David T. Bryan


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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Dr. David T. Bryan, who resided at Logan, West Virginia:

Is a son of Andrew Scott and Mary Ann (Dingess) Bryan; his mother was born in Logan county, W.Va.; departed this life in her native county, on the 4th of January, 1880. His father was born in Alleghany county, Va., Sept. 6, 1835; married in Logan county to his first wife, the mother of David T. Bryan, Oct. 15, 1856. Nov. 18, 1880, he was united in wedlock to Clara Workman, of Boone county, W.Va., her birth occurring there Jan. 26, 1848. The subject of this sketch was born in Logan county, W.Va., May 2, 1859, his wife in the same county Dec. 26, 1872; they were joined in matrimony there June 27, 1889. June 11, 1890, their son, Joseph Roy Bryan, was born. Mr. Bryan owns a large dry goods store and handsome residence in Logan Court House; here he resides with his accomplished wife and their infant son; he is engaged in conducting a large and profitable dry goods business, and is one of the most highly esteemed young men in the county, being always among the first to forward any movement or enterprise that tends to advance the business of his town and the morals of the citizens.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 820

Harts 04.10.1925


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An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 10 April 1925:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brumfield made a business trip to Logan Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson Adkins were shopping in Logan Saturday.

Edward Brumfield of Hamlin spent the week end with home folks at Harts.

Mrs. Ward Brumfield, of Harts was thrown by a horse while out horse back riding and was seriously injured. She is slowly recovering.

R.M. Sovine, of Huntington, was calling on Miss Jessie Brumfield of Harts, Friday evening.

John W. Halley, of Hamlin and Miss Cora Adkins of Harts were seen out car riding Saturday.

Mrs. Winifred Enochs and children of Ranger, were the guests of Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at Harts, Friday evening.

Fisher Adkins of Harts made a flying trip to Huntington Saturday.

Chas. Brumfield of Harts made a business trip to Gill Saturday afternoon.

Hendricks Brumfield was in town today.

Jessie Brumfield of Rector spent the week end with homefolks at Harts.

Mrs. Lace Brumfield of Queens Ridge was shopping in Logan, Friday.

Joe Brumfield of Harts is on the sick list.

Mrs. Beatrice Adkins was in town today.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adkins of Harts were seen out car riding Sunday evening.

Enos Dials of Rector spent the week end with home folks at Harts. Miss Nola Adkins and Miss Garnet Dingess were the guests of Miss Jessie Brumfield Saturday evening.

The Life of Pioneers 11


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This history of early life in Logan County, West Virginia, was written by Howard and Daisy Adams. Howard (1906-1976) and Daisy (b.1915) were children of Major and Belle Dora Adams of Trace Fork of Harts Creek. Titled “The life of pioneers during the latter half of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the 19th century” and written in the late 1960s or early 1970s, their history marks the only known attempt by local people to reconstruct the story of pioneer life. This part of the history includes information regarding timbering and rafting.

Now the timbering began. The men and boys would go into the forest and cut and saw down big trees. They would cut off the limbs and top the logs off, then peel all the bark off. Now the logs were slipped down the hills into the branch or valley. The next step was to get the logs to the creek. So this was done by hauling with teams of mules, horses, or oxen. Most folks done their hauling with a big ox team. The ox team consisted of from 4 to 8 yoke of oxen. A yoke was a heavy piece of wood carved and shaped to fit the necks of the steers. It was about 5 feet long and had two curved bows on each end called ox bows. They were put up around the oxen’s neck and through holes in the yoke and held in the yoke by a piece of wood called a key. A steeple of iron was installed in the center of the yoke used for hooking the chain and coupling the teams together. Now after the team was driven up and turned around in front of a log, a long chain called a draft chain was hitched around the log or a pair of “grabs” driven in the log and the chain hitched to them.

So the big ox driver cracked his whip and away the trek began toward the creek bank which was where the logs were hauled till enough logs were banked, as it was called, to make a raft when it rained and the creek arose up big enough to float the logs. They were rolled in the creek with cant hooks or log ______.

The logs were floated down near the river and caught by a device called a boom. Here the logs were placed side by side and end to end. Then poles were nailed to the logs by chain dogs. A chain dog was two wedge-shaped pieces of iron fastened together with a chain about one foot long. These wedge-shaped irons were driven into the logs, holding them to the poles.

Now the raft was made. A raft usually was about 20 feet wide and maybe 300 feet long. A gadget called an oar blade was put on each end of the raft. An oar blade was a board about 12 feet long, 12 inches wide, and 1/2 inch thick on one end and two inches thick on the other end. The thick end was nailed on a pole about four inches in diameter and 20 feet long. A ____ was driven in the end of a log on each end of raft. Then the pole blade had a hole drilled in it. Now it was placed on the peg in the log, making it swivel or work on a pivot. Two men run each raft. They had a large cable or rope about 100 feet long used for tying up the raft when they wanted to stop overnight.

Tying a raft up to a tree was a hard job and very dangerous. Many men were drowned at it. The raft was pushed or guided close to the bank of the river and one man would jump off and run along the river bank beside the raft and the other man on the raft would throw the end of the cable out to the man on the bank and he would put the raft around a big tree and tie the raft up. It took quick men who knew their job to do this type of work.

After tying up their raft, a buyer was found and he came and measured their logs and paid them and they walked back home, sometimes 100 miles. When the men got back home from the timber cruise, they paid off their debts and bought a few clothes, coffee, flour, salt, etc. And time marched on.

Dr. Henry H. Bryan


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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Dr. Henry H. Bryan, who resided at Logan, West Virginia:

At the present time one of the most prominent members of his profession in the State of West Virginia, was born in Logan county, W.Va., April 28, 1852; he attended three years full course at the Ohio Medical College, after which he practiced medicine during nine years; then attended lectures at Jefferson Medical College, from which he graduated in 1882; on the 26th of November, 1884, he was joined in holy matrimony with Miss Bettie E. Lemon, who was born in Randolph county, W.Va., Feb. 8, 1863; the ceremony was performed in Randolph county by Rev. Bryan. Of this union two sons have been born: Neddie, April 14, 1886, and Russell L., Aug. 17, 1888. Dr. H.H. Bryan, with his interesting family, resides at Logan C.H., in one of the most beautiful homes in Logan county, and also owns a place in the mining flats of Randolph county. He is prominent not only for his professional skill, but for the readiness and cordiality with which he responds to the continued and extensive calls that are made upon him, and for the magnitude of his charity. As physician and as citizen he is honored and beloved wherever he is known. His ancestry for the past two generations is thus traced: Dr. Hugh Bryan, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Rockbridge county, Va., Oct. 2, 1801; he married Nancy M. Sawyers, who was born in Alleghany county, Va., in 1796. Dr. Hugh Bryan served as army surgeon during the late war; he died in Logan county, W.Va., March 1, 1870; his widow survived him but a short time, dying in the same county June 25, 1870. The records of the offspring of this couple are as follows: Mary J., born June 8, 1823, married to John Dejernett April 16, 1850; William H., Nov. 11, 1824, married Jane Titzer Aug. 1, 1855; an infant, June 18, 1826, lived only a few hours; Cyrus P., June 28, 1827, married to Mary W. Scott July 13, 1856; George E., Oct. 24, 1829, married to Mary Casebolt, June 4, 1851; Mathew J., Dec. 28, 1832, died Aug. 5, 1857; Andrew S., Sept. 6, 1835, married to Mary J. Dingess Oct. 15, 1856. George E. Bryan is a native of Covington, Va.; his wife of Ky. They are parents of the following sons and daughters: Dr. Henry H. Bryan, subject of this record; Nancy E., born Jan. 31, 1854; Russell J., born Dec. 12, 1856; George E., Jr., born Feb. 9, 1861; and Helen E., born Oct. 14, 1865. Dr. Henry H. Bryan’s wife is a daughter of Samuel Leman, who was born in Botetourt county, Va., in 1814; was married in Bath county, Va., in 1849, to Elizabeth J. Wood, who was born in that county in 1829; they are now living in Randolph county, Va.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 820-821

William C. Browning


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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for William C. Browning, who resided at Christian, West Virginia:

Is one of the most prominent citizens of Logan county. With his large and interesting family he resides at his pleasant home, situated on Guyandotte River; besides a valuable saw mill and store, he owns extensive timber lands overlying valuable mineral deposits. His wife, Jane, nee Hatfield, was born in Logan county, W.Va., Dec. 25, 1830, and died July 23, 1890. Their children — Joseph, born March 18, 1854; Penelope, born Sept. 19, 1856; Thissey A., born Sept. 13, 1858; Almira, Nov. 12, 1860; Venila, born June 23, 1862; William A., Sept. 20, 1864; Milton G., June 21, 1866; Surelda, March 11, 1869; Rebecca, March 14, 1871 — all married but Rebecca. Mr. Browning is a native of Logan county, and was born Sept. 17, 1833; was married in that county Sept. 29, 1853. He enlisted in Co. B, 4th Va., Inf., in 1863; was commissioned second lieutenant and served in the Confederate army during the civil war. After having taken part in many desperate battles, was honorably discharged from duty in Tazewell county, Va., on account of sickness, and the war closed while he was at home. His address is Christian, Logan county, W.Va.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 819.


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