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The following deed index is based on Deed Book 50 at the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office in Hamlin, WV, and relates to residents of the Harts Creek community. These notes are meant to serve as a reference to Deed Book 50. Researchers who desire the most accurate version of this material are urged to consult the actual record book.
James and Sidney J. Brumfield to Olga Brumfield land for $245 30 June 1909 p. 46-47
L.C. and Rhoda Gartin to William Adkins 32 acres Dry Branch 2 June 1893 Elias Vance, JP p. 58-59
Caroline and Charles Brumfield to William Workman 50 acres Forks of Ike Fry Branch for $180 28 July 1904 Isaac Fry, JP p. 100-101
Allen and Hollena Brumfield to William Workman 195 acres Brown’s Branch for $200 26 June 1900 Isaac Fry, JP p. 101-102
W.L. Ferguson, Trustee of George W. Dillon (bankrupt), to William Workman and Rachel Spry 7 acres Mouth of Bridge Branch 18 November 1907 p. 103-104
Charles and Caroline Brumfield to William Workman and Rachel Spry 10 acres at Mouth of Little Harts Creek for $175 16 September 1909
Calls of Land Allotted to Rachel Spry from the Paris Brumfield Estate (Lot 7) 80 acres below Little Hart p. 106
Allen and Hollena Brumfield to Sarah Mullins and Mary A. Vance 25 acres Bridge Branch for $12 24 December 1903 p. 108-109
Charles Brumfield to Caroline Brumfield Three Tracts on Ike Fry Branch 07 August 1894 p. 111-112
Hollena and Wesley Ferguson, Ward Brumfield, Hendrix and Georgia Brumfield, to Charlie Brumfield 100 acres Guyan River 20 March 1907 Charles Adkins, JP p. 113-114
David and Alice Dingess to Caroline Brumfield 50 acres on Lower Branch of Little Harts Creek for $200 02 January 1909 Charles Adkins, JP p. 114-115
Walton and Daisy Brumfield to L.C. Denison 156, 59, 72 acres on Big and Shingle Branches of Big Ugly Creek 18 July 1908 p. 292-294
Enos and Lettice M. Adkins to Martha J. Dial 93 acres East Fork of Big Harts Creek for $250 12 June 1893 Elias Vance, JP p. 308-309
Note: I copied all of these deeds.
Appalachia, Beatrice Adkins, Bessie Adkins, Big Creek, Bill Adkins, Bob Brumfield, Bob Dingess, Caroline Brumfield, Chapmanville, Coal Branch City, Cora Adkins, Dallas McComas, Dr. Ferrell, Fisher B. Adkins, genealogy, Hamlin, Harts, Hawkins Perry, Herbert Adkins, history, Hollena Ferguson, Huntington, Indiana, Jeff Mullins, Jessie Brumfield, Joe Brumfield, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Minerva Brumfield, New Orleans, Tom Brumfield, Valparaiso, Verna Johnson, Ward Brumfield, West Fork, West Virginia, Whirlwind
An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on January 14, 1927:
After all the sadness and sorrow Harts has mingled back again.
Mrs. Ward Brumfield met the county court at Hamlin Monday to be appointed Ward Brumfield’s administrator.
Mrs. Charles Brumfield is looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Miss Cora Adkins spent Saturday in Huntington.
Herbert Adkins was a business caller in Huntington Monday.
Mrs. Hollena Ferguson spent several days in Logan visiting friends.
Hawkins Perry is our new operator here this week.
Mrs. Toney Johnson from New Orleans is here visiting her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield.
Wonder why Dr. Ferrell of Chapmanville is so interested in Harts now?
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas McComas spent Saturday and Sunday in Huntington.
Mrs. Beatrice Adkins from West Fork was in Harts Saturday.
Miss Jessie Brumfield is progressing nicely with her school at Atenville now.
Bill Adkins will leave here soon for Valparaiso, Indiana where he will be engaged in school for some time.
Mrs. Jeff Mullins of Big Creek spent Saturday visiting relatives here.
Robert Dingess of Whirlwind was a business caller in this town Monday.
Robert and Joe Brumfield are looking after business matters in Logan this week.
Fisher B. Adkins was in Hamlin Monday looking after his contest which will come off the March term of court.
Mrs. Herbert Adkins has purchased a fine radio.
Tom Brumfield seems to be very much pleased these days. Wonder why? Guess the wedding bells will ring soon.
Bill Adkins from Coal Branch City was in town Monday.
The Lincoln County Courthouse located in Hamlin, WV, burned in 1909. Most county records since 1867 were destroyed by fire. The following story provides some useful information on the reconstructed courthouse.
New Court House for Lincoln
After a year and a half of waiting Lincoln county is now assured of a new court house, which will be erected on the old site, which will be a credit to the county, and a lasting monument to those who were instruments in securing the erection.
The burning of the old court house marks the greatest epoch in the history of Lincoln county, and nothing but the undaunted courage of a people born and reared among the hills of Lincoln county, prevented a period of utter chaos.
A splendid temporary organization was effected, temporary quarters secured as a court house, and official quarters, until, but for the destruction of some records which can never be replaced, the average citizen hardly realizes that on the 19th day of November, 1909, Lincoln county suffered a loss, which ordinarily, would have retarded the growth and development of the county for a decade.
The contract is awarded to the Falls City Construction Company, of Louisville, Ky., one of the largest building concerns in the United States, at a cost of $71,000.00 and was secured by them by competitive bids, the next closest bid being $73,750.00.
Work will be started on the new building within the next 30 days, and by January 1, 1912, the County will have its new home completed.
Source: Logan (WV) Democrat, 11 May 1911
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This entry compiles information relating to the Battle or Skirmish at Curry Farm, which occurred as part of the War Between the States in May of 1864 just north of Hamlin in present-day Lincoln County, WV. It is a working entry and will be updated based on the discovery of new information.
On May 29, 1864, Confederates commanded by Captain John L. Chapman of Company B, 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry, attacked a detachment of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, Company G, commanded by 1st Lt. John W. Harshbarger at Curry Farm on Big Buffalo Creek in present-day Lincoln County just north of Hamlin and twelve miles south of Milton. H.H. Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia, compiled in c.1883, provides the only known account of the battle: “The Federals had marched from Hurricane Bridge and were proceeding up Mud river when they were fired upon by the Confederates, who were concealed on the opposite side of the river. The Federal commander at once ordered a charge and the Confederates retreated without loss. The Federals had one killed, a man named Mathias Kayler from Raleigh county, and two wounded — one being Isaac Jackson, who was shot through the left arm; and another, a member of Company K” (98-99).
Prior to the battle, on May 10, 1864, Capt. John Chapman had been sent with a detachment of dismounted men from the area of Russell County, Virginia, into Cabell and Logan counties “to gather up absentees and deserters from the 34th Battalion” (Cole, 80). Capt. Chapman had been wounded in action at Brandy Station, Virginia, on August 14, 1863 and at Blountsville, Tennessee, on March 10, 1864 (Cole, 147).
Isaac Jackson, one of the two Union soldiers wounded at Curry Farm, was a private in Company G, 3rd WV Cavalry, formerly commanded by Captain John S. Witcher (who had been promoted to major in April 1864). Hardesty cites Mr. Jackson as “wounded in action at Currys Farm, May 29, 1864” (98). Following the battle, on July 6, 1864, 1st Lt. Harshbarger was promoted to captain of Company G. On December 7, 1864, an Adjutant General’s Report shows Company G, 3rd WV Cavalry, stationed near Winchester, VA. The muster roll shows 108 names, citing Private Isaac Jackson as “Wounded in skirmish, May 5, 1864. In hospital since this date.” (Note how this record provides a different date of his wounding from the date provided by Hardesty, who compiled his history about 1881.) http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvwayne/roster3G.htm
Curry Farm, according to Hardesty, was located 1/4 mile above Hamlin (90, 98). Hamlin Chapel (later Curry Chapel), located on Curry Farm, is important for the role it played in the creation of Lincoln County in 1867. “The first meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held on the 11th day of March, 1867, in what was known as Hamlin chapel, an old church which stood on the Curry farm, about one-fourth of a mile above the present county seat. There were present: William C. Mahone, of Carroll District; John Scites, of Sheridan, and William A. Holstein, of Duval. W. C. Mahone was made president, and Benjamin F. Curry, clerk, the latter giving bond in the penalty of $2000, with James A. Holly and Jeremiah Witcher as his securities. It was then ordered that the Board of Supervisors have the White Hall, a Southern Methodist church one-fourth of a mile below where the county seat now stands arranged for holding the courts until the proper buildings could be erected, George A. Holton and a majority of the trustees consenting thereto” (Hardesty, 90-91)
Curry Chapel no longer stands but its former location can be found near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 3/11 above the mouth of Straight Fork of Big Buffalo Creek on Mud River. Curry Chapel Cemetery is located on site. While Hardesty cited the battle site as 1/4 of a mile above Hamlin, the church–located on the Curry farm–was located over four miles north of Hamlin “as the crow flies.”
Capt. John Chapman left Cabell and Logan counties and rejoined the 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry in the vicinity of Pound Gap, Virginia, by the end of June 1864 (Cole, 82).
Capt. John W. Harshbarger (1836-1909) is buried here: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35761174
Scott C. Cole, 34th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1993) 80, 82, 121, 147.
Michael Graham, The Coal River Valley in the Civil War (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014) 150-151.
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An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on October 29, 1926:
We are glad to report that Ira Tomblin, who has been very low with typhoid fever, is improving nicely at present.
Miss Garnet Sias of Latrobe was the guest of Miss Cora Adkins Saturday.
Keenan Toney of Toney was a smiling Democrat in Harts Tuesday.
Philip Hager of Hamlin was in Harts Wednesday.
Mrs. R.L. Powers has been on the sick list for the last few days.
Fisher B. Adkins is still campaigning. He passes through once a week in a rush taking time to say, “How do you do, folks.”
Mrs. Minnie Lambert and little daughter Nannie of Toney were calling on friends here Tuesday.
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An unknown correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on October 22, 1926:
Grover Gartin of Ranger was calling on Miss Nola Adkins Sunday.
Herbert Adkins was transacting business in Huntington Monday.
Ward Brumfield was looking after business matters in Hamlin Tuesday.
Earl Wysong and Miss Bertha Haines of Logan were visiting friends and relatives at Harts Saturday and were entertained by Miss Jessie Brumfield.
Miss Cora Adkins spent Sunday at Gill.
Mr. and Mrs. Toney Johnson of Columbus, Ohio, spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Chas. Brumfield of Harts.
Mrs. Ellis Hans Isaac of West Hamlin was calling on friends here Sunday.
Miss Pauline Scites and little sister Virginia of Huntington were the guests of Miss Jessie Brumfield Sunday at Harts.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dingess of Whirlwind passed through Harts Saturday evening enroute to Logan.
Jack and Mary Marcum of Ranger were in Harts Sunday.
Mrs. C.C. Pack and Miss Jessie Brumfield and little sister, May Zell, attended the funeral of Mrs. Wesley Tomblin, which took place at the Browning cemetery on Harts Creek Tuesday.
Ira Tomblin is very ill at present with typhoid fever.
We are very sorry to announce the death of Mrs. Wes Tomblin, who died at her home on Harts Creek Monday morning of pneumonia fever.
Mrs. Jas. Porter is very ill at this writing.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adkins and Mrs. Brooke Adkins of Hamlin were calling on friends in Harts Sunday afternoon.
Ward Brumfield, deputy sheriff of Lincoln county, is loading ties today (Wednesday).
Fisher B. Adkins, Republican nominee for county clerk, is making a progressive campaign. Go to it, Fisher. We are going to elect the whole ticket this time.
Dr. Ferrell of Chapmanville was calling on patients in Harts and on Harts Creek Saturday.
School is progressing nicely here with Mrs. Nora Brumfield for teacher.
Good luck to The Banner!