Female 1859 - 1952

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  1. 1.  Rhoda Jane CANNADAY was born 19 Jun 1859, Glen Lyn, Virginia Or Willowston, West Virginia (daughter of Fleming S. CANNADAY and Clara TONEY); died 22 Oct 1952, Miami, Florida; was buried Glen Coe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.


    Native of Giles County, Virginia, born at the mouth of the East River, where it goes in to the New River, Glen Lyn, Virginia. Raised and attended school, at a one room school house 5 miles from her house. Walked to and from school every day and sometimes the snow would be knee deep. Had two sisters, Allie and Lizie, Rhoda was the middle aged girl. Named for her aunt Rhoda Tony. When Rhoda was born her aunts, uncles, and other relatives carried her to the attic as they thought that this would make her high minded. One time when they were out picking blackberries she stepped on a black snake, drooped her bucket of blackberries and the snake clung to her heel all the way home, one mile, where they killed it. Married when she was nineteen.

    Lived At Big Stone Gap, Virginia
    9 Children, 7 Survived

    Jessie Sent Clara On 2 Sept 1942 The Following Poetry That Rhoda Jane Remembered;

    "Johnny Black And Dandy Jim"
    There Were Two Squirrels That Lived In The Wood,
    One Was Naughty And One Was Good.
    The Good Ones Name Was Johnny Black,
    He Had Beautiful Fur Upon His Back,
    And He Never Went Near The Railroad Track.

    But Dandy Jim! Alas For Him!
    He Ran Away One Summer Day
    Over The Hills And Far Away.
    By Passing The Track, He Never Came Back.
    The Railroad Cars Ran Over Him,
    And That Was The End Of Dandy Jim.

    But Johnny Black, He Always Came Back
    Whenever He Went From His Home Away.
    He Thought That Home Was The Place To Stay.
    He Minded His Mother Wherever He Might Be,
    He Thought His Mother Knew Better Than He.

    "Lazy Sheep"
    (Little Boy)
    Lazy Sheep, Please Tell Me Why On These Pleasant Fields You Lie,
    Eating Grass And Daisies White From Morning 'Til The Night?
    Everything Can Something Do, But Tell Me Of What Use Are You?
    (The Sheep)
    Nay, My Little Master, Nay! Do Not Serve Me So I Pray.
    Don't You See The Wool That Grows On My Back To Make You Clothes?
    Cold, O Cold! So Very Cold You'd Be If I Did Not Give It Thee.
    Little Master, This Is Why On These Pleasant Fields I Lie.

    "The Frog And The Mouse"
    The Frog Went A'courting, He Did Ride, Uh-Huh,
    A Sword And A Pistol By His Side, Uh-Huh,
    He Took Miss Mousie On His Knee
    And Said "Miss Mousie , Will You Marry Me?" Uh-Huh,
    "Yes, If Old Uncle Rat Will Agree," Uh-Huh,
    Old Uncle Rat Has Gone To Town, Uh-Huh,
    To Buy His Niece A Wedding Gown, Uh-Huh,
    Where Will The Wedding Supper Be, Uh-Huh,
    Way Down Yonder In A Hollow Tree, Uh-Huh,
    What Will They Have For The Wedding Supper. Uh-Huh,
    Black-Eyed Peas And Bread And Better, Uh-Huh,

    First To Come In Was A Little Moth, Uh-Huh,
    For To Spread The Tablecloth, Uh-Huh,
    Next To Come Was A Little Fly
    With The Pudding And The Pie, Uh-Huh,
    Next To Come Was A Captain Bedbug
    He Swore He'd Fight For The Whiskey Jug, Uh-Huh,

    The Frog And The Mouse Went Swimming Across The Lake, Uh-Huh,
    But They Got Swallowed By A Great Big Snake, Uh-Huh,
    And That Was The End Of One, Two, Three,
    The Frog, The Mouse , And The Bumble Bee, Uh-Huh,

    She raised The 3 Boys Of Isabelle McCorkle Ellis After Her Death. The Boys Names Were Charles (Killed In A Train Accident), Raymond Laugelon, and Lake Ellis.

    From theTazewell News:
    -June 16, 1898; Mrs. McCorkle and the children left on Tuesday for Big Stone Gap, where Mr. McCorkle is in business there. Mrs. McCorkle has made many friends here, who are very sorry to give her up.
    From the Big Stone Gap Post:
    June 8, 1899; Mr. and Mrs. M. C. McCorkle and children left Monday for their former home in Tazewell County to visit relatives.
    -September 27, 1900; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle, after a visit to her husband and sons of this place, returned to her home in Tazewell last Thursday. Mrs. Merton McCorkle accompanied her. We are glad to know that Mr. McCorkle is thinking of moving his family to this place.
    -June l2, 1912; Mr. and Mrs. M. C. McCorkle and two daughters, Miss Clara and Jessie, and Little granddaughter, Miss Josephine, are visiting relatives and friends in Richlands this week.
    -September 29, 1915; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle, who has been visiting her daughters in Richland, arrived in Big Stone Gap Tuesday night and will spend several days with Mr. and Mrs. M. R. McCorkle.
    -June 27, 1917; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Smith in Richlands this week.
    -June 27, 1917; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle and granddaughter, Julia, returned to the Gap last week from a trip to Nora.
    -May 16, 1935, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle is spending several days with her son, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. McCorkle in Sutherland, Va.
    -June 20, 1935, C. R. McCorkle of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. J. B. Childers and small son, Jack, of Merchantville, N.J. and Mrs. R. B. Dunn of Washington, D.C. arrived Monday for a visit with their mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    The Big Stone Gap Post September 26, 1935, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle visits her sister, Mrs. James Clayburn(? - found elsewhere as Clyburn) in Princeton, W. Va.
    -January 20, 1936 ;C. R. McCorkle of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. J. B. Childers and small son, Jack, of Merchantville, N.J. and Mrs. R. B. Dunn of Washington, D.C. arrived Monday for a visit with their mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    -July 19, 1936, C. R. McCorkle and son, George Maston, of Rochester, N.Y. are spending the week as guests of Mr. McCorkles's mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    -August 1, 1936, Mrs. J. B. Childers and son, Jack, have spent the past six weeks among relatives here, left Friday for their home in Merchantville, N.J. They were accompanied to Bristol by L. H. McCorkle, and Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    -December 31, 1942; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle was taken to the Appalachian Hospital in Johnson City for observation and x-ray one day last week. She will be there a couple of weeks.
    -June 18, 1942; Mrs. Effie McCorkle Smith and mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle, will arrive this week from their winter stay in Florida
    -June 18, 1942; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle and daughter, Mrs. Effie Smith, who spent the winter in Florida, returned Wednesday. They were met in Knoxville by Julia McCorkle.
    -August 13. 1942. Mrs. R. B. Dunn of Washington arrived Sunday for a visit with her mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    -September 17, 1942; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle is very much improved from her illness.
    -September 3, 1942;; Mrs. J. B. Childers has returned to her home in Miami, Florida after a visit with her mother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle.
    October 14, 1943; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle spent last week at Smith, Ky., as the guest of her son, S. B. McCorkle and Mrs. McCorkle.
    -April 1, 1943; Jack Childers of Fork Union Academy and Maston McCorkle of VPI were weekend visitors with their grandmother, Mrs. M. C. McCorkle. Maston will leave this week to enter the military service.
    -May 27, 1943; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle spent a few days last week in Pineville.
    -July 22, 1943; Mrs. M. C. McCorkle, Mrs. M. R. McCorkle and Mrs. W. P. Rogers spent the weekend as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hicks and family.

    Rhoda married Maston Clay McCORKLE 17 Jul 1878, Mercer County, West Virginia. Maston (son of Samuel McCORKLE and Julia KINCAID) was born 3 Sep 1853, Near Alderson, Greenbrier County, West Virginia; was christened 30 Aug 1869, Alderson, Greenbrier County, West Virginia; died 3 Mar 1932, Big Stone Gap, Virginia; was buried Glen Coe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

    1. Merton Raymond McCORKLE was born 2 May 1880, Alderson, West Virginia; was christened 3 Oct 1901, Christan Church, East 5th Street Bridge, Big Stone Gap, VA; died 21 Mar 1968, Johnson City, Tennessee; was buried Glenco Cemetery , Big Stone Gap, Virginia..
    2. Claiborne Ross McCORKLE was born 27 Dec 1882, Willowston, Mercer County, West Virginia; died 13 Jul 1977, West LaFayette, Indiana.
    3. Gracie McCORKLE was born 19 Jun 1884; died 7 Feb 1885, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Old Toney Graveyard, Giles County, Virginia.
    4. Annie McCORKLE was born 2 May 1886, Giles County, Virginia; died 10 Jul 1886, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Old Toney Graveyard, Giles County, Virginia.
    5. Effie Lee McCORKLE was born 22 Sep 1887, Willowston, Mercer County, West Virginia; died 7 Jan 1990, Johnson City, Tennessee; was buried Apr 1990, Glenco Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
    6. Lawrence Hunter McCORKLE was born 16 Aug 1892; died 1940, Big Stone Gap, Virginia; was buried Glen Coe, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
    7. Samuel Blaine McCORKLE was born 19 Apr 1893; died 26 Aug 1972, Fort Pierce, Florida; was buried Hillcrest Memorial Garden, Fort Pierce, Florida.
    8. Jessie Lane McCORKLE was born 27 Feb 1896, Ada, Virginia; died 24 Apr 1955, Washington, DC; was buried Lynhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.
    9. Julia Clara McCORKLE was born 19 Mar 1899, Tazewell, Virginia; died 24 Dec 1997, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland; was buried 1998, Cremation, Woodland Park Cemetery, Miami, Florida.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Fleming S. CANNADAY was born 30 Jun 1834, Raleigh County, Virginia (Now West Virginia) (son of David CANNADAY and Jane WALKER); died 17 Feb 1862, Confederate Hospital, Clarksville, Tennessee.


    Lived at Glenlyn, Virginia and enlisted in Confederate Army at Princeton, Mercer County, (now West Virginia) 27 Jul 1861. Contracted Pneumonia and died, in a Confederate Hospital at Clarksville, Tennessee 17 Feb 1862.
    On enlistment paper it said that he he was enrolled for duty at Alvis Farms by Lt. Col. James S. Carr For 12 months in Company "B", 30 Battalion, Virginia Sharp Shooters (1 Battalion Virginia Sharp Shooters, Clark's Battalion, Virginia Sharp Shooters).
    Later in September 1861 he was listed on A Company Muster-In Roll as being With Capt. Napoleon B. French Virginia Volunteers. His age In Sept 1861 was listed at 28 years and he was enrolled as a musician private with the light artillery.
    Record of events of the Company show that they left Dublin Depot 28 Dec 1861 with four guns under orders for Bowling Green, Kentucky. Left Bowling Green, Kentucky for Russellville Jan 1862 then to Clarksville, Tennessee in Jan 1862. The company left Clarkville for Fort Donelson without Cannaday who was in their Hospital. The Company did see action at Fort Donelson.

    Fleming married Clara TONEY 19 Jun 1859, Pearisburg, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. Clara (daughter of Jonathan TONEY and Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON) was born 26 Jul 1833, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 18 Jul 1914, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Clara TONEY was born 26 Jul 1833, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia (daughter of Jonathan TONEY and Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON); died 18 Jul 1914, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.


    Effie (McCorkle) Woffel on her DAR Application has Clara’s Birth As 25 Feb 1833 and Death as 18 Feb 1914
    3 children
    Sold Property To N. & W. Railroad 13 Aug 1902 and divided money with three daughters. It was thought to be $20,000 for each daughter. Clara signed with a mark on deed "+"
    During the Civil War The Union Army came through and took all their food and dairy product that were available. Clara asked them to leave enough to feed the three children, which they did.
    Left her granddaughter a feather bed when she died.

    1. Mary Alice CANNADAY was born 1857, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 1949.
    2. 1. Rhoda Jane CANNADAY was born 19 Jun 1859, Glen Lyn, Virginia Or Willowston, West Virginia; died 22 Oct 1952, Miami, Florida; was buried Glen Coe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
    3. Elizabeth CANNADAY was born 1861, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 1936.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  David CANNADAY was born 1794, Franklin County, Virginia (son of James CANNADAY and Elizabeth (Rakes) RAIKES); died 25 Nov 1839, Franklin County, Virginia.


    1820 census, Franklin county, Virginia (Crickard) shows on page #3 Cannaday, David male 16/26 one and female 16/26 one.
    Showed an estate of 8,944.41 including 18 slaves and personal effects, value of land not shown. Book 4 page 537 estate book, Franklin County, Virginia

    David married Jane WALKER 2 Aug 1819, Franklin County, Virginia. Jane (daughter of Joel WALKER and Sarah Bowen) was born 1797, Franklin County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Jane WALKER was born 1797, Franklin County, Virginia (daughter of Joel WALKER and Sarah Bowen).


    Wingfield marriage bonds on page 54: 2 Aug 1819 David Cannaday and Jane Walker surety Joel Walker.
    1850 census, Franklin County, Virginia (neighbors) shows a Radford, Jane 45, Ferdinand 24, Fleming 16, David, 14 and Margaret 14.

    1. Margaret CANNADAY
    2. George CANNADAY died 1861.
    3. Adaline CANNADAY
    4. Elizabeth CANNADAY was born 4 Sep 1824, Franklin County, Virginia; died 31 Aug 1876, Simons County, Texas.
    5. Ferdinand CANNADAY was born 12 Jun 1830, Franklin County, Virginia; died 7 Aug 1913, Caney, Morgan County, Kentucky; was buried Lewis Cemetery, Caney, Morgan County, Kentucky.
    6. 2. Fleming S. CANNADAY was born 30 Jun 1834, Raleigh County, Virginia (Now West Virginia); died 17 Feb 1862, Confederate Hospital, Clarksville, Tennessee.
    7. David C. CANNADAY was born 27 Jun 1838, Franklin County, Virginia; died 21 Mar 1882, Wayne County, West Virginia; was buried Jay Smith Cemetery, Prichard, Wayne County, West Virginia.

  3. 6.  Jonathan TONEY was born 4 Oct 1789, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia (son of John P. TONEY and Mary Elizabeth “Polly” FLETCHER); died Oct 1837, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.


    1815 Personal Property Tax, Giles County, VA list a Jonathan Toney as one of the three top taxpayers in his district. It listed 7 slaves, 10 horses and mules, 100 cattle, 1 grist and sawmill, 1 clock, 1 chest of drawers.

    The 1810 Census shows Jonathan with 2 males (10-26), 1 male (26-45), 2 males ( 45-Up), one famale (26-45), and 11 slaves.

    Joanthan Toney deed was filed 11 Nov 1838 at the Giles County Courthouse, VA. Dr Overton H. Caperton was named Administrator. The deed consisted of 8 legal pages and is almost impossible to read. However, what is readable shows that Joanthan had accumulated considerable wealth during his lifetime. The deed showed that at the time of his death he was well worth over $50,000.
    William Toney's eldest son by his second wife was John. John seems to have followed this same frontier trail to Georgia to marry his bride. Johnson says he brought his family to Giles County, Virginia. in 1780. His home was on the south bank of the New River on the east side of the mouth of East River. It was the first brick house beyond the mountains and was built on the edge of a small hill. The cemetery was laid on top of the hill. In 1972, the house was torn down and the hill graded away to widen the highway past that point into four lanes. John called his home, "Montreal". It was built on the site of a log cabins ruins and a grave marked "Mary Porter killed by Indians, 1740." The location is now just north of the Post Office in Glenlyn, Virginia, on the west side of the road. The remaining cemetery stones are being reset on the site. John and Molly's home seems to have been the staging ground for the Toney kin in their effort to gather riches from the mountain wilderness. A sumner's work digging ginseng in the mountains, drying it and packing it out, could reward the industrious man with sufficient profit to purchase a farm in settled Virginia. The Toneys became ginseng entrepreneurs. In 1784 they established a Root Camp at now Mossy Creek, in Fayette Co., West Virginia. At one time it was called Toney Fork. In 1787, they moved to a site on the Coal River, just upstream from Racine, W.Va. Here John purchased land on the north bank of the river, extending from Bloomingrose at the mouth of Toney's Branch to beyond Maxinc. Here something tragic happened. In 1794 there was an Indian raid. Toney tradition says many were killed, although there seems to be record of only two (both non-Toneys). The Toneys fled the area - first to Lew Morris' Fort at Mariner near Charleston, then back to Giles Co. and on to the Franklin County home. Who were there From those who later came back and from the father's will, we can only conjecture, but the list would probably include John, William Jr., Edmund, Carey and Poindexter, Eva Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson and Hanna Peters, their spouses and families. Who were the many killed? Again it can only be conjecture. Poindexter remarried two years later. Almost certainly it would include his first wife and probably a couple children. This is especially considered since he lacks the traditional Toney names among his children of John, Edmund, Rebecca and Susannah. Possibly Rebecca Ferguson was killed at this time by the Indians. She had only child, Mary, and had died before her father wrote his will. John Toney was said to have brought his family to Giles County, Virginia in 1780, that would argue' not only a wife, but one or more children. It was not until 14 years later, the year of the massacre, that his only known child, Jonathan, was born. Could he have lost his children in the massacre? Could this be the reason that he sold the Coal River land in 1799 and never returned to Boone County.
    Some of Jonathan's descendants have now crossed West Virginia, many more moved southward down the Great Valley into southwestern Va. and eastern Tenn. There is one problem associated with John. A John Toney fought in the Revolution, 7th Va. Line. A John Toney married Mary Fletcher, 1783, in Rockbridge County. A recently received letter reports that after the death of John, Mary Fletcher Toney moved to Kentucky with her parents. Chloe Niccum identifies the marriage of John Toney to his cousin, Molly Toney, in Georgia.

    Jonathan married Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON 23 Oct 1811, Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia. Elizabeth (daughter of Captain Hugh CAPERTON and Rhoda STODGHILL) was born 22 Sep 1794, Monroe County, Virginia; died 1876, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON was born 22 Sep 1794, Monroe County, Virginia (daughter of Captain Hugh CAPERTON and Rhoda STODGHILL); died 1876, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.


    Surety for the marriage, Jonathan Toney and Hugh Caperton.
    A deed recorded in Mercer County dated June 1836, list the then surviving heirs of "New River" Hugh Caperton: John Caperton and Peggy, Augustus W.J. and Rachel, Green C and Nancy, Jonathan Toney and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Caperton, of the County Of Giles, William Toney and Polly his wife late Polly Caperton of County Of Logan, George W. Caperton and Overton H. Caperton of the Town Of Petersburg, Virginia. This deed definitely establishes the existence of these seven children of Hugh Caperton. There has also been added to the list a son named Adam, a child of hugh's first wife? There was also a Thompson H. Caperton, a son of Rhoda, who was dead by this time.
    Oren F. Morton, in history of Monroe County, list "New River" Hugh Caperton as having nine children. He includes the seven above and also a Hugh and a Thompson H.
    1850 census showed Elizabeth as head of the house with the following living with her; Rodha age 32, Washington age 17, Clara age 16, and Alice age 13.

    1. Mary Polly TONEY was born 2 Aug 1814, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 27 Feb 1893, Preble County, Ohio; was buried Concordd Cemetery, Preble County, Ohio.
    2. Malinda TONEY was born Abt 1820, Giles County, Virginia; died 1877, Sonoma County, California.
    3. Rhoda TONEY was born 21 Oct 1820, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 6 May 1892, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.
    4. Elizabeth Green TONEY was born 29 Jun 1824, Clen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 5 May 1901, Hinton, Summers County, West Virginia.
    5. George Washington TONEY was born 14 Sep 1830, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 1911, Huntington, West Virginia; was buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia.
    6. 3. Clara TONEY was born 26 Jul 1833, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died 18 Jul 1914, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.
    7. Alice Gray TONEY was born 1836, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died Aft 1870.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  James CANNADAY was born Abt 1755, Patrick County, Virginia (son of William CANNADAY and Nancy JAMES); died 3 Mar 1817, Franklin County, Virginia.


    The Legend of the James Cannaday Family

    The family settled during the Colonial Era in the mountains of Virginia. Our James Cannaday came to Franklin County, settling on the Blue Ridge. Many direct descendents reside there today. The area James was born in is not known; however, it has been said that the family came from Buckingham County (one of the counties originating from the Original Shire-York). The family is of Scotch -Irish descent. No doubt they suffered persecution in Ireland at the hands of the English, and many fled into Holland, Germany, and the New World, arriving in Virginia, settling and building homes in the mountains-high and free from any overlords. he Scots also were oppressed by the English. The grievances of the lrish against the English were many and long-standing. English aggression was the cause of constant rebellion down through the centuries, from the start of the English conquest in 1169 and even up to today. Confiscation of property and massacres drove the Irish from their homes, hence to seek their fortune in other lands and starting the migration.

    This branch of the Cannaday Family is believed to be descended from one of the brothers who came to America in the 1600s. The earliest history and record of our early ancestors is found in the county records of Franklin and Patrick Counties, Virginia. Personal family records were found. In the Akers Fami/y Record, Franklin County, the Cannaday family is one of the first families settling there. Material in this book was checked by this author from the following sources: Franklin County, Virginia, Registry and Pioneers and their Coats of Arms, by permission of the author, Sue Jefferson Shelor, Floyd,Virginia.

    James Cannaday (Kennedy) came to this country with his wife, Elizabeth Raikes, a relative of Sir Robert Raikes, an English founder of Sunday Schools. History tells us that Sir Robert Raikes, b.1735, d.1811,took his Bible and song book and went among those who herded catle and sheep, and taught in the fields; then he came to America. The information I found concerning Robert Raikes is contained in the Family sheets, located in the Family Archives in the Genealogical Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. We still have no proof as to the relationship of Elizabeth Raikes Cannaday to Sir Robert Raikes.

    James Cannaday was a Revolutionary soldier. His war record will be found in the section James Cannaday Family. He and his wife (she was only twelveyears of age when she married) settled on 'Runnett Bag Creek, ' in a house which still stands-opposite Trinity Methodist Church. Below is a picture of this old house as it appeared in June of 1982.
    On the hilltop, to the left and rear of the house, is the old Cannaday Cemetery, where James and Elizabeth and their son, Pleasant, are buried. Their graves, however, are lost, as the stones are not legible due to moss and weathering. Pleasant, however, has a very nice stone, fairly new. There are other graves of Cannadays and Sims, but the entire area is growing up with underbrush and will be lost if it is not cleared soon. Much of the family heritage will be lost.

    The house is two stories high with one large room with a fireplace downstairs. On the second floor, there were probably two rooms. The large room on the ground floor opens out onto a large porch. The huge fireplace with a mantle has a very interesting story, as follows:

    There was a two-pronged fork wedged tightly above the mantle in the old chimney. Mrs. Cannaday placed it there in the late 1700s, so we hear. The story was that she put it there because, after forks were invented to use with knives, a man used a fork to mutilate and kill his wife; therefore, the legislature passed a law forbidding the use of forks. The fork stayed in the chimney until the late 1970s. The legend says that a curse would be placed on any person who removed it from the mantle and tried to leave with it. A boy went into the house, removed the fork and tried to leave, taking the fork. He got as far as the gate, but could go no further. He had to return to the house. So far as anyone knows, he put the fork back. It may be in the wall back of the mantle; it has never been found. It is said that this boy has since murdered several persons and is at the present serving time in the penitentiary-a life sentence.

    Another folk story about the house is: It's haunted! One of the neighbors and a friend decided to stay overnight in the house to prove it was not haunted. The report is that they heard noises, like tubs rolling down steps with chains, getting louder and louder. Terrified, they left quickly, vowing never to go back. So far as I know, they haven't.

    Another incident that occurred at the house is worth mentioning. After the deaths of James and his son Pleasant, a disagreement arose between the two Elizabeth's. They were both living in the house. This led to a court case. The judge divided the house down the middle and ordered each woman to stay on her own side of the house. Eventually, the younger Elizabeth moved to West Virginia with her children, leaving her mother-in-law there. Elizabeth Raikes Cannaday lived to be 105.

    The old superstitions, sayings, and ghost stories were believed by many-the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers, fresh from Pennsylvania (probably
    Quakers), German people from the Black Woods and the River Rhine with superstitions native to Germany. These blended stories are still native to Floyd County and may last as long as the credulity of man is a factor in their propagation.
    As one story goes, there was a doctor, an educated man of the old type, who owned a large farm and a number of slaves and had a wide country practice. He was the only doctor for miles around. For pleasure he farmed, for the life of a doctor under those conditions was a very hard one-particularly in the winter. Frequently, he had to be in the saddle all night, facing the storms of snow and rain to help some sufferer who could only offer his thanks as pay. Most people were very poor.

    It was a custom of the well-to-do farmers 'before the war' to gather up the farm produce of tobacco, apples, potatoes, turkeys, chickens, butter and eggs and make a trip to market in the fall of the year, in a four or six horse wagon. Near Roanoke, one Little boy accompanied his father on such a trip, riding his pony part of the time, sleeping in the wagon at night, and coming home the proud owner of a new pair of boots.

    Thinking back on the old timers, and the records of the first settlers of our native home, l can see the mother and father seated before the old hickory-log fire glowing in the wide fireplace, recounting with their neighbors the old days and the War. The father's eyes would light up as he would reminisce about the Western Campaign-the days spent scouting and guarding along New River. And his first Little fight, the skirmish at Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia, coming by way of and through the present site of Bluefield, on to Princeton, the county seat of Mercer County, and hearing complaints that the Confederate soldiers were burning the rail fences for fuel for their campfires.

    James Cannaday owned a large number of slaves, as did all of the people in that area. He had a vast estate along these creeks. lt is said that many times when people were traveling along the road back of the house, they stopped and bedded down their slaves for the night in front of the house near the spring.

    The queer name, Runnet Bag Creek, came from that of a spring in Smart View Park, spelled 'Rennet Bag,' on Blue Ridge Parkway signs labeling the
    creek. It starts as a small stream high in the mountains, running along the roadside, winding down through gaps and valleys, receiving other small streams, rippling along the wild rugged mountainside to the base where it forms a good-sized creek. At one time its water grew corn that was ground at the old Cannaday Mill built over one hundred years ago by a Mr. Treadwell. This old mill was destroyed by fire several years ago. The creek joins Otter Creek in the midst of the John Treadwell Cannaday farm, still owned (in 1948) by his granddaughter, Mrs. Sallie Cannaday Ross. The last I heard, she was very ill in the hospital in Collinsville, Virginia (1984). The lake above the U.S. Flood Control Pilpot Dam, built in 1953, covers more than two hundred acres of this farm, which made it necessary to abandon the family home. These creeks wind their way to the Smith's River which forms the lake at the Fairystone State Park. Corn grew and still grows on those rich bottom lands at the top of the mountains in Floyd County; slaves would take their sacks and descend the mountain, carrying bags of corn. The chief occupation of the people was farming. The manners and customs of the people were halfway between the primitive backwoods settler and the educated and refined.

    They moved on across New River, lower down among the hills of Greenbrier, at Big and Linle Suel Mountains. On the hill they had a good position, but through faulty judgment and the curse of banle gave it up and marched down into the lower field nearer town, leveling the fences as they went. There, to their surprise, an overwhelming force of Unions soldiers drove them pell-mell back over the level fields with such momentum that it was impossible to stop and reform on the crest of the ridge. Once, they had an almost impregnable position. Now, the battle was lost and General Floyd almost heart broken against the Master spirit of the forces of Grant of the West, camp life, sickness and almost death, fever, etc....

    The hickory logs were burning, throwing a faint glow far back in the room, making deep shadows. One of the old timers began to tell the story of the 'Real War' and proceeded to tell of the Crossing of Washington's army over the Delaware River and of the intense cold-how, in these latter days, we do not have winters so severe, snows so deep, nor ice so thick as in his day. He told of his march with the army into Princeton the next day, how they surprised those happy, beer-drinking Hessian-Germans, sent them helter-skelter to cover and gained a glowing victory. This so heartened Washington's Army that they were enabled to withstand the intense cold and near-starvation in the winter in Valley Forge. :

    It is told that James Cannaday of Runnett Bag would be introduced at these gatherings and would tell of his services along the southern border of Virginia and into North Carolina, chasing and being chased. Mostly being chased. "What we did for that fel!ow, Tarlton, confound him, was aplenty," continued James. They would all laugh and called him the "father of 'Patrick Billy' ", now famous for his twenty-four children.

    Captain Benjamin Weddle (also married into the Cannaday family) would come down from West Fork and tell of the battle of Point Pleasant. He took his company and ambushed the extreme northwestern end of the fort. He would re-enact that memorable battle of grapple and death with the savages, the winning of which according to Weddle finally broke the backbone of the lndian resistance to colonization along the Ohio River and farther in to the west !

    He told how the Indians Were so enraged at him that they burned his home on New River Fleeing With his family, we went to Bent Mountain, Montgomery County, where it is believed that his descendants can still be found. Wouldn't it be wonderful if some of the memories of the lives and experiences of our forebears could be recalled today. Our life, with all the modern trials and tribulations, would be nothing by comparison.

    Listed as a private in American Rev. War and is listed in the 1966 D.A.R. Patriot Index on page 382.
    His will was probated 9 feb 1817, executors were am William Cannaday and James Cannaday. Recorded in Will Book 2 , page 169, Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Virginia. 12 children only four mentioned in the will . But he said " that he put them all on 'a' equal 'footing' except his youngest 'sun Pleasant' and he wanted him to have the land he lived on himself and two hundred dollars also 'William' Cannaday a certain tract of land and also John Cannaday the right to a cert in tract of land, and he said he wanted them to o 'sumthing' clever for a granddaughter of his also stating that he wanted William Cannaday and James Cannaday to be the executors to the estate. The will was witnessed by James Radford and Joshua Young.
    Will proved in court 3 mar 1917.
    An inventory on 17 mar 1817 listed 6 slaves valued at $1,596.00, household good app. $148.83, farm equipment app. $45.00, 2 horse $125.00, 5 cows $50.00, 5 yearlings $7.50, 28 head hogs $28.75, 14 head sheep $28.00, 14 geese $3.50, one still $60.00, eight barrels corn $40.00. Total inventory app. $2,150.00.

    James married Elizabeth (Rakes) RAIKES 1775. Elizabeth was born Abt 1756, Buckingham County, Virginia; died 1 Sep 1853, Franklin County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Elizabeth (Rakes) RAIKES was born Abt 1756, Buckingham County, Virginia; died 1 Sep 1853, Franklin County, Virginia.


    Certification of death on record, Commonweath of Virginia shows tha Elizabeth Cannady died in Franklin County, Virginia on 1 Sep 1853 at 97 years old of old age, Names of parents not given or date of birth, however birthplace was given by her gradson Isaac Y, Canady as Buckingham County, Virginia ., This information was given to the Commonwealth of Virginia between 1853 and 1896.

    Reported to have had twelve children, could have been four more children, although there is no record, at this time, to be found to verify this belief.
    Rakes . . . Copied trom Old Records - Some New

    From the order books in Franklin County Clerk's office; Dec. 1786, to
    Charles Rakes for carrying chain in surveying line between counties of
    Franklin and Henry, 144 pounds of tobacco.

    Will of Antony Rakes, dated Aug. 10,1822; Wife, Nancy Rakes. Land
    o be divided between David and Charley. Personal property to be
    divided among; Carter, Lewis, William and Polly Rakes. Proved Jan. 6,
    1823, David Rakes a witness.

    Eliabeth Rakes (or Raikes) married James Cannaday (James
    Kennedy)l one ot General Nathaniel Green's Revolutionary soldiers.
    See "Soffel's Records of the Revolutionary War", page 504. They lived
    on Runnet Bag Creek in the west of Franklin County, where Elizabeth
    attained the great age of 105 years. Their children were; Mary, William,
    James, John, Charles, David and Pleasant.

    Charles Rakes 1740/50-1838 (doubtless the one who carried surveyor's chain in Surveying the county line between Franklin and Henry Counties in the year 1785 and 1786, (and received his pay in tobacco), lived on waters of SmIth's River near where the counties of Franklin and Patrick join. Herehe raised a family, one of whom was Samuel. This could have been Elizabeth's Brother?

    She is reporated to be a relative of Sir Robert Raikes, English founder of Sunday Schools. History tell us that Sir Robert Raikes b. 1735 and d. 1811 first took his Bible and song book and would go among those who herded cattle and sheep and taught in the field, and then came to America and taught the first Sunday school ever taught in America.

    1. James John CANNADAY was born Franklin County, Virginia; died 1842.
    2. Elizabeth CANNADAY
    3. William "Patrick Billy" CANNADAY was born 1781, Franklin County, Virginia; died 11 Jul 1874, Franklin County, Virginia.
    4. Mary Polly CANNADAY was born 18 Sep 1781, Franklin County, Virginia; died 2 Aug 1861.
    5. Charles CANNADAY was born 5 Jan 1793, Franklin County, Virginia; died 29 Jul 1853.
    6. James CANNADAY was born 15 Mar 1793, Franklin County, Virginia; died 4 Nov 1861, Franklin County, Virginia.
    7. 4. David CANNADAY was born 1794, Franklin County, Virginia; died 25 Nov 1839, Franklin County, Virginia.
    8. Pleasant CANNADAY was born 1801, Franklin County, Virginia; died 21 Dec 1829, Franklin County, Virginia.

  3. 10.  Joel WALKER was born Abt 1747, Franklin County, Virginia (son of Tandy WALKER and Judith LANGFORD).


    "I do Swear or Affirm that I do renounce and refuse all allegiance to George the Third, king of Great Britain, his Heirs and Successors, and the I will be
    Faithful and bear true allegiance to the Common Wealth of Virginia, as a Free and Independent State and that I will not at any time, do, or Cause to be done, any matter or thing that will be prejudicial or Injurious to the Freedom and Independence thereof, as declared by Congress, and also, that I will discover and make known to so me one Justice of the Peace for said State,, all Treasons or Traitorous Conspiracies which I know or shall hereafter know to be Formed against this or any of the United States of America. So help me God."
    Signed by Joel Walker , Henry County, Virginia 31 Oct 1777

    Joel Walker was very active in Courts in Franklin County, Virginia during 1786 to 1788 ;
    In the August Session 1786 on page 38 of "An Old Virginia Court" being a transcript of the Records of the First Court of Franklin County, Virginia by Marshall Wingfield D.D. Joel Walker is recommended to his Excellency the Governor as a Proper Person to serve as a Captain of the Militia of the County
    Page 97; Appointed Surv. Of roads from the Ford of Pigg River at Robert Jones to Ryans Cabins & list to be filed to be his gang.,
    March court 1787 , page 114 jury duty.,
    June court 1787, page 140 Joel Walker & his gang work one day on the road that Joseph Rentfro is Surv.,
    March court 1788 , page 206 jury duty., Page 207 jury duty.
    1810 census list Joel Walker with one male over 45 and the following females 10/16 one, 16/26 one, over 45 one, and one slave.
    1820 census list Joel Walker with one male over 45 and one female 16/26 and one female over 45.
    Pedigo & Pedigo, history of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia book 8 , page 203; 11 Jan 1787 Joel Walker 226 acres on the north fork of the Pigg river, adjoining Joseph Lewis.
    Research: a Joel Walker and Mary Penn, spinster. Were married 21 Feb 1775. Samuel Allen surety. Consent of Mary. Found in the marriage bonds and other marriage records of Amherst County , Virginia 1760-1800 page 79.
    A Joel Walker and Sarah Bown, both of Goochland County were married 13 Jan 1774 on page 14 . This was found in the Douglas register.
    From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography on page 14 we find that on 13 Oot 1777 that a Joel Walker subscribed to the oath or affirmation of allegiance.
    Also from the Virginia Magazine of History on page 444.
    Order book, Albemarie, Co., June 9, 1748.
    " JOEL WALKER s DEPOSITION. "- "Joel Walker, the Younger Son of Joel Walker, was this day sworn and examined in Court in relation to the death of William Walker, his Brother, who deposed he saw Roger, a Slave belonging to his Father, strike the said William Walker several blows on the Head with a grubing hoe, which blows he believes to be the occasion of his death; that the Negro there upon ran away from his Father's, and that he some time afterwards saw the said Negro Roger Hanging and Dead; and further this deponent saith not, &c. Ordered this Deposition be Certifyed to the Gener. Assembly."
    [Runaway negroes not infrequently committed suicide. This may have been such a case.-ED.]

    Joel married Sarah Bowen 13 Jan 1774, Goochland County, Virginia. Sarah was born Abt 1755, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  4. 11.  Sarah Bowen was born Abt 1755, Virginia.


    A Sarah Walker mentioned in a court case on page 123, May Court 1788 of "An Old Virginia Court" being a transcript of the Records of the First Court of Franklin County, Virginia by Marshall Wingfield D.D.

    1. Lucy WALKER
    2. Mary WALKER
    3. George Walker was born Abt 1778, Franklin County, Virginia.
    4. Sarah WALKER was born Abt 1784, Franklin County, Virginia.
    5. Susanna WALKER was born Abt 1784, Franklin County, Virginia.
    6. 5. Jane WALKER was born 1797, Franklin County, Virginia.
    7. Frances WALKER was born Abt 1799, Franklin County, Virginia.

  5. 12.  John P. TONEY was born 1758, Fluvanna County, Virginia (son of William TONEY and Margaret SUTHERLAND); died Abt 1825, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.


    Place of residence during the revolution was Albemarle County, Virginia
    On application for D. A. R. of 22 Oct 1932 in the name of Mary Elizabeth Tomkies sworned to by Narcissa P. Tynes (Genealogist) to J. E.. Wager, Jr. (notary public) the following was stated.
    "In the pay roll of Virginia, on the payroll of Captain Matthew Jouett's company of the 7th Virginia Regiment, compounded by Alexander McClanahan for the month of June 1777, appears the name of John Toney, farmer, born in Fluvanna County, age 22 years in 1780. He had dark brown hair and eyes and dark complexion"
    The family record of the Toney family is "John Toney came from Albermarle County, Virginia in 1780 or 1784 and settled in what is now Giles County, Virginia (was Montgomery County) naming his place "Montreal". Later called it the "Mouth Of The East River". It is now known as Glen Lyn and the old burial ground is still there, but the stones have crumbled so the inscription can not be read.
    The first know settlement in Giles County was recorded only by a tombstone found at Glen Lynn. "Mary Porter, killed by the Indians, 11/28/1742". John Toney found the cabin site and graves when he settled there in 1780.
    Giles County land tax list for 1806 list a John Toney with the following land.
    Acres Location Value
    30 Sinking $15.00
    344 Creek And 167.00
    33 East River 30.00
    77 And Blacklick 40.00
    100 Creek 31 .00
    50 And New 25.00
    103 River And 40.00
    194 Brush Creek 50.00
    Total Value $398.00

    The 1810 census list a John Toney in Giles County, Virginia
    Shows 2 males (16-26), 1 male (26-45), 2 males (45-up), and one female (26-45) and eleven slaves.
    No Toney in 1840 census.
    In 1806 was listed as a ferrykeeper at Glen Lyn on the New River.

    The second term of the grand jury of 10 Jun 1806 showed and indictment against William Stowers "for entering the whiskey house of John Toney without leave and making use of his liquor" (minute book #1 page 7).
    John was operating a grist mill in 1820 as the records show he ground 2,000 bushels in 1820.
    The Toney house at glen Lynn, Virginia.
    The old brick house that once stood near present day highway route 460, west bound lane, in glen Lynn, Giles County, Virginia and where the mouth of the east river enters the new river, was built circa 1780 from the red clay along the river. It was the oldest brick house in Giles County and the home of John Toney who built the house.

    DAR- payroll of Capt. Matthew aouett, ?th Va. Reg. June 1777
    Col. Alex McClanchan.
    Chloe Niccum note (see): John Toney went to Gerogia and married his cousin Mollie Toney and brought her back to Virginia where they lived in Giles County.
    1780- John Toney brought his family to Glen Lyn. East River Juncture with New River, Giles County, Virginia- built first brick house in area. (Johnson, History of the Middle New River Settlement.)
    1794- 344 A. Coal River (Boone Co., W.Va.) site of Toney Root Camp-1878. Area upstream from Racine, West Virginia reached from mouth of Toney's Branch to beyond Maxwell, West Virginia. mostly on north side of Coal River. Sold- 1799.
    Johnson's record would establish John Toney on New River. with
    a family. before 1783.

    Giles County's Oldest Brick House
    If you don't have time to stop then slow down a Little as you drive westward through Glen Lynn. Give more than a passing glance to the brick house on the Little knoll close to a small Texaco filling station on the right. Tall, substantial, and dignified, this old brick house suggests strength as it stand proudly like a sentinel watching the flow of humanity by its door.
    This old brick house has the distinction of being the oldest brick house in Giles County and is located on the spot where the first known white settlement in the New River Valley was made. The graveyard is there within a few feet of the house where in 1780 the Rev. John Toney found a rough stone at the head of a grave on which were these carved words, "Mary Porter killed by the Indians. November 28, 1742." There followed other words but they were illegible.
    Here are found the graves of Toneys, McCorkles, Dunns, and other pioneer families.
    Raleigh Davis, who was born and lived most of his life in Glen Lyn, and his wife Lilly Shepherd Davis, bought this house 33 years ago. Mr. Davis has owned and and operated the small grocery store and filling station located within a few yards of the house for 11 years.
    In reminiscing, Mr. Davis says the greatest pleasure of his youth was listening to the recital of the life in pioneer days as was told to him by his grandfather. Mr. Davis's steel trap mind recorded the every day happenings and doings of the early days of Giles County and his reminiscences gives a vista of the life as it was lived by his forefathers.
    The house is in a perfect state of preservation despite its age. Bricks for the house were made by his slaves from clay taken from some part of the 1600 acres owned by Rev. Toney at this time. The outside walls are 19 inches thick and some of the inside walls are brick.
    In the basement where the slaves lived is a large fireplace 7 1/2 feet wide.The original pothooks are there but were left within the fireplace when it was closed durning the renovation in 1930.
    The Reverend Mr. Toney must have believed in having as many of the conveniences as the time would permit, for water for the home was piped from a spring a mile up on the side of East River Mountain by troughs made from chestnut logs. Most of the neighbors predicted the big house would "break" Mr. Toney.
    Mr. Davis says the first store in Glen Lyn was a log house and was owned by William Chatting. John T. Shumate had the first store after the Norfolk and Western Railroad came through this section. L. H. Deweese built a store which was later owned and operated by W. T. Ould. The first postoffice was named Mouth of East River and was in a Little building close beside Zell Restaurant. Lester Dunn was postmaster and he also registered voters.
    During the construction of Norfolk and Western Railroad, it is said some of the employees renamed the town Hells Gate. When the railroad was completed in 1883 the name was changed to Glen Lyn. The Virginia Railroad came to the town in 1909. A railroad bridge was built across the New River. At the time of construction, this bridge was supported by the highest concrete piers in the world.
    The construction of the Appalachian Electric Power Plant begun in 1917, increased the population of this sparsely settled town and made Glen Lyn one of the richest, if not richest, Little town in Virginia and one with the lowest tax rate- 10¢ per $100.00. It was incorporated in 1926.
    The bridge spanning East River is know as "Porter" bridge, named for Mary Porter, and the bridge over the New River is the Rowan Memorial Bridge named in honor of Col. Andrew S. Rowan, citizen of Monroe, who carried the message to Garcia during the Spanish American War.
    According to Ripley's "Believe It or Not" where but in Glen Lyn can a long freight train at the same time be in two states, two counties, across two rivers, across another railroad twice, across a highway and almost encircle the town?

    Giles County
    1860 Census
    Family Histories-Births-Marriages-Deaths

    598 $200/$2500
    Elizabeth Toney 65 Farmer Va.
    George W. Toney 29
    America C. Toney 18
    Elizabeth Toney 2
    Fleming S. Cannaday 35 Farm Laborer $2000/$120
    Clara 26
    Mary A. 2
    Rhoda 11/12

    Jonathan Toney md Elizabeth Caperton, 23 Oct 1811, d/o Hugh & Rhoda (Sturgen) Caperton. Hugh md Rhoda, 21 Sep 1785 Greenbrier Co. (West) VA. Hugh d. 1816, Inventory of Property 30 Sep 1816 Monroe Co. (West) VA. Jonathan_Toney d. 1837, Appraisal of Property 1 Nov 1837, s/o John & Mary (Fletcher) Toney. John Toney b. Fluvanna County, Virginia (Fluvanna formed 1777 from Albemarle), md Mary Fletcher, 12 Sep 1783 Rockbridge County VA. John d. 1831/2. (Giles Court Order Minutes, Mar 1832 ~Session: "John Toney d. intestate more than three months ago and no person took out letters of Administration. Christian Snidow, Sheriff, appointed Administrator.") In Giles 1830 Census, John 70-80 and Mary 60-70. Mary Toney d. 27 Sep 1839. William Judson Toney, s/o John & Mary, d. 27 Sep 1839. (These dates appeared in the "Religious Herald" newspaper in Richmond, VA.) John Toney is the person that supposedly discovered, in 1780, the grave of "Mary Porter was killed by Indians, 28 Nov 1742." I hesitate to believe this, but he could have been there and gone back to Rockhridge to marry Mary Fletcher. He is supposed to have found the grave in 1780 when he settled near the mouth of East River where it flows into New River at the present town of Glen Lyn. Montgomery Survey Book A, page 254: "Survey of Squire Gatlive (GatliffJ, 20 Feb 1776 by Loyal Company, 43 acres on the East River adjacent to Robert Wiley." A note, appended, dated 7 Jan 1783 says, "William Toney in possession who married heir-at-law of Squire Gatlive." (Squire was the brother of Leah Gatliff; Squire d. in Kentucky.) Squire Gatliff, Will probated 1 Apr 1777 in Montgomery Co. VA: "Leaves everything to Leah Gatliff." William Toney md Leah Gatliff, 22 Aug 1782 Greenbrier Co. (West) VA, d/o James & Martha M. (Ferris) Gatliff. William Toney d. I1811, Appraisal of Estate 20 May 1811 in Cabell Co. (West) VA. James Gatliff killed by Shawnee Indians, 20 Mar 1758, on the Roanoke River. Martha Gatliff, Will probated 17 Jul 1799 in Monroe Co. (West) VA, mentions children: Charles, Mary Pine, Leah Toney (moved to Logan), Hannah Neely, Happy Wiley, and Abby Tremble. Mary Gatliff, d/o Leah, md James Pine 13 Oct 1778 Rockbridge Co. VA. Montgomery Tax List 1789: William Toney living on New River, Mouth of East River, to John Toney who lives there, dated 2 Mar 1785. Ibid, p. 119: Martha Gatliff, 100 a. on west side of New River, called Round Bottom, delivered to John Toney, dated 3 May 1786. Ibid, p. 132: John Toney, assignee of John Rowe, assignee of John Allsup, assignee of Peter Sanders to John Toney, 77 a. on Kavenaugh's Run, branch of New River, on North Side of the run, 1/2 mile from the head, dated 29 Jun 1788. Giles Deed Book 1, p. 434: Squire, John, William, Edmond, Jesse Toney & Leah Toney of Cabell Co. (West) VA, to John Toney of Giles, 150 a. on New River, 4 miles below mouth of East River, dated 12 Mar 1816. (The aforementioned are heirs of William & Leah [Gatliff] Toney.) Logan Tax List 1824: William Toney, Leah Toney (wife of Wm. Toney, dec'd), John Toney, Edmond Toney & Squire Toney. Logan 1850 Census: Squire Toney (67) & wife Nancy (62); William Toney (63), wife Polly Toney (51). (William Toney md Polly Caperton, 2 Apr 1815. Polly, sister of Elizabeth Toney in this Census. William, s/o William & Leah [Gatliff] Toney.)

    The following is from the 1896 file of the "Logan Banner" by Henry Clay Ragland, which was titled "History of Logan County."

    Prominent among the earlier settlers were the Toney Family. While several of the family came to Logan, we believe that there were only two of them who made permanent settlements here. They were Squire Toney & William Toney. Squire Toney settled near Chapmanville, on what is now known as the Fowler Farm. He married a Miss Brown, (He md Nancy Brown, 25 Nov 1813, Cabell Co., now WV, d/o Moses & Lettetia [Gillespie] Brown), and was father of six children, one son and five daughters, one married the late Theophilius Fowler, one married Samuel Farrell, one married Andrew Dial, and one married a Morris from Wayne County, whose first name is forgotten. William Toney married Polly Caperton of Monroe, and settled on the place still known as the Toney Farm. He was one of the Justices of Logan County, and was, during a long life, one of the leading men of the county. He was the father of six children, two sons and four daughters. His sons were Overyon G. and Hugh , and his daughters; Bettie, Rhoda, Mary & Julyantes. Overton G., died several years ago, and Hugh died at Guyandotte in 1895. Hugh was a Captain in the Confederate Army and was a gallant soldier, and at one time, represented the County in the West Virginia Legislature. Neither Overton nor Hugh were ever married. Of the four daughters, Bettie md Charles F. Dingess; Rhoda md Guy Dingess; the others were never married. Miss Mary is the only one of the children that is now alive, and she is still living at the old homestead.

    Now back to Jonathan & Elizabeth's family. George W. Toney married America Cacherine Motley, 17 Apr 1855 Mercer Co. (West) VA, d/o William & Elizabeth Sarah W (Chattin) Motley. William md Sarah, 17 Feb 1824 Pittsylvania Co. VA. Fleming Cannaday md Clara Toney, 11 Nov 1856, s/o David & Jane (Walker) Cannaday. David md Jane, 2 Aug 1819 in Franklin Co. VA. Giles Marriage Register states, "Married at Widow Toney's, East River, Giles. Fleming, 22, b. Franklin Co. VA. Clara, 23, b. Mouth of East River, dau. of Jonathan & Elizabeth Toney." Fleming S. Cannaday d. Feb 1862 in a Confederate Hospital, Clarksville, Tennessee. He was in Co. B, 30th Virginia Battalion Sharpshooters. Elizabeth Toney, d/o Jonathan, md Gordon L. Jordan, 27 Dec 1841, s/o Hugh & Sally (Chapman) Jordan, lived in Mercer Co. WV. Rhoda, d/o Jonathan, md Ralph Hale, 21 Feb 1854, s/o Thomas & Agnes (Lucas) Hale. Giles Marriage Register states, Ralph Hale md Rhoda Toney at Montreal, at Mouth of East River, Ralph age 41 on Dec 13, 1853, single, Sheriff of Mercer Co., born at Wolf Creek, s/o Thomas & Agnes (Lucas) Hale. Rhoda, 37 years on Sep 17, 1854, single, born at Montreal, dau., Jonathan and Elizabeth Toney. Ralph d. 1878, Appraisal of Property 29 May 1878. Rhoda, Will 4 May 1889, probated 19 Jan 1892, mentions: sister Alice Dunn, brother George W., sister Clara Canada, sister Elizabeth Jordan and sister Polly Toney. Rhoda (Toney) Hale and Ralph Hale were originally buried on the Old Toney Place (East River), but I think their graves were moved when Highway 460 was built through the old place. The town of Glen Lyn was first known as Mouth of East River, Montreal, Hells Gate, and about 1883, named Glen Lyn. Alice Toney md (1) James Judson Ellison, 10 Nov 1855; (2) Lewis A. Dunn, 23 Dec 1869. Elizabeth Toney, d/o George W. & America (Motley) Toney, md John C. Tanner, 13 Nov 1875, s/o Henry & Catherine Tanner, b. New Hampshire. Elizabeth & John C. divorced but remarried on 14 Oct 1879.

    Giles Court Order Minutes, 22 Jan 1838: Reuben Watts vs Jonathan Toney & Polly his wife, Rhoda, Malinda, Elizabeth, Clara, Washington and the youngest child, a dau., Infant children & heirs of Jonathan Toney, dec'd, who was the only heir of John Toney, dec'd. (There was no mention of the reason for the suit and no follow-up in later court Minutes.

    Giles Deed Book 1, page 108:
    Know all men by these presence that I John Toney of County of Giles & State of Virginia have bargained and sold to my son Jonathan Toney of sd County & State aforesaid all my personal & real estate consisting of bonds, notes, acts, stocks, household and kitchen furniture, negroes & land within the said County to have & hold to him and his heirs forever, upon this condition that the sd Jonathan pay every just debt which I owe in the United States of America. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the seventeenth of
    August one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. .
    Signed, Sealed in presence: John Toney (Seal)
    Landon Duncan
    Zachariah Crawford
    Auston Twiss At September Court 1819
    James Dunn
    James Mullins
    Wm. Chapman
    John McClaugherty
    Wm. Smith
    Mercer Co. W. Va. Common Law Minute Book #3, 18 Oct 1876: Ralph Hale as truscee in his own right & wife Rhoda, Lewis A. Caperton & Susan His wife, Lewis A. Dunn trustee for wife Alice G., all of Giles. Jonathan Toney trustee for Polly, wife, of Preble Co. Ohio to Clara Cannady. Lands Jonathan Toney died seized, bought by wife Elizabeth, deceased. Robert Hall, Commissioner. Clara's interest in land, 476 a. 1st part grant to Clara. I have not found a death date nor burial place for Elizabeth (Caperton) Toney, wife of Jonathan.

    Polly Toney, d/o Jonathan & Elizabeth, md Jonathan Toney, 7 Apr 1836. Jonathan, s/o William & Polly (Caperton) Toney. (Cousins) John Toney, who md Mary Fletcher & William Toney, who md Leah Gatliff, were brothers. John Toney served in the Revolution from Albemarle County, Virginia 7th Virginia Regiment, Captain Matthew Jouett's Regiment, Jun 1777.

    Glen Lyn-Hell's Gate-
    Toney's Ferry and
    Related Community

    The oldest cemetery of them all, "Mary Porter (1742), killed by the Indians," was located at Glen Lyn, behind the Toneys' first brick house in old Giles County, and was a part of a cemetery of about seventeen graves which were dug up and relocated in the process of widening U.S. Route 46O to build a new four-lane bridge over the New River. MacArthur Thompson, owner of the land and owner of Little Mac's Convenience Store and filling sta-tion, had the graves catalogued by Attorney Sam Martin, of Pearisburg, and he has promised me the list of them. The Glen Lyn officials wanted the Mary Porter grave located separately from the other graves, and it is displayed beside the highway. All the others, with only a few of their stones preserved, were placed on the creek bank at the edge of the "Little Mac" parking area. The graves marked are: Ralph Hale (1813-188O); Rhoda Hale (182O-1892); Charles R. Harris (born 1861); daughter M. W. and L. E. Walkup (born 1884); and, daughter M. C. and R. J. Mc-Corkle (1883). Rhoda Hale was the daughter of Johnathan Toney, and Elizabeth Caperton. The other names researched by Sam Martin, Mac Thompson has "on file." Mac's wife lived with her parents beside the old, removed graveyard. They lived in a small wood frame house beside the Toney house. This house served as the ferry keepers' house.
    The small cemetery was once known as the Hell's Gate Cemetery according to Marilyn Farewell Thompson, who lived in the small house beside the cemetery. She and Mac both tell me there was more to the Mary Porter stone inscription than the date she was killed by the Indians. It had some reference to her father. The stone was stolen by an ohio motorist in the 194Os while the new highway construction was underway.
    By order of the Circuit Clerk of Giles County, Virginia in the proceedings of Mac A. Thompson vs. UNKNOWN heirs of Mary Porter, et als, the Court authorized and ordered the relocation of the bodies buried on "that certain parcel of land containing .37 acres situate on the north side of U.S. Highway 46O in the town of Glen Lyn . . . known as 'Hellgate' Cemetery . . . and reinter the said bodies in a suitable repository on the same tract of land in the southeast corner thereof, it appearing to the Court that the present graves are located in the center of the said land, which makes it impracticable to use said property for any purchase as said graves are now located, and it further appearing that said burial lot has not been used since 1894 and that same was never known as a public cemetery and that no person has attempted to exercise any right of ownership of said cemetery or possession or domination of any particular plot, marker, monument or headstone in the burial ground and that there are no known persons now living who are descendants of those now buried in said cemetery and that the present graves are now unkept and in disarray and that it would be to the best interest of the owners of said plots that the same be relocated as set forth on the plot attached to this Petition marked Exhibit 'E,' and that under a proper plan the said graveyard will be maintained in a proper manner with respect to those interred therein . . . and that the remains of Mary Porter, Ralph Hale, Rhoda Hale, Charles R. Harris, Annie McCorkel, Gracie F. McCorkel and Lenore Walkup and any other bodies that may be located therein be reinterred in the southeast corner of said .37 acre tract . . . on a lot 4O'x 25' . . . and that there be erected at each place of interment a suitable monument marker identifying said remains so reinterred, and, if possible, to determine the place and date of birth and the date of death on memorial marker and if the identity of a body is UNKNOWN, then, a marker to that effect and that a picket fence be erected around said plot. . .
    Mac Thompson advised me that the late Sam Martin, attorney, represented him in these proceedings and that Sam Martin gave him a list of approximately 17 graves, including Mary Porter's, located in said graveyard. Mac tells me he has that list but cannot presently find it. The white picket fence has long since been destroyed by cars parking in the adjacent store and gas station area. Mac further tells me that the Glen Lyn town officials wanted the Mary Porter grave separated from the other graves and placed at the front center of the business lot along the highway, which has been done, although this same large natural stone is now sunken and is at an odd angle.
    The failure of the Giles County Court to realize the significance of this first settlement cemetery on the New River is hard to believe. The same lack of appreciation of the James McClaugherty settlement, three miles down the river from Glen Lyn has resulted in the abandonment of thal pIantation home to the present usage of the Florida interests.
    Toney's Ferry
    John, sometimes referred to as Johnathan Toney (from Buckingham County, Virginia), settled at the mouth of the East River on the bank of the New River, in 1780, where he built the first brick house in Giles County; where he found the decayed remains of a cabin and evidence that some of the land around the cahin had been cleared; and where he found a grave with a rough stone at the head, on which was engraved "Mary Porter was Killed by the Indians November 28, 1742." Then followed something respecting Mr. Porter, but the crumbling away of the stone rendered it illegible (Judge Johnston's history, page 91. Since the settlement of Ingles and Drapers, at what is now Blacksburg (Drapers Meadow) and of Adam Harman at Eggleston (Gunpowder Springs) was placed at 1748, the Porter cabin and grave may be the first record of settlement on the New River.
    It is noted that there are also buried at this Porter (Glen Lyn) Cemetery, one or more infants of McCorkle. A family of McCorkles were known to have been in the Drapers Meadows settlement. This is the family that produced Governor McCorkle of Charleston. The name persisted in the Lovern area through the Civil War.
    Thomas Burgess lived in Bedford County, Virginia for a few years after his marriage until he appears in Montgomery County Virginia where he purchased four acres of land from John Toney on the North Side of East River. In 1806 this part of Virginia became Giles County, Virginia.

    John married Mary Elizabeth “Polly” FLETCHER 12 Sep 1783, Rockbridge County, Viurginia. Mary (daughter of Robert FLETCHER and Christinah B. KINDER) was born 23 Jul 1764, Rockbridge County, Viurginia; died 28 Jul 1826, Henry County, Georgia. [Group Sheet]

  6. 13.  Mary Elizabeth “Polly” FLETCHER was born 23 Jul 1764, Rockbridge County, Viurginia (daughter of Robert FLETCHER and Christinah B. KINDER); died 28 Jul 1826, Henry County, Georgia.


    John Toney went to Georgia where he married his cousin and brought here back to Virginia where they lived in Giles county at the mouth of the East River on the New River, Glen Lyn.
    Marriage recorded at register of Dover Church, St. James Northern Parish, New Kent County, Virginia.

    1. 6. Jonathan TONEY was born 4 Oct 1789, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; died Oct 1837, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.
    2. William TONEY was born Abt 1795, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.

  7. 14.  Captain Hugh CAPERTON was born 1751, Pennsylvania Or Rockbridge County Area Of Virginia (son of John CAPERTON and Mary Or Polly THOMPSON); died 1816, Monroe County Area Of Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.


    Known as Captain "New River" Hugh Caperton (1751-1816)
    1 st. child of John Caperton
    1874 joined Captain John Lewis' company of volunteers from Botetourt County and took part in the Battle of Point Pleasant.
    1783 appointed a Lieutenant in Wood's Company
    In 1791 Appointed as Captain of a Ranger Company which operated in the Greenbrier-Kanawha area,
    had a run in with Daniel Boone, who was the provisioner for the company. Much animosity resulted from the manner in which Boone handled his duties during the campaign
    1786-87 Justice of Greenbrier County
    1789 &1791 delegate from Greenbrier Co. to Leg. Of Virginia
    lived in the following counties Greenbrier, Monroe, Giles, Mercer and Tazewell.
    Took part in the Dunmore war and the Ylution.
    Lived on the family homestead.
    According to Sims Index to Land grants in West Virginia page 115 Hugh Caperton aquired the folling;
    50 acres Peters Mountain 1799 Book 4 p. 246
    62 acres Rich Creek 1793 Book 3 Page 46.
    97 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 486.
    200 acres Indian Creek 1788 Book 2 Page 172.
    100 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 485.
    250 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 458.
    300 acres Bush Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 488.
    400 acres Indian Creek 1791 Book 2 Page 397.
    400 acres Rich Creek 1800 Book 4 Page 487.
    554 acres Indian Creek 1790 Book 2 Page 296.
    An entry in " A New River Heritage" Vol. 1 by William Sanders on page 30 shows that Hugh Caperton was a Surety on Johnathan Toney and Besty Caperton Marriage bond 23 Oct 1811. This entry indicates that the "New River Hugh" Caperton, who commanded a company of pre-Revolutionary Virginia militiamen (including Daniel Boone and Drewry Farley) was still alive in 1811. His grave was removed from the west side of the New River at the mouth of Lick Creek (the French and Walker settlement area) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 194O's, when the land was acquired for the Bluestone Dam flood control project.
    On Page 27 we have the following comments: "New River Hugh" Caperton and his brother, Adam Caperton, were sons of John Caperton and Polly (sometimes referred to as Mary) Thompson, who came to the New River area near Hans Creek in Monroe near Red Sulphur Springs in 176O. Adam was killed in Kentucky in a bloody Indian skirmish, known as "Estil's Defeat." Adam's son named Hugh, held Adam's land around Union (our present Gov. Gaston Caperton descends from that line). The "New River Hugh" line constitutes the Glen Lyn-New River-Elgood line of Capertons, concentrated mainly on the west side of the New River Interchange and land ownership across the New River was common in the early days.
    Our "New River Hugh" Caperton, the friend of George Washington, and commander of Daniel Boone for a brief period, and the commander also of Drewry Farley, married Rhoda Stodghill on September 21, 1785. She was a daughter of John and Elizabeth Harvey Stodghill. "New River Hugh" Caperton, son of settlers John and Polly, or Mary Thompson Caperton, died in 1816. His widow, Rhoda, then married (1828) Jacob Peck of the Peterstown-Grey Sulphur Springs area. Rhoda owned 186 acres, in 1824, on the west side of the New River in the Glen Lyn area, where hers and Hugh's daughter, Elizabeth, married Johnathan Toney, who built the first brick home in Giles County, where a ferry was conducted across the river at this central point of settlement traffic. French homeplace at the mouth of Lick Creek; and Augustus and other Capertons near Glen Lyn have been removed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Peterstown Cemetery.
    "New River Hugh" and Rhoda Stodghill Caperton had seven or eight children, including John Stodghill Caperton (1788-1865) who married Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate (1794-1864), the daughter of settlers Daniel and Millie Callison Shumate, first settlers of Rich Creek.
    John S. and Margaret ("Peggy") Shumate Caperton are buried east of Elgood on the late Dr. John Shumate farm, at the corner of the Athens-Elgood road with Pisgah Road, which was part of the original "Three Knobs" beautiful scenic Caperton farm. The Three Knobs farm, the Caperton Cemetery, and the old Caperton one-room school are located on the Elgood Road not far west of Elgood center.

    Hugh was included in the Tax list of 1774 in Sink Hole, Hans Creek, Indian
    Creek, Wolf Creek and Rich Creek Botetourt Co. VA.

    In 1774 he joined Capt. John Lewis Co. of Volunteers from Botetourt Co. and
    took part in the battle of Point Pleasant W(VA). In April 1783 he was
    appointed Lieutenant of Woods Company. In 1787 he was Captain of the
    Militia and in 1791 a Captain of a Ranger Company in Greenbrier, Kanawha

    Daniel Boone was the provisiner for this company and much animosity resulted
    from the manner in which Boone handled his duties during this campaigning.
    Boone said "Caperton didn't do to my likin".

    There are many records in the Chancery Court of Augusta Co. VA and in the
    VA State Papers about this 1791-1793 tour of duty.

    Hugh Caperton was the progenitor of the New River Capertons. His nephew Hugh
    Caperton left his home in Kentucky at the age of twelve, and returned with
    him to live with him in Va about 1782-1790's. Adam, Hugh's brother Adam was
    the father of Hugh Jr. the nephew. Adam was killed in Kentucky in the
    "Estils Defeat".

    In 1824, Sulphur Springs
    Hugh had land transactions in Greenbrier, Giles, Monroe, Mercer an Tazewell
    Counties. Land transactions after 1800 were those of his nephew Hugh
    Caperton of Elmwood", Monroe Co.

    The Tax list of April 3, 1815 Giles Co. VA list Hugh's holdings at Big
    Bluestone and Pipestone, Tom's Run and Loop Creek area. Hugh was living in
    1816 in Monroe Co. Indian Creek was his earlier land holdings, after 1800
    they were around Brush Creek and Rich Creek area near Peterstown.

    Captain married Rhoda STODGHILL 21 Sep 1785, Greenbrier County, Virginia. Rhoda (daughter of John STODGHILL and Elizabeth HARVEY) was born 1768, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia; died 1828, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]

  8. 15.  Rhoda STODGHILL was born 1768, Orange County (Now Green County) Virginia (daughter of John STODGHILL and Elizabeth HARVEY); died 1828, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Petertown, Monroe County, Virginia.


    To find her death notice may have to look under the name of Rhoda Peck instead of Caperton. At time of marriage Rev. John Alderson spelled her name "Rhodeiea Sturgen" could have been sept of 1785 that she got married, daughter of John Stodgill and Elizabeth Harvey. Could have been the second wife of Hugh Caperton.
    Rhoda purchased 186 acres of land in 1824 on the west side of the New River in Giles County, probably to be nearer her daughter, Elizabeth Toney, at Glen Lyn. She had probably moved there and this accounts for her marriage to Jacob Peck being recorded in Giles County. Soon after the marriage of Rhoda and Jacob, her children sold Jacob much of the land they had inherited from "New River" Hugh Caperton for a small amount of money. When Jacob died in 1846, he left this land to his sons. Rhoda was not mentioned in Jacob's will, so we can assume that she predeceased Jacob.


    Rev. John Alderson

    1. John Stodghill CAPERTON was born 30 Mar 1788, Rich Creek, Mercer County, Virginia; died 3 Mar 1865, Elgood, Mercer County, West Virginia; was buried Shumate (Hazelwood) Cemetery, Mercer County, West Virginia.
    2. Thompson Hugh CAPERTON was born 30 Mar 1788, Greenbrier County, Virginia; died 31 May 1865, Mercer County, West Virginia; was buried Shumate (Hazelwood) Cemetery, Mercer County, West Virginia.
    3. 7. Elizabeth G. "Betsy" CAPERTON was born 22 Sep 1794, Monroe County, Virginia; died 1876, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia; was buried Toney Cemetery, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia.
    4. Mary Polly CAPERTON was born 12 Jan 1799.
    5. Augustus Williams James CAPERTON was born 29 Oct 1802; died 22 Apr 1878, Mercer County, Virginia.
    6. Green C. CAPERTON was born 12 Jun 1804.
    7. George Washington CAPERTON was born 11 Jul 1807; died 4 Feb 1852, Petersburg, Virginia; was buried Petersburg, Virginia.
    8. Overton Harrison CAPERTON was born 7 Sep 1810; died 2 Nov 1846.