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Harry Gish
RE: Joseph F. Perkins & Kate Halsell
And in addition Jesse Cox was the sheriff of Ballard County (Wickliffe).

No one seems to know how Jesse L. wound up with only one arm, birth defect or accident or ???

But if you look at the pictures of him he was so large and tall that most people would be intimidated anyway.

Opal's younger sister Varlien, lived with them and had a separate entrance to her part of the house.

Now, as I mentioned, those Perkins were not the ones you referred to.

Ezekiel Perkins came to that area after the War of Northern Aggression (very interesting and unusual story about my great grandfather, James Christopher Gish, there. He and my great grandmother, both daughters and my grandparents (including my grandfather's first wife) are buried at the entrance of Oak Grove, the main Paducah cemetery). His wife died fairly soon after arriving there and he remarried Sally Sneed, of the golfing family.

They settled near the intersection of KY 286 (the shortest line between Paducah and Wickliffe) and 358 about midway). Two daughters and three sons. The oldest child/daughter never married. Of the three sons the youngest, Charley, was the father of Opal, Varlien, Willie and Hubert. Hubert's son Glen lives in the area and is one of the largest farmers in the whole area. The middle son King William, died in the 1920's and his sons left the area for Detroit. The oldest son was Lucien Aequil (known as L. A.) and my great-grandfather. He had two daughters, both died early and there are two grand-daughters living in the area (and one deceased grandson). My great Uncle, Casper Lucien) married twice (the first dying of tuberculosis at age 19 and his second wife was a first cousin of hers ... the relatives there are a literal example of "I'm My Own Grandpa".

My grandmother was the youngest of the children, born in 1899. She was my grandfather's second wife, 18 years younger (no children from the first marriage) and my father was their only child.

More than you wanted to know, huh?

Added by Harry Gish on Jun 11, 2011 12:35 PM
Harry Gish
RE: Joseph F. Perkins & Kate Halsell
Well, actually I have more info "down the line".

Jesse Sullivan (one-armed sheriff of Ballard County) was married to my grandmother's (maiden name Lillian Laura Perkins) first cousin Opal Perkins. No children. Opal was oldest child of Charlie Perkins but no relation at all to the Perkins you mention.

I have pictures of many of both families (Sullivan and Perkins). Jesse was named for an uncle who was sheriff before him who was also the city/county doctor!!!

It's probably easier to EMail me direct at

BTW, the current president of the chamber of commerce owns Opal & Jess's house.
Added by Harry Gish on Jun 10, 2011 5:42 PM
Linda Jensen
RE: Thornton Fancher
Hi. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply.
Maggie married James Pinkney Smitherman (1850-1924). She was his second wife. Maggie, JP and Martha "Patsy" Wallace ,his first wife, are buried at Shady Grove, near Centreville, AL. Their son Sim Thorton Smitherman was my great grandfather.
Most of the Smithermans are related. I have heard of Fitts cousins but cant recall how he would fit off the top of my head.
How sad that the original headstones were removed. I agree with you on the loss of the historical data.
I asked one of my cousins in Centreville if she had ever heard any of the older cousins discussing Maggie's father. She is from the Smitherman side so she didnt know anything about the headstone. She has always been told that my great-grandfather was named after his grandfather and they were really picky about the spelling because most people spell it with the additional N. She reminded me of the story of my dad's birth certificate. My father was born at home while my grandfather was in the Navy during WWII. My grandmother told the doctor the name and when my grandfather saw the certificate he was upset because Thorton was spelled Thornton.
I dont know if we will ever have more than family verbal history and documents dictated to others such as the census on the Thorton/Thornton subject.
I have a picture of Maggie and family.
Added by Linda Jensen on Apr 24, 2010 12:49 PM

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