1923 Obituaries


Louisa (HORNER) LITTON, daughter of David HORNER, deceased, was born April 30, 1845, and died December 6, 1922, age 77 years, 7 months and 6 days. She was united in marriage to Abraham LITTON, July 3, 1864, and to this union 13 children were born, of whom 9 survive her: William and B. F. LITTON, of Gay, Mrs. Everette PHILLIPS of Reedy, Roane County, Mrs. B. F. COX of Hereford, Mrs. James E. EVANS of Thirteen, Mrs. P. C. GREENLEAF, Irving, Clinton and Levi LITTON, of Charleston.

Aunt Louisa was converted early in life and joined the M. P. Church. Some time after the death of her husband she united with the U. B.Church at Gay. Her highest aspirations were to walk in the paths of truth and right as were evidenced by her many friends who had learned of her Christian influence and good deeds. After funeral services conducted by Rev. PAYNE of Spencer, the body was quietly laid to rest beside her husband in the family cemetery. The deceased leaves 9 children, 2 sisters and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a loved one. (Mountaineer, Friday, January 12, 1923)


Amanda I. SMITH WEBSTER, daughter of Jackson SMITH, deceased, was born March 27, 1849, and died January 6, 1923, age 73 years, 9 months and 9 days. She was united in marriage to S. S. WEBSTER, January 14, 1866. To this union 6 children were born, 5 of whom survive: N. D. WEBSTER, Millwood, W.Va., Scott, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Miller, of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. A. SHINN of Millwood, W.Va., and Mrs. P. B. MAYNARD, of Williamson, W.Va. She is also survived by her husband, S. S. WEBSTER, and a host of relatives and friends who deeply mourn her death.

Mrs. WEBSTER was converted when she was 13 years old and joined the Hopewell Baptist Church at Mt. Alto, and has been a faithful worker in the church ever since. Her highest aspirations were to walk in the the paths of truth and right, as was evidenced by her many friends who loved her and for many years have learned to come to her for council and advice. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John FOX of Ravenswood, after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery at Mt. Alto. (Friday, January 19, 1923)

Martha Rebecca BENSON

Martha Rebecca BENSON, daughter of Thomas and Ruth BROWN, was born in (what is now) Pleasants County, West Virginia, February 21, 1844, departed this life January 2, 1923, age 78 years, 10 months, 11 days. She was united in marriage to W. H. BENSON on September 7, 1865. To them were born ten children, eight of whom, with the husband, survive, two children having preceded the mother several years ago. The children are: Mrs. Margaret NELSON, Mrs. Lola GOLDEN, Mrs. Rosa KERNS, Mrs. Anna GOLDEN, Mrs. Laura RECTOR, William C., Thomas L., and J. Ervin. One sister, Mrs. Emma BENSON, of Parkersburg, two brothers, Joseph BROWN, of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and James BROWN, of Parkersburg, also survive. The deceased was converted at the age of 18 years and joined the Methodist Church of which she remained a member until her death. The funeral service was conducted by Rev J. F. COAST. (Friday, January 19, 1923)

Bernice Gertrude BOSWELL

Bernice Gertrude BOSWELL was born January 25, 1905, and died January 14, 1923, age 17 years, 11 months and 19 days. She leaves to mourn her loss, father, mother, four sisters, two brothers and a host of friends. She was kind, loving and gentle to all who knew her. She bore her long sickness and suffering faithful and patiently to the end. (Friday, January 26, 1923)

Preston Brooks VANHORN

Preston Brooks VANHORN, a well known citizen of Ripley, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. D. D. KARR, Wednesday night. Mr. VANHORN had been a sufferer from a cancer on his face for years. His suffering for the past year had been intense. He sought relief by many would-be cures, but to no avail. While no man or friends welcome death, it must have been a great relief after such suffering.

His wife (Katie, daughter of G. R. and V. ROMINE) and three children preceded him. Three boys are yet living, Carl of Cleveland, Ohio, Preston and Charles. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. D. D. KARR, of Ripley, and a brother, Charles VANHORN, of Topins Grove. He will be buried in the ROMINE-VANHORN cemetery in Grant District. (Friday, January 26, 1923)


Viola MORRISON, daughter of J. M. and Virginia CAIN, was born April 19, 1891. She was converted and united with the U. B. Church when about fifteen years of age and lived a consistent Christian. She was united in marriage to Jessie MORRISON, July 21, 1910, and to this union were born five daughters, one having preceded her to the great beyond. Viola was a kind and loving mother, a devoted companion, a helpful friend to those who knew her. While she has gone from among us she has left the assurance that she has gone to be with Jesus in that continuing city. She departed this life January 10, 1923, age 31 years, 8 months and 21 days. Services were conducted by the Rev. William HAUGHT. (Friday, February 2, 1923).


Sarah K. ROLLINGS RHODES, daughter of John and Mary ROLLINGS, was born June 8, 1837, and was married in 1853 to Mathias RHODES, and to this union were born eight children, six sons and two daughters. The six sons survive her but the two daughters preceded her to the great beyond waiting for her arrival. She leaves to mourn their loss two sisters, Mrs. Phoebe MILLER, of Sandyville, and Deliah RHODES, of Gay, and a host of relatives and friends.

She was converted, joined the M. P. Church and lived a devoted Christian. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially by her grandaughter, Miss Luddie, who had stayed with her for sixteen years. Funeral services were conducted by F. W. CASTO, January 23, 1923, and laid to rest in the NESSELROTE cemetery. (Friday, February 2, 1923)


Nancy Angeline THORNTON BARNETT was born June 14, 1891, departed this life January 25, 1923, age 31 years, 6 months and 25 days. She was united in marriage to R. A. BARNETT, December 14, 1912. To this union were born six children, five boys and one girl, three having preceded her to the glory land. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband and three children: Lena, Lambert and Lester, a father and mother, one brother and eight sisters, and a host of friends. The brother and sisters are: Jesse O. THORNTON, Mrs. G. B. STEWART, Mrs. C. JONES, Mrs. J. H. WINTERS, Mrs. N. E. BRADLEY, Mrs. Henry SAYRE, Mrs. D. E. LIVINGSTON, Misses Bertha and Lucy THORNTON, and one sister that preceded her to the great beyond. Lina was converted when she was fourteen years of age and lived a devoted Christian life until God called her home. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. William HAUGHT from text Rev. 14:13. (Friday, February 2, 1923)

William R. CASTO

William R. CASTO, son of Joseph and Mariah (MORRISON) CASTO, was born September 6, 1856, departed this life January 30, 1923, age 66 years, 4 months and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Hannah M. LITTLE, February 1, 1977, 46 years ago. To this union were born 15 children, 4 of them having preceded him to the great beyond. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn their loss 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and 11 children as follows: Lucy BARNETT, C. O. CASTO, J. C. CASTO, Willliam CASTO and Rosy CASTO, of Rockcastle; Anna BOWYER, of Oak Hill; Dayton and Freer CASTO, of Huntington; Mary SAYRE, of Nat; Caroline SAYRE, of Evans; Dicie CRAMER, of Charleston, and a host of realtives and friends.

He was converted 28 years ago and lived a consistent Christian until God saw fit to take him away, always holding up for God and right. He had been a faithful Odd Fellow since 1891. He will be greatly missed in his lodge as well as in the home and church. He served his county as a county commissioner for 4 years, besides many other minor offices. Mr. CASTO lived all his life on Thirteen Mile Creek within 3/4 mile of where he was born. (Buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery at Rockcastle). (Friday, February 9, 1923)

Thomas Anderson WITHROW

Thomas Anderson WITHROW was born January 6, 1845 in Putnam County, Va. (now W.Va.), and departed this life February 21, 1923, at his home in Evans, Jackson County, age 78 years, 1 month and 15 days. He was a Civil War veteran, served in Co. A, 13th Regiment of West Virginia Infantry from August 5, 1863 to June 29, 1865.

He was united in marriage to Susan Arthur, February 15, 1856, to this union were born eleven children, his wife and six children having preceded him to the great beyond, and five are left to mourn their loss: Charley WITHROW, of Steubenville, Ohio; Ada MYRES, of Evans, Rosa PRINGLE and Katherine SMITH, of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Mary BENNETT, of Cleveland, Ohio.

He was united in marriage to Samantha L. SHAFER, May 4, 1886, and to this union were born eight children. His second wife and five children have preceded him to the great beyond, leaving three to mourn their loss: Sheridan, of Youngwood, Pa., William, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Russell. He leaves two half-brothers, Christopher and Frank WITHROW, of Raymond City, W.Va., and a host of friends. (Buried at Otterbein Church Cemetery, Evans). (Friday, March 9, 1923).

Wade Hampton BENSON

Wade Hampton BENSON was born in (what is now) Pleasants County, W.Va., December 8, 1840, died February 23, 1923, age 82 years, 2 months and 15 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Martha BROWN on September 7, 1865. To them were born ten children, eight of whom survive. The children are: Mrs. Margaret NELSON, Mrs. Lola GOLDEN, Mrs. Rosa KERNS, Mrs. Anna GOLDEN, Mrs. Laura RECTOR, William C., Thomas L. and J. Ervin. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna GOLDEN, on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Services were conducted by Rev. S. F. COAST, after which the body was laid to rest at Mount Pisgah Cemetery. (His wife, Martha BROWN BENSON, died a month before on January 2, 1923) (Friday, March 9, 1923).

Thomas Gilbert BOSWELL

Thomas Gilbert BOSWELL was born June 19, 1860 and departed this life February 19, 1923, aged 62 years and 8 months. He was united in marriage to Susie PARSONS, April 2, 1893. To this union nine children were born, of whom three preceded him to the great beyond. The deceased are Gilbert Nicholas, died December 14, 1895; Thomas Garfield, died May 21, 1912, and Bernice Gertrude, died January 14, 1923.

He is survived by his wife and four daughters: Mrs. Mary SAYRE, of Akron, Ohio, Miriam, Myrtle and Mabel at home; two sons, Homer and Floyd, of Given; one brother, William Leftridge BOSWELL, of Rockcastle; three sisters: Mrs. Mary STAATS, of Charleston, Mrs. Irene HAYNES, of Romance, and Miriam GILLESPIE, of Marion, Ohio; two small grand-daughters, Delores BOSWELL, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. Homer BOSWELL and Waneta SAYRE, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. SAYRE. Mr. BOSWELL was a kind and loving husband, an affectionate father and a good friend and neighbor to those who knew him best. He was converted about two weeks before death called him away. (Friday, March 9, 1923)

Martha Elizabeth PARSONS

Martha Elizabeth PARSONS, daughter of Samuel and Malinda SIMMONS, was born August 28, 1848, departed this life February 17, 1923, aged 74 years, 3 months and 19 days. She was born in North Carolina and came to Virginia (now West Virginia) at the age of six months. Her brothers and sister, Dr. T. W., li, Jesse, Charles SIMMONS and Mrs. PITCHFORD have all preceded her to the great beyond.

She was united in marriage to Henry PARSONS, October 10, 1865, and to this union were born eleven children, five boys and six girls: T. W. PARSONS and Mrs. H. P. DONNELLY, of Charleston; Loyd E. PARSONS, of Dunbar; Mrs. Parker ROLLINS, of Sissonville; Mrs. M. U. HYSEL, of Ripley; E. E. PARSONS, of Kenna; W. P. PARSONS and Mrs. J. W. BROWN, of Given; O. O. PARSONS, of Fairplain; Mrs. B. M. BUCKALEW, of Akron, Ohio, and Luverna PARSONS, the latter having preceded her to glory one year ago.

She was converted at the age of sixteen years and joined the United Brethren Church, continuing faithful to the end. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wesley GARRISON, of Leon, and the body was laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery to await the resurrection morn. (Friday, March 9, 1923)


Mrs. W. K. WALKER, of Fairplain, died last Thursday of flu and other complications. She had been seriously ill for several weeks. She leaves a husband and five children. Rev. L. E. POWERS preached the funeral service at the Ephesus Church Friday after which she was buried in the church cemetery by the side of her two children who had preceded her by a few years. None of the family were able to attend the funeral on account of sickness. (Friday, March 16, 1923)

Mrs. Margaret L. (ROSE) CASTO

Mrs. C. C. CASTO, formerly of Ripley, died about noon, March 1st, at the St. Joseph Hospital at Parkersburg, where she had recently been operated upon for an ailment which proved to have been due to adhesions caused by having chronic appendicitis for several years.

Mrs. CASTO was a daughter of William ROSE. She was born December 16, 1851, near Sissonsville, where she lived until her marriage. When she was about ten years of age, her father, William ROSE, enlisted at West Union in the Confederate Army, in which he served throughout the Civil War, with the exception of time he was a prisoner of war, for instance, at Mt. Lookout. While he was in prison there, the deceased's mother died, leaving Margaret and the other children practically orphans until the return of their father at the close of the war.

At the age of eighteen, Mrs. CASTO, then Margaret L. ROSE, was united in marriage to Charles C. CASTO, son of Levi CASTO. Shortly after their marriage, this couple settled on the old CASTO home farm, near Ripley, where they lived the greater part of their lives and reared a family of eight children: Dr. T. J. CASTO, of Charleston; Mrs. Theo STAATS, of Reedy; Claton, an attorney at law, now deceased; Mrs. W. E. STAATS, of Ripley; Mrs. Clay CHENOWETH, of Morgantown; Dr. O. J. CASTO, of Parkersburg; Mrs. Clarence RATHBONE, of Parkersburg; and Mrs. Ernest BALL, of Charleston.

In addition to these children, the deceased is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Emma BEAVER, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mrs. Etta CARNEY, of Charleston, and Mrs. Malissa FISHER, of Sissonsville; by her husband, Mr. C. C. CASTO, of Parkersburg; by several grandchildren and by some great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Parkersburg at the home of the deceased, by Rev. WEST, formerly of Ripley, now of South Charleston, on Sunday, March 4, and interment was made in the IOOF cemetery at Parkersburg. The floral offering was one of the finest and largest ever seen. (Friday, March 30, 1923)

George W. STAATS

George W. STAATS, son of Elijah STAATS, was born January 1, 1842 and died April 14, 1923 at his home in Parkersburg. He was born on the old STAATS farm near the present village of Evans, in Jackson County, then Virginia, now West Virginia. It was on this farm that his grandfather, Abraham STAATS, settled about the year 1799.

He served as Sergeant of Co. F, 4th West Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War. Afterwards he served as Lieutenant of Captain KENNEDY's Company of State Guards, located at Ripley. While a member of this company in 1864, he was united in marriage to Dianna WAUGH, a daughter of Andrew and Julia Ann JOHNSON WAUGH.

At the close of the Civil War he moved to the farm near Evans, where he resided until in recent years when he moved to Parkersburg, excepting about three years between 1878 and 1881, when he lived at Ravenswood. He served as deputy sheriff for a time after the Civil War and as a member of the House of Delegates of his county for the term from 1892-1894. Mr. STAATS married for a second wife Mrs. Frone CASTO, widow of James CASTO, but no children were born to this union.

The deceased is survived by his wife and the following children as well as by several grandchildren: Dr. Charles O. and Dr. Harlan STAATS, of Charleston; Mrs. Anna FERGUSON, of Charleston; Mrs. Cora FISHER, Mrs. Georgia L. HODGES, Miss Lorena M. STAATS and Attorney Edgar R. STAATS, of Parkersburg. Mr. STAATS was an honest man, a loyal citizen, a good neighbor, a good, worthy husband and father, and a conscientious Christian who was ever faithful to the teachings of the lowly Nazarene. His presence will be missed not only by his family and his relatives but also by his many friends. (Buried at STAATS Cemetery, Evans) (Friday, May 4, 1923)

Ira Lawrence LITTON

Ira Lawrence LITTON was born near Gay, Jackson County, October 12, 1886, and died at his home on Mill Creek, two miles below Ripley, April 7, 1923, age 36 years, 6 months and 23 days. Deceased had an attack of flu followed by a congested lung when erysipelas of the face developed which resulted in his death. He was a son of Daniel and Luverna LITTON, both parents and a half-sister having preceded him to the great beyond.

He was united in marriage with Miss Leora STAATS, daughter of Squire and Rebecca STAATS, April 7, 1907, they having been married just sixteen years when he was called home. To this union four children were born, as follows: Fally, Flavy, Myrtle and Flao, all of whom are still living. Deceased leaves behind to mourn their loss, one brother, Lawson LITTON, of Hurricane, W.Va., one sister, Mrs. Myrtle INGRAM, of Charleston, and a half-sister, Mrs. Effie BECKETT, of Harrisburg, Ohio, besides a host of friends and other relatives.

He was converted and joined the Methodist Protestant Church at Elk Fork, January 15, 1915, and was a member of the same church at the time of his death. He was a kind, loving husband and father, a good citizen and was loved and respected by all who knew him, he was square in all his dealings and always tried to do what was right. He was laid to rest Monday evening, April 9, in the family cemetery, Rev. B.M. HITE officiating. (Fairplain Cemetery, at Fairplain). (Friday, May 4, 1923)

Hannah Caroline WINTER

Hannah Caroline WINTER, daughter of Samuel and Catharine BRANNON, was born November 21, 1856, and died May 9, 1923, aged 66 years, 5 months and 18 days. She was united in marriage to William Austin WINTER on September 5, 1875. She is survived by her husband and seven children, three having preceded her to the great beyond. The family desires that it be mentioned that their neighbors were very kind and attentive during the sickness and death of their mother, which they appreciate very much. The funeral was conducted by Rev. GARRISON, assisted by Rev. ANDERSON. The family wishes to thank the undertaker and the Fairview choir for the systematic way they conducted their part of the service. (Friday, June 1, 1923).


Mary Jane HUNT SAYRE was born March 2, 1827, in what is now Jackson County, West Virginia. She departed this life May 12, 1923, aged 96 years, 3 months and 12 days. In 1842 she was united in marriage to Elijah SAYRE, with whom she lived happily for sixty-eight years. On October 10, 1910, the unwelcome guest visted her home and claimed her companion.

To this union there were born ten children, six of whom survive. Freelan and Fisher died in infancy. Wesley lived to be a middle aged man, became a farmer and merchant. He died in 1909 at Angerona. Ruble lived to womanhood, became the wife of James BARNETT, died in 1881. The surviving children are: J. C. and E. E., of near Evans; D. L., of Danstown; Jasper, of near Cottageville; Sarah Ann, wife of Allen SHINN, of Cow Run, and Louise, wife of Jonathan CHASE, of Ripley. (Friday, June 1, 1923)


Roma ARGABRITE, of near Frozen Camp, was thrown from a horse on Tuesday and killed. Mr. ARGABRITE was on his way to work when the accident happened. He was riding sideways when the horse for some reason scared, throwing him. His head struck a stump, crushing his skull and killing him instantly. Mr. ARGABRITE was a well known citizen about 45 years old. His untimely death has brought much sorrow to his family and friends. (Friday, June 1, 1923)


John UNRUE was born July 25th, 1836, and departed this life at his home in West Ripley, May 13, 1923, being 80 years, 9 months and 18 days old. He was united in marriage to Earli Martha PRICE in the year 1859 and to this union was born seven children. He is survived by two brothers, William H. and Isaiah, and five children: Mrs. C. C. STEWART and Mrs. A. D. SAYRE, of Evans; Mrs. J. D. PARSONS, of Akron, Ohio; Mrs. C. F. KERWOOD, of Ripley, and Julius UNRUE, of Dunbar. His wife and two daughters, Mrs. E. E. STARCHER and Mrs. Georgia PARSONS, preceded him to the better world.

He was converted and joined the United Brethren Church at Mt. Moriah under the ministry of Rev. J. W. MARTIN several years ago and held his membership there until his death. He enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War and was a member of Company F, 1st Regiment of West Virginia Veteran Infantry Volunteers, being honorably discharged therefrom at the close of the conflict. After the death of his wife he made his home with his youngest daughter, Mrs. C. F. KERWOOD. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. HITE at the United Brethren Church Wednesday and interment made in Pine Hill Cemetery. (Friday, June 1, 1923.

Roy Andrew BAYER

Roy Andrew BAYER, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. BAYER, was born May 28, 1915, at Ripley, died May 31, 1923, at East Liverpool, Ohio, age 8 years and 3 days. For the last three years he had been in failing health and for four months prior to his death he was confined to his bed. Besides the father and mother, four brothers, Rome, Arnold, Daniel and Francis, two sisters, Sylvia and Beatrice, survive to mourn his untimely death.

His death was the first break in the home circle. His place will be vacant, he will be sadly missed; the earthly home is poorer, but heaven is richer because another lamb has been taken into the fold of the Good Shepherd. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. R. M. HITE at the Oak Hill U. B. Church Sunday, June 3. Burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery. (Friday, June 8, 1923)


Mrs. Ruhama (SIMINGTON) COOPER died at her home in Ripley, June 9, age 78 years. Mrs. COOPER was a native of Greene County, Pa., where she married and reared three children, Thomas COOPER of Roane County and Jane and Ella COOPER of Ripley. She and her husband moved to Roane County several years ago, where Mr. COOPER died. She later with her two daughters moved to Ripley where she resided at the time of her death.

Mrs. COOPER became a member of the church early in life and has been a member of the M. E. Church of Ripley ever since her residence here. She was a kind and loving mother, much devoted to her family and home. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. A. C. RIFFE. Interment at the Mt. Zion cemetery in Roane County Sunday afternoon. (Friday, June 15, 1923)


O. B. KISER, the eldest son of Joseph K. KISER, was born November 10, 1850, and departed this life April 29, 1923, age 72 years, 5 months and 19 days. He was born near Fletcher, Jackson County. He received a common school education and entered at an early age the teaching profession which he followed for a period of 40 years. He was twice the representative of Jackson County in the House of Delegates.

He was converted about 40 years ago at Maysville, Kentucky, and united with the Christian Baptist Church, but later became a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of which he was a member when the death angel called him to take up his abode on the farther elysian shore, from whence no traveler e'er returns. He was a member of the A.F.A.M. Lodge, who in conjunction with Rev. John D. HAMON, held funeral services over their deceased friend and brother.

Uncle Edom (as he was commonly called) leaves a host of friends as well as relatives to mourn his loss. He is survived by his wife and six children, all of whom are living. He leaves two sisters and one brother to mourn his departure. His life was a guiding star and his counsel was of the highest type, such as only a devout, experienced Christian man and father can give. (Friday, June 15, 1923).


John LANDFRIED was born in Lietwiler, Bavaria, Germany, September -- 1845, and died in Ripley, West Virginia, June 19, 1923, aged nearly 78 years. He crossed the ocean with his parents, Henry and Elizabeth LANDFRIED, from Germany to Virginia, where they settled in this county, near Ripley, when he was two years of age.

He learned the shoemaker's trade in Ripley, being an apprentice of his uncle, George LANDFRIED, when a boy, and afterwards worked at his trade in Wheeling for several years and then enlisted in the United States Army about 1867, where he served for thirty years and was honorably discharged in the Philippine Islands in 1898, being too old for reenlistment, which was a great disappointment to him, as it was during the Spanish-American War in which he desired to further serve under the American flag.

He has lived in Ripley since 1898 where on September 27, 1909, he was married to Mrs. Ella HINES, who survives him. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a faithful attendant at its services until stricken with his last sickness. He leaves a widow, one step-daughter, two brothers, and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. (Friday, June 22, 1923)


E. W. PYATT was born February 16, 1873, died June 19, 1923, age 50 years, 4 months and 7 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Harriet THROCKMARTIN, June 21, 1898. To this union were born 10 children, one of whom preceded the father to the Land of Rest. He was converted early in life and died in full triumph of a living faith.

He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and nine children, a mother, 2 brothers, 5 sisters and a host of friends. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father and good to everybody. It is with the greatest of sorrow that we had to give him up. But our loss is only Heaven's gain. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Isaac HINZMAN, assisted by Rev. Joseph MURRAY. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery. (Friday, June 29, 1923)


Bertha Bell SCARBROUGH was born March 10, 1890, died June 29, 1923, age 33 years, 3 months and 19 days. She was married to Della M. SCARBROUGH, August 20, 1913. She leaves a husband and five children, John Winifred, age 9, Mildred May, age 7, Teddy Roosevelt, age 5, Raymond Ray, age 2, and Avie Basil, age 30 days. She lived a devoted Christian until death and we hope to meet her in the Promised Land. (Burial at Goshen Valley Cemetery. Daughter of Robert CASTO). (Friday July 6, 1923)


Amanda M. HAMILTON BEYMER was born in Noble County, Ohio, November 14, 1847, and passed into the great beyond from whence no traveler ever returns, June 28, 1923, aged 75 years, 7 months and 14 days. She was united in marriage to W. H. BEYMER on October 28, 1866. She was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Lockhart in 1890 and was a faithful and active member throughout her long and useful life, until the Master said "well done, thou has been faithful over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord".

She leaves behind her aged husband, W. H. BEYMER, who has traveled through the toils and cares of life with her and now stands on the bank of the river waiting for the boatman to row him over. There remains three sisters and two brothers who will miss her, but they will soon follow as they are fast descending the western slope. Sister BEYMER was the mother of nine children living: Mollie BLACK, Anna CURRY, W. O. BEYMER, A. L. BEYMER and J. G. BEYMER, of Sandyville, W. R. BEYMER of Wellsville, Ohio, and Homer BEYMER, of Ripley.

Three children preceded her in infancy, also Harry E. BEYMER, of New Brighton, who passed on before her on June 26, 1920. She has forty-four grandchildren and six great-grand children and a host of friends who remain and will remember her example as a loving mother and a faithful follower of the Christ she loved to serve. (Friday, July 13, 1923)


W. E. MATHEWS, of Charleston, died at Webster Springs July 14th. Mr. MATHEWS had been in ill health and had gone to Webster Springs to recuperate. While there he was stricken with apoplexy on Tuesday and died on the following Saturday. The remains were brought to Ripley Monday and on Tuesday he was laid by the side of his son in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

He leaves a wife and two sons, Joseph Maurice and William, three brothers, Otmer, Telford and McCray, of Charleston; a father, Robert MATHEWS, and three sisters, Mesdames J. R. PROGLER and Sam JONES, of Ripley, and Virginia GILLILIAN, of Charleston. Mr. MATHEWS was a successful businessman. He was quite a church worker, having become a member of the M. E. Church when quite young and had been an active worker ever since. He was a 32nd degree Mason and an Odd Fellow. The Odd Fellows conducted the funeral services at Ripley. (Friday, July 20, 1923)

William Leftridge BOSWELL

William Leftridge BOSWELL was born September 30, 1848, departed this life July 5, 1923, aged 74 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was married to Julia Ann FRENCH, February 13, 1872. To this union eight children were born. His wife, seven children and several brothers and sisters have preceded him to the better land. He was converted unto the Lord in early manhood and lived faithful until God called him home. He has left ample evidence with his friends that he has gone to rest.

He leaves to mourn their loss: one son, George C. BOSWELL, of ----, Ohio, three sisters, Mrs. Mary STAATS, of Charleston, Mrs. Irene HAYNES, of Romance, and Mrs. Miriam GILLISPIE, of Marion, Ohio. Rev. William HAUGHT pronounced the funeral discourse from Rev. 14:13, after which his earthly remains were laid to rest in the BOSWELL Cemetery to await God's trumpet sound. (Friday, July 20, 1923)

John Oliver SAYRE

John Oliver SAYRE was born March 6, 1856, in Jackson County, West Virginia, departed this life July 13, 1923, age 67 years, 4 months and 7 days. He was united in marriage to Almira CAMPBELL. To this union was born two children, Orval and Oliver, both of whom are dead. Oliver died in infancy and Orval lived to be a young man and taught a term of school at Flag Rock.

His mother also died several years before. Mr. SAYRE then married Alice HOLMES and to this union 7 children were born, all of whom survive except two, Gale and an infant who was called to that better land. Those who survive are: Vaught SAYRE, of Gallapolis, Ohio, Mrs. Mary SAYRE, of Indiana, Mrs. Verna STARCHER, of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Owen SAYRE, of Evans, Route 1, and Mrs. Alice KAY, of Ripley, Route 2. On April 9, 1892, the unwelcome guest visited their home and took the dear mother away.

He was then united in marriage to Miss Maggie CAIN, Sept. 4, 1893, and to this union 9 children were born, of whom 8 survive. Those who survive are: Mrs. Almira MOORE, Mrs. Edna WEST and Mrs. Minerva MOORE, Mrs. Pearl MOORE, Mrs. Vesta DONOHEW, of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Lovella LEWIS, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Arnold and Armor SAYRE, of Evans, Route 1. The dear father leaves to mourn their loss a wife, 13 children and 25 grand-children. Mr. SAYRE will be sadly missed in home and neighborhood. (Friday, July 27, 1923)

Pleasant Summers CASTO

Pleasant Summers CASTO was born in Jackson County, Va. (now W.Va.), November 24, 1858, and died at his home at Letart Falls, Ohio, July 26, 1923, age 64 years, 8 months and 2 days. He was united in marriage to Sarah CASTO, December 11, 1879, to which union eleven children were born, four of whom preceded him to the great beyond.

His companion, Mrs. Sarah CASTO, and seven children, namely, Mrs. J. D. HINEY, of Letart Falls, Ohio; K. P. CASTO, of Fairplain; W. E. CASTO, of Washington, Pa., Mrs. T. C. RHODES, of Apple Grove, Ohio; Miss Lucy CASTO, of Athens, Ohio, and Gay and Clara CASTO, at home; besides five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, J. R. and E. P. CASTO, of Fairplain, and three sisters, Miss Mattie CASTO, Mrs. W. W. JOHNS and Mrs. Lester SKEEN, all of Kentuck, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He was buried in the Grass Lick Cemetery Sunday. Rev. L. E. POWERS delivered the funeral oration. (Friday, August 10, 1923)


Mrs. Fred H. O'BRIEN died of aenaemia in a hospital at Huntington Monday. The remains were brought to Ripley Tuesday where they were met by a number of Eastern Stars who marched in a body to the home. She was laid to rest in the Pine Hill Cemetery Wednesday. Mrs. O'BRIEN was born at Red Knob, Roane County, July 22, 1898, making her age slightly past the 25th year. She was the daughter of Dr. F. W. CASTO. Her father preceded her to the great beyond several years ago.

Mrs. O'BRIEN was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and also a member of the secret orders of Eastern Star and Pythian Sisters. She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, mother, Mrs. Emma CASTO, two sisters, Mesdames J. K. KERWOOD and J. O. CASTO, and an infant son. Funeral services were held at the home of her pastor, A. C. RIFFE, assisted by Revs. RAINEY and H. K. RIFFE. The rest of the services were under the auspices of the Eastern Star. (Friday, August 10, 1923)


Mr. John T. BALLENTINE was born March 20, 1841, in Washington County, Ohio. He moved to this state before the Civil War, and settled near Weston, Lewis County. In 1862 he entered the military service in the Union army, Company G, 6th West Virginia Infantry, and served until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge at Wheeling. He afterwards was a member of the G.A.R. Carl Shatto Post No. 26, Ripley.

Soon afterwards he married Miss Merceline PETERSON, of Lewis County, and to this union were born nine children, six girls and three boys, all of whom survive him, except the second son, Arden, who died at the age of 25 years. Mrs. BALLENTINE died in 1891. From Lewis County, Mr. BALLENTINE moved to Buckhannon, where he lived two years, thence to Jackson County, where he lived until his death Saturday, August 4th, at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. T. E. MORRIS, of Parkersburg.

Mr. BALLENTINE was a remarkably preserved man until March of this year, at which time he suffered an attack of influenza, and since has steadily declined in health, and Saturday passed quietly away. He has been a life-long member of the Methodist Church, his children following his example in this respect. His life has been unassuming, but with a quiet resoluteness commendable in the sight of all. He has served the communities in which he has lived, and the Soldier's Monument on the Court House Square here in Ripley is there as a result largely of his labors thereof.

Mr. BALLENTINE leaves to mourn him the following children: Mr. I. M. FOX, Weston, W.Va., Mrs. J. White PETERSON, Weston, W.Va., Mrs. R. A. PERRY, Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. G. W. SWISHER, Ripley, Mrs. O. C. WILLIS, Fairmont, W.Va., Mrs. T. E. MORRIS, Parkersburg, W.Va., Mr. W. D. BALLENTINE, Leon, Ohio, and Mr. M. C. BALLENTINE, Kingston, Ohio. After funeral services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. W. SWISHER, of Ripley, conducted by Rev. H. T. WATTS of Milton, W.Va., assisted by Rev. G. M. RAINEY, of Ripley, the remains, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends, were taken to Pine Hill Cemetery, and there laid away to await the Resurrection morning. (Friday, August 10, 1923)

Mary Elizabeth (MATHEW) BOWEN

Mary Elizabeth (MATHEW) BOWEN, daughter of Francis and Rebecca MATHEW, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., August 3, 1843. She was married to J. B. BOWEN in Middleport, Ohio, December 2, 1863. To this union eight children were born, namely, Francis M., of Wilding, W.Va., James S., of New Brighton, Pa., Emma R. DOUGLASS, of Dawn, Missouri, George L., who died in infancy, Samuel M., who died at the age of 20, Julia Alice STAHL, of Columbus, Ohio, Essie Myrtle MORRISON, of New Brighton, Pa., and Ralph M., of Ripley. She departed this life September 8, 1923, aged 80 years, 1 month and 5 days.

She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her children, 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. After funeral services were held at the home in West Ripley at 2 p.m. September 10, she was tenderly laid to rest in the Pine Hill Cemetery beside her husband who had preceded her 14 years. The floral offering from her children, friends and neighbors was profuse. She had been a resident of Ripley 38 years and her friends were all who knew her. (Friday, September 14, 1923)

Nora Jane CARNEY

Nora Jane CARNEY was born September 20, 1862, died October 1, 1923, age 61 years and 11 days. She was united in marriage to Charley CARNEY, October 7, 1881. To this union were born three children, two daughters and one son, Virgil CARNEY, of Staats Mills, and Chlora and Alice CARNEY, both of whom preceded her to the grave.

Besides Virgil, there remain to mourn her loss four brothers and two sisters: Hart STAATS, of Sissonsville, Theodore STAATS, of Reedy, Cornelius STAATS and Early STAATS, of Ripley, Mrs. Clora RARDIN, of Beckley, Mrs. Rosa RARDIN, of Gallipolis, Ohio, and three half sisters, Mrs. Nellie SHINN, of Ripley, Miss Marie STAATS, of Ripley, Mrs. Ruby KESSEL, of Morgantown, and five grandchildren. Sister CARNEY was converted in her childhood, joined the M. P. Church of which she remained a faithful member until death came and took her away. The funeral was conducted by Rev. T. O. POWERS at her home and she was laid to rest in the Fairplain cemetery to await the Resurrection morn. (Friday, November 2, 1923)

Rebecca J. MILAM

Rebecca J. MILAM was born May 2, 1869, departed this life September 19, 1923. Was united in marrriage to W. H. MILAM December 13, 1892. To this union were born five children, two having preceded her to the great beyond, leaving to mourn their loss, husband and three children, Goldie HINZMAN and Macel RANDOLPH, both of Sandyville and Sylvia HINZMAN, of Freedom, Pa., one brother, C.C. STATES, and one sister, Emma HUGGINBOTHAM, both of Poca, and a host of friends. Sister MILAM was converted in childhood and was a devoted Christian, mother, companion and a good neighbor. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Isaac HINZMAN, assisted by Rev. Joseph MURRAY. Interment in the Mt. Hope cemetery. (Friday, .. ... 1923)


Last Wednesday night the home of Lloyd BRADLEY was saddened by the sudden death of their son, Leonard, age 5 years. The child had been ill a few days but not thought to be serious until Wednesday morning. It was then known that he had membraneous croup. Two doctors gave him constant attention all day and until the end that night, but nothing seemed to halt the quick dealing disease. Leonard was a child of kind disposition and had many friends among those that were older than he, as well as his playmates. He was laid to rest in the SHINN cemetery Friday. (Friday, December 30, 1923)

Jonathan CHASE

Jonathan CHASE was born March 20, 1838, departed this life Dec. 3, 1923, age 85 years, 9 months and 13 days. He was married to Ruhama SAYRE, March 22, 1860, who departed this life April 14, 1903, at the age of 63 years. He was then married to Mrs. Louisa SMITH, November 21, 1903, who survives him. Mr. CHASE was a soldier in the Confederate Army as a member of Co. B, 22nd Regiment Virginia Infantry, serving 3 years under General Early. He was a devoted Christian, having never joined any particular church or creed. He was a man of the best of traits, always ready to help people in need. (Friday, Dec. 30, 1923)

Transcribed from microfilm by Betty Kessel McIntyre

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