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 April 2013
"Trail Of Tears" Article
The article about the "Trail of Tears" in the February 2012 issue of The Kentucky Explorer brought to mind some of my relatives who made the journey.
A great-aunt, Hanna Goble, and her two small daughters made the trip, as did Jessie "Busshey Head" Stewart, whose father was a Scotsman and his mother was a Cherokee. Jesse started the First Baptist Church in Oklahoma.
The Stewart name is listed over 40 times on the U. S. Census of American Indians.
Earl H. Stewart
194 Friends Branch
Grayson, KY 41143
Family Members United
The Kentucky Explorer has been special to my family and me.
I placed an advertisement in the March 2012 edition, which was answered by two people. The first person did have some pictures of my father to send me when he was in college. The second person informed me he did not have any pictures of my father, but that he was my father's former brother-in-law. Through this contact, my brother, sister, and I were able to contact a half sister we had never met.
In May 2012, our half-sister came to Columbus, Ohio, to meet the family she never knew she had. It was truly a celebration for the entire family.
Without The Kentucky Explorer, this connection wouldn't have happened. I never guessed that that simple advertisement would have produced such amazing results.
565 Willow Creek Way
Troy, OH 45373
From Blue Diamond
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer.
I am a Kentucky native from the Blue Diamond Mining Camp in Perry County, where I lived until I was 18. At that time I moved to Michigan. I still know a lot of people in that area. I located Eunice Faye Burton. We attended Bottom High School together.
5029 Amsterdam Avenue
Holt, MI 48842
In The Kentucky Explorer I sometimes see articles written by people I know or who they have written about.
I know my husband would have enjoyed the magazine, too, but he has been gone 12 years. He was buried on Valentine's Day after almost 52 years of marriage.
Keep up the good work.
Anna L. Kemper
4400 W. HWY 146
Buckner KY 40010
Typhoon During WWII
I read in the February 2013 issue of The Kentucky Explorer the article about the sailor Robert Williams being in a typhoon during WWII.
I have ridden out typhoons, but this was the mother of typhoons.
There are two great books on this typhoon from the sailors that experienced it. Some of the destroyers and destroyer escorts, and nearly 800 sailors were sunk. The story is that Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet had to get to the Philippine Islands to rescue McArthur and the Army.
There are two books which are a must read for old sailors: Halsey's Typhoon by Mark Bowen and Down To the Sea by Bruce Henderson. These books are available at Amazon.com.
1751 Duck Pond Road
Myrtle Beach SC 29575
Ancestor Killed By
I would like to point out a photo identification error in an article in the January 2013 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
The article on pages 58-60 regards violence from guerrillas during the Civil War in Kentucky and surrounding states. On page 60 the photo is identified as Henry Magruder (1843-1865). It is in fact an image of Champ Ferguson (1821-1865) who, along with his gang, terrorized South Central Kentucky and a number of border Tennessee counties. Ferguson (see photo at right) was a native of Clinton County, Kentucky. The photo was taken of him in 1865, shortly before his being hanged for his criminal acts in the guise of a Confederate soldier. To be fair, there were guerrillas on both sides, Union and Confederate, who took this opportunity to exact revenge, thievery, and anything else that they chose to do.
My descendants are from Casey County, Kentucky, and my ancestors in that county go back to 1808. My connection to Ferguson is that he is attributed to killing my great-great-great-grandfather on my father's maternal side, who was luckily in his 50s, and my great-great-grandfather had already been born.
62 Shepherd Drive
Russell Springs, KY 42642
These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.