Title: "Virginia, Marriages 1740-1850," (index-only)
Publication: <i>Ancestry</i>, citing Dodd, Jordan R., et al., <i>Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850</i>, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, Utah
Title: Fayette Co. [W]Virginia Marriages 1832-1853 and 1865-1903
Author: Shuck, Larry G., comp.
Publication: Apollo, PA: Clossom Press, July 1995
Title: History of Fayette County WV
Page: pg. 760
Author: J.T. Peters and H.B. Carden
Publication: Printed 1926
Note: 1810 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
1820 U.S. Federal Census searching....does not appear to be with his father
1830 U.S. Federal Census searching....
1840 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia No Twp Listed John Dempsey 2 males 5 & under 10 yo (John A. & Robert L.) 1 male 10 & under 15 yo (speculation: could be William A. W.?) 1 male 40 & under 50 yo (John W.) 1 female 10 & under 15 yo (Julia A.) 1 female 15 & under 20 yo (speculation: could be Elvira md. James Robert Buster?) 1 female 30 & under 40 yo (Amelia)
1845 One of 5 men appointed "as commissioner to view the turnpike road upon which a toll gate is erected near Mrs. Trimble's and report the condition of same." [Source: "History of Fayette County" published 1926, pg. 180]
1850 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia The 14th District Sheet No. 352A Enumerated by me on the 12th day of August, 1850. T. B. Hamilton, Ass't Marshal. HH #287-287 John W. Dempsey 47 M W Farmer VA Emeline Dempsey 38 F W VA John A. Dempsey 19 M W VA (s/o John W. & Margaret) Robert L. Dempsey 17 M W VA (s/o John W. & Margaret) Julia A. Dempsey 16 F W VA (d/o John W. & Margaret) M. A. Dempsey 7 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) James H. Dempsey 5 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Seaton P. Dempsey 3 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Ann Eliza Dempsey 2 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) Mary E. Dempsey 4/12 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) (352A in file)
1853: John W. Dempsey, living in Fayette County, (West) Virginia, sold his portion of Charles Thompson's estate in 1853 to William R. Wood for $20.00 but it was not recorded in the courthouse until February 1854. [Source: Nelson County Deed Book, Book 14, Page 60]
Note: 21 Feb 2014 I found the Chancery Records that led up to the above transaction. See 66 pages at the Library of Virginia: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=125-1858-007
1853 June Term Fayette County, (West) Virginia "John W. Dempsey made application to establish a ferry near his house, at the foot of the Long Shoal on the Kanawha river, with use of the landings on both banks." [Source: "History of Fayette County" published 1926, pg. 189]
1853 December Term Fayette County, (West) Virginia "Permission was granted to John W. Dempsey to establish a ferry across Kanawha river at the foot of the Long Shoal, and the court prescribed for said ferry a boat 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, to be attended with one hand. Rate of ferriage to be as follows: For every man and horse, 10 cents; every footman, 5 cents; evry mule, horse or jennet being led, 5 cents; every pleasure carriage drawn by one horse, 25 cents; every pleasure carriage drawn by two horses, 30 cents; every wagon drawn by two horses, 50 cents; every wagon drawn by three horses, 75 cents; wagon drawn by 4, 5 or 6 horses, $1.00; every score of hogs or sheep, 25 cents." [Source: "History of Fayette County" published 1926, pg. 190]
1860 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia Gauley Bridge P.O. HH #101-92 John W. Dempsey 58 M W Ferry Man VA Amelia Dempsey 46 F W VA cannot read & write Robt L. Dempsey 27 M W Farm Laborer VA (s/o John W. & Margaret) Margaret A. Dempsey 17 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) James H. Dempsey 16 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Ceton B. Dempsey 14 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Ann E. Dempsey 12 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) Mary E. Dempsey 10 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) George W. Dempsey 9 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Sarah E. Dempsey 6 F W VA (d/o John W. & Amelia) Joseph R. Dempsey 4 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) Thomas E. Dempsey 2 M W VA (s/o John W. & Amelia) (014 324 in file)
1867 Loose papers with his names https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9VT-QZSV?mode=g&i=312&cat=302047
1867 He owed $ to George P. Huddleston: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-68738-29?cc=1909099&wc=M6DN-1N5:179689901,179717401
1870 U.S Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia Falls of Kanawha Dempsy, J. W. 48 (sic, 68) carpenter VA Dempsy, Mary E. 20 housekeeper VA Dempsy, George W. 18 capenter VA Dempsy, Sarah E. 15 VA Dempsy, Joseph R. 19 VA Dempsy, Thomas E. 12 VA White, J. H. 28 shoemaker VA (sic, OH) White, Annie 22 housekeeper OH (sic, VA) (28-108B in file)
Location: Kanawha River below the Falls Occupation: He was known as a river man.
Fayette County Cemetery Records, Volume IV Fayette – Raleigh Genealogical Society Montgomery Cemetery pg 170 Dempsey, John W 11 Jan 1802 7 Dec 187_ Note: Will Book 2 has a listing in Feb 1877 for J. W. Dempsey, therefore I am assuming that he died in Dec 1876 (this annotation by Cathy Meder-Dempsey)
The following is from appraisal and bill of sale: Will Book 2 deceased abt. Feb 3 1877 J. W. Dempsey page 276 and 277 and 278 list a wife and heirs, no names. Will Book entry must be checked to confirm the date of death. I believe that it must be bef. 1877. This information came from a Dempsey researcher who scribbled notes while at the courthouse. The originals were found at familysearch.org:
Appraisal and Bill of Sale of John W. Dempsey West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 Fayette Will book, v. 02 1861-1885 Image 120, 121, 151 / pages 218-220 and pages 276-277 https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-67202-34?cc=1909099&wc=10916496 https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-67338-39?cc=1909099&wc=10916496 https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18272-66801-53?cc=1909099&wc=10916496
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