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 December 2003

Seek info. on Cora Lee Vest, b. Va., 1870, dau. of James Harvey Vest and Rachel Jane Harper, b. Va., moved to Morgan Co., Ky., ca. 1871. Who were Cora's siblings? Any info. appreciated.
Barbara Hanes Franklin
2915 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054
[email protected]

Seek info. on related families: O'Nan, Rice, Dalton, Tracy, Phiffes (?) and Penn. My mother's (Lula Rive Dalton O'Nan) father was Holly S. Rice, m. 1st, a Tracy, m. 2nd, a Eversole. My father's (Albert Lee O'Nan) parents were John Dennis O'Nan and Lola Florence Penn O'Nan. Any info. appreciated.
Brenda Parks
RR 1, Box 27-O
Turpin, OK 73950

Seek photos and info. on my g. grandfather, Perry Slone, b. 1872, Dry Creek, Floyd Co., Ky., m. Sis Taylor. Any help appreciated.
Lula Mae Slone Thompson
741 W. 9th Street
Marion, IN 46953

Seek info. on John G. H. Oelsner, d. 12/19/1911, Florence, Ky., m. Rosina ?, b. Wurtenberg, Germany, children: Henry C., my g. grandfather, d. 5/31/1920, m. Maria Theresa Schneider, b. Cincinnati, Ohio, d. 3/2/1882, Florence, Ky.; Elizabeth; John; Nettie; and Emma, m. Joseph Freeman II. Some Oelsners are buried in the old Florence Cemetery, others in St. Mary's Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Ky. Any help appreciated.
Sr. Anne Frisch
2500 Amsterdam Road
Villa Hills, KY 41017
[email protected]

Seek info. on following families: Robbins, Owens, Hicks, and Browns. Any help appreciated.
Shirley Dunn
15285 Triskett Road, Apt. 4
Cleveland, OH 44111
[email protected]

Seek info. on my g. g. grandmother, Susan Frones/Froans, d. 1835, m. William Gilkison, Jr., Fleming Co., Ky., 1832, children: Melvina, m. William White, 1855; Sanford, m. Rosana Hedges, 1860; and Robert, m. Susannah White, 1858. William m. 2nd, Sarah Hedges, 1840, buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Rowan Co., Ky. Any help appreciated.
Glenn Gilkison
114 Stratford Glen
Winchester, KY 40391

Seek info. on my g. g. grandmother, Edmona Lamb Coomes, b. 1859, Daviess Co., Ky., d. 10/1909, Beech Grove, McLean Co., Ky., m. William Walter "Uncle Billy" Coomes, 1873, McLean Co., Ky., b. 1/6/1852, Beech Grove, McLean Co., Ky., d. 4/26/1934, Ritchland, Hopkins Co., Ky., son of William Coomes and Elizabeth Peyton. There is no headstone marking Edmona's grave in Beulah Cemetery, Beech Grove, Ky. Also, seek any help tracking my Cherokee family line. Any info. appreciated.
Ann Whallen
2800 Liberty Hill Road
Alexandria, TN 37012

Seek info. on Frances Hix, d. 1795, m. Ambrose Meador, b. ca. 1730, d. 1795. Who were Frances' parents? Any info. appreciated. Will share info.
Virginia Foster
234 Cedar Lane
Paducah, KY 42001