We trust you and your loved ones had a good Thanksgiving
holiday. We here at the historical society were pleased to see some of
the visitors to Magoffin County at our library and to be able to glean a
little more history of our county and people. Now that December is here,
the material for Magoffin County’s 150th birthday book is being
wrapped up so if you intended to send anything in for the book or if you
needed to finish up a story or send pictures of family or past events in
Magoffin County, now is the time. With all that needs to be done around
here, this will probably be the last request for information for the
Sesquicentennial book. We were looking for stories about our churches,
businesses, civic organizations, post offices/landmarks,
family/individuals, etc. Don’t let this opportunity pass by to commemorate
that part of Magoffin County history that is important to you.
A final cook book in our series of cookbooks is in the works.
This cookbook is also being prepared for the year 2010. We are looking
for your recipes along with family pictures. We invite you to participate
in this project but please do so within the next two weeks.
I’ve spent quite a few hours during the last few evenings
working to clear up the debris from a giant beech tree that fell on the
gravesite of the “Unknown Union Soldier”. This unfortunate event happened
in 1862 during the skirmish or battle at the Ivy Point. A soldier was
wounded and was taken downhill to the old bridge which was located about a
quarter mile upstream from the new Route 30 Bridge, now known as the
This wounded man is said to have been left at the bridge and
died there. He was later found by neighbors who buried this soldier near
the present Caleb May Cemetery.
Randall Risner and I found this burial site last year but
before we could get it marked suitably a freak windstorm toppled a large
beech tree and that tree broke down a few other trees as it fell. I’ve
about got the area cleared up again and the owner of the land, Ray Reed,
has given permission to set a marker.
We intend to put a metal marker and perhaps later, be able to
set a more appropriate monument.
This brings on more thoughts, being that there are more
unknown Civil War soldiers buried in our county, especially in the Middle
Fork area. I think they all need some type of marker, be they Confederate
I got an email from Mary Gough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
who writes that she read my column online and that we share some common
lineage through the Thomas Reynolds Walker line.
She writes she has been working on her Thomas Walker b. 1798
line. He married Mary Ann “Dolly” Rosser. This Thomas was the son of
George Reynolds Walker. Dolly’s obituary led her to George R. Walker, Jr.
who founded the town of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Now Mrs. Gough believes
her Thomas is the son of George R. Walker, Sr. and that George Sr. is the
son of Thomas Walker.
been researching the Walker line for the benefit of my little great
grandson Jesse Brown as he is fascinated with learning more about his
Civil War ancestors as well as the Revolutionary War and finding
information on any ancestors who served.
My grandmother was Ida Thornton Walker and I had always
thought her middle name was an odd one for a female, unless, of course,
she had a Thornton ancestor.
We had erected a monument in our courtyard here at our Log
Cabin Complex several years ago as it has been said that Dr. Thomas Walker
stood in the vicinity and could see a “great sea of cane teeming with elk”
across the river and named the river “Frederick’s River”. The river had
already been named the Licking River by the Indians near its confluence
with the Ohio River at what became Cincinnati some two hundred and thirty
miles downstream. Dr. Walker did leave a hollow he called “Elk Creek” and
it still bears that name.
My grandmother Ida Thornton Walker was born in 1867 and was
the daughter of John Wesley Walker and Rebecca Vaughn. John Wesley was a
son of Delaware Walker b. 1803 and Amy Howse. Delaware was a son of Capt.
George Reynolds Walker b. 1776 and Lucy West. Capt. George was a son of
Thomas Reynolds Walker and Sarah. Thomas Reynolds was a son of Dr. Thomas
Walker b. 1713 and his first wife Mildred Thornton. Dr. Walker married
secondly to Elizabeth Thornton. Dr. Walker was a son of Col. Thomas
Walker b. 1670 and Susan Peachy, daughter of John Peachy. Col. Thomas was
a son of John Walker.
I hope you can follow the outline I’ve given. It seems I am
about the 7th great grandson of Dr. Thomas Walker.
We are located between the WRLV Radio station and the Hall
Community Center here in Salyersville. Our mailing address is Box 222,
Salyersville, KY 41465 (email: