Donald Glenn Kuhn

ID#2, b. 16 July 1929, d. 11 January 2009
Donald Glenn Kuhn in Marine Corp dress uniform
Father: Herbert Samuel Kuhn
Mother: Nellie Belle Church

Birth date: 16 July 1929
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Born at home.1

He was commonly known by his middle name, Glenn, especially among family members. Although various records, including his birth and marriage records, spelled his middle name with one "n," he and family usually spelled it with two. I have noticed that the use of one "n" seemed to occur most frequently in his younger years. As far as I know, he used his first name with his employers and business contacts who knew him as Don. Writing about his employment history and his later years, it seems fitting to change from calling him Glenn to calling him Don, just as the name he used changed throughout the years.2

Glenn was almost 3 months old when the family moved to Fork Ridge on 02 October 1929, having bought a farm from Albert Wilson.3

Photograph of Glenn with his parents, Herbert and Nellie, and brothers, Phil and Dale. Date taken: March 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Information on back of photo was handwritten by Nellie, describing the first spring on their new farm. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

Photograph of Phil, Dale, Glenn and Nancy. Date taken: 1944. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Glenn married Alda Louise Harris, daughter of Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston, on 11 June 1948 at Bellton, Marshall County, West Virginia. They were married at the home of Rev. Ister West, the officiating minister.5 They had obtained a marriage license on 7 June 1948 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with consent given by Glenn's parents as he was only 18 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 08 June 1948 by J. Randall Crow, Clerk of the County Court.5

Photograph of Glenn with Louise Kuhn. Date taken: believed to be January 1952. Location: Brushy Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. At the time, they were living in the upstairs of the home in which Louise had been raised. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

As of 1958, Glenn and Louise lived at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia, (postal address was Rt. 1, Glen Easton). They had purchased a small piece of land from Glenn's parents where they built and moved into a cement block building. The building was designed to be a garage/workshop once it was no longer needed as a temporary house, but much to Louise's dismay the house didn't get built for another 12 or so years!2

Throughout the years, they purchased additional small parcels until the half acre with which they had begun grew to 13 acres.2

As of June 1961, Don was employed by the Indian Knob Mushroom Farm Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.7,8

Photograph of Don operating a forklift to move trays of mushrooms at the mushroom farm. Date taken: 1961. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

On 11 January 2009 at age 79, Don died at home (Aston Ridge, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia), passing away in his sleep from a heart attack. His death was totally unexpected and was quite a shock to his family.2

A memorial service for Don was conducted on 15 January 2009 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2 Following a graveside service, Don's body was interred on 15 January 2009 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Donald Glenn Kuhn." The inscription reads, "Married June 11, 1948."2

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaD. Glen Kuhn, male, age 9/12, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)11
1940Glen Easton, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaGlenn Kuhn, male, age 10, son, single, born in West Va, highest grade of school completed: 4th
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1940)12
Last Edited Date=13 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S348] Donald Glen Kuhn, Notification of Birth Registration, File No. 20858 registered 1929.
  2. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  3. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  4. [S336] Photograph of Kuhn children: Phil, Glenn, Dale and Nancy taken 1944. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S468] Marriage License for Donald G. Kuhn and Alda Louise Harris, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130888_00496.jpg.
  6. [S548] Photograph of Glenn and Louise (Harris) Kuhn taken 1952. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  7. [S575] Family data handwritten on series of calendars by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn.
  8. [S660] "Indian Knob Mushroom Farms, Inc., Launches New West Virginia Industry", The Employment and Industrial Review, West Virginia Department of Employment Security (Charleston, West Virginia), Vol. 17, No. No. 4, April 1962, page 3.
  9. [S1725] Photograph of Donald G. Kuhn taken 1961 by Dave Cruise; please credit West Virginia Department of Commerce. From collection owned by Donald G. Kuhn, and inherited by his daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2009. Digital scan of original photograph made by Dalton.
  10. [S1165] Digital photograph of Donald Glenn and Alda Louise Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 12 September 2010.
  11. [S242] Herbert S. Kuhn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  12. [S1606] Herbert Kuhn household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District outside Cameron town, Glen Easton (part), Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 11B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.

Alda Louise Harris1

ID#3, b. 3 April 1925, d. 9 March 2005
Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn
Father: Charles McClure Harris
Mother: Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston

Birth date: 3 April 1925
Birth place: Marshall County, West Virginia.2

She was commonly known by her middle name, Louise, for most of her life. Growing up as her daughter, the only times I really remember seeing her first name used was for official documents and records. When she was older, a transition to use of her first name became common with medical staff - a natural change as her medical records included her full name.1

She lived at R.D. 1, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia, with her parents, Charles and Dessie Harris, and her sister, Eva. The family farm was located on Brushy Ridge (off Fork Ridge.)3

She was only 7 years old when her father died on 15 June 1932.4,3,5

Louise married Donald Glenn Kuhn, son of Herbert Samuel Kuhn and Nellie Belle Church, on 11 June 1948 at Bellton, Marshall County, West Virginia. They were married at the home of Rev. Ister West, the officiating minister.6 They had obtained a marriage license on 7 June 1948 in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with consent given by Glenn's parents as he was only 18 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 08 June 1948 by J. Randall Crow, Clerk of the County Court.6

Photograph of Louise with Glenn Kuhn. Date taken: believed to be January 1952. Location: Brushy Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. At the time, they were living in the upstairs of the home in which Louise had been raised. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

As of 1958, Louise and Glenn lived at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia, (postal address was Rt. 1, Glen Easton). They had purchased a small piece of land from Glenn's parents where they built and moved into a cement block building. The building was designed to be a garage/workshop once it was no longer needed as a temporary house, but much to Louise's dismay the house didn't get built for another 12 or so years!1

Throughout the years, they purchased additional small parcels until the half acre with which they had begun grew to 13 acres.1 Don and Louise planted thousands of seedlings in former pasture fields and became Christmas tree farmers for several years. Louise was very talented at making Christmas wreaths and grave blankets from pine branches. After 13 or so years in the coal mine, Don decided to leave the mine, work above-ground and become his own employer. He and Louise opened Al-Don Service, Inc., a small engine repair shop that they ran in a two-story building they built behind their home. In addition to repairing small engines, they sold chain saws, string trimmers, lawn mowers, etc. and became distributors for Dixon ZTR mowers. Don was so proficient at running his zero-turn-radius mowers that he seemed to fly across the yard.

On 13 October 1999 Louise moved to Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 159 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. Moving her to the nursing home was one of the hardest decisions the family ever faced, even though they knew they could no longer provide the level of care she required. Mercifully, the family's fear that Louise might want to return home never materialized - Alzheimers disease had destroyed her memories to the point that she gave no indication that she even realized a change had been made.

For a few more years, she continued to recognize both daughters, but it was her husband whose presence could make her eyes light up even after she could no longer speak. A testament to the strength of their love, Glenn visited Louise every day, feeding her lunch and dinner, and sitting with her throughout the afternoons. As the disease progressed and she ate less and less, Glenn still visited every day, patiently coaxing her to eat.

The staff at Good Shepherd all loved Louise, telling the family that she was one of the sweetest patients they had. She retained her sense of humor for a while, and the nurses and aides loved it when she would laugh with them and smile.1

Louise died at age 79 from Alzheimer's disease on 9 March 2005 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 159 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. At the time of her death, Louise was surrounded by her immediate family: her husband and both daughters along with their families.1

A memorial service for Louise was conducted on 12 March 2005 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.1 Following a graveside service, Louise's body was interred on 12 March 2005 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Alda Louise Kuhn." The inscription reads, "Married June 11, 1948."1

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaAlda L. Harris, female, age 5, daughter, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)9
Last Edited Date=13 Jan 2018

Citations

  1. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  2. [S349] Alda Louise Harris, Certificate of Birth Registration, File No. 15725 registered 1925.
  3. [S428] Charles M. Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953684_0002018.jpg.
  4. [S427] Charles M. Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4130823_00090.jpg.
  5. [S789] Charles M. Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  6. [S468] Marriage License for Donald G. Kuhn and Alda Louise Harris, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130888_00496.jpg.
  7. [S548] Photograph of Glenn and Louise (Harris) Kuhn taken 1952. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  8. [S1165] Digital photograph of Donald Glenn and Alda Louise Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 12 September 2010.
  9. [S243] Charles M. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.

Herbert Samuel Kuhn1

ID#9, b. 5 November 1898, d. 10 December 1972
Herbert Samuel Kuhn - 1916
Father: Adam E. Kuhn
Mother: Hattie May Clark

Birth date: 5 November 1898
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

When his father died, Herbert was a young boy in school, only 13 years old. However, the family suddenly had no means of support so he became the man of the house and began working full time at Fostoria Glass in Moundsville, West Virginia.3 Of course this meant that he had to quit school, receiving only an 8th grade diploma.4

Photograph of Herbert with his mother and sisters. Date taken: unknown. Location: probably their home in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Photograph of Herbert, age 18. Date taken: 1916. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.6

Photograph of Herbert, age 18. Date taken: 1916. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Every male living within the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45 was required to register for the draft during one of three separate registration periods. The third registration was held on 12 September 1918 for men aged 18 to 21 and 31 to 45. At age 19, Herbert registered in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: medium height, slender build, gray eyes, light hair, and with no defects.7 He was employed as a glassworker at Fostoria Glass Company Moundsville, West Virginia,8 and his mailing address was RFD #1, Moundsville.

Photograph of Herbert with Nellie Church. Date taken: probably 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

As noted previously, Herbert had begun working at Fostoria Glass Company in Moundsville, West Virginia, around 1912 or 1913 when his father died. Glassworking was a skill that ran in the Kuhn family, as both his grandfather and father had worked at various glass houses. Herbert was still working at Fostoria at the time of the 1920 U.S. census.10

Herbert secretly married Nellie Church, daughter of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers, on 19 February 1921 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia.11 As told by Nellie (Church) Kuhn:
     "Herbert's mother, Hattie, would not let us get married, so we eloped to Wellsburg, WV, then returned and continued to live with our respective parents. The only person who knew was my boss at the Fostoria Glass Company (he had seen the license notice in an Ohio newspaper) and I swore him to secrecy. About a year later, the Church family was preparing to move from Moundsville to the Tweedy farm so we had to tell them what we had done so I could stay behind. Hattie was furious and tried to have it annulled, but it was too late." Love prevailed, and Nellie stayed in Moundsville with her husband when the rest of her family moved to Ohio.12,13,3

Herbert and Nellie were living in Moundsville when their three sons were born. In 1929 they bought a farm on Fork Ridge from Albert Wilson, and the family moved on October 2nd to begin "life on the farm" about eight miles from town. Not as big a trek as the pioneers who rode wagon trains west, but a big change nevertheless!13

Herbert and Nellie's move to the farm was precipitated by the treatment they received from Herbert's mother. As noted previously, she tried to have their secret marriage annulled when she found out about it ... and apparently her attitude never changed. Herbert and Nellie finally moved to the country to get away. Interestingly, even though they had issues with Hattie, Nellie told her daughter that the rest of the Clark family had always treated them very well.14

Photograph of Herbert and Nellie with sons Phil, Dale and Glenn. Date taken: March 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Information on back of photo was handwritten by Nellie, describing the first spring on their new farm. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

Herbert may have quit working at Fostoria when the family moved to Fork Ridge based on the fact that he was described as a retail merchant in the milk industry per the 1930 federal census.15 However, by 2 December 1936, Herbert had returned to glasswork and and Nellie Kuhn were employed by Imperial Glass Company Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.1 He was still working at Imperial Glass as of 01 April 1940 according to the federal census that year.16 While Herbert worked at Imperial Glass, he and Nellie ran a dairy, selling milk to Carnation in the beginning. Later they sold their milk to Allen Bonar, Nellie's brother-in-law, who ran a dairy that bottled and sold milk.17

The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All men between ages 18 and 65 and not already in the military were required to register for the draft during one of six registration periods. At age 43, Herbert registered on 16 February 1942 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: white, 5' 10", 135 lbs., blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion.18 At that time, he was still working as a glassmaker at Imperial Glass Company18 where he made a lot of refrigerator bottles fulfilling a standing order from the U.S. Navy during WWII.17

During peace time, Herbert made heavy ware (e.g. large bowls, big candleholders, etc.); it was hard work in tough working conditions. Eventually Herbert's doctor, Harold Ashworth, MD, informed him that if he did not leave Imperial Glass it was going to kill him. After putting glassworking behind him, Herbert got off all the medicine and was in good health for several years.17

Photograph of Herbert with Nellie Kuhn. Date taken: July 1947. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. They are standing beside the milkhouse at their dairy farm; a corner of the barn can be seen in the background. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here. Herbert and Nellie were my grandparents, and I can remember their dairy operation, as well as the day the barn in this photo burned down. I'm guessing that the fire must have been in the early 60's.19

Herbert turned to carpentry; he worked with Bob Franklin for a couple years building houses before becoming a self-employed carpenter for many years. Moundsville Lumber Company kept him busy with jobs their customers wanted done.17 When Herbert worked on the construction of a house for his daughter, he built all the kitchen cabinets himself.20 He also worked alongside his youngest son on much of the construction of Glenn's house. Both homes were built on land that was originally part of Herbert and Nellie's farm.19

Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Herbert was Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.21

Herbert died at age 74 from uremic poisoning on 10 December 1972 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.22

A memorial service for Herbert was conducted on 13 December 1972 at Lutes Funeral Home, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with Rev. Willis Sliter officiating (minister at the Fork Ridge Christian Church).22 Following a graveside service, Herbert's body was interred on 13 December 1972 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Herbert S. Kuhn." The inscription reads, "Father."23,22

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.24

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHerbert Kuhn, male, age 11/12, son, single, born June 1899 in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)25
1910Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHerbert Kuhn, son, male, age 11, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)26
1920Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHerbert Kuhn, male, age 21, son, single, born in West Va, a glassworker at Fostoria
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)10
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHerbert S. Kuhn, male, age 31, head, married, age 22 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, a retail merchant in the milk industry, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)15
1940Glen Easton, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHerbert Kuhn, male, age 41, head, married, born in WVa, a blower for a glass mfg co, annual income for 1939 was $360, highest grade of school completed: 8th
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1940)16

Deceased Children of Herbert Samuel Kuhn and Nellie Belle Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=7 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S30] Herbert Samuel Kuhn, Social Security Application (SS-5), (02 Dec 1936).
  2. [S566] Herbert Kuhn, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00160.jpg.
  3. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  4. [S190] Interview with LIVING Logsdon, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 30 April 2004.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Hattie (Clark) Kuhn and her children. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S336] Photograph of Herbert Samuel Kuhn taken 1916. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.).
  8. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Herbert Kuhn.
  9. [S336] Photograph of Herbert Kuhn and Nellie Church taken 1916. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  10. [S334] Hattie Kuhn household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Magisterial District, Enumeration District 62, sheet 5A (152 stamped), National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  11. [S541] Marriage License for Herbert Kuhn and Nellie Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00637.jpg.
  12. [S397] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 05 August 1980.
  13. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  14. [S1308] Interview with LIVING Logsdon, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2011.
  15. [S242] Herbert S. Kuhn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  16. [S1606] Herbert Kuhn household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District outside Cameron town, Glen Easton (part), Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 11B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.
  17. [S481] Interview with Donald Glenn Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 18 January 2005.
  18. [S2403] U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, Herbert Samuel Kuhn, serial no. T284, order no. T10213, (Lehi, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011). Electronic image online at Fold3.com, Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947, roll 44046_09_00026, published 2012. Original data: Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. 552 boxes. NAI: 2658141. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147. National Archives and Records Administration, St Louis, Missouri.
  19. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  20. [S389] Interview with LIVING Logsdon, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 02 May 2006.
  21. [S103] Herbert Kuhn, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  22. [S7] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Lutes Funeral Home), Herbert Samuel Kuhn, 13 December 1972 service.
  23. [S71] Herbert S. and Nellie B. Kuhn gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  24. [S315] Digital photograph of Herbert S. and Nellie B. Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  25. [S21] Adam Kuhn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, city of Moundsville, Enumeration District 78, sheet 14B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  26. [S320] Adam E. Kuhn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 92, sheets 7B and 8A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  27. [S465] Marriage License for Dale Kuhn and Gladys Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130847_00545.jpg.
  28. [S348] Donald Glen Kuhn, Notification of Birth Registration, File No. 20858 registered 1929.

Nellie Belle Church1

ID#10, b. 1 March 1902, d. 6 February 1999
Nellie Belle Church - 1918 - age 16
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 1 March 1902
Birth place: Sycamore, Calhoun County, West Virginia.1

The official Register of Births recorded her middle name as Bell which is presumed to be an error. Nellie spelled it Belle on her application for a Social Security number.2

Around 1913, her parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, where Nellie met and fell in love with a dapper young man named Herbert (more on that story below.)3

Photograph of Nellie with her parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Photograph of Nellie. Date taken: 1918. Location: unknown. Two different frames were used for the same shot taken of Nellie as a teenager. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Photograph of Nellie with Herbert Kuhn. Date taken: probably 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Nellie secretly married Herbert Kuhn, son of Adam E. Kuhn and Hattie May Clark, on 19 February 1921 at Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia.7 In 1922, Eli saw a newspaper advertisement to rent a 300 acre farm near Adena, Ohio, and prepared to move the family to "the Tweedy farm," an unforeseen event that meant the secret had to be revealed.3 As told by Nellie (Church) Kuhn:
     "Herbert's mother, Hattie, would not let us get married, so we eloped to Wellsburg, WV, then returned and continued to live with our respective parents. The only person who knew was my boss at the Fostoria Glass Company (he had seen the license notice in an Ohio newspaper) and I swore him to secrecy. About a year later, the Church family was preparing to move from Moundsville to the Tweedy farm so we had to tell them what we had done so I could stay behind. Hattie was furious and tried to have it annulled, but it was too late." Love prevailed, and Nellie stayed in Moundsville with her husband when the rest of her family moved to Ohio.8,9,3

Herbert and Nellie were living in Moundsville when their three sons were born. In 1929 they bought a farm on Fork Ridge from Albert Wilson, and the family moved on October 2nd to begin "life on the farm" about eight miles from town. Not as big a trek as the pioneers who rode wagon trains west, but a big change nevertheless!9

Herbert and Nellie's move to the farm was precipitated by the treatment they received from Herbert's mother. As noted previously, she tried to have their secret marriage annulled when she found out about it ... and apparently her attitude never changed. Herbert and Nellie finally moved to the country to get away. Interestingly, even though they had issues with Hattie, Nellie told her daughter that the rest of the Clark family had always treated them very well.10

Photograph of Herbert and Nellie with sons Phil, Dale and Glenn. Date taken: March 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Information on back of photo was handwritten by Nellie, describing the first spring on their new farm. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

Herbert may have quit working at Fostoria when the family moved to Fork Ridge based on the fact that he was described as a retail merchant in the milk industry per the 1930 federal census.11 However, by 2 December 1936, Herbert had returned to glasswork and was employed by Imperial Glass Company Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.12 While Herbert worked at Imperial Glass, he and Nellie ran a dairy, selling milk to Carnation in the beginning. Later they sold their milk to Allen Bonar, Nellie's brother-in-law, who ran a dairy that bottled and sold milk.13

Photograph of Nellie with Herbert Kuhn. Date taken: July 1947. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. They are standing beside the milkhouse at their dairy farm; a corner of the barn can be seen in the background. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here. Herbert and Nellie were my grandparents, and I can remember their dairy operation, as well as the day the barn in this photo burned down. I'm guessing that the fire must have been in the early 60's.14

Nellie became a widow at age 70 when Herbert died on 10 December 1972.15 Per the Social Security Death Index, the address of record for Nellie was Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.16 She lived another 26+ years, passing away at age 96 on 6 February 1999 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia.17,16

An obituary was published on 7 February 1999 in the Sunday News-Register, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.18 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"KUHN, Nellie B. Church, 96, of Glen Easton, died Feb. 6, 1999 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale. She was a member of Fork Ridge Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Lenora Summers Church; her husband, Herbert S. Kuhn; son, Dale Kuhn; three brothers and six sisters. She is survived by two sons, Philip L. and Donald G. Kuhn of Glen Easton; daughter Mrs. Ralph (Nancy) Logsdon of Glen Easton; 12 grandchildren; several great- and great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Friends received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment at Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery Fund"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A memorial service for Nellie was conducted on 9 February 1999 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with Rev. Kenneth Ullom officiating.17 Following a graveside service by Rev. Kenneth Ullom, Nellie's body was interred on 9 February 1999 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Nellie B. Kuhn." The inscription reads, "Mother."19,17

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaNellie B. Church, female, age 8, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, did not attend school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)21
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaNellie Belle Church, female, age 17, daughter, single, born in West Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)22
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaNellie B. Kuhn, female, age 21, wife, married, age 19 at first marriage, born in West Virginia [Note that her age was actually 28 at that time.]
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)11
1940Glen Easton, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaNellie Kuhn, female, age 38, wife, married, born in West Va, highest grade of school completed: 8th
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1940)23

Deceased Children of Nellie Belle Church and Herbert Samuel Kuhn:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=7 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S297] Nellie Bell Church, Calhoun County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 808278_00249.jpg.
  2. [S386] Nellie Belle (Church) Kuhn, Social Security Application (SS-5), (11 April 1972).
  3. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  4. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Nellie B. Kuhn taken 1918. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S336] Photograph of Herbert Kuhn and Nellie Church taken 1916. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S541] Marriage License for Herbert Kuhn and Nellie Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00637.jpg.
  8. [S397] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 05 August 1980.
  9. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  10. [S1308] Interview with LIVING Logsdon, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2011.
  11. [S242] Herbert S. Kuhn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  12. [S30] Herbert Samuel Kuhn, Social Security Application (SS-5), (02 Dec 1936).
  13. [S481] Interview with Donald Glenn Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 18 January 2005.
  14. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  15. [S7] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Lutes Funeral Home), Herbert Samuel Kuhn, 13 December 1972 service.
  16. [S103] Nellie B. Kuhn, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  17. [S19] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home), Nellie B. Kuhn, 09 February 1999 service.
  18. [S501] Nellie B. Church Kuhn obituary, Sunday News-Register, Wheeling, West Virginia, 07 February 1999, page 4.
  19. [S71] Herbert S. and Nellie B. Kuhn gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  20. [S315] Digital photograph of Herbert S. and Nellie B. Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  21. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  22. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  23. [S1606] Herbert Kuhn household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District outside Cameron town, Glen Easton (part), Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 11B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.
  24. [S465] Marriage License for Dale Kuhn and Gladys Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130847_00545.jpg.
  25. [S16] Donald Glen Kuhn entry, Marshall County Index To Birth Records citing volume 5, page 258.

Ada Virginia West

ID#14, b. 11 May 1919, d. 17 October 1993
Father: Charles Oscar West
Mother: Mildred Susana Ryan

Birth date: 11 May 1919
Birth place: R.D. 1, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

In September 1932, Ada was baptized at the Salem Church of Christ, Bowman Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.

Ada married Bill Howard, son of James Alexander Howard and Sarah May Collins, on 15 November 1949 at Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. J. R. Harris, a minister of the Church of Christ, certified that he united them in marriage.1

Ada died at age 74 on 17 October 1993.2 Ada's body was interred on 20 October 1993 in the Salem Church of Christ Cemetery, Bowman Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.2
Last Edited Date=12 Sep 2012

Citations

  1. [S1375] Marriage License for Willis W. Howard and Ada V. West, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130889_00127.jpg.
  2. [S19] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home), Ada V. Howard, 20 October 1993 service.

Willis William "Bill" Howard

ID#15, b. 9 June 1915, d. 26 December 2009
Father: James Alexander Howard
Mother: Sarah May Collins

Birth date: 9 June 1915
Birth place: Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

Bill married Ada Virginia West, daughter of Charles Oscar West and Mildred Susana Ryan, on 15 November 1949 at Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. J. R. Harris, a minister of the Church of Christ, certified that he united them in marriage.1

Bill died at age 94 on 26 December 2009 at Garvins Lane, Ohio County, West Virginia. Although his obituary and funeral card might lead you to think he died at home on the family farm near Cameron, his final residence and place of death was in a trailer bought for he and the granddaughter who lived with him. The old farmhouse had become too delapidated to stay in for another winter, and Bill's failing health made the move to Garvins Lane inevitable. The trailer was located next door to his daughter and son-in-law.3,2

An obituary was published on 28 December 2009 The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register.2 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Willis W. Howard

HOWARD, Willis William "Bill," 94, of Cameron, W.Va., died Saturday, December 26, 2009 at home.

He was born June 9, 1915 in Cameron, a son of the late James A. and Sarah Collins Howard. Mr. Howard was a retired employee of Shadyside Industries, a member of the Cameron Church of Christ and a U.S. Army veteran of WW II.

Mr. Howard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was a faithful member of the Cameron Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for over 40 years.


His love for God and the scriptures was evident in his daily walk.

He also enjoyed his sawmill in his retirement years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ada West Howard in 1993; a brother, Harold "Hank" Howard and two sisters, Louise Wayt and Lucille Ryan.

Surviving are two sons, Willis Wayne (Beth Ann) Howard of Cameron and George K. (Barbara) Howard of Moundsville; a daughter, Joyce (Randall) Cole of Wheeling, W.Va; six grandchildren, Pamela Howard, Kevin Howard, Jessica (Brian) O'Donnell, Sarah Cole, Seth Cole, Sabrina Cole; a great grandson, Scott White and his little dog Teddy.

Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, W.Va., where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday December 29, 2009 with Evangelist Don Cline officiating.

Interment in Salem Cemetery, Glen Easton, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the WV School of Preaching, Eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville, WV 26041 or the Salem Cemetery Fund., Salem Church of Christ, Glen Easton, WV , 26039.

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


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Following a graveside service, his body was interred in the Salem Church of Christ Cemetery, Bowman Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.2
Last Edited Date=12 Sep 2012

Citations

  1. [S1375] Marriage License for Willis W. Howard and Ada V. West, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130889_00127.jpg.
  2. [S637] Willis W. Howard obituary, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, Wheeling, West Virginia, 28 December 2009, online http://www.news-register.net
  3. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.

Adam E. Kuhn1

ID#18, b. 15 May 1874, d. 20 October 1912
Father: Nikolaus Kuhn
Mother: Mary Schon

Birth date: reportedly 15 May 1874. The 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census records support this year of birth;2,3 however, Adam's gravestone records his year of birth as 1875.4
Birth place: Wallerfangen, District of Saarlouis (Kreis Saarlouis), Diocese of Trier Germany.3

Adam was approximately three years old when his mother passed away in 1877. Mary's death left Nikolaus with three very young children to raise: Anna, Adam and Mathias.3 So it isn't surprising that he quickly married again that same year. When Nikolaus married Catharina Schumacher, she immediately became the stepmother of an infant and two young children.5

Per the 1900 Federal Census, Adam was reported as having immigrated in 1880; however, it is likely that the enumerator mistakenly wrote 1880 rather than 1886. This assumption is based on the facts that Adam's sister, Catharina, was born in Germany circa 1880 and was five years old per the passenger list; coupled with the fact that the Release Certificate for Nikolaus' entire family is dated in 1886, giving them a six-month window to leave Prussia.2

Adam emigrated from Antwerp, Belgium, in April 1886 with his family.6 The journey from Antwerp to New York took between a week and a fortnight.7 The steamship "Rhynland" was built for the Red Star Line by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company, Barrow-in-Furness, England, and launched on 10 March 1879. It could accommodate 150 first class passengers and another 1,000 in steerage.8

Along with Nicholas Kuhn and Catharina Kuhn, Adam appears on the passenger list for the S.S. Rhynland which arrived in April 1886 New York City, New York. Also listed: Anna Kuhn, Mathias Kuhn and Catherine Kuhn. All are identified as citizens of Germany, having begun their journey from Wallerfangen, Germany, with an intended destination of East Liverpool. Information per the ship's manifest is as follows:
     Nic. Kuhn, age 37, male, a laborer
     Cathe. Kuhn, age 36, female
     Anna Kuhn, age 12, female
     Adam Kuhn, age 11, male
     Mathe. Kuhn, age 9, male
     Cathe. Kuhn, age 5, female
They are numbered 145 through 150 out of a total manifest of 347 passengers.6 Adam arrived at Castle Garden, New York City, New York, on 10 April 1886, along with the rest of his family. Information per Ellis Island records found online:
Ship: RHYNLAND
Arrived: 10 April 1886

Origination: Germany
Port: Antwerp
Destination: 4229
Plan: Unknown
Passage: Unknown

Nic. Kuhn, laborer, age 37, male, literacy = U
Cathe. Kuhn, farmer, age 36, female, literacy = U
Anna Kuhn, farmer, age 12, female, literacy = U
Adam Kuhn, farmer, age 11, male, literacy = U
Mathe. Kuhn, child, youngster, age 9, male, literacy = U
Cathe. Kuhn, child, youngster, age 5, female, literacy = U.9,6

Adam E. Kuhn was released from Prussian citizenship with Nikolaus Kuhn and Catharina (Schumacher) Kuhn on 27 April 1886 for the purpose of emigration to the State of Ohio in North America. The release certificate was signed on 27 April 1886 by the Royal Prussian Government in Trier and stated that the certificate would "be ineffective if the released persons do not move their place of residence to outside Federal territory within six months from the day of issue of the Release Certificate, or acquire citizenship in another federal state.10"

On 18 January 1898 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Adam applied for a marriage license with Hattie May Clark, daughter of Samuel E. Clark and Margaret A. Shimp. Information for the license was given by her father, Samuel Clark. The authorization to marry was signed on the same date by E. M. Lewis, Clerk of the County Court.11

Adam and Hattie were married on 18 January 1898 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Per family tradition, Adam's marriage to a Protestant woman resulted in his expulsion from the Roman Catholic Church.12

Based on the 1900 U.S. Census, Adam became a naturalized citizen of the United States sometime before 1 June 1900.2

Adam died at age 38 on 20 October 1912 at Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia. The official cause of death was recorded as heart trouble.13 Per Nellie (Church) Kuhn, daughter-in-law of Adam, the family always said that he died from "painter's poison," i.e. exposure to lead from being a glassworker12.

An obituary was published on 25 October 1912 the Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.14 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Adam Kuhn Dead
     Adam Kuhn, formerly a well known glass worker of this city, died at Limestone at five o'clock Monday evening. He was thirty-eight years of age and leaves a wife and four children.
     The body was brought to the home of his father-in-law, Thomas Clark, on First street today. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this morning."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

It is unclear why Thomas Clark is identified as Adam's father-in-law, whose name was Samuel E. Clark. Perhaps Thomas was some other relative, or perhaps the relationship is correct but the name is not. A second obituary was published on 25 October 1912 the Moundsville Echo.15 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Odd Fellows to Attend Kuhn Funeral
     The funeral of Adam Kuhn, whose death occurred at Limestone Monday evening will be held from the home of Thomas Clark on First street at two o'clock Thursday afternoon. Interment will be at Mt. Rose cemetery.
     Mr. Kuhn was a member of Mound City Lodge No. 13 I.O.O.F. The members of that lodge are requested to meet at their hall at one o'clock Thursday to attend the funeral"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A memorial service for Adam was conducted on 31 October 1912 at First Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.. The members of Mound City Lodge No. 13 I.O.O.F. were requested to meet at their hall at 1:00 pm to attend the funeral which started at 2:00 pm.14 Adam's body was interred on 31 October 1912 in the Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Adam Kuhn."14,16

Adam was a member of Mound City Lodge No. 13 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Per the I.O.O.F. website, "In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called 'Odd Fellows'. Odd Fellows are also known as 'The Three Link Fraternity' which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth."

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaKuhn, Adam, male, age 26, head, married 2 years, born May 1874 in Germany, a glass presser with no months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)2
1910Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaAdam Kuhn, male, age 35, head, married 12 years, born in Germany, a decorator in the glass house, out of work for 12 weeks during 1909
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)1

Deceased Children of Adam E. Kuhn and Hattie May Clark:

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=7 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S320] Adam E. Kuhn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 92, sheets 7B and 8A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  2. [S21] Adam Kuhn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, city of Moundsville, Enumeration District 78, sheet 14B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  3. [S4] Kathryne (Kuhn) Krouse, compiler, History of Kuhn/Dittmeier/Ganz Families, 1996.
  4. [S1133] Digital photo of Adam and Hattie Kuhn gravestone in Mt. Rose Cemetery, taken by Willy Nelson (WillynWV) on 16 December 2009, online http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynwv/4192258723/in/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Nelson on 24 June 2011.
  5. [S3] Kathryne (Kuhn) Krouse, compiler, Family History Kuhn/Dittmeier, 1964.
  6. [S405] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc.), Nikolaus Kuhn family data.
  7. [S406] Red Star Line Memorial, online http://www.visitantwerpen.be/redstarlinememorial/…
  8. [S496] Immigrant Ships, online http://www.fortunecity.com/littleitaly/amalfi/13/shipqs.htm. compiled by Louis S. Alfano.
  9. [S407] CastleGarden.org, online http://www.castlegarden.org/index.html
  10. [S81] Nikolaus Kuhn and family, Royal Prussian Government Release Certificate, 27 April 1886, photocopy in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  11. [S456] Marriage License for Adam Kuhn and Hattie May Clark, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130833_00038.jpg.
  12. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  13. [S18] Adam Kuhn entry, Marshall County Record of Deaths, volume 2, page 122, County Clerk's Office, Moundsville, West Virginia.
  14. [S325] Adam Kuhn obituary, Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, Weekly Edition, 25 Oct 1912, Second Section, page 4.
  15. [S372] Adam Kuhn obituary, Moundsville Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, Weekly Edition, 25 Oct 1912, Second Section, page 1.
  16. [S6] Mt. Rose Cemetery, compiled by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum.
  17. [S1133] Digital photo of Adam and Hattie Kuhn gravestone in Mt. Rose Cemetery, taken by Willy Nelson (WillynWV) on 16 December 2009, online http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynwv/4192258723/in/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Nelson on 24 June 2011.
  18. [S30] Herbert Samuel Kuhn, Social Security Application (SS-5), (02 Dec 1936).

Hattie May Clark1

ID#19, b. 8 May 1879, d. 24 July 1958
Hattie May (Clark) Kuhn
Father: Samuel E. Clark
Mother: Margaret A. Shimp

Birth date: 8 May 1879 This date is believed to be the correct one as it comes from her birth record.2 Interestingly, there are multiple records that indicate Hattie was born in July, although the year varies. Per the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, she was born in July and was 10 months old as of 01 June 1880.34 As a further complication, another source reported that Hattie was born in July 1878.5
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.2

On 18 January 1898 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Hattie applied for a marriage license with Adam Kuhn, son of Nikolaus Kuhn and Mary Schon. Information for the license was given by her father, Samuel Clark. The authorization to marry was signed on the same date by E. M. Lewis, Clerk of the County Court.1

Hattie and Adam were married on 18 January 1898 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Per family tradition, Adam's marriage to a Protestant woman resulted in his expulsion from the Roman Catholic Church.6

Photograph of Hattie with her children. Date taken: unknown. Location: probably their home in Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

On 24 July 1958 at age 79, Hattie died at home (Highland Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia). The cause of death shown on her death certificate was "carcinoma primary left lung."4 Hattie's body was interred on 27 July 1958 in the Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Hattie Kuhn."4

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Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaHattie M. Clarke, female, age 10/12, daughter, single, born in W Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)3
1900Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHattie Kuhn, female, age 21, wife, married 2 years, born July 1878 in West Virginia, 1 child born and living. Interestingly, Hattie was also recorded as a single daughter living next door at 1208 Fourth Street with her parents - even though she and Adam had been married for two years and had one child!
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)9
1900Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHattie Clark, female, age 21, daughter, single, born Jul 1878 in (West) Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)5
1910Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHattie Kuhn, female, age 30, wife, married 12 years, born in West Virginia, 4 children born and still living
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)10
1920Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaHattie Kuhn, female, age 39, head, widowed, born in West Va, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)11

Deceased Children of Hattie May Clark and Adam E. Kuhn:

Family Line(s):
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=20 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S456] Marriage License for Adam Kuhn and Hattie May Clark, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130833_00038.jpg.
  2. [S1208] Hattie M. Clark, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4132552_00364.jpg.
  3. [S1225] Samuel Clarke household, 1880 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Moundsville, Enumeration District 192, page 21A (142 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1407.
  4. [S1134] Hattie May Kuhn, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074143_0000006.jpg.
  5. [S1136] Samuel Clark household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, city of Moundsville, Enumeration District 78, sheet 14B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  6. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  7. [S336] Photograph of Hattie (Clark) Kuhn and her children. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  8. [S1133] Digital photo of Adam and Hattie Kuhn gravestone in Mt. Rose Cemetery, taken by Willy Nelson (WillynWV) on 16 December 2009, online http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynwv/4192258723/in/…. Permission to use on this site granted by Nelson on 24 June 2011.
  9. [S21] Adam Kuhn household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, city of Moundsville, Enumeration District 78, sheet 14B, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  10. [S320] Adam E. Kuhn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 92, sheets 7B and 8A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  11. [S334] Hattie Kuhn household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Magisterial District, Enumeration District 62, sheet 5A (152 stamped), National Archives micropublication T625_1953.

Eli Church1,2

ID#20, b. 8 July 1872, d. 10 March 1958
Eli Church ~ 1920
Father: William S. "Bill" Church
Mother: Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts

Birth date: 8 July 1872
Birth place: Wetzel County, West Virginia.3,4

In her booklet, Roberts Clan History, Carrie Roberts Richmond wrote the following in reference to the family of William and Elizabeth (Roberts) Church: "The Church family was born and raised in Wetzel County [West Virginia], moved to Calhoun County later. Most of them came back to Wetzel County."5 However, their son, Eli, was one of the children who did not move back to Wetzel County. As will be seen throughout this narrative, he lived in the West Virginia counties of Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane and Marshall, and even spent a few years near Adena, Ohio, but eventually settled in Marshall County, West Virginia, until his death.

Eli married Lenora Summers, daughter of Joseph Summers and Martha Ellen Matthew, on 20 November 1896 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. In the official marriage register, Lenora's first name was shortened to Nora, and her surname was misspelled - so she is recorded as Nora Sumers. Having seen the handwriting and knowing that Lenora Summers is recorded as Nora Sumers in the birth register, it is easy to understand how a surname of "Siemers" appears in some transcribed databases of Calhoun County marriages. The "u" could easily be misread as an "i" followed by an "e" followed by only one "m." So her correct surname of Summers was recorded as Sumers and transcribed as Siemers.1

Following their marriage in Calhoun County, Eli and Lenora had three children born in that county spanning May 1897 through 01 March 1902: Anise, Vella and Nellie. Sometime after Nellie's birth they moved to Ritchie County where their fourth child, Ollie, was born 30 October 1903 in Pennsboro.6 The family lived in Roane County long enough for four more children to be born between May 1905 and January 1912, bringing the total to eight. Elizabeth, Vera and Orrel were born prior to the 1910 U.S. census; Lela wasn't born until January 1912.

Around 1913, Eli and Lenora moved their family from Roane County to Marshall County, settling in the town of Moundsville.7

Photograph of the family of Eli and Lenora Church. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

During this time, the family moved frequently within the city of Moundsville. As of 03 May 1914, they lived at eastern Seventh Street.9 By 05 June 1918, the family was living at 1809 Center Street.10 Less than a year later, the family lived at Hancock Street. During this timespan, three more children were born: William, Lenna and Arles.11

Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Orrel. Date taken: 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Eli and Lenora were reportedly practicing for a play. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.12

In 1922, Eli saw a newspaper advertisement to rent a 300 acre farm near Adena, Ohio, and prepared to move the family to "the Tweedy farm," an unforeseen event that meant the secret had to be revealed.7 A search for the surname Tweedy in Harrison County, Ohio, in the 1920 U. S. Census turned up one family headed by Charles C. Tweedy, age 52, a farmer, living on Main Street, Hopedale Village (i.e. Hopedale). The distance between Hopedale and Adena is less than eight miles, so it's possible that this is the family from whom Eli decided to rent - further research is needed.13 Nevertheless, the family did move to the Tweedy farm; and it is believed that they still lived there when the twelfth and last child, Eileen, was born to Eli and Lenora in January 1923. It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.14

Photograph of Eli with Lenora Church. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.15

Eli and Lenora were divorced according to some of their grandchildren. My attempt to obtain a copy of the divorce record at the Marshall County courthouse was unsuccessful, so I do not know exactly when it occurred. It's possible that Eli and Lenora were either separated or divorced by 27 April 1938 based on son Orrel's marriage license. For parents' names, he only listed "Mrs. Lenora Church" for himself, while listing "Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Henderson" for his fiancee.16

Photograph of Eli. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.17

On 10 March 1958 at age 85, Eli died at home (2401 Second Street, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia) from coronary occlusion (probably a heart attack.)3

An obituary was published on 10 March 1958 the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.4 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"ELI CHURCH, 85, DIED EARLY TODAY
     Eli Church of 2401 Second Street died suddenly at his home at 5 o'clock this morning.
     He was born in Wetzel County, this state, July 8, 1872, son of the late William and Elizabeth Roberts Church, and was a retired farmer.
     Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Vella Alley, Mrs. Robert Clayton, Mrs. Allen Bonar of Moundsville, Mrs. Arnold Morris of Akron; Mrs. Herbert Kuhn, Mrs. Homer Leach and Mrs. Homer Blake of Fork Ridge; two sons, Ollie of Moundsville RD 3, and Orrel of Moundsville; and one sister Mrs. Sarah Starcher of Akron. A son, Anise, died in 1954 and a brother, Colonel Church, died last Thursday and was buried Saturday in Coolsville, Ohio.
     The body was removed to the Riggs funeral home. Arrangements for services are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A second obituary was published on 11 March 1958 the Moundsville Daily Echo.18 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"ELI CHURCH FUNERAL WEDNESDAY
     The funeral service for Eli Church will be held Wednesday at the convenience of the family.
     Rev. D. F. Desist will conduct the service and burial will be in the Fork Ridge Christian Church cemetery"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Eli's body was interred on 12 March 1958 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Eli Church." The inscription reads, "Father."3

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.19

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Church District, Wetzel County, West VirginiaEly Church, male, age 6, son, single, born in WVa
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)20
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 36, head, married 14 years, born in West Virginia, a farmer (general farm)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)21
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 47, head, married, born in West Va, a laborer for "all kinds" of industry
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)22
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaEli Church, male, age 57, head, married, age 24 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, worked as a laborer doing odd jobs, was not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)14

Deceased Children of Eli Church and Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=23 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S252] Register of Marriages for Eli Church and Nora Sumers, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011510_00125.jpg.
  2. [S71] Eli Church gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S557] Eli Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074140_0001649.jpg.
  4. [S292] Eli Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 10 March 1958, page 1.
  5. [S54] Carrie C. (Roberts) Richmond, compiler, History of the Roberts Clan, by Carrie C. (Roberts) Richmond, 1966, page 23.
  6. [S2461] Ollie Church, Delayed Certificate of Birth filed 22 May 1964, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file _00051.jpg.
  7. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  8. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  9. [S327] Five week old baby obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 08 May 1914, first section, page 6.
  10. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Okey Anise Church.
  11. [S393] Small child obituary, Moundsville Echo, weekly edition, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 25 April 1919, first section, page 1.
  12. [S336] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac taken 1920. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  13. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  14. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  15. [S68] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  16. [S505] Marriage License for Orrel A. Church and Margaret Ruth Henderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00035.jpg.
  17. [S1511] Photograph of Eli Church. From collection owned by Glen R. Harris, inherited from his parents, and/or his grandparents. Digital scan of original photo made in October 2010 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  18. [S326] Eli Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 11 March 1958, page 1.
  19. [S315] Digital photograph of Eli Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  20. [S175] William G. Church household, 1880 U.S. Census, Wetzel County, West Virginia, Church District, Enumeration District 102, page 14B, National Archives micropublication T9_1415.
  21. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  22. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  23. [S384] Okey Anise Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984370_0001111.jpg.
  24. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).

Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

ID#21, b. 28 July 1878, d. 7 July 1965
Lenora Susan (Summers) Church
Father: Joseph Summers
Mother: Martha Ellen Matthew

Birth date: 28 July 1878
Birth place: Taylor County, West Virginia.1,2

Also known as Nora and Nory.1

Photograph of Lenora. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.3

Lenora married Eli Church, son of William S. "Bill" Church and Elizabeth Jane "Betsy" Roberts, on 20 November 1896 in Calhoun County, West Virginia. In the official marriage register, Lenora's first name was shortened to Nora, and her surname was misspelled - so she is recorded as Nora Sumers. Having seen the handwriting and knowing that Lenora Summers is recorded as Nora Sumers in the birth register, it is easy to understand how a surname of "Siemers" appears in some transcribed databases of Calhoun County marriages. The "u" could easily be misread as an "i" followed by an "e" followed by only one "m." So her correct surname of Summers was recorded as Sumers and transcribed as Siemers.4

Following their marriage in Calhoun County, Eli and Lenora had three children born in that county spanning May 1897 through 01 March 1902: Anise, Vella and Nellie. Sometime after Nellie's birth they moved to Ritchie County where their fourth child, Ollie, was born 30 October 1903 in Pennsboro.5 The family lived in Roane County long enough for four more children to be born between May 1905 and January 1912, bringing the total to eight. Elizabeth, Vera and Orrel were born prior to the 1910 U.S. census; Lela wasn't born until January 1912.

Around 1913, Eli and Lenora moved their family from Roane County to Marshall County, settling in the town of Moundsville.6

Photograph of the family of Eli and Lenora Church. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.7

During this time, the family moved frequently within the city of Moundsville. As of 03 May 1914, they lived at eastern Seventh Street.8 By 05 June 1918, the family was living at 1809 Center Street.9 Less than a year later, the family lived at Hancock Street. During this timespan, three more children were born: William, Lenna and Arles. As of 1919 at the young age of 40, Lenora had given birth 11 times; sadly, sons William and Arles died as infants.10

Photograph of Lenora with her parents and several siblings. Date taken: August 1917. Location: unknown. Eight of their 14 children are in this photo. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

Photograph of Lenora with Arles Lloyd Church. Date taken: 1919. Location: probably Moundsville, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.12

Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Orrel. Date taken: 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Eli and Lenora were reportedly practicing for a play. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.13

In 1922, Eli saw a newspaper advertisement to rent a 300 acre farm near Adena, Ohio, and prepared to move the family to "the Tweedy farm," an unforeseen event that meant the secret had to be revealed.6 A search for the surname Tweedy in Harrison County, Ohio, in the 1920 U. S. Census turned up one family headed by Charles C. Tweedy, age 52, a farmer, living on Main Street, Hopedale Village (i.e. Hopedale). The distance between Hopedale and Adena is less than eight miles, so it's possible that this is the family from whom Eli decided to rent - further research is needed.14 Nevertheless, the family did move to the Tweedy farm; and it is believed that they still lived there when the twelfth and last child, Eileen, was born to Eli and Lenora in January 1923. It's not clear exactly when they left Ohio, but by 1 April 1930 they had returned to Marshall County, West Virginia, where they were recorded in the 1930 U.S. census.15

Photograph of Lenora with Eli Church. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.16

Lenora and Eli were divorced according to some of their grandchildren. My attempt to obtain a copy of the divorce record at the Marshall County courthouse was unsuccessful, so I do not know exactly when it occurred. Lenora never married again. Sadly, even though she was very religious and read her Bible faithfully, she believed that she would never go to heaven because she was divorced. 17

It's possible that Eli and Lenora were either separated or divorced by 27 April 1938 based on son Orrel's marriage license. For parents' names, he only listed "Mrs. Lenora Church" for himself, while listing "Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Henderson" for his fiancee.18

As of 1 April 1940 (the official date of the 1940 U.S. census), Lenora was still living with daughters Elizabeth and Eileen at 206 Mulberry Avenue, Moundsville, West Virginia.19

Photograph of Lenora with one of her brothers. Date taken: 1944. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.20

Photograph of Lenora with her brother, Roscoe Summers, and his wife, Jessie. Date taken: 1949. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.21

Lenora died at age 86 on 7 July 1965 at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. In her later years, Lenora had stayed with various daughters; at the time of her death, she was living in the home of Lela.22

An obituary was published on 7 July 1965 the Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.22 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Mrs. Church Died This Morning
     Mrs. Lenora Church, 86, resident of Fork Ridge, died this morning at 6:30 a.m. at her home. For years, she had been a resident of Mulberry avenue, Moundsville.
     She was born July 28, 1878, in Taylor county, W. Va. daughter of Joseph and Martha Matthews Summers. She was a Methodist by faith.
     Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Vella Alley, Moundsville; Mrs. Arnold Marsh, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Herbert Kuhn, Mrs. Homer Leach and Mrs. Homer Blake, all of Fork Ridge; Mrs. Allen Bonar and Mrs. Robert Clayton of Moundsville; two sons, Ollie and Orrel, both of Moundsville; 20 grandchildren; 45 great grand children; two brothers, Lee Summers and Roscoe Summers, both of Calhoun County, W. Va. One son preceded her in death in 1958.
     Friends will be received at the Kirby Funeral home at 118 Grant avenue. Funeral arrangements are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A second obituary was published on 8 July 1965 the Moundsville Daily Echo.23 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Rites Friday For Mrs. Church
     Funeral services for Mrs. Lenora Church will be conducted Friday morning at the convenience of the family. Rev. Fred Dillon will be in charge. Burial will follow at Limestone cemetery.
     Friends are now being received at the Kirby funeral home, 118 Grant avenue.
     In addition to the listing in yesterday's Echo, she was also preceded in death by two infant sons, and a son Annis"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Her body was interred in the Limestone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Limestone, Marshall County, West Virginia.24

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1880Lee District, Calhoun County, West VirginiaLenora S. Summers, female, age 2, daughter, born in W Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)25
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaLenora Church, female, age 32, wife, married 14 years, born in West Virginia, 7 of 7 children still living
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)26
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaL Nora Biorch Church, female, age 41, wife, married, homekeeper
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)27
1930Moundsville, Washington District, Marshall County, West VirginiaLenora Church, female, age 51, wife, married, born in West Virginia, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)15

Deceased Children of Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers and Eli Church:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=23 Mar 2018

Citations

  1. [S195] "West Virginia Marriages, January 1881 to November 1936," data transcriptions presented by The Calhoun County WVGenWeb, online http://www.wvgenweb.org/calhoun/gr1881-1936.txt
  2. [S58] Lenora Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.
  3. [S192] , Descendants of Eli & Lenora Susan (Summers) Church family website, online http://www.myfamily.com, Downloaded from website by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 2005. Original photograph in possession of Norman D. Leach, 2005. All MyFamily.com sites were closed by Ancestry.com effective 30 September 2014.
  4. [S252] Register of Marriages for Eli Church and Nora Sumers, Calhoun County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4011510_00125.jpg.
  5. [S2461] Ollie Church, Delayed Certificate of Birth filed 22 May 1964, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file _00051.jpg.
  6. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  7. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  8. [S327] Five week old baby obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 08 May 1914, first section, page 6.
  9. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Okey Anise Church.
  10. [S393] Small child obituary, Moundsville Echo, weekly edition, Moundsville, West Virginia, weekly edition, 25 April 1919, first section, page 1.
  11. [S68] Photograph of Joseph and Martha Summers with their adult children taken August 1917. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  12. [S68] Photograph of Lenora Church holding her infant son, Arles Lloyd Church taken 1919. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  13. [S336] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac taken 1920. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  14. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  15. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  16. [S68] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  17. As recalled by her grandchildren during the 1999 Church family reunion.
  18. [S505] Marriage License for Orrel A. Church and Margaret Ruth Henderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00035.jpg.
  19. [S1935] Nora Church household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Magisterial District, Moundsville city, Ward 2, Enumeration District 26-7, sheet 12B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.
  20. [S336] Photograph of Lenora (Summers) Church and one of her brothers taken 1944. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  21. [S68] Photograph of Roscoe and Jessie (White) Summers with Roscoe's sister, Lenora (Summers) Church taken 17 July 1949. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  22. [S328] Lenora Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 07 July 1965, page 1.
  23. [S329] Lenora Church obituary, Moundsville Daily Echo, Moundsville, West Virginia, 08 July 1965, page 1.
  24. [S58] Lenora S. Church gravestone, Limestone Presbyterian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Ethel Briggs and Ada Finnicum, 17 June 1983.
  25. [S199] Joseph Summers household, 1880 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 144, page 5A (243 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1401.
  26. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  27. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  28. [S384] Okey Anise Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984370_0001111.jpg.
  29. [S290] Ollie C. Church, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1992148_0000011.jpg.
  30. [S390] Vera Rosamond (Church) Blake, Social Security Application (SS-5), (31 May 1972).

Vella Church1

ID#22, b. 17 November 1898, d. 24 June 1989
Vella Church - 1919
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 17 November 1898
Birth place: Calhoun County, West Virginia.2

She was commonly known by her middle name, Vella; I was once told that she disliked her first name, Carrie, and never used it.1

Around 1913, her parents moved their family from Roane County to Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.3 Photograph of Vella with her parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Photograph of Vella. Date taken: circa 1918. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

Photograph of Vella with Forrest Alley. Date taken: 1918. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Photograph of Vella with Forrest Alley. Date taken: 1919. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.6

Vella married Forrest Alley, son of Elias Sheridan Alley and Mary H. "Mollie" Young, on 28 June 1922 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Although the marriage license was issued and recorded in Brooke County, the actual marriage apparently took place in Marshall County. The preprinted location of Wellsburg is crossed out on the marriage record, and W. C. Harold certified that he united Forrest and Vella in marriage at Moundsville.7

Photograph of Church and Alley family members. Date taken: believed to be circa 1950. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Taken in front yard of Herbert and Nellie (Church) Kuhn. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

Vella C. Alley witnessed the death of Forrest on 5 June 1952 Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; from aspiration pneumonia due to glioma.9 1952 must have been an extremely rough year for Vella as her husband and both of his parents died that year.

Per the Social Security Death Index, the last address of record for Vella was Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.10

Vella died at age 90 on 24 June 1989 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.11,10

A memorial service for Vella was conducted on 28 June 1989 at Kirby-Vance Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.11 Vella's body was interred on 28 June 1989 in the Fairview Cemetery, Rt. 250, Fairview, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Vella C. Alley."11

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.12

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Spencer District, Roane County, West VirginiaCara B. Church, female, age 11, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)13
1920Moundsville, Washington Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaVella C. Church, female, age 21, daughter, single, born in West Va, no occupation
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)14

Deceased Children of Vella Church and Forrest William Alley:

Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=19 Jun 2017

Citations

  1. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  2. [S296] Vella Church, Calhoun County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 808278_00219.jpg.
  3. [S147] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by LIVING Howard.
  4. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Vella Church, age 20 taken circa 1918. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S336] Photograph of Forrest Alley and Vella Church taken 1919. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S540] Marriage License for Forrest Alley and Vella Church, Brooke County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 00207.jpg.
  8. [S336] Photograph of Ollie and Irma Church, Vella Alley, Mollie Alley. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  9. [S2317] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963, Forrest W. Alley, Certificate of Death, electronic image from Pennsylvania State Archives, online https://www.ancestry.com/ai/collections/PA/StateArchives, file 42410_622204_0752-02743.jpg. Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  10. [S103] Vella C. Alley, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  11. [S762] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Grisell Funeral Home), Vella Church Alley, 28 June 1989 service.
  12. [S996] Photograph of Forrest W. and Vella C. Alley gravestone, Fairview Christian Church Cemetery, taken by Glen Richmond Harris, date unknown.
  13. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  14. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  15. [S583] Marriage License for Paul E. Alley and Romaine Mason, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130847_00195.jpg.
  16. [S86] Family information sheet completed during Church family reunion, 07 September 2002.

Philip Lee "Phil" Kuhn

ID#23, b. 12 November 1923, d. 3 February 2005
Philip Lee Kuhn - Aug 1944
Father: Herbert Samuel Kuhn
Mother: Nellie Belle Church

Birth date: 12 November 1923
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, Born at home.1,2

Phil was almost 6 years old when the family moved to Fork Ridge on 02 October 1929, having bought a farm from Albert Wilson.2

Photograph of Phil with his parents, Herbert and Nellie, and brothers, Dale and Glenn. Date taken: March 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Information on back of photo was handwritten by Nellie, describing the first spring on their new farm. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All men between ages 18 and 65 and not already in the military were required to register for the draft during one of six registration periods. At age 18, Philip registered on 30 June 1942 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: white, height 5' 11", weight 146 lbs., brown eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion.3 As of that date, he was living R.D. 2, at Glen Easton, West Virginia, and was employed by Fostoria Glass Company Moundsville, West Virginia.3

Photograph of Phil with Dorothy Moore. Date taken: 1949. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

On 6 December 1949 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Philip applied for a marriage license with Dorothy Maxine Moore, daughter of Franklin Doyle Moore and Violet Genevieve Lemons. Consent for issuance of the license was given by "Father and Mother of Female" as Dorothy was only 19 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 12 December 1949 by J. Randall Crow, Clerk of the County Court.1 Ister West, a minister of the Christian Church, certified that he united them in marriage on 16 December 1949 at Cameron.1

For many years, Phil drove a school bus from his home on Tunnel Ridge to various schools in Moundsville. He was also employed by the Marshall County School District for more than 28 years as a truck driver and warehouse man, delivering textbooks, school materials, food, janitorial supplies and various types of equipment.5,6

On 3 February 2005 at age 81, Philip died at home (Tunnel Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.)7,8

An obituary was published on 5 February 2005 The Intelligencer, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.9 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

     "KUHN, Philip Lee, 81, of Glen Easton, W.Va., died Thursday, February 3, 2005 at home.
     Born in Moundsville, W.Va., on November 12, 1923, Philip was the son of the late Herbert and Nellie Church Kuhn.
     He was a retired employee of Marshall County Schools and a member of the Fork Ridge Christian Church where he served as an elder for 25 years.
     In addition to his parents, Philip was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Moore Kuhn in August 2004; and a brother, Dale Kuhn.
     Surviving are four sons, Howard L. Kuhn and his wife, Mary, Hubert D. Kuhn and his wife, Andrea, Larry W. Kuhn and his wife, Vicki, and Andy P. Kuhn and his wife, Jackie, all of Glen Easton; a brother, Donald "Glen" Kuhn and his wife, Louise, of Moundsville; a sister, Nancy Logston and her husband, Ralph "Leroy," of Moundsville; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and his sister-in-law, Mary "Peggy" Kuhn of Glen Easton.
     Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes and Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, W.Va., on Sunday, February 6, 2005 from 12-3 and 6-9 p.m. where services will be held Monday, February 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. Interment in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, Glen Easton, W.Va.
     Memorial contributions may be made to Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery Fund."
     Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

A memorial service for Philip was conducted on 7 February 2005 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with Rev. Kenneth Ullom officiating.8 Following a graveside service by Rev. Kenneth Ullom, Philip's body was interred on 7 February 2005 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Philip L. Kuhn."7,8

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaPhillip L. Kuhn, male, age 6, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)11
1940Glen Easton, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaPhillip Kuhn, male, age 16, son, single, born in West Va, highest grade of school completed: 3rd year high school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1940)12
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Kuhn Index
Last Edited Date=4 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S467] Marriage License for Philip L. Kuhn and Dorothy Maxine Moore, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130889_00137.jpg.
  2. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  3. [S2403] U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, Philip Lee Kuhn, serial no. N275, order no. 11347, (Lehi, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011). Electronic image online at Fold3.com, Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947, roll 44046_09_00026, published 2012. Original data: Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. 552 boxes. NAI: 2658141. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147. National Archives and Records Administration, St Louis, Missouri.
  4. [S336] Photograph of Philip L. Kuhn and Dorothy M. Moore taken 1949. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S586] "Willie Shares Spotlight", Horizons, Marshall County School District (Moundsville, West Virginia), Winter 1988, Vol. 4, 01 September 2009, page 2.
  6. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  7. [S217] Philip L. Kuhn obituary, presented by Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Moundsville, West Virginia, online http://www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com
  8. [S19] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Altmeyer Funeral Home), Philip L. Kuhn, 07 February 2005 service.
  9. [S587] Philip Lee Kuhn obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 05 February 2005, Obituaries, page 2.
  10. [S315] Digital photograph of Philip L. and Dorothy M. Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  11. [S242] Herbert S. Kuhn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  12. [S1606] Herbert Kuhn household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District outside Cameron town, Glen Easton (part), Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 11B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.

Dale Milton Kuhn

ID#24, b. 27 December 1925, d. 19 August 1990
Dale Milton Kuhn - August 1944
Father: Herbert Samuel Kuhn
Mother: Nellie Belle Church

Birth date: 27 December 1925
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

Dale was three years old when the family moved to Fork Ridge on 02 October 1929, having bought a farm from Albert Wilson.3

Photograph of Dale with his parents, Herbert and Nellie, and brothers, Phil and Glenn. Date taken: March 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Information on back of photo was handwritten by Nellie, describing the first spring on their new farm. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All men between ages 18 and 65 and not already in the military were required to register for the draft during one of six registration periods. At age 18, Dale registered on 27 December 1943 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: white, height 6' 1", weight 155 lbs., blue eyes, red hair, light complexion.4 As of that date, he was living R.D. 2, at Glen Easton, West Virginia, and was working for his father, Herbert Kuhn, on the family farm.4

Photograph of Phil, Dale, Glenn and Nancy. Date taken: 1944. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.5

On 22 July 1946 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Dale applied for a marriage license with Mary Gladys "Peggy" Aston, daughter of Joseph M. "Joe" Aston and Mary Gertrude Ryan. Her name appears on the document as "Gladys Aston." Consent for issuance of the license was given by "Parents of Male and Parents of Female" as both applicants were only 20 years old. The authorization to marry was signed 26 July 1946 by J. Randall Crow, Clerk of the County Court.2 The couple's marriage took place on 28 July 1946 at Bear Ridge (off Fork Ridge), Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. After Rev. A. J. McCloy officiated the wedding at the home of the bride's parents, the couple and their guests enjoyed cake and homemade ice cream for the reception.6

Dale and Peggy lived on a farm on Brushy Ridge, a short distance off Fork Ridge Road. After many years in an older house on the east side of Brushy Ridge, they built a new house on the west side of the road at a much higher elevation. The old house became the home of their oldest daughter, Connie, and her family.7

Photograph of Dale with Peggy Kuhn. Date taken: 1974. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.

On 19 August 1990 at age 64, Dale died at home (Brushy Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia) from colon cancer.8,7

A memorial service for Dale was conducted on 21 August 1990 at Lutes Funeral Home, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, with Rev. Kenneth Ullom officiating.8 Following a graveside service by Rev. Kenneth Ullom, Dale's body was interred on 21 August 1990 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Dale M. Kuhn." The inscription reads, "Married July 28, 1946."8

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaDale N. Kuhn, male, age 4-3/12, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)10
1940Glen Easton, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaDale Kuhn, male, age 14, son, single, born in West Va, highest grade of school completed: 8th
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1940)11
Last Edited Date=7 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S15] Dale Milton Kuhn entry, Marshall County Index To Birth Records citing volume 5, page 252.
  2. [S465] Marriage License for Dale Kuhn and Gladys Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130847_00545.jpg.
  3. [S20] Interview with Nellie (Church) Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  4. [S2403] U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947, Dale Milton Kuhn, serial no. W186, order no. 11634, (Lehi, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011). Electronic image online at Fold3.com, Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947, roll 44046_09_00026, published 2012. Original data: Draft Registration Cards for West Virginia, 10/16/1940 - 03/31/1947. 552 boxes. NAI: 2658141. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926–1975, Record Group 147. National Archives and Records Administration, St Louis, Missouri.
  5. [S336] Photograph of Kuhn children: Phil, Glenn, Dale and Nancy taken 1944. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S229] Interview with Mary "Peggy" (Aston) Kuhn by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 08 September 2001.
  7. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  8. [S7] Funeral memorial card, (Moundsville, West Virginia: Lutes Funeral Home), Dale M. Kuhn, 21 August 1990 service.
  9. [S315] Digital photograph of Dale M. Kuhn gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery (Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia); photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  10. [S242] Herbert S. Kuhn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  11. [S1606] Herbert Kuhn household, 1940 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District outside Cameron town, Glen Easton (part), Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 11B, National Archives micropublication T627_4426.

Charles McClure Harris

ID#26, b. 20 January 1884, d. 15 June 1932
Charles McClure Harris
Father: Samuel Harris
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Richmond

Birth date: 20 January 1884
Birth place: Fork Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

On 6 April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Every male living within the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45 was required to register for the draft during one of three separate registration periods. The third registration was held on 12 September 1918 for men aged 18 to 21 and 31 to 45. At age 34, Charles registered in Marshall County, West Virginia, and was described as follows: medium height and build, brown eyes, brown hair.3

As of 1918 when he registered for the draft, Charles was a self-employed farmer and was living at RFD #2, Moundsville, West Virginia.3

Charles married Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston, daughter of Charles Gibson Aston and Cancedella "Della" McGary, on 29 September 1920 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. James B. Smith certified that he united them in marriage.4

Charles was a streetcar driver as well as a farmer.5 The photograph of Charles that appears above is part of a 3-part image showing him in his streetcar uniforms. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.6

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society & Ohio County WVGenWeb website compiled by Linda Cunningham Fluharty includes a "Wheeling Area Virtual Trolley Museum" that contains several photographs taken by William J. B. Gwinn. When I originally viewed the virtual museum on the Marshall County WVGenWeb site before it was transferred to the Ohio County site, I found several photos with motormen wearing the same hat Charles has on in his primary photo; and one that shows them in the same white shirt and white tie combo that he is wearing. The following excerpt from the same site provides details about the company that Charles must have been employed by, although I don't know which name specifically applied to him as I don't know his years of employment. Note that the underlined portions are my edits to highlight the info that I believe would have been applicable to Charles.
"1887 - Wheeling Railway Company
     Wheeling was the third city in the U. S. to have an electric railway system. Baltimore, Md., was first, on Aug. 10, 1885, and Richmond, Va. was second in 1886.
     In 1889 the electric railway was extended south into Benwood. In 1893 the new Back River Bridge was built and the electric line extended to Bridgeport, Ohio. The Bellaire, Bridgeport and Martins Ferry Street Railway Company was also organized and built a line during this year from Bellaire through Bridgeport to Martins Ferry, Ohio.
In 1895 another company was organized and a line was built from Benwood to Moundsville, West Virginia. In 1898 an electric line was built from Steubenville, Ohio, to Brilliant, Ohio, by a number of Wheeling capitalists. In 1899 the Wheeling Railway Company was re-organized under the name of the Wheeling Traction Company, and it took over the interests of the Wheeling Railway Company, the Bridgeport, Bellaire & Martins Ferry Street Railway Company, which covered the lines on the Ohio side of the Ohio River, and the lines between Benwood and Moundsville."7


07 March 1932 is recorded as the date of onset for a brain tumor that would ultimately be the cause of Charles' death. He was treated by Dr. J. E. Arnold from 15 March until his death 3 months later. An operation called a skull trepline [sic] was performed in June.8 Trepanation, also known as trephination or trephining, is a surgical procedure in which a circular piece of bone is removed from the skull by a special saw-like instrument called a trephine or trepan. (The English word "trepan" comes from the Greek word trypanon, which means "auger" or "drill.") This procedure is generally performed to relieve pressure on the brain caused by trauma, or to remove a blood clot from brain tissue.9

At the time of Charles' death, he and Dessie lived with their family at R.D. 1, Glen Easton, West Virginia. Their farm was on Brushy Ridge (off Fork Ridge) in Marshall County.8

Charles died at age 48 from a brain tumor on 15 June 1932 at Glen Dale Hospital (now Reynolds Memorial Hospital), Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia. The death certificate specified cause of death as "glioma of the right frontal lobe of the brain."10,8,1

An obituary was published per an unidentified news clipping.1 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"CHARLES M. HARRIS
     In living remembrance long to be forgotten by his friends and loved ones Charles M. Harris departed this earthly life at the Glen Dale hospital following an illness on June 15, 1932.
     Born on Fork Ridge January 20, 1884, he was 48 years, 4 months and 25 days old. He was united in marriage September 29, 1920 to Miss Dessie Aston and to this union was born two daughters, Eva Mae and Alda Louise who now are left without their father's tender care.
     In October 1908 at the age of 24 years he united his faith in Jesus with the Fork Ridge Christian church living a faithful Christian life until called to the Heavenly mansions, his passing will be grieved by his many friends who knew him, as a good neighbor and true companion in life, his home and family, his church and community where he lived will sadly miss him.
     He was born and reared on a farm and spent his entire life, toiling at farming as an occupation. During his sickness and untold suffering for many weeks he never uttered a word of complaint and was ready to go when God called him. Complications of diseases caused his death.
     He leaves to mourn his death besides his wife, Mrs. Dessie Harris and two daughters his father Samuel Harris four brothers and two sisters: Oscar L., Isaac E., and James A. Harris of Fork Ridge and John R. Harris of Cameron; Mrs. Charles Stewart of Moundsville, Mrs. Homer Stewart on Fork Ridge. His mother preceded him to the Great Beyond on May 10, 1926 and a brother William passed away on March 5, 1925.
     Funeral services was held at the Fork Ridge Christian church, conducted by Rev. O. J. Howearth of Moundsville, Saturday afternoon, June 18 a day of beautiful sunshine, and his body was laid to rest besides the graves of loved ones who have gone on many years before him.

No one hears the door that opens
So gentle is the call.
Like falling leaves of Autumn
One by one our loved ones fall.
The Golden Gates were opened wide
A gentle voice said "Come"!
And the Angels from the other side
Welcomed our loved one home.
Written by a friend F. M. Day
"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A memorial service for Charles was conducted on 18 June 1932 at Fork Ridge Christian Church, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.1 Charles's body was interred on 18 June 1932 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Charles M. Harris."11

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaChas. M. Harris, male, age 26, son, single, born in West Virginia, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)12
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles M. Harris, male, age 46, head, married, age 36 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, a farmer, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)13

Deceased Children of Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=18 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S789] Charles M. Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  2. [S760] Charles Harris, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00018.jpg.
  3. [S313] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online http://www.ancestry.com (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc.), Charles McClure Harris data, serial no. 643, order no. A2270.
  4. [S766] Marriage License for Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlott Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130839_00110.jpg.
  5. [S481] Interview with Donald Glenn Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 18 January 2005.
  6. [S563] Photograph of Charles McClure Harris. Copy received from LIVING Suarez.
  7. [S2416] "Virtual Wheeling Area Trolley Museum," presented by The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society & Ohio County WVGenWeb, online http://www.wvgenweb.org/ohio/trolley/trolley-train.htm
  8. [S428] Charles M. Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953684_0002018.jpg.
  9. [S534] Trepanation, online www.healthline.com/galecontent/trepanation#definition.
  10. [S427] Charles M. Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4130823_00090.jpg.
  11. [S71] Charles M. Harris and Dessie C. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  12. [S1007] Samuel Harris household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District (Brushy Ridge Road), Enumeration District 78, sheet 1A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  13. [S243] Charles M. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.

Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston1

ID#27, b. 29 August 1899, d. 1 May 1986
Dessie Charlotte (Aston) Harris
Father: Charles Gibson Aston
Mother: Cancedella "Della" McGary

Birth date: 29 August 1899
Birth place: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia.1

Photograph of Dessie. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.2

Dessie married Charles McClure Harris, son of Samuel Harris and Mary Elizabeth Richmond, on 29 September 1920 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. James B. Smith certified that he united them in marriage.3

Dessie and Charles lived with their family at R.D. 1, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. Their farm was on Brushy Ridge (off Fork Ridge) in Marshall County.4

She became a widow at age 32 when Charles died from a brain tumor on 15 June 1932.5,4,6 At some point, Dessie operated a telephone switchboard out of her kitchen. Her daughter, Louise, told the story that Dessie was using the switchboard during a storm when lightning struck it and knocked her to the floor. A newspaper photo was found that shows a couple from Beelers Station with the switchboard in the dining room of their home. This is probably very similar, if not identical, to the one that Dessie would have operated.7

Dessie died at age 86 on 1 May 1986 at Mound View Nursing Home (now the Mound View Health Care Center), Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Cause of death was listed as circulatory collapse.8,9 Dessie's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Dessie C. Harris."10

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaDessie C. Aston, female, age 9/12, daughter, single, born Aug 1899 in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)11
1910Clay District, Marshall County, West VirginiaDessie Aston, female, age 10, daughter, single, born in West Virginia, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)12
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaDessie S. Harris, female, age 30, wife, married, age 21 at first marriage, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)13

Deceased Children of Dessie Charlotte "Dess" Aston and Charles McClure Harris:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=16 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S875] Dessie Aston, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00176.jpg.
  2. [S548] Photograph of Dessie C. (Aston) Harris. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  3. [S766] Marriage License for Charles McClure Harris and Dessie Charlott Aston, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130839_00110.jpg.
  4. [S428] Charles M. Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953684_0002018.jpg.
  5. [S427] Charles M. Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4130823_00090.jpg.
  6. [S789] Charles M. Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  7. [S1316] "'Winters Switch' Operators," undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  8. [S1319] Dessie C. Harris entry, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths A - Z (January 1, 1972 to December 31, 1991), volume no. 5, page 108-F.
  9. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  10. [S71] Charles M. Harris and Dessie C. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  11. [S971] Charles Aston household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Enumeration District 67, sheet 10A, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  12. [S1122] Charles G. Aston household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Clay District, Enumeration District 80, sheet 14A (49 stamped), National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  13. [S243] Charles M. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.

Samuel Harris1

ID#28, b. 18 February 1846, d. 2 January 1936
Samuel Harris
Father: Uriah Harris
Mother: Mary Ann Lydick

Birth date: 18 February 1846
Birth place: (West) Virginia.1

His name usually appears as Samuel Harris, but it has also been found with the initial "U" appearing both before and after Samuel. It's possible that the "U" could stand for Uriah, his father's name.2

Photograph of Samuel and Mary. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.3

Photograph of Samuel and Mary E. Harris. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown.. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Photograph of Samuel. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Samuel married Mary Elizabeth Richmond, daughter of Isaac Richmond and Sarah Elizabeth Irey, on 4 November 1869 in Meade Township, Marshall County, West Virginia. Mary Elizabeth Richmond was reportedly raised by Joseph Richmond, who gave his consent for her to marry Samuel Harris as she was only 20 years of age. David Anguish certified that he united them in marriage at the residence of Mr. Joseph Richmond. (Relationship between Joseph and Isaac, Mary's father, is unknown.)5

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo of military record: Civil War Pension Index Card. Use your browser's back button to return here.6

A newspaper article about Samuel and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary was published in an unidentified newspaper, possibly the Moundsville Echo.7 The following is a transcription of that news article:

"GOLDEN WEDDING
     A pleasant surprise occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris on Fork ridge Saturday, Nov. 8, when a number of their relatives and friends gathered to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. All their children were present, a number of grand children and close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have eight children, all living tweny two grand children and three great grand children.
     They received many beautiful and useful presents and at noon a sumptuous dinner was served and a very enjoyable day was spent in conversation, music and ball games. Those present were:
     Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Fish
     Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart
     Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stewart
     Mrs. M. E. Stewart
     Mrs. Chalmer Hill
     Miss Marjorie Fish
"

[clipping was cut off at this point]
[original spelling and punctuation retained]


A clipping from an unidentified newspaper is poignant in that it describes the last birthday Samuel celebrated.8 The following is a transcription of that story:

"Samuel Harris, Civil War Veteran Celebrates 89th Birthday Today --
     Samuel Harris, prominent retired Marshall county farmer and a Civil War Veteran, celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday today and in his honor a family dinner party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart of Fork Ridge.
     Mr. Harris, a life long resident of the county, was a member of the 12th West Virginia regiment and took part in a hand to hand fight at Fort Gregg. For many years he was a prosperous Marshall county farmer.
     Among the guests were J. T. McCombs and Eli Huggins, also Civil War veterans. All of Mr. Harris' children were guests at the dinner. They are: Mrs. Homer Stewart, Mrs. Charles Stewart, J. R. Harris, O. L. Harris, Isaac Harris and James Harris
."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Samuel died at age 89 from lobar pneumonia on 2 January 1936 in Marshall County, West Virginia.1,9 Based on his being the last surviving member of the 12th W. Va. Infantry, several obituary notices were published. One clipping from an unidentified newspaper could have been published on the 3rd, 4th, or 5th of January 1936.10 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"SAMUEL HARRIS
     SAMUEL HARRIS, RETIRED COUNTY FARMER AND CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DEAD.
     Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon for Samuel Harris, one of Marshall County's Civil War veterans, who died Thursday evening at his home on Fork Ridge at the age of 89.
     Brief services will be conducted at the late home at 1:30 o'clock Monday, followed by additional services at the Fork Ridge Christian Church at 2 o'clock.
     Rev. R.J. McCoy, and Rev. O.J. Howearth will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Earl Francis Post No. 3 American Legion, will conduct ritualistic services at the grave.
     Mr. Harris, prominent retired farmer and member of one of the county's oldest families, died following a brief illness of pneumonia.
     It is believed he was the last surviving member of the gallant 12th West Virginia infantry. He enlisted in Company C., 12th Infantry, in 1862 and served to the end of the war. He participated in the battles of Fort Gregg, Gettysburg and Cedar Creek.
     Mr. Harris was the son of the late Uriah and Mary Ann Lydick Harris. He had, with the exception of the years spent in the army, lived his entire life on Fork Ridge. He was a member of the Fork Ridge Christian Church and of Caldwell post of the G.A.R.
     He is survived by four sons, Oscar L., Isaac E., John R., and James A. Harris, all of Fork Ridge, and a brother, Sheridan Harris, of this city. Twenty-five grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren also survive"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Samuel's body was interred on 6 January 1936 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Samuel Harris." The inscription reads, "Co. C 12.W.Va.."1,11

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.12

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
185033rd District, Marshall County, VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 5, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)13
For years 1860 and 1870:  Real estate = land and buildings.
Personal estate = non-land property such as household goods, furnishings, and livestock.
1860Marshall County, VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 14, born in Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1860)14
1870Cameron Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 24, born in West Virga, a farmer, no real estate value, personal estate value $450
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)15
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 64, head, married 40 years, born in West Virginia, a self-employed farmer (general farm), a Civil War veteran (Union Army)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)16
1930Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaSamuel Harris, male, age 84, father, widowed, born in West Virginia, a Civil War veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)17

Deceased Children of Samuel Harris and Mary Elizabeth Richmond:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=26 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. [S683] Samuel Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953909_0002570.jpg.
  2. [S1125] "Thirteen Veterans of Civil War Survive in Marshall County", presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/marshall/civil-13.htm. Shows name as U. S. Harris underneath photo, and as U. Samuel Harris in article.
  3. [S2122] Photograph. Digital copy of photograph received from Bruce Stewart.
  4. [S548] Photograph of Samuel Harris. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  5. [S1304] Marriage License for Samuel Harris and Mary E Richmond, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00261.jpg.
  6. [S547] Civil War Pensions, Organization Index to Pension Files, electronic image electronic image by NARA, online http://www.footnote.com/image/22725836/
  7. [S800] "Golden Wedding," undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  8. [S702] "Samuel Harris, Civil War Veteran Celebrates 89th Birthday Today," unidentified newspaper clipping dated 16 February 1935 submitted by Naomi Hupp Lowe, presented by The Marshall County WVGenWeb, online http://www.lindapages.com/wvcw/12wvi/12-sharris.htm
  9. [S684] Samuel Harris, Marshall County Indexed Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4130823_00091.jpg.
  10. [S1144] Samuel Harris obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  11. [S71] Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  12. [S1165] Digital photograph of Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 12 September 2010.
  13. [S1273] Uriah Harris household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, page 282B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  14. [S1110] Uriah Harris household, 1860 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, Glen Easton Post Office, page 177, National Archives micropublication M653_1360.
  15. [S1178] Samuel Harris household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, page 24, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  16. [S1007] Samuel Harris household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District (Brushy Ridge Road), Enumeration District 78, sheet 1A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  17. [S243] Charles M. Harris household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Magisterial District, Enumeration District 26-2, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  18. [S686] Oscar L. Harris, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074150_0002495.jpg.

Mary Elizabeth Richmond1

ID#29, b. 9 November 1849, d. 11 June 1926
Mary Elizabeth (Richmond) Harris
Photograph of Samuel and Mary. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.2

Photograph of Mary and Samuel Harris. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown.. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.2

Father: Isaac Richmond
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Irey

Birth date: 9 November 1849
Birth place: Moundsville, Marshall County, Virginia.1,3,4

Mary married Samuel Harris, son of Uriah Harris and Mary Ann Lydick, on 4 November 1869 in Meade Township, Marshall County, West Virginia. Mary Elizabeth Richmond was reportedly raised by Joseph Richmond, who gave his consent for her to marry Samuel Harris as she was only 20 years of age. David Anguish certified that he united them in marriage at the residence of Mr. Joseph Richmond. (Relationship between Joseph and Isaac, Mary's father, is unknown.)5

A newspaper article about Samuel and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary was published in an unidentified newspaper, possibly the Moundsville Echo.6 The following is a transcription of that story:

"GOLDEN WEDDING
     A pleasant surprise occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris on Fork ridge Saturday, Nov. 8, when a number of their relatives and friends gathered to help them celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. All their children were present, a number of grand children and close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have eight children, all living tweny two grand children and three great grand children.
     They received many beautiful and useful presents and at noon a sumptuous dinner was served and a very enjoyable day was spent in conversation, music and ball games. Those present were:
     Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harris
     Mr. and Mrs. John Fish
     Mr. and Mrs. Homer Stewart
     Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Stewart
     Mrs. M. E. Stewart
     Mrs. Chalmer Hill
     Miss Marjorie Fish
."

[original spelling and punctuation retained]


Mary died at age 76 on 11 June 1926 in Clay District, Marshall County, West Virginia. Cause of death was general debility with influenza as a contributing factor.4,3

An obituary was published per an unidentified, undated newspaper clipping. It is interesting to note that the obituary appears with her maiden name rather than her married name.1 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"MARY ELIZABETH RICHMOND
     On Friday morning June 11, 1926, Death -- the messenger whose summons we all must inevitably heed, entered the home of Samuel Harris on Fork Ridge and claimed for its victim the beloved wife and mother, Mary Elizabeth Richmond, she was born November the 9th 1849 she was a daughter of Isaac and Sarah Richmond.
     On November the fourth 1869 she was united in marriage to Samuel Harris. To this union eight children were born, six sons and two daughters, one son William died March 5th 1925. Those living are Oscar, Isaac, John, James and Charles, Mrs. Charles Stewart and Mrs. O. H. Stewart all living in Marshall county. Also twenty six grand children and fifteen great grnad children.
     Early in life she united with the Christian church, and to that trust she has been faithful. For many years a Sunday school teacher and church worker. She tried always to be of service to her master and to the community in which she lived.
     Mrs. Harris was well and favorably known throughout this section of the country. She had a lovable dispositon that made her many friends. She was a true companion and a devoted mother.
     Mrs. Harris had been in poor health for several years and for the past six months had been confined to her room due to complicatoin of diseases. She was tenderely cared for by her husband and children until God in his infinte wisdom saw fit to call her from this world of pain and sorrow to that heavenly home above where there is no death nor parting, but where all is peace and love.
     She was laid to rest in the Christian church cemetery on Fork Ridge to await the Resurrection morn"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Mary's body was interred on 13 June 1926 in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; her name appears on the gravestone as "Mary E. Harris." The inscription reads, "Samuel Harris and Mary E. his wife."4,7

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
185033rd District, Marshall County, VirginiaMary E. Richmond, female, age 10 months, born in Va
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1850)9
1870Cameron Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaMary Harris, female, age 19, born in Pennsylvania, keeping house
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)10
1910Brushy Ridge Road, Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaMary E. Harris, female, age 59, wife, married 40 years, born in West Virginia, 8 of 8 children still living
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)11

Deceased Children of Mary Elizabeth Richmond and Samuel Harris:

Family Line(s):
Harris Index
Last Edited Date=28 Aug 2015

Citations

  1. [S783] Mary Elizabeth Richmond obituary, undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  2. [S2122] Photograph. Digital copy of photograph received from Bruce Stewart.
  3. [S787] Mary Elizabeth Harris, Marshall County Register of Deaths, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 4132553_00228.jpg.
  4. [S786] Mary Elizabeth Harris, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1953325_0002575.jpg.
  5. [S1304] Marriage License for Samuel Harris and Mary E Richmond, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130825_00261.jpg.
  6. [S800] "Golden Wedding," undated clipping from unidentified newspaper.
  7. [S71] Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone, Fork Ridge Christian Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia; transcribed by Jo Ellen Dalton, 1983.
  8. [S1165] Digital photograph of Samuel and Mary E. Harris gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 12 September 2010.
  9. [S1010] Isaac Richmond household, 1850 U.S. Census, Marshall County, Virginia, 33rd District, page 253B, National Archives micropublication M432_959.
  10. [S1178] Samuel Harris household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, page 24, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  11. [S1007] Samuel Harris household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District (Brushy Ridge Road), Enumeration District 78, sheet 1A, National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  12. [S686] Oscar L. Harris, Certificate of Death, Wetzel County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 2074150_0002495.jpg.

Charles Gibson Aston1

ID#30, b. 7 February 1863, d. 2 October 1948
Charles Gibson Aston
Father: James Aston
Mother: Rachel Job Anderson

Birth date: 7 February 1863 Calculated from his reported age at death of 85 years 7 months 25 days.2 The 1900 U.S. Federal Census reported that he was born a year later in February 1864, but I believe that date to be incorrect.3
Birth place: (West) Virginia.2

Charles was known by the nickname Colonel1 and was also called Crane, presumably due to the fact that he was a big man and was very strong.4

Photograph of Charles. Date taken: unknown. Location: Plummer's, 1138 Main Street, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia. Click on camera to view full (or larger) image than the one shown here, then use your browser's back button to return to this page.5

On 9 July 1890 in Marshall County, West Virginia, Charles applied for a marriage license with Della McGary, daughter of Arthur McGary and Louisa Perkins.6 S. L. Bristor certified that he united them in marriage on 25 December 1890 at Beeler's Station.6

When their son, Clarence, was born on 31 July 1897, Charles resided with his wife, Della, at Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia, along with their first two children, Ethel May Aston and Joseph M. "Joe" Aston.7 He was working as a carpenter at the time of Clarence's birth in 18977 and was a sawyer two years later when Dessie was born on 29 August 1899.8

Photograph of Charles with Della Aston. Date taken: 25 December 1930. Location: Fork Ridge, Marshall County, West Virginia. Charles and Della are standing in front of their home on their 40th wedding anniversary. The man in the background, commonly known as Hoople, is a son of their daughter Ethel. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.9

Photograph of Charles with Della Aston. Date taken: unknown. Location: unknown. The couple in their older years. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.10

Charles died at age 85 on 2 October 1948 in Marshall County, West Virginia.2 Charles's body was interred on 5 October 1948 in the Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, Fork Ridge Road, Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Charles G. Aston."2

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.11

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1870Cameron Township, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles Axton, male, age 7, born in West Virga, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1870)12
1880Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles Aston, male, age 16, son, single, born in W.Va, a farmer
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1880)13
1900Cameron District, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles Aston, male, age 36, head, married 9 years, born Feb 1864 in West Virginia, a farmer with no months unemployed
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)3
1910Clay District, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles G. Aston, male, age 46, head, married 19 years, born in West Virginia, a sawyer with his own mill
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)14
1930Clay District, Marshall County, West VirginiaCharles G. Aston, male, age 66, head, married, age 26 at first marriage, born in West Virginia, a self-employed farmer, not a veteran
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)15

Deceased Children of Charles Gibson Aston and Cancedella "Della" McGary:

Family Line(s):
Aston Index
Last Edited Date=16 Aug 2017

Citations

  1. [S87] "Colonel Aston, Commissioner," clipping from an unidentified newspaper, 31 July 1936.
  2. [S337] Charles Gibson Aston, Certificate of Death, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx, file 1984022_0001590.jpg.
  3. [S971] Charles Aston household, 1900 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Enumeration District 67, sheet 10A, National Archives micropublication T623_1765.
  4. [S215] Interview with Donald Glenn Kuhn, by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 1983.
  5. [S170] Photograph of Charles Gibson Aston. From antique photograph album with handwritten inscription, "Presented to Della (McGary) Aston 1888 by J. L. Hood." Inherited by Della's daughter, Dessie (Aston) Harris, who passed it on to her own granddaughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton, present owner of the album.
  6. [S483] Marriage License for Charles G. Aston and Cancedela McGary, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130829_00153.jpg.
  7. [S437] Clarence E. Aston, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00151.jpg.
  8. [S875] Dessie Aston, Marshall County Register of Births, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_bcsearch.aspx, file 4130821_00176.jpg.
  9. [S548] Photograph of Charles G. and Della McGary taken 25 December 1930. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  10. [S548] Photograph of Charles G. and Della McGary. From collection owned by Alda Louise (Harris) Kuhn, and inherited by her daughter, Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, in 2005. Digital scan of original photo made by Dalton.
  11. [S451] Digital photograph of Charles G. and Della Aston gravestone in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 October 2005.
  12. [S1188] James Axton household, 1870 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron Township, Glen Easton Post Office, page 28, National Archives micropublication M593_1693.
  13. [S1320] James Aston household, 1880 U. S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Cameron District, Enumeration District 188, page 4C (66 stamped), National Archives micropublication T9_1407.
  14. [S1122] Charles G. Aston household, 1910 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Clay District, Enumeration District 80, sheet 14A (49 stamped), National Archives micropublication T624_1688.
  15. [S1118] Charles G. Aston household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Clay District, Enumeration District 26-11, sheet 13B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.
  16. [S472] Marriage License for Lewis Aston and Helen Lee West, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00836.jpg.