"Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
Daniel Boone


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jenny Wiley Grave:River, Kentucky

Jenny Wiley (born Jean "Jenny" Sellards in 1760 in Pennsylvania - Died 1831) was a legendary pioneer woman who was taken captive by native Americans in 1789 in Virginia. Wiley endured the slaying of her brother and five children and escaped after 11 months of captivity.Her husband Thomas Wiley fought in the Revolutionary War and they returned to Kentucky in 1800 to raise a family in a cabin near her grave site in rural River,Kentucky(Johnson County).

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, Kentucky is named in her honor.


Anonymous said...

Good site

JRFisher said...

Jenny Wiley was my 4th generation grandmother and I am a direct decendant. My mother was Inez Castle, who's mother was Jenny Wiley named after her grandmother.
Would love one day to visit my roots and the park named after Jenny Wiley. Hope my children will help keep the memory of Jenny alive. I know my granddaughter Breanna will keep the memory alive. She did an awesome show n' tell at school on Jenny. It was amazing. Am so proud of my history.
Judi Fisher in Arizona

Bruce F. Card said...

Hello Everybody! And Thanks Mr. Steve for posting that great history of the store, I love it, perfect. Nothing better than a great old picture with the total history, that's the best. Now, more. Thanks again.

Dustan K said...

JR FIsher, I am supposedly related to her also. My name is Dustan Kralick I am from Soldotna, Alaska. Born and raised here, my grandmother is Donna Kralick, maiden name Castle. She gave me books about Jenny Wiley when I was a kid...sitting here with a friend ended up talking about Wiley and decided to show her, ended up weird..but ya my grandma has all sorts of proof type documents cuz shes really into our family tree. Anyways, small world! if u ever want to talk about it and find out how exactly we are related, my email is

Dustan K said...

Judi Fisher, i am also related to her. My name is Dustan Kralick i am from Soldotna, grandmother is Donna Kralick, maiden name Castle and she gave me books telling the story of Jenny Wiley and is really into our family tree has all sorts of documents stuff like that. CRAZY SMALL WORLD..randomly talking to a friend about this and decided to show her and ended up on this site. If u ever want to talk about how we could be related or whatever u can email me at!!