We are ready to MARCH into spring! Looks like a lot is
happening this month, Daylight Savings Time on the 9th; our
monthly meeting of the Magoffin County Historical Society on the 16th,
St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and First Day of Spring on the 20th!
Time to start thinking about planting those gardens and getting the yards
We have the Winter Journal finished up – we are late getting
it out but we think our members will enjoy this one even if it is a little
late. There are several good articles in it along with a generous
sprinkling of pictures and info from our 35th Annual Magoffin
County Founders Days celebrating the heritage of the Rudd family.
One article in this Journal that I am looking forward to
reading is The Aurora Borealis Comes to Lacey, KY by Harold Risner of
Ohio. We have been fortunate to have him as a member for several
years and he has contributed many fine articles to us for printing as well
as helping us with genealogy of his family and area in
Magoffin County where he grew up. We think this article will spark some
memories among our readers of seeing the “Northern Lights”. Maybe you
will write down your own early memories of things that happened in your
We got a very nice email this week from Steve Bailey who also
sent along some pictures of his family to go along with his query. We
will be printing these pictures in the spring Journal of the Magoffin Co.
Historical Society. Steve’s father was Alfred Bailey, the son of Jasper
Bailey and Louisa Cole who lived on the Cole Branch of Middle Creek of
Floyd Co. KY, neighboring the border of Magoffin.
Jasper Bailey was born 30 Oct 1893 and married
24 Jul 1910 in Magoffin Co. KY to Louisa Cole. Jasper was a son of William A.
Bailey b. 1869. William married in 1889 Magoffin Co. KY to Easter Cole.
Easter (her name was apparently Teda Easter) was a daughter of James Cole
and Arminta Hampton as evidenced in the Floyd Co. KY Vital Statistics.
Easter was born 28 Jan
1873 on Middle Creek, Floyd Co. KY; her father was born in Floyd Co. KY;
her mother was born in Magoffin Co. KY. William was a son of Alfred
Bailey (1825-1890) and his first wife Margaret Adams.
William and Easter Bailey are found in the 1900 Floyd Co. KY
census, living on Abbott Creek. William was age 33, Easter was age 25.
The children in their household were Luvada Bailey age 10, Preston Bailey
age 8 and Jasper Bailey age 6.
By 1910 William Bailey at age 45 was living in
Magoffin County and was
listed as a widower. He had two daughters in his household, Virgie Bailey
age 9 and Cynthia Bailey age 6. We believe his wife Easter Cole Bailey
died 25 Dec 1909 at Ivyton, Magoffin Co. KY.
Alfred (the father of William A. Bailey) was a son of Rev.
Wallis Bailey and Mary “Polly” Patrick. Alfred m. 2nd to
Serilda Perkins and apparently moved to Wolfe Co. KY where he died 15
We find Margaret Adams Bailey as head of household in the 1870
and 1880 Magoffin Co. KY census records. In 1870 she had in her household
children: (1) Sanford Bailey age 27, (2) Taylor Bailey age 20, (3) Thomas
W. Bailey age 15, Sarah J. Bailey age 12, George G. Bailey age 7, William
A. Bailey age 1. Also in the household is 7 year old James P. Honaker.
In 1880 Margaret Bailey is listed as age 54. In her household
are Sanford Bailey age 37, George Bailey age 17, William A. Bailey age 11
and 17 year-old James Honaker.
William Bailey’s wife Easter Cole was a daughter of James Cole
and Arminta Hampton Montgomery. Arminta’s parents were Samuel Montgomery
and Rachel Hampton. This Samuel Montgomery m. 2nd to Catherine
Irene Cole Farmer of Indiana has helped us with our Cole
family information in the past and perhaps you or she can add some
information to what we currently have on this family.
Now that the weather is getting a little more “travel
friendly” we are pleased to meet and greet some new visitors to our county
and get to talk with some of our people who have been friends for quite a
while. Wesley Cole dropped in. He is working on getting a marker for his
ancestor Dial Cole. Dial was buried in the Peter Williams cemetery on
Oakley Creek. In 2007 Bob Whittaker set a Civil War marker for Dial’s
brother William G. Cole on Oakley Creek here in Magoffin.
This last week Gary and Brian Ann Arnett stopped by for a very
welcome visit. We had the pleasure of Brian Ann’s help during the Hammond
Founders Day year and she has remained a friend and helper since that
Another pleasant visitor to our library was Brenda Jenkins.
Brenda has been very generous with her genealogy material through the
years, especially during the Jenkins and Mann Founders Day events. We
miss her parents, Hollie Jenkins who died 5 March 2012, the son of Ben Ed
Jenkins and Mae Smith; and her mother Ronnie Jenkins who died just this
last December 2013 on the 18th. Ronnie was a daughter of
George Mann and Sadie Helton. We are hopeful of completing the book of
Mann family genealogy within the coming year.
Our genealogy library and Pioneer Village are located at 191
South Church Street here in Salyersville, Magoffin Co. KY. You may reach
us by mail at PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 or email