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. 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
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.
Jackson and Clay Counties are called the Rutherford Survey. There's also another 6,000 acres called the Rutherford Survey on Rockcastle River.
"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.

James Angell
Manchester, Kentucky
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.

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