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Tine Reynolds: Daniel Trabue and James Lapsley

"The reason I originally became interested in Daniel Trabue's book was that because of his early 1800's dateline and also because of his forays into what is now Russell Co., I suddenly realized that my James Lapsley, Sr. (6th grandfather) must have known and talked with him! Farm where writer grew up, owned by James Lapsley at one time, at Esto in Russell County, ". . . has been in continuous operation in our family since about 1800, one of the oldest or most likely now THE oldest of its kind in Russell County, as far as can be determined." - TINE REYNOLDS
Comments re article 87486 Mike Watson Just a word on the Daniel Trabue autobiography and JIM responds to comment concerning Col. Trabue journal story

By Tine Reynolds

Mighty good points, JIM and Mike Watson. Just amazing, I think, that Trabue took time to record so many details "way back when," don't you think so? I believe I will think of the book as simply history, rather than anything else.



The reason I originally became interested in Daniel Trabue's book was that because of his early 1800's dateline and also because of his forays into what is now Russell Co., I suddenly realized that my James Lapsley, Sr. (6th grandfather) must have known and talked with him!

Such a fantastic book, all of which he concocted without use of word processing. I fancy my ggggggrandfather saying, "Dan, ride back by here after going to Cumberland River, stop by, and I will find some fodder for your horse" or something like that.

Can't you hear those old settlers clattering away?

Thanks so much for your wonderful writing, JIM, and the further elucidation from Mike Watson.
Too many facts of publication may seem a bit boring, but not to me, since I am very much "into" the time period. James Lapsley, Sr., and his son James, Jr., settled the farm where my sister and I grew up; it has been in continuous operation in our family since about 1800, one of the oldest or most likely now THE oldest of its kind in Russell County. as far as can be determined.

Also, our farm contains the very small "Pioneer Cemetery" containing graves of slaves, Revolutionary War patriot, and also Civil War soldier.

Again thanks for bringing up the subject of Daniel Trabue! Yes, he certainly did seem to experience many travails and sorrows, perhaps equal to or an approximation of actually fighting in the War.

Don't understand why a whiskey-seller would be considered a soldier but such is life.

P. S. I have finally just now found an old photo of my great-aunt Emerine Lapsley who actually ran for school superintendent in Russell Co. about 1900, long before women were officially given the right to vote. She and my grandfather were graduates before 1900 of the college we now call Valpo. More about her later...."Primary sources," for sure!!

- Tine Reynolds



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