McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families

Notes


Dorthory L. Davis

1. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Landgraff; E.D. 24-45; taken 4 Apr 1940;
Page 858B; Image 6 of 34; Household #44.
Listed as Dorthy Davis; age 3; born in WV; in household of father, Lindsey Davis.
2. Gregory-Page Funeral Home; Welch, WV; Posted Obit.
"Mrs. Dorothy L. Davis-Totten age 86, a resident of Kyle, West Virginia for over 60 years, who peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, evening at Welch Community Hospital in Welch, West Virginia. She was born on the 23rd day of May, 1936 in Landgraff, West Virginia, into the loving parentage of Lindsay and Mary Davis. Dorothy was a graduate of Elkhorn High School and in earlier years had joined Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church in Kyle, where she had served as an Usher. For a few years, Dorothy, her husband, James and family had lived and was employed in Manhattan, New York. After returning to West Virginia, she had worked as a housekeeper in both Mercer and in McDowell County for several prominent families. Dorothy loved her Family dearly; especially her two grandsons, Kevin and Matthew. She enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards with her friends. She loved shopping and her most favorite meals included fried chicken and fish. Dorothy was direct when speaking how she felt. She actively supported her family and their interests as she enjoyed traveling with her grandson, Kevin and Upland Baptist Choir when they had singing engagements. Also known as "the Cake lady," for the delicious cakes she loved to bake for her Church, neighbors and friends. In addition to her parents, Lindsay and Mary, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Totten and siblings: Doretha Barnes, Roosevelt and Robert Morrow Sr. She was the last surviving member of her original family. Dorothy leaves a life time of cherished memories to her children: Donna L. (Steven Johnson) Dickerson with whom she made her home, Howard Totten of Kyle and James (Steve) Totten-Myers of St. Petersburg, Florida; her grandsons, Kevin (Rio) Dickerson-Cole of Rockmart, Georgia and Matthew (LaToya) Dickerson and great-granddaughter, Amya of Keystone, West Virginia; her special son, Christopher Johnson of Mt. Airy, North Carolina; her special niece, Mary (Dwight) Bradley of Winchester, Virginia and special nephew, William Totten of Canal Winchester, Ohio and a host of other nephews and nieces; two special friends, Geraldine Mathews and Margaret Johnson and the many neighbors and friends throughout her lifetime. Mrs. Dorothy Totten's Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 31, 2022 at Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church, where her nephew, the Reverend Danny Belcher will officiate, assisted by the Reverend Tim Hairston, her nephew, the Reverend Julius Morrow and Pastor Jerome Powell. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 6605 New Hope Road in Bluewell, West Virginia. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM, until the time of Service at the Church. Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch,"


John C. Burks

1. 1900 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Browns Creek District, page 144B, Family 549.
Listed as John C. Burks, age 10, in household of father, Floyd Burks.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1913); Page 177; WV Archives Website.
John C. Burks; age 23; born in McDowell Co, WV; single; laborer; living at Kimball, WV; son of Eli and
Elizabeth; married on 1 Oct 1913 in McDowell Co, WV; Rebecca Burks; age 21; born in Greenbrier
(sic?) Co, WV; daughter of Floyd and Frankie.
3. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Peerless; Bottom Creek Coal and Coke Co;
taken 12 Jan 1920; Page 34A; Image 13 of 39; Family #141/153.
Listed as John Burks; age 47 (sic?); born in WV; married; timberman for coal company; head of
household.
4. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; taken 28 Apr 1930; Page 153B; Image 66 of
68. Family #584/726.
Listed as John C. Burks; age 38; born in WV; married at 22; timberman in coal mine; head of
household.
5. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; E.D. 24-45; taken 11 Jun 1940; Page 882B;
Household #291.
Listed as John C. Burkes; age 49; born in WV; married; 4th grade education; lived in same house on
1 Apr 1935; timberman; head of household.


Rebecca Burks

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1913); Page 177; WV Archives Website.
John C. Burks; age 23; born in McDowell Co, WV; single; laborer; living at Kimball, WV; son of Eli and
Elizabeth; married on 1 Oct 1913 in McDowell Co, WV; Rebecca Burks; age 21; born in Greenbrier
(sic?) Co, WV; daughter of Floyd and Frankie.
2. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Peerless; Bottom Creek Coal and Coke Co;
taken 12 Jan 1920; Page 34A; Image 13 of 39; Family #141/153.
Listed as Beckie Burks; age 26; born in WV; married;in household of husband, John C. Burks.
3. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; taken 28 Apr 1930; Page 153B; Image 66 of
68. Family #584/726.
Listed as Rebecca Burks; age 37; born in WV; married at 21; in household of husband, John C.
Burks.
4. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; E.D. 24-45; taken 11 Jun 1940; Page 882B;
Household #291.
Listed as Rebecca Burkes; age 47; born in WV; married; 6th grade education; lived in same house
on1 Apr 1935; in household of husband, John C. Burks.


Sadie L. Burks

1. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Peerless; Bottom Creek Coal and Coke Co;
taken 12 Jan 1920; Page 34A; Image 13 of 39; Family #141/153.
Listed as Sadie Burks; age 5; born in WV; in household of father, John C. Burks
2. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; taken 28 Apr 1930; Page 153B; Image 66 of
68. Family #584/726.
Listed as Sadie L. Burks; age 15; born in WV; in household of father, John C. Burks.


Chessie Burks

1. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; taken 28 Apr 1930; Page 153B; Image 66 of
68. Family #584/726.
Listed as Chessie Burks; age 8; born in WV; in household of father, John C. Burks.


Harvey V. Dotson

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1944); Page 64; WV Archives Website.
Harvey Dotson; age 24; born in Bristol, TN; single; living at Welch, WV; married on 21 Feb 1944 in
Welch, WV; Ida Mullins; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; single; living at Welch, WV; with consent
of Harvey Mullins, father of Ida Mullins.
2. Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Harvey V Dotson
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 75
Marital status: Married
Birth Date: 17 Apr 1920
Birth Place: Bristol, In
Death Date: 11 Oct 1995
Death Place: Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana, USA
Father: George Dotson
Mother: Mary Dotson
Spouse: Ida Dotson "


Ida Mullins

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1944); Page 64; WV Archives Website.
Harvey Dotson; age 24; born in Bristol, TN; single; living at Welch, WV; married on 21 Feb 1944 in
Welch, WV; Ida Mullins; age 19; born in Wyoming Co, WV; single; living at Welch, WV; with consent
of Harvey Mullins, father of Ida Mullins.
2. U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Ida M. Dotson
Gender: Female
Death Age: 88
Birth Date: 13 Aug 1924
Residence Place: Noblesville, Indiana
Death Date: 27 Feb 2013
Death Place: Noblesville, Indiana
Spouse: Harvey"


William Joseph Banks

1. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: William J Banks
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 21
Birth Date: abt 1942
Marriage Registration Place: Russell, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 10 Aug 1963
Marriage Place: Lebanon, Virginia, USA
Father: George Banks
Mother: Elizabeth Hamro
Spouse: Joyce Lester
Certificate Number: 1963026742"
2. Virginia, U.S., Divorce Records, 1918-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: William Joseph Banks
Gender: Male
Race: White
Divorce Age: 37
Birth Date: 23 Jul 1942
Marriage Date: 10 Aug 1963
Divorce Date: 20 Dec 1979
Divorce Place: Virginia, USA
Spouse: Joyce Lester
Certificate Number: 1979021367
Number of Children: 1"


Fannie Joyce Lester

1. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Joyce Lester
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 21
Birth Date: abt 1942
Marriage Registration Place: Russell, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 10 Aug 1963
Marriage Place: Lebanon, Virginia, USA
Father: Adam Lester
Mother: Audrey Lee
Spouse: William J Banks
Certificate Number: 1963026742"
2. Virginia, U.S., Divorce Records, 1918-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Joyce Lester
Gender: Female
Race: White
Divorce Age: 33
Birth Date: 1946
Marriage Date: 10 Aug 1963
Divorce Date: 20 Dec 1979
Divorce Place: Virginia, USA
Spouse:
William Joseph Banks
Certificate Number: 1979021367
Number of Children: 1"
3. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Joyce L Hatfield [Joyce L Banks]
Birth Date: Mar 1946
Residence Date: 1996-2020
Address: Po Box 115
Residence: Hanover, West Virginia, USA
Postal Code: 24839
Second Residence Date: 1983-2000
Second Address: 123 Pennwood Dr
Second Residence: Hampton, Virginia, USA
Second Postal Code: 23666
Third Residence Date: 1995-2001
Third Address: Po Box 5
Third Residence: Hanover, West Virginia, USA
Third Postal Code: 24839"
4. Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Joyce Hatfield, 75, of Hanover, WV, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021.

"Joyce was born March 26, 1946, a daughter of the late Adam and Audrey Lee Lester.

"In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by one brother, Bennie Lester and two sisters, Judy and Susie; and one nephew Tony Lester.

"Survivors include her husband, Ozie Hatfield of the home and one son, William Banks of Newport News, VA; and a niece Sandra Lester of Pine Levell, NC; and a great nephew, Troy Lester.
Joyce’s body has been cremated.

"A memorial service will be held at the Hanover Baptist Church in Hanover, WV, Friday evening, April 15, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV, is assisting the family.

"Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com "


Amanda Louise Cline

1 Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Amanda Louise Cline, 36, of Panther, WV, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021 in Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville, KY due to an ATV accident.

"Amanda was born January 3, 1985 in Bluefield, WV a daughter of Debra Sue Deskins Cline and the late Michael Cline. She loved being a mother; her son was her pride and joy. Amanda enjoyed riding four wheelers, spending time with her family and friends, singing, dancing, and talking to everyone she met; she was loved by everyone.

"In addition to father, Michael Cline, Amanda was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Junior and Doris Cline and maternal grandparents Ovil and Billie Deskins.

"Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Robert Michael Cline and Natasha Rochelle Justice of Hurley, VA; grandson, Paxton Brodie Yates of Hurley VA; her mother, Debra Sue Cline of Panther, WV; sisters, Natalie Nichole Hurley and Roger of Stopover, KY, Sabrina Marie Cline and Lester Bailey of Panther, WV; a niece, Hannah Glanden of Gilbert, WV; nephews, Braxton Justice and Trisden Justice of Stopover, Ky, Conner Bailey of Panther, WV, whom she thought of as her own; uncle whom she thought of as a brother, Toney Cline of Panther, WV; a close friend of the family, Kathy and Alvin Steele of Panther, WV; her companion Russell Justice of Hurley, VA; and a host of aunts, uncles, family and friends.

"Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 1 o’clock with Elder Danny Hurley, Elder Danny McCoy, Elder David Lester, Elder Will Matney, and Elder Dallas Dotson officiating at The Little Zion Old Regular Baptist Church in Panther, WV; all other Elders of the same faith and order are welcome.

"Burial will follow in the Cline Cemetery on Trap Fork near Panther, WV. Pallbearers will be Robert Cline, Robert Bailey Jr., Brady Justice, Darnell Justice, Roger Hurley, Tony Cline and Russell Justice.

"Friends may visit with the family at the Little Zion Regular Baptist Church in Panther, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 after 6 p.m. Evening services will be held at 7 p.m.

"Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV, is assisting the family.

"Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com"


James Burton Church

2. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield, McDowell Co, WV; submitted by
B. Walls; 2 Dec 2013.
James B. Church; born 10 May 1908; died 9 Jun 1961; buried here; double headstone photo shown with wife
Flora A. Church.


Flora Alice Wiles

1. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Sandy River District;taken 8 Apr 1930; Page 228B; Family #81/82.
Listed as Flora E. Wiles; age 7; born in WV; single; in household of father, Charles E. Wiles.
2. 1940 Census; McDowell Co, WV; Sandy River District; E.D. 24-59; taken 27 Apr 1940; Page 1163A;
Household #229.
Listed as Flora Wiles; age 18; born in WV; single; 6th grade education; lived in same place on
1 Apr 1935; new worker; in household of father, Charles E. Wiles.
3. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Flora Alice Church [Flora A Church] [Flora Alice Wiles]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 6 Mar 1922
Birth Place: Lex McDowell, West Virginia
Death Date: 20 Nov 1994
Father:
Charlie E Wiles
Mother:
Nancy J Roberts
SSN: 236667192
Notes: Mar 1960: Name listed as FLORA ALICE CHURCH;
30 Nov 1994: Name listed as FLORA A CHURCH"
4. FindAGrave.com Web Site; submitted by B. Walls; 2 dec 2013.
" Flora Alice Wiles Church
Birth 6 Mar 1922
Death 20 Nov 1994 (aged 72)
Burial
Iaeger Memorial Cemetery •
Roderfield, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA "


George Floyd Blankenship

1. 1870 Census, McDowell Co, WV, Sandy River District, page 6, Family #44.
Listed as George Blankenship, age 8, in household of grandfather, George Whitt, with his mother,
Pricy Whitt Blankenship.
2. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194A; Image 11 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as George Blankenship; age 38; born in Apr 1862 in WV; married 13 yrs; farmer; head of
household.
3. 1910 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; West of Louisa River; taken 22/23 Apr 1910; Page
71A; Image 13 of 52; Family #111/111.
Listed as George F. Blankenship; age 48; born in VA; widowed; farmer; head of household.
4. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #15893; WV Archives Website.
George F. Blankenship; age 63 yrs, 5 mons, 23 days; born 7 Apr 1861 in McDowell Co, WV;
seperated; farmer; son of John W, and Pricie (Whitt) Blankenship; died 30 Sep 1924 at Bradshaw,
WVl due to chronic nephritis; buried at head of Woosley; informant, William Blankenship, Dan, WV.


Sarah

1. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194A; Image 11 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as Sarah Blankenship; age 25; born in May 1875 (sic?); married 13 yrs; 5 children, all living;
in household of husband, George F. Blankenship.


George Calvin "Cowen" Blankenship

1. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194B; Image 12 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as Cowen Blankenship; age 9; born in Jul 1890; in household of father, George F.
Bankenship.
2. 1910 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; West of Louisa River; taken 22/23 Apr 1910; Page
71A; Image 13 of 52; Family #111/111.
Listed as Cowen Blankenship; age 19; born in VA; single; farm laborer; in household of father,
George F. Blankenship.
3. 1920 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Hurricane; taken 24 Mar 1920; Page 48B; Image 46 of 71;
Family #381/384.
Listed as Clavin Blankenship; age 28; born in VA; married; farmer; head of household.


James C. Blankenship

1. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194B; Image 12 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as James C. Blankenship; age 7; born in May 1893; in household of father, George F.
Bankenship.
2. 1910 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; West of Louisa River; taken 22/23 Apr 1910; Page
71A; Image 13 of 52; Family #111/111.
Listed as James C. Blankenship; age 18; born in VA; single; farm laborer; in household of father,
George F. Blankenship.


Fleming Blankenship

1. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194B; Image 12 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as Fleming Blankenship; age 5; born in Jul 1894; in household of father, George F.
Bankenship.


Charley Blankenship

1. 1900 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Garden District; taken 9 Jun 1900; Page 194B; Image 12 of 46;
Family #97/99.
Listed as Charley Blankenship; age 3; born in Apr 1897; in household of father, George F.
Bankenship.
2. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Charles Blankenship
Birth Date: 8 Apr 1897
Birth Place: Virginia
Residence Date: 1917-1918
Street Address: English
Residence Place: McDowell County, West Virginia, USA
Draft Board: 2
Physical Build: Slender
Height: Medium
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Relative: Sallie Blankenship"


Joseph Michael "Joe" Schuler

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1946); Page 309; WV Archives Website.
Joseph Schuler; age 25; born in Bridgeport, CT; single; living at Filbert, WV; married on 7 Sep 1946
at Gary, WV; Helen J. Groch; age 23; born and living at Thorpe, WV, single.
2. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Joseph M Schuler
Birth Date: 20 Oct 1920
Address: PO Box Bemls
Residence Place: Thorpe, West Virginia, USA
Zip Code: 24888"
3. U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Joseph Michael Schuler
Gender: Male
Death Age: 85
Birth Date: abt 1921
Residence Place: Thorpe
Death Date: 26 Sep 2006
Death Place: Gary
Obituary Date: 29 Sep 2006
Obituary Place: Welch, Houston (sic, McDowell Co), Texas (sic, WV) , USA"


Helen Julia Groch

1. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Adkin District; Thorpe; E.D. 24-6; taken 19 Apr 1940; Page 128A;
Image 23 of 48; Household #36.
Listed as Helen Groch; age 17; born in WV; single; 3 yrs HS education; attending school; lived
in same house on 1 Apr 1935; in household of father, Mike Groch.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1946); Page 309; WV Archives Website.
Joseph Schuler; age 25; born in Bridgeport, CT; single; living at Filbert, WV; married on 7 Sep 1946
at Gary, WV; Helen J. Groch; age 23; born and living at Thorpe, WV, single.
3. Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger WV; Posted Obit.
"Helen Julia (Groch) Schuler, age 99, of Thorpe, WV went home to be with her beloved husband “Joe” on October 24th, 2022. Helen passed peacefully at the Appalachian Brian Center in Boone, NC surrounded by family and friends in her final days. Helen was born on December 19, 1922, in Thorpe, WV. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary Groch, also of Thorpe.

"Helen’s story is one of grace, kindness, endurance, and love. Helen cherished her family, her community of Thorpe WV, and her church, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary, WV. Her involvement with the church was a major part of her life. She was a member of the choir and the Altar Society, helped with countless church dinners, and wrote hundreds of thank you notes. Helen loved God and her church.

"In addition to her extensive dedication to the church and 40 years with US Steel as a Payroll Specialist, Helen was a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 38 of Gary for 70 years. At 99 years old, she was the oldest member. She served as Poppy Chairman and Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman for years. Helen also served as the past Rhododendron Girls State Chairman. She loved going to the Christmas Gift Shop and working with the Veterans at Beckley, VA Hospital. Helen was the founder of “white socks for Veterans”. Helen also received the “Outstanding Member of the Year” award for District Six. Every July 4th and Memorial Day, you could find Helen placing American flags on the graves of U.S. veterans.

"One of her proudest accomplishments was carrying on the legacy of her late husband, ensuring his painstakingly, hand-built train collection was displayed for others to enjoy at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The look of pride in her eyes on the day of the exhibit’s unveiling was unforgettable. She would speak fondly of so many memories from her earlier years with a smile and classic Helen twinkle in her eye. She loved shopping (especially for frilly dresses for her nieces, grand-nieces, and great grandnieces), “Grandpa noodles”, ice cream, and road trips.

"Helen lived a long, full life and is now where she longed to be – reunited with her parents and husband, basking in the glory and splendor of Heaven. To know Helen was to love her.

"In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her loving husband of over sixty years Joseph Michael (Joe) Schuler, sister Mary Gergely, and sister Margaret Douglas. She is survived by one sister, Ms. Irene Sash, also of Thorpe.

"A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 02, 2022, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary by Father Binny Mulackal as celebrant. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10:00 am with the mass immediately following at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Bluefield. Pallbearers will be Helen’s family and friends.

"Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the family.

"Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com.

"In lieu of flowers it is requested that you donate to either American Legion or Hospice."


Mona Jordan

1. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Roderfield; E.D. 24-37; taken on 18/22
Apr 1940; Page 754A; Image 22 of 35; Household #155.
Listed as Mona Jordan; age 3; born in WV; in household of grandfather, Greenwalt F. Christian,
with mother.