James Warder (1809-1889)


Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
By James Morton Callahan
Professor of History, West Virginia University
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
Volume III, Pages 1232-1233

At a very early day this family sought out the county now known as Taylor county, West Virginia, for a place in which to build for themselves homes. This was back in the fourth generation removed from today. The number of scions from the original old pioneer here have greatly multiplied with the passing of probably one hundred and ten years since the emigrant ancestor, Henry Warder, wended his way over mountains and crossed bridgeless streams, for the purpose of finding a suitable place in which to locate and rear his family.

(I) One of the sons of Henry Warder and wife Nancy (Ford) Warder was James Warder, who was born near Pruntytown, Virginia, November 17, 1809, and died at Webster, Taylor county, West Virginia, May 25, 1889. He was a stone mason by trade, and followed that with farming. Many of the early buildings were constructed by his trowel and stone hammer, as well as foundations here and there, over the section in which he located (on ahead of the church-going bell and the sound of the locomotive whistle), and on which many pioneer buildings were erected later. He was twice married (first) to a Miss Nancy West, by whom he had two children — John Granville, and William Henry Marshall, both deceased; (second) married Nancy Powell, daughter of Richard and Mary (Knight) Powell. Children by this union, all born near Pruntytown: Noah E., now residing in Richmond, Indiana; Francis S., of whom later; Joseph, deceased; Thornsberry, deceased; James, living in Webster, West Virginia; Cordelia, of Webster; and Jehu, deceased.

(II) Francis S. Warder, son of James and Nancy (Powell) Warder, was born June 28, 1841, died June 22, 1892, in Webster, West Virginia. The place of his birth was near Pruntytown. He received the ordinary schooling of most boys of West Virginia at that day, and learned the stonemason's trade of his father. He followed this useful trade, in connection with conducting a hotel. Politically he was a Republican. He married Lucinda Keller, born in Barbour county, Virginia, August 31, 1847; she died January 10, 1892; she was a daughter of Isaac and Susan Keller. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Warder: Clara Belle, unmarried; Affa, died young; Thyrza, died young; Elizabeth, died young; Abba, died young; Charles H., married Mary Lucas, resides near Grafton; Hugh, of whom further; Guy R., resides In Pennsylvania; Ina May, a teacher in the public schools of Grafton, West Virginia; Henry, died young; Mary Josephine, who married J. F. Fordyce, of Grafton.

(Ill) Hugh Warder, son of Francis S. and Lucinda (Keller) Warder, was born at Webster, Taylor county. West Virginia, January 30, 1879. He had common school education, and graduated at the Grafton high school in 1896. He then chose law for a profession, and entered the West Virginia University, at Morgantown, receiving his certificate, and was admitted to the bar in 1900. He did not immediately engage in the practice of law, but became a bookkeeper in a wholesale grocery house in Grafton. In 1904 he began practice in his legal profession, with Judge Ira E. Robinson, now judge of the supreme court of appeals of West Virginia, and on his election to that high office, Mr. Warder formed a partnership with Judge Robinson's nephew, Jed W. Robinson, under the firm name of Warder & Robinson, which relation still exists. Politically, Mr. Warder is a Republican. In 1909, he represented Taylor county in the West Virginia legislature.

He married, June 10, 1903, in Cumberland, Maryland, Anna M. Moran, born at Grafton, West Virginia, daughter of Patrick and Ann E. Moran. Children, all born in Grafton, are: Frederick B., born March 19, 1904; Hugh Robert, born December 6, 1905; Francis P., born July 2, 1908; Thomas G., born September 14, 19 10; and Anna Mary, born May 14, 1912.

By intermarriage, there is a connection between this family of Warders and that of the Burdett families, a history of which appears elsewhere in this work.


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