Gut Rumbles

August 20, 2004

relatives you never knew

I received a couple of emails lately from someone named Clyde Benge, who appears to be the son of my mama's cousin. (if so, his grandfather was Newton Benge) He's living in Washington state now and asked me what I knew about the Benge-Philpot feud in Clay County, Kentucky. I met his daddy several times and I heard a lot of stories about that feud. Newton Benge was the first person killed in it, shot through the head with a .45 during a card game at a sporting house frequented by drinking men and staffed with loose wimmen.

Other people heard about it, too. (Just scroll down that page.) It was a lot bloodier and it lasted a lot longer than that pissant fight between the Hatfields and the McCoys. All in all, more than 50 people got killed.

The first woodworking job my grandfather ever had was building a coffin for one of the people killed in the feud. Papaw told me that the man was shot outside a school house in the summer and nobody could retrieve the body for several days because of snipers looking for somebody else to shoot.

"By the time we could get to him, he was swollen up so bad that I had to knock the sides off that coffin and make it bigger. He wouldn't fit in what I first built."

Yeah. I have a fascinating family history. And somewhere in my pedigree, I think I'm kin to both sides now.


Speaking of feuds, how about you and your ex? You know the opposite of love is not hate, it's apathy. Listening to you go on and on about how much you hate her it's obvious you still have strong feelings for her....otherwise what would you care what she did?

Posted by: Steven on August 20, 2004 01:26 PM

Jennifer was the only true love I've ever known in my life. I never felt the way I did about HER with any other woman. That's what hurts so bad, because I believe that a part of me will always love her.

I wish I didn't feel that way, but I do.

Posted by: Acidman on August 20, 2004 01:57 PM

wonder if that is the same clyde benge that owes me back child support... hmmm

Posted by: Unknown on January 29, 2005 08:17 PM
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