STATEMENT OF MRS. EMILY EICEM.
[Transcribed by Mark S. Carroll 30 April 2000 with the intent of
the exact lettering and type face of a photo copy of the original statement obtained from the
Cole Family file in the Lee County,Kentucky Public Library]
My grandmother's name was Martitia Crawford. My mother
was Emily Evans. My own name is Emma Cole Eicem.
My grandmother Crawford told me about her cousin, William
Crawford, and she told me about his being burned at the stake,
and I remember she said that Simon Gertie was a bad man. She
said that William begged him to shoot him while he was being,
burned at the stake, and Simon Gertie laughed at him and said he
couldn't do that. That was her cousin William. She said, "poor
William, they ought not to have killed him." She didn't say
where he was when they burnt him, if she did I have forgot that,
but I think she said she didn't remember. She might have told
me, but I don't remember. I heard her say that hemwas burned
at the stake, and that he was her cousin William.
I think the Crawfords came to this country with the Boones,
Because Leah Boone was her neighbor. She came to see my grand-
mother when I was little. She married a Newnam, some Newnam, I
don't remember his name. When she was old she came to Frank
Newnam's to visit. They was related. This was the old man Frank
Newnam. He lived on the Fair Ground up here. I remember that she
came there and stayed all day. Her name was Leah Boone. I
guess they come in with the Boones. This woman was scalped by
the Indians. I know there was a little round spot on the top
of her head where she was scalped by the Indians but it didn't
That Newnam--his father and Miss Howell's Grandmother
was sister and brother. She was named after Leah Boone--Tom
Howell's mother was. His brother is the one that married Leah
Boone. She married Newnam's husbands brother. One was named
John and I don't remember what the other one's name was.
They always claimed the Howell's was not related, but
that she married a Howell. Mrs. Newnam was a Tincher that
married John Newnam--I believe she was a sister of Old Man
My fathers name was Barton Cole, Emily Evans was my
mother. She was Henry Evans' daughter.
John Evans married my aunt Polly Cole and went to Texas.
Young John Evans, a cousin of my mother's, married a Crawford
and went to Texas. He married Uncle Arch Crawford's daughter.
Father was a Cole but his mother was a Crawford. Mother told me
when we was talking about Uncle Arch and grand mother were brother
and sister. My grandmother, Martitia Crawford, was a sister of
Arch Crawford. I don't remember so well, but I can tell you where
you can find out. Flora Cole out here has a book that young John
kept the record in. She lives out here at Congleton. I was out
there and saw the book. I made her go get the book because I
had heard that it had a record of our relatives in it.
The first I knew where grandmother lived was on Millers
Creek, on Billy's Fork, and Uncle Archie lived below there down
at Pryse, I think. His brother, Vol Crawford, got drowned down
there and was buried there, and Uncle John Cole is buried there.
I don't know where they came from when they came in there
but I think from Breathitt county. She would tell me all those
things when I was in the house with her. I would give anything
to talk to her one day now. Mother was 93 when she died. She
died in 1875.
Grandmother's niece, seems like her name was Elizabeth,
they run away and rode horse back to get married. He was sick
and he took her to hid daddy's and they they married after that.
He waited for till her daddy went to the Court-house and they
run away on horseback. Lewis--that's a cousin to my mother.
Uncle Archie went off and while he was gone Aunt Betsey said
she would do the housecleaning that morning and she begged
Aunt Betsey not to. She brought her things down and set them
down by the side of the door. She knew he would come after her.
When he come Lewis said Sunt Betsey was sitting with a reel in
her hand. He come in and said, "Are you ready?" and she said
"Yes" and he said Aunt Betsey just set there and run the reel
around her finger.
All of the old Crawfords had slaves. Father's sister
married a Crawford. They went to Texas. Sallie was the girl's
name and John was the boys name.
Simpson Crawford was a cousin to my mother. I just now
thought of his name. My mother stayed there with them. She
loved them better than anything. I can't think of their names
now--I know it just so well. I have heard mother talk about them
so much. Young Ose Cole was my father's brother. He went to
Texas, he went to see him before he went but never got to
see him. His sister died after they went to Texas. After they
went out there she died with heart trouble. I don't know where
they went to in Texas. Father could tell but I was so little
I don't remember. If Granny Cole told me it was when I was mighty
little for she died when I was mighty little.
I am 78 yeas old, or will be next July, the 3rd day
of next July. I just know what grandmother told me about it.
Your grandfather was Claiborne Crawford. He was a
cousin to my father, but I didn't know him.
I was 8 when grandmother died. She was crippled before
she died and got so she couldn't hardly walk, only when she put
her hand on my shoulder, I would help her to her meals.
The oldest child married when I was 2. She married Dan
Steele. She was my only sister. He was a brother of old man Bill
All of the Coles are not of the same family. The Coles at
Booneville are not related to us. This Shafter Cole out here
is not a relative of ours. My people came from--Granny said they
had a little Dutch Colony in Maine and they rode from here there
and married. They went on horseback. I know one afternoon she took
dinner with one of his cousins and stayed all night there. She
said "that is the best venison I ever ate," and said Cousin Martie
said "don't you know what you ate for dinner," and she said
"why, yes, that was the best venison I ever ate" and she said
it wasn't venison, but was a piece of rattlesnake. She said "I
guess it will kill every one of us," but Cousin Martie said "no, I
killed it myself before it ever bit itself, and it wont have any
poison in it."
I have seen wild deer. I seen three come out in our field,
one day. Someone killed a bear down on Millers Creek. Killed it
and sent Granny a piece.
Granny told me about when she was was raised they didn't
have any bread. Everything was wild. When they had deer and
didn't have bread she said they would use venison for bread and
bear meat for meat because the venison was lean and the bear meat
was fat and greasy.
She said when they first had corn they would dig a little
hole in the hill and put the corn in it and when it got so they
could they would take a little rock and beat it and make meal.
She said they cooked bread for supper one night when they first
had it and it was the first bread she had ever eat, and they
forgot the bread and eat supper without it. They cooked it on
the fire place. I have eat Johnny cakes.
Mr. Beach: You say your ancestors came over on the Mayflower
A: Yes, the Cole's did. They had a little colony in
Maine. They went over and back in 1717, I think.
I don't remember granny's brothers name.
/s/ Emma Cole Eicem
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[in the margin] Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4-24-5 ??? Bradley, ?? Notary Public Lee Co Ky My Commission Expires 12/17/x7 [and] 3/22/4?- ???Beach
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