Willie Hawley and Grat Compton

Willie Hawley and Grat Compton

Willie Hawley and Grat Compton were cousins who lived right along the Virginia-West Virginia state line near Bluefield, Willie in Mercer County WV and Graff in Tazewell County Virginia. This is obviously a staged event for a fun picture. The time period is circa 1920.


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im not so sure.. i have photos of William Lane Compton born 14th April, 1872 he looks just like the guy on left. his parents were

Hiram Compton
1847 –

Nancy Jane Belcher *she is my 3x great aunt
1841 – 1903
and I believe that the guy on right would be William Garfield Hawley born May 1883 and they lived in Mercer, WV while the comptons lived in Tazewell, I have photos of William Garfield Hawleys father, Joseph Hawley and he really does favor him.. I have no way to add the photos..these Hawleys were neighbors to many of my family members ancestors as well as he was my other 3rd grandmothers nephew by marriage (her second marraige)

Compton Name

I believe the name should be Grat or Gratt rather than Graff. The old handwriting is hard to decipher. After a second look I think this is what the name should be.