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Belmont County, Ohio
Genealogy and History



Submitted by Cheryl Skinner unless otherwise noted.

Danford, Rev. J. W.
Father of Eugene Man Dies in Ohio
Word has been received here of the death of Rev. J. W. Danford, 86, pioneer mid-west minister at Barnesville, Ohio.  Rev. Danford was the father of Dr. S. A. Danford of Eugene, Rev. C. W. Danford of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. C. M. Packard, wife of the editor of the Colfax, Wash., Gazette.  Rev. Danford was a minister of the gospel in Minnesota and North Dakota in the days when the states were raw and unsettled, spending more than 50 years in active ministry.  He had been in good health until a few days before his death.  [Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) – Friday, April 18, 1930; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Davidson, Charles Wilson : The funeral of Charles Wilson Davidson, 89, who died at the county infirmary Monday October 16, 1944, was conducted Wednesday by Rev. Henry Neymann, Bridgeport. The deceased had been in the institution since 1940. [Times Recorder, 20 Oct 1944]

Davis, Dottie M.: Mrs. Dottie M. Davis, 81, resident of Beallsville, passed away Wednesday, September 8th at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling. She was born November 15, 1889, a daughter of the late Nelson and Sevilla Headley Mobley. She was a member of the Beallsville Church of Christ. Preceded in death by her husband, Crawford in 1956, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Brown of Richmond, Ohio; one son, Fred of Greensboro, NC., five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two brothers, George of Beallsville and Leslie of Barnesville; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Smith and Mrs. Zella Brock, both of Beallsville. One son, is deceased. The remains were taken to the Harper and Campbell Funeral Home in Beallsville where friends were received. Final rites were held Friday, September 10th at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Evangelist Tom Butterfield, Jr., officiating. Burial was made in Beallsville Cemetery. [Barnesville Enterprise]

Davis, Francis Paul: Francis Paul Davis, 48, of Belmont, died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Valley General Hospital. Born at Belmont June 24, 1913, he was a son of the late James and Clara Stewart Davis/ He was a member of the Belmont Church of Christ, Hazen Lodge No. 251 of Bethesda, the Belmont American Legion Post and the Ohio Highway Patrol Auxiliary. In addition, he was president of the Belmont Fire Department. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II and had worked for the Ohio Valley Gas Co. for more than 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Ann Malek Davis; a son, Kenneth and a daughter, Donna Jean, both at home; four sisters, Mrs. Lela Lynn of Barberton, Mrs. Mae Parker of Belmont Mrs. Grace Hepburn and Mrs. Mary Phillips of Columbus; a brother, Park of Akron; Friends received at the Kelly-Kemp Funeral Home, Bethesda, where services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with Brother Amos Orrison officiating. Burial at Belmont Cemetery. Masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home. Full graveside military services will be conducted by the Belmont American Legion.

Davis, Harry Eugene: Harry Eugene Davis, 77, Weirton, WV., formerly of Bethesda, died Sunday in Weirton Medical Center. He was born Jan 3, 1916 at Bethesda, son of the late Harry and Mae Heskett Davis. He was a retired vice president of Colliers Steel Co., a Protestant and a World War II Veteran. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice Benson. Surviving are his wife Mary Babish Davis; two sisters, Mrs. William (Mary) Bache of Bonita Springs, FL., and Mrs. Robert (Joan) Shepherd of Bethesda; two brothers, Bernard Dale of Cap may, N.N. and Charles H., of Bonita Springs. Friends will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly-Kemp Funeral Home, Bethesda, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John Jackson officiating. Burial follows in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bethesda. American Legion Post No. 90, will conduct graveside services. [08 Mar 1993]

Davis, John: John Davis, 73, of National Rd., west of Morristown, died yesterday at 6:50 a.m. The body was taken to the Kelly-Kemp Funeral Home, Bethesda and returned to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pearl Skinner, west of Morristown. Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Robert Meyers will be in Charge with interment to follow in Morristown Cemetery. A son of Taylor and Jane Crozier Davis, he was born near Washington County, IA., but for the past 35 years was a resident of near Morristown. He was a farmer and married to Effie Lee in 1907, who died January 3, 1932. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lela Bunting, Barnesville, and Mrs. Pearl Skinner, Morristown; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Kocher, Belmont; a brother, Roland Davis, Newark, OH; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Day, William E.: The Angel of Death has again been hovering around us and has taken from our midst William E. Day. He was born at Rock Hill, Belmont Co., and died near Stafford, Monroe County Ohio, July 24, 1899, aged 60 yrs. 8 mo. 9 days. He enlisted in Co. G. and fought for his country as a loyal and brave man. He was married to Miss Margaret Dollman of near Leabnon, their lives being one of peace and happiness. Ten children were born unto them five boys and five girls, and his bereaved wife still survive him. He was converted and united to the M. E. church in 1870. The Methodist Ministry always found a hearty welcome in his home which was a true Christian home. His ten children being faithful members of the M. E. church. He was a gentleman widely known and highly respected by all who knew him. He was closely attached to his family and was a great sufferer from cancers during the three months of his sickness and as a true Christian he bore his suffering well. He was also a member of the John Archibald post, No 362 of Stafford. His comrades will miss him from their ranks as they have lost a good comrade who never will gather with the boys to be tribute to the loyal dead. He was a good kind father and loving husband and will be missed by the family circle when they gather around the family altar of which he was the guide and light as well as being missed by his many friends. Short devotional services was held at the house, July the 25th, 1899 followed by regular services by Revs. Smith and Martin a large concourse of relatives and friends followed him to his last resting place with his beloved comrades acting as pall bearers his remains were interred in the Stafford cemetery.

Dean, Thomas
Thomas Dean, a B. and O. brakeman, fell between the cars, while attempting to set a brake, near Burr's Mills, on Friday, and met a horrible death under the wheels. His head was nearly severed, and his whole body was mangled in a sickening manner. He lived at Spencer's Station, and was married but two or three weeks ago.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 21 Aug. 1890; tr by KT]

Denney, Mrs. Eleanor : Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor Denney, 92, who died Monday morning at her home on North St., following a short illness, were held Wednesday afternoon at the late residence in charge of Rev. C. C. Davis of the First Methodist Church. Interment was made in the Southern Cemetery. With the passing of Mrs. Denney, death claimed the city's two oldest residents in two days. W. W. Groves, 98, died on Sunday. [Jeffersonian, 31 Dec 1941]

Devore, Richard D. : Richard D. Devore, 77, of Bellaire, died Wednesday March 5, 2003 at the Belmont Community Hospital. He was born August 15, 1925 in Moundsville WV., a son of the late Joseph Randall and Bessie Mabel Keyser Devore. Richard was a retired steelworker from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Mingo Junction and a member of St. John Catholic Church, Bellaire. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Keith A. Devore on October 19, 1987. Surviving are his wife, Teresa Schramm Devore , two sons, Thomas Devore and his wife Teresa of Bridgeport and Jeffrey Devore of the home; a daughter, Phyllis Devore also of the home, one sister, Jeanne Rose of Warren, OH and three grandchildren, Kristi, Mathew and T. J. Devore. Friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home in Bellaire, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass with Liturgy on Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Monsignor Gene W. Mullett officiating. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire.

Dietrich, Adolph : Clarington, O - Word reached here Sunday of the death late Saturday evening of Adolph Dietrich at his home in Belmont. A native of this place he has been living in Belmont for a number of years. Bereaved are his wife, one sister, Miss Bertha Dietrich, brothers, Charles, Lewis and Wesley, Clarington and Dan, Canton. [The Times Recorder, 27 Jun 1944]

Dimitro, James A.: James A. Dimitro, 75, Bethesda, died July 8, 1989 at Barnesville Hospital. He was born August 2, 1913 in Piney Fork, a son of the late Andrew and Marketa Nicolas Dimitro. He was a retired employee of Consolidated Coal Co. and owner-operator of Jim's Shoe Repair of Bethesda. He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church , Hazen Lodge 251, Bethesda, Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, Osiris Shrine, Wheeling, WV. He also served on the Bethesda Village Council and was a street commissioner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Faye Dixon Dimitro; and one daughter, Diana Faye Dimitro. Surviving are his wife, Clara Gladden Dimitro; one daughter, Marlene Funkhouser of Rt. 1 Belmont; one son, Mark Allen Dimitro of North Canton; one step-daughter, Mrs. Jane Powell of Bethesda; two step-sons, William C. Gladden of Wheeling, WV., Robert W. Gladden, Palatine, IL.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one brother, Stamolis of Greece. Services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Kelly-Kemp Funeral Home Bethesda, with Rev. John Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Belmont Cemetery. Masonic Lodge services were held Sunday evening in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethesda Emergency Squad. [Barnesville Enterprise, 12 Jul 1989 pg. 2]

Dowd, Lillian: Lillian Nichols Dowd died Feb 13, 1993 at her home in Sandy. She was born Oct 10, 1910 in Union Township, north of Morristown, to Clayton and Ora Ahalt Nichols. She received her B. S. degree in education from Ohio University. She taught in Blaine and Sebring, Ohio; in Pahoa Hawaii and in Kekaha, Kauai; in Grant School at Salt Lake City and as a remedial reading teacher in various elementary and junior high schools in Salt Lake City. She married Lawrence T. Dowd in Olaa, Hawaii in 1948. She was a member of Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, American Association of Retired Persons and Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was treasurer of the state organization for two years. She was preceded in death by her nephews, Clifford and Clayton Doughty, and her sister, Launa Doughty, all formerly of Belmont. Surviving are Frederick and Linda Dowd of Green River, Wyoming. A memorial sercice is being held at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church today, Feb 17 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Morristown Union Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary. [Barnesville Enterprise,17 Feb 1993 pg. 2]

Drake, F. Raymond: F. Raymond Drake, 76, formerly of Barnesville, died Wednesday at Phoenix, AZ. He was born August 4, 1912 at Woodsfield, a son of the late William Garfield and Jenny Bird Drake. He was a Methodist. Surviving are his wife, Ethel Drake; two sons, Ray of Sierra Vista, AZ., and Larry of Oxford, Ala.; three daughters, Doris Merritt, Bonnie Drake and Alice Ballabin, all of Phoenix; five brothers, Bill of Bracksville, WV., George and Charles, both of Barnesville, Thurman and Carl, both of Bardington, FL., six sisters, Myrtle Hudson of Barnesville, Lillian Huntsman of Columbus, Florence Little of West Lafayette, Edna Parker of Leesburg, FL., Betty Eikleberry of Streetsboro and Kathryn Eikleberry of Ravenna; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a great-great-great-grandchild. Friends will be received at the Kelly-Kemp Funeral Home, Bethesda, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Brother James Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bethesda. [Times Leader, 16 Apr 1989]

Dunn, Ann
DIED. In Glencoe, Belmont county, Ohio, June 6th, 1875, Ann Dunn, aged 93 years. The deceased was the mother of Mr. John Dunn, of the Dufour House.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 17, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Durmon, Thomas L. : Pleasant Hill, OH.- Thomas L. Durmon, 70, passed away at his home here, Sunday morning. Mr. Durmon suffered a paralytic stroke, over six months ago and has been bedfast ever since. He leaves his wife, Ida and one son, Albert at home, another son, Walter, preceded him in death two years ago, also six grandchildren. The body is at the Toothman Funeral Home at Jacobsburg where services will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock with burial in Armstrong Mills Cemetery. [Times Recorder, 29 Feb 1944]

Dyrdeck, Stanley Joseph : Stanley Joseph Dyrdeck, one year old son of Walter and Geneva Senekevich Dyrdeck of Glencoe, passed away Sunday evening in the O. V. G. Hospital, where he had been taken Sunday afternoon following one week's illness. Surviving is one brother, Walter Lewis Dyrdeck, the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Senekevich, St. Clairsville, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dyrdeck of St. Clairsville. The body was taken to the Beck mortuary and today will be returned to the family home near Glencoe where funeral services will be held with Rev. Raymond Harris of Scared Heart Church, Neffs, in charge. Interment will be made in the Union Cemetery. [Times Recorder, 08 May 1945]

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