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Victor E. Sullivan




VICTOR E. SULLIVAN

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the
Legislature, Officers of the State Governement and judges of

the Supreme Court of Appeals, West Virigina, 1917.

Source:

West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official
Register, 1917, Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk

of the Senate, The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West

Va. pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

748


SULLIVAN, VICTOR E. (Republican.) Address: Raleigh,

West Va. Born at Powellsville, Scioto county, Ohio,

August 15, 1854; educated in the public schools of

Scioto and Gallia counties; has been a resident of West

Virginia fourteen years, locating first in Fayette county

and later in Raleigh; is a mining superintendent,

receiving his occupational experience in Ohio and West

Virginia; has been Chairman of the Republican Committee of

Raleigh county for five years; elected to the House in

1914; re-elected in 1916; in 1917 had the following
committee assignments: Prohibition and Temperance, Counties,

Districts and Municipal Corporations and Printing and

Contingent Expenses.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Email: vfcrook@trellis.net





Charles L. Heberlin





CHARLES L. HEABERLIN

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the
Legislature, Officers of the State Governement and judges of
the Supreme Court of Appeals, West Virigina, 1917


Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official
Register, 1917,Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of
the Senate, The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
pg. 738


HEABERLIN, CHARLES L. (Republican.) Address: Beckley,
West Va. Born in Hancock county, Tennessee,February 12,
1883. Shortly afterward his father moved to Wise county,
Virginia. The son was educated there in the free schools and
in the high school at Wise, the county seat; now engaged in
general insurance and is Vice President and General Manager
of the Home Insurance Agency at Beckley; has been a citizen
of West Virginia since 1900; worked several years in coal
mines; was elected as one of the delegates from Raleigh in
1916; committee assignments, 1917: Taxation and Finance,
Insurance, Forestry and Conservation.



Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Email: vfcrook@trellis.net

John B. Clifton







Clifton


The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 366

Raleigh

JOHN B. CLIFTON. One of the youngest coal operatorsin Raleigh County,
John B. Clifton as a boy took up railroading, spent several years in growing
responsibilities in the railroad service, and had the expert qualifications
as a traffic man when he turned to the coal industry. It has been his fortune
to associate with prominent men, and

among them he is regarded as one of the coming leaders in the coal
industry of West Virginia.

Mr. Clifton was born at Ridgeway, Montgomery County, Virginia, July
27, 1891, son of James W. and Mary K.

(Kelley) Clifton, both natives of Virginia, and his father a farmer.
He is of English ancestry. John B. Clifton

attended the common schools of Montgomery County until he was sixteen
years of age, then learned telegraphy, and his first assignment of duty
was as an operator on the Norfolk & Western. He served with that road
from 1907 until 1910, and then became general operator for the Virginia
Railway, his duties taking him all over the line.  Beginning in 1912,
he acted as car distributor for the road, but resigned in 1915 to go into
the coal business on the Stone Coal Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio. 
At that time he became part owner of the Beckley Smokeless Coal Company.
He sold his interest in that organization in 1919, and since then has helped
organize and has been active as a business representative and as a member
of producing and sales companies operating in the Raleigh County field.
These include the Raleigh Smokeless Coal Company, Guyan Collieries Company,
Wilton Smokeless Coal Company, Wood-Peck Fuel Company, Red Ash Coal Company.
Mr. Clifton also has interests in South America, the Raleigh Smokeless
Fuel Company maintaining an office at Rio Janeiro, Brazil.

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Fitzhugh Lee Banks







Banks

Fitzhugh Lee Banks

Written by Shirley File Robbins

Dr. Fitzhugh Lee Banks was born September 25, 1885 in Wolftown,
Virginia, the last of five children of James William and Cornelia Burnett
Banks. Educated at Randolph Macon Academy in Bedford, VA, and the Medical
College of Richmond, Class of 1909, he married Mary Boardman Smith, born
in Madison County, Virginia July 19, 1887, on October 19, 1910.  Mrs.
Banks was the daughter of Francis Percival Smith and Matilda Ella Simms.

Dr. Banks opened his first practice of medicine at Gordonsville, Orange

County, Virginia. Fitz and Mary’s three children, William Smith Banks

(1911), Francis McRae Banks (1913 – 1982), and Shirley Hamilton Banks
(1915 – 1990 ) were born there.

In 1922 Dr. Banks moved to West Virginia to become the company doctor
for the Slab Fork Coal Company.  Then, after practicing in Maben,
WV, he settled in Beckley as an Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. 
He had gone to New York City, living with a medical school classmate, to
be trained in that specialty. He received his 50 year pin from the Medical
College of Virginia in 1959. He had been in practice as a general practitioner
for 20 years, and an Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist for 30 years.

Dr. Banks was a member of the West Virginia Medical Association, the
Black Knight Country Club, The Elks Club, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. 
He was known for his love of literature and history, particularly the Civil
War period, his passion for pike fishing, and stories of his ancestors. 
He was the great- great- great grandson of Dr. Thomas Walker and Joshua
Fry.  Dr. Walker was a physician, surveyor, explorer and statesman. 
He is known to have traveled the Raleigh County area in about 1750. 
He was also a guardian for Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Banks would tell that
with pride; most who heard the story thought he said “gardener for Thomas
Jefferson”.  Fitz, as he was called by family and friends, always
laughed at that comment.

He died in Richmond, Virginia on February 27, 1966.

 


Francis Hendrix




Francis Hendrick (Hendrix)


FRANCIS HENDRICK
(HENDRIX)

Francis Hendrick (Hendrix), born about 1802, was married on 29 March
1820 in Giles County, Virginia, to Margaret “Peggy” Stewart who was born
about 1802.  Peggy was the daughter of Ralph Stewart and Mary (Clay)
Stewart.  Francis most likely was the son of Daniel and Ann (Keatley)
Hendricks.  Francis and Margaret’s daughter Nellie (Ellen) Hendrix
married John Dickens.



Copy of Marriage Bond


Dennis Dickens, a cousin of mine who is now deceased, told
me that Nellie Hendricks had brothers Henry, Gus, Pete, Remley, and James
K.  The Hendricks, according to Dennis, lived on Hendricks Ridge
at Knob Fork in Wyoming County.  I have located some Raleigh County
information on three of these brothers.   I have found information
on a Remley Hendricks in Wyoming County.  I believe that Remley
is Nellie’s brother.  I have located information on Pete R. Hendrix
in the 1920 Boone County, West Virginia Soundex.   However, Pete’s
age of 65 (year of birth 1855) would make him too young to be Nellie’s brother.  I
am not certain how Pete fits into the family.

I did find one other record for Pete R. Hendricks.  He
furnished the information for the marriage license of Lorenze Dow Massey
and Rachel Elizabeth Williams on 1 May 1880.

I have located Francis Hendrix in the following tax and census
records:

1824 Logan County, Virginia, Tax List
Name: Francis Hendricks
White males over 16: 1
Blacks over 12: 0
Blacks over 16: 0
Horses, Asses, Mares, Mules, and Colts: 2

1827 Logan County, Virginia, Tax List
Name: Francis Hendricks
Males over 16: 1
Blacks over 12: 0
Blacks over 16: 0
Horses, Asses, Mares, Mules, and Colts: 1

1830 Logan County Census
Details not available.

1833 Logan County, Virginia, Tax List
Name: Francis Hendricks
Males over 16: 1
Blacks over 12: 0
Blacks over 16: 0
Horses, Asses, Mares, Mules, and Colts: 2

1835 Logan County, Virginia, Property Tax List
Name: Francis Hendricks
Males over 16: 1
Blacks over 12: 0
Blacks over 16: 0
Horses, Asses, Mares, Mules, and Colts: 2

1840 Census
Not located.

1850 Raleigh County, Virginia, Census
Francis Hendricks 48
Margaret 48
Augustus 21
Gordon 18
Emily 16
Margaret 14
Anna 12
Mary 10
George 8
Francis 8
Cordella 6
Julia 4
James 2

1860 Wyoming County, Virginia, Census
Craney, Wyoming County, Virginia
25 July 1860 – page 48, #335-293
Francis Hendrix 58 m born VA blacksmith $0 $160
Margaret 57 f born VA
Gordon W. 20 m born VA farm laborer
Francis 20 m farm born VA laborer
Cordiela 17 f born VA
Julia 15 f born VA
James 13 m born VA
Silas R. 13 m born VA
Julia A. 11 f born VA

Submitted by:  Nyla CREED DePauk
Email:  Ncreed1@aol.com

COPYRIGHT.


Robert M. French







French


 

The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 365

ROBERT M. FRENCH has earned real distinction in the financial life of
Raleigh County. Throughout his active

manhood he has been in the service of the oldest bank of the county,
the Bank of Raleigh, and is now cashier of

that institution, which ranks among the strongest banks in this section
of the state.

Mr. French was born at Logan, West Virginia, December 17. 1888, son
of Millard F. and Ellen (Wilburn) French, both natives of Virginia. His
ancestors were soldiers in the Revolution, and his grandfather was Henderson
French, a farmer and blacksmith. Millard F. French was a physician, and
practiced a number of years at Logan and later at Beckley, where he died
in 1908. He was an elder in the Christian Church and a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. The mother is still living at Beckley.

Robert M. French as a boy attended the common schools at Logan, graduated
in 1907 from the State Normal School at Athens, and also spent two years
in West Virginia University at Morgantown. About the close of his university
career Mr. French entered the Bank of Raleigh as bookkeeper.  Two
years later he was advanced to assistant cashier, a post he held six years,
and since then has been cashier, and for eight years has been one of the
bank directors. The Bank of Raleigh was established in 1899, and its stockholders
and directors have included many of the most substantial men of Raleigh
County. During the World war Mr. French was connected with all the bond
drives in Raleigh County.

At Athens, West Virginia, in 1912, he married Hattie L. Vermillion,
daughter of S. I. and Rhoda (Bird) Vermil-

lion, natives of West Virginia. Her mother is now deceased. Her father
is a surviving Confederate veteran who

served with the Virginia Regiment of Cavalry, and among other battles
was at Gettysburg. He followed farming as his active vocation. Mr. and
Mrs. French have two children, Robert M., Jr., and Elizabeth Ann. The family
are members of the Christian Church, and he is a Royal Arch Mason, a Knight
of Pythias and a member of the Rotary Club.

Submitted by Valerie Crook

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George Bair







Bair Richmond Ford

George W. Bair

Written by George E. Honts, III (Fincastle, VA)

George W. Bair, Jr. was born November 10, 1875 at Washington College,
Tennessee, the son of George Bair and Mary Hinkle Beard. He came to Raleigh
County as a young man, with 50 cents in his pocket, that, in his words
“was all the money I had in this world”.  He worked, accumulated some
savings and acquired with his brother, Robert T. Bair, a sawmill and a
tract of fallen timber near the site of the present Beckley Civic Center. 
From these inconspicuous beginnings grew a thriving lumber business. 
The lumber business was conducted on the site of the present-day offices
of the Beckley Newspapers.  On December 20, 1897, he married Lucinda
Ellen Richmond of Raleigh County.

After the turn of the 20th Century, George Bair, again in partnership
with his brother, R.T., became the first Ford automobile dealers in southern
West Virginia.  Henry Ford shipped disassembled Model T Fords to Beckley
by rail where the Bair Brothers completed the assembly of the vehicles.
Later the Bair Brothers also sold Lincoln automobiles. The story is told
that Henry Ford once complained that the Bair brothers were not selling
enough Lincolns.  Upon receiving that word, George canvassed his neighbors
On North Kanawha Street, starting with Ashton File who lived across the
street, and by the end of the evening had sold six Lincolns.

In 1911 he built his home at 219 North Kanawha Street.  The house
still stands and presently houses an extension of Concord College. 
In 1922 the Bair Brothers completed the Bair building on North Kanawha.

George Bair served an unexpired term as mayor of Beckley, 1928-1929,
when Joe L. Smith was elected to Congress.  He chose not to stand
for re-election. He served as a director of the Raleigh County Bank and
president of the Cooperative Building and Loan Association. George and
Ellen had no children, but in 1911 adopted her twin nieces, Dora Louise
(1911-1947) and Nora Ellen (1911 – 1957), whose mother had died in childbirth.
Louise married George Edward Honts, Jr. of Botetourt County, Virginia and
was survived by him and one son.  Ethel did not marry.  George
Bair was a life-long Presbyterian: Ellen remained a member of the Christian
Church.  George Bair died in 1939.  He and Ellen are buried at
the mausoleum at Sunset cemetery. Beckley.

 


Herbert Jackson Stover

Herbert Jackson
Stover

 

It was my welcome mat on genealogy’s front porch–an E-mail received in
response to a query my wife had posted on the GenForum site.  She was inquiring about my Stover
connection.  The posting mentioned my
paternal grandmother Sadie Alice Stover and her brother Forest.

The response to the posting came at 2:33 AM EDT on 15 August 1999:
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Hey, who is this??????????? You have to be one of my cousins!! 🙂

You didn’t sign your name. My Dad was Herbert Jackson Stover and Sadie was his
older half sister. Tom, my grandfather md Jenny Holstein, had Aunt Sadie and
Aunt Gladys and then after Jenny died, he md Gracie Nicholas…. Gracie was my
grandmother And yes, I know Uncle Forest… 🙂

Email me back at
ggracie@inetone.net

We are definitely related!!!!!!!!!

Gracie
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That E-mail was my introduction to genealogy and more importantly to my cousin
Gracie, my closest online relative.  I
soon found that Gracie and I share more than just ancestry.  Our bond is that we are both children of
fathers who died in the prime of life. 
Since we were very young when it happened, we remember little, if
anything, about them.  What we do know
has been handed down to us by friends and family members.  Sure, oral legend paints with a biased
stroke, but we are hungry for any information. 
Genealogy, we’ve often said, feeds that need and allows us to learn more
about our fathers.  While it’s not as
satisfying as a son playing catch in the front yard or a daughter riding
“piggy back” through the house, it’s the best we’ve got.  Learning about the families of our fathers
is our solace and our therapy.

Before that monumental E-mail, I was unaware that my Grandmother even had a
brother named Herbert.  I only knew
about two of her siblings–Gladys and Forrest. 
I have learned a little more about Gracie’s father and my great uncle
since then.  With the assistance of oral
legend, genealogical records and a few souvenirs, I will attempt to tell the
story of Uncle Herbert.

Herbert Jackson Stover was born to the union of coal miner Linville Garrison
“Tom” Stover and Gracie P. Nicholas on 30 November 1925 in Marfork,
Raleigh County, WV.

It was “Tom” Stover’s second marriage. He had previously married
Virginia “Jenny” Holstein on 8 November 1902 in Boone County, WV.
“Tom” and “Jenny” had two daughters before
“Jenny’s” death on 26 March 1911 in McKendree, Fayette County,
WV.  Gladys Stover was born on 8
February 1906 in Kayford, Kanawha County, WV and Sadie Alice Stover, my
grandmother, was born on 29 April 1909 in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County, WV.

After “Jenny’s” death, “Tom” Stover married Gracie P.
Nicholas on 22 December 1915 in Raleigh County, WV.  They would have 11 children. Herbert Jackson Stover’s siblings
were:

Ralph Edward Stover born 20 October 1916
Mary Ella Stover born 3 January 1918 (stillborn)
Cebert Ray Stover born 22 December 1918
Virgil Clinton Stover born 19 January 1921
Horace “Forest” Stover born 8 September 1922
Lillie Thelma Stover born 14 December 1926
Stella Beatrice Stover born 27 October 1930
Inez Marie Stover born 24 April 1935
Sheba Jewell Stover born 14 February 1938 (stillborn)
Mabel Stover (no birth date known at present)

According to his daughter Gracie, Uncle Herbert “was not very well
educated, went to the 8th grade I believe. But his sister Stella, said he loved
to read and do crossword puzzles, so he was self-educated.”

Herbert, the youngest son of “Tom” Stover, fought in WW2, as did his
older brothers–Ralph, Virgil, Cebert & Forest.  According to his military records, Uncle Herbert was a 1st
Sgt./Master Sgt. in Company C, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division
of the United States Army.  His service
in the Pacific garnered the following decorations, medals & citations:

American Theater Ribbon
Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars
Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star
Good Conduct Medal
Victory Medal

According to Uncle Herbert’s discharge papers, he sent all of his money home to
his family, claiming his young sisters as dependents.  Cousin Gracie explained, “Tom Stover was really sick at the
time, too ill to work.  So dad helped
his family in that way.”

After World War 2, Herbert returned home and married Betty Jo Stilwell,
d/o  Shirley Stilwell and Octavia
Elizabeth Bowles, on 15 August 1946. 
Gracie explained her parents’ special relationship, “Mother told me
that they would both wake up at night and find they had been dreaming the same
thing at the same time…”

Herbert would soon become the father of two children, a boy and a girl.  Herbert Jackson Stover, Jr. was born 11
October 1947 in Marfork, Raleigh County, WV. 
Gracie Elizabeth Stover would follow on 8 August 1949 in Charleston,
Kanawha County, WV.

Herbert was a secretary for the local miners’ union and also sang tenor in a
local gospel group known as the Packsville Quartet.  Nyla Creed DePauk, a Raleigh County researcher, concluded,
“both of these tell me that he was a conscientious honest person with
respect from his peers. He obviously had musical talent if he sang with a
quartet.”

I learned a little more about Uncle Herbert when my mother gave me a letter
that my father had sent home from the Korean War zone.

It had been given to my mother by my grandmother Sadie Stover Peters, sister to
Herbert.  It was postmarked 23 March
1951 and was from PFC Shelby H. Peters, somewhere in Korea, to his mother, in
Williamsburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.  PFC Peters was a month past his 18th birthday. The letter is as
follows:
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March 14, 1951
Somewhere in Korea

Dear Mom:

I will write a few lines to let you know I am alright.

I hope all of you are feeling good now. 
We had an orphan kid we had been keeping with the squad & when we
moved out the other morning, he fell off the truck & the trailer run over
him.  He died about 10 minutes later.

I was sorry to hear about Shirley Stilwell but I knew I would never see him
again.  Has Herbert gone back to work
yet?  Did you get Lloyd any shoes yet?  I will close for now. Answer soon.

Love to All
Shelby
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Shirley Stilwell, Uncle Herbert’s father-in-law, had recently passed. Cousin
Gracie explained further, ” … my Grandfather Shirley Stilwell died and
Dad sang at the funeral, even though he was sick himself.  A Stilwell uncle remembers that he looked
ill.”

Herbert Jackson Stover died some four months after my father’s letter, on 30
July 1951, from complications associated with stomach ulcers.  His obit as it appeared in the August 2nd
edition of The Charleston Gazette is as follows:

“Stover, Herbert Jackson – 26, of Marfork died Tuesday in a Charleston
hospital.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Stilwell Stover; one son,
Herbert Jackson, Jr.; one daughter, Grace Elizabeth; mother, Mrs. Grace Stover
of Paxville; four brothers, Ralph and Virgil of Marfork, Cebert of Bloomingrose
and Forrest of Paxville; six sisters, Mrs. Gladys Jarrell and  Miss Inez Stover of Paxville, Mrs. Sadie
Peters of Williamsburg, Mrs. Lilly Anderson and Mrs. Mabel Jarrell of San
Antonio, Tex., and Mrs. Stella Dameron of Marfork.  Service will be at 2
p.m. tomorrow at Paxville Free Will Baptist Church with Rev Ernest Bias and
Rev. Kenna French officiating.  Burial
will be in Adkins Cemetery at Naoma.  The body will be taken to the home
at 3 p.m.  today.  Armstrong
Mortuary of Whitesville is in charge of arrangements.”

The funeral home book, in which the guests and friends sign, contains many
Raleigh Country surnames, as would be expected. Closer perusal finds my
grandparents and uncle–“Mr. & Mrs. Burton Peters &
Lloyd.”  There is also “Mr.
& Mrs. James Peters & family”–my father’s older brother, sister-in-law
Gwendolyn “Tootie” Jackson Kidd Peters, nieces Carolyn Jean and Sonja
Kay and nephew Ronald Gene.  There is
“Mamie Peters,” sister-in-law to my Grandpa Burton Peters.  There are more great uncles, aunts and
cousins listed: “Mr. & Mrs. Hughie Jarrell, Inez Stover, Mr. &
Mrs. Virgil Stover & Loretta, Mr. & Mrs. Cebert Stover & family,
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Ashley.”

Other surnames included in the book are Mullins, Stilwell, Bowles, Chapman,
Spradling, Vergis, Canterbury & Lee.

Gracie, Herbert’s daughter, reads the book 50 years after the fact and puts a
unique spin on it, “He sure had a LOT of flowers, and a lot of people
signed the book.  He was 26 yrs, 8
months and 1 day old.  It seems a bit weird to see my name in here as his
daughter.”

The funeral service included the Packsville Freewill Baptist Church Choir’s
renditions of  “Peace in the Valley,” “Precious
Memories,” and “Will you Meet me Over Yonder?”  According to Herbert’s widow,
 Herbert’s mother Gracie Nicholas Stover, kissed Herbert and said, “I
will meet you in the morning.”   It
was a mother reassuring her son, telling him he was safe and that she would see
him in the morning when they wake up in heaven. Gracie P. Nicholas Stover also
sang gospel.  According to her
granddaughter Gracie, she “sang on some Christian program out of Oak
Hill.”

Judy Turner Griffy sent me the words to “I’ll Meet you in the
Morning.”  I feel it appropriate to
include one of the verses from this old hymn:

“I’ll meet you in the morning by the bright river side
When all sorrow has drifted away
I’ll be standing at the portals, when the gates open wide
At the close of life’s long dreary day.”

In the end, we are all measured by what we leave behind.  Some may look at the final product in terms
of dollars, since that is how they measure success.  I chose to take the approach of an amateur genealogist.  We are measured, I believe, by who we leave
behind.  An up-to-date account shows
that Herbert Jackson Stover left a wife, 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 11
great grandchildren.

I think that Uncle Herbert understood this amateur genealogist’s take on
success.  Gracie talked about one of her
conversations with Herbert’s sister and our Aunt Stella Stover Dameron,
“Aunt Stella told me, last time I saw her, that he always was talking
about his little boy and girl and that he loved me and my brother very
much.”  He was also described as a
“doting father” who “spent time playing and being with his
children.”  That sounds to me like
a man investing in the future and aiming toward success.

When I undertook this project, I wanted to find out everything I could about my
uncle since my information on him was scant at best.  For you see, he died before I was born, died before my parents
even knew each other.  I also wanted to
find something new about Uncle Herbert, something that Gracie didn’t even
know.  It was to be my present to her. I
sent my Uncle Lloyd Peters an E-mail, for he was a major source of information
on the Stover family. He would know something extra.  I would follow up the E-mail with a phone call later in the
week.  I instead got a phone call.  It was my cousin, Debbie Peters Milam,
informing me that Uncle Lloyd had died. 
I found nothing new about my Uncle Herbert.

But, I think I now know him a little better. 
Three things helped me toward this goal, helped me get a grip on just
who Uncle Herbert really was.  Beyond
the dates and the oral legend, this is what I know about Herbert Jackson
Stover.  First, I know my father thought
enough of him to mention him in a short letter written home from the cold hell
that was the Korean War.  Second, I know
my grandparents thought enough of him to take his widow and children in after
his untimely death.  And third, I know
his daughter Gracie, as many of you do.

I know Gracie as a kind and giving soul who is very passionate and thorough
about her work in genealogy.  Without
her dedication, many of us would be less informed about our families.   And that would be a tragedy.

I am proud to know her, proud to list her among my mentors and, most
especially, proud to call her cousin. 
In genealogy, a cousin is about as good as it gets and to paraphrase a
cliche, they don’t get any better than Gracie.

If we are measured, as I stated before, by who we leave behind, then Cousin
Gracie is a perfect example of just how successful my Uncle Herbert was.  And we are all richer because of his
success.

Sincerely,

Mike Peters
npeters102@aol.com

Hoskins







Hoskin, Hume


 

The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 364-365

WILLIAM W. HUME, M. D. A physician who began his workin Raleigh County
twenty years ago, Doctor Hume in recent years has withdrawn from general
practice and is now a widely known and acknowledged specialist in eye,
ear, nose and throat diseases at Beckley, and in that field represents
some of the highest abilities available in this section of the state.

Doctor Hume was born in Orange County, Virginia, September 21, 1866.
He represents a long line of Virginia

ancestors, the first of the name coming to this country in 1617. Another
branch of the family included the famous

Scotch historian and philosopher, David Hume. The parents of Doctor
Hume were Dr. Charles E. and Mary E.

(Thompson) Hume, natives of Virginia. His father made for himself a
place of prominence in his profession. He

waa in the Confederate army during the Civil war, and he treated both
Union and Confederate soldiers in his professional capacity.  His
home was in the path of both armies, and the soldiers took everything valuable
from the place. After the war Dr. Charles Hume settled in Culpeper County,
and he and his wife are now deceased.

William W. Hume acquired his early education in the common schools of
Culpeper County, and he had to de-

pend on himself for his higher education. For seven years he was engaged
in the drug business at Hinton, West Virginia, and left there to begin
the study of medicine in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville,
where he graduated M. D. in 1901. For four years he did a general country
practice in Raleigh County, and then moved to Beckley, and a few years
later he began his preparation for his special line of work. During 1914
Doctor Hume was a student of diseases of the nose and throat in the Philadelphia
Polyclinic, and took eye and ear courses in the Wills Eye Hospital at Philadelphia.
After his return to Beckley he limited his practice to eye, ear, nose and
throat.  During the war he was a member of the Examining Board. 
Doctor Hume now has associated with him in practice Dr. J. H. Hoskins,
a nephew of Mrs. Hume.

Doctor Hoskins was born April 22, 1892, in Essex County, Virginia, son
of W. D. and Ella Hoskins, and during the World war he was commissioned
first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, April 10, 1918. He was on duty three
weeks at Port Oglethorpe, Georgia, and then transferred to the Base Hospital
at Camp Raritan, Metuchen, New Jersey, whore he received his honorable
discharge January 20, 1919. Doctor Hume and Doctor Hoskins are both members
of the surgical staff of the Kings Daughters Hospital of Beckley.

In 1903, in Essex County, Virginia, Doctor Hume married Gazelle Hundley,
daughter of John T. and Sallie (Garnett) Hundley, natives of Virginia.
Her father was an educator and a soldier in the Civil war. Doctor Hume
and wife have no children of their own, but for a number of years have
been deeply interested in the welfare and progress of her sister’s children,
including Doctor Hoskins.   They adopted two of the daughters,
Beverly Hoskins Hume and Mathilda Hoskins Hume. Doctor Hume is a member
of the Christian Church, is a Royal Arch and Knight Templar Mason and Shriner,
votes as a democrat, and is a member of the County and State Medical associations.
He and his family live in the finest home at Beckley.

Submitted by Valerie Crook

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James Richmond







Richmond Bragg Bair

                                             
James Richmond

Written by George E. Honts, III (Fincastle, VA)

James Richmond was born at Sandstone, at Richmond Falls on
the New River on January 19, 1823.  His grandfather, William Richmond
(born in Pennsylvania, 1752, died in Fayette County, WV 1850) was a veteran
of the American Revolutionary War.  He was also the first settler
in the New River Gorge, just upstream from the present-day I-64 Bridge
at Sandstone.  His log cabin still stands on the west bank of the
river and is still occupied as a dwelling.

William was three times married. His first wife, Mary, bore him nine
children and died in 1807. He thereafter married Margaret Bragg and, in
1849, Rebecca Atkins. Among William’s nine children was the father of James,
also named William (1786 – 1860), who married Mary Christian Kayler (Koehler).
James Richmond married Lucinda Walker c. 1843. Lucinda probably was reared
on Lick Creek on the Greenbrier County side of the New River. To this union
11 children were born:

John (1845-1847); James C. (1848-1898); Harvey T. (1849-1916); Rachel
(1852-1862); Ballard (1854-1923); Ruthy (1858-1881); Silvira (1861-1938
); Robert (1864 –1873); William D. (1866-1867); Oliver (1859-1960); and
Lucinda Ellen (1872-1960).  Lucinda Ellen became the wife of George
W. Bair, Jr.  In 1850, James acquired a farm at Little Beaver in Raleigh
County and lived out his life there.

James died on Saturday, May 25, 1911. The Raleigh Register of
June 1, 1911 announced his death thusly:  “ One of the Oldest and
Best Know Citizens of Raleigh County…died at the home of his daughter
Mrs. George W. Bair [ N. Kanawha Street, Beckley].  Thirty-one grandchildren
and 35 great-grandchildren survived him. James served in the army of the
Confederacy throughout the Civil War.”  He was a Democrat and the
Register
reported “until recently had always taken part in party affairs, being
regarded as one of the ablest counselors of his party”.

He was buried at the Ewart Cemetery in Shady Springs District, Raleigh
County.