John Dye ( – 1885)

"John Dye, was reared on the farm near Cold Springs and
prior to his marriage, when quite a young man, spent several
years working on flat-boats on the Ohio, Mississippi, Black
and White rivers in Arkansas and elsewhere and, in fact, 
made his start that way.  In the meantime he bought a farm 
near the old homestead, and on May 28, 1840, married Mary
Ware and engaged in farming the most of his life.  He died 
at the home of his son, J. Frank Dye, in Highlands, back of 
Newport, in 1885, at the age of seventy-three years, his 
widow surviving him until 1892 when she died at the age of 
seventy-three years.  They were the parents of six children,
three sons and three daughters, of whom two are living at 
the present time.  Of these children, James Israel, the eldest 
son, who was born April 19, 1844, enlisted in the Confederate 
army under General Humphrey Marshall early in 1863.  He was 
consigned to the Tenth Kentucky Mounted Riflemen, under Captain 
Ben Bell, was later transferred to the command of General
John S. Williams then to General Giltner and last to General 
John Morgan on the latter's last raid in Kentucky and was 
captured at Mt. Sterling early in 1864 and sent to Johnson's 
Island.  Early in 1865 he was exchanged by request.  His 
eagerness to return to the front induced him to conceal
his real disability and through exposure in the hard trip and 
lack of nourishment and medical attention he lost his health,
which resulted in his death in Newport, July 9, 1865, one month
after his arrival homes. He said he weighed one hundred ninety-
seven when captured and one hundred seven when he was released."

Source:  HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson,
three volumes, Lewis Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912.
Common version, Vol. III, pp. 1285-86. [Campbell County]

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