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Re: Jeremiah Smith in Shuck Penn, 1880 Cencus
Posted by: Kaye Vivian (ID *****4376) Date: May 26, 2010 at 01:58:10
In Reply to: Jeremiah Smith in Shuck Penn, 1880 Cencus by Laurie Sykes of 499

Hi Laurie,
I can't help you directly with Jeremiah Smith, but Shuck Pen can't have been that large a place and my relatives are from there, too. My g-grandfather Leander Sherman Johnson and his wife Lola Katherine Gray Johnson lived there from around 1895 until around 1915. Like most of the families in that region that had a bunch of kids, one of whom was my grandmother Sibyl Leah Johnson (b. 1895). I read somewhere that the name Shuck Pen came from a meeting. Apparently there was the equivalent of a city council meeting back in the early days of Murray County, and the people gathered to discuss or vote on an issue. The weather turned bad and there was no place large enough to have the meeting. One man said that his corn shucking shed--the shuck pen--could, if it were cleaned out. So they removed the stalks or whatever was in there and had the meeting in the shuck pen. I thought that was a fun story. Maybe your Jeremiah was one of those people. :)

--Kaye Vivian

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