McDowell and Wyoming Co WV Families and Individuals

Notes


Alfred "Jack" McGinnis

1. Raleigh Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1940); Page 384; WV Archives Web Site.
Alfred McGinnis; age 19; born 16 Nov 1920 at Dry Creek, WV; living at Dry Creek, WV; son of James
and Rosa Belle McGinnis; married on 18 May 1940 at Pine Knob, WV; Helen Marie Cook; age 17;
born 16 Nov 1922 at Dry Creek, WV; living at Dry Creek, WV; daughter of Byrd and Belva Cook.


Helen Marie Cook

1. Raleigh Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1940); Page 384; WV Archives Web Site.
Alfred McGinnis; age 19; born 16 Nov 1920 at Dry Creek, WV; living at Dry Creek, WV; son of James
and Rosa Belle McGinnis; married on 18 May 1940 at Pine Knob, WV; Helen Marie Cook; age 17;
born 16 Nov 1922 at Dry Creek, WV; living at Dry Creek, WV; daughter of Byrd and Belva Cook.
2. Stafford Funeral Home; Oceana, WV; Posted Obit.
"Helen Marie Cook McGinnis, 95, of Oceana, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 at Bowers Hospice House in
Beckley after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease. Helen was born on November 18, 1922 at Peach Tree near
Naoma to the late Reverend Byrd G. and Belva Cook. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in
death by her husband of 60 years, Alfred “Jack” McGinnis, a son Roy Roger (Julia) McGinnis of Dry Creek, a
daughter, Betty Rose (Guy) Cox of Gastonia, North Carolina, a sister, Ruth Bone (Giles) of Flint, Michigan,
two brothers, Louie (Virginia) Cook of Tipton, Iowa and David “Bill” Cook of Fairdale. She will be forever
missed by her daughters and caregivers Joyce Jean Sabatino and Jacquelyn Ann “Jackie” Whitley of
Oceana, her son James Ross (Joyce) McGinnis of Huntington, and her sister Fern (George) Wood of
Beckley. Helen leaves eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and three great great
grandchildren who adored her. She will also be missed by her dogs Zoey and Susie, and fourteen cats,
especially “Baby” and “Smokey”, each of whom were given to her or abandoned on her doorstep. Helen
felt a great calling to care for God’s creatures, especially unwanted animals. Helen lived her early years at
Dry Creek, working the family farm, raising a family, and playing piano at Dry Creek Freewill Baptist
Church. She and Jack moved to Oceana (Crany) in 1968 where he worked at the Kopperston #2 mine until
retirement. As recently as last summer, Helen could be seen mowing her three-acre yard on her faithful
Cub Cadet and working her beautiful flower gardens. She attended Crany Missionary Baptist Church when
she could and enjoyed the fellowship of her neighbors. Services will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 at
Stafford Family Funeral Home at Lynco. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at 1:00
with Reverend Charles Cook officiating. Helen will be buried at the Cook Family Cemetery at Peach Tree
near the home place where she was born...."


Byrd E. Cook

1. 1910 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Huff Creek District; taken on 25 Apr 1910; Page 253A; Family #54/57.
Listed as Bird Cook; age 4; born in WV; in household of father, Bilton Cook.
2. 1920 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Huff Creek District; taken on 9/12 Jan 1920; Page 219A;
Family #56/56.
Listed as Byrd E. Cook; age 14; born in WV; in household of father, Bilton Cook.


John Hart McMillon

1. Tazewell Co, VA; Marriage License #72 023999; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John Hart McMillon; age 22; born 7 Sep 1949 in NC; single; Negro; 4 yrs HS education; living at
Box 43, hemphill, WV; son of Arthur McKinley and Mary Ellen (White) Hart; married on 9 Jun 1972
in Tazewell, VA; Ramona Carol Alston; age 21; born 12 Mar 1951 in WV; single; Negro; 4 yrs HS
education; living at Box 27, Capels, WV; daughter of Allen Phillip and Mattie Bell (Clege) Alston, Sr.


Ramona Carol Alston

1. Tazewell Co, VA; Marriage License #72 023999; Ancestry.com Web Site.
John Hart McMillon; age 22; born 7 Sep 1949 in NC; single; Negro; 4 yrs HS education; living at
Box 43, hemphill, WV; son of Arthur McKinley and Mary Ellen (White) Hart; married on 9 Jun 1972
in Tazewell, VA; Ramona Carol Alston; age 21; born 12 Mar 1951 in WV; single; Negro; 4 yrs HS
education; living at Box 27, Capels, WV; daughter of Allen Phillip and Mattie Bell (Clege) Alston, Sr.


Allen Phillip Alston

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1943); Page 195; WV Archives Web Site.
Allen Alston; age 29; born in Durham Co, NC; single; colored; living at Capels, WV; married on
22 Sep 1943 at Welch, WV; Mattie B. Cleage; age 22; born at Gary, WV; single; colored; living at
Welch, WV.


Mattie Belle Cleage

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1943); Page 195; WV Archives Web Site.
Allen Alston; age 29; born in Durham Co, NC; single; colored; living at Capels, WV; married on
22 Sep 1943 at Welch, WV; Mattie B. Cleage; age 22; born at Gary, WV; single; colored; living at
Welch, WV.
2. United States Public Records, 1970-2009; LDS Web Site.
"Name Mattie Bell Alston
Residence Date 01 Apr 2000
Residence Place Capels, West Virginia, United States
Birth Date 19 Jun 1921
Address Capels, West Virginia 24820
Record Number 557197584"
3. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Mattie Bell Alston
[Mattie B Alston]
[Mattie Bell Cleage]
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Birth Date: 19 Jun 1921
Birth Place: Gary McDowel, West Virginia
Death Date: 6 Mar 1992
Father: Virgil J Cleage
Mother: Lillie O Brown
SSN: 236748078
Notes: Feb 1964: Name listed as MATTIE BELL ALSTON;
04 Jun 1993: Name listed as MATTIE B ALSTON"