West Virginia

Appraisements, Sales & Bills, Raleigh County, various years

Person, Action: Event, Date (Page No. if noted)

Nehemiah Daniel deceased, Appraisement, 5 April 1852 (p. 4 – 5)

Alexander Cantley, serves as appraiser on Joshua Bradley’s estate, 9 April 1853 (p. 7)

Alexander Cantley, paid $2 for appraisal work: Bradley Estate settlement, 9 April 1854

Alexander Cantley, owes note for $1 to Daniel Shumate, 14 September 1859 (p. 65)

Steele Massey, Appraisal: 17 July 1869 – Widow received $200 at Sale, 2 September 1869

Charles L. Clay, Hamilton Harper, Elam Scarbrough all appear in Personal Inventory of A.J. Harper Estate, taken 26 January 1870 (p. 108)

Charles L. Clay, James M. Clay, Steele Massey, L.B. Davis, Matthew Daniel, Hamilton Harper all have accounts listed in the Estate of A.J. Harper, 26 January 1870 (p. 111 – 112)

Nehemiah Daniel, Statement: he owned land in Carroll County, VA (n.d.) (p. 123)

Matthew Daniel, paid off $.25 owed to A.J. Harper Estate, 1 June 1871 (p. 128)

Alexander Cantley, serves as Administrator on Steele Massey Settlement, 2 September 1869 (p. 131)

Elam Scarbrough, Samuel Cantley, Hamilton Harper, Matthew Daniel all appear in Account Book of Mrs. Eunice Harper, 30 July 1872 (p. 148 – 149)

Hamilton Harper appears in the Estate of Mrs. Eunice Harper, 1 January 1874 (p. 162)

Matthew Daniel appears in the Estate of Mrs. Eunice Harper, 2 July 1876 (p. 191)

Alexander Cantley receives $51.75 at Settlement of Steele Massey Estate, 23 March 1878 (p. 201)

Robert C. Daniel owes a balance of $2 on a bond taken out 29 May 1873 owed the Estate of M.H. Holt, 5 February 1874 (p. 213)

Chapman Thompson, serves as Appraiser of Roysla and Annie Collins Estate, 13 August 1879 (p. 219)

Matthew Daniel, is owed $42.50 + $11.90 interest from the Eunice Harper Estate, 2 July 1876 (p. 235)

E. Scarbrough, is owed $90 + $21.60 interest from the Eunice Harper Estate, 2 July 1876 (p. 235)

Hamilton Harper, Account #112 for $10, appears in account listing of the M. H. Holt Estate for the years 1876 – 1878 (p. 254)

John Rorrer, bought a table for $60, Estate Sale of Nancy Cook, 3 May 1890 (p. 320)

Squire Thompson, Snowden Thompson, appears as purchasers of various items in the Sale Bill of the Estate of Lewis Williams, 22 May 1896 (p. 389 – 392)


Source: Selected records, Appraisements, sales bills, v. 1 1850-1897, Raleigh County, West Virginia, FHL microfilm roll 598410, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Estate Sale Participants, Raleigh County, 1900s

Document
Person
Action
Date (Page No.)

Sale Bill of Estate of James Mullens, Deceased
Pem Wykle
Purchased 1 horse for $35
22 April 1900 (p. 50)

Sale Bill of the Personal Estate of Jesse Daniel, Deceased
James Cantley
Purchased tools for $150; gearing for $.90
8 August 1902 (p. 77)

C.A. Burnside Estate Appraisal
James A. Cantley
Acted as one of the appraisers
17 June 1905 (p. 102)

Tax tickets in Esate of W. R. Campbell, Deceased
E. H. Cantley
$1.60
21 November 1907


Source: Selected records, Appraisements, sales bills, v. 2 1897-1916, Raleigh County, West Virginia, FHL microfilm roll 598410, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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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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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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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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Letter, Fayette County, 1928

Summerlee, W. Va.
June 12, 1928

United States Veterans bureau
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir,
           Year 1918 When I was
in the American Army I got the second
citizen papers. When [sic] was about to
go to France our papers were send [sic]
to Washington, D.C. When the war
was over we came back from the
army. But they didn’t send me the
citizen papers. I don’t have the
second citizen papers because they
didn’t send them to me. If you
find the citizen papers please send
them to me. But if you can’t find
them please let me know what to
do about them. My discharge No. is
2040607.
Certificate No. is 1432704.

Peter Pieckowski


Source: C-File of Peter Pieckowski, No. C1058795, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Genealogy Program.

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Report, Alexander Cantley of VA/WV

An extensive report on three generations of the CANTLEY family is now available in the “REPORTS” section.

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Deposition, Kanawha County, 1902

Extracts from Deposition of W. M. J. Massey
Statements in support of Tempay Cantley’s claim for a Widow’s Pension
Given in Kanawha County, near Fairfield, WV, in December 1902

“I am 52 years of age. My post office address is Fairfield, W. Va. I am a farmer & master[?] & preacher. I lived at Dry Creek, Raleigh County, this state, all my life up to two years ago. Alexander Cantley – we called him Uncle Alec – lived two and a half miles from my home and I worked for him many a day, through several years, and I closed his eyes when he died. He died at the home of James M. Clay, near Dry Creek. I can’t tell in what year he died but he died early in the spring and, I think, in March. I can’t tell in what part of the month, but there was snow.”

“I knew Mr. Cantley’s first wife and we always called her Aunt Polly. I saw her dead and was at her burying. She died not many years before Mr. Cantley and Tempay began to live together or before they were married – I know of this marriage, by hearsay, about the time it occurred. I am not positive I was at this marriage but Tempay says I was there.”


Source: Alexander Cantley full pension file, S.O. 28206, S.C. 20,616, W.O. 45,422, W.C. 35,512, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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