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William Lovejoy

The Lovejoy family has proven to be a very interesting family, as we pass through the weeks with this family I will show you what I have uncovered about my family. Some aspects are rather disappointing, and some proud moments. I try not to look on history with 21st century eyes, but it is hard at times, and trying to understand why they did what they did…ugh!

All I can do is tell you what I have found, and know the facts are the facts. There is no way to know (at least right now), what they were feeling, why they did what they did, and why they were motivated to do what they did.

Facts I have found along the journey…

William Lovejoy was born in 1803 in Monroe, Virginia, to Mary Polly Redding, age 50, and Josephus Lovejoy, age 28. In 1810 Josephus and Mary had one slave in the house. By the year 1820, there were no slaves in their house. Interestingly enough the Lovejoy family lived in the area where Nat Turner led a revolt against white settlers. William Lovejoy married Docia Stowers in Cabell, West Virginia, in 1825 when he was 22 years old, and had one son and one daughter.In 1833, they may have witnessed the a great meteor shower known as “The Night the Stars Fell”. People all along the east coast got dressed and went outside to witness the event.  William also fought in the Civil war, although he is listed as a musician, he most likely had to at least help fight in some way.

William Lovejoy   SideConfederate   Regiment State/Origin   Virginia  Regiment12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry   Company K    Rank In Private  Rank Out Musician Alternate Name William H./Lovegrove Film Number M382 roll 34 Other Records 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry

He died in 1870 at the age of 67.




Excerpt from
History of West Virginia in Two Parts
By Virgil A. Lewis (Corresponding Member of the Virginia Historical Society)
Published 1889, Philadelphia, by Hubbard Brothers

pp. 730-733, LINCOLN COUNTY

Pioneers. ?The first settlement within the county the date of which can be ascertained was that made by Jesse McComas, John McComas, David McComas, William and Moses McComas, all of whom came in the year 1799. In the summer of that year they cultivated twenty acres of corn, probably the first ever grown in the Upper Guyandotte Valley. In the autumn they returned east of the mountains and brought their families. Near them other cabins were soon reared by John Lucas, William Hinch and John Johnson. About the year 1800, Isaac Hatfield settled on Ranger’s branch, a tributary of Ten-mile creek, and James Hatfield, William Smith and John L. Baker soon came to reside in the same vicinity. In 1807, Luke Adkins found a home near the mouth of Slash creek, on Mud river, twelve miles southeast of the present site of Hamlin. Near him other cabins were reared by his brothers, John and Mark, William and Richard Lovejoy, William Cummins, Mathias Plumley, Silas Cooper, Hamilton Adkins, Peter Holstein, William Smith and William Cooper. In 1801, John Tackett removed his family to a cabin on Trace-fork creek. Other early settlers along the same stream were James Wells, Jonathan Williams, Joseph Holley, James Alford, Reuben Cremeans, Abraham Smith and George Alford. In 1811, Richard Parsons led the way into the wilderness and settled at the mouth of Cobb’s creek. Those who came to reside near him on the stream were Eli Parsons, Samuel M. Midkiff, and James Lively.


William Lovejoy
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Virginia
Regiment: 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
Company: K
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Musician
Alternate Name: William H./Lovegrove
Film Number: M382 roll 34


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Joseph W. Doyal

Born in 1883 on July 2nd, to Clarissa Pittman and William D. Doyal

In 1900, when we was 17 he resided at home with his parents. Along with 2 brothers and three sisters. They lived on Bismarck Street, and their father was a carpenter.

November 10th 1903 he married Amber Alice Cook.

By 1910 he was married to Alice, and had a daughter by the name of Opaline. They lived at 2109 Lambert Street. He was a contractor, and rented their home.

Joseph Doyal

In September of 1918 he registered for the draft. His card says he was tall, slender, and had black hair and grey eyes.

His World War I Serial Number was 3316.His address was 2122 W (illegible), Indianapolis Indiana. He was 35 at the time. He checked the box for “white”. He worked for C.B. Morrison as a motor (illegible). At 901 West 81. Indianapolis. His closest relative was Opaline Ester Doyal. She lived at 623 West South Street in Indpls.

1920 he came back to live with his parents. 2122 Minnesota St. He lived at home with his three sisters.

July 2nd 1921 he married Mary F. Burch.

1930 Joseph was married to Mary, and they lived at 1333 Lee Street. He owned the house, and the value was 3500.

He marries for the third time to Bertha J. Dotta Carnagua.

At the age of 59 he registered for the draft for World War II.

Sometime after the war he moves to San Bernardino California, and that is where he died at the age of 81, in 1964.



Men in The Military…John Russell Spink

My grandfather was a mysterious man, and one of few words. My cousin sent me this photo, and he almost looks like he is smiling. I am sure all of us grandchildren saw him differently because the relationships he had with each of us was different. I never heard him utter more than a few words. He always sat in the same chair watching a game show. He always seemed annoyed, but I am sure there  were other sides of him I did not know.

He was born in October in 1907 in Elizabeth town, Kentucky. At some point his family uprooted their lives in Kentucky and headed to Indiana. By 1910 his family was living in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1917 United States declared war on Germany, and John was ten years old.

In 1925 the deadliest tornado in history struck the midwest, and John lived to tell the tale of the monster storm.

In 1930 he moved to Portsmouth, (Independent City) Virginia. He was still single at the time. In January 1930 he joined the U. S. Marines. He reenlisted in September of 1930.

In 1935 he may have married a woman named Mary Wiley. This is a bit of a mystery…there is a record of someone with the same name, marrying one, Mary Wiley in Marion County, Indianapolis Indiana. So, it is neither confirmed or denied.

March the 29the 1941 he reenlisted for World War II at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

By 1945 he is listed in the telephone directory with wife Opaline, but they were married before that time. I have not been able to find the marriage certificate. By 1945 the two of them have had four children.

Over the years he worked to support five children. He worked in at a tar company, so that could not have been easy work. He worked the late shift, and slept during the day.


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Military Men in May…Osburn W. Gray

osburn was part of war that tore our nation apart, and rebuilt it to become a stronger one. The civil war, caused much strife. Osburn’s father didn’t believe in ownership of another human being.

His brother, Osburn’s uncle believed if he could buy slaves at the auction, he would save them. His uncle wanted to buy slaves, and have teach the slaves how to read and write. After each slave “worked off their value” they would be set free. Osburn’s father believed his brother was part of the supply and demand chain. Even though we have pity for the human beings being auctioned, we can not give into the “chain” we will be no better than the plantation owners.

Osburn and his brothers didn’t want to go to war. Everyone in Graysville was subscribed to fight for the South. Some of the meanest men in the county were guardians, constantly watching for anyone coming home that did not carry papers. Traitors would be met with severe and swift action. Osburn and his brothers were not looked upon kindly since his uncle educated black people, built a schoolhouse to teach the black people that lived on their farm. The town knew the black people at his uncles farm were not even called slaves.

Osburn and his family helped a woman named Mary to escape from an unkind slave owner. Osburn and his family owned a mill, and an inn. The house was near a state road going west. There was an inn, and stables at the inn for the horses.

One night Osburn and his brother were taking food to the horses, and came across Mary hiding in the stables. Mary wax breathing hard, her clothes were torn and bloody, the soles of her feet were raw from running so far. Mary was pregnant. Osburn and her brother went in the house to get their mom. She went out to talk to Mary. Mary told her of the place she ran from, and she promised Mary she would be part of the family.

Mary did become part of the family, and her baby was a girl, she named her Hazel. Hazel grew up with all the other children in the house. It was hard for Osburn to leave and fight for a side that he didn’t believe in, and to top it off the large plantation owners with the slaves, that believed in going to war, didn’t have to fight if the owned more than 20 slaves.

Osburn and his brothers went to fight on the side of the confederates. He and his brothers had the plan to get captured as soon as possible. Unbenouced to them was being a prisoner of war, even for those that believed in the cause, was no picnic. They were kept prisoner on a boat, and men were sick and injured all around them. A man died beside the brothers, yet the body was not removed. The brothers describe the flys as being worse than allowing the stalls to build up with excrement for a week. They were mistreated, and given little food and little water.

Life was not an easier at home. The county guardians were often going into any home and taking what they wanted. Women that had husbands at war were raped often, and left with no food for themselves. At Osburn’s house not only did the guardians take what they wanted, but the Yankees did too. There was food hid under the hay. Holes were dug in the barn, and staples were hid in the hole…hay over the food. Food was hid under the beds, in the closets, in the fireplace behind logs, strapped on the underside of the bed. Every room was searched.

The horses that came back home were confiscated. People were starving, the men coming to town were very destructive of lives…women being gang raped for days on end. Some of them would commit suicide. Bee hives were destroyed for no good reason. Some families would place rattle snakes in nooks and crannies where the men would be bitten. The only problem with this was, there were many men…the family would then be punished for setting this trap. Fires were set to homes that had nothing for the men.

When some men were in makeshift hospitals their loved ones were given the task to take care of them. Osburn and his brothers wrote often to their families. The families would not devulge how bad it was back home, since they were going through their own hell.

Once Osburn was released back to the confederates in a trade, he ran to West Virginia to live in the woods. He would climb trees, and even watch soldiers from both sides March right under him. He would have to hide everything, make sure his fires were out at night, eat anything he could find, or even go without food. Going to creeks and rivers for water was the riskiest, since people always needed water…there were people everywhere.

Osburn and Rebecca

Osburn made it back home after the war. He went through three marriages, had a total of 12 children. Moved from place to place for the rest of his life. He and his family struggled as laborers, taking any job, even having all the children work along side of him.

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Military Men in May…James Snodgrass

James Snodgrass is my 5th Great grandfather. Born in August on the 2nd in 1732 in Richmond, Virginia. He was married to Jane Greenlee when he was only 19 years old.

He was a part of the Revolutionary war, and participated in the war. These men took what ever weapons that they had in their home. Some had muskets, some owned rifles, then there were some that only had an axe. They must have had strong convictions to take up arms against such a well heeled, machine like the British. The British were outfitted with uniforms, of bright red wool, and leather boots that were comfortable for those long hikes, ruck sacks, provisions. The men that took on the British at this time were brave beyond belief. These men had no training. Some had no idea what war was going to be like, and how to prepare for getting from one destination to another. James Snodgrass, just like all the men that have served our country did so with vigor that was needed to form our country. James was a Major, and then a Col. in the Army under William Campbell. His brother William was a Chaplin in the army, in the same outfit.  He was part of the battle that took place at  Kings Mountain.


After the war, James acquired land in Rockbridge County, and was given militia payment for provisions that he provided to his regimental outfit. He went on to have 5 children on his farm, and even served his community for disputes that arose between them. When Jane died he remarried, and died at the age of 68.

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Thomas Row

Thomas Row was born March 7th 1754 in Gloucester County, Virginia. He wore many hats in his long life. He was a farmer, revolutionist, grist mill operator, justice of the peace, High Sheriff, school commissioner, magistrate, and a slave owner.

Thomas married Rachel Keeling, and the two of them went on to have 13 children. In 1774 Thomas would join the rebels against Great Britain. He was under the command of Captain Thomas Gaskins   4th Company of the fifth regiment foot. The regiment served in Virginia until the autumn of 1776. The regiment was then transferred to George Washington’s Continental Army. Gaskins saw action in 1777, at the “Battle of Brandywine”, and the “Battle of Germantown”. Thomas Row spelled his name with ending with an e, and sometimes without the e. The scribe for the unit would often spell his name as WROE. When his time was served he mustered out on March 5th 1778.

Thomas the began purchasing land in Orange County and moved his family there in 1779. He would go on to acquire 400 acres on both sides of Mine run. He operated his grist mill, farmed, and served his local community as the magistrate, justice of the peace and sheriff. When he died at 86 he was acting as High Sheriff. He was appointed as High Sheriff by the Governor of Virginia.

The special collections department at the University of Virginia has “Rachels Book of Common Prayers”. It has pages with her handwriting of the names of birthdays of her thirteen children. It also has the names of birthrates of 39 slaves born between 1793 and 1839.

Rachel died when she was in her 70’s. Thomas remarried after the passing of Rachel. He and Sarah Shadrack would obtain prenuptial agreement, since each of the them had a substantial sum of money to bring to the marriage. Each of them wanted to be able to give their children an inheritance.

Just to give you an idea of what was appraised, and the prices for the appraised goods, here is an image…Appraisi

Thomas had a total of 22 slaves at one time. If you are interested in finding out more information about Thomas, there are more images of documents at Ancestry