Mamaw Hudnall-Nina Virginia Eskins

Nina Virginia Eskins

Nina Virginia Eskins

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My great-grandmother, Nina Virginia Eskins, was born 2 October 1907 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, the ninth of ten children of Jerome Clinton Eskins, a coal miner, and Eliza Slack.  Her oldest sibling, brother Robert, was 21 by the time she was born.

In the 1910 census, two-year-old Nina is listed in the household with her parents, two older brothers, and two older sisters.  Her two oldest brothers, Robert and Bruce, lived nearby with their families.  They were working as coal miners and her oldest brother at home, 15-year-old Henry, was also working as a coal miner along with their father.

In 1917, when Nina was about ten years old, her mother died.  By the 1920 census, her father and the four youngest daughters are living in Dry Branch.  Her older brothers Robert, Henry, and Clarence are living nearby with their families.  In her pre-teens or teen years, Nina backed up to a fireplace at home and caught the back of her dress on fire, burning her back severely.  The wounds from this injury never fully healed.

Nina Virginia Eskins Hudnall obituary

Nina Virginia Eskins Hudnall obituary

In 1924, Nina married Clarence  Huling Hudnall.  They lived in Charleston from then on, with Clarence working as a baker.  By 1928 they had two children, Reva Ann and Robert Lee.    Nina lived in Charleston until her death 21 November 1971.  She is buried at Grandview Memorial Park in Dunbar, West Virginia.

Clarence & Nina Hudnall gravestone

Clarence & Nina Hudnall gravestone

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