Mingo County West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices

Robert Anderson

May 13. 1909.Robert Anderson, 15, American. Chattaroy Mine. He left his door and caught an empty car that was passing, and when about 200 ft. farther in, a fall occurred, which resulted in the boy's death seven hours later.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Irvine Beinhorn
Passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2003. Born February 22, 1922 in Williamson, West Virginia, son of Regina and Meyer Beinhorn. Survived by wife, Lois, of 56 years; daughter, Sally Beinhorn Freedman (Jeffrey Geismar), Douglas Marlatt of Atlanta, Georgia. Preceded in death by daughter, Luci Beinhorn Marlatt. Respected Jeweler of 47 years in the Seybold Building. Irv never knew a stranger and always was ready to help those in need. His wit and loving smile will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He served as head usher of Temple Israel for 53 years. Services will be held Today, May 8th at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 Northeast 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33132, 305-573-5900. Source: Miami Herald Submitted by: Ida Maack Recu

Samuel R Beinhorn
92 years of age of Grundy, Va., passed away Thursday, May 9, 2002 in the Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla. following a brief illness. Born in Williamson, W. Va., he was the son of the late Meyer and Regina Beinhorn. Mr. Beinhorn was president and owner of B& L Maytag, Inc., in Grundy, Va., and was a merchant in Pike County, KY. and the Williamson area for several years. He is a former president of the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce and Charter Member and president of the Grundy Rotary Club having received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He is a member of Sandy Valley Lodge #17 A.F. and A.M., and the Kazim Temple in Roanoke, Va. He was a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the 500 club and the 100 club of the Lonesome Pine Council. He was instrumental in reviving the Buchanan County Fair after a 10 year lapse. He headed the Merchants Association and served as its president and served on the Board of Directors as well as President for two terms of the Dismal River Country Club. He supported such local charities as the Buchanan County YMCA, United Way and Girl Scouts. He had worked for the past 65 years with the Polio Drive. In 1990, he was inducted into the Buchanan County Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama and received a teaching fellowship in History at the University in 1936. Mr. Beinhorn is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Muriel Schwartz Beinhorn of Grundy, Va.; one sister, Zella Mallinger of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Irvine Beinhorn of Bay Harbour, Fla., Harry Beinhorn of Boca Raton, Fla. He is also survived by six nephews and eight nieces. Mr. Beinhorn was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Beinhorn on November 26, 1999, one brother, Phillip Beinhorn and one sister, Helen Sherman. Funeral services for Samuel R. Beinhorn will be conducted Monday, May 13, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Evangelist Michael Trent officiating with entombment to follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum at Big Rock, Va. Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel after 6 p.m. Sunday. Active pallbearers, George Yates, Kevin Lyall, Chester Yates, Scott Mullins, Ricky Looney, Jeff Easterling, Jeff Thomas and Tim Ward. Honorary Pallbearers, Dr. Gene Bane, Jr., Ember Bane, Grant Shrader, Ted Beinhorn, Henry Farmer, Jr., E. M. Cecil, Dr. Charles King, Earl Dellinger, John Moore, Hon. Nicholas E. Persin, H. A. Street, Audrey Yates, Carolyn Stiltner, Charlotte Matney, Linda Osborne, Lucy Yates, Amanda Elkins, Sandy Riffe, Tammy Stacy, Norma Looney and Member of the Grundy Rotary Club. Grundy Funeral home of Grundy, Va., is in charge. Source: The Roanoke Times  Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu

Harve Blankenship
September 15, 1908.Harve Blankenship, 33, American. Margaret No. 1 Mine. Deceased was loading coal when small piece of slate fell from over head, killing him instantly.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

An engine on the N. & W. Railroad blew up near Dingess, Tuesday, resulting in the death of engineer Buck, and the serious injury of fireman Sharp. Source: The Weekly Register, (Point Pleasant, West Virginia) April 4, 1900  Transcribed by: D.O.

Sam Carraway
August 8, 190S.Sam Carraway, 20, American. Rutherford Mine. Was killed by runaway on incline.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

W. A. Dingess,
Age 93, died yesterday.  He was a pioneer settler of Dingess, WV. [December 14, 1893, Page 1, Charleston Evening Mail]

Edward Fanning
June 28, 1909.Edward Fanning, 19, American. Logan Mine. Was cleaning up slate when another fall of slate knocked out a prop which struck him, mashing him through hips, from which he died the next day.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Anse Hatfield
Devil Feudist Of west Virginia Hills Is Dead
Huntington, W. Va.- "Devil" Anse Hatfield is dead. The famous leader of a clan of West Virginia feudists died at the age of 85 and in his bed, thus ending much speculation as to how death would come to the man who has caused many governors sleepless nights and kept regiments of West Virginia and Kentucky militia in the mountain fastnesses for months.
"Sex feet of devil and 180 pounds of hell" was the way his eldest son described his famous father in the days now twenty years past, when the Hatfield's-McCoy feud raged in the hills of three states, resulting in deaths of many members of each clan.

The Hatfield's-McCoy feud had its inception in 1880, when Floyd Hatfield, who lived on the West Virginia side of the Tug river, a tributary of the Big Sandy, drove half a dozen hogs out of the woods to his pen at Stringtown. Randolph McCoy, riding through Stringtown a few days later, claimed the hogs as the property of a member of the McCoy family and accused "Hog" Hatfield of stealing them. A few months later members of the rival families met by accident and a skirmish took place in which Stanton Hatfield was killed by Sam McCoy. At the trial which followed McCoy was acquitted. The bitterness thus engendered continued to grow until 1882, when friends of both sides were candidates for office in a Kentucky mountain county.

On election day the jealous clans gathered to boost their candidates. Kentucky "moonshine" flowed as freely as water. Suddenly a McCoy walked up to a Hatfield and demanded payment of an old debt. Pistols gleamed on all sides. A pitched battle followed in which Ellison Hatfield was fatally wounded. "Devil" Anse" head of the Hatfield clan, seized three McCoy and held them prisoners in a lonely hut in the woods, awaiting word from the bedside of the wounded feudist. When death came a mock trial was held and the three McCoys were found guilty, tied to pawpaw bushes in the woods and their bodies riddled with shots from twenty-three riffles.

Following the killing the battle raged furiously for years the last outbreak occurring about 1900. Troops were repeatedly called out both in Kentucky and West Virginia. Two of "Devil" Anse's sons, were killed in a pistol duel at Canneltown, West Virginia, in October, 1919. Shortly afterwards the old feudist embraced the tenents of the church and declared that he intended to live a Christian life. A member of the Hatfield family is now marshal of Matewan, West Virginia, and the twenty-two others faces trial, charged with having killed a number of Baldwin-Feltz detectives brought into the Mingo county coal region by operators fighting the unions. Source: Rockford republic (Rockford,Illinois) Friday, January 21, 1921  Transcribed by: Debbie O.

Lee Hatfield
Farmer Hangs Himself
One of the pioneers and wealthy farmers of Mingo County, West Virginia killed himself at his home near Williamson by hanging himself with a rope in a barn. Despondency over old age is said to have been the cause. Source: The Big Sandy News (Louisa, Kentucky) Friday, May 10,1918  Transcribed by: Debbie O.

Eva M. Keeling
Follansbee --Miss Eva M. Keeling, 70 former Wellsburg resident, died Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenview Manor Convalescent Home, Indianapolis, Ind. She was born April  12, 1901 in Mingo County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late James and Margaret Stratton Keeling. Miss Keeling retired from the Erskine Glass Co., Wellsburg,where she had been employed 40 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Follansbee. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Mary Weaver, of Magadore, Ohio. Friends may call at the James Funeral Home, Follansbee, Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. John Barlo of the Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Source: The Weirton Daily Times (Weirton, West Virginia) Thursday, April 22,1971  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

S. H. Lambert
The body of S. H. Lambert, who was killed by falling from the roof of the mill at Thane, will be sent to his old home in Matewan, West Virginia, on the City of Seattle today. Source: Daily Alaska Dispatch (Juneau, Alaska) Saturday, December 12,1914  Transcribed by: Debbie O.

Mrs. Jane Marcum
An old lady, was struck by No.16 Monday and instantly killed while crossing a bridge on the old line near Dingess. Source: The Big Sandy News (Louisa, Ky.) June 26, 1908  Transcribed by: D.Oberst

W. S. McClure
February 3, 1909.W. S. McClure, 40, American. Thacker No. 3 Mine. Was run over by trip of cars, and killed instantly.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Marcus L. Milem
July 14, 1908.Marcus L. Milem, 21. Grapevine Mine. In an attempt to detach a mule from a moving car was thrown against the rib, receiving injuries which resulted in his death at Miners' Hospital No. 1, Welch, W. Va., on August 8, 1908. [Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Squire L. T. Murphy
Killed by a N & W train Special to the Register
Welch, W. Va., March 18-- Squire L. T. Murphy,corner of this county, met a fatal accident at Matewan Saturday. He slipped and fell on the track and was struck by Norfolk and Western passenger train No 12. His skull was fractured and he died today. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia) Tuesday, March 19,1895  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Wasil Popif
September 22, 1908.Wasil Popif, 34, Bohemian. Red Jacket Mine. Had loaded his car, and sat down to rest with his back against a post, slate broke off on the rib side causing it to slide the post set under it, falling on him, killing him instantly.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Toney Praco
December 22, 1908.Toney Praco, 35, Italian. Glen Alum Mine. He unoccupied loaded car from trip at shop, with the intention of riding to head house, car running away injuring him, from which he died at Welch Hospital, December 26, 1908.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Harrietta Robinson
Newburg,N.Y., May 15--Harrietta Robinson, who many years ago acquired the title of the "Veiled Murderess" died yesterday in the Matewan State Hospital for the criminal Insane.
The hospital records say that the woman was seventy-eight years old, but she always claimed to be older. The name Harrietta Robinson was assumed, and her real name was never disclosed. She was convicted of the murder of Timothy Lonegran, and his sister-in-law, Catherine Lubee, in Troy,in 1853. It was then hinted that she came of a noble English family and since then, in a moment of forgetfulness, she had said royal blood was in her veins. She was frequently urged to tell her identity, but always refused, saying that she had kept the secret so long that it might as well die with her. It was during her trial that she gained the name of the "Veiled Murderess," She had gone to Troy with the idea of getting a situation as a teacher, but entered upon a life of dissipation. She met Lonegan and Miss Lubee through dealing in the formers store. Going there one day she ordered drinks and poisoned the couple. Source: The Fairmont West Virginian, (Fairmont,West Virginia), Monday, May 15,1905  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Scono Ronat
August 8, 1908 Scono Ronat, 32, Italian. Rutherford Mine. Was killed by runaway on incline.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Jonn Sandman, Green Sandman, and Engineer Henderson
Explosion Kills Three ~ At Saw Mill Near Matewan,This State, And Fatally Injures One.
Huntington,W.Va., March 30--Jonn Sandman,aged 16, Green Sandman, aged 18, and Engineer Henderson,were killed by a boiler explosion at a saw mill near Matewan today. John Cooper, sawyer, was fatally injured. The Sandman brother were spectators at the mill. Source: The Daily Telegram, (Clarksbury,West Virginia), Thursday, March 30,1905  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Benney Sernal
May 19, 1909 Benney Sernal, 23. Glen Alum No. 1 Mine. He was working on a pillar and was loading car, when a piece of slate fell from over the roadway and between the props, striking him, breaking his neck, resulting in instant death.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Jas. Williams
December 8, 1908.Jas. Williams, 21, American. Rutherford Mine. He was working in main air course alone and when motorman went to pull his car he found him under a piece of slate, crushed to death.[Public Documents, Volume 3 by West Virginia, 1910 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


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