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  • ID: I21335
  • Name: William A. W. DEMPSEY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1820 in Virginia
  • Death: ABT 1867 in Fayette County, West Virginia 1
  • Burial: Good Luck Cemetery aka Fox-Wood Cemetery, Chestnutburg, Ames Hgts Rd. 1.75 mi. off Rt. 19, Fayette County, West Virginia 2
  • _FSFTID: MH82-775
  • _TAG: Proven Ancestors
  • _TAG: DNA CIRCLE
  • _UID: EFEAC855A819CB4CB67ABC6D6359399CB8A8
  • Event: Tax List 1841 Rockbridge County, Virginia
  • Census: 25 JUL 1850 Fayette County, (West) Virginia 3
  • Census: 3 JUL 1860 Fayette County, (West) Virginia 4
  • Residence: MAY 1862
  • _DATE2: SEP 1862 Dogwood Ridge, Fayette County, West Virginia
  • Event: $8.50 Account Due OCT 1866 Fayette County, West Virginia
  • _Description2: Joel B. Wills, deceased,
  • Note:
    52 Ancestors: #8 My Most Frustrating Brick Wall ? William A. W. DEMPSEY

    Latest update [4 Dec 2012]:
    William A. W. Dempsey was found in the Union Provost Marshals' File. What is this and why is it important? See Civil War time period (1862) in the timeline below.

    William A. W. Dempsey was seen with double middle initials in 1841 on a tax list, in 1850 on the census, and in 1862 on the Provost Marshals' List (a Civil War document). I am convinced that these initials were very important to him. Alexander may have been one of his middle names as it is a name that was passed down through the generations but I have no idea what the second W. might stand for. Possible that he was named after a famous person or a relative?

    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    searching....was he born before the census?

    1830 U.S. Federal Census
    searching....need the names of his parents!

    1840 U.S. Federal Census
    searching....need the names of his parents!

    The wall is beginning to crumble!! On 10 Nov 2007 I found Wm. A. W. Dempsey listed on the 1841 tax list of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Initials are the same as on the 1850 census in Fayette County, (West) Virginia. Does William's being in Rockbridge County mean that he may be related to Tandy Dempsey (whose son John W. Dempsey also lived in Fayette County) and in turn to the Dempseys of Amherst County?

    1841 Taxlist
    Rockbridge County, Virginia
    43 - Nathaniel Gaylor's to Cumings and Carter's, intersecting Gilmore's Road
    Dempsey, William A. W.
    Others who lived in the same road precinct:
    George Agnor, Jacob Agnor, Sr., Jacob Agnor, Little Jake Agnor, John Agnor, John H. Agnor, David Entsminger, Albert Gilliat, and William T. Ruley
    [Source: Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.; "A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia"; published by The McClure Co., Inc., Staunton, Virginia 1920; pgs. 380, 552]

    1850 U.S. Federal Census
    Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    The 14th District, Sheet 336B
    Enumerated by me on the 25th day of July, 1850. T. B. Hamilton, Ass't Marshal.
    HH #85-85
    Wm. A. W. Dempsey 28 M Laborer Virginia
    Sarah A. Dempsey 22 F Virginia
    E. R. Dempsey 3 F Virginia
    Jas. A. Dempsey 1 M Virginia

    1860 U.S. Federal Census
    Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    District 3, Page No. 55
    Enumerated by me on the 3rd day of July, 1860. P. Morton, Ass't Marshal.
    Pleasant Hill Post Office, Sheet No. 365
    HH #408-368
    John A. McGraw 45 M Farmer $2000 $100 Virginia
    Margaret McGraw 17 F Day Laborer Virginia
    James McGraw 11 M Virginia
    N. J. McGraw 9 F Virginia
    Wm. Dempsey 40 M Farmer $0 $30 Virginia
    Sarah Dempsey 36 F Virginia
    Elizabeth Dempsey 14 F Virginia
    Alexander Dempsey 10 M Virginia
    Mary V. Dempsey 8 F Virginia
    Eunice J. Dempsey 7 F Virginia
    John Dempsey 3 M Virginia
    (in file)

    Settlement of vouchers for 1860 (Wm. M. Dempsey, maybe Wm. W. Dempsey??)
    Loose papers (boxes 1-2), env. ?-1 to ?-3 (no dates), env. 1787-1, 1824-1, 1841-1, 1851-1 to 1869-3 > image 124 of 584
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9VT-QCJV?mode=g&i=123&cat=302047
    image 129 of 584
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9VT-QCK3?mode=g&i=128&cat=302047
    image 130 of 584
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9VT-QCNH?mode=g&i=129&cat=302047

    Civil War
    May to Sep 1862

    Provost Marshal File
    Dempsey, William A. W.
    2323
    Rebel
    [Source: United States, Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866]
    (in file)

    2323
    May to Sept /62
    Cits
    List of Prisoners with their Own Statements
    George W. Gibson - Citizen of Franklin Co. Eastern Virginia, came thru as a refugee on the 21" May. Left home about two mos since. Came by way of Salem and White Sulphur and thru Summerville. Worked as teamster in Gen. Longstreets' Army 10 mos. Wants to get work. Does not wish to go any further, if he can get any kind of work to do.
    Met about 5000 rebel troops going thru Greenbrier Co. to Warm Springs - the same which were at Lewisburg, about half of the ?? was Calvary. Saw no troops. There are none at Salem. Jenkins' men were at Salem, but have gone east. (written in margin: This man we suspect of being a Spy. He seemed a sharp, shrewd fellow. Says very promptly that he would as liberalist as not. He should be watched.)
    George W. Commer - citizen living near Mountain Cove. Left house on the 19" May. Came to our lines on the 20". Was conscripted at Fayetteville in Sept. 62. Was Kept in Guard House a week and escapted. Wishes to obtain employment at teaming.
    Washington B Woods - Lives near Mountain Cove. Statement same as the above. Wishes to obtain employment as teamster. Refers to Andy Commer of Hunts train, to Mr. Hamilton at Hawk's Nest, and to Andy Gill, in Hunts train.
    Marion Commer - Citizen living near Mountain Cover (3 miles from there). Was out with the militia about 15 days. When the war first commenced. Left home on the 17" May. Refers to Andy Commer, Ephraim Martin and Morgan Townsend, of Hunts train. Knows Mrs. Hamilton, at Hawks' Nest.
    William Ellison - Citizen living on Dogwood Ridge, near Mountain Cove. Was in the Rebel army about (6) six weeks in Autumn of 1862. Deserted from them in November 1862. Wants to get to work for the Government. Refers to Ben Townsend and George McVay, at Cannelton Oil Works.
    William A. W. Dempsey ? citizen residing on Dogwood Ridge, Fayette Co., farmer, left home on the 18". Started when they heard firing at the Court House, came down to get work in the Valley, refers to Simpson Wood, Styris Wood, and G. W. McVay, of the Oil Works, (brothers-in-law of his). Knows Hamilton as Hamilton of Hawks Nest.
    Presley W. Gill - Lives on Dogwood Ridge - 3 miles from Mountain Cove. Wants to wagon in Hunts train. Says Hunt sent word for a lot of them to come down. Was in Rebel army 3 weeks.
    [Source: Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians]
    (in file)

    Note: G. W. McVay was not the brother-in-law of William A. W. Dempsey. Most likely a reference he gave along with his Wood brothers-in-law.

    About these databases:
    Cross-reference slips in the first database [United States, Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866] are stamped "PROVOST MARSHAL FILE" and show the name of a civilian and a number that cites a document in the second database [Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians]. Further information on this file can be read in FamilySearch Research Wiki: Union Provost Marshals' File
    https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Union_Provost_Marshals%27_File

    Oct 1866
    He was listed as having an account due / owing Joel B. Wills $8.50:
    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-68737-28?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-1N5:179689901,179717401

    About 1867
    Family tradition is he died in a logging accident in the 1860s.

    Burial:
    Discrepancy concerning his marker in Chestnutburg Road Cemetery, Fayette County, West Virginia, where there is a Civil War marker for:

    Wm. A. Dempsey
    Pvt. Co. C
    7 Va. Inf.

    Unfortunately the plaque is not for our William A. W. Dempsey of Fayette County, West Virginia. It is for William A. Dempsey of Orange County, Virginia, b. abt. 1825 d. bet. 1880-1900, married twice but did not have children. This would be a reason why the Civil War marker was not claimed by family in Orange County, Virginia. See his notes in this file.

    *****

    Articles on Dempsey reunions held by the descendants of William A. W. Dempsey

    Publication: Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia)
    Published: Wednesday, October 21, 1936
    Page 9
    Headline: Dempsey Family Members Hold Their 4th Reunion
    Members of the Dempsey family held their fourth annual reunion Sunday at Mr. E. L. Dempsey's home on Turkey creek. Mr. Dempsey, who celebrated his seventyfourth
    birthday anniversary, was guest of honor.
    Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hall and children, the Misses Ruth, Barbara and Ellen Hall and Masters James and Robert Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dempsey and children, the Misses Genevieve and Emily Dempsey and Walter, Bernard and George Dempsey, and Mr. Wilsie Campbell of Ansted. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dempsey and Master Bernard Dempsey, of Victor, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dempsey and children. Miss Neva Jane Dempsey and Master Walter Dempsey, Jr., of Beckley, Mr. Bert Dempsey of Longacre. Miss Othella Lee Dempsey, Miss Hallie Dempsey, Mr. Carl Dempsey and Mr. and Mrs. David Patton of Charleston.

    Publication: Charleston Gazette (Charleston, West Virginia)
    Published: Saturday, September 18, 1937
    Page 4
    Headline: Dempsey Family Has Sixth Annual Reunion
    The sixth reunion of the Dempsey annual was held last Sunday near Lover's Leap.
    Those present were Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dempsey. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dempsey and son, Bernard Lee, of Victor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dempsey and children, Leona,
    Doyle, Lois and Fred, of Jodie; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dempsey and children, Bernard, George, Emily and Joan; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hall and children, James, Robert Lee, Donald Keith, Ruth and Barbara; Thelma Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. William Skaggs, all of Ansted, Kenneth Grose, Mrs. Oscar Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Dempsey and daughter, Nena Jane, of Beckley, E. L. Dempsey of Ansted, Carl
    and Hallie Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dempsey and son, Lester; Watson Eads, Lester Riley, Harry Dempsey, Elmer Herndon, Mrs. Laura Ellison and daughter, Betty; Hobart, Cecil, June, Opal, Raymond and Alfred Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ayers and daughter, Willie May, all of Minden.

    Publication: The Charleston Gazette
    Published: Sunday, September 4, 1938
    Headline: Family Reunions
    The fifth annual reunion of the Dempsey family was held last Sunday at Lover's Leap. Music was furnished by George McVey's string band.
    Attending were Elijah Dempsey, Mrs. and Mrs. Ed Dempsey and children, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar White and children, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hall, Mr. and Mrs. George McVey and children, Mr. and Mrs. Vaught Hendrix, Rosemary and Connie Miller, Mary Jane Campbell, Mrs. Ollie Arbaugh, Mrs. Fred Ohlinger and children, Mr. and Mrs. William Skaggs and son; Mrs. Earl Presson, all of Ansted; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Phillips and children of Columbus, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dempsey and children of Beckley, Mrs. Bell Hendrix and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ingraham and daughters, all of Wriston; Miss Hallie Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. David Patton and Carl Dempsey of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. William Dempsey of Victor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dempsey and children of Kaymoor.

    Publication: The Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia)
    Published: Friday Morning, August 21, 1959
    Headline: Family Reunion Held In Fayette
    Fayetteville - The Dempsey family annual reunion was held Sunday at the Fayette County 4-H Camp.
    Those attending were Mrs. Fanny Dempsey, Mrs. Mildred Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. William Skaggs, Hallie Dempsey, Eugene Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Banger and children, Benny, Buddy, Johnnie and Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dempsey and Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mullins and children, Judy, Linda, and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hall and granddaughter Angela, all of Ansted.
    Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Dempsey and children, Judy and Jeffers, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dempsey and children, Melvin, Charles, June, Linda and Ernie, of Oak Hill.
    Mrs. James Workman and children, Earldine, Kathi, and Jimmy Lansing, Mr. and Mrs. George Danko and sons, David and Edward of Ripley, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Fitzwater and children, Brenda and Wayne of Boomer, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. McGraw and children, Jean, Jane, Eddie, Mary and Iwilda of Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dempsey and son Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Carte and daughters, Brenda and Pamela, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Jones and children Kathy, Bucky, Linda, and Donna, Donnie Hall.
    Earl Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Dempsey, and Mrs. and Mrs. Ermel Wilson and son Michael of Fayetteville.
  • Change Date: 24 OCT 2017 at 09:30:32



    Father: [--?--] DEMPSEY
    Mother: [--?--] DEMPSEY

    Marriage 1 Sarah Ann WOOD b: ABT 1827 in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia
    • Married: ABT 1845 in poss. Fayette, (West) Virginia, United States
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Rachel "Lizzie" Dempsey b: ABT 1846 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    2. Has Children James Alexander "Buck" Dempsey b: 1 APR 1848 in Victor, Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    3. Has Children Mary Virginia Dempsey b: JUN 1854 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    4. Has Children Eunice Jane "Eunice Emma" "Eunice V." Dempsey b: 1 MAY 1855 in Dogwood Ridge, Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    5. Has Children John Henry Dempsey b: NOV 1857 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    6. Has Children William Henderson DEMPSEY b: 14 SEP 1860 in Clifty, Fayette County, (West) Virginia
    7. Has Children Elijah Lewis Dempsey b: 19 OCT 1862 in Fayette County, (West) Virginia

    Sources:
    1. Title: Letter written by Geraldine Dempsey Workman to Lois Dempsey Lee
      Publication: Package received in 1995 from Lois Dempsey Lee containing letter, family group sheets, marriage certificates, other misc. notes
      Abbrev: Letter written by Geraldine Dempsey Workman to Lois Dempsey Lee
      Page: Family story in her notes
      Text: According to family members Wm A. Dempsey was killed in a logging accident about 1867.
    2. Title: Letter written by Bobbie Jane McGraw Taylor
      Abbrev: Letter written by Bobbie Jane McGraw Taylor
      Text: Photo taken by her of the gravestone found 1.75 miles off Rt. 19 on Ames Hgts. Rd. in July 2000.
    3. Title: 1850 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
      Publication: Ancestry, citing Seventh Census of the United States, 1850 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration,Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication M432, 1009 rolls
      Abbrev: 1850 U.S. Federal Census
      Page: Virginia, Fayette County, District 14, p. 336B, lines 5-8, HH #85-85
      Note: Wm A W Dempsey 28, Sarah A Dempsey 22, E R Dempsey 3, Jas A Dempsey 1.(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2016)
      Quality: 3
    4. Title: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, (index and images)
      Publication: Ancestry, citing Eighth Census of the United States, 1860 population schedule, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls
      Abbrev: 1860 U.S. Federal Census
      Page: Virginia, Fayette County, District 3, p. 365 lines 35-40, p. 366 lines 1-5, HH #408-368
      Note: John A McGraw 45, Margaret McGraw 19, James McGraw 11, N J McGraw 9, Wm Dempsey 40, Sarah Dempsey 36, Elizabeth Dempsey 14, Alexander Dempsey 10, Mary V Dempsey 8, Eunice J Dempsey 7, John Dempsey 3. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 January 2016)
      Quality: 3
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