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A.H. Curry, Albert Bryant, Appalachia, Big Branch, Ceres Caldwell, Chapmanville, coal, Ed Garrett, Emma Stowers, Fred Bryant, genealogy, Hewett, history, Howard Barker, Jeffrey, Kentucky, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, Manbar, Marie Barker, O.C. Caldwell, Oza Rhyans, P.D. Garrett, Pecks Mill, Robert Haner, Russell, West Virginia, Willie Stowers
An unknown correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 25, 1921:
We are having some fine weather at this writing.
Mr. Butts and Mr. Hinchman of Logan were on the creek the first of the week looking over coal lands.
Mrs. O.C. Caldwell and daughter Ceres, of Hewett, visited their friends on the creek Friday and Saturday.
Mrs. Marie Barker of Jeffrey visited her sister, Mrs. Robert Haner, Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. A.H. Curry is on the sick list.
Mrs. Oza Rhyans and children of Manbar are visiting Mrs. Rhyans’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.D. Garrett.
Miss Elsie Garrett, who is teaching the primary department at Chapmansville visited her home folks Saturday and Sunday.
Miss Emma Stowers made a business trip to Logan Monday.
Mr. Albert Bryant of Russell, Ky., is visiting his sister, Mrs. Willie Stowers.
Mrs. Ed Garrett is on the sick list.
Mr. Fred Bryant made a flying trip to Peck’s Mill Saturday.
Mr. Howard Barker, who has been working at Big Branch, returned to his home Saturday.
Note: The heading for this entry read “Chapmansville.”
Appalachia, Barnabus, Bob Mullins, Charles W. Mullins, Crockett Farley, Danville, genealogy, Georgia Mullins, history, Inez Maggard, John Carter, John M. Workman, Julia Mullins, Kentucky, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, McVeigh, Peter Mullins, Rowdy, Shively, Solomon Adams Sr., Thomas Carter, Virginia, Welch, West Virginia, Whirlwind, Whirlwind Mercantile Company, William Workman
J.M., a correspondent from Whirlwind in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on April 24, 1914:
People of this locality have begun farming.
John M. Workman, of McVeigh, Ky., is visiting his brother, Wm. at this place.
Peter Mullins returned to his work at Barnabus Monday.
Miss Inez Maggard is very ill at this writing. The cause of her sickness was an operation performed at a Welch hospital.
John Carter and wife, of Rowdy, were visiting friends at Whirlwind on Tuesday last.
M. Tomblin, a noted tobacco salesman of Danville, Va., passed through here Sunday.
Miss Georgia Mullins, of Shively, were shopping here Monday.
Thomas Carter transacted business at this place Monday.
Mrs. Robert Mullins was visiting friends here Tuesday.
Crockett Farley is hauling goods for the Whirlwind Mercantile Co.
Mrs. Peter Mullins called on Mrs. Georgia Mullins the first of the week.
Miss Julia Mullins was shopping at this place Tuesday.
Sol Adams, Sr. made a business trip to Logan one day last week.
C.W. Mullins called at Whirlwind Tuesday.
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.
Annie Elizabeth Hill, Appalachia, Ashland, Big Creek, Big Ugly Creek, Billy Adkins, Boone County, Brandon Kirk, Chapmanville, dairy, education, Edward Hill, Ellis Fork, Frank Hill, genealogy, general store, Green McNeely, history, Kentucky, Logan, North Fork, notary public, Sandy Valley Grocery Company, tobacco, U.S. Army, West Virginia, World War II
On June 2, 2004, Billy Adkins and I visited Frank Hill. Mr. Hill, a retired farmer, bus driver, and store keeper, made his home on Ellis Fork of North Fork of Big Creek in Boone County, West Virginia. Born in 1923, he was the son of Edward W. and Annie Elizabeth (Stollings) Hill. Billy and I were interested in hearing about Mr. Hill’s Fowler ancestry and anything he wanted to share about his own life. We greatly enjoyed our visit. What follows is a partial transcript of our interview:
My brother started a store. There wasn’t no money in circulation when he started that store. He took a government loan for $100 and he got in touch with Sandy Valley Grocery Company in Ashland, Kentucky, and he invested that $100 and it give him enough stock to start with. Pinto beans at that time was $3.50 per hundred and he bagged them up in five pound bags and sold them for five cents. That was slow money but he made a go of it. Then he got drafted in the army and he turned it over to Mom and Dad and they took care of it for so many years. You know, my dad didn’t have a bit of education. He couldn’t even sign his name. But he clerked in that store and he could make change better than somebody with a calculator.
EARLY JOBS AND WAR
I started growing tobacco and when I was 19 I got drafted in the Army and I stayed a spell there. And the government was letting farmers that was pretty good producers go home. They needed food worse than they did soldiers at that time. That was about 1943. So I got to come home. I had an awful sick dad, too, and that was part of the reason. And I was the last one of three boys – two of them was already overseas. And all of that had a bearing on letting me out, I guess. I never went overseas. My company left about the time they released me.
Note: Electricity came about 1945.
I got married at Logan. We went in there and bought our license and the county clerk was Green McNeely. I said, “Could you tell me where there’s a preacher that would marry her and me?” He said, “Step around here behind the counter. I’m a preacher and also a clerk.”
We run it about fifteen years. We sold groceries. At one time, I had general merchandise. If you wanted any kind of hardware – wires, nails, anything like that – I could get it out of Huntington. People come there from Big Ugly across the mountain and carry their groceries back. That was the only store that was very close unless you went to Chapmanville or Madison.
That store was my wife’s project really. I worked away. I drove a bus 27 years, I think it was, in Boone County. I applied for a job to contract that hollow. I furnished my own bus, gas and everything. I done that for four year and a half and then they put me on the big yellow bus but I never got any credit for them four years and a half toward my pension. I thought they should have paid me for that because I met all the requirements that other drivers did and my bus had to be inspected, too.
I farmed and growed tobacco all them years. We had a dairy, too. We milked cows by hand and bottled it up and sold it in Chapmanville house by house. I’ve served as a notary public for Boone County for three terms – ten year each time under a different governor. And I’ve served on the farm committee for more than forty-seven years and I’ll not run no more as far as I know.