Victor Lawrence "Dot" Summers

ID#640, b. 9 July 1883, d. 26 July 1935
Father: Joseph Summers
Mother: Martha Ellen Matthew

Birth date: 9 July 1883.1,2,3
Birth place: Calhoun County, West Virginia.4

Commonly known by his middle name, Lawrence. His first name of Victor does not appear on his marriage record, on census records once he was an adult, or on his gravestone. According to a handwritten family record, Lawrence was also known by the nickname, Dot; but I suspect that it was probably used among family as I have not found a reference to it anywhere else.

Lawrence married Artie Fairbee, daughter of Silas Fairbee and Bathsheba McMillan, on 31 December 1916 in Roane County, West Virginia. Wellington Lester certified that he united them in marriage at the home of the bride's parents.4

Photograph of Victor with his 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.5

Lawrence died at age 52 on 26 July 1935.3,1,2 Lawrence's body was interred in the Drakesburg Cemetery, Drakesburg, Portage County, Ohio.3

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1900Calhoun County, West VirginiaVictor L. Summers, male, age 16, son, single, born July 1883 in West Virginia, a farmer with 4 months unemployed, attended school 4 months
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 June 1900)6
1910Calhoun County, West VirginiaLawrence Summers, male, age 27, son, single, born in West Virginia, a laborer (not at home)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)7
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Church Index
Last Edited Date=2 May 2014


  1. [S55] Joseph Summers family, copy of handwritten record, in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  2. [S82] Family of Joseph and Martha Summers, photocopy of handwritten record supplied by Vera Church Blake (original author unidentified), in possession of Jo Ellen Dalton.
  3. [S1891] Lawrence Summers, Find A Grave memorial no. 86325613, created by ProgBase (#47278889) on 06 March 2012, online
  4. [S1890] Marriage License for Lawrence Summers and Artie Fairbee, Roane County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online, file _00346.jpg.
  5. [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, Robert H. Leach. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  6. [S1181] Joseph Summers household, 1900 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 23, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T623_1757.
  7. [S1889] Joseph Summers household, 1910 U.S. Census, Calhoun County, West Virginia, Lee District, Enumeration District 20, sheet 2B, National Archives micropublication T624_1677.