Nicholas Horne, Sr. Settlement

Location: First house was on the south side of Route 64 about 2 miles west of the town of Coeburn. Second house on north side of Route 64, 2 miles west of the town of Coeburn.

Date: First house 1821. Second about 1850.

Owners: Nicholas Horne, Sr., had some kind of a claim before the county was organized, perhaps a squatter's claim. At the sale of the State mortgaged land in 1853, Nicholas Horne, Sr., became the purchaser of this land and at the resale of this land he again became the purchaser on December 1, 1876. At his death the land went to his heirs and they sold to the Clinchfield Coal Company who still own the land.

Description: The first house was a small log house built in or about 1824 by Nicholas Horne, Sr., It was just a one room affair and was located across the road and just south of the present old Horne House. About 1850
Nicholas Horne, Sr., built a new house above the road just north of this first one. At that time it was the best house in the whole surrounding community. It is a two story L shaped log house, weather-boarded with yellow poplar weatherboarding. The logs were hewed and the weatherboard was put on several years later. Two rooms on each floor in the main front and on in the "L". At the west end is a large stone chimney and the stone have
the appearance of being polished, very smooth and even. The interior work is of yellow poplar wood and in a good state of preservation. The flooring and ceiling is about eight inches in width and part of the wall ceiling is put on in a perpendicular manner. The ceilings are very low. Two flight stairway leading up from the east room with narrow boxed up sides. Artistic handmade mantel of yellow poplar wood, with narrow strips worked in giving it the appearance of paneling.  The mantel is very odd, being wider at places and giving it the
appearance of wide saw teeth. Twelve panes-type windows and handmade paneled doors. The kitchen part has a wide porch across the west side and the front has a two story porch across the length of the house with small
square columns. The house is on a knoll above route 64 overlooking Guest River. The lawn slopes south and one very fine old oak tree shades the west side of the lawn. 

Historical Significance: Nicholas Horn, Sr., was born in Russell County, near Castlewood November 8, 1798. He came to the Guest River section of Wise County at the age of 23 years. Here he reared his family, died and
was buried in the old Horne cemetery near the home place. September 18, 1823 he married Nancy Donahue who was born May 11, 1798. To this union were born nine sons and five daughters all of whom grew to maturity. All nine of those sturdy pioneer boys left their home and joined the Confederacy to fight for the land of their birth. High tribute should be paid to the nine brothers giving their best to the cause that seemed as right to them as the rising and setting of the sun that daily shone on the land of their birth - the Confederate southland.
     The first of these sons, Jessee, was born September 5, 1825, was a member of Company H, 50 Virginia Volunteers, was never married and gave his life for the "Gary" at the battle of Fort Donelson, Kentucky.
     Dr. John P. Horn was born September 17, 1827. Married Virginia, a daughter of Freeman and Unicy Beverly. After returning from the war he led an active life as a medical doctor and politician. He qualified as a Justice of the Peace, September, 1865. As supervisor of Gladeville township, June 1870 and again as Justice of the peace in June 1881 and 1883.
     Samuel P. Horn, born December 5, 1831 married Lydia Hall.
     Charles Wesley Horn, born February 5, 1831.
     Henry Horn born February 8, 1832, married Abba Stidham.
     Stephen Horn, born April 5, 1833 married Linda Bond.
     Nicholas Horn, Jr., born February 12, 1839, married _____ Fugate.
     Thomas Horn, born 1841, married _____ Fugate.

Dr. John P. Horn Home

Location: On the north side of Guest River and on the south side of Route 64 leading from Norton to Coeburn, about two miles west of Tacoma.

Date: About 1850.

Owners: John P. Horn and Virginia Coal and Iron Company.

Description: Small hewn log building, very low, one small window in front and a batten door. Chimney at the west end. Nearby was built another small log building that was also used as part of the house. Both were covered with boards and rough plank floors. 
The house is torn down but the old chimney rocks still remain.

History: Dr. John P. Horn was a son of Nicholas and Nancy Donohue Horn who settled near this place about 1821. He was born September 17, 1872 and was married to Virginia, a daughter of Freeman and Unicy Ramsey Beverly. He was a Confederate soldier and served through the Civil War. A fact remarkable to note
was that John Horn and eight of his brothers were in the Confederate Army during the War. He was an early pioneer doctor and was quite a politician for his day, holding various political offices in Wise County. Dr. Horn was one of the doctors called to hold an inquest over Alexander Carrico, the first man ever murdered in Wise County (July 28, 1856).

Source of Information: H. I. Horne, Molly Fraley, Court Records 
and collected notes.

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