Monday, September 20, 2010

Jane Dolan/Jane Dogan

Also in Helen Stinson's book of Greenbrier County Court records, on page 376 there is an account of the 1837 trial of Jane Dogan, a free woman of color who is charged with the crime of larceny in feloniously stealing and carrying away a silk dress shawl or handkercheif from the home of William Wetzel. She was found not guilty.

Trial of Jack, slave, a negro man, property of Elizabeth Morrow

On page 375 of Helen Stinson's book of Greenbrier County Court records, she notes the 1837 trial of Jack, a slave/negro man, who was the property of Elizabeth Morrow. Jack was convicted of murdering Cloe, a slave/negro woman, who was the property of Mildred McClanachan. Jack was charged with "wickedly, willfully, and with malice aforethought" (murdering Cloe). Witnesses were Jack Spotts, a slave of Ms. Sally Spotts, Anarky Freewoman, a free woman of color, Jacob ... a slave, Jim Messenberg, a free man of color, and Jane Dolan, a free woman of color. Jack was found not guilty of murder but of manslaughter. His punishment was that he would be burned on the hand and he would have 39 lashes on his bare back.

Sally (Dickson)/Isaiah Dickison

1846 - Monroe County - Will of Hugh Caperton - Sally Dickson ($400) and her three children, Ann ($200), Isaiah ($200), and her youngest boy ($100) are willed to John Caperton.
There are later entries for Isaiah Dickason in Monroe County.
Isaiah W. Dickason was the husband of Mamie Fisher Dickason. He was the son of Reauburn Dickason and Nancy Pack Dickason. He appears on the 1880 census in MC, Red Sulphur Springs District as a black male, 16 y.o., farm laborer. In 1907, the wedding of William M. Mitchell and Bertie Fisher took place at his home. He is listed on WV Death Certificate #8981 as the father of the decedent, Rose Dickason (1924). He died at 69 y on 4/25/1930, at MC, RSSD, Lindside, Black Male, Widowed, farmer, son of Raban (sic) Dickason and Nancy Pack, the informant was V.V. Dickason of Lindside . He is buried at Dickison Cemetery. (His death certificate is #5456). He appears on WV DC #2274 as the father of the decedent, E.E. Dickason (1925).

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Elizabeth Buckland:
1860 Census, Virginia, Monroe County, Mulatto Female, age 76, Free Inhabitant, with John (70), and Walter (65) and with Charles Hennen (12).
Elizabeth Buckland:
Monroe County Deaths - Daughter of John and Susan Buckland. In 1853 she reported the death of her unmarried sister, Susan Buckland. (2/14/1853)
Jacob Buckland:
History of Monroe County, page 189
Susan Buckland:
Wife of Jacob Buckland
1810 Census, Virginia, Monroe County, Free Inhabitant, 10 persons in household.
1840 Census, Virginia, Monroe County, Free Inhabitant, 3 females in household
History of Monroe County, page 189, Free Negro, wife of Jacob Buckland, Indian Creek, about 1806.
Susan Buckland:
Monroe County Deaths - Free Inhabitant, died 2/14/1853, died suddenly at age 49, born in Rockingham County, Virginia, daughter of John and Susan Buckland. Unmarried. Her death was reported by her sister Elizabeth Buckland.
Walter Buckland:
1860 Census, Virginia, Monroe County, Free Inhabitant with Elizabeth Buckland (76).
(Note: There appear to be two Susans and two Elizabeths but more research needs to be done re: this)
I have not found any other Bucklands in the area.


In Larry Shuck's Greenbrier County Court Records on page 295 there is an account of the trial of SAM which took place around 10/1/1832 in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County. Sam was enslaved by Robert Dixon. Sam was charged with arson. Ten enslaved individuals and a free man named Arch Taylor were called as witnesses. Sam was found guilty and he was sentenced to be hanged on the 23rd day of November. His value was assessed at $450. In Helen Stinson's Greenbrier County court records she gives the same account but she lists the owner as Robert Dickinson. She states that it was ordered that Sam be "hanged by the neck until dead". James B. Bowlen was allowed $45. for defending the prisoner (Sam).


Jordan Davis can be found on the:
1870 Census in Greenbrier County, Lewisburg District, mulatto male, age 40, bricklayer/plasterer, with Charlotte and Harriet L. (and also Charles, Mary, and Phebe Lewis).
In the book History of Greenbrier County by Otis K. Rice (1986), pages 323-324 where it states "While awaiting the general election in the fall of 1870, the Radicals also took a keen interest in the town of Lewisburg. .... On June 4, with the support of Negro voters, they nominated John F. Caldwell for Mayor, and three blacks - Jaben Holmes, Jordan Davis, and Stephen Gardner - for trustees".
See the Lewisburg Greenbrier Independent, June 11 and 30, 1870.
1880 Census in Greenbrier County, mulatto male, age 54, brick mason, born in Va., with Fannie (52), Phebe (13), and boarders George W. and Alice Taylor, and with Henry Grayson.
See Historic Lewisburg's Original 64 Lots by James Talbert, pages 173 & 174 (available from the Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg).
See WV Death Certificate # 472 where he is listed as the father of the decedent, Harriet Louise Johnson (who died in Greenbrier County in 1929).
See Larry Schuck's Greenbrier County Death Records, page 67.


I have five entries for a Doubt family in Monroe County.
In 1870, Edward Doubt was listed on the MC Census in Union Township. He was a black male, age 40, farm hand, born in Virginia, with his wife Jane A. (38), and his children Andy (13), Jeremiah (4), and Maria (1). Jane was a domestic servant. They must have moved out of the area after 1870 as they do not appear in subsequent census reports for Monroe, Greenbrier, Summers, or Pocahontas.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mary Dickson (mother of the Barbour children?)

My post for Mary Dickson says:
1900 Census, Greenbrier County, Irish Corner District, mother in law of J. Curry. She is 80 years old. In the 1920 Census, she is still in the GC, ICD, she is 110 years old, widowed or divorced, and the grandmother of Rush Curry. (So, apparently, Mary Dickson was the mother of Jennie, who was the mother of Rush, and the wife of J. Curry).
Not sure if it is the same person but in the book CIVIL WAR IN GREENBRIER COUNTY by Tim McKinney (pages 135 & 234) he mentions that in 1862 the jailer of Mason County notified Mr. Robert Dickson that several of his slaves were being held there .. four negroes .. George Washington ... his wife Mary, about 40 years of age, their children, Susannah and Charles (Susannah about 15and Charles about 12), also a man, James Brown.
However, I have 11 entries for Mary Dickson.


I previously wrote that Virginia "Jennie" Barber Curry was the wife of J. Calvin Curry and that their marriage information indicated that she was born in Monroe County and that at the time of her marriage, in 1874, she was 18 y.o. Thus, she must have been born in MC around 1856.
I have 30 Barbour/Barber entries and I can't confirm Jennie's parentage. I think, however, that she might have been related to Charles Armstead Barbour who was married to Anna Green Barbour. Charles and Anna married in 1884 (ten years after Jennie married Calvin). In 1884, Charles was 24. He could, possibly, have been the four year younger brother of Jennie. The informant for the marriage was my greatgrandmother's brother, Albert Payne (Haynes). Albert attested to the fact that Anna was the daughter of Rebecca Burke and that Anna was over the age of 21. The officiant was Rev. Samuel Houston (who was also the officiant for the wedding of Jennie and Calvin). In 1910, Charles is listed as 49, widowed, a stonemason, with 7 children. He is listed in the Greenbrier District. He is also on the 1920 census, age 54, widowed.
Another early Barbour can be found in Greenbrier: William Barbour was married to Barbara Barbour. He can be found on the 1880 Census in the Irish Corner District. In the 1900 Census he is listed as a coal digger, age 43, born in 1857 (so he cd also have been a younger brother of Jennie). He is on the 1920 and 1920 censuses. His wife, Barbara died in 1933. A William Barbour attended the John Wesley Methodist Church in Lewisburg in 1929 (my family's church) and a William Barbour graduated from Bolling High School in Lewisburg in 1938 (See the Earl Clay dissertation). Nellie Barbour Haynes married my grandfather's brother Gilbert Haynes and they have descendants in Charleston, WV. There were still Barbour members of the John Wesley Church in 1979. Nellie Barbour's mother was Anna Green Barbour and her father was Charles Armstead Barbour.
I don't yet know the parents of Virginia "Jennie" Barber Curry.
I believe that the names Barbour and Barber are interchangeable. This seems like one family group in the Monroe/Greenbrier area.

Nan Curry

See GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - Directory of the Deceased in Atchison County, Missouri from the Earliest Records through 1990 and items of history and interest published by the Atchison County Historical Society, Atchison County, MO, page 70 where it states (in part): "Three Black Women are buried at English Grove Cemetery - Winne Rupe, Nan Curry, and Aunt Betty Hedrick. All took the names of the families they served, Richard Rupe, Isaac Curry, and W.N. Hedrick and are buried on those family lots". Ms. Edwards contributed a newspaper article to my compilation entitled "Faithful Mammyt Dies". In the article it states that Nan Curry was born in 1843; the Curry home was in Greenbrier County; Isaac Curry settled in Atchison in 1855. See the 1880 Census for Clark , Atchison, MO, where she is enumerated as Nancy J. Curry, servant, 38 y.o., b. in Va., parents were born in Va., with Isaac A. Curry and Margaret K. Curry. (Isaac was a retired store clerk at the time of this census).

Clayborne Burl Curry

Clayborne Burl Curry was the son of J. Calvin Curry and Virginia "Jennie" Barber Curry. He was the husband of Mary Harford Curry. He can be found on the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Censuses for Greenbrier County, WV. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates that he lived in Renick, WV, he was b. 11/18/1889 at Nickell's Mill, he was 27 y.o. at the time he signed the card, he was a stone crusher at Renick stone, he was married, medium height, slender build, dark brown eyes and black hair. He died on 6/14/1952 (see WV Death Certificate # 8574) at about 62 yrs old, at Nickell's Mill, Black male, husband of Mary Harford, son of Calvin Curry and Virginia Barber. Cause of death - unknown. (Note: You can search Nickell's Mill on the internet and you can call research it at the Greenbrier Historical Society).

Sam (Curry)

Sam (Curry) was an enslaved man in Monroe County.
In the book "The Allegheny Frontier, West Virginia Beginnings" by Otis K. Rice, it states that in 1818, Robert Curry of Monroe County was arraigned for "feloniously, wickedly, and with malice aforethought" beating his Negro boy, Sam, with a cowhide "in and upon the head, breast, back, belly, and sides and otherparts ofthe body; during which Curry gave Sam several mortal strokes, wounds, and bruises". Also in this book it states that "More than any other crime, murder was capable of outraging frontier sensibilities, and it usually evoked the death penalty. The incidence of murder appears not to have been unusually great, but its perpetration drew the scorn of the pioneer even when the victim was a slave".

Rev. Houston

Relative to the last post about Rev. Samuel Houston (a white minister) marrying some of the black folks of the area, it would be instructive to read parts of his diary. I especially like the diary entry in which he writes that the negro members of the church (and I believe this entry was made while it was still during the time when they were enslaved)did not like his sermon on Sunday and that they let him know about it. At the time the enslaved blacks went to the Presbyterian Church which he led. Also, his photo is in the book History of Monroe County. Also in this book there is a chapter called "The Colored Element".

J. Calvin Curry

J. Calvin Curry was the husband of Virginia "Jennie" Barber Curry. In th 1870 Census he is listed as a mulatto male, age 21, in Monroe County, Second Creek, farm hand with Edward Curry. He is enumerated as Calvin. Edward Curry appears to have been his father. Edward was the husband of Amanda Curry. In 1870 the entire family is listed in MC, 2nd Creek, Edward (55), Amanda (48), John W. (23), Calven (21), Jane M. (20), Barbara (18), Ellen (14), Margrett (16), Allice (13), Hugh (10), Manda (7), William B. (5), Ashville (2), Lillie 1), and Isabella (15). Edward can be found in Larry Schuck's Greenbrier County Birth Rcords at page 109 (as Edmund). J. Calvin Curry married Jennie Barber on 12/3/1874 in Monroe County. He was 26, b. in MC. She was 18, b. in MC. The officiant was Rev. Samuel Houston. (At this point I should note that this family must have known my family - Haynes - very well as they are all from MC, 2nd Creek and Rev. Houston - a white minister - also married my greatgrandparents George and Elizabeth Haynes). Calvin and Jennie were married at Dickson's Mills, 2nd Creek. (Also see the Second Creek Survey which gives a lot of information about this area). In the same year, 12/18/1874, Calvin Curry executed an affidavit in which he stated that his "mother gave consent for her daughter Barbara A. Curry (col'd) to marry William P. Dunsmore (col'd). (Calvin) can be found on the 1880 Census in MC at age 32 with Jennie (22). He can be found in Marsh's 1880 index but he is listed under the surname Calvin. He is mentioned in the article HISTORY OF BRUSHY RIDGE (which can be searched and found on the West Virginia Division of Culture and History website). He can be found on the 1900 Census in Greenbrier County, Irish Corner District (where my family members moved to as well). He can be found on the following WV Death Certificates #6406 (for his son Richard Curry), #10489 (for his daughter Lora Wilson - died 1929), #8574 (for his son Clybourned - died 1952).

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Daugherty of Pocahontas County, WV

I recently met with a woman who is a distant cousin on my Payne/Haynes side. Her greatgrandfather, James Haynes was the brother of my greatgrandmother, Elizabeth Jane Payne Haynes Haynes Lewis. James and Elizabeth were the children of Martha Ann Payne Haynes Jones (James was the son of Solomon Haynes). Another one of her lines is the Daugherty line of PC. The family pronounces the name "Dow-ter-ree".