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

November 2009

Have Veteran's Wrist Band
Dear Editor:
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.
Don Robbins
8031 N. Main Street
Lewisburg, OH 45338

Heritage Bean Seeds
Dear Editor:
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, Kentucky.
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.
Waukesha Sammons
9010 Gandy Cove
Bartlett, TN 38133
[email protected]

Need Help In Research
Dear Editor:
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
[email protected]