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 December
I am seeking information on a church that was called The Campground.
It was located in Magoffin County, Kentucky, just a few miles
over the Johnson County line. The church was once part of the
Salyersville Methodist Conference. It later became the Oil Springs
United Methodist Church which is now over 100 years old.
What I am wondering is if this church was held outside since
it was called The Campground.
Alice R. Conley
625 Northside Drive
Lexington, KY 40505
Owsley County Connections
I sincerely thank The Kentucky Explorer staff for allowing me
to share stories since becoming a subscriber in 1995. As an amateur
genealogist, the stories and letters we have had published in
The Explorer have always led to new contacts and more information.
My mother, Irma Helen Scott, was born at Travellers Rest in Owsley
County in 1913, the daughter of Palmer and Grace Botner Scott.
My father's grandparents, the Reverend Joseph and Orpha Farmer
Ward, lived at Wild Dog which is on the Jackson/Owsley County
line. Ancestral names from those two counties include Botner,
Caudle, Mainous, Rowlett, and Farmer.
My primary contacts from Owsley County, over the past several
years, have been Judy and Randall Spencer; Glenna Joy and Don
Burton, who now live in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky;
and Esther Farmer. The family of Everett and Abby Marcum Ward
has provided a great deal of information on the Ward/Farmer family
Jerry S. Ward
409 N. 36th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Editor's Note: See the article, beginning on page 25, regarding
three soldiers from Owsley County who died at Pearl Harbor.
Takes Me Close To Home
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer. Just keep it coming to Pennsylvania.
Kentucky will always be home to me. I used to live in Owsley
County, which is not far from Jackson (Breathitt County). Later
I moved to Harlan County, and then to Pennsylvania, where I live
When I receive the magazine, I can't hardly wait to get to my
house to start reading it.
The magazine is as close to home as I'll ever get.
God bless all of you.
703 Park Circle
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Tribute To Veterans
Of The Whitehead Family
I would like to mention veterans, from the Whitehead family,
who have served in the American Wars:
Revolutionary War: William and Robert Whitehead, brothers of
War of 1812: James Whitehead of Harrogate, Tennessee.
American and Mexican War, 1847-1848: Carl Whitehead of Indiana.
Civil War: George Washington Whitehead of Mozelle Beechfork,
Spanish American War, 1897-1898: James Farmer Whitehead of Stinnett,
WWI: Lloyd Whitehead, my father, of Helton Beechfork, Leslie
WWII: Stanley (Whitehead) Chappell of Hyden Leslie County.
I served in the Korean Conflict which escalated into the Vietnam
Vietnam War: Alfred Evarts Whitehead, my brother who was killed
in action, June 16, 1968, of Leslie County.
Desert Storm: Lloyd Edward Whitehead of Harlan County.
Iraq War: Timothy (Whitehead) Lewis of Leslie County.
Iraq-Afghanistan War: Anthony (Whitehead) Lewis of Leslie County.
P. O. Box 106
Harlan, KY 40831
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.