Col. Solomon Sharp was a leader in Kentucky politics in the early 1820’s. He served as a state representative, U.S. Congressman and Attorney General. Upon meeting Ann Cook at a function he was taken aback by her beauty. Her physical qualities and charm commanded the attention of nearly every man who saw her in Frankfort, KY, in the early 1820’s.
Col. Sharp’s power and wealth allowed him to literally sweep the lithesome miss off her feet and into her boudoir. After some time he moved along with his life disavowing any promise or involvement with the heartbroken Miss Cook. Continue reading Ann Cook’s honor→
Many hangings in the era of public executions were in the open air for all to see but some jurisdictions had closed hangings where the scaffold was built inside of an enclosure, building or large box. The hanging of George Gibson and Wayne Powers was of the latter variety.
There were approximately seventy-five individuals in the building on February 6, 1885, including Sheriff Strong, Deputy Cowden, Jailer Beverly, Rev. Walker, Rev. Pannell, Rev. Bellamy, Doctor Morrison, Doctor Patton, additional guards and members of the Gibson and Powers families. Continue reading Not my brother’s keeper (conclusion)→
An estimated three thousand people were in Estillville, Virginia, on February 6, 1885, for the hanging of George Gibson and Wayne Powers. The two men were sentenced to hang for the murder of Will Gibson. Jonas Powers, brother of Wayne Powers, was also sentenced to hang for the murder but his attorneys were successful in winning him a thirty day stay of execution from Virginia Gov. William E. Cameron so he remained in the Scott County jail.
George Gibson and brothers Wayne and Jonas Powers were found guilty of first degree murder in the death of William Gibson in 1884. Both of them shot William Gibson before George stabbed him, taking his life.
After Judge John A. Kelly sentenced the three to hang Virginia Governor William E. Cameron granted Jonas a stay of execution for a month. It was said Jonas left the group before they purchased the liquor and began drinking. There was an ongoing quarrel between William Gibson and Wayne Powers and it escalated after they became intoxicated. It would soon lead to the murder. Continue reading Not My Brother’s Keeper, part 3→
Jonas Powers was the first to be put on trial for the murder of William Gibson. It was during the August 1884 term of the Scott County, Virginia, circuit court in the extreme southwestern Virginia. Judge Kelly presided over the trial that lasted several days. The jury deliberated for approximately 24 hours but failed to agree on a decision and the members were discharged. The cases of George Gibson and Wayne Powers were continued to the November term. Continue reading Not My Brother’s Keeper, part 2→
The marriage of Spencer and Sally Gibson ended in the 1860’s with Sally eventually finding her way to Missouri and Spencer to Alabama. The three children, two boys and a girl, lived with different relatives. The younger two, George and Eliza, lost touch with William, their older brother.
On February 15, 1884, George Gibson left Scott County, Virginia, along with two Powers bothers, Wayne and Jonas, and Joseph Meade. They were bound for West Virginia where they sought employment and a place to settle. Continue reading Not my brother’s keeper→
Daniel Boone contributed a great deal to Kentucky’s early development while becoming an American hero more than 200 years ago. He became a very prominent American at a comparatively young age although he was not aware of it. Boone always remained a simple, quiet, trustful, generous and unsophisticated person.
Many highways, parks, schools, streams, counties, towns and individuals have been named after him. His likeness has been the subject of many paintings and statues. The statue on the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Richmond, is perhaps the best. An exact duplicate of the statue rests in Cherokee Park in Louisville, KY. Continue reading We’re in the heart of Daniel Boone country→
The family of Samuel Davies resided in what is now Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1782. An Indian attacked him by surprise while he was working in the field. He got the better of the encounter and then raced to his cabin to make sure all was well.
As he neared the family dwelling something led him to be cautious. He concealed himself in a nearby field and soon learned that his wife and kids were in danger. There were several Indians in and around the cabin. Davies knew he couldn’t control the situation so he ran five miles to the station of his brother, James Davies, for help. One of the Indians who was somewhat older noticed him and gave chase but Davies had the greater incentive. The Indian stopped and returned to tell his fellow tribesmen. Continue reading Pioneer story with unhappy ending→
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.
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.
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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→
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.
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 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.
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.