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Great Grandmother Flora Bell McFall was a smart girl. The Staunton
Spectator reported Wednesday, February 1, 1888 the Roll of Honor for the Mt.
Solon School in Augusta County, Virginia.
Image from Library of Virginia, Virginia Chronicle
No absences, no tardies, well behaved and a 92% average! Flora’s
siblings Kinzer, Clara and Paul also made the honor roll.
Her father, James Addison McFall, died a young man, age
39, in April of 1887.
She lost her mother, Rodie Maria Harman, in May 1890 who also died young at the age of 40.
Consumption was the cause of death for both parents. By the time Flora Belle
was 15, she was an orphan. I’m hoping family took care of the McFall children.
Six years later Flora Belle, 19 years old, married John
W. Bolen, 24 year old son of James E. Bolen and Sarah F. Hopewell at Mt. Solon,
VA on July 18, 1894. It was not a happy union. Flora
Belle filed for divorce March 3, 1899 in the Circuit Court of Augusta Co., VA.
She stated that John W. Bolen had deserted and abandoned her less than a month
after her marriage. A daughter, Ruby Esther Bolen, was born from the marriage
and John W. Bolen refused to provide any support for Flora Bell and Ruby
The divorce case was decided Nov. 23, 1899 when their
marriage was officially dissolved. Custody of Ruby Esther was awarded to Flora
Belle. Flora Belle accepted $260.00 (plus interest until paid) from John W.
Bolen in lieu of support and maintenance. He was also required to pay Flora’s
legal fees ($25.00).
When the 1900 federal census was enumerated, Flora Belle
and Ruby Esther Bolen were living in the North River Township--the place where
she was born and raised. Flora’s younger brothers, Paul and Lacy McFall were
part of her household. The census indicates Flora owned their home. 
Together they had three
children, James McFall (my grandfather), Lacy Daniel and Flora Belle. Lacy
Daniel died when a baby. The Staunton
Spectator and Vindicator, Friday, Oct. 1, 1909 issue reported his death:
Sudden Death of Child near Fishersville
Lacy Daniel Joseph, the infant
son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Joseph, of the Fishersville neighborhood, died
suddenly on Friday afternoon, the 17th ult., aged one year, nine months and ten
days. The child was playing on the front porch when he suddenly fell,
unconscious, to the floor. Medical aid was promptly summoned but the family
physician, Dr. White, of Tinkling Spring, was absent from home and did not
arrive for some hours.
In the meantime, the fond
mother, assisted by kind neighbors, resorted to such remedies as were at hand
until the doctor's arrival. When Dr. White finally came he said that his
presence earlier would have made no difference as the malady was beyond the
power of medical skill. The little fellow remained unconscious from the first
and late in the afternoon the gentle spirit passed to its eternal home on high.
He was an unusually beautiful child and precocious to a marked degree.
The father and mother have the
sympathy of a wide circle of friends. The funeral services were conducted by
Rev. H. A. Coffman, of the Methodist Episcopal church and the interment took
place at Asbury Chapel.
Flora Belle (McFall)
Joseph died April 9, 1910 about 3 weeks after the birth of her new baby daughter,
also named Flora Belle, near Annex, Augusta Co, VA. She is buried in Annex
Church Cemetery beside her 3-year old son Lacy Daniel.
 Augusta Co., VA Death Register, 1871-1892 North River
District, Line 18.
 Augusta Co. VA Death Register, 1871-1892 North River
District 1890 Line 32.
 Marriage Certificate of Flora Bell McFall and John W.
 Chancery Suit Flora Bell Bolen vs. John W. Bolen
Index No. 1899-047, original case 600 online at Library of Virginia, Virginia Memory,
Chancery Records digitized image collection
 1900 Federal Census, North River, Augusta Co., VA,
Series T623, Roll 1700, Page 150, Line 3, Flora B. Bolen Household.
6 Marriage Certificate of Flora B. Bolen and Daniel F.