Kanawha County, WV Biographies

Evan H. Griffith
E. Griffith, a well known resident of Hernshaw, W. Va., a farmer and mine worker, was born on Lens Creek, Kanawha County, W. Va., January 29, 1857, a son of Isaac and Mary (Price) Griffith. Isaac Griffith was born and reared in Virginia and came to Kanawha County when a young man, being a copper by trade. He was also engaged in farming and worked in the mines and was a busy, useful and respected man as long as he lived, he died at the age of 76 years. His venerable survives and is now in her eighty-seventh year. She was twice married, seven children being born to the second marriage and two to the first. E. Griffith was only thirteen years of age when he started to work in the mines, having previously attended school in his native district. He also became a farmer and so continued until 1910. In the meantime his son had grown to manhood and engaged in business and Mr. Griffith has been the latter's assistant for several years. He owns much valuable property, including store and residence at Hernshaw, four lots at St. Albans and twenty-six and a half acres of coal and timber land on Lens Creek. Mr. Griffith was first married to Martha Dewitt and eight children were born to them, namely: William, a miner, who married Ethel Meadows; John, who is an electrician, married Lura Ferrell, and they have two children, Charles, who is a railroad man, married Hettie Turner and they have one child, Eveline; Joseph B.; Ethel, who is the wife of Calvin Ferrell and they have three children--Damon, David and Charles; Fannie who resides at home; and two children who are deceased. Mr. Griffith's second marriage was to Ellen Price. Politically he is a Democrat. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. For some years he has been identified with the Knights of Pythias and the American Mechanics. Joseph B. Griffith who conducts a general store at Hernshaw--one of the largest in the place, best situated and most heavily stocked--is an enterprising business man and a very successful one. He started this store in August, 1910 and has prospered from the first. He married Miss Grace Toney, a daughter of James Toney and they have one daughter, Madeline. He votes with the Democratic party and, like his father, belongs to the Mechanics lodge. [Source: History of Charleston and Kanawha County, West Virginia and Representative Citizens, by W.S. Laidley, 1911, page 471 - Sub. by Michael Shaffer]

Joseph Alfred Wells
J.A. WELLS, a well known resident of Loudon district, who was a general merchant at Marmet, from 1905 to 1911, was born in Raleigh County, W. Va. in 1856, and in 1865 accompanied his parents to Marmet, Kanawha County, W.Va. They were Meredith and Emily (Jarrell) Wells. Meredith Wells was engaged in merchandising for a number of years of his life. He conducted a store at Marmet and later at Chelyan, W.Va. He was interested also in real estate and owned a large amount of land. He lived to the age of ninety-two years, and was the father of nine children. J.A. Wells obtained his schooling near home in his boyhood and afterward followed farming and worked in the timber for a number of years. In 1905 he opened up a general store which he conducted very successfully until he decided to retire and then sold it to his son, William Ernest. Mr Wells married Miss Janie Hannigan, of Kanawha County, and they have had nine children, namely: William Ernest, Pearlie, Meredith, Charles, Virgie, Maude, Herbert, Grace and Emma. The last named died at the age of sixteen and the mother of the family passed away in 1899. In politics, Mr Wells is a Republican.  [Source: History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens" by W.S. Laidley, (page 752) - Submitted by Michael Shaffer]

Captain Lewis Conner Hershberger
   Captain Lewis Conner Hershberger, local inspector of steam vessels at Galveston, was born in Culpeper county, Virginia.  Joseph Hershberger was a son of Samuel Hershberger, who was also a Virginian by birth, having descended from one of five brothers who emigrated from Germany to America in 1700, three of whom settled in Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. Joseph and Samuel Hershberger were planters, men of small means, but industrious habits and upright lives. Joseph served in the second war with Great Britain (1812-14) and subsequently moved to the then western frontier of Virginia, dying at the age of sixty-five, his widow surviving some years and dying at the age of seventy-three. The subject of this sketch was chiefly reared in Kanawha county, Virginia, to which county his parents moved when he was a boy of seven, and in the local schools of that county received his early mental training. He had the privilege of a two-years' course at the State University at Athens, Ohio, after which he started out for himself. In 1845 he began steamboating on the Ohio river, becoming an engineer on one of the large packets plying between Cincinnati and lower Mississippi river points. He followed this until 1852, at which time he came to Galveston, and here continued in the same kind of employment, running on vessels engaged in traffic and transportation on Galveston bay, Buffalo bayou. Trinity and Brazos rivers, and gulf coast points, until 1871. At that time he received the appointment as inspector of steam vessels at Galveston, a position which he has since held. Captain Hershberger is thus, both in point of residence and service, one of the oldest men now to be found about Galveston who have had to do with the transportation interests of the city. His twenty-three years' service as inspector has brought him in contact with most of the shippers, ship-owners and seamen who make this port, and whose confidence and good will he has won by his uniform courtesy and faithful attention to official duties. Captain Hershberger has, during the past twenty odd years, had but the one business, and he has made it a point to give his time unreservedly to that. During the late war he was a volunteer in the Confederate army, serving in the marine department and mostly in the vicinity of Galveston.
In 1855 Captain Hershberger married Miss Anna Boyle, then residing in St. Louis, Missouri, but a native of Virginia, having been born in Wood county in the “Old Dominion," a daughter of John Boyle, a farmer and stock-raiser. The offspring of this union has been a son, Clarence A.; and two daughters: Corinne L., now Mrs. E. B. Andrews, of San Antonio, Texas; and Maud M., with her parents. [History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston, etc., Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails staff]

Edward T Moore
Was born in Center county, Pennsylvania, April 5, 1839. He is a son of Thomas and Sarah (Richards) Moore. He came to Gallia county in 1878, from Charleston, West Virginia, settling in Gallipolis, where he is engaged as a wholesale and retail dealer in books, stationery, wall paper, window shades and fixtures, blank books, gold pens, albums, frames, chromos, bird cages, etc., and he is engaged in job printing, his office and store being located at the upper corner of the Public Square. Mr. Moore was married to Mattie F. Blake, at Swan creek, Gallia county, Ohio, January 1, 1866. She is a daughter of Anselm and Hannah (Trowbridge) Blake, and was born in Gallia county, June 2, 1846. They have the following children: Edward A., born October 21, 1867; Frank M., January 7, 1870; Sherwood A., October 23, 1871; Harry S., born December 17, 1873. Mr. Moore was county superintendent of public schools in 1867-69 for Kanawha county, West Virginia. He was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, enlisting in Company B, 12th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on the 6th of July, 1861, and served three years, principally in West Virginia. He took part in the battle of Scary Creek, second battle of Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam. His father was also a soldier in the war, a member of the Iowa Greybeard Regiment. The postoffice address of Mr. Moore 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.]

Harrison Fowler
Was born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, June 8, 1812, and came to this county (Gallia Co, OH) with his parents in 1815. His parents were Elijah and Jane (Bogan) Fowler. When they settled in Gallia county it was in a very wild state; no roads, mills, or any conveniences. His father taught school, and was the first justice of the peace elected in Guyan township. Harrison Fowler, by hard work and careful management, has obtained a large farm, located in Guyan township, which is in first-class condition. He was married in this county, October 10, 1840, to Aromenta Mart, who was born in Giles county, Virginia, June 16, 1818; her death took place in December, 1863. Her parents were Nathaniel and Lydia Mart, settlers of this county in 1825. The children of Mr. Fowler are: Anda L., born October 7, 1841, died in January, 1864; William F., May 13, 1843, died in September , 1863; Mahala J. (Clary), January 5, 1845, resides in Lawrence county, Ohio; Elijah, July 21, 1847, died December 3, 1871; Henry, November 16, 1848, died February 5, 1863; Lydia C., December 9, 1850, died in January, 1866; Charles M., April 11, 1854, resides in this township; Thomas J., October 18, 1855, died in infancy; James H., November 9, 1860, resides at home; John R., September 9, 1861, resides at home. Mr. Fowler's father was born March 25, 1770. The subject of this sketch has held the office of justice of the peace for many years. Mr. Fowler had two sons who lost their lives in the late war; Anda Lewis served six months, and died of typhoid fever in Tennessee; William served two years and six months, and died from disease brought on by hardships endured in the Lynchburg raid. Mr. Fowler's postoffice address is Crown City, 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.]

Harrison Wood
Was born in Charleston, West Virginia, September 7, and came to this county (Gallia Co, OH) with his parents in 1865. His father, Nehemiah Wood, died September 21, 1824, and his mother, Eva (Buffner) Wood, on January 29, 1821. Mr. Wood has been married three times. His first wife was Mary Rickabaugh, who was born in Gallia county, February 9, 1806. Her parents, Adam and Mary (Koontz) Rickabaugh, came to this county in 1800. She was married in this county, September 18, 1825 and was the mother of the following children: Bethsama, born January 2, 1827, resides at home; Andrew J., December 30, 1829, died February 1, 1863; John H., February 18, 1831, resides in Gallia county; Caroline, December 30, 1832, resides in Gallia county; David R., January 12, 1835, died February 20, 1871. Mrs. Wood died July 15, 1835. Mr. Wood's second marriage was to Mary (Mauck) Bing, which occurred in this county April 6, 1840. She was a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Buzwell) Mauck, who was born April 19, 1806, and died February 9, 1868. She had been formerly married to William Bing, by whom she had two children: Nancy, born July 13, 1828, resides in Gallia county; and Elizabeth, February 14, 1830, deceased. The third wife of Mr. Wood was Permelia Ridgway (Atwood), who was born in this county in 1802. She is a daughter of David and Elizabeth (Wagoner) Ridgway. Their marriage occurred November 1, 1870. She had been previously married to Nehemia Atwood, who died in December, 1869. She had no children by either marriage. She still resides in this county. John H. Wood, a son of the subject of this sketch, was married in this county April 8, 1868, to Amantha S. Roach, a daughter of Simeon and Diana (Koontz) Roach, and was born in this county June 2, 1839. Her father came to this county from Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1828. She is mother of the following children: Harry A., born May 5, 1869; Mary D., July 27, 1872; Carrie E., April 21, 1877; Nellie A., August 28, 1879. Andrew J. Wood, a brother of John H., was a soldier in the war of 1861, and was killed at Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Wood died February 12, 1877. The address of his widow is Rio Grande, Gallia county, Ohio.

Thomas Urwin
Was born in Falling Rock, West Virginia, July 15, 1850. His parents are John and Elner (Baker) Urwin, who came to this county in 1815. The subject of this sketch is engaged in mining and a general laborer. He came to this county in 1852. His postoffice address is Bush's Mills, Gallia county, Ohio.

Major E. A. Maglone
Major E. A. Maglone was born at Charleston, W. Va., August 12, 1858, where he was reared and educated. He also studied law and was admitted to the bar at Yankton, South Dakota. From 1878 to 1884 he was engaged in newspaper work much of the time on the St. Paul Globe and the Fargo Argus. In 1889, the year Pierce County was organized, he settled at Rugby and became the first State's Attorney of Pierce County, a position he held for four years. From here he moved to Devils Lake where he opened a law office and practiced for many years before he died. [Source: A History of Pierce County, 1936; Transcribed by Fred Coleman]

Clark Elkins
Postmaster, Humboldt, Coles County, Ill., was born in Kanawha County, W. Va., May 8, 1832, the son of Edley and Frances (Timey) Elkins, who were natives of Virginia. Mr. Elkins attended the subscription schools of his native State, and then learned the carpenter's trade. On February 11, 1862, he enlisted for the Union service in Company G, Eleventh West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, serving for three years and four days, being promoted successively to First, or Orderly Sergeant, Second Lieutenant and First Lieutenant. Among the numerous battles in which he participated may be mentioned those of Cedar Creek and Winchester. His regiment disbanded at Washington, D. C. after the great parade and review following the collapse of the Confederacy. In April, 1865, Mr. Elkins came to Illinois. His first stopping place was Mattoon; went from there to Tuscola, where he resided for two years, after which, in December, 1867, he moved to Humboldt, where he worked at carpentry and building. He was appointed Postmaster at Humboldt in 1889, and again in 1901, and is still acting in that capacity. On December 1, 1853, Mr. Elkins was married to Elizabeth Barker, a native of Kanawha County, W. Va., and of this union eleven children have been born, seven of whom survive, namely: Dryden P., Frances E., widow of John Martin; Mary J., wife of John M. Williams; John C., railroad agent at Rantoul; James E., train dispatcher at Fort Dodge, Iowa; George T. and Dora E. In his political views Mr. Elkins is a Republican. He has served as Assessor two terms and as Police Magistrate three terms. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and to the Grand Army of the Republic and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. [Source: "History of Coles County, Illinois"; By Charles Edward Wilson, 1905]

Dr. Clark H. Carr
Clark H. Carr, M.D., a physician and surgeon of Cowden, was born in Kenawha County, W. Va., August 25, 1834. His parents, John K. and Margaret (Wyant) Carr, were natives of the East, the father being born in Greenbrier County, Va., in 1812, and the mother in Lawrenceburg, Ind., in 1818. The father has been living since 1853 in DeWitt County, this State (Illinois). The mother died September 1, 1891. Nine of their large family of six sons and seven daughters are still living, of whom our subject was the eldest.
The brothers and sisters of our subject are Violetta, wife of James Darby, a farmer in Minnesota; John, who first married Mary Lloyd and afterwar was united with Ellen Sway, with whose assistance he is now carrying on farming in Sumner County, Kans.; Julia Ann, who was the wife of Stephen Webster, and died in DeWitt County, Ill., in 1872; Isaac L., a farmer near Humboldt, Iowa, who married Mary Day; Mary, who married William Stewart and died in Minnesota in 1871; Jane, the wife of Philip Shellenberger, a farmer who lives in Piatt County, this State; Sarah E., who first married William Stewart, a cousin of her sister Mary's husband and afterward became the wife of George Hitchen, of Gibson City, Ill.; Michael M., who married Sophronia Barr and lives in Piatt County; Leonard S., who married Elizabeth McMann, and resides in DeWitt County, and two children who died in early infancy.
The subject of this sketch accompanied his parents from West Virginia to Indiana, thence to Missouri and in 1852 located with them in DeWitt county, Ill., where the father now resides. He received his education in the public schools of this State and was about twenty-five years old when he began to read medicine. In 1866 he commenced the practice of his profession in Christian County, but in 1873 came to Cowden, where he remained for two years and then went back to his old place in Christian County. In the spring of 1880 he returned to Cowden where he has since remained.
Dr. Carr has been twice married. His first wife was Mary C. Green, who was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1836, and married the Doctor in Indiana in 1856. One child was born of this marriage, Millard Fillmore, whose natal day was August 18, 1857. On October 31, of the same year, Mrs. Carr passed from earth, and her son was tenderly reared by his paternal grandparents.
The second marriage of our subject took place October 13, 1859, when he was united with Catherine Johnson. She was born December 17, 1833 in Ross County, Ohio. The six children born of this marriage are all living Mary C., born September 1, 1860, is now Mrs. James E. Orendoff, and lives in Hall County, Neb.; Laura E., born January 22, 1863, married Alfred E. Gross, and lives in Davis County, Neb.; Samuel C., born December 4, 1864, is engaged in the study of medicine; Margaret E., born July 2, 1867, married William G. Banning and resides on a farm in Dry Point Township, Shelby County; Ida F., born February 22, 1868, and Catherine J., born April 10, 1871, are at home with their parents.
Dr. Carr has established a fine reputation as a practitioner and enjoys a large and lucrative practice in Cowden and vicinity. He is regarded in the community as the leading physician. He attended lectures at the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, Mo., at which popular institution he made a creditable record. He has always been a close student and has labored hard to gain the standing which he now holds in his profession. Realizing that old age is creeping on, the Doctor has inspired his son Samuel with the desire to receive the mantle of his sire when he shall drop it, and thus to perpetuate the family name in the profession. The Doctor is a worthy member of Joppa Lodge, No. 706, A. F. & A. M., at Cowden, and a stanch Republican in politics having always voted that ticket, and being regarded as the local leader in his party.  In connection with this biographical notice the reader will find a lithographic portrait of Dr. Carr. [Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois..."; Chicago Biographical Publishing Co., 1891; tr. by G.T. Transcription Team]



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