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.

My most recent e-mail had to do with Dr. David Feurest from the University of North Carolina, the archaeologist who explored the area of Clover Bottom years ago, during the time Sanders was writing his book. I’d be glad to hear from him in any capacity.

The log house occupied by Ruth Bryant Stinson served at an earlier time as the store and post office of a man named Daniel Kegley , making it thus the first location of the community named Kegley. at the center of Clover Bottom.

Kegley, the man, died on September 16, 1893. His occupation was listed as farmer and he died of heart trouble. He was born in Wythe County, Va. and served in Capt. Richard Foley’s Confederate militia company the Flat Top Copperheads.

The 1850 Census showed Zachariah Fellers in the household of George W. Pearis and his occupation listed as “Cab.” short for cabinet-maker. Paearis operated the general store and tavern at the corner of Main and Walker streets, the future location of the Law Building, across from the courthouse.

Ruth Stinson’s father, Jim Bryant, Sr., was chief farm boss for Albert Reynolds , Sr. nicknamed “Prince Albert” for his resemblance to the figurehead on the famous brand of tobacco named after Quenn Victoria’s Prince Consort. He also was the chief trainer and keeper of the large collection of Walker Hounds kept by Reynolds in his capacity as all-time dean of all Mercer County foxhound owners and hunters.

By the time of the Civil War, all that area was known as Clover Bottom.

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