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Estep, Charles Lee
     Mr. Estep is a native of Boone County, West Virginia. He is the son of Lewis and Louisa Estep, and was born April 9, 1884. He attended the public schools of his native county for several years until he obtained a fairly good English education. He then decided to become a teacher in the public schools, and worked earnestly and faithfully with that end in view. After acquiring sufficient knowledge he passed the required examination, received a certificate and entered upon the work of teaching in the common schools when yet a young man. This occupation he pursued vigilantly for six years. In the meantime he began the study of legal textbooks, and became deeply interested; so much so indeed that he gave up teaching, and in 1907 he matriculated as a student in the Law Department of the West Virginia University, where he remained two years, and received a certificate of graduation. In March, 1908, he was admitted to the Boone County Bar, and immediately thereafter entered upon the practice of what has proved to be a successful career as an attorney in his native county. 
     Being a Democrat in his political convictions he was nominated by that party as its candidate for the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Boone County, was elected and served four years faithfully in that important office from January 1, 1909, to December 31, 1912. It is universally conceded that he discharged his duties ably and efficiently and to the satisfaction of the people of the county. In 1912 he was the nominee of his party as a candidate for the State Senate from the'Eighth Senatorial District, composed of the Counties of Boone, Logan and Kanawha, and on account of a fusion of the Republican and Progressive parties in that election he was defeated. Four years later he was urged again to be a candidate for the same office, but being desirous to devote all of his time and energies to his professional duties, he declined to enter the race. In the meantime his practice in all the State and Federal Courts had materially increased so as to occupy the entire time of his mental and physical energies. Like most young lawyers, however, he enjoys the excitement "of the political game"; but he has found out, as all others have done, that in the end sticking closely to the law pays far better. The writer, who, at times, has " played both games " vigorously, and with some degree of success in both, can testify to the correctness of this statement.
     Mr. Estep has maintained an upright life; has been square in all of his dealings; has been fair with his clients, the courts and his fellow attorneys; has made an enviable record thus far, and is going on to further conquests in the future.
     In 1911 he married Miss Lettie E. Miller and they are the parents of three comforting children. Their home is at Madison, the capital of Boone County, in one of the richest coal fields in this or any other State of the Great Republic.      He is a member of the Baptist Church and the Mason and Odd Fellow Fraternities.
["Bench and Bar of West Virginia" edited by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Godbey, Martin VanBuren
     Martin VanBuren Godbey, son of Alexander Campbell and Elizabeth C. (Pettry) Godbey, was born on the family homestead in Raleigh county, West Virginia, December 19, 1879. His educational opportunities were meager, but being naturally of a studious disposition and ambitious to a marked degree, he made the best possible use of these, and at the remarkably early age of fifteen years was himself engaged in teaching, and thus earned the means to further his own progress along the roads of learning. Three years were spent in arduous study at Marshall College, West Virginia, and were supplemented by two years of study at Grant University, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon the completion of this preparatory course of training he matriculated at the Baltimore Medical College, from which he was graduated in the class of 1905, the degree of Doctor of Medicine being conferred upon him. He had decided upon Boone county, West Virginia, as the scene of his future activity, and there established himself in the practice of his profession, remaining until the year 1909. While living in Boone county he became greatly interested in public matters of a varied character, and the intelligent and progressive ideas entertained and spread by him attracted the attention of the Republican leaders of that section, and he was chosen as candidate for the legislature. He was elected to this office, being the first Republican elected to that office from the county in question since 1863. This was in 1907-08, and having been chosen chairman of the committee on medicine and sanitation, he aroused more interest in and attention to these subjects than had ever been the case before this time. He served as a member of a number of other committees and in each of these his work earned the highest commendation. Upon the termination of this public service he returned to Boone county, but not long afterward located in Charleston, Kanawha county, West Virginia, where he has since been engaged in professional work. To a certain extent he has specialized in the surgical branch of medical practice, and his ability has been recognized by a number of organizations, who have tendered him official honors. In May, 1909, he was appointed a member of the state board of health, by Governor Glasscock, and in 1910, secretary of the board of examining surgeons. Dr. Godbey is a member of the County, State and American Medical associations, before whom he has frequently lectured, and his contributions to the litera ture of the medical profession are always read with the closest attention by his colleagues. The time which Dr. Godbey is not obliged to devote to his professional duties is generally devoted to research work of various kinds, directly and indirectly connected with his profession. He spends as much time as he can spare to reading, and he has a very fine collection of books in his private library.
     Dr. Godbey married, at Madison, West Virginia, November 16, 1905, Florrie Smoot, who was born in Boone county. She is a daughter ofJohn R. and (Barrett) Smoot, the former of whom was ateacher of note for many years, was at one time sheriff of Boone county, and had also filled other offices of importance. Mrs. Godbey was educated in Madison county, and had been successfully engaged in teaching before her marriage. Dr. and Mrs. Godbey have had children: Ella Smoot, born March 31, 1907; John Lamoyne, born in 1910.
[Source: West Virginia and it People, Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

McHale, Martin
Is a son of Anthony and Anna (Brogan) McHale, settlers in this county in 1865. His father is deceased. Martin McHale and Alice Galligher were married in Meigs county, Ohio. She is a native of Boon county, West Virginia, while he was born in Ireland, November 7, 1848. Mrs. McHale is a daughter of Hugh and Julia (Langon) Galligher. Mr. McHale is engaged in the business of broom manufacturing and a merchant in Gallipolis, where he should be addressed.  [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]

James Mitchell and John Miller
The James Mitchell House

James Mitchell and John Miller settled on Turtle Creek about the year 1815. They were brothers-in-law and both were soldiers in the War of 1812. Mitchell was the son of Joshua Mitchell (or Michel,) who came from France with Rochambeau, and served under him at the battle of Yorktown. He married Elizabeth Miller, a daughter of Michael Miller, and his children were Michael, Joshua, a well-known Baptist preacher, and Dr. James, who is living and practicing his profession.
John Miller was the son of Michael Miller, a Hessian who deserted his command and joined the American forces, and after the war settled in Montgomery County, Va. John, who married a daughter of Joshua Mitchell, settled where Riland Ballard now lives. He had two sons - Benjamin and Ezekiel. Ezekiel married a daughter of Joshua Mitchell and is the grandfather of C. M. Turley, a prominent attorney of Logan.
[Source: "History of Logan County, W.Va", 1896, by Henry Clay Ragland]

The home James Mitchell built in 1820 stands today, a testimonial to the kind of family that lived and fought to shape our Mountain State.
History has not touched heavily on the Mitchells, James and his father, Joshua. They were just two of many strong-willed settlers who perhaps had as much to do with our heritage as did our familiar West Virginia heroes.
Joshua, a native of Paris, France, fought under Lafayette in Virginia during the American Revolution. When, after the War, his command was preparing to return to France, Joshua fled to the Blue Ridge and finally settled on Briar Run in Monroe County.
James was born there, grew to manhood, and served his country in the War of 1812. He eventually settled in Boone County at Turtle Creek, near Danville, where he built his home from the forest surrounding it.
During the Civil War, James quartered troops of the Union Army there to continue his tradition of serving the causes of his state and nation.
[From"West Virginia Call by C. & P Telephone Co"]

Information from researcher Ernie Miller (sr3gunner at (Please confirm all data for yourself!)
James Mitchell married Mary "Dolly" Miller not Elizabeth Miller and Michael Miller was not a Hessian soldier. He was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1770, the son of John Miller, who was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 1733, who was the son of Jacob Miller, who emigrated from Germany in 1725.

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