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
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
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
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.
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.
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
READ MUCH MORE IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE OF THE EXPLORER.