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.
Jason Walker Bolling
June 15, 1898
My great-grandfather, Jesse Bolling, came to Kentucky in 1810. My grandfather, Elijah Bolling, was born at the Tree Forks of Powell River in Lee County, Virginia, in 1798, and when he was 12 years old his father removed to Perry County, Kentucky. Daniel Duff baptized my grandfather, Elijah Bolling. Rev. Andrew Baker baptized my great-grandfather at Blackwater Church, now Hawkins County, Tennessee. My great-great-grandfather was Maj. John Bolling. He had 19 sons. I do not know that there were any daughters. One of these sons, William Bolling, married Martha Jefferson, sister of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. Other sons were Jessee, above mentioned; and Benjamin, the oldest, born in 1752 or 1753. Jesse was born in 1765. Robert, the wife of U. S. Senator Archibald Dixon, was the daughter of Dilany Bolling of Missouri and the granddaughter of Maj. John Bolling, aforesaid.
Gov. John Young Brown's wife was a daughter of Archibald Dixon. Roger Cornett, son of the original William Cornett, built the house where Hamp Coldiron lives. In 1802 he married Zilpha Callahan. This makes the date of the Cornetts coming to Kentucky 1796-1799 probable. Men from Crug's Ferry at the mouth of Sexton were at the raising. Roger Cornett was in slaves and land. He owned the Coleman Survey, patented in 1783, 5,600 acres.
There are Bollings in western Kentucky. One went to Congress some years ago, perhaps 1870 or 1872.
The first Bolling who came to America was Col. Robert Bolling of London, England.
I think old Cava Baker made the rhyme on the "Cattle War." I have always heard it that way. Old Julius Bob Baker and William Neal were in St. Clair's Defeat. Baker held a major's commission. They are both buried in Buffalo, Owsley County, Kentucky. Neal requested to be buried beside Baker. John Gilbert and John Amis married sisters of James Bowling; Eli; John, grandfather of Judge Josiah Comb's wife; Christopher; William; Joseph; and Nancy (Sizemore), was another sister. From these have descended most of the Bollings in Clay County. Jesse Bolling, my great-grandfather, married Mary Penn-ington of Lee County, Virginia. He was born in North Carolina at Hillsboro. His father was born in Virginia. David Pennington, her brother, was living during the War of the Rebellion. My grandfather, Elijah Bolling, stayed with him in Lee County during the late war. Jesse Bolling had children as follows: Hannah, married Huff; Mary, married Abram Barger; Justice, married ________; John, married Polly Lewis; Jesse, married Lewis for his second wife; William, married a daughter of Daniel Duff; Elijah, married a Roberts; George, married Lewis; a daughter married Joseph Spencer; Betsey, married Abel Pennington; another married Magg-ard; and another died single. A. P. Hill and Basil Duke married sisters of John Morgan. His mother was the daughter of John Hunt, the first millionaire in Kentucky. Dr. Foster of Kentucky was reared by Mrs. Hunt.
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