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McDowell County Queries - 2017

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Note:  There is a lot of good information and contacts in the 1996 through 2016 queries.

Also, if you have posted queries in prior years and since then, changed your email address? If yes, please send us an updated address!

In addition, we occasionally get requests for information that requires living in or near McDowell County and visiting a cemetery, the local library or courthouse. If you live in or near McDowell County and would be willing to help, we would love to hear from you.

I’m looking for information on my great-grandfather, last name Gullion born circa 1896 (possibly in Maryland). He married Lindon Airlean (Sells) Gullion in 1925 in McDowell and had a few kids: Greta (my grandma), Bennie, Ellen and Jimmie. They resided in Switchback and Eckman between 1925-1926. I cannot determine if his first name was Thomas or Robert because both are used on census reports, marriage certs, etc. I know he worked in the mines in 1925 and was a boarder at the home of Bettie Waugh in McDowell on a 1930 census. By 1938 my grandma was remarried to a Carmie Gardner. They lived near Elkhorn High School.

Thank youIf anyone has any information on my great-grandfather it would be most appreciated,
Mary Compton
Date Jun 20, 2017

I'm looking for information on William Ireland Davis also known as Arlen. I really want to know who his parents were.
Thanks, Brenda Jones
Date March 11

Do you have any information on the Frigo Brothers store that operated in Kimball during the 1920's and 1930's? Thank you,
Thanks, Jeff Hayes
Date March 10

I'm trying to find information on who was the pastor during the 70's for the Switchback Memorial Baptist Church.
Douglas Clark
Feb 2
Douglas, This doesn't quite answer your question, but have you seen Renee Bolden's photo documentary on the Switchback church: https://mcdowellwvchurches.com/2012/08/09/churches-and-emptiness-part-8/

Also, if you try Googling Switchback Memorial Baptist Church, there are a number of churches in the near vicinity, with telephone numbers. Perhaps someone from one of them can help you. Thanks, Cherryl and Reggie

I'm looking for information on my great grandpa William Brewster.
His wife was Emma Dunford. His death record states his father was Arch Brewster & his mother was Bekie Baker.

I'm very interested in finding more information on his parents. Thanks,
Brenda Jones
Jan 17

Brenda, Have you looked here: http://www.coalexchange.com/smith/mcdowella/pafg2435.htm#80905 The WV Coal Exchange is my go-to source for WV genealogy.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Thanks for visiting the McDowell web page, Cherryl

I am looking for information on my aunt Ruby Pruitt Bandy and info on her murder. She was murdered April 1941 in McDowell county. Would appreciate any info.<
Lawona Coleman
Jan 11

Happy New Year.


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