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“GUNZMITH”

Since: Jan 08

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#1 Aug 16, 2010
joe clarks home and store on sextons creek.........."Old Joe Clark" is a mountain ballad, sung during World War 1 and later wars by soldiers from eastern Kentucky, about the life of a shiftless and rough mountaineer named Joseph (Joe) Clark. Clark occupied a log house on Sextons Creek on 700 acres of land in Clay County, and lived with several different women and had many children.

He ran government-supervised still. He would load an ox cart with whiskey and take it to the round bottoms with a Spencer rifle lying across his lap. He is said to have shot the arm off one of his neighbors when they got into a fight. Another story claims that Clark also lost an arm.

There are several stories surrounding his death. J.B. Weaver gave this account, as told to him by Joe's son. Clark was living with a woman named Chris Leger and they split up. He then began living with a McKenney woman in his store, renting his house to Chris and her new friend, the brother of Old Jim Howard. Leger and Howard then devised a plan whereby they would kill Joe and she would claim he had left the farm to her. Howard shot and killed Clark on April 22, 1886, near the back porch of the store. Howard then fled to Beattyville, where a few days later while crossing a bridge, he was stabbed to death by two men from Clay County.

Clark is buried in the family cemetery on a hill overlooking the farm at Sextons Creek.

Since: Aug 10

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#2 Aug 16, 2010
where do you find this stuff??? I love history stuff....

“GUNZMITH”

Since: Jan 08

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#3 Aug 17, 2010
RitaJM wrote:
where do you find this stuff???
i had a 112 degree brain fever once which caused my brain to expand and mutate to superhuman intelligence ..........and i love history stuff........google
haha ..........and books..........ive always loved history and science..........or maybe it just runs in the family
Curious

Manchester, KY

#5 Aug 17, 2010
I think it's fabulous that the Weavers restored the Old Joe Clark cabin and wonder why it's not open to the public to enjoy the history of this fascinating landmark. It's truly a remarkable part of Clay County history and should be shared by those interested.
Loves History

London, KY

#6 Aug 17, 2010
Curious wrote:
I think it's fabulous that the Weavers restored the Old Joe Clark cabin and wonder why it's not open to the public to enjoy the history of this fascinating landmark. It's truly a remarkable part of Clay County history and should be shared by those interested.
It is open to the public - just let them know when you would like to visit. Unfortunately, such a landmark cannot be left wide open - too many people would have a field day vandalizing it. Such is the case with most historical landmarks.

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