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William Clifford Money

                                 /-- Money Family Tree History
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                            /-- Jacob Money Sr. (b. c. 1748-Person County, N. Carolina)
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                       /-- William Money Sr. (b. c. 1774-Person County, N. Carolina)
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                       |    \-- Susannah (Money)
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                  /-- Allen Money (b. c. 1802-Surry County, N. Carolina)
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                 |     \-- Eady Cooper (b. c. 1776)
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            /-- Mary (Polly) Elizabeth Money (b. c. 1830-Surry County, N. Carolina)
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            |    \-- Elizabeth (Money) (b. c. 1807)
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      /-- Lewis William Money (b. c. 1866)
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 /-- William Clifford Money (b. 14 Jul 1893-Yadkin County, N. Carolina)
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 |    \-- Salena Holcomb
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Naomi Ruth (Money) Powers (b. 24 May 1913-Cripple Creek, Wythe County, Va.)
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 \-- Lena Myrtle Graham (b. 24 Jul 1894-Pulaski, Va.)

Editor's Note: The text in this section of the Money Family Tree has been adapted from an informal research paper entitled "The Money Family of Yadkin County North Carolina and Tazewell County Virginia as Descended From Jacob Money of the French House of Monnett." This research paper was concluded in June 2000, and was written by Michael Money, Nyoka Money and Kenneth Money. My thanks to the authors.


William Clifford Money

William Clifford Money

William Clifford Money has children who are still alive at the time of this writing in 2000. Thus much information available concerning him comes from primary sources, not secondary as we have seen from Jacob through Lewis and Enoch.

William Clifford married Lena Graham in Wythe County Virginia on March 30, 1910. He was seventeen (the record says eighteen) and Lena was only fifteen. After their marriage, they would remain in Cripple Creek, Wythe County about six or seven years, before moving to McDowell County West Virginia to work in the coal industry. Within a year of their marriage they began having children. The following information is NOT from census records. The information is in the family Bible of Sadie Money Edmondson and is firsthand family information.

Elbert Shrader Money was the oldest child. He was born at Cripple Creek on March 18, 1911. Elbert is the father and grandfather of the immediate compilers of this document. He was the only child who could ever really recall his childhood at Cripple Creek because the family moved to McDowell County West Virginia when he was only five or six years old. All the children except Elbert and his next oldest sibling, Naomi, were born in West Virginia. A trip to Cripple Creek in 1990, a couple of years before his death, brought back several recollections. Elbert recalled "I can remember all the old company houses that were here in Cripple Creek. There were rows of these houses for the people who worked the iron mines." He also pointed out a clay bank the locals used to call "red bank."

Miners enroute to the Westland coal mine near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1942

Miners enroute to the Westland coal mine near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1942. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

When William Clifford and Lena moved to McDowell West Virginia, William Clifford operated a sub-station on the night shift for U.S. Steel Number 9. The Company built a small house for him and his family to live in at Filbert, WV. Within a few years, they moved two to three miles to Elbert, WV (this is the name of the town). The house was on a Company lease for $15.00 a year. William Clifford would go to work at a garage at that time. At this garage he sold fuel for U.S. Steel at Elbert, West Virginia.

In the early days in West Virginia, Elbert worked at the garage with his dad, William Clifford. By 1936 Elbert was working at a "Company Store" making $60.00 per month. The West Virginia mining communities also had these stores at which employees of the mines and their families could purchase anything from their groceries to hardware. The Company Store would even deliver groceries to your house. Every house was numbered, so they knew the people who lived in each house usually on a first name basis. Everything was centered in the community to meet the needs of the residents.

Mining shacks, Jenkins, Kentucky

Mining shacks in Jenkins, Kentucky in 1935. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

For the first twelve years of their marriage, Elbert and Ella Money lived in a small house next to William Clifford and family in Elbert, WV. William Clifford did not charge them any rent. Ella recalls those years in those small quarters, "It was a little shannie house. We had no electricity, we carried our water to the house, and the kitchen was so small. We cooked on the stove with coal. We eventually got a Maytag washer with a gas motor and it ran so loud it would often wake Grandpa Money (William Clifford) up in the mornings. He came over and asked me why I ran it so early in the mornings. I told him that I had baby diapers that had to be washed. Grandpa Money was always very good to help me when the babies would cry and I was busy. He would sit in the rocking chair and sing to the children while I worked."

The Depression of the 30s hit the residents of McDowell County with a vengeance. Unemployment soared. Most of the mines were idle for several years. Families barely had food on the table and the Moneys at Number 9 fared no better. Without any customers, the garage had to close. The County was organized into "hallows" which was numbered according to the mines. They lived at "Number 9."

William Clifford had various health problems and was unable to work the latter part of his adult life. He became seriously ill with Parkinson's Disease which would cause him to tremble uncontrollably. A grandson, Roy Phillip Money, recalls "Grandpa had the Parkinson so bad that when he tried to eat, he could shake so bad that his hand would beat the table as he tried to hold his fork."

William Clifford and Lena would move to Columbus, Ohio and make a home with their son Andrew. William Clifford died on December 14, 1959 and is buried at Eastlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Lena continued to live in Ohio with Andrew. She died on July 16, 1973 and is also buried at Eastlawn Cemetery.

Lena's great granddaugher, Lavonne (Powers) Wooten, remembers this about her: "Several of the (Money family) lived in Columbus and we visited them when I was a child when "Granny Lena" was alive. I remember her. She died when I was 9 or 10, she looked like Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies, a little woman with white hair held up in a bun on the back of her head. She never talked much, just sat in front of the TV watching it while we visited. She drank coffee from a saucer, not a teacup! They were very old-fashioned, held her funeral in their house! They had a "wake" that lasted all night, this made quite an impression on me."


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