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HENRY CONNELLY was born in the 1600s in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family - or the couple of generations that follow - is really true. There is a lot of information found on William Elsey Connelley's application for acceptance into the Sons of the American Revolution, which he filled out in the late 1800s. In the book "The Founding Of Harman's Station" by William [page 95], published in 1910, it says:

     "The Connelly family is a Southern one in America. It has been our boast and our pride that it was one of the first families in the ancient and honorable Commonwealth of South Carolina. Thomas Connelly and his brother Edmund, and perhaps two other brothers, John and Henry, came from County Armagh, Ireland, and settled at Old Albemarle Point about the year 1689. This settlement was moved later, to become Charlestown, in the colony of South Carolina, and the name is written Charleston.
     "These brothers were men of fortune and affairs, and they obtained large grants of land from the proprietors of the colonies, one such grant embracing, it is said, a portion of the present site of the city of Charleston. It is said, too, that they never parted with the title to this tract. They engaged in town building and the purchase, subdivision and sale of large tracts of land in various colonies, but principally in Virginia and the Carolinas. They induced many Germans to move from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas, so the traditions in our family say, a colony of whom they settled on their lands near the present town of Camden, South Carolina. In this business their descendants were also engaged, and it became necessary for them to send members of the family to live in different parts of the country, especially in Pennsylvania and Virginia, to prevail on persons to migrate to their lands and towns in the Carolinas. And they engaged largely in traffic and merchandising by sea, owning vessels which plied between the different colonies and which visited the West India Islands. They also traded extensively with the Creek and Cherokee Indians.
     "In the Revolution the Connellys fought in the patriot armies of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Pennsylvania. They served under Washington, Greene, Morgan, Gates, Howard (of Maryland), Lincoln, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. At the clos of the Revolution many of them moved to the West, and the family became still more widely scattered. There is a belt of them extending across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and to Central Missouri. Some members of the family settled at a very early day in the wilderness of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and many of their descendants are to be found there. Quite a number of them settled in Kentucky, in different parts of the State. Descendants of these pioneer brothers are to be found in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Indeed, there are descendants of this early family in every Western State and Territory. They remain in large numbers in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They have been exceedingly prolific, very large families having been the rule from the first. Conservative estimates place the number of descendants of Captain Henry Connelly, who, after the Revolution, moved from North Carolina to Virginia and from thence to Kentucky, at certainly more than one thousand, and possibly more than two thousand, counting only the living. the writer once had a list of thirty Connelly families in Eastern Kentucky, each of which had ten or more children. The name is now written in various forms, and there has been, of late years, a tendancy to shorten it to Conley, all the immediate relatives of this author so writing it. Some of the Illinois relatives write it Connelli, and accent the second syllable."

On page 98:

     "Edmund Connelly, the youngest son of Henry Connelly, is said to have married, in South Carolina, a lady names Mary Edgefield. They left sons and daughters, among them, Harmon and Thomas.
     "Harmon Connelly moved to North Carolina, where he owned lands on the then frontier. Tradition says that he there married the daughter of a physician named Hicks. This Hicks, it is affirmed, had married the daughter of a Scotchman who was engaged in trading with the Cherokees, and who had married a Cherokee woman; he seems to have roamed the country tributary to the Little Tennessee. Harmon Connelly appears to have been of an adventurous disposition, for it is related that he made several visits to the wilderness of Kentucky, one of which was about 1873.
     "Thomas Connelly followed in the steps of his forefathers and dealt in lands and townsites. In this business he was often in Pennsylvania, where, it seems, he must have settled, as others of his family had done. Whom he married is not known, but in the light of recent reliable information it must have been a Pennsylvania Dutch woman. Our family traditions have always said that the Connelly family in Kentucky had a strain of Dutch blood, though as to the ancestor from whom it flowed we were never informed.
     "Harmon Connelly and Thomas Connelly were in the War of the Revolution. Thomas returned from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and lived in Guilford County. He was getting old, but he served for a time in the First South Carolina Regiment, commanded by Colonel Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. His service was in the defense of Charleston, where he had gone to consult Colonel Pinckney, who was his attorney in some business growing out of land owned about that city by his ancestors. This service was in the winter of 1779-80. It is said, also, by the traditions of our family, that he was wounded at the Battle of King's Mountain, the following October, being there shot through the body; and the above-mentioned Dr. Hicks is said to have passed a silk handkerchief several times through the wound - through the body - to cleanse it. The soldier died from the effect of this wound some two years later.
     Captain Henry Connelly, the Revolutionary soldier, was the son of the above mentioned Thomas Connelly. He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and came with his father to Guilford County, North Carolina, while yet a child, probably soon after Braddock's defeat. Thomas Connelly was a soldier in Braddock's expedition and was at the defeat. And it is probable that it was the expedition and its disastrous results which cause him to return to North Carolina."

On page 19A of "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society it says:

     "One Henry Connelly was born and died in County Armagh, Ireland. He had sons:
          THOMAS CONNELLY
          EDMUND CONNELLY
          JOHN CONNELLY
        * HENRY CONNELLY

    * Henry Connelly b. County Armagh, Ireland d. South Carolina m. in Charleston South Carolina Betsy Vaux Buckley. One of their children:

        * EDMUND CONNELLY

    * EDMUND CONNELLY b. Charleston, South Carolina m. Mary Edgefield b. South Carolina, dau of Arthur Edgefield. Two of their children:

          HARMON CONNELLY b. Charleston, South Carolina
        * THOMAS CONNELLY b. 1725 Charleston, South Carolina

    * THOMAS CONNELLY b. 1725 Charleston, S. C. d. 1783 Guilford Co. N. C. m. Mary Van Harilingen dau of Henry Van Harlingen. One of their children:

        * CAPT. HENRY CONNELLY b. 1752. d. 1840"

From the book "Three Hundred Years In America With The Connely Clan" by Reginald Dowaine Conley:

     "Life in the New World began for the Connelley Clan with the arrival of four brothers from the Emerald Isle. Supposedly Edmund, Henry, John and Thomas emigrated from Armagh, County of Armagh, Northern Ireland, sometime about 1680-84. According to the Irish Genealogical Association of Northern Ireland the Connelley family was one to be proud of and was well established in the City of Armagh. Why they came other then seeking their fortunes in the colonies can only be surmised. At that time there was political and religious strife, throughout Ireland. they landed at Albemarle Point, South Carolina, which is in the vicinity of present day Charleston. Ten years before that in 1670 Englishmen established the first permanent white settlement here. In 1663, King Charles II granted Carolina to eight English noblemen called lords proprietors. The Connelley brothers were men of fortune and affairs; they obtained large grants of land from the proprietors and set about developing it. It is thought they were very instrumental in town building of Charleston. They did a lot of merchandising by land and sea and also traded extensively with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. The Connelleys were in the advance guard of spreading civilization throughout America and in a number of states were pioneers as experienced by Henry Connely Jr. in Wisconsin, 1844.
     "One of these brothers, Henry Connelley, born about 1656 in Armagh, Co. of Armagh, Northern Ireland married Sally Vaux Buckley who was born about 1660. They were married about 1684 in Charleston, South Carolina. To their union were born at least four sons: Thomas - 1686, Edmund - 1688, John - 1690 and Henry - 1692."

    The children of HENRY CONNELLY and (unknown) are:

    1. THOMAS CONNELLY.
    2. EDMUND CONNELLY.
    3. JOHN CONNELLY.
    4. HENRY CONNELLY II.







HENRY CONNELLY II, son of HENRY CONNELLY, was born about 1662 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and died in Charlestown, South Carolina. He married BETSY VAUX BUCKLEY in Charlestown, South Carolina. She was born in 1666 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and died in Charlestown, South Carolina.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

    The child of HENRY CONNELLY and BETSY VAUX BUCKLEY is:

    1. EDMUND CONNELLY.







EDMUND CONNELLY, son of HENRY CONNELLY II and BETSY VAUX BUCKLEY, was born July 2, 1700 in Charlestown, South Carolina, and died about 1750 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He married MARY EDGEFIELD, daughter of GENERAL ARTHUR EDGEFIELD, in Charlestown, South Carolina. She was born about 1700 in Charlestown, South Carolina, and died about 1750 in Guilford County, South Carolina.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

From the book "Three Hundred Years In America With The Connely Clan" by Reginald Dowaine Conley: "Edmund Connelly married in South Carolina about 1710 a Mary Edgefield, daughter of Colonel Arthur Edgefield. The family Edgefield came from England and was prominent in South Carolina. To this marriage were born at least two sons; Harmon and Thomas Connelly. Thomas was born about 1725-27. Note that in recording the Connelly name has lost one 'e' from the Irish spelling.

"Not really much known about Harmon Connelly. He married a Hicks and moved to North Carolina where he had a large family of sons and daughters."

From the book "The Founding Of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley: "Harmon Connelly moved to North Carolina, where he owned lands on the then frontier. Tradition says that he there married the daughter of a physician named Hicks. This Hicks, it is affirmed, had married the daughter of a Scotchman who was engaged in trading with the Cherokees, and who had married a Cherokee woman; he seems to have roamed the country tributary to the Little Tennessee. Harmon Connelly appears to have been of an adventurous disposition, for it is related that he made several visits to the wilderness of Kentucky, one of which was about 1763."

    The children of EDMUND CONNELLY and MARY EDGEFIELD are:

    1. HARMON CONNELLY, b. Charleston, South Carolina, m. MARY HICKS.
    2. THOMAS CONNELLY, b. 1725, Charlestown, South Carolina, d. 1783, Guilford County, North Carolina, m. MARY VAN HARLINGEN.







THOMAS CONNELLY, son of EDMUND CONNELLY and MARY EDGEFIELD, was born about 1725 in Charlestown, South Carolina, and died about 1783 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He married MARY VAN HARLINGEN (HARLINGER), daughter of HENRY VAN HARLINGEN (Henry came from Holland), about 1746 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1724 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

In his book "The Founding of Harman's Station," author and noted historian William Elsey Connelley says that according to family tradition there were some Connellys, probably Thomas and his brother Harmon, in an exploration party in Eastern Kentucky about 1763 in search for a suitable place to live. Also in this party were Daniel Boone, Matthias Harman, Walter Mankins, James Skaggs, Henry Skaggs, and a number of others. They camped along the Louisa River, at the mouth of Big Paint Creek, for six weeks in some old decaying cabins that the Ohio Indians had said they and the French had built many years before. The river and creek bottoms were covered with cane that was so high it would hide a man on horseback. Sometimes the river was so full of buffalo wallowing in the shoals that it was impossible to get a canoe either up or downstream. The Indians were so fierce in the area that it was impossible for anyone from the party to locate there at that time.

Thomas Connelly on the trail

Thomas was in the First South Carolina Regiment under the direction of Colonel Charles Pinckney during the Revolutionary War. He served in the winter of 1779-1780 in the defense of Charleston, which is where he had gone to consult Colonel Pinckney, who was his attorney in some business growing out of some land that was owned around that city by Thomas' ancestors. He was wounded during the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780, when he was about 55 years old. During the battle Thomas was shot by a musket ball that went completely through him. He was treated by a Dr. Hicks, who was either the father-in-law or the nephew of Thomas' brother Harmon. To treat the wound, Dr. Hicks passed a silk handkerchief through it - completely through Thomas' body - several times. Thomas died in 1783 as a result of this wound.

From the book "Three Hundred Years In America With The Connely Clan" by Reginald Dowaine Conley: "Thomas, who was born in Guilford County, North Carolina used to travel up North with his father, Edmund trading and then back to the Carolinas. He undoubtedly learned the trading business this way at an early age. And he was to meet his wife in Chester County, Pennsylvania where he resided for some time. He married Mary Van Harlingen about 1747. She was a Dutch woman whose ancestors lived in Holland. The Dutch influence was to have a strong impression upon their children. Their children and approximate year of birth are: John - 1749, Henry - 2 May 1751 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania (later to be known as Captain Henry Connelly), Thomas Jr. - 1754, Elizabeth - 1757, Rachel - 1760, James - 1765, William - 1768.

"Thomas Connelly while in Pennsylvania fought under British General Braddock and young Lieutenant George Washington in their campaign against the French during the French-Indian War in Pennsylvania. At the time of the Revolutionary War Thomas was living in Guilford County, North Carolina (1775-83). In 1780 the British army was trying to capture Charleston, South Carolina. Thomas was on his way to Charleston to see his lawyer concerning some land that he owned in Charleston. When he arrived in the city he learned that the British were near and marching on the city. Although he was getting old he was inducted into the American Army which was commanded by General Lincoln. He served under Colonel Charles Cotesworth Pinckney in the First South Carolina Regiment. The British captured the city 12 May 1780. During the confusion Thomas escaped and later fought at the battle of King's Mountain on 7 October 1780. The battle of King's Mountain was an overwhelming victory for the Americans. The entire British force was killed or captured. During the battle Thomas was shot through the body by a British musket ball. A Doctor Hicks, who was half Indian and had graduated from a French University treated the wound by passing a silk handkerchief through it. About three years later in 1783 Thomas died from the wounds. Some family historians feel that he died and was buried in Christensburg, Montgomery County, Virginia. He owned land and property in Charleston, South Carolina, Guilford County, North Carolina and Montgomery County, Virginia at the time of his death. The name was being recorded in North Carolina and Virginia at this time on legal documents as Connelly, Connely, Conley, Conneley, Connoley and Coneley.

"William Elsey Connelley suggested and felt that the early Connelley brothers from Northern Ireland were of the Roman Catholic Religion. The author is not of this opinion. At the time the four Connelley brothers left Armagh there was a great deal of political and religious unrest. The First Presbyterian Church of Armagh was established in 1673. They came to a predominately protestant colony when arriving in the Charlston, South Carolina area. William of Orange married his cousin Mary in 1677. She was the daughter of James, Duke of York, later King James II of England. James was Roman Catholic. However William and Mary were both protestant. William and Mary became rulers of England in 1689 after forcing James to leave. He escaped to France. In 1690, William defeated James and a French and Irish army at the Battle of the Boyne, in Ireland. The Protestants of Ulster, Ireland, backed William, and are still called Orangemen today. William became a hero to the Protestants of Ulster. On Orange Day, July 12, Orangemen still celebrate his victory in the Battle of the Boyne. We find Thomas Connelly belonging to the Presbyterian Church until his marriage to Mary Van Harlingen in Pennsylvania. Then they became active in the Dutch Reform Church movement. They moved back to the Guilford County, North Carolina area. It is written that many of the Dutch Reform people joined the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches when moving from the North down into the Carolinas. It shows in pension records that Captain Henry Connelly belonged to the Presbyterian Church up to the time he moved to Kentucky, where he became active in the Baptist faith. It appears that the early Connelley brothers were probably Presbyterian."

    The children of THOMAS CONNELLY and MARY VAN HARLINGEN are:

    1. DAVID CONNELLY, b. 1747, m. SUSANNAH (unknown last name).
    2. JOHN CONNELLY, b. 1749, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. 1820, Orange County, North Carolina, m. ELIZABETH DONALDSON.
    3. THOMAS CONNELLY JR., b. before 1750.
    4. EDMUND CONNELLY, b. 1750.
    5. HENRY CONNELLY, b. May 2, 1751, Chester County, Pennsylvania, d. May 7, 1840, Oil Springs, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. (1) ANN MACGREGOR, m. (2) TEMPERANCE HITCHCOCK.
    6. POLLY CONNELLY.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley and other sources)







DAVID CONNELLY, son of THOMAS CONNELLY and MARY VAN HARLINGEN, was born about 1747 and died February 21, 1836 in Floyd County, Kentucky. He married SUSANNAH (unknown last name). She was born about 1750 and died February 15, 1835 in Floyd County, Kentucky.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

According to Dr. Michael Nestor of Kentucky: "Sampson Conley was apparently the brother of Joseph Conley, who lived in Greenup Co. Both Sampson and Joseph were prob brother of David, b. ca 1787, whose wife was Susannah. Sampson, Joseph, and David were listed closely in the Floyd Co. Ky tax lists. Joseph is listed frequently as a son of Capt Henry Conley, but this is solely due to someone years ago thinking that this Joseph had to be the same Joseph as Capt Henry’s son Joseph. However at that time no one knew that there was an older David in Floyd Co, probably Capt Henry’s brother, and there were a handful of Conley males: Abner, John, Carter, Sampson, David, and Joseph, who were closely associated on tax, census, marriage, and deed records. David who married Peggy Phillips was also a prob son of David, but has been misidentified as Capt Henry’s son, because Capt Henry’s son David H. was not recognized to exist by the early researchers, because David H. left Floyd Co. in 1842.

"Unfortunately there are no specific records to absolutely prove these relationships, and so deductive reasoning has to be used. One clan of Conleys lived on Middle Creek in Floyd Co, namely David (b. 1787), and the above mentioned likely sons. The other clan was Capt Henry and his sons David H., Edmund, John, and Thomas."

    The children of DAVID CONNELLY and SUSANNAH (unknown last name) are:

    1. DAVID CONLEY II, b. 1787, m. MARGARET "PEGGY" PHILLIPS.
    2. SAMPSON CONLEY, b. 1792, Virginia, m. MARY "POLLY" SMITH.
    3. ABNER CONNELLY, b. 1775-1780, m. ELIZABETH ROSE, August 8, 1811, Floyd County, Kentucky.
    4. JOHN CONNELLY, b. 1775-1794.
    5. JOSEPH CONNELLY, b. 1798, Virginia, m. SUSANNAH JONES, March 22, 1827, Floyd County, Kentucky.
    6. CARTER CONNELLY, b. 1806, Kentucky, m. MARY POLLY CONLEY, February 22, 1821, Floyd County, Kentucky. She was b. 1802, North Carolina.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley, Michael Nestor, and other sources)







JOHN CONNELLY, son of THOMAS CONNELLY and MARY VAN HARLINGEN, was born in 1749 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and died about 1820 in Orange County, North Carolina. He married ELIZABETH DONALDSON. She was born in 1749 and died about 1820 in Orange County, North Carolina.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

John Connelly served as private in the North Carolina regiment commanded by Col. James Armstrong.

From the book "Three Hundred Years In America With The Connely Clan" by Reginald Dowaine Conley: "John Connelly, son of Thomas, born 1749, married Elizabeth Donaldson about 1769 in North Carolina. They had at least four children; William born about 1770, Sanford, Daniel and John. John Van Harlingen Connelly died around the year 1790. One of the most distinguished members of the family was Doctor Henry Connelly, late Governor of New Mexico, son of John Donaldson Connelly of Virginia, nephew of Captain Henry Connelly."

    The child of JOHN CONNELLY and ELIZABETH DONALDSON is:

    1. WILLIAM CONNELLY, b. 1770.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley and other sources)







EDMUND CONNELLY, son of THOMAS CONNELLY and MARY VAN HARLINGEN, was born about 1750.

Notes: There is no proof that any of the information on this family is really true.

    The children of EDMUND CONNELLY are:

    1. HARMON CONNELLY, b. 1775.
    2. THOMAS CONNELLY, b. 1775.







HENRY CONNELLY, son of THOMAS CONNELLY and MARY VAN HARLINGEN, was born May 2, 1751 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, died May 7, 1840 in Oil Springs, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in William Rice Cemetery in Johnson County, Kentucky. He married (1) ANN MACGREGOR, daughter of ARCHIBALD MACGREGOR (Archibald was born about 1720 in Scotland, and died about 1758 in Guilford County, North Carolina) and EDITH MACALPINE, in 1774. She was born February 14, 1756 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and died about 1830 in Oil Springs, Johnson County, Kentucky. Henry Connelly married (2) TEMPERANCE HITCHCOCK on March 8, 1832. She was born about 1781 in North Carolina, according to the 1850 Johnson County, Kentucky census, and died about 1855. Temperance Hitchcock married (1) JOHN HITCHCOCK.

Notes for Captain Henry Connelly: He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and relocated to Guilford County, North Carolina as a young boy. His father, Thomas, traveled so much that Henry was raised by his grandparents, the Van Harlingens. This being the case, he developed their heavy Dutch accent. This accent stayed with him the rest of his life.

Henry's cannon

On July 7th, 1777, Henry joined the Colonial Army in North Carolina, where he achieved the rank of Captain in a cavalry unit. He commanded 100 men as State Troops of North Carolina, which were called "militia." His main concern was "keeping down" the Tories, and mainly a Tory by the name of Fanning. Tories were people who lived in this country but didn't support the Revolution. They instead fought on the side of the British.

Fanning was born in Johnston County, North Carolina, in 1754. It is said that he was born "of obscure parentage." He was raised in poverty and was eventually "bound out" for his support to a Mr. Bryant, who was a cruel and brutal master, and Fanning ran away when he was about 16. Some of his acquaintances found a home for him with a man by the name of John O. Deniell, who lived at the Haw Fields, in Orange County, North Carolina. Fanning had something called "scald head" and was not allowed to eat at the table with the family, nor was he permitted to sleep in a bed. After he was grown he always wore a silk cap and even his closest friends never saw his head uncovered. When he was about twenty years old he went to trade with the Catawba Indians, in South Carolina, and there he managed to acquire considerable property. Up to this time he had been a Whig. As he returned to North Carolina he was robbed of all his property by "some lawless fellows," whom he supposed to be Whigs. He immediately became a bitter and relentless Tory and sought every opportunity to wreak vengeance on Whigs indiscriminately and to injure the Revolutionary cause. He murdered, as he says, many patriots and burned their houses. He was bold and daring and captured the Governor of North Carolina whom he turned over to the British.

Fanning was a man of ability and the local leader of the Tories in the Carolinas. He was the man on whom the King's forces always relied and who never failed them. It was a distinct compliment to Captain Henry Connelly that he was selected to fight Fanning and keep him down, and he seems to have been able to cope with the daring Tory leader. Fanning said that many of his men were taken to Hillsboro and Salisbury and there hung by the "rebels" as he called the Revolutionary authorities. No doubt these prisoners were taken there by Captain Connelly.

The most famous battle that Captain Henry Connelly fought in was the Battle of Cowpens, on January 17, 1781. The Americans had been retreating from British forces and at a field outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina they made their stand. They fought among the fences and empty cow pens. The battle lasted a little more than an hour and eventually the British retreated, with a loss of over 100 troops. This was a major victory for the Americans and the beginning of the end of British rule here.

After the war Henry moved his family to Hager Hill, Kentucky, from North Carolina and this is where he lived the rest of his life. After his wife Ann died, Henry married Temperance Hitchcock. In 1833 he applied for a pension because he was a Revolutionary War veteran, which he was awarded. The attorney who made out the papers was Henry C. Harris, who had been the family attorney for a generation. In the files relating to the pension of Captain Connelly there is a letter written by Mr. Harris, in which he says:

"The old man is a Dutchman, and when I made out his statement I could scarcely understand everything he said."

This information was taken from various sources, one of which was the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley.

Notes for Ann MacGregor: According to William Elsey Connelley in his book "The Founding of Harman's Station," which was written in 1910:

The most famous clan in Scotland was that of MacGregor. It claims descent from Gregor, third son of King Alpin, who ruled Scotland about the year 787, and the clan is spoken of in Scotland as the Clan Alpin. The motto of the clan is "Srioghail mo dhream" - "Royal is my race."

Sir Walter Scott found more in the annals of the Clan MacGregor for his famous Waverley Novels than in the lore of all the other clans of Scotland. Rob Roy was Robert Roy MacGregor, and the novel of that name is an account of the adventures of that famous Borderer. In his "Legend of Montrose" Scott finds some of his most interesting characters among the Children of the Mist, who were the MacGregors, this being one of their ancient names. In his history of the clan Scott gives much curious and interesting information about the MacGregors. He says "that they were famous for their misfortunes and the indomitable courage with which they maintained themselves as a clan. The MacGregors strove to retain their lands by the cold steel." The had extensive possessions in Argyllshire and Perthshire which they held by the sword. No other clan in Scotland ever did so much fighting for their rights or for their country.

The ancient seat of the Clan MacGregor was along both sides of the Loch Tay, and in modern times they have lived about the old Church of the Balquhidder, where Rob Roy is buried.

Next to the MacAlpine the MacGregor is the oldest of Highland clans, and these two are closely related, one being a branch of the other. The MacGregors are now scattered all over the world, and many of them have been eminent as statesmen, soldiers, scholars. They are often distinguished by a stern and haughty bearing, arising from a consciousness of having played a famous and honorable part in the wars of Scotland and the world, giving them a sense of superiority they are always ready to maintain by an appeal to arms.

We are proud of our descent from the Clan MacGregor.

Archibald MacGregor, of the Clan MacGregor, Highlands of Scotland, espoused the cause of Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, in 1745, as did his clan and his country. He was a young man of fine stature and immense physical strength. His clan was not in the battle of Culloden Moor, having been stationed at another point, so it is said in the traditions of our family, but he had been sent to the commander of the Pretender forces with despatches, and so was on that disastrous field. There he was dreadfully wounded, being left on the gory field for dead, and his body stripped by the Royalist looters. He, however, revived and with great difficulty and much suffering reached his own country. There he was concealed until he had recovered somewhat from his wounds, when he succeeded in escaping to the colony of North Carolina, where so many of his countrymen were then living. There he married Edith MacAlpine, the daughter of a Highlander who had also been in the battle of Culloden Moor, and who had with great difficulty escaped with his family to America.

MacGregor never fully recovered from his wounds. His daughter Ann was born February 14, 1756, and some two years later he died. His widow married a Scotchman named Langley, and by him had several children. Ann MacGregor, growing up with these Langley children, was, it is said, always called Ann Langley by her friends and acquaintances. Some of these Langleys moved from North Carolina to the Big Sandy region of Kentucky at an early day, and their descendants may yet be found there. Captain Henry Connelly married Ann MacGregor. Neither the date nor the locality of this marriage is known, but it must have been early in 1774, for their first child was born in June 1775.

Notes for Temperance Hitchcock: It is possible that her maiden name was Blair, the sister of Noble and George Blair. According to descendant Joe Conley of Paintsville, Kentucky: "Through the oral tradition of my family, Tempy was the sister of George and Noble Blair. I do know for a fact that George Blair and John Hitchcock, Sr. came to what is now Johnson Co., Ky. at the same time. Along with Eleazor LeMaster and Abiud Fairchild, they founded the first community on Paint Creek at what is now Staffordsville, Ky. It was not until I began posting my family tree on the internet that the fact that Tempy was a Blair was questioned. I have no proof of this either, other than a mountain of family tradition. With so many diverse sources, however, my belief has become a certainty. Concerning Tempy, (and George and Noble's) lineage, their parentage is a million dollar question. I have been told that they were the children of a promanent Presbyterian minister, John Blair. I question that their parents were of any clerical or educated background as George could not sign his name. Every legal document he signed, he used his mark (X)."

On page 4 of the 1790 census for Wilkes County, North Carolina, there is a Henry Conally listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 free male over the age of 16, 5 free males under the age of 16, 4 free females, and no slaves.

On page 5 of the 1800 census for Morgan in Ashe County, North Carolina, there is a Henry Conly who is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 male over the age of 45, 1 male between 10 & 15, 1 male under 10, 1 female between 26 & 44, 1 female between 10 & 15, and 1 female under 10. They are living close to a John Conly family, a William Conly family, a Thomas Conly family, and a Sarah Conly family. There is an Edmund Conly family living in Wilkes County, North Carolina, which is adjacent to Ashe County.

On page 3 of the 1810 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, there is a Henry Conley listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 male over the age of 45, 1 male between 10 & 15, and 1 female over the age of 45. There is a Thomas Conley family living on 1 side, and a John Conley living on the other.

On page 32 of the 1820 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, there are 4 Conley families living next to each other and another close by - 2 houses away. John Conley is the head of the first house in the group. In his house are 4 males under 10 years, 2 males between 10 & 16, 1 male between 16 & 26, 1 male between 26 & 45, 1 female under 10, and 1 female between 26 and 45. In the next house is the family of Edmond Conley. In this house are 2 males under 10, 1 male between 10 & 16, 1 male between 16 & 18, 2 males between 18 & 26, 1 male over 45, 1 female between 10 & 16, 1 female between 16 & 26, and 1 female between 26 & 45. The next house has the family of Henry Conley. In this house are 1 male over 45 and 1 female over 45. The next house has the family of David Conley. In this house are 1 male under 10, 2 males between 10 & 16, 2 males between 16 & 18, 1 male between 26 & 45, 1 female between 26 & 45, and 1 female over 45. 2 houses down is the family of Henry Conley. In this house are 2 males under 10, 1 male between 16 & 26, 1 male between 26 & 45, 3 females under 10, and 1 female between 26 & 45.

On page 33 of the 1830 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, Henry Conley Sr. is listed as the head of his household. In this house is 1 male between 70 & 80 years old, and 1 female between 70 & 80. They are living next to a Susannah Conley family.

    The children of HENRY CONNELLY and ANN MACGREGOR are:

    1. EDMOND CONLEY, b. June 2, 1775, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. after 1865, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. (1) LYDIA JOYNES, m. (2) NANCY TACKETT.
    2. THOMAS CONLEY, b. January 25, 1777, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. 1850, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. SUSANAH JOYNES.
    3. PEGGY CONLEY, b. August 8, 1779, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. before 1839, Floyd County, Kentucky, m. ELIJAH CANTRELL.
    4. DAVID H. CONLEY, b. June 24, 1781, Guilford County, North Carolina, m. MARY "POLLY" FUGATE DAVIS.
    5. RACHEL CONLEY, b. April 8, 1783, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. 1855, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in James Spradlin, Sr. Cemetery, Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. JAMES S. SPRADLIN.
    6. JOHN CONLEY, b. August 8, 1785, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. 1865, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. LEAH JOYNES.
    7. HENRY CONNELLY JR., b. December 1, 1787, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. September 8, 1859, Fennimore, Grant County, Wisconsin, m. SARAH PHILLIPS.
    8. ELIZABETH L. "BECKY" CONNELLY, b. April 8, 1789, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. December 22, 1871, Decalb County, Alabama, m. AARON TATE.
    9. WILLIAM CONNELLY, b. July 8, 1791, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. Cliff, Floyd County, Kentucky.
    10. JOSEPH CONNELLY, b. July 8, 1795, Guilford County, North Carolina.

      Notes: Edmund, Thomas, and John married three sisters, the daughters of Thomas Joynes and Mary Caudill.







THOMAS CONLEY, son of HENRY CONNELLY and ANN MACGREGOR, was born January 25, 1777 in Guilford County, North Carolina, died before 1850 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and was buried on the Preston Farm in Van Lear, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married SUSANAH JOYNES, daughter of THOMAS JOYNES and MARY CAUDILL. She was born July 5, 1780 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, died March 25, 1877 at Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Henry Conley Cemetery on Middle Fork of Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: Information on this family can be found on pages 23 & 287 of "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society. On page 23 it says: "Thomas is said to be buried near the mouth of Miller's Creek, Johnson County." On page 287 it says "buried Preston Farm, Van Lear, KY."

Information on this family can also be found on page 104 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says that Thomas Connelly was born January 25, 1777. It also says:

     "He was my great grandfather. He was married in North Carolina to Susan Joynes. She was the sister of the wife of his brother Edmund. A number of their children were born in North Carolina. It is probable that they moved, with his father, the Captain, to Botetourt County, Virginia, where lived many of the Connellys, and after a residence of some years there, moved to Kentucky, settling first in the Indian Bottom, on the Kentucky River, at the mouth of the Rockhouse Fork, in what is now Letcher County, where their son, Henry Connelly, my grandfather, was born, in 1810. They moved to what is now Johnson County, Kentucky, and settled on the main branch of Jennie's Creek, at the mouth of Mill Creek, where they opened one of the largest and best farms in the county, which was afterwards for many years the home of Martin R. Rice, Esq., long the wealthiest citizen of Johnson County. From this farm they moved to a large farm at the mouth of Miller's Creek, near the Limestone Cliffs, four or five miles above Paintsville. This farm was long known as the Burd Preston farm. There Thomas Connelly died and was buried. My grandfather, Henry Connelly, there grew to manhood. Peter Mankins was their neighbor, and a good one he was; later he moved to Washington County, Arkansas, where he died at the age of one hundred and fourteen years. He came from North Carolina to Kentucky with the Connellys. My great grandmother lived for many years with my grandfather, Henry Connelly, on the head of the Middle Fork of Jennie's Creek, and she died there in the summer of 18785, aged about ninety-two. She was descended from French Huguenot families named Partonairre and Guyon or Guyan. Her uncle, Henry Guyan, is said to have had a trading establishment at the mouth of the Guyandote River, West Virginia, as early as 1750. By some it is said that the river took its name from him, though I am of the opinion that it was named, because the Wyandot Indians found it a favorite hunting-ground, in their honor or for them, and was later corrupted to Guyandotte.
     "My grandfather, Henry Connelly, married Rebecca, daughter of George Blair, and settled on the farm above-mentioned. My father, Constantine Conley, was born and reared on that farm, and when he married he was given a portion of it - the Wolf Pen Branch - upon which he built a hewed-log house, where he went to housekeeping, and where I was born. My grandfather died and was buried on his farm, and many others of my kindred are there buried, including my great grandmother, above mentioned."

Information on this family can also be found on page 125 of the book "Johnson County, Kentucky: A History of the County, and Genealogy of Its People Up to the Year 1927" by Mitchell Hall. In that book it says that Thomas Conley married Susan Joynes and that their children were Frances (married Benjamin H. Salyer), William, Constantine Sr., Celia (married Dr. Isaac Rice), John, Henry, Thomas, Nancy (married Asa Fairchild), and Susan (married John Blair, son of Noble Blair).

According to "Johnson County Kentucky Cemeteries Volume 2" published by the Johnson County Historical Society, Susan Joynes Conley was a friend of Eastern Kentucky pioneer heroine Jennie Wiley. Susan was born July 5, 1780, died March 25, 1872, and is buried in Henry Conley Cemetery on the "Upper Middle Fork on the old Henry Conley Farm later owned by Abraham Fitchpatrick."

On page 5 of the 1800 census for Morgan in Ashe County, North Carolina, there is a Thomas Conly who is listed as the head of his household. In this house is 1 male between the ages of 16 and 25, 1 female between 16 & 25, and 1 female under 10. They are living next to a John Conly family, a William Conly family, and a Sarah Conly family. Living nearby is a Henry Conly family.

On page 3 of the 1810 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, there is a Thomas Conley listed as the head of his household. In this house is 1 male over between the ages of 25 and 44 years old, 2 males under 10, and 1 female between 25 & 44, and 3 females under 10. They are living next to a Henry Conley and on the other side of Henry is a John Conley.

On page 35 of the 1820 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, Thomas Conley is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 2 males under 10 years old, 2 males between 10 and 16, 1 male between 26 & 45, 2 females under 10, 1 female between 10 & 16, 2 females beetween 16 & 26, and 1 female between 26 & 45.

On page 33 of the 1830 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, Thomas Conley is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 male between 20 and 30 years old, 1 male under 5, 1 female between 20 & 30, 1 female between 5 & 10, and 1 female under 5.

On page 90 of the 1850 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated September 28, 1850), Susan is found living in the home of her daughter. Isaac Rice is listed as the head of the household for house #594, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 27 years old. Also listed are Celia (born in Kentucky, age 27), Phoeba (born in Kentucky, age 10), Alexander (born in Kentucky, age 8), Samuel (born in Kentucky, age 6), Andrew (born in Kentucky, age 4), James (born in Kentucky, age 2), Thomas (born in Kentucky, age 1), and Susan Conley (born in North Carolina, age 70).

On page 14 of the 1860 census for Floyd County, Kentucky (dated June 27, 1860), Susan is found living in the home of her son. Thomas Conly is listed as the head of the household for house #94, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 46 years old. Also listed are Mahala (spinster, born in Virginia, age 45), Sarah (spinster, born in Kentucky, age 19), Jackson (farmer, born in Kentucky, age 17), James (farmer, born in Kentucky, age 15), George W. (born in Kentucky, age 13), Frances M. (born in Kentucky, age 11), Malica (born in Kentucky, age 9), Henry Harvey (born in Kentucky, age 6), Benjamin A. (born in Kentucky, age 4), Manerva E. (born in Kentucky, age 2), Susanah (spinster, born in Kentucky, age 81), and Samuel May (farmer, born in Kentucky, age 18).

On page 14 of the 1870 census for Paintsville in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 22, 1870), Susan is found living in the home of her daughter. John Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #96, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 54 years old. Also listed are Susan (born in Kentucky, age 53), Jane (born in Kentucky, age 25), Elizabeth (born in Kentucky, age 22), Lydia (born in Kentucky, age 18), Jesse (born in Kentucky, age 14), Harrison P. (born in Kentucky, age 11), and Susanna Conley (born in North Carolina, age 91).

    The children of THOMAS CONLEY and SUSAN JOYNES are:

    1. FRANCES CONLEY, b. 1800, Wilkes County, North Carolina, d. before 1870, buried in Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. BENJAMIN H. SALYER.
    2. WILLIAM CONLEY, b. 1803, Wilkes County, North Carolina, d. Wilkes County, North Carolina.
      Notes: Information on William conley can be found on page 127 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says that he was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1803 and died there.
    3. NANCY CONLEY, b. February 11, 1803, Guilford County, North Carolina, d. 1896, Asa Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Asa Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. ASA J. FAIRCHILD.
    4. CONSTANTINE CONLEY, b. July 21, 1805, Wilkes County, North Carolina, d. January 28, 1892, Hager Hill, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. CELIA FAIRCHILD.
    5. HENRY CONLEY, b. 1810, Rockhouse Fork of Jennies Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. July 20, 1877, Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried on Upper Middle Fork of Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. REBECCA BLAIR.
    6. THOMAS CONLEY JR., b. 1814, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. after 1880, m. MAHALA DAVIS.
    7. SUSANNAH CONLEY, b. 1815, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. 1871, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. JOHN PYRTLE BLAIR.
    8. JOHN CONLEY, b. 1820, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. after 1880, m. MARGARET BLAIR.
    9. CELIA CONLEY, b. 1824, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. before 1870, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. ISAAC RICE.







DAVID H. CONLEY, son of HENRY CONNELLY and ANN MACGREGOR, was born June 24, 1781 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He married MARY "POLLY" FUGATE DAVIS, daughter of FRANCIS FUGATE and AGNES VANCE, in 1808 in Russell County, Virginia. She was born about 1774 in Washington County, Virginia.

Notes: Mary Fugate Davis was the widow of Richard Davis. One of their children, Alfred, married Nancy Cantrell, daughter of David Conley's sister, Peggy Conley and her husband Elijah Cantrell.

    The child of DAVID CONLEY and POLLY FUGATE DAVIS is:

    1. DAVID M. CONLEY, b. 1817, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. March 19, 1853, Little Paint, Johnson County, Kentucky. He m. MAHALA ROBERSON.







DAVID M. CONLEY, son of DAVID H. CONLEY and MARY "POLLY" FUGATE DAVIS, was born about 1817 in Russell County, Virginia, and died March 19, 1853 in Little Paint, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married MAHALA ROBERSON, daughter of JOHN ROBERSON, November 14, 1834 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was born about 1820 in Virginia, and died in Magoffin County, Kentucky. Mahala Roberson married (2) WILLIAM BLANTON, son of GEORGE WASHINGTON BLANTON and ANNE WHITLOW, May 1, 1859 in Johnson County, Kentucky. He was born about 1799 in Lee County, Virginia. William Blanton married (1) ESTER ALSEY CANTRELL, daughter of PEGGY CONLEY and ELIJAH CANTRELL, January 7, 1831 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was born about 1815 and died before 1859 in Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: David M. Conley's lineage has some question marks that Joseph Eugene Conley wrote about in 2001 in a paper called The Unknown Children of Captain Henry Connelly.

According to the book "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society, "David M. Conley b. ca 1817 d. on Paint Creek 19 Mar 1853 of Inflamatory Rheumatism. This information comes from the Floyd Co. KY Vital Statistics and also gives the names of his parents as: David & Mary Conley and gives his birthplace as Russell Co. Virginia. David M. Conley m. 14 Apr 1834 Floyd Co. KY to Mahala Robertson b. 1820."

On page 46 of the 1840 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, David M. Conley is listed as the head of the household and in the house are: 1 male between age 5 and 10, 1 male between age 20 and 30, 2 females under age 5, and 1 female between age 20 and 30.

On page 41 of the 1850 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated August 29, 1850), David M. Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #271, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 33 years old. Also listed are Mahalah (born in Virginia, age 30), David H. (born in Kentucky, age 15), Eveline (born in Kentucky, age 13), Lydia (born in Kentucky, age 11), William (born in Arkansas, age 8), John R. (born in Arkansas, age 6), Elizabeth (born in Kentucky, age 5), and Ellen (born in Kentucky, age 1). There is a John Roberson Sr. (born in Virginia, age 69) and his wife Nancy (born in Virginia, age 63) and their family living in house #173 that could very well be Mahala's parents.

On page 80 of the 1860 census for Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 2, 1860), William Blanton is listed as the head of the house for house #532, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 59 years old. Also listed are Mahala (cook, born in Kentucky, age 43), Elizabeth Conley (born in Kentucky, age 13), Lucinda Conley (born in Kentucky, age 9), Sarah E. Conley (born in Kentucky, age 7), and Alexander G. Blanton (born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 7 of the 1870 census for Precinct 1 in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 19, 1870), William Blanton is listed as the head of the household for house #44, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 70 years old. Also listed are Mahala (born in Kentucky, age 50), Green (born in Kentucky, age 10), Lyddy Conley (born in Kentucky, age 29), Hamilton Conley (Lydia's son, born in Kentucky, age 9), and William H. Conley (Lydia's son, born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 1 of the 1880 census for District 126 (Precinct 8 - State Road Fork) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June ?, 1880), William Blanton is listed as the head of the household for house #1, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, parents born in Virginia, and he's 81 years old. Also listed are Mahala (wife, born in Virginia, parents born in Virginia, age 55), and Alexander G. (son, born in Kentucky, father born in North Carolina, mother born in Virginia, age 20).

    The children of DAVID CONLEY and MAHALA ROBERSON are:

    1. DAVID H. CONLEY, b. March 11, 1835, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. July 5, 1907, buried in Oil Springs, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. NANCY CONLEY.
    2. EVELINE CONLEY, b. 1837, Kentucky, d. after 1880, m. JOHN BLAIR.
    3. LYDIA CONLEY, b. November 10, 1839, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. December 6, 1918, State Road Fork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Falcon, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. THOMAS CONLEY.
    4. WILLIAM CONLEY, b. 1842, Arkansas.
    5. JOHN R. CONLEY, b. March 14, 1843, Arkansas, d. April 7, 1922, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, buried in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. TEXAS LINSADE "SADIE" LAFFERTY.
    6. ELIZABETH CONLEY, b. December 1846, Kentucky, d. after 1920, m. RHODES MEAD.
    7. ELLEN CONLEY, b. 1849, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. 1853, Johnson County, Kentucky.
    8. LUCINDA CONLEY, b. 1851, Kentucky.
      Notes: There was a Lucinda Conley who married William Henry "Bud" Collins in 1876.
    9. SARAH EMILY CONLEY, b. November 1854, Kentucky, d. after 1910, m. RANSOM L. LEMASTER.

    The child of MAHALA ROBERSON and WILLIAM BLANTON is:

    1. ALEXANDER GREEN BLANTON, b. September 1859, Kentucky, d. 1929, m. MARTHA JANE GULLETT.

    The child of ESTER CANTRELL and WILLIAM BLANTON is:

    1. JAMES BLANTON, b. 1832, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. before 1910, m. CYNTHIA RATLIFF.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley, Ron Penix, and other sources)







RACHEL CONLEY, daughter of HENRY CONNELLY and ANN MACGREGOR, was born April 8, 1783 in Guilford County, North Carolina, died June 1, 1855 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the James Spradlin, Sr. Cemetery at the mouth of Lower Twin Branch in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky. She married JAMES S. SPRADLIN. He was born about 1785 in Virginia, died about 1870 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the James Spradlin, Sr. Cemetery at the mouth of Lower Twin Branch in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky. James Spradlin married (2) JANE EVANS about 1858. She was born about 1812 in Kentucky, and died about 1880.

Notes: Jane Evans' maiden name was reportedly Wheeler and she was born April 24, 1813 and died about 1880. The reported marriage date for her and James Spradlin was June 30, 1858, and it took place in Lawrence County, Kentucky.

Jane Evans' son, William, married Louisa Younts. Louisa's 2nd husband was John W. Spradlin, grandson of James S. and Rachel Conley Spradlin.

According to Joe Conley of Paintsville, Kentucky, James Spradlin suffered from a bone condition which increased in severity with his age. By the time of his death, his back was so bent that the coffin could not be shut. Constantine Connelley (William Elsey Connelley's father) sawed off the coffin lid at the breast so that James' head would fit in the coffin. The coffin was then placed in another box. Despite this condition, James was often seen riding his horse to Paintsville until shortly before his death.

According to Kentucky marriage records, James Spradlin (b. 1785, Virginia) married Rachel Connelly (b. 1783, North Carolina).

According to Kentucky death records, Rachel Conley Spradlin died June 1, 1855 of pneumonia at the age of 70. Also on that record, her birthplace is listed as South Carlina, and her parents as Henry and Anna Conly.

On page 32 of the 1820 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, James Spradlin is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 male under 10 years old, 1 male between 26 and 45, 3 females under 10, 2 females between 10 and 16, 1 female between 26 and 45, and a total of 1 person in this house engaged in agriculture.

On page 41 of the 1830 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, James Spradlin is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 3 males under 5 years old, 1 male between 5 and 10, 1 male between 15 and 20, 1 male between 40 and 50, 1 female between 5 and 10, 2 females between 10 and 15, 1 female between 15 and 20, 1 female between 20 and 30, and 1 female between 40 and 50.

On page 59 of the 1840 census for Floyd County, Kentucky, James Spradlin is listed as the head of his household. In this house are 1 male under 5 years old, 2 males between 10 and 15, 1 male between 15 and 20, 1 male between 50 and 60, 2 females between 10 and 15, 1 female between 30 and 40, and 1 female between 50 and 60.

On page 80 of the 1850 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated September 23, 1850), James Spradlin is listed as the head of the household for house #527, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 65 years old. Also listed are Rachel (born in North Carolina, age 67), Mary Conley (born in North Carolina, age 45), Jackson Conley (born in Kentucky, age 21), Solomon Conley (born in Kentucky, age 13), Minerva Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 15), Rachel Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 14), William Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 13), James H. Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 12), Daniel Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 11), John M. Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 9), and Andrew J. Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 7). The Spradlin children are Rachel and James' grandchildren, and the children of Josiah Spradlin and Jane M. May.

On page 87 of the 1850 census for Lawrence County, Kentucky (dated September 12, 1850), there is a Jane Evans that is probably the one that married James Spradlin. Jane Evans is listed as the head of the household for house #571, she's not working, born in Kentucky, and she's 33 years old. Also listed are James (laborer, born in Kentucky, age 17), John (born in Kentucky, age 15), Fletcher (born in Kentucky, age 12), Manerva (born in Kentucky, age 13), Mahale (born in Kentucky, age 13), Serilda (born in Kentucky, age 11), Geo. [George] (born in Kentucky, age 8), and Wilshire (born in Kentucky, age 5).

On page 14 of the 1860 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 6, 1860), James Spradlin is listed as the head of the household for house #89, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 75 years old. Also listed are Jane (born in Kentucky, age 48), Mahala Evans (born in Kentucky, age 22), Wm. W. Evans (born in Kentucky, age 13), and Andrew Spradlin (born in Kentucky, age 14). They are living next to sons James and John. Mahala and William Evans are Jane's children from her previous marriage.

On page 4 of the 1870 census for Paintsville in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 16, 1870), James Spradlin is listed as the head of the household for house #24, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 85 years old. Also listed is Jane (born in Kentucky, age 57).

On page 28 of the 1880 census for District 43 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 22, 1880), Jane Evans Spradlin is found living in the home of her son. William W. Evans is listed as the head of the household for house #358, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 33 years old. Also listed are Louisa (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 28), Albert N. (son, born in Kentucky, age 12), Nancy J. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 9), Martha E. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 7), Edward (son, born in Kentucky, age 3), and Jane Spradlin (mother, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 67).

    The child of RACHEL CONLEY and (unknown) is:

    1. MARY CONLEY, b. 1806, North Carolina, d. October 13, 1857, Johnson County, Kentucky.
      Notes: In the 1850 census, Mary is found living with her mother and step-father and 2 Conleys that were probably her sons, Jackson and Solomon (Solomon later going by the name of Solomon Spradlin). Jackson Conley was probably the Jackson that married Susannah Horne and they had at least 2 children, Henry and Lucinda. Henry can be found living with his parents in the 1880 census (page 25 of District 45 (Barnetts Creek) in Johnson County). He's 22 years old. His father, Jackson, is 52 years old, he was born in Kentucky, his father was born in Kentucky, and his mother was born in Virginia. His mother, Susan, is 65 years old, she was born in Kentucky, her father's birthplace is hard to read, and her mother was born in Virginia. Lucinda married Britton F. Blair.
      According to her death record Mary Conley died single and of cancer. On that record her mother is listed as Rachel Conley and her birthplace as North Carolina.

    The children of RACHEL CONLEY and JAMES SPRADLIN are:

    1. ANNA SPRADLIN, b. 1809, Virginia, d. 1881, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. SILAS RATLIFF.
    2. DELILAH SPRADLIN, b. 1812, Virginia, m. RUBEN MARSHALL JR.
    3. JOSIAH SPRADLIN, b. 1814, Kentucky, d. October 16, 1847, m. JANE M. MAY.
    4. SARAH SPRADLIN, b. 1815, Kentucky, d. before 1880, m. WILLIAM BLAIR.
    5. MARTHA SPRADLIN, b. 1818, m. SAMUEL ROBERTSON.
    6. MATILDA SPRADLIN, b. January 12, 1820, Kentucky, d. after 1880, m. GEORGE WASHINGTON "WATT" BLAIR.
    7. MELINDA SPRADLIN, b. 1823, Kentucky, m. (1) BRITTON BLAIR, m. (2) ISAAC RICE.
    8. JAMES S. SPRADLIN JR., b. March 20, 1824, Kentucky, d. November 23, 1906, Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. TEMPERANCE JANE HITCHCOCK.
    9. GEORGE SPRADLIN, b. 1826.
    10. JOHN "KERNER" SPRADLIN, b. May 20, 1827, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. September 24, 1916, Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. ELIZABETH HORN, m. (2) SARAH REYNOLDS.
    11. WILLIAM SPRADLIN, b. 1828.
    12. RACHEL SPRADLIN, b. 1833, m. ANDREW J. HANNAH, April 28, 1853.







DAVID CONLEY II, son of DAVID CONNELLY and SUSANNAH (unknown last name), was born about 1787 in Virginia. He married MARGARET "PEGGY" PHILLIPS, daughter of ELIJAH PHILLIPS and PEGGY (unknown last name), October 21, 1813 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was born about 1797 in Virginia.

Notes: On page 61 of the 1850 census for My District in Floyd County, Kentucky (dated August 13, 1850), David Conley Senr is listed as the head of the household for house #364, he's a farmer, born in Virginia, and he's 63 years old. Also listed are Margaret (born in Virginia, age 53), William (born in Kentucky, age 23), Dorcas (born in Kentucky, age 18), Joseph (born in Kentucky, age 16), Thomas (born in Kentucky, age 11), and Margaret (born in Kentucky, age 9). They are living next to son Sampson.

On page 9 of the 1870 census for Precinct 4 in Breathitt County, Kentucky (dated August 4, 1870), Thomas Conly is listed as the head of the household for house #59, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 35 years old. Also listed are Florence (born in Kentucky, age 31), Wesly (born in Kentucky, age 10), Roben [Ruben?] (born in Kentucky, age 8), Malinda (born in Kentucky, age 7), William (born in Kentucky, age 6), John (born in Kentucky, age 4), James (born in Kentucky, age 3), Polly (born in Kentucky, age 1), Mary Conly [Mary Conley] (born in Kentucky, age 10), David Conly (born in Virginia, age 79), and Margaret (born in Virginia, age 72).

    The children of DAVID CONLEY and PEGGY PHILLIPS are:

    1. SAMPSON CONLEY, b. February 8, 1816, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. January 30, 1862, buried on Snaggy Branch, Salt Lick, Floyd County, Kentucky m. SARAH ELIZA MORRIS.
    2. ESTER CONLEY, b. 1817, Floyd County, Kentucky, m. FRAZIER PATTON, son of SAMUEL PATTON and ELIZABETH ALLEN, 1832. He was b. 1812, Kentucky, d. June 14, 1875.
    3. ELIJAH CONLEY, b. June 22, 1818, Kentucky, d. June 18, 1903, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. NANCY JOSEPH.
    4. DAVID CONLEY III, b. April 1824, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. 1900, m. (1) LOU RINDA "RINDIE" GRIFFITH, m. (2) MARY "POLLY" SMITH.
    5. JOHN DEATON CONLEY, b. February 7, 1822, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. July 13, 1903, m. LEESTER LAWHORN.
    6. JOSEPH CONLEY, b. July 14, 1825, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. June 27, 1912, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Gardner Bailey Cemetery, m. (1) JEMIMA MULLINS, m. (2) MARY "POLLY" BAILEY.
    7. WILLIAM S. CONLEY, b. October 29, 1827, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. September 8, 1884, m. SARAH PATRICK.
    8. DORCAS CONLEY, b. September 1830, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. before 1920, m. JOHN MAY.
    9. THOMAS CONLEY, b. November 20, 1835, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. October 23, 1891, m. FLORENCE STONE.
    10. MARGARET "PEGGY" CONLEY, b. 1841, Floyd County, Kentucky.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley and other sources)







JOSEPH CONLEY, son of DAVID CONLEY II and MARGARET "PEGGY" PHILLIPS, was born July 14, 1825 in Floyd County, Kentucky, died June 27, 1912 in Orchard, Magoffin County, Kentucky, and is buried in the Gardner Bailey Cemetery in Magoffin County, Kentucky. He married (1) JEMIMA MULLINS, daughter of ISAAC MULLINS and POLLY WIREMAN, April 10, 1855. She was born about 1840. Joseph Conley married (2) MARY "POLLY" BAILEY, daughter of JOHN BAILEY JR. and CATHERINE RUNYON, in November of 1869. She was born December 2, 1847 in Kentucky.

Notes: An alternate birth date for James is August 16, 1832, but in the 1900 census he is listed as being born in July of 1825, and on his death certificate his birth date is listed as July 14, 1825.

According to his death certificate, Joe Conley died June 27, 1912 in Orchard from heart dropsy. Also on this certificate, his birthplace is listed as Floyd County, his birth date as July 14, 1825, his marital status as married, his parents as David Conley (b. unknown) and Peggie Phillips (b. unknown), the informant as Jeames Conley of Waldo, Kentucky. the burial place as Gardner Bailey Graveyard, and the undertaker as Jeames Conley of Waldo, Kentucky.

On page 3 of the 1880 census for District 15 (Bakerfork) in Breathitt County, Kentucky (dated June 21, 1880), Joseph Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #288, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, father born in Maryland, mother born in Virginia, and he's 44 years old. Also listed are Polley (son, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 35), John (son, born in Kentucky, age 13), Catherine (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 5), and James (son, born in Kentucky, age 2).

On page 16 of the 1900 census for District 7 (Springfork) in Breathitt County, Kentucky (dated June 19, 1900), Joseph Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #137, he's a farmer, born in July of 1825 in Kentucky, parents born in Virginia, married for 50 years, and he's age 74. Also listed are Mary (wife, born in December of 1845 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 34 years, she's given birth to 10 children and 7 are still living, age 54), John (son, born in May of 1867 in Kentucky, married for 8 years, age 33), Nancy (daughter-in-law, born in October of 1873 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 4 children and all are still living, age 26), Adam (grandson, born in June of 1893 in Kentucky, age 6), William (grandson, born in October of 1894 in Kentucky, age 5), Eva (granddaughter, born in March of 1897 in Kentucky, age 3), James (son, born in June of 1878 in Kentucky, age 21), Elijah (son, born in March of 1882 in Kentucky, age 18), Elbert (son, born in December of 1885 in Kentucky, age 14), and Becky (daughter, born in October of 1887 in Kentucky, age 12).

    The children of JOSEPH CONLEY and JEMIMA MULLINS are:

    1. JEFFERSON CONLEY, b. April 10, 1856, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. SARAH ANN RATLIFF.
    2. SUSAN CONLEY, b. January 21, 1857, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
      Notes: On page 11 of the 1880 census for District 125 (Precinct 6 - Trace Fork) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 21, 1880), there is a Susan Conley that quite possibly could be this Susan Conley. She's listed in house #277, she's 23 years old, and she's a servant to the Jacob and Susan Wireman family. She was born in Kentucky as were both of her parents. Susan's cousin Rosanna, is listed a few houses away with her husband Sam Wireman.
    3. POLLY CONLEY, b. 1859, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
    4. JAMES CONLEY, b. 1863, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. JUDITH HUNTER, December 25, 1885, Floyd County, Kentucky. She was b. 1865.

    The children of JOSEPH CONLEY and POLLY BAILEY are:

    1. JOHN CONLEY, b. May 1867, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. NANCY BAILEY, daughter of WILLIAM BAILEY and SUSANAH (unknown last name), 1892. She was b. October 1873, Kentucky.
    2. DAVID CONLEY, b. 1869, Breathitt County, Kentucky, d. before 1880.
    3. CATHERINE CONLEY, b. 1875, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. JOHN CONLEY, son of DAVID CONLEY and MARY "POLLY" SMITH. He was b. 1874.
    4. JAMES "JEEMS" CONLEY, b. October 19, 1876, Knott County, Kentucky, d. February 7, 1950, Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky, buried in Stone Coal, Floyd County, Kentucky, m. NANCY ANN COMBS.
    5. DARCUS CONLEY, b. 1882, m. S. T. "BOLOGER SAM" BAILEY, son of WILLIAM BAILEY and SUSANAH (unknown last name). He was b. 1880.
    6. ELIJAH CONLEY, b. March 1882, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. LULA PATRICK.
    7. ELBERT CONLEY, b. December 1885, Kentucky.
    8. REBECCA CONLEY, b. October 1887, Breathitt County, Kentucky, m. TRIBUE LOVELY, February 18, 1907.







JEFFERSON CONLEY, son of JOSEPH CONLEY and JEMIMA MULLINS, was born April 10, 1856 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, and died between 1890 and 1990. He married SARAH ANN RATLIFF, daughter of WILLIAM RATLIFF and ELIZABETH MCDANIEL, October 31, 1878 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was born August 13, 1860 in Floyd County, Kentucky, and died April 3, 1929 in Scioto County, Ohio.

Notes: On page 24 of the 1880 census for District 124 (Allen) in Floyd County, Kentucky (dated June 30, 1880), Jeff Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #360, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 23 years old. Also listed are Sallie Ann (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 19), and Jemima (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 18 of the 1900 census for District 49 (Alcorn) in Greenup County, Kentucky (dated June 25 & 26, 1900), Sarah is listed as the head of the household for house #368, she's a farmer, widowed, born in August of 1860 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 6 children and all are still living, and she's 39 years old. Also listed are Mima (daughter, born in April of 1879 in Kentucky, age 21), William (son, born in January of 1883 in Kentucky, age 17), Grover (son, born in January of 1885 in Kentucky, age 14), Gracie (daughter, born in April of 1887 in Kentucky, age 13), Lizzie (daughter, born in February of 1889 in Kentucky, age 11), and Edward (son, born in March of 1891 in Kentucky, age 9).

On page 20 of the 1910 census for District 68 (Springville) in Greenup County, Kentucky (dated April 30, 1910), Sarah is found living with her daughter Jemima. Lewis Sizemore is listed as the head of the household for house #94, he's a helper in a car shop, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 9 years, and he's 29 years old. Also listed are Mima (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 4 children and all are still living, age 32), Maurice (son, born in Kentucky, age 7), Arvil (son, born in Kentucky, age 3), Arnold (son, born in Kentucky, age 3), Nellie M. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 8 months), Sarah Conley (mother-in-law, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 6 children and all are still living, age 49), Lizzie (sister-in-law, single, born in Kentucky, age 21), and Gracie Hays (sister-in-law, widowed, born in Kentucky, age 23).

On page 40 of the 1920 census for District 160 (Clay Township) in Scioto County, Ohio (dated January 20 & 26, 1920), Sarah is found living in the house of her daughter Grace. Lewis Smith is listed as the head of the household for house #359, he's a pitman in a steel mill, born in Connecticut, parents born in Germany, and he's 36 years old. Also listed are Grace (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 33), Elizabeth (sister-in-law, married, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 31), Vernie (niece, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 14 months), Virginia (niece, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 14 months), Sarah Conley (mother-in-law, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 59), Edward Conley (brother-in-law, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 29), August Conley (nephew, born in Ohio, parents born in Kentucky, age 3), and Irene Conley (niece, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 11).

    The children of JEFFERSON CONLEY and SARAH ANN RATLIFF are:

    1. JEMIMA CONLEY, b. April 3, 1879, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. 1953, Scioto County, Ohio, m. LEWIS SIZEMORE, son of RICHARD SIZEMORE and POLLY SALISBURY. He was b. March 26, 1880, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. 1958, Scioto County, Ohio.
    2. WILLIAM B. CONLEY, b. January 30, 1883, Floyd County, Kentucky, m. BETTY (unknown last name).
    3. GROVER CLEVELAND CONLEY, b. June 15, 1885, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. December 13, 1918, Scioto County, Ohio, m. SARAH DUNCAN, daughter of JOHN DUNCAN and CARRIE WARRING. She was b. June 1888, Greenup County, Kentucky.
    4. GRACE ELLEN CONLEY, b. April 29, 1887, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. Scioto County, Ohio, m. (1) (unknown first name) HAYS, m. (2) LOUIS SMITH.
    5. ELIZABETH CONLEY, b. February 16, 1889, Greenup County, Kentucky, d. December 26, 1977, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, m. JOHN DAVID SMITH.
    6. EDWARD B. CONLEY, b. March 13, 1891, Greenup County, Kentucky, d. 1945, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, m. EDNA BROWN. She was b. October 17, 1894.







ELIZABETH CONLEY, daughter of JEFFERSON CONLEY and SARAH ANN RATLIFF, was born February 16, 1889 in Greenup County, Kentucky, and died December 26, 1977 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. She married JOHN DAVID SMITH, son of BENJAMIN SMITH and REBECCA VAN BIBBER, March 22, 1915 in Scioto County, Ohio. He was born February 27, 1874 in Greenup County, Kentucky, and died June 1, 1939 in Scioto County, Ohio.

    The children of ELIZABETH CONLEY and JOHN SMITH are:

    1. NORA ISABEL SMITH, m. BRUCE E. LOGAN.
    2. JESSIE SMITH, b. June 13, 1917, Greenup County, Kentucky, d. Minnesota, m. (1) DENZEL FELTY, m. (2) HIRAM BRANHAM.
    3. VERNA SMITH, m. JOHN LOWELL LINDEMAN, son of LEWIS LINDEMAN and SARAH COOPER, July 26, 1932, Greenup County, Kentucky. He was b. August 30, 1915, Scioto County, Ohio, d. December 12, 1974, Scioto County, Ohio.
    4. VIRGINIA SMITH, b. November 12, 1918, Greenup County, Kentucky, d. March 6, 1978, m. (1) HAROLD CREIGHTON SEMONES, m. (2) RICHARD MASSIE.
      Notes: Verna and Virginia Smith were twins.

    (This information comes from Bruce Logan)







NORA ISABEL SMITH, daughter of ELIZABETH CONLEY and JOHN DAVID SMITH, married BRUCE E. LOGAN.

    The children of NORA SMITH and BRUCE LOGAN are:

    1. MARY ANNE LOGAN.
    2. VIRGINIA LEE LOGAN.
    3. BRUCE E. LOGAN JR.

    (This information comes from Bruce Logan)







HENRY CONLEY, son of THOMAS CONLEY and SUSAN JOYNES, was born in 1810 in Rockhouse Fork of Jennies Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky, died July 20, 1877 in Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Henry Conley Cemetery on Upper Middle Fork of Jennies Creek in Johnson County, Kentucky. He married REBECCA BLAIR, daughter of GEORGE BLAIR and MARY FAIRCHILD, February 24, 1831 in Floyd County, Kentucky. She was born March 6, 1815, Floyd County, Kentucky, died April 9, 1862 in Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Henry Conley Cemetery on Upper Middle Fork of Jennies Creek in Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: Information on this family can be found on page 326 of "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society.

Information on this family can also be found on page 137 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says:

     "Rebecca. Married Henry Connelly, my grandfather. She was a woman of fine mental endowment, very affectionate, thrifty, manufacturing in her home the finest cloth made in Eastern Kentucky; and in this art her daughters also excelled. I remember that she was greatly interested in the improvement of the breeds of cattle, horses, hogs, and fowls. Of all these my grandfather had good specimens on his farm. She talked much, I recall, of orchards and the cultivation of crops, especially of cotton and flax. Her flock of sheep was her pride. I remember how white and clean they always seemed to me, and how she went among them and was followed by them seemingly in love and affection. No man ever had a better ancestor, and I remember her with reverence. She died of typhoid about the year 1861, and she is buried on the old homestead.

On page 139 of that book it says :

     "Henry Connelly and Rebecca Blair were married in 1830. They were give by her father a large farm on the head waters of the Middle Fork of Jennie's Creek. On this farm they lived until their deaths. They were members of the Baptist Church, United Baptists. Services were often held in their home, upon which occasions the whole countryside were invited to remain for dinner. I well remember these feasts, though I was often kept busy caring for the horses of the guests until I thought I should starve to death. My grandfather was a large man, but without any tendency to corpulency, and he was one of the strongest men in that country. I remember his feats of physical strength, performed in clearing lands, erecting houses, in conflict with the wild beasts of the forest. He was also of fine mind, though this was of a practical turn, and he never cared much for books. He was a fine hunter, and a collection of his adventures would make an interesting volume. When he was but six years old he went into the woods a few rods from the house. There he saw a large bear seize his pet pig. He ran to the house and got his father's rifle and hurried back, followed by his mother. But before she came up he had shot the bear through the head and saved his pet, which was dreadfully torn, but survived. On another occasion he went into the woods with his elder brother, Constantine, who, while busy about some matter, gave him the gun to hold. The elder brother was startled to hear the report of the gun, and called out roughly to know what he was doing. 'I shot a wolf,' said grandfather. And there was the wolf snarling and struggling in its death throes. He was but seven. It was necessary for the person who killed a wolf to appear before the County Court to get the bounty paid for the scalp. This was the cause of his first visit to a town, he having to go with his father to Prestonsburg, where his appearance in Court caused so much wonder, when his business was known, that it was impressed vividly on his mind. On another occasion, when he was no more than seven, some young men were chasing a deer with hounds. He believed the deer would run through a field just below the house. He took his father's rifle and concealed himself in a hollow stump in a field. Soon the deer came by, as he had judged, and he shot it dead, though it was running at full speed. This was when father lived at the mouth of Mill Creek. His good markmanship once caused him to receive a severe whipping from his mother. He made himself a pop-gun of the common elder. One of the family flock of sheep, which had been driven from North Carolina, was walking along one of the logs hauled in to be used in building the residence, eating moss from its bark. He shot this sheep with his pop-gun. The 'wad' struck the sheep just back of the 'knuckle' of the front leg, where there is now wool. The sheep fell from the log as though dead, for the ball had struck just over the heart. But by the time he was soundly flogged, the sheep got to its feet and ran away.
     "Henry Connelly was a good citizen, esteemed by all who knew him. I could relate an incident in his life which showed his good judgement, his justice, his humanity. It saved a man from a life of crime and made him an honest citizen, but as his children are yet living I will not write it.
     "The children of Henry Connelly and his wife Rebecca Blair, were as follows:
     "1. Constantine. My father. Born December 5, 1831. Married Rebecca Jane McCarty. Lived on the Wolf Pen Branch of the Middle Fork of Jennie's Creek, where I was born. Moved to Salyersville, Kentucky.
     "2. Celia. Died unmarried.
     "3. Thomas. Married his cousin, ------- Connelly. Died at the beginning of the Civil War, leaving one son.
     "4. William. Born in 1835. Was in the Fourteenth Kentucky Cavalry, and died at Lexington, Kentucky, of typhoid while in the service. I remember that Grandfather went there with a wagon drawn by oxen and brought the body home, stopping one night at our home in Salyersville, where the friends and companions of Uncle William gathered to mourn his death. He was unmarried, and his genial nature, cordial manner, bright conversation, love of manly athletics, made him a favorite over a wide range of country. In youth he met with an accident, cutting off the fingers of his left hand while making a wedge to split timber.
     "5. Mahala. Born in 1837. Married William, son of Josiah Spradlin, hereinbefore mentioned. They had two children, Clarinda and Mantford. After the death of her first husband she married Nathaniel Picklesimer. No children by second marriage.
     "6. Clarinda. Born in 1839. Married Jeremiah Hackworth, a soldier in the Fourteenth Kentucky Infantry. Lived on the headwaters of Middle Creek. Left a large family.
     "7. Mary. Born in 1841. Married Farmer May, but died shortly after marriage.
     "8. Lucina. Born in 1843. Married ------- May.
     "9. John. Born in 1845. Married Matilda, daughter of Morgan Long, of North Carolina, who lived a short time in Paintsville after the Civil War. He was the largest man in Johnson County, but not in the least corpulent. He was above six feet, probably six feet four, broad shoulders, and of fine form. He was a man of immense strength. Lives now in Paintsville.
     "10. Amanda. Born in 1849. Married ------- May.
     "11. Catherine. Born in 1851. Married Andrew J., son of Martin R. Rice.
     "12. Cynthia. Born in 1855. Married Lewis F. Caudill. He was a Baptist minister. Both still living. Have a large family."

Information on this family can also be found on pages 127 & 676 of the book "Johnson County, Kentucky: A History of the County, and Genealogy of Its People Up to the Year 1927" by Mitchell Hall. In that book it says that Henry Conley married Rebecca Blair, daughter of George Blair, on February 24, 1831 in Floyd County, and that their children were Constantine Jr., Celia (single), Thomas, William, Mahala, Clarinda (married Jeremiah Hackworth), Mary (married Farmer May), Lucina (married William Baldridge), John (married Matilda Long), Ellen (married Robert L. May), Amanda (married Thomas G. May), Catherine (married Andrew J. Rice), and Cynthia (married Rev. Lewis F. Caudill). It also says:

     "Henry Conley was born in Indian Bottom at the mouth of Rockhouse Fork of Kentucky River. He lived on a large farm on Middle Fork of Jennie's Creek. On this farm he lived and died. They were members of the United Baptist Church. Services were often held in their home, upon which occasion the whole countryside were invited to remain for dinner. Henry Conley was of a fine mind, but was of a practical turn, never caring much for books. He was a fine hunter and a collection of his adventures would make an interesting volume. He was a good citizen, esteemed by all who knew him.
     "William Connelly was in the 14th Kentucky Cavalry and died at Lexington, Kentucky, of typhoid fever. Clarinda Connelly and her husband lived on the headwaters of Middle Creek. Jeremiah Hackworth was a soldier in the 14th Kentucky Infantry. Mary Conley died shortly after marriage. John Connelly lived in Paintsville. See the chapter on 'Religious Progress' for more concerning the Reverend Lewis Caudill."

According to "Johnson County Kentucky Cemeteries Volume 2" published by the Johnson County Historical Society, Henry Conley was born in 1810, died July 20, 1877 and was buried in Henry Conley Cemetery on "Upper Middle Fork on the old Henry Conley Farm later owned by Abraham Fitchpatrick," Rebecca Conley was born March 6, 1815, died April 19, 1862, and was buried in the same cemetery, as was Henry's mother.

According to Kentucky death records, Henry Conley died July 20, 1877 at the age of 68 years old, he was a widower, and he was the son of Thomas and S. Conley. The cause of death isn't listed but the fact that he was born, lived, and died in Johnson County, Kentucky is, although Johnson County wasn't a county until it was formed from a part of Floyd County in 1843.

On page 89 of the 1850 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated September 28, 1850), Henry Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #588, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 41 years old. Also listed are Rebecca (born in Kentucky, age 35), Constantine (born in Kentucky, age 18), Celia (born in Kentucky, age 17), William (born in Kentucky, age 15), Thomas (born in Kentucky, age 14), Mahalah (born in Kentucky, age 11), Elenora (born in Kentucky, age 10), Mary (born in Kentucky, age 9), John (born in Kentucky, age 6), Marinda (born in Kentucky, age 4), Lucina (born in Kentucky, age 3), Amanda (born in Kentucky, age 10 months).

On page 20 of the 1860 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 8, 1860), Henry Conly is listed as the head of the household for house #127, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 50 years old. Also listed are Rebecca (born in Kentucky, age 45), Ccelia (born in Kentucky, age 27), Mary (born in Kentucky, age 18), John (born in Kentucky, age 16), Marinda (born in Kentucky, age 14), Lucina (born in Kentucky, age 12), Amanda (born in Kentucky, age 10), Kathirine (born in Kentucky, age 8), and Cynthia (born in Kentucky, age 5).

On page 14 of the 1870 census for Paintsville in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 22, 1870), Henry Conley is listed as the head of the household for house #92, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 60 years old. Also listed are Celia (born in Kentucky, age 37), Lusina (born in Kentucky, age 22), Amanda (born in Kentucky, age 20), Catharine (born in Kentucky, age 18), and Cynthia (born in Kentucky, age 15).

    The children of HENRY CONLEY and REBECCA BLAIR are:

    1. CONSTANTINE CONLEY, b. December 5, 1831, Jennies Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. April 5, 1904, East Point, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in East Point, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. (1) REBECCA JANE MCCARTY, m. (2) ARTEMISIA MAY, m. (3) CHARLOTTE PICKLESIMER.
    2. CELIA CONLEY, b. April 1833, Kentucky, d. October 13, 1915, State Road Fork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Magoffin County, Kentucky.
      Notes: According to the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley, Celia Conley didn't marry.
      Celia Conley is found living with her sister, Cynthia, in 1880, 1900, and 1910.
      According to her death certificate, Celia Conley died October 13, 1915 in State Road Fork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, from "carcinoma of womb." Also on this certificate, her birthplace is listed as Kentucky, her birth date as 1834, her age as 81, her parents were born in Kentucky, and the burial place as Sam Williams Cemetery.
    3. WILLIAM CONLEY, b. 1835, Kentucky, d. Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, buried at Upper Middle Fork of Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky.
      Notes: Information on William Conley can be found on page 141 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says: "William. Born in 1835. Was in the Fourteenth Kentucky Cavalry, and died at Lexington, Kentucky, of typhoid while in the service. I remember that Grandfather went there with a wagon drawn by oxen and brought the body home, stopping one night at our home in Salyersville, where the friends and companions of Uncle William gathered to mourn his death. He was unmarried, and his genial nature, cordial manner, bright conversation, love of manly athletics, made him a favorite over a wide range of country. In youth he met with an accident, cutting off the fingers of his left hand while making a wedge to split timber."
      According to "Johnson County Kentucky Cemeteries Volume 2" published by the Johnson County Historical Society, William Conley was born in 1835, and died in a Lexington hospital during the Civil War. His father went by wagon team and returned the body to the family cemetery [Henry Conley Cemetery, which is where his parents are buried].
      The book "Johnson County, Kentucky: A History of the County, and Genealogy of Its People Up to the Year 1927" by Mitchell Hall (page 128), says that William was in the 14th Kentucky Cavalry and died in Lexington from typhoid fever.
    4. THOMAS CONLEY, b. 1836, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. after 1860, m. LYDIA CONLEY.
    5. MAHALA CONLEY, b. August 6, 1838, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. February 10, 1905, Kentucky, m. (1) WILLIAM H. SPRADLIN, m. (2) NATHANIEL PICKLESIMER.
    6. ELEANDER N. "ELLEN" CONLEY, b. 1839, Kentucky, d. April 28, 1862, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. ROBERT W. MAY.
    7. MARY CONLEY, b. 1840, Kentucky, m. FARMER MAY.
      Notes: Mary Conley was reportedly the 2nd wife of William W. May.
      On page 352 of "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society, it says that Mary Conley married Farmer May. On page 127 of the book "Johnson County, Kentucky: A History of the County, and Genealogy of Its People Up to the Year 1927" by Mitchell Hall, it says that Mary Conley married Farmer May and died shortly after her marriage. It says the same thing on page 141 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley.
    8. JOHN M. CONLEY, b. October 18, 1843, Morgan County, Kentucky, d. November 16, 1914, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. SARAH MATILDA LONG.
    9. MARINDA CONLEY, b. October 1845, Kentucky, d. after 1910, m. JEREMIAH HACKWORTH.
    10. LOUCINA CONLEY, b. 1847, Kentucky, d. before 1900, m. WILLIAM MARION BALDRIDGE.
    11. AMANDA CONLEY, b. August 1849, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. January 31, 1929, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, m. THOMAS GREEN MAY.
    12. CATHERINE B. CONLEY, b. July 22, 1851, Kentucky, d. September 11, 1911, Holly Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. ANDREW JACKSON RICE.
    13. CYNTHIA E. CONLEY, b. April 21, 1855, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. March 21, 1935, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Mashfork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. LEWIS F. CAUDILL.







MARTHA SUSANNA RICE, daughter of PHOEBE FAIRCHILD and ANDREW JACKSON "BLACK JACK" RICE was born August 18, 1847 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and died June 12, 1875 in Johnson County, Kentucky. She married THOMAS GREEN MAY, son of DAVID MAY and NANCY POWERS, November 29, 1868 in Johnson County, Kentucky. He was born about 1847 in Kentucky, and died after 1910. Thomas Green May married (2) AMANDA CONLEY, daughter of HENRY CONLEY and REBECCA BLAIR, October 20, 1875 in Johnson County, Kentucky. She was born in August 29, 1849 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and died January 31, 1929 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.

Notes: Information on Martha Rice can be found on page 367 of "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society. Information on Amanda Conley can be found on page 352.

Information on this family can be also be found on page 136 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says: "Amanda. Born in 1849. Married ------- May."

Information on this family can also be found on page 468 of the book "Johnson County, Kentucky: A History of the County, and Genealogy of Its People Up to the Year 1927" by Mitchell Hall. In that book it says that Martha Susan Rice was born August 18, 1847, and married Thomas Green May, son of David May of Salyersville. Their children were James Franklin May (who married Charlotte Sagraves), Samuel David May (who married Emma Hammond), and Reuben May (who married Bomma Kimbler. It also says that "J. F. May is a physician. Martha Susan May died when Reuben was only two years old."

Thomas Green May was the brother of Malissa Jane May, Clarinda May, Mary Ann "Polly Ann" May, Emily J. May, and Samuel J. May.

Martha Susanna Rice reportedly was born August 18, 1847 in Jennies Creek, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Thomas Green May reportedly was born October 25, 1847 in Floyd County, Kentucky, and died November 26, 1913 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

According to Kentucky marriage record transcripts, Thomas Green May (age 21) married Martha Susanna Rice (age 21) on November 29, 1868 in Johnson County.

According to Kentucky marriage record transcripts, Thomas Green May (farmer, 2nd marriage, b. Kentucky, father b. Virginia, mother b. Kentucky) married Amanda Conley (1st marriage, b. Kentucky, parents b. Kentucky) on October 20, 1875 in Johnson County.

According to Kentucky death records, Martha S. May (married, age 27), daughter of Andrew J. and Pheby Rice (both b. Floyd County), was born in Johnson County, and died June 12, 1875 in Johnson County from inflammation of the lungs.

According to Oregon death records, Amanda May died January 31, 1929 in Portland.

According to her obituary, Amanda Conley May, widow of the late Thomas Green May of Johnson County, was born August 29, 1849 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Hollis, of Portland, Oregon, after being ill for more than a year. She was survived by 4 sons, Newsome May, (Ohio), Jack May, (Ohio), Robert E. May, (Washington), and Millard M. May, (Washington); 2 daughters, Mrs. Laura S. Hollis (Portland, Oregon) and Mrs. Austin Fields (Grayson, Kentucky); 3 step-sons, Dr. J. F. May, (Logan, West Virginia), Reuben May, (Logan, West Virgnia), and Dee May, (California); and 1 sister, Mrs. L. F. Caudill (Salyersville, Kentucky). (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)

On page 96 of the 1850 census for My District in Floyd County, Kentucky (dated August 28, 1850), David May is listed as the head of the household for house #600, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 43 years old. Also listed are Nancy (born in Kentucky, age 40), James (born in Kentucky, age 15), Clarinda (born in Kentucky, age 14), William (born in Kentucky, age 10), Cyntha (born in Kentucky, age 9), John W. (born in Kentucky, age 6), Mary (born in Kentucky, age 5), Thomas (born in Kentucky, age 2), and Emily (born in Kentucky, age 6 months).

On page 20 of the 1860 census for Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 20, 1860), Nancy May is listed as the head of the household for house #134, she's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and she's 50 years old. Also listed are Wm. Smith [William Smith] (born in Kentucky, age 21), John W. (born in Kentucky, age 17), Polly A. (born in Kentucky, age 14), Thomas G. (born in Kentucky, age 12), Emily J. (born in Kentucky, age 10), and Saml J. (born in Kentucky, age 6).

On page 9 of the 1870 census for Paintsville in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 18, 1870), George G. May is listed as the head of the household for house #58, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 22 years old. Also listed are Martha S. (born in Kentucky, age 22), and John F. (born in February of 1870 in Kentucky, age 2 months). They are living next to Martha's parents.

On page 32 of the 1880 census for District 43 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 24, 1880), Thomas G. May is listed as the head of the household for house #390, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 32 years old. Also listed are Amanda (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 29), John F. (son, born in Kentucky, age 10), Samuel D. (son, born in Kentucky, age 9), Reuben H. (son, born in Kentucky, age 6), Minty L. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 3), Charles (son, born in Kentucky, age 2), and Jackson (son, born in April of 1880 in Kentucky, age 1 month).

On page 8 of the 1900 census for District 11 (Cannonsburg) in Boyd County, Kentucky (dated June 8, 1900), Thomas G. May is listed as the head of the household for house #69, he's a farmer (owns his own farm - #54), born in October of 1847 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 25 years, and he's 52 years old. Also listed are Amanda (wife, born in August of 1849 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 50), Rubben (son, born in September of 1873 in Kentucky, age 26), Charles K. (son, born in January of 1878 in Kentucky, age 22), Jackson (son, born in April of 1880 in Kentucky, age 20), Laura E. (daughter, born in October of 1883 in Kentucky, age 16), Millard (son, born in May of 1886 in Kentucky, age 14), Stella (daughter, born in March of 1889 in Kentucky, age 14), and Robert (son, born in April of 1892 in Kentucky, age 8).

On page 7 of the 1910 census for District 16 (Enid) in Garfield County, Oklahoma (dated April 22, 1910), Thomas G. May is listed as the head of the household for house #46, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, father born in North Carolina, mother born in Virginia, 2nd marriage, married for 7 years, and he's 62 years old. Also listed are Amanda (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, 2nd marriage, she's given birth to 8 children and 7 are still living, age 60), Stella (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 21), and Robert (son, born in Kentucky, age 17).

On page 42 of the 1920 census for District 122 (Wichita) in Sedgwick County, Kansas (dated January 12, 1920), Robert E. May is listed as the head of household for house #507, he's a mechanic, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kansas, and he's 28 years old. Also listed are Adeline (wife, works in the parts department of an auto shop, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 28), Helen (daughter, born in Kansas, age 2 years 1 month), and Amanda (mother, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 70).

On page 1889 of the 1925 census for Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas Milad M. May is listed as the head of his household, he's born in Kansas, and 32 years old. Also listed are Alice M. (wife, born in Kansas, age 30), Thomas W. (son, born in Kansas, age 10), and Amanda (mother [sic], born in Kansas, age 8).

    The children of MARTHA RICE and THOMAS MAY are:

    1. JOHN FRANKLIN MAY, b. February 1870, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. September 14, 1931, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, buried in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. CHARLOTTE E. SAGRAVES.
    2. SAMUEL D. MAY, b. September 3, 1871, Riceville, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. July 1, 1936, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, m. EMILY D. "EMMA" HAMMOND.
    3. RUBEN H. MAY, b. September 09, 1873, Riceville, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. February 29, 1944, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, m. ALABAMA KIMBLER.

    The children of AMANDA CONLEY and THOMAS MAY are:

    1. ARMINTA LOU "MINTIE" MAY, b. October 15, 1876, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. about 1927, Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington, m. CHARLES NEWTON RICE.
    2. CHARLES K. MAY, b. January 16, 1878, Johnson County, Kentucky.
      Notes: According to Kentucky birth records, Charley May was born January 16, 1878 in Johnson County to Thomas May (b. Kentucky) and Amanda Conley (b. Kentucky).
    3. WILBUR JACKSON MAY, b. April 23, 1880, Riceville, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. November 16, 1964, Hardin County, Ohio, m. (1) (unknown), m. (2) ANNA E. (unknown last name), m. (3) CLARA (unknown last name).
    4. LAURA E. MAY, b. October 1883, Kentucky, m. WALTER SIMEON HOLLIS.
    5. MILLARD M. MAY, b. May 30, 1886, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. (1) ALICE MADGE (unknown last name), m. (2) ELSYE E. PEPPER.
    6. STELLA MAE MAY, b. March 23, 1889, Kentucky, d. February 10, 1936, Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky, buried in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. AUSTIN T. FIELDS.
    7. ROBERT E. MAY, b. April 22, 1892, Riceville, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. December 9, 1957, Seattle, King County, Washington, m. ADELINE CORNETT.







SARAH SPRADLIN, daughter of RACHEL CONLEY and JAMES S. SPRADLIN, was born about 1815 in Kentucky, and died before 1880. She married WILLIAM BLAIR, son of GEORGE BLAIR and MARY FAIRCHILD, March 26, 1835 in Floyd County, Kentucky. He was born about 1816 at Middle Fork of Jennies Creek in Johnson County, Kentucky, and died at Rockhouse Fork of Jennies Creek in Johnson County, Kentucky. William married (2) EDITH MONTGOMERY in Johnson County, Kentucky. She was born about 1841 in Kentucky.

Notes: Information on this family can be found on page 138 of the book "The Founding of Harman's Station" by William Elsey Connelley. In that book it says:

     "William. Also married a daughter of James Spradlin, the pioneer. Her name was Sarah. He was a very intelligent man and a Baptist minister. He built a mill in the Licking River, just above the present town of Salyersville, where he lived untilthe State bought it and removed it under the impression that the stream could be made navigable. Then he settled at the mouth of the Rockhouse, in Johnson County, where he died. He was rather impulsive, and I could relate some amusing incidents this quality developed during the Civil War. Aunt Sally, so we called her, was an excellent woman, but of an excitable temperament. After her death he married Edith Montgomery."

William Blair reportedly died in January of 1887.

On page 89 of the 1850 census for Johnson County, Kentucky (dated September 28, 1850), William Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #585, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 35 years old. Also listed are Sarah (born in Kentucky, age 35), Wallace B. (born in Kentucky, age 14), Elizabeth (born in Kentucky, age 13), Nancy (born in Kentucky, age 11), and Malinda (born in Kentucky, age 7).

On page 19 of the 1860 census for Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 20, 1860), William Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #130, he's a miller, born in Kentucky, and he's 44 years old. Also listed are Sarah (born in Kentucky, age 44), Malinda (born in Kentucky, age 16), and Joseph P. (born in Kentucky, age 2).

On page 34 of the 1870 census for Precinct 1 in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated September 1, 1870), William Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #225, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 54 years old. Also listed are Sarah (born in Kentucky, age 54), Joseph P. (born in Kentucky, age 11), and Harman Eliza Blair (female, domestic servant, born in Kentucky, age 15).

On page 33 of the 1880 census for District 43 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated June 24, 1880), William Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #404, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Virginia, and he's 64 years old. Also listed are Edith (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 39), and John E. Harmon (grandson, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 11). John Harmon is the son of William's daughter, Elizabeth.

    The children of SARAH SPRADLIN and WILLIAM BLAIR are:

    1. WALLACE B. BLAIR, b. 1836, Floyd County, Kentucky, m. MARGARET HITCHCOCK.
    2. ELIZABETH BLAIR, b. 1837, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. WILLIAM B. HARMON, son of AQUILLA HARMON and REBECCA BEAVER, May 17, 1854, Johnson County, Kentucky. He was b. 1835.
      Notes: William and Elizabeth Blair Harmon's daughter, Rebecca, married William Spradlin.
    3. NANCY J. BLAIR, b. 1839, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. October 27, 1927, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. JAMES POWER.
    4. MALINDA BLAIR, b. 1843, Kentucky.
    5. WILLIAM H. BLAIR, b. 1850, Johnson County, Kentucky.
    6. EDWARD BLAIR, b. 1852.
    7. JOSEPH P. BLAIR, b. December 16, 1857, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. MARY JANE MONTGOMERY.

    (This information comes from Joseph Eugene Conley and other sources)







EVELINE CONLEY, daughter of DAVID M. CONLEY and MAHALA ROBERSON, was born about 1837 in Kentucky, and died after 1880. She married JOHN "GOODWOOD" BLAIR, son of GEORGE BLAIR and MARY FAIRCHILD, July 23, 1855 in Johnson County, Kentucky. He was born about 1830 in Kentucky, and died after 1880. John Blair married (1) TABITHA BURKE.

Notes: On page 82 of the 1860 census for Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 6, 1860), John Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #562, he's a farm laborer, born in Kentucky, age he's 29 years old. Also listed are Eveline (born in Kentucky, age 23), Henry C. (born in Kentucky, age 3), and Asa J. (born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 12 of the 1870 census for Precinct 1 in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 22, 1870), John Blaire is listed as the head of the household for house #80, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 40 years old. Also listed are Evaline (born in Kentucky, age 33), Henry C. (born in Kentucky, age 12), Asa J. (born in Kentucky, age 10), Amanda (born in Kentucky, age 8), William H. (born in Kentucky, age 6), John M. (born in Kentucky, age 4), and Mahala C. (born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 17 of the 1880 census for District 126 (Precinct 8 - State Road Fork) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 12, 1880), John Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #139, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, father born in Virginia, mother born in Kentucky, and he's 50 years old. Also listed are Evaline (wife, born in Kentucky, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Virginia, age 43), Asa J. (son, single, farmer, born in Kentucky, age 21), Amanda J. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 18), William Harlan (son, born in Kentucky, age 16), John M. (son, born in Kentucky, age 13), Mahala K. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 10), Benjamin F. (son, born in Kentucky, age 7), Lydda (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 5), Samuel J. T. (son, born in Kentucky, age 3), and Ellen (daughter, born in April of 1880 in Kentucky, age 1 month).

    The children of EVELINE CONLEY and GOODWOOD BLAIR are:

    1. HENRY CLAY BLAIR, b. April 1, 1857, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. October 16, 1914, Flat Fork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. MARY JANE RIGSBY.
    2. ASA J. BLAIR, b. April 2, 1859, Floyd County, Kentucky, d. March 5, 1924, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Mills Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. PERLINA PHIPPS.
    3. AMANDA JANE BLAIR, b. October 18, 1861, Kentucky, d. October 16, 1931, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, buried in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. ANDREW JACKSON RIGSBY.
    4. WILLIAM HARLAN BLAIR, b. March 6, 1864, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. April 3, 1933, Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky, buried in Catlettsburg, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. LYDIA (unknown last name).
    5. JOHN MILT BLAIR, b. November 1866, Kentucky, m. LOUDEMA SKAGGS, November 20, 1885. She was b. 1866.
      Notes: According to the book "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky," published and sold by The Magoffin County Historical Society (page 542), John M. Blair, son of Eveline Conley and John Goodwood Blair married Loudema Skaggs on November 20, 1885, and Martha Fitch on May 2, 1888. The John M. Blair who married Martha Fitch was John Morell Blair. John Milt Blair is found living with Loudema in the 1900 census [page 43 of the 1900 census for District 40 (Magisterial District No. 3) in Johnson County, Kentucky].
    6. MAHALA K. "HALEY" BLAIR, b. 1869, Kentucky, m. DAVID TRUSTY, February 10, 1890. He was b. 1869.
    7. BENJAMIN F. BLAIR, b. January 1872, Kentucky, m. MAHALA ADAMS, February 10, 1906. She was b. 1872.
    8. LYDIA ELIZABETH BLAIR, b. August 1875, Kentucky, d. March 27, 1958, Boyd County, Kentucky, m. JOHN ANDERSON ROARK.
    9. SAMUEL J. T. BLAIR, b. 1877, Kentucky, m. MARY ESTEP, March 31, 1909. She was b. 1877.
    10. ELLEN BLAIR, b. April 1880, Kentucky.
      Notes: Ellen Blair can be found living with her sister, Lydia, in 1900.

    (This information comes from Ron Penix and other sources)







ASA J. BLAIR, son of EVELINE CONLEY and JOHN BLAIR, was born April 2, 1859 in Floyd County, Kentucky, died March 5, 1924 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Mills Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married PERLINA PHIPPS, daughter of W. GREENVILLE PHIPPS and CLARINDA HOWARD, about 1882. She was born about 1868 in Kentucky, and died before 1920.

Notes: Perlina Phipps was the sister of Isabella Phipps.

W. Greenville Phipps' first name was reportedly William. It's found to be Greenville on page 28 of the 1860 census for Magoffin County, Kentucky.

According to Kentucky marriage records, Greene Phipps (b. Morgan County, 1st marriage, age 20) married Clarinda Howard (b. Morgan County, 1st marriage, age 16) on December 13, 1854 in Morgan County. William Coffee was the minister.

According to Kentucky birth records, Asa J. Blair was born April 2, 1859 [hard to read] in Floyd County to John Blair and Eveline Conly.

According to his death certificate, Acy Blair died March 5, 1924 in Paintsville from bronchial pneumonia following measles. Also on this certificate, his birthplace is listed as Kentucky, his birth date as April of 1858, his marital status as widowed, his occupation as "Invalid," his parents as John Blair (b. unknown) and Evylin Conley (b. Kentucky), the informant as Green Blair of Paintsville, and the burial place as Mill Branch.

On page 15 of the 1870 census for Precinct 2 in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 27, 1870), Green Phipps is listed as the head of the household for house #115, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 30 years old. Also liste are Clearinda (born in Kentucky, age 27), Izabelle (born in Kentucky, age 11), Mosses (born in Kentucky, age 5), and Polean (born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 7 of the 1880 census for District 64 (Precinct 2 - Bloomington) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 15, 1880), W. G. Phips is listed as the head of the household for house #257, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 42 years old. Also listed are Clerenda (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 38), Moses (son, born in Kentucky, age 15), and Plina (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 11).

On page 3 of the 1900 census for District 54 (Bloomington) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 2, 1900), Acy Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #23, he's a farmer, born in April of 1859 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 18 years, and he's 41 years old. Also listed are Perlina (wife, born in October of 1868 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 18 years, she's given birth to 7 children and 6 are still living, age 31), William G. (son, born in February of 1883 in Kentucky, age 17), Dorra (daughter, born in April of 1885 in Kentucky, age 15), Leander (son, born in April of 1891 in Kentucky, age 9), Lonzo (son, born in May of 1893 in Kentucky, age 6), Dove (daughter, born in March of 1897 in Kentucky, age 3), and Luther (son, born in January of 1900 in Kentucky, age 4 months).

On page 7 of the 1910 census for District 104 (Flat Fork) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated April 20, 1910), Asa J. Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #61, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, 1st marriage, married for 28 years old, and he's 51 years old. Also listed are Perlina (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, 1st marriage, she's given birth to 10 children and 9 are still living, age 41), Dora (daughter, single, not working, born in Kentucky, age 24), Leander (son, born in Kentucky, age 19), Lonza (son, born in Kentucky, age 15), Dovie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 13), Luther (son, born in Kentucky, age 10), Lousinda (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 6), Mennie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 4), and Aarba (son, born in Kentucky, age 1 year 11 months).

On page 27 of the 1920 census for District 29 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated January 14, 1920), Asa Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #262, he's a farmer, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 60 years old. Also listed are Dora (daughter, single, not working, born in Kentucky, age 34), Luther (son, born in Kentucky, age 20), Lucinda (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 16), Minnie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 14), and Arbie (son, born in Kentucky, age 11).

    The children of ASA BLAIR and PERLINA PHIPPS are:

    1. WILLIAM GREEN BLAIR, b. February 27, 1883, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. April 17, 1958, Thealka, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. (1) MARY LOU HENDERSON, m. (2) LILLIAN DEAN.
    2. DORA BLAIR, b. April 1885, Kentucky, d. September 3, 1923, Hager Hill, Johnson County, Kentucky.
      Notes: According to her death certificate, Dora Blair died September 3, 1923 in Hager Hill from pulmonary tuberculosis. Also on this certificate, her birthplace is listed as Kentucky, her birth date as April of 1984, her marital status as single, her parents as Asa Blair (b. Kentucky) and Perlina Blair (b. Kentucky), and the informant as Green Blair of Paintsville, Kentucky.
    3. LEANDER BLAIR, b. April 6, 1891, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. February 8, 1962, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY.
    4. LONZO BLAIR, b. May 1893, Kentucky.
    5. DOVE BLAIR, b. March 1897, Kentucky, m. (unknown first name) BARBERY.
      Notes: Dove Blair's name is listed as Dove Barbery in her brother Green's obituary.
    6. LUTHER BLAIR, b. January 1900, Kentucky.
    7. LUCINDA BLAIR, b. October 17, 1904, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. June 25, 1978, Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, buried in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. WILLIAM TECUMSAH "SON" ARMS.
    8. MINNIE BLAIR, b. 1906, Kentucky.
    9. ARBIE BLAIR, b. 1908, Kentucky, d. April 2, 1990, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky.
      Notes: According to his obituary, Arbie Blair (age 84), son of Acie and Pina Blair and a retired Paintsville city employee, died April 2, 1990 in Pikeville Methodist Hospital, and was buried in the family cemetery in Paintsville. He was survived by several nephews and nieces.







NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY, daughter of FARISH MONTGOMERY and SARAH SKAGGS, was born May 12, 1894 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, died November 14, 1993 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. She married (1) MACK DONAL BLANTON, in 1908. She married (2) LEANDER BLAIR, son of ASA J. BLAIR and PERLINA PHIPPS, about 1911. He was born April 6, 1891 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, died February 8, 1962 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the family cemetery in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: When Leander Blair's World War I draft registration card was filled out on June 5, 1917 in Johnson County, Kentucky, he stated that he was a self-employed farmer in Oil Springs, Kentucky, that he had a wife and 3 children, that he claimed exemption because of dependents and a "perished leg," and that he was born April 6, 1891 in Wheelersburg, Kentucky. He was found to be of medium height and build, and he had blue eyes and light-colored hair. Not being able to read or write, he signed the card with an "X."

Notes: When Leander Blair's World War II draft registration card was filled out on April 27, 1942 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, he stated that he was unemployed, that the person who would always know his address was Ellen Blair of Paintsville, and that he was born April 6, 1891 in Magoffin County, Kentucky. He was found to be 5 feet 9 inches tall, he weighed 150 pounds, and he had blue eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.

Information found on the Johnson County Historical Society's website shows that Ellen Montgomery Blair, daughter of Farrish Montgomery and Sarah Skaggs and wife of Leander Blair, lived from May 8, 1894 to October 19, 1993, and was buried in Johnson County Memorial Gardens in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. No headstone photos are provided.

According to her obituary, Ellen Montgomery Blair (age 99), daughter of the late Farrish and Sarah Skaggs Montgomery, was born May 8, 1894 in Magoffin County, died November 14, 1993 in Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, and was buried in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leander Blair. She was survived by 2 sons, Lonnie Blair (of Williamsport) and Linzie Blair (Flat Gap); 3 daughters, Jewel Collins (Paintsville), Rosie Music (Toledo, Ohio), and Maggie Caudill (Charleston, West Virginia); 2 sisters, Alice Howard (Paintsville) and Tella Lemaster (Paintsville); 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)

According to Social Security death record transcripts, Elon Blair was born May 12, 1894, and died November 14, 1993. She received her Social Security card in 1966 in Kentucky, and her last place of residence was in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky.

According to Kentucky death record transcripts, Ellen Blair died November 14, 1993 in Paintsville at the age of 99.

According to his death certificate, Leander Blair died February 8, 1962 in Paintsville Hospital in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, from coronary thrombosis. Also on this certificate, his birthplace is listed as Magoffin County, his birth date as April 6, 1891, his marital status as married, his occupation as self-employed laborer, his parents as Asa Blair and Clinie Phelps, the informant as family recoreds, and the burial place as the family cemetery in Paintsville.

According to his obituary, Leander Blair (age 70), son of the late Asa and Clinie Phelps Blair and a resident of Paintsville, was born April 6, 1891 in Magoffin County, died February 8, 1962 in a local Johnson County hospital, and was buried in the family cemetery in Southside Paintsville. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellen Montgomery Blair; 2 sons, Lonnie Blair (of Williamsport) and Lindsay Blair (Paintsville); 4 daughters, Mrs. Jewell Blair Collins (Paintsville), Mrs. Maggie Blair Caudill (Dunbar, West Virginia), Mrs. Rosie Blair Music (Toledo, Ohio), and Mrs. Roxie Blair Pelphrey (Toledo, Ohio); 3 brothers, Lonzie Blair (Lucasville, Ohio), Luther Blair (Chillicothe, Ohio), and Arbie Blair (Paintsville); and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lucinda Arms (Sitka) and Mrs. Dove Barkery (Detroit, Michigan).

According to Social Security death record transcripts, Leander Blair was born April 6, 1891, and died iin February of 1962. He received his Social Security card prior to 1951 in Kentucky.

According to Kentucky death record transcripts, Leander Blair died February 8, 1962 in Johnson County at the age of 70.

On page 4 of the 1920 census for District 39 (Oil Springs) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated January 6, 1920), Leander Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #36, he's a coal miner, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 28 years old. Also listed are Ellen (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 24), Lester (son, born in Kentucky, age 7), Kendric (son, born in Kentucky, age 5), Lonnie (son, born in Kentucky, age 2 years 8 months), and Jewel (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 7 months).

On pages 24 & 25 of the 1930 census for District 58-4 (Magisterial District No. 1) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated April 14, 1930), Leander Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #214, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, first married at age 20, and he's 39 years old. Also listed are Ellin (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, first married at 16, age 35), Lester (son, born in Kentucky, age 17), Kendric (son, born in Kentucky, age 16), Lonnie (son, born in Kentucky, age 12), Jewell (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 10), Linsey (son, born in Kentucky, age 9), Rosa (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 7), and Roxie M. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 2 years 1 month).

On page 60 of the 1940 census for District 58-3 in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated April 29, 1940), Leander Blair is listed as the head of the household for house #548, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, he's living in the same place that he was in 1935, he has a 4th grade education, and he's 49 years old. Also listed are Ellen (wife, born in Kentucky, 4th grade education, age 45), Jewel (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 20), Roxie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 12), and Maggie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 10).

    The child of ELLEN MONTGOMERY and MACK BLANTON is:

    1. BILL GREEN BLANTON, b. December 14, 1909, Kentucky, d. May 9, 1971, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Bloomington, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. (1) ROSY B. (unknown last name), m. (2) ADA MONTGOMERY.

    The children of LEANDER BLAIR and ELLEN MONTGOMERY are:

    1. LESTER BLAIR, b. August 29, 1910, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. April 5, 1959, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. MIRZIE MONTGOMERY.
    2. KENNETH BLAIR, b. October 3, 1914, Johnson County, d. June 6, 1958, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Davis Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky m. VIRGIE DIXON.
    3. LONNIE BLAIR, b. May 24, 1917, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. January 8, 2008, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, buried in Williamsport, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. NEVA LEE PACK.
    4. JEWELL BLAIR, b. May 8, 1919, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. March 19, 2003, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. CHESTER COLLINS.
    5. LINZIE BLAIR, b. March 26, 1921, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. May 26, 1994, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. VIOLA ARMS.
    6. ROSIE M. BLAIR, b. 1923, Johnson County, m. (unknown first name) MUSIC.
      Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Rosie M. Blair was born in Johnson County to Ellen Montgomery.
    7. ROXIE BLAIR, b. 1928, Johnson County, m. (unknown first name) PELPHREY.
      Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Roxie Blair was born in Johnson County to Ella Montgomery.
    8. MAGGIE BLAIR, b. 1930 Johnson County, m. (unknown first name) CAUDILL.
      Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Maggie Blair was born in Johnson County to Ellen Montgomery.







MIRZIE MONTGOMERY, daughter of OLIVER "OLLIE" MONTGOMERY and DENNIE MONTGOMERY, was born December 17, 1915 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, died March 13, 2008 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Blair Family Cemetery in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. She married LESTER BLAIR, son of NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY and LEANDER BLAIR. He was born August 29, 1910 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, died April 5, 1959 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the family cemetery in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Lester Blair was born September 12, 1912 in Magoffin County to Ellen Montgomery.

According to his obituary, Lester Blair (age 48), son of Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair and a resident of Southside [Paintsville] for the prior 39 years, was born August 29, 1910 in Magoffin County, died April 5, 1959 in a local hospital following a heart attack, and was buried in the family cemetery in Southside. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Merzie Montgomery Blair; 3 sons, Jimmie Lester Blair (of Paintsville), Larry Blair (Paintsville), and Gary Blair (Paintsville); 7 daughters, Opaline Blair Castle (Paintsville), Patsy Blair (Paintsville), Hermalee Blair (Paintsville), Mary Sue Blair (Paintsville), Maxine Blair (Paintsville), Sharon Blair (Paintsville), and Loretta Blair (Paintsville); 2 brothers, Lindsey Blair (Paintsville) and Lonnie Blair (Paintsville); 1 half-brother, Bill Blanton (Magoffin County); 4 sisters, Jewell Collins (Paintsville), Rosie Music (Toledo, Ohio), Roxie Pelphrey (Toledo, Ohio), and Maggie Caudill (Dunbar, West Virginia).

According to her obituary, Mirzie Montgomery Blair (age 92), daughter of the late Ollie and Dennie Montgomery, was a resident of Paintsville, Kentucky, at the time of her death. She was born December 17, 1915 in Magoffin County, died March 13, 2008 in Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, and was buried in Blair Family Cemetery in Paintsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Lester Blair, in 1961; 1 son, Oliver Lee Blair; 6 brothers and sisters; and a grandson. She was survived by 3 sons, Jimmy Lester Blair (of Paintsville), Larry Blair (Paintsville), and Gary Blair (Meally); 7 daughters, Opal Castle (Flat Gap), Patsy Profitt (Paintsville), Herma Pelfrey (Paintsville), Loretta Daniel (Paintsville), Mary Sue Dodds (Asheville, Ohio), Maxine Spradlin (Flatwoods), and Sharon Lynn Fraley (Swarz Creek, Michigan); 1 brother, Oshel Montgomery (Piketon, Ohio); 2 sisters, Nannie Carter (Waverly, Ohio) and Cousie Ward (Piketon); 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

    The children of MIRZIE MONTGOMERY and LESTER BLAIR are:

    1. JIMMY LESTER BLAIR.
    2. LARRY BLAIR.
    3. GARY BLAIR.
    4. OLIVER LEE BLAIR.
    5. OPALINE BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) CASTLE.
    6. PATSY BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) PROFITT.
    7. HERMALEE BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) PELFREY.
    8. MARY SUE BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) DODDS.
    9. MAXINE BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) SPRADLIN.
    10. SHARON LYNN BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) FRALEY.
    11. LORETTA BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) DANIEL.







KENNETH BLAIR, son of NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY and LEANDER BLAIR, was born October 3, 1914 in Johnson County, died June 6, 1958 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the family cemetery in Davis Branch, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married VIRGIE DIXON.

Notes: According to his obituary, Kenneth Blair (age 43), son of Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair and a resident of Davis Branch, was born October 3, 1914 in Johnson County, died June 6, 1958 in a local hospital after an illness of 6 years, and was buried in the family cemetery in Davis Branch. He was survived by his parents; his wife, Virgie Dixon Blair; 1 son, Kenneth Earl Blair (U.S. Army); 2 daughters, Ellen Jean Blair and Marlene Blair (both at home); and the following brothers and sisters, Lester Blair (Paintsville), Lindsay Blair (Paintsville), Mrs. Jewell Collins (Paintsville), Mrs. Maggie Caudill (Paintsville), Lonnie Blair (Williamsport), Mrs. Rosie Music (Toledo, Ohio), Mrs. Roxie Pelphrey (Toledo, Ohio).

    The children of KENNETH BLAIR and VIRGIE DIXON are:

    1. KENNETH EARL BLAIR.
    2. ELLEN JEAN BLAIR.
    3. MARLENE BLAIR.







LONNIE BLAIR, son of NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY and LEANDER BLAIR, was born May 24, 1917 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died January 8, 2008 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, and is buried in Pack Family Cemetery in Williamsport, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married NEVA LEE PACK, daughter of ELBRIDGE PACK and NOLA DANIELS. She was born February 18, 1919 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died April 16, 2002 in Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Pack Family Cemetery in Williamsport, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Lonnie Blair was born May 24, 1917 in Johnson County to Ellen Montgomery.

According to his obituary, Lonnie Blair (age 90), son of the late Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair and the owner of an International Harvester dealership, was born May 24, 1917 in Magoffin County, died January 8, 2008 in Lexington Country Place in Lexington, and was buried in Pack Family Cemetery in Williamsport. He was preceded in death by his wife, Neva Lee Pack Blair in 2002; 1 son Elwood Blair; and 1 daughter, Allene Blair Colvin. He was survived by 2 daughters, Diane B. Blair Dosier (of Georgetown) and Peggy Blair Legg (Lawrenceburg); 1 sister, Maggie Caudill (Dunbar, West Virginia); 6 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

According to her obituary, Neva Lee Pack Blair (age 83), daughter of the late Elbridge and Nola Daniels Pack, was born February 18, 1919 in Johnson County, died at home on April 13, 2002, and was buried in Pack Cemetery in Williamsport. She was preceded in death by 1 son, Elwood Blair. She was survived by her husband, Lonnie Blair; 3 daughters, Allene Blair Colvin (of Paintsville), Diane B. Blair Dozier (Georgetown), and Peggy Blair Legg (Richmond); 2 brothers, Paul Pack (Paintsville) and Edgar Pack (Paintsville); 4 sisters, Marie Preston (Thelma, Kentucky), Dorothy Music (Thelma), Erma Lainhart (Richmond), and Maxine Wells (Cincinnati, Ohio); 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

    The children of LONNIE BLAIR and NEVA PACK are:

    1. ELWOOD BLAIR (deceased).
    2. ALLENE BLAIR, b. July 8, 1938, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. January 20, 2005, Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. JAMES FRANKLIN COLVIN, son of IRENE CONLEY and ROY COLVIN.
      Notes: According to her obituary, Allene Blair Colvin (age 66), daughter of Lonnie Blair and the late Neva Pack Blair, worked for Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center with the Disease Control Administration. She was born July 8, 1938 in Johnson County, died January 20, 2005 in Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, and was buried in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by 1 brother, Elwood Blair. She was survived by her husband, James F. Colvin (of Paintsville); 2 sons, Mike (Kelly) Colvin (Paintsville) and Mark (Anita) Colvin (Paintsville); 2 sisters, Peggy Legg (Frankfort, Kentucky) and Diane Dozier (Georgetown, Kentucky); and 3 grandchildren. (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)
    3. DIANE B. BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) DOSIER.
    4. PEGGY BLAIR, m. (unknown first name) LEGG.







JEWELL BLAIR, daughter of NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY and LEANDER BLAIR, was born May 8, 1919 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died March 19, 2003 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. She married CHESTER COLLINS, son of WILL COLLINS and MOLLIE SPENCER. He was born July 26, 1920 in Floyd County, Kentucky, died December 9, 1994 in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, and is buried in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: According to Kentucky birth record transcripts, Jewel Blair was born May 8, 1919 in Johnson County to Ellen Montgomery.

According to her obituary, Jewell Blair Collins (age 83), daughter of the late Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair, was born May 8, 1919 in Magoffin County, died March 19, 2003 in the Paul B. Hall Medical Center, and was buried in the Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Collins, and survived by 1 daughter, Carolyn Collins Somerville (of Paintsville); 1 brother, Lonnie Blair (Williamsport, Kentucky); 1 sister, Maggie Caudill (Dunbar, West Virginia); 1 granddaughter; and 1 great-granddaughter.

According to his obituary, Chester Collins (age 74), son of the late Will and Mollie Spencer Collins and a U.S. Army veteran, was born July 26, 1920 in Floyd County, died December 9, 1994 in Highlands Regional Medical Center, and was buried in Johnson County Memorial Cemetery in Staffordsville. He was survived by his wife, Jewell Blair Collins; 1 daughter, Carolyn Somerville (of Paintsville); 4 brothers, Earl Collins (Little Paint), James Collins (Little Paint), Curtis Collins (Ohio), and Charlie Collins (Nippa); 1 sister, Goldie Blair (Ohio); 1 grandchild; and 3 great-grandchildren.

According to Kentucky death record transcripts, Chester Collins died December 9, 1994 in Floyd County at the age of 74. He was living in Johnson County at the time of his death.

    The child of JEWELL BLAIR and CHESTER COLLINS is:

    1. CAROLYN COLLINS, m. (unknown first name) SOMERVILLE.







LINZIE BLAIR, son of NANCY ELLEN "ELLEN" MONTGOMERY and LEANDER BLAIR, was born March 26, 1921 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died May 26, 1994 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the family cemetery in Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married VIOLA ARMS.

Notes: According to his obituary, Linzie Blair (age 73), son of the late Leander and Ellen Montgomery Blair, was born March 26, 1921 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died May 26, 1994 in Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, and was buried in the family cemetery in Flat Gap. He was survived by his wife, Viola Arms Blair; 1 son, Ronald E. Blair (of Kingsport, Tennessee); 1 brother, Lonnie Blair (Williamsport); 3 sisters, Jewell Collins (Paintsville), Rosie Music (Sylvania, Ohio), and Maggie Caudill (Dunbar, West Virginia); 1 grandchild; and 3 great-grandchildren.

    The children of LINZIE BLAIR and VIOLA ARMS are:

    1. WENDELL BLAIR, b. December 27, 1939, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. February 13, 1982, Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, buried in Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. BETTY MEEK.
    2. RONALD E. BLAIR.







WENDELL BLAIR, son of LINZIE BLAIR and VIOLA ARMS, was born December 27, 1939 in Johnson County, Kentucky, died February 13, 1982 in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky, and is buried in the Linzie Blair Cemetery in Flat Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married BETTY MEEK.

Notes: According to his obituary, Wendell Blair (age 42), son of Linzie and Viola Arms Blair and an Ashland resident, was born December 27, 1939 in Johnson County, died February 13, 1982 at home, and was buried in the Linzie Blair Cemetery in Flat Gap. He was survived by his parents; his wife, Betty Meek Blair; 1 son, Kelly Ray Blair (of Ashland); and 1 brother, Ronnie Blair (Gray, Tennessee).

    The child of WENDELL BLAIR and BETTY MEEK is:

    1. KELLY RAY BLAIR.







WILLIAM TECUMSAH "SON" ARMS, son of JAMES HENRY "HENRY" ARMS and MARY ALICE "ALICE" ADAMS, was born March 29, 1902 in Kentucky, died May 22, 1965 in Sitka, Johnson County, Kentucky, and is buried in the family cemetery in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky. He married LUCINDA BLAIR, daughter of ASA J. BLAIR and PERLINA PHIPPS, about 1924. She was born October 17, 1904 in Magoffin County, Kentucky, died June 25, 1978 in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky, and is buried in Highland Memorial Park in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky.

Notes: Information found on the Johnson County Historical Society's website shows that William T. (Son) Arms lived from 1902 to 1965, and was buried in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville, and that Lucinda Arms lived from 1904 to 1978, and was buried in the same cemetery.

According to his obituary, William T. "Son" Arms (age 63), son of Henry and Alice Adams Arms, was born March 29, 1902, died at home in Sitka on May 22, 1965, and was buried in the family cemetery in Southside [Paintsville]. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucinda Blair Arms; 5 sons, Paul Arms (of Geneva, New York), James Arms (Elmyra, New York), Henry Arms (Ovid, New York), Harry Arms (Scenic Falls, New York), and Lloyd Arms (Houston, Texas); 3 daughters, Martha Alice Long (Sitka), Mary Smith (Wittensville), and Linda Sue Linthicum (Pasadena, Texas); and 2 brothers, Virgil Arms (Troy, Ohio) and Carl Arms (Alabama). (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)

According to her obituary, Lucinda Blair Arms (age 74), daughter of Asa and Plina Phelps Blair and a resident of Paintsville, was born October 17, 1904 in Magoffin County, died June 25, 1978 in Highlands Regional Medical Center, and was buried in Highland Memorial Park. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Son" Arms, in 1965. She was survived by 5 sons, Paul E. Arms, Henry Arms, and Harry F. Arms (all of Geneva, New York), James A. Arms (Horsehead, New York), and Lloyd Arms (Pennsylvania); 3 daughters, Martha Arms Long and Mary Arms Smith (of Sitka), and Linda Arms Linthicum (Pasadena, Texas); 1 brother, Arbie Blair (Paintsville); 37 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)

According to Social Security death record transcripts, Lucinda Arms was born October 17, 1903, and died in June of 1978. She received her Social Security card in 1969 in Kentucky, and her last place of residence was in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky.

According to Kentucky death record transcripts, Lucinda Arms died June 25, 1978 in Floyd County at the age of 73. She was living in Johnson County at the time of her death.

On page 11 of the 1910 census for District 73 (Magisterial District No. 3) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated April 26, 1910), Martha Jane Arms is listed as the head of the household for house #95, she's living off of a pension, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 9 children and 7 are still living, and she's 64 years old. Also listed are Milford (son, single, laborer doing odd jobs, age 33), Rosa L. (daughter, single, born in Kentucky, age 27), Flora (daughter, single, not working, born in Kentucky, age 25), Tecumsa Arms (grandson, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 8), and John C. Arms (grandson, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 3).

On page 8 of the 1920 census for District 30 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated January 3 & 5, 1920), Milford Arms is listed as the head of the household for house #86, he's a farmer, single, born in Kentucky parents born in Kentucky, and he's 41 years old. Also listed are Martha Arms (mother, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 74), William Arms (nephew, chauffeur of a freight truck, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 17), John Arms (nephew, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 13), and Farrel Arms (nephew, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, age 8).

On page 41 of the 1930 census for District 58-1 (Paintsville) in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated April 11, 1930), Son Arms is listed as the head of the household for house #418, he's a chauffeur for a wholesale grocery, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, first married at age 24, and he's 30 years old. Also listed are Lucenda (wife, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, first married at 20, age 26), Martha A. (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 5), and Paul E. (son, born in Kentucky, age 2 years 2 months).

On page 61 of the 1940 census for District 58-3 in Johnson County, Kentucky (dated May 1, 1940), Son Arms is listed as the head of the household for house #556, he's a truck driver for the W.P.A. road project, born in Kentucky, he's living in the same place that he was in 1935, he has an 8th grade education, and he's 38 years old. Also listed are Lucinda (wife, born in Kentucky, no formal education, age 35), Martha (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 15), Paul (son, born in Kentucky, age 12), James (son, born in Kentucky, age 9), Mary (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 5), Henry (son, born in Kentucky, age 2), and Harry (son, born in Kentucky, age 4 months).

    The children of SON ARMS and LUCINDA BLAIR are:

    1. MARTHA ALICE ARMS, b. March 6, 1925, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. June 9, 1999, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, buried in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. RALEIGH W. LONG (deceased).
      Notes: According to her obituary, Martha A. Arms Long (age 74), daughter of the late William and Lucinda Blair Arms, was born March 6, 1925 in Johnson County, died June 9, 1999 in St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, and was buried in Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh W. Long. She was survived by 1 son, Henry Long (of Sitka); 5 daughters, Mary Lou Brown (Sitka), Brenda Joyce Pennington (Flat Gap, Kentucky), Sylvia Ann Glover (Paintsville), Wilma Jean Moore (Columbus, Ohio), and Edna Marie Coleman (Columbus); 5 brothers, Paul Edward Arms (Geneva, New York), Henry Arms (Geneva), Harry Francis Arms (Geneva), James Allen Arms (Edmira, New York), and Lloyd Arms (Campbell); 2 sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smith (Sitka) and Linda Sue Linthicun (Pasadena, Texas); 16 grandchildren; and several great and great-great-grandchildren. (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)
    2. PAUL EDWARD ARMS, b. 1928, Kentucky.
    3. JAMES ALLEN ARMS, b. 1931, Kentucky.
    4. MARY ELIZABETH ARMS, b. May 17, 1934, Johnson County, Kentucky, d. April 1, 2008, Sitka, Johnson County, Kentucky, buried in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. KEN SMITH (deceased).
      Notes: According to her obituary, Mary Elizabeth Arms Smith (age 73), daughter of the late William and Lucinda Blair Arms, was born May 17, 1934 in Johnson County, died April 1, 2008 at home in Sitka, and was buried in Highland Memorial Park. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Smith; 1 brother, Lloyd Arms; and 1 sister, Martha Alice Long. She was survived by 2 sons, Mark Anthony Smith (of Lincoln, Nebraska) and Kenny Smith Jr. (Sitka); 2 daughters, Pamela Sue Burgess (Staffordsville) and Barbara Ellen Campbell (Sitka); 4 brothers, Paul Arms (Geneva, New York), Henry Arms (Geneva), Harry Arms (Geneva), and James Arms (Horsehead, New York); 1 sister, Linda Linthicum (Morgan's Point, Texas); 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. (Taken from the obituary page of the The Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society's website.)
    5. HENRY ARMS, b. 1938, Kentucky.
    6. HARRY FRANCIS ARMS, b. 1940, Kentucky.
    7. LLOYD ARMS (deceased).
    8. LINDA SUE ARMS, m. (unknown first name) LINTHICUM.







ALEXANDER GREEN BLANTON, son of MAHALA ROBERSON and WILLIAM BLANTON, was born in September of 1859 in Kentucky, and died about 1929. He married MARTHA JANE GULLETT, daughter of DANIEL GULLETT and LEVINA SPARKS, February 2, 1883 in Kentucky. She was born in May of 1862 in Kentucky, died April 20, 1915 in State Road Fork, Magoffin County, Kentucky, and is buried in the Peter Gullett Cemetery in Magoffin County, Kentucky.

Notes: Martha Jane Gullett was the sister of Alsey Elizabeth "Elizabeth" Gullett. They were possibly the sisters of Henry G. Gullett.

According to Kentucky marriage record transcripts, Liddy D. Gullett married John Patrick on December 16, 1882 in Magoffin County at the home of Dan Gullett. The witnesses were William Gullett and A. Ritchie, and the minister was S. J. Adams.

According to her death certificate, Bruzella Patrick [Lydia Druzilla Gullett] died December 19, 1947 in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, from pneumonia. Also on this certificate, her birthplace is listed as Magoffin County, her birth date as June 12, 1865, her marital status as widowed, her husband as John R. Patrick, her parents as Daniel Gullett (b. Magoffin County) and Levena Sparks (b. Magoffin County), the informant as Mrs. Earn Brown of Salyersville, and the burial place as Salyersville.

According to her death certificate, Martha Gullett Blanton died April 20, 1915 in State Road Fork from heart trouble. Also on this certificate, her marital status is listed as married, and her parents as Daniel Gullett (b. Kentucky) and Levine Sparks (b. Kentucky).

On page 21 of the 1870 census for Precinct 5 in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated August 9, 1870), Daniel Gullett is listed as the head of the household for house #147, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, and he's 27 years old. Also listed are Levana (born in Kentucky, age 27), Liddy D. (born in Kentucky, age 7), Martha J. (born in Kentucky, age 6), Alsey E. (born in Kentucky, age 4), Henry M. (born in Kentucky, age 2), and Evaline (born in Kentucky, age 1 month).

On page 1 of the 1880 census for District 63 (Precinct 1 - Salyersville) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 1, 1880), Daniel Gulett is listed as the head of the household for house #42, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, father born in North Carolina, mother born in Kentucky, and he's 42 years old. Also listed are Perlinia (wife, born in Kentucky, age 24), Liddia (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 16), Jane (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 14), Lizzia (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 12), Henry (son, born in Kentucky, age 10), and Rhody (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 1).

On page 18 of the 1900 census for District 53 (Salyersville) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated June 9, 1900), Green Blanton is listed as the head of the household for house #156, he's a farmer, born in September of 1860 in Kentucky, father born in Virginia, mother born in Kentucky, married for 17 years, and he's 39 years old. Also listed are Martha (wife, born in May of 1862 in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, she's given birth to 7 children and all are still living, age 38), Harry B. (son, born in January of 1884 in Kentucky, age 16), Emma (daughter, born in December of 1885 in Kentucky, age 14), Warren (son, born in February of 1888 in Kentucky, age 12), Frona (daughter, born in December of 1889 in Kentucky, age 10), Lou (daughter, born in November of 1891 in Kentucky, age 8), Pearlie (daughter, born in April of 1894 in Kentucky, age 6), and Maud (daughter, born in May of 1897 in Kentucky, age 3).

On page 2 of the 1910 census for District 102 (Salyersville) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated April 16, 1910), Green Blanton is listed as the head of the household for house #13, he's a farmer, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, married for 25 years, and he's 50 years old. Also listed are Martha (wife, born in Kentucky, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Virginia, she's given birth to 10 children and 8 are still living, age 45), Warren (son, born in Kentucky, age 22), Frona (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 20), Lousina (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 18), Perlie (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 15), Maud (daughter, born in Kentucky, age 12), Byron (son, born in Kentucky, age 10), and Charles (son, born in Kentucky, age 7).

On page 13 of the 1920 census for District 71 (State Road) in Magoffin County, Kentucky (dated January 17 - 19, 1920), Green Blanton is listed as the head of the household for house #107, he's a farmer, widowed, born in Kentucky, parents born in Kentucky, and he's 60 years old. Also listed are Worn (son, single, farm laborer, born in Kentucky, age 30), Barn (son, born in Kentucky, age 18), and Charley (son, born in Kentucky, age 16).

    The children of GREEN BLANTON and MARTHA GULLETT are:

    1. HARRY B. BLANTON, b. January 1884, Kentucky.
    2. EMMA BLANTON, b. December 12, 1885 in Kentucky, died February 14, 1935, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried in Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, BARNES G. PATRICK.
    3. WARREN BLANTON, b. February 1888, Kentucky.
    4. FRONA BLANTON, b. December 1889, Kentucky, d. March 1, 1934, Magoffin County, Kentucky, buried Falcon, Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. JAMES CONLEY.
    5. LOUSINA BLANTON, b. November 1891, Kentucky.
    6. PEARL BLANTON, b. April 1894, Kentucky, d. 1958, buried in Staffordsville, Johnson County, Kentucky, m. (1) HARVEY J. LITTERAL, m. (2) DEEDY CURTIS CONLEY.
    7. MAUD BLANTON, b. May 1897, Magoffin County, Kentucky, d. December 22, 1961, Marion County, Ohio, buried in Magoffin County, Kentucky, m. DONA CONLEY.
    8. BYRON BLANTON, b. 1900, Kentucky.
    9. CHARLES BLANTON, b. 1903, Kentucky.







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