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 December 2002/January 2003 issue:
Wood Killed By Champ Ferguson
If I may, I would like to add one story to your article on Champ
I am familiar with his story because my great-great-grandfather,
Reuben Wood, was the second person killed by him.
Reuben's daughter, Elizabeth, told of her dad dying on December
4, 1861. He had been shot at his home near Albany, Kentucky,
on Monday evening, December 2, 1861.
She said that she heard people coming up the road, shouting and
making all kinds of noises. She thought they were driving stock.
She went to the door and saw Champ Ferguson and others. She also
saw her dad coming down the road from the opposite direction,
and they met near the house. Ferguson ordered Reuben to get off
the road, which he did. He was coming up to the house when Ferguson
and another man rode up to the fence and ordered him to come
back, which he did. He shot Reuben, but it did not kill him then.
Supposedly, Reuben went into the house, and Ferguson followed
him. They scuffled. Then Ferguson left, and Reuben waited for
the family to come in so he could tell them what happened in
the house. He then went to bed. He died on Wednesday. Ferguson
claimed that Reuben was selling horses to the Union, and that
he had been to Camp Dick Robinson.
Reuben Bayless Wood was the son of Thomas Wood and Mary Bayless.
He was born January 22, 1805, in Cumberland County, Kentucky.
He married Elizabeth Gibbons on February 3, 1828, in Cumberland
County. He is buried at the Irvin Cemetery in Clinton County,
Kentucky. His children were: James, Nancy, Irene, Robert, Thomas,
Celina, Armistead, and Elizabeth. I am descended from his son,
Much more on Reuben Wood's death can be found in Mr. Thurman
Sensing's book entitled Champ Ferguson, Confederate Guerilla.
107 Planter's Ridge Drive
Sunset Beach, NC 28468
Marker In Texas May Be
Interest To Kentuckians
I haven't submitted any information since February 2001, but
I thought some readers may find interest in this historical marker
located in Garland, Texas.
I have lived in Garland for eight years and came across an old
cemetery a couple of years ago, while riding my bicycle on a
My parents were visiting in March from Lawrence County, Kentucky,
and we thought this would be an interesting article for The Explorer.
I'm sure descendants of this pioneer family would like to know
their family was honored in this way. Please feel free to provide
me with any information the readers may have regarding this family.
The historical marker reads: "James and Margaret Loving
(1811-1869) and (1820-1877). The 16th family in Dallas County
came by covered wagon and flatboat from Kentucky to Texas in
1843, as members of the Peters Colony. They arrived in Dallas
County, then unorganized, in 1844.
"On a 640-acre grant, two miles east from Mercer's Colony,
they built a log cabin, raised corn, wove cloth, and boiled soil
from salt lick to make their own salt. They had eight children.
"Loving, a brother of pioneer trail driver Oliver Loving,
was killed by a horse thief in 1869."
2926 Emberwood Drive
Garland, TX 75043
Old Recipes Wanted
I don't know why people go to other states on their vacations.
Kentucky has so much to offer and so much to see. My husband
and I really like Eastern Kentucky. Our son and his family live
in Pineville. He and his wife are attending Clear Creek Bible
College. They will be graduating in May. We visit them as often
as we can. It is really pretty there when the leaves fall.
Does anyone have any old recipes that they would part with? I
would like a few to try to fix for our church dinners.
I'm proud of my country, and most of all, I am proud to say I'm
a hillbilly Kentuckian.
I enjoy your magazine.
2490 Government Road
Providence, KY 42450