BLAKE, Miles L .
Is a native of Putnam county, West Virginia, born December 12, 1840. His parents, Miles and Sarah (Henson) Blake, died December 31, 1878, and February, 1849, respectively. Mr. Blake's first marriage was to Alice G. McKnight, who was born in 1846, married March 25, 1865, and died October 23, 1867. She left two children: Gertrude, born April 19, 1866, and Alice, October 3, 1867. She was a daughter of W. F. and Margaret (Higgins) McKnight. Susan M. Hall became the wife of Mr. Blake at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, June 3, 1868. She was born in Ritchie county, West Virginia, January 26, 1869, died July 19, 1871; Myrtie E., July 16, 1873, died April 8, 1875; John W., junior, October 12, 1878, died January 21, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Blake are Jesse L. and Catherine A. (Louther) Hall, both natives of West Virginia. Her father was born December 20, 1814, and still resides in West Virginia. Her mother was born December 12, 1820, and died February 18, 1854. Mr. Blake was justice of the peace from 1867 to 1871 in Rome township, Lawrence county, Ohio, and from 1879 to the present time in Guyan township. He was postmaster at Millersport, Lawrence county, Ohio, in 1867 and 1868, and the same office in Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio, in 1880. Mr. Blake enlisted at Camp Dennison in the three-month service in Company E, Independence Guthrie Grays, as a private. He reenlisted in the same company and regiment June 18, 1861, for three years. The name of the regiment was changed to the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. At the end of his term he was appointed by Governor Brough second lieutenant, and in August, 1864, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the command of Company F, 173d Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He took part in several engagements; among them, Shiloh Tennessee, April 6 and 7, 1862; siege of Corinth, Mississippi, April and May, 1862; Chickamauga, September 19 and 20, 1863; Brown's Ferry, Tennessee, October 25, 1863; Mission Ridge, Tennessee, November, 23, 24 and 25, 1863; skirmishes at Garrick's Ford, Virginia, July 6, 1861; Elkwater, Virginia, September, 1861; Woodbury, Tennessee, August, 1862; Chapman Hill, Tennessee, October 8, 1862; near Chattanooga, Tennessee, October and November, 1863; Dandridge, East Tennessee, January 16 and 17, 1864; Nashville, Tennessee, December, 1864; Paris, Tennessee, May, 1865. Mr. Blake was wounded and taken prisoner at Stone River, and he was wounded at Chickamauga. He came to this county in 1875, and resides in Guyan township. He is a farmer. His address is Crown City, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
A pioneer of this county, was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, April 26, 1794. At the age of eighteen he enlisted for the War of 1812, becoming a member of Captain John McClung's Greenbrier company, and was appointed regimental ensign, which then ranked as a lieutenancy. At the close of the war he was appointed United States Marshal for the western district of Virginia, a position which he held for twelve years. Afterward he held the position of Commissioner of Revenue and United States Commissioner. In 1827, he married Mrs. Crawford, a widow, at Blue Sulphur Springs. He died at Winfield, this county, December 18, 1878, aged eighty-four years. [Source: History of West Virginia Transcribed by: D.O.]
COPEN, Clarence E.
C. E. Copen, son of William A. and Alice Copen, was born in Wirt County, West Virginia, December 8, 1877, and was educated in the public schools and at the West Virginia University at Morgantown. After leaving the University he became a public school teacher for a few years, in which profession he was a pronounced success. During this period he decided to become a lawyer, and began the systematic reading of legal textbooks, which he kept up until 1904, when he was equipped to pass the rigid examination required by the West Virginia statute, and was, in that year, admitted to practice as a member of the Wirt County Bar, where he carried on a lucrative business in his native and adjoining counties. Being desirous to widen his field of labor, he moved to Huntington in Cabell County, where he became a member of the firm of Doolittle, Copen & Davis, which firm was dissolved by the death of Judge Doolittle. At this time, and for a few years past, he maintains an office at Winfield, Putnam County, where he spends a limited portion of his time each month. His present firm at Huntington is Copen & Darnell. For the first few years his practice was mainly on the criminal side of the courts, because he was gifted as a public speaker, and, therefore, was a strong and successful advocate, especially before juries; but in later years he has given the most of his time and energies to civil practice, which he finds much more profitable and far more satisfactory. As a side issue he was connected with the publication of a weekly newspaper, which gave him an experience and knowledge that was very helpful to him as a trial lawyer, and added to his influence both as a lawyer and a citizen. He, however, did not allow this, in any way, to interfere with his business as a lawyer, as his practice steadily grew larger as the years passed by. He was two years (1905 and 1906) Prosecuting Attorney of his native county, and, had an extensive experience in criminal practice, he made an enviable record as a prosecutor of violators of the penal statutes of the State. This experience proved to be bf large value to him in broadening his grasp of the fundamental principles of the law, thus fitting him for a wider field of usefulness in his chosen profession.
Mr. Copen is a Republican in his political convictions, but he has never been an extremist, nor has he ever allowed politics to interfere with his professional business. His one set purpose has been to make good as a lawyer, which he has succeeded in doing.
He is a member of the Baptist Church, and always takes the moral side of all questions that come before the people. He is also an active member of the Knights of Pythias, an institution which stands for good morals and good citizenship. September 24, 1898, he was united in marriage with Miss Rosa M. Mason. As a result of this union they have four children, all boys. Their home is at Huntington, the seat of justice of Cabell County, where they have many friends.
Mr. Copen's practice is of a general character, and extends into all the courts of West Virginia, both State and Federal. He handles his cases well, and is measurably successful. He is agreeable and courteous, and has a large following of friends both in and outside of his profession. [Bench and bar of West Virginia edited by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 Transcribed by AFOFG]
HOGE, James H
Was born near Staunton, Virginia April 9, 1830. He was admitted to the bar in 1850, and located at Howardville, Albemarle county, but removed to Winfield, Putnam county, in 1852. In May, 1856, he was elected prosecuting attorney of his adopted county, and a year later married Sarah C., daughter of John G. Wright, of Charleston, West Virginia. In 1859, he was commissioned a Colonel of the State troops of Virginia. In 1860, he was reelected prosecuting attorney, and a few weeks later was chosen a delegate to the State Convention which convened at Richmond in April, 1861. In the fall of 1866, Daniel Polsley, Judge of the Kanawha Valley Circuit, was elected to Congress, and the following February James H. Hoge was appointed to fill the vacancy upon the bench. At the expiration of the term he was elected to the same office. He died at Winfield, West Virginia, August 12, 1882. [Source: History of West Virginia Transcribed by: D.O.]
One of those young and enterprising citizens of our great Republic, with whom rest her future glory, was born in the State of Ohio, county of Gallia, March 21, 1855. In the same State and county, and in the same year, was born she who was to be his future partner for life, who was to vow to share his joys and sorrows. Mary Roberts, daughter of James and Matilda (Cottrell) Roberts, born August 27, 1855, became the wife of Simeon Irion on February 18, 1880, the wedding ceremony taking place in Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. The parents of Mr. Irion are Robert and Mary C. (Plymale) Irion. He is a resident of Buffalo district, Putnam county, West Virginia, a successful bookkeeper in occupation, and receives his mail at the postoffice of Pliny, Putnam county, West Virginia. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
LOVE FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
The surname Love is derived, according to the best authority on British surnames, not from love, but from the word loup (wolf), and appears in the Hundred Rolls, evidently having been a surname from about A. D. 1200. From Loupell is derived Lovell in a similar way. A very ancient Love coat-of-arms is described: Azure a lion rampant argent. Crest: A hand holding an annulet proper. Various other coats-of-arms of the Love family are described by Burke. The principal seats of this family in England are at Basing, Hampshire; Norton and Goadhurst, Hampshire and Oxfordshire; Sevenoaks, county Kent; Kirksted, county Norfolk, and at Agnow, county Northampton. The first American immigrant of the name was in Boston in 1635, but he appears to have left soon. It is not known whether he went back to England or not, but there is evidence that he left descendants in Boston. Thomas Love, of Boston, married, September 23, 1752, Hannah Thurston. John Love, of Boston, died in 1714; another John Love died there in 1756, and a Margaret Love in 1759. Wichie Love died in Boston in 1724, and his son, Qilliam Richie, of Ritchie, had a guardian appointed in 1730 and died in 1758. Robert Love, of Boston, died in 1777. Hezekiah Love, of Taunton, was a juror in the county court at Plymouth in 1650, but no descendants are known.
Before the revolution two of the Boston Love family moved to Mecklenburg county, Virginia. The date is given in some records as 1674. If this date is correct they were probably sons of the first settler, but possibly grandsons. The names are not known, however.
(II)Charles Love, a descendant of the Boston Love family, was born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, probably as early as 1750. He married Susan Chiles, of Childs. With his two sons, William and Daniel and three daughters, he removed to Kanawha county, Virginia, now in West Virginia, in 1805. In 1814 he and his two sons removed to Mud River valley, where they settled and lived the remainder of their lives. Children of Charles and Susan Love: Mrs. Rolfe, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Hampton, Mrs. Shortridge, Charles. Allen. William, mentioned below; Daniel, married Cynthia Anna Chadwick.
(III) William Love, son of Charles Love, was born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia. December 30, 1781. He married, June 16. 1803, Susan E. Brame, born in Mecklenburg county, March 2, 1785. Children: 1. Martha A., born May 24, 1804, died May 18. 1845, in Iowa; married, March 19, 1822. Luke W. Billups. 2. Elizabeth L.. born January' 2. 1806; married, November 10. 1825, Martha Ellison. 3. Charles T., born April 26, 1807, died May 18, 1854; married. February 23, 1841, Lucretia Jane Creath. 4. May I., born October 18. 1808. died February 4. 1896, in Illinois; married, March 18, 1828, Albert Eastham. 5. William A., mentioned below. 6. Elisha, born December 22, 1811, died May 9, 1847; married, October 27, 1831, B. W. Maupin. 7. Sophia P., born October 16, 1813, died in Huntingdon, West Virginia, March 9, 1895; married, December 22, 1836, Edmund C. Rece. 8. Lewis L., born July 25, 1815; married, August 9, 1838, Emily Eastham. 9. Allen, born March 17, 1817, died June 3, 1849, unmarried. Three others died in infancy.
(IV) William A. Love, son of William Love, was born April 28. 1810, in Virginia. He was educated in the common schools, and followed farming all his life in Putnam county, Virginia. He married (first) May 30, 1832, Eliza Morris, who died February 3. 1838, daughter of John Morris; he married (second) August 8. 1839, Margaret Handley; married (third) December 6, 1842, Elizabeth Shelton. Children by first wife: 1. Peter E., mentioned below. 2. John W.. a soldier in the federal army, killed in the civil war. Child by second wife: 3. Margaret, married Charles Shoemaker. Children by third wife: 4. Susan Virginia, married Samuel Moore. 5. Eliza, married John O. Morris. 6. Charles, died in infancy. 7. Daughter, died in infancy. 8. Daughter, died in infancy. 9. Nancy, married Bales Kade. 10. Minnie, married Samuel Moore, he being the husband of her deceased sister, Susan V. 11. Marietta, married P. B. Reynolds.
(V) Peter E. Love, son of William A Love, was born in Cabell county, Virginia, now in West Virginia, June 13, 1833. He was a farmer in Cabell county during his active life. Died November 28, 1912, aged seventy-nine years, in Huntington, West Virginia. He married Ann A. Simmons, born near Milton, West Virginia, died December 18, 1910, aged seventy-seven years, daughter of William Simmons. Children, born in Cabell 'county, West Virginia: 1. Charles A., married Edith Bernall. 2. John W., married Kate Jackson. 3. Cornwalsy, married Mamie Dundass. 4. James S., (deceased); married Agnes Sedinger. 5. Thomas L., deceased; married Catherine Heriford. 6. L. Lewis, M. D., married (first) Anna Love; (second) a Miss Underwood. 7. Allen V., married Lillian Tozier. 8. Henry Edward, mentioned below. 9. Mollie E., married W. G. Williams. 10. Annie E., married S. E. Reynolds.
(VI) Henry Edward Love, son of Peter E. Love, was born near Barboursville, Cabell county, West Virginia, December 19, 1870. He rereceived his early education in the public schools and afterward attended Barboursville College. After following farming for a number of years, he was for a time a general merchant at Barboursville. In 1902 he came to Hunington and engaged in the livery stable business for about five years. He sold out to devote all his attention to the automobile business and since then he has had a large and flourishing trade. In 1905 he built his present garage, the first in Huntington. He is a dealer in all kinds of automobiles and conducts a general automobile business. He is one of the prominent merchants of the town. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntington. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He and his family attend the Baptist church. Mr. Love married, October 23, 1893, Minnie F. McCommas, born near Barboursville, Cabell county, West Virginia, daughter of Jefferson McCommas. Children, born in Cabell county: Paul E., Amelia A., Mildred Be
REES, SR. Samuel
Was born in Gallia county, June 7, 1809. His father, Samuel, Rees, was born in the State of Virginia, in 1764, and was one of the earliest settlers of this township, coming here in 1797. His death occurred in 1832. Mary (McCalester) Rees, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in Virginia, in 1775, and died in this township in 1850. Adeline McCoy became the wife of Samuel Rees, at Gallipolis, September 12, 1861. She was born in Putnam county, West Virginia, February 7, 1832. They have the following children: Samuel, junior, born October 3, 1862, died October 9, 1862; Mary J., June 28, 1865; Charles C., July 14, 1866; Anna B., November 5, 1867. Samuel McCoy, the father of Mrs. Rees, was born in Virginia, in 1807, and died in Putnam County, Virginia, in 1867. Virginia (McAlister) McCoy, the mother of Mrs. Rees, was also born in Virginia, in 1809, and died in Putnam county, Virginia, in 1879. Mrs. Rees had three brothers in the late war in the Confederate army. Lewis and Samuel McCoy enlisted in 1861, and Columbus McCoy enlisted in 1862. All three served to the close of the war and returned home. Samuel Rees, senior, the subject of this sketch, died March 12 1870. The postoffice address of his widow is Addison, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
ROSE, Joseph W.
Was born in township October 2, 1851. He commenced business in 1872, in Montgomery county, Ohio, working at private work. In 1873 he taught school in Buffalo township, Putnam county, West Virginia, and his father being taken sick at that time he had to relinquish teaching, and attend to the duties of his father's farm. He afterward took a clerkship with Mr. T. L. Lloyd, in his store, in 1876, and in the fall of 1879 he commenced the mercantile business for himself on section 23, Greenfield township. He still continues in the business. His parents are John and Margaret (Johnston) Rose. His father was born May 5, 1842, and died in 1879. Elizabeth Bloebaum became the wife of Mr. Rose in Symmes' township, Lawrence county, Ohio, November 7, 1878, Constantine Hanly, justice of the peace, officiating. Mrs. Rose was born at Center Furnace, Lawrence county, Ohio, November 15, 1850. She is mother of one child: Fannie May, born June 16, 1882. Her parents are William H., and Elizabeth Beinker) Bloebaum; the first is deceased, and her mother resides in Lawrence county, Ohio. The postoffice address of Mr. Rose is Gallia Furnace, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Was born in Carrol county, West Virginia, August 24, 1840, and settled in Gallia county in 1866. His parents were James and Nancy (Watson) Spence. On May 1, 1874, in Putnam county, West Virginia, Zacariah Spence was united in Marriage with Rachel E. Lambert, who is a daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Fetty) Lambert. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Spence are: Martha J., born March 21, 1875; James R., May 26, 1877; Jeremiah, September 26, 1879. Martha, the eldest, was born in West Virginia; James R. and Jeremiah in Ohio. Mr. Spence is a stonecutter, and his postoffice address is Gallia Furnace, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
THOMPSON, Judge William Thomas
Huntington, W. Va., February 22, --Judge William Thomas Thompson died at his home in this city last midnight. Although he had been an invalid for a long time the announcement of his death was a great shock to his many friends. The remains will be laid to rest to-morrow afternoon by his old comrades of Camp Garnett. Judge Thompson was born at Hurricane Bridge, in Putnam county, this State on February 17th 1844. "He was a son of R. N. B. and Julia Morris Thompson, old Virginia stock on both sides, He entered the Confederate service when a boy and was a gallant soldier to the end of the war. In 1867 he graduated from Wytheville College, in Virginia, and subsequently studied law with the late James W. Hoge, of Winfield. He located at Barboursville, in this county. In 1870, for the practice of law, and from '76 to '84 was prosecuting Attorney of Cabell county. From '84 to 92' he filled the office of State Treasurer, and for two years thereafter he was Criminal Judge of Cabell county, being appointed to this position by Governor, MacCorkle. He was twice married, his first wife being Loila Biggs, of Kentucky, and his second wife Nannie S. Hagen, of this city, who now survives him. He leaves two daughters. Judge Thompson was a gailant, aggressive man, and when in various positions of trust assigned him, he was a faithful and capable public servant. Strong individuality marked his character, and in his death Cabell county loses one of its best and most notable citizens. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia) Tuesday, February 23, 1897 Transcribed by: D.O.
Was born in this county June 1, 1850; his father, John Trackler, is one of the oldest settlers of this county, coming here in 1802. He was born in the Shenandoah valley, and was only nine years old when he came here. He is now eighty years old and very feeble. He lives on the same farm where he settled when he settled here. Hannah (Fisher) Trackler, the mother of Joseph, was born in Germany, and came to this country when she was nineteen years of age, and since her husband has become so feeble she has attended to the duties of the farm herself. Joseph Trackler was married to Amanda E. (Mason) Fisher, at Gallipolis, June 1, 1880. She is a native of Putnam county, West Virginia, born July 1, 1853. She was married previously in the same county to William M. Fisher, November 17, 1872. He was born in Germany, and came to this country when he was three years old. He died February 22, 1880. He was father of the following children: Carrie, born August 26, 1873; and Ernest, February 21, 1877. The parents of Mrs. Trackler are Isaac and Charlotte (Robertson) Mason. Her father died July 15, 1866. Mrs. Trackler had three brothers in the late war. A half-brother, Charles H. Dury, enlisted in 1861 in the 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and two brothers, Stephen D. and Theador, both served in the Confederate army. All three returned home after the close of the war. Mr. Trackler is engaged in farming. His postoffice address is Addison Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
Is a son of Anthony and Jane (Richey) Tuck, settlers of this county in 1840. Andrew was born in West Virginia, September 27, 1828. He was married to Eliza A. Rice, in Mason county, West Virginia, October 10, 1878. She was born in Putnam County, West Virginia, September 27, 1839. Her parents are Jacon and Lucy (Williams) Rice. The following are the children of Mr. Tuck by his first: Sarah J. (Carter), who was born March 7, 1840, and died May 11, 1871; Jeanette, February 28, 1860, resides in this county; Henrietta B., August 15, 1862, resides at home; Sarah V., June 27, 1864, resides at home; Mary J., September 30, 1867, died May 12, 1870. Farming is the occupation which Mr. Tuck follows, his farm being located in Addison township. His postoffice address is Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. [SOURCE: History of Gallia County: Containing A Condensed History of the County; Biographical Sketches; General Statistics, Miscellaneous Matters, &c; James P. Averill; Hardesty & CO., Publishers, Chicago and Toledo. 1882.]
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