James, I would love to know which branch of the family you descend from. I have a lot of information on this family, but not a lot on the part that stayed in Kentucky. My branch moved on from there into McLean Co., IL. I'd be happy to share. I don't know about any "colorful characters", but there were quite a few Methodist preachers in our family! Hope you are feeling better from your surgery and look forward to hearing from you.