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Road Building, Raleigh County, 1855

Alexander Cantley bought one share of stock in the Raleigh and Boone Road on 15 February 1855.


Source: page 69, Raleigh County West Virginia, Jim Wood, 1994. BJW Printing and Office Supplies, Beckley, WV.

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Place Names, Fayette County, various years

Hilltop, Red Star, and Glen Jean
Hilltop sat “on the top of the hill which towers above Red Star and Glen Jean.” It was 3 miles away from Oak Hill. The Hilltop post office was originally called Oak Hill. Red Star was a trade name for coal. Glen Jean was named after the wife of Thomas McKell.

Powellton
Powellton was on Armstrong Creek in Kanawha District. It was named for G.H. Powell, an English coal operator who headed the Mr. Carbon company. The Powellton mine opened in 1888.

Sanger
Sanger was named for Henry Sanger who settled there in 1849.


Source: Historical Notes on Fayette County, W.Va., by Shirley Donnelly, privately printed, 1958.

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Land Taxes, Raleigh County, 1850s – 1860s

Year
Owner, Residence, Acreage, Name of Tract, Bearing/Distance from Courthouse
Page No.

1850
Cantley, Eliza. Raleigh, 100, Marsh Fork, NW 5.
(p. 2)

1850
Clay, Mitchel. Boone, 40, Little Marsh Fork, W 31.
(p. 2)

1850
Cantley Eliza. Raleigh, 100, Marsh Fork Cove, SW 31.
(p. 2)

1851
Cantley, Eliza. Raleigh, 100, Marsh Fork Coal River, SW 31.
(p. 2)

1851
Clay, Mitchel. Boone, 40, Little Marsh Fork Coal River, W 31.
(p. 2)

1867
Cantley, Alexander. Raleigh, 100, Marsh Fork Coal River, W 32.
(p. 18)

1868
Cantley, Alexander. Raleigh, 100, Marsh Fork Waters, W 32.
(p. 17)
Note: Above listing repeats through 1871.

1869
Harper, Hamilton. Raleigh. 200[?], Middle Fork Sand Lick, W 10.
(p. 16)
Note: Above listing repeats through 1871.


Source: Selected Records, Raleigh County VA(WV) Land Tax Book 1850 – 1871, microfilm reel 337, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Marriage Bonds, Montgomery County, 1780s

Date of Bond: 14 February 1785
Boston Wygal and Elenor Collins
no parental information
Security: John Wylie and Meredith Reigns
(p. 4)

Date of Bond: 16 January 1787
John French and Bidde Clay
Father of Bride: Michel Clay
Security/Witnesses: John French and Ralph Stewart
(p. 15)

Date of Bond: 5 November 1789
George Chapman and Patience Clay
no parental information
Security/Witnesses: John Chapman
(p. 31)


Source: Selected Records, Montgomery County Virginia Index and Marriage Register 1777 – 1853, microfilm reel 30, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Land Taxes, Fayette County, 1830s

Year, Name, Acreage, Location, Notations [if present], Page No., Line No.

1834, Eliza Cantley (infant), 100 acres, Marsh Ford of Cole, entered by Alexander Cantley her next of kin, (page 4, line 1)

1837, Eliza Cantley, 100 acres, Fayette, (page 5, line 5)

1838, Eliza Cantley, 100 acres, residence unknown, (page 6, line 28)

Note: entries identical to the 1838 listing appear in 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844 and 1848. I have not checked every year due to the poor condition of this particular film.


Source: Selected records for Eliza Cantley, Fayette County Virginia Land Tax Lists, 1831 – 1861, microfilm reel 66, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Land Taxes, Raleigh County, 1872 – 1878

Year
Name, District, Area, Acres, Bearing From Courthouse, Notes. Page

1872
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Fork Waters, 100, NW 22, In Fee. (p. 20)
Hamilton Harper, Clear Fork, Middle Fork of Sand Lick, 271, SW 10, Increased and Transferred from Trap Hill. (p. 24)

1873
Phillip Wikle, Clear Fork, Sand Lick, 65, [unreadable], Transferred by [unreadable] wife, et al. (p. 32)

1875
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Dry Creek Waters, 65, W 22. (p. 37)
Phillip Wikle, Clear Fork, Sand Lick, 65, NW 14. (p. 35)

1876
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Dry Creek Waters, 55, W 22. (no page)
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Fork Waters, 20, W 25. (no page)
Phillip Wikle, Clear Fork, Sand Lick, 65, NW 14. (no page)

1877
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Fork, 35, W 22. (p. 29)
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Waters, 20, W 25. (p. 29)
Mary J. Atha, Clear Fork, Waters of Sand Lick, 134, NW 10. P. 33.
Jackson [Phillip] Wikle’s Heirs, Clear Fork, Sand Lick, 65, NW 14. (p. 39)

1878
Phillip Wikle’s Heirs, Clear Fork, Sand Lick, 65, NW 14. (p. 32)
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Fork, 35, W 22. (p. 33)
Alexander Cantley, Marsh Fork, Marsh Waters, 20, W 25. (p. 33)


Source: West Virginia Land Tax Lists, 1782-1900, Raleigh County, microfilm reel 337, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Court Records, Monroe County, 1855 – 1858

15 January 1855
Jane Wikel, widow of Goodlow Minner, applies to have land laid off and assigned for her dower. (p. 13)

Agreement between George Wikel and Jane Minner dated 11 July 1854 admitted to record. (p. 17)

19 February 1855
Court refused to approve commissioner’s assignment of Jane Minner’s dower and job was handed back to commissioner. (p. 21)

19 March 1855
Dower land assignment approved and ordered to be recorded. (p. 27)

17 September 1855
Peter Minner’s will presented and ordered to be recorded. (p. 88)

15 October 1855
Peter Minner’s appraisment returned. (p. 94)

19 November 1855
Goodlow Minner’s accounts ordered to be settled. (p. 102)

17 March 1856
Goodlow Minner’s settlement ordered to be recorded.. (p. 135)

19 August 1856
Report Submitted by guardian Joseph Ellis on Goodlow Minner’s heirs. (p. 194)

16 February 1857
George W. Hutchinson ordered to settle estate of Goodlow Minner. (p. 251)

15 June 1857
Settlement of Peter Minner estate ordered to be recorded. (p. 286)

17 August 1857
Alexander Wikle transfers land to Wm Lively. (p. 333)

30 January 1858
Deed of B/S from Wm Wikel and wife to George C. Wikel. (p. 377)
Deed of B/S from Wm Wikel and wife to Ro. H. Wikel. (p. 377)

17 May 1858
Geo. C. Wikel appointed as surveyor of road from the end of Peter Miller’s lane to Isaac Campbell’s. (p. 410).

19 July 1858
Settlement with Joseph Ellis, Guardian of Heirs of Goodlow Minner. (p. 444)


Source: Selected entries, Monroe County VA Order Book 7, 1854 – 1859, microfilm reel 11, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Court Orders, Raleigh County, 1870s

31 March 1874
Precinct No. 9. Beginning at Caperton Wright’s Black Smith shop
up the middle prong of Sand Lick along a road now already part-
ly made to the upper end of Hamilton Harper’s field above the house
leaving the creek turning to the right up a ridge to the top [of] a main
flat ridge & with the same to the intersection of the Coal River Road.
And John A. Williams is hereby appointed Surveyor of the same with the
following hands. viz. Henderson Meadows, John H. Wikle, Wilson Right, Lewis
Fipps, Pleasant Aliff, Harvey Bennett & any others that may be in bounds not
on other roads. (p. 277)

12 November 1874
Hamilton Harper served on jury for State of WV vs. Andrew Pettry – Misdemeanor. (p. 317)

12 September 1877
Hamilton Harper served on jury for State of WV vs. Robert Beasley – 2 Misdemeanors. (p. 557)


Source: Selected entries, Raleigh County Order Book B, 1859 – 1878, Raleigh County Court, Beckley, West Virginia, microfilm no. 598405, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Court Orders, Raleigh County, 1876

11 May 1876
Hamilton Harper served on jury for William G. Beckley vs. Martin H. Holt. (p. 445)

July Term 1876
Amount allowed for the support of Richard Cantly,
Blind Man, as partial relief $20.00. (p. 459)

July Term 1876
Amount allowed Richard Cantly,
Blind for the last 8 months in 1875, $10.00. (p. 460)

November Term 1876
Allowance for James Jones for 1 day as Juror in Inquest, $1. (p. 462)

November Term 1876
Allowance for C. L. Clay for 1 day as Juror in Inquest, $1. (p. 462)

[no date or term mentioned]
A Deed of B/S from William Turner & wife to Mary Jane Atha – 130 acres of land
more or less situate on Sand Lick Middle Fork. (p. 483)

November Term 1876
An article of agreement Between Alexander Cantley and Tempa
Hopkins
in regard to their Personal Property before Marriage. (p. 484)


Source: Selected entries, Raleigh County Order Book B, 1859 – 1878, Raleigh County Court, Beckley, West Virginia, microfilm no. 598405, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Court Orders, Raleigh County, 1860/61

February Term 1860
Upon the petition of Hamilton Harper who desires a new road leading from
the location of the state road down the middle fork of Sand Lick to intersect the Coal
River and Marsh Road. It is ordered that James Mankin, Wm Vass & Hamilton
Harper after being first sworn before a justice of the peace for that purpose, do view
the ground along which said road is proposed to be conducted & report to the Court
truly & impartially the conveniences as well as the inconveniences that will result
as well to private individuals as to the public if said road should be opened as proposed.
(p. 31)

Marsh Fork 1860
Ordered that James Cantley be appointed Surveyor of the public road leading from
the top of Horse Creek point to a Blazed white oak one mile above the mouth of
Rock Creek in the course of John H. Thompson, and that here[with] all the
hands heretofore allotted to said road do [op]en & keep the same in legal repair. (p. 36)

June Term 1860
Charles L. Clay assigned debt of Elias Lively to Charles Lewis. (p. 72)

June Term 1860
G.W. Hood paid $1 for service as Clerk of Election. (p. 75)

August Term 1860
Alexr Cantley served on Grand Jury which led to indictments against Robison Williams & Archibald Trout, both for Trespass, Assault and Battery. (p. 100)

August Term 1860
Charles L. Clay – Plaintiff
vs.
Alexr Cantley – Defendant
Case transferred from Justice. “This cause is dismissed – agreed.” (p. 105)

August Term 1860
Alexr Cantley allowed $1 for service as Grand Juror. (p. 111)

Special Term, June 1, 1861
Alexander Cantley paid as an election commissioner. (p. 183)


Source: Selected entries, Raleigh County Order Book B, 1859 – 1878, Raleigh County Court, Beckley, West Virginia, microfilm no. 598405, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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