Friday, May 10, 2019

Friends of Old Stone

The Friends of Old Stone Cemetery have recently gone across the street to the Old Colored Cemetery / Dick Pointer Cemetery to help restore that cemetery as well.  They recently uncovered a Miller family and five graves of children which they lifted up to ground level.  I cannot express how much I appreciate their efforts.  They are also interested in the Sexton for Old Stone who was a Black male surnamed Bowyer.  They have restored his gravesite.  They are truly interested in cemetery restoration and should be applauded by their efforts.  My aunt Mary Ann Hughs and her brother James Littleton (though his stone says James Litton) are buried in the OCC/DPC.  Also, my grandfather's sister's husband Samuel Oscar Braddock is buried there. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hi folks - family - WV descendants.
I am still alive and kicking (having managed CA for four years) but more than that I have become interested in the other side of my family.  The Cape Verdean side.  And I have been working on an index of CV' s which is now 1600 pages.  Sorry if I have not responded to comments etc. 
But I WILL be back and do some housekeeping.  Also want to start two new blogs but am having problems navigating the settings on this site. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

W.P. Haynes and unknown woman, Pocahontas, West Virginia (from Dunsmore box of photos)

This photo
 
 
 
This photograph was taken by P.W. Poff. The Library of Virginia in an article about "A Guide to the Pocahotas, Virginia Carte de Viste" states (in part) that Perry W. Poff was born in Virginia about 1845.  He had a photography studio in Pocahontas, Virginia until about the mid 1890's.  Then he relocated to Mercer County where he opened a new studio. 
In a future edit of this post I will leave information about W.P. Haynes. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Scharlotta Gardner

Scharlotta Gardner was born on 5/13/1930.  She was the daughter of Sally K.R. Gardner and Vons Morgan.  She was the granddaughter of William P. Gardner and Alice Sexton Gardner.   She was the great granddaughter of the Lewisburg lawyer Stephen Gardner.  She is mentioned in the 1938 - 1939 Official Minute Book for the Church School Secretary for the John Wesley Methodist Church (Scharlette).  In a telephone conversation with her on 7/28/2004 she indicated that she has no middle name; she is the mother of Jerome Ornell Crump, she is the sister of Doris Gardner Tilghman; Ernest J. Gardner; James E. Seams; Greta Ann Smoot Dry; Carlos J. Smoot; Mason C. Smoot, and Clementine Smoot Dry.  That she was a lifelong member of the John Wesley Church.  She indicated that she attended the Bolling School.  She stated that her great grandfather, Stephen Gardner was part Cherokee Indian; that she lived on Gardner Street in Lewisburg, W.Va. --- and that the street was named after her great-grandfather.  She said that Stephen was pronounced Stefan and that he was a free man during slavery times.  Stephen Gardner bred, raised and sold horses and that Dr. Montgomery is wrong when he asserts (in his papers) that Stephen Gardner was a physician. 

PAULINE MAY HAYNES

Neff Orchard Road
Cemetery - Monroe County, West Virginia. 

ORIS T. HAYNES - July 12, 1885 - Jan 6, 1961.

Neff Orchard Road
Cemetery - Monroe County, West Virginia. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Photos from Dunsmore box - Brushy Ridge, Greenbrier County



More photos from Dunsmore box (thanks to Elaine)




Buckland - See comments after Buckland post - family member made corrections.


The information that I have in my compilation (Black Residents) is from documents which are sometimes supplemented by personal interviews.  The Buckland information is from documents.  However, a family member has commented that her family was not mulatto but part Native American &  ..... (please see comment).  I welcome these comments and corrections. 

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.