James Floyd BEAVERS

Male 1864 - 1917  (53 years)

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  • Name James Floyd BEAVERS 
    Born 1864  Tazewell Co. VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • Lawyer, Newspaper publisher, WV state senator 7th District, 1899-1902. Death certificate lists his occupation as coal operator.
    _UID 8176188F5EA34919961DEB1B8B6DB30C711A 
    Died 04 Apr 1917  Mingo Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Cabell Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location 

      1870 United States Federal Census about
      Name: James Floyd Beavers
      Age in 1870: 6
      Birth Year: abt 1864
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1870: Big Creek, McDowell, West Virginia
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Tug River
      Household Members:
      John Beavers 75 [grandfather]
      Polly Beavers 65 [grandmother]
      Phebe Beavers 32
      Laura Beavers 10
      James Floyd Beavers 6
      Charles C Beavers 5

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: James Beavers
      Age: 15
      Birth Year: abt 1865
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1880: Big Creek, McDowell, West Virginia
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Father's Birthplace: Virginia
      Mother's name: Phoebe Beavers
      Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
      Occupation: Farm Laborer
      Household Members:
      Phoebe Beavers 42
      Laura Beavers 17
      James Beavers 15
      Charles Beavers 12
      Mollie R. Beavers 2
      James Beavers 2 [nephew]
      Mary Beavers 75 [grandmother]

      1900 Census
      Name: James Beaver
      Age: 35
      Birth Date: 1865
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1900: Browns Creek, McDowell, West Virginia
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Alice Beaver
      Marriage Year: 1894
      Years Married: 6
      Father's Birthplace: Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
      Occupation: Drummer [traveling salesman]
      Months not employed: 0
      Can Read: Yes
      Can Write: Yes
      Can Speak English: Yes
      House Owned or Rented: O
      Home Free or Mortgaged: F
      Farm or House: H
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      James Beaver 35
      Alice Beaver 30
      L S Love 70 [no relation, male, widower, stone mason]

      1910 Census
      Name: J F Beavers
      Age in 1910: 45
      Birth Year: abt 1865
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Home in 1910: Kenova, Wayne, West Virginia
      Street: Chesnut St
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Alice Beavers
      Father's Birthplace: Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
      Native Tongue: English
      Occupation: Traveling
      Industry: Salesman
      Employer, Employee or Other: Wage Earner
      Able to Read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Years Married: 18
      Out of Work: N
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      J F Beavers 45
      Alice Beavers 39
      T S Love 82 [male, widower, born in TX]

      Lived in Welch. W.Va. Democrat. Postmaster at Welch, W.Va., 1893-97; Member of West Virginia state senate 7th District, 1899-1901; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1916. Was founder of Welch Miners Hospital. Buried in Huntingdon, WV. Founder of newspaper, McDowell Recorder and the Roanoke Herald.

      Source: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.

      Name: James F Beavers
      Post Office Location: Welch, McDowell, West Virginia
      Appointment Date: 16 May 1893
      Volume #: 72
      Volume Year Range: 1890-1904

      Source: West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1899.

      In 1899, Senator James F. Beavers representing the Seventh District, was patron of a bill in the West Virginia legislature that established three miner's hospitals in the state. The one in the Flat Top mining region was to be in either Mercer or McDowell counties. Welch was chosen as the site and the city donated the land.


      Source: Corporation Report of Secretary of State: March 4, 1905, to March 1, 1907

      Major shareholder of the Eastern Kentucky Realty Company, chartered in 19 Dec 1906 to purchase, develop, and lease land for coal, timber, oil, and mineral rights. Total shares: 50 and James owned 10.

      According to the Charleston Daily Mail, 13 April 1915, he was operator of the Magnolia Coal and Coke Co.

      Newspaper ventures: Roanoke Herald and McDowell Recorder


      Roanoke Daily Times, 30 January 30 1890

      Mr. James F Beavers, formerly one of the proprietors of the Roanoke Herald, has accepted a position as traveling salesman in Southwest Virginia for Fisburne, Jones & Co. [Wholesale Grocers]. Mr. Beavers is well known in that section, and doubtless will meet with the success which he deserves.

      [Note: The Roanoke Herald was a weekly publication until 1893.]

      Bluefield Daily Telegraph; December 16, 1904

      Strong Citizens' Ticket Nominated at Welch

      A citizens ticket to be voted for at the municipal election in January was nominated at a largely attended convention at Welch last night. The nominations follow: Mayor J. A. Strother. Recorder; W. 0. Perry. Councilmen: J. F. Johnson, W. W. Whyte, James F. Beavers, A. C. Brewster and A. Z. Iiltz. Mr. Strother has been mayor of Welch for the past five years, and Mr. Perry has served several terms as recorder of that town.

      Bluefield Daily Telegraph; ZENITH NEWS NOTES; March 25, 1905

      Ex-Senator James F. Beavers of Welch and W. E. Stuart of Keystone were here Tuesday in route to their respective homes, after a business trip across the county several miles.

      The Evening News (Roanoke, VA); Volume 13, Number 54; 7 March 1906

      Senator and Mrs. James F, Beavers returned Monday from Hot Springs. Ark., where they have been for a month.

      Bluefield Daily Telegraph; June 6, 1912

      In the Fifth congressional district Democratic convention held at Huntinigton on Tuesday, Senator James F. Beavers was nominated for congress. Mr. Beavers was formerly of Welch, and has many friends here.

      Tazewell County Republican; June 06, 1912

      James F. Beavers, a Tazewell boy was given the empty honor of the democratic nomination for congress of the Fifth district on Tuesday at Huntinton, West VA.

      The Raleigh Herald [Beckley]; June 7, 1912

      Delegate to National Convention

      Ashton File, of this city, was elected as one of the two delegates to the Baltimore convention from the fifth congressional district, at Huntington last Tuesday.

      James F. Beavers, of Wayne county, a former member of the West Virginian senate, was nominated by the Democrats of the fifth congressional convention at Huntington on last Tuesday for congressman from this district.

    Person ID I19  Master File
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2017 

    Father Henry Harrison 
    Mother Phoebe J. BEAVERS,   b. Jan 1838, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    • Phoebe did not marry the father of her children. His name does not appear on any of their marriage records or death certificates, except for her youngest child, Mollie Rosa Beavers Pack. Her husband, John Riley Pack, gave her father's name as Henry Harrison. John had been close friends with her older brother James F. Pack since they were teenagers, so he knew the family well. He is a likely reliable source.

      Research in continuing on which Henry Harrison it is. At this time no DNA matches have been found from my mother on Ancestry with a Harrison cousin, so the father can't be confirmed.

      Virginia, Deaths, 1912-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.

      Name: Mrs Rosie Pack
      Gender: Female
      Race: White
      Age at Death: 46
      Birth Date: 24 Aug 1877
      Death Date: 31 Jan 1923
      Death Place: Richlands, Tazewell, Virginia
      Cause of Death: Peritonitis due to [illegible] pustules
      Registration Date: 12 Feb 1923
      Father: Henry Harrison
      Mother: Pheobie Brown [Beavers]
      Note: The last name is illegible and the transcriber made an educated guess.
      Spouse: John R Park [Pack]
      Certificate Number: 1923006115
      Informant: John R. Pack
    Family ID F1974  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Alice MCDONALD,   b. Abt 1870, Raleigh Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1912  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1893  Raleigh Co. WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • West Virginia Vital Records: Marriage


      Raleigh Co, WV Marriages, 1891-1901 transcribed by Pauline Haga, Year of 1893. 30 Aug 1893, James F. Beavers, age 28, born in Tazewell Co, VA, resident of McDowell Co, WV, married Mary Alice McDonald, age 23, born in Raleigh Co, WV. Married at Lewis McDonald's.
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F2057  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart