Letters To The Editor

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 2011

The Book Dark And
Bloody Ground Wanted

Dear Editor:
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 available.
I will gladly pay the cost.
Shernetta Vaught
208 Vaught Lane
Somerset, KY 42303

Researching Judd Family
Dear Editor:
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 woman.
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
Dear Editor:
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 church.
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

Book Wanted
Dear Editor:
I would like to purchase a copy of the book 40 Acres And No Mule by Janet Holt Giles.
Donna Woodcock
3271 E. 544 S.
Gas City, IN 46933

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.