Location: Raleigh County WV

West Virginia Naturalization Records

Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S....

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Slave Narrative of Nan Stewart

Interviewer: Sarah Probst Person Interviewed: Nan Stewart Location: Ohio Place of Birth: Charleston, West Virginia Date of Birth: February 1850 Age: 87 Sarah Probst, Reporter Audrey Meighen, Author-Editor Jun 9, 1937 Folklore Meigs County, District Three [HW: Middeport] “I’se bawned Charl’stun, West Virginia in February 1850.” “My mammy’s name? Hur name wuz Kath’run Paine an’ she wuz bawned down Jackson County, Virginia. My pappy wuz John James, a coopah an’ he wuz bawned at Rock Creek, West Virginia. He cum’d ovah heah with Lightburn’s Retreat. Dey all crossed de ribah at Buffington Island. Yes, I had two bruthahs and three sistahs. Deir wuz Jim, Thomas, he refugeed from Charl’stun to Pum’roy and it tuk him fo’ months, den de wuz sistah Adah, Carrie an’ Ella. When I rite young I wurked as hous’ maid fo’ numbah quality white folks an’ latah on I wuz nurs’ fo’ de chilluns in sum homes, heah abouts.” “Oh, de slaves quartahs, dey wuz undah de sam’ ruf with Marse Hunt’s big hous’ but in de back. When I’se littl’ I sleeped in a trun’l bed. My mammy wuz mighty ‘ticlar an’ clean, why she made us chilluns wash ouah feets ebry night fo’ we git into de bed.” “When Marse Hunt muved up to Charl’stun, my mammy and pappy liv’ in log cabin.” “My gran’ mammy, duz I ‘member hur? Honey chile, I...

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Biography of William H. Manser, M. D.

William H. Manser, M. D.,had that splendid satisfaction which comes to the man who found himself in a congenial vocation early in life and had steadily broadened and improved his service and capacity for doing good. Dr. Manser is now the oldest physician in point of continnous service at Burden, where he had practiced thirty-three years. Though of New England ancestry, the Mansers having located in Massachusetts in Colonial times, Dr. Manser is a native of old Virginia, born at Beckley in what was then simply Western Virginia and as a result of the Civil war became the State of West Virginia. Dr, Manser was born there March 29, 1859. His grandfather, Jared Manser, was born in Massachusetts in 1790, spent all his life in the Bay State, and died at Monterey in 1883. He was a hatter by trade and also followed farming. He married Laura Garfield, who was born in Massachusetts and died at Monterey in that state. John Garfield Manser, father of Dr. Manser, was born at Monterey in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1821. He was reared in his native Iocality, and when a young man went to Mercer County, Virginia, where he married. In 1851 he graduated M. D. from the Medical College of Ohio, and gave the rest of his active career of more than thirty years to the practice of medicine, chiefly in Mercer County,...

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Womack, Nellie May Pack – Obituary

Bear Creek, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. William Womack passed away at the family home on Bear Creek, near Wallowa, Sunday, June 10, 1934. Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Christian church at Wallowa, conducted by the Re. C. n. Trout, and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Nellie May Pack was born at Prosperity, West Virginia, July 25, 1889, the daughter of of John and Lucy pack. The family moved to Oregon in 1898 and remained in this state until 1903 when they moved to Roswell, Idaho. The daughter was married there, January 3, 1912, to William Womack and they moved soon afterward to Wallowa. Mrs. Womack was survived by her father, her husband and five children, Marley, Wilma, Billy, Bobby and Wanda, all of whom were at home when she passed away. She also had three brothers, Earl and Frank Pack of Idaho, and Marley Pack of Salem, and one sister, Mrs. Eunice Stewart of Idaho. Source: Sue Wells, Elgin, Oregon Enterprise record Chieftain June 14, 1934 Page...

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Carper, Charles P. – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon Early Promise Resident Dies Charles P. Carper, resident of Promise for 42 years, died at La Grande, Monday, May 24, 1937, after an illness of over a year. Funeral services were held at the cemetery in Promise, Tuesday, and were attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends, Rev. Albert Kribs, pastor of the Christina church of Elgin, gave the address. Six of Mr. Carper’s sons were pall bearers, Harold, Robert, Ralph, Melvin, Roy and Orville Carper. Mr. Carper was a son of Washington Carper, one of the first of the many who came to the county from West Virginia. He visited the county and carried back glowing reports of it which, induced the family to move west. Charles Carper was born in Raleigh county, West Virginia, April 8, 1872, and moved to La Grande in1891 and farmed near there for three years and in 1894 came into the forest belt of Wallowa county and took a homestead at Promise. He married Miss Bertha Doud May 12, 1897, to which union 15 children were born, all but one of whom survive him. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bertha Carper and the following children: Mrs. Curtis Lindsey, La Grande; Mrs. Roy Burnett, Baker; Ralph Carper, Hilgard; Robert Carper, la Grande; Roy Carper, Troy; Mrs. Frank Lindsey, Mrs. Ivan Garrett, Howard, Melvin, Harold, Orval,...

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Carper, Boyd Clement – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Boyd Clement Carper passed away at the Enterprise hospital on Feb. 20 after a lingering illness. Mr. Carper was born Oct. 2, 1872,in Fayette county, West Virginia, the second child of H. and Margaret Carper. His early life was spent near his birthplace. On Oct. 2, 1897, he was united in marriage to Leatha Anne Sannar in Beckly, West Virginia. They came to Promise, Ore., in the spring of 1898 where they made their home for 40 years with the exception of a brief residence of four months in Idaho in 1908. They moved to Wallowa in 1938 where they have since resided. He united with the Christian church in his early teens. Mr. Carper was a charter member of the Promise grange, a director of the telephone company, and a director of the Promise school for years. He always took an active part in everything that meant the upbuilding of the community. He is survived by his widow, Leatha Carper; two brothers, Frank of Beaver, West Virginia and Clyde of Charleston, West Virginia; two sisters, Edith Galloway of Beckley, West Virginia; two half-brothers, Earl and Van Carper, and two half-sisters, Opal and Garnet of West Virginia. Four brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Wallowa Christian church with Rev. O. W. Jones in charge. The...

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Daniels, Nancy C. Mrs. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Pioneer Resident Answers Call Mrs. Nancy C. Daniels, pioneer resident of the county for 46 years, died August 30 at the Good Samaritan hospital in Portland, where she had been a patient about two weeks. The body was brought by C.L. Booth to Wallowa for burial. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Edgar A. Pollock, were held in the Methodist church in Wallowa Sunday afternoon. Music was by the same quartet who had sung at the funeral of Mr. Daniels, who passed away in 1920, Mr. and Mrs. K.W. McKenzie and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Eddleman, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ross Johnson. They sang “How firm a Foundation” and “Old Rugged Cross.” Roy, Ross, Rex and Raymond Southwick, Leon Wortman and Doyce Clecknick, grandsons of the deceased, acted as pallbearers, and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Nancy C. McGinnis was born July 20, 1882, in Raleigh county, West Virginia, and was married April 16, 1881, to C.D. Daniels. They came west in 1900 and settled in Wallowa county, which remained her home. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, six of whom survive: M.C. Daniels of Lewiston, Mrs. A.B. Miller of Enterprise, Mrs. J.H. Leonard of Coquille, Mrs. G.H. Lloyd of Portland, and Mrs. Myrtle Brandon and Mrs. Ersa Wortman of Wallowa. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren,...

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Daniels, Montie Creigh – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Daniels Services Held Montie Creigh Daniels Passed away Tuesday Morning, March 21, 1972 in a nursing home in Kennewick. He had been in failing health for sometime and was a residents of a Kennewick nursing home. Montie Creigh Daniels was born March 24, 1883 at Beckley, West Va., son of Governor and Nancy Daniels, and he came to Wallowa County as a young man. On Oct. 27, 1904 he and Martha Ann Anderson were married at Wallowa. He was a retired rancher and was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Daniels are survived by two sons, Virgil E. of Portland and George P. (Lary) of Kennewick; one daughter, Virginia Schmidt of Coos bay; and 15 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Mr. Daniels leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jim (Cleidi) Leonard of Coquille, Mrs. Pearl Lloyd of Portland, and Mrs. Myrtle Brandon of Enterprise. Memorial services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Gertrude Sorlien, Pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Wanda Sorweide was organist and Clifford Collingsworth was soloist and sang “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” and “Nearer My God To Thee”. Casket bearers at each funeral were: Howard Scriber, Raymond Southwick, Rayford Guillory, Jack Coleman, Roy Southwick, and Jack Schwendemann, and internment was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 23, 1972 Contributed by: Sue...

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McGraw, Elizabeth – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Elizabeth McGraw Passes Away Mrs. Elizabeth McGraw, who resided at Wallowa with her daughter, Mrs. Lester Jackson, suffered a stroke Saturday morning, March 17, 1951 from which she never regained consciousness and passed away quietly at 1:04 p.m.. Elizabeth Almeda McGraw was born at Arnett West Virginia March 29, 1875, and was one of eleven children born to James Perry and Julia Ann Cook. She was married to Lewis Marshall McGraw of McGraws, West Virginia on March 7, 1894 at the home of her parents in Arnett, West Virginia. To this union seven children were born. Mrs. McGraw, her husband and family resided at McGraw’s, West Virginia until 1910 when they came west to Wallowa where they remained for nine month. They returned east for four years, then again came west to Wallowa to make their permanent home. While in McGraw’s, West Virginia, Mrs. McGraw helped her husband in a mercantile business, and for several years had a millinery shop at her home in Wallowa. She was a great lover of flowers and during her later years spent most of her time in her flower garden. She is survived by five children: Letty Jackson and Guy McGraw of Wallowa, Virgil McGraw of Vancouver, Washington, Mabelle Trump of Bolt, West Virginia, and ?. Church of God. Pallbearers were Charleton Roup, Ward Roup, Harry Coleman, Joe Rousawell,...

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Clemens, James Clinton – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Rites held for James C. Clemens Funeral services were yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the Wallowa Methodist church for James Clinton Clemens who passed away in a La Grande hospital Sunday, September 22, 1963 following a lengthy illness. The Rev. Darwin Secord officiated and interment was in the Wallowa cemetery. The deceased was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia 74 years ago and had lived in Wallowa and vicinity for 62 years. On June 30, 1911 he was married to Pearl Williams who preceded him in death on November 21, 1957. Among his survivors are two sons, Edward, of Wallowa and Roland of Vallejo, California; two daughters, Mrs. Hattie Short, Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Frances Bellamy, of Portland; three brothers, Frank, of College Place, Washington, Wade, of Medford, and Dola, of Klamath Falls; one sister, Mrs. Susie Walls , of College Place, Washington; and seven grandchildren. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, September 26, 1963 Contributed by: Sue...

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Walls, Mary Susan (Susie) Clemens Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Susan (Susie) Walls, died at the age of 89, January 3, 1981, at the Woodland Convalescent Center in Woodland, Washington. Born in Bolt, West Virginia, October 22, 1891, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Mary Frances (Cook) Clemens. She came to Wallowa County from West Virginia in 1907 and in 1914 married Russell E. Walls in Wallowa. He died in 1970. Mrs. Walls was a member of the Methodist Church and a house wife who was known for her baking. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the Wallowa Cemetery with the Rev. Don Hawkins officiating. Vault interment followed. Survivors include her brother Dola N. Clemens of Medford and her nephew Ross Clemens of Woodland representing her many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Methodist Church. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, January, 1981 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Crawford, Margaret Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. William R. (Margaret) Crawford, of Walla Walla, sister of Roy and Will Collins, of Wallowa, passed away in a Walla Walla hospital February 21, 1955. Other survivors are her husband, four daughters, four sons, two sister, three brothers, 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was born June 14, 1890 in Raleigh, West Virginia, and had lived in and near Walla Walla about 24 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Marshall Funeral home in Walla Walla with interment in the Mountain View cemetery. The Rev. Dallas E. French of the Baptist church will officiate. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, February 24, 1955 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hawley, Benjamin P. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. B.P. Hawley Passes Suddenly Mrs. Benjamin P. Hawley, for 28 years a resident of Wallowa county, and who, with Mr. Hawley, last Oct. 19 celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary, died suddenly at their home at the east edge of town Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock. Funeral services were held at the Christian church, of which denomination Mrs. Hawley had been a member for 58 years, Tuesday afternoon with Rev. R.N. Olson, pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Lester Jones of Enterprise. Rev. Olson brought a sympathetic and comforting message on the text found in Psalms 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Interment was in the Wallowa cemetery with William McKenzie, W.G. Asher, Grover Johnson, J.O. Kiddle, John Thompson and C.H. Thorp pall bearers. Abigail Miller was born near Beckley, W. Va., on August 4, 1851, and died at her home in Wallowa, Nov. 6, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and two days. She was married to Benjamin P. Hawley on Oct. 19, 1869 and to their union eight children were born, four of whom survive, J.J. Hawley of La Grande, Mrs. Ida Roop and A.F. Hawley of Wallowa and Mrs. Erie Miles of Lebanon. Four brothers and one sister also survive, J.S. Miller of Logan, W. Va., B.F. Miller of Enterprise, Mrs. Laura Cook of Arnett, W. Va.,...

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Carper, Joseph K. – Obituary

Services Held For Joe Carper Funeral Services were held at Centralia, Washington, Saturday, March 13, for Joseph K. Carper, former resident of Promise for many years. Mr. Carper passed away at the Swedish hospital in Seattle March 10, where he had been confined for a month. Mr. Carper was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on September 21, 1865, the son of George Washington and Delilah Carper. His father was a minister and came west in the 90’s moving into the La Grande and John Day country. Joe Carper was married when he was 17 years old and came west sometime in the late 1890’s with his family. They lived for a couple of years in the Grande Ronde valley before moving to a homestead in Promise, where they homesteaded 160 acres of grazing land. Mr. Carper went into the business of raising fruit and peddled his products through out the county. He raised fine fruit and was commonly called Huckleberry Joe. He was fond of hunting, usually kept a pack of hounds, and was employed as the first government hunter in the county about 30 years. Mr. Carper was the father of 17 children by his first wife. In 1920 he married Myrtle Voetburg and one child, Eugene, was born to this union. In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Carper moved to Grants Pass where they lived a few...

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Thompson, Julia Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Julia Thompson passes away Monday. Julia Scarbrough was born in Rock Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia, May 6, 1858, and passed away at her home in Wallowa on March 2, 1931, at the age of 72 years, 9 months, and 26 days. She was the youngest child of a family of eleven children and the last remaining one. She was married to Perry H. Thompson on May 20, 1879. To this union were born eleven children; E.Z., Joe, Al, John and Willie of Wallowa; Mrs. Belle Trump of Milton, Oregon; Ed and Clownie of Enterprise, Ore.; E.S. of La Grande, and Ike of Imnaha, Ore. One boy, Bee Thompson, died at Denver on April 24, 1919. In April, 1900, Mrs. Thompson came to Oregon with her husband and children and they homesteaded in Promise. Later they moved to the Wallowa valley. While residing on Dry Creek, Mr. Thompson passed away on August 17, 1915. Since that time she lived with her son, John, most of the time in Wallowa. At the early age of 13 she gave her life to Jesus and lived a faithful follower until the time of her death. She was a beloved and faithful member of the Christian Church in Wallowa. While she was not in the best of health the past few years, she was up and around until two weeks before her...

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