|Cindy, abt. 1886|
Lucinda Howard was a strong woman like most who grew up and lived in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. She was born, married and died in the Harlan County community of Wallins Creek but, unlike so many of those strong mountain women, she didn't spend her entire life there.
Cindy was born on 16 Feb 1867. She was the sixth of seven children born to John Covey Howard and Mary Morris but she was part of a much larger family. Her father had been married twice before he married her mother and he had a total of 20 children. Her mother also had a child prior to marrying her father so Cindy had six full and 14 half siblings.
Education, especially for girls, in that time period was often very limited. One of Cindy's grandsons wrote that she had two years of writing and spelling at school and that her older half-brother, Jacob Howard, was her teacher.
|Jim, Cindy & daughter, Lula|
When Cindy and Jim were living at Wallins Creek the Howard-Turner Feud was going on in Harlan County. One of the leaders of the Howard side of the feud was Cindy's nephew Wilse Howard (son of her half-brother, Hiram Brock Howard). According to Cindy, Wilse once came to her house looking for a place to hide from the law. Cindy put him under a feather mattress and made the bed up over him. Before long the sheriff and deputies came looking for Wilse, no doubt searching the houses of most everyone in the family. They searched her house but didn't find him hiding there under the feather bed. Wilse later left Harlan County, escaping charges there.
|Jim & Cindy with 8 of their children|
Jim died on 5 Jan 1933 in Warren County and was buried there in Morrow Cemetery. Cindy's sister, Sarah, became a widow just a couple of months later so Sary, as she was called, moved from Wallins Creek to live with Cindy in Ohio.
When Cindy's brother Henry died in 1931, he left his house at Wallins Creek to her. Technically, his wife had the use of the property for her lifetime and then the property went to Cindy. At the writing of Henry's will, Sary was living next to him. It appears that Henry left his house to Cindy so she could someday return "home" from Ohio. And that is what she eventually did.
|Wallins Creek house Cindy inherited|
Cindy died in that Wallins Creek house on 16 May 1957 at the age of 90. Her funeral was held in Morrow, Ohio and she was buried next to Jim in Morrow Cemetery.
|poster by footnoteMaven|
This post was written for the 103rd Carnival of Genealogy - Women's History hosted by Creative Gene.
More about that Harlan County Howard-Turner feud can be found in Days of Darkness; The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pearce (Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1994).
Cindy was my great-grandmother. Click the links above for sources and additional information about her and her family and check out this gallery for more photos.