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
Photo Was Of
Floyd Lowe Funeral
I would like to share some information regarding the photo on
page 5 of the January 2009 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
The photo was of the funeral of Floyd Lowe, a young man in his
20s, who was killed on July 27, 1927, when a tree fell on him
in a lumber job. Family and friends had gathered for the funeral
and stayed until the grave was filled.
The elderly woman at the end of the grave is Floyd's grandmother,
Judy Staton Lowe, who lived until 1932, and died at the age of
91. His grandfather, Fountain Bird Lowe, Sr., had died in 1919
at the age of 83. Judy and Fountain bore 19 children, and most
of their surviving children are in the photo. The woman holding
a small child in the front row is Floyd's mother, Lizzie Parsons
Lowe. His father, holding a child directly above the tall tombstone,
with his son's arms around his shoulders, is Bill Lowe, who died
the next year. The tall tombstone is that of Floyd's brother,
who died as a child in 1918. The diamond-shaped tombstone is
that of his cousin, Oakus Lowe, who also died as a child. Almost
everyone in the picture is a close relative, and the rest are
neighbors and friends. We feel so privileged to have this picture
in our family archives and appreciate Shawn Lowe for sharing
it in the magazine.
The cemetery dates back over 100 years, and family members are
still being buried there. Each of the 65 graves on the cemetery
is either that of a descendant of Fountain Bird Lowe, Sr., and
his wife, Judy Staton Lowe, or was married to one of their descendants.
It is truly a special time when the family comes together each
year. The reunion for 2009 will be the third Sunday, August 15th,
as it is always the Sunday after the second Saturday.
Janive L. Underwood
514 Brewer Road
Danville, IL 61834
Thanks For Seeds
I want to thank every one who answered my request for hibiscus
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
Keep up the good work.
Doris Jean Fletcher
485 Deepwell Wood Road
Crab Orchard, KY 40419
Who Were J. Pollard,
John And W. B. Chinn?
Braxton C. Pollard's Revolutionary pension application filed
in Pendleton County, Kentucky, on January 6, 1829, contains a
letter signed "J. Pollard, John Chinn, and W. B. Chinn"
of Harrison County, Kentucky. They declared that they had lived
in the immediate neighborhood of Braxton Pollard when he enlisted
and was discharged. This would have been in Loudon County, Virginia.
Can anyone identify these men? I think J. Pollard was a brother
of Braxton, who was born about 1764 in Lancaster County, Virginia.
J. Pollard's signature is very much like John Pollard's, who,
with George Chinn, posted a bond for his marriage to Elizabeth
Ray in Harrison County, Kentucky, in 1816.
Coralee Pollard Paull
8001 Rosiline Drive
St. Louis, MO 63105