I have just been tickled to death at all of the connections being made on the blog. Old friends getting back in touch and lost family finding family. That happened for my family through the blog at Christmas time. I will tell more about that story in May when we all meet for the first time. It starts in France and ends up here.
You should be sure to read the comments on the blogs also. You might find someone you know.
I received this comment from M. Howard Edwards of California. He is a descendant of the Minters family that I blogged about here.
He came across the blog and wrote me about his family history.
“My widowed great grandmother, Eliza Anne Liggins Cole married miner Charles Henry Wells of Patoka, Pike, Indiana about 1916. She was born in Lyles Station, near Princeton.
Her daughter, Emma Zovella Mae Cole, had a daughter fathered by Mearl (Murl?) Merritt Minters in 1921 but was not permitted to marry him by his family by her account.
By the 1930 census Mearl had relocated to Indianapolis with his mother Belle Minters as had my grandmother Zovella with her mother Eliza Wells. I have found it interesting that Belle consistently was listed in the U.S. Census as a widow despite Martin Minters being alive and well in Pike County all along. Mearl married Elsie Pepper in Indianapolis in 1935, but he had no other offspring.
I particularly thank you for the pictures of the headstones you shared in the article you wrote on Martin Minters. I took pictures of the same headstones when I was visiting along with pictures of the church. When I picked up my suitcase at the airport here in California, I found that the locks were broken, and it had been taped shut apparently by a baggage handler. Of all the stuff in there the only thing missing was the roll of film. I guess God intended for me to discover your blog over thirty years later.”
Before the genealogy meeting tonight I went through the old articles and found one to go along with some photos taken last fall that I wanted to post. Thanks to my friend Amber Ball who lives over by #7 Road for sharing her photography skills when we are out rambling on the backroads and talking about all that has been lost.
This stand of trees growing up in the old foundation is all that is left of the Mt. Hebron Church in Logtown.
The front steps of the Mt. Hebron Church in Logtown.
Foundation blocks of the Mt. Hebron Church in Logtown.
The front steps of the old Mt. Hebron Church in Logtown.
The pulpit from the Mt. Hebron Church in Logtown is still around.
July 30, 1920 ~ Pike County Paper
The new colored church at Ayrshire is nearing completion. The colored folk there started in more than a year ago to raise the funds to build a new church, the congregation having outgrown the old church building. They first planned for a concrete building but later changed the plans and made it a frame structure. The new building is completed except the inside finishings. While the new church building is being erected the hall is being used as a place of worship.
July 29, 1888 ~ Pike County Democrat
Entertainment at the Mt. Hebron Church in Ayrshire.