[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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