|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1828|
Son of Sarah Holbrook and David Boggs. Born near the forks of Blaine, KY. Married Nancy Griffith on 27 Oct, 1852.
"At first they lived in a cabin where some of their children were born, on the south side of the left fork of Caines Creek and just above the forks at the mouth of the hollow behind what came to be called the "oil well bottom" on the farm later owned by Curtis Williams. About 1858 they moved to a tract on Maple Branch a short distance away that they had bought from Nancy's father. There they raised their nine children, and the home they built was still standing but in ruins in 1983. John, a man of average height, had piercing eyes as hard as blue steel. He became bald in middle age and as an old man wore a white chin beard and mutton chop sideburns. A man with a volatile temper, he flew into a rage easily and was stubborn and unyielding. Interested in learning, he bought and read books and kept medical reference works in the corner cabinet of his living room. He also loved birds and kept birdhouses and gourds on poles around the house for martins and bluebirds to use during the nesting season. Industrious and resourceful, he planned well. He was prosperous for his time. He and his brother Randolph Boggs, who lived on an adjoining farm, grew apples for brandy making. They had large, well-cared-for orchards. During the 1880's they ranked among the top five distillers in the county for taxes thay paid on the whiskey they made. John Hamey supported the Union during the Civil War. He enlisted in October 1861, as a private in Captain Walter O. Wood's Co. B., 14th Kentucky Infantry, and was discharged at Loiusa in April 1863. John Hamey's farm might well have exemplified subsistence farming at its best about the time housewives were beginning to use cookstoves for preparing food for their families and to barter at crossroads stores for gingham, calico, and muslin to replace the linsey-woolsey they had been producing on their looms. His rail fences were kept in good repair, his pastures were clean, his meadows were dotted with haystacks, his cribs were filled with corn and his barnlofts with fodder. He had horses and mules, herds of cattle, flocks of sheep, droves of pigs, and the place was lively with the cackling of hens, screaming of geese, and "padderwacking" of guinea fowls. He kept dogs and was especially fond of cats. He had "things hung up" in his smokehouse and was referred to as "a good liver." John Hamey died about 1906 and was buried in the Boggs-Butler graveyard on the ridge begween the heads of Maple Branch and Lick Fork of Cherokee [Creek]."
From Cratis Williams, Tales From Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia.
Nancy Griffith Boggs (1833 - 1902)
Sarah Ann Boggs Williams (1860 - 1950)*
Elizabeth Douglas Boggs Williams (1865 - 1948)*
Martha Boggs Williams (1869 - 1900)*
Created by: Becky Doan
Record added: Jul 13, 2009
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