Greenbrier County, WV
Obituaries and Death Notices
Capt John G. Adkins
Capt John G. Adkins, a well known citizen of Petersburg, died at the Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, on Wednesday last. [The Daily Dispatch. (Richmond [Va.]), 15 Aug. 1854]
Col. T.C.M. Alderson
Col. T.C.M. Alderson, formerly of Greenbrier county, died at his home in Russell county, Va., on March 22d, after a lingering illness, aged 59 years. [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. Va.), April 03, 1876]
Lucy H. Bailey
Lucy H. Bailey died on the morning of 26th January last, Lucy H. Bailey, consort of Isham Bailey and daughter of Greensville and Nancy Bobbett of Kanawha County. West Virginia - born in Greenbrier County on 14 February, 1844. She moved to Kanawha in 1864 . . . united in matrimony with Mr. Bailey. Took ill-26th of October ["Christian Observer", February 25, 1868 - BW -Sub by FoFG]
At the White Sulphor Springs, on the 24th ult. Mr. John Bell, Merchant of Richmond. [Washington Gazette Washington (DC); 11 Aug 1821; Pg 3]
Henry T. Bell
Man Dies After 16 Operations
LEWISBURG, W. Va., June 9: Henry T. Bell, 56, of this town, died while undergoing an operation at a hospital in Richmond, Va. Bell had been operated on 16 times within the past year for cancer of the mouth and throat. Bell was considered one of the most progressive and prominent business men Lewisburg had, and his death is felt very deeply. [The Fairmont West Virginian. (Fairmont, W. Va.), 08 June 1915]
Ellen E. Boler
In Lewisburg, W.Va., on the 11th instant, of consumption, Miss Ellen E. Boler, aged 28 years, 6 months and 7 days. [Staunton Spectator (Staunton, Va.), January 22, 1890]
Mrs. Frank D. Botts, of Greenbrier, died after a short illness. Mrs. Botts was before her marriage Miss Hattie Owens and was a daughter of the Rev. R.A. Owens, of Rogersville, Tenn., formerly located at Princeton and Pearlsburg. She is survived by her father, mother and several sisters, while Mrs. F.J. King, of this city was a relative by marriage. The deceased was 22 years of age and had been married but about two years. [The Fairmont West Virginian. (Fairmont, W. Va.), 08 Feb. 1909]
Departed this life at the residence of Mr. Geo. W. Craig, her son-in-law, on the 28th of November, 1878, Mrs. Frances Bright. She was the daughter of Alexander and Frances Welch, of Greenbrier county, and was born on the 20th of October, 1788. She was consequently in her 91st year at the time of her death. On the 28th of October, 1817, she was married to David Bright, and became the mother of five children, of whom but two survive her - Mrs. Craig and Mr. David Bright, of Richmonn, Kentucky. Her husband died in 1832, leaving her the care of her family, which she met with that fortitude and cheerfulness which were numbered with her many noble traits of character. In the same year, 1832, she united with the church at Lewisburg, under the charge of Dr. McChesney, and to the day of her death was in full communion with God's people. Hers was an unobtrusive Christian experience, but it was characteristic of her to put self in the back-ground. She died in the full triumph of the Christian faith. The last twenty-five years of her life were spent in the household in which she died, but no doubt many of her old friends in Greenbrier, remember with pleasure, the time when she was a citizen of that hospitable place, and by her sterling worth contributed her part to the well-being of society. Her connection with that place, running back so far, will bring up much of the past. Lewisburg papers, please copy. [The Weekly Register. (Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.]), 01 Dec. 1878]
Samuel H. Brown
Death of a Minister - Rev. Samuel H. Brown, a popular minister of the Presbyterian church, died in Greenbrier county, Va., on the 1st inst. [The Daily Dispatch.(Richmond Va.), August 10, 1857]
John Burnside, owner of ten of the finest plantations on the Mississippi whose sugar crop averaged 450,000 yearly and who owned a palatial residence in one of the most fashionable quarters of the city of New Orleans, estimated at $350,00 (sic) died at Greenbrier White Sulphur Spring, Va., at 76 of age, of Hydrocarditis. He was considered to have been the wealthiest citizen of the State of Louisiana, 6,000,000 being supposed to have been his fortune. [The Meridional. (Abbeville, La.) , July 09, 1881]
Mr. Levi Cackley, father of Rev. Dr. A.M. Cackley, of Trinity M.E. church, South, this city, died in Greenbrier county, W.Va., March 27, aged 76 years, for over 55 years an active member of the M.E. Church - Martinsburg Herald. [Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.]), April 18, 1893]
Dr. Caldwell, of the White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier county, Va., died recently. [Wilmington Journal (Wilmington, N.C.), July 12, 1867]
Death of a Well Known West Virginia Lady -- Mrs. Isabella Caldwell, the wife of James Caldwell, Esq., of Greenbrier Bridge, W.Va., died on the 7th inst. at her home in Greenbrier Co., after a protracted and distressing illness, aged about 75. This estimable lady was the last surviving daughter of the late John A. North, so well known in the two Virginias, as clerk, for many years, of the Court of Appeals of the old State before the war. Many an old Confederate soldier will breathe a sigh of regret when he reads this notice, for Mrs. Caldwell was the soldiers friend, and her sweet old home on the Greenbrier river, at the bridge, where all the armies passed had its hospitable doors ever open to the hungry and foot sore Southern soldiers. She leaves a son, Mr. J. North Caldwell, two daughters, Misses Mattie and Mary, and her venerable and devoted husband, a leading and popular citizen of Greenbrier, to mourn her loss and receive the sympathy of a host of friends. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), May 13, 1897 - KT - sub by FoFG]
James Caldwell, Esq., the proprietor of the White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, died suddenly in Greenbrier county, Va., a few days ago. [The Daily Crescent [New Orleans, La.]), May 01, 1851]
Death of Oscar Callison.
Mr. Oscar Callison, a well known citizen of Greenbrier county, died last week at his residence near Calwell station, aged about 43 years. He had never recovered from a stroke of paralysis he had received a year or two since. [Staunton spectator.(Staunton, Va.), Dec 10, 1878 ]
Mrs. James Cameron
Mrs. James Cameron, formerly of Greenbrier, this county, died in Howell county, April 30. The family moved to Howell county a few months ago. [Marble Hill Press. (Marble Hill, Mo.), May 23, 1907]
Catherine E. Campbell
Died: On May 6, 1888, at Huntersville, Mrs. Catherine E., wife of W. F. Campbell, in her 47th year. [From the Greenbrier Independent Issue of May 17, 1888, reprinted May 21, 1920]
Wm. Carey, an old citizen of Greenbrier county, Va., died suddenly last week. [The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), May 18, 1857]
Rev. Dr. W.G. Coe, Presiding Elder of Lewisburg District, M.E. Church South, died at Lewisburg, in this State on Thursday last. [Spirit of Jefferson. (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.]), 03 April 1877]
Capt. Joseph S. Crane
Capt. Joseph S. Crane an old printer known in Staunton, and for some time in the office of the Greenbrier Independent, died near Ruperts, W. Va., on the 17th inst. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), April 28, 1898]
Col. James W. Davis
Col. Jas. W. Davis, the oldest member of the Lewisburg, W. Va., bar is dead. He remained in active practice until his death, which occurred on the 11th inst., at Pences Spring, Summers county, at the age of 85 years. By marriage he was connected with many of the most prominent families of Virginia and West Virginia. His wife was Miss Mary Stuart of Greenbrier. One of his sons, Lewis Davis, now deceased, married a daughter of the late Senator John F. Lewis of Rockingham county. [Staunton Spectator and Vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), 24 July 1903]
Jordan Davis, a colored man, living in Lewisburg, had stolen from his house, on Tuesday night last, one hundred and sixty dollars in money. One Charles Smith (colored) was arrested and lodged in jail, charged with the felony. Greenbrier Independent. [Staunton Spectator., (Staunton, Va.) November 27, 1877]
Fred. Denning of Ronceverte, W.Va. died at Los Angeles, Cal., on Saturday last where he had gone in the hope of improving his health. He was a son of Albert Denning of Ronceverte and had been clerking in a bank in Fayette county for some time previous to going to California. [Staunton spectator and vindicator., March 11, 1904, (Staunton, Va.)]
Hon. R.F. Dennis, of Greenbrier county, died this week. He was prominently known throughout the state, and was universally popular. He was frequently in the legislature, and a very able and useful member of that body. Parkersburg Sentinel. [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. Va.), October 19, 1897, Page 4]
Capt. Silas E. Duncan
Died on Sunday the 14th inst. at White Sulphur Springs (Va.) where had he (sic) gone for the benefit of his health, in an advanced stage of a pulmonary disease, Capt. Silas E. Duncan, of the U.S. Navy, an officer of acknowledged merit - a gentleman of decided worth and purity. He was a native of New Jersey. [Baltimore Patriot, (Baltimore, MD) 27 Sept 1834]
At Villemont, at the house of B.L. Miles, Esq., where he had been only a few days employed in teaching a school, Mr. Lewis Dunn. He was a cripple, having been afflicted with the rheumatism for several years; and was a stranger in the county, and said his mother and two of his brothers resided at or near Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, Virginia. The Arkansas Gazette (Arkansas Post, Ark.) 17 Oct 1832 Wed
Maj. B.F. Eakle Dead
This Popular Hotel Man Dies at Lewisburg, W.Va.
Long White Sulphur's Manager
Was for many years in Charge of this Famous Resort, Where He Made Hosts of Friends - Formerly Connected with the Exchange.
Major Benjamin Franklin Eakle, one of the most popular and widely-known hotel men in the South, and for ten years the manager of the famous Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at his home near Lewisburg, W. Va. This announcement, which will carry pain and sorrow to the hearts of friends throughout the country, and particularly the Southland, was first received here through a telegram to Mr. P. M. Fry, manager of the Jefferson, who was long associated with Major Eakle at the White, and later the Dispatch received a special to the same effect frotn Ronceverte. This intelligence was a great shock to Major Eakle's friends here, especially Mr. Fry and others at the Jefferson, who had sustained close business and personal relation with him. While he had been ill for some little time, and it was feared he would never be well again, a telegram received on Thursday stated that he was considerably improved.
SKETCH OF HIS LIFE.
Major Eakle was a typical Virginian and was devoted to the State and her history and interests. He was a cultivated and courtly gentleman, a gallant soldier, and a man of fine business qualities. While he was best known in connection with hotel and springs life, he had also achieved success in the mercantile world. Major Eakle was a native of Augusta county, Va., where the early part of his life was spent and was 73 years of age. He moved to Greenbrier county, W. Va., about 1856, and engaged in the mercantile business at Lewisburg for several years. He then accepted a position as chief clerk at the Greenbrier White Sulphur, with which in after years his name became so closely linked. He remained at the hotel until the war broke out, when he entered the Confederate service, enlisting in the Greenbrier Cavalry, a company formed near the springs, and was elected lieutenant. He served with great gallantry distinction, and was gradually promoted through the grades until he held the rank of major In the Fourteenth Cavalry Regiment. He was conspicuous for his gallantry and bravery on the field, and was four times wounded - during the battle of the Wilderness quite seriously, the ball penetrating his hip and passing almost entirely through his body. From this wound he never entirely recovered and he suffered considerably from it in his older days. He was in the thick of the fight at Gettysburg, and in that memorable battle had several horses shot under him. He was also present at Chambersburg when that town was burned by the Confederates.
CONNECTED WITH THE EXCHANGE.
After the war Major Eakle returned to Virginia and accepted th« position of chief clerk at the Exchange and Ballard hotels, in this city, spending his winter months here and his summer months at the White Sulphur. He continued serving at both places until in 1884 he was made superintendent of the White Sulphur, and assuming entire charge of the popular resort, remained there until 1894, when he retired from active business and went to Lewisburg. where he passes his reclining years on his handsome stock-farm about two miles from the town. Major Eakle was a man of the truest and noblest type. He was exceedingly popular, and though a great student, he pursued his studies only with a view to obtaining Information which would make him more entertaining to his friends, and in this he was eminently successful, as no man was more highly esteemed by the people generally than Maj. Eakle. He was a thoroughly moral man, though he never connected himself with any church, and had a high regard for the religious beliefs of others.
Deceased never married. In later years his niece, Miss Annie Eakle, whom he had practically adopted, lived with him. Besides her, he is survived by several nieces, daughters of his deceased sister, Mrs. Ben. Patterson, and two nephews — Mr. B. F. Eakle, Jr., manager of the Sweet Challybeate Springs, and Dr. J. E. Eakle, of New Hope, Augusta county. The remains will be interred in Augusta county, and the funeral will probably take place some time to-morrow afternoon. Mr. P. M. Fry, of the Jefferson, who was closely associated with the deceased for a number of years, and other friends, will probably go from Richmond to attend the funeral. [Richmond dispatch. (Richmond, Va.), July 23, 1898]
Julia Frazer Edmonds
Mrs. Julia Frazer Edmonds died at her home in Talbott county, Md,, of heart disease, on the 13th inst., aged about 50 years. She was a daughter of the late James A. Frazer of Lewisburg (WV), sister of Mrs. Agnes Herndon of New York, and niece of Mrs. Bettie T. Beirne of Lewisburg (WV). She leaves a husband (Geo. Edmonds, Esq.,) and ten children to mourn their loss.—Greenbrier independent. [Staunton spectator and vindicator (Staunton, Va.), April 28, 1898 ]
William F. Foster
In Lewisburg, W. Va., Sunday night, August 5th, after a long illness Bright's disease of the kidneys, Mr. William F. Foster, in the 67th year of his age, leaving two daughters and one son. After funeral services at the Presbyterian church by Rev. Dr. Rawlings, Masonic services were performed at the grave. He was a native of Monroe county, but lived most of his life in Lewisburg. [Staunton Spectator., (Staunton, Va.) August 15, 1894 - KT - sub by FoFG]
About 7:30 o’clock yesterday morning Judge Henry Fry, of Lewisburg, Clerk of the House Judiciary Committee died suddenly at the residence of Col. James McCluney, on Sixteenth Street. He had been sick for some time past, the effect of dissipation; and was confined to his bed. Yesterday morning he was left alone for a moment and got up to walk to the next room. His strength was overtaxed and produced a sudden rush of blood to his brain. A servant got him back to bed, where he died immediately afterward.
His death was immediately announced in both Houses of the Legislature and a committee appointed to escort the remains to his home at Lewisburg, Greenbrier county. Col. D. O. Kelly is in charge of the committee, which is composed of Delegates McClung, Garing and Yesger. The body was coffined and was borne to the train last evening by Major Mitchell, H. B. Miller, Jos. P. Paul, Alf Paull, D. E. Stalnaker and A. J. Clarke.
Judge Fry was a son of Judge Fry of Greenbrier, and was formerly a resident of Wheeling where he was born. He is connected with the Paulls of this city, and has a brother in law of ex-Gov. Matthews. He was formerly Judge of the county court, of Russell county, Va., which position eminently qualified here for his latter office, clerk of the judiciary committee. He was 42 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Saturday, 24 Feb. 1883; MZ - Sub by by FoFG]
John Garing, a prominent citizen of White Sulphur, Greenbrier county, W. Va., died on Friday last and was buried on Sunday. Mr. Garing at the time of his death was a merchant. He had been in failing health for some time. He was a native of Augusta county, having been born near Greenville. He had represented Greenbrier in the Legislature and held other offices of trust. [Staunton spectator and vindicator., March 11, 1904,(Staunton, Va.)]
The new B.Z.& C. Railroad received its baptism Tuesday. That evening about six o'clock, one of the workmen named John Gilboy, lay down along the track near lewisburg whil drunk, and went to sleep. His skull was fractured and his neck broken by a passing construction train, death being instanteous. He was about 25 years old, had been working there six months, and his home was at Bennington, WVa. [The Wheeling Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV) Thur., 7 Jun 1883; Pg 4]
James Gerald Gillespie
James Gerald Gillespie, 55, of near Lewisburg, was found dead on the Nash Farm at Wolf Creek Thursday afternoon, Feb. 4, 1960, where he had succumbed to a heart attack at about 5 o'clock. He was born at White Sulphur Springs May 16, 1904, a son of the late Glenn Gerald and Mrs. Nancy Fleshman Gillespie, and was a member of the Carroll Hill Methodist Church, where services were held Sunday afternoon, conductd by the Rev. Esker Groves. Burial followed in Carroll Hill cemetery. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Smith Gillespie; six sons, Raymond E., stationed with the Army in Germany, Glenn Gerald, Gordon and Clifton Gillespie, all of Lewisburg, Lawrence Gillespie of Alexandria, Va., and Kenneth, at home; four daughters, Mrs. Leta Ebert of Watertown, Wis., Dorothy, Nancy and Karen, all at home; a brother, Glenn J. Gillespie of Baltimore, Md.; eight sisters, Mrs. Coe Gregory of Allentown, Pa., Mrs. Elva Hurd of Lewisburg, Mrs. Laura Henning of Covington, Va., Mrs. Catherine Cunningham of Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Faye Davis of Charlottesville, Va., Mrs. Zenda Chapman and Mrs. Mattie Burton and Mrs. Mae Craddick, all of Baltimore, Md.
Pallbearers were Clark Nash, David and William Anderson, Bill Williams, Ernest Feamster, and Howard Field.
CARD OF THANKS
To our many friends and neighbors we wish to gratefully acknowledge your expressions of sympathy and to thank each of you that brought food, flowers and sent cards at the death of our dear husband, father and brother, Gerald Gillespie. Especially do we thank the Rev. Esker Groves, Lobban Funeral Home, and the churches and the Alderson Schools, also those who furnished cars. May God's richest blessings be with you each and everyone.
His Wife, Children, Sisters and Brothers.
Mary Jane Smith Gillespie
Mrs. Mary Jane Smith Gillespie, 58, of Caldwell, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1972, at Emmett Memorial Hospital in Clifton Forge, VA., following an extended illness. Born June 27, 1913, at Hillsboro, she was a daughter of the late George and Etta Curry Smith.
She was an employee of the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. and a member of the Carroll Hill United Methodist Church.
She was preceeded in death in 1960 by her husband, James Gerald Gillespie. Survivors include: four daughters, Mrs. Leta Ebert of Watertown, Wis., Mrs. Dorothy Estep of Asbury, Miss Nancy Gillespie of Caldwell, and Mrs. Karen Smith of Caneyville, Ky.; six sons, Raymond with the U. S. Army in Long Island, N.Y., Glen of Summersville, Lawrence of Alexandria, Va., Gordon and Clifton of Caldwell, Kenneth with the U. S. Navy in San Francisco, Calif, one sister, Mrs. Eula Rose of Hillsboro; three brothers, Lee Smith of Leonard, Lloyd Smith of Clarksburg and Tommy Smith of Baltimore, Md.; 13 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. R. P. Quesenberry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Walter Clark, Julian Holliday, Ivan Estep, Ronald Hill, Walter Martin Baker, Roy Kincaid Jr. and Arthur Erskine. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Friday at the Jack K. Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
[The West Virginia News (Ronceverte, WV) 20 Jan 1972 - Submitted by Cathy Schultz]
Veteran of Two Wars dies
Savannah, Ga., Sept 12 - Brig. Gen. W.W. Gordon, a veteran of the civil and Spanish wars and well known as a soldier and statesman, died at Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, Va. [The Mahoning dispatch. (Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio), September 13, 1912]
Colonel Andrew Hamilton
Died lately in Greenbrier county, Colonel Andrew Hamilton - a gentleman much esteemed by his acquaintance. His death was occasioned by a fall from his horse. [Claypoole's American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA); 25 July 25 1796]
David Hannah and Thos. B. Reynolds
Capt. David Hannah and Thos. B. Reynolds, old citizens of Greenbrier county, Va., died last week. [The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), June 21, 1858,]
Austin Handley, one of the best known and most esteemed citizens of Greenbrier Co., W. Va., died very suddenly in the field where he was driving a harrow on last Friday afternoon, 30th ult, aged 72 years. Mr. Handley was widely known and related to most of the prominent people of his county. He is survived by his wife, four daughters and three sons. [Staunton spectator and vindicator., May 13, 1897, (Staunton, Va.)]
Hon. A.M. Harlow, brother of Col. B.F. Harlow, formerly editor of the Greenbrier Independent, died at his home in Yazoo, Miss., on Aug 19th. He was a prominent lawyer of that city. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), September 09, 1897]
John T. Harper
Mr. John T. Harper, a prominent, wealthy, and influential citizen of Greenbrier county, West Virginia, died at his home near White Sulphur Springs on the 9th instant, after an illness of several months, in the 70th year of his age. Mr. Harper was born in Harper's Ferry, and moved to Greenbrier many years ago. He was buried in Ronceverte in the Catholic burying ground. [Staunton Spectator (Staunton, Va.), June 17, 1896]
Mr. Henry Hedrick, of Asbury, Greenbrier county, W.Va., who died on Wednesday last, the 15th instant, had reached the very old age of 99 years. [Staunton Spectator.(Staunton, Va.), January 22, 1890]
Simeon Huffman, an esteemed citizen of Greenbrier co., Va., died a few days since in Preble county, Ohio, on his way home from Cincinnati. [The daily dispatch (Richmond [Va.], May 21, 1856)]
James W. Jackson
Staunton, VA., August 24 - James W. Jackson, a young man of Greenbrier county, W.Va., was married at 1 p.m. today to Miss Bettie S. Echard. Just after the wedding feast, the groom became ill, and in a few moments lost consciousness. He remained in this stupor for 8 hours, and recovering consciousness, for a few moments, only before death. In less than ten hours the bride was maid, wife and widow. [Friday, August 25, 1893: State (Columbia, South Carolina); Tr. by KT]
Joseph Jarrett, a very prominent citizen of Greenbrier county, died on the 23rd of February at the residence of his son in law, E.F. Hill. [Staunton spectator and vindicator., March 10, 1898, (Staunton, Va.)]
Mr. Allen Judy died March 8, 1909, of the grippe, at his home near Cornstalk, Greenbrier county, aged 83 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His wife, who was Miss Deitz, and six sons survive him. ["Monroe Watchman", 18 Mar 1909 - Submitted by K. Torp]
Mrs. Mary Judy, widow of the late Jacob Judy, died on Wednesday night, March 10, 1909 at the home of Mr. B.F. Fulwider at Caldwell, Greenbrier county. ["Monroe Watchman", 18 Mar 1909 - Submitted by K. Torp]
M. F. Kennedy
M. F. Kennedy, whose dead body was found in the woods near Minola, Pittsylvania county, was recently a solicitor for insurance at Lewisburg, W. Va., and was well known there. [Staunton Spectator and Vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), September 09, 1897]
Thomas B. Knight
Thomas B. Knight, an aged citizen, of Greenbrier, died at the home of hisnephew, Ex-Sheriff James Knight in Lewisburg on the 11th inst. He was the last survivor of a family of fifteen. [Staunton spectator., July 22, 1896, (Staunton, Va.) ]
Dr. Geo. W. Knopp
Dr. Geo. W. Knopp, a well known physician of Greenbrier county, died last week in a Richmond Hospital. [Staunton spectator and vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), April 08, 1904]
Cyrus S. Larew
Cyrus S. Larew, one of the oldest citizens of Greenbrier county, died, after an illness of about two weeks, at the home, three miles north of Lewisburg, last Thursday, the 14th Inst, aged 82 years, leaving eleven children —five sons and six daughters surviving him. His wife, who was Miss Julia Sarah Alexander, daughter of the late James Alexander, preceded him to the grave some years ago. Mr. Larew was a native of Augusta county, Va.. but had lived in Greenbrier for perhaps fifty years or longer. He served the people of Greenbrier as Assessor for a number of years, and was ever a painstaking, faithful and efficient officer. Mr. Larew was a staunch Presbyterian, and in all things a man of decided convictions which he did not hesitate to express. -- [Greenbrier Independent [Staunton spectator and vindicator., April 28, 1898, (Staunton, Va.)]
Michael Leonard, coroner of Greenbrier county, Va., died suddenly on the 2d inst. [The Daily Dispatch., September 13, 1859, (Richmond Va.)]
Major Thomas Lewis
--- on Saturday the 15th instant, major Thomas Lewis, of Greenbriar county, (Virginia) [United States' Gazette,Philadelphia, Penn; 1 Oct 1804; Location]
Mr. Michael Lynch, one of the old residents of Greenbrier county, W. Va., died at his home near Lewisburg Saturday afternoon, the 6th inst, aged about 70 years, and his body was buried in the Catholic burying ground at Ronceverte Monday morning. Mr. Lynch was a native of Ireland, but came to America when about 14 years of age. [Staunton spectator and vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), June 16, 1898]
William MARTIN, of Greenbrier County, died Sunday last at Hinton. [Charleston Evening Mail, December 15, 1893, Page 2]
Charley McClung, of Greenbrier county, was killed by a falling tree a few days ago. The tree was a small one, only four inches in diameter, and an accident of this sort was not expected from it. [The Clarksburg Telegram. (Clarksburg, W. Va.), 19 May 1893]
Mrs. John T. McClung
Mrs. John T. McClung died at her home near Fort Spring, May 4, 1920, of heart disease. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Thompson, of Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier county and was born Nov. 5, 1845. On January 5, 1865 she was married to John T. McClung. To this union five children were born, three of whom are still living. Mrs. McClung was an excellent woman, a loving mother and wife, and a kind neighbor. At the age of thirty she joined the Southern Methodist Church near Meadow Bluff and continued a member of Church or until 1900 when she came to her home near Fort Spring. She then became a member of the Presbyterian Church at Sinks Grove and lived a member of that Church until called higher by a messenger of God. Surviving her is her husband and three children— Mrs. B. M. Blake, near Fort Spring; Mr. W.E. McClung of the same place, and E. W. McClung, of Sinks Grove, one sister and two brothers. Her body was laid to repose in New Lebanon Grave Yard, after Rev. R. H. Hudson had conducted funeral services at the home. [Greenbrier independent. (Lewisburg, Va. [W. Va.]), 21 May 1920]
Death of Mrs. McElhenny -- Mrs. Rebecca McElhenny died February 12, 1876, at the old family residence of the Rev. John McElhenny, D. D., deceased, in Lewisburg, W.Va., aged nearly 91 years. Her funeral was preached by the Rev. M.L. Lacy, to a large congregation, in the church in which she was a regular worshiper, and over which her husband was pastor for more than sixty years. She was a native of Lexington, Va., and daughter of Arthur Walkup, Esq. She was one of the many old inhabitants of Greenbrier county, so noted, in days gone by, for their hospitality and genuine kindness of heart. Full of energy, she never spent an idle hour (except in sickness) until confined to her death-bed. Then, notwithstanding she suffered much, and her mind often wandered, she clung to her life-long hope of salvation through the merits of Christ, ever evincing, in her calmest moments, a perfect willingness and readiness to obey the summons of the Master whom she had so long and faithfully served. - Greenbrier Independent [The Wheeling Intelligencer (Wheeling, WV) Tue, 22 Feb 1876, Page 3]
Sue E. McElhenney
From the Greenbrier (W. Va.) Independent.
Death of Miss Sue E. McElhenney. — The intelligence of the sudden death of this lady, last Friday morning, filled the hearts of her many friends with sadness.— But why sadness? Is it sad to drop the rude staff of life and mount up on wings as eagles? Sad to lay down the cross and arise with the crown? Sad to cease from the labors and toils of this life and rest forever in the mansions of the blest? Sadness is not the word. It is "far better to depart and be with Christ." The grand doctrine of the resurrection of the body and the recognition of the saints should chase away all gloom incident to the death of a christian, for "death is swallowed up in victory." The deceased was a daughter of the late Rev. John McElhenney, D. D., founder of Presbyterianism in Greenbrier, and died of pneumonia at the old homestead on the hill after an illness of two days, aged about 67 years. The writer of this notice knew the departed intimately, and loved her for her many christian graces and purity of life. 'Neath the fallen and the falling snow she was laid to rest in the Lewisburg Cemetery last Monday, to calmly await the final summons to arise with the just made perfect. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), December 15, 1886]
Died: On May 12, 1888, at Friars Hill, Marrietta, eldest daughter of Mathew C. and Sarah K. McMillion, in her 16th year. [From the Greenbrier Independent Issue of May 17, 1888, reprinted May 21, 1920]
Joseph Marcellus McWhorter
Judge Joseph Marcellus McWhorter, 85 years old, prominent for many years in the political life of Virginia, and later West Virginia, died at Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, W. Va., Monday night. [Evening star. (Washington, D.C.), August 24, 1913, Page 10]
Charles Page Thomas Moore
To The Great Beyond Has Judge C.P.T. Moore, of Elwell, This County, Gone.
The Register, together with the many friends of Judge C.P.T. Moore, of Elwell, this county, will regret to learn of his demise which occurred on Thursday evening at 5 o'clock, July 7, 1904, surrounded by loving relatives and friends who did all in their power to relieve this venerable gentleman's sufferings. At the above mentioned hour he passed peacefully away, his soul entering that shore from whence no traveler ever returns. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J H. Gibbons, of this city, conducting the ceremony. Interment took place in the Bruce Chapel burying ground. Below is the biographical sketch of the deceased taken from the History of the Great Kanawha Valley:
Charles Page Thomas Moore was born in Lewisburg, W. Va., then Virginia, on February 8,1831. His paternal grandfather was Joseph Moore, who wedded Mary Ellen Morgan, sister of Gen Daniel Morgan, of Virginia, and became the progenitor of the following offspring: Nancy, Morgan, Thomas, George and Morris.
Thomas Moore was born in Shenandoah county, VA., and married Augusta Delphia Page, a native of Augusta county, Va, and unto them were born the following named children: Vincent, Mary E and Charles Page Thomas. The father of the before mentioned children died in Lewisburg, WVa, in 1832. The mother, after a second marriage, departed this life at Lewisburg in 1844. Vincent, the oldest of the children, now resides in Kentucky. The sister and subject of this sketch were adopted by their uncle, George Moore, and his wife, who became the foster parents of these orphans. George Moore was a native of Shenandoah county, Va, and wedded Frances Harness, but, the marriage resulted in the birth of no children. He was a tanner by trade in early years, but during the latter part of his life turned his attention to farming and settled in Mason county, W. Va, 1836. He lived a long and active life; and died in 1880, aged eighty years, respected by all who knew him. His wife preceded him to the grave dying in 1878, at the age of seventy-five years. With these foster parents, Mary E , grew to womanhood, was married, and now resides in Kentucky in her widowhood. Charles P.T. Moore was a youth of thirteen years when adopted into the home of his uncle. He received his early education in a local school and at the age of six-teen he was placed in Marshall academy, now college, of Huntington, W. Va. Subsequently at the home of Hon. John I. Van Meter, in Pike county, Ohio, he received a three years' course of instruction under private tutors, later attended Jefferson college, Penn., and in 1858 graduated at Union college of New York under Dr. Eliphalet Nott, a Presbyterian divine. In the fall of 1853 he entered the Virginia State university, where he began the study of law, completing the course in 1856. In that year he was admitted to the bar, located at Pt. Pleasant, W. Va, and began his career in the legal profession. In 1860 he was elected commonwealth's attorney for Mason county, which position he held until the outbreak of the civil war. After the close of the war, he continued the practice of his profession up to 1870, when, as a democrat, he was elected to the supreme bench of West Virginia, for a term of twelve years. In 1872 the change of the state constitution legislated him, with other state officials, out of office, but in the election of that year he was the democratic candidate for re-election, was endorsed by the other political parties and chosen without opposition. The new state constitution provided that the length of term which should fall to each of the newly elected judges should be decided by lot. The subject of our sketch voluntarily took the last draw, but as fortune would have it, it gave him the long term, which was twelve years His service as member of the supreme court lasted from January, 1870, to June, 1881, when on account of ill health, he resigned and retired to private life. He located on his present farm, the former homestead of his uncle and foster father, which the latter by will bequeathed to him. In 1865, he was united in marriage with Urilla Kate Kline, in Columbus, Ohio, the result of the marriage being a family of four daughters, all of whom are still living. Fraternally, Judge Moore is a member of the Masonic Blue lodge of Pt. Pleasant, also of the Pt Pleasant chapter of the Kanawha commandery, and has advanced beyond the thirty-second degree. In addition to this, he enjoyed the distinction of being the only living founder of the Phia (sic) Kappa Psi fraternity. [The Weekly Register. (Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.]), 13 July 1904]
Mr. Henry Nicholas, one of the oldest citizens of Greenbrier, died on the 17th inst. aged 95 years. [Staunton spectator., (Staunton, Va.)November 27, 1877]
Charles L. Peyton
Mr. Charles L. Peyton, a prominent citizen of Greenbrier county, died Monday week, aged 85 years. His grandmother was a sister of Thomas Jefferson. He had five sons in the Confederate army, two of whom were killed in battle. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), September 23, 1891]
Nannie C. Price
DIED, At Lewisburg, W. Va., at 8 o’clock A.M. July 11th, Nannie C., infant daughter of John S. and Sue J. Price. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, 18 July 1882; MZ - Sub by FoFG]
**aee S. Rader, Esq., of Greenbrier **, died at his home in Williamsburg ** Monday the 17th. He was about *** of age, and an elder brother of A. **, Esq. [left margin of paper missing) [Staunton spectator and vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), January 27, 1898]
George Rapp, an old citizen of Greenbrier county, Va., died last week. [The Daily Dispatch., November 05, 1857, (Richmond, Va.)]
Benjamin F. Renick
Benjamin F. Renick, one of the oldest citizens of Greenbrier county, died Sunday, age 92 years. He represented Greenbrier county in the Legislature several times. [Alexandria gazette. (Alexandria, D.C.), December 14, 1889]
Thos. B. Reynolds and David Hannah
Capt. David Hannah and Thos. B. Reynolds, old citizens of Greenbrier county, Va., died last week. [The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), June 21, 1858,]
Thomas Bolling Robertson
At the White Sulphur Springs, Va. on the 5th ult. Thomas Bolling Robertson, Esq. of Louisiana. Mr. R. was a son of the venerable Wm. Robertson,of Richmond — and a man of the highest chivalry of character, as well as the finest talent and kindest disposition. Emigrating to Louisiana, he speedily obtained a seat in the House of Representatives of the United States, where his course was too brilliant to require remark. He subsequently became Governor of his adopted State, and finally District Judge of the United States, a post which he held at the time of his premature and lamented death. At such a time as this, when the good old stock of Republicans is almost exhausted, and when the efforts of all good citizens are needed to preserve the Republic, the death of Bolling Robertson is a national calamity. [Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts); 04 Nov 1828; Pg 3]
Distressing Accident — Early Monday morning of last week, the 18th inst., Elmer Mann, son of Mr. Kinley Mann, of Fort Spring, and Nelson Saylor, of Cincinnati, who was spending the summer at Fort Spring Depot, went out to hunt squirrels. About 9 o'clock when the two young men were near the residence of Mr. Joseph Coffman, in Fort Spring district, young Mann's gun was accidentally discharged, and young Saylor instantly killed, having been shot through the heart. Young Mann says he cannot tell how the accident occurred, but no one seems to suspect foul play. Mr. Saylor is the son of a prominent lawyer. His body was sent home for interment. Greenbrier (West Va.) Independent. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), August 27, 1890]
** Woodford Seams, a well known and respectable colored man, of Lewisburg, W.Va., died at his home there, Friday, 14th inst., aged 72 years. Uncle Woodford in *(sl?)ave time belonged to the late Henry Ers*ine of Lewisburg, and through his daughter fell to Wm. W. Boyd, of Buchanan, Va. He was porter in the Lewisburg Hotel for *(ye?)ars, and was well known to the traveling **(pu?)blic. [Staunton spectator and vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), January 27, 1898]
Hon. Ballard Smith
Hon. Ballard Smith lately died in Greenbrier Co., West Va., in his 88th year. He was a Representative in Congress six years, 1815-'21. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 15, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]
Judge Adams Snyder
Judge Adams Snyder, late of the State court of Appeals, died at his home in Lewisburg, Friday last, in the 63rd year of his age. Judge Snyder was one of the most distinguished jurists in West Virginia and was born in Highland county, Virginia, March 26, 1834 [The Clarksburg telegram. (Clarksburg, W. Va.), 31 July 1896]
Mrs. Blanche Clark Sydenstricker, widow of Thomas A. Sydenstricker, died at her home in Lewisburg on Tuesday, April 11, 1944. The immediate cause of her death was a heart attack. Had she lived until August 11, next, she would have entered her 79th year.
She was born and reared near Hillsboro, Pocahontas county, and was a daughter of the late Alvin and Mary Agnes Beard Clark. She was educated at the Hillsboro Academy and the old L. F. I., now Greenbrier college in Lewisburg. On August 12, 1891, she was united in marriage to Thomas A. Sydenstricker, of Greenbrier county. They lived at her old home in Pocahontas county, until twenty-five years ago, when they moved to Lewisburg. Her husband died in 1932. She is survived by two daughters - Ann, wife of George E. Fuller, who lives in Washington, D. C., and Polly, wife of Claude E. McLaughlin, of Lewisburg, - and one grandson, George E. Fuller, Jr., who is a dentist and is connected with the U. S. Army medical corps in St. Louis, Mo. Also, she is survived by her sister, Mrs. Andrew Price, of Marlinton.
Funeral services were held at her home on Thursday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Lloyd McF. Courtney, and burial was beside the grave of her husband in Rosewood cemetery.
Mrs. Sydenstricker had been a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, and was a kindly hospitable, home-loving woman.
----- Greenbrier Independent.
George Tabscott, of Greenbrier county, died on the 12th inst., aged 89 years. [The Weekly Register.(Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.]), January 17, 1894]
Taylor Rites in Greenbrier County
The body of Roland Taylor, 32-year-old Fireco miner, who was killed along the Leckie Fire Creek mine track Tuesday evening, was taken to the home of his sister at Marfrance (Greenbrier county) today. Funeral services will be held there tomorrow.
Taylor had boarded the "dinky" train as it went into the mine about 7 o'clock. As he tried to jump off at a path leading to the house where he stayed a mile from Odd, his coat pocket caught, it was believed, and he was dragged along the track. County Coroner W. W. Hume attributed death to a fractured skull. The man's head had been bashed against rocks and track "ties" for almost 100 feet before the pocket finally tore away from the coat. The body was found by the engineer of the coal train on its return trip from the mine about a half hour later.
Taylor's working companion told police he had come to Fireco with Taylor late in March. They had worked for about a month in Greenbrier county and before that time had worked in the Scott's Run coal field in Monongalia county. Particulars of the funeral arrangements could not be learned. [The Raleigh Register (Beckley, WV) 15 Apr 1937]
Whole Family Dies of Same Disease
Within 10 days five members of the household of Bert Tincher, of Alderson, this state, have met death. Ten days ago the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Tincher died of flux. Almost immediately afterward the father and mother died of the same disease. Mrs. Blake, sister, of Tincher, who assisted the family in its distress, died at her home, and Mrs. Floyd Smithson, mother of Mrs. Tincher, died of the disease that had killed the other. [The Weekly Register., August 07, 1907, (Point Pleasant, Va.[W. Va.])]
Alex. Walker, of Lewisburg, is dead. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), 15 April 1873]
Stuart I. Warren
Mr. S. I. Warren, recently of Monroe, and so well known in that county and Greenbrier, died of kidney disease atthe residence of his aunt, Mrs. Riley Cook, at Orchard, Colorado, on the 14th inst., in the 56th year of his age.He learned the printer's trade in Lewisburg many years ago, edited the Chronicle, published in Lewisburg, andwas at one time editor of the Monroe Democrat published at Union.We are informed by men who remember him as aneditor that he wrote with force and fluency, and sustained the principles of the Democratic party with much ability.He was a man of fine natural sense.Mr. Warren leaves three children - George W. Warren, of Union, Dr. Otey Warren,of Missouri, and Mrs. Jacob Riffe, of Hinton.His remains were brought to Union for interment.-- Greenbrier(W.Va) Independent. [Staunton Spectator. (Staunton, Va.), August 27, 1890]
On the 23rd ult., at her home in Lewisburg, Greenbrier county, W. Va., of pneumonia, Mrs. Mary Wells, relict of the late Wm. Wells, aged about 76 years. [Staunton Spectator (Staunton, VA) 03 Oct 1882, p. 3]
Geo. W. Wetzel
Geo. W. Wetzel, Esq., died suddenly last Saturday, the 11th inst, at his home at Gauley Bridge, Fayette county,aged 67 years, 10 months and 15 days. He was a brother of Mr. J. W. Wetzel, of our town, who is now the only survivingmember of his family. Mr. Wetzel was a native of Lewisburg, where he spent many years of his life, a Confederatesoldier, serving in Bryan Battery, took great great interest in Confederate reunions and never tired of talkingof the war. He was a popular man in his community and his death is greatly lamented. - Independent. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), July 22, 1896]
Harrison O. Whanger
Whanger, Harrison O., RFD 2, Lewisburg, W.VA - Killed in Action [The Fairmont West Virginian. (Fairmont, W. Va.), 22 Jan. 1919]
Robert P. White
Robert P. White, a very worthy citizen of Greenbrier county, died last week at his home near Lewisburg, aged 85years. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), April 21, 1898]