Barbour County, West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices


Thomas A. Bradford
PHILIPPI, March 31. Hon. Thomas A. Bradford, a prominent lawyer and an esteemed citizen of this county, died yesterday from the effects of a paralytic stroke. His death is regretted on all sides. His funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at this place, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Philippi. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, April 2, 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Jack Garner
One of this countys oldest citizens, Mr. Jack Garner, died at Frank Moores, near Vannoys Mills, yesterday. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV)  Sunday, November 23, 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz]

C.S. Hall
Distressing Suicide:  C.S. Hall, Esq., of Phillippi, committed suicide on the 9th  inst., by cutting his throat with a razor, while laboring under temporary mental derangement.  Mr. Hall formerly represented Randolph in the Legislature, and was subsequently Commonwealth's Attorney for Barbour.  He was a gentleman of fine intellect, and possessed a large number of friends who regret his untimely end and unfortunate fate. [Cooper's Clarksburg Register. (Clarksburg, Va. [W. Va.]), 19 June 1857] Sub. by: K.T.

Nannie Hall
A Loved One Gone. 
Last Saturday at 3:30 oclock while our town was filled with people busy doing their trading and enjoying life, little did they think that a message should come to their ears stating that Miss Nannie Hall, who was in the bloom of life lying dead at her home, three miles north of Haven. But sure, it was true, and many could not believe until they drove out in their buggies and founds it to be the case.  Mrs. Hall was away from home at her daughter's, Mrs. Lstcher O'Neals, and Mr. Hall not being well was lying down on a lounge in the front room, while, Miss Nannie was busy about the house-hold duties, and the children were playing in the kitchen, when her little nephew asked for a piece of bread and butter, and while she was getting it ready, her little brother, about nine years old happened to pick up a shot gun which was near by and was accidentally discharged.  Mr. Hall said he heard Nannie say to the boy put up that gun, and at the same moment the sound of the gun rang through the house, and arriving on the scene, Mr. Hall saw it had finished its fatal work, as the load struck her in the right eye, and killing her instantly. Mr. Hall sent word to their near neighbor, Geo. Astle, who came and soon it was made known. 
We can not forget that scene as we drove out to the home, and seeing the father bowed in grief; and when the news were told to the mother, she came home almost prostrated with grief, and saying I want to see my child.  That after-noon mens eyes that have not been wet with tears: the fountain of love broke loose and the tears rolled down their cheeks.  The question may be asked by many why should so good, and pure young lady just in the bloom of life, and death clasps her from this earth  We do not know at this time, but a little while and we shall know for we are not to understand all the mysteries at present, and we are sure if we live as good and pure a life as Miss Hall, we shall meet her, just over the river, where, Christ says there is no death, pain nor suffering.  Miss Hall was a young lady who was loved by all in whom she became acquainted with making no difference where she would meet you, she always had a pleasant word, and always strewing flowers and sunshine on the bath-way, it is hoped more will follow her foot steps, by strewing flowers and sunshine. A large wreath of beautiful flowers covered the wound, and she looked as though she had fallen asleep, to wake with Jesus.  She was dressed in white cashmere, silk lace and ribbon and white slipper, and the lily she held in her hand was an emblem of her pure life. The funeral was the largest ever held in Haven. Her favorite songs Safe in the arms of Jesus, and Asleep in Jesus were sung.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community.  ["Haven Independent", (Haven, Reno County, KS), April 22, 1899]

Obituary --- (Communicated) The people of Haven and community were greatly shocked on last Saturday afternoon, at the report that Miss Nannie Hall had been accidentally shot and killed, at her home three miles north of Haven.  A large number of friends at once drove to the house, and found the sad report to be true.  She had been shot in the right side of her face; the shot penetrating the brain causing instant death.  Her real name was Nancy Ethel, but she was more commonly known as Nannie; and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hall.  She was born near Buchanan, Barber Co., West Virginia, September 12th, 1877, and met her death April 15th, 1899 being in her 22nd year.  On October 6th, 1895, she with her brother Earnest was baptized and joined the M. E. church, in Haven, and continued in her relation to the church until her death.  She was a young woman of excellent Christian character, and lovable nature; and was well known throughout the entire community, and highly esteemed by all who knew he.  Her untimely death has made a profound impression upon the entire neighborhood; every  one feeling the shock of sudden and tragic ending of so sweet and pure a life.  The funeral was held in the M. E. church in Haven; the church being crowded with friends and neighbors. The sermon was preached by her former Pastor Rev. C. H. Pracht assisted by Rev. Stephen Brink, of Nickerson.  The church was very appropriately decorated, a wreath and anchor of white flowers had been purchased by the young ladies who were her most intimate and special friends, and laid upon the casket.  Six of these young ladies took the place of Pall-bearers assisted by the same number of young men.  She was laid away in the Laural cemetery, to await the resurrection morning. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.  It was hard for the friends, and relations to give her up, but will meet again on the golden strand, And stand where the saints and angles stand, Under the bright celestial dome, All safely housed in our eternal home. [buried in Laurel Cemetery, Reno County, KS]
Card of Thanks.  We wish to extend our sincere and heart felt thanks, to the many friends and neighbors, who so kindly gave us their assistance and sympathy in the recent loss of our beloved daughter, and sister.  Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hall, and Family. [Haven Independent, Haven, Reno County, KS, April 22, 1899 - Sub. by Rose Stout]

Miss, Howes
Horrible Occurrence- We learn that on Monday evening last the dwelling house of Mr. Joseph Howes, near Belington, Barbour county, was entirely consumed by fire, and that a young lady daughter of Mr. H., an invalid aged about 26, was burned to death in the building. It seems that the family were all absent a short distance from the dwelling, engaged at quilting, as we are informed, and during their absence the house took fire, when discovered, the  structure was almost entirely consumed, and it was of course then to late to rescue the enfortunate girl. It is said she  was entirely helpless, from the effects of disease--Exchange. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, November 16, 1874  Transcribed by: D.O.

A. D. Modisett
PHILIPPI, W. VA, March 1, 1881. Hon A. D. Modisett, ex member of the House of Delegates, who died on Saturday from the effects of an injury received while piling lumber on Thursday, was buried yesterday with Masonic honors. Universal regret is felt at the great loss the people of Barbour county have sustained. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, March 2, 1881; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Lair D. Morrall
A Prominent Citizen of Barbour County Passes Away
Philippi, W Va., January 25- Lair D. Morrall, by far the most noted character in the history of this county, died at his home here today at the advanced age of 77 years. Mr. Morrall had been suffering for about three weeks from a severe cold which during the past nine days has merged into heart trouble. He was born in Pendleton county, October 12th, 1814, but early in his life moved to what is now Randolph county then at sixteen he began business for himself continuing up to his last illness. He has served as Sheriff, Assessor, Clerk of the County and Circuit Court, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Chancery and many others. As a successful political leader he never had an equal in this section. As a citizen he was up right, widely known and very popular. As a Christian he spent the last twenty-eight years of his life in the Presbyterian Church, being an elder in that church here since 1870. He was married in 1843 and lived in Philippi continuously ever since, excepting a period during the war. He has always been conspicuous in the management of the county's affairs, and no man who ever lived in it was more keenly awake to his county's interest than he. He was always a outspoken Democrat and was for years recognized as the mainstay of that party in this counrt. His wife, two daughters and one son survive him. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, January 26, 1892  Transcribed by: D.O.

Edward Neal Robinson
PHILIPPI, W. Va., June 30 Edward Neal Robinson, little son of Postmaster L. D. Robinson, of this place, died yesterday evening of convulsions, brought on by teething. The funeral takes place at 10:30 to-morrow. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, July 2, 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Five children of Martin Sherman, of Meadowville, Barbour county, died last week of flux, which is raging in that vicinity. [Sept. 30, 1889, Wheeling Register {Wheeling, WV}, Vol. 27, Issue 80, Pg 4]

Hess Stalnaker
PHILIPPI, W. VA., June 30 Marvin Chambers, son of Rev. Chambers, of Meadowville, this county, stabbed Hess Stalnaker, son of Holsberry Stalnaker, three times on last Tuesday evening, once in the throat, which proved fatal, Stalnaker dying the next day at 2:30 p.m. Excitement runs high. Young Chambers has been arrested. The families connected stand high. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV)  Monday, July 2, 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Amanda Welch
The Russell murder trial is on here now. The States witnesses are not all examined. States Attorney Peck is laying a strong foundation, and so far has a very strong chain of circumstantial evidence. The case is the one in which F. M. and Margaret Russell are charged with the poisoning of Mrs. Amanda Welch. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV)  Monday, July 2, 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Virginia K. Wesley
Virginia K. Wesley, 81, of Allentown, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009 in St. Luke's Hospital, Allentown Campus. Born in Philippi, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna May (Simmons) Calhoun. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford I. Wesley, Sr. in April 2001. She was a seamstress in the Wilkes-Barre area. Virginia was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown. Survivors: She was the beloved mother of son, Clifford I. Jr. and wife, Judy A., of Hellertown; daughters, Helen M. Kern and husband, Paul M. Sr., of Allentown; Mary Templeton and husband, William of Va. She is also survived by a sister, Beulah Marie Turner, of N.Y.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Virginia was preceded in death by a son, Chester L. and a sister, Evelyn Wagner. Services; A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 13, 2009, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 825 N. 11th St., Allentown with Fr. Martin Kern as celebrant. A calling hour will be held 10 a.m. until time of service of the church. Interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Allentown. The K.V. Knopp Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Saturday, April 11, 2009, p. 19.
Submitted by: Mary Templeton (daughter)

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