Captain Newton Poling Obituary

This obituary was found in the collection of the Colson Library, Morgantown, WV and submitted by Bridgette Osz.

Thursday Aug 3, 1922Philippi Republican page 8


We publish the following from the Phillipsburg News, of Phillipsburg, Kans., in reference to the death of a native of this county. Mr. Poling was a brother of A. W. Poling and Mrs. L. W. Shaffer of this place.

On Thursday evening, July 20, 1922 Capt. Newton Poling, the oldest man in Phillipsburg, passed away after a very eventful life. He came from a very long lifed family, having a sister, the oldest of the family, who reached the age 91 years and six months and a sister and 3 brothers whose ages averaged 86 years.

Mr. Poling lived to the ripe old age of 91 years 4 months and 15 days,thereby carrying out the tradition of the Poling family. He possessed a family tree record showing that his great grand father on his mother's side was born in Ireland in 1722, just two hundred years ago. His father was born in 1787, only eleven years after the declaration of independence was signed.

Capt. Poling was born near Philippi, Barbour County, Virginia, now West Virginia, March 5, 1831, the youngest of a family of ten children. December 12, 1850, he was united in marriage to Catherine MARKLEY, also of Barbour County, WV. To this union were born four children, John M. Hannibal S., Henry A. W. Poling and Mrs. Mary McKown.

Mrs. Poling have passed away in 1858, Mr. Poling contracted his second marriage at Ripley, WV on April 24, 1861, his bride being Miss Harriet Staats. Their children are Naomi Pettierew, Minnie York, and Oella Bair. On April 12, 1883, he was united in marriage to Vianna Glaze, of Hopkins County, Ohio. No children were born to this union. Mrs. Poling preceded him to the Great beyond ten years ago.

Newton Poling volunteered for service on the union side of the great cause of freedom as settled on the battle field. He was first Lieutenant of Co. K, 11th Reg. WV Inf. July 14, 1862. It was not long till the company was surrounded by the confederate forces at night and captain ordered a retreat, but Lieutenant Poling refused to obey the order, rallied the company, charged the enemy and won the engagement. For this he was promoted to a captaincy. He continued to serve his country in this capacity and was present at the surrender of Lee under the now famous apple tree.

A few years ago he presented his oldest grandson bearing the name of Poling a watch charm made of the wood of this tree, mounted in silver and gold stars for each engagement.

In March 1874 he emigrated from WV to Lowell, Nebr., and from there traveled overland to a farm near Long Island, Kansas. In the spring of 1883 he moved to Phillipsburg, where he since resided, serving his country in the office of Probate Judge for a time.

He leaves to mourn his loss on son, three daughters, nineteen grand children and twenty-eight great grand children. together with a host of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held in the forum, conducted by L. A. Kerr, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. L. E. Griffith of the Baptist church, and interment was made in Fairview. At the funeral service members of the G.A.R. acted as honorary pall bearers and members of the American Legion representing the Masonic Order, to which the deceased belonged were the active pall bearers.

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