We were happy to have members of the
Blankenship-Patrick-Connelley family visiting our area recently. Joyce
Kellogg of Chagrin Falls, OH had organized the trip for family members to
come to Magoffin County for a revisit of the areas where they and family
members had lived. We first took them on a tour of the Pioneer Village
where they saw and walked on the set of steps that had been given to us
from the former home of Francis and Gladys Blankenship Connelley.
After lunch at the Kozy Korner we then visited the Gardner
Farm and host Ben Gardner delighted the whole group with a tour of the old
Gardner mansion. Ben and I introduced them to “divining rods” for finding
abandoned graves, water lines, etc.
We came back to town and I showed them the approximate area of
the homes where Kate Blankenship and Francis Connelley lived as well as
the Blankenship cemetery.
We then visited the burial site of John Blankenship in the old
part of the Bluegrass Cemetery where I told them about “Big John’s”
showmanship in the 4th of July contests at the Connelley Farm
Park fifty years ago and especially during the 1960 Centennial
celebration. The group proceeded toward the Connelley Farm when we
On this same day, there were several other people visiting our
facility for tours and searching for their ancestors which kept Dorothy
busy. Danny and Pansy Patrick with their family came to visit. It was
Pansy’s grandchildren’s first visit to Kentucky. Belsey Connelley made
the trip in to get to visit with his kinsmen. Judy Combs of Slade, KY
stopped by and blended right in with the Blankenship clan for a tour of
the Pioneer Village.
We were happy to have them all and hope that we were able to
make their trip to our area enjoyable and informative.
Stacy Bays (email@example.com) is searching for her ancestry. She is the 3rd great
granddaughter of Rufas Garland Bays (1816-1865) who is noted for being
elected the first Commissioner of Free Schools in Magoffin Co. KY, 31 May
1860. He was married to Sarah Salyer b. 1823 d. 1900. Stacy believes
Rufas was also a teacher and would like more information.
Our Salyer book gives the info that Abner Salyer was the first
child of William M. Salyer and Nancy. Abner married 30 Jun 1800 to Nancy
Hale. Their first child was Sarah “Sally” Salyer b. 1823 who marr. 1st
to William Griffy. She married 2nd to Rufas G. Bays and
married 3rd to Robert Henry Perry.
David Risner continued with this family in his book with the
info that Sarah Salyer was born in 1823 and married 2nd Dr.
Rufas Garland Bays b. 7 Jun 1816 TN, d. 1865 Olive Hill in Carter Co. KY
and states he was the first Commissioner of Free Schools in Magoffin
The children of Rufas Bays were Elizabeth Bays b. 7 May 1847,
Sena Malinda Bays b. 4 Aug 1849, Rebecca J. Bays b. 1852 and Newton White
Bays b. 1853.
In the Floyd County, KY Land Grants we find that he received
196 acres on Merides Branch on 6 Jun 1851. Two of their children appear
in the 1850 Floyd Co. KY census: Mary Griffy age 7, and William J. Griffy
age 6, dau and son of William and Sarah Salyer Griffey. Mary Griffey
married 1st to William Gilden in 1861 Magoffin Co. KY and later
married a Puckett. William J. Griffey married Nancy Jane, dau of William
In 1870 there is a Nancy Jane Griffy age 27, married to
Nathaniel Row age 30 and they have these children: Benjamin F. Row age 7,
Lodiska Row age 5, Rowland Row age 3 and Newton B. Row age 1 month. In
that same census year there is a William Griffy age 25 and his wife Nancy
J. age 22 listed.
Jimmy Fletcher, 42 Millcreek Road, Gallipolis, OH 45631 wrote
for info on Floyd Fletcher and asked where he was buried.
Floyd Fletcher shows in the 1930 Magoffin County census as age
21 (b. 1919), son of Wince Fletcher and Kate Nickles. He married 1 Jan
1946 to Mable Nickles age 16, dau of Sherman Nickles and Halie Perkins.
Anna Lyons Bower, 1360 Vicksburg South Drive, Greenwood, IN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
sent the following query: David Lyon was born about 1819 in Ohio and shows
up in the 1850 Lawrence Co. KY census: David Lyon age 30, wife Manervia
(Burton) age 32 with children Maria S. age 7, William L. age 4, Susan Age
4 and Mary age 1.
The 1860 Lawrence Co. KY census lists these additional
children: Andrew J. Lyon age 10, Samantha Lyon age 8, John W. Lyon age 6,
George W. Lyon age 6 and Trinvilla Lyon age 2.
After the death of Minerva, David married Susanna O’Bryn and
had two more children: Lou Ellen and Marinda.
We are still collecting stories and pictures for Magoffin
County’s Sesquicentennial book for 2010.
We do want to tell you that this is the time to send in a
recipe with family picture for the cookbook that the historical society is
Maybe we could get Val McKenzie to send in the recipe for the
cake he brought in a few days ago for my belated birthday. He usually
drops in about the time of my birthday when we are having cake. He missed
it this year and when he did come by he brought his own cake!
You may contact us by mail at Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465