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 January 2006
Kentucky Historical Society
History Marker Unveiled
A new Kentucky Historical Society history marker was unveiled
on Saturday, October 1, 2005, in Hopkinsville on the Christian
County Courthouse lawn.
The noted American explorer, William Clark, was in Hopkinsville
almost 200 years ago. According to an entry in his personal journal,
Clark spent the night with his wife and little daughter at a
Hopkinsville tavern operated by Thomas Allsbury on October 2,
1809. This was three years after Clark had completed the famed
expedition across the Louisiana Purchase and the American West
with Merriwether Lewis. Clark called the tavern a "good
Research indicates the tavern was located behind the site where
the courthouse now stands.
Several historical groups were part of the effort to have the
marker approved and financed: Colonel John Green Chapter of the
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
John Manire Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Christian
County Historical Society, Hopkinsville-Christian County Genealogical
Society, and Pennyroyal Museum.
1741 S. Main Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Until recently I did not know that The Kentucky Explorer even
existed. I now read the magazine with great interest.
I am a Breathitt County native of the Quicksand area, but I was
born at Lambric. My family moved a lot, so we lived in several
places. I am interested in finding people who are familiar with
the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, which I attended
in 1965-1966. I stayed at the settlement school and attended
classes at the Knott County High School. Before my family moved
to Hindman we lived at Decoy, on the Breathitt/Knott County line,
and I attended a two-room school there. A man named Lionel Duff
and his wife, Frankie Duff, were the teachers. I am also anxious
to hear about that little school and its teachers and the people
who attended school there.
6915 Bacon Creek Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Info. On Carrie Church
Of Lawrence Co. Wanted
I am seeking information on anyone who lives at Horsepicture
Branch or Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky.
I would also like to hear from anyone who knows anything about
Carrie Church Lowe. She was killed walking on the railroad tracks
in Louisa. I am her granddaughter and the daughter of her son,
Walter Lowe. Carrie and her husband, Amos, lived at Lowmansville.
Also, if anyone has any books on the census of 1917 to 1927,
please let me know.
408 E. Maple Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356
A True Kentuckian
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and always look forward to a few
hours passage back in time.
My late husband's ancestors were French speaking Swiss who settled
near Charleston, South Carolina, in the mid-1700s, and his uncle
was a career genealogist. I have lots of information on his family.
Now I'm learning more about my family and hopefully will learn
more as time goes by.
I was born in Manchester, Clay County, Kentucky, and am 72 years
young, and as a true Kentuckian I married at age 15 in 1947.
My husband and I moved to Gainesville, Florida. He went to college
to get a degree, and I went for fun.
My mother's family were Thomp-sons, Gilberts, Wallaces, Hudsons,
My father's family were Hensleys, Bakers, and Davidsons.
I especially enjoy your subscribers recollections of their childhoods
and their loving, humble, Godly parents.
Jo Hensley Pelot
P. O. Box 64
Terra Ceia, FL 34250
Needs Clean Up Volunteers
I'm in need of several volunteers to clean up and take care of
the Thompson Cemetery, which is located at Whick at the end of
Whick Church Road in Breathitt County, Kentucky. The only way
to get to this property is to walk down the railroad tracks for
1.6 miles and then climb up the mountain another one-half mile.
Several trees and weeds cover the cemetery. A tree has fallen
and embedded tombstones into the ground, also, some of the headstones
Please help preserve this cemetery. I have recently placed two
signs on the railroad track, so it can be better located.
James and Brenda Burkhart
1516 Lawn Avenue
Middletown, OH 45044