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In 1929, the State of West Virginia nearly opted to allocate a monthly pension to its Confederate veterans, as well as blacks who had served the Confederate Army in service roles. In covering the story, the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, compiled a list of its remaining Confederate veterans.
HOW MANY VETERANS?
A pension of $20 a month is provided for Confederate veterans of the state by a bill passed by the Senate last week and sent in the House for concurrence. Senator M.T. Miller, of Boone county, who said he could not vote to pension men who had carried arms against their government, cast the only vote against the proposal.
A Charleston paper says there are only about 60 Confederate veterans living. This paper cannot believe that, although it has no information on the subject. How many are there in Logan county? Does anyone know? Has anyone an approximately correct list? If so, will he or she make the fact known? Uncle Dyke Garrett probably knows most of them.
The Banner would like to obtain a list of both Confederate and Union veterans still living in the county, together with their post office address.
Source: Logan Banner, 26 February 1929.
AS TO OLD SOLDIERS
The Banner’s request for information about old soldiers living in Logan county has not been in vain, nor has the response been satisfactory. The names of four confederate veterans have been turned in, as follows:
Rev. Dyke Garrett, Curry, beloved and venerable minister; William Workman, Shegon, who fought at Gettysburg and is now 88; Steve Markham, Holden No. 20, who has been blind for 20 years; and William Chafin, who lives with his son Harvey, at Holden 5 and 6.
Who are the others? Send in their names and addresses and any information you deem of interest concerning their careers as soldiers and citizens. The same information about Union soldiers, residents of the county, is likewise desired.
Logan Banner, 5 March 1929.
PREPARING THE ROLL
Another name has been added to the list of old soldiers that The Banner has undertaken to compile. Reference is to J. Matt Pauley, residing in Band Mill Hollow, post office Stollings. He was in the Confederate army, fought throughout the war and was wounded, writes Mrs. A.V. Pauley of Ethel. He is of the same age as Uncle Dyke Garrett.
The names of four survivors of the War Between the States, all living in Logan county, were published in Tuesday’s paper. There must be others. Who are they?
Today, W.C. Turley brought in a list of eight Confederate veterans, including the following new names: Wm. C. Lucas, Big Creek; Henry Mitchell, Henlawson; Hugh Avis, Green Thompson and John Neece, Logan; Harrison White, Pecks Mill.
Logan Banner, 8 March 1929.
On Confederate Roll
Two more names have been added to the roll of Confederate veterans that The Banner is preparing. These are James Zirkles of Man, whose name was sent in by Leslie Mangus, of Kistler, and Zan Bryant of Whirlwind, whose name was recalled by County Clerk McNeely. Are there not others besides nine or ten previously published?
Logan Banner, 12 March 1929.
Confederate Veterans Living Here Number at Least 17
There Are Probably Others–Will You Help to Enroll Them–All Merit the Tender Interest of Younger Folk
Seventeen names of Confederate soldiers, residents of the county, have been collected by The Banner. Wonder if any have been overlooked, or if the appended list is in error in including any Union veterans? If any reader knows of a Confederate soldier not listed here, please send in the name and address AT ONCE. There will be no further request or reminder.
This paper undertook to make up a list of these old soldiers for two reasons. Chief of these was a desire to prevent any of them being overlooked in case a bill to pension them was passed by the legislature–but the writer does not know yet whether or not that bill was enacted into law. Another reason for assuming the task was to test in a limited way a statement in a Charleston paper that there were only 60 Confederate veterans left in the state. That statement was doubted, and with good reason judging from the number polled in this county. Anyhow, the ranks have become terribly thinned. Every few days we all read of taps being sounded for another one here and there.
Middle-aged men and young folk should esteem it a privilege to do something to brighten the lives of these old soldiers. As the years roll by our pride will increase as we recall our acquaintance with and our kindness toward the “boys of ’61 and ’65.”
Here is the list. Look it over, and if there is a name that should be added or a name that should be stricken out, or any error or omission that should be corrected or supplied, speak up:
James Zirkles, Man; Zan Bryant, Whirlwind; J. Matt Pauley, Ft. Branch; Uncle Dyke Garrett, Curry; William C. Lucas, Big Creek; Henry Mitchell, Henlawson; Hugh Avis, Green Thompson and John Neece, all of Logan; Harrison White, Pecks Mill; Melvin Plumley, Crawleys Creek (post office not known); William Workman, Shegon; Steve Markham, Holden No. 20; William Chafin, No. 5 and 6.
Logan Banner, 15 March 1929.
Two Names Added Confederate Roll
Bill to Pension Them is Defeated By Parliamentary Tactics in House
Names of two more Confederate soldiers living in the county have been sent to The Banner. They are: C.H. Gilkinson, minister, resident of Holden, who was born and reared in Wayne county, and is the father of Dr. L.W. Gilkinson. Jackson McCloud, a resident of Whirlwind on Harts Creek. His name was supplied by A.L. Browning of Monaville, who says he feels sure that Mr. McCloud was in the Confederate service and fought at Gettysburg.
Assuming both names should be added to the roll, it means that there are at least 19 Confederate veterans still living in Logan county, seventeen names having been listed and published a week ago.
For many of them there will be disappointment in the information that the bill to pension them did not pass. Sponsored in the Senate by ex-governor A.B. White, the son of a Union soldier, the bill passed, that body, Senator M.T. Miller of Madison casting the only vote against it. In the House of Delegates it was amended, by a majority of one, to include Negroes, whether slave or free, who had served in the Confederate army of cooks, personal servants, or otherwise, and later tabled.
Source: Logan Banner, 22 March 1929.
Slagle Man 17th in Confederate List
Zan Bryant Probably Oldest Veteran In County–Born in Jackson’s Time
Joseph Lowe of Slagle is the latest name to be added to the list of Confederate veterans that has been compiled by The Banner. However, that leaves the count at 17, as the name of Melvin Plumley of Crawleys Creek was erroneously included in the published list. He was a Union soldier, it seems.
Of all those listed Zan Bryant of Whirlwind must be the oldest. He is said to be 98 years old and his wife, Judie Hensley Bryant, 91. They have been married for 75 years and have a son, Dave Bryant, who is 73. There are five other children, Dave, John, Wade and Dyke all live on Harts Creek, most of them near their parents; Mrs. Martha Jane Smith at Gay, and Mrs. Lucinda Spry of Mingo county.
This venerable couple have spent all their years in the isolated Harts country, their home being on White Oak fork, and can be reached only by a long horseback ride.
When Zan was born Andrew Jackson was president and Logan county as a political subdivision was but five years old. He was 23 years old when married and 30 when the War Between the States began.
Logan Banner, 26 March 1929.
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From various regional newspapers come these stories about the Republican Party in Logan County, West Virginia:
Republicans of Logan
Endorses the Candidacy of Judge Doolittle for Supreme Judge
The Logan county republican convention was held last week. Instructions were given for Gaines for Congress, and the candidacy of Judge Doolittle, of this city was endorsed for Supreme court judge.
Source: Huntington (WV) Advertiser, 30 April 1900.
The Republican Ticket
The Republicans, at their convention on Saturday, nominated a full county ticket.
The nominee for House of Delegates, Pat Riffe, is a native of the county and an old Union soldier.
W.A. Brazie, the nominee for County Clerk, is a native of Fayette and came here about twelve years ago, and worked in this office about ten years. He is well known in the county, and is well fitted for the position for which he is named.
J.D. Copley, the nominee for Circuit Clerk, is a native of Wayne, …
Source: Logan County Banner (Logan, WV), 2 October 1902.
Republican County Ticket.
Member of the Legislature–Naaman Jackson, of Logan.
County Clerk–John Perry, of Logan.
Circuit Clerk–J.M. Mitchell, Jr., of Curry.
County Superintendent of Schools–R.F. Mitchell, of Christian.
Member of the County Court–A.D. Cook, of Triadelphia District.
W.C. Lawrence, for the Committee on Nominations, reported the following selection for members of the County Central Committee of the Republican Committee of Logan County.
For Logan District, Bruce White, I.M. Conley, James Jeffrey, T.C. Whited and W.C. Lawrence.
For Triadelphia District, H.C. Burgess and Lon Walls.
For Chapmanville District, A.J. Fowler and T.B. Hensley.
Hon. O.J. Deegan was selected County Chairman and Hon. Ira P. Hager as County Secretary and Treasurer, both promising young attorneys of Logan.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 17 July 1914.
Republicans Organize Club At Chapmanville
Republicans met at Chapmanville Friday night and organized a campaign club and named it the Ferrell-Cook Republican club. Praise was sounded for local and national Republican administrations for the tax reductions that have been made. The following officers were elected: S.A. Ferrell, chairman; Evart Campbell, secretary; A.L. Sansom, treasurer. Another meeting of the club was called for 7 o’clock tonight.
Source: Logan (WV) Banner, 19 October 1926.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Major William Straton, who resided at Logan Court House in Logan County, West Virginia:
Was born in Logan county, W.Va., April 14, 1821. His wife, Mary A. Perry, was born in the same county June 1, 1831, and there they were united in marriage Sept. 13, 1849. Of the offspring of this marriage the following is the record: David, born Jan. 4, 1853, married, died May 15, 1890; Victoria, born Dec. 23, 1857, died April 23, 1858; Minnie, born June 12, 1859, married, died Sept. 17, 1886; Allen B., born June 7, 1855, married; Vicie, born Dec. 9, 1861, married; Mary B., born Mar. 20, 1864, married. The subject of this sketch was elected clerk of the county court in March, 1845, and was elected clerk of circuit court in Logan county in 1849, and served until 1852; was re-elected county and circuit clerk in 1852 and 1858, which office he retained until 1865. In the civil war he supported the Southern cause, in which he volunteered in 1861, and was commissioned major of the 34th Va. V.C.; In this regiment he served nobly until the close of the struggle. At the battle of Beech Creek, Logan county, W.Va., Aug. 7, 1862, he was severely wounded in the arm and breast; the last was almost a mortal wound, but recovering he again entered the Confederate army, and was one of its most gallant and efficient officers. When the war ended he came back to his family, and in his native county since has held many offices of trust and honor, esteemed and respected by all who have ever known him. His father, Joseph Straton, was born in Ireland March 4, 1794, emigrated to America in 1800, and died in Logan county, W.Va., Jan. 3, 1846; his wife, Polly Henderson, mother of Major William Straton, was born in Monroe county, Va., March 27, 1803, and died in Sequin, Guadalupe county, Texas, April 22, 1890. Major William Straton now practices law at Logan Court House, W.Va.; he was a member of the House of Delegates from 1871 to 1877.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 842.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Henry Clay Ragland, who resided at Logan, West Virginia:
Is of a family that has long been one of the most influential in the State. The founder of the family in America, John Ragland, came to this country directly from Wales, and settled in Virginia about the year 1630; his great-grandson, Finch Ragland, grandfather of the subject of the sketch, was a patriot of 1776 and fought through the Revolutionary war; his descendants have all inherited the spirit of patriotism, and have ever been foremost in enhancing the interests and defending the rights of their country. Thomas Eads, maternal grandfather of H.C. Ragland, was a soldier in the war of 1812. When the war between the States broke out in 1861 Henry Clay Ragland was among the first to volunteer his services in the cause of the South; he was a member of the 5th Va. Cav., was twice wounded, and was a prisoner at Point Lookout from Sept., 1864, to March, 1865. Since 1874 he has resided in Logan county, W.Va., where he is now editor of the Logan county Banner, besides has an extensive law practice in Logan and adjoining counties, being regarded as one of the leading lights in the profession. From 1886 to 1888 he was a member of the West Virginia legislature, in which he served with honor and distinction. His address is Logan Court House, W.Va. Mr. H.C. Ragland was born in Goochland county, Va., on the 7th of May, 1844; his wife, nee Miss Louisa Goings, was born in Lawrence county, Ky.; they were married at Logan Court House, W.Va., June 9, 1877.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 836-837.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for George W. Morgan, who resided at Logan, West Virginia:
Holds the office of justice of the peace at Logan C.H., and is a most efficient and honorable officer. He owns a beautiful residence in this town, where he resides with his interesting family. Besides his official business, he is a carpenter and builder by trade. The Morgans have lived in Logan county many years, and have always ranked among the best and most influential citizens. Isaac E. Morgan, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Wyoming county, W.Va., April 8, 1811. He held several offices in that county; was representative in the House of Delegates from 1853 to 1854. He married, Oct. 24, 1837, Dollie C. Stone, who was born in that county April 3, 1815; the marriage took place in that county. They were the parents of the subject of this sketch. The father died in Logan county Oct. 1, 1879; the mother Jan. 19, 1876. Their son, George W. Morgan, was born in Logan county, W.Va., Sept. 2, 1855; was married there March 8, 1878, to Miss Polly Ann Chapman, who was born in the same county Feb. 2, 1849. Their marriage has been blessed with one daughter, Dollie Maud, born in Logan county, W.Va., Nov. 28, 1878; is now residing with her parents. Isaac E. Morgan, father of George W., was at the time of his death, Oct. 1, 1879, honorably filling the position of president of the county court, and had held many other offices; no citizen of this county has ever been more highly esteemed, nor has the death of one been more deeply regretted. The post office address of George W. Morgan is Logan Court House, West Virginia.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 835-836.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Hon. William E. Justice, who resided at North Spring, West Virginia:
Son of James and Jennie (Hatfield) Justice, was born May 16, 1849, in Logan county, W.Va., a worthy representative of a family which has long been seated in this section. His parents were born in Pike county, Ky., the father on Dec. 5, 1812, dying in Logan county, W.Va., Aug. 12, 1874; the mother born Jan. 10, 1813, dying here also on April 28, 1886. William E., the subject of this sketch, is one of fourteen children, twelve of whom are living. March 24, 1870, he married Laura S., daughter of Jacob and Linda (Chambers) Cook, long and honored residents of this section. Her father was born in Giles county, Va., May 21, 1814, and her mother in Monroe county, W.Va., on July 19, 1819. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Justice are ten in number: Alonzo, born March 31, 1871; Larkin, Feb. 27, 1873; Mollie, March 16, 1875; John K., June 1, 1877; Laura B., Sept. 20, 1879; Teddy F., Dec. 15, 1881; Grover E., April 20, 1883; Violinna, July 10, 1886, dying Aug. 19, the same year; Lotty I., Nov. 19, 1887; and Eva F., Feb. 5, 1890. Hon. W.E. Justice is engaged in farming and merchandising at North Spring, Wyoming county, W.Va., and has amassed extensive means and territory in both Logan and Wyoming counties, consisting of coal and timber lands. He was elected to represent Logan county in the House of Delegates on Nov. 6, 1888, his term having now expired, which he filled with credit and acceptability; post office address, North Spring, W.Va.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 834.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Hon. Lorenzo D. Chambers, who resided at Logan Court House, West Virginia:
Was born in Logan county, W.Va., Dec. 23, 1827. In Johnston county, Ky., May 2, 1855, he was married to Margaret L. Auxier, of that county; by this union the following children have been born: Samuel E., Huldah A., Augusta, James L., Geneva, Floyd B. (died in infancy), Louisa, Otis, Agnes, Galen, Charles, Cora, and Lorenzo D.; the six older are married; the youngest six live with their parents. Samuel Auxier, father of Mrs. Chambers, was born Aug. 3, 1791, in Russell county, Va., and died Dec. 13, 1884, in Johnston county, Ky. His wife, Agnes (Wells), was born in Washington county, Va., and is now living in Johnston county, Ky., at an advanced age. Mrs. Chambers’ grandfather moved from Russell county, Va., to Kentucky in 1796; he owned the site where Daniel Boone held his fort, and it is still owned by his descendants. In 1882, the subject of this sketch was appointed commissioner of schools and served six years; in 1883 he was elected to the House of Delegates, which position he filled honorably until the expiration of his term in 1885. He has held many other offices of trust. At the present time he is farming at his beautiful home on Guyandotte River. Besides extensive coal and timber lands, he owns a large dry goods store at Logan Court House, which town is his post office. The Chambers family is one of the oldest and best in Logan county; its members have always been noted for their intelligence, moral and social excellence and wealth.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 823-824.