Braxton County, WV Biographies
From: History of Braxton County and Central West Virginia by John Davison Sutton 1919
Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Marji Turner
History of Braxton County and Central West Virginia by John Davis Sutton, 1919
John McH. Kelly, son of Robert and Margaret (Hamilton) Kelly, was born Feb. 14, 1824, in Nicholas county. He made his home in Braxton county in 1850, and was married Oct. 23, 1860, to Allie V. Hamman who was born Oct. 23, 1860 at New Castle, Va., and her parents were Jacob and Amma (Ferrier) Hamman. Four children were born: Fanny F., Margaret, Sallie C., and Leonidas H. On March 9, 1863, Mr. Kelly was shot by bushwhackers while on his road as a private citizen, from Braxton to Nicholas, the dastardly deed occurring on Powells mountain. He died Nov. 27, 1873, and is interred in the Sutton cemetery.
L. H. Kelly, son of John McH. Kelly, was born in Sutton, June 28th, 1871. After attending the public schools, he read law in local office in Sutton, and was Deputy Clerk of the County Court of Braxton from 1890 to 1892. At the expiration of his Deputy Clerkship, he attended the Washington & Lee University at Lexington, Va., taking the law course, graduating in 1893, at the head of his class. He was admitted to the bar in that year. Mr. Kelly has been exceptionally successful in his profession. He formed a partnership with Wm. E. Hines, early in his professional career, that still exists. Mr. Kelly served his town as Mayor and his county as Prosecuting Attorney, and his party as Chairman of the Executive Committee, and also as a member of the State Executive Committee, and in 1918 he was appointed by President Wilson as District Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. He married for his former wife, Miss Bertha Gorrell, by whom he had two children, Robert and Janet. She died in March, 1904. For a latter wife he married Miss Nell Kiddy, of Buckhannon, W. Va. Their home is in North Sutton, on a beautiful eminence overlooking the Elk.
Wm. Kelly, son of Robert and Margaret Hamilton Kelly, was born in Nicholas county, Va. He came to Braxton while yet a young man and entered the mercantile business. He married Sarah Newlon, daughter of Col. Wm. Newlon. They reared a large family. Two of their sons, Wm. and Robert, died shortly after the close of the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were noted for their kindness and hospitality. They are buried in the Duffy cemetery at Sutton.
Dr. John W. Kidd was born Jan 9, 1857, in Upshur county, Va. (now W. Va.) His father, Matthew Kidd, was born in Nelson county, Va., Jan. 28, 1833, and his mother, Sarah J. (Hodges) Kidd was born in Louisa county, Va., Sept. 13, 1838. His grandparents, Thos. Kidd and Margaret (Johnson) Kidd, were both natives of Nelson county, Va. The subject of this sketch was married Aug. 31, 1885, to Miss Mary B. Bodkin, and their children are Sara A., Robert H., Wm. M., and Bernice. He was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore in 1884. He has served one term as County Health Officer of the municipality of Burnsville. His wife died June, 1911.
Dr. Kidd has represented his party in one or two national democratic conventions, and was an alternate to the St. Louis national convention that nominated Woodrow Wilson. In the West Virginia Legislature of 1917, he was made doorkeeper, a position he now holds.
Dr. Kidd is a prominent member of the M. P. church, and has served his church in various important positions.
John Kniceley, son of Jacob and Ann Knicely, was born in Rockingham county, Va., Oct 20, 1807. In 1827, he married Nancy, daughter of John and Ann (Irvin) Armstrong. She was born in Pendleton county, Oct. 22, 1802. Their children were Samuel E., James A., Ann E., George H., John T., Jacob D., (died while a baby), Mary Jane (deceased), Joseph H., William N., and Daniel B. In 1862, John Kniceley and three of his sons, Samuel, Joseph and William, enlisted in the Federal army, Company F, 10th W. Va. Infantry, and all served until honorably discharged.
John Kniceley was married a second time, Nancy Haymond being the maiden name of the second wife, and their children: Archibald M., Melinda A., Ruhama R. (died young), and Ola U.
Michael Lancaster came to Braxton about 1848 as a minister of the M. E. church, South. He was a widower, having three children, Wm. Ransom, Mary and Belle, and shortly after coming to Braxton, married Susan Newby. To this union were born two children, Lucy and Susan. Rev. Lancaster died of flux in 1861, and was buried at the Fisher cemetery.
Wm. Ransom, son of Michael Lancaster, married Alice, daughter of Wm. Floid. Their residence is on Salt Lick. Mr.Lancaster was a soldier in the Confederate service, owns a good farm and is prosperous in farming and stock-raising.
Henry Samuel League, son of Samuel W. and Mary Elizabeth Smith League, was born and reared in Jefferson county, Virginia. Mr. League was the youngest of seven children. John F., the oldest of the family, was a graduate of West Point, and served in the 18th Mississippi Infantry in the Civil war as Lieutenant Colonel. He was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.
James W., another brother, was in the artillery service and served in A. P. Hill's Corps. He rose to the rank of Major. He was in the revenue service as storekeeper, under the administration of Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt. His home was for many years in Smithfield, Jefferson county, West Virginia. He was a merchant.
Henry League married Ida F. Knicely of Jefferson county. Their children were John S., Harry E. and George Aldie.
After leaving Smithfield, he was a merchant in Martinsburg, W. Va., and in 1907, he moved to Gassaway, W. Va., and entered the mercantile business where he has been successful in accumulating valuable property. He still retains interests in Jefferson and Berkeley counties of this state. Mr. League is an old school Jeffersonian Democrat, and takes a very keen interest in political affairs.
Hon. A. A. Lewis, son of Charles and Rebecca Lynch Lewis, was born Oct. 24, 1817, and died at his home in Weston at the ripe old age of eighty-five years. Mr. Lewis was a tailor by trade, and came to Sutton while quite a young man. He was a member of the County Court for several years, and was deservedly a very popular gentleman. On leaving Sutton in 1845, after a sojourn of a few years, he established himself in Weston, Lewis county, as a merchant where he was successful in business until his death. He was a constant attendant at the Episcopal church, and was a member of both the Masonic and the Odd Fellow lodges. He represented the county of Lewis in the Virginia Legislature. Few men had more personal friends then Albert A. Lewis. He has related to the writer many interesting and amusing incidents that occurred in the early formation of Braxton county, trials and customs of the people, his great admiration for the old settlers, his battle with a huge rattlesnake just beyond the Morrison gate at Laurel fork, and many other incidents. Mr. Lewis never married.
Washington Linger, son of Nicholas Linger, came to Braxton county in 1873. He married for his first wife Sarah J. Craig, daughter of Wm. Craig. Their children were Cary M., Charles P., Freeman, James Barrett, Della J. and May L. His third marriage was with Mary Dotson. Their only child was named Earl L. His third marriage was with Jaby L. Dennison. Their children were Claud R. and Violet E. Mr. Linger died in 1906. Three of his sons by his first wife are in the west. Charles P. and Barrett are farmers and real estate agents, they both having taken a course in law. Freeman is a minister in the M. E. church, and is noted for his piety and ability. Earl L. is a large farmer in the state of Montana. Mr. Longer was an exemplary citizen and member of the M. P. church.
Asa Long, a highly respected citizen, son of Jacob Long, married Matilda, daughter of James and Polly Skidmore Sutton. Mr. Long raised a large family of boys and girls. He was twice married. His second wife was a Miss Johnson. He owned a farm near the head of Buffalo. He was a neat and prosperous farmer and local blacksmith. One of Mr. Long's sons, H. A. Long, is the president of Basin, Wyoming, where he is manager of a milling and grain business.
N. J. Long was born March 22, 1884, near Tesla. His parents, Henry A. Long and Carrie B. Pettit, were both born in Braxton county, also his grandfather, Asa Long. His grandmother was a Miss Sutton. N. J. Long was married Jan. 5, 1911, to Miss Nora E. Weiser, and their only child is Lewis Wilmer Long. Mr. Long is now a resident of Basin, Wyoming, where he is manager of a milling and grain business.
Jacob Lorentz was born in Lancaster county, Pa., in January, 1776. At the age of twenty-one, he immigrated to Virginia, and in Randolph county, he married Rebecca, daughter of Valentine Stalnaker. In 1807, they moved to what was then Harrison county, where he was four years a farmer, then went into a mercantile business. He was commissioned and sworn in Justice of the Peace in Harrison county, continued in the office when that section of Harrison was set apart as Lewis county, and still held the office when Upshur county was formed in 1852, after which he declined to serve longer, having served in three counties without moving. He was Sheriff in Lewis county two years, and was also commissioner in chancery. Sixteen children were born of this marriage with Rebecca Stalnaker; twelve lived to maturity and married, and before his death, one hundred and seventy-five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had been born to him. He died April 11, 1866, his wife having died seven years before
Mifflin Lorentz was born in Lewis county, Dec. 29, 1823, and his former wife was Fanny Warren White, born Feb. 1, 1829, in Henrico county, Va. They were married Dec. 28, 1848, and she died in 1864. Their children were: Mary, Christian, Joseph Henry, Isaetta, Bettie Kent (died at seven years of age), Miffin (died at age of one year).
His latter marriage took place Nov. 8; 1871, to Mary Boggess, and three children were born: Egbert, Bessie Lee and Pare Hanson.
Mifflin Lorentz was elected clerk of the County Court of Upshur county in 1851, and served in that capacity until 1861, acting at the same time as deputy clerk of the Circuit Court. In 1872, he made his home in Braxton county, and practiced law in Bulltown.
Joseph H. Lorentz, son of Mifflin and Fannie White Lorentz, was born in Upshur county, Nov. 9, 1852; and was married to Ada E. Berry, daughter of Capt. James M. Berry. They had four children, Fannie E., now Mrs. O. L. Hall, of Clay, W. VA..; Fred, Joseph Mifflin and James Berry.
Mr. Lorentz was a merchant for a good many years, but was once appointed, and twice elected Circuit Clerk of Braxton county, which office he held to the time of his death, March 17, 1904.
Emery B. Loyd was born at Lloydsville, Oct. 12, 1856. His father, Isaac H. Loyd, was born in Rockingham county, Va., while his mother was born in Stafford county of same state. Names of grandparents, Isaac Loyd and Julia Ann Sirk. Mr. Loyd was married April 10, 1879, to Caroline Gerwig, and his children are Ida M., Osie C., Mary Grace and Isaac C. He is a member of the M. E. church, and is engaged in farming and stock raising.
John L. Loyd was born Feb. 14, 1859, in Braxton county being of the same parentage as above sketch. He was married Nov. 19, 1885, to Susan E. Fisher, and the names of their children are, Victor F., Gertrude M., Bruce, Mary, Frank, Annie, Susie and John L. Mr. Loyd is engaged in farming, being a most successful dairyman. He build the first silo in the county. He is the owner of valuable lands on Grannies creek where he lives, also on Cedar creek. He is a consistent and worthy member of the M. E. church, and has labored many years in the Sunday School. His wife is a splendid type of American womanhood, her mother being Margaret Sutton Fisher, a woman of exalted character, noted for her benevolence, generosity, and her consideration for those needing sympathy and friendship.
Henry Mace - One of the early settlers of Sutton was Henry Mace; his wife's name was Mary. Their son Andrew was born near Sutton, April 15th, 1813; they had a daughter named Anna, who lived to be 107 years of age. She lived in Kanawha county. Andrew married a Miss Green; he spent the greater portion of his life in Roane county and lived to be very old
Jeremiah Mace came to Braxton county about the year 1810, and settled on Granny's creek . His children were Wm., Isaac, Elihue, Polly and Eliza. With two of his sons, Isaac and Elihue, he later removed to Ohio.
Wm. Mace married Sally Green, daughter of Thomas Green. Their children were Marlow, Rena, Margaret, Jeremiah, Rhoda, Thomas, Albert , Mary, Elizabeth, and one died in infancy.
His second wife was ………..Boggs, and their children were J. W., B. F., A. C., Edward, Mahala, Nannie and Lyde.
B. D. Mahone, son of Wm. C. and Nancy D. Mahone, was born July 10, 1849, in Cabell county, West Virginia. His grandfather was James T. Carroll, of Carroll county, Virginia.
Mr. Mahone was married December 14, 1869, to Miss Mary A. Jayne. His children are Minnie H. (now Mrs. B. D. Lewis), Lena Rymer, Alpheus V., Luther D., Myrtle A. Maling, Wm. A. and J. K.
Mr. Mahone has been for many years a preacher in the Methodist Church, and now lives at Flatwoods.
E. C. Marple was born Sept. 12, 1869, in this county. His parents, J. M. Marple and Sophia Cunningham, were natives of Virginia, and his grandparents, Ezikiel Marple and Cenna Shomore, also were born in same state. He was married Sept. 26, 1894, to E. E. Skidmore, and their children are Floda P., Sophia J., John W., Clarence D., Clara M., and Marjoria V. Mr. Marple is a successful merchant and business man of Flatwoods, owning some valuable real estate there. His wife died about three years ago.
The McAnana Family came to Braxton county about 1840, and settled on the waters of Granny's creek, where they cleared out a large farm. They immigrated from Maryland. The husband of the family worked on the canal between Cumberland and Baltimore, and died there before the family came to Braxton.
Mary McAnana the mother of the family, was a sister of John and Peter Duffy of Nicholas county, and of Philip Duffy of this county. Mr. McAnana had six children. Michael, John, Peter, Susan who married John Daley, Mary who married Martin Mulvy, and Ann. Susan was the only one of the family who had children. Michael, John, Peter and Ann never married. Peter joined the Union army, and died early in the war at Parkersburg. John went south during the war, and died not many years after its close. Michael lived many years, and improved a large farm now owned by the Daley heirs. He was highly respected, and was one of Braxton's noble citizens.
Dr. W. H. McCauley, physician and surgeon, was born in Upshur county, West Virginia, September 2nd, 1859. He belonged to a family of eight children, reared on a farm, and without any extensive means to secure an education, outside of his own close application, energy and frugal habits. He attended the neighboring schools of the county, and after going through the common branches, he began to teach, as an aid to a higher education. Belonging to that McCauley family that was noted for their medical talent, he bent his energies in that direction, and took up the study of medicine in Sutton, and taking a course at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Baltimore, where he was graduated in 1888. Since that time he has maintained his office in Sutton, except for a period of four years, in which time he was Assistant Surgeon in the Hospital for the Insane, at Weston. He was married in 1891, to Miss Mary E. Norris. This union has been blessed with two daughters, of culture and refinement, the pride and joy of their parents.
James M. McCourt came from Ireland about 1745, and probably settled in Bath county, Va. He was a weaver by trade. He afterward came to the Elk river and lived with his son, John Beri McCourt who had come to the country at an early period. They lived seven or eight miles above the mouth of Laurel creek in Webster county. James M. McCourt lived to be one hundred and thirteen years of age. He died a year or two before the Civil war began, and was buried in the family cemetery on the banks of the Elk. His grave has never been marked. His son, John B., was a millwright by trade. He came from Bath county, Va., having been educated in Ohio, and was said to be a very good scholar. He lived to the good old age of ninety-nine years.
Colonel Addison McLaughlin was the son of Dennis McLaughlin who married a Miss McClary. No history of Braxton would be complete without giving space to the life and character of Colonel Addison McLaughlin. He was born, in the city of Richmond about the beginning of the nineteenth century. His father was a boatman on the James river, and it is related that by the sinking of his boat, he became financially embarrassed and died soon thereafter, leaving his widow with several children. Addison was then twelve years of age. The family moved to near Lewisburg in Greenbrier county. Mrs. McLaughlin who was a Miss Sarah Jane Landcraft, had wealthy relatives in that county. Addison attended the academy in Lewisburg, walking three miles from his home He studied law in the office of Wm. Cary of that town. He then moved his mother and the children to Nicholas county, and was elected to represent that county in the Virginia Legislature before he was twenty-one years of age. Colonel McLaughlin moved from Nicholas county to Weston, Lewis county, Va., and practiced law in Lewis and adjoining counties, and in 1851 he bought the Bulltown salt works and settled at that place. He made large quantities of salt, considering the meager and primitive facilities of that day.
Colonel McLaughlin represented Braxton county in the Legislature. He was a man of superior talent, a very fine orator and an affable gentleman. One of the leaders of the Whig party in central West Virginia, he was instrumental in having the county of Webster established. He donated land for the public buildings, and the county seat was named Addison in honor of its founder. In boring a well for salt at that point, he struck the famous salt sulphur spring whose healing properties have given such comfort and hope to the thousands that drink annually from its copious fountain.
Colonel McLaughlin, in traveling from his home to Webster Springs on horseback, died on his way along the Holly river. His family consisted of seven children, six girls and one son whom he named Duncan after Judge Duncan who held the first court in Sutton.
Thomas B. McLaughlin, son of Jacob Warwick and Agnes (Boggs) McLaughlin, was born in Braxton county, Feb. 7, 1839. On Aguust 3, 1860, he married Martha J. Perkins who was born near Charleston. Her parents were William W. and Elizabeth (Anderson) Perkins. They had nine children: Johnson, Ellsworth, Ruhama A., Ursula S., Harriet J., Abel M., Rebecca A., Minora V., James W. and Patrick.
Thomas B. McLaughlin enlisted in Company F, 10th West Va., Infantry, and was honorably discharged July 1, 1865. He later taught school, and held several minor offices of the county. Before his death, he was employed by the government for several years. His sons have sine become prominent in the business affairs of the county.
Job McMorrow, M. D., was born in Hardy county, Va., March 19, 1819, and was a son of William and Margaret (Maloy) McMorrow. He came to Braxton county in 1846, and his parents joined him in 1851. On Nov. 12, 1846, he married Jane McCoy, who was born April 13, 1829, being the daughter of James G. and Elizabeth (Cutlip) McCoy. Ten children were born: Elizabeth M., Margaret A., Edna, Susan (deceased), Caroline, Harriet, Millard Fillmore, and unnamed daughter who died a few days after birth, Philip H. Sheridan (deceased), and Waitman T. Willie.
Mr. McMorrow began life for himself as a school teacher, but not liking the profession he abandoned it. He later tried farming, and not caring for that, he commenced the study of medicine. He commenced practice for himself about 1856, and soon established a large and lucrative business. He followed this profession until his death.
B. C. McNutt married Susan, the only daughter of Wm. and Anna Sutton Waggy. To them were born three children, John D., Mamie and Anna.
A second marriage was with Effie, daughter of Johnson and Susan Prince Squires. To them were born five daughters, Danube, Irene, Lucile, Hugh died young, Eva and Norma.
Catherine McQueen - Born of distinguished ancestry, this lady was a charming exponent of gentle breeding; beautiful in person, sweet and unassuming in manners, benevolent and charitable in her attitude to others, firm judicious and with the finest sense of honor in all questions of right and wrong, her gentle, dignified personality was a power for good, among all classes. Her gentle spirit passed out on the 1st day of January, 1913, after having a short time before passed her one hundredth mile-stone.
We append hereto a statement made and written down by Mrs. McQueen at her centennial birthday celebration on Nov. 15, 1912: "I was married Jan. 16, 1834, to Archibald McQueen in Picton, Nova Scotia, at the home of my parents, Dr. George and Christina McKenzie. After living in Nova Scotia fourteen years, we came to this country in 1848. My parents died in Nova Scotia, my father in his 94th years, and my mother in her 60th year.
"God blessed us with ten children. Seven were born in Nova Scotia, namely: Christina, Arch, Henry, George, William, Catherine and Lillian. Charles and David were born in western Virginia. Julius was born in Nicholas county, this state. Five, Arch, Henry, George William and Julius have gone on before and await my coming. My husband died Dec. 12, 1892, on Buck's Garden, in his 83rd year. I am the oldest one of our family, and the only one now living. I have lived with my daughter, Lillian Rader, on Buck's Garden, since my husband's death, where I am kindly cared for. I close with good will to everybody. - C. McQueen"
Esmond G. Moore was born Aug. 17, 1852, in Appomattox county, Va. His father, James D. Moore, was born in Appomattox county, Va., and his mother, Sallie A. Moore, in Campbell county, Va. His grandparents, Christopher C. and Elizabeth R., were both natives of Virginia.
Mr. Moore was married first to M. Alice Landrum, Aug. 14, 1879, to which union were born seven children as follows: Glenworth W., Sallie A., Evelyn G., Esmond G., James B., Virginia C., and Russell P. Mr. Moore was next married on June 15, 1909 to Rena Stalnaker. He is a member of the M. E. church, South. His father and six brothers were in the Confederate army, one having been killed at second Cold Harbor, the others not being wounded in service.
The Morrison Family
William Morrison was born near Winchester, county seat of Frederick county, Va., in 1779. In 1798, he married Maria Perkins who was born in Greenbrier county in 1782. In 1829, William Morrison with his family sought a home in the part of Nicholas county, Va., which is now included in Braxton county, this state. His children were thirteen: James (who died young), John and James W., Cynthia, Margaret, Nancy, Andrew, Francis, Rebecca, Elizabeth, William, Eleven (so named because the eleventh child born), and Leroy. After lives of usefulness, honored by all who knew them, William Morrison and his wife departed this life.
Earle Morrison was born April 11, 1886, at Sutton. His father was J. W. Morrison of Braxton county, and his mother, Martha T. McClung of Nicholas county, W. Va. He was married Sept. 11, 1913, to Delila Adams, names of children being Maurice, Bueford and Kathyleen. Mr. Morrison completed the Commercial Course at Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and is now an up-to-date agriculturist, being for some years president of the Braxton County Agricultural Society. He is a member of the M. E.
Edwin Morrison was born May 9, 1875, at Flatwoods, being of same parentage as previous sketch. [J. W. Morrison & Martha T. McClung.] He was married June 11, 1902, to Miss Evelyn G. Moore of Flatwoods, names of their children being Ernestine Gray, James Wesley, Virginia Alice, Frederich, Helen and Thomas Dressler.
Mr. Morrison for several years followed farming and lumbering in Braxton county, and a few y ears since moved to Oregon where he has acquired valuable farming lands. Mr. Morrison's wife is an exemplary lady, and in starting up a new branch of the family in the great northwest, bids fair to make their mark amid the best citizens of the land.
George H. Morrison, son of John and Polly (Lough) Morrison, was born Oct. 10, 1838. He married Minerva Berry, daughter of Joe Berry, by whom he reared a large family. Mr. Morrison lived on a farm until the commencement of the Civil war when he enlisted in Company F, 10th West Virginia Infantry, and at the close of the war he was appointed by Judge Ervin, Sheriff of Braxton county. During the term of his sherriffalty, he read law, and was admitted to the bar in the early 70's where he soon distinguished himself as an able attorney, a true and faithful advocate and counselor. He represented his district in the State Senate, and was held in high esteem by his countrymen. He and his wife died some years since, and are buried on the town hill at Sutton.
James W. Morrison, son of above mentioned parents [William Morrison & Maria Perkins], was born Jan. 10, 1806. In Greenbrier county, on May 14, 1829, he married Nancy L. Grimes who was born Oct 24, 1813. In the same year, they accompanied his parents to this vicinity where over fifty years of wedded life was spent. They were parents of fourteen children: Elizabeth J., John G., Mary H., William W., Sheldon C. (killed in battle of Winchester), Martha C., James W., Wellington F., Maria V., Leah T., Francis L., Nancy R., one child died unnamed, and Harvey M.
James W. Morrison held the office of Justice of the Peace for eighteen consecutive years, nine by appointment, and nine by election. He also served four years as Sheriff, and was Postmaster for about twenty years.
J. W. Morrison, Jr., son of J. W. and Nancy Grimes Morrison, was born January 10, 1843, grew to manhood on his father's farm, and at the breaking out of the Civil war, he left the county until peace returned, and then he began farming and stock raising, until 1868, when he was appointed Deputy Sheriff under his father, an office that he held for four years. June 15, 1871, he married Martha T. McClung, of Nicholas county, a daughter of Fielding McClung, a woman of exemplary character. To this union were born Charles H., Alpheus, Edwin, Mary E., Ernest, Lucy, Anna. In 18…, he was elected to the State Senate and having served his people faithfully, was again elected to represent his district. In 19… he sustained an injury by a fall from a carriage, which together with the exposure incident to the lumber trade, in the rigor of winter crossing swollen streams, to which he was often exposed, brought on a complication of diseases that after several years of intense suffering, his great energy and physical powers gave way, and he died, having accumulated a valuable estate
John G. Morrison, son of James W., commenced farming for himself in 1854, and later added lumbering to his farming. His first wife was Julia A. Rodgers, and they had one daughter whom they named Julia A. the second wife was Alice Hutchinson, and they had one daughter, named Cleora A. On Feb, 5, 1863, he married Mary E., daughter of James E. and Elizabeth E. (Hamilton) Hickman, and the widow of James H. Shawver. To them were born: Viola A., (died young), Emma S., Robirda D., Lillia G. Wesley W., Belden Emerson (died young), and Nannie B (died in infancy)
John Morrison, son of William and Maria (Pertkins) Morrison, was born in Greenbrier county March 4, 1804, and came to Braxton county in 1824. On May 4, 1826, he married Mary Lough who was born in Pendleton county, Jan. 7, 1807. They had six children: Maria J., William B. (died in infancy), James M. C., Morgan H., Margaret E. and George H.
When the Civil war was inaugurated, Mr. Morrison had a fine farm of three hundred acres. The "Moccasin Rangers" came to his farm, burned his house and all its contents to the ground, leaving not even one bed to sleep on, and drove off his cattle and horses. In the spring of 1862, he enlisted in Company F, 10th Virginia Infantry, and served until the close of the war.
On June 27, 1865, he was a second time married, to Diana Bainbridge who was born in Rockingham county, Va., Jan. 19, 1829. He filled the office of Constable for ten years, was four years Deputy Sheriff, then was elected Sheriff for two terms of two years each.
Luther Morrison, son of James W. and Nancy Grimes Morrison, and grandson of Wm. and Mariah Perkins Morrison, was born November 13, 1851, at Flatwoods, W. Va. He was married June 11, 1874, to Mary L. Squires.
Mr. Morrison taught in the public schools of Braxton for a while, after which he took to farming and stock raising as an occupation. He was unusually successful in his undertakings, and ranked among the foremost farmers of the county. He was a man of remarkable energy and resolution. His children are Wilbur S., deceased, Wm. D., Estella M., Mavina L., Minnie L. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Morgan H. Morrison, son of John and Polly (Lough) Morrison, was born Dec. 2, 1832. He was a farmer by occupation, but was several years in public life as Deputy Sheriff, Constable, Magistrate and Clerk of the court. Mr. Morrison married for his former wife, Susan Sterret by whom he had several children. A latter wife was the widow of Charles Hall, daughter of Colonel Addison McLaughlin. Mr. Morrison moved to the state of Kansas where he recently died, having held the office of County Judge in that state. His family still live in Kansas.
Silas M. Morrison was born in Pocahontas county, Virginia, May 3, 1845, came to Braxton in 1847, and married T. J. Gillispie, daughter of John and Rebecca Morrison Gillespie, June 6, 1866. They reared a large family.
He enlisted in Company F, Tenth West Virginia infantry, and served for over three years in the Civil war. He was severely wounded at the battle of Droop Mountain, November 6, 1863.
He served the public as postmaster at Newville, this state, for twenty-three years in the Civil war. He is now living at his home in Newville where he owns property, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of all who know him. Since died.
Wellington Fletcher Morrison, son of James W. Morrison, married Sarah E. Berry who was born in Braxton county, Dec. 13, 1847. Their children were born as follows: Flora Virginia (died young), Minerva L. (died young), Laura Belle (married Edgar G. Rider), Spurgeon (died while attending public school), Sarah May (died in infancy), James T. B., Lizzie Gertrude (married Cary C. Hines), Audrey (married Carl Walker).
He was elected Township Clerk in 1869, was Deputy Sheriff, 1868-70., Superintendent of Schools, 1871-72, Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court, 1873-78, and Clerk of the Circuit Court, 1879-85. He was also engaged in the mercantile business at Sutton in partnership with his brother for many years. Mr. Morrison served as private in Co. F. 10th West Virginia Infantry during the Civil war, was in many engagements. He celebrated the 58th anniversary of his marriage recently, since which time his companion has passed away
David S. Morton, son of David I. And Sarah J. Jones Morton, was born Nov. 30, 1849, and married Mary Skidmore, Nov. 19, 1874. Their children were Margaret Jane, Ida May, Bertha Viola, Daise Ethel, Ephrasia Esther, Harry Gordon. Few men can boast of having taught longer or more successfully in the public schools than Mr. Morton. He commenced teaching in 1869, and has taught fifty-eight terms, and was County Superintendent of Schools in 1888-89. He has been in the school work forty-eight years. He is a farmer as well as a teacher, and has been prominent and diligent in his chosen profession. He was appointed to take the census in 1890, and again in 1910 in Holly district. Mr. Morton lives on his farm near Newville.
Colonel Wm. Newlon of Taylor county, Virginia, was born November 29, 1808. He married Eliza Pool Camden, daughter of Henry and Mary Pool Camden, November 19, 1835. Their children were Mary Link, Jennie, Sarah, Lyde, Wm. P., Camden, Newton, Charles E., Anna D. Of this family, all are dead except Wm. P. and Anna D.
Colonel Newlon came to Braxton about the time of its formation. He was a practicing physician, and was elected first Clerk of the Court of Braxton, holding the office for many years. He afterward studied law, and practiced in Braxton and adjoining counties, at one time being the Prosecuting Attorney of Braxton county. Colonel Newlon was a man of more then ordinary ability, kind, obliging, affable in his manner, and well beloved. He was the son of Wm. Newlon.
He had three sisters. Nancy married John S. Camden, and was the mother of Johnson N. Camden, the famous financier and statesman; Polly married Thomas Bland of Lewis county; and Matilda married Weeden Huffman.
Colonel Newlon died at his home in Sutton, October 17, 1883. He had been a prominent man in the official transactions of the county for a great many years. His passing away marked the close of a long and useful life, and left a memory that will long linger and abide with those who knew him.
Dr. Wm. Pitt Newlon, son of Colonel Wm. Newlon and Eliza Pool Camden, was born in Sutton, Mary 7, 1848, where he grew to manhood. He attended the best local schools of the day. As a boy, he was kind and considerate, and early became a general favorite with those of his acquaintance.
At the beginning of the Civil war, his father removed to his farm on O'Briens fork, where Wm. P. put in four or five years of toil on the farm which developed him physically, and prepared him so well to bear the great strain of labor and exposure to which his life work called him. As a boy on the farm, he did not neglect his studies, and very early showed a desire for his chosen profession. After the close of the Civil war, Dr. Newlon attended the best select schools of the county and prepared himself to enter the college of Louisville, Kentucky, where he graduated in 1871. As a physician, he became noted. His practice was not confined to Braxton and adjoining counties, but he was called to treat patients as far away as Parkersburg, Washington, and other cities. He was physician to the Baltimore & Ohio, Coal & Coke and the Holly river railroads, was twice offered a position in the West Virginia Hospital at Weston as Assistant Physician.
Dr. Newlon in his long practice never refused to ride day or night over high mountains, through hail and stgorm, across swollen streams and rugged by-paths to relieve the suffering. Such was the nobility of his generous character that he never refused a man because he was poor and unable to pay
He compounded a medicine called Cohosh, and other remedies that have found special favor, all of which are said to be valuable remedies.
Dr. Newlon married Melissa Green, September 21, 1881. Their children were Mary Link who married Reginald Benner, Eliza Pool who married H. Roy Waugh, and one son Wm. P. who died young.
Dr. Newlon was a literary man, and wrote some rare and beautiful poems, selections from which are hereby given:
MY BOYHOOD'S HOME .
I saw it in my dreams last night,
My early boyhood's home-
The vine-clad hills and meadows bright,
Where as a child I roamed.
We were all here-not one away-
The hearth-stones cheery place-
I heard again the mirthful sound
Come from each smiling face
We were there-not one away-
No troubled look-no sad refrain-
Just as they were in childhood's day-
And I-I was a child again.
My dream is past-we're not all here-
On yonder's hill beyond the vale
I frequent view through curtained tear
A marble shaft-that tells the tale..
Could tears have kept thee, thou wouldst ne'er have gone,
Or could they call thee back, thou wouldst be here.
For since the moment death did mark thee for his own,
Tears have burned my cheeks and left their traces there.
Yes, I have wept, and still do weep for thee-
Not that I'd have thee back,--but pent up grief
Is doubly hard to bear; and struggling to be free,
The heart through tears doth find relief.
Perchance the sorrow that is mine, will soon be o'er-
For time will assuage grief-and it may be
Time will give me fresh cause to mourn
And I will grieve again, as I do now, for thee.
But from my memory time cannot efface,
Nor mar the last sad look of thy sweet face..
Adam O'Brien came from Harrison county to the Elk river and settled on the bottom where Sutton now stands. Prior to this time he had camped on one of the tributaries of Salt Lick creek now known as O'Briens fork. O'Brien had made some sign, it is said, by which he could find his way from the settlement on the West Fork to his chosen hunting ground, and it was by this means that the Indians trailed him; but he was not at this camp, and they found their way to the Carpenter settlement on the Holly and Elk rivers. This was in the spring of 1792, and as the first survey was made in what is now Braxton in 1784 it must have been some time between that date and 1790 that the Carpenters and O'Briens came to the county.
Timothy, son of Adam O'Brien, killed a steer, it is said, that was supposed to have strayed from some herd on the South Branch of the Potomac and gone wild. From this occurrence Steer creek is said to have taken its name. O'Brien's fork of Steer creek, as well as several other streams in central Wet Virginia, was named for the O'Brien family. Just below the mouth of O'Brien's fork there stands a knob known as Timothy Knob. This is pointed out by traditional history as the place where Timothy killed the steer. Hence the names Steer creek, O'Brien's fork of Steer creek and Timothy Knob. But Colonel Dewels gives credit to James W. Arnold for killing the steer on a branch now called Steer run of Steer creek.
It is said that in the very early settlement of the country a buffalo was killed on Grass Lick of Steer creek by Timothy O'Brien. We are inclined to the belief that Colonel Dewels was correct in his statement as to the killing of the wild steer by Arnold and not by Timothy O'Brien.
Captain G. F. Taylor, in a letter to a local paper, says tradition informs us that Adam O'Brien was born in Bath county, Virginia, in 1742; that at the age of twenty-five years he was disappointed in a love affair with Miss Isabel Burgoyne, only daughter of General Burgoyne, who figured in the early history of the American revolution. Whatever of truth may be connected with this story of Captain Taylor's, if what Baxter says in his notes of Braxton county with reference to O'Brien's plurality of wives, they would amply make up for the loss of Miss Isabel. We read further from Captain Taylor's letter that on Skyles creek, a tributary of the Big Birch river, there is a large camp, or overhanging cliff, twenty by thirty feet in width and about eight feet high, and on the north side of the room, about five feet from the floor, are the initials and dates "A. O. B., April, 1792." This being the spring of the year of the Carpenter massacre, Adam O'Brien must have been at or near this camp at that time, which doubtless saved him from sharing the fate of the Carpenters.
In his notes of Braxton county, F. J. Baxter refers to the fact that Adam O'Brien assisted in making the first survey in this county in 1784, and as far as was known was the only member of the surveying party that returned to the county to reside. He lived in the bottom where Sutton now stands as early as 1795. He came from Harrison county, bringing with him his family except his wife, who he had abandoned for another woman. He subsequently moved to the waters of the West Fork of the little Kanawha, taking with him his numerous family some of whom were then married, many of whose descendants may now be found in that country. "Adam O'Brien was a rather remarkable man," says Mr. Baxter. "He was bold, adventurous, cunning and hardy. Though he traveled over the tributaries of the Elk, from the Holly to the mouth of the Big Sandy, and the Little Kanawha river, the Indians, though quite numerous at the time, were unable to intercept him. On one of those occasions it is said that he was hotly pursued by the exasperated red men down the river to a little shoal about a half mile below Clay Courthouse, where he crossed the river to the south side and eluded his pursuers in the dense forest of Pisgah mountain. This shoal still bears the name of O'Briens ford, and many other streams, mountains, gaps and other places of note by their names still attest the early presence of this adventurous man. His mantel seemed to fall on his son John, who though not quite equal to his father in all respects, had the same adventurous spirit, was equally active and hardy, and had an equal fondness for a plurality of wives."
Lewis Perkins, son of Elias Perkins, married Susan H., daughter of Noah Rodgers. Their children were John R., L. V., Annette, Willis T., an Mathew. A latter wife was Diana, daughter of John L. Carpenter. Mr. Perkins is now living at an advanced age and tow or more of his descendants of the 5th generation are living.
Thomas Perkins came from Greenbrier county to the Elk river, and settled near where the Morrison church now stands, in the year 1812. His children were David, Elijah, John, Wm., Elias, Marshall, Charles and Mary A. Thomas Perkins' wife was Polly Williams.
The Pierson Family
John and Jonathan Pierson migrated from England to Philadelphia, Pa., some time previous to the great plague in that city in the 17th century. Some of their relatives had formerly come over with the William Penn colony, and settled there. John died, leaving two sons who moved to New York. From there, they went to Maryland, staying some time, but finally separated, John saying he would spell his name "Pearson," so that if he saw the name "Pearson," he would understand that it was of the same family of Piersons.
Joseph was a school teacher and settled in Virginia. John went farther south. Joseph married Charlotte McKee of Monroe county, Va., and had three sons and eleven daughters. The sons were Jonathan, David and Joseph. He moved to Whtewater in Nicholas county in 1802, from Monroe.
Jonathan Pierson, the oldest son, settled at Twistville near Braxton county, about the year 1826, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. He reared five sons and five daughters. The sons were W. G., Henry, G. w., Albert and B. C. The daughters were Virginia Duffield, Polly Keener, Charlotte Frame, Elizabeth Hamrie and Evaline James.
Henry Pierson, second son of Jonathan Pierson, was born July 5, 1824, and died at the age of seventy-one years. He married Sarah Jane Rose, daughter of Captain Wm. Rose, in 1842. Their children were Wm. Rose, Jasper, Jonathan, Morgan, Joseph A., Henry M., and J. Arthur, Martha (deceased), Sarah Jane Dean and E. A. Shaver.
Jonathan Pierson, son of Henry and Sallie Rose Pierson, was born Jan. 27, 1848. He was married to Phebe A. Tinney, and their children are H. B., French, Ida, Natta and Bessie. He is a farmer and stockman, and owns four hundred and forty-seven acres of good farm land. In politics, he is a Democrat, is upright and a popular citizen.
William Pierson, son of Henry and Sarah J. Pierson, was born Dec. 21, 1843. He married Barbara Dickey on Feb. 5, 1861, and their children were Sarah J., R. H., M. A., L. E., D. A., W. L., S. T., G. C., and Bessie. Mr. Pierson has been a prominent man in Braxton, and has served the people faithfully as a public servant for a number of years. He was appointed Postmaster at Twistville, this state, Dec. 2, 1871, which was his twenty-ninth birthday, and served continuously forty years and six months. He was a member of the Braxton County Court nine years, eight years of which it had jurisdiction at law and chancery, was four years president of said court, and was a member when the present courthouse was build. He was admitted to the bar in 1877. He held the office of member of the Board of Education, Surveyor of Roads and Notary Public. Squire Preston is now engaged in farming and lumbering. He was a soldier in the Confederate army.
Levi Prince, son of Nathan Prince, and grandson of Captain Prince of the Revolutionary army, was born in London county, VA., and removed with his father's family to Braxton county early in the eighteenth century where he grew to manhood on his father's farm in Flatwoods. Early in life, he married Sallie, daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Hoskins) Skidmore. Their children were Susan C., ……. Jane, Mary, Nathan H., James, George, one or two children dying in infancy. Mr. Prince was a land owner and farmer. He owned the land where the towns of Flatwoods is located. He was a man of industrious frugal habits, and was noted for his piety and leadership in the church. He was mainly instrumental in building the Prince chapel at Flatwoods. At the breaking out of the Civil war, he removed with his family to the state of Ohio where in 187…, he died by typhoid fever. He was loved and honored by all who knew him. His remains are resting in Ohio near where he lived and died, while those of his saintly wife were laid to rest at the Squires cemetery on Salt Lick.
Nathan Prince came from London county, Va., about 1820, and settled at Flatwoods where he purchased about two hundred acres of land, embracing the farm of the late Dr. John L. Rhea, and also the land on which the town of Flatwoods is situated. Mr. Prince was the son of Captain Prince of the Revolutionary army. He had two sons, Levi and Simon, and one daughter who married George High of Charleston. One of two children died in infancy. Mr. Prince was said to be a very devoted Christian. His habit was to fast one day in each week. Whether his father, Captain Prince, came to this country or not, we are not informed. Captain Prince was a Jew, and the old Jewish bible owned by the family was destroyed by fire in Webster county where it had fallen in the hands of some distant member of the family who had no conception of its value. Captain Prince was in the artillery arm of the service and became deaf by the concussion of the guns in battle.
Simon Prince, son of Nathan and grandson of Captain Prince, came from Loudon county, Va., with his father's family when a small boy, and spent most of the years of his long life in Braxton county. He married Margaret Sisk, in 1836, and to this union were born Rachel, Nathan, Barbara, Sarah Ann, and Mandy. Uncle Simon, as he was familiarly known, was a devoted Christian and a member of the M. E. church for a great many years. He died at the advanced age of ninety-eight years, and was buried at the Morrison church..
James Reed, son of Solomon Reed, married Carrie, daughter of E. B. Wheeler. Their children are E. R., Bera G., and one child that died in infancy. Mr. Reed has been a very successful business man, and has been clerk of the County Court for fourteen years. He is now serving his third term.
Patrick Reed of Clay county came from Scotland in 1730 and settled in Maine. The family came to Virginia after the close of the Revolutionary war, and in 1843 George Reed came to Kanawha county and settled on the West Fork. The first year, George Arbogast and G. W. Reed were summoned to work a road on the Beech fork of the West fork, and one night the Cotterels and the McCunes murdered Nickols, the Road Overseer. Arbogast and Reed moved out and then settled on the Elk at the mouth of Big Otter. G. W. Reed was captured by southern soldiers, and died in Andersonville. He was in Captain Ramsey's company of
Solomon Reed, son of above sketch [Patrick Reed] was born in Pendleton county, VA., and moved with his father to what is now Clay county where he grew to manhood and married a Miss Sarah Neel. He was a prominent man in the county, and was twice Sheriff of the county about the 70's. His family consisted of Jeremiah, Wm. James, Hansford, Margaret and Emma.
J. C. Remage, a native of Harrison county, West Virginia, grew up to manhood in that county, where he attended the public schools, and qualified himself for teaching, but soon quit teaching and entered the lumber business. He came to Braxton county in 1890, and married ……….., daughter of Israel J. Friend. To them were born three children, Russell, Lanty and Eva. Mr. Remage's home is in Gassaway, W. Va
Thomas J. Rexroad, son of Hezekiah and Nancy Helmick Rexroad, was born in Wood county, W. Va., April 15, 1866. He married Josephine Simmons in May, 1891, and moved to Braxton county and settled at Flatwoods. Their children are, William George, Mary, Mabel, and Russell, who died infancy. Mr. Rexroad is a house carpenter by trade; his son George is a soldier in France.
Dr. John L. Rhea was a native of Maryland. He was born in Westminister county, Oct. 11, 1816. He was married Dec. 3, 1840, to Mrs. E. M. Dowell, maiden name, Elizabeth M. Huckstep, of Green county, Va. Mrs. Rhea was born Jan. 22, 1814, in Orange county, Va., and died at their home in Braxton county, April 26, 1863, and on the 20th of April, 1865, he married for his second wife, Elizabeth C. Shaver, daughter of Jessie and Matilda Squires Shaver. Mrs. Rhea departed this life Aug. 30, 1873. She was born in Braxton county, Va., May 9, 1842. By these marriages he had no children.
On Jan. 8, 1874, he was married to Miss Sallie B. McLaughlin, daughter of Col Addison McLaughlin. Sallie B. McLaughlin was born in Lewis county, Va., May 9, 1846. To this union were born John L., Stephen A., Howard R., Daniel J. and Clark Dyer.
Dr. Rhea was a traveling minister in the M. E. Church and belonged to the Baltimore Conference, and afterward studied medicine. He moved to Braxton county from Virginia early in the fifties, bought land in Flatwoods where he established his home and remained there until his death. He built up a good practice, and was considered one of the best informed physicians in the county.
Dr. Rhea brought several slaves to this county when he came, and the most of his colored people remained with him for several years after their freedom, and they all have a desire to be buried in the cemetery by the side of their old mistress on the old home place
John L. Rhea, Jr. , was born Jan 7, 1875. He was married July 2, 1902, to Rebecca Floyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. D. Floyd, and she was born in Doddridge county, Dec. 21, 1880. To this union were born three children, Salla A., Clare E., and
John L. Rhea grew up on his father's farm, and soon after his marriage commenced merchandising at Flatwoods Junction where he now conducts a large country stock of goods. In 1914, he was elected to the State Legislature, where he served with credit and faithfully represented the interests of his constituents.
Rev. Ira F. Rickett was born Jan. 23, 1868, in B………. county, Va. His father, W. H. Rickett, and mother, Lucy A. Rhodenhizer, were both natives of Virginia. He was married May 28, 1890, to Miss Jenny Sarver, and names of their children are, Bernice, Lucy, Willa, Thelma, Vida, Nellie, Robert and Callie. Rev. Rickett has been minister of the Methodist Episcopal church for several years and is above the average in ability, filling good stations in the ministerial work. He preachers with earnestness, and is popular as a pastor. He has had charge of the Sutton church the past two years.
Samuel Hamilton Rider, son of John W. Rider, was born in December, 1822, in Bath county, Va., and moved to Harrison county in 1828. He married Rachel E. High of Harrison county in 1841, and came to Braxton county in 1859, settling on Steer creek. Their children were William W., Benjamin E., Martha J., Mary E., Warah S., and Melvil B.
Samuel Rider died in 1898 at his old home, Mrs. Rider having departed this life in 1892. Mr. Rider was a farmer and a stockman. He had for many years been a zealous and valued member of the M. E. church. Two of his sons were Federal soldiers, Wm. W. and Benjamin. The latter is still living
Jacob Riffle, son of John N. and Elizabeth (Corrick) Riffle, was born Sept. 9, 1837, in Braxton county. He entered the Federal army in 1862, and received an honorable discharge Oct. 24, 1864. He was married Oct. 24, 1868, to Lucretia, daughter of Jacob and Eliza (Lloyd) Shaver, and their children were: Willie E., Dora E., Luvenia L. and Eliza E. He with his brother William served in Company F, 10th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and at the battle of Droop Mountain, Jacob lost an arm. He and his brother William are both dead.
Jacob Riffle, one of the early settlers of the county, was a son of Frank and Eve (Mace) Riffle of Randolph County, Virginia.
He first came to the Little Kanawha river, and settled not far from Bulltown. He then moved to O'Brien's fork of Salt Lick, and settled in a hunter's cabin, presumably the cabin once occupied by Adam O'Brien which stood near where the railroad crosses the road leading to Cedar creek and Salt Lick.
Mr. Riffle married for his former wife Elizabeth Williams, daughter of John and Mary (Byrne) Williams of Randolph county, and his latter wife's name was Margaret Bailey. Names of daughters by the former wife were: Phebe, Mary, Jennie and Mandie. There was also a latter family of children whose name we do not have.
Enoch Roberts was born near the mouth of the Potomac about the year 1750 or 1755. His father who was an Englishman, was a sailor on a vessel that ran from Baltimore to Liverpool. Enoch came to Virginia and settled in Richie county, and later moved to Braxton and settled on Scott's mountain where he died early in the 50's at the advanced age of ninety-nine years. His children were John, Enoch, Benjamin who was a captain in the Federal army, Jeremiah, Perry G., and one daughter who married a man named Berne in Richie county, this state.
Ballard S. Rogers, son of John and Melinda (Wilson) Rogers, was born March 20, 1831, in Braxton county. He married Louisa McElwain, in this county, Oct. 10, 1854, and their children were: Sarah Virginia, Thomas W., Jerusha Susan (died young), Florence Lee, Ida Iowa and Elijah David who died while an infant. Ballard S. Rogers enlisted Nov. 10, 1862, in Company I, 17th Virginia Calvary, and served until May, 1865. After the war, he was engaged in farming for many years.
Aunt Naomi Rodgers, daughter of Andrew and Margaret Skidmore, was born November 29, 1815. She married Elija Rodgers in 1833.
Soon after their marriage, they moved to Three Forks of Sandy, now Roane county, West Virginia, where she lived in one house for sixty years. After the death of her husband, she lived with her son, Jackson Rodgers, where she died at the age of ninety-six years. She lived for many years a close neighbor to the celebrated Adam O'Brien, and vividly remembers that noted Indian fighter and adventurer. She describes him as a man of powerful physique, a keen piercing eye, always dressed in the full garb of a hunter in buckskin, decorated with hunter's tomahawk and rifle. She often listened to the primitive John O'Brien, son of Adam, who she described as a man with a wonderful voice. He was a minister of the Baptist faith. It was said that he could be heard from mountain top to mountain top when properly warmed up in his discourse.
The country in which she lived, she described as a wilderness in 1833. There were only three or four families living between her girlhood home and her later home on Sandy. Perhaps the seventy-eight years that she lived on Sandy marked a period and locality that came nearer being in its primitive and original state than any other section of country in central West Virginia. This simple life was to Aunt Naomi's liking. She was a plain unassuming woman, a devout Christian and for many years a member of the Baptist church. She is resting beside her husband and many relatives and friends in the Greenhill cemetery near her old home.
Philip Rodgers, one of the early settlers of Braxton county, came from Rockingham county, Va. He settled in the upper Flatwoods, and was a farmer and blacksmith. One of his daughters, Julia Ann, became the wife of John G. Morrison. She died at the birth of her first child. Margaret, a second daughter, never married. Phillip, John and William were his sons. John is the only member of the family living, he being in his eighty-fifth year.
The Rose Family
Isaac Rose, father of Captain Wm. Rose, was born near Chambersburg, Pa., in the 17th century, and reared to manhood at same place. Later he moved to Botetourt county, Va., and still later to Nicholas county, this state. He had four sons, William, James, Ezekiel and Charles, and one daughter, Milly.
Captain William Rose married Martha Persinger in Bottetourt county Va., about ………, and moved to Long Glade in Webster county about 1818, and owned the Dr. Kessley farm at that point,. From there, they moved to the Birch river, two miles from Twistville where they lived to a ripe old age. They raised the following daughters: Mrs. Granville Given, mother of W. H. Given, Julia Keener, mother of Mrs. E. D. Duffield, Sarah Jane, mother of Wm. R. Pierson, Sr. Captain Rose served in the war of 1812, and acted as constable for many years after Braxton county was organized.
Ezekiel Rose, brother of Wiliam, was noted for his integrity. He married a Miss Harman, and reared the following sons: Alexander, Isaac, George, Marion, Robert, Marshall who became a Baptist minister, James who was a Federal soldier, Mortimore was a Federal soldier and Fielding was a minister of the gospel and an ex-confederate soldier. In the same family were the following daughters: Amanda, wife of Milton Frame (deceased), Betsy, wife of Armstrong Cutlip, Liza, wife of Perry Boggs (deceased), and Linda, wife of Joseph Harrison
Rev. Harvy O. Ross, son of James A. and Mary S. Hicks, was born May 17, 1860. At an early period of his life, he was converted and joined the U. B. church, and commenced teaching and preaching. He was at one time principal of Sutton High School. He subsequently moved west where he served important charges. He married and reared a family, and at a time perhaps least expected, this good and well beloved minister was run over by a railroad train and killed. He had many friends in Braxton county, and in fact wherever he was known
Many thanks to Marji Turner for all her hard work in transcribing ALL the biographies in this book. It was a lot of hard work and it is VERY MUCH appreciated!!!
BACK -- HOME