A couple of weeks ago I had contacted Find-A-Grave contributor Anita R Austill (#47729061) concerning the headstone for Cornelius Vaughn (or Vaughan) Breedlove. She said she was going to look up the answer to my question, but in the meantime she transferred his memorial page to me, as well as Mary Breedlove (1873-1890), the daughter of John J Breedlove and Margaret Kate Stringer. Then she said she also had Suddie Breedlove and Robbie Breedlove. I wasn’t quite sure who they were, so I did research before claiming them into my Breedlove line. I found that they are in my family, but not directly. After a bit more research I found enough information to present their stories. It’s pretty heartbreaking.
Sudie Marie King was born May 1, 1917 to parents Grover Cleveland “Cleve” King and Nelia (Delia) “Nealie” Burden. She was named after her aunt Sudie N Burden Caraway.
In the 1920 census Sudie is found living in Magisterial District 1, Rumsey Precinct 1, McLean County, Kentucky. She is shown as Marie King, age 2 years 10 months. Also listed on the census are:
Her father Cleveland King, age 33 years, farmer.
Her mother Nela King, age 23 years.
In 1923 tragedy struck the King family when Nealie and Vivian drowned on July 13th. From the front page of the Owensboro Messenger on July 14, 1923 (corrections from actual article are in parentheses and not italicized): M’LEAN COUNTY
WOMAN AND CHILD
DROWN IN RIVER
Mrs. Cleve King Rushes To
Her Death In Effort To
Rescue Eight-Year Old
Calhoun, Ky., July 13. – While sitting on the bank of Green river at Nall’s landing, near Calhoun, this afternoon, watching her two little girls wade in the river, Mrs. Cleve King saw Vivian, aged eight years, sink beneath the surface of the water. The mother rushed in the river in an effort to save her daughter, but she waded into a step-off in the river and sank in deep water.
Mrs. (King’s) husband was in a field nearby, and a fisherman, who witnessed the struggle of the mother and child in the water, called to him to come to their aid. He thought the fisherman told him to come and help him land a fish. He went to the barn and returned to the river and was informed his wife and daughter were drowned.
The body of Mrs. King was recovered an hour after the tragedy by Bates Turner, of Calhoun. The body of the child came to the surface and was also recovered.
Mrs. King was thirty years of age, and a daughter of Rev. Isaiah (Burden), a Baptist minister of McLean county.
Mr. King is a tenant on the farm of Elmer Nall on the South side of Green river.
Both Nealie and Vivian are buried in the Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun, McLean County, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Anita R Austill. Transcription:
Between the drowning in 1923 and 1927 (to stay on the safe side of the year) Cleve remarried to a woman I can only find as Kattie Z. Around 1926 a daughter was born to Cleve and Kattie and was named Frances.
In 1930 Sudie appears on the census living in Magisterial District 10, Hanson, Hopkins County, Kentucky. She is again listed as Marie King, age 13 years. She is noted as being Cleve’s step-daughter, but that was obviously Kattie giving the information. Also living in the household were:
Her father GC King, age 42 years, farmer.
Her step-mother Katie King, age 31 years.
On March 9, 1935 Sudie married Elbert Clay “Al” Breedlove in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Al was the son of William Monroe Breedlove and Bernie Victoria Downs. William Monroe Breedlove was the son of John J Breedlove and Margaret Kate Stringer, and the brother of my great-grandmother Lucy Johnson Breedlove. I am fairly certain that my grandfather Elbert Tracey “Shorty” Vincent (born September 22, 1912) was named after Elbert Clay “Al” Breedlove (born March 17, 1912), his first cousin.
On April 27, 1936 Sudie gave birth to a son, Robert Cleveland “Robbie” Breedlove.
Unfortunately, Sudie died that night at 9pm. Cause of death listed as pulmonary thrombosis due to childbirth. The informant listed on her death certificate is her father GC King. Sudie’s death certificate.
Both Sudie and Robbie are buried in the Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun, McLean County, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Anita R Austill. Transcription:
Grover Cleveland King lost his first wife, both children from his first marriage, and his only grandchild produced from that marriage all within the span of 14 years. Cleve passed in 1971 and his second wife Kattie passed in 1982. They are both interred at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky.
Al Breedlove died on September 30, 2000. He did marry again and had at least 4 daughters. His obituary that appeared in The Messenger (Madisonville, Kentucky) on October 3, 2000 states:
Elbert C. "Al" Breedlove, 88, of Evansville died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Deaconess Hospital.
He was born on March 17, 1912.
He retired from Bernardin Bottle Cap Company in 1978 after 25 years, was a former employee of the Shipyard and Republic Aviation during World War II, and drove a cab for Liberty Cab Company. He worked as a mechanic on motor vehicles and built and raced stock cars at the old Speedrome on Green River Road and Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt, Ind.
I believe he is interred at Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.