or ship out!” was the command given to old Todd recently by his daughter
Jessica as she attempted to straighten up my work table recently. I’ve
shuffled my mountain of papers around a bit and I can actually see bare
places on the table. In addition, I have re-found queries I am unable to
answer. Are the queries getting harder or is my memory getting weaker?
re-found some materials that I enjoyed taking a second look at such as the
Helton research that Bob Whittaker found for me on the Internet. My older
brother Henry failed to find this in his lifetime. Our mother was Mollie
Helton, the daughter of Ephraim Helton and Abigail Conley. Ephraim was a
son of George Helton and Anna Eastridge. Anna was a daughter of William
Eastridge and a granddaughter of Henry Eastridge and Phoebe Taylor.
Phoebe was a daughter of Stephen Taylor and Sarah Roark. Sarah was a
daughter of Charles Roark and Abigail, believed to be of Cherokee Indian
descent and my 8th generation grandmother. The info also tells
that Ephraim Eastridge served in the American Revolution. Our family was
surprised to find the surnames Roark and Taylor in our ancestry so thanks
learned that my grandmother Ida Thornton Walker was a direct descendant of
Dr. Thomas Walker, an early explorer of this area. Dr. Walker gave the
name to several landmark areas, such as Elk Creek and others. Dr. Walker
described this area at the time as “a great sea of cane teeming with
elk”. We have a monument erected in his honor here in our log home
village. He married twice to Thornton women from near Castlewoods, VA.
came from Mr. Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
concerning Warren Clay Crace who married Goldie Gladys Conley. Warren
Clay was born in 1893 and died in 1979 in Jackson, OH. He was the son of
Campbell M. Crace b. 1861 and Susan Blanton. Campbell was the son of
Nehemiah Crace b. 1841 and Mary Franklin b. 1843.
was the son of Campbell C. Crace b. 1814 and Mahala Craft b. 1813.
C. Crace was the son of Peter Crace b. 1792 VA and Annie Adams b. 1798.
Peter Crace was the son of George Crace b. 1770 and Charity Morgan b.
1775. George Crace was the son of George Crace, Sr. and Christina whose
surname is not presently known.
Gladys Conley was born in Feb 1876, the daughter of Benjamin Elwood Conley
whose first wife was Sarah Burk. Sarah was born in 1880, the daughter of
Charles W. Burk b. 1853 in Indiana.
Magoffin County census lists Leander Burk b. 1875 with a Mary A. Burk b.
1855. They are buried in the Burk Cemetery on Mine Fork: Leander Burk b.
1873 d. 1930, son of Charles Burk and Nancy C. Tackett. Mary A. Burk b.
1856 d. 1933, wife of Lee Burk.
interviewed Mary Wheeler, wife of Lonzie Brown about the Burk family years
ago and there seemed to be lots of stepchildren and it was confusing to
get a clear picture of the Burke-Brown family. Lonzie was a step-brother
to Noah Brown, both of whom I knew very well.
contact us with more information, especially as to who were Susan
Blanton’s parents and who were Benjamin Edward Conley’s parents.
just finished reading again the 18 pages on Sgt. Herman Lacy brought in to
us by Jim Mortimer. This tells his experiences in World War One and has
been inserted into our Salute to Veteran’s series that we are working on.
Those soldiers went through some horrifying experiences to say the least.
watched the KET television show telling of our World War One soldiers sent
to Russia under British command. I’ve read the book by Dennis Gordon
“Quartered in Hell” which is the story of the American-North Russian
Expeditionary Force 1918-1919.
read how our troops suffered under the unbearable conditions such as
having to boil the leather harness of their mules (which they had already
eaten) to try to get a little sustenance from the leather brew, it is
some of our local men in that conflict. Jack Smith’s father, Adam Smith
stated it took about three years to get back home. Adam is buried in the
Earl May Cemetery.
did send food and supplies but it never reached our troops as their
foreign command feasted on them instead. Do you watch our troops today
who are seemingly fighting a battle already lost?
Whittaker and his son James from South Carolina arrived here Sunday
evening about 6 p.m. with some materials for marking local cemeteries. We
traveled up to the Marshall Cemetery on Puncheon Creek near the home of
Tom Marshall and set a cemetery sign in the drizzling rain at the Estill
Marshall, Henry Clay Sizemore, Jack Sizemore, Randall Risner and a couple
of others met us there so we had plenty of camaraderie, a wee bit of
bossing, plus a lot of laughter so all went well. Tom has volunteered to
cut a bunch of small trees so the sign will be more visible.
James are going to the Floyd County court house today to hunt for the
burial site of Revolutionary War soldier Cudberth Stone as he has a
monument ordered for him and also has plans for another monument to be
engraved with the names of his wife and children, etc. I have walked a
good many miles in my search for the Cudberth Stone burial site. I found
Cudberth, Jr. on Rt. 114 at the Hensley’s Nursery. I imagine very few
people know of its location.
addition to all these activities around here, we are also planning our 32nd
annual Magoffin County Founders Days, an event which is rapidly
approaching! Your help would be appreciated in bringing these plans to
at Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 (email
Magoffin@foothills.net) or come in at 191 South Church Street here in