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