Mt. Sterling, KY Fierce Storm Damage May 1848


Kentucky Whig Office,
Mt. Sterling, May 8, 1848

Messrs. Editors - On Friday morning last, about 8 o'clock, a destructive hurricane passed over the west north-west part of this county, sweeping everything in its way. The dwelling house of MRS. MITCHELL, a widow lady, was torn down, and MRS. MITCHELL and MRS. ANDERSON, a daughter of MRS. M., instantly killed; and young MR. MITCHELL, who was in the barn near the house, so severely injured by the falling timber, as to preclude all hopes of his recovery. He has been insensible since the accident. The wife of S. MITCHELL, Esq., of Mt. Sterling, was in the house, but escaped without any material injury. MRS. MITCHELL, when taken out, was severely burned on the arms, breast and face, having fallen in the fire; and MRS. ANDERSON'S neck, arms and legs, were broken, and her body horribly bruised.
The house was torn down to the foundation and nearly all the furniture and clothing was carried off - even the females were stripped of their clothing.
Some of our citizens who have visited the place, inform me that the plantation is a perfect wreck - every building and nearly all the fencing torn down, trees taken up by the roots, and others twisted off. Some of the bricks of the house were carried from 200 to 300 yards. Shingles were found seven miles from the place, and the tomb stone of MR. MITCHELL, which weighs one thousand pounds, was carried twenty feet and turned round. Every human being on the place was more or less injured.
The dwelling house of MR. KEMPER, a short distance from MRS. MITCHELL'S, was taken off to the second story, and so completely gutted on the first story as to render it utterly useless. MR. K., was standing in front of the building when the storm came up, carried over the house, and dropped without receiving much injury. None of his family seriously injured. After this, I heard of no further destruction.
The deaths of MRS. MITCHELL and MRS. ANDERSON are deeply lamented in this community. Surrounded by all the comforts of life, in the enjoyment of good health, in the twinkling of an eye, they were called to try the realities of another world. But their pious lives and devotion to the cause of their Master, give strong evidence of the change that awaited them.
Yours, &c., R. R. Lindsey.

Indiana State Sentinel Indianapolis 1848-05-25