Ritchie County,West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices

Rev. Nelson Bartlett
The Reverend Nelson H. Bartlett, 89, of Berea, Ritchie County, died Wednesday, June 22, 1888, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
He was born in DeKalb, Gilmer County, a son of the late Pinas W. and Clara Wright Bartlett. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in Three Poplars Baptist Church, was a pastor of many Baptist churches, and held revivals all over West Virginia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I and a 32nd degree Shriner
He is survived by five sons, Starling Bartlett of Big Bend, William Bartlett of Huntington, Rev. Ray Bartlett of Big Springs, Eugene Bartlett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Harley Bartlett of Logan; one stepson, J.D. law of Chino, California; one sister, Stella Greitzner of Vero Beach, Florida; one brother, Wanna Bartlett of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, daisy P. Garton Bartlett; his second wife, Reba Lou Bartlett and three brothers, Orville, Troy and French Bartlett. Services were held Sunday, June 26, at the Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with the Reverends Zane Gray, Bill Angel and Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Masonic rites.  [The Glenville Democrat, June 30, 1988 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

Creed  Collins
Hon. Creed  Collins died at his home at Pennsboro, Friday from nervous collapse of duration of ten months. While he had been in failing health ten months, he was confined to his home since last January. Mr. Collins was one of the most widely known men in West Virginia and the wealthiest resident by far of Ritchie county, where he owned extensive land, timber, lumber and was regarded that section of the state's leading business and public spirited citizen.   He was 66 years old. In early life Mr. Collins was a merchant and grazer and he dealt extensively in timber. Prominent in the Democratic party, he was a member of the State Committee many years from his district and was his party's nominee for member of the House of Representatives of the fifty-seventh Congress, and received a large vote but failed of election. Mr. Collins was  broad-minded, charitable and patriotic — indeed, one of the best citizens the state ever had there is universal regret among his friends over his death. Mr. Collins had many close friends in Point Pleasant who will regret to hear of his death. [The Point Pleasant Register., April 28, 1909, (Point Pleasant, W. Va.) ]

M.P. Kimball
President of the Pennsboro and Harrisville Railroad Company, died at Pennsboro, a few days ago, aged 63 years.  He was a man of large wealth, probably worth $400,000, and of great service in a business way to the interests of Ritchie county.  He was practically the owner as well as the President of the Pennsboro and Harrisville road, and was also the owner of the large barrel factory at Pennsboro.  [The Weekly register.(Point Pleasant, Va. [W. Va.], October 14, 1891]

George G. Rinehart
a well known and prominent oil man of El Dorado, (Kansas) died at 4:30 o’clock this morning of pneumonia following the influenza at his home 206 South Summit, aged 44 years. The Masons will conduct a funeral service at the home at 9:30 o’clock Saturday morning and the body will be taken on the 11 o’clock Missouri Pacific to his old home at Cairo, West Virginia, for burial. All Masons in El Dorado are urged to be present at the service. Mr. Rinehart has been seriously sick for the past two weeks with the prevailing influenza, but his condition did not become alarming until a short time before his death. He is survived by two sons, Oliver, aged 15 and Bernard, aged 12 and a little daughter in Virginia. Their mother died several years ago and Mr. Rinehart and his two sons have made their home with the family of his brother, Joseph Rinehart who is also very ill with influenza and Mrs. Rinehart has just recovered from a severe attack of the plague. The little son, Bernard is also convalescent. Mr. Rinehart was a native of West Virginia, born April 3, 1875. He came to El Dorado about two years ago. Until recently he was the head of the firm of Rinehart & Gore, drilling contractors. He was part owner in the Mossman lease in the Sluss pool and had other interests of value in the El Dorado field. He was the soul of honor in all of his business dealings. George Rinehart will be sadly missed. (Walnut Valley Times, Saturday, May 17, 1919 - Submitted by Peggy Thompson


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