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
Ghost Stories/Folk Tales Wanted
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.
P. O. Box 2084
Preston, KY 40366
Wants Childhood Tonic Recipe
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.
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.
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
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
6676 Castle Highway
Pleasureville, KY 40057
These are only two of the
many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.