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
Have Veteran's Wrist Band
I have a wrist band which belonged to S/Sgt. James M. Ray, POW,
dated March 18, 1968.
If he or any of his relatives are interested in having this band,
please contact me.
8031 N. Main Street
Lewisburg, OH 45338
Heritage Bean Seeds
I wish to share seeds from our heritage Kentucky pole beans that
have been handed down from my great-great-great-grandmother,
Elizabeth "Betsy" Young Brashear (1808-1902), wife
of James N. Brashear, Sr. (1800-1865) from Fusonia, Perry County,
We hope to pass on the responsibility of continuing the tradition
and history of Betsey's beans to her direct descendants.
The small supply of seeds are available due to the efforts of
Calvin Sammons, direct descendant of Ann Nancy Brashear Ball
and Moses Ball. Their granddaughter, Nancy Ball, wed James May
from Pike County. Nancy and James were Calvin's great-great-great-grandparents.
The Ball line has a common ancestor with President George Washington
through his mother, Mary Ball.
9010 Gandy Cove
Bartlett, TN 38133
Need Help In Research
In 1831 there is a listing for John Ray and John Ray, Jr., in
Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky.
I would appreciate it very much if someone could help me by looking
up the following information in Montgomery County Courthouse
records: 5101-00, 11/10/1831, POA 15/493. There is also a will
for John Ray that I would like a copy of: 30204-00, John Ray,
10/1/1834, D/552; and 30172-00, John Ray, 3/29/1835, D/514.
David W. Ray
2370 Grace Chapel Road
Enoree, SC 29335