Randolph County,
West Virginia

Biographies



Solomon Boner
Solomon Boner was born in Grant County, July 4, 1824, and was a son of William Boner, of German and Irish descent. In 1846 he married Jane, daughter of Thomas Bright, of Randolph County. His wife died in 1878, and the next year he married Sarah J. Yanmeter. Children: Seymour, Rebecca. Archibald, Mary, James, Martha, Ann Jemima, Virginia M., Sulpitius G., and Solomon P. He is a farmer and civil engineer, living on Dry Fork, 30 miles from St. George, where he owns 500 acres of land, one-fifth improved. He was county surveyor 18 years, and was the principal man in locating all the roads above Black Fork. The main Dry Fork road was commenced in 1863 and has just been completed. The first settlers on Dry Fork were William Boner* Rudolph Shobe, Daniel Poffinbarger, John Carr, Thomas White, Ebenezer Flanagan,t John Wolford-t Henry Fansler was the first man to move his family into Canaan. He made a small improvement, and left. This was about the commencement of the present century; but the exact date cannot be determined. Some think it to have been as long ago as 1780. There is current a story that the first settler of Dry Fork went there during the Revolutionary War, to escape service in the army. But this is not sufficiently well authenticated to be accepted as history. However, it is certain that Dry Fork was settled at a very early day. Solomon Boner assisted in running the line between Tucker and Randolph. He has been a great huntrr, and has killed, as he estimates, 50 bears and 500 deer. He killed a bear on Otter Fork that, when dressed, weighed 250 pounds, and Archibald Boner and James Davis caught one in Abel Long's corn field that weighed, neat, 325 pounds. [History of Tucker County, West Virginia by Hu Maxwell and Henry Clay Hyde, 1884 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Hon. John S. Carlile
Mr. Carlile was born at Winchester, Virginia, December 16, 1817. He was educated by his mother, who was a woman of high culture, until he was fourteen years of age. He then entered a dry goods store as salesman and clerk, remaining till his seventeenth year, when he commenced business for himself. At an early age, having a decided taste for the profession, he began the study of law, was admitted to the bar in 1840, settled at Beverly, Randolph County, and began practice. He was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1847, and served until 1851. His associates were not long in finding in Mr. Carlile a man of untiring energy, a close student, a diligent legislator, and a ready and forceful debater. He took a leading rank in the Senate, which was filled with the ablest men of Virginia. In 1800 he was elected a delegate from Randolph County to the Constitutional Convention to revise the Constitution of the State. In this body of learned and distinguished Virginians Mr. Carlile's splendid natural abilities, added to his experience of four years in the Senate, made him influential, and placed him along side of the ablest men in that body. The people by this time recognized Mr. Carlile's commanding abilities, and in 1855 nominated him as a candidate for Congress and elected him in one of the most spirited campaigns peculiar to that day. He served one term and returned to the practice of his profession, which had become large and lucrative.
To secure better opportunities for the display of his superior legal attainments Mr. Carlile removed his residence to Clarksburg, Harrison County. He was employed in all the important cases in litigation in County, Circuit, Federal and Supreme Courts in that portion of the State, and accordingly achieved great distinction as a member of the bar. At the breaking out of the war he was an avowed Unionist, and threw all of his great powers on the side of the Government. He was a member of the Wheeling Convention that established the Restored Government of Virginia, and was one of the leading spirits in all of its councils. He was elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress from the Wheeling District in 1861, and remained a member until his promotion to the Senate of the United States, the latter part of that year, from the Restored Government of Virginia. While in the Senate he served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands and Territories. His Senatorial term expired in 1865, when he retired to private life at Clarksburg and resumed the practice of his profession.
As an orator Mr. Carlile had but few, if any, superiors in Virginia. He died at his home in Clarksburg in 1878. While it is true that Senator Carlile is regarded most as a statesman, yet he was universally esteemed as an eminent and successful lawyer, and was an honor to the profession in and outside of the "Mountain State." He was unusually talented, and maintained a high rank both as a lawyer and a statesman. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Joseph H. Chenowith
OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA; MAJOR, 31 ST VIRGINIA INFANTRY.
Joseph H. Chenowith, son of Lemuel Chenowith, Esq., and Nancy A., his wife, was born in Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia, on the 8th of April, 1837. His father was a member of the West Virginia Legislature of 1871, his mother a great-granddaughter of John Hart, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey. Young Chenowith spent his childhood in his native place, where his family still reside, and received his early education at the school of Mr. Jas. H. Logan, who for many years has taught in Beverly. Here his course was commendable; as a quiet, diffident, studious boy, he was remarkable. His teacher says of him: "He was a noble boy. . . . Whilst his fellows of equal age would be diverted by trifles, his mind was more inclined to reach, to grasp that{aliquid immensum et infinitum? which always leads to distinction and eminence." Receiving his appointment as a cadet in the Virginia Military Institute in 1855, he matriculated on the 21st of August of that year. Though not able at first to enter a high section of his class, by the end of the session he had worked his way up to the sixth stand on general merit. Continuing to improve each year, he became the second distinguished graduate" of the class of 1859, standing first on mathematics, natural philosophy, engineering, moral philosophy, and rhetoric; having a very remarkable talent for mathematics, never failing in a single instance to solve the numberless difficult problems given out to his class. During the last two years of his course he became an active member of the society of cadets; was one of the best debaters, and medalist.

Immediately after graduating, Mr. Chenowith was appointed assistant professor of mathematics, and assistant instructor of artillery tactics, in which capacities he served until December, i860, when he was appointed professor of mathematics in the Maryland Agricultural College. Accepting this position, he performed the duties appertaining to it until the fell of 1861, when, in response to a call made by the Governor of Virginia upon the graduates of the Virginia Military Institute, he went to Richmond, and received a commission as lieutenant in the provisional army. Owing to the large number of officers appointed, it was impossible to assign all to active duty,Lieutenant Chenowith was one of this number; not understanding the state of the case, and being of a sensitive nature, he gave himself up to disappointment, and became very dissipated. This went on for.some months, until, by the advice of a friend, he determined to volunteer as a private. In accordance with this resolve, and one of reform made at the same time, he returned to his home, and after remaining there for a short while, in February, 1862, he volunteered in Company "F," 31st Virginia Infantry. From the time he joined this company until the first of the following May he was employed in assisting to drill the company, not unfrequently having charge of the entire regiment when on drill. "As a drill-master he had few equals, and no superior in the regiment." At the reorganization of the army in May, 1862, he was elected major of the 31st Virginia Infantry, attached to the command then stationed at Fair View, six miles west of Staunton, Brigadier-General Edward Johnson commanding. In the opening of the celebrated Valley campaign, shortly after this, General Stonewall Jackson, in connection with General Edward Johnson, advancing along the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, met the advance of the Federal forces under General Milroy, and the sanguinary battle of McDowell ensued It was in this engagement that Major Chenowith first saw active service.

"When the heat of the engagement was fiercest, and our success seemed doubtful, Major Chenowith, in command of the left wing of the regiment (at that time detached), met and defeated a regiment of the enemy which had nearly succeeded in gaining the flank of our forces, thereby turning the tide of victory, otherwise doubtful, in our favor. When the regiment of the enemy, above alluded to, first made its appearance, coming from the direction it did, and partially hidden from view by dense foliage, the question arose whether they were foes or friends; during the parley that followed Major Chenowith stepped up to me, and said, ' Captain, are those the enemy's troops ?' On being answered in the affirmative, he turned to the men and coolly said (although by this time the enemy were pouring their leaden hail into us), 'Steady, men! Ready! Fire low and swift!' Our volley was delivered with fearful effect, when Major Chenowith, drawing his sword and waving it over his head, gave the command, ' Forward, double quick, march!' himself leading the charge, which was made with a will, and resulted in the dispersion of the enemy. To say the least, Major Chenowith's conduct in this engagement was not only brave and gallant, but decidedly important to the success of our arms.

"Immediately after the battle of McDowell, General Jackson continued his memorable marching and fighting campaign down the Shenandoah Valley. In all the hardships, privations, and dangers consequent upon this campaign, Major Chenowith bore a conspicuous and important part, ever cheering his men on to duty, and unflinchingly performing every duty assigned to himself; on one occasion being mainly instrumental in checking the advance of Fremont until our army passed through Strasburg.

"In the fight at Cross Keys, on the 8th of June, 1862, Major Chenowith's gallant conduct was noticed by all who knew and saw him on that occasion. Our regiment was stationed on the extreme left of the army; the enemy several times attempted to carry our position, but were repulsed. During one of the intermissions occurring between these attacks, the writer had considerable conversation with the subject of this sketch, in which he (Major C.) expressed strong hopes of the ultimate success of our cause, at the same time seeming deeply impressed with the idea that he would not live to see the end he hoped for. He spoke feelingly of the loved ones at home, expressing fears, however, that he would never see them again on earth. When night closed on the battle-field of Cross Keys, victory had again perched upon the banner of Stonewall Jackson, and amid all that gallant throng of victors who had fought under their great captain, none had served their country and their cause more truly, more bravely, or better, than Major Chenowith.

"On the morning of the 9th of June, the day after the battle of Cross Keys, as we were marching to attack Shields, the conversation of the previous day was renewed, and he reiterated his presentiment of his coming death. Alas! that it should have come so soon. Our regiment was again assigned to duty on the left; our position being a large wheat-field, luxuriant with the ripening grain. We had scarcely gained our position, when the dense column of the enemy were thrown forward and we were subjected to a most deadly and destructive front and enfilading fire; so murderous, indeed, that of two hundred and twenty-six men in our regiment who went into battle, one hundred and sixteen were killed and wounded in that fetal wheat-field. Among the killed was Major Chenowith; he had dismounted, and, in the commencement of the fight, taken his position immediately behind the centre of the left wing of the regiment As the battle progressed he passed down the line, around its left Hank, and was advancing up the front, encouraging the men, and calling upon them to follow where he led, when he was shot, the ball entering just behind the left ear, and passing entirely through his head. He fell without a groan, his sword still in his grasp pointed toward the enemy, nobly discharging his duty.

"Thus fell Major Chenowith, one of Virginia's noblest sons, who, had he lived, might have ranked among the ablest and best soldiers of the age.

"As a soldier he was brave and chivalrous; as a commander firm and generous; and as a companion kind, courteous, and true. In short, he combined all the qualities necessary to constitute the daring warrior and successful commander. We buried him on the battle-field, where he so nobly fought and so nobly died, with no pillow save his soldier's knapsack, and no shroud but his soldier's blanket; and yet we left him shrouded in the glory of his own noble deeds that no time can obliterate."

The foregoing description of the military life and character of Major Chenowith was written by his friend and comrade, Captain J. F. Harding, of Company "F," 31st Virginia.

To illustrate more fully the character of the man, as well as to show the radical change that had been wrought in him spiritually during his life as a soldier, this sketch shall be concluded by a few extracts from his diary, found on him after he was killed:

"If I am doomed to fall during the war, I hope it may not be until we are satisfied, beyond the doubt of the most timid, that we will gain our independence in the end. If it should be otherwise, I am resigned; God's will be done, not mine. I could part from earth, were' I doomed to die soon, far more willingly if I could once more behold the faces of father, mother, sisters, and brothers; but if this should be denied me, I have only to say that they need not weep for me, but be proud rather, and smile when they remember that I died on the battle-field trying to do my duty to my country, fighting for what I considered her rights.

"Near Harrisonburg, June 6, 1862.We camped here last night, and are marching towards Port Republic, but slowly over a rough road, made worse by long rain. I know not what our ultimate destination isr but I hope we will soon have time to rest awhile in camp. Our troops are very much delighted at the news from Richmond. If we have really routed McClellan's grand army, our success in the end may be regarded as certain.

"Three miles from Port Republic, June 8, 12 m.A heavy cannonade Is being kept up on the side of us next to Harrison-burg. Some of our men have been wounded. I saw one going to the rear. The 31st is supporting the battery which is engaged. I do not like our position, although it is a commanding one. We may possibly have our flank turned, but Jackson is here, if Fremont is with the enemy. Our movements yesterday and to-day are incomprehensible to me.

"Later.There is a lull in the firing. I know not why. My fervent prayer is that our heavenly Father may lead our beloved country safely through the labyrinth of troubles which envelop her, and give peace to her persecuted and much-tried people. We seek not, O God, for conquest, we ask only for that which Thou in Thy mercy wilt bestow. In the name of our Saviour grant, heavenly Father, strength to Thy weak and erring creature. Strength which will enable him to do his duty in every particular to Thee, his country, and to himself. Amen.

"Later, 2.30 p.m.This is decidedly the warmest battle with which I've ever had anything to do. The artillery firing is superb, the musketry not so slow. We are in reserve, but shells fly around us thick and fast. We will soon be into it.

"4.8 p.m.We have been firing in the fight, and poor Lieutenant Whitby has been killed, shot through the head. A cannon has been planted on our left. Several of our poor men have been wounded. I pity them from the bottom of my heart We will be at it again soon. And now, O God, I renew my earnest prayer for the forgiveness of my many sins, and for strength. In the name of Thy Son grant me mercy. Amen.

"6.15 p.m.All is now quiet. Our regiment (31st Virginia) is lying down in line of battle, in full view of the enemy's battery; the same battery which, only an hour ago, was pouring grape into the regiment Noble soldiers! it tortures me to see them wounded. How many of them now, as they rest looking quietly and dreamily up into the beautiful sky, are thinking of the dear ones at home, whom they have not seen for twelve months! This is a hard life for us refugees who fight and suffer on without one smile from those we love dearest to cheer us up. But by the blessing of God the fires of patriotism will keep our hearts warm, and a consciousness that we are trying to do our duty will always enable us to sleep sweetly when our day's work is done, and then we can wander in dreamland to the hearth-stones of our kindred, and see again in imagination's rosy light the loved faces of the dear ones at home.

"Port Republic, June 9, 1862, 8 o'clock A.M.The ball is open again, and we are, from what I can see and hear, to have another hot day. It is Shields this time. I may not see the result, but I think we will gain the victory, although I do not think our men have had enough to eat I cannot write on horseback."

Thus ends the diary. He was killed shortly after the last words were written. Sleep had come to him before the day was o'er, but not till he had done his work. He had gone before to wait for the loved ones at home. (Source: Biographical sketches of the Graduates and Eleves of the Virginia Military Institute who fell during the war between the States, by Chas. D. Walker. Published 1875. Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by Linda Rodriguez)

Henry Duffield
Farmer, Sec. 9 ; Woodstock P. O.; born in Randolph Co.. West Va., in 1803; came to McHenry County (IL) in 1846; owns 140 acres of land. Married Annie Given (first wife), of Virginia, in 1823. Married Laura Sturdevant (second wife) in 1851, of Connecticut; had nine children ; six living. [Source: 1877 McHenry County, IL Directory - submitted by K. Torp]

Judge Edwin S. Duncan
Judge Duncan, of Clarksburg, is remembered by the older people of that city as one of the ablest lawyers and jurists of the first half of the last century. He was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1790, and was educated in the schools of that section. He came to Randolph County, in the western part of the State, where he read law and was admitted to the bar at Beverly, the seat of justice of that county, about the year of 1812. He was a man of large natural endowments, and in a very short time became an attorney of distinction. He served for a short time as chief of staff in Col. Booth's Virginia regiment during the second war with Great Britain, shortly after his admission to the bar in 1812. After the close of the war he returned to Beverly and resumed his practice; but being desirous to secure a broader field of operations for a young lawyer of high ambitions, he removed his law office to Clarksburg in Harrison County in 1816 and began to practice there. He also opened an office at Weston in Lewis County, twenty-six miles distant, and had but little trouble in finding clients there as well as at Clarksburg. His residence, however, was in the latter town. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Lewis County in the fall of 1816, and in 1820 he was elected to the State Senate of Virginia from the district of which Harrison and Lewis were a part; was appointed United States District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia in 1824, and served four years; was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1829-30; was later elected a Judge of the General Court of Virginia and of the Eighteenth Circuit in 1831; was appointed by the Governor to represent Virginia at the World's Fair in London, England, in 1851, and after his return from this service he retired to private life at Clarksburg.
He departed this life February 4, 1858, and is still referred to as one of the eminent lawyers and judges of that prosperous city.Judge Duncan lived an upright, honorable life, and left his impress for good and exalted citizenship in that portion of the State where he spent a long and useful life. He never devoted any of his energies to politics, but preferred to spend all of his time in the profession which he made a special life work. He was truly a learned lawyer and an incorruptible judge. His prominent characteristics were a strong will, sound judgment, a large fund of humor, a keen knowledge of human nature, rigid devotion to what he believed to be right, and an integrity of character that riches dared not attempt to bribe and could not corrupt. His character was beautiful in simplicity and gentleness.A number of his descendants are residents of Clarksburg and Harrison County. He was a man of medium stature and carried an air of greatness as he moved among the people. He was, in every respect, a truly representative citizen and stood for the highest ideals in life and character. [Bench and Bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

The Harding Family
Joseph French Harding, born November 9, 1838. in Anne Arundle County, Maryland, son of Joseph and Alice (Elliott) Harding. He married in 1869, Luceba, daughter of Archibald and Caroline (Taylor) Wilmoth. Children, Clare W., French Leslie, Luceba M., Roella, Jo L. and Vie Owen. Mrs. Harding died April 8, 1910. Jo Lile died January 26, 1906. The name had a military origin and the Hardings have always had a bent toward the profession of arms, many of the name distinguishing themselves in military life. Maj. Harding entered the Confederate service at the beginning of the war, when 23 years of age. He remained until the close of the war firing the last shot of that conflict, perhaps, at Knapps Creek, in an engagement with Capt. Badger. He was in many hard fought battles and had many seeming miraculous escapes. Although several times wounded, Maj. Harding is today physically superior to the average man twenty years his junior. He rose to the rank of Major and was named for promotion to Colonel when the war closed. Maj. Harding has no characteristics of the man who yields and after Lee's surrender made an effort to reach the country beyond the Mississippi, where he believed the Confederates were still holding out, but on learning that all had surrendered, Lee wrote his own parole May 23, 1865. Subsequent to the Civil War, Maj. Harding twice represented Randolph and Tucker counties in the State Legisla- ture and was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1872. He was Sheriff of Randolph from 1877 to 1881. Since 1885. with his son Clare W. Harding, as junior member of the firm, he has been an attorney at law. Clare W. Harding, son of Major and Luceba (Wilmoth) Harding, was born in 1872, married Ada, daughter of S. X. and Katherine ( Brown) Bosworth. Children. Mildred, Ev- elyn, Neil, Lyle and Josephine. Mr. Harding has served two terms as prosecuting attorney of Randolph County and was appointed commissioner in chancer}- by Judge Kittle. Source: A History of Randolph County, West Virginia by Dr. A. S. Bosworth, Page 350  Transcribed by: D. Oberst



Elisha Hobbs
May be justly styled "the" pioneer of this county. He was born in Randolph county, Virginia, April 27, 1793, and came to this county with his parents in 1800, having to endure all the hardships to the life of a first settler. Indians at that time were very numerous, but friendly.
Mr. Hobbs served in the war of 1812 for three months, being stationed at Urbana, Ohio. The names of his parents are Timothy and Hannah (Bell) Hobbs. The first wife of Mr. Hobbs was Hannah Francis, who was a native of New York city. She was mother of one child, Susan, born May 12, 1819.
The second wife is Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Lane, who was born in this county July 26, 1810. Their marriage took place in this county. They have the following children: Hannah J., born August 14, 1830, resides in Illinois; Nancy E., April 15, 1882, resides in this
township; Squire T., March 15, 1834, resides in West Virginia; Thomas D., April 26, 1836, resides in this township; Henry W., November 28, 1838, resides in West Virginia; Caroline A., July 17, 1841, at home; Leathy F., November 27, 1843, died September 1, 1845; Mary R., April 27, 1847, resides in West Virginia; William F., June 8, 1852, resides at home. The last named son, William, is married to Romain Collins, who was born January 26, 1862. They have two children: Nellie N., born March 9, 1878; Harry, September 31, 1881. Mr. Hobbs held the office of constable in this township for a number of years. Three of his sons were in the late war. Henry was promoted to captain, and served four years; Thomas served four years; Squired also served four years; Henry was wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing. Mr. Hobbs' farm is located in Guyan township. His postoffice address is Mercerville, 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.] Submitted by K. Torp

Col. Elihu Hutton
Col. Elihu Hutton, of Huttonsville, Randolph county, who was chosen alternate-at large by the Second Congressional District Convention to appoint delegates to the National Convention is a few months past his fiftieth birthday. He was born and reared upon the great big rich valley farm on which he still resides. He was educated at the Huttonsville Academy and prepared to enter the University of Virginia when the civil war began. He entered the Confederate army and served with the 31st VA. I. Vol. in Jackson's corps, in the great battles fought in the early part of the war under Jackson. In 1863 he organized Company C of the 20th Va Cavalry, and was soon promoted to Major of the regiment and afterward to Colonel. His regiment was in the valley campaigns and all the hardships down to the close. He was twice wounded.
When the war closed he settled down on the old homestead, and has continued there ever since, having been twice elected to the Legislature from the Fourth Delegate District, in which body he served with distinction in the sessions of 1877 and 1879. He has always been a large land owner, and in the last few years has bought and sold large quantities of timber and coal lands, in addition to his agricultural holdings. He is very popular personally, and is noted for his many generous habits of character, has integrity and public spirit. He belongs to the "Old Guard" of Democracy, who never surrender nor bolt. The State and nation is honored in the selection of such men as representatives. It is hardly necessary to add that Col. H. is for Cleveland and tariff reform. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling WV) Saturday June 21, 1888 - Tr. by Richard Ramos]

Clyde Beecher Johnson
The eldest son of James L. and Anna C. (Martin) Johnson, Clyde Johnson, was born June 17, 1871, on a farm in Pleasants County, West Virginia, near what was then Twiggs Post Office. His father, at the age of 74, is yet living at Ellenboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia, and has for many years been an active farmer and business man in that section of the State.
In conversation with the writer Mr. Johnson talked of little else than his mother, who died in 1909. He attributes to her any degree of success that has come to him, and among other things said: "My mother was a queen among women. She was one of the early female graduates of Marietta College, and I yet believe she was the most thoroughly cultured and educated woman I have ever met. Her knowledge was encyclopedic, her memory marvelous, and her judgment of persons and situations unerring. After her graduation she taught in Mississippi, and later in Texas and during a portion of the War Between the States she was principal of the Huntsville Female Academy, now, I believe, a Texas Normal School. After the close of the war she came back north to care for her aged parents, and in 1866 opened "The Cedars," one of the first exclusive finishing schools for young ladies west of the Allegheny Mountains. In January, 1870, she married my father, and in addition to her duties as a wife and mother she found time to teach what was in fact a private college almost up to the time of her death in 1909. I have spoken thus at length of my mother because she deserves it. She is by far the most important part of this sketch, as whatever of success has come to me is almost wholly due to her example and teaching, and to such of her high ideals and splendid mind as I inherited."
Mr. Johnson was educated in the common schools of West Virginia, later spending some time both at Marietta and at West Virginia Wesleyan Colleges, but is not a graduate of either. He taught public schools for a number of years, in the meantime devoting himself to the study of law, being admitted to the Bar in 1895. He is proud of the fact that Arthur I. Boreman, the first Governor of West Virginia, and then Judge of the Third Circuit, was the first Judge to sign his law license. His first year of practice was at Sistersville in Tyler County, at the end of which he returned to Pleasants County and was the nominee of his party for Prosecuting Attorney in the election of 1896. He says that his defeat in that election at once curing him of running for office, and forcing him to settle down to hard professional work was a blessing in disguise.
He practiced in the town of St. Marys from 1896 until July 1, 1913, when he removed to Charleston and formed a partnership with Hon. William G. Conley, who had just finished his term as Attorney-General of the State. This firm represents The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company in many matters in West Virginia, and has a wide general practice in both State and Federal Courts.
In 1898 Mr. Johnson married Miss Anna Grace Hart, of Randolph County, West Virginia, and with their two children Myra and Bosworth they reside in a pleasant home in the City of Charleston. At this home with his family and in his modest home library Mr. Johnson finds his greatest pleasures. Amid pressing duties of a general law practice he has found a few spare hours to devote to literary pursuits, and in addition to some editorial work has written occasional bits of verse. Some of these were published in 1914 in a little volume entitled "Rhyme and Reason."
He is a member of the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar Association and the local Bar Association of the City of Charleston. His highest ambition is to be remembered when his life is finished as a lawyer worthy of fellowship in these associations, which include the great legal minds of America.
In politics Mr. Johnson is a life-long Democrat of the school, he says, that trusts the popular judgment and believes that no cause or party emergency is great enough to demand a sacrifice of candor. While never himself a candidate for public office since 1896, until the present year, being the nominee of his party as a candidate for State Senator, he has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his party, and has as wide an acquaintance throughout the State as perhaps any man of his age. He is a believer in Government by party, and it is never difficult to know where he stands on any public question. He is one of the ablest stump speakers in the entire State in all of the political parties.
Mr. Johnson confesses of having lived the quiet life of the country lawyer who must live by his work, and assures the biographer that there is little to tell about it that would seem of importance except to his family and intimate friends. He is an orator of high grade, and is a trial lawyer of pronounced ability and is a sound pleader as well. [Bench and bar of West Virginia by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 Transcribed by AFOFG]


Hon. Wayne K. Pritt
The subject of this sketch was born in Randolph County, West Virginia, January 23, 1872, and is the son of George W. and Lucinda Pritt of said county. His education was obtained in the common schools of his native county and in the Law Department of the West Virginia University at Morgantown, Monongalia County. After graduation, he was admitted to the Bar of Tucker County at Parsons, September 19, 1911, where he has since practiced. He has been admitted as an attorney in the United States District Court in West Virginia and the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State. Before entering upon the practice he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of Tucker County in 1896 and served acceptably the full term of six years, and was re-elected in 1902 for a second term. This experience has been most valuable to him as an attorney, because he became thoroughly familiar with the rules of practice, the forms of pleadings, drawing orders and decrees, etc., etc. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Tucker County in 1912 and served four years. He proved a strong prosecutor, and enforced the law with vigor and fairness, and to the entire satisfaction of the people. From the first he showed remarkable tact in the trial of causes; is a strong advocate, and has the confidence of Judge and juries; prepares his cases with care and thoroughness; has confidence in the correctness of the positions he takes, and asserts himself with fervor and earnestness, but always with proper respect towards his opponents. He is upright and just, courteous and considerate in all of his dealings, and commands the respect and confidence of the people who know him.He is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, the Orders of Odd Fellows and Elks, and of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He is an enthusiastic Republican, and takes a live interest in politics, but devotes practically all of his time and energy to the practice of his profession.He has never married. [Bench and bar of West Virginia edited by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 Transcribed by AFOFG]


Tallman Family
In the veins of this family flows the blood of the old pioneer and hero, Daniel Boone of Kentucky; Boone Tallman having married Mary Logan, a sister of the late James H. Logan of Randolph county, and become the father of Robert L. Tallman, who was a farmer and surveyor of Barbour county, West Virginia. The latter married Harriet L. Blake, daughter of Herod and Elizabeth Blake, of which union there were born Floyd Ellis Tallman and four other children.
Floyd Ellis Tallman, son of Robert L. and Harriet (Blake) Tallman, residents of Barbour county, West Virginia, was born March 9, 1882, in Barbour county, West Virginia. He spent his early years on the farm, during which time he attended the rural schools until the year 1900, when he became a teacher in the public schools of his native county, and during the years 1900-1905 he was a teacher in the rural schools of Barbour county and a student of Wesleyan College at Buckhannon, West Virginia, from which institution he graduated in the year 1905. In the fall of 1905 he entered the College of Law of the West Virginia University, where he continued for the school year of 1905-1906. In September, 1906, he was married to Bess Lillian Talbott, daughter of George E. and Ellen E. Talbott of Barbour county; and during the winter of 1906-7 taught in the public schools of Barbour county. In the fall of 1907 Mr. and Mrs. Tallman moved to Elkins, Randolph county, where they have since resided. Mr. Tallman held the position of principal of the Grammar School of the city of Elkins for the years 1907-8 and 1908-9, returning to the West Virginia University in the fall of 1909, where he again resumed his law studies, completing his course in the spring of 1910. He was admitted to practice law in Randolph county in November, 1910, and soon thereafter entered into partnership with the Hon. J. F. Strader under the firm name of Strader & Tallman. and has remained in the active practice of his profession since. In August, 1911, he was appointed commissioner in chancery of the circuit court of Randolph county, a position which he still holds, and in 1912 he was elected as a member of the Elkins city council from the second ward, having been the candidate of the two leading parties. He is also a member of the Republican party.
Mr. Tallman is a member of Delta Chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa college fraternity at Morgantown, West Virginia, a member of Elkins Chapter, Royal Arcanum, and a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and Chapter at Elkins, West Virginia. His wife, Bess Lillian (Talbott) Tallman, graduated from Wesleyan College at Buckhannon in the year 1904 in the literary and elocution courses, and is very active in the Methodist Episcopal church and its societies. Mr. and Mrs. Tallman have two daughters, Lucille and Mary Louise. Their home is at 220 Boundary avenue. [West Virginia and its people, Volume 3 by Thomas Condit Miller and Hu Maxwell - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Hiram Valentine Ware
Acquiring his first knowledge of Colorado in 1864, after making a trip to the territory overland with ox teams from Omaha, in which the progress of the train of one hundred wagons to which he was attached was stubbornly resisted by the Indians, and helping to fight a way through them, and then finding the conditions of life so entirely to his taste here that wherever he has been since he has longed for them again, Hiram V. Ware, of near Newcastle, Garfield county, returned to the state in 1881 and has since made it his permanent home. He is a Virginian by birth and rearing, having been born in Randolph county of the Old Dominion on August 17, 1838. His parents, William and Matilda (Ware) Ware, were also Virginians, as their forefathers had been for many generations before them. The father was a planter there, a prominent man in local affairs, a Democrat in politics and a Freemason in fraternal life. Both parents were members of the Methodist church, dying many years ago in full sympathy with the organization. Five children were born to them, of whom only Hiram and his brother William, of their native county, are living. Mr. Ware was educated at subscription schools to a limited extent, receiving the bulk of his education through travel, reading and observation. AT the age of fourteen he set out in life for himself and made his own living in various occupations until he reached the age of twenty. He then learned the carpenter trade and afterward worked at it for a period of about twenty-five years. In 1876 he engaged in the grocery trade in St. Louis, at the corner of Market and Twenty-second streets, in partnership with F.E. Bush. They continued in the business until 1878, when Mr. Ware disposed of his interest and again came to Colorado, locating at Leadville in 1881. Here he followed carpenter work for a year, then moved to the Grand river and located his present ranch, a pre-emption claim of ninety-two acres, eighty-seven of which are under cultivation, producing good crops of excellent hay and supporting his large herds of cattle. He also has ten acres of the tract in fruits and its products are large in quantity and superior in quality. Grain and potatoes are also grown in a small way. The water supply is sufficient for ample irrigation, he being a stockholder in the first ditch built from Elk creek, two miles west of Newcastle. He is so well pleased with Colorado that he says he would not live in any other state. He takes a cordial interest in the affairs of the state, in politics being an unyielding Democrat. In 1857 he was married to Miss Jennie Westfall, a native of Virginia, by whom he had four children. Mary lives at Denver; Sophronia B. at Sacramento, California, where Leonora (Mrs. Taylor) and John H., the youngest son, also live. Their mother died on December 27, 1865, and on December 14, 1867, the father was married to Miss Rebecca Jones, also a native of Virginia. They had one child, Reuben E. His mother died on December 28, 1873. Nearly two years afterward, on September 13, 1875, Mr. Ware married his third and present wife, Miss Alice Markley, who was born in Carroll county, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Durfee) Markley, who were born in Ohio. Of their marriage four children were born, all of whom are living: George W., at Leadville; Josephine (Mrs. Frank Siefert), at St. Louis; Irene (Mrs. Deprey), at St. Louis; Mrs. Ware, of this state. Her father was a successful farmer who died on June 18, 1902, since which time her mother has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Ware. They have had six children. Allie, Maud and Della have died, and Josephine (Mrs. Paul Greenwood), of Newcastle, Garfield county, and Irene and Earl are living. Mr. Ware is accounted one of the most substantial and representative citizens of the county, or even the whole Western slope. He is enterprising and progressive, with a breadth of view and energy in reference to improvements in his section that has been productive of much good to its people, and a pleasing and entertaining manner that wins him general popularity where he is known. (Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)


Sylvester Wilmoth
Sylvester Wilmoth, of Garfield county, a prosperous and successful ranchman who is settled on a good ranch of eighty acres not far from Newcastle, was born in Randolph county, in that part of Virginia which is now West Virginia, on July 23, 1851. His parents, Arnold and Rachel (Triplett) Wilmoth, were also born and reared there and followed in the wake of long lines of ancestors who were prominent in the history of that part of the Old Dominion. The father was a prosperous farmer and tanner, a zealous Democrat in politics, and an energetic man in matters involving the improvement and development of his county and state. He held a number of local offices and was accounted one of the leading men of his vicinity. He died in June, 1892, leaving two children who are yet living, Rebecca, wife of George A. Dick, of Elkins, West Virginia, and her brother Sylvester. The latter attended good schools in his boyhood and youth and also pursued a course of study at West Virginia College. He remained at home until he was twenty-one years old, then began to make his own living by teaching school in his native state and farming in connection therewith. After teaching fifteen terms there, he sold his farming interests in 1885 and moved to Nebraska, a year later changing his residence to Kansas, where he remained three years, teaching and working in each place. His success was not flattering in Kansas, and so in 1889 he came to Colorado and located at Breckenridge. There he followed mining for wages until he moved to his present location or vicinity and took up a pre-emption claim and a desert claim, two hundred and eighty acres in all, which he improved with a ditch and some buildings and then sold them at a good profit. He next purchased the ranch of eight acres which he now owns and on which he lives. He intends to build a ditch to this and seventy acres will then be fit for cultivation. At present he raises good crops of hay and all kinds of vegetables from the ground that is productive and fruit of excellent quality. The ranch is two miles west of Newcastle, is a good farming region with markets within easy access. Mr. Wilmoth is a member of the Masonic order and in political activity supports the principles and candidates of the Democratic party. In September, 1872, he was married to Miss Emma Chenoweth, a native of the same county as himself and daughter of Hickman and Julia C. (Meek) Chenoweth, also Randolph county, West Virginians. The father is deceased and the mother is still living in Randolph county, past ninety-two years old. Two of their children are living, Mrs. Wilmoth and George W. Chenoweth, of Randolph county, West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Wilmoth have had four children. Two died in infancy and Cora A. (Mrs. James Heatherly), on Divide creek, and Doyle R., at home, are living. (Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)


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