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April 20, 1909: Melvin Wine was born in Burnsville


Fiddler Melvin Wine (April 20, 1909-March 16, 2003) was born near Burnsville. The Wine family, of German descent, has resided in Braxton County since at least 1840, having come from Rockingham County, Virginia. Melvin descended from a line of Braxton County fiddlers and singers stretching at least to his great-grandfather, Smithy Wine.

Wine, a recipient of the Vandalia ...

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