The Friend Family of Ivydale, West Virginia

Nicholas Larsson Friend was the progenitor in America of the Friend Family of Ivydale, Clay County, West Virginia. Nicholas probably arrived in this Country in 1649 aboard the Ship Swan and landed in New Sweden in what is now Pennsylvania. More specifically, he landed in Upland (now Chester). He married Anna Andersdotter in 1656. Anna was the daughter of Anders Anderson the Finn and his wife Christina Guldbrand. Anna's parents came to America in 1643.

New Sweden was settled by the Swedes but eventually was conquered by the English. Nicholas Larsson Friend's original name probably was English and was spelled Frande and pronounced "Fren-de". When settling in New Sweden, Nicholas may have possibly taken the Swedish equivalent Larsson for convenience purposes. When the English took over they usually referred to Nicholas as Friend.

Nicholas and Anna had 10 surviving children and Anders or Andrew was the one in the direct line of the Ivydale Friends. He was born about 1659.

Andrew and his wife moved to New Castle County, Delaware, about 1694 and eventually to Cecil County, Maryland, between 1700 and 1710. Andrew had two known sons - Israel and Charles.

Israel was born before 1693 and became an Indian trader. Israel is the son who is in the direct ancestral line of the Friend Family of Ivydale. In 1725, he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to set up a peace treaty meeting with the various Maryland Indian tribes. Although the meeting never took place, Israel succeeded on January 10, 1727, in obtaining a deed signed by six Indian chiefs for some 72 square miles of land along the Potomac River and Antietam Creek with some boundaries being determined by so many shoots of an arrow. The deed was written on tree bark. The State of Maryland did not recognize Israel's claim and Lord Baltimore in 1736 set aside much of the land for himself. A copy of this deed is on record at the Clay County Court House.

Israel died about 1753. His will is dated August 12, 1749, was probated in Winchester, Virginia, in 1753, and is also recorded in Winchester. In his will, Israel left the bulk of his estate to his sons Jacob, Jonas, and Charles. Jacob Friend is the son who is in the direct linage of the Ivydale Friend Family.

Jacob and Jonas Friend migrated to Rockingham County, Virginia. Jacob eventually moved to what is now Pendleton County, West Virginia, and was on the list of titheables there in 1790. He married Elizabeth Skidmore, daughter of Joseph Skidmore.

In 1792, Jacob made claim for supplies furnished the American Army in the Revolutionary War having furnished one bullock and other supplies. Jacob was certified by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), as a patriot on September 11, 1942. He was certified as a patriot by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) on January 24, 1997. Jacob died about 1818. One of Jacob's sons, Andrew Pendleton Friend, is in the direct linage of the Friend Family of Ivydale.

Andrew Pendleton Friend was born in 1779 in Pendleton County, and about 1807 migrated to what is now the Sutton area of Braxton County, West Virginia. He was one of the first settlers in that area and built probably the first Grist Mill in the territory on the banks of the Elk River. He was on the Commission that established Nicholas County in 1818. He married Elizabeth Frame and served in the military during the War of 1812. Andrew Pendleton Friend died on May 13, 1865.

The next in the Friend Family line is Andrew S. Friend who was Andrew Pendleton's son. On November 19, 1847, Andrew Pendleton deeded land to Andrew S. which eventually became a large part of what is now Ivydale, West Virginia. About 1835, Andrew S. Friend had moved, along with his wife, Malinda Williams Friend, to the Ivydale area and built a log cabin on the banks of the Elk River.

Andrew S. Friend was a farmer most of his life. His death date is not known since he was living with his daughter, Elizabeth Friend Beasley, during the last years of his life and his death is apparently not recorded. However, he and his wife are both buried in the Friend Cemetery at Ivydale. A photo of Andrew's gravemarker follows:

One of Andrew S. Friend's sons was William Willis Friend. Sometime in the latter part of the 1800's Andrew deeded a portion of his land to William who proceeded to build a log house on a level spot on top of one of the mountains that surround Ivydale. In this log house in 1895 William's wife, Rosanne Butler Friend, gave birth to my father. William Friend, like his father, was a farmer most of his life.

My father, Levy D. Friend, was born on July 27, 1895. He served in the Army in World War 1 as a private in Company C, 21st Field Artillery. He was wounded in France during the Battle of Saint Mihiel.

In Ivydale, Levy Friend operated his own grocery store in partnership with his brother John for a time and was involved in politics for 22 years serving as County Clerk for Clay County for sixteen years and later serving as a Clay County Comissioner. He married Clemmie Ann Rogers on February 20, 1921. Levy died on January 5, 1965, and Clemmie died on October 3, 1984. They had seven children.

The seven children of Levy and Clemmie Friend are: Charles, Clyde, Kenneth, Lewis, Arthur, Rosalie and Linda. Charles (who died May 16, 1994), married Ethleen Bode and they had one daughter, Cynthia; Clyde never married; Kenneth died on January 3, 1940 at the age of 14; Lewis married Olive Bullard and they had no children; Arthur married Merida Holcomb and they had one daughter, Susan; Rosalie married Frank Moore and they had two sons, Vincent and Brian; Linda married Raymond Adams and they had no children. Art Friend


The above was submitted by Arthur R. Friend in June, 1997. The writer, based on documentation going back to Jacob Friend, has been approved for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.