David Smith Home
Isaac Kilgore Settlement

Location: One mile east of the Court House on the South side of 
Wise-Coeburn road.

Date: 1850 or before

Owners: At the sale of the State mortgaged land November 21, 1853, Hiram H. Kilgore became purchaser of this land. He sold by title bond to his brother Isaac Kilgore as there was no provision made at that time for
deeds for this land.
    Isaac Kilgore sold by title bond to Levi Hoback, and at the resale of this State land it was deeded to Levi Hoback, July 10, 1877.
     Hoback sold to David H. Smith, May 11, 1892.
     David H. Smith sold to his son William B. Smith, June 25, 1903. 
     William B. Smith sold to J. W. & Eura Osborne, November 28, 1904.
     Osborne's sold to Mrs. I. N. Andrews, October 31, 1931.

Description: Two story, four room, hewn log, with two rooms built to the rear making the house "L" shaped. The house was been weatherboarded on the front, but the upper part of the porch as been converted into an
enclosed sleeping porch. Interior chimney, with grates in each of the four front rooms. All windows are the four pane type, four panel doors. Ceilings are very low. All flooring is uniform, narrow type.

Historical Significance: Isaac Kilgore was a brother of Preacher Hiram H. and William (Billy) Kilgore both of whom lived near this place. He was a native of Scott Co., VA, and married Nancy, a daughter of John
(Jackie) Bond of Scott Co. For many years he owned a grist mill on Yellow Creek. To this union was born children:
     1. Mary J., who married James D., a son of Morgan T. Lipps and a brother of J. E. Lipps, of Wise. James D. Lipps was a Confederate soldier, enlisted in Company H, 50 VA Volunteers at Gladeville Courthouse
June 3, 1861 and was sent home by the Company Surgeon, from the regions of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 26, 1861.
     2. Rebecca married 1st Weddington Vanover and 2nd James Willis, and her descendants are numerous in Dickenson Co., VA.
     3.  Minnie, married Wiley Davis, son of Eli Davis.
     4. Hannah, married John Trivett. Wilsy Trivett, well-known resident of Dickenson Co., VA is her son. Levi Hoback emigrated from Bland Co., VA, during the Civil War. Upon his arrival in Wise Co. he
first rented the Virginia Hotel in the town of Gladeville and lived there until he moved to the foregoing mentioned place. He was a noted Southern Methodist Preacher and traveled around extensively preaching the work of God. Levi Hoback was married to Annie Harmon of Bland Co. and to this union was born two sons and three daughters.
     1. Dr. M. B. Hoback who married Agnes M. Kilbern, January 1, 1868, lived and died in the town of Wise and was a well known early doctor. His descendants still reside in Wise.
     2. Elizabeth, married George W. Kilgore, a son of Preacher Hiram H. Kilgore, in 1863. George Kilgore was an eminent lawyer and served as Judge of Wise and Buchanan counties from 1870 to 1888.
     3. Nannie, married David Smith and lived and died at the old home place.
     4. Virginia, married J. Frank Davis.
     5. Peter, died when a young man.
     The old Hoback place remained in the hands of the family until 1931 when it was sold to the Andrews family. After the death of Levi Hoback his daughter Nannie Smith lived there until her death and then the place
was sold to William, son of Nannie Smith. 

Source of Information: J. E. Lipps, C. A. Johnson, O. B. Gilley and Court Records.

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