Re: Eli McVey
From The McVay-McVeigh-McVey Family Archives Quarterly 1993 Issue One
Extracted from a column "Treesearching" 16 July 1979, in Press Observer [location of newspaper not given].
Eli McVey of Franklin Co., WV was George Washington’s flag bearer in the Revolutionary War. He was reported to be the tallest man in the Continental Army. According to records Eli later received a pension of $8.00 per month. He was the father two sons James (2A) and Daniel (2B) McVey, received a grant of land in Tazewell Co., TN (?) for their fathers services.
2A James McVey m 27 Mar 1798 Martha Richardson. Children:
2A1 Mary B. McVey b 12 Feb 1799, m (1) Cole and (2) Hinkle.
2A2 James McVey b 26 Apr1801, moved to Kanawha Co. [WV]
2A3 Martha McVey b 30 Oct 1802 m Cassaday.
2A4 Margaret McVey b 15 May 1804, m Godfrey.
2A5 Elizabeth McVey b 14 Jun 1806, m Childs
2A6 George McVey b 6 Jul 1808.
2A7 Richard McVey b 5 May 1810, d 14 Dec 1862.
2A8 Henry McVey b 5 Apr 1812.
2A9 Thomas McVey b 20 Mar 1814.
2A10 Tabitha McVey b 1 Mar 1816.
2A7 Col. Richard McVey m probably 1837 Lucinda Cooper b 1 Apr 1815, d 19 Aug 1902.
He died of chronic diarrhea in Confederate Hosp. Mobile AL, while on his way home as an exchange prisoner. Imprisoned in Jan 1862, first at Camp Chase than at Johannas Island near Sandusky, OH.
They settled in present Raleigh Co., WV in 1846.
2A7a Elizabeth McVey b 17 Jun 1838 d. 19 Aug 1876 m Henry Halstead.
2A7b Thomas McVey b 7 Jul 1840, d 26 Dec 1855
2A7c John McVey b 12 May 1843, d 20 Feb 1903, m (1) Eliza Frances Cole, (2) Minerva Catherine Fink.
2A7d Richard McVey b 21 Jul 1845 m. Mary Hutchison.
2A7e Martha McVey b 18 Nov 1847 d 1934, m Albert Furrow.
2A71 Anna McVey b 19 Dec 1849, d 3 Jan 1942 m Alden Thompson.
2A7g Jane McVey b 26 Sep 1854 m Harper.
2A7h James McVey b 14 Sep 1856 d 18 Feb 1880.
2A7c John McVey grew up on a farm in Raleigh Co. A studious child he read the subjects taught in that day, but excelled in mathematics and later became a surveyor of lands. He served as a Confederate soldier in Co. A, 30th VA Battalion, Wharton's Brigade, Breckenridge’s Division. After the war he taught in Raleigh Co. public schools. Eliza Frances Cole became his wife in Feb 1868, she died 9 Aug 1883. Children by first marriage:
2A7c1 Emma J McVey b 3 Dec 1868,, m John Redden who d in Jun 1930 (Mrs. Redden was living 28 Feb 1937). Children:
2A7c1a Clifford Redden
2A7c1b John C. Walton Redden
2A7c1c Oswald Redden
2A7c1d Beulah Redden
2A7c2 Margaret McVey b 9 Dec 1870, d 28 Feb 1958 m 9 Jul 1898 Robert E Lowe. No Issue.
2A7c3 Lucinda E. McVey b 28 Oct 1872 m Charles L. Parker 11 May 1898. Children:
2A7c3a Ruth Parker
2A7c3b Charles Parker
2A7c3c John Parker
2A7c3d Margaret Parker
2A7c3e Mary Frances Parker
2A7c3f Richard Parker
2A7c3g Eleanor Parker
2A7c4 Ashe McVey b 25 Jul 1875, m Kathleen (Kate) Marshall.
2A7c5 James R. McVey b 15 Apr 1880, d 16 Oct 1902.
About 1874 John became interested in the study of the bible; joined the Baptist Church and began studying for the ministry. In Jan 1885, he was ordained and soon became pastor of The Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Raleigh Co., serving five years. On 6 Mar 1889 he m (2) Catherine Fink and in 1890 moved to Wayne Court House, Wayne Co. where he was pastor of the Baptist Church for two years. In 1892 he entered the Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY for one year. He then went to Hartford City, WV as a pastor, then held pastorates in Ohio before returning to Summers Co. WV until his death. Children of second marriage:
2A7c6 Myrtle McVey b 5 Apr 1897, m James Ward. Parents of nine children.
2A7c7 Johnston McVey b 26 Jul 1898, farmer, mechanic, and took care of his mother until her death 21 Jan 1937.
2A7c4 Ashe McVey attended Oakview Academy in Wayne and was 17 when his father went to the seminary. Ashe remained in Wayne and taught school for many years. In April 1899 he m Kate Marshall and lived in Wayne Co. until 1917 when they moved to Huntington [WV], where he worked as a salesman.
2A7c5 James R. McVey attended Oakview Academy and Concord College at Athens, WV. He enlisted in Co. K, 2d WV Inf. on 28 Jun 1898, discharged 10 Apr 1899, again enlisted Co. B, 41st U.S. Vol. Inf., served in Philippines, discharged 26 Feb 1901. He m Bertie King in summer of 1902. His accidental death 16 Oct 1902 was caused by a falling tree.
The Rev. Mr. McVey was killed 20 Feb 1903 by a fast passenger train making up time, at an unusual time of day in Sandstone, WV