Good Reading for Researchers and General Readers
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Books by Maggie Bowling: 

Manchester Memorial Gardens
A comprehensive listing of Clay County’s largest cemetery. Includes name of deceased, birth date, death date, marriage place, and parents’ names. Price: $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.    

1913-1923 Marriage Book
Includes bride and groom’s name, age, license and marriage date, marriage statistics, and parents. Also contains bride index. Price:  $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.   

1924-1934 Marriage Book
Includes bride and groom’s name, age, license and marriage date, marriage statistics, and parents. Also contains bride index. Price:  $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Books by Charles House:
Heroes and Skallywags, The People Who Created Clay County Kentucky
A detailed history of Clay County that sheds light on how the divide between the elite salt barons and the ordinary settlers shaped the character of the county that exists to this day. Soft cover, 331 pages, index, source notes. Price:  $25, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Blame it on Salt
REVISED; NOW WITH INDEX. The first 150 years of an unruly county and some of its people. Clay County history through the lives of an extended family. Soft cover, 320 pages. Price:  $25, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

The Outrageous Life of Henry Faulkner
The life of painter and poet Henry Faulkner, from his traumatic childhood at Falling Timber Branch in Clay County to a flamboyant bohemian existence in New York, Los Angeles, Key West, Sicily, and other far-flung outposts. Soft cover, 312 pages, index. Price:  $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Dickey in Clay
He came, he saw he wrote it all down!
Unrivaled accounts of eyewitness history in Clay County in the late 1800s. Plus interviews withcitizens who's parents were here at the beginning.
Price:  $25, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.


Books by Jess Wilson:   
A Little Bit of This and That.
Soft cover, 155 pages, large print. Price: $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

From Huckleberry to Possum Trot.
Soft cover, 519 pages. Price: $25, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

The Sugar Pond and the Fritter Tree.
Autographed copy! Soft cover, 298 pages, large print. Price: $20, plus $6 shipping/handling: KY residents add 6% sales tax. 

When They Hanged the Fiddler.
Autographed copy! Soft cover, 274 pages, large print. Price: $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

We Also Have: 

Pipes of a Distant Clansman, by Gary Burns. Chronicles the history of a Clay County family from their Scot-Irish roots up through the Revolutionary War and their life in Clay County. Soft cover, 457 pages. Price: $20, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

The Battle of Wild Cat Mountain, by Kenneth A. Hafendorfer. A comprehensive study of the events leading up to the engagement and a detailed description of the Civil War battle with maps, and first-hand accounts. Hard cover, 319 pages, index. Price:  $10, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.     

Pioneers of Beech Creek, Clay County, Kentucky, by Harold O. Goins. Includes Bowling, Combs, Deaton, Depew, Dezarn, Fields, Gambrel, Gilbert, Goins, Hacker, Herd/Hurd, Hibbard, Hounchell, Hubbard, Inyart, Jackson, Jones, Lyttle, Patrick, Samples, Sizemore, Smith, Taylor, and Webb. Includes 600 old photographs. Hard cover, 400 pages, index. Price:  $48, plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.   

Books Printed by the Society: 

A History of Clay County, Kentucky, by Roy White, Editor and Publisher of the Manchester Guardian. Originally published as a series from May-December 1932. Soft cover, 85 pages, index. Price:  Members - $12, OR Non-Members - $14; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

1807-1923 Clay County Marriage Index. Indexed alphabetically by groom and by bride, includes date applied for license, date of actual marriage, and corresponding file box number at County Clerk’s Office. Soft cover, 257 pages. Price:  Members - $20, OR Non-Members - $22; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax. 

Life and Trial of Doctor Abner Baker. Soft cover, 191 pages, large print, index.
Price:  Members - $18, OR Non-members - $20; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

1900 Clay County Census – Vol. 1 OR Vol. 2 
Price:  Members - $18, OR Non-Members - $20; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

1910 Clay County Census – Vol. 1 OR Vol. 2
Price:  Members - $18, OR Non-Members - $20; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

1930 Clay County Census – Vol. 1 OR Vol. 2
Price:  Members - $18, OR Non-Members - $20; plus $6 shipping/handling; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Books by Society Members:

Kentucky Grandmothers:  Sustainable Living, by Linda Roberts Sibley. The author and her mother venture into the woods at the family farm in Clay County to find poke sallet for supper.  This endeavor leads to documenting the plants and trees on the farm, and is a catalyst for Sibley to document the knowledge and skills she learned from her mother and her grandmothers on preserving and preparing foods. Soft cover, 230 pages. Price:  Available from Amazon.com

Pioneers of Beech Creek Cemetery Book, by Harold O. Goins. Includes Little Beech Creek, Harts Branch, Sally Lyttle Branch and Coal Hollow. Price:  Available from www.pioneersof beech creek.com

Available Directly from the Author:

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond Series:
Order directly from:  James E. Welch, 54 Creekstone, London, KY 40741. E-mail:  jwelch@kih.net

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 1. Includes families of Allyon, Burchell, Childs, Collins, Dickinson, Doyle, Eversole, Felty, Finley, Garrard 1, Garrard 2, Harris, Hipshire, Inyard, Keith, Langdon, Laughram, Mooney, Neeley, Price, Rawlings, Root, Sawyer, Sims, Smallwood, Tipton, Wagers 1, Wagers 2, Wolfe 1, and Wolfe 2. Contains 5 maps, 52 pictures, plus Garrard descendant interview. Soft cover, 302 pages. This book is out of print.

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 2. Includes families of Bates, Brewster, Church, Cope 1, Cope 2, Downey 1, Downey 2, Harris, McDaniel, Maupin, Potter 1, Potter 2, Ruth, Sparks, Whitehead, and Wooten.  Contains 8 maps, 117 pictures. Soft cover, 281 pages. Price:  $27, plus $5.60 for priority mail; KY residents add 6% sales tax. 

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 3. Includes families of John and Massa Hacker and their 10 children, but mainly their 4 sons, Samuel, Julius, Claiborne, and Granville Hacker. Contains 5 maps and 16 pictures. Soft cover, 230 pages. Price: $25, plus $5.60 for priority mail; KY residents add 6% sales tax.  

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 4. Includes families of Biggs, Caywood, Corum 1, Corum 2, Cotton, Curry, Depew, Eagle, Gibbs, Hobbs, Hyde 1, Hyde 2, Livingstone, Massey, Redman, Rice 1, Rice 2, Walden 1, Walden 2, Word, & Keith update. Contains 4 maps; 39 pictures. Soft cover, 240 pages. Price: $25, plus $5.60 for priority mail; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 5A & 5B. Includes all the Eversole families in Eastern Kentucky. Two-volume set. Soft covers, 570 pages total. Price: $50, plus $11.20 for priority mail; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 6. Includes families of Brigman, Cheek, Cox, Cupp, Hall, Greer 1, Greer 2, Nicholson, Mayfield, Minton, Moodey, Petree, Stivers 1, Stivers 2. Includes additions/corrections for Vol. 1. Soft cover, 273 pages.  Price:  $26, plus $6.00 for priority mail; KY residents add 6% sales tax.

Clay County Family Roots and Beyond, Vol. 7. Available Summer 2014. Details the three Harris families of Clay County. 

Kentucky Ponders Supplement. 
Order directly from:  Patricia Saupe, 5411 Briarwood Dr., Aurora, IN 47001-3026.
(Note the Kentucky Ponders is out of print.) 367 pages, index. Price: SALE!  $25 ppd. 

John Jay Dickey Diary:
Order from: Janette D. Burke, 2421 Giant Oaks Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Mention Clay County Historical Society with order & Ms. Burke will donate $10 to the Society for each book sold. 

Dickey Diary Reel #3. Transcription of entire reel #3; pages 1593-2556 (963 diary pages); covers December 21, 1895 to July 29, 1898. Soft cover, indexed. Price: $50, includes postage to US addresses; PA residents add 6% sales tax.

Dickey Diary Reel #4. Transcription of entire reel #4; pages 2557-3526 (969 diary pages); covers August 6, 1898 to July 5, 1904. Soft cover, indexed. Price: $40, includes postage to US addresses; PA residents add 6% sales tax.

Index to Manchester Enterprise Obituaries
Order directly from:  Fred L. Davis, 5444 Peterson Lane, Apt. 2020, Dallas, TX 75240

1980-1989 Index - $10;
Individual years:  1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, OR 1995 - $3 each.
(Multiples of individual years: 2 books $5; 3 books $7.50; 4 books $10; 5 books $12.50.)
Also, Index to Sentinel Echo (Laurel Co.) Obituaries, 1990-1994 - $5.




Charles House's new detailed history of the people who created Clay County Kentucky. "In no county in Kentucky was there such a clear line between the elites and the ordinary settlers. The line between the heroes and skallywags was a bit less clear."
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Maggie Bowling's books
He came, he saw, he wrote it all down!
Unrivaled accounts of eyewitness history in Clay County in the late 1800s. Plus interviews with citizens who's parents were here at the beginning.