1911 Obituaries

"Little Mary Jane Kessel"

As the sun was kissing the eastern hill tops on December 27, 1910, the death angel came into the home of Brother D.E. & Sister Elizabeth Kessel, and plucked their youngest daughter, Mary Jane, from the family circle.
Deceased was born 4 February 1900 and departed this life 27 December 1910, age 10 years, 10 months and 23 days. She died of diptheria, was a patient sufferer for thirteen days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B.C. Dairs, after which she was laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Eulogy by her Sunday School teacher, Mrs. C.R. Kessel. (Mountaineer, 6 Jan 1911)

J. Milton Burdett

The subject of this sketch was born in Monroe County, Va (now W.Va) 6 February 1818. The death summons called him to the great beyond 20 December 1910, he having reached the great age of 92 years, 10 months and 14 days. When a child his parents oved to Greenbrier County and there lived until 1836 and then moved to Roane County. In 1840 he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Sayre of Jackson County. To this union 11 childre were born, viz: Diana, W. Clarkson, James P., Hannah, Emily J., John M., Dallas A., Sarah A., Monroe D., Mark D., and Ezekiel H. His wife preceded him to the grave 8 years and three months. They lived a happy life together 62 years. The deceased children are Hannah, died in infancy; W.Clarkson at the age of 20 years, fell in the Battle of Vicksburg, May 19, 1863, having belonged to the Union Army, Co I, 4th WV Infantry. Sarah A. died at the age of 38 years. The surviving children are Mrs. Diana Calvert of Guysville, Ohio, James P. of Leon, Mrs. Emily J. Childres of Evans, WV; John M. of Point Pleasant, Dallas A. of Middleport, Ohio; Monroe D. of Columbus, Ohio, Mark G. and Ezekiel H. of Leon, WV. At the time of his death he was the grandfather of 57 and the great grandfather of 61 children. The deceased during the great rebellion was a strong Union man, voted for Bell and Everett in 1860. He was the second man to take the oath of office in Jackson County in West Virginia in 1863. He was commissioned Captain of the Home Guard of Jackson County by Governor Arthur I. Borman. He was twice made a prisoner by the Confederate soldier and possibly escaped death at their hands by the intercession of Col. George Crow, of General Wise's command. He was Deputy Sheriff of Jackson County from 1866 to 1873. After a long and useful life in his community he has gone to his final reward. His remains were laid to rest on the 22nd inst. in the family graveyard on his daughter, Emily Childer's farm. (This first appeared in the Point Pleasant Register, 28 Dec 1910, then in the Mountaineer, 6 Jan 1911.)


Mrs. Edith Irene (HARRISON) PARSONS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John HARRISON, and wife of W. E. PARSONS, was born January 16, 1888. Was married to W. E. PARSONS March 18, 1910 and departed this life January 20, 1911. She leaves a father, a mother, a husband, a little son and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. W. E. PARSONS was a former merchant at Foster Chapel, but now resides at Point Pleasant. Funeral services at Foster Chapel conducted by Rev. J. S. RHODES. (Mountaineer, 27 Jan 1911)

Mr. George W. CASTO

Mr. George W. CASTO died this (Tuesday) morning at his home near Fairplain. He was 83 or 84 years of age, a quiet and respected citizen. He is survived by two brothers, N. L. and R. P. CASTO; four sons, S. S., A. B., J. T., and A. D. CASTO; three daughters, Ruth BLANKENSHIP, Sidney HILL, and Lizzie CARNEY. Interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery Wednesday at 10 o'clock a.m. (Mountaineer, 10 Feb 1911)

George W. CASTO was born June 19, 1826. Departed this life February 7, 1911, aged 84 years, 7 months and 18 days. He was married to Minerva SAYRE in the year 1849. To this union were born 10 children, of whom seven are living, three girls dying in childhood, two of these being buried in one grave. His wife preceded him to that happy land about 20 years earlier. (Mountaineer, 17 Feb 1911)

Mrs. Minnie (RANKIN) CASTO

Mrs. Minnie (RANKIN) CASTO, wife of Joseph CASTO, died at her home in Charleston Friday. She is survived by her husband and five children, four brothers, William, Gratton, R. R., and G. W. RANKIN, and two sisters, Mrs. M. M. KOONTZ and Miss Ella RANKIN. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. W. M. SLAUGHTER officiating. (Mountaineer, 10 Feb 1911)

Mrs. Della HIGGINS

Mrs. Della HIGGINS, wife of Squire E. E. HIGGINS, died Tuesday night at her home in Sandyville, age 44. Tuberculosis, from which she had suffered for more than a year, was the cause of her death. She is survived by her husband and two children, Hugh and Wilma. The funeral services were conducted Thursday by Rev. J. S. RHODES of the Baptist Church. The remains were interred in McGee Chapel Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 17 March 1911)

Mrs. Flora MADDOX

Mrs. Flora MADDOX, widow of the late James G. MADDOX, died Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the home of her son, A. T. MADDOX, near Kenna, at the age of 82. Mrs. MADDOX had been an invalid for the past five years and death was not unexpected. Deceased is survived by four sons; Rev. W. H. MADDOX of Winfield, L. and I. T. MADDOX of Ripley, and A. T. MADDOX, with whom she made her home. Funeral services were held at the Pleasant Valley Church, Rev. T. O. POWERS assisted by Rev. J. S. RHODES of the Baptist Church officiated. The remains were interred in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 17 March 1911)


Blanche CUNNINGHAM, the nine month old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. CUNNINGHAM died Sunday, March 5, (1911) with bronchitis and was buried at Falling Water. Rev. G. PHILLIPS conducted the services. (Mountaineer, 17 March 1911)


Robert HARMON, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph HARMON, of Frozen Camp, met with a tragic end Wednesday evening. The little boy, as was his custom, went to the field where his father was plowing, to ride one of the horses to the barn. The horse was trotting along behind one being ridden by one of the farm hands, they were hurrying to the barn to escape an approaching storm, when nearing a steep bank, it, in slowing up, slipped and throwing the boy over it's head, his head striking a stone, crushing the skull. He was carried to the house, but never regained consciousness, and only lived twenty-five minutes, dying at 5:25. The funeral was held Thursday at 2 p.m. The services were conducted by Rev. I. G. WILLIAMS of Fairview Christian Church. (Mountaineer, 17 March 1911)

Mrs. Martha H. BALCH

Mrs. Martha H. BALCH, widow of the late Samuel BALCH, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas STEWART, with whom she was living, on Stone Ridge, Saturday evening at 8 o'clock, agd 67. Lung trouble brought on by bronchitis was the cause of death. She is survived by four sons and two daughters, William and D. B. BALCH of Thirteen, D. O. BALCH of Mason County, and Q. A. BALCH of Rt. 1; Mrs. Lawson CASTO of near Danstown, and Mrs. Thomas STEWART of Stone Ridge. The funeral occurred Monday at Foster Chapel. Rev. Alfred BACHUS of the M. E. Church officiated. (Mountaineer, 31 March 1911)

Gladys CASTO

Gladys CASTO, the little seven months old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F. S. CASTO, of Kenna, died Saturday night at eleven o'clock, pneumonia being the cause of death. The remains were buried from Pleasant Valley Church Monday, Rev. T. O. POWERS of the Baptist Church officiated. (Mountaineer, 31 March 1911)

Mr. Francis WALKER

Mr. Francis WALKER, who was for many years a resident of Jackson County, residing near Sidneyville on the Ravenswood Pike, died Tuesday at the home of his only sister, Mrs. Martha STOUT, near Coalville, Ohio. Deceased was about 70 years of age. Three or four years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. He is survived by four sons, Robert and Rolla WALKER of Parkersburg, John WALKER of Kansas, and Goff WALKER of this place. The remains will be brought to Ripley this (Thursday) evening and interment in the BOYCE Cemetery tomorrow. (Mountaineer, 31 March 1911)

Mrs. Julia A. SAYRE

Mrs. Julia A. SAYRE (born 1881), wife of Samuel Furman SAYRE, of Cottageville, Rt. 1, died Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock. We have not been informed of just what caused her death. She had suffered with a complication of diseases for some time and was thought dead last Saturday, when her friends were notified. After being laid out for burial it was discovered she was still breathing. Dr. HARRISON was hurriedly summoned, and restorations were administered. She revived and lingered until Wednesday. She is survived by her husband and two children. The funeral was held from Cottageville M. E. Church. Rev. A. C. ROFFE conducted the services. The remains were interred in Cottageville Cemetery. (Samuel Furman SAYRE was the son of Jasper SAYRE) (Mountaineer, 31 March 1911)

Mrs. Martha STEWART

Mrs. Martha STEWART, wife of Elisha STEWART, Civil War veteran, died Monday night at eleven o'clock at her home on Thirteen, age 79 years. Mrs. STEWART had been in failing health and her demise was not unexpected. She was well and favorably known in that community. She had been a member of the United Brethren Chruch for more than fifty years. Besides her husband, she is survived by seven sons and one daughter: Chris, Nathan, Eph, B. F., and Bert, of this county. Carter and Holly STEWART of Pocahontas County, and Mrs. KINSER. The funeral was held Wednesday from the home. Rev. DAILEY conducted the services. The remains were interred in the SHINN Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 7 April 1911)


Belva KNUCKLES, the ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles KNUCKLES, of near Given, died at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday of last week. Some weeks ago the little girl fell and injured her knee. Blood poisoning set in and death resulted. The funeral services conducted by Rev. DAILEY was held from the Lone Oak Church, after which the remains were interred in the Boswell Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 7 April 1911)

M. Catherine PARSONS

M. Catherine PARSONS, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd PARSONS, of Given, died Sunday evening and was buried Tuesday at Fairview, Rev. J. S. RHODES conducted the service. (Mountaineer, 7 April 1911)

Mr. James ELLIOT

Mr. James ELLIOT, one of Jackson County's well known and highly respected farmers, died at his home near Fairplain, Tuesday at 2 p.m., age 71. Stomach trouble from which he had suffered for years was the cause of death. Deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters, J. B. and Thomas ELLIOT, Mrs. N. U. G. (Nathan Ulysses Grant) SHINN and Miss Mary ELLIOT. The funeral was held from the home Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. H. T. WATTS of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, officiated. The remains were interred in the family cemetery on the farm. (Nathan and Elizabeth R. ELLIOT married on 29 April 1886 JCMR) (Mountaineer, 21 April 1911)

Mrs. James (Elizabeth BENNETT) PARSONS

Mrs. James (Elizabeth BENNETT) PARSONS, whose serious illness was noted last week, died Saturday morning at 7:30 and was buried at Antioch Sunday at 2 p.m. She was sick about two weeks and took a stroke from which she never recovered. Mrs. PARSONS was the daughter of Joseph and Martha BENNETT, was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed in the community in which she lived. She leaves several children and brothers to mourn their loss. She rests in that bright and happy home where sorrow and pain are unknown. (Elizabeth BENNETT married James PARSONS on 31 March 1864) (Mountaineer, 21 April 1911)

Thomas Hillery COOK

Thomas Hillery COOK was born 23 July 1844, in Lewis County, Va., now West Virginia. His early boyhood days were spent in Lewis and Jackson Counties with his parents. At the beginning of the rebellion he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served until the close of the war. He was united in marriage January 15, 1867, to Minervia E. FLESHER, a daughter of the late William B. FLESHER. To this union were born ten children, four boys and six girls, all of whom survive him, except one boy, who died in infancy.

In the year 1875 he united with the Christian Church and remained a faithful member until his death, which occurred after a short illness of pneumonia which lasted only five days, April 11, 1911, at his home in Silverton, surrounded by loving relatives and friends, age 66 years, 8 months and 26 days. The funeral was held in the Big Sand Creek Baptist Church. (Mountaineer, 28 April 1911)

Ralph Smith MORGAN

Ralph Smith MORGAN was born in Pleasant County, Virginia, 30 May 1843, was brought up on a farm and attended the private schools of the day. He was the second son of Judge and Mrs. Isaiah MORGAN, who being an ardent Union man, at the beginning of the Civil War, sent two of his sons to the front. Ralph enlisted April 1862 n Company E, 10th West Virginia Infantry and from the beginning proved himself to be brave and true to the Union, always ready for duty assigned him, winning the favor of all the officers, and the love and confidence of his comrades. In the great and bloody battle of Winchester, September 19, 1864, in the grand charge of the enemy's line, Company E. lost in killed and wounded, 24 out of a total of 49. In May 1868 he married Virginia, daughter of Thomas COLEMAN, of Muses Bottom, and to them were born six children, four of whom survive. He died 17 May 1911. (Mountaineer, 9 June 1911)

William BAKER

We are sorry to hear of the sudden death of William BAKER, of Angerona, who committed suicide by taking carbolic acid last Saturday evening and was buried at the Christian Church on Sunday evening. The motive, we learned, was to financial worry, as the officer was there to close up his store at the time of the suicide. Mr. BAKER was once a resident of Evans, and he was liked by everyone and we feel deeply the loss of so good a citizen. (Mountaineer, 9 June 1911)


Julius COSSIN was born October 12, 1852, died June 19, 1911, aged 58 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was the son of Allen and Mariah (KING) COSSIN. Was married to Mary NEWELL, December 25, 1894, and is survived by his wife, step-daughter, five sons, four brothers and a large number of relatives and friends. He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed in home and neighborhood where he has always lived. Julius was always a kind man having a smile and a pleasant word for all.

He had been a patient sufferer for three years, when the death angel relieved him Monday morning from his suffering. He said he was willing and ready to go. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground, there to await the resurrection morning when "many shall be called but few will be chosen". There he wll meet his loved ones he has left here. May they all live so they will meet "over in the Glory Land" and the family will all be united and live in peace forever. (Mountaineer, 23 June 1911)


Will MOORE Victim of Stray Bullet - On June 10, at the ice cream festival held at John POWELL's, near Browning Post Office, this county, Charles HUGGINS shot and seriously injured Will MOORE. HUGGINS was in an altercation with Arthur NESSELROAD, and in an attempt to shoot him, fired and shot MOORE in the face. The bullet, which has never been removed, entered just below the left eye, and MOORE is in critical condition. HUGGINS was arrested Monday at Littleton by Sheriff MCCOWAN and was taken before Justice PARK, at Ravenswood, for a preliminary hearing. He waived examination and was brought here to jail Wednesday. (Mountaineer, 23 June 1911)


Word was received here this morning of the death in a hospital at Baltimore of Dr. G. W. CARTER of Reedy, Roane County, which occurred at 2 o'clock this morning. Dr. CARTER having been taken there for treatment. The remains will arrive on the noon train from the east and will be taken through to Reedy over the O. R. and will be accompained from here by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh F. SAYRE and J. S. BROWN, the latter being a close personal friend. The funeral services will be held at Letart.

Dr. CARTER was one of the most prominent residents of that section of the state, and had been in active practice of his profession for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, who, before marriage, was Miss SAYRE, a sister of Hugh F. SAYRE of this city. He was a staunch member of the M. E. Church, South, a pillar in the church, and one of the most splendid citizens of the county. He had numerous friends there and elsewhere who were grieved to learn of his death. Friday's SENTINEL (Mountaineer, 18 Aug 1911)


Mary E. SKEEN, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Pierce SKEEN, died on Wednesday, August 2, 1911, at the home of her parents, near Fletcher, W.Va., of tuberculosis, age 28. Miss SKEEN was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, an estimable young lady whose intimely death is much deplored. She is survived by her parents, one sister and five brothers, Mrs. Clark SIMMONS of Kenna, F. B. SKEEN, I. O. SKEEN, J. L. SKEEN, W. D. SKEEN, and Dolph SKEEN. The funeral services were held from the home of the deceased, Rev. J. S. RHODES officiating. Interment was made in the family cemetery. (Mountaineer, 18 Aug 1911)

Mrs. Rebecca PRICE

Mrs. Rebecca PRICE, widow of the late Abraham PRICE, one of the oldest residents of the county, died Monday, August 14, 1911, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John UNRUE in West Ripley, aged 91. Deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nora MYERS and Mrs. UNRUE. The funeral occurred on Wednesday, Rev. RYMER officiating. The remains were interred in the BOICE Cemetery on Locust Ridge. (Mountaineer, 18 Aug 1911)


Again we are reminded that death is abroad in our land. On Sunday morning August 18, 1911, that fatal malady, Bright's disease, called from among us Mrs. Cynthia (SINNETT) MILHOAN, beloved wife of W. T. MILHOAN and the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George SINNETT. Although in ill health for a long time and her death was expected, yet it came as a shock to her family and friends.

Being born November 17, 1868, she lived nearly 43 years in this world and during that time she endeared herself to many people. She was the mother of eleven children, nine of whom are living and reside at home. They are: Katie M., Cynthia Gladys, Rupert Ralph, Caryl C., Cora Leslie, Eugene A., Adrian A., Wyley W., and Helen Kathryn. A faithful husband, a sorrowing father and mother, four brothers and five sisters and a host of relatives and friends remain behind to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. PERKINS, of the M. E. Church, South, of Ravenswood, and the interment was in the Milhoan Ridge Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 25 Aug 1911)


Louis SCHWARTZ died at his home near Baden, Sunday, August 20, 1911. He was stricken with paralysis a few days ago and passed to the great beyond Sunday morning at nine o'clock. His first wife preceded him to the better world. He is survived by a second wife and six children: Harman of Baden, John of Letart, Dan of Supply, Oklahoma, Mrs. Janice WEBSTER of Athens, Ohio, and Frank and Lew of this place (Mt. Alto). The remains were interred in Baden in the Presbyterian Cemetery Monday at 2 o'clock. (Mountaineer, 25 Aug 1911)

Mrs. Theresa HARDESTY

Thursday evening, August 17, 1911, Mrs. Theresa HARDESTY died at Odaville, at the home of her step-son, Harry HARDESTY. Her death was the result of injuries suffered from a fall July 5. The funeral services were conducted by Father MCBRIDE, of Parkersburg, in the M. E. Church, South, of Ravenswood, Saturday morning, August 9, at 10:30. The interment was in the Ravenswood Cemetery.

Mrs. HARDESTY was the daughter of Joseph and Theresa ROOL. Mr. ROOL was a native of Stratsburg, Germany, and served under BLUCHER. In 1825 Mr. and Mrs. ROOL left the old country and landed in New York after an ocean voyage of 64 days. Traveling westward by wagon train in company with Mr. WEBMANN, who afterward became Pittsburgh's greatest tobacco manufacturer, they arrived at Pittsburgh. Here Mrs. HARDESTY was born in April 1826. She was married in 1843 to Mr. Alexander DONALDSON, a river pilot, who drowned in the Mississippi River about two years later. In 1864 she married Henry HARDESTY, of Allegheny, and moved to Jackson County.

Here and in Parkersburg she spent the remainder of her life. For more than twenty years she was a nurse in many homes in which she endeared herself to the occupants. All her life she was a devout Catholic. She is survived by one son, Alexander DONALDSON, of Parkersburg, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, two step-sons, Harry HARDESTY of Odaville, and Robert HARDESTY of New Brighton, Pa., who has 10 children and four grandchildren. (Mountaineer, 25 Aug 1911)

Mrs. George MORRISON

Mrs. George MORRISON died on Saturday, August 19, 1911, at the home of her father, Mr. William CHASE, with tuberculosis, age 25, after an illness of several months. Mrs. MORRISON was an estimable, Christian young woman, and a devoted, kind mother. She was a member of the Mt. Moriah U.B. Church. Deceased is survived by her two infant children, one son and one daughter. The funeral was conducted at the residence of her father on Monday, Rev. H. T. WATTS officiating. The remains were interred in the CHASE family cemetery. (Mountaineer, 25 Aug 1911)


At an early hour on Wednesday morning occurred the death of Mr. J. B. MORGAN at his home in Ravenswood. Mr. MORGAN was 71 years of age, was a Civil War veteran and has been one of the foremost citizens of the county since the close of the war. He is survived by the widow and three daughters. The funeral will take place today at Muses Bottom. (Mountaineer, 22 Sept 1911)

Mr. Henry RIFFEE

Mr. Henry RIFFEE (20 Nov 1840-10 Sept 1911) died at Leon Sunday morning. Civil War veteran (Cpl. 7th WV Cav.). Married Emelyn HYATT, 10 children, 9 living. Burial at Riffee Chapel, Mason Co. (Mountaineer, 22 Sept 1911)

Mrs. America M. (BUTCHER) CASTO

Mrs. America M. (BUTCHER) CASTO, wife of N. L. CASTO, died Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. H. RHODES at Belgrove, of complications of diseases, age 69. Mrs. CASTO was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben BUTCHER. She was born on Feb. 14, 1842, near Barboursville, Cabell County. She was converted and united with the M. E. Church at the age of 14 and lived the life of a true Christian. Deceased is survived by her husband and two daughters. Mrs. R. H. RHODES of Belgrove, and Mrs. O. P. RHODES of Ripley. The funeral occurred Monday at Falling Waters U. B. Church, services conducted by Rev. A. B. PARSONS, her pastor, after which the remains were interred in the nearby cemetery. (Mountaineer, 1 Dec 1911)


David S. MORGAN, an old soldier, died at his home on Route 1 on Tuesday, December 12, 1911, at one o'clock p.m., age 74. Diseases incident to old age caused his death. Deceased was a member of Company K, 7th Ohio Cavalry and is survived by his wife and eight children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. John BLAGG on Thursday afternoon from Martin Chapel Church. (Mountaineer, 15 Dec 1911)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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