Tazewell County, Virginia Genealogy Trails


Death notice: Mr. Mathias Beavers died at his home near North Tazewell Wedsnesday night (Jan 22, 1896).
(Jan 24 1896 Clinch Valley news (Jeffersonville, VA.) Transcribed and submitted by Nancy Mayo)


Oscar Belcher, aged 18 years of North Tazewell, was run down and killed on the railroad at North Tazewell Thursday night by a light engine. It is said the young man had attempted to step out of the way of an eastbound freight train when the light engine approached in an opposite direction and ran over him. The family of the unfortunate man reside at North Tazewell.

He died on the way to the hospital . It is said that he was returning from a revival meeting when the accident occurred. (Clinch Valley New, Jeffersonville, Va., March 17, 1922. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)

. Mrs. Bottimore, whose death was not unexpected, died on Thursday. [Source: Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va, July 27, 1888 –Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]


After a sickness which had lasted several years, Mattie Cecil, a young colored woman, twenty-seven years old, and daughter of Henry Cecil, died at her home in the west end of town on last Saturday. She was buried on Monday at the new cemetery. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


Mr. Kent L. Dodd, who for many years was a resident of Tazewell died at the home of his brother, Mr. I. C. Dodd, at Graham, Va on last Saturday. The cause of his death was Bright’s disease, and he had been sick about one month. The remains were brought to Tazewell on Sunday morning and buried in the East End Cemetery. The deceased was thirty-nine years old. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., July 5, 1906. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


Miss Lucy Faulkner, age 66 years, one of the oldest citizens of North Tazewell, died at her home in that town Monday afternoon, and was buried in the old cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Rev. R. B. Platt, Jr, was in charge of the funeral and burial. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va., June 30, 1916. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)



On last Friday morning, Miss Malinda Fox died at her home in Burke’s Garden, aged seventy-eight years. She was a descendant of one of the first families that settled in the garden, and for a number of years had been a member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held at Central church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the same time the funeral services of Mr. D. B. Greever were held, it being a joint service. The remains of both these venerable persons were buried in the cemetery at Central church. We are informed by those who knew Miss Fox that she was an excellent woman. (Tazewell Republican, March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


After a painful, protracted and hopeless illness, Mrs. J. Floyd Gillespie died at her home, on the head of Clear Fork, last Saturday morning, between four and five o’clock. She had been a great sufferer, and for many weeks her death had been anticipated. Mrs. Gillespie was a daughter of the late Mrs. Nancy Peery, by her first marriage. She was about sixty years old and a member of the M. E. Church. She is survived by her husband, seven sons and four daughters, one of her sons, Mr. J. B. F. Gillespie, being a resident of our town. On Sunday afternoon services were held at three o’clock at the residence of the deceased, conducted by Rev. Samuel Austin, of Five Oaks. The remains were then taken to Mount Olive cemetery, at Gratton, for interment. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va. March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney )


This aged gentleman, well known in Tazewell, died at New River last Saturday night, aged about 80 years. Mr. Gilliam has lived in Tazewell, on Clear Fork a number of years, and was prominent during the boom developing much of the surrounding country. He was a good man, and was deeply interested in the welfare of his country. He leaves two sons – only children, John and Newton. The former is a prominent citizen of Clearfork, the latter a citizen of New River. His wife died about a year ago. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va., April 21, 1899. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


Tiny Goodykoontz, the 3-year old grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Sisk, of North Tazewell, died at the home of its parents at Jenkin Jones Sunday of membranous croup, and was brought here for burial Monday. Rev. R. B. Platt, Jr of the Methodist Church, conducted the funeral services. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va., February 12, 1915. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


Wade Hampton, Jr, the four months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Peery, of North Tazewell, died last Friday afternoon, after several weeks illness. The funeral and burial occurred Saturday afternoon, interment being in the Peery burial ground near North Tazewell. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va. Feb 13, 1914. Submitted by Veneta McKinney  )


On Tuesday morning Charles Harman, the thirteen year old son of Mr. K. D. R. Harman died at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. H. A. Harman, on Cavitt’s Creek. His death was occasioned by a severe attack of grip which caused an abscess to form on the top of the brain. On Monday Drs. Pierce and Crockett performed an operation on the youth, removing a small portion of the top of the skull to get to the abscess and remove it, if possible. The operation, however, did not furnish the necessary relief, and the patient gradually sank, until death came on Tuesday morning. He was a grandson of the late John D. Perry and was highly esteemed by those who knew him. He had been a pupil at Tazewell College up to the time of his sickness. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the home of his grand-mother, and the remains were buried in the old Whitley graveyard, near Chas. H. Peery’s.(Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


Mrs. H. G. Henderson, daughter of Mr. David Gillespie, died at Crewe on Saturday last and was buried in the west end of this county on Monday. [Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va, July 27, 1888 –Transcribed by Veneta McKinney ]


On last Saturday night Sam Horton, the sixteen year old son of Willis Horton, died near North Tazewell. His death was occasioned by a deep seated cold. He was an unusually industrious and good boy. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, Va., March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)

IRESON, Colonel R. C.

Colonel R. C. Ireson, a well-known citizen of North Tazewell, died at the home of Harve Yates, where he had been living for sometime, Tuesday night, at an advanced age. The burial occurred yesterday afternoon.

He is survived by one daughter and five sons – Mrs. K. D. R. Harman, Robert H., John F., Ab S., of North Tazewell; Henry B., of Wise county, and Jim Ireson, of Roanoke. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Ala., August 16, 1912. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


John Henry Newberry was born August 8, 1874 at the old home in Bland Co, and died March 15, 1904. He was the son of Henry Newberry, a leading citizen and farmer of this section. After he grew to manhood he went to the state of Washington. On May 14, 1902, having returned for that purpose, he claimed Miss Mabel Gray Crabtree, of Tazewell County, as his bride and together they made their long journey to this far western home. In the fall of 1903 his lungs became so seriously affected that he returned to the old home with the hope that the home climate and scenes would bring a return of health. But alas, it was but to die in the midst of love ones, and be buried on the old hill where our mother sleeps. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, under the pastorate of Rev. R. P. Kinser. He was a noble, generous, openhearted, high-toned gentleman. He was loved by everybody, and the people flocked to see him while he was sick. In his long sickness he was ministered to by his devoted wife and his family in every possible way; but there was no healing save that beyond the river. He called his friends around him, and asked them all to meet him in heaven. His last words were, “My troubles will soon be over." Without a struggle, without a sign of pain, he passed over to rest under the shade of the trees.” He leaves a wife, a little daughter, father, step-mother, brothers, sisters, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. C. L. STRADLY. (Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, Va., April 15, 1904. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)


On Friday morning, a little after four o’clock James C. Smith, one of the most highly respected colored citizens of the county, and perhaps the oldest man in Tazewell, died at his home on Clinch River, about five miles west of town. He was born in Granger county, North Carolina, on the 14thday of June, 1804, and would consequently have been ninety-six years old if he had lived to see the next anniversary of his birthday. He moved from North Carolina to Tennessee with his old master, Capt. Sterling Smith. He came to Tazewell about 1850 with Col. Robert Smith, who was his master until the slaves were made free as a result of the Civil War. Since 1850 he has lived in the county, always respected as a bondman and a freeman. He was a colored man of the old school, of excellent manner and courteous bearing. On Sunday he was buried near his home, the funeral and burial being largely attended. Peace to the ashes of“Uncle Jim,” whom we knew well and respected from our childhood to this hour. (Tazewell Republican, Tazewell Va., March 29, 1900. Submitted by Veneta McKinney)

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