Randolph County,
West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

Raymond O.  Anderson
Mount Zion --
Raymond O. Anderson, 54, of Mount Zion, Calhoun County, died Friday in Roane General Hospital, Spencer, of injuries received Sept. 4 in a logging accident in Lewis County. He was a native of Randolph County and was a World War II veteran. Mr. Anderson was a timber man and an employee of Kobbers Lumber Co. Surviving: wife, Betty; son, William of Morgantown; daughters. Mrs. Joyce Wamsley, Mrs. Carol Holden, Mrs. Betty Heather and Miss Barbara Anderson, all of Buckhannon; father, Marvin Anderson of Clarksburg: brother, Larry Wilde of Clermont, Fla.; sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Cheslock of Baltimore, Md., Miss Shirley Wilde of Florida. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday in Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mount Zion. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday.   [Charleston Gazette, November 9, 1974 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Philip Duncan Elkins
Death of Mr. Elkins
Wheeling, Jan. 4 -- Philip Duncan Elkins, 87,   father   of United States Senator Stephen B. Elkins, died at the senator's residence, "Halliehurst," at Elkins, this state.  Mr. Elkins was aged 87 years, having been born in Fauquier county, Va., July 4, 1809. He was married in Ohio in 1840 to Sarah Pickett Wethers. Notwithstanding his distinguished son was a Union man and has always been a Republican, the deceased was a colonel in the Confederate army and a Democrat.  [The Weekly Register. (Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.], January 06, 1897]

Joshua Hamill
Mr. Joshua Hamill, a well-known passenger conductor on the W.Va. Central & Pittsburg R.R., and a native of this county, died suddenly at Elkins last Tuesday, aged 49 years.  The remains were brought to Kearneysville (his former home) Wednesday afternoon, and interred in Elmwood Cemetery at Shepherdstown, Rev. Dr. Charles Ghiselin officiating. [Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, Va. [W. Va.], August 31, 1897]

Mrs. W.W. Miller
Mrs. W.W. Miller, of Elkins, W. Va., died at the home of Herman Blum, at Newtown Mills, Thursday, May 26, after an illness of over two months. Interment at West Hickory, Saturday. [The Forest Republican (Tionesta, Pa.), June 01, 1910]

Semmes Read
Lieutenant Commander Semmes Read, U.S.N. retired, of Elkins, W. Va.. who died March 24, leaves his aiguilettes, sword and belt to his oldest brother. To his mother and two sisters, the testator leaves his personal property and his stock in the G. R Read Company. The balance of the estate is devised to Lucy C. Cooper, in appreciation of her care and attention to the deceased during his illness. [The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.), March 31, 1920]

Report of a sad case of accidental shooting in Roaring Creek district reached here last week. Two of James Ryan's boys were hunting. One of them was tramping over a brush fence to scare out partridges which were supposed to have hidden under it. The other was standing near by holding the gun, when in some accidental way the gun was discharged, the ball striking the boy on the fence near the navel and ranging upward. Before the boy, who held the gun, realized what had happened and got to his brother, he was dead - Eakins News.      [The Wheeling Daily Register, January 19, 1891 - submitted by: Dena Whitesell]

Crawford Scott,
Of Randolph County, is dead, at age 84. [Charleston Evening Mail December 20, 1893, Page 1]

Jacob Emerson Wamsley
It is with feelings of regret and sorrow that we today record the death of J. E. Wamsley of Choteau. He was a young man of promise, and his sudden death will be a sad blow not only to his devoted wife, but to his numerous friends throughout this county and state. the cause of death was heart disease, and Monday evening the grim specter, death came with swift tho' silent tread to claim its victim and, with noiseless wings, bore away the soul in to that mystic beyond of which we know naught. He was not only a man of achievement, but was also good, honest, and true, and never failed to win friends wherever he went, in fact, it is said he never had an enemy. After all, "life is but a narrow vale between the barren peaks of two eternities," and death must eventually come to us all. Let us, therefore, not weep, but hope that the dear friend of this life is in happier realms beyond the distant shore; and that we shall meet him there, and be filled with a happiness and bliss that neither the joys or sorrows of this world could conceive; and that, when we discard this earthly clay, we are born again in a land of perpetual light, where love reigns supreme and beyond which there is no death.

Jacob Emerson Wamsley was born in Huttonsville, Randolph county, West Virginia, and was 37 years of age. He was a physician and surgeon of great merit, being gradate of the University of Virginia and Jefferson Medical College. He had been in Choteau ten years, and in 1893 married Miss Mamie Farrell, with whom he lived happily until his sudden demise. J. E. Erickson conducted the services at the town hall, Choteau, at 3 p.m. yesterday, which were under the auspices of the Woodmen of the World; from there the funeral proceeded to the cemetery, where services were conducted by the Knights of Pythias. The burial services of both the Knights of Pythias and Woodsmen of the World were read by Mr. Erickson. It was probably the largest and most impressive funeral ever held in Cocteau's, which is ample proof of the high  social standing and wide acquaintance of the deceased. Mr. Wamsley at the time of the formation of Teton county was chosen clerk and recorder, and two years later was elected to the same position by the people of the county. In the last election he was elected to the legislative assemble as a representative of this district, and served with honor. Source: The Dupuyer Acantha (Dupuyer, Mont.), 12 Aug 1897  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst


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