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 […]

This gold bracelet was given to Draxie Alice Large (our Great-Grandmother) as an engagement present from Charlie Stafford (our Great Grandfather) in 1916. Grandmother Gerie gave it to Kelly Hunley Karner in August of 2003. Due to the clasp being broken and some scratches present, Kelly took it to a professional jeweler. After it was […]