Aaron Adkins, Appalachia, clerk, E.G. Reed, Francis Adkins, genealogy, Guyandotte River, Harts Creek District, Harvey Elkins, history, Lincoln County, Little Harts Creek, Moses Adkins, Nary Adkins, notary public, Robert Hager, West Virginia
Appalachia, Bertha Browning, Big Branch, Caleb Browning, Caney Branch, Charles Adkins, clerk, genealogy, George Browning, Guyandotte River, Harts Creek, history, Jack Browning, Jacob Adkins, Joseph Browning Jr., justice of the peace, Lincoln County, Robert Hager, Warren Browning, West Virginia, Willy Browning
Appalachia, Aracoma, Ashland, civil war, clerk, George E. Bryan, history, Island Creek, Joseph A. Dempsey, Kentucky, lawyer, Logan, Logan County, Ralph Steel, Stuart Wood, Tazewell County, Virginia, West Virginia, William Straton
On October 7, 1890, William Straton, former clerk of Logan County, (West) Virginia, provided a deposition in a timber lawsuit. His deposition includes valuable recollections of his life during the Civil War and of the destruction of Logan County’s courthouse and records. So here it is:
Then came William Straton, another witness introduced by the plaintiff, being of lawful age and being by me first duly sworn deposes and says in answer to the following questions:
State your age, residence, and occupation?
I am 69 years old, and live at Logan Court House, W.Va., and am a lawyer.
State if you know who was clerk of the County Court of this County from 1861 to 1865?
I was the clerk during that time.
Did you have any deputy in said office during that time? If so, who?
I had a deputy, George E. Bryan. I might have some other deputy but if I did I have forgot all about it.
Which stayed in the office and attended to the business during that time, and especially in 1862, you or your said deputy George E. Bryan?
I was about the office myself very little during the year 1862, or any other time during the war. My deputy George E. Bryan stayed about here and about home more than I did, and during all of that time there was but little business done in the office anyway. It appears to me that it was in the winter 1862 and 1863 that they burned the Court House and clerk’s office.
What become of the records of marriages kept in said office in 1862?
There were some books such as deed books and order books carried to Ralph Steel’s on Island creek in the summer of 1861 and put there for safe keeping. But I don’t think the record of marriages was taken there but was left in the clerk’s office with most of the books and papers belonging to said office. I was not here at the time but the common understanding afterwards was that all the books and papers were burned.
State if you know whether the said George E. Bryan is dead or living and if living where is he at this time?
The last I knew of him he was living at Ashland, Ky. I have never heard of his death.
Where did you live during the latter part of 1862 and the year 1863?
I lived at Logan Court House.
Where did your family live during that time?
When was it you speak of taking your family from here to Tazewell Co., Virginia?
I took my family, I think it was, in November 1862 as refugees to the County of Tazewell.
How long did your family remain there?
Until the fall of 1865.
And further this deponent saith not.
Source: Stuart Wood v. Joseph A. Dempsey (1889), Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV.
Bertie Camden Roach, Charles Philip Roach, circuit clerk, civil war, clerk, Demaris Roach, Franklin Pierce Roach, Franklin Pierce Roach Jr., genealogy, Henry H. Hardesty, history, Ira McDowell Roach, John Kenna Roach, Maggie Roach, Monroe County, Nellie Roach, Oceana, R.A. Brock, Reuben R. Roach, Richmond, Sarah Roach, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia, William Roach, Wyoming County
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Franklin Pierce Roach, who resided in Wyoming County, West Virginia:
The Roach family is of English descent. Reuben R. Roach, who was grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1790; his wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Ball, about 1794. Their son, William Roach, father of Franklin P. Roach, was born in Monroe county, Va., May 17, 1822. He has always been looked up to as one of the leading citizens of his county, having filled several offices of trust, among them the office of sheriff for several terms, and is now U.S. Commissioner. During the war, he was a gallant soldier; he and his wife now reside in Wyoming county, W.Va. Mrs. Roach, whose maiden name was Nellie Cook, was born in Wyoming county June 13, 1828; they married there Feb. 13, 1845, the issue of this union being Franklin Pierce Roach, of whom this record is made. He was born at Oceana, W.Va., April 15, 1856; in 1872 he was appointed page of the Senate, W.Va., serving through two sessions; in 1875 he was elected doorkeeper of the Senate, though but 18 years old, being the youngest man who has ever filled that office. March 23, 1876, he was united in wedlock to Demaris Cook, who was born in Wyoming county, July 14, 1857. Their children have the following record: John Kenna, born Jan. 5, 1877; Bertie Camden, June 12, 1879; Ira McDowell, Oct. 6, 1881; Maggie, May 9, 1884; Charles Philip, Sept. 21, 1886; and Franklin P., Jr., July 15, 1889, died May 20, 1890. Mr. F.P. Roach was elected, Oct., 1884, to the office of clerk of Circuit and also County Court, in Wyoming county; both offices he is filling at present time with an ability that proves him fully entitled to the trust and confidence placed in him by his fellow citizens. The county can boast of no more honorable gentleman among her citizens than himself and father.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 837-838.
4th West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, assessor, Charles B. Buchanan, clerk, coal, Eliza Ann Buchanan, Floyd Buchanan, genealogy, George Buchanan, Guyandotte River, Henry H. Hardesty, history, James Buchanan, John Buchanan, Lillie May Buchanan, Logan, Logan County, Mary Buchanan, R.A. Brock, Raleigh County, recorder, Tazewell County, Thomas Buchanan, timbering, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Thomas Buchanan, who resided at Logan Court House, West Virginia:
Was born in Tazewell county, Va., Nov. 26, 1821; his wife, nee Mary Ellis, in Logan county, W.Va., Oct. 12, 1817; they were joined in wedlock in her native county, July 27, 1843. The only child of this marriage is Floyd Buchanan, who was born in Logan county, W.Va., Feb. 24, 1849; he was married in this county June 10, 1869, to Eliza Ann Williams, who was born in Raleigh county, W.Va., June 9, 1852. The children of this union are: Charles B., born Aug. 22, 1870; Thomas, born March 28, 1873; Mary, born May 19, 1876, died Jan. 6, 1888; John, born Feb. 8, 1879, died Dec. 24, 1887; James, born Jan. 10, 1882; George, born Jan. 20, 1885, died Dec. 23, 1887; Lillie May, born Feb. 27, 1889. The Buchanan family is one of the oldest and most highly honored in Logan county. During the late war the subject of this sketch enlisted in the 4th W.Va. V.C.; served through the war as second lieutenant, and was honorably discharged in 1865, at Wheeling. As a private citizen he has filled many offices of trust. He was appointed assessor by State Auditor, held the office two years; was then elected recorder of Logan county, and held this office two years; was next elected clerk of the court, which office he also held during two years, and was at the same time clerk of board of supervisors. He was postmaster for six years, and has at one time held seven offices of importance. No man in the county stands higher, or is more beloved by his acquaintances. He owns extensive coal and timber lands in Logan county, where he now resides at his beautiful home on Guyandotte River, near Logan Court House; this town is his post office.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 821-822.
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