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Perry County Sheriffs 1938-2003

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Justus Begley 
Sheriff 1938-42

Click here Charles Cornett
Sheriff 1942-46
Click here Green Holliday
Sheriff 1946-49
Click here John Gross
Sheriff 1950-53
Click here Bill Cornett
Sheriff 1954-57
Click here Paul Amis
Sheriff 1958-61
Click here Charles Combs
Sheriff 1962-65
Click here "Speck" Cornett
Sheriff 1966-69
Click here Estill Pollard
Sheriff 1970-73
Click here Ira Kilburn
Sheriff 1974-77
Click here Robert Ken Terry
Sheriff 1977-81
Click here Pearl Couch
Sheriff 1982-94
Click here Les Burgett
Sheriff 1994-2002
Click here Pat Wooton
Sheriff 2003-

Complete list of Sheriffs in Perry County

     Perry County Sheriff Bill Cornett with "moonshiner"
Hazard City Police Chief Joe Walker with a "moonshiner"

"I was wondering if you had any more information on Ira Kilburn.  He is my Grandfather's brother and I am looking for any information you have on Ira Kilburn or Ab Kilburn who is my grandfather.  He died at age 29 when my mom was only 9 months old.  He was married to Cassie Hoskins.  Any information would be appreciated."  Susan Cox, Indiana  johndc@shelbynet.net

"My grandpa was Mack (John) Summers and he was sheriff in Hazard sometime in the twenties.  He was shot in the back by a fugitive from justice.  Could you give me more info on this or lead me in the right place.  I would like any help you could provide.  Thanks."  Ed Summers, Enid, OK  edsummers1@juno.com

"I am looking for information on Austen 'Tug' Godsey who was supposed to be a bondsman in Hazard.  He was married to Louisa Williams Daughter to John T Williams and Frankey "Frances" Ritchie of Ary, KY.  I can not find his burial place but it is believed he was buried on what is now Broadway near the cemetery and his grave may have been moved as the road was built. He was in the 1984 Hazard Herald Voice as a mayor mistakenly listed as a Morgan."  Bonita Williams Napier, Hazard, KY bonitawilliams_2000@yahoo.com

"My grandfather was French Vermillion.  His father, Scuyler Vermillion ran for Perry County Jailer sometime in the 30's,but was killed before he could be elected.  If anyone can tell me anything about my great-grandfather Scuyler, I would greatly appreciate it."  James L. Bryant, Hamilton, Ohio  mirrorshades62@yahoo.com

"My grandfather was Charly Cornett, sheriff - 1942 to '46.  If anyone has any info on him I would appreciate an email.  He had four children, Lexa, Harry, Jr, and my Dad - Ray.  Harry and Jr. passed away at an early age and my Dad is gone as well and only Lexa remains."  Ray Cornett, Lake City, FL  rgc@atlantic.net

"I was told for years that my grandpa Riley Gayhart was a law man of some kind in Hazard.  I think it was in the twenties.  Can anyone tell me more?"  Benita Hatfield, Ohio  foghat43420@yahoo.com

"My father was Justus Begley Sheriff 1938-1842...I appreciate my cousin, Marilyn Hansen for submitting his picture...Thank you Web Master for displaying it....My father was the best!"  Betty Jane Begley Coots, Marietta, Georgia  bjbcoots@aol.com

Does anyone know of a way to find police in Hazard?  My mother's uncle was Crit Begley and was the chief of police there."  Diane Daniel, Scottsburg, IN  Sisaboom@yahoo.com

"I was looking for information about my father-in law who was a constable in Hazard a few years back.  His name is Richard Osborne.  He was married to Gladys Osborne."  Vernessa Osborne, Peoria, IL  NAE9679SHE@AOL.COM 

"Would like to hear from anyone who knew James Morton who was Deputy sheriff around Blacky, Ky. in the 1940s."  Ballard Morton, Mason, Ohio  crowesridge@aol.com

"Pearl Couch was first sheriff in Kentucky to succeed to a 2nd term straight plus the hardest working and most honest sheriff Perry County ever had."  Mike Couch,  Willard, KY    mikecouch@inthehills.c 

"My grandfather was named Charles Combs and I wondered if the former sheriff might be him.  I am trying to learn more about my family on my mothers side so any information would be appreciated.  Thank you."  Jennifer Knight, Dayton, Ohio wayneanjenny@aol.com

I've been trying to find information on my grandfather and I noticed that in 1872 McCager Napier was a Sheriff.  Could you send me info of who he was and who he was married to?  Any info would help.  My grandfather, McCager Napier, born Est: 1849/52 in Knott Co, KY, married Nancy Jane Ritchie, born 12-19-1883 in TN.  When my mother was born in 1917 he was 65 and she was 35.  McCager was married before but I'm not sure who he was married to.  I know this is not a genealogy net however I do appreciate it if you could tell me something about this Sheriff McCager Napier.  I am constantly searching the net for just any hope of finding something that will lead me to my grandfather.  Looking at those pictures about Hazard also make me seem close to my mom.  She's gone now however she was raised up in Hazard.  My mom, Della Mae Napier, left KY in 1931.  I thank you very much and may Hazard KY Have a Beautiful Day."  Betty Sapp, Fort Smith, Arkansas   bettys1843@msn.com

"My father was a policeman there many years ago under a Police Chief named Bucky.  My fathers name is Reginald Collins he was also a preacher there and I would like any pictures or info that you may have on him.  I was in the Army while he was there and we missed so much of our time together that now I am trying to tell my kids about their grandfather.  Any help you can give we 'thank you' for it."  Reginald W. Collins II, Va Beach VA   Wes23502@aol.com

"Hello.  I was looking at your list of sheriffs and I noticed William Smith on your list.  That is my great grandfather.  I believe he was killed on Christmas eve 1923.  I was wondering if you had anything else on that story, or any pictures of him.  If so e-mail me back and let me know."  Ryan French  Memphis, TN   french_53@hotmail.com

"I need to know if my grandpa was a sheriff.  His name was Hiram Lewis Huff.  He died April 4th 1933.  I'm doing family research.  Any information will be greatly appreciated."  Tim  timco@zoomnet.net

"My grandfather was a constable when he passed away and he was a very big part to all of his family.  His name was Rocky Moore and he meant a lot to everyone who knew him and I was just wondering if maybe before to long you can make a site in Hazards website about my grandfather and other constables.  I would greatly appreciate it.  Or put some of his newspaper articles on him in here somewhere. Thanks a lot."  Roxanna Reed,  Indiana  foxxyroxxy85@hotmail.com

"My father is from Hazard, Kentucky.  His father's name was Bert Slone.  I have been looking for a picture of his uncle Joe Walker.  He was the chief of police around the 40's.  It was amazing when I came to this site and found a picture of Joe walker (I could hardly believe my eyes).  I will definitely pass this information on to my father."  Barb Kleiva, Batavia, IL     momkleiva@yahoo.com

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