Jeff Harvey

Before we continue with our look at what William Sanders II had to say in his book “A New River Heritage, Volume IV”, (McClain Publishing, 1994), I want to say thanks again to the people who have commented either face-to-face or via e-mail about the column. The compliments are welcome and I’ll do my best to address any specific questions you may have.

I made a mistake in saying that the Clover Bottom story was over last week, because, after I concluded my column last week I found more that Sanders wrote in this book under the title “A Later Chapter at Old Clover Bottom”.

It started with a description of the Shiloh Methodist Church located adjacent to, and southward of, the Clay cabin. It was established in the 1850s along with sister churches Bethel and Pisgah and stood with its two front doors until burning down in 1924, after which it merged with the Kegley Methodist Church.

In his research, Sanders talked to several people about their memories of both the church and the Clay cemetery, including Pauline Elmore, William Wade, William Honaker, Robert Honaker, Eugene Honaker, Elouise Bowling and sisters Elizabeth Yost and Lottie Sneed.

Mrs. Yost and Mrs. Sneed said the last burial in the Clay cemetery was Victor Brown, uncle of the present George Pearis Brown, in 1924. When the Snidows acquired the property, Conley Snidow refused to allow any more burials in the cemetery. A pair of sisters, the McPhersons were buried on the adjacent property of Granger Wimmer.

At the time of the McPherson burials, “Uncle Dan’l” Day , whose home sat on the location of the present-day George Pearis Brown home, which itself had been built by Conley and Mabel Snidow, owned the property where the cemetery was located.\

According to Mrs.Yost, her second husband (she had three, all of whom she outlived) Aaron Thompson, told her that his father had told him that the first settler of Lashmeet was a man with the last name “DeLashmeet”.

The Clover Branch Road is on the other side of Clover Bottom from the present Route 10 and served as the primary road to Lashmeet and Matoaka before Route 10.

On that road stands the Lake View Presbyterian Church with the Calfee Cemetery beside it. The Calfee family was the first family of Gladesville and James Calfee’s cabin was where the plans for Princeton and Mercer County were laid out. Calfee later relocated to Cabin Branch Road in the area now called Lake Bottom, where his descendants still are prominent.

Another branch of the family intermarried with the Richard Bailey family and moved to Green Valley near the present Mercer Mall. A Calfee School existed on Cabin Branch Road.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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