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

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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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315 Responses to Harts Creek, WV

  1. Terri Taylor says:

    My name is Terri Ingram Taylor and I have 2 questions. First, is the Myrtle Adams Thompson the woman that had a daughter named Virginia Smith that lived in Williamson West Virginia, or maybe from Kentucky?? And 2nd can someone tell me if the Carter family cemetery in Harts Creek is accessible to get to easily and is it hard to find? Please message me on facebook with answers. Thank you in advance, Terri Taylor (Terri Ingram)

  2. Lovell Arrell Thompson (oldest son of Alvie Lloyd Thompson) says:

    Thanks Frank for keeping this site up and running. I downloaded the John Mullins Descendant Chart for my kids, grand kids, & great grandkids. This is Lovell Thompson, eldest child of Alvie Lloyd Thompson, These old pictures really do bring back memories from Harts Creek.

  3. Vicie Jean Hanshaw says:

    I was born on Harts Creek West Va love that place and always will.

  4. Loretta (Jarrell )Nebe says:

    My name is Loretta (Jarrell) Nebe.
    My mommy was Georgia (Adams) Jarrell,
    she wad the daughter of Eddie and Qullie Adams
    of Hartsville Creek.
    Her siblings were Ina, Elva, Belvie, Bob, Everette, Jennings,
    Van Mullins was my Great grandfather.
    Freddie and Margret Adams were my Great Uncle and Aunt.
    My cousins still live there Almeda McCloud is my cousin.Her mom was Vadie and there was Civil and Virgil.

    If anyone has photos of my granny and papas or their kids,siblings ,ect.please contact me on Facebook.

    • Kim Green says:

      I will try to find pics of Virgil, Cecil, Tommy, my mom Blanche.Virgil is buried here in Durham, NC with his sister Blanche.

  5. James Herbert Hager says:

    Hello all, my name is James Hager, my mother’s name is Madeline Virginia Adams, parents were Anthony Adams and Bessie Mullins. I am looking to connect with relatives and would like to attend any future gatherings to meet relatives. It is said that my mother has or had 22 brothers and sisters. I know very little about my relatives due to fact that I was a career soldier and stayed on the move with my immediate family. you can contact me at jhager2008@yahoo.com

  6. Christine Tehrani says:

    I am Christine (Raines) Tehrani and I would love to have a copy of the picture with Willie Thompson and George Raines, George is my father who passed in 2007. He spoke of Willie many times but we never knew him. If possible please email me that picture.
    Thank you so much!

    • Kevin Thompson says:

      Hi Christine ! I am Kevin Thompson , Willie Thompson’s son . I have heard a lot about your father George . My mother has that picture if you don’t have it yet . I just found this site & I’m amazed of the pics of my family & hart’s Creek

  7. Liza Collins says:

    Does anyone no John Collins he was married to Arminta Lucas . HE was my Dads Father , his Father was Marion Collins Did John Collins , Have any Brothers or Sister if anyone knows anything or has a Picture of my grandfather. John Collins Let me Know . Thanks

    • Bob Piros says:

      Liza, you might try & do
      some research at familysearch.org.
      Shows a Marion Collins &
      Wanetta Grace Layfield Collins in
      the 1940 census.
      Site shows many John Collins names.
      Do you know his birth year?

      • Douglas Smith says:

        Bob, you seem to know a lot about Harts Creek. I’m looking for family members who were related to Rev. Albert Meade and Gypsy Smith Meade. Gypsy was my grandfather’s sister. I can’t find out much on her.
        I know very little except they lived on Harts Creek in Logan County.
        Thanks for any help you can give.

  8. Dawn Thompson Kerley says:

    Hello Frank. This is your cousin Dawn Thompson Kerley. Hope this finds you well.
    Would you please send me the link that you sent me a while back that included some of the Thompson family genealogy? I changed jobs and didn’t get it off m old computer.
    dawnkerley@yahoo.com is my email address. Thanks so much!

  9. Ronnie Nelson says:

    Emanuel Nelson is my great great grandfather I am looking for the information of his hand written birth statement

    • Bob Piros says:

      Ronnie, the info is posted with the photo of
      Emanuel Nelson,given by Patricia Reed.
      Also do you know when Byrd & Milton Nelson

  10. Angela Adams Smith says:

    They were great people. I grew up on Hoover fork of Big Harts. Herbert n Myrtle were great neighbors. I was only like four or five when Myrtle passed I do remember her a little but Herbert would always come n visit n get my mom to cut his hair or catch us kids walking to the store n walk with us. He always had a story to tell. This sure brings back memories. My parents were( Tennis n Flora Adams).

  11. Tina says:

    My mother Rosa Lee Carter used to call me brizie ask the time when I was small

    • thomas carter says:

      hi tina, my name is thomas james carter, i wonder if we are related? rosa lee carter doesnt sound familiar . i know theres alot of carters out there. my grandpa james thomas carter had aprox. 15 brothers and sisters. since this is logan co. , i bet we are. what was rosa’s fathers name ? feel free to email me thanks

      • Debra H Westerfield says:

        Hi Thomas. My name is Debra Westerfield. My Mom is Jessie Hannah (Carter). My grandparents were Willis and Eunie Carter(Tomblin). I still go back several times a year to visit relatives on Harts Creek. My Aunts, Donna and Dosha Carter, Uncle Dick (willis Jr.) and Gay Carter(Adkins). I bet we are related too.

  12. Chad Sansom (Lambert family) says:

    There’s a harts creek in Logan county too???? I was born and my family live in harts creek in Lincoln county***

    • Elizabeth Wiestling says:

      It’s all the same ole Harts Creek.

    • That’s exactly what I was wondering.

    • Sherry Marcum says:

      Harts Creek is partly in Logan County and part in Lincoln County not sure exactly where the line splits. My grandparents were Peter and Alifair (Allie) Robinson Mullins. They lived at the mouth of Hoover. My Aunt And Uncle Garnet and Bob Adams lived just above them on Hoover also. Garnet later lived at the mouth of Hoover

  13. thomas james carter says:

    the pic of barnett and mahulda carters house, this is my great great great grandparents. love all the pics , lots of names in my family tree. i have been stuck for years on capt. barnett carter does anyone know his fathers name? i do not believe its thomas nelson carter (way to much money and land back east in virginia) any info would be appreciated e-mail is goblue5898@yahoo.com thanks again thomas james carter

    • Missi Morgan says:

      As far as i can tell Barnett’s parents were Thomas Carter and Nan Snavely. I hope this helps.

      • thomas carter says:

        2 generations off. nan snavely m. a collins and lived w/ the kinsers a.k.a. nancy kinser collins m. to thomas james carter son of the barnett carter im looking for more info on…

        • Bob Piros says:

          Thomas, you might try looking for
          the info at familysearch.org.

          • Vivion Dower says:

            Barnett’s parents were Thomas Carter and Catherine Burton, both buried at Yatesville Cem. Lawrence Co. Ky

          • thomas carter says:

            thomas carter and catherine burton can not be the parents of capt. barnette carter , because they didnt have a child named barnette acording to familysearch.org

    • thomas carter says:

      thomas james carter son of richard lee carter son of james thomas carter son of barnett carter son of thomas james carter son of barnett and mahulda (mullins) carter… barnett was a captain in the civil war on the confederate side, born abt. 1821

  14. 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 ☺️

    • Leona Dingess says:

      Savannah,do you know Bobby Dalton,or any other Daltons on White Oak?,you might be related to these ppl,Theora Dalton,husbandHillard Dalton,if so msg me,Leona Dingess.

  15. ahrens bertram says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.


  18. 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.

  19. Bobbiej Frye says:

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

  20. 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.

    • Angela Adams Smith says:

      I think my mother’s side of the family were like distant relatives of its bell n my grandmothers name was Lucy Riffe my mom was Flora Riffe Adams. I have heard stories over the years about some of the names you have mentioned here. My cousin Kathy Adams has alot of old photos n does some research on the family n may have some old pics…

      • Angela Adams Smith says:

        Sorry if this was confusing I didn’t notice that auto correct had changed some of what I typed until I had already shared it n it won’t let me delete it. what I was saying is I think my mom was a distant relative of Ora Bell or may have just been neighbors but I’ve heard mom talk about her alot growing up Lucy Williamson Riffe was my grandmother.

      • Joy Adams says:

        Not sure if we’re related.. my mom’s name is also Kathy adams, my granny was Mollie Adkins married to my papaw Robert (Bob) adams

  21. 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!!!

  22. 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.


    • barbara conley says:

      Charlie shadd was my grand father im the daughter of lando shadd mollie Bryant was my mother

      • Narlin Shadd says:

        I am a son of Charlie Shadd, my name is Narlin. Charlie was the son of Loren Shadd who died at Pecksmill in 1959. Charlie was the brother of Joe, Jim, Jake, John, and his sister Arizona (Zonie). Are you sure you are speaking about this Charlie Shadd?

        Any information about my dad would be much appreciated! Thank you.

  23. 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.

    • Carrie Snatchko says:

      My grandmother was Pearl Thompson Mitko daughter of Nancy and John Thompson, born in Harts Creek. I believe she had brothers Byrd and Hezz. Do you know if this Nancy Thompson is her mother?

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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.

        • Bonnie Russ says:

          Seen the last name Adkins that was my mothers maiden name she was from WV and talked a lot about harts creek. Her daddy’s name was Musco Adkins, had several children Musco (Mike) Hazel, Glayds, Merle and several more. Does anyone know any of them or their family.

  27. 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.

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