You are good, do not know what Nicholas County would do without you. I remember so many
of the people you have spoken of and sure wish they were still around.
Keep up the good work as you are one super gal.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kay Barnes" <pegkay1(a)msn.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2001 3:52 PM
Subject: [KYNICHOL] Ishmael
Taken from the History of Nicholas County, Kentucky; pgs 133-134.
Near Goose Creek, on the Goose Creek Road, is the Ishmael section of Nicholas County. It
was named for the Ishmael family. Carl Ishmael, and his family, live there today keeping
the family name alive in the area.
The :Ishmael's Chapel," as related in Oct. 17, 1878 Mercury was dedicated in
Nov. 1878. It was opened May 01, 1879. The Ishmael Chapel still stands and presently has
an active membership. (1976 publication)
Around 1902, the Ishmael School was so full of pupils that Nancye McGinley Jones, who
grew up at Stoney Creek, relates that her grandfather, George Wallace, had to build seats
for her brother and herself before they could transfer from Stoney Creek School..
The children belonged in the Stoney Creek District but changed to Ishmael District
because when Stoney Creek flooded, which happened often, it prevented their return home on
foot. Someone would be required to come for them on horseback. Of course, the walk each
day from Stoney Creek to Ishmael School and back was a very long, hard one. "We
didn't have rides like the children today."
Some teachers at Ishmael School have been George Lewis Carter, Earl Bowen, Maude Carter
Conley, Laura Hardin Pumphrey, Lena Hopkins McCracken, Miranda Story Wilson. It was called
Ishmaelville School in the Jan. 30, 1879 Mercury and G. W. Neal was teacher.
The Ishmael family is the only family still living in the area that was living there in
the late 1800's. The only other family who has lived in the area a long time, is the
Jack Alexander family. The Alexanders moved into Goose Creek section in 1909 after the
John J. Harbitts left the area. The Alexander home is a log house over 100 years old.
==== KYNICHOL Mailing List ====
"Forbidden fruit creates many jams"