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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the

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.

                A great amount of work has been done on the Salute to Veteran’s Index and Additional Material book this week.  We have received a nice amount of response from people whose military relative was not included in our six volume set of books or whose information was not as complete as we would have liked at the time of the first publication.  We are always pleased to be able to memorialize in print our men and women who have served our country in the military.

            We would like to continue with the ancestor chart of our visitor of a couple of weeks ago who was a descendant of Kirk Howard and his second wife Emily Joseph.  Hopefully we covered the Howard/Salyer line well enough last week so that the researcher can further her research.  This week we will give her maternal line through Emily Joseph Howard. 

            Emily’s obituary was printed in the July 18, 1941 issue of the Salyersville Independent.  She was born July 19, 1885 and died at the age of 56 years and six months on July 6, 1941.  She and Kirk Howard had three children Callie Howard, Eva Howard and David Howard who all lived in Knox, IN at the time of Emily’s death. Other survivors were a step-son Johnny Howard of North Judson, IN; her father Buck Joseph of Swampton, KY, four brothers Hager Joseph and David Joseph of Swampton, KY, Ramey Joseph of Waverly, OH and Ward M. Joseph of Jackson, KY. She was buried in the Kirk Howard Cemetery at Galdia, KY near the mouth of Bullmire Creek.

            Emily was a daughter of Buchanan “Buck” Joseph and Lucinda Craft who were married in 1878 in Magoffin County.  Buck Joseph was a son of Abner Joseph and Louisa Owens.  Abner was a son of John Joseph and Usley Salyer. Abner’s wife Louisa was a daughter of Robert Owens and Rutha Howard.

            Buck Joseph’s wife Lucinda was a daughter of John Daniel Craft and Idress Risner.  John Daniel Craft was a son of John Willis Craft and Susan Hagins.

            Lucinda Craft and Buck Joseph were the parents of the following children (1) Louisa Joseph m. Michael “Mike” Rowe, son of Brice Rowe and Nancy Bailey; (2) Daniel Joseph m Sally Coldiron; (3) Emily Joseph m. Kirk Howard; (4) Hager Joseph m. Mamie Arnett, dau of Farrish Arnett and Polly Richardson; (5) Ramey Joseph m. 1st Norma Salyer, dau of Leander Salyer and Sarah Arnett then m. 2nd to Lulie Arnett; (6) Warda Joseph m. Mollie Summa.  There were at least four other children who died young.

John Daniel Craft’s wife Idress was a daughter of James Risner and Margaret Adams. She first married Robert Whitaker and they were divorced in 1852.  She and husband Daniel Craft are listed in the 1860 Breathitt Co. KY census, in the 1880 Magoffin County census and in the Morgan Co. KY census records of 1900 and 1910.

Idress and Daniel Craft were the parents of (1) William Craft m. 1st to Emily J. Combs and married 2nd to Mary whose surname is presently unknown; (2) Lucinda Craft m. Buchanan Joseph; (3) Sarah Craft m. 1st to William J. McNew and m. 2nd John W. Brown; (4) Margaret “Peggy” Craft m. Noah Lovely; (5) Thomas Craft m. Sarah Oney; (6) John Craft died at the age of 32; (7) Susan Craft m. Elchanor Arnett; (8) Wilson Craft m. Alice Pieratt; (9) Elijah Craft m. Laura Phipps and lived in Menifee Co. KY; (10) Emily Craft m. John Bailey; (11) George W. Craft m. Amanda Mackney; (12) Martha Craft m. 1st to Frank Craft and m. 2nd to Riley Stamper.

We have a listing of the children of Abner Joseph and his wife Louisa Owens in our Salyer family book printed in 1981. The information came from Mollie Joseph Minix and Audie Gullett Minix.  Abner’s children were (1) Ellender Joseph m. Solomon Joseph, son of William; (2) Robert “Robin” Joseph m. Julie Howard and lived in Breathitt Co. KY; (3) Buchanan Joseph m. Cindy Craft; (4) Luanna Joseph m. Harve Howard; (5) Missouri Joseph m. Jesse Coldiron; (6) Sarah Joseph married and moved to Oklahoma; (7) Wiley Joseph m. Hester Rowe, dau of Brice Rowe and Nancy Bailey; (8) Polly Joseph m. John Arnett; (9) Cynthia Joseph m. Noah Joseph and (10) Alley Joseph married a Calhoun and lived in Columbus, OH.

Abner Joseph’s family lived on Half Mountain in Magoffin County and several members of the family are buried in the old cemetery just below where the Brice Rowe home was located.

Even though we have a pretty good outline of this Joseph family we are in need of much more information for the Joseph family book and anyone interested in contributing family info and pictures for that book is welcome to contact us at Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 or email magoffin@foothills.net.  

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