Tucker County Newspaper Articles

Tucker County: Newspaper Articles

Roy Family

These are the articles published in the Randolph Enterprise in October 1922 written by E.C. Wyatt regarding the Roy family.  I have added some notes following the article..

1922 - Randolph Enterprise Oct. 12, 1922 page 6, by E.C. Wyatt (Roy family)

Joseph Roy was the first, he was a soldier of the Revolution and was inseveral battles, was in the battle of Yorktown and surrender of Cornwallis.  At the close of the war he and John Wolford, Thomas Summerfield, Edmund Wyatt and the Raines family wanted more elbow room, so they started for the
Dry Fork and built a camp on the east side of the Alleghenies and began to explore the land and get the best site for a home in the wilderness.  But before they were there many days, a band of Indians came to the top of the mountain overlooking their camp and gave the war whoop and these men not being well fortified, nor knowing the number of Indians, they fled to the settlements and left everything but their guns and their ammunition and the Indians carried away all their possessions.  They later returned with the
determination to stay and fight it out but were never molested again.

1922 - Randolph Enterprise Oct. 19, 1922 page 1, by E.C. Wyatt (Roy family)  [Follow up to Oct. 12, 1922 article regarding the Roy family]

Don't know the exact location of Joseph Roy's home but somewhere along the Dry Fork or Red Creek.  I never learned the exact date of his death either, McCallister's history gives his age as 89 years if  I mistake not at the time of his death.  He named his son Washington after George Washington.  As I
was never acquainted with many of the elder Roy family I never learned much about them and I do not know if Joseph ever had more than one son or not. Washington Roy was his son and we imagine he was glad to have a son and call his name Washington in honor of the general he had often met with and fought
under.  Of Washington's sons we have Joseph, Felix, Isaac and Wash Jr. Wash Jr was called "little Wash", Joseph is dead, Felix lives in Idaho and I think Ike and little Wash live in Tucker co.  Of the younger Roy family we have Earl, Yager, Star, Fred, Enos, Mack, and Oliver.  They are all
lumbermen.  Enos, Mack and Oliver grew to manhood on Middle Mtn. but Oliver lives near Kerens and Mack at Grafton and Enos lives along Red Creek and he and Dr. Wyatt own a flour mill.  The other Roys all live along Red Creek.

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Based on my research, I believe E.C. Wyatt has Joseph Roy (1) and his son, Joseph Roy (2), mixed up.  Mr. Wyatt himself indicates "As I was never acquainted with many of the elder Roy family I never learned much about them."  It's very easy to see how Mr. Wyatt may have been confused.   I have found at least four Joseph Roys (all related) in Randolph Co.  I've given them numbers to help identify each one, i.e. Joseph Roy (1), Joseph Roy (2), etc.

1. Joseph Roy (1) (????-1798)
He would have been the one old enough to fight in the Revolution, however we have not been able to prove or disprove it at this point in time.

2. Joseph Roy (2) (c1782-c1866)
He did have a son named Washington Roy among his 8 sons.  Joseph would have been about 84-85 years old when he died.

3. Washington Roy (1822-1904)
Washington Roy had about 19 children.
Those mentioned in the article are:

Joseph Roy (c1846-c1890)

Felix Roy (1858-after 1920).
Felix Roy is found in the 1920 census in Stevens Co., Washington State.

Isaac Roy (c1863-1930)
Isaac Roy is in the 1920 census in Summit Co., Ohio and in the 1930 census in Tucker Co., WV, he may have returned to Tucker Co. by 1922.

Washington Roy Jr. "Little Wash" (c1847-1930)
Washington Roy Jr. is found in the 1920 census in Tucker Co.

My Wyatt refers to the "younger Roy family".
Those mentioned are grandchildren of Jacob Roy (1835-1907).  Jacob Roy is a son of Joseph Roy (2) and is the youngest brother of Washington Roy.

4.  Martin L. Roy (1860-1901).
Mr. Wyatt refers to some of the children of Martin L. Roy.  Martin L. Roy is the son of Jacob Roy.  Those children mentioned in the article are:

Earl Roy (c1900)  This is Orlando Earl Roy.
Yager Roy (1833-1940).  This is Robert Carl "Yager" Roy.
Star Roy (1887-1963)
Fred Roy (1894-1981)

5.  Joseph Roy (4) (1854-1888)
Mr. Wyatt also refers to some of the children of Joseph Roy (4).  Joseph Roy (4) is the son of Jacob Roy.  Those children mentioned in the article are:

Enos Roy (c1885)
Mack Roy (c1878).  This is Maxwell "Mack" Roy.
Oliver Roy (c1880)

My own Roy family line is:  Joseph Roy (1), Joseph Roy (2), Jacob Roy, IsaacW. Roy, Arthur Roy, Catherine Roy, then me.  If anyone would like more information regarding these Roy families, please feel free to contact me.

Submitted by Cathy Thompson thompsons@adelphia.net

Summerfield family

This is an excerpt from the article about the Summerfield family written by E.C. Wyatt.
There is more of the article, but we only have this section at this time.  I will also post the article on the Roy family that this excerpt refers to.

26 Oct 1922 - Randolph Enterprise by E.C. Wyatt (Summerfield family - excerpt):

Thomas Summerfield is the first, he was a Rev. soldier in Capt. Peter Hull's Co. and was in several battles, and also witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis.  We presume he often told his war stories to his children and how the English soldiers threw their guns down so hard they broke some of them when Washington gave them orders to hand them over to Gen. Levi Lincoln.  As I mentioned in Joseph Roy's history of their Indian troubles it is not necessary to repeat that part.  I am told that Mr. Summerfield built his first house a short distance east of Adam Roy's boarding house at Job. There is a huge rock at the side of the road that goes over to Onego from Job and that rock formed part of Thomas Summerfield's chimney.  In 1794 the court gave this man the privilege to sell whiskey without license.  They seemed to think this was one way to help this man that had fought for our independence.  The Summerfields are of English descent.  Thomas Summerfield lived to the age of 93 years.  He died and was buried somewhere along Red Creek.

Submitted by Cathy Thompson thompsons@adelphia.net



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