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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Evi Sias, who resided at Spurlocksville in Lincoln County, West Virginia:
One of the farming population of Jefferson district, Lincoln county, was born in Fayette county, (then) Virginia, in 1835, and he is a son of James and Rebecca (Adkins) Sias, who came to Lincoln county in 1857. Sallie R., daughter of Bradford and Sarah B. (Thomas) Hill, was born in Boone county, (now) West Virginia, in 1852. Her parents settled in Lincoln county in 1852, and in this county, in 1871, she became the wife of Evi Sias, and six children are the result of their union: Sarah B., born July 8, 1872; Rebecca A., November 28, 1873; Olivia F., September 4, 1875, died in August, 1877; James B., October 22, 1877; Ira, September 28, 1879; Lelia, January 14, 1882. Five brothers of Evi Sias served in the late war: Isaac, James W., Noah, and Henry C. were in the Federal service, and Andrew L., joined the Confederate ranks, and was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. Evi Sias was elected justice of the peace, and in 1880 was re-elected; he is commissioner of reassessments of land and secretary of the board of education in Jefferson district. Mr. Sias has been a strong advocate of free schools, and taught the first free school in Washington district, Boone county, and the first in Union district, Lincoln county. He has a farm of 100 acres on the Left Hand fork of Mud river; a part is heavily timbered, contains mineral, coal and iron ore, and the remainder in cultivation, with a large orchard. Evi Sias is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and a man respected by all. Address, Spurlocksville, Lincoln county, West Virginia.
Source: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 148.
NOTE: I descend from Evi’s brothers, James Wilson Sias and Andrew Lewis Sias.
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An unknown local correspondent from Big Creek in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 9, 1926:
There are a great many sick people in our town at present. There has been about ten cases of measles in and near this place.
Frank Chapman of East End has a Sweetie somewhere in town. Wonder if any of the boys know who she is. She wears bobbed hair. You know the “Flapper Reigns.”
Some of our young folks visited Thomas’ Circle last Saturday, thinking that the school at that place closed that day, but it closed Friday.
Miss Ida Thomas of this place left for Earling last Thursday where she will assist in nursing her little cousin Master Robert Varney, Jr., who is very ill with measles.
Mrs. Alvin Hill of Ellis Fork is reported to be slowly convalescing after a long illness with measles.
Elbert Ferrell and J.A. Thomas of Estep have broken the record planting potatoes. They have planted nearly all of the Gince Hollow, a tributary of North Fork, near Estep.
Miss Edith Chapman of East End was seen going through this hamlet last Friday afternoon enroute for the town of Banco.
The school at Thomas’ Circle closed last Friday on account of measles.
Mrs. Woodrow Adkins died at her home on Big Ugly last Sunday of blood poisoning. Interment took place at the head of Turtle Creek at the Miller cemetery, near Mrs. Belle Miller’s.
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From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for James P. Mullins, who resided at Big Branch of Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia:
Came to Lincoln county in 1877, and now owns 250 acres of fine farming land on Hart creek. The farm has good improvements, and a large orchard. Mr. Mullins was born in Kentucky in 1848, and he is a son of James P. and Dorcas (Mullins) Mullins, residents of Boone county, West Virginia. Elizabeth J., daughter of Isham and Dicy (Johnson) Collins, was born in Kentucky, October 5, 1855, and in Buchanan county, Virginia, May 25, 1872, she became the wife of James P. Mullins. Five children are the result of their union: Mary J., born October 5, 1873; Victoria, April 23, 1876; Albert, July 18, 1877; Minnie B., July 1, 1879; James A., November 13, 1883. Mr. Mullins is a man of good business qualifications, and is prosperously engaged in merchandising, with business headquarters on Hart creek, one and one-half miles from its mouth. He may be addressed at Hart, Lincoln county, West Virginia.
Source: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 136.
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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.
The following letter from Thomas Buchanan dated July 14, 1865 at Brownstown, WV to Governor Arthur I. Boreman offers insight into immediate postwar conditions in Logan and Boone counties, WV. The letter was titled “Enclosed account for services in recruiting a Co. of Scouts for Logan & Boone Counties.”
July 14, 1865
His Excellency A.I. Boreman (Governor)
Sir: I Rec’d an order dated March 2nd 1865 authorizing me to organize a company of State Guards for the counties of Logan and Boone to consist of not less than 25 men. At first I thought I could recruit 25 men in a short time, but I was much deceived. Men remaining in those counties at that time had bin [sic] conscripted in to the Confederate service (or what they called State line Service under the Confederate authorities) and had bin [sic] disbanded and they seemed to have taken up the idea (or a portion of them at least) that neutral ground was saftest for them, as the country was infested with bushwhackers, and sixty or seventy miles outside of federal lines I could get no assistance from federal troops and consequently had to scout alone and sometimes [with] one man for company. Finally I succeeded in recruiting 32 or 33 men, made off my muster Roll, called my men together, the required oath was administered to them by John A. Barker, a Justice of the Peace, and his certificate with the Roll and form of oaths was directed to the adjutant Gen’l of the State and I have not heard from it since tho when Richmond fell I did not expect my men would be armed and equipped tho I shall expect to be enumerated for my services to the State for recruiting the company.
P.S. My address is Logan C.H., W.Va. I did not expect an answer to my muster Roll.
Source: West Virginia Adjutant Generals’ Papers, Union Militia 1861-1865, Militia Box 12, Logan County, Folder 2. WV State Archives and History, Charleston, WV.
Note: To see Mr. Buchanan’s account, follow this link: http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/militia/logan/logan02-01.html