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Audra Loraine PUDDER

Female 1916 - 1950  (33 years)


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  • Name Audra Loraine PUDDER 
    Born 19 Aug 1916  Upshur Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1935  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1940  Hutchinson Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 25 Jun 1950  Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: drowned in flash flood 
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (IOOF section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I96236  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2014 

    Father John Edward "Jim" PUDDER,   b. 14 Feb 1888, Randolph Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1920, Upshur Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Minnie Mae WRIGHT,   b. 1 Sep 1899, Queens, Upshur Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1915  Buckhannon, Upshur Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F35139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Samuel Dail MCKINNEY,   b. 9 Jan 1912, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1984  (Age 72 years) 
    Notes 
    • The Hagerstown (Md.) Morning Herald
      Tuesday, June 27, 1950

      Stood by Helplessly
      MAN SEES WIFE AND CHILDREN CARRIED TO DEATH BY FLOOD

      (Editor’s Note: Samuel Dail McKinney, 38-year-old Columbian Carbon Company employe, stood helplessly on high ground early Sunday as a flash flood swept his wife and four children to their deaths at Smithburg. Here is his story as told to the Associated Press.)

      By Samuel D. McKinney

      Smithburg, W.Va., June 26 (AP) -- I saw my wife and four children carried away to their deaths by the flood and there wasn’t anything we could do.
      When the water first began to rise, I was in a boat with several others helping to get people to high ground. Those with me included my father-in-law, R. W. Rothwell.
      Then we went to the Rothwell house where my wife and children were visiting. I told Mrs. McKinney to take our four youngsters ranging in age from two to 11 and Mrs. Rothwell and walk along the railroad track to the home of a friend on high ground.
      They left with Mr. Rothwell and instead went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clive Bailey, I guess to help the Baileys out a bit. We stayed at the Rothwell house to move furniture until the water began pouring in over the window sills.
      Moving on to the Bailey home then, where 15 people had gathered, we decided to go to higher ground to leave some of the men so we could empty the Bailey house in about two trips.
      I couldn’t swim, so I was one of those who stayed on the ground. It was pitch dark, and the rain which started about 6 o’clock Saturday night kept coming down like it was being poured from buckets.
      Three men, two of them excellent swimmers, went back with the boat to the Bailey house, but they couldn’t get all the way there in the current. One, Gib Davis, either jumped or fell out of the boat and got hold of a grapevine. Then he pulled himself up to the house.
      The other two drifted downstream with the boat until it lodged on the roof of the garage building, and later escaped from there.
      The Bailey house was one of eight lying between Middle Island Creek and the railroad track. All eight were swept away.
      I was on the high ground with the others when the Bailey house went. And there wasn’t anything we could do.
    Children 
     1. Naomi Loraine MCKINNEY,   b. 18 Jul 1938, Borger, Hutchinson Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     2. Norma Lee MCKINNEY,   b. 21 Jan 1940, Borger, Hutchinson Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1940, Borger, Hutchinson Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Samuel Lennie MCKINNEY,   b. 20 May 1942, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     4. Margie Sue MCKINNEY,   b. 21 Sep 1945, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     5. Jo Ann MCKINNEY,   b. 19 Jan 1948, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Family ID F41593  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: drowned in flash flood - 25 Jun 1950 - Smithburg, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (IOOF section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    96236_MCKINNEY_AudraLorrainePudder_1916-1950_DeathCertificate.jpg
    96236_MCKINNEY_AudraLorrainePudder_1916-1950_DeathCertificate.jpg
    999999_1950Flood_NewsArticle_WestUnionHerald_6July1950.jpg
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    999999_1950Flood_WestUnionHerald_29Jun1950.jpg
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1853] Death Certificate, WV State Dept of Health, Div of Vital Statistics, (http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx).

    2. [S127] 1940 Census.

    3. [S934] Findagrave.com.