Letters To The Editor

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."


Here are actual letters from our February 2002 issue:

Found Angel Kids

Dear Editor:

The Kentucky Explorer is the finest magazine in print today, in my opinion.

I recently placed a query about finding Ruth and Homer Angel's kids. A man by the name of Roy Lee Angel of Flint, Michigan, called me, and I learned that he was a half-brother to them. I'd like to thank Roy for his help.

I have found all of the children now. Benji Rose Angel, Ruth's son, has passed away, but the rest are alive and doing well, living in the Louisville area.

The only exception is Debra, who lives at Topeka, Kansas.

Thank you, so much!

Mrs. Ola Deaton
P. O. Box 974
Beattyville, KY 41311


Recalls Craft School And Mr. Barker

Dear Editor:

We really appreciate your magazine. My parents were both born in Eastern Kentucky and moved to Ohio as teenagers. But home ties are still strong and never really break, so I feel like a son of Kentucky, too.

My father, Oscar W. Johnston, is now 89 years old and lives near us in Pennsylvania. He is the son of James Raney and Arizona Craft Johnston.

In the May 2001 issue, page 79, is a photo of his maternal grandparents, John Linvil and Nancy Back Craft.

In the June 2000 issue, page 10, is a photo of the Craft School in Morgan County, dated 1911. Dad says this was just down the road from his home, toward Blackwater.

The teacher, William Benjamin (W. B.) Barker, who was mentioned in that photo, was a longtime one-room schoolteacher from that area of the Morgan/Menifee County line, as Dad recalls. Mr. Barker taught my dad some time later than when the photo was taken.
Dad remembers Mr. Barker as being thoroughly educated and an accomplished teacher, especially in the subject of history. He thinks Mr. Barker's daughter became a teacher in the same area as well.

On a different subject, Dad has grown greasy grit beans all his life, and he still has seeds for them.

In all honesty, just about everything we read about in The Kentucky Explorer magazine is like second nature to our family. Keep up the good work of preserving Kentuckiana history for future generations.

Norman L. Johnston
P. O. Box 9
Acme, PA 15610


About James Buchanan, Sr.

Dear Editor:

Once again you have made the past link up with the present.

On page 64 in the October 2001 edition was an interesting item called "Little Known And Mostly Forgotten" (Collins, 1878), referring to ancient marks on beach trees in Warren County. Two names jumped out at me: William Buchanan and J. Drake (probably Joseph Drake), Buchanan's brother-in-law.

Joseph Drake was married to Margaret Buchanan, the daughter of Col. John Buchanan. Drake was killed by Indians in Kentucky, leaving Margaret and a small son, John Drake. She later married William Jones.

William Buchanan was also killed by Indians in 1783 at Hoy's Station near Boonesboro (according to the Draper manuscript, also depositions in "Drake vs. Campbell").

William's brother, James Buch-anan, Sr., was my fourth-great-grandfather, who died in 1806 at Blue Licks in Nicholas (now Robertson) County. James and William had another brother, John, who was killed at the Battle of Saratoga.

James, Sr., owned property at Blue Licks at the time of his death in 1806, including one-half of the Salt Springs. He called John Drake his "beloved nephew" in one of the deeds recorded in Mason County.

There is much history still to be found about our Kentucky. Thank you for helping bring some of it to the present.

June Hughes Roe
8221 Orangeburg Road
Maysville, KY 41056


Indian Relics Buried In Cave At Lexington?

Dear Editor:

I have always heard that there is a cave under Lexington with Indian relics in it. Winston Coleman told me he has heard the same story.

In the September 1992 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, page 68, is an article entitled A Tale Concerning Caves Under Lexington. This story describes a large cave with endless rooms of Indian artifacts. The cave was entered in 1783, but the entrance was later filled in to keep children out of danger.

Does anyone know where this old cave is located?

I entered some caves near McKee (Jackson County) on a University of Kentucky tour.

When I was a youngster I went into some caves along the river and in Scott County.

I have also heard there are caves in Madison County and a large cave under Woodford County with a lake in it.

I've heard there used to be a cave in back of the Woodford County Courthouse that came out at the back of the orphan's home on Versailles Road.

A Lexington librarian told me there used to be a cave on the property of the Lexington Theological Seminary on South Limestone Street.

I've also heard there used to be a cave on the property where Picadome School in Lexington now stands.

I read somewhere that there is a large, hidden cave near Cumberland Gap with gold bars in it.

Does anyone know where any more caves are located in Central Kentucky?

Jim Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503



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