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“GUNZMITH”

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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.

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

“GUNZMITH”

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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

Somerset, 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

Hazard, 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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#7 Aug 25, 2010
Awesome picture!!! Waiting on that book!!

“GUNZMITH”

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#8 Aug 26, 2010
RitaJM wrote:
Awesome picture!!! Waiting on that book!!
hahaha..........it would be nice to be in a cabin in the hills all alone writing a book
interrested

Monticello, KY

#9 Dec 25, 2010
how does anyone contact them to go for a visit
Family

Somerset, KY

#11 Dec 26, 2010
interrested wrote:
how does anyone contact them to go for a visit
John Weaver visits Clay County quiet frequently and stays at the old post office beside of the cabin. Stop by there.
jerry

Boones Mill, VA

#12 Jan 8, 2011
joseph clark is my anscestor and i would love to be able to go and see the cabin.
About Time

Lexington, KY

#13 Jan 8, 2011
Hey Kindly Dragon, Please keep the history stuff coming I like reading it.
Hope this Helps

Manchester, KY

#14 Jan 9, 2011
Family wrote:
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John Weaver visits Clay County quiet frequently and stays at the old post office beside of the cabin. Stop by there.
You can also call Charles McWhorter - he can help you.
old woman

Fulton, KY

#15 Jan 9, 2011
what for
Elijah Clark

Lexington, KY

#16 Mar 1, 2011
RitaJM wrote:
where do you find this stuff??? I love history stuff....
This is a part of our family history. My father Joe Clark, namesake of Old Joe, passed away last March. He was 98 years old and we believe the last grandchild of Old Joe. His father was Tom Clark. I drove my father to the home place each summer to look around and visit Old Joe's grave in the Cemetery overlooking the house. Dad got to see the house after it was remodeled. It was our last trip there.

He was proud of his namesake and found humor in the fact that Old Joe "was shiftless and had legions of enemies".
Robert Cowan

Navarre, FL

#17 Feb 27, 2012
@ the Comment by Elijah Clark ... You Mentioned Tom Clark... Would that be the Mountain Tom Clark Buried in Florence, AL.??? Also, All of my Dads family came from around Ellis Holler in Clay Co. Ky... I was told that Joseph Clark was my Great, Great, Grandpa... My Grandpa's Mother was Emma Clark who married Robert Cowan ... They called her Emmie !!! No one was allowed to talk about it until after my Grandma passed away ... Her Dad was a preacher in Clay Co. named George "Beardy" Ball !!!
Hystorical

Sheridan, AR

#18 Feb 28, 2012
Good stuff ! Mr. Jerry Weaver, John's brother and son of Joe Bob Weaver married a lady named "Ball"; not sure of her first name.
Robert Cowan

Navarre, FL

#19 Feb 28, 2012
My Grandma's name was Dicie, Maden Name Ball & Married Fred Cowan in Ellis Hollar Ky....She had sisters Fanny, Virgie, Jesse, & Brother John. My Mothers Family came from Clay Co. Ky. also & her Maiden name was Hamblin ... there have always been family stories about Old Joe, The store & the whiskey business, & his escapades in Clay Co.... Also a couple different versions of his death ... They all included him being shot but by different folks for different reasons. One of the family stories was that when he was drinking around suppertime, he would balance the plate on the end of his pistol & pull the trigger before Emma could clear the table ...!!!
Stephanie Gray

Winchester, TN

#20 Mar 27, 2012
I only wish I knew all of the history dealing with Old Joe Clark, but I am proud to say that he is my great grandfather and my grandma and my grandpa grew up playing on this very land.
ccr

Glasgow, KY

#21 Mar 29, 2012
kindly dragon wrote:
<quoted text> 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
boy some of my family must have googled you because they told me your life history the other day .i have web cam it would be fun if a bunch of us that was raised there could get together on here .i don't know the younger ones even though they are related to me your history was very interesting.
ccr

Glasgow, KY

#22 Mar 29, 2012
Elijah Clark wrote:
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This is a part of our family history. My father Joe Clark, namesake of Old Joe, passed away last March. He was 98 years old and we believe the last grandchild of Old Joe. His father was Tom Clark. I drove my father to the home place each summer to look around and visit Old Joe's grave in the Cemetery overlooking the house. Dad got to see the house after it was remodeled. It was our last trip there.
He was proud of his namesake and found humor in the fact that Old Joe "was shiftless and had legions of enemies".
joe clark from hazard mike clarks brother diedjuly 27 2007 he was susan clarks bowlings son joe was 80 when he died he was married to etta bowlings daughter nella begley. i hope i'm right about all this.

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