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

March 2011

Plum Granny Seeds Wanted
Dear Editor:
I am trying to find some plum granny seeds. They are a different melon than the pomegranate.
If anyone has any plum granny seeds available, I will trade some of the old sweet cane (the type of cane that molasses is made of) seeds for them.
I enjoy reading the "I Remember" section of The Kentucky Explorer. It takes me back home.
Lola Truitt
298 N. 500 W.
New Castle, IN 47362

Info. Wanted On Scott Ratliff
Dear Editor:
Thanks so much for The Kentucky Explorer magazine. I enjoy it and recommend it at every opportunity.
I am searching for information about my great-grandfather, Scott Ratliff. His last known location was at or near Pine Mountain near Cumberland, Harlan County, Kentucky. He left his wife, Uslie, and daughters, Nancy and Ritter, and went to Virginia.
All information would be greatly appreciated.
Katie Ward Boggs
3760 S. Laurel Road
London, KY 40744

Couch Family Genealogy
Dear Editor:
I would like to get in touch with anyone who has any genealogy on the Anse Anderson Couch family of Harlan County, Kentucky. Anse had five sons: Bill, Lihew, John D., Anse, and Tom. He could have had up to ten children.
I have information on Tom and John D. Tom was my great-grandfather, who lived to be 106 years old.
The Couch family moved from Leatherwood to Harlan County.
I will gladly share any information I have.
Any information and photos would be appreciated.
I have a CD containing information on the Abner Crittenden Lewis Cemetery at Putney in Harlan County. On this CD are photos of all the grave stones and a list of each person buried there with birth and death dates.
Also, I would like to buy the Adam Clarke, Volume 6, Bible Commentary.
Billy Couch
P. O. Box 138
Putney, KY 40865

Searching For Info. On Former Johnson County Schools
Dear Editor:
I really enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer.
I am wondering if anyone has any information or photos relating to the Nancy Castle School, the Mouth of Rush School, and the old school that was located in the Baker Branch area. These were all located in Johnson County, Kentucky.
Many of my relatives attended these schools.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
James VanHoose
P. O. Box 79
Wittensville, KY 41274