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Lewis Morgan | John Kent | Abner Nash | Selina Sansford
Sunday was a fatal day among the colored population of this city. In the morning Lewis Morgan, who resided in Payne's Alley died from old age. It is claimed that he was one hundred and five years old. John Kent, aged about sixty years, also died in the early part of the day at his home on Reynolds Street. He had been in bad health for some time. At night Abner Nash, who was paralyzed last week died in Payne's alley and yesterday morning Mrs. Selina Sansford, aged about forty eight, died suddenly at her home in Elk City. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday, March 22, 1892]

John Saunders
John Saunders, and old and well known resident of the city, who has been in steady service on the street commissioner's force for many years, died yesterday at his home on Young Street. He was a native of Ireland, served in the Confederate Army and was familiarly known by his friends as "Stonewall". He had been ill a long time and his death was not unexpected. [The Daily Mail Tribune - Friday June 24, 1898]

Lenorah Schrader
Mrs. Lenorah Schrader, 59 years old, died Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Speicher, of Dunbar. Funeral services will be held at the First Christian church at Berkley Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Ritchie Ware will officiate, and burial will be in a Beckley cemetery. Mrs. Schrader is survived by two daughters, Miss Ruth Schrader, of Beckley, and Mrs. Speicher; a son, V. C. Schrader, of Alabama; a sister, Mrs. W. S. Honaker, of Beckley; and a brother, J. A. Stump, of Rock. Her husband, Harrison Schrader, died last July. [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV)31 Dec 1932, p6]

William Scott
William Scott, of Buffalo, died recently. His remains were interred in the Baptist Grave Yard. [The State Tribune, Saturday November 6, 1886]

David Sessler
West Charleston - We are sorry to announce the death of David Sessler, which occurred last afternoon after a protracted illness of consumption, at the home of his sister, Mrs. C. W. Williams, of Ohio Avenue. Dave was well kKnown here and did business in the Second Ward. He was a Christian and died as he lived in full triumph of the life to come. The remains will be taken out near Sissonville for interment in the morning. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Thursday April 22, 1897]

Sarah A. Settle
December 21, 1872
Died at her father's home on Tar Creek, Fayette County, West Virginia on September 8, 1872 -16 years, 1 month, 27 days - Sarah A. Settle. She joined the M. E. Church last March one year ago.... member with mother and father of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Sarah B. Settle
December 21, 1872
Died at the same residence on September 23, 1872, Sarah B. Settle, 1 year, 5 months, 20 days. They all died with diptheria.

Samuel A. Settle
December 21, 1872
Died at the same residence on August 23, 1872, Samuel A. Settle, 8 years, 6 months, 1 day.

Moonshiner Kills Officer
Charleston, Va., April 27 - Floyd Chapman, accused of "moonshining," was kil led while resisting arrest by Office Shaffer, and Shaffer was killed by Chapman, who, while fatally wounded, returned the fire.  [The Pioneer Express. (Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), 29 April 1904]

Mrs. Robert Shannon
At Charleston, W.Va., Mrs. Robert Shannon was killed by a falling tree  [Atch ison Daily Champion, (Atchison, KS) Wednesday, May 30, 1888]  (Whole story on the storm is on our Jackson county site - though there is no additional information on Mrs. Shannon)

Della D. Short
Mrs. Della D. Short, 25 years old, of Chandler's Branch, died Saturday morning at her home. The body was removed to the Long and Johnson Undertaking company. Mrs. Short is survived by her husband, Mark, and by two brothers and two sisters of Raleigh county. [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV) 31 Dec 1932, p6]

Henry Shrewsbury
Henry Shrewsbury, clerk in the drugstore of W. A. Bradford and Company died very suddenly on yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. At this writing the cause of his death is not known. [The State Tribune, Saturday July 22, 1882]

Marry H. Simmons
SIMMONS, Marry H- — 82, of Spring Creek. Greenbrier County, died Saturday at his home after a long illness. He was a member of Frankfort Methodist Church and a farmer. Surviving are his wife,. Mrs. Barbara Hammer Simmons: two daughters. Miss Ruth Simmons at home and Mrs. Mary Alice Warner of Frankfort: two brothers, Kennie and Arthur Simmons, both of Franklin: and two grand-children. Service will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Monday in Frankfort Melhodist Church by Rev. Dewey T. Nelson. Burial will be in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg. The body is at Wallace and Wallace mortuary and will be taken to the home at 1 p. m. today and to the church a half hour before the service. [Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Nov. 1, 1959 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

James M. Sisson
Mr. James M. Sisson, one of the most honorable and industrious farmers of Kanawha county, died suddenly, of heart disease, at his residence at Sissonville, last week. He retired at night in his usual health and was found dead in his bed at 2 o'clock in the morning. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, July 8, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Henry P. Skees

DIED. In Charleston, West Va., June 30, 1874, of cholera infantum, Henry P., infant son of Robert R. and Ella Skees, aged 6 months.
His sickness was brief and severe, and his death was a shock to the parents which they could scarcely endure. His life was a bud in this world that will blossom in eternity. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday,August 20, 1874 - Sub By: Kathy McDaniel]

Martha E. Skidmore
Died at her father's residence in Kanawha County, West Virginia on August 7, 1868, Martha E. Skidmore, daughter of Jennings and Mary S. Skidmore - age 14 years - 1 month - 17 days ... ill three months ... grandfather Babes. ["Christian Observer", September 12, 1868 - BW -Sub by FoFG]

Barbara Louise Skiles, 71, of Route 6, Charleston, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006. She was born March 10, 1934, in Kanawha County to the late Alford and Mary Prouse Hunter. She was a retired office manager for Broughton Foods with 39 years of service. Her husband, Joseph (Joby) Skiles, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Conley of Raleigh, N.C.; sons, Joe and Billy Skiles of Charleston; sisters, Virginia Craddock, Jane Spradling, Helen Vickers and Lou Ellen (Penny) Hensley, all of Charleston, Katherine Gill of Alvin, Texas, Rachel Gutridge of Phoenix, Ariz., Sue Welch of High Point, N.C., Brenda Edwards of Berea, Ohio; brothers, Paul, Mike and Patrick Hunter, all of Charleston, and Mark Hunter of Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Ronald Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney. [Charleston Gazette Feb., 19, 2006 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

William Henderson Skiles
Mr. Skiles, 71, retired farmer and trustee of the Valley Grove M.E. church, died Monday at his Villa route home after a short illness. He had been trustee of the church since it was organized in 1894.             Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. J.M. Hypes will officiate and burial will follow in Valley Grove cemetery, with the Bartlett and Wynns mortuary of Belle in charge. The body will lie in state at the church an hour before funeral time. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nora Skiles; a daughter, Annie Mae Skiles; a son, John William Skiles; three brothers, Benjamin and Charles Skiles of Villa route, and Tilden Skiles of Dunbar, and a sister, Mrs. J.B. Hanson of Snow Hill. [May 2, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]
 --- William Henderson Skiles-Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley Grove M.E. church for Mr. Skiles, 71 year old retired farmer, who died Monday at his home at Villa route. Rev. J.M. Hypes was to officiate and burial was to be in the Valley Grove cemetery. [May 3, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

MRS. GENEVIEVE SLACK, 59, OF DRY BRANCH, died Aug. 14, 1991, at her home of a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Dry Branch and a member of Dry Branch Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving: husband Thomas C.; sons, Keith A. of Dry Branch, Ronsford T. "Tommy' of Boons Camp, Ky., Robert A. "Bobby' Fort Myers, Fla.; daughter, Selina C. Slack of Dry Branch; brothers, Lawrence Carrow of Brook Park, Ohio, Robert Carrow of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Lois "Sissy' Pettry, Annabelle Hancock, Eileen Carrow, all of Dry Branch three grandchildren [Charleston Gazette Aug., 16, 1991 - Sub. by The Obit Lady]

Thomas "Tom" Slack, 74, of Dry Branch died Feb. 21, 2002, at home after a short illness. Born Nov. 9, 1927, in Dry Branch, son of the late Alfred and Roxie Ball Slack, he was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War, a Purple Heart recipient, a retired miner for (Cribbs) Riverton Coal Co. and Coal Co. and Cannelton Coal Co., a member of the UMWA, and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Carrow Slack. He is survived by his companion, Verlin Stevenson; sons, Keith A. Slack of Dawes, Tommy Slack and wife Charlotte, of Boons Camp, Ky., Robert A. "Bob" Slack and wife, Carolyn, of Dry Branch; daughter Dry Branch; daughter, Selina C. Slack of Dry Branch; sisters, Sylvia Porter of Marmet, Belva Pauley of Kanawha City, Tressa Henderson of East Bank; Mary Searls of East Bank; brother, Ronksford "Ronk" Slack of Dry Branch; five grandchildren;... [Sunday Gazette-Mail -July 4, 1976 - Sub. by The Obit Lady]

Smith (child)
Another bright little child of G. T. Smith, of Malden, died yesterday. [The Charleston Non Pareil, Saturday June 21, 1890]

Benjamin H. Smith

CHARLESTON, W. VA, December 11. – Col. Benjamin H. Smith, one of the oldest settlers in this valley, died last night at 10 o’clock. Col. Smith was born in Rockingham county, Virginia. His father moved to Lancaster, O, where young Smith studied law. Later he settled in Charleston, and came to be one of the foremost land lawyers in the State. During his steady and energetic career he acquired large wealth, and the respect and esteem of the community, as well as of many prominent persons throughout the State. He leaves a large number of relatives, and a wife quite feeble. Mr. Smith reached the advanced age of 90 last October. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, 12 Dec. 1887; MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Carol Ann Smith
Carol Ann Smith, age 67, of Cross Lanes, died August 21, 1999, in Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church at Nitro, was a graduate of West Virginia State College, and a secretary for several Cross Lanes businesses and organizations.
Surviving her are her husband, Carl E. Smith; sons, the Rev. Edward Smith, of Ohio, and Brian Smith, of Scott Depot; two sisters, Marjorie Anderson, of Marlinton, and Orpha Haselwood, of Hinton; four brothers, Lowell Lilly, of Washington, D. C., Lyell Lilly, of West Palm Beach, Florida, Philip Lilly, of Hinton, and Jim Lilly, of Jacksonville, Florida; and ten granchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nitro, by the Rev. John Rollins, Jr. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens, Cross Lanes. [Unknown Newspaper, Submitted by Cathy Schultz]

General Daniel Smith

Death Of Gen. Daniel Smith.---It becomes our painful task to announce the death of Gen. Daniel Smith. He died at his residence in the upper part of this County, on Tuesday morning, the 11th inst. Gen. Smith was one of the delegates representing this county in the General Assembly, an honor which the people of Kanawha repeatedly conferred upon him. As a member of that body he was known throughout the Commonwealth, and his death will be regretted not only by his immediate relatives and friends, but by all who enjoyed his acquaintance. As we shall probably have from some friend an extended and faithful narrative of his public services, we forbear.--- Kan. Republican. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday, July 27, 1854 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Henry Smith
Henry Smith, of the Philadelphia One Price Clothing House, left yesterday for Philadelphia to attend the funeral of his sister, Miss Lena Smith. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Wednesday, February 8, 1893]

John A. Snead
John A. Snead died at Cedar Grove of pneumonia yesterday aged seventy one years. He leaves a wife and thirteen children to mourn his loss. The body will be buried at Cedar Grove. He was a member of the Baptist Church, having been baptized with his wife on Christmas day ten years ago. He was the father of Mrs. Chas. Hicks, of this city. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Wednesday April 21, 1897]
 -- West Charleston:  Mrs. Charley Hix has returned from Cedar Grove, where she was called on account of the death and funeral of her father, John Sneed. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Saturday April 24, 1897]
Elizabeth Snead

DIED. In Gallipolis, Ohio, July 5th, 1874, Mrs. Elizabeth Snead, of Charleston, West Va., aged 58 years. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.), Thursday, July 9 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

David Sneed
The Colored People: The death of Mr. David Sneed, who has been a sufferer for several months past,
occurred at his home on Lewis' Street at an early hour this morning. Mr. Sneed is an old, well known, and highly respected [end of available text] [The Daily Mail Tribune - Wednesday June 29, 1898]

Dora Snodgrass
Dora L. Snodgrass, 9, of Keith, died Tuesday in a Charleston hospital after a brief illness. The body was taken to the Barlow mortuary. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Goldie Snodgrass; two brothers, Carsel and Junior, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Flody Totten and Mrs. Reed Snodgrass of Hernshaw. [May 3, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Snodgrass Child - Funeral services for Dora L. Snodgrass, 9, of Keith, who died Tuesday in a Charleston hospital, were to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hernshaw Baptist Church. Rev. Otis Caldwell was to officiate and burial was to follow in Snodgrass cemetery. survivors include her mother, Mrs. Goldie Snodgrass, two brothers and the grandparents. [May 4, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

French Snyder
SNYDER, French — 80, of 2998 Elk Dale Dr., died Saturday at his home. He was a retired foreman for the Appalachian Power Co. where he worked for 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Snyder: and one sister, Mrs. C. W, Games of Charleston. Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Monday at Wilson mortuary by Rev. J. William Orders. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. The body is at the mortuary. [Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Nov. 1, 1959 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Emory Spurlock, Jr.
Boy Falls in Tub; Burns Prove Fatal
Burns received when he fell backward into a tub of scalding water were fatal to Emory Spurlock, Jr., 4 years old, who died Saturday morning at 8 o'clock at the Mountain State hospital.  His body was removed tot he Barlow mortuary where it is awaiting funeral arrangements.  Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Spurlock, of Hernshaw; a brother, Gene, 2 years old, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Bateman of Chesapeake. The boy was burned Friday at his home when, in some manner, he fell into the tub.  He was burned from his head to his hips.  His parents told hospital attendants that when he fell backward he threw out his arms and saved himself from complete immersion.  The boy had been playing near the house his parents said, and was attracted to outbuildings by a hog butchering.  While watch the butchering, he walked backward and stumbled against the tub.  [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV) 11 Nov 1933, Page 1]

John Stepto
STEPTO, John — Service will be at 2 p. m. Monday in Johnson mortuary chapel at Marmet with Fr. Lawrence Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery Mr. Stepto, 69, of Marmet, died Friday at his home after a heart attack. The body is at the mortuary. [Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Nov. 1, 1959 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Stevenson (child)
A little child of Charlie Stevenson, colored, residing in Senz's Alley, died yesterday morning after a brief illness and was buried today. [The Daily Mail Tribune - Monday June 13, 1898]

Aaron Stockton
On Thursday the 16th of September, 1869, at his late residence at the Falls of Kanawha, Col. Aaron Stockton, aged eighty five years died. [Wednesday September 22, 1869, WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Grace Demaris Strain
Food Stamp Pioneer Dies
Hurricane - Mrs Grace Demaris Strain, who was instrumental in sueetin up the food stamp program in West Virginia, died Friday in Putnam General Hospital after a long illness. She was 84. She lived at 1007 Orchard Park Road, Hurricane. She worked for the state Department of Human Services for 47 years. In March 1961, Gov W W Barron appointed Mrs Strain, then a nutrition worker for the state Welfare Department, to set up the pilo t food stamp program in McDowell County. McDowell County was one of eight locations in the nation selected by the U S Department of Agriculture for the yearlong pilot program. In a 1987 news article, she recalled that President Kennedy was anxious for the program to being. "He had been to McDowell County and was sick at heart at the things hew saw. He wanted to know how fast things could get moving."
The first foods were issued in Welch on May 29, 1961. Mrs Strain lateer came out of retirement to work with the TRIP Program. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Charleston, and attended Forest Memorial United Methodist Church, Hurricane. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the 8 and 40 Honorary Society, the Capital District Women's Ckub and the National Association of Social Workers. She was a member of the Society for the Blind.
Surviving: daughter, Mrs Agnes Akers of Mount Nebo; sons, James L o f Rocky Mount, NC, and Robert of Hurricane; stepson, Charles O of South Charleston;sister, Mrs Dorothy Bradley of Cross Lanes; 11 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Friends may call from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm Sunday at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston. [The Charleston Gazette, March 18, 1989 - Sub. by Lu Ann Barber]

Lewis Summers -- Aug. 27, 1843 —At the White Sulphur Springs, Hon. Lewis Summers, of Kanawha, aged 65, for 24 years one of the judges of the General Court of Va.
["Historical Collections of Virginia" by Henry Lowe, Babcock & Company, Charleston, S.C., 1845. p. 406-407; submitted by Robyn Greenlund]

George W Summers
Died at his residence in Charleston, West Virginia on the 19th of September, 1868, Hon George W Summers, age 64. ["Christian Observer", October 3, 1868 - BW -Sub by FoFG]

Thomas B. Swann
One year ago last Tuesday Colonel Thomas B. Swann, of this city, was stricken with paralysis in his entire left side, and for several weeks his life was despaired of. His vigorous constitution, however, enabled him to so far recover from his effects that he became able to be driven around the city, and it was even hoped that he would finally fully recover. Within the past few weeks he began to gradually decline and it became evident that his remaining days must be very few, though not until Wednesday did his symptoms excite special uneasiness from his physician and his family. Yesterday morning at a few minutes past 9 o'clock he asked his nurse to change his position and in doing so it was noticed that the Colonel was rapidly sinking. His wife was hastily summoned, but before she arrived he had expired.
Colonel Swann had been a practicing lawyer in this city for forty eight years. He came here with his brother, John S., who survives him, in 1849. But few men in all this section have been more prominent in public affairs than Colonel Swann. During the war of the rebellion he fought four years on the Confederate side. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel sometime before the war closed. Soon after he returned home he married Miss Mary Tompkins, who survives him. Colonel Swann had long been an active and a consistent member of the Episcopal Church. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Thursday May 13, 1897]

Sarah L. Swift
Died June 12, 1868, Mrs. Sarah L. Swift, consort of Mr. George F. Swift of the Rocky Fork -Pocatalico River area of Kanawha County, West Virginia. 27 years old, she was born in New Bedford, Mass. on 22 October, 1841, daughter of Peter and Hannah Potter. . . married George F. Swift and moved to Cincinnati, then to Kanawha County. ["Christian Observer", unknown date - BW -Sub by FoFG]


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