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Ellen Richardson Pritchard (#46622793)
 member for 12 years, 4 months, 8 days
Keith Meadows
Julia Ann Lilly/John Alf Cole

Hello! I was hoping that based on your note on Mrs. Hornsby's memorial about John and Julia that you could clarify a few things for me....

First off, here is a marriage record of Julia Lilly and John Alf Cole

M.E. Hornsby was giving the info for that marriage certificate

Here is the death record for Julia Ann Lilly

Bill Hornsby is giving the info for that record.

Please don't take this as me saying anything about what you said was wrong. I'm sure you have intimate knowledge of this and I'm trying to figure out John Alf Cole and the Julia that ended up as Julia Penco. She and he had a son in 1919 named George Woodrow Cole. My Julia also had a son named Earl Elijah Meadows as well and I'm trying to figure out exactly how the relationship worked. The census makes it look like my Julia and John Alf were married but I don't find that marriage record..... The record I sent you made it look like the other Julia was who he married and I'm so confused it's not even funny.....

I appreciate any help you can give!!!!

Best regards,
Keith Meadows

Added by Keith Meadows on Oct 25, 2015 2:49 PM

A AAA American at Find A Grave
Dear Mrs. Ellen Richardson Pritchard,

Thank You Maam for all your doing, have done, and I wager shall do. It is well.

You may be kin or I should say we may well be kin from a few Virginian Lines++=== .

Harvey, Bowles,Yates, Avery, Richardson...

Please add me as your friend. on Find a Grave too now.


Jonathan Robert De Mallie

PS: Did you know my mentor and Great Uncle, E. Floyd Yates, Senior ?

Added by A AAA American at Find A ... on Mar 25, 2015 6:05 PM

Henry Michael photo
Ellen, thank you so very much for this nice photo. I'm so glad to have it added to his memorial. Looks like the cemetery is in pretty bad shape, so it's good to have it preserved on the memorial.

Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Nov 16, 2013 7:51 PM

Arlene Morse
Martha Brooke Blevens Tabor ... do you happen to know where Floyd A. Tabor (her husband) is buried?
I can't seem to find it.

Added by Arlene Morse on Oct 28, 2013 8:32 AM

Myra Elaine
RE: James E. Richardson
Yes, Ellen. I meet your father at the meetings of the Boone County Genealogical Society and very much respected his research.

Added by Myra Elaine on Oct 10, 2013 4:19 PM

Brittany Wykle
Jonathan Calvin Harvey
Jonathan Calvin Harvey born Dec. 16, 1841, died Mar. 11, 1914. Born in Giles Co. Va., now Summers Co. W.Va. He was the son of Isaac N. and Elizabeth Comer Harvey of English descent. At age twenty, Calvin enlisted in the Confederate Army, C. 1, 60th Regt. Va. Infantry, Aug. 31, 1861 at White Sulphur Spgs.

Calvin fought in many battles in faraway places, such as Cumberland, Md. And the fierce Battle of Richmond, Va. Where almost every man was wounded or killed. He and William B. Basham were two who were not injured, but they almost starved to death.

Calvin was married Jan. 19, 1864 to Mary Harvey his double first cousin. Their fathers were twin brothers, and their mothers twin sisters. Calvin's parents were Isaac Newton Harvey and Elizabeth Comer Harvey and Mary Harvey's parents were Jacob White Harvey and Sarah Catherine Comer Harvey.

Calvin and Mary were Christians. He was a deacon in the Primitive Baptist Church. His wife baked the unleavened bread for sacrament.

Calvin was a very prosperous farmer, timber and sawmill man. He owned a 90 acre farm of beautiful land on the head waters of Little Bluestone River. He had a sawmill, planning mill, made furniture such as poster beds, cupboards and tables and chairs. He also built a loom for his wife to weave cloth for clothes, blankets and coverlets for their beds.

Calvin had a blacksmith shop to shoe horses and mend farm tools, a tannery to make leather for moccasins for family and neighbors. He owned a cane mill. He owned a cider mill for making cider to drink and to make vinegar. He was a candle maker, his mold made 8 candles at once.

Calvin and Mary had seven children: Estaline, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jonas, Virginia, Henderson, and Sarah.

Calvin's mother died Jan. 4, 1887. His father, getting old, gave his home and 168 acres of land to Calvin to take care of him. Calvin's wife, Mary died Sept. 18, 1902. Calvin then married Ruthy Griffith and taking his father with him, moved to Beckley and into grocery business. He gave his lovely home and farm to his daughter Sarah and her husband, Charles Cooper.

Calvin died March 11, 1914 and was buried on his first farm near Streeter, W.Va.

Added by Brittany Wykle on Jul 31, 2012 9:30 PM

Brittany Wykle
Isaac Newton Harvey
Isaac Newton Harvey, born in Flatwoods, Monroe Co., April 29, 1818, died Sept. 6, 1906. Son of Joshua and Sarah Swope Harvey married Sept. 15, 1838, to Elizabeth Comer.

Isaac was a twin brother to Jacob White Harvey, Jacob married Isaac's wife's twin sister Sarah Catherine Comer. They had a double wedding in Flatwoods, Monroe Co.

Isaac came to Summers County to live. He purchased 1000 acres of land from his brother-in-law, John Pack, who had married his sister Elizabeth Harvey. Isaac gave Mr. Pack a mountain rifle as part payment for the land.

Isaac built a home near Streeter, W.Va. He was a prosperous farmer and stone mason. He built many nice, large chimneys for his neighbors. One chimney and fireplace is still in service at his old home near Streeter. Built in the 1850's.

Isaac loved to sing. Singing in minor tones was popular in those days. He smoked a pipe and would light it by placing a piece of glass over the tobacco letting the hot sun start it smoldering. This was very amusing to young children. He was very strict with his children, taught them to work at an early age. Isaac and Elizabeth had 11 children. Jonathan Calvin, James, Overton, William, Eliza, Mandy, Sam, Loranzo, Dow, Seldon, and Leah.

Whenever a son married, Isaac would help him find a spring of fresh water, give him acres of land, help him build a log house. He gave each of his sons enough land for a home.

Isaac's wife Elizabeth died Sept. 18, 1882. He married a second time to a Mrs. Pack who had sons of her own. Two sons, Nathaniel and Lewis were born to Isaac and 2nd wife, Isaac, being too old to work so the sons were adopted by two different Meadows families. Isaac gave his son Jonathan Calvin what he had left of the 1000 acres to take care of him the rest of his life. Isaac died Sept. 6, 1906, and is buried on his home place near Streeter, W.Va.

Added by Brittany Wykle on Jul 31, 2012 8:59 PM

Arnett Maxwelton Adkins
Thank you so much for posting the picture of this headstone. He is my Dad and I haven't been back up to the cemetery since we buried his ashes as I live in Florida.

Added by Releia on Jun 05, 2012 10:53 PM

Mary (McKinney) Wallace
Hello, I would like to know how you are a direct decendant of William B. Basham as he is my great great grandfather. His daughter Margaret is the mother to my grandfather Okla McKinney who is the father to MY father Edgar McKinney. I am trying to piece together my family tree and would like ANY information I can get. You can e-mail me at or you can look me up on Facebook. Thank you!

~Mary 'McKinney' Wallace

Added by Mary (McKinney) Wallace on Jan 05, 2012 8:11 AM

Walter Pack Family
Re: 8972403
Hi Ellen: You are just like I am about my dad. Thought to let you know I have posted his plaque on his site as well the others. I believe that Jonathan Harvey is in this graveyard as well on Panthers Knob as well Mary Elizabeth Harvey his wife. Can you please transfer both of them to me as they are of my family...It would be greatly appreciated. I hope you like the pics. My daughter-in-law & I went to the cemetery last Sunday as well the pack/vest cemetery. There are at least 50+ graves that are marked but cannot read any writings. There are at least 25 graves the same way at the Basham Cemetery. You really did a fine memory of yours sharing your dad's pictures. God Bless You Ellen.

Added by Walter Pack Family on Nov 11, 2011 12:42 AM

Gunnoe Cemetery formerly Smails Cemetery
As google Smailes cemt brings up the Gunnoe with James Shanklin Gilkerson 1968-2001 tombstone, do you have any knowledge of other burials when it was the Smails cemetery? vernon

Added by vernon on Oct 23, 2011 4:51 PM

Laura Brunty
I've transferred the memorial to you. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.


Added by Lora on Sep 08, 2010 8:55 PM

Cindy Blevins
Linkhorn Blevins

Ellen, This is where I get the Langhorne Blevins from.....

Langhorne Blevins Settlement

(The front page of the original manuscript is torn).

Location: _____ side of the Highway leading from Wise to Hurricane, between _________ road and adjoining the Wise County Fairground.

Date: ________ the late eighteen thirties or early eighteen forties.

Owners: ________ Blevins before the formation of the county and Blevins _________ of the tract to George Wesley Blevins (his son), December ________, 225 acres. Langhorne Blevins became indebted to C. F. __________ Merchant and this place was sold for debts.

History: __________ Kilgore, Deputy Sheriff, sold to Charles W. Kilgore, June ____________, and Kilgore did not pay for place and it was resold to __________ November 27, 1876 and he ordered the Deputy Sheriff to ________ Deed to Creed F. Flanary. Deed was made to C. F. Flanary ________ 15, 1878. __________ sold to the whole of this tract of 390 acres to T. G. Wells _____________ 30, 1888, for
$10,000. ______ sold this place out in various tracts, 13 acres to ________ Habern, July 1, 1909 for $500, 35 acres to Sophronia Collier _________ 26, 1901 for $300. She sold 35 acres to Annie Habern, wife _____________ Habern. Annie Habern sold the old Blevins home site to _________ Lipps, April 30, 1936,
17.315 acres for $3,700.

Description: __________ first house that was built here was a one story one room ________ing, with clapboard roof and a stone chimney about four __________ Langhorne Blevins built a two story, two room, log _________allel to this first house but not attached to same. The __________ space between the two houses
was boxed up with puncheon ________ one room building served as a kitchen and dining room. _______ story addition was built of hewn logs, floored with poplar _____ inch thick, had two windows to each room and hand _______________ (from this point the manuscript is intact) paneled doors with iron lift latch and strap hinges. The rooms in this house were about eighteen by twenty feet, were called hand-dressed lumber. The flooring of the second floor was laid down on dressed joists and served as ceiling for the overhead of the first floor room. The overhead ceiling of the second story was made of yellow poplar wood also. The stairway led up from the outside of the house. Shingle roof and stone chimney on the front of the house. Fireplace on the first floor. The
original one room of this house was about sixteen by eighteen feet and the cooking was done on the fireplace. This place had a very pretty lawn, fronting about fifty feet. Near the old room (part used as kitchen), stood a
log smoke house, typical of the early one with a long covered shed that almost reached the kitchen. These smokehouses were usually used to store the winter's supply of meat and grains. All sales of this property are sold with a fourth of an acre reservation, it being the Blevins Graveyard. It is said that when Langhorne Blevins settled here, the Glades were so rough that when he moved in
he had to unhook his ox team and carry the harness and yoke on his back to the home site. He and his sons cleared the land around the old place and when it was plowed, Indian arrows were found in abundance and also an Indian Pestle (an instrument the Indians used to beat their grain into meal), and that Mrs. Blevins used it until her death to beat up her coffee in a mortise. This Pestler was six or seven inches long and the beating was about the size of an egg.
Tradition says that when Blevins settled here he bought this tract of land for a Rifle gun and a bale of cotton.

Langhorne Blevins was born in 1799 and died about 1896. He was married to Sarah Belcher and to this union were born children: Six sons and five daughters. Robert, who settled in Scott Co., VA; Alexander married Peggy Ramey and lived in Bath Co., KY; Nathaniel married Mary Green and second Matilda Steele;
Andrew Jackson, never married; George Wesley, married Martha Ann Wells and lived in the Hurricane; Lindsey P., married Mary Miller and lived at Glamorgan; Helen married John Ramey; Sarah married Levi Belcher; Melvina was never married; Elizabeth Jane married Matthew Moore and lived in Kentucky; Matilda
married Elliott Vanover and 2nd Lewis Medley.

When the Civil War broke out, Langhorne Blevins was then too old to go into the service, but he had Southern blood flowing through his veins and helped throw up the breastworks at the Pound Gap and was also in skirmishes in and around the Court House, mainly in the skirmish when the Courthouse was burned. Dr. Hill of Wise has the gun that he used during the Civil War.
His sons, George Wesley and Andrew Jackson, were both Confederate soldiers and both fought in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Just prior to the surrender, Andrew J. developed pleurisy and due to lack of medical treatment it ate a hole in his side and he was given a furlough until his health improved. He returned to his home in the Glades of Wise County and the treatment of loved hands and rest from the worries of war worked wonders and he was soon able to go around again. At that time Wise County had a bunch of Home Guards and many of the members of the Guard were hiding out to keep from entering the service and some had deserted and were also using the name of Guard to cover their stealing and many other crimes. A fellow by the name of Mack Jessee was a member of this Guard and he approached Blevins one day and told him that he would have to return to the War. "No, not in the condition I am in now", Blevins answered. "Well, then why don't you join the Home
Guard with us, then?" he asked. Blevins replied that if he joined anything it would not be a bunch of horse thieves and robbers. However, Blevins became alarmed or afraid of the Home Guard and hid out around the Glades, only coming home at night or when a safe chance presented itself. At this time among the Home Guards were two men by the name of John Bickley and _______ Minnifee. It was agreed that they would kill Blevins and in return they were to get a chicken pie for dinner from the Home Guards. Early one Sunday morning after Lee had surrendered and peace had been made, Blevins left his hiding place and went home. Eli Bond, a friend of Blevins', went to the home of Blevins and asked him to go home with him and write a letter for him to a
friend in the Confederacy. Bond lived at the site where the Yellow Creek Bridge is East of Wise and when the two friends got to the home and shortly after their letter was begun, the womenfolk called that the Guard was coming. Bond and Blevins hurried out the back and started to run up the old Hurricane Road. In the race, Blevins was shot down and the Guard passed him up trying to catch Bond, who eventually escaped through the Glades and made his get away. When returning back down the road, Minifee tried to make his horse trample
Blevins who was still yet alive, though mortally wounded. The horse, each time, would jump over the man and Minifee dismounted and shot the wounded man through the head. Minifee and Bickley knew they would be apprehended for this crime so they started riding toward Guest Station to make their getaway and while passing this place they killed John Newberry who was attending
the funeral of his mother. Sometime later Bickley was passing back through this section and sent a woman ahead to warn him of danger. The authorities got word of this, captured the woman and forced her to tell what time he would be through. He was to pass that night and Lieutenant Cyphers rounded up a bunch of citizens and captured him.
He was taken then on Sunday morning to the spot near Yellow Creek Bridge where Blevins was killed and again the stillness of the Sabbath morning was punctuated by the crack of a rifle and another life passed over. He was buried in the old cemetery opposite the Wise Primitive Baptist Church on the Highway leading south from Wise. Minifee was not captured by the authorities of this county.

Source of Information: This story was told to George Blevins of Wise by an old woman who remembered it distinctly and the foregoing was
related by Geoge Blevins.

Added by Cindy Blevins on Jun 18, 2009 8:41 PM

Jenny Blevins
Linkhorn Blevins Photo

Thanks for the photo of Linkhorn Blevins! Would you please delete it and reload it saying it is a photo and not a headstone?

Thanks so much,

Added by Jenny Blevins on Jun 17, 2009 4:45 PM

In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney
John Hornsby
I knew about Amanda Bolen as wife number 2, did not know about the first wife. My mother told me that her Aunt Sis (Mascena Frances) told her that there name was Horn and was changed to Hornsby at one time.
Thanks Again

Added by In Memory of my son Ronal... on May 21, 2009 7:44 PM

In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney
John Hornsby and Cecila
The information you have sounds like they were my gggrandfather Mattison (Matt) Lewis Hornsby brothers and sister's and you listed some of his children also he married Catherine Crawford. They are buried in a cemtery at Odd, Wva. Type in Catherine Hornsby West Virginia, and i have all their children listed there plus some pictures The cemetery is Hanna-Lilly. The name should read Hannah Lilly but the person who started adding to it misspelled the name wrong. I also have the pages from Matt Hornsby Bible and he lists his name as Lewis Hornsby, i think he is a brother to William A Hornsby. Mattison goes by this first name on all the census but his first name is spelled different ways. His first child was named William Hornsby who died 1899. Also check out the spelling for Matison son Morris Hornsby on his death certificate it is spelled Marse Hornsby he is buried in the Jenny Cole Cemetery at Odd, Wva. In the bible it list his wife last name as Lilly not Cole. I have her parent's as William (Ground Hog Bill) Lilly and Juliana Frances Ferguson her parents were Jesse Ferguson and Susanna Agee. They are my gggg?grandparents. Thanks for all the information. I also have a picture of Roverda parents that i mentioned above i went to school with their gggg?granddaughter and did not know we were related until about ten years ago.
Thanks for all the information that you have on the Hornsby's.
Do you know who John Hornsby wife last name was i think it was Hopkins not sure just wondering

Added by In Memory of my son Ronal... on May 21, 2009 6:12 PM

In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney
RE: Lilly Information
Thanks for replying. Would you have any Hornsby's in your database. Lewis or Matison his father was John Hornsby born in Fayette? he married Selah i don't know if this is the correct spelling. According to my Mom's Aunt she said the name was spelled Horn. What information do you have on the Ferguson.
My ggg?grandfather was Green Newberry Ferguson.
Thanks in advance.
Mary Harris

Added by In Memory of my son Ronal... on May 13, 2009 12:27 PM

In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney
Lilly Information
Hello Ellen,
I have a copy of Edmond Lilly buried in Crews Cemetery, Wva that your father James wrote, do you have any more of his leaflet for sale. I am Descended from:
Robert Lilly
Frances Moody

James Lilly
Prunella Mann

James Lilly
Mary Barker

Lucinda Lilly
William Burks

Mary Burks
James Hornsby

Piney Hornsby
Ira McBride

Also would you know of a place called Cave or Cove Ridge i think it might be located in Mercer or Summers Co Wva. I noticed you had Ferguson on your Find A Grave. I am descended thru Ferguson on my dad side. And the Lilly's on my mom side.


Added by In Memory of my son Ronal... on May 09, 2009 9:18 PM


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