Letters To The Editor

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 2008


Song Lyrics Wanted
Dear Editor:
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 my sisters.
Christine Arter
4436 Hook Road
Crestine, OH 44827


Bowling Green To Host
2009 Honaker Family Reunion

Dear Editor:
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 to 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.
Charles Whalin
2303 Newmarket Drive
Louisville, KY 40222
chapau@juno.com
502/425-5253


Looking Forward To
87th Birthday

Dear Editor:
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