but happy group of workers here at the Magoffin County Historical Society
announce that another military volume is now in print! Volume Seven of our
military series has just been printed. We ended up with 323 pages of
additional material on service men and women with surnames from Adams
through Wireman; coupled with the 125 page index to the preceding six
volumes, this index brings the total number of pages of this book to 458.
The total number of pages for all seven volumes is 3,054. You would think
we had covered all of our soldiers with a Magoffin County connection but,
no, we are sad to say, we are sure there were many of our veterans left
out of these volumes because we had no info.
Included in this volume seven are
40 pages of military newspaper excerpts from the Salyersville Independent
from January 1956 through December of 1959. This section is an extension
of the two volume set of military excerpts that Betty Whittaker of South
Carolina prepared for us. Her first volume covers the years 1939 to 1944;
the second from 1944 through 1955. These books are still available at our
Now that this job is finished, we
have been asked “What’s next?” Well, we still have quite a lot of printing
work to do, as well as other projects to attend to, before winter weather
sets in (smile). We have been asked by a few people about our Annual
Magoffin County Founders Days celebration and what family we might be
interested in honoring with another such event. This matter is presently
in discussion and we will make a report when we have further information.
Our mailing address is Magoffin
County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 (email
The Adams family was the subject
of our very first Founders Days back in 1979 and we still have much to
learn about that family. We have several visitors each year who are
researching their Adams line of descent. One was Phillip Adams of Jackson,
MI who is a son of William Earl Adams and Lois Risner. His paternal
grandparents were Robert Adams who married in 1921 to Elizabeth Marshall.
Robert’s wife Elizabeth was a
daughter of Grant Marshall and Mollie Howard
On his mother’s side of the
family, Phillip’s grandparents were Millard Risner and Nannie Risner.
Millard was a son of Alonzo Risner and Louisa Marshall. Alonzo was a son
of Marshall Risner and Elizabeth Salyer.
Alonzo’s wife Nannie was a
daughter of Lundy Risner and Kate Howard. Lundy was a son of George Risner
and Mary Hamilton. Lundy’s wife Kate was a daughter of Lark Howard and
Since Phillip was mostly
interested in his Adams line, we will extend that family.
His grandfather Robert Adams who
was born in 1887 was a son of William Adams who was born in 1852 when the
area was still a part of Floyd County, KY. His address at that time was
Licking Station, KY.
William and Harriet Blevins Adams
were the parents of the following children: (1) Zilpha Adams b. 1873, (2)
Nathan Adams b. 1875, (3) Louisa Adams b. 1877, (4) Emily Adams b. 1880,
(5) Granville Adams b. 1884, (6) Robert Adams b. 1887, (7) Minnie Adams b.
1888 and (8) Lillie Adams b. 1891.
William “Bill” Adams died in 1891
in Magoffin County, KY. His parents were Joel Adams and Elizabeth
Marshall. Joel was born in Virginia in 1814 and died in Magoffin County in
1880. He was a son of William Adams (1770-1852) and Frances “Fanny”
Meacham (1775-1850). William and Fanny are buried on Oakley Creek; we
believe probably in the same cemetery where Charles Minix is buried and
also where we set markers for Reuben Marshall and Thomas Watkins. Reuben
was in the War of 1812 and is the ancestor of most of the Marshalls in
this area. Thomas was a Revolutionary War soldier. This Government Issue
marker was requested by Charlotte Watkins Gillum with the help of Bob
In 2013 we added the names of
William and Fanny to our Early Founders of Magoffin County marker in the
Pioneer Village, along with the names of their children.
The late Sharroll Minix furnished
us a composite list of William and Fanny’s children: They are as follows:
(1) Nellie Adams b. 1797 Pittsylvania Co VA married Sept 24, 1816 to Jacob
Burton at Scott Co VA; (2) Elizabeth Adams b. 1804 Pittsylvania Co VA
married July 2, 1821 to William Burton at Scott Co VA; (3) Mary Adams b.
1805 Pittsylvania Co VA married March 21, 1824 to Corbin Lane at Scott Co
VA; (4) Larkin Adams b. 1807 VA married Dec 16, 1828 to Lydia Thompson at
Morgan Co KY; (5) Basheba Adams b. 1808 VA married Feb 4, 1830 to Johnson
Marshall at Floyd Co KY; (6) Mahala Adams b. 1809 VA married Nov 4, 1829
to John Minix at Morgan Co KY; (7) Margaret Adams b. 1810 VA married June
29, 1828 to James Risner at Morgan Co KY; (8) William Adams b. 1811 VA
married Jan 12. 1832 to Mary Fields at Scott Co VA; (9) Joel Adams b. 1814
VA married Elizabeth Marshall at Floyd Co KY; (10) Frances (Fanny) Adams
b. 1817 VA married James Minix on December 12, 1834 at Scott Co VA; (11)
Matilda Adams b. 1819 VA married Feb 9, 1836 to James Marshall at Floyd Co
KY and (12) Nancy Adams b. 1820 VA married April 1, 1834 to Benjamin
Howard at Floyd Co KY.
The 1870 Magoffin Co. KY census
has No. 9 child, Joel Adams, listed as age 57; his wife Elizabeth was age
47 and they had three children in their household; William Adams age 18,
Basha Adams age 16 and Elizabeth Adams age 14.
This material is a part of the
Surnames of Magoffin County book that we are working on and which has
become quite a large manuscript.
We want to thank the Salyersville
Independent for such a nice article last week on our gift of the Tip Top
plaque from Adam Manns. We do want to apologize to Adam Manns for
forgetting his wife’s name. I guess we got excited about the gift they
brought and didn’t get our information right. His wife’s name is Amy Cole
Manns and we want to thank them both again for the beautiful Tip Top
plaque which is much appreciated.