McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals

Notes


Kyle Delano Cook Sr

1. Social Security Death Index; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Kyle Cook; born on 21 Oct 1937; died in Apr 1981; SS #234-56-7109; card issued in WV in 1953.
2. GenDisasters Web Site; http://www3.gendisasters.com/node/16413.
Redstone, Colo. (UPI) -- The bodies of 15 miners killed in an explosion deep inside a gassy Colorado coal mine were recovered Friday.
Rescue teams picked their way through piles of rubble in the mine tunnel to find nine of the bodies about 32 hours after a pocket of methane exploded Wednesday.
Five more bodies were found about three hours later, and the last victim was discovered Friday morning.
Federal officials vowed a "top to bottom" probe of the accident, the worst at the mine since a 1965 explosion killed nine miners.
The victims were found about 7,200 feet inside the sloping mine tunnel, which was described by one mine inspector as "one of the gassiest mines"
in the nation. The explosion apparently was triggered when the miners hit a pocket of methane gas, a volatile hydrocarbon associated with coal.
Miners say that being near a methane explosion would be like being in an exploding shotgun barrel.
One of the survivors, DAVID CHIARELLO, described the blast as a "little hurricane."
"The investigation, especially with the loss of life, will be from top to bottom," said federal Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Rick Kulczewski.
Kulczewski said it was too early to tell if something could have been done to prevent the explosion.
Dead were:
KELLY GREENE, 25, of New Castle.
KYLE COOK, 33, Silt.
RICHARD LINCOLN, 22, Glenwood Springs.
LOREN MEAD, 35, Rifle.
RONALD PATCH, 34, Carbondale.
TERRY LUCERO, 28, Glenwood Springs.
GLEN SHARP, 31, El Jebel.
J. R. AYALA, 40, Carbondale.
JOHN RHODES, 29, Carbondale.
ROBERT RAGLE, 29, New Castle.
THOMAS VETTER, 24. Glenwood Springs.
WILLIAM E. GUTHERIE, 32, Glenwood Springs.
DANIEL LITWILLER, 21, Glenwood Springs.
HUGH W. PIERCE, JR., 20, Glenwood Springs.
BRETT TUCKER, 30, Carbondale.
It had been a long vigil for the families, who huddled by a fire built in a rusty steel drum on the road to the mine. They held out hope that the men were alive until the bodies were found.
The rescue teams, working in four-hour shifts of six men each, were delayed in getting to the victims because they had to pick their way through rubble, restore the mine's ventilation system and pump icy mountain water out of the tunnel.


Sylvia Mae Lester

1. Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV; Posted Obit.
"Sylvia Mae Lester Cook, 68, of Sophia, WV passed away on Thursday at Beckley
Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born March 27, 1943 in Bud, WV a daughter of
the late Dona and Elizabeth Belcher Lester. She was a loving mother and a homemaker.
Her husband Kyle Delano Cook, Sr. also preceded her in death along with two daughters
Donna Kylene Cook and Angela Michele Cook. Survivors include her son Kyle Delano
(Michele) Cook, Jr. of Sophia, WV; nine grandchildren Kyle D. Cook, III, Kevin Earl Cook,
Mark Delano Hunt, Aaron Kyle Hunt, Kasey Marie Grier, Alicia Diana Carter, Lonnie
Carter, Scott Carter and John Stone; five great grandchildren; a sister Rita (Steve) Laden
of Reno, NV; three brothers Patton (Joann) Lester of Bud, WV, Paul (Alice) Lester of
MacArthur, WV and Ray Lester of Garwood, WV; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday August 16, 2011 at the
Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church, MacArthur, WV with Re. Eugene Miller
officiating. Sylvia will be laid to rest in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Bud, WV..."


Angela Michele Cook

1. US Public Records Index, Vol 1; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Angela M. Cook; born on 16 Jun 1964; living at PO Box 171, Summit Point, WV 25446 in 1993.


Donna Kylene Cook

1. US Public Records Index, Vol 1; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Donna K. Cook; born on 30 Aug 1967; living at 114 9th St, Beckley, WV 25802.


Kyle Delaneo Cook Jr

1. US Public Records Index, Vol 1; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Kyle Delaneo Cook, Jr; born on 21 Jul 1965; living at PO Box 64, Midway, WV 25878 in 1996.


Michelle

1. US Public Records Index, Vol 1; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Michelle Cook; born on 7 Jul 1967; living at PO Box 64, Midway, WV 25878 in 1996.


John Harrison Simpson

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Birth Registry; Vol #__(1909); Page 190; Line 3; WV Archives Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 2 Dec 1909 at Castle, WV; parents, Joseph and Charlotte Simpson;
reported by Martha Smith, midwife.
2. 1910 Census, Wyoming Co, WV, Center District, taken on 27 Apr 1910, Page 220B, Family # 127.
Listed as John A.. Simpson, age 5 months, born in WV, in household of father, Joseph Simpson.
3. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 37; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; living at Bud, WV; son of Joe Simpson;
married on 15 Jun 1929 at Bud, WV; Cosby Brewster; age 18; born in Wyoming Co, WV; daughter
of Clint Brewster.
4. 1930 Census; Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 113B; Image 6
of 56; Family #43/43.
Listed as Harrison Simpkins (sic, Simpson); age 20; born in WV; married at 20; coal miner; head of
household.
5. Mercer Co, WV; Marriage Registry; Vol #__(1947); Page 77; Line 10; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 37; born at Rockview, WV; divorced; living at Mullens, WV; married on
1 Jun 1947 at Bluefield, WV; Margie Opal Winfrey; age 32; born and living at Princeton, WV; single.
6. US Public Records Index, Vol 2; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; living at RR 2, Box 788, Princeton, WV 24740.
7, Social Security Death Index; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; died on 30 Jun 1988; last residence, Princeton, Mercer Co;
WV; SS # 235-07-7820; card issued in WV before 1951.
8. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


Cosby Brewster

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 37; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; living at Bud, WV; son of Joe Simpson;
married on 15 Jun 1929 at Bud, WV; Cosby Brewster; age 18; born in Wyoming Co, WV; daughter
of Clint Brewster.
2. 1930 Census; Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 113B; Image 6
of 56; Family #43/43.
Listed as Cosby Simpkins (sic, Simpson); age 18; born in WV; married at 18; in household of
husband, John H. Simpson.
3. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


John Harrison Simpson

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Birth Registry; Vol #__(1909); Page 190; Line 3; WV Archives Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 2 Dec 1909 at Castle, WV; parents, Joseph and Charlotte Simpson;
reported by Martha Smith, midwife.
2. 1910 Census, Wyoming Co, WV, Center District, taken on 27 Apr 1910, Page 220B, Family # 127.
Listed as John A.. Simpson, age 5 months, born in WV, in household of father, Joseph Simpson.
3. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 37; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; living at Bud, WV; son of Joe Simpson;
married on 15 Jun 1929 at Bud, WV; Cosby Brewster; age 18; born in Wyoming Co, WV; daughter
of Clint Brewster.
4. 1930 Census; Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 113B; Image 6
of 56; Family #43/43.
Listed as Harrison Simpkins (sic, Simpson); age 20; born in WV; married at 20; coal miner; head of
household.
5. Mercer Co, WV; Marriage Registry; Vol #__(1947); Page 77; Line 10; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 37; born at Rockview, WV; divorced; living at Mullens, WV; married on
1 Jun 1947 at Bluefield, WV; Margie Opal Winfrey; age 32; born and living at Princeton, WV; single.
6. US Public Records Index, Vol 2; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; living at RR 2, Box 788, Princeton, WV 24740.
7, Social Security Death Index; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; died on 30 Jun 1988; last residence, Princeton, Mercer Co;
WV; SS # 235-07-7820; card issued in WV before 1951.
8. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


Margie Opal Winfrey

1. Mercer Co, WV; Marriage Registry; Vol #__(1947); Page 77; Line 10; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 37; born at Rockview, WV; divorced; living at Mullens, WV; married on
1 Jun 1947 at Bluefield, WV; Margie Opal Winfrey; age 32; born and living at Princeton, WV; single.
2. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


Judy Kay Simpson

1. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


Archie Leon Kirk

1. 1940 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; E.D. 55-4; taken on 28 may 1940; Page
98A; Image 53 of 54; Household #415.
Listed as Leon Kirk; age 36; born in VA; married; 8th grade education; living in Wyoming Co, WV
on 1 Apr 1935; coal miner; in household of father-in-law, Harrison M. Wyatt, with wife.
2. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1955); Page 410; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Leon Kirk; age 51; born at Richlands, VA; remarrying each other; living at Mullens, WV; son of
N.A. and Virginia Kirk; remarried on 1 May 1955 at Rockview, WV; Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk; age 39;
born at ______; remarrying; living at Mullens, WV; daughter of Harry and Jennie Wyatt.


Opal Gladys Wyatt

1. 1920 Census, Wyoming Co, WV, Center District, taken on 31 Jan 1920, Page 202A, Family #111.
Listed as Opal Wyatt, age 4, born in WV, in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt.
2. 1930 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Center District; taken on 3 Apr 1930; Page 156A; Image 25 of 40;
Family #5/5.
Listed as Opal Wyatt; age 14; born in WV; in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt.
3. 1940 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; E.D. 55-4; taken on 28 may 1940; Page
98A; Image 53 of 54; Household #415.
Listed as Opal Kirk; age 23; born in WV; married; 9th grade education; living in Wyoming Co, WV on 1 Apr
1935; in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt, with husband.
4. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1955); Page 410; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Leon Kirk; age 51; born at Richlands, VA; remarrying each other; living at Mullens, WV; son of
N.A. and Virginia Kirk; remarried on 1 May 1955 at Rockview, WV; Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk; age 39;
born at ______; remarrying; living at Mullens, WV; daughter of Harry and Jennie Wyatt.
5. US Public Records Index, Vol 2; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Opal Simpson; born on 31 Jan 1916 living at RR 2, Box 788, Princeton, WV 24740.
6. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."
7. "Bluefield Daily Telegraph", Bluefield, WV; Newspaper Obit.
"Mrs. Opal Gladys Green, 88, of 813 Highland Avenue, Princeton died early Tuesday morning, October 19, 2004 at her residence. Born January 31, 1916 at Pineville, she was the daughter of the late Harrison Monroe and Jenny Walker Wyatt. She was educated in Wyoming county, during the War, she worked in the ship yards in Maryland and was a devoted homemaker. She was a member of the Johnston Chapel Baptist Church on the Halls Ridge Road in Princeton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Leon Kirk and Luther Green along with five brothers; Tracy, Lacy, Pierce, Harry and Dennis Wyatt. Survivors Her son, Thomas Kirk of Charleston SC Two Grandchildren Jason & Sarah and their mother Cheryl Kennedy Two Great grandchildren Annalinnea and Caroline Belle Brother, Greeley Wyatt & wife Lorna of Roanoke, Va. Four sisters Nola Cook of Roanoke, Va. Irene Mann of Beckley Bethel Angels of Oceana Beulah Whitt of Mullins Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, October 21, 2004 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Reverends John King and Jim Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton..."


John Harrison Simpson

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Birth Registry; Vol #__(1909); Page 190; Line 3; WV Archives Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 2 Dec 1909 at Castle, WV; parents, Joseph and Charlotte Simpson;
reported by Martha Smith, midwife.
2. 1910 Census, Wyoming Co, WV, Center District, taken on 27 Apr 1910, Page 220B, Family # 127.
Listed as John A.. Simpson, age 5 months, born in WV, in household of father, Joseph Simpson.
3. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 37; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; living at Bud, WV; son of Joe Simpson;
married on 15 Jun 1929 at Bud, WV; Cosby Brewster; age 18; born in Wyoming Co, WV; daughter
of Clint Brewster.
4. 1930 Census; Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 113B; Image 6
of 56; Family #43/43.
Listed as Harrison Simpkins (sic, Simpson); age 20; born in WV; married at 20; coal miner; head of
household.
5. Mercer Co, WV; Marriage Registry; Vol #__(1947); Page 77; Line 10; WV Archives Web Site.
John Harrison Simpson; age 37; born at Rockview, WV; divorced; living at Mullens, WV; married on
1 Jun 1947 at Bluefield, WV; Margie Opal Winfrey; age 32; born and living at Princeton, WV; single.
6. US Public Records Index, Vol 2; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; living at RR 2, Box 788, Princeton, WV 24740.
7, Social Security Death Index; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John H. Simpson; born on 28 Nov 1909; died on 30 Jun 1988; last residence, Princeton, Mercer Co;
WV; SS # 235-07-7820; card issued in WV before 1951.
8. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."


Opal Gladys Wyatt

1. 1920 Census, Wyoming Co, WV, Center District, taken on 31 Jan 1920, Page 202A, Family #111.
Listed as Opal Wyatt, age 4, born in WV, in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt.
2. 1930 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Center District; taken on 3 Apr 1930; Page 156A; Image 25 of 40;
Family #5/5.
Listed as Opal Wyatt; age 14; born in WV; in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt.
3. 1940 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Barkers Ridge District; E.D. 55-4; taken on 28 may 1940; Page
98A; Image 53 of 54; Household #415.
Listed as Opal Kirk; age 23; born in WV; married; 9th grade education; living in Wyoming Co, WV on 1 Apr
1935; in household of father, Harrison M. Wyatt, with husband.
4. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1955); Page 410; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Leon Kirk; age 51; born at Richlands, VA; remarrying each other; living at Mullens, WV; son of
N.A. and Virginia Kirk; remarried on 1 May 1955 at Rockview, WV; Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk; age 39;
born at ______; remarrying; living at Mullens, WV; daughter of Harry and Jennie Wyatt.
5. US Public Records Index, Vol 2; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Opal Simpson; born on 31 Jan 1916 living at RR 2, Box 788, Princeton, WV 24740.
6. 16 Aug 2011; E-mail Correction and addition by Judy Kay Simpson daughter of John Harrison and
Margie Opal (Winfrey) Simpson.
"To whom it may concern, I'd like to make a correction to the following information in your "McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals" at the Coal Exchange website:

"Please note that John A. Simpson should be John H. Simpson, and he is the same person as Harrison Simpon (that's what the H. that was mistakenly transcribed as an A. stands for). I know this because he was my father. John Harrison Simpson was born on 28 November 1909, and died on 30 June 1988 in Princeton, WV. John Harrison was married three times. Marriage 1 was to Cosby Brewster. Marriage 2 was to Margie Opal Winfrey (my mother). Marriage 3 was to Opal Gladys Wyatt Kirk. He had only one child, myself, Judy Kay Simpson, born on 28 Apr 1949 in Beckley WV.

"I'm not sure who Georgia Simpson was. I think her father Joseph Simpson has to have been a different Joseph Simpson than my grandfather, because she is mentionned nowhere in any of the family records. (I incorrectly listed Gracie Simpson as Georgia Simpson from the 1930 Census)

"Bessie Simpson should be Daisy Irene Simpson. Bessie was a nickname, which she *always* answered to rather than to her given name.

"Thanks in advance for updating your website with these corrections..."
7. "Bluefield Daily Telegraph", Bluefield, WV; Newspaper Obit.
"Mrs. Opal Gladys Green, 88, of 813 Highland Avenue, Princeton died early Tuesday morning, October 19, 2004 at her residence. Born January 31, 1916 at Pineville, she was the daughter of the late Harrison Monroe and Jenny Walker Wyatt. She was educated in Wyoming county, during the War, she worked in the ship yards in Maryland and was a devoted homemaker. She was a member of the Johnston Chapel Baptist Church on the Halls Ridge Road in Princeton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Leon Kirk and Luther Green along with five brothers; Tracy, Lacy, Pierce, Harry and Dennis Wyatt. Survivors Her son, Thomas Kirk of Charleston SC Two Grandchildren Jason & Sarah and their mother Cheryl Kennedy Two Great grandchildren Annalinnea and Caroline Belle Brother, Greeley Wyatt & wife Lorna of Roanoke, Va. Four sisters Nola Cook of Roanoke, Va. Irene Mann of Beckley Bethel Angels of Oceana Beulah Whitt of Mullins Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, October 21, 2004 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Reverends John King and Jim Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton..."


Arthur Joseph Ballard

1. Monroe Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 194; WV Archives Web Site.
Arthur Joseph Ballard; age 21; born in Monroe Co, WV; living at Welch, WV; married on 8 Sep 1929
at Maitland, WV; Miriam Helen Brewster; age 21; born in McDowell Co, WV.


Miriam Helen Brewster

1. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Welch; McDowell St; taken on 14 Jan
1920; Page 114B; Image 14 of 65; Family #97/121.
Listed as Marion Brewster, age 7; born in WV; in household of father, Clinton D. Brewster.
2. Monroe Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 194; WV Archives Web Site.
Arthur Joseph Ballard; age 21; born in Monroe Co, WV; living at Welch, WV; married on 8 Sep 1929
at Maitland, WV; Miriam Helen Brewster; age 21; born in McDowell Co, WV.
3. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Welch; 23 Riverside Drive; taken on 2 Apr
1930; Page 202A; Image 3 of 28; Family #26/32.
Listed as Marion H. Brewster; age 17; born in WV; in household of father, Clinton D. Brewster.
4. "Bluefield Daily Telegraph"; Bluefield, WV; 28 Jun 2004; Newspaper Obit.
"PETERSTOWN - Miriam Brewster Ballard, 91, died Friday, June 25, 2004 at the Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek, Va. She was born in Welch and was the daughter of businessman and banker Clinton Dexter Brewster and Mae Huffard Brewster.

"She and her twin sister, Mildred, Mrs. Michael McParland, who preceded her in death, were the first twins born in Welch. They were born Nov. 8, 1912. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Clinton Brewster of Summersville; and sister, Rita Brewster Berry, Mrs. Thornton G. Berry of Charleston.

"Two children survive her: Pete Ballard of Peterstown and Patti Ballard LeNoir, Mrs. Joe LeNoir of Summersville, S.C. She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

"A graveside memorial service will be announced at a later date. Broyles-Shrewbury Funeral Home in Peterstown is in charge of arrangements..."


Arthur Joseph Ballard

1. Monroe Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 194; WV Archives Web Site.
Arthur Joseph Ballard; age 21; born in Monroe Co, WV; living at Welch, WV; married on 8 Sep 1929
at Maitland, WV; Miriam Helen Brewster; age 21; born in McDowell Co, WV.


Miriam Helen Brewster

1. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Welch; McDowell St; taken on 14 Jan
1920; Page 114B; Image 14 of 65; Family #97/121.
Listed as Marion Brewster, age 7; born in WV; in household of father, Clinton D. Brewster.
2. Monroe Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 194; WV Archives Web Site.
Arthur Joseph Ballard; age 21; born in Monroe Co, WV; living at Welch, WV; married on 8 Sep 1929
at Maitland, WV; Miriam Helen Brewster; age 21; born in McDowell Co, WV.
3. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Welch; 23 Riverside Drive; taken on 2 Apr
1930; Page 202A; Image 3 of 28; Family #26/32.
Listed as Marion H. Brewster; age 17; born in WV; in household of father, Clinton D. Brewster.
4. "Bluefield Daily Telegraph"; Bluefield, WV; 28 Jun 2004; Newspaper Obit.
"PETERSTOWN - Miriam Brewster Ballard, 91, died Friday, June 25, 2004 at the Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek, Va. She was born in Welch and was the daughter of businessman and banker Clinton Dexter Brewster and Mae Huffard Brewster.

"She and her twin sister, Mildred, Mrs. Michael McParland, who preceded her in death, were the first twins born in Welch. They were born Nov. 8, 1912. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Clinton Brewster of Summersville; and sister, Rita Brewster Berry, Mrs. Thornton G. Berry of Charleston.

"Two children survive her: Pete Ballard of Peterstown and Patti Ballard LeNoir, Mrs. Joe LeNoir of Summersville, S.C. She is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

"A graveside memorial service will be announced at a later date. Broyles-Shrewbury Funeral Home in Peterstown is in charge of arrangements..."