Jehu Summers and son, David Crockett Summers, lives span from 1776 to 1936.
and a a it by did wondered Connellys service or arrived. grade of the it. the let in so from Today-Clay County Summerses Historical By SHIRLEY DONNELLY G. Charles Summers, a Gauley Bridge reader, has sent an interesting memo on the Summers family of Clay County and adjoining areas. In it mention is made of David Crocket Summers, one of the early progenitors of Prof. Festus Summers, long the head of the Department of History of West Virginia University at Morgantown. One thing of interest concerning David Crocket Summers was the fact that his life and that of his father, Jehue Summers, spanned the entire history of Clay County from colonial times up to the day of the death of David Crocket Summers when he was in the last decade of a century of life. David Crocket Summers lived at Wallback in Clay county. One of the customs of tie old gentleman, even after he was around 90, was to make an annual pilgrimage to the grave of his father at Camp Creek, a place that was in Kanawha County when Jehue Summers settled there. Later it was in Nicholas County when that political subdivision was formed in 1818. When Clay County was created in 1848 it was cut off from Nicholas to help make the county that was named for the "great "Peacemaker" as the senator from Kentucky was called. JEHUE SUMMERS was born in Germany in 1776 and was. brought to this country at the age of seven. His family founded a home in Bath County, Va. When the War of 1812 broke out, Jehue Summers enlisted in the American army. He was in ! the Battle of New Orleans of Jan. 8, 1815. when Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British force under the command of Gen. Edward Pakenham. Summers married Johanna Davis who bore him 13 children. After Mrs. Johanna Davis Summers died, Jehue Summers married a second time. His second wife was Mariam Cazuald. Seven children were born to this second union of the old German. OUT OF DEFERENCE for Ms commander at the Battle of New Orleans, Jehue Summers named one of his sons Andrew Jackson Summers. Another was named Thomas Benton, who was General Jackson's aide-de-camp and who had raised a regiment of which he was appointed colonel. He fought a duel with Andrew Jackson in which neither man was seriously injured. For 30 years he was United States senator from Missouri. When Richard F. Tyree operated the Old Stone House as a tavern over near Clifftop, Sen. Thomas Hart Benton was a frequent guest as he traveled to and from Washington via -the stagecoach lines which operated over the James River and Kanawha Turnpike through south central West Virginia as we know it today. Another son of Jehue Summers by his second wife was George Clark Summers, named for Gen. George Rogers Clark, (1752-1815) of Cow Pasture River in Virginia, whose 178- man army won for us the mid- west in the Revolutionary War. Some of Clark's men later settled here in Raleigh County. One of them was Daniel Shumate, one of the charter members of Coal Marsh Baptist Church (organized 1836), oldest church of any faith or denomination in Raleigh County. Another, and a fourth, son of Jehue Summers's second marriage was David Crocket Summers. He was named for David Crockett (1786-1836), famous frontiersman from Tennessee, who had served under Jackson in the war against the Creek Indians. This was one of the heroes of the Alamo in 1836, when Gen. Santa Anna and his Mexicans captured and killed Crockett along with the others taken. IT WAS FROM David Crocket Summers that Dr. Festus P. Summers of the West Virginia University is descended. From the fondness of Jehue Summers, father of David Crocket Summers, for historical characters it is easy to see how one of blood line descendants, Dr. Festus P. Summers, went in history in a big way. Dr. Summers was a Phi Kappa student in his chosen field of study who went on to earn a doctorate in it. His have been received in this column as a salute to the eminent scholar who is an old friend. Dr. Summers succeeded Dr. Charles H. Ambler as head the Department of History. It was Dr. Ambler who did his best to teach a little history its methods to me. JEHUE SUMMERS lived at the mouth of Board Tree on Twenty Mile Creek for a time. He had a bear gun that was made at Hugheston, (W.Va.J 1814. He lived awhile at the mouth of Camp Creek where he died April S, 184, a vear the day before Appomattox. His body was moved on a sled to his old home where was laid to rest. Speaking of bis bear gun was made at Hugheston, it is reported that wild life was then so plentiful in the neck of the woods where Jehue Summers spent his declining years that was not considered noteworthy to bag a half dozen bears or dozen deer on a single day. SPEAKING OF TWO lives -those of a father and son -spanning an era, I never of but one similar couple. were J. A. (Joshua) McKinney (Aug. 15, 1874-Aug. 4 t 1962) and his father. Josh's father was born when George Washington was serving his first term as President and Josh McKinney died when John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Josh McKinney was born when his father was past 92 years of age. .Mrs. Martin E. Coleraan of Oak Hill is the daughter of Joshua McKinney. I married Josh McKinney his second wife and officiated at Josh's funeral on Aug. I married him and Mrs. Mary E. Tread way, a widow, on May 7, 1938.