and Leila are living on Oak Street, Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky with no other household members. Burgess' occupation is Attorney Railroad & Bank, hours worked per week is 50, and Income is $1,920. Their household is described as Owned, Value of $5,000. Burgess' highest completed education is College 2 Years. Leila's highest completed education is High School 4 Years. [66]

Obituary of Burgess printed March 10, 1949:

Judge Bethurum Dies In Somerset At Age 75

Judge B. J. Bethurum, 75, former circuit judge and Commonwealth's attorney in the 28th Judicial District, died at Somerset City Hospital Sunday after an illness of several months.

A native of Rockcastle County, Judge Bethurum represented Rockcastle and Laurel Counties in the State Legislature from 1898 to 1902. He was prominent in State and Ninth District Republican politics from early youth.

After enactment of the 18th Amendment, he served as legal advisor to the state prohibition director. For 20 years he was division counsel for the Southern Railway at Somerset. He was twice Republican nominee for U. S. senator but was unsuccessful.

In 1946, Judge Bethurum declined an appointment to the State Court of Appeals, during the administration of former Governor Simeon Wilis.

At the time of his death, Judge Bethurum was director of the Citizens National Bank, of which he was at one time president. He was an elder in First Christian Church of Somerset and was active in the professional, business, and religious life of the community.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Leila Williams Bethurum, and his stepson and adopted son. Col. J. Bethurum Williams, U. S. Army, retired, now president of the Citizens National Bank.

Funeral was held at the home Tuesday. Burial took place at Mt. Vernon Tuesday afternoon. [67]

Burgess and Leila are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [25]


Children of Burgess and Leila are:
i. Lurline Bethurum, b. Jul 1897, d. Apr 1901. [25][68]


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Millard Johnson Bethurum (1878 - 1929)

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10. Millard Johnson Bethurum was born 13 Jun 1878 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 9 Jun 1929 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He was the son of David Porter Bethurum and Mary Moore. 


On the 1880 Census, Millard, age 3, is in the household of his parents. [17]

On the 1900 Census, Millard, age 21, single, is in the household of his parents. Millard's occupation was Farm Laborer. [18]

In November 1901, 

At Mt. Vernon yesterday Will Hysinger shot Millard Bethurum in the leg inflicting a frightful wound, which will cause the loss of the limb. [69]

UNFORTUNATE.-- The only trouble of any kind, which took place in the county on election day, was the trouble which took place here between Millard Bethurum and William and John Hysinger in which the former received a shot in the leg, just above the ankle, breaking and badly shivering both bones, while William Hysinger received a slight cut in the abdomen. As far as we are able to get the facts, Fred Hays, who was drinking and boisterous, was ordered arrested, and the deputy Jailer with a number of men summoned to help him, including the Hysinger boys, went to make the arrest, young Bethurum, who probably mistook the mission of the men, was standing at the door to Bethurum & Bethurum office, where Hays was thought to be, a few words were passed between them, when the cutting and shooting began. Hysingers were hurridly pushed off down the streets and taken away. Behind quickly followed a number of men with pistols, and for a while it looked as though there was going to be serious trouble in the land, but cooler heads interfered and the matter quited. Hysingers came in Wednesday and gave themselves up, gave bond and their trial set for Monday. Hayes went before the county Judge Thursday and plead guilty to a charge of drunkiness and one of a breach of peace. Young Bethurum, we are informed, is getting along fairly well, and we sincerely hope will soon be up. Young Bethurum and the Hysinger boys, are nice quiet men, and for this trouble to have accurred is very unfortunate and is to be greatly deplored by every body. [70]

THE RUFFIANS.-- The following is a list of those summoned to arrest Fred Hayes, who were called a band of ruffians: Charley Martin, Oscar Bostic, Jacob Pike, John Hysinger, Ben Adams, J. Boreing Sr., W. R. McClure, Jeff Pennington, William Bradly, William Hysinger and Jack Hansel.

Jailer G. S. Griffin requested us to say that Charley Martin, whom was referred to as deputy jailer in our account of the trouble on election day, was not a deputy, and would only act in that capacity sometimes during Mr. Griffin's absence. On this special occasion, Martin was deputized same as the other men to help make the arrest.

The case against John and William Hysinger charged with shooting Millard Bethurum on election day, was called yesterday and continued on the motion of the Commonwealth, until the 5th of December. When the case was called last Monday, Judge Williams announced to the attorney on both sides that he would decline to try the case, and by agreement Squire J. N. Brown is acting in his place. [71]



In December 1901,
CONTINUED.-- The case, against John and William Hysinger, charged with shooting Millard Bethurum, was called yesterday and continued until the 18th on account of Bethurum not being able to testify. [72]


BETTER.-- We are glad to report young Millard Bethurum much improved, sufficiently so to be removed to the home of his brother, B. J. Bethurum. [73]
WAIVED EXAMINATION.-- The case against John and William Hysinger charged with shooting Millard Bethurum election day, was called again Wednesday for the third time, and the Commonwe[a]lth against announced not ready, on account of the inability of Bethurum to testify, when the defendants waived the right of examination before the Grand Jury. [74]





In March 1902,
Millard Bethurum was able to be moved to his father's Tuesday. [75]


On the 1910 Census, Millard, age 31, single, is in the household of his father. Millard's occupation is Farmer. [23]

On 12 Sept 1918, Millard registered for the World War I draft. On his application he listed his occupation as Farmer, Self. His address was Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. His nearest relative was his brother, D. P. Bethurum. He was physically described as medium height, stout build, gray eyes, light color hair, and no disqualifications. [76]

On the 1920 Census, Millard, age 39, single, is in the household of his father. Millard's occupation is Farmer. [24]

Obituary of Millard and Bessie Holley Bethurum (Charles' 2nd wife) printed June 10, 1929:


KILLS SISTER-IN-LAW, THEN TAKES OWN LIFE



M. J. Betherum, Mrs. Charles Betherum, Victims of Double Tragedy

MT. VERNON, Ky., June 9 (AP)-- M. J. Betherum, 45, shot and fatally wounded his brother's wife near here today and then killed himself. According to Deputy Sheriff N. J. Tipton, no cause for the act has been discovered.

Charles Betherum, husband of the dead woman, heard shots and rushed from the house to find his wife dead. His brother shot himself before he could be stopped. M. J. Betherum was a lawyer and a brother of the late Judge L. w. Betherum, prominent in state politics. [77]

Children of Millard are:
No known children.



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SOURCES

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[1] 1850 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: B. K. Bethurem; Year: 1850; Census Place: Southern District, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M432_217; Page: 166A; Image: 463.

[2] According to this newspaper article: "Judge L. W. Bethurum." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. September 4, 1908. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1908-09-04/ed-1/seq-1

[3] 1860 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: B. K. Bethewram; Year: 1860; Census Place: Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M653_393; Page: 515; Image: 515; Family History Library Film: 803393.

[4] Index only entry for Benjamin K. Bethurum in U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com. Source for this index database listed as Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. (I would suggest looking into Union Muster Roll records for additional information.)

[5] 1870 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Benjamin K. Bethurum; Year: 1870; Census Place: District 1, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M593_497; Page: 30B; Image: 64; Family History Library Film: 545996.

[6] 1880 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Benjamin Bethurum; Year: 1880; Census Place: Enumeration District 097, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 441; Page: 418C; Family History Library Film: 1254441.

[7] 1900 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Kinley Bethurum; Year: 1900; Census Place: Enumeration District 0070, Brodhead, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 550; Page: 11A; Family History Library Film: 1240550.

[8] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 16, 1903. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1903-06-16/ed-1/seq-2/

[9] Findagrave.com Maretburg Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Entry for Benjamin K. Bethurum; Entry for Lucy A. Lewis Bethurum; Entry for Mary J. Bethurum Purcell; Entry for John Daniel Purcell. Entry for Alice Bethurum Lewis

[10] Index only entry for Mary J. Bethurum and John D. Purcell. Dodd, Jordan, comp. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[11] 1870 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: John D. Purcell; Year: 1870; Census Place: District 1, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M593_497; Page: 18B; Image: 40; Family History Library Film: 545996.

[12] 1880 Census accessed on Ancestry.com.  Head of Household: John D. Purcell; Year: 1880; Census Place: Enumeration District 094, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 440; Page: 330D; Family History Library Film: 1254440.

[13] 1900 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: John D. Purcell; Year: 1900; Census Place: Enumeration District 64, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 549; Page: 6B; Family History Library Film: 1240549.

[14] 1910 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: George W. Burton; Year: 1910; Census Place: Enumeration District 0097, District 1, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T624_500; Page: 13A; Family History Library Film: 1374513.

[15] Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Berea College, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky. School Year 1871-1872. Pages 9 and 36. U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[16] Biographical summary of "Leonard W. Bethurum." Connelley, William Elsey. History of Kentucky, Vol. 3. Pages 89 and 90. Published 1922, Chicago, IL and New York, NY. Accessed on Ancestry.com (pages 106 and 107).

[17] 1880 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: David Bethurum; Year: 1880; Census Place: Enumeration District 097, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 441; Page: 417B; Family History Library Film: 1254441.

[18] 1900 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: David Bethuram; Year: 1900; Census Place: Enumeration District 0064, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 550; Page: 18B; Family History Library Film: 1240550.

[19] Excerpt from "Rockcastle County News." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. September 27, 1878. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1878-09-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[20] Column 2. The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, KY. October 2, 1878. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069309/1878-10-02/ed-1/seq-1/

[21] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. December 19, 1884. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1884-12-19/ed-1/seq-2/

[22] Obituary of Mary Moore Bethurum. Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 19, 1907. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1907-04-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[23] 1910 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: David R. Bethurum; Year: 1910; Census Place: Enumeration District 0097, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T624_500; Page: 7A; Family History Library Film: 1374513.

[24] 1920 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Dave P. Bethurum; Year: 1920; Census Place: Enumeration District 238, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T625_595; Page: 2A; Image: 323.

[25] Findagrave.com Elmwood Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Entry for D. P. Bethurum; Entry for Mary J. Moore Bethurum; Entry for Martha H. Bethurum Fletcher; Entry for Ella Bethurum McClure; Entry for Leonard W. Bethurum; Entry for Ray Jones Bethurum; Entry for Mattie Williams Bethurum; Entry for Burgess James Bethurum; Entry for Leila Williams Bethurum; Entry for Lurline Bethurum; Entry for Charles Bernard Bethurum;

[26] Obituary of Mrs. W. T. McClure. Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 21, 1900. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1900-12-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[27] Index only entries for James Bethuran [Bethurum] and David Betheum [Bethurum]. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[28] 1870 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: James L. Bethurum; Year: 1870; Census Place: Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M593_497; Page: 33B; Image: 70; Family History Library Film: 545996.

[29] Death Record for James Bethurum. Year: 1878, County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[30] Entry for James L. Bethurum. Card Records of Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, ca. 1879-ca. 1903; National Archives Microfilm Publication M1845, 22 rolls; Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[31] Entry for James Bethurum. Roll: T288_33. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[32] 1860 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Stephen Cummins; Year: 1860; Census Place: Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M653_393; Page: 467; Image: 467; Family History Library Film: 803393.

[33] Index only entry for Charles Andrew Cummins and Margaret Bethurem. Dodd, Jordan, comp. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[34] 1870 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Matilda Cummins; Year: 1870; Census Place: District 5, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: M593_497; Page: 81A; Image: 166; Family History Library Film: 545996.

[35] Death Record for Andrew Cummins. Year: 1877, County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[36] Excerpt from "Mt. Vernon Department." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. August 5, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-08-05/ed-1/seq-2/

[37]  Record states Charles was killed in Lincoln county, but is listed on Rockcastle county sheet. I checked to see if he was also listed on the Lincoln list, but no list available for that county in 1874.  Death Record for Charles Bethurum. Year: 1874, County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[38] Entry for Lucy A. Bethurum. Roll: T288_33. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[39] Entry for Alice Bethurum. Volume 45. Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[40] 1910 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: John F. Lewis; Year: 1910; Census Place: Enumeration District 0097, District 1, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T624_500; Page: 11A; Family History Library Film: 1374513.

[41] The only source I came across for Lucy's maiden name was her son David P. Bethurum's death certificate. Tracing this family as back as far as possible was not one of my goals, however, if someone wanted to trace Lucy A. Lewis's line I believe I found a lead with Alice Bethurum's husband John F. Lewis. On the 1870 Census I found a John F. Lewis born abt. 1856 with mother Margaret Lewis in the household of Harriett Bethuram in Rockcastle County. I also came across a few records that suggest Harriett might have been a later wife of David P. Bethurum (b. abt 1785-1788 in PA), father of Benjamin K. Bethurum. Considering Alice's mother's maiden name was also reportedly Lewis, it seems possible that John and Alice could be cousins. So if someone wanted to trace Lucy A. Lewis's line back further, it might be worth trying to trace John F. Lewis's line to do so.

[42] Obituary of Alice Bethurum Lewis. Excerpt from "Brodhead." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. September 19, 1913. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1913-09-19/ed-1/seq-1/

[43] Death Record for David P Bethurum. Year: 1923, County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[44] Marriage Record of L. W. Bethurum and Ray Jones. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Retrieved from Ancestry.com. (See also: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1898-04-15/ed-1/seq-3/)

[45] 1900 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Leonard Bethurum; Year: 1900; Census Place: Enumeration District 0064, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 549; Page: 4A; Family History Library Film: 1240549.

[46] Obituary of Ray Jones Bethurum. Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, Ky. July 13, 1906. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1906-07-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[47] 1910 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Mattie B. Williams; Year: 1910; Census Place: Enumeration District 0100, Mt Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T624_500; Page: 2B; Family History Library Film: 1374513.

[48] 1920 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Leonard W. Bethurum; Year: 1920; Census Place: Enumeration District 235, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T625_595; Page: 3B; Image: 262.

[49] Obituary of Leonard W. Bethurum. "Judge L. W. Bethurum Dies in Mt. Vernon." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 19, 1924. Page 12. Genealogybank.com.

[50] Death Record for Leonard Bethurum. Year: 1924, County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[51] 1930 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Mattie B. Bethurum; Year: 1930; Census Place: Enumeration District 0001, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 773; Page: 9B; Image: 776.0; Family History Library Film: 2340508.

[52] 1940 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Mattie Bethurum. Year: 1940; Census Place: Enumeration District 102-1, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: T627_1353; Page: 12A.

[53] Death Record for Mattie Bishop Bethurum. Year: 1945; County: Rockcastle. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[54] Obituary of  Bessie Bethurum. "Bessie Bethurum." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 1, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-03-01/ed-1/seq-3/

[55] Birth announcement of Mason Lovell Bethurum. Excerpt from "Personals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. September 20, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-09-20/ed-1/seq-3/

[56] "B. J. Bethurum Makes Formal Announcement." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. January 13, 1924. Pages 1 and 12. Genealogybank.com.

[57] Index only marriage record for B. J. Bethurum and Lila Williams Brown. Dodd, Jordan, comp. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com. (See also: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1896-07-10/ed-1/seq-1/)

[58] 1900 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Vergis J. Bertherum; Year: 1900; Census Place: Enumeration District 0064, Mount Vernon, Rockcastle, Kentucky; Roll: 549; Page: 2A; Family History Library Film: 1240549.

[59] 1910 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: B. J. Bethurum; Year: 1910; Census Place: Enumeration District 0183, Somerset Ward 2, Pulaski, Kentucky; Roll: T624_500; Page: 15B; Family History Library Film: 1374513.

[60] Name: Bergess James Bethurum; Registration State: Kentucky; Registration County: Pulaski; Roll: 1653782; World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[61] 1920 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Burgess J. Bethurum; Year: 1920; Census Place: Enumeration District 200, Somerset Ward 2, Pulaski, Kentucky; Roll: T625_597; Page: 8A; Image: 571.

[62] "Bethurum To Get $4,000 Dry Position." The Big Sandy News, Louisa, KY. October 14, 1921. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83004226/1921-10-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[63] Lexington, Kentucky, City Directory, 1923. Page 145 of 427. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[64] "Bethurum Out As Dry Counsel." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. February 10, 1924. Pages 1 and 2. Genealogybank.com.

[65] 1930 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: B. J. Bethurum; Year: 1930; Census Place: Enumeration District 0004, Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky; Roll: 776; Page: 3B; Image: 560.0; Family History Library Film: 2340511.

[66] 1940 Census accessed on Ancestry.com. Head of Household: Burgess J. Bethurum; Year: 1940; Census Place: Enumeration District 100-2, Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky; Roll: T627_1352; Page: 7B.

[67] "Judge Bethurum Dies in Somerset at Age of 75." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 10, 1949. Page 1. http://www.rockcastlelibrary.org/libraryarchives/mvsignal/1949/MVS19490310A01.pdf

[68] Obituary of Lurline Bethurum. Excerpt from "Locals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. April 19, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-04-19/ed-1/seq-3/

[69] Column 1.  Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 6, 1901. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1901-11-06/ed-1/seq-2/

[70] "Unfortunate." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 8, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-11-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[71] Column 3. Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. November 15, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-11-15/ed-1/seq-3/

[72] Excerpt from "Locals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 6, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-12-06/ed-1/seq-3/

[73] Excerpt from "Locals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 13, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-12-13/ed-1/seq-3/

[74] Excerpt from "Locals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. December 20, 1901. Page 5. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1901-12-20/ed-1/seq-5/

[75] Excerpt from "Personals." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 14, 1902. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1902-03-14/ed-1/seq-3/

[76] Name: Millord Johnson Bethurum; Registration State: Kentucky; Registration County: Rockcastle; Roll: 1653839; World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Accessed on Ancestry.com.

[77] "Kills Sister-in-Law, Then Takes Own Life." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. June 10, 1929. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[78] Photo of "Hon B. J. Bethurum." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. October 31, 1902. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1902-10-31/ed-1/seq-1/

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