Mineral County, West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

BALES, Elizabeth
Died, Near Ridgeville, Mineral county, W.Va., on Tuesday, July 15th, 1873, Mrs. Elizabeth Bales, wife of the late Jacob Bales of Martinsburg, and sister of H.N. Gallaher, Esq., Senior Editor of the Free Press -- aged 81 years.  [Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.]), July 22, 1873]

BROWN, James
"Mr. James Brown, for several years mine boss at the Virginia mines and for a number of years holding the same position at Elk Garden, died at his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday 15 September 1908. The remains were brought here Wednesday night and the funeral services were held in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Westernport, Thursday morning and were largely attended not only by the people of this community but by many from out of town, as the deceased was well and favorably known here years ago before he went to Pittsburgh to live."  ["The Piedmont Herald" Piedmont, West Virginia Friday 13 September 1908]  ADDITIONAL INFO FROM RESEARCHER: James Brown was born 13 Sept 1844 in Limerick, County Clare, Ireland and was married to Bedelia Connolly of Carrigan, Craughwell, County Galway, Ireland. They resided in Elk Garden, Mineral County, West Virginia.

BUNKER, Judge E. C.
Dies at Piedmont, Mineral County, West Virginia, on the 24th ult., of congestion of the brain. He was the Judge of the Circuit Court in which he resided. Source: Staunton Spectator (Staunton, Virginia) Tuesday, December 10,1867  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

DAVIS, Rev. Leslie H.
Was born in Mineral County, West Virginia, may 14,1842, and after a lingering illness departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jessie Dent Boardman, in Arcadia, Mo, Saturday, January 14,, at 3 p.m., aged 79 years and 8 months. Mr. Davis spent his boyhood days on his father farm in West Virginia, and when the Civil War began, although only a boy, he joined the Confederate army and served throughout the war, being with General Robert E. Lee in the battles of the Wilderness, Appomatox Court House, and many other battles. After the war he returned to his home and for a few years aided his father in repairing the damage done by the ravages of war. He then entered Randolph-MaCore College, from which institution he graduated with honors in 1870. On July 22,1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Elizabeth Colly of Pulaska County, Missouri. To this union five children were born, all of whom survive him: Mrs. Jessie Dent Boardman, teacher-training teacher in Ironton High School, Milton Calley Davis, a missionary in Cuba, Samuel McKindree Davis, a teacher in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Mattie Ida Shirky, formerly a teacher in north Missouri, and Joseph Burroughs Davis, principal of Bonne Terre High School. Beside the wife and children Rev. Davis leaves two sisters-Mrs. Mattie R. Dickerson, and Mrs. Laura P. McNimat, hundreds of brother Ministers, and a vast multitude of friends, to mourn his departure. Rev. Davis was licensed to preach when a mere youth, and began his ministry at Salem, Virginia. He served as pastor at Springfield, Frankfort, and Greenbank until 1874, when he was transferred to the Illinois Conference where he remained until 1877. At this time he was transferred to the Southwest Missouri Confereece. In this conference he served such charges as Windsor and Warrensburg. In 1893 he came to the St. Louis Conference and has since served the following charges: St. Clair, Marquand, Farmington Circuit, Jackson, Station, Bertrand, and Morehouse, Labbadie, two years, Bismarck, Belleview, Libertyville, and Ste. Genevieve. He was Superannuated in 1907. Since then he has lived at Fredericktown until two years ago, when he came to Arcadia to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Boardman. Besides his ministerial work he was Chaplain of the legislature during the 46th and 48th sessions. Not only as a pastor did he render a life of great service to his church, but also as a member of very important committees such as the Board of Church Extension, and more recently the Board of Memoirs. Brother Davis was a clear and forceful writer as well as an able speaker, expressing himself fluently in the issues of Church and State.
A great and good man has gone from among us to his last reward, but he is not dead. Truly his "works do follow him." He still lives and will continue to live in the lives of his sons and daughters and in the noble principles which he has inculcated in the lives of those with whom he labored. "Lives of great men all remind us, We can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behind us, Footprints on the sands of time." A Friend. Source: Iron County register (Ironton County, Missouri) Thursday, January 19,1922  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Col. W.T. Head, Clerk of the county court of Mineral county, died yesterday morning of Bright's disease.  He was one of the oldest Masons in the State and was well known.  He will be buried today by the Masons.  [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, W. Va.), December 24, 1883]

John O'Leary for many years a resident of Keyser, and an employee of the B&O RR for more than 50 years died at the home of his daughter in Cumberland last Tues, July 4, aged about 80 years. He was buried in Martinsburg Thurs, July 6. He has two daughters Josephine & Julia and one son Eugene living in Cumberland and one son, Con O'Leary, residing in Keyser. He left Keyser only a few days ago. He was a native of County Cork, Ireland and came to this country when a youth in 1848. [Keyser Tribune of Friday, July 7, 1911- Submitted by M. Wagner]

Body found
Coroner Hutchinson, of Parkersburg, recently held an inquest over the body of a man, named Silk, found in the Little Kanawha River, below Claysville.  The jury returned a verdict of death by drowning whilst intoxicated.  [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.(Wheeling, W. Va.), May 10, 1888]


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