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John T. Jarvis
Mr. Jarvis belongs to an old and highly respected Virginia family, and was born in Doddridge county, in what is now West Virginia, on October 8, 1849. His parents were Granville D. and Sarah M. (Chapman) Jarvis, both natives of Virginia and belonging to families long resident in that state. In 1852 they moved to Missouri and located in Knox county, where they farmed with success and profit to the end of their lives. They had eleven children, and of these seven are living. Mrs. Louisa Brunick, John T., Mrs. Virginia Burk, Mrs. Angeline Houghtaling, Frank, Mrs. Laura Sanders and Edward. Three of the others died in infancy and Mrs. Margaret Brunick in 1898. Their son John T. received a common-school education and learned habits of useful industry and frugality on the paternal homestead, remaining with his parents until he reached his twenty-fourth year. He then turned his attention to mining, going to California and locating for the purpose on the Middle fork of the American river. He followed mining and prospecting in that state from 1880 to 1886, with the too frequent luck of the men engaged in these enticing but uncertain pursuits, securing nothing of value for his labors. In the year last named he moved to Leadville, this state, and here he met with better success both in mining for wages and working leased properties. In 1891 he determined to devote his time and energies to ranching, and with this purpose in view moved to his present location on Williams fork, where he pre-empted one claim and homesteaded another, securing in all two hundred and eighty acres. He also owns a one-fifth interest in forty acres of bituminous coal land. His ranch yields abundantly of the usual farm products, but his main reliance is raising cattle. He takes an active and helpful interest in public local affairs, withholding his support from no worthy enterprise in which the general welfare of his community is involved. In political matters he supports the Democratic party with ardor and stands high I the counsels of his party. On May 8, 1902, he was joined in marriage with Mrs. John Kellogg, a widow whose maiden name was Susan Peirson, a native of Tompkins county, New York, and a daughter of Albert and Julia A. (Rhodes) Peirson, the former born in Orange county, New York, and the latter in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania. In their early married life they became residents of Illinois, locating at Harvard Junction, McHenry county. There the father, a prosperous farmer and an earnest Republican, died in 1874. At present the mother, who is past ninety-one years old, makes her home in Yellow Medicine county, Minnesota. They had thirteen children, eight of whom are living, Mrs. William H. Bowen, Scuyler J, James A., Jarvis, Mrs. Jarvis, Frank S., John M., William P. and Mrs. George W. Conn. Three died in infancy and Hattie E. and John in later life. Mrs. Jarvis owns three hundred and twenty acres of land on Deer creek and also has a homestead in another place—four hundred and eighty acres of good land in all. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis are highly respected and have a wide and wholesome influence throughout all the county surrounding them.
 [Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kathy Scott]


Jeffrey Family
Joseph Jeffrey was born June 8, 1794, probably in New Jersey, and went to West Virginia (then Virginia), when he was three years old. His parents were probably with the Seventh Day Baptist migration. Joseph died in West Union, W. Va., April 23, 1874, and was buried there. He married Tacy Davis, April 24, 1817 at Greenbrier Run, W. Va. She was born in 1802 at Greenbrier Run, in Doddridge county and died in West Union. She was the daughter of "Greenbrier Billy," William Davis and his wife Elizabeth Johnson andthe great-great-granddaughter of William Davis, Glosmorganshire, Wales and his first wife, Elizabeth Brisley.
Joseph Jeffrey's widowed mother was the second wife of William Davies (Jarsey Billy). She, was a prominent member of the Middle Island Seventh Day Baptist church. Middle Island was later known as Lewisport, and now called West Union, W. Va. Joseph's sister, whose name is unknown to me, married Thomas S. Neeley. He and his brother-in-law, Joseph Jeffrey, were justices of the peace in Doddridge county, West Virginia, (then Virginia in 1848.)
Joseph and Tacy had 17 children, two of whom died in infancy. They were: (1) Robert Alexander, also known as Alexander, married Amanda, daughter of William and Eliza Lewin; (2) Content Ann or Ann; (3) Benoni Israel; (4) Clarissa or Clara, married Michael Bush; (5) Sophia Ann. married John Wesley Longacre; (6) Louise or Louisa; (7) James Stillman or Stillman; (8) Neely;
(9) Elizabeth; (10) Lydia; (11) William, married Mary Ann Fitz Randolph, daughter of Phineas and Marvel (Maxson) Fitz Randolph, and granddaughter ofSamuel and Margaret Fitz Randolph, founders of Salem, W. Va.; (It is the descendants of this William in whom I am particularly interested); (12) Tentie; (13) Jane; (14) Angelina; (15) Thomas, married Sarah Crossfield.
["Wisconsin State Journal" by H.E. J,, Mar 2, 1941 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]



MAXWELL FAMILY.

Few families of Scotland have won greater renown or figured more prominently in national annals than that of Maxwell; and yet there is every reason to believe that in its origin the race is Saxon rather than Celtic, the ancestor being Maccus, son of Anlaf, King of Northumberland in the middle of the tenth century. On the downfall of the Saxon monarchy and the accession of William of Normandy, in 1066, many of the prominent Saxons fled across the border into Scotland with Edgar Atheling the heir of the old Saxon royal house. In the new home they were protected and favored, and under Wallace and the Bruces, the Maxwells greatly distinguished themselves. The earldoms of Farnham, Dirletoun and Nithsdale (all now dormant through attainder or failure of issue) as well as numerous baronies and lordships have been theirs. Loyal to the Stuart kings in prosperity or defeat, one of the family, Thomas Maxwell served in King James' army in the Irish revolt of 1691, and remained in Ireland, settling in Tyrone. A descendant of his, John Maxwell, came to New Jersey and located in Warren county, in 1747. He was the father of Brigadier-General William Maxwell, of revolutionary fame, and tradition further says that the West Virginia Maxwells sprang from the same source. Documentary verification of this belief has not been obtainable, but there is no reason to question it.

(I) The earliest direct ancestor known was Thomas Maxwell, of Pennsylvania, who married, about 1785, Jane, born in Pennsylvania, July 17, 1767, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Smith) Lewis. Thomas was, perhaps, son of Robert and Elizabeth Maxwell, of Chester county, who died about 1792. Thomas Maxwell died in 1796 while on a preliminary trip to West Virginia, preparatory to removing his family thither. The particulars of his death were never known. Three years later his widow with her six children removed to the present Harrison county and later to Lewis county, where she died, October 20, 1835. Their children were: 1. Abner, of whom further. 2. Levi, born July 25, 1788; resided near Weston; died November 13, 1884, leaving six children. 3. Lewis, born 1790; a surveyor and the most extensive landholder in the region; a man of no small prominence in his day; serving in congress as a Whig, 1827-33; died near Weston, 1865, having been twice married but leaving no children. 4. Robert, born February 19, 1791; lived in Ohio and in Harrison county, Virginia, where he died February 5, 1849; was three times married, having ten children, all by first wife. 5. Amy, born August 27, 1799; married John Peck, of Ohio, and died in that state, May 23, 1847. 6. Mary, married (first) John Swisher, (second) Hawley.

(II) Abner, eldest child of Thomas and Jane (Lewis) Maxwell, was born in Pennsylvania, 1785. He was captain of a Harrison county company in the war of 1812; resided for a time in Clarksburg, but his last years were spent near West Union, Doddridge county, West Virginia, where he died in 1864. He married (first) Susan Davidson, and (second) Judith Modisette. There were five children by the first wife, and seven by the second: Marshall, born 1811; Franklin, of whom further; Mary, 1816, wife of A. W. Flucky; Levi, 1819; William, 1821; Frances Jane, died 1904, wife of Archibald Lowther, of Goose Creek; Lewis, born 1831, a resident of Pullman and Glenville; Charles, of Summers; Amy M., who became Mrs. Asa Coplin; Abner M.; James; Robert, of Doddridge county.

(III) Franklin, second son of Abner and Susan (Davidson) Maxwell, was born in 1813. His life was spent in Doddridge county, West Virginia. Much of the landed estate of his uncle, Hon. Lewis Maxwell, fell to his share. It is said he helped many a poor man to a home by permitting him to live on his land and giving him almost his own time in paying, provided he was honest and industrious. He had no patience with dishonesty or laziness. He died at his home near West Union, July 4, 1894. He married Frances Reynolds, in 1840, and to them were born ten children: Leman; Lewis; Porter; Rector; William Brent; Harriet P., wife of G. W. Brown; Mary Martha, born 1855, died 1860; Franklin Post, born 1857, died 1880; Frances Jane, became Mrs. B. C. Bland; Susan Alice, born 1861, died 1883.

(IV) William Brent, son of Franklin and Frances Jane (Runnels) Maxwell, was born in Doddridge county, Virginia, now West Virginia, April 27, 1850. He attended the common schools of Pruntytown. Originally his business was stock farming, and he still owns a farm in Harrison and Doddridge counties. Mr. Maxwell organized the Traders' Bank at Buchanan in 1892, but sold out the following year, organizing the West Union Bank at West Union, Doddridge county, of which he is still president. He has also been president of the Union National Bank of Clarksburg since its organization. He is connected with the American National Bank of Richmond, Virginia; is stockholder in the Exchange Bank of Weston and the Parkersburg National Bank. In politics Mr. Maxwell is a Democrat. He was justice of the peace in Doddridge county. He married (first) in 1884, Emma B. Williams, a native of Harrison county; (second) in 1895, Lillie Jarvis, daughter of Lemuel Davidson Jarvis, at one time sheriff of Harrison county. Children, first two by first wife: Susan Alice, Claude, Ruth Frances, Franklin J., William B., Martha L.

(IV) Porter, son of Franklin (q. v.) and Frances MAXWELL (Reynolds) Maxwell, was born in Doddridge county, Virginia, April 4, 1843. He now resides on the old Maxwell homestead in Harrison county, West Virginia, his post office being Lost Creek, his farm being on the county line. He is an active, aggressive Democrat. He married Virginia Columbia Post, born near Buckhannon, Upshur county, Virginia; died April 2, 1904, aged forty-eight years. Children: 1. Franklin P., born 1869; lives at Buckhannon, a farmer. 2. Isaac H., born 1871 ; lives at Lost Creek, a farmer. 3. Lee, of whom further. 4. Hattie, born in 1876, wife of Hugh Jarvis. 5. Carrie V., born 1878, wife of Judge Haymond Maxwell, of Clarksburg. 6. Clay, born 1880; lives on the old Colonel A. W. Woodford farm, near Weston, Lewis county, a farmer by occupation. 7. Emma, born 1883; unmarried, at home with her father. 8. Blanche, born 1889, at home. The grandfather, Isaac Post, lived near Buckhannon on a farm, and died about 1905, aged eighty-one years.

(V) Lee, son of Porter and Virginia C. (Post) Maxwell, was born November 15, 1873, in Harrison county, West Virginia, on the old Maxwell homestead, on Buckhannon Pike, where the father still resides, in the evening of life. Lee received a good education at the common schools, at Buckhannon Seminary and at the academy. He aided his father on the farm until twenty-five years of age, when he went for himself, but still assists his father. His own place is three and a half miles from Clarksburg, to the southwest. He is a stockholder in the Clarksburg Fair Association. He votes the Democratic ticket and was elected to the office of county commissioner, November 8, 1910, and is still in office. The family are members of the Methodist Protestant church, and he is an intelligent citizen of his county. He married, at Peel Tree, Barbour county, West Virginia, February 9, 1899, Bopeep Katherine Smith, born at Peel Tree, October 4, 1879, daughter of Dr. Isaac Smith, now practicing at Peel Tree. Her mother was Lucy (Keyser) Smith, born at Bridgeport. Dr. Smith was born at Harrisonburg, Virginia. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell: Columbia May, February 8, 1901; Porter Smith, September 9, 1906. [Source: "GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV", Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Matthew Mansfield NEELY
(1874—1958)
Senate Years of Service: 1923-1929; 1931-1941; 1949-1958 | Party: Democrat
NEELY, Matthew Mansfield, a Representative and a Senator from West Virginia; born near Groves, Doddridge County, W.Va., November 9, 1874; attended the public schools and Salem College at Salem, W.Va.; served as a private in the infantry during the Spanish-American War; graduated from the University of West Virginia at Morgantown in 1901 and from the law department of the same university in 1902; admitted to the bar in 1902 and commenced practice in Fairmont, Marion County; mayor of Fairmont 1908-1910; clerk of the State house of delegates 1911-1913; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John W. Davis; reelected to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses and served from October 14, 1913, to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected in 1922 as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1923, to March 3, 1929; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928; elected to the United States Senate in 1930; reelected in 1936 and served from March 4, 1931, until his resignation on January 12, 1941, having been elected Governor; chairman, Committee on Rules (Seventy-fourth through Seventy-sixth Congresses), Committee on the Judiciary (Seventy-seventh Congress); Governor of West Virginia 1941-1945; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth Congress (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948; reelected in 1954 and served from January 3, 1949, until his death in the naval hospital, Bethesda, Md., January 18, 1958; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Eighty-first, Eighty-second, Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses); interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, W.Va.  [
Congressional Biographies, Donated by Anna Newell]


Wilcox Family
   
The Wilcox family is one of the pioneer families of Doddridge county, West Virginia, having come into this county from Pennsylvania. The name, while not very common, is found in various parts of the United States.
     (I) William B. Wilcox, the first member of this family about whom we have definite information, was born in Pennsylvania. In that state he was a merchant and also a preacher. In the early days of
Doddridge county, Virginia, he moved into this county and was among its pioneers. Here he was engaged in farming and shoemaking. He married Roberts. Children: Daniel W., Nicholas J., of whom further; Marion, Asa W., Amanda, Octavia.
     (II) Nicholas J., son of William B. and (Roberts) Wilcox, was born in
Doddridge county, Virginia, in May, 1845. Here he still lives, and he is a farmer. He married Mary J., daughter of Henry Knight, who died in 1910. Children: Amanda, married James Ash; William H., Asa W., Daniel R., James O., of whom further; John Clay, Columbia.
     (III)
James O., son of Nicholas J. and Mary J. (Knight) Wilcox, was born in Doddridge county, West Virginia, January 8, 1878. His education was received in the public schools, the State Normal School at Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia, and Salem College. In 1902 he was elected clerk of the county court of Doddridge county, and he was reëlected in 1908. January 1, 1911, he was admitted to the bar, and he is now practicing law at West Union, the county seat of Doddridge county, West Virginia. He is a Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine, also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Wilcox married, in 1902, Clara, daughter of Samuel and Delilah Collins. Children: Morris B., born October 29, 1903; James, September 8, 1905. [p. 1121, "West Virginia and its people", Volume 3 By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell, 1913 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]


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