RUSSELL B. ELLIS
RUSSELL B. ELLIS was born in West Virginia in 1810, and emigrated with his father to Kentucky in 1812, locating within six miles of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1860, he moved to Clermont County, Ohio, where he remained four years, when he removed with his family to Howard County. He left Kentucky on account of his anti-slavery views, and had two sons in the Union army. Mr. Ellis has always been a strong temperance man, and now is enjoying the best of health. His mother lived to be ninety-nine years old, and was then quite vigorous, but took the small-pox and died. Mr. Ellis was married, April 17, 1837, to Miss Phebe Griffin, of Kentucky. They have five childrenMary J., Andrew R., Vandake, Sarah M. and Arthur G. (deceased). Mr. Ellis has been a member of the Christian Church and the Masonic fraternity for over forty years. He was Justice of the Peace for eight years in Kentucky, and never had an appeal taken from his court. He is a worthy citizen, and a man highly respected by all who know him. He is now in comfortable circumstances, owning 180 acres of good farm land, well improved. [Source: Counties of Howard and Tipton Indiana Historical and Biographies]
Van Hartness Bukey
Bukey, Van Hartness, soldier, was born in Ohio. In 1861 he was a private in the eleventh regiment West Virginia infantry; and in 1865 was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. [Herringshaws National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 Transcribed by AFOFG]
B. Roscoe Caldwell, M. D.
Caldwells emigrated from England, Scotland and Ireland to America and established early homes in New England, New Jersey and the South. The name has been common in the countries named and in France for centuries, the name in England appearing on Domesday Book as Caldennuelle. In Scotland the Caldwells of Ayrshire, were prominent as early as 1349, a chancellor of Scotland bearing that name. In Scotch the name signifies Coldwold, the Hazelwood or divining rod, in English Coldwell.
John Caldwell, of Scotch ancestry, but Irish birth, came from Antrim, Ireland, settling first at Chestnut Level, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, soon afterward removing to Charlotte County, Virginia, the family home there being known as the Caldwell settlement. He had seven children, the youngest being Rev. James Caldwell, born in Charlotte county, Virginia, in April, 1734, whose wife, Hannah (Ogden) Caldwell, was killed by the British at the battle of Springfield, New Jersey.
Nothing more did I say Wait one moment you've heard Of Caldwell the parson, who once preached the word Down at Springheld? What, no? Comethat's bad; why he had All the Jerseys aflame! And they gave him the name Of the "Rebel high priest." He stuck in their gorge, For he loved the Lord God, and he hated King George. Bret Harte.
One of the sons of Rev. James Caldwell, "the rebel high priest," was taken to France and educated by Lafayette. Martha Caldwell, a niece of Rev. James Caldwell, married Patrick Calhoun, and was the mother of the famous statesman, John Caldwell Calhoun, of South Carolina.
Caldwells have been prominent in Virginia in different walks of life, public and private. In the present day they are represented in New Castle, Virginia, by Dr. B. Roscoe Caldwell, a leader in the medical profession, son of John Pendleton Caldwell, and grandson of Andrew Caldwell, of Craig County, Virginia, who was the father of seven children: John Pendleton, of whom further; Oscar, a farmer of Craig County, Virginia; William, deceased; Ann, Jane. Adeline. Armita.
John Pendleton Caldwell was born in Craig County in 1846. During the War Between the States he served for eight months in a Virginia regiment, fighting at Cedar Creek. Malvern Hill, and elsewhere. After the war he became a merchant, also was proprietor of a hotel. He was elected a member of the Virginia legislature, serving during the sessions of 1887-88. He was commissioner of internal revenue for Craig County, assessor of taxes for New Castle, and postmaster of that city for four years, appointed by President Cleveland. He married Victoria, daughter of Daniel Hoffman, of Craig County, she born in 1852, died in October, 1910. Her brothers, Ransom, Mazerine, Dexter and Palse, all served in the Confederate army; Ransom, a private in the Twenty-eighth Regiment Virginia Infantry, was wounded in battle; Mazerine was second lieutenant of a regiment recruited in New Castle county, was captured with his entire company by the Union forces, confined in Fort Delaware, later exchanged and was in the service until the end; Dexter served during the latter part of the war in a Virginia regiment and is now a farmer of West Virginia; Palse is now residing in Portland. Oregon. Children of John Pendleton and Victoria (Hoffman) Caldwell: B. Roscoe, of further mention; Lottie Vesta, born in Craig county, married Thomas H. Hawerton, and resides at Newcastle, Pennsylvania; she has a son Roscoe, born there in August, 1897; Mrs. Hawerton is president of the Craig County Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy.
Dr. B. Roscoe Caldwell was born in New Castle, Craig County, Virginia, December 22, 1877. His early and academic education was obtained in public and private schools, New Castle Academy, of which he is a graduate, and Virginia Military Institute, attending the latter but one year (1897). In the autumn of 1898 he entered the Medical College of Virginia, whence he was graduated Doctor of Medicine, class of 1901. He pursued post-graduate study at the Post Graduate College and Hospital, New York, in 1901 and 1902, and at the Polyclinic Hospital, New York, in 1903. In 1901 he located in New Castle, Virginia, and is there well established in general practice. He is a member of the American and Virginia State Medical societies, is past master of Mountain Lodge, No. 163, Free and Accepted Masons, is a Democrat in politics, and liberal in his religious belief. [Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, 1915 Transcribed by AFOFG]
W. F. Gordon
W. F. Gordon was born in Clarke County, Ohio, April 30, 1835, and is the eldest of eight children born to Adonijah and Synder (Reeser) Gordon, both natives of West Virginia. While quite young, our subject moved with his parents to Tippecanoe County, Ind., where he received the benefit of the country schools until 1848, when he moved with his father to Howard County, and here completed his education. His father is one of the pioneers of Indiana, and helped build one of the first schoolhouses in Monroe Township. W. F. Gordon started in life as a renter, but by economy and industry he soon accumulated means, and purchased 160 acres of land in Clinton County, Ind., on which he lived for some time. In 1865, he located on his present place of 374 acres. His farm is in every respect a model one. He has a large two-story brick dwelling containing ten rooms, erected at a cost of $3,500, and mammoth barn and granary. Mr. Gordon has taken an active part in improving the stock of this section, having invested $4,000 in thoroughbred short-horn cattle. His herd consists of the best families, some of which may be mentioned : The Amelia tribe, Mary's Princess, Duke's Breast Plates, and Philleses. In 1878, he was elected County Commissioner, and re-elected in 1882. He has taken an active part in improving the public highways, having served as Supervisor for twelve years. He was married in Honey Creek Township, Clinton County (now a part of Howard County), November 23, 1856, to Harriet M. Williams, of Logan County, Ill. She was born February 21, 1840. By this union they have nine childrenOrmanda, Charles H., Adonijah W., Ortha A., Sarah C, John S., Milvin L., Nora and William C. Mr. Gordon is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a strong believer in Woman's Rights ; and a member of the Republican party. [Source: Counties of Howard and Tipton Indiana Historical and Biographies]
From the mountains of West Virginia to the mountains of Colorado is a long leap in climatic and social conditions, although both localities involve much of personal daring and self-reliance, and require of those subjected to them stern endurance and a readiness for emergencies that are likely to be met with at any time. It is one of the characteristics of American manhood that individuals and classes are adaptable to all conditions and superior to every environment. This leap has been taken by Pendleton Hunter, of Rico, Dolores county, and this adaptability has been shown in a marked degree by him. Wholly unacquainted with western life, except in a general way, when he came here, he yet met its requirements and overcame its extractions in a masterful way, and in the course of his life in this section of the county has shown that he would have done well under any circumstances and won his way to success and consequence over any difficulties. He was born in West Virginia on August 12, 1846, and is the son of Moses H. and Catherine (Hammond) Hunter. His father was a native of Virginia and his mother of Ohio, she being the daughter of Charles Hammond, the founder of the Cincinnati Gazette. While he was yet very young his parents moved to Michigan, where he reached man's estate and was educated. After leaving school he served as paymaster's clerk in the United States navy and was in the service during the Civil war. In 1868 he received a commission in the Eighth United States Calvary, and as such served until February, 1871 when he was discharged. He was with General Crook in Oregon in the campaign against the Indians in 1867-8, an in that campaign was wounded while in pursuit of the savages, and was honorably mentioned for bravery. He was also in Indian wars in Nevada. In 1871 he came to Colorado and first located at Kit Carson, in what is now Cheyenne county. Soon afterward he moved to Las Animas, in the present county of Bent. Here he engaged in surveying government land and hunting buffalo. In 1878 he moved to the San Juan country and occupied himself in mining, milling and surveying. He was one of the first arrivals at the Rico camp, and all the stirring scenes of its earlier history he bore an important and prominent part. In 1901 he was elected surveyor for Dolores county, and since then he has been discharging his official duties with capacity and skill, and with a conscientious devotion to the general welfare of the county and due consideration for the rights of individual citizens. Among the officials of the county he has a high rank for fidelity and fairness, and as a citizen and man of progressive and public spirit he is universally esteemed. His work in his office has been of great benefit to all concerned, and by its correctness and excellence many causes of controversy have been removed and the public good has been greatly promoted and advanced. (Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Marilyn Clore)
Expedition of Governor Spottswood over the Blue Ridge. Alexander Spottswood was one of the most distinguished individuals that controlled the destiny of Colonial Virginia. Hardy pioneers had extended civilization over the eastern part of the Colony, but of the region to the westward, nothing was known; the time was now come when white men should penetrate the vast wilderness and return to tell the story of its wonderful resources. Governor Spottswood equipped a party of thirty horsemen, and, heading it in person, left Williamsburg, then the capital of Virginia, on June 20th, 1716.
Alexander Spottswood, who led the party, was born in 1676, at Tangier, then an English Colony, in Africa, his father being the resident surgeon. He was a thoroughly trained soldier, serving on the Continent under the Duke of Marlborough. He was dangerously wounded at the battle of Blenheim, in 1704, when serving as quartermaster-general, with the rank of Colonel. He arrived in Virginia in 1710, as Lieutenant-Governor under George Hamilton, the Earl of Orkney, and his administration was the most able of all the Colonial rulers.
He, in connection with Robert Carry of England, established the first iron furnace in North America. In 1730, he was made Deputy Postmaster-General for the American Colonies, and it was he who promoted Benjamin Franklin to the position of Postmaster for the province of Pennsylvania. He rose to the rank of Major-General and, when on the eve of embarking with troops destined for Carthagena, died at Annapolis, Maryland, June 7th, 1740. He owned the house in which Lord Cornwallis afterward signed the articles of capitulation at Yorktown. Lady Spottswood, who became the wife of Governor Alexander Spottswood, in 1724, was Anne Butler, daughter of Richard Brayne, of Westminster, England. She derived her middle name from James Butler, Duke of Ormond, her god-father. There are many descendants of the issue of this marriage in Virginia and West Virginia. [Source: "History and Government of West Virginia", 1896 By Virgil Anson Lewis. -- Sub. by K.T.]