Monroe County, West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

Boyd, A.R.
On Sunday, June 5th, 1898, of Messrs. A. R. ("Kellas") and John Boyd, brothers, the first-named residing between Union, Monroe county, W. Va. and Rocky Point, the latter near Alderson just across the line in Summers county, spent Friday together in Union and John said were drinking some alcoholic concoction, believed to be essence of cinnamon and Jamaica ginger. Their conduct, however, was orderly and not such as to indicate that they were intoxicated. On Saturday they were together in Rocky Point, and parting there "Kellas" returned to the home of his brother, Mr. P. A. Boyd, while John started for home his home near Alderson. "Kellas" seemed entirely sober but complained of sickness at the stomach and excrutiating pain in the head. During the night he grew worse, but refused to permit a physician to be sent for. Toward morning he was attacked with cramp and his eye-sight was also affected. A physician was sent for and arrived about 8 o'clock, but he found Mr. Boyd's condition hopeless. Messengers were dispatched with the sad tidings to his brother John, but on their way they met others bringing the doubly shocking news that John himself had died at exactly the eame hour. John, it seems, had reached Alderson Saturday evening and complained of the same symptoms which his brother had exhibited. He obtained some medicine for his relief and went home. On Sunday morning his condition was much worse and he seemed smitten within partial blindness. A physician was sent for before his arrival Mr. Boyd died, passing away at 12:30 p. m. In both cases the facts indicate that death was caused by some species of poison, it is believed it was wood alcohol. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), June 16, 1898 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Bransford, Lulu
Mrs. Lulu Johnson Bransford, wife of Mr. R. E. Bransford and a native of Pearlsburg, Va., died at her home at Baden, Penn., last Sunday. She had been in declining health for several years. Mrs. Bransfords mother was a Miss Fowler before her marriage, well-known in the Giles-Monroe communities. Interment was made in Pennsylvania. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN, 22 Dec 1932 - Sub. by Cathy Schultz]

Byneside, J.M.
died at Peterstown, on 31st ult. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), 15 April 1873] Sub. by KT

Cooke, Mrs. Ray

One of the saddest deaths among Monroe county's families in recent months was that of Mrs. Ray Cooke of Sinks Grove, which occurred in the hospital at Ronceverte at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. August 9, 1933. Mrs. Cooke was taken ill suddenly Tuesday and was rushed to the hospital that afternoon. A few hours after she was first stricken she succumbed to an occult hemorrhage. A Miss Bostic before her marriage, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Bostic of Hollywood, and was about 24 years of age. She became the bride of Mr. Cooke only about a year ago. As a devoted wife, she had won the affection and esteem of all her acquaintances, and her untimely leave-taking of life is a severe shock to her loved ones. She is survived by her husband, her parents and a number of brothers and sisters, among the latter being Miss Etta Bostic of Union. The funeral rites will be held tomorrow afternoon at Mt. Pleasant Church, Sinks Grove and will be followed by interment in the church cemetery. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 10 AUG 1933 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Dunn, Mrs. Sarah A.
Wife of James P. Dunn, of Peterstown, West Virginia, was born April 29th, 1837, was married September 11th, 1856 and died July 14th, 1911 at her home at Peterstown, West Virginia, where she spent her life. She was the mother of five children; John P. Dunn, merchant and farmer, of Princeton, West Virginia; Mary E. Lucas, of Peterstown, West Virginia; James W. Dunn farmer of Snyder, Oklahoma; R. E. L. Dunn, who was a locomotive engineer and was killed in a wreck on the Panama Railroad, July 23rd 1906 and Hugh A. Dunn prosecuting attorney of Raleigh county, West Virginia.
Mrs. Dunn, Aunt Sarah, as she was called, was a Christian lady, a good wife, mother, and neighbor. All who knew her were her friends-she had no enemies. She was all that was good. Rev. Henry Dillon, Baptist minister and Rev. J. H. Watkins, Methodist minister conducted the funeral services, each making proper, Godly talks, but Mrs. Dunn preached her own funeral as she lived. All of her children were with her during her last illness except James, who could not be present. A friend. Source: The Raleigh Herald (Beckley, West Virginia) Thursday, July 20,1911  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Erwin, Annie
Succumbing to a long illness of cancer, Mrs. Annie Erwin, widow of the late Mr. Amos Erwin, died at her home last Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1933. She is survived by one daughter and one son, Mr. James Erwin, of Sterling, Va. Another daughter, Mrs. Albert Perkins of Ronceverte, preceded her in death about six months ago. Two grandchildren, Miss Annie Perkins and Mr. Ralph Perkins, of Ronceverte, also survive. Funeral services and burial were held in Sterling, Va., Friday morning. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 10 AUG 1933 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Fleshman, Mrs. A. A.
Mrs. A. A. Fleshman, aged 84 years, died at her home near Organ Cave at 6:30 oclock last Friday morning, Dec. 16, 1932. Her death was due to influenza and pneumonia. Mrs. Fleshman is survived by five children, Mrs. Roy Shoppe at home, Mrs. Glenn Gillespie, Messrs, A. W. Fleshman of Ronceverte, J. E. Fleshman at home. Funeral services were conducted at Salem Church Sunday by Rev. Robt R. Gray, followed by interment in Salem cemetery. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 22 Dec 1932 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Fleshman, A. A.
Mr. A. A. Fleshman, aged 85 years, departed this life last Thursday morning, August 3, 1933, at his home near Organ Cave. Mr. Fleshman was a son of Elizabeth Lipps Fleshman and Andrew Jackson Fleshman, and was born at Alvon, Greenbrier county, on July 19, 1848. He married miss Jane Gibson on October 6, 1870. To that union were born six children, J. E. of Roanoke, Va., A. W. of Ronceverte, Mrs. Glenn Gillespie of Unus, Mrs. Roy Shope of Caldwell, who survive, and Rose A. and J. T. Fleshman who preceded their father in death. Mr. Fleshman had been a resident of Monroe county for half a century. He was a faithful member of the M. E. Church, South, for 53 years, joining the church at Ronceverte and later transferring his membership to Highland Park. Burial was made Saturday at 11 a.m. at Salem Church with Rev. Chas. A. York in charge of the services. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 10 AUG 1933 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Garten, Nancy Nora
Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Nora Garten, 57 years old, who died at her home in Alexandria, Va., last Friday afternoon, were held in the Baptist church at Talcott Monday afternoon and burial followed in the cemetery at that place. Mrs. Garten was daughter of the late J. F. and Mary E. Woodrum. She was united in marriage to Mr. J. E. Garten in 1892 and to this union were born four children, Cleo and Mettie, of Talcott, Ola and Edna, of Alexandria. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Clara Grimmett and Mrs. Lillie Sims, four brothers, C E. Woodrum, Armstrong Woodrum, of Hinton, D. E. Woodrum and R. M. Woodrum, of Talcott and a host of other relatives and friends. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 22 Dec 1932 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Hinkle, Luther
Mr. Luther Hinkle, a prominent citizen of Monroe county, died at the college of Physicians and Surgeous at Baltimore, last week, while undergoing a surgical operation for the removal of a tumor from the throat. [Sept. 30, 1889, Wheeling Register {Wheeling, WV}, Vol. 27, Issue 80, Pg 4 - Sub. by Dena Whitesell]

Humphreys, Malinda Jane
Closing a long and useful life, Mrs. Malinda Jane Humphreys, widow of the late Mr. W. C. Humphreys, peacefully entered into rest at the home of her son, Mr. R. M. Humphreys, in Union about 4:30 oclock yesterday afternoon, August 9, 1933. She was 84 years, eight months and twenty-seven days of age. Mrs. Humphreys had enjoyed exceptionally good health until two years ago when she fell and fractured her hip. She never recovered from the accident and had since been virtually an invalid, death finally resulting from the injury and the infirmities incident to the weight of years. Mrs. Humphreys was born near lindside, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Broyles, and she was a life-long resident of Monroe county. In 1867 she became the bride of Mr. Humphreys, their happy married life of half a century being broken by his death in 1917. Following the election of her son, Mr. R. M. Humphreys to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court in 1920, she moved to Union with him and had since resided here. Mrs. Humphreys was a Christian woman, a member of Pine Grove Christian Church, and for the many good qualities of her useful life was given a place in the esteem and affection of all who knew her. Her long life was a fair record of womanly goodness, the lovely deeds of the fond and faithful wife and mother. Now she rests from her labors and her good works follow her. Mrs. Humphreys is survived by four sons, Mr. R. M. Humphreys of Union, Mr. Allen C. Humphreys of Ballard, Mr. Andrew S. Humphreys of Indian Mills and Mr. W. H. Humphreys of Roanoke, and by one daughter, Mrs. T. H. Gore of Princeton. One daughter, Mrs. Mary McDanile, died eight years ago. She also leaves two brothers, Messrs. George W. Broyles of Huntington, and Will L. Broyles of Princeton; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Allen of Forest Hill, and Mrs. Lizzie Fleshman of Beckley. The funeral rites will be held at Pine Grove Church near Lindside at 3 oclock this afternoon, after which her earthly remains will be laid to repose in the Broyles cemetery. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 10 AUG 1933 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Johnson , Jacob
b. Monroe County, Va. March 6, 1794, m. 1819, d. Dale Twp. McLean County, Ill. March 18, 1877, (Left 10 children. His wife died in 1862.) [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Sub. by Teri Colglazier]

Lahey, Jennie
Miss Jennie Lahey, aged 60, daughter of the late Dennis and Frances Lahey of Pence Springs, died unexpectedly at her home there Monday morning at 9 o'clock after a sudden heart attack. She had not been ill previously to Monday morning, and was found in a dying condition on the kitchen floor of her home by her sister, Miss Elizabeth Lahey, and died a short time after being carried to her room. Miss Lahey was born at Blue Sulphur Springs, but had lived at Pence Springs for 50 years. [THE MONROE WATCHMAN 10 AUG 1933 - Sub. by C. Schultz]

Long, Charles
Charles Long, age 15, was drowned last Tuesday while skating on a pond in Monroe county, West Virginia. [Transcribed from the Sun, 2 Feb 1901]

Meadows, William
The death of Mr. William Meadows, an aged and esteemed citizen of Monroe county, occurred at his home near Peterstown on last Friday night, March 12, 1909, about 10 o'clock. Mr. Meadows had been sick some seven weeks. He had been a resident of the Peterstown neighborhood for a great many years and will be sadly missed by his old friends. He is survived by one son and two daughters Attorney J.A. Meadows, Mrs. E.P. Williams and Mrs. J.B. Chambers. The deceased was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Peterstown cemetery on Sunday afternoon last at ? o'clock. [Monroe Watchman, 18 Mar 1909 - transcribed by K. Torp] (Note from researcher William Meadows s/o Fielding and Tempy Ball Meadows. Fielding was the s/o Francis and Frances Bush Meadows (1858 Monroe death register). William born June 1826, Giles County, VA.)

Miller, Jas. O.
Another good citizen of Monroe county has gone to join the great majority - Squire Jas. O. Miller, who died at his home near Gap Mills, at 6:10 o'clock yesterday morning, March 17, 1909. He had been a great sufferer from rheumatism for several years and for some time had been well nigh helpless. It is thought he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis last Sunday and from that hour gradually sank until the end came. He expired peacefully as a child sinks to sleep. Squire Miller was about 66 years of age and was born and reared in this county. He was a faithful Confederate soldier, enlisting in the Rocky Point Grays, 22d Va. Infantry, and serving until the end of the war. He became a successful farmer, and being a man of intelligence and good judgment, was chosen repeatedly Justice of the Peace, being re-elected to that position by the voters of Sweet Springs district last November. His integrity of character was universally recognized, and his kind and companionable dispostion won for him a great many friends. Squire Miller was a loyal member of the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, who was a daughter of the late Mr. G. Wash. Nickell, and three sons, Messrs. Homer, Frank and J. Ernest Miller. He leaves also one brother, Capt. W.F. Miller of Hans Creek, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Patton of Gap Mills, Mrs. Josephine Lemons, wife of Mr. Alex Lemons of the Sinks Grove neighborhood, and Mrs. Angeline Ross of Ohio. His funeral will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon at Mt. Carmel Church, Gap Mills. [Monroe Watchman, 18 Mar 1909 - transcribed by K. Torp]

Nickell, Thompson
Melancholy Suicide -- Staunton, Va., Oct. 22 A Thompson Nickell, of Monroe County, West Virginia, committed suicide this morning by shooting himself through the head, on the cars of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. He was conveying his wifes corpse to Waynesboro for interment, and her sudden death caused him to commit the act. [Transcribed from the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1870-10-24 - Sub by K.T.]

Peter, William H.,
a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, died 8 Aug., near the Sweet Springs, Va., aged 24 [National Intelligencer24 Aug 1830 - Sub. by K.T.]

Ridout, Addison,
atty. at law, of Annapolis, Md., aged about 31, died early in this month at the Sulphur Springs, Monroe Co, Va. He was elected at the last election a Delegate to the Legislature from his native state. (28 Aug 1826, National Intelligencer) Sub. by K.T.

Ridout, Miss Harriet
dau. of Samuel Ridout, of Annapolis, died at the Sulphur Springs, Va., early in Sept (25 Sept 1826, National Intelligencer) Sub. by K.T.

Skaggs, John
At his home in Monroe county, W. Va., Feb. 25th, Mr. John Skaggs at the very advanced age of 97 years and 11 days. He married a second time when he was more than 80 years old. The Greenbrier Independent says: "He was remarkably spry and vigorous up to his death, and would have probably completed his century had it not bean for an accidental fall which culminated in his death. [Staunton spectator.(Staunton, Va.), March 09, 1892]

Smithson, Lewis
Suicide - On Wednesday, August 6th, Lewis Smithson, aged about 25 years, a son of Mr. Thos. L. Smithson, who lives near Alderson, in Monroe county, W. Va., committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver in his father's yard, while the rest of the family were absent. No cause is assigned for his taking his life. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), August 27, 1890]

Warren, Stuart I.
Mr. S. I. Warren, recently of Monroe, and so well known in that county and Greenbrier, died of kidney disease at the residence of his aunt, Mrs. Riley Cook, at Orchard, Colorado, on the 14th inst., in the 56th year of his age. He learned the printer's trade in Lewisburg many years ago, edited the Chronicle, published in Lewisburg, and was at one time editor of the Monroe Democrat published at Union. We are informed by men who remember him as an editor that he wrote with force and fluency, and sustained the principles of the Democratic party with much ability. He was a man of fine natural sense. Mr. Warren leaves three children - George W. Warren, of Union, Dr. Otey Warren, of Missouri, and Mrs. Jacob Riffe, of Hinton. His remains were brought to Union for interment. -- Greenbrier (W.Va) Independent. [Staunton Spectator. (Staunton, Va.), August 27, 1890]


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