Harts Creek, WV

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Old Home Place Harts Creek, WV

These are photos of my grandmother,  Myrtle Adams Thompson at Harts Creek in Logan County.  I’ve always loved these old photos.  The first one reminds me of an old Currier and Ives American Farm scene lithograph. Looking at these old photos, one would probably think that the photos were taken in the early 1900s.  The first two were taken in the early 1950s by my father and the third picture was taken in the 1970s.  Although I love these old home place photos, looking at them always made me a little sad because they clearly depict that my grandparents had very few pleasures in their life.  I can remember my grandmother would use Prince Albert tobacco and torn pieces from a paper bag to make her cigarettes.  She died in 1975 of throat cancer and is buried in the family cemetery at Harts Creek or “on Harts Creek” – using a bit of old local colloquialism.

My grandfather was a carpenter and dynamite blaster.  However, like many people living on Harts Creek, my Grandpa Herbert was also a farmer.  We would rarely leave from visiting my grandparents without taking home some garden-fresh vegetables during the summer and canned blackberries, tomatoes, pears, green beans, etc. in the winter.  I especially miss his hickory-cane corn.

My grandparents lived a quiet, simple life with few modern conveniences.  However, they also enjoyed a simple connection to the land and nature which we have lost. Today, many try to recapture this same type of quiet, simple life by moving to the backwoods of Canada and Alaska.

Photo of Myrtle Adams Thompson, Harts Creek, WV

Photo of Myrtle Adams Thompson, Harts Creek, WV

Photo of Myrtle Thompson 1970s

Related links:

Harts c.2000 by Brandon Ray Kirk

Harts Creek Photo Gallery

You can help preserve a bit of Logan County history by sharing your Harts Creek vintage photos with us. To share a photo, please email it to loganwv.us@gmail.com. Please note that you must own the photo you are submitting or ensure that no one has a copyright claim on it. Preferably, photos of individuals should be earlier than 1980.

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257 Responses to Harts Creek, WV

  1. Savannah says:

    im the great granddaughter of the late Bertha Bryant (Dalton) and Pete Dalton of White Oak (Shively), WV. if you have any photos of them or Ruth (their daughter) or any of their kids, please please let me know. you can email them to me at savannahmayyx3@outlook.com. thank you so much and God bless ☺️

  2. ahrens bertram says:

    Im looking for a Fred toler who knew a Brenda sue marcum around 1979

  3. Cynthia says:

    I am looking for old pictures of my grand father William Carpenter, grandmother Rena Tanner carpenter. He was born 1903 and her 1907. My dad James Allen carpenter born 1938 and my great gran Julia Rogers Carpenter. Please email comments and pics to cprinsen@live.com.

  4. Melanie Webster says:

    Where do I start? I’m the great -great granddaughter of Solomon Riddle who descended from Frederick Riddle and thru his mothers side, Revolutionary John Mullins. I’m looking to connect to any members of the family and I saw the photographs of the descendents of Soloman Mullins and I wondered where the women were? My other quandry is that family history dictates that my other great grandfather was George Oscar Pennington who worked as a brakeman on a railroad…does anyone know of him? I’ve got about a zillion other questions but wanted to get the two big ones out there first. Thanks in advance.


  5. Greg Mullins says:

    This site, these pictures are incredible! I am so lucky to have stumbled across this. I am the grandson of Tennis Mullins in Chapmanville and have worked off and on for many years to learn more about this side of the family – not just names, but the stories, like what brought them to the area, where did they come from, etc. I would appreciate any insight anyone may have and thanks to those that have created and maintain this site.

  6. Bobbiej Frye says:

    Does anyone have a picture of the old school house at coal branch at big harts creek?

  7. Darwin Justice says:

    I want to say thank you to everyone involved with the publication of this web site. I have looked at every picture, read every ones postings and visited all the towns and additions listed. It was like stepping back in time to what seemed to me to have been better times. Both sides of my moms side of our family is from Little Harts Creek. My Grandpa was Thomas Aldridge. His parents were General Harrison Aldridge and Mary Candus Moore. My Grandma was Ora Bell Evans. Her parents were Hugh Evans and Lyda Evaline Williamson. Grandma Lyda was Grandpa Hugh’s second wife, his first wife was Vicy Stafford. Grandpa Hugh had a total of 18 children. While looking through the pictures of Harts I discovered a picture of some school children. I was so surprised to see four of my grandma Ora,s brothers and sisters in the picture. My great uncles Charley and George Evans and great aunts Spicie and Minnie Bell Evans. This picture was an amazing find and I can’t wait to share it at the next Evans Reunion. By the way we would welcome anyone wanting to attend the Hugh Evans. This Family Reunion is held annually at Chief Logan State Park near Logan WV. I will post exact date. One more thing. Grandpa Hugh was an ordained minister. He married my Grandma and Grandpa. According to Grandma Ora he married a lot of couples throughout Harts Creek.

  8. michael e. vandergriff says:

    i am looking to get an address and phone # of my uncle lovell adams, and my cousin debbie and robert carter. they live on little harts road. a little bit before trace fork. I really need to talk to them!!!

  9. Narlin Shadd says:

    Looking for any information about the Shadd family who lived or hung around Harts Creek. My dad’s name was Charlie, he was born in 1909. He had brothers, Jake, John, Joe, Jim, and a sister, Zonie. Any information would be greatly appreciated, as I would loke to educate my own sons about the Shadd family.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Narlin, go to familysearch.org,
      Charlie Shadd,born Feb.6,1909,
      Shirely,Tyler Co.,WV.
      Father,Loren Shadd &
      Mother,Ida Smith.
      You can put in his brothers
      & do some research.

    • Bonita Doss Campbell says:


      I am doing research on the descendants of Phillip Doss, who was the father of Evaline Doss Shadric, who was the mother of Loran Shadric, who was the father of Charles Shadd. It’s hard to find info on this family because of the many different spellings of the last name. My line goes through William Chapman Doss, brother of Evaline, but I do have quite a bit of information on the Shadd/Shadric line. I will be glad to share what I have. You can contact me on email at pm26651@hotmail.com, and I’m also on Facebook as Bonita Doss-Campbell.


  10. Janet says:

    I am looking for my husbands great grandfather James Barrett.May have not been his real name. He married an Nancy Jane Williamson born 11/25/1883 died 01/22/1966. Parents Asa Williamson 1854 and Rebecca Browning from Harts West Virginia 01/1902. Had a son Byrd Barrett 09/1902 then got Nancy Pregnant with 2nd son Hezz Barrett 1903? 1904? ran off before his birth never to be heard from again. They say he was always afraid and on look out with a gun. Would disappear a lot. Some called him an outlaw. He listed no parents on marriage licence or where he was born. Nancy listed his birth as being born in Kentucky on a delayed birth record for Byrd Barrett. Nancy was also married to a John Thompson and a Ray Buchanan. She died in 1966 and is buried in the Thompson cemetery in Harts WV.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Janet,familysearch.org has a
      James Barrett in the 1940 census,
      born in 1881 in Kentucky.

      • Trista says:

        Byrd Barrett married Garnett Queen who had Cecil, Monroe, Byrd “Buddy”, Jim, John, Hezz, Herbert, Flora, Flossie, and Florence who died at a young age. Cecil (Six Lakes Michigan), Monroe (Michigan) and Herbert (Kenova, WV), Flossie (Columbus, Ohio) are the only of these children living . Flora was married to Billy Dempsey on Big Harts Creek. Flossie was married to Ronald Browning from Big Harts Creek for a short time they divorced and Ronald remarried. Herbert married Nettie from Greenshoals. I am Flora’s grand daughter, I live at Big Harts Creek. The part of the family tree regarding Grandma Nancy’s husband, James Barrett, is very confusing to me.

        • Janet says:

          Yes its confusing to me also.I have heard so many stories about what could have happened to him. I personally believe he was living a double life.Byrds brother was Hezz Barrett that had been married to an Alice Williamson (my husbands grandparents)They had Nancy Jane Barrett and Tennis Barrett (my husbands mother and uncle)I believe James was born around 1875 and was from Kentucky according to Marriage record and Byrds delayed birth record.

  11. Clinton F Ward (nickname- Butch) says:

    I am looking for a picture of the Old One Room School house I went to at Crooked Creek- Logan County WV. The school year that I went to this school is 1955-56. I would so much appreciate having a pic of the school. Any assistance would be so grateful!

  12. Bonnie Russ says:

    I remember as a little girl going somewhere in WV to something called the August Meeting. Family and Food is all I can remember. My mother Merle Adkins was from Harts Creek/Logan County not sure if that is where it was. Anyone with any info please let me know. The time was back in the 50’s.
    Thank you

  13. Cora allen says:

    I am looking for information on the Dempsey family harts creek wv. (Lola, ona Mae, June, Bertha, bill, curt, Patrick , Maul. Thank you

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hello Cora, there are lots of the
      Dempsey family listed in Harts Creek
      at Anywho.com. You might call them.
      Also at familysearch.org, you will find them
      in the 1930 & 1940 Census.

      • Cheryl says:

        Bertha married my uncle, June Clyde Adkins. I remember Lola, Ona Mae, June, Bill and Curt. I don’t remember Patrick or Maul. There was 2 other boys, Jack and George.

  14. Vicki Hall Davis says:

    I am looking for a few family members that are buried on Harts and surrounding areas in Lincoln county. Some of the names ring a bell for me like Solomon Mullins. Where is the Mullins cemetery located specifically looking for D. A. Melissa Mullins Hall, Melissa was married to Manford Hall. Also I am looking for Hiram, Lucy (Lucinda) Hall. Any thoughts??? Love all the pictures!

    Vicki Hall Davis

    • Lynda Davis-Logan says:

      Directions to where Solomon and Sarah Mullins are buried:

      Take 119 to Big Ugly Creek RD.(Co Hwy 18) until you get to
      North Fork Rd – turn left and drive until you come to
      Ellis Fork Rd.

      Just after you turn left onto Ellis Fork Rd – right on
      the right side of the road in front of the house
      there are the graves.