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Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter I

Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Roach, who married writer's great great grandfather Nim Rod Roach, in 1876, was, a strong woman. Their marriage produced nine children and a foundation worthy of building a family upon that is still carrying forth the tradition of giving of oneself for the betterment of others.
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By Billy Joe Fudge

There was a time and place in our not so distant past when women were second class citizens in many cases. They often were straddled with raising children, cooking, canning, raising a garden, maintaining a household, and working in the field, etc. while in a continual state of pregnancy.

Occasionally however, there would be individuals who would rise above the burdens of culture and the tortures of day to day existence through sheer strength of will and character to carve out a place for themselves and their posterity.

It seemed that then as now they would have been known as strong women who knew what was right and did it.


It seemed they discovered in lives of difficulty and dismay what many in our present day state of ease and comfort have lost; that is, the idea that "true peace, freedom, happiness and liberation are only found through the giving of oneself to the betterment of others".

According to cousins of mine Rachel Lyons and Stella Akin Janes, my Great-great grandmother, Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Roach was one of those strong women. She married my Great-great grandfather, Nim Rod Roach October 15, 1876 and the subsequent 53 year marriage produced 9 children and a foundation worthy of building a family upon that is still carrying forth the tradition of giving of oneself for the betterment of others.

GGGrandmother, Lucy Clark would spend days midwifing and doctoring the sick at no charge. The doctoring was done with medicine made from herbs she collected herself.

GGGrandfather, Nim Rod and GGGrandmother, Lucy Clark would keep school teachers who helped out by working for their room and board. One of the school teachers who stayed with them was Toria Yates and I would think that she must have made quite an impression upon them since they named their general store and post office, Toria.

The Toria Post Office and General Store was located on the Northern corner of the intersection of present day Rowetown Road and Toria Road.
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  1. Kentucky Color - Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter I
  2. Kentucky Color: Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Chapter II


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Kentucky Color: Lucy Clark Demumbrun - Chapter I



2016-12-11 - Toria, named for Toria Yates, Adair County, KY - Photo from the collection of Billy Joe Fudge.
Favorite old photo of Nim Rod & Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Road - "According to cousins of mine Rachel Lyons and Stella Akin Janes, my Great-great grandmother, Lucy Clark Demumbrunn Roach was one of those strong women. She married my Great-great grandfather, Nim Rod Roach October 15, 1876 and the subsequent 53 year marriage produced 9 children and a foundation worthy of building a family upon that is still carrying forth the tradition of giving of oneself for the betterment of others." - Billy Joe Fudge

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