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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Ties That Bind: A Kentucky Family’s Westward Migration and Their Friendship with Abraham Lincoln

    Ties That Bind: A Kentucky Family’s Westward Migration and Their Friendship with Abraham Lincoln

    By: Christopher L. Starr I have yet to meet a genealogist that did not have at least one amazing story to share about the unexpected path that their research took.  As my own research progressed, this native New Englander was very surprised by the western turn made by my family....

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  4. The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    By: Elizabeth Rouse Fielder The George Blackburn Family Major George Blackburn Sr. (b. 16 January 1745, d. 9 September 1817) was one of the early settlers of Augusta County, Virginia.  He married Prudence Berry (b. 5 November 1754, d. 14 June 1836) in Virginia on the 12th of October 1771...

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  5. The Jackson Family Legacy in Kentucky

    The Jackson Family Legacy in Kentucky

    Written by Aleta Hodge, a Jackson descendant In July 2011, the Jackson family, descendants of three brothers (Jordan Carlisle Jackson, Jr., Edward W. Jackson and John Henry Jackson and their uncle, Edward C. Jackson) held a reunion and visited four locations in Kentucky to connect with their family history. Despite...

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  6. Kenwick: The History of a Lexington Neighborhood

    Kenwick: The History of a Lexington Neighborhood

    By:  Jeff Jones, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University  “Here in Henry Clay’s apple orchard where a refugee from the French Revolution’s guillotines taught a young Mary Todd Lincoln, more than 900 ‘Kenwicked’ households continue to create new stories and cherish their own old Kentucky homes.” The lives of every Kentuckian take...

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  7. Colonel James Smith’s Death Verified

    Colonel James Smith’s Death Verified

    By: Martha Ann Atkins, Ph.D Col. James Smith (1737-1813) was a frontiersman, pioneer, explorer, Indian captive, ‘Indian fighter’, Revolutionary War soldier, Pennsylvania State Assemblyman, Kentucky State Assemblyman, Presbyterian preacher, published author and my 4th Great Grandfather. The major events of his life are well-known.  However, the date and location of his...

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  8. The Daniel Boone Connection

    The Daniel Boone Connection

    The Daniel Boone Connection & The Search for the Parents of Harvey Turner By: Francis E. Mudd, III I. Daniel Boone vs. Davy Crockett One evening, in the mid-to-late 1950s, my maternal aunt, Mary Lee Kelly (Weibel) Littlefield, while visiting my family, informed us that we were related the famous frontiersman, Daniel...

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  9. Dragging Fact from Fiction: Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and The Elijah Harlan House

    Dragging Fact from Fiction: Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and The Elijah Harlan House

    By: Michael J. Denis and Kelli Weaver-Miner Often in history, places play a secondary role to the people who are associated with that place.  Harlan’s Station, “The Old Stone House” and the Elijah Harlan house may well be an exception.  These three historic sites, located about 5 miles west of...

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