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GADD AND MARTIN FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA
Powell Wade Gadd and Emma Melissa Martin
Ordie Robert Vest, Dorothy M. Gadd Epling, and Robert Lee Gadd. Go to In Memory page.
Updated 13 Jan 2016
Gadd -- origin of surname. "English - occupational; from Middle English meaning 'goad, spike,' referring to a cattle driver." (“The Wordsworth Dictionary of Surnames,” Terry Freedman & Iseabail Macleod, 1997, Wordsworth Editions, Hertfordshire, Page 89.)
Powell and Emma and son George are buried in a cemetery "located on the John Hudson farm, which was the original Spangler home," according to information in the Tallery Mountain chapter of A New River Heritiage, Volume II, by William Sanders, McClain Printing Co., Parsons, W.Va., 1992, Page 208-209.
Stories about Powell Wade Gadd:
Daughter Emma Stella said Powell had a red beard. When Stella had her first child, son Dewey Via, her parents assisted her. She sat back in her father’s arms while her mother helped her grandchild into this world.
Powell had a sense of humor and was a bit of a trickster. One of his granddaughters remembers how he would ask her to get him a cup of cold water from the spring. He told her that only she knew how to fetch his water just right.
In a March 1992 letter, Nina Vest Bennett Worley (Stella and Leonard Vest's daughter) wrote about her grandparents, Powell and Emma Gadd:
Well, I have to tell you a little about my Grandmother & Dad, Gadd. They always went to church. Rode in a wagon. The horses had to be curried and clean. They wore gloves to church in those days, up to their elbows. One time mother (Emma Stella) didn't put any on because there was a hole in one finger of a glove. Grand daddy noticed, made her go back and put on her gloves and told her to be sure and get some from the store and have a pair extra in case she had a bad pair. They were Methodists. Mother was saved when she was 16.
Children of Powell Gadd and wife Emma Martin
- Rebecca L. Gadd, born 10 Dec 1873, Flat Top, W.Va./died 05 Jan 1945, Shoats, Wayne County, W.Va. Death certificate. Rebecca, 38, married John Beaver, 33, on 14 Nov 1914 in Huntington, W.Va. Marriage record. The 1930 census for Huntington has her nieces, Frances and Sylvia Hatcher, living with her. The Hatcher sisters were partners in a lunch counter. Photo: Rebecca Gadd
- Mary Ellen Gadd, born 20 May 1875/13 Aug 1925. Source: Find a Grave. Mary, 17, married John H. Vest, 23, son of Charles Jackson and Mary J. Vest in 1892. WV Project marriage record. Photo: Mary and John Vest
Children of Mary and John
Creating a list from census records and obituaries (corrections welcome):
1. Jane Vest (24 May 1894/June 1975). Jane Vest Pack and John Pack family, Pack family 2 Pack family 2 closeup. I've seen Jane's name three ways. Malinda Jane (Ancestry.com) Melissa Jane (her son Elbert's obituary) and Millicent Jane (husband John's WW II draft card). Jane Pack obituary John William Pack obituary. Jane and John had six children: Elmer, Elbert Lee, Edward, Orase, Annabelle and Denvel Allen Pack. Denvel was the youngest, born 29 Aug 1929 in Beckley, W.Va. Denvel died at age 3 years, 20 months, on 07 July 1933 in Beckley of complications of whooping cough. Obituary. Death certificate. John William Pack had two daughters and a son with wife Josephine.
2. B. L. Vest (15 Apr 1896/17 Sep 1927), Burke Leslie Vest, 27, of Blue Jay, W.Va., married Nollie Daniels of Lego, W.Va., in March 1924. Grover J. Johnson officiated. Nollie was born 28 Sep 1906 in Paintsville, Johnson County, Ky., a daughter of John Daniels and wife Mary Butler. After her first husband's death, Nollie married Jess G. Pack. He died in 1963. Nollie died in 1990 at her Shady Spring, W.Va. home. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park. Vest-Daniel marriage record Find a Grave for B.L. Vest: Anderson Vest Cemetery.Name variations: B.L. Vest on his death certificate and tombstone. Bert Vest in the news articles about his death. Burke Leslie Vest on his marriage certificate. Bertha Lesslie on his birth record.
The murder of B. L. Vest
B.L. Vest, 31, of Flat Top, W.Va., died 17 Sep 1927 in King's Daughters Hospital, Beckley, W.Va. He was born 16 April 1896 in Summers County, W.Va., (birth record) a son of John H. Vest and wife Mary Gadd. West Virginia death record online According to accounts in area newspapers, Mr. Vest, part-owner of a filling station, was shot while he slept. An associate was charged with murder. I was unable to find follow-up articles about the outcome of the murder charge. Five Are Arrested In Beckley Murder, Charleston Gazette, W.Va., 21 Sep 1927, Page 8. Six Held By Mercer Officers In Killing: Prosecutor Questions Men In Flat Top Murder, Charleston Daily Mail, W.Va., 21 Sep 1927, Page 3. Authorities Hold Back Information in Death of Vest: Lilly Is Held On Murder Charge -- Five Others Released, Raleigh Register, Beckley, W.Va., 22 Sep 1927, Page 1.
3. Ordie Jennings Vest born 23 Apr 1898, Jumping Branch, Summers County, W.Va. He married Elsie Pearl Maye in 1919 and Ida Mae Basham Lester in 1960. Both marriages ended in divorce. He died 16 Jul 1966 in his Grandview Road home in Raleigh County. Death record. 1966 obit. He was buried in Blue Jay Cemetery, Raleigh County. His children with Elsie (sources: obits and census records) were Ordie Robert Vest (1925-2011, link to 2011 obituary; Dorsey Thurman Vest (1930-1971), buried Blue Jay Cemetery, 1971 obit: Clarence Ray Vest (1937-2002), cremated; Ellis J. Vest Sr. (1923-2001); Charles E. Vest (1931-1980) buried William Kidwell Cemetery, Grandview, W.Va. Find a Grave: Geraldine Fay Vest (1933-35), buried Blue Jay Cemetery, Find a Grave, 1935 obit; Billy Gene Vest (1935-69), Blue Jay Cemetery, Find a Grave, 1969 obit. Pearl had additional children with another spouse, Boyd Lilly Sr.
Mystery photo. Vest boys? Postcard photo, labeled on back: For Ordie Vest, Order No 184, Knife No 118, John C Niblett agt. ____ together. Stamped: APR7 – 1927. If you can identify the boys in the photo, please e-mail me. New Information: I've received one response -- that they could be Ordie Jennings Vest's oldest boys, Ordie Robert and Ellis. Other mystery photos.
4. Emma Vest 27 May 1900, Summers County. Emma and sister Jane. There are two birth records with two names and two birthdays: Emma M. Vest and Emma Alice Vest. However, the birthday in her obituary was 27 May 1900. Emma had a daughter, Virginia Worley McQuillen. Virginia's father, Pvt. Ash Worley, died 08 Oct 1918 in the United States from illness while serving during World War I. (Flashback to Armistice Day 1918, Raleigh Register, Beckley, W.Va., 10 Nov 1953, Page 1) Ash was born 02 Oct 1893, a son of William and Virginia. (Birth record.) He was buried in Redden Cemetery at Beaver, Raleigh County. Find A Grave Memorial# 68306120 Emma died on 04 Mar 1971 in her home in Huntington, W.Va. In addition to daughter Virginia, Emma was survived by husband Albert Cleo Wilson.(1905-1980) of Huntington, a son of George and Mary Wilson. Emma and Albert are buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial# 44994327
5. Sarah E. Vest born 06 Nov 1904, Raleigh County, W.Va. Birth record.
- Mahala E. "Hallie" Gadd, born 14 July 1877. WV Project birth record. Mahala, 14, married Michael Isaac "Mike" Harvey, 21, son of A.B. and Mary A. Harvey, on 29 Oct 1891 in Summers County. WV Project marriage record. (The 1880 census, Jumping Branch, Summers, lists Michael's parents as Austin B. Harvey, b abt 1836, Va., and mother, Mary A., b abt 1843, Ind. Children: Ida F., 21; Myron Y., 19; Ward D., 16; William L.W., 14; Emma R., 12; Michael I.,10 and Henry J. B. Harvey, 8.)
Mahala and Michael's son Alfred Adolphus Harvey was born 09 Oct 1892 in Summers County. WV birth record. Mahala E. Harvey, 15, died 16 Oct 1892, a week after her son was born. The cause isn't listed. WV Project death record Mahala was buried in the Charles Vest Cemetery, Streeter, Summers County, W.Va. In June 2012, one of her descendants located Mahala's grave. Find A Grave Memorial# 88870606
The 1910 census shows Alfred Adolphus, 17, living at Jumping Branch with his Harvey grandparents. Michael had remarried in 1899 to Anna Jane "Annie" Meadows. Marriage record. (The transcription erroneously lists him as M.J. Harvey.) Michael died 24 Jun 1944. Death record. Mike and second wife Annie are buried in the Hinton Family Cemetery, Summers County. Find A Grave Memorial# 91880903. Alfred Adolphus married Mary Nellie Fitzpatrick, daughter of Daniel Fitzpatrick and wife Martha Ann Becklehimer, in 1913 in Summers County. Marriage record. Adolphus died 08 Oct 1964 in Hinton, Summers County. He was a retired pipefitter. Death record. He is buried in the Restwood Cemetery, Hinton. Find A Grave Memorial# 88399939. His wife Mary is buried in Upland Cemetery, Summers County. Find A Grave Memorial# 88869622
- Emma Stella Gadd was born May 1879 in Pipestem, Summers County, W.Va. and died in 24 Jan 1965 at her daughter Golda Vest Smith’s home on White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, W.Va. After Stella's death, someone wrote her birthdate in a family Bible as May 23. A WV Project birth record has the date 20 May. Stella was married three times. She married James Anderson Elmer Via (04 Jan 1877/21 Nov 1902) on 06 Nov 1900. Anderson was a son of Isaac Via (1853-1933) and wife Mary E. Vest (1851-1929) The witnesses at Anderson and Stella's wedding were Leckie Harvey (Stella's Aunt Electra Gadd Harvey) and Sarah Parker. The Rev. Alfred Cole officiated. (A generation later, Rev. Cole officiated at the marriage of Stella's daughter Golda to Earl Smith.) Via marriage record. Anderson was killed by a falling tree when their son Dewey was just a baby. Anderson is buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery, W.Va. Anderson's tombstone. After Anderson died, Stella, 24, married Charles Odey Farmer, 34, of Pittsylvania, Va., in 1904. According to family stories, Farmer was a handsome guitar-playing man who she married against the wishes and better judgment of her father Powell. Her dad was right. Farmer was abusive and the marriage ended in divorce. They didn't have children. Farmer marriage record Stella married a former schoolmate, Leonard Haliburton Vest, 11 Jun 1907 in Summers County with Rev. W.W. McMillian officiating. Marriage news item. Leonard was a widower with a son, Claude. Leonard was a farmer and worked outside the mines. Stella was a lay nurse and midwife. Stella and Leonard are buried in the Smith Family Cemetery on White Oak Mountain, W.Va.. Tombstone 2012: View 1 & View 2. Trivia: there was a tombstone error so the Vest graves are opposite the names on the stone. (For more information on Leonard and his birth family, go to the Vest/Cochran Page 3 on this site or to Find a Grave.) Stella Gadd Vest obituary
Children of Stella
1. Dewey Abshire Anderson Via (17 Jan 1902-12 Sep 1936). Photo: Dewey, half sister Verna and stepbrother Claude. Dewey and his dog. (Thank you, cousin Harold!) Dewey never married. He died at 34 from stomach ulcers. Death certificate. Notes about his birth records: Due to an error in the original birth record, his birth is recorded under Dewey Gadd.There are also transcription errors, misspelling of his parents' names -- father should be J.A.E. Via and mother's maiden name Stella E. Gadd as it is in the original record. Dewey was buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery, Summers County: Find a Grave
2. Stepson Claude (Claudie) Raymond Vest, born 21 Nov 1901, to Leonard Vest and first wife Clara Alice Plumley. Clara died a few months after Claude’s birth. Claude's delayed birth certificate says he was born in Jumping Branch, Summers Co., but his obituary says he was born in Raleigh County. Claude was a coal miner. Claude, 43, married Georgia Lee Vest, 25, on 26 Jan 1945 in Summers County, W.Va. Georgia was born 19 Oct 1919, daughter of Joseph Thomas and Izola Furrow Vest, and died 19 Jul 1998 in Raleigh County. Claude died 08 Dec 1961 in a Beckley, W.Va., hospital. Claude's obituary Claude and Georgia had two sons, Joe Cephus Vest (1946-89), Joe's obituary Funeral card, and Hubert Jackson Vest (1951-91), Hubert's obituary, Funeral card. Hubert died of a gunshot wound. Two 1991 articles: Police investigate Raleigh man's death; Death ruled suicide. Joe and Hubert. Claude Vest family Claude, Joe, Hubert and Georgia were buried in the Simmons Cemetery, Mt. View, W.Va. Link to Find a Grave. (Thank you, Hulda, for photos and documents relating to the Claude Vest family.) Dewey and Claude school picture White Oak Mountain school
3. Verna Veatrice (1908-80). Verna, a teacher, married Fred Bennett of Abraham. Their first child, Hazel Jeannette Bennett, was injured by obstetric forceps and was either stillborn or died shortly after her birth, according to her family. She was buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery, Summers County, W.Va. Tombstone. Find a Grave page. Son Dewey Ralston Bennett was shot and killed in 1974 by a man he had known all his life. Ralston was named after his uncle Dewey Via but was known to most by his middle name. Ralston was married and had five children. Fred and Verna lived in Abraham, then moved to White Oak, W.Va., after retirement. Fred, Verna and Ralston were buried in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Abraham, W.Va. Marker for Fred, Verna and Ralston Find a Grave page.
4. Golda Mae (died 1991 in Ironton, Ohio). Golda, a teacher, married Earl George Smith of Abraham, W.Va. He worked most of his live as a coal miner. Find a Grave. For more about Earl's birth family, go to the George Smith Jr. page. Earl and Golda had four children -- two sons, Billy Lee and Bobby Earl, who died in childhood, and two daughters who are still living. Golda and Earl and their sons were buried in the Smith Cemetery on their White Oak Mountain farm.
5. Sylvia Gladys (1913-21). Sylvia and sister Josephine died within a few hours of each other in 1921 of diphtheria. (Stella’s family Bible records the date as 02 Sept 1921, for both girls. However, their sister Nina remembers Sylvia dying at 9 p.m. and Josephine dying at 9 a.m. the next morning.) Sylvia and sister Josephine were buried in the Anderson Vest Cemetery: Find a Grave
6. Nina Arabelle (1916/2003). Nina married Percy Bennett (Find a Grave) of Abraham, a son of Samuel and Victoria, and brother to Fred. Percy and Nina had a daughter and two foster sons. Foster son Omar Thomas "Terry" Plumley, 61, of Atlanta, Ga., died 12 Nov 2003 after a wreck. Vincent G. Plumley died in March 2010. Nina worked as a secretary at Richmond School, Richmond District. After Percy's death, Nina married Lafon Reese Worley (1926-1995), a son of Robert C. Worley and wife Tessie Waugh. Percy was buried in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Abraham, W.Va.: Find a Grave. Percy, sister Effie and nephew Oscar. Nina and LaFon are buried in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, W.Va. Nina Vest Worley's obituary. Photos: Nina and sister Golda Nina and Percy Nina and Percy 2
7. Josephine (1920-21). See entry above for sister Sylvia. Sylvia and Josephine Vest's tombstone Find a Grave.
8. Ola Pearl (1922-86). Ola, a nurse, married Harold Alfred "Tex" Hinte (1920-96), son of William Hinte and wife Rosie Trainer. Ola and Tex had a son. Harold A. Hinte and his eldest son.Tex got his nickname because he was a big man, Texas-sized, and, although West Virginia born, he had a drawl. A visitor to this site contributed several photos and articles about Tex's sports career: Tex Hinte studio picture, Army photo 1, Army photo 2, 'Tex' Hinte Pro Grid Star Is Now Cadreman At RRC, Tex Hinte, Versatile Athlete Chalks up Sports Record, and University of Pittsburgh commencement, and Boxer-Teacher Was A 1955 Visitor. After a divorce, Ola married Johnnie Riffle and had a second son. Tex Hinte married Virginia Wainright and had three more children. Ola is buried in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va. Find a Grave Ola in her nursing uniform. Vest sisters: Golda, Ola, Nina.
- George W. Gadd, born 24 June 1881 (WV birth record), died 30 May 1914 in Quinnimont, Fayette County, W.Va., after being struck by a loose railroad car. He married Ethel Powell in 1910 in Raleigh County, W.Va. Marriage record. George and Ethel had a son, Carlos L. Gadd (15 Sep 1911/28 July 1979). Source of dates: Social Security Death Index. According to a family member, Ethel had three other children, two sons and a daughter. Ethel married John W. Bailey in 1919. Marriage record. Ethel died 17 Apr 1936 in Beckley, W.Va. Photo: Picture postcard of George. On the back it says "Poor George. He (is) gone but (he will) always be remembered by me, Rosa, his sister." The Death of George W. Gadd
- Sarah Ann Frances Gadd, born May 25, 1884 and died May 7, 1966. Annie is buried in the Smith Cemetery, White Oak Mountain, W.Va. She married James William Hatcher in 1901 in Summers County, W.Va. Marriage record. They were divorced. She married second husband George W. Turner on 17 Sep 1921 in Beckley, W.Va. Marriage record. George was listed among boarders, including Annie's brother Clowney Edward Gadd, at her boarding house in the 1920 U.S. federal census. Ex-husband James married second wife Susan E. Buchanon on 19 Oct 1921 at the bride's home in Barn, W.Va. Marriage record. James' photo courtesy of Deborah. Annie Gadd Turner's obituary. Tombstone 2010. Photo 1: Annie Gadd, husband James William Hatcher and family. Photo probably taken before youngest daughter, Frances Hatcher, was born. Photo 2: Annie at her birthday party.
Children of Annie and James
1. Rebecca Jane Hatcher (obit), born 5 Feb 1902, Summers County (birth record) and died 31 Aug 1965, Phoenix, Arizona. Rebecca married Henry Houston Dunham on 23 Jul 1919 in El Paso, Texas. (Source: "Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," index, FamilySearch). They had one son, Theodore Houston Dunham (1920-1982), Find a Grave. According to information on the Hatcher Families Genealogiy Association site, Rebecca's second husband was Clancey Dawson.
2. Walter Lee Hatcher Sr., 27 Mar 1905, Spanishburg, Mercer County, W.Va./22 Feb 1985, Beckley, Raleigh County, married Maggie Crotty - obit. Walter's obituary. Walter and Maggie Hatcher, Lee Gramm and Arnold Gramm at Annie's grave in the Smith Cemetery. Walter was a carman for Norfolk and Western Railroad and the Old Virginia Railroad and a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of the United States and Canada. Ride the rails - Retired railroader takes one more trip, 20 March 1983. After Maggie's death, Walter married Ranie Velvo Walker Blankenship. Walter and Maggie are buried in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, W.Va.
3. Ethel May Hatcher, born 19 Sep 1903 in Street, Summers County, (birth record) married (First name unknown) Blackburn, Earl Foley (Foley article 1 Foley article 2) and Walter Correll.
4. Sylvia Hatcher, was born 10 Mar 1910 in Raleigh County, W.Va. (Birth record.) She married Benito Morales in 1931 in Wyoming County, W.Va. (Marriage record.) He was born 21 Oct 1901 in Spain. Following the Spanish custom of a child’s taking the father’s surname/mother’s surname, Benitos was Benito Morales Lorenzo when he became a U.S. citizen in 1942. (“New Citizens…, The Sunday Register, 02 Aug 1942, Page 14.) Sylvia died 04 Oct 1973 in Los Angeles, Cal. Benito died 30 Sep 1987 in LA. (California, Death Index, 1940-1997) Their children were Alfredo and Carlos. I have a photo labeled to Aunt Stella from Alfredo.
5. Goldie Athaline Hatcher, born 13 May 1908 in Hurricane, Putnam Co. W.Va. (Birth record.) She married Lenwood Terrell Hicks in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., in 1923. Mr. Hicks was born in 1900 in Louisa County, Va. (World War I draft card information.) Marriage record. They had a son, T.J. Hicks. Goldie Hicks, a widow, married David Ferris in 1930 in Fayetteville, Fayette County, W.Va. Marriage record.
6. Frances Hatcher, 10 Feb 1915 W.Va./died Jan 1988, Pa., married Leander B. "Lee" Gramm, 21 Dec 1916/27 Aug 1985. Childhood nicknames: Frenchie and Frankie. Frances and Lee are buried in the St. Thomas Town Cemetery in Franklin Co., Pa. See Find a Grave. Both were veterans. Frances served as a PFC in the Women's Army Corps. Military record. Lee was a M. Sgt. during World War II.
- Rosa Gadd, 25 Nov 1887, Summers County, W.Va./22 March 1950, Kitsap County, Washington. Birth record: (There are a couple of different birthdates from other sources including November 1878 on the 1900 census. But 1887 lines up with her age on other documents.) Death record: Rosa G. George, Certificate: 4724, Washington State Digital Archives. Marriage 1914 2 Nov at 26 to third husband, Edward Franklin George, King County, Washington. Record one and two from the Washington State Digital Archives. According to the George family researcher who provided the records, Rosa and Edward “had one son Edward F. George born April 13, 1920 but he died apparently the same day or within a few days of birth.” The 1920 federal census shows Rosa George, 32, living in Seattle, King County, Washington with husband Edward F. George, 49, a millwright, born in Michigan, and his daughter Beaulah George, 10, born in Washington. I don’t have information on previous marriages. An Ancestry.com tree has Rosa married to William Mullins (1849-1907) of West Virginia in 1906. But I haven’t found documentation. Photo 1: Formal portrait of Rosa. Photo 2: Rosa wearing an apron. Photo 3: Picture postcard of a house with four people way in the background. On the back of the card, it says “Aunt Rosa, Mom’s sister.” Rosa has written on the back, "This is where the three kids and I live." A corner is torn off that is probably the address – 107 ___ North.) House photo close-up.
- Ada M. Gadd, born 12 Sept 1888. According to a letter written by a niece in August 1974, Ada "died as a baby." That birth date is in conflict with information online: GADD, Ada M. d. Nov. 21, 1890 at age 1 and 21 days of diptheria. Parents: P.W. & E. M. Gadd. From West Virginia Genealogy Trails, Summers County, West Virginia Death Records [Except where noted, submitted by K. Torp]. Accessed 10 Oct 2009.
- Clowney William Gadd, was born in 1891 in West Virginia and died 02 Dec 1951 in Mercer County. His birthdate and birth county varies according to the source. His WV Project birth record says his birthdate was 15 July in Summers County. He was born 06 June in Raleigh County, according to his death certificate. His WWII draft card says his birthdate is 04 June. Clowney with sisters Annie and Stella. (Thank you, Harold.) There are three marriage records for Clowney William Gadd:
1. 1915 Raleigh County, Clowney William Gadd, 23, and Eliza Francis Redden, 17.
2. 1922, Mercer County, Clowney Gadd, 28, and Mary Carver, 20. Mary Harriet Carver Gadd died of typhoid fever in 1926. Death record 1. Death record 2.
Clowney and Mary had three children: Elsie Marie Gadd Akers, Charlie Powell Gadd and Frances Louise Gadd Bennett.
3. 1930 Mercer County, Clowney, 35, and Maude Elizabeth Davis, 29. His draft card lists Maude as his wife. Clowney and Maude had six children: Carlos David Gadd, Verna Jane Gadd (who married Richard A. Whittaker and Jack Phlegar Lambert), Donald Gene Gadd, Roger Carr Gadd, Chris Eugene Gadd (Dec. 23, 1944/May 17, 1946. The little boy died of a ruptured appendix. Death record.) and Clowney W. Gadd Jr., 74, of Garrettsville, Ohio, who passed away on 13 Nov 2010. Online obituary and photo. Maude had four children with first husband Montry Lee Blankenship: Georgia Mae, Una Lee, Montry Jr. and Troy Boyd Blankenship.
- Arabelle Emma Gadd, born Feb. 12, 1894, died March 1963. (The West Virginia Project has a birth record that I believe is Arabelle. All the names are wrong but the date is the same: Emmy Arminta Gadd, 21 Feb 1894, Raleigh County, mother Emma Martine and father Parnell W. Gadd.) Her sisters called her "Arabelle." Name on her obits: Arabelle and Irabelle. Her husband was W.C. Martin, according to her daughter Minnie's marriage record.. Arabelle's obituary 1 Arabelle's obituary 2
Children of Arabelle and W.C.
1. Harry Martin
2. Edna Martin, Edna Dobson in her mother's obit.
3. Minnie Arbellia Martin, born 14 Oct 1918, Jumping Branch, Summers Co., W.Va., married Emmette Wilson Lilly, born 27 Oct 1918, Jumping Branch, in May 1938 at Blue Jay, Raleigh County. He was a son of E.C. and Minnie Lilly. Marriage record. (Minnie's middle name may have actually been some variation of her mother's name, Arabelle or Arabella.)
4. (Daughter) Martin, Mrs. Noah Sears in her mother's obit.
- Noah Levi Gadd, born Aug 1898, Mercer County, W.Va., died 19 Jun 1967, Cabell County, Huntington, W.Va. Note: Noah's WV Project birth record has a 10 Aug birthdate, his obit 6 Aug. Noah Gadd obituary, June 21, 1967, Beckley Post-Herald, Page 11. Noah was buried in Athens Cemetery, Mercer County: Noah's marker, Gadd tombstone. (Courtesy of Dale M.) Photo 1: Noah Gadd and Beatrice Gore. Photo 2: Noah Gadd. A studio picture made by Goldcraft Portraits, 417 Coal-Coke Bldg., Bluefield, W.Va. Photo 3: Noah Gadd snapshot taken at his niece Golda Vest Smith's house on White Oak Mountain, August 1960. He always had a big smile on his face. His sisters Stella and Annie always seemed glad to see him.
Noah's first wife was Beatrice Gore (15 Dec 1903, Pride, W.Va./10 Nov 1999). Her parents were Lucy Vaught and husband Granger Gore. Birth record. (The birth record has her father's name as Granjure. But census records have his name as Granger. An obit for Charley Grant Gore has his father's name as Grandel.) In 1960 Noah married Gerlean Bragg (7 Sep 1916, Meadow Creek, W.Va./2 Mar 1998, Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, W.Va.). Gerlean was a daughter of Haley and Roxie Bennett. (Sources: Social Security records, Noah’s draft card, Noah’s death record online, obituaries, and Gerlean and Noah’s marriage record online). In a telephone conversation 05 July 2009, one of his daughters talked about her memories of her father. He was a hard-working man -- a farmer and a laborer. Noah and wife Beatrice had a farm at Talcott, W.Va. He loved to buy land and at one time had around 300 acres. There were orchards and a dairy with 20 cows. He cleared the land and worked in timber. Off the farm, he worked on the C & O Railroad, on construction of Bluestone Dam* in Summers County, at Alloy, and at Radford Powder** during World War II. Noah loved gospel music.
* According to a Wikipedia article online about Bluestone Lake, “Construction of the project was begun in early 1941, suspended in 1942 because of World War II, resumed in 1946, and completed for operational purposes in 1949.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluestone_Lake Accessed 05 July 2009.
** “Radford ‘powder plant’ or Arsenal was built in 1940-1941 to manufacture gunpowder and associated products. War time employment exceeded 20,000.” http://www.visitradford.com/radfordvamountainbiking.aspx Accessed 05 July 2009.
Children of Noah and Beatrice
Beatrice and Noah Gadd had a large family. The number – 17 to 18 – varies according to the source. Daisy Gadd Jones' obituary says she was from a family of 17 children. Dorothy Gadd Epling's obit said she was the oldest of 18 children. Update: Previously I listed Amanda, based on information given to me by a researcher. But close family members said Amanda was not a sibling so I deleted that name. This is a work in progress. If you have different information, Please e-mail me. Here is my list of 18 children:
1. Dorothy M. Gadd Epling, the oldest child (Source: family member). Mrs. Epling's obituary said she was the oldest of 18 children. Dorothy M. Gadd Epling, 04 Aug 1918 - 13 Aug 2010. Obituary (newclip courtesy of Dale M., color photo from an online site). Link to online obituary and guestbook.
2. Daisy Garnet Gadd Jones, 20 May 1920 Summers County/20 Jan 2009, Heartland Nursing Center, W.Va. Her Raleigh Herald obituary says she was the next to oldest of 17 children. She married John Champion “Bink” Jones in 1953. Marriage record.
3. Noah L. Gadd Jr., the oldest boy, (Source: family member) was born 09 Jul 1922. Noah's death record says he was born at Sod, W.Va. In 1940, Noah Gadd, 19, married Pearl Atwood, 16. Marriage record Mr. Gadd enlisted in the Army on 15 Oct 1942. He was divorced, no dependents. (Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946) Noah L. Gadd Jr. of Talcott, W.Va., is listed under the 23rd Tank Battalion on the 12th Armored Museum page. He died at 79 on 13 May 2002 in Marion, Grant County, Ind., in a nursing home. According to his 2002 Grant County death record, he was a factory laborer and was married to Mabel Battson. The 2000 death record for Betty R. Gadd lists Noah L. Gadd as her husband. Mrs. Gadd was born 01 Nov 1929 in Sullivan, W.Va., a daughter of Emory McCoin and Ora Strickley, and died 11 Jan 2000, Marion, Ind. Betty and Noah are buried in Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Grant County. Find a Grave
4. Russell Bee Gadd, 25 Jan 1927 Bertha, Summers County/16 Aug 2008 VA Medical Center, Beckley, W.Va. See Russell's page on Find a Grave.
5. Robert Gadd, 25 Jan 1927, twin to Russell. An acquaintance said about Mr. Gadd, there's "no better man anywhere." (Source: family member) Robert Lee Gadd, 83, of Elgood Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born Jan. 25, 1927 in Bertha, he was the son of the late Noah and Beatrice Gore Gadd. Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Robert was married to Ennis White. Ennis Elane White Gadd, 79, of Elgood Road, Princeton, W.Va. died on April 10, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital. Bluefield Daily Telegraph obituary. Tributes.com
6. Earsie George Gadd, 01 Sep 1924, Bertha, Summers County, W.Va./May 1986, Grain Valley, Jackson County, Missouri. Married Norma Dean Hobbs. Mr. and Mrs. Gadd had five children. (Source: family member).
7. Carlos Ray Gadd (24 Oct 1940/21 Dec 1940). Buried in Talcott Cemetery, Summers County, W.Va. Leola and Freddie Gadd are also buried in that cemetery. Find a Grave. (New photos of the tombstones of Carlos, Leola and Freddie at Find a Grave, thanks to D. Mack.)
8. Alvie L. Gadd, 03 Nov 1942/03 Dec 1999. Alvie was last known to be living in Athens, W.Va. (Sources: SS records and Tributes.com).
9. Frank N. Gadd, born 30 Mar 1949, died in March 1967 at 17 after an accidental shooting. Frank was buried in Athens Cemetery, Athens, W.Va. but later was reinterred in Resthaven Cemetery, Princeton, W.Va. (Sources: family member, obituaries.) Frank N. Gadd Gunshot Wound Fatal To Youth Rites Friday For Former State Youth;
10. son Lotus Gadd
11. Rholdolphas Gadd, 1945.
12. Vada Gadd
13. Nadine Gadd
14. Zula Gadd Patterson, 14 Aug 1933 at Talcott, W.Va./16 Dec 2013, Princeton, W.Va. Obituary.
15. Anna Faye Gadd
16. Infant son, stillborn. (Source: family member.)
17. Leola Sherl Gadd, 20 July 1947/17 April 1948, next to last born. (Source: family member) Buried in Talcott Cemetery. Find a Grave.
18. Fred Herbert “Freddie” Gadd, 22 Dec 1935 in Talcott, W.Va. Freddie, 20, had only been married a month when he was fatally injured at work in Florida in March 1956. Biography of Freddie Gadd He was buried in Talcott Cemetery. Find a Grave Articles: Belle Glade Youth Hurt in Ice Machine Accident Injuries Fatal to Fred Herbert Gadd, 20 Fred Gadd Rites Set on Wednesday Photo of Freddie Freddie and Bev 1 Freddie and Bev 2