Cabell County West Virginia

Biographies





Barger, Horace C.

Was born in Gallia county, Ohio, November 21, 1827. He is a son of Adam and Anna (Clark) Barger, settlers of this county in 1815. They died October 23, 1856, and July 31, 1880, respectively. His father was among the first settlers in the township: they had to go about twenty-four miles to a mill, which took two days; they grated and pounded their corn; their meat was mostly deer and wild turkey; they had no roads except blazed paths; the school was two or three miles distant. Mr. Barger was married in Lawrence county, Ohio, January 6, 1859, to Ruhama Tull, who was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, March 7, 1828. Her Parents were William and Hannah (Coyle) Tull. Her father died August 18, 1875, and her mother October 31, 1874. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Barger are: John, born April 29, 1861; Ellen, July 22, 1863; William, July 9, 1866; Martha, October 8, 1870; they all reside at home. Mr. Barger is a farmer, and also a shoemaker. He is a resident of Ohio township, and his postoffice address is Swan Creek, Gallia county, Ohio. [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.]

Brown, Judge James Henry
One of the distinguished lawyers, statesmen and jurists of Virginia, before the State was divided, is the subject of this brief biographical sketch. He is of English ancestry, and was the son of Benjamin Brown, a native of Virginia; was born in Cabell County, Virginia, December 20, 1818. His mother was a native of North Carolina, and was the daughter of Major Nathaniel Scales. He was educated at Marietta College, Ohio, and Augusta College, Kentucky, and from the latter well known institution he graduated in the class of 1840. In person he was tall (a little more than six feet) and was always, even in later life, as erect as an Indian. He was also sinewy and active. Up almost to the period of his last illness his step was as elastic as a man of forty, or even less.
He read law under the direction of John Laidley, a prominent attorney of Cabell County, and in 1842, after two years of careful study of legal text books, he was admitted to membership of the Cabell County Bar, and promptly began the practice of his chosen profession. He was a natural orator, and it was not long until he took a leading rank as a superior advocate, and a forceful and effective trial lawyer. Desirous of a wider field of operations and better opportunities for development of his talents, he located at Charleston, Kanawha County, in 1848, where he spent the major portion of his life in the ardent practice of his profession. He was always regarded as a man of the highest sense of honor and probity; was thoroughly reliable in all his statements and dealings; was a hard student, and was a careful and honorable counselor. It is no wonder, therefore, that his clientele soon grew to large proportions. His practice was in both State and National courts, and covered all the branches of the law, and extended into all of the surrounding counties. He was universally regarded as an all around, able and successful lawyer.
Judge Brown, though a Democrat, took an active stand for the Union in 1860 and '61, and was one of the leaders in the formation of the new Commonwealth of West Virginia; was a member of all the conventions looking to the building of the State; was elected a member of the Legislature of the Restored Government of Virginia, May 23, 1861, from Kanawha County, amid the turmoil of a divided county, and addressed many meetings when his hearers were armed for personal protection. He was an eloquent stump speaker and a fearless defender of his political faith. He became an ardent Republican and was a member of the Convention that framed the first Constitution of the State of West Virginia. In the winter of 1861 and '62 he was elected and commissioned Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Virginia. While acting in this capacity the records of his courts in several of the counties of his circuit, as fast as they were made, were captured and destroyed, and on several occasions he narrowly escaped the repeated efforts that were made to capture the Court. It is claimed, and we believe correctly, that no appeal from any of his decisions was ever taken to a higher court. As a judge he was courteous, firm and fearless.
May 28, 1863, he was elected an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of the new State of West Virginia. On this court he exhibited the same firm and wise qualities as revealed by him on the bench of the nisi prius court. He served with great acceptability until the close of his term. He was by nature and education fitted for the law. He carried to a high degree the power of convincing statement. His opinions are models of good English. His supreme desire was to be just, and nothing could swerve him from doing right, as he was able to see the right. When he retired from the bench he returned to active practice, and kept it up until a short time before his death, which occurred at his home in Charleston, October 28, 1900.
Judge Brown was twice a candidate for Congress, but his Congressional District, being strongly Democratic at that time, he was both times defeated, but he ran ahead of his ticket on both occasions. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Legislature of West Virginia, and took an active part in shaping the legislation of that session.
In 1844 he married Miss Louise Beuhring and reared a large family. One of his sons James F. Brown is one of the ablest lawyers of the entire State. Judge Brown was an ardent member of the Presbyterian Church, and for about half a century was a ruling elder of that denomination. However, in matters of religion, he favored the largest liberty of conscience. He at all times had the implicit confidence of all people who knew him, and he was for a-half century one of the best known men of the Great Kanawha Valley.
Judge Brown late in life, and many years after the death of his first wife, married the widow of the late Fayette A. Lovell, who was in life a member of the Kanawha County Bar, and she survived him several years. They had no offspring. She too passed into the "Great Beyond " a few years subsequent to his demise. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Carroll, Charles Thomas
minister of the gospel; born in Cabell Co., West Va., Feb. 27, 1842; son of Samuel and Lucinda (Swan) Carroll; father’s occupation farmer and teacher; paternal grandparents James Tilman and Sarah (Black) Carroll; maternal grandfather Thomas Swan; educated in High School of Cabell Co., W. Va.; D.D. was conferred upon him by Rutherford College, North Carolina, in 1875; in early life was a farmer boy, then entered the Confederate army during the Civil war; he preached to the soldiers, but was not commissioned Chaplain; was appointed Chaplain to the prison hospital while a prisoner of war, which was nearly two years; married Elizabeth Esther Shields Dec. 18, 1867; member of Masonic Lodge, Bristol, Va., and Councilor Chattanooga, Tenn.; Democrat; member of M.E. Church, South, and Holston conference; was pastor of church in Knoxville, Tenn., immediately after close of war, then Bristol (now State St.); Chattanooga (now Centenary), Central church, Asheville, N.C., Morristown Sta., Broad St., Knoxville, Tenn.; twice Presiding Elder of Chattanooga and Morristown Districts, four years of the Asheville District, N.C., and four years of the Knoxville District, and during the time served other appointments on circuits; he is now superannuated.Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler


Copen, Clarence E.
C. E. Copen, son of William A. and Alice Copen, was born in Wirt County, West Virginia, December 8, 1877, and was educated in the public schools and at the West Virginia University at Morgantown. After leaving the University he became a public school teacher for a few years, in which profession he was a pronounced success. During this period he decided to become a lawyer, and began the systematic reading of legal textbooks, which he kept up until 1904, when he was equipped to pass the rigid examination required by the West Virginia statute, and was, in that year, admitted to practice as a member of the Wirt County Bar, where he carried on a lucrative business in his native and adjoining counties. Being desirous to widen his field of labor, he moved to Huntington in Cabell County, where he became a member of the firm of Doolittle, Copen & Davis, which firm was dissolved by the death of Judge Doolittle. At this time, and for a few years past, he maintains an office at Winfield, Putnam County, where he spends a limited portion of his time each month. His present firm at Huntington is Copen & Darnell.
For the first few years his practice was mainly on the criminal side of the courts, because he was gifted as a public speaker, and, therefore, was a strong and successful advocate, especially before juries; but in later years he has given the most of his time and energies to civil practice, which he finds much more profitable and far more satisfactory. As a side issue he was connected with the publication of a weekly newspaper, which gave him an experience and knowledge that was very helpful to him as a trial lawyer, and added to his influence both as a lawyer and a citizen. He, however, did not allow this, in any way, to interfere with his business as a lawyer, as his practice steadily grew larger as the years passed by.
He was two years (1905 and 1906) Prosecuting Attorney of his native county, and, having had an extensive experience in criminal practice, he made an enviable record as a prosecutor of violators of the penal statutes of the State. This experience proved to be bf large value to him in broadening his grasp of the fundamental principles of the law, thus fitting him for a wider field of usefulness in his chosen profession.
Mr. Copen is a Republican in his political convictions, but he has never been an extremist, nor has he ever allowed politics to interfere with his professional business. His one set purpose has been to make good as a lawyer, which he has succeeded in doing.
He is a member of the Baptist Church, and always takes the moral side of all questions that come before the people. He is also an active member of the Knights of Pythias, an institution which stands for good morals and good citizenship. September 24, 1898, he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa M. Mason. As a result of this union they have four children, all boys. Their home is at Huntington, the seat of justice of Cabell County, where they have many friends.
Mr. Copen's practice is of a general character, and extends into all the courts of West Virginia, both State and Federal. He handles his cases well, and is measurably successful. He is agreeable and courteous, and has a large following of friends both in and outside of his profession. [Bench and bar of West Virginia edited by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919, Transcribed by AFOFG]

Davis, Moses W
Moses W Davis  and Sarah Buck were married in Gallia county (OH) July 27, 1839. He is a native of Cabel county, West Virginia, born January 17, 1810. His wife was born in this county January 3, 1817. Mr. Davis is a retired farmer residing in Raccoon township. His father, Paul Davis, died May 9, 1851, and his mother, Mary (Gilkeson) Davis, died August 15, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Davis are Thomas and Susannah (Cherrington) Buck, who settled in this county in 1800. Her father died May 14, 1855, and her mother April 8, 1840. Mr. Davis settled in this county before he was married. In 1852 he removed to Lawrence county, remained there 24 years, and returned to Gallia county. Mr. Davis has held the following offices in Lawrence county: coroner for nine years, deputy sheriff for eight years, also, supervisor, assessor, and street commissioner of Ironton. He was appointed deputy United States marshal and held the office for seven years. Mr. Davis had a brother in the late war. William G. Davis enlisted for three years and served to the close of the war. After returning home he was taken sick, and his death ensured. Mr. Davis came to Gallia county in 1832. His postoffice address is Thurman, Gallia county, Ohio. [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]

Ferguson, Judge James H.

Kesterson, George E.
George E. Kesterson, Huntington, WV Among those prominently known in the profession of law at Huntington and equally recognized as leaders in the coal industry is George E. Kesterson. During the twenty-seven years that he had been identified with affairs in this state he has made numerous important connections and entrenched himself firmly in the confidence of his associates. He was born at Belpre, Washington County, Ohio, October 7,1867, and is a son of William Franklin and Melissa (Treadway) Kesterson. The Kesterson family originated in Germany, whence came the great-grandfather of George E. Kesterson, who first located in Baltimore, Maryland, where upon the advent of the War of the Revolution, he joined General Washington's army and fought bravely during the winning of American independence. His son, Willis Kesterson, the grandfather of George E. Kesterson, was born at Waynesboro, Virginia, where he lived practically his whole life, being a well-known and prosperous planter of his community. He maintained the family's military record by fighting with the American troops during the Mexican war. Late in life he was sent to Lubeck, West Virginia, where he died prior to the death of his grandson. [Source: "The History of West Virginia, Old and New" Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc. Chicago and New York, Volume 11, Page 249 Submitted by Christine Walters]

Kirk, George W.
GEORGE W. KIRK, scenic and portrait photographer of Snohomish, is one of the well known citizens of that city and a man who probably knows as much about the landscapes of Snohomish county as any other one individual within its borders. Mr. Kirk was born at Port Deposit, Maryland, in September of 1848 of Scotch-English and Welsh-English parentage. His father, William Kirk, was the son of Elisha Kirk, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and a lineal descendant of Roger Kirk, well known in the colonial days of Maryland. Mrs. Jane (Williams) Kirk was also a native of Cecil county, Maryland. George W. Kirk grew up on his father's farm, and attended the common schools until fitted to enter the West Nottingham academy.
Upon leaving that institution he came west as far as Iowa, where, at Pulaski, Davis county, he engaged in mercantile business for four years, returning to Maryland to care for his father in his old age. While here his attention was drawn to photography and he commenced to learn the art, completing his preparation with William Chase, a noted scenic photographic artist of Baltimore. Mr. Kirk then went to Huntington, West Virginia, where he followed his calling for thirteen years. In 1888 he came to Chehalis, Lewis county, Washington, and engaged in growing fruit. He later removed to Puyallup and for two years engaged with unusual success in producing small fruits. In 1891 from one and a half acres, Mr. Kirk marketed 8,321 pounds of raspberries, receiving $840 therefor, while disposing of $200 worth of plants grown that year on the same tract. Mr. Kirk had still held his farm at Chehalis and in the fall of 1891 returned to that place. Five years later he resumed, to some extent, the photographic profession, and in 1898 came to Everett and purchased a gallery. This he continued to manage for four years, closing out to come to Snohomish.
 February 6, 1876, in Chester county, Pennsylvania, Mr. Kirk married Miss Eliza J. Pennypacker, first consin of Governor Samuel Pennypacker and daughter of Washington and Eliza (Wright) Pennypacker, both of whom came of the old Holland stock for which Pennsylvania is noted. To Mr. and Mrs. Kirk three children have been born: Thomas Leston, Sherman E., who is employed at Williams' saw-mill near Monroe, and a daughter who died in infancy. In politics Mr. Kirk is a Republican and active in the caucuses, conventions and councils of his party. He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. His church affiliations are with the Methodist Episcopal society and have been for thirty-three years, in which organization he is holding official position. Since coming to Snohomish, Mr. Kirk has engaged also in fruit growing to a degree, he having a predilection toward fruit culture just as much as he has for nature and the camera. Mr. Kirk is highly esteemed, is prosperous in business and a man of influence in his home town and surrounding community.  On October 9, 1905, Mr. Kirk took up a homestead near Darrington, to which he will soon remove, his health having been impaired by a paralytic stroke some years ago, which has recently been causing him trouble again. The Snohomish business will be continued by the son Thomas Leston, who is also a photographer of ability. ["An Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties", Inter-State Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1906.  Submitted by M.K.Krogman.]

Love Family

Porter, Daniel
A son of Thomas and Ann (Topas) Porter, who came to this county in 1837, was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, in 1824, and settled in this county (Gallia Co, OH) the same year his parents came, residing in Ohio township. He was married in Ohio township, in 1853, to Nancy Wilson, who was born in McMinn county, Tennessee, in 1833, a daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth (Van Zhandt) Wilson, who came to this county in 1836. The following are their children: Thomas, born in 18 , resides in Nelsonville, Ohio; Alonzo, in 18 , in West Virginia; Emma, in 18 , died 1879; Daniel, in 18 ; Melissa, in 1858; Walter, in 1860; John, in 1861; William, in 1864; Elizabeth, in 1866; James, in 1872; Robert, in 1874 - the eight last named reside at home. Mr. Daniel Porter is a miner by occupation. Postoffice address, Mercer bottom, Mason county, West Virginia. [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.]

Shortridge, Eli C. D.
Was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, March 29,1830, and therefore at the time of his death was seventy-eight years of age. He was educated in the district school of the neighborhood and later at an academy at Par, Missouri, to which locality he moved at an early date. He engaged in mining in that state, and twenty-five years ago married Miss Anna Burton at Moberly, Missouri. Soon afterwards he moved to Dakota, and took a prominent part in the struggles of the early pioneers. He settled at Larimore, where he helped to lay out the present townsite of that place. At one time he owned a large farm in Grand Forks county. In the campaign of 1892 he was persuaded to run for governor on the fusion ticket, he then holding a position as justice of the peace at Larimore. He never aspired to public office, but he made a personal canvass throughout the state, in the end defeating Andrew H. Burke, who was running for second term on the republican ticket. At the expiration of his term of office, he was succeeded by Roger Allen, republican. Shortridge's gubernatorial administration was run entirely in the interest of the people. His career since coming to North Dakota, twenty-seven years ago, has been consistent with a life of unbroken honesty and unswerving devotion to the better aspiration of life. He was engaged in the grain commission business in Minneapolis after the close of his term as governor and later removed to Devils Lake, where he has since made his home. Former Governor Shortridge, died recently at Devil's Lake, N. D. (Grand Forks, N. D. Daily Herald said). Source: The commoner (Lincoln, Neb.) March 27,1908  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Simmons, Agnes Goodridge
From memorial resolutions passed by Camp No. 770, U. C. V., of Los Angeles, Cal, in tribute to Mrs. Agnes Goodridge Simmons, beloved wife of Comrade S. S. Simmons, Commander of the Camp, the following is taken:
"Mrs. Agnes Goodridge Simmons, daughter of Col. Charles Ruffner, was born at Charleston on Kanawha, W. Va., on March 20, 1851, and died May 5, 1920. She married Sampson Saunders Simmons, of Cabell County, W. Va., in February, 1870, and their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated on February 13, 1920. She was the mother of ten children, four of whom died in infancy. Three daughters and three sons survive her: Mrs. George T. Klipstun, of Alexandria, Va.; Mrs. William P. Mahood and Mrs. John W. Piatt, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Bennett E. Simmons, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Goodridge Kilgore Simmons, of Holtsville, Cal.; C. Ruffner Simmons, of Phcenix, Ariz. The youngest son served in France in the Aero Squadron, A. E. F.
"Mrs. Simmons united with the Church at about fifteen years of age and all through life was more or less active in the work of the Church, and she was an active worker in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in her West Virginia home town. Her family, a large one, in her native county is among the oldest of the Virginians and devoted its entire strength to the cause of the Confederacy during the War between the States. Her father, too old for military duty at the time, maintained a hospital for the Confederate soldiers near the border of Virginia and became the object of the bitterest persecution by the invading army because of his influence and activities in behalf of the South. Her husband, Sampson S. Simmons, was a member of Company E, 8th Virginia Cavalry, known as the 'Border Rangers,' commanded by the gallant Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The family have made their home in Los Angeles since 1908.
"Resolved, That the members of this Camp cherish the memory of Mrs. Simmons as that of one who was loyal to the ideals and principles for which we strive, helpful to us in our work, and an ever ready friend to us, one and all." [Confederate Veteran,Volume 28 by Confederated Southern Memorial Association, 1920 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Sibley, Benjamin
Was born in Tolland county, Connecticut, March 28, 1812. He came to this county in 1838, and settled in this township in 1839, and since that time there has been a great change; there are but two families here now who were residents at that time; real estate has advanced since he came here about 500 per cent; the number of schools have doubled. Mr. Sibley was married to Mary Reynolds in Cabell county, West Virginia, January 25, 1839. She was born in Washington county, Ohio, October 19, 1819. She died March 28, 1879. She is mother of the following children: Marshall L., born December 13, 1839, resides in this township; Joseph A., October 23, 1841, died June 6, 1869; Charles W., twin, October 23, 1841, died in infancy; Charles W., August 6, 1843, died June 6, 1869; Zuba L., November 17, 1845, died June 6, 1869; Benjamin F., April 6, 1848, resides at home; Lorongo D., April 9, 1850, resides in Scott county, Missouri; Ira E., January 10, 1853, resides in Wappello county, Iowa; Harvey F., September 30, 1854, resides at home; Mary E. (Crum), September 25, 1856, resides in this township; Tryphena I., February 11, 1859, at home; Sarah C., May 6, 1861, died March 26, 1867; Julia G., August 20, 1863, resides at home. Three of the above named children, viz.: Joseph A., Charles W., and Zuba L., were drowned while boat-riding on the Ohio river, with four others, who also were drowned. The parents of Mr. Sibley are Aaron and Tryphena (Agard) Sibley. Mrs. Sibley's parents are Luke and Isabel (Bar) Reynolds, settlers of this county in 1839. Mr. Sibley has been justice of the peace three years, and township trustee for a number of ears. He is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Swan Creek, Gallia county, Ohio. [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.]

Summers, Mrs. Caroline
wife of F. F. Summers, Esq., died in Henry Co., Mo., 29 Jan. 1857, aged nearly 43 years. She was the dau. of Col. John Everet of Cabell Co., Va., born May 1814; married 12 April 1835; and shortly afterwards came to the western part of Henry Co. Left a family of children. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by  GT Transcription Team]




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