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 November
Song Lyrics Wanted
I would like the words to the songs On Top Of Old Smokey and
When It's Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley.
I remember these songs as a child, but now I'm 83 years old and
have forgotten the lyrics. I would like to sing them along with
4436 Hook Road
Crestine, OH 44827
Bowling Green To Host
2009 Honaker Family Reunion
At the 20th annual reunion of the Honaker Family Association
held in Honaker, Virginia, members voted to hold the 2009 reunion
in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Membership in the association has
increased nearly 11% this past year with nearly 300 members coast
At the Honaker, Virginia, reunion, five siblings were together
for the first time in 68 years (see photo above) after being
separately adopted when their parents, Henry Honaker and Mary
Cook, separated in 1940. Another member met a cousin he had not
seen in 25 years.
Each reunion features an ancestor-related site. Around 1810,
Isaac Honaker, youngest son of Swiss immigrant Hans Jacob, moved
to Kentucky with his wife, Susannah Penner, and established the
Honaker Ferry providing transportation across the Green River
and opening up South Central Kentucky to development. This ferry
ran continuously until 1966.
Anna Honaker, daughter of Hans Jacob, also moved to Kentucky
with her husband, John Penner. On June 6, 1815, John and Anna
were forced to sell their Montgomery County, Virginia, land to
pay a debt to George Taylor's estate of $1,011.85. The land sold
at public auction at a price high enough to pay off the debt
with enough money left over to move to Warren County, Kentucky.
In 1817 John and Anna led 17 families to Warren County where
they settled in the Indian Creek area.
Annual membership dues are $15 per year and include a quarterly
newsletter which will provide information on the Bowling Green
reunion. Membership is open to all Honaker and Penner descendants,
spouses, and friends.
2303 Newmarket Drive
Louisville, KY 40222
Looking Forward To
I would like to receive 87 birthday cards by March 1, 2009.
If I am alive, I will try to let Kentucky Explorer readers know
how many I receive.
I cannot write very well for I am going blind, but I'm doing
my best to read the magazines.
Clotine B. Wilburn
583 Williams Creek
Rush, KY 41168