I replied to your very interesting message quite a while back, but I fear my message must have gone into outer cyberspace.I was, as I recall, having some server trouble at that time.
I am eager to hear from you again.I have copies of a number of letters written before the Civil War by our Benjamin F. Farabee, as well as one by his sweet wife Emma, Blair to Ben's mother Lucy, shortly after their marriage.I also have a copy of Lucy W. (Monroe) Farabee's portrait and one of Ben's sister Louisiana Treadwell.But I have no picture of Ben.I had hoped that your side of the family, since they went west together with Ben, might have inherited the family pictures and a copy of Ben's might have survived.
The old Farabee family cemetery near Fisherville, Tenn. (at Morning Sun, now defunct) is, alas, no more.It was destroyed by the son of its present owner (at least its owner ten years ago) who tore around in it on his dirt bike.The owner fixed the mess by having the entire cemetery bulldozed.Sickening, but true.
My father lives near Somerville, Tenn., where I will be visiting him next week.A neighbor of his is Dr. Vaughan, a prominent veterinarian in the Fayette Co. area.Dr. Vaughan, I discovered, is a great-grandson of Ben's old 13th Tennessee commander Gen. A. J. Vaughan.
I'd love to hear from you again, Gary.Ben's family spread out all over the place and failed to stay in touch, so most of the lines are patchy at best.Drop me a line.