A barefooted boy with boots on came a shufflin’ down the street
His pants were full of pockets and his boots were full of feet
He was born when just a baby, his grandma’s pride and joy
His only sister was a girl and his brother was a boy.
One day he married a woman who quickly became his wife
Her weight was just 600 and she weighed that all her life
Her head was covered with blonde hair, her mouth was full of tongue
They raised a dozen children all born when they were young.
The youngest was the baby, the oldest was born first
The good one was the best one, and the bad one was the worst.
They never had a worry, they never had a fear.
They knew they had a birthday a-comin’ every year.
They never knew their father’s age but always had a hunch
That he was born before the one that was the oldest of the bunch
And when they died they couldn't speak, their names they couldn't tell
The girls all went to heaven, where the boys went, I won’t tell.


Lou Annie Stewart Amburgey


Lou Annie and Elijah


Lou was born in 1841 and died on February 8, 1921. Footnote She married Elijah Amburgey, a native of Perry County. He was born on January 31, 1838 and died December 31, 1906. He was the son of Robert Amburgey and Elizabeth Fuller of Perry County, Kentucky. Elijah had been a private in the Confederate Army, Company F, 5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry. She was the last located behind the Clearfield Tabernacle on Kentucky Route 519. Around 1870, they moved to Rowan County. They had twelve children: Alexander, William, Rochambeau, Elizabeth, John, Tom, Jasper, Robert, Footnote Mary, Elijah, Annie, Scott and Tishie.


 The following is her obituary: Footnote


Mrs. Lou Anna Amburgey of Clearfield, Kentucky, the widow of Elijah Amburgey, was born in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was married to Elijah Amburgey and this union was blessed with twelve children, eight boys and four girls. Four children, three boys, Alex, William and Rochambeau and one girl Elizabeth and also her husband Elijah Amburgey preceded her in death leaving five boys, John Thomas, Jasper, Elijah and Robert Amburgey and three girls: Mrs. Mary Messer, Mrs. Annie Scott and Miss Tishie Amburgey to mourn her death.


Mrs. Louanna (Stewart) Amburgey, well known as Aunt Lou Anne, departed this life, 8 February 1921. She was of a noted family and the last one living of ten brothers and sisters. Her grandfather, Alexander Stewart, came from Scotland. To know her was to love her. She would ride many miles to lend a helping hand to the sick and afflicted or to speak words of comfort to someone in distress. Aunt Lou Anne is sadly missed by her relatives and many friends, yet we know our loss is great gain. All who knew her appreciated her noble, pure, Christian life. She was a consistent member of the Regular Baptist Church for the past fifty-two years and no member was more devoted to its teachings. She was baptized into the fellowship of the Dry Fork Church of Christy Creek, May the fourth, 1869, by Elder James Stewart, her brother where she lived a faithful member until her death. She was a constitutional member of the Dry Fork Church and the last one of the constitutional members still living. She died in the same faith at the age of seventy-eight years. . . .





Lou Annie Stewart and Elijah Amburgey


                      Alexander Amburgey (1860)


                      Elizabeth Amburgey (1863)


                      Mary Amburgey (1863) married Robert Messer on May 13, 1882.


                      William Amburgey (1864)


                      John S. Amburgey (May 12, 1868 to March 30, 1938). He married Minerva Jane Carpenter (1869-1969). They are buried in the Clearfield Cemetery. Their daughter, Lottie M. Amburgey (1911-1998), married William Harrison ("Willie") McBrayer (1909-1984). They are buried in the Clearfield Cemetery.


                      Thomas Wesley Amburgey (1872)


                      Jasper A. Amburgey (1873-1949) married Hettie Fugate, age 20, on November 10, 1898 at her father's home. He died on September 14, 1949. Hattie died in 1940. They are both buried in the Brown Cemetery, Rowan County. Their daughter, Chloe, 1899-1951, married Vernon Alfrey. Their son, Austin Alfrey, served for many years as the elected county attorney for Rowan County.


                      Darkie Amburgey (1878) On November 13, 1899, she married Jasper Warren, age 24, at her parents' home. She was married by J.M. Collins, a Baptist minister. Witnesses were James Stewart and Lee Carpenter.



Rowan County News

Thursday, August 3, 1995

Longtime attorney, judge Austin Alfrey dies Saturday at 78 -- Austin Newton Alfrey, 78, of 907 Alfrey Heights, Morehead, died Saturday, July 29 at this residence.


He was born Aug. 24, 1916 in Rowan County to the late Chester Vernon and Chloie Amburgey Alfrey. A member of the Kentucky Bar Association which named him Senior Counselor in 1991, he was a practicing attorney for 54 years and was Rowan County Attorney for 12 years. He held the position of City Judge for 12 years until the end of 1977 when the state abolished all police, magistrate and county judge courts to set up the new district court system used today. He received his law degree from the University of Louisville and passed the bar exam in 1947. He set up a general practice in 1948 on the second floor of Bill Hogge's Grocery Store across the hall from another attorney, Harlan Powers.


A graduate of Rowan County High School who attended Morehead State University, he was a Kentucky Colonel and member of the Morehead Masonic Lodge No. 654 and the Church of God. He was a clock collector, woodworker and made organs and furniture as well as refinished furniture.


Surviving are his wife, Lurlene Penix Alfrey, whom he married Oct. 28, 1935; a son, Gene Austin Alfrey of Auburndale, Fla.; three sisters, Opal Barker of Crestline, Ohio, and Nell Phillips and Phyllis Alfrey of Morehead; three grandchildren, Daryl Austin Alfrey, Jeannie Marie Carroll and Leigh Ann Morris; five great-grandchildren, Erin Alfrey, Amanda Alfrey, Michael Austin Alfrey, Tess Marie Carroll and Mariah Teal Morris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Kellner.


Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals with the Rev. Harold Tackett and Dr. Jack Ellis officiating with burial in Lee Cemetery. Pallbearers: Harvey Pennington, Daryl Alfrey, John Cox, Brian White, Barry Janov, Ronnie Barker, Paul Blair, Buddy Salyer, Tom Burns, David Morris and Alpha Hutchinson."


Morehead News, April 13, 2007


Opal H. Barker



Opal H. Barker, 88, died Monday, April 9, 2007 at Crestline Nursing Home, Crestline, Ohio. Mrs. Barker was born in Clearfield, Kentucky on October 14, 1918 to the late Chester Vernon and Chloie (Amburgy) Alfrey. She married Loren Barker on February 28, 1936 and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2005.


She worked for a time at the former O’Neil’s Department Store and loved being with the public. Mrs. Barker was a member of Gospel Baptist Church, Galion. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved needlework. She learned to play the organ in her later years and was passionate about her playing. She loved people. She loved her family and spent as much time with them as possible. She loved the Lord.


She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Judith Barker, Loudon, Tennessee, her granddaughters Janet and Sean Willcox, Denver, Colorado, Jill Barker and Ray Fowler, Naperville, Illinois, three great-grandchildren, Nichole Willcox, Geoffrey Willcox, and Stephen Gutka.


She was preceded in death by her son John Vernon Barker, her brother Austin Alfrey, and three sisters, Virginia Kellner, Nell Phillips and Phyllis Alfrey.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Crestline, with Pastor Fred Bleck officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline.



                      Elijah Amburgey, Jr. (1875-1957) married Dora Foster on August 27, 1901 at her father's home. He is buried in Caudill Cemetery, U.S. 60 East & Kentucky 519.


                      Rochambeau Amburgey (1880)


                      Robert Paris Amburgey (1882) married Lula Bailey.


                      Annie Amburgey


                      Scott Amburgey


                      Tishie Amburgey





1870 Census


116B 61 AMBURGY, Elijah 35 Wh Ky farmer
116B Louanna 30 Wh Ky [STEWART]
116B Alexander 11 Wh Ky
116B Mary 8 Wh Ky
116B William 6 Wh Ky
116B John 3 Wh Ky


Standing left to right are Elbert Amburgey (son of Robert Paris Amburgey) , Louisa Bailey Amburgey (Robert’s wife), Louisa's niece, Delora Elim Brown, and Lester Amburgey (son of Robert and Louisa). Seated is Delora's son, Elbert Byrd Brown. Louisa later had two more sons, Robert and Ernest. This photo was taken near Sedro Wooley, Washington. Louisa's husband, Robert Amburgey worked at a lumber mill in Lyman, Washington. Years after this photo, in 1939, Robert was burned to death when he fell through a hole into the sawdust burner at the mill.

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