John W. Runyon Deed to Canaan Adkins (1888)

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John W. Runyon deed to Canaan Adkins, 06 February 1888, Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, Hamlin, WV, Deed Book 52, page 248. Assigned to John H. Adkins on 12 May 1890. Assigned to Salena Vance on 15 March 1894.

Justices of the Peace and Constables of Harts Creek and Guyan Districts (1967-1970)

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Between 1967 and 1970, the following men served as justices of the peace and constables in the Harts Creek District of Lincoln County and the Guyan District of Logan County, West Virginia.

1967

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Walden Frye (D), Harts

Jesse Tomblin, Harts

Constables

Collie Lambert, Harts

Carman Mitchell (D), Harts

Guyan District

Justices of the Peace

Clifford Belcher (D)

Ezra Butcher (D)

Constables

Sidney Dingess (D)

Ray McFarlin (D)

1968

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Walden Frye (D), Harts

Jesse Tomblin, Harts

Constables

Collie Lambert, Harts

Carman Mitchell, Harts

Guyan District

Justices of the Peace

Frank Blevins (D)

Ezra Butcher (D)

Constables

Sidney Dingess (D)

Ray McFarlin (D)

1969

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Charles Wilson Brumfield, Harts

Luther Dempsey, Harts

Jesse Tomblin, Harts

Constables

George D. Dalton, Harts

Carman Mitchell (D) Harts

Guyan District

Justices of the Peace

Frank Blevins (D)

Ezra Butcher (D)

Constables

W.E. Wheatly, Jr. (D)

Ray McFarlin (D)

1970

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Charles Wilson Brumfield (D), Harts

Luther Dempsey (D), Harts

Constables

George D. Dalton (D), Harts

Carman Mitchell (D), Harts

Guyan District

Justices of the Peace

Frank Blevins (D)

Tyler Fender (D)

Constables

W.E. Wheatley, Jr. (D)

Ray McFarlin (D)

Absalom “Ap” Spry Grave (2016)

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Absalom “Ap” Spry grave, located at Dry Branch in Atenville, Lincoln County, West Virginia. Mr. Spry (1850-1930), husband to Rachel Brumfield, appears as a character in the book.

Lambert-Spry Family Cemetery (2016)

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The Lambert-Spry Family Cemetery, which I visited on 21 May 2016, is located at Dry Branch in Atenville, Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Row 1

Larry D. Stollings (21 May 1971-08 December 2006)

Audrey Lambert (05 April 1932-still alive); d/o Dennis S. and Eunice V. (Brickles) Mullins; m. Ira “Coon” Lambert

Ira Coon Lambert (23 May 1922-02 December 1978); s/o Wilson B. and Lou (Spry) Lambert; SSGT US ARMY WWII

Row 2

Clarence Lucas (1956-2011); s/o Collie and Bertha (Porter) Lucas

Collie Lucas (1910-1975); s/o Winferd and Lucy F. (Frye) Lucas

Bertha Berdina Porter Lucas (1923-1999); m1. ___ Hiat; m2. Collie Lucas

Ramali Hiat (1947, only date)

Mohamed Butch Hiat (1945-2010); s/o Bertha (Porter) Hiat

Ezra Lambert (19 January 1938-12 February 2004); s/o Claude and Junie Mae (Messer) Lambert

Donald Edward Barnette (07 April 1936-10 April 1936); s/o Don and Ida (Lambert) Barnette

Absalom “Ap” Spry (“APS” on footstone); born July 1850; s/o James and Jane (Queen) Spry; died 24 March 1930

Row 3

Absolum P. Lambert (01 June 1916-23 April 1943); s/o Wilson B. and Lou (Spry) Lambert

Charles Wilson Counts (1938-1939)

Dixie V. Counts (1913-1939); d/o Wilson B. and Lou (Spry) Lambert; m. Bill Counts

Nora Louise Counts (1932, only date)

Lou B. Lambert (13 June 1885-04 July 1922); d/o Absalom and Rachel (Brumfield) Spry; m. Wilson B. Lambert

Wilson B. Lambert (1889-1967); s/o Van Donley and Francis Emarine (Adkins) Lambert; merchant

Rosa B. Lambert (01 June 1894-18 June 1978); d/o Hugh and Vicy (Stafford) Evans; m. Wilson B. Lambert

Row 4

George M. Pack (20 July 1930-27 November 1989)

Patricia Pack (26 February 1971-27 February 1971)

(gap)

Patricia Lambert (1966, only date)

rock headstone and rock footstone

Row 5

Dennis L. Lambert (24 August 1944-13 July 2001)

Eloise Lambert Callis (1949-2009)

Shannon Leigh Mercer (27 August 1971, only date)

Dallas E. Lambert (06 May 1933-25 March 2000); s/o Lawson “Jake” and Brookie (Nelson) Lambert

Brookie N. Lambert (23 October 1910-25 September 1993); d/o Gilbert Lincoln “Link” and Telie V. (Fry) Nelson; m. Lawson “Jake” Lambert

Delmer G. Lambert (31 July 1938-09 April 1976); s/o Lawson and Brookie (Nelson) Lambert

Janet Gailen Lambert (03 September 1942-07 August 1951)

Lawson Lambert (15 July 1909-24 December 1948); s/o Wilson B. and Lou (Spry) Lambert; nicknamed “Jake”

Row 6

Elizabeth A. Lambert (26 November 1927-still alive); m. Van Don Lambert

Van Don Lambert (16 January 1915-18 February 1984); s/o Wilson B. and Lou (Spry) Lambert

Row 7

Donna Jean Lambert (06 November 1946-08 August 2008)

(gap)

Wilson B. “Tom” Lambert (27 November 1963-20 May 2011)

Barbara A. Lambert (11 January 1935-still alive); m. Wilson B. Lambert, Jr.

Wilson Braxton Lambert, Jr. (14 June 1930-23 September 2006); s/o Wilson B. and Rosa B. (Evans) Lambert; CPL US ARMY KOREA PURPLE HEART

Lincoln County, WV, Pardons (1893-1897)

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Public Papers of Governor William A. MacCorkle of West Virginia, March 4, 1893 to March 4, 1897 (Charleston, WV: Moses W. Donnally, Public Printer, 1897).

“Wm. Kelley, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, August term 1890, for shooting with intent to kill, and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. Pardon granted August 10th, 1894, for reasons entered in the pardon record as follows: It appears that the prisoner is in the last stages of consumption, and is dying. The pardon is recommended by the warden of the penitentiary, by the physician, chaplain, and several members of the Board of Directors. The prisoner is pardoned in order that he may be taken home to die.” (p. 90-91)

“Green Wiley, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, August term 1892, for shooting with intent to kill, and sentenced to one year confinement in the penitentiary. Pardon granted April 27, 1893, for reasons entered in the pardon record, as follows: “The petition for pardon is supported by the recommendation of the judge who tried the case, the prosecuting attorney and assistant prosecuting attorney, the clerk of the circuit court, P.S. Blankenship the man who was shot by Wiley, and by very man citizens of Lincoln county. The prisoner was convicted on very slight evidence. I extend to him a pardon for the following reasons: 1. The testimony against him in the trial was very inadequate. 2. The evidence of the witness upon which defendant was convicted has since been found entirely untrustworthy and the accused showed no malice in the act, but that it was a mere hot headed fight.” (p. 78-79)

“H.C. Shelton, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, ____ term 1892, for assault, and fined $318. Remission of fine granted August 16, 1896. It appears from the petition in this case that Shelton is a very poor man, and utterly unable to pay the fine imposed upon him, which has been standing nearly four years. He has had a great deal of sickness in his family, and since his conviction his wife has died, leaving him with a large family of small children entirely unprovided for except by his labor. Were the petitioner to be confined in jail upon a capias pro fine, his children would be entirely helpless and thrown upon the citizens of Lincoln county. The remission of the fine is urged by nearly all the county officials in Lincoln county and a large number of the best citizens of the county. It is utterly beyond the power of the petitioner to pay this fine, and confinement in jail upon a capias pro fine would be entirely useless and result in no good to the State and only hardship to the petitioner.” (p. 481-482)

“Ira Adkins, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, June term, 1894, for burglary, and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. Pardon granted November 29, 1895, for reasons entered of record as follows: The petition for pardon is signed by every member of the jury that tried the case and a large number of citizens of Lincoln county. The pardon is asked for by these petitioners on the grounds that there is now ‘some doubt arising in the minds of said petitioners caused by circumstances which were learned of since his trial, when convicted and sentenced.’ The good petition further shows that his conduct has been good, during confinement, that his health is very much impaired by reason of his confinement, and that he has a wife and family in destitute circumstances.” (p. 437)

“Wirt Bias, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, October term, 1894, for unlawful assault, confinement in jail for six months. Pardon granted April 2, 1895, for reasons entered of record as follows: The petition for pardon is supported by the recommendation of Hon. D.E. Wilkinson, prosecuting attorney of Lincoln county, J.M. Hollandsworth, sheriff, and William Jones, jailor, of said county, and by several members of the bar and a number of good citizens of the county. The petition shows that the prisoner is in bad health, the result of his confinement, and that the jail of Lincoln county is very unhealthy and that further confinement would seriously impair his health. The prisoner’s wife is also in very delicate health and needs his attention.” (p. 425)

“Heenan Smith, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, February term, 1894 [1896?], for manslaughter, and sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. This case is surrounded by many mitigating circumstances. Maynard had gone to Smith’s house; had been hospitably and kindly treated; had taken supper at his house and was staying all night. At bed-time they all retired and Maynard went to bed with the host (Smith), who is the father of Heenan Smith, the defendant in this case. A little girl, 13 years old, the daughter of the host and sister of Heenan Smith, retired in a separate bed in the same room. Late in the night Maynard got up out of the bed with the host and went over and got in with the little girl and attempted to have criminal connection with her. The child made an outcry and the old man raised up, and Maynard ran out of the house and disappeared. The next morning he was met by Heenan Smith, the defendant, and brother of the little girl, and an alteration occurred, in which Smith knocked this man down. A few hours afterwards Smith went to the post office and he met Maynard on the road. Another altercation occurred between him and Smith, having revolvers and both firing almost simultaneously, in which altercation Smith killed Maynard. The court sentenced Smith to the penitentiary for five years. The judge who tried the case writes a letter, and requests Smith’s pardon. A large number of the best citizens in the county join in the petition. I think that under the circumstances that it is a case deserving of executive clemency. (p. 463-464)

NOTE: The Wheeling Intelligencer of February 25, 1896 reports: “Herman Smith, who murdered Marcus Maynard in Lincoln county, last year, was found guilty of murder in the second degree to-day [Feb. 24] and was sentenced to seven years in the penitentiary by Judge Harvey.”

NOTE: The Wheeling Intelligencer of March 5, 1896 reports: “Two prisoners were received yesterday. One, John Jenkins, from Wayne county, two years, for grand larceny; another, Heenan Smith, Lincoln county, seven years, for murder in the second degree.”

“Linford Jarrell, convicted in the circuit court of Lincoln county, for burglary, at the July term, 1896, and sentenced of five years in the penitentiary. Pardon granted February 13, 1897. From all the evidence in this case it seems that this man was an ignorant and feeble minded person and as a matter of reality was not cognizant of his crime. This statement was made by Judge McClaugherty, who presided at the trial. Judge McClaugherty is extremely careful in matters of this kind and universally refuses to sign letters asking for clemency. In this case he makes a request for the pardon, and sets out that under the legal rules it was impossible for him to set aside the verdict. This prayer for clemency is joined in by ten of the jury which tried the case and by a great number of the best citizens of the county of Boone, where the case was tried and where the boy lived. There is no doubt in my mind but that the boy should not have been convicted.” (p. 466)

 

Elizabeth (Maynard) Kirk-Vance Grave (2016)

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Elizabeth “Betty” (Maynard) Kirk-Vance grave, located on Piney Fork of West Fork of Harts Creek in Logan County, WV. Betty (1837-1902), the daughter of Jesse and Sarah (Welch) Maynard, was my great-great-great-grandmother. She married Thomas Kirk, then Marvel Vance. Mom found the grave, Dad deciphered the writing on the stone, and I knew her death year. Photo by Mom. 7 May 2016

Justices of the Peace and Constables of Harts Creek and Chapmanville Districts (1961-1965)

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Between 1961 and 1965, the following men served as justices of the peace and constables in the Harts Creek District of Lincoln County and the Chapmanville District of Logan County, West Virginia.

1961

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Henry Porter (D), Harts

Ira Hill (D), Harts

Constables

James Adkins (D), Harts

Ira Fry (D), Harts

Chapmanville District

Justices of the Peace

James C. Ferrell, Chapmanville

Ezra Butcher, Chapmanville

Constables

Bobby Dingess, Chapmanville

Eugene Chapman, Chapmanville

1962

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Henry Porter (D), Harts

Ira Hill (D), Harts

Constables

James Adkins (D), Harts

Ira Fry (D), Harts

Chapmanville District

Justices of the Peace

James C. Ferrell, Chapmanville

Ezra Butcher, Chapmanville

Constables

Bobby Dingess, Chapmanville

Eugene Chapman, Chapmanville

1963

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Henry Porter (D) Harts

Ira Hill (D), Harts

Constables

James Adkins (D), Harts

Ira Fry (D), Harts

Chapmanville District

Justices of the Peace

James C. Ferrell, Chapmanville

Ezra Butcher, Chapmanville

Constables

Bobby Dingess, Chapmanville

Eugene Chapman, Chapmanville

1964

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Henry Porter (D) Harts

Ira Hill (D), Harts

Constables

James P. Workman (D), Harts

Ira Fry (D), Harts

Chapmanville District (1964)

Justices of the Peace

James C. Ferrell, Chapmanville

Ezra Butcher, Chapmanville

Constables

B.J. McComas (D), Chapmanville

Eugene Chapman (D), Chapmanville

1965

Harts Creek District

Justices of the Peace

Walden Frye (D), Harts

Jesse Tomblin, Harts

Constables

Collie Lambert, Harts

Ira Fry (D), Harts

Chapmanville District

Justices of the Peace

Billy Martin (D), Chapmanville

Ezra Butcher, Chapmanville

Constables

Thurman Baisden (D), Chapmanville

Ray McFarlin, Chapmanville

Empire Books & News (2016)

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The book and I will appear at Empire Books & News in Huntington, WV, on Saturday, April 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our last appearance in September was a sellout venue…and we met many amazing people. If you are local to the Tri-State area, come and see us this Saturday! (We will be joined by over 25 regional authors.) For information about our last visit to the store, follow this link: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/features_entertainment/author-to-sign-new-book-at-empire-on-saturday/article_dcf95a5c-13eb-5ecf-aeca-713a131626c5.html

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James Wilson Sias Family Cemetery (2016)

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The James Wilson Sias Family Cemetery, which I visited on 23 April 2016, is located in the head of John P. Frye Hollow of Sulphur Spring Fork of Fourteen Mile Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Row 1

J.W. Sias (30 September 1838-07 March 1905); named “James Wilson Sias;” s/o James and Rebecca (Adkins) Sias; Union Army veteran; lived on Mud River of Lincoln County in 1870; settled on Fourteen Mile Creek during the 1870s; postmaster at Fourteen, WV

Louisa Sias (01 April 1845-14 February 1935); d/o Thomas and Elizabeth (McDelda) Hunter; m. James Wilson Sias

(large gap)

rock headstone fallen over and rock footstone (child)

small rock headstone and tiny rock footstone (child)

skinny tall rock headstone (with rock footstone*?)

rock headstone and small rock footstone

Harrison Adkins (29 November 1910-10 June 1978); s/o Tilmon and Octavia (Sias) Adkins

Row 2

rock headstone and rock footstone (child)

rock headstone and rock footstone (child)

rock headstone and rock footstone (child)

small rock headstone and large pointy footstone

rock headstone and rock footstone

large rock headstone and sharp rock footstone

rock headstone and tall pointy rock footstone

rock headstone or footstone for (*)

small rock headstone and tall pointy rock footstone

Nillie Gartin (12 May 1901-30 June 1978); d/o Tilmon and Octavia (Sias) Adkins; m. David L. Cross; m. Frank Watts; m. Henderson “Hint” Lambert; m. Frank Logan; m. Robert Gartin

Row 3

small pointy headstone

large rock headstone

small point rock footstone

small rock headstone?

NOTE: I will continue my research to determine who is buried in this cemetery.

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