November 2016

As noted in the first blog of this series, recently re-discovered are the metal boxes that line the walls of the back room of the Clerk’s office.

Remember, the location of each box, and its contents, is documented in a chart. The Putnam County Public Library Local History Dept. has a copy (, I have a copy (, and there are a few other copies “floating around”.  If you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact either the library or me.

A box with the label, “Coroner’s Inquest 1872-1891” caught my eye recently.  There are a number of this type of box, ranging in dates from 1872-1934.  There are also some boxes of this type that are not dated.  There are many folders in this box.

In this box is a folder that is labeled as the Coroner’s Inquest, Case of Benjamin T. Lynch.  The date stamped on the folder is 22 December 1881, and the Coroner is Dudley Rogers.


According to some of the papers in the folder, Benjamin T. Lynch was murdered on 18 December 1881.  Wm. W. Young and Levi E. Young committed the murder.  A detailed description of the murder is given (MUCH detail).  Additionally, in the folder, are affidavits given by two different people:  James Brandon and Louisa J. Albright.  There is also a partial affidavit given by possibly Wm. Jenkins (the affidavit is not complete, and the second page of it is not in the folder).  According to one affidavit, the Young boys were step-sons of Lynch.  Much more information is given in the papers as well.

I am including the affidavits here, and also the front-side of one of them – there are many figures on the paper.  I do not know what the figures mean.  Maybe someone reading this blog will know!

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As you can tell, much information is given for the inquest.  It may be that someone researching Benjamin Lynch does not know the information that is given.  So, investigating the papers in this box could be beneficial to the researcher.

Stay tuned for blog number 3 in this series!


My grandparents, John and Elizabeth Bradshaw, managed a hotel in Kentucky – Loraine Mineral Wells Hotel in Campbellsville, KY.  John managed the hotel from May-September 1927.

I have a copy of the ledger from the hotel.  In this ledger, there are many names of the guests who stayed at the hotel.

Your family may have stayed at this type of establishment during this time period.  Take a look at the hotels that were close to them – they may have gone to the hotel for the mineral wells or springs at the hotel.  Check to see if there is a ledger of the hotel.  You may find the name of someone in your family.


Lorain Wells ledger

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and a menu is being decided.

This year, my husband and I are going to make Grandmother’s Rolls – “Grandmother” is my dad’s mother.

Grandmother made yeast rolls that would melt in your mouth.  Back before marrying, I asked my mother for the recipe.  She gladly gave it to me.  Then, the first time I made the rolls, I called Grandmother before I made them to clarify a few things.

The actual day of preparation, I called her again as I was making the rolls – it was wonderful to have her on the phone to ask questions as I had them.

So, on my recipe card, I have the recipe from Mom, the “clarifications” I received, and the “notes” from talking with Grandmother.

As an added bonus, after Grandmother died, my mom sent to me a typed-copy of the recipe found in Grandmother’s box – this one included a cinnamon roll recipe.

So, this Thanksgiving, my husband and I will mix-up the yeast rolls the day before.  Then, for the Cinnamon Rolls on Thanksgiving morning, we will make the “Herman” recipe (that my husband learned from his mother) for the cinnamon roll topping, AND also have the yeast rolls from Grandmother for dinner.

A Great Tradition Continues!


The back room at the PC Clerk’s office is filled with family history documents.  There are many books – wills, probates, guardianships, superior court, circuit court, marriages, and a variety of other books.

Recently re-discovered, are the “boxes” that line the walls from eye-level to the ceiling.  In these metal boxes are many types of documents.  Within the last 6 months, a volunteer has made new labels for each of the boxes.  The location of each box, and its contents, is documented in a chart (a partial chart is shown below).  A few copies of the chart have been made.  The Putnam County Public Library Local History Dept. has a copy (, I have a copy (, and there are a few other copies “floating around”.  If you have relatives that lived or died in Putnam Co., there may additional information concerning them in one of these metal boxes.


In a few blogs, I will be highlighting some of the information I have found in some of the boxes.  Of course, it is not possible for me to document all of the papers in all of the boxes!  However, I will highlight a few different types of documents so that you will realize the wealth of information available in the boxes.

Stay tuned for blog number 2 in this series!


Thanks to Julia, my mother’s sister, I know that these are the Bradshaw children:  from left, John Rodman, Julia Corrine, Dwight Moody, and in front from left are Lillian Lyter and Martha Lucille.  John Rodman is my grandfather.



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