A Genealogical Review of Nancy (Cook) Dials/Diles-Thacker b. 1810 &
related Cook, Davis, Dials/Diles, Ferrell, Maynard, Stewart & Thacker families of Eastern KY

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  • ID: I081
  • Name: Levisa "Vicy" Ferrell (alias Thacker)
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 10 JUN 1835 in VA or KY
  • Death: BET. 1918 - 24 AUG 1921 in Lebern, (Knott Co.), KY
  • Note:
    Levisa "Vicy" Thacker was one of several of Nancy Cook's daughters who assumed the surname of their step-father Jesse P. Thacker. Vicy's mother was Nancy (Cook) Dyals-Thacker. Vicy's half-sisters Sarah Mahala and Elizabeth "Betsy" and possibly her half brother Andrew were the children of an unidentified man with the surname Dyals, which means Vicy was neither a Dyals/Diles/Dials or a Thacker, instead she was a Ferrell. As mentioned, she was the daughter of William C. Ferrell, Jr. who became involved with Nancy Cook while Jesse P. Thacker was in prison. Vicy also had children born out of wed-lock and gave her children their step-grandfather's Thacker surname as well. Apparently, this "practice" of having children born out of wed-lock was quite common in this family because Vicy's sisters Betsy and Sarah also had children born out of wedlock. Even though she was not married, Levisa had many children by Dr. Jasper Byrd Stewart. Even though Vicy gave her children her step-father's Thacker surname, some of them eventually changed their surname to Stewart, thus accurately reflecting their true blood-line. For example, according to the poem "Trail of Tears", Leonard Stewart, who was the author of the poem and the grandson of Vicy and Dr. Jasper Byrd Stewart, stated he went to court while Vicy and Jasper were still alive to have the court officially recognize his surname at Stewart. Leonard was the son of Robert Thacker-Stewart and Lucinda Pigman. In conclusion, Vicy was neither a Dyals/Diles/Dials nor a Thacker. Instead she was a Ferrell, but her children used the Thacker surname, which was suppose to be Stewart.

    One interesting thing to note is that the community in which this family lived was evidently quite liberal when it came to "traditional" family values and was very tolerant of the nonconventional relationship between Dr. Stewart and his mistress Vicy since Vicy had children with a married man who was a doctor and a very prominent member of the community, yet it was well-known that Dr. Stewart was already married and had a family with his wife Nancy (Mullins). The standards of this community must have been quite relaxed considering Dr. Stewart raised two seperate families at the same time, one with his mistress Vicy and the other with his wife Nancy, yet both families remained very close and apparently were not as exposed to a level of stigma that may have otherwise been imposed on this family as a result of this nonconventional relationship. In fact, these families were so close that Jasper's wife Nancy (Mullins) Stewart was a midwife and helped to deliver Vicy's children.

    According to Vicy's headstone, she died Mon. 20 May 1918 and is buried in the Dyer Cemetery behind Congressman Carl D. Perkins' home. Congressman Perkins married Vicy's great-granddaughter Verna Johnson. According to the death certificate filed with the Commonwealth of Kentucky vital records, she died Aug 24, 1921 and was 86 yrs old at the time of her death and was buried at Dyer Cemetery. Also, this death certificate shows her parents were John Thacker and Sarah Turner, which appears to be an error because according to family tradition she was born when her step father Jesse P. Thacker was in prison and her mother Nancy Cook became involved with William C. Ferrell, Jr.


    1850 Letcher Co., Ky census:

    Jesse Thacker 46
    Nancy 40 [maiden name Cook, previously married to an Unidentified (Dial(s)/Diles/Dyals)]
    Sarah 26 [Sarah Mahala, d/o Unidentified Dial(s)/Diles/Dyals and Nancy (Cook)]
    Betsy 24 [d/o Unidentified Dial(s)/Diles/Dyals and Nancy (Cook)]
    Levisa 14 [d/o William C. Ferrell, Jr. & Nancy (Cook)]
    Robert 9 [son of Elizabeth (Dials/Diles) & Unknown father]
    Malisa 3 [d/o Sarah (Dials/Diles) & unknown father]
    Baby 5/12 [James, s/o Sarah (Dials/Diles) & unknown father]


    1860 Letcher Co., KY

    Jesse P. Thacker 57
    Nancy 57 (maiden name Cook)
    Mahaly 32 [Sarah Mahala, d/o Nancy (Cook) and Unidentified Diles/Dial(s)/Dyals]
    Elizabeth 26 [d/o Nancy (Cook) and Unidentified Diles/Dial(s)/Dyals]
    Levisa 23 [d/o Nancy (Cook) and William C. Ferrell, Jr.]
    Robert 19 [s/o Elizabeth (Dials/Diles) & Unknown father]
    Elizabeth 18 (maiden name Sparkman, wife of Robert)
    Malissa 13 [d/o Elizabeth (Dials/Diles) & unknown father]
    James 10 [s/o Sarah (Dials/Diles) & unknown father]
    Mary 5 [d/o Levisa "Vicy" Ferrell alias Thacker and Jasper Byrd Stewart]
    Andrew 3 [s/o Sarah (Dials/Diles) & unknown father]
    Nancy 6/12 (d/o Levisa "Vicy" Ferrell alias Thacker and Jasper Byrd Stewart)


    1870 Letcher Co., KY

    Visey Thacker 32 (consort or common-law wife of Dr. Jasper Byrd Stewart)
    Nancy Thacker 72 (maiden name Cook)
    Sarah Thacker 50 [daughter of Unidentified Diles/Dial(s)/Dyals & Nancy (Cook)]
    James Thacker 18 (son of Sarah)
    Andrew 13 (son of Sarah)
    Nancy 13 (daughter of Vicy)
    Henry 10 (son of Vicy)
    Robert 9 (son of Vicy)
    Elizabeth 6 (daughter of Vicy)
    Lena 1 (daughter of Vicy)
    Malishey 22 (daughter of Sarah)
    Elizabeth Diles 29 (maiden name Sparkman, widow of Robert)
    Visy 9 [daughter of Robert Dials/Diles and Elizabeth (Sparkman)]
    Robert 5 [son of Robert Dials/Diles and Elizabeth (Sparkman)]
    Luvenia 2 [daughter of Robert Dials/Diles and Elizabeth (Sparkman)]
    Eizabeth Diles 42 [daughter of Nancy (Cook) and Unidentified Diles/Dial(s)/Dyals]


    1880 Letcher Co., KY

    Levitha Thacker 40 (Levisa Ferrell alias Thacker)
    Henry C. 20
    Robert 18
    Melenia 12
    William 10
    Rufus 6
    Isaac 1
    Nancy Thacker 80
    Sarah Dials 50
    Malissa Dials 30
    Rosa Dials 6
    Andrew Dials 23

    Elizabeth Dials 38 (widow of Robert)
    Levicia 19
    Robert R. 14
    Vina 12
    Drusilla 10
    Margaret 7
    Samuel G. 3


    1900 Knott Co., KY

    144-149 THACKER
    Levisa 60 Head 2/1840 9/9 single VA VA VA
    Malena 25 dau 3/1875 single KY
    Isaac 21 son 8/1878 single KY
    Isaac 7 gr-son 10/1892 AR KY KY
    Malisa 50 niece 3/1850 single 1/1 KY KY VA
    Rosana 21 grand niece 10/1878 single 1/1 KY KY KY
    Martha 6 niece 8/1895 KY


    1910 Knott Co., KY census: Voting Precinct No. 1, Part of Magistrial District No. 1
    Town of Hindman

    231-231 THACKER
    Vicie 75 Head widow 9/9 KY KY KY
    Henry 45 son widow KY
    Joseph 16 gr-son KY
    Isaac 16 gr-son KY
    DIALS, Rasana 25 boarder KY KY KY
    Martha 15 boarder KY KY KY
    Malissey 50 boarder KY KY KY
    Andrew 9 boarder KY KY KY




    Father: William C. Ferrell , Jr. b: 15 JUN 1776 in Washington Co.>Russell Co., VA
    Mother: Nancy Cook b: ABT. 1810 in Surry Co., NC

    Marriage 1 Jasper Byrd Stewart b: 3 DEC 1829 in ?Virginia
    • Event: Partners BEF. 1854 in not legally married
    Children
    1. Has No Children Mary Polly Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 24 OCT 1854 in Letcher Co., KY
    2. Has No Children Nancy Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1857
    3. Has No Children Henry C. Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1857
    4. Has Children Robert Preston Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1861 in Unknown
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1867 in Letcher Co., KY
    6. Has No Children Malean Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1868
    7. Has No Children William Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1871
    8. Has No Children Rufus Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1876
    9. Has No Children Isaac Stewart (alias Thacker) b: 1878

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