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McDowell County Queries - 1996

OLTL7@aol.com (Myra Lowry) - BELL, HATFIELD - I would like some information on my mother's family. She was Martha Jane, born in McDowell or Welch county I think. She was born to Alan BELL and Delilah HATFIELD BELL. She was born on March 6 1924. Any information would be of great help also I would like to know if any other family is still in the area . Thank You.

deb235@aol.com (Deborah Thompson) - HARRISON, JONES, MUNCY - Searching for the parents of Moses MUNCY, b abt 1829 (listed in the 1860 McDowell census). He was married to Rachel JONES, born abt 1831. Also seeking any info about the Thomas MUNCY, born 1800 married to Clarisa (HARRISON?), b. abt 1830 (2nd marriage for both) listed in the 1860 census.

slpatton@citynet.net (Sandy Patton) - LESTER, WOLF, WOLFE - Moriah WOLF (WOLFE) b:abt 1835 married Abner LESTER and lived in McDowell County in 1868 (according to tax/land record), the LESTERs moved to Wyoming County, WV by 1875 when their 10th child was born. Looking for any records of any kind on this family, (My gggrandparentage) All help appreciated.

GGracie@feist.com Gracie Stover - BOWLES, PRICE - I am looking for information about the BOWLES family. My GGG-grandfather, Allen BOWLES was born in 1846 or 1850. In 1880 I found him in the census in Kanawha Co. with his wife, Octavia Cooper PRICE. I have reason to believe that he started out in McDowell Co. I cannot find him in Kanawha Co prior to 1880. From the story he passed down of his family coming over the mountain from VA, I believe the family may have started out in McDowell Co. I have found records of an Alan BOWLES, married to Elizabeth with a son named Albert that lived in the Western District of Tazwell in the 1840's. This Alan is the right age to have been my Allen's father or Uncle. Since McDowell was formed from Tazwell Co this may be the stating point for me. If anyone has any information, please e-mail me. Thank you, Gracie

GGracie@feist.com Gracie Stover - BOWLES, STILLWELL - My Grandmother, Elizabeth BOWLES was married to Shirley STILLWELL and lived in McDowell CO. in the late 1930's and early 40's. He worked for one of the mining companies there> Does anyone have any information on this family? Or does anyone know of the names of mining companies in that area during this time period? Thank you, Gracie (raised in Raleigh Co, now in Wichita, Ks)

napalm@lightstream.net Heather Rowe - COLEMAN, DAVIS, ROWE - I am looking for information about Clarissa (Charles) DAVIS COLEMAN and either of her husbands: first husband Adam DAVIS, second husband Curtis COLEMAN. Adam DAVIS was shot and killed in the Civil War in Saltville, WV. Clarissa (CHARLES) then married Curtis COLEMAN. The pension papers of Curtis COLEMAN state that both he and his wife are buried in Avondale, McDowell Co, WV. I have been up in Avondale with no luck to find their graves. Children of Clarissa and Adam are: Sytha (DAVIS) ROWE and David DAVIS. Children of Clarissa and Curtis are: "Aunt Kate", Julie, Sherman, and Sheridan. Please send info!!

shart@greencis.net shart@server.greencis.net (Sharon Hart) - McCLANNAHAN, MINOR, MYERS - Looking for information on Charles A. MYERS, b. @1850 m. Sarah Elizabeth McCLANNAHAN. Charles was killed in a mining accident in October 1914. At time of death he was employed by the Arlington Coal and Coke Co, near Arlington, McDowell County, WV, approximately 4 - 5 miles from Welch. My grandfather was the second born child to Charles and Sarah. They had the following children: Stella Clare b. 1891; Charles Henry (my grandfather) b. 1893; Page Mae b. 1896; and John T. b. 1900. All are now deceased. Cannot locate a marriage date for them, approximately 1890. Cannot locate Charles and Sarah in any census except 1920. Do not know who Charles parents may have been or where he was born. My grandfather Charles Henry b. 1893 married my grandmother Beulah B. MINOR in 1916 in Jenkinjones, which is a small coal camp, in McDowell Co, WV they lived there until about 1960 when they moved to NC. I was born in this small coal camp. It was owned by Pocahontas Coal Company for many years. (Now a ghost town) Any assistance will be appreciated.

blibrary@WVlink.mpl.com Jan Coontz - COLLINS - Looking for any information on John COLLINS married to Mary? (who is she) where did they marry. They are in the 1860 census of McDowell Co. Thanks

EARL2315@delphi.com (Earl Reid) - HAGERMAN - I would appreciate if some kind soul could look up the obituary for John HAGERMAN, died in Nov 1966 in Jolo, McDowell Co, WV according to the SSDI. Thankyou for any help on this.

rbundy@ccpl.carr.lib.md.us (Rodger W. Bundy) - BOGGS, LAMBERT, SCARBURY - Hello, Ollie BOGGS and her son William Robert moved into the McDowell Co area in the late 1840's, when William Robert was 1 year old. She later married a SCARBURY and William Robert used that name when he was growing up. Later, he reverted to the Boggs name. William Robert BOGGS was born in 1846 and married Mary Jane LAMBERT. Both Ollie and William were very close-mouthed about their origins. Any scrap of information about them would be very welcome.

JCVAN@postoffice.worldnet.att.net (John Vanover) - BEAVERS, MITCHELL, STEPHENSON - Searching for any info about Loula MITCHELL, born bef 1888, died shortly after 1911 at Bandy, Va. She married Thomas Columbus BEAVERS before 1902 in either McDowell Co., W.Va. or Tazewell Co., Va. She had a sister named Leanza who married Herbert STEPHENSON and a brother named "Doc.". Thomas worked in coal mines at Hartwell & Berwind, W.Va. around the turn of the century. Loula may be originally from that area. Any help appreciated. John Vanover, Louisville, Ky.

slassen@infoave.net Sandra Lassen - CLINE, FAULKNER, GARNER, SEBASTIAN - have 3 generations of my mother's family in or near Iaeger, McDowell Co.,WV! Would love to trade info with any "cousins" regarding these family lines: David Crockett GARNER and wife Amanda (CLINE); William Henry SEBASTIAN and wife Julia Ann (FAULKNER) - these were my great-grandparents. Also my grandparents, Claude Homer GARNER and lst wife Ersa Jane SEBASTIAN; their eldest child was my mom, Constance Jane GARNER, born in a little house teetering on the banks of the Tug River in downtown Iaeger on 19 March 1921. The GARNERs were owners of the Cleo Hotel in Iaeger, named for Cleo GARNER. Two of my aunts were school teachers in McDowell: Laike Sebastian CROZIER and Noranne Sebastian MOSBY. Let's trade info!

curtis@d.beachd.com curtis kirk - KIRK - Looking for history of Gaylord KIRK, Pearl KIRK, Billings lifelong residents of McDowell Co.

bship@mis.net (Anthony Blankenship) - ADAMS, BLANKENSHIP, McCOY - Searching for Ulysses McCOY b. ca 1846 d. Jul 24 1897, Gary, McDowell Co. WV. married Nancy BLANKENSHIP b. Apr 1852 (m. Mar 1868 at Matewan, WV) believed to be in McDowell Co. in 1870 census with BLANKENSHIP Family. Nancy's father and mother, William BLANKENSHIP and Elizabeth Lucinda ADAMS, other chilren were Martha, Conley, Mary, Isham, Raleigh as shown in 1850 Tazewell Co., VA. census, the family also appears in 1860 Pike Co. KY census

glewis@mis.net Gary D Lewis - BEAVERS, CHRISTIAN, CLINE, HARMAN, STANDLEY, WALLACE - Henry Timothy WALLACE and Mary Polly CLINE were listed at Ma-23 in the 1880 Logan Census. They moved to Rowan Co KY abt 1881. Her parents were William CLINE and Catherine STANDLEY. Mary had prev married Mastin CHRISTIAN Jan 17 1867. Mastin & Mary had 2 children, Louisa who died young and William who stayed in WV when they moved to KY. Henry T WALLAS is listed in 1860 McDowell Co (Household #240 next to Mathias HARMAN) with Nancy ??. Henry enlisted with Confederate Army at Logan Courthouse under Cpt. Herrington in Apr 1861 and was discharged near King's Salt Works VA at close of war. His Confederate Pension Application had letters from Hiram CHRISTIAN and John BEAVERS for proof of enlist. I need info on parents and siblings of Henry Timothy WALLACE. I would also like to know more of the family of William CHRISTIAN. My grandmother remembers a visit from her Uncle William in the 20's.

eanes@inetone.net Brady Eanes - EANES - Seeking information anyone may have about my father, Joe EANES. He worked in the mines in Mercer County in the early-mid 20's. He spent the remainder of his life in McDowell County, working the mines around Davy before becoming a shoe repairman and moving to Roderfield.

Al_Starnes@prodigy.com (Mr Albert L Starnes) - STARNES - I am trying to find some information on my Great Grandfather "Pinkney A. STARNES" who lived in McDowell county cir. 1900. It is said that he died in a flood which occured in Iager WV sometime in 1901. I have not been able to find any information on this flood or what exactly happened to Pinkney. He supposedly owned a saloon on Dry Fork and was washed away in the flood. I have not been able to find out where he is buried ...or for that matter was his body ever found. Are there any newspapers that still survive that documents this flood and lists the casualties????
Please respond either to :
Al_Starnes@Prodigy.com or

gsfa15a@prodigy.com Velpo Robertson, Jr. - ROBERTSON - I am looking for information on the family of Ransey ROBERTSON who died 1918 in the flu epidemic. He worked in the mines at Big Four (McDowell Co.) Thanks, Velpo

bland@inetone.net Laura Larkin - BAILEY, GLANDON - Looking for the family of Zachariah Henry BAILEY b.1790 d.1884 m.1832 Rachel GLANDON b.1812 d. 1902. Can anyone connect with this family. Also their son James Wesley BAILEY was featured in an newspaper article in the Welch Daily News "Pioneer Citizen Recalls Early Days In This Area", does anyone know how to get a reprint of it. It appeared in 1954 and was written by Rev. W.S. Barbery.

bship@eastky.Com anthony blankenship - ADAMS, BLANKENSHIP, McCOY, PRATER - Searching for family of William BLANKENSHIP r-1818 Tazewell VA m.Jul 14 1839 to Elizabeth Lucinda ADAMS r-1818 , I think their children were: Conley, Martha, Jacob/Raleigh, Chapman, Isham, Elizabeth, Mary Jane, and Nancy (married to Ulysses McCOY 1868, and General Jackson PRATER 1898) suspect to be in McDowell Co, WV 1870, family was in Tazewell Co. Va 1850 & Pike Co., Ky 1860 census

Steve Layne SML@SSW.COM - BAILEY, LAYNE - MY name is Stephen LAYNE and my Father was from Welch, WV in McDowell Co.. My grandmother was from Davy, her name was BAILEY. My grandfather was Earl LAYNE, Sr. Anyone have any information?

Ed Davidson davidso9@ix.netcom.com - UNDERWOOD, WILLIS - UNDERWOOD, Eppsie, Born: abt 1895 in Maybeury, WV
Her father was George UNDERWOOD, and her mother was Ellen WILLIS. Am seeking any information regarding Eppsie's parents, dates of birth, locations, dates of death would be very helpful.
Thank you for any assistance.

Jocelyn Johnston oma00054@wvnvm.wvnet.edu - BALDWIN, STACY - I am interested in any info. that can be found on Adam STACY m. Minta BALDWIN in Greenbrier Co. 27 April 1893. Grbr Co. Marriage Records list his place of birth as McDowell. Would like any info. on his birth and his parents.
Thanks in Advance.

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