The Saga of William Curry
By C. A. Curry
In September, 1863, Federal General Averill’s troops approached Covington. Curry again found it necessary to move the records and transferred them to the residence of William T. Clark, 8 miles north of Covington. It was here that the records were stored in one of the most unusual hiding places. They were taken to a buckwheat patch in the midst of a forest and hidden in a buckwheat rack where they were stored for three weeks.
As conditions worsened, the records were again moved four miles into the mountains to the residence of a Baptist minister serving in the Confederate army. Curry was assisted in this transfer by Andy Daugherty, a farmhand of Clark and an African- American. Afterward Daugherty became a citizen of Pocahontas County and a resident of Clover Lick. For the next two years the safety of these records depended on his loyalty and secrecy.
In January, 1865, Curry enlisted the assistance of John B. Kinnison and a three horse team to move the records back to the residence of Joel Hill. A month later they were moved to the nearby house of Rev. Michael D. Dunlap.
The first court after the war was held in the Hillsboro Methodist Church and thereafter the records were stored in the old Academy building. In June, 1866, they were moved back to Huntersville to the residence of John Garvey near the court house. A few months later they were restored to the county clerk’s office. During the Civil War, on June 20, 1863, Pocahontas County, Virginia, had become part of the new state of West Virginia.
After an absence of more than 5 years, travel in a wagon for nearly 200 miles, and storage in at least 10 different locations, Price reports “nothing was lost but an old process book of no intrinsic importance”. It is a tribute to those who assisted and held such actions in confidence. It is also a tribute to William Curry whose actions saved nearly 40 years of Pocahontas history that otherwise may have been lost forever. He continued to serve as County Clerk until 1878. William Price best praises Curry as follows: