Vincent and Eliza Alexander Hurst

Vincent and Eliza Alexander Hurst

Vincent Hurst, son of John and Winny Hurst, was born April 1, 1820, and died June 20, 1893 in Lewis County, West Virginia, buried Point Pleasant Cemetery. He married Eliza Alexander July 11, 1857 in Lewis County, (West) Virginia, daughter of Vincent Alexander and Mary Winans. She was born August 22, 1829 in Freeman's Creek, (West) Virginia, and died May 19, 1895 in Hurst, Lewis County, West Virginia of organic heart disease (Source: Lewis County Death Book 2, Page 162.). When daughter-in-law Mary Olive died soon after her baby Zoe was born, Vincent and Eliza took care of the baby until his death the next spring. Descendants say Eliza had red hair. Vincent served on the jury of the murder trial of Richard Dowell who was found guilty of the Christmas Eve 1875 murder of  John R. West and his son Edmund. Eliza and Vincent were buried at Point Pleasant Baptist Cemetery, Cove District, Doddridge County, also known as Sycamore Cemetery and Fallen Timbers Cemetery. At one time there was a Baptist Church there.

There is a birth record for Sarah Williams born July 19, 1856 in Lewis County, (West) Virginia  that says her parents are Vincent Hurst and Margaret West . (Source: Lewis County Birth Records, Vol. I, Page 30, Published by Hacker's Creek Press 1995). Nothing more is known about this child. There is no explanation why the child's surname would be Williams and the mother's surname is West.
Children of Vincent Hurst and Eliza Alexander are: Minor Hurst, born October 14, 1857 in Lewis County, West Virginia, died March 17, 1947 in Linn, Gilmer County, West Virginia of congestive heart failure, buried at Hurst Cemetery, married (1) Mary Olive Williams September 21, 1890 in Lewis County, West Virginia, born 1876; died 1892 in Lewis County, West Virginia of tuberculosis, married (2) Rosa C. Oldaker September 23, 1894 in Gilmer County, West Virginia; born April 12, 1872; died August 1908 in Lewis County, West Virginia, married (3) Luverna "Vernie" White August 30, 1906 in Lewis County, West Virginia. Minor was a school teacher. Olive had tuberculosis when she married Minor. Rosa left him with five small children when she died and Luverna didn't stay very long. The children felt when they were older that she simply couldn't handle the instant family. In 1920, at age 62, Minor was in a rooming house. In 1930, he was living with daughter Elva Ola Dunson and family in Meade District, Upshur County. Right: Minor and children, Beury, Hood, Nola and Elva.

Child of Minor and Mary Williams Hurst: Zoe Hurst, born 1891 in Lewis County; died March 2, 1892 in Lewis County, West Virginia of pneumonia or infantile fever. Buried Straight Run Cemtery at Hurst. After Olive's death, Zoe's grandparents took care of the infant until he died the next year.

Children of Minor Hurst and Rosa Oldaker are: Iotie "Otie" Hurst, born November 26, 1895 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died April 8, 1969 in Florida. She married John "Lynn" Howard; Bryan "Hood" Hurst, born October 26, 1896 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia; died November 10, 1987 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio; Lease "Levi" Hurst, born March 6, 1898 in Lewis County, West Virginia, died September 4, 1898 in Lewis County of cholera. Buried Hurst Cemetery. The name is also seen as Leo; Benjamin "Beury" H. K. Hurst, born March 11, 1899 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died March 10, 1979 in Florida; Elva Ola Hurst, born June 6, 1901 in Churchville, Lewis County, West Virginia; died December 14, 1988; Neva Nola Hurst, born August 6, 1903 in Finks Creek, Lewis County, West Virginia; died March 19, 1995. She married Charles Talbott September 24, 1924 in Lewis County, West Virginia

(Hurst Cemetery in Lewis County and Straight Run Cemetery is the same cemetery. It is located on a hill overlooking the land where John Hurst's cabin was built along Straight Run. There is also a cemetery further up the road at the Liberty Church known as Liberty Cemetery. Access to the Liberty Cemetery is difficult.)

ii. Washington Hurst, born June 8, 1859 in Lewis County, West Virginia, died circa 1860 in Lewis County, West Virginia. Nocemetery record. Probalby buried at Straight Run.

iii. Whitson Henry "Whit" Hurst, born June 8, 1859 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died January 1925 in Lakeland, Florida. Buried McPelah Cemetery. He married Amanda C. Starcher 1881; born 1854; died February 12, 1914 in Lewis County, West Virginia. Children of Whitson Hurst and Amanda Starcher are Della Hurst, born November 1881 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died August 28, 1907 in Lewis County of tuberculosis. Buried at MacPelah Cemetery and Clyde Hurst, born March 15, 1886 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died October 17, 1940.

iv. Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hurst, born July 4, 1861 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died September 19, 1940 in Lewis County. West Virginia. She married George Columbus "Lum" Starcher December 22, 1891 in Lewis County, West Virginia, born December 10, 1865 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died 1944. George and Lizzie lived at Hurst.  Children of Mary Hurst and George Starcher are: Nora Adeline Starcher, born September 3, 1894 in Finks Creek, Lewis County, West Virginia; died August 30, 1975 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia. Zora Elma Starcher, born October 22, 1897 in Hurst, Lewis County, West Virginia, died February 21, 1995 in Jane Lew, Lewis County, West Virginia. Buried at Point Pleasant Baptist Cemetery. Zora worked in a defense plant in Baltimore, Maryland during World War II; Bessie Velma Starcher, born March 16, 1902 in Hurst, Lewis County, West Virginia; died September 11, 1980 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia. Buried at Point Pleasant Baptist Cemetery. She married Hugh Joseph Cahill October 11, 1946; born 1875; died June 5, 1951.

v. William Ewell "Bill" Hurst, born October 10, 1863 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died July 17, 1928 in Hurst, Lewis County, West Virginia. Buried Liberty Cemetery. Bill Hurst, single, lived with his brother John "Rezin" at Hurst. (There are no birth records in Lewis County for the years 1862 through 1864.)

vi. Emily H. "Emma" Hurst born October 3, 1866 in Fink's Creek, Lewis County, West Virginia, died November 1931 in Buried at Liberty Cemetery. She married Christopher Columbus Frymyer January 1, 1896 in near Vadis, Lewis County, West Virginia, born June 2, 1861; died October 18, 1931 in Buried at Liberty Cemetery, Lewis County. Emma was born in a log cabin. It is believed that her parents lived in the cabin that her grandfather John Hurst built about 1810 on Straight Run.  Emma and Christopher were married between Hurst and Vadis, Lewis County, on horseback. Christopher farmed near Hurst. There was a baseball field on his farm that was a popular place for the community on Sunday afternoons. Once in awhile, the church ladies would hold an ice cream social there. On Sunday, Oct. 18, 1931, son, Cecil took his parents for a ride in his new car. Just outside of Normantown, the car slid in loose gravel on a curve and crashed into a boulder killing Christopher. Emma died November 11, 1931 from injuries she received in the accident. Children of Emily Hurst and Christopher Frymyer are: Cecil Frymyer, born January 5, 1899; died June 5, 1964, married Bethel Cantwell. Cecil was living in Vandalia in 1951; Rella Frymyer, born March 1897; died in Nutter Fort, Harrison County, West Virginia. She married Lewis Clark Lowther. Rella was living in Clarksburg in 1951, she operated the Lowther Store in Nutter Fort and on June20, 1984, Mayor John W. Carter presented her with a certificate of appreiation as Outstanding Senior Citizen of Nutter Fort; Estie Frymyer, born October 19, 1901 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died July 16, 1994 in Jane Lew, Lewis County, buried at Stonewall Park Cemetery,  married Kennes Whitehead. Estie was single and living in Clarksburg in 195; Dollie Frymyer, born February 8, 1903 in Hurst, Lewis County, West Virginia, buried Liberty Cemetery.

vii. John Reason/Rezin Hurst, born July 20, 1869 in Finks Creek, Lewis County, West Virginia; died 1919 in Buried at Liberty Cemetery. He married Florence V. Blake January 1, 1896 in near Vadis, Lewis County, West Virginia; born January 3, 1874; died July 11, 1950. John "Rezin" and Florence are buried at Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery on Straight Run near Hurst, Lewis County. Rezin and Florence lived in a log house at Hurst. In later years they lived in Clarksburg, Harrison County. Rezin operated a tavern/dance hall next to the Hurst (Straight Run) Cemetery. Saturday night dances were well attended from a large area. There is some gossip that Rezin and his crowd were pretty wild. Florence was remembered as a great cook. Children of John Hurst and Florence Blake are: David Roscoe "Ross" Hurst who served in the U.S. Army duirng World War I. His father called him Major. They didn't get along. Ross never visited his father on the few occassions when he returned to Lewis County and Lora "Hazel" Hurst, born August 7, 1900 in Lewis County, West Virginia; died December 16, 1923  in childbirth, buried at Liberty Cemetery.