R.P. MORRIS Jr. b.1862, md. (1) Ellen Stamper (our G-Grandmother) in 1877 and (2) Margaret Galloway in 1881.(shown in picture above & helped 'Pearl' raise our Dad, Thomas E. Clark, Sr.). Uncle 'Uncle Pearl' (our G-Grandfather) is a legend in the SW Virginia area and plays are sometimes performed about him in a local theater. At abt. age 19 it was discovered that this modest and wise man could locate coal in the mountains by divining and was later hired by The Stonega Coke & Coal Co. to do just that. He was an expert marksman and always made his own guns. One such gun, a cap & ball muzzleloader is in the Southwest Museum in Big Stone Gap,VA, altho not always on display.
Noteworthy: Richard Pearl's half-bro Nathan 'Nacy' Morris, ( 1851-1943, age 91) moved to KY; was a man of much enterprise, had a large farm, was Republican and was deacon in the Baptist Church for many years. His son Jackson Morris (also an expert rifleman) graduated LL.B from George Washington Univ. in 1907, served in France during WWI, was Gen'l Pershing's chief disbursing officer for 8 mos., was appointed Adjutant-General for the State of KY from 1920-23 and in 1910 was speaker for the RNC and was in great demand as Republican campaign speaker throughout the country. His voice was said 'to touch every cord leading to the heart' and was in much demand for Liberty Bond drives and as a feature in the Old Chautagua Circuit.
L-R : Alpha E. Slemp; David C. Clarkston & Ira C. Clarkston
3 of 11 offspring of Thomas/Nancy (Weaver) Clarkston
|L-R: Granville Clarkston; McKinley
Clarkston (far right) with family; & Arca
off spring of David C. Clark/ston & Mary Ella (Morris) and siblings of Thomas E. Clark, Sr.
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