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Melvin and Susan (Thompson) Kirk Homeplace, Piney Fork of West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 24 May 2018. Melvin and Susan are my great-great-grandparents.

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Kirk Homeplace sign, Piney Fork of West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 24 May 2018. Melvin was born in 1862 to Thomas and Elizabeth “Betty” (Maynard) Kirk and was partly raised in Lawrence (later Martin) County, KY. To see Melvin with his father in the 1870 Lawrence County, KY, Census, follow this link: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D8S9-4LS?i=7&cc=1438024 

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Kirk Cemetery sign, Piney Fork of West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 24 May 2018. Melvin followed his mother to Piney before 1880. To see Melvin in the 1880 Lincoln County Census, follow this link: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYB2-9WFZ?cc=1417683 

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Heading up to the cemetery. 24 May 2018. Melvin was a powerful left-handed timberman. In 1888, he bought a 35-acre farm from Floyd Caldwell.

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Kirk Cemetery Statue, Kirk Cemetery, Piney Fork of West Fork of Harts Creek, Logan County, WV. 24 May 2018. Melvin played an important role in the Lincoln County Feud. https://www.amazon.com/Blood-West-Virginia-Brumfield-McCoy/dp/1455619183 

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Melvin Kirk grave, Kirk Cemetery. 24 May 2018. Photo by Mom. Melvin’s property was assessed in Lincoln County until 1897, when it transferred to Logan County. To see Melvin in the 1900 Logan County Census, follow this link: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-68V3-C77?i=31&cc=1325221