1914 Obituaries

George G. NAYLOR

George G. NAYLOR, a prominent citizen of Grant District, passed away Monday morning, aged 70 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. K. RIFFE at Red Brush M. E. Church Tuesday. (Mountaineer, 3 July 1914)


Mrs. Everett (Corda L. BARNETT) SAYRE, died of typhoid fever in Charleston Saturday evening. The remains were buried at Danstown Tuesday. Deceased is survived by her husband and one child. She was the oldest daughter of Job B. BARNETT. (Mountaineer, 3 July 1914)


Mrs. Emma VANFOSSEN, wife of Dan VANFOSSEN, of Sandyville, Route 2, died at 10 o'clock Monday night of cancer of the stomach, aged 39. She is survived by her husband and one daughter. Interment from the Pleasant Ridge United Brethren Church. (Mountaineer, 3 July 1914)

Aurelius PINNELL

Aurelius PINNELL, 70, Civil War veteran, died at 1:30 o'clock this morning of a complication of diseases following a long illness. Mr. PINNELL was a member of Company I, 11th West Virginia Infantry, was in service about three years and was a member of Carl SHATTO Post, G.A.R. His widow and four children survive. The remains will be interred at 11 o'clock Saturday at Mount Moriah. George PINNELL arrived last night from East Liverpool, Ohio. (Mountaineer, 17 July 1914)

Mrs. Nancy Ann TUCKER

Mrs. Nancy Ann TUCKER, 82, of Millwood Route 1, died suddenly at 5 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of her son, W. D. TUCKER, near Coolville, Ohio, where she had gone to visit. Mrs. TUCKER was a native of Ohio, was married to Columbus B. TUCKER on the 10th day of March 1853. She had been an invalid for more than 30 years, during which time she suffered without a murmur of complaint. She was a most excellent Christian woman. Though she had been sick her death was sudden and unexpected. She was seized with hemorrhage and expired before a physician could be summoned.

Mrs. TUCKER is survived by five children; W. D. TUCKER, A. W. TUCKER of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Belle SAYRE of Evans, Ira TUCKER of Millwood, and Mrs. Rose E. RICE of Wellsville, Ohio. The remains were brought to Otterbein for interment, Rev. Homer CUMMINGS of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. (Mountaineer, 24 July 1914)


The two month old child of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. WATERMAN, died last Saturday morning at 2 a.m. of pneumonia and was buried Sunday at 10 o'clock in the old cemetery. (Mountaineer, 31 July 1914)

Thomas J. RADER

Thomas J. RADER died in the Deerman Hospital at Reedy at 3 o'clock Monday morning from injuries received ten hours earlier when a horse which he was riding fell, dashing him to the ground with great force. He was rendered unconscious and expired without rallying. According to statements of attending physicians death was due to concussion of the brain. Mr. RADER was a member of the Jackson County's most prominent families and was well known in this community where he had resided all his life. He was a son of William and Mary E. RADER, deceased, and was in his 59th year.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters, Misses Goldia, Greta and Bertha RADER, and six brothers, B. F. RADER of Ripley, W. L. RADER of Creston, George A. and Harrison RADER both of Pennsylvania, Keeny RADER of Texas, and J. M. RADER, who resides on the home place, to whom the sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out in this dark hour of bereavement. The funeral services were conducted from the Mt. Olive Southern Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member, in the presence of a large crowd of friends and relatives. (Mountaineer, 31 July 1914)

Mrs. George (FISHER) PFOST

Mrs. George (FISHER) PFOST, 57, after patient suffering for nearly a quarter century, passed peacefully away at 10 o'clock Sunday night, surrounded by the members of her family at her home at Fairplain. She is survived by her husband, one son, F. P. M. PFOST, assistant cashier at the Bank of Ripley, and five daughters, Mrs. R. M. BACHTEL of Wilding, Mrs. John GREEN of Williamson, Mrs. Frank STAATS of Kenmore, Ohio, Mrs. Roy SHAMBLIN of Phiolah and Miss Gladys PFOST at home. Deceased was a highly esteemed lady. She was a daughter of Leonard FISHER. The remains were interred at Fairview Cemetery, following funeral services, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. L. WEST. (Mountaineer, 31 July 1914)


Mrs. J. W. GREENE, 45 years old, died last night about 8 o'clock at her residence on River Street, this city, after a long illness of tuberculosis. Mrs. GREEN was a native of Fayette County but after her marriage she resided with her husband in Jackson County until a few years ago when they removed to this city. She was united in marriage to J. W. GREENE in 1899, to which seven children were born, five of whom, with the husband survive.

The funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church, South, in this city, by Rev. MCKINSTER at 4 o'clock this afternoon, after which the remains were interred in the Hamlin Cemetery. Mr. GREENE and children have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad hour. (Lincoln County Republican, Hamlin, West Virginia, August 6, 1914) (Mountaineer, 14 Aug 1914)

Donald KING

Donald KING, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh KING, died Friday morning at Newell. The remains were accompanied here by Mr. KING and interment at Oak Hill Sunday morning. (Mountaineer, 21 Aug 1914)

Christopher Columbus NESSELROAD

Christopher Columbus NESSELROAD, one of the best known school teachers in this county, died at his home on Sandy last Friday of paralysis, from which he has suffered for three years. Mr. NESSELROAD was 56 years of age. In early life he became interested in school work, following the profession for 39 years. His widow and three children survive. A large concourse of friends attended the funeral services conducted at the home of Rev. PRICE, attesting to the high esteem in which the departed was held. (Mountaineer, 21 Aug 1914)


George M. MORRISON, former assessor of Jackson County, died at noon Tuesday at the home of his son, Holly MORRISON, near Leon, West Virginia, of complication of diseases, age 63. Mr. MORRISON had been a cripple during the last twenty years of his life, resulting from a fall. Deceased is survived by two sons, Rufus and Holly MORRISON, and one daughter, Mrs. E. D. KING. Following services at the Rockcastle Church, the remains were interred in the SAYRE Cemetery, Sept. 4, 1914.

George M. MORRISON was born November 7, 1852, being the second son of Leroy S. and Annie E. MORRISON, deceased. He was converted on the 11th day of March 1871 and united with the United Brethren Church under the labors of Rev. E. STUTLER by whom he was baptized by immersion. He remained a faithful member of this church until his death. He was married to Sarah E. PARSONS, who survives him, on the 25th day of February 1875 by Rev. W. H. HARRISON. To this union were born three children; one daughter, Laura, and two sons, Holly V. and Rufus T. MORRISON.

He received an injury July 4, 1893, from which he never recovered. A favorite text suggested as a basis at his funeral service will be found in Rev. 14-13. The following hymns were suggested by him, "Nearer My God To Thee", "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", "O Sing to me of Heaven", and "The Uncloudy Day". He talked of his departure with perfect coolness as if he were soon to go on a pleasant journey, gave directions as to his funeral and chose his pallbearers.

His ancestors came from Scotland some time before the Revolutionary War and settled in Pennsylvania. Afterwards one branch of his family moved to Virginia and settled near where the city of Winchester now stands. Later his grandparents removed to Greenbrier County and about 1845 moved to Jackson County. (This was dictated by him in his last illness). Brother MORRISON answered the last call on the 25th day of August 1914, aged 61 years, 9 months and 18 days. He was laid to rest in the Rockcastle Cemetery after funeral services by Rev. CARDER on the 26th day of August 1914. Let us emulate his virtues and strive to live on that we may meet him beyond the river. [written by Tilden PARSONS] (Mountaineer, 28 Aug 1914)

Jacob Vaught ARMSTRONG

Jacob Vaught ARMSTRONG, of Ravenswood, passed away at 3 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer. Until his health failed a few years ago, Mr. ARMSTRONG was prominent in church, financial and political affairs of this county. He was the second son of Jacob L. and Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, deceased, and was 45 years of age. Deceased was a member of the Episcopal Church, the A.F. & A.M. Lodge, and K. & P. Lodge.

He is survived by his widow and three children, Lorenzo, Virginia, and Vaught ARMSTRONG, one sister and one brother, Mrs. W. W. RILEY and Mr. H. G. ARMSTRONG, of this city. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Ravenswood Episcopal Church, Rev. Guy H. CROOK, officiating. The Knights of Pythias Lodge will have charge of the service at the cemetery. (Mountaineer, 4 Sept 1914)


Mrs. E. E. (Josie Elizabeth UNRUE) STARCHER was taken to the Kessler Hospital at Huntington on last Friday afternoon where she was operated on for appendicitis at 8 o'clock that evening. She rallied from the shock and for a time it was thought she would recover. On Sunday morning she suffered a sinking spell and it was apparent that the end was near. Her husband, one sister, Mrs. C. F. KERWOOD, were at her bedside when she passed away at midnight Sunday. Her sons, who were notified Sunday afternoon, arrived two hours after death had occurred.

A sincere, Christian hearted woman, a truly noble woman, a devoted wife whose influence was always intended for right and suffering humanity, has passed to her reward. She is survived by her husband, two sons, W. Paul and Starling C. STARCHER, her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. John UNRUE, four sisters, Mrs. E. E. STEWART and Mrs. A. D. SAYRE of Evans, Mrs. O. D. PARSONS of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. C. F. KERWOOD of West Ripley, and one brother, Julius UNRUE of Route 2, also survive.

Funeral services were conducted at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the United Brethren Church, Rev. C. ROBINSON, assisted by Rev. J. L. WEST, officiating. The remains were interred on Pine Hill. The services at the grave were in charge of the Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was a member. Josie Elizabeth UNRUE STARCHER was born August 5, 1866, died September 6, 1914, aged 48 years, 1 month and 1 day, was married to E. E. STARCHER June 28, 1883. To this union were born two sons, Starling C. and Paul STARCHER. She leaves a father and mother, four sisters and one brother to mourn their loss.

About 25 years ago she professed religion and united with the United Brethren Church and remained a loyal and consistent member until her death. She was especially interested in Sunday School work, and during the last few years was seldom absent from her class. During the last few months she had been intensely religious, thinking and talking but little other than the Bible and religion. It can truly be said she was a good neighbor and while she was always busy, yet she found time to help those in need. Her hands have smoothed the pillow of sickness and carried comfort to many of her associates which seemed to be one of her great pleasures.

She met death as one with a trusting faith, stepping down in the cold, dark river that separates us from the mysterious beyond, and without a shudder, she closed her eyes upon all she loved most dearly here, and "simply trusting," slept. O Death ....... Thou equalizer of persons; thy victims all, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, travel the same beaten path, riches cannot buy companionship on this lonely voyage across the dark river; there is faith that seems to furnish a guide that gold cannot buy. What sweet consolation it must be to meet the dread messenger with this armor that robs the traditional sickle of its terrors, reveal far across the surging billows of Old Jordan an eternal resting place, "a house not made with hands".

This sister has left every evidence that she started on this journey fully equiped with the armor of far abiding faith, and as we pay this last tribute of respect and love to her departed spirit, we feel the gentle influence of her compassionate smile upon us from her angelic home. "Let us bear her away to a grave. In the cemetery's calm green breast. Where the troubles and trials of life. May never cherish and love her name. Where she slumbers just the same. Where the Jessamine bloom shall cover her tomb, and she shall have a perfect rest." [written by Rev. ROBINSON] (Mountaineer, 11 Sept 1914)

Mr. William STAATS

Mr. William STAATS, one of the best known citizens in this section of the county, passed away at his home on Tug Fork at 1 o'clock a.m. Tuesday. The cause of death was cerebral paralysis. Mr. STAATS, a son of Isaac and Eliza STAATS, was born in this county in 1841. He was united in marriage to Miss Emily Jane CASTO, June 3, 1866. He is survived by six children: W.A. STAATS of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. D. C. SHAMBLEN, H. F. STAATS, Deputy Clerk Enoch STAATS, Mrs. C. L. SKIDMORE, and Mrs. E. E. SIMMONS, residing in this county. Besides his children, four brothers and one sister survive, they are Granderson, Frank, Riley and Squire STAATS and Mrs. F. A. CASTO.

Mr. STAATS spent his entire life on the farm and was successful. He was working in the hayfield a few weeks ago and was seized with an illness that proved fatal. Deceased was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church, whose quiet, unassuming life caused him to be respected by his fellowmen. Funeral services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sinaiville Church, Rev. E. W. WEBSTER, pastor of the United Brethren Church, officiating. (Mountaineer, 4 Sept 1914)


Mrs. Maude (TONEY) SKIDMORE, wife of A. A. SKIDMORE, died at her home on Tug Fork shortly after noon Friday of tuberculosis, aged 27 years and nine months. Mrs. SKIDMORE was the daughter of Robert and Susan TONEY of Boone County. She was married on August 20, 1909. Deceased was an excellent young woman whose sunny disposition and devout life endeared her to her friends and to the community. Her ultimate death is a great shock to her family and is deeply deplored. Besides her husband, five brothers and one sister survive. Following funeral services conducted by Rev. J. W. MARTIN Sunday afternoon, the remains were interred in the SKIDMORE Cemetery. (Mountaineer, 11 Sept 1914)

Mrs. Katherine PARSONS

Mrs. Katherine PARSONS, wife of Fleet PARSONS, died at 6 o'clock Monday evening at her home at Hansford following a second stroke of paralysis which occurred on Thursday of last week. She is survived by her husband and eight children, three of whom are of her first marriage. She was 55 years of age. The funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Wednesday. (Mountaineer, 18 Sept 1914)


Cottageville, Route 1.- Mrs. Verna (SAYRE) DONOHUE died Friday afternoon at the home of her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. George SAYRE, and was buried at the Spruce Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock. She leaves a husband and two children, father, mother, and several brothers and sisters to mourn their loss. (Mountaineer, 2 Oct 1914)


Guy CRAWFORD, son of W. A. CRAWFORD, of near Cottageville, was killed at Cushing, Oklahoma, last Saturday night. (Mountaineer, 2 Oct 1914)

Mrs. Blanche (RHODES) RHODES

Mrs. Blanche (RHODES) RHODES, 30, wife of Charles RHODES, of Huntington, died at her home in that city on last Friday after a two week illness of typhoid fever. She was the daughter of Johnnie RHODES, two years deceased, her mother preceded her but a few months, and was a highly estimable young woman. The remains, accompanied by the husband, his mother, two brothers and Mr. James PARSONS, were brought to Ripley Saturday evening and on Sunday morning funeral services from the Oak Hill U. B. Church, Rev. WEBSTER, the pastor, officiating. Interment in the Oak Hill Cemetery by the side of her parents. (Mountaineer, 2 Oct 1914)

Miss Charity MCGOWAN

Wiseburg, WV - Miss Charity MCGOWAN, daughter of John MCGOWAN of this place, died September 30, 1914, in a hospital in New Brighton, Pa. She was brought there Thursday and funeral services were conducted the following morning by Rev. MCKINNON. The remains were taken to Limestone Hill for interment. (Mountaineer, 9 Oct 1914)


Catherine (MOFFITT) MCKAY, wife of William MCKAY, was born in Beaver County, Pa., May 10, 1827. (She) married William MCKAY August 31, 1860. To this union were born four sons, two of whom survive to mourn her loss. She was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. She expressed her willingness to pass over, announcing that the Lord was her Shepard. Services took place from the home at Willow Grove on Tuesday the 13th, where she had lived many years unto ripe old age of 87 years, 5 months and 1 day, departing on the morning of October 11, 1914. Interment in the family cemetery on the Ohio side, services being conducted by Rev. J. L. WEST of the M. E. Church, South, of Ripley, WV. (Mountaineer, 16 Oct 1914)

KISER infant

Fletcher, WV- A small infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John PERRY KISER died Saturday and was buried in the family graveyard Sunday. (Mountaineer, 23 Oct 1914)


Frank FARBY, a well known and highly respected citizen of the county died at his home at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning of diseases incident of age, aged 84. He was a native of New York State and was left an orphan when eight years old. He came to Ripley with the late Col. John HASSLER, residing here until his marriage to Miss Lucy Ann SAYRE, on February 7, 1856. He then moved to Sandyville, WV., where he has since resided. Three children, Mrs. W. L. SMITH, Mrs. Iva HAWK, and Miss Mary FABRY survive. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. MCKINNIN, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, at Sandyville, of which the deceased was a member, will be held at 10:30 o'clock this morning. (Mountaineer, 23 Oct 1914)


After a period of suffering extending over the past two months, Mr. R. P. CASTO, well known and most highly esteemed citizen, passed away Thursday, October 22, 1914, at his home in Robinson District. He had been a sufferer with general disabilities for only a shirt time, but recently his condition became critical and the members of his family were summoned to his bedside and most of them were with him when the end came.

Mr. CASTO was 73 years of age, having been born March 4, 1841, in Jackson County. Deceased had only been a resident of Mason County for the past seven years, but in that time he had surrounded himself with a large circle of friends who learned of his death with profound sorrow. He was a member of the United Brethren Church, a Christian gentleman of the highest character and was upright and square in all his dealings with his fellowmen. He was also a member of the IOOF Lodge of Jackson County, in good standing and the services were under the auspices of that order. Most of his life had been devoted to agricultural pursuits in which he was very succesful.

Deceased was a direct descendant of one of three brothers who located in Jackson County many years ago. The name then being CASTLETO, but was changed to CASTO later. He was married to Miss Ella BARNETT, who bore him ten children, eight sons and two daughters, as follows: Theodore CASTO of Given, Dr. O. J. CASTO of Hutchinson, Kansas, Presley CASTO, Hollie CASTO, Winfield CASTO, Fannie CASTO, Eliza HOLLAND, Jas. HOLLAND, and ........... (unreadable) CASTO, all of Given; Eldridge CASTO of Old Town, WV. Mr. CASTO was the youngest of a family of twelve, only one member of which survive him in the person of "Uncle Nick" CASTO, who is now in his 75th year.

The remains, in charge of Undertaker HARPER, were taken to his former home in Jackson County for interment. The funeral which was held at Fairview Church under the auspicies of the IOOF Lodge, was largely attended. Rev. CARIL of this city (Pt. Pleasant, WV), officiated and paid a kindly tribute to the memory of the deceased. Five sons and one son-in-law acted as pall bearers. [Point Pleasant Register] (Mountaineer, 23 Oct 1914)


William STEPHENS, Civil War veteran, expired at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James HALL, at 4:30 Thursday afternoon from debilities incident to old age, aged 70 years, 10 months and 23 days. Mr. STEPHENS was a native of Missouri, moved to West Virginia, and in 1861 enlisted in the Union Army as a private in Company F, 4th Regiment of West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He received an honorable discharge in 1863 following an illness of eighteen months, resulting from cold on the measles. He was united in marriage to Miss Aveline Virginia WOODS on the 13th day of January 1864.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters: Andrew and Elmer STEPHENS of East Liverpool, Ohio, Hoyt STEPHENS and Mrs. Charles HARPOLD, both of Clarksburg, WV., Mrs. Bertha HILEMAN of Lost Creek, WV., Mrs. Myrtle TWYFORD of Steubenville, Ohio, and Mrs. James HALL, with whom he lived. Deceased was a brave, loyal soldier and comrade, a quiet respected citizen, a patient sufferer who bore his pains with quiet fortitude. The remains will be interred at Mt. Calvary tomorrow at 10 o'clock by Carl SHATTO Post G.A.R. Veterans. (Mountaineer, 13 Nov 1914)


Mr. John BISHOP, 85, G.A.R. veteran, died at Cottageville at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning of diseases incident to old age. The remains were taken to Reedy Thursday for interment. (Mountaineer, 13 Nov 1914)

Mrs. Matilda (KISER) FIELDS

Mrs. Matilda (KISER) FIELDS, age 80 years, 1 month and 6 days, an estimable old lady, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. G. MCGRAW, Friday evening November 20, 1914, at nine o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. CUMMINGS Sunday at 8 a.m., after which her mortal remains were laid to rest in the KISER Cemetery. (Tillie was a sister to Joseph Kenton "Big Joe" KISER. (Mountaineer, 27 Nov 1914)


Isabel (NIPPER) NUCKLES, was born July 29, 1855 in Russell County, Virginia, and departed this life November 11, 1914, aged 59 years, 3 months and 12 days. She was married in 1883 to James H. NUCKLES. They moved to Jackson County, West Virginia, the same year. She was converted in 1884 at Mt. Moriah and joined the U. B. Church, of which she remained a faithful member. She mothered 12 orphaned children and saw them grow to manhood and womanhood, except two step-grandchildren, Adar and Oscar RHODES, who are yet with her. She was laid to rest in the Parchment Chapel Cemetery November 12, 1914, after funeral services by W. H. HAUGHT. (Mountaineer, 27 Nov 1914)

Mr. George W. RAINES

Mr. George W. RAINES, Civil War veteran, died at 11 o'clock Wednesday night, aged 71 years. His death was due to pneumonia. Mr. RAINES joined the Union Army in 1861 and served throughout the war, including several months with EWING's famous battery. He was severely wounded at Winchester, Virginia in 1864. Deceased is survived by his second wife, four sons and three daughters. The remains were taken to Stone Lick where they will be interred today. (Mountaineer, 4 Dec 1914)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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