'Aunt Frank' Covey
Dies at Age of 87.
Descendant of Pocahontas and Woman of High Intelligence and
Mrs. Frances S. Covey, known to relatives and neighbors throughout Trap
Hill district as "Aunt Frank," died at the old Covey homestead near
Lester on Tuesday morning, March 14, 1922. Death was due to the
infirmities of old age. She was in her eighty-seventh year, and had
lived for over sixty-three years at the old homestead which was in later
years, however, shared with her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Trail, and family.
Mrs. Covey was born in Wythe county, Va., July 6, 1835, the oldest child
of Owen Snuffer and Cleopatra Terry Snuffer, the latter a niece of the
late General William Terry, of Wytheville, distinguished Virginia lawyer
and congressman, and commander of the celebrated Stonewall Brigade in
the Civil War.
She moved with her parents to Amherst county in infancy and lived there
until 1850, when in the year of the founding of Raleigh county her
parents settled near Marshes, this county. She married Thomas H. Covey
on December 16, 1858, and went to live near Lester, as it turned out,
for the remainder of her life. Her husband died in 1893. She was the
mother of four children, three of whom are living--G. T. Covey, of
Beckley; D. O. Covey, of Surveyor; and Mrs. J. H. Trail. Another
daughter, Cleopatra, died several years ago.
Three sisters and one brother also survive -- Mrs. Mollie Jarrell, of
Clear Creek; Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer, of Kentucky; Mrs. Julia Daniel, of
Saxon; and E. W. Snuffer, of Marshes.
Mrs. Covey traced her descent from Pocahontas through the Robinson
family of eastern Virginia. In her prime she was a woman of fine
intelligence, enjoying far more than average education, and of splendid
physical constitution. Her kindness and neighborliness were such as to
command the love and admiration of everyone.
Mrs. Covey was a member of the Christian church, and Rev. J. C. Murdock,
of that denomination, conducted funeral services at the late residence
Wednesday afternoon, with interment in the family graveyard.
Raleigh Register, Beckley, W. Va.
Friday, March 22, 1922