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Jefferson Wilkinson

Jefferson H. Wilkinson, the subject of this sketch, was born in Bedford County, Virginia, October 27th, 1853. He is a son of Jefferson H. and America (Noell) Wilkinson, both natives of Bedford County. His grandfather, Captain Joseph Wilkinson was born in Bedford County, Virginia, also, and when the war of 1812 broke out with Great Britain, he commanded a company of infantry from Virginia. He was a farmer, as was his son, Jefferson Wilkinson, Sr., the latter dying at his Bedford County home, at the age of twenty-three years. He was survived by his widow who died six years later, or in 1859, leaving an only child, the subject of this sketch, an orphan. He was reared by a maiden aunt, Fannie G. Wilkinson, who died July 12th, 1895.

Captain James Noell, his maternal grandfather was a soldier in the War of 1812. When a boy, he attended the country schools, and a private school taught by the late William G. Claytor. For five years he was a country school-teacher, but removed to Roanoke in 1887, where he successfully conducted a planning mill for several years. Later he established his present business, that of dealing extensively in lumber, sash, doors, blinds, and building material. In addition to a large jobbing trade, which extends over Southwest Virginia, he carries an immense retail trade in Roanoke and vicinity.
He married Bettie Noell, of Christiansburg, in 1877. She died in 1888, and two years later, on October 30th, 1890, he married Carrie L. Byrd, daughter of William A. and Clarinda Byrd, of Roanoke. The following children were born to bless this union: Annie C., Frank L., Walter H., Clarinda, and J. H. Wilkinson Jr., (deceased). Mr. Wilkinson ably represented his ward in the City Council from 1899, for three consecutive terms. When under the new constitution, the Bi-cameral Council was instituted in Roanoke, he was elected from Highland Ward as an Alderman, and served as President of that body. He is a member of Greene Memorial Methodist Church and for many years was a member of the Board of Stewards. [History of Roanoke County by George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs; published 1915; Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack.]


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