Ruth Virginia Reed1,2,3

F, b. May 2, 1920, d. December 27, 2013
     Her Social Security Number was 231-14-7213.4 Ruth Virginia Reed was buried at Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg, Giles Co., Virginia.5,3 She was born on May 2, 1920 at Giles Co., Virginia.6,5,4 She married William Oliver "Pete" Spangler, son of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on October 17, 1942 at Giles Co., Virginia.7,1,2 As of October 17, 1942,her married name was Spangler.2 Ruth Virginia Reed and William Oliver "Pete" Spangler were divorced on March 17, 1969 at Giles Co., Virginia.8 Ruth Virginia Reed died on December 27, 2013 at Pearisburg, Giles Co., Virginia, at age 93.3,6,5,4 She Ruth Virginia Ratcliffe, 93, of Rich Creek and formerly of Pembroke, departed this life Friday evening, December 27, 2013 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Born in Glen Lyn on May 2, 1920 she was a daughter of the late James Henry and Nettie Ann Mullins Reed. Ruth was a 1941 graduate of Glen Lyn High School; was employed at the Celanese Plant at Narrows for over 43 years; and lived out her Christian testimony in the good she did every day. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Guy "Jack" Ratcliffe; her brothers Ira, John, Watha, Hugh, James and Gene Reed; and her sisters Mary Booth and Helen Spangler. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved sister and caregiver Vella R. Anderson of Rich Creek; her brothers Dean Reed of Rich Creek, Neal Reed of Statesboro, GA; a very helpful step-daughter Carol Ross of Pearisburg; and step-grandchildren whom she raised Jackie Jones and David Montgomery. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. on December 29, 2013.3

Family

William Oliver "Pete" Spangler b. September 15, 1920, d. May 10, 1993
Marriage*She married William Oliver "Pete" Spangler, son of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on October 17, 1942 at Giles Co., Virginia.7,1,2 
Divorce* Ruth Virginia Reed and William Oliver "Pete" Spangler were divorced on March 17, 1969 at Giles Co., Virginia.8 

Citations

  1. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  2. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ruth Virginia Ratcliffe obituary in the Dec 29, 2013 edition.
  4. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  5. [S2254] Birchlawn Burial Park, Giles Co., VA, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=poff&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=48&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GSsr=41&GRid=39865763&CRid=49465&df=all&
  6. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  7. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  8. [S5151] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014.

Ella Delena LaFon1,2,3,4,5,6

F, b. April 5, 1917, d. December 5, 2006
     Ella Delena LaFon was buried at Kire Community Cemetery, Kire, Giles Co., Virginia.4,6 Her Social Security Number was 231-24-7649.7 She was born on April 5, 1917 at Big Stony Creek, Giles Co., Virginia.1,2,7,4,5,6 She married William Oliver "Pete" Spangler, son of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on August 21, 1959 at Giles Co., Virginia.1,2,3,4,5 As of August 21, 1959,her married name was Spangler.5 Ella Delena LaFon died on December 5, 2006 at Catawba, Roanoke Co., Virginia, at age 89.7,4,6 She Ella Delena Spangler, 89, of the Kire Community in Giles County, died Tuesday December 5, 2006 in Catawba Hospital. Born on Big Stony Creek in Giles County on April 5, 1917 she was a daughter of the late Leonard J. and Mary Blanche Martin Lafon. She had worked for many years in the spinning department at the Celanese Celco Plant at Narrows and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, New River Ward. She was preceded in death by her husband, William O. Spangler; a son-in-law, James Lambert; and three sisters, Christine Lafon, Letha Peck, and Geneva Lafon. She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Barbara Lafon Lambert of Newport, Va; a grandson and his wife, James Aaron and Crystal Jones Lambert of Christiansburg; a great-granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Lambert; a brother, Eugene Lafon and his wife Frances of Newport; a sister, Audrey Woods and her husband Roy of Christiansburg, Va. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home Chapel at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Bishop Cantrall Martin presiding. Burial will follow in Kire Community Cemetery in the Kire Community. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.
on December 8, 2006.4

Family

William Oliver "Pete" Spangler b. September 15, 1920, d. May 10, 1993
Marriage*She married William Oliver "Pete" Spangler, son of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on August 21, 1959 at Giles Co., Virginia.1,2,3,4,5 

Citations

  1. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  2. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the William Oliver Spangler obituary in the May 12, 1993 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ella Delena Spangler obituary in the Dec 8, 2006 edition.
  5. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  6. [S4733] Kire Community Cemetery, Giles Co., VA, online http://www.findagrave.com
  7. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Odria Gay Spangler1

F, b. August 15, 1923, d. February 19, 1995
FatherWilliam Winfield Spangler2,3,4,5,6,1 b. June 19, 1884, d. November 28, 1966
MotherArdella Arminta "Della" Conner2,3,4,5,6,1 b. November 22, 1883, d. July 16, 1987
     Odria Gay Spangler was buried at William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, 1033 Friendship Road, Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.7 Her Social Security Number was 226-28-2701.8 She and William Centeno were divorced.4 Odria Gay Spangler married Jack Ellinger.9,4 Her married name was Ellinger. Odria Gay Spangler was born on August 15, 1923 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.2,8,4,1 She married William Centeno on December 22, 1946.2,4 As of December 22, 1946,her married name was Centeno. Odria Gay Spangler and Jack Ellinger were divorced in December, 1979.2,4 Odria Gay Spangler died on February 19, 1995 at Arizona at age 71.8

Census Records

1930Dwelling 235, District 1, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia5
1940Dwelling 97, District 61-2, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia6

Family 1

Jack Ellinger
Marriage*Odria Gay Spangler married Jack Ellinger.9,4 
Divorce* Odria Gay Spangler and Jack Ellinger were divorced in December, 1979.2,4 

Family 2

William Centeno
Divorce*Odria Gay Spangler and William Centeno were divorced.4 
Marriage* Odria Gay Spangler married William Centeno on December 22, 1946.2,4 
Child
  • William Robin Centeno2,4,10

Citations

  1. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  2. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the William Oliver Spangler obituary in the May 12, 1993 edition.
  4. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  5. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S8341] William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, Montgomery Co., VA, online www.findagrave.com.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S849] Jack Spangler (e-mail address), Descendants of Daniel and Mary Spangler, Franklin County, Virginia 1773.
  10. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Troy Allen Spangler Sr.1,2,3,4,5

M, b. September 13, 1926, d. January 4, 1989
FatherWilliam Winfield Spangler1,2,6,7,3 b. June 19, 1884, d. November 28, 1966
MotherArdella Arminta "Della" Conner1,2,6,7,3 b. November 22, 1883, d. July 16, 1987
     His Social Security Number was 230-34-1307.8 Troy Allen Spangler Sr. was buried at William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, 1033 Friendship Road, Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.5 He was born on September 13, 1926 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,8,3,5 He married Dorothy Ethel Preston on March 26, 1966.1,2 Troy Allen Spangler Sr. died on January 4, 1989 at Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 62.9,2,8,4,5

Census Records

1930Dwelling 235, District 1, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 97, District 61-2, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia7

Family

Dorothy Ethel Preston
Marriage*Troy Allen Spangler Sr. married Dorothy Ethel Preston on March 26, 1966.1,2 
Children
  • Troy Allen Spangler Jr.1
  • Ruth Elaine Spangler1,2

Citations

  1. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  2. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  3. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  4. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  5. [S8341] William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, Montgomery Co., VA, online www.findagrave.com.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S849] Jack Spangler (e-mail address), Descendants of Daniel and Mary Spangler, Franklin County, Virginia 1773.

Nellie Mae Spangler1,2,3,4

F, b. July 7, 1929, d. May 14, 2006
FatherWilliam Winfield Spangler1,5,2,6,3,7 b. June 19, 1884, d. November 28, 1966
MotherArdella Arminta "Della" Conner1,5,2,6,3,7 b. November 22, 1883, d. July 16, 1987
     Her married name was Brown/Browne.8,5,4 Nellie Mae Spangler was buried at William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, 1033 Friendship Road, Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.4 She married Unknown Brown/Browne.8,5,4 Nellie Mae Spangler was born on July 7, 1929 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3,4 She married Frank Elroy Weir Jr. on January 3, 1948 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 As of January 3, 1948,her married name was Weir. Nellie Mae Spangler married Otis L. D. Haile on October 17, 1963.1,2 As of October 17, 1963,her married name was Haile. Nellie Mae Spangler died on May 14, 2006 at New York at age 76.4

Census Records

1930Dwelling 235, District 1, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 97, District 61-2, Alleghany, Montgomery Co., Virginia7

Family 1

Unknown Brown/Browne
Marriage*Nellie Mae Spangler married Unknown Brown/Browne.8,5,4 

Family 2

Frank Elroy Weir Jr. b. January 12, 1927, d. September 20, 2002
Marriage*Nellie Mae Spangler married Frank Elroy Weir Jr. on January 3, 1948 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 
Children
  • Daniel Frank Weir1,2
  • Michael Wayne Weir1,2

Family 3

Otis L. D. Haile b. November 19, 1916, d. November 2, 1976
Marriage*Nellie Mae Spangler married Otis L. D. Haile on October 17, 1963.1,2 

Citations

  1. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  2. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  3. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S8341] William Winfield Spangler Cemetery, Montgomery Co., VA, online www.findagrave.com.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the William Oliver Spangler obituary in the May 12, 1993 edition.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S849] Jack Spangler (e-mail address), Descendants of Daniel and Mary Spangler, Franklin County, Virginia 1773.

Frank Elroy Weir Jr.1,2,3

M, b. January 12, 1927, d. September 20, 2002
     Frank Elroy Weir Jr. was buried at Fayetteville National Cemetery, 700 Government Avenue, Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas.4 He was born on January 12, 1927 at Wytopitlock, Aroostook Co., Maine.1,2,3 He married Nellie Mae Spangler, daughter of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on January 3, 1948 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 Frank Elroy Weir Jr. died on September 20, 2002 at age 75.

Family

Nellie Mae Spangler b. July 7, 1929, d. May 14, 2006
Marriage*He married Nellie Mae Spangler, daughter of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on January 3, 1948 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 
Children
  • Daniel Frank Weir1,2
  • Michael Wayne Weir1,2

Citations

  1. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  2. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  3. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S4685] Fayetteville National Cemetery, Washington Co., AR, online http://www.findagrave.com

Otis L. D. Haile1,2,3

M, b. November 19, 1916, d. November 2, 1976
     Otis L. D. Haile was buried at Parker Community Cemetery, Parker, La Paz Co., Arizona.3 He was born on November 19, 1916.1,2,3 He married Nellie Mae Spangler, daughter of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on October 17, 1963.1,2 Otis L. D. Haile died on November 2, 1976 at Arizona at age 59.3

Family

Nellie Mae Spangler b. July 7, 1929, d. May 14, 2006
Marriage*He married Nellie Mae Spangler, daughter of William Winfield Spangler and Ardella Arminta "Della" Conner, on October 17, 1963.1,2 

Citations

  1. [S181] Spangler Genealogy, online http://www.spanglers.info/span.html
  2. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  3. [S3381] Parker Community Cemetery, La Paz Co., AZ, online http://www.findagrave.com

Alice Alabama Wright1,2,3,4

F, b. August 19, 1872, d. June 5, 1923
FatherJames Augusta Wright5,1,2,3 b. circa 1811
MotherMartha Jane Aldridge5,1,2,3 b. April 24, 1831
     Alice Alabama Wright was buried at Crossroads Church Cemetery (also known as Prillaman Cemetery), Hummingbird Lane, south of Rt. 221, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,3 She was born on August 19, 1872 at Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,3,4 She married James William Prillaman, son of Jacob Prillaman and Martha Gray, on September 17, 1891 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,1,5,3 As of September 17, 1891,her married name was Prillaman. Alice Alabama Wright died on June 5, 1923 at Floyd Co., Virginia, at age 50.1

Census Records

1900Dwelling 86, District 20, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1910Dwelling 8, District 53, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia7

Family

James William Prillaman b. November 25, 1864, d. May 8, 1940
Marriage*Alice Alabama Wright married James William Prillaman, son of Jacob Prillaman and Martha Gray, on September 17, 1891 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,1,5,3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S270] Mary Conner Williams, Crossroads Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  2. [S16] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 3, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S162] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, William G. "The Settler" Aldridge, Floyd Co., VA.
  4. [S1605] Jackie Webb, "Aldridge Family Register Report."
  5. [S297] Ellen Stanley Rogers & Norris Prillaman Miller, The Prillaman Family, Descendants of Jacob Prillaman.
  6. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  9. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  10. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  11. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  12. [S5152] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014.
  13. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  14. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  15. [S1143] David Shank, Prillaman-Reed Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.

Pearl Ada "Pearlie" King1,2

F, b. April 14, 1884, d. April 24, 1962
FatherThomas Merritt King1,3,4,5,6,7,8 b. March 3, 1856, d. December 26, 1928
MotherSarah Elizabeth "Sally" Yates1,4,6,8 b. May 3, 1860, d. November 16, 1889
     Pearl Ada "Pearlie" King was buried at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 5070 Cove Road N. W., Roanoke, Virginia.6,9,10,8 She was born on April 14, 1884 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,8 She married Guy Milton Poff, son of George Isaac Wilson Poff and Callie Amanda Huff, on June 26, 1910 at Bristol, Sullivan Co., Tennessee.1,6,2,8 As of June 26, 1910,her married name was Poff. Pearl Ada "Pearlie" King died on April 24, 1962 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 78.1,6,8

Census Records

1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia3
1900Dwelling 28, District 19, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1910Dwelling 150, District 53, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1920Dwelling 105, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia11
1930Dwelling 110, District 12, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia12
1940Dwelling 47, District 32-13, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia13

Occupation

1910Public school teacher1,5

Family

Guy Milton Poff b. December 2, 1888, d. June 30, 1964
Marriage*Pearl Ada "Pearlie" King married Guy Milton Poff, son of George Isaac Wilson Poff and Callie Amanda Huff, on June 26, 1910 at Bristol, Sullivan Co., Tennessee.1,6,2,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S591] Richmond Times - Dispatch, From the Hazel Poff Corbin obituary in the Nov 2, 2001 edition.
  3. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Effie King Brown obituary in the May 7, 2012 edition.
  8. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  9. [S1521] The Fair View Group, online http://www.thefairviewgroup.org/index.shtml
  10. [S2722] Roanoke City VA Archives - Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, online http://files.usgwarchives.org/va/roanokecity/cemeteries/
  11. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  12. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  14. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  15. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Mary "Polly" Winters

F, d. circa 1840
     Mary "Polly" Winters married Henry Link on November 1, 1811 at Rockbridge Co., Virginia. As of November 1, 1811,her married name was Link. Mary "Polly" Winters died circa 1840.

Family

Henry Link b. 1790, d. 1864
Marriage*She married Henry Link on November 1, 1811 at Rockbridge Co., Virginia. 
Child

Citations

  1. [S16] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 3, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Lola Maude Sweeney1,2,3,4,5

F, b. July 9, 1899, d. January 13, 1969
     Lola Maude Sweeney was buried at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 1917 West Main Street, Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia.5 She was born on July 9, 1899 at West Virginia.2,5 As of circa 1915,her married name was Hall.1 She married Jesse Lee Hall, son of Bird Jesse Hall and Hannah Emaline Sweeney, circa 1915.2,1,3,5 Lola Maude Sweeney died on January 13, 1969 at West Virginia at age 69.5

Census Records

1920Dwelling 17, District 85, Oakvale, Mercer Co., West Virginia2
1930Dwelling 218, District 18, Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia1
1940Dwelling 135, District 28-34, East River, Mercer Co., West Virginia6

Family

Jesse Lee Hall b. July 14, 1894, d. May 12, 1989
Marriage*Lola Maude Sweeney married Jesse Lee Hall, son of Bird Jesse Hall and Hannah Emaline Sweeney, circa 1915.2,1,3,5 
Children

Citations

  1. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Bryce L. Hall obituary in the Sep 1, 2006 edition.
  4. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Frances Hall Foley obituary in the Aug 3, 2004 edition.
  5. [S2248] Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Mercer Co. WV, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=53317893&CRid=79664&
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Basil Eugene Hall, Sr. obituary in the Jul 5, 1987 edition.
  8. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  9. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

Basil Eugene Hall Sr.1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. June 26, 1917, d. July 3, 1987
FatherJesse Lee Hall1,2,7,8,9,6 b. July 14, 1894, d. May 12, 1989
MotherLola Maude Sweeney1,2,7,8,9,6 b. July 9, 1899, d. January 13, 1969
     His Social Security Number was 234-20-3276.10 Basil Eugene Hall Sr. was buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Courthouse Road, Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia.4,6 He married Mary Madeline Bishop.4,6 Basil Eugene Hall Sr. was born on June 26, 1917 at Indian Mills, Mercer Co., West Virginia.10,4,5 He died on July 3, 1987 at Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia, at age 70.10,4,6 He Basil Eugene Hall Sr., 70, of Roger Street, Princeton, died Friday morming at a Princeton hospital. Born in Indian Mills, he was the son of Jesse Lee Hall of Princeton and the late Lola Maude Sweeney Hall. He was a retired electrician for the Pocahontas Fuel Company at Itman for more than 14 years. He attended the Advent Christian Ctturch at Princeton. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Anny. He was a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge No. 1521. Survivors: wife, Mary Madeline Bishop Hall, son, Basil (Gene) Hall Jr. of Princeton; daughters. Mrs. Jack (Joyce) Keatley of Prattville, Ala., and Mrs. Alfred (Diane) Cocus of Princeton; sisters, Mrs. Ruth Mae Tyree of King, N.C., Mrs. Frances Marie Foley of Pipestem, Mrs. Hannah Elizabeth Huston of Freeders, Penn., Mrs. Frances Lucille Scott of Radcliff, Ky., and Mrs. Meredith Irene Bailey of Beartown; brothers, Bryce Hall of Princeton, Benjamin Hall of Eden, N.C., and Barry Hall of Ballard; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will conducted 11 a.m. Monday in the Buttts-Worttal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Rev. Orville Hatvey and Rev. Clinton White o1Ticiatlng. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. on July 5, 1987.6

Census Records

1920Dwelling 17, District 85, Oakvale, Mercer Co., West Virginia1
1930Dwelling 218, District 18, Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia2
1940Dwelling 135, District 28-34, East River, Mercer Co., West Virginia9

Occupation

1940Truck driver9

Family

Mary Madeline Bishop b. May 19, 1928, d. December 2, 2008
Marriage*Basil Eugene Hall Sr. married Mary Madeline Bishop.4,6 
Children

Citations

  1. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Hall-Taylor marriage record.
  4. [S2241] Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Mercer Co., WV, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=conner&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=52&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=52527626&CRid=79747&df=all&
  5. [S3706] 1926–1975, RG 147. The National Archives at Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia Records of the Selective Service System, U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947.
  6. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Basil Eugene Hall, Sr. obituary in the Jul 5, 1987 edition.
  7. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Bryce L. Hall obituary in the Sep 1, 2006 edition.
  8. [S345] Bluefield Daily Telegraph, From the Frances Hall Foley obituary in the Aug 3, 2004 edition.
  9. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  11. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

George Boothe1

M, b. 1736/37, d. 1813
     George Boothe was buried at Simmons Cemetery (also known as Booth Cemetery), near Floyd/Montgomery Co. line off Rt. 8 along Laurel Ridge Mill Road, Floyd Co., Virginia.1 He was born in 1736/37 at Sandwich, Kent, England.1 He married Permelia "Millie" Wright in 1751/52 at Oyster Bay, Nassau Co., New York.1 George Boothe died in 1813 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.1

Family

Permelia "Millie" Wright
Marriage*He married Permelia "Millie" Wright in 1751/52 at Oyster Bay, Nassau Co., New York.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S2626] George Pesely, Booth Family of Floyd County, Virginia.

Daniel Boothe1,2,3

M, b. 1787, d. 1855
FatherGeorge Boothe3 b. 1736/37, d. 1813
MotherPermelia "Millie" Wright3
     Daniel Boothe was born in 1787 at New York. He married Sarah McAlexander on May 28, 1805 at Patrick Co., Virginia.2 Daniel Boothe died in 1855 at Patrick Co., Virginia.

Census Records

1820Blacksburg, Virginia1

Family

Sarah McAlexander d. circa 1823
Marriage*Daniel Boothe married Sarah McAlexander on May 28, 1805 at Patrick Co., Virginia.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S409] National Archives and Records Administration, 1820 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S437] Jordan R. Dodd, Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850.
  3. [S2626] George Pesely, Booth Family of Floyd County, Virginia.

Brenton/Brinton Sherman King1,2,3

M, b. June 16, 1885, d. November 7, 1947
FatherThomas Merritt King1,4,5,6,7,3 b. March 3, 1856, d. December 26, 1928
MotherSarah Elizabeth "Sally" Yates1,5,6,3 b. May 3, 1860, d. November 16, 1889
     Brenton/Brinton Sherman King was buried at Fair View Cemetery, 3300 Melrose Ave. N.W., Roanoke, Virginia.1,6,8,3 He was born on June 16, 1885 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,2,3 He married Helen Leona Peters, daughter of Charles Peters and Betty A. Unknown, on March 10, 1925.1,6 Brenton/Brinton Sherman King died on November 7, 1947 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 62.1,6,3

Census Records

1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1900Dwelling 28, District 19, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 156, District 2, Big Lick, Roanoke Co., VirginiaBrenton and his wife were enumerated in the household of his mother-in-law Bettie Peters9
1940Dwelling 161, District 81-4D, Big Lick, Roanoke Co., Virginia10

Occupation

1930Steam railroad hostler9

Family

Helen Leona Peters b. November 17, 1897, d. July 24, 1975
Marriage*Brenton/Brinton Sherman King married Helen Leona Peters, daughter of Charles Peters and Betty A. Unknown, on March 10, 1925.1,6 

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  3. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  4. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Effie King Brown obituary in the May 7, 2012 edition.
  8. [S1521] The Fair View Group, online http://www.thefairviewgroup.org/index.shtml
  9. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.

Sarah McAlexander1

F, d. circa 1823
     As of May 25, 1805,her married name was Boothe.1 Sarah McAlexander married Daniel Boothe, son of George Boothe and Permelia "Millie" Wright, on May 28, 1805 at Patrick Co., Virginia.1 Sarah McAlexander died circa 1823.

Family

Daniel Boothe b. 1787, d. 1855
Marriage*She married Daniel Boothe, son of George Boothe and Permelia "Millie" Wright, on May 28, 1805 at Patrick Co., Virginia.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S437] Jordan R. Dodd, Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850.

Waller Morris King1,2,3,4,5

M, b. March 6, 1887, d. August 8, 1976
FatherThomas Merritt King1,6,2,7,5 b. March 3, 1856, d. December 26, 1928
MotherSarah Elizabeth "Sally" Yates1,2,5 b. May 3, 1860, d. November 16, 1889
     Waller Morris King was buried at Fair View Cemetery, 3300 Melrose Ave. N.W., Roanoke, Virginia.1,2,3,5 He was born on March 6, 1887 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,5 He married Nannie Kathleen Beckner, daughter of William Allen Beckner and Eugenia Cahoon, in October, 1919.1,2,4 Waller Morris King died on August 8, 1976 at Daleville, Botetourt Co., Virginia, at age 89.2,5

Census Records

1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1900Dwelling 4, District 18, Little River, Floyd Co., VirginiaEnumerated in the household of his grandfather William Yeatts8
1910Dwelling 107, District 50, Little River, Floyd Co., VirginiaEnumerated in the household of his grandmother Mary Terry Yeatts9
1920Dwelling 157, District 29, Roanoke, Virginia10
1930Dwelling 447, District 4, Roanoke, Virginia11
1940Dwelling 209, District 119-11, Roanoke, Virginia12

Occupation

1910Lumberyard sawer9
1920Railroad carpenter10
1930Railroad shop carpenter11
1940Railroad carpenter foreman12

Family

Nannie Kathleen Beckner b. November 28, 1894, d. October 15, 1988
Marriage*Waller Morris King married Nannie Kathleen Beckner, daughter of William Allen Beckner and Eugenia Cahoon, in October, 1919.1,2,4 
Child

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  3. [S1521] The Fair View Group, online http://www.thefairviewgroup.org/index.shtml
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Frances Ione King Via obituary in the Apr 10, 2015 edition.
  5. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  6. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Effie King Brown obituary in the May 7, 2012 edition.
  8. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  12. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.

Mattie L. King1,2

F, b. January 11, 1889, d. July 20, 1889
FatherThomas Merritt King1 b. March 3, 1856, d. December 26, 1928
MotherSarah Elizabeth "Sally" Yates1 b. May 3, 1860, d. November 16, 1889
     Mattie L. King was buried at Yates Family Cemetery, near Stonewall Church, one-half mile off 4366 Rt. 221 N., Floyd Co., Virginia.2 She was born on January 11, 1889 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2 She died on July 20, 1889 at Floyd Co., Virginia; Died in infancy of flux.1,2

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S402] Mary Conner Williams, Yates Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.

Minnie Victoria Hall1

F, b. December 14, 1874, d. April 10, 1929
FatherGordon M. Hall2,3,4,1 b. May 29, 1840, d. January 1, 1909
MotherMary Delaware "Della" King2,3,4,1 b. July 23, 1853, d. November 14, 1913
     Minnie Victoria Hall was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.2,1 She was born on December 14, 1874 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,4,1 She married Ballard Smith Yates, son of William Anthony Yeatts and Mary Henry Terry Yates, on February 14, 1893 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2,4 As of February 14, 1893,her married name was Yates. Minnie Victoria Hall died on April 10, 1929 at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia, at age 54.2,4,1

Census Records

1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1910Dwelling 215, District 69, Alleghany Springs, Montgomery Co., Virginia6
1920Dwelling 277, District 126, Salem, Roanoke Co., VirginiaEnumerated in the household of her son-in-law William B. Jones7

Family

Ballard Smith Yates b. December 18, 1866, d. November 23, 1957
Marriage*Minnie Victoria Hall married Ballard Smith Yates, son of William Anthony Yeatts and Mary Henry Terry Yates, on February 14, 1893 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  2. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  3. [S16] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 3, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  4. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  5. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.

Mary Silkie Yates1,2

F, b. March 31, 1898, d. January 13, 1959
FatherBallard Smith Yates1,3,2 b. December 18, 1866, d. November 23, 1957
MotherMinnie Victoria Hall1,3,2 b. December 14, 1874, d. April 10, 1929
     Mary Silkie Yates was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.2 She was born on March 31, 1898 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.2 As of circa 1915,her married name was Jones.4 She married William Burnett Jones circa 1915.5,4,2 Mary Silkie Yates died on January 13, 1959 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 60.2

Census Records

1910Dwelling 215, District 69, Alleghany Springs, Montgomery Co., Virginia3
1920Dwelling 277, District 126, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 266, District 9, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia4
1940Dwelling 219, District 81-19, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia6

Family

William Burnett Jones b. April 7, 1888, d. September 1, 1972
Marriage*Mary Silkie Yates married William Burnett Jones circa 1915.5,4,2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  3. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  8. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  9. [S1599] Gazette.Net, From the Dr. William Burnett Jones, Jr. obituary in the Jun 29, 2004 edition.

Ethel Maggie Yeatts1,2,3

F, b. July 17, 1898, d. July 8, 1981
FatherFlurnoy Gustavus Yates4,5,1,3 b. December 19, 1864, d. June 26, 1949
MotherLaura Greene Bower4,5,1,3 b. October 16, 1866, d. June 27, 1948
     Her Social Security Number was 227-34-4498.6 Ethel Maggie Yeatts was buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia.7,3 She was born on July 17, 1898 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,3 She married Byron Lewis Joseph Radford, son of Gabriel George Washington Radford and Harriet Ruth Elizabeth "Lizzie" Nolen, on August 14, 1917 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,3 As of August 14, 1917,her married name was Radford. Ethel Maggie Yeatts died on July 8, 1981 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 82.1,3

Census Records

1900Dwelling 268, District 18, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1910Dwelling 47, District 19, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1920Dwelling 400, District 109, Lee, Mingo Co., West Virginia8
1930Dwelling 331, District 15, Big Creek, McDowell Co., West Virginia9
1940Dwelling 252, District 24-24, Big Creek, McDowell Co., West Virginia10

Family

Byron Lewis Joseph Radford b. November 6, 1897, d. September 3, 1964
Marriage*Ethel Maggie Yeatts married Byron Lewis Joseph Radford, son of Gabriel George Washington Radford and Harriet Ruth Elizabeth "Lizzie" Nolen, on August 14, 1917 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S1035] Radford/Hale, online http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2738134&id=I594148179
  3. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  4. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S2265] Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Roanoke VA, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=poff&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=48&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GSsr=241&GRid=44634996&CRid=49500&df=all&
  8. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S2890] West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, online https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1417341
  12. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Margie Ethel Robertson obituary in the Apr 8, 2005 edition.
  13. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  14. [S2877] FamilySearch, West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973.
  15. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Laura Elizabeth Radford death certificate.

Oscar Wallace Yates1,2,3,4

M, b. October 26, 1894, d. December 30, 1953
FatherBallard Smith Yates1,5,4 b. December 18, 1866, d. November 23, 1957
MotherMinnie Victoria Hall1,5,4 b. December 14, 1874, d. April 10, 1929
     Oscar Wallace Yates was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 He was born on October 26, 1894 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.3,4 He married Gladys Irene Frier circa 1926.4,2 Oscar Wallace Yates died on December 30, 1953 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 59.4

Census Records

1910Dwelling 215, District 69, Alleghany Springs, Montgomery Co., Virginia5
1920Dwelling 277, District 126, Salem, Roanoke Co., VirginiaEnumerated in the household of his brother-in-law William B. Jones6
1930Dwelling 113, District 35, Roanoke, Virginia2
1940Dwelling 22, District 119-43, Roanoke, Virginia7

Occupation

1920Insurance company clerk6
1930Life insurance company manager2
1940Life insurance assistant secretary7

Family

Gladys Irene Frier b. September 28, 1897, d. October 18, 1980
Marriage*Oscar Wallace Yates married Gladys Irene Frier circa 1926.4,2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S11] Effie King Brown, Descendants of John King 1759-1843.
  2. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S1253] Selective Service System United States, U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.
  4. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  5. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Bonnie M. Wimmer1

F, b. December 13, 1955, d. June 9, 1999
FatherJohn Oscar "Johnnie" Wimmer1 b. June 22, 1921, d. March 1, 2007
MotherMary Lyndall Linkenhoker1 b. September 12, 1921, d. December 19, 2004
     Her Social Security Number was 213-70-3050.2 Her married name was Buck.1 Bonnie M. Wimmer married Unknown Buck.1 Bonnie M. Wimmer was born on December 13, 1955.2 She died on June 9, 1999 at age 43.1,2

Family

Unknown Buck
Marriage*She married Unknown Buck.1 

Citations

  1. [S2216] Sumter County Times, From the Mary Lyndall Wimmer obituary in the Dec 21, 2004 edition.
  2. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Leo Schaffer1,2,3,4,5

M, b. June 12, 1860, d. February 16, 1934
FatherWilhelm "William" Schaeffer2,3,5,6 b. 1817, d. October 9, 1884
MotherTherese Popper5,6 b. 1822, d. May 23, 1889
     Leo Schaffer was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery (Bnai Israel Cemetery Section), Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia.2,3 He A quote attributed to "Speck" Davis, a bartender at the notorious Black Hawk Saloon in Southside sums up life on the other side of the tracks from Thurmond, "A man didn't dare walk along the railroad tracks after dark in those days. ...it was nothing in those days to walk along (Dun) Loop Creek branch line and see three of four dead men lying beside the tracks." Add to this assessment the story of the mayor of Glen Jean, Leo Schaffer, whose authority extended from Glen Jean down to and including the left bank of the New river opposite Thurmond. The illustrious Mayor Schaffer also served as the town coroner and, in this capacity, was called to investigate a body that was found along the river. The deceased proved to be a man of foreign birth and was found to be carrying $25 in cash along with a pistol...the latter being not at all uncommon at the time. Mayor Schaffer posthumously fined the man $25 for carrying a gun...and then collected the fine from the deceased's pocket. He then confiscated the gun and departed for Glen Jean to notify the county authorities of their duty to bury the man...which they did, at taxpayers' expense, by digging a hole alongside the river and unceremoniously dumping the poor soul in.7 He was born on June 12, 1860 at Bielitz, Austria (now Bielsko-Biala Poland); His obituary has a birth date of Jun 4, 1860 and the Fayette County history book has a birth date of Jun 24, 1860.2,3,5 He Emigrated to the U.S. from Austria via England in 1888.1,3 He married Nantell "Nannie" Frebush, daughter of Philip Friebusch/Frebush and Regina "Rachel" Strauss, on April 19, 1891 at Baltimore, Maryland.2,3,8,9 Leo Schaffer The Schaffer Morgan Company, carrying on a general merchandise business, &c; principal office Sewell, West Virginia; charter issued November, 19, 1891; expires November, 1, 1941; corporators, Leo Schaffer, H. Schaffer, C. O. Coder, R. French, A. Frebush, all of Sewell, West Virginia: capital subscribed, $8000 amount paid in $8000; capital authorized, $15,000; par value shares, $100. in 1893.4 He Leo Schaffer - Glen Jean's First Mayor. There are many versions of the story about the late Leo Schaffer, Glen Jean's first mayor, who had his office on the south side of the New River at Thurmond, fining a dead man for toting a pistol back during the halcyon days when Thurmond rivaled any city served by the C. & O. The story is so universally repeated by those who were living at Thurmond at the turn of the present century, however, that there must have been some truth to it. That little incident in nowise depreciates the upstanding qualities and the unique character Mr. Schaffer possessed. It indicates rather the astuteness of Mr. Schaffer, and reveals something of the singular charm that colored life in Thurmond during that early period when the New River coal field was just coming into its own. One of the versions of the story told about Mr. Schaffer is that a man had committed suicide, and that the mayor fined him the exact sum of money found on his person for committing said criminal offense.

Mayor Schaffer was quite interested in lodge activities, and a few years ago, at a Masonic meeting in Charleston, he drew a chair up before Elmer Daniels, of Mount Hope, who was serving as Thurmond's sixth mayor at the time. Mr. Schaffer, who talked with a marked peculiarity, said: "Well, I understand you are the present mayor of Thurmond. Well, you know I used to mayor right across the river, in Glen Jean. And you know, they still tell an old story about me fining a man up there for committing suicide - but there never was anything to it."

To appreciate the charm and glory that surrounded Thurmond in the days of old, it is well to keep in mind that the old Dunglenn Hotel, the Black Hawk Saloon, and other buildings located on the south side of the river, were never a part of Thurmond's corporate limits. The town of Glen Jean, incorporated just before Thurmond became an incorporate town, in 1901, extended all the way from the present Glen Jean community to new River. It took in a lot of territory. It remains something of a mystery why the McKell-owned town of Glen Jean extended five miles down Loup Creek unless, as some claim, it was for the purpose of licensing the saloons on the south side. During that early age a number of Fayette towns were incorporated for that specific purpose, while others were incorporated for the express purpose of keeping out the saloons, of which Fayette County had 82 at one time. Thirteen of them were in Montgomery, half-a-dozen or so in Mount Hope.

Mr. Schaffer was regarded by many as the mayor of Thurmond, because it is generally believed that the old Dunglenn Hotel was in the Thurmond corporate limits, whereas it was actually in Glen Jean. At any rate, both Mr. Schaffer and the Dunglenn were such integral parts of Thurmond's history that they really were part of the lively little city on New River.

Another great character of that age closely associated with Mayor Schaffer was Harrison Ash, whio came from Kentucky at the turn of the century to spread terror in the hearts of the ruffians and the rough element that had migrated to the Loup Creek coal field. Nine out of ten persons with whom you talk will tell you that Harrison Ash was Thurmond's police chief, but this was not so. He was the police chief of Glen Jean and worked hand in hand with Mayor Schaffer to preserve the peace on the south side of New River at Thurmond. Harrison Ash was the brother of George Ash, who was killed by Pat Malone about 1917. It is said that he feared neither man nor beast, and that a number of evildoers paid dearly for their sins against society deep in the New River gorge during that wild and wooly era. He became deeply religious before his death some years ago.

The Dunglenn was built by Thomas McKell in 1901. An orchestra was brought from Columbus, Ohio, in the autumn of that year to play for the formal opening, attended by a couple hundred couples. An aged C. & O. engineer, whose name we refrain from using, tells us that he attended the colorful ball and got drunk on champagne. 'You know," he said, "That was the first time I ever drank champagne in my life. I didn't get much drunk that night, but I kept drinking it - and the next day I was really drunk." From that day until West Virginia went dry, in 1914, the bar at the Dunglenn never closed - and the gambling rooms never ceased to function. A gentleman who sometimes looked in on the poker games told me once he saw $30,000 on the table at one time.

Mayor Schaffer and Police Chief Harrison Ash made only slight pretense of checking gambling at the Dunglenn. Occasionally, they would make a raid, but it was believed to be solely for the purpose of disquieting criticism that came from some elements of society. Billy Mills, of Oak Hill, who came to Thurmond from Mexico, Missouri, to serve as a conductor on the C. & O.'s Loup Creek train, recalls one such raid. Mr. Mills and a companion were observing one of the constant games of poker when Mayor Schaffer and Harrison Ash burst into the room. "Here, Harrison, Harrison," shouted Mayor Schaffer, "Arrest these cheeps." He meant, of course, for Ash to seize the poker chips, but Mr. Mills and his companion, thinking Mr. Schaffer had ordered his police chief to arrest the players, beat a hasty retreat, as did some of the game's participants. on October 7, 1918.10 He Two new coal companies with headquarters in Charleston were incorporated today. One is the Superior Central Mining company, with an authorized capital stock of $500,000 in $100 shares and 5,000 no-par shares. The incorporators are N. (Nevada), and W. (son Wilhelm) and Leo Schaffer, N. L. Anderson and I. (daughter-in-law Irma) Williams, all of Charleston. The charter says their chief operations will be in Kanawha, Fayette and Nicholas counties. N. Schaffer said today that eastern capital is interested in the company and that several mines would be purchased in the territory indicated.
on November 24, 1925.11 He Leo Schaffer, an Austrian by birth was born in that country June 24th, 1860. Six children were born to his parents, William and Terisia Schaffer of which he was the youngest. Mr. Schaffer has always been in the mercantile business having been in business eight years prior to his seeking a new home in America. He arrived in America in 1888 and in May, 1890, the firm of Schaffer, Morgan & Company was formed to succeed Arnold Midelburg at Sewell, then a thriving town with the prospects of a bright and lasting future. Mr. Schaffer was the managing partner of the concern, Messrs. Morgan and Hall being represented only by their capital. Mr. Schaffer rapidly adapted himself to his new surroundings and readily took to the ways of his new country and gathered around him a large circle of influential friends and acquaintances. His success in business was marked by characteristic enterprise and uprightness. Mr. Schaffer was a prominent member of the K. of P., New River Lodge No. 38 of Sewell, and was K. or R. & S. of his lodge and also a member of the grand lodge. He was a lieutenant of the Uniform Rank of New River division No. 7 and was largely instrumental in its organization. A few years later Mr. Schaffer became interested in the coal business and was manager of the old Cunard mines just across the river from Sewell, where he lived for many years. He later moved to Thurmond and became the first mayor of that hustling railroad town. in 1926.5 He died on February 16, 1934 at Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia, at age 73.2,3 He LEO SCHAFFER IS TAKEN BY DEATH - Former Coal Man Who Had Prominent Career in Europe Succumbs. Leo Schaffer, 73 years old, one of the most prominent figures in the early development of the coal business in southern West Virginia died at his home, 1528 Lee Street, Friday morning at 3:30 o'clock, following a brief illness with pneumonia. While he had been in ill health several months, his condition was not regarded as grave by attending physicians until a few days ago when pneumonia developed. Funeral services for Mr. Schaffer will be held at the Lee street residence Sunday. Plans were incomplete, however, pending the arrival of relatives from out of the city. Members of the Charleston lodge No. 153, A. F. & A. M., will have charge of the Masonic burial ritual in Spring Hill cemetery. A descendant of one of Central Europe's oldest and most prominent families, Mr. Schaffer came to America in 1888 at the height of a successful career in the exporting business in London and Berlin. He married Miss Nannnie Frebush, of Baltimore Md., in 1891. The potential possibilities of the coal business attracted Mr. Schaffer early in his business career in America, leading to achievements in that industry which made him one of the leaders, in the field, in this section. First Mayor of Thurmond. He was first associated in business at Sewell, Fayette County, with Arnold Middleburg. Later he became actively engaged in the coal business with the Effinger and Lang interests at Cunard. It was while Mr. Schaffer was in the mercantile business at Thurmond later that he became the first mayor of that booming coal center, serving as the head of the town government for eight years. For several years, he served as justice of the peace in Fayette County, giving that section an early taste of law enforcement during the wild boom period. A short time later he reentered the coal business. He used his resources to open up and operate the Dun Glen mining operations at Dun Glen. He also operated the New Cedar Grove Cola & Brick company as his business interests expanded in that section. Until eight years ago, when he retired from active business, he operated a small mine known as the Columbia Coal company on Campbell's creek. Mr. Schaffer was born June 4, 1860, at Bielitz, in old Austria, now located in the boundary of Poland, about 40 miles from Vienna. He was the son of William Schaffer, whose father another William Schaffer, had been a cloth manufacturer by appointment of the Emperor Franz Joseph. The Schaffer family had been Austria's leading cloth manufacturers for 100 years. They had furnished the entire cloth output for clothing the royal Austrian and Turkish armies during that period of the 19th century. Drapes for the decoration of royal theaters in four imperial countries of Europe had been produced in the great mills of the Schaffer family. Following his graduation from the Beilitz academic school, Leo Schaffer entered the High Commercial Institute of Vienna. Later he was a student of the University of Vienna for three years. Lumberman, Banker, Broker. Fortified with one of the best educations available in Europe at that time, he entered the lumber business and became a manager of lumber camps in Galacia and the Carpathian mountains. He mastered a number of peasant Slavic, Magyar and Croatian dialects which were to come into excellent use years later in handling foreign labor in the mines of West Virginia. For a time he worked in a bank in Vienna after he left the hardships of the Carpathian lumber camps, but tired of the career of banker and went to Berlin where he entered the business of an export broker with which he was occupied for 2 years. He disposed of his interests, went to Paris, and spent a year on vacation before he decided to reenter the export business in London. The next six years of his unusually active life were spent in the British Isles. Headquarters for his foreign trade interests were located in London. Soon his business expanded until he was the foreign representative of five great concerns on the continent of Europe. One of the five was the Hofman Furniture house of Vienna, which at that time enjoyed the distinction of being the world's largest manufacturer of chairs. Another client was a large piano manufacturer in Berlin. Mr. Schaffer's contacts for his clients sent chairs and pianos to all parts of the world. Served in Lodge With King Edward. In 1885, he became a member of the Lebanon Masonic lodge in London, at one time holding one of the responsible chairs in that famous lodge of Masonry. King Edward VII was the presiding grand master at more that one lodge meeting where Mr. Schaffer was one of the junior officers, he told his family years later. He became a personal friend of such famous English leaders as Lord Beaconsfield and the eminent Disraeli. During this time, his relatives on the continent were prominently identified with the political, art and medical professions. He was a first cousin of Dr. Eric Schaffer, famous newspaper correspondent in Europe, who became an early representative of the Associated Press on the continent. Another first cousin was Alexander Treitsch, one time imperial counselor of the old Austrian empire. General Maulner of the Imperial Austrian army during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph was a grand uncle. On this side of the Atlantic, another first cousin was to become director of the Metropolitan Opera house in New York - Heinrich Conrad (correct spelling is Heinrich Conreid). It was this famous relative, who died in the last 20 years, who received credit for the discovery of the great Enrico Caruso, whom he brought to America to win acclaim as one of the world's foremost tenors. Emil Schaffer, a nephew of the pioneer West Virginia coal operator, is reputed to be one of the foremost art critics in Europe. Surviving Mr. Schaffer are the widow, Mrs. Nannie Frebush Schaffer; two sons, Dr. Phillip F. Schaffer and William Schaffer, of Charleston, and two daughters, Mrs. Albert Rothchild, of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Julius Wolfe, of Chicago. on February 16, 1934.3 He Corpse Tried, Fined for Carrying Pistol -
Some Fayette County history came to mind when press reports carried the news of the death of Dr. Phillip F. Schaffer, Charleston dentist, who died in Montgomery, Alabama, on Jan, 23. Dr Schaffer was the son of Leo Schaffer, former mayor of Thurmond. This is the mayor of the noted old river town who became celebrated because of a trial of a dead man which he held at Thurmond city hall. As the story goes, a dead man was found under the bridge over New River at Thurmond. How he came by his death was never established that I know. But the corpse was brought before Mayor Schaffer and an inquest was duly held. Search of the dead man's clothing revealed that he had a revolver in his pocket and a considerable sum of money on his person. While it was standard operating procedure in those touch-and-go times for a man in those parts to go armed it was, nevertheless, a violation of the law.
Mayor Schaffer was not one to wink at the violation of the law, it seems, so he slapped a fine on the dead man for carrying a pistol in the mayor's bailiwick. Amount of the fine assessed the dead man was the extent of the wad of money that was found in his pocket, according to the report that has long been one of the legends of this area. Thus divested of his money the dead man was turned over to Fayette County authorities who accorded him the pauper's burial somewhere on the river bank in the vicinity of where he came to his untimely end. on February 22, 1963.12 He Dead Man Fined Amount in His Pocket -
Since mention of the National Bank of Thurmond in this column, requests have come for more to be written about the noted old river town on the C & O in Fayette County.

One reader asked about Leo Schaffer, once mayor of Thurmond as well as mayor of Glen Jean nearby.

As mayor of Glen Jean, Schaffer's jurisdiction encompassed the famed Garden Grounds, which plateau extended up New River from Thurmond to Terry. The corporate limits of Glen Jean then took in the Dun Glen Hotel, which burned July 22, 1930.

Schaffer is easily one of the most legendary characters Fayette County ever had. I never knew him but I went to Charleston High School with his son, Philip, who studied dentristy and practiced in Charleston.

Leo, the father, was born in 1860 at Bielitz in Austria on the border of Poland, the son of a cloth manufacturer about 40 miles from Vienna.

With money earned in the exporting business in Berlin and London, Leo Schaffer came to the United States in 1888. He married Miss Nannie Frebush in 1891 and soon afterward was attracted to West Virginia by stories of fortunes to be made in the coal business then beginning to flower.

Sewell was already a bustling town on New River and the prospect of business profit ws dazzling. There at Sewell, now only a ghost site, Schaffer became associated with Arnold Middleburg and later hooked up with Effinger and Laing coal interests at Cunard, now know as Coal Run.

Still going the rounds is a classic story of Schaffer at the time he was mayor of Thurmond and the body of a man
was discovered floating down New River one morning.

Finding a dead man in and around Thurmond those days excited little attention. Some say it was standard operating procedure, but that is probably an overstatement.

As mayor, Schaffer exercised power of coroner, whether or not he had that power, so he was called when the drowned man's body was fished from where the bridge spans New River at Thurmond.

According to the late George Wolfe, whose memoirs I have, the dead man appeared to be of foreign birth. On his person was a revolver and $25 in cash, so Schaffer fined the dead man $25 for carrying a concealed weapon and also confiscated the gun before notifying county authorities at Fayetteville to get busy and bury the dead.
Interment was in a quickly dug grave on the river bank.

It was while he was engaged in mercantile business at Thurmond that Schaffer became the first mayor of that town. He served for eight years. He also served as justice of the peace of Sewell Mountain District and had a part in the law enforcement during all those wild boom years that made Thurmond known all over the east.

Schaffer re-entered coal business at Dun Glen. Next he operated the New Cedar Grove Coal and Brick Co. at Cedar Grove on the Kanawha River. Before retirement, he had a small coal mine, known as the Columbus Coal Co., on Campbells Creek.

He died at his home in Charleston at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 1934. on March 3, 1971.13

Census Records

1900Dwelling 467, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia1
1910Dwelling 136, District 75, Ward 9, Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia14
1920Dwelling 63, District 110, Ward 13, Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia15
1930Dwelling 185, District 48, Charleston, Kanawha Co., West Virginia16

Occupation

1900Merchant1
1910Coal company manager14
1920Coal company bookkeeper15
1930Auditor16

Family

Nantell "Nannie" Frebush b. April 16, 1871, d. February 9, 1961
Marriage*Leo Schaffer married Nantell "Nannie" Frebush, daughter of Philip Friebusch/Frebush and Regina "Rachel" Strauss, on April 19, 1891 at Baltimore, Maryland.2,3,8,9 
Children

Citations

  1. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Leo Schaffer death certificate.
  3. [S993] Charleston Daily Mail, From the Leo Schaffer obituary on the front page of the Feb 16, 1934 edition.
  4. [S1976] Unknown agency, Acts of the Legislature of West Virginia.
  5. [S1977] J. T. Peters, History of Fayette County, West Virginia.
  6. [S3108] Neue Freie Presse, From the Wilhelm Schaeffer obituary in the Oct 11, 1884 edition.
  7. [S1425] West Virginia Stories, online http://www.adventuresports.com/wwraft/ace/mediapg/medapg17.html
  8. [S1089] Dr. Philip Schaffer, "Personal Papers of Dr. Philip Schaffer."
  9. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  10. [S1863] Beckley Post Herald, From a Oct 7, 1918 article written by Eugene L. Scott reprinted in the Sep 23, 1955 edition.
  11. [S993] Charleston Daily Mail, From an article in the Nov 24, 1925 edition.
  12. [S1863] Beckley Post Herald, From a column written by Shirley Donnelly in the Feb 22, 1963 edition.
  13. [S1863] Beckley Post Herald, From a column written by Shirley Donnelly in the Mar 3, 1971 edition.
  14. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  15. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  16. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  17. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Theresa Schaffer birth record.
  18. [S1710] Baltimore Sun, From the Ray Schaffer obituary in the Aug 18, 1894 edition.
  19. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the William Schaffer birth record.
  20. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  21. [S3545] Unknown compiler, Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974.
  22. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Ethel Schaffer birth record.
  23. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Severna Schaffer birth record.