Since the Magoffin County Historical Society was organized in 1978 we have had many, many visitors come to our county in search of their ancestry and the history of our county. A great many of them become friends and come back to visit us regularly and some even pitch in and aid us in achieving our goals of preserving the history and genealogy of Magoffin County.
In early March of this year we had a request from a special projects producer of Turner Broadcasting asking for information on our library and grounds. As plans progressed we were asked to host some filming for a special program for the HLN network to reveal the genealogy of several of their TV personalities, including Robin Meade, the news anchor of HLN TVís Morning Express show.
We were familiar with Robinís TV program and had copies of her book Morning Sunshine as well as copies of her two music albums Brand New Day and Count on Me.
We knew of Robinís connection to Magoffin County from our 1999 Magoffin County Founderís Day honoring the Shepherd family. We had received a wonderful article from her back in 2010 which will be printed in the forthcoming Sesquicentennial book we are working on, a culminating event of Magoffin Countyís 150th birthday.
And so, as events evolved, on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 a.m. Dorothy Wireman received a group of people who set up lighting, cameras and microphones in our genealogy library for filming portions of their planned program. Robin Meade then arrived with her parents, Linro and Sharon Faye (Shepherd) Meade. Soon afterward,
Todd Preston and Jessica Howard came in and greeted our visitors.
We had been asked not to disclose any information about the project which was very hard to do. (smile)
Finally during the first week of June we were notified that the completed program Our Journeys Home was to be aired on HLN on Tuesday, June 6th at 9 p.m. We spread the news about the time for the program as well as we could through our Facebook page, phone calls and word of mouth.
We hope that many of you got to watch the program which mainly focused on Robinís fatherís side of the family. Her father, Linro Meade, is a descendant of Civil War soldier Rhodes Meade, Jr. who is listed in the 1850 Pike County, KY census as a 4 year-old son in the household of his parents, Minister Rhodes "Big Rhodes" Mead b. 1804 and his wife Sarah Richardson. Rhodes and Sarah were married 7 Oct 1828 in Scott Co. VA.
Their children in the 1850 census were (1) Jane Mead b. 1833, (2) Katherine Mead b. 1836, (3) Samuel Mead b. 1839, (4) McDonald Mead b. 1842, (5) Robert Mead b. 1844, (6) Rhodes W. Mead b. 1846 and (7) John P. Mead b. 1848. It is also believed there was an older daughter Isabella Mead b. 1830.
By 1860 the family lived in the Little Mud Creek area of Floyd County, KY.
We will delve into the Mead family at a later time but want to take this opportunity to tell you some of Robinís motherís ancestry.
Sharon Shepherd Meade is a granddaughter of Wilson Shepherd (1889-1966) and his wife Alice Allen. Wilson was a son of Joseph Shepherd (b. 1860- d. 1919 of typhoid fever) and Frances Jane Stephens (1864-1939).
Joseph Shepherd was a son of Bryson R. Shepherd who was born 11 Nov 1816 in Virginia and died 24 Apr 1890. Bryson married Elizabeth "Betty" Crager who was born about 1821 in Virginia. Bryson R. and Elizabeth are buried on the Albert Shepherd Cemetery on Grassy Creek of Magoffin County in the Gunlock, KY area.
Bryson R. Shepherd was a son of Jacob Shepherd b. 1781 in Virginia to John Shepherd. Jacob was a minister of the Old Regular Baptist Church. He was married to Elizabeth Hale, dau of Benjamin Hale, Jr. and Dicy Franklin.
Bryson R.ís wife Elizabeth was a daughter of Michael Crager, Jr. and Elizabeth Miller.
Now, back to Wilson Shepherdís wife Alice Ė she was the daughter of George H. Allen and Lydia Margaret Shepherd.
George was a son of William James M. Allen and Sarah "Sallie" Hicks. William James was a son of David W. Allen and Jennie Martin. David was a son of George Allen and Cynthia Patton. Jennie was a dau of Joel Martin and Rebecca Fletcher.
William James M. Allenís wife Sarah was a dau of Hiram Hicks and his first wife Fanny Brown. Hiram and his 2nd wife Eliza Skeens are buried on Middle Creek of David (Blue River) near Prestonsburg, KY. Hiram was a son of Aulse "Preacher Aulse" Hicks and Sarah Handshoe. Hiramís wife Fanny was a dau of George R. Brown and Anna.
Fanny and her father-in-law Aulse Hicks are buried at the mouth of Sally Stephens Branch near Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg, KY.
George H. Allenís wife Lydia Margaret was a dau of William "Brushy Bill" Shepherd and Elizabeth Hale. Brushy Bill was a son of Abel Shepherd and Mary "Polly" Hale. Abel was a son of Jacob Shepherd and Elizabeth Hale. Abelís wife Polly was a daughter of Harris Handshoe and Margaret Hale.
Brushy Billís wife Elizabeth Hale was a dau of John Mainard Hale and Mary "Polly" Shepherd. James Mainard Hale was a son of John Hale and Tobitha Mainard.
This is a very shortened version of Robin Meadeís Magoffin County ancestry but hopefully will provide our readers with a genealogy connection. We are working on an article for one of our quarterly Journals with more info.