ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA MEMORIES
This site has photographs and genealogical information about southern West Virginia families including the Vest family of White Oak Mountain, Smith family of Abraham in Richmond District, the Gadd and Cochran families, and the Biars family of West Virginia and Ohio. A whole bunch of cousins contributed to this site. Thank you! The aerial photo above, taken in 1985, is my childhood home, the Earl and Golda Smith farm on Route 3, Hinton Road, White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, W.Va. The yellow house was built by my grandparents, Leonard H. Vest and Stella Gadd Vest.
Giving credit where credit is due
If you've shared a photo or information and I haven't given you credit, please e-mail me and I'll add your name. If you use photos or information from West Virginia Memories, please make note and include this site address: http://wva.homestead.com I want more cousins to find their way here. If you have photos or information to share or corrections/suggestions or if you just want to say hello, I am always glad to get e-mail.
SUMMERS COUNTY - CIVIL WAR STORIES WANTED
Do you have an ancestor who was in the Civil War? The Summers County Historical Society needs his story. They can also use the stories of others who lived through that conflict and how it affected them. They hope to publish all the stories of Civil War soldiers in Summers County in the near future. You can contact the Historical Society directly or email West Virginia Memories and I will give you the name and phone number of a contact.
Including: Orval Elijah Brown of Clay County, W.Va., The Original Hippie; Virgil Frederick Miller of Beckley & Virgil's Newsstand; and Billy E. Richmond: Richmond District Historian. Recently added: tales of Supernatural West Virginia.
A page with links to obituaries of those with a connection to the families on West Virginia Memories.
Recently added: Postcard: West Virginia University Glee Club, 1906. Princewick school photos, about 1947-48.