George M. Whitescarver (1831-1914)


Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia
by James Morton Callahan
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York 1912
Volume II, Page 666

George M. Whitescarver, son of John S. and Elizabeth (Griffin) Whitescarver, was born December 18, 1831. He grew to manhood in his native county, attending the common and private schools and then entering Rector college, at Pruntytown, Taylor county, Virginia. When fifteen years old he went to Taylor county, where he followed carpentering a number of years then engaged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, with whom he spent twenty-five years of constant service in construction work. In 1882 he became real estate agent for John W. Garrett, president of the Baltimore & Ohio system, and had charge of all his realty. After two years he resigned on account of ill health and engaged in lumbering business at Valley Falls, Taylor county, Virginia. Soon after this he became general manager of what has now come to be the Baltimore & Ohio line from Grafton to Philippi, and built the extension from Grafton to Belington. He held this position until 1886, and in 1887 constructed the Tunnelton & Kingwood line, a distance of eleven miles. He was also interested in building the Morgantown & Kingwood railroad with George C. Sturgiss and others. In 1891 he, in connection with other capitalists, purchased a large tract of timber land in Randolph county and founded the town of Pickens, where they erected a saw mill of the capacity ten million feet per year, and several well equipped planing mills. Mr. Whitescarver made, in large quantities, the vitrified brick which took the premium at the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893. He with others surveyed the raiload line from Pickens to Addison, a distance of thirty miles, for the purpose of developing that section. He is liberal and progressive, and it may be said that for thirty years he has been identified with the real estate and coal land business. He is a director in the First National Bank of Grafton, and for twenty years has been a director in the Parkersburg First National Bank, holding this office at the present time (1912). He erected the boy's dormitory for the college at Philippi, known as Whitescarver Dormitory. Politically he is a Democrat. He belongs to the Baptist church, and has been thus identified since fourteen years of age.

He was married in 1854, in Taylor county, Virginia, to Henrietta A. Sinclair, daughter of James and Rebecca (Yates) Sinclair. They have no children.

Additional Information:

Find A Grave Memorial - Lieut. George W. Whitescarver

DEATH REGISTER, Taylor County WV, 1914, page 227
Geo. M. Whitescarver died Nov 6, 1914
Place of Death: Wilford Street
Cause: Old Age
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Marital-Status: Widower


1860 Census, Taylor County (W)Va
PO: Pruntytown, Page No. 155; Lines 36-38
WHITESCARVER, Geo M, 27, Carpenter, $3240/$650, Va
", Henrietta C, 24, Va
HANLEY, James, 6, Va

1870 Census, Taylor County WV
Grafton Township
Page No. 22
WHITESCARVER, Geo M, 38, Carpenter, $11,000/#500, Va
", Henrietta, 33, Keeping House, Va

1880 Census, Taylor County WV
the Town of Grafton
ED:81, Page No. 44
WHITESCARVER, Geo M, 48, Supt Rail Road, Va-Va-Va
", Henrietta A, 43, wife, Keeping House, Va-Va-Va
ROLLER, Elmer J, 15, nephew, at School, Va-Va-Va

1900 Census, Taylor County WV
Grafton, ED:129, Sheet 7B; Lines 86-89
WHITESCARVER, George, Dec-1831, 68, M-45, Va-Va-Va, Wood and Coal Dealer
", Henrietta, Wife, July-1835, 64, M-45, 0-children, WV-WV-WV
", Grace, niece, May-1867, 33, WV-Va-WV, Music Teacher
BEST, Fanny, boarder, June-1869, 30, WV-Pa-WV

1910 Census, Taylor County WV
Grafton District, Grafton City, Ward 2
ED:139, Sheet 12B; Lines 56-58
18 East Wilfred Street
WHITESCARVER, George M, 77, M-56, Va-Va-Va, Real Estate Agent
", Henrietta A, 72, M-56, 0-children, WV-WV-WV
CARTNEY, Lullu, Servant, 18, WV-WV-WV


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