The obituary of Compton Stafford (1847-1905)—my 2nd great grandfather—tells a sad tale. A coal miner by profession, Compton sought employment at the Hatfield mines in Nolan, West Virginia. While walking on tracks, he was hit by a train owned by the Norfolk and Western Railway. Compton left behind a wife and seven children with “scant means […]
B… is for boat. Boats are synonymous with the classic immigration story, which teaches us that immigration is more than just physical movement – it’s an emotional journey where identities evolve and family narratives are rewritten. As such, it’s important for the family historian to look to passenger lists and other boat records to understand the […]
This is the final installment of a family history written by my grandmother. Click here to access Part 3. Our school band, of which I was a member, played music for promotion of the unions, for a fee. I always wondered how safe our group was from violence at these types of outings, but nothing […]
On this day in 1869, Sanford Holman (my second great grandfather) married Elizabeth Hannah Allred (my second great grandmother). Elizabeth was 25 years old, and Sanford was 24 years old.
This is a continuation of a family history written by my grandmother. Click here to access Part 2. My mother was crippled with arthritis and had not been able to do laundry for years so she gained a girl to wash our clothes and one to iron. On every Monday morning, Mattie, our laundress, came […]
This is a continuation of a family history written by my grandmother. Click here to access Part 1. In 1924, my father had saved enough money to buy a home for us and he hunted for a camp near schools. He went to work for Pike & Floyd Coal Company, an English based company. [In 1910, […]
I am very excited to present a family history written by my grandmother, Mable Gerie Stafford (1919-2011). We simply called her “Grandma G.” I have inserted a few pictures and notes here and there; however, her words are presented exactly how she wrote them. Enjoy! Autobiography (Gerie Hunley Baughman) (the other coal miner’s daughter) I was […]