1915 Obituaries

Samuel S. CASTO

Samuel S. CASTO died suddenly on Thursday morning at his home on the Ripley-Ravenswood Pike. He was returning to the house from doing the feeding and had nearly reached the doorstep when his wife heard him call. She hurried to his side and found him unconscious. He expired a few minuted later, before doctors, who had been called, could reach the home. Deceased was 59 years of age. He is survived by three daughters and two sons. Following funeral services, conducted by Rev. T. H. RYMER of the United Brethren Church, the remains were interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. (Mountaineer, 1 Jan 1915)


John CARTER died at his home in Union District on Tuesday of infirmities incident to old age, age 78 years. Mr. CARDER is survived by his wife, five children, and one brother, Thomas CARTER of Reedy, WV. Interment in the DOUGLAS Cemetery Thursday morning, Rev. J. L. WEST officiating. (Mountaineer, 1 Jan 1915)

Charles S. WAUGH

Charles S. WAUGH was born in Jackson County August 4, 1880, departed this life at Charleston, WV, December 22, 1914, and the remains were laid to rest in the STAATS Cemetery below Kanawha Two Mile, aged 34 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was married June 6, 1907 to Miss Lula MULLINS. He was converted in December 1911 and joined the Methodist church, since that time had lived a devoted Christian life and in his dying hours said that he did not fear death. He leaves a wife, mother, Mrs. Martha WAUGH, two brothers, Camden and Willie WAUGH, three sisters, Mrs. Maude JARRETT, Mrs. Emma MADDOX of Charleston, and Mrs. E. D. CASTO of Given, WV. May we live that when the death angel calls us we can join him in that home prepared for all. [written by L. T. BOWLES] (Mountaineer, 15 Jan 1915)

Rufus WEST

Rufus WEST, who formerly lived in this county, died Thursday in the City Hospital at Parkersburg, WV from catarrh of the stomach and a complication of ailments. His body was brought here Saturday and buried in the Turkey Run Cemetery. Rev. J. E. HUTCHINSON conducted a short burial service at the grave. He leaves a wife, five children, Ina Dale, Hugh Earl, Ernest, Garnet and Wilfred. [Ravenswood News} (Mountaineer, 22 Jan 1915)


Wiley BOSWELL, a well known and life long resident of the county, residing near Given, died at 10:30 o'clock Thursday night. His death was due to a disease of the spine from which he had suffered for several months. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church and a highly respected man. His widow, two sons, Willie and W. A. BOSWELL, two daughters, Mrs. M. F. STAATS and Miss Corda E. BOSWELL at home, two brothers, T. G. and W. L. BOSWELL, and three sisters, Mrs. Irene HAYS, Mrs. J. M. MCCROSKEY and Mrs. James BURTRAME, survive. Funeral services will be held Saturday. Interment in the family cemetery. (Mountaineer, 22 Jan 1915)


Mt. Alto, WV- Daniel DONOHEW, aged 70 years, died last week and was buried at Mt. Hebron. He leaves a wife and three daughters to mourn his death. He was a veteran of the Civil War, served in the 5th Virginia Cavalry. (Mountaineer, 29 Jan 1915)


John W. COUNTS died Friday and was buried in the family graveyard. He was 82 years old and had been a resident of this county for a number of years, having moved here from Russell County, Virginia about 25 years ago. He leaves a widow, three sons and a daughter, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss. (Mountaineer, 5 Feb 1915)

Robert MORAN

Robert MORAN, age 74, died Staurday at the home of his son, G. W. MORRIS of Sandyville, WV., on last Saturday from Dropsy from which he had suffered for several months. He was a Civil War veteran, having served in Company G, 176th Ohio Infantry Volunteers. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. J. MCKINNON. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)


Mr. John HAMILTON, G.A.R. veteran, residing at Cottageville, WV., answered the final trumpet call on Tuesday morning. Mr. HAMILTON was 70 years of age, a highly respected man, a gentle hearted Christian man who was held in high esteem and respected by his associates. His wife and adopted daughter and one brother survive. The remains were interred at Flatwoods at 2 o'clock p.m. Wednesday. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)

Mrs. Dora D. HATCHER

Mrs. Dora D. HATCHER, 39, wife of Jailer E. T. HATCHER, passed away at 4:30 o'clock p.m. Saturday. Her death was due to a complication of diseases hastened by a fatal attack of grippe. Mrs. HATCHER was a quiet, unassuming woman devoted to her home and family. She leaves her husband, one son and three step-children. The remains were taken to Tug Fork Sunday for interment. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)

Mrs. Florence (TOLLEY) RHODES

Mrs. Florence (TOLLEY) RHODES, wife of Virgil W. RHODES, residing on Elk Fork, WV succumbed to tuberculosis of the lungs at 4:30 last Saturday afternoon, aged about 30 years. Deceased was an estimable young woman whose ultimate death is a great shock to her family and friends. Her husband and two small children survive. The remains were interred in the HALBERT Cemetery at 11 o'clock a.m. Monday. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)


Abraham GORRELL, Civil War veteran, aged 75, died Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m. at his home on Copper Fork, of paralysis and was buried at McGee Chapel Thursday, Rev. I. N. SMITH of Reedy, officiating. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)

Mrs. Levi PAYNE

Grandma PAYNE (Mrs. Mary STANSBURY born in Wetzel County, age 63 in 1880 Jackson County census), widow of Levi PAYNE, perhaps the oldest lady in the county, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. D. W. KNOPP, near Frozen Camp, aged 98 years and six months. (D. W. KNOPP's wife was Elizabeth PAYNE KNOPP, age 29 in 1880 Jackson Co. census). She was a remarkable woman, mother of twelve children, four of whom survive. Her mind was strong until the hour of her death. More than 400 people attended the funeral held Thursday afternoon. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)

Mrs. Alice (CASTO) MOORE

Given, WV- Word was received from Oklahoma last Thursday of the death of Mrs. Alice (CASTO) MOORE, which occurred on the 29th of January 1915. She was a daughter of the late Elmore CASTO, of Parchment. She leaves four boys, all of Maramac, Oklahoma, and three daughters, Mrs. Robert WALKER and Mrs. Stella ROCHETTE of California, and Mrs. Olivia PARSONS of Given, WV. She was converted in her youth and united with the U. B. Church at Parchment Chapel and had lived a consecrated Christian life since that time. (Mountaineer, 12 Feb 1915)

Mrs. Susan PARSONS

Dutch Ridge- Mrs. Susan PARSONS, aged 65 years, died last week and was buried at Cottageville by the side of her husband who preceded her to the better land some years ago. She was a good, Christian lady, a good neighbor, and highly esteemed by all who knew her. Frank PARSONS, of Lexington, Indiana, and Henry PARSONS were called home by the death of their mother, and returned to their homes Saturday. (Mountaineer, 5 March 1915)

Adaline CARNEY

Adaline CARNEY, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur CARNEY, died Monday of Spinal Meningitis and was buried at Pine Hill Tuesday. (Mountaineer, 12 March 1915)

Mrs. Loriane Eleanor (GRANT) STOUT

Mrs. Sarah Frances (GRANT) PARSONS

But three days separated the death of Mrs. Henry M. (Loriane Eleanor (GRANT) STOUT and Mrs. Lewis F. (Sarah Frances (GRANT) PARSONS, sisters, residing on Route 2, the latter passing away the day following her sister's death(funeral). Both were noble hearted Christian ladies. Mrs. Loraine Eleanor (GRANT) STOUT, widow of the late Henry M. STOUT, died Saturday after an illness of several months duration from a complication of diseases. She was seventy years of age and is survived by one daughter, Miss Pernae STOUT. She was born at South Webster, Ohio, and moved to this county in 1866. Two years later she was married to Henry M. STOUT whose death occurred in September 1913. She was a member of the United Brethren Church. Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill Church on Tuesday. The remains were interred beside those of her husband.

After many years of suffering which she bore with great fortitude and patience, Mrs. Sarah Frances (GRANT) PARSONS, wife of Lewis F. PARSONS, passed peacefully into the great beyond on Wednesday, Marth 17th, age 61. She is survived by her husband and one son, Glenvin PARSONS, Kenneth PARSONS, her other child, having preceded her in death. Mrs. PARSONS was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Funeral services were conducted at Foster Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Rev. E. D. W. KING, who also officiated at the funeral of her sister, conducted the services. (Mountaineeer, 19 March 1915)

Joseph MCCOY

Joseph MCCOY, the oldest man in this section of the state, died Sunday morning at the home of his son, C. H. MCCOY, near Letart, Mason County, after having attained the remarkable age of 99 years, 4 months and 14 days. Mr. MCCOY was born November 7, 1815, near Williamsburg, Greenbrier County, Virginia, (now West Virginia) where he resided until 1859, having in the meantime united in marriage, November 22, 1842, with Miss Amanda HILL, of Campaign County, Ohio, when he moved to Jackson County, settling on a farm on the Charleston Pike two miles south of Ripley. His wife departed this life December 4th, 1882.

In 1906 he moved with his sons to Mason County where he has since resided. Mr. MCCOY possessed a remarkable memory, retaining his mental faculties until the last. His health was excellent despite a fall several years ago, caused from catching his foot on a hoop in the dark, which resulted in permanent injury. He was apparently well until the day before his death when he sank into unconsciousness from which he never rallied.

Deceased is survived by seven children: Mrs. Mary PARK of Buffalo, William MCCOY who resides in the West, J. W. MCCOY and C. H. MCCOY of Mason County, Mrs. G. B. CASTO of Ravenswood, Mrs. Levi CASTO of Ripley, and Mrs. W. M. WALTERS of South Dakota. The remains were taken to the home of Mrs. CASTO Monday night. Funeral services were held from Mt. Calvary Church Tuesday morning, Rev. J. W. MARTIN officiating. (Mountaineer, 26 March 1915)


Hinton DAILY News, March 20, 1915 - Mrs. Daisy (PRICKETT) HARRINGTON, wife of W. R. HARRINGTON, died at 1 o'clock this morning of that dreaded disease, spinal meningitis, at the home of Engineer and Mrs. M. T. SMITH of Ballenger Street, where she had been making her home since her marriage. Mrs. HARRINGTON had been sick two weeks and from the first of her illness her relatives and friends had little hopes of her recovery, as she had rapidly been getting worse all the time until she died at the hour mentioned.

She was formerly Miss Daisy PRICKETT, of Ripley, Jackson County, where she lived almost all her life. She was 33 years of age and three years ago she married W. R. HARRINGTON of this city. Mrs. HARRINGTON was well known in this city where she has many friends. She taught three terms in the public schools here, two before she was married, and she was teaching in the Greenbrier school when she was taken ill. She was a good Christian woman, having united with the Methodist church in Ripley, when she was very young.

Mrs. HARRINGTON leaves to mourn her loss, her mother, Mrs. Charles Foster PRICKETT of Ripley, three brothers, John of Ripley, Charles of Akron, Ohio, Isaiah of Huntington, WV., two sisters, Miss Ada PRICKETT of Ripley, and Mrs. J. A. WOODDELL of Pennsboro, besides other relatives and a host of friends who will be grieved to learn of her sad death. The remains will be taken to Ripley, Jackson County, Sunday morning on No. 3, where the interment will take place on Tuesday. This paper extends sympathy to the bereaved family. Following services conducted by Rev. J. L. WEST, her pastor, at the home, the remains were laid to rest in a flower strewn grave on Pine Hill. (Mountaineer, 25 March 1915)


Sadie (SAFREED) MCGREW was born January ....... (unreadable), 1877, died April 1, 1915. She was 38 years and three months old. Her father, Joshua SAFREED, died when she was about two years old and shortly there after her mother, a sister of Mrs. James A. SEAMAN, gave her to Mr. SEAMAN and his wife with whom she lived until she reached the age of 21 years when she was married to Frank A. MCGREW. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive their mother, one having died in infancy. Funeral services were held at the United Brethren Church Sunday afternoon, Revs. WEBSTER and RYMER officiating. Interment was made in Pine Hill. (Mountaineer, 9 April 1915)

Donald Goldsmith STARCHER

The sudden and unexpected death of Donald Goldsmith STARCHER which occurred Tuesday at Charleston, WV., was a severe shock to his parents, sisters and a host of friends. His death was due to cerebral meningitis and followed a short illness. He was 14 years old, a bright, promising boy whose death brings sadness to a large circle of friends. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. STARCHER, and two sisters survive. He was converted at an early age and united with the United Brethren Church. The remains were brought to Ripley Wednesday. Following funeral services, conducted by Rev. E. W. WEBSTER, interment was made on Pine Hill. (Mountaineer, 9 April 1915)

John Marshall GUNN

John Marshall GUNN, aged 63 years, died last Friday at the home of his son, Norman GUNN, on Route 2, following a long illness from cancer. Mr. GUNN was a native of the West, arriving here only a few days before his death. Two sons, Norman and Paul, the latter residing in Minnesota, survive. Following funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. L. WEST, the remains were interred in Oak Hill Saturday. (Mountaineer, 16 April 1915)

Miss Isa Doris KING

Miss Isa Doris KING, a well known young lady of Topins Grove, Jackson County, WV., died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. KING, of that place, late Tuesday night after a lingering illness. She was 28 years of age and is survived by three brothers and two sisters, one of the brothers, John KING, residing in this city. The deceased was a member of the Topins Grove Methodist Church and took an active part in its work. The funeral services will be held at the church Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. M. SUMMERS, officiating, and interment will be made in the church cemetery. [Parkersburg News, April 22, 1915] (Mountaineer, 23 April 1915)

Miss Ella May RHODES

After a short illness of five weeks, Miss Ella May RHODES, the sixteen year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. B. F. RHODES, succumbed to fever. Her death came as a shock to her family and friends. She united with the U. B. Church when quite young and lived a Christian life. The remains were taken to Roane County today where funeral services will be conducted by Rev. NAPIER at the Shady Dale U. B. Church. Interment in Wolfe Camp Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, two sisters and one brother. (Mountaineer, 30 April 1915)

Mrs. Elizabeth Caroline (HOGSETT) SAYRE

Mrs. Elizabeth Caroline (HOGSETT) SAYRE, wife of Josephus SAYRE, of near Evans, Jackson County, and one of the best known women in that section of the county, passed away at 6 o'clock a.m. Tuesday at her home, aged 64. She had been in failing health for many years and although her death was unexpected, it is a great shock to her family and friends. She was a noble Christian woman and a devoted mother.

Her husband, two sons, Martin Luther SAYRE of Ambridge, Pa., Watson Russell SAYRE of Elkins, two daughters, Mrs. William M. (Nellie Belle) KING and Mrs. Samuel SAYRE, of Cottageville, and five brothers and two sisters survive: J. W., W. H., and Marion F. HOGSETT of this county, J. S. HOGSETT of Meigs County, Ohio, and D. M. HOGSETT of North Platte, Nebraska, Mrs. Riley CASTO of Millwood, and Mrs. S. F. RADER of Ripley. Following funeral services, conducted by Rev. RAMSEY and attended by a large crowd, the remains were buried from the Otterbein United Brethren Church of which she was a member. (Mountaineer, 30 April 1915)

Mrs. Robert CONLEY

Mrs. Robert CONLEY, of Letart, sister of Mrs. D. F. HYRE and Mrs. Levi ROUSH, died Wednesday and will be buried at 10 a.m. Sunday at Letart, Jackson County, West Virginia. (Mountaineer, 30 April 1915)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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