01 February 2013

"Blind Mary"

compiled by Teresa Martin Klaiber

February 2013

Shortly after our marriage, in 1968, my mother-in-law invited me on a visit to "Blind Mary's." No one had heard of "politically correct" and most popular country folk in our area had and still have nicknames.

Every outing or introduction to a new person was an oral genealogy extravaganza for my husband's mother, Elsie.  She did not fail me as we headed out, loaded with jars of pickles and fresh rhubarb for Mary.  

Mary was born 7 March 1917, the daughter of William Vincent and Minerva Patton Sexton.  She was a twin, a rarity in the Sexton family.  Her sister Martha Ellen had died at ten months old from pneumonia [7 January 1918].  Elsie chattered on as we drove up the hill on Route #854 that they had been born on Pigeon Roost.  

I was mentally trying to figure out why she kept calling her my husband's cousin.  It would take a little genealogy sleuthing to finally determine that Mary Sexton was my husband's 1st cousin once removed.

We pulled up in Rush, Kentucky to a small house with the most beautiful wisteria climbing on the porch I had ever viewed.  The sweet aroma  carried on the breeze as we knocked.

Mary greeted us with smiles and made me feel so welcome and warm.  She took little time before she opened up and told me she had been ill as a small girl causing her blindness.  She was sent to Louisville, Kentucky for two years at the School for the Blind where she learned Braille.  She carefully pulled out her prized possessions, books in braille, showing me how she read them.

Her house was neat, her yard well kept and she maintained it all by herself.  As we sat and talked she asked if I liked wood carving.  Having a year as an art major, I piped up that yes I admired carving very much.  Well she said "I wood carve."    I sat in total disbelief as she showed me how she made spinning tops for children from old wooden spools.  She laughed and handed me some to keep which I cherish to this day.  

Then she showed me a wooden chain with a caged ball inside, all hand carved. As she handed it to me she said "keep it, it ain't very good."  I have kept it and can tell you it is wonderful.  Many years later and back in Kentucky I joined a wood carving group and attempted to carve my own ball inside the cage.  It was lopsided and not very well made.  

As the years passed, whenever we were in Kentucky and had a little time I would again cross over the hill with my mother-in-law for a little visit with "Blind Mary".  I never once saw anything but a smile on her face.  In 1980 the weekly letter from home contained a copy of a newspaper article about Mary.  I smiled as I read it, Kentucky seeming far away from New Jersey where we were then living.  

George Wolfford had done her justice in his article in the Ashland Daily Independent [8 July 1980].  As I read about her visit to Cannonsburg Elementary more memories flooded back.  The students were delighted to see her books and her woodcarvings just as I had when I first met her.  I had attended Cannonsburg Elementary in the old school in 1962 with its outhouse, pot belly stoves and cold corners and in the new building the next year before heading to Boyd County High School.  Wolfford went on to say that it was teacher Minnie Gee that introduced Mary Sexton to all the students at Cannonsburg Elementary.

The article was like a homecoming for my husband and I as we brought out the little wooden tops and chain to show our own children who asked many questions about how "Blind Mary" could carve without seeing.  Mrs. Gee was my Geography teacher at Cannonsburg those many years ago.  Both these wonderful ladies have left lingering memories with many from our county.

Time has ticked on, we moved back to Kentucky and Mary Elizabeth Sexton continued to live in the  little house in Rush, a single woman, who independently maintained her home and the wonderful climbing wisteria that I fell in love with.  "Blind Mary" died in the home she loved 16 March 2002.  She had always greeted our postal lady at the door and when she did not answer gave the sad alert.  Mary is buried in Sexton Cemetery very near where she was born on Pigeon Roost.

Today her home is gone along with the wisteria but the memories are forever.








09 October 2012

The Great American Water Shows Aka The Great American Water Circus



The Great American Water Shows
Aka
The Great American Water Circus

compiled by Teresa Martin Klaiber Oct. 2012

 

The circus is always full of spectacles that leave us wide eyed and breathless.  But one of the most amazing shows winter quartered, for a few years, just across the river in Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio from 1902 until about 1905.

The Great American Water Circus was a floating show.  The show travelled along the Ohio River going up the Alleghany River [at least one trip] and along the Mississippi.  Sometime between the 1903 and 1904 season it changed the name from the Great American Water Circus to the Great American Water Shows.[i]

 The show was described as two or three barges bound together with a large tent that covered the entire length, depending on what news articles are read.   Several advance ads stated that the tent was 60x175 feet.   Still a lot of canvas over barges tied together in any formation. The tent was touted to seat 2000 people.  At least one article I read said that it seated about 1000.  The show cost adults 25 cents and children under eight 15 cents.  

Most newspaper articles reference it as a two ring circus. According to descriptions the show had 14 parade wagons and 40 horses[ii]  as well as a dog show at one point.  The show had approximately forty-two people.[iii]
 
I found a grainy photograph of the show docked at Marietta, Ohio in the December 1958 issue of Bandwagon.  The photograph is the property of the Circus Historical Society.  The best quality photograph is the property of the Public Library of Cincinnati with their wonderful river collection.  But I truly got excited when I found that they have a picture of the inside of the tent showing seating, horses and  pony.  I am left wondering if perhaps that is the owner in the foreground with a smoke in his mouth.  The library notes that it is from the {Frederick} Way Collection.

William P. Newman was the mastermind and owner of this floating circus.  He was born in Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio 27 March 1872[iv], the son of Valentine [born Germany] and Mary [born Massachusetts].  He was one of at least seven children.  Valentine Newman was a lumber merchant and by the time William was fourteen he left home and tried his hand at several jobs.  He married 25 November 1896 Carrie Haller and the family can be found renting in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio in the 1900 census.  His occupation at this time is listed as superintendent.  But, it does not clarify what he is supervising.   

There were many show boats plying the waters of the Ohio that stopped in Portsmouth, Ironton and Ashland.  They had theatrical stage shows and music. How Newman visualized and created this unique circus and convinced performers to bring their animals onboard is a wonder.

The overhead for a show of this type must have been high.  Besides barges, a steamboat was required to push all of the trappings up and down the waterways. In 1903 the Cricket was one of the boats utilized.  The first towboat that this writer found mention of being utilized for the show was the J.C. Reynolds in July 1902 where it began its journey from Liverpool, Ohio.[v]  In 1904 the Katie Mc brought the show into Indiana.  River news was reported in detail by newspaper produced in Brookville, Indiana called The Sun.  There is no doubt that the show struggled.  In 1904 “Col. Newman” talked with the owner of the Floating Palace while in Evansville.  Rumors were circulating that the show was then out of business but the news  corrected the rumor stating the show was reorganizing and had even bought a calliope.[vi]

Newman’s wife was the cashier for the show.  R. E. Stroup resigned his position, as advertising manager, with the Portsmouth Times in April 1903[vii] to become Great American Water Circus advance man.  Stroup had only held the position with the paper for a month.  The Portsmouth Times had announced his taking a position with them after leaving the “Ironton newspapers.”[viii]

The show left winter quarters and usually made the next appearance at Ashland then Catlettsburg if heading up river.

Newman’s father Valentine died 5 November 1909 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton.[ix] By 1910 the Newman’s had moved back to Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio.  They resided with Carrie’s parents Jacob and Mary [nee Schaffer] Haller on Walnut Street.  William P. gave his occupation as “none.”  Jacob Haller was an engineer at the county courthouse at this time.  Jacob Haller was originally a tanner, born in Lycoming County, PA.[x]

By 1920 The Newman’s had their own place and W. P. gave his occupation as manager of a bakery.  In 1913 they had a daughter named Mary.  By 1940, still living in Bucyrus, William gives his occupation as a salesman of step ladders.  

Census records can be a bit deceiving, leaving huge gaps in a person’s life.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer gave more information about his life in entertainment in his obituary 12 June 1950.  The article stated that he was one of Bucyrus first motion picture theater owners.  It went on to describe a partnership in billboard advertising for many years.  Besides his wife, and only daughter [Mrs.  Robert W. Ferguson],  a brother, Louis also resided in Crawford County.

Carrie, widowed, lived until her death, 29 January 1967, in a care facility in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio.







[i] Breckenridge News, Cloverport, KY, 29 June 1904
[ii] Rain, D.A. The Water Book. A Compendium of Facts and Fables 1993
[iii] Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley, Vol. 1, page 135
[iv] Ohio, Lawrence County Birth Records
[v] Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Ohio July 18 1902
[vi] Breckenridge News, Cloverport, KY 13 July 1904
[vii] Ironton Register, Ironton, Ohio 3 April 1903
[viii] Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, OH 7 Mar 1903
[x] History of Crawford County, Ohio. Baskin and Battey, 1881. PP 749.

25 July 2012

Jeremiah Is A Very Old Man

compiled by Teresa Martin Klaiber

July 2012

I usually get a few chuckles and hearty laughs when reading old newspapers and their headlines.  As I grow older this one gave me food for thought.  If someone posted that I was a very old person would I be embarrassed or insulted to be called old.  I have decided I would be very proud to have lived a long life, have many experiences and to be recognized.

"Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, January 21, 1911 JEREMIAH IS A VERY OLD MAN -- The Catlettsburg Tribune says that Rev. Jeremiah Farmer, who for many years has made his home in Greenup county, is possibly the oldest minister in the state of Kentucky, if not in almost the entire country.  Though well on toward the place of a centenarian he continues to remain quite active and travels about very considerably.

One day last week he drove from his home to Greenup and the Greenup Republican noted the visit of the venerable servant of God in the following words: "Uncle Jeremiah Farmer drove to Greenup Tuesday from his home on Tygart. He is one of the oldest ministers in our county, but still gets around pretty well for a man of his extreme age."
No where in the article did it say his exact age, though it hints to close to 100.   Of course, I am a genealogist and had to go look up his age.  The 1900 Greenup Census states that he is 91 years of age, born in 1819 in Kentucky, the grandfather of Jeremiah Pugh.

I so hoped Jeremiah would make Centenarian.  But, alas, he died March, 12, 1912. The death certificate states that he was born November 14, 1818 and was 94 years, 4 months and 10 days old the day he died.

Jeremiah Farmer was the son of Joshua and Mary Williams Farmer.  He is buried in Liberty Cemetery, Greenup County, Kentucky.

My perspective is changing as I grow older.  I remember thinking 40 was a mile stone.  My grand daughter, in sweet innocence looked up at me one day a couple of years ago and proclaimed "Mawmaw, you are ancient."    In my mind the mile stone of 40 has now changed to 90 and 100.  After all the Smucker jars on the TODAY Show have multiplied dramatically the last few years.  Oh what the heck here is to 110!

06 July 2012

Effie Gullett Midwife Records Part #6

Effie Gullett Midwife Records
October 1932-December 1933
transcribed by Teresa Martin Klaiber

This is the continued series of books/booklets of Effie Gullett who was a midwife in Boyd County, Kentucky.  Again I want to thank the family for sharing this material with my readers. 


Name, last given Date of Birth Family Information
Alender, Roy 9 Jan 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Ernest Alender, white, 48 born Pendleton Co., KY., farmer. Mother maiden Susie Howard, white, age 35, born McGoffin Co., housekeeping. 7th child. 6 living.
Alexander Paul Ray 12 Feb 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Raymon Alexander, white, 24, born Rush, miner. Mother maiden Esther Evans, white, 27, born Coalton, housewife. 2nd child, both living.
Ashley, Laura Bettie Pauline 4 Jan 1933 Born Garner, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Robert Ashley, white, 33, born Greenup Co., miner. Mother maiden Katie Osborn, white, 23, born Floyd Co., housewife. 3rd child all living.
Binion, Ruby Jean 23 Sep 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father George Binion, white, 53, born Elliott Co., farmer. Mother maiden Maudie Carroll, white, 33, born Carter Co., housewife. 1st child.
Bowling, Delores Elm?? 12 Dec 1932 Born Cannonsburg, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father R. T. Bowling, white, 48, born Elliott Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Lillie Jackson, white, 38, born Carter Co., KY, housewife. 10th child, all living.
Cline, Donald Kenneth 26 Mar 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Dewey Cline, white, 24, born Rowan Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Ada Adkins, white, 22, born Greenup Co., housewife. 2nd child, both living.
Collins, Laettie Lorene 14 Nov 1932 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Willard Collins, white, 34, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Lizzie Adkins, white, 25, born Boyd Co., housewife. 5th child.
Diamond, Polly May 12 Feb 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Oscar Diamond, white, 25, born Lawrence Co. Mother's maiden Mahala Dillion, white, 28, born Wayne Co., WVA, housewife.
Dowdy, Virgie Lee 26 April 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Jake Dowdy, white, 49, born Lawrence Co., KY, miner. Mother maiden Sarah Woods, white, 43, born Lawrence Co., housewife. 11th child, 9 living.
Gillum, Inez Loretta 16 Jan 1933 Born Garner, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Junior Gillum, white, 21, born Elliott Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Myrtle Osborn, white, 21, born Floyd Co., KY, housewife. 2nd child, both living.
Gullett, Arvel Threna {?} 30 Aug 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Arvel Gullett, white, 25, born Princess, KY, miner. Mother maiden Ivory Wolfe, white, 21, born Coalton, KY, housewife. 4th child, all living
Gullett, Carl M. 23 Jan 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Roy Gullett, white, 31, born Coalton, miner. Mother maiden Katie Simpson, white, 26, born Clifton Forge, VA, housewife. 5th child 4 living.
Hall, Parrot Jr. 30 May 1933 Born Garner, Boyd Co. Father Parrot Hall, white, 28, born Floyd Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Maudie Hamilton, white, 26, born Floyd Co., housewife. 5th child, 3 living.
Hennke, Charl[e]s Edward 11 June 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Willard Hennke, white, 26, born Naples, KY. Mother maiden Alean Rice, white, 24, born Hitchens, KY, housewife. 2nd child.
Meadows, Anan Lee 8 May 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Father Filmore Meadows, white, 45, born Carter Co., KY, laborer. Mother maiden Carrie Isom, white, 36, born Carter Co., housewife. 10th child, 9 living.
Nolan, Glen Gene 11 Oct 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Joe Nolan, white, 22, born Carter Co., farmer. Mother maiden Beatrice Seasar, white, 21, born Boyd Co., housewife. 2nd child, both living.
Reeves, John Brack 2 Aug 1933 Born Geigerville, Carter Co. Male, not legitimate. Father Frank Reeves, white, 33, born Boyd Co., farmer. Mother Grace Ferguson, white, 29, born Carter County. 3rd child of this mother, all living.
Rice, Alfred Franklin 28 Feb 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Charles Rice, white, 47, born Carter Co., farmer. Mother maiden Gertrude Parson, white, 43, born carter Co., housewife. 7th child all living.
Sammon, Violet Merril 8 Nov 1932 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Willard Sammon, white, 26, born Carter Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Belvia Halley, white, 24, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 4. Three living at this birth.
Stephens, Bettie Jean 13 Dec 1933 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father George Stephens, white, 21, born Boyd Co., KY, miner. Mother maiden Elsie Vanhoose, white, 21. 2nd child both living.
Stephens, George 18 Dec 1932 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father George Stephens, white, 20, born Boyd Co., KY, miner. Mother maiden Elsie Vanhoose, white, 20 born Jenkins, KY, housewife. 1st child.
Stewart, James Evert 14 Oct 1932 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Willie Stewart, white, 27, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother's maiden Grace V. Walker, white, 32, born Boyd Co, housewife. Child 3, all living.
Tacket, Richard Eugene 16 Feb 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father James Tacket, white, 31, born Kilgore, KY, miner. Mother maiden Theao Coborne, whtie, 26, born Lawrence County, housewife. 3rd child all living.
Thomas, Leonard E. 16 Mar 1933 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Henry Thomas, white, age 30, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Bettie Horton, white, 29, born Carter Co., housewife. 4th child.

22 June 2012

Effie Gullett Midwife Records Part #5

Effie Gullett Midwife Records

January 1932 - October 1932

This is a continued series of midwife records for Boyd County and surrounding areas.  The digital copies of the actual books will be presented to the Boyd County Library at the end of this series.

This book/booklet is titled Physician's Record.  The conclusion for 1932 is in the next book and will be posted as Part #6 in this series.  All spelling as been left as Effie wrote it.  She consistently spelled Charles as Charls.  All additions by this extractor are in brackets.  I encourage you to view the digitized books when placed in the care of the genealogy room of the library.
Name Last, Given Date of Birth Family Information
Adkins, Mary Evalene 13 Aug 1932 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Female, legitimate. Father Charl[e]s Adkins, white, 50, born Carter Co., KY, miner. Mother Minnie Sammons, white, 38, born Boyd Co. 9th child all living.
Alexander, Lillie Marie 27 May 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Gaylord Alexander, white, 25, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Anna Workman, white, 25, born Boyd County. 2nd child both living.
Ashley, Rebecca 12 Jan 1932 Born Princess, Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father William Ashley, white, 20, born Greenup Co., KY, merchant. Mother maiden Mollie Osbourn, white, 19, born Greenup Co., KY, housewife. 2nd child both living.
Boggs, Margreta 20 Mar 1932 Born Boyd Co., Garner. Female, Not legitimate. Father Ed McGuire, white, 19, born Lawrence Co., farmer. Mother maiden Stella Boggs, white, 18, born Lawrence Co., house work. First child.
Conley, Ray Gorden 6 Oct 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Leo Conley, white, 24, born Carter Co., KY, {?ietron word is smeared] laborer. Mother maiden Goldie Hicks, white, 24, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 2.
Elliott, Clarence Douglas 2 June 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Willie Elliott, white, 42, born Elliott Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Julia Hobbs, white, 37, born Elliott Co., KY., housewife. 7th child all living.
Elswick, Earl Phillip 16 Feb 1932 Born East Fork, Lawrence Co. Male, legitimate. Father Fred Elswick, white, 37, born Lawrence Co., farmer. Mother maiden Malissa Boggs, white, 29, born Lawrence Co., KY, housewife. 7th child. 6 living.
Fannin, Earl 4 June 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father George Fannin, white, 31, born Boyd Co., farmer. Mother maiden Jennie Stephens, white, 26, born Boyd Co., housewife. 2nd child, both living.
Gillium, Phylis Jean 30 Aug 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Ephrum Gillium, white, 30, born Elliott Co., miner. Mother maiden ???? Prater, white, 31, born Carter Co., housewife. Child 3, all living.
Hall, Clarence E. 20 Sep 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male. Father Claud Hall, white, 34, born Lawrence Co., miner. Mother Lillie Stephens, white, 29, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 6. 5 living at time of this birth.
Hall, Harie Raymon 7 June 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Fielden Hall, white, 29, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Dorothy Blair, white, 21, born Boyd Co. 4th Child, 3 living.
Harris, Eugene 19 Mar 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father John Harris, white, 21, born Boyd Co., KY, miner. Mother maiden Kathryne Spaulding, white, 16, born Boyd Co., housewife. First child.
Huff, Phylis Jean 6 Aug 1932 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Female, legitimate. Father June Huff, white, 19, born Boyd Co., farmer. Mother maiden Ada Lee Hondrd [poor handwriting state index says surname is Howard], white, 16, born McGoffin Co., housewife. 1st child. Stillborn
Kazee, Elva Austin 4 Sep 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Ernest Kazee, white, 20, born Elliott Co., farmer. Mother maiden Eva Elliott, white, 19, born Carter Co., housewife. 1st child.
Kirk, Christine 6 Oct 1932 Born Greenup Co., Argillite. Female, legitimate. Father Vint Kirk, white, 37, born Boyd Co., farmer. Mother maiden Bertha Hicks, white, 34, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 9 [hard to read], 4 living at time of this birth.
Nelson, Ella Jay 9 April 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Father Charl[e]s Nelson, white, 49, born Greenup Co., farmer. Mother maiden Pauline Moore, white, 32, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 6. Children of this mother now living 7. [as written]
Osborne, Paul Eugene 22 Sep 1932 Born Boyd Co., Garner. Male, legitimate. Father Charl[e]s Osborne, white, 29, born Johnson Co., farmer. Mother maiden Ruby Jordan, white, 22, born Boyd Co., housewife. 4th child. 3 living.
Porter, Cecil 17 April 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Father Ernest Porter, white, 25, born Carter, day laborer. Mother maiden Clemens Elliott, white, 19, born Morgan Co., housewife. 1st child.
Raisen, Arlo Jerome 12 Mar 1932 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Bill P. Raisen, white, 24, born Texas, painter. Mother maiden Dodie Henderson, 30, born Olive Hill. 2nd child. Both living.
Stephens, Willma Lee 2 Oct 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Joe Stephens, white, 21, born Boyd Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Juanita Seasor, white, 18, born Boyd Co., housewife. 1st child.
Stephenson, Ruby May 9 May 1932 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Female, legitimate. Father Willie Stephenson, white, 28, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Inez Moore, white, 28, born Boyd Co., housewife. 4th child. 3 now living.
Terry, Tom 18 Jan 1932 Born Wilson, Carter Co. Male, legitimate. Father Miles Terry, white, 34, born Carter Co., farmer. Mother maiden Nola Gullett, white, 22, born Carter Co., housewife. 3rd child. 2 living.
Withrow, Paris Daniel 8 June 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Arch Withrow, white, 37, born Carter Co., farmer. Mother maiden Gertrude Midelton [Middleton], white, 30, born Boyd Co.
Withrow, Samuel Henry 10 Feb 1932 Born Coalton, Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Wm. Withrow, white, 45, born Rowan Co., KY, miner. Mother maiden Hazel Withrow, white, 38, born Coalton, Boyd Co., housewife. 10th child. 9 living.
To Be continued!

10 June 2012

Effie Gullett Midwife Records Part #4

Effie Gullett Midwife Records Part #4

1928 - August 1931

This is the continued series of midwife records of Effie Gullett, who resided in Boyd County, Kentucky.  There are a total of ten booklets.  Nine of the booklets are called "Physician's Records."  The booklet for 1928-August 1931 are actual Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, Certificates of Birth, filed out and signed by Effie Gullett as midwife.  

As in the physicians booklets, several of the births have been torn out when Effie provided them to the individuals requesting proof of their birth.

Boyd, Greenup and Carter County births are included.

Effie Gullett 1928 Aug 1931
Surname, Given Date of Birth Family Information
Adkins, Pauline 12 Mar 1928 Born Carter Co. Female, legitimate. Father Charl[e]s Adkins. Mother Minnie Salmons. 8th child. All living.
Barker, Bessie May 19 May 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Preston Barker, resides Catlettsburg, white, 48, born Elliott Co., farmer. Maiden name Louise Davis, white, 38, born Carter Co., housewife. Child 12, 9 now living.
Bowling, Edsel Earl 18 Feb 1929 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Male, legitimate. Father W. M. Bowling, resides Cannonsburg, white, 34, born Elliott Co., farmer. Mother maiden Inez Carroll, white, 28, born Carter Co., housewife. 5th child, 4 now living.
Bowling, Parlina Bell 10 May 1928 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Willie C. Bowling, resides Coalton, white, 33, born Lawrence Co., farmer. Mother maiden Zara Ward, white, 34, born Johnson Co., housewife. Child 9, 8 now living.
Bowling, Ruth 13 Dec 1930 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Father W.M. Bowling, 26, born Elliott Co. Mother Inez Carroll, 30. 6th child, 5 living.
Burton, No name listed 24 Jul 1931 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father George Burton, resides Rush, 36, born Carter Co., miner. Mother Elsie Hall, white, born Carter Co. 5th child all living. [filed State as Mary L.]
Caldwell, Jackie Lee 7 Feb 1931 Born Carter Co. Male, legitimate. Father W. E. Caldwell, resides Rush, white, 43, born Boyd Co., KY, farmer. Mother Jennie Wade, 37, born Boyd Co., KY. 10th child. 9 living.
Clark, Garnet Ray 13 June 928 Boyd Coyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Alvin Clark, resides Coalton, white, 22, born Princess, laborer. Mother maiden Mella B. Enyart, white, 18, born Ashland, KY, housewife.
Clay, Alma Myrtle 11 Oct 1929 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Female, legitimate. Father Frank Clay, resides R. 2, Rush, KY, white, 53, born Boyd County, farmer. Mother Emma Porter, whie, 37, born Lawrence Co, KY, housewife.
Clay, Geneva 28 Aug 1931 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Father Frank Clay, white, 55. Mother Parter, 38. 10th child. 9 living.
Cline, Plylis Ann 21 Feb 1931 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Dewey Cline, resides Rush, white, 22, born Carter Co, KY, miner. Mother Ada Adkins, white, 20, born Greenup Co., housewife. First child.
Collins, Francis Evelyn 19 May 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Willard Collins, resides Rt. 1, Rush, white, 34, born Coalton, miner. Mother maiden Lizzie Adkins, white, 22, , born Naples, housewife. 3rd child, all living.
Collins, Wilma Loretta 30 Nov 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Willard Collins, resides Coalton, white, 34, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother Lizzie Adkins, white, 23, born Greenup Co. 4th child, all living.
Conley, Donald Lee 9 Dec 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Leo Conley, resides R 1, Rush, KY, white, 22, born Oak View, KY, section laborer. Mother Goldie Hicks, 21, born Boyd Co. First child.
Crow, Genevie Marie 5 Dec 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father H. G. Crow, resides R. 1, Rush, KY, white, 25, birth place KY faded, tinker. Mother Nettie Gambell, resides Miles Branch, white, 22, born McGoffin Co., KY, housewife.
Enyart, Curtis 9 Mar 1931 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Leonard Enyard, resides Strait Creek, white, 42, born Boyd Co., KY, farmer. Mother Mary Gallion, white, 38, born Boyd Co. 12th child, 11 living.
Evans, Billie Joe 12 Sep 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Oscar Evans, resides Rush, white, 26, born Cannonsburg, KY, miner. Mother maiden Goldie Caudill, white, 21, born Lawrence Co, housewife. Child 2 with both living.
Evans, Violet Jean 26 Mar 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Andrew J. Evans, resides Princess, white, 30, born Denton, miner. Mother Stella May Burton, white, 24, born Music, KY, housewife. 3rd child. Two living.
Fowler, Anita Ann 26 June 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Ed Fawler, resides Coalton, white, 31, born Mead Station, store clerk. Mother maiden Julia Ditty, white, 24, born Carter Co., housewife. Child 4, all living.
Fowler, Burton Edward 25 Nov 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Ed Fowler, resides Coalton, white 33, born Mead Station, section work. Mother Julia Ditty, white, 26. 6th child, 5 living.
Fowler, Charl[e]s Burton 29 Jan 1931 Born Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Burton Fowler, resides Rush, 25, born Coalton. Mother Eliza Towler, 27, born Carter Co., KY. 4th child, 3 living.
Fowler, Hebe Ruth 25 Aug 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Burton Fowler, resides Coalton, white, 23, born Coalton [occupation faded]. Mother maiden Eliza Towler, white, 25, born Carter Co., KY, housewife. Child 3, 2 now living.
Fowler, Sherman 10 Aug 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Ed Fowler, resides R. 1, Rush, KY, white, 32, born Mead Station, store clerk. Mother maiden Julia Ditty, white, 25, born Carter Co., KY, housewife. 5th child, 4 now living.
Franklin, Wanda Lee 12 July 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Sam Franklin, 21, born Floyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Goldie Sexton, resides Ashland, R. 1, born Carter Co., KY. 2nd child, both living.
Gullett, August Eugene 27 Aug 1931 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Father Dallas, Gullett, 32. Mother Hazel Kiger, 27. 6th child, all living.
Gullett, Jasaline Lucille 28 Aug 1931 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Father Arvel Gullett, 23. Mother Mary Wolf, 17.
Gullett, Margaret May 21 Jul 1931 Born Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Roy Gullett, 29. Mother Katie Simpson, 25. 4th child, 3 living.
Gullett, Mary Elizabeth 1 April 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Arvel Gullett, resides R. 1, Rush, KY, white, 22, born Princess, KY, miner. Mother maiden Mary Wolf, white, 17, born Coalton, housewife.
Gullett, Senia Magdaline 29 July 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Dallas B. Gullett, resides Rt. 1, Rush, KY, white, 20, born Carter Co., section laborer. Mother maiden Hazel M. Kiger, resides Mead Station, white, 24, born Rush, KY, housewife. Child 5, all living.
Gullett, Tedy James 24 July 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Arvel Gullett, resides Coalton, white, 20, born Princess, miner. Mother maiden Ivory Wolf, white, 16 born Coalton, housewife 1st child.
Gullett, William Henry 13 Sep 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Father Roy G. Gullett, resides 225 6 St, Ashland, KY, white, 27, born Coalton, miner. Mother maiden Katie Simpson, white, 23, born Clifton Forge, VA, housewife. 3rd child, 2 living.
Hall, Billie Joe 2 April 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father, Fielden Hall, resides Princess, white, 22, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Dorthy Blair, white, 18, born Boyd Co., housewife. Child 2, 1 now living.
Hall, Billie Ray 25 Sep 1929 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Charl[e]s Hall, resides Princess, white, 26, born Lawrence Co., miner. Mother Jennie Higgens, white, 31, born Princess, housewife.
Hall, Calvin Eugene 13 Mar 1928 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Claud Hall, resides Princess, white, 28, born Lawrence Co., miner. Mother maiden Lillie Stephens, white, 24, Carter Co., housewife. Child 4, 3 living.
Hall, Sadie J. 22 July 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female,legitimate. Father Claud Hall, 31. Mother maiden Lillie Stephens, 25. Child 5. 4 livin.
Hicks, Annie Lee 21 June 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Perry F. Hicks, resides Coalton, white, 36, born Lawrence Co., KY, farmer. Mother maiden Tillie Runyon, white, 36, born Boyd Co., housewife. 6th child, all living.
Hicks, Bettie Alberta 14 July 1929 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Scott Hicks, resides Princess, white, 45, born Greenup, miner. Mother maiden Hattie Short, white, 33, born Raldy Co. [as spelled], WV, housewife. 7th child, 5 now living.
Hicks, Willard Thurman 19 Oct 1928 Boyd Co., England Hill. Male, legitimate. Father Silvester Hicks, resides Catlettsburg, white, 24, born KY, farmer. Mother maiden Maggie Hensley, white, 23, born KY, housewife. 3rd child, all living.
Hilton, Wilma Jean 23 May 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Garret Roymon Hilton, resides Ashland R. 1, 28, born Johnson County, Tenn., miner. Mother maiden Grace Virginia Walker, 20, born Boyd Co., KY, housewife. 2nd child. Both living.
Jenkins, Clarence Roy 12 April 1932 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Clarence Jenkins, 22, miner. Mother maiden Mary A. Montgomery, white, 20, born Carter Co., KY, housewife. 4th child, all living.
Kazee, Donald Lee 16 Jul 1931 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Curtis Kazee, 36. Mother Virgie Dove, 33. 4th child
Kirk, Charlene 23 June 1930 Born Greenup Co., Pennsylvania. Female, legitimate. Father Vint Kirk, 35. Mother maiden Bertha Hicks.
Kirk, Harold Edwin 24 Jan 1928 Born Greenup County, Naples [officially filed as Boyd Co.] Father Vint Kirk residing Naples, white, 32, born Boyd Co., farming. Mother maiden Bertha Hicks, resides Naples, white, housewife, 23, born Boyd Co.
Kitchen, Frank, Jr. 14 Nov 1928 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father B. F. Kitchen, resides Rush, KY, white, 40, born Rush, Government benefit?? Mother maiden Pearly May Mullins, no age listed, born Alaynar [?], KY, housewife. 3rd child, all living.
Lester, Nola May 31 Mar 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Roy Lester, white, 40, born Cardel, KY, farmer. Mother maiden Ian Wheeler, white, 37, Blain, KY. Child 7, 6 now living.
Lowe, Freddie J. 6 Aug 1930 Born Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Twin 2 in order of birth. Father Charl[e]s Lowe, resides Coalton, white, 37. Mother maiden Sarah Blair, 16. Child 10. 8 living.
Lowe, John Franklin 6 Aug 1930 Born Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Twin 1 in order of birth. Father Charl[e]s Lowe, resides Coalton, white, 37, born Lawrence Co, lumber man. Mother Maiden Sarah Blair [no further information]. 10th child, 8 living.
Meadows, Arval Asear 6 Nov 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Fillmore Meadows, resides Rush, KY, white, 41, born Carter Co., section laborer. Mother Carrie Isom, white, 34, born Carter Co., housewife.
Moore, Billie Joe 6 Aug 1930 Born Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Dee Moore, resides Rush, white, 37, born Boyd Co. Mother maiden Bertha Woods, white, 37. born Lawrence Co. Child 6. 4 living.
Moore, Irine 20 Nov 1928 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Andrew Moore, resides Rush, white, 48, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Essie Whitely, 38, housewife. Child 10, 4 living.
Morison, Robert Henry 16 Feb 1928 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Male, legitimate. Father John H. Morson, resides Rush, white, 20, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden May E. Stewart, resides Rush, white, 17, born Carter Co., housewife.
Morrison, Bobby Jean 12 Jan 1931 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Father Arthur Morrison, resides Rush, white, 26, born Denton. Mother Margaret Stevens, 20, born Catlettsburg. 2nd child, both living.
Nolan, John Franklin 25 Aug 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Joe Nolan, resides Coalton, white, 18, born Tennessee, occupation not listed. Mother maiden Beatrice Seasor, white, 17, born Coalton, housewife. 1st child.
Patton, David Crocket 14 Jan 1931 Born Boyd Co. Male, legitimate. Father Bert Patton, resides Cannonsburg, 37, born Alphrita, KY, farmer. Mother Sarah Dingus 37. 6th child, all living.
Patton, Joseph Edwin 1 Mar 1928 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Male, legitimate. Father Bert Patton, resides Cannonsburg, white, 35, born Alphreta, KY, highway work. Mother maiden Sarah Dingus, white, 43, born Alphreta, KY, housewife. Child 4 all children living.
Phillips, Leon J. 23 Aug 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Jay Phillips, resides Coalton, white, 30, born Lawrence Co., KY, day laborer. Mother maiden Edith Sammons, white, 18, born Rush, KY, housewife. 1st child. [State Index filed as Lan Phillips. Cert 35663]
Reeves, Rose Mary 17 June 1928 Carter Co., Geigerville. Female, legitimate. Father Frank Reeves, resides Rush, white, 28, born Rush, miner. Mother maiden Grace Ferguson, white, 24, born Carter Co., housewife. 2nd child both living.
Robinett, Martin, Jr. 13 Nov 1930 Born Boyd Co., Garner. Male, legitimate. Father Martin Robinett, white, 43, born Lawrence Co., farmer. Mother Lizzie Stewart, residence Summit, 42. Child 8. 7 living.
Salyers, Georg[e] Royman 13 Jan 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Carl Salyers, resides Naples, white, 24, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother Girtie Jam[e]s with no further information.
Sawyer, Helen Delores 8 Aug 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Clyde Sawyer, resides Coalton, white, 26, born Lawrence Co., farmer. Mother maiden Delpha Gullett, white, 22, born Da[?]t, VA, housewife. 1st child.
Sexton, George W. 3 Feb 1928 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Male, legitimate. Father George Sexton, resides Rush, white, 41, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Sallie Calhoon, resides Rush, white, 32, born Lawrence Co., housewife.
Sexton, Iva 28 Aug 1929 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Father Morton [Martin] Sexton, resides Wilson Creek, white, 44, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Viola Hall, resides R 1, Grayson, KY, born Floyd Co., KY, housewife. 5th child, 3 now living.
Sexton, Jessie 17 June 1928 Carter Co., Geigerville. Male, legitimate. Father Charley Sexton, resides Rush, white, 26, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Maggie Mosley, white, 27, born Floyd Co., housewife. 3rd child, all living.
Shockey, Charlene Ruth 25 Oct 1930 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Charley Shockey, resides Coalton, white, 20, born Catlettsburg, KY. Mother Opal Thomas, 19. First child. [nickname Shotty m. Geo. Leo Young]
Sparks, Bobby Lee 23 Nov 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Sal Saprks, resides Princess, white, 35, born Lawrence Co., occupation brick yard. Mother Lizzie Segraves, 27, born Elliott Co., KY, housewife. Child 4, all living.
Stefenson, Carl Lee 11 Sep 1930 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Male, legitimate. Father Willie Stefenson, resides Catlettsburg, white, 26, born Boyd Co., farmer. Mother Inez Moore. 3rd child, 2 living.
Stephens, Bettie Lou 24 July 1928 Boyd Co., Coalton. Female, legitimate. Father Thomas Stephens, resides Coalton, white, 41, born Carter Co., miner. Mother Elizabeth Oneal, white, 38, birthplace not cited, housewife. Child 10, 8 living.
Stephens, Bettie Sue 14 Feb 1926 Father Lade Stephens 29, Stella Hall 22 [loose paper tucked in Health Dept book]
Stephens, James Edward 20 July 1930 Born, Boyd Co., Princess. Male legitimate. Father L. J. Stephens, 45, miner. Mother Maiden Lizzie Oneal, 40. 11 child, 9 living.
Stephens, John Homer 27 Mar 1928 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Lead Stephens, resides Princess, white, 30, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Stella Hall, white, 23, born Carter Co., housewife. Child 5 with 4 now living.
Stewart, Ballard Athel 25 May 1928 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Theodore Stewart. Mother maiden Virgie Stephens, white, 22, born Princess, housewife.. First child.
Stewart, James Edward 21 Sep 1929 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, Not legitimate. Father Theodore Stewart, resides Princess, white, 26, born Princess, miner. Mother Virgie Stephens, resides Princess, white, 27, born Princess. 2nd child. Both living.
Tabor, Geedora 18 Jan 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Bradley Tabor, resides Ashland, KY, white, 33, born Olive Hill, miner. Mother Gracie Porter, 24. [Filed State as Rosa Tabor]
Terry, Edna 15 Feb 1931 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Female, legitimate. Father Ed Terry, 38, born Carter Co. Mother Rosa Horton, 33, born Elliott Co. 4th child all living.
Terry, James Edsel 24 May 1930 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Richard Terry, resides Cannonsburg, 61, born Carter Co. Mother maiden Ruthie Bartlett, 39. Child 12. 11 living.
Terry, Vernon 10 Mar 1928 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Richard Terry, resides Coalton, white, 52, born Carter Co., miner. Mother maiden Ruthie Bartlett, white, 37, born Carter Co., housewife. Child 11, 10 now living.
Thomas, Phylis Jean 2 Sep 1929 Born Carter Co., Geigerville. Father Edward Thomas, resides R 1, Rush, KY, white, 45, born Carter Co., KY, railroader. Mother maiden, Pearl Tufts, R 1, Rush, KY, white, 39, born Coalton, KY, housewife. 9th child, all living.
Tiller, Charl[e]s Richard 18 June 1928 Boyd Co., Princess. Male, legitimate. Father Alonzo Tiller, resides Coalton, white, 27, born Kilgore, miner. Mother maiden Tillie M. Clark, white, 26, born Princess, housewife. Child 11, all living.
Troxel, Carrie Lorine 8 Nov 1928 Born Boyd Co., Princess. Female, legitimate. Father Luther Troxel, resides Princess, white, 35, born Pine Knot, KY, miner. Mother maiden Bertha Stephens, white, 38, born Princess, housewife. Child 4, 3 living.
Walker, Billie Joe 6 Mar 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Ray Walker, resides Coalton, white, 36, born Boyd Co., miner. Mother maiden Myrtle Seasor, white, 37, born Olympia, housewife. 5th child. 4 now living.
Warman, Charl[e]s Edward 14 Sep 1930 Born Boyd Co., Cannonsburg. Male, legitimate. Father Joe C. Warman. Morther maiden Margie Sammons, 23. Child 3, all living.
Withrow, James Evert 29 May 1929 Born Boyd Co., Coalton. Male, legitimate. Father Wm. Withrow, resides Coalton, white, 43, born Soldier, KY, miner. Mother maiden Hazel Wolf, white, 36, born Coalton, housewife. 8th child, all living.
Withrow, Mary Allen 25 June 1929 Born Boyd Co. Female, legitimate. Father Arch Withrow, resides Coalton, white, 34, born Carter Co., farmer. Mother maiden Gertrude McClellon, born Boyd. 5th child, all living.