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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





Rebecca Jane Clay Cantl




Rebecca Jane Clay Cantley



This article was reproduced with the punctuation
and
capitalization used by the original author.

Transcribed by Jo Alice Bradley
Heck

    

Obituary


       
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
friends.

G. A. Reaugh     


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

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





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.

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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.


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.

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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:
——————————————————————————

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:
——————————————————————————

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

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.

 


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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