26 August 2017


Daily Independence 14 Feb 1884
Extraction: Teresa Martin Klaiber (August 2017.  The article includes Long Branch a tributary of Garner Creek.  * indicates comments by the extractor at the end of the article.)

“Garner is a tributary of the East Fork of Little Sandy River, entering into the East Fork near the Davis Meeting house, on the new mud road leading from your city to the mouth of Bolt’s Fork on the Lawrence County line. The mud road, or new graded pike if properly finished would be a splendid summer road, but a very poor winter one; at least that is the testimony of all who travel on it now.

I will tell you what we have along this road. Let us go up the valley and see what is to be found. First we have the Grassland post office, kept in excellent order by our worthy postmaster, V. O. Davis*, who is, besides being postmaster, a number one good farmer and stock feeder.

Next, J. R. Davis*, a man whose heart is as big as a bushel measure, and who owns and raises some fine stock.

Then our genial friend, John C. Hogan*, whose fine farm shows his handiwork and good keeping. On this farm there are about thirty-five stacks of hay, lots of corn, plenty of good applies & c.
Next comes the farm of our assessor, J. C. Lambert*. Here you find signs of abundance …Mr. James Kinner comes next in order. He mends our soles, drives us AWL, and PEGS us to the last.
Next in order is W. H. Banfield*. He is busy building a fine large barn, and making other nice and needed improvements on his farm.

Mr. J. C. Graham you will find always ready to grind all the corn for the surrounding country.

Mr. L. J. Stewart* carries on a first-class wagon and repair shop, where at all times you can get work done with dispatch.
W. L. Clay* our worthy contractor and cabinet maker, does a large business, both in his shop and outside.

I noticed Mr. Lewis Fannin* breaking the sod for a new crop.  Mr. F. takes the lead in early farming.

Next we take in the county poor house*, or “poor people’s paradise,” with H. P. Sexton*, keeper, who will take pleasure in showing you over the house and grounds. Mr. S. is keeping the place this year for $1.40 per week for each individual. There are now about 60 inmates. Mr. S. says they drink on an average 180 cups of coffee a day. Your correspondent has visited the “paradise” during meal time and can say that they might well call it by this name if eating has anything to do with happiness.

Next after this institution comes friend N. A. Klaiber*, another honest mender of the people’s soles.

Then our fine masonic hall* and school house observes noticing, as it is undergoing much repair in the way of new floors, glass, paint, &c.

Our district school has closed. Miss Georgie Kouns*, of Cliffside, taught the last term. She is a good teacher, and conducted the school to the pleasure of the patrons and to her own credit.
Further along will be found W. D. Bolt*, with a sawmill, a yard full of logs and a promise of a good spring run.

Then comes Mr. Joe Marcum*, with a first-class blacksmith shop.
All along the creek, from the head to the mouth, is alive with business men. Plenty of work here now.  Stock cattle are scarce. Hogs are a thing of the past. Sheep plenty to supply what dogs are left on the creek.  NEIGHBOR”

Comments by Extractor.
*V. O. Davis: Voleny Davis 1838-1934, son of William and Elizabeth McCroskey Davis, married Theora McWhorter. 

*J. R. Davis: Probably John Robert Davis 1853-1918, son of Aaron and Miriam Eastham Davis, married Ellen Warman.

*J. C. Hogan: John Calvin Hogan 1835-1924, son of Isham and Linnie Clay Hogan, married Mercy Clifton.

*J. C. Lambert: James Calvin Lambert 1834-1916, son of Benjamin and Sarah Fannin Hogan,  married Le”anna” Hogan.
*W. H. Banfield: William Harrison Banfield 1845-1913, son of John Delbert and Catherine Flaugher Banfield,  married Sophia Goble.

*L. J. Stewart: Landon J. Stewart born 1835, son of Charles W. and Jane Blankenship Stewart, married Eliza Banfield.
*W. L. Clay: Wyatt L. Clay 1845-1910, son of Charles and Caroline Stover Clay, married Marilda Sexton.

*Lewis Fannin son of John and Peggy Ferguson Fannin, married Elizabeth Riffe. 

*County Poor House on Poor House Road now called Long Branch Road.

*H. P. Sexton: Henry Powell Sexton 1835-1912, son of Marcus and Catherine (possibly Sutton) Sexton,  married Julina McCormack.

*Masonic Hall: Greenhill Lodge.

*N. A. Klaiber: Nelson Andrew Klaiber 1861-1904, son of John Andrew and Mary Ann McBrayer Klaiber. Nelson never married.
*Georgie Kouns: Georganna Kouns daughter of John Jacob & Nancy Womack Kouns, died in 1940.

*W. D. Bolt: William David 1841-1919, son of Greenville and Mary Davis Bolt, married Martha Brainard.

*Joe Marcum: Lived in hollow between what today is Klaiber and Blanton property. There is a pretty little rock fall in Marcum Hollow.

For extended information see A Brief History Of Long Branch Road Rush, KY  on this blog site: Eastern Kentucky Genealogy at Blogger. tklaiber

08 May 2017

Lucy ________ Martin...Confusion. Speculation. Misconception. Facts. Still a Brick Wall

Lucy  ____ Martin
3 December 1761 (Virginia) – 2 January 1834 (Jessamine Co., KY)

With so many people diving into family history, without any instruction, many on-line trees are copied and repeated.  That said, every one of us started as a newbie/fledgling genie at some point.  Unfortunately, new researchers, who grab anything on-line as truth end up tangled in briers.

There are several married Lucy’s to John Martin’s in Virginia before 1800. So what is fact about this Lucy ___ Martin?

Lucy was born 3 December 1761, as carved on her gravestone on what in the 1960’s was called the Clyde Hayden Cemetery on Logana Road in Jessamine County, Kentucky.  On-line databases call it Bronaugh Cemetery. I visited the cemetery and photographed all the stones in the mid 1970’s.  I can provide relationship to Lucy to all ten stones within the small burial plot.  George Bronaugh married her daughter Sarah.  Lucy died 2 January 1834 in Jessamine County.

Lucy resided in Spotsylvania County, Virginia with her husband, John Martin. They had at least 10 children between 1780 and 1813. Martin died there in 1813. Four of their children were still underage when he died and Lucy became their guardian. 

Lucy is named as James Hawkin’s granddaughter in his will in Orange County, Virginia, written 26 February 1786.  There are a few other deeds for James Hawkin’s.  Many Hawkins researchers have suggested he was the son of Nicholas Hawkins but give no further information. James Hawkins, along with John and Lucy Martin witnessed a deed by Mary Poteet, wife of John Poteet and mother of John Penny in Spotsylvania County, Virginia in 1784. (Vol 1, Wm Crozier, 1978 p 378 Mary m---Penny 2 John Skeaths/Skeats…3….)

Lucy, along with the Bronaugh’s and other family members are in Fayette County, Kentucky, by 1820, while probate matters are still being settled back in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  A daughter Phebe, died before August of 1824 in Fayette County. 

In March,1821 she agreed to exchange land in Spotsylvania County, Virginia for land in Shelby County, Kentucky with a George Baggott. (Spotsylvania dbk W-384 & Shelby, KY dbk S-155) Son, John B. Martin acted as POA and it appears the land was for the benefit of the younger sons William and Thomas.  I have yet to finalize a title search in Shelby County on how the property was disposed or when.

By 1823 Lucy Martin appears on the tax lists of Jessamine where she lives out the reminder of her life.  She received several slaves from her Grandfather Hawkins and several from her marriage with John Martin.

Misconception!  On-line trees, as I mentioned in paragraph one state that John Martin married Lucy TODD.  It is fact that a John Martin did marry a Lucy Todd but this marriage nor Lucy Todd are the Lucy in Jessamine County, Kentucky.  The Martin-Todd marriage took place 5 November 1742 in St. Paul’s Parish which at that time was in King George County, Virginia.  That John Martin resided in Caroline County, Virginia.  The Lucy ___ Martin of this study was not even born at the time of this marriage.  Remember she is born in 1761.  A horrible blunder to attach to the Spotsylvania John and Lucy Martin. Two separate families. Lucy would be 19 years old when her first son, James H. Martin was born circa 1780.   

There is also a deed in 1780, the year the first son, James H. Martin is born, citing John Martin and wife. However, the deed leaves the wife’s name blank which can only leave us to use  speculation that this is Lucy.  1780, April 20 John Martin Spotsylvania County and [BLANK] his wife to James Marye of said county 800 pounds for 100 acres in St. George Parish. No witness. 

Yes, Lucy was thirteen years younger than John Martin and thus he may have had an earlier marriage. However, his probate records, census count and deed documentation do not mention any other children before 1780.

Speculation. Even if the tombstone of Lucy has been repeatedly misread, it is very worn, and she was closer in age to John Martin, she still could not be the Lucy that married in 1742.

Confusion. There is another John Martin - Lucy marriage.  This marriage takes place between John Martin and Lucy Layne August 1779 in Goochland County, Virginia by Rev. Douglas. Thomas Martin witnessed the marriage.  This marriage is closer in time frame to our subject, but again, is NOT the Lucy of this blog post.  Lucy Layne’s father, Jacob, consented to her marriage to John Martin of Goochland County.  Thanks to the Douglas Registry we also know that John and Lucy Layne Martin had three daughters baptized in the 1780’s – Judith, Sarah and Molly.  Judith married a Benjamin Duvall in Goochland in 1816.  I have found no Duvall in any of the documents reviewed for our subject, to date. Our subject’s daughter also named Sarah was not born until 1789 (married George Bronaugh). The Bronaugh’s were in Spotsylvania along with our subject.
The Martin’s of Goochland County are extensive and there have been several early studies of the various John Martin’s in that county. Much was reported in the now defunct Martin Family Quarterly.  During the time frame of 1780-1813 I find overlaps and variants that lead to the conclusion that this family cannot be in both counties at the same time.  Nor did I find any interaction with a Hawkins family.

When I began genealogy, I itched to fill in every blank on the largest pedigree chart I could obtain.  The years of have marched by and I learn more each day.  The goal is much more exciting. It is the story of each individual.  Lucy, granddaughter of James Hawkins, traveled from Virginia to Central Kentucky with her family, leaving her husband's grave and most likely other family behind.  Seven generations later my roots are deeply planted in Kentucky.  Each Martin story is colorful. 

The day I stood over Lucy __ Martin’s grave I felt peace.  We later visited her grandson, Wilson Martin’s farm, in Lincoln County.  Again, I had that feeling of being at home. It does sadden me that careless grasping to fill a blank have led many down the wrong path about who she is. I am sure there are more clue’s and stories to be told. I will not give up on Lucy nor that stone wall (in central Kentucky we have beautiful stone fences not brick walls).  Please feel free to email me at deliverancefarm@gmail.com.    

19 September 2016

A Brief History Of Long Branch Road Rush, KY

@ Teresa Martin Klaiber

This article was created for the 2nd Annual Long Branch Road Reunion located on Garner, Rush, Boyd County, KY

The history of our hollow has been home to families for over 275 years. Prior to the formation of either Carter County in 1838 and Boyd County, in 1860, recognizable family surnames begin to appear on what we now know as Long Branch Road.  Our “long” road still encompasses two counties.

Our well established cemeteries, alone, whisper of the history of the people who have helped build our neighborhood.  The earliest two known graves on our road are both children buried in different cemeteries in 1853.  The first is John Milton Banfield less than one month old and buried in Banfield cemetery in July 1853. The Banfield cemetery is on property owned by the Parker family in 2016. The 2nd  grave is James Calvin Clark, two months old in October of the same year, in Selbee Cemetery, which follows the same ridge line.  Between them stood the first known location of Greenhill Lodge where yet another child by the surname of Pence was buried in 1882.  Both Greenhill and Selbee are on property owned by the Leslie Blanton family today.  Other cemeteries read like a “who’s who” along the road as well. Beginning at the mouth and overlooking our road, the first known burial in Allan Prichard Cemetery is for Mary E. Prichard in 1873 (owned by Childers today).  Klaiber Cemetery aka Sexton Cemetery contains the early graves for the Hood and Howe wives of pioneer settlers when we were still Greenup County, followed by the Mayhew and Sexton families.  Our newest cemetery moving up the road is for the Tolliver family.   The last cemetery, following our road, is the burial place of “the McWhorter sisters,” Elizabeth and America, who lived modestly stringing their own leather britches and lay to rest on a hill on today’s Stewart property. Many of our pioneers lay in unmarked graves including those who called our road home at the county poor house (Parker property 2016).

Our portion of the county was originally part of the Richard Graham survey.  A massive amount of 70,000 acres later sold to our pioneers. Kentucky Legislature enacted its first road laws in 1797. Surveyors were appointed by the courts, and learned the task from each other.   An early map of Carter County filed at the state archives shows the mouth of our road at Garner Creek but does not continue up our hollow.  All males, sixteen years old or more, were required to work the roads (with exceptions of owners with slaves or those with disabilities approved by court).  Males were fined for every day absent from the work.  Mitchell Clark is cited as a chain carrier prior to the formation of Boyd County (died 1892, Klaiber Cem.).   The newly established court in Boyd County appointed Hiram Gallion to view a road “from the forks of Garner Creek to the Carter line in December 1865.  Hiram, buried in Klaiber cemetery, was the son of Thomas Gallion aka Sexton.  This was the first court order concerning the development of our road. The 1865 survey would follow the creek into Carter County.  The path to Denton by mule would continue thru woods and by trail.

Hoods, Howe’s, Banfield and Ross already had large land holdings along the creek. The Geological Survey of 1856 talks about ore beds being one hundred and five feet “higher” in the hills. It does not talk about the distance or the many farms that were tapped for the ore. According to the Survey Sandy Furnace on Bolt’s Fork was producing seven tons of iron in twenty-four hours.  James and Sarah Hood Howe watched as ore was taken from the ridge of their property and hauled over the hill.  Today you can still see the ore trenches along the ridge above Klaiber Cemetery.

          This author believes that the first school house was at Green Hill (Greenhill) on what we now know as Long Branch.  Farmers would collect enough funds to pay teachers in subscription schools.  In December 1869 Chrisley Banfield, among others, agreed to the terms of one James W. Mullan (as spelled) to teach a subscription school.  The one room Long Branch School would be established later on a lot of land that George W. Ross sold to H. P. Sexton in 1885.   The school was nestled at the edge of the then Mayhew property (left of Klaiber home drive and corner to Wright’s 2016).  Mae Harris Bryant (daughter of J. H. & Susan Eva Mayhew Harris) wrote a letter in 1957 stating “…I watched them move the Long Branch School house…” to what is now Robert and Jean Fannin’s property.  Teacher’s, at Long Branch School, from 1912 through 1957, when Garner School opened, include: Willa Ross, Mary and Amanda Burke, Edna Hatfield, Clarice Skaggs, Homer Pope, Pauline Davis, Dorothy Selbee, Gladys Manning, Elsie Klaiber and Elizabeth Miller.

An early building stood at the mouth of our road referenced as “McCormack Meeting House” (not to be confused with one of the same name at Summit) in court orders in the mid 1860’s.  As late as 1916 Martha Cox remembers walking or riding a mule down to pick up mail prior to home delivery.

The 1860’s were turbulent. Able bodied males were required to join the county militia and by 1863 they were required to sign the US Civil War Draft Registration.  Among familiar names are William Howe, H. P. Sexton, C. P. Banfield, George W. Ross, William Mayhew and other members of their respective families. 

In 1866 James W. Howe became the guardian of Isabelle Stewart daughter of Allen Stewart.  James had married Sarah Davidson Stewart (husband Henry Stewart) in October 1865 at William Hood’s house.  Shadrach Estep was the minister.  Probably not the first wedding on our creek, but one of the first distinguishable in our neighborhood. This little home sat on the edge of today’s Eastern Kentucky Development Company, about ½ mile up a deserted haul road between Pierzala and Klaiber’s.  In the 1940’s/50’s a sawmill was still working in that hollow. 

By 1870 families began to expand along our road.  In the 1860’s Phillip Howe moved into the one room log structure known today as 22937 Long Branch. It still stands. In 1899 the Jasper Sexton family moved into the cabin & Bonnie Sexton Moore’s mother Willa Mae was born there in 1902.  For a short while the Hazlett family lived in the cabin followed by the Jordans until 1944. 

Other names that we are still familiar with today begin to appear in the ‘70’s.  Henry Kane Lucas, great grandfather of Garner Lucas (1949-2008) settled on the creek.  James McWhorter, who served in the Civil War, married Margaret Davis in 1866 and moved with infants Elizabeth and America, on land on the left fork building a two story home that stood until just a few years ago. Pleasant Burke’s family lived in the large home for some time and for a few years in the 1970’s Earl and Mary Susan Warren Sexton occupied the house. 

The aftermath of the Civil War lingered well into the 1880’s.  Fraternal societies and granges began to form.  The Mutual Protection Society was formed.  Regulators roamed to “police” our area.  Among members of the MPS from our road I found: Nelson Sexton, Sherman Lucas, John Higgins, John Mayhew, John A. Klaiber, L. D. Sexton, W. T. Hood and many others from surrounding areas.

Chrisley Perry Banfield was appointed commissioner to purchase 118 acres from William Lewis Geiger for the poor in 1870 “on a fork of Garner Creek”.  Our road still had no name.  John Higgins was appointed the first superintendent. There were several superintendent changes during the 70’s including John D. Ross and James Leslie.  In the late 1870’s a fire destroyed the buildings.  At the time 62 “inmates” resided at the poor house (located where Parker’s home is in 2016).  A new two story log structure was built.  The home was almost identical to the Sexton home that stood for many years where the Blair family reside in 2016.  Among those who worked on construction of the home and out buildings were William Banfield, German immigrant John Andrew Klaiber, and William J. Ross.  The home had many residents over the years including at least one Civil War veteran, William Ball.  In 1909 the Poor House Farm was sold to Burns Banfield.  The residents were loaded on wagons and taken across the hill to Rush Station. The AC&I train picked them up and took them to the new county home located at Winslow. 

A group known as the Fish and Game Association had a few meetings in the building after the Poor House closed.  And in October 1930 the “Traipsin Woman” Jean Thomas, hosted the first festival in the house, though she advertised it as on the Mayo Trail.  Dorothy Gordon was the guest singer from New York as well as Jilson Setters.  The Governor of Kentucky was there as well as the Banfield children.
The records begin to reflect that residents on this branch of Garner live on “Poor House Road” in late 1879 and 1880.  In 1880 William Selbee was 15 and living with the Banfield family.  He would later marry and purchase property on the road.  Joseph Marcum, appointed blacksmith for the poor house, resided in what is now known as Marcum Holler (between the J. D. Klaiber and A. K. Blanton farm in 2016).  An early haul road up Marcum Holler crossed over to Bolt’s Fork and may have been how the ore was taken to Bolt’s Fork.

The 1880’s had “local reporters” who would send in community news to the Independent.  Sexton’s were making 1000 gallons of molasses at a new mill on the road in 1883.  In November of 1883 the paper reported “We are told that three barrels of molasses went down Garner the other day, in the time of high water.”

In the spring of 1882 typhoid fever was prevalent and raged into 1883.  The Independent reported that Dow Sexton was recovering from an attack of typhoid and pneumonia fever in June 1883. Not all things were gloomy in the 1880’s.  Wiser and Maggie Crum were married in 1887. Wiser had recovered from a terrible scalding on Williams Creek in 1882, while blowing out a valve he was firing at Clere’s sawmill.  The neighborhood had a “belling.”    The wedding was a huge community event. The young couple were treated to cow bells and a barrage of loud noise on their wedding night.   In December Crum was elected into the Mutual Aide Society aka MPS.

By the 1900’s James M. Klaiber had established a blacksmith business.  The blacksmith shop sat near a branch that flows into Long Branch on the right side of the lane leading to a rock quarry on the Reffitt/Blair property (behind and back left corner of barn (2016).   He kept up his tools and techniques through a subscription to American Blacksmith during the 1900’s. His desk was made from an old crate with drawers designed from cigar boxes. The shop was made from board sawed on the farm. His anvil was similar to a London Anvil mounted on a log stump. With the development of modern equipment, he was able to have a rotary blower. A ledger is in possession of the family.

The rock quarry was developed on the Sexton farm and many chimney and foundation stones were utilized up and down the road.  During the era of WPA a rock crusher was used to improve the road. Lon Boggs, living on the road in 1940 is listed as working as a machinist with the WPA. The quarry was leased to the county as late as 1946 for “crushing and ballast for county and state roads and to build tool buildings…”

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 allowed Kentucky farmers to grow hemp.  Hemp was grown in the field across from where Blair’s built their new home (2016).  The first and second annual Long Branch Reunion are held in this field today. By 1940 Federal Census continues to call the road “Poor House”.  It starts at the mouth with the surname Bolt and including families of Workman, Smith, Alexander, Click, Jones, Jenkins, Stewart, and others thus ending with McCormack (head of the hollow). Many are marked as renting.

In 1939 William Albert Brown (son of Thomas Brown and Olivia McGlothlin), a Spanish War (1898) Veteran was laid to rest in what is now marked distinctly as Banfield Cemetery. His death certificate states he was buried in Greenhill which is over the fence but on the same ridge. Brown married several times including into the Stewart and Mayhew family.  It is not clear if he actually resided on our road – at least until his death.

Gas and oil leases were and are popular and active along our road.  In 1938 Landon Klaiber, who had handled explosives while working for Ben Williamson applied for a license for Klaiber Explosives Company.  The business address was Ashland but the explosive material must be made and stored elsewhere. “…nature is buying and selling of wholesale and retail dynamites, powder, gelatin and other high explosives of all kinds and makes including blasting supplies used in connection with said explosives and with hauling and transporting of said explosives …likewise the preparation of explosives for purpose of shooting and exploding same in gas and oil wells, mined and other places…” Klaiber and the Weddington sisters, who were also partners, built a facility on the edge of the property where his father lived on Long Branch.  Today the hollow stands behind where the 2016 Long Branch Reunion is held and is still called “Powder House Holler.”

Hunters are rarely discouraged.  The game association continued meeting after vacating the poor house. Their next cabin was on the cliff across a swinging bridge on what was the Dowdy property.  The hunters named it Camp Schroeder.  At the time they were members of the Eastern Kentucky Coon Hunters Association.  They hunted mostly squirrel and never saw any deer. Because it was hard to access, about 1944, they rented property to the right going up Klaiber Cemetery hill.  Art Damron, (who worked for Glenn Judd, father of “the Judd’s”) bought two box cars and hauled them from Ashland.  They had a porch, an old gas stove and they had the creek for a swimming hole. One box car survived well into the millennium.  In just a few years (1947/8) they moved once again “up the road” and leased from Frank Stewart, for 99 years, for $15.00 and a milk cow.  They had a block machine at Pollard and when one of the members was available would make each block by hand and haul them out.  The Ashland Women’s Club had several “adventures” and had their lunches in the building.  Among the last members was Roy Rice. They tried to revamp the building but it was vandalized and Rice’s son cut and lost use of his arm on a window. These little camps were the forerunners of what is now the Blue Ribbon Fox Hunter’s Association in another area of the county.    The last building on Long Branch still stands on the right of the lane going to Keith Blanton’s home.

The box car clubhouse was rented to Rosa Sammons family for a short time after the hunters moved up the road.  She drew her fresh water from the spring which is still crystal clear in 2016.

In 1950 there were seventy-three dairies in Boyd County.  The mid-fifties changed federal/state health department regulations and production standards. Today you can still see the milk houses left standing on our road.  The bulk truck rumbled, daily, down our road. Compton (Tom & Claudia), Dowdy’s (Thomas &  Sarah), Diamond (Ova & Dovey) and Klaiber (J.H. & Elsie) all had small milking operations at one time. The largest and last milking operation to withstand and improve their milking equipment and barns was Klaiber’s. Most farms along the road raised beef cattle.  From the beginning of the county in 1860 farmers were taxed by the hoof for horses/mules, hogs, cattle and sheep (apparently goats were not worth counting even in those days!).  Tax records show most of the farmers had a few sheep on their properties.

The fifties health regulation requirements included cattle to be tested for tuberculosis and brucellosis (Bangs Disease).  Hydrophobia was also a huge problem and rabies clinics were set up. When a case of rabies was diagnosed, the local health department was required to quarantine the area for a month. The new regulations were a few years too late for the Jones family.   Four-teen year old Charles Jones was out hunting rabbits (they lived in Ashland at the time but had ties on the road) and was dog bitten in late November 1942.  He suffered until January of ’43.  There were no measles vaccines during this time either.  Arthur Jones, just two years old, died in Ashland from the disease in 1944 and once again the family brought another child out for burial.  They, along with other children including Lottie, were children of John and Goldie (Walker) Jones.  Lottie married Norman Lucas, grandson of Henry Kane Lucas.  In January 1967 a case involving a fox on Garner, Route #1 caused two children to have the anti-rabies series.  The fox attacked several cattle and two or three dogs.

When the county began to make improvements to the road in 1955, including rerouting of portions of the creek, right-of-way deeds still included the words “Poor House Branch”. The Tennessee Gas Transmission Company began running lines across several of our properties in 1957. 

We were not the first to get amenities such as electricity, telephones or county sewers.  We do qualify for having one of the last party lines in the county.  Outhouses are a novelty now. Neighbors still get a good laugh from pranks. In the 60’s at least one outhouse was placed in the middle of the road during Halloween.

 Hunting season is still an important ritual.  In the fifties the hills were full of grouse and quail. They are all but gone today.  Turkey had been hunted to extinction by our pioneer families, in our hills, and you never saw a deer.  Deer slowly began to repopulate in the 1970’s and by the 1990’s we all began to see turkey in our fields.

Compton, heirs of Tom, began to subdivide their property in the 1990’s and a new road was created off Long Branch, called Deer Creek Estates.  In May 1998 the family defaulted and the surveyed lots were sold at auction by Brooks Wells.

As time pushes each day into history there are still weddings on the road. In 2012 The Tuzik- Pierzala wedding took place in the field in what was known as the Elisha “Lige” Sexton inheritance until the 1930’s. Other families have lived near the cliffs of that lane including Stapleton and Workman.  In 2014 the lane finally was properly named “Walnut Grove Lane.”

     The road has always flooded and residents know how to time getting in and out. In 1880 H. P. Sexton wrote on May 2nd “Dear son, I got myself to answer your kind letter…hale storm the 24 day of April. Very high water…” Christmas Day 2015 was the first winter flood that our generation can remember.  We were hit with one of the worst floods preceded by a hail storm this year.  Most homes on the road had to have replacement roofs. Lanes eroded and Stewart’s bridge was severely damaged. Flood waters entered the Vanover residence causing severe damage.  “God willin’ and the creek don’t rise” our community will continue to thrive for another two hundred seventy-five years.



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10 October 2015


Over the years we have attended many auctions.  Nothing tugs at my heart more than to see family members ruthlessly bidding against each other to purchase a treasured item at an estate sale.  In the heat of the moment it is often hard to remember that it is the memories attached to the item and not the item itself that we are clinging unto. 

Not all cherished items are antique or expensive.  In fact the most cherished keepsakes are often tattered, chipped and worn.  We have been married 47 years. Memories of my wedding and wedding showers flood back this week. 

The house in Catlettsburg, where my husband's aunts honored our marriage with a shower is now gone. Presents were deposited each gaily wrapped.  I could not help but notice that one present was wrapped in wrinkled paper and no bow.  The ladies would rearrange and kept tucking this package behind the more elegant gifts on display.

Finally the last present was handed to me.  I opened 4 pressed glasses, chipped and worn little dessert bowls.  Julina Sexton Horton Klaiber beamed and said "them is desert dishes" and went on to explain that she had used them many years and wanted us to have them. Julina was 91 years young that day.  I cherish them and use them every year especially during the holiday and smile each time I look at them.  No typographical error this lovely little lady called them desert dishes which makes me think of tropical sandy paradises that she never laid eyes on.

Among my treasures is the bisque cake topper from Howard Clayton and Katherine Marie Halderman Feyler's wedding that took place on 30 November 1918 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio.  It once had a dome to cover the bride and groom in period dress.  With the help of descriptive social page articles that announced the event I can envision the day.  It now is protected in the bow front cabinet in my living room. 

The bow front cabinet sat in the dining room of my grandparents on Gay Street when I was a child. It had gone thru the 1937 flood and was never refinished!  But with a few wood chips looks fine.  My mother said as the water receded they heard clanging and found a log moving back and forth hitting that glass.  It was not even cracked. My mother got it and took it to her home on Jomar in Ashland.  My parents brought it to me when we lived in Ohio.  As they moved it out the door a large table umbrella, propped up on the wall next to the door slid over and hit the glass.  Once again not even a chip to the glass.  I held my breath over the years with teen age boys thinking as the keeper of this wonderful piece I don’t want to be the one that damages the glass, after those stories!  Now my grandchildren peer thru the glass at the treasures.  Little hands leave finger prints that I hesitate to remove because it awes me that they are touching an item from their 2nd great grandparents that went thru the flood of all floods and survived!  My youngest son wants the cabinet and it will be his to continue the story.

A few years ago my husband carried my Ginny doll to an antique show; past many people and booths to have her restrung [I was unable to attend].  She is now whole again thanks to his time.  When I gaze at her I am transported back to a house long ago in Ashland, Kentucky and childhood memories come alive. I would sit cross legged in my tiny bedroom on Algonquin for hours dressing and redressing her. Mother taught me to take excellent care of any doll’s hair and today she looks like she did almost 60 years ago.

We have more valued treasures.  Hubby has his father's leather football helmet.  John Henry Klaiber played for a short time on an early Boyd County team.  We also have a picture of the team with him in helmet. 

Henry and Page Geer Martin's cherry gate leg table with several leaves hosted many family events. These included my great Grandmother Clara Geer until her death the year I was born in 1949, my father, uncle, cousins and friends.   Special events were documented with photographs.  My father was adamant that it be used in my house. It was a catalyst for his memories.  I am so thankful.  Now memories are being created around that table for a 6th generation and yes documented with photographs.

Will my descendants care about these physical items?  Will they have memories from sitting around our family table?   I hope so.

Estates are divided and sold.  Natural events destroy items.  But memories can be preserved.  Oral history pass stories and memories along.  Sometimes the stories are veiled by exuberant family members exaggerating to make the tale livelier as they are handed from generation to generation.   Not everyone can have the table but photographs can be digitized and shared so that each and every person in the family has a visual that will trigger their own memories. 

Just the other day I purchased a lot of books for winter reading.  I thought it was all novels until I found the priceless worn bible tucked among my reading material.  A beautiful story unfolded written in 1949. 

"Mrs. Joyce Stephens Feb 8, 1949 age 16. This bible was presented to me when I married Cecil M. Stephens. There was a $100.00 bill enclosed. My parents, Eva and Boyce McMillon gave all of us $100.00, if we did not smoke, drink alcohol nor coffe. I failed on the coffe. I used the $100.00 on supplies (lumber, etc) for our first home. Dad also gave us 2x4/s from his saw mill.  Trees were from the property on East Main (old Merritt property)."

Hubby and I could not let this wonderful bible story alone.  A little research showed that this lady lost her husband last year but was still living.  Obvious that after such a loss and cleaning out, the bible got lost in the shuffle.  I hit social media genealogy walls.  Within minutes I had 3 cousins from across the United States wanting that bible.  Within three days, one of the cousins, visiting from Florida was on my doorstep to retrieve it.  The joy of getting that bible back to family is beyond words or money. We never sell things like that even though we own a antique store Deliverance Farm Cabin Antiques.  We always try to get the item back to family members as a heart warming gift.

We are given the best device in the world to preserve memories.  The power of the written word.  Today we can combine that power with visual photography and sound bites.  Genealogy programs allow us to "attach" each digital item with the individual that once owned a physical item or was involved in the activity that created a special memory.

Yes, it is wonderful to have a physical item but so deeply sad if that item is fought over and family ties wounded. It is just stuff and we can't take it with us. But we can hold tightly to the memories.

09 October 2015


Boyd County, Kentucky

     Early coroners in Kentucky not only assisted with death by un-natural cause or violence but could process criminal and civil cases as well as make an arrest when necessary. Early records indicate that the coroner was appointed by the local court.   Today coroners are duly elected within each county.  They are considered constitutionally elected peace officers.  They are assisted by the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office when necessary.  There is also a Kentucky Coroners Association providing a network for these elected officials.

     Coroners are required to submit reports to the circuit court on their findings but are not required to keep any particular record system.  Thus records can be vague, inconsistent or very brief when located at the county courthouse.  If a death certificate is marked delayed and the coroner signature appears it is wise for researchers to also check circuit court records for further investigation.

W. T. Hood, Boyd County Coroner 1870. On August 1870 Boyd County Court Orders show W. P. Hoods  appointment.  William Zachary Taylor Hood was born March 1848 the son of William P. and Matilda Howe Hood. He married Helen Davis the daughter of William Davis and Elizabeth McCroskey Davis 18 September 1875.  The Hoods lived on Sammons Fork of Garner on what was to become known as Poor House Road and at this writing is Long Branch Road. Hood did not complete medical college until 1884, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The family later moved to Peoria County, Illinois and later Sangamon County, Illinois. 

W. B. Porter. Boyd County Coroner 1874.  Failed to qualify and left a vacancy county then called and appointed him to fill the vacancy.  Dec 1874 order book 4 page 133

J. W. Martin 1882 Coroner     cited Order book 5 page 35-41 and 347

J. H. Wade 27 October 1890 resigned as Coroner of Boyd County. Order Book 6 page 309 and 346.

A. H. Moore, Boyd County Coroner 1900 -

Charles  R. Hunter, Boyd County Coroner 1921-1931.   In 1930 Dr. Hunter and his wife Eliza B., son Sylvester and daughter Mary V. were residing in Upper Ashland. Dr. Hunter died in June 1932 at Sandy Hook, Elliott County, Kentucky.

J. C. Hall, Boyd County Coroner 1931-[39 still listed]

Russell Compton, Boyd County Coroner 1956-1976.   Compton was a partner and funeral director for Kilgore and Collier Funeral Home, Catlettsburg, Kentucky.  Compton is retired and still lives in Boyd County, Kentucky.

C. Wayne Franz , Boyd County Coroner 1969-1976. Franz was born May 26, 1915 in Wurtland, Greenup County, Kentucky, the son of Theodore Benard and Nora Ann Fox Franz. During the Korean War he was a flight surgeon with the U. S. Air Force.  Franz married Audrey Elwanda Gussler 6 July 1940.  She was the daughter of Ova and Bessie Lyons Gussler. Franz had a private medical practice in Ashland, Kentucky for 30 years.  Franz is credited with establishing an emergency ambulance service in Ashland and was instrumental in the formation of the FIVCO District Health Department.  Franz was acting physician for the Gertrude Ramey Childrens Home for many years.  He served the balance of an unexpired term of Boyd County Coroner...

Philip Michael Neal, Boyd County Coroner 1976 -1998.  Prior to his appointment he acted as deputy coroner under Dr. C. Wayne Franz for seven years. Neal is owner of Neal Funeral Home and Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home located in Catlettsburg, Kentucky.  Mike and his wife Sandra have been active in missionary trips with Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, Catlettsburg.