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Hardy County West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices



Arbona Jean Bohn
Aged 20. wife of Ralph Lawrence Bohn, 414 Scott Street, Delphos, Ohio, died in the Winchester Memorial Hospital, Winchester, West Virginia, Wednesday morning September 3 at 8:00 o'clock. Her body was brought to Moorefield, West Virginia, for burial. Funeral Services were held at the Presbyterian Church of Moorefield friday afternoon September 5, at 2:00 o'clock. The services were conducted by Reverand Charles Kernan pastor of that church. Pallbearers were Paul W. Sherman, Wayne A. Sherman, Irvin L. Sherman, John M. Sherman, Paul Raines and Ray Poling. Internment was made in the Olivet Cemetery Moorefield, West Virginia. Arbona Jean was born September 6, 1932 at Moorefield, West Virginia. She was the eldest daughter of Ocie Raines of Moorefield. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Delphos, Ohio, where she had lived since her marriage. She is survived by her husband Ralph Lawrence Bohn, 414 Scott Street Delphos, Ohio, a two year old daughter, Rena Sue, her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ocie Raines, three brothers, Randall, Robert and Sammie Jack. Two sisters Sandra, and Judy, and a host of friends and relatives. Source: Delphos Daily Herald (Delphos, Ohio) Monday, September 8,1952  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Noah Clevenger
a highly esteemed citizen of Hardy County, died suddenly on the 7th inst. of disease of the heart, while sitting in a chair.  [The Daily Dispatch (Richmond [Va.]), March 27, 1854]

Mary J. Real Copeland
was born in Hardy County, West Virginia, April 11, 1854. She came with her parents to Mercer County, Ohio, in the fall of 1872, and on the 19th of September, 1874, she was united in marriage with Robert Howick. Six children were given to this union, three of whom died in infancy and three still survive her, Mrs. Henry Dysert and Miss Bessie Howick, of Rockford, and Mr. Christa Howick, of near Celina. On the 12th day of May, 1892, she was united in marriage with Eli Copeland, of near Rockford, and in the spring of 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Copeland moved to Rockford, where they has since resided. She gave her life in consecration to the Lord Jesus under the ministry of Rev. Thomas Coats during the winter of 1873, and in the winter of 1874 she united with the Center Methodist Episcopal Church. Soon after coming to Rockford her membership was transferred from the Center Church to the M. E. Church in Rockford. She remained a faithful consecrated follower of our blessed Christ even to the very last moments of her life here, and throughout her long years of suffering, she seldom if ever murmured or complained, and on Friday evening, September 30, 1910, she was called to her reward. She was here 56 years, 5 months, and 19 days; she will remain there forever. She was a true wife, a faithful mother, and her children can truly call her blessed. She leaves a husband, three children, three step-children, three grand- children, a mother, one brother, four sisters, and many relatives, and friends to mourn their loss. The funeral services were held  from the U. B. Church, the Rev. W. W. Curl, a former pastor, officiating, Monday afternoon, October 3. Interment in beautiful Riverside. Source: The Celina Democrat (Celina, Ohio) October 21, 1910  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Dr. Charles L. Hall
Harrisonburg, VA., September 7 - Dr. Charles L. Hall, 65 years old, formerly a member of the W.V. House of Delegates from Hardy County, died on Tuesday at Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County,Va., after an illness of two years. He was a prominent Republican and a wealthy landowner, his Mount Jackson estate being valued at $75,000.  He practiced medicine for 30 years at Lost City, and is survived by his wife, who was Miss Miller, of Lost City. He was a prominent Lutheran. [Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), September 08, 1916]

Andrew Honline
was born in Hardy county, West Virginia, in the year 1841. His parents died when he was young and he was raised by a Dunkard preacher. At the age of sixteen he removed to this State and lived here until the war, at which time he enlisted and served three years. At the close of the war he came to New Petersburg. At this place he was married to Miss Ellen Allen, their union being blessed with three children, all of whom with their mother survive him. He had been a sufferer for the last nine months until last Sunday evening, the 9th of March, when God relieved him from his suffering. He called him home to dwell on high where sickness, sorrow, pain, and death are felt and feared no more. On the day before his death he called his wife to his bedside and said that he could not get well, but that he was prepared to die and he did not fear death. He told her not to weep for him, but for her and the rest of the family to try and live as ner right as they could, so that they would make an unbroken family in heaven. Dearest father, thou las left us, Here thy loss we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.
His Children.  Source: The News-Herald (Hillsboro, Ohio)  March 27,1890  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

J.J. Kellar
of Moorefield, one of the owners of the Capon Iron Works, and largely interested in valuable mineral and timber land in Hardy County, died very suddenly at Winchester, Va., where he had gone to look after some legal business.  He was about to board a train for his home when he was attacked by paralysis of the heart. [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.(Wheeling, W. Va., June 27, 1887]

Mrs. Charity Kuykendall
54, wife of Oliver Kuykendall, Gettysburg R. S., and mother of 14 children, five of whom are serving with the U. S. Army, died at the Warner hospital at 11:15 Friday evening of complication's. She had been admitted to the hospital about a week ago and had been ill for two weeks.
Born in Moorefield, West Virginia, she moved to Adams county in 1923. She was a member of the Pentecost church. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Mrs. S. J. Bobo, Biglerville, R.1.; Robert W., Columbus, Ohio; Pvt Bernard V., with the U. S. Army in Texas; Harry S., York Springs R.2; Roy H.,Gettysburg R.4; Mrs. Calvin Killinger, Carlisle R.2' Pvt. Oliver W., with the U. S. Army in Italy; Pvt. Carl H. U. S. Army Randolph Field, Texas; Pvt. Herman, U. S. Army, South Carolina; Pvt. Charles W. with U. S. Army, Arkansas; Blaine, Sarah, Earl, and James J., at home.Six sisters and two brothers and 25 grandchildren also survive. the brothers and sisters are: James W Pope, Spencer, North Carolina; Albert L. Pope, Panama; Mrs. Emma Buckle, Cumberland, Maryland; Mrs. Abner Hose, Moore field, West Virginia; Mrs. Lem Bean, Cumberland Maryland; Mrs. Robert Baldwin, Oldfield, West Virginia; Mrs. A. J. Wilson. Moorefield, West Virginia and Mrs. Blanche Hawes, Keysar, West Virginia.
Funeral services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Four Square Gospel church, West Middle street, with the Rev. and Mrs. Harold Myers and Foster Group officiating. Interment in Mummasburg cemetery, Friends may call at the Bender funeral home Monday after 7 p.m. Source: The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Saturday, April 8,1944  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Charles Lobb
Mr. Charles Lobb, one of the best known and most popular men in Hardy county, died on Thursday night, October 1st, in his eighty-second year  [The Weekly register.(Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.], October 14, 1891]

Charles Lobb, for 50 years clerk of the court of Hardy county, died last week, aged 82 years. [The Roanoke Times.(Roanoke, Va.), October 24, 1891]

Mrs. Fannie D. Markland
wife of Major Matthew Markland, U. S. A., died at 12:15 yesterday at their temporary home, the St. Charles Hotel, in West Front street. Mrs. Markland had been in ill health for the past two years, having suffered with dropsy for that period. Deceased was born August 29th, 1850, at Moorefield, W. Va. Her parents were John and Rebecca Dailey, prominent residents of that place. On November 6th, 1895, she waa united in marriage to Major Matthew Markland at her home, Crook Crest, Oakland, Maryland. Besides her distinguished husband, Mrs. Markland is survived by no immediate relatives, her sistor, Mrs. Crook, widow of General George Crook, having died September 24th, 1895. Of late years Major and Mrs. Markland had spent much of their time quietly in this city, the birthplace of the former. Mrs. Markland waa a very accomplished woman and her death is a great shock to her devoted husband. The remains will be taken over the C. and O. at 1:35 today to Washington City, where they will be laid to rest at Arlington the Necropolis of more than twenty thousand of America's best and bravest. ["Daily Public Ledger". (Maysville, Ky.) - 23 Aug 1905 - Submitted by K.T.]

Hanson G. Maslin
a prominent citizen of Hardy County, died at his home in Moorefield August 27th, at an advanced age.  [Spirit of Jefferson, Charles Town, Va.[W.Va.], September 03, 1889]

Johns McCleave
resident counsel for the Baltimore  & Ohio railroad, a former law partner of David T. Watson, and one of the most prominent corporation lawyers in the State, died yesterday at 3:30 o'clock in Atlantis City. Death was due to a complication of diseases, after an illness of two months. Mr. McCleave was 57 years old. Mr. McCleave was a son of Robert Hall and Sarah Ann McCleave. He was born August 31,1853, in Hardy county, West Virginia. He studied in the University of Virginia, and in the University of Law in Maryland, after which he entered Harvard college. After his graduation from Harvard he practiced in Cumberland and was considered and expert authority on railroad law. About 30 years ago he was appointed special legal adviser of Baltimore & Ohio railroad, at which time he came to this city, where he has since been one of the most successful practitioners. Shortly after establishing himself in this city, Mr. McCleave and David T. Watson former a partnership, which they conducted until December 31, 1903. He later former a partnership with Attorney John S. Wendt, which was continued until October,1909. At the time of his death, he with Owen Cecil, had offices in the Union bank building. Just prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Mr. McCleave was a law partner of Judge A. Hunter Boyd, of Cumberland, now chief justice of the Maryland court of appeals. Until about seven years ago, Mr. McCleave occupied a spacious dwelling on Chatsworth avenue Hazelwood. His main hobby was literature, and his home contained one of the finest libraries in the city. He was also a great art collector and his private collection is said to be worth $100,000. Mr. McCleave moved from Hazelwood to 916 Alken avenue, where he resided up to the time of his death.
Mr. McCleave was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church, the Duquesne and Pittsburgh clubs, and was a director of the Union bank. The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed but the body will be taken to Cumberland for burial. Besides Mrs. McCleave, formerly Miss Anna M. Robbins, of Cumberland, two brothers, Paul McCleave, of Louisville, Ky.,and R. Hugh McCleave, of Cumberland, and two sisters, Mrs. R. M. Totten and Mrs. Sarah McCleave Duncan, both of this city, survive. Source: Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, March 15,1911  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Benj. Seymour McNeill
a prominent citizen of Hardy county, died recently, aged 81 years. [Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.], May 06, 1890]

Elizabeth Miller
Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, an old lady recently living at the Poor house of Hardy county, died on the 16th inst., aged one hundred years. [The Democrat (Weston, W. Va.), February 10, 1873]

Rev. Martin A. Powers
One of the best known clergymen of the city, died at the Sawyer sanitarium, Saturday evening at 9 o'clock. About five weeks ago the deceased was stricken with paralysis and rendered almost prostrate. He was removed to the Sawyer sanitarium, but the disease coupled with the infirmities of old age were too much and the death angel proved a sad but welcome caller Saturday evening. Rev. Powers was born in Hardy County, West Virginia, December 14,1830. He was converted and joined the United Brethren church in the year 1848 and a few years later was licensed to preach. He joined the Virginia conference in 1859 and for a number of years was a circuit rider in the hills of old Virginia. After the Civil war the deceased was transferred to the Central Ohio conference, under which he held a number of ministerial charges. He later became a member of the Sandusky conference and had been an honored member until death.
When the Civil war broke out, Rev Powers enlisted in the 96th regiment O. V. I. Company A. and served until the close of the war, when he was mustered out at Washington D. C., July 7,1865. His record in the army was phenomenal in many respects. At various times when the army was in camp, he would call the privates together, and reading to them from the Bible and afterwards preaching a short sermon. He held the high respect of every man in the company and during his entire term in the army, the officers of the company never found it necessary to reprimand him.
Previous to coming to this city, the deceased resided in Agosta where he was widely known and highly respected. He had been a resident of Marion for more than eighteen years and was known by almost every man, woman, and child in the city. He  had a kind word for everybody and loved his fellow man sincerely. The deceased is survived by three children, the wife preceding him in death by four years. The survivors are: Mrs. Henry Kramer, of Los Angeles, California; Joseph W. Powers, of Mansfield, Ohio, and Clyde W. Powers, of Rochester, New York. The funeral will be conducted from the United Brethren Church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. L. C. Reed to officiate. Interment will be made in the Marion cemetery. Source:  the Marion daily mirror (Marion, Ohio) June 15,1908  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

George Renick
DIED--- At his residence on Paint Hill, in the vicinity of Chillicothe, on Tuesday the 15th inst., Mr. George Renick, aged 87 years in seven days. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers of Ross County, having settled there in 1802. He was one of the first citizens of Ohio who devoted attention to the improvement of our native cattle by importation of foreign herds, and was celebrated for his success in this branch of agricultural improvement. He was the first to open the trade in cattle between this state and the Baltimore market, which afterwards became such a source of wealth to the Scioto Valley. He sent his first thought of cattle to the market in 1804 in 1805. He was a Native of Hardy County, Virginia, and was distinguished through life for his upright character, public spirit, and benevolencelence. We glean the above facts from an obituary notice in the Chillicothe Gazette of September 22d. [The Highland Weekly News, Thursday, October, 1, 1863. Submitted by: Kathy McDaniel.]

Orpha See
Died--June 13, 1892, in the Walnut Grove vicinity, Mrs. Orpha See, widely known, loved and respected. She was born in Hardy county, West Virginia, February 6, 1814 and was 78 last February. In 1832, she married Edmund See and moved to Indiana in 1835. After three years, they moved to Missouri and have remained here since. Mother of six all living, also 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. About 14 years ago, she was thrown from a horse, which caused her much difficulty and may have shortened her life. She has been compelled to use crutches, since a severe fall during the winter of 1891. However, her life was one of continual health, except for a short spell of sickness in 1866. She was very active for her years and always finding something to do that would be a benefit to others. Her oldest daughter Miss Catherine Keets, lives in Washington, the other five children in Benton County.  [Reprinted from local newspapers at the time of death in "The History Of Benton County, MO", vol. 1; by Kathleen Kelly White and Kathleen White Miles; pub. 1969] Submitted  by K. Torp

Abraham Spangler
Col. Abraham Spangler, of Moorefield, Hardy County, died there on the 29th ult., of consumption.  He was formerly a resident of Winchester. He went into the war with a company from Moorefield, and rose to be Colonel of the 83d Virginia Infantry, which was one of the regiments of the Stonewall brigade, and commanded by Gov. Holliday until he was disabled by his wounds. He was a gallant and faithful soldier, and has many friends throughout Virginia who will regret to hear of his death. [Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Va.[W.Va.]), March 16, 1880]

Baby Shrout
Harrisonburg, Va, April 17.-From just across the Alleghenies in Hardy County, West Virginia, comes a story of a child born a day or two ago to Mr. and Mrs. William Shrout, which had at birth a full set of teeth. The child had no ears at all, and the nose or what stood for a nose, was but a mass of flesh grown to one cheek, minus both of the ordinary nasal channels. Apparently the child had no bones in the head. The little thing lived a few minutes over two hours. Source: The Caucasian (Clinton, North Carolina) Thursday, April 20,1911  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Wm. C. Van Meter
Wm. C. Van Meter, a leading farmer of Hardy county, died last week, aged 78 years. [Roanoke Daily Times (Roanoke, Va), December 17, 1889]

Benjamin Wheeler, Jr.
Wheeler, Benjamin, Jr. (Son of Benjamin & Rachel (Harris) Wheeler,) b. Hardy Co. W. Va. 3/14/1803, married Dorcas, daughter of Jesse & Rebecca (Hinthorn) Havens, in Licking Co. Ohio, 4/10/1828, settled in McLean County, IL 1830. Died at residence 1 mile west of Hudson, Ill. 9/15/1875. Children: Valentine; Jesse; Wm. L; Mrs. Rebecca Miller; John T.; James A.; Rachel; Elizabeth; Mary; Henry. (See Duis' "Good Old Times" 1874, page 634.) [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]


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