Old Kentucky School

Here is a wonderful picture of my paternal grandmother’s (Mable Gerie Stafford’s) old school in Kentucky. Fortunately, she wrote the following on the back of the photograph: My old school—1st through 12th grade (no Kindergarten) Betsy Layne Yea Bobcats (basketball team) Your dad was one. One tip to remember as you document your family history: […]

Obituary of Compton Stafford

The obituary of Compton Stafford (1847-1905)—my 2nd great grandfather—tells a sad tale. A coal miner by profession, Compton sought employment at the Hatfield mines in Nolan, West Virginia. While walking on tracks, he was hit by a train owned by the Norfolk and Western Railway. Compton left behind a wife and seven children with “scant means […]