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Wayne County West Virginia Biography of George MASSIE

         George MASSIE, son of John and Emeline (Stewart) Massie, was born in Butler district, Wayne county, October 4, 1846. In Rockville, Kentucky, he married Sarah Frances, daughter of James H. and Susan (Buskirk) Clay. She was born in Butler district, Wayne county, March 11, 1854, and became his wife on the October 2, 1870. Five children are the sunshine of their home: Mary E., born September 13, 1871; Orpha M., January 21, 1874; Frederick, September 25, 1876; Norman, January 14, 1879; and Columbia, August 10, 1881. The father of Mr. Massie was born July 4, 1826, at Burks Garden, Russell county, Virginia, and his mother was born in Lawrence county, Kentucky. His wife’s father was born in Pocahontas county, (now) West Virginia, and her mother in Wayne county. Her mother died in 1865.

         Mr. and Mrs. Massie have been exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 15 years. He has a farm in Butler district, and for the past six years has carried on the entire coal mining business at Hubbardstown, averaging about sixty-five thousand bushels per year. The Hubbardstown coal works are situated near the mouth of Big Hurricane, a tributary of Big Sandy river, 18 miles from where it empties into the Ohio River. There are five veins of the coal, the upper vein 2 feet in thickness, the second 4 feet, the third 2 and one-half feet, the fourth 2 feet, and the fifth 7 feet, all an excellent quality of coal. George Massie’s post office address is Hubbardstown, Wayne county, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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