18th Century Virginia Newspapers on Various Bolling’s

18th-Century Virginia Newspapers
(Please note there are grammatical errors that I have not changed due to authenticity of the article.)
the ex., William STARK and Alexander BOLLING, at the late dwelling house of Col. Robert BOLLING on Appomattox River (VG 12 Dec 51)
BOLLING, Robert Esq., a rep for Dinwiddie Co., died (VGPu 3 Mar 75 sup, VG 4 Mar 75)
BOLLING, Col. Robert, one of the delegates for Buckingham, d. suddenly last Fri. in Richmond (VGPu 28 Jul 75, VG 29 Jul 75), Thomas FLEMING adv that claims are to be brought to Col. William FLEMING or Archibald BOLLING Esq. (VG 6 Apr 76)
BOLLING, Col. Robert Jr., late of Buckingham Co., dec d, Powhatan BOLL1NG, (nfl) asks that persons who borrowed his books return them (VGRMA 10 Jul 94)
BOLLING, Robert, of Petersburg, mar. Miss Sally WASHINGTON, dau. of Lawrence WASHINGTON Sr., Esq., on Thurs. the 1st inst. at Mount Pleasant in Geo. Co (VHFFA 13 Sep 96, RCFPC 14 Sep 96, RMA 17 Sep 96)
BOLLING, Sally, cons of Robert BOLLING Esq. of Petersburg and dau of Lawrence WASHINGTON of Kg. Geo. Co., d. in Richmond on Sat. eve, last, the 1st inst., after a short illness; she had mar. Robert BOLLING on the 1st ult. and was taken sick at Richmond on her way to Petersburg (RMA 4 Oct 96, VGPI 4 Oct 96, VGGA 5 Oct 96, VHFFA 7 Oct 96)
BOLLING, Capt. Samuel, of Fairfax Co • d on Sun night, 16 Dec, in his 33rd year [obit.] (TAA 20 Dec 98)
BOLLING, Mrs. Sarah, spouse to Archibald BOLLING Esq. of Goochland, died (VG 22 Apr 73)
BOLLS, William, Negro, shoemaker, jailed in Middlesex Co (VGP 21 Sep 75) BOLTON, William, appr , c 19, ran away from James GARDNER, carpenter, Wmsbrg. (VG 19 Aug 73)
BOND, Benjamin, miller, c 40, and Paul PRICE, a baker, 1920, svts belonging to John MITCHELSON of Virginia, broke out of jail in New Bern [NC], they ran away some time ago from Virginia (NCG [7] Jul 53)
BOND, Richard, mar. Miss Polly GRAHAM, dau of John GRAHAM, in Alexandria (VJAA 20 Sep 87)
BOND, Thomas, HCC, 20 Mar 97, between William Ward BURROWS and Polly his wife, David EASTON and Sarah his wife, which sd Polly and Sarah are daus. of Thomas BOND dec’d, and Jane. BOND widow and relict of the sd. Thomas BOND (pltfs ) and Alexander GIBBONY, James MORGAN, and Joseph KELSO; it appears that GIBBONY is not an inhabitant. of this country (VGGA 3 May 97)
BOND, William, of Essex Co., .dec’d, his ex., Alexander SAUNDERS, will sell his 125 ac. tract whereon he lived within a mile of the Lower Church in Essex Co. (VG 12 Dec 77, VGPu 12 Dec 77)
BONIS, William, of [Alexandria], d. on 13th inst. at Baltimore (CMAG 16 Jun 96) IBONIZJ, John, weaver and dyer, 4550, escaped from jail in Frederick Town [Md.] (VGWA 1 May 90)
BONNA (also given, as BONNAUND), new Negro form a place called Bonnaund in the Iligibo country in Africa, ran away from Richard BOOKER, Chesterfield Co. (VG and VGR 24 Dec 72)
BOOKER Family, HCC, 15 May 92; Richard Marriott BOOKER .Surv. ex. of Richard BOOKER deed (pltf) against William TAYLOR, Benjamin LANKFORD and Hennetta his wife who was the widow of [name missing], Josep[h] SCOTT and Elizabeth his wife, William DIX and Rebecca Marriott his wife, and Richard Edward BOOKER, the ed. Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Richard are cliii and devisees in the will named of Edward BOOKER dec’d, and John EISDALE adnir with the will annexed of the sd Edward BOOKER dec d, Frances BOOKER wid of Parham BOOKER dec’d, and William PRICE and Susanna his wife, Richard BOOKER, and James BOOKER, the sd. Susanna, Richard, and James are chil. and devisees of the sd. Parham BOOKER; William Marshal BOOKER, and John BOOKER (VGGA 30 Jan 93)

Sixteenth Generation Stiths

(Article copied as it was written, may contain some grammatical errors.)        

COL. JOHN STITH, of Charles City Co., the first of the name in Virginia, was granted 500 acres of land in 1663. He revolted with Bacon in 1676, and was High Sheriff of his county in 1691. He had issue:

I, WILLIAM STITH, of Charles City Co., who, in 1688, married Mary, daughter of William Randolph, of  “Turkey Island.” (see above page 115) Children: I. REV. WILLIAM STITH, b. 1689, d. 17, President of William and Mary College, and Historian of Virginia, who m. Judith Randolph, daughter of Thomas Randolph, of “Tuckahoe,” and had, i. Elizabeth, ii. Judith. iii. Polly Stith, of Williamsburg, who d. s. P.  CAPT. JOHN STITH, of Charles City Co., who married Mary, daughter of Tarlton Fleming,of ” Rock Castle,” and his wife, Mary Page, of” Rosewell,” and had issue, i. Judith Stith m. John Maynard, of Halifax Co., (see previous excursus, and Goode Genealogy. No. 735). 3. Mary  STITH, who married Rev. William Dawson, of William and Mary College, Commissary to the Bishop of London, &c., and had issue, i. A son, who m. Miss Johnson, of North Carolina, and had son Hon. William Johnson Dawson, M.C , ii. William, member of the first House of Representatives in Virginia.

2 DRURY STITH, who married Susannah, daughter of Launcelot Bathurst, who came to Virginia about 1670, and granddaughter of Sir Edward Bathurst of Lechdale, England, issue: i. DRURY STITH, of Brunswick Co. who m. Eliz. Buckner; children I. GRIFFIN STITH of Northumberland Co., m. Mary Blakey 1743, and had a, Catherine, b, Eliz. Buckner, c, John Buckner, d, Mary Blaky, e, Griffin, f. Drury, g, William, h, Susannah, m. Christopher Johnson, i, Lucy, m. Mark M. Pringle, k, Janet. 2. BUCKNER STITH, of “Rocksbury,” and others.

3, ANNE STITH,Who married, 1681, ROBERT BOLLING, of”Kippax,” or “Farmingdale,” whose first wife was Jane Rolfe, granddaughter of Pocahontas. The descendants of the Bolling-Stith marriage are numerous. The first generation was as follows: i, ROBERT BOLLING, of Bollingbrook, b. 1682, d. 1749, in. 1706, Anne Cocke, and had nine children: one of his grandsons, Jack Bolling, m. JINNY GOODE, (see Goode Genealogy, No. 65); 2, STITH BOLLING, b 1686, 3 EDWARD Bolling, b 1687, 4, ANNE BOLLING, b 1690, m. Mr. Wynne; 5, DRURY BOLLING, of “Kippax,” b. 1695, his only child, Frances, b. 1724, d, 1774, m. Theodrick Bland, and was granddaughter to John Randolph of “Roanoke,” and the Tuckers, (see Goode Genealogy, pp.55 and 114); 6, THOMAS, b. 1697; 7, AGNES, 1700, M. COL. Richard Kennon, (for descendants, see Bristol Parish, p 182).

A record of the descendants of Robert Bolling, of Bollingbrook (3-1) is given.  Written by R.A Brock, unknown source.

Pocahontas and Her Family- (One View).

 Pocahontas and Family
(Please note, I am sharing this article with you as it is written. There are many views on Pocahontas so read, review and distinguish what you see as truth. It does contain grammatical errors, but I left it as such so show the author’s authenticity.)
Our understanding of the Powhatan and surrounding Native-American peoples is derived primarily from archaeology and the writings of early European explorers and settlers. By about 1300 AD, the tribes of the Coastal Plain lived in semi- sedentary villages supported by small hunting and gathering camps. Increasing reliance on horticulture focused the location of villages along floodplains and areas of rich sandy soil near rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The rich environment provided almost unlimited quantities of fish and shellfish, much of which was dried for storage. The material goods of these people included tools and ornaments made from stone, wood, bone, and shell. The era from about 1200 BC to 1600 AD, known as the Woodland period, also marked the introduction of pottery into the Eastern Native-American groups. By the time of European contact; a wide variety of pottery styles and shapes were in common usage.
Throughout most of the Late Woodland period (900 to 1600 AD), these groups formed small independent tribal societies. By the 16th century, however, larger chiefdoms developed and hundreds of villages dotted the landscape. European traders were able to capitalize on the Native Americans’ extensive use of personal ornamentation. The men of the group painted and tattooed themselves and wore various types of ornamentation. The women painted and tattooed their faces and also wore ornaments of bone and shell, including necklaces. Their clothing consisted of short apron-like garments of skins.
By 1600, the Powhatan chiefdom, under the rule of Wahunsunacock, covered an area extending from Washington, D.C., to the North Carolina line, and included at least 32 sub-chiefdoms in over 150 villages.  The Powhatan chiefdom was one of a number of Algonquian language groups in the larger region. John Smith noted that  
“ The forme of their Common wealth is a monarchical government, one as Emperor ruleth over many kings or governours. Their chief ruler is called Powhatan .”
Powhatan controlled these groups through inheritance and power; they paid him tax or tribute and received his aid in times of need.
Pocahontas, also known as Matoax or Matoaka, was born to Powhatan sometime around 1595 or 1596. The colonists reported her place of birth as Werowocomoco, along the York River, Powhatan’s principal residence until 1609.15 Pocahontas began visiting the Jamestown settlement with some regularity and developed a friendship with Captain John Smith, who realized the need to cultivate communication between the English and Native Americans. ‘I She appears to have been very willing to help break the language barrier and assist settlers in procuring food from the more cooperative members of her group. However, her most famous service to the colonists is the legendary rescue of Captain Smith. As the story goes, Smith had been captured and taken to Werowocomoco, where he received a death sentence from Powhatan and his advisors.
As he was about to be killed, Smith reports in his Generall Historie that Pocahontas took his head in her armes and laid her owne upon his to save him from death.
Powhatan agreed to spare Smith’s life and proposed that he return to Jamestown and deliver two guns and a grinding stone in exchange for adoptive membership in the Powhatan fold.”
The almost mythical story of Pocahontas had its origins in the first accounts of the settlers: the histories of Smith, Argall, Dale, Purchas, and Hamor. Fictional accounts appear to have begun in the late 18th century with a romanticized version of the story, The Female American, written by Mrs. Unca Eliza Winkfield in 1767.
If the story of Pocahontas grew during the late 18th century, it blossomed during the first half of the 19th. Historian Frances Mossiker has noted that “grease-paint Pocahontases overran the stages of America throughout the first half of the 19th century. 1121 The earliest of these dramas was The Indian Princess; or, La Belle Sauvage, the 1808 work by James Nelson Barker and John Bray, an “Operatic Melo-Drame in Three Acts. 1121 The Pocahontas story continued to be told in story, verse, and song throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Although most of the works provide some detail on her son Thomas and his family, Pocahontas’s story usually ends not long after her death in England.
Pocahontas did not marry Captain John Smith as many believe. In 1613, she was abducted by the English and brought to Henrico, where she remained for a year or more, and in 1614 was converted to the Christian faith. It was while in Henrico that Pocahontas met her future husband, John Rolfe. Shortly after her conversion, Rolfe wrote to Sir Thomas Dale, expressing his desire to marry Pocahontas. Dale felt the union would benefit the colony, and after a trip to obtain permission from Powhatan, the couple was married in the church on Jamestown Island in April 1614. The Rolfe’s built a new house along the James River near Varina, between Henrico and Bermuda Hundred. In 1615, Pocahontas gave birth to her only child, a son named Thomas. Later the same year, members of the Church of England proposed the creation of an Indian school – in Virginia and suggested that Mrs. John Rolfe might visit England to launch the venture. The Virginia Company appropriated the idea as a way to raise more money and attract new colonists to Virginia.
In June 1616, John Rolfe, Pocahontas, and son Thomas arrived in England. The Seven-month visit was a success in every way, generating new interest in the settlement of Virginia and important financial backing. The celebration quickly ended, however, as Pocahontas and her family prepared to return home. While waiting for the ship to sail from Gravesend, England, Pocahontas became ill and died. She was buried in St. George’s Parish Church on March 21, 1617.
John Rolfe returned to Virginia, but without his son. Thomas was placed in the care of his uncle, Henry Rolfe, who raised the boy. Father and son did not see each other again. When Thomas returned to Virginia in 1635, he received his father’s land in Varina as well as several thousand acres left to him by Powhatan. It appears that Thomas settled in Surry County, in an area known as “Smith’s Fort.” Although Thomas visited the Powhatan on occasion, he lived the life of an English tobacco planter. Thomas married Jane Poythress, and the couple had one child, a daughter named Jane. Little else is known of their life together.
Linebaugh, Donald W. Kippax  Plantation: Traders, Merchants, and Planters. An Exhibit Celebrating the Families of Pocahontas.Center for Archaeological Research, the College of William and Mary, Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc. The City of Hopewell (1995).

Robert Bolling and Jane Rothe

Robert Bolling and Jane Rolfe
( Please note, story is written with some grammatical errors to keep the authenticity of the article.)

Robert Bolling (b. 1646) of All Hollows, Barkin Parish, London, arrived in Virginia in 1660 or 1661 at the age of 14.27 Although details are sketchy, Bolling apparently prospered through trade and land speculation. In 1675, he married Jane Rolfe, the only child of Thomas and Jane Rolfe of Surry County. The couple made their home at Kippax Plantation in what was then Charles City County. The property was likely purchased by Bolling in the last quarter of the 17th century.

After a year of marriage, Jane Rolfe Bolling gave birth to her only child John in 1676. Although few facts are available on the death of Jane in 1676, it is likely that she died of complications from childbirth. Jane Rolfe Bolling is reputed to be buried on the Kippax Plantation property along with her father Thomas.

Robert Bolling was a successful merchant and had an active public life. He was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1688, and as a vestryman of Bristol Parish. By the beginning of the 18th century, his property holdings had increased almost fivefold; at the time of his death in 1709, his property totaled nearly 4,000 acres. Bolling’s lands were well situated to take advantage of Native-American trade patterns. These properties were relatively close to the well-established trading paths that extended in a southwesterly direction from the falls of the Appomattox River. His 500-acre tract in Henrico County was, in the 17th century, still part of the frontier. His extensive landholdings across the river in Prince George County were even better located. The family seat of Kippax bordered on Francis Eppes’s Great Patent and lay between his estate, Bermuda Hundred, and Fort Henry on the Appomattox. Colonel Francis Eppes (1628-1678) ran a store at Bermuda Hundred and imported trade goods from London merchants. He sold them to colonists and independent “selfe-ended traders” who in turn sold the goods to the Native Americans.”

Robert Bolling’s involvement in trade with Native Americans is confirmed by an entry in the diary of William Byrd II. On February 26, 1709, Byrd noted that “a man from North Carolina came to him [Bolling] to buy Indian goods but because he had no pay he [Bolling] let him have none.”

Walter Chiles, a merchant who in 1641 secured permission to venture southwest of the Appomattox River and engage in trade with Native Americans, also owned land in the general vicinity of Bolling’s Kippax Plantation.” For some family members, trading served as their primary source of income. For instance, Robert Bolling’s son John, who lived at nearby Cobbs Plantation, received all the profits of an immense trade with his countrymen and one even still greater with the Indians.


Linebaugh, Donald W. Kippax  Plantation: Traders, Merchants, and Planters. An Exhibit Celebrating the Families of Pocahontas.Center for Archaeological Research, the College of William and Mary, Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc. The City of Hopewell (1995).


Robert Bolling and Anne Stith

Robert Bolling and Anne Stith
(Please note, this was copied the way it was written, there are spelling errors and Bolling is often spelled Boiling. I kept it authentic as possible).

In 1681, widower Robert Bolling married Anne Stith, the daughter of Major John Stith. The couple had five sons and two daughters: Robert, Stith, Edward, Anne, Drury, Thomas, and Agnes. After 28 years of marriage, Robert Bolling died on July 17, 1709, following a lengthy illness. The Bolling brothers had their father’s landholdings legally partitioned and then swapped land among them. Drury (b. June 21, 1695) inherited the family seat at Kippax. Under his ownership, the plantation extended to over 500 acres. Drury died in 1726, leaving his wife Elizabeth and daughter Frances (b. 1724) to reside on the plantation.

A probate inventory of his possessions, taken in January 1726, indicates that Drury left an estate worth estimated 543 pounds sterling, including 12 African-American slaves. This inventory, while not room by room, suggests at least two structures on the property in 1726, a main dwelling house and quarter. The presence of at least four bedsteads, quantities of imported bed linen and cloth, and an extensive collection of ceramics, furniture, and books suggest that the Bolling’s lived a relatively affluent and comfortable lifestyle. Drury’s inventory also lists several items commonly associated with the Indian trade. Interspersed among the listing of his furnishings, livestock, and slaves are

“one Indian basket, a parcel old metal buttons, teaspoons, two pairs of small still yards, artificial flowers and beads … 1 ½  gross new pipes”.

The buttons, buckles, bells, artificial flowers, and other “trifles” reflect objects mentioned by many 17th-century traders. Whether these items remained from his father’s business activities or were the result of Drury’s participation in trade with Native Americans is unclear.

Archaeological excavation of a 7-foot-square brick-lined cellar, filled between 1730 and 1750, provides possible physical evidence of Drury’s role as a merchant/trader. A wide range of domestic artifacts were recovered from the cellar fill, including an early 18th-century antler handle knife, a folding knife, a trade gun side plate, buttons, buckles, straight pins, and a bottle seal marked DB (Drury Boiling [?]).Analysis of the artifacts indicates that the cellar was filled over a relatively short period. The majority of the artifacts were recovered from the dark organic level just above the clay floor. The date of deposition and the DB bottle seal suggest that the artifacts may represent the change in households that occurred following the death of Drury Boiling in 1726, or changes following the marriage of his daughter Frances to Theodorick Bland in 1739.

Perhaps the most interesting artifact group recovered from within the cellar fill is the 1,775 glass trade beads. These beads are probably of Dutch or Italian manufacture and date to the 17th century. The red, blue, and white colors have significance in Native-American cosmology; blue and white are representative of knowledge and light, and red represents fire and the rejuvenative aspects of fruit and berries. Most of the beads were recovered during screening of the soil; however, one strand of beads was discovered intact during excavation.

These imported beads represent the Bolling’s participation in trade with the Native-American population. Some Chesapeake archaeologists have suggested that glass trade beads only occur in any quantity on sites during the first half of the 17th century when Native-American trade peaked. They have concluded that the appearance of a few trade beads on colonial sites after the mid-17th century suggests usage primarily by colonists. The large quantity of beads recovered at Kippax, while of later date, suggests continued trade activities with Native Americans and subsequent use by African-American slaves rather than primary usage by colonists.

The two most significant items at Kippax that can be firmly connected to the fur trade are the beads and the steelyards listed in Drury’s inventory. Steelyards are unequal arm balances, a type of scale that utilizes levers and weights. Steelyards were carried by traders and used to weigh furs and powder.

The other Native-American trade item found in both the 1726 inventory and in the excavations at Kippax is beads. Documentation suggests that glass beads were a highly prized commodity that imitated traditional wampum beads. In the early years of settlement, glass beads were so valuable that the

 Virginia Colony stated that “the Comoditie of Beads was like to prove the verie Coyne of that Country.”

As William Byrd II learned from experience, “the want of beads or some other trifles [is] often times a great prejudice to success.”

Linebaugh, Donald W. Kippax Plantation: Traders, Merchants, and Planters. An Exhibit Celebrating the Families of Pocahontas. Center for Archaeological Research, the College of William and Mary, Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc. The City of Hopewell (1995).



Bowlings of Kentucky

We are descendants of the early Bollings/ Bowlings (along with misc. spellings) of Virginia and Kentucky.

Benjamin Bolling was born June 30, 1734 and died January 10,1832 in Flat Gap, Wise County, Virginia. He married Patty Phelps on June 20,1753 in Albermarle County, Virginia. Patty was born in 1736 in Albermarle County. Patty died on March 8, 1767 during childbirth with her daughter Elizabeth, in Rowan County, North Carolina. Benjamin later married Charity Larimore in 1768. Charity was born in 1734, and died in Flat Gap Wise County, Virginia. She is buried along side of Benjamin Bolling. This is where the brick wall usually starts for the Bowling DNA Group 5.

Rev. Jessie Bowling was born on May 22, 1758 in Orange, Hillsboro, North Carolina and died March 10,1841 in Quicksand Creek, Breathitt County Kentucky. He married first Polly Green, in 1776 in Wilkes County , Va. and she died just two years later, they had no children. He later married Mary Elizabeth Pennington on January 6, 1785 in Wilkes County North Carolina. She is the daughter of Micager Pennington and Nancy Jones. Mary was born on November 18,1765 in Grayson County, Va and died March 21, 1843 in Qucksand Creek, Breathitt County Kentucky. Together Jessie and Mary had 11 children.

Elijah “Lige” Bowling, son of Rev. Jessie Bowling was born on January 22, 1798 in Lee County, Va. and died on October 20, 1883 in Laurel County, KY. Lige married Susannah “Sookie” Roberts on March 18, 1819 in Clay County, Ky. Sookie was the daughter of Jesse Roberts and Nancy Anderson. She was born 1800 in Va.

Jesse Boyd Bowling, the son of  Elijah Bowling  and Susan Baker Born in 1830 had a son Jason Walker Baker Bowling, who was born on July 15, 1848 and died on February 25, 1911 in Fogertown, Clay County, Ky. Oral history in our family says that Jesse and Susan were not married when Jason, (some spellings are Jacient) was born. Susan’s father took the baby and told  Jesse that he better do right by the baby and so he then later married Susan and they raised Jason together.

Susan Baker was born on 2 Jun 1830 in Buffalo, Owsley Co, KY and died on 18 Apr 1867 in Homeplace On Burton Fork Of Long’s Creek, Breathitt Co, KY at age 36.

General Notes:  Before Susan married ‘Preacher’ Bob Burton, she had a first child born out of wedlock. His father was Jesse B Bowling. The child was named Jason Baker and was on 1 census of Owsley County. John Hammond Baker, Susan’s father, took Jason to Nicholasville, Ky and adopted him to his father at the age of 1 month old. See court document, Nicholasville, KY. Jason was renamed Jason Walker Bowling. (See John J Dickey Diaries). Jason became a United States Federal Marshall. He married Kettie Bowling.

Susan married Jesse B Bowling, son of Elijah ‘Lige’ Bowling and Susannah Roberts, in Owsley Co, KY. Jesse was born on 14 Jan 1822 in Perry Co, Ky, died on 14 Sep 1878 in Laurel Co, KY at age 56, and was buried in Bowling Cemetery, Laurel Co, KY.

Jason Walker Bowling was the father to my great grandfather Albert Sidney Bowling. Jason married Kettie Bowling, daughter of Christopher Bowling and Elizabeth Cornett. She was born on January 5, 1854 and died June 11, 1916.  I have notes that say that Jason later married a Hampton, but I am still looking into that, for Kettie died five years after Jason.

Albert Sidney Bowling married Callie Bell Spicer, who was the daughter of Anderson R. Bowling, “Big Ance” and Nancy E. Baker. They were not married when Callie was born on March 15, 1878 and died on June 20, 1921. According to the 1880 federal census, Callie’s mother Nancy was married to Sutton Moore, and on the census Sutton, aka as Elijah, was listed as her father. Nancy married Big Ance a few years later, and had a few more children. Anderson was married to a Hacker, and the oral history of their family states that Anderson had two boys with Ms. Hacker, and he took the boys and she never saw them again. Albert died on December 13, 1922 of pulmonary Tuberculosis. Callie had preceded him by six months, it is unknown to me how Callie died, for I am still trying to locate her death certificate.

Albert and Callie were cousins, Elijah Bowling had two sons, Jesse who was on the paternal side and Delaney who was on the maternal side. Jesse and Delaney were brothers.

Albert’s parents had 9 children, Margaret, Eliza, John, Lucinda, Albert, Jesse, Amanda,Taylor and Chester. I have notes that lead me to believe that Chester may be the son of the Ms. Hampton  and Jason Walker Bowling, mentioned earlier. Kettie  had her children ranged from 1873 to 1885, and Chester was born in 1896 making that an eleven year span between the last two.

Albert and Callie Bowling had 5 children, Earl, Thomas, Maude, Nancy  and Wilson Pershing Bowling. Wilson the baby was born in 1919, and was the baby of the family. When Callie got sick, and died; Albert only survived for six months afterwards. I was told that the children were split up, and Wilson “Wick”, my grandfather was sent to an orphanage in Ohio, where his sister Maude worked. Maud died at the age of 27 years old from TB as well, like her father. So I am only assuming that Callie died from it as well.

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JAMES AND ELIZABETH JOSEPH LEWIS – the book, softbound, 75 pages includes an index.  Price: $12.00 plus $2.16 postage.  Order from: *Nancy C. Early Grubbs, 14303 Apple Tree, Houston, TX  77079

THE DESCENDANTS OF SAMUEL LINK MORGAN – the book is soft bound, 67 pages of family genealogy, including a name index. Price: $12.00 plus  postage.  Order from: Nancy C. Early Grubbs, 14303 Apple Tree, Houston, TX  77079

DESCENDANTS OF DILLION ASHER AND SALLY DAVIS (2006 Edition) –  14,000 names, 400 pgs.  Price: $30.00 postage paid.

DESCENDANTS OF DILLION ASHER AND NANCY DAVIS  ASHER (2006 Edition) –  23,000 names of descendants and spouses. Price $35.00 postage paid.

THE WILLIAM COLLETT FAMILY OF SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY (2006 Edition) – contains 14,000 names, 400 pgs. Price: $30.00 postage paid. For any of the above three (3) books, you may order from: Hildegard Hendrickson, 2559 NE 96th., Seattle, WA  98115 hildegar@seattleu.edu
THE ROBERTS FAMILY COOK BOOK – FAVORITE RECIPES – spiral bound, soft cover, contains 110 pgs, plus index.  For more information contact authors: Mac & Linda Sibley, 2840 Mt. Zion Rd., Midlothian, TX  76065

JOHN J. DICKEY DIARY – a transcription of the entire microfilm Reel #3 of the Dickey Diaries.  The book is paperback, 8 1/2 x 11, has comb binding and includes pages 1593-2556 (963 diary pgs) and is indexed.  Price: $50.00 includes postage to U.S. addresses, PA residents add 6% sales tax.

JOHN J. DICKEY DIARY – a transcription of the entire microfilm Reel #4 of the Dickey Diaries.  The book is paperback, 8 1/2 x 11, has comb binding and includes pages 2557-3526 (969 diary pgs) and is indexed.  Price: $40.00 includes postage to U.S. addresses, PA residents add 6% sales tax.
If you mention the Clay County Historical Society with your order, I will donate $10.00 to the Society for each book sold.  Order from: Janette Dees Burke, 2421 Giant Oaks Dr., Pittsburgh, PA  15241

PIONEERS OF BEECH CREEK CEMETERY BOOK – Including Little Beech Creek, Harts Branch, Sally Lyttle Branch and Coal Hollow.  Price: $11.00 + $1.50 for postage.
PIONEERS OF BEECH CREEK, CLAY COUNTY, KY – Hardcover book contains 400 pages, 600 old photographs, 25 family surnames, Bowling, Combs, Deaton, Depew, Dezarn, Fields, Gambrel, Gilbert, Goins, Hacker, Herd/Hurd, Hibbard, Hounchell, Hubbard, Inyart, Jackson, Jones, Lyttle, Patrick, Samples, Sizemore, Smith, Taylor and Webb.  Including Harts Branch, Sally Lyttle Branch, Coal Hollow, Lyttleton and Hector.  Price: $48.00 includes taxes, plus $2.00 postage.   To order:
    Harold O. Goins, 5571 Chatfield Dr., Fairfield, OH  45014    Ph. (513)829-5120

INDEX TO SENTINEL ECHO (Laurel Co.) OBITUARIES, 1990 – 1994        $   5.00
2 books individual yrs $5.00; 3 books individual yrs $7.50; 4 books individual yrs $10.00; 5 books individual yrs $12.50
Order from: Fred L. Davis, 5444 Peterson Ln, Apt. 2020, Dallas, TX  75240-5129

MANCHESTER MEMORIAL GARDENS – spiral bound, information included is name of deceased, birth date, death date, death place, spouse’s name, marriage date, marriage place, and parent’s names.  Price: $20.00 + $5.00 priority postage.
CLAY COUNTY MARRIAGES 1924-1934 – spiral bound, also includes place of birth, parents names for both bride and groom. Price: $20.00 + $5.00 postage for priority shipping, KY residents add $1.20 for KY sales tax. 
Order both from: Maggie Bowling, 3712 N. Hwy 421, Manchester, KY  40962

BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS – A story of a girl growing up in the small mountain town of Manchester, KY at the turn of the 20th century.  Read about her many true adventures. Order from: Lucy Lois Cloyd Smith, 7 Allen Ct, Fredericksburg, VA  22405

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 1 – The book has the following families: Allyon, Burchell, Childs, Collins, Dickinson, Doyle, Eversole, Felty, Finley, Garrard 1, Garrard 2, Harris, Hipshire, Inyard, Keith, Langdon, Laughram, Mooney, Neeley, Price, Rawlings, Root, Sawyer, Sims, Smallwood, Tipton, Wagers 1, Wagers 2, Wolfe 1 and Wolfe 2.  It also contains 5 maps, 52 pictures, plus Garrard descendant interview for a total of 302 pages.   Price: $30.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.80 for sales tax.

– The book has the following families:  Bates, Brewster, Church, Cope 1, Cope 2, Downey 1, Downey 2, Harris, McDaniel, Maupin, Potter 1, Potter 2, Ruth, Sparks, Whitehead and Wooton.  It also contains 8 maps, 117 pictures for a total of 281 pages.  Price: $27.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.62 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 3 – The book has the following families:  John and Massa Hacker and their 10 children, but mainly on their 4 sons, Samuel, Julius, Claiborne and Granville Hacker.  It contains 5 maps, 16 pictures for a total of 230 pages.   Price: $25.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.50 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 4 – The book has the following families: Biggs, Caywood, Corum 1, Corum 2, Cotton, Curry, Depew, Eagle, Gibbs, Hobbs, Hyde 1, Hyde 2, Livingstone, Massey, Redman, Rice 1, Rice 2, Walden 1, Walden 2, Word, and a Keith update.  It contains 4 maps and 39 pictures for a total of 240 pages.  Price: $25.00 + $4.80 for priority mail, KY residents add $1.50 for sales tax.

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 5 – The book has the following families:  Eversoles – NOW AVAILABLE

CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ROOTS AND BEYOND, VOL. 6 – The book has the following families: (subject to change) Mayfield, Cheek, Petree, Mooney, Hall, Greer 1, Greer 2, Nicholson, Minton, Drake, Pennington, Hobb 2, Townsend, Wallace, addition and correction for Vol 1-4  out in 2008.

To order:    *James E. Welch, 54 Creekstone, London, KY  40741  jwelch@kih.net
** All Credit goes to the Clay County Historical Society, copied for Reference.

Sandy Hook One Year Later… Are our Children Any Safer?

This year in the classroom as a teacher, I have really thought about the safety of our children in our Public Schools. Taking the time today to reflect on the senseless tragedy that happened last year ago on December 14, 2012 which killed twenty six people, including twenty school children. One year ago, we all watched in shock and horror at the devastation that one man caused all these families.  We as a Community, State, and Nation promised to make changes to ensure that this never happened again. What has been done?  Have we passed laws regarding more gun control? Is that the mere answer? What about mental health and the public safety of the members of the community? So many things that we could go back and forth on, debating from now until eternity. The bottom line is the children. The children have to be kept safe! We have to know as parents that when we drop them off at school that day, that they will be coming home. I know God has a purpose for all of us. I know that God is in control of all things. I know that this world is evil and full of sin, and that will not change. Change begins on the smaller scale, it begins within the community and state that we live in. Rapid Legislation and new laws are not going to take effect fast enough. There is money in state for our children’s education, but whether it goes to safety and children’s education is the concern.  The Virginia Lottery proceeds and I am assuming other states as well, as suppose to fund the schools. Do they? As an educator, I can tell you if they are, I do not know where it is, and it is certainly not enough. It is a well known fact that the School Budget is dissected on a yearly basis, pulling a little bit more away from the children each year. It also varies from one school district to another, even in the same state. One of the local school divisions has all of their schools secured and locked, and since Sandy Hook has installed door magnets in all the doors to pull the doors closed and locked in a moments notice. The next town over has another School District that are unsecured, having resource officers in the schools for security. Is that enough? Are the teacher’s given the tools they need to keep on the average twenty plus children safe in their care? Are they free to lock their doors in the classroom? Some are, some schools discourage it. Like night and day, different philosophy’s, one school has provided each classroom teacher a baseball bat as protection for their classroom.  

What can you do to help? How can you assure your children and parents that their child is safe? You can’t. You can offer to pray for them and their family, but not during official “school hours” because the J word is not to be mentioned during school. It is amazing, thought that Jesus was probably the first name called out at Sandy Hook. I pray for my kids, I pray for my families. I pray for safety and smart Legislation to keep our communities safe. How about you?
For Further information and research, two mom’s from Sandy Hook, Michelle Gay and Alissa Parker have started a coalition called , “Safe and Sound Schools.” One important gun control legislation that was initiated by the Sandy Hook Promise was defeated in Congress by seven votes. They now have a new initiative called “Parent Together.”