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i have been blessed to be born in a family with long standing ky roots and heratige, and have been the recipient of most all the old family photos
these are two of my favorites



the old man in the white beard , is 8 generations away from my two grandchildren, so that makes him one of their, great, great, great, great, great,grandads
the old man was a civil war veteran




lets see some of the old photos of our families
 

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bettyp said:
Hey ky wonder ,are we kin ,some of those people look like my kin did and amost looks like me in front row on ground. :roll: :roll: Love the pics.
that bunch are the desendants of G.W. London, the old lady to his right is his oldest daughter that married John Atwell, there daughter is the young woman on the old mans left, she married will Chaney, they have 8 of there 9 children in the photo, my grandad is the boy at in the top row with the suspenders, his daughter my mother married into the lile line

family blood lines represented here are, London, Atwell, Edwards, Chaney, Young, nunn
 

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Ernie N Ky said:
I see your grandchildren live over here in Clark County. Thanks for posting the pictures, I enjoy old photos.
yep they live in winchester, the girl just turned 16 and got a job at the local pizza place, the boy 14, stands over 6' , he got a job up there this summer working on a horse farm, feeding and mucking stalls

so i am proud that they have a good start on a work ethic, but i will miss there summer stay this year
 

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Stephenscity said:
Love those old photos. So good to stay connected to your roots. My family goes back to before the Revolutionart war here in the valley. Does give you a since of pride.
, i can trace the Young side of my family back to the robert young that shot Major ferguson out of the saddle at Kings mountain, another timberlake,was a personal guard/aide to George Washington during the revalution, and is burried 2 miles north of lonesomeHollow,

http://www.signsofhistory.com/kentucky/Hart/1190.htm
 

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This is a copy of a photo that my aunt sent me. It's my great great grandfather, grandmother and uncle about 1905.

The log house at the time of the photo was somewhere around 100 years old, and had been covered by lap board.
It was built by Archibald Felts in the early 1800's who was one of the first commercial carpenters, building houses in the western part of the state.
The inside is identical to the house that my father grew up in, which was also build by Archibald. Unfortunately it no longer exists.
You can see a copy of the photo, and the house itself, standing on the campus of Western Kentucky University at the Kentucky Museum.
Yes, I'm very proud of my heritage. :D
 

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Its a wonderful resource to have those old family photos to look back on. I have a few and have made digital copies of many in case the original is destroyed. This is one of my favourites. My Dad's Uncle Alf Goff standing in front of the log cabin he built back about 1906. The cabin is gone but his log barn still stands. Thats him in my avatar as well. Taken before he came to Canada and worked in Queensland, Australia.
 

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this one was taken about 1956, thats old ky wonder at the old home place, the structure with the roof was a hand dug, rock lined water tank in the ground where they use to store the milk cans in to keep them cool


a couple years later me with the brothers, and men folk about the same spot in the yard, my dad and grandad (Luther F. Chaney)is in the hat, he is the boy in the suspenders in the earlier picture


this is a baby picture of Luther and his older brother from circa 1910 notice the (boys in dresses)they are standing together in the family picture


luthers parents died when he was 17, and his brother was 19, that left the two boys to raise the rest of there 8 younger sibilings, less than a year later his older brother was hit by a log truck and killed, so that left him to raise the 8 remaining children ranging in age from 15 to 3. plus two of his on as he grew older, his brothers and sisters always treated him like there parent

he was always a share cropper,and staid on the same place from 1938 untill 1989, he had a home there for life but his wife and my mama talked him into moving to town
i visited him about that time, and found him in the barn crying, and praying, and it touched my heart hereing him pray, about hating to leave the place that had been his home for so long

back in the early 1970's i was working for the same land owner, helping in the hay, and was paid $1.25 per hour for my work, he was on the same wagon, making $2 a day
when like most smart eleck boys i asked him why his check was so much smaller, and why he would even work for that amount, he just said thats my trade and i honor my word,
of course he had a place to live and pasture for his cows, milk income and his tobacco crop, which he shared both with the land owner, but if he was working for the landowner as day labor he got $2 a day ,but that taught me a real lesson, to always honor my word, and to always pay fairly

grandaddy Luther was always a devoted christian man, could not read or write, always signed his name with a X, well thought of in the community, never had a spare dollar, but always a full table, and is truly missed by this grandson who has tears in his eyes now typing this

how many 18 year olds do you know today who would stand up to that load?
hard times and harder work, was all he ever knew!
 

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The old timers definitely had a work ethic and a terrific sense of honor and responsibility, didn't they. What a tremendous burden he shouldered as a young man. Great story about a truly great man. These are things that need to be put in print for future generations of your family. So easily forgotten if not repeated. Thank you, sir !!!
 

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We found many old black and white pics of mom and family members when cleaning out her house. They are truly priceless and remind us how short life is.
 

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I really enjoyed the story and the pictures. Brought back a lot of memories. Men and stories of this time will never be again. Thanks.
 
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