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Dr. James Gay Jones

I have always been fasinated by ghost stories. As a child my father told several to me. I was very excited when one of my friend's father wrote a book intitled "Appalachian Ghost Stories and Other Tales" by James Gay Jones. He was a professor at Glenville State College for 27 years. He went on to write 3 more books of ghosts, folk  and tales of places in West Virginia, which we knew. He did a great deal of research using facts from court house records. In his story  "To Judgment Brought" the story of William the Slave, my third Great Grandfather was named as one of the justices. This came as a surprise to me. Story telling is such a West Virginia tradition. It is a good way to keep our history alive. Dr. Jones was a very kind and loving man. His work deserve another look. They can still be puchased at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The college book store use to keep them in stock.

He was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Pad, Roane County, a son of the late Lewis Wetzel and Elizabeth Kelly Jones.
He graduated from Walton High School in 1928, Glenville State College in 1936 and received his master's degree in 1946 from West Virginia University. In 1952, he was the fifth person in West Virginia to receive his Ph.D. in history from WVU. He began his teaching career in a one-room school in Roane County and later moved to Glenville State College where he was a professor for 27 years. While at GSC, he was Chairman of the Social Science Department and upon retirement was made Doctor Emeritus at GSC.

He was an accomplished author having written several articles for the World Book Encyclopedia and other publications and had also written four books on Appalachian Ghost Stories.

served in the U.S. Army during World War I




The Holt House

Tour Helen Holt's Chilhood Home with her.

 The Holt House


Samuel L HaysSamuel Lewis Hays

Samuel Lewis Hays was a pioneer settler to Gilmer County. As a member of congress, he was instrumental in organizing several counties in our state, and planning the city of Glenville. Before the civil war he was sent by the Federal Government to another state, Minnesota (1857) to help make some important evaluations and serve as Receiver of the U.S. Land Office. He was responsible of getting Stonewall Jackson his appointment to West Point. While Congressman Hays was away in office, his son, Paragrin lived in the Hays Home at Hay City. Paragrin was a southern sympathiser . He procured supplies for the South. Frank and Jessie James were also supporters of the South. They visited Peragrin, intending to rob a bank in Weston. Peragrin persuaded them to not to , because he had his money invested there. Instead they robbed a bank in Parkersburg.

Hays Home

The home is no loger standing. It became in ill repair and was torn down when the Rite Aide was built.



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