July 23, 2009

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This article, written by Todd Preston, President of the Magoffin County Historical Society, was taken from the July 23, 2009 issue of THE SALYERSVILLE INDEPENDENT newspaper.

The Salyersville Independent  is a weekly newspaper published and edited by Michael David Prater, P. O. Box 29, Salyersville, KY 41465. Telephone (606) 349-2915.  Yearly subscription rates are $24.00 in Kentucky and $30.00 per year out of state.

            Here it is blackberry pickin’ time and I’m still devoting most of my time to putting the finishing touches on the Wireman log home here in the Pioneer Village.  All we lack is getting the stairway built and I’m not carpenter enough to attempt that project.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Jack Sizemore will get his “vacation” over with and he and Randall Risner can spare another day or so to work down here.  They have “bent over backward” in helping on this project thus far.  When finished, this newest cabin will add a lot to our Pioneer Village. 

            I have also worked on making improvements to our stage area, kept the yards mowed and the flower beds attended to.  My surprise lilies are now in bloom and as Katie Prater would say, “They are bee-u-tee-ful!”

            By the time you read these comments, Dorothy, Connie and Wilma will have the 2nd Journal of the year in the mail to members.  Some printing on new publications has begun and we have also been working on the Manns Clan Founders Days plans so you can see it is a busy time for us.

            Samuel Long inquired about Warren M. Long who was born 21 Apr 1892 in Johnson Co. KY and died 11 Aug 1964 in Columbus, OH.  Mr. Long believes he is buried somewhere in the Salyersville area.

            Warren Long shows in the 1900 Johnson Co. KY census as age 8 in the household of his mother, Martha Long.  She was born Feb 1858, is age 42 and listed as a widow in that census.  Warren is in the 1920 Magoffin Co. KY census, age 26, occupation Jailer.  He married Dora Cooper whose age is given as age 37 in 1920.  In the 1930 census Warren was listed as a restaurant proprietor.

            Warren’s second wife was Hazel Auxier, daughter of Alfred Auxier and Mary Holbrook (Robinson). 

            Jimmie Allen has supplied us with some info about Warren Long.  He and his first wife Dora Cooper lived on Broadway Street here in Salyersville.  In the 1920s they had a restaurant in the old frame Carpenter building.  This building was torn down in 1938 and a new brick building was built back which had the Star Theater in one side.

            Jimmie also tells us that Warren Long was elected Jailer of Magoffin County in 1921 and served from 1922 through 1925. His wife Dora’s brother Lonnie Cooper was elected as Sheriff in 1933 and Warren was the bookkeeper in his office during the term of 1934-1937.  When Carl Cooper was elected Sheriff in 1937 Warren stayed on as Office Deputy to keep the records (from 1938 to 1941).  When Carl was again elected Sheriff in 1949, Warren probably worked some for the Sheriff’s office again.

            We thank Jimmie for supplying us with this information.

            Warren’s burial site is the Holbrook Cemetery beside the Holbrook Church on Rt. 378 on Right Middle Fork here in Magoffin County.

            Dave Litteral (da121@comcast.net) is looking for info on his grandparents, Frank Litteral b. 1857 and his wife Alice b. 1875.  Their children were Milt Litteral b. 1900, Boone Litteral b. 1908 and Howard Litteral b. 1910.

            In the 1900 Magoffin census we find Frank Litteral b. Nov 1856.  He married 23 Nov 1882 to Emaline Litteral and had children Minerva age 16, Charles age 14, Bessie age 11, Eddie age 9 and Ida age 4.

            Bessie married Estill Pennington and Ida married Marvin Picklesimer (I knew them quite well).

            Frank Litteral married second to Alice Stone b. 1875.  I have no info on her.

            Frank was a son of Milton Litteral b. 1834 and served in the Civil War (Co. F, 14th KY Inf.).  Milton married 1st to Minerva Jackson b. 1830 Harlan Co. KY and died in 1871.  Milton next married in 1872 to Rhoda Jackson b. 1850 Harlan Co. KY, daughter of Robert Jackson and Polly Howard.

            Milton was a son of Daniel Litteral and Sally Conley.  He was killed in his yard during the Civil War by Home Guards.  Milton’s father John Litteral served in the War of 1812.

            Kay Anderson (kay5434@windstream.net) whose great-great grandfather was Robert Hoskins wrote to inquire about the authenticity of her ancestor Moses Hoskins being buried at Lakeville.

            This old cemetery was copied about 1978 by Connie Wireman and others, including the late David Risner.  They found “Mo--- Hoskins” d. 25 Nov 1870 and “M. Hoskins” d. 2 Jul 1866.  These were the gravesites of Moses Hoskins and Margaret (Clemons) Hoskins.  Margaret had first married Samuel Helton and had a son Andrew Jackson Helton. 

            The late Raleigh Shepherd, Jr. had purchased new monuments for this cemetery but was not able to get them up to the cemetery before his passing.  A couple of years ago Bob Whittaker, Wendell Hoskins, my son Toddie Preston and I were able to devise a way to get the markers up the hill to the cemetery.

            The 1850 census of Floyd Co. KY shows Moses Hoskins, age 54, b. VA, Margaret age 70, Benjamin age 31, Sarah age 27, Rhoda age 21, Rosanna age 19, Merdia age 7, Rebecca age 5 and Margaret Williams age 4.

            Also, Kay’s ancestor (John) Robert Hoskins age 24 and wife Sarah (Allen) age 28 with children Moses age 3, Emily age 2, and Judy Bayes age 14, lived next door to Moses and his family.

            Moses and Robert both show in the 1860 Magoffin census so my thoughts are that this is your ancestor buried in the old Hoskins Cemetery near the mouth of Bull Creek across the Licking River at Lakeville, KY.

            At our “Manns Clan” meeting Sunday, July 19th we had the following people signing in: Roy “Todd” Preston, Ronnie Mann Jenkins, Hollie Jenkins, Brenda Jenkins, Joe Howard, Ruie Mann Howard, Deborah Mann, Green Mann, Jackie Howard, Dallas Bentley, Kay Bentley, James C. Montgomery, Connie A. Wireman, Cassie Manns Carpenter, Ettazene Manns Montgomery, Dorothy Wireman, Wilma Rimer, Jill Cole, Leola Cole, Imogene Manns Stevens, Melvin Minix, Crystal Collins Ripkoski, Belsey Connelley, Marvin Minix, Ronnie Pelfrey, Charlene Mann Pelfrey, Faye Mann and Mary Ann Minix.  Three of those had July birthdays, Charlene Pelfrey, Brenda Jenkins and Joe Howard. 

            Several of those attending brought in pictures and family information for the Mann/Manns book.  We also worked on the Founders Days program and we are getting close to having it finalized.  We hope to hear from descendants of Reuben Arnett and Sally Mann with updated info on your family.  Anyone with a Mann-Manns ancestor is invited to share your family material and pictures for this planned book.

            Our telephone number is 606-349-1607. You may email us at Magoffin@foothills.net or write to Magoffin County Historical Society, Box 222, Salyersville, KY 41465.

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