We are sadly announcing the passing of two of our faithful
members and workers.
Lemaster Rimer (31 Mar 1938-4 Aug 2011), daughter of Mitchell and Una
Borders Lemaster was so good to come in almost daily and see if there was
any work she could do and work she did – from helping get our Journals in
the mail to folding tee-shirts. We will miss her kind spirit and willing
hands. We were not the only recipients of her help and support as she
Center and the local nursing home regularly. She spent much time
helping with patients at the nursing home.
Back in the spring I helped Wilma clean up the cemetery where
her parents are buried. This is where the great white pine settled back
into its place after having its top branches cut off, a small miracle.
Wilma was interred in the new section of the Bluegrass
Cemetery here in Salyersville, somewhat near where my final resting place
Paul Aaron Bailey (24 Mar 1939-2 Aug 2011) of
was always a welcome visitor to any and all of our events. He would pitch
right in and do all that he could to make every event enjoyable and
memorable for everyone attending. We always depended on him during
Founders Days and with any special project we got involved in.
We salute Paul and Wilma! They made our lives brighter and
happier with their presence.
We continue being very busy around the “home-twenty” as many
projects are continuously being worked on. On the front-burner is our 33rd
County Founders Days celebration being held in honor of the Joseph
family. We are striving to get everything in place for this yearly event.
This year we begin on Tuesday, August 30th and our events
continue through September 5th. We hope many of you will be
able to visit our county during that time.
We enjoy getting phone calls from folks as well as regular
mail and emails but actual visits from people generally help us garner
more information and knowledge of our people and the history of our area.
Generally the emails are a little too brief in explaining the needs of the
writer, at least for this senior citizen. We would like to request that
you give more particulars when writing such as dates or approximations,
areas lived, names of siblings, etc. Any known info about the individual
you are researching will help us identify them. Some families use the same
names from generation to generation which makes it a bit harder to
We enjoyed the visit of Karl and Winnie Thacker,
5370 State Route 160,
45614. They were tracing the Hicks, Thacker and Allen families of our
area. While they were here Jimmie Allen and Belsey Connelley happened to
drop in so you can imagine what a “round-table” discussion ensued! The
Thackers were thankful for all the help received and promised to make
Karl is the son of Ervin Thacker and Grace Allen. Ervin was a
son of Bunyon Thacker and Martha Oney. Grace was a daughter of Samuel D.
Allen and Cynthia Hicks. Cynthia was a daughter of William Hicks and Oma
or Naomi Reffitt. We know a lot of you can identify with these families.
Samuel D. Allen’s information was not included in our Allen family books.
He was born in Perry Co. KY.
Kim Arnette-Marcy, 91 Fannon Farm Lane, Casslton, VA 22716
wrote that she was interested in visiting
County during this year’s Founders Days. Her father was William Ellis
Arnett, a son of Seward Arnett and a Risner.
Our Risner book on page 179 lists Seward Risner b. ca.
1867/68, a son of Stephen M. Arnett and Mary J. Risner. Mary Jane Risner
was a daughter of James Risner and Margaret Adams. Margaret was born in
1846 and married Stephen M. “Nat” Arnett b. about 1840/41, a son of Reuben
Arnett and Sally Mann. Incidentally, this is also the line of descent of
Paul Aaron Bailey from the Arnett-Mann family.
Stephen is listed as a school teacher in the 1860
James Risner was born in 1809 Harlan Co. KY and died 30 June
1899. He married on
1828 in Morgan Co. KY to Margaret “Peggy” Adams. She was born in 1809
VA and died
19 Jan 1890.
James Risner was a son of Michael Risner b. 1790 VA and died
about 1866. Michael’s wife was Sarah Howard, a daughter of James Howard
and Elizabeth Green.
Reuben Arnett was born in 1810 and married first to Sally Mann
and secondly to Louraney Jones. Reuben was a son of Stephen Arnett and
Elizabeth is believed to be a daughter of James Howard and Elizabeth
Thank you for your continued interest and support of the work
of the Magoffin County Historical Society, Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465