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African American coal miners - Family Reunion

Hello All
Since Tim has started this ongoing saga about black coal miners, I thought that I would take this time out to advertise my family reunion that we hold every year in West Virginia. Here is the long and short of it:
Several families left Pittsylvania, Henry, Cambell, and surrounding VA Counties in the late 1800's - early 1900's to work in the coal mine. Word got back to the farmers in VA that life was better in WV and there was not as much segregation as in VA. My great great great uncle Henry Davis was the first one that we know about who ventured out, scouted out the land, and then sent for the rest of the clan. As a result, we have formed the Henry Davis Family Reunion which celebrates the collected families and relationships between the following families:
Davis
Walton
Hundley
Holt
Bennett
Panell
Heath
In addition to the main families listed above, we also cultivate and cherish our relationships with the Hollys, Carters, and Brandons.
All of these families lived together in Coopers/Bramwell, WV and as the coal mining industry changed, members ventured out to Beckley, WV, Charleston, WV and even to the PA mines.
In June 2005, we will celebrate our 30th family reunion at the Pipestem Resort in Pipestem, WV and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation. It is my goal to try and tie together as many loose ends as possible and present the family with the most comprehensive history to date.
Thanks to all of you for your continued help with clues and leads. If you wish to know more about our family or exchange info, let me know.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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