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Inez L. Boling, 4466 Rose Avenue, Portsmouth, OH 45662, shares
this photo of the family of Jake and Louise Applegate. No names
are given. Place and date of photo not given. Feel free to contact
Inez with any information.
William Webb, Jr., 26212 Buster Drive, Warren, MI 48091, shares
this photo of his father, William Webb, Sr., and Robert Dale
Webb (William Jr.'s son), taken in Dionne, Harlan County, Kentucky.
These ladies arrived early for the camp meeting over the hill
from Mt. Carmel High School that was being built at Mt. Carmel
in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Dr. Henry Clay Morrison, President
of Asbury College, preached here and dedicated the school on
September 8, 1925. Robert Cundiff, Mill Creek Lawson Road, Jackson,
KY 41339, shares this photo with our readers.
Thomas Edsel Murphy and Edna Lee Murphy, twins, were born
June 2, 1930, in McCreary County, Kentucky. The children both
died a little over a year later. They are buried in the Cal Hill
Murphy Family Of McCreary County Loses
Twins In 1931
Life was pretty good for John and Robbie Murphy. John had a good
job with the Southern Railroad, so he and Robbie, now the mother
of two, decided they could buy a small farm in the Cal Hill community,
in McCreary County, Kentucky, after the birth of their second
child, Naomi. The oldest daughter, Lenis, had been born in June
1917. The third child, Lois, was born September 1925. Another
daughter, Blanche, was born in October 1927. In the fall of 1929
Robbie was expecting another child. With another child coming
in the summer, John decided to remodel the farm house to have
more room with his growing family. Early that morning on June
2, 1930, with the help of a Dr. Edwards, Robbie not only gave
birth to one beautiful baby, but two. What a joyous occasion
it was in the Murphy household. Robbie named the twins Edna Lee
and Thomas Edsel, both family names. They were two happy and
healthy babies. Family photos indicate that they were a joy to
the entire family. The two oldest girls, Lenis and Naomi, were
very helpful in taking care of Lois, Blanche, and the twins.
By now there were six children ages 13, 10, 5, 4, and two infants.
Robbie managed the farm as best she could, but, there was a lot
of cooking, washing, ironing, gardening, canning, and milking
to do. The two oldest daughters were also very helpful with the
chores on the farm. One short year had passed when Edsel became
very sick with colitis. At that time there was no known cure.
Robbie tried a variety of home remedies before sending for a
local doctor. The death angel came for Edsel, as he died peacefully
the morning of June 27, 1931. John and a cousin went to Pine
Knott to get a "store-bought" coffin. Robbie and Lenis
dressed Edsel in a little blue outfit that Robbie had made with
a matching small cap. Before placing him in his tiny coffin,
Robbie cut a small lock of his hair, tied it with a blue ribbon,
and placed it in an envelope. The lock of hair is still in the
family trunk 77 years later. Family and friends took the small
coffin by wagon to the Cal Hill Cemetery where Edsel was to be
buried. Neighbors had dug the grave. Robbie placed flowers from
her yard in the coffin. From a small leather diary, that is still
in the family, Lenis, stood very brave and read: "While
this small body of clay lies lifeless and cold, let's all try
to be cheerful, because death is just a dream, however dreadful
on earth it may seem. Think of a home with the Savior on high
where Little Edsel awaits us in the sweet by and by." The
Murphy family didn't really have time to grieve over the death
of Edsel. Within a few days the death angel came for Edna. She,
too, had the dreaded colitis. She died July 4, 1941. Again Lenis
helped her mother dress Edna in a little pink dress and matching
bonnet that Robbie had made. She also cut a lock of Edna's hair,
tied it with a small pink ribbon, and placed it in an envelope.
The following day the family took Edna to the cemetery to be
laid to rest by her brother. Lenis repeated the poem. Life didn't
stop for the Murphy family. John continued working for the railroad
and Robbie and the girls worked the farm. In 1932 Robbie gave
birth to another son and in 1934 another little girl. Lenis was
quoted as saying, "God sent Momma another boy and girl to
replace the two children she had lost." With all of life's
ironies, John and Robbie Murphy, who moved to the Cal Hill community
in 1924, lived and died there. They rest with those two beautiful
children they lost so many years ago. Peggy Wilson, P. O. Box
553, Whitley City, KY 42653, shares these photos and information
shared with her by her late sister, Naomi Murphy.
Harold and Diane Howell, 755 Grassy Lick Road, Mt. Sterling,
KY 40353; email@example.com, shares this photo, taken in the early
1900s at Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky, of the Craft family.
Front row, l-r: Clarinda Adams Craft (1849-1928), Joe Wiley Craft
(5/1848-1920), Edward Polley, and Nancy Craft Polley (born 1878).
Standing, l-r: Polly Kincer Craft, Mose Craft (10/15/1875-1/20/1947),
Betty Ann Craft (9/12/1880-5/27/1939), John C. Pratt (12/12/1875-9/23/1943),
Maggie Morgan Craft, William Edward Craft (7/21/1888-4/29/1968),
Cornelia "Aunt Neelia" Craft Adams, Lawrence Adams,
Ollie Craft Kincer (2/9/1891-7/30/1968), Alex Kincer (died 1922),
Henry Monroe Craft (born 1872) never married, Lydia Margaret
Kincer Pace, and Benjamin Oscar Pace. Clarinda and Joe Wiley
Craft reared Benjamin Pace after his mother died.
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