120. Kelly Ison
1 _MDCL suffered from high bood pressure
Kelly had black or almost black hair and brown eyes and was tall about 6'4" and had a large frame, big hands and wrists, over all a powerful manwho pushed himself and his family to do well. Kelly owned a hill farm onDefeated Creek off Linefork Creek in Letcher Co., Ky.
He raised his family by farming and carpentry. He raised variousvegetables and grains and sorghum cane. He raised horses, cattle, sheep,hogs, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks. He sold wool, bacon, sausage,ham, milk, butter, eggs, chickens, molasses, corn, hominy, lard,livestock and fresh vegetables and he had a blacksmith shop and an amplesupply of woodworking tools. He owned coal and timber which he soldlater in life and invested the proceeds in rental property in Cumberland,Ky. He could sign his name and make and use numbers but he relied onHazel and his banker to take care of his written business. In order torun his farming business, he hired hands to work for him and he kept acontainer of moonshine beside the water bucket and the workers wereallowed a drink (only one) from it before eating supper.
His family was divided between the dark and red headed children. Hazelsaid that he favored the dark haired children over the red heads.
Sarah Elizabeth Sally Stamper
1 _MDCL Suffered from Asthma all of her life
Sally was a Red Head With strawberry complexion and blue green eyes. Shedied of asthma when she was 57 years old. She worked the wool whichKelly sheared from his sheep into cloth. She cleaned, carded, spun, diedand wove it into cloth for use as covers and other things. She could dolittle work during the last 20 years of her life due to her asthma.Lucinda did most of the work around the house including the cookingbefore she married and when she married and left home Hazel took over theduties of cook and house keeper and she was so young that she had to usea chair to get to the pots on the back of the stove.
Hazel said that she smoked some weed for her asthma...I wonder if it werehemp?
525. Elijah Ison
Elijah was an only child
123. Jonah Ison
Jonah and Susan were 1st cousins
529. Hettie Ison
545. Robert Ison
These notes are from Carl Breeding: Robert left home Dec. 5, 1920 andnever returned. I met him in Winchester, Ky on 1-28-1926 to take thebody of Colon Hogg who was killed in Crites, WV to Cumberland, KY. Thenext summer I worked between school terms for J.C. Penny in FL and wecorresponded. That was the last time he was ever heard of. Just afterreturning from the service in 1918 he got into a fight with Red Hamptonand killed him. They were often under the influence of whiskey andfighting was common.
126. Elijah Ison , Jr.
Lived and reared their family near the mouth of Camp Branch on RockhouseCr., Letcher Co., Kentucky.
She fell off a Walk log Bridge into the Creek and drowned.
577. Elijah Breeding
583. Malinda Breeding
Jonah and Susan were 1st cousins
131. Grant Ison
Lived on Rockhouse Cr. near Blackey, Ky.
591. Herman Ison
592. Blaine Ison
593. Hobart Ison
Hobart became enamored with a young lady and decided that he would marryher. Part of his wooing her was to build a house for her which includedall of the most modern of conveniences of the time (running hot and coldwater, built in kitchen, and bathroom). She spurned him for another andHobart kept the house and it was not occupied during his lifetime eitherby himself or anyone else. He never married, apparently out of regretfor the failure of this experience.
He owned a strip of property near the above house upon which he builtsome rental houses. They were designed for low income renters. Theyconsisted of three rooms and a porch with an out house with each of thehouses. They were always filled with renters. If there were anythingwrong with the condition or size of the houses there would not have beenanyone willing to rent them. At least the folks living in his houseswere not sleeping in card board boxes or under bridges. However, therewas a reporter who had come into the area looking for another "Poverty inAppalachia" documentary which seems to have become the standard tradeitem for writers who can not produce anything of value and need asensational item for the hungry "Enquiring minds". Hobart apparently hadseen and read enough of that sort of trash that he was determined thathis rental property would not become grist for the tabloids and when heheard that there was someone snooping around he found him and asked himto leave. The fellow left but came back later and Hobart confronted himagain and in the heat of the moment killed him. The sympathy of a verylarge percentage of the population was with Hobart for the mountain areahas been ridiculed over and over in the press. There has never been afavorable documentary made about the mountainous area of Kentucky andfolks who are proud of their homes are a little raw about the one sidedpublicity received by their homes. We don't have an International TradeCenter or Wall Street to off set the bad publicity of our slums.
Hobart served some time for the killing.