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Willis Graydon Boggs
and Mae Virginia Nelson

Willis Graydon Boggs b 7 Jul 1923 Orr, Elliott Co KY d 17 Apr 1983 Ashland, Boyd Co KY; s/o John Milton Boggs and Hattie Pennington. Willis Graydon Boggs m. 9 Sept 1942 Grayson, Carter Co KY to Mae Virginia Nelson b 11 Jun 1918 Huntington, Cabell Co WV d 29 Dec 2000 Huntington, Cabell Co WV; buried Zora Cemetery, Milton, WV; d/o Elmer William Nelson and Lola Mae Johnson. Children of Willis Graydon Boggs and Mae Virginia Nelson;

1. James L Boggs (thanks to James L Boggs for submitting information for this family on 2 Jul 2009 in our guestbook).

2. Male Boggs

3. Male Boggs

4. Female Boggs; m. Male Williamson; m. (2) Male Wakefield; m. (3) Male Patton; m. (4) Male Marang

(Source: Barbara Jacobs - blacklickmachine@insight-bc.com)

Willis Graden Boggs

Willis Graden Boggs was the youngest of 20 children with his twin Glenn. His father died when he was eight years old. Shortly after the passing of his dad, his mother lost the farm. He really did not have a home after that. He stayed with different brothers and sisters. Because of he freqquent moves he was unable to attend school regularly, so he quit school in the eighth grade. While living with his sister Leana and her husband Charlie Howard in Huntington, West Virginia; he met his wife Mae Nelson while driving a laundry delivery truck. They eloped in Grayson, Kentucky. Shortly after they were married, he went to Akron, Ohio to work for Goodyear at an aircraft factory during World War II. It took him a while to earn enough money to rent a room and send for Mae to live with him. While in Akron he purchased an old car that needed much work which he did himself to get it running. Thier apartment building on Bowery Street burned down.. He and his wife then moved back to Ashland Kentucky where he gained employment with Armco Steel where he worked from 1946 - 1981. He also continued to gain education through several correspondence courses in subjects such as Carpentry and Electronics. Through these courses and the abilty anything that was broke, Willis could fix. He sanded floors, worked on furnaces, fixed cars. Only mechanic around tound who worked on automatic transmissions. He also worked on outboard motors. His wife always got on him because he never charged enough for his work, and his reply was always "I couldn't charge more than I would want to pay if it were mine" He loved to fish, was a member of the Westwood Christian Baptist Church, and the most honest man around.

Mae Nelson was affected a great deal by the Great Depression. She watched her Dad look for work and couldn't find it. She took a job at the Blue Jay sewing factory along with her mother and sister to help support the family. When it came time to go back to school her family became upset at her because she quit her job to graduate from Huntington High School. She then went on to graduate from Huntington Business College. She met and married Willis Grayden Boggs in Grayson Ky. She went to live with him in Akron shortly there after. While in Akron their apartment burned on Bowery Street. when they moved back after world war II. They moved first to a house on Hart St. in ashland Ky. Then moved to an appartment over a store on the corner of Belefontre Road and Main St. in westwood just outside of Ashland. She blamed Hoover for the depression and hated him so much that she wouldn't live on Hoover St. or even buy a Hoover vacuum cleaner. After her 4 children were raised and gone from home she went back to school and became a beautician, she had her son Allen build a beauty shop on the front Pourch of their house which she named The Beauty Spot. She ran the shop for several years. Women called and wanted her to work even after she was too sick with cancer to do so.

(Source: Barbara Jacobs - blacklickmachine@insight-bc.com)

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