The Home-Twenty crew and I have been trading some ideas back and forth,
about what might be done for Magoffin County’s 150th birthday
next year. We have thought about setting up a sorghum mill between our
barn and the bridge or maybe having a Coon on a Log Contest such as used
to be held at the Conley Farm Pond or a mock Civil War Battle. A lot of
activities such as this would require a large area and might involve
problems with transporting visitors to and from sites. We are still
thinking about possibilities.
understand the city and county committee will be meeting soon to begin
laying out plans for this Sesquicentennial celebration. Keep in mind that
this is not a “one organization” project and that there is something that
every group and individual can do to participate. Get into those
scrapbooks and picture albums! Our historical society is interested in
receiving pictures of long ago places, individuals, family groups, schools
and older businesses of Magoffin County.
took an excursion with Carter and Vivian Conley to the Warren Blanton/
Christopher Gullett Cemetery recently to see if we could get a monument to
that site. We found it possible although Vivian said she kept her eyes
closed while climbing that hill! A few years ago, we set a monument for
Christopher outside the Tackett Cemetery. One was also set by descendants
for Joseph Bailey outside the Cain/Bailey Cemetery on Burning Fork.
Joseph Bailey married Martha “Patsy” Brashears, a dau of Phillip
Brashears, Sr. b. 1727 who married about 1750 to Ann Wilson. Phillip
served as a patriot in the American Revolution in Talent’s Company.
Christopher Gullett married Joseph and Martha’s daughter, also named
The 1850 Floyd County census shows Martha Brashears Bailey at age 100,
living in the household of Christopher Gullett so it is conceivable that
she was probably buried in the Christopher Gullett Cemetery. At any rate,
I am proposing that a memorial marker be set for Martha “Patsy” Bailey.
Vivian and I then went to the Lemaster Cemetery where we will be setting a
monument for “Granny Fanny” Shaver, the midwife of the Falcon area. She is
buried behind the former location of the
The trail up to the cemetery is impassible so we got permission from Doug
Mortimer to pass through his land and go around the ridge. We cleared a
passable road to the cemetery as well as we could. Now, three ladies,
Sandra Hudec from Pennsylvania, Gloria Sue Schreiber from Ohio and Wanda
Bailey from Mt. Sterling, KY financed this monument that is now in the
process of getting lettered. When finished, we expect to set it and have a
dedication later, depending on when the above ladies and others who are
interested can attend.
Monday, Joseph T. Lyons of Ashland and Sue Kellemar of Pennsylvania,
descendants of George Perkins, a Civil War soldier, visited. Sue wanted
to visit his gravesite. I thought they might not be able to find it
without help and I had a hankering to see the improvements the late Burley
Perkins had made to this cemetery located in the head of Mash Fork, so I
volunteered to go along.
wouldn’t have recognized this cemetery had I not heard about Burley
cleaning it up and setting monuments. One marker has the names of all the
known burials in the cemetery. The broom-sage grass is taking over so
perhaps there is someone who will help keep this cemetery in good
condition as Burley did.
Judith Helton Drescher, 5231 SE Bybe Blvd., Portland, and her husband
visited us. Judith is a distant cousin of mine as she descends from Jacob
Helton, a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, George Helton.
Both were Union soldiers and are buried side by side in the Helton
Cemetery located in what is known as the Fairchild Branch of Mash Fork.
The road to the cemetery is limited to ATV travel and Judith didn’t think
she was up to traveling on an ATV so she went on to Staffordsville to
Matthew Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
wrote to say he was wondering if there had been a funeral director in
Salyersville at one time by the name of Reuben Patrick. Yes, I live in
the house built by Reuben “Chick” Patrick’s father, William “Salty Bill”
Patrick. Reuben “Chick” Patrick was born in 1867 and married Sola Bailey,
dau of John Bailey and Elizabeth Power. Chick Patrick also built the
first telephone system in Salyersville.
1950, I married his granddaughter, the late Phyllis Prater.
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