Anything to Help

By S. Dail Yeatts, 2005

Jim Hearp was a blacksmith and a tombstone maker in Dry Fork, Virginia, near the turn of the last century. (At least one of his tombstones had on it, “Dun Died”.) He also owned a large farm that included the Dry Fork gold mines. He was known for being religious and also the stingiest man in Dry Fork.

My uncle Rob told me the story that Jim Hearp's neighbor Hopson Thomas (better known as “Hop”) had a long sickness which put him in a tough spot regarding feeding his family. Jim came to visit him, and just before he left he asked Hop if he could do anything for him. Hop said, “Yes, I would appreciate it if you could let me have a barrel of flour until I am able to work.” Jim said, “Oh, I didn't mean that — I meant about praying for you!”

Hop and his family lived in a small shotgun house on a farm that joined Jim's farm. The house did not have any windows and Daddy told me that no matter how cold it was the front door was always open. Hop was the community banjo player for the square dances that used to be held weekly in someone's house on Saturday night. He also helped to keep the moonshiners in business.


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Along the Dry Fork Road

Along the Dry Fork Road



Other Books Concerning Pittsylvania County History

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History of Pittsylvania County, VA

Clement: History of Pittsylvania County

Pittsylvania: Homes and People of the Past

Fitzgerald: Pittsylvania: Homes and People of the Past

Eighteenth Century Landmarks of Pittsylvania County, VA

Hurt: Eighteenth Century Landmarks of Pittsylvania County


An Intimate History of the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Hurt: An Intimate History of the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County

Footprints from the Old Survey Books

Dodson: Footprints from the Old Survey Books

Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina (Dover)

Byrd: Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina


Pittsylvania's Eighteenth-Century Grist Mills

Melton: Pittsylvania's Eighteenth-Century Grist Mills

Pittsylvania's Nineteenth-Century Grist Mills

Melton: Pittsylvania's Nineteenth-Century Grist Mills

Thirty-Nine Lashes, Well Laid On

Melton: Thirty-Nine Lashes, Well Laid On


Pittsylvania County's Historic Courthouse

Melton: Pittsylvania County's Historic Courthouse

Tales About People in a Small Town

Jones: Tales About People in a Small Town



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