Stamper Family Project
Diary of Richard Silas; missionary to Estill County 


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Wednesday, June 10, 1900

We have been in a very broken part of the country again today and came through some corn fields so steep we could hardly walk down the hill. We have passed


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Drip Rock, and into Estill Co to Station Camp. We heard of Bro John Kelly, a member of the Church and started on a hunt for him, but after a hard days travel until 9:00 o'clock, we have gained enlitenment with S P Howell.

Thursday, June 11, 1900

Leaving Howell's this morning we made our way to the Pebworth P O and then came to Bro Kelly's; he and family being good, faithful Latter-day Saints. They were very glad to see us, as we are to get here. We have held a nice little cottage meeting tonight.

Friday, June 12, 1900

Brother Kelly's daught May having just lately became 8 years of age, was very anxious to be baptised and could hardly wait until 1 o'clock today when we ___ out a deep hole in the creek and I baptised her. She was much pleased over it, and so am I to be able to perform the ordinance of baptism for one so true and faithful, though young, as the first in my life. This evening we hald another meeting and visited and administered to a sick child.

Saturday, June 13, 1900

Elders Hess and Howell joined us this morning after a hard trip across the country and the former and I started off on a short visit among some scattered saints and friends. We have found all we have visited thus far feeling well in the Gospel and doing nicely in general. We have held a cottage meeting at Bro H S Edwards and will sleep here tonight.

Sunday, June 14, 1900

We all attended the regular little Sunday School held in Bro Kelly's house this morning which I enjoyed; it being the first S S I have attended since being in Kentucky. We have held four meetings in all today, baptised 3 children of Bro Edwards and blessed their baby. I confirmed Eulaly Edwards a member in the Church. Generally we have had a very enjoyable time today.

Monday, June 15, 1900

I slept at Bro Edwards again last night; and this morning Elder Molen and I took up our journey again and found several families of saints about 5 miles distance. We will stay over night at Geo A Fortiner's, whose wife and daughter are strong members of the Church.

Tuesday, June 16, 1900

We haven't traveled very far today, for we soon found Harvey Williams and family, and as they are Latter-Day Saints and have not seen any elders for over a year, they were pleased to see us today. We have held a little meeting here in the house tonight; but had a very difficult matter to speak out freely for some reason, which thing happens occassionally, though we don't know why.

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Wednesday, June 17, 1900

We have remained quiet today, putting in good time studying, but not moving out much. These folks are very poor and work hard hit, seem faithful in the Gospel. I certainly feel sorry for people situated as these are. We held a meeting in the little school house near by tonight and had an enjoyable time expounding the Gospel.

Thursday, June 18, 1900

After studying hard all day, we held another meeting tonight, and a man came up and ask us to heal him of the piles, but when I had preached to some length on signs following believers, prayer and other duties of his followers of the Saviors he seems out of the notion, and burried out of the house.

Friday, June 19, 1900

Bidding Bro Williams and family good-bye, we continued onward this morning and this afternoon arrived at Campton, Wolfe Co. In the past 5 days we have come via Proctor, Beattyville, Radical and Torrent, Lee Co. After getting our mail at Campton, we came to Bro Solomon Osbornes house. His wife is a member of the Church and is glad to have us with them.

Saturday, June 20, 1900

We blessed Sister Osborne's baby today, giving it the name of Beechie Ellen. This afternoon we came to Bro Jeff Wells but found Sister Wells to be rather cool towards us and didn't seem to care much whether we stay or not.

Sunday, June 21, 1900

After getting permission to do so, we appointed and held two meetings today in the school house; one at 5 p m and one this evening. We were invited to a nice supper by a Mr Chambers; and will sleep at Bro Wells, although I don't feel very welcome. Our meetings have been well attended and a success in every respect.

Monday, June 22, 1900

We have remained in our room upstairs nearly all day studying, and as Sister Wells is feeling sickly tonight we held our meeting here in their house, instead of the schoolhouse. I attempted to speak on the Kingdom of God, but did not do very well as it was my first venture on that subject.

Tuesday, June 23, 1900

Having the name of a Bro Kidd, we started out to try and find him this morning. We passed Flat P O and waded the Kentucky river into Lee Co and found his father, Samuel Kidd and family, but learned he had moved away from there to make his way to the West. As the peopel there were friendly and kind, we decided to return in a few days, but came back to Wells to hold a meeting tonight but nobody came out.

Wednesday, June 24, 1900

We came from Wells to Osborne's today having previously appointed a meeting for tonight, and also to get our mail at Campton. Our meeting was well attended for a

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cottage meeting, and I occupied the entire time speaking on the subject of the 'Kingdom of God' and enjoyed myself.

Thursday, June 25, 1900

Being desireous of getting out and finding more places to hold meetings, we visited the trustees of the Trace school house, obtaining consent of two them, and made a good impression on all the people who we met and talked with. Returning to Osborne's, we have held another meeting tonight; and both spoke to a small gathering of people on the early rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.

Friday, June 26, 1900

Leaving Osborne's this morning we came to Wells where we spent the time reading, writing and talking until after dinner, when we continued on our way here to Mr J P Talbee's, we preaches some and seemed to believe in the scriptures considerably as do we Latter-Day Saints. He was glad to see us and invited us to remain at this house, and hold a meeting tonight.

Saturday, June 27, 1900

In fulfillment of our promise of Tuesday last, we came to Mr Samuel Kidd's today, and after dinner went with a number of boys to the river (Kentucky) nearby to bathe and swim. We were having a good time, when all of a sudden I was strangled in deep water and believe I would have been drowned had not Green Kidd and another young man saved me. We held a meeting here in Mr Kidd's house tonight; and had nearly all the near-by neighbors present.

Sunday, June 28, 1900

Three meetings which we have held today in Mr Kidd's house were well attended with interested people. We have felt well in expounding different principles of the Gospel and had a real enjoyable time. The subjects ___ were the Gospel in general; Revelation; the Apostacy from the Gospel, and Primitive church and the Kingdom of God, as outlined in the New Testament.

Monday, June 29, 1900

We called on Mrs Maime Hatton, sister of Bro Kidd this morning and blessed her baby by giving it the name of Orbin Elliott. I acting as month. (?) Bidding all the people good-bye, we made our way to the school house here on Bloody Creek and tonight have held a meeting with three 'preachers' present and have come home with one Mr Fletcher to stay all night.

Tuesday, June 30, 1900

We have spent the day studying, and talking with several persons who came in . In our meeting tonight, we had Mr Talbe with us, and after I had spoken for a few minutes, we invited him to speak and he dwelt upon the 'Apostacy' as he has studied it out.

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Wednesday, July 1, 1900

We went to Campton for our mail today, walking about 18 miles in all I received 2 letters for myself. In our meeting tonight, one of the preachers asked for the privilege of speaking a few minutes to prove that the Kingdom of God is within a person's heart. I had first spoken on it from a scripture stand point according to our belief and be made a poor weak attempt to disprove my argument:

Thursday, July 2, 1900

The same preacher, McCellan Stamper, who spoke against our teachings last night invited us home to to stay all night with him, and we talked for awhile on the Gospel, but as we disgreed on nearly every point, we soon went to bed. Leaving McCellan this morning, we went to his brothers, Johns, when we studied and in the afternoon went in bathing in the Kentucky river. We held another meeting tonight.

Friday, July 3, 1900

Coming from Bloody Creek to Bear Branch school house today, we have held a little meeting therein tonight, but the attendance was poor. J A Maloney invited us to come home with him and stay overnight.

Saturday, July 4, 1999

Although the weather is getting extremely hot and almost beyond our endurance, we have traveled some 9 miles to get here to the Trace Fork school house in order to fill an appointment in holding a meeting tonight. We called on J P Talbe and Jeff. ___ on the way, and came along slowly eating large wild blackberries as we came.

Sunday, July 5, 1900

The people here seem to think it rather curious to hear such young men as we are preach. We held two meetings today and none tonight, but the weather has not been very favorable , hence our attendance was not the best. We will sleep here at D C Tutt's tonight.

Monday, July 6, 1900

Coming to Sol Osborne's today, it was our instruction to hold a meeting here tonight and we went around and told the neighbors of it, but nobody came out. As it has been very hot today, we tried to keep cool in the house, but the children's beds smelled very strong when the day grew hot.

Tuesday, July 7, 1900

As we are waiting on our mail we have spent the day studying and conversing on the Gospel. I have been reading 'The Dark Ages' by Albert Arrowsmith and find some good useful points in it. We will stay here at Osborne's again tonight.

Wednesday, July 8, 1900

Our mail not coming in until this evening caused us to remain here at Osborne's today and we have continued our studying and discussing different matters, and as our opinions differ on some things at times

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Discussions are too heated on some occasions.

July 9, 1900

In coming from Osborne's and Wolfe Co to Menefee Co, our route has been through rough, wooded country. We crossed Red River, and would walked several miles sometimes between houses. The day has been very warm and we were tired at night fall, but were refused entertainment at times before persuading Dial Gullet to take us in at 9 o'clock. The family are all in bed and we will not get any supper tonight although I am hungry.

Friday, July 10, 1900

We were up early this morning, but felt sore and tired and had eaten breakfast and were on the road by 5:30 o'clock. After walking about 3 miles to Frenchburg, the county site of Menefee, we found a staunch Latter-Day Saint in Bro Geo W Reffit. We were all glad on both sides to meet. We have spent the rest of the day reading and talking.

Saturday, July 11, 1900

Coming from Bro Rafferts to the home of Bro John R Powers, another man and family who are saints living north of Frenchburg, and afforded a meeting for tonight in her house, Sister Powers mother (Sister Barker) is very aged; but seems filled with the spirit of the Gospel.

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