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 April 2006
Found Grandmother's Folks
I want to thank The Kentucky Explorer for helping me find my great-grandmother's folks in Kentucky. I had my request published in the magazine and a lady from Erlanger, Kentucky, called me and asked about my people, and we found out we are related.
My oldest daughter has traced the Bowman family back to Peter Bowman and his wife to 1710 in Virginia. Peter's wife was also a Bowman. They were German, and I married a German. My dad's folks go back to 1150 in Ireland. There were Bowmans in nearly every state close to Kentucky and some were killed helping settle Texas.
James Wesley Bowman was 23 years old and was a deputy U. S. Marshal under Issiack Parker at Fort Smith in the late 1880s. He is buried in Oklahoma where he caught a lot of bad folks.
He was supposed to be afraid of no one or anything.
My great-grandfather was Woodford Bowman, and his father was Henry Clay Bowman. My great-grandmother was Elizabeth Lawson. They came to Arkansas from Kentucky.
I belong to the D. A. V. and served in the Marines in Vietnam.
P. O. Box 119
Coal Hill, AK 72832
Ft. Thomas Orphanage
I would like to know if any reader has information to share regarding the Ft. Thomas Orphanage that was located in Campbell County, Kentucky. Pictures and the name of the Mother Superior would be helpful. I would like to know where records of this old orphanage can be found. My grandmother died in 1928 when my mother, Evelyn Porter (11/2/1921-1/21/1988), was only seven years old. My mother and her siblings lived at this orphanage. When my mother was nine she was sent to live with a family with nine children in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio.
932 Altamont Court, #4
Versailles, KY 40383
Wants To Buy Wagon Wheels
I would like to buy two old-fashion, medium-size, wagon wheels.
I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer.
3852 Polls Creek Road
Smilax, KY 41764
Please Get In Touch
Recently a lady read a letter my husband, W. Ray, and I submitted to The Kentucky Explorer. She contacted us, and we planned to meet someplace and reminisce. Ray's mother, Gertrude Perwitt, lived in Meade County, Kentucky. Gertrude's father was Charles Perwitt.
We hope that this lady will write us and give us her phone number so we can keep in touch.
W. Ray and Marian Gibson
5855 E. McIntosh Road
English, IN 47118
Wants To Receive Letters
My mother, Addie Lorene Vest Dousay, had open heart surgery in 2004. She lives with me now. Since she is housebound, her favorite pastimes are writing and receiving letters. She would enjoy hearing from anyone with connections to Kentucky.
Mother grew up on Johnson Fork in Vancleve, Breathitt County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Howard Hager Vest and Zola Alice Childers Vest.
Special thanks to all who write her.
3448 Mahlon Moore Road
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Brainard Post Office
My son was a truck driver for some time. He told me he once saw a Brainard Post Office at Liberty, Kentucky. I would like to have a picture of the post office and a history of where it got its name.
I am the daughter of Hobert Brainard, granddaughter of Charley Brainard, and great-granddaughter of John Spark Brainard. I would like to have this information for my scrapbook. I know there are Brainards out there and I would like to hear from them.
I will soon be 84 years old. I am one of 12 children and only three of us are still living.
Clotine B. Wilburn
583 Williams Creek Road
Rush, KY 41168