Charles Madison Roach (1841-1914)

Source Men of West Virginia
Biographical Publishing Company,
George Richmond, Pres.; C. R. Arnold, Sec'y and Treas.; Chicago, ILL; 1903
Volume I, Pages 180-181

CHARLES MADISON ROACH, who is engaged in a mercantile business at Grafton, Taylor County, West Virginia, where he has been a resident for 36 years, and is a well known and esteemed citizen, was born in 1841 in Culpeper County, Virginia, and came with his parents to Webster, Virginia, now West Virginia, in boyhood. Mr. Roach is a son of Page B. and Martha (Kelby) Roach, the former of whom was born in Warrington, Fauquier County, Virginia, and died in 1869, at the age of 65 years. He had followed an agricultural life and was a man worthy of respect and esteem. In politics he was first a Whig and later a Republican. The mother of our subject was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, and died in 1872 at the age of 67 years. Both she and her husband were members of the Baptist Church. A family of 10 children was born to them, and eight of these were reared to maturity.

Mr. Roach was educated in the common schools of Taylor County, and reared on his father's farm. Upon leaving the latter, he went on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as a fireman, later went to braking and then for 12 years was conductor on a freight train. In 1897 he left railroading and accepted the office of city collector. In 1900 he became a merchant of Grafton, and is now engaged in a prosperous business in that line. In politics Mr. Roach is a Republican, and in 1891 was elected mayor of West Grafton, and during 1897 and 1898, as referred to above, was the efficient city collector.

On August 3, 1865, Mr. Roach was married to Sarah E. Talbott, who was born in Preston County, Virginia, now West Virginia, and who died December 28, 1874, in her 29th year. The one daughter of this marriage, Ethel L., is an expert bookkeeper. On September 2, 1878, Mr. Roach was married to Lucinda A. Stalnaker, who was born in Beverly, Virginia, now West Virginia, in 1842. Mrs. Roach is a devout member of the Methodist Church. Fraternally, Mr. Roach is a member of Grafton Lodge, No. 31, I. O. O. F., and is past grand master of West Virginia, and also belongs to Reno Post, No. 7, Grand Army of the Republic.

Additional Information

DEATH REGISTER, Taylor County, WV, 1914, page 165
Charles M. Roach died July 15, 1914 in Grafton, at age 73 years
Cause-of-death: Cancer of the Liver


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