Title: The Penick Papers (a Sims family compilation)
Page: pg. 29
Author: Penick, George R. Jr., comp.
Publication: compiled in 1978-1980
Title: Nicholas County, West Virginia Marriages 1817-1933
Author: Bryant, Neva Jane Stout (abstracted and compiled by)
Note: 1830 U.S. Federal Census searching....
1840 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia Joel Settle (Page 146) 2 males under 5 yo (Abner and Campbell) 1 male 30 & under 40 yo (Joel) 2 females 5 & under 10 yo (Nancy & Araminta Jane) 1 female 10 & under 15 yo (Mary Ann or Virginia) 1 female 30 & under 40 yo (Milly)
1850 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, (West) Virginia HH #463-463 Joel Suttle 44 M Farmer Milly Suttle 44 F Nancy R. Suttle 20 F Jane Suttle 18 F Abner Suttle 12 M Campbell Suttle 11 M Jas. Wesley Suttle 8 M Francis A. Suttle 4 M Joel D. Suttle 1 M
1860 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia District 1, Fayetteville HH #204-181 Joel Settle 53 M farmer 200 100 Virginia Milly Settle 52 F Virginia Jane Settle 26 F Farm laborer Virginia James Settle 18 M Farm laborer Virginia Berry Settle 15 M Farm laborer Virginia Dixon Settle 10 M Virginia Rebecca Settle 7 F Virginia Ellen Atkerson 18 F servant Virginia (28-338 in file)
1870 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia HH #8-8 Settle, Joel 63 M W farmer 250 130 Virginia Settle, Milla C 63 F W housekeeper Virginia Settle, Joel D. 20 M W farm laborer Virginia Settle, Rebecca 18 F W housekeeper Virginia (2 in file)
1880 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia Settle, Joel W M 73 married Farmer VA VA VA Settle, Milly W F 73 wife married Keeping House WV VA VA Settle, Rebeckey W F 26 daughter single At Home WV VA WV Settle, Charley A. W M 10 grandson single WV WV WV (27-10 in file)
The following information was received from June Settle Ciocca in April 2002:
Reference is "Cabins of the Loop and Environs of the Southern Half of Fayette County Virginia (Now West Virginia)", L. Neil Darlington, 1988, McClain Printing Company, Parsons, West Virginia.
Pages 246-247: Abner Settle found such a place on Beards Fork of Loup Creek, where James Kelly had developed a good homestead over a period of years, but was then planning to move to a more promising location at present Oak Hill. The Kelly tract was in the form of a narrow strip beginning eighty poles below the equal forks and extending down the branch for more than a mile. The cabin was near the middle of the strip, or about three-fourths of a mile below the equal forks. Abner added to Kelly's improvement by making entries above and below it in 1823. The survey which followed in 1825 mentioned his fields and affirmed his ownership of the Kelly lands which, with the new additions, amounted to more than a hundred acres. One filed in the mouth of Right Hand Fork was long known as Joel's Field, named for Joel Settle, the settler's son...After the Civil War, Abner spent his declining years in a cabin on Joel's Branch, now Taylor Branch of Loup Creek, near the home of his son, Joel.
June's note: Joel's Field and Joel's Branch are not the same place. Joel's Field would be the Right Hand Fork of Beards Fork. Joel's Branch would be about 4-5 miles up Loup Creek and is today called Taylor Branch. I grew up about a quarter mile from Taylor Branch. Our neighbors living there had ponies and the ponies would come to our fence line and "talk" to my horse. Whenever my mare found a break in the fence, she would go visit the ponies. I made several trips through the woods to Taylor Branch to retrieve that mare. On the 1904 map, Taylor Branch nor Joel's Branch are captioned. It is located just to the left (west) Carter Branch.
Page 499: In 1856, Joel Settle bought fifty-two acres of bottom land in the small valley of a stream that came to be called Joel's Branch but is now known as Taylor Branch. The next year, he sold half of his land to Henry Settle. The cabin of Joel and Milly Settle was three-quarters of a mile up the branch, near a spring, bordered by giant beech trees. Joel was a famous bear hunter and slayer of panthers. Milly was an obstetrician, whose services were much in demand in this growing community. The family of Joel and Milly consisted of Abner Jr., James, Asbury, Campbell, Dick, Mary Ann (wife of Henry Arthur), Nancy, Jane, and Rebecca. On the branch a short distance below, was the cabin of Henry and Jincy Settle. The site was long marked by old apple trees called the Woolwine Orchard, after Henry Woolwine who lived there later. Henry Settle was a nephew of Joel and a son of James and Rachel Settle of Mulberry Fork of Loup Creek. Old Abner Settle and wife Nancy, parents of Joel, lived in a cabin built for them by Joel next below the Woolwine Orchard.
Page 658-659: We know of no settler on Open Fork until the end of the Civil War, when Henry Arthur, a Union veteran, returned to Loup Creek, bringing his family from Charleston, where they had taken refuge while he was away in the army...Soon after 1870, Arthur was joined by his wife's parents, Joel and Millie Settle and by her brother Campbell Settle and wife, Ann Eliza. Joel and Campbell cleared adjoining farms in the head of Open Fork and added two log cabins to the valley's settlement, but none of these three trail blazers were permanent settlers there. After about seventeen years, Henry Arthur moved out of his Open Fork cabin and was succeeded there by Morris Light and wife Jane...Joel Settle also moved away after selling his improvement in the head of Open Fork to Davisson Canterbury. This was Joel's last move, and he ended his days at a place still known as Millie's Bottom, where Ira Light's hot house is now located.
June's note: Dick was Joel Jr. He was called Dick (short for Dixon) to differentiate him from his father. Ira Light's hot house was near the Moseley Cemetery (which I assume is near the McVey Hollow; I know what they are talking about but don't recall hearing it called that.) I have heard that Joel and Milly are buried in the Moseley Cemetery, but have not found their graves. I've been told there are no stones.
***** Location (1): Bef. 1856, Loop Creek, Fayette County, (West) Virginia (2 1/2 miles up from Deepwater) Location (2): 1856, Taylor Branch, Fayette County, (West) Virginia Location (3): 1871, Open Fork, Fayette County, West Virginia Location (4): "Milly Place" opposite McVey Hollow, Fayette County, West Virginia [Source: Penick, George R. Jr., comp., The Penick Papers (a Sims family compilation), 1978-1980, pg. 29]
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