KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - Z

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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

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JONES

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JAMES CLAYBOURN “CLAIBE” JONES, SR. (1825-1914), UNION ARMY, CIVIL WAR.
UNION FEDERAL SOLDIER, TRACKER, SCOUT AND SPY;
KNOTT COUNTY REPUBLICAN JAILER;
NOTORIOUS MOUNTAINEER FEUDIST:
HATFIELD AND MCCOY FEUD, KENTUCKY AND WEST VIRGINIA;
UNDERWOOD AND HOLBROOK WAR, CARTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY;
CLAIBE JONES AND ANDERSON HAYS WAR, KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY;
CLAIBE JONES AND JOHN WRIGHT WAR, KNOTT AND LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY;
CLAIBE JONES AND THOMAS TALTON HALL WAR, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY;
FRENCH AND EVERSOLE WAR, PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY.


JONES, JAMES CLAYBOURN “CLAIBE”, SR. (1825-1914), UNION ARMY, CIVIL WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Arnold Fork, Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky.  Tazewell County, Virginia.  Green River, Adair County, Kentucky.  Magoffin County, Kentucky.  Sinking Creek, Carter County, Kentucky.  Mellensburg, Floyd County, Kentucky.  Ice Creek, Lawrence County, Ohio.  Sandy Hook, Elliott County, Kentucky.  Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Colton, Boyd County, Kentucky.  Monroe, Preble County, Ohio.  Right Fork of Troublesome Creek, Knott County, Kentucky.  Big Branch Creek, Artemus, Knox County, Kentucky.  
DATE OF BIRTH:  14 February 1825, Arnold Fork, Beaver Creek, Floyd County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Rebecca Arnold, who was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and John Jones, who was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee.  Claibe’s parents separated, when he was eight years old.  One of Rebecca’s three sisters married a Chambers, one married a Boyd and one married a Duff.
MATERNAL GRANDFATHER:  John Arnold.
     In his autobiography in Chapter II, Claibe wrote, “My grandfather, John Arnold was a Baptist preacher; he always gave me good counsel, but I was a bad boy ...”
UNCLE:  James Martin.  In his autobiography in Chapter III, Claibe wrote, “I had an uncle, James Martin ...”  
SIBLINGS:  Jackson Jones.  Oscar Jones.
HUNTING DOGS:  Boley and Montaque.
RIFLE:  Ol’ Champee / Ol’ Shampee.
PISTOL:  Ol’ Phoebe.
SPOUSES AND OTHER WOMEN:
~ Miss Epperson.  In his autobiography in Chapter IV, Claibe wrote, “ ... a girl by the name of Epperson ... we married.”
~ Matilda Fisher, mother of Claibe’s daughter
.     In his autobiography in Chapter V, Claibe wrote, “... a man by the name of Fred Fisher, who had an only daughter, Matilda, ... about six months after I left her, she became the mother of a girl baby.”
~ Christianna “Chrissie” “Cresa” Holbrook, married and divorced.  Crissie was the daughter of Nancy Jenkins and Benjamin Holbrook.  Crissie and Claibe’s children were:  Rebecca Elizabeth Jane Jones, John Jones, Susan Docia Jones, William Jones and Dora Lee Jones.
     In his autobiography in Chapter VI, Claibe wrote, “Lee Hall and I went to Letcher County to gamble with Jim Sarver and George Brashear...  My girl’s name was Chrissie Holbrook ... [we] did marry ... she was my third wife ... she became the mother of [my children]...”
     In his autobiography in Chapter VI, Claibe wrote, “I went to live with Captain Bowlin Hall, on Beaver near where I was born, ... who had married my first cousin.”
     Note:  Captain William J. “Bolling Bill” Hall married Florence Jones, daughter of Millie Martin and Claborn Jones, who was born about 1805 in Virginia and not to be confused with James Claybourn “Claibe” Jones (1825-1914), son of Rebecca Arnold and John Jones.
     Source:  1850 Census:  Kentucky, Floyd County, Claborn Jones, age 45, born Virginia; Milly Jones, age 43, born Kentucky.
     Source:  On the same census, in the same county and state, living with his mother was James Claybourn “Claibe” Jones (1825-1914).  Source:  1850 Census:  Kentucky, Floyd County, Rebecca Jones, age 37; James Jones, age 18; Jackson Jones, age 10; Oscar Jones, age 5.   
~ Miss Hanshaw, mother of Claibe’s two sons.                                                                                                                                                  ~ Sceatta “Jennie” Goodman, married in 1881, died circa 1899.
     In his autobiography in Chapter XIV, Claibe wrote, “My mother told me on her death bed, if I ever married again, she wanted me to marry a Miss Goodman, who had waited on her so long.”
     Sceatta was the daughter of Jane Patton and Pleasant Goodman.  Claibe and Sceatta were parted by her death.  The children of Claibe and Sceatta were:  James Claybourn Jones, Jr., Phoebe Myrtle Jones, Joseph K. Jones and Huram Francis “Casey” Jones.  Previous to their marriage, Sceatta had a son, Moses Goodman (1876- ? ), who became Claibe’s step-son and was given the name, Moses Goodman Jones.  After his mother, Sceatta died, Moses helped take care of his half-sister, Phoebe Myrtle, and his half-brothers.   
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  13 October 1862, mustered into Union Federal Army, Company A, Harlan County Battalion, Kentucky Infantry.
DISCHARGE DATE:  13 January 1863, mustered out as 1st Lieutenant, Company A, 14th Kentucky Cavalry.
RANK:  First Lieutenant.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Union Federal Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company A, Harlan County Battalion, Kentucky Infantry, Union Army.  Company A, 14th Kentucky Cavalry, Union Federal Army, American Civil War.
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS, THEATRES:
~ 13 October 1862, Enlisted in the Union Army.                                                                                                                                                   In his autobiography in Chapter VII, Claibe wrote, “A man lived near me by the name of Coburn, who had a son that had joined the Rebel army, and coming home, the old man Coburn reported me as Yankee.  I took to the brush and began dodging for my life.  The Coburns robbed my house, took everything I had and then burned the house and left my wife [Chrissie Holbrook Jones] and children homeless.  I sent my wife to one of her sisters, while I stayed in hiding.  ... I went to Perry County and ... there was a man sent into Perry County by the name of Tom Johnson from the United States Army to raise a battalion of soldiers, and I enlisted with the Federal forces.  We went to work and soon had enough men to organize a battalion.  We met together in Harlan County to organize; Johnson and a Mr. Blankinship were candidates for major.  Blankinship was elected, and we were mustered into the Union army October 13, 1862, and were mustered out of the Harland Battalion January 13, 1863.  I was first Lieutenant under Captain Morgan of Company A.  I was patrolled to do all the accounting, hardly a raid was made without sending for me to get advice.”
~ 1862, Battle of Leatherwood, Cornettsville, Perry County, Kentucky:  Confederate States Army Captain, David Jesse Caudill (1839-1907), son of Rachel Cornett and Elder John A. Caudill, was fighting in Colonel Ben Caudill’s Regiment.  David was wounded in action, when he was shot by Claibe Jones, Union Federal Army Soldier.  Source:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 3 by Clayton R. Cox, copyright 1993. 
~ 13 January 1863, Mustered out as 1st Lieutenant, Company A, 14th Kentucky Cavalry.
~ February 1863, Given an unofficial position of patrolling, scouting and spying for the Union Army.                                                    1872, CONVICTED OF HORSE STEALING, CIRCUIT COURT, BATH COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  became an inmate in the State Penitentiary.

VICIOUS MOUNTAINEER FAMILY FEUDS


1865-1891, HATFIELD – McCOY FEUD, KENTUCKY AND WEST VIRGINIA:  Participated  in the Feud on the Hatfield clan side.
     ~  “The year was circa 1967, and I was walking by the Luttrell house in Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky.  Claibe Jones’ daughter, Phoebe Myrtle Jones Luttrell was in her front yard and engaged me in a serious conversation.  She wanted to know if my mother-in-law was a McCoy from Pike County.  I confirmed that she was a McCoy from Toler in Pike County, Kentucky, who had married a Sammons.  Myrtle became excited and began to talk about the notorious Hatfield – McCoy Feud.  With great pride, she declared, that her father, James Claybourn “Old Claibe” Jones had fought on the side of the Hatfield clan.”  --- Waukesha Lowe Sammons.
1877-1879, UNDERWOOD AND HOLBROOK WAR, CARTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Participated in the Feud.
CIRCA 1885, CLAIBE JONES AND ANDERSON HAYS WAR, KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Participated in the Feud.
CIRCA 1886, CLAIBE JONES AND JOHN WRIGHT WAR, KNOTT COUNTY AND LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Participated in the Feud.                                                                                                                                                                            CIRCA 1886, CLAIBE JONES AND THOMAS TALTON “TALT” HALL WAR, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Participated in the Feud.
1887-1894, FRENCH AND EVERSOLE WAR, PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Participated in the Feud.
21 AUGUST 1891, FILED MILITARY INVALID PENSION:  James C. Jones, Company A, Harlan Battalion, Kentucky Infantry.
CIRCA 1898, SELLING OF HOMEPLACE, KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY:  Clementina Cody Combs and John W. Combs purchased “the old Claib Jones place, a mile up the Right Fork of Troublesome Creek.”  Source:  Joshia Henry Harrison Combs (1886-1960), The Combses Genealogy. 
DATE OF DEATH:  17 November 1914, Warren, Knox County, Kentucky.
BURIAL:  November 27, 1914, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
CEMETERY:  David Yancy Combs Family Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
     ~ After Claibe Jones saved the life of Clinton “Grizzler” Combs, he instructed his son, David Yancy “D. Y.” Combs to always be kind to Claibe.  In honor of his father, D. Y. Combs arranged for transportation from Knox County to Perry County and provided a burial site in his private family cemetery as the final resting place of James Claybourn “Old Claibe” Jones.
~ Kinship:  David Yancy Combs married Mary Brashear, a twin, who was my great-grandaunt.         
SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 3 by Clayton R. Cox, copyright 1993.  Autobiography of Old Claibe Jones, 1915.  Census.  Family Interviews.  Findagrave.  Kentucky County Marriages.  Kentucky Death Record.  The Life of James Claybourn Jones.  The Mountain Eagle, In The Good Old Days, Claibe Jones.  U. S. Civil War Pension Index.  wright-bates.com.    
KINSHIP:  Claibe married Christianna Holbrook, who was my third-great-grandaunt.  Claibe’s granddaughter, Joan Luttrell, daughter of Phoebe Myrtle Jones Luttrell and Charles Luttrell, of Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky, married my maternal uncle, Ulysses Grant Combs, Jr., U. S. Navy, USS SAMUEL S. MILES, World War II.
NOTE:  I placed James Claybourn “Claibe” Jones, Sr. on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.  

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MULLINS

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MULLINS, JOSEPH (1835-1912), UNION ARMY, AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Lower Carr, Knott County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Perry County, Letcher County and Wolfe County in Kentucky.  
DATE OF BIRTH:  16 March 1835, Perry County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Mary “Polly” Everage and Joshua Mullins.
GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Gentry and John “Revolutionary John” Mullins, American Revolutionary War.
SPOUSE:  Lizanna Harris, wed 8 December 1861.
DAUGHTER:  Seatta Mullins (1879-1938) married Thomas Lowe (1876-1950).
GRANDSON:  John Garfield Lowe (1903-1946) married Mary “Polly” Vanover.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  2 October 1861.  26 October 1861.
DISCHARGE DATE:  1 November 1861 at Estill Springs, Kentucky.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company K and D, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry.
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS, THEATRES:
DATE OF DEATH:  6 July 1912, Knott County, Kentucky.
CEMETERY:  Dave Franklin Cemetery, Amburgey, Knott County, Kentucky.
SOURCES: Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Death Records.  Kentucky Marriage Records.
U. S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865.  U. S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865.
NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin-five-times-removed, Joseph Mullins on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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SPANISH AMERICAN WAR

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MILLER

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MILLER, JOHN A. (1879-1962), U. S. ARMY, SPANISH AMERICAN WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky.
DATE OF BIRTH:  11 June 1879, Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Susanna and Thomas Miller.
SPOUSE:  Elizabeth B. Parks.  Leona Faye.
SON:  Berlin Miller, U. S. Navy, World War II.
SON:  Tensil Oliver Miller, U. S. Navy, World War II.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company D, 4th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry, U. S. Army, Spanish American War.
DATE OF DEATH:  1 December 1962, Waynesburg, Lincoln County, Kentucky.
CEMETERY:  Clear Fork Cemetery, Lincoln County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  U. S. Spanish American War Volunteers Index.  Veterans Administration Letter, Feburary 11, 1977, courtesy of dmiller487 on Ancestry.
NOTE:  I placed John A. Miller on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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   SOLDIERS, WHO WERE PLACED IN KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY, WORLD WAR I:

SONS OF REBECCA HALE AND JASPER CORNETT:                
                     ROBERT S. CORNETT, CHINA EXPEDITION, PHILIPPINE WAR AND WORLD WAR I.                           WILLIAM RILEY CORNETT, PHILIPPINE MORO WAR, MEXICAN BORDER WAR, AND WORLD WAR I

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