Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.

Here are a few queries from

September 2012

Ghost Stories/Folk Tales Wanted

Dear Editor:
I am interested in obtaining ghost stories and folk tales set in and around Eastern Kentucky.
I grew up in Eastern Kentucky and remember my papaw telling one story about "Raw Head and Bloody Bones" to get us kids to mind and to get home before dark.
If any reader has any stories to share, please contact me.
Jennah Haynes
P. O. Box 2084
Preston, KY 40366

Wants Childhood Tonic Recipe
Dear Editor:
Does any reader remember when a tonic made of sulphur and molasses was given to children every spring?
I am 83 years old, and I got my tonic from Mamaw Polly. The tonic was also given to Papaw's hunting hounds. The difference was each hound received a raw egg. I have forgotten the recipe. If anyone remembers it, I'd like to hear from you.
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and can hardly wait for its arrival each month. I have many old pictures and stories from Western Kentucky I hope to contribute.
I am one of the writers of the book Hopkins County Heritage that was printed in the 1980s. I did most of the one and two-room school histories. It was fun.
Dorothy Shoulders
690 Greenwood Road
Nebo, KY 42441

Seek info. on the following: Lucy Cooper, b. 1804, d. 1847, m. John Dalton (1st wife was Mary Webb); Holberts of Louisa, Ky.; Mahala Carter, wife of James Moore, Louisa, Ky.; Fernetta Terrell Lambert, 1858-1939, dau. of Mary Gillenwater (her mother was a Underwood). Any info. appreciated.
Ellen Mohr
939 State Route 41
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Seek info. on parents of Ezekiel Hall, b. 1811, d. 1/22/1854, m. 3/7/1833, Harlan Co., Ky., Chloe Branson, b. 4/9/1815. Was Chloe a dau. of Henry Branson, son of Leonard Branson? Ezekiel possibly cousin to P. W. Hall, Perry Co., Ky. Any info. appreciated.
Jolene Morgan Boyer
P. O. Box 42
Fredericksburg, IN 47120

Seek info. on following families: Johnson, Baker, Dinkle, Hackett, Coons, and Thomson. Jeremiah "Jerry" Johnson, b. ca. 1828, m. Owenton, Owen Co., Ky., Luceita "Lutie" Baker, b. 1834, dau. of Jesse and Amanda Duncan Baker, on 1860 Grant Co., Ky., census, moving to Monterey, Owen Co., Ky. On 1870 census for Clara Johnson: Jere, Luceita, Wm. Jasper, Amanda E., Jesse, David, Sarah, Clara, Margaret, and Ruben. Clara Johnson, d. before 1890, m. 10/7/1881, James L. Baker, son of William Baker and Mary Polly Sarah Boyd Baker, had Horrace, b. 1882; Lorena, b. 1883; and my grandmother, Lillian, b. 10/19/1834, Owen Co., d. 8/19/1948, Frankfort, Ky., m. George Beatty Thomson, Frankfort, Ky. James m. 2nd, Cordelia Marshall, 1881. My g. g. grandparents, Benjamin F. Dinkle, m. 7/12/1858, Malinda Hackett, had Virginia "Jennie" Dinkle, m. Henry Thomas Smith, had Elbert; Eva; Maggie; Nettie; Cora; and Cleveland Thomas Smith, m. Bessie Coons, had Carlon; Katherine; Eugene; Emma; and Nettie Elizabeth Smith, m. George Beatty Thomson, Jr., had George Anthony Thomson and Shannon Louise Thomson. Any info. appreciated. Will share info.
Shannon DeVore
P. O. Box 97
Perry Park, KY 40363

Seek photos and info. on the Hazelwood family: my g. uncle, Charles Raymond Hazelwood, b. 6/17/1891, Larue Co., Ky., had John Henry Hazelwood, b. 9/6/1920, Larue Co., Ky., d. 8/31/2010, Jefferson Co., Ky.; Henry Franklin and Martha Ann Durbin Hazelwood; and Thomas Franklin Hazelwood, b. ca. 1931-1833, S. C. Any help appreciated.
Diana Lefler
6676 Castle Highway
Pleasureville, KY 40057

These are only two of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.