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36th Virginia Infantry, Ada M. Riffe, Appalachia, civil war, Confederate Army, Elliott S. Riffe, genealogy, Hattie B. Riffe, Henry H. Hardesty, history, James M. White, James O. Riffe, Jane Riffe, John G. Riffe, John Riffe, Laura E. Riffe, Leander Riffe, Logan County, Louemma F. Riffe, Man, Mary H. Riffe, Peter Riffe, Piedmont, R.A. Brock, Richmond, Sarah J. Riffe, Sarah White, Virginia, West Virginia, Wythe County
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for John Riffe, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Son of Peter and Jane (Perry) Riffe, was born Dec. 16, 1839, in Logan county, W.Va., of a family long seated in this section; his father, born here Aril 3, 1808, and, at the age of 80 years, died here on Aug. 30, 1888. His widow, who was born in this county also, on Sept. 25, 1810, is yet living. Mr. Riffe enlisted in the service of the Confederate States in 1861, in Co. D, 36th Va. V.I., in honorable and active service until captured in Piedmont, Va., on June 8, 1864, and held nine months; discharged March 4, 1865. On Aug. 30, 1866, he was joined in wedlock with Minerva White, the marriage solemnized in Logan county, where she was born May 17, 1846, a daughter of James M. and Sarah (Browning) White, the father a native of Wythe county, Va., born Dec. 3, 1817, now residing in Logan. The mother, born here on Oct. 9, 1819, died April 6, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Riffe’s children were 10 in number, 8 of whom are deceased: Leander, born Oct. 23, 1867, died Oct. 18, 1875; Mary H. born June 5, 1869, died Oct. 29, 1875; Laura E., born Aril 5, 1871, died Oct. 20, 1875; Louemma F., born Feb. 15, 1873, died Oct. 10, 1875; Elliott S., born Feb. 11, 1875, died Oct. 3, 1875; Sarah J., born July 7, 1878, died Feb. 23, 1882; James O., born March 22, 1880, died Jan. 26, 1883; John G., born May 30, 1882, died May 31, 1882; Hattie B., born Dec. 16, 1883; and Ada M., born Feb. 4, 1887. Mr. Riffe is the possessor of an elegant home, on an extensive estate, where he is largely engaged in farming and dealing in timber. Post office address: Man, Logan county, W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 837.
Ann Brook McDonald, Bilton McDonald, Bruce McDonald, Charles L. McDonald, genealogy, Giles County, Guyandotte River, Henry H. Hardesty, history, Huff's Creek, Logan County, Man, Marshall McDonald, Mary A. McDonald, Millard McDonald, Minerva A. McDonald, Miriam Alice McDonald, Parthena McDonald, R.A. Brock, Richmond, Sarah McDonald, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, Wayne McDonald, West Virginia, William W. McDonald
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for William W. McDonald, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Was born April 1, 1817, in Giles county, Va. In Logan county, Va., Aug. 28, 1846, he was married to Minerva A. Dingess, of same county; three children were born of this union: Charles L., died in 1888 in his 41st year; Mary A. (now married); Sarah, died in infancy. Their mother died March 27, 1851. September 24, 1857, Mr. McDonald was united in marriage to Parthena Scaggs, who died April 22, 1873, leaving seven children, all of whom are now living; Millard (now married), Bruce, Bilton, Wayne, Ann Brook, Miriam Alice and Marshall; except the first, they reside with their father. The McDonald family have long resided in Logan county, where they have been large land owners and respected citizens. The subject of this sketch is owner of a beautiful home, situated at the confluence of Huff’s Creek and Guyandotte River; he is a man of the highest integrity, loved and honored by all who know him; his post office address is Man, Logan county, West Virginia.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 835.
Appalachia, Etta Lee Grimmit, farming, genealogy, Guyandotte River, Henderson Grimmit, Henry H. Hardesty, history, John Grimmit, Lillie B. Grimmit, Logan County, Man, Nancy Grimmit, R.A. Brock, Richmond, Rosa M. Grimmit, Sanford Grimmit, U.S. South, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia, Wyoming County
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Henderson Grimmit, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Was born in Logan county, W.Va., Jan. 28, 1854. His wife, Nancy (Hatfield) Grimmit, was born in Wyoming county Nov. 18, 1854; they were married Nov. 25, 1873, in Wyoming county, and have had four children, all of whom now live with their parents; Sanford, born April 15, 1875; Lillie B., born May 16, 1882; Rosa M., born Sept. 22, 1887; Etta Lee, born May 1, 1889. They are all intelligent, amiable children. Parents of Henderson Grimmit are: John Grimmit, who was born in Logan county Dec. 15, 1815, and died June 21, 1884; Nancy (Toler) Grimmit was born in Logan county Nov. 16, 1823, and still resides there; they were married in that county April 8, 1850. The subject of this sketch is a farmer and owns a beautiful home on Guyandotte River. His post office is Man, Logan county, W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 831.
Appalachia, Carlos H. Browning, Emmet Browning, farming, genealogy, Henry H. Hardesty, history, India Browning, James M. White, Lewis A. Browning, Logan County, Man, Mary H. Browning, Nora C. Browning, R.A. Brock, Sarah White, U.S. South, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia, Wythe County
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Lewis A. Browning, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Was born on Nov. 14, 1850, in Logan county, W.Va., and was united in marriage on Aug. 24, 1882, with Mary H. White, the marriage being solemnized in Logan county, where she was born May 4, 1857. She is a daughter of James M. White, who was born Dec. 3, 1817, in Wythe county, Va., and for a great number of years an honored and esteemed citizen of Logan county, where he still resides. Her mother, who was Sarah Browning before marriage, was born Oct. 9, 1819, and died April 1, 1884, in this county. The records of Mr. and Mrs. Browning’s children are as follows: Carlos H., born Feb. 5, 1883; Nora C., born July 27, 1884, and died May 16, 1885; Emmet, born May 8, 1885, and India, born March 4, 1888. Mr. Browning is one of the prosperous and successful farmers of his section. His post office address is Man, Logan county, W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 819.
Albert R. Browning, Anna B. Browning, board of education, Dora H. Browning, genealogy, Guyandotte River, Henry H. Browning, Henry H. Hardesty, history, Huff's Creek, John D. Browning, Kenis C. Browning, Lloyd R. Browning, Logan County, Man, Penelope Browning, R.A. Brock, Vicy P. Browning, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Albert R. Browning, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Is one of the best known and most estimable citizens of Logan county; at the present time holds the office of commissioner on the board of education, which position he fills wisely and honorably; having been elected in 1889, his term has not yet expired. With his interesting family he resides in his beautiful home situated on the Guyandotte River, near the mouth of Huff’s Creek. Besides his farm, his real estate consists of extensive and valuable mineral lands. The annals of Albert R. Browning and family may be briefly stated thus: Subject of this sketch was born in Logan county, W.Va., Feb. 14, 1857; his wife, Penelope E. Mullins, was born in same county June 18, 1859; they were married in that county Oct. 7, 1875; their children are: Henry H., born Feb. 14, 1877; Lloyd R., born Oct. 10, 1878; John D., born March 20, 1881; Anna B., born June 20, 1883; Kenis C., Jan. 27, 1885 — all reside with their parents; Dora H., born Feb. 27, 1887, died Sept. 12, 1888; Vicy P., born April 21, 1889. Mr. Browning’s vocation principally is conducting his farm; his post office is Man, Logan county., W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 817-818.
Aaron Altizer, Aaron L. Altizer, Andrew B. Altizer, Appalachia, Charlest T. Altizer, Corilda B. Altizer, deputy sheriff, Emory Altizer, farming, Floyd County, genealogy, George R. Altizer, Henry Altizer, Henry H. Hardesty, history, Joseph Altizer, justice of the peace, Logan County, Man, Margaret Altizer, Mary Altizer, Mary M. Altizer, Montgomery County, Parthenia Altizer, Perry G. Altizer, Pittsylvania County, postmaster, Roanoke County, Sarah Altizer, Virginia, Virginia and Virginians, West Virginia, William Altizer
From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Aaron Altizer, who resided at Man, West Virginia:
Son of Emory and Margaret (Griffith) Altizer, was born July 23, 1826, in Floyd county, Va. His father was born Mar. 5, 1788, in Montgomery county, Va., and died there Jan. 10, 1875. His mother was born June 6, 1781, in Pittsylvania county, Va., and died Mar. 16, 1883, in Montgomery county. On May 27, 1847, he was married to Sarah Scaggs, the marriage occurring in Montgomery county, where she was born Mar. 22, 1828. She died June 7, 1876, leaving 10 living children and two deceased: Perry G., born Mar. 20, 1848; Joseph, born Aug. 23, 1849; Mary M., born April 6, 1851; Corilda B., born Sept. 8, 1853, and died Aug. 11, 1854; Charles T., born April 12, 1855; Parthenia, born Feb. 9, 1857, and died May 18, 1858; George R., born Jan. 30, 1859; Andrew B., born May 23, 1861; Emory, born April 9, 1863; William, born April 26, 1865; Aaron L., born May 8, 1868, and Henry, born April 6, 1871. On April 15, 1878, Mr. Altizer was married to Mary Aliff, who was born June 10, 1839, in Roanoke county, Va. Mr. Altizer was elected justice of the peace in 1865, serving until 1870; elected county superintendent, serving one term; elected deputy sheriff, serving from 1873 to 1875; again in 1884 he was elected justice of the peace, serving four years; is at present postmaster at Man, Logan county, W.Va., and is engaged in farming.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), 814-815.
Ashland, Catlettsburg, Curly Wellman, Ed Haley, Ella Haley, fiddling, Fort Gay, Great Depression, guitar, history, Horse Branch, John Hartford, Kentucky, Keystone, life, Logan County, Louisa, Madison, Man, music, Ralph Haley, Red Jacket, Wayne, Wayne County, West Virginia, writing
In the spring of 1996, I made my way back to Ashland where I dropped in on Curly Wellman. Curly was an old guitarist in town who grew up watching Ed Haley on Horse Branch. I hadn’t visited him since a trip with Lawrence Haley some four years earlier. Unlike last time, he was quick to comment on Ed’s poverty.
“Now this story about Ed Haley, this was during the thirties — right after the Great Depression started,” Curly said. “And of course all they had coming was, I guess, just a blind pension, which wouldn’t have been much. They had to play on the corners with the tin cups. Those people, they had to struggle for life. The winter months on Ed Haley and his family were very hard. My grandfather — he came down here with money out of the big timber country up around Louisa, Ft. Gay, Wayne — and he run a little grocery store. Well, he was fortunate enough and had money enough to be able to carry these type of people through the winter months when they couldn’t make money. And as quick as spring come and they went to work every one come right in and paid him ever dime they owed. And the Haley family a lot of winters survived under his care. A lot of times, clothes we would outgrow would be taken to the Haleys because Mother thought so much of them. They had a hard struggle to raise those children but they were good people and the kids all turned out good as far as I know.”
I asked Curly to tell me about playing the guitar with Ed on Horse Branch.
“I was just a beginner and my aunt was teaching me,” he said. “The Haleys lived just across the street from us and down maybe a couple of houses. In the evenings, there was nothing else to do; no radio, no television, no nothing like that. Well, Ed would get out on the porch and Ralph and the mother and they’d start playing. I was learning to play a little bit, so I’d sit in with the guitar. I was just a very mediocre guitar player at that time. I was so rank that he’d have to tell me when he was going into a minor. I’d say, ‘I don’t know that,’ and Ralph would say, ‘Get right in there and play it anyhow.’ Them little kids would get out there and jump up and down and dance. Quick as people heard music, they’d start coming down the hollow and off’n the hillsides and gather up. They even had horse and buggies to stop and real old model cars would stop. People would open up their windows and their doors that lived up high where I was at — they’d get out on their porch till they could hear it all.”
Later, when Curly got better on the guitar, he played with Ed at the Boyd County Courthouse in Catlettsburg. Ed sat on a wooden bench with his hat turned up on the ground.
“You could throw a dime or nickel or quarter in his hat and you could tell by the way he grinned he knew the amount that went in the hat,” Curly said. “He could tell by the way it hit.”
I asked if Ed ever talked between tunes and he said, “He told little stories behind the tunes, like where it came from. He’d say, ‘Here’s an old tune I learned in Red Jacket, West Virginia,’ or, ‘Here’s an old tune I heard down in Logan County.’ And he used to talk about Madison, West Virginia, a lot. And another town I’d hear him talk about was Man, West Virginia. Keystone, it’s right in that area, too.”
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