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 736-738

Last Names beginning with "T and V"

GEORGE TAYLOR, farmer and stock raiser of Mill Creek district; son of Thomas and Mary Taylor; English ancestry; born 1847; married, 1879, to Margaret C., daughter of L. and Elizabeth Pugh, of Capon Bridge; children, Pauline M., Georgiana, Mary E., Edith P., Katie T., Verdie M.

WILLIAM TAYLOR, a tanner and farmer; residence, Mechanicsburg; son of Edward and Margaret Taylor; of Irish ancestry; born, 1819, where he now lives; married, 1844, to Margaret, daughter of John and Ellen Parker; children, Charles W., Sarah F., Ellen H., Mary M., James S., Arminta, Alberta L., and L. Clyde.

SIMON D. TAYLOR, of Harrisonville, Missouri, was for many years an influential citizen of Hampshire. When the war began, he espoused the Confederate cause, raised a company, was elected captain, but, before being mustered into the service, he became disgusted with the failure of his men to hold their ground when the enemy appeared in the country, and disbanded the company, and soon afterwards joined the Hampshire Guards. He served in that until the second battle of Bull Run. He was captured, and was exchanged after two months. He then joined Rosser's cavalry. In the second day's buttle in the Wilderness he was badly wounded through the arm, throat, and jaw. This rendered him unfit for service until the spring of 1865. He rejoined the command just before the evacuation of Richmond. He was in the rear during Lee's retreat from Richmond, fighting every day. Rosser's brigade did not surrender, but made its way westward. Mr. Taylor, while carrying a despatch, was shot through the hand. He learned that Lee had surrendered, and he knew that further resistance was useless. He made his way to Hampshire, took the oath at Cumberland, and returned to civil life. He subsequently removed to the west, and became the editor of a Populist newspaper. His comrades in arms speak of him as one of the best soldiers in the army.

K. TAYLOR, M.D., of Slanesville, son of Benjamin F. and Nancy Taylor, English and Scotch ancestry, was born in Loudoun County, 1840: married Louisa H , daughter of Robert and Margaret Rannells, 1874; children, Nannie M., Robert K., Ora C., E. F., Cleveland H., and Elridge S.

JAMES W. F. TAYLOR, farmer residing near Higginsville, son of Joseph I. and Harriet Taylor, was born 1852; German and Welsh descent; married Kessiah F., daughter of Jacob and Sarah Swisher, 1877; children, Adeline E. and James W. F.

JOHN THOMPSON, farmer residiug near Three Churches, son of John and Emily Thompson, was born 1820; German, Irish, and English parentage; married Mary, daughter of John and Kessiah Rannells, 1843; children, John H. and James W. Mr. Thompson married Miss Mary E. Iser, 1894.

ABRAM THOMAS, farmer, resident of Springfield district, son of Andrew and Mary Thomas, of English and German ancestry, was born in Pennsylvania, 1835; married, 1858, to Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Susanna Doutt, of Pennsylvania; children, Andrew O., Addie S., Omar, David, James W., M. Florence, Susanna, Clement, Daniel I., Emma J., and Ella E.

W. F. N. TAYLOR, farmer, resident of Springfield, son of W. F. J. and Elizabeth A. Taylor, of English and German ancestry, was married, 1877, to Susan M., daughter of Newton and E. H. Guthrie, of Pennsylvania; children, Thomas I., Elizabeth B., Susan F., and W. F. N.

J. W. THOMPSON, farmer residing near Three Churches, is son of John and Catherine Thompson. His ancestry is Irish. He was born 1851; married, 1873, to Elizabeth J., daughter of Isaac and Jane Parker; children, H. D., Mary J., Charles T., Pearl H., Leonidas V., John W. B., Oscar A., Leora G., and James R.

JAMES W. TAYLOR, farmer, resident of Springfield district, son of William and Rebecca Taylor, of German and Irish ancestry, was born 1844; married, 1869, to Emma Click; children, Fannie L., Joseph A., Addie B., John M., Susan R., Albert B., Victoria, and George F.

W. W. TEETERS, of Green Spring, a carpenter, son of George and Margaret Teeters, of German and Irish ancestry, was born in Pennsylvania, 1840; married, 1865, to Hannah A., daughter of John A. and Mary Mourrett; children, John T., Hannah C., Joseph H., William L., Mary M., George N., Sarah A., Lorena E., Charles E., and Amanda M.

JOSEPH T. TAYLOR, farmer of Romney district, son of William and Rebecca Taylor, was born, 1846, of English and German ancestry; married, 1873, to Catherine, daughter of Isaac and Sarah Mills; children, Dora S., Mary E., William M., John W., and Sallie B.

ALBERT J. THOMPSON, teacher in the deaf department of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, at Romney, is the eldest son of Isaac and Mary J. Thompson; born at Blue Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, May 13, 1865; married, 1886, Emma F. Hoff, daughter of D. K. and Martha L. Hoff, of Clintonville, Greenbrier County, but formerly of Botetourt County, Virginia; children, Nora E., Elbert, Winnie, Gordon, and Forest E. Mr. Thompson was educated at the common schools and at the summer normals held in the county for the benefit of teachers. He began teaching in the public schools of Greenbrier and continued in that capacity until 1893. At the meeting of the board of regents of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, held June, 1893, he was elected steward of the schools, in which position he continued until September 1, 1897, having been elected teacher in the deaf department of the schools at a meeting of the board of regents held July 14, 1897.

THOMAS TIMBROOK, of Romney district; teamster; son of Joseph and Malinda Timbrook; born 1873; married, 1892, to Lydia, daughter of William and Harriet Font; children, Charles L., George R., Arthur A.

OLIVER H. TARR, of Romney; barber; son of Lewis and Sarah A. Tarr; English and Irish ancestry; born, 1806, in Maryland; married, 1893, to Mary S., daughter of Henry M. and Harriet High, and widow of Asa High; children, Fannie G. High and Sarah M. Tarr. Mr. Tarr formerly resided in Baltimore.

PHILIP TIMBROOK, farmer of Romney district; son of Joseph and Malinda Timbrook; born 1873; married, 1892, to Margaret, daughter of George W. and Delilah Sherman; children, Joseph H. and Lilia V.

R. J. THOMPSON, farmer near Pleasant Dale, son of George and Mary Thompson, was born 1833; Irish and German parentage; married Martha, daughter of Joseph and Mary Shanholtzer, 1858; children, Eva J., Lucy B., M. P. Emily, Sallie V., J. H. Allie, Lorena, and Nevada.

A. S VEACH, farmer and merchant, Mill Creek district, was born in Hardy County, 1853; son of William and Phoebe J. Veach, of Irish and Gernuin ancestry; married, 1878, to Christina K., daughter of Warner T. and Hannah High; children, John A., Laura B., Clyde E., and J. C. S. Mr. Veach owns two hundred and ninety-seven acres near Purgitsville.

J. W. VANDIVER, farmer residing near Burlington, Mineral County, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vandiver, was born 1848. His mother's maiden name was Carrington. He married Charlotte, daughter of John S. and Jane Arnold, of Knobly, 1881; children, John Arnold, Edward Goheen, Mary Wright, and Ann.

CORNELIUS E. VANOSDEL, farmer of Bloomery, son of Jefferson and Hannah E. Vanosdel, was born of German parentage, 1866; married, 1893, Ruth, daughter of Lemuel P. and Amy L. Hiett.

CHARLES H. VANDIVER was the second son of Archibald Vandiver, who resided on his farm near Burlington, now Mineral County. He was born May 1, 1840, and was reared on the farm, receiving a common school educntion, completing his school course at the Institute in Romney, under Rev. Joseph Nelson. When the war broke out he enlisted as a private in Captain George F. Sheetz's company, and served until June 26, 1864, then lieutenant commanding the company. On this date his right arm was shot off by a shell in an engagement near Petersburg, Virginia, that disabled him from further active service in the field.

After the war he studied law and was associated with White & Jacobs in the practice at Keyser. In 1870 he embarked in journalism, became the owner of The Keiser Tribune, and continued its editor until 1883. It prospered in his hands and became a prominent and influential local Democratic newspaper. In 1883 he was elected sergeant-at-arms in the West Virginia State Senate at Wheeling. Having invested in property in Missouri in 1881, he sold his paper and moved to the latter State on the adjournment of the Legislature. In 1886 he was a resident of Lafayette County, and was noniinatfd by the Democrats of his district, and elected to the Senate over his Republican opponent by three thousand eight hundred majority. In the Senate he was the patron of a liill declaring the Confederate Home of Missouri an eleemosynary institution of the State which became a law. Another bill introduced by him, known as the "Anti-trust Bill" became a law. He made a creditable representative of his district, one of the wealthiest in the State, and old Hampshire has no cause to be ashamed of her son in his adopted State.

In the Confederate army he was wounded three times, the third time losing the right arm. His first was a scalp wound from a minie-ball when the Federals made their first advance on Moorefield. He was shot through the body while leading a charge, dismounted at Culpeper Court-House in October, 1863. He had a horse shot at Kernstown, another at Piedmont, a third at Brandy Station, a fourth at Fairfield, Pennsylvania, and three in battles of the Wilderness in May, 1864. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since early youth, and is now a ruling elder in that church at Higginsville, Missouri. He has accumulated by industry and frugality a comfortable estate. He is a bachelor, and is engaged in farming.

WILLIAM L. VANDEGRIFT, merchant of Sherman district, son of Thomas and Deborah Vandegrift, was born 1840; married Margaret A„ daughter of Isaac and Nancy Haines; children, John I., William H., Bessie J., Ira H., and Ada N. Mr. Vandegrift was twice married; to Mary H. Watson; children, Milton H. and James T.

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