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  1. New Digital Resource: The Civil War Governors of Kentucky

    New Digital Resource: The Civil War Governors of Kentucky

    By: Patrick A. Lewis, Ph.D., Project Director, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition digitally publishes the papers of Kentucky’s five wartime governors, but don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t a project about the governors; it’s a project that...

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  2. The Untraveled History of the Wilderness Road

    The Untraveled History of the Wilderness Road

    By: Mildred Leedy Armao Daniel Boone is iconized as the man who blazed the trail across the Cumberland Mountains from Virginia to Kentucky. This important route, then, opened the door for tens of thousands of pioneers to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. Initially, the trace was simply that; a...

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  3. The John Meaux Property Division

    The John Meaux Property Division

    Editor’s Note: The research presented in this report was featured in a recent episode of Finding Your Roots on PBS as it followed the ancestry of actress Maya Rudolph. By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State As Researched by The Harrodsburg-Mercer County Oral...

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  4. Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century  Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    By: H. Scott Hankla Introduction In my paternal grandfather’s old cherry desk was a worn, dusty portfolio made of heavy black cardboard, and on its cover and back were engravings of a building with the words “New York Crystal Palace for the Exhibition of All Nations.”  Inside the portfolio was a...

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  5. Hugh Brent: Merchant of the city of Paris, Bourbon County

    Hugh Brent: Merchant of the city of Paris, Bourbon County

    By: Rogers Bardé I began the search for Hugh Brent when Hopewell Museum received a gift of the portraits of Hugh Brent and his wife, Elizabeth Langhorne Brent.  I wanted to know who Hugh Brent was and find out why my 4th great grandfather, William Rogers, named his youngest son Hugh...

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  6. Correcting the Record: the Real Story of David Cozine Westerfield, 1825 – 1900

    Correcting the Record: the Real Story of David Cozine Westerfield, 1825 – 1900

    By: Ronald Clay Belcher David Cozine Westerfield of Mercer County, Kentucky, enlisted in 1861 and valiantly served with the Union Army, 19th Kentucky Regiment. On 2 January 1862, at Camp Harrod, Harrodsburg, his unit was mustered into service. Westerfield’s service with Company B took him from Kentucky to West Virginia...

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  7. Teenage Girl with an Ax: The Civil War Skirmish of “Aunt” Julia Marcum

    Teenage Girl with an Ax: The Civil War Skirmish of “Aunt” Julia Marcum

    By: Cheri Daniels, KAO Editor & KHS Head of Reference Services For a small family farm in Northern Scott County Tennessee, the conflicts of the Civil War were consistently nearby. Despite being surrounded by loyal Confederate counties, Scott County maintained a strong allegiance to the Union. In June of 1861, they ignored their...

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  8. Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    By: Mary E. Clay This is a story about a surname puzzle.  A similar story could be told by many other African Americans trying to find their ancestors.  The search for the surnames the ancestors took after they were freed can be a true test of one’s research abilities.  This...

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