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Cousins search for ancestor’s graves



Bailee McIntosh, 6, displays the dryland fish she discovered. She is a daughter of Paul and Monica McIntosh of Cowan, and granddaughter of David Holland and Tammie McIntosh.

Bailee McIntosh, 6, displays the dryland fish she discovered. She is a daughter of Paul and Monica McIntosh of Cowan, and granddaughter of David Holland and Tammie McIntosh.

Hello everyone, I hope you are ready for May. The flowers of April have been beautiful and I have high expectations for flowers in May. I love seeing the wisteria in bloom and wisteria is now on my list of things to plant. Mike and I did get the free trees from AEP and they are planted. I’m looking forward to watching the dogwood trees grow.

My cousin, Debbie Vice of Flemingsburg, came in for the week. Three of her cousins, Phyllis Frazier Lopez, Diana Frazier Spray, and Sharon Ison McMillin of Indiana, came in and they all stayed on Kingdom Come. They spent three days going to old family cemeteries looking for ancestor graves. They had a successful and fun trip. The ladies had a wonderful time and plan to come back in the fall.

John, Faye, Mike and I went on a long adventure one afternoon. John took his Jeep and we took the side-by-side and went to Leatherwood. It was a fun drive through Kingdom Come and Turkey Creek. When we got to the Leatherwood area, it was gorgeous. We saw one big turkey and several horses. I did get pictures of the horses and they are definitely used to humans. We also had a picnic dinner on our adventure. It was a wonderful way to spend a Wednesday.

Eight-year-old Addison McIntosh found these dryland fish on April 21. Her parents are Paul and Monica McIntosh of Cowan, and she is a granddaughter of David Holland and Tammie McIntosh.

Eight-year-old Addison McIntosh found these dryland fish on April 21. Her parents are Paul and Monica McIntosh of Cowan, and she is a granddaughter of David Holland and Tammie McIntosh.

When I receive good service, I let them know. I went to Jenny Lea Academy for a pedicure and it was great. Erica did a wonderful job and I will be back there. I’m thinking I may need a manicure real soon.

Mike, John, Faye, and I ate at the Black Sheep Brick Oven restaurant at the Hemphill Senior Citizens Center. They had wonderful pizza and we will definitely be going back. We brought home strawberry-filled rolls to try for breakfast. The miners’ memorial is beside the Hemphill Senior Citizens Center building.

Kendall Ison had a successful surgery on his leg. He will be transferred this week to Letcher Manor for rehabilitation.

If you would like to send Kendall Ison a card, please send it to: 5431 Hwy 931 South, Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858.

My niece, Jaimie Ware Mefford, planned a birthday celebration for her mother, Susan Ware. Susan turns 60 this week and a celebration happened. I was invited to join them in Louisville for the weekend. It was fun and everyone had a good time. I have always believed birthdays should be celebrated and I’m glad Susan celebrated her day.

I am a member of the Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy site on Facebook. There’s a post about Appalachian dialect, which was very interesting. It’s a Southern Mountain dialect dating back to the 1600s and Scotch-Irish ancestors. One of the examples listed was pronouncing “Martha” as “Marthy”. My grandfather John H. Campbell always called me “Marthy”. The Scottish ancestors for me came through the Campbell site. Every once in a while I catch myself saying “Marthy”.

I received an email from Bennett and Ellen Welch. Bennett had found an old Mountain Eagle newspaper article from April 1944. The article mentioned my great-grandfather, Joseph H. Gibson. It was good receiving this email and reading the article. It’s always nice reading family history.

If you have any news, please email me at Cowannews@aol.com.

The Social Media quote of the week is: “It takes a long time to grow an old friend, make sure to treasure them.”

Have a wonderful week.

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