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This page is dedicated to the families of my maternal Grandfather, Jesse Carroll Pelphrey. Included in these reports are the Pelphrey, Trimble, VanHoose, Lemaster, and Salyer families. Most of these families lived on or about the Big Paint, Barnetts Creek, and Flat Gap sections of Johnson County, Kentucky. The Pelphrey and Lemaster families are particularly ancient in this area.
I would like to thank the individuals whose lineages and stories have contributed to making this site possible. I am always looking for more cousins to help complete my telling of these families and would welcome any information you would be willing to share.
I would also invite you to check out my other websites:
The Connelly Page which chronicles the Connelly, Blair, Rice, and Witten families as well as posts my complete ancestory.
The Fairchild Page which details the Fairchild, Hitchcock, Cantrell, and Spradlin families.
The Blanton Page which outlines the Blanton, McKenzie, Cantrell, and Davis families.
I am also developing a website to join these families together for research and communication at

The links for these pages may be found at the bottom of this site. I hope these reports both entertain and inform you concerning the lives of the folks who lived and died in these hills of East Kentucky.
The Pelphrey Page
Updated September 17, 2001

Joseph E Conley
Paintsville, KY 41240
United States

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Family Photos

  • The Pelphrey Boys at Their Mother's Funeral (22 KB)
    This is my grandpa Jesse with his brother in front of the old home place the day of their mother's funeral. From the left: Jesse, Trimble, preacher Sandy Phillips, Challie, and Frank
  • Clark and Alabama Pelphrey Trimble (55 KB)
    Clark and Alabama's children were double first cousins to my grandfather
  • Trimble's Family (26 KB)
    My Uncle Trimble's family. Uncle Trimble is a well-known and respected minister in the United Baptist Church in Southern Ohio
  • The Children of Jeff Pelphrey (31 KB)
    Amos Pelphrey (center) with his siblings
  • Boone Trimble (63 KB)
    Boone Trimble by his patrol car. Boone was the Johnson County Sherriff in the 1950's
  • Challie's family (22 KB)
    My Uncle Challie Pelphrey's family
  • The John G. Trimble Homeplace (72 KB)
    This is the home in which my Great Grandmother, Laura Trimble Pelphrey was raised.
  • Frank and Merzie VanHoose Pelphrey (29 KB)
    My Great Uncle Frank B. Pelphey and his wife Merzie VanHoose Pelphrey
  • John Garfield Trimble (46 KB)
    This is my Great Great Grandfather, John Garfield Trimble. John G. was a sucessful cattle trader and farmer in the Barnetts Creek/Big Paint section of Johnson County
  • Betty Jo Pelphrey Conley (20 KB)
    My Mother and six time Johnson County Court Clerk, Betty Jo Pelphrey Conley as she looked in eighth grade at Flat Gap Elementary
  • Granny Laura (15 KB)
    My Great Grandmother Laura Trimble Pelphrey in her final days.
  • John Leslie Pelphrey (53 KB)
    My Cousin John as he looked when he played for Rick Pitino's UK Wildcats. John is currently the assistant coach under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida
  • Rexford and Victoria Trimble (29 KB)
    Rexford and his sister Victoria Trimble.
  • The Deal Pelphrey Family circa 1918 (11 KB)
    This is my great great grandparents family
  • Shell Trimble (57 KB)
    My Grandpa Jesse's Uncle Shelby Trimble with his children
  • John Paris Deal Pelphrey family circa 1918 (11 KB)
    This is my great grandfather's family. Top row: Martha, Frank, Rouie, Challie, Nolice (cousin) Bottom row: My Granpa Jesse, Deal, Laura, Trimble and Merzie. In front: Patsy
  • John Mark and Clarinda Spradlin Trimble (56 KB)
    This is John Mark and Clarinda Spradlin Trimble. The resided at Barnett's Creek, Kentucky. You can learn more about this family through the Trimble report or the Spradlin report on the Fairchild Page or the Connelly report on the Connelly Page
  • The Deal Pelphrey Family circa 1903 (38 KB)
    Deal is holding Rouie, Laura is holding Martha, Frank and Challie are standing behind a picture of their brother John Bradley who had passed away.
  • Maggie Wells Collins and Children (28 KB)
    James Pelphrey's Great Granddaughter, Magnolia Wells Collins with some of her children

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