January 2016

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100 Photos!

Here are just a few of the great photos appearing in this month’s issue!

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    The USS Kentucky Takes On Ammunition ca. 1901
    The USS Kentucky was launched on March 24, 1898. She was commissioned on May 15, 1900. In her 20 years of service, USS Kentucky participated in no major combat. From 1917 until her decommissioning on May 29, 1920, she served as a training ship. She was sold for scrap on March 24, 1923.

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    Jim Tackitt, 260 Bella Vista Way, Rio Vista, CA 94571, shares this photo of a deathbed scene in Pike County, Kentucky, in 1909. The man lying in the bed is Nathan Tom Tackett, 1885-1909. He is buried in the Jay Tackitt Cemetery on Long Fork Creek in Pike County. Seated, l-r: Cordelia May Tackett Bond (Mrs. Charles F., 1884-1955), Jasper “Jay” Tackitt, Sarah Johnson Tackitt, and Dr. Charles Franklin Bond, M. D. (1875-1949). Jasper and Sarah were the parents of Cordelia and Nathan.

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    Families of the 1950s worked together storing food for the winter. Some Kentucky families stored bushels of sweet potatoes and other vegetables and fruits in cellars or placed them in dug-out holes covered with boards and straw. (Marion Post Wolcott photo.)

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    Mahogany Mills of C. C. Mengel & Bros. Company, Louisville, Ky.
    C. C. Mengel formed the Mengel Furniture Company sometime after the Civil War in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. The company produced household furnishings, wooden washing machines, etc. Shown in this 1907 photo is the Mahogany Mills, which was owned by the Mengle Furniture Company.



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Dear Editor:
I would like to hear from these old schoolmates and friends at Keavy, Laurel County, Kentucky: Ralph Steele, Ina Joyce Huff, Letha House Garland, Sybil Martin, Janice Barnett, Hazel Cody, Norma Litton, and Martha Sears.
Curtis C. Cornett
8910 Eby Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835


Dear Editor:
I would like to hear from some of my relatives, the children or grandchildren of Stella Maret or Pauline Crowe.
Imogene Witt Cornett
8910 Eby Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Dear Editor:
My uncle and aunt, Sam and Susie Roberts, lived on Ball Creek (Perry County) in a log house. It was always so neat to visit them there. Their son, Arthur, and his wife, Mae, had two children, Verlie and Reuben.
I never hear of these relatives any more.
I would like to see a photo of the old schoolhouse that was located there on Montgomery Creek (Perry County). I went back there a few months ago to take a picture of it, but the old school is now gone.
I was married to R. B. Ritchie for 23 years.
Mae R. Hall
11511 N. State Road 3
Kendallville, IN 46755

Dear Editor:
I am a research consultant to the U. S. Marshals Museum in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, currently seeking photographs of the Deputy U. S. Marshals who were killed in the line of duty.
These photos will be placed in our Hall of Honor recognizing all United States Marshal Service personnel killed in the line of duty from around the country. The following are the deputy U. S. Marshals and posse who were killed in Kentucky and the dates on which they died:
William A. Byrd, January 16, 1897; George Ellis, December 10, 1877; Arthur J. Harrington, June 6, 1876; Walter Raleigh Killion, May 24, 1884; Russell Wireman, March 28, 1889; Noah R. Friend, November 13, 1963; Adrian Metcalf, July 31, 1929; James H. Short, May 26, 1923; John Sloan, May 4, 1913; Boyd Arnett, August 20, 1895; Simon Combs, January 23, 1901; Emanuel Crusoe, August 8, 1871; Charles Smith, March 17, 1911; and Willis Russell, July 1, 1875.
If any Kentucky Explorer readers could help us in locating photos of the above listed men, please contact me.
Robert R. Ernst
Research Consultant
U. S. Marshals Museum
580/761-6323
cowboy@hit.net

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Seek photos and info. on Singleton, Maret, and Forbes families. Major Lawrence Singleton served in the Revolutionary War under Gen. Frances Marion, the Swamp Fox, m. Tamsey Maret, N. C. , had four sons, came to Ky. in 1795-1796; including Maret, m. Margaret Crawford, dau. Tamsey Jane Singleton, m. Morgan N. Forbes. Any help appreciated. Will share info.
Mrs. Cecil G. Copenhaver 1908-1912 S. 4th Street Springfield, IL 62703
Seek photos and info. on the following: Combs family, Wayne Co., Ky. Thomas Carender (b. Wayne Co., Ky., moved to Tex. ca. 1888-1894) had two children who m. Combses; and John Smith and family, moved from Atlanta, Ga. to Wayne Co., Ky., had a sister to m. Hiram Carender, son of David. Any help appreciated. Will share info.
Minnie Carender 7097 N. Peacock Road Williamsburg, IN 47393
Seek info. on my g. grandmother, Nancy Osborn Addington, dau. of Sherwood (moderator of the Old Union Regular Baptist Church) and Delany Hamilton Osborn, m. Melvin Addington, lived in Beefhide and Jonanacy area, Pike Co., Ky. Any info. appreciated.
Margie Lewis 15480 N. Highway 1247 Eubank, KY 42567
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I was born in Madison County, near Foxtown, on Otter Creek, March 25, 1822. I knew Sam Bennett and Mose Bennett, his brother, the grandfather of Governor McCreary. My father was born at or near the mouth of Dan River, Virginia, at a little town called Moraviantown. His name was David Robison; he died in Clay County, Kentucky, June 18 or 20, 1872, aged 103. My father was Samuel Robertson. He was born in the Highlands of Scotland. His wife was Elizabeth Harris. His brother, William, came over with him. I do not know when they came nor whether either was married when they came, though I think they were. My grandfather left Moraviantown and settled two miles southeast of Richmond, Kentucky, where the water works now are, in 1777. I have heard my father say it was two years after Boone went into the Fort at Boonesborough. Colonel Estill settled near him about the same time, I think the same year. My grandfather lived and died near there, a mile near Richmond, adjoining Judge Goodoe’s, then called the John Rigg Farm. My father was the eldest. He had a brother, John, who went to Jackson County, Missouri. William, James, and Alex settled in Indiana, James in Shelby County, and the others in Morgan County at Martinsville. Sally married Gordon and went to Mississippi. Esther married George Baker and went with the others to Indiana. Mary married Metcalfe and went to Indiana. Jessamine went to Indiana unmarried. Mother married William Mobly and died in Madison. My father married Alie Allen. In 1839, he moved from Otter Creek to Clay County, and located on Goose Creek opposite the mouth of Beech Creek. He said he came to this part of the state to hunt, in an early day, when little Goose Creek was the line between the whites and the Indians before a treaty was made between them. He hunted with John Baker, Sr., father of “Julius” Bob and “Durkham” John, George, who married Esther Robinson, my aunt, and was a Methodist preacher, and James, called “Clay Bank,” a great fighter.
“Clay Bank,” the father of Billy Baker, Sr., was called “Renta,” and he has a brother, Bowling Baker, and a brother, George Baker. George was the father of John Baker, called “Cana,” the rhymer, who made rhymes on Col. Felix Gilbert and “Dry” John Baker when John ran for the Senate and (was) elected and when Felix ran for Representative and was defeated by Elhanon Murphy.
Bowling Jr., son of Bowling, Sr., was bound to Daugh White to learn salt making and killed Morgan Dezam with a single-barrel pistol with two balls in it. He fled the country and never returned.
George’s descendants have disappeared. The Bakers came from North Carolina to Madison County and lived in forts there. Another of these hunters from the bluegrass was William Morris, called “Cuddy,” who settled in the Forks of Goose Creek and Red Bird. These, “Renta” Baker, his three sons, George, John, and “Julius” Bob Morris, Jack Harris, Elisha Harrison, with my father, David Robertson, made the eight hunters who visited these regions.
Beng Langford and a man named Lyons first made salt at the Gillan Ford. I think they were the first who made salt for commerce. I have seen 40 boat loads of salt, 2,500 bushels tied up at my father’s place at the mouth of Beech Creek from 1837 to 1844. There were 18 furnaces in blast above Manchester, beside Francis Clark’s two furnaces, one coal and the other wood. Francis Clark got his 1,000 acres at the mouth of Bull Skin by a “Head right” from Virginia. I think it was patented in his father’s name. Salt was worth 75¢. The Goose Creek furnaces made about 90 bushels a day and the Bull Skin about 60 bushels, and they would average 200 days in the year.
My mother was an Allen. She was a daughter of Adoniram Allen. He was nicknamed “Tedious” because he was so particular. The two creeks called “Teges” were named for him; he was born in New Hampshire near the Vermont line. He was a captain in Colonel Cleveland’s regiment at the battle of King’s Mountain where three colonels commanded alternately. He settled in Augusta, Georgia. He was a mechanic. He was first a ship builder. At Augustua he put up iron works for some parties there. He also did some work of that kind in Sparta, Georgia. He emigrated to Kentucky, but stopped in North Carolina and stayed there for only a year to put up a mill. Perhaps James and Theodore Garrard, James and Daugh White, were commissioners who expended $20,000 in South Fork and Goose Creek and Red Bird. This was about 1836-37. Eighteen years ago Judge Hyden got an appropriation of $6,000 which General Garrard and myself expended in the narrows or from the mouth of Crain Creek to Turkey Gap, a distance of five miles by land. Most of it was put in Chute. The “basin” is 27 feet deep. We put blasts in the bottom of the narrows. There have been perhaps 100 salt boats sunk in the “basin,” but no one was ever lost there until 1871; several have drowned since. Pilots used to charge $5 for taking boats through the narrows.
There were 300 guards at the jail at one time when Dr. Baker was in prison here. I was a guard from June to October. I was one of the eight inside guards. I was always present when any of Dr. Baker’s friends came in to see him. I was a late comer into the county and all parties had confidence in me. While the 300 county guards were on duty the state sent 300 guards, so that there were 600 at one time. Judge F. P. Robertson and Judge Kainkade, both of Lexington, were retained for the defense. Joseph Moore of Mt. Vernon was Commonwealth’s Attorney; Dr. Caldwell’s father assisted in the prosecution. Dr. Baker was a monomaniac on the subject of his wife. He would talk with perfect coherency in any other subject, but the moment his wife was mentioned he was wild, looked wild, and talked incoherently. Daniel Bates made a will after Dr. Baker shot him, willing $10,000 for the prosecution of Dr. Baker. He died inside of 24 hours after he was shot. He was sitting in his chair, asleep, at the salt furnace, when Baker shot him.
Milt Rice, afterwards Congressman from the ninth district, located at Barboursville, I think it was, to practice law. His brother located at Irvine and married a Miss Smith. They were Irishmen who located first in New York then came to Kentucky. Rice had not gotten any practice when a suit came up Commonwealth against “Boston” Bob Barker, a misdemeanor. He had no counsel and the Judge appointed Rice to defend him. Silas Woodson, afterwards Governor of Missouri, and John M. Elliott, afterwards Judge of the Court of Appeals, were prosecuting. They made Baker out to be terribly guilty. Hi Cornett was also before the court for the same offense; the difficulty had been between them. In the latter case they changed sides. Now Cornett was an angel. Rice said that in New York they did not practice law by telling anecdotes, but as it was so common in Kentucky he would indulge. He said he was reminded of Woodson’s position in this case of a church trial.


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