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
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. Davidsons
lived on (the) Middle Fork, also in Clay. Clay Davidsons went
to help those in the North Fork. William Asher, grandson of Dillon
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 Long's Creek. Jane Renfro once
owned the site of Pineville, but Gibson, who came from Virginia,
owned them before him. James and Dough, Garrard, Hugh White pooled
their issues and it was in force when the war broke out. 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 $1.00 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
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.
Jackson and Clay Counties are called the Rutherford Survey. There's
also another 6,000 acres called the Rutherford Survey on Rockcastle
"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.
April 9, 1898
I was born in Breathitt County, Kentucky, 1827. My father was
Ephraim Angell. He was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina,
about 1800, where I was born. His father, James Angell, came
with him. Besides my father, he had children as follows: Absolom,
Elijah, James, and Betsy (Barrett). Elijah and his family went
to Missouri. James and Absolom lived and died in this section
of the state. James died only a year or two ago on Laurel Fork
in Jackson County. Their descendants live in these counties.
My people are of English extraction. I don't know when they came.
My grandfather enlisted in the army near the close of the Revolution.
He was 18 years old, but he was in no battle because peace was
declared soon after he enlisted. I remember him well. His father
was born in England.