The McCord Farm
"I was born 20 Sept 1909. I grew up and have lived at the family farm on Oil Creek all my life. Our farm consisted of as many as four milk cows, lots of chickens and an apple orchard. As I was growing up, the railroad tracks ran from Weston to Orlando directly in front of our house. In order for me to attend high school, I rode the train to Burnsville every day.
To the right is a photo of the McCord farm
"On 10 April 1944, I married Luther Monroe Mitchell. I can remember walking to Orlando, where we were to meet a man who was going to give us a ride to Buckhannon so we could get married. The man did not show up. so we took the train to Weston and another to Buckhannon. We went to the home of my brother, the Reverend Ralph McCord, who was a Methodist minister in Buckhannon. Well, he tried to talk us out of getting married because I was eleven years older than Luther. He was born 28 September 1920. I was 35 and he was 24. It did not work. By the time he got around to marrying us, it was nearly ten o'clock! We spent our first night together at my brother's house. The day after we returned home my sister Thelma, and some friends, serenaded us with singing and banging on tin cans.2 In the meantime my father returned home from Florida where he had spent the winter, not knowing that Luther and I had gotten married. He was not surprised and he was happy for us."
Virginia and Luther had five children, Robert, Thomas, Wanda, Gary and Stephen. Luther was a screen maker for the West Virginia Glass factory and died in 1985 of cancer at the age of 64. In the year 2000 (when Virginia and Amanda West's article was printed in Joy Gilchrist -Stalnaker's Lewis County book) Virginia was 91 years old.
Virginia has some interesting ancestors. Her 2g-grandfather James Norman was an English immigrant who was remembered as a man of deep faith.
To the right is Virginia's great-grandmother, Hannah McCartney (1808-1877). Hannah's parents, Thomas and Sarah (Bennett) McCartney, were original settlers of Walkersville. Hannah's grandfather Andrew McCartney fought in the Revolutionary War and her mother-in-law, Sarah Ann Price, was kidnapped and held captive by Indians.
2. Thomas McCartney, the Builder 5
Virginia's 2g-grandfather (Virginia McCord, David McCord, John McCord, Hannah McCartney, Thomas McCartney)
Thomas and Sarah (Bennett) McCartney came from Harrison Co. VA. about 1800 to settle at the confluence of the right and left hand forks of the West Fork of the Monongahela River. It is said that "Thomas hewed logs for houses that were so smooth they looked planed." In 1808 he built the first two-story house in the area for Sarah's brother, William Bennett Sr. on Bennett Run. The house burned in 1941 after being almost continuously occupied for 133 years.
Virginia's 3g-grandfather (Virginia McCord, David McCord, John McCord, Hannah McCartney, Thomas McCartney, Andrew McCartney)
Andrew was probably Scots Irish. He immigrated from Ireland in 1775. In 1778 he enlisted in the Colonial army in Pennsylvania and served two tours of duty:
~ Chester Co. Pennsylvania, 1st Regt. Foot, enlisted June 1, 1777.
~ 13th Pennsylvania Regt. enlisted May 27, 1778.
4. Sarah Ann Price, The Indian Captive 6
Virginia's 2g-grandmother (Virginia McCord, David McCord, John McCord, Aaron McCord, Sarah Ann Price)
1. By Amanda S. West and Virginia D. (McCord) Mitchell and printed in
Lewis County, West Virginia: Her People and Places, pg 149. edited by Joy Gilchrist-Stalnaker. Photos of Virginia and Luther and of her grandmother Hannah McCartney are from this source, also.
“One of my girls Flora Reagan has a sister who was married . . . and the young people got up the affair in their honor. Abbie [Runyan], Evelyn [Bishop] and I went with three of the school girls and a dozen more youths. Lillard Maples took us girls in his Ford three miles up to the Forks of the river [to the newlyweds’ home]. . . . We stopped and assembling our forces proceeded to march round and round shouting--blowing ox horns--ring cow bells--sheep bells and I know not what. My noise was produced by clapping together two tin pan covers--then some sticks of dynamite were set off--by this time strange to say the cabin was astir.”
4. From Betty Herrinigton's family tree at RootsWeb.com, Sept. 2005.
5. From an unknown source, printed in Don Norman's records
6. Terry Gruber. see Hardy County Colonial Notes Index.