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Marion County, WV
Obituaries and Death Notices



Herman G. Byer
Fairmont, W. Va., Nov. 16 -- Herman G. Byer, aged 15, son of August Byer, accidentally shot and killed himself Wednesday evening, while handling a rifle, at his home. His mother was standing near, told the lad to be careful, just a moment before the accident occurred. He shot himself through the head and lived but a few minutes.  [New Castle News, (New Castle, Pa) Friday August 23, 1911 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper] 

Charles E. Conaway
FAIRMONT, W. Va., Jan. 25. Charles E. Conaway, 45 years old, founder of the Buckhannon & Northern and Fairmont & Southern railroad companies and one of the largest independent coal operators of West Virgina, died today of appendicits. He was one of the wealthiest men in the state. [Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, January 26, 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Charles Crawford
Fairmont, W. Va, September 3 Charles Crawford died here this evening after a brief illness. He was a member of one of the leading families of the town and was highly respected.  [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Saturday, September 4, 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz]

John Q. Fleming
FAIRMONT, W. VA, March 12 John Q. Fleming, an old time Fairmont boy, died in the National Hospital, at Washington on Wednesday last, aged forty-two years. Deceased was a son of Allison Fleming and a brother of Mrs. Celinda V. Hall. The remains were brought to this place on Thursday night, and the funeral took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of Thos. W. Fleming, under the auspices of the G.A.R. A large concourse of relatives and friends attended. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, March 14, 1887; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Quitman W. Haun
Fairmont, W. Va., April 19. Quitman W. Haun, of Winfield district, died very suddenly last Saturday evening. He was in usual health until 6:30 p.m., and worked in the mines until 5:30. After supper he stepped out on the porch and fell over dead. He was 48 years of age and leaves a widow and several children.  [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, April 20, 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz]

A man named Hawkins was run over and killed by an engine at Mannington, last Monday. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, April 25, 1887; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Nathan Kincaid
Funeral Rites Held Yesterday Afternoon at Pleasant Ridge M. E. Church- Largely Attended - Interment at Pleasant Ridge (Douglas County, Illinois)
Nathan Hartley Kincaid was born in Marion county, West Virginia, May 11, 1846 and died at his home four miles north-east of Newman, January 11, 1916 aged sixty-nine years and eight months. His early years were spent on a farm in West Virginia with his parents. In 1865 the family came west and located on a farm near Chrisman, Illinois. After remaining there for three years the family took up a permanent residence on a farm north-east of Newman. Nathan being the eldest of the family of six sons and four daughters was forced to assume the responsibility of head of the family at the age of 21 owing to the sudden death of his father. Very little of the history of the many struggles and hardships of the Kincaid family and others in those early days of these undeveloped prairies will ever be written; but out of those struggles have emerged some of our most substantial citizens one of who is the subject of this sketch. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Susan Roe King on September 6, 1889. To this union were born four children, Mrs. Ethel M. Roller, Jesse F., Ione B., and Faye M. Kincaid all of whom with their mother survive him. Besides his immediate family he is survived by one step-son Percy King and three brothers: James A., Simpson M., and Francis Marion all of whom live near Newman, Illinois. His death was due to a complication of diseases coupled with his advanced age and occurred on the forty-eight anniversary of the death of his father.
To this cause may be attributed the fact that while he was a supporter of the church he was not enrolled among its active members. He was an ardent reader and believer in the Holy Scriptures and often quoted therefrom in his conversation. His kind disposition impressed all who knew him. In fact there are those who were associated with him for many years who cannot recall having seen him angry. He was an honest man in all that expression implies. He provided well for his family and was respected and loved by his neighbors and friends as the many kind words and deeds of sympathy from them will testify.
He was loath to leave his dear ones but resigned to God's will. His spirit released at last from its shattered temple after the almost "three score years and ten" has gone to God who gave it.  [Newman Weekly Independent, Douglas County, IL, Jan 11, 1916 - submitted by FoFG]

William B. Ross

Shocking Accident -- A Marion County Man Falls on a Circular Saw -- Revolving at a high rate of speed - one arm and one leg cut off
A shocking accident occurred at Houlttown, Marion county, on Saturday morning, resulting in the death of a young man named William B. Ross, a son of R. W. Ross, deceased. It appears that the young man who was afflicted with scrofula nearly all his life, which injured his eyesight and otherwise very much impaired his health, went into the saw mill owned by his uncle, E. H. Hoult, Esq., and observing a slab lying near the saw, picked it up for the purpose, it is supposed, of removing it from the mill, but while in the act of doing so the slab was caught by the saw and in a twinkling the young man was thrown upon the rapidly revolving disc. Before the horrified spectators could reach the unfortunate man, the right arm was severed between the wrist and elbow and the right leg cut off above the knee. The accident occurred about 8 o'clock, but before a physician could be summoned or the wounds dressed, he died from loss of blood. The deceased was not employed about the mill, and had not been in a condition to labor for some time. He was 26 years of age. [July 6, 1885, Wheeling Register {Wheeling, WV} Vol. 22 issue 361 pg 4 - Submitted by FoFG - DW]

Conrad A. Sipe
Professor Conrad A. Sipe died at his home in Fairmont yesterday. Mr. Sipe was principal of the Normal School at Fairmont before he engaged in business in this city, and at one time was pastor of the Methodist Protestant Church of Fairmont. He was a young man possessed of energy and character and his life, which has been cut off so unexpectedly was full of promise.  [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, September 1, 1891; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Thornt Toothman
Fairmont, W. Va., September 17.... Thornt Toothman, a well known resident of Watson, a mining town near here, died this morning at four o'clock. His death was caused by typhoid fever.  [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Friday, September 18, 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz] 

William A. Walklate

FAIRMONT, W. VA., January 16. William A. Walklate, one of the most prominent business men of this place, died at his residence here at 3 oclock this afternoon, aged 53. He was born in England, came to this country when quite a youth, and has been a resident of this town and actively engaged in successful business almost ever since. He will be buried in the Fleming graveyard on Wednesday next at 3 oclock. The funeral will be under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, he having been a prominent and life long member of that organization. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, January 17, 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Edward Watkins

EDWARD WATKINS PASSES AWAY..... Aged Resident of the County and Civil War Veteran Died Yesterday
On Sunday at one o'clock at his late residence in the Harr Addition occurred the death of Mr. Edward Watkins, after a two weeks' illness. Deceased was aged 74 years and had been in vigorous health until two weeks ago, when he suffered a general collapse. He was not dangerously ill, however, until within a few days of his death.
Mr. Watkins had been a resident of Marion County the greater part of his life and until within the past several years resided on what is now known as the B. G. Williams farm near the city. Recently, however, he purchased a house in the Harr Addition, where he had since resided. Mr. Watkins was married over fifty years ago to Miss Sarah Hoult, of Hoult, who survives him, together with several children, namely, Mrs. J. M. Stanley, of Piedmont; J. B. Watkins, of Burnsville; Mrs W. B. Thorn, of Clarksburg; Harry Watkins, Mrs. Albert Harr, Mrs. George Fechtor, Ed Watkins, of Fairmont; and Frank Watkins, of Richmond, Va. Deceased was a Civil War veteran and was a member of Company A, 6th W. Va. Infantry. He had been a member of the G. A. R. for several years. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F, which order will have charge of the funeral services, which will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at his residence, conducted by Rev. Grimes, assisted by Rev. Turkelson. Undertaker Musgrave in charge. [Fairmont Times, 01 Nov 1909, Submitted By Carole Watkins]

Sarah Jane Hoult Watkins
Mrs Watkins was the widow of Edmund Watkins who departed this life seveal years ago. Their marriage took place May 5, 1857 & they resided in this community all their lives. A few years previous to the death of Mr. Watkins, the honored couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.The children surviving are Mrs. John Stanley (Rosalie) of Piedmont, James B. Watkins of Lost Creek, Mrs. Myrtle B. Thorn of Clarksburg, Mrs. Albert Harr (Ella), Mrs George Fechter (Minnie), Frank & Edward L. Watkins of Fairmont. Sarah Jane was the mother of 13 children with 4 children preceeding her death and 1 of 14 children in the Hoult family. Services at the Diamond St. M. E. church and burial in Maple Grove Cemetery on June 11. [Fairmont Times, June 10, 1920 - Sub. by Monica Watkins Wagner]



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