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This article, written by Todd Preston, president of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the
JULY 24, 2014  issue of THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

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.

            Our historical society gets several visitors throughout the year because of our county seat, Salyersville.  It was so last week when we had three separate groups of visitors by the surname of Salyer who came in to see if we had any information on their surname and to look at our Salyersville souvenir items.

            One of these was Brian Salyers and his family of Knox, IN who were passing through Salyersville and saw our historical society and decided to stop in.  Brian is a son of Tim Salyer and Delcie Fugate. Delcie was a dau of the Rev. Robert Fugate b. 1922 Breathitt Co. KY and Ora Lee Wagers b. 1920.  Rev. Fugate died in Indiana.

Tim is the son of Claude Salyer, Jr. and Justine Collins.  Brian’s father Tim’s Magoffin County roots run deep as his paternal grandparents were Claude Salyer and Lucy Jackson.  His maternal grandparents were Lee Collins and Dolly Watson.

            Claude Salyer married 5 Aug 1916 at Carver in Magoffin Co. KY to Lucy Jackson b. 14 Oct 1901 Carver, KY d. 11 Mar 1976.  Claude was son of Asbury Salyer (1858-1933) and Lourana Arnett (1865-1940).  Lucy was a daughter of Jim Jackson b. about 1860.  Jim Jackson married 9 Mar 1876 to Laura Belle Howard (b. 1863 d. 1908).

            Jim was a son of John W. Jackson and Mary Ann Minix.  John W. Jackson was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.  He was born in 1833 Russell Co. VA and died in 1895 on Oakley Creek here in Magoffin County.  His parents are said to be James Jackson and LaVina “Viney” Smith.  Viney later married John Montgomery in 1848.  John’s wife Mary Ann “Pop” Minix was a daughter of James Minix and Fanny Adams.

            Jim Jackson’s wife Laura Bell was a daughter of William Howard and Arty Salyer.  William was a son of Benjamin Howard and Nancy Arnett.  Arty was a daughter of John Salyer and Polly Watkins.  John was a son of William M. Salyer and Nancy Raney/Ramey.  John was a brother to Samuel Salyer for whom the town of Salyersville was named.

            Jim and Laura Bell Howard were the parents of ten children: (1) Lula m. B. B. Howard, (2) Golson m. Kate Howard, (3) Lillie m. Richard Carty, (4) Will Jackson m. Jettie Arnett and Annie Howard, (5) Hopkins “Hop” Jackson m. Ada Arnett, (6) Nelson m. Sheila Arnett, (7) Mousie Jackson m. Curtis Vanderpool and Lloyd Whitaker, (8) Lucy Jackson m. Claude Salyer, (9) Johnny Jackson m. Ida Salyer and (10) Cornelius Jackson.

            Claude and Lucy Salyer first appear in the 1920 Magoffin Co. KY census.  Claude was age 30; his wife Lucie was age 18 and they had a son age 2 months, Carl Salyer.  By the time of the 1930 Magoffin County census, there were four additional children: (1) Carl Salyer was age 12; (2) Bureda Salyer was age 9 years and 1 month; (3) Geneva Salyer was age 7 years 8 months; (4) Coin Salyer was age 5 years and 6 months; (5) Samuel C. Salyer was age 3 years and 6 months.  The census enumerator that year was H. R. Cordell who was very precise in recording the ages of those in his district.

            By 1940 the family of Claude Salyer was as follows: Claude was age 50 and worked for the WPA Government Road Project; his wife Lucy was age 39.  Children in their household were (1) Carl Salyer age 22, (2) Buretta age 19 working for the WPA Government Sewing Project, (3) Coin Salyer age 15, (4) Samuel C. “S. C.” Salyer age 12, (5) Junior Salyer age 9, (6) Ruthene Salyer age 7, (7) Alma Gene Salyer age 5 and (8) Colean Salyer age 1.

            Claude’s father Asbury was a son of Wiley Salyer and Margaret Minix.  Asbury’s wife Lourana was a daughter of William Arnett and Nan Fletcher.

            Linda Salyer Miller had helped us collect the genealogy of this family when we compiled our Salyer family book in 1981 and she reported an additional child (9) Billy Wayne Salyer in the family of Claude and Lucy (Jackson) Salyer.  Son Coin Salyer had polio as a child and was bedfast until his death.  Son Sammy Clyde was killed by a falling tree as a young boy.  We commend Linda for her work. 

            In researching Tim’s mother’s family, we find that his grandfather Lee was a son of Floyd Collins and Nancy Watkins.  Lee was married to Dolly Watson, a daughter of John Watson and Lou Adams. 

            We will do some more research on this family line and report on it next week.

            We want to thank Lucille Tilson, daughter of Fred McCarty and Mae Arnett, for the great story she sent to us about the life of her grandfather David McCarty.  David was born on Stinson, a son of Harlin McCarty and Mary Ann Montgomery.  He had a great many occupations, including working as a deputy under Magoffin County Sheriffs Wallis Bailey and Adam Carpenter. Later Dave and his wife (Chloe McCarty) spent many years in Indiana where he continued with land purchases and moving his family from place to place.  He finally decided to move back to the home of his birth and came back to Stinson where he lived until his death in 1960.  This story will appear in the next issue of our quarterly Journal. 

            While working on the genealogy of the Claude and Lucy Salyer family, we thought a story should be written about their lives.  We know there are many families out there whose lives need to be commemorated by a written account.  If you have written about your own family or can do so now, we invite you to share your material with us here at the Magoffin County Historical Society, PO Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465 (email: Magoffin@foothills.net)    

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