Charles Vest

Charles Vest

Campbell County, Virginia, USA
Death unknown
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Elizabeth Via (also seen as Viar) was born in about 1784 in Virginia, a daughter of
John Via (1759-1834/Virginia) and Sarah Wright (born about 1761-1851/Virginia). [Footnote 1] Elizabeth’s siblings were Sarah Via Newberry (born abt. 1786/Virginia) [2], Anderson Via Sr. (abt.1798-1874/Virginia) [3] and John Via (born abt. 1805/Virginia) [4].

Charles Vest was born in 1784 in Campbell County, Va., a son of John Vest (born about
1750) and Agnes Davidson (born about 1750, daughter of Edward). [5] John, a carpenter, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. [6] Charles’ siblings [7] were: Mosby Cox Vest, Littleberry Vest (1774 - /Virginia) [8], John Vest, Elizabeth Vest, and Fanny Vest Hutson. Charles and Elizabeth were married on 09 Jan 1812 in Franklin County, Va. [9] Charles had been married before. He married his first wife Theney Manning on 04 Dec 1809 in Virginia. Theney was a daughter of David and Nancy Manning. [10]

The children of Elizabeth and Charles were Richard Mosby Vest (1812-1848) [11], Anderson Vest (1815-1872) [12], John Marshall Vest (1821-1899) [13], Jackson “Mountain Jack” Vest (1832-1917) [14], and Fleming Vest (no dates known).

According to a 1950 news article, Charles came to Raleigh County, Virginia (W.Va.) in
1849 and bought 900 acres of land. [15] The 1850 census for Raleigh County lists Charles Vest, age 70, farmer; wife Elizabeth, 55; and son Jackson, Shady Spring. [16]

Charles Vest’s will, written and witnessed in 1851, mentions his wife Elizabeth and five sons: Jackson, Anderson, John, Mosby and Fleming Vest. [17] Charles’ will was the second recorded in Raleigh County. (The first was the will of Samuel Pack, husband of Sally Pack.) [18] Charles left land to Anderson, John and Jackson. He left $1 each to the children of Mosby Vest. Mosby had died in 1848.19 The will gave Elizabeth a life interest in land where Fleming Vest “had family.” After Elizabeth’s death, the land would be divided amongst Fleming’s children. Some old Vest histories have that Charles died in 1831. Information about land purchases and his will indicate Charles died either in or after 1851.

A date of death and place of burial is not known for either Charles or Elizabeth or their sons Fleming and Richard Mosby Vest.

John Marshall Vest is buried in the Farley-Vest Cemetery, Hinton, Summers County, W.Va., (Find A Grave Memorial 96136756), Anderson Vest was the first person buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery in Summers County [20] (Find A Grave Memorial 44990308). Jackson Vest is also buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial 44995382).

1. Harold “Eddie” Via, Via Family History, 1998 email, approximate birth years; John V. Via Cemetery, Franklin Co., Va.,
Find A Grave Memorial 191588884 and 191589140 .
2. Harold “Eddie” Via.
3. Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917, FHL Film Number: 2056982; Find A Grave Memorial 100046192, Via (James) Cemetery, Franklin Co., Va.
4. U.S. census, Year: 1850; Census Place: Franklin, Virginia; Roll: M432_944; Page: 147A; Image: 297
5 Erma C. Sowers, “Descendants of Littleberry Vest,” Second Printing, July 1983. Page 1.
6. Saunders W. Vest, 1968, “Floyd Vest Family.”
7. List from “Descendants of Littleberry Vest,” Page 1.
8. “Descendants of Littleberry Vest,” Page 1.
9. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850.
10. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850, and Erma C. Sowers.
11. Descendants of Littleberry Vest, Page 1.
12. Dates on tombstone and Descendants of Littleberry Vest, Page 1.
13. Birth date from death record. West Virginia Vital Research Records, death record online, Another source says 1819: “Descendants of Littleberry Vest,” Page 1.
14. U.S. Veterans’ Gravesites, ca.1775-2006. Jackson’s birth date was listed as Decemter 1833 in the U.S. census for Jumping Branch, W.Va., in 1870 and 1900.
15. Beckley Post-Herald Centennial Edition, 20 Aug 1950, Page 147, NewspaperArchive version.
16. 1850 census: District 59, Raleigh, Virginia; Roll: M432_972; Page: 11B; Image: 28.
17. Charles Vest - 1851 will, Beckley Post-Herald Centennial Edition, 20 Aug. 1950.
18. “The Wills of Our Ancestors,” The Raleigh Register, Beckley, W. Va., Thursday, 11 Mar 1909, Page 1.
19. “Descendants of Littleberry Vest,” Page 1.
20. Nina Vest (Bennett) Worley and Ed Vest.

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