Mary Sue Dyehouse
Birth: 6 May 1940
Death: 6 Aug 2016

Mary Sue Adkins Dyehouse, 76, of Middletown, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Kettering Medical Center. She was born in Cisco, Magoffin, Kentucky on May 6, 1940 to parents Kelly and Phebie (Reed) Adkins.

Mary Sue was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Enterprise Baptist Church. One of her greatest joys in life was Buda Night.

Mrs. Dyehouse is survived by her daughter, Terry (Roger) Jones; brothers, Tom (June) Adkins, Russell Adkins, and Denny (Joan) Adkins; sisters, Betty (Jim) Jensen, and Ella (Darewood) Birchfield; grandchildren, Tonya (Steve) Crowder, Dean Russell, Mack (Paula) Stewart, Samantha (Jason) Hoye and Cassie (Todd) Grubb; numerous great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Flora Long.

Mary Sue was preceded in death by her husband, William Peter Dyehouse; daughter, Delores Hammel; brothers, Hassel Adkins, Willie Adkins, and Charles Lee Adkins; sister, Della Ruth Griffith.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm at WILSON-SCHRAMM-SPAULDING FUNERAL HOME, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown with Reverend James Anderson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
~ Yoko Ono

See you soon… Pussy Cat!

Patricia Ann Hazlett, age 66, of Greenwood, South Carolina, died Thursday October 22, 2015 in South Carolina. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 16, 1949 to Erman and Edith (Stamper) Pearson. She was preceded in death by her father, Erman Pearson, mother, Edith Pearson. Patricia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was loved by all her family and friends and she cherished all who knew her, including her dog, Pierre. Patricia is survived by her husband of 43 years Roy Eugene Hazlett, daughter, Kathryn Marie Hazlett; son, Michael Eugene Hazlett; two grandsons, Gabriel Michael Hazlett, Ayden Conner Hazlett; brother, Doyle Pearson and wife Fern, their children, Curtis and Clinton Pearson; sister, Phyllis Moore and her child Ryan Moore; and numerous great nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service is at 11am Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Anderson Funeral Home 1357 E. 2nd St Franklin, OH with Dan Flory officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Humane Society, 239 Wilbanks Cr. Greenwood, SC 29649.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. ~ Henry Drummond

They say confession is good for the soul. I had been working meticulously on my “Cook” lineage on my family tree, non stop, for almost an entire year now. That’s why I haven’t updated my blog. I’ve made many changes & tracked so many people & nothing new.

So with that said, here goes…

Havilah “Viley” Cook (1867-1894) Birth 23 Dec 1867 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA & Death 1 Apr 1894 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA Burial: Cook Cemetery

After 7 long years and hundreds of man-hours logged, to which my husband can attest, I have decided to do the unthinkable. I know that I personally have done as much, to muck up the family tree, as anyone. I also know that if I leave it on Ancestry for a year, everyone will copy it without question. Without a single shred of evidence, on my part, or anyone else’s. I decided that the most logical thing to do was to merge daughter Sarah M Cook with my Maggie Cook. I have double & triple checked every Margaret (every spelling) in 3 counties & states. I know at first glance, it seems like a no-brainer, but her death certificate reads Mother: Marth Hammond. Informant was Reed, Robert – whom I would assume was the undertaker (signed Robbert Reed). You’d think the undertaker would know everybody. Her siblings reported their mothers surname to be “Dunn.”

We all know that our Havilah (1867-1894) was the Grandson of Havilah 1807, by his daughter Elizabeth aka “Viley” married Martha Reed. Witnessed by Louis Reed (which implies some type of kinship) [17 March 1887 Havila COOK Home of *Louis REED Dock SLUSHER J D BAYES, Min Martha REED Ambrose COLVIN ] [1887 Magoffin Co.,KY Marriages]

Unless Martha Reed died immediately after the wedding or she was married to a Dunn immediately after Havilah’s death or any other number of possible scenarios could play out here. IDK! That’s the only way I see her as the same person.

Plot Twist, Martha Ann Cook (1871-1909) died… Death: 16 Apr 1909 in Magoffin, Kentucky – according to her tombstone. So, my question is…. how is she alive & living with the children married to Viley’s brother, John J Cook, a year later April 28, 1910? I know, right?

Daughter: Manerva Cook(1887-1952) Birth 26 Jan 1887 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA & Death 24 Oct 1952 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA married Ben Abbott Adams (1889 – 1960). So far, Manerva has been my favorite person to track.
Name: Manerva Adams
[Manerva Cook]
Death Date: 24 Oct 1952
Death Location: Magoffin, Kentucky, USA
Age: 65
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 26 Jan 1887
Birth Location: Kentucky
Father’s name: Haviliah Cook
Mother’s name: Martha Dunn

Daughter Sarah M Cook. Born in Oct 1889 – now merged (on my tree) with my Margaret Cook Reed. Married William Grats Reed. [26 July 1905 Crate REED at the J N HOWARD Store House Scott HOWARD H G HOWARD, Min Margaret COOK J H HOWARD].
Name: Margret Reed
[Margret Cook]
Death Date: 26 Jan 1912
Death Location: Magoffin, Kentucky, USA
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 20 Oct 1891
Birth Location: Magoffin, Kentucky
Father’s name: Vibey Cook
Father’s Birth Location: Kentucky
Mother’s name: Marth Hamond
Mother’s Birth Location: Kentucky

Son: Fred Cook aka Freadie (1892-1979) Birth 14 Dec 1892 in Elsie, Magoffin, Kentucky, USA & Death 13 Feb 1979 in Morgan, Kentucky, USA married Sarah Margaret Colvin (1893 – 1968).

Son: John Wesley Cook (1894-1925) Birth 18 Mar 1894 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA & Death 4 Mar 1925 in Whitesburg, Letcher, Kentucky, USA married Hester Smith Cook Stacy (1897-1966) [Murdered by his brother-in-law Wm J. Smith.
Name: John W Cook
Death Date: 4 Mar 1925
Death Location: Letcher, Kentucky, USA
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Location: Kentucky
Father’s name: Viley Cook


John J Cook (1865-1938) died 16 Feb 1938 in Magoffin, Kentucky according to his headstone, but I have NEVER found a death certificate listed anywhere for him. Nor, have I found him living anywhere in 1930 & believe me, I have LOOKED!

John J’s 1st wife Mary J “Belle” Tolson Cook [Marriage: 7 July 1887 John COOK Home of I C HOWARD Sofa J SELLERS I C HOWARD, Min Mary J TOLSON Matthew AMYX] is dead, death unknown unassumingly by 1900, since she’s not living with John J. He’s living with the widow Marthy Cook aka Martha Ann Cook & her children – but he claims to be “married” 13 years(accurate). He doesn’t say widow – for whatever reason. John J’s tombstone, which was placed years later; someone has listed Havilah as his father(instead of Grandfather).
John J’s daughter Annie (as listed on his tombstone) has a Social Security Claim record – where he records indicate Mamma Belle is still alive in 1895 & giving birth.
Name: Anna Cook Mattox
[Anna Cook Cook]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 2 Apr 1895
Birth Place: Salyorsville, Kentucky
Father Name: John Cook
Mother Name: Belle Toltson
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Aug 1943: Name listed as ANNA COOK MATTOX

Annie married John Mattox (1895 – 1963) and she died on 26 Aug 1974 in Lawrence, Ohio, USA

John J Cook’s tombstone also indicates a son Cecil – I have never found any record of him either. Unless he is buried in the same cemetery? IDK!

2nd Marriage to Martha Cook [4 February 1902 John J COOK Home of John COOK *Louise HAMMON B G HOWARD, Min Martha COOK Clandy HOOD]
*Witnesses: Louis Reed – Louise Hammon? Similar … Could be?

Two children that have a HUGE question mark in my book & will take DNA to establish lineage, are daughter: Bessie Cook Kemplin (Charlie)(1896-1958) & son: Mallie Cook (1899-1961). Mallie told his children that he was adopted. I’m starting to think Bessie was as well. Bessie was born 10 Jul 1896 in Magoffin, Kentucky, USA. Her SS claim:
Name: Bessie Cook Kemplin
[Bessie Cook Cook]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1896
Birth Place: Magoffin CO, Kentucky
Father Name: John Cook
Mother Name: Martha Dunn
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Dec 1940: Name listed as BESSIE COOK KEMPLIN

Seems clear enough – but Viley died 1 Apr 1894 & Bessie was born 10 Jul 1896. That’s a full two years after his death & two years before John J’s & Martha Cook’s marriage – 4 February 1902. She didn’t fall out of the sky, so she must have been adopted, but by whom? And why?

Daughter to Martha & John J. Cook: Louisa “Louise” Cook Louise Cook (1904-1984) married George Matthew Robinette (1881 – 1945) & Clarence Russell May (1896 – 1980). I love that they buried her in the Cook Cemetery alongside her 1st husband. That’s unusual, but very sweet.

Son to Martha & John J. Cook, Thomas Cook married Ethel Bailey (1913 – 1999).

Now you have what I have, and the reason for my decision. Take a long hard look at the evidence, admittedly circumstantial, at best. You be the judge. See if you come to a different conclusion, please let me know. I’m open to any & all suggestions or corrections.

NOTE: Martha Whitaker Dunn (1870-1964) daughter of David Arnett Dunn & Elizabeth Patrick Dunn. 4th wife of Jeremiah M “Jerry” Dunn (1849 – 1927) 20 February 1899 J M DUNN Home of C C WILLIAMS William PRATER Eli WILLIAMS, Min Martha WHITAKER James BAILEY. Never remarried. The two had 7 known children. Their daughter Margaret Dunn (1908 – 1992) married Clifford Stone. Died in Jackson, Michigan.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks as always,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Stan Adkins Says:

April 21, 2015 at 9:52 am
Hello Cousins.

I will pay $500.00 for a copy of the Adkins family, Beech County to York Book, if anyone has one and is open to selling their copy. (guessing at the correct title). Here’s my contact info:
Stan Adkins

Stan Adkins
Independence, Mo


Beech Fork Lake

History of Beech Fork

Known in agrarian times as “Bean Capital Of The World” because of its abundant harvests, remote Beech Fork and its fertile farms had by the mid-20th century devolved into a “Tobacco Road” cut off from the opportunities of modern development.

Some tombstones in the Park’s Bowen Cemetery date to the 18th century; and family names adorning Civil War graves can be seen on roadside mailboxes even today. Government appropriation of private land for the lake caused rancor among locals with historic land holdings. The Beech Fork strain of Adkins family (appropriately known as “Beech Fork Adkinses”) was largely driven out to the Huntington metropolitan area. So numerous were these displaced persons that townsfolk joked about an “Adkins factory” at Beech Fork which mass-produced persons of the surname. It has also been said that in the last days, “the Jews will go back to Palestine and the Adkinses will go back to Beech Fork.”

I’ve been working long & hard on the whereabouts of Dora Perry’s grave.
I thought I had a sure lead this time, where I had found the paperwork for her sister Fanny aka Vessie West whom married Lacy Bobo Powell. She died very young as well, and Lacy remarried.

I was trying to tie Vassie West Powell to our family tree, with documented proof, but it’s not working as well as I’d hoped.

Vassie was, as I believe, born Fanny West to Berry & Lizzie Daniel West.

Idaho marriage
Name: Vassie West
Marriage Date: 20 Feb 1909
Marriage Place: Ada, Idaho
Spouse: Lacy B Powell

Same County as brother Solomon Job West.

1910 Census
Name: Vassie Powell
Age in 1910: 17
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Kuna, Ada, Idaho
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Lacy Powell
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia

Marvin’s birth certificate says that she was born in Cali, but if I’m right, her parents had only moved to Cali.
Name: Marvin Lacey Powell
Birth Date: 5 Feb 1911
Birth Place: Nampa, Ada, Idaho, USA
Father Name: Lacey Bobo Powell
Father Age: 30
Father Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother Name: Vassie West
Mother Age: 20
Mother Birth Place: California
Certificate Year: 1911
Certificate Number: 273251

Bernard Barton “Berry” West
Birth 5 Mar 1859 in Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Mar 1952 in Winton, Merced, California, USA

Modesto Bee Merced. March 4 1952. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 PM tomorrow at Ivers and Alcorn Chapel for Berry Barton West, 92, of Winton, who died suddenly while rabbit hunting in the Winton Area Sunday. Rev. Earle R. Harvey, Merced Presbyterian Church pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot in Winton Cemetery. West leaves three sons, Thomas J. West of Winton, S. J. West of Elsinore and John M. West of Alhambra; two daughters Mrs. Cynthia J. Kimbriel of Winto and Mrs. Cora S. Newstrom of Los Angeles, and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Elizabeth Daniel
Birth 26 Jan 1864 in Batesville, Habersham, Georgia
Death 10 May 1946 in Merced, California, USA

Known children:

Cynthia “Kezarah” West Kimbriel on her father’s obit it says Cynthia J Kimbriel, but that’s not unusual to have an typo in the paper. My mom’s was really wrong.
1879 – 1970

M. A. “Dora” West
1880 – 1900

Bessie West
1885 – 1900

Solomon Job West
1886 – 1979

John Madison West
1889 – 1982

Vassie Fanny West
1892 – 1920

Thomas Jeptha West
1895 – 1980

Cora Connie West Newstrom
1899 – 1995

I know this isn’t what it shows on a few other trees, but most of it, as far as I can tell, comes from a phone conversation with a girl & her uncle. I’m not challenging that, I’m merely going by what seems reasonable, in my mind. Since the niece states that she had no info on Kezarah or Bessie West, and known daughter Cynthia isn’t listed either on her research, but is on one census with family & with her hubby, that at one point they divorce & then remarry, she’s listed as Cosine. It’s a safe bet that she is in fact Kezarah. I’ll continue to look for legal or gov’t paperwork to prove it.

On the 1900 census mother Lizzie says that she had 8 children, 7 living. Which would be Bessie West has past away, because we know Dora hasn’t given birth to Bessie until November, but I can’t find her & Richard Perry living anywhere in 1900. Since, they did sneak off, it’s almost a safe bet that they didn’t want to be found, but Bessie was born in Van Buren, Newton, Arkansas in 22 Nov 1900, they may have just moved back?!?

Name: Richard Perry
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1877
Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: MA West
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 7 May 1899
Marriage License Date: 3 May 1899
Marriage County: Newton
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1035373

I was hoping to find Vassie’s grave or any info leading to it. All this, in hopes of finding a family cemetery or small graveyard that would possibly have my husband’s Great-Grandmother Dora West Perry buried.
The Older Metcalf’s & Perry’s say that her parents had a lot of money & forbid Richard & Dora to marry. But they did, had one child, daughter Bessie Jane Perry. Dora die in childbirth or from complications thereof & her family moved to Cali. Richard stays in Arkansas, marries a girl, Laney Matilda “Tilda” Davis, from his hometown in Tennessee, then they move to Rockcastle, Kentucky and on to Ohio.

Which seems to be accurate.

I’m still looking for definitive proof!

Because someone we love is in Heaven, there is a little bit of heaven in our home.

Curtis James Metcalf

Birth 17 Feb 1957 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Feb 2015 in Franklin, Warren, Ohio USA

METCALF, Curtis J. Age, 59 of Franklin, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Sycamore Medical Center. He was born December 17, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio the son of James Edward and Ethel Marie (Lamb) Metcalf. Curt was formerly employed with Sycamore Creek Country Club for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Edward Gene Metcalf in 2009. Curt is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie Metcalf; a son, Shawn Metcalf; a daughter, Dianah South; 4 sisters; 2 brothers; 5 grand daughters and 1 grandson.
Funeral service will be Monday 10:00 am at the Anderson Funeral Home 1357 East Second Street, Franklin, with Pastor Dave Bowling officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.

Personal note: Our special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. God Bless.

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