Richard Baker and Abigail Beverly of Wise Co., VA

Richard Baker II was born on July 25, 1797 in Washington Co., TN and died August 25, 1871 in Wise Co., VA. He was the son of Richard Baker I and Mary “Polly” Mullins. Richard Baker II married Abigail Beverly. Abigail was born about 1805 in Wythe Co., VA and died 1862 in Wise Co., VA. Abigail was the daughter of Elijah Beverly, Sr. and Mary “Polly” Freeman. Richard and Abigail settled in Russell Co. (now Wise, Co.), VA on Guest’s River between Tacoma and Ramsey near Norton, VA. They later moved to the Bold Camp section of Wise Co., VA near Pound, VA. Richard and Abigail are buried in the Jim Baker Cemetery, Wise Co., VA. They had 12 children of which 11 lived to adulthood.

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Biography of Nancy Susanna Hillman

This article profiles Mrs. Nancy Susanna Hillman, born on July 12, 1865, in Flatwoods, Wise County, Virginia. She received her education in local private schools and married Benjamin Franklin Hillman at the age of seventeen. The daughter of Francis Bonham Greear and a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, Mrs. Hillman descends from a blend of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry, evident in her familial heritage that includes the Bonhams, Stallards, and Greears. These lineages are associated with notable historical contributions and familial coats of arms from the British Isles. Mrs. Hillman’s life in Coeburn, Virginia, reflects her deep roots in this rich heritage, marked by her faith and the raising of five children, including Prof. James Noah Hillman, a prominent educator in Wise County.

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1932 School Bell Yearbook, Coeburn, Virginia

Lonesome Pine Regional Library Collection of Yearbooks

The Lonesome Pine Regional Library has digitized numerous yearbooks of schools in Virginia for the counties of Dickenson, Russell, Scott, and Wise. These yearbook images they have placed online for everyone at Internet Archive. To facilitate your access, we have provided links to the individual yearbooks below, by year published, oldest to newest. All 321 of these yearbooks, can be read, and/or downloaded from the following links for free!

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