A. Gill, A.A. Low, Aaron Adkins, Abijah Workman Jr., Abner Vance, Al Brumfield, Albert Adkins, Albert G. Abbott, Amanda McComas, Anderson Fry, Andrew Elkins, Andrew Jackson Browning, Archibald Harrison, B.F. Scearcy, Ballard Lambert, Ben Walker, Bird Brumfield, Blackburn Lucas, Blackie Lucas, Cain Adkins, Caroline Brumfield, Catherine Dingess, Charles Adkins, Charles Browning, Charles Brumfield, Charles Kinser, Charles Lucas, Charles W. Mullins, Clementine Dingess, Cumberland Adkins, Cynthia Ann Mullins, David F. Smith, David Farley, Ed Dingess, Elias Vance, Elisha Vance, Elizabeth Elkins, Elizabeth Lucas, Elizabeth Mullins, Elvira Baisden, Emily Dingess, Emily Rakes, Emma Vance, Ene Adkins, Enos "Jake" Adkins, Evaline Sartin, Ezekiel K. Johnson, Farabell Vance, Floyd Rakes, Francis Vance, genealogy, George Alderson, George F. Miller, George Fry, George Shepherd, Hamlin, Harmon Stroud, Harts Creek, Henry C. Sias, Hiram Lambert, history, Hugh Evans, Isaac F. Nelson, Isaac Fry, Isaac Gartin, Isaac Workman, J.B. Pullen, J.H. McComas, J.L. Caldwell, J.M. Brammer, J.S. Payne, Jake Adkins, James H. Marcum, Jefferson Lucas, Jeremiah Lambert, John B. Pullen, John H Fry, John H. Adkins, John Henry Adkins, John M. Thompson, John McCloud, John Messer, John Vance, John W. Sartin, Joseph Browning, Julia Alderson, Lace Marcum, Laura Fry, Lewis C. Queen, Lewis Nelson, Logan County, Louisa A. Wiley, Malinda Adkins, Malinda J. Vance, Malinda Nelson, Margaret Browning, Marine Spurlock, Martha J. Fry, Martha Sias, Mary A. Mullins, Mary L. Nelson, Mary Slate, Melissa Adkins, Miles B. Browning, Minerva McCloud, Minnis W. Perry, Mitchell Browning, Moses Toney, Nancy E. Lucas, Nancy Jane Adkins, Nancy M. Workman, Olive F. Adkins, Peter M. Mullins, Peter Mullins, Pinkston Queen, Polly C. Bryant, Polly Spurlock, Rebecca Bell, Richard Adkins, Robert Fry, Robert Mullins, Rosa A. Fry, Rosa Browning, Rufus Pack, Rush Slate, Salena Vance, Sampson Brumfield, Sarah A. Perry, Sarah Ann Brumfield, Sarah B. Maynard, Sarah E. Gore, Sarah E. Thompson, Sarah E. Vance, Sarah M. Adkins, Sol Adams, Sophia Kinser, Stephen Lambert, Susan Stroud, T.R. Shepherd, Telitha Spears, Thomas H. Harvey, Thomas J. Adkins, Van Donley Lambert, Victory Thompson, Weddington Mullins, West Virginia, Wilford Fry, William Bell, William Dingess, William Manns, William Toppins, William Workman, Wog Dalton
Between 1881 and 1909, the following men served as justices of the peace in the Harts Creek community. The primary source for this material is “Commissioner’s Record of Destroyed Title Papers 2,” which is located at the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office in Hamlin, WV. Material is arranged based on the person’s name as given in the deed, the date of the deed, and the date of the deed’s acknowledgment by a JP. I have also found JPs listed in Deed Book 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, and 56. Deed Book “S” at the Logan County Clerk’s Office has also provided information. Many thanks to the county clerks and their employees who have always been so helpful to my research these past twenty-five years.
John McCloud (Logan County) 1881-1884, 1890-1892
Margaret Browning 01 October 1879 29 January 1881
A.A. Low to Stephen Lambert 1 June 1881 25 March 1882
Weddington Mullins 14 March 1881 18 July 1882
Charles Browning 1 June 1881 22 July 1882
Francis Vance 1 July 1882 10 March 1883
John Messer 15 September 1882 12 February 1884
Ezekiel K. Johnson 1 July 1882 30 December 1884
Robert Mullins to Sarah E. Gore 25 November 1890 3 December 1890
Sophia Kinser 1 June 1881 12 November 1891
Farabell and John Vance to Salena Vance 11 October 1892
Jeremiah Lambert (Lincoln County) 1881-1884
John Henry Adkins 10 May 188? 3 June 1881
Archibald B. Harrison 1 July 1882 7 July 1882
John H. Fry 1 July 1882 16 August 1882
Sampson S. Brumfield 1 July 1882 17 August 1882
Minnis W. Perry 1 June 1881 13 April 1883
Enos Adkins 1 July 1882 3 June 1883
Sarah E. Thompson 23 March 1883 23 June 1883
Miles B. Browning 14 April 1881 10 August 1883
Elisha Vance 15 September 1882 10 August 1883
Moses B. Toney 21 August 1882 21 August 1883
Jeremiah and Ballard Lambert 1 July 1882 12 September 1883
Van D. Lambert 15 September 1882 30 January 1884
Albert G. Abbott 23 March 1883 14 February 1884
James H. Marcum (Lincoln County) 1881
Harmon and Susan Stroud to Louisa A. Wiley 18 November 1881
Canaan Adkins (Lincoln County) 1885-1888
Mitchell Browning and Charles Kinser 23 March 1883 5 March 1885
John and Chloe Ann Messer to Floyd Caldwell 16 March 1885 16 March 1885
Aaron and Nancy Jane Adkins to B.W. Walker 12 June 1885
John M.P. and Victory Thompson 1 July 1882 18 July 1885
Sarah E. Vance, Mary L. Nelson, and Peter M. Mullins 25 April 1883 8 August 1885
Aaron and Nancy Jane Adkins to B.W. Walker 12 June 1885 12 June 1885
Abner Vance 21 August 1882 6 October 1885
Telitha Spears to Blackburn Lucas 26 July 1886 26 July 1886
Charles Lucas to Blackburn Lucas 18 September 1886 18 September 1886
Charles Lucas to William Bird Brumfield 18 September 1886 18 September 1886
Sarah A. Perry 14 April 1881 14 February 1887
Andrew Jackson Browning 23 March 1883 17 June 1887
Elvira Baisden 1 July 1882 19 November 1887
Aaron and Nancy Jane Adkins 24 August 1887 24 August 1887/14 February 1888
Jeremiah Lambert to Van D. Lambert 30 April 1888
Floyd and Martha Caldwell to Melvin Kirk 7 July 1888 7 July 1888
Stephen Lambert (Logan County), 1885-1886
NOTE: Moses Dalton stated he was a “magistrate” c.1885.
William and Emily Dingess to Polly C. Bryant 25 January 1886
NOTE: Stephen Lambert died on 21 October 1886.
John B. Pullen (Lincoln County) 1888
Robert Fry to Wilford Fry, Martha J. Fry, and Rosa A. Fry 3 January 1888
Elias Vance (Lincoln County) 1889-1896
Aaron and Nancy J. Adkins to Malissia Adkins 14 August 1889 14 August 1889
Marine and Polly Spurlock to Laura Fry 6 November 1889
Polly C. Bryant to children 15 July 1891
Minerva McCloud 15 September 1882 7 November 1891
2 June 1893
Andrew and Elizabeth Elkins to Thomas J. Adkins 27 March 1894
George A. and Julia Alderson, Floyd and Emily Rakes, and C.D. and Vietta T. Haverty to J.L. Caldwell 7 December 1894
Enos Adkins et ux to Allen Brumfield 28 December 1894 14 May 1895
Charles Lucas to Sarah Brumfield 6 July 1895 6 July 1895
Samuel Workman to Melvin Kirk 29 September 1896 29 September 1896
On 26 August 1898, JP Vance was sentenced to serve two years in the state penitentiary for embezzlement.
David F. Smith (Lincoln County) 1892-1907
Richard and Olive F. Adkins to Sarah M. Adkins 18 June 1892
Peter Mullins to Jerry Lambert 12 January 1901
Lewis and Malinda Nelson to A.E. Wagner 4 December 1906
Anderson Fry to A. Gill 7 January 1907
Jefferson and Nancy E. Lucas to Cumberland Adkins 11 April 1907 12 April 1907
Hiram Lambert (Lincoln County) 1893-1894
Farabel and John Vance to John H. Adkins 6 December 1893
Salena Vance 25 December 1893 25 December 1893
Peter M. and Mary A. Mullins et al to J.L. Caldwell 24 November 1894 29 November 1894
J.S. Payne (Lincoln County?) 1894
I.N. and Elizabeth Mullins to J.L. Caldwell 1 September 1894 7 September 1894
Isaac Fry (Lincoln County) 1897-1904
Richard and Spencer Adkins to D.P. Lambert 17 July 1897
Charles Adkins to Malinda Adkins 25 April 1898
Russell S. Stollings et ux to William D. Farley 24 March 1900
25 June 1900
Susan and Levi Rakes et al to J.L. Caldwell 28 July 1900 30 July 1900
28 July 1904
Jefferson Lucas (Lincoln County) 1899-1907
Isaac G. Gartin to William Manns 3 January 1899 3 January 1899
William Manns to William H. Manns 3 January 1899 3 January 1899
John P. Lucas to A.B. Staley 12 March 1907
William Bird Brumfield (Lincoln County) 1899-1904
J.H. and Amanda McComas to Blackburn Lucas 30 August 1899 30 August 1899
William and Rebecca Bell et al to Thomas H. Harvey and George F. Miller 12 January 1900
Malinda J. Vance to Emma Vance 21 July 1904 21 July 1904
George F. Frye (Lincoln County) 1901-1902
Farabell Vance to Salena Vance 7 May 1901
Enos Adkins to A.G. Adkins and F.E. Adkins 15 February 1902 15 February 1902
Rufus Pack (Lincoln County) 1903-1909
Isaac and Nancy M. Workman to Abijah Workman, Jr. 2 February 1903
Henry C. and Martha Sias to Isaac F. Nelson 17 February 1909
Charles Adkins (Lincoln County) 1905-1910
02 November 1905
Charles and Caroline Brumfield to J.M. Brammer and B.F. Scearcy 7 November 1906
Blackie Lucas to Elizabeth Lucas 15 July 1907
Asa and Rebecca Williamson to Hugh Evans 18 February 1908
William Workman to Joseph Browning 15 July 1908
Malinda Adkins to Isaiah Adkins 20 July 1908
02 January 1909
Joseph and Rosey Browning to Lace Marcum and T.R. Shepherd 1 April 1910
Sol Adams (Logan County) 1899, 1907-1908
Cynthia Ann Mullins deposition 21 October 1899
Charles Washington Mullins to Jerry Lambert 18 June 1907
Clementine and Ed Dingess et al to Catherine Adkins 1 October 1908 16 October 1908
Clementine and Ed Dingess et al to Ann F. Davis 1 October 1908 16 October 1908
William Toppins (Wayne County) 1907
L.C. and Pinkston Queen to Sarah B. Maynard 18 December 1907
Hugh Evans (Lincoln County) 1908
John W. and Evaline Sartin to George Shepherd 29 July 1908
A.E. Wagner (Lincoln County) 1910
Anderson Fry to Rush and Mary Slate 14 January 1910
J.M. Brammer et ux to David Farley 11 April 1910 19 April 1910
Alva Koontz, Bessie Adkins, Big Creek, Bob Brumfield, Burl Farley, C&O Railway, Caroline Brumfield, Charles Brumfield, Charles C. Brumfield, Charleston, circuit clerk, Cora Adkins, Elliot Fleur, Ethel Brumfield, Fisher B. Adkins, genealogy, Gill, Grant Cremeans, Hamlin, Hardin Marcum, Harts, Herhert Adkins, history, Holden, Huntington, James Auxier Newman, James Porter, Jessie Brumfield, John McEldowney, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Mary Ann Farley, Mattie Gill, Ranger, Salt Rock, Shirley McEldowney, studebaker, Sylvia Cyfers, Vesta Cyfers, West Virginia
An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 19 June 1925:
Mr. Chas. C. Brumfield, of this place are visiting friends and relatives at Logan and Holden this week.
Alva Koontz and James Auxier Newman, of Huntington were seen to pass through this town enroute to Big Creek, today.
Mr. and Mrs. Burl Farley, of Salt Rock, were guests of Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at Harts Sunday.
Hardin Marcum and Elliot Fleur, C. & O. operators of Ranger, were calling on Miss Jessie Brumfield Saturday evening at Harts.
Robert Brumfield, of this place has purchased a fine new Studebaker car this week.
Mr. and Mrs. John McEldowney and children of Charleston are visiting relatives at this place.
Rev. Porter, Minister of the Baptist church preached an able sermon here Sunday which was largely attended.
Fisher Adkins, of Harts made a flying trip to Huntington Sunday.
Misses Jessie Brumfield and Cora Adkins were guests of Sylvia and Vesta Ciphers and Miss Mattie Gill, of Gill, Sunday and reported a fine time.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adkins of Harts and Miss Ethel Brumfield were visiting friends at Hamlin, Sunday.
Hon. Grant Cremeans the Circuit Clerk, and family of Hamlin were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brumfield, Friday.
Albert Adkins, Alva Koontz, Amon Ferguson, Annie Dingess, Appalachia, Ashland, attorney general, Bell Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Brook Adkins, Burl Farley, Cabell County, Caroline Brumfield, Charles Brumfield, Cora Adkins, Decoration Day, Ed Brumfield, genealogy, Hamlin, Harts, Hazel Toney, Herbert Adkins, history, Hollena Ferguson, Huntington, James Auxier Newman, Jessie Brumfield, Kentucky, Lace Marcum, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Maggie Shelton, Mary Ann Farley, Nora Brumfield, Ora Dingess, Robert Brumfield, Robert Dingess, Robert Hale, Ruby Adkins, Shelby Shelton, state road inspecetor, Toney Johnson, U.S. South, Verna Johnson, Wayne County, Wesley Ferguson, West Virginia
An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 5 June 1925:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess of Logan, spent Saturday and Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at Harts.
Miss Cora Adkins was shopping in Logan, Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brumfield of Harts spent Decoration Day in Wayne county.
Mr. Edward Brumfield and Wesley Ferguson spent several days visiting friends and relatives at Wayne.
Attorney General Lace Marcum, of Huntington has been visiting Chas. Brumfield and family at Harts.
Mr. and Mrs. Toney Johnson, of Ashland, Ky., spent Decoration Day with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adkins has purchased them a fine new Studebaker car last week.
Miss Hazel Toney and Mr. Eplings of Huntington were calling on Miss Jessie Brumfield Sunday.
Miss Jessie Brumfield was shopping in Huntington, Saturday.
Mr. James Auxier Newman, a state road inspector of Huntington was the guest of Miss Jessie Brumfield, Tuesday at Harts.
Mr. Robert Hale and Mrs. Hallene Ferguson were seen out car riding Monday evening.
Mr. Amon Ferguson, Ora Dingess, Bell Adkins were seen out car riding Sunday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Burl Farley of Cabell county and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Adkins and daughter, Miss Ruby, of Hamlin were the guests of Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at Harts, Sunday.
Mr. Alva Koontz, of Huntington is our new State inspector this week at Harts.
Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Shelton and children of Huntington spent Decoration Day at Harts.
Alderson Rutherford, Amon Ferguson, Ashland, Bill Adkins, C & O Railway, Caroline Brumfield, Clyde Rutherford, Cora Adkins, Enos Dial, Essie Adkins, Fed Adkins, Fisher B. Adkins, genealogy, Hamlin, Harriet Carey, Harts, Hazel Toney, Herb Adkins, history, Huntington, Ida McCann, Inez Adkins, James Powers, Jerry Lambert, Jessie Brumfield, Keenan Toney, Kentucky, Lillie Carey, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Lola Adkins, Midkiff, Ora Dingess, Peach Creek, Roxie Tomblin, Ruth Adkins, Sadie Powers, Sand Creek, Saul Bowen, Verna Johnson, West Virginia, Woodrow Rutherford
An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 29 May 1925:
Jerry Lambert, of Sand Creek, was in Harts, Sunday.
F.B. Adkins made a business trip to Huntington the latter part of the week.
Mrs. R.L. Powers, and little son, James, have returned from Logan where she has been by the bedside of her little niece, Miss Ruth Adkins, who is very low with fever.
F.D. Adkins was transacting business in Logan, Tuesday.
Clyde Rutherford, C. & O. conductor of Peach Creek, was the guest of F.D. Adkins and family, Sunday.
Amon Ferguson of Hamlin, was calling on Miss Ora Dingess, Sunday.
Misses Jessie Brumfield, Ora Dingess, Amon Ferguson and Enos Dial were seen out driving Saturday evening.
Miss Cora Adkins was visiting friends in Logan last week.
Miss Hazel Toney, of Huntington, was the pleasant guest of Misses Cora and Inez Adkins Saturday night.
Mrs. Toney Johnson, of Ashland, Ky., is visiting her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield.
F.D. Adkins was the dinner guest of K.E. Toney, Saturday.
Bill Adkins and Harriette Carey were seen out walking Saturday evening.
Misses Lola and Essa Adkins, Lillie and Harriette Cary, and Roxie Tomblin were in Harts, Saturday.
Mrs. W.M. McCann has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Watson Adkins.
Alderson Rutherford and little son, Woodroe, of Peach Creek, and sister, Mrs. Saul Bowen of Midkiff, were calling on friends here Sunday.
Herb Adkins made a business trip in Logan, Saturday.
Amon Ferguson, Annie Dingess, Arta Dingess, Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Big Creek, Bill Vance, Caroline Brumfield, Columbus Pack, Cora Adkins, Dorothy Workman, East Hamlin, Edward Brumfield, Enos Dial, genealogy, Hamlin High School, Harts, Hazel Toney, Herbert Adkins, history, Homer White, Jessie Brumfield, Kentucky, Lexington, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Marshall College, Minerva Brumfield, Pearl Brumfield, Ranger, Rector, Robert Brumfield, Robert Dingess, Sylvia Shelton, Toney, Verna Johnson, Ward Brumfield, West Virginia
An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 22 May 1925:
Mrs. Fisher B. Adkins, of this place has been visiting relatives at East Hamlin the past week.
Mrs. Chas. Brumfield has moved in his fine new residence at Harts.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adkins and Robert Brumfield made a flying trip to Ranger and back in their car Friday evening.
Miss Jessie Brumfield one of Lincoln county’s most popular school teachers, has completed her school at Rector, W.Va., and returned to her home in Harts, where she will leave soon for Marshall College and was accompanied by Mrs. Tony Johnson, of Lexington, Ky.
Mr. C.C. Pack, of Wayne county, was the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Brumfield at Harts, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess, of Logan, were the guests of her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield at Harts, Sunday.
Mr. Edward Brumfield, of Hamlin High School is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Brumfield at Harts.
Mr. Bill Vance, C. & O. fireman and Miss Dorothy Workman, of Big Creek, Miss Pearl Brumfield, of Toney, were calling on Miss Jessie Brumfield at Harts Saturday.
There were several from this place attended the examination at Logan last week.
Mr. Amon Ferguson and Miss Jessie Brumfield, Arta Dingess, Cora Adkins, Hazel Toney, Sylvia Shelton, Enos Dials, Edward Brumfield were car riding Sunday.
Homer White, C. & O. agent of Ranger and several others were calling on Chas. Brumfield at Harts, Monday evening.
Amon Ferguson, Anna Terry, Annie Dingess, Ashland, Barboursville, Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Bill Adkins, Caroline Adkins, Caroline Brumfield, David Kinser, Ed Brumfield, Enos Dial, Fisher Adkins, Fisher B. Adkins, genealogy, Georgia Brumfield, Harts, Herbert Adkins, history, Hollena Brumfield, Howard Stone, Huntington, Inis Kinser, Jessie Brumfield, Kentucky, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, Monaville, Perna Toney, Robert Dingess, Verna Johnson, West Virginia
An unnamed local correspondent at Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on 24 April 1925:
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher Adkins of this place were shopping in Huntington Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess of Logan county were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adkins of Harts Sunday.
Mrs. Anna Terry and Mrs. Perna Toney were the dinner guests of Mrs. Charles Brumfield Sunday.
Miss Jessie Brumfield of Harts was shopping in Huntington Saturday and was the guest of Mrs. Toney Johnson of Ashland, Ky., and was accompanied by Mr. Howard Stone of Barboursville.
Mrs. Hallena Ferguson and Bill Adkins and Georgia Brumfield were seen out car riding Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. David Kinser, of Monaville were visiting her mother, Mrs. John Adkins, of Harts Sunday.
Mr. Amon Ferguson and Edward Brumfield of Hamlin were visiting home folks at Harts Sunday.
Mr. Enos Dials of this place was looking after business matters in Logan Saturday.
Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Caroline Brumfield, Cora Adkins, Edward Brumfield, Enos Dial, Garnet Dingess, Hamlin, Harts, Hendricks Brumfield, Herbert Adkins, history, Huntington, Inez Adkins, Jessie Brumfield, Joe Brumfield, John W. Halley, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Minerva Brumfield, Nola Adkins, Nora Brumfield, Queens Ridge, R.M. Sovine, Ranger, Rector, Robert Brumfield, Watson Adkins, West Virginia
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.
Al Brumfield, Ben Adams, Bernie Adams, Brandon Kirk, Cain Adkins, Caroline Brumfield, Cecil Brumfield, Dave Dingess, Ed Haley, fiddle, French Bryant, Harriet Brumfield, Harts Creek, Henderson Dingess, history, Hollene Brumfield, Hugh Dingess, John Hartford, John W Runyon, Lillian Ray, Logan, Milt Haley, Paris Brumfield, Sallie Dingess, Smokehouse Fork, Tom Martin, writing
A little later, Brandon visited Lillian Ray, a seventy-something-year-old daughter of Cecil Brumfield who lived in a beautiful two-story house on the Smokehouse Fork of Harts Creek. Lilly, he discovered, had a lot of the old Dingess family photographs. To Brandon’s surprise, there were several thick-paged Victorian velvet-covered albums full of tintypes and a few boxes of sepia images on decorative cardboard squares. Only a few were labeled, but he recognized some of the faces: Al Brumfield, Henderson and Sallie Dingess, Hugh Dingess, Mrs. Charley Brumfield, Mrs. John Brumfield, and Dave Dingess. No doubt, there were pictures in the album of Ben Adams and Hollena Brumfield in their youth.
Before leaving, Brandon asked Lilly about Ed Haley. She said she remembered him coming to her father’s house when he lived in the old Henderson Dingess homeplace. He would just show up, leading himself with a cane, and stay for two or three days. Lilly hated to see him come because he was so hateful to the Brumfield children — “always running his mouth.” She described him as a “little short man” who “drank a lot” and told how he and Bernie Adams once borrowed a fiddle from her father and then pawned it off in Logan. The fiddle originally belonged to Tom Martin.
Not long after visiting Lilly, Brandon sent me a letter updating me on his research along with pictures of people we’d only imagined. As they turned up, I wondered if I were to go into a room with Al, Paris, Milt, Green, French, Cain, Runyon — without knowing who any of them were — which ones would I take to strictly on a personality basis? Which ones would I have a gut reaction to think, “Well, he’s a pretty fair good old boy,” or, “Boy, I don’t know about that feller there. Something’s just not right.” I mean, you walk in the room and, “That’s Al Brumfield?” No way. “That’s Cain Adkins?” Nope, I can’t believe that.