Resources & Tips for searching for ancestors in the southeast region of WV. Profiles on area residents to illustrate search methods.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Janet Haynes Dunsmore and her daughter Ola Dunsmore Wood
Mary "Jannet" Haynes Dunsmore - also see previous post - was the daughter of Socrates Haynes and Barbara/Martha Moore. She was the granddaughter of Martha Payne Haynes. She was the wife of Frank Dunsmore and the mother of Ola and Overton Dunsmore. She was possibly the granddaughter, also, of Burton Payne or Solomon Haynes (or just as easily someone else as her grandmother, Martha, was enslaved and she is descended from her grandmother's oldest child), but she was definitely the step-granddaugher of Peter Jones. She was born on 7/6/1878. She first appears on the 1880 Census for Monroe County as a mulatto female, age 3, daughter of Socrates Haynes. She was married on 5/17/1895 at the Sinks Grove Baptist Church. The informant was Lewis Nickell and the officiant was Rev. O.T. Harris. She appears on the 1900 Census in MC, 2nd Creek at age 21 and on the 1910 Census at age 31. She died on 8/19/1958 at Sinks Grove, MC at the age of 80y1m13d. At the time of her death she was widowed. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage. She is buried at Mt. Zion (also known as the Sinks Grove Cemetery or the Neff Orchard Road Cemetery). The informant was her son Overton Dunsmore. I interviewed Mary/May Faye Dunsmore Johnson on 6/25/2002 and she indicated that she thought Janet had a brother named Edward. This couple, Janet and Frank, raised my father's first cousin, Birdie Constance Haynes after her mother, Cora May Haynes Spotts died. This photo is from the Dunsmore collection of photos which was presented to me by E. Carter. Many of the photos in the box said "To Aunt Jennette" on the back. Sadly, the photos were destined for the trash heap but, fortunately, E. Carter, was in the vicinity and rescued them. What a pity if they had been thrown away!!