Excerpt: "Hiram Christian also left his practice when competition for patients became too intense. Rather than relocate to a more isolated area, he switched careers and set himself up as an attorney in Welch. Finding the legal profession too crowded in the McDowell County seat, he eventually moved to War, where he was the only lawyer and became the community's justice of the peace."
(Based on age and location, I believe this is the correct "Hiram Christian" who was a self-taught doctor and later a lawyer. Please correct if needed. user:cthrnvl)
The killing of Moses Hankins by Hiram Christian, at Welch, W. Va., is said to have been unintentional. It was not our Mose, however, but a gentleman who formerly lived in the west end of the county. He leaves a family in destitute circumstances. - Clinch Valley news., August 25, 1893