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Subject: Barn' ROARK desc. in Dickey Diary
Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 17:31:31 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks to Pat Wadle's posting of her and Mrs. Noggle's ROARKs, I've <placed>
a John ROARK I've wondered about for three years. In the miscellany sent to
me then from a Steve Roark in Claiborne Co. TN was an excerpt from the JOHN
J. DICKEY DIARY. It is a statement made by a John ROARK. Descendants of his
line will find it interesting if they haven't seen it before. Here it is:
I was born in Claiborne Co., Tenn. 4 May 1824. My father was David ROARK.
His father was born in England and came to America either before my father
was born or very soon afterwards. He had eight sons. I can give some of
their names, viz, Boney [Barny?] John, Jesshu. and David (my father).
My father came to Kentucky about 1832, first to Harlan and then to Clay
when I was a boy. My mother was Betsy MILLER of Tennessee. My Uncle John
lived in Owsley Co., died on a return trip from Missouri, where he went to
look out a home. Some of his descendants are in Owsley.
The last I know of Uncle Jessee, he was in Tennessee. I do not know of
the rest of my father's brothers. My father was called "Tuckeho."
[The nickname may have come from David ROARK's military service.]
According to Pat or Mrs. Noggle, this John's line is Barnabus ROARK b 1754
in England(?), d 1811 in Greenville, SC.
His son David ROARK b abt 1788; m 1814 in Claiborne Co.TN to Elizabeth
Their son John ROARK b 1824 in Claiborne Co.,TN; m 10-29-1848 in Clay Co KY
to Syrena STEWART.
Their son Barnabus ROARK b 1-20-1854 in Laurel Co KY; m 4-15-1886 in Clay Co
KY to Sallie HENSON
Alma Roark Johnson