William H. Dean Home
 

Location: Located on Rocky Fork of Guest River, about one mile north of Rock Switch road leading from Glamorgan.

Date: Built 1844.

Owners: Land was bought by William H. Dean before Wise County was organized and the place is now in possession of Dale Carter Dean, son of W. H. Dean.
     
Description: The Dean house was a two story, five room log house, with a shingle roof. The house had two rooms upstairs and two down and a lean-to kitchen, with a stone chimney at the end with a fireplace on the first
and second floor. This house was typical of the other early log house in shape except that it had more rooms, glass windows and poplar flooring, sawed about six inches wide. This house burned a few years ago.

Historical Significance: William H. Dean was the son of Andrew Dean who was born in 1784, married Margaret Pennex, emigrated from North Carolina and settled at the Ford of Big Moccasin in Scott Co. William
H. Dean, was born October 22, 1818 and married Isabelle I., a daughter of Charles Wesley and Hannah Berry Carter, May 22, 1845. Isabelle Dean was born May 24, 1824 and died March 16, 1891. Unto this union were born twelve children who have had an important role upon the screen of Wise County.
     William H. Dean taught the first school at Gladeville (now Wise), in 1854 or 55. It was a one room, dirt floored, log building, with a very leaky roof, that stood on the site of the George W. Kilgore lot in Wise. He was elected a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Wise County Court at the opening of Wise County's first Court, July 28, 1856. He was also appointed a member of the building committee to supervise the building of the new Courthouse for Wise County. He qualified as a Justice of the Peace at the January term of Court
1867. As Deputy Treasurer for Henry Ramey, Treasurer, at the November Term of Court 1878. He enlisted as Second Sergeant, under Captain L. H. N. Salyer (Company H 50 Virginia Volunteers) June 3, 1861 at the
Courthouse of Wise County. Within that same year he got sick at White Sulphur Springs, WV and was sent home by the Surgeon.
     His son, Dale Carter, qualified as Constable for the Gladeville Magisterial District at the June Term of Court 1885 and as Commissioner of the Revenue for the Western District at the June Term of Court 1887, 1891, and 1895.
     The old Dean farm on the Rocky Fork was one of the prettiest farms in the whole surrounding county during its day. Most of the land is flat river bottom land, with Guest River wending its way through the center of the bottoms and the wooded hills making a background for the level land in all directions. During the life of William Dean these bottoms were waving with tall meadow grass and many cattle grazing over the farm.
     William H. Dean, emigrated to what is now Wise County from Scott Co., VA and settled at the Dean Farm on the Rocky Fork of Guest River in 1844. Here he built a two story, five room log house, with a shingle roof, with a stone chimney at the end, with a fireplace up and downstairs. This house was built the same year he came to Wise County, but burned a few years ago. William H. Dean was the son of Andrew and Margaret Pennex Dean, who emigrated from North Carolina and settled at the Ford of Big Moccasin in Scott Co. Andrew
Dean was born in 1784.
     William H. Dean was born October 22, 1818, married Isabell I, a daughter of Charles Wesley and
Hannah Berry Carter, May 22, 1845. Isabell I. Dean was born May 24, 1824 and died March 16, 1891.
     Unto this union were born twelve children:
     Albert A. Dean, born March 20, 1845 never married.
     Martha I. Dean, born July 25, 1847, married Ira Kilgore.
     Hannah C. Dean, born April 7, 1849, married Henderson Addington.
     Sarah E. Dean, born February 22, 1851, married Craig Miller.
     Rosa E. Dean, born January 17, 1853, died October 16, 1857.
     Wesley Fletcher Dean, born December 30, 1854, married Lavina Hill.
     Sina M. Dean, born October 20, 1856, married 1st William Addington,
2nd Henderson Wheatley.
     Dale Carter Dean, born May 9, 1859, married Erma Dotson.
     Laura S. Dean, born March 30, 1864, married William Carter.
     Orpha A. Dean, born March 30, 1864, married James Bradley.
     Ivory M. Dean, born June 10, 1866, married Lizzie Carter.
     He was a Confederate Soldier and was a member of Capt. Salyers' Company H 50th Virginia Volunteers and was sick at the White Sulphur Springs section in West Virginia and was sent home by the Surgeon.
     His son Dale Carter qualified as Constable for the Gladeville Magisterial District at the June term of Court 1885. Qualified as Commissioner of Revenue for the Western District at the June terms of Court 1887, 1891 and 1895.

Source of Information: Dale Carter Dean, Laura Carter, Wise VA and from Court Records.


 
 
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