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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
APRIL 10, 2014  issue of THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

The Salyersville Independent , a weekly newspaper. P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone (606) 349-2915.  Yearly subscription rates are $24.00 in Kentucky and $32.00 per year out of state.

            Our historical society has lost another person who has helped us through all the years of our existence.  Sharroll Kay Minix of Lexington, KY died Friday, March 28th.  She was born and grew up in Royalton here in Magoffin County, the daughter of Fred and Audie (Gullett) Minix.  Sharroll and her late sister Clarice ďTinyĒ Minix were very interested in our area heritage and succeeded in having several markers set for early ancestors.  Sharroll was an excellent researcher and spent much time traveling to various libraries, courthouses and historical sites to gather information.  She has contributed information to many of our publications and served as speaker at several of our Founders Days celebrations.  She was considered an authority on many of our area families, including Patrick, Minix and Gullett.  One of her last research projects was to help us locate another child of our Manns progenitor, Samuel Manns. Many people have benefited by and will continue to glean information important to their own family research through her work. 

            I spoke with Sharroll just a few weeks ago when she called to tell us she had two articles ready for our quarterly Journal.  We did not know that she was ill and her passing came as a real shock to us.

            We went to the Wiley Arnett Cemetery on Oakley Creek for the graveside services.  This is a beautiful, peaceful place.  A wonderful group of family and friends met there on Wednesday, along with her church friends and pastor from Lexington as she was laid to rest among many generations of her family. 

            We believe spring has finally arrived.  The many winter snowstorms, heavy rains with resulting flooding and extremely low temperatures have taken their toll on the Pioneer Village so we are preparing for a major cleaning and fix up of the cabins and grounds. 

            It is also getting time for family and area cemetery cleanings to take place.  We would like to encourage you to take a little extra time and record the names and dates of those on your family cemetery and send the information in to us here at Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 or email to Magoffin@foothills.net.  We are also interested in cemeteries in the surrounding counties as we are a rather young county, having been formed in 1860, and our people trace their earlier ancestry back to these older counties.

            It is almost time for Bob Whittaker of South Carolina to be in our area again.  This Saturday, April 12th is the date that he will be here to set and dedicate a Revolutionary War marker for James Howard.  The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the 12th and the location is Elmrock Decoy Road in Hindman, Knott Co. KY. If you would like to follow a group of us over to that location then meet with us here at 191 South Church Street 8:45 a.m. this Saturday morning. 

            We all want to wish Jimmie Allen a very happy birthday.  We got to attend a little gathering of his friends and celebrate this special occasion.  Jimmie is always on the look out for more history and genealogy of our area and is a wonderful contributor of material to our Journals.  You are invited to do the same so that your family and the community in which you live can be remembered for the future generations.  We had the pleasure of another visit from Brian Ann Arnett who is doing just that and she is encouraging her friends and family members to contribute their pictures and family stories also. 

            There are many churches, businesses, groups, and families whose stories have not yet been put into print.  Some of you have submitted material for the Sesquicentennial book and be assured that is being worked on and we hope it wonít be too long before it is in print.  We were sorry to lose Will Press "Pud" Conley, age 88, a resident of Auxier Branch in Salyersville, KY who passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014. He was a son of the late Bernie and Trennie (Cooper) Conley.  There is a very nice pictorial story of his family in the Sesquicentennial book, along with some of his writings. 

            We send our thanks to Chuck Gross of Marietta, GA who sent us his genealogy report for William Clemmy Joseph.  This information will be very helpful in compiling a book on the Joseph family.  In Mr. Grossís manuscript he has info that William Clemmy Joseph was born in 1780 Delaware and married about 1800 to Cassandra Stafford. One of their children was John Joseph b. 1823 Copper Creek, Russell Co. VA and died in 1864 Magoffin Co. KY.  Johnís wife was Usley Salyer, daughter of William M. Salyer and Nancy Raney.  John and Usley were married 7 August 1823 Perry Co. KY.  The material in Mr. Grossís papers continues with the descendants of John and Usley.

My sister Jane Conley and her friend Marla McFarland are already gearing up for the 2014 Magoffin Day in Fairborn, OH.  They have sent us pictures and info on last yearís gathering along with an invitation for anyone interested to attend this yearís event.  It will be on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until as long as you wish to stay.  This is at the Bath Township Community Building, 1006 Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road, Fairborn, OH.  There is a website for the building: www.bathtownshipgreencountyohio.us

Their pictures from last yearís get-together and more info will appear in our first Journal of 2014.    

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