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

February 2010


Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like to have some hickory cane corn seeds, white half-runner and fall beans seeds, red tomato seeds, cucumber seeds, or whatever type seeds anyone would have to share;; but I want the old-fashion or heirloom variety.
I will pay the postage.
Anthony Coleman, Jr.
P. O. Box 363
Hardy, KY 41531
606/427-7368
Words To The Song
Muhlenberg County Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am interested in a copy of the words to the song Muhlenberg County.
If any readers of The Kentucky Explorer have a copy of this song, I would appreciate receiving it and will gladly pay the postage.
Thanks to the staff of The Explorer for great work.
Herbert H. Horn
144 Amanda Northern Road SW
Lancaster, OH 43130


What Happened To Nellie Gray?
Dear Editor:
I am a faithful reader of The Kentucky Explorer.
I read an article several months ago in the magazine about a little girl named Nellie Gray. She lived at Bethany Children's Home in Wolfe County, Kentucky. I really enjoyed the article.
I would like to know what happened to Nellie.
If any reader knows of her whereabouts, feel free to contact me.
Owen B. Smither
8555 Bethlehem Road
Bethlehem, KY 40007


More Info. On Knocking Spirits
Article; Photos Wanted

Dear Editor:
I have enjoyed many phone calls and letters generated by the articles published in The Kentucky Explorer. I've met relatives I didn't know about and garnered new information. Thanks to everyone who contacted my father and me.
I need to update the "Knocking Spirits" story which I wrote several years ago. The article appeared in the October 2009 issue of The Explorer.
All of Liz's and Bob Herald's children are now deceased. The last daughter, Ellen Turner, died in 2008.
My paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Ruth Wooten Deaton, from Crockettsville, Breathitt County, Kentucky, are buried at the Buck Herald Cemetery at Talbert, Kentucky. My cousin, Martha Ellen Wilson, and I would like to purchase a small headstone for them to replace the old broken and unreadable ones. We would like to purchase a small headstone for their daughter, Malinda Deaton Raleigh (our great-grandmother), who is buried at the old Stidham Cemetery near the Raleigh Cemetery on Wolfe Creek. Anyone who is interested in helping, please contact me.
I am searching for pictures of several ancestors. My great-grandparents, William "Buck" Herald and Rachel Turner Herald, had a son, Elliott Herald, who married Polly Combs. Elliott died in 1924. While I have heard of pictures of him, I cannot find any. My great-grandfather, Sam Raleigh, had a son by Ellis Cole named Sam Cole, born sometime before 1892. He lived around Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, most of his life and had a son named Lester who drove a bus for the Conley Bus Line. I would like to have a picture of Sam Cole.
My maternal great-grandfather, Alexander McDaniel Herald, was the son of Mahala Herald and Dan McDaniel. Dan is said to have fathered 102 (exaggerated?) children, but never married. Surely, there is a picture somewhere. He is buried at Crockettsville.
If anyone has pictures of any of these relatives, I will pay costs involved in making copies.
Imogene Herald
3635 State Route 222
Batavia, OH 45103
513/797-4733
imogeneh@fuse.net