Appalachia, civil war, Confederate Army, Elijah Gartin, Eliza Ann Gartin, Elizabeth Agnes Gartin, Elizabeth Margaret Gartin, farming, Fourteen, genealogy, Greenbrier County, Harry Patterson Gartin, Harts Creek District, Henry H. Hardesty, history, Isaac Gartin, James A. Gartin, James Toney, Josephus Workman, justice of the peace, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Little Harts Creek, Logan, Martha Frances Gartin, Mary Gartin, Meadow Bluffs, Monroe County, Nancy Caroline Gartin, Nancy Toney, Susan Jane Gartin, Virginia, West Virginia
From “Hardesty’s History of Lincoln County, West Virginia,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Isaac Griffith Gartin, who resided at Little Harts Creek in Lincoln County, West Virginia:
Was born in Monroe county, (now) West Virginia, February 3, 1832, and settled in Lincoln county in 1864. His parents are Elijah Alexander and Mary (Carper) Gartin, who settled here in 1850. August 28, 1856, in Logan county, (now) West Virginia, the Rev. J. Workman joined in wedlock Isaac G. Gartin and Elizabeth Margaret Toney. She was born in Kanawha county, (now) West Virginia, October 15, 1835, and she is a daughter of James and Nancy (Gillispie) Toney, who came to this county in 1843. Mr. and Mrs. Gartin have been blessed with six children: Eliza Ann, born October 3, 1857, married and residing in Lincoln county; James Alexander, September 12, 1860, married and lives in this county; Susan Jane, June 22, 1864; Nancy Caroline, September 12, 1867; Elizabeth Agnes, February 18, 1872; Martha Frances, March 11,1 876. Isaac Gartin was justice of the peace for four years in Hart Creek district, and secretary of the board of education six years, also a member of that board for a number of years. Mr. Gartin volunteered in the State line troops of Virginia, and served eight months, when it was thought best to abandon the brigade to which he belonged, and he came home. They were afterward ordered to meet an officer in Logan C.H., who would muster them into the regular service, but this failed, and Mr. Gartin again returned to his home. Harry P., a brother of Isaac G., a volunteer in the Confederate army, was taken sick and died at Meadow Bluffs, Greenbrier county, after one year’s service. Isaac Griffith Gartin owns a fine farm at the head of Little Hart creek, and the land produces well in grain as well as fruit, and it contains iron ore and fine building stone. Address, Fourteen, Lincoln county, West Virginia.
Source: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Vol. 7 (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 134-135.
Alvis Godby, Appalachia, Chapmanville, Connie Bentley, Dan Cox, Ebb Thompson, Elva Cox, Elva Godby, Eunice Scaggs, genealogy, Hartford Mounts, Henlawson, history, J.D. Price, Jim Pauley, John Addis, Lizzie Sansom, Logan, Logan County, Nelson Bentley, Phico, R.C. Phillips, Ruth Jordan, Shirl Bias, Vanzel Bentley, Vivian Johnson, Walter McNeely, West Virginia
An unknown local correspondent from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on March 12, 1926:
Roses on our shoulders, Slippers on our feet,
We are Phico girls, don’t you think we’re sweet?
We are having some cold weather at this writing.
Shirl Bias was calling on Miss Ruth Jordan Sunday.
Vanzel Bentley was calling on Miss Elva Cox Sunday.
Dan Cox looks very down hearted nowadays. Wonder why?
Walter McNeely of Logan was calling on Miss Connie Bentley Sunday.
M. McNeely of Henlawson was calling on Miss Elva Godby Sunday.
Nelson Bentley had quite a lot of visitors Sunday.
J.D. Price is very ill at this writing.
Ebb Thompson was calling on Miss Vivian Johnson Sunday.
Mr. Jim Pauley was calling on Miss Katie Chapman Sunday.
Wonder why Miss Elva Cox was disappointed Saturday night.
Mrs. Annie Bias was visiting Mrs. Martha Jordan Sunday.
Wonder what has become of Miss Leta Thomas? She has not been seen for some time.
A. Wright was visiting home folks Sunday.
Bobby Hale was calling on Miss Bertha Jordan Sunday.
Wonder what has become of Miss Mary Craddock? She is never seen in our town anymore.
Alvis Godby was calling on Miss Lizzie Sansons Sunday evening.
John Addis was calling on Miss Eunice Scaggs Sunday.
We were sorry to hear of R.C. Phillips losing his white mule. Cheer up, Rube. There are plenty more.
Hartford Mounts seems to enjoy wearing his hip boots.
Ruth had her red hat. Shirl and his new shirt. Vanzel and his overcoat. Elva and her jump jacket. Dan and his new rain coat. Walter and his smiles. Connie going to Cox’s. Markyle anad his blues. Elva and her blue dress. Nelson and his new suit. J.D. and his store. Russell looking down hearted. Sallie keeping house. Wayne and his new cook. Andy and his pictures. Grace and her sweetie. Edgar and his blues. Ebb and his sweetie. Vivian and her beau. Jim and his music. Katie and her wrist watch. Elva Cocks and her curly locks. Annie and her store. Martha and her checked dress. Brook and her chickens. Leta and her hair cut. Almond and his traveling case. Bobby and his smiles. Bertha going to the office. Mary going to school. Alvis and his watch. Lizzie and her hair clasp. John Addis and his girl. Eunice and her sweetie. R.C. Phillips and his white mule.
A.J. Thomas, Allie Thomas, Appalachia, Bertha Bryant, Big Creek, C.A. Vickers, Carrie Burgess, Chapmanville, Charley Barker, Dicy Thomas, Dorothy Baisden, genealogy, history, J.A. Drake, John Bias, Kessler-Hatfield Hospital, Logan, Logan Banner, Logan County, Lula Vickers, Manila, Martha Roberts, Rommie Barker, Seybert Hager, Simmie Bias, W.H. Garrett, West Virginia, Willie Stollings
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.
Alexander Burton, Appalachia, C.H. Gore, Chapmanville Township, civil war, Cow Hollow, Crawley Creek, Dempsey Fork, Elizabeth Conley, Elizabeth Farley, Garland Conley, Garland Conley Jr., genealogy, history, James Conley, John Fon Conley, justice of the peace, Logan, Logan County, Lorenzo D. Hill, Pigeon Roost Fork, S.S. Altizer, West Virginia, William Straton
Garland Conley, born about 1782, was a pioneer settler in the Crawley Creek section of present-day Logan County, West Virginia. Mr. Conley, husband to the former Elizabeth “Bettie” Farley, died on May 6, 1859. In May or June, the Logan County Court recognized Conley’s last will and testament. During the Civil War, Union soldiers burned the county courthouse and destroyed most antebellum records, including Conley’s will. In 1868, grandson John Fon Conley refiled the will; by the early 1890s, it was once again lost to record. The Conley as transcribed below comes from records pertaining to C.H. Gore, Sheriff v. Elizabeth Conley et al. (1894).
Garland Conley deceased
To copy (set up copy)
Last Will and Testament
State of West Virginia
Logan County to wit:
A True Copy of the last will and testament of Garland Conley deceased so far as said will relates to the lands bequeathed by said Conley to Alexander Burton, James Conley, Oliver Conley, Garland Conley, Jr.
1st. I give and bequeath to Alexander Burton a certain tract of land in Logan County on Crawley Creek Beginning at the mouth of the Cow hollow running up the point on the upper side of said hollow so as to include all the land on the Pigeon Roost fork above said point to the head of said Pigeon Roost fork.
2nd. I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Conley my beloved wife the house and apple orchard lot [for] her life time then after her Death to James Conley his life time and after his death to the heirs of his body forever.
3rd. I give and bequeath to James Conley [for] his life time and after his death to the heirs of his body the following land. Beginning at the mouth of the middle fork of Crawley thence up the end of the apple orchard thence to the top of the ridge between said middle fork and main Crawleys creek including all the land on said Crawleys creek up to a walnut log.
4th. I give and bequeath to Oliver Conley [for] his life time after his Death to the heirs of his body all the lands from the mouth of the first right hand hollow of Dempsey fork to the head of said Dempsey fork.
5th. I give and bequeath to Garland B. Conley [for] his life time and after his death to the heirs of his body all the land on Crawleys creek above the walnut log (the upper end of the land that I have this day willed to James Conley) by the said Crawley Creek to the head thereof (of the main creek).
Witness my hand this 4th day of May 1859
State of West Virginia
Logan County to wit:
This day John Conley personally appeared before me L.D. Hill a Justice of the peace in and for Logan County and Chapmansville Township and County aforesaid and made oath that the above will of Garland Conley deceased so far as the said will relates to the lands set forth in said will is true and that said will was duly proved in the County Court of Logan County at the May or June Term of said Court for the year 1859 and admitted to record by said Court.
Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of May 1868.
Lorenzo D. Hill, J.P.
Logan County to wit:
I, W. Straton late clerk of Logan County Court and was Deputy in Logan Circuit Court, do certify that there was a will of Garland Conley late of said County admitted to and recorded in said County Court and that the same has become lost by means of the records and papers of said Court being destroyed in time of the late war.
Logan C.H., W.Va. May 4, 1868
At a county court Began and held for Logan County W.Va. at the Court House thereof on Monday the 11th day of November 1889
On motion of John F. Conley
A partial copy of the last will of Garland Conley deceased is hereby allowed to be recorded in the clerk’s office of the County Court of Logan County, it appearing to the Court that said Copy of said will was admitted to record on the 11th day of August 1868 and that no record of said copy can now be found among the records of said office.
It is therefore ordered that the clerk of this court record in the proper will book the copy of said will.
A True Copy, Teste S.S. Altizer Clk
Source: C.H. Gore, Sheriff v. Elizabeth Conley et al, File No. 47, Case No. 2, Logan County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Logan, WV.
Anna Lambert, Appalachia, Bessie Adkins, Blanch Lambert, Catherine Adkins, Charles Brumfield, Charleston, Cole Branch, Cora Adkins, Dr. Ferrell, Easter, Enos Dial, genealogy, Gill, Hamlin, Hardin Marcum, Harts, Hawkins Perry, Hendricks Brumfield, history, Jewell Brumfield, John C. McEldowney, Laura Lambert, Lincoln County, Logan, Logan Banner, Luther Dempsey, Mae Brumfield, Nora Brumfield, Sadie Powers, Sand Creek, Sylvia Cyfers, Victoria Pack, Ward Brumfield, Watson Adkins, Wesley Ferguson, West Virginia
An unknown local correspondent from Harts in Lincoln County, West Virginia, offered the following items, which the Logan Banner printed on February 26, 1926:
Several boys and girls of this place attended singing school at Coal Branch Sunday.
Dr. Ferrell and Cora Adkins were calling on friends at Sand Creek last Saturday evening.
Miss Jewell Brumfield attended Sunday school at Gill Sunday and was accompanied by Sylvia Ciphers and Hawkins Perry.
J.C. McEldowney of Charleston was calling on friends and relatives at Harts Saturday.
Chas. Brumfield was a business caller in Huntington Saturday.
Ward Brumfield was transacting business in Hamlin Saturday.
Blanch, Anna and Laura Lambert were visiting friends in Harts Wednesday.
Hardin Marcum was calling on Shirlie Adkins at West Hamlin Sunday.
Hendrix Brumfield attended singing at Coal Branch Sunday and reported there were over fifty singers present and the singing was progressing nicely.
Every body is planning to hunt Easter eggs here.
Mrs. C.C. Pack and daughter, Miss May, were visiting relatives in Logan Saturday and Sunday.
Enos Dials spent Sunday in Huntington.
Daily Happenings: Bob Hendrix meeting the train; Ward with the tax books; Watson with his pipe; Herb in the garage; Nora and Jewell teaching school; Bessie and Cora in the store; Aunt Cathrine with her hair; Sadie with her glasses on; Luther in his old rattle trap; Wesley reading the newspaper; Fred, the law maker.