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This article, written by Todd Preston,
President of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the March 13, 2008
THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.
Independent is a weekly newspaper published and edited by
Michael David Prater, P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone
(606) 349-2915. Yearly subscription rates are $24.00
in Kentucky and $30.00 per year
out of state.
I took a
Sunday afternoon trip to Puncheon Creek as I have been aware of the
Shepherd Collins gravesite on the point between the left and right forks
for some time, referred to as the Indian Graveyard. I climbed a very
steep hill to a large oak tree and sure enough there was a field rock
tombstone with no inscription. I could tell it was a gravesite but I
had been told his wife and a couple of children were also buried there.
The coordinates are N-37-32.706, W-082-58.933, elevation 1095.
Census records of Magoffin and Johnson counties list Shepherd
Collins. He was born in 1860 and married Malinda J. Dale b. 1870, dau of
Berry Dale and Chaney Cole.
This cemetery is in somewhat of an abandoned condition.
Hopefully some kinsmen will take some interest in it such as a marker
with names and dates to prevent the site from being lost forever.
I went on up to the home of Randal Risner and didn’t have to
twist his arm too much to get him to go on upstream on a cemetery search
with me. We stopped at Anna Barnett’s grave then went up to the Willard
Marshall Cemetery (N-37-40-493, W-082-57.396, elevation 1096).
From there we went to the John Kilgore or Harris Patrick
Cemetery which had Hilda Bernice Griffith (b. 1966 d. 1987) and an Eva
Patrick Risner (b. 1900 d. 1939) buried there. N-37-40.310,
W-082-57.729, elevation 1126. As it was getting late by this time we
called it a day and didn’t continue on to the other sites we wanted to
Now the Easter lilies or daffodils will be in full bloom by
the time you read this. The serpents will also be coming out of
hibernation so waste no time in cleaning up the neglected cemeteries
that you know about.
Dorothy Hunter of Frenchburg, KY (Buchanan @mtc.com) wrote to
inquire where Thomas Igo is buried. A Thomas Igo shows in the 1840
Morgan Co. KY census as age 40 to 50, wife Martha Montgomery b. ca.
1828. We will welcome any help on this query.
Carter Conley of here in Salyersville, KY is trying to find
the death date of his great grandfather, Ephraim Johnson (Johnston) b.
ca. 1864. He shows in the 1930 Magoffin Co. KY census as Ephraim
Johnson age 66, wife Rosa Salyer age 52. Ephraim is buried in lower
Pricy Creek in an unmarked grave. Carter would like to obtain and set a
stone and needs that death date. He invites his relatives to help
financially in this endeavor.
The 1860 Morgan Co. KY census lists Martin L. Johnson age 22
b. VA, wife Letitia Hammon b. 1843 with children Ephraim J. age 4 months
(b. ca. 1859). Letty was the dau of Ephraim Hammon b. 1802 and
Lori Harvey (lharvey @etcia.com) writes they have an ancestor
John Patrick Purcell b. Aug 1839 born in Georgia and went to Purcell, OK
then from there to Texas at age 12 to be with an uncle. Can anyone shed
any light on this query?
Velma Jean Fredrick, 956 Belmont Ave., Mansfield, OH
(vfrederick001 @neo.it.com) writes she has lost a lot of her genealogy
due to a glitz in her computer. She needs to know info on her
grandmother Sarah Jane Reed. Sarah Jane Reed b. 1873 was a dau of
William Martin Reed b. 1857. William Martin married Margaret Patrick b.
1856, the dau of Brice Patrick. Brice was born in 1816 and married 1st
Fanny Minix then m. 2nd to Margaret “Peggy” Montgomery. Peggy was born
in 1815, the dau of John Montgomery Jr. and Sarah Flannery.
Sarah Jane Reed married 13 Nov 1890 to Charles Minix b. 1872,
son of James “Little Jim” Minix. Little Jim was born in 1846 to Charles
Minix, Jr. (b. 1815) and Margaret “Peggy” Patrick b. 1816. Margaret was
a dau of Robert “Robin” Patrick and Brice Patrick was a son of Robert
“Robin” Patrick. Little Jim married Catherine Montgomery b. 1855, dau
of Silas Montgomery. Silas was born in 1822, a son of John Montgomery,
Jr. and Sarah Flannery.
Wilma Taulbee (wtaulbee1 @aol.com) writes her grandfather was
Kelly May, son of Wallace B. May. She says before her mother passed away
they found the gravesites but now she doesn’t know how to get there.
Kelly May is buried in a cemetery near the mouth of Whitt
Harper Branch and Rt. 460 that I copied in 1979. It is sort of hard to
give directions so if you should ever visit Magoffin County come to our
library and we may be able to direct you.
John Kelly May b. 1889, son of Wallace B. May b. 1855, son of
Noah May (Civil War Soldier). Noah was buried at the Lexington National
Cemetery. He was married to Elizabeth Caudill who was buried in the
Prater May Cemetery. She was the dau of Elder Benjamin Caudill and
Abigail Pennington who are buried here in Salyersville near my
residence. My great grandmother Nancy Caudill Conley was a dau of
Benjamin Caudill and thus a sister to your Elizabeth.
Wallis B. May married Angeline Amyx b. 1861, dau of James F.
Amyx b. 1823. James F. was a son of Peter Amyx b. 1784. Peter was a son
of Matthew Amyx who was a Rev. War soldier.
Kelly May married in 1910 to Nora E. Rudd b. 1893. Nora was a
dau of Leander “Lee” Rudd b. 1873. Leander was a son of Archibald Rudd,
Jr. (Civil War soldier). Archibald Jr. was a son of Archibald Rudd Sr.
b. 1792 and Nancy Woosley. Archibald Sr. served in the War of 1812.
Leander Rudd married Jincy Patrick b. 1873. Jincy was a dau of
William Patrick b. 1850. William was a son of Hugh Patrick (b. 1805) and
Mary Jane Prater. Mary Jane was born in 1810 to Archibald Prater and
Sarah Fugate. Archibald was born in 1755 and was a soldier in the
This Sunday, March
16, is the regular meeting time of the Magoffin County Historical
Society. Come visit us at our library at 191 South Church Street around
2 p.m. and help us with plans for the upcoming Founder’s Day.
You may also telephone
606-349-1607 or write Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 (email:
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