I was born on the 22nd of February, 1854 in TriggCoKy. I am the third child of Reuben Jackson Ivie, born in HenryCoVa and Elizabeth Owens, born in County. Some of the first things I remember growing up as a young child was that James Buchanan was President, and my father talking about how things would get real bad if Lincoln got elected president. He did and sure enough, things got real bad. Mama and us kids went to grandmas while Pa went off to war. I remember mama crying when she would read his letters he sent. Pa finally came home and we moved back to Kentucky. He got a job as a carpenter cause there were a lot of places rebuilding after being destroyed by the war and the 'rogues'. I got to go to school but some of my friends couldn't go cause they had to help their fathers work. We moved to FultonCoArk, I remember riding on a big ole paddle boat up the Mississippi and White Rivers. Ulysses S. Grant was president when I married Sessions. Her Pa was killed at the Battle of Shiloh. We had eleven children. In Dec'75 Grandpa Ivie passes on in Kentucky and Grandma is cared for by my Aunt Tabitha in Shiloh, Kentucky. We joined the Macedonia Church and Pa later became a preacher. In 1880 he preached his first sermon. In 1885 he was ordained by a presbetery of Elders J.F. Johnson, H.M. Brazil, J.P. Rogers, Z. Wiseman and Deacon A. Thomason.
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