BIOGRAPHIES, Greenbrier County, WV - "D"
NEWTON C. DARNALL - is a son of John S. and Mary J. (McDOWELL) DARNALL,
of Greenbrier County, and was born in this county, July 29, 1855. In
Greenbrier County, in 1879, Newton C. DARNALL and Elizabeth BOONE
recorded their marriage vows, and their home is in Ronceverte, where
Mr. DARNALL is successfully conducting the business of shoemaking.
His wife was born in Greenbrier County, as were her parents, Alexander
and Margrine (JACKSON) BOONE. They are still honored residents here.
Newton C. DARNALL's post office address is Ronceverte, Greenbrier
County, West Virginia.
CHARLES L. DAVIS - is a son of General A. W. G. DAVIS, of Kentucky, who
married Rachel STUART, of Greenbrier County. The home of their wedded
life was in this county, and here the subject of this sketch was born
April 4, 1840. his father is no longer living. Runnels DAVIS, brother
of Charles L., was a Confederate soldier, captain of Company B. 19th
Virginia Infantry, and he received a wound at Cedar Creek from which
he died. Charles L. DAVIS was also a Confederate soldier, serving in
the 27th Virginia Infantry, in the "Stonewall Brigade." He was in active
service two years, and then losing his health was detailed post
quartermaster, and stationed at South Carolina. He was engaged in the
four days fight at Manassas, the seven days fight at Richmond, with
Milroy on Shenandoah Mountain, and also in the battle of Cedar Mountain.
At the old STUART residence in Greenbrier County, Charles L. DAVIS was
united in marriage with Bettie C. CABELL, and in their home are two children:
Breckenridge C., born September 13, 1877; Rachel Stuart, January 12, 1880.
Loch-Lynn, another child, died at the age of four months and eleven days.
The wife of Mr. DAVIS was born in Campbell County, Virginia, January 4, 1845,
and her parents were natives of Virginia, both now deceased, Breckenridge
and Martha (BOULDIN) CABELL. She died June 29, 1881. Charles L. DAVIS has
a farm devoted to stock-raising, and has been a member of the county court
for more than six years, and is its president at this date. His post office
address is Fort Spring, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
E. H. DICKSON - proprietor of the "Chesapeake Mills," which began
operations April 4, 1882. The mill is a three-story building,
45 x 48 feet, engine house 20 x 30 feet, tublar boiler four feet
in diameter, 14 feet in length; 40-horse power, side-valve engine,
made by Atlas Engine Works, Indianapolis, Indiana. The mill contains
four run of buhrs, two for wheat, one for middlings, one for corn,
and has all the modern machinery for milling. The cost of building
and machinery was $9,000. E. H. DICKSON, proprietor; William FOX,
head miller; W. E. SHANKLIN, engineer, and Alfred KING, assistant
miller. The proprietor's post office address is Ronceverte,
Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
SAMUEL H. DOSS - was born in Franklin County, Virginia, October 2,
1853, but his home has been in Greenbrier County since he was twelve years old.
His parents were James and Ann (WEST) DOSS, both natives of Pennsylvania County,
Virginia, his father born in August, 1814, and his mother June 11, 1815. His
mother died in Franklin County, Virginia, July 22, 1865, and his father is
still a resident in Pittsylvania County. The brothers and sisters of Samuel H. DOSS,
who are living are: Christopher C., in Minnesota; Chalihill T. and
Mary A. in Summers County, this State, and Tabitha W., Cornelia V. and
Elizabeth J. in Greenbrier County. His brother James L. died April 29, 1870,
and his brother Lewis P. died October 16, 1873. Christopher C. served in the
Confederate Army from Pittsylvania County, James L. was a member of Dunn's
Battalion, and Lewis P. a member of the Franklin County Cavalry. In Meadow Bluff
district, Greenbrier County, August 12, 1879, Samuel H. DOSS wedded Ledonia V.
WELCH, who was born in Greenbrier County, March 21, 1859. Robert A. and Margaret
A. (NICKELL) WELCH were her parents, her father born in Greenbrier County, and
her mother in Missouri. Her father is still living in this county, and her
mother died April 9, 1878. The two children of Mr. and Mrs. DOSS, born at the
foot of Little Sewell Mountain, are: Norma V., born May 27, 188O; W. Clarence,
February 15, 1882. Samuel H. DOSS has been selling goods in this county since
his start in life, and now charge of a store at Blue Sulphur Springs, which is
his post office address. His business card is elsewhere given.
J. R. DUNN - is a son of John W. DUNN, who was born in Harrison
County, (then) Virginia, in 1802. The birth of J. R. DUNN, was
in Greenbrier County, the date November 4, 1846. In Lewisburg,
this county, September 15, 1875, the marriage vows were recorded
of J. R. DUNN and Mary HENNING, and in the home their marriage
consecrated are four daughters, born: Julia T., September 15, 1876;
Virginia A., August 14, 1877; Maria, March 28, 1878; Katie A.,
March 4, 1881. Mary, wife of Mr. DUNN, was born in Greenbrier
County, in January, 1858. The post office address of J. R. DUNN
is Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook, email@example.com and Ed Johnson, EDEAJ@aol.com
Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
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