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Thomas Bascom Boggs
and Martha Jane Clark

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; s/o John Milton Boggs and Nicy Margaret Wheeler. 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. Children of Thomas Bascom Boggs and Martha Jane Clark;

1. Leonard Delbert Boggs b 18 MAY 1904 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 3 Jan 1931 Lick Creek, Elliott Co KY of typhoid fever; buried Boggs Family Cemetery, Orr, KY; m. 5 Mar 1927 Grayson Co KY to Gladys Thompson b 28 Jan 1905 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 6 Mar 1995 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; buried Rose Hill Burial Park, Boyd Co KY; d/o John Milton Thompson and Ida Berry. Children of Leonard Delbert Boggs and Gladys Thompson;

i. Charles Leo Boggs b 9 Jun 1927 Lawrence Co KY d 26 Jun 1999 Venice, Sarasota Co FL; buried Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Hilliard OH; m. 18 May 1946 Ashland, Boyd Co KY to Ethel Virginia Price b 10 Apr 1928 Ashland, Boyd Co KY d before 1999. A notice in the Big Sandy News from July 21, 1944, stated that Leo Boggs, son of Mrs. Gladys Thompson Boggs, has entered Berea College. Leo was a ward of Willard Lodge 626 at the Masonic Home. He received the Hiram Bassett medal for outstanding achievement in the (article is out of order - can't tell what this was supposed to say...). This is one of the highest awards offered. Willard Lodge also rewarded him with a prize. Charles resided in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Berea College. He was the owner of C&J Trucking in Hilliard, Ohio.

ii. Jewell Ilene Boggs b 22 Apr 1929 Lawrence Co KY; m. 8 Jan 1952 Richmond IN to David Ercel Kiger b 8 May 1929 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; s/o Dennis Franklin Kiger and Golda Sturgill.

iii. Veldon Dilbert Boggs b 9 Dec 1930 Lawrence Co KY d 14 Apr 1997 Falmouth, Pendleton Co KY; m. Female Spears; d/o Hubert C Spears and Lavonne Marie Long.

2. John Marvin Boggs b 13 FEB 1906 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 15 Oct 1966 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; occupation, farmer; m. 13 Feb 1926 Catlettsburg, Boyd Co KY to Emma Maxine Sparks b 17 Aug 1907 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 28 Jul 1967 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Lawarence Co KY; d/o Milton Elliott Sparks and Tennie Thompson. Children of John Marvin Boggs and Emma Maxine Sparks;

i. James Kenneth Boggs b 26 JAN 1927 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 26 Jan 1927 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY

ii. John Marvin Boggs Jr. b 10 JAN 1928 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 8 Jan 2004 Topeka, Shawnee Co KS; m. 4 Dec 1951 Boyd Co KY to Peggy Pauline McGuire b 19 May 1928 Boyd Co KY; d/o Fred A McGuire.

iii. Carl Raymond Boggs b 21 JUL 1929 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 10 Jul 1998 Slidell, Tammany Parrish, Louisiana of cancer; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; m. Alice Joyce Rucker. Carl Raymond Boggs m. (2) to Female Byers 

iv. William A. Boggs b 31 JAN 1939 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 1 Feb 1939 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY

v. Wayne L. Boggs b 15 MAR 1942 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 20 Mar 1942 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY

3. James Arlie Boggs b 7 MAY 1910 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 12 Dec 1986 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; m. 3 Nov 1931 Beetle, Carter Co KY to Hattie Catherine Sizemore b 23 Nov 1914 Carter Co KY d 25 Mar 2000 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; d/o Jackson C Sizemore and Rosie Hylton.

4. Vuleah Cloral Boggs b 16 FEB 1914 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 31 Jan 2007 Chillicothe, Ross Co OH; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; m. 29 Jun 1940 Grayson, Carter Co KY to Frederick Arrington b 30 Aug 1909 KY d 11 Mar 1978 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; s/o Simon Arrington and Lora Cordle. Children of Frederick Arrington and Vuleah Cloral Boggs;

i. Frederick Michael Arrington b 18 APR 1947 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY d 29 Dec 1977 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Lawrence Co KY of cerebral palsy. He remained at home his entire life.

ii. Jerry Vaughn Arrington b 24 APR 1952 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY d 10 Jun 1980 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; Jerry Vaughn Arrington served in Viet Nam in the U.S. Navy. Cloral Arrington, Jerry's mom, told us that Jerry had always encouraged her to retire so that they could travel the world together. Cloral did finally retire on May 30, 1980. Just 10 days later Jerry Vaughn committed suicide.

Vuleah Cloral Boggs was born in Webbville, Kentucky. She attended public schools in Webbville, eventually graduating from the Webbville High School. She boarded the Eastern-Kentucky Railroad and went to Morehead to attend teacher's college. Cloral started at Morehead in 1933 and graduated in 1968. At the time she started teaching it was not a requirement to have a college degree, so long as you were attending college. Cloral married Fred Arrington, another teacher in Lawrence County. Together they had two sons. Fred became the Farm Bureau insurance agent in Louisa and they moved into town. Cloral then taught fourth grade in the Louisa schools until her retirement in 1980. She only took a few years off to have her children. Cloral has an amazing memory of all of her students and has pictures of many, many of her classes. She is able to remember who each child eventually married and what they did in life. Teaching was a very special thing for Cloral and she truly loved her work. She is extremely witty and a real delight to be near.

5. Velsie Rachel Boggs b 22 JAN 1917 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 8 Aug 1950 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; buried Webbville Cemetery, Webbville, Lawrence Co KY; m. 4 Jul 1942 Ashland, Boyd Co KY to Harry Dean Mullins b 8 Jan 1917 Madison Co KY d 17 Aug 1978 Rockcastle Co KY.

Harry Mullins played the part of "Little Clifford" on the radio show "Renfro Valley". Velsie Boggs met Harry while she was attending festivities in Renfro Valley, Kentucky.

Velsie Boggs Mullins was a teacher in Lawrence and Rockcastle Counties, Kentucky. She died of cancer. She was very sick toward the end of her life and was staying with her parents who helped to care for her.

6. Goldia Margaret Boggs b 31 MAY 1920 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 17 Jun 1967 Louisa, Lawrence Co KY; buried 20 Jun 1967 Greenlawn Cemetery, Lawrence Co KY; m. 25 Jun 1945 Renfro Valley, KY to Leo Glenwood King

7. Sylvia Faye Boggs b 22 AUG 1922 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 1 Jul 2004 Chillicothe, Ross Co OH; m. 25 Jul 1945 Maysville, KY to Park Prater b 8 Sept 1924 Magoffin Co KY; s/o Mary Coffee.

8. Columbus Clarkie "Lumbie" Boggs b 25 DEC 1925 Webbville, Lawrence Co KY d 20 Sept 1994 Lexington, Fayette Co KY; m. Feb 1949 Maysville KY to Minnie Grace Green


Thomas Bascom Boggs
and Susie Pennington

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; s/o John Milton Boggs and Nicy Margaret Wheeler. Thomas Bascom Boggs 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. Child of Thomas Bascom Boggs and Susie Pennington;

1. Verna Pennington b 21 Dec 1903 Elliott Co KY d 30 Sept 1972 Lexington, Fayette Co KY; buried Collier Memorial Gardens, South Portsmouth, Scioto Co OH; m. (1) to Meredith Thompson b Apr 1899 KY; d/o James Thompson and Sarah Perkins.

According to a descendent of Verna Pennington Thompson, she was born in Webbville. She was the illigetimate daughter of Tom Boggs and Susie Pennington. When Tom and Susie realized that Susie was pregnant Tom asked Susie for her hand in marriage. Susie refused to marry Tom. After Verna was born, she was given to her maternal grandparents who raised her. She was apparently not treated very kindly by the members of her family. At some point in time she moved to Ashland, Kentucky and married Mr. Thompson. He was a minister and was very kind to Verna. Together they raised a large family. In the 1930 census, I found a Meredith and Verna Thompson living in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. They had four children at the time and Meredith was working in a steel mill. I think that this may be the same family, but cannot confirm just yet.


Susie Pennington
and Robert Gillum

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). Children of Robert Gillum and Susie Pennington;

1. Clara Gillum

2. Bertha Gillum

3. Ruth Gillum

4. Mary Gillum

5. Merle Gillum

6. Talmadge A. Gillum b 28 JUN 1911 Elliott Co KY d Oct 1978 Wayne Co MI

7. Charles Edward Gillum b 19 MAR 1922 Greenup Co KY d 10 Nov 1990 Asheville, Buncombe Co NC


Martha Jane Clark was the sister of Mary Elizabeth Clark and James Lafayette Clark. All three married children of John Milt and Margaret Wheeler Boggs, making all of their children double cousins.

Thomas Benton "Tom" Boggs went to school at Lower Blaine Trace School. His future wife, Martha Jane Clark, went to school there with him, as well as their siblings. Tom and Martha Boggs lived at the head of Lick Creek in Webbville, Kentucky for many years. Tom farmed and cut timber. After Tom's sister Eliza Jane Boggs McNeil died, Tom and Martha helped to raise her children. The first house that Tom and Martha lived in burned to the ground after their daughter, Cloral, set the house on fire. Cloral was just about four years old at the time. Martha had been shucking corn to make a shuck mattress and had a pile of shucks ready. Martha had told the older boys to take the slop out to the hogs when they left for school, but the boys forgot to do so. When Martha left the house to take the slop to the hogs, Cloral picked up one of the shucks and put it in the fire. It sparked and caught the rest of the shucks on fire. Cloral ran out of the house, but her younger sister who was just an infant was left inside. Martha saw that the house was on fire and ran back inside to save her children. She gathered up Velsie and ran back outside. Cloral said that she could remember her mother calling for her, but that she was too afraid to come out. She finally did go to her mother. The family lost everything except for two new saddles that were on the back porch.

Tom had a great fear of snakes. On a particular occasion, Tom's sons and some of the McNeil boys stayed out late on a Friday night. The next morning Tom called them to come do their chores. When the boys didn't answer after Tom's repeated calls, Tom suggested to his daughter Cloral that she get her pet snake. Cloral then threw the snake into the bed where the boys were sleeping. I guess that the boys got up pretty quickly after that! Cloral told me that the snake was a black racer and that it was 7' 1" long. The family kept the snake around because it would keep mice out of the corn crib and was not poisonous. Cloral never feared snakes and so she was the one who took care of it.

Tom believed very strongly in the education of his children. Although all of his children attended school, the older boys were needed on the farm to help with the work, so they were not able to go to school regularly. His first born daughter, Vuleah Cloral Boggs, was sent to school on a regular basis. Tom very much wanted Cloral to get a good education. When Cloral was getting close to the age to go to high school, Tom worked very hard to get the county to open a high school in Webbville. Tom managed to pursade the right people and Webbville was able to have its first high school. When Cloral was 17 years old she began to teach in that same school and attended Morehead to get her teacher's certificate. Tom also helped to establish a regular mail route through the Webbville area and his sons helped to carry the mail. After they grew older, Tom and Martha moved into Louisa to a house next door to their daughter Cloral.

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


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