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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.

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

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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1 posts since 4/16/2020

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.

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