Monongalia County, West Virginia
Family Biographies



Cox Family
The lineage of Judge Frank Cox, of Morgantown, is traced to the Highlands of Scotland, from whence members thereof emigrated to the new world about the middle of the eighteenth century, locating in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, where they acted well their part in all the affairs of life.

(I) Abraham Cox, the first member of the family of whom we here treat, was one of the emigrant ancestors above referred to. He removed from Maryland to near Morgantown, Monongalia county, West Virginia, then Virginia, where he purchased a farm consisting of three hundred acres. His intention had been to go to Kentucky, but he was led to change his mind on account of the Indian troubles that then existed in that state.

(II) Moses Cox, son of Abraham Cox, was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1780, and in young manhood located on Indian creek, a short distance from Morgantown, in what is now known as Grant district. He served in the war of 1812, served his town as justice of the peace and his county as sheriff, was a farmer by occupation, a Presbyterian in religion, and a Whig in politics. He married (first) Jane Musgrave, and (second) Mrs. Charlotte Foster (nee McDermott). He died at his home near Morgantown, in 1861.

(III) Henry L. Cox, son of Moses and Charlotte (Foster) Cox, was born in Monongalia county, West Virginia, then Virginia, in October, 1836, and died July 8, 1908. He attended the Monongalia Academy, where he prepared himself for the profession of teaching. In early manhood he went to Greene county, Pennsylvania, and there acted in the capacity of teacher, and for two summers, during vacation, pursued a course in Waynesburg College. Upon his return to Monongalia county he engaged in agricultural pursuits during the summer months, devoting his attention to teaching during the winter months. In 1867 he was elected to the position of county superintendent of public schools, and was reelected for two more terms, and was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rev. Jeremiah Simpson, who was elected in May, 1873, and resigned in July of the same year. He also held the position of principal of the Morgantown graded school, and after six years service was appointed on the board of examiners of the county. In 1880 he was elected on the Republican ticket to represent Monongalia county in the legislature of West Virginia, and at the end of his first term was reelected. He married, February 28, 1861, Elizabeth Matilda, daughter of Boaz Boydston, of Greene county, Pennsylvania.

(IV) Frank Cox, only child of Henry L. and Elizabeth Matilda (Boydston) Cox, was born in Grant district, Monongalia county, West Virginia, June 18, 1862. He attended the Morgantown schools and West Virginia University, graduating from the law department of the latter institution in June, 1883. He at once began the active practice of his profession in Morgantown, continuing the same with a large degree of success until 1888, when he was elected prosecuting attorney, in which capacity he served until January 1, 1893, when he was succeeded by George C. Baker, his partner, who appointed Mr. Cox his deputy. On January 1, 1889, a partnership was formed between Mr. Cox and George C. Baker, under the style of Cox & Baker, which connection existed until 1904, when Mr. Cox was elected judge of the supreme court of appeals of West Virginia, and was elected president of the same in 1907. During the latter year he resigned from office and returned to the practice of law at Morgantown, the firm of Cox & Baker being reestablished, and which is still in effect. He is a member and vice-president of the Board of Trade of Morgantown, and is largely interested in the growth and development there, being an extensive owner of real estate. He served as judge advocate general under Governor Atkinson, and was a member of the Morgantown school board for a number of years. He was a member of the World Fair Commission for West Virginia in 1904. He is a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Republican in politics. Fraternally he is connected with the Free and Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Monongalia Lodge, No. 10, and the Modern Woodmen of America. This brief resume of Mr. Cox's many spheres of activity proves the broadness of his mental vision, and whether considered as a professional man, as a public servant, as a churchman or as a clubman, he is ever found to be a man true to himself and true to his fellows.

Mr. Cox married, March 8, 1885, Mattie J. Weaver, daughter of George and Margaret Weaver. Children: Stanley Rhey, born March 23, 1889; Margaret Elizabeth, born June 15, 1898.[Source: Genealogical and personal history of the upper Monongahela valley, West Virginia, under the editorial supervision of Bernard L. Butcher - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]


Downs Family,
This Downs family were originally residents of England, the first of the number coming to America being Jeremiah Downs, who upon coming to this country located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, where several generations are descended from him.

(I) Jeremiah Downs, the English immigrant, settled in Redstone Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, about the close of the eighteenth century. He was one of the early settlers, and a prosperous farmer. In the family that he reared was a son, Jonathan, of whom further.

(II) Jonathan Downs, son of Jeremiah Downs, was born in Redstone Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He was reared and educated in his native township, where he purchased a farm of one hundred and fifty acres of desirable land, and also worked at his trade of carpentry. He was a Whig, an exemplary citizen, and a worthy member of the Baptist church. He died September 9, 1844, and was buried at Uniontown.

He married Mary, daughter of Peter Miller, a farmer and early settler in Redstone Township. Children: Lucinda; David, of whom further; Margaret, deceased; Joseph M.; Alexander C; William B., died at Uniontown, Pennsylvania, during the early part of 1911 ; Jonathan; Caleb B.; Isaac N., deceased, was a resident of West Newton, Pennsylvania; Mary.

(III) David Downs, son of Jonathan Downs, was born in Redstone Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and September 9, 1812, died at Hopwood, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1902. He was reared on a farm, educated in the subscription schools, and learned the trade of carpenter. In 1836 he located at Brownsville and engaged in the manufacture of threshing machines. Two years later he removed to New Geneva, purchased a lot, erected a dwelling house, and continued in the threshing machine business until 1863, when he, in company with Mr. James Davenport, a very respectable merchant of New Geneva, bought the Mellier Flouring Mill in that year, and operated it with his other business until 1885, when the partnership was dissolved. He was over fifty years of his life a prudent, economical, straightforward and successful business man. He was a member of the Sons of Temperance, and a Republican. He was a substantial member of the Baptist church at Greensboro, Greene County, of which his wife was also a member. Mr. Downs later retired from the cares of active business life. He stood high, wherever known, as an honest business man and Christian gentleman.

He married (first) December 21, 1836, Anna Harford, who died August 15, 1844; married (second) November 2, 1845, Sarah Campbell. She died September 9, 1850, leaving two children: Anna, now wife of Mathias Hartley, and living in Illinois; Caroline, deceased. He married (third) March 18, 1852, Ellen (Eleanor) Thompson, born in county Down, Ireland; two children: Mary, wife of John A. Simpson, D. D., of Alliance, Ohio; Ashbel F., of whom further. Mrs. Downs died September 6, 1855. He married (fourth) April 16, 1862, Mary A., daughter of Gideon Way, of Morgantown, West Virginia; she died in 1890.

(IV) Ashbel Fairchild Downs, son of David Downs, was born at New Geneva, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1854. He attended the public schools of his native county, and at the age of seventeen years entered the State University of West Virginia, at Morgantown, and was a student there for three years. While at college he displayed marked ability in literature and oratory, taking three prizes, the last of which was the regents' prize for the best declaimer. Afterward he taught several school terms, and in 1876 entered the Philadelphia School of Elocution and Oratory, and was graduated from there with class honors in 1877. It may be well to remember that this was the only chartered school of its kind in the United States. He has given many readings from Shakespeare and other poets, and has taken high rank as a recitationist. The late Professor Shoemaker has over his own signature spoken in most unbounded praise of Mr. Downs' talent as a delineator of the passions. Mr. Downs became a student at law in the office of the Hon. C. E. Boyle, and was admitted to the bar of Fayette county in August, 1880, and successfully practiced in the courts of the county much of the time since. He has always adhered to the long established doctrines and principles of the Democratic party, and has been most active and zealous in the support of that organization, particularly in the way of public addresses, having earned the deserved reputation of being one of the best political speakers in Western Pennsylvania.
He showed exceptional moral courage during the great coke strike of 1886, boldly taking the platform and presenting throughout the region the grievances and demands of the strikers, while others, with calculating shrewdness, were watching the direction of the wind. And he is credited with having done more to achieve the victory won by the workingmen than any other one man, and when the passions of the hour had subsided his moderation and fairness and his great influence in preventing disorder were generally acknowledged.
In 1886 Mr. Downs received 2,171 votes at the Democratic primaries for the nomination of district attorney, receiving the next to the highest vote. The nomination for the same office at the next election was conceded to him, but he became the candidate on the regular Democratic ticket in 1887 for county treasurer, and was elected in a hotly contested campaign, in which most of the candidates on the same ticket were defeated. He executed the duties of his office with all fidelity to the state and county, enforcing claims due in a way that to some seemed severe, but which was demanded by his oath of office. In obedience to that oath, Mr. Downs knew no fear, favor, sect or party, and those of a domineering, dictatorial, scheming or greedy spirit found him a rock in their pathway. They at times vented their spleen and disappointment in harsh criticism, but have not injured him among honest and right-thinking men.
He displayed a talent for literary work early in life, which he has since cultivated, and at one time was offered a place in the list of lecturers, in a leading lyceum bureau. His book, entitled: "Heroes and Heroic Deeds, or Uncrowned Kings," published by the Franklin Printing Company of Philadelphia, in addition to new matter, includes some of his former productions, notably his "Robert Emmett," which has been highly commended by such men as the Hon. James G. Blaine and the Hon. Chauncey Black.
He married Mrs. Fannie (Lewis) Fetty, a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, born October 24, 1842. Children: 1. Ralph Waldo Emerson, born March 3, 1876, at Morgantown; graduated from the high school the same year as did his brother Harry, both being pupils at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He was a soldier in the Spanish-American war, enlisting with recruits to Company C, Tenth Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, June, 1898. He took part in the Philippine insurrection and was wounded in March, 1899, just prior to the occupation of Malolos by Americans. He continued in service to the end of the war with Spain and the Insurgents. He was later elected first lieutenant in Company C, Tenth Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania. He died August 19, 1910. 2. Harry Rutherford, of whom further. The maternal grandfather, Benjamin Lewis, came from Canada and located first in New York state; he was born in 1800, died November 3, 1891, at Hoodsville, Marion county, West Virginia. After leaving New York he spent most of his time in Morgantown. He married Sara Ann Madera, of a well-known Morgantown family; she died May 18, 1863.

(V) Harry Rutherford Downs, son of Ashbel Fairchild and Fannie (Lewis-Fetty) Downs, was born May 18, 1877, at Morgantown, West Virginia. His education was received at the public schools of his native place, and when eleven years of age he accompanied his parents to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, where subsequently he graduated from the high school in 1893. He spent three years in the study of photography, and in 1896 under the firm name of Downs Brothers established a photograph gallery in Uniontown. There the two brothers, Harry R. and Ralph W. E. Downs, continued until 1909. During the years from 1906 to 1908, Harry R. Downs studied law at the University of West Virginia, graduating in 1908. March 1, 1909, he located in Clarksburg and opened his law office at No. 320 West Main street. Politically he is a Democrat.
He married, in 1908, Winifred Winona Minerd, a native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, born April 19, 1888, daughter of Charles A. Minerd, a coal operator, and his wife, Sarah J. (Kincell) Minerd, a native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Downs have had one son, Lewis Minerd, born April 19, 1909, died December 18, 1910.  [Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Pgs. 968-972;  Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Glascock Family,
This is an English name, treated in books of English surnames. The latter syllable, found in a large number of names, such as Hitchcock, Hancock, Babcock, is of doubtful meaning, but regarded by some as a diminutive suffix. In the present case this explanation fits well with the existence of a recognized English surname Glass, about the meaning of which there is, as usual, much variation among the authorities.

This is written, with the knowledge of a tradition, in the West Virginia family, and among the Illinois Glasscocks, of French or German origin. Power's "Sangamon County, Illinois, Biographical History" states that three brothers came with Lafayette, fought in the revolution, and settled on the James river. To one experienced in genealogical study this story bears on its face indications affording strong presumption of inaccuracy.
The name certainly existed in Virginia long before the revolution. Robert Glasscock received two hundred acres in Elizabeth City county, in 1635. The name soon became common, and is of frequent occurrence in the early records of Virginia. The family was especially prominent in Warwick and Richmond counties.
Rev. H. E. Hayden, in his valuable "Virginia Genealogies," says: "Glasscock. An English name of antiquity. If the threadbare tradition of the 'three brothers' is correct, there is another family of this name in Virginia," etc. It is, of course, possible that there are two Virginia Glasscock families of diverse origin, but not probable.
It is cause for great regret that genealogical materials for Virginia families are comparatively scanty, or at least difficult of access. Here we have a family, among the oldest in Virginia, and of colonial as well as present prominence, and yet diligent search fails to make anything approaching a satisfactory family record. New England families have, to a large extent been fully studied and described; even where books have not been written, there are records rendering easy of ascertainment the lines of ancestry of many of their present representatives; Virginia families, of equal distinction and prominence, still have their histories involved in obscurity. The Glasscock family is well worth such study as has been given to many New England families; and, if the whole history could be disclosed, it would be interesting and worthy.

(I) (perhaps Hezekiah) Glasscock, the first member of this family about whom we have definite information, in all probability lived in Virginia. Children, so far as known: John, of whom further; Hezekiah.

(II) John Glasscock was a soldier in the revolutionary war. With his brother Hezekiah and his son Charles he came about 1800 from Fauquier county and settled on Pharaoh's Run, in Marion county, Virginia. Later they settled on Indian Creek, Monongalia county, on the Benjamin J. Miller farm; at this place, John Glasscock, his wife, and one daughter are buried. Children: 1. Charles, of whom further. 2. Juda, married Charles Mellette; one of their sons, Arthur C, was the first Governor of South Dakota. 3. Leah, married Mellette. 4. Hezekiah. 5. John; also one other son, and four other daughters.

(III) Charles, son of John Glasscock, was born July 20, 1775, and died in February, 1840. In his young manhood he came with his father and uncle to the present territories of the state of West Virginia. Settling on Indian Creek, in Grant district, he was a miller. He is buried at the Hogue cemetery, Indian Creek. He married Mary, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Leggett) Arnett, who was born in 1794, and died in 1878. Her mother, surviving Mr. Andrew Arnett, married (second) Price. Children: Elizabeth, died in infancy; Andrew, died in infancy; Stephen, deceased; John, deceased; Malinda, deceased; Minerva, born about 1823, died in 1912, married Teter Arnett; Hezekiah, deceased; William S., born about 1827; Daniel, of whom further; Letitia, deceased, married Kerns; Arnett, deceased; Charles, deceased; Indy B.

(IV) Daniel, son of Charles and Mary (Arnett) Glasscock, was born at Arnettsville, Virginia, in 1828, and died in 1910. He was a farmer. Honest, industrious, frugal, loyal to duty, he was a good citizen. He early gave his adhesion to the newly formed Republican party. In religion he was a Methodist. He married (first) in 1855, ___________ Musgrave, who died in 1857; (second) in 1859, Prudence Michael. Children, all except the first-named by second wife: 1. David. 2. Stephen A. D. 3. William Ellsworth, married Mary Alice Miller; at this date, in 1912, he is governor of West Virginia; his wife is descended in the sixth generation from Colonel John Evans (see sketch in this work). The line is as follows: (I) Colonel Evans, of Welsh parentage, and a leader in the early days of the settlement of the Monongahela Valley, married Anne Martin. (II) Dudley Evans, their son, married Anarah Williams. (III) Margaret Evans, their daughter, married Jacob Miller. (IV) Dudley Evans Miller, their son, married Nancy Thorn. (V) William Calvin Miller, their son, married Martha Ella Amos. (VI) Mary Alice Miller, their daughter, married Governor William Ellsworth Glasscock. 4. Louverna. 5. Samuel Fuller, of whom further. 6. James F., deceased. 7. Sarah, married M. H. Brown; he is a physician, residing at Morgantown. 8. Mary J. 9. Alice. 10. Zana.

(V) Samuel Fuller, son of Daniel and Prudence (Michael) Glasscock, was born March 13, 1867. He was brought up on his father's farm, near Arnettsville. His preliminary education was obtained in the public schools of Monongalia county, in which also he taught for several years. In 1903 he graduated from the University of West Virginia, receiving the degree of LL. B. Immediately he commenced the practice of law, as a member of the firm of Moreland & Glasscock. Several years later he retired from this firm, and formed a partnership with his brother, the present governor of the state, and this continued until his brother's election to that office, in 1908. Mr. Glasscock devotes himself to the general practice of law, and represents numerous important business concerns. He is general counsel for the Morgantown & Kingwood Railroad Company, and for the Elkins Coal and Coke Company. He is a past grand in Monongalia Lodge, No. 10, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Glasscock married, in 1908, Mabel C., daughter of Dr. P. B. Reynolds. She is an alumna of the University of West Virginia, and her father was for many years a professor of metaphysics in that institution. No children.  [Source: Genealogical and personal history of the upper Monongahela valley, West Virginia, under the editorial supervision of Bernard L. Butcher - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]


Hogg Family,
Charles Edgar Hogg, a prominent jurist and public man of the Monongahela Valley, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, December 21, 1852, near the Ohio river, at a place called the Pleasant Flats. His paternal ancestry is Scotch, his maternal English. His great-grandfather was Peter (2) Hogg, son of Captain Peter (1) Hogg, of Augusta county, Virginia, who was a crown officer in the Dunmore war, an intimate friend of George Washington and participated in the war of the revolution. He was a near relative of "Etrick Shepherd," one of the popular poets and prose writers of Scotland. The great-grandfather located in the Ohio valley, just below where West Columbia now stands, in the latter end of the eighteenth century, where his son,
Thomas Gory Hogg, was born in the year 1800. He was a land surveyor, and was widely and popularly known throughout that section of the state of Virginia, now West Virginia. He was recognized by all as a man of a high sense of honor and sterling integrity.
James Abney Hogg, father of Charles Edgar Hogg, was born in Mason county. He was a frugal and thrifty farmer, and highly respected by the people in that part of the state as a public-spirited and intelligent citizen. The paternal grandmother of Mr. Hogg was Lucy (Ball) Hogg, daughter of Captain James Ball, who settled in Mason county about the year 1785, and was a prosperous and highly respected farmer and citizen. He was a large landowner, as was the great-grandfather, in Mason county, and most of his descendants still reside in that county. The mother was a daughter of George Ray Knight, who married Elizabeth Kirk, to whom was born a large family of boys and girls, who stood high in the community where they resided, for intelligence, industry and integrity. The mother of Mr. Hogg, Susan (Knight) Hogg, is still living, and is a woman of rare intellectual qualities and Christian virtues. His brothers and sisters are citizens of his native state, one of whom is a prominent physician of Huntington and one of the sisters has long been a teacher in West Virginia.

Mr. Hogg attended the common schools of his native place, and did his high school work at Carleton Academy, Ohio. In 1868, at the age of fifteen, he successfully passed an examination for a teacher's certificate, and taught his first school satisfactorily in 1868-69. Following his first year's teaching he spent six months in Oldham and Howe's Business College, graduating from that institution. He then taught again for two years, and on February 1, 1871, he became bookkeeper for the Valley City Salt Company. During all these years young Hogg had been a diligent student of History and English. Among the books he carefully studied were Tyler's General History, Bancroft, Rollin, Buckle, Hume, Quackenbos, Harrison, Macauley and other works on literature and history. He did most of his studying during this period under the tutorship of his uncle, Dr. A. L. Knight, a great linguist and student of science and history.Mr. Hogg remained at the Valley City Salt Company's plant as its bookkeeper, and part of the time as its general manager, until the fall of 1873. While engaged here he found time to study language, literature and science, under the instruction of Dr. Knight, Professor Guthrie, a graduate of the Ohio University, and Dr. Toombes, a graduate of Hamilton University, an eminent and most accomplished scholar. He studied Latin during all this time, finishing Harkness' Introductory Latin, his Elements of Latin Grammar, his Latin Grammar and Caeser's Commentaries, Cicero's Select Orations, Sallust's Jugurtha and Catiline. He spent sufficient time in Greek to finish Harkness' First Greek Book and Introductory Reader, a great deal of Hadley's Greek Grammar and Owen's Xenophen's Anabasis, with numerous references to Kuhner's, Crosby's and Hadley's grammars. During this period he studied German under the instruction of Prof. Maerker, using as a text Woodbury's Shorter Course in German, his German readers, German grammar, and several selections from Schiller. He also studied mathematics, finishing Ray's Higher Arithmetic, his Higher Algebra and Plane Geometry. He also studied anatomy, physiology and physics.In 1874

Mr. Hogg ascertained that he could enter as a junior in the A. B. course at Roanoke College, Virginia, thereby being able to finish the course in two years, and he intended to do so, but he was advised by some of his friends to add these two years to his law studies. Following this advice he went to Point Pleasant, October 6, 1874, in the twenty-second year of his age, and began the study of law under Judge C. P. T. Moore, of the supreme court of appeals of West Virginia, one of the founders of the Phi Kappa Psi, and the Hon. Henry J. Fisher, both of whom were well educated and able lawyers, the latter of whom was the most profound lawyer of his day in all that section of the south, and under whose instruction, many young men had studied law and been admitted to the bar. Mr. Hogg read law continuously under Colonel Fisher and Judge Moore for five successive years, although his progress was so rapid that he was able to pass the examination and be admitted to the bar in 1875, in which year he was elected county superintendent of schools in his native county, and was re-elected in 1877. During the four years of his official term he read and studied law continuously, mainly under the direction and advice of Mr. Fisher. The subjects of study during this period were principally the following: Chittyon Pleading, including his two large volumes of annotated forms; Stephen on Pleading; Greenleaf on Evidence (three volumes); Parsons on Contracts (three volumes) ; Blackstone's Commentaries (four volumes) ; Coke on Littleton (three volumes); Doctor and Student; Kent's Commentaries (four volumes); Adam's Equity; Story's Equity Jurisprudence (two volumes) ; Story's Equity Pleading; Wood on Damages; Angel and Ames on Corporations; Green's Brice's Ultra Vires; Reeves' Domestic Relations; Story on the Constitution; Vattel on the Law of Nations (two volumes); Domat's Civil Law; Criminal Practice; Chitty's General Practice (four volumes); Tucker's Commentaries (two volumes); Robinson's (old) Practice (three volumes); the Code of West Virginia; Story on Partnership; the subject of Bailments, Negotiable Instruments, Trusts, Real Property, Agency, Sales, and Wills, Criminal Law, and many of the cases in the reports of the two Virginias and the Supreme Court of the United States. He also found time to read much in history and literature. During this time he did some work in the practice of the law, including a few cases in the supreme court of appeals of West Virginia.

It is remarkable that Mr. Hogg's grandfather, his father, himself and oldest son were all born in the county of Mason, all of whom spent their lives there with the exception of Mr. Hogg, who moved to Monongalia county in 1906 and has since resided there. One of the regrets that Mr. Hogg had upon leaving his native county was that he and his ancestry had made that their home from the latter part of the eighteenth century. While engaged in the practice of his profession, Mr. Hogg wrote a number of biographical sketches, which he intends to publish under the title of "Great Men of the Virginias." He is also one of the authors of "History of the Kanawha Valley," in two volumes. He has also delivered many addresses before schools, teachers' associations, colleges and other bodies, and all while in the active work of his practice. His work as an author was carried on during his busy engagements in the state and federal courts, both of original and appellate jurisdiction. Some idea can be formed of the magnitude of the work that he has done as a practitioner of law by stating that he has argued more than one hundred cases before the supreme court of appeals of West Virginia, either orally or on brief. He has been a practitioner in the supreme court of the United States since 1888, and in the United States circuit court of appeals at Richmond since 1893, having entered upon the practice in that court in the third year after its formation by the act of congress of 1891. He was associate counsel, as is well known, in the historic case of the Commonwealth of Virginia against West Virginia, having made two oral arguments in that case before the supreme court of the United Statesr. Mr. Hogg has had some experience in politics. In 1884 he was a presidential elector, and in 1886 he was elected to the fiftieth congress, serving from March 4, 1887, to March 4, 1889. As a law author Mr. Hogg has written "Pleading and Forms" (775 Pages) now in its third edition; "Equity Principles" (900); "Equity Procedure" (2 volumes, 1723 pages); and "Treatise and Forms" (874 pages). He is also one of the authors of the "Encyclopedia of Evidence" (13 volumes), and the "Standard Encyclopedia of Procedure," now in course of preparation to contain about eighteen volumes. He was also one of the consulting editors of the "American & English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice," to contain fifty-five Volumes of about fifteen hundred pages each as originally designed, but the publication of which will not be further continued, by reason of the inability of the publishers to prosecute the work for lack of means.Associated with him in this work as consulting editor were such men as William J. Gaynor, of New York; Horace H. Lurton, of the supreme court of the United States, the deans of several law colleges throughout the country, also Sir Frederick Pollock and Edward Manson, prominent English authors, as well as eminent lawyers in Canada. Mr. Hogg was elected dean of the College of Law of West Virginia University in 1906, and took charge of the work at the beginning of the school year, 1906-07, and is laboring to build up a practical and useful law school. Since he began his work here he has taught nearly all of the branches given in the course, and is at all times an indefatigable worker. He is a recognized authority in the subjects on which he has written, and his books are used very extensively by practicing attorneys.
In 1907 Temple University of Philadelphia conferred upon Dean Hogg the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his scholarly attainments and his success as a law author, as well as his achievement in the practical line of his profession. He is now engaged in writing a work on "Common Law Pleading," primarily designed for the use of law colleges, and, while giving the principal rules of this ancient common law subject, he has shown the modifications thereof and what the modernized subject now requires. It will be illustrated with select cases as part two of the work. It is his purpose to further extend his field of authorship, devoting more time to it than he has ever done in the past, unless the demands upon his time by teaching and the work of his profession shall preclude him from doing so.
Mr. Hogg regards the teaching of the law as a great problem, and feels that what may be denominated the best method possibly has not yet been evolved, though his own judgment has committed him to the Dwight system, which is employed almost entirely in the college of which he is the dean. Nevertheless, he feels that there is great room for improvement, not only along the line of the method of teaching, but also in the preparation of text-books and cases, even in those schools where the case system is generally employed. He is firmly of opinion that the period required for the course of instruction in our colleges of law is entirely too short for the successful presentation of the principles of the law by the sole means of cases. He is further convinced that to become a thorough and successful teacher of the law some knowledge of its practice is absolutely essential. He is not unmindful, however, that on this subject there is considerable diversity of opinion, many reputable teachers believing that the law may be successfully taught without any acquaintance with its practical phases.
Mr. Hogg is still in the prime of life, and has before him apparently many years of good service to his state and its people. He is an untiring worker, and is never better contented than when employed in his lecture room or in the line of authorship.
In 1881 Mr. Hogg married Nannie Berden, only child of William and Mary (Saunders) Hawkins. Mrs. Hogg, on the paternal side, is of English descent, her forefathers emigrating from England and settling in Virginia in the latter part of the seventeenth century. On the maternal side she is Scotch, her grandfather and grandmother having been born in Scotland, emigrating to this country soon after their marriage. Her father was born in Mason county, Virginia, and lived there his whole life; likewise her mother. There have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hogg four sons, three of whom are living, and two daughters. The oldest son, Charles J. Hogg, is located in the practice of law in Morgantown, West Virginia.[Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Linn Family
History discloses the fact that this Linn family came from good old Scotch-Irish ancestry, and that among its scions were revolutionary soldiers, eminent judges, attorneys, physicians and politicians, of much more than the ordinary ability and influence, especially in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Virginias, and Missouri. Later generations intermarried with the New England family of Newcombs; hence the following narrative will treat, to some extent of both families, which include the well known attorney-at-law in West Virginia and Charleston, Robert G. Linn.

(I) Joseph Linn, of Scotch-Irish descent, was born in 1725, and died April 8, 1800. He married Martha Kirkpatrick, a native of the city of Belfast, Ireland, born in 1728; died March 7, 1791, daughter of Andrew Kirkpatrick. Joseph Linn was an adjutant in the Second Regiment of Sussex Militia, of Virginia, during the revolutionary struggle, Aaron Hankinson being the colonel. Joseph and Martha (Kirkpatrick) Linn had four sons and four daughters:

1. Alexander, born in 1753, married Hannah, daughter of Nathan and Uphamy (Wright) Armstrong.

2. David, married Sarah, daughter of Brigadier-General Aaron Hankinson, and they had eight children among whom were: Alexander, married and removed to Ohio; Mattie, married Jacob Shepherd: Polly, unmarried; Margaret, married a Mr. Shepherd; Aaron, married Eliza Hankinson, and settled in Finleyville, Pennsylvania.

3. Andrew, mentioned below.

4. Margaret, married Hon. Joseph Gaston, paymaster of the Sussex Militia, during revolutionary war days.

5. Mary.

6. Ann, married Jacob Hull.

7. Martha, married (first) Isaac Schaeffer, (second) Joseph Desmond; she died in 1830, and was buried at Sandusky, Ohio; the Rev. Isaac Desmond was her son.

8. John, married in 1791, Martha Hunt, daughter of Lieutenant Richard Hunt; children: Elizabeth, married Rev. Edward Allen; Sarah, married Nathan Armstrong Shafer; Andrew, married Isabelle Beardslee; Mary Ann, married Rev. Benjamin I. Lowe; Caroline, married Dr. Roderick Byington; Alexander, a doctor at Deckertown, married Julia Vibbert; William H., who was also a physician. The father of these children, John Linn, was appointed to the court of common pleas of Sussex County, Virginia, in 1805, serving until his death in 1823. He was twice a member of congress and died at Washington, D. C., during his second term. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Hardyston.

(II) Andrew, son of Joseph Linn, was born in 1759, and died in 1799. He studied medicine at Log Goal. He married Ann Carnes, of Blandensburg, Maryland, and they were the parents of five children: 1. Robert, mentioned below. 2. Margaret, married Major William T. Anderson, of Newton. 3. Mary, married David Ryerson. 4. Martha, married (first) Hugh Taylor, and (second) Richard R. Morris, of New York. 5. Alexander, settled at Easton, Pennsylvania.

(III) Robert, son of Andrew Linn, was born April 20, 1781. He probably came to Virginia from Pennsylvania about 1810, and located in what was then Harrison County, now in Marion County, West Virginia, where he died September 9, 1834. He was by occupation a farmer and miller. He married Catherine Lyon, born in Pennsylvania, October 18, 1788. He and his family resided at Linn's Mills. Children: Mary Jane, married Smith M. Hensill, and died in Portland, Oregon; Priscilla, married Newton Maxwell; Nancy, married Newton's brother, Milton Maxwell, of Butler, Pennsylvania; Sarah, married Isaac Courtney; Louisa, married Dr. John T. Cooper, of Parkersburg; Benjamin, married Sarah Shriver; and Robert, mentioned below.

(IV) Robert (2), son of Robert (1) and Catherine (Lyon) Linn, was born in Marion County, West Virginia, while it was yet within Old Virginia, December 27, 1813, and died December 7, 1860. He studied law in the office of Hon. Edgar C. Wilson, of Morgantown, Virginia, and was subsequently admitted to the bar at Pruntytown, Taylor county, in 1846; later he practiced law in Gilmer County, West Virginia. For four terms in succession he served as prosecuting attorney, having been elected on the Whig ticket, and he was serving in that office at the date of his death. He held other offices of trust and importance, in which he served with faithfulness and much ability. He was among the best known men of his section and bore the esteem of all with whom he came in contact. Mr. Linn was an elder in the Presbyterian church. He married in Fairmont, West Virginia, Sophronia S. Newcomb, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1816, daughter of Ebenezer (2) and Sophronia (Smith) Newcomb (see Newcomb VI). She was a woman of rare intelligence and refinement, and a lifelong worker in the Presbyterian church. She was only two years of age, when her family removed to Fairmont: hence her life was largely spent in what is now West Virginia, and she died in August, 1890. Children: 1. Mary S., born September 21, 1841, married Newton B. Bland, who died in March, 1896; she died January 28, 1910, leaving three children: Robert Linn Bland, now an attorney at Weston, West Virginia, who married and has four children; George Linn Bland, assistant cashier of the Citizen's National Bank of Weston; Hattie, of Weston, West Virginia. 2. Nancy Catherine Lyon, born May 3, 1845, married Marion T. Brannon, of Glenville, West Virginia; she has three living children: Hon. Linn Brannon, ex-judge of the circuit court; Alice, of Fairmont; Howard R., a bank cashier of Glenville. 3. Robert G., mentioned below.

(V) Robert G., son of Robert (2) and Sophronia (Newcomb) Linn, was born April 6, 1849, at Glenville, West Virginia (then Virginia) and was reared and educated as most youths of his time were, commencing in the common schools and later at Witherspoon Institute. When eighteen years of age, he became assistant clerk in the circuit clerk's office, at Clarksburg, where he remained three years. In 1869 he entered the Cincinnati Law School, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1870. His instructors at law school were Ex-Governor Hoadley, Bellamy Storer, and H. A. Morrill. After his graduation he took up law practice at Glenville, the town of his birth, where he became prosecuting attorney, serving one term. He was two years in Gilmer county, and twelve in Calhoun county, West Virginia, where he served two years as prosecuting attorney. He then returned to Glenville, in March, 1884, and remained there until 1900, being associated in law with Hon. John S. Withers. In 1900 he went to Charleston, Kanawha County, this state, where he now resides and practices his profession. He has been associated, as partner in law business in Charleston, with George Byrne, now of the Manufacturers' Record, and also with William E. R. Byrne, his present law partner, having also his son, Robert Linn, as a member of the firm. Mr. Linn maintains offices at Sutton, Weston and Glenville, this state, having partners in each locality. From 1873 to 1907, he had for a partner, Hon. John M. Hamilton, with offices at Grantsville, Calhoun County. It goes almost without saying that Mr. Linn has to do with much of the important legal business in this section of West Virginia, having so many sub-offices, the important cases pass through his hands for final investigation. Politically, he is a Democrat. In religious faith, he is of the Presbyterian Church. In fraternal connections, he is numbered among the members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Glenville.

He married at Weston, West Virginia, June 12, 1876, Mary Hamilton, who was born, reared and educated at that place. Her parents were Dr. J. M. and Mary (Lorentz) Hamilton, her mother being the daughter of John, and the granddaughter of Jacob Lorentz, of pioneer fame in this state. John Lorentz married Mary Roger; both are now deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Linn, probably not in order of birth, were: 1. Ernest, died young. 2. George, died June 22, 1908, while a law student at the University of West Virginia. 3. Edna, born June 25, 1878, educated at Wilson College, Pennsylvania; taught in normal schools, is now at home. 4. Mary, born April 25, 1880, educated at the Normal School of Glenville, West Virginia, and Hollister Seminary, Roanoke. Virginia, now at home. 5. Harriet, born March 30, 1884; graduated first in high school, then from the Glenville Normal School, and later as a trained nurse at Washington, D. C. 6. Robert, born July 25. 1882, graduated at the law school of the University of West Virginia, in the class of 1906, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws; was admitted to the bar the same year, and has been associated in law business with his father, at Charleston, ever since. 7. Ruth, born October 25, 1886, is fitting herself as a trained nurse, at Washington, D. C. 8. John Hamilton, born December 6, 1892, now in high school.

(The Newcomb Line).
As above referred to, the Linn and Newcomb families are intermarried, and this fragment of the Newcomb genealogy naturally finds a place here:
(I) Francis Newcomb, born in England, 1605, came to the American colonies, 1635, with his wife, whose name was Rachel.
(II) Peter, son of Francis and Rachel Newcomb, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, March 16, 1648; married, April, 1672, Susanna Cutting, daughter of Richard Cutting, of Watertown, Massachusetts.
(III) Jonathan, son of Peter and Susanna (Cutting) Newcomb, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, March 1, 1685, married Deborah; and their children included Benjamin, of whom below.
(IV) Benjamin, son of Jonathan and Deborah —— Newcomb, was born at Braintree, Massachusetts, April 9, 1719, removed to Norton, Massachusetts, and died in 1801. He married, November 24, 1743, Mary, daughter of John and Mercy Everett, of Dedham.
(V) Rev. Ebenezer Newcomb, son of Benjamin and Mary (Everett) Newcomb, was born at Norton, Massachusetts, in November, 1754; he was a carpenter by trade, also a farmer and a Baptist minister. He fought in the war for national independence, being a member of Captain A. Clapp's company. He died February 13, 1829. He married Wealthy Willis, February 23, 1779, and she died May 11, 1818.
(VI) Ebenezer (2), son of the Rev. Ebenezer (1) and Wealthy (Willis) Newcomb, was born October 22, 1785; was a carpenter, and cabinet maker. He removed from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Fairmont, Virginia, now in West Virginia, where he died in 1859. He married Sophronia Smith, born December 24, 1792. Their daughter, Sophronia, born December 6, 1816, died in August, 1890. She was a native of Deerfield, Massachusetts, came to Virginia, with her parents when two years of age; she married Robert (2) Linn and became the mother of Robert G. Linn (see Linn V).  [West Virginia and Its People, Volume 2 By Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by AFOFG]


Morgan Family
This is the Morgan family of great renown as relates to pioneer days in America. The family is of Celtic originextracted from the only white race or clan that was never at one time or King Lear" another conquered or subdued. The word "Morgan," traced back to its Cymric origin, means "seabrink" or "one born on the seashore." Glamorgan County, Wales, which is situated on the coast, takes its name from the Morgans. The family is very old; members of it held important posts in early English history, and were provincial rulers. To one of these Morgans is accredited the adoption of the jury system, in England, in the eighth century; to members of the family in Britain were awarded more than thirty different coats-of-arms for as many different achievements, throughout the medieval period.

(I) Rev. Morgan Morgan. The West Virginia Morgans, of Welsh extraction, are descendants of Rev. Morgan Morgan, Glamorgan County, Wales. He was educated in London; ordained a clergyman of the Church of England; settled at Christiana, Delaware, in 1702; removed to Winchester, Virginia, and followed his calling. Children: Morgan, Anne, Zackquil, Evan, David, Charles, Henry and James. In 1726 Rev. Morgan Morgan crossed into Berkeley County, Virginia, and near Bunker Hill Post office made the first white settlement in what is now West Virginia territory, and also built the first church in the state. Later, Rev. Morgan Morgan's children removed farther west, crossing the Alleghany Mountains to the Monongahela Valley, and founded Morgantown, West Virginia.

(II) David Morgan, born May 12, 1721, at Christiana, Delaware, son of Rev. Morgan Morgan, was a skilled engineer. He aided George Washington, under commission from the governor of Virginia, in surveying Mason and Dixon's line; was with Colonel Washington on other trips, on one of which they discovered the region on the Monongahela afterwards taken up and settled by the Morgans. He married Sarah Stevens, a Quaker lady of Pennsylvania. Children: Stephen, Sarah, Zacquille, Morgan, Katharine. At the opening of the revolutionary war, Morgan Morgan, son of David, was captain of a company of Virginia militia. This company, with Morgan Morgan, together with the latter's father, David, and Evan and James, brothers of David, and James Jr., son of the latter James (five Morgans in one small company), entered a company, in 1777, which served in the revolutionary war, on expeditions in Pennsylvania, with William Haymond as captain, and Morgan Morgan as lieutenant, and the other four Morgans as privates. One year later, David Morgan, in his fifty seventh year, had his deadly encounter on the Monongahela River with the Indians.* Evan and Zackquil Morgan, brothers of David, saw service in the revolution at another time, in Captain Brinton's company, when they made an expedition up the Allegheny River, raided an Indian village called Muncietown, killing several savages and one or more white desperadoes. See accounts of this trip, written by Zackquil and Evan, when they were in their seventies, at the request of the secretary of war. These documents contain also a brief family history, with dates, etc., and are remarkable for their diction and the evident educational attainments of these pioneers who, doubtless, were never inside a schoolhouse, and whose time was mostly taken up guarding the frontier settlements from Indian depredations. The original payroll of Captain William Haymond, with the names of the five Morgans thereon, is in the custody of Colonel Henry Haymond, of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

(III) Captain Morgan Morgan was a son of David Morgan, the Indian slayer. He was captain of a company of Virginia militia, also lieutenant in Captain Haymond's company of revolutionary soldiers. Children: James, Morgan, David, Jacob, Druscilla, Elizabeth, Aaron and Achilles.

(IV) Captain James Morgan, son of Captain Morgan Morgan, was captain in the war of 1812, in which was also commissioned a major, and during said war was, at one time, in command of Fort Meigs (now Toledo, Ohio). Children: David, John, James, Stephen, Alpheus, Sarah, Mary, Salinda, Marcus.

(V) Captain David Morgan, son of Captain James Morgan, removed from Marion to Randolph County in 1858. Early in the war of 1861 he raised and became the captain of a company of Union soldiers, in which company his son, Charles, became a lieutenant, and another son, David C, a corporal. Captain David was born June 26, 1806, in Marion County; married Pleasant Harris, born October 1, 1808, of Dutch extraction. Children: 1. Charles, born June 12, 1827; lives near Buckhannon, West Virginia. 2. Morgan, born January 9, 1829; lives near Lorentz, West Virginia. 3. Juretta, born September 9, 1830; married Joseph Garlow. 4. Hilleary, born December 25, 1831; died a child. 5. Aaron, born June 19, 1833; died a child. 6. Littleton T., born January 30, 1835; died a child. 7. Littleton Taswell, born November 22, 1837; lives at Buckhannon. 8. Aarah, born January 14, 1840; died August, 1899. 9. Sebra, born June 18, 1842; married Rev. B. B. Brooks; both dead. 10. David Crockett, born February 28, 1844; lives at Buckhannon. 11. James P., born May 22, 1846; lives near Selbyville, West Virginia. 12. Helen, born December 28, 1848; deceased. 13. Waitman, born October 23, 1850; died a child. 14. Elmira, born September 16, 1863; died a child. 15. Martha died an infant.

Author's Note: As a matter of fact, David Morgan never skinned a human being he was "all in" after this conflict. In which he lost two Angers, and it would have been a physical impossibility for him to have denuded the Indian of his Integument. The Indian was Skinned by refugees of Prickett's Fort, and not by David Morgan. The skin war tanned, made into a shot pouch, and presented to David as a souvenir.

(VI) Corporal David Crockett Morgan, son of Captain David Morgan, was a retired farmer, and a member of Presbyterian Church. Politically he was always a staunch Republican, never bolting a primary or convention nor scratching a ticket, until, as he says, he became convinced that the party had fallen into the hands of a set of dishonorable men who were politicians not because of any patriotic sense but merely for the business and the money they could get out of it, since which time he votes for the best man, regardless of politics. He served clear through the war of 1861, as a Union soldier, enlisting in his father's company, at the age of seventeen, and was drawn up in line of battle at Appomattox, the day General Lee surrendered. His first wife was Evelyn Phillips. Children: Infant died a child; Loren Boriors and Orlan Bunyan, both married, have families, and live in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His second wife was Eliza Jane Phillips, daughter of Richard and Eliza J. (née PerryCommodore Perry family) Phillips, of French Creek, West Virginia. Richard and wife, then children, came to French Creek with their parents, in 1815, from Massachusetts, overland, making the trip of nearly one thousand miles in carts drawn by oxen through the forests, following the buffalo trails, and driving their stock before them. Richard's paternal ancestor, Nicholas Phillips, was an Englishman, and immigrated to America in 1630, and was one of the incorporators of the town of Dedham, Massachusetts. When David C. Morgan married his second wife she was the widow of the late Lieutenant Claudius B. See, by whom she had three children, namely: Sylvester Bunyan, Claudius Synnamon, and Julia Agnes, all of whom are married, have families, and live in Upshur County. By his second wife, Eliza Jane, he had four children: Haze, Patrick Lawson, Otto, and Clara, all of whom are married and live in West Virginia.

(VII) Haze Morgan was named for a distant relative of the same name who was shot in the forehead and instantly killed, while on the firing line as a Union soldier in the war of 1861. He was born June 19, 1876, on his father's farm, one mile south of the noted Raccoon Meeting House Rock, Laurel Fork of French Creek, Upshur County, West Virginia, son of David C. Morgan. He was educated in public schools; spent four years at Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; took a degree in Georgetown University; was five years in one of the legal departments, Washington, his duties taking him over most of the United States. He resigned from the government service in 1903 and went to Clarksburg, West Virginia, and opened up a law office. He is a member of the Presbyterian church of Clarksburg, in which a relative was the first pastor; in politics is an independent Republican. He married, at Washington, D. C., September 29, 1897, Anna G. Jones, born near Smithton, Doddridge county, West Virginia, September 29, 1879, daughter of William H. Jones, a miller by trade, and of revolutionary stock, who was born April 4, 1851, died August 26, 1896; had but one other child, Eula B., who was born November 10, 1886, graduated at Clarksburg high school, and died June 17, 1907. Children of Haze and Anna G. Morgan: William H., born at Washington, November 13, 1898; Eliza Isabelle, born at Clarksburg, May 17, 1905; Virginia, born at Clarksburg, September 27, 1907; Anna Mildred, born at Clarksburg, November 6, 1911.

In the possession of Haze Morgan, Clarksburg, West Virginia, is quite a large piece of the skin taken from an Indian slain in a combat with David Morgan. It is accompanied by the affidavit of Josiah P. Smith, who received it more than sixty years ago from a son of David Morgan, which is as follows:

State Of West Virginia, County Of Harrison, Ss.:

Josiah P. Smith, being by me first duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that he was born on Big Rock Camp, Harrison County, West Virginia, on the 21st day of December, 1826, being the first white person born on that stream according to the statement of his parents; that, sometime in about the year 1850, a little while after affiant attained his majority, he visited a son of the Indian Fighter, David Morgan, at his house on a branch of Fishing Creek, in Wetzel County, West Virginia; that, while there, the said son (whose Christian name affiant has forgotten) exhibited to affiant an old-fashioned shot-pouch, which had been partly cut away, and stated that said shot-pouch was made of the tanned skin of an Indian which had been killed by David Morgan, in an encounter on the Monongahela River, West Virginia, wherein the said David Morgan fought two Indians; that said shot pouch had been given to him, the said son, by the said David Morgan, and that he, the said son, was disposing of it by cutting it up into pieces and distributing it among his friends as souvenirs; that the said son then and there gave affiant a piece of said shot-pouch about two inches square; that affiant afterward gave away a piece of said skin; that the remaining piece has been in the possession of affiant ever since; and that the piece of skin hereto annexed is a portion of the same piece of the aforesaid shot-pouch given to affiant by the said son at the time aforesaid.

(Jurat Follows). (Signed): Joseph P. Smith.

(V) John Morgan, son of Captain James Morgan, was born on the old Morgan homestead about 1800, died February 7, 1854. He was a farmer, and died on the old homestead farm after having been a successful agriculturist for many years. He married Mary, daughter of Archie Wilson, a native of Monongalia County; she died in 1863. The children of John and Mary (Wilson) Morgan were: Cassil, deceased; Alcindia, deceased; Matilda, deceased; Margaret; Lydia; Oliver Perry, mentioned below; William, deceased; John; James E., mentioned below. The parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically the father was a Whig and later a Republican.

(VI) Oliver Perry, son of John Morgan, was born in what is now Marion County, West Virginia, September 14, 1835. He was brought up on the old homestead, where he lived and labored until he reached man's estate, when he purchased a farm in the neighborhood and carried on farming and stock raising. During the civil war period he served in Company A, Sixth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He participated in several battles and skirmishes, and was also among the guards along the frontier. After two years' service he was wounded and honorably discharged. After the war he resumed farm life and continued there until 1895, when he engaged in the mercantile business, and later removed to Fairmont, where he is engaged in the real estate business. Politically he is a supporter of the Republican party, and in church affiliations is connected with the Methodist Episcopal denomination.

August 19, 1860, he married Margaret, daughter of Bushrod W. and Sarah (Shaw) Vincent. The children of this union were: 1. John, a farmer who married and has five children: Wateman; Lester; Virgil; Bertha C.; and Roy. 2. Francis Lorenzo, a farmer, married and has two children. 3. Laura E., married James Carpenter, and they have three children. 4. Mollie, married O. S. Holland, and they have one child, Pearl. 5. Henry, married Alice Brown, and they have eight children. 6. Lee, married Nettie Vincent, and their children are Oliver and Mary. 7. Virginia, married Samuel H. Keener, and their children are Clarence, Opal and Ralph.

(VI) James E., son of John Morgan, was born on the old Morgan homestead in what is now Marion county, March 18, 1854. He was reared on his father's farm and educated in the common schools. He followed farming until the autumn of 1892, and in the spring of 1893 was appointed a member of the Fairmont police force, and has held the office of chief of police, water commissioner and street commissioner for a number of years, to the entire satisfaction of the citizens of the municipality. In March, 1910, he resigned as street and water commissioner. Politically Mr. Morgan votes the Republican ticket, and is an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal Church.

He married, July 18, 1875, Ella Swisher, a native of Marion county, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Swisher, of Winfield district, Marion county. Children: Mary, born August 28, 1876, wife of Thomas Howard, and they have two children: James E.; and Mary E. 2. William Curtis, born February, 1879, died aged sixteen years. 3. Mont E., born August 14, 1881, now an attorney-at-law. 4. Mary Edna, born April 15, 1884, married Gale Fishback, and they have two children: Annetta, and Irma. 5. Maud Belle, born June 2, 1887, died September 24, 1888.

(V) Marcus Morgan, son of Captain James Morgan, was born in 1835. He was brought up on his father's farm, receiving the ordinary common school education, and was a justice of the peace eight years; also member of the board of education, and county commissioner when the present courthouse was erected. He served as a trustee in the Methodist Episcopal church. During the civil war he served in Company E, of a volunteer regiment in the federal army. Politically he was a staunch Republican. He died in 1906, his wife preceding him fourteen years, she having died in 1894.

He married (first) Mary Wymer, daughter of Levi Wymer, who came from Virginia; he was a blacksmith. Their children, four in number, were: Lydia; Della; Levi W.; and one deceased. He married (second), in 1868, Virginia Wymer, and to them were born five children: Ephraim F., mentioned below; Pearlie, wife of Elbert Moran; Mattie, married Marcus Layman; Mary, wife of M. West; Nettie, wife of Wayne Meredith.

(VI) Hon. Ephraim F., son of Marcus Morgan, was born in Foxburg, Marion county, West Virginia, January 16, 1869. He obtained his education in the common schools, taught nine years, attended the State Normal School at Fairmont, graduated from the law department of West Virginia University in 1896 and was admitted to the bar in 1897. He commenced to practice law in the spring of 1898, in Fairmont, where he built up a large legal practice. He continued until elected judge of Marion county in 1905 for a term of six years. He is proving himself an excellent judge. He was president of the board of education for Palatine independent district for four years; was city solicitor of Fairmont two years. Politically he is in accord with the general principles of the Republican party, and in church connection is of the Methodist Episcopal society at Fairmont. In May, 1898, at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war, he enlisted in Company E, of a West Virginia regiment, serving until February, 1899, when he received an honorable discharge; he acted as quartermaster for his company. Judge Morgan is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Woodmen of the World; also is an honored member of Fairmont Lodge, No. 9, Masonic fraternity, as well as of the Chapter and Commandery.

He married, in September, 1903, Alma Bennett, a native of Monongalia county, daughter of Albert and Isabelle (Robe) Bennett, of English descent. One child has been born to Judge Morgan and wife, Lucile, who died aged fifteen months.  [Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Pgs. 949-956;Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Stephen Morgan Family
(III) Stephen Morgan, son of David Morgan (q. v.), was born in Berkeley County (then Virginia), October 14, 1761. In the year 1771 his father, David Morgan, moved with his family and located in the Upper Monongahela Valley on a farm six miles north of the site of the present city of Fairmont, West Virginia. On this farm six years later occurred Morgan's famous encounter with the Indians. Here Stephen resided until the time of his death, which occurred in 1849. He was a farmer and surveyor; was for many years a justice of the peace, and sheriff of the county for two terms; was a member of the Protestant Episcopal church as was his father and grandfather.

In 1797 he was married to Sarah Sommerville, daughter of John and Margaret Robinson Sommerville, of Clarksburg, Virginia. John Sommerville was a son of Joseph and grandson of John Sr., of Gransha., near Londonderry, Ireland, and was a lineal descendant of the Scotch barons of that name. He had five sons who came to this country in 1773, three of whom were Captain William of revolutionary fame, Alexander, and Joseph. His wife was Elizabeth Alexander, of a distinguished Scotch family, a descendant on her mother's side from the Scotch Kirkpatricks. The children of Stephen and Sarah (Sommerville) Morgan were: Henry Sommerville and Charles Stephen Morgan (twins); William S.; Albert; George Pinkney; Elizabeth, wife of Colonel William Willey; Ann, wife of Horatio McClean; Ruhama, wife of Notley Carter; Jane, wife of Colonel Austin Merrill.

(IV) Henry Sommerville Morgan, the first son of Stephen Morgan, was born June 4, 1799, died September 26, 1873. He spent his life on his farm near Rivesville. On February 14, 1826, he was married to Mary Lanham, born August 23, 1803, died June 3, 1886, daughter of William and Catherine (Ferguson) Lanham, of Morgantown, Virginia, a lineal descendant of Alexander Ferguson, of Scotland, who in 1709, married Annie Lawery, of the Maxwelton House, Scotland. She was also a grand niece of Edward Livingston, the jurist and minister to France.

Children born to Henry S. and Mary (Lanham) Morgan were:

1. Louisa M., wife of John C. Gallahue, of Fairmont, who had one son, Harry Gallahue.

2. Charles R., a farmer and surveyor; married Harriet Fairfax Brown, of Kingwood; their daughter, May F., married C. W. Wolfe, and their children are: Virginia, Karl, Slidell and Helen Wolfe.

3. Willian L., physician of Baltimore, Maryland.

4. Edward Livingston, a farmer and machinist; was twice married, (first) to Ellen Barnes, and (second) to Elizabeth Welty.

5. Stephen A., of Baltimore, Maryland; married Louisa V. Huffman; children: Stephana and Otilia.

[The above-named four sons served in the Confederate army during the entire war].

6. Sallie Morgan, of Fairmont.

7. Henry B., mentioned below.

(IV) Henry B. Morgan, son of Henry Sommerville Morgan, was born July 3, 1847. He received his education in the Fairmont and Morgantown schools between the years 1858 and 1865. A Jeffersonian in politics, he represented Marion county in the legislature in 1892; is a local elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and devotes the greater part of his time to the work of the church. He has left his farm, which is a part of the land originally granted by patent to his grandfather, Stephen, and with his sisters resides in Fairmont. He married, September 18, 1873, Myrtle Merrill; two children were born to them, Lily Sarah and Eva Myrtle. Lily S., wife of William W. Davis, of Houston, Texas, has two daughters, Myrtle M. and Beulah K.; they reside at Hillside, Arizona. Eva M., wedded R. A. Watts, an attorney of Fairmont; they have one daughter, Sara Morgan Watts.

(IV) Hon. Charles Stephen, twin brother of Henry S. Morgan, was educated in Morgantown, Virginia, served in both branches of the Virginia legislature, and was warden of the penitentiary at Richmond from 1825 to the time of his death in 1859. He married Alcinda Gibbs Moss, of Virginia. Their children were: Alcinda Robinson; Captain Charles S. Jr., and Major Stephen E., who both served in the Confederate army under Lee in Virginia; Virginia, youngest daughter, married Enders Robinson, of Richmond.

(IV) Hon. William S. Morgan, third son of Stephen Morgan, was born September 7, 1801. He was for some years a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church, then represented his county in the legislature of Virginia; was a member of the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth congresses of the United States; was a naturalist of note and was employed by the Smithsonian Institute until near the time of his death in 1875, at Washington, D. C

He married Elizabeth Jones. Children: George W., lawyer of Washington, D. C; Robert S., journalist and Baptist minister, of North Carolina; Virginia, and Elizabeth.

(IV) Albert Morgan, fourth son of Stephen Morgan, was a successful farmer and stock raiser of Marion county; also a justice of the peace for many years. He married Mary Prickett. His descendants who survive him are: Charles and Joseph Merrill, of Rivesville, and Earl Hennen, of Fairmont.

(IV) George Pinkney, fifth son of Stephen Morgan, was born August 23, 1820. He spent the early part of his life in Richmond, Virginia. He enlisted in Company A, Thirty-first Virginia Infantry of the Confederate army. On October 3, 1861, he was taken prisoner in an engagement on Greenbrier river, and died at Camp Chase, Ohio, December 30, of the same year.

He married Catherine Neeson, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, a sister of Judge James Neeson, of Richmond, Virginia. His children are: Alice; James, deceased; William G., and Mary Josephine, who with their mother still reside at their beautiful country home on that historic old farm which is a part of the land originally granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to Stephen, assignee of David Morgan.  [Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Pgs. 956-959; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Rightmire Family
This family has been known to have been residents of Virginia since the latter years of the eighteenth century, and possibly one generation before that date.

(I) James Rightmire, was brought up if not born in Barbour County, Virginia. Among his children was a son named Alpheus, of whom further.

(II) Alpheus Rightmire, son of James Rightmire, was a native of Taylor County, Virginia, born in 1821. He followed farming for his occupation, and was sturdy and successful in his undertakings in life, being an excellent citizen and prosperous. He married and had children, including a son called Adolphus, of whom further.

(III) Adolphus Rightmire, son of Alpheus Rightmire, was born in Taylor County, Virginia, near the city of Grafton, March 16, 1851. He was educated at the public schools and at the West Virginia College, near Flemington. For five years he taught school winters and went to school at other periods. He engaged in the growing and shipping of cattle for five years. In 1884 he embarked in the mercantile business at Grafton. In 1893 he organized the first wholesale grocery company in Grafton, Pennsylvania. Two years later he sold out this business, and in 1899 removed to Morgantown, where he engaged in the real estate and lumber business, being a large owner in realty and other valuable property. Since 1895 ne has been engaged in the oil industry, owning five wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Politically Mr. Rightmire is a Jeffersonian Democrat. He belongs to the Elks order. He married, in September, 1877, Augusta, daughter of J. H. Barnes, of Taylor County, West Virginia. Children: Byron W., of whom further; Ina, Edna, Beulah. Mrs. Rightmire died in May, 1889.

(IV) Byron W. Rightmire, son of Adolphus and Augusta (Barnes) Rightmire, was born in Taylor County, West Virginia, March 31, 1880. He secured a good education at the public school and later entered the West Virginia University. After leaving the University he had charge of the water, gas and electricity in Morgantown. He then went to Oklahoma and engaged in the grocery business, also handled large quantities of meats. From that he shifted to the real estate business, and after two years located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he took up real estate work. Upon his return to Morgantown he engaged in lumber and builder's supplies, under the firm name of Rightmire & Shriver. Their factory was burned and Mr. Rightmire, with his father, rebuilt the plant, where the business is now carried on. Mr. Rightmire purchased thirty-five acres of land, formed a stock company, known as Lockview Land and Water Company, of which his father was president and he acting secretary and treasurer. He then bought a large tract of land under the firm name of Rightmire, Rohsbough & Thornhill, called the West Morgantown First Addition. With all of these various business operations, Mr. Rightmire has accumulated considerable property. He belongs to the Elks order. In December, 1909, he married Nellie, daughter of Henry Baker. [Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Pgs. 959-960;  Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Shuman Family
This family is of German origin and was among the early settlers in eastern Pennsylvania, whence John Shuman emigrated from Philadelphia to what is now known as Minister's run, Marion County, then Monongalia County. He was one of the first to penetrate the wilds of that section of what is now West Virginia. He had two brothers, Philip and another, who served in the revolutionary war. He followed farming as a means of livelihood. He married Elizabeth Smith. Children: Mary, Rachel, Catherine, Joseph, Benjamin, Jacob, Sophia, David, Elizabeth, Hannah, Joshua, Jonathan, of whom further.

(II) Jonathan Shuman, son of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Shuman, was born in 1831, in Monongalia County, Virginia. He was by occupation a farmer. He married Dorcas _____, and they had children, including Philip, of whom further. The Shumans were nearly all of the Methodist religious faith, and in politics, of later years, Republicans.

(III) Philip Shuman, son of Jonathan and Dorcas Shuman, was born in Battelle district, Monongalia County, Virginia, in 1860. He obtained the ordinary common school education, and followed farming. He took much interest in educational matters when grown to manhood, and was elected trustee of the public schools. He was known for his good and upright character. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics a Republican. He married (first) a Miss Minor, (second) Rebecca Ann Darrah, (third) Nancy A. Kennedy. Children of second wife: Albert, of whom further; Mary Alice, married Simeon Lemley and their children are Milford and Mildred. The mother of these children died November 8, 1895. Children of third wife: William A. and Edna May.

(IV) Albert Shuman, son of Philip and Rebecca Ann (Darrah) Shuman, was born in Battelle district, Monongalia County, West Virginia, November 3, 1885. He was educated in the public schools and Fairmont State Normal School, after which he attended the West Virginia University (law department), graduating in 1910. The same year of his graduation he was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice law at Morgantown. Mr. Shuman is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and connected with the Knights of Pythias order. Politically he votes the Republican ticket. Mr. Shuman, by careful and exacting methods, has commenced to build a good legal practice at Morgantown. He comes of a well-known and highly intelligent family whose members have all left their impress upon the various communities in which they have resided since the long ago days after the war for independence when the forefathers settled in West Virginia, as now understood. He married, in December, 1910, Goldie Prudence, daughter of David S. and Hattie Lemley.  [Source: GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL OF THE Upper Monongahela Valley, WV Vol. III; By James Morton Callahan; Edited by Bernard L. Butcher; Publ. 1912; Pgs. 960-961; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]




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