Submitted by Bonnie Van Orden.


Wheeling Daily Intelligencer

Wheeling, W. Va.

Vol. 6, Sat., 22 Aug. 1857



We learn from a gentleman just arrived from Marshall County, that on Monday last, the barn of Mr. Wm. Henry, on Fish Creek Hills, near Belton, was struck by lightning.  Three men were killed, and the barn and all its contents totally destroyed.  The men were engaged in threshing with a machine inside the barn, when the electric fluid struck the cylinder of the thresher.  John Neely and Joseph Young were instantly killed.  There were some half dozen persons in the barn at the time, among them Mr. Henry himself, whose injuries by the shock have since resulted in his death.  This unlooked for accident, which deprived the community of three of its best citizens, has cast a gloom over the whole neighborhood.