History of Hampshire County West Virginia From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present
By Hu Maxwell and H. L. Swisher
Morgantown, West Virginia; A. Brown Boughner Printer; 1897

PART 3 - Family Sketches
Pages 721-727

Last Names beginning with "N, O, and P"

W. B. NESMITH, of Bloomery; miller by trade; son of John and Rebecca Nesmith; English parentage; born 1856; married, 1880, Mary, daughter of Amos and Anna Cloud; children, George W., Ada L., Icie A., and Lena M.

JACOB L. NOLAND, stock dealer, resident of Davis, West Virginia, was born in Hampshire, 1850; son of E. G. and Jennie Noland; German and Irish ancestry; married Fannie R., daughter of Bailey and Elizabeth Catlett, 1872; children, Naomi L., Viola P., and Paul I.

JAMES P. NEALIS, teacher of Gore district, residing near Barnes's mill, son of Timothy and Sarah Nealis, Irish descent, born, 1839, in Philadelphia; married Mary D., daughter of Peter and Sedena Miller, 1861; children, John A., James G., Joseph E., Fannie L., Sallie, Christian, Robert M., Lula, Frances I., and Annie.

ROBEBT B. NELSON, farmer of Gore district, near Augusta, son of Jackson and Caroline Nelson; German descent; born 1861; married Victoria E., daughter of B. M. and Nancy E. Haines, 1885; children, Fannie M., Elmer P., Cora N., Irwin R., and Edith B.

JAMES A. NEWHOUSE, blacksmith, resident of Romney, of German ancestry, was born in Ohio. His children are George W. and Joseph H. Newhouse.

ROBERT D. NOLAND, farmer of Gore, son of Pierce and Mary Noland, Irish and Scotch ancestry, was born 1831; married Elizabeth J., daughter of Abraham and Sarah Moore, of Kentucky and West Virgina, 1868; children, E. W. and Minnie.

D. W. OGLESBEE, merchant of Bloomery, son of Hillery and Sarah Oglesbee, was born of English and Irish ancestry, 1846; married, 1873, Portia J., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton D. Baker; children, Althea S., Floyd B., Mary, Grace L., Herbert W., and Lillian. Mr. Oglesbee resides at Capon Bridge.

WILLIAM L. OATES, farmer of Capon, son of Jacob and Eliza Oates, English parentage, was born 1845; married Mary, daughter of Henry and Catherine Loar; children, James, George, Ella, Jefferson, Edward, Albert, Emma, Ollie, Altha, Maggie, and Gertrude. He was in the Confederate army.

T. K. OATES, physician of Capon Bridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oates, was born 1869. He graduated at the Shenandoah Normal School, and afterwards at the Maryland University, and at once entered upon an active practice.

JOHN OATES, farmer of Capon, son of Samuel and Mary J. Oates, was born of English ancestry, 1850; married Almira R., daughter of William and Elizabeth Fletcher; children, Albert G., Ella G., and Frederick. He owns one hundred and sixty-four acres, fifty improved. He is president of the board of education.

JAMES F. OATS, farmer of Sherman district, son of Jacob and Mary E. Oats, German and English ancestry, was born 1854: married Hannah E„ daughter of Isaac and R. A. Saville, 1876; children, Fannie R., Rettie A., Hattie E., Franklin E., Albert W., and G. L. P.

L. D. PURGIT, a former of Mill Creek, son of William S. and Amelia Purgit, was born 1851; married, 1888, to Susan J., daughter of John and Susan Rogers, of Mineral County; children, Lucy K., Ella K. Mr. Purgit was married twice, his first children being Grace, Olive, and Orin C.

JOHN W. PARKER, farmer near Mechanicsburg, son of Abraham and Mary C. Parker, was born 1846; German and English parentage; married, 1872, to Verlenda M., daughter of John and Sarah Lingo, of Cumberland, Maryland: children, Mary L., Ella, Flora W., Walter W., Lillian, Edward A., Elizabeth, Edith, Fannie, Harry A., and Charles C.

ALBERT R. PUGH, of Mill Creek, farmer and teacher, was born near Keyser, 1875, son of John W. and Caroline Pugh; ancestry, English.

WILLIAM S. PURGIT, who for forty years was postmaster, and justice of the peace for an equal time, was born near Purgiteville, 1832; son of Mr. and Mrs. William Purgit, of German and Irish ancestry; married, 1852, to Amanda H., daughter of Jacob and Margaret Station; children, Isaac, William, Martha K., Nashville S., Edgar, and Minnie.

SAMUEL B. PARKER, farmer of Mill Creek, son of John A. and Elizabeth Parker, was born 1842; German ancestry; married, 1877, to Mary C., daughter of Nicholas and Martha J. Biser, of Beaver Run; children, Albert L., Lucy B., Clara C., William, Isaac C., Florence D., Andrew J., Samuel H., and George S. A.

JAMES PARKER, farmer near Mechanicsville, son of John and Ellen Parker, was born near where he now resides, in 1815; ancestry, English and German; married, 1865, to Eliza J., daughter of Ephraim and Eliza Herriott; children, Alford B., James M., Ephraim H., John P., J., and George O. F.

C. F. POLAND, son of W. J. and Achsah Poland, German descent, was born 1855; married, 1887, Mary J., daughter of Bernard and Caroline Fetzer, of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Mr. Poland graduated, 1877, at Shepherd College Normal School; taught six terms in Hampshire; established the Hampshire Review, owned and edited it till it was sold to Cornwell Brothers, 1890; took theological course at Randolph-Macon College; was persuaded by Rev. George E. Tyler to purchase the Episcopal Methodist South, the organ of the Baltimore Conference, M. E. Church South, 1892. The next year it was sold to Rev. J. J. Lafferty, by which Mr. Poland lost all he had, and more. He edited the South Branch Intelligencer from 1893 to 1897, when it was consolidated with the Review. Mr. Poland then moved to Baltimore to take a position with a publishing company.

GARRETT W. PARSONS, farmer one mile below Romney, son of Isaac and Snsan Parsons, was born 1852; Irish ancestry; married, 1878, Mary A., daughter of John and Anna Covell, of Virginia and Rhode Island; children, John C., Garrett W., Annita E., Charles H., Mamie A., and William P. Mr. Parsons owns the old Parsons's homestead, one of the oldest and most valuable in Hampshire. It has been in the family about one hundred and fifty years. The house was built in 1774, and is still occupied and in good condition.

M. F. POLING, now of Hardy County, was born in Hampshire, 1841, of German descent. He is related on his mother's side to the Mills family, she being a daughter of Rev. William Mills, an Englishman. Mr. Poling was manager of the Hampshire almshouse fourteen years, and was justice of the peace eight years. He was in the Confederate army, Company K., Thirteenth Virginia Infantry, and took part in nearly all the battles in which Stonewall Jackson was engaged, he being in Jackson's corps. He was captured at Fredericksburg, 1863; was taken to Fort Delaware; exchanged; captured again; again in Fort Delaware, where he remained till just before Lee's surrender. Mr. Poling was married to Miss E. H. Stickley, 1878. Their son's name is M. F. Poling.

JOHN H. PILES was born in Hampshire County, August 27, 1832; and was married to Jane, daughter of William and Rebecca Roberson, January 17, 1856. He removed with his family from Hampshire to St. Clair County, Missouri, in September, 1870, and is a farmer by occupation. His children are, William T., Rebecca S., Mary E., Richard J., Martha E., Robert L., Dora A , Ida M., John Russell, and Estella H. The subject of this sketch was captain of the Grassy Lick militia, and afterwards of a company in Imboden's brigade, as is more fully detailed in another chapter of this book. Captain Piles was severely wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, which caused him to be sent to the hospital at Richmond.

OFFUTT PEACEMAKER, merchant of Bloomery district, son of Adam and Elizabeth C. Peacemaker, was born in Virginia, 1867; German ancestry; married, 1892, Minnie, daughter of J. W. and Jane Bageant, of Virginia. Their child's name is Raymond C. He owns thirty acres, twenty-eight miles from Romney.

LEMUEL PUGH, farmer of Bloomery, residing thirty miles from Romney; son of David and Esther Pugh; Scotch and English ancestry; born 1841; married, 1864, Mary E., daughter of James C. and Melinda L. Nixon; children, James C., Florence B., Minnie V., Martha A., David W., Sarah E., Mary E.,and Gertrude E. He owns fifty acres of land, twenty improved.

ROBERT D. POWELL, of Bloomery, miller, son of Robert M. and Mary Powell, was born 1835; Scotch and Irish descent; married, 1870, Lizzie, daughter of George W. and Sallie Gore; children, Bertha M., Mary L., A. Laura, Nettie G., William R., Bessie H., Robert T., Charles T., Andra L., and Fannie C. Mr. Powell resides at Forks of Capon, where he owns two hundred and seventy-three acres, one hundred improved. He has held the office of justice of the peace, county commissioner, and sheriff.

IVEN L. PUGH, of Bloomery, farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Pugh, was born of Scotch and English ancestry, 1874; married, 1891, Louisa L., daughter of Elijah and Eliza Fletcher, of Virginia. He owns one hundred and ninety-two acres, seventy-five improved, thirty miles from Romney.

WILLIAM H. POWELL, farmer of Bloomery, son of R. M. and Mary Powell, was born 1835; Scotch and Irish ancestry; married, 1870, Mary E., daughter of Lemuel and Margaret Pugh. He owns one handred and sixty acres, fifty improved. He was in the Confederate army, captain of Company A., Thirty-third Virginia Infantry, and was wounded at Gettysburg. He took part in the battles of Winchester, around Richmond, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and others. He has been twice sheriff of Hampshire County.

CAPTAIN DAVID PUGH, tanner and farmer, Capon district, son of Marshall and Margaret Pugh, was born at Capon Bridge, 1807; married Mary W. Keniford, 1830. He was married a second time, 1835, to Jane, daughter of Abraham Creswell; children, Preston, John, Mary C., Maria L., Almira V., Martha J. He was married to Elizabeth A., daughter of Hugh and Annie Garbin, 1851; children, Florence M., David C., Annie L. Mr. Pugh was a member of the convention which signed the ordinance of secession, 1861. He was many years member of the county court. In 1876 he was elected to the State senate. He had been in the Virginia legislature in 1841. He was personally acquainted with Andrew Jackson, and was a visitor at the White House while Jackson was president.

JOHN V. POWELL, farmer of Capon, son of Robert D. and Catherine M. Powell, German ancestry, was born 1857; married Mary J., daughter of Christopher and Sarah J. Slonaker, 1878; children, Bertha O. L. and Myrtle V. He owns two hundred and eighty-three acres, one hundred and fifty under cultivation.

MARION PUGH, farmer of Capon, son of Robert J. and Jane Pugh, Welsh and Irish descent, was born 1844. He was in the Confederate army. The home place, on which he and his sister Emeline reside, has been in the family many years, the deed dating back to Lord Fairfax, 1760.

S. J. PENNINGTON, farmer of Capon, son of Enoch and Phoebe Pennington, English ancestry, was born 1836; married Margaret Michael, 1868; children, Louisa J., John O., Nina B. He was in the Confederate army. He died 1891.

ALBERT D. PUGH, teamster of Bloomery, son of George and Vertie Pugh, English parentage, was born 1871; married Maggie, daughter of Joseph and Mary Eaton; children, Joseph F., George L., and Lucille M.

C. M. PULTZ, teacher and farmer, residing in Gore district, near Barnes's mill, son of Jacob and Rebecca Pultz, was born 1856; German descent; married Dora E., daughter of John A. and Eliza Pownell, 1893; children, Ada M. and Marshall.

JAMES H. POWELL, farmer of Gore, son of Henry and Precious Powell, was born of English parentage, 1813; in 1836 he married Delilah, daughter of Alexander and Annie Patterson; children, Margaret A., Henry A., Benjamin J., John B., Edward B., Jane A., Albert P., and Alverda. Mr. Powell was married a second time, 1866, to Sarah A. Saville; child, Bessie.

JAMES W. POWNELL, farmer of Gore, son of Isaac J. and Rebecca Pownell, was born 1858; in 1880 he married Amanda B., daughter of J. A. and Eliza A. Pownell; children, Blanche, Nettie M., Bessie P., George W., Holland L., and James W.

THE PARKER FAMILY.— The history of Hampshire County is interwoven with that of the Parker family and the many connections and interrelations. The founder of the family in America was Robert Parker, who came from England. He had four sons and two daughters. His sons were Peter, Robert, Solomon, and Nat; his daughters, Katie and Susan. In the Revolutionary War Nat was a Tory, and disappeared. It was never ascertained what became of him, as he was never again heard of. But the other children married, and their descendants are now found not only in Hampshire County, but in the distant States. The family of each of these children will be traced separately.

Peter Parker married Miss Dimmitt, and they had several daughters and one son, Solomon. The daughters married and went west, where their descendants are respectable and numerous. Solomon Parker married Miss Taylor, aud they had six children, four sons and two daughters. The sons were Peter, Taylor, Isaac, and Joseph; the daughters, Elizabeth aud Mary Ellen. Peter married Miss Boyce, of Texas; Taylor married Miss Swisher; Isaac was twice married, first to Miss Thompson, and then to Lydia Cain. Their daughter is Mrs. Jane Thompson, of Three Churches. Joseph married Ellen Grace; Elizabeth married Enoch Binehart; Mary Ellen married Mr. Gutherie.

Robert Parker married Sarah Campbell. They had three sons, Clausen, John, aud Bichard, and two daughters, Hannah and Katie. Clausen married Rebecca Taylor and settled on the Ohio Elver; John went to Ohio; Richard went to Kentucky; Katie married Mr. McCracken and went west; Hannah married John Brady, and they had one son, James, and six daughters, Sallie, Katherine, Mary, Harriet, Hannah, and Rebecca. James never married; Sallie married Mr. Middleton and afterwards Mr. Neville; Katherine married Mr. Wheeler; Mary married Rev. C. Parkieon; Harriet married Joseph Taylor; Hannah married Alonzo Fowler; Rebecca married Dr. John Daily.

Solomon Parker married Miss Wright, and had four sons, Isaac, Robert, John, and William, and four daughters, Harriet, Lncinda, Mary, and Sarah Katherine. Isaac married Miss King and went west; John died young; William married three times, first Miss Higgins, then two Miss Shepherds. He went to Missouri. Bobert married Katherine Mytinger; Harriet married Mr. Stump; Lucinda died unmarried; Mary married Mr. Higgins; Sarah Katherine married Mr. Hoffman. Robert had four sons, John Hite, Daniel, William, and Edgar, and three daughters, Lizzie, Roberta, and Jennie. John Hite married Miss Grace and went to Missouri; Daniel married Lizzie Rees and lives at Frankfort, Mineral County; Lizzie married Rev. L. Butt; Roberta married Dr. Hodgson, of Cumberland, Maryland; William never married; Jennie never married; Edgar married Effie Singhass.

Katie Parker married Mr. Johnson, and their descendants are numerous on Patterson Creek. Their children were Okey, Joshua, William, Susan, Charity, and Polly. Okey married Miss Turley; Joshua married Miss Sheetz; William married Miss Taylor; Susan married Mr. Hollenbeck; Charity also married a Hollenbeck; Polly married Mr. Carscaddon.

Susan Parker married Captain William Forman, an account of whose death while fighting Indians near Wheeling, in September, 1777, is given elsewhere in this book. They had eleven children. Isaac was bitten by a mad dog and died; Grace married Mr. Casey. Through her the Parkers and Parsons are related. Elizabeth married Mr. Taylor, and they had nine children, three sons, Simon, William, and Joseph; six daughters, Mary, Katie, Susan, Rebecca, Betty, and Sarah. Simon married Miss Fleming and went to Kentucky; William married Miss Glaze; Joseph married Miss Corcoran and went to the Ohio Biver; Mary married Mr. Parker; Katie married Mr. Lawson; Susan married William French; Rebecca married Mr. Parker; Betty married Mr. Johnson; Sarah married Mr. Mytinger.

E. S. PARKER, merchant, resident of Springfield, son of Robert W. and Catherine E. Parker, of German and English ancestry, was born 1867; married, 1894, to Effie R., daughter of C. W. and Virginia R. Singhass; child, Virginia C.

JOHN C. PARRAN, of Green Spring, by occupation a farmer, was born of Scotch and German ancestry, near Moorefield, 1837. His parents, N. D. and Adeline Parran. He married, 1872, Addie L., daughter of Isaac and Susan Baker. Their daughter, Kate Beulah.

ISAAC PARSONS, farmer, son of Isaac and Susan Parsons, of English ancestry, was born 1839; married to Emma, daughter of Julius and Mary Waddle; children, Mary K., J. Clifford, Isaac B., Maude W., Susan B., and Alice H. He was a resident of Springfield district.

J. W. PULTZ, son of Jacob and Rebecca Pultz, was born, 1849, near Slaneeville; by occupation a clerk; German ancestry; married, 1871, Mary Florence, daughter of John B. and Rebecca A. Fenten; children, Will Ed, H. Leslie, Frank E., W. Fenten, and Beri K. H. Leslie Pultz was drowned 1889. Mr. Pultz removed to Wneeling, 1883.

R. W. PARKER, farmer, resident of Springfield district, son of Solomon and Sarah Parker, of English ancestry, was born 1815; married, 1842, to Catherine, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Mytinger; children, John H., Daniel M., Virginia W., Roberta S., Edgar S., Sarah E., and William C.

W. H. PATTERSON, paper finisher, Springfield district, son of Robert Patterson, of Irish ancestry, was married, 1887, to Florence, daughter of Jonathan and Caroline Bryan; children, Edgar, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Flora, and Grover.

J. S. POLAND, farmer, resident of Springfield district, son of James and Rachel Roland, of English aucestry, was born 1842; married, 1866, to Mary S., daughter of Isaac and Nancy J. Haines; children, Elizabeth J., Charles D., James W., Lula E., and George I.

AMOS LUTHER PUGH. The subject of this sketch is a son of the late Lemuel Pugh. His father died in 1877. His mother. Elizabeth A., whose maiden name was Twiford, is still living. He is the oldest of a family of eleven children, eight of whom are still living. Two half sisters, older than himself, are Mary Ellen, the wife of Captain William H. Powell, one of the foremost and most influential citizens of the county, who has figured prominently in its public and political affairs for a number of years, and Virginia A., the wife of Taylor Urton, a prosperous fanner and stock raiser and dealer in Cass County, Missouri. The names of his full brothers and sisters, stated in the order of their respective ages, are: Arthur Benton, Margaret Catherine, Dora Charity, Lemuel Willie, Roberta Agnes, Sarah Elizabeth, and Martha Bell.

Amos L. Pugh was born January 23, 1853. His father on the paternal side was of Welsh descent and his mother on the same side was of Scotch descent. He was married April 12, 1877, to Miss Alma Garvin, daughter of the late David J. and Margaret Garvin, of High View, Hampshire County. To them was born one son, Robert Beall Pugh, September 7, 1879. Mr. Pugh's only educational advantages were such as were afforded by the public schools of the county prior to 1873, and a three months' term, in 1874, in Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York, in which time he graduated in the business course. In 1873 — then twenty years of age — he was appointed a deputy for William H. Powell, sheriff of the county, which office he continued to hold under the succeeding sheriffs until October, 1888, when he resigned, agreed to become a candidate for re-election to the State legislature, and some doubts has arisen as to his eligibility to that office, while holding the office of deputy sheriff. He was elected in 1886 to represent the county in the House of Delegates in the State legislature, and was re-elected in 1888, serving two sessions during each term. He was appointed a member of the board of regents of the West Tirginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, by Governor E. W. Wilson, June 4, 1887, and was reappointed to the same position by Governor A. B. Flemming, April 17, 1890, serving as a member of the Board for six years. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board, and a member of the Building Committee, appointed to take charge of the erection of the new buildings which were built in 1892. At the general election held November, 1893, he was elected Sheriff of Hampshire County, and served in that office for the term beginning the 1st of January following.

ARTHUR BENTON PUGH, brother of Amos Pugh, is a lawyer. He studied law at the University of Virginia, and first located for the practice of his profession, at Petersburg, Grant County, in 1877, when he formed a partnership with Wilbur F. Dyre. The firm for a number of years had a large practice in the counties of Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton. He was married in 1885 to Miss Louisa Anderson, the only daughter of David C. Anderson, of Franklin, Pendleton County. In 1888 he was appointed to and accepted the position of assistant attorney in the Department of the Interior at Washington, D. C. This position he filled for nearly three years, when he resigned to enter again upon the practice of his profession at Salem and Roanoke, Virginia. He soon obtained a large and lucrative practice in this new field; taking his place at once in the front ranks of the bar, and in a few years was regarded as one of the leading lawyers in that section of the State.

The mountainous climate did not agree with his wife, however, and, owing to her failing health, he determined to leave Salem. He had been offered his old position at Washington several times, and had each time declined it. In 1896 the offer came again, without solicitation, and in view of the necessity of a speedy change of climate on account of his wife, he, after some hesitation, accepted it. The year 1896 brought him severe afflictions. His little boy, Benton Anderson, a bright and handsome boy of eight and a half years, died in Salem, in February, and he had the still greater misfortune to lose his wife by death the November following. Two little girls, Mary Anderson, aged seven years, and Louise Benton, born in August 1896, are his only living children.

LEMUEL WILLIE PUGH, son of Lemuel and Elizabeth A. Pugh, after receiving such education as could be acquired in the public schools of the day, attended and become a graduate of Eastman's Business College, New York, in 1888. He served four years as deputy sheriff of the county under Wiliam H. Powell, during his second term in that office, from 1885 to 1888 inclusive. In 1891 he went west as far as Missouri, and in a short time found employment with the George D. Hope Lumber Company, of Kansas City. He rapidly rose from the position of clerk in one of the many branch establishments of the company located in different sections of Missouri and Kansas to principal accountant and bookkeeper at the main office in Kansas City, and then to general manager of the company's affairs, which position he has held for several years.

Of the five younger sisters, whose names are given above, two are married. Margaret C. is the wife of George Taylor, one of the most successful and prosperous farmers and stock raisers of the county: and Dora C. is the wife of C. F. Rinker, M.D., of Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia, who is practising successfully his profession in that county. The three unmarried sisters are among the most successful teachers in the schools of the county, and have taught also successfully in the public and graded schools of Missouri.

THOMAS G. POWNALL, son of A. H. and Charlotte (née Hannas) Pownall, was born in Sherman district, 1858, of Scotch, Irish, and German descent. His ancestors lived New Jersey. From the age of six to sixteen he attended public and private schools about four months each year. At seventeen, at Rio. he taught his first school. He taught ten terms in county schools and in 1886 was principal of Romney graded school, and was elected in 1888 to a similar position at Paw Paw. He was a member of the county board of examiners for teachers in 1884 and 1885. In 1889 he was appointed by A. B. White, deputy collector of internal revenue in Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Grant, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson, and Pendleton Counties, and served till 1893. In February, 1894. he was appointed assistant general superintendent for the United States Leather Company, and in October of the same year was promoted to general superintendent. On August 22, 1894, he was married to Miss Virginia G. Frye, of Keyser, Mr. Pownall resides at Cumberland, Maryland, in order the better to look after the extensive business of the leather company; but he holds his citizenship at Romney, West Virginia. He has one child, two years old. While teaching school, and while in the revenue service, Mr. Pownall dealt in live stock, timber, tan, bark, and real estate. He attended the Fairmont Normal School in 1880; and in 1887 graduated in the scientific course of the North-Western University at Ada, Ohio.

In politics Mr. Pownall is a Republican, and became interested in the welfare of his party as early as 1875. From 1886 to 1894 he was chairman of the Hampshire County Republican Executive Committee, and for the same period was a member of the Second Congressional District Committee. He resigned both in 1894 because of press of business. In 1888 he was nominated by his party for the State Senate in the twelfth district, and made a thorough and aggressive speaking canvass against Hon. S. L. Flournoy, Democrat, of Romney, who was elected by a reduced majority. Mr. Pownall is not orthodox in religion; does not belong to any church, and does not believe in the doctrine of eternal punishment.

JOHN S. PANCAKE, farmer, resident of Romney district, son of Joseph C. and Ellen D. Pancake, of Irish and German ancestry, was born 1846; married, 1884, to Margaret, daughter of Robert W. and Sarah E. Gilkeson; children, Emily V., William C., and Elizabeth G. Mr. Pancake has an interest in an extensive peach farm near Romney, and also devotee his time to the raising of and dealing in stock. He was in the Confederate army.

J. W. POLING, deputy sheriff, resident of Romney, son of Joseph and Elizabeth A. Poling, of German, Welsh, and Irish ancestry, was born 1836; married, 1858, to Mary J., daughter of George N. and Elizabeth Hauser; children, Lawrence, Henry E., Annie B., Harry H., Dora S., M. Bessie, and George W.

V. M. POLING, Clerk of Circuit Court, resident of Romney, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Poling, of German, Welsh, and Irish ancestry, was born 1844; married, 1865, to Sallie, daughter of I. N. and Elizabeth Heiskell, of Virginia; children, Addie E., Claud V., Edgar N,, Virgil, Eva V., W. H. Beulah, Robert L., and Martha. Further mention of Mr. Poling will be made elsewhere in this book.

JOSEPH S. PANCAKE, farmer, resident of Romney district, son of Joseph C. and Ellen Pancake, was born 1856; married, 1897, to Sallie, daughter of John J. and Bettie Inskeep.

JOSEPH C. PANCAKE, farmer, resident of Romney district, son of Isaac and Sallie Pancake, of Irish, Welsh, and German ancestry, was born 1814; married, 1843, to Ellen D., daughter of Silas and Maria Reese; children, Sarah M., Isaac H. C., John S., Mary B., William C., Andrew F., Joseph S., and Sydna M.

A. V. PARKER, farmer, resident of Romney district, son of James and Eliza J. Parker, of English and Irish ancestry, was born 1869; married, 1895, to Susan, daughter of David and Nannie Fox; child, Nancy J.

FREDERICK PANCAKE, farmer, resident of Romney district, son of A. J. and Ann Jemima Pancake, of German ancestry, was born 1860; married, 1886, to Sarah W., daughter of J. D. and Sarah L. Miller. His child is John A. Pancake.

I. H. C. PANCAKE, nieixhant, resident of Romney, son of Joseph C. and Ellen D. Pancake, of German, Scotch, and Irish ancestry, was born 1845; married, 1874, to Fannie, daughter of Lemuel and Isabella Campbell, of Virginia; children, Ellen C., E. Blair, L. Campbell, Joseph C., and Fannie G.

JEREMIAH POLAND, farmer, resident of Romney district, of English ancestry, was born in Hardy County, 1855; married, 1878, to Harriet E., daughter of Daniel and Martha Lewis; children, Margaret E., Anna L., Lorenzo G., Ora B., Hannah S., Granvil R., Jeremiah C., and Ada P.

JOHN W. POWELSON, farmer of Sherman district, son of Paul and Caroline Poweleon, German and Irish ancestry, was born 1844; married Nancy J., daughter of John R. and Catherine Powelson; children, Alvin J., Elizabeth G., and Lester A.

JOSEPH F. PEPPER, farmer near Pleasant Dale, son of Jacob and Frances Pepper, German ancestry, was born 1848; married Lucy M., daughter of A. T. and Margaret J. Pugh; children, Margaret F., Ida M., and Charles A.

JAMES H. PEER, farmer of Gore, son of Elias and Rachel Peer, German descent, was born in Shenandoah County, 1850; married Rebecca, daughter of Abraham and Sarah Lambert, 1874; children, William, Salemma, Daisey, Samuel, Cleveland, Elias H., Minnie R., George, Benjamin, and Grayson J.

JACOB D. PARRILL, farmer of Sherman district, son of Joseph and Isabella Parrill, German ancestry, was born in Hardy County, 1825; married Lydia, daughter of George and Daritha Dellinger, of Virginia, 1848; children, Mary A., Margaret F., Amanda V., George W., Edward A. Mr. Parrill married Clarinda, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Reynolds, 1863; children, Laura I., Joseph H., Charles A.

JOSEPH B. PILES, farmer of Sherman district, son of John H. and Martha E. Piles, was born 1860; married Matilda E., daughter of Daniel and Mary Simmons, 1883; children, Lumama E., William A., Anna V. B., Martha F. J., Floyd H., and Frona.

D. G. POLAND, farmer and mechanic of Sherman district, son of J. C. and Martha E. Poland, Irish ancestry, was born 1860; married Mary P. F., daughter of Armstead and Mary Alverson; children, Dale V. D., Bonn A., and Roy A. He has held the office of justice of the peace both by appointment and election.

A. B. POWNALL, farmer and teacher of Sherman, son of A. H. and Charlotte Pownall, Irish and Scotch ancestry, was born in Hampshire County, 1873.

WILLIAM PEER, of English ancestry, son of James H. and Rebecca Peer, is a farmer of Gore; born 1876; married Lizzie, daughter of Robert and Nancy Riser, 1893; children, Minor L. and Nina R.

JOSEPH A. PUGH, farmer near Pleasant Dale, son of John N. and Sarah Pugh, English ancestry, was born 1842; married Martha V., daughter of Jaoob J. and Frances E. Pepper, 1872; children, Virginia M., Lanra F., John A., Finley T., Ada M., and Thomas W. Mr. Pngh was in the Confederate army and was wounded at Cold Harbor.

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