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[ The descendents of Samuel and James Guinn ]

[48] The descen­dants of Samuel Guinn are many and are scat­tered over parts of this state and over sev­eral of the Western states. They have always been regarded as peo­ple of strict integrity, upright and hon­est. Some of those who moved West, it is reported, accu­mu­lated large prop­erty, while many of those remain­ing can boast of a com­pe­tency and a sur­plus. Two of his grand­sons, Andrew and Samuel, are now liv­ing at Lowell on almost the iden­ti­cal spot where their grand­fa­ther located one hun­dred and twenty-five years ago. Andrew is one of the largest landown­ers in Summers county. We will have occa­sion to again refer to this branch of the Guinn fam­ily dur­ing the fur­ther progress of these pages.

We will now note briefly some account of the descen­dants of James Guinn, the brother of Samuel, and who located here at the same time. The first cabin of James Guinn, accord­ing to tra­di­tion, was located one and a half or two miles up Keller’s Creek from Lowell at which is now known as the Laban Guinn place. Our Information is [49] that he had four sons, Robert, James, Joseph and Samuel and pos­si­bly there were daugh­ters also of which we have no account. He died many years before his brother, Samuel. The writer remem­bers to have seen the house in which he lived and the door was con­structed with some kind of heavy bolt fas­ten­ings so that it could not be bro­ken into by the Indians. His son, James, was appointed Ensign at the first court held in Monroe county. Joseph set­tled about a mile far­ther up Keller’s Creek, on what was after­wards the Red Sulphur Turnpike, and brought up a large fam­ily, among whom were John, Sylvester, James, Augustus and Joseph.

The daugh­ters were: Nancy, who mar­ried John Meadows; Balissens, who mar­ried Robert S. Huffman; Pauline, who mar­ried a Mr. Jarrett; Patsy, who mar­ried James Graham, son of Wm. Graham; and Miriam, who mar­ried J. W. P. Stevens. We might here add that Mr. Stevens was a very noted man, being, as was called in the vocab­u­lary of his day, a “school­mas­ter”. He [50] was called upon far and near to exe­cute legal writ­ings, such as wills, deeds, bonds, con­tracts and, per­haps did more of such writ­ing than any other man of his local­ity. His hand­writ­ing, much of which is still extant, was per­fect, and looked more like the cut of a type, rather than the work of hand. He it was who was called upon to count out the $12,000 of sil­ver belong­ing to Samuel Guinn, Sr., and to see that each son got his share thereof. Three of his chil­dren, John and Joseph of Greenbrier county, and Mrs. George Alderson of Alderson, Monroe county, are still living.

Robert, son of James Guinn, Sr., set­tled near what is now the Riverview Church and had sev­eral chil­dren, among whom were James, Thompson Salathiel, Betsy and per­haps oth­ers. Robert was an elder in the Presbyterian church.

After his death, his son, James, lived upon the old farm and died there at an advanced age about the year 1884. Several of James Guinn’s chil­dren are nox4 liv­ing, among whom are Addison R. [51] of Wolf Creek, Monroe county; Oliver, William and Edwin S., of the vicin­ity of Lowell. Thomas Guinn moved to Roane county sev­eral years ago and Salathiel set­tled on Horse Shoe Creek in Fayette county about the year 1835, and his descen­dants are still to be found in that locality.

Samuel, son of James Guinn, Sr., mar­ried Magdalene Johnson and to dis­tin­guish him from his uncle and his uncle’s son of the same name, he was known as “Maglen” Sam. He set­tled on what is known as the James Boyd farm on Greenbrier river about five miles from its mouth. He moved to the west near the year 1830.

Conrad Keller, one of the early set­tlers of the Lowell set­tle­ment and of whom pre­vi­ous men­tion has been made, had four sons and four daugh­ters, namely: Philip, John, Henry and David; Elizabeth, who mar­ried James Farrill, who lived in the Big Bend of Greenbrier river; Rachel, who mar­ried Ephriam Guinn, youngest son of Samuel Guinn, Sr., and who died at her [52] home on Lick Creek on the 8th day of May, 1889, in her 86th year. Two other daugh­ters, whose names can­not now be recalled, mar­ried two broth­ers by the name of Hanger. Of these the writer remem­bers to have seen Philip, David, Elizabeth and Rachel. Philip moved to Indiana about the year 1840. Two of his sons, David, Jr., and Madison, mar­ried two sis­ters, daugh­ters of Enos Ellis, who lived at the mouth of Griffith’s Creek on the Greenbrier River and moved to Indiana with their father. David Keller, Sr., lived and died near Lowell on a part of his father’s farm. His chil­dren were Henry, who now lives on a por­tion of the old home­stead, and Eliza, who mar­ried Andrew Guinn of Lowell. Eliza died but a few years ago. Henry, the father of George Keller, who now lives at the old Keller home­stead, on a beau­ti­ful ele­va­tion over­look­ing the vil­lage of Lowell, died about seventy-two years ago, hav­ing dropped dead in the har­vest field while cradling wheat. Mr. George Keller, who is now near­ing his eight­i­eth year, but re– [53] cently informed the writer that he was so small that he can but dimly remem­ber the event of his father’s death.

 
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