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GADD FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA
W.H. Gadd and Lourinda Wood
W.H. Gadd and Clara Catherine Akers Mooney















Updating links/work in progress - March 7, 2018

William Harrison Gadd was born 17 Feb 1855, West Virginia, son of Andrew Powhatan Gadd and his wife Delilah Ferguson, and died 10 Oct 1926, W.Va. (Source: Randall Reno). His birth record says 1855, tombstone says 1856.  WV Project birth recordDeath certificate. (Mother Delilah Ferguson's maiden name is wrong.) William married Lourinda Ellen Wood (1857/1898 Dewey, Mercer County, W.Va.)  and Clara Catherine Akers (1860-1962). Lourinda E. Wood - Find A Grave Memorial 49287572  William - Find A Grave Memorial 49287468  W.H. Gadd obituary.  

Photos: William H. and father Andrew Powhatan Gadd Originally the woman in the photo was identified as William's sister Electra. But new information indicates it is his wife Lourinda. (Photo courtesy of Randall)  Leona Gadd Kirk and grandchildren at the site of the William Harrison Gadd home. The log home was at Dewey, W.Va., south of Flat Top, north of Camp Creek and to the west of Dunns. In the 1968 photo are, left to right, cousins “Brian” Kirk Mooney, Edward “Mark” Mooney, Fredrick Michael “Mike” Reno, Leona and Rebecca Jane “Becky” Reno Black. Pamela Ann “Pam” Reno Cornett took the photo. The old house was torn down and today a new home sits on the property. (Photo courtesy of John and Rhonda, caption information from Randall.) 

Information about the Gadd, Eads, Farley and Harvey families collected at the Gadd Cemetery, Camp Creek, Mercer County, W.Va., by David Hambrick and Ken Bowen is online at this US GenWeb site. (Thanks to Carla for locating this site.) Lourinda was a daughter of Gabriel Wood and wife Louella Akers. The Woods and Gadds were neighbors. Gabriel was a grandson of Richard "Dickey" Wood. See dickeywood.com Articles with information about the Wood family:

William's second wife Clara was a daughter of Nathaniel B. and Sarah Jane Crews Akers. She was a widow. At age 25, Clara had married first husband Robert L. Mooney in 1888 in Mercer County, W.Va.. Marriage record. Robert was a son of Stynax Mooney and Susanna Baker Mooney. Mrs. Gadd, who lived to be 101, was the subject of Raleigh Register article in 1961. Clara Gadd obituary, Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Obituary, Raleigh Register: 'Grandma Gadd' dies: Age 101. Clara - Find A Grave Memorial 125575571.

William had two daughters and seven sons with first wife Lourinda, a daughter with second wife Clara, and a stepson and stepdaughter. 

Children of Lourinda Wood and William Harrison Gadd:
Risa Lee Gadd (1878-1878). Risa Lee, 9 months old, died on 04 Dec 1878 of inflamation of the bowels. Mercer Co., W.Va., birth record for Rosey Lee Gadd, born 13 Feb 1878. Death record.

Andrew Elbert Gadd (1879-1938). Born 01 Sep 1879, Camp Creek, Mercer County, W.Va/died 16 Oct 1938, Mercer County.  A.E. Gadd obituary  Andrew - Find A Grave Memorial 70995774Nona Ann Lilly Gadd - Find A Grave Memorial 70996188.  

Eliza Ann Gadd Farley (1877-1957). Birth record. Her birth record says she was born in 1877 and her tombstone and death record say 1876. Eliza Ann Gadd, daughter of William Harrison Gadd, married John Quincy Farley and her aunt Eliza Jane Gadd (daughter of Andrew P. Gadd, see Gadd Page 1) married Lum Farley. An aunt and niece married two brothers. "Note: Howard Eads remembers Mr. [John Q.] Farley as a very agile old man in his nineties." A New River Heritage, Volume IV, with select stories by the Late Barty Wyatt, by William Sanders, McClain Printing Co., Parsons, W.Va., 1994. Page 88.  Eliza and John (J.Q.) "Quince" Farley wedding photos J.Q and Eliza Ann, 1894 Eliza Ann Gadd Farley and daughter Nellie Sue. Springfield, Ill., 1939.  Eliza and daughters, Anna Mae, Frona and Mercedes. Farley family  Mary Jane Ellison Farley with sons John Quincy Farley, left and C.C. “Lum” Farley. Eliza's obituary. (Courtesy: Cousin Carla) Find A Grave Memorial 49287649.

Gilbert Sparks Gadd (1880-1949).  Gilbert Gadd's Mercer County birth record  He married Saphronia Godfrey (1888-1966). Frona Godfrey Gadd - 1966 obit. The birth records for Mrs. Gadd have different birthdays: Sophronia May - 14 May 1888 and Sofronia - 14 Aug 1888 Her obituary has her name as Frona Ann and her birthdate 14 May 1888. Her tombstone says her name is Safrona Mae and her death date 07 March 1966. Photos:  Frona Godfrey Gadd photo 1 and photo 2Frona, Gilbert and grandson Johnny GaddChildren: 1. Luther Elmer (Luther E. Gadd obituary, photo) 2. Hector 3. Gilbert Jr. 4. Euna and 5. Effie May, according to Gadd Genealogy. (Photos courtesy of John and Rhonda)  Mercer Co., W.Va., birth records: Elmer Gadd (mother's name wrong), Euna Lee Gadd 14 March 1905 (There is also a birth record for Una Gadd, 14 March 1904) Gilbert's Find A Grave Memorial 70955683.

Daniel Pierce Gadd (1885-1947).  Daniel's 1885 birth record. Daniel died on Oct. 2, 1947, in Raleigh County, W.Va. (West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973. FHL Film Number: 1983943) ObituaryFind A Grave Memorial# 19416989 Death certificate online.

Isaac Amos Gadd Sr. (1887-1959). Baptist Minister Dies in Hospital  (Obituary date corrected.)  Isaac's 1887 birth record  Note: Isaac's birthdates are different - 08 Aug 1887 in handwritten birth record and 08 Oct 1886 on his World War II draft card and in his obit. There is a brief biography of I.A. (Amos) Gadd Sr. in a local history: 
“…He left home at age sixteen and was a water boy at a coal mine and later was a mule driver. Pursuing his coal mining career, he advanced to electrician and mine foreman. In 1906, the Reverend Gadd married Bessie Lee Johnson. Of this union six girls and one boy were born. These children are Mae Gartlan, Lola Elmandolar, Ruby Bailey, Carrie Patterson, Iva Sneed and I.A., Jr. Pauline died at seventeen months and I.A., Jr., died in 1976…Ordained a Missionary Baptist Minister around 1913, Reverend Gadd performed hundreds of marriages and conducted many funerals. He was known and loved throughout Mercer County [W.Va.]. Reverend Gadd had six brothers: Hayden, Elbert, George, Gilbert, Gabriel, and Pierce and one sister Eliza. Incidentally, Hayden was one of the first teachers in Mercer County and later became a lawyer and practiced in Princeton for years…” Carrie Gadd Patterson, Mercer County History 1984, Mercer County Historical Society, Page 250.  

George Ellard Gadd. (1890-1964) George Ellard Gadd family Fall of 1919. L-R: Lillian Brook Gadd Lewis, 4 Sept 1916/10 Nov 1941; Stasie Emeline Brammer Gadd,15 Oct 1890/23 June 1961; George Ellard Gadd, 26 March 1890/30 Jan 1964, son of William Harrison Gadd and Lurinda E. Wood Gadd; and Leona Irene Gadd Kirk, 23 Oct 1914/10 Oct 1989, Randall’s grandmother. Lillian, Stasie and George are buried at Mt. Tabor Cemetery beside the church, Mt. Tabor, W.Va. Leona is buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va. (Courtesy: Cousin Randall.) George's obituaryStasie Gadd funeral announcement & thank you ad. Find A Grave Memorial 15771083.

William Gabriel Gadd. (1882-1898)  William Gabriel died on 19 Jun 1898 at age 16, cause of death unknown.  1882 birth record  Death record

Joseph Hayden Gadd (1875-1945). Joseph was the author of the Gadd GenealogyObituary. According to a bio in Gadd Genealogy, Joseph was "educated in the public schools, Athens State Normal and West Virginia University. He taught school a few years, served two terms as County Superintendent of Schools, two terms as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and was Federal Prohibition Director for the State of West Virginia from 1923 to 1927. He was admitted to the bar in 1908, and has been actively engaged in the practice of law at Princeton, West Virginia, except for the four years he was in government service." Another source says,
"Princeton attorney J.H. Gadd served as superintendent of schools, assistant prosecuting attorney and in 1923 was appointed federal Prohibition director for West Virginia." (Mercer County Memories: Elected officials, part 3, by Jeff Harvey, Princeton Times. Accessed January 5, 2013.) Joseph married Minnie Dell Peters (1881-1961) in 1898 in Mercer County, W.Va. Marriage record. Minnie was a daughter of Joseph Peters and Mary Ellison Peters“Camp Creek was noted for having more professional people per population than any other place in Mercer County…Uncle Joe Peters had three sons who were doctors (C.C., E.F., and I.T.) and one daughter, Minnie, who was a nurse.” (“Mercer County History 1984,” Mercer County Historical Society, Page 23.) Mr. Peters was a “merchant and farmer residing at Camp Creek.” (West Virginia and Its People by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, Vol. III, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1913. Page 721-722. Google Books online.) Joseph (obituary) and wife Minnie Dell Peters (obituary) had three children: Leslie Earl Gaddobituary;  Cyrus H. Gaddobituary 1obituary 2and Ruby Elizabeth Gadd Marshall, obituary; Della Doyle Gadd, wife of Leslie, obituary; and Wayne Welton Gadd, wife of Cyrus, obituaryFind A Grave Memorial 70904479.

Children of Clara and Robert L. Mooney (stepchildren of William Harrison Gadd):
Clarence T. Mooney Sr. (1881-1978). Find A Grave Memorial 127394968.
Anna Lee Mooney (1894-1987). ObituaryFind A Grave Memorial 187823803.

Daughter of Clara and William Harrison Gadd:
Zanza "Zanzie" Adeline Gadd (1902-1973). Born in 1902 at Camp Creek, W.Va., died in 1973 in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. (Source: obituary.) She married Frank Robert Eads. Mr. Eads was born 24 May 1900 at Dunns, Mercer County, W.Va., a son of J.B. Eads and wife Laura L. Lilly. He died 17 Feb 1937 in Beckley Hospital at age 36 of a perforated peptic ulcer and the resulting peritonitis. He was a coal miner.  They had a son, Robert Ralph Eads, born 05 Aug 1921 and died 24 Dec 1971 in West Virginia. (Sources: West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973, and Social Security Death Index.) Zanza's Find A Grave Memorial 125597551.

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