April 9th, 1866
James Cantley of the County having died intestate more than
three months ago, and no person having applied for administrat-
ion of his Goods & Chattels: It is Ordered that Louis Hull Sheriff
of said County, take into his possession the Estate of the Said
deceased, and Administer the same According to Law.
C. Prince, Recorder [p.9]
Recorders Office Raleigh County
June 24th 1869
On Motion of Alexander Cantley who made oath together
with A.J. Harper entered into Security in bond to the State of
West Virginia in the Penalty of six hundred dollars con-
ditioned as the law directs whereupon letters of Administr-
ation upon the Estate of Steel Massey, Decd are Granted
unto the said Alexander Cantley in due form. [p. 34]
Source: Raleigh County West Virginia Recorders Court Records, Vol 1, 1865 -1900, [Marriage and Court Records 1850 - 1871], FHL microfilm 598403, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
September term 1873
Wm H. Shumate, Wm Turner, & Wm Daniel Comrs appointed at the
term of this Court to view out the most practical route for a
road leading from Caperton Right’s smith shop by way of Hamilton
Harper & others to the intersection of Coal River Road. This day sub-
mitted their report in writing to the effect that on the 16th day of August
1873 they proceeded to make the review finding a proposed route lead-
ing from Hamilton Harper’s passing Jubal Stover’s & John Williams to the
intersection of Coal Road impracticable viewing other routes. Your Comrs
would recommend the location of the road from Caperton Right’s shop
up the Middle Prong of Sand Lick along a road now already partly
made to the upper end of Hamilton Harper’s field above the house
leaving the creek turning to the right hand up a ridge to the
top a main flat ridge & with the same to the intersection of Coal River Road.
Source: Raleigh County West Virginia Order Book B 1859 – 1878:222, FHL microfilm 598405, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
J.M. Harper, who has been ill for
quite a while, is gradually getting worse.
Jas. Shumate is doing a rushing busi-
ness cutting lumber at this place. Jim
is a hustler.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Pettry, who have
been confined to their rooms for some
time with typhoid fever, are slowly im-
The three schools near Matville, con-
ducted by Leonard Stover, Misses Irene
Thompson and Miss Pearl Stover are
giving entire satisfaction.
The advent of old “Mr. Tangle Leg”
brought very suddenly to a close the
preaching at Rocky Point conducted by
the Rev. Thos, Williams, D.D. Shame
on you, boys.
All persons wishing to trade horses
will do well to call on the boys of Mat-
ville who attended jocky street Monday
and laid in a nice assortment of thor-
oughbreds. French Wykle claims the
honor of being the sole owner of the
mule that helped haul the mud sills of
Noah’s Ark. While John Phipps says
he knows his will plow, for Adam broke
him in the garden of Eden.
Elliott Harper and family left last
week for Prudence, where they will
make their future home.
Miss Irene Thompson was visiting at
her home in Fayette, last week. She
was accompanied by the Misses Cottle
and Miss Janet Harper.
Waymon Daniel and Lee Atha were
calling at Mrs. Thos. Arnold’s Sunday.
Rev. Thos. Williams preached a very
interesting and forcible sermon to a
large and attentive congregation at the
O.U.A.M. hall Saturday evening.
Misses Pearle Stover and Janet Har-
per were out horseback riding Satur-
W.P. Wykle, of Marshes, was calling
at Jas. Harper’s one day last week in
search of seed onions.
Jackson Arnold was seen on our street
last week with a gun on his shoulder
enroute to Eccles.
Albert Milem is swapping sides with
the soil preparatory to a crop.
Chas. Atha has been confined to his
room for the past few days with rheu-
French Wykle was calling at James
Harper’s last Tuesday.
Mrs. Agnes Harper was seen on the
streets Monday on her way to Albert
Lee Harper on of our leading citi-
zens is confined to his room this week
due to a sprained ankle.
Jas. Daniel was at Matville Tuesday.
Miss Frenchie Clyburn was the guest
of Miss Amanda Atha Saturday.
The young ladies of this place seem
to be getting rather lovely of late.
The Lively’s that were calling here
Saturday and Sunday were Messrs.
Lewis Caperton, William Evergreen,
John and Walter Franklin of Roseville.
Also Joseph Williams and Jas. Toney of
Sam Harper made a business trip to
Eccles one day last week.
We had a wedding in town Wednes-
day. The contracting parties were Mr.
Tilden Williams of Eccles, and Miss
Rose Arnold, of Matville.
The Raleigh Herald
Thursday, February 11, 1909
Page 2, columns 4 & 5.