December 26, 2013
Hello again from the “Independent County of Logan” one of the most historic counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For thousands of years populated by ancient man. Later a part of the old British Southwest Territories. Once governed by the Kings of England and a territory of the colony and later Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1860 the site of the special called meeting where delegates voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederate States. Home to frontiersmen, adventurers, a place of many plots for and against the various governments that ruled for a time in history.
Aaron Burr, third Vice President of the USA, was very popular in Kentucky and especially Logan County. He was a voice for the farmers, the poor (which was 80 percent of the people), landless folk, new immigrants to our great land, women and individuals who fought against the King so as to have the right to vote. Thousands of new people poured over the Appalachia Mountains from the east. Some came and stayed. Others just moved on in search of a home and their place in history.
Several of my family moved here from Tennessee. They had fought the British and were looking for a place to set roots and raise a family. One great grandfather Mayfield lost his wife to child birth near Franklin, Tennessee and came to Logan County looking for a new wife and mother for his six children. History says he found her and together they added five more Mayfields to the census lists.
After the “War of Northern Aggression” sometimes called the Civil War; many families were split up. In the case of the Lannom branch of my family three brothers fought for the south and three for the north. Those that fought for the south stayed put. Those that fought for the north moved northward or westward. Thus I have cousins in California and Washington State. And a few in Oklahoma and Missouri as well. This was typical of thousands of families in Kentucky and Tennessee. I sure am glad that a branch of Mayfields decided to stay in Kentucky and start up what proved to be a very successful ice cream and dairy business. Some of that money helped put me through college.
One of the great things about our great nation is that we are truly a melting pot of peoples from all over the world. There is no other country in the world like ours. The actions of our founding fathers set into place the foundations that have built our great nation. From the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and finally our great US Constitution. Sometimes people tend to be swept up in emotions created by slick politicians and they temporarily forget what brought us to where we are. Nothing is perfect and even our US Constitution has been amended a good many times. Maybe it was about perfect when it was written but with the passage of time there were needs for tweaking a bit.
Thank goodness for our country. I would not want to live anywhere else. I am also happy I live where I do. God Bless America.
Time to go. Happy holidays to you all. Don’t eat too much. Good night “Sweet Berdie Angel (my 96 year old girl friend) and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.