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Over the last several years I've developed a great interest in genealogy and have tried to document my family as I have found them - in order to share them with other family and friends.
Spicertown (now Simmons near Bramwell, WV) was named for a brother of my gggrandfather Ura (U.S. Grant) Spicer's brother William who settled on that hillside in the 1800s. The Shupes and Painters of Bramwell are direct descendants of him I've been told. New names I've added to the family tree were Cockran and Proffit. Newly found "cousins" over the internet have been very helpful in re-establishing these links.
I'm still searching for information on Cora's grandfather "Charles A. Crawford" he died in 1860 of pneumonia at Princeton. He was a blacksmith and died at 43 years old. Charles wife was Chloe Bailey (daughter of Reuben Bailey) - but I've not been able to determine where Charles came from or who his parents were. I've recently discovered my grandmother Cora Mae Stevens Huffman was a direct descendant of James, Richard, and Reuben Bailey who were among the first settlers in Mercer County. My grandfather Robert Huffman's line was documented by another relative several years back and according to him if anyone is named "Huffman/Hoffman" their a relative (even the folks who own the Huffy Bike Company). My Spicer relatives came from NC around the mid 1800s and married into the Harman and Robinson families.
Chloe is in the 1860 Princton census with 8 children (the youngest Clara was one month old). The children were: Rebecca, William, Mary Elizabeth (married Robert Craig Cooper and lived at Jumping Branch), Angeline, Virginia A. (my great grandmother married Pleasant Stevens and lived near Tazewell, VA), John B.H., James B. and Clara Crawford.
In reading many of the books written by "Lawyer William Sanders" of Princeton on his New River Heritage I feel I've become very enlightened to what life must have been like in this area 100-200 years ago. Life was harsh. The terrain was almost impossible to travel in. The Indian trails that wandered the mountain/ridges were used by all but were also very dangerous. Mr. Sanders is promoting the Shawnee Parkway which will establish a road system back into the remote areas of southern WV and also promote tourism to help rekindle the dying economy of this area. I highly recommend reading these books to anyone wanting to know more about Mercer Co. and its founding families.
MORE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE TO UNRAVEL
April 8, 2001: I've recently discovered William H. Crawford son of Charles and Chloe Crawford, Princeton Township, Mercer Co, VA/WV served in
the Co H. of the 60th Virginia Regiment of Infantry a Mercer Co. Company in the Civil War. William died of Typhoid Fever in 1861 at Lewisburg WV. The town of Princeton was sadly burned by a Confederate Unit in 1862 (even thought most of this area consisted of Confederate sympathizers). Of approximately 100 houses in the area only about 10 survived the burning.
I think Chloe and her family may have moved from the area when this occurred. I found Chloe and her family in the 1860 Princeton Census but not in the 1870. I also have handwritten notes from two of Virginia Ardella (Crawford) Stevens offspring that Virginia was born and
raised in Russell County, VA. Possibly the Lebanon area(?) Maybe this is where Chloe went with her children. Mary Elizabeth married and moved to Jumping Branch in Summers County, WV this I have documented. John I'm told lived in Tazewell - but I have not been able to document this as of yet.
INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO ME BY FRAN OBRIEN ON THE 60th VA INFANTRY
The first encampment for the 60th Va. was at Gauley Bridge, now WV. Co. A was
the Beirne Sharpshooters from Union, Monroe co. WV. Co. B , the Greenbrier
Mountain Rifles inlisted in Meadow Bluff ( this co. orginally was the 46thVa.
Inf. But joined the 60th on Aug.31,1861 and was known as the Third Regiment,
Wise Legion. Co. C was the Dixie Rifles and was mustered in at Gualey
Bridge. Co. D was Hammond's allegheny Rifles, mustered into service in
Lewisburg, now WV. Co. E, The Bruce Rifles, mustered in Frankford, now WV.,
Greenbrier Co. Co. F The James River Rifles were probably from the
Covington, Va region. Co. G, The Roane Rangers, mustered near Charleston,
now WV.Co. 1H the Richmond Blues mustered near Richmond, Va. and Co 2H were
organized in Princeton, now WV. Co. I, was mustered at White Sulfur Springs,
now WV, Greenbrier co. Co K, the Osceola Guards from White Sulfur Springs,
now WV, Greenbrier co. William Crawford is listed to be in Co. 2H. Enlisted
7/4/61 in Princeton, WV. He died in Lewisburg, WV from typhoid fever,
10/26/61. Resident of Mercer co. Born, 1844.