Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reclaiming cemeteries - historical designations

Two cemeteries that need attention:
The "Dick Pointer Cemetery"/Old Colored Cemetery in Lewisburg, WV behind Carnegie Hall needs attention. There are many headstones under the grass.  I am totally unfamiliar with the process of reviving cemeteries but I think this should be looked into.

The Neff Orchard Road Cemetery/Sinks Grove Cemetery/Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery on Neff Orchard Road in Monroe County, WV is well taken care of by "Elaine" but it needs a sign (the old one is no longer there).  Also we need to look into how to get an historical designation if it does not already have one.  I have documented that there are formerly enslaved persons buried there (including my great grandfather - George Washington Haynes & his brother in law Albert Payne). 

Unidentified photos from Dunsmore box - Brushy Ridge - donated by Elaine.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

William Brandon Lacy Campos Gravesite - Monroe County, WV

William Brandon Lacy Campos

I went to the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery (Sinks Grove Cemetery/Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Cemetery) which is in Monroe County and the first thing that I noticed was a doe foraging in the cemetery.  She quickly jumped the back fence.  The sign, which had said Mt. Zion Missionay Baptist Cemetery was missing.  But looking forward I saw a huge bench. When I walked up to it I noticed the words "William Brandon Lacy".  I was so happy to see this as Brandon and I had become email friends and he had written a poem called "Big Sam" in which he had inserted my name.  He is buried next to his family.  I will post the picture of his gravesite as well as the photos of the other members of his family. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Where my research is housed.

I have pretty much sent all of my research - including books, family histories, photos, correspondence,  (I didn't keep hardly anything at all) to the Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  I wanted it to be at a site where people would have access and besides, Lewisburg is such a lovely place to visit.  On my trip there next weekend I will be able to visit Union, Monroe County for the first time.  I hope to stop at the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery / Sinks Grove Cemetery where my grandfather and great-grandfather are buried.  I also plan to visit the Greenbrier Hotel for the first time.  And I will at least sit on the steps of the lawyers office which was once the Lewisburg Hotel (owned/operated by my great-grandfather Harry Suthcliff Cooper).  And I may well try to see if the Caucasian Presbyterian Church has a photo of him. 

The below 36 photos are from the Dunsmore home in Brushy Ridge

Greenbrier County, WV and they were kindly shared with me by Elaine.  Elaine and I are both descended from Martha Payne Haynes.  Martha was "married" to Burton Payne in ? Fayette during her enslavement.  He was sold to Virginia where it appears that he married another Martha.  His first Martha - my great-great-grandmother - married Solomon Haynes on July 4, 1865.  They lived around Second Creek, Monroe County.  Martha had a child - not sure who the father was -child was born during her enslavement - named Socrates & Elaine is descended from him.  Another child was Elizabeth - who was also born during her enslavement.  I am descended from Elizabeth (who is my great-grandmother).  Elizabeth married George Washington Haynes and they moved to Brushy Ridge, Greenbrier County.  

from Elaine's photo box
- Dunsmore household

Exhibit in Lewisburg - 9/20/2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a photographic exhibit at the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  This exhibit will be put on by Janice Cooley and will feature approximately 80 photographs reflecting the African American history of the area.  I am fortunate to be able to attend this event.  In preparation for the event, I am scanning a number of photos which I need to return to the proper owner "Elaine". 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

William O. "Bill" Lindsey

Genealogy has a way of getting away from you - as do genealogy buddies.  I realized that I hadn't spoken with one of my buddies for a while but  last week I found out that he passed in 2006.  For those of us who suffered through Hurricane Katrina, the past six years have gone by in a blink.  Still it is no excuse for not keeping up with people.  I was so sad to hear that this dear researcher of African American residents in Pocahontas County had transitioned.  His work is available through the Allegheney Historical Research Center. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 -Subscription Renewal - Beware

Sad to say that I will probably never subscribe to again.  I hadn't used it for over a year but a charge popped up on my credit card.  When I called them to say I didn't want to renew they essentially said too bad - you are now stuck with it for a year - but we won't bill you next year (and then they gave me a confirmation number).  Be careful when hitting the "terms and conditions" button.  They certainly weren't a customer friendly company in my phone call with them.  I will go to the library and use their subscription if I need to in the future. I am sure there are a lot of seniors who get caught up in this situation. 

They indicated that they send a subscription renewal alert but that oftentimes it will go to the SPAM folder.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Baby in Pram from Dunsmore Box

This baby is unidentified.  However, the photo comes from the O. Dunsmore home on Brushy Ridge, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.   On the back of the photo it says "To Aunt Jennett".  (Janet Haynes Dunsmore, daughter of Socrates Haynes). 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Randolph Kelly, Mary Alice Lee Kelly, Mary Alice Spriggs Kelly Knight

Standing:  Randolph Kelly.
Seated:  In dark hat, Mary Alice Lee Kelly, In light hat Mary Alice Spriggs Kelly Knight (my paternal greatgrandmother).

Randolph Kelly - Randolph Kelly was the son of Droa Spriggs Kelly (my paternal great great grandmother) and William Kelly.  He was the half-brother of Tom Spriggs (Kelly), Mary Alice Spriggs (Kelly), and Samuel Spriggs (Kelly), who were all the step-children of William Kelly and the biological children of Dora.  Randolph was born on 6/2/1892 in Williamsburg, West Virginia (however his death certificate states that his death is 6/6/1892).  He appears on the 1900 Census in Greenbrier County, Williamsburg District as a Black Male, 7, cousin of Elvira Huse (here it says he was born in December).  He appears on the 1910 Census in GC, Lewisburg District as a mulatto male, age 18, borther in law of the head of household, William Knight.  (His sister Mary Alice had married William Knight).  On January 19, 1919 he married Mary Alice Lee "Aunt Sis" (so he was married to a Mary Alice and had a sister named Mary Alice).  He appears in the 1920 Census at Lewisburg as a Black Male, age 27, with Alice (21), William Edward (infant) and Ed Jackson (10).  He appears ont e 1930 Census, in Lewisburg, as a Black Male, Laborer at a flour mill, with his wife, M. Alice Kelley (33) and his children William E. (10), Randolph K. (5), Mary V. (2), and Roy P. (infant).  His World War II Draft Registration Card indicates that he lived in Lewisburg, WV, was born on 6/2/1892 at Trout Valley, laborer at Peoples Supply Company of Lewisburg, medium height and build, brown eyes, dark hair.  In an interview with his granddaughter, Elizabeth, she indicated that there was another daughter, Mary Alice, who died young.  Randolph died on February 10 or 12, 1933 of pneumonia.  His occupation was cemetery caretaker.  He appears on WV Death Certificate #4793 & his own certificate WV Death Certificate #1803 which states that he died on 2/12/1933 at 40y, the maiden name of his mother was Dora Kelly, the informant was S.H. Kelly (his brother)  (Note - this is Samuel Kelly) buried in Lewisburg at the Lewisburg Cemetery. 


Mahala Early - See Larry Shuck's Greenbrier County Court Records, p. 1999 in which he lists the " ...examination and trial of Mahala Early, a free woman of color who was charged with the crime of murder".  She was found to be not guilty.   In 1860, Mahala appears on the Greenbrier County Census as a mulatto female, age 54, a FREE INHABITANT, with James (14), Julia (25), and Wyatt (8 months). 

William Early - Husband of Elizabeth Kenny Early who he married on 9/25/1856 at Lewisburg.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Dolly Kenny.  He appears on the 1860 ensus in GC, Black Male, age 40, free inhabitant, laborer, with Elizabeth (19), Margaret (2 months), Mary (3), and Jincey Tate (15). 

Myles Early - Appears on the 1870 Census in Greenbrier County, Fort Spring District, Black Male, 35, farm hand, born in Va., with Sarah (32), Henderson (15), Richard (8), Nicholas (6), James (3 or 4), Lucy (2), and Jennetta (born 10/1860). 


Sally Early - Gravesite at the Old Colored Cemetery - Lewisburg, West Virginia

This is the grave of Sally Early at the Old Colored Cemetery (sometimes referred to as the Dick Pointer Cemetery) in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  The cemetery is behind Carnegie Hall, down the road from the Greenbrier Historical Society and across the street from the Caucasian cemetery.

Sally Early (1837 - 1911) can be found on the 1880 Census in Greenbrier County, White Sulphur Springs District at age 38, mulatto female, married (but her husband is not shown as she is enumerated with Benjamin Webb, a Caucasian hotel Superintendent, age 66).  She can be found in the 1920 Census in GC, Lewisburg District, Black Female, age 72, born in 1837, Widowed. 

She is listed in the Greenbrier County Cemetery Book (2 entries).