I know it’s a bit of a reach, but if anyone in the audience has an extra copy of The Maynards of East Kentucky laying around, I’d love to borrow it.
In case you can’t read the small print, this is what’s written at the bottom of the cover… “On Brushy Creek in 1813, James Maynard built up the sides of a rock gap and lived in a rude cabin for a year. Here was born the first child on Brushy, Christopher “Kit” Maynard in 1814.”
And, I might add, that Maynard child born on the banks of the Brushy, wasn’t just any child. He was white… The following comes from the publisher of the book.
“This is a book of genealogy of Maynards that were traced back to the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror. It spans ten generations and proudly presents a Maynard as the first white child born on Lower Brushy of Pike County, Kentucky.”
As you can imagine, I’m curious to read the book, if only to find out all the things that my ancestors were the first white people to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in addition to giving birth, my ancestors were also the first white people to stub their toes, eat beans, and point out clouds that looked like boobies.
My main reason for wanting to see the book, however, is because I think it might help prove once and for all that I’m related to Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy – the man credited with bringing the pirate Blackbeard to justice in 1718. (According to the story, Maynard and Blackbeard traded shots with pistols. Maynard hit Blackbeard, but didn’t kill him. The two men then clashed with swords, with Blackbeard gaining the advantage. At this point, a man on Maynard’s crew slashed Blackbeard’s throat. The name of that man, however, has been lost to history, illustrating the fact that glory always goes to those in charge.)