The Red Fox Trail

The Red Fox Trail near Pound, Virginia where a massacre took place.

If you would like to read more about the story of Doc Taylor, “The Red Fox of the Cumberland” and the Massacre of  Pound  Gap, you will find it in Charles A. Johnson’s book,[intlink id=”8″ type=”page”]WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA[/intlink].  You will find it in  the Bookstore on this site or visit Wise County Historical Society Office and Bookstore at the Courthouse in Wise.

Killing Rock In Pound, VA

Hiking the trail

Taking A Breather

Railroad Station Site

Shortcuts up the Mountain

Drinking from the Stream

Site of Ambush

Pausing for Thought

Places to visit in Wise County

Places of Interest to Visit In Wise County

The Inn at Wise

APPALACHIA, VIRGINIA

Appalachia: Food, Churches, Schools, Shops.

Roaring Branch: Near Appalachia, VA

Bee Rock Tunnel-Worlds second shortest railroad tunnell beside the beautiful Powell River

[intlink id=”353″ type=”page”]Coal/Railroad Days-[/intlink]August  (event)

Lewis E. Henegar Miners Memorial park: Callahan Avenue in Appalachia – Open Park with old mining machinery

The Peake Building: Main Street, Appalachia, VA (Guinness Book of Records)

101 Presidential Car: Railroad car from the South Carolina & Georgia Railroad, representative of passenger cars from the late 1800’s. Open Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm; May-Oct., Mon-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm.

BIG STONE GAP, VIRGINIA

  • Big Stone Gap: Hotels-Food-Services, Gifts, Hospitals, schools and Churches
  • Appalachian Day- October – Bullitt Park
  • Duff Acadamy: Duff Family Private School
  • June Tolliver House: Clinton, Avenue – Restored house,Gifts, Area Crafts and
  • John Fox Jr.  Museum – East Shawnee Avenue Preserved home of famous author.
  • Meador Coal Museum: See how coal was mined here for the last 100 years
  • Mountain Empire Community College: mountain crafts, food, music and more (event)
  • Dotson Park
  • Southwest Virginia Museum-First Street-Exhibits depict heritage of Southwest Virginia.
  • “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” Clinton Avenue – Oldest outdoor drama in Virginia
  • [intlink id=”353″ type=”page”]Home Crafts Day:  [/intlink]October at Mountain Empire Community College
COEBURN, VIRGINIA
  • Coeburn: Churches, food, schools-craft shops, shopping center
  • Flatwoods Job Corps
  • Flatwoods Picnic Area
  • Guest River Rally: Labor Day Weekend-music, crafts, food
  • [intlink id=”1343″ type=”post”]Guest River Gorge Trail:[/intlink] A trail made from an old railroad bed. Gorgeous scenery
  • Lay’s Hardware Building: Old Time Music, Flat-footing/Clogging  every Friday Night
  • Old Tacoma School and Community Center: – Blue Grass Music and Dancing- Friday Nigh
  • Ramsey-Flea Market: (Wednesdays) Long running flea market that started out as a stock – market, marketing cattle.
  • (This flea market has now discontinued after more than 50 years.)
  • Lonesome Pine International Raceway
  • Shopping Center

POUND, VIRGINIA

Food, Motels, Churches, Schools

ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA

Saint Paul-Food, Churches, Schools, Shopping

  • Ox Bow Lake
  • Sugar Hill Loop Trail
  • Guests River

NORTON,VIRGINIA

Norton: Hotels, Food, Churches, Schools, Shops, Hospitals

WISE, VIRGINIA

Appalachian Quarterly Magazine

It is with much sadness that we had to submit our last issue of THE APPALACHIAN in October of 2009 due to circumstances beyond our control. However we are proud to offer all issues on portable digital file format-pdf. These files are available for purchase on cds. Each year’s cd will retail at $18.00 plus tax and shipping.


The Wise County Historical Society

Presents Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian

ALL 52 issues of  The Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian Is in portable digital file format- .pdf.

These files are available for purchase on cds. Each year’s cd will retail at $12.00 plus tax and shipping.

$150.00 plus $10.00 Shipping & VA tax for the whole set.

Appalachian Quarterly

1996 – 3 issues, 1997 – 4 issues,  1998 – 4 issues,  1999 – 4 issues, 2000 – 4 issues,  2001 – 4 issues,  2002 – 4 issues,  2003 – 4 issues,  2004 – 4 issues,  2005 – 4 issues,  2006 – 4 issues,  2007 – 4 issues,  2008 –  3 issues,  2009 – 2 issues, April and October.

The Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian feature stories of the heritage and history of the Appalachian sections of the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. Stories such as the lineage of families of Daugherty, Wood, Lane, Porter, Lawson,  and many, many more.

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P. O. Box 368, Wise, VA 24293

Rhonda S. Robertson

EDITOR

COVERING THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

KENTUCKY, NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE,
VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA

112 page magazine of genealogy and history, published by The Wise County Historical Society See Order Form & Postage Chart

The Wise County Historical Society
P. O. Box 368 – Wise, VA 24293
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LAYOUT and SETUP and Co Editor

Contains: Family and Area HistoryRegular Features From the Hills of Appalachia Reaching Out Children of the Appalachians Regular Features Special Focus Melungeon On The Bookshelf

Wanda May Rose

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Wanda proof reads the magazine, prepares it for mailing and mails it with help from her husband Stuart, volunteers Bill Porter, Mildred Hughes and Wanda Manicure, who helps package  the magazine for mailing and Bill Gobble who keeps a database of names and addresses of subscribers to the magazine  There are  many elements of preparing the magazine for shipment.


Fannie Lane Steele

BOOK-REVIEWS      Fannie-Steele 

On The Bookshelf: What’s new in book releases,  Articles on people, music, food, flora & fauna, culture, folklore, military and much more… anything pertaining to that which is uniquely Appalachian.

Nancy Clark Brown Hayes

SPECIAL FOCUS EDITOR

Special Focus: highlighting *Appalachian legends & mysteries, Ghost Towns, Historic towns, Counties, Treasure stories, etc. * Special Features: Soldiers, women in history, recipes, Native Americans, archaeology sites, etc.

Diseases and Epidemics in Wise County : 1856 -1894

Listed below is a list of diseases and epidemics in Wise County from 1856 when the county was formed through 1894. The infant mortality rate was enormous. Notice the many infant and children’s deaths in comparison to adults.

Diseases and Epidemics in Wise County

1856 -1894

Causes of deaths
As recorded in Wise County Death Records
Fannie Lane Steele

Listed below is a list of diseases and epidemics in Wise County from 1856 when the county was formed through 1894. The infant mortality rate was enormous. Notice the many infant and children’s deaths in comparison to adults.

In 1856 there were 28 entries of which 19 were children under the age of 12 years old

In 1857, 28 were infants and children and 9 were above the age of 12 years.

In 1864-1866 there were 38 entries of which 22 were infants and children. Many were babies who only lived a few days, hours or months.

In 1867-1869 seventy deaths were listed of which 41 were children

1870-1874 there were 76 entries of which 36 were children

1876-1879 there were 108 entries of which 35 were children

1880-1883 there were 106 entries listed and 50 of them were children

1884 there was 108 entries listed of which 65 of them were children and 73 of the 108 died of the flux.

1885 – 74 listed of which 40 were children under 12 years old.

1886 – 37 listed of which 21 were children

There were very few who lived to be the age of 90 or older. Note the simple and repetitive causes of death such as “fever,” “Old age,” “Hives, ” “Fits,” “Child Bed Fever” and “Croup.” Other causes of death were stated as: “Killed by a horse,” or “Killed by a tree,” “Falling off Train,” “burn,” “drowned,” or simply “shot.”

There were numerous causes listed as simply “Unknown.” This makes us realize how far medicine has progressed. The causes of death listed below does not represent every death during the years listed. I only listed the causes of death for each year as there was numerous repetitions of the same cause of death such as “flux,” in the year of 1884.

From the time our county was formed in 1856 the disease of “Consumption” was rampant, which I understand is “Tuberculosis.” In 1884 there was an epidemic of the disease called “Flux” which was a stomach or bowel disorder. In 1917 the influenza “Flu” epidemic was everywhere including Wise and surrounding counties.

Notice the strange names such as “Bealing,” “Erysipelas,” “Gravel,” “Hydrassal,” “Infantum,” “LaGripp,” “Putrid,” “Torpid,” “Scrofula”

What is the difference in “Hives” and “Bold Hives?”

1856

  • Hives
  • Bold hives
  • Consumption (Tuberculosis)
  • Killed in a fracus (fracas)
  • Burns
  • Croop (croup)
  • Old age
  • Child bed (fever)
  • Killed by a horse
  • Tipos (typhus) fever (Typhoid?)
  • Not known
  • Fits
  • Dropsy
  • Croops (croup)
  • Hives

1857

  • Flux
  • Unknown
  • Pleurisy
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Palsy
  • Fits
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Crushed by log

1858

  • Hives
  • Flux
  • Burned
  • Consumption
  • Fever
  • Croop (croup)
  • Unknown

1859

  • Unknown
  • Croup
  • Scrofula
  • Fever
  • Quinsy
  • Whooping Cough
  • Dropsy
  • Liver Complaint
  • Eating Dirt
  • Child Baring (bearing)

1860

  • Croop (croup)
  • Unknown
  • Phthis(?)
  • Burn
  • Whooping Cough
  • Ulcer
  • Hives
  • Colera (cholera)
  • Palsey (palsy)
  • Killed
  • Quinsy
  • Palsy
  • Liver
  • Gravel
  • Rhematism (rheumatism)

1861

  • Measles
  • Consumption
  • Croup
  • Unknown
  • Croup
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Stillborn
  • Colaymorbes
  • Disease of head
  • 1864-1866
  • In Child bearing
  • Unknown
  • Erysipelas
  • Dropsy
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Hives
  • Burn
  • Flux
  • Shot
  • Croup
  • Childbirth
  • St Antnies fire
  • Cancer
  • Consumption

1867-1869

  • Fever
  • Croup
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Consumption
  • Old age
  • Unknown
  • Disease ??
  • Hives
  • Kidney Disease
  • Typhoid
  • Shot
  • Lung Fever
  • Irecepilas
  • Rheumatism
  • Cholera
  • Irrecep
  • Burn
  • Erecylipus
  • Change of life
  • Killed
  • Cold
  • Hives
  • Dropsy

1870-1874

  • Bold Hives
  • Unknown
  • Old Age
  • Fever
  • Smothered
  • Drowned
  • Diphtheria
  • Still born
  • Consumption
  • Whooping Cough
  • Cramp
  • Poisoned
  • Tumor on arm
  • Fulex
  • Hives
  • Dyspepia (dyspepsia)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Kidney Disease
  • White Swelling
  • Thrash
  • Croup
  • Breast disease
  • Dropsy

1876-1879

  • Bold Hives
  • Consumption
  • Diphtheria
  • Hooping Cough (Whooping Cough)
  • Neumonia (Pneumonia)
  • Old Age
  • Palpitations
  • Unknown
  • Fever
  • Burned
  • Dropsy
  • Shot
  • Unknown
  • Drowned

1880-1883

  • Fits
  • Shot/Dr. Howell
  • Dyspepsia
  • Unknown
  • Consumption
  • Infla. bowels
  • Coroup (Croup)
  • Piles
  • Fever
  • Heart Disease
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Heart Disease
  • Diphtheria
  • Scrofula
  • Cramp
  • Lung Disease
  • Bronchitis
  • Brain Fever
  • Hives
  • Burn
  • Palsy
  • Old Age
  • Unknown
  • Ulcer

1884

  • Flux
  • Fever
  • Swallowed Fish bone
  • Liver Disease
  • Inflam..stomach (Inflamed)
  • Pneumonia Feaver (fever)
  • Chollera (cholera)
  • Consumption
  • Croup
  • Canser (cancer)
  • Cold
  • Lung Fever
  • Unknown
  • Dipthery (Diphtheria)
  • Old Age
  • Spinal Affection (Infection)
  • Child Bed Fever
  • Hart (Heart) Disease
  • Brain Fever
  • Inflammation Brain
  • Dead Born
  • Dropsy
  • Ulser (ulcer)
  • Cramp
  • Accidently (accidentaly) killed by a tree
  • Scrofula

1885

  • Bole Hives
  • Hooping Cough (Whooping Cough)
  • Spinal Affection (infection)
  • Bealing of Stomach
  • Fits
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Flux
  • Fits
  • Pneumonia Fever
  • Bold Hives
  • Euresipullas (Erysipelas)
  • Disease of Kidneys
  • Cancer
  • Unknown
  • Brain fever
  • Consumption
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Croup
  • Canser (cancer)
  • Accidental Shot
  • Bold Hives
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Burnt to death
  • Bronchitus (bronchitis)
  • Heart Disease

1886-1887

  • Disease of liver
  • Measels (measles)
  • Flux
  • Brain Fever
  • Yellow Janders (Jaundice)
  • Fever
  • Consumption
  • Inflammatory rheumatism
  • Diseased lungs
  • Croup
  • Unknown
  • Diptheria (diphtheria)
  • Infermation (Inflammation)
  • Bold Hives
  • Hives
  • Falling off Train
  • Scrofula
  • Burn
  • Hooping (whooping) Cough
  • Heart Disease
  • Diptheria (diphtheria)
  • Putrid Sore Throat
  • Crooked limbs
  • Bold hives
  • Fevor (fever)
  • Not known
  • Dipthery (diphtheria)
  • Not listed
  • Cholerra (cholera) Infantum
  • Flux
  • Measels (measles)
  • Inflation of Brain
  • Croup
  • Consumption
  • Rupture In Side
  • Dropsy
  • Hives
  • Childbed fever
  • Child Bearing
  • Unknown
  • Croup and Bold Hives
  • Lung Disease
  • Hooping (whooping) Cough
  • Enlargement of Bowels
  • Hydrassal
  • Bone Eresephlis (erysipelas)

1888

  • Infermation (Inflammation ) of Brain
  • Nerve Fever
  • Asthma
  • Consumption
  • Not known
  • Croup
  • Paralysis
  • Hives
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Shot
  • Hooping Cough (whooping cough)
  • Infermation (Inflammation) of stomach
  • Rodeolo
  • Not Known
  • Heart Disease
  • Measles
  • Whooping Cough
  • Erechyalas (erysipelas)
  • Brain Fever
  • Fever
  • Dipthera (diphtheria)

1889

  • Yellow Jaundice
  • Not Known
  • Fever
  • Spinal Affection
  • Consumption
  • Bold Hives
  • Brain Fever
  • Old Age
  • Dysenterria (dysentery)
  • Diptherie (diphtheria)
  • Flux
  • Paralysis
  • Murdered
  • Rupture on the Brain
  • Lagrippe
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Suicide
  • Killed
  • Rheumatism of the head
  • Killed Accidentley (accidentally)
  • Crop (croup?)
  • Rheumatism of head
  • Liver Diseas (disease)
  • Paralysis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Cholery (Cholera) Infantim
  • Fits
  • Pneumonia Fever
  • Died at Birth
  • Hives
  • Inflamation (Inflammation)
  • Membramers (Membranous) Croup
  • Sore Throat
  • Diptheria (diphtheria)
  • Burn
  • Billious Fever
  • Inflamation (Inflammation) Bladder
  • Paralysis

1890

  • Consumption
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Yellow Jaundice
  • Dysentery
  • Croup
  • Hooping Cough (whooping)
  • Drowned
  • Notriceran (?) (Nutrician?)
  • Dysentry (Dysentery)
  • Jarpron
  • Dysentary
  • Old age
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Not known
  • Paralyisis (Paralysis)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Indigestion
  • Bold Hives
  • Brain Fever
  • Drowned
  • Measels (measles)
  • Murdered
  • Dropsey (dropsy)

1891

  • Bold hives
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Catarrah of Head (catarrhal)
  • Lagripe
  • Parralisis (paralysis)
  • Consumption
  • Fever
  • Not Known
  • Ulcer
  • Not listed
  • Pregnant condition
  • Fever or Lagripp (Lagrippe)
  • Croup
  • Heart Diseas (disease)
  • Shot
  • Murdered
  • Relaps on Measels (relapse)
  • Burnt to death
  • Rupture
  • Shot
  • Congestion of Brain
  • Yellow Jaundice
  • Liver Diseas
  • Pluracy (pleurisy)
  • Measels (measles)
  • Shot
  • Paralysis
  • Dipthery (diphtheria)
  • Brain trouble
  • Torpid Liver
  • Killed by Train
  • Dropsy & Fever
  • Poisoned
  • Old Age
  • Croup
  • Famer (?) (Fever) ?
  • Lagrippe
  • Measles
  • By fire
  • Killed by Blast
  • Collery Infantum (cholera)
  • Hives
  • Cholliera Infantum (cholera)
  • Scroffula (scrofula)
  • Not known
  • Erresipalis (Erysipelas)
  • Worms
  • Hives
  • Lagrippe
  • Drowned
  • Neuralgia

1892

  • Torpid Liver
  • Killed by a falling tree
  • Shot
  • Not known
  • Measles
  • Old age
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Flux
  • Murdered
  • Bold Hives
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Consumption
  • Murdered
  • Thrash
  • Spinel (spinal) Affection (Infection?)
  • Iritation of Stomach (Irritation)
  • Heart Failier (failure)
  • Hurt with a tape(?)
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Heart Diseas (disease)
  • Not Known one hand?
  • Rheumatism
  • Croup
  • Herat (Heart) dropsey
  • Lagrippa (lagrippe)
  • Acidently (accidentally) Shot
  • Skin Disease
  • Gravel
  • Margetis (meningitis)
  • Killed in Coal Mines
  • Cancer
  • Lagrip (Lagrippe)
  • Scrofula
  • Liver Diseas disease)
  • Rheumatiom (rheumatism)
  • Worms
  • Asthma
  • Shot
  • Suicide
  • Bronchitis

1893

  • Hives
  • Not known
  • Killed by Falling
  • Indijestion (indigestion)
  • Fever
  • Absess of Bowels (abscess)
  • Killed y RR Train
  • Dipthera (diphtheria)
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Consumption
  • Croup
  • Abcess (abscess) of Bowels
  • Diarea (diarrhea)
  • Fell Down Stares
  • Scrofulus (scrofulous)
  • Spinal Menjitis (meningitis)
  • Cholra Morbus (Cholera morbus )
  • Flux
  • Cramp Colic
  • Rheumatism
  • Childbed Fever
  • Liver Diseas (disease)
  • Diarrehorea (diarrhea)
  • Died from a fall
  • Cold
  • Gravel
  • Diarrhea
  • Bronchitus (bronchitis)
  • Paralysis
  • Bold Hives
  • Heart Disease
  • Spinel Mengetis (spinal meningitis)
  • Spinel Disease (spinal)
  • Lagrippe
  • Burned
  • Burnt
  • Exposier (exposure)
  • Lagripp
  • Paralissis (paralysis)

1894

  • Not Known
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Spinal Mengitis (meningitis)
  • Hooping (whooping) cough
  • Killed Accidintly (accidentally)
  • Side Pluracy (pleurisy)
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Lung Disease
  • Whooping Cough
  • Rheumatism
  • Consumption
  • Spinal Mengitis (meningitis)
  • Croup
  • Burnt to Death
  • Side Pluracy (pleurisy)
  • Paralissis (pleurisy)
  • Rheumatism
  • Hemorhage (hemorrhage) of womb
  • Dropsey (dropsy)
  • Spinal Affection
  • Whooping Cough
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Spinal Menegitis (meningitis)
  • Bold Hives
  • Fell – accidently Killed (accidentally)
  • Ulcer of Bowels
  • Scrofula
  • Paralisis (paralysis)
  • Lagripp
  • Fever
  • Not known
  • Hives
  • Brain Fever
  • Hooping (whooping) cough
  • Erecipelas (erysipelas)
  • Cole (cold)
  • Flux

NECROLOGY

Evelyn was a court reporter, serving in Wise County and the city of Norton for more than forty years. She belonged to the Fortnightly Club, the Senior Citizens group, and was a charter member of Gladeville Chapter No. 171, Order of Eastern Star. Additionally, she was a member of the Pound Historical Society, was on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia, and charter member of the Wise County Historical Society. At the time of her death, she was on the committee which planned, collected records, pictures, and family histories for The Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton – 1856-1992. This new history was published September 1993.

Evelyn Dale Slemp March 9, 1993 By Sue Stewart Gilliam

Evelyn Dale Slemp

Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia

We the members of the Wise County Historical Society, regret with sad hearts the sudden death of our beloved member, Evelyn Slemp (June 6, 1919 – March 9, 1993), yet we bow in humble submission to God’s will, though deeply feeling our sad and irreparable loss.

She was an earnest and consistent member, interested in all our work and always charitable to others.  Her sweet and happy disposition endeared her to all of us.  Thus she has left a memory which can be incentive to us.  We extend our deep and profound sympathy to her sons, Craig and Gary, their families and other relatives in their bereavement.

Mary Evelyn Dale Slemp, 73, of Wise, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 9, 1993, in Holston Valley Hospital, Kingsport, Tennessee.  Born June 6, 1919, she was the daughter of John Webster Dale and Bertie Estelle Hillman, and was a great-great granddaughter of Arter Dale and Judy Cotton.  On February 7, 1943, Evelyn and William D. Slemp were married.  Two children were born to this union: William Craig and Gary Dale.

Evelyn was a court reporter, serving in Wise County and the city of Norton for more than forty years.  She belonged to the Fortnightly Club, the Senior Citizens group, and was a charter member of Gladeville Chapter No. 171, Order of Eastern Star.  Additionally, she was a member of the Pound Historical Society, was on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia, and charter member of the Wise County Historical Society.  At the time of her death, she was on the committee which planned, collected records, pictures, and family histories for The Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton – 1856-1992.  This new history was published September 1993.

As can be expected from the above interests, she owned a vast collection of genealogical material, records, and old pictures.  She supplied many pictures of pioneer people and places for pictorial books of the area.  The Wise County Historical Society will probably be the repository for  the Evelyn Slemp Collection.

Survivors include the two sons: Craig, of Wise, with six children; and Gary of Pound, with daughter Allison, Son William, and a new daughter Mollie Dale born September 25, 1993.

Services were conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday March 11, 1993, Jr. officiating.  Members of the Wise County Bar Association served as active and honorary pallbearers.  Burial was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Sturgill Funeral Home was in charge.

Roy Lee Sturgill – Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia

Roy L. Sturgill October 5, 1993 By Gladys Stallard

Roy Lee Sturgill, 79, of 1168 Rhode Island Ave., Bristol,  VA, died Tuesday, October 5, 1993, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Coeburn and had lived in Bristol for 45 years.  He was a member of Shelby Masonic Lodge No. 162, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia, The Wise County Historical Society and American Association of Retired Persons.

Roy was the author of “Crimes, Criminals and Characters of the Cumberlands and Southwest Virginia,” Nostalgic Narratives and Historical Events of Southwest Virginia,” and “Album of Steam Railroading.”  He also wrote many articles for the historical society. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. and was of the Methodist faith.  He was a Shriner.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara V.  Mullins Sturgill, Bristol; two sisters, Lillian Tucker, Florida and Cynthia Taylor, Big stone gap; one granddaughter; three grandsons, and two great grandchildren.

Weaver Funeral Home was in charge of the service.  Graveside services were conducted at Temple Hill Memorial Gardens in Castlewood.

Roy Lee Sturgill always claimed Coeburn, Virginia, as his hometown, having been born there December 4, 1913, the son of King and Mary Sturgill.  Due to the death of his mother in 1922, the young family  of two boys and three girls became separated. Fifty-seven years later, in 1979, they all had a grand reunion.

At age 19, Roy met Barbara V. Mullins.  They were soon married.  He was a coal miner for ten years, then served a stint in the U.S. Navy.  Later, he became a Railway Postal Clerk until passenger service was discontinued in 1969.

He was of the Methodist faith.  He belonged to the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the AARP, Shelby Masonic Lodge, No. 162, and was a Shriner.

Because of his extensive collection of railroad pictures and memorabilia, Roy Sturgill was persuaded by his son, Phillip to write his last book, “Album of Steam Railroading.”  Phil typeset the book, and managed to get it completed, printed, and in the hands of his father before Roy died in the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Tuesday, October 5, 1993.  On Saturday, October 9, the family brought the new books to the Wise Fall Fling.

Edward Blair, Jr.

Edward Blair, Jr.

Edward Blair, Jr., was a son of Edward Blair, Sr., and Elsie Hamilton Blair.   He was born on Indian Creek in 1921 and grew up in Pound. He has one brother, James Blair of  Titusville, FL, and one sister, Patsy (Imogene) Markham, Leesburg, VA.  Ed married Ruth Powers of Dunham, KY and they had three daughters: Patricia Bayer, Brookville, MD; Wilma Edwards, Gaithersburg, MD; and Linda Monahan, of MD.

In 1947 Ed married Grace Sallenburger of Gettysburg, PA, and they had one son, Allan Blair of Viewtown, VA.  Ed has eight grandchildren and five great grand-children. During the years . 1952-1963, Ed took courses in business finance, real estate and insurance, mutual funds and real estate as s second job.  He bought a farm in Culpepper county in 1962  and raised beef cattle until 1974.    Retired in 1981, he sold the farm and moved to Pound in 1984.

In September 1985, Ed married Virginia (Osborne) Blair, daughter of Hampton and Lillie Munsie Osborne. They lived at Pound, VA.

Ed was a retired Superintendent  of passenger stations of Amtrak, with 39 years of railroad service.  He was an army veteran of WWII, member of Pound  lodge # 59, AF  & AM, Pound chapter # 67 of the Eastern Star, Past President of Pound Lions Club, and member of First Presbyterian Church of Pound. Ed is no longer with us and is missed by the Historical Society.

Shelby Blaine Sturgill February 14, 1917- February 17, 1996

Shelby Blaine Sturgill

Shelby Blaine Sturgill was born February 14, 1917 in Flat Gap, Virginia, the only child of Willard Sturgill and Callie Bolling Sturgill.  He graduated from Flat Gap, High School and Milligan College, majoring in chemistry.  At Milligan while ill, he was lovingly nursed by his dormitory mother Mrs. Cochran.  He never forgot her kindness, and sent her flowers on Easter every year for thirty-five years until she died.  After college, he taught chemistry at Appalachia High School until he entered the Navy a few months prior to Pearl Harbor.  He earned his wings at Pensacola Naval Air Station.  During the war, he flew a Kingfisher scout plane for the battleship U.S. South Dakota, and served in the Atlantic and in the Pacific.  For bravery under enemy fire during an island bombardment in the Pacific theater, he received the Naval Air Medal.

After deciding that he might live through the war, he married Nannie Ellison.  To this marriage were born Donald, Thomas. and Vickie.

To support his family, he completed Pharmacy School at the Medical College of Virginia.  His life-long friend Harold Mullins attended Dentistry School at MCV.  He operated the Pound Drug Store from 1953 until 1984.

He was a local personality to say the least.  He never considered time wasted talking to his friends and neighbors.  He retired to care for Nannie, who died after a lengthy illness in 1988.

Throughout his life he loved the camaraderie of community organizations such as Methodist Men, the Pound Lion’s Club, and the Pound and Wise County Historical Societies.

He met Louise Delp in 1993 and fell in love for a second time.  They were married on October 15, 1995.  “To have a friend, be one,” read the advertisements from Blaine Sturgill’s pharmacy.  More than a motto, this was his creed, his life.

Shelby Blaine Sturgill Gladys Julian Stallard

Shelby Blaine Sturgill, 79, died unexpectedly at his home in Pound, Va., Saturday, Feb. 17, 1996.  Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Pound United Methodist Church, of which Blaine was a member.  Officiating were the Rev. Warren Wattenbager, the Rev. Sylvia Jones and Pastor Bob Kespeher.  Interment was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors are his second wife, Louise Delp Sturgill; the children  from his first marriage: Donald Blaine, Pound, VA.; Dr. Thomas Wayne, Charlottesville; and Vickie S. Swindall, Big stone Gap; several grandchildren and two stepchildren.  Two half-sisters, Maggie Sturgill Campbell and Betty Sturgill Poore, also survive.

Blaine Sturgill was born Feb. 14, 1917 at Flat Gap near Pound, the son and only child of James Willard Sturgill and Callie Bolling Sturgill.  From a second marriage of Willard, Blaine acquired two half-sisters.

After attending the local schools, Blaine received a B.S. degree from Milligan College, Tennessee and began teaching chemistry in the high school at Appalachia.  He enlisted in Naval Aviation on June 6, 1941.  He served through World War II.  He was awarded the Naval air Medal and Citation for Meritorious Achievement in Aerial Flight and was a Naval Lieutenant at the time of his discharge, September 1945.

Meanwhile, during a furlough, Blaine and Nannie Ellison were married on September 1, 1944.  After the end of the war, the Sturgills returned to the Pound and both taught school for a short time.  Then, using the GI bill, Blaine entered pharmacy school in Richmond.  Back home again, he opened the Pound Pharmacy for which he was druggist for 30 years.

Nannie Ellison Sturgill died Jan. 20, 1989.  On Oct 15, 1995, Blaine Sturgill married Mrs. Louise Delp of Norton, VA. Together they shared many common interests, being active members of the Pound Historical Society, the wise County Historical Society, with Louise doing volunteer work at two Norton hospitals.  Blaine also belonged to the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia.

In his own community, he was a charter member of the Pound Lions Club and a member of the Pound Masonic Lodge, No. 59.  He was generous with his buildings, time and money, especially during such events as Pound Heritage Days.

A gentleman in every sense of the word, Blaine Sturgill will be greatly missed by his family and all whose lives he touched.

An entertaining personality, Blaine’s fund of jokes and “Yarns” were inexhaustible, all told with a straight face, but a twinkling eye. His pharmacy  motto was, “To have a friend, be one!”


Emory L. Hamilton Memorial Tribute by Rhonda Robertson

Emory L. Hamilton

Emory L. Hamilton, born April 10, 1913 in Wise County and christened Emory Lee; he was the son of Jessee and Sarah Baldwin Hamilton.

His love of history began at the feet of his parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents listening to stories of his ancestors told around the fireplaces and
porches of Wise County. Emory was a descendant of the earliest of pioneer families having settled on the frontiers of Southwest Virginia.

He often told of himself and his younger brother, J. B., studying by candlelight in the loft of their old log house in the community known as Hamilton Town.  They poked holes in the daubing in the walls and roof so they could lie in their beds beneath feather ticks and look at the stars glinting in the dark sky. Beautiful as this was there was a drawback, and he laughingly told that in winter the snow would sift down through the openings and softly fall on them, making them keep their heads under the cover all night because they didn’t dare tell their parents what they had done.

When Emory graduated from high school there weren’t many  opportunities for young men in Wise County so he traveled to New York to study navigation with the Merchant Marines.  It was while living in New York and working on board the Merchant ships that the Depression came and everyone lost their jobs causing his return home to Wise.  He worked odd jobs until he applied for and was accepted by the WPA.   his assignment was to document and record the early settlements of Wise County.  The only problem was that his investigation and recording of these settlements was limited by how far he could walk or with whom he could hitch a ride. The assignment only fueled his love of  history and from this work came his manuscripts of Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, The Early Frontier, Early Settlements and Early Houses.  In addition to the hundreds of articles that appeared in various publications ad local newspapers.

After his enjoyable work in the WPA, World War Ii came and Emory enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 14,  1941 at Roanoke, VA and trained as an Administrative Specialist, being promoted to Technical sergeant in the 3539th Base Unit.  He transferred on January 23, 1942 to Australia, and then on to the battles and campaigns of New Guinea and the Northern Solomons.

Emory related that it was so hot everyone had to sleep outside at night n hammocks strung between the trees.  These hammocks were covered with netting that not only served to keep out the mosquitoes, but he also told that at night, things would fall out of trees onto the netting and roll onto the ground.  Those things were snakes!  Emory reenlisted in the 309th Army  Air Force at Greenville, South Carolina on November 19, 1945 and was discharged from the service on January 11, 1947 in Greenville.  He might have made a career out of military service, but he returned to care for his widowed mother.

When Emory returned home he worked for several years in the County Circuit Court Clerk’s office until a position opened in the Wise County Vocational School where he taught sheet metal and drafting until his retirement.  Many are the men who took drafting and sheet metal under his tutelage.

Emory was a founding and charter member of the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia and served as its secretary for 30 years before giving up the position due to ill health.  Emory answered hundreds of letters and phone calls each month from people searching out their family genealogy and the early history of Southwest Virginia. Had Emory lived to see the beginning of the Wise County Historical Society he would have been one of its most avid supporters and would have been in the office daily to answer questions and help out.  He took great enjoyment in helping people in their quest and was a fount of knowledge which is sorely missed and cannot be replaced.

From his love of history came his passion for antiques and he had a most impressive collection of porcelain mustache cups and pattern glass pitchers and creamers.  His pitchers and creamers are on display at the lonesome Pine Regional Library.

Along with his keen interest in history and genealogy, he also had a great interest in astronomy and harbored a secret desire to have been an archaeologist.

Emory contracted cancer of he lung, which recurred after a short remission and passed away on November 3, 1991 while hospitalized in Kingsport, Tennessee.  He is buried by his mother and father in the Wells Cemetery in Esserville, VA

I Like to think of him like Indiana Jones, in a leather jacket with a battered fedora, turning to doff his hat in goodbye as he prepares to stride off to a new adventure.

Darthula (Dot) M. Carroll By Dorothy H. Witt

Dorthula "Dorothy" Carroll

Darthula M. (Dot) Caroll, 72 years of age of Big Stone Gap, Wise County, VA died on December 28, 1998 at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia.

Dot was of the Baptist faith and was a member of East Stone Gap Baptist Church.  She was a wife, mother, homemaker and friend, and a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap.  She was preceded in death by one son, James Michael “Mickey” Carroll.

Her survivors include her husband, Clinton Carroll; four daughters, Mildred Ann, Cora Sue, Donna Jean and Sharon Denise; and five sons, Robert Morris, Gary M., Scott, Melvin Gregory and Clinton Mark; grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters, Easter Adams and Margaret Robinette, and several nieces and nephews.

Dot was an active member of the Wise County Historical Society and contributed much time and effort to the making of the first volume of the Heritage of Wise County and the City of Norton.  She is  greatly missed by the Historical Society.  Dot was also a long time member of the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia.

Dot was buried in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA.

Hetty Jean Swindall Sutherland Courtesy of the Sutherland Family


Hetty Swindall Sutherland

Local Genealogist and Historian, Hetty Sutherland, of Clintwood, Dickenson County, Virginia, died June 6, 2004; at the age of 102.

Hetty was born December 14, 1901 to Milburn Eddie and Ardelia Austin Swindall in a log cabin at Osborns Gap (now Norland), Virginia, north of Pound River and “South of the Mountain” in Dickenson County. Her early education was at a one-room log school house. She attended “Big Seven” School in Clintwood where she boarded seven miles from her home and walked home and back each weekend. After one year of “Big Seven” School, she passed the state teacher’s examination and then taught grades one through seven at a one room school house; 1 year at Camp Creek & 1 at Honey Camp.

In 1921 she went to Fort Worth, TX where she took a six month course at the National Business School. Her first business job was secretary to Lawyer John Flannagan, later Congressman for the 9th District of Virginia. In 1926 she married Elihu Jasper Sutherland, lawyer, judge, historian and genealogist and settled at their home “Sunset Hill” in Clintwood where he lived until his death in 1964 and where she lived the rest of her life.

Hetty was a charter member of the Southwest Virginia Historical Society (served as treasurer for over 20 years), the Dickenson County Home Demonstration Club and the Dickenson County Historical Society, which honored her by establishing the “Hetty Swindall Sutherland Archives” at the Johnny Deel County Library in Clintwood. She was a member of the Sandy Basin Historical Society, the Mountain People and Places, and the Clintwood Senior Citizens.

In 1978 she compiled, supplemented and published her late husband’s information on the Counts family and related families in Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow (Southwest Virginia) 1722-1977 & in 2003 published a larger supplement to this book. In 1984 Hetty, with Gregory and Joan Short Vanover, published Pioneer Recollections, personal interviews with pioneer citizens of Dickenson County collected, compiled and edited by her late husband. In 1996 she published Swindall-Austin Families of Virginia and North Carolina 1622-1995, information she had collected, compiled and edited on these and other related families.

With her vast and intimate knowledge of family and relatives, her remarkable recall, and her tireless efforts; persons asking local authorities in Clintwood about local area or family history were routinely referred to her by the Post Office, Library, County Officers, members of the Senior Citizens Center and Historical Society members.

Hetty is survived in death by a sister, Lora Anita “Betty” Swindall Hibbitts of Clintwood; two sons William Sutherland and his wife Thora McElrath Sutherland, St. Paul, VA; James Sutherland and his wife Marjorie Ann Pearson Sutherland, Clintwood, VA; two grand-children Sharon Sutherland of Georgia, and Susanne Sutherland and her husband Micheal Frame, and her great-grandchildren April Beth Frame and Ian Sutherland Frame of Telluride, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and eight siblings; William Theodore “Ted” Swindall, Flora Etta Willis, Arnold Joseph Swindall; Leonard Bruce Swindall; Arizona Powers; Robert Ervin “Bob” Swindall; Lyle Noel Vernon Swindall and Nile Austin “Jack” Swindall. Surviving sisters-in-law, Hester Moore Swindall and Ruby Cox Swindall

Pallbearers are Freddie Mullins, Gary Mullins. Larry Mullins, Richmond Short, Russell Sutherland, and Leonard Douglas Swindall. Honorary pallbearers are her nephews and grand nephews.

Hetty requests that there be no flowers, except one pink rose, and that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Clintwood Colley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements with visitation at 7 pm Thursday, June 10 and funeral services at 11 am, Friday, June 11 at the Funeral home; followed by burial in the William Sutherland Memorial Cemetery, Fairview, on Frying Pan Creek, Dickenson County.


Home Crafts Day

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Each Year in October, HOME CRAFT’S DAY is held at Mountain Empire Community College where people can bring their crafts to show and sell.

There is Apple butter making, Corn grinding, Wood work of many kinds, and various crafts where people show their magnificent handiwork of the mountains. Lots of Vendors, Music, Food and Fun.

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Apple_CiderApple Cider

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Corn.mealCorn Meal

grindstoneGrind Stone

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Rita Kennedy Sutton

Rita Elizabeth (Kennedy) Sutton was born March 13, 1906 in the community of Imboden, near Appalachia, Virginia. Later, her name was changed to Rita Jo, for a favorite character in “Little Women.” The daughter of Benjamin F. and Rosa R. Kennedy, she spent most of her life in Dickenson county. She was an avid reader and brilliant scholar. 

Rita Kennedy Sutton

By Mrs. Bonnie S. Ball

Rita Elizabeth (Kennedy) Sutton was born March 13, 1906 in the community of Imboden, near Appalachia, Virginia.  Later, her name was changed to Rita Jo, for a favorite character in “Little Women.”

The daughter of Benjamin F. and Rosa R. Kennedy, she spent most of her life in Dickenson county.  She was an avid reader and brilliant scholar.  The family moved to Clintwood where she attended high school.

At age 17 she entered Martha Washington College, and at age 19 she returned to Dickenson County, where she taught English, French, and History in the junior high school near Fremont and McClure.

On September 2, 1928 she was married to John I. Sutton, a banker from Abingdon.  She later attended William and Mary College, and moved to Abingdon.  The following Spring they moved to Clintwood, where her husband opened the first Piggly Wiggly store.

Their daughter, Eliza Rose (Mrs. Kent Rigg), was born in 1929.  At the age of 24, Rita Kennedy Sutton was suddenly stricken by polio, after which she went to an Abingdon hospital for six months.  Eventually a vaccine was developed that cleared the infection.  After two months she went to Warm Springs, Georgia for treatment periodically.

In August , 1932 the Kennedy family moved to Wise.  Although Rita’s body grew weaker, her will grew stronger,”  She later became Advertising Manager for the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain, and became interested in genealogy, having published “Early Osbornes & Alleys,” “Early Carters in Scott Cunty, Va.”, and “Kennedy’s Piggly Wiggly Stores, Inc.: A Backward Glance.”

Quotation from a biographical sketch by Catherine C. Riggs, In The Coalfield Progress.

Mrs. Sutton was a founding member of the Wise Study Club, a woman’s group that remains true to its early motto, “Tis the mind that makes the body rich.”  Mrs. Sutton was an honorary life member of the Southwest Virginia Historical Society.

According to her granddaughter, Catherine C. Riggs, she became a published author at the age of 71.  She taught herself to type at 67.  In 57 years she was unable to walk, but never complained.  She passed away on November 20, 1987.

What a marvelous woman!

From: Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia – Publication No. 22 – 1

APPALACHIAN QUARTERLY

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Bad Talt Hall by Nancy C. Brown

Features

Letters from the Battlefield by Greg Lepore

Shoot-out at Martin Train Depot by Bob Hall

The Whitakers by David C. Whitaker

Descendants of William Vicars by Dawna J. Vicars

The Saga of Bad John Hall by Bob Hall

Benjamin Harrison 1750-1808 by Jeremy F. Elliott

Mystery of the Young Soldiers by Willis Sexton

Aging Gracefully – Emily Qualls by Dorothy Witt & Wanda Rose

Correction by Benjamin F. Luntz

Wise County Marriage Books by William C. Gobble

 

 

 

Melungeon

Pike County Kentucky Marriages by Patricia H. Baldwin

New Columnist by P.H. Baldwin

Mixing It Up by Karlton Douglas

Melungeons and Myth by George R. Gibson

Update–What is Melungeon by Dr. N. Brent Kennedy

On The Bookshelf by Fannie Lane Steele

Calendar: Events of the area

The Appalachian Quarterly

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Special Focus:June Carter Cash – Compiled by members of WCHS

Tribute: Ruth Kilgore Hamilton by Rhonda Robertson

Regular Features: Aging-Marie Olinger Davis – by Dorothy H. WittUncle Dan Richmond – by  David Chaltas & Richard G. BrownW. VA Unclaimed Civil War Medals Tell us a Big Tale – By Kathleen TaylorDescendants of WM. Vicars – by Dawna VicarsJohn  Counts of Glade Hollow-  By E.J Sutherland Tazewell Co. Marriage Register 1800-1853 – by Rhonda RobertsonFirsts for Wise County Historical Society: Wedding Legend of the Baker Estate – by Fred H. LawsonCommemorative-Carter SignName and Family of Dotson by Emory L. HamiltonHylton Family Heritage by James F. Carver

 

Melungeons

Melungeon Movement In the Past Decade – by Jim Callahan

American Indian Melungeon Book By Karlton Douglas

Wikipedia Definations of Melungeon-ness

National Melungeon Registry

The Uncertainty of Melungeons – by Karlton Douglas

Dictionary of Genealogy and Archaic Terms – by Dick Eastman

 

On The Bookshelf – Fannie Lane Steele