My Grandpa was born in the mountains of NC (around Boone NC)...and the family talked about the "revenuers", so we figured they had a still. They said "Never trust the Revenuers:...LOL<quoted text>
Well, sis ther some of the best folk I know. I spent a lot of my time in the NY an Jersey hills. Other folk came in around Paint WV, and some farther south from Boon country. They was all good folks. NEVER took ta store bought stuff much...lived off the land...which was tough. I had a uncle who had a oil well, and wouldn't sell even one barrel of it. That's just how they were. If I was there, we would get up every morn'n at 3 oclock and go on out hunt'n squirrels, rabbits, or deer for meat...every day. Gas bags hang'n offa pipes for lite in the house, and wood and coal for the stoves....all came right off the land. It was a good life. Biggest entertainment was the "train station"... 2 miles down a washed out road to the tracks. They had a "penny candy counter". The kids all sold some hides ta buy the candy. That was it. Persimmons, gooseberries, wild strawberries, and blackberries--oh blueberries too. Sugar trees made hard candy in the fall snows.
What more could ya want!
There is Native American (Cherokee) in the family also and they lived off the land well. Instead of walking with the Cherokees on the "Trail of Tears" they went and hid out in the woods....My Aunt traced the family back to one of my GG Grandpas marrying an Indian Princess....Pretty Cool Stuff