Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday (NOT)

I know it's Tombstone Tuesday, but I am anxious to post a link to a wonderful website with tons of information about Coote's Store, Virginia.

Carolyn, owner of the site, has graciously given me permission to post this on this blog and provide a link to her wonderful website! Thank you, Carolyn!

This area, where Coote's Store is, is where some of my Hoover family were born and raised. Carolyn has posted photos, stories written by schoolchildren, history, and much more!

To give you a little taste of what you will find here, the following was written by 13 year old Mabel E. Turner:

"The little village of Cootes Store is located at the junction of the roads leading from Broadway to Ft. Seybert W. Va. and from Dayton to the Orkney Spring Grade.

Old documents show that the village is built either on the Trumbo or Brock grant of land, which was issued by the English from Williamsburg about the year 1760.

There are several old buildings still standing but we are not able to find out when they were built. The Cootes house was built in 1834 by Samuel L. Cootes, who came to this section from Pennsylvania.

A post office was established about a year after Mr. Cootes settled here. He was appointed postmaster. From this point mail was distributed for miles including Brocks Gap country. It was the home of Mr. Gailey, the first mail carrier to Ft. Seybert. The mail was carried on horse back."

Please take a few moments and visit. You can find it here:



Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hey Cheryle,
I can't wait to investigate your Brocks at length. My mother's father's mother was a Brock from Brock, Parker Co., Texas. Her father and his brothers came from somewhere east of here but I've not researched it much.

Whoa, I just read the last paragraph a little closer. My mother's maiden name was GAILEY. Her grandparents were James Newton Gailey and Elizabeth Brock. Either she or her mother served as the postmistress for years in Brock, Texas!


Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

Wow, Judy!! You'd better go there ASAP because you probably belong to the Brock family of Virginia.!!

Let me know what you find out!

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

I mean to the website...LOL...not to Brock's Gap!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryle,
Tombstone Tuesday and graveyards give me an immediate interest. I wrote a book called 'Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone' and of course the road started in Georgia. I talk about several graveyards in the book mostly having to do with the Holliday family. Also have a cousin in Georgia that I walk graveyards with when I'm there. Lots of general history as well as my family history.
My blog is www.RocktheTower.com
Tom Barnes

Cheryle Hoover Davis said...

That sounds very interesting, Tom...I'll go check out your blog right now!