Research of

South East KY



Friday, August 25, 2017

North East KY
South East KY
Walnut Grove, Redwood County, Minnesota
Reunions this Year
Sherburn, MN
SHS Class of 1957
Towler Family History


Beautiful Hills in the South East part of Kentucky.  Not much land for large families to remain there.  Especially if you had 16 children like some of our Baptist ancestors did.  Many left for greener pastures of Iowa and Minnesota.  We are one such family. 





The author's mothers paternal line of families are Pack, Chandler, Wheeler, Fairchild, LeMasters, Jayne, Layne, Milliam/Miller are families who have settled in the SE Kentucky the counties of Floyd, Lawrence, and Johnson .  Hill people, or as great Aunt Trim Pack Slone in 1950 said "we are Americans".  Two families of  Pack cousins left SE KY close to 1900 and traveled to "grass is greener" as in Paton, Greene County, Iowa.

Mother's maternal line, Wessling, Somers, Schuler, Plagge are immigrants from Germany and Alse Lorraine area of Germany settling in Chicago, IL and Warren Co., PA, traveling to Geneso, IL then to Paton, Greene County, Iowa.

New:  Added the McSpadden Fairchild connection

Both the DeCourcy and the Pack families settled in 1914 in Redwood County, MN near Walnut Grove. (Laurel Ingalis Wilder books refer to Walnut Grove/Little House on the Prairie, TV series) The Pack farm is still in the family, is two miles on the same road straight east from the Ingalis farm)  My mother and her sisters used to play at both places when they were growing up.


   research involves the LeMasters, Chandler, Fairchild, & Wheeler families


Family information in KY


George Pack  & Mary Brown                                     Henry Chandler & Jemina Wheeler

Charles Pack & Lavina Chandler                     James Moses Wheeler and & Elinear Harrison

Isaiah Fairchild & Susan Miller/Miliam                   Eleazor LeMasters & Machell Tackett

Francis LeMasters & Rebecca Fairchild

Family information in Iowa:

Sherman Pack & Martha Jane LeMasters                    Martin Wessling & Lena/Wendlena Somers

Family Information in Minnesota:

Lloyd Lionel Pack & Grace Eldora Wessling




An index to the Table of Contents of   'The East Kentuckian'. by Clayton Cox, was created in 1985.. This index only includes the volumes dated March 1979 to 1995, up to when Clayton died. Check your favorite Genealogy libraries for copies.  This index is not done by specific title.  The titles are by county name, or family name first, this way you can find all the articles related to the name or place you are looking for. Copies of periodical are at Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, IN* but not under Clayton's name.  KY Historical Society at Frankfort, KY*


*Card catalog on line


As I get the data updated, I will add an index for each family listed above. For personal reasons and copyright issues, I am not putting any gedcoms on this web site.

2012 update Working on Thomas Chandler, Am Revolutionary War veteran of Cabel/Wayne County now West Virginia. Discussion involves who are the parents of Henry and James Chandler.


Paintsville, Johnson Co., Ky seemed to be the shopping place; see photos of the Sherman Pack family trip in 1948.

We have many relatives in Johnson Co., KY.  Clayton Cox, the former editor of The East Kentuckian, in one of his letters said that my family was related to 50% of Johnson Co.  This I can believe.



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