The Adair County News, August 2, 1950

Rites Friday For Mrs. Mattie Royse


Well-Known Adair County Lady Succumbs At Son's Home After Long Illness.


Mrs. Mattie Johnson Royse, 76 years old, died on Tuesday night, August 25 [sic; she died July 25], at the home of her son, Baruch Royse, and Mrs. Royse, after having been ill for 18 months.

Mrs. Royse was born and reared in the Glensfork section of Adair County and belonged to a prominent family, being a daughter of the late John R. and Nannie Allen Johnson. She was the widow of J.S. Royse well-known citizen, who died June 15, 1940. Early in life she united with the Union Presbyterian Church at Bliss, Ky., and later moved her membership to the Columbia Presbyterian Church, being a devout and active member as long as her health would permit.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ethan Allen, of Manasquan, N.J.; three sons, Edgar Royse, Baruch Royse and Amly Royse, all of Columbia; one sister, Mrs. Laura Coleman, of Nashville, Tenn., and two brothers, Robert Johnson, of Columbia and Rollin Johnson, of Spiceland, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. A.C Wyckoff. Interment was in the Royse Family Cemetery.

Hannah Madge Forgery Hamlett

Adair County News, March 1, 1950



Mrs. Hamlett Found Dead In Bed Monday

At Home of Sister in Ashland, Ky.


Mrs. Madge Forgey Hamlett, wife of Edward Hamlett, publisher of the Adair County News, was found dead in bed Monday morning [February 27] at the home of her sister, Mrs. Robert McCullough, in Ashland, Ky. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mrs. Hamlett had been called to Ashland to be with her daughter, Mrs. Bobbe Manley, who is seriously ill.

Mrs. Hamlett was the daughter of Col. B.F. Forgey, of Ashland, Ky., publisher of the Ashland Daily Independent, and Mrs. Forgey, are both ill in Florida and unable to attend the funeral.

In addition to her husband, parents, daughter and sister, she is survived by one brother, Chauncey E. Forgey, managing editor of the Ashland Daily Independent, and two grandchildren, William Manley and Betsey Norris Manley, of Ashland.

Mrs. Hamlett was a member of the Columbia Presbyterian Church and was active in its affairs and those of the community.

Funeral services are to be held this afternoon at 3:00 at the Steen Funeral Home, in Ashland, conducted by Rev. S.R. Curry, pastor of the Ashland Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in the Ashland Cemetery.

The entire community, stunned at the untimely passing of Mrs. Hamlett, extends sympathy to the bereaved husband, who also suffered the loss of his mother, Mrs. Daisy Hamlett, January 7, 1950.

Among those from Columbia attending the services in Ashland were: Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Appen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Jeffries, John Shelley, Mrs. E.W. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Lewis.

[Not mentioned in the obituary was that she first married to Erik Sidney Cogan, a native of South Africa; and that she was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Margaret Cogan, born 1923 & died 1927, and most likely by a son, born & died 1929. Thus far, I've had no luck in discovering the given name of her daughter, Mrs. Manley.]

Death certificate abstract:

Certificate # 01729

Hannah Madge Hamlett, female, white, married

Date & place of birth: Oct. 24, 1898, Proctorville, Ohio.

Date & place of death: Feb. 27, 1950, 902 Edgewood Ave., Ashland, Boyd Co., Ky.

Usual residence: Columbia, Adair Co., Ky.

Age: 51 years.

Occupation: [blank]

Father's name: Benjamin F. Forgey.

Mother's maiden name: Alice Eaton [surname difficult to read.]

Informant: Chauncey Forgey "(Brother)"

Cause of death: cornary occusion

Attending physician: None.

Date & place of burial: [date not given], Ashland Cemetery, Ashalnd, Ky.

Undertaker: John Steen, Ashland, Ky.

Other: The certificate was signed by Herbert French, acting coroner.

UPDATED 08/20/2008 By: Elizabeth Ellis Schnell

Hannah Madge Forgey Hamlett was first married to Erik Sidney Cogan, a native of South Africa; and that she was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Margaret Cogan, born 1923 & died 1927, and most likely by a son, born & died 1929. Mrs. Bobbe Manley was my maternal grandmother.  Her full name was Alice Miriam Cogan Manley Wilson.  She divorced William Dawson Manley and married Ernest Everett Wilson. 

Daisy Crume Hamlett

Adair County News, January 11, 1950



Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday Afternoon

With Interment In Elizabethtown Cemetery


Mrs. Daisey Crume Hamlett, 69, owner of the Adair County News, died suddenly Saturday afternoon [January 7] when stricken with a heart attack while shopping on the Public Square in Columbia.

Mrs. Hamlett, a resident of Columbia since November, 1917, was born and reared in Hardin County and was a daughter of the late Edward S. and Cora Sprigg Crume. She was the widow of Barksdale Hamlett, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who died May, 1919. She published the News for a number of years and took an active part in the management of the business until eight years ago when she was first stricken with a coronary ailment.

Mrs. Hamlett was a devout member of the Baptist church and took an active part in all civic and religious activities of the community. She was a charter member of both the Columbia Woman's Club and Jane Lampton ChapterD.A.R.

She is survived by three children, Edward Hamlett, editor of the Adair County News; Col. Barksdale Hamlett, now stationed in Tokyo, Japan, and Mrs. Virgil Eversole, of Harlan, Ky., and five grandchildren, Otila Crume Hamlett, Margaret Hamlett Eversole, Mary Sprigg Eversole, Carole Clark Eversole and Virgil Eversole, Jr.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 o'clock Tuesday at the Grissom Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. O.B. Mylum, of Berea, Ky., assisted by Dr. J. Pendleton Scruggs and Dr. W.H. Moody. Interment was in the Elizabethtown Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Dr. W.J. Flowers, Alfred Flowers, Eros Barger, W.E. Harris, S.T. Davis and Thomas C. Brown.

Among those from out‑of‑town who attended were:

Mrs. Robert Glore, Miss Elsie Roche, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Glore, Jr., of Danville, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Starks, Jr., Mrs. W.S. Bullard and Billy Bullard, of Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. Bobbe C. Manley and Chauncey E. Forgey, of Ashalnd, Ky., and Mrs. O.B. Mylum, of Berea, Ky.

Death certificate abstract:

Certificate # 00006

Daisy Hamlett, female, white, widowed.

Date & place of birth: Jan. 1, 1881, Hardin Co., Ky.

Date & place of death: Jan. 7, 1950, Columbia, Adair Co., Ky.

Age: 69 years, zero months, six days.

Occupation: News Editor, Weekly News Paper.

Father's name: Edward Crume.

Mother's maiden name & birth place: Cora Sprigg.

Informant: Edward Hamlett.

Cause of death: coronary occlusion.

Attending physician: Dr. W. Flowers.

Date & place of burial: Jan. 10. 1950, Elizabethtown [Hardin Co.] Cemetery.

Undertaker: Grissom Funeral Home, Columbia, Ky.

Edward Coleman Hamlett

Adair County News, February 7, 1968

Former News Editor Edward Hamlett Dies

Mr. Edward Coleman Hamlett, 66, former owner and publisher of the Adair County News, died at a nursing home in Louisville at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30.

A native of Buffalo,* he retired from the Newspaper business in 1963 and moved to Louisville. He was a 1925 graduate of Centre College, a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Barksdale Hamlett, his family purchased the paper from Mr. Charles H. Harris when they first came here in 1918.

He is survived by one brother, Barksdale Hamlett, Northfield, Vt., and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Eversole of Louisville, four nieces and a nephew.

Burial was in the Elizabethtown cemetery.

The Rev. Clarke, Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, officiated with Pearson Funeral Home, Louisville, in charge of arrangement.

[* Apparently, Buffalo, Ky., since a state wasn't named. However, there are two towns in Kentucky named Buffalo. One is about 20 miles from Elizabethtown, Edward's mother's hometown. The other is about 20 miles from Hopkinsville, where Edward's parents lived by around 1905, possibly earlier. The Social Security Death Index gives Edward's birth date as June 14, 1901.]

Adair County News, November 16, 1949


Adair County Native Succumbs In Iowa

 News of the death of William P. Bryant, 62, on October 22, at his home in Lake City, Iowa, has been received by relatives here. He was a native of Adair County and was reared in the Craycraft community, being a son of the late Peter Monroe and Sarah Jane Conover Bryant.

 He married Miss Stella Ann Blair, of the Garlin community, and they have two sons, Joseph Monroe Bryant, of Rockwell City, and Wallace B. Bryant, of DesMoines, Iowa. The family moved to Iowa in 1928.

 Mr. Bryant was a member of the Methodist Church and was an active member. He was also a Mason.

 Besides his wife and two sons, he is also survived by two grandsons, and a sister, Mrs. Maude Goodin, of Bloomington, Ill., two aunts, Mrs. John M. Roy and Mrs. Patsy Bryant of Adair County, and other relatives.

 Funeral services were held at the Squires Funeral Home and the Trinity Methodist Church, in Lake City, Iowa, on Monday afternoon, October 24, at 2:30, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Warren A Bintz. Interment was in the Lanesboro Cemetery.

A double marker in the Columbia City Cemetery, Section C, is inscribed simply with two names: "Mary D. Baker, 'Mother'," and "Sue H. Baker, 'Daughter.'"

 The Kentucky death records index states that Mary D. Baker, age 79, died on February 1, 1921 in Adair County, and that Sue H. Baker, age 65, a resident of Adair County, died in Barren County on May 21, 1946.

 The following obituary gives additional information.


The Adair County News, May 22, 1946


Miss Sue Baker Dies Tuesday


Miss Sue Baker, well-known local lady, died at the Community Hospital, in Glasgow, at an early hour Tuesday morning [May 21]. She had been in declining health for several months and was a patient at the hospital for a week.

 Miss Baker was born and reared in Columbia and belonged to a prominent family, being a daughter of the late William E. and Mary D. Spencer Baker. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

 She is survived by a half-sister, Mrs. John Turk, of Bagwell, Texas; a half-brother, James Y. Baker, of Alvarado, Texas; several nieces and nephews and the following cousins who reside in Columbia: Miss Minnie Kemp; H.M. Kemp; Miss Sallie Baker; Mrs. W.D. Jones; H.T. Baker and J.F. Patterson.

 Funeral services will be held at 2:30 this afternoon [Wednesday, May 22] at the Stotts & Cheatham Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. John W. Lewis, assisted by Rev. T.L. Hulse. Interment will be in the City Cemetery. 

The pallbearers will be: Messrs. Doc Walker, J.L. Walker, William L. Walker, H.T. Baker, H.B. Taylor and S.M. Suddarth.

 A nephew, Mr. W.R. Walker, and Mrs. Walker, of Clebourne, Texas, were here for the funeral.

The Adair County News, May 29, 1946

Services Today For Ben L. Royse

One of Adair County's prominent citizen's, Benjamin Logan Royse, passed away shortly after 1:00 o'clock Tuesday morning at his home near Garlin. He died on his 78th birthday.

The son of Soloman and Nellie Tupman Royse, the deceased was born in Adair County and spent the greater part of his life on his farm in the Pleasant Grove community.

His interests, although varied, centered mainly around the home. He was known as one of the better stock farmers of the county and actively engaged in his work until declining health made it necessary to dispose of his farm. In January of this year, he moved to a smaller farm near Garlin.

At the age of eighteen, he was converted and joined the Pleasant Hill Christian Church, where he still retained his membership.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Veloria Evans Royse, and one daughter, his only child, Mrs. A.D. Allison, three grandchildren, Misses Ruth and June Allison and Joseph Allison; one sister, Miss Hattie Royse, of Columbia, and four brothers, W.A. Royse, of Albany, Mo., J.T. Royse, of West Point, Miss., Edgar Royse, of Thomasville, N.C., and George Royse , of Russell Springs.

The funeral services were held at the home in Garlin at 2:00 p.m. today, conducted by the Rev. H.J. Conover. Interment was in the Columbia Cemetery.

The pallbearers were: Messrs. Amly Royse, Baruch Royse, Edgar Royse, Ores Royse, Jesse Murrell and Robert Pelly.