Cabell County West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices

Lucius Comstock (Lute) Alexander
84, of Barboursville, died Saturday at his home after a short illness, he was a member of Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church at Barboursville and served as an elder for 66 years. Surviving are his wife, Anna: a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Thompson of Barboursville; a sister, Mrs. C. K. McCoy of Charleston; and five grandchildren. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church at Barboursviile with Rev. Charles Barnett officiating. Graveside service will be in Alexander Cemetery at Frazier's Bottom in Putnam County. The body will be taken to the church from Wallace mortuary at Barboursville one hour before the service. [1 Nov 1959, Sunday Gazette-Mail, Sub. by K. Torp]

Frank Broom
Huntington, W. Va., July 30 - Frank Broom, who was shot by Officer Leete, in Central City, while resisting arrest a few evenings since, died to-night. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, July 31, 1895]

Peter Chapdu
Peter Chapdu, the subject of this memoir, was born at St. Domingo in September, 1779, and died in this place December 9th.  His parents were natives of France, and emigrated to that Island when it was in part a French colony, and settled in that division known as Hayti, purchased a coffee estate and a stock of negro slavest to cultivate it.
At the breaking out of the insurrection in 1791, they were enjoying the profits of quite an extensive estate, which enabled them to live in affluence and at ease, having on hand at that time some ten thousand bags of coffee.  The population of Hayti at that time contained 30,831 whites, 24,732 free negroes, and 480,000 slaves.
With such a disparity in favor of the black population, it was foreboded that at no very distant day a revolution would be imminent, a large portion of the emigrants from France disposed of their estates and returned back again.  While the creoles and others with greater termerity, continued in possession of their lucrative estates until the horrors of a servile insurrection, a revolution, pervaded the whole Colony.  It was a war of independence; it continued ten years.  During that period the entire body of slaves belonging to the Chapdu estate, were associated with or under the control of the leaders of the revolution; the real estate was confiscated, thus reducing the family to destitution.      While the revolution was in progress the most revolting scenes of barbarity were committed.  To escape impending danger many familes flew to the mountains, seeking hiding place in caverns or other fastnesses, while others crowded on vessels in port bound to other  ports.
While these harrowed scenes were being enacted, the father of Peter Chapdu died, leaving a widow and sons and daughters; each having to provide for themselve.  The widow left St. Domingo and settled in Cuba where she died.  Peter Chapdu and a bro ther sailed for the United States and landed at New York. There our friend found himself without money or the means of procuring any.  Beg he would not, neither would he steal; something had to be done.  While in his wandering and unsettled state of mind, he settled upon a plan by which he could provide for the future of his life:  It was to learn a trade. The trade of a saddler he preferred, and in a short time apprenticed himself to Mr. Edmund Kinny, of Philadelphia, with whom he continued to reside three years.  After the expiration of his apprenticeship he located at Gallipolis and opened a shop for the manufacture of saddles, which he carried on successfully for some thirty years. After being established in business promising an easy independence he took to himself a wife, by whom he had a family of sons and daughters, whom he has lived to see well established in business, and ranking as useful and respectable persons in the community in which they reside.
When war was declared against Great Britain in 1812, Mr. Chapdu tendered his service to the Government, which was accepted, and in a company of cavalry, when danger threatened flew to the standard of his adopted country, which he aided and assisted in bearing triumphantly over the enemy. Subsequently for these very services his adopted country presented him with a gratuity of 160 acre land warrant.     In all the relations of life Peter Chapdu discharged his duty in the most exemplary manner. He was proverbially honest, and punctual in the fulfillment of his promises; was ready at all times when duty called to risk his life in maintaining the dignity and integrity of the laws of the country; was a true spartan.     He was of that great family of Christians who preferred that his faith should be known by his works.  No man strove harder to live up to the golden rule of "doing unto others as he would wish that others should do unto him" than Peter Chapdu. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 19, 1861 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Peter Chapdu
DIED---On Monday evening, December 9, 1861, at the residence of Mr. Ezra Flowers, his son-in-law, Mr. Peter Chapdu, aged 82 years, a native of France. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 12, 1861 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Alice Lou Davidson
Little Alice Lou Davidson, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Davidson of Milton, W. Va., died at 9 o'clock last night of pneumonia. The body will be sent to Catlettsburg today for burial. [Lexington Herald (11 May 1910) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Hugh Dietz
Mr. Hugh Dietz, of Guyandotte, W. Va., died on Sunday, the 6th instant, leaving a large family. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 24, 1874 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Eliza A. Downer
DIED. DOWNER---At Guyandotte, West Va., June 17th, Mrs. Eliza A. Downer.  Mr. D. has our sympathies. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 25, 1874, Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Victor Howard Fowler
Victor Howard Fowler, 83, of Lesage, W.Va., passed away January 15, 2007, at his residence. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2007, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, W.Va. He was born September 12, 1923, in Calhoun County, West Virginia, a son of the late Levi Franklin and Elfie Barr Fowler. He was a surveyor. He is survived by three sons, John Fowler of Buffalo, N.Y., Kenneth Fowler of Lesage, W.Va., and Douglas Fowler of Willard, Ohio, and their mother, Eileen; four sisters; three brothers; and seven grandchildren, Laura, Lindsay, Ashley, Kyle, Zach, Paige and Casey Fowler. There will be no visitation. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, is in charge of arrangements. [The Herald Dispatch, January 17, 2007 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Eliza M. Laidley
D at the old homestead of John Laidley, deceased in Cabell County, West Virginia on the 30th day of August last, his daughter, Miss Eliza M Laidley, born October 4, 1834.  ["Christian Observer", September 12, 1868 - BW - Sub by FoFG]

Natividad Dumapit Maack
NATIVIDAD "NATY" D. MAACK, 75, of Huntington, widow of Howard Patrick Maack, passed away Wednesday April 30, 2008, at St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral liturgy will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church by Monsignor Lawrence Luciana. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. She was born September 9, 1932, in E. B. Magalone Negros Occidental, Philippines, a daughter of the late Serafin and Maria Hondrade Dumapit. She graduated in 1956 from Negros Occidental Provincial Hospital School of Nursing in Bacolod City, Philippines. "Naty" retired after 40 years of nursing from the following institutions: The Prestera Center, the Mildred Bateman State Hospital and the Huntington V.A. Medical Center. She was a member of the St. Ann's Circle at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Hernane, Wilfredo, Serafin, Jr. and Jose Maria; a sister, Herminia Sannoy; and sisters-in-law Teresita and Herminia. Survivors include three sons and two daughters in law, Michael Maack, Daniel and Michelle Maack and Richard and Lisa Maack; a daughter, Nancy Maack; four grandchildren, Logan Maack, Patrick, Maria and Madison Maack; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ildefonsio Dumapit and Wilson and Tina Dumapit; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Sister Elisa Dumapit, a Daughter of Charity, Erlinda Dumapit and Nilda and Sompop Vichiensaen; a sister-in-law, Consuelo and brother-in-law Victor Sannoy and several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Reger Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Reger Funeral Home. [Herald Dispatch, c. Apr/May 2008 - Sub. by Ida Maack]

Brownstown, W Va, March 21 -- News reached here Sunday evening of a man by the name of McQuade being found dead in Field's Creek near the Winifrede mines about 9 o'clock the morning of the same day.  [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday, March 22, 1892]

C. J. C. Michaelson
Died at his home in Brownstown last night. He was born in Hamberg, Germany December 24,1844. Burial Spring Hill Cemetery.[Charleston Evening Mail December 20, 1893, Pg 1]

Frank Miller
Accidentally Killed
Barboursville, July 23,-- Frank Miller, aged thirteen, son of John W. Miller, Cabell county, accidentally killed himself with a pistol near his father's residence yesterday evening. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Friday, July 25. 1879  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Ollie Minnefield
Huntington, W. Va., May 2 - Ollie Minnefield, the negro woman who was cut in the abdomen several days ago by Mat Davis, died in great agony this evening. Effort is being made to capture the escaped murderer. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Friday, May 3, 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mrs. J. S. Perry
Huntington, W. Va., August 7. - The wife of J. S. Perry, a prominent real estate broker, died here this evening. Mr. Perry is well known throughout the State. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, August 8, 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mrs. Peyton
Of Huntington, wife of the late Thomas West Peyton died yesterday. [Charleston Evening Mail, December 16, 1893, Pg 1]

Thomas H. Riggs
Departed this life, on Wednesday, the 12th of July, at his residence, on Little Guyandotte, Cabell county, Va., of Cholera, Thomas H. Riggs, in the 44th year of his age.Brother Riggs was first heard to complain on Monday before his death, but still continued to see to his business.---At 4 o'clock on Tuesday he was taken down, and Dr. McDowell, who was then in the settlement, called in.  The doctor was at his bedside in about half an hour, but too late!  The disease bid defiance to all that skill and kindness could do.  During the forenoon of Wednesday, he was told that there was no hope of his recovery; yet, notwithstanding  Bro. R. had as much to bind him to earth as the most of men, and as many who were near and dear to part with here, he received the intelligence without the least apparent disturbance. At about 12 o'clock on Wednesday he signed his own will, and at 4 of the same day was a corpse; yes, Time tears from our distracted breast. The friends we loved, the friends we bles'd. And leaves us weeping on the shore. For those who can return no more.
In recording the death of Bro. R., it is not saying too much, to say that one of the finest of men has fallen.  While we remember him as a citizen, a neighbor, a husband, a father, and brother in Christ, we repeat it, one of our finest men has fallen. Bro. Riggs united with the Green-Bottom Baptist Church, October, 1842, of which he remained a consistent and exemplary member until called home to join the Church Triumphant. To the bereaved family I would say, weep not as those who have no hope, for by the assistance of Grace Divine you may yet meet him for whom you mourn, where friends shall never say farewell. But Death, grim Death, did not stop here:---[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 19, 1854 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Ransom W. Riggs
Died, on Saturday, the 15th of July, of inflamation of the brain, Ransom W., youngest child of our departed brother, T. H. Riggs and his bereaved companion, aged 10 months and 24 days. May God mercifully smile upon sister R., and her sons and daughters, and may they all, that have not, seek and find the "pearl of great price;"  adorn the docrines of God our Savior as their father did before them, and like him, "die the death of the righteous," and meet in heaven. A. J. WAREN. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 19, 1854 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Jennie Sanford
Huntington, W. Va., May 13. - Mrs. L. M. Sanford, a prominent lady of this city, died in Colorado last Friday night, and her remains reached here this morning. Death was caused by consumption. Mrs. Sanford was Miss Jennie Sweetland before marriage, and the daughter of a leading merchant of Lincoln county. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, May 14, 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Harvey M. Scott
Of Barboursville, Cabell county, West Virginia, died at his residence on Sunday July 16,1876, of consumption. Mr. Scott was two years editor of the old Parkersburg Gazette, and for five years editor of the Cabell County Press the first newspaper published in Cabell county. He served as reporter and committee clerk on the West Virginia Legislature of 1873. He was a strong advocate of the removal of disabilities from the disfranchised portion of the citizens of our state. In 1871 he was defeated as an independent candidate for Senator in the Twelfth Senatorial district by 178 votes. On the convening of our last National Congress he was appointed to a position in the government printing office through the instrumentality of  Hon. Frank Hereford, chairman of the Committee on Commerce. In May last he was taken with a severe hemorrhage of the lungs, and removed to his home to die. He was a young man of more than average ability, and none knew him but to love him. His friends throughout the state will be grieved on learning of his death. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn his loss. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia) Tuesday, July 18,1876   Transcribed by D. Oberst

P.S. Smith,
the oldest citizen of the town of Guyandotte, died on Thursday, August 7th, in the 77th year of his age. [The Weekly Register. (Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.]), 21 Aug. 1873] Sub by K. Torp

Charles C. Steele
A Constable Assassinated
Huntington, W. Va., Nov. 28 - Charles C. Steele, a constable, was assassinated on Friday night last while riding horseback within 100 yards of his home. The shots were heard by Steele's three sons, who gave chase and arrested Samp Kenneda. Kenneda had a Winchester in hand with three empty shells. He declared his innocence, but was turned over to the sheriff. [The Evening Times - Washington, D. C. - November 28, 1898 - Transcribed as written by D. Donlon]

Gladys Stratt
Huntington, W. Va., April 13. - Miss Gladys Stratt, who was seriously burned some days ago by her clothing igniting from a grate, died to-day. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, April 14, 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Wade Thompson
HUNTINGTON, February 19. - Yesterday, near Cassville, on the Big Sandy, two farmers, Wade Thompson and Samuel Pratt, got into a quarrel over a fence line, came to blows, and Pratt hurt Thompson so badly that he died in a few hours. Pratt was arrested and confined in jail at Wayne C. H. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, February 20, 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Nancy Vance
Huntington, W. Va., March 11. - Sheriff Jenkins received a letter several days ago from the Superintendent of the Insane Asylum at Weston stating that Nancy Vance, a woman sent there from this county, in October, 1881, had died, and that the address of her relatives had been lost. Your correspondent succeeded yesterday in locating a grand-daughter of the deceased at Central City, Mrs. William Pinnick, who had imagined that the woman had died years ago. Mrs. Pinnick says that the deceased must have been 114 years of age at her death. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, March 12, 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz]


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