Elk Creek Community Cemetery at Emmett, WV (2020)


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Up this way to Elk Creek Community Cemetery… 5 February 2020


Coal is not dead! For more information, go here: https://www.ramacoresources.com/mining-complexes/elk-creek/ 5 February 2020


My parking spot. Miners helped me to find the cemetery, which was concealed by the mining operation. 5 February 2020


Up this way to the (mostly neglected) cemetery! 5 February 2020


Someone left this pretty cardinal painting here. 5 February 2020


View from the cemetery. 5 February 2020


The Sias graves. 5 February 2020


My great-great-uncle is buried here. 5 February 2020


Sias graves. 5 February 2020


Sias graves. 5 February 2020


Sias graves. 5 February 2020


This little guy found me. Made a buddy. 5 February 2020


Here goes Mom to decorate the graves. 5 February 2020


Walter F. Sias (1896-1933) was a brother to my great-grandmother, Gertie (Sias) Frye. He is buried here with two of his children. 5 February 2020

Guyandotte River Navigation (1848)


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The following petition is imperfectly transcribed and will be corrected at a later date:

A Petition of Citizens of Logan County praying for the appropriation of money to clear out the obstruction in the navigation of the Guyandotte River (July 17, 1848)

Petition to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Virginia Legislature by the “citizens of the County of Logan” who “represent to your body that they live in a County of Boundless resources of wealth, with a soil adapted to the growth and culture of all most all the substantial ___ of Life. The Indian corn, Rye, oats, Tobacco, hemp, Flax, potatoes, cabbages, carrots, pumpkins are grown as well perhaps in this county as any other region in the commonwealth whilst there is no county can exceed it on firsts: Particularly Peaches by planting on the North Hill Sides they never fail to yield their fruits and the peaches often measure from 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, it is believed also that the ___ would grow well and by proper and well directed enterprize and industry ___ may yet be made in our County to gladden the Hearts of the Citizens and strangers. That your Humble body may have some Idea of the Rich character of our County. They respectfully State as cattle can be gotten of the county, better than almost anything else, in which they could spend their capital or employ their time, that many cattle are annually raisen and drove from the County. That these vast herds of cattle live through the winter without being far from the Produce of the farm with the exception of a few days of Heavy snow and __ rains from the rich character of our hills fine grapes will soon upon them it is believed that no portion of the world would be better adapted to the growing of sheep as not much attention hath yet been paid to the growing of sheep there is no fine Breeds in the county yet our sheep are large and very thrifty. There is perhaps no county that can boast of finer growth of timber which now is and must continue to be in great demand upon the Ohio river and we have no doubt our County abounds with valuable minerals of many descriptions. There is every portion of in the county Rich and deep veins of Bituminous coal and several Banks of the Canal Coal have been found and doubtless the county is filled with it, this Coal above if it could be gotten to market would bring in a great resource of wealth.”

“Yet all of these vast resources are locked and remain valueless for the want of outlet or the means of getting them to market and the necessaries of Life brought to the county for Sale owing to the obstruction of the navigation of the Guyandotte river, and taxed something like one cent on the Pound, this on ___ coffee, nails, Tobacco &c, operates verry __ the Guyandotte River is here. Great chance of communication–the articles of salt may be brought across the county from Kanawha But almost everything else must and __ be Brought up the river and there is no other Possible __ of getting out with our lumber and coal and wool and other products.”

The petition hopes the “Honorable Body” will “appropriate a sufficient sum of money together with what may be raised By individuals to remove the obstructions of the navigation of said river By the ___ upheavals and the Flat Boat and Rafts Downwards at the proper stages of the tide.”

Some signatures of interest to me (there were many others):

Ralf Lucas

Burbus Toney

Henry Conley

Corbon Bryant

Squire Toney

Francis Browning

James Bailey

William E. Browning

Andrew Elkins

H.S. Dingess

William Farley

Henderson Dingess

Jefferson Thompson

William Toney

David Dingess

Source: Library of Virginia, General Assembly Legislative Petitions, Logan County, Reel 111,” located at the WV State Archives.

Where To Eat in Matewan, WV: Wingo’s Grill


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The menu is perfect for locals and tourists! 15 June 2018


Open! 6 July 2019


This is my preferred table. 6 July 2019


Lots of seating with great ambiance…and a performing area (“Hatfield-McCoy Star Search”) in the corner! 6 July 2019


Hatfield-McCoy-themed displays are prominent on this side of the restaurant. 6 July 2019


Hatfield-McCoy Bluegrass Festival Sign. 6 July 2019


This is my preferred meal at Wingo’s… 6 July 2019


One dessert option… 6 July 2019


My usual dessert option… 6 May 2015


Support this business and these great people! 13 September 2014

J. Green McNeely: Logan County Preacher (1937)


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On May 26, 1937, the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, profiled one of the county’s more renowned preachers: J. Green McNeely.

Rev. J. Green McNeely: One of County’s Most Beloved Ministers Will Soon Round Out Half Century Of Service; Has Married Approximately 3,000 Couples; Conducted 3,500 Funerals, And Is Still “Going Strong”

One of the county’s most loved and best known ministers will soon round out a half century of service to the citizens of Logan county.

Born October 29, 1871, the Rev. J. Green McNeely, clerk of the county court, has already lived a full life of service, but is hale and hearty and plans to continue “preaching the gospel until the end.”

The Rev. McNeely has married approximately three thousand couples since he was ordained as a minister on March 28, 1891. He is proud to have been able to unite so many in the holy bonds of matrimony, he says, but he is prouder to know that the majority of the marriages “took,” he declares.

The first married he performed was on May 25, 1892. He married Lee Whitman and Elizabeth McDonald, both of Logan county. Mrs. Whitman is still living, but her husband preceded her in death several years ago. She lives on her farm in Henlawson.

The Rev. J. Green McNeely in addition to performing this amazing number of marriages, has conducted 3500 funeral services. His first service was for Billy Workman, 20, who was killed on Dempsey Branch by a falling tree. Workman’s death came in the fall of 1892.

The Rev. McNeely was born at the “Head of Dry Island” on a farm whose site is now occupied by the highway which runs down past Hatfield Island.

His parents were Elliott McNeely, farmer, Susan White McNeely. He had only a sister. She lives at Peach Creek at the present time. She is Mrs. Lewis McDonald.

The young man grew up on Mill Creek, his father having bought a farm there not long after where he attended rural schools and earned enough money chopping wood three months at $1.50 per month for the Mill Creek school to buy himself a suit of “store” clothes.

His first pair of “store” shoes were bought with a summer’s digging of the ‘seng.’ Young J. Green had dug a pound of the roots of the ginseng and dried them.

At nineteen the soon-to-be Rev. McNeely left home to do timbering work on Little Buffalo Creek at Henlawson. He had married by this time and “Uncle Dyke” Garrett, who was the Baptist evangelist who was responsible for the conversion of Rev. McNeely, performed the ceremony.

The Rev. McNeely’s conversion came a year after “Uncle Dyke” had married the couple in 1890.

He says: “I can remember that day yet. We had nearly completed a one-day revival meeting at the mouth of Crooked Creek in a grove where Pete Minotti’s house now stands, and I heard the call. ‘Uncle Dyke’ was a powerful preacher and he touched a responsive something in me that made me want to follow his example. So me and my wife were converted and were baptized by him.”

The Rev. McNeelys live in Cherry Tree. They are the parents of six children. The children are Mrs. John Morrison, Mrs. Howard Suiter, Mrs. Delmas Seagraves, Bethel, Luther, and Jimmie.

The Rev. J. Green McNeely, though “getting up in years” has not ceased active preaching. He delivers a Sunday message regularly to a church in Stollings once a month, Crooked Creek once a month, and in Chapmanville twice a month.

He says he has just closed the best revival meeting he has had in years. Thirty four persons were converted at the two-week’s meetings at Crooked Creek, and Rev. McNeely says: “It took us nearly half an hour to get the house cleared on the last night of the revival after the benediction. The people just couldn’t seem to get enough singing and praying.”

Sam Bias Recollections of Pioneer Life


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Ms 76, Bx 6, Nbk 14: Fred B. Lambert Papers, Special Collections Department, Morrow Library, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. 


Ms 76, Bx 6, Nbk 14: Fred B. Lambert Papers, Special Collections Department, Morrow Library, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. 


Ms 76, Bx 6, Nbk 14: Fred B. Lambert Papers, Special Collections Department, Morrow Library, Marshall University, Huntington, WV. 

Chapmanville News 07.07.1922


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Correspondents named “Somebody’s Baby” and “Katie” from Chapmanville in Logan County, West Virginia, offered the following news, which the Logan Banner printed on July 7, 1922:

We are glad to report that we are having a nice Sunday school organized at the Holiness church.

Rev. Johnson delivered a very interesting sermon at the church Sunday.

Mrs. J.H. Vickers has returned from a pleasant visit with her parents at Columbus, Ohio.

Little Dan Cupid has been very busy in our town and to our surprise, he shot an arrow across Mr. Greenway Simms’ path and he fell a victim to the dart.

Mr. Everett Fowler and Miss Nona Collins were out kodaking Sunday.

We are sorry to say that Mrs. Garland Mounts is very sick at this writing and her many friends hope for her speedy recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Bachtel were out walking Sunday.

A very nice wedding took place at Cove Creek Saturday when Miss Marie Asberry became the happy bride of Mr. James Bryant. They returned here to the groom’s home, Sunday night, and will make this place their future home.

We wonder why Millard Brown visits Mr. Perry so much? Ask Pearl, she knows.

Mrs. George Justice will leave on Thursday for Bowling Green, Ky., at which place she will be the guest of her daughter for several weeks.

Mr. Harry Conley was calling on Miss Ida Butcher Sunday. He says Ida is some S.L.T.

Miss Gladys Bryant is spending the week and with her grand parents at Yantus.

Miss Maud McCloud is very ill at this writing as she received a message that her husband is suffering from appendicitis in the C. & O. hospital.

Mr. Lorain Hill paid his daily visit to the Ward hotel Saturday night.

The boys all say they like to take their meals at the restaurant now as they have a pretty cook.

Miss Edith Robertson is the guest of her mother, Mrs. Bowling, at the present time.

Miss Devona Butcher will leave on Sunday to enter a summer normal.

Will call again if this escapes the waste basket.


We are having some rainy weather here these days.

Mr. Wayne Browning and Everett Fowler are off on a three weeks vacation during the Fourth.

The people of this town were much disappointed on the Fourth owing to the unpleasant weather.

Miss Tollie Ferrell called on Miss Elma Phipps Wednesday.

Bathing seems to be popular here nowadays.

Wonder why Misses Devona and Minnie Butcher stay at home so much now? Call more often, girls.

Mr. Donald Phipps has been confined to his bed with typhoid fever, but is improving slowly.

Edd Turner was out riding his jitney Sunday.

The Holiness people have an excellent choir now.

Well I don’t want to write all the serious news of our city. Leave it to you, Rebecca.

I will call again next week.

Wyoming County Museum in Oceana, WV (2019)


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The Wyoming County Museum located in Oceana, WV, is one of the region’s best museums…and one of America’s greatest small town museums. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Here is a link to the museum website: https://wyomingcountymuseum.webs.com/


Top object: “Cross cut saw, 1938: This saw was used to cut the mine timber used to construct the Koppers mine in Kopperston, WV, in 1938.” Bottom object: “Antique plane, circa late 1890s to early 1900s: This plane, manufactured by the Chapin Stephens Co., was used to flatten and impact a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber or timber.” 29 October 2019


Logging tools, including a chain dog. 29 October 2019


“Ritter railroad spike: Railroad spike from the old Ritter railroad which ran through Oceana and was used to transport timber.” 29 October 2019


29 October 2019

Harts Creek District Teachers (1915)


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From the Lincoln Republican of Hamlin, WV, comes this history about early 20th century teachers in Lincoln County:

In 1915, 59 teachers enrolled to take the State Uniform Examination at Hamlin and Sheridan. Here are the teachers from Harts area who attended the institute:

Rebel Adkins, Queens Ridge

Clerk Lucas, Toney

Thomas J. Mans, Atensville

Sherman Smith, Logan County

Carrie Tomblin, Queens Ridge

W.H. Tomblin, Queens Ridge

Decker Toney, Queens Ridge

Kile Topping, Queens Ridge

Source: Lincoln Republican (Hamlin, WV), 1 April 1915


Certificates issued:

2nd Grade

Rebel Adkins, Queens Ridge

Watson Adkins, Ferrellsburg

Martha Fowler, Ferrellsburg

Maud Gill, Gill

B.B. Holton, Ferrellsburg

Shirley Holton, Ferrellsburg

J.B. Johnston, Queens Ridge

Clerk Lucas, Toney

Charley Pack, Queens Ridge

App F. Queen, Queens Ridge

Jasper Shelton, Sand Creek

William Wirt Stephens, Ferrellsburg

Maud Stollings, Queens Ridge

William H. Tomblin, Queens Ridge

Decker Toney, Queens Ridge

3rd Grade

W.E. Fowler, Queens Ridge

Hendricks Lucas, Ferrellsburg

Ida Pack, Queens Ridge

Nancie Payne, Queens Ridge

Victor Shelton, Sand Creek

Kile Toppings, Queens Ridge

The teacher institute for Harts Creek District is scheduled for Green Shoals school house on November 19.

Source: Lincoln Republican (Hamlin, WV), 16 September 1915

Note: These items were printed during the brief time when Queens Ridge Post Office served most residents of Big Harts Creek and Little Harts Creek and other areas near the Wayne County line. Queens Ridge is not located in these watersheds.

Perry A. Cline v. James Vance, Sr. et al. (1876)


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James Vance to Perry A. Cline, 1874-1875.


James Vance promissory note to Perry A. Cline, 1 February 1875.


Perry A. Cline petition, 8 May 1876.


Perry A. Cline petition, 8 May 1876.


Perry A. Cline petition, 8 May 1876.


Perry A. Cline petition, 8 May 1876.


Perry A. Cline petition, 8 May 1876.


Perry A. Cline affidavit, 8 May 1876.

Poem: Sad Story of Married Life (1913)


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From the Logan Democrat of Logan, WV, comes this poem written by three young female students of Marshall College, published May 22, 1913:

Shady tree, babbling brook

Girl in hammock, reading book;

Gold curls, tiny feet,

Girl in hammock, looks so sweet;

Man rides past, big mustache,

Girl in hammock makes a “mash”.

Mash is mutual, day is set,

Man and maiden, married get.

Married now, one year ago,

Keeping house on Baxter row;

Red hot stove, beefsteak frying,

Girl got married, cooking trying.

Cheeks all burning, eyes look red,

Girl got married, nearly dead;

Biscuits burn up, beefsteak charry,

Girl got married, awful sorry,

Man comes home, tears mustache,

Mad as blazes, got no hash,

Thinks of hammock in the lane,

Wishes maiden back again,

Maiden also thinks of swing,

Wants to go back too, poor old thing.

Hour of midnight, baby squawking,

Man in sock feet bravely walking;

Baby yells on, now the other

Twin he starts up like his brother.

Paregoric by the bottle

Emptied into baby’s throttle,

Naughty tack points in air,

Waiting some one’s foot to tear,

Man in sock feet, see him there!

Holy Moses! Hear him swear!

Raving crazy, gets his gun,

Blows his head off, dead and gone.

Pretty widow, with a book,

In a hammock by the brook,

Man rides past, big mustache;

Keeps on riding, nary “mash.”