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Peter and Charily Looney Children

Peter and Charily Looney ChildrenPopular
Posted by: CarolCronin   (See more photos from CarolCronin)   2009/6/15 11:05
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Seated left to right:  Abraham W. Looney,  Davidson Looney,  Peter C. Looney,  Presley Looney,  Susan 'Sue' Looney Chewning, and Jane Looney Hershbarger.
Standing left to right:  Maria Nichols Looney (wife of Abraham W. Looney),  Mary Louverna Lowe Looney (wife of Peter C. Looney),  Macdonald Chewning (husband of Susan Looney), and Mary Looney McConihay (wife of Jim McConihay)

Photo from Carol Cronin Photo Collection, with a special thanks to Madge Looney Crane, Waterford, CT who provided the identification of the individuals in the photo.

Ephraim Hess family

Ephraim Hess familyPopular
Posted by: Webmaster   (See more photos from Webmaster)   2007/8/26 15:34
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This is a picture of Capt. Ephraim Hess and wife Sophronia (Murphy) Hess and family. Ephraim was the son of Hiram Hess and Mary (Fitzwater) Hess, the first of their family to settle in Roane County about 1852. They made their home on the head waters of Poca in what is now Smithfield District. Hiram was a stone mason contractor who built the stone work of the Gauley bridge that was soon destroyed in the Civil War. Ephraim was born about 1850 and was a soldier of the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. He also served in the war against the Indians known as the Nezperce War. He and Sophronia were married in Spencer on March 25, 1890 and later moved west. They are both buried at Smithville, Clay Co., MO. Sophronia was my grandfather's sister, a daughter  of Peter and Lucretia (Rollins) Murphy.

Photo submitted by Sarah (Murphy) Hankins

Historical data from History of Roane County, by William H. Bishop

Samuel B. Wright

Samuel B. WrightPopular
Posted by: CarolCronin   (See more photos from CarolCronin)   2007/10/17 18:29
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Samuel B. Wright was born 16 Oct 1818 in Nelson County, Virginia, a son of Benjamin and Jane (Borden) Wright.  He came to the Big Sandy area of Roane County (then Kanawha County, VA) some time in the early 1840's. He was married in Kanawha County, VA (Roane Co., WV) on 17 Nov 1851 to Jane Smith, daughter of Ali and Jane (King) Smith.  Jane was born 15 Feb 1831 and died 1 Mar 1917.  Samuel was a blacksmith and carpenter by trade.  He served three years as a Confederate soldier with the 14th Virginia Calvary.  He died 06 Jan 1907 in Roane Co., WV.  Both Samuel B. and Jane (Smith) Wright, are buried in the Keen Cemetery on Hollywood Road, near Newton, WV.  Children from this marriage were: Louisa, born 16 Apr 1854; Nancy E., born 21 Mar 1856; Albert L, born 19 Jul 1858; Mariah Jane, born 4 Aug 1860, (she married Henry Jackson Snodgrass); Samuel K., born 11 Feb 1863; Daniel L., born 29 July 1866; Virginia, born ca 1869-1870; and George A., born 23 Oct 1873.

Submitted by Carol Cronin

Charles F Drake II and Sarah Lester Bishop Drake

Charles F Drake II and Sarah Lester Bishop DrakePopular
Posted by: CarolCronin   (See more photos from CarolCronin)   2009/11/6 16:15
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The Family of Lindsey Fleming & Roxie (Nida) Smith, ca1922

The Family of Lindsey Fleming & Roxie (Nida) Smith, ca1922Popular
Posted by: rjnida   (See more photos from rjnida)   2007/10/27 22:55
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Children l to r - Goldie, Clyde, Audrie, Georgia

Lind Smith was one of fourteen children of Lindsey Epison Smith and a devoutly religious man. He married Roxie Ellen Nida  on 28 Mar 1915 at Newton. They had eight children and lived on a farm at Stoney Lonesome, a branch of Grannies Creek. He died in the snow on the road while walking to church services. Lindsey and Roxie are buried in the Smith Cemetery on Stony Lonesome near Newton, WV. The family Bible gives "Rocksey's" birth date as September 7, 1899. However, the Roane County Birth Records gives a birth date of 18 Jul 1898 and in another entry as 05 Sep 1900. I have accepted the family Bible as the correct date. Roxie helped to care for her sister, Annie Hensley, after Annie had a stroke.

Elkanah Smith Family

Elkanah Smith FamilyPopular
Posted by: richard   (See more photos from richard)   2007/11/20 13:10
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This is Elkanah Smith and some of his extended family. Elkanah (1842-1924) is the gentleman on the far right, and the ladies to the far left are his wife Mary M. Stump Smith (1837-1923) and their daughter Lydia (1868-1922.)  I cannot identify any of the others at this point, so any help in that regard would be greatly appreciated.

Elkanah, a son of John Smith, along with several of his brothers moved into the Roane County area from Gilmer County sometime during the 1850's. He and Mary Stump were wed on Nov 1, 1960. The couple had 7 children. In addition to farming, Elkanah  was for some terms the assessor for the second district of Roane County and was a trustee of the Flat Fork Baptist Church.

This photo is a picture postcard, of the kind often taken by itinerant photographers, and probably dates to around 1920. In all likelihood this was taken on Elkanah's farm in the area of Smith Run/Griffith Run Road. There is at least a small measure of irony in the fact that the large white border was made by putting a special frame into the camera to leave room on the printed card to write the names and other captions. Unfortunately, the only marking on the card is on the reverse side, where the name "Ona" was written lightly in pencil.

Frances Walker and Eva Ledsome

Frances Walker and Eva LedsomePopular
Posted by: Webmaster   (See more photos from Webmaster)   2008/4/24 17:32
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David Walker shared some information on the ladies in this previously unidentified photo.

Lindsey Epison Smith and some of his family in 1916

Lindsey Epison Smith and some of his family in 1916Popular
Posted by: rjnida   (See more photos from rjnida)   2007/10/27 22:55
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A picture of Lindsey Epison Smith and some of his family taken in 1916. He joined the Union Army on 09 Dec 1861 and served with Co. B, 9th WV Infantry Volunteers during the Civil War. He reenlisted 29 Feb 1864 in Fayetteville, WV, was wounded in the Battle of Cloyds Mountain 09 May 1864 and was transferred to Co. C. 1st Regiment, Volunteer Infantry 09 Nov 1864. He was discharged 21 Jul 1865 at Cumberland, MD.

L to R -(Unknown), Jim Smith holding child, Bertha (Keen) Smith, Anna (Nida) Hensley holding Phares, Hezzie Nida, Martha (McGlothlin) Nida, Lindsey Smith holding Goldie, Roxie (Nida) Smith, Adelaide (Davis) Hindman Smith, second wife of Lindsey E. Smith, and Lindsey Epison Smith. The child in front of Hezzie Nida was Verna Nida.

Photo from Pat (Smith) Barnes

Jesse James in Clay and Roane Counties

Jesse James in Clay and Roane CountiesPopular
Posted by: Webmaster   (See more photos from Webmaster)   2007/9/8 23:38
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This newspaper clipping recounts Anis Burnside's encounter with Jesse James.

Rev.  Davidson  W. Ross

Rev. Davidson W. RossPopular
Posted by: CarolCronin   (See more photos from CarolCronin)   2007/10/17 18:29
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The County of Roane was erected on the 11th day of March, 1856, from parts of Jackson, Gilmer and Kanawha Counties. The original post office of Newton was established in Kanawha County on February 26, 1857. The location was in the residence of Rev. Davidson W. Ross, justice of the peace at the mouth of Dog Creek, who had suggested the name for his son, Isaac Newton, who was two years old. It was later moved to the "three forks of Sandy" where it has remained as the center of the town of Newton.

Photo submitted by Carol Cronin

Historical notes are taken from History of Roane County, WV  1774-1927, by William H. Bishop

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