John Milton Boggs
and Nicy Margaret Wheeler

John Milton "Milt" Boggs b 15 Jan 1860 Lawrence Co KY d 21 Dec 1931 Orr, Elliott Co KY; buried Boggs Family Cemetery, Orr, Elliott Co KY; s/o John Robert Boggs and Martha Jane Rudd. John Milton Boggs m. 1 Sept 1881 Lawrence Co KY to Nicy Margaret Wheeler b 9 Aug 1864 Blaine, Lawrence Co KY d 4 Oct 1902 Orr, Elliott Co KY; d/o Daniel Rolen Wheeler and Eliza Graham. Children of John Milton Boggs and Nicy Margaret Wheeler;

1. Mary Leota Boggs b 18 AUG 1882 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 4 Feb 1959 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Beaver Union Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; m. Jan 1900 Elliott Co KY to David Dunbar McGuire b 16 Jan 1880 Johnson Co KY d 21 Feb 1963 McConnellsville, Morgan Co OH; buried Beaver Union Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co KY; s/o John McGuire and Alva Kilby.

2. Thomas Bascom Boggs b 28 JUN 1884 Dobbins, Elliott Co KY d 24 Feb 1961 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa Lawrence Co KY; m. (1) to Susie Pennington b 17 Feb 1884 KY d 20 Jan 1974 Riverview, Wayne Co MI; d/o Andrew Madison "Andy" Pennington and Hannah Terry. Susie Pennington m. (2) to Robert Gillum (aka Gilliam). Thomas Bascom Boggs m. 13 Aug 1903 KY to Martha Jane Clark b 17 Oct 1884 Backbone, Elliott Co KY d 27 Feb 1972 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; d/o James Anderson Clark and Rachel Kitchen.

3. Ida Ellen Boggs b 26 OCT 1885 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 4 Apr 1955 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, Boyd Co KY; m. 7 Dec 1904 KY to Jay H Stewart b 29 Mar 1882 KY d 1 Dec 1951 Gladsden, Etowah Co AL; buried Mt Carmel Cemetery, Cullman Co AL; s/o William David Stewart and Vina Pack. Jay H Stewart m. (2) to May Jerdan. Ida Ellen Boggs m. after 1930 to Morgan Baker

4. John Dallas Boggs b 8 NOV 1887 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 17 May 1917 Orr, Elliott Co KY of tuberculosis; buried 21 May 1917 Boggs Family Cemetery, Orr, Elliott Co KY; m. 5 Feb 1909 to Juda Griffith b 16 Feb 1890 Lawrence Co KY d 13 Sept 1911 Orr, Elliott Co KY of tuberculosis; buried Hensley Cemetery, Lawrence Co KY; d/o James C Griffith and Martha Banks. John Dallas Boggs m. after 1911 to Virgie Kazee b about 1896 KY; d/o Mart Kazee and Martha Unknown. Virgie Kazee m. (1) to Herb Johnson

5. Eliza Jane Boggs b 27 OCT 1889 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 29 Aug 1922 Dry Fork, Lawrence Co KY of pulmonary tuberculosis; buried 30 Aug 1922 Boggs Family Cemetery, Orr, Elliott Co KY; m. 17 Jan 1907 KY to William Perry McNeil b 2 Jan 1881 Buchanan, Tazewell Co VA d 1 Jan 1951 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Dixon Cemetery, Ashland, Boyd Co KY; s/o James Oscar McNeil and Margaret Octiva Brown. William Perry McNeil m. 9 Jul 1923 Catlettsburg, Boyd Co KY to Rosa Mae Yates b about 1905; d/o William Yates and Lottie Conway.

6. Lydia Eva Boggs b 17 SEP 1891 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 4 Sept 1962 Derby, Pickaway Co OH; buried 6 Sept 1962 Pleasant Cemetery, Pickaway Co OH; m. William Sherman Hicks b 23 Mar 1890 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 24 Dec 1965 Downington, PA; buried Pleasant Cemetery, Pickaway Co OH; s/o Hiram Hicks and Julia Ann Kitchen.

7. Rhoda Emma Boggs b 18 AUG 1893 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 26 Aug 1976 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Caudill Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; m. 5 Jan 1910 Elliott Co KY to James Harrison Slone b 24 Sept 1889 Elliott Co KY d 24 Apr 1940 Stockdale, Pike Co OH of sub acute nephritis; buried Caudill Cemetery, Beaver, Pike Co OH; medical information, myocarditis and chronic uremia; s/o Jasper Newton Slone and Mary Elizabeth Bays.

8. Hattie Edna Boggs b 24 AUG 1895 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 17 Aug 1949 Willard, Carter Co KY of breast cancer; buried Pennington Cemetery, Carter Co KY; m. 12 Nov 1912 to James Lafayette Clark b 19 Mar 1890 Elliott Co KY d 10 Feb 1955 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Pennington Cemetery, Carter Co KY; s/o James Anderson Clark and Rachel Kitchen.

9. Daniel Sherman "Sherm" Boggs b 10 OCT 1897 Lawrence Co KY d 18 Feb 1983 Oak Hill, Jackson Co OH; buried Horeb Cemetery, Oak Hill, Jackson Co OH; m. 4 Apr 1915 to Mary Elizabeth Clark b 12 Mar 1898 Elliott Co KY d 9 Sept 1973 Oak Hill, Jackson Co OH; buried Horeb Cemetery, Oak Hill, Jackson Co OH; d/o James Anderson Clark and Rachel Kitchen.

10. Alice Jeanette "Nettie" Boggs b 27 MAY 1900 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 29 Nov 1963 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Ashland, KY; m. 29 Jan 1916 Lawrence Co KY to Carson Blevins b 14 Jan 1895 Lawrence Co KY d 12 May 1972 Ashland, Boyd Co KY of pancreatic cancer; buried Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Ashland, KY; s/o Thomas "Tommy Tucker" Blevins and Margaret Triplett.


John Milton Boggs
and Hattie Pennington

John Milton "Milt" Boggs b 15 Jan 1860 Lawrence Co KY d 21 Dec 1931 Orr, Elliott Co KY; buried Boggs Family Cemetery, Orr, Elliott Co KY; s/o John Robert Boggs and Martha Jane Rudd. John Milton Boggs m. 2 Sept 1903 Orr, Elliott Co KY to Hattie Pennington b 9 Mar 1879 East Fork, Lawrence Co KY d 4 Feb 1966 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Ashland, Boyd Co KY; d/o James Pennington and Phoebe Ison. Children of John Milton Boggs and Hattie Pennington;

1. Hugh Herston Boggs b 3 FEB 1905 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 27 Jan 1980 Ashland, Boyd Co KY of colon cancer; buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland, KY; m. 15 May 1926 Catlettsburg, Boyd Co KY to Nora Mae Wheeler b 8 May 1903 Blaine, Lawrence Co KY d 26 Jan 1982 Atlanta, Fulton Co GA of Alzheimer's Disease and also suffered from Heart Disease; buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland, KY; d/o Amos Harrison Wheeler and Mary Belle "Mollie" Booth.

2. Ruby Erie Boggs b 16 OCT 1907 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 25 Apr 1996 Virginia Beach, VA; buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland, KY (also listed as Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum, Ashland, KY; m. 8 Mar 1925 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY to Horace Greeley Harry Haskell" Thompson b 8 Feb 1904 Lawrence Co KY d 8 Apr 1996 Virginia Beach, VA; buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Ashland KY (also listed is Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum, Ashland, KY; s/o Horace Greeley Thompson and Zilpha Perkins. Children of Horace Greeley "Harry Haskell" Thompson and Ruby Erie Boggs;

i. Helen Claudine Thompson b 27 Oct 1925 Ashland, Boyd Co KY

ii. Phyllis Cleoyn Thompson b 20 Jan 1928 Ashland, Boyd Co KY

iii. Patricia Ann Thompson b 11 Mar 1931 Ashland, Boyd Co KY

Ruby Boggs was the second child of John Milt and Hattie Pennington Boggs. She was born on the family farm on the Lawrence/Elliott County Line. She married Harry Thompson and lived in Ashland, Kentucky for several years before moving to Mansfield, Ohio. Later in life she lived in Virginia Beach to be close to her daughter, and that is where she passed away. Ruby and her daughter Helen were very involved in working on the family tree. Ruby was able to collect a number of family photos and a great deal of information on the Boggs line.

3. Clifford Hursel Boggs b 30 Jan 1911 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 7 Jul 1911 Orr, Elliott Co KY of tuberculosis; buried Boggs family Cemetery, no location given.

4. James Robert Boggs b 4 May 1912 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 11 Nov 1977 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Ashland, KY; m. 4 May 1933 Carter Co KY to Irene Wreathel Howard b 20 Mar 1916 Lawarence Co KY d 14 Jan 1995 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; d/o Thomas Howard and Rosa Thompson.

James Robert Boggs worked at Armco Steel in Ashland. In the early 1930s, Robert and his family lived at 533 Gartrell Street near his brother Hugh. Later on, the family lived at 2205 Crook Street.

5. Norma Jean Boggs b 16 Apr 1914 Orr, Elliot Co KY d 22 Mar 2000 Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; buried Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, Boyd Co KY. Norma Boggs was born on the family farm on the Lawrence/Elliott County Line. She was born with mental retardation but continued to live with her family until they lost the farm. She has resided in a home in South Shore, Kentucky, for a number of years and was once voted the loudest resident. She loved chewing gum! Child of Norma Jean Boggs and Unknown;

i. Haskell Boggs b 15 Oct 1930 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; d 18 Oct 1930 Dry Fork, Lawrence Co KY age 3 days old; of accidental smothering while sleeping in the same bed with his mother. He is buried in the Boggs Cemetery (no location given).

6. Ossie Ezra Boggs b 27 Nov 1916 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 16 Feb 1988 Lexington, Fayette Co KY; buried Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Ashland, Boyd Co KY; m. (1) to Eula Walters b 28 Jul 1920; d/o Vint Walters and Goldie Preston. Ossie Ezra Boggs m. 11 Nov 1937 Wurtland, Boyd Co KY (divorced) to Carol Helen "Carrie" Boggs b 30 Apr 1906 Lawrence Co KY d 7 Feb 2004 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Heaberlin Cemetery, Wurtland, KY; d/o Martin Van Buren Boggs and Hester Ann Thompson. Carol Helen "Carrie" Boggs m. 22 Dec 1978 Boyd Co KY to (2) James I Conley b ? d 29 Oct 2004 Ashland, Boyd Co KY.

Ossie Ezra Boggs was a janitor at Crabbe School on Central Park in Ashland. At some later point in time he moved to Columbus, Ohio. His niece Cleoyn Thompson helped him get an apartment not far from her own. He married Carrie Helen Boggs, a cousin by his uncle James Riley Boggs. They did not have any children of their own, but they did adopt a daughter. Ossie and Carrie liked to play cards and would often visit with his brother Robert and his wife to play.

7. Lena Boggs b 18 Feb 1919 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 12 Jan 2001 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland, Boyd Co KY; m. 26 May 1934 Jean, KY to Charles David Howard b 1 Oct 1914 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 27 Oct 1987 Ironton, Lawrence Co OH of Myocardial Infarction; s/o Thomas Howard and Rosa Thompson.

Lena Boggs was the seventh child of John Milt and Hattie Pennington Boggs. She was a lovely brown haired little girl. Lena was named for the wife of the local Doctor, Lena Thompson. She attended school in Lawrence County, Kentucky, at Providence School. She married Charlie Howard and together they had 10 children, 2 of whom died very young. Charlie and Lena lived for some time in West Virginia before moving to Westwood, Kentucky. They took care of Hattie Pennington Boggs for much of her life. Aunt Lena was a tall woman, standing about 5'10" or so. She loved to compare her heighth to mine to see who was taller. She was very sweet to me and I loved to talk with her. She could remember her mother quilting from frames that hung from the ceiling and being taught how to quilt by her mother.

Charlie Howard was a crane operator at Armco Inc. Ashland Works. He was a member of the Route Five Christian Baptist Church. He was residing at 2012 Houston Street in Ashland, Kentucky at the time of his death.

8. Garnet Louisa Boggs b 12 Mar 1921 Orr, Elliott Co KY; m. 15 Mar 1943 to James Sing Mar b 29 May 1916

Garnet Louisa Boggs and a friend got involved in selling magazines (or books) and moved to the west coast. There she met James Sing Mar and married him. She has lived in Seattle, Washington most of her life. Jim and Louisa had three children - a girl and two boys. Her mother told her that she needed to have another child, and Louisa gave birth to Jamie.

9. Willis Graydon Boggs b 7 Jul 1923 Orr, Elliot Co KY d 17 Apr 1983 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; m. 9 Sept 1942 Grayson, Carter Co KY to Mae Virginia Nelson b 11 Jun 1918 Huntington, Cabell Co WV d 29 Dec 2000 Huntington, Cabell Co WV; buried Zora Cemetery, Milton, WV; d/o Elmer William Nelson and Lola Mae Johnson.

10. Willie Glenn Boggs b 7 Jul 1923 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 17 Dec 2008 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried 20 Dec 20088 Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Ashland, KY; m. (1) to Lalla "Mickie" McGuire. Willie Glenn Boggs m. 23 May 1952 Boyd Co KY to Jessie Jean Johnson. Willie Glenn Boggs m. 31 Mar 1966 Boyd Co KY to Audrey Louise Dalton b 9 Sept 1936 Catlettsburg, Boyd Co KY d 10 Dec 1998 Raceland, Boyd Co KY of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease; buried Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens, Ashland KY; d/o Clarence Dalton and Mildred L McClellan.


John Milt Boggs farmed his whole life. He was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, only a few miles from where he later lived. He married Nicy Margaret Wheeler first. To this union ten children were born. After Margaret became sick, Hattie Pennington stayed with the family to help out. Margaret asked Hattie to stay on after she died to help raise the children. Her youngest child, Nettie Boggs, was only about two years old at the time Margaret died. Older family members believe that Margaret died of cancer. Because she died prior to the requirement of death certificates, I cannot verify this information. After Margaret's death, John Milt married Hattie Pennington and had ten more children, nine of whom lived to adulthood. The second born son, Clifford Hursel Boggs, died when he was only six months old of tuberculosis.

I asked both my Aunt Lena and Aunt Louisa if they could tell me anything about their father. They were both young when he died so they don't have many memories of him. He was apparently quite sick most of the time that they could remember. Specifically, they could recall that the family put him out on the front porch to get fresh air. Aunt Louisa believes that he must have had tuberculosis which was very common in that time.

Gertie Blevins Rice, a granddaughter of John Milt, also recalled that he was very sick for some time. She said that the grandchildren would go out to the front porch and fan him during the summer months while it was hot. She could also recall that there was a large rose bush near the house and that Grandma Hattie used to throw her dish water on it after she had finished the dishes. Gertie said that the bush grew beautiful pink roses.

My Aunt Ruth Davis also has some memories of her grandfather. She can recall a time when he helped her put her shoes on in front of the fireplace. Ruth was only four years old when John Milt died, so these memories are very early for her. She also recalled that he called her "Yellowjacket" because her hair was so blonde.

Another cousin, Beatrice Clark Robinson, could recall that John Milt would gather his little grandchildren around him and would sing to them. He must have enjoyed music, because he bought an organ and had it shipped to Webbville, where he picked it up in the wagon. He wanted his children to be able to play the organ.

John Milt's first house was located just outside of Webbville in Hensley Hollow. The house was a two story log building with a huge fireplace. At some point this house burned down to the ground. John Milt then built a small, two room house further up the ridge, often called the house on the hill. It was in this house that my grandfather, Hugh Herston Boggs, was born. While hunting with my dad many years ago, they came upon a house and sat down to rest on the porch. The house was abandoned at that time. Grandpa asked Dad if he knew where he was and Dad replied that he didn't. Grandpa then pointed to the room behind them and said that he was born in that room.

The fireplace in the original house stood at the same spot after the house burned down. About 20-25 years ago, Gertie Rice Blevin's husband built a cabin very near where John Milt's original house stood. He and his sons-in-law gathered the stones from the fireplace and brought them to the new cabin. They set the stones in place and used the fireplace only a few times. According to Gertie, the draft from the fireplace is so great that is makes the room very cold! The hearth and opening for the fireplace are nearly six feet wide. While this seems rather huge for modern buildings, it is important to remember that the family likely did all of its cooking and some of the wash on that hearth.

John Milt died in the winter time, when the roads to his farm were not passable. A funeral was held some months later when the leaves started to sprout, often called a "green funeral." A granddaughter could recall the funeral, although she was only about six years old at the time, and that there were a large number of sweat bees.

A small article that appeared in the Big Sandy News on January 1, 1932, reads as follows:
In Memory
In remembrance of our dear husband and father, J. M. Boggs, who departed this life Dec. 21, 1931, at the age of 71 years. He leaves beside his widow seventeen children, fifty-six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. He had been in ill health for a year and all was done for him that loving hands could do.
A precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.
The Family

Another article appeared on January 22, 1932, that reads:
In Memory
In memory of my dear husband, J. M. Boggs. It pleased God to remove from our presence to that city beyond death's sea. He was born January 15, 1860, and spent 27 happy birthdays with me. But all that left me now is his bright smile and sweet presence since January 15, 1932, is the empty aching void and the vacant chair. But I know his presence is with Jesus and the angels in that city beyond death's sea, where many more birthday will come and go.
His Wife

After John Milt died, Hattie was not able to keep the farm. John Milt died during the Great Depression, so there was no money to help her keep the farm. Family members believe that she lost the farm due to delinquent taxes, however there are no records due to the fire at the Elliott County Courthouse. It was sometime after this that James Tivis Boggs, John Milt's nephew through his brother William Franklin Boggs, took possession of the old house. Tivis Boggs raised his family in this house and he and his wife are buried in the Boggs Cemetery next to the old barn.

Hattie and the younger children then moved into Ashland, Kentucky, to live with her older children. Some of the children from John Milt's first marriage resented Hattie and did not help in her care. Hattie lived with various children until at some point she made her home permanently with her daughter Lena Boggs Howard. She lived with them until her death in 1966.

John Milt and Margaret Wheeler Boggs are buried in the family cemetery just over from the house.

(Source: Barbara Jacobs - blacklickmachine@insight-bc.com)


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