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Gilmer County, West Virginia

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BARNETT 
Rev. Alison Barnett, the father of Leonidas H. Barnett, of Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia, was born in Taylor county, Virginia. Moving into Doddridge county, he was one of the justices of the peace of its county court, but his principal lifework was that of a Baptist minister. He married Mary Catherine, daughter of Richard and Maximilia Hickman, who was born at Warm Springs, Virginia. Children : Marshall, Alison, Robert, Bruce, Richard, Charles, Eldon, Columbia, died at the age of three ; Iowa, married John H. Smith ; Missouri, married Austin Gainer ; Victoria, married F. H. Hanford; Maximilia; Mary B., married Allen Johns ; Leonidas H., of whom further. (sic... end of sentence seems to be missing)
(II) Leonidas H., son of Rev. Alison and Mary C. (Hickman) Barnett, was born in Doddridge county, West Virginia, May 5, 1868. Until he was twenty years old he lived on his father's farm, receiving a public school education. On June 12, 1895, he was graduated in the law department of the University of West Virginia, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In October of the same year he began the practice of his profession at Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia, where he has since that time lived. In 1900 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Gilmer county, and he was re-elected in 1904. Again in 1912 Mr. Barnett was elected to this office, which he is therefore holding at the present time. He was a director and vice-president of the First National Bank of Glenville. He is a member of Glenville Lodge, No. 105, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Glenville. Mr. Barnett is a Democrat, and in 1906 was made chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Gilmer county. Twice he has been mayor of Glenville. He married, in 1893, Maud, daughter of David and Matilda Coplin, of Doddridge county, West Virginia. Child, Muriel, born September 21, 1898.

BLIZZARD, Judge Reese
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 andopened an office in the city ofParkersburg, 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 andcourage 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 andis 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 andwon out grandly. He is not only an able lawyer, but he is a leader in civic matters. He is a farmer andstock raiser, speciallyof fine bred horses, andfor a numberofyears he has been president ofa successful banking institution in the city ofParkersburg. He has been twice married andhas seven children. He has always been a Republican in politics. He helps every one who needs help andseeks for himself the help ofnone. Hs is one man who "paddles his own canoe." [ Bench And Bar of West Virginia byGeorge Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

BURWELL, Benjamin Franklin
lawyer and jurist of Oklahoma City, Okla., was born April 15, 1866, in Armstrong County, Pa. He was educated in the public and private schools, and at the state normal school at Glenville, W.Va. He studied law in West Virginia and Kansas, and practiced in Kansas at Gypsum City, where he was city clerk. In 1891 he located in Oklahoma City; and in 1898-1907 was an associate justice of the supreme court for the territory of Oklahoma. He is now actively engaged in the practice of law in Oklahoma City, Okla. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914, Transcribed by AFOFG]

BUSH, James M.
came to Ross County (Ohio) about twenty-one years ago. He is therefore comparatively a newcomer, but has proved a very valuable addition to the farming community and has made a great success in cultivating and managing his land. He owns a very valuable farm in Harrison Township. He is of old Virginia stock, the family having lived in Western Virginia in different counties that are now in the State of West Virginia. Mr. Bush, himself, was born in Braxton County, Virginia, now West Virginia, May 20, 1856. The original stock were German. His grandfather, Jacob Bush, was probably born in Lewis County, Virginia, moved from there to Gilmer in what is now West Virginia, and owned and operated a farm on which he spent his last years. He married a Miss Fisher, who was also a lifelong resident of Virginia.
Peter Bush, father of James M. Bush, was born also in Braxton County, West Virginia, learned the trade of blacksmith in early life, and during the war between the states enlisted and served in the Confederate army. He became a member of the Tenth Regiment of Virginia Volunteer Infantry, a regiment that well earned the title of "The Bloody Tenth." On the second day of a three days' battle he was severely wounded, and laid two days before medical and surgical attention could be brought to him. For a number of weeks he was confined in a hospital before being able to rejoin his command. With that exception he was with his regiment in all its campaigns and battles until the close of the war. In the meantime he had acquired a tract of government land in Gilmer County, Virginia, and while improving and cultivating it he also plied his trade as blacksmith, having a shop on his farm. After the war he resumed farming, and continued the quiet career of the agriculturist until his death at the age of seventy-five. He married Rebecca Staton, who was born in Braxton County, West Virginia, a daughter of Oliver and Polly (Lowe) Staton. She died in 1869, when James M. Bush was thirteen years of age.
The latter grew up on the old West Virginia farm. As a boy the schools were conducted on the subscription plan and he made the best use of such opportunities as were afforded him for gaining an education. His practical education came from assisting in the work of the home farm, and he continued to live with his father until he was twenty-one. Later his father gave him a tract of land in the old homestead, and he was employed in farming that until 1885.
Selling out his interests in West Virginia, Mr. Bush then removed to Ohio, and after living for several years at Falls Run, he bought in 1900 the farm on Pine Run in Harrison Township, which he now owns and occupies.
In 1879 Mr. Bush married Columbia A. Heckert. She was born in Roane County, West Virginia, a granddaughter of Peter and Margaret (Wagner) Heckert. Her grandparents spent most of their lives in Gilmer County, West Virginia. Her father, William Heckert, was born in Gilmer County, and in young manhood sustained some injuries which incapacitated him for active service when the war came on. Most of his years were spent on his farm in Gilmer County. Mrs. Bush's mother was Margaret Fisher, who was born in Gilmer County, a daughter of Philip and Margaret Fisher.
Mr. and Mrs. Bush have been married more than thirty-five years. They have reared a large family of nine children, whose names are Lenora, Ira Asa, Francis M., Manley L., Staza Gay, Nettie Belle, Lida Reuben, Clyde Guy, and Ora Prida. The son, Francis M., married Anna May Boyce, and his two children are Helen Virginia and Arthur Curtis. The son, Manley, served for four years in the United States navy, during which time he visited the principal ports of the world. ["A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio..., Volume 2", 1917, By Lyle S. Evans. Transcribed by K. Torp]

DEMOSS, James E.
son of W. W. DeMoss, was born in 1849 in Gilmer County, W. Va., married in 1866, to Mary M. Norman, of Doddridge County, W. Va. Their children are Darul and Clarinda. He came to Tucker in 1882; he was in the Union army two years; part of the time under General Harris, and was in the battle of Cedar Creek, Cross Roads and Bull Town; owns a farm of 34 acres, 8 miles from St. George on Brushy Fork. ["History of Tucker County, West Virginia: from the earliest explorations...", 1884 By Hu Maxwell, Henry Clay. Transcribed by K. Torp]

DODSON, Hon. Raymond   
Son of Dr. E. H. and Lucy B. Fetty Dodson, was born at Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia, October 28, 1880. After attending the public schools of his native county for several years he matriculated as a student at the State Normal School at Glenville and remained there until he mastered all the branches contained in its curriculum; graduated from the Department of Arts and Sciences of the West Virginia University in 1901, receiving its highest scholastic degree--that of Bachelor of Arts. He then read law and later attended the West Virginia University and took the complete law course of study, graduating with honor in 1903, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He located at Spencer in Roane County; was admitted as a member of the Circuit Court Bar of that county September 7, 1903, and has since practiced in that and adjoining counties in all the State and Federal Courts, with greater than anticipated success, While he is familiar with all branches of the law, and has cases therein, he has specialized in oil and gas cases, representing s their attorney several oil and gas companies, and is himself largely engages in the oil and gas business.He is, therefore, thoroughly familiar with all the State statutes and court decisions pertaining thereto. He has practiced in a number of important special cases in Ohio, Pennsylvania , and Kentucky, because of his special knowledge of those difficult branches of the law.
Mr. Dodson has succeeded in his practice in securing the confidence of the people of his own county and throughout that section of the State. He is proud of his profession and ambitious to excel in it, but like many young lawyers he is a liking for politics. Being a pronounced Republican he allowed his party to nominate  him in 1916 for a seat in the State Senate, and was elected. Being a ready debater hi took an active part in the  discussions that arose on the floor of the Senate, and thus made himself an influential member of that body of the Legislature. He is firm and decided in his political opinions, and  tenacious to party attachments, but he is courteous to his political adversaries, and tempers his zeal with such  discretion as to never render himself personally obnoxious to his opponents. His Senatorial term is  for four years, and the  chances are that he will make a record before it ends, and thus add additional allurements to his political experiences.
When younger in years than he now is, he was Captain of a company of the West Virginia National Guard, and demonstrated many admirable soldierly traits of character. October 27, 1910, he was united in marriage to Miss Nelle Rachel Smith, of Charleston, West Virginia. They have one child--Dorothy Annette, who was born October 25, 1912. He is Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church; is a Mason, a Knight of Pythias and a member of the Delta Tau Delta Greek Letter College Fraternity. his home portrait shows him to be of good stature and commanding presence.  he is not only a successful lawyer, but he is also an enterprising business citizen, deeply interested in the development of his section of the State. Source: Bench And Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by Debbie Oberst

HOLT
This name is well known in the United States of America HOLT from Henry Holt, the publisher of books. The family of Holts now under consideration is of recent English origin, the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln Holt, of Glenville, West Virginia, having come to this country from England.
(II) John Fletcher Holt, the son of the immigrant, was born at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in February, 1809, died December 4, 1882. In 1832 he came to Gilmer county, Virginia. He was a farmer, raised many cattle, and in the early days drove cattle and hogs over the mountains to Baltimore. Later in life he was engaged in mercantile business at Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia. Further he dealt extensively in real estate, and was himself the owner of much land. At one time he was sheriff of Gilmer county. He was a staunch member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married (first) Abigail Bennett, (second) Elizabeth McKisick, born in October, 1820, died November 2, 1907. Children, all except the last-named three by first wife: Eliza, Susan, Mary, Abigail, Rebecca, William, James, John, Ella B., married Emory Goff; Sabina, married John S. Withers; Abraham Lincoln, of whom further.
(III) Abraham Lincoln, son of John Fletcher and Elizabeth (McKisick) Holt, was born in Gilmer county, Virginia, June 1, 1861. His education, begun in the public schools, was continued in the State Normal School at Glenville and in the University of West Virginia. Since 1885 he has been engaged with success in the practice of law at Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia. He is also president of the Levels Orchard Company, of Hampshire county, West Virginia, and is a director of the Glenville Bank and of the Kanawha Union Bank, at Glenville, West Virginia. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Arch Masons, and the Knights Templar, all at Weston, and Osiris Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Wheeling, West Virginia ; of Glenville Lodge, No. 105, Independent Order of Odd Fellows : of Auburn Lodge, No. 47, Knights of Pythias. Mr. Holt married, December 5, 1900, Cora, daughter of James F. and Delia Shock. Children : Karl Lincoln, born October 7, 1903 ; Elizabeth Clyne, May 6, 1906. ["West Virginia and its People", Volume 3, 1913 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - transcribed by K.Torp]

JONES
This exceedingly common surname is, at least usually, of Welsh origin, being equivalent in meaning to Johnson and Jackson. The immigrant ancestor of the present family, however, is said to have come from Scotland. This name has long been found in the United States, and has been brought to this country by numerous immigrants of the earlier and of the later arrivals ; the family of Josiah D. Jones, of Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia, is of comparatively recent American origin, and has lived in the Virginias from the immigrant to the present time.
(I) Jones, the founder of this family, came from Scotland, and settled in Virginia. The name of his wife is not known, but she also is stated to have come from Scotland. Child, Josiah C., of whom further. (sic... end of sentence seems to be missing)
(II) Josiah C., son of Jones, was born in Virginia. He married Elizabeth White. Child, Chapman W., of whom further. (sic... end of sentence seems to be missing)
(III) Chapman W.. son of Josiah C. and Elizabeth (White) Jones, was born in Alleghany county, Virginia. April 12, 1841, died in Gilmer county, West Virginia, August, 1897. He was a Confederate soldier, and served under General Jackson. After the civil war he settled in Gilmer county, West Virginia, and here he was a farmer. From 1865 to the end of his life this county was his home. He married Cyrena, daughter of John and Nancy Riddle, who died in 1876. Children: John, died in infancy ; Lenora, married John Edwards : Josiah D., of whom further. (sic... end of sentence seems to be missing)
(IV) Josiah D., son of Chapman W. and Cyrena (Riddle) Jones, was born in Gilmer county, West Virginia, March 4, 1873. His education was begun in the common schools of this county, and further prosecuted at the State Normal School in Glenville. For ten years Mr. Jones was a teacher in the public schools. In 1902 he was admitted to the bar and from that time he has been engaged in the practice of the legal profession. At first he practiced with Hon. R. S. Kidd, but since 1905 he has practiced by himself, at Glenville, the county seat of Gilmer county, where also he makes his home. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and past master of the lodge at Glenville. On July 6, 1898, Mr. Jones enlisted in Company L, Second Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, for service in the war with Spain, and he served until April 10, 1899, when he was honorably discharged. In 1900 he was appointed clerk of the circuit court of Gilmer county to fill a vacancy and served until 1903. Mr. Jones married, December 14, 1902, Hallie L., daughter of P. T. and Amanda Shock. Children : Ruth, Justin, Evelyn. ["West Virginia and its People", Volume 3, 1913 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - transcribed by K.Torp]

KEE, Family
The family of Kaye in England, which may also be said to be KEE the family of Kee in England, is, says an old statement, "of great antiquity in the county of Yorkshire, being descended from Sir Kaye. an ancient Briton, and one of the knights of the warlike table of the noble Prince Arthur, flower of chivalry." It is added that his descendants at the period of the "Norman Duke that made the Conquest of England included Sir John Kaye, knight, who married the daughter and heir of Sir John Woodesham, of Woodesham, knight, an ancient Briton." This assertion of course borders on the fantastic. Not to speculate upon the age in round centuries, that Miss Woodesham must have been at the time of her nuptials, it is clear that there was never a De Woodesham or a De anything in Britain "before the time of the Conquest," when this match is alleged to have taken place. The truth seems to be that at Woodesham in Yorkshire there resided in early times, since the establishment of surnames, a family of the name of Kay, Kee, or Kaye, the head of which some centuries later was created a baronet by Charles I. The patent expired in 1810, but was revived shortly afterwards in favor of the reputed son of the fifth baronet. The name may in some cases in England be a modification of Caius or some other personal designation. Dr. Caius or Kaye advanced Gonville Hall. Cambridge University, England, to the dignity of a college in 1557, and that house is still called indifferently Caius or Keys. He had a contemporary, Dr. Thomas Kay or Cains, who was master of University College, Oxford, England. In the vast majority of cases in America the name Kee is simply MacKee, McKee, with the Me or Mac, which should always be written in full. Me being erroneous orthography, curtailed. The Irish or Scotch MacKee, usually written McKee, is really a form of MacHugh, MacKey and Magee, all anglicised forms of the Gaelic MacAodh, meaning the "son of Hugh." The ancestor of this family was Amhailgath, brother of Flaitheartach, who is No. 112 on the pedigree of the Maguires, Princes of Fermanagh. The arms of the Key family: argent, two bendlets sable. Crest: a griffin's head, erased argent, holding in the beak a key, or. The motto is "Faithful more faithful."
(I) Colonel John Kee lived in Lewis county, Virginia, and was for nearly forty years assessor of Lewis county, being an incumbent in office at the time of his death. He was a private in the Union army during the civil war, but before the close of the war received a commission. He was a Democrat in politics.
(II) Jasper N., son of Colonel John Kee, was born in 1844, and was for twenty-four years county clerk of Gilmer county, West Virginia. He lived all these years at Glenville, where the county house was situated, and is now retired. He is a very prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and also a member of the Knights of Pythias. He has been a frequent member of the grand lodge of both orders. He is a Democrat in politics, and a Methodist in religion. He married Louisa J. Campbell, born in 1847. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jasper N. Kee recently celebrated their forty-seventh wedding anniversary. Children of Jasper N. and Louisa J. (Campbell) Kee: William, married Julia, daughter of Louis S. Reed, of Gilmer county; Harriet, married Elliot Chenoweth, of Grantsville, Calhoun county. West Virginia; Dee, married Watt Warren, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, now editor of Braxton Central, Sutton, West Virginia; John, of whom further; Alice, married Everet Palmer, of Washington, D. C., died at St. Louis, Missouri ; Edrie, now at home, Glenville. West Virginia; Odessa, married Orville Flesher, of Grafton, West Virginia; Jasper N. of whom further.
(III) John (2), son of Jasper N. and Louisa J. (Campbell) Kee, was born in Glenville, West Virginia, August 22, 1874. He was educated at the common schools and graduated at the State Normal School at Glenville, West Virginia, in his sixteenth year. In 1890 he became deputy county clerk of Gilmer county, West Virginia, and remained in that position until the year 1898, when he entered the law department of West Virginia University at Morganstown, and in 1899 commenced the practice of law at Glenville. The same year he engaged with the legal department of the South Pennsylvania Oil Company to accept an appointment, and remained with them for four years. In 1902 he joined with Henry H. Rogers to take charge of the right of way department of the Virginian Railway Company from Kanawha river to the Atlantic Ocean at Norfolk, West Virginia, four hundred and forty-two miles in length and built at a cost of $45,000,000.00. He remained with the Virginian Railway Company after completing the purchasing of their right of way, as assistant attorney, until 1910. In that year he resigned to take up the practice of his profession at Bluefield, West Virginia, where he is in full practice. He was the nominee for prosecuting attorney of Mercer county on the Democratic ticket in 1912. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and at present is a past exalted ruler of the Elks at Bluefield, West Virginia, and a member of the law committee of the state association of Elks. The membership of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks lodge in Bluefield, West Virginia, consists of a fine body of men. They number about seven hundred and fifty and are known all over the state as highly progressive and up-to-date. They own among other things the Elks Opera House, worth one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.
(Ill) Jasper N. (2), son of Jasper N. (1) and Louisa J. (Campbell) Kee, was born in Glenville, West Virginia, June 14, 1887. He was educated first in the common schools and entered the State Normal School in 1903 at Glenville, West Virginia. He graduated in 1907 and entered the law department of the State University at Morgantown, West Virginia. He graduated in 1910 and is now associated with his brother, John Kee, mentioned above, in law practice. Jasper N. Kee Jr. is a member of the Bluefield baseball team, and was for two years first baseman on the University baseball team. He was a member of the track team at the University and in 1911 was coach for the State Normal team at Glenville, West Virginia. He is a Democrat in politics. [Source: West Virginia and Its People, Volume 3 By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell - 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 Virg inia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]

LINN, Robert George
Mr. Linn, one of the leading lawyers of the Kanawha Bar, son of Robert Linn, who was also a lawyerof 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 Collegeof Law he graduated in April 1870, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws; the same year he was licensed to practice at the Gilmer CountyBar; was elected Prosecuting Attorneyof that county in October 1870 and served two years; was attentive to his public duties andserved 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 capitalofthe State. He married Miss Mary Hamilton, of Weston, Lewis County, June 12, 1876. Eight children resulted from this marriage, twoofwhom are deceased. A son, Robert, who graduated from the law departmentofthe West Virginia University in the class of 1906, is a member ofhis father's present law firm.     
Mr. Linn from early manhood has bee n an untiring worker, andhis practice has been ofa general character andhas been spread out over several contiguous counties. He had several branch law firms; for example, the one in Braxton County, for several years was LinnandByrne; in Gilmer County the firm for eleven years was Linn andWithers; in Lewis County, Linn andBrannon; in Calhoun, Linn and Hamilton; andin Charleston since 1889 the law firm is Linn andByrne. In the earlier yearsofhis practice it was his custom to attend the terms of court in several counties wherein he maintained partnerships andassist in the trial ofimportant 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 andhandles his cases skillfully, andgenerally successfully; consequently he maintains a large clientage. He is never shortofbusiness, andhe may be found in his office at all reasonable hours, except when engaged in court sessions.
Moreover, he is careful, clear headed andthorough in his work. He is thoroughly grounded in the law anddevotes special care to the preparationofhis pleadings. He is a man ofmarked courage, and yet is fair andcourteous. His force ofwillandself-reliance are far above the average andhis integrity is equal to his accuracy. He asks no favors and fears no adversary. He is strong in body andmind. 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 Attorneyoftwo different counties,andin 1916 he was vigorously pressed as a candidate for Circuit Judge ofthe 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 andthe Bar. Mr. Linn is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is both uprightandreliable in allof 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]

PATTON, Zachariah H.
The subject of this notice came to this county with a capital of forty-five cents, but is now numbered among its most thrifty and successful farmers. He is proprietor of one of the finest estates in Falls Township, embracing three hundred and sixty acres of as valuable land as is to be found on the Chikaskia River. A beautiful two-story residence embellishes the place and is represented by a lithographic view on another page; together with its surroundings it presents one of the most attractive pictures in the landscape of this region. The passing traveler invariably turns to take a second look at the homestead which has been built up only by the most unflagging industry and the exercise of good judgment and fine taste.
A native of what is now West Virginia, Mr. Patton was born in Gilmer County, November 28, 1843, and is the son of William and Mary (Smith) Patton, the former of whom was a native of Maryland and born in 1799. William Patton left his native State with his parents when a child, the family removing to Gilmer County. W. Va., where they all spent the remainder of their lives, William dying about 1868. He followed the vocation of a farmer and accumulated a good property. Both he and his estimable wife were for many years prominently connected with the Baptist Church. The paternal grandfather, likewise named William, was also a native of Maryland. The mother of our subject was born in the State of West Virginia, and died in Gilmer County that State, in 1885, after the death of her husband. Her father was John Smith, who traced his ancestry to Germany. To William and Mary Patton there was born a family of eight children, viz: John S., Zachariah H., Hannah K., Mary L., Phebe J., Susan K., Nathan L. and Anna C. Four of these are living.
The subject of this sketch was the second child of his parents and spent his boyhood and youth on the farm in his native county acquiring his education in the common school. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he, in 1862, joined the Confederate Army as a private in Company B, Twentieth West Virginia Cavalry and served until in November, 1863. Then, being wounded by a ball at Droop Mountain, he was rendered unfit for further service find receiving his honorable discharge returned home. He sojourned there until 1868, then started for the far West and locating in Kansas City, Mo., worked at anything he could find to do in order to make an honest living. In 1870 he came to Kansas and prosecuted farming in Neosha County until 1871. That year he came to this county and preempted sixty acres of land on section 28, Falls Township, of which he has since been a resident. He was prospered in his labors and later added two hundred acres to his real estate, this lying on sections 21 and 28. After a few years engaged in tilling the soil he gradually became interested in live stock, from which he has realized handsome returns. He knows all about the hardships and difficulties of beginning in a new country without capital, and has maintained a warm interest in the material welfare of his adopted home. He belongs to the Farmers' Alliance, and is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party.
Mr. Patton was married November 6, 1867, to Miss Phebe P. Spurgeon of Doddridge County. W. Va. This lady was born November 17, 1848, and is the daughter of John and Phebe (Smith) Spurgeon, who were natives of West Virginia and are now living in Kansas. The result of this union was a family of eleven children who were named respectively - William E., Charles, Laura D., Samantha J., Jessie, John, James L., Lenna, Nettie B., Luther and Joseph. ["Portrait and Biographical Album of Sumner County, Kansas:...", 1885, By Chapman Brothers. Transcribed by K. Torp]

RYMER
William A., son of Dr. William M. and Agnes (Law) Rymer, was born at Harrisville, August 13, 1867. He was educated in the public schools, and at the University of West Virginia, and took his medical studies at the University of Maryland, from which he was graduated in 1890. From that year until 1895 he practiced medicine at Harrisville ; then one year was spent in practice at Weston, Lewis county, West Virginia. Since 1897 Dr. Rymer has made his home at Glenville, Gilmer county, West Virginia, where he now has a large practice. He is health officer of the county. Dr. Rymer has also served for two years as mayor of Glenville. He married, in 1891, Lena, daughter of Rev. Mahone. Children : William M., born December 8, 1892 ; Mollie A., September 8, 1894; Agnes Law, January 11, 1909; Frederick Ayers, March 17, 1911.
There are in Gilmer county, West Virginia, two families RYMER of this name, but it seems not improbable that these may be descended from the same German stock. The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia has received a considerable German immigration.
(I) John Rymer, the first member of this family about whom we have definite information, was born at Staunton, Virginia. He married Jane Beveridge. Child, William, of whom further.
(II) William, son of John and Jane (Beveridge) Rymer, was born at Monterey, Virginia, December 7, 1840. When he was about five years old his father and mother moved to Lewis county, Virginia, and two years later they moved again to Gilmer county, Virginia. Here William Rymer was engaged in farming, and his whole life was spent in this manner. He married Phoebe Jane, daughter of William and Mary Ann Patton. Children: John L., born December 7, 1869; Newton E., of whom further; Mary S., November 21, 1874; Howard E., October 14, 1877; Docia L., February 12, 1884; William, May 5, 1886.
(III) Newton E., son of William and Phoebe Jane (Patton) Rymer, was born in Gilmer county, West Virginia, October 9, 1872. His education was received in the public schools, and until he was twenty-one years old he worked on the farm. Then he became a clerk in a general store in Gilmer county, West Virginia, in which position he remained until 1903. In that year began Mr. Rymer's connection with official life, in which he has now been long in the eyes of the people of his county. In 1903 he was appointed deputy clerk of the county court of Gilmer county, and he held this position until he was in 1908 elected county clerk, and in the latter position he is serving at the present day. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and the Modern Woodmen of the World. Mr. Rymer married, March 24, 1909, Stella, daughter of R. C. and Mary Jane Zinn. Child, Helen, born October 12, 1910.  ["West Virginia and its People", Volume 3, 1913 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - transcribed by K.Torp]

WHITING, Samuel
Samuel Whiting was a native of Sussex County, England, where he was born May 18, 1776. His wife was Sarah Lancaster, and was four years younger. After a long, tedious voyage of three or four months Mr Whiting and his young family landed at New York in 1823, where he remained for a year or two. Thence he came to Virginia in what is now Gilmer county. From Gilmer county to Jacksons River in Bath county, thence to Elk near the Big Spring, where Mrs Whiting died unexpectedly in her chair.
They were the parents of three sons and two daughters: Samuel, Robert, Ebenezer, Mercy, and Mary. Mercy became Mrs Varner; Mary was first Mrs Sleathe then Mrs Massenger. Both sisters settled and lived in Gilmer County. Two of the sons, Samuel and Robert, settled and lived in Gilmer County, where their descendants now live and are reported to be very estimable people. Samuel Whiting, Junior, was born in 1811, and died in 1858.
Upon his second marriage with Jennie Hannah, daughter of Dr David Hannah, on Locust Creek, Samuel Whiting, Senior, settled in the woods on Droop Mountain, on property now owned by his grandson, George W. Whiting. Here he lived many years, opened up a fine improvement with the assistance of his son Ebenezer, who was the staff of his declining years, a kind, devoted son. These persons, father and son, were skillful masons, plasterers, and brick layers. Some of their work yet remains in the Renick mansion in Renicks Valley, and the old chimney at Alvin Clark's. It is reported that the mortar they used would adhere so tenaciously that sometimes the stone had to be chipped or the brick would break in removing it. The smooth finish they would give to the plastering was sometimes looked upon as phenomenal in their times, and people tell us they have seen nothing to excell it in our times, with all the modern improvements
Samuel Whiting was a devout Wesleyan Methodist, and died strong in the faith giving glory to God, and was placed where he wished to sleep and wait for the dawn to break upon the golden shore. The writer never saw him but once, and that was in January more than fifty years ago. I was trying to find the "short cut" from Locust to Renick's Valley which led by the Whiting home. Upon calling at the fence to make inquiries Mr Whiting appeared. His presence was impressive, and is vividly remembered to this day, and the writer seems to see and hear him now as he gave his directions in slow and solemn words. There were several places where paths deviated and where there were crossings. "When you come to these keep straight on, turn neither to the right or to the left." I kept my eye on the western sun, moved towards it, and though there were numerous deviations and crossings, by keeping the words in mind, "turn neither to the right hand or left," I did not make a single miss, and by twilight I was amid the charming surroundings of one of the most pleasant of homes.
Many a time since that venerable presence has seemed to stand before me, leaning on his staff, looking towards the setting sun, and admonishing the traveler to "turn not to the right hand or to the left." Many times have I moralized on these words, and reflected how many deviations and mistakes we might avoid by keeping the setting sun of our lives in mind, and turn neither the right hand or the left, and finally when the sun went down find a place of rest in the valley interveiling our journey's end.
The reader will please pardon this digression, and we will return and finish up what was begun.
Ebenezer Whiting married Sally McMillion, head of Spring Creek, and lived at the homestead on Droop Mountain. In reference to his sons and daughters the following particulars have been kindly furnished by his daughter, Laura Frances.
Rachel Ann became Mrs James Schisler, and lives at the noted " Big Spring," head of Renicks Valley.
Margaret Jane became Mrs Peter Hill, and lives at Jacox, and is the rnother of five sons and three daughters: Lena, Mary, Anna, Wilson, Sherman, George, Ernest, and Simon.
Mary Elizabeth was married to Luther Blair, and went to Lamposas, Texas. Her children were Neva, Myra, and Mary.
Sarah Caroline was married to Rev Joseph S. Wickline, and now lives in Delaware.
Susan Virginia became Mrs Alexander Knight, and lived on Sinking Creek in west Greenbrier. Her children were Thomas, Minnie, and Emma.
John Sherman Whiting died aged nine months.
George William Whiting married Elizabeth Bruffey and settled at the homestead. Mr Whiting now lives at Falling Spring, in Greenbrier. His children are Mabel, Bessie, Grace, Floy, Harry, Thomas, Milton, and Earle.
Laura Frances became Mrs William H. Callison and lives near Locust. Her children are Quincy, Thomas, James, and Irna.
It was the writer's privilege to be somewhat acquainted with Ebenezer Whiting. In April, 1848, the writer was distributing Bibles and Testaments, and spent a night at the Whiting home. Somehow he let his tongue wag rather freely, and Mrs Whiting humored matters by appearing very much amused. Mr Whiting appeared to be very solemn and groaned in spirit while the rest would be in smiles. While the visitor tried to be funny and thought he would get Mr Whiting to feel better, he found out by bed time that there was no fun about it. When it was time to "get ready for bed," Mr Whiting snuffed the candle and took down the Bible, and for some time was turning the leaves and seemed much troubled in spirit from his sighs and suppressed groanings and solemn features. At last he found the chapter he wanted and began reading fifth of Ephesians:
Be ye followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, and covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks.
He read the whole chapter, but he read the verses named in a much louder tone than the rest of the chapter. He then prayed long and very feelingly that the meditations of all hearts and the words of all mouths might be acceptable in the sight of Him who is our strength and redeemer.
Worship over, such a solemn stillness pervaded the atmosphere that Mrs Whiting became very sleepy and withdrew with the little children. The features of the man of the house relaxed into a smile when I proposed to retire, and he showed me where to sleep. I felt somewhat mortified, and was sure that he had lost all respect for me as a pious youth. Much to my surprise the next morning he handed me the Bible and requested "a word of prayer," before breakfast. As well as I can remember the sixth chapter of Galatians was about the first that fell under my eye, and this was read: .
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye that are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one anothers burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove ins own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.
Worship over, breakfast was served, pleasant words of farewell were exchanged, and pressing invitation to return came from the hearts of both as well as their lips, and their names are in the book of my remembrance as good people trying to walk in "all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless."
Ebenezer Whiting was born in England, September 4, 1817, and died at the Droop Mountain home May 31, 1869. It was a gloom giving day when attached friends, neighbors, and children placed him lovingly and tenderly in his secluded mountain grave.
["Historical sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia", 1901, By William Thomas Price - transcribed by K. Torp]






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