James P.D. Gardner -
James P.D. Gardner was co-counsel (with Dr. Rucker) in the SHUE murder case. (See Greenbrier Ghosts and Other Strange Stories by Dennis Deitz). In Dr. Montgomery's papers he indicates that James P.D. Gardner was the "first negro to practice law in Greenbrier & Mercer counties". He was the husband of (1) Eliza Myles Gardner & (2) Alice Walley Gardner. He was the son of Fannie Perkins & Stephen Gardner. He was born in 1867 & can be found on the 1880 Greenbrier County census (Lewisburg District) as a mulatto male, age 13.
More information on James P.D. Gardner can be found at:
-- Perkins Family History
-- The Negro Historical Sketch of Lewisburg, West Virginia by M.J. Cabell - Through the Looking Glass (in the Journal of the Greenbrier Historical Society, Volume VII, No. 5, 2003, p. 91)
-- Mercer County History, 1984 by the Mercer County Historical Society, P.O. Box 5012, Princeton, W.V., 24740
-- Historic Cemeteries of Lewisburg (a brochure published by the Lewisburg Visitors Center)
-- Will of Stephen Gardner