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 November 2004 issue:
Birthday Card Request
This request is for my mom, Pauline Cantrell, P. O. Box 201, Cromona, KY 41810, who will be celebrating her 95th birthday on November 20, 2004.
I'm asking readers if they would send her birthday greeting cards.
We enjoy reading The Explorer.
1212 Waring Avenue
Hanahan, SC 29406
Seeking Words To Song
Does any reader know the words and/or music to Songs Of The Song Of Uncle Remus? If so, I would like to hear from you.
9752 E. HWY 56
Vevay, IN 47043
Post Office Info. Wanted
I need help in finding where the post office of Spruce Grove was located back in 1855-1860.
This is very important to me because all the names mentioned on the 1860 census for Spring Grove were my ancestors: James Oliver and his family; James Taulbee (born in 1795 in North Carolina) and Elizabeth ?, with five children (this was James' second marriage); Archibald (my great-grandfather) and Elizabeth; four other Taulbees; and a Shackelford.
My parents were Elmer Taulbee, grandson of Archibald and Elizabeth Taulbee. My mother was Gipsie M. Oliver, a granddaughter of James Oliver.
My great-great grandmother was Elizabeth Hayes from North Carolina. She was born in 1798 and married James Taulbee, who was born in 1795. They came to the area of Frozen (Breathitt County), Kentucky, in 1817 with the rest of the William H. Taulbee family. Some say Elizabeth was a cousin or maybe a sister of President Hayes.
I have studied my genealogy since about 1935 when my grandfather began to tell me about his great-grandparents, William H. Taulbee and Margaret Canady. They are buried at Taulbee (Negro Branch) on Frozen.
There is a road called Flat Mary in Wolfe County, a few miles south of Campton. Ancestors of my parents still have the old homeplace there. The Spencers have the James Oliver property down near the river, where people once crossed into Lee County (the Oliver Cemetery was there). The Neeleys now own the Archibald Taulbee homestead. Ballard Neeley married a daughter of Millie Taulbee. Some say that this was in Owsley County, but all this area was known as Owsley County back in 1850.
My ancestors cleared the land on Devils Creek (now known as Mary and Flat). Archibald Taulbee was born in 1825. He took his young wife and settled on that Flat Mary Road, before it was named, about 1848. He also had two brothers and a sister who settled there about the same time.
Grandpa Jones (born 1863) ran the Mary Post Office after he married.
John and Maggie (my great-aunt) Crawford ran the Flat Post Office when it was established.
I was born at Mary, Kentucky, in 1927.
I would appreciate any information readers would like to share.
Manda J. Tersigni
156 Thornapple Circle
Leonard, MI 48367