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 September
Thanks For Memories
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. When it comes, I turn each
page looking for references I can associate with. The June 2008
issue was no exception.
I'm always pleased to see contributions from my cousin, Joe Fothergill.
He wrote of the Welch family in Jackson County, Kentucky. I remember
going to the burning Welch residence in Madison County about
1930. It was only two farms away from my own home. The Berea
College Fire Department arrived about the same time I did and
just in time to see the house burn to the ground.
The photo of the baptizing on page four was a special bonus.
I suspect the picture was taken where the road east of Berea
to Big Hill and McKee crosses Silver Creek at the location of
Silver Creek Baptist Church. There is a bridge there now. My
grandfather, James William Parsons (born Lee County, Virginia,
1853), was a circuit preacher at the church from about 1895 when
he moved his family from Drip Rock, Jackson County (where my
mother and Joe Fothergill's grandfather were born), until his
death in 1916. He moved, incidentally, to take advantage of the
educational opportunities offered by Berea College. My mother
used to tell me of going to church with Grandpa in a buggy on
Sundays with her two younger sisters, May Parsons Barnett and
Lena Parsons Swinford. They were the unofficial choir at the
three churches Grandpa serviced: Big Hill, Silver Creek, and
another one located past Big Hill.
There were other references to Madison County in the same issue.
I always look for those, too, and especially for genealogy references
and letters to the editor.
Grandma Parsons (Deborah Francis "Dutch" Alcorn, born
2/14/1855) was born in Estill County. She told me her great-great-grandmother
floated down the Ohio River in 1775 and went ashore on the south
side of the river and then went inland to near where Irvine is
Thanks to The Explorer staff for bringing back many memories.
George W. Kilbourne
Attorney at Law
661 Augusta Drive
Moraga, CA 94556
Morgan Christian Church
I am from a small community called Morgan in Pendleton County,
Kentucky. I live beside the Morgan Christian Church. Plans are
being made to build a building near the church, but I have been
informed that there might be graves there.
If anyone has any old pictures of the church that show any of
the graves, please contact me.
112 Morgan Berry Road
Falmouth, KY 41040
Searching For Grave
Of James A. Watkins
I am searching for the gravesite of James A. Watkins. He was
married to Fannie (possibly Hollan) Watkins and owned a farm
at Greenbrier near Lee City, Wolfe County, Kentucky.
If anyone has any information regarding the cemetery where he
is buried, please contact me.
1461 Dayton Yellow Springs Road
Xenia, OH 45385
Words To Song Wanted
I would like the words to the song The Wreck of the Old 97.
I will pay any expense.
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much.
2210 N. W. 28th Avenue
Cape Coral, FL 33993
Medical College Graduates
I am looking for descendants of anyone who graduated from Louisville
Medical College in the 1905-1906 session. My husband's grandfather,
Dr. William Trazil, of West Virginia, was in this class. I am
trying to locate a graduating class photo or any other information.
The graduating class included the following from Kentucky:
W. L. Calvert, E. R. Donaldson, E. N. Estes, M. Ford, R. H. Garner,
H. Hensley, J. W. Norris, J. C. Ross, A. B. Riley, R. Robinson,
H. A. Smith, B. Vaughan, and R. G. Welsh.
Anyone related to these graduates or might have with further
information, please contact me.
Joan E. Farley
8103 Hobson Lane
King George, VA 22485