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Many West Virginia Birth, Death, and Marriage records are available on-line at  West Virginia Vital Records. For those searching for copies of obituaries, the Harless Library at Mount Gay and WV State Archives in Charleston have microfilm copies of the Logan Banner.

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I seek information on my father, Carl Lilly, born in 1900-1902 who was married Lenore (Tootsie) Curry in 1938.  I believe he was born in Hinton, WV but lived years in Logan Co. and worked for Island Creek Coal Co. and others.

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Iva Lilly Durham — March 15, 2010

Canterbury family information needed.

Bobbie Canterbury Pemberton — March 12, 2010

Does anyone know of living relatives of Cloyd Bowling Sr? He was my grandfather – married to Pearl Kershner Bowling from Greenbriar County. My Dad was Edward Bowling – actually born in Omar. I know I have relatives living there – would love to chat.

Joy Conley
Broker in Charge
Choice Jacksonville Realty
110-C Branchwood Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28546
March 9, 2010

406 Responses to Connect with Relatives

  1. Faye Francis says:

    I am searching for family of Kelly Cox who lived in Peach Creek or any info on anyone in the family.
    Faye Francis (

  2. Donna dillon says:

    Looking for relatives of zackery Taylor dillon of West virginia

  3. Caira Avelene Cline says:

    I’m looking for my grandfather’s grave at Mounts Cemetery, Mud Fork. His name is Ace Browning
    B 1885 D 1942. Thank you my parents are Clell Browning, Mollie Allen. Caira (Browning) Cline

    • Bob. Piros says:

      Caira, your Grandfather’s D.C.
      is at It
      shows burial in Mounts Cemetery
      in Shamrock,WV.
      Find A Grave doesn’t list a
      cemetery in Shamrock.
      The D.C. shows that he was hit
      by a car in Mudfork.

  4. Becky Stofan says:

    Hoping to connect with Johnnie Mae Connolly Crum. She posted family pics on Logan WV Genealogy earlier this year and I’ve determined we are cousins. Her mamal Effie and my mamal Hester were sisters. I remember Johnnie’s mom and want to share what I remember and know of our family and of what she knows.

  5. Trish Greene says:

    Looking for information on family of Billy or William Roy. I have a photo of him and my Uncle in Japan at the 8169th Army Hospital Zama Japan taken on Feb 3, 1952. Billy was a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War.

  6. Kimberly Hoffpauir says:

    Researching Martin Elkins 1825-1854, James Elkins 1792-1837 and ANY another Elkins in the county as well as Workman, Marrs, Buchanan surnames. I have found Martin on 1850 census. Would love to know where their homestead was any info on his wife Sarah Elizabeth Marrs Elkins Crockett move to Missouri. Feel free to email me at in regards Elkins Family History. Thanks!

  7. Geneva Gatlin says:

    I would like to know if anyone remembers an African American woman name Josephine McLaughlin from Old Acroma High School? Her parents were McKinley McLaughlin and Nora McLaughlin.
    She may have attended West Virginia State and she was an only child.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Geneva,you can find her at name
      was Laughlin,born in Ky.
      She married Walter Parrish in
      1935 in Logan.
      He was a Timberman in the
      coal mines.
      There is a Parrish name at in Logan.

  8. Leslie Frye says:

    I am looking for relatives of Johnson Frye born 1892, and his wife Mary Effie Frye (Steele maiden name). They were from Logan West Virginia. Had children named Charles Frye, Opie Stanford Frye, Walter Frye, and Ora Mae Frye. Any information feel free to email me. My email is

  9. Rhonda stacy says:

    I am looking for information on tbe family of George Allen. He passed in 1933 and is buried at Chambers cemetary as are his babies. He was preceded in death by 2 of his babies, lindenberg and james, and maybe his father, john? He married Elsie Rowe. Im not sure of his moms name ..i find the names jane coleman as well as ellen i dont know.

    They lived in slagle, mt gay.

    I have never seen pictures of their graves or even the cemetary. My grandmother left WV after Georges death with the other kids- frank, robert, sidney, juanita.

    Any pictures or information is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Rhonda Stacy

    • Bob Piros says:

      Rhonda, go to &
      put in Chambers Cemetery & then
      put your relatives names in.
      You can also do research at

  10. D. Perkins says:

    We’re looking for descendants of Anthony and Ann Bilton Lawson, originally from Stanton, Northumberland, England, and after 1821 living in Logan County, WV. Our goal is to update Robert Runyon’s “Genealogy of the Descendants of Anthony Lawson of Northumberland, England,” from 1952. Runyon was my grandfather and his daughter, my mother, Amali Runyon Perkins, prior to her death in 2007 conducted much new research into the origins of the Lawson family with help from other researchers including Mr. Jim Avis of New Mexico. If you have records showing you descend from Anthony and Ann Bilton Lawson and would like to participate in the update, please email me. I can send you what I have if your ancestors are already in the database.

    I’m going to spell the email address out so as not to attract robots, so please substitute the @ for the word “AT”:

  11. Juanita V Woodards says:

    I am searching for family of Will Hall. He was from KY, but moved his family to Logan county somewhere around Peach Creek. He had a daughter Della and son, Crit. and more children. He died May 9, 1934 at Henlawson and shows wife Mary Johnson. The death certificate shows he was Buried at Lundale. Any information or stories of relatives appreciated.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Juanita, you might want to search
      for your relatives in census records
      at Lots of info in
      these records.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Juanita, you were looking for the grave of
      Lula Mae Henderson. The D.C. says died
      in Robinett WV. Doesn’t show burial.
      There is a Robinett Cemetery in
      McConnell. So I put up a Memorial
      for her.Hoping that someone will find
      her gravestone.

      • Bob Piros says:

        Juanita, I just found out that the
        Robinette Cemetery was moved in
        2013 to Forest Lawn due to the
        new highway going in at
        Hope that you find the grave
        of your GG Mary Hall.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Juanita,guess you’re not really interested in
      your family’s
      Keines Hall, 1884-1951 a coal miner was
      killed by a car while walking along State Rt.10
      near Gill,WV.He’s buried in Watson Cemetery.

      • Juanita V Woodards says:

        I have been working on my Family Tree for at least 60 years, and I find new branches all the time. Thank you for reply.

        • Bob Piros says:

          Juanita, you’re welcome.
          What info are you still seeking?

          • Juanita V Woodards says:

            Thank you Bob for asking. One of the things I wanted most to find was the grave of my grandmother. All I knew was what my Mom was told, and that was, she was buried at Crooked Creek outside of Logan. After looking at the pictures of the cemeteries there, I don;t think that I will ever find that grave.

        • Bob Piros says:

          Juanita,your Grandmother Mary
          was born in 1862 in Ky.She married
          Will in 1877 in Elliott KY.
          When did she die? Do you have the

  12. Linda Cechmitchell says:

    Hi my great great grandfather was Hugh Thompson and his wife was Minnie Conely Thompson I am doing my family tree would like whatever info pics of family. Please and thank you.

  13. Robert Duke Fry says:

    Looking for family members of the Fry and or Maloney last name. My father was orphaned in Wheeling after his Mother died about 1927 he was about 7 as recorded in the 1930’s census while in the orphanage. He was left at the orphanage with the last name of Fry, but I have on my father’s side a first cousin with the last name of Maloney. I believe it is from the Fathers side. His mother may have moved to Wheeling after her husbands death and took up her maiden name of Fry. Two cities come up Ethel and Logan.

    Seeking Grandparent Name

  14. Jim says:

    My grandfather, Wirt M. Stephens, was a Methodist Circuit rider who was stationed on the Sharples Charge in 1921 and 1922. Does anyone know the main church on this Charge at that time? Was Ball Chapel a Methodist Church back then? Thank you.

    • Bob Piros says:

      JIm, suggest you do an online search
      for Sharples Charge in 1921.
      Do research at these sites,, & Same search for
      the Church online.

      • Jim says:

        Thank you for your suggestions, I have researched this extensively. My main question is whether or not the Ball Chapel church building in Sharples that burned down in 2000 was there in 1921 and 1922 and whether this church was a Methodist Episcopal Church in 1921 and 1922.

  15. Nancy says:

    Does anyone have any information about Lundale history? My grandfather was a doctor there in the early 1900s to 1944. My father and uncle were born there.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Nancy, you might try an online search.
      Go to
      Try Amherst Coal Company,
      see if they have the history of Lundale.

  16. Kathy says:

    I am looking for anyone that would have information about my father or grandparents. My grandparents were Joe and Polly Freeman. My father was Joe also (Birth name Joseph Edward). He married Rose Lenora Pennington they lived in City View. Any information would be appreciated.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Kathy, go to
      Your grandparents are in the 1940 census.
      Your father married Rose in Logan,WV.
      on Sept.27,1950.

  17. Jewell Field says:

    I am searching for a will or deed that would connect Joseph and John Gore (born about 1816) as father and son. Joseph, the father and John the son. This is the family of my husband Dr. Charles D. Field, III. His parents Dr. Charles D. Field, Jr. and wife Zola Gore Field resided in Logan, WV. Dr. Field was an optometrist in Logan at the Bank Building.

    My name is Jewell and I am married to Dr. Charles D. Field, III. We live in Beckley, WV

    • Bob Piros says:

      Jewell, you might do an online search.
      Go to Logan County WV. gov site.
      Call Logan County Clerk’s office @
      Also try

  18. Any Henderson’s buried there ? , Kernie Henderson son of Mitch Henderson .

  19. Sgaron says:

    Yes, was me asking. Thanks a bunch!! Thank you for remembering me????❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day!

  20. Steve Johnson says:

    My name is Steve Johnson. I am searching for information about my father and his family that once lived near Peach Creek, WV in Logan County around 1915 to 1930 (estimated timeframe).

    My father’s name is Charles Clavis Johnson and his parents were Grover Cleveland Johnson and Pearl Johnson (née Bills).

    My father was born in 1917 in Peach Creek and has 5 siblings (Bill, Moselle, Ann, Gail, Orville). Grover, his dad, worked for the railroad (C&O?), among other jobs.

    Any information is very welcomed.

    My email:

    Thanks for any help.

  21. Neal Hawkins says:

    I am looking for information on the lineage of my grandmother. She was born Lola Browning in Omar on February 13, possibly 1895 or 1896. I cannot find any birth records for her online. In 1920 she married Alfred Luther Hawkins in Princeton, WV. She always told us that her family was related to the Hatfields.

    Thank you!

  22. D Casey says:

    Hi everyone, I am working on a family genealogy project and am hoping some of your readers may have some information. My father-in-law’s discharge from the Marine Corps following the Korean War lists his address as: box 113 (Logan), Stirret, West Virginia and his employment as: Reel Boy (we are guessing for a movie theater) & his employer as Sarrah Ann. If any of you can fill in any of the dots with memories of movie theaters between 1940-1950 or what the family name Sarrah Ann may be attached to, it would be appreciated. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can offer.

    • Bob Piros says:

      D Casey, suggest you do a search for
      Sarah Ann Coal Mine Company in
      1940-1950. Sarah Ann is located in
      Logan Co.WV. A reel boy might have
      been someone who worked in the
      coal mine. Also do a search for the
      term reel boy. Also if your father-in – law
      was a Logan County Vet, a photo of him
      can be posted on this website.

  23. Matthew Quintrell says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any information on Owen Reynolds from the Blair Mountain Battle time period. He was my great-grandfather and he was believed to be in the area when the battle happened and was never heard from again…don’t know if he was killed or just disappeared or what. Any info is appreciated. Thank you!!

    • Bob Piros says:

      Matthew,my e-mail is
      I have found a D.R for a Olive Reynolds, daughter
      of Owen.She is buried in Red Campbell Cemetery
      in Red Campbell,WV. I can send you the record.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Matthew, Your GG didn’t die in the Blair Mountain Battle. According to one of your relatives who sent me an e-mail.
      He walked away from his wife & children leaving them to do for themselves. She sent me a photo of him with his
      wife & children. His real name was William Owen Reynolds, according to draft card records he put this birth as
      March 1,1894 in Pennington Gap, Lee County VA. He was married many times. He worked as a coal miner
      in WV.,KY & VA. He died in Nov. 1969 & is buried in Pennington Gap VA. Not sure why you refused to send
      me your e-mail address.

  24. Claudia says:

    Hello looking for any photos or information on Edward@Vicie Burgess of Blair WV they are my great grandparents and have many fond memories of them as a child also spent some time with them in WV. Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks.

  25. Charles Munson says:

    I am related to the Godby’s & will be in the area for thru the end of October. Would like to connect with them if possible.
    Chuck Munson

  26. Albert Wickline says:

    I’m looking for family in W Va. In Logan. An a location of the Wickline Cemetery

    • Bob Piros says:

      Albert, shows the
      Wickline Cemetery in Monroe Co.WV. shows lots of people in WV.
      with the Wickline name.

  27. sandra harrison says:

    i am trying to find my husbands cousins;;;they all lived in the logan husband moved his family to california many years ago;;;his mother and father were from logan also..his cousins name is maxine with her daughter pam name is sandra my email address is…we will be traveling thru logan on oct 15,,16,,17th we will surly stop in for some chicken…if you locate these folks we could visit…..oh yes my husbands last name is stepp

    • Bob Piros says:

      Sandra, shows
      lots of people with the Prince
      & Bias names living in many
      cities in California with many
      phone numbers. You can check
      in any state with Anywho.
      Hope you find your relatives.

  28. Jackie Branham-Wilkinson says:

    I am looking for information about my 3x great grandmother, Anne Workman. Her daughter, my great great grandmother, Josephine, married William Crum and they lived most of their lives in Martin County, Ky. I found Anne and Josephine on the 1860 census for Logan, Virginia (on the census it says Lonsville). According to that census, Anne was born about 1805 and Josephine was born about 1844 (she was 14 on that census record). They are living by themselves, close to Asa P. McCoy. I’m trying to find where they came from, more information on who might have been Josephine’s father. I do have her death certificate from ancestry. com and they have transcribed the fathers name as “Made Carter”, however after looking closely at it, I believe the first name may be Mose. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!!
    Jackie Branham-Wilkinson

  29. Naomi Robinson says:

    My grandfather was Tommy tomblin. My dad was James messer and his mom was Amanda messer. I am trying to find a picture and a obituary for tommy but am having a hard time he died in 1979 in johnson Kentucky at a hog auction at the age of 43. And was buried in west virginia. He was marrie to my great grandmother Millie Vance if anyone has any information I would appreciate it thank you again Naomi Marie Hildebrand

    • Bob Piros says:

      Naomi,you need to find which town
      in Johnson KY, then check the local
      newpapers. to see if they old obits.

      • Naomi Robinson says:

        I have searched the county where he died as well it was paintsville Kentucky but can find nothing at all on him.and honestly I don’t know where else to look I know he was brought back to west Virginia to be buried. Been chasing my tail for last 6 months but thank you for your reply

        • Bob Piros says:

          Naomi, you might want to check these sites.
          KY.Gov.,they have D.C.forms.
          Paintsville Herald has an obit collection.
          Johnson CO.Genealogical Society
          has a large site. They have lots
          of unknown photos.

  30. Doris Slone says:

    Looking for relatives of my grandmother, Anthelia (Sansom) Cremeans Stollings. She died approximately November 1972 and is buried in Foley Cemetery (which I have tried to locate, but not successful).

    • Bob Piros says:

      Doris, shows
      Foley cemetery & map.
      Shows Anthelia born in 1885 &
      died in 1972. shows lots of people
      having the Stollings name
      living in Logan,WV.

  31. Dinah Zirkle says:

    I’m looking for pictures of my grandpa Aubrey Zirkle from Logan and Man if anyone has one with him in coal miner clothes wow that would be great also my dad Tom Zirkle same thing I would be so grateful my grandma was Fonnie Ann Zirkle my Uncle Huey Ab Zirkle pics of them wow how great would that be the lived in Accoville my email is my name Dinah Zirkle my grandma’s maiden name was Browing if that helps.

  32. John Thomas Mangus says:

    I’m looking for any info on a Wanda Collins from Mt. Gay. Her Grandfathers name was Houston Ponton who passed away in 1963. She attended Mt. Gay Grade School. Any help would be appreciated.

  33. Brian Akers says:

    Would love to know if anyone might have known a family with the last name Akers. Looking up my grandfather and,said he was born in Logan county. His name was REO after a car that was made in the 1920’s. That was what he told me his father named him after,becuas he owned one. Not a inexpensive car back then! He married Evelyn,cannot find her last name. All I know is she passed away on Dec. 25th 1971 in Cleveland Ohio. From cancer. He served in ww2 in the navy. On the destroyer uss sigsbee. It was hit by a kamikazi late in the war and was damaged really bad. He was injured from that and would show me the scars.any info is much appreciated! Thanks to everyone.

  34. John Mark Thompson says:

    Thompson Family of Logan Research
    John Mark Thompson –

    My name is John Mark Thompson and I was born in Huntington. My father is Rex Kenton Thompson born Verdunville, 1949, grandfather James Harold Thompson, Sr, born in Holden 1922, great-grandfather Wilburn Thompson, born in Verdunville 1896, great-great grandfather Leander Scott Thompson born in Logan 1873 (my son Robert Brian Thompson shares his birthday of June 6), and I believe his father to be John Evert Thompson born in Logan in 1837. I’m just getting started on my research but I am really enjoying myself. Any confirmation or correction you can provide to my efforts thus far would be greatly appreciated!

  35. Kathy Clark says:

    Looking for Clark, Canterbury, Ledson families of Left Laurel Fork Lenore, WV. Contact me at

  36. Sharon Basil says:

    Thank you for the response.

  37. Sharon Basil says:

    Ferrell,Ellis, Dempsy, Christian. I am looking for Mary Essaa Ferrell m Arnold Christian 1911 I believe in Logan. she passed Jan 23 1923 8n chapenville or Barbersville

    • Bob Piros says:

      Sharon,you can find Mary
      She is buried in the
      Ferrell Cemetery.

      • Sharon Basil says:

        Do you know what 189 represents when listed as cause of death?

        • Bob Piros says:

          Sharon, you can do an
          online search for the answer.

        • Diane Vinson-Childers says:

          Glad to find you! I was digging around in the Ferrell bones. J.B. Steele married Lillian Pricilla Ferrell-Steele. James Bennett’ Steele’s father Charles Grover married Olive (Ollie) Vinson my Grandfather Alvah’s sister. J.B. and Pricilla I found at St. Sylvan’s Cemetery at Clearwater (Pinellas County) FL. He died in 2001 and she died 2002. I was wanting to connect her to her family. If you find anything let me know. I remember you mentioning Arnold Christian & Phoebe Ellis. I looked through the Peach Creek & Crooked Creek listings as I was there at that time & added the maps to the Cemeteries. I found the cemetery at Peach Creek over grown and impossible to get into (high weeds. I was afraid to go in there as it was very hot and Dad told me about the snakes (copper heads and rattlers. There may be another one on up the mountain. Dad and I drove up the Mtn and turned around at a gas well. Someone said they talked to someone and they took them up the Mtn to the old Coal Tipple. I have looked at the Google map & can’t see anything of a cemetery. Could be in the woods as the old people died & the young moved away in the great migration and no family around to take care of them. I have seen many in that shape. Happy belated Valentines Day to you! Glad to help and glad you found me! I am subscribed to New Comments. Take care.

      • Diane says:

        There are 3 Ferrall Cemeteries around Chapmanville. I hope you are the person that contacted me that asked me questions awhile back. I happened to be looking at the Ferrell’s and came across Mary Ferrell Christian married to Arnold Christian and Phoebe Ellis was mentioned in her memorial. Usually the DC’s list the cause of Death, sometimes not.

  38. Mary (Joyce) Repinski says:

    Thank you for this forum to connect to our heritage. My father was born in Stirrat, WV. His name was Dana McCormick. Born in 1934 to Andrew (Ed) and Elizabeth (Ethel) McCormick. He worked in the coal mines there. He was killed by a drunk driver while on duty as night watchman. He was hit on November 13th 1942 and died the 16th. The local newspaper had an article in the paper at that time about his death. I have tried for years to find that article. I actually drove to Logan in 2014 to search for it to be informed they no longer had them at the office and needed to look at the college library. I went to search there and alas, closed on Friday. I was heartbroken to not find it. I have written emails to the college library to request the article but received no response at all. I live in northern WI and it is difficult to get that way. Many of our family members lived in that area. As a child, we drove to Logan many time to find my grandfathers grave. Dad only could find it a few times as it was abandoned. That is sad to me. A cousin of ours said he had the newspaper article and would share it with us but he did not. That was ten years ago.
    If anyone can get copies if the article I would so appreciate it. My dad was only 8 years old when his father died. His life was hard after his passing as was his mother’s. He worked hard and moved around a lot. We settled in Wisconsin and he passed away in 2011. Please email me and I will pay for the copy. Joyce Repinski of Tomahawk, WI. us my email.
    Thank you for reading this.

    • Joyce Repinski says:

      I should have been clear that my grandfather Ed was the man who died in 1942. Not my father. Sorry that I wrote it to be a bit confusing.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Joyce & to anyone looking for articles
      in the Logan Banner. The best contact is
      Howard Newman @ WV Culture Center in
      Charleston,WV. He does research of the
      Logan Banner microfilm. There is a fee
      but its worth the cost. Culture Center #

  39. Carla Watts says:

    Looking for family and photos of Arthur McKinney and Nancy McKinney. They lived on Pine Street, Wilson Camp, Logan WV. I spent many summers with my grandparents there. Grandpa was a retired coal miner. Grandma was known for her hand made quilts and she volunteered at PRIDE a lot. My Dad is their oldest son, Jack Watts. Jack was a carpenter. Please contact me at Thank you for your time, Carla

  40. Erin McQueen Deicke says:

    Hi there my name is Erin McQueen Deicke, My mother was adopted from Logan County WV, We are looking for her Birth Mother, any other Children she may have had or any possible relatives, Paternal Mothers name is Aliene Wells could be spelled Aileen Wells, My Mother was born on 12-12-48 her birth name is Cynthia Ella Wells, she was adopted at the age of 2 years old. The adoptive parents where William Allen Stroupe and Wife Cordellia Bell Stroupe, William Allen Stroupe was a coal miner working in Logan County when they adopted my Mother. We have since returned to Logan to open the adoption records but only received the same papers we already had been given to us. If anyone has any information please contact me at or Thank you!

    • Bob Piros says:

      Erin, shows
      5 Wells in Logan &
      8 more in WV.

    • Diane Vinson-Childers says:

      Erin, You might contact Social Security. My Dad’s sister found him that way. They will contact you and ask if you want to have contact. Mine said “of course”. It was a great reunion and she answerd many questions. Good Luck!


  41. Beatrice Pannell says:

    I am still looking for Elizabeth Jones who gave birth to a child in Holden, WV in 1960 or 1961. I am

  42. Don Pauley says:

    I’m looking for info about my father Timothy Pauley, son of Elijah Pauley and Lena Vannatter Pauley. Lena’s father was George Summer Vannatter and the family lived around Harts Creek, WV. Elijah and Lena ran a boarding house in Ethel, WV for a while before moving to Big Ugly, WV but I think the right name is Leet, WV. Elijah worked for the coal mines and farmed and was an unpaid preacher in churches sometimes. Tim Pauley worked at grocery store in Logan, the A&P. Tim graduated in 1951 or 52 from Logan High School and went into the Navy. Tim was one of 11 children. Also any info you have on Evelyn Pauley would be useful. She married an Elmer Lee “Buster” Kazee and lived in Stollings, WV for many, many years. Buster worked for police as radio dispatch and had lost part of one leg in WW2 in Holland to a German tank. If anyone has a copy of Evelyn or Elmer’s obit and could post it would be great.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Don, shows your family in the
      1940 census.Also shows Elmer Kazee,
      born in 1912 & died in 1987 in Logan,WV.
      His parents were James & Jane Kazee,
      they lived in Dabney District,Logan,WV.

  43. Patty Townsend says:

    Hi, I am looking for a Browning Cemetery in or around Mann, WV in Logan County; my great grandfather is buried there. I am also hoping to come in contact with the Perry, Rollins and Havens families from Logan County. This is my husband’s line; Joseph and Nancy Rollins Perry were his great great grandparents and ran a boarding house on Cole Street. Nancy’s father Emsley Rollins served in the Confederate Army in the 23rd Virginia Infantry? and was a preacher. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
    Patty Townsend

  44. Deborah Meade Berger says:

    I am looking for any information about my father Clyde F. Meade, my Grandfather – Albert Meade, a coalminer – my grandmother Garnet Dingess Meade, my uncle – Willis Meade, my aunt Sylvia Meade Vance and Syliva Meade’s 2 boys – Jerry Vance and David Vance. Any help would be appreciated. I am looking to make a trip to Logan WV soon and would like to connect with any of my relatives before I come. I have menories of 2 visits there with my father Clyde. I believe he lived in Holden but I am not sure.
    Deborah Berger – deborah@thestampinpost,conm
    Sandy Springs, GA

  45. Heather Bias ellis says:

    Chris, Cebert may have been my grandfather. It is either him or his brother obra. Long story. I have no personal information about this family, but if you have taken the ancestry DNA test it will tell us for sure . you should be my 1st cousin as our fathers would be half brothers. Or we are 2nd cousins in the case obra is my grandfather. Pls email me at springheather0418@yahoo

  46. Chris Ellis says:

    Looking to connect with relatives of mine. My grandfather was Kenneth Ellis and his father was Cebert Ellis.

  47. Anita Barker Sorensen says:

    I’ve obtained copies of a number of newspaper articles from all across the U.S. about the murder of my great aunt, Rosa B. White, daughter of Henry Scott White. His youngest daughter, Nina Mearl White Heugel was my maternal grandmother. What I’m not able to find is where I can possibly obtain a copy of her death certificate, autopsy report, in what Funeral Home her funeral was held, and where she may have been buried. Records shows she was married to Lewis Ellis at a very young age, but find nothing about a divorce.
    Anyone have any further information? Thank you!

    • Bob Piros says:

      Anita, what year did Rosa die? shows her marriage
      in 1895 to Lewis Ellis.
      Also shows her in the 1900 Census.
      For $ 15,WV. Culture in Charleston
      will do a records check for the
      death record if you can’t find it
      online.It will show where burial is.
      Did Rosa die as a White or Ellis
      or was she married to someone

  48. Christopher R. Brewer says:

    I am looking for information on the Brewer line, and more specifically, Edward Brewer, who is listed as Woodard Brewer in the 1860 census. He was married to Isabella F. Brewer, and was, according to the 1860 census, born in Logan Co., but at the time of the census the family was living in Boone County. We also learn that he was a farmer, and that the value of his personal estate was 40 (I assume that’s $40). The census lists three children, the first being my great-great-grandfather, Charles Brewer (age 6). The other two were Sylvester M. (age 4) and Michael A. (age 1).

    Edward is not listed in the 1850 Boone Co. census, which makes sense as he would have been 16 or so at the time, and so probably still living with his parents (in Logan Co.?). He is, however, listed (age 47) in the 1880 census together with Chas. W. (age 25), Mont (age 23), Nancy (age 14), James (age 10), Farlina (age 7), Edward (age 6). Having been born around 1834, that age would be correct for Edward, and also for Chas. W. (i.e., Charles W.), Nancy and Farlina (Lena?). But where is Isabella? Dead? She’s not listed in any of the cemeteries here (nor is Edward, or any other Brewer for that matter). No Brewers are listed in the 1870 Lincoln Co. census.

    As previously noted, I know that his name was Edward, and not Woodard, based upon three sources:

    The Boone County Register of Births – Nancy Brewer (b. August 12, 1865) is there listed as the daughter of Edward and Isabella F. Brewer. Edward is there, once again, listed as a farmer, and the register says that Nancy was born at Little Coal.

    Charles William Brewer’s Obituary & Nancy Cambell’s COD – Nancy is listed in Charles’ obituary as a surviving sibling, and her COD lists Edward as her father.

    So, we know that his name was Edward, that he was married to Isabella F., that he was born in Logan Co. but lived in Boone Co. (likely Little Coal River), that he was a poor farmer, and that he likely had six or so children (Charles, Sylvester, Michael, Edward, Nancy and Lena).

    More here:

    • Bob Piros says:

      Christopher, has lots
      of Brewer family info.Shows a Edward
      W.Brewer(not the one you are seeking)
      he died March 29,1929. You can view
      the death record as it shows where he’s
      buried.Might be a lead to your family.
      Shows a Nancy Brewer born in 1865 in
      Little Coal,Boone WV.
      Shows Edward Brewer in 1863,age 31,
      born about 1833 in Union Cavalry.

  49. Theresa says:

    in search of newspaper articles of Okie Mills, lived in Mallory, Logan County, WV. Arrested in 1963 for moonshining…seeking what happened after the arrest… bio father, missing puzzle piece, different stories told..anyone out there remember this? any info on Okie is appreciated….

  50. Patricia Cousins Laliberte says:

    I am looking for a newpaper article in the shooting death of my Great Grandfather, Leslie Howard. Date of death, August 30, 1952. He was shot to death in Sarah Ann. Thank you so much for your help. Patricia Laliberte

    • Bob Piros says:

      Patricia, shows his
      death record.Shows him as a WWII
      Navy veteran.Also as a coal miner.
      Says he was shot a few times by
      another man.He was found on the
      roadside in Gilbert WV. Also says
      death near Sarah Ann.
      You might want to contact Susan
      Scouras, # 304-558-0230. She
      is a Researcher at the Culture
      Center in Charleston,WV.

  51. Meredith says:

    Hi, I’m looking for anybody that has information on my relatives George Hicks and his brother Fred Hicks. I found some newspapers that said Fred killed Sam Bartram and was sent to the Moundsville penitentiary but he was released on parole. I found some info in I was hoping someone knows more about the hicks family.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Meredith, to find Sun Beam Cemetery,
      go to the site.
      Contact the person who put the site up.
      To find Sun Beam,WV.,go to,shows a map.
      You can also search for it.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Meredith, shows
      lots of Hicks families
      living in Logan,WV.

  52. Mary Ann Douglass says:

    I am looking for Paul Clyde Douglas who would have lived in Holden, Logan County WV in 1942. He would have been about 50 at the time. He lists this on his WWII draft registration. He was an assistant mine foreman at one time so I’m pretty sure he would have worked for one of the coal companies. He was married.

  53. Looking for anyone with information on Resa Workman-Staten. She was my great grandmother I am doing my family tree and have been stumped finding her parents or sibling information. She was born about 1892 and died about 1956. Married Hiram Staten (Staton) in 1911.


  54. Rosanna Armbrust says:

    Looking for information on Guy Ellis born about 1827 Logan County. Find a lot of sources that state he is the son of Phillip and Elizabeth Ellis, but family oral history is that he was actually a Browning. Anyone have any clue about this or anything that proves or disproves this theory. My email address is and I welcome any and all clues or information.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Rosanna, familysearch shows
      Guy Ellis in the 1850 Census
      living with the Buchanan family
      in Logan County WV.

    • Cheryl Prichard says:

      I’m curious about Guy Ellis also. I have a photo of him and my GG Grandma, Frances. But need to know if he was actually a “Browning.

  55. Spring Heather Bias (Ellis) says:

    Looking for anyone who may know which of the sons of Joseph Lightburn Ellis and Sarah C Ball fathered an illegitimate child with Annie Mae McNeely Bias around 1940-42. the child was a boy and given the last name Bias, grew up in Logan County I think. I know this was a long time ago but if anyone was close to these people and knew which Ellis fathered the child (possibilities are Everett, Garnett, and Cebert unless there are also other sons of this family that I haven’t read about) the dna evidence is showing this.

  56. Tammy Grenon says:

    Researching the burial location of Georgia Stricklin/George Strickland/Georgie Stricklin. D/C indicates he is buired in Taplin, Logan Co.WV Trying to locate where he is laid to rest.
    b: 1886 Georgia
    d: 01 Jan 1927 in Charleston, WV
    He died at Hillcrest TB Hospital. He was a retired miner. Wife: Addie Williams
    Please contact with any info.
    Thank You

  57. drema wilson says:

    My dad was Walter Belcher. He was burned very badly in the Havaco mine explosion Jan. 15, 1946. I have seen a few listed injured. My dad was not mentioned I know there were many transported to different hospitals. Just would like some info. My grandmother Stroupe ran a boarding house. They had children Alta who married Ernest Lambert, Hallie married Harry Chandler I think he was at the mine too, Lucille married my dad Walter Belcher. They also had Bud, Charles and Edna. Any info would be so greatly appreciated.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Drema, this site has posted a video at the
      end of the Havaco story. There are newspaper
      articles that have your father’s injury in the video.

      • drema wilson says:

        Bob thank you for your reply.There is info there about Earl Belcher.My dad was Walter they were not related.The Chandlers live in Havaco untill at least the early 70s I think.My grandmother ran a boarding house and my dad ,grand dad and many uncles worked in the Havaco mine.Harry Chandler,Earnest Lambert.The Chandlers were Harry and Hallie.They had 2 daughters Carole and Brenda.Carole married a Gilkerson.

        • Bob Piros says:

          Drema, if you go to .57 seconds
          into the video,you will see your
          Dad’s name on the list.Says he
          was 29, he had second degree
          burns on the eyelids,no injury
          to his eyes.Also the video article
          states that your Dad was one of
          the first to be brought out of the

  58. Elizabeth ( tina ) Nunley says:

    Am lookin for any Nunley that were related to Edward and Millie Nunley of Holden, they had 3 son, Donald , Bert, Carl & a daughter named Pearl Nunley, the kids were born and raised there, in Holden, Donald Nunley is my dad, he was a coal mining, he married Louise Haywood, she had a Sister named Violet she married a Blankenship, an had one son named Timothy Blankenship, We lived in Macbeth W.Va , my name is Tina , Donald nunley daughter he an my mom had 3 sons also named Donald , Bert Carl , and my sister Diana ( Debbie ) Nunley, just looking to see if I can find any family that might be lefted n Logan County, My mother’s Family I think lived around Cabin Creek , my grandpa’s an grandma names were Thomas and Carrie Haywood, they had sons named Jerry , Thomas, Charles, and of course my moms Louise an her sister Violet, Haywood, thank you, here is

    • Charles Haywood says:

      One more brother Donald Charles was my Father I’m Charles Jr

      • Elizabeth ( tina ) Nunley says:

        Omg, its so nice to meet you, ur my frist cousin , i knew there were another brother an for the life of me i just coulxnt remenber, i should have as many people n the family named Donald,,how r you and everyone, can u tell me if any of my uncles are still living, i know my Aunt Voiet isnt, My mom also passed away, i figure that Uncle Charles has since you said was, ur dad, i know uncle Jerry passed also, heck i figure they all had now, cause am 57, Do you live in Wva ? R u on Facebook ? If so this is what my nane is on there, i go by tina, my real name is Elizabeth tina Nunley, please sent me a f/rq so we can keep in touch, i been looking for a long time for any Haywoods, that were family, and i cant belive i found my cousin, am so happy, do you know Tim blankinship, Aunt Voiet son, i been looking for him, hes my half brother if u can belive that, yes my dad had a affair with my mom sisrer, its sad but i have a brother i would love to c,, even you, ok i will let you go i really hope i hear from you soon, love your Tina,

  59. Charity Adkins says:

    Please help. Looking for information on Sylvanus Neace born 04/May 1873 in Wayne County WV .The last location I can find is the 1910 Census Harts Creek WV. He is listed as Van married to Drusilla Simpkins she is listed as Drogilla.
    My grandmother is Imogene Colegrove her mother Margaret Neace Colegrove spelled Coalgrove on death certificate died when she 1 so sadly she does not know much at all about the Neace side. We have been told that Sylvanus was poisoned by mistake while staying in Logan at a in or possible a coal camp?? Any help at all will be appreciated.
    Margaret did have a sister Junie they married brothers John and George Colegrove from Lincoln County.
    Charity Gallion Adkins

  60. Carla Haslam Herkner says:

    I found this poem and an obituary for Lloyd Lewis Castle, a long time coal miner and resident of Clothier. I will try to attach it to this comment. He was like a grandfather to me and he was such a good man. Hoping some of you will be reminded of the brave miners in your own family.

    Lloyd Castle obit (PDF)

    ~Carla Haslam Herkner

  61. April Cline-Jones says:

    In search of a William Louis Campbell, father of John Campbell. John refused to speak of his family but John’s WWI Draft card says he was born in and his dad lived in Logan County in 1918. I have found no census records of him there that I can link to John. John’s mother was Martha May but one of the few things John ever mentioned about his family is that he had an unkind step-mother, so Martha may not be the name of William in all records. I have LOTS of records of John. But I don’t have any records of him actually living with or linked to his parents or his birth in Logan county. I plan to take a trip to Logan county this fall but I would love to have some additional evidence that he did, in fact, live there in Logan county.

    • Bob Piros says:

      April, shows a John B. Campbell,
      parents William & Martha living in Greenbrier,WV.
      in the 1920 & 1930 Census.

      • April Cline-Jones says:

        John was married in 1918 and lived in Steubenville, Ohio. I have been searching for this link for decades. I appreciate the suggestion, though.

  62. katy ryan says:

    I am looking for information about Maria Parker, a schoolteacher at the Omar Douglass School in the mid 1920s. She was sentenced to life for the murder of Reverend Edward Howard in 1925. Rev. Howard was a pastor at the Omar Baptist Church. His wife, Patti Howard, was also believed to have been involved in his death. I have found information in the Logan Banner but am trying to find other sources. If these names or this case ring any bells, I would love to hear. (I have Maria Parker’s basic info from census, death, and cemetery records.) katy at

  63. Faye Francis says:

    Searching for info on my grandfather Kelly Cox 1890-1971 Peach Creek – he operated the Red Top Inn, next to RR – also had 2 infant granddaughters, Kimberly Dawn Harvey & Sandra Kay Harvey, buried next to him in McDonald Cemetery on Crooked Creek. He was married to Gladys Mays Cox, had daughter Brenda Cox , son Kelly Jr. Any info would be appreciated.

  64. Kimberly Sturgill says:

    I am looking for information on Mullins Cemetery in Lyburn WV. My grandmother Lura Harless is buried there. I would like to know how to get there from Columbus Ohio

    • Bob Piros says:

      Kimberly,use Mapquest,put in this address,
      179 Rita Mall Rd.,Lyburn,WV.25632 &
      your address.To get to Lyburn. shows Mullins Cemetery
      is located across the river.
      Also shows a Lena Harless &
      Harless family buried there.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Kimberly, findagrave shows a map of
      Mullins Cemetery in Lyburn.
      If you take US 35 E,its 215 miles
      & about 4 hours from Columbus.

  65. Bob Piros says:

    Frank, shows
    Franklin Hensley.

  66. Christina Jenkins says:

    My grandpa was Roy Duty and my Grandma was Mary Staten – Duty I have gone through some of my family tree on my own but still looking for family especially present day family. My grandpas parents were Charles Wilson Duty and Mary Diamond. My grandmas parents were Hiram Staten and Reesa Staten I’m not sure about her maiden name. My email is my name is Christina

    • Bob Piros says:

      christina, lists
      a few Duty names in WV. shows a
      Roy Duty,born in 1892 &
      died in 1922.

      • there was a reese staten living at hellcreek in mingo co wva about 1952 and also a walker duty at barnabus wva who passed in the 80s has a son johnny duty living in williamson wva .

  67. Frank Hensley says:

    Help with the Hensley Family tree. My grandfather was born in Logan County the part that is now Cheif Logan State Park his name was Franklin “Preacher” Hensley his fathers name was Okey Hensley and his mothers name was Polly Hensley any info would be greatly appreciated. Really trying to trace my family name back to the Civil War era

    • Frank I am Nikki Hensley, My grandfather is Franklin Hensley, was a preacher. Had a sister named Polly & He was married to my grandmother Esther, they had 4 kids, Michelle, Stan, Pam, Patrinia. I am sure we are talking about the same person. He was buried in harts, wv. If we are talking about the same person which I’m sure we are please feel free to email me. or facebook


  68. sandy tomblin goins says:

    I am looking for my cousin bobby dow shelton mom was a chambers.. moved to ohio when he was young. Loved baseball and joined the navy havent seen him since the 70’s

  69. Sandra "Colleen" McLeon Waters says:

    I am searching for information on my great grandmother Margaret “Meda” Vance McLean. b. around 1880 in Ireland where she married Richard Alexander McLean and gave birth to my grandfather Richard Alexander McLeon. From stories my aunt has said, she and her family came over to this country and stayed with her family in West Virginia. Another trip over from Ireland, much later she died at sea and was buried. The problem is that I cannot confirm the exact name of her husband. My grandfather ran away from home, and went by an alias until he died never revealing the exact spelling giving any additional information. I am a amaeuter at this, and if anyone can help with any information regarding Margaret…it would be greatly appreciated.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Sandra, please post your e-mail address. shows a few Margaret
      Vance born in 1880,you need her
      parent’s names.
      Shows a Richard Mclean born in
      1881 in Ireland living in New York
      in the 1940 census.

  70. Faye Francis says:

    I’m looking for anyone who may remember my grandfather, Kelly Cox who lived in Peach Creek. He worked on C&O RR and also operated “The Red Top” close to the tracks. He was married to his 2nd wife, Gladys Kelly Cox. They had a daughter Brenda Cox; Gladys had a son Gene Kelly.
    Any info or photos would be greatly appreciated.

  71. Larry Hurley says:

    Bob..thanks for the information. While I do have this information, I am trying to find more specifics about the murder, such as the disposition of the killer/killers. Could you give me an idea how to find out court proceedings and other relevant trial information. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Once again, thanks for the reply

    • Bob Piros says:

      Larry, you might check with:
      Logan Co. circuit clerk- # 304-792-8538.
      WV Culture Center- # 304-558-0220.
      WVculture,org.They have Logan Banner
      film in their library. have unsolved
      murder cases on their site.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Larry, some more info that I just found.
      WV State Police have a cold case site.
      Also Wikia has UnsolvedMysteries.

      • Larry Hurley says:

        I found the guys, their names are Frank and James Fannin. In 1941 Frank was 20 years old and James 35 years old. Any info. on these two who be interesting Thank You

        • Bob Piros says:

          Larry, shows a
          few people with the names of
          Frank & James Fannin.
          You will have to follow through
          on the other sites for more info,
          if you don’t find the info at

        • Bob Piros says:

          Larry, shows a few
          people with the Fannin name living
          in WV. Also hoping that you will share
          the story on this Logan site with you
          have completed your research.

  72. Larry Hurley says:

    I am trying to find any information on the June 29th, 1941 murder of Herbert Nelson in Stirrat, West Virginia. He was the son of Grant & may Nelson and brother to Ruby & Shirley Nelson.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Larry, Herbert’s death record is at
      He died of a stab wound at the Pioneer Night Club,
      in Sarah Ann,WV.

  73. Lorraine Chambers Marcum says:

    I have be trying to fine my Gransfather Family his name is Lewis White .. i hear he was kill in Dingess a hit and run I dont know much about him .he was married to my Grandmother Rosella or Rose White. i am also looking for Imformation on William perise Chambers Family

  74. Daniela says:

    Hi all,
    my name’s Daniela De Angelis, i’m from Sezze, Italy. I’m looking for my family origins. I know that, in 1912, my great grandfather Casalini Pasquale went to USA. The address he indicated was 523 Kanaska Ave Charleston WV. His destination was a cousin house. The name of the cousin was Stafferone Angelo. My great grand father came back Italy.
    I tried to look for this address and some information about Stafferone’s family but i haven’t found anything. Can you help me if possible? can you tell me if, in Charleston, does this address exist?

    Thank you in advance and saluti from Sezze 🙂


    • Bob Piros says:

      Daniela, shows
      Angelo Stafferone,living in New York,
      Feb.17,1907.You can also find him
      on the Ellis Island site. shows a
      Pasquale Casalini in the 1930
      census in New York. He was born
      in 1877.His wife was Rose.
      Lists all of his family members.
      Mapquest doesn’t list the address
      in Charleston,WV.

      • Daniela says:

        Hi Bob, thank you for your information. I think he was another Casalini Pasquale because my great grandfather died in 1918….

  75. pamelajonespannell says:

    In search Of Biological Mother, Elizabeth Jones or any of Her immediate family , Please Contact

    • Linda Van Horn says:

      Pam, my grandmother’s name was Elizabeth Jones.

      • Beatrice (Wendy) Pannell or Pamela Jones Pannell says:

        Mrs. Van Horn, please send me another email about Mrs. Jones. We have been looking for her or her family for a very long time. I would like to speak to you about this lady. Again I am
        Thank you for responding, I just knew someone was out there that knew of her or of her family.

  76. Beatrice Pannell says:

    I am looking for a mother from the Logan area by way of Holden. She is African-American and her name is Elizabeth Jones. I am looking for any of her relatives (parents, siblings or children). Please leave a message at I am a researcher requesting this information.

  77. Cinzia Di Francesco says:

    Ho saputo che il mio bisnonno che si chiamava Sabato Sene è vissuto lì fino al 1954 anno in cui è morto se qualcuno ha notizie può rispondere alla mail grazie, scrivo dall’Italia.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Cinzia, e necessario andare sul sito web,
      You necessita di conoscere lo stato in cui il bisnonno
      Sene Sabato e morto.
      Anche anno cui e nato.Sto usando,
      traduttere online @

  78. Denise Willey says:

    I am looking for information about my grandmother’s family. Last name was Miller. I don’t know her parent’s first names but know that they lived in Logan and that her father was a mining foreman. My grandmother was Mae Miller and later married Dean Willey. All I really know is that they lived at the top of a hill in Logan, that I have Mingo blood through my grandmother’s side of the family and that Mae moved to Charleston to work when she got older. Mae (Miller) Willey passed away a few years ago at the age of 98. Any info would be welcomed. Thank you!

  79. Linda Van Horn says:

    I have been trying to get more information about my father, Gene Gallo, which has not been very successful. My mother was Betty Lou Jones. She had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. If anyone knew her, I would be grateful to hear about your memories. She died when I was 12. It was very sad, she was a beautiful lady. Thank you.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Linda, could you please post your e-mail address
      or what you have found out about Gene Gallo.
      I sent you some info in September.
      My e-mail is

      • Linda Van Horn says:

        Hi Bob, I received an e mail from Brenda Moore Hensley who grew up across the street from Gene Gallo. I have tried to contact her by phone and email, but have not been able to reach her. I also tried contacting the Chirico restaurant through facebook. As I mentioned to you before, I have not been successful in finding information on the links you sent me. Thanks, Linda my email address is

  80. Shelby Burgess says:

    I would like to know more about Richard Hewett of the countys of Logan and Boone.
    Tradition says he was slaughtered by Indians on the stream that later was named for him(Hewett ). I have some info that I may be related to him through the Workmans. Thanks;

  81. Linda says:

    To: Brenda Moore Hensley

    Hi Brenda, I was so excited to receive your e mail. I left you a message last week with my number. Hope to talk with you soon.

  82. Alexandria Baisden says:

    Looking for information on the Canterbury family. My grandpa is Willard Baisden born in April of 1928. He was adopted by a Baisden, but his biological father was a Canterbury, I’m 15 years old, and I’m working on a family tree for class. My father refuses to tell me anything about them. My father is Michael Baisden. If you have any information, please email me at
    I want to know my family. ❤️

  83. Tony Di Nobile says:

    I’m an amateur Genealogist….I do 1 surname and work back from Father to Grandfather ,etc. and than of course include the spouses….In this basic tree I will try and get back to your ancestors arrived in America…IF I find that ancestor within a generation or two , If I can I will also try and get back a few generations in the ,”Old Country” ) , that way you have a basic outline and can continue the Family Tree in more detail if you wish….I also will setup a Free Family Tree through and input the information….Finally , I will post what I find Caldwell Message Board and post a message , that way others researching the Caldwell name will see it and be able to help you maybe further your research while at the same time furthering their own….Finally , I will post what I find a Message Board and post a message , that way others researching the name will see it and be able to help you maybe further your research while at the same time furthering their own….I can also send you a Facebook Request , in case you wanted to chat that way….I do charge $60 to do this….Please message via Facebook or just respond to this post if your interested….Thank You !

  84. James Kenney says:

    Looking for any and all information regarding William MacKenzie ” Mac” Locke and Lillian Louise ” Tillie” McBride-Rine-Locke, as well as dau. Leah Rine and children. Any assistance is appreciated.

  85. Kim Accord says:

    Hello! I am researching a homicide of a family member that occurred in Switzer, Logan Co. It was Harrel Clay, on 28 Jan 1946 at the Beer Gaidor (can’t read that word very well on the death cert). He was a war vet, only 23 at the time of death. Family stories are that it was over him being mixed up in the Hatfield/McCoy mess. Have tried to find a newpaper article online but have had no luck. Any info would be wonderful. My husband was born less than a month later & he was given Harrel’s name, but the family was so torn up about the death that they couldn’t say the name, so my husband became “Buddy”. Thank you!

    • Bob Piros says:

      Kim, the record says Beer Garden.
      You might try
      website,you might find someone to do
      research for a fee.They have a request
      form on the site.
      A request to a local Logan church might
      get results if you are willing to give a
      donation for their time.

  86. Faye Francis says:

    searching for relatives of my grandfather, Kelly Cox, Sr. He was married to Gladys Kelly Cox last. They had one daughter, I believe Brenda Around 1946-1947. Kelly had children from 1st & 2nd marriages also. 1st Dimples, 2nd Maxine & Kelly Jr.

    Any info would be helpful

  87. Teresa Slone-Sturgeon says:

    I am looking for Collins family of Yolyn, Rum Creek, Argyle, Chambers. List of names I can find are:
    William and Mary Jane (Hall) Collins
    Hattie Collins Hall
    George Collins
    Martha Allen Burns
    Melvin Allen
    Brad Burns
    Virgil Allen

    Anything would be extremely helpful and appreciated. There also would have been a blind cousin names Squire who ran a beer joint and lived in a 2 story house around back. This would have been around 1950

  88. Mary J Collins says:

    I am seeking information on Collins Family who lived in Mingo County. I am also looking for information on Easter Collins. Her first husband was Jesse Finley. Easter died in January 1984. I am filling in information on the family tree. Any family photos would be great.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Mary, has the
      info about Easter Collins,
      born Oct.19,1908.
      Married Jesse Finley
      in 1933 in Logan.
      He was born in 1903,
      died in 1946 in Logan.

  89. Jennifer Liers says:

    I now know I am looking for the name of the family who owned the Logan Cafe on Stratton street in the mid 50’s. A man by the name of Louie ran it around then. Any help would be appreciated.

    I can be reached at

    • Bob Piros says:

      Jennifer,according to an old Logan
      phonebook,the Logan Cafe was located at
      319 Stratton St. Franklin’s at 208,Nick’s at
      411 & the Smoke House at 134.
      The man was Louie Papardopaulous who
      changed his name to Louie Pauley.You can
      find him at

      • Jennifer Liers says:

        Thank you so much! That matches exactly with my Grandmother’s memory that he mentioned changing his name. My question is, how do I find is info on I see that name, but nothing that truly confirms it is the same person. And I can’t find anything under the older name. Am I searching incorrectly? Thanks for your help.

  90. debbie says:

    looking for any family of G. Burgess Thompson..from verdenville

  91. Jennifer Liers says:

    I am trying to search for the name of a family who owned a restaurant in downtown Logan in the mid to late 1950’s. My grandmother thinks she remembers the restaurant name being the family’s name. She also remembers some time in the mid fifties, there was a newspaper article about the restaurant. The family was Greek or Italian. I just want to find out the family’s last name. Any help would be appreciated.

    You can email me at

    • Tony Di Nobile says:

      Hi Jennifer….Below are 2 more records for a Louie Pauley….The first is a WW II Enlistment Record , showing this Louie as being born in 1924 , which is still a little older than you mentioned , but closer….The 2nd is a more recent record with an address an phone number….Hopefully , one of these will help you.

      Name: Louie E Pauley
      Name (Original): PAULEY LOUIE E
      Event Type: Military Service
      Event Date: 19 Jul 1943
      Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      Event Place: Huntington, West Virginia, United States
      Race: White
      Citizenship Status: citizen
      Birth Year: 1924
      Birthplace: WEST VIRGINIA
      Education Level: 2 years of high school
      Civilian Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
      Marital Status: Single, without dependents
      Military Rank: Private
      Army Branch: No branch assignment
      Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      Source Reference: Civil Life
      Serial Number: 35770545
      Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
      Box Film Number: 09895.51


      Name: Louie Pauley
      Residence Date: 30 Dec 2000
      Residence Place: Mount Gay, West Virginia, United States
      Phone Number: (740) 379-2187
      Phone Number Recorded Date: 01 Aug 2000
      Address: 587 PO Box
      Address Continued: Mount Gay, West Virginia 25637
      2nd Address: 824 Gage Rd
      2nd Address Continued: Patriot, Ohio 45658
      2nd Address Date: 01 Jan 1996-01 Aug 2000
      Record Number: 424544409

  92. Faye Francis says:

    Searching for my grandfathers grave – obit says he is buried in Upper McDonald Cemetery at Peach Creek, WV, I can’t find any info on internet. Name Kelly Cox b/d 6/02/1890 d/d July 1971.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Faye,you might want to check with
      James Funeral Home online site for help. shows a Upper McDonald
      Cemetery in Danville,Boone Co.
      Shows 3 McDonald Cemeteries in Logan Co.
      with maps.

  93. Linda Van Horn says:

    Bob, thank you so much. Do you know if he has children?

    • Bob Piros says:

      Linda, yes he did.Please look at
      the death certificate.

      • Linda Van Horn says:

        Bob, I will be traveling to Logan in November. Do you know of anyone I could contact to get more information about my father, Gene Gallo, and his family. I am having trouble locating information about his son, Tony. I know you provided me with a web site to find my father’s death certificate, but, I could not find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

        • Bob Piros says:

          Linda, all the info you seek about
          Tony Gallo is at
          His family was friends with the
          Chirico family in Logan.
          Per 1940 Census.
          There is a Chirico’s Restaurant
          at 24 Main Ave. in Logan.
          Good Luck.

          • Brenda Moore Hensley says:

            I lived across the street from Gene Gallo when I was a child. Tony was the oldest child. The younger son was Johnny. They did not have any daughters. Tony was married at one time to Judy Turner. Johnny was married 1st time and had 2 children. I believe he is in Ky near Williamson My email only works at times. I can answer more questions for you. Call 1-304-687-9800.

  94. Pamela Evans Thompson says:

    I am looking for information on the Evans Family. Specifically the family of Talton and Isabelle Tackett Evans. Henry on one of Talton’s son and married Jennie Robinson Finley. She is buried in the Mounts Cemetery at Mt. Gay. Henry’s death cert says he is buried in Mt. Gay Cemetery. I have not been able to locate this cemetery. Help would be appreciated. Also I am of the Chaffin line from Logan County and Mingo County. I come up to this area quite often looking for relatives who may have information. Anyone’s help I would appreciate.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Pamela,go to,
      it shows a map to the Mounts cemetery.
      Shows Jennie Evans,born May 13,1878
      she died March 3,1963.
      Good Luck.

  95. Linda Van Horn says:

    Looking for my birth father who most likely has passed away. His name is Gene Gallo, was 38 years old in 1953. He was married and had an affair with my mother, Betty Lou Jones. I am hoping to find any living relatives. Thank you.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Linda, he was born May 9,1915 &
      he died July 30,1971.His death certificate
      is at shows lots of Gallo members
      in WV.
      Good Luck.

  96. Margaret Burton says:

    My mother’s family was from Holden….she was Margaret Gladys Mooney…her father was Edward ..her mother was Lily Brown Mooney….her brothers were Ted, Jackie, and Jimmy….Mother was valedictorian of her class at Logan High School…any stories or memories of this family would be greatly appreciated….thank you…

  97. sarah adams says:

    Still Searching for information on
    •Elza Workman (b. 1919? – d. 1980)
    married March 22, 1947 to:
    •Elsie McNeely (b. 1929 – d. 1989)

    -Elza s/o •Thompson Workman & Polly Emily Workman. Elza is buried on Bulwark branch (harts crk).
    -Elsie d/o •Bilton McNeely & Milcie(milcy) Adkins. Elsie is buried on Bulwark. Elsie’s family lived in Lincoln county as far as I am aware. But I have information that she may have been born in Logan.

    Any information to help with this family tree would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Sarah,go to
      Elsie McNeely,b.- April 22,1928,
      Married Elza Workman,March 17,1947
      in Logan,WV.
      Elsie Workman,
      d.- Nov.16,1989,Lincoln WV.

  98. Joy Conley says:

    Any information on Cloyd Bowling Sr and Pearl Kershner Bowling – beliearved to have died in Logan County WVA in 1941 My Dad was Edward C Bowling – born in1920 email me at

  99. Lauren says:

    I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather, Joseph (Joe) Lucas, son of Albert French Lucas and Laura. He had several siblings as well. He moved to Florida and married Gwen Raines and had two children. His daughter gave birth to my mother in 1966 and she put her up for adoption. His daughter has since passed as well as his son Donald. I am looking for any family relatives or anyone who knew Joe!

    Thank you!

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hello Lauren, shows 8 Lucas with
      phone # living in Florida. Shows many living in
      WV. Also shows the marriage
      record of Joe Lucas to Gwen Raines,July 22,1944
      in Florida. It shows the 1930 & 1940 WV Census
      which shows many of your relatives.

  100. Linda Maynard Sturgill says:

    Looking for info on Clara Christian, Crawley Creek, W.Va. May have been born in Clear Fork Area, McDowell County. Mother of Troy around 1905 was Troy’s birth.

    • Bob Piros says:

      Linda,go to
      The 1910 census shows the family.

      • Linda Sturgill says:

        Yes, I found the family on 1910 Census. But have not been able to find more info on Clara Christian – birth, death or marriage certificates. My grandfather was born out of wedlock and apparently was born Christian, but his father was Christopher Columbus Belcher. Troy later went by Belcher. Any more suggestions on ancestry links?

  101. Alan Simpkins says:

    I am looking for my Grandfathers Father. Reverend Henry John Simpkins Jr. was Born on 14 March 1885 In Mingo, WV. I do know that he lived in Horsepin Hollow Logan WV. He was married on 1 Jan 1906, with a Minnie Ellis. He had listed as his father on his Marriage Certification of H. Simpkins and M. Mounts. I have found out that M. Mounts was Martha Mounts and she worked as a laundress in the area. She has Henry listed as a “Mounts” on the 1900 Census in the Mingo Stafford District. I also know that Mingo and Logan counties were together at one time then separated into separate counties later. I am told by several people that Henry John Simpkins was a Junior but I have no evidence of this.. I would love to find out if this is indeed the case. I also assume that it may be possible that Henry was conceived out of wedlock, or his father could have passed away shortly there after. I am also told that Henry had a Half-Brother named Willard H. Hatfield. I would appreciate any information that you may have to share with me. According to the 1900 Census, It is listed that the mother and father was born in WV but I am unable to obtain any records relating this. Thank you for your time!

  102. Tonya Shadd says:

    I’m looking for any Decendants of Albert and Sarah Dillon Vance
    Albert and Sarah were married 2/13/24 Logan WV – he was 23 she was 19 He was from Kleen Koal and she was from Mt Gay – Alberts Mothers name Louvernia (also spelled Luverna) Caldwell, Fathers name Adison Vance – Sarahs Mothers name Celia Bailey and Fathers name James Dillon (Married by J.G. McNeely)
    I created a facebook group.

  103. doug says:

    id like to find some stuff out about my great great grandpa his name is Arey white

  104. ruth chambers powell says:

    AM trying to find information about3 children that died when they were young, my mothers brother and sisters? my mother was born at ethel, so thought her kin may be buried there,names– nora m fisher, b.1910- d.1912– dorthey fisher b.1918 d.1922 – robert w. jack fisher b1921 d.1924, would appreciate it if anyone has information. ruth chambers powell

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      Probably buried at the Foley cemetery at Fort Branch. At that time,this was the only cemetery near Ethel.Many miners familys are buried in the Foley cemetery. It is across the creek at Melville,Logan Co. WV.

  105. Larry Bevins says:

    Have been researching my 2nd Great Grandma Elizabeth A. Steele b. 08 Nov 1854 Virginia and passed away about 1890 Logan County, West Virginia of consumption. She was married to George Washington Richards b. 1840 on 30 Aug 1871 Logan County, West Virginia. I haven’t been able to find records of who her parents were. I have been told her father and mother was Charles & Sarah Steele. Would love to find records to prove her parentage and be able to complete her Steele lineage. Any help would be appreciated. Would love to find a photo of her too. My 2nd Great Grandpa George Washington Richards was also married first to Lydia Hatfield, 2nd my Elizabeth Steele, and third to Minnie Stollings. George and Elizabeth Steele Richards children were George W. “Wash”, Elizabeth Jane, Ransom Jiles “Ran”, William E., Albert “Abe”, Joseph “Joe”, Molly S., Blackburn “Black”, and Sarah Ann Richards. Lived on Upper Crawley Creek, Logan County, West Virginia.

    My Great Grandpa Ransom Jiles Richards lived at Snap Creek, Logan County, West Virginia.

  106. Charles D. Vance says:

    I am looking for the burial site of William George Vance, son of John Vance And Mary Wilson. He was born about 1814 in Va. George was Married to Clarissa Peggy Harmon. He died in the 1880s. The Last known address was with his son John Wesley Vance at Chapmanville WV. Thank you Charles D. Vance

  107. rebecca adams says:

    i am rebecca adams the daughter of edna mae adams n king adams grand daughter of dixie mullins n jack mullins of buck fork, qennie adams, john adams i think this is true on the adams side can some one help me out please.

    • ashley Mullins says:

      Hi rebecca, my name is ashley Mullins I am the daughter of Billy mullins who is homer mullins brother. I am pretty sure that my grandpa is dixies brother. (well he is if its the same person) please contact me via email

      • Nona Adams says:

        Can you tell me what was Dixie’s parents name.

        • Ashley says:

          I am pretty sure Rosa Adams, but I would have to ask my father. I will see him today (12/21) and get back to you.

        • Tammy Mullins says:

          Rosa Adams b.1881-d.1940 and George Mullins b. still researching Rosa’s parents were Anthony Adams and Alafair Farley.

          • ashley Mullins says:

            My fathers name is Billy mullins. Son of homer Mullins and beulah kennedy. Homers parents were rosa adams and george mullins. A few other children they had were dixie, burl, Marie and maybe George. My grandfather died when my dad was 3 so he doesn’t know much either.

          • ashley Mullins says:

            Can you email me tammy?
            My email is thank you

          • Tammy Mullins says:

            sorry,I mean Pricy Alafair Chapman Adams.

          • sarah adams says:

            Hi, Dixie Mullins was my husbands g.g.grandma. what were her parents names? I’ve been working on his family tree for quite sometime and I’m stuck. Help would be greatly appreciated.

        • ashley Mullins says:

          Dixies parents were rosa adams and george mullins. She had siblings named burl, homer, marie and possibly george?

          • Shelby Burgess says:

            Who was the 4th member of the singing group that went by the name of the Anthony Adams Four ? I know Burl and Marie Mullins , and Anthony Adams were members. I greatly enjoyed their songs.

          • Tammy Mullins says:

            Dixie was my husbands great grandmother.

        • Marie says:

          I am researching the ADAMS’ of Logan Co WV…I am a descendent of John Washington Adams. I am looking for the parents of Joseph Adams, who married Dicy Mullins. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.
          Thank you, Marie

          • Kim Lane Green says:

            will send you info

          • Kim Lane Green says:

            Alyson Adams family tree
            owner: aka321
            sources (6)
            records (5)
            Joseph Adams

            3 Jan 1810
            Logan, West Virginia, United StatesNEW
            Jan 1855DIFFERENT
            Logan, West Virginia, United States
            Family Info

            William D Adams (1774-1855)NEW

            Ann Demorest (1774-)NEW
            Dicie Mullins (1816-1888)
            Married 1832NEW
            Patsy Ann (1830-1869)NEW
            Sarah Sally (1833-1920)NEW
            John Qunicy (1837-1863)NEW
            John QUINCY (1838-1863)NEW
            Rhoda J (1843-)NEW
            Solomon (1846-1925)NEW
            Anthony (1849-1914)NEW
            Benjamin (1855-1920)

        • toni wheatley says:

          I hope this is the right nona adams,this is toni wheatley please answer me back if you know me

    • sidney lane jr says:

      my grandmother name was dicey blanche adams and she was born in logan WV and have been wanted to find her famliy

    • Kim Lane Green says:

      I am related to all these folks what questions do you need answered my grandfather was Freddie Adams,wife Margaret Baisden they lived in Harts creeks .My mom was Dicie Blanche Adams she passed away march 19th 2013

      • Marie says:

        Thanks your help is welcomed and thanks for replying. I am looking for the siblings of Joseph Adams married to Dicy Mullins. Any proof would be greatly appreciated.

      • Marie says:

        So sorry about the passing of your dear mother. I have been trying to confirm that John Washington Adams was Joseph’s brother. I have Washington’s parents as William and Ann…but I was hoping for some proof. This family was very close nit. I know they are brothers…just can’t prove it.
        Any stories you can share would be wonderful to hear. Thanks so much.

  108. Janet Messer says:

    Looking for infomation on a James Barrett who married a Nancy Williamson Jan 6th 1902 and had 2 sons Byrd Barrett bn /1902 and Hezz Barrett 1904? He was maybe in the military.Believe he was born in Kentucky.He listed his age when he married as 28.So possible bn 1874?Hers 19.They married in Logan WV resided HartsCreek.Nancy later married a John Thompson the a Ray Buchanan.

  109. Gerrie Lynn Johnson says:

    My name is Gerrie Lynn Johnson Was named after my Father Jerry Gordon Johnson (passed)Brother’s Keneth married to Molly, Ira jr ,William called Neal(passed) married to Hellen,Sister named Linda married toJunior Ferrell(not sure on that spelling)his Father’s name was Ira Johnson(passed) married to Maud Bennet(passed). My Mother’s name is Donna Jean McNeely(passed),I was raised by her Sister Jackie Lee McNeely(passed)They have a Sister named Milldred who married Hershal Dillon(passed) they adopted a son named James( Actualy they bought him from some woman in a bar there inWVA) and a Brother named Willam(passed) worked in mines went by Bill can’t remember his wife’s name(think it may have ben Lila) had Daughter’s Randy Sue, Bobbie Joe, and Sissy that’s what they called her not sure what her real name was, and there was a younger Brother who passed away young under the age of two not sure what his name was I think it may have ben Bobbie. My Mother’s parent’s name’s where John McNeely(passed) worked in the mine’s Iseland creek was one(not sure on spelling) married to Ruby(passed) Growing up I heard mention of Logan and Holden WVA, if you know any of them or are kin folk or know of any kin generation’s further back then ones mentioned above and have name’s, picture’s, anything would be greatly apreicated I lost everything some year’s back now all family picture’s family Bibble’s with family tree ect,ect. Picture’s ect to

    • Doris Chambers says:

      is this child that mother worked in bar in wva still living do you no what bar and the person that they got child from that was a bar around island creek 24 mines do you know about what year this took place make be able to shead some light on this

  110. Everitt Hatfield says:

    Having made two trips to the Wharncliffe area searching several cemeteries looking unsuccessfully for my great grandfather Eli (Aly) Hatfield and his wife Edith Cline.

    Also Eli’s father Joseph and mother Nancy Evans, or Valentine (1789-1872) and his wife Martha Weddington (1795-1852). A response would be highly appreciated. Would like to make one more trip to find them.
    My e-mail is

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hi Everitt, you might look at for help. There are many names of
      Hatfield family members. Having date of birth helps. I found a Nancy Evans
      born in 1788 and she died June 5,1868 in Monongalia County VA.

  111. Adam H. Grimmett says:

    I am looking for old photos of the Grimmett clans of Logan
    County. I’d love to find photos of John and Nancy Grimmett
    from Sandlick. The both died between 1880-1900.
    Any Grimmett pictures from before that time period to 1930
    would be great to get copies of. Thank you!!

  112. Tony Di Nobile says:

    I have been helping a friend research her Family Tree….I have done well , but hit the Genealogical Brick Wall when trying to get back further in her McHenry Line…..I have traced back to her ancestors , John McHenry (1808-80) and his wife Mahala McHenry Thompson (1806-1854)….I have seen information stating that John McHenry was born in Cabell County , but so far I haven’t been able to get back any further in the Family Tree….Any information that could be shared to further my research would be Greatly Appreciated….Regards ,

  113. Heather says:

    Hi, I am looking for information on my ancestry from Holden, WV. Names are Johnson (Bethard, George), Clark (William and Martha), Allen (Martha), Ghee (Thomas and Sarah), Marcum (Rena or Toni), and Adkins (Regina or Dodie). Any information would be very helpful. Thank you. 🙂

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hi Heather, go to I found a
      William R.Clark,born in 1916 in Georgia
      wife Martha in the 1940 census.

    • Matt says:

      We are trying to trace our roots and it has been difficult as Im sure you know. My great grandfather was from Holden and his name was Thomas Ghee husband of Sarah. My grandfathers name was Henry Ghee. We have a picture of Thomas Ghee but none of Sarah. Please feel free to email and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Heather, my name is Gary Ghee Grandparents were Thomas and Sarah Ghee. My fathers name was Henry. Contact me please we have some more information on the family, not much but might help you and I both. Thank you.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Heather, My name is Gary Ghee. My grandparents were Thomas and Sarah. Thomas died in 1923 and Sarah maybe died in 1924. My dad’s name was Henry Ghee. I have more info and still seeking more info on Thomas and Sarah. You can contact me at Sheila.ghee@ Thanks Gary

  114. Ashley Mullins says:

    Hello, my name is Ashley Mullins. My grandfather’s name was Homer Benjamin Mullins. He was born in 1925 and died in 1958. He was married to Beulah Kennedy who also passed away 3 years later. My father does not remember much but we would like to see if anyone has any pictures or anything of either? Thank you very much

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hi Ashley, has a Homer B.Mullins born
      Nov.15,1925 and he died Sept.17,1958 in Logan.
      He’s buried in Harts Creek Cemetery.

  115. William Cress says:

    I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather ( John Marshall Cress ) – He was a U. S. postmaster at a few of the mines in logan ( Accoville 1926 – ? ) ( Ethel, Logan 1919, 1921 – ? ) ( Hetzel 1930, 1931 – ? )

    • Bob Piros says:

      Hi William, shows a John M.Cress from
      Logan in the 1920 census.

      • William Cress says:

        Thank you Bob….. Every bit of info is helpful – I was just hoping for slightly more detailed information if it was out there. Ora ( Mehl ) Cress was his wife and any info on her is also very much appreciated!



  116. joe t vannatter says:

    does any one know the names of the toppins family that lives at the top of the hill at toppins lane on heart creek? i think we might be related. thanks! joe vannatter

  117. Katie (Mullins) Aday says:

    I was doing some research on my father’s side and I would love to hear any stories about the Mullins’ (Starting with my great, great, great Grandpa John Henry Mullins) his son was Lafayette Mullins, his son was Enslow Mullins his son was Darrell Lee Mullins (my dad). The Mullins’ name ended on my dad’s side when my brother Darrell Andrew Mullins passed away.

    • Beth says:

      Are you related to James Arthur Mullins? He would be about 62 years old now. I lived down the street from. Left Holden, W. Va. when I was five.

    • Ashley Mullins says:

      Hi, my father is from west virginia. So is some of my family. I am a Mullins also. But we started populating in new york lol. I would love to see if we are kin!

    • Tammy (Mullins) Brundige says:

      I am a Mullins by birth. My father was Fayette Mullins Sr. He worked in the coal mines around Logan County and his parents were Roy and Sally Mullins . Not sure if they were related, you might know.

  118. joe t vannatter says:

    dose any one know any off the wileys that lived their and grew up in harts creek area in the 50s john wiley and uncle tom and aunt dicy link and zack and grandpap and maa wiley.

  119. joe t vannatter says:

    i am looking for any of my family or kin from logan and hearts creek, grand dad & grandma was preston & delanie vannatter her brothers was john and tom wiley & sister anie wiley their sons as i can remenber was zack & link wiley of harts creek my dad was keeling vannatter & mahala vannatter, i am joe vannatter i know i have a lot of kin in logan & lincon county . aunt anie married into toppings family had 3 sons sestol, gail, & denver toppings . my grand ma & papa preston & delanie are bured at mans nob cemitary iwould love to find any information on any help finding this cemetery and any of my family thank for any help or pics. joe vannatter my phone no. is 304 385 4242 call any time leave a message, i’ll will call you back i would love to find their grave sites& put some flowers on them. thanks so much,joe

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      I believe Manns Nob cemetery is located on top of Fourteen Mile Mt. Not certain of this though.
      You mentioned John Wiley in your text. I worked with him at one time, in the coal mines. I remember he was a fighter for what he wanted- him and a haulage motorman got into a fight in the mine, because the motorman did not want to interrupt his haulage to get supplies for John. the fight did not last long as both men lost their lights in the fracus, and couldnt see anymore. John came out the winner though as he got the motorman to comply. As you can guess, I am very old.

      • joe t vannatter says:

        today is 6/ 2/2013 dear, shelby burgess iam so glad to hear off some one knowing uncle john his sister delanie wiley is my grand mother was maried to preston vannatter ho died when my dad was 18 to day me and the wife found their graves at the mans cematery my granny was bured in 72 at mans nob iam 63 now and just now learning how to work a computor. i would love to know uncle johns and uncle tom mom and dad i was ver young ithink maby 5 or 6 years old and i rembor every one calling them granpap and maa think you ever so day was a good day for my family. i now live in wayne county wv.but the trip to frances creek to day brought back alot of memories.thanks for the reply & god bless you and your family joe vannatter

  120. DEBBIE S says:

    I am looking for any relatives still living in mingo county. My great uncle Sylvester L Jones (also know as Fate) was killed in a coal mining accident on Oct 7 1932 in Mcdowell county, his body was brought back to North Carolina and was laid to rest in our family cemetery, his widow was Tella Scott Jones i know she died in 1960. I know they had a son named after Uncle Fate that went in the Military and a daughter but I know very little else.Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  121. Patricia Irvin Brown says:

    Hi, I’m Patricia Irvin Brown. I was born in Logan WV. My parents were William B. “Skip” Irvin, and Virginia “Tootsie” Simmons Irvin. My grandparents were William B. “Bill” Irvin, and Melda “Meldie” Bragg Irvin.

    I lived in Florida many years until June 2012, I moved to Hilliard, OH. (Just outside of Columbus.) Love it here, just like Logan County.

    I was just wondering if there any relatives still around that area. If so, please note my e-mail. Would love to know more about my family before I forget my name. My brother (Benjamin) and I were going to come that way in the fall. Love to all.

  122. Sue Brown VanHyfte says:

    I would like ANY information on John Henry Brown (fathers name Marion Brown). He married my mom Mary Jane Ferguson (fathers name also Marion Ferguson.) Were married in Logan in 1931. Marion Ferguson owned some/all of the land that is now Catawylango State park. I have no other info on him except his no name may be James Marion and his second wife was Eliza or Liza or Elizabeth. don’t know her maiden name.

  123. Rachel Myles says:

    I am looking for any information or pictures of Charley Clark, now deceased. Last known place he was working was a a security guard at SWVCC around 1995. I recently found out that I may have been his granddaughter. My father and Uncle were possibly fathered by this man and my grandmother’s family is very hush hush about him. I found his daughter that he fathered with my biological grandmother. If Anyone can help me find anything out about this man I would appreciate it. Please email me.
    Thank you,
    Rachel Myles

  124. Stacey DeJarnett Thompson says:

    I am searching for any information on the DeJarnett/DeJarnette line. I know that when they lived in the Logan area he was a “cabinet maker” by trade and he married to the daughter of either a Dr or Lawyer.

  125. Pamela Carter-Donze says:

    I am searching information on the Carters & Adkinson/Atkinson families of Logan, Stollings, WV. I have searched the WVCulture & Family History websites with much luck, but would really love to find actual family members or others that could share stories, information, etc.
    Thank You

  126. Deborah S. says:


    My mother was Lucille Killen Deason (she was also at one time Lucille Killen Woody). My maternal parents were Julie (Carter) and William (Jack) Killen. Her siblings were Idabel, Cynthia, Jeanette, Mabel, Dorothy Jean, Curtis, Freeman and Bobby. My mom grew up in an area that is now the Chief Logan State Park and was born in 1926. Her maternal aunts were Alice, Nancy and Clary Carter. She and my father and all but one member of her immediate family are interned in Highland Memory Gardens at Pecks Mill.

    My father was Robert Deason ( born Blankenship). His parents were Charles and Garnet (Gore) Blankenship. His siblings were Leonard, Goldie, Elsie, Rhoda, Aileen, Joyce, Donna Jean and Ronald. Many of them lived at Holden and Man.

    I am aware that most of the siblings mentioned have passed away with the exception possibly of my Aunt Donna Jean (Blankenship) but I was wondering if there might be anyone around that possibly knew my Mom or Dad or their families?

    Kindest regards,


  127. Tara Foster says:

    I am looking for any family history,stories & photos on the Chafin Family ~Thomas Chafin & Dicie Darr Workman Chafin were my great grandparents.William Wallace Chafin & Madeline Smith Chafin my grandparents and my mother was Judith A.Chafin.She had 6 siblings,they moved from Logan area some time in the 50’s & lost all photos in a house fire after that.I know they visited family in the Logan area in the 60’s & 70’s so hoping someone has some photos.Any news would be greatly can reach me at

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      I believe I remember your grandparents,Wallace Chafin & wife. They once lived at Chapmanville. I think Wallace had a sibling named Albert.They were employed by the local coal co., which closed during the great depression of the early 1930s.

  128. Jennifer says:

    Hi, and thanks for starting this message board! I’m having the best time reading the posts and picturing old places I used to visit.

    My grandfather grew up on Hart’s Creek. His name is Raymond Lewis Lilly b June 10, 1907. He was married to Mantie Pauley and they had seven children ( James Raymond, Lewis Edward, Lois Jean, Ross Howard, Nora V Delores (my mom) Carol Joy, and Jesse Paul.

    His siblings were; Alice (Crislip) Laurie (White) Richie, Jessie James, May, Mirt (Myrtle), Frank, Eddie (Edward) and Nina. I seriously doubt any are still alive today.

    I am just getting started on learning more about this side of our family. I remember driving back up to the old home-place several times when I was spending my summers with my grandparents as a child. At that point Richie still lived in the old house.

    I’m told that his parents were buried next to their home in a family cemetery, I imagine there are other Lilly’s there too.
    His parents names were John Ed Lilly and Susan Butcher.
    His great grandparents were John Heanin Lilly who was married to America Jane Stevens.

    I’d love to talk to anyone interested. Lol, I think I’m related to most of the people on this board! The overwhelming majority of y’alls names are so familiar to me. I can be reached at My name is Jennifer (Lilly) Fordham

  129. mark adams says:

    Looking for info on Burl Adams married elizebeth”Betty”.had sons Roy,clell and lell.lell died 1951 mine accedent and was married to Vonnie white(Adams) and whos driveway was shared with Adams cemetery on Crawley creek.Vonnie Adams had three kids Jennings Adams,david and Wanda scaggs.all records stop at Burl and Betty Adams.

    • I know who you’re talking about,I went to school with David Scaggs,I know where the house is also you’re talking about.i am related to Roy Adams he had a bunch of kids.

  130. Karen says:

    Looking for info on Robert D Phillips.born ~ 1934 Lawyer in Logan during 1960s

  131. Lesa Lazlo says:

    I have dost lost hope looking for family photos , the Richey family, ose my grandpa , violet my mother died she at age 24 with child in 1958 logan thank you

  132. Sarah Adams says:

    Your right probably the same family. But the correct spelling is Bulwark but is pronounced bullwork. My father inlaw was raised there and my husband and i are in the process of building our house on that same property there. Thompson & Polly were my husbands great grandparents. but they lived at Mudfork. Thompson & Polly’s son Elza (my husbands grandfather) owned and operated a mining cable repair shop on bulwark!

  133. James Terry says:

    I was born in Holden W.VA. spent my youth in the coal mining camps up in Rum Creek. My FAMILY MOVED AWAY IN THE LATTER PART OF THE 60’S. I lost track of my friends and family. I am sure I still have some famley in Logan country with the last name of Vinson My email is

  134. d.j. abbott says:

    my family is from duhue the abbott family.does any one know how to get in touch with any of them? i think i have an uncle named billy and an aunt named freda down there?

  135. olivia says:

    hello looking for relatives with the last name coles. My grandfather was roy coles (or leroy). His father was enis coles (also spelled unis, enice, ennis, etc.) enis’ parents were dan and sally from danville virgina. My grandfather also had a child with a woman by the last name of edwards. Roy has siblings and I believe their names are thomas, marshall, jean and laura. Roy passed away in MI. help me please anyone. My mom was born in logan, WV.

    • Dodie (Smith) Browning says:

      I don’t know if this is your family, but I found a marriage on the WV Archives & History website. This was all I could find. Hope it helps:

      Roy Coles was born Kanawha County. At age 24, he married Ernestine Eanes age 19. She was born Logan County. They were married in Kanawha County, August 4, 1946 by Bishop R.L. Jennings. Looks like he lived in Charleston and she lived in Chesapeake. You might want to check the Kanawha County and Logan County 1940 census to try and find parents names and the siblings.

      • olivia says:

        yes that is my grandfather. Still looking for his mother and his fathers parents 🙁

        but thank you soo much for helping me 🙂

  136. chris mcchristian says:

    Any one know any of the family names of McChristian, Adkins or Boothe from the logan area or Lincoln & Stirrat? trying to find myself and my roots, Thanks

  137. wayne howard says:

    looking for information on Ida browning daughter of harrison browning wife of richard williamson she was my grand mother born logan 1893

  138. Sarah Adams says:

    I am searching information about my husband’s family. Thompson & Polly Workman of Bulwark Fork, Logan Co., WV.

    • Benny smith says:

      I belive you might mean Bullwork fork on Harts Creek, Logan co. W.Va. My mother Lona Workman Smith d/o of Carter Workman was raised there.

      • Benny smith says:

        I know there is a Polly Workman in our family. Its probably the same one.

        • Bev(Jean) Farley Sanborn says:

          Hi Benny….I wonder if we’re related. My mother had an aunt named Lona. My parents were Henry Farley and Malinda Smith. My moms parents were Kermit and Bertha Smith. I think Bertha’s maiden name was Workman.

      • Sarah Adams says:

        Your right probably the same family. But the correct spelling is Bulwark but is pronounced bullwork. My father inlaw was raised there and my husband and i are in the process of building our house on that same property there. Thompson & Polly were my husbands great grandparents. but they lived at Mudfork. Thompson & Polly’s son Elza (my husbands grandfather) owned and operated a mining cable repair shop on bulwark!

    • Barb Tomblin Randolph says:

      Hi Sarah

      I think their granddaughter Alma has an site on line. I will contact her and direct her to this page.

      • Sarah Adams says:

        Hi Barb
        I have since connected with Alma and she has given me alot of information about the family. my father in-law doesnmt get on the family subject much so its hard to ask him anything. but thanks for the info!

        • Barb Tomblin Randolph says:

          Sarah, I am very happy that Alma has been helpful to you.. Like your father-in-law, some family members are just not interested in genealogy whatsoever and they make it known that they are not going to talk much about it and that’s sad.

          • Sarah Adams says:

            yah i think he just doesnt like to talk about it because it is a rough subject for him. he lived a rough life with his parents and it brings up things that are hard for him to deal with his parents both dies before he was 20 so he didnt really understand them i guess every once and awhile he will talk about it… but he has to be in that kind of mood i guess. im glad that she could help me too!

  139. Deborah Kay Burress Woods says:

    I am searching for any descendants of John Floyd and Della Farmer last of Dehue WV and Lee and Nancy Burress last of Ranger WV. They are my maternal and paternal grandparents.
    Thank You
    Deborah K Burress Woods
    revdeb2002 at hotmail dot com

  140. Michael Dion Hernandez says:

    I am wondering if I have any relatives still living in the Logan, WV area. My grandparents were Harold and Nora Isaacs. My mother is Christina Kay. My uncle is Charles Herman Isaacs and my other aunt is named Beverly Ann. My grandparents have passed away and my mother moved to Scottsdale, Az from what I know. I haven’t seen her since I left Logan as a five-year old in 1972? My Uncle Charles lives in Morehead, Ky. I last saw him in 2006. I don’t know what became of my Aunt Beverly. At any rate, if anybody is related and still living in the area, it would be nice to know. I am considering a job in WV and it would be nice to get to know my mother’s side of the family.

  141. Tami Dingess says:

    I am looking for information on my grandfather Earl J Dingess born in 1915 died in 1955 he is buried in cottage field i can not find any info . Thanks fior any info

  142. Bobbi Jefferson says:

    Hello, I am looking for anyone with information on Orville Napier. He was the son of John and America Napier. Please email me at fbjefferson at aol dot com. Thank you!

  143. Krystal Bartram says:

    I am needing to know where Workman’s Fork is located..I have been searching for my grandfather Denver Lowell Workman,Sr…(birth~01/06/1931..death~12/29/1985) and records show his death was in Van Wert,Ohio but he was laid somewhere in Workman’s Fork..I assume he is buried with his parents,Roxie Mullins Workman and Albert C.Workman..if anyone can help with this..I will be grateful.I can’t find any images of none of the above headstones either…Thank you

    • Brenda Lockhart says:

      It may be up Crawley Creek of Chapmanville.

      • Krystal Bartram says:

        Thank you Brenda

      • Shelby Burgess says:

        I did a lookup in the Butcher cemetery on Crawley Creek Rd. No names you mentioned were listed. There may be other cemeterys on Crawley I am unaware of, but this came from the Logan County Book of Cemeterys,volume 3

        • Krystal Bartram says:

          Thank you Shelby for searching that..I have no idea where they are buried..It just said Workman’s Fork in WV on the Social Security Index

    • Dodie (Smith) Browning says:

      Ktystal, Please email me directly at I have some information for you, including the phone number of a wonderful lady who grew up at Workman Fork. Her dad still lives there and he is ninety years old and knew everybody that ever lived there. It is on the Lincoln /Logan County Line, but technically in Logan County, but not near Smokehouse or White Oak.

    • Joey Arlen Workman says:

      Not sure if this helps but, at the junction of county highway 3/07 and 3/04 at the Logan County and Lincoln County line just west of route 10 is Workman’s Fork Church and two creeks meet across the road I think that may be it.?. I’m not positive but may be it. Hope this helps, Good luck finding it Google Earth may help.

      • Krystal Bartram says:

        Thank you Joey

      • Shelby Burgess says:

        Sorry to be late,Joey, but my thanks for locating Workman Fork of Harts Creek,WV. So, the fork is down near its junction with the Guyandotte river, just off St R t. 10. I understand the headwaters of Workman Fk. are in Lincoln County WV. but it flows into parts of Logan County WV.
        The Google search & maps I have do not show any of the creeks I am familiar with ; Smokehouse,White Oak, only Workman Fk is shown down near the mouth of Big Harts cr.

    • Cheryl Bryant says:

      It is a branch off the East Fork ( For some reason locals call it West Fork) of Big Harts Creek. It is in Logan County. The creek empties into East Fork which eventually empties into the Guyandotte River at Harts. It can also be reached by going up Crawley Creek, turning onto Striker Fork, then onto Saunders Fork and crossing the mountain (This is dirt road that is narrow and sometimes in bad shape.) to the head of Workman Fork.

      • Shelby Burgess says:

        The locals are correct; the east Fork of Workman Branch butts up against Crawley Creek. The West Fork extends into Lincoln County WV. My Joephus Workman ancestors are buried on the West Fork, as they are listed in the census records of Lincoln County. (Thanks to Dodie S. Browning)

    • Hi,Krystal,Workman Fork is up Striker on Crawley Creek Rd.its across the mountain,when you get over there I’m sure anyone would help you.

  144. Krystal Gillikin (Scaggs) Bartram says:

    I would like if anyone has any information on my father,Victor Allen Scaggs, son of Verna Mae Scaggs Murray(Crooked Creek) and Denver Lowell Workman,Sr. (Harts,WV) Victor lived with his grandmother who raised him who also lived at Crooked Creek, Maudie B Mooney..I am trying to connect Victor to Denver either through so family notes or photos…Any information is helpful Thank you

    • Krystal Gillikin (Scaggs) Bartram says:

      You may contact me through my email thank you

      • Lyndsay Stephens Johnston says:

        Krystal, I sent you an email. Victor was my uncle by marriage.

      • Krystal Bartram says:

        Kim,you can message me through my email..if you feel the need!

      • Judy Heugel Fraser says:

        Denver workman was my uncle. Albert and Roxie Workman was his parents. Lola Farris was his sister and Magnolia Heugel was his sister both have died. There is only one sister living and that is Jewell Henson. Denver had 5 children and lived in Grover hill Ohio there are only 2 children living.Paul Workman of Ohio.Lowell Workman lives in w.v. I have not been in contact with them . My cousin Clifford Farris lives in harts creek and he could tell you how to get to graves it has been many years since I have been there. To bad I just found this web page because Denvers son Mike workman was trying to locate Victor (bud) as we called him when I lived across the street. Gwen was my friend. Mike just passed away december 2012.

        • Jackie Gillikin says:

          Thank you Judy for messaging.I am Krystal’s mother,Jackie..I have been helping her and Victor (Bud) with their family tree..He even mentioned your name but we couldn’t find any way of contacting you..Victor got a big break through when I received a message from his brother Paul’s wife,Gina Workman..They actually talked on the phone for the first time after 55 yrs..He was sad to know that his brother Michael had passed in December and was another who had been looking for him as well..Paul is filling him in on all he can about his family..Victor will finally get to see a picture of Denver,whom he has never seen ever..and Paul and Victor are planning to meet some day soon..Maybe they can make up for lost years..and start new memories..Thank you once again for all your help.I will pass your message on to Victor this morning.I am sure it will brighten his day because Paul wasn’t sure as far as some Aunts and Uncles still living….again,thank you for the information.

          • Judy Heugel Fraser says:

            I found Victor (Buddy) on facebook.I have sent him a message. I must say when I seen his picture I thought I was looking at my uncle Den

          • Jackie Fillinger says:

            We searched you up too on Facebook but couldn’t find you..He always wondered if he favored anyone on his dad’s side…Now we know he looks like his dad! Thank you again for replying Judy.

  145. Mary Browning says:

    My grandfather was Dee Horton from Holden, WV. His first wife was named Ruth Moore, I would like to know more about her and her family, this is my father’s mother, his name was Freddie H. Horton also from Holden. We never knew much about his mothers side of the family. Would love to know all the relatives and even see some pictures if possible. Thank you

  146. Brooke Marcum says:

    I am looking for information regarding the Jake Marcum family {my husbands g-grandfather}. He was born in Mingo County around 1902 and died sometime after 1964 in Logan County. He was married to Goldie Castle (b. 1906, d. 1961, buried in City View Cemetery). I *believe* his father was Billy Jake Marcum (known as “Bad Billy” – information is scarce on him; my FIL said he thought that Bad Billy died after being shot over a dog?)

    Any and all information would be great! I have hit a brick wall. My email is Thanks! – Brooke

  147. Sherry Dean says:

    If anyone has info about Arthur Edward Justice, Lula Zirkle Justice, Sherman Truman Justice, Jr, Margaret Louise Baugus, and my mother, Edith Elaine Justice, please email me at thank you so much. Someone raised my father to be a moral and loving father. I would love to know who to thank.

  148. Sherry Dean says:

    I am Arthur Edward justice’s daughter looking for any info on my grandmother, Lula Zirkle 1903 or 1904-1942, daughter of Edward and Rosa Zirkle. She died in childbirth on Jan 13 or 14, 1942. She married my grandfather, Sherman Justice in 1921, son of Sherman and Ella or Malinda Justice. My father was married first to Margaret Louise Baugus of Superior, Mcdowell Co. in Oct 1943 at Logan Co. courthouse. She died a year later and my father married my mother, Edith Elaine Adams of Holden 22 in Jan 11 1946. Her parents were Floyd and Manila Adams. My father was a wonderful dad and would love to talk to someone who knew him or Mom. Thanks Sherry D.

  149. Anna Moore says:


    I am trying to find information about Thomas Arthur Kinney, born around 1932 in Logan. I have been told that he was the son of Otis (1903-1989) and Gladys Kinney (1909-1992). I found a listing in the 1940 census for a Tommy, age 7, but can find no other information.

    Otis was the brother of my maternal Grandfather Albert Kinney (1900-1949), son of Leonard and Evaline.

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Anna Chambers Moore

    • Danny says:

      Hello Anna,

      I’m the Son of Thomas Arthur Kinney, but did not know until June of 1967 when I entered the U.S. Army. My Mother (June Marie Henslee) was married to him for a very short while, and divorced him prior to my birth in 1949.

      I too, am seeking any and all info / data concerning him. All I know is that he was born 18 April 1931 (Maybe 32) in Logan County West Virginia and was employed there as a Saw Manufacturer?, working for Ohlen Bishop!

      There are other folks helping me with this search and have verified through a myriad of documents that Otis & Gladys were indeed his parents. Hi older Brother Otis Jr passed away in 2010 and was living and Buried in Columbus Ohio.

    • Danny Clark says:

      Hello Anne,

      I am the Son of Thomas Arthur Kinney. I wasn’t made aware of this until June of 1967 while entering the U.S. Army. My Mother, June Marie Henslee was married to him a very short time and prior to my Birth in 1949 she divorced him.
      I have other friends helping me with finding out any & all information and they have accumulated a myriad of data / info. Otis & Gladys were indeed his parents, and his oldest Brother Otis Jr lived and is buried in Columbus, Ohio, he passed away in 2010. Would really like to communicate this common Goal & search with you.

      Very Respectfully


  150. Out _For_Justice says:

    First I was born in Pikeville,ky. I have heard the story of Mamie Thurmond ALL MY LIFE. I feel that she was murdered all them years ago. Looking for any family members of Mamie. I’M a WHITE WOMAN LOOKING FOR JUSTICE!!! I wonder if Mamie walking the old mine22 maybe I will go there to see for my self. Don’t you think Mamie needs rest and peace ??? So please email me Thanks!!

  151. Leonard Evans says:

    I am looking for my birth father.My name is Leonard Evans and I was raised in Harts Creek with my grandfather Richard Evans and wife Nona Evans and brothers Fred, Buddy, Lewis and sister Lowe and aunt Verona (called Doll). He was said to be a mail deliverer in Harts Creek with black hair in 1940’s…

  152. Sue DeJournett says:

    I am the wife of Ned Russell DeJournett who grew up in Logan County, born and raised in Stollings. Some of his family names are McCormick, DeJournett, Stollings, Avis, and related families. Any old friends or relatives reading this post?

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      I remember Stollings DeJournett. He was principal at CHS back in the 1940s.
      His hobby was collecting Indian artifacts. He had several arrowheads, stone tools, that he showed to the students. Was he related to you?

    • Dennis Herald says:

      My mother’s maternal grandmother was Chloe Ann Ellis (nee DeJournett) (1881-1926), who was married to James Ezekial Ellis. They lived in the Stollings/McConnell area. Her father was John Scott DeJournett (or DeJournette) (1856-1890) He had 8 children; sons John Hamilton (1877-1944), Willaim Harvey (1879-1953), Russell Yowell (1883-1965), and Joseph P. (1886-1888). (various spellings: DeJournett, DeJarnette, DeJarnett) Russell had 2 children: Stollings Thurman De Journett (1907-1975) and Homer Vivian DeJournett (1907-2001) (records retrieved from I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me.

      • Shelby Burgess says:

        Thanks, Dennis;
        Stollngs handed me my CHS diploma back in the 1940s. He always appeared thin & sickly to me. Mr. Dejournett hosted a farewell party to we grads at the old Pioneer Hotel dining room. This was exciting to most of us; as we never had any experiences with formal dining; “eat at home types, grin.”

  153. velva dingess says:

    i am velva dingess, my father is allen dingess of {the allen dingess land]my mother is virgie adkins fathers father is calvin dingess his mother is lida eveline adkins.we lived in harts w. va. my father owns parcels ,curry branch,coal branch ,big hearts.county of lincoln,w. virginia.his siblings,[john dingess, fine dingess ,lennie dingess, [my mothers siblings, josephene adkins,poly adkins,mandy adkins,johnny adkins. my mothers mother is shug,or polk. my siblings, burnice dingess perry.troy dingess,burl dingess,ray dingess,velva dingess,linnie dingess.all of them have passed to be with there lord. except for me[ velva dingess]there are family still in logan co. chapmansville. i am 87 years young looking back at my roots . theres others,alice jones ,lucian jones. lookin for anyone who wants to bring back the memories of old harts creek .in lincoln county w. virginia.

    • Sharon Sutphin says:

      Hello, my grandmother 94 yrs was related to William Dingess. I know her mother was Mary Essa Ferrell. Do you know of the Ferrells who lived in Logan and then Chapmanville. God Bless you , and Take good care.

      • Charlotte Herald Mills says:

        As well as I can remember Ruby Ferrell was a school principal at McConnell elementary school. She lived right next to the road (with a fenced in yard) in Stollings. My cousin Lucille Layne (dcsd.) was a good friend and I got to visit Ruby some in her home. Lucille was a school librarian at Logan East Junior high. Mrs. Ferrell may be a relative of yours. I was born and raised in Logan and live in SC now. I just saw this website and found it interesting.

        • Dodie (Smith) Browning says:

          Hi Charlotte,
          I am so happy to see someone mention Ruby Ferrell. Her mother, Ida McCoy was one of my mother’s dearest friends. Ruby and her husband Ward Ferrell had no children, so they had no descendants. She was the only child of Ida and Tom McCoy. Ruby was so good to her mother. They were as close as a mother and daughter could be. I never knew of them having relatives in Logan County. If memory serves, Ruby’s parents were originally from Ky. It is quite possible that Ward hard relatives, but I barely knew him. Mrs McCoy (we weren’t allowed to call older people by their first names) lived next door to Ruby and her husband at Stollings in a house that was almost identical, with a fence separating the tiny front yards from the road. Both houses were always immaculate. Mrs. McCoy always insisted on having Mother and me at her house for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner after my sisters were married. Mrs McCoy was one of the best cooks on the planet! Ruby looked a lot like her mother, but I never knew her dad. He was deceased when I first met Mrs. McCoy (about 1943). If I’m not mistaken, Ruby’s dad built both of the houses where they lived until they died as far as I know. I don’t have any pictures of their houses, but I have a picture of Ida McCoy that I took in front of our house at City View, when she was visiting us in 1940s. I will dig it out and have Frank post it. These wonderful folks should be remembered. Thank you for mentioning Ruby (McCoy) Ferrell.

    • james lowe says:

      I remember going to lucian jones store many times as a kid with my mom and dad. his store was just across the bridge in Harts. brings back lots of memories to hear his name! my name is James Lowe. we had a farm on harts creek but moved to NC in 1987.

    • Vicki says:

      Hello Velva,
      I’m not sure if I can help you find memories of your relatives but, I do have some information on the Dingess’. My mother-in-laws name is Bonnie Darleen (Brumfield) Lucas. Her parents were Lace & Nora (Gartin) Brumfield. Her grandparents were Charley & Caroline (Dingess) Brumfield. I have researched much of this, with the help of Bonnie & my mothers genecological program. Bonnie (bless her heart) is approaching her 85th Birhtday but, she still remembers alot of stories when she was growing up in Logan, WV. I have much more information regarding Bonnies’ decendants. I hope this response to your quest finds you well 🙂 Hope to hear from you soon. Take Care Velva. Sincerely, Vicki

      • Brandon Kirk says:

        Please email me at! I am writing a book that involves the old Brumfields. I am very familiar with Lace’s family. Of his kids, I knew Herbie best. I live in Harts, near all of the old Brumfield sites. I have pictures of Charley and Caroline Brumfield, and their parents. Lots of news clippings, pictures, etc. I have spent the past twenty years talking to all of the old Brumfields: Corbett Brumfield, Ida Taylor, Mae Brumfield, Earl Brumfield, Dave Brumfield — and anyone related to them. I have many questions! Thanks.

    • Billie Jo (Dingess) Simmons says:

      My dad was Allen Dingess, son of Cora Lee and Ray Dingess. You are my Great-Aunt Velva from Arizona… Is that correct?

    • Brandon Kirk says:

      Hi, Velva. Your grandmother Lydia Eveline (Adkins) Dingess was a sister to my ancestor, Charles Adkins (1850-1919), father to Reb Adkins and Maw Tiny Brumfield. Charles was a JP on Harts Creek for many years. I’d love to talk with you. Am I correct in my notes that Lydia Eveline had a daughter named Francis by a Butcher before she married Calvary Dingess? Francis married preacher Charley Curry. What do you know about these people? Calvary Dingess was the son of “Coffee Pete” Dingess. Do you know why they called him that? Was George Adkins married more than once? If so, can you help me sort out his children? I used to visit your cousin, Risby Brumfield.

    • chris mcchristian says:

      Are you related to Mary/ Maud Adkins I believe married to Hiram Boothe, Mother to Ida Boothe who was wife to My relative Wes Sylvester McChristian, Mother and father to my great great grandfather John McChristian? All from logan, Lincoln and stirrat WV.

      • Judy says:

        Ida Boothe was my great-grandma. Her parents were Hiram and Mary Boothe. My grandma’s name was Maudie McChristian. Her parents were Ida Boothe and Sylvester McChristian.

    • Shelby Burgess says:

      Hello Velva;
      I remember a John Dingess in Chapmanville. I believe he married a Susan Marcum. Are you related to him? I knew all his children well.

  154. Caleb Norton says:

    hello im looking for any relatives with information reguarding the blevins family of wallace baily blevins and minerva jane music and there son alex blevins thanks my e mails are or

  155. Peggy Camp says:

    I am looking for information on William McCallister also known as William Dillon. I believe his Mother was Chloe Dillon who had two other children Sarah and Tom. I think his father was Richard McCallister.
    My Grandmother was May Lissie Dillon McCallister. Her father was Louis Dillon and mother was Nancy Jane Pruitt.

  156. Kathryn Landolt (nee Cole) says:

    Hello – I am looking to connect with anyone who might have known Opal Imogen Cole, born October 3, 1916 or her son, David Cole, Sr. (nickname Mick) born July 5, 1946. They are my grandmother and father. I know that Opal’s mother’s maiden name was Mc Comas (or Mc Comis…not sure of spelling). I am not sure of all of Opal’s siblings, but I do know she had an older brother named Ralph (LN?), and sister’s named Merle (LN?), Hallene (LN?), and Doris Blankenship. I was also told of a possibly Uncle “Whitey”. I can be reached at and would love to hear from anyone related or who may have connection to the family. Thanks very much – Katie

  157. Norman Lee Wineland says:

    Looking for family of Bill Lee Wineland, my father. I know he died in 1961, I have been to the Logan cemetary where he lies, and I know he died in Calif. while still in the Navy..I have a half brother, and sister somewhere from his last marrage, that is who I am tring to find..No problems, just want to e-mail them..Norm..Huntingtown, Md.

  158. Nancy Bartoe Staley says:

    Trying to find some of my relatives in the Logan area. My Grandfather was John Franklin Bartoe, my Father was his youngest son Luther Clarence Bartoe. I know there are probably a lot of my cousins still living in the area. His brothers were, Odell, & John that lived in the area. Odell was known as Wink and raised his family in Lenore. Hoping I hear from someone there!

    • Nina Mills says:

      I believe my ex father in law, John Bartoe might have had a brother named Luther. He was married to Edith Simpson. They had six children, of whom, to my knowledge the only one left may be Terry Bartoe. Deceased children of John and Edith were Willis, Phyllis, Mona, Marvin, and Homer. As far as I know Terry is living but I have no idea where.
      I know of no children from Willis, Phyliss had a son, Rodney who lived in the Bridgeton, N.J area. Mona had two children, Edith”Edie” McCabe and a son Tommy who was killed in a hunting accident by his uncle Terry. Marvin lived in the Cora area of Logan, WV. He had two sons in NJ, I can’t remember their names and several children by Brenda Gibson of Cora. He died a couple of years ago of lung disease, and never married any of the mothers of his children. Homer died by suicide, he was my ex- husband. He had a previous wife to me, last name Butcher who died in a fire. They had no children. Homer and I had one son. John and Edith lived at the 20 Whitman area. He was a miner. I hope this helps. I do caution you that in this particular branch was a strong history of alcoholism. I tell you this for medical history. Best wishes.

      • Nancy Bartoe Staley says:

        Thank you Nina , yes John was my dads brother . Seems like there was alot of tragedy in that side of the family. My dad was the youngest son . My parents moved to Ohio when I was two, 1952 . I remember Willlis he stayed with my parents fo awhile. So sad that families get so disconnected.

  159. brenda lockhart says:

    I am trying to find information about my grandparents – Richard Lockhart and Nancy Blankenship Lockhart. I think they lived in the Barnabus area. Nancy died in 1933 and left several children that were all separated – my dad was one of them. Anyone with information please email me at

  160. walter lang says:

    I would like to hear old stories from anyone who might have memories of the Farris family from near Hart’s Creek. Floyd, Millard, Roy, Grace, Everett, Walter, etc. were all siblings. I am descended from Everett and am especially interested in any memories of him… from his early years.

  161. Stephanie Dalton Copeland says:

    John Dalton and Nessel Curry Dalton are my Grandparents. I have alot of relatives still in the area and would like to connect and/or re-connect with them. There are also, many that I do not know or remember. I do not know or remember any of the Curry’s and would like to do so.

    • Kim Lane Green says:

      Jane (Pooce) Adams was my great grandmother. My grandfather was Freddie Adams, he was married to Margaret Baisden. My mom is Dicie Blanche Adams.

      • Brandon Kirk says:

        I am looking for information on the great guitar player, Bernie Adams, of Harts Creek. I think your grandfather’s brother Bernie is the one I am looking for. Do you know anything about him? The one I am looking for, if memory serves me correctly, died in the 1960s at the mouth of Hoover on Harts Creek.

  162. Loretta (Jarrell) (Adams) Nebe says:

    I am looking for any family, friends of The Jarrell’s (Albert Merritt) from Henlawson WVa. and Adams Family form Harts Creek and Adams in Chapmansville WVa.
    Also looking for a family that lived up on the hill in Henlawson by he name of Lowe, a daughter was Jackie.

    • paul triplett says:

      I’m related to the Adams family through my moms mother, Murl Adams Maynard.

    • Kim Lane Green says:

      Was Georgie Jarrell related my mom is Blanche Adams her dad was Freddie Adams.My grandfather was Freddie he was married to Margaret Baisden. My grandfather Freddie his mother was Pooce or Jane Adams

    • james lowe says:

      Jackie is my aunt. she is my fathers sister. my dads name was J.C. Lowe. His mothers name was Marie Lowe and he had two sisters named Dolly and Jackie and he had a brother named Carlos. Hollar back if you want to know more! my name is James Lowe.

  163. Mindy says:

    Relatives of Maude Mooney or Robert R. Scaggs?

  164. Mindy says:

    Any relatives of Maude Mooney or Robert Ray Scaggs? I believe Maudie is buried there somewhere. Thanks, Mindy

    • Trisha says:

      Hello Mindy,
      There was a Maude Mooney who lived near me and my family for many years on Crooked Creek road in Logan. I think she had a daughter named May, a daughter Gwendolyn and a son/grandson maybe that I knew as “Bud”….maybe another son too??? I can’t remember…
      Hope this helps

      • Krystal Gillikin (Scaggs) Bartram says:

        Maudie Mooney was my great grandmother. Victor (Bud) Scaggs,oldest son of Verna Mae Scaggs Murray.. is my dad.I am his oldest daughter..Krystal Gillikin Bartram..He also has 2 more sons and another daughter. He is a truck driver and lives in another state..Maudie and Mae are buried at Highland Mem.Gardens Cemetary,Godby Heights,Logan,WV..Maudie died in 2001 and Mae passed away in 1990 with cancer.Maudie had 2 sons,Ronald and Ray both deseased in Pa..Gwen her other daughter still resides in Crooked Creek

  165. phyllis says:

    i am looking for info, on an aunt, freda harrison married a Malone? or Mahone?not sure , she had 5 daughters i no of, 3 and a set of twins(5)…they moved to Ohio,she had a brother names james moms name was mary lousie harrison workman…their parents were Maude christian and jim harrison..(daddy jim had tb, so he died young, I was small)then granma married frances Hatfield…granmas; momma was Gusta Browning married Dewey Christian…Would like infor also on Jim Harrison born Oct.15,1937(I think)there or about…we called him daddy jim, but i do remember he was bed ridden, the family said TB..thank for your help. Phyllis

    • Nancy Bartoe Staley says:

      Hi Phyllis,
      Your Aunt Freda married my cousin Harold Mahone and they lived in Lancaster, Ohio until they passed away. There Daughters were Linda and Brenda (twins), Marilyn , Venus , Elsie . I have lost contact with the girls . Hope this helps.

      • Shelby Burgess says:

        Twins run heavily in the Mahone, Mahorn familys of Logan c. WV. I knew some of the Mahones who lived on Dingess Run.
        I dont know how accurate the story was back then, but it was said the Mahone males had problems finding mates to marry because of the twin incidents.

        • Nancy Bartoe Staley says:

          I had a cousin , Harold Mahone that lived in Lancaster, Ohio that had twin girls. Probably from the same family because he was born in Logan WV.

  166. molly m hileman says:

    HI my name is Molly Hileman I am looking for Information on William Edward Hileman which was my Grandfather he was hurt in a mining accident in 1930 . also looking for pictures of his first wife and family Mararget (Peggy) Rhton and any info on them they were from Man WV. can be reach at Thanks Molly

  167. debbie mcdonald swims says:

    would like to here from anyone who might remember my family from 21 holden my parents was ray joy mcdonald have two bros william meeks @ charles meeks and sister belinda mcdonald crum let me here from you thanks debbi

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