Virginia “Virgie” DeLong Conley

Kentucky, USA
Death 20 Jan 1970 (aged 78)
Malone, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Malone, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 140189004 View Source
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The book "Auxier - DeLong - Brown - Allied Families" by Ova O. DeLong - Pages 49-51. (Ova was a brother to Vergie)


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Vergie Delong, 20 Dec. 1891 - 20 Jan. 1970, was an eldest child and for a time her father’s proverbial right arm. She and her elder brothers were a strong support to their parents in subduing a forest and establishing a home. There came, however, a time when she met a handsome young man, in the person of Frank Conley, 12 February 1890 – 7 Mar. 1964; Buried: Deborde Cemetery, Malone, Morgan County, Kentucky. Frank was the son of James Monroe & Sarah (Williams) Conley. The thought of losing Vergie was quite a blow to Popa, and he searched for a reason to oppose the wedding. The only excuse he could find was his politics. Popa was a Republican and Moma was a Democrat; so, he said, “Mag, he’s a democrat, he’ll be your son-in-law". Anyway, on 11 May 1909, they were married. We were told that for a little while Popa was a little cool toward Frank, but a logging job was in progress. Popa needed and extra driver for a yoke of oxen. Frank and Vergie had started house-keeping near-by at Sioux Branch and Licking River. Vergie said “Popa, Frank will drive for you". The story is that Frank was hired, however, due to wet weather the logging trail through the bottom above the house had become a quagmire. Popa happened to be in the house when Vergie looked out the window, saw that Frank was stalled. Frank being desirous not to offend Popa, had let the cattle stall. Vergie called Popa who, as he ran out of the house yelled something, and the cattle, not waiting for Popa to arrive, with their tales swirling, brought the log out of the mud.

Frank & Vergie remained in Morgan County until the following year, and after their first child was born. That same year Frank found more profitable employment at Muddy Branch, Thealka, Johnson County. They moved there and Frank began a long career in coal mining.

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Frank & Vergie lived at Thealka, Muddy Branch, and Johnson County until after their eighth child was born. Their first baby had died the year of her birth; their third child, born in Johnson, died the same year; their fifth child, born in Johnson, died the same year. Their last children, born in Johnson were twin girls. One of them died at the age of two.

Not only had they lost several babies, but those years in Johnson covered the years of the great epidemic of Influenza. Almost every family lost someone, and in some cases several members of a family. Our family received word that Vergie was critically ill. Popa & Moma hitched the team to the wagon and rushed to her. Vergie was blind and speechless for 48 hours, after which the crisis passed and she recovered.

About 1920 my brothers found employment with the Hardy-Burlingham Mining Company at Hardburley, Perry County, Kentucky. After one of the twins died in 1921 Frank & Vergie moved to, and found employment (at) Hardburley. Soon thereafter there were four of my brothers, and a brother-in-law working in the mines at Hardburley, as were many of our neighbors in Morgan. Several years during their long stay in Hardburley Frank was (a)policeman. Their ninth child was born there and died the same year. Their eleventh child was born there, and died the same day. The twelfth child was born there in 1934. they also adopted an orphaned granddaughter, about the same age. When these (children) were about two, or three years of age Frank and Vergie moved back to Morgan and again tried his hand at farming with my mother and me. Not long thereafter they purchased a farm, at Malone, Morgan County, later selling it and buying another nearby, where he retired and lived out the remainder of his life. After his death Vergie, eventually finding the farm, due to her health problem, too much, sold the farm and bought a house and moved down into the town of Malone, where she survived her husband for almost six years.

Seven years after, Thelma and our four children and I drove back to Morgan and as the succeeding years passed, we made more frequent trips. Eventually, with some of our elder kin approaching twilight years, departing, fearing that this may be the last one was filled with emotion. On one such occasion our second son, Gary was walked over to, put his arm around his Aunt Vergie and said, ”Don’t have any other boy friend while I’m gone.” The scene was changed to a big laugh. On one occasion while Frank & Vergie were still on the farm, Vergie sent us home with the best butter I ever tasted.

Many memories come to mind, and I’ll tell one more: This event took place when I was twelve years of age. Prior to this Moma had made all my clothes. Vergie & Frank gave me knee pants that buckled below the knee and bloused over. A buddy and cousin of mine, just happened to get one identical to mine. I think we were the proudest kids in Morgan. Socially those suits did wonders for us. On Sunday, if there were mud-holes we would stand in our saddles to keep them clean. Yes, Vergie & Frank we miss you. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

Their daughter, Mattie, told me that, on the morning that Vergie died, a Saturday morning, she had gone to Malone, had breakfast with her mother, talked at the table for quite a while, told her mother to retire to the living room “while I washed the dishes, after which I walked into the living room. Moma had just sat down and went to sleep.”

Editor's note: some minor corrections: i.e. spelling, punctuation were made to make the document more readable.
Virgie married Frank Conley on May 11, 1909 in KY. They had the following children:

1. Bertie Mae Conley b/d. 1910.
2. Arnold Conley b. 1911.
3. Oneida Conley b/d. 1913.
4. Paul C. Conley b. 1914, d. 1941.
5. Buford Conley b/d. 1916. (d.c. calls him Woodford, stillborn)
6. Pauline Conley Howard b. 1917.
7. Loraine (or Doraine?) Conley b/d. 1919.
8. Mattie Conley Grigsby b. 1919.
9. James A. Conley b/d. 1922, stillborn.
10. Roberta Ruth Conley Starzman b. 1926.
11. Roy Conley b/d. 1931.
12. Grace Conley Reid b. 1934, div.
13. Deloris Ray Conley Reid b. 1936. (adopted, was birth child of son Paul who died in 1941.)

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  • Created by: Roy Delong
  • Added: 18 Dec 2014
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia “Virgie” DeLong Conley (20 Dec 1891–20 Jan 1970), Find a Grave Memorial ID 140189004, citing Deborde Cemetery, Malone, Morgan County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Roy Delong (contributor 47471761) .