Calhoun County West Virginia

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John M. Baker, LL. B.
      Our subject is a son of D. M. and Mary E. (Johnson) Baker, who was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, November 22, 1872, and received his preliminary education in the public schools of his native county. Later, in 1892, he was a student in the State Normal School at Fairmont, West Virginia, and in 1895 and 1896 he took the course in law at the West Virginia University at Morgantown and graduated therefrom with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. The year of his graduation he was admitted as a practitioner in the Circuit Court of his native county at Ripley, the county seat. Shortly thereafter he was admitted as an attorney in all the State and Federal Courts, his practice in the meanwhile grew rapidly until he has all the business he can attend to. He is an excellent trial lawyer and never fails to acquit himself creditably in the trial of his cases.
      He is a Republican in polities and has been active in promulgating the principles of his party, but not in the sense of an office-seeker. He is publicspirited and shows an interest in the growth and development of his section of the State, and has been urged to accept official positions, but he prefers to devote his entire time to the practice of the law. The only office he has thus far held was Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, which he filled satisfactorily, industriously and ably for a four years' term, from 1905 to 1908, inclusive. For business reasons he moved his residence from Jackson to Roane County in 1909, where he now resides, and where his practice has materially increased and his field of labor has greatly widened. He has frequently presided as a Special Judge of the Circuit Court, and on one occasion he held the entire term in Calhoun County to the satisfaction of lawyers and suitors. This fact gave rise to general talk to induce him to become a candidate for Circuit Judge, which he has thus far declined to do. He is careful, clear-headed, systematic, vigilant and thorough in his work, and although he has made excellent headway in his profession there is still a broader field of usefulness and success before him.
      Mr. Baker married Miss Jessie N. Riley, of Jackson County, in 1899, and as a result of this union a son—Clay Riley — and a daughter — Mary V.— were born to them. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity and is also a Knight of Pythias. He has devoted much time to the cause of education and has served efficiently on Boards of Education. He also gives a large amount of thought and attention to civic matters generally. In short he is in enterprising, public-spirited, progressive citizen of the community where he resides.
 [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Samuel Bell
Samuel, son of Samuel C. Bell, was born in Monongalia county, West Virginia, in 1812. He served both as constable and justice of the peace in Calhoun county, and at the outbreak of the civil war he joined the Confederate army in 1862. After being engaged in several important battles, he was taken prisoner by the Union forces, and together with a number of other Confederate prisoners was imprisoned at Alton, Illinois, where he died in March, 1863, from the effects of the ill treatment of his captors. He married Susan Stevens, whose father was a Frenchman and whose mother was a Scotch lady. They located in Calhoun county, West Virginia, sometime prior to the outbreak of the civil war. They had the following children: Samantha Ann, married William T. Haverty; Drusilla, married Isaac T. Law; William Edgar, of whom further; Henry Perry; Margaret Virginia, married Marshall W. Trippett. [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Samuel Paris Bell
      Samuel Paris, son of William Edgar and Rachel Rebecca (Ferrell) Bell, was born at Grantsville, Calhoun county, West Virginia, July 23, 1870. He received his early education in the public schools, and at the age of sixteen years began teaching school. At the age of twenty one years he was elected county surveyor for Calhoun county, and was re-elected to the same position, but before his second term expired he resigned his office to enter actively in the practice of law. He read law while he was teaching school, afterwards entering the office of Hon. J. M. Hamilton, now United States congressman from the fourth district of West Virginia. He studied law under Mr. Hamilton for some time, and was admitted to the practice of the law in February, 1897, and remained in the office with Mr. Hamilton until January 1, 1905. At this time a law partnership was formed with A. G. Matthews, with offices at Grantsville, West Virginia, which continued until 1910, when a law partnership was formed with the Hon. Walter Pendleton, of Spencer, West Virginia, under the firm name of Pendleton, Matthews & Bell, with offices at Point Pleasant, Mason county, Spencer, Roane county, and Grantsville, Calhoun county, and at which time Mr. Bell removed to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he still resides.
      He was at one time the editor of the Calhoun Chroniele, published at Grantsville, West Virginia, and is at the present time editor of the Layman's Herald, the official organ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in West Virginia, and which is published at Sutton, West Virginia. He is a member of the following fraternities: Eureka Lodge, No. 40, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Grantsville, West Virginia: Point Pleasant Lodge, No. 33, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia; Kanawha Encampment, No. 65, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Dodrill, West Virginia; Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, of Parkersburg, West Virginia; Parkersburg Canton, No. 7, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Parkersburg, West Virginia; Spencer Lodge, No. 55, Knights of Pythias, of Spencer, West Virginia; and Shawnee Tribe, No. 25, Improved Order of Red Men, of Dodrill, West Virginia. He was grand master of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows of West Virginia, in the years 1905 and 1906, and represented the Grand Lodge of West Virginia in the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its sessions held at Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1907, and at Denver, Colorado, in 1908. He was the Democratic nominee for the office of judge of the circuit court of the fifth judicial circuit in West Virginia, in the campaign of 1912, but was defeated in the general election, along with the rest of his ticket in the state, although he ran more than a thousand votes ahead of his ticket in that circuit.
      He was married July 12, 1893, to Ona Belle, daughter of Minter J. and Mary (Rutherford) Stump, of Stumpton, Gilmer county, West Virginia. His wife was born November 1, 1877, at Normantown, Gilmer county, West Virginia, and her ancestors were the first settlers of Central West Virginia, and many of them have reached positions of prominence, both in county and state. Mr. and Mrs. Bell have the following children: Myrtle Lucretia, born March 11, 1895; Holly Page, February 21, 1897; Wilmea Kate, March 18, 1899; William Wade, December 20, 1900; Virgil Millard, January 31, 1903; Samuel Paris Jr., April 17, 1906; Mattie Eunice, June 11, 1908; Mary Elizabeth, July 31, 1910. [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Judge Reese Blizzard
     Judge Blizzard, one of West Virginia's noted attorneys and jurists, who has been a resident of the city of Parkersburg for a great many years, engaged in active and successful practice, is a native of Nicholas County, West Virginia, where he was born October 17, 1865. His parents were James and Elizabeth Blizzard of that county, who subsequently moved to Gilmer County, where the subject of this sketch attended the public schools and was later graduated from the Glenville State Normal School. After graduation he engaged in teaching in the public schools of Gilmer and Calhoun counties in which he was quite successful. After following this profession for several years he took up the study of law in the office of Linn and Withers at Glenville and was admitted to the Bar of that county. He subsequently located at Grantsville, Calhoun County, where he opened an office and began what soon turned out to be a very lucrative practice. He possessed, in a large degree, energy, force of will and tenacity of purpose to win. He was found in his law office early and late, went to the bedrocks of his cases, and when he appeared in court he knew the law and tried them successfully, in most instances; consequently, in a remarkably short time he made a reputation as an unusually successful young lawyer. In the meantime his business kept on expanding.
     The Republican party, to which he belongs, nominated him for Judge of the Circuit Court in a Democratic district and he was elected, after a heated contest, and filled the position creditably and ably. At the end of four years he resigned and opened an office in the city of Parkersburg, where he, in a short time, built up a large practice. Shortly after he located at Parkersburg he was appointed United States District Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, which office he ably filled for ten years.
     His force of will, self-reliance and courage are more than common. From the beginning he had no assistance and really wanted none. In whatever duty he entered he threw his strong personality. He likes everybody and is owned by none. If there is such a personage as a "self-made man" Judge Blizzard is that one. He mapped out his own career and won out grandly. He is not only an able lawyer, but he is a leader in civic matters. He is a farmer and stock raiser, specially of fine bred horses, and for a number of years he has been president of a successful banking institution in the city of Parkersburg. He has been twice married and has seven children. He has always been a Republican in politics. He helps every one who needs help and seeks for himself the help of none. He is one man who "paddles his own canoe." [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Godfrey Lowell Cabot
      Son of Dr. Samuel ('36) and Hannah (Lowell) Cabot, was born in Boston on February 26, 1861, fitted for college at John P. Hopkinson's School, was admitted in July, 1877, and entered with our class in the autumn of 1878.
      After graduation he worked for a year for his brother, Samuel Cabot, a chemical manufacturer, and then studied chemistry for a year at Zurich, and traveled in Europe, and upon his return to Boston was an analytical and consulting chemist. January 1, 1888, he bought out his brother's interest in a gas well and factory at Worthington, Armstrong County, Pa., and began making gas black and selling gas, and increased his business by the purchase of a carbon black factory at Foster's Mills in 1890, and another at Saxon burg Station, Pa., in 1895, and leased one at Dunkirk, Ind., and in all of these he put in new machinery and increased the output. In 1898 he bought, in conjunction with his brother, the Sunset Carbon Black Works, near Butler, Pa., and in 1900 built another factory in Calhoun County, West Va. During the year 1898 he traveled extensively in Europe and Asia Minor, and visited the Russian oil fields near the Caspian Sea. In January, 1907, he wrote:
      "Since 1902 I have moved one factory from Sunset, Pa., to Preston, W. Va., and taken an interest in a factory at Bristol, W. Va. Have assisted in starting and maintaining a small Academy at Saxonburg Station, Pa., and started a small library at Grantsville, W. V., and assisted in building a small school and country church. My business has grown, and I have bought in fee some 20,000 acres of gas rights, and extended my pipe lines and begun in a very small way to produce oil."
      He was married at Cohasset, Mass., June 23, 1890, to Maria B. Moors, daughter of Joseph B. Moors of Boston, and has five children. His home is in Cambridge, and his office in the Old South Building in Boston.
 [6th Report of the Secretary - Harvard College (1780 - ) Class of 1882 by E. O. Cockayne, 1907 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Jacob Clammer
      Jacob Clammer was born in Fayette county, Maryland, in 1836, and came to West Virginia, in 1859; and worked at the carpenter's trade at Reedy. Roane county, for two years, before going to Calhoun county, in 1861, where, on December the 22nd of that same year, he enlisted as a Union soldier, in Company C. of the 11th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry, and followed the old flag for three years, being commissioned captain, on January 21, 1864. At the close of the war, he returned to Calhoun county, where, in 1867, he was married to Miss Rachel Stevens, a native of Marion county; and in 1875, he came to Smithville, as contractor and builder of the M. E. church; and here he remained until he found a resting-place in the village cemetery, in January, 1904. He served the town in the capacity of miller, merchant (for fifteen years) and post-master (for ten years) . was justice of the peace for a number of years, and was an official member of the M. E. church throughout his residence here.
      His widow and sons, G. M., S. H. , Homer, Okey and Walter are all residents of Colorado; and his daughter, Mrs. Isa Deem, lives in Illinois: and Maggie and Albert lie in the Smithville cemetery. His second son. S. H. Clammer is now Mayor of Ft. Collins. Colorado. [History of Ritchie County by Minnie Kendal Lowther, 1911 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Benjamin Dye
      Benjamin Dye, whose family are still identified with the Smithville vinfinity, was born at the old home at Webb's mill, on August 16, 1827, and though he resided across the Calhoun county line, after his marriage to Miss Roena Petty, daughter of Rowland Petty, of Wirt county, on January 10, 1860, his entire life was spent within the bounds of the Smithvillevicinity. He passed from earth on March 3, 1905, and Mrs. Dye followed him to the grave on May 30, 1909. Both lie at rest in the Nicholas burying-ground, near the old in Calhoun county.
      They were the parents of the following named children:
      The one daughter died in childhood; and theie sons are: Dr. W. T. W. Dye, of Grantsville; Dr. James A Dye, Minora; Rowland F. Dye, Smithville; George W. and Judson B. Dye, Freed. [History of Ritchie County by Minnie Kendal Lowther, 1911 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Ulysses Simpson Grant Ferrell
      Dr. Ulysses Simpson Grant Ferrell, son of Franklin and Susan (Webb) Ferrell, was born in Calhoun county, West Virginia, August 28, 1865. He attended the public schools, and took the course of the Baltimore University School of Medicine, from which he was graduated and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1893. The same year he began practicing at Burning Springs, Wirt county, West Virginia, and in 1898 came to Cairo, Ritchie county, West Virginia, where he has remained, and acquired a large and successful practice. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the Ohio Valley Medical Association and of the West Virginia Medical Association. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
      He married, in 1896, Elizabeth, daughter of D. A. Roberts. Children: Gloria, born October 16, 1900, died in 1905; Margaret, born September 26, 1904. [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Cassius C. Freed
Freed, Cassius C. (Republican). Address: Berea, West Virginia. A native of Calhoun, having been born in that county in 1865; removed to Ritchie county where he has since resided; by occupation a farmer; served for twelve years as a justice of the peace; at the primary election of 1920 he was chosen by the Republicans of Ritchie county as their candidate for House of Delegates; was elected in November following by a majority of over twenty-two hundred; at the regular session of 1921 was appointed by the Speaker to serve on the following standing committees of the House: Federal Relations. Forfeited and Unappropriated Lands, Executive Offices and Library. Agriculture. [West Virginia Blue Book, 1922 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

John T. Gainer
      John T. Gainer, cashier of the Clay County Bank and one of the most prominent financiers and esteemed citizens of Clay Court House, West Virginia, was born May 31, 1871. in Auburn. Ritchie County, West Virginia. He is a son of Albert and Susan A. (Loudon) Gainer, the former of whom was born in January, 1848. and the latter on January 2, 1849. Our subject's mother was a daughter of Thomas Loudon, who removed from Virginia and settled in Upshur County, West Virginia. She was born in Gilman County and there was married to Albert Gainer. The father of the subject of this sketch is a son of John Gainer and a grandson of Bryan Gain er, of Irish ancestry, who removed from Barbour County to what is now Lewis County, West Virginia. Since 1879 Albert Gainer has been a traveling salesman.
      John T. Gainer was educated in the common schools and was reared on his father's farm. From the age of 17 to 19 years he was engaged in clerical work in a general store, and then entered the Calhoun County Bank at Grantsville as assistant cashier, where he continued until August 20, 1902, when he accepted his present position. The Clay County Bank was organized June 4, 1002, with C. S. Pearcy as its first cashier, our subject succeeding him. Since taking charge, the capital stock has been increased to $50,000, and the institution ranks high with others of its kind with respect to its stability and to the safety and value of its investments.
      Mr. Gainer was married July 28, 1805, to Minnie A. Jeffries. His second marriage was to Belle Ball, on August 18, 1901. One daughter, Madeline, has been born to this union.
      Mr. Gainer is one of the leading Republicans of his county, in fact has been conspicuous in party affairs ever since he reached his majority. In Calhoun County he served on the Republican Executive Committee and has been elected from that county a delegate to many conventions. His interest is, however, only that of an intelligent and public spirited citizen. His business is banking, and few are more thoroughly conversant with its requirements than he, and he has never been willing to accept public office. His fraternal relations are with Eureka Lodge No. 40. A. F. & A. M., of Grantsville, Calhoun County; Jerusalem Chapter, No. 3, R. A. M., of Parkersburg; and Calvary Commandery, No. 3, K. T., also of Parkersburg.
      In addition to the saddlery and harness business proper, he carries a large line of shoe findings and shoemaker's supplies. The public in general knows that he sells his goods at the right prices. The splendid success of nearly 20 years has fully demonstrated this. Mr. Popp enjoys a large mail-order business, and all orders entrusted in his care are highly appreciated and always attended to with great promptness and to the satisfaction of the customer. [Men of West Virginia by Biographical Publishing Company - Transcribed by Sherman Kellar]

John M. Hamilton
Hamilton, John M., lawyer, banker and statesman of Grantsville, W.Va., was born March 16, 1855, in Weston, W.Va. He is president of the Calhoun County bank. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw, 1914 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

John M. Hamilton,
Democrat, of Grantsville, was born at Weston, Va., now West Virginia, March 16, 1855; educated in the public schools; married October 29, 1885, to Minnie Cook; was admitted to practice law in 1877, and has since practiced at Grantsville, Calhoun County, and in surrounding counties and the supreme court of appeals; was recorder of the town of Weston in 1876; committee clerk in the senate of West Virginia in 1881-82; assistant clerk of senate from 1883 to 1887; member of house of delegates and chairman of judiciary committee 1887-88; clerk of house of delegates 1889-90; grand master of Masons of Grand Lodge of West Virginia 1890-91, and is believed to be the only mere Blue Lodge Mason who has held that position; was elected to the Sixty-second Congress, receiving 17,823 votes, to 15,593 for Harry C. Woodyard, Republican, 382 for H. W. Houston, Socialist, and 485 for G. P. Sigler, Prohibitionist. [Official Congressional Directory For The Use of The United States Congress, 1912 – Transcribed by AFOFG]

Columbus Hardman
Columbus Hardman, son of George Washington and Rachel (Goff) Hardman, one of the first of the family to settle on left(sic) Reedy, married Miss Jennie Hosey in Calhoun County, about the year 1871; they established their home at once on Left Reedy; both here lived out their spans of married life, in a comfortable home. They reared only two children, their names Lora and Harry M. [Roane County, West Virginia Families, Part 1927 By William H. Bishop - Transcribed By AFOFG]

George Washington Hardman
George Washington Hardman, the first member of this family of whom we have definite information lived in Calhoun county, Virginia, now West Virginia, and was a son of Joseph Hardman whose father was one of the pioneer settlers of the country on the border line of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. George Washington Hardman had three brothers, James, Thomas and Benja. He married Rachel Goff. Children: Sylvester; Dorcas, married Levi Ball; Cassett; Columbus; George Washington, Jr., who was sheriff of Calhoun county, and has been prominent for many years in the politics of his district, receiving the Democratic nomination for congress in 1908; Orlando, at one time a member of the State Senate of West Virginia; Verna, married Albert Pearcy; Marcellus; Jerome; Allen. [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Paul Hardman
(Democrat.) Addiess: Hallburg, West Va. Delegate from Clay county. Born at Hardman Bend, Calhoun county, February 22, 1886; received his elementary education in the common schools and later attended Marshall College, at Huntington; is a farmer, lumberman and livestock man; never held public office until he was elected to repiesent Clay county in the present Legislature; his committee assignments during sessions of 1917 were as follows: Immigration and Agriculture, Executive Offices and Library, Printing and Contingent Expenses, Military Affairs, Arts, Science and General Improvements.
 [West Virginia Blue Book, 1917 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar ]

Sylvester Hardman
Sylvester, son of George Washington and Rachel (Goff) Hardman, was born in Calhoun county, West Virginia, August 22, 1836. He was a farmer and breeder of cattle, and an extensive dealer in timber. At the outbreak of the civil war he was drafted into the Federal army but did not see active service. He was a member of the West Virginia state senate in 1893 and 1895. He married, March 20, 1872, Martha, daughter of George and Susanna (Horton) Crow, born January 15, 1844, in Monroe county, Ohio. Her father was born March 26. 1804, in Greene county, Pennsylvania, and died in 1900. He was a son of Martin and Elizabeth (Cackler) Crow, and in 1832 removed to Illinois, near Chicago, which he described as a "small village with two taverns." He later removed to Jackson county, Virginia, and became prominent in politics, being twice elected to the Legislature at Richmond. He served in the Confederate army, until being wounded, and after leaving the hospital he purchased cattle for the Confederate government until general amnesty had been granted by President Lincoln. After the war he was elected to the West Virginia state legislature at Charleston. His wife, Susanna, was the daughter of Moses Horton who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and their children were Michael; Dorinda; William, who served as captain of Company B, Twenty-second Virginia Infantry, in the Confederate army, during the civil war; Jane; Martha, referred to above; George B., for eighteen years county clerk of Jackson county; Charles Horton. Children of Sylvester and Martha (Crow) Hardman: Ira R., Susanna, married W. B. Petty; Charles Crow; Owen Ruby. [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

French N. Hays
Hays, French N. (Deceased). A native of Calhoun county; born in the village of Arnoldsburg; educated in the common and select schools and at Glenville Normal; was a noted farmer and stockman; a life-long Democrat; represented Gilmer county in the House of Delegates in 1893. 1899, 1901. 1903, 1905, 1907. 1909. 1913, 1919 and 1921; while engaged in active campaigning in 1920, he suffered from a slight stroke of paralysis and was cared for temporarily at the village of Rocksiale, Calhoun county; later he was removed to a Parkersburg hospital and recovered sufficiently to go to Charleston and attend the legislative session, but his many friends were pained to note his failing health. He returned to his home in Glenville after the session, and died there on the 2nd of November. 1921. [West Virginia Blue Book, 1922 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Marion R. Hersman
Hersman, Marion R. (Democrat). Address: Grantsville, West Virginia. Born in Grantsville, March 16. 1897; educated in the free schools and Glenville State Normal, graduating in 1917; is also a graduate of King's College of Oratory (1920) and of the State University (1921) with the degree of A. B.; volunteered in the late war; served five months, being commissioned a Second Lieutenant six weeks after entering the service; later made an Adjutant and stationed in Lenoir College, Hickory, N. C; in 1920 was on the State debating team that debated the University of Pittsburgh, Swathmore College, Philadelphia, and Westminister College; in 1920 won the State Tax Commissioner's prize on the subject of "Better Methods of Increasing the State's Revenue:" is the youngest member of the House; committee service, 1921: Judiciary, Privileges and Elections, Executive Offices and Library, Forestry and Conservation, Military Affairs. Arts, Sciences and General Improvements. [West Virginia Blue Book, 1922 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Lester Kenna
(Democrat.) Address: Pink, West Va. Born in Wirt county, West Virginia, March 24, 1889; educated in the district and select schools; is now engaged in farming, in which business he is regarded as authority insofar as scientific and advanced methods are concerned. Mr. Lester was elected to the legislature from Calhoun county in 1916, and in the sessions of 1917 was assigned to and served on the following standing committees of the House: Education, Counties, Districts and Municipal Corporations, Game and Fish, Insurance, Roads and Internal Navigation. [West Virginia Blue Book, 1917 - Transcribed by AFOFG)

Hon. A.E. Kenney
      HON. A. E. Kenney, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, from Grantsville. Calhoun County, and one of the ablest attorneys of that section of the State, was born October 5, 1867, and is a son of M. and Mary E. Kenney, both of whom are of Irish extraction, although born near McConnelsville, Ohio. The father of Mr. Kenney was engaged in a mercantile business and was also interested in the development of oil properties.
      The educational advantages enjoyed by our subject were of an excellent character. After completing the course at Burning Springs High School in Wirt County, West Virginia, he began the study of the law, inheriting a natural ability for this profession from a long line of Irish ancestors. After practicing for a time at Grantsville, in 1893 he went to Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.. where he graduated in 1895, with the degree of LL. M. He located at Grantsville, and immediately entered actively into politics. His ability was soon recognized and in 1896 he was elected to the House of Delegates and has been honored by re-elections in 1900 and 1902. In 1897 he was made a member of the Constitutional Commission. On the floor of the House of Delegates he has shown so much political acumen and organizing ability, that he earned for himself the honor of IxHng elected by his party in caucus as leader of the steering committee and was the nominee of the minority for Speaker of the House. Although belonging to the minority side of the House, his political tactics were of such a nature as to secure the passage of a number of important measures, in which a large proportion of his constituents were interested. His long occupancy of this honorable position has enable Mr. Kenney to become thoroughly acquainted with the political situation in West Virginia and his abilities are such that it seems safe to predict for him a continued successful career in the same field. Mr. Kenney is one of the leading Democrats of Calhoun County. Aside from his political work he has found time for various literary efforts, and "Kenney's Geography of West Virginia" is a favorite textbook.
      Mr. Kenney in addition to his law practice has given considerable time to organizing several oil and gas companies that have developed territory in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties. [Men of West Virginia ...By Biographical Publishing Company - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Linn Family
History discloses the fact that this Linn family came from good old Scotch-Irish ancestry, and that among its scions were revolutionary soldiers, eminent judges, attorneys, physicians and politicians, of much more than the ordinary ability and influence, especially in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Virginias, and Missouri. Later generations intermarried with the New England family of Newcombs; hence the following narrative will treat, to some extent of both families, which include the well known attorney-at-law in West Virginia and Charleston, Robert G. Linn.

(I) Joseph Linn, of Scotch-Irish descent, was born in 1725, and died April 8, 1800. He married Martha Kirkpatrick, a native of the city of Belfast, Ireland, born in 1728; died March 7, 1791, daughter of Andrew Kirkpatrick. Joseph Linn was an adjutant in the Second Regiment of Sussex Militia, of Virginia, during the revolutionary struggle, Aaron Hankinson being the colonel. Joseph and Martha (Kirkpatrick) Linn had four sons and four daughters:

1. Alexander, born in 1753, married Hannah, daughter of Nathan and Uphamy (Wright) Armstrong.

2. David, married Sarah, daughter of Brigadier-General Aaron Hankinson, and they had eight children among whom were: Alexander, married and removed to Ohio; Mattie, married Jacob Shepherd: Polly, unmarried; Margaret, married a Mr. Shepherd; Aaron, married Eliza Hankinson, and settled in Finleyville, Pennsylvania.

3. Andrew, mentioned below.

4. Margaret, married Hon. Joseph Gaston, paymaster of the Sussex Militia, during revolutionary war days.

5. Mary.

6. Ann, married Jacob Hull.

7. Martha, married (first) Isaac Schaeffer, (second) Joseph Desmond; she died in 1830, and was buried at Sandusky, Ohio; the Rev. Isaac Desmond was her son.

8. John, married in 1791, Martha Hunt, daughter of Lieutenant Richard Hunt; children: Elizabeth, married Rev. Edward Allen; Sarah, married Nathan Armstrong Shafer; Andrew, married Isabelle Beardslee; Mary Ann, married Rev. Benjamin I. Lowe; Caroline, married Dr. Roderick Byington; Alexander, a doctor at Deckertown, married Julia Vibbert; William H., who was also a physician. The father of these children, John Linn, was appointed to the court of common pleas of Sussex County, Virginia, in 1805, serving until his death in 1823. He was twice a member of congress and died at Washington, D. C., during his second term. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Hardyston.

(II) Andrew, son of Joseph Linn, was born in 1759, and died in 1799. He studied medicine at Log Goal. He married Ann Carnes, of Blandensburg, Maryland, and they were the parents of five children: 1. Robert, mentioned below. 2. Margaret, married Major William T. Anderson, of Newton. 3. Mary, married David Ryerson. 4. Martha, married (first) Hugh Taylor, and (second) Richard R. Morris, of New York. 5. Alexander, settled at Easton, Pennsylvania.

(III) Robert, son of Andrew Linn, was born April 20, 1781. He probably came to Virginia from Pennsylvania about 1810, and located in what was then Harrison County, now in Marion County, West Virginia, where he died September 9, 1834. He was by occupation a farmer and miller. He married Catherine Lyon, born in Pennsylvania, October 18, 1788. He and his family resided at Linn's Mills. Children: Mary Jane, married Smith M. Hensill, and died in Portland, Oregon; Priscilla, married Newton Maxwell; Nancy, married Newton's brother, Milton Maxwell, of Butler, Pennsylvania; Sarah, married Isaac Courtney; Louisa, married Dr. John T. Cooper, of Parkersburg; Benjamin, married Sarah Shriver; and Robert, mentioned below.

(IV) Robert (2), son of Robert (1) and Catherine (Lyon) Linn, was born in Marion County, West Virginia, while it was yet within Old Virginia, December 27, 1813, and died December 7, 1860. He studied law in the office of Hon. Edgar C. Wilson, of Morgantown, Virginia, and was subsequently admitted to the bar at Pruntytown, Taylor county, in 1846; later he practiced law in Gilmer County, West Virginia. For four terms in succession he served as prosecuting attorney, having been elected on the Whig ticket, and he was serving in that office at the date of his death. He held other offices of trust and importance, in which he served with faithfulness and much ability. He was among the best known men of his section and bore the esteem of all with whom he came in contact. Mr. Linn was an elder in the Presbyterian church. He married in Fairmont, West Virginia, Sophronia S. Newcomb, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1816, daughter of Ebenezer (2) and Sophronia (Smith) Newcomb (see Newcomb VI). She was a woman of rare intelligence and refinement, and a lifelong worker in the Presbyterian church. She was only two years of age, when her family removed to Fairmont: hence her life was largely spent in what is now West Virginia, and she died in August, 1890. Children: 1. Mary S., born September 21, 1841, married Newton B. Bland, who died in March, 1896; she died January 28, 1910, leaving three children: Robert Linn Bland, now an attorney at Weston, West Virginia, who married and has four children; George Linn Bland, assistant cashier of the Citizen's National Bank of Weston; Hattie, of Weston, West Virginia. 2. Nancy Catherine Lyon, born May 3, 1845, married Marion T. Brannon, of Glenville, West Virginia; she has three living children: Hon. Linn Brannon, ex-judge of the circuit court; Alice, of Fairmont; Howard R., a bank cashier of Glenville. 3. Robert G., mentioned below.

(V) Robert G., son of Robert (2) and Sophronia (Newcomb) Linn, was born April 6, 1849, at Glenville, West Virginia (then Virginia) and was reared and educated as most youths of his time were, commencing in the common schools and later at Witherspoon Institute. When eighteen years of age, he became assistant clerk in the circuit clerk's office, at Clarksburg, where he remained three years. In 1869 he entered the Cincinnati Law School, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1870. His instructors at law school were Ex-Governor Hoadley, Bellamy Storer, and H. A. Morrill. After his graduation he took up law practice at Glenville, the town of his birth, where he became prosecuting attorney, serving one term. He was two years in Gilmer county, and twelve in Calhoun county, West Virginia, where he served two years as prosecuting attorney. He then returned to Glenville, in March, 1884, and remained there until 1900, being associated in law with Hon. John S. Withers. In 1900 he went to Charleston, Kanawha County, this state, where he now resides and practices his profession. He has been associated, as partner in law business in Charleston, with George Byrne, now of the Manufacturers' Record, and also with William E. R. Byrne, his present law partner, having also his son, Robert Linn, as a member of the firm. Mr. Linn maintains offices at Sutton, Weston and Glenville, this state, having partners in each locality. From 1873 to 1907, he had for a partner, Hon. John M. Hamilton, with offices at Grantsville, Calhoun County. It goes almost without saying that Mr. Linn has to do with much of the important legal business in this section of West Virginia, having so many sub-offices, the important cases pass through his hands for final investigation. Politically, he is a Democrat. In religious faith, he is of the Presbyterian Church. In fraternal connections, he is numbered among the members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Glenville.
He married at Weston, West Virginia, June 12, 1876, Mary Hamilton, who was born, reared and educated at that place. Her parents were Dr. J. M. and Mary (Lorentz) Hamilton, her mother being the daughter of John, and the granddaughter of Jacob Lorentz, of pioneer fame in this state. John Lorentz married Mary Roger; both are now deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Linn, probably not in order of birth, were: 1. Ernest, died young. 2. George, died June 22, 1908, while a law student at the University of West Virginia. 3. Edna, born June 25, 1878, educated at Wilson College, Pennsylvania; taught in normal schools, is now at home. 4. Mary, born April 25, 1880, educated at the Normal School of Glenville, West Virginia, and Hollister Seminary, Roanoke. Virginia, now at home. 5. Harriet, born March 30, 1884; graduated first in high school, then from the Glenville Normal School, and later as a trained nurse at Washington, D. C. 6. Robert, born July 25. 1882, graduated at the law school of the University of West Virginia, in the class of 1906, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws; was admitted to the bar the same year, and has been associated in law business with his father, at Charleston, ever since. 7. Ruth, born October 25, 1886, is fitting herself as a trained nurse, at Washington, D. C. 8. John Hamilton, born December 6, 1892, now in high school.

(The Newcomb Line).
As above referred to, the Linn and Newcomb families are intermarried, and this fragment of the Newcomb genealogy naturally finds a place here:
(I) Francis Newcomb, born in England, 1605, came to the American colonies, 1635, with his wife, whose name was Rachel.

(II) Peter, son of Francis and Rachel Newcomb, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, March 16, 1648; married, April, 1672, Susanna Cutting, daughter of Richard Cutting, of Watertown, Massachusetts.

(III) Jonathan, son of Peter and Susanna (Cutting) Newcomb, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, March 1, 1685, married Deborah; and their children included Benjamin, of whom below.

(IV) Benjamin, son of Jonathan and Deborah —— Newcomb, was born at Braintree, Massachusetts, April 9, 1719, removed to Norton, Massachusetts, and died in 1801. He married, November 24, 1743, Mary, daughter of John and Mercy Everett, of Dedham.

(V) Rev. Ebenezer Newcomb, son of Benjamin and Mary (Everett) Newcomb, was born at Norton, Massachusetts, in November, 1754; he was a carpenter by trade, also a farmer and a Baptist minister. He fought in the war for national independence, being a member of Captain A. Clapp's company. He died February 13, 1829. He married Wealthy Willis, February 23, 1779, and she died May 11, 1818.

(VI) Ebenezer (2), son of the Rev. Ebenezer (1) and Wealthy (Willis) Newcomb, was born October 22, 1785; was a carpenter, and cabinet maker. He removed from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Fairmont, Virginia, now in West Virginia, where he died in 1859. He married Sophronia Smith, born December 24, 1792. Their daughter, Sophronia, born December 6, 1816, died in August, 1890. She was a native of Deerfield, Massachusetts, came to Virginia, with her parents when two years of age; she married Robert (2) Linn and became the mother of Robert G. Linn (see Linn V).  [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by A FOFG]

Robert George Linn, LL.B.
      Mr. Linn, one of the leading lawyers of the Kanawha Bar, son of Robert Linn, who was also a lawyer of prominence, was born at Glenville, Gilmer County, Virginia, April 6, 1849, received his education at Witherspoon Institute, Butler, Pennsylvania, and the Cincinnati Law School, from which well known College of Law he graduated in April 1870, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws; the same year he was licensed to practice at the Gilmer County Bar; was elected Prosecuting Attorney of that county in October 1870 and served two years; was attentive to his public duties and served efficiently for the full term. In 1872 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the adjoining county of Calhoun; became a resident of Grantsville, Calhoun County, and remained there until March 1, 1884, when he returned to Gilmer County, where he continued to reside until 1900, when he located permanently in Charleston, the capital of the State. He married Miss Mary Hamilton, of Weston, Lewis County, June 12, 1876. Eight children resulted from this marriage, two of whom are deceased. A son, Robert, who graduated from the law department of the West Virginia University in the class of 1906, is a member of his father's present law firm.
      Mr. Linn from early manhood has been an untiring worker, and his practice has been of a general character and has been spread out over several contiguous counties. He had several branch law firms; for example, the one in Braxton County, for several years was Linn and Byrne; in Gilmer County the firm for eleven years was Linn and Withers; in Lewis County, Linn and Brannon; in Calhoun, Linn and Hamilton; and in Charleston since 1889 the law firm is Linn and Byrne. In the earlier years of his practice it was his custom to attend the terms of court in several counties wherein he maintained partnerships and assist in the trial of important causes, but since his location at Charleston the business of his present firm has become so extensive that he seldom attends court sessions in any of the counties wherein he formerly had an extensive practice He is an able, ingenuous trial lawyer and handles his cases skilfully, and generally successfully; consequently he maintains a large clientage. He is never short of business, and he may be found in his office at all reasonable hours, except when engaged in court sessions.
      Moreover, he is careful, clear headed and thorough in his work. He is thoroughly grounded in the law and devotes special care to the preparation of his pleadings. He is a man of marked courage, and yet is fair and courteous. His force of will and self-reliance are far above the average and his integrity is equal to his accuracy. He asks no favors and fears no adversary. He is strong in body and mind. In politics he is a Democrat, but he is much more of a lawyer than a politician. He never aspired to any office, except positions strictly in the line of his profession. As we have stated above, he was six years Prosecuting Attorney of two different counties, and in 1916 he was vigorously pressed as a candidate for Circuit Judge of the Kanawha Circuit, a place he was well qualified to fill, but failed to secure the nomination. Had he been chosen he would have honored both the Bench and the Bar.
      Mr. Linn is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is both upright and reliable in all of his dealings. Since writing the above Mr. Linn died, May 13, 1919. [Bench and bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 – Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Henry Calvin Lockney
      Henry C. Lockeney is a Virginian by birth, a Republican in politics, and a Fusionist (of all parties opposed to Democracy) by systematic practice. He was born in Burnersville, Barbour County, Va., April 26, 1855. He worked on his father's farm during boyhood until fifteen years of age, at which time he began to drive a team of horses, and followed that occupation five years—two years in Barbour county and then three years in Jackson county; but attended public school every winter from the organization of the free-school system until twenty years of age. In 1875 he began teaching school, and taught, in all, up to March, 1888, twenty-six terms, twentytwo of which were taught in Calhoun county, and the others in Gilmer and Jackson counties, West Virginia. He was also a surveyor of lands for several years, and in 1882 surveyed the line between Calhoun and Gilmer counties.
      Mr. Lockney read law for three years, while teaching school, and, in 1880, passed a successful examination, was admitted to the bar and has since practiced in Calhoun and Clay counties. In 1885 he embarked in the mercantile business and sold goods at Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, for the short period of six months, having branch stores at two other points.
      For about three years he has devoted considerable time to the study of medicine, in all its branches; but has never pursued the practice of the medical profession.
      In 1880 he was appointed Notary Public of Calhoun county, and was appointed a member of the Teachers' Examining Board in the same county in 1882, and was re-appointed to the same office in 1883. In January, 1887, he was appointed Prosecuting Attorney of Clay county, by Judge Robert F. Fleming, and soon afterward moved to Clay C. H., when he was appointed Commissioner of Accounts, Notary Public and Commissioner in Chancery for said county. At the general election held in 1888, he was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Clay county for a term of four years, commencing on the 1st day of January, 1889, to which office the Republicans nominated him by acclamation. Twice he has been appointed a delegate to the Republican State Convention.
      In addition to his other avocations, Mr. Lockney owns and manages a fine farm at Bruin, Barbour county, where he enjoys a delightful home; also, handles live stock, and does occasional dealing in lumber, etc. His first vote was cast in 1876 for Gen. Nathan Goff for Governor of West Virginia, and he has since taken active interest in every election, co-operating especially with the Greenback element, but always a Republican, looking to any honorable fusion to defeat the Democratic party. He was appointed Postmaster at Bruin, October 11, 1883, and resigned April 1, 1888, under Cleveland's administration. His postoffice address is Arnoldsburg, Calhoun county, W. Va.
      A marked characteristic of Mr. Lockney—all his life—is, that whatever he does, he does with all his might. "Keep on the go" has been his motto. Having the courage of his convictions, he has been always one of the most active, zealous opponents the Democratic party of his section and State has had, but always honorable in his opposing efforts. His official record gives the same evidence of zeal. His fine farm is the picture of systematic industry. [Prominent Men of West Virginia: Biographical Sketches, The Growth And Advancement of The State, A Compendium of Returns of Every Election, A Record of Every State Officer by George Wesley Atkinson, 1890 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Albert G. Matthews
Mathews, Albert G., farmer, lawyer and banker of Grantsville, W.Va., was born Julv 31, 1872, in McFarlan, W.Va. He is president of the Bank of Grantsville. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw, 1914 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Robert Homer Mollohan (1909 - 1999)
MOLLOHAN, Robert Homer, (father of Alan Bowlby Mollohan), a Representative from West Virginia; born in Grantsville, Calhoun County, W.Va., September 18, 1909; attended the public schools, Glenville College, and Shepherd College 1929-1931; deputy collector of internal revenue at Parkersburg, W.Va., in 1933 and chief of miscellaneous tax division and cashier 1935-1938; district manager of Works Progress Administration in 1939; State director for the Census Bureau in 1940; superintendent of State Industrial School for Boys 1941-1948; clerk of the United States Senate District of Columbia Committee in 1949 and 1950; United States marshal for the northern district of West Virginia in 1950; again served as clerk of the Senate District of Columbia Committee 1950-1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third and Eighty-fourth Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1957); was not a candidate for renomination in 1956, but was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor; unsuccessful candidate in 1958 for election to the Eighty-sixth Congress; engaged in general insurance business; elected to the Ninety-first and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1983); was not a candidate for reelection in 1982; resumed insurance business; was a resident of Fairmont, W.Va., until his death on August 3, 1999. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present - Submitted by Anna Newell]








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