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 July-August 2009
Mine Collapse In Floyd County
I am hoping to find someone who knows about a mine collapse ca. 1925 in or around Floyd County, Kentucky.
Gilbert Fletcher, my uncle, was about 16 years old at the time the mine either exploded or fell in. I would like to know if he was buried inside the mine or if his body was recovered and where he is buried.
Gilbert was the grandson of Joseph and Jenny Fletcher.
Grandfather told that when the man came to him to tell of Gilbert's death, he had had a premonition and he told the man that he knew his son was dead.
I would like to visit Gilbert's grave.
Any help would be appreciated.
Cleo Fletcher Webb
1241 W. Toto Road
North Judson, IN 46366
Natives Of Martin County
I am not a Kentucky native, but my husband, Ernie, was born and reared in Martin County, Kentucky. His ancestors for several generations were native Kentuckians. Several years ago, after the death of his parents, Ernie and I began researching family genealogy and local history in several areas of the state. We spent most of three summers in Letcher County, and some time in and around Pikeville, Jenkins, Louisa, Martin, and a few other towns. One of the most fascinating towns to me is Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky.
The area of Maysville is where Ernie's first ancestors probably entered Kentucky, having traveled southward on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traveling overland previous to that on the road then known as Nemicolin's Trail (Route 40) from Cumberland, Maryland.
In 1804 Daniel Collier had settled in Adams County, Ohio, after living for a time on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. I have pictures of the double-log house he built in Adams County in 1804 (this house still stands in a suburb in Cincinnati). Daniel is buried in Adams County, but his son, Richard (direct ancestor of my husband) and others of his children traveled along the glens and streams from Maysville to Pikeville, and then on into the mountains of Letcher County.
Ernie and I have collected many stories and legends concerning the Collier family (and others) in Letcher, Pike, and Martin counties of Kentucky. We met many kind and gracious individuals and feel we made a lot of friends.
The area around Pine Mountain between Letcher County, Kentucky, and Virginia has some of the most majestic mountains in the Eastern section of the United States.
Thanks to the staff of The Kentucky Explorer for a wonderful magazine. I look forward to its arrival each month.
Emily G. Collier
RR 1, Box 173
Ripley, WV 25271
Stories Have Helped
In Family Research
I have enjoyed every issue of The Kentucky Explorer. I have found so much information on my family tree through other readers' stories and research.
Thanks to a Mr. Caudill, I was able to finish my Baker line from England.
There are so many Howards, but my line goes back to "Old Samuel Howard." Thanks to all who contribute to the magazine.
I'm not so lucky with research on my dad's side of the family. I can't find information on my great-great-grandfather's dad, Tilman H. Moore. He was born in Tennessee in 1831, served in the Civil War, and died in Casey County, Kentucky, in 1907.
Thanks for all the great stories and help.
3775 Moorhill Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241
These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.