Great Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook

Genealogy groups on Facebook
Getting started a KHGN getting started group on Genealogy
The Cemetery group of Kentucky
Bowling, Bolling and All Spellings (** My Personal Group)
Appalachian Americans
Families of Bowlingtown: Where are they now?
KHGN Facebook group
Kentucky Kinfolk: Bowling, Baker, Sizemore, Amis, Combs, Cornett (** My Personal Group).
Southeast Kentucky Genealogy
Perry County KY history and Genealogy
Jackson County KY History and Genealogy
Breathitt Memories
Appalachian Mountain People and Places
Melungeons
You’re Probably from Owsley County if…
Cumberland Gap DNA and Genealogy
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Getting Started A KHGN Guide for the Beginning Genealogist
Rockcastle County KY History and Genealogy
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Jackson KY Memories and Photos
Laurel County KY History and Genealogy
Knox County KY History and Genealogy
Pike County KY History and Genealogy
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Owsley County KY History and Genealogy
Our Coal Mining Heritage, Appalachia and Beyond
Kentucky’s Feuds
Manchester KY Memories and Photos
Kentucky Beauty through Pictures
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The Cemeteries of Kentucky
South Eastern KY History and Genealogy
Breathitt Memories
North Carolina Genealogy Network
Tri-State Genealogy Connection
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Lee and Wolfe County KY History
Ky Genealogy Records “Death Do We Part”
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Virginia Genealogy Network
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Wilkes Genealogical Society
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The Cemeteries of Kentucky

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Mary Pennington Bowling

Mary Pennington Bowling…

 

According to just about every notation that I have read – Mary Pennington was born at the hollow of the Yadkin River on the east side of Blue Ridge and New River in Wilkes Co., NC.  Now someone who knows the area fairly well can probably tell me where that is, exactly.  I suspect that it is probably near or in what is now known as Ashe Co., NC.  Ashe Co., NC was carved out of Wilkes Co., NC in 1799.  We know that Mary Pennington’s father, Micajah lived in Ashe Co., NC and probably had land there when she was born. 

 

Mary Pennington was the oldest daughter of 10 children and married her husband when her youngest sibling was only three years old.  Jesse Bowling was probably a widower with one son when he married Mary Pennington when she was 19 years old on 6 Jan 1785 in Wilkes Co., NC.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War having served as a Sergeant from North Carolina and has a recorded pension (#514974).  He was the son of Benjamin Bolling and Patsy Phelps.  There has been an ongoing discussion for years that Jesse Bowling was a descendant of Pocahontas…I have enough trouble keeping up with Bowlings who are related to the Penningtons without getting into that discussion.  So here is Mary, newly married and a new step mother and married to a man who is a military veteran.  In the early years of their marriage they are recorded in Wilkes Co., NC, Lee Co., VA and Hawkins Co., TN.  Jesse and Mary probably moved to Hawkins Co., TN at least by 1794 and perhaps earlier.  Jesse is baptized by Rev. Andrew Baker of the Blackwater Primitive Baptist Church and was himself a Baptist preacher. So that perhaps explains their wanderings in the early years of their marriage.

 

By 1804, they are probably back in Lee Co., VA according to the birth places of their children and it is likely they were living close to her parents by that time.  By 1810, Jesse and Mary are in Clay Co., KY and are recorded in the census there.  I find it very interesting that they live in Clay Co., KY because I find traces of several Penningtons there as well as other members of the maternal side of my family.    Jesse and Mary are recorded in 1820 in Perry Co., KY.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that they moved much because Perry Co., KY was formed from Clay and Floyd Co., KY and when they are recorded as dying in Breathitt Co., KY aft 1840, it is still could be the same area as Breathitt Co., KY was formed out of Clay, Estill & Perry Counties.  Since I am not that familiar with where they lived exactly, history and geography tell me that they probably lived in the same area but the county lines might have changed on them.

 

So, they have traveled from North Carolina, to Virginia, to Tennessee and then back to Virginia and finally have settled in Kentucky.  Along the way, Jesse worked as a Preacher and they had 12 children together.  Their children were:

  • Hannah Bowling b. 28 Apr 1786 Lee Co., VA d. 1841 m. Nelson Gay m. Leonard Huff
  • Mary “Polly” Bowling b. 1 Mar 1788 VA/NC d. aft 1880 Perry Co., KY m. Abraham Barger
  • John S. Bowling b. 1789 Hawkins Co., TN d. 26 Jul 1838 Krypton, Perry Co., KY m. Mary Lewis
  • Justice Tucker Bowling b. 1790 Wilkes Co., NC d. 1880 Perry Co., KY m. Hanna Reed
  • Rachel Bowling b. abt 1792 m. Joseph Reason
  • Elizabeth Bowling b. 1 Apr 1794 Hawkins Co., TN d. Feb 1866 Jackson Co., KY m. Abel Pennington
  • Eliajah “Lige” Bowling b. 22 Jan 1798 Lee Co., VA d. 22 Oct 1883 m. 1 – Susanna Roberts m. 2 – Mary Ann Keen m.3 – Nancy Ann Bryant
  • Jesse Bowling, Jr. b. abt 1800 d. bet 1848-1850 Breathitt Co., KY m. 1 – Nancy Dewees m. 2 – Winifred Lewis
  • Margaret “Patsy” Bowling b. 1804 Lee Co., VA m. 1 – Joseph Spencer m. 2. – ? Maggard
  • William “Priimpy Bill” Bowling b. abt 1806 Lee Co., VA m. Deborah Duff
  • Nancy Bowling b. abt 1808 Lee Co., VA or KY m. Edward Begley
  • George Bowling b. abt 1810 m. Phoebe Lewis
  • Jesse’s oldest son from his first marriage was John E. Bowling b. 1777 Wilkes Co., NC d. aft 1839 m. Susan Sizemore

 

This is a large family – but the two most intriguing children are Mary Polly Bowling and Elizabeth Bowling.  Mary “Polly” Bowling had at least 5 children but they intermarried with their Johnston cousins through their mother’s family (Sarah Pennington m. Samuel Johnson/Johnston) and their children marry into some of the more well-known families in Kentucky such as Gay, Brewer, and Spurlock.  Elizabeth marries her possible cousin Abel Pennington and their children also marry into some well-known families including their Johnson/Johnston cousins, Combs, Turner, Moore & McGee.  Between these two daughters, I have met the majority of Mary Pennington descendants through my research.

 

Jesse and Mary Pennington Bowling died with a year of each other.  Jesse died 10 Mar 1841 and Mary died 21 Mar 1842 both in Breathitt Co., KY probably around Quicksand creek.  For their time period, they both lived to be old people and probably also saw the death of at least three of their children.  There is a lot left to be done to fill out the families and probably many puzzles to unravel.  These families seem to intermarry enough and used so many similar names that sometimes it is very difficult to figure out which is which…but if you are descendant of Mary Pennington through her daughters Elizabeth or Mary – you could be a member of three different Pennington family groups – which is certainly confusing enough.

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Excellant Websites for Your Research

Here are a few of my favorite websites that I have used during my research.
Clay County Genealogical Society
 
Kentucky Old Cooking Facebook Group
 
Technology for Genealogy
 
The Mayflower Societies
 
Francis Cooke Society (PilCumgrim)
 
Pilgrim Hall Museum
 
Orleans Indiana Facebook Group- If you Grew Up In Orleans
 
Cumberland Gap Genetic  Genealogy Facebook Group
 
 
Melungeons Facebook Group
 
Bolling, Bowling Facebook Group
 
 
TriState Genealogy Group Ohio-Indiana-KY- Facebook
 
Pennsylvania Genealogy- Facebook
 
Genealogy and Newspapers- Facebook
 
Southeastern Ky History, Genealogy and Cemeteries- Facebook
 
 
The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society- facebook
 
Wilkes Genealogical Society (official) facebook (North Carolina)
 
Breathitt Memories- Facebook Kentucky group
 
Jackson County Ky Facebook group
 
Melungeons Unite Facebook group
 
Kentucky Genealogy Network Facebook
 
Tall Tales and Folklore’s of Kentucky’s History
 
Families from Breathitt County Ky Facebook
 
Clay County  History and Genealogy
 
 
Breathitt County History
 
Owsley County Ky Genealogy Facebook
 
Descendants of the LongHunters Facebook
 
Melungeon and Proud of It Facebook Group
 
Cortland Cemetary Ky Facebook
 
Pike County Ky History Facebook
 
East Ky facts, Legends Facebook
 
Lineage Society of America  Facebook
 
Ohio History and Genealogy Facebook
 
Southeast Kentucky Genealogy
 
North Carolina Genealogy
 
The Mayflower Society facebook
 
Newspapers- The Ancestor Hunt website
 
Jackson County Ky Rootsweb Website
 
Rootsweb Resource Page
 
Chronicling  America Newspapers Website
 
Cincinnati Ohio Museum Center
 
Library of Congress
 
The Great Migration- Pilgrims
 
American Ancestors
 
 
Newspaper Abstracts
 
The Olden Times Newspapers
3333
Kindred Trails
 
Access Genealogy- Free Site
 
Genealogy Today- Google for Ancestry
 
National Archives
 
Us Genweb
 
World Genweb
 
Family History Daily
 
Census.gov
 
Find A Grave
 
 Cyndi’s List- Resource
 
Family Tree Maker Magazine
 
Fold 3- Newspapers
 
Bureau of Land Management
 
DAR
 
Digital Public Library of America
 
Steven Morse- many sites ( Ellis Island)
 
State Websites-Individual states
 
Census Tools
 
Williamsburg Library Genealogy
 
Library of Virginia
 
Family Search- death certificate
 
Moutain Laurel
 
 
Old Cade Coves-Kentucky pictures
 
Appalachian Mixed Blood-Melungeon Blog
 
  
Melungeon s Blog-Hancock Tenn
 
Bowling, Bolling Website at Blogger-Original
 
Colonial Records of North Carolina
 
 
United States Marriage Records-Definitions
 
The Cumberland Gap Blog
 
The History Channel
 
Kentucky Library
 
Kentucky~ Kindred Trails
 
Kentucky Dept of Library e Archives
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

World Wide Health Epidemics (Mainly North America).

This is agreat reference when doing your research. In research not only are you getting to know names and dates, but you are re-creating that person to find out who they were, how they lived, and what they were like. Line up your death dates and chances are you will find out if there was any correlation to an epidemic.

1657 Boston Measles
1687 Boston Measles
1690 New York Yellow Fever
1713 Boston Measles
 1729 Boston Measles
1732-3 Worldwide Influenza
1738 South Carolina Smallpox
1739-40 Boston Measles
1747 CT,NY,PA,SC  Measles
1759 N. America [areas inhabited by white people] Measles
1761 North America and West Indies Influenza
1772 North America Measles
1775 N. America [especially hard in NE] epidemic Unknown
1775-6 Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics] Influenza
1783 Dover, DE [“extremely fatal”] Bilious Disorder
1788 Philadelphia and New York Measles
1793 Vermont [a “putrid” fever] and Influenza
1793 VA [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks] Influenza
1793 Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics] Yellow Fever
1793 Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths] Unknown
1793 Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] Unknown
 1794 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1796-7 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1798 Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst] Yellow Fever
 1803 New York Yellow Fever
1820-3 Nationwide [starts Schuylkill River and spreads] “Fever”
1831-2 Nationwide [brought by English emigrants] Asiatic Cholera
1832 NY City and other major cities Cholera
 1837 Philadelphia Typhus
1841 Nationwide [especially severe in the south] Yellow Fever
1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever
1847-8 Worldwide Influenza
1848-9 North America Cholera
1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever
1850-1 North America Influenza
1852 Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer] Yellow Fever
1855 Nationwide [many parts] Yellow Fever
1857-9 Worldwide [one of the greatest epidemics]
Influenza 1860-1 Pennsylvania Smallpox
1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, and New Orleans} {Smallpox- Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC} Cholera and a series of recurring epidemics of: Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever
1873-5 North America and Europe Influenza
1878 New Orleans [last great epidemic] Yellow Fever
1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid
1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow Fever
1918 (high point year) Influenza Worldwide more people hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps, with 80% death rate in some camps.
Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned:
1833 Columbus, OH
1834 New York City
1849 New York
1851 Coles Co., IL, the Great Plains, and Missouri

Great Genealogy Books from the Clay County Historical Society (Kentucky)

Good Reading for Researchers and General Readers
Order from the Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 394, Manchester KY 40962
606-598-5202

HEROES & SKALLYWAGS, The People Who Created Clay County Kentucky, by Charles House. This is the first of a projected two-volume detailed history of Clay County and sheds light on how the divide between the elite salt barons and the ordinary settlers shaped the character of the county that exists to this day. 331 pages with index and source notes. Price $25 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Ky residents add 6% for Ky sales tax.

MAGGIE BOWLING’S 1913-1923 MARRIAGE BOOK – Includes bride and groom’s name, age, license and marriage date, marriage statistics and parents. Also contains a bride index. Price $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Ky residents add 6% for Ky sales tax.

NEWFOUND CREEK, And A One Room School Teacher From Burning Springs by Henry Banks – 169 pages. Chronicles the life of a school teacher in the Newfound and Burning Springs area in Clay County. Price $20.00 plus $5.00  shipping and handling. Ky residents add 6% for Ky sales tax.

PIPES OF A DISTANT CLANSMAN  by Gary Burns – 457 pages. Chronicles the history of a Clay County family from their Scot-Irish roots up through the Revolutionary War and their life in Clay County. Price $20.00 plus $5.00  shipping and handling. Ky residents add 6% for Ky sales tax.

BLAME IT ON SALT by Charles House­ – (Revised, with index) The first 150 years of an unruly county and some of its people. Clay County history through the lives of an extended family. Soft cover, 320 pages. Price $20.00 plus $5.00  shipping and handling. Ky residents add 6% for Ky sales tax.

KENTUCKY PONDERS SUPPLEMENT, 367 pages, indexed. SALE! $25.00 ppd. (Note that the book “Kentucky Ponders” is out of print.) Order “Kentucky Ponders Supplement” from the Society office or from:
Patricia Saupe 5411 Briarwood Dr. Aurora, IN 47001-3026 or Fox T. Ponder  2500 W. Hwy 80, Russell Springs, KY  42642-9319

HISTORY OF CLAY COUNTY, published in the Manchester Guardian from May to December 1932. Soft cover, contains index of names.  Price: $12.50, plus $5.00  shipping and handling.  KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

1807-1923 MARRIAGE INDEX, the book is indexed alphabetically by groom and also by bride, date applied for marriage license, date of actual marriage, and file box number at the Clerks Office.
MEMBERS PRICE:    $25.00, plus $5.00 for  shipping, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.
NON-MEMBERS PRICE:     $32.00, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

1900 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL. 1
MEMBERS PRICE:    $17.00, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.
NON-MEMBERS PRICE:    $19.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

1900 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL. 2
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NON-MEMBERS PRICE:    $19.00, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

1910 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL 1
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NON-MEMBERS PRICE:    $20.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

1910 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL 2
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1930 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL. 1
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NON-MEMBERS PRICE:    $21.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax..

1930 CLAY COUNTY CENSUS – VOL. 2
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NON-MEMBERS PRICE:    $21.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

WHEN THEY HANGED THE FIDDLER by Jess Wilson
Soft back, large print, Price: $20.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.
SUGAR POND AND THE FRITTER TREE by Jess Wilson
Soft back, large print, Price: $20.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.
Hard back, Price: $25.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

FROM HUCKLEBERRY TO POSSUM TROT by Jess Wilson
Price: $25.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.

LIFE AND TRAIL OF DOCTOR ABNER BAKER
Soft back, large print, Price: $20.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, KY residents add 6% for KY sales tax.
MEMBERS PUBLISHED BOOKS
JAMES AND ELIZABETH JOSEPH LEWIS – the book, softbound, 75 pages includes an index.  Price: $12.00 plus $2.16 postage.  Order from: *Nancy C. Early Grubbs, 14303 Apple Tree, Houston, TX  77079

THE DESCENDANTS OF SAMUEL LINK MORGAN – the book is soft bound, 67 pages of family genealogy, including a name index. Price: $12.00 plus  postage.  Order from: Nancy C. Early Grubbs, 14303 Apple Tree, Houston, TX  77079

DESCENDANTS OF DILLION ASHER AND SALLY DAVIS (2006 Edition) –  14,000 names, 400 pgs.  Price: $30.00 postage paid.

DESCENDANTS OF DILLION ASHER AND NANCY DAVIS  ASHER (2006 Edition) –  23,000 names of descendants and spouses. Price $35.00 postage paid.

THE WILLIAM COLLETT FAMILY OF SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY (2006 Edition) – contains 14,000 names, 400 pgs. Price: $30.00 postage paid. For any of the above three (3) books, you may order from: Hildegard Hendrickson, 2559 NE 96th., Seattle, WA  98115 hildegar@seattleu.edu
   
THE ROBERTS FAMILY COOK BOOK – FAVORITE RECIPES – spiral bound, soft cover, contains 110 pgs, plus index.  For more information contact authors: Mac & Linda Sibley, 2840 Mt. Zion Rd., Midlothian, TX  76065

JOHN J. DICKEY DIARY – a transcription of the entire microfilm Reel #3 of the Dickey Diaries.  The book is paperback, 8 1/2 x 11, has comb binding and includes pages 1593-2556 (963 diary pgs) and is indexed.  Price: $50.00 includes postage to U.S. addresses, PA residents add 6% sales tax.

JOHN J. DICKEY DIARY – a transcription of the entire microfilm Reel #4 of the Dickey Diaries.  The book is paperback, 8 1/2 x 11, has comb binding and includes pages 2557-3526 (969 diary pgs) and is indexed.  Price: $40.00 includes postage to U.S. addresses, PA residents add 6% sales tax.
If you mention the Clay County Historical Society with your order, I will donate $10.00 to the Society for each book sold.  Order from: Janette Dees Burke, 2421 Giant Oaks Dr., Pittsburgh, PA  15241

PIONEERS OF BEECH CREEK CEMETERY BOOK – Including Little Beech Creek, Harts Branch, Sally Lyttle Branch and Coal Hollow.  Price: $11.00 + $1.50 for postage.
PIONEERS OF BEECH CREEK, CLAY COUNTY, KY – Hardcover book contains 400 pages, 600 old photographs, 25 family surnames, Bowling, Combs, Deaton, Depew, Dezarn, Fields, Gambrel, Gilbert, Goins, Hacker, Herd/Hurd, Hibbard, Hounchell, Hubbard, Inyart, Jackson, Jones, Lyttle, Patrick, Samples, Sizemore, Smith, Taylor and Webb.  Including Harts Branch, Sally Lyttle Branch, Coal Hollow, Lyttleton and Hector.  Price: $48.00 includes taxes, plus $2.00 postage.   To order:
    Harold O. Goins, 5571 Chatfield Dr., Fairfield, OH  45014    Ph. (513)829-5120

INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1980 – 1989        $ 10.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1990            $   3.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1991            $   3.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1992            $   3.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1993            $   3.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1994            $   3.00
INDEX TO MANCHESTER ENTERPRISE OBITUARIES, 1995            $   3.00
INDEX TO SENTINEL ECHO (Laurel Co.) OBITUARIES, 1990 – 1994        $   5.00
2 books individual yrs $5.00; 3 books individual yrs $7.50; 4 books individual yrs $10.00; 5 books individual yrs $12.50
Order from: Fred L. Davis, 5444 Peterson Ln, Apt. 2020, Dallas, TX  75240-5129

MANCHESTER MEMORIAL GARDENS – spiral bound, information included is name of deceased, birth date, death date, death place, spouse’s name, marriage date, marriage place, and parent’s names.  Price: $20.00 + $5.00 priority postage.
CLAY COUNTY MARRIAGES 1924-1934 – spiral bound, also includes place of birth, parents names for both bride and groom. Price: $20.00 + $5.00 postage for priority shipping, KY residents add $1.20 for KY sales tax. 
Order both from: Maggie Bowling, 3712 N. Hwy 421, Manchester, KY  40962

BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS – A story of a girl growing up in the small mountain town of Manchester, KY at the turn of the 20th century.  Read about her many true adventures. Order from: Lucy Lois Cloyd Smith, 7 Allen Ct, Fredericksburg, VA  22405

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 1 – The book has the following families: Allyon, Burchell, Childs, Collins, Dickinson, Doyle, Eversole, Felty, Finley, Garrard 1, Garrard 2, Harris, Hipshire, Inyard, Keith, Langdon, Laughram, Mooney, Neeley, Price, Rawlings, Root, Sawyer, Sims, Smallwood, Tipton, Wagers 1, Wagers 2, Wolfe 1 and Wolfe 2.  It also contains 5 maps, 52 pictures, plus Garrard descendant interview for a total of 302 pages.   Price: $30.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.80 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 2
– The book has the following families:  Bates, Brewster, Church, Cope 1, Cope 2, Downey 1, Downey 2, Harris, McDaniel, Maupin, Potter 1, Potter 2, Ruth, Sparks, Whitehead and Wooton.  It also contains 8 maps, 117 pictures for a total of 281 pages.  Price: $27.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.62 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 3 – The book has the following families:  John and Massa Hacker and their 10 children, but mainly on their 4 sons, Samuel, Julius, Claiborne and Granville Hacker.  It contains 5 maps, 16 pictures for a total of 230 pages.   Price: $25.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.50 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 4 – The book has the following families: Biggs, Caywood, Corum 1, Corum 2, Cotton, Curry, Depew, Eagle, Gibbs, Hobbs, Hyde 1, Hyde 2, Livingstone, Massey, Redman, Rice 1, Rice 2, Walden 1, Walden 2, Word, and a Keith update.  It contains 4 maps and 39 pictures for a total of 240 pages.  Price: $25.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.50 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 5 – The book has the following families:  Eversoles – NOW AVAILABLE

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 6 – The book has the following families: (subject to change) Mayfield, Cheek, Petree, Mooney, Hall, Greer 1, Greer 2, Nicholson, Minton, Drake, Pennington, Hobb 2, Townsend, Wallace, addition and correction for Vol 1-4  out in 2008.

To order:    *James E. Welch, 54 Creekstone, London, KY  40741  jwelch@kih.net
** All Credit goes to the Clay County Historical Society, copied for Reference.

Getting To Know Your Family

Call me a genealogy nerd, but research to me is so much more complex than just a simple vital search on an ancestor. Far beyond the birth, marriage, and death dates remains a person, a family member, that once lived a few years back. This person held the key to so much of your families being; genes, characteristics, personality, traits, and so much more that just your DNA. With them, a host of answer’s to the questions that you have today, both good and bad. Why do I look the way I do? What family gene’s do I have that could cause life debilitating diseases? Where did my temperament come from? What doors has this person opened for my family? All these simple questions, and so much more!

When I first started my research on my paternal side, I was looking for names and dates of great grandparents, and their surrounding family. I was literally shocked to realize how far I was able to trace back my lineage, and even more surprised as to the locations in which my family had arrived from. I never thought in a million years, that I would discover and find so many answers to the questions about my paternal side. From the smallest question as to Where did I get these ears from?  There were much more significant answers that I received, such as, Why did my paternal side of the male family drink so much? I even received an answer to a surprising question, as to why am I slowly losing some of my hearing now? Well, come to find out, my paternal side had known Hearing defects in our generations past. A few family members even opened up world renowned Schools for the Hearing Impaired.

Researching my family members has created a sense of loyalty, and established in some sense a relationship or connection with them. There have been surprises, interesting facts, and disappointments along the way. I have discovered that sometimes you create a person in the image that you expect them to be, and often times, with further research back, you discover facts about them that can be somewhat disappointing. For example, while doing research I discovered that my great, great, great grandparents were married a very long time, and had many children together. I discovered that although they were together, the ggg grandfather also had a whole separate family in the same town! The perception that I had created in my mind, was not based on the genealogical facts that I discovered.

To take my research to another level, I like to analyze the socio-economics of the area that they lived in. What was the time frame in regards to world historical events? Was there something sufficient going on that would effect their standards of living? The  Depression era, disease epidemics, local and federal politics? All surrounding facts that could help create the culture of that particular time.

One last thing, take the time to study and analyze the vital records of your ancestor. You will be able to determine a lot about the person they were by studying birth, marriage, and especially death certificates. Census records hold so many unknown facts about the family as a whole: location of where they lived, their profession, education, social status, people they associated with and so much more!

I encourage you to get to know your family members better, research with open eyes, an open heart, and you will be surprised at all the interesting facts that you discover.