1922 Obituaries


Paul SHAMBLEN was born April 2, 1904, and departed this life January 1,1922, aged 17 years, 8 months and 29 days. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. George SHAMBLEN. Three little sisters preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He leaves to mourn his loss, father and mother and the following brothers and sisters: Holly, Clayton, Thomas, John, Mrs. Lloyd KAY, Tennie, Dollie and Margaret, and a host of relatives and friends. Paul was converted during the meeting held at Mt. Moriah this winter. He was one of the charter members of the Young Peoples Christian Endeavor at Mt. Moriah. He was known by all his friends as a kind, honest and industrious young man.

Weep not father, mother, brothers and sisters, for Paul has crossed over the river to be with Jesus and the loved ones who have gone before to the better world. The funeral was held at Mt. Moriah Tuesday by Rev. A.M. PAYNE and his remains interred in the cemetery near by. (Mountaineer, Friday, Jan 6, 1922).


G. W. JOHNSTON, son of Leroy and S. A. JOHNSTON, was born December 16, 1886, departed this life December 20, 1921, aged 35 years and 4 days. He was hurried to the hospital at Spencer, only living 7 hours after an operation for appendicitis.

He leaves behind to mourn their loss, a wife, four small children, father and mother, three brothers, four sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. He obeyed the "Gospel of Christ" 16 years ago and we have evidence to believe that he went to his home, where the many mansions are prepared. The writer spoke words of comfort based on the 14th chapter of Revelation, 13th verse, and the body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Flatwoods, Jackson County, near the meeting place of the Church of Christ. (eulogy by Enoch MCINTYRE, Angerona, W.Va.). (Mountaineer, Friday, January 13, 1922).


Mary E. STALNAKER, widow of S. E. STALNAKER, (he died April 7, 1914, aged 78 years, 11 months, 26 days), daughter of the late John and Eliza MADDOX, aged 82 and 80 years, respectively. She was born in Harrison County, Va. (now W.Va.), fell asleep in Jesus at her home near Given, Jackson County, Sunday evening, December 4, 1921, aged 77 years, 11 months, 19 days.

She was converted in the morning of her youth and joined the Broad Run Baptist Church, later moving her membership to the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of which she was a member at time of death. Jesus said "You have fought a good fight, you have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which I will give you at that day." She was united in marriage to S. E. STALNAKER, son of Charles and Susan STALNAKER of near Jane Lew, Lewis County, March 10, 1863.

Four children were born to this union, namely: W. B. and K. C. STALNAKER, Mrs. Eddie HILL, of Arbuckle, W.Va., and Oda CASTO, of Given, W.Va., all of which survive, with one sister, Mrs. Dora HALL, of Jane Lew, Lewis County, to mourn their loss. She was the oldest child of the MADDOX family. Friends and relatives gathered at the residence on Tuesday and held services, after which her body was taken to the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where funeral services were conducted by Rev. HAUGHT. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband to await the resurrection of the just. (Mountaineer, Friday, January 20, 1922).


Opha COUNTS, a son of Marion COUNTS, of Second Creek, came to Cal DUFF's Sunday morning, January 15, and told Mr. DUFF his little boy was very sick and the mother said for him to kill a quail and bring it over to make some broth for the sick child. Mr. DUFF picked up his double barrell shotgun, put in two shells, and as he breeched the gun one barrel fired, contents passing through a stool bottom chair, tearing the lower round out, then hitting the calf of COUNT's left leg. Dr. Fred CASTO was called at once and dressed the ugly wound. Mr. COUNTS was moved early Monday morning to his father's home where he died Wednesday at noon. The sad accident was quite a shock to both localities. Mr. COUNTS was 20 years old. (Friday, January 27, 1922).

Rev. John H. SKEEN

On Friday morning, January 28, Rev. John H. SKEEN, of Kentuck, departed this life, age 72 years. He was one among the best men of our country. To know Uncle John, as he was commonly called, was to love him. He was a member of the Goshen Baptist Church for more than 50 years and was always found at his post, doing all he could for the Master. He was always interested in seeing souls brought to Christ. He will be greatly missed at the church, at his home and in the county in which he had lived all his life.

He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss, as follows: Mrs. J. T. KISER, of Kentuck; Mrs. J. H. SMITH, of Charleston; and Mrs. Ona RAY of Kentucky, besides a host of friends. He was buried Saturday in the family cemetery, Rev. T. O. POWERS preaching the funeral. The Order of Odd Fellows had charge of the body, as he was a member of that order. (Friday, February 11, 1922)

Mrs. Deborah PICKENS

Mrs. Deborah PICKENS was born July 16, 1884, departed this life January 25, 1921, age 37 years, 6 months, 9 days. She was united in marriage to Homer PICKENS, August 5, 1905. To this union were born 8 children, one having preceded her to the grave. There is left to mourn their loss, husband and seven children: Hacel, Bacel, Dencil, Ora, Cora, Alma and Flossie; father; six brothers and three sisters and a host of relatives and friends. She will be missed in the home as no hands can take the place of dear mother. She was converted in early life and joined the U. B. Church at Rockcastle. (Friday, February 11, 1922).


Mrs. George (Vella M. SMITH) KNIGHTSTEP died January 27, 1921, age 73 years, 3 months and 11 days, having been born August 16, 1848. At an early age she became a Christian and united with the M. E. Church of which she was a member over fifty years. She was a kind, devoted and loyal wife; a Christian mother; a good neighbor and a highly respected and admired citizen.

In 1870 she was united to George KNIGHTSTEP. To this union were born thirteen children, of whom nine survive. She was preceeded to the better land about four years ago by her husband. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church with Rev. RYMER officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery at this place. (Friday, February 11, 1922).

Mrs. Mary SAYRE

Mrs. Mary SAYRE was born August 27, 1846, and died at the age of 75 years, five months, five days. She was converted and joined the United Brethren Church at the age of 24, which was 52 years ago. December 20, 1874, she was married to Benjamin F. SAYRE, and to this union were born eight children, of whom seven are living, one (Theresa Ellen) having died in infancy. She also leaves fourteen grandchildren. The funeral held at Otterbein Church, February 3, was conducted by Bishop WEEKLY of Parkersburg, W.Va. (Long funeral oration was not copied) (Friday, February 3, 1922).

Robert Bartel DOOLITTLE

Robert Bartel DOOLITTLE was born July 27, 1876, died January 17, 1922, age 45 years, 5 months and 20 days. He was married to Miss Effie HINZMAN, December 26, 1902. To this union were born seven children. One child preceded the father to the spirit land about three months ago. The wife, six children, two brothers and three sisters are left to mourn their loss. He was born and reared at Wilding, was an honest upright man, beloved by all his neighbors. The last years of his life were spent on his farm at Station Camp near Centennial M. E. Church. Funeral services and interment was at Wilding, his former home. (Friday, February 3, 1922).

Daniel CARL

Daniel CARL, who died at his home Friday, February 3, was born on the 9th day of July, 1841, in Meigs County, Ohio. He was 80 years, 6 months, and 24 days old. Mr. CARL joined the Union Army at the age of 21 and gave two years of his life in the defense of his country. He was united in marriage to Miss Eliza BROWN, of Ohio. To this union were born nine children. Six children and the mother preceded the father to their reward. The children that are living are: Mrs. Callie GOLDEN, of Letonia, Ohio; Mrs. Christenia TRIBETT, of Silverton, and Mrs. G. B. CASTO of Ripley. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. M. PAYNE after which the body was laid to rest in the old Ripley Cemetery. (Friday, February 3, 1922)

Eleanor MCKOWN

Eleanor MCKOWN, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. MCKOWN of Sidneyville, was born September 3, 1919. Left this world to join the angels, February 2, 1922, age 2 years, 4 months and 29 days. Funeral conducted by Rev. PAYNE. Burial near Cottageville. (Friday, February 3, 1922)

Mrs. Margaret SKEEN

The death angel again visited our community and claimed one of our best friends and citizens. Mrs. Margaret SKEEN died Sunday, February 20, 1921, suffering only one week with pneumonia fever. While her many friends, and especially her own family, who did all that loving hands and kind words could do or say for her, will miss her. We realize that her suffering has been turned into joy. Aunt Margaret always visited the sick and lent a helping hand to the poor and needy and above all she was one of the most noble Christian women of our community. She has been a member of the Goshen Baptist church for many years.

Her husband, John H. SKEEN, preceded her to the better land only three weeks ago, and two sons, Samuel H. SKEEN, three months, and Virgil SKEEN, about two years ago. Besides her many friends and loved ones, she leaves to mourn their loss three daughters, Mrs. Vena KISER, of Kentuck, Mrs. Cora SMITH, of Charleston, and Mrs. Ona RAY, of Kentuck. She has left us but not forever, if we all live a Christian life as Aunt Margaret has lived, we will meet her in a better land where there is no sad parting, but where there is joy and eternal life. (Friday, March 4, 1922)


Charles HARPOLD, one of the pioneer residents of Jackson County, and a man well known throughout the state, died on Tuesday morning at five o'clock at the family home at Ravenswood. The deceased was 84 years of age and was born near Ripley, moving to Ravenswood 63 years ago. He took a prominent part in civic, fraternal and religious matters in his community. He was a member of the Baptist Church and with others erected the Baptist Church at Ravenswood. The deceased served as president of the county court and also Mayor for several terms.

He is survived by his wife and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. W. L. SMITH, Ravenswood; Edward, W. A., Frank and Earl HARPOLD, all of Ravenswood. He was the last of the Solomon HARPOLD family. Solomon HARPOLD is known as one of the pioneer families of Jackson County. (Friday, March 4, 1921)

Charles Edwin STALNAKER

Charles Edwin STALNAKER, son of W. B. and Flora STALNAKER, was born October 20, 1902, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus, March 10, 1922, age 19 years, 4 months and 20 days. He was born and reared on the old home farm where he died. He spent all his life with his parents. He was a lover of home and its people. He was a successful student and teacher of the public schools, and held in high esteem by all who knew him.

He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, one sister, Ruby STARCHER, and one brother, Willie C. STALNAKER, all who reside here. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. GARRISON. The burial was in charge of Mr. VAIL of Ripley. He was laid to rest in the Baptist Church cemetery of Grass Lick, March 12, 1922. (Friday, March 17, 1922)

Mrs. Bessie Blanche MCKOWN

Mrs. Bessie Blanche MCKOWN was born June 11, 1883, and departed from this life at 6:30 p.m. March 16, 1922; age 38 years, 9 months, 5 days. She was united in marriage to Grover C. MCKOWN by Rev. B. M. KEITH, pastor of the Epworth church at that time, on November 15, 1903. Two daughters, Frances and Lucille, bless this union, now being members of the freshman class of the local high school, whose welfare was the mother's highest desire and ambition and are now the father's only solace in this sad bereavement.

Surviving her besides her husband and daughters is her aged mother, Miss Fannie BOWLES, several other relatives, and a host of friends in this and surrounding communities. The funeral services were conducted at the Epworth Church on Sunday by the Rev. J. L. WEST, of Parkersburg. The body was laid to rest in the Pine Hill cemetery. (Friday, March 24, 1922)

Miss Verna PARSONS

Miss Verna PARSONS died at her home near Given, March 13, of Brights disease, at the age of 49. Her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry PARSONS, are still living. She leaves to mourn their loss a large family of brothers and sisters: T. W. PARSONS and Mrs. Chine DONELLY, of Charleston; Elsworth PARSONS and Mrs. Stella ROLLINS, of Mt. Tell; Mrs. M. U. HYSELL, of Ripley; Mrs. Ida BROWN and Perry PARSONS, of Given; L. E. PARSONS, of Dunbar and O. O. PARSONS, of Fairplain. She was a life long Christian and a member of the U. B. Church. The funeral was preached by the Rev. Lloyd GARRISON at the Fairview church after which she was laid to rest in the Fairview cemetery. (Friday, March 24, 1922)



Charles C. CUNNINGHAM, son of Isaiah and Barbara CUNNINGHAM, was born on the 11th day of January, 1875, and departed this life on the 20th day of March, 1922, age 47 years, 1 month and 9 days. He married Marguerite SAYRE on October 26, 1904, and to this union were born: Carmalita, Vernon, Bernard, Kathleen, Charles, Kelly and Lois Marie, all of whom survive him; his mother and two brothers, William and Earl, also survive.

Mr. CUNNINGHAM "had just passed over the river, and was resting under the shade of the trees", when another angel appeared on the 29th day of March,1922, and said God wanted his little daughter, Lois Marie, and took her home to Heaven. (Both are buried at Otterbein Cemetery, Angerona). (Friday, April 7, 1922).

Paul Frederic SMITH

The death angel has again visited our community and took from the home of F. E. SMITH and wife the brightest jewel in their home, their darling baby, Paul Frederic SMITH, age 2 months and 2 weeks. He had whooping cough and everything was done for him that loving hands could do, but nothing could stay the death angel longer and he died April 1st and was laid to rest in the SMITH cemetery, Sunday, April 2, to await the resurrection morning. (W.K. SKEEN, Fletcher, W.Va.) (Friday, April 14, 1922)

Pernie May LUDWIG

Pernie May LUDWIG, daughter of W. M. and Rebecca LUDWIG, was born January 14, 1897, and died April 7, 1922, aged 25 years, 2 months and 23 days. She united with the Baptist church at the age of sixteen and the testimony of those who knew her best, is that her life bore abundant testimony to the reality of her Christian experience. She had been a sufferer for twelve years and through it all was patient and resigned.

Besides her father and mother, she leaves the following brothers and sisters to mourn their loss: Mrs. Luther BEVER, Walter O., C. L., Chlorice, Clara, Mamie, and Carlos LUDWIG, and many other near relatives and friends. We await with confidence a joyful meeting on the other shore. She was laid to rest in the family burial ground (Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Sycamore) Sunday, April 9, 1922, after funeral services conducted by Rev. L. E. POWERS, her pastor. (Friday, April 14, 1922)

James M. KING

James M. KING, the subject of this sketch, was born in Jackson County, Va., now West Va., July 21, 1839, and departed this life April 17, 1922, aged 82 years, 8 months and 26 days. He was united in marriage with Agnes E. HUGHES, who preceded him to the glory world about 33 years ago. To this union were born seven children, four boys and three girls.

Two of the boys finished life's journey before him, Willie, who died in infancy, and Benjamin F., who died in the prime of manhood. Those left to mourn their loss are: Mrs. Ella REED, of Charleston, Mrs. Lillie E. COSSIN, of Given, Mrs. Nellie M. SMITH, of Pt. Pleasant, John E. KING, of Charleston and Charles D. KING, of Given.

He enlisted in Co. K, 11th Regiment of West Virginia Infantry on the 14th day of August, 1862, and served throughout the war, being honorably discharged at Richmond, Va. June 17, 1865. He was a brave, true and loyal soldier and what he gave to his country will be better understood if we consider that he was with GRANT throughout that last, long campaign leading through the Wilderness up to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. But one more of the thinning ranks of those who wore the Blue has answered the roll call.

He was converted and united with the Moss Chapel class of the M. E. Church, South, about 30 years ago and has left the evidence that he has gone to dwell in that house not made with hands, eternal and in the heavens. The funeral was preached at the home by Rev. J. W. GARRISON from the 6th and 7th verses of the 12th chapter of Ecclesiastes. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Angerona by the side of his wife there among the scenes of his childhood to await the final resurrection of the dead. (Son of Iredell and Nancy Elizabeth (HUGHES) KING. Nancy was the daughter of Jesse HUGHES, Jr.) (Friday, April 27, 1922)

Greeley E. POLING

Greeley E. POLING was born February 14, 1871 and departed this life May 15, 1922, aged 51 years, 3 months and 1 day. He was married to Addie RAMSEY, March 19, 1896, and to this union was born eleven children, eight of whom survive him, namely, James, Edgar, Dessie, Beecher, Amy, Dollie, Hazel and Reva. He is also survived by his wife, father, a step-mother, two brothers and one sister. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Brother POLING gave his heart to God May 1921 and united with the Goshen Baptist Church and was baptized June 12, 1921 by the writer. He lived a faithful member of this church until death. Brother POLING was a good Christian man and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by the church and community. Funeral services were conducted by the writer after which the body was laid to rest in the CLICK Cemetery, there to await the resurrection morn. (Written by Calvin Francis PRICE). (Friday, May 26, 1922)

Mrs. Lucretia DUNLAP

After an illness of only a few days, Mrs. Lucretia DUNLAP, widow of John S. DUNLAP, died at her home in Ripley, Monday morning, May 22, 1922. Death was due to a weakened condition of the heart following bronchial trouble of a few weeks ago. Lucretial Ellen PIERCY, daughter of William M. and Elizabeth PIERCY, was born at Mont Ross, Randolph County, Va. (now West Virginia), April 8th, 1854, and therefore was 68 years, 1 month and 14 days old at her death. Her husband, the late Squire DUNLAP, died on December 13, 1921, or only a little more than five months ago.

Mrs. DUNLAP grew to young womanhood in Randolph County near the scenes of her birth, later coming to Jackson County to make her home with her uncle, Mr. John PIERCY, who resided at Hemlock at that time. She was united in marriage to John S. DUNLAP on October 8th, 1884, by Rev. OWENS, then a Baptist minister in that section.

To this union was born one child, a daughter, Mrs. A. S. MCCOY, of Ripley. In addition to this, she reared two of her nieces. She and her husband were charter members of the United Brethren Church at Cottageville and both held their membership at that place until death came. Her husband was laid to rest in the Cottageville Cemetery and her body will be reposed in the same cemetery after Wednesday of this week.

Mrs. DUNLAP leaves behind her out of four sisters and three brothers, just one brother and one sister, who are Mr. Elias PIERCY and Mrs. John R. CORRICK, who both reside in Santa Rosa, California. Her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. MCCOY, two grandsons and two grand-daughters also remain to mourn their loss. (Friday, May 26, 1922)

James F. LEWIS

James F. LEWIS, son of Andrew and Lucy LEWIS, was born June 3, 1868. He was united in marriage to Louisa LEWIS on April 17, 1897. To this union were born 4 children, 3 of whom survive him: Lloyd, Oble and Alma. Oma died quite young. He departed this life May 7, 1922, age 53 years, 11 months, 5 days. He professed Christ three years ago, lived faithful until death. He will surely be missed at church as his words would stir the class.

He will be greatly missed by his wife as she hasn't walked a step for 8 years. Two hours before death came he prayed for his two boys who were down with the same disease, flu, away from home, that God might raise them up again. Turning his prayer to his invalid wife, asked that God might bless her and care for her. (Buried in the CARNEY Cemetery, Kenna). (Friday, June 2, 1922)


G. J. (General JACKSON) PARSONS, of Kentuck, fell dead Tuesday evening near Mt. Tell about 1:30 p.m. of heart trouble. He left home in good health. He and a friend, George GOODNIGHT, were on their way to the store when the car stopped on a hill. Mr. PARSONS got out to chock the car. Mr. GOODNIGHT started the car and pulled about 30 feet and called for him to come. He waited for some time and then looked back and saw Mr. PARSONS lying in the road. Two men arrived about the same time. Mr. PARSONS was already dead.

He is survived by his wife and six children: Romance, Luther, Isabelle, Charity, Estele, Ella and Rupert. His brother Joshua, mother, and son Rupert have preceded him to the better world. Mr. Parsons' age at death was 69 years, 5 months and 11 days. (Friday, August 4, 1922)

Abraham WOLFE

We are sorry to note the death of our neighbor and friend, Abraham WOLFE, of Given. Mr. WOLFE was born and lived his 68 years in this community. His neighbors and acquaintances knew him and respected him for his honesty and integrity. He possessed that which makes a man respected and honored; a proper sense of right. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane KESSEL, deceased. To this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. Again united in marriage, to Anna Elizabeth ROWLEY, and to this union were born eight children, six sons and two daughters. All his children survive him except one, Boyd, who died September 18, 1917.

He leaves behind a wife, one brother, N. S. WOLFE, one sister, Mrs. Levi MOORE, and twelve children besides a number of grand-children and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral was preached at the home in the presence of a large crowd after which the body was laid to rest to await the resurrection of the just. While his spirit has gone to the realms of the bliss, his body awaits its redemption at the second coming of Christ. (Written by A. F. PRINGLE, a neighbor). (Friday, August 11, 1922)

Charles V. PARRISH

Charles V. PARRISH was born April 17, 1862, died August 10, 1922; age 68 years, 4 months, 7 days. He was married to Letia Frances CLINE, who preceded him to the spirit world several years ago. To this union were born six children, two of whom are dead, Hattie L., born April 1, 1885, died July 18, 1904; W. N., born January 1, 1887; Edward F., born April 8, 1889; Frederick H., born January 9, 1892; Floyd J., born July 17, 1894, died January 19, 1918; Myrtle E., born February 17, 1897.

After the death of his first wife, Mr. PARRISH married Louisa PARSONS. To this union were born two children, Lucy Jane, born August 13, 1902; and Harry S., born October 26, 1905, died January 6, 1906. Mr. PARRISH leaves to mourn their loss an aged mother, six children and a host of relatives and friends. To the aged mother and children we extend heartfelt sympathy. Mr. PARRISH was held in high esteem by all who knew him. His life on earth was brief, but his glory is now eternal. (Friday, September 1, 1922)

Dorinda (CROW) MCCOY

Dorinda (CROW) MCCOY was born in Noble County, Ohio, December 22, 1831. When two years old, her parents, George and Susannah CROW moved to Illinois, near to or perhaps now the city of Chicago, then a town of less than 1000 population. The Indians were frequently met with on that trip and in great numbers around their new home. Not liking the wildness of the country, with its almost unbroken prairie, they soon moved back to Ohio and in 1847 came to Jackson County, Virginia, and on the farm where she grew to womanhood.

In August 1852 she was married to William K. MCCOY, a prosperous and respected farmer who went to the great beyond many years ago. To them only one child was born, C. F. MCCOY, of Cottageville. Mrs. MCCOY was indeed fortunate in having this noble son, with his estimable wife and his kind and thoughtful children, to aid her in her declining years.

She has the following brothers and sister living: William and George B. CROW, of Ripley; Charles H. CROW, of Great Bend, Ohio, and Mrs. Martha HARDMAN, of Spencer. Having lived nearly ninety one years, on Tuesday, October 11, without a moment's warning, she joined the innumerable throng that God is caring for in the world beyond our vision. (Friday, October 20, 1922)

Mr. Elias E. STAATS

At Evans last Monday afternoon a prominent and highly respected citizen, Mr. Elias E. STAATS, died rather suddenly. Mr. STAATS had quite a siege of sickness during the late summer and early fall, but apparently had gotten over it and was able to be about the premises. He had started over to Evans to attend to a business matter, getting as far as the yard gate when he returned to the house and told his wife that it looked too much like rain and he believed he would postpone the trip until the next day. He then lay down on a couch which he had been accustomed to doing for several years. He and his wife were talking as usual in an ordinary manner when without warning or speaking, Mr. STAATS threw up his hands and ceased breathing instantly, never being able to speak.

Elias E. STAATS, son of Elijah and Anne STAATS, was born at Evans, January 16, 1848, and died at the same place, November 6, 1922, being 74 years, 9 months and 11 days old. He was united in marriage to Rosalie Virginia EVANS on November 22, 1877, by Rev. SHAW of the Methodist Church. To this union one son and four daughters were born. The oldest was the son, Cletus, who died April 28, 1894. The daughters, who are all still living were: Flora A., who married Charles A. PETERS, of Rowlesburg, W.Va.; Mamie Ethel, who married T. Clayton PARSONS, of Ripley; Lilly Florence, who married Wade W. KING, now of Sycamore, Ill., and Amy Gertrude, who married A. C. HIBBARD of Sycamore, Ill.

Mr. STAATS was the youngest living child of a family of twenty-two children and of these but two survive him, George W. STAATS of Parkersburg and Mrs. Adaline STUTLER of Ripley. He was converted while a young boy and joined the Methodist Church, later transferring his membership to the United Brethren Church. He lived a consistent Christian life and was regarded as one of the best citizens of the county. Funeral services were conducted at the Evans Methodist Church on Wednesday by Rev. W. M. SLAUGHTER, pastor of the Seventh Street U.B. Church of Parkersburg, with the Ripley United Brethren choir assisting in the presence of a very large assemblage of relatives and friends. (Friday, November 10, 1922)


Miss Mattie HUTCHINSON died at her home in Ripley on Wednesday afternoon at the advanced age of 76. The end came after a lingering illness from complications incident to age. Miss HUTCHINSON was born on a farm on Parchment, where she lived until some six or seven years ago, when she and two sisters, Misses Susan and Lucinda, moved to Ripley.

The deceased is survived by two brothers, Ison J. of Beaver, Pa., and Orville, of Freeman, Florida; also three sisters, Mrs. Hattie MATES, of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. A. F. WILSON and Miss Lucinda HUTCHINSON, of Ripley. Funeral services will be at the home Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in Pine Hill Cemetery. (Friday, December 15, 1922) (A second article in the MOUNTAINEER of December 22, 1922, states that she was born in Louden County, Virginia, December 22, 1822).


Caroline CASTO TOLLEY, daughter of Elijah and Mary CASTO, was born on the waters of Grass Lick on February 18, 1843, and died December 5, 1922, being 79 years, 9 months and 17 days old. She was first married to George Washington CASTO, May 4, 1858, and to this union one child was born, Mrs. Emma ROBERTS, of Beckley, W.Va. She was again united in marriage with Charles Lewis TOLLEY, September 12, 1864, and to this union were born six children, of whom four survive her: Minerva WHITING, Alice THOMAS, E. C. and W. E. TOLLEY, all of whom reside at Ripley. The other two children died while quite young. All of her sisters and her brother have preceded her, Aunt Caroline being the last of the family to pass over to the better world. (Mountaineer, Friday, 22 or 29 Dec. 1922)

Joseph Robert VAIL

Joseph Robert VAIL was born in Ripley, Virginia (now West Virginia), April 19, 1851, died at his home December 24, 1922, being 71 years, 7 months and 5 days old. He was the son of Isaiah and Louise C. (GRAHAM) VAIL, who preceded him to the grave a number of years ago. He married Miss Anna B. ROBINSON, of English parentage (the sister of Mrs. Holly G. ARMSTRONG, of Ripley) in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 20, 1883. To this union three children were born: Barta Marie, Richard Cornelius and Joseph Bream. The first two named were called to the "far away home of the Soul" several years ago.

He leaves to sincerely mourn his passing away, his devoted wife, his loving son, Joseph Bream, his brother, John T., of Blue Rapids, Kansas, and his sister, Mary E. BOUNDS, of Newark, Ohio, a large number of other relatives and a host of friends. Mr. VAIL belonged to the ninth generation of the VAIL family, was a descendant of Jermiah VAIL, his first ancestor, who was born in the West of England in 1618, and later came to Salem, Mass., about the year 1639. For a period of over five years he had been a great sufferer from a complication of diseases which terminated fatally. His death had been expected almost daily for three weeks before the end came.

Mr. VAIL lived in Ripley, his native town, all his life. Was a furniture merchant, skilled cabinet maker and undertaker. Served his town as Mayor, and was a progressive and influental citizen of his town. The last sad rites were performed Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Guy CROOK, of the Episcopal Church, assisted by Rev. C. B. GRAHAM, of Charleston, and Rev. C. E. GOODWIN, of Huntington, at the home and his body laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery where his calm strong face was never to be seen again. (Friday, December 29, 1922)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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