Location: Laurel County KY

Biography of Charles G. Blakely

Charles G. Blakely, whose attainments as a business man have made his name familiar not only in his home City of Topeka but in many parts of the state, has been a resident of Kansas since the fall of 1883, and his first experience here was as teacher in Brown County. His is the interesting story of a boy born and reared in the mountainens district of Eastern Kentucky, where people lived on the plane of the simplest existence but not always of the highest ideals. There, in his early youth, came a stimulus to his ambition and hope which raised him out of his circumstances, and by self-help he struggled upward on the road of aspiration and finally made himself a place among the world’s influential workers. In the early days of Kentucky about the time Daniel Boone made history from the “dark and bloody ground,” members of the Blakely and Brown families from North Carolina and Virginia respectively settled within the borders of that commonwealth, and aided in reclaiming it from the domain of the wilderness, fought wild beasts and wild Indians, and for several generations lived peacefully and contentedly in the mountainous districts of the state. Many years later John Chestnut Blakely, a native of the mountains of Laurel County and Sarah Brown of the Bluegrass region, met and married, and they were the parents of...

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Slave Narrative of Jenny McKee

Interviewer: Perry Larkey Person Interviewed: Jenny McKee Location: London, Kentucky Age: (about) 85 Mrs. Jenny McKee, of color, who lives just North of London can tell many interesting things of her life. “Aunt Jenny” as she is called, is about eighty-five years of age, and says she thinks she is older than that as she can remember many things of the slave days. She tells of the old “masters” home and the negro shacks all in a row behind the home. She has a scar on her forehead received when she was pushed by one of the other little slaves, upon a marble mantle place and received a deep wound in her head. The old negro lady slaves would sit in the door way of their little shacks and play with pieces of string, not knowing what else to do to pass off the time. They were never restless for they knew no other life than slavery. Aunt Jenny McKee was born in Texas though she doesn’t know what town she was born in. She remembers when her mother was sold into the hands of another slave owner, the name of the place was White Ranch Louisiana. Her mother married again, and this time she went by the name of Redman, her mother’s second husband was named John Redman, and Aunt Jenny altho her real name was Jenny Garden,...

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Slave Narrative of Amelia Jones

Interviewer: Perry Larkey Person Interviewed: Amelia Jones Location: North London, Kentucky Place of Birth: Manchester, KY Age: 88 Concerning slaves of this section of the country, I will quote experiences and observation of an old negro lady who was a slave, Mrs. Amelia Jones, living in North London, Kentucky. “Aunt Amelia” as she is known around here is eighty-eight years of age, being sixteen years of age at the close of the Civil War. Mrs. Jones says, “I will tell as best I can remember, I was born eighty-eight years ago in Manchester, Ky. under a master by the name of Daw White. He was southern republican and was elected as congressman by that party from Manchester, Ky. He was the son of Hugh White, the original founder of Whitesberg, Ky. Master White was good to the slaves, he fed us well and had good places for us to sleep, and didn’t whip us only when it was necessary, but didn’t hesitate to sell any of his slaves, he said, “You all belong to me and if you don’t like it, I’ll put you in my pocket” meaning of course that he would sell that slave and put the money in his pocket. The day he was to sell the children from their mother he would tell that mother to go to some other place to do some work...

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Biography of Judge Hezekiah Weaver

JUDGE HEZEKIAH WEAVER was unquestionably one of the ablest and most popular of Shannon County’s judges, and aside from this is a polished gentleman and a worthy neighbor. He is a Blue Grass Kentuckian, born in Laurel County in 1832, and in that county he received his scholastic training. When twenty-two years of age he married Miss Catherine Brock, also a native of Laurel County, Kentucky, and of the eleven children born to this union ten are now living. Mrs. Weaver died in 1890 and the Judge took for his second wife, in August, 1891, Mrs. Mary J. Willbank, and they have one child. After his first marriage Judge Weaver turned his attention to farming. He came to Missouri with his father in 1855, learned the blacksmith’s and wood-workman’s trades and continued this in connection with farming for some time. He first located in Birch Valley, three miles west of Birch Tree, on a branch of Spring Creek, and there farmed until the breaking out of the war. In August, 1861, he joined Woodside’s Home Guards, but later Freeman’s brigade, with which he remained until the close of the war. He was lieutenant in the Home Guards and while in the regular service was detailed to do blacksmithing. He was at Ironton, Pilot Knob, Little Blue, Big Blue and in the open prairie fight. He was also in the...

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Hammack, N. E. Rev. – Obituary

Alder Slope, Wallowa County, Oregon Rev. N. E. Hammack was born in Laural County, Kentucky, August 1, 1850 and died at his home on Alder Slope July 31, 1929, being 79 years old. He was married to Maryann Weaver in early life and to this union six children were born, three of who have passed on. Those surviving are Barbara Hodge, Levisa Braughton of Roseburg and James R. Hammack. Those who have died are William J. Hammack, Mahaleyann Hodge and Margarett Sasser. Mr. Hammack came to Wallowa county in 1902 and settled on Alder Slope which remained his home until he passed away. His first wife died and he was married that year to Fannie Crawford who also passed away in 1923, and in 1924, he was united in marriage with Mrs. M.R. Peden of Weiser, Idaho who survives him. In 1876 Mr. Hammack was ordained a minister of the United Baptist church and preaching the gospel was held by him as a sacred mission to which he would gladly have devoted his time and energy. He was a great student of the Bible and could repeat whole chapters to the edification of his listeners. For several years he gathered all his family about him on his birthday, at the city park, and after the social hour, he delivered a sermon to the group. He had many friends who...

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Hammack, Oscar – Obituary

Alder Slope, Wallowa County, Oregon Oscar Hammock one of Wallowa county’s successful farmers, who with his wife retired from their Alder Slope farm and moved to Enterprise a few months ago, passed away Tuesday evening, August 29, 1967, at Wallowa Memorial hospital where he had been a patient for ten days. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home at the enterprise Community Church. Rev. James e. Jonees will officiate and Rachel Ann sutphin, sololist, will sing. Mrs. Gail Swart will be organist. Internment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be: Ed Quin, Harold wade, Victor Searles, Robert Zollman, Dee Walker, Marion Jordan, Corda Locke, and Burl Kooch, and casket bearers will be Herman and Walter Stein, Kermit Wilson, Mervin Zollman, Jim Stubblefield, and Wayne Locke. Oscar was the son of W.J. and Mary hammack and was born July 18, 1895 in London, Kentucky, coming with his family to Wallowa county in 1903. On March 19, 1921 he was married at Enterprise to Carrie E. Ward who survives him. Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gifford (Vernice) Botts of Enterprise; two sons, Vernon of Enterprise, and Harold of Toppenish, Wash; one brother, Walter od seattle; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Wallowa County Chieftain, August 31, 1967 Contributed by: Sue Wells and Gary...

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Sasser, J. Wesley – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Dies At Home John Wesley Sasser, a retired farmer, passed away at his home in Enterprise Tuesday, March 14, 1967, following several years of ill health. Funeral services will be held at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Lester Wells officiating, and internment will be in the Enterprise cemetery. Time of the services are pending. Son of Abraham and Margaret Sasser, the deceased was born in Laurel County, Kentucky on January 9, 1897, coming to Wallowa county while young. On August 30, 1924 he was married at Enterprise to Pearl Winters who survives him. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Cecil E. of Chicago, and wesley Eugene of Honolulu, Hawaii; one daughter, Mrs. Obie (Calista) Winningham of Lake Oswego; five brothers, Chet of Joseph, Newton of milton-freewater, Joseph of Wallowa, Robert of Elgin, and Foy of New Plymouth, Idaho; three sisters, Mrs. Barbara McCormack of Enterprise, Mrs. Henry (Louisa) Stevens of Tule Lake, Calif., and Mrs. George (Susie) Williams of Klamath Falls, and eight grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain, March 16, 1967 Contributed by: Sue...

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Hodge, Barbara R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Barbara R. Hodge Dies In Enterprise Mrs. Barbara Rachel Hodge, 86, who had been in failing health for several years, died Tuesday, June 3 at her home in Enterprise. Funeral services were today at 2 p.m. at the Enterprise Nazarene church with the Bollman funeral home in charge. The Rev. Don C. McBride officiated and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mrs. Hodge was born in Laurel County, Ky., October 6, 1871, daughter of Rev. Newton E. and Maryann Hammack. She had been a resident of Wallowa County since 1902. She was a member of the Nazarene church. She is survived by her husband, Steve, at the Enterprise home; five sons; Charles, Emida, Ida.; Fred, Bend, Steve, Boise, Ida.; and Evin, of Portland; and five daughters; Mrs. Estella Johnson and Mrs. Lillie Trump, Wallowa; Mrs. LaViss Gray, Lostine; Mrs. Ellen Davis, Enterprise; and Mrs. Nannie Dressler, Portland; also 36 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Source: La Grande Evening Observer, June 6, 1968, Page 8 Contributed by: Sue...

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Benge, DeLora Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died in Union, Saturday, May 26, 1927, Mrs. DeLora Benge, wife of David Benge, age 66 years. She was born at London, Kentucky, March 3, 1861, and came to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1907, where she has since resided. She is survived by her widowed husband and six children: Perry of Los Angeles, Cal., Lee of Strathmore, Cal., Jim, of Emmett, Idaho; Mrs. C. M. Porter and Mrs. E. B. Mires of Union; one niece-Mrs. Isaac Schaffer, of Island City, and 10 grandchildren. She was a devoted wife and mother, a good friend and neighbor and was ever thoughtful of those less fortunate than herself. She was a great sufferer in her last illness but bore all her pain with patience and fortitude. She will be sadly missed by all in her household. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church in Union Sunday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m., services by Rev. Meggers, of La Grande. Special music by the Union choir, prayer by Rev. Lee. A large crowd attended the funeral. Many old friends and neighbors from out of town were ion attendance. Interment in the Union cemetery. 1927 newspaper item Contributed by: Larry...

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Asher, Lou Veda – Obituary

Asher, Lou Veda Prineville, Oregon Lou Veda Asher passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2006 at Ochoco Care Center in Prineville, Ore. She was 90 years old. Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 NE 4th St, Prineville, Ore. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2006 at Missionary Baptist Church, 1870 NW Riverland Loop, Prineville, Ore. Pastor Jack Collier will officiate. Lou was born on July 4, 1915 to Charlie and Lillie (Chestnut) Hibbitts in Long Branch, Ky. After school she married Charles and started a family. She left London, Ky., in 1956 and moved to Prineville, Ore., where she spent the rest of her life. She was a Sunday school teacher and substitute school teacher. She was baptized in the Baptist Church in 1933. She was a member of Old Salem Baptist Church of London, Ky. Her hobbies included cooking, crocheting, playing checkers, gardening, sewing, quilting, horses, hunting deer and telling stories to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include: her sons Mel and Diana Asher of Alfalfa, Ore., and Alvin and Carole Asher of Prineville, Ore.; daughter Billie Jean Smith of Prineville, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers, two sons, Bill and Calvin Asher, husband...

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Laurel County, Kentucky Census Records

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Laurel County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Laurel County Laurel County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Laurel County USGenWeb Archives Project Abe Sasser Cemetery A. R. Dyke Memorial Cemetery Blackwater Cemetery Cemetery Listing for Edmund Chesnut Calebs Cemetery Camp Ground Cemetery Cemetery Hill Chesnut Cemetery Cumberland Memorial Gardens Dixon Sasser Cemetery Eliga Hensley Cemetery Freedom Cemetery Gilbert Cemetery Hale Cemetery Hibbitts Cemetery Hopewell Cemetery Hopkins Cemetery Jones Family in various cemeteries Lichliter Cemetery Monhollen Cemetery Murray Cemetery Merrimac Cemetery Merrimac Cemetery Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mt. Zion Cemetery Norvell Cemetery Old Salem Cemetery Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery Poynter’s Chapel Cemetery Proffitt Family Cemetery Robinson Creek Cemetery Robinson Creek Cemetery Rough Creek Cemetery Salem Cemetery Sasser-Gilbert Cemetery Sasser-Glass Cemetery Spring Bayou Baptist Church Cemetery Scott Cemetery Slate Hill Cemetery Taylor-Blackwater Cemetery Taylor Cemetery Thomas Cemetery Tuttle Cemetery Union Cemetery Walden Cemetery Warren’s Grove Cemetery Weaver Cemetery Young Cemetery Laurel County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Laurel County GenWeb Project A R Dyche Cemetery Campground Cemetery Casteel Cemetery Cumberland Memorial Gardens Felts Church Cemetery Hopkins Cemetery Hopewell Church Cemetery Johnson Cemetery Landrum Cemetery Mt. Carmel Cemetery Mt. Carmel Cemetery Nix Cemetery Pittsburg Cemetery Providence Cemetery Rough Creek Cemetery Laurel County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at The Lineage of  Isaac Jacob Taylor Taylor/Blackwater Cemetery...

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Biography of William Allison Aikman

Aikman Brothers. As farmers, merchants, lawyers and active citizens the Aikman family have been prominent in Butler County for over forty-five years. The father of the Aikman brothers, lawyers and business men at El Dorado, was the late William A. Aikman, who on coming to Kansas in 1871 took up a homestead in Butler County and contributed his share of the heavy work involved in converting the virgin prairies into fertile farms. He was the father of four sons. Granville P. had long been a lawyer of El Dorado and had been distinguished by long and capable service on the bench. C. L. Aikman, the second of the brothers, is also a lawyer, and is now in practice with his brother Judge Aikman. J. S. Aikman is a wholesale merchant at San Francisco, California, while C. A. Aikman is the leading feed and grain dealer at El Dorado. William Allison Aikman was born in Laurel County, Kentucky, a son of John Aikman, a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and grandson of Alexauder Aikman, a native of Scotland who came to America with two brothers before the Revolutionary war. One of these was killed while an American soldier at the battle of Brandywine. John Aikman moved to Kentucky about 1795, and was one of the pioneers in that state, where he spent the rest of his days. William Allison Aikman grew...

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Biography of Christopher Leonidas Aikman

Christopher Leonidas Aikman, who was admitted to the Kansas bar over a quarter of a century ago, had been in practice at El Dorado and much of the time had been an associate of his brother, Judge Aikman. He was born at London, Kentucky, October 22, 1865. He was six years of age when the family came to Butler County, Kansas, and here he attended country schools and the town schools at Augusta and El Dorado. He was also a student in the Fort Scott Normal College at Fort Scott, and for a number of years before entering the legal profession was a successful teacher. He taught at Towanda, Haverhill, Rosalia and White Station. After his admission to the bar in 1889 he was for two years a partner with the late Major Kilgore, of El Dorado. He was then associated with his brother Judge Aikman until 1905, when his brother was elevated to the bench of the District Court. In 1905 C. L. Aikman was elected county attorney of Butler County, was renominated without opposition in 1907 and re-elected, and in 1912 was again given the nomination without opposition, but declined to enter the campaign. In 1915 he and his brother Judge Aikman again formed a partnership. This firm stands in the front rank of lawyers in Southern Kansas. They have a large and profitable clientage, and their...

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Biography of Judge Granville P. Aikman

Judge Granville P. Aikman was born in Laurel County, Kentucky, but had lived in Butler County, Kansas, since early youth. As a boy he attended the London Seminary in Kentucky, one of the most thorough educational institutions of that state. After his parents removed to Butler County he was in the local schools for five years, and then entered the law office of Sluss & Hatten, under whose capable direction he read law. He was admitted to the bar at Wichita and at once began practice in El Dorado. Judge Aikman had since become recognized as one of the ablest representatives of the legal profession in Kansas. Soon after his admission to the bar he was elected judge of the Probate Court of Butler County, being the youngest man ever elected to that office in the county. He filled the position four years, and gave a most careful administration of the delicate and responsible duties of the office. In 1904 Judge Aikman was elected judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District, and was re-elected for two terms, serving altogether twelve years. During that period he contributed some of the best traditions to the Kansas judiciary. Several years ago William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette, said of him: “That his decisions, made necessarily upon the spur of the moment, have been sustained by a reviewing court, after months of...

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