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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Hugh C. Avis, who resided at Rich Creek, West Virginia:

Was born in Logan county, W.Va., June 6, 1842, where he was married Jan. 21, 1869, to Martha J. Dingess, of same county. They have had six children: Ella A., born Nov. 28, 1869; Mary F., born June 18, 1871; next were twins, who died unnamed; John C., born Dec. 14 [year omitted]; James, born April 8, 1877. The oldest is married, the others live with their parents. John and Sarah (Moar) Dingess were parents of Mrs. Avis; her father was born in Logan county, where he died July 18, 1884, aged 76; the mother was born in Monroe county, Va., and now lives in Logan county at an advanced age. The subject of this sketch is at this time engaged in farming and merchandising; he owns a valuable farm on Guyandotte River, a large dry goods store and extensive coal and timber lands in Logan county. As a man of honor and moral excellence he is esteemed by all who know him. His post office address is Rich Creek, Logan county, W.Va.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 815-816.