Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a few queries from our October 2003

Seek photo and info. on my g. g. grandfather, Wyatt T. Smith, Union soldier, enlisted on 7/20/1861, at Camp Nelson, d. 1862, Tus-cumbia, Ala., m. Susannah Bean, Surry Co., N. C., 1848. lived at Crab Orchard, Ky. Which cemetery is Wyatt buried in? Any help appreciated.
Joyce Cain
445 HWY 198
Stanford, KY 40484
[email protected]

Seek info. on descendants of Caywood Davis, b. 1809, possible Jennings Creek, near Gainsboro, Jackson Co., Tenn., d. 1883, moved to Mulkeytown, Ill., brother of Thomas, m. 1st, Elizabeth/Martha ?, b. 12/18/1825, d. 11/30/1882; m. 2nd, Rebecca ?, b. 11/19/1811, d. 5/14/1847, Mul-keytown, Ill., children: Welcome B., b. 3/18/1833, d. 1/20/1875; Orpha Means; Jane, b. 1837; John L., Sr., b. 5/8/1858, d. 1960, m. 12/22/1897, Della Kirkpatrick, 1869-1943, Franklin Co., Ill., children: Frank, Leroy, Flossie, and John; and others. Any help appreciated.
Winston Hopper
324 Albemarle Drive
Hoover, AL 35226

Seek descendants of John H. Hoskins, b. 1815; and Nancy Grace Mosely. Did one of their daughters marry a William "Crazy Bill" Baker, possible son of James Claybank Baker, b. 1767, Wilkes Co., N. C.? Need any Hoskins/Baker marriages, 1800s, Ky. Any info. appreciated.
Matt Baker
1039 Sunset Boulevard
Monroe, MI 48162

Seek info. on Wesley (possibly Westlyn) Pryor, m. Sarah Heddy, lived in Trigg Co., Ky., 1840, moved to Mississippi Co., Mo., after 1840, later moving to Montgomery Co., Mo. Who were Wesley's parents? Where were they from? Who were Sarah's parents? Where where they from? Where does the name Heddy come from? Also, info. on the following: early town names in Trigg Co., Ky., boarding Tenn., 1830-1840; John James family; Francis Whiteside; William Robinson Jones; Isaac Jones; Richard Jones; Jesse Jones; Nancy Jones; Sarah Jones, m. a Johnson or Taylor; Jacob Jones; and William Bates, possible Cherokee Indian, Ohio or White Co., Tenn., had Sarah, m. Thomas Ketcherside, Jr. Any info. appreciated.
Sharon Prior Janke
9733 Audrain Road 9904
Centralia, MO 65240