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Ralph Stewart


RALPH  STEWART

By Nyla CREED DePauk

Captain Ralph Stewart was born ca 1752 on Cowpasture in  Augusta
County
, Virginia
He died
18 Nov 1835
in
Logan County, Virginia.  
He was married first to Mary Elliott ca 1768 in
Augusta
County
, Virginia
Mary seems to have died in
Kentucky
ca 1787.  Their children:

– 1   John Stewart was 
born
ca 1769.

– 2   Absolum Stewart was born ca 1770. 
He died ca 1829 in 
Lawrence County, Kentucky
He was married first to Susannah Smith, born ca 1777 in
Rockingham
County
, Virginia

Their  marriage was
30 Jul 1793 in Montgomery
County
, Virginia

Susannah died prior to 1798 in Montgomery County, Virginia.   
Absolum’s second wife was Tabitha Clay.  They were married on
26 May 1798 in Montgomery
County
, Virginia
.

-3   Ralph Stewart, Jr., was born ca
1772.  He married Elizabeth Elliot.

-4   Mary Ann “Annie” Stewart,  born ca 1773, married first Peter Phinny.  Her
second husband was William Walker.  They were married 
on
15 Nov 1791
in
Montgomery County, Virginia.

-5   James Stewart, born 1774, died 1835. 
He married Nancy Ann Burgess  on 7 Jun 1798
Montgomery County, Virginia

-6   Richard Stewart was born ca 1775.

-7   Elizabeth Stewart was born ca 1778. 
She married Lewis Phinny.

Capt Ralph Stewart married second Mary “Polly”
Clay who was born ca in  Bedford County,
Virginia.  They were married on
25 Jun 1788 in Montgomery
County
, Virginia

Mary died 25 Apr 1851 in Wyoming County,
West Virginia.  Mary was the daughter of
Mitchell Clay, Sr., and Phoebe Belcher Clay.
   Children of
Ralph and Mary:

-1  Phoebe Stewart was born
ca 1789 – 1791.  She was married to Samuel Morgan on 
3
Jun 1806
in Tazewell County,
Virginia
.

-2   Catherine “Katie” Stewart, born
15 Jun 1790 in  Giles County, Virginia, 
died on 26 May 1888 in Wyoming County,
West
Virginia
.   She married William Cook
who was born  in Jun 1784 in
Shenandoah
County
, Virginia
,
or in 
Montgomery County, Virginia
Their marriage date was 
16 Aug 1806
in 
Giles County, Virginia
Catherine died in Aug 1853 in Wyoming County,
West Virginia.  William’s parents were 
John
(Cooke) Cook and Nellie Gooodall Pemberton.  Catherine’s
second marriage was on
28 May
1861
to Reverend Layne (Lain) Shannon.

-3   Mitchell Stewart was born ca 1791. 
He died ca 1880-1883,  probably in
Lawrence
County
, Kentucky

Mitchell was married to
Frances
______  ca 1816.

-4   Rebecca “Becky” Stewart was  born ca 1793.  She died after 1850, probably in  Lawrence
County
, Kentucky

Rebecca married Isaac Chapman who was born ca 1790 and died
ca 1840, probably in Lawrence County,
Kentucky.  
Their marriage date was
15 Aug
1811
in Giles County,
Virginia
.  His parents
were George Chapman  and  Patience Clay
Chapman.

-5   Robert Stewart, was born ca 1795 – 1798,
and died after 1881.    His first wife was Mary Clay, believed
to be the daughter of David Clay.   Robert was married second to
______ Ball  ca 1850.  Her father was  James Ball.

-6   Sarah “Sallie” Stewart, born ca
1797 in
Montgomery
County,
Virginia,
died ca 1821.  She and Henry John Clay who was born ca 1781 in
Mercer
County
or Bedford
County
, Virginia

were the parents of  one child.   Henry died 12 Jan 1866 in Wyoming County,
West Virginia.  His parents were Mitchell Clay, Sr., and
Phoebe Belcher Clay.  Sarah was married on 12 Nov 1815 in Giles County,
Virginia, to Daniel H. Gunnoe who was born ca 1789 in Giles County, Virginia,
and died after the 1860 census.    His parents were John Gano
and Mary Stites Gano.

To view marriage bond.

To
view permission from Ralph Stewart
.

To view affidavit by Mitchel and
Henry Clay
.

-7   William R Stewart, was born 24 Mar 1800 in Virginia
He died 
6 Feb 1883
William married first  Susanna Selvage, a
daughter of James Selvage.  His second wife was Eleanor “Ellen”
Canterbury,
born
16 Apr 1808,
died
28 Nov 1895
They were married ca 1824 in
Giles County,
Virginia
.  Her parents
were Samuel Canterbury and  Jane Dick Canterbury.

-8   Margaret “Peggy”
Stewart was born ca  1803
Giles
County
, Virginia

She married Francis Hendrix who was born ca  1802
in
Virginia
Their marriage date was 
29 Mar 1820
in
Giles County, Virginia
His parents were Daniel Hendrix and Ann Keatley Hendrix.

                           
To view marriage bond.

-9  Amy Stewart
was born ca 1805.  She married Reverend John Quincy
Canterbury
who was born ca 1800.  Their marriage date was 
21 Jun 1820
in
Giles County, Virginia
John was the son of Samuel Canterbury  and Jane
Dick Canterbury.

-10   Henry C Stewart, born ca 1806,
married June Taylor ca  1835.

-11  Charles
Stewart,
8 May 1808,
died 
9 Feb 1898
Charles married Nancy Cook who was born 
20 Jun 1807
and died
16 May 1877.  
His parents were John “Old Jack” Cook, Jr., and 
Jennie
Albert Cook.

-12   George Pearis (Pemberton?)
(Peter?) Stewart born ca  Jun 1810 in Logan
County,  Virginia, died
11
Oct 1864
.   George married Margaret Cook who was
born ca  1812.  They were married 
3 Jan 1832 in  Giles
County
, Virginia
.  
Her parents were  John “Old Jack” Cook,
Jr., and Jennie Albert Cook.

-13   Ora (Aura Belle) Stewart, born
ca  Jan 1812, died ca 1893-1894 at Bee Branch,
Raleigh
County
, West Virginia
.  
She married Charles Lewis Clay, born ca 1801 – 1804 in
Montgomery
County
, Virginia

They were married ca Aug 1828-1830 in
Logan
County
or Fayette
County
, Virginia

Charles probably died in
Raleigh County,
West Virginia
.  
His parents were Mitchell Clay, Jr., and  Judith
“Juda” Clay.

       
        Obituary
of Rebecca Jane Clay Cantley (Ora and Charles’s daughter)
 

Ralph Stewart was allowed a Revolutionary War
pension based on his application, which was executed
10 Jan 1834.  At that time, he was
a resident of
Logan County, Virginia
Ralph died on
18 Nov 1835
His widow, Mary Clay Stewart was allowed a pension on her application, which
was executed on
17 Dec 1846
A that time, she was 74 years of age and living in
Logan
County
, Virginia
.

Some documents and articles relating to Ralph
Stewart follow.  All transcripts are by Rita O’Brien.

Affidavit by Edward Burgess
        Image    
Transcript

Affidavit by Patience Clay Chapman
        Image    
Transcript

Deposition of Mitchell Clay
       Image      
Transcript

Letter Concerning
Ralph Stewart and John Cook

Marriage Bond and Related Information for Ralph
Stewart and Mary Clay

        Image     
Transcript

Newspaper
Article Entitled “Ralph Stewart – Second Man to Follow Cooks

Partial
Transcript of Interrogatories from a Deposition Taken of Captain Ralph Stewart


Contained in His Pension Records from
National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Statement of Rev. Richard Brook, Francis
Hendrex, and Charles L. Clay

        Image        
Transcript

Pictures of
Ralph Stewart’s and Mary Clay Stewart’s Tombstones

Please let me know if
you can correct any of the above information.  I do not recall who sent me
the pictures of the tombstones.  If you are the person, please let me know
so I may give you credit for these wonderful pictures.  Thank
you.   My mail address is
ncreed1@aol.com.

                COPYRIGHT.

                2003

Robert Wriston MD







Wriston


 

The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 355

ROBERT WRISTON, M. D. The career of Doctor Wriston as a physician and
surgeon began at Beckley in 1906. He is one of the very accomplished professional
men of Raleigh County, and has been very active in all that concerns his
profession and the general welfare and advancement of the community.

Doctor Wriston was born August 23, 1879, at Kincaid, in Fayette County,
West Virginia, son of  I. G. and Alice (Stanley) Wriston, natives
of this state. His grandfather, Caleb Wriston, served as a Confederate
soldier in the Civil war, and his maternal grandfather lost his life in
that struggle. The Wristons were of Scotch ancestry, and the family has
been in Virginia for a number of generations.  I. G. Wriston and wife
are now living retired at Nesco.  He has been a farmer and for two
terms held the office of justice of the peace. He is an active member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Robert Wriston attended common schools in Raleigh County, his parents
moving here when he was a child.

Later he took the academic course in the Concord State Normal at Athens,
taught for five years, and then went

East and entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore,
where he graduated M. D. in 1905. For a year he was resident physician
in the City Hospital at Baltimore, and with that training he began his
work at Beckley. Doctor Wriston handles a general medical and surgical
practice, and every year or so he gets away from the routine of home duties
to come into contact with the leading men and schools of the country. He
took postgraduate work in the New York Polyclinic in 1908 and again in
1911, pursued special studies in Tulane University at New Orleans in 1917,
and in 1921 and 1922 pursued courses in the Augustana Hospital and under
Doctor Printy at Chicago.

In 1913 Doctor Wriston helped organize the Beckley Hospital, and he
owned a half interest in that institution

until January, 1922, and is still a member of the hospital staff. He
belongs to the County, State and Southern Medical Associations, is a republican,
is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South.

In 1910, at Beckley, he married Miss Minnie Davis, daughter of John
P. and Mary (McGinnis) Davis. Her father’s career was distinguished by
its long and active connection with public service. He served as sheriff
two terms, as county clerk mid clerk of court, and he died while still
in public office. Doctor and Mrs. Wriston have four children, named Mary
Alice, June, Marjorie and Mattie.

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Stephen Adams




STEPHEN ADAMS

Biographical record of the class of 1850, Yale college

Yale University, Class of 1850, 1877,

Published by Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor,

Printer, New Haven, pages 6-7


Adams, Stephen (Albany, N.Y.), son of John L. Adams, was

born in Fulton, Schoharie Co., N.Y., Feb. 28 1829, and entered

the Class the second term Junior year from the Class of 1849,

having had been absent a year.

After graduation he was teaching in Amherst Co., Virginia,

till March, 1851, and the rest of the year was engineering for

James River and Kanawha Company. He spent several months,
till Sept. 1852, studying law in the office of R.J. Davis, Esq., of

Lynchburg, VA., when he again engaged in teaching, first as

Principal of the Elon Academy in Amherst for one year, and then

for two years in the family of Anthony Lawson, Esq., Logan Co.,

VA. In the fall of 1855 he was admitted to the bar in Lynchburg.

For several years he practiced law in Raleigh, Logan, and the

adjoining counties, in partnership with Hon. Evermont Ward.

The news that the convention of his State had passed the
ordinance of secession, which he had up to that time opposed
with all his might, both in private and on the hustings, found
him residing and practicing law at Raleigh C. H., (now) West
Virginia. He enlisted as a private in one of the first

volunteer regiments formed in that section for the Confederate
service. Upon the organization he was elected caption, and he
served in the field with the Army of Northern Virginia until
the battle of Winchester,Sept. 19 1864, when he was desperately
wounded while commanding the 30th Va. battalion, and was
taken prisoner. He was carried to the hospital at Frederick,
and when well enough to be exchanged he returned to Lynch-
burg. After the war, the laws of West Virginia then excluding
Confederate soldiers from its bar, Lynchburg, where he has
since been engaged in the pursuit of his profession. “With a
little cork skillfully inserted in my boot you would scarcely
1 observe in me any effect of the late little unpleasantness.
In conclusion, I will add that I am obeying the parting
injunction four beloved classmate, Sam Edwards in 1850:
`Steve, by all means, teach your boys to fiddle.'”

He was married April 26, 1854. to Miss Emma C. Saunders, of
Lynchburg, and has had six children: (1) John Lawson, born Oct.
13, 1855; (2) Stephen, born June 9, 1860, died March 22, 1862;
(3) William Saunders, born Dec. 9, 1861; (4) Peter O., born Sept.
21, 1866; (5) Benjamin Donald, born Sept. 19, 1870, died July
12, 1872; (6) Emma, born July 21, 1875.


Submitted by Valerie F. Crook

Email: vfcrook @trellis.net, 1999.





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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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.

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Martin Van Buren Godbey





MARTIN VAN BUREN GODBEY


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. 724


GODBEY, MARTIN VAN BUREN. (Republican.)
Born in Raleigh county, December 19,1879; educated in the public
schools, at Marshall College and at Grant University; a physician
and surgeon; received the degree of M. D. from Maryland Medical
College; elected to the House of Delegates from Boone county in
1908; a member of the State Board of Health 1909-13; elected to
the State Senate in 1914, from the Eighth District; in 1917 had
the following committee assignments: Forestry and Conservation
(Chairman); To Examine the Clerk’s Office (Chairman); Railroads,
Insurance, Mines and Mining, Medicine and Sanitation, Public
Printing, Rules, Virginia Debt. Appointed Chief Medical Examiner
of the Workmen’s Compensation Fund, May 1,1917.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Email: VFCROOK@TRELLIS.NET





Charles L. Heaberlin





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

Francis Hendrick




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

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William W. Hume MD







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.

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William N. Mactaggart







Mactaggart


The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 365-366

Raleigh

WILLIAM N. MACTAGGART. Though he has been an American all these years
he can remember, William N. MacTaggart was born in Scotland, and he has
some of the pronounced Scotch characteristics. He is conservative, is a
man of forceful character, and his associates esteem his judgment and experience
as the last resort in practically every matter connected with coal operation
and mining engineering. Mr. MacTaggart is the local superintendent and
engineer in charge of the vast properties of the Beaver Coal Company, with
headquarters at Beckley in Raleigh County.

He was born in the City of Glasgow, January 29, 1868, son of John and
Mary (Neilson) MacTaggart. His parents came to the United States about
1870. His father while in Scotland was an accountant for coal mining companies,
but, in the United States he took up mining as a practical vocation, and
was a mine foreman and superintendent, spending one year at Sharon, Pennsylvania,
and then removed to the coal district around Jeansville, Pennsylvania. 
He was killed in a mine accident there in 1881.

William N. MacTaggart attended the common schools of Jeansville, and
was only eight years of age when he did

his first work at a coal mine, picking slate. This was night work,
and he continued to attend school during the day.  At the age of eleven
he was made trapper and driver, and then successively was employed as trackman,
dug coal as a practical miner, served as foreman and superintendent, and
with increasing experience in all phases of coal mining he felt the need
of a better education, and for two years he pursued an academic course
in Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania.  Following that he
secured a position as rodman with an engineering company, and after mastering
the fundamentals of engineering he was made chainman and then transit man.
For three years he was in the service of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company
as a mining engineer at Hazelton, Pennsylvania. In 1899 he came to West
Virginia as mining engineer for the Fairmont Coal Company, and was in the
service of this corporation four years.

During a period of almost twenty years since then, Mr. MacTaggart has
had his headquarters at Beckley, where he has been superintendent for the
Beaver Coal Company. He looks after the property of the company, comprising
50,000 acres of coal and timber lands, producing on the average 3,000,000
tons of coal annually, besides lumber. There are twenty coal companies
operating under lease from the Beaver Company.  These operating companies
are the Raleigh, the Beckley, the Slab Fork, the Sullivan, the E. E. White
Coal and Coke Company, the Gulf Smokeless Coal Company, the Bailey-Wood
Coal Company, the Pemberton, the McAlpin, the Gulf Coal Company, the Elkhorn
Piney Mining Company, Pemberton Fuel Company, Piney Creek Coal Company,
Douglas Coal Company, Bowyer Smokeless Coal Company, Ragland Coal Company,
Summit

Coal Company, Viacova Coal Company, Beard Coal and Coke Company and
Battleship Coal Company.

In 1896, at Jeansville, Pennsylvania. Mr. MacTaggart married Bertha
Hamer, daughter of William and Bertha

Hamer. Her father was in the coal business in Pennsylvania. The five
children of their marriage are Paul, Jean

(deceased), Isabel, Margaret and Bertha.

The Beaver Company donated the site at Beckley for the new hospital
known as the Kings Daughters Hos-

pital of Beckley. Mr. MacTaggart is a Presbyterian, is a member of
the Kiwanis Club and is president of the Beckley Club.

Submitted by Valerie Crook

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