Author Archives: Debora Kerr

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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Notification of Birth Registration, West Virginia, ca. 1938

[information typed on pre-printed form]

[Front of Document]
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
WASHINGTON

Notification of Birth Registration

This certifies that the following Record of Birth is registered and preserved in the office of the State
Registrar of Vital Statistics at CHARLESTON W. VA.
Name: FRENCH J. WYKLE Sex MALE No. 25303
Date of Birth: Dec. 29, 1921 Place of Birth SANGER, W. VA.
Name of Father FRENCH WYKLE
Maiden Name of Mother WINNIE CANTLEY

W. L. Austin [signature]
W. L. Austin, Director of the Census
H. E. Steele [signature]
Special Agent, Bureau of the Census
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1938

[Back of Document]
PRESERVE THIS CERTIFICATE – IT IS VALUABLE
It shows that this birth is legally registered with the Vital Statistics Division of the State Department
of Health
This notification of birth registration will be valuable in proving the name, age, birthplace, and
parentage of the child for school records, working rights, establishing identity, and other purposes.
If errors are found in the statements on this notification, please return it with corrections at once to
the Special Agent of the Bureau of the Census at the office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, as
shown on the front of this certificate.
The original record of birth on file in the office of the State Department of Health will then be
completed and a corrected Notification of Birth Registration will be mailed to you free.


Source: Original found in James Wykle’s (the above FRENCH J. WYKLE) belongings after his death. In possession of author.

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Marriage Certificate, Ohio, 1946

Marriage Certificate

This is to certify that
Mr. James F. Wykle, Jr.
of Akron, Ohio
and
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
of Akron, Ohio
were by me
United in Marriage
according to the Ordinance of God, and the Laws of the
State of Ohio, at Akron Ohio
on the 15th day of July A.D. 1946.

What, therefore, God hath joined
together, let not man put asunder. Rev. W.E. Henry, Officiating
Matt. 19-6
Mrs. Carl B. Carter [signature]
Carl B. Carter [signature] Witnesses
Probate Court
Summit County, Ohio
Marriage License
No. ____ [blank]


Source: Original document in possession of author.

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Marriage License, Ohio, 1946

Marriage License
NOT VALID After Sixty Days from Date

The State of Ohio, Summit County
To Any Person Legally Authorized to Solemnize Marriages in the State of Ohio:

I, the undersigned, Dean F. May, [pre-printed on form]

Judge of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid, have Licensed, and do hereby License and Authorize

Mr. James F. Wykle, Jr. and
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
to be joined in Marriage

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court, at Akron, Ohio, this 11th day of July A.D. 1946
Dean F. May
Judge of the Probate Court
by Garnet Johnson [signature]
Deputy Clerk

The above marriage was solemnized by me this 15th day of July 1946
Rev. W.E. Henry [signature]
110-336


Source: Original document in possession of author.

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Obituary, Ohio, 2011

James French Wykle, Jr, 89, passed away February 28, 2011 in Collins, MS.

He was born December 29, 1921 in Sanger, W. Va., the son of James Wykle and Winona Cantley.

He is survived by his daughter, Debora Kerr, of Midlothian, Va.; and his sister, Dorothy Hearn, of Collins, Ms.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkin-son’s Research.

An interment service will be held for members of the family at Hillside Memorial Park.

Please share your thoughts and condolences online at our website: http://www.eckardbaldwin.com.


Source: Akron Beacon Journal, 13 March 2011, online at http://www.legacy.com

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Three Postcards, Texas, 1942 & 1944

Description:
Color postcard folder. “Greetings From Mineral Wells and Camp Wolters Texas”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
201 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

Postmark:
Camp Wolters, Texas
Oct 6
1942

Description:
Color postcard folder. “Souvenir Folder of Texas, The Lone Star State”

Addressed to:
Miss Rosa Lee Pietkoski
309 N. Broad St.
Middletown, Delaware

From:
Pvt. Bernard R. Pietkoski, U.S. Army
COD 55th Btn. 4th Plt.
Camp Wolters, Texas

Postmark:
Camp Wolters, Texas
Nov 24
1942

Description:
Color postcard folder. “Views of Cadet Life at S.A.A.C.C.”

Addressed to:
Miss RosaLee Pietkaski
Singerly Village
Elkton, Maryland

From:
A/C Robinson H.D. 33721681
GR.T, Sqdn. 276, Class[? – maybe 45-D]
AAFPS SAACC
San Antonio
Texas

Postmark:
San Antonio, Texas
Sep 6
1944


Source: Property of Rosa Lee Pietkoski in possession of author.

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USMC Separation Report, Maryland, 1945

U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation

SS#UNK
1. Wykle (JR) James French
2. Rank: Sgt
3. Pay Grade: 4th
4. Serial Number: 425374
5. Permanent Address for Mailing Purposes: Minden, Fayette Co, W. Va.
6. Race: W
7. Sex: M
8. Citizen: X [yes]
9. Date of Birth: 29Dec21
10. Address From Which Person Will Seek Employment: Same as #5
11. Married: X [no]
12. No. of Dep: None
13. Place of Birth: Sanger, W. Va.

Record of Marine Corps Service

14. Registered [selective service]: X [no]
15. Address at Time of Entry into Service: Same as #5
16. Sel. Ser. Bd. No. : Unk
17. County & State: Unk
18. Means of Entry: Enlisted – 1
19. Place of Entry into Active Service: DHS, Charleston, W. Va.
20. Date of Entry: 3Aug42
21. Component: Res. 111b
22. Pension Claim Filed: No
23. Place of Separation from Active Service: MB, Bainbridge, Md.
24. Date of Separation: 20Nov45
25. Org at Separation: Sep Co.
26. Type of Discharge Cert. : Honorable
27. Length of Foreign and/or Sea Service: Years – 1, Mos – 9, Days – 18
28. Military Specialties: Demolition Spl. 533; Const Crew Chief 796
29. Service Schools Attended: None, Courses – None, Weeks – None
30. Principle Military Duty: Const. Crew Chief. 796

Employment and Non-Service Educational Data

31. Civilian Occupation – Title: Blaster, D.O.T. Number – 5-74, No. Yrs. – 2, Last Employed – Jun42. Job Summary – Was blaster for construction company and shot fire man in coal mine. Place and tamped charges of explosives. Fired them by electricity.
32. Secondary Occupation – Title: Machine Oper., D.O.T. Number – [blank], No. Yrs. – 1, Last Employed – [blank]
33. Last Employer Before Entry into Service: New River Co., Summerlee, W. Va. Date Left – Jun42
34. Job Aid Desired? X [yes]
35. Education in Years: Grammar – 8, High School – 2, College – [blank], Degree – [blank]
36. Major Courses: Academic
37. Trade Courses: None
38. Courses of Greatest Interest: None
39. Last School Attended: Oakhill High Sch., ” ” [ditto marks for Oakhill] W.Va. ’37

Preferences

40. Preference for Additional Training: Apprenticeship training.
41. Job Preference: Undecided, Reason [blank]
42. Locality Preference: Will go where job demands., Reason [blank]
43. Signature of C.O. or Pers. O.: R.A. Nedwidek; Type in Name of Off. Rank – 2nd Lt. USMCR; Signature of Dischargee – James F. Wykle Jr.


Source: U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation, original document in possession of author.

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Land Grant, Giles County, 1811

Mitchel Clay, Jr
100 acres
Giles County

George Wm Smith, Esquire, Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting: Know ye, That by virtue of Land Office Treasury warrant, number 3954, issued the 2nd day of June, 1804; there is granted by the said Commonwealth, unto Mitchel Clay, junior, a certain Tract or parcel of Land, containing One hundred acres by survey bearing date, the 14th day of November 1809, lying in the County of Giles, on the east side of New river, and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at a pine on a ridge, and running thence, north fifty eight degrees east, fifty two poles to a hickory and two black oaks on a hill side: north fifty two degrees west, eighty eight poles to two pines on the top of a ridge: north seventy five degrees west, one hundred and one poles to a black oak on the top of a high ridge: south one degree west, twenty poles to a double pine on the same ridge: south sixty eight degrees west, fifty eight poles to three red oaks on the bench[?] of a hill: north forty five degrees west, seventy eight poles to two pines on the point of a ridge: north twenty five degrees east, twenty three poles to three little hickories on the top of a hill: north forty seven degrees west, fourteen poles to a pine: south thirty seven degrees west, twenty six poles to two pines: south twenty degrees east, sixty poles to three small red oaks about ten poles to Reuben Roberts corner on three white oaks: thence with, or nearly with said line, south sixty degrees east, eighty poles to a black oak and poplar: and thence south seventy eight degrees east, one hundred and sixty four poles to the beginning. To have and to to [word repeated] hold the said Tract or parcel of Land with its appurtenances, to the said Mitchel Clay junior, and his heirs for ever. In witness whereof the said George Wm Smith, Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven, and of the Commonwealth the thirty-fifth.

Geo: Wm Smith


Source: Land Office Grants and Patents, Giles County, Virginia, 1810 – 1811, p. 495 – 496, LVA microfilm reel 61, Library of Virginia

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Obituary, Raleigh County, 1895

      Mrs. Awry [Ora] Clay was born in Giles Co., Va., Jan. 30,
1812, and departed this life July 17, 1895, aged 83 years,
5 months and 19 days. She was the youngest child of a
family of 24 children and daughter of Ralph and Polly Stew-
art. She has only one brother surviving her, Hon. Chas.
Stewart, Sr., of Wyoming Co. She united with the Methodist
Episcopal Church in 1825 and lived not only a consistent,
but a warm, zealous, practical christian life for 70 years.
“Praise the Lord!” Christianity is no failure with Mother
Clay, it was a practical pay down system.
      She was united in marriage with Charles L. Clay in 1828,
he passed away in full triumph of faith some six years ago.
      She was the mother of 15 children, ten sons and five
daughters, nine of whom are still living, six have preceded
her to the great beyond.
      Farewell, Mother Clay. She lived right and died well.
Let the bells toll, let the curtain fall. Aunt Awry has passed
away from Earth gone beyond the clouds and dwells in that far
away home of the soul. “That land of pure delight where saints
immortal reign.” She’s an angel now, a child of god, a daugh-
ter of resurrection.
      Children and Grandchildren of Mother Clay, weep not and
sorrow no more. We can look through a glass (by faith) and
see dimly glimpses of Heavenly glory, and know in part. But
she is seeing face to face, and knowing even as she is also
known. Upon her grave I would drop a tear, and place emblems
of love, purity, and affection symbolizing the pure life she
lived. Awry Clay was a noble woman. Peace to her ashes.

William Turner
Matville, W.Va


Source: Typed transcript found in DAR files, with other notations about the Stewart family written on it.

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