MY OLD
KENTUCKY HOME.

 

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
'Tis summer, the darkies are gay,
The corn tops ripe, and the meadows are in bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright;
Bye an bye, Hard Times comes a knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night.

Chorus--Weep no more, my lady, oh weep no more to-day,
We will sing one song for the old kentucky home
For the old Kentucky home far away.
Weep no more, my lady, weep no more to-day,
We will sing one song for the old kentucky home.
For the old Kentucky home, far away.

They hunt no more for the possum or the coon,
On the meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by the old cabin door;
The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow, where all was delight,
The time has come, when darkies have to part,
Then, my old Kentucky home, good night.

Weep no more, etc.

The head must bow, and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the darkey may go,
A few more days and the trouble all will end,
In the field where the sugar cane grow,
A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter 'twill never be light,
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then, my old kentucky home, good night.

Weep no more, etc.


Alexander Stewart and Morgan Thomas Stewart


            Alexander and Martha were married in 1861 when he was thirty-five and she was eighteen. Morgan Thomas Stewart was born in Rowan County on March 24, 1874. He was the fourth son of Alexander and Martha Patton Stewart.


            In 1862, Alexander purchased 50 acres of land from one Newland upon “the Spring Branch of Ball’s Fork of Troublesome,” in Knott County, Kentucky. This track of land was immediately adjacent to land owned by his brother, Jasper Stewart. Alexander thereafter conveyed the land to Thomas Sparkman. See Combs v. Bailey, 68 S.W. 1114, 24 Ky.L.Rptr. 223 (Cr. App. 1902).


Railroad Bridge to Clearfield.

            Alexander, who moved to Rowan County around 1861 from Letcher County with his father, William, owned a large farm on Triplett Creek along the McBrayer Road. His wife Martha was born on May 14, 1842 and died on August 8, 1920.


            On May 2, 1882, Alexander died and was the second person buried in the Stewart Cemetery, McBrayer Road, Clearfield. Alexander and Martha had five sons and two daughters. They were (in addition to Thomas Morgan):

 

                      Nancy Stewart ( January 18, 1861- November 10, 1878) Nancy was the first person to be buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield. Nancy died as a young woman. As she was always afraid of the dark, her father promised her that he would be a shelter over her grave. He built the shelter and it remained for many years in the cemetery.

 

                      William Stewart (1867 - 1920's) As a young man, William moved to the Dallas, Texas area. Ethel Stewart Crager informed the writer that William Stewart died in the early 1920's in Dallas and had a great deal of money. Ethel’s father, Morgan Thomas Stewart traveled to Dallas to see about his brother’s estate after his death. William’s wife was named Lou and they had one adopted daughter, Ethel. Morgan Thomas returned and reported that Lou had apparently inherited all of William’s estate.

 

Alexander Stewart, Born Feb. 16 1826 - Died May 2, 1882

Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield, Kentucky

 

                      Mary Ann Stewart (1869 - 1922) Mary Ann married H. J. (Henry)Littleton (1862-1930) of Carter County, Kentucky on February 15, 1886. They are buried in the Cemetery in Carter County. The son, R. C. Littleton, was a Judge of Carter County.

 

                      Samantha Stewart (1871-1942) married Milt Glover (1864-1911) on June 9, 1889. Ethel Stewart Crager informed the writer that after her husband died, Samantha, a strong woman, went to work at a stave factory and was the only woman to work there. Their children included:

 

                                  Charles Glover (October 10, 1897 to April 22, 1947).

 

                                  Henry Glover (1900-1974) married Stella and had two children, Henry Jr. and Lottie.

 

                                  Claude E. Glover (1903-1944) married Pearl and had one son Claude, Jr. (June 6, 1932 to April 15, 1995).

 

                           Morgan Thomas Stewart (1874-1928). See his section.

 

                      Charles Stewart (1866 - ????) As a young man, Charles moved to the Dallas area. Footnote

 

                      James Anderson Stewart (1877 - 1916) As a young man, James moved to the Dallas, Texas area.     James moved to the Dallas, Texas around 1900. He married Martha Jane Jacobs in 1913. She was born on March 8, 1892 in Ironton, Cherokee County, Texas. She died on August 7, 1979 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. James operated a saloon and cigar store in Dallas, Texas. His wife, Martha Jane, was the daughter of Francis Columbus Jacobs and Mary Jane Reynolds. They are buried in the Grove Hill Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.

 

                                  Lavonia Anita Stewart (September 14, 1914 to September 21, 1997).

 

 

                      Jasper Newton Stewart (November 20, 1880 to November 16, 1906) Jasper married Ada Easterly of Morehead on May 7, 1901. He is buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield next to his sister, Nancy.


Old Clearfield School

Following Alexander’s death, his wife, Martha, married Thomas Markwell (October 8, 17, 1838 to February 10, 1907) on December 12, 1882, the son of Joel Markwell and his wife Esther Evans. They had two children, Maude Eunice Markwell (May 25, 1887 to January 14, 1971). Footnote and Rena Markwell (January 13, 1884 to June 8, 1973). Footnote Both children and their husbands are buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield.


            On December 15, 1895, Morgan Thomas Stewart, age 21, married Mary Jane McClurg who was then only fifteen years old. Mary Jane was born on November 11, 1880. Footnote She was the daughter of Marion and Josie Markwell McClurg of Bluestone, Kentucky. Footnote

 

            The couple lived on a farm located on McBrayer Road adjoining Triplett Creek outside the village of Clearfield. Their farm had been part of the larger farm owned by Morgan’s father, Alexander. She had her first child, Stella, at the age of 16 and her last, Arthur, at the age of 42. She was raising three children by the age of twenty. By all accounts, she was a good mother who worked hard raising crops and her garden which provided the food for her family. Morgan worked as a stone cutter in Bluestone and helped construct several of the old buildings in Morehead. His stone was used in the building at the corner of College and Main Streets occupied by the Battson Drug Store.


            Morgan died at the age of 54 on March 24, 1928 leaving his wife, Mary Jane, with three boys under the age of 12. Mary Jane’s youngest daughter, Mary Ethel, went to work at a laundry in Morehead to make money to help her mother raise her small sons. Although perhaps not very noticeable to her family, a year after Morgan’s death the Great Depression occurred.


            As a result of the limited opportunities provided in the area, most of Morgan’s and Mary Jane’s children left the area for the

job opportunities provided in the north. Morgan, William C., Fred and Arthur moved to Richland County, Ohio, where they all prospered. Jim, after fighting in the Europe in World War II, made a career in the Air Force. Stella after living in the eastern part of Rowan County for many years relocated with her family to Indiana. Only her three children, Lottie, Martha and Ethel, remained in Rowan County.


            Morgan and Mary Jane had thirty-three grandchildren. They included thirteen males and twenty females. The oldest grandchild was born in 1915 when Mary Jane was thirty-five and the youngest was born forty-five years later when she would have been eighty. Their descendants include lawyers, doctors, writers, nurses, educators, social workers, police officers and other government employees, farmers, welders, and mechanics.


            Although the count is not complete , Footnote Morgan and Mary Jane had over fifty-eight great grandchildren. The oldest was born in 1935 and the youngest in 1970. Of the fifty-eight known great grandchildren, thirty-three are males and twenty-five are females. The majority of the great grandchildren live in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Others live, however, in Minnesota, Florida and North Dakota. . Although their descendants are numerous in number, few grandchildren have left male heirs bearing the Stewart name. William Creed Stewart, a great grandchild, (Morgan >William Clarence > Donald Stewart > William Creed) has two sons. These appear to be the only males of the fifth generation to have the Stewart surname.


            Although living in simple, if not poor, surroundings, Morgan Stewart came from an interesting and vibrant family. At the age of twelve, his uncle James S. Stewart, was elected Judge of Rowan County and played a role in the Rowan County Feud. Another uncle, Jasper Byrd Stewart, was a doctor. A first cousin, Dr. Alexander Hamilton Stewart, was a Kentucky senator. Another first cousin, James E. Stewart was also a Kentucky Senator and County Judge of Rowan County. Another first cousin, Alexander T. Stewart, an attorney, married Cora Wilson who founded the moonlight schools.


 

Clearfield Lumber Company, Clearfield

           Morgan was 12 years old when the Martin-Tolliver feud began in Rowan County. The Stewarts were Republican loyalists. It is not known whether they sided with the Republican Martins or the Democrat Tollivers but one would have to assume that most Stewart, to extent that got involved, sided with the Martins. The Tollivers, led by Craig Tolliver, lived in the county’s largest town, Farmers, which had a population of 1,000. Footnote Morehead, smaller than Farmers, had a population of approximately 700. Footnote


           

 

   

            Morgan’s father, Alexander, died two years before the feud began and thus could have played no role in it. His uncle James acted to protect Martin but his actions were without success. As James was a Republican, his aid to the Martins did not test his political loyalties. After the Tollivers took control of the county, he continued as judge and died in 1892.


            Morgan and Mary Jane had the following children:

 

                      Stella Ann Stewart (Martt) (March 8, 1897 to June 23, 1974)

 

                      Lottie Jane Stewart (May) (August 7, 1899 to June 20, 1951)

 

                      Morgan Thomas Stewart (May 28, 1901 to November 1989)

 

                      Rosie May Stewart (January 13, 1904 to April 24, 1915)

 

                          Martha Ellen Stewart (Barndollar) (July 1, 1906 to July 13, 1985)

 

                      William Clarence Stewart (June 24, 1909-June 25, 1999)

 

                      Mary Ethel Stewart (Crager) (March 11, 1911)

 

                      James Milford Mark Stewart (June 27, 1916) Footnote

 

                      Edward Frederick Stewart (February 17, 1919 to December 13, 1969)

 

                      Arthur Richard Stewart (August 6, 1922 to February 23, 1968)


Morgan Thomas died on March 27, 1928. Mary Jane died on February 5, 1947. They and their deceased children (except Edward and Lottie) are buried in the Stewart Cemetery, Clearfield.


The Descendants of Alexander Stewart and Martha Patton Stewart Through their son Morgan Thomas Stewart and his Wife, Mary Jane McClurg  

 

                      Stella Ann Stewart* was born on March 8, 1897 and died on June 23, 1974 in Muncie Indiana. She married Stanley Martt* who was born June 8, 1895 and died on July 23, 1980 in Muncie Indiana. They were married on September 11, 1914 in Morehead, Kentucky. Stanley was the son of Luther H. and Clarinda Harbour Martt. They had nine children. They are:

 

                           Elmer Estil Martt was born on October 1, 1915 in Elkton, Wisconsin, and died on August 15, 1973. On September 7, 1935, he married Geneva Maude Trumbo. She was born on April 17, 1915 in Upper Tygart, Kentucky and died on July 19, 1983. They had ten children. They are:

 

                                    Ezra Frank Martt was born on December 14. 1935. He married Carol Williams on April 28, 1962, in New Castle, Indiana.

    

                                    Rufus Paul Martt was born on June 20, 1937 and died on October 29, 1959, in New Castle, Indiana. He is buried in the Trumbo Cemetery in Carter County, Kentucky.

                                                        

                                    Margaret Martt was born on May 21, 1939. She married Ralph Carr on July 3, 1956 in Indiana.

    

                                    Freda Martt was born on September 5, 1940 and died on May 7, 1998. She married Ernest (Junior) Poe in July 1958 in Indiana.

 

                                    Bonnie Martt was born on March 4, 1942. She married Willie Ferguson on November 18, 1959 in Indiana.

 

                                    Lewis Edward Martt was born on February 16, 1944. He married Luthy Rideour Redmar on June 27, 1965 in Indiana.

 

                                    Oscar Ray Martt was born on November 1, 1947. He married Judy Sears on April 9, 1960.

                                    Robert Martt was born on July 08, 1949. He married Nellanna Bembo on July 30, 1966 in Indiana.

    

                                    Michael Martt was born May 15, 1951. He married Sandra Binford on March 22, 1971 in Indiana.

   

                                    Jay W. Martt was born on November 21, 1952 and died on September 27, 1969, in Henry County, Indiana in an automobile accident.

 

                 Rosa Mae Martt* was born on August 19, 1917 and died on May 06, 1986. She married Robert Conley* who was born on June 12, 1908 and died on March 10, 1986.

 

                 Ezra Morgan Martt* was born on September 5, 1919 and died on November 26, 1931 in the St. Joseph's Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.

 

                 Edward Thurman (Red) Martt was born on August 30, 1921 and died on February 1, 1995. On March 12, 1946, he married Goldie Marie Stevens. They had the following children:

 

                           Edward Leonard Martt was born on December 17, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He married Glennis Tuxhorn on December 8, 1984 in Oklahoma.

 

                           Stuart Wayne Martt was born on January 13, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio. He married Jane Wiseman on August 16, 1975 in Lexington, Kentucky.


 

  

Train crossing old railroad bridge into Clearfield from Morehead.

               Bertha Edith Martt was born on June 8, 1923. On May 27, 1942, she married Walter Joseph Miller. They had the following children:

 

                           Stella Alice Miller was born on December 31. 1943 in Hayes Branch, Kentucky. She married Raymond Gene Wood on August 6, 1965.

    

                           Carol Edith Miller was born on August 17, 1946 in Haldeman, Kentucky. She married Walter Loren (Pat) Flockhart on September 2, 1967.

 

                           Walter Joseph Miller Jr. was born on August 30, 1947 in Salt Lick, Kentucky. He married Mary Catherine Hanen on June 5, 1971.

 

                           Jeannetta Kaye (Nettie) Miller was born on December 6, 1948 and died on May 30, 1961 in Childrens Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

                           Paul David Miller was born on January 9, 1950. He married Elizabeth Kaye on May 31, 1969.

 

                           Marcus Stanley Miller was born on May 22, 1951. He married Suzann Marie Riogh on December 21, 1974.

 

                 Victoria Marie Martt was born on January 11, 1925. On January 25, 1947, she married Oscar Ray Crum. They had the following children:

 

                           Alvena Crum was born on January 5, 1948 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She married Michael Sscunziano on June 23, 1990.

 

                           Oscar Ray Crum was born on February 6, 1950 in Rowan County, Kentucky. He married Denise Terry on August 1, 1986.

 

                 Marjorie Viola Martt* was born July 5, 1926 and died on April 19, 1998. On May 4, 1946, she married Robert Sloan. They had the following children:

 

                           Robert Lee Sloan was born on May 31, 1947 in Muncie, Indiana. He married Sally Jo Phillips in June 1966 in Muncie, Indiana.

 

                           Thomas Morgan Sloan was born on January 26, 1949 in Ironton, Ohio. He married Robin Lynn Greer on December 8, 1995 in Muncie, Indiana.

 

                           Veronice Joy Sloan was born on April 15, 1953 in Muncie, Indiana. She married William David Campbell on August 11, 1979 in Muncie, Indiana.

 

                 Stanley Earl Martt was born on January 13, 1935. He married Judy Marie Clark on November 22, 1956 in Soldier Ky. They had the following children:

 

                    ∙        Jody Earlene Martt was born on July 6, 1958 in Morehead. She married Lt. Col. John Wilson Wiseman II on December 10, 1983 in Lexington Kentucky.

 

                           Ginger Dee Martt was born on March 31, 1961 in Ashland, Kentucky. She married Stephen Christopher Ring on October 20, 1984 in Georgetown, Ohio.

 

                           Jennifer Lee Martt was born on March 31, 1961 in Ashland, Kentucky. She married Michael Duane Miller on June 20, 1981 in Georgetown.

 

                 Doris Aline Martt was born on August 13, 1942. She married Vincent Gay Fournier on December 06, 1968 in Rhode Island.

 

         Lottie Jane Stewart was born on August 7, 1899 and died on June 20, 1951. She married Morton Corde May, a sheriff of Rowan County. Morton was originally from Morgan County and was the son of William Jefferson May and SARAH LACY She and her husband operated the Mountain View Tourist Camp in Farmers, Kentucky. She was an educator and attended Berea College and Morehead State. She was one of the first graduates of the Morehead Normal School. In a June 1934 edition of the Morehead Independent Newspaper, it was stated that “[c]oming to the Sheriff’s office we found the only democratic official in the court house, Sheriff Mort May and a genial gentleman and official we found him to be. Sheriff May was born in Morgan County in 1891 and married W. Lottie Stewart who is now serving as office deputy for her husband. Besides being the only democratic official, Sheriff May enjoys another distinction as county officials go, by being the only ex-service may with a foreign record to have been elected to office in Rowan county. The Sheriff’s war record is something to be proud of. He enlisted in Chicago and served three years with the 15th Calvary, seeing action on the Mexican border and then joined the American Air Forces and saw 18 months service in France. He was assigned to the French air corps and ranked a First Sergeant.”

 

They had one child:

 

Myrtle Viola May was born on May 10, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. She was an educator in Rowan County. She married Morgan Thomas Stewart III. They had one child:

 

                                    Carolyn Ann Stewart was born on April 27, 1953 in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

          Morgan Thomas Stewart* was born on May 28, 1901 and died on October 10, 1989 at the age of eighty-eight. He was a life time employee of the Shelby Tube Company, Shelby, Ohio. He married Anna Ellen Markwell (March 27, 1902 to November 11, 1975) on October 20, 1924.* They had five children. They are:

 

                               Dorothy Mae Stewart was born on August 26, 1926 in Shelby, Ohio. On November 4, 1943, she married Winford Everette Barber, a son of Bertis Staton and Ray Barber. They have six children. They are:

 

      

"World" headquarters of the Morehead and North Fork Railroad, Clearifeld. Unfortunately building is now almost destroyed through neglect.

                              Winfred Everette Barber II, born on March 5, 1945 in Shelby, Ohio, married Sandra Kaye Poth in April 1963 in Mansfield, Ohio. They had two children:

 

                                              Tammy Kay Barber, born May 1, 1964, married Jayme Milo Hout on July 25, 1981. They had one child, Christopher Michael Barber, born on December 18, 1980.

 

She subsequently married Tom Sloat in Shenandoah, Ohio. They have two children.

 

                                                        Ashley Sloat born on August 26, 1989

 

                                                        Sara Sloat born on April 13, 1992

 

                                              Laura Mae Barber, born on December 11, 1971, married Joe McQuillen on April 3, 1991. They have two children:

 

                                                        Zackery McQuillen born on May 13, 1991

 

                                                        Jacob McQuillen born on June 17, 1993

 

In 1975, Winford Everette Barber II divorced Sandra Kaye Poth and he married Mary Elizabeth Houston on November 11, 1976 in Shenandoah, Ohio. They have three children:

 

                                              Amanda Rae Barber born on February 27, 1980

 

                                              Metia Marie Barber born on August 14, 1981

 

                                              Jarrod Everette Barber born on June 9, 1983

 

                                    Jo Ann Barber, born on May 15, 1947, in Shelby, Ohio, married John Wesley Clark on February 12, 1966. They have two children.

 

                                              John Wesley Clark II, born on August 19, 1968, married Joni Willman on June 10, 1995 in Mansfield, Ohio. They have two children:

 

                                                        Devon Rae Clark born on April 15, 1994

 

Grinding Corn

                                                        Emily Kate Clark born on December 21, 1997

 

                                              Mark Everette Clark, born on June 30, 1972, married Yvonne Longood in September 1993 in Mansfield, Ohio. They have two children:

 

                                                        Mason Phillip Clark born on December 28, 1992

 

                                                        Brooklyn Lace Clark born on January 5, 1996

 

                                    Linda Gay Barber, born on February 14, 1951, married Joe Charles Lewis on February 8, 1967 in Mansfield, Ohio. They have two children:

 

                                              Joe Charles Lewis II, born on January 13, 1969, married Jill Marie Sloan on October 19, 1990. They have two children:

 

                                                                 Joe Charles Lewis III born on November 25, 1993

 

                                                                 Paul Lewis born on January 14, 1996

 

                                              Mathew Jason Lewis, born on June 27, 1972, married Carrie Joe Riggenboug, on October 30, 1993. They have two children:

 

                                                        Levi Jordan Lewis born on January 5, 1994

 

                                                        Cameron Alexander Lewis born on May 8, 1997

 

On February 27, 1976, Linda Gay Barber divorced Joe Charles Lewis. On September 20, 1976, she married Paul Jordan. They have no children.

 

                                    Pamala Marie Barber, born on December 12, 1956 in Mansfield, Ohio, married Rodney Simmering on October 3, 1976. She divorced Mr. Simmering on November 7, 1979. They had no children. She married Daniel Barcroft on May 12, 1980 in Mansfield, Ohio. They have two children:

 

                                              Keith Adam Barcroft born on January 2, 1981

 

Stewart Cemetery, founded 1878, Clearfield

                                              Cody Andrew Barcroft born on February 2, 1987

 

                                    Cathy Lynn Barber, born on July 31, 1958 in Mansfield, Ohio, married Gary Eugene Perry on May 21, 1977. They have two children:

 

                                              Gary Eugene Perry II born on October 25, 1977

 

                                              Tonya Lynette Perry born on November 29, 1980

 

                                    Glenn Alan Barber, born on February 10, 1963, in Mansfield, Ohio, married Jacquelyn Kaye Jones on January 23, 1982. They have three children:

 

                                              Nicole Lynn Barber born on June 9, 1982

 

                                              Glen Alan Barber II born on May 22, 1984

 

                                              Christopher Allen Barber born on October 12, 1998.


                   Glenn Alan Barber joined the Marine Corp. on January 27, 1982. He is a Gunnery

                   Retire on 2003.

 

Mary Etta Stewart was born on October 9, 1927 in Shelby, Ohio. She married John Smith on November 25, 1946. They had three children. They are:

 

Robert Eugene Smith born on June 21, 1948

 

David Allen Smith born on July 17, 1949

 

Debra Smith born on April 30, 1953

 

On August 28, 1957, Mary Etta Stewart divorced John D. Smith. She married Kenneth Eugene Sampsel on May 31, 1969 and divorced him on August 26, 1971. On January 25, 1972, she married Jackie Rhodes but subsequently divorced him.

 

Morgan Thomas (Junior) Stewart III was born on April 20, 1929 in Shelby, Ohio, and died on December 11, 1991. He married Myrtle Viola May on August 7, 1951. They had one child:

 

Carolyn Ann Stewart was born on April 27, 1953 in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

                                Corlena Stewart was born on August 17, 1933, in Clearfield, Kentucky. On February 20, 1954, she married William Charles Haskins in Waukegan, Illinois. He died on January 28, 1975. They have four children. They are:

 

                                    Rannae Lyn Haskins, born November 3, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, married Gerald Russel Hardy on November 25, 1972 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. They have two children:

 

                                              Christopher Russel Hardy born on March 16, 1974 in Oscodo Michigan.

 

                                              Jennifer Dawn Hardy born on May 9, 1977 in St. Clemens, Michigan, married DeShone Marvelle Henning on May 16, 1998.

 

                                    Victoria Ann Haskins, born November 23, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, married James Frederick Ferqueron in Mt. Clemons, Michigan on November 3, 1977. They have two children:


                                               Amanda Dawn Ferqueron born on January 5, 1981 in Detroit, Michigan

 

                                              Rebecca Ann Ferqueron born on March 24, 1987

 

                                    Eric Charles Haskins, born on April 1, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan, married Diane Marie Donato on November 6, 1987 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

 

                                    Dawn Marie Haskins, born on February 25, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan, married Paul Henry Lipowski on February 24, 1984 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

 

                               Alberta Fay Stewart was born on January 27, 1936, in Clearfield, Kentucky. On June 18, 1955, she married Harold Arthur Burks in Shelby, Ohio. They have two children. They are:

 

                                    Brenda Darleen Burks, born on December 30, 1958, in Shelby, Ohio, married Edwardo Gomez on August 5, 1978 in Shelby, Ohio. Their marriage was dissolved on April 16, 1979. She married David Carroll Reeves on December 12, 1981 in North Baltimore, Ohio. Brenda has her doctorate in Exercise Physiology and is now employed at the Grand Valley University in Michigan. Brenda and David were divorced on November 11, 1989 and have one child:

 

                                              Stephen David Reeves, born on September 11, 1960 in Goeppingen, Germany.

 

                                    Duane Allen Burkes, born on November 10, 1960, in Shelby, Ohio, married Erin Elizabeth Rehm on June 16, 1984. They were divorced on December 26, 1985. Duane is a dentist specializing in prosthodontics and teaches at the Dental College of Ohio State University.


         Morgan T. Stewart II and Anna Ellen Markwell were divorced in 1943. He married Mottie McClain (July 22, 1899 - December 26, 1991)* She was the daughter of John and Rosa Harris McClain.

 

         Rosie May Stewart* was born on January 13, 1904 and died on April 24, 1915.

 

    

Old Rowan County Courthouse

     Martha Ellen Stewart* was born on July 1, 1906 and died on June 24, 1981. On October 20, 1922, she married William Arthur Barndollar (November 5, 1900 - July 13, 1985). They had five children. They are:

 

Walter Henry Barndollar* was born on January 4, 1924 in Old Fort, Tennessee, and died on August 6, 1976 Batavia, Ohio. He married Thelma Louise Glick. They had six children. They are:

 

                                    Ronald Ray Barndollar was born on June 30, 1945.

 

                                    Richard Lee Barndollar was born on September 7, 1946. He married [Name]

 

                                    Sandra Jean Barndollar was born on January 26, 1950.

 

                                    Roger Daniel Barndollar was born on September 13, 1953.

 

                                    Connie Jean Barndollar was born on January 16, 1961.

 

                                    Pamela Lynn Barndollar was born on October 3, 1968.

 

Robert Edward (Barnie) Barndollar* was born on December 10, 1926, and died on December 8, 1993. On December 23, 1950, he married Tressie Mae Carty of Craft Creek, Kentucky. They had three children. They are:

 

Loretta Barndollar was born on [Month, Day, 1954] She married [Name]. They had two children. They are:

 

Robert Barndollar, Jr. was born on [Month, Day, 1957] He married [Name]? They had one son:

 

                                              Robert Barndollar, III was born on [Month, Day, Year]

 

Rodney Barndollar was born on [Month, Day, 1959] He married [Name]. They had four children. They are:

 

                                Mary Alice Barndollar was born on July 4, 1928 in Old Fort, Tennessee. On July 23, 1950, she married Merle Martin (March 9, 1919 - November 3, 1983).* They had two children. They are:

Karen Martin was born on April 15, 1955. She married Michael Deis. They had [Number] children. They are:

   

Eagle's Nest in Morehead

Michael Martin was born on March 7, 1956. He married Carole Anderson. They had [Number] children. They are:

 

Iris Loretta Barndollar was born on May 29, 1932. On April 20, 1951, she married Roy Tilford Gevedon. They had one child. He is:

 

Frank Dennis Gevedon was born on [Month, Day, Year] He married Lynna Arnett. They had one child:

 

[Names] was born on [Month, Day, Year] She married [Name] They have one child. She is:

 

William Harold (Billy) Barndollar was born on June 7, 1937. On March 16, 1958, he married Geretha Todd. They had two children. They are:

 

Juan Catherine Barndollar was born on November 27, 1959 and married Dan Stuckman and Jeff Yarger.

 

                            Natalie Kay Barndollar was born on January 26, 1965 and married Steven Jenkins.


Train Station, Morehead

Martha was a well-known cook in Rowan County. She worked for many years at the Eagles Nest, a very popular restaurant in Morehead from the late 1930's to the mid 1960's. As reported in an article entitled Morehead Memories - Eagles Nest by Jack Ellis in the April 16, 1999 edition of the Morehead News,

 

The Eagles Nest owners were quick to recognize that the cook was the essential ingredient of food services. It was then they hired Clearfield resident Martha (Stewart) Barndollar. After working for two years as a dishwasher, she replaced Mattie Jones as the cook, and remained for 37 years. When she began her cooking career, she cooked on a coal stove. In order for her to get to work, she walked three miles each way, seven days a week. (Then she had to build a fire and get the old coal cooking range warmed up. After cooking several years she became more financially prosperous and only had to walk half that distance because she hired Ben McBrayer’s Taxi one way each day.

 

Mrs. Barndollar’s two daughters, Alice and Loretta, worked as waitresses in the Eagles Nest during their high school days.

 

Mrs. Barndollar was famous throughout Eastern Kentucky for her cooking and baking. She was particularly known for her homemade pies.

 

On one occasion a TV crew from WSAZ in Huntington stopped to eat lunch at the Eagles Nest. They were so impressed with the food, they wanted to interview the cook on camera. But unlike the Martha Stewart on TV today, Morehead’s Martha (Stewart) Barndollar was shy and refused. However, she did agree for them to take a picture of he holding one of her pies. It was later shown on WSAZ TV in a program highlighting fine regional restaurants.

 

Martha (Stewart) Barndollar became a legend in her own time. After 37 years when the Eagles Nest closed, she opened her own restaurant on Carey Avenue (Old Johnson Boarding House). She was successful in that business for many years. She used to take food that was not sold to shut-ins and poor people. She never let good food go to waste and many who never went to her restaurant had a taste of her home cooking.

 

         William (Bill) Clarence Stewart was born in June 24, 1909 and died ninety years later on June 25, 1999. On December 19, 1931, he married Leoma (Lee) Johnson. Born on September 13, 1915, she was a daughter of Jeff Elbert and Nancy Bell Brown Johnson. Lee died in 2001. They operated Stewart’s Grocery in Shelby, Ohio for many years.

 

Phyllis Ray Stewart was born on May 7, 1933 in Clearfield, Kentucky, died on November 18, 1972 in Celine, Ohio. She married Kar1 Leo Schlotterer on June 7, 1950 in Shelby, Ohio. They had two children. They are:

 

William Lee Schlotterer was born on May 5, 1955. Bill is a medical doctor. William married Debra Kay Hohman on August 23, 1986. They have two children:

 

                                               Carly Winston Schlotterer born on October 14, 1988.

 

                                                                     Benjamin Asher Schlotterer born on May 20, 1990.

 

Phillip Karl Schlotterer was born on November 24, l958. Phillip is a teacher. He married Diane Burger on June 4, 1977 and were divorce on August 23, 1983. They had one child. She is:

 

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Jamie Lynn Schlotterer was born on May 4, 1977. On June 22, 1996, Jaime gave birth to a daughter, Savannah Rae Schlotterer. On September 23, 1998, she gave birth to another daughter, Savannah Audrey Huey.

 

On July 10, 1993, Phillip married Cindy Klosterman. They have two children:

 

                                                          Olivia Lee Schlotterer born on May 26, 1995.

 

                                                               Alex Phillip Schlotterer born on March 25, 1997.

 

Donald (Don) Lee Stewart was born on February 2, 1936 in Clearfield, Kentucky. He married Nancy Lou Jones in Shelby, Ohio. They had two children. They are:

 

William Creed Stewart was born on January 22, 1959 in Shelby, Ohio. He married Sherri Anne Berdanier. They had two children. They are:

 

David Abraham Stewart was born on [Month, Day], 1982).

 

James Andrew Stewart was born on [Month, Day], 1984).

 

Shari Yvette Stewart was born on February 2, 1962 in Shelby, Ohio. She married Paul Afrey in Shelby, Ohio.

 

Donald divorced Nancy Stewart and married Mary M. Stamper on July 19, 1978.

 

Patricia (Patty) Carolyn Stewart was born on April 2, 1942 in Shelby, Ohio. She married Commodore Perry Sexton. They had three daughters. They are:

 

Kelley Rene Sexton was born on January 6, 1962 in Shelby, Ohio. She married Bruce Adams. They have [Number] children. They are:

 

Kimberly Rene Sexton was born on September 25, 1964 in Shelby, Ohio. She married Vincent Raska. They have [Number] children. They are:

 

Kacey Rene Sexton was born on March 3, 1967 in Shelby, Ohio. She married Lee Scott. They have [Number] children. They are:

 

Patty divorced Commodore Perry Sexton and married William Oliver on 16, 1978 in Fremont, Missouri.

 

         Mary Ethel Stewart was born on March 11, l91l. She married Louie Guster Crager.* on June 8, 1929. Louie Crager was born on July 18, 1908 and died on March 6, 1984. Louie was a truck driver for the Lee Clay Pipe Company in Clearfield. Ethel managed two full service gas stations in Morehead during the 1950's and 1960's - the Shell Station and then the Texaco Station, which were both on West Main Street. Louie was the son of William (1874-1924)* and Delilah Crager (1875-1961).*


            My father, James, was the seventh child of Morgan and Mary Jane Stewart. He was born in the Summer of 1916 and at the age of twelve in 1928, his father died. For many, the depression was devastating but in a way it may have helped my father. After the depression began, the federal government created programs to help those in need. My father joined the Three C’s (Conservation Corp.) and learned there was another way of life.

Morehead in 1900

            He lived on the family farm on McBrayer Road near Triplett Creek. Also living at home in 1928 would have been his sister, Ethel, and his two younger brothers, Fred and Arthur.


            After the United States entered the war in December of 1942, my father joined the Army. They allowed him to join although three fingers on his right hand were blown off as a child when playing with a dynamite cap. The family was working on a new well and my father and his brothers found the materials and played. Fortunately, even though his hand was severely injured, his trigger finger and thumb were unaffected and the Army determined that he was fit because he could fire a riffle. During the War, he served in the European campaign. He marched up through Italy into German ending in Berlin. He also worked in reconnaissance for the Army Air Corp. flying on enemy lines.

            

          

Olds Farmers School, Farmers, Kentucky.

  When my father returned to the States, he moved to Shelby, Ohio, where his older brothers, Morgan and Bill lived. Bill had opened a small grocery on Broadway and operated it with his wife, Lee. They were doing quite well. My father joined Bill in the business. He met and married my mother, America Arnett. Known as Mickey to her friends and family, Mickey had also ended in Shelby because her home in Magoffin County, offered no opportunities.


      

      Mickey had been born in 1926 to Wilbur and Liza Carty on Craft Creek in rural Magoffin County. Her father, Wilbur, was from a rather prominent family, the Cartys. Wilbur’s brother was the superintendent of the school system at the time and other brothers and uncles were lawyers and other professionals in the rural community of nearby Salyersville, Kentucky.

 

            Mickey was one of eleven children born to Wilbur and Liza and their first daughter. Her father, Wilbur, was a rather well known Primitive Baptist minister in that area and traveled the county holding revivals. His oldest daughter whom he called Merki from her name America often accompanied him. She found the crowds drawn by the revivals fun even though she did not care for the religious fervor that accompanied these events.

  

People's Hotel (Yellow) and Railroad Station in Morehead around 1910.

          Jane married Tinsley Cloyd and moved to his hometown of Burksville. They eventually had three children, Tinsley, Jr. better known to us as “Tinny.” He was Ethel and Louie’s first grand child and the apple of their eye and provided me with my first real competition and lots of jealousy. Actually, we had great times playing together. Later came Cathy and then Missy.


            Sonny married Wilma Smith. They had three children also. Their oldest, Tammy, a graduate of Morehead State, followed in her aunt’s footsteps and became a nurse. Louie, Jr. or “Little Sonny” to us, became an electrician. Their last child, Cindy, became a great cook and decorator of cakes.


            Fred married Lou Ramey. They had four children, Tommy, Stephen, Melanie and Amanda. Tom and Steve followed their father’s lead and work on gas pipelines. Melanie married and lives in Georgetown, Kentucky. Amanda is now attending Morehead State.


            In the early 1980's my uncle developed cancer. He put up a valiant struggle and with the aid, support and love his family survived until early 1984 when he passed to the next life. He had grown into a gentle and loving man and is missed by all.


            My Aunt Ethel has shown a determination of true grit after her husband’s death. Although she obviously misses him, she moved on with her life and now in 1999 at the age of eighty-eight is still a vibrant and active member of her family, community and church. Known as granny to most folks, she is a superior cook and produces a flower garden each year that is the best. In 1998, we lost Sonny to cancer. It was a painful passage for everyone but particularly my Aunt and Sonny’s immediate family.


            What about my parents? My father remarried twice. He sired three daughters. My mother remarried again and had two boys. Surprisingly, both parents live in Florida about 100 miles from each other.

 

Ethel and Louie had five children. They are:

 

                               Ralph David Crager* (March 23, 1930 to December 31, 1930).

 

                               Georgia Fern Crager was born on November 25, 1931. She graduated from Breckinridge School, attended Morehead State, and received her Nursing degree from the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

                               Norma Jane Crager was born on February 19, 1934. Norma graduated from Breckinridge School and Morehead State. After high school she joined the U.S. Air Force where she met and married Tinsley Morton Cloyd of Burksville, Kentucky. Jane worked for many years as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. They had three children. They are.

 

                                    Tinsley Morton Cloyd II was born on June 28, 1954 in Burksville, Kentucky. He married Debbie

Haldeman School under construction.

Ann Lowery on April 17, 1974.

 

                                    Catherine Delilah Cloyd was born on December 6, 1960 in Burksville, Kentucky.

 

                                    Mellisa Fern Cloyd was born on December 17, 1965. She married Richard Carter on March 11, 1985. They have four children. They are:

 

∙Dewayne Carter was born on March 10, 1986.

 

∙David Carter was born on January 3, 1995.

 

∙Mary Catherine Carter was born on June 2, 1997.

 

                                              .Misty Carter was born on June 2, 1997.

 

                                                             .Cameron Carter was born in 2001.

 

                                                    

                               Louie Is adore (Sonny) Crager was born on March 13, 1936 and died on October 30, 1998. After graduating from the Breckinridge School, he joined the U.S. Air Force and met and married Wilma Faye Smith in Yuma, Arizona. Like his father, Sonny, became a truck driver. He also worked as a mechanic and was a skilled carpenter. They had three children. They are:

 

Tammy Lynn Crager was born on [Month, Day], 1961.

 

Louie Isadore Crager, Jr. was born on December 12, 1961. He married Kathy Hamm. They have three children. They are:

 

∙Tiffany Crager was born on September 25, 1984.

 

∙Beau Elliot Crager was born on September 21, 1988.

 

∙Dakota Crager was born on September 11, 1996.

 

                               Cindy Jane Crager was born on May 2, 1964. She married Bill Copely on August 28, 1988. They have

Baptism in Triplett Creek in 1940.

three children. They are:

 

Samantha Lynn Copely was born on June 3, 1989.

 

∙J.D. Copely was born on March 15, 1991.

 

∙Sabrina Copely was born on March 18, 1997.

 

                               Fred Thomas Crager was born on December 5, 1939. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy. Fred has spent most of life working as a skilled pipe fitter in various locations throughout the United States. He married Loula Bell Ramey. They had four children. They are:

 

                                    Thomas Crager was born on July 24, 1961. He married Sherry Cornett. They had one child. She is:

 

∙Tara Crager was born on May 27, 1984.

 

                                    Mark Steven Crager was born on September 26, 1963.

 

                                    Melanie Ann Crager was born on January 12, 1969. She married Charlie O’Neal. They have one child. She is:

 

                                                          Kaitlyn Marie O’Neal was born on August 16, 1994.

 

Amanda Lou Crager was born on September 27, 1979.

 

Fred divorced Loula Belle Ramey and married Lucinda Thomas.


            My Aunt Ethel is the last of her generation who remained in Kentucky. She is a great story teller and at eighty-eight, she is the matriarch of the extended Stewart family. Bob Sloan, a great writer and grandson of Ethel’s sister, Stella, wrote the following short story about Aunt Ethel. It captures the awe in which the family holds her:

 

Her call was couched in typical Aunt Ethel English: "Bobby Lee, I want you to come down here, " she announced.  "And see what you can do about this water leak."  The voice was authoritative, contained no hint of supplication or entreaty, not even one "please," just expectation I'd load up some tools and go to her little house in Clearfield.

 

Which I did, of course, though I'd rather do most anything than mess with plumbing.  For one thing I don't know much about it.  For another repairing leaky pipes calls for a body the size of a monkey's, and three hands.  There are ways around the three hands business, but I've never figured out what to do about the fact my shoulders are too wide for the crawlspaces under most houses, my hands are over-sized for matching tools to touchy hardware, and my belly too often gets  in the way.

 

Aunt Ethel's "tool kit" consists of four screwdrivers and an under-sized hammer, for driving an endless series of nails in the wall to support photos of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She has all the gizmos and gadgets that mark a serious gardener, but not much of her kit is applicable to leaking pipes.  I collected about fifty pounds of stuff from my garage, tossed it in the truck and headed out. 

 

I left my socket wrenches.  I'd never been on a plumbing job where I needed socket wrenches.  And of course, I needed them ten minutes after I saw the leak. 

 

This isn't about plumbing tools though.  It's about how Ethel reacts  when I come in her house: "Well there's my boy!" she says, grinning as I lean over for a hug.  Ethel's not much more than four feet tall; sitting or standing it's a serious lean over.  I'm one of those fortunates raised and "claimed" by several Appalachian women, who pampered and petted, fed and flattered me so long as they lived.  Once there were half a dozen homes in which I heard "There's my boy," or words to that effect.  Ethel's little house is the last of them.

 

When someone calls me  "Bobby Lee" it's an indication they've known me since before I could tie my own shoes. 

 

It's foolish for a man over fifty to find comfort in being called "a boy," but I do. 

 

Aunt Ethel’s known me since before I wore shoes.

 

"Domestic Science Class" at Dry Creek School. Circa 1915

Ethel and my mother were close, as far back as I can remember.  When Mom died in April of '98, Ethel told of being present at her birth in 1926, a wide-eyed fifteen year old shocked by an older sister's torment, helping as best she could.  "I put the first diaper on your mama that she ever wore," Ethel said, her eyes glistening with immense sadness.

 

She's the last survivor of a big Appalachian family;  her siblings, and the friends of her youth and married life are gone.  Aunt Ethel's a widow of fifteen year's standing, and you know without asking she misses Uncle Louie at every moment, with every breath.  She's buried two of her children (most recently the son who would have taken care of that plumbing problem) and I don't know how many nieces and nephews, all of whom she rocked to sleep as infants.

 

Yet her home is a place of laughter, a warm, fun and funny  place to spend a few hours.

 

Ethel closely follows the lives of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and takes great delight in their steady and constant treks to her house to "look in on Granny."  Sometimes they find the old woman in "her" chair, but this time of year Ethel's more likely to be busy in her kitchen.  Come spring she'll take a hoe worn nearly in half by decades of hard use and turn an immense yard into an Edenic splendor of flowers and shrubs.

 

Took the better part of three days to get that leak fixed.  I'm no plumber, but Ethel knew that when she called. 

 

My wages for time spent were two cakes, two pies still warm from the oven and half a dozen stories, including one about a pint of moonshine Uncle Louie took away from a man at my great grandma's funeral, the year I was born.  Aunt Ethel kept that jar of whiskey, says there's still plenty of liquid in it, but I know better than to ask about looking to see how age effects the taste of corn liquor.  You don't swear and you don't drink in that little frame house in Clearfield. 

 

I'm not writer enough to make up a character like Aunt Ethel. 

 

         James (Jim) Milford Mark Stewart  James, my father, was born on June 23, l9l6. My father lived on the family farm on McBrayer Road near Triplett Creek. Also living at home in 1928 would have been his sister, Ethel, and his two younger brothers, Fred and Arthur.

            After the United States entered the war in December of 1942, my father joined the Army. They allowed him to join although three fingers on his right hand were blown off as a child when playing with a dynamite cap. The family was working on a new well and my father and his brothers found the materials and played. Fortunately, even though his hand was severely injured, his trigger finger and thumb were unaffected and the Army determined that he was fit because he could fire a riffle. During the War, he served in the European campaign. He marched up through Italy into German ending in Berlin. He also worked in reconnaissance for the Army Air Corp. flying on enemy lines.             

          

            When my father returned to the States, he moved to Shelby, Ohio, where his older brothers, Morgan and Bill lived. Bill had opened a small grocery on Broadway and operated it with his wife, Lee. They were doing quite well. My father joined Bill in the business. He met and married my mother, America Arnett in 1946. Known as Mickey to her friends and family, Mickey had also ended in Shelby because her home in Magoffin County, offered no opportunities to women.

      

            Mickey had been born in 1926 to Wilbur and Liza Carty on Craft Creek in rural Magoffin County. Her father, Wilbur, was from a rather prominent family, the Cartys. Wilbur’s brother was the superintendent of the school system at the time and other brothers and uncles were lawyers and other professionals in the rural community of nearby Salyersville, Kentucky.

 

            Mickey was one of eleven children born to Wilbur and Liza and their first daughter. Her father, Wilbur, was a rather well known Primitive Baptist minister in that area and traveled the county holding revivals. His oldest daughter whom he called Merki from her name America often accompanied him. She found the crowds drawn by the revivals fun even though she did not care for the religious fervor that accompanied these events. Jim and Mickey had one child:

 

                                   Louie Mark Stewart was born on July 31, 1947 in Shelby, Ohio.

 

Jim divorced America Carty in 1950 and married Bertha Smith in Duluth, Minnesota in 1957. They had two daughters. They are: 

                               Mary Ellen Stewart was born in 1958 in Dayton, Ohio. She married xxxx Jamison. They had two children. They are:

 

                               Jo Ann Stewart was born in 1961 in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Jim divorced Bertha Stewart and married Yukiko Sakuda (born January 10, 1939). They had one daugher, Kaomi Stewart, born in 1968. She married Luis Allegri. They had two daughters: Natacsha Grace Allegri and Nichole Christine Allegri.

 

         Edward Frederick (Fred) Stewart

was born on February 17, 1919 and died on December 13, 1969. In 1943, he married Leoma White. They had two children:

 
 

                               James Richard Stewart was born on November 11, 1943. He has one son,  James Frederick Stewart who was born on July 23, 1979.

 

                               Bernetta Kay Stewart was born on June 6, 1945. She has two sons: Brian Heath Owens, born on February 23, 1967, and Bradley Stewart Owens, born on July 30, 1971. In 1949, Fred divorced Leoma and married Ann DeDigorio in 1953 and remained married to her until his untimely death. Fred is buried in Manfield, Ohio.

 

         Arthur (Art) Richard Stewart* was born on August 6, 1922 and died on February 23, 1968 in Shelby, Ohio. He worked as a welder.

 

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