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JAMES CAPEHART 1847-1921 - was born in Point Pleasant, Mason County, Virginia, March 7, 1847, son of James Capehart. He attended public schools and Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. James Capehart studied at Duff's Commercial College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in his father's store. He was also in agricultural pursuits and stock breeding between 1867 and 1903. Mr. Capehart was president of the Mason County Court in 1871, 1872, and 1880-1885, a deligate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888, and elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses. He was also president of the Point Pleasant National Bank in 1901. Mr. Capehart moved to Florida about 1903 and became interested in fruit growing living in Cocoa, Florida until his death on April 28, 1921. His body was brought back to Point Pleasant where he is buried in Lone Oak Cemetery.

CHARLES EDGAR HOGG 1852-1935 - Was born on a farm near Point Pleasant, Mason County, Virginia, December 21, 1852. He attended the common schools at Locust Grove, Carleton College, Racine, Ohio and graduated from Oldham & Hawe's Business College, Pomeroy, Ohio in 1869. Mr. Hogg taught school and was employed as a bookkeeper 1870-1873. He studied the law and wads admitted to the bar in 1875 and started pratice in Point Pleasant at that time. Charles Edgar Hogg was county superintendent of the free schools of Mason County 1875-1879. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth Congress, March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889. In 1888 he resumed his law pratice in Point Pleasant and became affiliated with the Republican Party in 1900. From 1906 until 1913 Mr. Hogg was the dean of the College of Law at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Charles Edgar Hogg died in Point Pleasant, West Virginia June 14, 1935 and is buried in Lone Oak Cemetery in the same town.

ROBERT LYNN HOGG 1893-1973 - Born in Point Pleasant, Mason County, West Virginia, the son of Charles Edgar Hogg. He attended the public schools and West Virginia Preparatory School and graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, 1914 and from the law department in 1816. Mr. Hogg started praticing law in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. During World War I he served from 1917-1919 in the Coast Artillery Corps and the Air Service. After serving during the war, he returned to pratice law in Point Pleasant, he was also Mason County's Prosecuting Attorney 1921-1924. A member of the State senate 1925-1929, he was elected as a Republican in a special election November 4, 1930 to the Seventy-first Congress then reelected to the Seventy-second Congress where he served from November 4, 1930 untio March 3, 1993. Unsuccessful for reelection in 1932, he resumed his law pratice in Point Pleasant and served as a lawyer for the Association of Life Insurance Presidents, New York, New York, 1935-1944. He was executive and vice president of American Life Convention, Chicago, Illinois 1844-1954 and then senior vice president, advisory counsel and vice chairman of the board fo Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States from 1954 until he retired in 1960, he did continue to serve as a member of the board and on the executive committee. Mr. Hogg served as counsel to a law firm in Charleston, West Virginia from 1960 until 1970, and resided in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He died July 21, 1973 in Charlottesville, Virginia and is buried in Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant, West Virginia.


From the Obituary for Bessie Wilhelm

BESSIE WILHELM - a daughter of Wiley and Molly Smith, born in Point Pleasant, March 31, 1888 started the first library in Mason County, called the "Lending Library" in 1910. She was a secretary for the Varion Coal Company at the time and they allowed her to use her office to loan out the 50 books that she had purchased herself. Mrs. Wilhelm retired at the age of 77 and lived to the age of 104 years. She died October 16, 1992 at the Pine Crest Care Center in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio.


PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
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COLOGNE DISTRICT
W. C. GREENLEE - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, May 1, 1842, and educated in the public schools of the county. August 8, 1862, though only twenty years old, he enlisted in the Federal army, and served as orderly sergeant of Company B, 13th West Virginia Infantry, till November, 1864, when he was commissioned captain, being, at the age of 22, the youngest captain in the State. He was in the battles at Hurricane Bridge, Buffingtons Island, Lynchburg, both battles at Winchester, at Berrysville, Boliver Heights, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek; was in hospital once, and then only for six weeks. Mustered out June 22, 1865, at Wheeling, he at once returned home and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1866 he was elected treasurer of Cologne district, and served two years; was elected justice of the peace in 1868; in 1876 was appointed overseer of the poor and served two years; and in 1880 was elected county commissioner, and drew the four year term, and in that capacity is now serving. He is a son of Morgan and Eliza J. Greenlee. His father was born May 15, 1818, and his mother born March 23, 1821, died July 11, 1882. William C. Greenlee was first married to Louisa Potter, born June 4, 1839, and mother of his two oldest children. She died August 30, 1873. He married again, Mrs. Hannah E. Dunlap becoming his wife. She was born in April, 1845, and died without issue, May 26, 1878. The children of the first marriage are: Ora O., born October 11, 1867, and Otis O., born September 22, 1869. In this State and county, March 27, 1879, Mr. Greenlee was united in marriage with Emma M., daughter of Seth E. and Lodema (Slagille) Ely. She was born in Mason county, October 9, 1857, and is the mother of his youngest child, Leroy C., born January 20, 1881. Mr. Greenlee is prosperously engaged in farming in Cologne district, and may be addressed at Leon, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
ADAM LIETWILER - was a son of Jacob and Mary Anna (Zurmehley) Lietwiler, who settled in Mason county in September, 1822. He was then less that one year old, having been born in Columbiana county, Ohio, December 28, 1821. The boyhood of Adam Lietwiler was passed among the trials and struggles of a pioneer settlement. Then Mason county was without stores or roads or mills or schools, or almost any of the comforts of life. And the contrast between Graham district as it was then and as it is now makes the present seem a time of comfort. July 3, 1870, the Rev. J. W. Miller spoke the words which joined in one the lives of Adam Lietwiler and Sarah E. Nease, and three children are the result of their union: Zurmehley Anna, born May 19, 1871; John Jacob, January 19, 1874; Mary Magdaline, March 25, 1878. The wife of Adam Lietwiler was born in Meigs county, Ohio, August 5, 1840, a daughter of Lewis and Christina (Fry) Nease, and her father still resides in the county of her nativity. Mr. Leitwiler has been four years magistrate and eight years road surveyor in the district of Graham, in which district he is prosperously engaged in milling. His address, New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
UNION DISTRICT
JONATHAN F. M. HILL - born at Rock Castle, Mason county, West Virginia, October 29, 1850, is a son of Jarret and Mary (Greenlee) Hill, who were both born in Mason county. They had two sons, brothers of J. F. M., who were soldiers in the Federal army during the war between the States. George W. and Andrew C. Hill were members of Company G, 13th Virginia Volunteer Infantry; they were engaged in the Lynchburg raid, at both battles of Winchester, and George was in the battle of Cedar Creek. The subject of this sketch was educated at Huntington, West Virginia, in Marshall college, and is both farmer and teacher. He has taught in the public schools for the past twelve years, and has been five years superintendent of the Rock Castle Sunday School. In Ripley, Jackson county, West Virginia, December 6, 1877, were spoken the words that joined in one the lives of Jonathan F. M. Hill and Catherine Doyle. She was born in Mason county, May 17, 1861, and is a daughter of Terrence and Rebecca (Doolittle) Doyle, who now reside in Jackson county. One little one, Jonathan M., brightens the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hill; he was born February 7, 1879. Mr. Hill may be addressed at Rock Castle, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
PHILIP L. JONES - was born in Meigs county, Ohio, March 4, 1852, a son of Silas and Dorothy (Roush) Jones. He married in Mason county, West Virginia, October 8, 1874, Exeveria, daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Young) Roush, her birth January 15, 1852. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Jones were born: Olga Blanche, July 16, 1875; Francis M., March 15, 1877; Mertie B., April 16, 1879, died July 1, 1880; Winifred L., November 16, 1881. Concerning the ancestors of Mr. and Mrs. Jones the following interesting information has been gathered: Henry Roush, maternal grandfather of Philip L. Jones, was born in Old Virginia, and came to what is now Graham Station, Mason county, through a trackless wilderness from the Shenandoah valley, about 1798. Here he married Annie Sayre, in 1802, who came to Graham Station from Morgantown, Virginia, about 1800. Seth Jones, the father of Silas Jones, was born in Bennington, Vermont, in 1757, and was a soldier in the Continental army during the 1776 war, fighting at Lexington. He married Esther Ford in 1810, and Silas Jones was one of their children, and was born June 13, 1811. Silas Jones married Dorothy Roush, August 6, 1833, her birth was on the 17th of April, 1817. Mrs. Roush, grandmother of the wife of Philip L. Jones, is the mother of thirteen children, and has one hundred and twenty-eight grandchildren, two hundred and fifty-one great-grandchildren, and thirty-five great-great-grandchildren, making a grand total of 427. Philip L. Jones is a hardware dealer, and manufacturer of the "Brilliant," a miner's lamp, and an extensive sheet metal worker. He settled in Graham district in 1877, and in addition to the business already mentioned, is the postmaster at New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
REUBEN FRY - son of Peter and Hannah (Knapp) Fry, who settled in Mason county, West Virginia, in 1817, was born in this county, at Six Mile Island, September 8, 1852. When twenty years of age he entered into the matrimonial state, taking for his life companion Serena C. Roush, born in this county, January 13, 1854. Their marriage was celebrated in Mason county, September 12, 1872, and the children born of it are: Mary Phidilia, born August 4, 1873; Hannah Frances, October 13, 1876; Eliza May, August 26, 1878; Almira, May 23, 1882 - all living at home. The parents of Mrs. Fry are Elias and Mary C. (Gibbs) Roush, who came to Mason county in 1831. Three brothers of Reuben Fry were soldiers during the war of 1861, serving in a Virginia regiment. They were John W., Peter and Marion. Marion was wounded in the battle of Cedar Creek, and will always carry a lame shoulder as the result of the wound. Reuben Fry is a farmer residing in Graham district, where he makes a specialty of breeding fine Cotswold thoroughbred sheep, for the market, and holds himself ready to fill any orders for that class of fine stock. His postoffice address is Hartford City, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
LEWIS DISTRICT
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GIBBS - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, September 27, 1853, and has always made his home in this county. His parents were Simeon and Harriet (Steele) Gibbs, his father now deceased. In this State and county, on the 15th of December, 1878, Benjamin F. Gibbs and Margaret Schul were united in the bands of matrimony, and two daughters bless their union: Bertha A. and Mary L. The wife of Mr. Gibbs was born in Washington county, Ohio, a daughter of Gottfried and Catherine Schul. Mr. Gibbs is a saloon keeper in Lewis district; his address, Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
CLENDENIN DISTRICT
DAVID W. EDWARDS - born in Mason county, West Virginia, August 14, 1832, was a son of James and Phebe (Dashner) Edwards, the former a native of Mason county, and te latter born in Greenbrier, West Virginia, in 1800, and settling here in 1820. In Middleport, Ohio, August 21, 1856, David W. Edwards and Sarah L. Arthur were united in marriage, and thier children are: James W., born December 31, 1857, died August 24, 1858; Florilla M., June 16, 1860, lives at home; Andrew A., June 15, 1862; Richard, January 12, 1865; Charles W., June 11, 1868; Gilbert, November 10, 1870; Almeda A. R., March 2, 1873 - the five last named living at Point Pleasant, Mason county; Edward, born October 16, 1876, died May 8, 1878; Samuel Mc., May 3, 1879, lives at home. Mrs. Edwards was born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, February 15, 1840. Her father, Gilbert Arthur, was born in Bedford county, Virginia, in 1789, and in 1820, in Kanawha county, married Sarah Kelley, who was born in Greenbrier in 1802. They settled in Meigs county, Ohio, in 1854, and lived there eleven years; then in 1855, came to Mason county, West Virginia. Mr. Edwards had two brothers, James and Harrison in the Union army, in the civil war, serving in Company F, 15th West Virginia Regiment; and two brothers-in-law, Leonard and Dockway VanMatre, were soldiers in the same army. Mr. Edwards was lieutenant in the State guards, receiving commission in 1851. He is a past noble grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His occupation is that of a ship-carpenter, his residence in Clendenin district, and his postoffice address Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ROBINSON DISTRICT
JAMES ANDREW SWAN - and Mary Margaret Somerville were united in marriage in Mason county, West Virginia, January 13, 1859. Both were born in this State and county, his birth occurring April 29, 1833, and hers on Christmas Day, 1838. Richard and Sarah (McCulloch) Swan, were the parents of James A. His father came to Mason county in 1832, and his mother is a native of this county. His wife's parents are Calvin and Martha Matilda (Hogg) Somerville, and Mason is the county of their nativity. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Swan are seven, all living in Mason county. Their births were on the following dates: Edward Evert, born November 8, 1860; Annie M., November 23, 1862; Jeannet M., October 28, 1864; Margaret O., April 2, 1867; Mattie L., July 14, 1870; John Richard, February 13, 1876; Claudia V., January 3, 1878. Mr. Swan is a farmer, having his residence in Robinson district, and his postoffice at West Columbia, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
UNION DISTRICT
BURWELL SPURLOCK SMITH - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, a son of Isaac and Rachel (Maguire) Smith. He entered into the state of matrimony in Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio, marrying a native of Mason county. She was Elizabeth, daughter of William and Almira (Buck) Knapp. The following is the record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Smith: William J., born August 12, 1849, lives in Union district; Margaret E., March 20, 1851, residence in this district; Thomas K., April 1, 1854, died in 1864; Charles C., November 4, 1856, died in 1857; Eli V., June 7, 1858, lives in this district; Hugh P., April 30, 1860, deceased; Moses K., September 15, 1861, lives at home; Maria J., August 7, 1863, deceased; Almira, March 1, 1866; Rachel, June 1, 1867; and Burwell, March 30, 1872, live at home. Mr. Smith's parents died in this county; his father was a local minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a man of piety and usefulness. Mr. Smith and his wife have been more than thirty years in the membership of the Methodist Episcopal Church, striving to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He is a farmer in Union district, and is also engaged in preparing railroad ties for the market. His postoffice is at Arbuckle, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ROBINSON DISTRICT
ANDREW J. SOMERVILLE - one of the farming population of Mason county, West Virginia, resides in Robinson district. He was born in this county, April 10, 1827, a son of Samuel Somerville, now deceased, and Margaret (Eckard) Somerville, whose home is still in Mason county. Andrew J. Somerville was twice married, and his first wife, who was Mary Ann Long, was the mother of his three eldest children, who live in Mason county. These children were: Leonidas P., born August 10, 1849; Joseph S., February 23, 1852; Charles W., May 29, 1854. In Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio, was consummated the marriage of Andrew J. Somerville with Martha M. Washington, on the 19th of August, 1858. Their children are: Ernest O., born December 1, 1859; Annie L., October 20, 1861; Robert V., May 10, 1864; Elizabeth B., October 29, 1867; Washington I., April 24, 1869; Margaret R., June 11, 1871; Ethel H., October 3, 1873; William E., March 16, 1876; Della C., August 15, 1880 - all living at home. Martha E., wife of Mr. Somerville, was born in Cabell county, West Virginia, July 24, 1838, a daughter of Samuel T. and Wilhelmina J. (Hutson) Washington, both now deceased. The family are descended from General Washington, and Mrs. Somerville's father inherited the General's battle-sword, which is now deposited in the curiosity armory at Washington. Mrs. Somerville has in her possession a cloak buckle, engraved "M. A. W.," which was worn by Martha, the great-hearted wife of Washington. Andrew J. Somerville receives his mail at Clifton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COLOGNE DISTRICT
WILLIAM RIFFLE - son of Mathias and Mary C. Riffle, who became residents in Mason county in 1800, was born in this county December 28, 1810. Jane, daughter of George W. and Hannah (Edwards) Eckard, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, September 6, 1816, and was here joined in marriage with William Riffle, September 25, 1836. The geneological record of their children is as follows: Charles, born June 18, 1837, lives in Union district, this county; George W., May 15, 1838, lives in this district; Henry, November 20, 1839, lives in this district; Nathaniel J., September 28, 1841, died October 5, 1874; Lewis E., September 11, 1843, lives in Union district, this county; Mary C., August 31, 1846, lives in Cologne district; Andrew S., March 4, 1849, lives in Cooper district; John M., June 22, 1851, lives in this district; Isaac N., December 5, 1853, lives in Putnam county; Hannah J., October 11, 1855, lives in this district; William C., February 2, 1862, died May 17, 1862. Four sons of this family were in the Union army during the 1861 war. Charles enlisted in 1862, in Company F, 13th West Virginia Infantry, and served till close of war; Lewis E. enlisted in 1863 in the same company and regiment, and was discharged at the close of the war. Henry and Nathaniel were three years and four months in Company E, 8th West Virginia Infantry, enlisting in September, 1862, and participating in fifteen hard-fought engagements and many skirmishes in which their regiment was engaged. William Riffle is a prosperous farmer in Cologne district; receiving his mail at Leon, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
REV. ANDREW SUMMERS RIFFLE - son of William and Jane (Eckard) Riffle, natives of Mason county, was here born on the 4th of March, 1849. William and Sophia (Aleshire) Greenlee, both born in Mason county, West Virginia, were here wedded, and one of the children of their union was Sarah Margaret, who became the wife of A. S. Riffle. She was born January 18, 1850, and their marriage was consummated at the residence of the bride's father, in this district, on the 26th of September, 1872. Three children bless their union: George M., born November 18, 1873; Clara M., March 10, 1876; Nathaniel J., July 7, 1882. Andrew Summers Riffle is engaged in the work of the ministry, and receives his mail at Brighton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
WAGGENER DISTRICT
JASPER BENTON YEAGER - son of Joseph and Barbara Yeager, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, January 5, 1851, and is now engaged in the profession of teaching combining therewith the tilling of the soil. His marriage was consummated in this county, June 18, 1874, and his bride was Ann Jane, daughter of John and Dorothea McKeown. Her birth was in the city of Belfast, Ireland, January 29, 1854, and her father having died, she, in the company with her mother and sister, came to America in 1866. Here her great-uncle, James Gray, until from his house she was married and went to a home of her own. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jasper B. Yeager, of whom two are deceased - Harvey Greene, born June 26, 1865, and Virgie Ethel, born November 30, 1876. The two youngest born are: Carrie May, born January 20, 1879, and Heber Ernest, born March 20, 1881. The parents of Mr. Yeager were both born in Mason county, and here his father died, September 7, 1878, in the 59th year of his age. Jasper B. Yeager was a member of the board of examiners of Mason county, with the exception of one year, from 1877-1881. His postoffice address is Clifton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
LOVINUS REED YEAGER - was born in Mason county, West Virginia in 1852, and in that county was joined in wedlock with Addle Caroline Baker, in 1878, J. A. Blagg officiating at the marriage rite. Their children are two, Howard P., born in 1879, and Herschel H., born in 1881. Addle Caroline, wife of Mr. Yeager, was born in Meigs county, Ohio, in 1857, daughter of Benjamin Olard and Nancy Baker, who became residents in Mason county, in 1864. Joseph and Barbara Yeager were the parents of L. R. Yeager, both born in this county. His grandfathers, Joseph Yeager and George Echard, were pioneer settlers in this vicinity, and are remembered here as among those who served the early interests of the county with fidelity. Garret Yeager, brother of the subject of this sketch, was a soldier in the Union army, 9th West Virginia Regiment, and is now receiving a pension for a wound received in the battle of Cloyd Mountain. Lovinus R. Yeager has his residence in Graham district, and is by profession a school teacher. He has also been for several years a local minister in this district. He was educated at Mount Union College and Otterbein University, both institutions of Ohio, and has devoted his life to educational pursuits. He is a classical senior in the Otterbein University. He may be addressed at Clifton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
CLENDENIN DISTRICT
ARTHUR EDWARDS - was born April 3, 1853, near West Columbia, Mason county, then a part of Virginia. He was educated first in the public, then four years in Tuppers Plains Seminary, and was afterward graduated from the Great Southern Business College, Parkersburg, Wood county, this State. In 1873 he began teaching, and in this profession has been ever since engaged during the winter season, following agricultural pursuits the remainder of the year. September 25, 1878, he was united in marriage with Sarah A., daughter of James W. and Rachel E. (Barnett) Saunders, both of them native of this county. In this county their daughter was born, September 20, 1857. After this marriage Mr. Edwards purchased property and located in Clendenin district, and he is here serving as justice of the peace, elected in October 1880. His ancestors were among the first settlers in Mason county, and their interesting family records for five generations have been preserved. His paternal grandfather, a soldier of the Revolution, settled in this county in 1808, with his wife, who was Jane Witherow, and eight children. Their youngest son was Samuel, who married Sarah C. Lewis, a near relative of General Andrew Lewis, mentioned elsewhere int his Encyclopedia, as commanding at the battle of Point Pleasant, October, 1774. Their first born son was named Smith Edwards, and was born November 16, 1820. In 1841 he married Margaret, daughter of Jonathan Pullins, who came to Mason county from Bath county. They were the parents of the subject of this sketch. She died in 1863, and her husband now lives in Kentucky. Arthur Edwards had two brothers, Riley and James, serving in the 1st West Virginia Artillery, and participating in all its battles during the 1861 war. The postoffice address of Arthur Edwards is Henderson, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
JOHN FREDERICK SCHOLL - is a native of Germany, born January 31, 1829. His father died in 1846, and his mother in 1853, their names David and Sophia (Lailey) Scholl. He has one brother residing in Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio, and no other living relatives in America except the members of his own family. They are a wife, whom he married in Mason county, West Virginia, April 24, 1856, and six children, born as follows: Sarah E., August 4, 1858; Virginia F., July 16, 1860; Charles H., May 6, 1862; Jacob E., February 21, 1864; Mary C., September 7, 1865; John J., December 30, 1867 - all living at home. The oldest born of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Scholl was Lovina C., born January 7, 1857, now deceased. The mother of this little family was Nancy Huffman, born in Mason county, December 19, 1838, a daughter of John and Christena (Zerkle) Huffman, now both deceased. John Frederick Scholl settled in Mason county in 1854, and in Cooper district follows the occupation of farmer. He has been school trustee in this district for the last year. His address is Letart, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
LEVI ROUSH - an energetic and reliable farmer and stock-raiser in Graham district, Mason county, West Virginia, was born in this county in 1821, a son of John Roush, well known here during his life. Levi Roush has been twice married, both marriages having been consummated in Mason county. His second wife was Alice A., daughter of John and Sarah Randall. She was born in England, in October, 1839, and her parents at a later date became residents in America, and are now making their home in Mason county. The ten children of this marriage are: Frances C., born May 1, 1858; Willie P., January 20, 1860; Jennet A., May 9, 1862; Milford B., April 14, 1864; Henry A., July 4, 1866; John R., January 29, 1868; Sarah A., March 16, 1870; Carrie L., July 6, 1873, died October 20, 1875; Minnie V., January 28, 1875; Otterbein, January 28, 1877 - all live in New Haven. The first marriage of Levi Roush was with Mary A. Nease, and she was the mother of Ezra, born March 14, 1849, and four children who died in infancy. Two of Mrs. Alice A. Roush's brothers were soldiers in the 1861 war. Both were wounded and recovered, and then died in service, Thomas Randall being drowned in the Ohio river while returning to the army, and John Randall being killed in the service. Levi Roush is to be addressed at New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
UNION DISTRICT
SPENCER PICKENS - son of John and Christiana (Harpold) Pickens, was born in Meigs county, Ohio, January 15, 1832. He learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, which he followed for many years, but has been sometime settled in the occupation of farming, owning a good place in Union district, Mason county, West Virginia. He was married in this State and county, Margaret A. Knapp, born in Mason county, February 2, 1834, becoming his wife on the 4th of August, 1852. They have been blessed with fourteen children, who are all living and well, the five oldest having homes of their own in this district, and the others living with the parents. These children were born: Andy L., August 17, 1853; Philip, July 17. 1855; John, January 30, 1857; Deborah, October 28, 1858; Elmira, February 5, 1861; Malry, June 6, 1862; Sarah A., March 29, 1866; Orilla, July 30, 1867; Nancy E., May 10, 1869; Christiana, December 3, 1870; Mary A., October 31, 1876; Maggie, born in July, 1874; Delinda, born in October, 1877; Floyd, August 1, 1878. William and Elmira (Buck) Knapp were the parents of Mrs. Pickens. Her mother now lives in Mason county, and her father died in this county, in Union district. Spencer Pickens was a soldier in the Union army, in the 13th West Virginia Infantry, enlisting August 12, 1862, and receiving discharge June 22, 1865. He was a participant in seventeen engagements, was a good soldier, always at his post, and came out of service without a scratch. He has served in Union district as one of the school trustees ever since the establishment of the free school system in West Virginia, with the exception of two or three terms. His address is Arbuckle, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
UNION DISTRICT
WOODSON MARTIN - born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, January 12, 1822, settled in Mason county in February, 1844. In the same year and month he was united in marriage with Susan Warner, the Rev. William Harrison, of the United Brethren Church, officiating at the marriage ceremony. Their ten children were born: Moses E., May 11, 1847, deceased; James T., October 6, 1849, deceased; Matilda A., February 23, 1851, lives in Union district; William M., September 15, 1853, lives in Union district; George W., September 15, 1856; Mary S., January 14, 1859; Edward D., September 16, 1861; Ulysses G., June 8, 1864, deceased; Elsie J., March 7, 1867; Virginia C., October 7, 1870 - the younger living children are all at home. Susan, wife of Woodson Martin, was born in Mason county, this State, December 28, 1827, a daughter of Bowdridge and Susan (Hill) Warner, who died in Mason county. The oldest son of this family, Moses E., was a soldier in the Union army during the war between the States, and after his return home died of consumption brought on by exposure while in service. Three of Mrs. Martin's brothers were in the same service during the 1861 war, Thomas, Allen, and Justice Warner. Mr. Woodson Martin has been for many years a hard working farmer in Union district, and his farm is paying well the labor he has given it. His address is Deer Lick, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
LEWIS DISTRICT
ROBERT OSBORNE KINCADE - son of Andrew and Mary (Eckard) Kincade, natives of Mason county, West Virginia, was here born October 11, 1855. At the age of 16, he entered upon the professional life of a teacher, and has ever since followed that calling. He was married in Mason county, September 24, 1879, Cornelia Lemaster becoming his wife. She was born in this county, September 7, 1860, a daughter of Thomas A. and Virginia E. (Love) Lemaster, whose wedded lives have been passed in this, the county of their nativity. In addition to his work as teacher, Mr. Kincade possesses some landed interests in Lewis district, where he resides, and in 1880 he was elected justice of the peace, the duties of which office he is still discharging. His address is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
WAGGENER DISTRICT
THOMAS MITCHELL - born in Mason county, West Virginia, December 15, 1815, and Barbara Somerville, born in this county, May 3, 1824, were here united in the marriage relation, November 24, 1842, and the children of their wedded lives are eight, born as follows: Rebecca J., May 9, 1844; James S., November 1, 1846; Mary M., April 6, 1849; Robert E., February 25, 1852; Ann C., June 4, 1855; John T., July 23, 1859; Claudius J., February 17, 1863; William C., March 22, 1866. The father and mother of Thomas Mitchell, who were James and Mary (Anderson) Mitchell, and both are deceased, as are the parents of his wife, Samuel and Margaret (Eckard) Somerville. The subject of this sketch owns and tills a good farm in Waggener district, this county, and all his children are resident in Mason county, except the two oldest, who have made their home in the adjoining county, Putnam. Thomas Mitchell has been four years a member of the board of education for Waggener district, and is still a member of the board. His postoffice address is West Columbia, Mason county, West Virginia.

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LEWIS DISTRICT
GRANVILLE RAYBURN - is a native of Mason county, West Virginia, where he was born on the 4th of February, 1855. In this county he entered upon the marriage state, Olivia J. Ball becoming his life companion on the 19th day of September, 1878. She, also, was born in this State and county, the date of her birth, March 12, 1857. Of their union one child has been born: Charles F., July 2, 1880. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn are well known and highly honored residents in this vicinity, and largely identified with the best interests of the county. His father is Gilbert Bird Rayburn, and the maiden name of his mother was Cassie Weaver. Robert and Mary Ann (Somerville) Ball are the father and mother of Mrs. Olivia Rayburn. Granville Rayburn is a farmer of Lewis district, and is serving that district as one of the school trustees. Address, Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
JOHN HAYDEN SELBY - born in Mason county, West Virginia, July 22, 1850, is the owner of a good farm in Cooper district, this State and county, which he is occupied in clearing and cultivating. He was united in marriage with Pherozina Vicars Duff, in Meigs county, Ohio, on the 23d of January, 1871. Amherst county, Virginia, was the county and State in which Mrs. Selby was born, and the date was September 19, 1851. Her father and mother settled in Mason county, West Virginia, in 1864. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Selby are four in number: William E., Jessie L., Ariadna, and Minnie M. The oldest, and the only son, was born March 12, 1873; all live at home. John Baker Selby, is the father of the subject of this sketch. His mother's maiden name was Regina Powell. John H. Selby's postoffice address is Brighton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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UNION DISTRICT
WILLIAM THOMAS WILEY - was born in Kanawha county, West Virginia, July 14, 1849, a son of Rankin and Cynthis (Windsor) Wiley. His mother died in Mason county, April 1, 1866, and is buried at West Columbia, Mason county. In Hartford City, Mason county, West Virginia, October 13, 1875, the Rev. L. E. Peters, Baptist clergyman, united W. T. Wiley and Mary Ellen Harrold in marriage bands. She was born in Kanawha county, February 25, 1857, and died in Mason county, May 12, 1877, having given birth to one child, Mary E., born April 10, 1877. The parents of Mrs. Wiley, James Madison Harrold and Jane Margaret (Turner) Harrold, survive their daughter, and now make their home in Mason county. W. T. Wiley is largely engaged in the mercantile business at Grimms Landing, Mason county, West Virginia, that being his postoffice address.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ARBUCKLE DISTRICT
JOHN P. SEBRELL - deceased - was a son of George and Mary (Love) Sebrell, and was born in Mason county, West Virginia, November 6, 1823. In this county he married, May 27, 1865, Mary S. Morris (McConihay), and their children were: George L., born May 26. 1866; Blanch P.. October 20. 1869; Frank G., January 3, 1871. Mr. Sebrell died December 23, 1870, leaving to his wife the care of their children and the management of their farm in Arbuckle district. John Morris, father of Mrs. Sebrell, was born in 1794, May 5th, and died in November, 1863. Her mother, whose maiden name was Mary Kinnaird, was born May 7, 1791, and died February 23, 1878. Mrs. Sebrell contracted a former marriage, in Cabell county, West Virginia, with Ira H. McConihay, who was born September 14, 1823, and died April 14, 1864. He was a son of John and Mary P. (Hurt) McConihay; the former, born May 7, 1792, died July 3, 1880; and the latter, born in 1806, died in 1863. The children of Mrs. Sebrell's marriage are: Charles W. McConihay, born September 14, 1851, died May 3, 1857; John M., June 23, 1853, lives in Putnam county, this State; Mary E., December 9, 1855, resides in Mason county; Mattie, born May 3, 1858, and Minnie J., June 14, 1860, living at home; Irene A., February 12, 1863, died October 14, 1864. Two of Mrs. Sebrell's brothers were in the Confederate service during the war between the States. Joseph W. Morris was a captain, and was killed at Frederick City, Maryland, in 1864, and James R. Morris was lieutenant. Mrs. Sebrell receives her mail at Grimms Landing, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
JACOB K. GIBBS - son of Luman and Margaret (Lemasters) Gibbs, now both deceased, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, April 17, 1808. In this county, in September, 1835, he was married, Catherine Rickard becoming his wife. She was born in Mason county, and is descended from pioneer settlers here, Michael and Mary (Roush) Rickard having been her parents. Her birth was in August, 1817. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs were born: Abram, August 18, 1836; Moses, May 14, 1838; Archibald, June 2, 1840; Michael, April 25, 1842; Absolom, January 14, 1847; Jacob, June 20, 1849; Mary, July 31, 1852; Isaiah, October 30, 1854; Charles, April 13, 1857; Rosanna, April 10, 1859; John, December 2, 1844; Sarah Ann, June 5, 1862. Absalom is deceased; Moses is employed as a river man; John is in asylum, and the other children make their homes in Mason county. Michael, Archibald and Absalom were union soldiers in the 1861 war - Michael a member of the 4th West Virginia Volunteers; Absalom and Archibald were in the 9th West Virginia Infantry, and Absalom was killed in battle at Cloyd Mountain. Jacob K. Gibbs owns a good farm in Graham district, and may be addressed at Hartford City, Mason county, West Virginia.

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LEWIS DISTRICT
BENJAMIN LEMASTER - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, October 19, 1803, a son of Thomas and Catherine (Thorndon) Lemaster. They were among the earliest settlers in these now populous regions, and are long since deceased. Thomas Lemaster was employed by the governor of Virginia as an Indian spy and scout, and worked in company with the famous scout, Isaac Robinson, of whom mention is elsewhere made. Benjamin Lemaster was ten years a colonel in the 106th Virginia Militia, before the division of the Virginias. His first wife was Jane Greer, and their children were four, the oldest only now living. They were: Jane C., born September 16, 1828; Thomas W., July 19, 1830; Margaret L., October 13, 1832; John G., March 1, 1835. In Mason county, November 10, 1835, Benjamin Lemaster and Keziah Pearsol (McMahon) were joined in wedlock. She was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, a daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Pearsol. The date of her birth was May 27, 1804. Mr. Lemaster has served in his district a number of years as trustee and member of the board of education, and he received from the governor the appointment of county registrar. He follows the occupation of farming in Lewis district, and his postoffice address is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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LEWIS DISTRICT
WILLIAM McDANIEL - is a prosperous farmer residing in Lewis district, Mason county, West Virginia. He was born in Mason county, on the 18th of January, 1813, a son of John and Elizabeth (Owens) McDaniel, who are now deceased. He has all his life lived in this locality, and the readers of this county history are under great obligations to him for much of the information here collected. He was twice married, his first wife, who was Annie Eliza Miller, dying and leaving him one son, Reuben, born July 8, 1841. This son was a volunteer in the Union army during the 1861 war, serving in the 13th West Virginia Infantry. Catherine, daughter of Isaiah and Mary (LaMaster) Steele, was born in Mason county, May 13, 1821. On the 8th of July, 1845, she entered into the marriage relation with William McDaniel, and has since been his faithful companion in life's labors, and the mother of his children, born as follows: Robert C., November 27, 1847, deceased; Margaret O., December 29, 1850, deceased, Fannie A., October 6, 1853, deceased; Mary E., September 6, 1857, lives in Mason county; Olivia J., December 22, 1859, deceased; William C., January 16, 1862, lives in this county. William McDaniel receives his mail at Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
THOMAS JACOB GIBBS - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, February 9, 1835, a son of Simeon Gibbs, now deceased, and Harriet (Steele) Gibbs, who was born and now lives in this county. He is a grandson of Luman Gibbs, the first scout in Robinson district, this county, whose record is well known to the early settlers of this vicinity. Thomas J. Gibbs was first married to Lucy Catherine Ball, and the children of their union were born: Edgar C., January 12, 1862; Genorah C., June 10, 1863; Viella, October 23, 1865, deceased; Williamson, May 31, 1869; Robert S., November 1, 1871; Thomas E., June 25, 1874 - the living children residing in Mason county. Susan Elizabeth, daughter of William and Jane (Thompson) Grey, became the wife of Mr. Gibbs on the 25th of February, 1880. A little daughter, Anna M., born to them May 18, 1881, is deceased. Mrs. Gibbs' father came to Mason county in 1849. Her mother is deceased. Mr. Gibbs is filling the office of school trustee in Cooper district, which office he has held for four consecutive years. In this district he is occupied in agricultural pursuits, receiving his mail at Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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COOPER DISTRICT
ARCHIBALD GIBBS - is a son of Jacob K. and Catherine (Rickard) Gibbs, who were born in Mason county, West Virginia, and have always made their home here. The subject of this sketch was both born and married in Mason county, the first event dated June 2,1840, and his marriage October 27, 1859. On the date last given, Martha E., daughter of John R. and Mary (Colman) Humphries, became the wife of Archibald Gibbs, and in the years which have since elapsed ten children have blessed their union, all now living under the parental roof. They were born and named as follows: James A., December 18, 1860; Archibald E., September 6, 1862; William L., October 6, 1865; Mary C. and John H., March 18, 1868; Eva L., February 5, 1871; James E., January 5, 1873; Mattie C., March 11, 1876; Charles H., December 24, 1878; Robert D., July 9, 1882. During the war between the States, Archibald Gibbs was a sergeant in the 9th West Virginia Infantry, Company E, Federal service, serving three years, and seeing the engagements of that regiment. He is now following the occupation of a salt-maker, Mason, Mason county, West Virginia.

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LEWIS DISTRICT
LUMAN L. GIBBS - was born and married in Mason county, and has here passed his life, following the trade of a brick mason. His birth was on the 17th of February, 1839, and his parents were Simeon and Harriet (Steel) Gibbs, who settled in Mason county, in 1812. His wedding was on the 5th day of September, 1864, and D. E. Bickel, daughter of R. S. Bickel, became his wife. She was born in Cabell county, this State, April 23, 1846. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs were born: An infant, May 15, 1865, died same day; Lucinda B., January 5, 1867; Hattie K., February 2, 1870; Robert S., October 16, 1872, died April 10, 1873; Walter M., June 19, 1879. The postoffice address of Luman L. Gibbs is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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GRAHAM DISTRICT
NOAH AUMILLER - a resident in Graham district, engaged in farming and threshing, was born in Mason county, July 25, 1850. His ancestry is: John Aumiller, born in Pennsylvania, married Christian Howard in 1790, and in 1815, they settled at Graham Station, coming from the Shenandoah valley. Samuel Aumiller, son of John, born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, January 23, 1804, married in Mason county, Rebecca Zerkel, who was born in Shenandoah county, October 22, 1808. They were the parents of Noah Aumiller; the father died July 25, 1869, and the mother died March 9, 1866. April 25, 1876, Noah Aumiller married Sarah E. Graham, and they have two children, born: Anna M., December 26, 1877, and Mary E., November 14, 1881. The ancestry of the wife of Noah Aumiller is: James Graham, born in Pennsylvania, served seven years in the Revolutionary army, and in 1798 settled in Ohio. Gabriel Graham, his son, born in Pennsylvania in 1793, was five years old when he came to Ohio. In the 1812 war Gabriel served with the Ohio volunteers, and he fought the Indians in the Maumee valley, Northwestern Ohio. He married, in what is now Meigs county, Ohio, Mary Bickle, April 2, 1815, and he died at the age of 77. She was born April 14, 1793, and died at the age of 87, having been the mother of eight children. One of them was Renssalier, born in Meigs county, December 17, 1828, who served in the 1861 war, a member of the 73d Ohio Infantry. August 30, 1851, he married Cynthia Ann Selby, born in Athens county, Ohio, September 16, 1830. They were the parents of Mrs. Aumiller, and the mother is now deceased. Noah Aumiller may be addressed at Hartford City, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ROBINSON DISTRICT
SAMUEL CLENDENEN - engaged in farming in Robinson district, Mason county, West Virginia, was born in this county, on the 25th of June, 1836, and is a son of John and Sarah (Edwards) Clendenen. Both his parents were born in what is now Mason, then a part of Kanawha county, and both died in this county. His mother's death was on the 24th of December, 1863, and his father died December 23, 1864. Samuel Clendenen has passed his life in this county, and is well known as one of its substantial citizens. He was one of the school trustees of Robinson district, holding the position from 1876-1878. He may be addressed at West Columbia, Mason county, West Virginia.

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WAGGENER DISTRICT
GEORGE W. LEWIS - deceased - was born in Mason county, October 2, 1819, and died here on the 6th of December, 1858. August 20, 1846, he was joined in wedlock with Lucy, daughter of Isaac and Delila (Smith) Edwards. Her parents became residents in this county in 1798, and she was here born, near West Columbia, January 24, 1814. George and Margaret (Winkleblack) Lewis were the parents of George W. Both died in Mason county where they made their home in 1797. The children of George W. and Lucy (Edwards) Lewis were five, with the following record: Virgil A. was born July 6, 1848, and his home is in Cologne district; Rinaldo R., born March 21, 1850, died February 1, 1868; Riley W., born August 6, 1853, married Fannie Smith, of LaHarpe, Illinois, August 28, 1879; she died July 16, 1882, and he lives in Clifton, this county; Delila S., born July 20, 1855, married Joseph Windon, December 31, 1882, and lives at Pleasant Flats, this county; Cassie J., born November 12, 1857. The only surviving child of Riley W. and Fannie (Smith) Lewis is Maude, born October 6, 1880, who lives with her Family, the Oldest son of this family, Virgil A., is well known in connection with the educational interests of Mason county, where he has been a number of years successfully engaged in teaching. As a member of the State Historical Society of Virginia, he has made a special study of the rich and varied history of the State of his nativity, and to him the publishers of this ENCYCLOPEDIA are indebted for the history presented herewith of Mason and Putnam counties.

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ROBINSON DISTRICT
JAMES EDWARD CLENDENIN - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, April 12, 1845, a son of Andrew and Rebecca (Edwards) Clendenin. His marriage took place in this county, in Robinson district, on the 30th of December, 1875, Ella, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Julford) Fowler, becoming his wife. She was born in Mason county, August 16, 1851. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Clendenin were born: Blanche, October 30, 1876; Ella, September 6, 1878; Jennie and Jessie, twins, April 6, 1880; Thomas A., January 15, 1882. Jessie died February 17, 1881. Mr. Clendenin has served in this district as school trustee six years, and six years as road surveyor. He has been five years traveling salesman for a large firm of agricultural implement manufacturers. She was educated in the public schools of this county, then went West, expecting to purchase lands, but finally returned and located on a beautiful farm in his native county. He taught school five years, and then engaged in farming and dealing in agricultural implements. He ran the first traction engine in the county. His postoffice address is West Columbia, Mason county, West Virginia.

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ROBINSON DISTRICT
TAYLOR W. CLENDENIN - a farmer and machinist doing business in Robinson district, Mason county, West Virginia, was born in this county, August 1, 1848, and is widely known and as widely respected here as an able businessman. His parents are also highly honored citizens in this, the county of their nativity. They are Andrew and Rebecca (Edwards) Clendenin. Taylor W. Clendenin and Sarah Kincade were united in marriage in this county, November 1, 1882. She is the daughter of Andrew and Mary A. (Eckard) Kincade, whose personal history is found elsewhere in this book. The postoffice address of Taylor W. Clendenin is West Columbia, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
ALONZO HART RAYBURN - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, July 21, 1857, a son of Gilbert Bird and Cassy (Weaver) Rayburn, whose family sketch follows this. Like his father, Alonzo H. Rayburn is engaged in farming, his farm also lying in Cooper district. In this State and county he married Sarah Frances Foglesong, the date upon which their marriage was consummated being September 5, 1878. Two little daughters galdden the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn: Carrie, born October 7, 1879, and Jennie L., born April 2, 1881. The father of Mrs. Rayburn, James Wooddell Foglesong, was born in Mason county, as was his wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Eckard. Their daughter Sarah Frances was born July 10, 1855, at their home in this county. Alonzo H. Rayburn may be addressed at Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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COOPER DISTRICT
JOHN PLANTS - born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1830 settled in Mason county, West Virginia in 1847, and was here twice married and is now a widower. His first wife was Mary M. Smith, and the children of their marriage were: Nancy C., born January 13, 1854; Rachel J., July 8, 1855; Mary J., December 13, 1856; James T., May 23, 1858; Jacob, April 16, 1860; Margaret, March 4, 1862; Josephine K., born in 1864. James T. and Jacob are the only ones of this family living, and their home is in Mason county. March 8, 1866, John Plants was again married, Sarah Catherine Hoscar becoming his wife. She was born in Mason county, in 1843, a daughter of John and Zelpha (Vanmetre) Hoscar, and died in 1882. The children of this marriage are: Abraham L., born December 28, 1866; Mathias, February 3, 1869; John, March 7, 1871; Stephen, March 13, 1872; Jerome, August 8, 1874; Theodore, 1877; Arthur B., January 25, 1879; Sarah C., March 31, 1882. The living children are at home; John and Arthur are deceased. The father of Mr. Plants is no longer living. Mr. Plants was a soldier in the 1861 war, in the 13th West Virginia Regiment, and took part in all the engagements of that command. He was wounded at Cedar Creek, a Minnie ball passing through his arm. He had five brothers in the same service, and one, Francis, was killed. He also had a brother in the 4th Virginia Infantry, who died in Memphis, Tennessee. John Plants is now a farmer in Cooper district, his address is Brighton, Mason county, West Virginia.

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COOPER DISTRICT
HENRY RAYBURN - son of Henry and Mary (Burdett) Rayburn, now both deceased, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, in the year 1808. His wife, Nancy Barnett, was born in the same State and county, in the year 1809, and their lives were united in marriage in Mason county in 1832. The children born of this union were: Mary, Martha, John, William, Ellen, Hannah, Henry, Mark, Cordelia, Susan, and James. John lives in Missouri; Henry, Hannah and Susan in Mason county; the rest are deceased. Mark was a volunteer in the Federal army during the war between the States, Company D, 13th West Virginia Infantry. He died in the service, of typhoid fever, in Baltimore. William and Mary (Maquire) Barnett, long since deceased, were the parents of Mrs. Rayburn. Henry Rayburn lives on a good farm of his own in Cooper district, and receives his mail at Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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GILBERT BIRD RAYBURN - son of James and Mary (Rayder) Rayburn, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, April 18, 1818. Arrived at manhood's estate, he found himself possessed of a team and 30 acres of land valued at $5.00 an acre. With this start in life, he married on 25th of April, 1843, Cassy, daughter of Adam and Mary (Berry) Weaver becoming his wife. Their children have been born as follows: Mary E., January 24, 1841; Sarah C., March 9, 1843; Ruth F., July 27, 1847; Angelina, March 24, 1850; Martha J., September 10, 1852; Granville, February 4, 1855; Alonzo H., July 21, 1857; Hattie M., February 9, 1860; Robert H., April 18, 1862; John F., November 24, 1868; Martha J. is deceased; Ruth maked her home in Iowa, and the other children live in Mason county. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn are deceased. Mr. Rayburn was eight years justice of the peace, four years overseer of the poor, and has been two years president of the poor board, which consists of one overseer in each district. He now owns a beautiful farm of 500 acres in Cooper district, and deals in cattle and stock generally. His address is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

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JAMES RAYDER RAYBURN - and Mary Ann Ball, both born in Mason county, West Virginia, were here united in wedlock, on the 8th of February, 1841. Their children, all living in Mason county, are seven, born: James, July 4, 1843; John R., April 22, 1845; Thomas, May 6, 1848; Caroline, June 25, 1852; Robert, September 22, 1854; Francis, June 23, 1857; Lucy C., April 5, 1860. James and John R. were volunteers in the Federal army during the 1861 war, serving three years in the 13th West Virginia Infantry. Mrs. Rayburn's birth was on the 14th of December, 1821, and she is now deceased, as are her father and mother, Williamson and Catherine (Fisher) Ball. James Rayder Rayburn was a son of James and Mary (Rayder) Rayburn, both now deceased, and was born November 24, 1819. He owns an excellent farm in Cooper district, which he has acquired by hard labor and good management. He receives his mail at Flat Rock, Mason county, West Virginia.

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UNION DISTRICT
GEORGE O. RAYBURN - born in Mason county, West Virginia, March 22, 1849, was a son of Burdett and Nancy B. (Mason) Rayburn. His father died in this county. Sarah Virginia, daughter of Oscar and Elizabeth (French) Johnson, was born in Giles county, Virginia, February 12, 1847. Her father died in that State and county, and her mother came with her to Mason county, West Virginia. Here she was united in marriage with Mr. Rayburn, and the children of their union are three, two living and one deceased. Wavey B. was born July 22, 1877; James O., April 13, 1878, died May 24, 1879; George R., December 20, 1879. Mr. Rayburn had a brother in the Union service of the 1861 war, in the 13th West Virginia Infantry, who was killed in battle at Winchester, September 19, 1864. His wife had a brother in the Confederate service, now living in Princeton, Mercer county, West Virginia, who was wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Gettysburg. Mrs. Rayburn, by a former marriage, is the mother of four children: David J. and Virginia E. (twins), born April 15, 1867; Rosa C., December 30, 1869; Jessie, June 8, 1870. Mr. Rayburn owns and cultivates a 50 acre farm in Union district, receiving his mail at Deer Lick, Mason county, West Virginia.

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COOPER DISTRICT
CLERMONT ELIAS ARNOLD - was born in Gilmer county, West Virginia, August 15, 1848, and became a resident in Mason county in 1866, settling on a farm in Cooper district. He served six months as a soldier during the war between the States, a member of Company I, 1st West Virginia Battery, Federal army. January 1, 1868, in Mason county, he was united in marriage with Nancy Ann Plants, who was born in Mason county, January 2, 1853. They have five living children, all at home, and lost by death their second born. These children were: Susan, born May 18, 1870; Henrietta, February 25, 1872, deceased; William A., April 28, 1874; Mary, March 2, 1876; Ira, September 7, 1878; Andrew J., August 25, 1879. Isaac and Mary (Lusher) Arnold, the parents of the subject of this sketch, are deceased, as are his wife's parents, Jacob and Nancy (Cooper) Plants. Mr. Arnold may be addressed at Beech Hill, Mason county, West Virginia.

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PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
NOAH J. ROUSH - and Lydia Weaver were joined in the bands of wedlock in Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio, April 12, 1860. They are both natives of Mason county, West Virginia, where he was born December 26, 1839. Mark and Mary (VanMater) Roush, the father and mother of Noah J., are old residents of Mason county, coming here in the early part of the nineteenth century, when Mason county was still a part of West Augusta. The wife of Noah J. Roush is also descended from the pioneer Roush family on her mother's side. Her parents are Nicholas and Dolly (Roush) Weaver. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Noah J. Roush are: Richard, born December 22, 1862; Fanny L., June 14, 1864; Jesse P., February 28, 1866; Jane P., May 7, 1869; On S., January 20, 1872; Fidelity, April 9, 1876; Gustia, February 2, 1877; Eckard Emerson, September 24, 1879. Mr. Roush is a farmer in Graham district, where he owns a fine farm, which is cultivated under his immediate supervision. His postoffice address is New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 120, 121
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
GEORGE ROUSH - and Susan Roush, who were married in Mason county, West Virginia, January 18, 1844, are the parents of: Charles, born September 20, 1844; Michael, December 10, 1846; Nancy (King), October 23, 1848; Sarah (Reed), October 1, 1850; George W., December 31, 1852, died March 12, 1853; William, February 28, 1854; Lourann, March 21, 1856; Lewis, March 9, 1858; Martin H., February 28, 1860; Jefferson J., February 1, 1862; Jonas W., January 27, 1864; Thomas B., March 12, 1866; Fanny E., February 20, 1868. Nancy makes her home in Belpre, Washington county, Ohio, and the other living children reside in New Haven. Susan, wife of George Roush, was born October 8, 1823, in Meigs county, Ohio, a daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth (Rickard) Roush, the latter no longer living. Michael and Elizabeth (Oliver) Roush were the parents of George Roush, who was born in Mason county, West Virginia, August 10, 1820. He is a farmer in Graham district, and one of its best known and most highly respected citizens. He has been two terms roadmaster, three terms trustee, in this district, and is a consistent member of the Lutheran Church, in which he has been three terms deacon, and is now elder. Martin, his son, a young man of musical taste, is one of the New Haven brass band. The members of the family who are at home receive their mail at New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 122
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
JOSEPH A. ROUSH - one of the farming residents of Graham district, Mason county, West Virginia, was here born July 16, 1827, a son of Daniel and Catherine (Yeager) Roush. His father and mother were pioneer settlers of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work. His wife was also a member of the Roush family in another branch, her parents having been Anthony and Elizabeth (Rickard) Roush, the latter now deceased. She was born in Mason county, September 22, 1829, and her marriage with Joseph A. Roush was consummated on the 7th of December, 1848. Their children are: Lydia (McMillin), born September 2, 1849; Sarah C. (Dye), October 17, 1851; Isabel (Grey), April 17, 1853; Francis M., October 24, 1855; Samuel Miller, May 8, 1858; Mary M. (Fisher), April 27, 1860; Levi J., June 12, 1862; Peter E., August 13, 1864; Henry L., October 3, 1866; Elmer Wilson, March 3, 1871; Joseph Spencer, May 3, 1873, died September 26, 1875. Sarah C. makes her home in Pomeroy, Meigs county, Ohio; Mary M. lives at West Columbia, and Samuel M. and Isabel at Point Pleasant, this county, and the others in New Haven. Francis is a young man of great promise, a school teacher, of the most undoubted ability in his chosen profession, and of a moral standing which peculiarly qualifies him to be a teacher of the young. Joseph A. Roush has been two years a school commissioner, six years a postmaster, 1855-61, and three terms county overseer of the poor. He receives his mail at New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 123
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
GRAHAM DISTRICT
MOSES ROUSH - son of Anthony and Catherine Roush, was born in Mason county, West Virginia, November 2, 1837. In this county he is now following the occupation of farming and threshing, in the district of Graham. During the war of 1861 he served three years to the 13th West Virginia Volunteers, Federal army, and lost his health from exposure and deprivations while in the service. March 4, 1858, in Meigs county, Ohio, he was united in marriage with Lovina L. Hoffman, and their children have been born as follows: Jane P., July 26, 1859; Wallace Heenan, December 26, 1860; Nancy Ann, October 26, 1862; William Arm, February 21, 1865; Carry C., February 16, 1867; Mary F., June 24, 1869; Reuben M., August 12, 1872; Lula, December 22, 1875; Oake, March 31, 1877; Etta, November 12, 1879 - all live in Mason county. John J. and Christena Hoffman are the parents of Mrs. Roush, who was born in Mason county, July 7, 1831. Moses Roush belongs to one of the oldest families in Mason county, and one of its best. His family will be found prominently mentioned many times in the history of Mason county. He has been school trustee in his district. His address is New Haven, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 51, 52
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
JACOB BRINKER - was born in Mason county, West Virginia, December 21, 1819, a son of John and Mary (Weaver) Brinker, whose days were ended in this county. He married in Meigs county, Ohio, Octboer 8, 1846, Almenia Stanford Roush, and they settled on a farm in Cooper district, Mason county, where, as the years went by, the following children were born to them: Andrew J., September 12, 1847; John C., December 16, 1848; Augusta, March 18, 1852, deceased; Alonzo G. W., November 14, 1853; Missouri B., October 2, 1855; George W., December 5, 1857; David H., December 5, 1859; Edward E., January 28, 1863; Amelia M., June 12, 1865. The eight living children are all settled in Mason county, near their parents, or on the home farm. The wife of Mr. Brinker was born in Meigs county, Ohio, January 16, 1827, a daughter of Henry Roush, now deceased, and Annie (Sayre) Roush. Her mother was born in 1788, and is now one of the oldest living women in Meigs county, Ohio. She has seen the fifth generation of her descendants. The postoffice address of Jacob Brinker is Letart, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 63
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
COOPER DISTRICT
MARINE OSGOOD WARD - a farmer residing in Cooper district, Mason county, West Virginia, was born in this State and county, on the 24th of November, 1848. William Wilson Ward and Sarah A. (Sebrill) Ward, both born in Mason county, and now resident in Gallipolis, Ohio, are the parents of the subject of this sketch. In Newport, Kentucky, October 3, 1855, was born Ella Catherine Butler, whose life was to be joined with his. This event was consummated in Mason county, April 3, 1877, and here has ever since been their home. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ward are: Sarah B., born February 21, 1878; Frank E., September 17, 1879; Myrtle O., February 8, 1882. The parents of Mrs. Ward settled in Mason county in 1866. Her father was Joseph Martin Butler, and the maiden name of her mother was Elizabeth Vaughton Crossman. Mr. Ward's postoffice address is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 93
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ROBINSON DISTRICT
JAMES A. RAYBURN - born in Gallia county, Ohio, October 30, 1836, has lived in Mason county, West Virginia, since 1850. His parents, born in Mason county, were Alexander and Elizabeth (Allen) Rayburn. His father now makes his home in Mason county, but his mother is no longer living. In Mason county, May 26, 1859, James A. Rayburn was joined in wedlock with Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph and Susan (Bartlow) Fisher. Their children were born as follows: Viola B., September 27, 1859; Ida M., September 10, 1860; Robert A., January 3, 1863, died April 5, 1863; Charles T., November 17, 1866; an infant, born May 10, 1870, died Aug. 10, 1871; infant, November 3, 1871, deceased.
Mr. Rayburn has a war record of interest for services in the 1861 war. He enlisted August 2, 1862, in Company B, 13th West Virginia Regiment, and was made corporal September 1, following. He took part in the battles of Hurricane Bridge, Mud River, Shenandoah, Winchester, Strasburg, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek. He was also on the Lynchburg raid, which was steady fighting from Charlestown, West Virginia, to Lynchburg. Mr. Rayburn was wounded in the head at Hurricane Bridge, and taken prisoner at the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, and sent to Libby prison. He was paroled February 22, 1865, but the sufferings he had undergone in prison had shattered his health, so that he was never fitted for duty during the remainder of his term of service. James A. Rayburn is by trade a blacksmith, and pursues this avocation in Robinson district. His postoffice address is Clifton, Mason county, West Virginia.

Mason County, WV Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 - Volume 5, Page 93
PERSONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MASON COUNTY
ROBINSON DISTRICT
JAMES RAYBURN - has always been a resident in Mason county, West Virginia, where he was born on Independence Day, 1843. During the war between the States he was in the Union army, a member of the 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and bore himself as a brave man and trusty soldier in all the engagements of that regiment, of which the enumeration has been given elsewhere in this history. He was united in marriage with Maria S. Ball, April 15, 1874, in Gallipolis, Gallia county, Ohio. Jennie V., born February 1, 1875, and Taylor N., born August 29, 1877, are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn. His parents were James R. and Mary Ann (Ball) Rayburn. His mother is no longer living, but his father makes his home in Mason county. Thomas and Julia A. (Hogg) Ball, who were the parents of Mr. Rayburn's wife, are deceased. James Rayburn is a farmer in Robinson district, and his address is Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia.

Biographies from Hardesty's Biographical Atlas 1882 courtesy of Celesty Fielder.


The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 515-516
Mason
WILLIAM H. H. GARDNER assumed the office of postmaster in the fine little Ohio River City of Point Pleasant, Mason County, on the 1st of January, 1922, and is giving an administration that fully justified his selection for this position.
The postoffice building is a modern and well equipped structure that was erected in 1914, at a cost of $10,000, and the office is now one of the second class, with six office employes and with service to two rural free-delivery routes. In this Federal building are also the offices of the Government steamboat inspectors at this port.
Mr. Gardner was born at Pleasant Flats, Mason County, on the 27th of September, 1866, and is a son of the late George P. and Jane (McMaster) Gardner. The father was born in Mason County, in 1840, and was a son of George Gardner, who was an old-time pilot on the Ohio River, his service having extended from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, and his home in the meanwhile having been maintained on his farm in Mason County, where he died at the age of sixty years.
George P. Gardner died at the age of seventy-two years, as did also his wife. She was born in Ireland and was a child at the time of the family immigration to the United States. Her father, John McMaster, became identified with coal mining in West Virginia. George P. Gardner became one of the successful and representative farmers of Mason County and was an honored and influential citizen. In the '80s he served two terms as county assessor, and thereafter he served one term as sheriff of the county. He finally purchased the plant and business of the Enterprise Marine Dock Company at Point Pleasant, and there developed an extensive business in the manufacturing and repairing of steamboats.
The present postmaster of Point Pleasant is indebted to the schools of Mason County for his early education, which was supplemented by his attending the University of West Virginia two terms and by continuing his studies in the University of Kentucky, at Lexington, in which he was graduated in 1887. Thereafter he served as deputy sheriff under his father, and later he was elected treasurer and general manager of the Point Pleasant Water & Light Company, a dual office of which he continued the incumbent seventeen years.
Upon the death of his father he became treasurer and general manager of the Enterprise Marine Dock Company, and to the business of this corporation he gave his close supervision until his appointment to the office of postmaster, when his brother, Capt. S. G. Gardner, assumed the management of the dock company. He made no personal campaign for the office of postmaster, and his selection for the position was in consonance with the expressed wishes of the citizens of the community.
Mr. Gardner is a director of the Point Pleasant Building & Loan Association, is influential in the local councils and campaign activities of the republican party, and is liberal and progressive as a citizen. He is prominently affiliated with the Lodge and Encampment bodies of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was for twenty-seven years treasurer of Point Pleasant Lodge No. 33, and is treasurer of Fidelity Encampment No. 57. He finds his principal diversion in fishing trips on the Greenbrier River, and has marked prowess in fly-casting.
Mr. Gardner married Miss Fannie Long, who was born and reared in the Pleasant Flats section of Mason County, where her father, Morgan Long, was a successful agriculturist and stock-grower. He was drowned by falling from the deck of the steamer Bonanza in November, 1894, at Cincinnati, Ohio, while on a trip with a load of live stock.
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have one son, George L., who is now in the employ of the Standard Oil Company in the City of Charleston.
This biography courtesy of Judy Lock
 

Winkleblack, R L - Biography
Hale, John P., Lewis, Virgil Anson, others. History of the Great Kanawha Valley, Vols I, II. Madison, WI: Brandt, Fuller & Co, 1891; Volume II, pages 138-139
- note: This is doubtless a "Vanity History."
R. L Winkleblack, a leading citizen of Mason City, was born at Uniontown, Monroe county, June 15, 1818, being a son of Samuel and Jane (Young) Winkleblack. The parents were both natives of Monroe county, the father of German and the mother of Irish parentage. Samuel and Jane Winkleblack had the following children: Robert Lewis, John, Jane, George A., James and Franklin. About 1823, the parents emigrated by wagon down the Kanawha valley and landed at Gallipolis, Ohio. The father went on a visit to two sisters in the north part of Mason county, and being impressed with the country decided to settle there. So he sold his conveyance to the other family that had started with him to emigrate to the Wabash river while he located at Graham's station which was the place of his residence until his death. Subsequently the mother with all the children excepting Robert Lewis went to Clark county, Mo., where she lived until her death. Robert Lewis grew to manhood in Mason county where he received but a limited education, most of his knowledge having been obtained by the experience of life. He learned the trade of a carpenter which he has followed since the age of seventeen years. In 1844, he chose his life companion in the person of Mary Saul, who was born in Meigs county, Ohio., August 25, 1812, and who still survives as his faithful wife. Mr. Winkleblack learned his trade at Pomeroy, Ohio, where he worked until 1853, and then went to Hartford City where he resided until 1890, in active pursuit of his regular business. At the date last mentioned, he removed to Mason City, which is his present home. Mr. Winkleblack began life under great disadvantages and without money, having worked three years at Pomeroy for $30 a year. By steady habits and upright conduct he soon gained confidence of the people which was speedily followed by plenty of employment involving important contracts. After going ot Hartford City he was for many years superintendent of the Mason County Mining and Manufacturing Co., now the Hartford City Salt Co. In 1889 he resigned and has since been living a retired life, enjoying that ease and comfort which he has earned by many years of industry. He has been successful in his undertakings and is recognized as one of the progressive citizens of the community. He and wife are members of the Episcopalian church at Pomeroy. They have an abundance of this world's goods and live in a home that is noted for its beauty, its comforts and its hospitality which they delight in dispensing to their friends. The life of this venerable citizen has been exemplary and may well be taken as a model for imitation by young men who have to make their way in life through the obstacles of poverty and limited education. The qualities and virtues exhibited by Mr. Winkleblack during the course of his long life finally brought him prosperity and hosts of friends and they will do the same for all others who imitate his example.
My comments [hwd]:
The two sisters the father Samuel went to visit fits:
Elizabeth Winkleblack EADS
Margaret Winkleblack LEWIS
His wife Mary Saul birth date is wrong. The 1850, 1870 & 1880 censuses all confirm her birth about 1826.
This biography courtesy of Herb Depke

 

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