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Here what was in the ky Post about Kin Book Edith
Column by David Wecker
On one wall in Dr. Ken Tankersley's study in Highland Heights, Ky., is a
sepia-tone photograph of his great-grandfather, John Wesley Byrd, white-haired,
square-jawed, his family gathered around. The portrait was made some time after
he lost an eye in a shotgun blast.
"That occurred at a still in Fogertown, over in Clay County," Ken says.
"Tubhead Cornett ran the still. They were drinking when a dispute broke out
over something or other. Tubhead pulled a shotgun and would've blown my
great-grandfather's head off were it not been for the quick thinking of his cousin,
Doublethumb Buttry, who shoved the barrel aside so that all my
great-grandfather lost was an eye."
Tubhead, OK. But Doublethumb?
"One of his thumbs branched off into two," Ken explains.
"You had a lot of inter-marrying in that part of Kentucky in those days,
especially among people with American Indian ancestry. It's a part of what led to
so many stereotypes we have about Appalachian people."
The incident nearly left Jane McWhorter a widow a second time. Her first
husband, a mixed-blood Powhatan-Cherokee named Delaney Bowling, was beaten and
shot in the chest by a band of Ku Klux Klan in the woods near Walnut Grove
Church, also in Clay County. Then they shoved his head through the spokes of a wagon
and drove off at a full gallop.
Jane kept Delaney's bloodstained shirt in a chest and passed it along to her
youngest child, Charlotte, who was born in 1908. She moved to Cincinnati, Ken
says, to escape the violence of Eastern Kentucky. In 1981, when his mother was
cleaning out his Grandma Charlotte's attic, Ken held the shirt in his hands
one last time. He suspects his grandmother finally yielded to pressure from his
mother to get rid of it.
These are pieces of Ken's own history, flint chips from his personal
anthropology. He is an eighth-generation Kentuckian and the first of his family to go
to college, let alone do post-doctorate work. His heritage is a blend of
"Scotch-Irish and Cherokee." He looks more the former with his red hair and blue
eyes. But he can remember his father telling his dark-eyed sister to bleach her
hair so she would look less like an American Indian.
"Stereotypes die hard," Ken says. He is 47, old enough to remember sitting in
front of the TV, watching Disney's romanticized version of the Davy Crockett
story, where all the Indians were bad guys. He remembers, too, watching the
Lone Ranger, whose Tonto was Uncle Tom in buckskin.
"It wasn't until Wounded Knee, in 1973, that it was OK to be an American
Indian, and acceptable to be proud of that heritage."
Dr. Tankersley is an author, cancer survivor, anthropologist, research
associate for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, historian, consultant for the
British Broadcasting Company and a chronic dyslexic.
His newest book, "In Search of Ice Age Americans," (Gibbs Smith, $24.95) is a
remarkable and highly readable collection of untold tales of the most
important archeological discoveries in American history. One of that book's spinoffs
is a TV production, "What Killed the Mega Beasts?" which premiered in August
on the Discovery Channel.
"Mega Beasts" is his term for the huge mammals that once populated the region
— the mastadon, the mammoth, the giant sloth, to name a few. So what killed
"I think, beyond a reasonable doubt, it was global warming," he says.
"Did people have a hand in it? Absolutely. They hunted and killed. But the
huge mammoths would have died out without people. There was a time when, as a
child, you would have seen mammoths walking the landscape — and 40 years later,
they were gone."
One chapter in particular, about Big Bone Lick in Boone County, should be
required reading in every school in Northern Kentucky. He describes the
significance of the ancient salt lick:
"Big Bone will forever have a place in the history of science because it
provided the likes of Benjamin Franklin (and) Thomas Jefferson — evidence of the
Ice Age, the giant creatures that lived during that time, and the people that
These days, he's working on three TV documentaries — including one inspired
by the book about a year in the life of a band of Stone Age people. The
working title is "Monsters We Met."
He's also working on three books. One, he's not allowed to discuss because of
an agreement with his publishers. The other two have these working titles —
"Lakota Land" and "Kentucky Cherokee: People of the Cave."
He likes tracking down stories that aren't in history books, coming across
what either has been long-forgotten or was distorted long ago to suit someone's
bias. His attention flits eagerly from one subject to the next — from the Ice
Age to the War against the Cherokees in the 1790s, from why Kentucky is so
rich in history and so misunderstood to the French commander who brought 440 men
to Big Bone Lick in 1729.
For a moment, the conversation touches on Harriette Simpson Arnow's novel,
"The Dollmaker," about the struggle of an Appalachian family that moves to
Detroit during World War II.
It was like that for Ken's dad. He tried finding work in Jackson and Clay
counties after the Korean War, then moved to Cincinnati to take a job at the Ford
transmission plant in Fairfax. Because of that, Ken says, it became possible
for him to attend the University of Cincinnati.
"I taught at Purcell High School for four years, but I couldn't really read
until I was in my early 20s — did I mention my dyslexia is chronic?" he says.
He got along, he says, because he has almost a photographic memory. And
because of a special education teacher at Purcell who noticed he seemed to have a
problem, although he was good at hiding it.
"It was because of that, essentially, that I learned to read," he says.
"Once I reached that point, it opened a whole new world. That's why I write
so voraciously. If I were to stop, the dyslexia would take over again.
"So I can't stop. The fortunate thing is, I love what I do."
Contact David Wecker at 352-2791 or via e-mail at sambets(a)choice.net.
Publication Date: 11-09-2002
Thiss was in the cint Post
19. Eli BOLIN (BOWLING) "Bad Eli" (James, ) was born about 1785 in Lee
County Virginia and was christened 1806 in Clay County, Kentucky. He died
1833 in Anderson, Clay County, Kentucky.
name: There are various spellings for the surname Bolin. Many private
papers have numberous different spellings but all pertain to the same
person. Verfied by property tax papers.
name: Eli's name is actually Elijah
census: According to the 1830 census of Kentucky it states that Eli had 2
males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male and 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 30-40, I
assume this was his wife and he was about 40-50 yrs old.
Eli was killed by John Cundiff.
Bad Eli married (1) Sarah ANDERSON "Sally" on 1806 in Hawkins County,
They had the following children:
24 F i. Rebecca or Rachel BOLIN (BOWLING) was born 1806.
Rebecca married Jesse ROBERTS on 24 Nov 1822.
+ 25 M ii. James BOLIN/BOWLINGJames BOLIN/BOWLING was born 7 Feb 1807 and
died 11 Feb 1882.
26 F iii. Nancy BOLIN (BOWLING) was born 1808.
Nancy married Thomas Boone ROBERTS on 1 Jul 1826.
27 F iv. Lydia BOLIN (BOWLING).
Lydia married John Clem HURD on 27 Feb 1839.
28 M v. Blevins BOLIN (BOWLING) was born 1815 in Knox County, Kentucky.
Bad Eli also married (2) Nancy HERD. Nancy was born 1790.
They had the following children:
29 F vi. Mary " Polly" BOWLING/BOLIN was born in Knox County, Kentucky.
30 F vii. Lavina BOWLING/BOLIN was born in Knox County.
31 M viii. Pallace BOWLING/BOLIN was born 1824 in Knox County, Kentucky.
Pallace married Polly CORNET on 30 Mar 1845 in Clay County, Kentucky.
32 M ix. William BOWLING/BOLIN "Old Speck" was born 1828 in Clay County,
33 M x. Eli BOWLING/BOLIN was born 1833 in Clay County, Kentucky.
DEATH: Eli died while serving his country in the Union Army in the Civil
WAr. This information came from geo cities site.
Eli married Ibby BAKER on 1 Dec 1861.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat" <nanapat(a)mscomm.com>
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: [KYCLAY] Nancy Herd
> I have Nancy married to Eli "Bad Eli" Bowling, son of James and Sarah
> Blevins. This could be speculation but from family info it could be
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Carr" <mrc3183(a)one.net>
> To: <KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 7:14 AM
> Subject: [KYCLAY] Nancy Herd
> > Does anyone have imfo on Nancy Herd?
> > Thanks
> > Martha Jo Marcum Carr
> > Descendants of Nancy Herd
> > Generation No. 1
> > 1. NANCY1 HERD She married (1) WILLIAM WILSON. She married (2) ELI
> > son of LEVI BOWLING and MARY ASHER. He was born Bet. 1785 - 1786.
> > Children of NANCY HERD and WILLIAM WILSON are:
> > i. MAHALIA2 WILSON, b. Abt. 1811, Kentucky; m. JAMES "BEAR CRK JIM"
> > January 03, 1829, Bear Creek, Clay Co., Ky.; b. February 07, 1807,
> > Tennessee; d. February 11, 1882.
> > More About MAHALIA WILSON:
> > Fact 1: Had ten children
> > ii. CHILD WILSON.
> > Children of NANCY HERD and ELI BOWLING are:
> > iii. ELIJAH2 BOWLING.
> > iv. MARY "POLLY" BOWLING.
> > v. PALLIS BOWLING.
> > vi. WILLIAM BOWLING, b. 1827, Clay Co, Ky.; d. 1893; m. (1) EDITH BAKER,
> > 1846; b. Abt. 1828, Owsley Co, Ky.; d. May 04, 1854, James Wilson Baker
> > Owsley Co, Ky.; m. (2) SARAH JANE BAKER, 1870; b. December 26, 1844,
> > Co, Ky.; d. October 01, 1931, Owsley Co, Ky..
> > vii. ELI BOWLING, b. 1833, Clay Co, Ky.; d. December 01, 1881, London,
> > Laurel Co, Ky.; m. ISABELLA BAKER, July 24, 1851, Owsley Co, Ky.; b.
> > 1829; d. Henry Gabbard Cem, Indian Creek, Owsley Co, Ky..
> > More About ELI BOWLING:
> > Fact 1: Civil War - Union
> > viii. VINA VINEY BOWLING, b. 1836, Clay Co, Ky.; d. Clay Co, Ky.; m.
> > WOODS; b. Abt. 1815, Owsley Co, Ky.; d. Clay Co, Ky..
I am looking for the History Book on Clay Co that includes a picture of
George Goforth and his wife. It was made in the early 1900's. Picture is in
black and white. It shows George with a big mustache. Would love to have
copy of that picture.
Kay Goforth Adams
A WEDDING GIFT REMEMBERED
By Jess Wilson
Saturday, August 24th, was the annual meeting of the Wilson Tribe at the Possum Trot Wigwam. When it was over, Ruth went with daughter, Becky to Lexington so as to attend a wedding shower for granddaughter Tona`s wedding shower on Sunday. I was politely informed that a wedding shower was definitely a woman affair. Therefor, I invited myself to spend the night with friends, Carl and Nan Herd. They live near the Webb cemeteries on Red Lick in Madison County that Kandy Campbell has been writing about. I also wanted to attend the Webb Family Reunion at Indian Fort Theater on Sunday.
I was not expecting to find anyone at the Webb Reunion that knew me but I hoped to meet Kandy. The first person I met was a man that had sold whiskey stave bolts to my father, Pleas Wilson. Needless to say, I had a great time, even found a Whicker that was a candidate for Sheriff of Madison County I had the opportunity to tell him the saga of his ancestor, Zachariah Whicker, who was a Veteran of the War With Mexico and served in four different Union regiments during the Civil War. He married twice and had two families and used the same given names to children in each. That is another story.
After the Reunion, I met Becky and Ruth in Berea and Ruth and I returned home last night. This morning at breakfast Ruth was telling me about the wedding shower. It must have been an upper middle-class affair with all the proper rites and ceremonies. This for a girl who spent her infant years in a Hippy Colony in a canyon in Oregon and hitch-hiked with her mother back to Kentucky when she was a toddler.
I asked Ruth if she could remember and locate a single wedding gift that we had received when we married sixty two years ago. I then reminder her that my aunt, Laura Wilson-White, gave us a sad iron that has been displayed in the winding stairway tower to the Air Castle bedroom for several years. The wooden part of the detachable handle had been burned off when some one forgot to remove it when they sat it to heat on a hot stove. I was flattered that Aunt Laura would give me a gift that needed to be repaired. In those days wedding gift giving was a more personal affair. There was no announced time or place to give and receive and no peer pressure to do so. Can you recall and still locate a gift you received that many years ago?
As I relaxed in my easy chair after breakfast I was watching three squirrels at and near our bird feeder. Suddenly a BOB CAT sprang out of the shrubbery and the bushy tails headed for tall timber. Have you ever seen a bob cat?
Bob cat, sometimes called wildcats, are larger and more rangy than a large domestic cat. Their extra long legs, tufted ears and a diminutive tail are the identifying features. Another distinguishing feature is their call or scream. This my father experienced one mid-winter morning. He recalled later that it felt unusually cold when he got up and started the fires in our house. As he went out the front door to go to fire up the saw mill boiler, he screamed as he hit the cold air. From a tree on the hill side not m ore than 200 feet away, a bob cat answered him with a scream that made his blood run cold. He said later, "I never came so close to tucking my tail between my legs and going back into a warm house in my life."
My Sister and I are looking for old cemeteries to make a book. We have been to cemeteries that are not found on any Clay Co. map. We have all of the Brightshade area begining at 1524 that connects with 421. We have all of them on Rt. 2000, 1524, Brightshade, Mill Creek, Goose Creek and Ashers Fork all the way to 66. Now we are working from 66 back to 421 in the Red Bird area. Because we both work we can only do this on the weekend and if there is no sickness in the family. So please bare with us. We still have a long way to go.
When we get finished with all of this we will let everyone know.
Lisa Wombles & Patricia Ann Smith
I don't know a Hugh Hacker but still might be some relation. My grandfather
was from Jackson County.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2002 9:08 PM
Subject: Re: [KYCLAY] Memorial Day Memory
> hi gladys
> you mention your parents were hacker's from clay county. my grandmother,
> violet brewer arnett had a cousin hugh hacker from clay county, he also
> in the ross/cleves area in ohio at one time. would he be a relative of
> any info would help
You mentioned a Taylor White who was your father's brother-in-law. He
is probably related to me in some way. My father grew up in Clay County. His
name was Taylor Gilbert White Jr. His father was Taylor Gilbert White who was
Daisy Dean (Potter) White. Did you ever know this family? My Uncle Bev White
very interested in the family genealogy and did quite a lot of research
before his death. I have a copy of a letter he wrote in 1975 to Ted White and
Will White. In the letter he mentions the work of Roy White. Aparently he
disagreed with some of what Roy had about our decendency in the Gilbert line.
I will send you a copy if you wish to see it. (Actually, it's a copy of a
copy he sent to my dad) They had another much younger brother named Robert
Gabriel White who died in World War II. All three are
no longer living. I wish I had taken the time when I was younger to learn
more about the family. I am so grateful for all that I have learned on this
website and what my uncle and father left for my sister and I to piece
together. I hope to come to Clay County sometime soon...hopefully, for the
Potter reunion in June.
Thank You for all the information you've shared with us all,
Mary (White) Greenwald
Gerri!! That Marcum page Is my husbands family too!! Sarah Marcum is Brice's
grandmother and lived next door to them until she died.. The Levi Robinson
is my father in-law!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hazel/Jack" <RRoche(a)InfoAve.Net>
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 10:55 AM
Subject: [KYCLAY] Re: Clay Co. Ancestors
> Actually, my step grandfather was William M. Marcum; however, he and my
> grandmother were married for 59 years before she died so I did some work
> his line. He is the William out of Issac and Jane Marcum's line, which are
> desc. of Thomas. That line is at:
> As for the Bowlings, I come out of Jesse and Mary Pennington Bowling's
> No, I do not know Matt Hensley; however, I had heard of my Grandmother
> of him.
> Hazel Roche'
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Darrel Claibourn" <dgclaibo(a)hit.net>
> To: <KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 7:24 AM
> Subject: Re: [KYCLAY] Clay Co. Feuds
> > Hazel,
> > Would you be of the Thomas Marcum line?
> > The Bowlings(my grandparents-mother's side)would be Bige Asher & Mary
> > Bowling(farm was on Red Bird).
> > Do you know of a Matt Hensley?
> > Gerri
> > dgclaibo(a)hit.net
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Hazel/Jack" <RRoche(a)InfoAve.Net>
> > To: <KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> > Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 10:49 AM
> > Subject: Re: [KYCLAY] Clay Co. Feuds
> > > Gerri,
> > >
> > > No, I do not have the Hoskins in my line; however, I do have the
> > > Marcums and Bowlings.
> > >
> > > Hazel
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Darrel Claibourn" <dgclaibo(a)hit.net>
> > > To: <KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> > > Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 5:31 AM
> > > Subject: Re: [KYCLAY] Clay Co. Feuds
> > >
> > >
> > > > Hazel,
> > > > Do you have the Hoskins name in your research?
> > > > Gerri Hoskins
> > > > dgclaibo(a)hit.net
> > > > Names researching: Bowling/Bolling, Asher, Britton, Hoskins, Marcum,
> > > Baker,
> > > > White, Moore, Begley, Sizemore, Roberts, Hensley, Hacker.
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Hazel/Jack" <RRoche(a)InfoAve.Net>
> > > > To: <KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> > > > Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 2:11 PM
> > > > Subject: [KYCLAY] Clay Co. Feuds
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > Jesse,
> > > > >
> > > > > I read a short article some time ago pertaining to William
> > > > preacher, being killed in a feud. Do you know anything about this
> > William
> > > > Gambrell?
> > > > >
> > > > > Hazel Roche'
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
Does any one have access to the "BOOK" Pioneer Families of Clay County KY.??
In my research (long ago) I was informed the SMITH who helped Daniel Boone
blaze a trail through the wilderness was my "SMITHS" ,would be so thankful
for any help! Mr. Woods was the person(God rest his sole) who told me this.
His wife, Ethel was the daughter of my great Aunt Lucy , nee SMITH.Sister to
my grandpa, Elzie, s/o ADDISON, s/o Elias & Eda SMITH.Thanks, Katie
MEANS (ARTHUR , WILLIAM, MAHALA)
SMITHS ( ELIAS,ADDISON,ELZIE)
SWAFFORDS (ISAAC, FRANKLIN,SARAH)
Marie, the Bishop girls appear to be the children of William B. "Junior"
Bishop (b. 6 Mar 1825 in Clay County) and Esther Baker (b. 1832 in Clay
County). Esther was Adoniram Baker's niece. She and William Bishop were
divorced at some point, but I don't know the date.
Researching McIntosh, Bates, Jones, Burns, Combs, Davidson, Bishop, Smith,
Morris, and others in Clay County, Kentucky and surrounding counties.
on 5/1/01 7:00 AM, KYCLAY-D-request(a)rootsweb.com at
> From: "marie bollin" <mbbollin(a)koan.com>
> Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 20:48:21 -0700
> To: KYCLAY-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: [KYCLAY] BISHOP
> On the 1860 Owsley Co Census I found a SARAH BISHOP age 8 and a RACHEL BISHOP
> age 6 in the Household of Adoniram & Nancy Baker. Does anyone know the
> parents of these two BISHOP
> children? I would appreciate any information. Thanks. Marie Bishop Bollin
> in CA. mbbollin(a)koan.com
On the 1860 Owsley Co Census I found a SARAH BISHOP age 8 and a RACHEL BISHOP age 6 in the Household of Adoniram & Nancy Baker. Does anyone know the parents of these two BISHOP
children? I would appreciate any information. Thanks. Marie Bishop Bollin in CA. mbbollin(a)koan.com
For the New River Records on the Web, try:
Today, that would be Ashe Co., NC, which was made out of Wilkes Co., NC in
1799. The Bowlings, Penningtons, Bargers, etc. went to Lee Co., VA from
Ashe from Wilkes Co., NC. I have worked on the Bowlings, Pennintons,
Bargers, and lots of other families from Clay Co., KY; however, the
Eversoles are not in my lines. Email me if you are interested. Hazel
Roche' from Wilkes Co., NC
At 09:58 AM 03/05/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>Can anyone help me with the Eversole family, please? William B. Eversole
>(Cutshin, Kentucky) describes his family somewhat on January 15, 1898 in the
>Dickey Diaries. He says his father's name was Joseph and his mother was
>Sallie Bowling, d/o Rev. Jesse Bowling who came from New River, VA. He also
>says that his great grandfather was Jacob Eversole. Can anyone put this
>family in genealogy format for us. And also, would anyone know where "New
>River" records would be located today?? Thanks.
>Create a FREE family website at MyFamily.com!
Mike Carr wrote:
> Armps Moore b. 15 Oct 1865 in Rockcastle Co, Ky.
> d. 14 Nov 1918 in Jackson Co, Ky. bur. Moore Cem, Jackson Co, Ky.
> Married Margaret Elizabeth King 25 July 1891 in Jackson Co, Ky. dau of James King and Marinda Vickers. she was born 16 Feb 1870 In Kentucky and died 28 Dec 1928 Jackson Co, Ky. bur. Moore Cem, Jackson Co, Ky.
> Their children:
> Tabitha Moore b. 1 July 1893 in Jackson Co, Ky. Married (1) James McClelan Crank (2) George Washington Tillery
> Eva Moore b. 4 Aug 1894 in Laurel Co, Ky. mar. Luther F Bowles
> James R Moore b. 13 June 1898 in Jackson Co, Ky. I have 3 wives (1)Martha Jackson, (2)Callie King, (3) Rebecca Tincher
> Walter Moore b. 3 March 1901 in Jackson Co, Ky. mar. Lillie Angel
> Lourinda Rinda Moore b. 4 April 1903 in Bond, Jackson Co, Ky. mar Delbert Sams
> Albert Moore b. 13 April 1905 in Jackson Co, Ky. mar. Anne Baker
> Sarah A Moore b. 11 June 1908 mar. Hignite
> Rebecca S Moore b. Mar 1910
> Wesley Wiley Moore b. 6 July 1912 in Jackson Co, Ky. mar Rosa Tincher
> I just can't find old Armps. I have a feeling there is more to his name than just Armps. Is there anyone out there who can help me connect Armps with his parents??? Could he be connected to the Owsley Co Ky Group of James & Ellender Hamilton Moore, or the Moores of Clay Co Ky? Thank you for any help you can give.
> Martha Jo Carr
HELLO!MY NAME IS GERRI HOSKINS CLAIBOURN AND I AM DOING GENEALOGY ON
MY MOTHER'S SIDE. MY GT.GRANDMOTHER(REBECCA WHITE-M.JOBE BOLLING[SP]).
HER PARENTS WERE JAMES WHITE & DRUCILLA MOORE=OF CLAY CO. AREA.
I WILL SEARCH THE NAME-AMPS MOORE-AND SEE IF I CAN FIND OUT INFO.
GERRI HOSKINS CLAIBOURN
PS.MY MOTHER'S SIDE IS THE BOWLINGS/BOLLINGS/MOORE/WHITE/LEWIS-2LINES.
MY FATHER'S SIDE IS THE HOSKINS/BRITTON/JESSE ROBERTS LINE/DILLON
ASHER LINE/THOMAS MARCUM LINE.
Thomas Pevlor wrote:
> Does anyone have any information on Rachel Metcalf she was married to Francis Marion
> Hensley. My grandfather Rev. Francis Marion Hensley was their son. I do not have the
> names of all their children. I have Emily, Rachel, Easter, Taylor and Marion.
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Hello!!I have some Hensleys that I'm researching them.
Would this Emily Hensley be the one who married to Steve
Thomas Hoskins(s/o John Hoskins & Sally/Sarah Ann Britton)?
Gerri Hoskins Claibourn