September 2009

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Stella A. Miller Wood, 91 Settlemyre Road, Oregonia, OH 45054; swood2@proputters.
com; 513/933-0626, shares this photo of a family she believes are the descendants of James "Jim" Jones and his first wife, Sarah Clark. James and Sarah, Stella's great-grandparents, lived around Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky. The date of the photo is unknown. If a anyone can identify this family, feel free to contact Stella.


Shannon Ballard, 3328 Poor Ridge Pike, Lancaster, KY 40444; 859/339-2251; wilbur40444@peoplepc.com, shares these photos. Norval Douglas Wierman, Shannon's grandfather, is the boy shown in the left photo sitting in the chair. He was born March 8, 1914, to Morgan and Myrtie Wierman in Powell County, Kentucky. The photo was taken ca. 1917. The right photo is of Norval and Minnie Thomas Wierman on their wedding day, April 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The attendants in the wedding were Minnie's sister, Hazel, and brother-in-law, Earl Ward. Norval and Minnie lived in Blanchester, Ohio, for several years before returning to Powell County, Kentucky, to live full-time. They were married for 64 years and had three children, Thomas, Norval (Jr.), and Lois; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Norval died in July 2001, and Minnie died shortly after in October 2001.


Gerald W. Hill, 317 Angela Court, Lexington, KY 40515, shares these priceless photos with our readers. He writes: "This old tintype, taken ca. 1890s, is the only known likeness of my maternal grandfather, James Hiram Oldham. He was born and reared in Hopkins County, Kentucky, and was the father of six children. The photo of the students of the Smyrna one-room elementary school was taken in 1929 on Rose Creek Road in rural Hopkins County. It came into being when my paternal grandfather, Robert Porter Hill, Jr., donated one acre of his farm to the Board of Education, provided they build an elementary school on it. Thus, his two children had a school right in their own back door. The school opened in the late 1800s and closed in the early 1930s. For many years the building was used for storing hay and grain by a neighboring farmer after its closure as a school. I have a brother and sister and two cousins in the photo." Front row, l-r: William R. Troop, Willie Pearl Hancock, John W. Troop, Lucille Nicholas, and Douglas Helm. Middle row, l-r: Margaret Helm, James Davis Mason, Mary Lou Hill, Marlin Parkest, and Louise Mitchell. Back row, l-r: Helen Cunningham, Robert Hill, Elizabeth Helm, Jimmy Dee Sisk (teacher), Presley Nichols, and Beatrice Parkest.


Margaret Bee Taylor Pope, P. O. Box 433, Grayson, KY 41143, shares this photo of a group at a Taylor family reunion in 1946 in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Front row, l-r: Shirley Taylor, Mildred Taylor (Margaret's mother), Orrye Taylor Berryman, Mary Nelms Taylor, Clifton Williams, Elizabeth Taylor Williams, Donnie Taylor, Mary Whitescarver Taylor, Martha Lynn Taylor, Jerry Taylor, Charlie Taylor, and Doris Lucas. Second row, l-r: Martha Lynn Williams, Nancy Williams, Louis McDonald, Mildred Taylor McDonald, Hiram Taylor, Virginia Taylor, Aileen Taylor, Ruth Taylor Parker, and Ernest Parker. Third row, l-r: Sallie Williams, Libby Williams, James Williams, and Josephine McDonald. Back row, l-r: Sidney Clay Taylor (Margaret's father), Robert Taylor, Charles "Chic" Taylor, Harold Bauer, Mary Parker, and Ann Taylor Bauer.


Willis Perkins with a water neck-yoke and buckets headed to the nearby spring for water in December 1934. Ray Perkins, 2828 Hudgins Highway, Summersville, KY 42782, shares this photo of his father taken on Lobb's Bend, on the Ethel Wright homeplace, located on the Green River below the town of Gabe, Green County, Kentucky.


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