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John Boggs
and Rebecca Horton

John Boggs b 31 Aug 1847 VA d 26 Apr 1927 Wise Co VA; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Wise Co VA; s/o William "Devil Bill" Boggs and Rebecca Shepherd. John Boggs m. 25 Dec 1866 Wise Co VA to Rebecca J Horton b 6 Feb 1847 Lee Co VA d 10 Dec 1920 Wise Co VA; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Wise Co VA; d/o M Horton and Callie Dotson. Children of John Boggs and Rebecca Horton;

I. Dollie Boggs

II. Mary Jane Boggs b 2 Jul 1868 Wise Co VA d 29 Aug 1917 Wise Co VA; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Wise Co VA; m. 9 Aug 1889 (in John Boggs home) Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA to Henry Brummett b 25 Sept 1868 Eolia, Letcher Co KY d 21 Feb 1944 McRoberts, Letcher Co KY; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA; Children of Henry Brummett and Mary Jane Boggs;

1. Chester "Ted" Brummett b 5 JUL 1905 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

2. Ida Elvira Brumit b 4 MAR 1893 Indian Creek, Wise Co VA

3. James Orbin Brummett b 18 DEC 1894 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

4. Cora Ann Brumit b 22 JUN 1890 Indian Creek, Wise Co VA

5. Verna Brummett b 9 FEB 1898 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

6. Johnny Brummett b 20 MAY 1902 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

7. Julia Belle Brummett b 21 NOV 1899 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

8. Docta Brummett b 6 JUN 1907 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

9. Hobart Brummett b 22 SEP 1896 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

10. William S. Brummett b 10 FEB 1892 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Wise Co VA

III. William "Willie" Boggs b 20/21 Oct 1869/70 Wise Co VA d 25 Aug 1953 Cox Hollow, Indian Creek, Wise Co VA; buried 28 Aug 1953 Boggs Cemetery, Wise Co VA; m. 2 Apr 1892 to Martha Jane Short b Mar 1878 Cox Hollow, Indian Creek, Wise Co VA d 8 Jul 1962 Cox Hollow, Indian Creek, Wise Co VA; buried 10 Jul 1862 Boggs Cemetery, Cox Hollow, Wise Co VA; d/o Henry Lewis Short and Sarah Levina Riggs.

IV. James Nelson Boggs b 20 Oct 1872 Wise Co VA d 20 Dec 1951 Wise Co VA; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Wise Co VA; m. 22 Oct 1897 Wise Co VA to Nancy Ardelia Hubbard b 6 Jul 1880 Wise Co VA d 29 May 1939 Wise Co VA; buried Riley Mullins Cemetery, Wise Co VA; d/o Jesse Hubbard and Nancy Boggs.

V. Phoebe E Boggs b 19 Mar 1874 Mullins Fork, Bold Camp, Russell Co VA

VI. Silas Boggs b 13 Oct 1879 Wise Co VA d 27 Dec 1943; buried 29 Dec 1943 Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Dewey, Wise Co VA; m. 13 May 1902 Wise Co VA to Susan Lavada Hubbard b 11 Feb 1883 Pound, Wise Co VA d 27 Nov 1964 Wise Co VA; buried 29 Nov 1964 Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Dewey, Wise Co VA; d/o  Jesse Hubbard and Nancy Boggs.

VII. Elbert Monroe Boggs b 8 Dec 1885 VA


The "A." in John's name was taken from the entry for his family in the 1870 Wise County Census. The initial does not appear in any other record on John, but it is retained to help distinguish him from the numerous other John Boggs. John was a farmer. He lived on the right fork of Bold Camp, where all his children were born. His log house stood for a long time in a bottom on the property later owned by his son, Monroe, and currently by his grandson, Lester (Big Oop). Eventually only the chimney remained standing and Lester tore it down sometime in the 1980's as a safety precaution to prevent it from possibly falling on his grandchildren who played in the area. Five children of John A. and Rebecca Horton Boggs were victims of a tragic dysentery epidemic which struck in Wise County in late 1884. The children died during a period of eight days from September 21, 1884 through September 28, 1884. Dysentery was often called "flux." Lester Elverson "Big Oop" Boggs recently told me of some wise advice that his grandfather, John A. Boggs, gave him when he was a little boy. John said, "Any man you meet knows something worthwhile, and if you treat him right, you will know it, too." John's grandson, Ted Brummett, who grew up on the head of the right fork of Bold Camp, a few miles above John's farm, had fond memories of his grandfather. Ted used to help with the chores around the farm when he was a small boy and recalled the sound advice and warm affection his grandfather gave him.

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