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Rebecca Jane Clay Cantl

Rebecca Jane Clay Cantley

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capitalization used by the original author.

Transcribed by Jo Alice Bradley



Rebecca Jane Clay, daughter
of Charles L. and Awry Clay, was born in Pike county Kentucky June 25, 1828.
When but a baby her parents left their Kentucky home, and came to Wyoming
county, W. Va., to make a new home in the Mountain State, and as this home
was being built, one by one, sisters and brothers were added to the family
until there were four boys and six girls.
        During this home life in Wyoming county,
the subject of this sketch, then a little girl of twelve years, at a camp
meeting held in their community, heard and heeded the call of Jesus Christ
to “Follow Me,” and then and there accepted and publicly confessed Him as
her Savior, and united with the Methodist church and began the christian life.
        After living in Wyoming county some
eighteen years, her parents sought a new home, coming to Raleigh county and
locating at Brackenridge. While living there another sister and brother came
into the home. Brackenridge was their home but four years when they moved
to Sand Lick where they made their home until death, August 1, 1852.
        While living at Brackenridge, the
subject of this sketch, Rebecca, the oldest daughter, was married to James
Cantley, and they spent the first two years of their married life at the
Cottle place, now better known as Saxon. While living here their first child,
Nettie J., was born. They next for a part of one year at what is now known
as the old flats, and during their brief stay there they were blessed with
the second baby Nancy Jane.
        From that place they moved to the
present home, where Mrs. Cantley spent the rest of her days. Two other children
came to live in this little family, Ellen and James. Ellen, however, after
four years, went to live with him Him who said, “Suffer the Little Children
to Come Unto Me.”
         When Lincoln issued the call
for 75,000 volunteers in 1861, James Cantley responded to that call, left
his faithful wife and beloved little ones to go out never to return for in
the battle of Cross Keys, Sheandoah Valley, Va., he received a wound that
soon proved fatal. He was taken to the Harrisburg hospital, and after ten
days started for home, getting as far as Cumberland, Md., where his strength
failed, and he departed this life and was buried at that place.
        Mrs. Cantley, now a widow with the
three little ones, took up the battle of life, with its toils and bravely
met the responsibilities, doing as best she could-trusting always in Him to
whom she had yielded her life as a child. Her friends and neighbors pay her
the splendid tribute of calling her a good, kind christian woman. She departed
this life “looking unto Jesus, the Beginner and Finisher of her faith,” on
May 26, 1910, aged 81 years, 11 months and 1 day, leaving to morn their loss,
two daughters, one son, sisters, brothers, twenty grand-children, thirty-one
great-grand-children, and many other relatives as well as a great host of

G. A. Reaugh     

Ralph Stewart


By Nyla CREED DePauk

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

– 1   John Stewart was 
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
, Virginia

Their  marriage was
30 Jul 1793 in Montgomery
, 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
, 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 
15 Nov 1791
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
, 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 
Jun 1806
in Tazewell County,

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

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

Mitchell was married to
______  ca 1816.

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

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

-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
died ca 1821.  She and Henry John Clay who was born ca 1781 in
or Bedford
, 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.

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”
16 Apr 1808,
28 Nov 1895
They were married ca 1824 in
Giles County,
.  Her parents
were Samuel Canterbury and  Jane Dick Canterbury.

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

She married Francis Hendrix who was born ca  1802
Their marriage date was 
29 Mar 1820
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
who was born ca 1800.  Their marriage date was 
21 Jun 1820
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
8 May 1808,
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 
Albert Cook.

-12   George Pearis (Pemberton?)
(Peter?) Stewart born ca  Jun 1810 in Logan
County,  Virginia, died
Oct 1864
.   George married Margaret Cook who was
born ca  1812.  They were married 
3 Jan 1832 in  Giles
, 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,
, West Virginia
She married Charles Lewis Clay, born ca 1801 – 1804 in
, Virginia

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

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

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
, Virginia

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

Affidavit by Edward Burgess

Affidavit by Patience Clay Chapman

Deposition of Mitchell Clay

Letter Concerning
Ralph Stewart and John Cook

Marriage Bond and Related Information for Ralph
Stewart and Mary Clay


Article Entitled “Ralph Stewart – Second Man to Follow Cooks

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


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



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


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


pg. 724

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




The History of West Virginia, Old and New

Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,

Chicago and New York, Volume III,

pg. 365-366


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,

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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Byron W. Steele MD

The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923,
The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York,
Volume III,
pg. 397-398

BYRON W. STEELE, M. D. For the past several years Dr. Byron W.
Steele has been engaged in the general prac- tice of medicine at
Mullens, and by his devotion to the duties of his profession, his
close study and his pronounced skill has won a liberal and
representative practice. His talents and sympathy have gained him
recognition as a leader, and he has maintained throughout his
career a high standard of professional ethics and honorable

Doctor Steele was born at Moundsville, West Virginia, July 14,
1889, and is a son of Dr. S. M. and Florence N. (Cheadle) Steele.
Dr. S. M. Steele was born September 14, 1860, in Tyler County,
Virginia (now West Virginia), and after completing his normal
school education at West Liberty engaged in school teaching for
two years, in the meantime pursuing his medical studies. He then
entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, from
which institution he was graduated with his degree with the class
of 1886, and commenced practice at Moundsville, West Virginia,
where he remained until becoming superin- tendent of the West
Virginia Hospital for the Insane. He remained in this capacity
from 1906 until 1914, and his tal- ents as an authority on
nervous diseases made his work of particular value. He returned
from the hospital to Mounds- ville, where he now has a large
practice and is numbered among the foremost members of his
profession. He is a republican in politics and an Elk
fraternally, and belongs to the Methodist Church, as does Mrs.
Steele, who is a native of McConnellsvilIe, Ohio. Four sons were
born to them, all of whom served during the World war, three
seeing overseas service. Dr. Byron W. Steele is the eldest of the
sons. Leonard C. Steele was a sergeant in the Medical Corps of
the Eighty-seventh Division and was overseas one year. He is now
associated with the Wyoming Ice and Bot- tling Company at Mullens
as bookkeeper. Rodney D. Steele was on the battle line with the
Seventeenth Ambu- lance Company, Fifth Division, a noted company
with splendid service to its credit. Marion Steele, the youngest
son, was at the Students’ Training Camp at Washington and Lee
University when the armistice was signed.

Byron W. Steele attended the public schools of Mounds- ville,
and was graduated from the high school there, fol- lowing which
he entered Marshall College and was gradu- ated in 1910. He then
enrolled as a student in the College of Physicians and Surgeons
at Baltimore, his father’s alma mater, and was graduated as a
member of the class of 1914, receiving the degree of Doctor of
Medicine, and for one year thereafter served as instructor. For
the following year he served as obstetrician at Mercy Hospital,
Balti- more. and during the next year held the same position at
the Women’s Hospital in that city. In 1916 he came to Mullens to
take charge of Robertson’s General Hospital as surgeon, and
remained in that capacity until March 10, 1918, when he enrolled
as a student in the Army Medical School at Fort Oglethorpe,
Georgia. He received his com- mission as first lieutenant, was
made an instructor, and in June, 1918, went overseas, where he
was promoted cap- tain and made orthopedic surgeon at Base
Hospital No. 63. He remained in that capacity until March 11,
1919, when he was transferred to Base Hospital No. 91 as chief
orthopedie surgeon. He returned to the United States in August,
1919, and again settled at Mullens, where he is in the enjoyment
of a very heavy practice. Doctor Steele’s physique and general
bearing are such as to inspire confi- dence, and his real
courtesy and sympathy likewise gain him the faith of his
patients. Ho holds to the highest ideals in his professional
service, and his work is characterized by a conscientious
devotion to duty and a display of knowl- edge that demonstrates
him a master of his vocation. His work has brought him before the
people of Mullens and the surrounding community in a way that
will not be easily for- gotten, and he has never been found
lacking in any of the essentials that are necessary for the
making of a truly great physician. He keeps fully abreast of the
numerous advance- ments being constantly made in his calling, and
is an ac- tive and interested member of the Mercer County Medical
Society, the West Virginia State Medical Society and the American
Medical Association. He is a member of the Phi Beta Pi medical
fraternity. In politics he adheres to the principles of the
republican party, but his profession has kept him too busily
occupied for him to engage in pub- lic life, although he displays
a good citizen’s interest in civic matters and gives his support
to worthy movements and enterprises. Fraternally he is affiliated
with Mullens Lodge No. 151, A. F. and A. M., and Princeton
Chapter, R. A. M., in both of which he has numerous friends.

On July 14, 1920, at Mullens. Doctor Steele was united in
marriage with Miss Frances P. Ould, daughter of W. T. Ould, of
Glenlyn, Virginia. To this union there has been born one son,
Byron W., Jr. Mrs. Steele, a woman of nu- merous graces and
accomplishments, is a graduate of Con- cord Normal School at
Athens, West Virginia, and also did special work at the
University of Virginia. Prior to her marriage she was a teacher
in the public schools. She and Doctor Steele are members of the
Methodist Church. Doc- tor Steele is a member of the American

Submitted by Valerie

Daniel Roy Moss

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 565

DANIEL ROY MOSS. In 1913 there arrived at Mullens
a freight car, tucked in one end of which was a small
collection of miscellaneous articles destined to form the
nucleus for the stock of the first hardware store of this
city. The owner, Daniel Roy Moss, had his household
goods stored in the other end of the car. Since that time
he has experienced the ups and downs of business life,
but at all times has applied himself energetically and
assiduously to his task, even cheerfully in the face of mis-
fortune, and out of it all has built up a prosperous business,
established himself firmly in his own self-confidence and in
the esteem of others, and has come to the conclusion that
hard work has never injured anyone and that honest methods
eventually bring success when backed by good management
and industry.

Mr. Moss was born at Keyser, Mineral County, West Vir-
ginia, February 10, 1879, and is a son of Herbert and
Sallie (Taylor) Moss, the latter of whom died when her
son was still a boy. Herbert Moss was born in 1842, and
for many years was engaged in the drug business at Front
Royal, Virginia, Keyser, West Virginia, and Charleston,
but eventually disposed of his holdings and became a
“Knight of the grip.” He is now one of the veteran
traveling salesmen for large dry goods houses, and has an
extensive acquaintance and many friendships all over this
part of West Virginia. Despite his advanced years he is
still hale and hearty and active in body and mind. He is
a Union veteran of the war between the states, and in his
political allegiance is a stanch democrat.

Daniel Roy Moss received only a public school education,
attending at Romney and Mechanicsburg, West Virginia,
but made the most of his opportunities, as he always had.
At the age of fifteen years he became a delivery boy for
the local butcher in the town in which he was living at the
time, and when he was only eighteen years old induced
the Charleston Street Railway Company to give him work
as a conductor on their line. His next experience was
with the Payne Shoe Company of Charleston, and when
he left that house he went to Beckley, where, with his
brother, he founded a modest hardware establishment,
known as the Randolph Hardware Company. Later Mr.
Moss decided that Mullens offered a better field for the
display of his business talents, and he accordingly shipped
all of his worldly goods, both mercantile and household,
to this city in a single freight car, in which there was also
a large wagon. Of this wagon, it may be said in passing,
that it was sold on credit shortly after Mr. Moss’ arrival
in the city, and that a good part of its sale price is still
due the hardware merchant. His first sale was an axe,
purchased by “Peacheye” Davis, a local character, and
the dollar thus taken in was the only one that wandered
into the cash drawer all day. He did not allow himself
to become discouraged, however, nor did he when his
place was destroyed by fire in December, 1917, or when
again he was burned out in August, 1918. His faith and
labor have been vindicated and rewarded, and today he
has a fine store, conducted under the style of the Mullens
Hardware and Furniture Company, and a hillside residence
that is one of the best in the place. He carries a com-
plete stock of furniture and hardware and has extended his
patronage all over the surrounding countryside. Mr. Moss
is a democrat in politics, and has taken some active part
in public affairs, having served two years as a member of
the City Council, with an excellent record for able and
conscientious work. As a fraternalist he is a Master Mason
and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

In 1907 Mr. Moss was united in marriage with Miss
Estella Hudnall, daughter of Samuel Hudnall, of Charleston.
She is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Mullens and
has been active in its work.

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
July 22, 2000

Dennie Wirt Elkins

Wyoming County West Virginia

Biography of Dennie Wirt Elkins

Dennie Wirt Elkins was born in Oceana Wyoming County,West
Virginia March 19,1879 to George F. Elkins and Serrilda Olida
Cook Elkins. 1 of 13 children
Paternal grandparents are Thomas Elkins and Virginia (Jensey)
Maternal grandparents are Thomas G (Doby) Cook and Margaret
(Peggy) Brooks
His siblings are Roy
Acy,Rice,Lonie,Jodah,Lana,Lettie,Vida,Walter,Carrie,Herbert and
Golda Elkins.
He lived on the Family Farm up above the present Oceana High
School all of his life.
His first marriage was to Hattie Stewart d/o Robert Stewart and
Virginia Allen Stewart and to this marriage 3 children were born
Callie Elkins Lambert ,Ottoway Elkins and Millie Elkins Smith.
Hattie Stewart Elkins died shortly after her third child was
His second wife Corba Louvinia (Corby) Stewart d/o Austin
“Rice” Stewart and Della Myrtle Mae Francis Stewart.
They married in Oceana Wyoming County West Virginia September
To this marriage 6 children were born Ulvert Elkins ,Ruth Elkins
Bailey, Rita Elkins Bragg ,Myrtle Elkins Johnson, Raymond Elkins
and Hubert (died an infant) Elkins all were born in Oceana
Wyoming County West Virginia
I remember as a child we lived on his farm just around the hill
from him and granny as a child I was always with him when I
wasn’t in school.
In the fall after we picked apples we would dig a hole not far
from the house and bury the apples we picked off the trees we
even covered them with hay and then put the dirt over them in the
winter when it was real cold outside me and grandpa would go out
sometimes and uncover that hole and reach in an get us an apple
that was just like it was when we put them in there.
In the spring when grandpa was plowing he would fix a swing for
me in the middle of his plow and off we would go the grandpa me
and old prince how big that horse was to this little boy.
I loved growing up on the farm with my grandfather I remember one
evening in the cold of winter we saw his light from his lantern
as he was coming around the hill to our house when he got there
he was all out of breath and excited as he said he had heard it
on his radio (which was one of the old battery radios that was as
big as a floor model television) we are at war some people called
Japanese have bombed a place called Pearl Harbour and the America
has said war.
And how that would change all of our lives as his sons would go
off to war to places he had never heard of until then .
His sons returned home safely it seemed as if grandpa had aged so
much as the worry over his sons had been hard for him.
Grandpa came up the old road across the creek one day and yelled
and tell mom he wanted to take me with him to Matheny as were
walking a cow up through the field (where the Oceana medical
Center now built) and he had feel to the ground he had a stroke I
never saw again after that day as he died a short time later in
the Mullens Hospital in Mullens West Virginia
Dennie Wirt Elkins died October 9,1950 in Mullens Wyoming County
West Virginia
Buried at Chambers Cemetery also known as( Doby Cook Cemetery )on
the Hill located above Oceana High School in Oceana Wyoming
County West Virginia.

Submitted by; Grandson Danford E. Bragg Sr.

Frank E. Shannon

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 492

FRANK E. SHANNON, is the present prosecuting attorney
of Wyoming County, West Virginia, having been elected on
the republican ticket in 1920 to serve a term of four years.

He is a son of Albert Shannon and Sallie (Justice)
Shannon. His father is still living, his mother having died
when he was but one year old.

His family was one of the first settlers of the county,
having come to this county from Tazewell, Virginia, long
before the Civil war. He and all of his people are repub-
licans and Methodists.

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
July 10, 2000

John C. Gordon MD

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 565-566

HON. JOHN C. GORDON, M. D. A well-known figure in
medical circles of Wyoming County, Dr. John C. Gordon has
the mine practice of the Miller Pocahontas Coal Company
at Corinne, and has also the responsibility of a large general
clientele. In addition to being active as a medical and
surgical practitioner he is taking an active and prominent
part in civic affairs, and at the present time is discharging
the duties connected with the office of mayor. He is able
both as a physician and an executive, and has done much to
make Corinne a model coal camp.

Doctor Gordon was born at Lafayette, Montgomery
County, Virginia, on his father’s farm, April 9, 1887, and
is a son of Joseph Thomas and Ella (Francis) Gordon.
Joseph T. Gordon was a very successful truck gardener and
an authority on agricultural subjects, more particularly
matters pertaining to watermelons. He was preparing a
series of articles on watermelon culture at the time of
his early death, in 1902, when he was only forty-eight years
of age. He sold the product from his farm at Roanoke,
Christianburg, Blacksburg and in the coal fields, and was
widely known as a man of integrity and fair dealing.
An advanced thinker, he was deeply interested in educational
affairs and always supported the public schools. His
religious connection was with the Baptist Church, while
Mrs. Gordon, who died in 1905, at thirty-eight years of
age, was a Methodist. They were the parents of three
sons and three daughters: Frank, who is a telegraph operator
in the employ of the Virginian Railroad Company, at El-
lett, Virginia: Doctor Joseph, who is a dental practitioner
at Kingsport, Tennessee; Pearl, the wife of D. C. Horsley,
in the United States Secret Service at Oakland, California;
Grace, who is married and living at Birmingham, Alabama;
Lillian, who died at the age, of thirty-two years, as the
wife of W. W. Gardner, of Lafayette, Virginia; and Dr.
John C.

John C. Gordon was a lad of fifteen years, with a public
school education, at the time of his father’s death, when
he began to work to assist in the support of his mother
and sisters. Being desirous of further educational ad-
vantages, he attended high school part of the time and
worked hard to pay his way, being a member of an
engineering corps on the Virginian Railroad and a cross
engineer in the coal fields of Kentucky. Thus he secured
the means whereby he was able to enter Bell-Montgomery
Academy at Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1908 commenced
the study of medicine at the University of Tennessee, Nash-
ville, from which institution he was graduated as a member
of the class of 1912, receiving the degree of Doctor of
Medicine. At that time he located at Keystone, McDowell
County, West Virginia, taking up a mine practice, but
after two years removed to Fort Pierce, on the east coast
of Florida. After three years he removed to Chattanooga,
Tennessee, where he spent one year, going then to Mullens,
West Virginia, where he remained until 1921, the time of
his advent at Corinne. Doctor Gordon recognizes and
practices the highest ethics of his honored profession, and
those unable to pay a fee receive his professional services
free of charge. During the World war he acted as surgeon
for the Wyoming County Draft Board. Doctor Gordon is
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has
been active in religious work for the past fifteen years. He
is a Master Mason at Graham, Virginia, belongs to the
Chapter at Princeton, West Virginia, and the Commandery
at Mount Hope, this state, and holds membership in the
Mystic Shrine at Charleston. As mayor of Corinne he has
effected many needed municipal improvements and has
discharged the duties of his office in a conscientious and
highly efficient manner.

Doctor Gordon married on his birthday, April 9, 1919,
Miss Ruth Barnett, daughter of G. A. Barnett, of Lynch-
burg, Virginia, and to this union there has been born one
daughter, Virginia Clifton.

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
July 23, 2000

Jesse Oscar Bailiff MD

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 565

JESSE OSCAR BAILIFF, M. D. Gifted in marked degree,
fitted by training and natural inclination as a physician
and surgeon, it is not surprising that Dr. Jesse Oscar
Bailiff, of Mullens, is making rapid strides in his calling,
or that he has gained in such a large measure the respect
and confidence of the people of his community within so
short a period of time. While a member of his profession
only since 1914, he has had experience in several locations
and capacities, including extended and valued service on
the front in France during the recent war.

Doctor Bailiff was born October 23, 1885, on a farm
near Marshall, Illinois, and is a son of J. T. and Clara
(Whipple) Bailiff. The parents of Doctor Bailiff during
his youth resided in several communities, in Illinois, near
Marshall, in Iowa, again in Illinois, near their old home, and
finally in Missouri, where they now occupy a farm near
Dudley in Stoddard County. They had two sons and one
daughter. Doctor Bailiff’s brother, William Bailiff, is the
representative of the Standard Oil Company at Dexter,

Jesse Oscar Bailiff attended the public schools of Illinois
and Iowa, and after graduating from the Marshall (Illinois)
High School entered the College of Medicine and Surgery
at Chicago, from which he was graduated with the degree
of Doctor of Medicine, as a member of the class of 1914.
To prepare himself further he served as an interne and
house physician at the .Frances Willard Hospital, Chicago,
for eighteen months, and then entered general practice at
Chicago, where he was engaged until February, 1918. At
that time he entered the Medical Training School at Fort
Riley, Kansas, where he received the commission of first
lieutenant, and was assigned to duty at Fort Des Moines,
Iowa. He remained there only a short time, and was then
sent overseas, arriving in France in August, 1918, and being
Stationed at Evacuation Hospital No. 114, on the Argonne
front, where he remained until December, 1918. He was
then transferred to Base Hospital No. 81, at Bazoilles,
Suer Messe, until May, 1919, when he returned to the
United States and received his honorable discharge at Camp
Dix. He was recommended for a captain’s commission.
Following the completion of his military service he was
identified with Princeton Hospital of West Virginia until
1921, when he located at Mullens. Here he has built up a
substantial and lucrative practice and has established a
reputation as a thoroughly reliable, capable and learned
member of his calling. He belongs to the various organiza-
tions of his profession and keeps fully abreast of the
advancements being made therein. While a resident of
Chicago he was made a Master Mason, and now holds
membership in Mullens Lodge, A. F. and A. M. He also
belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen
of America, the Loyal Order of Moose and the American
Legion. Worthy civic movements have his full cooperation
and support.

Doctor Bailiff married August 14, 1913, Miss Grace
Georgia Shoemacher, of Chicago.

Submitted by:
Valerie Crook
July 23, 2000