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Slave Narrative of George Dorsey

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Interviewer: John Forsee Person Interviewed: George Dorsey Location: Owentown, Kentucky Date of Birth: June 16, 1860 Age: 76 Although this article is presented in narrative form and has but few characters, the writer believes it to be an excellent example of life in Owen County sixty or more years ago. With the exception of the grey eagle episode, similar events to these described were happening all over the county. There is no reason to doubt the authenticity of any part of the article. The narrator (George Dorsey, age 76 (negro) Owentown, Kentucky, born in slavery and raised by a white family) bears a good reputation and is intelligent enough to react favorably and intelligently to questions concerning the past. Further interviews concerning more general subjects are planned. “I was born on the 16th day of June, 1860 on the ole poor house farm ’bout two miles from Owentown. My mother yousta tell me I’d be a sleepy head. I didn’t know what she meant by that so finally one day, after I got to be a great big boy, I asked her what she meant. “Well, she says, Chickens that is hatched in June jess stand ’round in the hot sun an’ sleep themselves to death. So, as you was born in June, you’ll jess be...

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Biography of William Warring Gordon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Warring Gordon is now in his second term as chief of police of Kansas City, Kansas. An office fraught with so much importance and complicated with so many difficulties and responsibilities had received an administration from Mr. Gordon which had been a splendid tribute to his tact, forcefulness and efficiency as a public official. Mr. Gordon had spent the greater part of his life as a resident of Kansas and was a successful business man before he was called upon to administer his present office. He was born in Kentucky in Owen County on a farm June 13, 1874. He was the oldest of the four children of Samuel W. and Elizabeth (Warring) Gordon. Both parents were natives of Kentucky. His maternal grandfather, Dr. William Warring, came from Delaware, was a successful surgeon, and served in the Mexican war. Samuel W. Gordon during the Civil war served with the Home Guards. In 1881 when Chief Gordon was seven years old, the family removed to Kansas, locating west of Bonner Springs. Samuel W. Gordon had bought 160 acres of land, and he lived on the old farm until his death. He died in Kansas City, Kansas, October 13, 1894, but was laid to rest in the family burying ground on the old farm. His son Samuel...

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Biography of Thomas M. Walker

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Thomas M. Walker became a resident of Kansas in 1879. He was one of the pioneer merchants at Alton in Osborne County, but from that county his range of interests had become widely extended in recent years. He is now a resident of Atchison, where he had lived since 1901, and is one of the leading business men and bankers in the eastern part of the state. Mr. Walker was born on a farm in Owen County, Kentucky, August 15, 1846. His family became identified with Kentucky when it was a new western state. His grandfather, William B. Walker, was born in England and came to this country with an older brother. In Kentucky he located at Lexington, and became superintendent of the cloth manufacturing plant in which Henry Clay was financially interested. He had learned the trade of weaver at Manchester, England. Thomas M. Walker was the fifth in a family of seven children born to Delville and Lucinda (Sparks) Walker, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Delville Walker was a prosperous farmer. In the issues which grew out of slavery he took a firm stand on the side of abolition and became one of the early members of the republican party. His son, James, fought in the Union army with the Ninth Kentucky...

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Owen County, Kentucky Census Records

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Owen County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Owen County Owen County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Owen County USGenWeb Archives Project Clifton Cemetery Coates Cemetery Doty Cemetery Hancock Cemetery Haydon Cemetery Mussel Shoals Cemetery , East Mussel Shoals Cemetery , West New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Parr Cemetery Pleasant Home Cemetery Owen County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Owen County USGenWeb Project Clifton Cemetery...

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