Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a few queries from

April 2009

Needs Quilt Patterns
Dear Editor:
A while back I requested quilt blocks made with handkerchiefs. I got a few answers from my letter, and now that I'm ready to start my quilt, I find that I've misplaced my patterns.
I hope readers can help me with patterns. Some of my patterns were in the shape of fans and others were butterflies.
Dixie Courtney Scott
1158 Alhambra Road
Mayslick, KY 41055

Where Is Sarah Boone
Willcockson Buried?

Dear Editor:
Daniel Boone's sister, Sarah, married John Willcockson in Pennsylvania in 1742. Sarah later moved to Kentucky and was at Fort Boonesboro for awhile.
I have been trying for years to find her grave or, at least, locate a newspaper account of her death. I am aware of the mention of her death in the Draper Manuscript. Sarah was still alive at the time of Daniel's death.
I hope Kentucky Explorer readers can help me find the place where this Kentucky pioneer is buried.
Reginald E. Wilcox
1465 50th Court
Vero Beach, FL 32966
[email protected]

Born In Letcher County
Dear Editor:
If I could afford it, I would move back to Letcher County, Kentucky. It still seems like home to me.
My mom, Alma Pearl Gardner, was born in Letcher County. My dad, Fred Harmon, was born in Tennessee and moved to Kentucky where he met Mom. They married and had 13 children.
Dad broke his leg in the coal mine. We moved to Oregon in 1957, and Dad died in 1963. Mom will be 91 years old on April 6th. She recalls washing clothes on the washboard until she had her 11th child. We were very poor and went to bed hungry many times. We lived in Rocky Hollow 2 and Hollow 3 at Beefhide and at Darwin, Virginia.
If anyone from Kentucky remembers Mom, please send a birthday card to: Alma Gardner Hall, P. O. Box 554, Silverton, OR 97381.
I enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer magazine.
Lynda Harmon Tubbs
11712 HWY Bb
Versailles, MO 65084

Photos Wanted
Dear Editor:
Aleta McIntyre Savage of Fleming County, Kentucky, was the last known person to own a table made by David Brown (1825-1905), my great-great-grandfather. I have never seen the table and would like to have a picture of it and also a picture of David and Mary Ann Adams Brown, both of Fleming County, Kentucky.
Any information appreciated.
Gail Hawkins
11615 Sagevale Lane
Houston, TX 77089