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submitted by
Joe Domnanovich
Birmingham, AL

John White Arnett - b. 3 Feb 1859 Salyersville, KY 
d. 12 Dec 1948 Birmingham, AL.
He was the son of  Thomas Frank Arnett - b. Apr 1837 on the Middle Fork and Eliza Jackson. 
John White Arnett moved to Corona, AL sometime between 1870 and 1891, married Mary Hasiltine Jones and had four children, Minnie, Thomas, George,
and Ruth.

submitted by
Joe Domnanovich
Birmingham, AL

Minnie Brownlow Arnett - b. 18 Dec 1891 Corona, AL d. 17 Oct 1958 Fairfield, AL. 
She was the oldest of the four children of John White Arnett. She was 18 years old in this picture.

Dona Arnett and wife, Clora Salyer Arnett
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

Arnett,  Dona
Born: March  27, 1897
Place: Rough and Tough, Floyd County, Ky
Occupation: Farmer,  Storekeeper, High Sheriff
Died: September 27,  1959
Place: Swampton, Magoffin County, Kentucky
Buried: Arnett Family Cemetery, Swampton, Ky
Parents: William and Poppy Arnett
Married: Clora Salyer
Born: November 3, 1896
Place: Wireman, Ky
Died: August  15, 1978
Place: Ky
Buried: Arnett Family Cemetery, Swampton, Ky
Parents: Napoleon P.  and Alice Salyer
Date of Marriage: January  4, 1915
Location: Magoffin County
Children of Dona and Clora Arnett are:


Poppy Howard Arnett and (sister) Minnie Shepherd Hale
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

Poppy Arnett is on the left. Her sister Minnie, who married Morgan Hale and lived in Oklahoma, is on the right.  They were the daughters of Reuben Howard and Minerva Shepherd.  Reuben married Sarah Richardson and Minerva married Bryson "Bud" Shepherd.

William and
Malinda "Lindy" Jane (Hicks) Arnett
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

William "Bill" Arnett was born November 4, 1869 in Ky.  He died October 27, 1941 and is buried in the Arnett family cemetery in
Swampton, Ky.  He was the son of Jackson Arnett and Lurana Howard  Arnett.  He married Mary "Poppy" (Howard) Arnett (see photo to the left) who died in 1921.  He then married a Linda Jane.
I don't have info on Linda
I am a descendent of Mary Arnett.

additional info:

William married late in life to MALINDA “LINDY” JANE HICKS, dau of James Hicks and Alice D. Ousley, (Lindy) was b. 16 Nov 1885 Pyramid KY, d. 29 Aug 1976, Johnson Co. KY.
m. (1) 13 Apr 1905 Floyd Co. KY to Bob Harmon “Bub” Bailey, b. 28 May 1882, d. 10 Dec 1918, son of -?- Porter and Rebecca Elizabeth “Betty” Bailey. Both are buried in the Hicks Cemetery, Hippo, KY.

William Arnett
and sons
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

William Arnett was a Baptist preacher who held services in his home for his family.  The family farm is in Swampton, Ky and was known as The Narrows.  Much of the original farm is still owned by the family. Sons pictured are:
Menifee b.1894
Dona b.1897
Daniel b.1903
William b.1908

additional info:

William Arnett was the son of Jackson Arnett and Luraney Howard.  He was a minister of the Old Regular Baptist Church.  He first married Mary "Poppy" Howard, dau of Reuben Howard and Minerva Shepherd and they were the parents of all his children: Minerva England, Grace Wireman, M. F. Arnett, Dona Arnett, Celia Brown, Boone Arnett, Polly Stephens and William "Bill" Arnett, Jr.

Dona and Virgie England
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

Dona and Virgie England were children of Henderson England and Minerva Arnett.  Minerva was a dau of William Arnett and Poppy Howard. Dona (England) lived in Chicago, IL, changed his name legally to Donald Waldrice England and was known as "Don".  Virgie known as "Virginia" married James F. Arnett.

Henderson England, Virgie and Dona England
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

Henderson England was the son of William England.
See previous photo description for Dona and Virgie England info.


William "Bill" Arnett
and Mary "Poppy" Shepherd Arnett
photo: Katrina Dekoff.

William Arnett:

Born: November 4, 1869
Place: Kentucky
Died: October 27, 1941
Place: Kentucky
Buried: Arnett Family Cemetery, Swampton, Kentucky
Parents: Jackson Arnett and Lurana Howard Arnett
Married: Mary “Poppy” Shepherd
Born: April 12, 1872
Place: Floyd County, Kentucky
Died: October 2, 1921
Place: Magoffin County, Kentucky
Buried: Arnett Family Cemetery, Swampton, Kentucky
Parents: Reuben Howard and Minerva Shepherd
Date of Marriage August 9, 1887

Children of William and Poppy Arnett:
Minerva           born1890
Gracie              born 1892
Menifee           born 1894
Dona               born 1897
Celia                born 1900
Daniel              born 1903
Pauline            born 1906
William             born 1908

Dona Arnett for Sheriff
photo: Katrina Dekoff.


Homer & June Patrick Arnett Family

Charles Arnett (obituary), son of Homer & June Patrick Arnett


Obituary:  Sheriff Dona Arnett

Dona Arnett
photo courtesy of: Katrina Dekoff

The Salyersville Independent
Friday, October 2, 1959

Magoffin County Sheriff Killed Saturday Night By Hit-Run Car
Two Young Men Are Charged With Plotting and Executing Murder, Woman Held As Material Witness:

      Dona Arnett, 62, serving in his second year of his four-year term as Sheriff of Magoffin County, was struck and killed while walking along the highway near his home on Route 7 above Royalton, at about midnight last Saturday.  Three unidentified men found the body and reported it to relatives who called coroner Ishmael Caudill.

Examination at the funeral home showed that Sheriff Arnett had been struck and run over.
   Suspicious actions and conversation of two young men were reported to the state police, who arrested Early Cole, about 22, of Mason Creek, and brought him and several witnesses before the County Judge Monday.  A court of inquiry was held before county judge Ray Holbrook Monday afternoon and night. 

Judge Holbrook stated that during the conclusion of the inquiry Tuesday morning, Mary Ann Ross, alleged common law wife of Cole, said on oath that Cole and another young man, identified as Ken Fletcher, who has been living in Ohio, planned the murder of Sheriff Arnett in her presence Saturday evening, and that she then accompanied them in a truck belonging to Cole to the Sheriff’s home late that night.  After they came upon Arnett on the highway near the home of his son, they went on up the road, coming back later when he had gotten to a more isolated spot.  Judge Holbrook said the woman then stated that the driver of the truck, Cole, swerved across the road in order to strike Arnett, and after he had been knocked down, Cole ran the truck over him several times. 

Cole was charged with murder and held to the grand jury without bond.  He was taken to the Johnson County jail at Paintsville for safekeeping. Mary Ann Ross was taken to the Morgan County jail at West Liberty where she is also being held without bond as a material witness. A warrant charging complicity in murder has been issued for Fletcher and sent to Ohio.  No return has yet been made on the warrant. 

Judge Holbrook stated that pieces of cloth and traces of blood found on the Cole truck have been sent to the State laboratory at Frankfort for analysis.  He also stated that both Cole and Fletcher had been arrested several times on minor charges by Sheriff Arnett, and that Cole had served 105 days in the county jail some time ago on a charge of cutting and wounding Dick Workman.  Workman subsequently dropped the charge and refused to prosecute, and Cole was released.

Funeral services for Sheriff Arnett were held Tuesday afternoon at the Salk Lick Church, with Reverends Banner Mann and Jim Buck Vanderpool officiating. Interment was in the family cemetery at Swampton, with Caudill Funeral Home in charge.

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