Archive | May 2009

Memorial Day

In Flanders Fields John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Gail Evans wrote:
It is good to remember. Throughout the Old Testament, God instructs people to remember. Remember scriptures and teach them to your children. Remember people and things they did. Remember God and what he says and does. God placed importance on remembering.

May 24th

183 Years Ago
May 24, 1826 – April 13, 1897

Mary Jane (Daugherty) Gregory, my 2nd great grandmother was the oldest of four children born to John L. and Nancy (Ward) Daugherty in Tazewell County, VA.

  1. Mary Jane Daugherty (Footstone MJG – Daniel Gregory Cemetery)
  2. Isaac W. Daugherty (Jeffersonville Cemetery – Tazewell, VA)
  3. George C. Daugherty
  4. David Allen Daugherty (Marrs Graveyard – Falls Mills, VA)

Below is a scrapbook newpaper clipping regarding her death. I do not have an obituary.

Mary Jane was the granddaughter of David and Eleanor (Clancy) Ward, well-known pioneers who helped establish Tazewell County. Per Lee Pyle, a Ward descendant:

David Ward, the progenitor of the Ward family in Tazewell County, was the son of William Ward who came from Ireland about 1730. In the year 1769, David Ward located in Tazewell County, Va., in the “Cove” on the farm where his great-grandson, George Ward, lived. David Ward became a conspicuous figure among the frontiersman, because of his intelligence and courage. He was known as one of the best Indian fighters on the Clinch, and was a member of Captain Russell’s company that participated in the battle at Point Pleasant. When the Revolution began he was member of the militia company of which William Bowen was Captain; and went to King’s Mountain with Rees Bowen, where he fought with Campbell’s rifleman from the Holston and Clinch valleys. After Russell County was formed, David Ward was made a justice of the peace for that county. When the county of Tazewell was erected he became, by operation of statute law, a justice of the peace of this county; and he was the first presiding justice of the county court. His son, John, was made the first county clerk of Tazwell. David Ward was chosen, along with Thomas Witten, Jr., to represent the county in the House of Delegates at the Sessions of 1801-01, and 1802-03; and represented the county again at the 1809-10 and 1810-11.

Thanks to Browne Hollowell, I have the following conjecture.
It is interesting to note the 1850 Census for Tazewell Co., Va., Western District, p. 179, 24 Sept:
Chas. H. Greever age 44 male Farmer Real Est. 4,000 b. Va
Eliza 28 female
Alexr 12 male
Blair 10 male
Chas 2 male
Mary Daugherty 20 female

Next door is:
33 Jno D Peery 62 male Farmer Real Est. 5,000 b. Va
34 Mary 20 female “
35 David P. 10/12 male “
Mary is Mary Clay Gregory, the younger sister of Daniel Parham Gregory.

I would say this is how Daniel and Mary Jane Daugherty met.

Mary Jane married Daniel Parham Gregory July 22, 1851.

And I would bet that living in Chas. H. Greever’s house as probably a servant or helper to Eliza Greever, that Mary Jane named her next daughter after a woman who had been kind and a friend to her. Were they related? I don’t know. Eliza Greever’s maiden name was Harrison. In March of 1859, Daniel & Mary Jane Gregory’s last child was born, a boy named Lewis H. Daniel’s next brother was named Lewis Corder Gregory, I don’t know who the H. was for.
Charles and Eliza are buried at the Greever Cemetery at Five Oaks in east Tazewell.
Eliza J., wife of Chas H. Greever, died Nov. 9, 1881, age 62 y & 7 D. I think that would make her born Nov. 2, 1819. So actually she was 31 (Lacking one month) in 1850. So a 31 year old married woman with three children, could have welcomed young 20yr old Mary Daugherty, and been a friend and mentor. As you know, it was very common in 18th and 19th centuries, for a young girl to leave her family and go live with another family, not necessarily as a servant but more as a mother’s helper.

Mary Jane (Daugherty)and Daniel Gregory had five children before Daniel died at only 39 years old from Scrofula (tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands).

  1. John K.L. Gregory
  2. Elizabeth Holland Gregory
  3. Nancy “Nannie” Ward Gregory
  4. Elizabeth Greever Gregory
  5. Lewis H. Gregory

209 Years Ago
May 24,1800 – June 7, 1886

My 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth Holland (Corder) Gregory, shared the birth day with her daughter-in-law, Mary Jane (Daugherty) Gregory. Elizabeth is also buried at the Daniel Gregory Cemetery located on Rt 61,Clear Fork, opposite Chestnut Grove Christian Church at Shawvers Mill, (According to SOME OLD CEMETERIES by Betty Hollowell) If anyone visits the cemetery, please take photos of all stones, especially looking for MJG footstone, and also a picture of Chestunt Grove Christian Church which continues there today. send to

Yet another interesting note:

Deed Book, no 12, p. 483 Daniel P. Gregary and Mary J. Gregary, his wife, to Christopher Shawver, Daniel Gregory and Adam Britts, Trustees. “For the purpose of having a meeting house built on the land conveyed, free for the use of all denominations professing the Christian religion when not occupied by the Christian Church.” The lot is situate on Clear Fork and contains about one and a half acres. This church is now known as Chestnut Grove Church and is still used by the Christian Church of the neighborhood. (ANNALS of Tazewell County, Virginia by John Newton Harman, Sr.1922 )

On This Day in 1947

62 Years Ago Today
May 23, 1947

Lois Jean Buttry married Victor Keith. Lois Jean was one of five of my 8th cousins born to Conly Clayton Buttry and Lottie Azen (Brooks).

  1. Jerald Francis Buttry
  2. Virginia Allene Buttry
  3. Lois Jean Buttry
  4. Bobby Joe Buttry
  5. Dorothy Lou Buttry

73 Years Ago Today
May 23, 1936-November 3, 2001

Kenneth Ray Brooks, my 2nd cousin, 1x removed, was one of sixteen children born to Henry Gracen and Myrtle Rose (Minnick)Brooks.

  1. Ellen Hazel Brooks
  2. Gertrude Marie Brooks
  3. Philis Kathaline Brooks
  4. Francis Gaynell Brooks
  5. Barbara Ann Brooks
  6. Jerry Elmer Brooks
  7. William Grady Brooks
  8. Charles Eugene Brooks
  9. Leonard Carl Brooks
  10. Kenneth Ray Brooks
  11. Marvin Estel Brooks
  12. James Ted Brooks
  13. Fred Allen Brooks
  14. Richard Ellis Brooks
  15. Roger Dale Brooks
  16. Robert Curtis Brooks

I don’t know who Kenneth Ray married, but he fatherd five children:

  1. Marsheli Brooks
  2. Denise Brooks
  3. David Brooks
  4. Sandra Garrett Brooks
  5. Dexter Craiger Brooks

On This Day in 1922

87 Years Ago Today
May 23, 1922 – May 10, 1995

My 1st cousin, 1x removed, Louise Davidson, was one of ten children born to Charles Lewis Davidson.

w/Lydia Hess

  1. Ada Davidson
  2. Lydia Davidson

w/Ella Louise Bealiles

  1. Charles Davidson
  2. Roberta Virginia “Bertie” Davidson
  3. Louise Davidson
  4. George Davidson
  5. Frances Davidson
  6. Carolyn Davidson
  7. John Davidson
  8. Roy Davidson

Sue, when you find some time, please send me the names of spouses and children with dates for Louise and siblings. Thanks and tell your Grandma Bertie that I said hello.

152 Years Ago Today
May 23, 1857-February 23, 1870

William B. Tabor, my great granduncle, only lived to be twelve years old. He was one of eight children born to James Harrison and Nancy Moore (Runyan)Tabor.

  1. Emily Tabor
  2. Sarah Jane Tabor (my great grandmother)
  3. Samuel G. Tabor
  4. George C. Tabor
  5. William B. Tabor
  6. Joseph Wade Tabor
  7. James Robert Tabor
  8. Meldora Tabor

I believe that this tombstone from Harry Cemetery, Falls Mills, VA belongs to Wm.

On This Day in 1852

157 Years Ago Today
May 22, 1852

Twins from the GREGORY line. John K. L. and Elizabeth Holland were born to Daniel Parham and Mary Jane (Daugherty) Gregory. John only lived until the next day, but Elizabeth, my great grandaunt, lived 68 years, and married William Hamilton Carbaugh. They had ten children:

  1. Eliza Carbaugh (twin) 1889
  2. Laura Carbaugh (twin) 1889
  3. Daughter Carbaugh (twin) 1890-1890
  4. Daughter Carbaugh (twin) 1890-1890
  5. D.G. Carbaugh
  6. J.H. Carbaugh
  7. J.W. or G.W. Carbaugh
  8. L.H. Carbaugh
  9. Lydia Carbaugh
  10. Daughter Carbaugh

If anyone knows more on this family, please share at
Below is Elizabeth’s obituary from the scrapbook. I believe she is buried in Concord Cemetery, Clear Fork. Find A Grave Memorial# 16881282

On This Day in 1859

150 Years Ago Today
May 21, 1859 – August 16, 1862

Mary Elizabeth Peery was one of seven children born to John Drew and Mary Clay (Gregory) Peery in Tazewell County, VA. She and her siblings were my 3rd cousins, 3x removed.

  1. David Preston Peery
  2. Charles Henry Peery
  3. George Peery
  4. Ella Martelia Peery (WPC)
  5. Mary Elizabeth Peery (WPC)
  6. Louisa Alice Peery
  7. Mary E. Molly Peery (WPC)

Ella, Mary Elizabeth and Mary Molly, along with parents John Drew and Mary Clay Peery are buried at the Whitley-Peery Cemetery on Riverside Drive, N. Tazewell, VA.

If anyone has or is willing to take photos of their monuments, please let me know
or publish them at

On This Day in 1885

124 Years Ago Today
May 21, 1885
My grand aunt, Ida E. (Davis) Blankenship, was one of twelve children born to Doctor Caleb and Nancy C. “Nannie” (Jessee) Davis in Russell County, VA. She married Patton Blankenship and they had five children.

  1. Samuel A. Davis
  2. Jefferson Bonaparte Davis
  3. Charles Henry “Keen Eye” Davis
  4. Mary A. Davis
  5. Sarah Ellen Davis
  6. Manerva Josephine “Josie” Davis
  7. Polly M. Davis
  8. David P. Davis
  9. Vance P. Davis
  10. Asa C. Davis (my grandfather)
  11. Ida E. Davis
  12. Nannie K. Davis


  1. Ruby Blankenship
  2. Roxie Blankenship
  3. Etta Mae Blankenship
  4. Gilmer Blankenship
  5. Claude Blankenship