McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals

Notes


William Brown

1. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery, Snow Camp, Alamance
Co, NC; submitted by Darrell Brown; 10 Nov 2012.
William Brown; born 10 Jan 1726 in Bucks Co, PA; died in Feb 1800; buried here; biography posted;
"Biography
"William was born in 1726 in Bucks County, PA, the eldest son of Thomas and Ruth (Large) Brown. His family belonged to the Buckingham Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers), so he was presumably born in Buckingham Township. In May, 1741, he moved with his family to the new Quaker settlement called Hopewell in the Shenandoah Valley of northern Virginia. No doubt they traveled the Great Wagon Road, which went from Philadelphia to central North Carolina, crossing Virginia through the Shenandoah Valley. It was an Indian trail that was traversable by wagons only as far south as Winchester, in Frederick County. William’s father Thomas bought land just north of Winchester, near what is now Arden in Berkeley County, West Virginia. There they built a fine log house that is today on the national register of historic places. They started an orchard and nursery business that introduced orchardry to the region, still one of its major industries. The family farm was quite successful and expanded to over 1200 acres.

"The Brown farm adjoined a farm belonging to the Simon Moon family, who were also Quakers. The families were close, and three of the Brown children married three of the Moon children. William Brown and Hannah Moon were married there on February 4, 1748. The minutes of Hopewell Monthly Meeting for that day say, “The friends appointed to see Wm Brown & Hannah Moon’s marriage accomplished report that it was decently consummated.”

"Early in 1750, William’s father Thomas passed away, leaving Thomas 200 acres. He evidently sold the land, for around that same time he and Hannah moved to central North Carolina, to the new Quaker settlement called “Cane Creek,” in what is now Alamance County but was then part of Orange County. They were founding members of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, which formed in 1751. They were blessed with thirteen children, all of whom grew up and married. All but one, Thomas, moved further west to Guilford and Yadkin Counties, or on to Indiana. William remained in the Cane Creek community, where he died in February, 1800. His grave was no doubt marked with an uninscribed field stone, as was the custom in those days among Quakers.

"Last Will and Testament of William Brown

"I, William Brown of Orange Co., of State of North Carolina, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, and knowing the mortality of my body, that it is appointed for all men once to die, do therefore this 19th day of 11th month in the year 1797 make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following.

"And as touching such worldly estate as is hath pleased the Lord to bless me with, I bequeath, and give and devise and dispose of in the following manner.
First I ordain and constitute my son Joel Brown and my friend Jacob Marshall my whole and sole Executors of the whole in trust. I allow my funeral expenses and just debts to be first paid out of my estate.

"I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Brown a horse and saddle, a feather bed and furniture, a cow and a calf, and [moveable] possessions on the plantation that I now live on and sufficiently maintained thereon with the privileges of the house during her widowhood.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Deborah a feather bed and furniture, a sorrel filly that is called ??, a cow and calf, and her side saddle.

"Then I allow at my wife’s consent for my possessions of lands to be sold and the money equally divided amongst my sons who are living at that time, except my son William to whom I allow ten pounds (10) less than the others, and at my wife’s consent for all my valuable estate to be sold that in or may be found upon the premises and the money to be equally divided amongst my daughters who are living at that time. I give two-tenths to each of my children … two shillings.
In witness and testimony where of I, William Brown set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above written.
"William Brown (Seal)
"Signed and sealed in the presence of
"William Brown
"Jacob Brown
"William Stout"


Hannah Moon

1. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery, Snow Camp, Alamance
Co, NC; submitted by Darrell Brown; 10 Nov 2012.
Hannah Moon Brown; born 2 Feb 1729 in Chester Co, PA; died in 1799; buried here; no grave
marker photo shown; biography posted.
"Hannah was born in February 2, 1729, in Chester County, PA, where her family belonged to the Society of Friends (Quakers). Most likely her great grandmother, Joan (Burgess) Moon, lived with the family, because a picture of their house was painted onto a ceramic bread platter that John had brought with her from England in 1882. (See photo.) Her grandmother died early in 1739.
Around time of her grandmother’s death, the family moved to a new Quaker settlement in Frederick County, Virginia, part of which is now in Berkeley County, West Virginia. There they belonged to the Hopewell Friends meeting, which had begun in 1734. Their farm was near present-day Arden, and it adjoined the farm of another Quaker family, Thomas and Ruth Brown. The two families were close, and three of the Moon children married three of the Brown children. Richard Moon and Susannah Brown were married on February 6, 1746; Hannah Moon and William Brown on Feb 4, 1748; and Margaret Moon and Thomas Brown on August 10, 1748.

"The Quakers kept careful records, but the minute book for the years 1734-1759 were lost when a fire destroyed the home where they were kept. But among the few records surviving is this one, reprinted in the book "Hopewell Friends History" p. 50: "At our Monthly Meeting of Hopewell at Opeckan the fourth Day of the second month A. D. 1748. ... The friends appointed to see Wm. Brown & Hannah Moons Marriage Accomplished report that it was decently Consumated." Their first child, named Thomas Hood Brown, was born on December 28, 1749. Two days later, William’s father Thomas made out his will.

"Hannah’s father Simon died early in 1749, and his will was proved on February 9 of that year. Thomas Brown, the father of William, died in May of the next year, leaving William 200 acres of farmland. William evidently sold the land, and the couple moved to central North Carolina, where new Quaker settlements were being developed. Hannah and Thomas settled in the Cane Creek community of what is now Alamance County, but at that time part of Orange County. A Monthly Meeting of Friends was started there in 1751. Other siblings came later and settled in the New Garden community, where a meeting for worship began in 1751, and a monthly meeting in 1754.
At a later date the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting made of list of the birthdates of Hannah and William and their children, and it lists the first as happening in December, 1949, in Cane Creek. If that is correct, then Hannah and William moved to North Carolina before the death of William’s father Thomas Brown.

"Hannah and William were blessed with a total of thirteen children, all of whom grew up and married. The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume 1, by William Wade Hinshaw, lists them as follows::
Thomas, born 10-28-1749
Samuel, born 5-30-1751
William, born 1-26-1753
Rachel, born 10-2-1754
Hannah, born 6-5-1756
Richard, born 1-6-1758
Sarah, born 1-28-1760
Mary, born 9-18-1762
Ebunazar, born 5-3-1763
Anne, born 12-17-1765
Joseph, born 9-23-1767
Joel, born 1-29-1769
Deborah, born 4-8-1774
See the photo section for the actual record."


Alverta Elizabeth Mills

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1914); Page 55; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Allen; age 25; born in Pittsylvania Co, VA; single; miner; living at Crumpler, WV; son of
P.E. and V.E.; married on 1 Mar 1914 at Crumpler, WV; Virdie Ratliff; age 27; born in Raleigh
Co, WV; widow; daughter of J.K. and M.A.C..
2. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as Virdie Allen; age 45; born in WV; married at 22; in household of husband, Archie T.
Allen.
3. 1940 Census, mercer Co, WV; Rock District; McComas; E.D. 28-47; taken 26 Apr 1940; Page
787A; Image 23 of 42; Household #19 (There are multiple #19's).
Listed as Verdie Allen; age 55; born in WV; married; 8th grade education; lived in same house
on 1 Apr 1935; in household of husband, Archie T. Allen.


Felix Dalton Handy

1. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Traphill, Wilkes Co, NC; submitted
by C. Fairchild; 4 Jun 2011; grave marker photo added by Carol J. Kennedy.
Felix Dalton Handy; born in 1875 in Wilkes Co, NC; died 30 oct 1918 in Wilkes Co, NC; buried here;
grave marker photo shown; "Birth year is estimate based on information on death certificate; son of Tobias Handy and Martha Jane Adams; he died 3 days after his apparently second wife, Lelia Burchette, died, both having died of pneumonia after having the influenza in the epidemic. Some records show he was married to Mary Ellis also in 1898 and they appear together in the 1900 census."


Lelah Burchett

1. 1900 Census, Wilkes Co, NC; Walnut Grove Township; taken on 23 Jun 1900; Page 257A;
Family #221/221.
Listed as Lelar Burchette; age 6; born in NC; in Sep 1893; in household of father, James A.
Burchette.
2. 1910 Census, Wilkes Co, NC; Walnut Grove Township; taken on 2 May 1910; Page 234B;
Family #190/190.
Listed as Nillar Burchett; age 15; born in NC; in household of father, James A. Burchette.
3. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Traphill, Wilkes Co, NC; submitted
by C. Fairchild; 4 Jun 2011.
Lelia Burchette Handy; born in 1895 in Wilkes Co, NC; died 27 Oct 1918 in Wilkes Co, NC; buried
here; no grave marker photo shown; "Birth year is estimate based on information on death certificate; daugher of James Ambrose Burchette and Roxie/Roxy Cleary; her husband, Dalton Handy, died 3 days after her, both dying from pneumonia after having influenza in the epidemic."


Archie T. Allen

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1914); Page 55; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Allen; age 25; born in Pittsylvania Co, VA; single; miner; living at Crumpler, WV; son of
P.E. and V.E.; married on 1 Mar 1914 at Crumpler, WV; Virdie Ratliff; age 27; born in Raleigh
Co, WV; widow; daughter of J.K. and M.A.C..
2. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as Arch T. Allen; age 42; born in VA; married at 25; machine man in coal mine; head of
household.
3. 1940 Census, mercer Co, WV; Rock District; McComas; E.D. 28-47; taken 26 Apr 1940; Page
787A; Image 23 of 42; Household #19 (There are multiple #19's).
Listed as Archie Allen; age 51; born in VA; married; 6th grade education; lived in same house
on 1 Apr 1935; machinist in coal mine; head of household.


Alverta Elizabeth Mills

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1914); Page 55; WV Archives Web Site.
Archie Allen; age 25; born in Pittsylvania Co, VA; single; miner; living at Crumpler, WV; son of
P.E. and V.E.; married on 1 Mar 1914 at Crumpler, WV; Virdie Ratliff; age 27; born in Raleigh
Co, WV; widow; daughter of J.K. and M.A.C..
2. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as Virdie Allen; age 45; born in WV; married at 22; in household of husband, Archie T.
Allen.
3. 1940 Census, mercer Co, WV; Rock District; McComas; E.D. 28-47; taken 26 Apr 1940; Page
787A; Image 23 of 42; Household #19 (There are multiple #19's).
Listed as Verdie Allen; age 55; born in WV; married; 8th grade education; lived in same house
on 1 Apr 1935; in household of husband, Archie T. Allen.


John Allen

1. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as John Allen; age 12; born in WV;in household of father, Archie T. Allen.


Archie L. Allen

1. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as Archie L. Allen; age 8; born in WV;in household of father, Archie T. Allen.


Robert Allen

1. 1940 Census, mercer Co, WV; Rock District; McComas; E.D. 28-47; taken 26 Apr 1940; Page
787A; Image 23 of 42; Household #19 (There are multiple #19's).
Listed as Robert Allen; age 9; born in WV; 2nd grade education; attending school;lived in same house
on 1 Apr 1935; in household of father, Archie T. Allen.


Weldon Tarpleigh Allen

1. 1930 Census, Mercer Co, WV; Rock District; taken 16 Apr 1930; Page 191A; Image 45 of 99;
Family #414/426.
Listed as Weldon Allen; age 15; born in WV;in household of father, Archie T. Allen.
2. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon T Allen
Birth Year: 1915
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: West Virginia
State of Residence: California
County or City: Los Angeles

Enlistment Date: 20 Dec 1945
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: San Bernardina Army Air Field
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Master Sergeant
Grade Code: Master Sergeant
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge

Education: 4 years of high school
Marital Status: Married
Height: 05
Weight: 426"
3. 1940 United States Federal Census; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon T Allen
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian (White)
Birthplace: West Virginia
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Soldier
Home in 1940: Wahiawa, Honolulu, Hawaii
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: 21st Infantry Brigade Headquarters Company
Sheet Number: 31A
Institution: Nineteenth US Infantry
Occupation: Private First Class
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 360
Income Other Sources: Yes"
4. Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Tarpleigh Allen
Marriage Date: 5 Aug 1995
Marriage Place: Prince George, Virginia, USA
Spouse: Sheila May Gregson"
5. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Tarpleigh Allen
[Weldon T Allen]
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: 18 Jan 1915
Birth Place: Worth McDowe, West Virginia
Death Date: 3 Dec 1996
Father: Archie T Allen
Mother: Verdie E Mills
SSN: 235107122
Notes: Nov 1938: Name listed as WELDON TARPLEIGH ALLEN;
11 Dec 1996: Name listed as WELDON T ALLEN"
6. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Tarpleigh Allen
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 81
Birth Date: abt 1915
Death Date: 3 Dec 1996
Death Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Spouse: S Allen"
7. U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Tarpleigh Allen
Service Info.: PFC US ARMY WORLD WAR II
Birth Date: 18 Jan 1915
Death Date: 3 Dec 1996
Interment Date: 10 Dec 1996
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: C/O Director Fort Myer, VA 22211
Buried At: Section 64 Site 648"
8. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Allen
Birth Date: 18 Jan 1915
Death Date: 3 Dec 1996
Cause of Death: Natural
SSN: 235107122"


Sheila May Gregson

1. Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Weldon Tarpleigh Allen
Marriage Date: 5 Aug 1995
Marriage Place: Prince George, Virginia, USA
Spouse: Sheila May Gregson"


George Washington Allen

1. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: George Washington Allen
Birth Date: 30 Oct 1884
Birth Place: Pike County, Kentucky, United States of America
Death Date: 30 Sep 1938
Death Place: Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia, United States of America
Cemetery: Allen-Dotson
Burial or Cremation Place: Mohawk, McDowell County, West Virginia, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y
Father: Richard Denny Allen
Mother: Pricy Allen
Spouse: Bessie May Allen Deskins
Children: Roy Cecil Allen
Claude Swanson Allen
Ronald Earl Allen
Hazel Bessie Lucille Ponzette
Helen Louise Fowler
Georgia Christine Lewis
Bruce Allen
URL: https://www.findagrave.com/mem..."


Bessie Mae Kemplin

1. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Bessie May Allen Deskins
Maiden Name: Kemplin
Birth Date: 1 May 1895
Birth Place: Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky, United States of America
Death Date: 28 Jun 1972
Death Place: Laurel, Howard County, Maryland, United States of America
Cemetery: Union Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Burtonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y
Father: Henry Kemplin
Spouse: George Washington Allen
Children: Roy Cecil Allen
Claude Swanson Allen
Ronald Earl Allen
Hazel Bessie Lucille Ponzette
Helen Louise Fowler
Georgia Christine Lewis
Bruce Allen
URL: https://www.findagrave.com/mem..."