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Fiddlin' Pat Cogar, W.V.

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Jan 20, 2020 - 4:36:06 PM
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38 posts since 7/23/2019

My son in law (from Mohawk, NY now in SC) was wondering if anyone ever heard of his great great grandfather. I guess he did some fiddlin' around back in his day. He knows nothing about him other then what I've stated, and is curious.
Thanks,
Russ

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:48:47 AM
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carlb

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2149 posts since 12/16/2007

Melvin Wine often spoke of him. Drew Beisswenger has some references to him in the book derived from his Ph.D. thesis "Fiddling Way Out Yonder - The Life and Music of Melvin Wine". I'm sure there's more info on him at Augusta Heritage
https://augustaheritagecenter.org/
I'd hope they'd put you in contact with Gerry (Gerald) Milnes who probably knows more about all the old West Virginia fiddlers than anyone I know.There are a number of references to him in his book "Play of the Fiddle - Traditional Music, Dance and Folklore in West Virginia".

You may find these books in a library near you.
https://www.worldcat.org/title/play-of-a-fiddle-traditional-music-dance-and-folklore-in-west-virginia/oclc/994501525&referer=brief_results

https://www.worldcat.org/title/fiddling-way-out-yonder-the-life-and-music-of-melvin-wine/oclc/235926681&referer=brief_results

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:26:37 AM

38 posts since 7/23/2019

Thank you very much Carl!
I'll pass this along to my son in law.

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:06:14 PM
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My name is Ken Winker and I was born in Weston, WV. My mother’s mom, Elizabeth Cogar, is the daughter of Pat Cogar, of Gem, WV. Pat Cogar is my great grandfather and I used to visit Pat and his wife when I visited my grandmother, Elizabeth. I also got to meet Melvin Wine when I went to the Augusta Heritage Center. I was fortunate to visit Melvin at his home and heard stories of Melvin’s fiddle experiences with Pat Cogar. I also used to visit Cecil Cogar, my grandmother’s brother, and the father of George Cogar. I know a lot about George.

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:11:15 AM

38 posts since 7/23/2019

Thanks Ken, I will pass this along to my son in law also. Since he is now a displaced New Yorker living in NC (well, one foot over the line into SC a lot, being in Stone Creek/Lake Wylie area) he may want to meet up with extended family sometime. If so, I'll put out a plea for private messages I can pass on to get things rolling.
Russ.

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