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What a wonderful recipe. My mother was a great cook but the best blackberry cobbler from my childhood came from my Aunt Ophelia Moore. She cooked on a wood stove and I well remember watching her cobbler as it sat on the back of the stove. She did not do the cross strips on top but had a full top crust with a nice sprinkling of sugar. As the pie bubbled on the back of the stove top, that wonderful blackberry juice would bubble out of the fork holes and color the sugar. Oh! The agony a small boy could suffer staring at that sight and knowing dessert was a long way off. I have to try this recipe. I have a cast iron "chicken cooker" with nice high sides that should work well. Thanks for this
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2011 on The First Blackberry Pie at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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I learned of your website from Jim Casada’s newsletter and have enjoyed every new post. But I was not prepared for the delightful surprise of the Civil War letters and the realization that W. C. Penland and many of the people named in the letters are all related to me. My Great Grandfather was Norbonne W. Moore (usually signing his name N.W. Moore) of Clay County who was a brother of W.C.'s mother Patience Mahalia Moore Penland. Patience was the second child of John Moore (b1777) and his 2nd wife Susanna Jones(b1792). My direct ancestor N.W. Moore was the sixth child of John and Susanna. As John had eight children by his first wife Martha Covington and nine by Susannah, it is not surprising the countryside had many relations. The Crawfords mentioned, for example, were cousins to W.C. Patience Moore married Harvey Penland in 1842 and they had ten children. The author of the letters William Chamberlain Penland was the oldest (born 1843) and Luola Penland (b. 1861) was the youngest. Patience died in 1903 at the age of 82 and is buried at Union Hill Cemetery in Clay County. I’ve seen the location listed as Shooting Creek, NC but I can’t vouch for that specific. Her father and mother John and Susannah Moore are also buried in that cemetery. From a picture John’s marker looks to date from his death in 1857. William Chamberlain Penland died shortly after these letters were written. He died “of disease” on August 19, 1863 and is buried near Clinton, Tennessee. Several of the letters are addressed to his brother James H. Penland. James was born on March 12, 1848. He died of typhoid fever in 1889. A few notes on the organization of Confederate units mentioned. Most of the members of W.C. Penland’s company and regiment were from Clay, Macon and other Western NC counties. W.C. enlisted at age 18 on July 5, 1862 in Clay County. He was mustered in as a Sergeant, which I think speaks well of him as so many older men entered as privates. Originally, his company was part of the 7th NC Battalion, a cavalry unit that was later in 1863 was merged into the 65th NC Regiment. From the references in the letters he was at the time of most of the letters in the company of his kinsman William Patton Moore, a grandson of John Moore and his first wife. Most of the Captain Moore references are to William P. Moore but one is to my G.Grandfather N.W. Moore, who was also a Captain of an infantry company who for a few months was transferred to the same area for the same duty of guarding bridges and passes. I could write more but this is already long. Thank you, thank you for the wealth of information these letters provide about that sad era and, on a more personal note, my family. My grandfather was born in Clay County in 1861.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Civil War Letters 9 at Blind Pig & The Acorn
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