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Samuel D. Rothwell

  • Birth 17 Oct 1841 Paint Lick, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 28 Feb 1920 Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 76022628

Samuel was the son of Fountain and Jane Roberts Rothwell. During the Civil War, he served with Co. H, 7th Ky. Vol. Cav., Union. He was enlisted as a CPL and, by the end of the war, he had been promoted to 6SGT.

He married Eliza, the daughter of James H. and Martha Nicholson Henry, on January 7, 1868 in Lancaster. They were the parents of Mattie Rothwell and J. Mort Rothwell. Samuel was known in newspaper accounts as Sam, S.D. or "Big Injun". He had many real estate dealings and, for a number of years, was the owner and proprietor of the Dripping Springs Resort. In addition, he was employed as Garrard County Jailer and worked, for awhile, as Chief of Police in Lancaster. He was especially known for his efforts in wiping out "blind tigers", which sold illegal liquor, and breaking up illegal gambling games in the area of Lancaster known as "The Chute". He stood 6'4" and must have been a formidable lawman. Samuel and Eliza had no descendants beyond their daughter and son.

•Obit-Mr. Samuel D. Rothwell, aged 78 years, died at the home of Mrs. Sarah Hammack, in Flatwoods, where he had made his home for several months. He passed away peacefully after a short illness of only a few hours, last Saturday morning.

Mr. Rothwell was one of our best known and well liked citizens and his passing will be learned with deep regret by the many friends he had and with whom he loved to associate. He was an old Union soldier and made a record during the civil war that he and his friends were justly proud of. For a number of years he was the jailer of this county and made an ideal official.

His wife preceded him to the grave about fifteen years ago, and his only son, Mortimer, having died about five years ago. The death of the latter seemed to hasten his days, of whom he was especially devoted.

He was a member of the Christian church and a member of the Masonic order. The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery last Sunday afternoon, with appropriate ceremonies conducted by the local lodge of Masons, after which the remains were interred at the Lancaster Cemetery.

Newspaper: The Central Record
Ed: 03-04-1920, pg 6, col 3.


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  • Added: 5 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76022628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel D. Rothwell (17 Oct 1841–28 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76022628, citing Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Honor (contributor 47275795) .