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
Woodsbend General Store
Does anyone remember trading or know of anyone who traded at
the Woodsbend General Store, located at Woodsbend in Morgan County,
Kentucky? The business was operated by my parents, John Burns
and Zona Fugate May. The store opened in the early 1920s and
closed in the 1970s.
I am compiling a scrapbook of memories about my parents' store
and the Woodsbend Post Office.
The old store building no longer exists, as it blew away during
the May 2, 2012, tornado. I am interested in any photos of the
location of the store after the tornado.
Any memories or photos would be appreciated.
Edith May Gunnell
4918 HWY 705
West Liberty, KY 41472
Grandfather's Oral History
I grew up in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, in the 1950s.
Once a year the family would drive up the snake-like road to
visit the grandparents in Maysville, Mason County.
When we arrived, Grandpa would take me down to the basement,
where he smoked cigars, drank Bourbon, and listened to Waite
Hoyte on the "Burger Beer Baseball Network."
One day Grandpa told me the bricks in his house came from the
Libby (Yankee) Prison in Richmond, Virginia.
According to Grandpa, some time after the Civil War a Yankee
decided to take Libby Prison apart brick by brick and ship the
brick to Chicago for the World's Fair. The train wrecked near
Maysville, and my grandfather built his house.
I would like to know if anyone has heard this story?
Charles J. Dwyer
PSC 517 Box RCV
FPO AP 96517
Honaker Family Association
Holds 24th Annual Reunion
The 24th annual nationwide Honaker Family Reunion was held on
August 10-11, 2012, around Honaker, Virginia, with accommodations
in Lebanon, Virginia, with about 100 in attendance. The highlight
of the reunion was a visit to the Coal Miners Memorial at Richlands,
Virginia, which honors nearly 1,100 coal miners from surrounding
counties who died in mine-related accidents. Among these were
four Honaker men including Silas and his son, Fullen, who were
instantly killed in a mine explosion on their first day in the
Yukon Mine at Susanna, West Virginia.
The Honaker Family Association is a nationwide organization of
some 300 members descended from the Swiss ancestor Hans Jacob
Honegger who was born in 1718, and immigrated to America, landing
in Philadelphia on August 30, 1749. Hans' first wife and his
infant son both died on the voyage and were buried at sea. After
serving as an indentured servant, Hans married Maria Goetz on
July 8, 1753. He died in 1796 in Montgomery County, Virginia,
leaving ten sons and four daughters. Three of these children
moved to Kentucky and contributed to its pioneer development.
Peter Honaker was born in 1762 in Frederick County, Maryland.
He served with General George Rogers Clark on the expedition
to Vincennes, Indiana, and received bounty land for his service.
Peter married Mary Music, and moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky,
where he died in 1806, leaving six children.
Mary Honaker was born around 1767 in Frederick County, Maryland,
married Henry Smith, and moved to Pike County, Kentucky, where
she died after 1825, leaving seven children.
Issac Honaker was born around 1775 in Dunmore County, Virginia,
married Susannah Penner, and moved to Butler County, Kentucky,
where he established the Honaker Ferry across Green River. Isaac
died in Butler County, Kentucky, in 1796 leaving a son, John.
The Honaker Ferry was continuously owned and operated through
five generations by Isaac and his descendants for 153 years and
is credited with opening up all of South- Central Kentucky to
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Louisville, KY 40222
These are only two of the
many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.