Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 70
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 70

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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What's In a Name? By J. C. Downing PRICE" This Welsh name was originally written ap Ris or ap Rhys and meant "son of the ardent one". The Welsh prefixes ap or ab had the same meaning as the Gaelic mac "son of". In many instances these prefixes have merged with the father's given name to form new surnames. Some of the earliest of the names were Jorwerth ap Keys, Arnold Appryce and Thomas Aprees who lived in ^London in the period 1393-1579. John Aprice lived in Pembroke in 1492. Ludovic Apprise lived in Brechin in 1496. Harry ap Rice was given 16 shillings fr«m Princess Mary's Privy Purse. London 1541. Burke's General Armory describes the various arms for the spellings Ab-Rhys, Aprice, Ap-Rice, Apryce, Price and Prices. In Virgina, Hugh Price and wife arrived in 1618-19 and John Price and wife were living in 1623 and held 150 acres in Henrico County in 1626 which their son, Mathew, inherited in 1638. Edward and William Price were in the colony in 1623. The following received large land grants for bringing new settlers from England: Arthur Price or Prise, 3,000 acres in 1642-54; Richard, son of Arthur, 600 acres in 1655; Hoell or Howell Price, 1,000 acres in 1656; James Price, 1300 acres in 1656-62; Jemkin Price or Pryce, 1,050 acres in 1652-55; Edward Price, 600 acres in 1661; and Thomas Pryce, unknown size, 1656. David, Walter and William Price were first noted in New England in the period 1636-57. WAGONER This is an occupational name in England, France and Germany. In Germany it appears as Wagner and the meaning is 'wheelmaker' or 'wheelwright'. In France it appears as Wagnor and Vagner in the Alsace-Lorraine region. In England the name is a late importation and the m e a n i n g is ' c a r t e r ' or 'wagon driver'. Some of these early Englishmen were Godenar le ( t h e ) Waghener, London 1417; John Wiggoner, Yorkshire 1563; James Waggoner, son of James Waggoner, christened at the Dutch Church in 1610, London, but registered in St. Dionis Backchurch; Anthony Wagner and Sarah Harby were married in St. George's Church, London 1808. Burke's General Armory describes the Wagner Arms. Four men, one Waggener, two Waggoners and one Wagnor, were officers in the American Revolutionary Army. The 1790 census records for the two Carolinas and Virginia lists the spellings Wagener. Wagginer, Waggi- nor, Waggoner, Waggonner, Wagner and Wagoner The Happiest, Happy Day Bv Harold C. Gadd Her classmates and the audience gave Mildred Asbury Moseley, 51, a standing ovation at the Morris Harvey College Commencement exercises last Sunday. She deserved it. As a classmate said later: "It wasn't a prearranged thing. I decided before the ceremony that when Mrs. Moseley's name was called, I was going to stand up." It turned out Mildred's other classmates were of the same mind. The Class of '74 knew what Mrs. Moseley's degree--AB with a dual major in Sociolo-- gy and English, summn cum laudc--represented. Many in the audience may not have, but when they saw Mrs. Moseley take her husband's arm and go forward to receive her degree, everyone quickly realized that, for this couple, here was a moment of supreme triumph over impossible odds. Mrs. Moseley is blind and has been blind since an automobile accident over 20 years ago. Her husband Jim is a heart invalid who has suffered repeated attacks, the last--possibly a cardiac arrest--on April 20 this year. At the Commencement, a trained nurse was standing by "just in case Old Dad needed help." In the State Magazine of Feb. 6, 1972, Kathie Briley described Mr. Mrs. James E. Moseley, their crippling disabilities and their ambitious goal: a college degree for Mildred to qualify her for social work "just in case." At that time, Mildred was only well embarked on an academic regimen--30 hours--but she had proved her determination by making the Dean's List. Ahead of her were impossibly difficult courses. Both she and Jim were dreading a physical science survey course that included astronomy and physics. Would it be impossible for someone who could not see? "I'll make it," Mildred said. She did! In fact, her test grade in physical science was only one point off a perfect score. After 20 hours of science, Mildred was selected for the National Science Honorary Society--and now has a ring to match her husband's, who until his disability forced his retirement, was on the staff of Union Carbide's Research and Development Division. Jim says: "She knows more about science than I do, now." Mildred also made the National English Honorary, and the National Sociology Honorary. Earlier this month, the day after Jim came out of the hospital from his latest heart attack, Mildred was given the history department's Honors Award for in-depth research. These,.then, were the achievements of a woman, who entered college after her children were grown, after she had lost her eyesight, after she had passed the years when knowledge comes quickly and is easily retained. There were many who shared her triumph. Jim said: "My eyes were streaming so much I had trouble leading us up to get her diploma." Immediately after The ceremonies, relatives, friends, and .classmates crowded around with cheers, thanks, congratulations, and best wishes. And Jim wasn't the only one with streaming eyes. That demonstration of affection didn't last as long as it might have, because the Moseley children had plans. Secretly, they had sent out about 200 RSVP invitations to a buffet dinner and reception celebrating their parents' victory. They whisked Mom and Old Dad off to a restaurant and for the next six hours, the Moseley's basked in love and friendship--and Old Dad did violence to his 800 calorie diet. Jim's mother, Mrs. Marie Moseley Cox of Richmond, Va., was there as were Mildred's sisters. Mrs. Ernestine Asbury Boggess of Ravenswood; and Mrs. Janice Asbury Bailey of Belpre, Ohio. Circulating among the more than 100 guests were^ the three Moseley children: Emily, Beverley and James E. n. There with her husband was Mrs. James Durrett, keeping a nurse's watchful eye on Old Dad. Working together, Mr. and Mrs. Moseley have won an almost miraculous victory,' but their labors are not ended. They are leaders in the Adult Bible Class at St. Marks Episcopal Church of St. Albans. Jim is president of the Men's Club there and sings in the choir. Mildred is into public speaking on "How the Blind Adjust'." Come fall, Jim has to go back to Cleveland fo'f open-heart surgery again... Readers who remember Kathie Briley's report in February, 1972, may be wondering how Winnie, Mildred's Seeing Eye dog, survived the rigors of higher education. .Well, Winnie is still around, but age is taking its toll. She can't make it up the steps now and her'kidneys are failing. The Moseleys are keeping in touch with the Seeing 1 Eye Dog School, because Mildred eventually will have to go back there for another helper. "But," says Jim, "we aren't writing off Old White Whiskers yet. She's still family." Mrs. Moselev and Winnie in photo taken for Brilev report in February. 1972. 4m CHARLESTON, W: VA. Ma\' 19. 1974. Stmclnv fiaz

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