Pioneers of Second Fork
Investigating the undocumented mysteries of the past is similar to analyzing the remains of an old campfire pit. Only black, charded ashes remain of what once was a blazing fire. The smoke from the old campfire has long since disappeared into the atmosphere. the cracking sounds of hot flames dancing through the burning longs have long since vanished into memories of the past.
The author’s quest for information on the early pioneers of Second Fork has taken him from the State Museum in Augusta Maine to the Civil War prison in Andersonville, Georgia, visiting historical societies, libraries, museums, battlefields, cemeteries and other points of historical significance in between. He has interviewed numerous pioneer descendants and historians. The family profiles of these pioneers takes the reader on an adventure from the Court of Queen Catherine in England to the shores of Plymouth Harbor and on to Los Angles, California, founded by a son of a pioneer born and educated in the backwoods of Second Fork.
Emerging from the bits and pieces of information, the author has rekindled the old campfire into an illuminating history of the Pioneers of Second Fork.
James Burke is President of the Mt. Zion Historical Society. The Mt. Zion Historical Society has developed and currently is expanding a historical park dedicated to acknowledging and preserving the history and heritage of the Bennett’s Branch.