Alberta Gallatin Jenkins (1900)


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Alberta Gallatin Jenkins (1861-1948) was a famous stage actress born at Green Bottom in present-day Cabell County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Confederate general Albert Gallatin Jenkins. For more on her biography, follow this link:


Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 17 December 1900.


Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 20 December 1900. Additional information here:


Huntington (WV) Advertiser, December 20, 1900.


Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 21 December 1900.

Chapmanville News 03.05.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 5, 1926:

Arnold Barker spent time last Monday and Tuesday in Huntington on business.

We noticed quite a lot of the Harts Creek boys going down to Huntington the first of the week to see the Hon. G.W. McClintie. Some of them said they did not know just when they would get back.

If we ever incorporate this town our first police is going to be a woman. We know she can make one man be good.

G.S. Ferrell has taken over the contract for grading the lower end of the hard road.

Singing school is getting a good start. It is hard to tell who makes the ugliest faces. At present, it is about a tie between Squire Barker and Morgan Garrett.

Mrs. Mart Bryant who has been quite ill for several days is some better now.

Chin Beard Lucas was dealing in real estate here Monday.

H.T. Butcher, the prohibition man, is attending federal court in Huntington this week.

John Sanders, the truant officer, was in town Tuesday.

Tucker Fry, of Toney, W.Va., was looking after the interest of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., on Tuesday here.

French Butcher says he has decided to make some stump speeches during this campaign.

Bill Thompson has purchased himself a motorcycle.

Overton Elkins


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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Overton Elkins, who resided at Fourteen Mile Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia:

Is a son of Harvey and Elizabeth D. (May) Elkins, who were living here before the organization of Lincoln county. Overton Elkins was born in what was then Logan county, Virginia, December 20, 1831, and in Wayne county, March 31, 1853, by the Rev. D.K. Elkins, he was joined in marriage with Nancy Estep. She was born in Wayne county, December 25, 1838, and her parents were Corbin and Elizabeth (Davis) Estep. To Mr. and Mrs. Elkins ten children have been given: William F., born May 2, 1856; Pheribe E., May 1, 1858; Clarinda, March 18, 1860; Mary Jane, June 29, 1862; Luanna, May 30, 1864; Nancy E., March 18, 1866; Bethany C., March 9, 1868, died February 26, 1879; Emily, September 23, 1870; Erlery C., June 25, 1872; Susan R., August 10, 1877. Miles Elkins, brother of Overton, was in the late war, and served from the commencement until the close, and came home without a scar. Shadrack Estep, brother of Mrs. Elkins, served in the Confederate ranks in the war of 1861, and David J. and William O., also her brothers, were in the Federal army, 25th Virginia Regiment. William O. died soon after the close of the war from illness brought on during the service. Richard Elkins, grandfather of Overton, built the first cabin in Hart Creek district, (now) Lincoln county, about the year 1816, when Harvey, Overton’s father, was but fifteen years of age. Darby H., brother of Harvey, at the age of nine years killed a panther with a pocket knife and the assistance of his dogs. The animal measured nearly nine feet from the nose to the tip of the tail. Mr. Elkins’ mother was born January 10, 1800, and at the date of this writing (July 25, 1883) she can walk twenty miles a day. Overton Elkins is a farmer in Hart Creek district, owning 100 acres of land on Fourteen-mile creek of Guyandotte river, 30 acres under cultivation. His farm is rich and very productive, contains coal, some lead and fine building stone.

SourceThe West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 133.

Chapmanville News 02.26.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 26, 1926:

Squire Lowe and Squire Adams were both in town Saturday dealing out justice to all litigants that wanted to be heard.

On last Sunday evening both churches here were visited by a large delegation of Klansmen in full regalia who left a nice donation at each church for the ministers. The ministers said at each place if the Klansmen did not save the country it was gone.

Our genial C. & O. operator here sure does love the fair sex.

S.T. Perry has moved his family from this place to Charleston, his work being on Cabin Creek.

Singing school next Sunday starts at the Holiness Church. Albert Estep will be the teacher. Everybody come.

J.H. Tanner who has been field manager here for the United Fuel Gas Co., for some time has accepted a position as superintendent for the Walka Talka Gas Co., which will necessitate his moving his family to Stollings.

Frank Ballard is still working at his same job.

Kaylor Butcher has been made past Grand Chief of the Sons of Rest.

Uncle Gordon Lilly has returned to town after an absence of several days.

Betty McCoy Residence (2016)


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On December 7, 2016, I visited the Betty McCoy House at Stringtown, Pike County, Kentucky. According to tradition, Roseanna McCoy gave birth to her child by Johnse Hatfield here at Aunt Betty’s residence in 1881. The romance between Johnse and Roseanna represents one of the more familiar events of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. NOTE: The present-day house includes the original log structure. Until recent years, this home stood across the highway and faced the river.


Betty McCoy residence in Stringtown, Pike County, KY. According to legend, Roseanna McCoy gave birth to Sarah Elizabeth at this location in 1881.


Betty McCoy residence in Stringtown, Pike County, KY. According to legend, Johnse Hatfield continually tried to see Roseanna while she stayed here with Aunt Betty.


Historical Marker at Stringtown, Pike County, KY. This is Site 2 on the Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure.


To reach Sally’s grave in the McCoy cemetery, you go up these steps…


And up these steps…


Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” McCoy grave at Stringtown, Pike County, KY.

Chapmanville News 02.19.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 19, 1926:

Prof. McClure, the postmaster at Omar, officiated as auctioneer at the pie social here last Saturday evening. The professor can sell pies.

J.H. Vickers is, we are glad to say, able to be out again.

Some local capitalists are organizing to take over the Tompkins By-Product Coal Company.

Revival services are being held at both churches this week.

Cecil Ward of Huntington was calling on his sweetie here, Sunday.

Mase Butcher says he hears he is going to be the first man fired when Tennis Hatfield becomes sheriff of this county.

We have a bachelor here who has abandoned all hope of ever getting married. He is now growing himself a fine mustache.

W.T. Quay of Huntington was in town Wednesday.

The road crew are moving the Godby Branch school house this week, so the children are getting a vacation.

Crocket Hatfield, deputy U.S. Marshal, was in town Wednesday. Some of the boys took with a sudden leaving immediately after his arrival.

The church house at Stone Branch that was being used for a school for the primary grades burned down on Monday morning.

Squire Lowe has some very important cases on his docket which will come up for trial in the near future.

Randolph McCoy Home Site (2016)


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On December 7, 2016, I visited the Randolph McCoy Home Place in Hardy, Pike County, Kentucky. Neil Warren provided a friendly welcome to the property and offered detailed historical insight into the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. If you are following the Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure, this is Site 3.


Signage leading to the Randolph McCoy Home Site in Hardy, Pike County, KY. Local resident Neil Warren will likely greet you right away and provide much historical information. Mr. Warren is a great host.


Here I am standing “inside” of the Randolph McCoy home. This is the location of the infamous New Year’s Day raid in 1888. It was incredibly powerful to visit the location of this tragedy, which I first read about as a high school student over 25 years ago. The awful events that transpired here are what brought the feud to national attention. Photo by Suzy Phillips (descendant of Frank Phillips).


Just back of the McCoy home site is this woody slope. I looked up into these trees and imagined Hatfields swarming down upon the McCoy cabin. After surveying the property, my lasting impression of this site was: “I don’t see how Randolph McCoy survived this attack.”


This large bottom is located behind Randolph McCoy old home site. “King” George Wyant and Tim “Ringy” Saylor of National Geographic’s “Diggers” TV program have twice visited here.


The wooded slope behind the McCoy cabin fascinated me. The McCoy cabin had been extremely close to the slope making it easy to shoot down on Randolph McCoy’s family from above…


The Randolph McCoy well. Wonderful to realize that Randolph and his family drank from it. A piece of history.

Chapmanville News 02.19.1926


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An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 19, 1926:

Mrs. Carrie Burgess, of Chapmanville is visiting relatives at Manila.

A.J. Thomas, of Big Creek, was a business caller in this city last week.

Mrs. Allie Thomas, of Big Creek and daughter, Miss Dicy, visited Chapmanville friends recently.

Simmie Bias, of Manila, was taken to the Kessler-Hatfield hospital last week.

C.A. Vickers is ill at this writing.

The population is increasing at Chapmanville.

W.H. Garrett was seen on our streets driving a one horse wagon.

Willie Stollings was a business caller here last week. He hauled a few sacks of chop. He was last seen pushing on his wagon up the Chapmanville hill. He reports bad roads.

Messrs. Seybert Hager and Rommie Barker, of Manila were seen in this city recently.

Charley Barker made a business trip to Logan Saturday.

Mrs. Bertha Bryant still makes her home at John Bias’ residence since her father moved away.

Mrs. Lula Vickers has been visiting relatives at Logan for the past week.

Miss Dorothy Baisden was a pleasant caller at Mrs. Martha Roberts this week.

J.A. Drake likes Chapmanville. He sticks there like paper on a wall.

Mrs. Martha Robert is on the sick list this week.