Submitted by Guy Littman.



Col. John Parriott

Obituary from the Marshall Herald,

Moundsville, Virginia, Saturday, April 28, 1855.


Col. John Parriott, born July 29, 1791, is dead. The announcement of  this event, strikes on the mind, as a vagarie of the night, rather  than a solemn reality to those who were accustomed to see him, to meet, and to be with him from time to time, and from year to year.


His death occurred at the Sprigg House in Wheeling, April 23, 1855, from pneumonia, which set at defiance the skill of eminent medical practitioners. Col. Parriott came from his home in the Southern part of this county, part of the way in the cars with ourself, on Saturday, the 14th inst., and was as cheerful and seemingly as well as usual, and remained in this place until Tuesday morning, when he left for Wheeling, designing, we understand, to repair immediately to the Eastern part of the State on important private business, and was taken suddenly ill before reaching Wheeling, with the disease which terminated his life.


Col. Parriott has been identified with the interests of this county, during the greater part of his life. He has at various times been a Representative in the Legislature, and also a member of the State Senate, during several terms, at various periods, and was intimately and favorably known to the leading men of the State and Nation. It was to his efforts, more than any other, that we are indebted for our separate county organization, and perhaps there was no other man then living within our territory who possessed a sufficient degree of talent, perserverance, and influence, to accomplish this result, in the face of the opposition and difficulties which were then arraying against a division of the county.


Col. Parriott not only labored indefatigably for the organization of a county here, separate from Ohio, but has also ever, both in a public and private capacity, earnestly endeavored to promote the interests and welfare of his adopted county. He possessed a bland and affable address, and the demeanor of a gentleman, and in an eminent degree an intuitive knowledge of human character, and a facility in adapting himself to the peculiarities of all, and maintained throughout the vicissitudes of a long and public life, an elevated position in the affections of his constituents and friends.


He leaves a family, and a large circle of relatives, and friends to mourn his loss.


His remains were brought to this place on the cars, on the day of his death, and on Wednesday were consigned to the final resting place, in our village cemetery, followed by an immense procession of friends and citizens.


"After Life's fitful fever he sleeps well."


"Requiessca in pace."