Dickey's Diary


Editor's Note: Readers of The Kentucky Explorer have been introduced to the Rev. John J. Dickey in past issues. Remember that he was a traveling preacher throughout the eastern part of the state during the years between 1880 and 1925. He helped to establish numerous churches and at least two colleges. He was also a teacher and a newspaper editor. However, his most enduring gift to us today may well be his diary that he kept faithfully during some 50 years of his later life beginning in the 1880s. In all, over 6,000 pages written in his own hand make up this interesting digest.
In this journal of his, Dickey often wrote down accounts of events daily. Much of the material concerns his day to day life. However, during the late 1890s he began to gather family history on various families he met in his travels. We are offering these interviews to our readers in the hope that they will be appreciated in the sense that Rev. Dickey intended. These interviews were written word for word as they were given to Rev. Dickey. Nothing has been changed.

T. T. Garrard
John Hays married a Callahan. He reported it was the year 1806, Captain Amis and his company marched down the Upper Licks. Keinkade wrote back to General Hugh White for reinforcements. Davidson lived on the Middle Fork and also in Clay. Clay Davidson went to help those on the North Fork. William Asher, grandson of Dillion Asher, told me that his grandfather came to Red Bird in 1800. John Gilbert came trapping when he first came to these parts. He caught the beaver out of the beaver dam on Red Bird, where Carter Holton now lives just above the mouth of Spring Creek on the right hand side. He also went to the Middle Fork and caught all the beaver at the mouth of Longs Creek. Jane Renfro, once owned the site of Pineville, but Gibson who came from Virginia owned them before him. James and Dough, Garrard, and Hugh White pooled their issues, and it was in force when the war broke out, and they had an agent to sell for all, usually about 50¢. Grant said of the salt claims of Goose Creek people, "It is just a claim and ought to be paid and would be paid someday, but this is not the time to do it." Salt was worth a $1 a bushel when the works were closed down by the order of General Buck. Mr. Thompson of Louisville was the commissioner who took the proxy in 1863.

Jason W. Bolling
Manchester, Kentucky
April 8, 1898
I am a great-great-grandson of "Teneretta" Baker. My great-grandfather was "Julius or Juder" Bob Baker. He married the widow of John Amis. His son, John, married Lucinda Amis, stepbrother and stepsister. He was my grandfather. His sister, Susan, was my mother. "Teneretta" Baker came to Buffalo Creek from Boyle County. He was the uncle of Robert P. Letcher, Governor of Kentucky. Francis Clark was a cousin of Robert Letcher. Dr. Abner Baker was a cousin of "Julius" Bob Baker, also a cousin of Francis Clark. Francis Clark owned 40,000 acres of land in Jackson and Clay counties called the Rutherford Survey, also another 6,000 acres called the Rutherford Survey on Rockcastle River including where Mrs. Nantz McWhorter from Big Racoon to Mrs. Nantz. "Juder" Bob was in the War of 1812. William Neal was with him in the war, and Neal was carried 15 miles to be buried by "Juder" Bob Baker. "Smoker" Clark says Francis Clark was kin to the Harlans and Robertsons.

Joseph G. Morgan
Laurel Creek, Kentucky
April 9, 1898
I was born in Harlan County, March 23, 1827. My father was Jesse Morgan, born in 1806. He was a son of Zachariah Morgan who came from New River in Virginia to Harlan County before my father could remember, perhaps in 1810. My grandfather was a son of Hannah Morgan, a sister of General Daniel Morgan. His father was John Benton. This same John Benton removed late to Estill County and reared a family there. My great-grandmother, Hannah Morgan, married in Virginia a man named William West. They came to Harlan County with my grandfather, Zachariah Morgan, where West died. They had two children, William and Polly. Her son, William, moved to Clay County, and she came with him where she lived until 1849, a very old woman, said to be 118. I was a married man and had children when she died. I knew her well. My father and grandfather removed from Harlan to what is now Leslie County when I was a small boy. My father settled at Bunt Camp Creek, and my grandfather, first below the mouth of John's Creek, then bought land from David Garrard. We bought from the Laceys. We went west and lived on Bull Skin. Hannah Morgan West is buried there. She told me she was a sister of General Daniel Morgan of the Revolutionary War. She had other brothers, viz, John, James, William, and David. I have met Nathan of Lee County, Virginia, a grandson of William Morgan, brother of David and Hannah Morgan above mentioned. He told me the same story about my great-grandmother's misfortune that she told me. He lived near Jonesville. The Morgans of Whitley County are descendants of James Morgan mentioned above, I think. I have talked with John Morgan of Lexington, and he told me he was descended from the Morgan family aforesaid. I heard him, and my father talked the matter over in Lexington in 1846. They agreed that they were second cousins. I talked with Daniel White's wife, and she said that her father, General Daniel Morgan, of Fleming County was a lineal descendent of General Daniel Morgan of Revolutionary War frame. There are Morgans in Pulaski, Garrard, Lincoln, and other counties of Kentucky, all descendants of this same family. Old Si Cockerill of Breathitt told me that his mother was a daughter of one of General Daniel Morgan's brothers. Zach Morgan was a Baptist preacher. (Dr. J. C. Wyatt told me that his father-in-law was Abel Morgan, that he was a brother of Jesse Morgan mentioned above, that he told him that he was a second cousin of General John Morgan, also that General John Morgan and General George Morgan (of the late) were cousins. J. J. D. May 9, 1898.)

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