Layne Compton married Melsena Hatton in March 06, 1847 in Lawrence Co., KY, as follows a transcription of the marriage bond:
Record 3, file #464; Disc #02.
Box 1 (on their computer system, printed out)
copy of handwritten bond.
State of Kentucky, Lawrence County Sct.
To any person duly authorised to solomise
matrimony. These are to license and permit you to
join together in the holy estate of matrimony, Mr.
Layne Cumpton and Mis. Melsena Hatton, lawful proof
having been made to me for these license to issue by
the oath of Melville L. Hatton, and the said Layne
having executed bond conditioned according to law,
given under my hand this 6th day of March 1847.
Geo. F. Hatcher CLK
Record 4, file #464, Disc #02, box 1; (Computer
file)printed out copy of handwritten marriage license.
I William McClure do hereby certify that I did on the
6th day of March 1847 Solemnize the Rites of Matrimony
Between Layne Compton and Melsena Hatton according to
law given and or my hand (this, crossed out) as one of
the Justices of the peace for Lc County licenced to
Celebrate the Rites of Matrimony
Wm. M Clure J.P.L.C.
Melsena Hatton Compton died, according to her son's descendant's history to the family, the same day she gave birth to her's and Layne's first child, James H. Compton, born on July 10, 1848.On the Lawrence Co., KY 1850 census, Layne Compton is found residing with Melsena's brother Abville Hatton, but is erroneously reported by most COMPTON researcher's as Layne's wife, even though Abville is listed as a male, and a Laboror.Layne Compton and and Abville Hatton were at that time, partaking of the the timber industry, and rafting timbers down the Levisa and Big Sandy Rivers for money.....thus their occupations as "raftsman."Dangerous job.
Recently, a 96 year old neighbor explained this very experience he had done in 1923, when he was 14 yrs old.
His father hired an experienced timberman to float some of their harvested timbers down the Guyandotte River from Gill, Lincoln Co., WV, to Huntington, WV...a major city in 1923.They tied all those logs and timbers together into one big raft, and floated all day....the river was rushing toward Huntington, unbeknownst to them, as the Ohio river was low....They flowed faster the closer to the mouth of the Guyandotte River they got, and the gentleman stated that once at the mouth of the river, and the opening of the Ohio, they were gushed right out into the Ohio with no way of slowing down....fortunately, there were persons in house boats on the Ohio, who had seen them floating and yelling, and those persons came to their rescue and pulled the timber rafts to the side of the shore.The gentleman said that he and his brother walked to downtown, got on the train, and rode home, whilst his father took care of business.He said it was quite an experience for a country boy, and the last raft trip of timber down the Guyandotte River, ever that he knew of.
So, his recollection, gave me some good perspective into what Layne Compton may have experienced on his rafting trips.....
Layne Compton married second to Mary McDowell in Nov. 1850, in Lawrence Co., KY...(my line).
Layne Compton's and Louisa "Vicie" Miller's son, Alonzo Compton's death certificate states as follows....
WV State Dept., of Health.
Division of Vital Statistics
Certificate of Death
DoD: Dec. 26, 1950
Place of Death:Logan County, WV
Length of stay:3 months.
Usual residence:Lawrence Co., KY.
Street address:Ulysses, KY.
Kind of business:Farming.
DoB:July 18, 1878.
Age at death:82y, 5m, 8d.
Father's name:Lane Compton, b. KY.
Mother's name:Vicie Miller, b. KY.
Was deceased ever in armed forces?:NO.
Informant:Mrs. Lon Compton, Logan, WV.
Disease or condition:Kidney Trouble/Senility.
Date:Dec. 29, 1950.
Furneral Director:H.H. Curtright, Louisa, KY.
The only reason I can find to believe that Alonzo 'Lon' Compton was in Logan, WV in this 3 month time period from October to December 1950, could have been to visit some family living within Logan, WV at that time.....my grandfather, Willie Perry Compton, Jr., was living in Logan, WV...(Rum Creek/Dehue area) as a Fire boss in the McBeth Coal mines.Also, some of their extended family and cousins were living in the area, also.
Willie PerryCompton, Jr., would have been Lon's half-nephew.
Also, Layne Compton's brother, Moore Compton's (aka James H. Compton, b. abt. 1828) and wife Ellen Chapman Compton'sgrandson, Albert Harrison Compton (b. 1893 KY) (s/o Wm. David Compton b. 1851 KY) was living in Chapmanville, Logan, Co., WV, and working at Gay Coal Co., in 1941 when he was killed in a coal mine accident at Mt. Gay, Logan Co., WV.
Hope this answers some questions....