Home to the Heart of Kentucky - Again
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23rd Psalm for Genealogists
L.D. Buckner
2002 Trip

Stant Buckner / Aunt Lottie's place

We soaked up memories and the presence of our cousins -- both living and gone -- for about an hour and then returned to Jean and Richard's house for a few minutes before we climbed in pick-up trucks and headed off to visit the site of the Stant Buckner home (also the home of Grandpa's Aunt Lottie and Uncle George Clark, and then later their bachelor sons Naylor, George, Wayne and Jimmat.) The home was torn down in 1992 or 1993 and sold to a company which in turn sold it to developers who intended to cart it down to Texas and reassemble it, though Wayne told me that the last they'd heard, all the carefully numbered bits of lumber were still sitting in a pile someplace down in Texas (he didn't know the exact location.)

Arriving at the site of Stant Buckner's home. From left: Becky, Colton, Garnett, Ramona, Annis and Roberta

Stanton Buckner
William Stanton (Stant) Buckner

Jimmat, Wayne and George
Jimmat, Wayne and George, sons of George and Lottie Clark

The roads back to the Stant Buckner home were rough and rutted from the heavy spring rains, and I began to regret ever requesting that we make a trip back there. But Garnett's truck and Ramona's truck were up to the task (no way could Sara's van have survived much beyond a quarter mile of the side road we took to get there!) We turned off Mell Road (route 745) onto an unnamed gravel road directly across from a road shown on maps as L.W. Shirley Road. Even the rugged pick-up trucks crawled along slowly to navigate the gullies in the places.

We arrived in a little clearing with a small brown house (once the wash house at Lottie and George's home), and Becky and Ramona pointed out where the home had once stood. Some in our group remembered the site and recalled which way the front porch had faced, and we stood on the spot and thought of dear cousins who once welcomed us into their home on this spot.

The wash house was a marvel, too, with its own cellar and two stairways -- one outside and one inside -- leading to its trove of canned fruit and other goodies. When Becky pulled back the door at the bottom of the outside stairway, she could see some jars still lying on the floor of the cellar.

Ramona, at the former site of Lottie & George's house
Stant Buckner's home stood near this spot. Ramona is in foreground, and the old wash house is in the background.

When we left the home site and drove back out the way we had come, we stopped briefly at the site of the old cemetery where Stant Buckner and his brother Charlie Madison and wife Narcissa ("Uncle Charlie and Aunt Sis") are resting. The graveyard is fenced in but entirely overgrown with thick vegetation. It was impossible to tell if the stone is gone or simply lying on the ground under the brush.

1982 photo of stone in the graveyard where Charlie Madison, Sis and Stant are buried
1982 photo - Small cemetery on the road to Stant Buckner's home is the burial place of Charlie Madison and Narcissa ("Aunt Sis") Buckner, whose grave is marked with this stone. There is no grave marker for Stant.


Ramona sees Jimmat, Wayne, and George on the site where their house once stood.

When we returned to Richard and Jean's house, we sat in the shade of the backyard and enjoyed sweet, juicy slices of fresh watermelon while we visited and admired the view into the valley. We'd already said farewell to some of the cousins who departed earlier for other commitments, and as much as we hated to go, we had already consumed the whole day for most of the family. We said our goodbyes to Richard and his family, and I promised to come back and visit them again next October.

Enjoying fresh watermelon - Sara, Roberta, Colton, Ramona and Annis and Jane-Ann (hidden behind Ramona)

It was perfectly ripe and wonderfully sweet!

Ramona tells Wayne, while Andy looks on, how the next episode of "Backyard Oil" is going to feature her, complaining that he is taking all her oil.

Cousin Maggie & Joe's place

View across the fields from the lane which goes by Cousin Maggie's house.

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