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James Hearn
James Hearn, son of Levi Griffin and Aura (White) Hearne, was born June 10, 1839, and died January 14, 1913. In 1867 he was in mercantile business at Frenchville, West Virginia, but he sold out in 1870 and removed to Kansas. He returned to West Virginia in 1873 and took up mercantile business in Mercer county. He continued in this kind of business for several years, and afterward engaged in railroad grading. He has served two terms in the West Virginia legislature, from Mercer county. In politics he is a Republican, in religion a Methodist. He married, February 19, 1861, Esther Catherine Deweese. Children: Andrew Johnson, of whom further; Alonzo Grant, born March 10, 1864, married (first) Done Kirby, (second) Emma Ramey; Victora Jane, born April 13, 1867, married Thomas Via; Quindora, born March 20, 1870, married James Templeton Akers.
[West Virginia and Its People Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


Andrew Johnson Hearn
    
Andrew Johnson, son of James and Esther C. (Deweese) Hearn, was born in Mercer county, West Virginia, December 10, 1861. His early life was passed on the farm, and he attended the common schools of Mercer county, completing his education at the State Normal School at Concord (now Athens), West Virginia. After finishing his schooling he was for some time engaged in the mercantile business. Later he was employed in the transportation department of the Norfolk & Western railroad. He was one of the original owners of the Domestic Coal Company, of Raven, Virginia, which mined the famous Raven red ash coal, and was president of the same. He has been a large stockholder in one other coal and coke company. The Hearn building, the largest building except one in Bluefield, West Virginia, is owned by him, and he is a large owner of real estate at South Bluefield, West Virginia. Among other interests have been farming, teaching, tobacco raising, and the drug business. At Bluefield, which is his home, he has a fine brick house, built for him. In 1889 he was appointed postmaster of Bluefield, and he remained in this position until 1895. In that year he was elected clerk of the county court of Mercer county, in which position he served for six years to December 31, 1902. January 1, 1903, he returned to the postoffice at Bluefield as assistant postmaster, and this position he is holding at the present time (1913). He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to the chapter; and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; for many years he was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. He is a Republican and a Methodist, and part of his family are of the same religion; others are Presbyterians.
    
He married, December 26, 1882, Sally Louisa, daughter of Benjamin White, who was born in Mercer county, West Virginia, January 15, 1859. Her grandfather, William White, came to America about the beginning of the eighteenth century, and was one of the early pioneers of Mercer county, West Virginia. Children: 1. Edith Pearis; she attended school at Bluefield, and is now residing at Bluefield, the wife of Gratton W. Burke. 2. William Oswell; he attended school at Bluefield, the University of West Virginia at Morgantown, and is now finishing his course in medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Maryland; he is now in his twenty-fourth year. The other children are Virginia Catherine, Effie Elizabeth, Carrie, Raymond Lee, and Nellie S.
[West Virginia and Its People Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


Edmund Watson Herndon
Edmund Watson Herndon was born about 1807, died in 1862 in Mercer county, Virginia, where he had engaged in farming for many years. A son, Edmund Watson Jr., was clerk of the probate court at Ashland, North Carolina, for many years. He served as major in the Confederate army during the civil war. He died in 1887. He married Hannah Vance, sister of Governor Zebulon B. Vance.
[West Virginia and Its People Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


Isaiah C. Herndon
Isaiah C., son of William Henry Harrison and Mary E. (Belcher) Herndon. was born in Mercer county. West Virginia, March 9, 1868. He attended the public schools of his native county and completed his preparation for college at the Princeton Academy. He entered Emery and Henry College, Virginia, in 1868, and graduated in 1890. In the fall of the same year he entered the law department of the University of West Virginia, graduating in 1892. He then began the practice of his profession in Welch, West Virginia. He is a Republican in politics and has held many offices. From 1894 until 1896 he served as assistant prosecuting attorney for McDowell county, under Major Henry C. Flesher. In 1896 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the county, being re-elected in 1900. In 1904 he represented his district in the house of delegates. He served during 1904-06 as assistant United States district attorney for the southern district of West Virginia. In this last year he was elected judge of the eighth judicial circuit. He is now his party's nominee for re-election. He is a member of the Baptist church; the Masonic Lodge, having attained the thirty-second degree; the Shrine, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He married, June 7, 1904. Addie. born in Wyoming county, West Virginia, March 19, 1878, daughter of William B. McClure. Two children have been born to them: Zebe Hammill, born August 19, 1905; Mary Launa, born May 5, 1907.


William Henry Harrison Herndon
William Henry Harrison, son of Edmund Watson Herndon, was born in Campbell county, Virginia, in 1841, died in that state in 1887. He engaged for a number of years in the mercantile business. He served in the Confederate army during the civil war in the command of General Jubal Early and took part in many a hard fought battle, being severely wounded at the battle of Cedar Creek. He was a member of the Methodist church. He married Mary E., daughter of Christian Belcher, a farmer in West Virginia, who died about 1897, at the age of ninety-three years. Her grandfather, Obadiah Belcher, was one of the pioneers of Mercer county. Virginia. He died at the age of ninety-five years. Six children were born to them: Edmund Watson, now engaged in the insurance business in Baltimore, Maryland; Arthur M., superintendent of the Louisville Coal Company, resides at Goodwill; Fred T., a merchant at Montcalm, Mercer county; Joe May, manager of the Pocohontas Coal Company, and a merchant at Dover, McDowell county; Mrs. Ida V. Neal, resides in Montcalm, Mercer county; Isaiah C., mentioned below.
[West Virginia and Its People Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


Maude Elizabeth Kee  (18951975)
Kee, Maude Elizabeth, (wife of John Kee and mother of James Kee), a Representative from West Virginia; born Maude Elizabeth Simpkins, in Radford, Montgomery County, Va., June 7, 1895; attended public and private schools of Montgomery County, Roanoke, Va., Washington, D.C., and Bluefield, W.Va.; graduated from Roanoke Business College, Roanoke, Va.; author of a weekly column in West Virginia newspapers; sponsor of library for physically handicapped at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fishersville, Va.; served as executive secretary to her husband, John Kee, from November 1932 until his death; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress by special election July 17, 1951, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, John Kee; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served from July 17, 1951, to January 3, 1965; was not a candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resided in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va., where she died February 15, 1975; interment in Monte Vista Park Cemetery. [Submitted by Anna Newell]



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