Samuel Bolden was born in Campbell County, VA about 1872 on the Lipscomb Plantatation. He was the son of a slave and Lynn Lipscomb, son of the plantation owner. His mother died leaving him with the Lipscomb family. He was reared with the other Lipscomb children and lived with them until he became an adult. He was often referred to as “Sam Bo”. Because of his name plus being rejected by both races he was a very unhappy adult. Sam met and married Fannie Henry. He went by her name for a while, but later changing his name to Samuel Bolden. They were the parents of nine children. One of nine was Wilton Bolden. Sam’s second marriage was to Annie Walker born in Virginia, June 3rd or 4th in 1892. They were the parents of twelve children.
Wilton Bolden was the son of Samuel and Fannie Henry Bolden. He was born August 12, 1896 in Brookneal, VA. He died October 11, 1981 in Charleston, WV. Wilton was a veteran of World War I where he served in France. He spent his lifetime as a coal miner. Wilton married Grace Vaughn on August 21, 1917. Grace was born in Charlotte County, VA on February 11, 1900. She was the daughter of Aaron and Cara Vaughn. Grace was a housewife. She adored her three children. They could do no wrong. They both believed Sunday was strictly the Sabbath day, you do nothing else. The second of their three children is Edward Wilton Bolden.
Edward Wilton Bolden was born in Charlotte Court House, VA, June 6,1920. After numerous moves his family settled in Montgomery, WV, when he was about 5 years old. Edward graduated from Washington High School in London, WV. He attended Virginia State College in Petersburg, VA, and later graduated from West Virginia State College in Institute, WV. He earned his Masters Degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Edward was a outstanding football player during his high school and college days. He taught and coached in Kanawha County Schools for 40 years. Today he is enjoying retirement. He spends his time traveling, doing church work, and golfing. He met Gwendolyn Laverne Edwards during his college days. Gwendolyn LaVerne is the daughter of James AG and Lucitta Edwards. She was born in Morgantown, WV on January 25, 1925. Gwendolyn spent her childhood and part of her adult life in Morgantown, WV. She graduated from Monongalia High School in Morgantown, WV. In 1946 graduated from West Virginia State College, Institute, WV. She worked for the United Fund for 13 years. The next 23 years she was teaching Junior High students in the Kanawha County School System. Edward and Gwendolyn married September 1, 1946. They are the parents of Edward Wilton Bolden, Jr. and Sharon LaVerne Bolden.
Edward Wilton Bolden, Jr. was born in Morgantown, WV in April 18, 1948. Edward was raised in Charleston, WV, graduating from George Washington High School in Charleston, WV. In 1967 Edward , Jr. entered the U.S. Army, which included a year tour of duty in The Republic of Vietnam In 1971 Edward moved to Minneapolis to attend a vocational school. Later that year he met and married Ruth Leinbach. Edward and Ruth have two children, Jason and Cortney. In 1974 Edward entered Lakewood Community College graduating in 1976. In 1988 Edward married Paulette Peterson. Edward and Paulette reside in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Sharon LaVerne Bolden was born in Charleston, WV on October 31, 1951. Sharon attended elementary school and graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, WV. Sharon also graduated from Morristown College in Morristown, Tennessee in 1973. In 1994 and 1995 she attended West Virginia State College. She worked for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources from 1976 to 1980. In 1980 she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sharon worked for Fireman’s Fund Insurance for many years and currently works for Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Co. Sharon resides in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Mary Jane Marshall was born in Fauquier, Virginia about 1830 during slavery. Her husband’s name was Washington? They were the parents of three sons and two daughters. One of the daughters was Adelaide Marshall born about 1860 in Markham, Virginia. She died November 9, 1896. Adelaide married William Allen Dixon March 9, 1876 in Fauquier County, Virginia. William Allen Dixon was born on May 27, 1846 on the John Thomas Payne Plantation near Orleans, Virginia. John was the son of Julia Payne, daughter of John Thomas Payne and a slave. His mother’s sister, “Aunt Hag”, cared for him. After the Civil War he remained with the Payne family due to a deathbed request of his mother. William was best known for his skills as a gardener and a chair caner. William and Adelaide were parents of seven daughters and one son. After the marriage of one of his daughters, Lucetta Dixon, William and the other children came to Morgantown, WV to live. Later William married Alice Denmark in 1912 in Morgantown, WV. Lucetta Dixon was born September 26, 1879 in Markham, VA. She died in Morgantown, WV on October 18, 1972. Lucetta came to Morgantown, WV with a lady from Virginia. Lucitta was an excellent cook and housekeeper. She engaged in working at fraternity houses on West Virginia University Campus. During this time she met James Arthur Garfield Edwards. James A. G. Edwards and Lucetta Dixon were married on December 26, 1900 in Morgantown, WV.
John Edwards was born in Danville, VA in about 1840. He died September, 1904 in Morgantown, WV. He was the son of slaves Daner and Sofa. John came to Beverly, WV with the Union Army. Shortly after the Civil War, at the age of 25, he moved to Morgantown, WV.
“Uncle John” Edwards, as he was called, was a young aspiring young man. His first jobs were working at a livery stable and doing some timbering. Later he went in business for himself, establishing and operating the first water service in Morgantown, WV. He had a mule driven cart on which he hauled water from the Monongalia River and Deckers Creek. The river water was sold for 15 cents a barrel, and the creek water for 10 cents a barrel. At this time he began to buy property on White Avenue that extended to a part of Deckers Creek.
John and Sarah Elizabeth Evans (Jackson) were married May 13, 1865. Sarah Elizabeth Evans was the daughter of Hannah and Alex Evans. She was born about 1848 in Preston County, WV of Indian descent. Sarah died June 12, 1926. John and Sarah reared five sons and three daughters in their home that they built on White Avenue. One of their sons was James Arthur Garfield Edwards. James Arthur was born August24, 1880 in Morgantown, WV. He died on July 7, 1965 in Morgantown, WV. J.A.G. Edwards possessed many of his father’s traits. He went into the garbage collection business. He used horses and a wagon in his garbage collection business. The garbage collection business lasted until the city of Morgantown took over the garbage collection. His next endeavor was the restaurant business. “Edwards Quick Lunch” was first on Beechurst Ave. and later on University Ave. near the West Virginia University Campus. J.A.G. Edwards had divided his property among his eight children. He held on to all the property as his sibling moved away. At present this property is still being maintained by Edwards’ descents. James Arthur Garfield married Lucetta Dixon. They were parents of four sons and two daughters. At present two sons and two daughters are still living. The youngest of six children is Gwendolyn LaVerne. Gwendolyn LaVerne married Edward Wilton Bolden.