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KY Color: Possible line of royalty awaiting further research

By Billy Joe Fudge

Well I just don't know how to approach this subject without sounding as if I'm bragging but there is Royalty in my family. Although I don't necessarily feel like a descendant of Royalty, I must submit myself to that reality.

My Great Grandfather was William Tyler Furkin. His sister pictured with him in the accompanying photo is my Great Great Aunt Queen. Of course, in the tradition of my upbringing in the glorious 50's and the turbulent 60's I was instructed to address my elder kinfolk by their proper title. In this case, it was Pa Bill and Aunt Queen.

I always assumed that Queen was Aunt Queen's nickname. Locals in her age category would often address her as "Queenie" which reinforced my "nickname" assumption. However, as with many if not most assumptions, I was in error.


Queen was indeed her real name as I came to realize later on in life; Queen Elizabeth Furkin Janes to be precise. She was married to "Uncle" Melvin Janes. Uncle Melvin was a fine and gentle soul with somewhat of a red complexion and the thickest head of snow white hair, I could ever imagine. Sorry for the digression but it is because of my ambidextrous right brain which will just not sit still long enough for my left brain to finish it's train of thought.

At any rate, Aunt Queen was a tiny lady who I know could not have weighed more than 75 pounds. She and Pa Bill were posing in Pa Bill's front yard with their backs toward the Harvey's Ridge Area of the Petitt's Fork Watershed on their left. Fairplay/Gadberry would be located on the further most visible ridge behind them.

Queen Elizabeth Furkin, Jim or Mike I'll be waiting for your research. If it turns out to put me in line with a throne, I mean The Throne of England, I will of course make each of you an Earl or Duke or whatever you prefer.


This story was posted on 2016-03-24 06:52:59
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Aunt Queen: could I be from royalty?



2016-03-24 - Sparksville, KY - Photo from collection of Billy Joe Fudge.
William Tyler Furkin and his sister Queen are pictured in Pa Bill's front yard with their backs toward the Harvey's Ridge Area of the Petitt's Fork Watershed on their left. Fairplay/Gadberry would be located on the further most visible ridge behind them.

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