H. Elliston (1852-1922), son of Hiriam and Elizabeth (Hendrix)
Elliston, was born and raised on his father's farm near Elliston
Station. He attended the county schools followed by one year
at school in Lebanon, Ohio and two years at Kentucky University
in Lexington. Intending to become a lawyer according to an 1887
biography, "..without having made a canvass or given the
matter any thought, he was nominated (in 1874) by the Democratic
Party for the office of County Clerk of Grant County." he
was elected and in 1878 re-elected for another four years.
In 1881, he organized Robert H. Elliston & Company in which
his father joined him in buying the hardware and undertaking
business in Williamstown of J. W. Mount. The firm prospered and
was said to become the largest dealers in hardware, lumber and
undertaking between Lexington and Cincinnati. A brother, O. P.
Elliston (1856-1942), also joined the firm.
At this time undertaking was primarily concerned with furnishing
a wooden coffin for burial and perhaps a robe or shroud to cover
the body. Visitation took place at the home of the deceased.
The funeral was held at home or at church. Without embalming
burial usually took place within 48 hours following death.
Additional services were made available as time went by. A horse
drawn hearse to transport the body to the burial site began to
be preferred to the farm wagon heretofore used. Another service
sought of the undertaker was the cleaning and dressing of the
deceased for viewing by the family and friends.
As embalming became more acceptable and services offered by the
undertaker became more varied, the Kentucky Legislature established
standards in 1901 for licensing qualified persons to provide
these services. For many years now, the full service funeral
home fills the needs of the community and stands on its own,
no longer a side line to the furniture and hardware business.
The records of these early undertakers provide an important source
of information as to the dates of death for individuals for whom
no other record is now available. As reported in earlier issues
Kentucky first required the public filing of information on births
and deaths in 1852, a record keeping which ended along with many
other services with the onset of the Civil War. After the war,
several attempts were made to again maintain information on births
and deaths, but were not successful until 1911.
The assistance of the management of the Elliston & Stanley
Funeral Home in obtaining a listing of burials from 1896 to 1937
is indeed appreciated. Different people maintained this record
over the years. The dates given may be either the date or the
date of burial. Arranged in alphabetical order, the listing will
be of interest and value go genealogists and family researchers.
Early Elliston Funeral Home Records were printed in Footsteps
of the Past, a Supplement to The Grant County News, in issues
published December 27, 2001, March 28, 2002, June 6, 2002, July
18, 2002, December 26, 2002.
Used with permission of Mr. John B. Conrad.
- Date of Death/Burial:
Daughter of Ott Scroggin - July 27, 1925
Stamper, Relative of Martin? - July 8, 1909
Stamper, Mrs. Martin - May 30, 1927
Stamper, Martin - April 1, 1921