Mason County, West Virginia



Was born in Mason county, West Virginia, July 7, 1836, and is a son of Richard and Mary Bunce, who came to the county (Gallia Co, OH) in 1837. He was married April 22, 1874, in Gallia county, Ohio, to Mary Jane Daniel, who is his second wife, a daughter of Sylvester W. and Margaret Daniel, who came to this county in 1812. Mary Jane was born in Gallia county, Ohio, January 15, 1845. Children as follows: Jennie B., born February 14, 1875, resides in Addison; Thurman D., October 23, 1877, in Addison; Stanley A., May 30, 1819, in Addison; Floyd E., December 22, 1880, died September 30, 1881. William Bunce was a soldier in the 100-day service, in Captain Rothgeb's company, 142d Ohio National Guards. A brother, Richard, enlisted in the 23d Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served till end of the war. Both were honorably discharged. Sarah Jane Cramer was the first wife of William Bunce, by whom he had the following children: Mary Ella, born August 7, 1863; Clara Vesta, November 27, 1865; George Elmore, February 17, 1868; William Perry, August 14, 1870. Mr. Bunce is a resident of Addison township, and is a farmer and stock-dealer by occupation. Postoffice address, Bulaville, 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.]

Lawyer, jurist, congressman, was born on March 7, 1847, in Mason County, Va. He was president of the county court of Mason County in 1871-72 and in 1880-85. He was a delegate to the national democratic convention in 1888. In 1891-95 he was a representative from West Virginia to the fifty-second and fifty-third congresses as a democrat.  
[Herringshaws National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 Transcribed by AFOFG]

James Capehart
, is a delegate from the Fourth Congressional district. He was born in the house where he now lives, in Mason County. Mr. Capehart is a West Virginian of the truest type, born, reared and educated within its limits. He has spent his life in building up the industries and developing the wealth of his native State At present he is engaged in agricultural pursuits, farming and stock breeding; and is one of the most highly respected and substantial citizens of his section. He is not a politician, although for many years he has been actively engaged in party work and has stood high in the party councils. He has never held a position emolument at the hands of the people, and has never been a seeker for public office. The choice of Mr. Capehart was pre-eminently a wise one. He will go to St. Louis as a sound Cleveland man. For the second place Mr. Capehart is believed to favor Gen. John C. Black, of Illinois. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling WV) Saturday June 21, 1888; Transcribed by: Richard Ramos.]

Was born in Culpepper county, Virginia, April 7, 1806. He is a son of Daniel and Ellen (Ross) Campbell, who settled in this county in 1806. His father was born in Culpepper county, Virginia, and died in this county in 1851. His mother died in 1813. During the war of 1812 the family of Mr. Campbell were in great danger from the Indians, and his mother has often hid the children through the day under a drift at the bank of the river. They had to do their trading at Gallipolis, and their mill was twenty-seven miles distant; the corn for their bread they ground by hand; their meat consisted of deer and wild turkeys; the bears would not allow them to raise any hogs, and the wolves used to destroy all their sheep. Whenever they went to church or to visit a neighbor they had to carry their rifles. The father of Mr. Campbell was drafted in the war of 1812. George Campbell and Cassey Campbell were married in Ohio township May 27, 1830; she was born in Mason county, West Virginia, September 11, 1813. She is the mother of the following children: Thomas J., born January 19, 1832, resides in Cincinnati; Elias, January 24, 1836, resides in Ohio township; Charles, April 24, 1839, died October 31, 1844; Francis M., May 26, 1841, died July 10, 1852; Chloe E., December 27, 1843, died August 18, 1869; George A., June 22, 1851, resides at home. The parents of Mrs. Campbell are Elias and Chloe (Swindler) Campbell, settlers of this county in 1814. Mr. Campbell is a cooper and also a farmer. His postoffice address is Swan Creek, 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.]

A resident and farmer of Springfield township (Gallia Co, OH), was born in Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia, September 9, 1825, and settled in this county in 1845.  His parents, William F. and Elizabeth Ann (Steed) Carrell, came to this county June 10, 1837.  Elizabeth A. deceased.  He was united in marriage with Hannah B., daughter of John and Caroline (Bishop) Smith, in Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio, December 7, 1847.  She was born in Warren township, Washington county, Ohio, July 5, 1832, and came to this county with her parents in April, 1835.  She is the mother of five children:  John W., born December 12, 1848; Emma C., May 3, 1852; Lizzie C., May 26, 1862; Samuel C., February 10, 1865; George R., August 17, 1870, all of whom except George, who is at home, reside in Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio.  John Smith died September 15, 1840.  Mr. Carrell served as pilot on a government transport in the United States service from May 12, 1861, to the close of the war in 1865, on the Great Kanawha, Ohio and Cumberland rivers.  He was at the battle of Scary Creek, in July, 1861, under command of General J. D. Cox, and at the battle of Fort Donelson, in a fleet of 153 steamboats, laden with troops.  Post office, Pine Grove, 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.]

George S. Couch, a well-known citizen of Charleston and a prominent member of the Kanawha county bar, was born in this city July 31, 1880, a son of George S.and Laura (McMaster) Couch. He is a descendant of Samuel Couch, born September 16, 1752, probably in Pennsylvania and who at an early day was engaged intilling land that is now the site of West Philadelphia. This early ancestor of our subject purchased several thousand acres of land in Goochland county, Virginia, where he settled in 1777. At that time he was a large slave holder,but subsequently becoming a Quaker, he liberated all his slaves. He married, in the old Swedish church at Philadelphia, Ann Quig, who was born at Mt. Holly, New Jersey, in October, 1754. They both died in Virginiapossibly in Hanover county at an advanced age. Their children were: Rebecca Webb, who married Anthony Robinson; Daniel, who is next in the present line of descent; and Ann Woolston, who married Christopher Anthony, of Virginia, who was an eminent lawyer. All the members of this family were of the Quaker faith.

Daniel Couch, son of the above mentioned Samuel, and great-grandfather qf the subject of this sketch, was born in Hanover county, Virginia, April 9, 1782. Hethere married Sarah Richardson, who was born June 21, 1782, died November 16, 1852. After their marriage they came to what is now Mason county, West Virginia,settling on a farm which formed a part of the land granted General Washington for his military services, and lying on the Kanawha river. Here Daniel Couch spent the rest of his life engaged in tilling the soil. He was successful in his avocation and became well known along the Kanawha valley. He died on his plantation, December 5, 1824.

James Henry Couch, son of Daniel and Sarah Couch, and our subject's paternal grandfather, was born in Hanover county, Virginia, on the old homestead known as "French Hay," August 3, 1821. After coming to the Kanawha valley with his father he resided on the farm or plantation in Mason county, becoming a lawyer and a man of great influence in that section. He was a delegate to the secession convention at Richmond in 1861, held to determine the question as to whether or not Virginia should go out of the Union. He was opposed to secession, but seeing the tide setting strongly in that direction, he withdrew before the vote. He died on his estate, "Longmeadow," where he had spent the last thirty or forty years of his life, November 24, 1899. Few citizens of Kanawha county were better known, none more highly esteemed. In politics he was a strong Democrat. He married in Mason county, Helen J. Waggener, who was born July 5, 1825, and who spent her life in that county, passing from life's scenes April 25, 1901. She was a daughter of Colonel Andrew Waggener, who was treacherously killed while riding a horse on the highway, just after the battle of Point Pleasant, in the civil war. Her mother, whose maiden name was Attara Bell, survived her husband some years. James Henry Couch and wife were the parents of a large family of children, of whom there are six still living, as follows: John, a farmer residing in Mason county, who married a Miss Day, of that county; George S. Sr., father of our subject: Charles B., an attorney of Charleston, who married Rachel Brown, of Lewisburg, West Virginia; Samuel, residing on a farm in Mason county, who married Sallie Miller; Margaret A., wife of Edward M. Craig, a bookkeeper residing in Charleston, and whose children are Edward M. J., and Helen Couch Craig; and Frederick A., a dentist practicing his profession in Raleigh county, West Virginia, who is married and has a family.

George S. Couch Sr. was born on the family estate in Mason county, then Virginia, January 1, 1852. Beginning his education in his native county, he later graduated from the college at Marietta, Ohio. Subsequently taking up his residence in Charleston, he was admitted to the bar and has since earned a reputation as an able lawyer. He first formed a partnership with Charles Hedrick; this firm was later dissolved and he then became the partner with Edward B. Knight, and for some twelve or fifteen years thereafter the firm of Knight & Couch was recognized as the leading law firm of the city. After the death of Mr. Knight, Mr. Couch retired for a time from the practice of his profession, but later formed the firm of Couch, Flournoy & Price, which did a good law business for some years. Mr. Couch then - in 1905 - retired permanently from law practice, and is now exclusively interested in his fine stock-farm and plantation that has come down to him from his father. He was the organizer and up to the time of his retirement from business the president of the Kanawha National Bank. He is a Democrat, but has always avoided active participation in politics. His religious affiliations are with the Presbyterian church. George S. Couch Sr. was married in Marietta, Ohio, to Laura McMaster, who was born in New York state, of Scotch ancestry, and daughter of the Rev. James W. and Mary (Baker) McMaster. Her father, who was a prominent Universalist minister, died in the old Couch home in Mason county in 1910, being then eighty-nine years of age. His wife had preceded him to the grave a few years previously. Mrs. Laura Couch received a careful training and was given a good education by her parents. She is a member of the Kanawha Presbyterian church. She and her husband have been the parents of three children, namely: George S. Jr., whose name appears at the head of this sketch; Mary McMaster, who was educated in the Peebles-Thompson school in New York City, is the wife of Dr. H. H. Young, of Charleston, and has two children - Mazie Hopple and William George; and Lucy Richardson, of New York, is the wife of Henry Edmondson Payne, vice-president of the Payne Shoe Company, and has a son, Henry E. Jr.

George S. Couch Jr. was born in Charleston, West Virginia, July 31, 1880, as already noted, and began his literary education in the city schools. He subsequently attended school at Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and after graduating there, entered Princeton University, from which he was graduated in the class of 1903. He then began the study of law at the University of Virginia and after duly qualifying himself, was admitted to the bar in 1905. He is now a member of the firm of Brown, Jackson & Knight, which handles a large amount of important litigation. In this connection Mr. Couch has proved himself to have a firm grasp of his profession, and as he is a young man of energy, ability and ambition, doubtless the future has much in store for him. He is well advanced in Masonry, belonging to the various branches of the order, including Beni-Kedem Temple of the Mystic Shrine. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Couch was married, December 15, 1909, in Charleston, to Miss Keith Fontaine, who was born in this city, March 18, 1884, and was here brought up and educated. Her father was Major Peter Fontaine, who married Mrs. Lydia Laidley, n�e Whitaker. Both are now deceased. By her first marriage Mrs. Lydia Fontaine had children. Her first husband, Captain Richard Q. Laidley, served bravely in the Confederate army as captain of Kanawha Riflemen, 22d Virginia Regiment. Of the marriage of our subject and wife there are no children. [West Virginia and its people, Volume 3 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell -Transcribed by AFOFG]

The Hon. John Warth English, the subject of this brief memoir, was the son of Job English, one of the early salt manufacturers of the Great Kanawha Valley, was born in Jackson County, Virginia, January 31, 1831. When he was four years of age his father moved to Maiden, Kanawha County, where the son attended the common and select schools of that locality until he was sixteen years of age, when he was sent to Illinois College at Jacksonville, Illinois, where he took the complete academic course, graduating with honors when he was twenty years of age with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. When he returned home he assisted his father in his store at the salt furnace for two or three years, while he was reading law under the tutelage of his uncle, John A. Warth, and Judge George W. Summers, of Charleston. After becoming qualified he passed the required examination, and in 1855 he was admitted to the Kanawha County Bar. A short time thereafter he located at Point Pleasant in Mason County, formed a partnership with Henry J. Fisher, the leading lawyer of that locality, and one of the best known attorneys in that section of the State. The firm of Fisher and English carried on a very large legal business not only in Mason County, but in all of the surrounding counties, until the beginning of the Civil War, when Mr. Fisher went South and remained until the close of hostilities. Mr. English, however, remained at home and carried on an extensive practice in Mason and the adjoining counties, in which he established a reputation as one of the leading lawyers of Western Virginia. In his practice he was honest in his convictions, honest with the courts before whom he appeared, and honest with his adversaries. He was an upright man and was four-square in all of his acts and purposes. Such men are always successful in their undertakings. Such was his character and reputation during the many years he was engaged in active practice. In 1888 he was nominated by the Democratic party for a seat on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, and was elected by a large majority over the opposing candidate, and served twelve years with great acceptability to both suitors and attorneys. He was a man of quiet and retiring disposition and was exceedingly modest in his demeanor. He engaged but little in the political controversies of the State, preferring to devote his time and energies to the practice of his profession. His literary education and studious habits fitted him especially for the position of a judge. He was honest, industrious and painstaking in all the cases that came before him during the twelve years he served on the Appellate Court. Through his entire life his reputation for integrity was never questioned. Judge English was a man of marked personal appearance. He was six feet tall, wore long whiskers, had strong features, a kindly disposition, and would command attention in any audience. His career as a lawyer and judge was a record of manliness, complete in every detail. May 6, 1862, he was united in marriage with Miss Fannie Lewis, a descendant of General Andrew and Colonel Charles C. Lewis of the Continental Army, who commanded the American troops in the historic battle of Point Pleasant against the Indians in 1774. At this now prosperous town, at the confluence of the Great Kanawha with the Ohio River, Judge English spent the greater portion of his honorable and distinguished career, and where on the 18th of July, 1916, in the quietude of a delightful home, respected by all the people, he disappeared into the "Great Beyond." No cleaner and purer man ever donned the judicial ermine in this or any other State. He was a faithful member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Deceased January 26, 1877.  He was united in marriage to Mary E. Day in this county (Gallia Co, OH), June 12, 1854.  She was born in the same county June 8, 1835, and her parents are Hamilton and Cynthia A. (Hall) Day.  The former was born in this county in 1810, and the latter in Mason county, West Virginia, in 1812.  Mr. Grayum, son of Joseph and Mary (Entsminger) Grayum, was born in this county November 14, 1818.  He is the father of eight children, namely: Cynthia E. (Cherrington), born August 31, 1856, resides in Gallia county; Joseph E., February 10, 1857, resides at home; Esther M., December 12, 1859, resides at home; Mattie A. M., August 20, 1861, resides at home; Harry U., May 30, 1864, resides at home; William G., November 14, 1867, resides at home; Howard R., October 18, 1872, died July 3, 1873, Edna E., July 19, 1874, resides at home.  Mr. Grayum and his brother William were in the late war, William enlisting in Gallipolis, Gallia county, in Company G, 4th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, 1861, Mr. Grayum being captain of this company, which he former at Mason, West Virginia.  He was wounded at the battle of Vicksburg, May 19, 1863, and returned home on a furlough, remaining about two months, when he joined his regiment again, and was appointed major to fill the vacancy of the former major who had been killed in battle.  He served as major about fourteen months, when he was compelled to resign and return home on account of the wound he received in the battle of Vicksburg.  William, soon after enlisting, was appointed lieutenant of Company G, and after the battle of Vicksburg was appointed captain, serving to the close of the war, when he resigned and returned home.  Mr. Grayum has held the following offices:  township trustee, United States revenue collector one term; county surveyor, three terms, until his death.  He also held several other offices.  His occupation was that of a civil engineer.  His widow, Mary Grayum's post office address is Kerr, 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.]

LEWIS Family
Andrew Lewis, the first member of this family of whom we have definite information, lived in Donegal, Ireland. His ancestors had taken refuge in Ireland from the persecution that followed the assassination of Henry IV. He married Mary Calhoun. Children: Samuel, William, John, referred to below.      
(II) John, son of Andrew and Mary (Calhoun) Lewis, who was the founder of the family in this country, was born in 1673 in France. He went to Ireland and took up a "freehold lease of three lives" in the county of Donegal, known as Campbell's Manor, belonging to Sir Mingo Campbell, Lord of Clonmithgaun, a very dissipated man, who, when in his cups, attempted, with an armed force, to eject Lewis. In the encounter Lewis slew his landlord, making it necessary for him to flee the country. He went to Portugal, and then came to America, landing first at Philadelphia, where his family soon followed him. He moved to Lancaster, and then to Virginia, where he founded the town of Staunton. He and his family became not only leaders themselves, but a distinguished progeny perpetuate the name, Virginia's history being rich in stories of the valor of the family. He married, in 1716, in Scotland, Margaret Lynn, daughter of the Laird of Loch Lynn. Children: Samuel, born in 1716, unmarried; Thomas, 1718, married, January 26, 1749, Jane Strother; Andrew, referred to below; William, 1724. married, April 8, 1754, Anne Montgomery; Margaret, 1726, unmarried; Annie, 1728, unmarried; Charles, 1736, married Sarah Murray, half-sister of Colonel Carrieron of Bath county.
(III) Andrew, son of John and Margaret (Lynn) Lewis, was born in 1720. He became a famous general, and married, in 1747, Elizabeth Givens of Augusta county. Children: John, married Patsy Love, of Alexandria, Virginia; Thomas, referred to below; Samuel, married Catharine Whitley; Andrew, of the United States army, married Eliza Madison; William M., April 8, 1754, married Annie Montgomery.
(IV) Thomas, son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Givens) Lewis, settled in Mason county, on lands bequeathed to him in his father's will. He was killed by falling from a horse. He married Sallie, daughter of George Thornton, and he and his wife were both dead prior to a deed of the heirs of Thomas Lewis, dated April 24, 1830, of record in Mason county (liber G. page 444), in which the heirs of Thomas Lewis are named. Children of Thomas and Sallie (Thornton) Lewis (from the deed of record in Kanawha county of date July 27, 1820): Thomas, married Eliza Beale; Andrew, referred to below; William, married Penelope Lane: Evans, married Delilah Amos; Samuel, married Katharine Wallace of Indiana, sister of General Lew Wallace.
(V) Andrew, son of Thomas and Sallie (Thornton) Lewis, married Jennie Boswell. Children: William, married Dianna Flowers of Jackson county; Pallas S., referred to below; Samuel, married Mary Greer, of Jackson county; Columbus, married Sarah Brown of Jackson county.
(VI) Pallas S., son of Andrew and Jennie (Boswell) Lewis, was born in 1823. He married, in 1848, Hannah, daughter of William and Susie (Daughty) Barnett, who was born in 1831. Children: Andrew Elsworth, 1rn in 1849; William Edgar, 1852; now deceased; James C., 1854: Henry Clay, 1858; John Frank, referred to below: ?‘orah, now deceased; Agnes, 1862, now deceased; Eva, 1865, now deceased.
(VII) John Frank, son of Pallas S. and Hannah (Barnett) Lewis, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, January 26, 1860. He received his early education in the public schools. He then took up farming and was deputy-sheriff and warden of Mason county jail until 1904, when he was appointed postmaster at Point Pleasant, which position he now holds. He is a Republican in politics. He has been a member of the school board for eight years, and is a member of the Knights of Pythias; the American Mechanics; Modern Woodmen of America, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married, in 1890, in Gallipolis, Ohio, Margaret M., daughter of Paul and Mary Schools, born in 1863. Children: Mary; Hannah, now deceased; Harry; Sallie Barbee; Katie. [West Virginia and its people, Volume 3 By Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell  - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Was born in this (GALLIA CO, OH) county, January 26, 1812. His parents, Abraham and Barbara (Lawrence) Mink, settled here in 1811. The first was born in Pennsylvania in 1790, and the latter in the same State in 1793. When they settled in this county it was destitute of roads, schools, mills and churches. They did mostly all their grinding of the grain by hand. Their meat consisted chiefly of wild turkeys and deer, with which the country abounded. Hogs and cattle ran wild in the woods, but there was no market for them. Corn used to bring fifteen cents a bushel, and wheat was sold for thirty cents. All their clothing was homemade. Jacob Mink was married in Gallia county, March 15, 1840 to Mahalea Jonson, who was born in Mason county, West Virginia, February 14, 1818. They have the following children: Annias, born January 8, 1841, died January 20, 1874; Enas A., September 27, 1842, resides at home; Margaret V. (Mackall), October 8, 1844, resides in this county; Barbara A. (Kincaid) and Rachel A. are twins, January 2, 1847 - Barbara lives in West Virginia and Rachel resides at home; Jacob J., August 4, 1849, died April 15, 1877; Amos F., April 20, 1852, resides at home; John L., November 4, 1854, resides in Hardin county, Ohio; Thomas, October 14, 1857, resides at home; Augusta, January 7, 1860, resides at home; Edmond, October 27, 1862, resides at home. Mr. Mink has two grandchildren named Viola M., born September 28, 1867, and William E., November 22, 1870. Mr. Mink has held the office of township trustee five years, and school director six years. Mr. Mink is engaged in farming in Addison township. His address 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.]


The Supreme Court Bench has had upon it few, if any, more gifted and popular wearers of the judicial ermine than the one whose kindly eyes face this brief biographical sketch. Since the early days of the State's existence, when party lines were sponged out by the overshadowing issue of National preservation, has any party candidate been more generally indorsed by the people than Judge Moore. He was the youngest of three children from the marriage of Thomas Moore and Augusta Delphia Page, both of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. His parents died when he was young. He was born February 8, 1831, and was adopted by his uncle, George Moore, and was taken to Mason County, on the Ohio River, who gave him a broad and liberal education. He first attended Marshall College, Cabell County, Virginia; then at Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, and at Union College, New York, graduating from the latter in July, 1853, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He afterwards took the prescribed law course at the University of Virginia, and in 1856 he was admitted to the Bar of Mason County Circuit Court. In 1858 he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of that county, serving in that capacity until the beginning of the Civil War. He vigorously opposed secession, although he was a Democrat in his political affiliations. In 1868 he was a candidate for Congress, but failed of election. In 1870 he was elected on the Democratic ticket as one of the judges of the Supremo Court of Appeals of West Virginia for the term of twelve year's, but by the adoption of the State Constitution of 1872 his term was made to expire December 31, 1872. He was nominated for the same office at the following general election, and was overwhelmingly re-elected by the people. In the allotment provided by the Constitution of 1872, he drew the full term of twelve years. In 1881, owing to failing health, and after having rendered most faithful and efficient service for about ten years, he resigned from that high position, and thereafter adopted the more quiet and congenial life of the farm left to him by his uncle near Elwell, Mason County, in the splendid Ohio Valley, where he remained until his death. Judge Moore wedded Miss Urilla K., daughter of Jacob A. Kline of Mason County, by whom he had four daughters. He loved the people and they revere his memory. No taint ever rested upon his private or public life. He was one of the most genial and generous of men, and was a man of marked personal appearance. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

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] Sub by K. Torp

(1803-1877) POLSLEY, Daniel Haymond, a Representative from West Virginia; born at Palatine, near Fairmont, Va. (now West Virginia), November 28, 1803; attended the country schools; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1827 and commenced practice in Wellsburg, Brooke County, Va. (now West Virginia); edited the Western Transcript 1833-1845; moved to Mason County in 1845 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and practiced law; member of the Wheeling loyal conventions of May 13 and June 11, 1861; chosen Lieutenant Governor of the "restored government" of the State of Virginia in 1861; judge of the seventh judicial district of West Virginia 1863-1866; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.Va., October 14, 1877; interment in Lone Oak Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present -- Contributed by Anna Newell]


Daniel Polsley, Congressman, Judge, Lieutenant-Governor, was born at Palatine, Marion County, Virginia, November 3, 1803. His father was of German descent, and his mother a sister of the grandfather of Judge Alpheus F. Haymond, formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court of West Virginia. His early education was obtained while assisting in clearing and improving the farm. He studied law, and attended the lectures of Judge Tucker, in Winchester, Virginia. After his father's death, he removed to Wellsburg, in Brooke County, and soon gained an enviable reputation at the Bar. In 1827, he wedded Eliza V. Brown, niece of the celebrated Philip Doddridge, and granddaughter of Captain Oliver Brown, an officer in the Revolutionary War. In connection with his profession, in 1833, he edited and published the "Western Transcript," a Whig paper. This he continued until 1845, when he retired from law practice, sold out his printing office, and moved to a 1,200-acre farm on the Ohio river, opposite Racine, Ohio, engaging in agriculture, as more congenial to his unpretentious nature. In the turbulent days of 1861, he was not allowed to longer remain in quiet life, and was elected a member from Mason County of the Wheeling Convention to Restore the State Government. Upon its restoration, he was made Lieutenant-Governor. In 1862, he was chosen Judge of the Seventh Circuit of Virginia, and over the same counties in West Virginia afterwards, ably presiding until 1866, when he was elected to the Fortieth Congress from the Third District. At the end of his term, he located at Point Pleasant, where he died October 14, 1877. Unostentatious, yet able, honest, and active, he was a force in the early days of our Statehood.
[Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

A son of Thomas and Ann (Topas) Porter, who came to this county in 1837, was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, in 1824, and settled in this county the same year his parents came, residing in Ohio township. He was married in Ohio township, in 1853, to Nancy Wilson, who was born in McMinn county, Tennessee, in 1833, a daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth (Van Zhandt) Wilson, who came to this county in 1836. The following are their children: Thomas, born in 18 , resides in Nelsonville, Ohio; Alonzo, in 18 , in West Virginia; Emma, in 18 , died 1879; Daniel, in 18 ; Melissa, in 1858; Walter, in 1860; John, in 1861; William, in 1864; Elizabeth, in 1866; James, in 1872; Robert, in 1874 - the eight last named reside at home. Mr. Daniel Porter is a miner by occupation. Postoffice address, Mercer bottom, Mason county, West Virginia. [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.]

Is a native of the county of Mason, West Virginia, born May 23, 1842. He is a son of Thomas and Miriam (Slone) Waugh, who came to this county (Gallia Co, OH) in 1843. Mr. Waugh was seven months old when he came to this township. Wealthy Lusher became the wife of Mr. Waugh in Gallia county March 10, 1870. She was born in this county July 27, 1847. She is mother of the following children: Sebert L., born 22, 1871; Minnie F., August 28, 1873; Carrie A., August 1, 1878. The parents of Mrs. Waugh are John L. and Elizabeth J. (Smith) Lusher, who settled in this county in 1830. Mr. Waugh is a resident of the township of Ohio, where he is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Swan Creek, 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.]

Son of Thomas and Maria (Alexander) Willey, was born in Delaware county, Delaware, September 14, 1836. He is a farmer in Clay township. He married Frances R., daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Coffman) Smith, in Gallia county, (OH) April 7, 1862. She was born in Mason county, West Virginia, December 16, 1840. They have five children: Edward F., born October 17, 1863; Jane T., November 9, 1865; Wesley B., February 3, 1867; Lotta A., April 1, 1871; Lizia M., September 12, 1874. They all live at home. He served three years in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, taking part in a great many severe engagements. Postoffice address, Clipper Mills, 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.]


Ben Lomond, W.Va Withers, John William, educator, college president and author of St. Louis, Mo., was born Sept. 23, 1868, in Ben Lomond, W.Va. Since 1905 he has been president of the St. Louis teachers' college. He is the author of Euclid's Parallel Postulate. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914, Transcribed by AFOFG]


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