The Houchins Cornet Band

Distant relations.

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“The Houchins Cornet Band” was organized 1896-7, by nine young men, sons of the brothers, Reuben and Clayton M. Houchins. Later on a grandson joined. James F. was leader. Some concerts were given in the spring of 1898 that went more than half way toward paying for the instruments. A snare drum and a fife were added to the equipment. After several of the members had fallen victims to matrimony the organization passed out of existence.

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James F. is a newspaper man, a writer of pungency and force, a close student of politics, and a firm advocate of woman’s suffrage. He edited the only journal that has appeared in the Indian Creek valley. His interest in the preparation of this volume [A History of Monroe County, West Virginia] has been most exemplary.

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7 Comments

  1. June 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi there, Rufus and Clayton are my 2nd cousins 4x removed! I descend from the Houchins in Patrick County, VA. I also blog on WordPress. heart2heartstories.com This Coronet Band pic is in my family tree. Small world. Helen

    • mudhooks said,

      June 19, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Rufus is my first cousin 3x removed. James C. was my 3rd GG.

      Most of my Houchins relations were from Monroe County. It’s an interesting family.

      • June 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

        Hi cousin! If you ever want to compare notes, you can email me at helenholshouser@gmail.com James C. Houchins’s dad Edward is my 5th great grandfather, goes like this; Edward Houchins (1760 – 1846)
        is your 5th great grandfather
        BENNETT HOUCHINS (1780 – 1815)
        son of Edward Houchins
        William Houchins (1807 – 1860)
        son of BENNETT HOUCHINS
        Nancy J Houchins (1833 – )
        daughter of William Houchins
        Walter Thomas Houchins (1854 – 1937)
        son of Nancy J Houchins
        Katherine Steptoe Houchins (1883 – 1943)
        daughter of Walter Thomas Houchins
        Margaret Steptoe Kerse (1918 – 1980)
        daughter of Katherine Steptoe Houchins
        Helen Spear Youngblood
        You are the daughter of Margaret Steptoe Kerse

        • June 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

          Did you know that through Edward’s (1760-1846) wife Nancy Clements we go directly back to Jamestown! A book was recently written about our grandmother in this line, Joan Phippen, who married William Pierce, a Burgess in Jamestown.
          Joan Phippen (1580 – 1650)
          is your 11th great grandmother
          Edith Pierce (1607 – 1644)
          daughter of Joan Phippen
          Capt. John Clements (1631 – 1710)
          son of Edith Pierce
          John Clements (1669 – 1704)
          son of Capt. John Clements
          Stephen Clements (1692 – 1746)
          son of John Clements
          Joyce Clements (1739 – 1821)
          daughter of Stephen Clements
          Edward Houchins (1760 – 1846)
          son of Joyce Clements
          BENNETT HOUCHINS (1780 – 1815)
          son of Edward Houchins
          William Houchins (1807 – 1860)
          son of BENNETT HOUCHINS
          Nancy J Houchins (1833 – )
          daughter of William Houchins
          Walter Thomas Houchins (1854 – 1937)
          son of Nancy J Houchins
          Katherine Steptoe Houchins (1883 – 1943)
          daughter of Walter Thomas Houchins
          Margaret Steptoe Kerse (1918 – 1980)
          daughter of Katherine Steptoe Houchins
          Helen Spear Youngblood
          You are the daughter of Margaret Steptoe Kerse

          The book, by Connie Lapallo, is “Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky” I heard her speak, she spent eight years researching it!

          • mudhooks said,

            June 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

            Yes. I have gotten that far back on the Houchins side. Much further on the various lines from there.

            One side came from most of the royal families of Europe and the other was an indentured servant. I always fine that amusing.

            This is my Houchins line.

            Edward Howchens (1658 – 1695), 7th great grandfather
            Edward H. Houchens (1692 – 1765)
            John Houchins (1725 – 1809)
            Edward (Ned) Houchin (1760 – 1800)
            James C. Houchins Sr. (1776 – 1858)
            Thomas H. Houchins (1818 – 1905)
            Harvey Edward Houchins (1861 – 1916)
            Dell Roy Houchins (1887 – 1952)
            Basel Elwood Houchins (1915 – 1988)
            Me.

            • July 7, 2016 at 12:51 am

              Hello – my name is Wendy Hurlock Baker and I work at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. We are trying to reach you about an image you posted to Shorpy.com of Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture. We are very interested in using that image in an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Native Veterans. Would you please contact me at the email address below to discuss? Thank you for your time and consideration.
              Sincerely,
              Wendy Hurlock Baker
              hurlockbakerw@si.edu

  2. azahar said,

    March 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    “After several of the members had fallen victims to matrimony..”

    Ha, love that. 🙂


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