BIOGRAPHIES, Greenbrier County, WV - "W"

C. B. WAID - born in Greenbrier county, February 25, 1827, and Elizabeth S. WHITE, born in this county February 14, 1826, were here united in marriage December 29, 1846. Their children are five, all living in Greenbrier county, born: Ezra, February 21, 1851; Lewis C., June 9, 1853; Samuel F., January 7, 1855; Elizabeth C., June 8, 1856; William S., July 2, 1869. C.B. WAID was a son of John and Elizabeth (BEARD) WAID, both of whom were natives of Bath county, Virginia, his wife's parents were James and Phebe (WHITMAN) WHITE, her mother was born while her parents were journeying to America across the ocean. C.B. WAID entered the service of the Confederacy in the early part of 1862 as a member of Company E, 60th Virginia Infantry, but in April, 1863, was transferred to the 26th Virginia Battalion. He participated in the seven days fight before Richmond, and the battles of Handleys Hill, Lewisburg, Droop Mountain, Cold Harbor, Lynchburg, and others of less note. He was satisfied then, and is still of opinion, that the Confederate States might have achieved Independence by wise management, if not in the field then by strategic movement in cutting off the Federal supplies. Mr. WAID has a farm or 425 acres, upon which he resides in Anthonys Creek district, on "Waid's Draft." about two miles from Alvon. His land is well improved, with good orchard and finely timbered upland, and contains a marble quarry superior in quality and inexhaustible in quantity, black and variegated marble. He receives his mail at the office at Alvon, Greenbrier county, West Virginia.

D. W. WEAVER - is a native of the "Keystone State," born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, January 19, 1833. His parents, Jacob and Margaret (DUNKLE) WEAVER, were both born in that State and county, the former April 5, 1809, and the latter on the 31st of October, 1811. His mother died in July, 1857, and his father in 1862. The first wife of D. W. WEAVER was Margaret J. FRAZIER. Their marriage was solemnized February 24, 1857, and she died May 16, 1865. Their children were two, both now living with their father: Mary E, born May 12, 1860; Ferdinand P., August 19, 1861. In Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1866, D. W. WEAVER and Lucretia C. FRAZIER were joined in wedlock, and their children are four: Charles C., born May 10, 1867; William H., July 24, 1871; Cora M., March 2, 1873; Maud, August 7, 1877. Lucretia C., wife of Mr. WEAVER, was born in Washington County, Maryland, February 8, 1845, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (LUCAS) FRAZIER. Her father was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1802, her mother in Centre County, Pennsylvania, December 8, 1812, and the former died in Snowshoe Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, in March 1861. While the latter has made her home in Greenbrier County since 1876. April 4, 1874, D. W. WEAVER took up his residence in Greenbrier County, and in Ronceverte he is engaged in business as sawyer and carpenter. Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, is his post office address.

JOHN F. WEAVER -- was a son of Jacob and Margaret (DUNKLE) WEAVER, whose record has just been given, and he married Mollie E. FRAZIER, whose parents were John and Elizabeth (LUCAS) FRAZIER, whose record is also in the preceding sketch. John F. WEAVER was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1839, and his wife was born in Washington County, Maryland, July 10, 1841. Their marriage was solemnized in Centre County, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1863, and their children were two: Edwin J., now in attendance at school in Concord, was born March 26, 1864; [ ] John F. WEAVER enlisted in Company E, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves, Federal army. He served twenty-two months, and then enlisted in Company F, 200th Pennsylvania Volunteers, serving nine months. He was engaged in many of the hard-fought battles of the war, among them: Merchanicsville, Gaines Mills, Charles City, Cross Roads, in which he was wounded in the shoulder and taken prisoner. He was confined in Libby prison about four weeks, then paroled and sent to Fortress Monroe, where he lay five weeks in the hospital. He was sent thence to Annapolis, Maryland, then to Alexandria, and then he rejoined his regiment, November 10, 1862. He was then in the battle of Fredericksburg, December 11-13, and was wounded in the right thigh. He lay in Washington until he received discharge, February 22, 1863, from his first term of enlistment. During his second term of enlistment he was in the battle of Fort Stedman, and the charge on Petersburg April 2, 1865, and returned home June 5, 1865. He is a member of the Messiah Church and firmly holds to the doctrine taught in that church. His business is lumbering, his post office address Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

AUGUSTUS E. WHITE - born in Augusta County, Virginia, was a son of John D. and Eliza A. (TEABO) WHITE, both natives of Augusta County. His father was born in 1825, his mother in 1826, and his birth was in 1849. In 1876 they accompanied him on his settlement in Greenbrier County in that year, and his father was killed by a shifting train on the railroad, while trying to rescue his little grandson, Henry K. WHITE, at Ronceverte, in 1882. In the war between the States, A. E. WHITE was orderly for the quartermaster's department, at Staunton, Virginia, under Major H. M. Bell, Confederate service. He had a brother who was killed at Staunton by an explosion of a magazine. At Covington, Virginia, in 1871, Augustus E. WHITE was united in marriage with Mollie M. WHITE, and in the home they established are four children, born to them: Ernest M., May 29, 1873; Henry Kirke, May 30, 1876; Stella B., September 5, 1878; John A., August 30, 1822. Capt. Norman B. WHITE, born in Augusta County, Virginia, married Sarah E. FEAMSTER, who was born in Greenbrier County, Augustus E. WHITE has been marshal of the town of Lewisburg, and mayor of Ronceverte. He is engaged in dealing in general machinery, all kinds of farming machinery, wagons, buggies, and fertilizers, doing a large business in nearly all the counties of West Virginia and many of the border counties of Virginia, and is also State agent for three of the largest engine and saw mill manufacturers in Ohio, the C. G. Cooper & Co. machine works of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. His post office address is Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

RICHARD D. WHITE - born March 18, 1824, on Howards Creek, Greenbrier County, was a son of William and Rebecca (ORR) WHITE, who came from Ireland to Greenbrier County in 1817, and were among the prominent settlers here in that early day. November 15, 1853, in Fayette County, (now) West Virginia, the words were spoken joining the lives of Richard D. WHITE and Mary MASTERS. In the home established by their union joy and sorrow has been the portion seven children were born to them, and death has taken four away, two dying on the same day. These children were: Charles, born February 9, 1855; Sarah Alice, May 7, 1857; John Stack, April 19, 1860, died August 10, 1864; Henry Lee, November 8, 1863, died August 10, 1864; Catharine R., June 25, 1868; Peter Cartwright, January 30, 1871, died June 13, 1879; Frederick L., January 30, 1875, died June 28, 1879. The living children are all at at home. Mrs. WHITE was born in Grassy Meadows, Greenbrier County, January 12, 1830, a daughter of George and Catharine (DEITZ) MASTERS. Richard D. WHITE was a member of Company G, 26th Virginia Battalion, Confederate army, during the civil war, and took part in the engagements of Pottotomy Creek, Cold Harbor, Lynchburg, and Winchester, and was wounded on the field of Winchester, September 19, 1864. He received in the left breast a shot from a Belgium rifle, and fell, it was thought, mortally wounded. He was taken prisoner, also, and sent to Point Lookout, but courage and a good constitution took him though, and he was paroled, upon his partial recovery, reaching home March 25, 1865. He owns and carries on 1515 acres of land, well improved and well timbered, and the best stone coal in Anthonys Creek district is found on the land. About 150 acres is fertile bottom land. His location is three miles from Alvon, which is his postoffice address.

GEORGE WHITE - born on the headwaters of Howards Creek, Greenbrier County, December 11, 1821, was a son of William and Rebecca (ORR) WHITE, who located in this district in 1817, coming direct from Ireland. Both were natives of Ireland, the father born in 1784, and the mother in 1788, and they died in Greenbrier County, the father on the 29th of July, 1849, and the mother on the 1Oth of February, 1874. On Anthonys Creek, June 10, 1856, George WHITE was united in marriage with Elizabeth J. RODGERS, and the children of their union are one daughter and one son: Mary Virginia, born June 5, 1857; George Lake, February 13, 1860. William and Julia (RUCKER) RODGERS, Virginians by birth, the latter born in 1785, were the parents of Elizabeth J. RODGERS, and she was born after their settlement in Greenbrier County on Anthonys Creek, on the last day of the year 1821. Her father was a soldier of the 1812 war. Mr. WHITE's brother, Richard Dickson, was a member of Edgars battalion, Confederate service, during the war between the States. He was severely wounded at Winchester, shot through the left breast. George WHITE by untiring energy, industrious looking after his possessions and economical expenditures, has amassed one of the best properties in Greenbrier County. He has 824 acres of land in this county, and about 450 acres in Alleghany County, Virginia. Iron ore is round on his property, and the Chesapeake & Ohio road runs through his farm. His post office address is White Sulphur, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

ALBERT GALLATIN WILLIAMS - son of John and Jane (KNIGHT) WILLIAMS, was born August 6, 1831, in a small log cabin at Lick Ford on Culbertson Creek, owned now by the heirs of Wallace RADER. His father was born April 4, 1793, in a cabin 200 yards east of Salem Church, and his mother was born near Culberton, one mile east of Maysville, August 10, 1803. She died April 2, 1858, on Sinking Creek, at the BURR place, and John WILLIAMS died May 2, 1863, at Samuel THOMPSON's one mile east of Lewisburg. The first wife of Albert G. Williams was Nancy DONALLY, whom he married January 1, 1854, and their children are three: James Bryson, born October 20, 1854; Luther J., October 18, 1856; John B., November 19, 1861. She died in April, 1862. She was a daughter of John DONALLY, twin brother of Tommy DONALLY, first settlers of this county. It is said of these twin-brothers that they looked so much alike you could not tell "which was the other one." Both were noted in their day for strength of body and vigor of mind. At Salem Church, near Maysville, January 1, 1863, Albert G. WILLIAMS married Elizabeth A. DONALLY, and their children were born: Dora Belle, June 7, 1864; Elizabeth Jane, March 25, 1866; Ulysses A., August 2, 1868; Thomas M., July 16, 1871; Howard Elmer, June 10, 1875. Ulyssess died March 31, 1870, and the others are with their parents. Elizabeth A. DONALLY was born on Wolf Creek, Monroe County, (then) Virginia, June 6, 1831, a daughter of James and Hannah (DUNBAR) DONALLY. Her parents were born in Monroe County, her father in 1806, and her mother on Christmas Day, 1805, and her father died in April, 1864, near Centreville, Upshur County, where her mother is still living with Mr. WILLIAMS, and Mary M., now wife of Rev. D. C. HEDRICK. John WILLIAMS, great-grandfather of A. G., was born in Wales about 1714. He came to America about 1736, and married Mary McCOY and they settled on Sinking Creek, in Greenbrier County. He fell a victim to the Indians, where S. B. WILLIAMS now lives. David, grandfather of A. G., then an infant in his mother's arms, was taken prisoner by the Indians, and at a later date exchanged. He married Margaret, daughter of John McMILLION, and settled on the farm now owned by his youngest son, James. Here his house was always the home of the itinerant preacher, and he lived an earnest, Christian life, and was the founder of the old Salem Church. Albert Gallatin WILLIAMS is farmer, grazier and dealer in real estate. He was assessor for the lower district of Greenbrier County, 1866-7. He filled the place of school commissioner, employed teachers, paid them out of his own funds, furnished schoolhouse, and for a large part of his disbursements has never been repaid. He receives his mail at Big Clear Creek, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

GEORGE W. WILLIAMS - born in Greenbrier County, August 10, 1833, in this county, April 25, 1866, was united in marriage with Elizabeth Jane McCLUNG, who was born in Greenbrier County in 1841. Minnie Virginia, their oldest child, was born February 15, 1867; Lena E., was born May 8, 1868; Callie E., September 20, 1871; Ida S., December 21, 1873; Cassius M., December 6, 1875, and Harry Stuart, May 20, 18879. John WILLIAMS, father of George W., and son of David WILLIAMS, was born in Williamsburg District, April 17, 1794, and he married Jane, daughter of James KNIGHT, Sr., her birth in Williamsburg District in 1808. She died in this district, April 2, 1858, and John WILLIAMS died in Lewisburg, May 12, 1863. He was seven years deputy sheriff of Greenbrier County, and was one of the prominent citizens who were instrumental in bringing the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad through this county. He always gave his best endeavors to internal improvements of his native county, and, although a Methodist in religious faith, gave liberally to the cause of education regardless of creed. He was proprietor of the Blue Sulphur Springs, in this county, and gave several thousand dollars to the founding and building of the Allegheny College at that place. He was two years a soldier of the 1812 war-in politics a Whig and then a Democrat. He was a Welsh descent, a descendant of Thomas WILLIAMS, who came here from Augusta county and was murdered and had his children carried off by the Indians. At one time John WILLIAMS was the largest land-owner in the county, having 153,900 acres in one survey, and 200,000 in all. Russell and Sarah (McCLINTOCK) McCLUNG, born in Williamsburg District, were the parents of Elizabeth J. (McCLUNG) WILLIAMS. Her father died about 1849, and her mother in October, 1865. At the outbreak of the civil war, George W. Williams was a student in the Virginia University, educating for the bar. He abandoned study, entered the Confederate army, and on many a hard-fought field did a soldier's duty. He served first in the 69th Virginia, known as "Wise's Legion," and when that disbanded at Richmond, in 1862, he entered the 13th Battalion of Artillery, where he served until 1864, when he was promoted major of signal corps, on General Breckenridge's staff, till the war ended. Since the war he has been engaged in farming, and is a local minister of the Methodist Protestant Church, Greenbrier circuit. He represented this county in the legislature, in 1872, and was re-elected in 1874. During his second term the capital controversy raged and he was one of the supporters of Charleston for the capital. His post office address is Williamsburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

JOHN MCELHENY WILLIAMS - born in Braxton County, (then) Virginia, April 24, 1826, was twelve years old when his parents, Joseph and Martha (BROWN) WILLIAMS, who were natives of Greenbrier County, came back to make their home here. Both are now deceased, his father's death occurring in 1880. Mr. WILLIAMS is settled in Falling Spring District, farming and raising stock, and when he came here the valley was almost entirely uncultivated and wild game abounded, but now the land is almost all settled and the game has disappeared. The farm of Mr. WILLIAMS is historic ground, as the memorable battle of Droop Mountain was fought upon it, one of the most momentous engagements of the civil war. Mr. WILLIAMS served in the Federal army throughout the struggle of four years, and did some service for the government besides. In 1866 he was supervisor in his district, and sat on the bench of that court for one year. He was two years member of the board of registration, one year by appointment from Governor Boreman, and one year appointed by Governor Stevenson. In Pocahontas County, (then) Virginia, March 4, 1852, John Mc. WILLIAMS and Sarah KELLISON were joined in wedlock, and to them were born ten children: Martha Susanna, June 13, 1853; Rachel Arminta, April 28, 1855; Minerva Hester, December 7, 1856; Albert Luther, March 29, 1859; James Robert, May 1, 1861; Mary Frances, July 10, 1863; Waitman T. W., September 7, 1866; Washington Raymond, May 9, 1869; Edmund Cornell, September 15, 1872; Wilson Lawrence, February 2, 1874. James R. lives in Ellsworth County, Kansas, Minerva H. in Augusta County, Virginia; Martha and Rachel have homes of their own in Greenbrier County, and the other children are with their parents. Sarah, wife of Mr. Williams, was born in Pocahontas County, December 4, 1834 a daughter of James and Susanna (McCOLUMN) KELLISON. Mt. Murphy, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, is the post office address of John Mc. WILLIAMS.

L. JUDSON WILLIAMS (Republican), was born in Greenbrier county, October 18, 1856. His ancestors were pioneers of that county. He was educated in the common schools and the West Virginia University, and took his law course in the University of Virginia. After spending some time in teaching, he was ad- mitted to the bar in 1888 and later formed a law partnership with Judge Charles S. Dice, under the firm name of Williams & Dice, which firm had a large and important practice in the State and Federal Courts.

Judge Williams was a member of the State Tax Commission of 1901-2 and assisted in drafting the bills which were the basis of the new tax system adopted in 1904. From 1903 to 1908, he was a member of the State University Board of Regents and took great interest in the duties of that position.

In 1908 he was the Republican nominee for the supreme bench, and was elected. He has served two terms as president of that august tribunal. His painstaking application to his judicial duties, and his clear and comprehensive written opinions, have won the commendation of the bar of the State. His judicial temperament, persistent industry and physical vigor give promise of long continued usefulness on the bench.

Judge Williams is a thirty-second degree Mason, an active official in the Metho- dist Episcopal Church, South, and is identified with several charitable organiza- tions. His public spirit is shown in the uniform interest he takes in community betterment and the State's welfare.

MORGAN WILLIAMS - is a son of early and prominent settlers of Greenbrier County, Hensen and Sarah (WESTLICK) WILLIAMS. They were in life loved and respected by all who knew them, and their son is universally respected, no man standing higher in the county. He was born near Frankford, June 18, 1818, and his wedded life there began, on the 7th of October, 1841. She who has shared more than forty years of wedded life with him was Jane HANNAH, born near Frankford, October 14, 1813. She was a daughter of Joseph and Polly (BLAIR) HANNAH, now many years dead. In the civil war, Mr. WILLIAMS lost one brother-in-law, and several distant relatives, killed in the Confederate service. The farm for many years owned by Morgan WILLIAMS, and whose cultivation he still superintends, is well situated on Little Creek, in Anthonys Creek district, three miles from Alvon, eleven from Frankford, twenty from Lewisburg, and twelve from White Sulphur Springs. His postoffice address is Alvon, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

JOHN R. WILLS - born in Nelson County, Virginia, August 24, 1833, was a son of John W. and Mary (SAUNDERS) WILLS, who were born in Nelson County, the former in about 1801, and the latter about 1810, and who are now residents in Botetourt County, Virginia. In the war between the States, John R. WILLS enlisted in the Confederate ranks, in Company H, 28th Virginia Infantry, and was transferred to Company A. He served one year as a private and then received a captain's commission, and acted as regimental commissary until the office was abolished, August, 1863. He then reported at Buchanan, Botetourt County, and was employed in shipping supplies, having general supervision of the same until the close of the war. He is now farming in Blue Sulphur district, Greenbrier County, where he settled October 15, 1879, and he was in charge 2,665 acres of grazing land, for a Philadelphia owner, and is largely engaged in stock-raising. In Buchanan, Botetourt County, Virginia, May 28, 1857, John R. WILLS and Julia FARISS were united in marriage, and of their union were born: John J., June, 1858, died same month; Mollie F. and Clara M., September 27, 1859; Nora P., March 2, 1865 - all living are in Botetourt County. Julia, wife of Mr. WILLS, was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, in June, 1835, a daughter of James and Frances T. (DRUMMOND) FARISS. Her father was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, and died in 1859, and her mother was born in Nelson County, Virginia, and died in January, 1852. She had two brothers in the army: James J., member of the "Hickory Rifles," 154th Tennessee, died at Macon, Mississippi, May 14, 1862, from exposure; Edwin, who was killed at Atlanta, Georgia. John R. WILLS' port office address is Salem, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

A. J. WILSON - is a Virginian, born in Botetourt County, March 16, 1842. son of Zedekiah and Eliza Jane (VINYARD) WILSON. His mother was born in Roanoke County, Virginia in 1791, and died of small pox in Montgomery County, February 2. 1863, while he in the army. His father was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, January 26, 1803, and died in Montgomery County, Virginia, July 1, 1883. Two miles west of Lewisburg, October 30, 1878. A. J. WILSON married S. B. TUCKWILLER, who was born at the place of her marriage, the date of her birth April 20, 1860. Their children are two sons: Samuel White, born June 12. 1881, and Elkanah Edward, born August 23, 1883. Samuel and Elizabeth J. (SLATER) TUCKWILLER, were the parents of Mrs. WILSON, both born in Greenbrier County, and her father still a resident here. He was born near Lewisburg, June 12, 1820, and her mother was born in Lewisburg, where she died May 7, 1876, at the age of fifty-two years. Mr. WILSON's father was of Scotch-Irish descent, his mother was German-English. He has one brother and three sisters living in Virginia, all married, and has two nieces and five nephews. A. J. WILSON volunteered in the Confederate service as a member of Company L, 4th Virginia Infantry, under Colonel James PRESTON, Captain R. G. NEWLEE, all from Montgomery County, Virginia. In the earthworks at Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 2, 1863, he was struck in the right elbow by a minie-ball, and amputation became necessary. The operation was performed by that excellent surgeon, Dr. H. BLACK, and in fifteen days Mr. WILSON made his way home, nor has he ever had any serious trouble from the wound since then. His younger brother served the last seventeen months of the war, in the "guerrilla service," and A. J. WILSON was present at the disbanding of the company his brother served in, which took place on the brow of the hill overlooking their own dear home. The men broke their weapons and wept like children over the "Lost Cause," in the moment of their parting. Since the war A. J. WILSON has traveled over ten States, but he likes the Shenandoah valley and its people best of all. On New Years Day, 1882, he settled down in Lewisburg district, Greenbrier County, and he is farming and raising stock, with postoffice address at Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook,, Darla Ruebush, and Ed Johnson, , 1998.

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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