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Hurston Christian Booth

Ceredo, Wayne County, West Virginia, USA
Death 13 Feb 1932 (aged 81)
Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Wayne County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 129123354 · View Source
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Parents: Jefferson Booth & Margaret Garrett.

Jefferson b. 24 November 1815, Wayne, Wayne Co., West Virginia; d. December 1904, Wayne, Wayne Co., West VA.

Margaret b. 12 December 1819; d. 7 December 1872, Wayne, Wayne Co., West Virginia.

Jefferson Booth m. Margaret Garrett 24 March 1836, Cabell Co., Virginia (later W. Virginia).

Hurston m. Hannah Maria Staley 22 Nov. 1870 in Wayne Co., West Virginia. Her parents are Peyton & Martha Staley. Hurston was a farmer. Both were b. in Wayne Co., WVA.

1880 U.S. Census for Ceredo, Wayne Co., West Virginia:
Herston Booth M 28 Virginia; farmer
Wife Hannah Booth F 39 Virginia
Dau Alice M Booth F 7 West Virginia
Son James D Booth M 5 West Virginia
Dau Mary F Booth F 3 West Virginia
Dau Booth F 0 West Virginia (Martha)

Note: West Virginia separated from Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War. So, Hurston & Hannah were probably born in the area which became West Virginia.

Hurston m. Rebecca A. Staley ca 1890.

1900 U.S. Census for Ceredo district, Wayne Co., West Virginia:
Hurston Booth M 49 yrs, b. July 1851 West VA; farmer
Wife Rebecca Booth F 36 yrs, b. Oct. 1864 West VA
Dau Izzie Booth F 19 yrs, b. Oct. 1881 West VA
Dau Josephene Booth F 15 yrs, b. Aug. 1885 West VA
Son Koka Booth M 13 yrs, b. Oct. 1887 West VA
Dau Zeffa Booth F 10 yrs, b. Aug. 1890 West VA
Dau Effa Booth F 8 yrs, b. Oct. 1892 West VA
Son Archie Booth M 5 yrs, b. Feb. 1895 West VA
Son John Booth M 3 yrs, b. Sept. 1897 West VA

The last four children were with Rebecca. The other children were with Hannah.

Hannah's children:

Son James D. Boothe, b. 9 Mar 1875, Wayne Co., WVA; d. 31 May 1936, Kenova, Wayne Co., West Virginia; his wife was Bertha; mother was Hannah Staley. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head at home. His name on the DC is spelled with the "e". He was a retired merchant & resided in Kenova, WVA. He was married to Bertha at the time of his passing.

Daughter Mary F. Smith, b. 4 Aug 1877, Wayne Co., W.VA; d. 1 Nov 1953, Wayne Co., West Virginia.

Josephine Staley, b. 4 Aug 1884; d. 13 Nov 1950, Huntington, Cabell Co., West Virginia; she was a widow; she was in the clothing business.

Isabelle Ferguson, b. 31 Oct 1881, Wayne Co., W.VA; d. 15 Mar 1965, Candler, Buncombe Co., NC; widow (m. Bishop Ferguson 19 Jan 1902, Lawrence County, Ohio); seamstress; buried in Bon-A-Venture Cem.(Old), Canton, Haywood Co., NC; Memorial 75355175. Note that Bishop was b. Wayne Co., W. VA; his parents were Abraham Ferguson & Indiana Hatten.

Son Koka Booth, Sr., b. 7 Oct 1887; m. Susan; d. 1 June 1974, Rocky Mount, Nash Co., NC. They are buried in Rocky Mount Memorial Park, Rocky Mount, Nash Co., NC; Memorial 138929156.

Rebecca's children:

Arch Booth, b. 1 Feb. 1895, Wayne Co., WV; m. Bertha Ferrell; d. 26 Oct 1934, Huntington, Cabell Co., West Virginia. He was a widower when he died from tuberculosis. He last worked in 1931 as a railroad conductor. He & Bertha are buried in Spring Hill Cem., Huntington, Cabell Co., WVA; Memorial 58530072.

Effie Cunningham, b. 3 Oct 1892; d. 12 May 1930, Cabell Co., West Virginia; husband, S. L. Cunningham.

Daughter Zeffa Booth, b. 13 Aug 1890, Wayne Co., W. VA; m. Edward Vest; d. 17 April 1977, Huntington, Cabell Co., W. VA; they are buried in Spring Hill Cem., Huntington, Cabell Co., WVA; Memorial 65161923.

Son Forest Booth, b. 9 Aug. 1900, d. 10 Oct 1961, Huntington, Cabell Co., West Virginia. He did restaurant work. He was single. He's buried in Spring Hill Cem., Huntington, Cabell, WVA; Memorial 58530186.

Forest Booth registered for the World War I draft on Sept. 12, 1918 in Hungington, Cabell Co., West Virginia. He was a laborer with the Chas Boldt Co. (In 1913, the Charles Boldt Co., which operated a glass bottle plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, began searching for a city where it could build a second factory. Attracted by Huntington's strong rail and river transportation network, the company purchased a tract of land on the city's South Side at West 5th Street.). He resided with his mother Rebecca in Huntington, WVA. He was described as tall, medium build with gray eyes and light hair.

1920 U.S. Census for Huntington, Cabell Co., West Virginia:
Christain H Booth Head M 68 West Virginia
Rebecca Booth Wife F 54 West Virginia
Forest Booth Son M 19 West Virginia
Austin Booth Son M 17 West Virginia

1930 U.S. Census for Huntington, Cabell Co., WVA:
Rebecca A Booth Head F 64 West Virginia; widow
Forest Booth Son M 29 West Virginia

1940 U.S. Census for Huntington, Gideon Magisterial District, Cabell Co., West Virginia:
Edward Vest Head M 49 West Virginia
Zeffa Vest Wife F 49 West Virginia
Forrest Boothe Brother-in-law M 39 West Virginia

Forrest resides with his sister Jeffa and her husband. They lived in the same house in 1935. Edward is a traveling salesman with a dry goods company. No occupation is listed for Forrest.

Notes: Sister Talitha Booth Smith, b. 24 May, 1855, Wayne Co., WVA; d. 21 Jan 1941, Huntington, Wayne Co., West Virginia. She was married & resided in Centerville, Wayne Co., WVA at the time of her passing. She is buried at Mt. Vernon Cem., Wayne, Wayne Co., WVA; Memorial 150033562.

Sister Mahala Booth, b. 8 July 1858, Wayne Co., WVA; m. Millard Adkins; d. 26 Aug 1946, Ceredo, Wayne Co., WVA. She was buried in Catlettsburg Cem., Catlettsburg, Boyd Co., KY; Memorial 150034150.

NOTE: Hurston's death date of 13 Feb. 1932 has not been proven. It is posted on this memorial as there are several online family trees which list that date & this contributor is contacted periodically about the date. A search of the West Virginia death records do not find a death date for Hurston in 1932 or any other year.

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