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 April 2009

Photo Was Of
Floyd Lowe Funeral

Dear Editor:
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
[email protected]

Thanks For Seeds
Dear Editor:
I want to thank every one who answered my request for hibiscus seeds.
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?

Dear Editor:
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
[email protected]