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 May 2012
The March 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer contained an 1871
reprint article about the Jeffries family of Russell County,
My mother-in-law is a Jeffries. Her father, Christopher Columbus
Jeffries, was born in 1870 in Boonie-ville, Hart County, Kentucky;
and died in Lawrence County, Indiana. Chris-topher's father was
James A. Jeffries who was born about 1835 in Metcalfe County,
James and his wife, Nancy Elizabeth Martin, are listed in the
1870 federal census for Metcalfe County with five children: Lucian
K., James William, Charles K., Christopher Columbus, and Dixie
James' brother, James William, was born in 1862 in Hart County.
He is listed with his wife, Anna P., in the 1900 census for Hart
County, along with ten children, including twins, Willard and
Because of the close proximity to Russell County (in the article),
I am trying to tie the families together.
I am interested in corresponding with anyone who can assist me
with the Jeffries family.
Doris Lester Butler
216 Saratoga Way
Anderson, IN 46013
Remembering My Grandparents
I remember my grandparents, Jerry (7/20/1880-9/10/1959) and Polly
Mullins Wells (6/12/1880-5/3/1974). They lived at Happy, Perry
County, Kentucky. They will always be special to me.
Pap was a rock mason, farmer, and carpenter. He made shoes for
Ma was a homemaker and made quilts and canned food for the winter.
She milked the cow and churned the butter.
When school was out for the summer, I would stay with them until
school started back.
After all this time, I still miss them.
Their neighbors were the Smiths, Browns, Sweatmans, and Dilce
and Naomi Combs.
Rob Patrick was the postmaster at Happy.
P. O. Box 155
Ary, KY 41712
"Sweet Milk And Light
I enjoyed the article about my grandfather, Gilbert Vanover,
in the January 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
Grandpa has told his story many times about growing up in Sawyer,
McCreary County, Kentucky. He lived on a dirt road in a house
that had no running water or electricity. The outhouse contained
a Sears & Roebuck catalog. He banked the fireplace at night,
brought in kindling, and read by a coal-oil lamp. He ordered
garden seeds and they arrived from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
After Grandpa returned from combat in Korea, when he was assigned
to duty at Wisconsin, he told me one night he and some of the
boys went out to eat. The waitress asked him, "What would
you like?" He said, "Sweet milk and light bread."
She said, "All our bread is light, and we have chocolate,
white, and buttermilk." He said he knew he was not in Sawyer
161 Nuchols Street, Unit 8143
Goodfellow AFB, TX 76908
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.