April 2012

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This railroad crew gathered for this photo in the 1920s at Kingscreek, Letcher County, Kentucky. Front row, l-r: Jess Roark, a Callahan, Dewey Eldridge, Bill Sparks, Kelly Roark, Riley Jones, Fred Boggs, Dennis Cornett, Denver Cornett, and 17-year-old David Day, Jr. Second row, l-r: Arlie Fields, John D. Jones, Leonard Fields, and Henry Jones. Third row, l-r: Ramson Halcomb; David Day, Sr.; Burnett Hogg, foreman; and Charlie Boggs. Lavene Jones, 5892 Stonebridge Circle, #301, Milford, OH 45150, shares this photo with our readers.

Kenneth Turner, 11213 N. Sarah Lane, Mooresville, IN 46158; 317/834-0824, shares this photo taken in the mid-1940s of a raid on a moonshine still in Jackson County, Kentucky. The man dipping the "shine" is Sheriff Joe Pence, who was a three-term sheriff in Jackson County. During his terms, many stills were demolished. The hatless man in the middle, standing in the back, wearing a holstered weapon and looking down, is Kenneth's grandfather, Deputy Green Powell. Elihu Lakes and Shelton Harrison were also deputies and may have been in on this raid, if they served with Sheriff Pence at this time.

Jerry D. Coleman, P. O. Box 203, Inez, KY 41224; jdcoleman7196@suddenlink.net, shares this photo of the committal service of his step-great-grandmother, Alaphair (Allphare) Crum Brown. Alaphair was born May 25, 1866, and died December 26, 1947, at Inez, Martin County, Kentucky. She was married to Nehemiah Brown. Before her burial, she was surrounded by her children for a last family photo (not in order): Nellie Brown Grimes, Addie Brown, John Brown, Elonidus (Lonnie) Brown, James (Boy) Brown, George Brown, Birch Hullett Brown, Lafayette Brown, Mary Brown, and Elizabeth Brown Justice. Alaphair was the daughter of James Crum and Lydia Chapman Crum. She was buried in the Brown Family Cemetery on old Rt. 3, Inez, Kentucky.

This photo of Company H of the State Militia was provided by Sam Collins III, whose grandmother, Jessie Stamper Collins (wife of militia soldier Sam Collins), had it in her personal possessions. Mrs. Collins had written 32 names of the original 37 militia soldiers on the back. The photo is thought to have been taken in Stonega, Virginia. The following is a list of these soldiers (not in order): Jess C. Day, Dan Day, ?. B. Fields, N.R. Day, ? Gibson, Riley Caudill, Sam Collins, Little Whitaker, Kelly Frazier, Watson Caudill, John A. Webb, Will Everage, C. H. Back, Steve Cornett, Willard Webb, Jiner Collins, John Polly (Parker's son), Gid Whitaker, Peter Caudill, D. Blair, John D. Dixon, Willie Caudill, R. B. Caudill, ? Dixon, Mose Adams, Eddie Dixon, Henry Fields, Hop Gibson, Willie Webb, and Wash Jenkins. If anyone can place a name with a soldier in the photograph, or knows the names of other Letcher Countians that served in the militia (it is thought that at least 75 men eventually served), please contact Richard Brown. See story in April 2012 issue.

These folks from Lerose and Spencer Fork all helped during the construction of the Spencer Fork Church, ca. 1958. Those identified in the photo are Lewis Stewart (older man on left) Ida Bailey (behind Stewart), Hazel Little (wife of Willis "Cotton" Little, standing in front). Others are Lena Smith, Albert Smith, Helen Johnson, Wallace Johnson, Raymond Reed, Glen Graves, Joseph Johnson, and Decorsey Combs. The church was named for Spencer Fork, the area in which it was built in Owsley County, Kentucky. See story in the April 2012 issue.
(Photo from the collection of Wilma M. Warren.)

Peggy Crawford, 113 Frye Court, Nicholasville, KY 40356, shares this photo taken in 1938 at Oakdale Methodist School at Oakdale, Breathitt County, Kentucky. Front row, l-r: a McCowan, Raleigh Coomer, Enlow Clayton, and Thomas Crawford. Second row, l-r: Emma Rae Hurst, Miss Shiffer (teacher), and Genevive Lepershack. Top row, l-r: Gertrude Noble, Ruth Jett, and Margaret Collins.

Tina McFarland Savelyev, P. O. Box 1591, Danville, KY 40423; handsofhope11@gmail.com, shares this photo of Mary Stephens McFarland and 10 of her 11 children. Sitting, l-r: Mary Stephens McFarland, Polly Ann McFarland Peavey, Miley McFarland McDonald, Nan McFarland Ayers, and Tilda McFarland Bertram. Standing, l-r: John, Paul "P. Y.," Balaam, George, Sam, and Rosa McFarland. Missing from the photo is Martha McFarland Alcorn. Mary married William McFarland in the early 1860s. William passed away on 10/11/1914. The photo was taken ca. 1917 in Casey County, Kentucky. Tina is the granddaughter of Sam.


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