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
Of Abijah "Bige" Couch
When I found the graves of my grandfather and great-grandfather
in Owsley and Clay counties of Kentucky, there were only rocks
marking the graves. Someone had cut their names into the rocks.
My great-grandfather, Elijah Couch, fought in the Civil War,
and "14th KY CAL" was etched into his rock. It was
then that I decided to try making new tombstones for them. I
went to a stone quarry in north Alabama and bought some stones.
I used a hammer and chisel to make tombstones for them. Later,
we placed a military stone at Elijah's grave.
As of now, I have hand-carved 91 tombstones and still have a
few more to do, not only for the Couch families, but for anyone
that needs a stone. These stones are for older graves that are
about to be lost forever. I have not charged anything for the
stones or taken any money for gasoline to take the stones to
Kentucky. I am not doing it for the living; I am doing it for
the memory of the person buried in that grave.
I would like to place a stone at the grave of my grandfather's
brother, Abijah "Bige" Couch, who is buried in the
Bellevue Cemetery in Danville. When we went there to find his
grave, we were told he was buried at plot 482, but could not
tell where it was located. They showed us the area, but unless
we know ourselves which plot it is, we cannot place a stone.
There are many unmarked plots in that area.
Bige died December 25, 1944. There was a big snow, and the family
were unable to take him back to the hills of Owsley County. The
funeral, casket, and clothes cost $45.
All of Bige's brothers now have a tombstone, and I would like
so much to place one there for him.
If there is anyone that knows if Bige Couch was buried next to
one of their relatives, please feel free to contact us.
Marion and Martha Couch
3500 Margerum Annex
Cherokee, AL 35616
Like To Find
In 2001 I located a man with whom I had taken basic training
with at Fort Knox in 1949. We both made it through the Korean
War. While reading his letter over recently, I see he mentioned
a Dexter Cornett from Hardin County. He thought a lot of Dexter.
Somehow I failed to try and find Dexter. If he or anyone who
knows of him would, could they please write to Marvin McCloskey,
29699 County Road 215, Bangor, MI 49001; 606/427-5747.
I hope they contact each other and can visit to talk of old times.
The letters are the first part of The Kentucky Explorer that
I read when the magazine arrives. I have never found a magazine
7287 Murnan Road
Cold Spring, KY 41076
Hibiscus Seeds Wanted
I would like to thank readers who took the time to answer my
request for a song and poem. I received so many letters that
I could not send thank you notes to all of the replies.
I would like to have some pink and red hibiscus seeds.
I will send a SASE if anyone has any available.
Doris Jean Fletcher
485 Deepwell Wood Road
Crab Orchard, KY 40419