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ABRAM BURNER.
Abram Burner, the progenitor of the Burner relationship in our county, was from the lower Valley, probably Shenandoah County. Soon after his marriage with Mary Hull; of Highland County, he settled on the Upper Tract, early in the century. Their children were Mary, Elizabeth, George, Jacob, Adam, Henry and Daniel.
Mary Burner became Mrs George Grimes and lived near Mount Zion, in the Hills
Elizabeth Burner was married to Hon John Grimes, and lived in the Little Levels on the lands now owned by the county for an infirmary
Jacob Burner married Keziah Stump, and settled in the western part of the State.
Adam burner married Margaret Gillespie, one of Jacob Gillespie's nine daughters at Greenbank, and settled in upper Pocahontas.
Daniel Burner married Jennie Gillespie, sister to Margaret. Daniel Burner was drowned near Peter Yeager's in a deep eddy, during harvest, and left one son, Joshua Burner.
Henry Burner met his death by drowning in the east fork of Greenbrier.
George Burner, eldest son of Abram the pioneer, after his marriage with Sally, daughter of Andrew Warwick, settled on part of the Burner homestead where the road crosses the east prong of the Greenbrier. Their children were Andrew, Enoch, Allen, Lafayette, Lee, Charles, Nancy, who became Mrs. William Wooddell; and Isabella. now Mrs Lanty Slaven.
Enoch Burner married Rachel Ann Tallman, and settled in Missouri.
Lafayette Burner first married Nannie Wooddell and lived on the uppar Greenbrier. Second marriage with Caroline Gum.
Lee Burner married Rebecca Gum, daughter of William Gum and a sister to Caroline just named, and lived on the Upper Tract.
Allen Burner first married Elizabeth Price, daughter of James A. Price, of Marlins Bottom, and settled at Greenbank. George Burner, of Minneapolis, is her son. Allen Burner's second marriage was with Virginia Clark, of Parnassus, Augusta County, and he now resides at Cass. Lula and Emma Burner, well known teachers are her daughters.
Charles Burner married Elizabeth Beard of Greenbank, and lived on the Burner homestead.
Hon. George Burner was a prominent citizen from the organization of the county. As noticed elsewhere he was one of the first members of the county court. He represented the county several terms in the Virginia Legislature, and was a Jacksonian Democrat in his political proclivities, and strange to say one of the original Pocahontas secessionists. so intense his devotion to State rights had become.
His second marriage was with Margaret Poage, daughter of George W. Poage, of the Little Levels.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - CS - Sub by FoFG]



MICHAEL CLEEK.
The ancestor of the Cleek relationship in Pocahontas County was Michael Cleek, who was one of the earlier pioneers ty occupy the attrative portion of the Knapps Creek valley adjacent to Driscol, and came from Bath County. His wife was Margaret Henderson Crawford, whose father was from Lancaster, Pa., and lived in Bath County, near Windy Cove.
Michael Cleek opened the lands comprised in the Peter L. Cleek, William H. Cleek, and Benjamin F. Fleshman properties - the persons just named being his grandchildren. With the exception of two or three very small clearings, it was a primitive, densely unbroken forest of white pine and sugar maple. He built a log cabin on the site of the new stable, and some years subsequently reared a dwelling of hewn timer, now the old stable at Peter L. Cleek's. The late John Cleek, father of Peter and Williams, and who was the oldest of the family, could just remember when his parents settled here. They came out by the way of Little Back Creek, crossing the Alleghany Mountain opposite Harper's. His mother carried him in her lap, horseback, all the way from Windy Cove.
Michael Cleek's family consisted of three sons, John, William, and Jacob; and three daughters, Elizabeth, Barbara, and Violet.
Elizabeth married Jesse Hull of Anthony's Creek. Their children were William Crawford, John, who died in the war; Jesse, Andrew, Mrs Margaret McDermott, on Little Anthony's Creek; Mrs Eveline Fleshman, Mrs Alcinda Stephenson, of Bath County; and Mrs Charlotee Fertig, of Anthony's Creek.
Barbara and Violet, the otehr daughters of the pioneer Michael Cleek, died in early childhood of the "cold plague," and their brother Jacob died of the same disease, aged eighteen years.
William Cleek never married, and spent most of his life with his brother John. The attachment these brothers had for each other was noticed and admired by all their acquaintances. They never seemed so well contented as when in each others company. His wit and good humor was remarkable. If all his funny harmless anecdotes could be recalled and written up, the result would be a very humorous book indeed, and nobody's feelings wounded thereby. He could be fecetious without hurting any one's feelings -- a gift rarely possessed by humorists. He told most of his jokes on himself.
It now remains to make further mention of John Cleek, the eldest son of William Cleek's pioneer home. He married Phoebe Ann Lightner, a daughter of Peter Lightner.
John Cleek spent his life on the home farm. His family consisted of three sons, Peter Lightner, William Henderson, and Shelton Washington. The daughters were Mary Ann, Caroline Elizabeth, Alcinda Susan, Margaret Eveline, and Eliza Martha.
Mary Ann was first married to Josiah Herold. She was left a widow, and afterwards married William C. Hull. Her daughters are Mrs Patterson Poage and Mis Tokey Hull.
Caroline Elizabeth married the late Lanty Lockridge.
Alcinda Susan married Hugh Dever, and is now in Nebraska.
Margaret Eveline married Renick Ward, late of Randolph County, and lives in Colorado.
Shelton W. Cleek died in infancy.
William H. Cleek married Margaret Jane Fleshman. He died in 1899.
Peter L. Cleek married Effie May Amiss. The pleasant home occupied by them is near the original site, across the valley from the public road, and near the foot hills of the Alleghany. Formerly the main road passed by the old Cleek homestead, crossing and recrossing the valley for the convenience of the residents. Thus the traveler would cover a good many miles in making but little progress in direct distance. as matters were in former times.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - CS - Sub by FoFG]


WILLIAM CURRY
Son of John and Jane Curry, was born in Bath county, Virginia, November 28, 1821. In 1853 he made his home in Pocahontas county, and in this county, on the 21st of February, 1860, he married Lucy, daughter of Joel and Rebecca Hill. She was born in Pocahontas county, September 21, 1841, and their children were born: Rebecca C., August 21, 1861; Sherman P., November 24, 1865; Mary C., June 1, 1870; Lillie I., December 12, 1873. From March, 1853, to January 1, 1879 William Curry was clerk of the circuit and county courts of Pocahontas county (a portion of the time acting as deputy clerk). He is now one of the substantial farmers of the county, with post office address at Huntersville, Pocahontas county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardestys "West Virginia Counties", Vol. 3, Pg 53 - CS- Sub by FoFG]


HENRY DILLEY
Among the early settlers of our country, Henry Dilley deserves more than a passing notice. He was one of the four Dilley brothers, one of whom was the late Martin Dilley. It is believed the Dilley's came from Maryland, and was very probably of French descent.
Henry Dilley went over to John Sharp's, the early settler of Frost, often enough to persuade his daughter Margaret to have him for better or worse, and they were happily married and settled on Thorny Creek, and as long as Dilley's Mill will be known his name will not be forgotten. Mr. Dilley never doubted the truth of the Bible especially that place in Genesis where it speaks of the ground bringing forth "thorns and thistles." he had enough of these things to contend with on his Thorny Creek land, where he settled, opened up a home, and built a mill one of the best of its kind at that day and its successor keeps up a good reputation as Dilley's mill yet. Men may come and men may go, but the beautiful perennial strewn, that was utilized by Henry Dilley, still goes on in its useful service for the benefit of his children's children, and a great many others, far and near.
Joseph Dilley, son of Henry Dilley, married Mary Ann, a daughter of the late Joseph Friel, on Greenbrier River, five miles above Marlinton, and near the mouth of Thorny Creek, and settled on a part of the homestead, where he yet lives.
Thomas Dilley married Peachy VanReenan, a native of Holland, and lived on Cummings Creek. He was a Confederate soldier.
Ralph Dilley married Mary Jane, daughter of William Moore, near Mount Zion, and settled on a section of the Moore homestead, at one of the head springs of Moore's Run, which debouches into Knapps Creek at Brown Moore's. Four Daughters and one son composed their family.
Daniel Dilley married a daughter of the late Dr. Addison Moore, near Edray, and migrated to Iowa.
William Dilley first married Mary Friel, daughter of Jeremiah Friel, the pioneer on the Greenbrier at the mouth of Thorny Creek, and settled in Huntersville as the village blacksmith, in which occupation his skill was very superior. His second marriage was with Elizabeth Baker. There were four children by this marriage. William Dilley's third marriage with Ann Drepperd, and by this marriage there were five sons and three daughters.
John Dilley, son of Henry Dilley, was a mechanic of remarkable skill to be a self trained workman. He was honest and industrious, and it is believed by his friends that he sacrificed his health in his devotion to his useful calling through exposure. What he suffered it is hard for anyone to realize. His wife was Ellen Friel. These persons lived for years on Stony Creek. Their daughter Frances married Lieutenant Henry M. Poage. He was a gallant Confederate officer, and was killed near Warrenton, Virginia. Mrs. Poage had died some time previously. They were survived by one daughter, who is now Sallie Woods Berry, of Rockingham County, Virginia. A Pocahontas camp of Confederate veterans has given to Lieutenant Poage the highest honor they can confer when they named their organization the Moffett Poage Camp, which has Marlinton for the place of rendezvous.
The name Dilley indicates a French origin, and although Martin Dilley claimed to be of German descent, it does not necessarily follow that the family is of pure German origin. A very important element of the immigration to this country in the previous century were the Huguenot French, who had refugeed from France about or soon after 1685, to England, Holland, and Germany, and thence to the New World, as it was then so frequently called.
William Penn's colony had great attractions for the Germans, and for many others besides. It is altogether possible, and quite probable, that there were Dilleys (Dilles) from France among the exiles, and found their way to Germany; and after living there some years, their children, hearing of the advantages to be had in America, came over along with the German immigrants, and regarded themselves as such. As a general thing, the Huguenot people were employed in the shops and manufacturers; but what was the loss of France was the gain of continental countries and many places in the United States, as the reader may readily learn by reference to history.
For a long time, too, Lord, Baltimore's Maryland colony was really one of the best places for the early immigrants, and a great many of the early settlers of Maryland were attracted by the inducements he offered. But as "burnt children dread the fire," it is not likely that very many of the French protestants should be inclined to settle permanently in a Roman Catholic colony, managed by an avowed Roman Catholic. To Lord Baltimore's credit, however, let it be remembered that there was more of religious tolerance under his administration than almost anywhere else in the civilized world of that period. Some writers go so far as to say that Maryland was the birth place of religious toleration. The matter is an interesting one to inquire into.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - DG - Sub by FoFG]


Hon. GOERGE WARWICK McCLINTIC, A.B., LL.B.
George W. McClintic, son of William H. and Mary Mathews McClintic, was born in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, January 14, 1866. He was graduated from Roanoke College at Salem, Virginia, in 1883, receiving the classical degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then entered the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and was graduated there from in the class of 1886 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He returned to his native county and in the early part of the next year (1887) was admitted to the Bar of the Circuit Court of Pocahontas County. October 1, 1888, he located at Charleston, Kanawha County, and entered upon the practice of the law as the junior member of the firm of Mollohan and McClintic, Wesley Mollahan, an able and well-known attorney, being the senior member of the partnership. In 1900 William Gordon Mathews was added to the firm. In 1911 Mr. Mollohan died, and later the firm became McClintic, Mathews and Campbell, Mr. John Edgar Campbell being the junior member of the partnership as it now stands. Mr. McClintic, therefore, is now the senior member of one of the most noted law firms within the entire Commonwealth. His firm has specialized in land litigations, corporations and constitutional controversies, and at the same time practices in all the varied branches of the law in all the State and Federal courts within the State and also in the Supreme Court of the United States; and we may add, handles a large volume of important legal business.
Mr. McClintic owes his success at the Bar largely to his laborious preparation of his cases. He is thoroughly grounded in the fundamental principles of the law, and by indefatigable industry avails himself of his knowledge and resources. The accuracy of his pleadings, his uniform urbanity and simplicity of manners, his fidelity to his clients and the force of character which he brings to bear upon his causes, all contribute to his popularity and success. He possesses promptness, energy and decision, which coupled with love of justice and fair dealing, have placed him among the high grade members of the profession in the State. His rank as a member of the Bar of the State, therefore, is firmly established.
He was united in marriage with Miss Ethel Knight, of Charleston, daughter of the late Hon. Edward B. Knight, an eminent member of the Kanawha Bar, October 17, 1907. They have one child, Elizabeth Knight McClintic. Their home life is ideal, and among their friends they are always social, joyous and happy. They are Presbyterians in faith, and enjoy the confidence and respect of a large circle of admiring friends.
Mr. McClintic is "high up" in the Masonic Fraternity, having filled, with distinction, the exalted position of Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia in 1905-6, whose annual sessions he never fails to attend. Unless something of unusual importance intervenes to prevent.
He is a Republican in politics, but has never sought an office of any kind; except he was Solicitor of the city of Charleston for a full term and was a valuable official. Said office, however, is in the line of his profession. He was made the candidate of his party for membership in the West Virginia Legislature in June, 1918, without his seeking, and was elected by an unusual majority by the voters of his county.
["Bench and bar of West Virginia" edited by George Wesley Atkinson, pub. 1919 - TK - Sub by FoFG]


JACOB MARLIN AND STEPHEN SEWALL
The first persons of English or Scotch-Irish antecedents to spend a winter in what is now Pocahontas County, were Marlin and Sewall. This was the winter of 175051. Their camp was in the delta formed by Marlin Run and a slough or drain near the east bank of Knapp's Creek.
In the course of timehaving agreed to disagree they separated and were found living apart, by Colonel Andrew Lewis, Marlin in the cabin and Sewall in a hollow tree. Upon expressing his surprise at this way of living apart, distant from the habitation of other human beings, Sewall told him they differed in sentiments and since the separation there was more tranquility, or a better understanding, for now they were upon speaking terms, and upon each morning "it was good morning, Mr Marlin, and 'Good morning, Mr. Sewall!.
Under the new arrangement, Sewall crossed the slough, and instead of building another cabin, went into a hollow sycamore tree on the west margin of the slough, quite near where the board walk now crosses, and about in line with a walnut tree now standing on the east bank of the drain and the court house.
The lower part of this tree bore a striking resemblance to a leaning Indian tepee. The cavity could shelter five or six persons, and the writer has been often in it for shade or for shelter from rain or heat.
At the top of the cone, some eight or ten feet from the ground, the tree was not more than twenty inches in diameter, and at that height was chopped off about the year 1839, to avoid shading the crops. Thus the stump was left, a great convenience for shade or shelter, until it disappeared during the War, being probably used for a camp fire.
These persons differed, Sewall told Colonel Lewis, about their "relagian." There is a traditional hint that "immersion" was the theme of contention. But it is more than probable that one was a conformist and the other a non-conformist to the thirty-nine articles of the English rubric. This is known to have been a very live question of those times, both before and after.
This new arrangement did not last long, and Sewall in search of less molestation about his religion, withdrew about eight miles to a cave at the head of Sewell Run, near Marvin. Thence he went forty miles farther on to Sewell Creek, west Greenbrier, and was found and slain by Indians. How impressively this illustrates the evils of religious controversy, so called.
"Against her foes religion well defends,
Her sacred truths, but often fears her friends.
If learned, their pride: if weak their zeal she dreads
And their heart's weakness who have soundest
heads; But most she fears the controversial pen,
The holy strife of disputatious men,
Who the blest Gospel's peaceful page explore,
Only to fight against its precepts more."
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - Sub by FoFG]


JOHN MOORE
"Pennsylvania" John Moore is represented by a worthy posterity, and deserves special mention as on of the Pocahontas Pioneers. He was among the immigrants from Pennsylvania, and as there was several John Moores, the soubriguet "Pennsylvania" was and is attached to his name. Upon his marriage with Margaret Moore, daughter of Moses Moore, scout, hunter, and pioneer, John Moore settled and opened up the place now occupied by David Moore, near Mount Zion Church, in the Hills. Their family consisted of three sons and eight daughters.
Martha Moore became Mrs. John Collins, and lived in Upshur County, West Virginia.
Jennie lived to be grown and died of cancerous affection.
Nancy Moore was married to Peter Bussard, and they had their home near Glade Hill.
Hannah Moore married Martin Dilley, and lived where Mrs. Martha Dilley now resides.
Phebe Moore became Mrs. Samuel McCarty, and lived where Peter McCarty now lives.
Elizabeth Moore was married to Daniel McCarty, a soldier of the Way of 1812, and lived where Sheldon Moore now dwells.
Margaret Moore married Eli Bussard, and lived where their son, Armenius bussard, now lives.
Rebecca Moore was married to John Sharp, from near Frost, and lived on the place now occupied by Joseph Moore, near the Bussard neighborhood.
William Moore, son of the Pennsylvania immigrant, married Margaret Callahan, of Bath County, VA., and opened up the homestead now owned by William Jeff Moore. In reference to William Moore's family the Following particulars are in hand:
James C. Moore married Hester Nottingham, from Glad Hill. Their children are Adam C., William, and Mrs. w. H. Gabbert, near Huntersville. Adam and William Moore live on the old homestead with their mother. James C. Moore, their father, was a confederate soldier. He died of wounds received during the memorable seven days fight around Richmond, and was buried near Greenwood Tunnel, Va.
William Jefferson Moore married Loretta Grimes, and lives on the paternal homestead near Mount Zion. They are the parents of these sons and daughters: Mattie Elizabeth, George Ellsworth, Charles King, Caroline Frances, Fannie Amoret, Myrtle Florence, Ira H., and Hattie.
Mary Jane Moore, sister of James and Jefferson Moore, was married to Ralph Dilley and lived on another section of the paternal homestead.
This worthy man, William Moore, came to end his industrious, useful life under very sad circumstances. A fire had broken out from a clearing near his home, and with no one with him he endeavored to check its progress. In doing so he seems to have been overcome with fatigue and was suffocated by the smoke and flames. He was therefore found dead in the track of the fire, on the 4th of April, 1866.

John Moore, son of John Moore the Pennsylvania emigrant, married Mary Hannah, one of Joseph Hannah's daughters, on Elk, and settled on a portion of the pioneer homestead now occupied by David Moore. One of his sons, Joseph, married Susan Bussard, and lives near Frost. Another son, David, married Matilda Moore, and lives on the homestead where his father had lived before him. Alfred, another son of John Moore, Junior, lives with his brother, Joseph Moore.

James W. Moore, a son of John Moore, Junior, married Margaret Nottingham, and lives on a section of the Moore homestead.
William Moore, the only son of the James Moore just mentioned, was a Confederate soldier. He was captured near Richmond in 1862, and was never heard from afterwards. He sleeps in some unknown grave, far from his kindred and the friends that remember him so tenderly.

John Moore, the ancestor of this branch of the Moore relationship, was one of the families that came first to Pennsylvania and thence to Virginia, early in the seventies of the eighteenth century. Except by marriage, there is no well authenticated relationship known to exist between his family and the other families of the Moore name so numerous in our county and who have performed such an important service in opening up prosperous homes, in the face of such serious obstacles, so bravely and perseveringly met and overcome by them.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - DG - Sub by FoFG]


JOHN SUTTON, SR.
July 27, 1894, was the last time the writer met the late John Sutton, Junior, whose painful death by a cancerous affliction was mourned by a large circle of attached friends. Much of the morning was occupied in family reminiscence. His father, John Sutton the senior, was a native of Westmoreland County, and hence was neighbor of the Washington family. His home was on the Potomac not far from Mount Vernon. For some years John Sutton, Senior, was manager for Jacob Warwick at the Dunmore farm, late in the last century. Finally he bought land and settled where his son, John Sutton, Junior, lived. Mrs Sutton was Rachel Gillispie, daughter of Jacob Gillispie, who owned nearly all the land in sight of Greenbank looking north and east. Mrs Jacob Gillispie was Rebecca Berry, a half sister of Mary Vance Warwick, the widow Berry having married Mr Vance, who lived at Mountain Grove. Jacob Gillispie's family consisted of nine daughters and six sons.
John Sutton, Senior, paid a visit to his old home on the Potomac where it is said to be twelve miles across. His friends seemed astonished when he told them he had seen the head spring and drank of its water on Laurel Fork, near what is known as the Wilfong Settlement.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - CS - Sub by FoFG]

JAMES TALLMAN
Among the names identified with our county's history that of Tallman has figured prominently for more than a hundred years, and while there are scores of our citizens with Tallman blood in their veins, yet the name is borne by but few anymore; as so many have moved away to other counties and western States.
The Tallman relationship trace their ancestry to James Tallman, who was a native of Augusta County. His first marriage was with Nancy Crawford, of that county, and soon afterwards settled on property west of Greenbank, now held by Joseph Beard, the heirs of Adam Arbogast, and Dr Moorman. This must have been before the Revolution, as all the probabilities point to that conclusion. There were in the first family three sons and two daughters: Rachel, Rebecca, Benjamin, William, and Boone.
Rachel was married to Peter Hull, of Highland, who was a son of Adam Hull.
Rebecca was married to Reuben Slaven.
Benjamin Tallman married Elizabeth Warwick, and settled on property now owned by Captain Siple. The names of his children William, James, Robert, John, Cyrus, and Nancy, who became Mrs Benjamin Tallman (son of Boone) and lives in Illinois.
Benjamin Tallman was a colonel of the 127th regiment, a member of the court, represented the county in the Virginia House of Delegates, and was for many years a ruling elder in the Liberty Presbyterian church, and a justice of the peace.
William Tallman married Jane Bradshaw, and settled on a section of the Tallman homestead. It was their son James Tallman who was the successor of Henry Moffett in the clerkship of Pocahontas courts.
Boone Tallman, the third son of the early settler, went to the Levels often enough to win the affections of Mary Poage, daughter of George W. Poage. Their children were George, James, Benjamin, who met his death by drowning, and Rachel Ann, who became Mrs Enoch Bruner.
In reference to the second marriage of James Tallman, Senior, we learn that his second wife was Jemima Gillispie. Their children were Jane, Nancy, Margaret, Sally, Samuel, and James.
Jane Tallman became Mrs William Arbogast an settled at Greenbank on the estate now owned by Dr Moomau. Their children were William, James, George, Alcinda, who married Isaac Moore, near Dunmore, Margaret, who became Mrs David Maupin, first marriage, and Mrs Thomas Maupin, second marriage, a much esteemed lady -- lately deceased. It was her son Harvey Maupin whose tragic death occurred near Marlinton in 1898, while sliding logs. Nannie Arbogast the youngest, became Mrs Dr J. P. Moomau and lives near Greenbank on the homestead. E. S. Moomau, pharmacist at Lewisburg, Dr L. H. Moomau at Greenbank, James Moomau, Mary, now Mrs Dr C. L. Austin, Misses Flora, Lillian. Boone, Lucy, and Frederick are their children. Dr Moomau is a physician of more than forty years standing, and a prominent citizen of affairs. He has represented the county in the Legislature of West Virginia.
Nancy Tallman became Mrs Brannon and lived in Lewis County. Margaret Tallman became Mrs Goff, and also lived in Lewis County.
Sally Tallman was married to William Gum, and settled on Deer Creek.
The Tallman relationship has been long and conspicuously identified with the development and improvement of important communities. They were a people who aspired to be first in everything that promoted the improvement and elevation of their neighbors and themselves, and their influence has been deeply impressed upon many characters. Though the name has well nigh ceased to be heard among us, yet the writer is pleased to believe that the spirit of James Tallman, the early settler, is yet moving about among scores of our families.
[Source: Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia, by William T. Price; Price Brothers, Marlinton, WV; pub. 1901 - CS - Sub by FoFG]




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