Melvin Burton Tolliver
and Arminda A Baker

Tombstone of Melvin Burton Tolliver
Melvin Burton Tolliver b 6 Sept 1847 Lee Co VA d 19 Jan 1941 Letcher Co KY; s/o Henry Burton Tolliver and Nancy Arnette Coretta Privett. Melvin Burton Tolliver m. 4 Feb 1870 Letcher Co KY to Arminda A Baker b 9 Feb 1854 Letcher Co KY d 2 Mar 1917 Letcher Co KY; buried Baker Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; d/o Elijah Willis Baker and Mary S Polly Yonts. Children of Melvin Burton Tolliver and Arminda A Baker;

1. Elijah Lincoln Link Tolliver b 1870 Letcher Co KY d 26 Oct 1930 Knott Co KY; m. 10 Feb 1891 Letcher Co KY to Rebecca Cook b 22 Feb 1873 d 29 Aug 1933; d/o Ewens Cook and Mary Poppy Collins.

2. Elliot Burton Litewell Tolliver b 21 Sep 1871 Letcher Co KY d 22 Dec 1933 Letcher Co KY; m. 12 Jul 1894 Letcher Co KY to Henrietta Ritter Wright b 21 Sept 1876 Letcher Co KY d 15 Oct 1961; d/o William S Bill Wright Luntz and Lettisha Lettie Bates.

3. Ulysses S Grant Dude Tolliver b 21 Apr 1874 Letcher Co KY d 22 May 1941 Democrat, Letcher Co KY; m. 1891 to Martha Cook b 24 Mar 1869 Democrat, Letcher Co KY d 2 Sept 1913 Democrat, Letcher Co KY. Ulysses S Grant Dude Tolliver m. 1916 to Olie Gibson b 1889 d 11 Sept 1984 Pike Co KY; d/o Joseph Gibson and Elizabeth Liza Niece.

4. James D Jim Tolliver (Sheriff) b 21 Apr 1876 Letcher Co KY d 6 May 1922 Letcher Co KY of typhoid; m. 1898 Florence Quillen b 25 Nov 1884 Letcher Co KY d 18 Feb 1923 Letcher Co KY; d/o Wiley Webb Quillen and Sarah Sally Holbrook.

5. Sampson Hillard Tolliver b 9 May 1878 Letcher Co KY d 1 Sept 1935 Letcher Co KY; m. 31 Jul 1901 to Lizzie Bates. Sampson Hillard Tolliver m. 1927 to Myrtle Sis Isaacs b 15 May 1897

6. Francis Marion Tolliver b 7 Mar 1880 Letcher Co KY d 7 Jan 1919 Letcher Co KY; m. 8 Feb 1899 Letcher Co KY to Sarah Ann Potter b 28 Dec 1884 Letcher Co KY d 19 Feb 1959 Letcher Co KY; d/o William Henry Potter and Didema Hall.

7. D Harvey Tolliver b Apr 1882 Letcher Co KY d 1960; m. 1901 Mary Polly

8. Mary Tolliver b 20 Oct 1883 Letcher Co KY d 12 Mar 1922 Neon KY of typhoid; m. (2) to William Ervin Wright b 16 Feb 1880 Letcher Co KY d 31 Mar 1961 Pike Co KY. Mary Tolliver m. 1898 to (1) Ben Craft.

9. Wiley Van Buren Tolliver b 19 Nov 1885 Letcher Co KY d 6 Jun 1954 Letcher Co KY; m. 6 Nov 1902 Letcher Co KY to Flora Quillen b 11 Jun 1886 Letcher Co KY d 25 Apr 1942 Jackhorn, Letcher Co KY; buried Tolliver Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; d/o Wiley Webb Quillen and Sarah Sally Holbrook.

10. Henry B Tolliver b 13 Oct 1887 Letcher Co KY d 3 Jan 1911 Letcher Co KY; m. 18 Jun 1906 to Elizabeth Liz Everage b 27 Jan 1889 Letcher Co KY d 14 Feb 1964 Letcher Co KY

11. Julia Belle Tolliver b 10 Aug 1889 Letcher Co KY d 29 Sept 1967 Letcher Co KY; m. 18 Mar 1906 to Howard Lewis Lute Hall b 16 Oct 1858 d 10 Jul 1946; s/o John William Hall and Margaret Peggy Keene. Howard Lewis Lute Hall m. 12 Nov 1884 to Eveline Quillen b Feb 1865 d 2 Sept 1905; d/o James Quillen and Elizabeth Hall.

12. Willie Elcaney Tolliver b 26 Apr 1891 Letcher Co KY d abt 1975; m. (1) to Edna Unknown. Willie Elcaney Tolliver m. 26 Jun 1906 to Otilena Ottie Fulton; d/o John Fulton and Rosa B Rosie Adams. Willie Elcaney Tolliver m. 10 Aug 1924 to Peggy Isaacs b 30 Mar 1893 Floyd Co KY d 1 Oct 1963 Letcher Co KY; d/o Reuben Isaacs and Nancy Hall. Peggy Isaacs m. (1) to Jefferson Davis Hall b May 1867 Floyd Co KY d 4 Apr 1924 KY; s/o John H Hog John Hall and Sarah Sally Johnson. Jefferson Davis Hall m. 1890 to Rosaline Johnson; d/o Pleasant Johnson and Anna Burke.

13. Willis D Tolliver b Jun 1893 Letcher Co KY d 1958; m. 1913 to Lucinda Smith

14. Emma Alice Tolliver b 10 Feb 1895 Letcher Co KY d 22 Feb 1899


Obituary of Melvin Burton Tolliver
23 January, 1941, Thursday Evening Edition
Mt. Eagle Newspaper, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY
Uncle Melvin Tolliver Passes Away
At The Age of 94 Years

Letcher County and the upper River Section lost one of its oldest and finest citizens last Sunday. Uncle Melvin Tolliver, well-known and life-long citizen, with county-wide connection, passed away at his home on Meadow Fork of Millstone, last Sunday, January 19, (1941). He was born September 6, 1847, and was ninety-three years of age at the time of his passing. He was connected to leading families of this section by blood and marriage relationship and there are but few of the older citizens in the county but what did not know Uncle Melvin Tolliver

He came to Letcher County at the age of three with his father and mother, L. H. B. and Nettie A. Tolliver, they having moved from Grayson County, North Carolina. His parents first settled on Rockhouse, but shortly after moved to near the section where he lived all his life and where he passed away.

Many years ago, he met and married Arminda Baker, the daughter of the well-known and late Elijah Baker, one of the county's best ministers and one who, in his day, had few equals and who traveled far and wide preaching Christ. To Melvin and Arminta Tolliver were born fourteen children, six still living, eight having passed on. Those that have preceded their father in death were the late sheriff, James Tolliver; merchant Sam Tolliver; Link Tolliver, who lived in Knott County; Mary Wright, late wife of Ervin Wright, merchant of Neon; L. Bert Tolliver, of Rockhouse; Marion Tolliver and Henry Tolliver and one little girl, Alice, who died in infancy. Those who survive their father are U. S. Tolliver of Democrat; Dock, who lives in Knott County; Wiley of Jackhorn; Julia Hall, Dean; Willie, a merchant of Hemphill and Willis, former Police Judge of Neon. Besides these he leaves many grand-children and great-grand-children and hosts of friends and relatives to mourn his passing.

Uncle Melvin was one of our old land marks of that sturdy pioneer stock that early settled these hills and lived a quiet life, never seeking the applause of the world but went on his simple way. He had many, many friends and never an enemy. All who knew him loved him and he was a friend of friends. While he never became a member of any church, he was a strong believer in Christ and spent most of his time reading the Scriptures. He had ordinarily good health for a man of his age up until the last little while, having taken dinner with his son, Willie, at Hemphill, but he contracted the flu and pneumonia and it was expected that at his age he could not survive the sickness.

Final funeral services were held at his home Monday by Elders N. W. Meade and W. S. Tolliver, after which his tired, worn-out body was laid to rest by the side of his wife who had preceded him in death some several years, to rest until the Resurrection Morning. Craft Funeral Home was in charge.


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