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.

Army Record
I (William Eversole) am enlisted in the 6th Kentucky Cavalry October 11, 1861. After 14 months of service as a private in that regiment I was promoted to Captain of Co. L. 14th Cavalry. My brother, Anderson, got up the regiment. I was made Captain by the votes of the company. Thomas F. Johnson, my brother-in-law, was 1st Lieutenant. My brother, Abner, was 2nd Lieutenant. My uncle, John, was Major. H. C. Lilly was Colonel. In the 3rd Battalion was Capt. William Strong, Harrison Fields, Thomas Amos, and myself. I was offered a place on General Spears' staff, but I preferred to be a private with my own people.
I was married to Mary Lewis on December 25, 1857. After her death I married Mrs. Alice Nanz on March 6, 1880. She died on June 11, 1892, and I married Mrs. Susan Begley. I was elected County Judge of Leslie County in 1890 and served out my term of four years. I was Police Judge of Hyden previous to my election to County Judge.
Joseph Eversole, my father, represented Clay, Perry, and Letcher in the Lower House in 1848. He defeated Jeremiah Combs, Democrat, and Dr. William Reid of Clay, Independent Whig. He was Magistrate previous to that. Afterwards he refused office.
Abner Eversole, my brother, represented Clay and Rockcastle in the Lower House.
Joseph Eversole, son of Major John, who had the feudal war with French, was the County Attorney of Perry, Trustee of the Jury fund, and Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue.

Robert McCollum
I was born in Clay County, Kentucky, March 14, 1839. My grandfather came from North Carolina early in this century. He settled on Island Creek, Owsley County. My father was George McCollum. He was my grandfather's fourth child. My grandfather married in Kentucky. His wife was Rachel Morris. By these things we conclude that he must have come here near the close of the last century. When he came, the Morrises, some of the Bakers, some of the Thomases, Allens, Bushs, Gilberts, Callahans, Ashers, and Bowlings were here. My grandfather had the following children: David, Robert, Perry, Stephen, George, Elizabeth (Bowman), Rachel (Fisher), and John. Robert, Perry, Stephen, John and Rachel went to Missouri. The rest lived in Owsley and Clay. As the name indicates, I have always understood we are Scotch-Irish. My grandfather lived to be over 90 years old. My mother was Esther Allen, daughter of Robert Baker, a Captain in the War of 1812.

George Baker
Mancheser, Ky.
February 7, 1898

I was born in Clay County, Kentucky, Feb-ruary 20, 1837. My father was Robert Baker. He was born in Lee County, Virginia, April 27, 1800. He was a son of "Julius" Robert Baker, born in Lee County, Virginia, March 1, 1779. He was a soldier in the War of 1812 under General Harrison. He removed with his family to the mouth of Bull Skin, now in Clay County, in the spring of 1801.


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