Absalom Morris Jarrett (1840-1912)

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
Author: James Morton Callahan
Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1912
Volume III, Pages 1010-1011

Absalom Morris Jarrett, D. D. S., son of William N. and Sarah (Morris) Jarrett, was born August 31, 1840, in Monongalia county, Virginia. He lived in Morgantown from his boyhood, and received an excellent education at the Monongalia Academy, during the time that institution was under the charge of Rev. J. R. Moore. He began the study of dentistry in 1865, graduating with distinction from the Dental College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1869. He soon made great advancement in his profession and was recognized by the authorities of the State, and was appointed by Governor Jackson as a member of the board of censors for the Second Congressional District of West Virginia, to examine the qualifications of those who sought to enter the practice of dentistry in the state. Being strictly conscientious in both private and professional life, Dr. Jarrett has won the esteem of a large circle of men and women, who have the utmost confidence in him and his ability. In 1870 he located at Grafton, West Virginia, and near that thriving city he erected Oak Glen, his charming country home. It is a mile and a half from the courthouse, on the banks of the beautiful Tygart Valley river. No one man in the state has helped to advance the science of dental surgery more than has Dr. Jarrett, and wonderful have been the changes since he entered the profession more than forty-five years ago. Dr. Jarrett has always manifested the true spirit of local enterprise and has done his full share in building up the city of Grafton. In 1904 he erected the seven-story brick building, on West Main street, in the heart of the city. He is connected with the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is a Republican.

He married, in 1867, Linnie, third daughter of Samuel Howell of Morgantown, and they are the parents of the following children: 1. Maude L., married H. S. Wilson; they have one child, Robert Morris. 2. Dr. Hanson A., married Annie Gramm. 3. Waldo H. 4. Howard Roscoe, deceased. 5. Blanche, deceased. 6. Morris D.

Additional Information


MARRIAGE REGISTER, Monongalia County, WV, page 22, line 50
Date of License: September 7, 1868
Date of Marriage: September 17, 1868
Absolom M. Jarrett (age 28) s/o Wm N. Jarrett
Linnie Howell (age 20) d/o Samuel & Elizabeth Howell

REGISTER OF DEATHS, Taylor County, WV, page 98
Date/Place of Death: June 14, 1912 (age 72) - Grafton
NAME: Absalome M. Jarrett
CAUSE: Cancer of the throat
OCCUP: Dentist


1870 Census, Taylor County WV, Grafton Township
hw-pages 3-4, lines 34-40 and 1-4
Enum-Dwelling 19; Enum-Family 18
CORLEY, Gabriel (age 37), Hotel Keeper, $0/$200, Va
", D. A. (age 30), Keeping House, Va
Children: Dorah 15, Aaron 13, Anna 11, Edmond 9, Ella 6, Charlie 2.
JARRETT, A. M. (age 29), Dentist, $0/$500, Va
", Linnie (age 21), Va
", Maud (age 11/12), WV, born in June

1880 Census, Harrison County WV, Clarksburg District
ED:113, hw-pages 26-27, Lines 46-50 and 1-3
Enum-Dwelling 185; Enum-Family 189
JARRETT, A. Morris (age 39), Dentist, Va-Va-Va
", Linnie (age 29), wife, House Keeping, Va-Va-Va
", Maud L (age 11), dau, at-home, WV-Va-Va
", Hanson A (age 8), son, WV-Va-Va
", Waldo H (age 6), son, WV-Va-Va
", L. Blanche (age 7/12), born-Oct, dau, WV-Va-Va
JONES, Charity (age 23), Domestic Servt, Va-Va-Va
CARTER, Lillian (age 22), Laborer, Va-Va-Va

1900 Census, Taylor County WV, Fetterman Town
ED:126, Sheet 3B, lines 80-82
Enum-Dwelling 64, Enum-Family 64
JARRETT, Absalom M (head), Aug-1840, age 59, m-32-yrs, WV-WV-Pa, Dentist
", Linnia H (wife), Jan-1848, age 52, 6-children/4-living, WV-WV-WV
", Waldo H (son) Feb-1874, age 26, WV-WV-WV

1910 Census, Taylor County WV, Fetterman Dist, Grafton City Ward 1
ED:135, Sheet 3A, lines 1-4
816 West Maine Street
Enum-Dwelling #51, Enum-Family #51
JARRETT, Absalom M (head), age 69, m1-42yrs, PA-PA-PA, Dentist
", Linna H (wife), age 60, 7-children/4-living, WV-WV-WV
", Waldo H (son), age 34, Elevator, Bank, WV-PA-WV
", M. Dwight (son), age 22, WV-PA-WV, Artist

1920 Census, Taylor County WV, Fetterman Dist, Grafton City Ward 1
ED:126, Sheet 5B, lines 67-68
816 W Main Street; Enum-Dwelling #101; Enum-Family #117
JARRET, A. M. (Mrs), (head), age 67, Widow, WV-WV-WV
", Waldo (son) age 38, WV-WV-WV, Janitor, Apartment


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