Greenbrier County, WV
SAMUEL BURNS ANDERSON
born in 1801 in Greenbriar County, Virginia. His father, Archibald Anderson, was a native of the same State. In 1829, near Union, Ohio, he married Miss Irene F. Watts. Six children were born to them: Mrs. Elizabeth Huggins; Henry Clay (deceased); Daniel W., of Oregon; Mrs. Malinda A. Wright (deceased); Mrs. Mary E. Couse (deceased); and Samuel C. (deceased).
Both Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were brought up by the Shakers of Union Village, Ohio. Mr. Anderson went to them when he was only seven years old, and from them learned his trade, that of a blacksmith, which he followed many years. He was also a good machinist and turner, having served an apprenticeship of seven years in these trades. He was a giant in strength, one of his feats being to lift two anvils by the horns and strike them together.
After his marriage, Mr. Anderson settled in Monroe, Butler Co, OH. In 1825, he moved to Knox Co., IL. and settled in Haw Creek and Orange townships, opening a shop and also farming one hundred and sixty acres of land. He brought with him from Ohio three short-horn cattle, among the first in the county, and from them raised a valuable herd. He was also for a long time the largest buyer of hogs in the county, driving them to Peoria and Galena.
Mr. Anderson was County Commissioner when there were but three in the county, which office he held for many years. At that time there was but one pauper in the entire county, and Mr. Anderson kept and cared for her. In politics, he was a republican.
Mr. Anderson died at the age of 72, honored and respected by the community. His wife died at the age of 86. [Source: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", Knox County, Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1899 - Sub. by FoFG]
HOWARD B. ARBUCKLE
Arbuckle, Howard Bell, educator, chemist, scientist, was born Oct. 5, 1870, in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was educated at the Hampden-Sydney college of Virginia, from which institution he received the degrees of A.B. and A.M.; and in 1898 he received the degree of Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, Md. Since 1898 he has been in the department of chemistry and biology at the Agnes Scott college of Decatur, Ga. He has made original researches on atomic weight of zinc and cadmium. [Herringshaw’s National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 – TK - Sub. by a FoFG]
James Armstrong was born in Greenbrier County, Va., April 9, 1813, and when quite young accompanied his father's family to Chariton County, then Territory of Missouri, in 1819. In 1820 they moved to Lahaddie Bottom, Franklin County, in which vicinity and the neighborhood of Washington young James was brought up. In 1822 his father died. In the original family of three daughters and four sons all are deceased save one daughter, now Mrs. Harvey Campbell, who lives near Washington, and the subject of this sketch. In 1840 Mr. Armstrong married Miss Cynthia Ann Hinton, daughter of Col. C. B. Hinton, a prominent citizen living near Washington. He moved to his present residence in the western part of the county (Section 34, Township 44, Range 4 west) in 1843, settling on Government land, and living on it until he had accumulated means with which to enter it. As might well be supposed, neighbors at that time were scarce, and many hardships were undergone in establishing a home amid such pioneer surroundings. Mr. Armstrong raised six children to be grown, four sons and two daughters. Two of the former are now living in Kansas City, and two sons and a daughter reside near the old homestead. One married daughter died in 1867. Mrs. Armstrong died in 1886. Mr. Armstrong has never held any office except that of justice of the peace. He was deputy collector about the year 1858. He has never taken any active part in politics, but has exercised his right of suffrage in a conscientious manner, casting his ballots only for men he believed to be pure and upright and qualified for the position they were seeking, and only for measures which had for their end the advancement of the principles of good government. [Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co; Transcribed by Barb Z.]
A resident of Ohio township, settled in this county in 1828, and was born in Indiana, September 3, 1823. He is a son of Thomas W. Barker, born in Berkshire, England, in 1782, died February 5, 1854, and Dannah (Weece) Barker, born in Hardy county, Virginia, in 1786, who came to this county in 1828. William Thompson, born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, in 1808, and Elizabeth Campbell, born in Jackson county, Ohio, in 1807, and coming to this county in 1840, were the parents of Mary A. Thompson, born in Ross county, Ohio, December 13, 1827, who became the wife of Mr. Robert Barker in Ohio township, April 22, 1847. They have the following children: Sarah A., born January 22, 1848, resides in Ohio township; William T., March 18, 1849, in Mason county, West Virginia; John R., February 25, 1851, in Chambersburg, this county; Luella J., July 6, 1852, in Kentucky; Isaac, January 31, 1854, died April 28, 1855; Elizabeth, June 1, 1855, in West Virginia; Mary, November 27, 1856, at home; Louisa, August 15, 1858, in Ohio township; Charles, February 18, 1860, died February 21, 1861; Ella, May 1, 1861, died September 5, 1866; James, June 23, 1866, at home; Nora, February 10, 1870, died April 5, 1878. David Campbell was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Robert Barker is engaged in merchandising and farming, with postoffice address is at Bush's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Dr. WILLIAM BARR
Abingdon, Va., June 14, ae. 75, at the residence of his son, Dr. W.F. Barr. He was born in Greenbrier Co., Va., on the 19th of Nov., 1782. His father afterwards settled in Halifax Co., Va., from whence Dr. B. moved to Germantown, N.C., in which place he resided for some years, and where, as a merchant and high sheriff, he exerted his highest energies in promoting the interests of his fellow-citizens. He was of patriotic ancestry, being a relative to the brave Col. Barre, of whom history makes honorable mention as having defended the American colonies in the British Parliament, and his father, at the early age of 16 years, entered the revolutionary army, in which he continued until the termination of the war. The deceased moved to Abingdon in 1823, upwards of 34 years ago, where he has since resided, living to see, what he ardently desired, his children grown up, all of whom – one a minister of the gospel – are members of the church of Christ. He was kind-hearted, warm in his attachments, and devoted to his friends. His feelings were of a liberal and elevated character. In his opinions he was honest and decided, and never failed to express them. His wife, Mrs. Rebecca Barr, died Aug. 16, 1857, ae. 72, a lady singularly mild and gentle in her disposition, a devoted member of the Methodist Protestant church in Abingdon. [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMI NENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859; Tr. by K. Mohler]
ANDREW A BOSTICK
Andrew A Bostick and Isabel W. Watts were married in Walnut township, Gallia county, in 1844. They have had five children: Elizabeth J., born September 20, 1846; Michael W., January 9, 1849; John T., December 1, 1852; Mary A., December 8, 1854, died August 16, 1855; Thomas Vinton, August 16, 1856; those living reside in Walnut township. Mr. Bostick was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, January 28, 1826, and is the daughter of David and Elizabeth (Morrison) Watts, who settled here in 1818. Mr. Bostick was born in Monroe county, West Virginia, May 8, 1820, and came to this county with his parents, Moses and Abigail (Thomas) Bostick, in 1824. He served in the late war in the 173d Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He formerly held the office of justice of the peace twenty-four years, and constable four years. Mr. and Mrs. Bostick's parents were among the early settlers of the township, and took an active part in developing the growth of the same. Business, farming and stock-raising. Address, Sand Ford, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: Histor y of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Burnside, John, planter, was born about 1800 in Ireland. At the time of his death he was the largest sugar-planter in the United States. About 1852 he began to invest money in sugar lands; eventually owned ten of the finest plantations in the sugar district of Louisiana; and also owned the finest residence in New Orleans. In spite of the loss of more than two thousand slaves, he was among the first to try sugar-planting with free labor on a large scale; and his success had much influence in re-establishing the broken industries and credit of the south. He died June 29, 1881, in White Sulphur Springs, Va.
[Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 – Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
RICHARD H. CAIN
Cain, Richard H., clergyman, bishop, congressman, was born April 12, 1825, in Greenbrier County, Va. At an early age he was sent as a missionary to the freedmen in South Carolina. He was chosen a member of the constitutional convention of South Carolina; was elected a member of the state senate and served two years; and edited a newspaper from 1869. In 1873-75 and 1877-79 he was a representative from South Carolina to the forty-third and forty-fifth congresses as a republican. In 1880 he was chosen bishop by the general conference of the African methodist episcopal church. He died Jan. 18, 1887 in Washington, D.C. [Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 – TK - Sub. by a FoFG]
Cain, Richard Harvey, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Greenbrier county; Va., April 12, 1825; moved with his father to Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1831; entered the ministry, and was a pastor in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1861-1865; moved to South Carolina in 1865; member of the constitutional convention of South Carolina in 1868; member of the state senate for two years; took charge of a Republican newspaper in 1868; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875, and March 4, 1877-March 3, 1879); elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church; died in Washington, D. C, January 18, 1887.
[A Biographical Congressional Directory of the 1st 1774 to the 62nd 1911 Congress; By United States Congress; Publ. 1918; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack.]
ELISHA F. CALLISON
ELISHA A. CALLISON whose grandfather, Elisha F. Callison was a native of Scotland. He was born Greenbrier County, West Virginia, October 28, i860, and is a son of Oscar and Margaret (Bright) Callison. The father was born 1836 and died 1877. His wife was born in 1838, died 1888. Their marriage was in l849. They are the parents of five children, of whom four are now living, namelys Elisha A., James C, of Casper, Kansas; Mary, who is the wife of George E. Chinn; and Austin, of Barber County, Kansas. February 14, I883 recorded the marriage of Mr. Callison to Miss Anna Erwin, who was born and reared in Highland County, Virginia. The names of the children, as here entered in res-pective order of birth ares John 0., Elizabeth, Edward A., Margaret, Harry, Charles, and Anna. Elizabeth is now the wife of William Gillespie, and they reside in Miles City, Mont. [Page 399, CEMETERY RECORDS of SHELBY COUNTY, MISSOURI; Volume I Clarence, Missouri Biography Sketches; Excerpts of Biographies of some buried in the Clarence Cemetery as written in the History of Shelby County, Missouri, 1911, Henry Taylor and Co.]
ALLEN TAYLOR CAPERTON
Among the distinguished lawyers and statesmen of southeastern West Virginia, we find the name of the subject of this sketch. He was born near Union, Monroe County, Virginia, November 21, 1810, and died at the National Capital, July 26, 1876, at the beginning of a promising term as a Senator in the American Congress. His paternal ancestors were English, and his maternal were Scotch. He was educated at the Huntsville, Alabama Academy, the Lewisburg, Virginia, Academy; graduated A. B. from Yale University in 1832; spent a short time at the Virginia University at Charlottsville; and graduated in law from Judge Briscoe G. Baldwin's Law School at Staunton, Virginia. Immediately thereafter he was licensed to practice as a member of the Monroe County Bar, and was not long in becoming its acknowledged leader. He was a superior public speaker, and early established himself as one of the foremost trial lawyers in Virginia.
He was elected as a Whig from Monroe County in April, 1841, a Delegate to the General Assembly of Virginia. In 1844 he was elected a State Senator from the district in which Monroe County was a part, and served ably for the term of four years. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Virginia, 1850, and was a member of the Committee to adjust the question of the White and Mixed basis of Taxation between the eastern and western counties of the State, then a subject of bitter contention. Because of his ability as a stump speaker he was twice a Whig Elector on the Presidential ticket. In 1859 - '61 he was again a leading member of the General Assembly of Virginia. While thus serving, he was chosen a delegate to the Richmond Convention, which passed the Ordinance of Secession. In 1862 he was elected by the Legislature a United States Senator of the Confederate Congress, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Honorable William Ballard Preston, in which position he served until the close of the war between the States in 1865. He then returned to his home, and resumed the practice of the law, which very soon grew to large proportions. He inherited his father's popularity, as well as his estate; and in 1875, the Legislature of the new State of West Virginia elected him to a seat in the Senate of the United States. From this, his last earthly duty, after serving less than a year, he was suddenly called to the realms where Christian faith ends in fruition. Gentle in manner, honored by those who knew him well, and admired by a large circle of friends, he will long be remembered as one of the old school, lawyer gentlemen of his native State.
In the 22d year of his life he was united in marriage with Miss Harriet Echols, a lady of refinement and culture, with residence at the homestead in Union, the county seat of Monroe County, who survived him for a number of years. He became a Democrat at the close of the rebellion. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - TK - Transcribed by FOFG]
Charles Caraway was the son of Thomas Caraway of Greenbriar County, Virginia. He was born in 1788 and came to Vermilion County (Illinois) in 1829. He had been married to Elizabeth McCorkle of the same county a few years previous to his coming west. They located not far from Butler's Point and established a family, the descendents of whom have been prominent in affairs of the county since that time. Mr. Caraway lived in the county nine years and died in 1838. His widow afterward married Anson Butler, and lived until 1848. [Source: "History of Vermilion County, Illinois" By Lottie E. Jones Published In 1911 - Submitted by K. Torp]
Is a native of the county of Greenbrier, West Virginia, born November 20, 1802. He came to this county with his parents when he was but three years of age. Things in the county at that time were very primitive; there were no roads nor mills. Pennel's father made the first handmill in the township, and neighbors used to come for miles around to grind their corn. Salt was a very scarce article and it was hard to get any. At that date there were but two stores in Gallipolis. Tea sold for three dollars per pound and coffee brought fifty cents, and other things were in proportion. Leather was hard to secure, and the family had to make a pair of shoes last them a year. All the schools were supported by subscription, and it was impossible to obtain a good education. William Cherrington, the father of Pennel, was born in Pennsylvania, and died in 1833. His mother, Lettitia (Douglass) Cherrington was married in Gallia county, August 2, 1825, to Jennette Jonston, who was born in the city of Melrose, Scotland, April 14, 1802; she died February 11, 1881. She was the mother of the following children: James J., born January 13, 1827, died June 13, 1833; William, August 7, 1828, resides in Gallipolis; Margaret, February 14, 1830, resides in Gallipolis; Edward, June 7, 1831, died in California, December 19, 1881; John G., February 9, 1833, resides in Gallipolis; Eliza, February 22, 1835, resides in Gallipolis; Thomas, March 21, 1837, resides in Ironton, Lawrence county, Ohio; Lettitia, December 4, 1838, resides at home; Mary, May 1, 1840, died September 20, 1850; Jennette, February 6, 1842, resides at home. The parents of Mrs. Cherrington were James and Margaret (Cowen) Johnston. They were both born in Scotland, and died in 1820 and September 17, 1836, respectively. They came to this county, from Scotland, in 1818. Mr. Cherrington has served two terms in the State legislature, has been justice of the peace for six years, township trustee three years, and was a lieutenant-colonel of militia during the early days. His son Thomas served in the first call for volunteers during the late war. After the expiration of his term he recruited a company and served as their captain during the whole of the war. Mr. Cherrington's farm is located in Addison township. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averi ll; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
SAMUEL HAMILTON CURRY
Born in Monroe county, (now) West Virginia, May 2, 1836, was a son of Josiah and Sarah (Nickell) Curry. His mother was born in Monroe county, his father in Augusta county, Virginia. The former died in Ohio, the latter died in 1845. In the war between the States, Samuel H. Curry was a member of Company C, 132d Ohio Infantry, enlisting May 1, 1864, and serving the Government through the last year of the war in the army of the Potomac. Anderson Curry, his cousin, was a soldier of the Confederacy, and killed in the service. At Irish Corner, Greenbrier county, November 2, 1882, Samuel H. Curry married Susan Rebecca Hallowell, who was born in Richmond Virginia, May 27, 1835. She was a daughter of Joshua Hallowell, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth E. (Pullin) Hallowell, who was born near Richmond, Virginia, September 15, 1796. (Her parents are no longer living.) Samuel H. Curry owns 180 acres of good land, well improved, watered and timbered. It has several springs of superior medicinal qualities, and is well located. He has been a consistent and useful member of the Presbyterian Church for ten years, and his wife joined the Methodist Church early in life, and has been constant in her religious faith ever since. The postoffice address of Samuel H. Curry is Monroe Draft, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 240 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
REV. J.G. DALTON
Minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, section 22, post-office Pink Hill, was born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, June 7, 1824, and there remained on a farm till he was fifteen years of age. In 1858 he immigrated to Jackson County with his parents, and was educated in the common schools. In 1847, he chose the ministry as his profession, and in 1849 was licensed to preach, and in 1852 was ordained. Since then he has been actively engaged in preaching. In the spring of 1863, he moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, where he remained till June, 1865, when he returned to Jackson County. His landed estate consists of 100 acres, forty of which, his home farm, are well improved. He was married November 30, 1865, to Lucy J. Crump, a native of Jackson County, Missouri, born November 10, 1842. They have three children: Samuel G., Mary E. and Paulina A. [Source: The History of Jackson County, Missouri, Illustrated, Union Historical Company (1881) Transcribed by Kim Mohler]
MARY ALICE DOWD
DOWD, Miss Mary Alice, poet and educator, born in Frankford, Greenbrier county, W. Va., 16th December, 1855. Her parents were school-teachers of Puritan descent, their ancestors having landed in New England about the year 1630. In both families were found officers and privates of the Revolutionary army. On her father's side she is related to the well-known family of Field and the old English family of Dudley. She was the youngest of four children. Her early home was among the Berkshire Hills, whence her parents removed to Westfield, Mass., a town noted for its schools. Alice was a delicate child, and her parents scarcely dared to hope that she would be spared to years of maturity. Shy and reserved, she early showed a great love of nature and a deep appreciation of all natural beauty. She was educated at home and in the public schools of Westfield. She was graduated from the English and classical departments of the high school, taking the two courses simultaneously. In the normal school she studied optionals with the prescribed branches and composed a class hymn sung at her graduation. Since that time she has been constantly employed as a teacher. During the past eleven years she has held her present position of first assistant in the high school of Stamford, Conn. Of scholarly attainments, she has helped many young men to prepare for college. She has taken several courses in the Sauveur Summer School of Languages and has especially fitted herself to give instruction in German. In 1886 the greatest sorrow of her life came to her in the sudden death of her mother. She has published one volume of verse, "Vacation Verses" (Buffalo, 1891).
(American Women, Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Volume 1 Copyright 1897. Transcribed by Marla Snow.)
THE DUNBAR FAMILY
Mathew Dunbar, the ancestor of the Dunbars in Monroe and Greenbrier counties by that name, was a dashing Scotchman, and he was born on the Firth of Forth, Scotland, in 1764. With the dauntless courage of a pioneer, he left his native country and embarked for America, not yet having attained his age. After reaching the American coast, he at once set out for the forests of western Virginia, where settlers were scarce but very bold. He located in Monroe county, a place he reached without the aid of posts or roads and where he built a trading post.
In due time he became a wooer, finding his maiden the fair Mary Ellen Herbert, nestled in a little cottage up in the Alleghanies. She was the daughter of John Herbert, who did not at first consent to the marriage project, but true love always finds a way whether the parents do or not. Mr. Dunbar traded in ginseng and furs, which he hauled to Lewisburg, then a thriving little village. On the return from one of those trips he and his team of horses were drowned at Ronceverte while trying to ford the swollen stream. His driver, however, escaped. Mr. Dunbar left a widow and six children. His widow was kicked by a colt and left an invalid for life. The children were Mathew, William, John, Margaret, Andrew and James.
Mathew, the eldest son, was a judge on the circuit bench in Monroe county and had the reputation of being an upright and learned judge. John, the third son, born in 1794, was the immediate ancestor of the Greenbrier Dunbars. John Spade, a Hessian, was the great-grandfather of John Dunbar on his mother's side. He was a brewer of Hesse. He was drafted for the army to aid the English in their war against America, but he was not found with the troops when ready to sail for America. He was drafted the second time, but again hid; but when drafted the third time he saved his life by coming across, but he deserted and fought with the Continentals for American freedom. After the war John Spade married Mary Magdalena Shafer, a German maid he had met in the Valley of Virginia. John Dunbar married their daughter, Eva. She was born in Monroe county in i8oo and died in Summers county, West Virginia, n 1859.
John Dunbar, who was left an orphan when five years old, moved to Summers county, where upon arriving at the age of manhood there enriched himself by securing a comfortable home. He was a small, sandy-haired, sandy-complexioned man, very industrious and very strong. He died in i866 at the age of seventy-two years. He left five sons, George, Mathew, William, Hiram and John, and six daughters, Elizabeth, Isabel, Mary, Margaret, Catherine and Ellen. William H. Dunbar, son of John, was born April 24, 1829, in the county of Monroe. Until he was sixteen years of age he remained on the old Dunbar place and taught school when a very young man. In 1857 he married Hannah A. Hedrick, at Asbury, W. Va., who was then a very businesslike young girl of eighteen. The early death of her father had developed many cares on her young shoulders, but she executed them with neatness and dispatch. William H. Dunbar, at the outbreak of the Civil war, was living in Greenbrier county. At that time he was elected captain of a company of militia. His battalion was ordered on a forced march to Little Sewell Mountain. William H. Dunbar and Hannah A. Hedrick were married at Asbury, W. Va., in 1857. There were twelve children. The first born, James Johnson, died in childhood, and Mary Emma in infancy; William Oliver, the eldest living, passed away at sixteen years of age; Henry at nineteen years, one of the victims of the boiler explosion in the Livesay woodlands. The year of 1897 will always be remembered as the saddest time ever experienced in the little town of Frankford, when so many homes were desolated. David Berkely, the youngest of the family, took sick in New Mexico and was brought home by his brothers as far as Ronceverte General Hospital, where he died September 14, 1911.
Of the remaining children, Sallie married J. F. Van Stavern, of Monroe county. They are now engaged in the mercantile business at Spring Creek, W. Va. They have one child, Lois, who is in Staunton attending school. Jennie S. married W. F. Knapp, of Lewisburg. They moved to Morgantown when Mr. Knapp died. His widow and three children still reside there. Mary Gray married William Reynolds Thatcher and lives in Paxton, Ill. Oliver was graduated from the West Virginia University. He engaged in agriculture and was county agent for Doddridge county last year. Forrest will graduate this year if his country does not take him before the expiration of this school year. Ruth, the youngest, is attending school at Morgantown. C. W. Dunbar married Miss Dollie Ransbarger and lives on his farm at Caldwell. John married Miss Lena Layton, of Virginia. They have seven children living. Three have passed away, the eldest as he was entering young manhood, the other two in infancy. Frank married Miss Ella Grose. They have three children. Frank is practicing law in Columbus, Ohio, where he has made his home for several years. Marion married Miss Minnie Crickenberger. They have six living children. They reside in Lewisburg.
Jesse married Miss Almyra Wheeler, of New York State. They have three children and live in Norwalk, Conn. Jesse is a lawyer and was appointed prosecuting attorney for his district last year, but his country needed him, so he gave up his loved work, left his dearly loved home and family to serve his country. He is, or was, lieutenant in the Coast Artillery, Fort Terry, N. Y. We have reason to believe that he is now on his way to France. [p. 269-272, "History of Greenbrier County", by J. R. Cole, 1917 - Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]
GEORGE W. EAGLE, Senior
Is a farmer and stock-raiser of Raccoon township. He is a native of this county, born December 15, 1821. His father, Henry Eagle, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, in 1787, and came to this county in 1813, locating on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives. He was married in this county to Elenor Lewis in October, 1817. They were parents of four boys and two girls. Two of the boys live in this county, two are deceased, and the two girls live in Illinois. He died July 30, 1842, in his fifty-sixth year, and his wife died July 3, 1869. George W. was married in this county December 31, 1845, to Leantha Glenn, who is a native of Gallia county, born August 8, 1830. She is a daughter of Hugh T. and Seneth (Pruit) Glenn. Her father died in January, 1862, and her mother still resides in this county. Mrs. Eagle had three brothers in the late war. Gilbert W. Glenn and Meredith P. Glenn were members of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. They were both taken prisoners at Harper's Ferry, and shortly after being exchanged they got their discharge. George W. Glenn enlisted in 1864 in the 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close of the war. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Eagle are: Marietta (Cole), born April 27, 1847, resides in this county; William H., January 5, 1849, resides in this county; Permilla E., December 24, 1852, died November 22, 1864; John F., June 11, 1855, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Hortense (Welker) July 15, 1858, resides in Gallia county; Sarah, October 8, 1862, resides at home; Luella, March 11, 1866, resides at home; Adalate, December 18, 1867, resides at home; George W., junior, July 13, 1870, resides at home. The address of Mr. Eagle is Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed His tory of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]
WILLIAM CLENDENIN EAGLE
Is the son of George and Susanna (Williams) Eagle, settlers of this county in 1813. His father died July 4, 1869, having been born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, October 15, 1789. His mother, Susanna, was also born in the same county July 20, 1788, and died July 23, 1864. William C. Eagle, the subject of this sketch, was born in Gallia county November 24, 1830. His first marriage was to Anna Jones, which took place in this county October 4, 1865. She was a daughter of Evan and Ann (James) Jones, and was born November 9, 1840, and died June 30, 1875. She was the mother of two children: Elmer E., born August 14, 1866, died August 21, 1867; and Ajestia, March 4, 1868. Mr. Eagle was married to Flora E. Williams, in this county, June 11, 1878. She was born in Wapello county, Iowa, October 31, 1856. She is the daughter of William J. and Rachel J. (Morgan) Williams. She is the mother of Ethel, born April 18, 1882. Mr. Eagle is at present school director in this township, and has held the same office for two years. He is also trustee of the Rio Grande College. He is engaged in farming in Raccoon township. His address is Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia Cou nty: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FLESHMAN
Son of Michael and Elizabeth (Sydenstricker) Fleshman, was born in Greenbrier county, near Lewisburg, March 18, 1829. His mother was a native of this county, and his father came to the county in 1798. They were among the early and prominent settlers in Anthonys Creek district, and his mother died on the farm they owned, in August, 1839, aged about 44 years. The farm was soon after sold, but after many years was repurchased by the subject of this sketch, who brought his then aged father back to the old homestead, and here the old gentleman died, in the house and in the same room where his wife departed this life forty-four years, he dying, March 25, 1883, in his 97th year. This farm, still owned and cultivated by Benjamin F. Fleshman, contains 250 acres, mostly bottom land, and lied on Anthonys creek, at the mouth of Little creek. The oldest grist and saw mill in the district is located on the land. The first wife of Benjamin F. Fleshman was Evaline J. Hull and their only child, Maggie J., is now the wife of William H. Cleek, of Pocahontas county, West Virginia. At Knapps creek, Pocahontas county, September 25, 1872, Benjamin F. Fleshman wedded Alice E. Cleek, and their daughter, Addie Arrena, was born October 4, 1882. John and Phebe Ann (Ligtner) Cleek are the parents of Mrs. Fleshman, who was born in Pocahontas county, March 16, 1847. During the civil war, Mr. Fleshman was a member of Company B, Edgars Battalion, Confederate army. Himself and wife are devoted and useful members of the Presbyterian Church, in which he is an elder. His post office address is Alvon, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 217 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
Is descended from pioneer families of their county, his grandfather entering the land in Rich Hollow by tomahawk claim, and his parents, who were John and Catharine (Rinehart) Fleshman, coming to the county when the Indians still occupied it as a hunting ground. His father was born in Henrico county, his mother in Rockingham county, Virginia, and the former died in February, 1857, the latter on the 25th of November, 1859. Harrison Fleshman was born near Lewisburg November 11, 1812, and in Greenbrier county, December 17, 1834, he married Palmyra Perkins, who was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, October 13, 1810. Andrew and Elizabeth (Poore) Perkins, who came to Greenbrier county in 1814, were her parents. Her father was born in this county April 23, 1792, and died in Indiana, May 10, 1856, and her mother, born in North Carolina, in 1794, died in Indiana, March 23, 1857. The record of the children of Harrison Fleshman and wife is: John Andrew, born November 18, 1835, lives in Frankford, Charles H., August 12, 1837, is a resident in Ronceverte, this county; VanBuren, February 22, 1840, lives at Frankford; Miranda, born December 6, 1842, married John I. Vie, March 6, 1873, and lives in Charleston, this State; Virginia, born December 12, 1845, married William A. Osborn, August 11, 1867, and lives in this county; Elizabeth M. C., born December 15, 1848, married G. W. Brant October 11, 1877, and lives in this county; Margaret Palmyra, born April 20, 1854, died February 10, 1855. The sons were all Confederate soldiers, John A. and VanBuren in the Greenbrier Cavalry, enlisting in June, 1861, and Charles enlisting in the same year in the 60th Virginia Infantry. Harrison Fleshman is one of the substantial residents of Falling Spring district, where he owns a blacksmithing establishment, and he has been for sixteen years a magistrate in the county. Himself and wife have been in the membership of the Methodist Episcopal Church for fifty years. Frankford, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, is his post office address.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 224 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
THOMPSON H. FLESHMAN
– is a grandson of Moses Fleshman, who came from Germany to Greenbrier county in the early days of its settlement, and a son of Simeon and Sarah (Thompson) Fleshman, who were born in this county. He was born in Greenbrier county, October 1, 1840, and his parents are now deceased, his father dying in 1868, and his mother in 1869. At Grassy Meadows, Greenbrier county, December 14, 1865, Thompson H. Fleshman and Leah H. Lewis were united in marriage, and in their home are six children, while death has taken their first born: Mary E. S., born March 20, 1867, died September 19, 1868. Howard F., was born March 6, 1869; Anna B., March 14, 1871; Fannie E., March 21, 1873; Albertes H., March 30, 1875; Clyde T., June 17, 1879; Effie M. H., February 21, 1882. Griggsby and Anna (Coffman) Lewis, born in Greenbrier county were the parents of Mrs. Fleshman, who was born in Greenbrier county, April 2, 1846. Her mother died in the year of her birth, and her father died in 1864. During the civil war, Thompson H. Fleshman was fife major, Company K, 22d Virginia Infantry, Confederate service. He is now and for several years has been overseer of roads, and is also school trustee of sub, district No. 17. He is by trade a stone mason, and owns a farm of 135 acres, devoted to grain raising. His post office address is Blue Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 232 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
PHILIP F. FRAZER
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL, 27TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY.
Philip Fouke Frazer was born in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, Virginia, on the 22d of December, 1844, the youngest son of James A. and Sophia Frazer. In early childhood his gentleness of manner, his brightness and intelligence, rendered him a favorite with all who knew him. He was as modest and gentle as a girl, and yet possessed all those manly qualities which later in life, though still at an early age, made him the gallant officer and devoted patriot.
His early education was received at a girls' school in Lewisburg; here, when he reached the age at which boys were excluded from the school, so refined and gentle was he that his teacher said he should remain her scholar so long as he might choose to attend her school.
He was appointed a cadet of the Virginia Military Institute in 1860, and reported for duty on the 19th of July of that year. He soon attracted the attention of his professors by his industry and brightness, and won the hearts of his comrades. by his open, generous disposition and manly traits of character. In April, 1861, the corps of cadets was ordered to Richmond, and proceeded thither under the command of General Jackson, to assist in drilling and disciplining the raw troops which were being concentrated there. Cadet Frazer remained at this camp of instruction for several months, as drill-master; but, though in consequence of his extreme youth and delicate appearance he could, doubtless, have readily secured a position which would have withdrawn him from the dangers of battle, the gallant young soldier would accept no such position, nor could he reconcile himself to the discharge of the monotonous duties of a drill-master when the soldiers of his State were confronting the enemy; and every day brought to him the intelligence of another battle fought Leaving the camp of instruction then, he entered the Greenbrier Rifles, Co. "E " 27th Virginia Infantry, as a private. In a very short time, though only sixteen years of age, he was elected first lieutenant of his company. So gallant was his bearing, and such the soldierly qualities which he had displayed, that when his regiment was reorganized he was elected captain of his company, which position he held for two years. In the spring of 1863 Captain Frazer was promoted major of his regiment. On several occasions, even while captain, he led his regiment into battle. In every battle in which his great commander, Stonewall Jackson, was engaged, except those around Richmond, when he was forced to be absent by sickness, he did his duty as a man and soldier. Through all he passed unscathed, until, at second Manassas, he received a painful, but not dangerous, wound. In the battle near Wilderness Run, May 6, 1864, the very day on which he received his commission as lieutenant-colonel, this brave young officer fell, at the head of his regiment, shot through the head with a musket-ball, and died while being removed from the field. Not an unworthy pupil of the noble Jackson, he laid down his life near the spot where that grand old hero received his death-wound. His name from childhood had been linked with all that is kind, loving, generous, and true. At the time of his death he was but nineteen, perhaps the youngest officer of his rank in the whole army, yet the most distinguished officer of his regiment. Men of unquestionable, courage and daring say that he was the most gallant and coolly brave man they ever knew. He lived without fear and without reproach, died as a true soldier, and is mourned as a devoted patriot, an efficient officer, a dutiful and affectionate son. The prop and support of his widowed mother and youngest sister, he unselfishly devoted to them the greater portion of the miserable pittance of pay he received. In his last letter to his mother, received after he had gained his soldier's crown, he sent her all he had, hoping, with tender solicitude, that it might help her till he could send her more. His body was interred at Hollywood, and by his side lies all that was mortal of an idolized sister (Mrs. George E. Taylor), a whole-souled Southern woman, not unworthy of such a brother, who dearly loved the cause, and, when it was. lost, "her pen, with more than usual beauty and force, was often employed in the effort to add a freshened lustre to the fame of our heroic dead." United in life, in death they were not divided, one monument telling their story.
(Source: Biographical sketches of the Graduates and Eleves of the Virginia Military Institute who fell during the war between the States, by Chas. D. Walker. Published 1875. Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by Linda Rodriguez)
HENRY H. HANNAN
Henry H. Hannan and Sarah Arbuckle were married near Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 2, 1868. He was a native of this county, born February 7, 1844; and his wife was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, January 4, 1845. They have the following children: Mary M., born September 13, 1869; Kate A., July 2, 1871; James H., March 5, 1873; John C., December 25, 1875; Rosa M., April 15, 1878. The parents of Mr. Hannan were Henry and Rhoda (Henderson) Hannan, settlers of this county in 1819. His father died October 16, 1852, and his mother April 2, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Hannan are James H. and Mahala F. (McPherson) Arbuckle, who are residents of West Virginia. Mr. Hannan held the office of justice of the peace two years, and was holding the office at the time of his death, which took place January 18, 1879. His wife is managing the farm which is located in Ohio township. Her postoffice address is Swan Cree, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; Ja mes P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Judge WILLIAM A. HARRISON
Judge Harrison, the senior member of the first Supreme Court of Appeals of the State of West Virginia, was born in Prince William County, Virginia, August 27, 1795. His education was obtained in the schools of that section. He, however, was ambitious and was an earnest seeker after knowledge, and consequently used every facility within his reach to store his mind with such knowledge as would be of value to him in after life. At an early age he chose the law for his profession, and all the books he read, and really mastered, were in that direction. In this way he pieced out what, in that day, was considered a fairly good education for even a professional man. He, therefore, may be classed as a self-educated and selfmade man. He read law under the guidance of his brother-in-law, Obed Waits, of Winchester, Virginia, one of his most valued friends and helpers in time of need. In 1819 he was sufficiently informed in the fundamental principles of the profession to enable him to pass a creditable examination for admission to the Winchester Bar. Shortly after his admission he came to Parkersburg, Wood County, on the Ohio River, and entered upon the practice of his chosen profession. The first circuit in which he practiced was presided over by Judge Daniel Smith, which was composed of the Counties of Rockingham, Pendleton, Preston, Monongalia, Brooke, Ohio, Tyler, Wood, Lewis and Harrison. This circuit embraced all the territory between the Pennsylvania line and the Little Kanawha River. The custom of that period was for the aspiring attorneys to travel with the judge and attend all of the courts embraced in the Judicial Circuit twice a year. In this way lawyers of ability and industry managed to secure a paying practice, and young Harrison, who possessed many natural gifts, succeeded in picking up more than his share of the cases disposed of on these various swings around the circuit.
In 1821 he moved to Clarksburg, Harrison County, and thereafter made that town his permanent home, and remained there up to the time of his death, which occurred December 31, 1870. In 1823 he was appointed Assistant United States District Attorney for the Western Distript of Virginia, which office he filled acceptably and ably, traveling on horseback twice a year to Wytheville to attend upon the sessions of the court. After the establishment of the Court of Appeals of Virginia at Lewisburg in Greenbrier County, he practiced regularly at its bar until the breaking out of the Civil War in 1861. His practice, during a long, successful life, was one of immense labor, requiring great research and profound investigation. He appeared, during his career, before seven Federal Judges, fifteen Circuit Judges, and twelve judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. He was elected a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia after the formation of the State in 1863, and served with great ability.
Judge Harrison was a Union man and a Republican, but was never a politician. He preferred the calm and dignified contests of the bar to the more animated scenes incident to partisan warfare. He, however, represented Harrison County three terms in the Legislature of Virginia in ante bellum days. He was also United States Attorney for the Western District, and Prosecuting Attorney of Harrison County, one term in each office. When the Civil War came on in 1861 he took a firm stand for the Union, and was one of the leaders in the erection of the new Commonwealth of West Virginia. The Circuit Judge of the Harrison County District was vacated by its judge going with the South, and Judge Harrison was elected that year (1861) to fill out his term, which position he occupied until elected a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals of the new State in 1863.
He was an able and a just judge, and ranked among the leading lawyers of his time. He was of large stature and commanding presence; in religious convictions he was a Presbyterian; was married and left a large family of honored citizens; one of his sons, Thomas W. Harrison, became a prominent citizen and was one of Harrison County's distinguished Circuit Court Judges. No better people can be found anywhere than the immediate descendants of William A. Harrison.
[Source: "Bench and Bar of West Virginia" by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919-TK - Transcribed by AFOFG]
B. F. HARLOW
Col. B. F. Harlow, of Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, W. Va, was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, July 20, 1835. He received a fair education and learned the printing business when quite young. At the age of eighteen, he commenced his career as a newspaper editor, which he continued until 1859, when he was admitted to the Bar, having studied law in the office of the late Gov. Samuel Price. He practiced with success until the beginning of the war between the States, when he enlisted as a private in the Confederate service, joining the Greenbrier Cavalry. He received his final discharge from the service in 1863, on account of general ill health contracted while in the army and in prison. In 1858-9 he was on the editorial staff of the Memphis (Tenn) Daily Bulletin. At the close of the war, not being able to practice his profession on account of the lawyers' test oath, he became an editorial contributor to the Lynchburg daily papers, and in June 1866, still laboring under disabilities, he commenced the publication of the Greenbrier Independent, which he continued until September, 1887, a period of more than twenty-one years. He has held no office of emolument. In 1880 he was elected Delegate-at large to the Democratic National Convention at Cincinnati, and was a supporter of Hancock's nomination from first to last. In 1884 he was again elected a Delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Convention at Chicago, and was a firm supporter of Grover Cleveland from the beginning to the end. He was elected Alternate to the National Convention at St. Louis, on May 8, to represent the Third Congressional District.
[Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling WV) Saturday June 21, 1888; Transcribed by: Richard Ramos.]
Son of George Hull, was born in Bath county, Virginia, December 20, 1801. In Pocahontas county, (then) Virginia, August 6, 1837, he married Elizabeth A. Cleek, born in Pocahontas county, June 3, 1807, a daughter of Matthew and Margaret (Crawford) Cleek. Their children are recorded: Margaret, born March 20, 1828, lived on Little creek; William C., October 5, 1830, lives in this district; John M., August 23, 18??, died June 1, 1862; Evaline, February 15, 1833, died November 26, 1869; James Silas, June 1, 1836, died August 24, 1837; Jesse A., December 10, 1841, lives at home; Alice F., January 14, 1848, lives in Highland county, Virginia; Andrew F., January 26, 1850, lives at home; Charlotte, September 23, 1854, died September 19, 1883. Three sons were in the Confederate army, William C. in the 22d Virginia Infantry, Taylors Company, and John and Jesse in Company B, Edgars battalion, 25th Infantry. John died in the service at Christianburg, Virginia, in 1862. Jesse was in the battles of White Sulphur Springs, Fayettesville, New Market, Cold Harbor, Lynchburg and ????town. In the last-named battle he was wounded in the thigh by a mimic-ball, and recovered only after great suffering, reaching home in September 1864. Jesse Hull, the father, died July 20, 1875, and Elizabeth H., his widow, died February 16, 1879. Jesse, Andrew and William own 3000 acres of land on Anthonys creek, fives miles above Alvon, 300 acres bottom land under cultivation. The ???? is well timbered, good medicinal springs abound, and iron, coal and lead are found everywhere in the 3,000 acres. The family post office is Lowrys Mill, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 218 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
WILLIAM CRAWFORD HULL
An energetic and prosperous farmer of Anthony’s Creek district, Greenbrier county, owns about 900 acres of excellent land, of which 130 acres is bottom land and under cultivation. The remainder is upland, well timbered with white pine, cedar, locust, poplar, white oak, ash and sugar. Iron ore is to be found in abundance, the mountainous portion of his land being, in fact, almost a solid cake of iron ore. Lead, silver and coal, also abound. Mr. Hull’s grandfather was a soldier in the patriot army, war of 1776, and with his comrades, by the treachery of their commander, was sold to the British Forces. The parents of William C. Hull were Jesse and Elizabeth (Cleek) Hull, whose record has just been given and he was born in this district, October 25, 1830. In Pocahontas county, West Virginia, April 23, 1867, he married Mary A. Cleek, who was born in that county, July 13, 1837, a daughter of John and Phebe Ann (Lightner) Cleek. Mr. and Mrs Hull are the parents of: John F., born October 14, 1870; Eutoka Addie, April 23, 1872; Elizabeth l., Jully 13, 1874. Mr. Hull was a soldier in the civil war. He served in Captain Taylor’s company, 22d Virginia Infantry, Confederate army, and was in the battles of Cloyd Mountain, Piedmont, Winchester, Droop Mountain, Fishers Hill, Lynchburg, the seven days fight near Richmond, and others. Lowrys Mills, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, is his postoffice address.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 219 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
Came to this county with his parents in 1818. He was born in Melrose, Scotland, September 25, 1805. At the time his parents came here there were none of the modern conveniences. Sometimes their corn for bread was pounded by hand. The names of his parents were James and Margaret (Cowen) Johnston. They were both born in Scotland, and his father died in 1820, and his mother September 17, 1836. Mr. Johnston was married to Elizabeth Cherrington, in Gallia county, August 25, 1826. She was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, April 14, 1804. Her parents were William and Lettitia (Douglass) Cherrington, settlers of this county in 1805. They were both born in Pennsylvania, and died in 1833 and 1849, respectively. The children of Mr. Johnston are: William, born June 4, 1827, died July 16, 1827; Harriet, July 11, 1828, resides in Springfield township; Lettitia, September 30, 1829, resides at home; Eleanor, November 30, 1830, died September 18, 1852; Margaret, July 12, 1832, resides in Gallipolis; James, May 12, 1834, resides in Gallipolis; John, March 14, 1836, died August 11, 1836; Samuel, February 3, 1837, resides in Gallia county; Robert C., March 22, 1839, resides in this county; Mary E., October 22, 1841, resides at home. James Johnston, a son of Samuel, was a surgeon in the war of 1861. He served two years and was discharged on account of disability. Mr. Johnston is a farmer residing in Addison township. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, & c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
CHARLES W KERR
A resident of Springfield township, is a son of John N. and Caroline (Cherington) Kerr, and was born in this county April 22, 1851. His wife, Ibbie J., daughter of Ross S. and Susan (Bunger) Watts, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, April 2, 1855, and married to him in this county November 6, 1873. They have four children, all of whom are at home: Frank, born August 20, 1874; Homer, April 24, 1876; Ross, Februar y 5, 1879; Merrill, November 16, 1881. Mrs. Kerr's parents settled in this county in 1852. Mr. Kerr has a grocery and provision store at Kerr Station , on the Hocking Valley & Toledo Railroad. He is employed by that railroad compan y as ticket and freight agent, and is also postmaster at that station, is an active and honorable business man and is liked by all who know and deal with him. Address, Kerr post office, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chic ago and Toledo. 1882.]
Post master, notary public and farmer, owns a farm of 220 acres on Anthony’s creek, four miles above Alvon, and a second farm of about 270 acres on Howards creek, five miles from White Sulphur Springs. All is good land, well located and well improved, and on the lower farm is found coal and iron ore. The parents of George Kirkpatrick were Thomas K. and Jennie (Hays) Kirkpatrick, who came from Augusta county, Virginia, to Greenbrier county in 1812. His birth was in Anthony’s Creek district, September 4, 1816, and on Howards creek, October 20, 1836, he married Belinda D. Dean. The fifteen children of their union are recorded: Thomas H., born July 27, 1837, lives in Augusta county, Virginia; George Dean, September 8, 1838, died May 26, 1845; William K., December 3, 1839, lives in Idaho Territory; James F., August 17, 1841, killed December 18, 1855; John H., December 1, 1842 lives on Howard creek, this county, Eleanor V., February 6, 1845, died April 9, 1863; Francis H., May 13, 1846, lives on Howards creek; Samuel B., February 8, 1848, lives at home; Margaret J., December 11, 1849, died February 11, 1863; Hugh M., February 26, 1851, lives on Howards creek, Susan Ann, January 10, 1853, resides in Fayette county, West Virginia; Aquilla F., September 22, 1854, lives at home; Edward C., September 20, 1856, lives in Augusta county, Virginia; S. Kate, February 3, 1859, lives at Hinton, Summers county, this State; Virginia, October 5, 1861, died when four days old, Four sons were in Edgar’s Battalion, Confederate army, Thomas H, as first lieutenant, William K., sergeant, and John H. and Francis Thomas was wounded, John was held prisoner of war in the last year of the war, and all gave faithful service to their State. The mother of these children was a daughter of George and Margaret (Keister) Dean, who came to Greenbrier county from Pendleton county in 1825. She was born April 25, 1817, and died March 28, 1863. In Monroe county, West Virginia. March 20, 1866, George Kirkpatrick married Bettie A. Shanklin, who was born September 16, 1824, Mr. Kirkpatrick is a good citizen who has been honored with many public trusts. He was eight years constable, eight years justice of the peace, two years supervisor, four years secretary of the board of education and is now commissioner of roads, postsmasters at Lowry’s Mills, notary public, and member of the Democratic executive committee of Greenbrier county. He has been for fifty years a member of the Presbyterian church, elder and clerk of the Session many years.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 219 & 220 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
Farmer; Haw Creek Township; born in Gallia Co, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1823. His father, Isaac Lotts, was born in Greenbrier County, WV.; his mother, Nancy (Knox), in Monroe Co. of the same State. His maternal grandparents, James and Sarah (Robinson) Knox, were natives of Virginia; his paternal grandparents were Jacob Lotts, native of Germany and a soldier in the Revolution, and Elizabeth (Wolf), a sister of General Wolf of Revolutionary fame.
Mr. Lotts came to Knox County with his parents in 1837. His father died Oct. 4, 1875, aged 83 years; his mother, Sept 26, 1875, aged 76 years. Mr. Lotts inherited a part of the homestead on which he was reared, and later bought the remainder from the other heirs. To this he has added by purchase until he now owns 700 acres of good land.
March 13, 1845, Mr. Lotts was married to Elizabeth Ward, near Gilson, IL. Eight children were born to them: Mrs. Larissa Caldwell; Mrs. Fidelia Scott; Jared W.; Mrs. Sarah S. Young, deceased; Arthur W.; Delesca, wife of L.E. McPherris; James Oscar; and Ella, who died in 1886.
Mrs. Lotts died May 1, 1879, at the age of 54 years. In politics, Mr. Lotts is a democrat. He was Supervisor in 1861, 1862 and 1863, and has held other local offices. [Source: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", Knox County, Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1899 - Sub. by FoFG]
Was born in Gap Mills, Monroe county, West Virginia, June 18, 1841. His parents are William L. and Catherine D. (Humphreys) Lowry. They were both born in Monroe county, Virginia, where his mother died. Mary M. Patterson became the wife of Lee Lowry, at Salem, Greenbrier county, West Virginia, February 28, 1861. She is a native of the same place, born May 3, 1838. Her parents are Joseph and Mary B. (Puckett) Patterson. Her mother was born in Nelson county, Virginia, and both her parents reside in Greenbrier county, West Virginia. Mr. Lowry was in the government employ for three years, conveying supplies to the army. Mr. Lowry has the following children: Mary A., born June 22, 1862, resides at home; Joseph W., January 20, 1865, in Kanawha county, Virginia; Andrew C., March 4, 1867, in Fayette county, West Virginia; Lee A., December 26, 1871, in Greenbrier county, West Virginia; John H., March 17, 1872 - Sarah C., March 17, 1872 (twins); Charles I. G., July 29, 1879. Mr. Lowry's son, Lee A., received injuries which caused scrofulous sores on his knee joint, causing him intense pain ever since 1877, since which time he had to carry himself on crutches. He is now being attended by Dr. S. B. Hartman, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is relieving him of his suffering. Mr. Lowry is engaged in farming and stock-raising. His postoffice address is Sprinkle's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
GEORGE W MASON
Is the senior partner of the firm of Mason & Jones, barbers, 378 Second street, Gallipolis, Ohio. Mr. Mason was born in Rockingham county, West Virginia, in July, 1830. His parents are James and Sally (Giles) Mason. His mother resides in Gallia county, having settled here in 1849. The first wife of Mr. Mason was Hetty Tyrey, by whom he had one child, James H., who is deceased. The second wife of Mr. Mason is Hannah Luddington, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, in 1822. They were married in that county, August 12, 1851. She is the mother of the following children: Mary J., resides in Paris, Kentucky; George W., deceased; Nancy A., resides in Gallipolis. Franklin Luddington, the father of Mrs. Mason, is deceased. Mr. Mason came to this county in 1849. Beside his secular occupation, he is a minister of the Gospel. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
JAMES McCOY OF Fulton Township, Whiteside Co IL Hon. James McCoy, the pioneer lawyer and one of the founders of Fulton City, Ill., has been an attorney in Northwestern Illinois for nearly 50 years, and the record of his career is such as to reflect most honorably upon his character as a man. He was born in Greenbrier Co., Va., Sept. 22, 1816. William McCoy his grandfather in the paternal line, was of Scotch origin and was born in Virginia. He married a Miss Hamilton, who was of mixed Welsh and Irish parentage. They settled in Greenbrier County during the stirring times that preceded the Revolution, when the Indians of the Atlantic seaboard were at the height of their atrocities, which condition was, to a great extent, attributable to the influence of the Tory element. Forts were constructed by the frontiersmen, and in one of these in Greenbrier County, William McCoy, father of Judge McCoy, was born, while his parents were seeking protection from Indian hostilities. William McCoy (2d) attained to man's estate in his native county, and married Agnes, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gillian) Hanna. The former was born in Ireland, and when a boy came to America and settled in Greenbrier county. His wife was of Scotch origin and was born in the same county, in 1784, and was of Scotch and Irish descent. There were 12 children in Wm. McCoy's family, all of whom grew to maturity, and eight of whom are still living. Of these, our subject is fourth in order of birth. James received an academic education in Monroe Co., Va., and was graduated in 1836. He read law till near his majority, when he came to Illinois with a view of establishing himself in his profession in some of the new towns of the West. He reached the Mississippi River at the point now embraced by the city of Fulton, May 9, 1837. Here he found John Baker, on whose claim a rude attempt had been made to plat a town site. This survey was abandoned, and a new one made under the management of Mr. McCoy, assisted by Henry C. Fellows, John B. Jenkins and George Kellogg. These four kept bachelor's ball in a little shanty on the river bank near the present steamboat landing. For several months they led an isolated and dreary life, fighting mosquitoes and shaking with ague. Occasionally a curious passenger would land from some passing boat and, after looking the situation over, would go on. To the eastward of them was an almost unbroken stretch of wild and unsettled country extending to Dixon. Not even a trail led to the young city. Finally a few venturesome spirits joined them. The owners of the lots at that time were mainly Messrs. McCoy, Henry C. Fellows, John B. Jenkins, George W. Kellogg, Alvin Humphries, R. J. Jenks, John Baker, Lyman Blake and Jeremiah Humphries. In the fall of the same year he went to Champaign Co., Ohio, where he was joined by his brother, and they returned to Fulton. He sold his land, consisting of one-sixteenth of the platted tract, chiefly on credit, and, on the completion of his arrangements, he returned to Virginia., reaching home after an absence of 11 months, in the spring of 1838. He remained in Virginia until July of the the same year, when he returned to Fulton to make collections. The financial crisis, which had convulsed the business world, had reached Fulton, and he was not able to adjust the business which had brought him there a second time, and he was obliged to re-purchase his property to secure himself from loss. He stayed in Fulton until winter, and made further purchases of land. He went to Ohio, where he passed the winter, and was there married, April 23, 1839, to Miss Elizabeth Russell, daughter of James and Jane Russell. Mrs. McCoy was born in Champaign Co., Ohio. Nov. 19, 1819. In October, 1839, Mr. McCoy returned a third time to Fulton, to be present at the land sales. He soon determined to make this his future home. One year later, the village having acquired a population of three or four hundred, he entered upon the practice of his profession. His marked ability and untiring energy soon placed him among the foremost of his profession in the West, and his practice extended to the neighboring Courts, throughout Illinois and Iowa. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of both these States, where he conducted success- fully many important suits. From the outset of his career as an attorney, Judge McCoy has controlled an extensive practice; and, although he has a wide repute as a chancery lawyer, he is a master of every branch of the profession. Throughout his entire practice Judge McCoy has pursued one undeviating course of strict adherence to the letter of the law under the direction of authoritative and acknowledged interpreters. He is an acknowledged leader in the legal ranks of Whiteside County, has no superior as a counselor, and but few peers. He has conducted his business singly with the exception of the period in which he was associated with his two oldest sons. William J., a practicing attorney at Morrison and Judge of the County Court, is a man of peerless ability and is rapidly attaining a foremost position as a chancery lawyer. His character, formed under the direction of his father, is one of the best evidences of the influence by which it was involved. Albert R., an attorney at Clinton, Iowa, is one of the most brilliant advocates of the Northwest, and is a man of spotless record. In 1851, while a project was under consideration before the Illinois Legislature to construct a railroad north and south through the State, Judge McCoy originated the idea of an east and west line from the Lakes to Council Bluffs on the Missouri River, to cross the Mississippi at Fulton and Lyons. He at once called a railroad meeting at Lyons, Iowa, just opposite Fulton City. His plan was to get the Iowa Legislature, which was then in session, to pass an act to incorporate a railway between Lyons and Council Bluffs. The meeting was well attended, and Judge McCoy was appointed Chairman of a committee of four, whose duty it was to present the matter to the Legislature and urge the passage of such an act. His associates upon the committee were John B. Bope, Benjamin Lake and D. P. McDonald. The petition was presented on Monday morning, and on the following morning an act of incorporation was passed by the House. It was sent to the Senate by a special messenger, where it was introduced. Senator Leffingwell procured a suspension of the rules and it passed to its third reading in 20 minutes, after which it received the Governor's signature and immediately became a law, in January, 1851. In order to procure the passage of this act, Judge McCoy had pledged himself to secure the passage of an act by the Illinois Legislature to grant a charter for a railroad from Fulton to intersect the proposed Illinois Central Road at or near Dixon. He immediately called a railroad meeting at Fulton, and secured a well signed petition for a charter for a railroad from Fulton City eastward. Although the Illinois Legislature was almost at the close of its session, by prompt and energetic action he secured before its adjournment a passage of the bill he desired, which provided for th~ construction of the Mississippi & Rock River Junction Railroad, now the Chicago & Northwestern. No sooner were these preliminaries successfully accomplished than a serious obstacle arose in the form of another line of road just chartered to run from Beloit, Wis., to Rock Island, Ill. The interests of the two roads were in conflict. A desperate effort was made by the managers of the latter road to defeat the project of building the Mississippi & Rock River Junction Railroad. Mr. McCoy took up the gauntlet, and with his characteristic energy called railroad meetings, made as many as three speeches a week in the interest of the road, until the total amount of capital stock was subscribed. He spent three years in soliciting an aggregate of $750,000. He secured a topographical map of the western slope from the Pacific to the top of the Sierras, which he used in his address, and prophesied that within 25 years the achievements would take place which he actually did witness within 17 years! May 1, 1852, at a meeting of stockholders held at Union Grove, the following named gentlemen were elected officers of the road: James McCoy, President; Directors J. T. Atkinson, Royal Jacobs, Charles Dement, Benjamin Lake, Elijah Buel, John Phelps and A. W. Benton. Judge McCoy was still the leading spirit in this enterprise, and by wise and close procedure the construction of the road was assured. He issued the first 100,000 in bonds, and let the contract to build the road. Ground was first broken in February, 1853, and in April following the Michigan Central and Galena & Chicago Union Railroad Companies came forward and took stock to the amount of S405,000 in that portion of the road lying between Dixon and Fulton. From that date its success was assured. Mr. McCoy was elected its first President and served as director of the road several years, and as the attorney of the company under its different managements till about 1879, when he resigned, to devote himself to his local practice. He was elected Judge of the County Court of Whiteside County, in 1857, with common-law. jurisdiction, but resigned in his third year of service, as he preferred his regular practice. He was elected a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1869-70, to form a new State Constitution, and was made Chairman of one of the most important committees, that of State, County and Municipal Indebtedness. He also served on the Judiciary Committee and on three others of great importance. Judge McCoy was led through his warm interest in educational matters to accept a place on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Soldiers' College, located at Fulton City, now known as the "Northern College of Illinois," and held that position several years. In politics Mr. McCoy was originally a Whig and cast his first Presidential vote for Harrison. On the adjustment of political matters and the consequent re-organization of parties, he became a Republican, and has voted with that party since. He was a Delegate to the National Convention of 1864, which renominated Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency, and was a Presidential Elector of 1868. Mr. and Mrs. have had a family of seven children, of whom six are living; Melvina is the widow of Hon. Robert E. Logan, of Union Grove; William J. married Marie Aylesworth. Addison W. married Georgiana Freeman, and is practicing medicine at Wichita, Kan; Augustine is a lumber merchant of Iowa; Edward, the youngest, is a lumber dealer of Sioux Rapids, Iowa. [Portrait and Biographical Whiteside County, Illinois; transcribed by Chris Walters]
ALDEN LOTHROP ROADARMOUR
Is an attorney at law and notary public at Gallipolis, and practices in all the courts of the State. He is a native of the Gallia county, a son of Thomas Jefferson and Rhoda (Loucks) Roadarmour, both of whom was born in this county. The grandparents of the subject of this sketch came from Virginia to this county at a very early date, and lived here until their death. John Roadarmour, the grandfather, was one of the pioneers of Harrison township, having the honor of killing the last panther seen in the township. He was a colonel of militia in 1812, and was for many years a justice of the peace in Harrison township, and was identified with the affairs of the township for more than sixty years. Mr. Roadarmour resided in Lewisburg, West Virginia, from 1870 to 1873, where he was engaged in the sewing machine and confectionery business. He went to Iowa in September, 1873, where he taught school. From there he went to the Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, where he remained two years, when he graduated in August, 1875, taking the degree of B. S. he taught two years at Bartlett academy, Plymouth, Ohio, one year at Central Indiana College. He entered the University of Michigan in September, 1879, and graduated in March, 1881, and was admitted to the bar May 7, 1881, at Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Roadarmour was assessor of Harrison township for one year. His address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
This gentleman is one of the many who have spent the greater portion of their lives in developing the country in order that their children and grandchildren might enjoy the advantages which they themselves were denied. In truth, we to-day are the "heirs of all ages" and profit by the labor and self denial of the hard working classes of times past. Our subject is one of the wealthy agriculturists of Tazewell County, and is now living on section 23, Morton Township, where he has a valuable estate. A native of Greenbrier County, Va., our subject was born April 29, 1813, to Christopher and Mary (Fisher) Shaffer, natives of Pennsylvania. The former was reared on a farm in the Keystone State, and when a young man emigrated to Virginia, where he married. He was a miller by trade and followed that occupation through life, together with that of farming. He was twice married, and by his first wife became the father of four children, George, Peter (a soldier in the War of 1812), Elizabeth and Mary. By his union with the mother of our subject there were born three children, Phoebe, Phillip and Christopher. About 1825 Christopher Shaffer, Sr., emigrated with his family to Franklin County, Ohio, where he lived for a number of years. Later he came to this county, making his home with our subject until his decease, which occurred at the advanced age of ninety-three years and six months. At the time the family located in the Buckeye State our subject was a lad of thirteen years and soon began to make his own way in the world, being first employed as a farm hand. He received his education in the subscription schools of that day, and when reaching his majority received as pay for his labors only $10 a month. He was very economical and industrious, and from this small salary was enabled to save money. He spent one year working in a tan yard, and although becoming quite proficient in that business, followed it only a short time. A year after becoming of age Mr. Shaffer married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Emmer and Elizabeth (Huff) Cox. The lady was born in Ohio, November 25, 1812, while her parents were natives of Virginia and were farmers by occupation. After his marriage, Mr. Shaffer began farming on rented land in Franklin County, but soon came with his family to this county, where he was convinced he could better his financial condition. The trip was made overland in 1841, and all their worldly possessions were placed in a wagon drawn by four horses, and Mr. Shaffer says that even then it was not very heavily loaded. By trading one of his teams on his arrival in this county he was able to make a payment on a quarter-section of land which he had purchased, and which is included in his present fine estate. He now owns four hundred acres of choice land in Morton Township, upon which he settled in 1842, the family than making their home in a hewed log cabin which he erected. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, of whom Orlando and Phoebe are deceased. Lavina married William Huxtable; Eliza is the wife of Joseph Walden; the others are, Sarah J., Lewis M., William and John H. Our subject is a member of the Baptist Church, with which he has been connected since 1840, and has held the office of Deacon for over a quarter of a century. His estimable wife departed this life September 9, 1886. Mr. Shaffer has sixteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren living. He is one of the best citizens of the county, and during his long career here not a word could ever be said against his honesty and uprightness. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Tazewell & Mason Co. Illinois" pub. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co. 1894 p. 351-352 Transcribed by: Betty Doremus]
ADAM C. SNYDER
The subject of this sketch and portrait was born in Highland county, Virginia, March 26, 1834. In 1852-3 he attendedMossy Creek Academy, Augusta county, Virginia, and in 1834—'5 Tuscarora Academy, in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania;entered Dickinson College, at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1856, and from there he went to Washington College, nowWashington-Lee University, at Lexington, Virginia, and remained through 1857 -'8, and then entered the Law Schoolof Judge J. W. Brockenbrough, at Lexington, Virginia. In 1859 he was licensed, and commenced the practice of thelaw at Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, Virginia, where he still resides. In 1860 he was appointed Deputy Marshalto take the census of that county.
When the State seceded in 1861 he volunteered in the Confederate army, and was Adjutant of the Twenty-seventh VirginiaRegiment, in the celebrated "Stonewall Brigade," and served until he was captured, in 1863, and helda prisoner in the old Atheneum, at Wheeling, until 1864.
After the war he resumed the practice of law. In 1865 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Highland county, Virginia.
He practiced at Lewisburg and in the adjoining counties until April, 1882, when Governor Jackson appointed himto fill the unexpired term of Judge James F. Patton, deceased, on the Bench of the West Virginia Supreme Courtof Appeals, and the people elected him to the same position in 1882 and again in 1884.
In 1869 he married Miss Henrietta II. Gary, of Lewisburg. They have five children, four boys and one girl, ranging in age from eight to sixteen years.
Judge Snyder is a lawyer of no ordinary attainments. He is a hard student, and his decisions are always clear, concise and able.
[Source: "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 andAlvaro Franklin Gibbens, 1890 – Transcribed by FOFG]
The subject of this sketch is one of the active, enterprising business men of the city of Wheeling. He was born at Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, Virginia, June 8, 1847. He received a more than ordinary education in the schools of that county, especially at the Lewisburg Academy, an institution of high grade in the sciences and classics. He also had the benefit of a few terms at the Academy at Union, Monroe county, taught by Col. Edgar and Rutherford Houston, both of whom were men of a high grade of scholarship. While yet at school, the war of 1861 broke out, and Mr. Stalnaker felt it to be his duty to enlist in the Southern Army. Being small of stature and youthful in appearance, the mustering officer rejected him, much to his discomfort and disgust. In 1863 he volunteered a second time, and was received without an objection of any kind. He was placed upon the staff of General A. W. Reynolds, one of the fighting soldiers of the Confederacy. Some months later he was made adjutant of Col. D. S. Honshell's battalion. The Colonel was also a noted fighter, so young Stalnaker did not want for opportunities to draw his sword on the field of battle. He was in many hotly contested conflicts, the principal of which were Gettysburg—the greatest battle of the war—Monocacy, Snicker's Gap, Vicksburg during the twenty-seven days bombardment by General Grant, and Winchester, when Sheridan drove General Early out of the Valley of Virginia.
At the close of hostilities, Major Stalnaker returned to his home in Greenbrier county, and engaged in mercantile and other pursuits. When Governor H. M. Mathews entered upon the duties of his office as Governor, in the city of Wheeling, March 4, 1877, Major Stalnaker was made his Private Secretary, which position he filled in a most satisfactory manner during the full term of four years. His gentlemanly demeanor and courteous treatment of all who called at the Governor's office made him a general favorite.
His next official position was Secretary of State, which he held from March 4, 1881, to March 4,1885, during the entire administration of Governor Jacob B. Jackson. In this high official station, he met every responsibility in the most satisfactory manner. The secret of his success may be mainly attributed to two facts: First, competency and general fitness for public position; and, second, the affable manner in which he meets men and dispatches business that comes before him. Such men while in public positions never fail to meet the demands that are made upon them by the people. At the expiration of his term as Secretary of State, he engaged in the manufacture of headings and bungs in Wheeling, under the firm name of Hale & Stalnaker. Meeting with heavy loss by the burning of their establishment, Major Stalnaker accepted the position of Secretary and Treasurer of "The West Virginia China Company," a very large and prosperous pottery in North Wheeling, which position he now holds, and is filling with great acceptability to the stockholders of the establishment. In politics he has always advocated the principles of the Democratic party.
[Source: "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 and Alvaro Franklin Gibbens, 1890 – Transcribed by AFOFG]
BENJAMIN F. SWANSON
Came to this (Gallia Co, OH) county with his parents in 1818. He was born in Augusta county, Virginia, June 10, 1814. His father, Dennis Swanson, died in 1861. His mother, Sarah (Freeholder) Swanson, died November 18, 1842. Mr. Swanson was the first township assessor elected in Raccoon township. He has held the office of township trustee several terms. Mr. Swanson and Hannah Kyre were married in this county in April, 1836. She was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, April 27, 1814. They have the following children: Henry C., born January 17, 1837, resides in Gallia county, Ohio; Martha J., October 21, 1839, died July 5, 1841; John W., November 17, 1842, died May 29, 1863; Margaret A., November 17, 1844, died December, 1844; Catherine R. (Decard), February 17, 1848, resides in this county; David A., April 28, 1851, resides in Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio; Jordan N., June 16, 1853, died July 16, 1860. Mr. Swanson had two sons in the late war. Henry C. enlisted in 1863 in the 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served to the close. John W. enlisted in 1862, in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, but was taken sick at Somerset, Kentucky, and died there May 29, 1863, and he was buried at Bethel Church in Somerset, Pulaski county, Kentucky. Two of Mr. Swanson's brothers were also soldiers in this war. John W. Swanson enlisted in 1861, in the 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served about five months, and was discharged for disability. Ami Swanson served in the same regiment, and was also discharged on account of disability. They both died of disease contracted in the army. The parents of Mrs. Swanson are Nicholas and Sarah (McMillan) Kyre. They came to this county in 1818, and died in 1856 and 1861, respectively. Mr. Swanson is a farmer and bricklayer. His address is Rio Grande postoffice, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]
HENRY SYDENSTRICKER, Sr
Son of Philip and Elizabeth Sydenstricker, was born in Pennsylvania, February 17, 1785. In Greenbrier county, December 21, 1808, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Fleshman, who was born in Pennsylvania, her nativity on the day of his birth. The record of their children is: Michael, born October 16, 1809, died in 1869; Samuel, December 11, 1810, lives in Vinton county, Ohio; Lewis, May 30, 1812, lives at Irish Corners, this county; Henry, January 18, 1814, lives at home or in Alvon; Catharine, January 3, 1816, lives at home; James, January 24, 1818, died in 1862; John, January 17, 1821, died August 15, 1834. James was a soldier of the Confederacy in the opening months of the war between the States, and died in the service, in Mercer county, (now) West Virginia. Henry Sydenstricker owns a farm of 260 acres, 80 acres fenced, the soil good and well improved, located on Anthonys Creek, in the district of that name, and about two and a half miles from Alvon. The farm not under cultivation is well timbered with excellent oak and plenty of white pine; iron ore of good quality, and probably coal, abounds. The family post office address is Alvon, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.
[Source: Hardesty’s West Virginia Counties Vol. 6 Greenbrier County Pg 221 & 222 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
JAMES E. WALKUP
The Walkups and Beards were early settlers in Greenbrier County. They were Scotch-Irish, and of that sturdy old Covenanter faith which has always distinguished that race. They immigrated first to Pennsylvania and then went to Virginia and settled in Augusta county, and from there they came to this county.
Christopher Walkup and his brother, Robert, visited Greenbrier County before the Revolution. In 1778 Christopher came again and entered a tract of land consisting of one hundred and seventy-five acres, on which the town of Renick now stands. This farm was sold to William Renick. who gave the town its name.
Robert settled in Meadow Bluff. Both brothers married and reared families and their descendants to this day are known as men of important affairs. Christopher Walkup was the great-grandfather of James E. Walkup, who is now living on a farm four miles east of Renick which was bought by his grandfather of a Mr. Snodgrass. He married a Miss Rusk, of Augusta, Va., and from this union were born three sons-John, Christopher and Joseph, and three daughters. John was drafted in the War of 1812, but the war closed before he was called into service. Margaret married Samuel Beard, a major in the Continental army. John died about the year 1868, eighty-four years of age, and his wife, Miss Nancy Beard before marriage, died in 1858 in the seventieth year of her age. Their children were: Christopher, a captain of the State militia; Samuel W., a farmer; Joseph Josiah, the father of the subject of this sketch, and McElhenney Walkup.
Joseph Josiah Walkup married Ann Eliza Elliott, daughter of James Elliott, who was shot and killed in a deer lick by an accident. He took up his residence on a farm two and one-half miles east of Renick. Their children were: James E.; Elizabeth, who married Harvey J. Hanna, now dead; Margaret, who married C. 0. Huff; Ida, who married William R. Byrd; Lucy, who married Reuben Miles; Samuel B., who married Germina Williams, and Christopher William, who now resides in California.
James E. Walkup, a large farmer and stock dealer, owns several farms. He was born October 3, 1844, and was reared on a farm. When eighteen years of age he enlisted in Company A, Fourteenth West Virginia Cavalry, and entered the service for the Confederacy, and served from the time of his enlistment, in 1862, to the close of the war. He participated in several of the battles fought in the Valley of Virginia and around Winchester, was at Chambersburg, and afterwards at Gettysburg, when his regiment did considerable reconnoitering. His regiment was also in that contest which fought General Hunter in a six days' fight from Staunton to Lynchburg, and scouted for Gen. Jubal Early in the Virginia Valley campaign.
In 1868 James E. Walkup married Rachel M. Beard, now dead. She was the daughter of Robert Beard and bore him two sons, Robert and Harry, both of whom are dead. Harry also was a soldier, in the war with Spain, and was accidentally killed while in the Philippines, after being honorably discharged. Robert went West and was killed in a cave-in of a silo. He had three children, two girls and a boy.
Mr. Walkup married for his second wife Miss Ida Jameson, in 1877. She was the daughter of David Jameson and Martha Walkup Jameson and bore him five children, four daughters and one son: Mabel, born February 26, 1880; Martha J., born October 4, 1881, married Cape Read and lives on the east side of Greenbrier river. Their children are James Hunter, Harry McFerrin, Homer Cletis, Leonard Caperton; Lenna E., unmarried; Lilly Ruth, married Hubert Beard and lives on Anthony's creek. They have one son, Dr. Homer A. Walkup and a granddaughter, Anna M. Walkup, adopted. The only son married Lillie B. Harris, of Morgantown. They have one child, Homer A. Walkup, Jr. The father is a physician, practicing his profession in Fayette County, West Virginia. He graduated from the State University at Morgantown and subsequently took his degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Washington and Lee University at Richmond, Va. He has been in the pursuit of his chosen profession since the year 1913. He is within the draft age and is in for the war with Germany in 1917, October 1st. The Walkups were all born soldiers and game citizens.
Their names are found on the Virginia war rolls in all of her struggles in the history of Virginia.
History of Greenbrier County, by J. R. Cole, 1917 p. 267-269
Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack
John B. Walkup was born in Greenbrier County, Va., Aug. 11, 1811, a son of Christopher and Sabrina (Beard) Walkup.He was reared and educated in his native county, and after reaching maturity came West as far as La Porte, Ind., where he taught school two years. He then, in company with several others, came to Illinois and laid a claim in Algonquin Township, but subsequently settled on the farm in the town of Nunda where the family now reside and where he died June 9, 1856. When he first came to the county he boarded with Mrs. Gilliland, now the oldest settler in the county. He was married Oct. 20, 1840, to Mary J., daughter of Robert G.and Esther White. To them were born three children-Leonidas W., born May 16, 1842; Eva M., Nov. 17, 1844; and Alfred C., May 18, 1849. Alfred has been for four years a missionary of the Congregational church to the South Sea Islands. Politically Mr. Walkup was a Republican. He was an elde r in the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Walkup's grandfather, Isaac White, was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 1, 1757, and Jan. 17, 1782, married Jane Givens, a native of North Carolina, born Jan. 17, 1762. They had a family of s even children-Robert G.(White), born Dec. 29, 1782; Peggie, Oct. 15, 1781; Lucy, Oct. 23, 1786; Sarah, April 2, 1789; Polly, Oct. 30, 1791; John, Feb. 19, 1794; Rebecca, July 19, 1796. Robert G. went to Indiana, and thence, in 1818, to Illinois and located in Bond County. In 1836 he came to McHenry County and settled near Marengo, where he died in 1871. Of his six children, four are living- Mary J.(Walkup), born Oct. 18, 1815; John, now in Minnesota; Alfred, of Marengo, and Esther L., wife of William P.Walkup. Isaac and Benjamin are deceased.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
Transcribed by Anne Kunzen
Josiah Walkup, one of the earliest settlers of the county, was born in Greenbrier County, Va., Feb. 22, 1815, and died in Nunda, McHenry Co., Ill., Sept 12, 1876. He passed his early life in Virginia, and there received a limited common-school education. His parents were upright and worthy people, and he was brought up with habits of industry, temperance, and frugality. In 1835 he removed with his parents to McHenry County, where he resided until his death. In 1836 he was converted and thenceforth led a blameless Christian life. In 1840 he married Margaret St. Clair, who survived him. Mr. Walkup was naturally possessed of more than ordinary physical and mental endowments. In business he was faithful and conscientious. For twenty-one years he was railroad agent at Crystal Lake station.
[Source: "History of McHenry County, Illinois : together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens..." Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1885 - Transcribed by K.Torp]
William P. Walkup, section 13, Dorr Township, was born in Greenbrier County, W.Va., May 25, 1817, a son of Christopher and Sabrina (Beard) Walkup, natives of Virginia, of Scotch and Irish descent. In 1835 his parents came to McHenry County, and settled on the farm where he now lives. His mother died in 1855, and in 1858 his father went to Kansas and remained four years. He then returned to Illitiois and lived in Abingdon, Knox County,till his death, in 1870. He was Sheriff of McHenry County several years, and Justice of the Peace of Dorr Township. Of his family of six children, but three are living. After reaching his majority William P. Walkup paid a mortgage held by Isaac Torbert, on his father's farm, and took possession of the property. He owns 200 acres of choice land, and in addition to cultivating it carries on a large stock and dairy business. He was married in 1848 to Esther L. White, a native of Bond County, Ill. They have had three children; but on e is living-Lowell A. Mr. Walkup was Postmaster of Ridgefield twelve years, and has been School Trustee twenty years. He is a member of the firm Dufield & Walkup, blacksmiths, Ridgefield. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.
History of McHenry County, Illinois-1885
Transcribed by Anne Kunzen
WALTON FAMILY data
Before 1 Jan 1778, one John Walton had taken 200 acres of land in Greenbrier County (Surveyor's Record Book, No. 1, p. 314; Lewisburg, VA)
The Tax Records of VA show John Walton Sr. and John Walton, Jr. in Greenbrier County in 1784 and 1786; and in the latter year also James Walton.
In 1782 John, James and William Gilkison were there (cf. the marriages of Job Walton's children)
John Walton, Sr. or Jr., signed his will on 17 Aug 1807, and it was probated 26 April 1808. He mentioned his wife, Anne, and the following children: William, George, James, John, Elijah, Elisha, Jane, Nancy, Elizabeth and Eleanor. (Will Book 1, p. 231; Lewisburg, VA)
On 12 Nov 1810, James Walton signed his will and it was probated in December of the same year. In it he mentioned his wife Nancy1, and the following children: Samuel, William, Solomon, Joseph, James, Charles Abigail, Petty, Nancy and Polly.
(1Possibly the daughter of Joseph McClung, according to a letter from Miss Eva L. Christensen of Sacramento, CA, dated 13 July 1963 - James Walton m. Nancy McClung, dau of Joseph and Margaret Bell McClung. Their daughter Nancy was the third wife of James McClung, son of John and Jane Bollar McClung and had Virginia, Hester, and General Davis McClung. Polly married 15 Aug 1833 John McClung, son of James and Mary Alderson McClung, and died 1850. Their children were James, Mary, Agnes, Charles, William, Minerva, Margaret, Louisa Jane, Abigail, Amos, Virginia, Catherine, Sara and Martha)
Research by John Walton, presented in the NSGS quarterly, vol. 52, Part 1, Number 2; June 1964
Transcribed by K. Torp
Son of David and Elizabeth (Morrison) Watts, was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 7, 1807, settling in this county with his parents in 1817. His first wife, Martha G., daughter of William and Mary (Ross) Waddell, was married to him in Gallia county, Ohio, October 3, 1833. She was born in Gallia county June 25, 1814, and died March 12, 1841. Their children were: Mary E., born November 3, 1835, died December 21, 1856; Sarah E., June 2, 1837, resides in Karnes county, Texas; William W., March 29, 1839, resides in Gallia county. His second wife, Mary A., was married to him in Gallia county, Ohio, September 12, 1841. She was born in his county March 6, 1819, and is the daughter of John and Miriam (Waddell) Thompson, who settled in the county in 1801. The following are the children of this marriage: John A., born October 1, 1843, lives in Dewitt county, Texas; David, March 27, 1845, resides in Gallia county; Martha E. (Ramsey), April 4, 1847, lives in this county; Miram M. (Hott), August 6, 1848, lives in Gallipolis; James A., January 20, 1851, died December 16, 1854; Charles E., January 26, 1853, died May 9, 1854; Charles A., December 5, 1857, resides in Gallia county. Mr. Watts had three sons in the late war. William W. enlisted in 1862, in the 117th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, served til the close of the war and received an honorable discharge. John A. enlisted in 1862, in the State Guards, doing State duty. He served till the close of the war. David enlisted in 1864, and served about five months, when he was honorably discharged. Mr. Watts has held a number of public offices, among which were infirmary director for six years, justice of the peace twelve years, and township treasurer for several years. Business, farming and stock-raising. Address, Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardest y & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Was born in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, July 28, 1839. He settled in this county with his parents, John and Isabella (Waddell) Watts, in 1852. He is a resident of Springfield township and follows the occupation of farming. He was united in marriage in this county, October 31, 1860, with Margaret A., daughter of James and Diantha (Chamberlain) Donnally, who came to Gallia county in 1801. She was born in this county, August 10, 1840, and is the mother of six children: Anna D., born December 15, 1861, at home; Homer F., April 2, 1863, died March 11, 1882; Ciara D., June 4, 1867, at home; Ibbie J., October 30, 1874, at home; Sally M., August 23, 1876, at home; Myrtie I., April 19, 1880, died February 14, 18 . David C., brother of Mr. Watts, enlisted in the late war in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, in 1862, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mrs. Watts had four brothers in the war. James L. enlisted in 1862 in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and was taken prisoner at Rogersville and confined in Andersonville prison, where he died August 11, 1864. Jon P. enlisted in 1861 in Company F, 33d Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was taken prisoner at Chickamauga September 19, 1863, and died in 1864 in the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D, and was taken sick in camp and soon died at Nashville, Tennessee, December 14, 1864, aged eighteen years and four months. Joseph A. enlisted in 1862 in Company L, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry; was captured in September, 1863, on a raid and lodged in Castle Thunder at Richmond, from whence he escaped by tunneling, and joined his regiment. Few, if any, families in this county can give greater evidence of loyalty and devotion to the cause of their country. Address J. A. C. Watts at Kerr postoffice, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: "History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c"; James P. Averill; Hardesty & Co., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882]
ROSS S WATTS
Ross S Watts and Elizabeth Cherington were united in marriage in this (GALLIA CO, OH) county December 8, 1859. His children by this marriage are: William R., born September 25, 1860; Mary C., May 10, 1862; Jefferson C., January 4, 1864; Martha H., September 3, 1866; Frank, July 31, 1869; Millie J., January 19, 1873; Artie L., June 20, 1875; all live at home. Mr. Watts is a resident of this township, and was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, January 10, 1828. He settled in this county with his parents, John and Isabell (Waddell) Watts, in 1852. His wife, daughter of Jefferson and Mary (Hank) Cherington, was born in this county, November 22, 1837. Her father was also born in this county, in 1806. Mr. Watts was formerly united in marriage with Susan Buster in Greenbrier county, West Virginia, June 8, 1852. She was born in the same place June 7, 1833, and died September 2, 1858. Her parents are Michael and Margaret (Hutsinpiller) Bunger. Two children were the result of this marriage: Margaret A., born May 23, 1853, resides in this county; Isabella J., April 2, 1855, also resides in this county. David C. Watts, a brother of Mr. Watts, served in the late war, enlisted in 1862, in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and received an honorable discharge at the close of the war. Mrs. Watts had two brothers in the war. Caleb enlisted in the ninety-day service in 1861, then reenlisted and served till the close of the war, and received an honorable discharge. Charles served until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge. He was wounded in the able of Cedar Creek, Virginia. Business of Mr. Watts is farming and stock-raising. Address, Kerr postoffice, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publ ishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]