Category Archives: Characters

Story Brake #2: Another Funeral for McDowell Native

Last week two contributors to a biography I wrote on William Brown (Pete) Gibbs, Jr., The Bear Hunter’s Son, “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.” (This poetic description may/may not have connections with my eighty-year-old … Continue reading

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Story Brake for Another Local Funeral: Sixth Generation Chairmaker

Last week, at the age of 89, local legend Max Woody passed on. I met Max when I was writing  The Bear Hunter’s Son about his former schoolmate and neighbor Pete Gibbs. They both lived and worked in the Pleasant … Continue reading

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Chapter 43: Remembering the Sacrifices of our Military

In an earlier post, Chapter 28, I told you about Col. Amous Nanney, who was the great grandfather of both Wade Nanney and Mary Glenn. The Colonel’s sister, Alzira, married Porter Owenby Morgan who became a Captain in the Confederate … Continue reading

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Chapter 42: Belated Mother’s Day Well Wishes

As told in the last post, Reginald Nanney was bitten by a snake. He was not the only one, and there were at least two other Nanneys that did not survive their encounters. Having seen some of the five-foot rattlesnakes hiding out in this area, … Continue reading

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Chapter 40: Will and Reginald

A Guest Post written by Troy Wade Nanney, titled “Will and Reginald” The society I grew up in was blatantly racist. The white and “Negro” communities were totally separate with little interaction other than when the black citizens were in … Continue reading

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Chapter 38: Outside Union Mills

Back in Chapter 31 of the Nanney Saga, I posted a photo of Nanney siblings, children of Col. Amous and Tempe Nanney. One of the men in the photo taken around 1927 was Martin Lee Nanney who was an Uncle to … Continue reading

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Chapter 30: Miz Polly Stott

Family history in Montford Cove is often the same history of a family in Nanney Town because their roots go back to the same man. Our often-mentioned Colonel Amous Nanney, eldest son of Thomas Nanney,  had thirteen children. Seven of them … Continue reading

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Chapter 27: Holding Against Darwin and Lincoln

In my last post, we learned about the division of Round Hill Baptist Church in the 1850’s. Part of the congregation “seceded” to build another church based on the concept of Open Communion which was contrary to the tenets of … Continue reading

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Chapter 22: The Bible Belt Tightens

A Landscape with an Allegory on Religious Discord Roman Catholicism and Protestantism heading in Opposite Directions 1600’s by Esaias Van de Velde courtesy of wikigallery.org   This is an appropriate time to remind all that Henry VIII (1509-1547) had encouraged … Continue reading

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Chapter 20: Historically Low Military Pay

It wasn’t until I started researching the Nanney family that I considered the number of years our soldiers have received compensation for their service. Since my daughter endured a tour of Iraq, I am more aware of arduous military training, long … Continue reading

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