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Jim Boy Proctor


This is the story of Jim Boy Proctor, as written by Margaret Susan (Ball) Proctor.  Margaret (b. 1901) was a native of Corydon, KY and married Roger Dixon Proctor of Corydon.  Roger Proctor was the son of Tom Proctor and Anna Laura (Dixon) Proctor.


In  the story, Margaret mentions Tom riding to his grandparents' home and bringing back a small boy. She doesn't mention which set of grandparents he visited, but there are two clues: George Proctor's farm in Waverly was built on Buckman land.  According to Margaret Ball Proctor, their plantation house was in Waverly and they owned 2200 acres of land. The house was built in 1854 of brick made from Union County clay.  A row of servants' cabins was behind the house and 25 spinning wheels were in the attic from a time when everything was made on site. This would have been the closest farm.


Secondly, on Jim-Boy's death certificate, he listed Matilda Buckman as his mother, an indication that she came from this farm rather than a Proctor farm.


Tom Proctor's grandparents were William Proctor & Margaret (Payne) Proctor from Union County and Clement Mudd Buckman & Anna Isabella (Greenwell) Buckman. Anna was the daughter of Louis Greenwell. George N Proctor, father of Thomas Buckman Proctor, lived on Greenwell's land.  


Other family names that Margaret Ball traced were: Ball, Proctor, Dixon, Yarbrough, Turner, Ashby, Clay, Talbott, & Wilson. Many of these were slave owners in NE Kentucky.



According to the 1880 census Jim Boy Proctor was living in the home of George N. Proctor and his family, which included his son Thomas.  At the taking of the 1900 census, Jim Boy is now referred to as Jim Boy Powell.  No census records for 1910 and 1920 has been located for Jim Boy Powell or Proctor.  At the taking of the 1910 census, Thomas Proctor, wife Anna and son Roger are living in Union County.  By 1920, Roger Proctor has married and is then living in Corydon, Henderson County.  Per the death certificate of Jim Boy Powell, he died in 1926 Waverly, Union County.  He is listed as married, but no wife's name is listed.  His parents are listed as Thomas Powell, born Henderson Co. & Matilda Buckman, born Union Co..   The first name of the informant is illegible, it appears to read Mrs. Iris Thomas, but no record of an Iris Thomas in Waverly, Union Count can be located.


1880 Kentucky > Union > Hitesville > District 41
George N. Proctor W M 50 KY KY KY
Mary E. Proctor 47 W F wife KY KY KY
George C. Proctor 24 W M son KY
Charles B. Proctor 18 W M son KY
Elisha E. Proctor 15 W M son KY
Thomas B. Proctor 13 W M son KY
Mary J. Proctor 10 W F dau KY
Ada Proctor 15 B F servant KY KY KY
Jim Boy Proctor 12 B M laborer KY KY KY
Bettie Proctor 7 B F servant KY KY KY
Ann Buckman 67 mother in-law at home MD MD MD


1900 Kentucky > Union > Waverly > District 85 HH 229/230
Thomas Proctor 52 W Head Jul 1867 KY KY KY
Annie L Proctor 25 W wife Jul 1874 IN KY IN
Rodger D Proctor 1 W son Dec 1898 IN KY IN
Neel Dixon 22 B Cropper Dec 1877 IN KY IN
Jim Boy Powell 32 B Hand Aug 1867 S KY KY KY

Death Certificate:

Volume: 1926
Certificate: 14155
Surname: Powell
Given Name: Jim Boy
Date of Death: 30 Mar 1926
Place of Death: Waverly, Union Co., KY
Race or Color: Black
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age of Spouse:
Cause of Death: Flue
Place of Burial: St. Peters Cemetery
Date of Burial: 30 Mar 1926
Occupation: Minor
Date of Birth: 10 Feb 1867
Age: 59
Place of Birth: Henderson Co. KY
Father's Name: Tom Powell
Father's Birth Place: Henderson Co. KY
Mother's Name: Matilda Buckman
Mother's Birth Place: Union Co. KY
Informant: Mrs. Iris? Thomas, Waverly, KY
Undertaker: J. H. Higgins




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