George "Of All" Sizemore
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George "Of All"
Sizemore was the oldest Sizemore
to first come to Clay County, Ky. He came from
Hawkins, Tennessee according to and interview with
his great grandson Felix Begley in theDickey Diary.
We first see him on the Tax List of 1807 and others on down the years
Then we find him on the 1810 and 1820 census
for Clay County. He is listed as over 45 years of age
on both census, the only ones he is listed on. By 1830
George has died. George is alive as is proved by court
records in 1818. Yet he is dead by August of 1822 as is
also proved in the Clay County, court records in
reference to the "Widow Sizemore". We only have one
other form of documentation for George "Of All" Sizemore in Clay
County, Ky. and it is the Dickey Diary. This Diary gives
us some insight to the man George was and also lists some
of his family members. The reference to George's nickname as
George "Of All" is unclear to me at this time where it actually came
married Agnes Shepherd. The only references we have
for her name are theDickey Diary and the Clay County, court records,
where she is referred to as the "Widow Sizemore" from 1822 to 1824
then in 1825 they called her "Aggy Sizemore" The reference for Aggy's
Maiden name comes from the Dickey Diary (the interview of Polly North).
of George "Of All" Sizemore and Aggy Shepherd as stated in Dickey Diary:
Note: These children also show up in the Clay County Census.
1 Female over 45
1 Male 16-26
1 Male 45 and
1 Female 45 and over
1 Male 16-26
1 Female 16-26
1 Male 16-18
1 Male under 10
Felix T. Begley - Bull Creek - March 27, 1898 pgs. 2204-2205
I was born March 6, 1834 in Leslie County, then Perry near the mouth of Cutshin. My great grandfather BEGLEY came from Ireland. He was a weaver by trade. He came with my grandfather and is buried on Cutshin. He had a by-word "Damn-an-it". He spoke broken English.
My grandmother was MINNY SIZEMORE. She was a daughter of "Old GEORGE of All" SIZEMORE, who came with my grandfather, Wm BEGLEY from Hawkins County,Tennessee. He had sons as follows: HENRY, JOHN, NED, and GEORGE; MINNY (Wm BEGLEY), RHODA (ROBERTS), Ruth (John JONES), Susan (BOLLING).
"Old GEORGE of All" was a hairy man and a prize fighter. He wounded Wm TWITTY in a fight, so that he died. SIZEMORE nursed TWITTY would cry and tell him he had nothing against him. All he asked of him was to fight again if he got well. SIZEMORE is a Cherokee Indian name. He is said to be half or more Indian.
The SIZEMORES are very numerous in the mountains. The SIZEMORES settled first on Middle Fork, then went to Clay, Floyd and other counties.
Note by Dickey: (POLLY NORTH), 85 years old, whose mother was RHODA SIZEMORE say they came from New River. J.J.D.)
MRS. POLLY NORTH, CUTSHIN (*LESLIE COUNTY)MARCH 27, 1898 pgs. 2205-2206
I am 85 years old, was born in this county. My father was a Wilder, my mother Rhoda Sizemore. The first preacher I ever heard was Chenault, a Baptist, and he preached on Cutshin. William Mattingly was the first school teacher. I remember he taught when I was a child. My grandmother's maiden name was Aggie Shepard. I remember to have heard my Grandfather Sizemore say to her "Dam-an-it Shepard I can't stand you much longer". At Glade on Bower's Creek John Gilbert killed a wolf. It had killed a two-year-old mule of his. He rode on the pelt as long as he lived. I have seen Rev. John Gilbert have to hold on to the fence because he had taken a dram too much. I have heard him say many a time at the close of the service on Sunday as he would start for the door "Dear, dear me brethren have you any bull yearlings to sell?" I have wove many a yard of cloth from nettle which grew wild. It made white cloth.
Note added in Diary-by John J. Dickey: The old lady chews tobacco.
All submitted by: Phyllis Hefelfinger
Ordered that $ 10 be levied for
the Widow Sizemore and John Gilbert
appropriate the same.
Ordered that there be levied
for the Widow Sizemore $10 and that John Gilbert
appropriate the same.
Ordered that the Widow Sizemore
be allowed and that John Gilbert
appropriate the same $10.
Ordered that $10 be levied to
Aggy Sizemore and that John Gilbert
appropriate the money for her benefit.
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