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 September
Old Family Bible Wanted
In conjunction with my on-going genealogical research, I am trying
to locate an old family Bible that was last known to exist in
1975 in Owingsville, Bath County, Kentucky, in the hands of a
Mrs. Banks Goodpasture. I do not know whether Mrs. Goodpasture
is still with us, but so far I have not located her.
The Bible belonged to Jane Hughart (July 13, 1799-April 27, 1882),
the widow of James Gregory (died 1833) and William Tackett (died
1852). In 1975 a Mildred Wonn transcribed some notes from the
Bible, and after her death her papers wound up in the Frankfort
Historical Library, where they were recently discovered. The
notes give births, deaths, marriages, and children of Jane Hughart's
children, descendants of which populate Bath, Fleming, and Rowan
counties. The notes seem to be incomplete, and I hope to remedy
I am seeking to locate the original Bible in order to photograph
Jane's handwritten notes in their entirety and make them available
to other researchers, placing them on-line for all to read for
themselves. If anyone knows what became of Mrs. Goodpasture and
her effects, or knows where said Bible is today, please contact
The information I have accumulated to date on Jane Hughart and
James Gregory may be viewed on-line at Ancestry.com. If interested,
email me for a free invitation to my pages.
37789 Palomares Road
Castro Valley, CA 94552
I would like to have a copy of the July 1969 issue of Kentucky
Farmer Magazine. My wife's grandfather, Wayne Lane, is featured
on the cover as a Master Shepherd. Mr. Lane recently passed away,
and I would like to have the magazine to give to my wife.
Any help would be appreciated.
3583 Bardstown Road
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Words To Song Wanted
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much.
If any reader has the words to the song "The Great Speckled
Bird," I would like a copy.
600 E. Fifth Street, Apt. 200
Waverly, OH 45690
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.