Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as
many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for
"Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual letters from July/August
The Book Dark And
Bloody Ground Wanted
I loaned my copy of A Dark And Bloody Ground, by Darcy O'Brien,
and never got it back.
I would like to purchase a good used copy, if anyone has one
I will gladly pay the cost.
208 Vaught Lane
Somerset, KY 42303
Researching Judd Family
My first letter to The Kentucky Explorer was printed in the November
2010 issue. Since that time, I have received more than 20 responses.
I have traced my family back over 300 years. I was sent a photo
of my great-great-grandfather, Leander Judd, standing with other
Civil War vets from Owsley County, Kentucky.
I would like to hear from readers who have information or photos
of any of the following members of my family:
Wilson Judd (father), 1935-1984, of Owsley County, and his wife,
Elizabeth Shannon, of Painesville, Ohio; Conley Judd (grandfather),
1907-1974, Owsley County, and his wife, Ila Abshire; Wilson Judd
(great-grandfather), 1873-1929, of Owsley County, and his wife,
Alpha Hughes; Leander Judd (great-great-grandfather), 1824-1900,
of Owsley County and Tyler, Texas, and his wife, Nancy Moore;
Rowland Judd (great-great-great-grandfather), 1800-1880, of Wilkes
County, North Carolina, and wife, Fanny Johnson; Nathaniel Judd,
Sr. (great-great-great-great-grandfather), 1745-1825, of Warwick,
England, and North Carolina, and his wife, Elizabeth Owens; and
Rowland Judd, Sr. (great-great-great-great-great-grandfather),
1725-1806, of England and North Carolina, and his wife, a Cherokee
Rowland Judd was the first member of my family to come to America.
He fought in the Battle of Kings' Mountain with his sons, Nathaniel
and John. John was 13 at the time, an it is said that the term
"hold your horses" was coined by them.
Thanks to readers for any and all information.
John W. Judd, #520-621
P. O. Box 57
Marion, OH 43301
Monroes From Harlan County
My parents were Roy Monroe, Sr., and Ludie Madden Monroe. Our
family lived in Red Creek Hollow at Dizney, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Dad was a coal miner for 35 years in Black Mountain. He said
he had nightmares up until he died at age 92. Mom was a homemaker
and lived to be 87 years old. Grandpa "Tint" Madden
lived with us. We called him Pap. He had a house at the top of
the mountain in Red Creek Hollow.
Mom and Dad had 14 children; seven boys and seven girls: Josephine
and Ilene (twins), Tomas "Arlie," Hershel, Virginia
Mary Ruth, Don, Bernice, Louise Rebecca, Roy (Jr.), Viola, Jerry
Wayne, Orville, Barbara Ann, and Larry.
We went to an area called "Puckin" Center where the
Pace Store, Jones Store, the post office, and the Holiness Church
were located. Ilene, Pap, and Grandma Rachel are buried by the
I would appreciate copies of any photos of my family members
when they were young. Our house burned, and many of our personal
items were lost.
Virginia Monroe Whiteneck
P. O. Box 615
Warsaw, IN 46581
I would like to purchase a copy of the book 40 Acres And No Mule
by Janet Holt Giles.
3271 E. 544 S.
Gas City, IN 46933
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.