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