Historic Town Of Bramwell Pioneer's Medal
Dr. Hedley V. McNeer was born in 1863 in Monroe County. He attended public schools in that county and obtained higher education at Lebanon, Ohio Normal School. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia Medical School. He enrolled for additional study at Bellevue Medical College in New York, graduating with such distinction that he was retained by the faculty as one of the staff for the next two years. He became associated with Bramwell's first physician, Dr. R.M. McGuffin in the Flat-Top Field in 1887 and his medical practice and with Dr. J. B. Kirk. Dr. McNeer was married in 1892 to Nannie M. Garver. Dr. McNeer was only 40 years old when he died after only two days of illiness. Some newspapers attributed his death to a ruptured abecess of the kidney. However, the Richmond Times reported on July 17, 1903 that his death was due to fatty degeneration of the heart. He died on July 17, 1903 at his home in Bramwell, WV.
Research on Dr. Hedley V. McNeer revealed that he is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, located behind the Riverside Baptist Church (formerly known as the Bluestone Baptist Church) in Freeman, WV.
Dr. McNeer's house is reported (see below) by some town residents to be the oldest house in the town of Bramwell. Research indicates that on January 30, 1899 he sold the house to his daughter, Bessie McNeer O'Neal for $1.00. She sold it to Dr. Tanner on July 3, 1920. Dr. Tanner sold it to Dr. Little on Nov 15, 1924. Dr. Little sold it to William Joe Miller's Grandmother, Bess on March 9, 1946. (Information in this paragraph from Joe Miller of Bramwell. Joe now lives in the Historic McNeer House.)
(Information extracted from Martha Jane Williams Becker's Book..."Bramwell, The Diary of s Millionaire Coal Town.")
Research also verifies that Dr. H. V. McNeer's wife was Nannie M. Gaver McNeer (May 8,1867 - April 20, 1929). Nannie was born in Rockingham County, Virginia. She is buried in the Green Hills Cemetery, Stephens City, Frederick County, VA under her maiden name, Nannie M. Gaver. They were married on Nov. 17, 1892 in Hedgesville, Berkeley, West Virgnia. Nannie's father, H.A. Garver conducted the marriage ceremony. H.A. Garver's wife was N.H. Gaver.
Dr. Mcneer's Parents: Richard Tucker McNeer (1825 - 1891) Amanda J. Pence McNeer (1830 - 1879). Parts of this information is from the Virginia Cemetery Project that features a photograph of Mrs. McNeer's Tombstone..on the project's internet site.....
Research indicates that Dr. McNeer's daughter may have been Bessie McNeer O'Neal (Nov.24, 1893 to Mar. 25, 1954) She was the wife of S. D. O'Neal. She is also buried in the Green Hills Cemetery, Stephens City, Frederick County, VA.
July 17, 1903 - Special to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Bramwell, WV - July 17, 1903 - Dr. H. V. McNeer, one of the most prominent and highly esteemed citizens of Bramwell, died today of fatty degeneration of the heart. He was born about 40 years ago in Monroe County, WV and married Miss Nannie Garver fifteen years ago. He was a Knight Templar in Masonry and Pythian. His brother, Richard McNeer, is a surgeon with the US Navy. His wife and one daughter survive him.
InIvanhoe Metal and research provided by: William A. Petty.
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DR. McNEER GRAVE SITE
DR. McNEER'S MARRIAGE LICENSE
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BRAMWELL'S OLDEST HOUSE: According to some local Bramwell sources the H.V. McNeer house may be the oldest home in Bramwell. Dr. McNeer bought it from the Bluestone Land Corp in 1889 for $1400.00, when lots were only selling for $300.00. The Dr. R. M. McGuffin house (claimed by some people to be the oldest house in Bramwell) was not built in 1885 as previously reported. The center lot was not accuired until November 1887 for $300.00. It is doubtful that the home was completed until 1890. The written source is the Mercer County court records. Thus, these recently noted court records show that the Historic DR. R.M. McGuffin House may have been incorrectly reported to be the oldest frame house in Bramwell. Some writings have reported it to be the oldest house on Bramwell's "Main Street". Dr. H.V. McNeer's house boasted the first indoor plumbing in town and had a free standing shower. It even had a windmill to help supply water, and there was a speaking tube from the front door to Dr. McNeer's bedroom.
A newspaper Article: April 17, 1908 - Dr. R. M. McGuffin , a prominent physician of Bramwell, and the coal fields, was seriously injured last Sunday by Dudley WILLIAMS, at Glen Alum, in West Virginia. WILLIAMS struck Dr. McGUFFIN on the head with a pistol, inflicting a wound which was thought to be fatal. He is now in Welch hospital. The trouble is said to have occurred on account of a letter written to some young ladies of Mr. Williams household. Williams was fined and released by the magistrate.
Note: During the late 1800s Dr. R. M. McGuffin was a surgeon for the N&W Railroad Co. He was born in 1847 and died in 1910.