THE SENSENEY FAMILY

Came to Wheeling About 1835


     Jacob Senseney came to Wheeling from Winchester, Virginia about 1835 and established himself as a dry goods merchant. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and, following his death, a stained glass window in his memory was installed on the right side of the church santuary.
     According to the book, "Sensineys in America" by Barton Sensenig, 1943, Jacob's wife was Rebecca Cooper.
     Their son, Charles H. Senseney, served in Battery "D" First West Virginia Light Artillery during the Civil War.
     George Eyster Senseney, the son of Charles H. and Anna May (Eyster) Senseney, was an artist and professor.


     MARGARET BRENNAN, President of the Wheeling Area Historical Society, provided additional information about the family:

Wheeling Register - 31 Jul 1865
City and State News

     The present seems to be a fatal season for our old and prominent citizens. Within the past few weeks we have chronicled the passing away of several of Wheeling's best and leading men, and we are this morning called upon to record the sad intelligence of the deaths of Mr. Jacob Senseney and Mr. Wm. B. Senseney - a father and son, who were well known as dry goods merchants in this city. The son died at six o'clock and the father at about eight o'clock on Saturday evening.
     Mr. Jacob Senseney has been a resident of Wheeling for over a quarter of a century. In business he was energetic and upright in all his dealings, a man of integrity and honesty; in the community in which he lived, he was highly esteemed for his many virtues; in his family he was a kind husband and an affectionate father; in the Church, of which he was a consistent member, he was noted for his amiability and modest walk with God.
     Mr. Wm. B. Senseney was a young man of great promise, and bid fair to follow in the footsteps of "his illustrious predecessor." He has passed away, "leaving footprints on the sands of time." Early in life his star has set, "as sets the morning star, which goes not down behind the darkened west, but melts away in the brightness of heaven."


Wheeling Intelligencer - 31 Jul 1865
Died

     About eight o'clock on Saturday evening, 29th instant, of Dysentery, JACOB SENSENEY, aged 54 years.
     The funeral will take place from the residence of the family, corner of Union and Fourth streets, at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
     Mr. Senseney was born May 11, 1811, near Winchester, Va., where he remained during his youth and early manhood. About thirty years ago, he removed to this city, and has ever since continued, without interruption, to be a resident of this place. In his decease, which will be so widely lamented, his family and more immediate relatives, the community at large and the Church of Christ have sustained a severe bereavement. He was a man, whose like in moral excellence we do not often meet. He was a kind husband and a faithful father. His children can always look to him as a pattern for them to imitate. In business he was noted for his umblemished integrity. No one who had the slightest acquaintance with him could doubt the spotless purity of his principals and conduct, so that multitudes who had no knowledge of him except that gained in business will long remember him for perfect veracity and honesty. But the crowning excellence of his character was his consistent piety. Nearly thirty-five years ago he united with the Presbyterian Church of Winchester, then under the pastoral care of Dr. Rhidle, now of Jefferson College, Pa. From that time until his death be believed as an humble, sincere and faithful follower of the Redeemer. His piety was as unquestionable as his honesty. For many years he has been a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church of this city, and as such has discharged his duties to the satisfaction of the entire congregation. He was also a Sabbath School teacher. In fact - although naturally timid and retiring and made humble by grace - he was always ready for any good work which his hands found to do. In a word, he was full of that wisdom from above which is "first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality, and without hypocrisy." Doubtless his reward is great in Heaven."


Wheeling Intelligencer - Monday, 12 Oct 1885
Died

     SENSENEY - On Sunday morning, October 11, 1885, at 2 o'clock, REBECCA E., relict of the late JACOB SENSENEY, in the 70th year of her age.
     Funeral from the residence of her son, Charles H. Senseney, No. 38 Virginia street, Island, this afternoon at half past 3 o'clock. Friends of the family are invited. Interment at Mt. Wood Cemetery.


Excerpt of Will of Rebecca Senseney

     I constitute my son CHARLES H. SENSENEY and my son-in-law JOSEPH F. PAULL executors - I give as an expression of my appreciation of her faithfulness the sum of 100 to my colored servant HARRIET TAYLOR.
     Rest of estate to children: MARY VIRGINIA COOPER, ANNIE R. TRULL, wife of Wm. E. Trull, EMMA S. PAULL, wife of Joseph F. Paull, and CHARLES H. SENSENEY, to be equally divided - except ANNIE TRULL; her husband owes $2200 to Mrs. Senseney - deduct from her share but no interest.

     In consideration of the losses sustained by my son CHARLES H. while on the farm, I release him from payment of $2000 he owes me.

     July 9, 1880 - Witnesses: Lawrence Sands & Joseph R. Paull


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