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This week's puzzle...

Some towns had 2 men who were called searcher and sealers. They looked for one thing, either approving or denying. What did they do?

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A certain plant found in some counties in Kentucky was supposed to have medicinal value and was harvested. One area of Kentucky is known by the name of this plant.

Answer: The Pennyroyal/penniroyal plant is of the mint family. A large section of Kentucky lies within what is known as the Pennyroyal area [aka Pennyrile].

If you had to go to the leach house, where would you be going and what happened there?

Answer: A leech house was a hospital. But, a leach house was a place at a tannery where pelts were cleaned of hair and debris.

What legal word am I describing - only one word accepted! "To encourage, incite, or set another on to commit a crime; to command, procure, or counsel him to commit it."

Answer: abet

Something very important about this Tuesday, May 30th in Kentucky. What?

Answer: On May 30, 1792 the Kentucky Constitution was approved and on June 1, 1792 Kentucky became a State.

Schools in the 1800's were one-room school houses with a teacher hired by the school board. Parents wishing their children to attend such a school had to pay for their enrollment. What were these schools known as?

Answer: subscription schools

Our earliest ancestors came to America by ship. There was a special area - cramped - on the ship where most of the menial laborers that were employed by the captain were housed. What was this area called?

Answer: This was known as the "Glory Hole." The quarters on a ship that are occupied by the stewards or stokers.

Many of us have Scottish ancestry. If we had been invited to a celebration where we were expected to leave small change to help certain people, what would we be attending?

Answer: A Penny Marriage. People left change on the table to help pay the expenses of the wedding.

We all know what a bigamist is - a man who is married to two women at the same time without a divorce from the first. This was also spelled bigamus. But a man could be called a bigamus for another reason and it was legal. What had this man done?

Answer: There are two answers; I was looking for the fact that he married a widow. The other option means that he was married twice.

What is a sleeping partner? Is it someone who snores? One who stayed up too late and can't keep his eyes open? Who is he?

Answer: A silent partner

What is the name for the following definition: Nominal or worthless bail. Irresponsible persons, or men of no property, who make a practice of going bail for any one who will pay them them a fee therefor. (Blacks First Edition).

Answer: Straw bail

A man has something described as rack sided. What is it?

Answer: The farmer has a type of barn called a rack-sided barn. Follow this link for a photo.

A man's estate is being inventoried prior to public sale in the 1800's. The men doing the inventory noted "other old iron". To what were they referring?

Answer: Pieces of old iron laying around with no value in itself but could be used again.

What was a marriage called between two Quakers who were married in a civil ceremony rather than in a church ceremony?

Answer: Marriage contrary to discipline or married out of unity.

You see a strange squiggly circle on a document with L. S. written within it. What was this?

Answer: This was a seal used on official documents when wax seals were no longer used. The L S was for a Latin term meaning "the place of the seal."

Why could a minister or a Justice of the Peace and even the County Clerk be much busier during the fall and winter months? This does not have anything to do with crops or deaths or elections ... but something happened more often during the fall and winter months that would keep them busier than usual. What and why?

Answer: The majority of weddings took place in the fall or winter.

If an individual signed his name "John (X) Smith," we assume he could not write. But, it could mean something else. What was another reason?

Answer: A holdover from earlier days, some people signed their name with an (X) when they could write. It was their Seal. Remembering in days gone by when the king or someone signed a document, they'd stamp a seal after their name to guarantee its authenticity? This tradition continued among certain people. They weren't kings or anyone super special, but they wanted their seal. Over the years the (X) got between their first and last name instead of at the end. In the majority of cases as time passed, it did indicate that someone else signed for a person who could not write.