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From Harriet Fast Scott, December 2003:
In going through my mother's papers on the Stiths, I cam across a letter from Charles
R. Stith. It read as follows:
County Clerk, Meade
County, Brandenburg, Ky. 26 March 1964.
It is with an almost desperate air that I compose this letter as I have exhausted all means at my disposal in my efforts to locate the parents of my grandfather Mr. Albert F. Stith (born in Brandenburg, Ky. on 1 Aug 1846). I realize that action such as my request might enlist most certainly doesn't fall within the purview of your office. However, I hope that you might find it within your being to at least pass my letter on to someone who might be able to give me some idea of my grandfather's parents.
In my efforts to uncover his record of birth I purchased microfilm copies of the 1850 census. Even this time consuming task failed to disclose the information I seek.
I am aware of the fact that you don't maintain microfilm files, however, I do entertain the dim hope that a possible trace or clue might exist somewhere in the records that you do have. I am also aware of the fact that all states requite reimbursement for file searches and I am fully prepared for this expense. In my research at the University of Alabama I ran across an article
published in the William and Mary Quarterly in which a Mrs. Frances Shacklette Fast stated that a Mrs. Thomas J. Stith, Ekron, Ky., owned a Stith family bible. I obtained a copy of the names in the bible (from the William and Mary Quarterly) but none corresponded to the reputed name of my great-grandmother and Albert's mother "Miss Cofer".
I hope this letter doesn't cost you too much of your valuable time and I sincerely
thank you for your kindness.
(signed) Charles R. Stith, Lt. Col. Ret.) 1458 East 13th Ave., Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Perry Lusk (the Meade County Clerk) gave the letter to my mother, the very Frances Shacklette Fast Charles had found in
the W&MQ. She answered him with full details of Albert F. Stith, b 1846.
He was the son of Buckner Jones Stith and his second wife, Mary Cofer. Buckner was the
son of Richard Stith and Elizabeth Jones whose coming to Kentucky in or about 1804 we will
celebrate next summer. I indexed the Meade County Census
of 1850 may years ago for my mother. Albert was #2 on the list. Subsequent censuses indicate he was raised by his older sister.