Reader Queries

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

June 2015

Wanted: White Greasy
Bean Seeds

Dear Editor:
I am interested in obtaining white greasy bean seeds. I will gladly pay for a few of the seeds.
Ulysses Crusenberry
144 Parks Mill Dam Road
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Family Pleased With Photos
Dear Editor:
I certainly appreciate The Kentucky Explorer for publishing my photos on page 8 of the March 2015 issue. This meant so much to so many in my family.
My grandparents, Mary Bettie Lewis and Roy Edgar Lawson had 11 children. One boy died when he was a baby. Out of the 10 they reared, my mother, Julie; the next sister, Florine; and Roy Edgar Lawson, Jr., have passed away. The remaining seven are in their late 80s and 90s. The eldest is Aunt Mabel, and she is 96.
I'm sure they were happy to see the photos in the magazine. They all have a subscription.
Darlene Cash Gilreath
P. O. Box 15
Marshes Siding, KY 42631

Need Help Tracing Family
Dear Editor:
You've heard the old saying, "You can take a boy or girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of either."
This is the same with my kin. Though they are scattered to the four corners of the U. S., they still consider themselves Kentuckians! I have told family about The Kentucky Explorer and some are now enjoying it.
I enjoy finding up-to-date information about my family history. I have traced the Joneses back to North Carolina and finally to Wales, the Polleys to France, etc.
I have been researching Will G. Stacy from Eastern Kentucky and have run into a wall when 13 or so others where killed from a roof fall in 1951. I found his first family, but his second wife, Golda, and also Renie Begley Stacy has completely eluded me. I know she died in Perry County in 1946 while giving birth to her daughter, Joyce. I know Joyce and her four-year-old sister, Ann Elizabeth, along with their father, Will G., went to live with Will's older daughter in Harlan, where Will was later killed in a bad accident. There were several older children. I only know the oldest boy went to live with relatives in Lee County, Virginia.
I have found a granddaughter by Will's first marriage, and she knows nothing about her grandfather's second marriage and is wanting to also find information.
Most of the Stacys I've learned of either don't know anything about their families or are just not interested.
I have also inquired about the Begleys, but I have had no success. I know I've waited 50 years too late, but I unearthed a lot of family after 150 years. So, I am asking the help of Kentucky Explorer readers, again. I have found the newspapers and obituaries very unreliable.
I am sure many Stacys and probably Begleys came from Virginia and/or Tennessee.
Any help would be appreciated.
Dorothy Shoulders
690 Greenwood Road
Nebo, KY 42441

These are only a few of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.