Well thats very interesting Deb i had no idea still production was that strong. i thought in terms of a few gallons at a time. my gggf was elijah (bud) sanders and my ggf was john wesley (blue john) sanders. i know they lived in the paint rock valley and at big coon, whatever that is or was and john wesley and his sons were corn farmers and bootleggers. john w married mattie evans who i think was a melugeon. maybe ezekiel and elijah were kin?
From: deb <darallen814@...
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:04 AM
Subject: [jacksongenealogy] Re: Sanders - Hill - Hicks Family Paint Rock Valley
i am unfamiliar with the Hill family, though my ggm, Sally Sanders, d/o Reuben Ezekiel and Missouri Catherine Hughes Sanders, was from Paint Rock. She married David Crocket Hicks and lived at the head of the cove up on Little Coon. The Hicks first showed up on a census in that area in 1840, and most all of my mother's family were from Big and Little Coon. About ten years ago i interviewed a dying cousin to learn more about the early families including the Hicks that lived way back in the hills. Someone made the comment earlier in this thread that it would be interesting to know more details, and the old timer i spoke with had a lot of those to share with me. I was told my gf made $1.50/day cutting wood, and that was exactly what a gal of shine cost; it was much more profitable to make corn liquor. (I was also told that in '02, shine usually sold for $55/gal, tho my cousin's son had recently pd $65/gal for ii. On a ten sacker whiskey still, you got about
92 gal from the first run. When you run that off, you add 6 more sacks of sugar, which gives you 140 more gal...you make your money in the second run. The 190 proof had to be cut to be sold. The finished moonshine was transported anyway possible; my family members apparently hid it under wagon loads of corn, hay, and cotton. At some point, this bootlegger was making 14,000 gal, my cousin said, and they were using a huge pair of mules who knew the route 20 miles through the mountains to the old depot where they would back up to unload. He said the mules would return back home alone with the cart empty. You can make a batch in about a week. He also said the beer run off would get all the hogs who free roamed the area drunk and squealing from eating the slop. He also discussed about the grist mill, proofing... pretty interesting stuff for this old girl!
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> > Some folks, in the area, raised corn to feed the animals and some
> processed it in to a liquid and sold it. My folks done both.
> I would be interested to hear more about this if you know any more details.
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