November 2008

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Gloria Speaks, 3799 HWY 461, Somerset, KY 42503, shares this photo of her grandparents, James William "Jim Peg" Woodall and Amanda Helen "Healie" Whitaker and their children Mada and Bertha, taken in Livingston, Montana, ca. 1902. Gloria writes: "Jim Peg worked as a sheep herder and was away from home for days at a time. The family lived in a sod hut, and Healie was afraid of the wild animals and begged Jim Peg to move home to Kentucky. They came to Burdine Valley near Acorn in Pulaski County and reared nine daughters, three sons, and one grandson. Their children were Mada, Bertha, Ethel, Myrtle, Zella, Mary, Grace, Ada, Evelyn, Opal, William, Carlos, and James. Lawrence was the grandson. James was the son of William Henry Woodall and Elizabeth Chaney. Amanda was the daughter of James H. Whitaker and Nancy Elizabeth Eaton."





Julia Ann Marcum was born in Scott County, Tennessee, on November 7, 1844. Her parents, Hiram C. Marcum and Permelia Huff Marcum, lived and owned a farm on the Waters Buffalo Creek four miles east of Huntsville, the county seat. Hiram was a son of Arthur and Ann Bransgrove Marcum. Hiram had four brothers: Joseph, John, William, and George; and three sisters: Polly, Tabitha, and Irvina. Permelia Huff Marcum was a daughter of John and Prudence Christian Huff. Hiram and Permelia Marcum had five children, one son Clayburn; four daughters: Didama Minerva, Julia Ann, and Martha. Hiram lived on his farm and was a law abiding Christian man. During the Civil War, Julia Marcum and her family sided with the Union, a decision that resulted in repeated sieges against the family by Confederate troops. In one such attack on their home, Julia, a teenager at the time, used an ax to fight off a Confederate soldier. She wounded him and her father shot him, but not before she lost an eye and a finger. The Marcums were forced out of Tennessee and made Casey County, Kentucky, their temporary home. They located in the Luttrels Creek area near Dunnville on the Green River. They stayed in the home of Madison Gilmore Ford, who was married to Julia's sister, Martha Marcum Ford. After the war Julia Marcum returned to Tennessee and taught school, but eventually the wounds she had suffered during the war proved disabling. She fought for and obtained a soldier's pension from the United States government in 1885, making her the only woman to be recognized as a combatant in the Civil War. She returned and lived in Kentucky the last 50 years of her life. Upon her death in Williamsburg, Whitley County, Kentucky, she received military honors at her funeral. Samuel D. Ford, 113 Sunflower Street, Campbellsville, KY 42718, shares this information and a copy of the original photo he has in his possession. He would appreciate any information on John and Martha Marcum Ford.


Janet Glaspey, 4425 W. State Route 571, West Milton, OH 45383, shares this photo taken in 1909 in Leon, Carter County, Kentucky, of (l-r) Charles Mayo, Martha Mayo, and John Mayo; children of Elizabeth Musswhite and John Mayo.












Mabel Patrick Rice, 156 Longsdale Road, Columbia, SC 29212, shares this 1910 photo of the John Wesley Patrick family, in Magoffin County, Kentucky. No names given.


Ed Limer, 7416 King William Court, Louisville, KY 40214, shares this photo of the Limer family taken in 1926. L-R: Edward, Mildred, Alberta, Cassie, Sam, and Marvin. Place of photo not given.

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