The Pioneer Families of Sinai Mountain, Goodwill, WV

Below Photograph: Kelly Dillon & wife, Mary Dillon. Sadie "Dillon" Bailey's mother is believed to be the lady in the center of the photograph.

(Identification of Kelly and wife, Mary Dillon by: Terry Dale.)

 

NOTE: The unknown person has been identified as Walter Ace Dillon by Kristen Dillon White. Walter Dillon is her grandfather.

(Photograph made in September,1956 - Submitted By: Darrell Bailey)

The Dillon Family were pioneer residents of Sinai Mountain. The Dillions were well known for their musical tallents that were featured in the Mercer County Ramblers Band .The band was formed on Sinai Mountain, by Tracy Dillon during the early 1930s.  It was the first band to represent the United Mine Workers of America in southern West Virginia.The band was composed of Ernest Dillon, Walter"Pat" Wright, Tracy Dillon, Lundy Dillon, and Neil Wright.  

( Photograph from July, 1954 - Submitted By: Darrell Bailey.)

Joe Tilley was a well respected resident of Sinai Mountain. He was a minister and held services at the below historic Sinai Mountain log church during the1940s and 1950s.

On Sinai Mountain, Press Robinson, Whitlow and Haskin Jones and John Dillon dismantled the old Jones cabin in Bell Branch Hollow and put it back together beside the road above the Jones Farm.  They remodeled the cabin into a church where Preachers Mr. Shaw, Mr. Sutphin, John Dudley, and JoeTilley held services.  Haskin Jones married Kate Foster there, and Whitlow Jones married Annie Sue Foster there in 1912. Preacher John Dudley had to walk from Montcalm to have services in the church, and walked back off the mountain late at night carrying a lantern that cast an erie yellow glow through the forest. This church photograph is from 1990. The church has since been torn down.

( Sinai Montain Church text furnished By: Ken Bowen, Bluewell, WV. )

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