Nov. 16, 1876 Covington Kenton County Kentucky, USA
The Ticket, Covington, Kentucky, Friday, Nov. 17, 1876, p. 3, col. 2 (sub 'The Death of James G. Arnold.'): James G. Arnold, a veteran pioneer of the city of Covington, departed this life at quarter past 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph B. Boyd, on the south-east corner of Sixth and Philadelphia. His last illness came on him but twenty-four hours before his death. He suffered much during Wednesday night and sank slowly but steadily during Thursday till the hour of his death. James G. Arnold was born January 10th 1792, six miles east of Paris in Bourbon county. [Note: Linden Grove Burial Permit #1290 lists his date of birth as Dec. 10, 1792.] When but a little child he moved with his father's family to the neighborhood of North Bend in Boone county, where he was raised and acquired his education. While yeat a young man he moved to Washington, in Mason county four miles from Maysville, when he and his brother Willis Arnold established and conducted a school, having for pupils many who have since been eminently noted in the history of the State. At the age of twenty-four Mr. Arnold married Mrs. Margaret Strain, whose maiden name was Daulton, a sister of Thos. Daulton, once Mayor of the city of Maysville, and still living. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold lived together a devoted and affectionate couple for over fifty years, the lady preceeding her lord in death but about nine months. Coming to Covington in 1817 Mr. Arnold kept for some time the first hotel in the village, was also a merchant of some pretentions and one of the earliest post masters of the place. He afterwards engaged in the tobacco business where the germ of his large fortune was planted to be largely increased by his dealings in real estate where he is said to have been very sagacious. Mr. Arnold has been Town Clerk, Mayor and President of Council as well as Post-master, during his residence in Covington. He was a member of the Christian Church, and built the little brick edifice that once stood on Third street between Scott and Madison. His contributions to charitable institutions from time to time have been munificent; as an instance, he gave $5,000 at one time to the Kentucky University, at Lexington, and several thousand to Bethany College, Virginia. The deceased has four children living--Rev. Thos. N. Arnold, Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. C. D. Foote and Mrs. James Willis, and two dead, the first wife of Dr. T. N. Wise, and a son. His estate is worth, at the lowest estimate $400,000; about three fourths of which has already been divided among his children. The remainder will be consumed in legacies to grandchildren. He made a will in 1869, which is now in possession of Mr. A. C. Ellis, and will be opened and probated at the proper time. The deceased was a Royal Arch Mason, and his remains will be interred, with masonic rites, from his late residence, at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. Revs. Challen and Wiles, of the Christian Churches, officiating.