John J.

Dickey Diary


Submitted by: Phyllis Hefelfinger


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 
 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.)


Submitted by: Phyllis Hefelfinger


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.