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 Cornelius Moses “Neely” Compton

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Cornelius Moses “Neely” Compton

  • Birth 27 Sep 1878 Falls Mills, Tazewell County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 12 Jun 1949 Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
  • Plot Greenlawn 1-10 Section
  • Memorial ID 15044789

As a very young man, Neely worked for Walton Construction Company. In 1900, he was a tractman, laying and repairing railroad tracks, for the Buckeye Coal and Coke Company in Bramwell, West Virginia. By 1903, he was a contractor and shipper of mining timber. This may have been "Belcher and Compton."

After meeting the handsome Ora Kathrine Johnson, they courted, then married in the parlor of the Jeffersonville Hotel (Tazewell) by John Newton Harman, Sr., minister of the Christian Church and author of "Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia." They spent their honeymoon in Jamestown, Virginia.

He decided to venture into less labor-intensive work and enrolled a local business school to study bookkeeping. The Pocahontas Coal Company hired him to manage their store in Pocahontas, Virginia. Other company stores followed, and their expanding family moved around - Eckman, Tams, Devils Fork, and Rhodell, WV. In Roanoke, Virginia, he had his own store as a confectioner. The family moved to Ghent, then East Beckley where Neely sold shoes door-to-door and also Rawleigh products.

Neely was very religious and fastidiously clean about his person. He always wore long white shirts, except when working in the family garden, his only hobby other than reading the newspaper and the Bible.

He was active in church circles, serving as superintendent for the Methodist Church Sunday School classes. He was a member of the Oddfellows, president of the Rhodell PTA, and a staunch "New Dealer" Democrat. He ran for the House of Delegates but lost.

Cornelius loved his wife, was a dedicated family man, and cared deeply that his children should grow up to be good men and women.

Cornelius "Neely" was the son of Hiram Alonzo Compton and Nancy Jane Belcher. He married Ora Kathrine Johnson.



  • Created by: Judy Llamas
  • Added: 26 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15044789
  • Judy Llamas
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelius Moses “Neely” Compton (27 Sep 1878–12 Jun 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15044789, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Judy Llamas (contributor 46854247) .