Thursday, August 19, 2010
1911 Obituary of baby Vernon Blaine, Huntsville, Kentucky
Note: See the comments below for a clarification of Vernon's full name
Obituary of Vernon Blaine of Huntsville, Kentucky, in the December 12, 1911 edition of the Christian Leader and the Way newspaper, published in Cincinnati, Ohio, by F. L. Rowe, edited by Joseph E. Cain, James A. Harding, and Ira C. Moore, with Associate Editor Jesse P. Sewell.
BLAINE - On Monday, Nov. 6, 1911, death visited the home of Bro. and Sister James A. Blaine, at Huntsville, Ky., and took away the spirit of their little son, Vernon. He was born June 10, 1909, and died Nov. 6, 1911. His life on earth was short, but was long enough for him to become precious to his father and mother. It was hard to give him up, but we should submit to his will, "for he doeth all things well". Bro. and Sister Blaine should feel that heaven is nearer to them and should strive to meet their little one on the other shore, where there are no more tears or separations. May the bereaved ones ever look unto Jesus for comfort and trust him for a happy reunion in the New Jerusalem.
John H. Hines
Researching online, I found a James Alexander Blaine of Huntsville, Kentucky, who married Bonnie Emma Oates on 28 February 1907.
However, It's very possible these are not the right parents for Vernon, as they had a son named James Alexander Blaine, Jr., born in June of 1909, and there's no reference to a twin in this obituary, though admittedly it's more of a religious obituary than a genealogical one. Also, Vernon isn't mentioned in their household in the 1910 Census, even though he would have been alive then. But I haven't yet found another James A. Blaine in the Huntsville, Kentucky area.
Hopefully a reader will recognize Vernon Blaine and his family and will contact me with the proper identification. I'd also like to know more about the John H. Hines who submitted the obituary to the newspaper. I found a possible Census reference but the scan was so light I couldn't read the entries.
If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.
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