Ely Boggs Home

Location: At mouth of Mud Lick Fork of Callahan Creek. 
One mile north of Andover; five miles north of Appalachia.

Date: About 1820.

Owners: Ely Boggs; Elihu Boggs; Boggs heirs; Virginia Coal & Iron Company.

Description: Two-story log building, facing the road and east. Hewn logs, but not weatherboarded or ceiled. Two-landing stairway from hallway to four rooms above, with left turn. Windows with shutters only. No glass.
Porch in front and on kitchen part of rear. 

History: The exact date that Ely Boggs settled here is not known, but it is believed that he came into this section about 1820. It is known that he was "building a new barn in the year 1844" which indicates that he had
lived  there long enough to have made necessary a larger building for the protection of his stock.
     Ely Boggs owned large boundaries of land on Callahan Creek and its tributaries and on the southern slope of Black Mountain, and it is believed his patent lapped over on Cumberland River, for he moved, in late life, to Cumberland River and died near Eolia, KY. He is remembered for his part in the slaying of Alexander Goins on the Nine Mile Spur in November,
1844. In family tradition Boggs is represented as being the man who led Goins into an ambush from his (Boggs) home, where Goins had sought friends and protection. Goins' grave is in a bottom a few hundred yards
from the site of the Ely Boggs home.

Source of Information: William Boggs. Collected notes from family traditions.


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