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 was born in Letcher County, March 5, 1840. My father was born
in Virginia. When he was a small boy, my grandfather moved to
the Poor Fork of the Cumberland. My father's name was John, my
grandfather's name, Samuel. My grandfather's children were David,
Samuel, John, Moses, James, Reuben, and Rebecca, now wife of
John S. Combs near Hazard. Another daughter, Margaret, married
Adams, and they removed to Missouri.
I am a brother of Reuben Maggard. I was born in Harlan County,
now Letcher, January 20, 1826. I am 72 years old today. I think
my grandfather came from North Carolina. My grandmother was a
Robison. My mother was an Adams. In 1847 my father removed to
Cutshin two miles below the Fords. My father's children were
Henry, Issac, Moses, Samuel, Jesse, John, Reuben, Gilbert, Polly,
Rebecca, Nancy, and Sallie. Polly married a Boggs; Rebecca married
Basil Lewis of Harlan County; Nancy married John Melton; and
Sallie married Jackson Baker.
lived and died in Clay. He did not have the usual (line) vine
of the family.
I was born
in Lee County, Virginia, February 17, 1816. My father's name
was Elijah. He reared 22 children, 11 sons and 11 daughters.
His brothers, John and Jonathan, each reared large families.
John had 19; Jonathan had 20. My uncle, John, lived and died
in Harlan County at the mouth of Clover Lick Creek, on Poor Fork
on the Cumberland. The Harlan County Creeches are the descendants
of my uncle, John. Mrs. Elijah Clay of Breathitt is my sister.
She is two years my senior. The Creeches are Irish. Rev. F. L.
Creech, Middleburg, Kentucky. M. E. Church P. C.
I was born in Perry County, Kentucky, April 2, 1837. My father's
name was Joseph. My mother's name was Sallie Bowling, daughter
of Rev. Jesse Bowling, who came from New River, Virginia, and
preached the first sermon in Eastern Kentucky. He was a member
of the first association, the Red Bird Association formed in
1824. He lived near Crockettsville. My grandfather's name was
Woolery Eversole, his wife, my grandmother, Lucy Cornett. My
great-grandfather was Jacob Eversole. (See John Eversole). My
grandfather's sons were John, Peter, Woolery, Joseph, Abraham,
Sallie, who married Deevers (?ds); Nancy, who married John Smith;
and Polly, Thomas Smith. My grandfather died when I was young.
I can remember him very distinctly. He was small, low of stature.
My grandmother was taller, very active, industrious, and energetic.
John Eversole, son of Jacob, lived and died near where he was
born. Roland Eversole of Harlan County is his son. Roland's son,
Green, is a lawyer at Harlan County Courthouse. One of Roland's
sons is now the Superintendent of Schools of Letcher County.
Some of this branch lives in Wolfe County.