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Daniel Trabue, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

In Daniel Trabue’s memoirs of his life written in 1827 he told about the oppression of religious freedom in early America. Several Baptist preachers were imprisoned but they continued to preach to large crowds gathered outside to hear them. Eventually the local people persuaded a majority of those on the court to give the imprisoned preachers their bounds. This was an area used for exercise in the courtyard of the jail.

The jailer offered Joseph Anthony and William Webber an opportunity to escape. Continue reading Daniel Trabue, conclusion

Daniel Trabue, part 4 Imprisonment didn’t stop Baptists

Jadon Gibson

In Daniel Trabue’s writings he said he came to the conclusion that pastor John Waller was one of Christ’s ministers and was preaching the true doctrine. He was ten years old when he heard Waller preach in 1770.

“I immediately began praying to God to direct me,” Trabue later wrote in his memoirs.

It is Daniel Trabue’s writings of his life, a period which spanned the exploration, settlement and new statehood for Kentucky, that provided much of the material for this series of articles. Continue reading Daniel Trabue, part 4 Imprisonment didn’t stop Baptists

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Daniel Trabue, part 3

Jadon Gibson

Anabaptists cause an upheaval in early America

We resume our study of the Daniel Trabue family in 1770 “in the new world” as North America was called in that era.

“My parents were very moral and were members of the Anglican Church,” Trabue wrote. “It was the established Church of England and was also the established church of Virginia.”

Trabue wrote about two Baptists, William Webber and Joseph Anthony, who were invited by some of the residents of Chesterfield County to preach among them. Webber and Anthony were members of Lower Spotsylvania Baptist Church in Goochland County, Va., but were not ordained preachers. Continue reading Daniel Trabue, part 3

Daniel Trabue’s ancestors sail to America, part 2

Jadon Gibson

John James Dupuy returned home on the evening before his young wife was to be tortured and put to death in France in the late seventeenth century. Dupuy was the grandfather of James Trabue whose writings provide a glimpse into this time period when many Europeans migrated to early America.

The priest denounced her as a heretic for espousing her belief in Jesus Christ instead of the Catholic Church. He postponed her execution until the following day so that her husband, himself a strict Roman Catholic, might change her mind. Continue reading Daniel Trabue’s ancestors sail to America, part 2

Jadon introduces pioneer Daniel Trabue

Jadon Gibson

Daniel Trabue was born in Virginia, in 1760, and was part of the westward migration of settlers through Cumberland Gap and into the wilderness that would become Kentucky.

In 1827, he wrote about his family before coming to America and gave an accounting of his own life. Trabue’s writings detail a fascinating period of our history and provide an insight into the reasons our forebears came to America.

I am changing some of his words to ones that are commonly used today so that it can be readily understood.

The reign of King Louis XIV, the King of France, started when Louis was 4 years old and continued for more than 72 years, the longest of any monarch in European history. Continue reading Jadon introduces pioneer Daniel Trabue

1904 Train Catastrophe at New Market

Jadon Gibson

The Carolina Special left Chattanooga destined for Salisbury, North Carolina, on September 24, 1904, comprised of four coaches, a combination baggage-mail car and three Pullman cars loaded with 210 passengers. The journey for many of them began in Missouri where they attended the St. Louis World’s Fair.

Engineer G.M. Dick Parrott and conductor Tom Murphy received their orders at the Strawberry Plains station instructing them to continue on the main track. Continue reading 1904 Train Catastrophe at New Market

A rebuttal book to Hillbilly Elegy

Melissa Martin

The Appalachian region, defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, includes 420 counties in 13 states in the United States. All of West Virginia, parts of Kentucky, and parts of Ohio are considered Appalachian.

The story of an Appalachian family was told by J.D. Vance in his 2017 book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis. It will soon become a Ron Howard Hollywood movie.

Many rural readers took offense to Vance’s stereotypical representation. As did Elizabeth Catte—so much that she responded with her own book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. Continue reading A rebuttal book to Hillbilly Elegy

Remembering a Good Friend

Jadon Gibson

While I was thinking about Christmas, New Year’s and giving I recalled an old friend of yesteryear.

Alden Palmer was 84 years old when he died in 1972 but we became friends from our first meeting. I’m sure it was true of most everyone because it would be hard not to like Mr. Palmer.

He had gone to Indianapolis, Indiana, early in the 1900’s, working for $5 a week, before rising from through the ranks to become chairman of the board of Research and Review Service. They specialized in management planning and development. Alden wrote a regular news letter for many years, even continuing after his retirement when he moved near the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. There were many subscribers to his newsletter because of the way he explained modern business practices in a downhome way. He also served as the Indiana insurance commissioner at one time. Continue reading Remembering a Good Friend

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, State Farm® team up to provide state’s free roadside service

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas today announced State Farm as the new sponsor of the state’s highly regarded SAFE Patrol free roadway assistance service – marking the first time a public and private entity have teamed up for the program. The service delivers on KYTC and State Farm’s focus on improving highway safety in Kentucky and has come to the aid of stranded motorists and law enforcement to provide nearly 350,000 assists on major highways throughout the state in the last decade.

Continue reading Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, State Farm® team up to provide state’s free roadside service

The Christmas Wagon Grandpa Rice made for me

Jadon Gibson

My grandparents, Marcellus and Ibbie Rice, were married in the early 1900’s. They acquired a little scrap of land, added to it, nurtured it and built a magnificent two-story house and a large barn on Bull Run Creek, a few miles north of Knoxville. They planted an orchard, built a grape arbor, a springhouse, adding meandering rock walls and it became a showplace for the entire community. Continue reading The Christmas Wagon Grandpa Rice made for me

Duel on the Fishing Shore, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

Col. Leonidas Metcalfe became embroiled in a duel during the Civil War for events beyond his control. In late 1861 he arrested Lt. William Casto and six other southern sympathizers on orders from his superior officer. Casto felt offended by Col. Metcafe after being imprisoned in Fort Lafayette, a federal prison in New York Harbor.

After pledging “to give no aid or comfort to enemies of the United States,” he was released.’ After he returned to Maysville, Kentucky, he promptly challenged Metcalfe to a duel. Col. Metcalfe relayed to Casto, through his friend Isaac Nelson, that he wasn’t under the slightest obligation under code duello the code of duelists, to grant his request. Continue reading Duel on the Fishing Shore, conclusion

Duel on the Fishing Shore

Jadon Gibson

Union Gen. William “Bull” Nelson had Col. Leonidas Metcalfe’s regiment arrest Richard H. Stanton and six other Southern sympathizers in Mason County, Kentucky in 1861. They were charged with aiding and abetting the confederacy and sent to Cincinnati and then transferred to Camp Chase, a federal penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio. A few days later they were sent to Fort Lafayette, a federal prison in the New York harbor. William T. Casto, a former mayor of Maysville, KY, was among those arrested. Continue reading Duel on the Fishing Shore

What’s Thanksgiving all about anyway?

Jadon Gibson

Early colonists celebrated their good fortune of bountiful harvest at the end of the growing and reaping season. It became a festive and religious occasion. Legislators of many states established a day for giving of thanks in following years but the dates were not uniform and it wasn’t celebrated to the same degree.

In 1863 President Abe Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day as a new national holiday. At first southerners looked upon it as a Yankee holiday as it was established at the height of the Civil War. By design the southerners demonstrated their dissension by celebrating Continue reading What’s Thanksgiving all about anyway?

Thanks Veterans! This special story is for you. Sgt. Alvin York, World War I Hero

Jadon Gibson

In the early morning hours of October 18, 1918, American forces in the French forest of Argonne were in a nearly impossible position.

The American offensive was attempting to push through the German defense to the Decauville Railroad, a major supply artery to and from the motherland.

As the sun burned away the morning mist, the “All America” 82nd Division was bombarded by artillery and heavy fire from entrenched German machine guns lining the tops of hills in three directions. Continue reading Thanks Veterans! This special story is for you. Sgt. Alvin York, World War I Hero

Hundredth Anniversary Time to Honor Military Families as Well

Jeff Rubin

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. A day first set aside to honor those veterans who fought in the “Great War.” That designation has evolved over the years. Today, we celebrate all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces rather than only those who fought in war.

On this special anniversary, I’d further propose that such recognition be extended to honor the families of veterans who served, as well. My rationale is simple. Ask any parent whose child was called upon or chosen to serve, in times of peace or times of war. What was that experience like for them? Or, consider those spouses and children who lend backbone and support to those who serve. What is it like for them? How well do they carry the burdens, responsibilities, and experience of military life? Continue reading Hundredth Anniversary Time to Honor Military Families as Well

Consequences of Inaction, an Age-Old Problem

Jeff Rubin

For several years now, I’ve been writing about and speaking to the demographic shift taking place in Kentucky, and the dangers inherent in the consequences of public inaction.  The rapid growth in our aging population (20% of Kentucky’s population is now 60 or older) and those living longer (85-plus is the fastest growing age group) should give those in elective office reason for pause. Yet an outcry to take action, and leadership to sound the alarm is sorely lacking. In fact, the silence is deafening. There are many reasons for the apathy. Continue reading Consequences of Inaction, an Age-Old Problem