Wood County West Virginia

Obituaries and Death Notices

Bohn, August
On last Saturday August Bohn , of Parkersburg, W. Va., attempted to save his 5 year old son who had fallen into the water, but both were drowned. Indiana Progress, Indiana Pennsylvania May 27, 1886  
Brown, "Aunt Peggy"
 "Aunt Peggy" Brown , of Parkersburg, W. Va., is dead, aged nearly a century. October 1, 1885 Newark Daily Advocate, Newark Ohio

Brown, Fred A.
Boy Drowned at Parkersburg  Special Telegram to the Register
Parkersburg, W. Va., September 1, -- Fred A., son of Isaac Brown, of the South Side, fell out of a John boat in the Kanawha this afternoon, and was drowned. The body was found about an hour after the occurrence. the boy was about Ten years old. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia), Tuesday, September 5. 1893  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Bunch, Mrs. Tillie
Rites Held Thursday Afternoon From The Enon Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Tillie Bunch were held from the Enon Baptist Church south of Chillicothe at 2 p.m. Thursday, Rev. Gordon Logan of Liberty, officiating. Mrs. Bunch was born Tillie May Johnson, daughter of George W. and Emma Johnson, in Wood County, West Virginia, Aug. 5,1871. She was 75 years, 8 months, and 10 days of age at the time of her passing. At the age of 16 years she came to Missouri with her father and sister, where with the exception of a few months in Kansas, she spent her life. On March 22,1893, she was united in marriage to Jackson Bunch, who preceded her in death on Jan. 15 1920. Two children were born to this union, a son, Monte Coryl, passing away at the age of 5 months, and a daughter, Mrs. Ira Griffiths of the home. At an early age she was united with the Baptist Church in Murphytown, West Virginia, later moving her membership to Enon Baptist Church where it remained until the time of her death. Source: The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune (Chillicothe,Missouri) Saturday, Apr. 19,1947  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Curry, Hattie
PARKERSBURG, W. VA., January 21 Hattie Curry, the infant daughter of Mr. John Curry, died and was buried this week.  [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Sunday, January 25, 1885; transcribed by FoFG mz]

D'Alma, Miss Maud
Miss Maud D'Alma , was drowned near Parkersburg, W. Va., on Saturday. Miss D'Alma was a resident of Clearfield and she with her family were traveling with a circus which was showing near Parkersburg, when a cloud burst, the flood striking the tent and tearing it to pieces and carrying Miss D'Alma to a watery grave before any assistance could be rendered. The Indiana Democrat, Indiana Pennsylvania August 8, 1889

Eskey, Tillie
PARKERSBURG, W. Va, October 10 Miss Tillie Eskey, a most estimable young lady, died yesterday at her home in the Sixth ward, of consumption. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, October 17, 1883; transcribed by FoFG mz}

Gilfillan, John
The following announcement taken from the Parkersburg, West Virginia, Daily State Journal of August 22nd gives our people the first news of the death of esteemed former fellow citizen. he left here 30 years ago, for Parkersburg, where he has since resided. the funeral of Mr. john Gilfillan will take place tomorrow afternoon at four o'clock from his late residence on Ann street, Parkersburg. Mr. Gilfillan was at one time Mayor of Parkersburg. About the close of the war he was largely interested in oil speculations and investments and acquired a fortune. He owned the finest and fasted horses in all this part of the country and they were the admiration of everybody who knew what a good horse was. He was also a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Gilfillan, Ebert & Company, doing business on Ann street between Second and Third. It was at that time the largest house of its kind in this vicinity and did a thriving business. Of recent years Mr. Gilfillan had not been engaged in any business. He was 68 years of age and leaves seven children. Source: The Daily Republican (Monongahela, Pennsylvania) Saturday, August 24,1889  Transcribed by: D. O.

Hall, John W.
John W. Hall and little son were drowned in the Ohio river at Parkersburg, W. Va. The boy was taken with a fit while swimming. His father attempted to rescue him, when both drowned. August 10, 1883 Freeborn County Standard, Albert Lea Minnesota

Harris, Manley and George Hayes
were fatally burned on the 7th in a fire at the Argand oil works near Parkersburg, W. Va. The New Era, Humeston Iowa August 15, 1888

Hatcher, W. H.
The two year old child of W.H. Hatcher , Parkersdale, W. Va., was fatally burned while playing about a fire. The Daily Gazette, Fort Wayne Indiana March 18, 1885

Hickman, Mrs, James and Miss Amelia Gale
two centenarians, died on the 15th near Parkersburg, W. Va. Freeborn County Standard, Albert Lea Minnesota March 27, H1890

Highstead, Frank & Joe Smith
Last Flight--Hundreds of horrified Wood County, West Virginia,fair-goers watched as the balloon carried two professional parachutists to a watery grave in the Ohio River near Parkersburg. Police identified the pair as Frank Highstead, of Grand Rapids, Mich.,and Joe Smith, no known address. Source: The Courier-Gazette (McKinney,Texas) Tuesday, Aug. 26,1952  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Hopkins, Claude
Child Burned To death - Horrible Accident to a Thirteen year old Girl at Parkersburg,
Special to the Register
Parkersburg, W. Va., March 31 --During absence of Brainard Hopkins and wife from their home near here to-day, Claude, their 13-year-old daughter, accidentally let her clothes catch on fire and was fatally burned. The flesh of the child's body and face was hanging in threads when the accident was first discovered, and she was unconscious. How her clothing ignited may never be know. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia),  Sunday, March 22, 1896  Transcribed by: D. Oberst  

Huff, Susan
PARKERSBURG, September 6 Mrs. Susan Huff, nee Moon, who was born in Parkersburg in 1819, died at Middleport. O, recently. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her.
[Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Friday, September 7, 1883; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Hughes, Mrs.
PARKERSBURG, January 25. Mrs. Hughes, aged 72 years, the venerable mother of Thos. Hughes, Esq., of this city, died very suddenly yesterday morning from an attack of paralysis. Mrs. Hughes had been in usual health until Friday evening, when she was stricken down and remained unconscious until death ended her sufferings. The remains were brought to Parkersburg and the funeral services held at St. Naviers church this afternoon. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, January 27, 1885; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Hughes, Abel
Abel Hughes and his wife and child were drowned near Parkersburg, W. Va., on the 10th by being thrown off a bridge into the river by a runaway team. Freeborn County Standard, Albert Lea Minnesota September 17, 1890

Hughes, Mrs. Margaret E.
Mrs. Geo. Hughes Taken By Death
Friends here are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Margaret E. Hughes, age 87, widow of George Hughes, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lynn Vanlene, Parkersburg, West Virginia, Sunday, at 8 p.m. of general debility. Mrs. Hughes was born August 18,1849, in Virginia. She moved to Hamilton in 1902. Her husband preceded her in death in 1907. Since 1916 she had made her home with various members of her family.
She was the mother of 10 children, seven of whom survive. Mrs. Mattie Wine, a daughter, preceded her mother in death on December 6 of this year. Surviving are four sons, Leslie, Brown, and Russell Hughes of Hamilton, Harvey Hughes of Toledo; three daughters. Mrs. Lena Critzer of Toledo, Mrs. Frank Marden of Dayton, and Mrs. Lynn Vanlene of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and one brother, Dave Burger of Covington.
Services will be held at Parkersburg, West Virginia, Tuesday afternoon with burial on the family lot at Waynesboro,Va., on Wednesday. Source: The Journal News (Hamilton,Ohio), Monday, December 21,1936  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Johnson, W. Burl "Mouse"

Lawrence, A.S.
Died of His Injuries
Special to the Register
Parkersburg, W. Va.  February 13 A. S. Lawrence, the old man who was so horribly burned by the explosion of a lamp at his home near here recently, died of his injuries today. [Wheeling Register, February 14, 1896 Transcribed by AFOFG]

Rathbone, Cass
PARKERSBURG, W. VA., October 7. The funeral of Mrs. Cass Rathbone, who died a day or two since in Kansas City, took place at the St. Xavier Catholic church in this city this morning, Rev. Father Hickey officiating. Mrs. Rathbone was entered in the Catholic cemetery near this city. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, October 8, 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Sigafoose, Mrs.
PARKERSBURG, January 30. Mrs. Sigafoose, one of the oldest and most charitable women of this city, died this morning. On an errand of mercy, Saturday night, she fell on the icy pavement, the shock of which caused her death. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, January 31, 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Simpson, Miss Cecilia
A Young Parkersburg Lady Found Dead In the River. Special Telegram to the Register
Parkersburg, W. Va., September 4,--The dead body of Miss Cecilia Simpson, reported last night as missing, was found down the river, near here, yesterday, by two-men. A fractured skull, and bruises and cuts upon the head, justified the coroner;s jury in giving a verdict of death by foul means. There is no little reason to believe that she committed suicide by jumping off the boat, as she acted quite strangely while here and spent some time riding back and forth between here and Marietta. It is now thought by many that she committed suicide during her last ride. Some valuable jewelry with which she started from home has not been found. Her brothers found her body so disfigured that recognition was almost impossible. To-day the remains were taken to Newbury, but there is still much mystery about the tragic death. She was from all accounts a lady of intelligence and beauty, and a successful teacher. Her actions while here, coupled with the statement of a relation that her mind has not been quite right for some time, leads many to believe that while in a temporary fit of mental wandering she jumped off the boat. Every effort will be made to unravel the mystery. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia), Wednesday, September 5, 1888  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Skidmore, Raymond  
Parkersburg, W. Va., Jan 2
Died Suddenly
Raymond Skidmore died suddenly this morning of neuralgia of the heart. He was a prominent and wealthly citizen and the owner of a large machine shop.   [Mansfield News, Mansfield, Ohio, Jan 2, 1900 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Slevoght, Theodore H. V.
Age 74, died in Lubeck, Wood county, Tuesday last. [December 14. 1893, Page 1, Charleston Evening Mail]

Spies, Infant
Parkersburg, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Spies died on Wednesday morning, and the remains were taken to Williamstown for burial. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia) Sunday, February 22, 1885; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Stephenson, Mr. G. B. M.
An oil man who was located at Burkesville for some time, died at Parkersburg, West Virginia, July 1, 1909. He was made a Royal Arch Mason in Columbia Chapter, No 7, about three years ago, and was a member in good standing when the end came. A committee of Masons located at Parkersburg, WV, accompanied the remains to Pennsylvania, the old home of the deceased. The intelligence of this death was received with profound sorrow by Columbia Chapter No 7. Source: The Adair County News (Columbia, Kentucky) Wednesday, July 14,1909  Transcribed by: D. Oberst 

Turner, Mrs Annie
Died from her burns - Special to the Register
Parkersburg, W.Va.,-May 1-Mrs. Annie Turner, who was so badly burned nine daus ago, died this morning. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, West Virginia),  Sunday, May 2, 1897  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Wease, Mrs. Alice
Mrs. Alice E. Wease, 89, pf Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville, died Saturday, October 1, in Greenlawn Nursing home, following a lengthy illness.
Born near Letter Gap, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Ollie Isher Burwell.
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star No. 14 in Parkersburg. Grantsville Rebekah Lodge, and Pleasant Hill Farm Womans Club.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Emily Stevens of Parkersburg; three sons, Henry Wease of Scott Depot, James Wease of Elkview, and William E. Wease of Clarksburg; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Wagner of Glenville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William.
Funeral services were held at 2p.m. Tuesday, October 4, in the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, with the Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Grantsville. [The Glenville Democrat, October 6, 1977 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Shot and Killed - Cincinnati, July 23,.--Last night in Wood County,West Virginia,ten miles east of Parkersburg, Calvin Williams was killed by Jno. R. Coe and his son Walter Coe. Williams was engaged to marry Miss Coe and her father and son alleges he should have done so sooner to save her honor. They met last night and quarreled and the Coe shot Williams. Source: The Daily Commonwealth (Topeka,Kansas), Tuesday, July 24,1883  Transcribed by: D. Oberst


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