THOMAS B. HAMILTON
Hamilton, a native of Bath County, Virginia, was a farmer for several years prior
to his admission to the bar of Virginia. Fayette
County, Virginia, was formed in
1832, and B. B. Woodson, step-father of Stonewall Jackson, was appointed first
clerk of the circuit court of this county, court being then held at Miles
Mansers' store, located three miles east of the present town of Ansted. About 1834 Mr.
Woodson died and he was succeeded in office by Thomas B. Hamilton, who held the
office as clerk of the circuit court until the county seat was permanently
established at Vandalia, now Fayetteville. Mr. Hamilton was a very prominent
lawyer in his day and his public-spirited interest in all matters affecting the
good of the general welfare made him one of the foremost citizens of Fayette County.
(II) James B.,
son of Thomas B. Hamilton, was born in Nicholas county, now West Virginia, in
1831, and came with his parents to Fayette county when he was a mere baby. He
grew up on the old Hamilton farm in the vicinity of Ansted, and
after reaching man's estate became a civil engineer. He served as engineer in
the Union army during the civil war and died as a prisoner of war in October,
1864. He was deputy surveyor of Fayette County prior to the inception of the war.
He married Matilda I. Wood, born in Fayette county, now West Virginia, 1835, now
living on the old Hamilton homestead, daughter of Amos Wood, likewise a native
of Fayette county and a descendant of early pioneers here. There were three
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton: Alexander Wetzel, mentioned below;
William T., born June 11, 1860, a farmer and trader at Hawks Nest; Elizabeth S.,
wife of James E. Bailey, of Gauley
Wetzel, son of James B. and Matilda I. (Wood) Hamilton, was born June 2, 1856,
at Hawks Nest, Fayette
County, West Virginia.
He was reared on his father's farm, and was educated in the public schools of
this county. The old Hamilton farm has been in the family since 1831
and is now owned by Alexander W. and William T. Hamilton. Alexander W. Hamilton
worked on the farm until he had reached his sixteenth year, when he secured a
position as clerk in a general store at Ansted. Subsequently he entered the
employ of a coal company at Ansted and was identified with the coal business
until 1884, when he was elected clerk of the circuit court of Fayette County. He then established his home at
here has resided during the long intervening years to the present time. He was
incumbent of the office of clerk of the circuit court for a period of twelve
years, in fact, from January 1, 1885, until January 1, 1897, and during that
time discharged the responsible duties devolving upon him with the utmost
efficiency. In the latter year he was admitted to the bar of West Virginia and
he has since been a legal practitioner at Fayetteville, where he controls a large and
lucrative clientage. He is a Republican in politics and has long been an active
factor in the local councils of his party. In Masonic circles he has reached the
thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite branch, Knights Templar, and is
likewise affiliated with the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic
married, January 11, 1882, at Fayetteville, Rachel M. Jones, a native of
Fayette county, daughter of Levi and Letha Jones, both of whom are deceased.
Levi Jones was born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, and for many years was a
successful farmer and stockman in Fayette county. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton have six
children: Grace V., born September 1, 1883, lives at the parental home; James
C., born July 31, 1885, is a practicing attorney at Fayetteville; Edward S.,
born August 8, 1888, is a physician and surgeon at Oak Hill, West Virginia;
Bernard A., born August 18, 1891, at home; Nell M., born July 30, 1896, is a
pupil in the public schools of Fayetteville; Elizabeth, born April 7, 1898, is
likewise attending school here.
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people; Volume 3; By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell; Publ. 1913; Pgs.
883-884; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski
known far and wide for his eccentric humor, was long a resident of this county.
He was the son of Captain Garnett Peyton, of the United States Army, and was
born at Madisonville, Montgomery County, Virginia, December 6, 1806. When yet a
boy he was sent to the Virginia Staunton Academy, and afterward spent some years
on the borders of Virginia and Kentucky, but subsequently married in Montgomery
county, and in 1845 removed to an estate in Fayette county. Here he engaged in
the stock business, the principal occupation of this region at that period. He
was thus engaged at the beginning of the Civil War. A Whig in politics, he
opposed secession, but when the struggle came, he hastened to Harper's Ferry,
and though weighing nearly four hundred pounds, he enlisted in a Virginia
regiment belonging to the Stonewall Brigade, which he accompanied to Bull Run.
After participating in the desperate action at that place, he was detailed for
recruiting service and sent to Southwest Virginia. In 1862, he was assassinated
in Roanoke County by three deserters from the Confederate Army.
stopped for dinner at an inn at the base of Bent Mountain, where were stopping
the deserters, who were concealing their identity. Colonel Peyton began the
ascent of the mountain, they having preceded him, and when nearing the summit,
they fired upon him from ambush, and he fell dead from his horse. They were
apprehended, tried and one of them executed at Salem, in 1862.
History of West Virginia; By Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1887; Pgs. 662-663
and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]