McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals

Notes


Gina McGraw

1. E-mail 28 Jan 2021; Gina Palmer.
"...I am the daughter of Ruth Marie "Jackie" Burton? and Leon McGraw. I am the granddaughter of Eileen Shumate Burton.

"Unfortunately, I don't know that I can provide "data" for what I'm going to tell you.

"The graves of Mary (sic, Margaret?) Kay Burton and Mary Ann Burton, although originally located in Brenton, were moved to the Clay Cemetery (near Twin Falls). Not sure when, but they are there.

"That is also where Eileen Burton, Elmer Burton, Leon and Jackie McGraw are buried.

"Although she went by Burton, Ruth Marie Burton, may or may not have legally been "Burton". I do not know if Elmer Burton adopted her or not. Funny the things you never ask your parents when they are alive. I do know that her father was Claude Farmer (who was not married to Eileen Shumate/Burton) at the time of the birth. I probably can find the Court document that "found" Ruth was Claude Farmer's daughter - which was after the death of Claude sometime in the 1970's I think. In preparation for that court case, I don't think my parents ever found my mother's birth certificate; I believe she was born at home. I'm not sure it exists. I've searched the WV vital records under "Burton, Farmer, and Shumate and do not get a hit."
(Note: Clay Cemetery is listed in Saulsville, WV on the FindAGrave Wesite.)


George F. Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.
2. Wise Co, VA; Death certificate #12644; Ancestry.com Web Site.
George Steele; age 66; born in ____; married; husband of Nancy Jane Wheatley; coal miner;
employed by Wise Coal and Coke Co; unknown parents; died 3 May 1928 in Garden, VA; due to
carcinoma of stomach; buried 4 May 1928 in home made coffin by Mr. Hensley, Garden, VA.;
informant, James Stedham, Garden, VA.
3. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by Victoria Taylor-True; 7 Apr 2017.
" George F Steel
Birth 1862
Virginia, USA
Death 3 May 1928 (aged 65–66)
Graden, Wise County, Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: unknown burial location at this time
Memorial ID 178205942"


Nancy Jane Wheatley

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.
2. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by Victoria Taylor-True; 7 Apr 2017.
" Nancy Jane Wheatley Gardner Steele
Birth 15 Oct 1880
Wise, Wise County, Virginia, USA
Death 3 Feb 1966 (aged 85)
McDowell County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: unknown burial location at this time
Memorial ID 178205872"

Additional Information Posted:
"d/o John Wheatley & Celia Jenkins

MARRIED:
(1) William W. Gardner Feb 25 1897
(2) George F. Steel 22 Feb 1902

CHILDREN:
Belvia E Gardner
Benjamin Steel 25
Bessie Steel
Ray Steel
Lola Steel
Rosa Steel
Clarence Steel
Ora Steel
Bertha Steel
Raymond Steel
William M Steel"


Bessie Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.
2. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by My2Angels; 7 Oct 2014.
" Bessie Steel Gardner
Birth 11 Mar 1903
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Feb 1960 (aged 56)
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Wiley Gardner Cemetery
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 136933720"

Additional Information Posted:
"

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Bessie Steel Gardner
Birth 11 Mar 1903
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Feb 1960 (aged 56)
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Wiley Gardner Cemetery
Wise County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 136933720 · View Source

Memorial
Photos 1
Flowers 0

Name: Bessie Steel
Age in 1910: 7
Birth Year: abt 1903
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1910: Gladeville, Wise, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's name: George Steel
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's name: N J Steel
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Native Tongue: English
Attended School: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
George Steel 42
N J Steel 27
Bessie Steel 7
Ray Steel 5
Lola Steel 2
Rosa Steel 0
Billy Steel 22
Dan Steel 18
Sarah Steel 15"


Lola Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.


Bertha Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.


Edna Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.


Ora Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.


Geroge Steele

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "Clarence Steele, Miner"; Article;
Page 243; submitted by Jimmy Steele, son, and Sue Rifee, daughter, Premier, WV 24878.


John Huger Jr

1 Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970; Ancestry.com Web Site.
submitted by Jesse Christopher Saunders, Jr; issued 5 Feb 1947.


Ann H. Glover

1 Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970; Ancestry.com Web Site.
submitted by Jesse Christopher Saunders, Jr; issued 5 Feb 1947.


Provine Reeves

1. Letcher Co, KY; WW I Draft Registration Card #2248; 12 Sep 1918; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Provine Reeves; age 21; born 30 Ap 1897; living at Fleming, Letcher Co, KY; Negro; railroad
hostler (moves locomotives in and out of roundhouses) for L&N Railroad Co, Fleming, KY;
nearest relative, Lee Reeves, Mountain City, TN; medium height and build; black eyes and black hair.
2. 1920 Census, Ashe Co, NC; Jefferson Township; West Jefferson; taken on 2 Jan 1920; Page 92A;
Image 24 of 25; Family #80/81.
Listed as Proctor Reeves; age 21; born in TN; married; mulatto; laborer in lumber yard;
head of household.
3. 1920 Census, Johnson Co, TN; District #2; taken on 16/19 Jan 1920; Page 187B; Image
20 of 34; Family #191/200.
Listed as Provine Reeves; age 20; born in TN; single; black; in household of father,
Lee Reeves. (Listed twice in this census)
4. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Adkin District; Wilcoe; taken on 16 Apr 1930; Page 38B;
Image 50 of 62; Family #414/448.
Listed as Provine Reeves; age 32; born in TN; married at 21; Negro; motorman in coal mine;
head of household.
5. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Adkin District; Wilcoe; E.D. 24-3; taken on 4 Apr 1940; Page
36B; Image 8 of 64; Household #64.
Listed as Provine Reeves; age 44; born in TN; married; Negro; 3rd grade education; lived in
same house on 1 Apr 1935; motorman in coal mine; head of household.
6. McDowell Co, WV; WW II Draft Registration Card #U-905; 27 Apr 1942; LDS Web Site.
Provine Reeves; age 46; born 1 Apr 1896 in Mountain City, TN; living at Wilcoe, WV;
employed by United States Coal and Coke Co, Gary, WV; person who will always know
address, Louisana Reeves, Wilcoe, WV; 5' 6" tall; 150 lbs; Negro; black eyes; black hair;
dark brown complexion.
7. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1944); Page 413; WV Archives Web Site.
Provine Reeves; age 48; born in TN; widowed; colored; living at Wilcoe, WV; married on 14
Aug 1944 at Welch, WV; Novella Sharpley; age 46; born in AL; widow; colored; living at
Wilcoe, WV.
8. Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Provine Reeves
Birth Date: 1906
Gender: Male
Race: Non-white
Residence Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
Death Date: 24 Aug 1975
Death Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA
Certificate: 056618
Age at Death: 69
Certifier: Physician
Marital Status: Married
Census Tract: 1141"
9. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Highland Park Cemetery, Highland Hills, Cuyahoga Co, OH;
submitted by Mamaquilts; 30 Jul 2012.
Provine Reeves; born unknown; died 24 Aug 1975; buried here; no grave marker photo shown.


Novella Stover

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1944); Page 413; WV Archives Web Site.
Provine Reeves; age 48; born in TN; widowed; colored; living at Wilcoe, WV; married on 14
Aug 1944 at Welch, WV; Novella Sharpley; age 46; born in AL; widow; colored; living at
Wilcoe, WV.


Sarah Ellen Hicks

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1945); Page 366; WV Archives Web Site.
Charlie Cleary; age 36; born in Wilkes Co, NC; widowed; living at Wilcoe, WV; married on 19 Apr
1945 in Wilcoe, WV; Sarah Allen (sic, Ellen) Hicks; age 22; born in Big Creek, WV; single; living at
Wilcoe, WV.
2. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by wvguy; 6 Apr 2019.
" Sarah Ellen Hicks Cleary
Birth 19 Apr 1924
Big Creek, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Death 21 Oct 2008 (aged 84)
Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Burial
Roselawn Memorial Gardens
Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 198134008"

Additional Information Posted:
"Sarah Ellen Cleary, age 84, of Route 1, Box 416A, Bluefield, W.Va., formerly of Kimball, W. Va., went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

"Born April 19, 1924 in Big Creek, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Harless Hicks and Maggie Ann Holbrook Hicks. She was affiliated with the Church of God faith, was a homemaker, and a resident of McDowell County most of her life.

"Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Henry Cleary; one son, James Edward Cleary; one daughter, Lola Mae Slusher; also , several brothers and sisters.

"Survivors include: Five daughters, Sarah Benach and husband Henry of Ringo, Georgia, Patricia Ann Mitchem and husband Ralph of Bluewell, W.Va., Texie Church of Bluewell, W.Va., Millie Smallwood and husband Milton of Kimball, W.Va., Lois Epperly and husband Clay of Landgraff, W.Va.; one son, Charles Edward Cleary and wife Darlene of Brushfork, W.Va.; one sister, Judy Tilley of Tazewell, Va.; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

"Funeral services will be held Saturday (Oct. 25, 2008) at 12:00 noon at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel, Kimball, W.Va. with the Rev. Henry Benach officiating. Burial will follow at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, W.Va.

"Friends may call Friday night from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at the Widener Funeral Home, Kimball.

"Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Bolen, Clay Epperly Jr., Christopher Muncy, Johnny Muncy, Alan Collins, and Gregory Collins.

"Arrangements by Widener Funeral Home, Kimball, W.Va."


Michael Lee Slusher

1. Tazewell Co, VA; Marriage License #68 039119; Ancestry.com Website.
Michael Lee Slusher; age 18; born 3 Sep 1950 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 3 yrs HS
education; living at Box 155, Havaco, WV; son of Lee and Georgia Mae (Dillard) Slusher; married on
7 Sep 1968 in Tazewell, VA; Lola Mae Cleary; age 18; born 19 Aug 1950 in WV; single; this is her 1st
marriage; 8th grade education; living at General Delivery, Havaco, WV; daughter of Charlie Henry
and Sarah Ellen (Hicks) Cleary.


Lola Mae Cleary

1. Tazewell Co, VA; Marriage License #68 039119; Ancestry.com Website.
Michael Lee Slusher; age 18; born 3 Sep 1950 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 3 yrs HS
education; living at Box 155, Havaco, WV; son of Lee and Georgia Mae (Dillard) Slusher; married on
7 Sep 1968 in Tazewell, VA; Lola Mae Cleary; age 18; born 19 Aug 1950 in WV; single; this is her 1st
marriage; 8th grade education; living at General Delivery, Havaco, WV; daughter of Charlie Henry
and Sarah Ellen (Hicks) Cleary.
2. U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Lola M. Slusher
Gender: Female
Death Age: 54
Birth Date: 19 Aug 1950
Birth Place: Welch
Residence Place: Gary
Death Date: 5 Jan 2005
Death Place: Gary ( Venus Road
Burial Date: 11 Jan 2005
Burial Place: Princeton
Obituary Date: 11 Jan 2005
Obituary Place: Upland, San Bernardino, California, USA
Spouse:
Michael Lee Slusher
Child:
Casey Collins
Michael Lee Slusher
Tyler Collins
Stacey Lynn Collins
Teresa Slusher
Siblings:
Charles Cleary
Lois Epperly
Millie Smallwood
Sarah Bennett
Texie Church
Ann Mitchem"
3. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Lola Mae Slusher [Lola M Slusher]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 19 Aug 1950
Birth Place: Wilcoe Welch, West Virginia
Death Date: 5 Jan 2005
SSN: 235885006
Notes: Jul 1969: Name listed as LOLA MAE SLUSHER;
15 Jan 2005: Name listed as LOLA M SLUSHER"


Tina Ball

1. Wayne Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1935); Page 349; WV Archives Web Site.
Pat Wellman; age 21; born and living in Wayne Co, WV; son of Dave and Teel Wellman; married on
18 Jun 1935 at Fort Gay, WV; Tina Ball; age 20; born in Pike Co, KY; daughter of _____ Ball and
Nancy Ball Ramey