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Duard ALKIRE died in 1958. His obit was contributed to the Tyler County, WV USGenWeb Project.
(1892 - 1958) - Age 66, of Shiloh, Tyler Co, WV, has died. He was born 10 Sep 1892 in Tyler County, the son of Jemmison and Laura Bennett Alkire. Survivors include one brother, James Alkire, Casey, IL; and one half-brother, Rev. Roy Alkire, Parkersburg, WV. The funeral was held at the Ruttencutter Funeral Home in St. Marys, WV. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Sistersville, WV. Source: Tri-County Obituary Collection, Volume I (Tyler Co, WV "Journal" - 12 Aug 1958)



The subject of this short notice, died at his son-in-law's, Mr. Elias Butcher, on the 28th of March last, at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 24 days.

The deceased was born in Hardy county, Va.; from which place he moved, with his family, having the second wife, about forty-three years ago, and settled on a farm near Weston, Lewis county, (then Harrison,) Va., where he remained until some twelve years ago, (I am not certain as to the time,) at which time he removed to Tyler county, Va., where his wife died some two or three years ago; and from that time until his death he lived with his children, in Tyler and Lewis county.

Father Allen was converted to God about forty-three years ago, and joined the M. E. Church, and he was enabled by grace not only to maintain a membership until death, but also to "keep himself in the love of God." I visited him in his sickness, and found him "strong in faith, giving glory to God." He has no-doubt entered into the joy of his Lord.

J.S. Patterson Weston, May 23, 1849.
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, June 13, 1849.
Vol. XVI.---No. 24. Whole No. 804. pg 190. col. 2.

Source: Roy Lockhart, typed by Nola Elliott.


At the home of her daughter, Mrs. Friend Rutter at the place early Tuesday morning, Mrs. William Anderson died. She had only been sick since Friday with a slight cold and very early in the morning had told her daughter that she was better but died an hour later. She was past 89 years of age and was born in Belmont county [sic], Ohio, her maiden name was Lucinda Nichols. Her husband has been dead 19 years. She was the mother of 15 children, seven of whom are living. When quite young, she united with the Christian church but after her marriage she went with her husband and became a member of the M. E. church of which she had ever since been a member.
The funeral services at the home Wednesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. Crummett and the interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Mother Anderson passed through many stages of West Virginia history and has witnessed many changes in our way of living. She has earned the reward of 89 years of usefulness.

[Tyler County Journal, Middlebourne, W. VA., Thursday, December 9, 1915 Vol XVL, No. 36]

Source: Susie Jones <djones2 at ma.rr.com>.


JOHN S. ANKROM was born Sept. 22d, 1817, in Tyler Co., Va., and died with a fever, Dec. 12th, 1855.

He was married to Miss Ann Husher, March 12th, 1842. In the spring of 1848 I received him as a probationer in the M. E. Church. I learn that he did not become satisfied with his religious experience until some 12 or 18 months before his demise; at which time he shouted aloud the praise of God for his pardoning love.
During his last illness, he expressed a willingness to die; nay, more: a strong desire to depart and be with Christ, and his seven little children that had gone to glory.
Bro. Ankrom, as a man, was a gentleman; as a neighbor, obliging; as a husband and father, kind and affectionate; and as a christian, his light shone brightly toward the close of life. He had, no doubt, (in common) his failings and imperfections, but to take him as a whole, it can truly be said, he was a noble-hearted man.

GEORGE ANKROM, his son, was born July 31st, 1844, and died Sept. 11th, 1854. Little George was a noble hearted boy. By his good deportment and manly way he endeared himself to his acquaintances; and especially to his teacher and playmates at school, When he took sick, he said to his mother, "I can't go to school any more, for I am going to die, but you can send little brother John in my place; and I'm going to heaven, and then I can see my little brothers that died and went to heaven." George loved the Sabbath-school.

JOHN SOLOMON ANKROM, was born June 22d, 1846, and died October 2d, 1854.

AUGUSTUS, another son of our brother, was born Jan. 14th, 1850, and died Oct. 10th, 1854.
Thus passed away Bro. Ankrom and all his little children, in a few short months, and also a little bound girl, by the name of Glover, to the spirit land; leaving a lovely wife to mourn her loss. Sister Ankrom should receive the sympathies and prayers of the Church.
On last Sabbath, according to the dying request of our brother, I preached their funeral sermon to a large and attentive congregation. The children died with Scarlet Fever.
                                                                             J. A. Williams.
June 14th, 1845
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, July 3, 1855.
Vol. XXII.---No. 26. Whole No. 1116. pg 104, col. 4.

Source: Roy Lockhart, typed by Michele Van Pelt.


Levi Ankrom has passed away. He was the oldest citizen in our midst. He was born March 1, 1816 on a farm about four miles from Waynesburg, Greene County, Pa. When quite a small boy, his parents, Richard and Mary Ankrom, moved to Illinois and in a few years, moved back to this community. His first wife was Elizabeth Haney and they had five children, three of whom are living. They are: Thomas Ankrom of Logan, Kansas; William Ankrom of New Martinsville, W.Va.; and Mrs. James P. Mason of Middlebourne, W.Va. In 1871, he married Sarah Hull, who died several years ago. When a young man, Mr. Ankrom became a blacksmith by trade and later opened a shop on Main Street in Middlebourne where he did a good business until just a few years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wood and Rev. Kepler and interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 9 July 1908

Obit provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


ANKROM, William Mathew
William Mathew Ankrom, 214 West Seventh St., died at 5:15 a.m. today at City Hospital following a long illness. Born in Wick, W. Va., Mr. Ankrom lived in this vicinity 60 years and attended the Methodist Church. He was a boiler fireman at the Patterson Foundry & Machine Co.

Surviving are a son, Gale Ankrom of East Liverpool; a daughter, Mrs. Garnet Gorrell of East Liverpool; two brothers, A. J. Ankrom and Lewis N. Ankrom of Weirton; two sisters, Mrs. Levie Dalley of Glenmoor and Mrs. Katherine Nalley of Newprot, and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Martin Funeral Home by Rev Philip Hinerman, pastor of the Boyce Methodist Chruch. Burial will be in Columbiana County Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday and Monday nights.

May 29, 1948, I believe it to be "The Evening Review" East Liverpool, OH

Source: Kimberly Volk <kav72 at gateway.net>


(1879-1953) - Age 74, of Sisterville, WV died at home on 14 Apr 1953. He was born in Tyler Co., WV on 16 Feb 1879, son of Arthur and Sarah Woodburn Archer. he was a farmer in the Next community and a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Anna Archer; four sons, Thomas E. of Weirton, WV; James R. of Canton, OH; Charles F. of Cleveland, OH; and Clarence W. at home; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Rada Fletcher of Sistersville; two stepsons, Roy Ice of Sistersville and Coy Ice of Bryson TX; four brothers, Blaine, Schuyler, Lyde and Charles, all of Sistersville; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services held at Archer's Chapel. Burial in the church cemetery. Source: Tri-County Obituary Collection, Volume I (Tyler Co., WV "Star News"- 24 Apr 1953)


Ann Mary Shriver Arnett died February 26, 1929 at Wick, Tyler County, W.Va. She was aged 76 years. She was born at Wick, the daughter of Abraham Shriver. She married Wesley Arnett who preceded her in death. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Dr. Gartland of Sistersville, W.Va; Clint Arnett and Daisy Arnett, both at home; Mont Arnett of Sistersville; and Mrs. Marsh Lantz of Mole Hill, W.Va. The funeral services were held at her home. Burial was beside her husband at Mt. Pleasant near the Christian Church where she had worshipped for many years.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., February 28, 1929
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Funeral services were held for James E. Arnett, age 66, who died at his home on Walnut Fork. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Cemetery. Surviving children are: Mrs. Audra Tennant and Mrs. Aretta Stoneking, both of Alma, W.Va.; Dee Arnett of Alvy, W.Va.; Mrs. Mabel C. Harris of Power, W.Va.; Mrs. Pluma Tennant of Smithburg, W.Va.; and Ray E. Arnett of Hastings, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 27 February 1936
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Died at his home near Locke on Little Sancho, Tyler Co., WV. He was a member of the 14th WV Regt. in the Civil War and a member of the G. A. R. He leaves a widow and five children. His children are: W.W. of Friendly, WV; Emery of Buchannon, WV; Mrs. Nathan Lawson and Miss Mollie and Miss Belva of Locke. Mr. Ash was in his 69th years. Funeral services took place at the home and interment was in the Smith Cemetery at the forks of Sancho Creek. Source: Tri- County Obituary Collection, Vol. I, ( Tyler Co., WV "Journal" - 13 April 1905)


Funeral services were held in Clarksburg, W.Va., last week for Mrs. Mary Ash, age 89, who died at her home after a long illness. Interment was in Elkview Cemetery. Mrs. Ash was born in Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of Solomon and Evelyn Underwood. Her husband, Silas Ash, died several years ago. She is survived by three sons, Henry H. and William W. of Anmore, W.Va., and Rufus E. of Fairmont, W.Va. She is also survived by a half-brother, Marion Underwood of Braden Station in Tyler county.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 28 January 1937
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Mrs. Ferdinand Ashenhart died at her home near Conaway, Tyler County, W.Va. She leaves surviving her husband and a number of children. Interment was in a cemetery near Conaway.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 11 July 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Harrison Inghram Asher died May 2, 1924 at Lone Tree, W.Va. He was born near Shirley, Tyler County, W.Va., on January 26, 1844, the son of Anthony and Ellen George Asher. When young, his parents moved to Gorrells Run and he grew to manhood on the farm, now between James Ankrom and the Marshall Baker farms. Many years ago he purchased a farm on Elk Fork at Lone Tree and has resided there in the farming and general store business. He was first married to Mary Ferrell, who died many years ago. Later he married Jane Neff Stewart, who with her daughter, his step-daughter, Mrs. Etta Fiber, survive him. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Genisa Reed of Gorrells Run. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. H. Waters of Grafton, W.Va. Interment was in the Simpson Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 8 May 1924
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Abendigo Baker died February 19, 1933 at his home near Bearsville, Tyler County, W.Va., at the age of 83. He was born on Muddy Creek, a son of Isaiah and Lucinda Haught Baker and was the last survivor of that family. He married Flora Howard and they located on a farm at the head of Sancho, near Bearsville, where they have since resided. He is survived by his wife and one son, Persia Baker of Bearsville, and one daughter, Mrs. Ada Johnson Moore of Fordyce Run. One child died in infancy. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 23 February 1933
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Henry Baker, an aged and well known citizen of Alma, Tyler County, W.Va., died at his home from old age. He was born in Monroe County, Ohio on October 11, 1822. In May 1843 he married Miss H. J. Hall and to this union 12 children were born. David Baker of Doddridge County, W.Va; William Baker of Alma; Jackson Baker of Sancho, W.Va.; John Baker of Josephs Mills, W.Va.; H. J. of Sistersville, W.Va.; Mrs. Sarah Pasco of Alma; Mrs. Mary Twyman of Ritchie County, W.Va.; and Mrs. Fanny Clark of Latrobe, Pa., survive. The deceased was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at his late home and conducted by Rev. Sutton. Interment was in the Pierpoint Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 6 August 1908
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Creed Barker of McKim, Tyler County, W.Va., died at his home on January 6, 1929. He was 71 years and six months old. He was born at McKim on October 30, 1857, son of James and Mary Jane Barker. He married Eliza Jane Markle on January 7, 1889 and they had six children: Lee; Alpha; Floyd; Ida; Garey; and Olive, all of whom, with his wife, survive. Also surviving are two brothers, Jackson Barker of McKim and John Barker of California; one sister, Victoria Stewart of Pennsboro, W.Va.; and 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a prominent farmer of McKim. He was buried in the McKim Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 10 January 1929
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Funeral services were held at McKim, W.Va., for Jackson Barker, age 84, prominent farmer of Mole Hill, W.Va., who died last week as he was being driven home from seeing a doctor in Pennsboro, W.Va. A neighbor, A. O. Harper, had driven Mr. Barker to a doctor regarding his health. They had returned to Mole Hill and had just turned the car into the lot next to the Barker home, when Mr. Barker slumped forward in his seat and died. The deceased had been active up until his death. He was a member of the United Brethren Church. Rev. Randolph was in charge of the funeral service. Mr. Barker is survived by his widow, Eliza A. Barker, to whom he was married 64 years ago. The couple had lived on McKim all their lives.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 6 August 1936
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


John H. Barnes died February 16, 1916 at his home near Sancho, Tyler County, W.Va., at the age of 69 years. He came to Tyler county from Monroe County, Ohio in the early 1870's and has lived on Sancho ever since. He enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 16 in an Ohio regiment. He is survived by his wife, Mary Barnes; four sons, Soloman, James, Thomas and Samuel, and one daughter, Sarah. Interment was in Falls Mills, Tyler County, W. Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 17 February 1916
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Asberry Beatty, an old soldier, died at the home of R. M. Wilson at Bird, W. Va. He had been ailing for several years and had been in the charge of Mr. Wilson. He is the son of John C. Beatty, an old pioneer of Tyler County, W.Va., and who settled at an early day on Point Pleasant Creek. He was the last surviving son of said John C. Beatty. He leaves a son, Grant Beatty of Frew, W. Va. Interment was in Lazear's Cemetery at Kidwell.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 11 June 1908
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Joseph Berkheimer, an aged and respected citizen of Union District, Tyler County, W.Va., died at his home on Big Buffalo last Sunday, February 17, 1907. He was 75 years of age. He was born in Tyler county in Union District at the home in which he died. He lived all his life in that neighborhood. His wife preceded him in death about three months ago. He leaves surviving him one son, George and two daughters, Mrs. Friend L. Veiden and Mrs. Ed M. Thorn, both of Union District. Interment was made in the Zion Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 21 February 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Died, in the same neighborhood, about a week after brother Wells, John Bond, after a protracted affliction of nearly two years, aged 46 years. Only five of these, he spent in the church, but during this time he was not one of those who need converting at every quarterly meeting. He was a uniform Christian, and died as he lived. He was an affectionate father, a kind husband and a good neighbor. He too has left a widow and several helpless children; but they are the family of one, to whom God had said "leave thy widows and fatherless children to me." His end was peace. Permit me to add--"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, May 5, 1841.
Vol. VIII.---No. 15. Whole No. 379. pg 60, col 2.

Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Nola Elliott


Daniel Martin Booher passed away on October 2, 1929, aged 69 years, six months and four days, at his home at Booher, W. Va., after many months of illness. He was born on the farm on which he lived a greater part of his life and where he died. His father, Sampson Booher came from the state of Ohio to Tyler county and married to Nellie Woodburn and located near Victory Chapel. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Clara McIntyre of Charleston, W.Va. Daniel Martin Booher married first to Rebecca Clarke and to this union three children were born, two of whom with their mother, passed away many years ago. One daughter, Mrs. Alma Saffle, survives. He later married to Sarah Spencer and to this union nine children were born, one of whom died when young. His wife and the following children survive: Mrs. Goldie Allen of Middlebourne, W.Va.; Mrs. Mary Thomas of Marietta, Ohio; Mrs. Flora Spencer of Warren, Ohio; Mrs. Hazel Spencer of Frew, W.Va.; Mrs. Mildred Ames of Clarksb
urg, W.Va.; Willard Booher of Newton Falls, Ohio; Wilson Booher of Frew; and Miss Ida Booher, at home. During the oil activities of Indian Creek, Mr. Booher lived in Middlebourne and operated the Old Tyler Home; later he retired to his farm. Funeral services will be held at the home, conducted by Rev. Rowland Aspinall and interment will be in the Victory Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 10 October 1929
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Mrs. Henry Booher, departed this life at the County Home March 10th 1926 at the age of about 54 years. Her maiden name was Fred (Frederica perhaps) Lasure, daughter of Wm. and Nancy Lasure, of this county, deceased. She came to the home July 2nd 1925 afflicted with cancer. Since coming she confessed a hope in her Savior, was heard often in prayer, and testified to her readiness to go. She leaves four children, two sons and two daughters. After a brief service conducted by O.F. Jackson, pastor of the Baptist, the remains were laid to rest near the home Thursday afternoon March 11th 1926. Peace to her ashes and comfort to the sorrowing friends whom we commend to the grace of God and to the mother sympathizing. ( Tyler Co Obituaries Vol. 1 ) Born 10/1868 Monroe Co. Ohio
Source: Source: Barbara Yoder


Nancy Bowles, widow of Isaac G. Bowles, died at her home at Little, Tyler County, W.Va., on March 7, 1907. She was 92 years, six months and 28 days old. The deceased was born August 9, 1814 in Loudoun County, Va. Her husband died in 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Bowles moved to this county in the pioneer days and lived at Little for many years. She leaves three daughters: Mrs. M. A. Bullman of Wick, W.Va.; and Misses Mary E. Bowles and Susan A. Bowles, both of Little. She leaves a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Burial was in the Wick Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 14 March 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Nancy Denoon Brooker died at her home in Montrose, Minnesota on January 1, 1922. She was the eldest daughter of James and Susanna Ferrell Denoon, deceased. She was born at Lone Tree, Tyler County, W.Va., and moved to Minnesota with her parents when she was a young woman. She married in Minnesota and her husband died a few years ago. She leaves two children: Harry Brooker and Mrs. Goldie Jesek; and one sister, Mrs. Adda Stevens, and one brother, Charles Denoon, both of Minnesota. She leaves many friends, both in Minnesota and in Tyler County, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 12 January 1922
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Submitted by David Gillespie Buck, out of the Tyler County Journal on Thursday, August 7, 1913: "Deaths Roll Call".Thornton J. Buck died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital at Baltimore Monday night at about 11 o'clock. He had been taken to the hospital about three weeks ago and was operated on by the surgeons of the hospital for tumors of the intestines and was reported getting along nicely. Monday morning his family received a telegram that he could not live and he died as stated above. He was past 57 years old and was born in Tyler county, and grew to manhood in the county and always lived on Willow Fork. His wife formerly Miss Elizabeth Evans and five children, one daughter, Mrs Ross Bowers of Willow Fork, and four sons, Lester of Alliquippa Pa., Onward of Sistersville; Delta of Folsom, and John at home, surviving him. He was a consistent member of the M E Church and a straight forward and good citizen. He was at his death, President of the board of education of Lincoln district and a director of the Tyler County High School. The body was shipped home for interment and arrived at Sistersville Wednesday morning, accompanied by his son Lester. The funeral will be held today and the interment in the Kimble cemetery on Buck run. The bereaved family has the sympathy of their many friends in their hour of sorrow.


Miss Elizabeth Ellen Bullman, age 78, died at Williamstown, W.Va., on December 28, 1932. She was a native of Wick, Tyler County, W.Va. She had many relatives and friends in Meade District. She was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 5 January 1933
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Frances Carpenter, an aged lady of Middlebourne, Tyler County, W.Va., died March 14, 1933, after walking the length of her lot to the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ross Carpenter. She had been in failing health for some months. Frances S. Kramer was born in Tyler county on July 4, 1849, the daughter of James W. and Salina Engle Kramer. On October 29, 1870, she married Joseph S. Carpenter. They had the following children: Mrs. Cora Robinson of Circleville, Ohio; Mrs. Louise Roo of Mered, California; Mrs. Maude Conaway of Sistersville, W.Va.; and Charles Carpenter of Middlebourne. A son, Ross, died about two years ago. Mrs. Carpenter's husband died four years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Johnson at the home. Interment was beside her husband in the Greenwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 16 March 1933
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Funeral services were held in the Tyler Hotel on Main Street for Samantha Nolan Carpenter, age 70, wife of R. M. Carpenter, constable of Tyler County, W.Va., who died at her home in the hotel. Mrs. Carpenter, one of the city's best known and respected citizens, was born in New Martinsville, Wetzel County, W.Va., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Nolan. She came to Tyler county immediately after her marriage and has been owner and proprietress of the Tyler Hotel for the past 22 years. Surviving, besides her husband, are three daughters, Mrs. Daisy Dawson of Middlebourne, W.Va.; Mrs. Belle Hummell of Martins Ferry, Ohio; and Mrs. Goldie Fiber of Freemont, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert F. Evans of the United Brethren Church. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 25 June 1936
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Elisabeth Chapman died February 28, 1905 at her home near Frew, W.Va. She was born in Ohio on May 18, 1828 and was married there to Alfred W. Chapman, who survives her. She was the mother of a large family who lives in Tyler County, W.Va. She was a member of the M.E. Church. The funeral services were held at her home. Interment was made in the Alph Smith Cemetery near Frew.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


For the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate.

Died, on the 27th May, 1842, in Middlebourn, Tyler co., Va., Mrs. PHEBE COLEMAN, wife of Rev. Andrew Coleman of the Pittsburgh Conference of the M. E. Church.  Sister Coleman was born in Harrison County, Va.  Her parents were members of the M. E. Church, and raised their daughter in the fear of the Lord.  She sought and found the Lord, in the remission of sins, in the days of her youth, and was steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord to the day of her death.  She possessed a quiet spirit, and was a dutiful child, an affectionate wife, and tender mother.  Some months since she took cold, which settled on her lungs, and terminated in inflammation.  Her sufferings were great, but were born with Christian fortitude.  She never complained.  During her afflictions the Lord blessed her with unshaken confidence in his promises and grace, and with much religious comfort.  Sometime before her death she told her husband that I should preach her funeral sermon from the triumphant words of St. Paul to Timothy, found recorded in his second Epistle, 4th chap. and 6-8 verses.  “For I am now ready to be offered up, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  Her closing scene was full victory over death.  She has left an affectionate husband to mourn his loss, and a little son, aged two years, to suffer the want of a mother’s attention to his daily wants.  Her infant babe survived her but a short time.  Sister Coleman was in the bloom of life, having not completed the 27th year of her age.  She is gone – a holy woman – an itinerant preacher’s wife.  How much Privation she has escaped – how much glory has she gained – let me die the death of the righteous.

                                    J. G. SANSOM

Wheeling, Va., June 28th, 1842. 
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, July 13, 1842.
Vol. IX. --No. 25. Whole No. 441. pg 100, col. 2.

Source: Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Jan Rader.


Name: Zola B. Collins
Age: 75
Location: Wick, Tyler County, died Wednesday at her residence.
Born: Doddridge County
Parents: the late Levi and Esta Weekley Anderson.
Survived by: two sons, Marvin Joe Lowther of Hens Run and Jerry Irvin Lowther of Meadville; two daughters, Bernice Dawson of Wick and Debris Walker of St. Marys; a brother, Lambert Anderson of West Union; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Preceded in death: by a son, Benny Lowther; a brother; and a grandchild.
Burial will be in Wick Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1p.m. today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Thur., July 11, 1991]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Alice Laura Copenhaver, wife of Jacob M. Copenhaver, died at their home in St. Marys, W.Va. The deceased was the daughter of Louis and Anna M. Martin. She was born at the old Louis Smith homestead on Sancho Creek in Tyler County, W.Va. on January 22, 1856, and was, therefore, 52 years of age. She and Jacob Copenhaver were married on March 31, 1878 and two sons were born to them: Brady and Earl, both of whom are grown up and living in Beaver, Pa. She is also survived by her husband; one brother, A. H. Smith of Plum in Tyler county; and one sister, Mrs. John E. Baker of Belpre, Ohio. She was a member of the M.P. church. Funeral services were held at the M.P. Church at St. Marys. Burial was in the St. Marys Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 5 March 1908
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Sarah J. Brannon Core of Shiloh, Tyler County, W.Va., died January 29, 1933, at the age of 86 years. The deceased was born at Little, Tyler County, W.Va., on October 20, 1846, a daughter of Edmund and Rachel Varner Brannon. She was married March 28, 1868 to John Core who preceded her in death nine years ago. There were no children. She is survived by sisters, Mrs. Mary Williamson and Mrs. Neal Parr of Friendly, W.Va; Mrs. Adaline Stewart and Mrs. Laura Alkire of Shiloh. She was a member of the M.E. Church. Funeral services were held at the Shiloh Church and interment was in the Beech Run Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 26 January 1933
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Andrew Cox, formerly of Union District, Tyler County, W.Va., but later of Philo, W.Va., died at the home of John Fonner on January 22, 1928. He was about 96 years of age. The remains were brought to Friendly, W.Va. and interred in the Oak Grove Cemetery back of Long Reach, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 26 January 1928
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Rachel Cramlett died at her home at Arvilla, Tyler County, W.Va. Rachel Ann Martin, daughter of William and Sarah Musser Martin, was born at Sistersville, W.Va., on May 14, 1858 and died June 26, 1920 at the age of 62 years, one month and 12 days. She married Thomas Cramlett on December 27, 1876 and they had eight children, four sons and four daughters, all grown and who, with her husband, survive. She is also survived by brothers, Fred of Long Reach, W.Va.; Byron of Steubenville, Ohio; Bose of Sistersville; and Whit of Friendly, W.Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. Sam Johnson of Long Reach; and Mrs. Amelia Cox of Steubenville. Mrs. Cramlett was a member of the Baptist Church at Sistersville. For a number of years, the Cramlett and Martin families lived back of the Jug and it is from there that many of our citizens remember her. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Snider of Sistersville in the Long Reach Church and the remains were laid to rest in that historic
old cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W. Va., 1 July 1920
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Ellis Cumberledge died at his home on Jeffers Run on June 19, 1916. He was past 70 years of age and was a member of the M.E. Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Belle Cumberledge; five sons, Tuck, John, Edward, Peter and Earl; and four daughters, Salina, Jane, Rose and Mary. He was twice married and was a soldier in the Civil War. Funeral services were held at the Wilbur Church on June 21, 1916 with Rev. Mohyer of the United Brethren Church at Wilbur, in charge. Interment was in the Wilbur Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 29 June 1916
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


John Erlewine, an aged and well known citizen of Bridgeway, Tyler County, W.Va., has died. He was the son of Abraham and Sarah Erlewine and was born in Marshall County, W.Va., on January 17, 1849. He was married to Sarah Lancaster on March 27, 1872 and four children came to their home, two of whom died in infancy. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Ellen West and Mrs. Lucy J. Hawkins, both of Bridgeport. Mrs. Silas Richmond is his sister. He joined the Baptist Church when young in Wetzel County, W.Va. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 16 October 1919
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Monongalia Mirror.
Morgantown, (Va.) Saturday, September 25, 1852.
Volume IV.---Number 163.
Page 2, Column 4
DIED, in Middlebourne, Tyler county, Va., September 18th, 1852, Mrs. REBECCA S. ERWIN, wife of Thomas Erwin, and daughter of Larken H. Dorsey, of this vicinity, in the 26th year of her age.
Mrs. Erwin was the daughter of pious parents who early instructed her in the first principles of the doctrines of Christ. When about fourteen years of age she embraced religion, and joined the Methodist E. Church, of which she remained a worthy member till the day of her death. Her last affliction was severe and protracted, but she bore it with that patience and resignation which the grace of God alone can inspire. When the last trial came, she was prepared for it. Her peace was made with God, and her faith triumphant; and, commending her companion and two little children to the keeping of her Saviour, she breathed out her spirit, whispering those lovely lines of the poet:
"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are;
While on his breast I lean my head,
And breathe my life out sweetly there."
Her remains are deposited in the grave-yard in this place, quietly to wait the hour when she shall be called to share in the happiness and glory of those who shall have part in the first resurrection. W.
Morgantown, Sept. 24, 1852.
Source: Roy Lockhart


DIED, in Middlebourne, Va., Sept 18, 1852, REBECCA S ERWIN, wife of Thomas Erwin, and daughter of Larken H. Dorsey, in the 26th year of her age.

Sister Erwin was awakened and converted to God in Morgantown, when about 14 years old, under the ministerial labors of Rev. Wm. D. Lemon. She joined the M.E. Church at the time of her conversion, and remained a worthy member until removed by death to the church of the first, born on high.

As a Christian, a wife and a mother, sister Erwin conducted herself with dignity and propriety. Her last illness was protracted and severe; but she was enabled to bear it with patience and resignation to the Divine will. As her end drew near, her religious comforte increased. The day before her death her cup of rejoicing was filled to overflowing; and on the day she died she shouted triumphantly the praises of a sin-pardoning Saviour. The last struggle was to give up her companion and two little children. This done, she calmly waited the final hour; then, without a struggle or a groan, leaning her head on the bosom of Jesus, "breathed her life out sweetly there"

Her remains were brought to the burying ground in Morgantown, and there deposited, to slumber beside those of her sainted mother; and while dust mingles with dust in the silent tomb, spirit joins with spirit in celebrating the wonders of redeeming grace and dying love in heaven. May all her surviving friends ultimately join in the song.

S.G.J. Worthington Morgantown, Sept. 29.
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, October 12, 1852.
Vol. XIX.---No. 41. Whole No. 975. pg 36, col. 1.

Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Nola Elliott.


Farley, Malissa - Age 99, died at the home of her son, Frank Farley, of Alma, Wva. She was born 22 Dec.1847, a daughter of  William and Nancy Leasure. Her husband Robert Farley, preceded her in death. The following children survive; Frank Farley of Alma; Mrs. Margaret Flannigan of Toronto, Oh and Mrs. Asia McCune of Parkersburg, Wva. She leaves 145 direct descendants. Services were held from the Alma Methodist Church. Burial in the Pierpoint Cemetery ( Tyler Co. Journal) Died  5/11/1946
Source: Source: Barbara Yoder


For the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate.
BRO. COOKE:—   If you consider the following account of the death of  ELIZABETH FLETCHER, native of Tyler co., Va., and wife of James Fletcher, will be any advantage to the readers of the Advocate, and especially the unconverted part, you may insert it.
Sister Fletcher became a probationer in the M.E. Church four years ago last October, but never obtained religion until she was expiring in death.

Distance, domestic concerns, and want of zeal, kept her too much from the class room and public ordinances of God's house. But, the time arrived when time, privileges and blessings would be valued and viewed in their proper light. 

She was taken very suddenly with a pain in the breast on the 10 th of January, and died on the 17th, a little after 10 o'clock. She saw on Sabbath before her death, that her time was short, and made mention of it to her husband, and on that night said something about her funeral sermon, and who would preach it. 

She became much alarmed about the state of her soul, and the morning she died, sent for me and another friend to visit her. 

When we arrived, before we entered her chamber, we heard mourning, and lamentation. I beheld one of the most solemn scenes I ever witnessed. Around the bed of the dying stood husband, mother, sisters, brother, friends and neighbors —some weeping, some praying, and others administering a little water to her parched lips, while she was crying aloud for mercy. I approached the bed, she exclaimed. "O brother Monroe, pray for me for I am dying, but dying without religion."

I asked her if she suffered much ?— She replied, "not in body, but in mind." I endeavored to direct her to the great atonement, but soon found her mind and prayer ws not in the proper channel.—

She would cry out in language of regret, and all around her,  " not to live as she had done, without religion ".  We tried to pray for her, and to instruct her; and when I had listened to her cries for mercy in this extreme hour, and her repeated warnings to others, I thought, if only the unconverted world, and especially the unconverted part of the church could have been present, to take warning and awake from their lethargy.  

It was extremely with extreme difficulty that I could get her mind composed sufficiently to show her how  she must approach God in order to find pardon.  When this was done, I asked her if she did not believe God was able and willing to save her?—  She replied, "yes, I believe he is ." — Don't you believe he will save you? "Yes, I believe he will save me." Don't you believe he will do it now? She made no reply, I continued during her silence to direct her look now to the Savior, that saving faith laid hold God's promise now— this very moment.  

She lay as if going into a doze of sleep, her lips moving. 

At length she whispered aloud, " peace," then spoke out, " blessed be God," and then spoke out, " blessed be God," and then to be heard distinctly through the house,  " O glory be to God."  So sensible was the change that all felt it.  Her lamentation and prayer was turned  to praise, and exhorted all to meet her in the kingdom of heaven, often saying, "  I am going home, I am going home to glory— mother meet me—husband meet me, " &c. She gave her dying charge to her husband " to raise up her two little children in fear of the Lord;" then lay as if sleeping,  and indeed I thought, dying.  I asked  if all was well with her to give me a token, which she did not do for some time.  She at length opened her eyes and looked up toward heaven, and in triumph exclaimed, "All is well, all is well, peace and glory from above." 

She soon fell asleep in Jesus, to awake to immortality in the resurrection morn. 

May I be so happy in that morning as to have part with her in the "first resurrection." Amen
                                    Geo Monroe
                                    Middleburn Va. 
                                                                               Feb 23, 1843
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate, Pittsburgh, March 15, 1843
Vol. X,---No. 8., Whole No. 476, pg 32, col 3
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkaly.


Mrs. Emma J. Leasure Fletcher, under the charge of Rev. K. J. Scott, pastor of the United Brethren Church in Middlebourne, funeral services were conducted at the home of George M. Fletcher, Friday January 25th at one p.m. for Mrs. Emma J. Leasure Fletcher, who was 61 years, two months, 29 days old. Mrs. Fletcher, daughter of Levi Leasure, was born in Monroe Co. Ohio, October 24, 1873. She was united in marriage to George M. Fletcher, March 9, 1892. She became a member of the United Brethren Church 45 years ago, and has continued a Christian life until her death. Mrs. Fletcher is survived by her father, Levi Leasure, her husband Geo. M. Fletcher, eleven children; Delbert Fletcher, Middlebourne; Everrett Fletcher, Sistersville, Route 2; Ada Brown, Porter Falls Wva.; Raymond Fletcher, Shirl Fletcher, Lillian Asher, all of Middlebourne; Duard Fletcher, at home; Oma Stevens and Edna Stealey, Middlebourne; Marshall and Ruth Fletcher at home. two sisters, Laura Weekley and Cora Fletcher of Middlebourne; seven brothers, David, Duty, Dewey, Danny, Jimmy, Georgie and Clarence Leasure and twenty three grandchildren. She was preceded in death to the great by five children, Arsia, Lloyd, Viola, Irene and Roy. ( Tyler Co. Wva. Obituaries Warner - Spencer Collection) Died 23, 1934 in Tyler Co. Wva
Source: Barbara Yoder



The people of Paden City WV and the surrounding area were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Barbara A. Forrester, which occurred Sunday at her home. The deceased was born June 7, 1845 and was therefore in her 71st year. On Aug 11, 1861 she was married to Harrison Forrester who died April 22, 1914. To this union was born six daughters and three sons who survive her. They are Mrs. Mary E. EDDY, Mrs. Ella SMITH, Rosie E. FULMER, Carrie JOY, Mrs. Alice EDDY, Mrs Eunice STEWART, John W., Robert and James W. FORRESTER. Mrs. Forrester was a member of the Christian Church for 35 years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Eagon. Wetzel Republican, New Martinsville WV. Nov 30, 1917 Copied from TriCounty Obit Collection Vol IV
Source: Donna Allen.



Mrs. Rosa Edith Forrester FULMER died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Radie TRUEX, at McKeefrey, Sunday afternoon after a lengthy illness. She was 58. She leaves 3 sons Roy of Wellsville, OH; Charles and Harry of East Liverpool OH. Mrs. Radie TRUEX with whom she made her hom, 2 brothers Robert FORRESTER of Akron, OH and Wesley FORRESTER of Paden City WV. 4 sisters, Mrs Alice EDDY of Barberton, OH; Mrs. Carrie JOY of Paden City, Mrs. Eunice STEWART of McKeefrey and Mrs. Ellie McVAY of Newport, OH. Body will be at the home of daughter, Radie and funeral party will leave for Paden City Churdh of Christ where services will be held at 2:30 with Rev. C.D. Plum of the Moundsville Church of Christ in charge. Burial will be in Stender Cemetery Paden City. Died Oct 4, 1933.
Source: Donna Allen



Died in Tyler County, Virginia on the 3d of February last, Sarah Galoway, daughter of William P. Galoway. She had been sick nearly four years. Had been a consistent member of the M.E. Church, for several years. The evening before death she took an affectionate leave of her friends, exhorting them all to meet her in heaven, especially a sister who was unconverted. On the day of her burial, that sister united with the church, and seemed to have profited by the advice of one, who though dead yet, spake to her. She died in peace.
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, May 5, 1841.
Vol. VIII.---No. 15. Whole No. 379. pg 60, col. 1.
Source: Roy Lockhart, typed by Nola Elliott.


Nancy Gilbert died at the home of her brother, B. C. Anderson on Broad Run, near Ashley, W.Va., last week. She was a pensioner of the War of 1812. Mrs. Gilbert was born in 1811.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 14 March 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


FRANK GOURLEY, age 24 of East Liverpool Ohio was killed at Wellsburg,WVa 24 Sept. 1902 in a railroad accident. With him were his four brothers, David,John,Issac and Daniel.It is not known at this time if one of the other brothers were also killed in the same accident. Their father Daniel Gourley is a resident of this city and their mother Nancy Gourley is,at this time, making her home with a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Brady whose husband is an oil well driller 20 miles back of Sistersville,WVa. Frank is also survived by sisters Lille, and Maud of East Liverpool. Burial was in the Spring Grove cemetery in this city.
Jean E. Butler <jeb30 at caddoelectric.net>


Mrs. Rosetta KUNKLE GRAHAM, 47, was shot and killed at 4:30 a.m. Monday, March 7, 1938, by John NEWBURG, 39, a roomer in her home in Toronto, Ohio.

A daughter, Velma, told police that the roomer entered the room where she and her mother were sleeping and pointed a gun at them but it misfired. He went to the kitchen and worked with it, then returned and shot Mrs. GRAHAM. He then returned to the kitchen and shot and killed himself.

Mrs. GRAHAM, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. KUNKLE of North McDonald street, McDonald, was born September 12, 1891, in Sistersville, W. Va. She and Jerry GRAHAM were married July 27, 1909, in Pittsburgh. He died September 25, 1934.

Besides her parents, she leaves a son, Loyal at home; two daughters, Velma, at home, and Mrs. Hilda FARMER of New York City; a brother, Earl KUNKLE of Carnegie; and a sister, Mrs. Earl ESPY of South Heights. There is one grandson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the home of her parents in North McDonald street, conducted by the Rev. O. E. GARDNER, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial was in the Center cemetery, Midway.
Source: JoAnn Cupp

Violet M. Gregg, 79, of Joseph’s Mills, died in Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville Thursday morning.

She was born in Wilbur, Tyler County, daughter of the late W.W. and Sylvia Smith Weekley. She was a member of Wilbur Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, David of Joseph’s Mills; a daughter, Sue Clark of Alma, two brothers, Dale Weekley of Akron, Ohio, and Donald Weekley of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Mildred Gregg of Joseph’s Mills and Lillian Nuzum of Georgetown, PA.; three grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleryl W. Gregg.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Furbee Funeral Home, Alma, the Rev. Louise Baker officiating, with burial in Wilbet Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, May 17, 1985]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Arlene S, Henderson, 82, of Sistersville, died Tuesday at her residence. Henderson was a member of Pursley Church of Christ and the Pursley Homemakers.

She was born in Tyler County, a daughter of the late Oak and Ledia Anderson Weekley.

She is survived by one son, Robert Henderson of Sistersville; one brother, Donald Weekley of Middlebourne; four sisters, Genevieve Elder of Newell, W.Va., Freda Barle of North Canton, Ohio, Nettie Miller of Mogadore, Ohio, and Geraldine Tusic of Paden City.; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph W, Henderson, in 1974; one brother; and one sister.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, with Evangelist Clarence Rice officiating. Burial will be in Alf Smith Cemetery, Middlebourne. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Wed., March 6, 1991]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


"An Old Monongalian Dies Out In Tyler County.

Jesse Henderson, whose death was mentioned briefly yesterday, was born in Monongalia county, Va, March 3d, 1813, and resided in that locality until late in the year 1850, when he moved to Middlebourne, Tyler county, where he has since lived.

In 1836 Mr. Henderson married Miss Amanda Fox. This union proved to be a long and happy one. The deceased was the father of 14 children, 9 sons and 5 daughters. Eight of this number, together with his wife, survive him.

The eight surviving children are David J. Henderson, of this city; Mrs. Coulter, of Newport, O; D.S. Henderson, of Erin, Tenn; Martin P. Henderson, of Middlebourne; W.H. Henderson, of Little; Jos. A. Henderson, of Middlebourne; Mrs. W.B. Twyman, of Frew, and Mrs. Benj. Thomas, of New Martinsville.

The deseased was a fond, indulgent father, a good citizen, and was esteemed by all who knew him. His sons and daughters are among the leading citizens of the community, and are well liked.

Mr. Henderson had been a zealous worker in the Christian church, and had lived a consistent church member for more than fifty years. He was for many years elder, and had held other offices in that church.

The wife that survives him is 78 years of age, and is very feeble. Her children do not expect her to long survive her aged and loving husband."

Jesse Henderson's obituary was first published in the Sistersville Oil Review on 23 February 1898, and also appeared in an unknown Monongalia Co., WV newspaper. The obituary is pasted inside the cover of his niece Charlotte Henderson Garrison's family Bible.


Adam Clarke Higgins died March 25th at the home of his nephew, Lloyd Higgins, in Chicago, of congestion of the stomach after only a short illness. Brief funeral services according to the G.A.R ritual, were held in the city Thursday, and the remains were brought to Rushville Friday for burial

Funeral services were held at the home of Hiram Graff conducted by Rev. J. B. Horney. Col. Horney, Post G.A.R., then took charge of the remains, and buried their comrade according to the rites of the order. A large delegation of veterans were in attendance. At the time of his death, Mr. Higgins was a practicing lawyer in Chicago. He stood high in his profession and attained success in the practice thereof. As an orator he was widely known throughout the state and was called upon quite frequently to visit some city to deliver an oration on matters pertaining to the higher order of American citizenship and the nobler qualities of patriotism.

Mr Higgins was born September 14 1834 in Middlebourne, Tyler Co., West Virginia. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Church at 18 years of age. In 1855 he joined the Central Illinois conference. At the breaking out of the rebellion he raised a number of companies in Knox county. Not being a tactician or disciplinarian, he resigned a captaincy and went with the Eighty-third Illinois Volunteers as chaplain. For two years he was post chaplain at Clarksville, Tenn. At the close of the war he was mustered out with the rank of major of cavalry. After the war he re-entered the ministry and held charges in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York City and New Jersey. In 1865 he was married to Lydia F. Ramsey of Rushville, Illinois. He practiced law in Chicago fifteen years, but had made all preparations to move to Lincoln, Illinois, in June to enter a law partnership with his son, Charles A. Higgins. Mr. Higgins was a past commander of Winfield Scott Post, G.A.R. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, and of the Union Veteran Association.

Mrs. A. C. Higgins and son, Arthur, of Lincoln, Illinois, and Dr. Charles Higgins of Chicago, accompanied the remains of Adam Clarke Higgins from Chicago last week, and while in Rushville were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Graff.

[The Rushville Times, Schuyler County, Illinois, Obituaries for the year 1896]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Died in Mannington, Marion Co. Va. July 30 th 1855, of bilious fever, SAMUEL B. HIGGINS

He was born in Middlebourne Tyler Co, Va. Aug. 12th, 1834.  Sometime in the year 1852 he professed religion and joined the M.E. Church. He was of rather timid disposition in religion; this sometimes kept him from enjoying himself as he might have done.—  In a class-meeting a short time before his sickness, he expressed himself dissatisfied  with his religious state, but at the same time gave evidence of a fixed determination to serve the Lord.  During his illness the disease raged in his head, which had a depressing effect on the mind. He complained that he could not keep his thoughts composed. When circumstances permitted him, he engaged in fervent prayer to God. At one time two of the brethren encouraged him to trust in the Lord that he would bless him, he smiled and said, " He is blessing me." And when the time of his departure came, he left this world of sin and trouble without a struggle or a groan. For him we do not mourn as those who have no hope.
September  21, 1856
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, October 2, 1855.
Vol. XXII. ---No. 39. Whole No. 1129. pg 156, Column 4.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkaly.



Emerson A. Hill, age 67, a former Tyler county resident, has died at his home in Pennsboro, Ritchie County, W.Va. The body was brought to the McKim Church in Tyler county, where short services were held preceding burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Hill was born on McKim Creek in this county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Absolom Hill and resided in the McKim community until moving to Pennsboro a few years ago. He was a farmer and veterinarian. Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Martha Long, a sister of the late Sheriff Will Long of Tyler county, and the following children: Mrs. Essie Kysor; Miss Wilma Hill; Mrs. Angeline DeVoe of Pennsboro; Miss Gladys Hill of California; Mrs. Pearl McCullough of Mole Hill; Talmer Hill; and R. O. Hill of St. Marys, W. Va. A sister, Mrs. Effie Mayfield, resides in Pennsboro and a brother, Claude Hill, in Indiana.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 10 March 1938
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>

Santa Maria Times October 17, 1978
Aley Masters Hughes 90, of Orcutt, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter,
Margie Weston, Santa Barbara, California.
Born in Wick,Tyler Co., WV, 25 July 1888, she married J. Barney Hughes in
December 1904. They came to Orcutt in 1910 where he was employed by Union
Oil Co. Mr. Hughes died in April 1952.
Surviving are two sons, Blaine and Glenn Hughes and a daughter, Ruby Isle,
all of the Orcutt area; five grand- children; 11 great-grandchildren; and a
great-great grandson.
Welch-Ryce Associates is in charge of arrangements. Priviate interment will
be in the family plot at Santa Maria cemetery.
Source: Geraldine Hughes Brown <gerrihb at verizon.net>


Oil Field Pioneer Jonathan B. Hughes dies:
Jonathan Barney Hughes, pioneer worker in the Orcutt oil field, died in his Orcutt home Saturday after a long illness. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Hughes had been employed by Union Oil Co. ever since he came to Orcutt from his native Wick, W. Va., 42 years ago. He had been retired for about two years. He was noted for a large collection of Indian relics, antiques, etc.
He is survivied by his wife, Mrs. Aley Hughes of Orcutt; two sons Glenn and Blaine Hughes, both of Orcutt; three daughters, Mrs. Estelyn Luis of Los Alamos, Mrs. Margie Weston of Buellton and Mrs. Ruby Romero of Orcutt; a brother and sister in West Virginia, Charles Hughes and Phoebe Wells, and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday in the Chapel of the Dudley Mortuary with the Rev. Duane Woodfin of the Orcutt Community church officiating. Burial will follow in the Santa Maria cemetery.
(27 April 1952)
Source: Geraldine Hughes Brown <gerrihb at verizon.net>


Elisabeth Hughey, daughter of Bowers and Wilhelmina Furbee, died February 5, 1907 at the age of 87 years and eight months. She was born June 5, 1819 in Tyler County, W.Va. She married Thomas Hughey on October 10, 1854. To them were born two daughters, May E. Wright and Lirza A. Stanforth, the latter preceded her in death four years ago. Another daughter, Mrs. Lila J. Wilson, of Ludlow, Kentucky, being the youngest daughter of her husband by a former marriage, whom she reared, tended and cared for as her own, was with her when she died.
SOURCE: Newspaper clipping; no newspaper name or date.
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Brother Hunter--Our Church, in one of the classeson [sic] Fish Creek Mission, has lost a valuable member in the death of one of our sisters, CASSANDRA JACKSON, the wife of brother William Jackson, of Tyler county, Virginia, who died triumphant, in the full prospect of a blessed immortality, on the 14th of November, 1838.
Sister Jackson was about 41 years of age, the mother of a large family, and had been a member of the M. E. Church for the last fourteen years. She was a woman who passed through great trials, but was of great faith in God. A few days before she died, she was doubtful of her acceptance with God, but the cloud broke and light shone all around, and she praised God aloud, on the borders of eternity,--She said she now enjoyed the blessing she had long prayed for, "that her last days might be her best days," and so it proved, for those who witnessed her last moments told me they never saw one die happier than she did. It is true her seat is vacant in our church, and we feel afflicted on that account, but we are comforted on the pleasing reflection, that our loss is her infinite gain. Thus we close, with saying, we are firm in the belief sister Jackson is gone where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest.
The above notice was handed me by her class-leader, brother A. Harris, and I send it to you by request of our brethren and her friends.
Your's, affectionately,
Fish Creek Mission, Nov. 28, 1838.
Pittsburgh Conference Journal. Pittsburgh, December 13, 1838.
Vol. 5---No. 47. Whole No. 255., pg 187, col 4.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Christina Anthony.


Adam Keller died on the 29th of November, 1853, in Tyler county, Va. He was one of the first settlers on Wheeling Creek, where he lived during the perilous times of Indian war. When peace was declared, he went east, and there married. In 1806 he moved back to Wheeling Creek; in 1835 he moved to Tyler Co., Va., and settled on Middle Island Creek, where he ended his days. His house was a home for the ministers of the Gospel. He loved the Church and supported her institutions. In his eightieth year he sought a deeper work of grace; divine light shone on his pathway and consoled him in the decline of life, until near his 83d year, when he left this world, to all human appearance in full assurance of blissful immortality, leaving an aged companion and nine children to mourn their loss, while his happy spirit rests forever in heaven. J. M. Dudley.
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, October 31, 1854.
Vol. XXI.---No. 42. Whole No. 1080. pg 168, col. 4.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by L. Lee Eddy.


Parmelia Keller, consort of Adam Keller, died on the 23rd of August 1854, in the 77th year of her age.
Mother Keller joined the M. E. Church in the twelfth year of her age, where she remained a constant member until her death. She loved to attend the public means of grace. At a camp-meeting, on the 17th of August, I heard her speak of the assurance of immorality and eternal life, with her Christian experience. In about a week from this time, when deeply afflicted, that grace sought in youth and cultivated during a long life, was more than a match for all the pains of death. As long as she had power, she exhorted her children to meet her in heaven. May that God whose grace alone can sustain and comfort the bereft, sanctify the affliction to their good, and bring them to that heavenly cannan where their father and mother sweetly rest together. J. M. Dudley.
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, October 31, 1854.
Vol. XXI.---No. 42. Whole No. 1080. pg 168, col. 4.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by L. Lee Eddy.


Lasure, Mrs. Edith Adaline, - Of Brush run, West Union, Wv. died at her home on 15 April 1963. Mrs. Lasure was born at Shirley, Tyler Co. Wv. on 16 Mar 1870, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Jane Dolby Underwood. On July 5, 1890 she married Thomas Harvey Lasure, who survives her. Also surviving are four sons, Silas of West Union; Charles of Weirton, Wv. , Edward of Warren Ohio and Isaac, at home. two daughters, Mrs. Goey Smith of Shirley Wv. and Mrs. Ora Carroll of West Union, Wva. One brother Silas Underwood; twenty six grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Silas Uderwood is the father of Governor Cecil Underwood of West Virginia. Mrs. Lasure was a member of the Church of Christ for fifty five years. Funeral services were held April 17, 1963 at the West Union Church of Christ officiating. Interment in Shirley Cemetery. (Tyler Co. Star News)
Source: Barbara Yoder


JOHN W. LAZEAR, Succumbs to a stroke. Funeral held at Shirley, Saturday.
Services were held Sat. afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Shirley U.B. Church for John Lazear. A well known farmer, who died Thursday June 2, following a stroke. He was born July 2, 1854 in Monroe Co. Ohio. Son of Mr & Mrs. William Lazear. He lived in West Virginia for the past 70 years and in Tyler Co. the greater part of his life. Surviving are his wife Mattie Underwood and 6 children: Ray Lazear and Mrs. Helen McIntyre, of Shirley ; Leman, Mrs. Molly White, William and Arden of Sistersville. Interment was made in Shirley Cemetery In charge of the Walter Furgee Funeral Home. Rev. E.E. Rousch, pastor of the Shirley U.B. was in charge of the funeral.
Tyler Co. Journal 6-9-1938
Source: Barbara Yoder


Leasure, Clarence N. - Age 67, died at his Alvy, Wva. home. He was born 16 Jan 1881, the son of Levi and Minerva Twyman Leasure. Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Forrester; six daughters, Mrs. Irene Cross of Hebron, Wva., Mrs. Pearl Steele of Newell, Wva.; Mrs. Betty Beagle and Mrs. Madeline Leasure of Weirton, Wva.; Mrs. Helen Hickman of Conneaut, Ohio; Mrs. Elsie McDonald of Cairo, W.Va. three sons, James and Roy of Weirton, Wva. and Alfred of E. Liverpool, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; six brothers, David and George of Johnstown, Pa. James of Columbus, Ohio, Dan of Shirley, Wva.; Dewey and Joe of Alvy, Wva. and one sister Mrs. Noah Fletcher of Middlebourne, Wva. He was a member of Alvy Chapel EUB Church. Funeral services were held at Fairview Church with burial in the Church Cemetery under direction of the Furbee Funeral Home ( Tyler Co. Wva. Journal - 30 Jan. 1958) Died 1/28/1958
Source: Barbara Yoder


Farmer, 96, Dies Middlebourne, July 22
Levi Leasure, 96, whose career as a farmer ended only a year ago after he had planted and tended a large garden by himself, died yesterday at his home in Centerville. He is survived by 9 children, 20 grand children, 82 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Charleston Daily Mail, July 22 1941.
Source: Barbara Yoder


Mrs. Martha Leasure died Sunday evening. Mrs. Martha, 87 years died at 5:00 o'clock Sunday at the home of her son William Leasure after a long illness of several years. She was born November 1856 and was the daughter of Mr & Mrs. Joseph Underwood, of Centerville. She was united in marriage to John Leasure and to this union sixteen children were born. She is survived by these following sons and daughters, William Leasure, Mrs. Molly White, Alden Leasure, Ray Leasure; Sistersville. Mrs. Helen McIntyre, Pittsburgh; Layman Leasure, West Union; Two brothers, Silas Underwood of Joseph Mills and Dora Underwood, Pittsburgh; and one sister, Addie Leasure, of West Union. Also, 32 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was a life long member of the United Brethren of Church in Shirley. Funeral Services were held from the home. Tuesday at 12:00 noon with interment in the Shirley Cemetery ( Tyler Star News 12/9/1943)
She was b. 11/19/1856 Tyler Co. and died 12/6/1943 Tyler Co.
Source: Barbara Yoder


William Lasure died at the home of his son, Thomas Lazure on Big Flint, Doddridge Co. last Friday morning of dropsy, age 80 years. he ws born in Monroe Co. Ohio and came to Tyler Co. in the early 70's and resided in this county for many years, moving to Doddridge Co. a few years ago where he resided with his son. He was a pensioner having been a soldier in an Ohio regiment in the Civil War. He leaves a large number of children surviving him. The funeral and interment was held at Shirley last Saturday at 2 o'clock.
Source: Barbara Yoder


Alpheus Lewis, age 81 years, died at his home at Iuka, Tyler County, W.Va., on September 5, 1920. He was a member of the United Brethren Church. His wife died a number of years ago.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 9 September 1920
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Of New Martinsville, Wetzel county, Va., died in great peace, on Monday; June 20, 1853.
she was born in Tyler county, Va., March 15, 1815. Her aged parents, Pressley and Margaret Martin, still live, waiting their appointed time. she was married to Dr. McCabe, May 5, 1836, who survives to inherit the memory of her many virtues. In the days of her youth she united with the M. E. Church---sought and obtained the pearl of great price. On Sabbath morning, as I stood by her bedside, holding her hand, she said, "Brother Dolliver, I have been negligent of duty, but the Lord has forgiven me." thus she passed away to her home in heaven. She has left a family of little children, and among the number a babe some ten days old. may God take care of them, and bring them at last to enjoy the society of the mother on high. Amen.
New Martinsville, July 16
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, August 2, 1853.
Vol. XX--No. 31. Whole No. 1017. pg 124, col. 1.
Source: Roy Lockhart, typed by Jan Rader.



MARTHA MARTIN, consort of Joseph Martin, departed this life, June 29, 1852, aged 87 years.
Mother Martin was a member of the M. E. Church upwards of forty years. Her house was a preaching place for a number of years, and a home for the faithful servants of God. And while they dispensed to her and others the bread of life, it was her delight to give of the bread that perisheth, and to make them comfortable while under her roof. Many of the preachers, on seeing this notice, cannot but reflect back upon the periods and circumstances alluded to above, and to the moral and religious character of this mother in Israel. Her stability and regular experience, as professor of religion, was a living comment to all who saw her. And while she lived to do good, by her example and precept, yet her last days were her best. Although she suffered extremely from a cancer on the nose, which mainly caused her death, she bore it with the utmost patience and resignation. She never was heard to utter a murmur, or complain of her lot; but expressed the strongest confidence in God, and her prospect of certain victory over her last enemy.
Her funeral sermon was preached by the writer on the 19th of July, from Heb. ix 27, 28. May I with all others who read this, live as she lived, and die as she died.
Middlebourne, Va.
Pittsburgh, Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, August 31, 1852
Vol. XIX.---No. 35. Whole No. 969. pg 12, col.1.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Rosalie Markins


Mrs. Ann Masters Died Friday Night:
Mrs. Ann Collins Masters, 71, died Friday night at 10 o'clock at her hom at Wick. Death was caused by a paralytic stroke which she suffered a few days ago following a long illines.
Mrs. Masters was the widow of the late William Masters and was a well known Tyler county resident. She was a member of the M. P. church and until her health failed was an active member. She had a host of friends in the Wick section.
Surviving are the following children: Ben Masters, Orange, Calif; Mrs. C. C. Hughes, Salem; Mrs. J. B. Hughes, Orcutt, Calif; Leslie Masters, Wick; Mrs. W. S. Singleton, Clarksburg; Mrs. C. O Kenney, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Audra Edgell, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Jack Connor, Peabody, Mass; Mrs. Frank Duty, Pikeville, Ky; Three children preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Wick, M. P. church in charge of Rev. C. B. Randolph. Burial was made in Wick cemetery in charge of T. J. Sellers Funeral Director of Middlebourne.
(22 May 1936)
Source: Geraldine Hughes Brown: 
gerrihb at verizon.net



Funeral services were announced this morning for Byron Benjamin Masters, 67, retired Orange grocer, who died suddenly Tuesday afternoon while visiting his sister at Orcutt in Santa Barbara County.
Services will be held in the Eudaly Funeral Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with Dr. Robert Burns  McAulay of Orange First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Internment will be Fairhaven Cemetery.
Mr. Masters and his wife Pearl, had driven to the home of his sister, Mrs. Barney Hughes, for a visit.  He had been in apparent good health until Tuesday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack which caused his death.
He was born in Wick, West Virginia, and came to Orange more than 20 years ago.  He was a member of Orange Grove Masonic Lodg and of the Petroleum Products Pioneers.
In Orange he operated a neighborhood grocery store at 352 South Shaffer Street until his retirement about a year and a half ago.
Besides his wife and sister in Orcutt, Mr.Masters leaves six other sisters:  Mrs. Artie Hughes of Michigan; Mrs. Lulu Singleton of West Virginia; Miss Maude Masters of Florida; Mrs. Audry O'Connell of Missouri; Mrs. Brady Millea of Massachuchetts and Mrs. Opal Doty of Kentucky.
He also leaves two brothers, Les and Okey Masters of West Virginia.
His son, Captain Donald F. Masters, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, will arrive in Orange tomorrow.  He also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Trievah Schmelzer of Orange and Mrs. Evelyn Mallard of Decatur, Alabama and six grandchildren.
Source: Geraldine Hughes Brown, great niece.  Date of death, 14 April 1953, brn 8 Feb. 1885 to Wm. Tyler and Clora Anne Collins Masters.  His first wife and mother of his children was Edith Estella Sheriff Moody, she had passed away several years earlier.


Samuel McCoach died at his home in Sistersville, W.Va. He was born in Ireland and came to America when a lad and settled in Sistersville about 1846. For many years he worked on a farm with his father. In 1856, he married Agnes McKay and they had five children, four of whom survive: James, Sallie and Flora, all of Sistersville, and John of Huntington, W.Va., and his wife. Mr. McCoach was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Sistersville. He was a director of the People's Bank. Funeral services were held at his home by Rev. T. A. Anderson. Interment was made in the Oakwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., January 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Mrs. John W. McCoy died at her home on Locust avenue last night at about 10 o’clock, after a brief illness with a complication of diseases. Mrs. McCoy had been ill for some time, but she was not thought to be in a dangerous condition. Yesterday afternoon she was taken suddenly worse, and continued so till death came. She was surrounded by her family. Mrs. McCoy was a lady much loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed from her family and home, as well as by her neighbors and acquaintances.

The deceased was aged 70 years, and leaves behind her husband and eight children, six sons, Melvin, of Washington, D.C.; John B., of Grafton; James E., Ernest and Paul, of this city; William, located in the west; Miss Minnie and Mrs. Dr. Nesbitt, of Wheeling. One daughter, wife of Dr. Logan, preceded her to the grave some years ago. Her brothers and sisters living are Mrs. Sophia Conaway, Captina, Ohio; Mrs. Sarah Fleming, Morgantown; Miss Rebecca Evans, Wm. M. Evans, of Parkersburg.

The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. from her late residence.

(August 10, 1830 - September 12, 1900)

Obituary in the Fairmont Farmer’s Free Press, Thursday, September 13, 1900
Source: Carol P. McCoy.


Jefferson Davis McCoy died Thursday, August 21, 1890, of consumption, aged 29 years, four months and 23 days. He leaves a wife, two children, four brothers and a sister. He was at the time of his death, the station agent at this point, which position he has held since the road began operations in June 1884. His funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church at Sistersville, W.Va., and were conducted by Rev. Bowles of the M.E. Church South of New Martinsville, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Sistersville Review", Sistersville, W.Va., August 1890
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


John William McCoy (September 14, 1826 - January 26, 1902)

Obituary in the Fairmont Farmer’s Free Press, Thursday, January 30, 1902

DEATH of Hon. JOHN W. McCOY. A Venerable Gentleman. Able Jurist, Honored Citizen Ends Life’s Full Journey. Hon. John W. McCoy, one of the older resident of this city died at his home on Locust avenue last Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock. Mr. McCoy had not been in strong health for some time. His condition had been such as to give no apprehension, and his death was rather a surprise to his family. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon from his late home. Dr. Eddy, of the First Baptist church, and Rev. Slaughter, of the M.E. church South officiated. The choir of the Christ Episcopal church rendered the music.

A friend has kindly prepared the following brief account of his life. John W. McCoy a prominent lawyer of this city died Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock. He was in his 76th year, having been born in Tyler County, Virginia (now West Virginia) September 14, 1826. His death was caused by the grip. Deceased was admitted to the bar and practiced in Tyler County until 1868, when he came to Fairmont where he had been actively engaged in his profession until recently, failing health having caused him to retire from active practice. He was an able lawyer and conducted many important cases in his 45 years’ experience. He served two terms as prosecuting attorney of Tyler County, and also two terms as prosecuting attorney of this county. He was a democrat and stood high in the councils of his party.

A number of years ago he was elected judge of court of oyer and terminer of the counties of Marion, Marshall and Wetzel, but the State constitution was amended and the office abolished before the time came to take his seat on the bench. Owing to his prominence as a lawyer he was often called to other counties to participate in important cases. In 1855, deceased was united in marriage to Delia M. Evans of Morgantown, who died a short time ago. To this union nine children were born, eight of whom survive, namely: Joseph M., James E., Willie R., John B., Ernest, Paul and Miss Miniie McCoy and Mrs. Charles T. Nesbitt.

The Marion county Bar Association adopted the following: At a meeting of the Marion County Bar, held at the Court House on the 28th day of January, 1902, the following minute and resolution was unanimously adopted: The members of the Marion County Bar have been summoned together by the sad news of the death of the Hon. John W. McCoy, which occurred after a brief illness, January 26th at 8:30 o’clock a.m. at his home in the City of Fairmont, West Virginia. John W. McCoy had been a member of the Marion County Bar for nearly forty years, and was honored by the people of the county by their suffrages for more than one important office: and so conducted himself at all times as an attorney at law and citizen of the State as to deserve and retain through life the love and respect of his associates at the Bar and of the people of the county.

Therefore, Be it resolved, that we deplore the death of our brother, whose gentle disposition, sterling integrity, accurate knowledge of the law and industrious habits, placed him among the leaders of his profession, from the time he located in Marion county in the year 1868, and vouched for him an honorable old age and the respect and confidence of his associates, many of whom have preceded him to that bourne whence no traveler returns.

And, As a further mark of the respect to his memory, the members of the Barr and the officers of the Courts attend his funeral in a body that this minute and resolution be spread upon the records of the Courts of the County and an engrossed copy be presented to the bereaved family. L. Butcher Chas. Powell Harry Shaw M. Hess S. Meredith Committee on Resolutions
Source: Carol P. McCoy.


Name:Martha Isabel McQuillian
Age: 55
Location: of Star Rt., Ellenboro (Hebron Community), WV
Date: Monday, Nov. 28, 1994, in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.
Born: Shiloh (Tyler County), WV
Parents: the late Earnest Earl and Edith Pearl Higgins Colvin.
Occupation: formerly employed by Colin Anderson Center and Carehaven at Beech Bottom. Church: Pennsboro Apostolic Church, Pennsboro, WV.
Survivore are: her husband of 30 years, Carl W McQuillian, Sr.; three daughters, Billie Jo Simons of Pennsboro, Elizabeth McQuillian, of the home, and Christina Dawson of Cairo, WV; three sons, Carl W. McQuillian, Jr., of St. Marys, WV, William B. McQuillian of Sugar Creek (Pleasants County), WV, and John W McQuillian, of the home; six brothers, Roger L. Colvin of Hebron, WV, Earnest A. Colvin and Tom Earl Colvin, both of Winchester, TN, John P Colvin of Pennsboro, William C. Colvin and David R. Colvin, both of Weirton, WV; three sisters, Hazel A. Evans of St Marys, Edna Pearl Campbell of Pennsboro and Edith Faye McDonald of Cairo; and 11 grandchildren.
Burial: Northview Cemetery, New Martinsville, WV.
[Ritchie Gazette - Harrisville, WV, Nov. 1994, page 5]
Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net


Lucinda Gump Mercer was born Dec. 10, 1884 [this would have to been error since she would have to have been born in 1844 to make the following dates correlate], and departed this life Dec. 31, 1927, being 83 years, 11 days of age. She was married twice. First to Jacob Mercer in 1860, and to this union one son Wm. Edward Mercer of New Martinsville was born. Jacob Mercer, the first husband, was killed in the Civil War in 1862. She then married John W. Mercer Dec. 17, 1865 and to this union seven children were born: six sons and one daughter, namely: Martin and Samuel, deceased, Jos. and J.A. Mercer of New Martinsville, Phillip Mercer of Moundsville, Jeremiah Mercer of Woodland and Mrs. Pearl B. Mercer of Paden City. Her husband John W. Mercer, preceded her to the beyond in March 1924.
The deceased united with the Methodist Church at the age of eighteen and was a faithful and consistent member and Christian unto the day of her death.
She leaves to mourn her passing five sons, one daughter, forty-six grand children, two great grand children, two brothers Edward Gump of Glendon, W.Va, and Philip Gump of Mannington, W.Va.
Interment was made in the Mercer cemetery.

TYLER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA OBITUARIES, VOL I, page 107 (from the Wetzel Democrat)

[Lucinda is the d/o William & Elizabeth (Higgins) Gump]
Sources: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net & Betty Kitchen.



Hiram Moore, son of Thomas and Sarah Moore, was born June 9, 1876 in Tyler County, near Friendly, W Va. He departed this life on March 19, 1948, at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 10 days. He was united in marriage to Essie McFann on October 18, 1906, at Ironton, Ohio, she preceding him in death in 1920. To this union were born four children, two of them preceding him in death. Those left to mourn his passing are two daughters, Mrs. Homer Allison of near Shidler, Okla., and Mrs. Charles Robertson of Barnsdall, Okla. Others who survive are three brothers, Emery, John, and Blaine Moore of Cleveland, three sisters, Mrs. J. R. Thorne, Cleveland, Mrs. Eunice Whitsett, Hanniball [sic], Ohio and Mrs Wallace Slusser of Marion, Kansas.

Mr. Moore was a former employee of Sinclair Oil Co. He was a Spanish-American War veteran. Prior to his illness he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Allison. Mr. Moore beame a Christain about the year of 1915. Others who will greatly miss him are six grandchildren and one great grand child.

One brother, Clarence, preceded him in death in 1916. Funeral services were conducted from the First Christian church at 3:15 Sunday afternoon, March 21. Evertt Johnson, Christian minister, officiated. Burial was in Woodland cemetery, Cleveland. Those from out of town who attended the funeral of Hiram Moore Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robertson and Bobby of Barnsdall, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Robertson and baby of Pawhuska, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Allison of Shidler, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Scott of Shidler, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Moore of Claremore and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Hamrick and daughters of Seminole, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Slusser of Marion, Kansas, and Mrs. Eldora Moore of Bartlesville.

March 1948. Newspaper unknown.


Mrs. Sarah, daughter of James and Maria Covalt, was born in Little Buffalo, Tyler county, West Va., April 26, 1857, and passed from life in Cleveland, November 2, 1936, at the age of 79 years, 6 months, and 7 days. She was one of a family of seven children, two of which survive her; one sister, Martha, and one brother, John of Wellsburg, West Va.

She was united in marriage with Thomas Moore, at Little Buffalo, West Va., September 2, 1875. To this union eight children were born, all of whom survive her, except one son, Clarence, who preceded his mother in death.

There remains to mourn her passing, four sons: Emery, Hiram, John, and Blaine, all of Cleveland; and three daughters, Mrs. Eunice Whitsett, Hannibal, Ohio; Mrs. W. H. Slusser, Eldorado, Kans.; and Mrs. J. R. Thorne, of Cleveland.

Mrs. Eunice Whitsett, of Hannibal, Ohio was the only one of the children who was unable to be present at her passing. There remain also, 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren to mourn her departure. Mrs. Moore, together with her husband and children moved from West Virginia to Cleveland, Okla., in 1910, where he preceded her in death more that seven years ago. Mrs. Moore united with the Christian Church when but a girl, and was faithful to the church and loyal in the service of her Lord until death. Upon moving to Cleveland, she identified herself with all of the activities of the local congregation. None have been more faithful and loyal than she. All of her co-laborers are sincerely grieved by reason of her passing, and join together in the expression of tenderest sympathy to her loved ones.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church by Rev. H. C. Williams, Wednesday morning at 10:30, following which her body was laid to rest beside that of her husband in Woodland cemetery under the direction of the Chapman Funeral Home.

Nov. 1936. Newspaper unknown.
Source: Susie Jones <djones2 at ma.rr.com>


Death came to the Moore homestead on Pursley last Wednesday and took away one of Tyler's oldest and very prominent citizens, Shriver Moore. Shriver Moore was born on Dec. 10, 1833 and was therefore eighty-three years old. He was a son of J. W. and Mazy White Moore, and was born on Dunkard's Creek, Green [sic] county, Pennsylvania. At the age of 14 he came with his parents to Tyler county [sic] and settled between Pursley and Adonis, about a mile back of the Matamoras station, known as the Moore homestead, where he grew to manhood. He was first married to Miss Evaline W. Hanes and to this union were nine children, seven of whom survive. Rev. Ira C., at Barracksville, Rev. C. D., at Paden City, Court stenographer A. H. Moore and Mrs. Eva Templeton of New Martinsville, Mrs. Sabina Every of Pursley, Johnathan of the post office at Sistersville, and Melvin at Clarksburg. The wife and mother died in 1902. Some years after he married Mrs. Sarah Rarick of Kansas City, Missouri, who survives him. He is also survived by one brother, Thomas Moore of Cleveland, Oklahoma, and by three sisters, Mrs. Rachael Grahman of Evert, Michigan, Mrs. Amanda Ellen Loneberger of Sancho, Mrs. Jane Steele of Erbacos [sic], Webster county [sic]. For more than fifty seven years the deceased had been an active member of the Christian church. He enlisted in the Civil was, Company E, 14th W. VA. Volunteers and was made captain and later promoted to major. He was elected member and then president of the county court, serving the full six years. For many years he was overseer of the poor of his district and has always been a citizen who was ready to do his part in county or community affairs. The funeral Thursday afternoon was conducted by Rev. #W. W. McVey of the Christian church and the interment was in the family ground near the old Moore homestead beside his parents and wife.

[Tyler County Journal, Middlebourne, W. VA., Thursday, December 9, 1915 Vol XVL, No. 36]
Source: Susie Jones <djones2 at ma.rr.com>


Susannah More, wife of Mr. John More, living at the Ing Mill, near Middlebourne, Tyler county, Va., died of consumption, on the  23d day of October last, after 2 years illness, but confined only about 10 months.  Sister Moore was born in Harrison County Va., near Pruntytown,  April 15 189, * and her maiden name was Ball, and was joined in marriage to brother More, February 17, 1831 and became a member of the Methodist E. Church in the latter part of the same year. She never professed to enjoy religion till some time previous to her death.  During her confinement I often visited her, she often complained of her coldness and worldly mindedness, and often regretted that she had not been more faithful and zealous in the cause of God. The day before her death I called to see her; after praying with her and some conversation took place concerning her suffering, she observed , " I suffer much, brother Monroe pray for me, that I may not suffer so much." Afterwards I exhorted her to put her trust in the Lord; she lifted her hands and exclaimed,  "my trust is in God ; my trust is in God."  After her feelings subsided, she with great composure asked me to preach her funeral; being asked if she had any choice of texts she said none.  A little before  her death she expressed herself as being in a sweet sleep; about and hour and half before she died she fell into an apparent sleep, and never woke till her blood-washed soul was dismissed from its clay tenement and awoke in heaven.  Her funeral was preached in Middlebourne, from 1st  Cor. xv, 55, 56, 57 vers.
                                                                     Geo. Monroe
*According to copy ; 1809  we presume is meant.
source: Pittsburgh Conference Journal. Pittsburgh, February 6, 1840.
Vol. VII.--- No. 3. Whole No. 315, Pg 12, Col.1.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkaly.


On the 23rd inst., just as the dawn of the Sabbath was ushered in, the tolling of the church bell proclaimed the sad news that the death angel had visited our community and had carried away another victim in the person of Mr. James Morris, who was born in Penn. April, 1811. Losing his father at the age of 3 years, his mother moved to Ohio, where young Morris grew to manhood, when they moved to Tyler county, W. Va., (then Va.), and located opposite the mouth of Indian Creek. At the age of 17 or 18 he united his fortunes with Miss Mary Gregg, who rejoiced with him in prosperity and sympathized with him in adversity; shared his joys and mingled in his sorrows, only as an affectionate companion could.  They raised a family of six children, 4 girls and 2 boys, three of whom preceded him through the cypress shades of death's lonely valley.  But a few weeks since he stood, a broken-hearted father, at his daughter's grave, weeping like a tender child.  Mr. Morris had been identified with the Baptist church for many years.  To say that father Morris was without faults would be........ industry and perseverance was his motto, and when he had undertaken any thing, he knew no such word as fail.
Three weeks before his death he attended church at Mount Moriah, at which time he talked to his classmates like a father would talk to his children.  He told them it was probably the last time he would ever be in that church, (and so it was), but he was ready for the summons and would be thankful to the Lord, if it would please him.  His sickness lasted....terrible, he refused to have a physician called, or take any medication, but prayed earnestly that death might come and put an end to his suffering, and when his feet were wet (?) down in the Jordan, a band of holy angels came to his relief.
       "They bore him on their pinions
        Safe o'er the dashing foam
        And shouted as he journeyed
        Deliverance has come.
What a solace it must be to the bereaved wife and sorrow-stricken children to know that an affectionate and kind father, though sadly missed, is safe at home, and though parted for a while, they'll all meet again, in the morning.
Centreville, Jan. 31, J. C. Warner
Nancy Karns <NKARNS at stpaultravelers.com


Rebecca Murphy, age 71, wife of C. E. Murphy of Indian Creek, died in Sistersville, W.Va. Funeral services were in charge of the Sellers Funeral Home. Burial was in the Victory Cemetery. Mrs. Murphy was born in the Booher Community and lived most of her life in Tyler county. Her first husband, Thomas Wildman, preceded her in death in 1915. She is survived by five children from her first marriage: John Wildman; Henry Wildman; Charley Wildman; Hayward Wildman; and Mrs. Ivy Cain.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 29 July 1937
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Sarah Jane Owens died January 27, 1905 at the age of 101, at the home of Lorenza D. Owens on McKim Creek. The deceased was born May 25, 1803 in Pennsylvania and moved to Virginia in an early day. She leaves children, grandchildren and many friends. Burial was made in the McKim Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., January 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Died, George W. Parker, son of J. C. and E. J. Parker, July, 3d, aged 1 year, 1 month and 4 days.
In the loss of little George, brother and sister Parker sustain a severe affliction, he being their only son. But they are both consistent members of the M. E. Church, and devoted christians, and appear resigned to the will of the Lord. A sermon was preached by the writer, from 2 Sam. 12th chap. and 23d verse. They have three little daughters left them. The Lord preserve them and finally bring them all to heaven.
Tyler County, Va. July 1855.
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, July 24, 1855.
Vol XXII.---No. 29. Whole No. 1119, pg 116, col 4.
Source: Roy Lockhart.


Lewis Eaken Pierce died February 4, 1905, age one month and one day. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pierce. Funeral services were conducted by the Little Church and he was laid to rest in the Little Cemetery in Tyler County, W. Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., February 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>



Eliza Pierson, widow of the late Neal Pierson, died at her daughter's home on the waters of Jefferson Run in Centerville District, Tyler County, W.Va., on September 2, 1924. She was 96 years old. The deceased was born April 17, 1828. She is survived by her son, George Pierson and her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Smith. She was a member of the Church of God. The funeral was held at the Spring Hill Church and burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., September 4, 1924
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Name: Mary Randolph
Age: 89
Place: Carehaven of Sistersville, formerly of Lima, W.Va. died Saturday in the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.
Birth: Tyler County
Parents: the late George and Sarah Thompson
Church: She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survived by two sons, Junior Tennant of Middlebourne and Thomas Tennant of Wheatland, Pa.; a stepson, Thomas Randolph Jr. of Sharon, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Ethel Stone of Edwardsburg, Mich. and Dorothy Domjancic of Fowler, Ohio; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded by: her first husband, Ray Tennant and second husband, Earl Randolph.
Burial will be in Walnut Fork Cemetery near Lima.
[Parkersburg News, Sunday, Feb. 18, 1990]
Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Jacob Rice, a farmer living between Ten Mile Creek and Fishing Creek, near the Wetzel-Tyler County, W.Va. line, was found dead on his farm. When he did not return from his day of labor, the family went in search of him and found him lying across a limb where he had been cutting wood. He leaves his widow and several children. Interment was made in a neighborhood cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., January 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Bazil Riggs

Bazil Riggs was born in Montgomery C0. Va., July 12, 1774. His father emigrated to Pennsylvania in the year 1776, and his son Bazil emigrated to Tyler county, VA., in the year 1769, where he remained until death. He attached himself to the Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 1804.

Brother Riggs held one of the most important offices in the county in which he lived, for some years, which he was fully competent to fill with honor to himself and satisfaction to the people. He was esteemed by all who knew him, as a gentleman and a neighbor.

As a Christian, brother Riggs was one of regular deportment. He was not only a professor, but a possessor. His conversation was as becometh [sic] the gospel of Christ. He possessed a quiet and meek spirit, having in mind that was in Jesus, his Redeemer.

Brother Riggs was a class leader for some years; and living as he did, he could say to his charge, Follow me, as I follow in Christ.

Being in good circumstances in life, his barns being filled with plenty, and his commodious dwelling being well calculated to make all comfortable, no one ever stopped for protection from the warring elements without finding the latch-string always hung on the outside. It was especially so to the weary and laborious itinerant preachers, where they always found a good home.

Brother Riggs was for some months afflicted before his death, but bore it all with Christian fortitude. A few hours before his death, being unusually happy in the Lord, he gave vent to his feelings and broke out in ecstasies, praising God aloud, and exhorted all around him to be faithful in the Lord and meet him in heaven. Such was his spirit while in the jaws of death. What a comment upon our holy religion!

Brother Riggs left a large number of connexions [sic] and friends to mourn their loss; but their loss is his eternal gain. Having hope in his death, the sorrow not as those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and arose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Addison Nichols
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, January 14, 1851.
Vol XVII---No. 2. Whole No. 884. pg 14, col 3.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Mike Riggs.


PENNSBORO - Clarence H. Riggs, 94, of 507 Fream St., Pennsboro, died Monday at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Joseph's Mills, Tyler County, the son of the late Hess and Nancy Riggs. He was retired employee of the Carnegie Natural Gas Co. and a self employed truck driver. He was a member of the former Methodist Protestant Church, Pennsboro.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ralph, (Pauline) McLain of Weirton; one granddaughter, Barbara Sue Towles of Derwood, Md.; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sula Ireland Riggs; five half sisters and two half brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pelton Vandercoy officiating. Burial will he In the Springhlll Cemetery, Tyler County. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon today.

[Parkersburg Paper, no date]
Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


    Died, at his own house, in Tyler county, Va., April 23rd, 1850, Lewis Ripley, aged 78 years;  and was, I believe, fifty years a member of the M.E. Church.
    Yes, Lewis Ripley has gone!  gathered home to his rest in heaven, in a good old age.  To those  who were acquainted with father Ripley, there need but little be said of his religious experience;  yes, and religious  e_joyments too.   He was always ready to talk about   religion, because it was the companion of his life.  He was ever ready to assist in the interests of the church, with his counsels and his money.  Its calls met a hearty response with him.   It was the delight of his heart to entertain the preachers of the gospel, and he took great delight in keeping up all the interests of the church.  Ripley’s meeting house will be remembered with lively interest by many of the preachers.
    Father Ripley’s religious experience was of such a firm, deep, abiding character, that he appeared always in the work.  Of him it might be said, he lived always rejoicing.  He looked to Christ as his only friend, and in return he received all he asked for, because his religion made him  wise to ask aright.
    Brother Ripley was for many years an exhorter in our church, and was well versed in his Bible, and early Methodism.  He was useful wherever he labored, and was most cordially received, because his single aim was to do good to the souls of his fellow men.
    We said he died in a good old age.  He was blind ten or twelve years before he died, and was quite deaf for several years.  Indeed Mother Ripley told me the last time I saw him, she could hardly mourn over his death if it should please the Lord to take him.  He was no comfort to his friends, and he was ready to die.  And did at that time suffer very much.  He asked me to preach his funeral sermon if he should die before I left the circuit, and instructed me to be plain and pointed.   That all might hear and understand   the great duties of a Christian life, he said,  “ It might be said there had good been done by his labors, but to the Lord be all the glory.”  And this expression, he repeated in whole or in part several times to make it the more impressive.
                                                            Philip Greene
Middlebourne,  Tyler Co., Va., May 9th   
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, May 22, 1850.
Vol. XVII.---No. 21. Whole No. 852. pg 170, col. 2.
He died in 1850.
Source: Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Martha Johnson.


Mrs. Laura Rose, 81, died Friday, July 6th in Sistersville General Hospital. She was born in Monroe Co. O. Feb. 1, 1875, the daughter of Levi and Minerva Leasure. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 in the afternoon at the Church of Christ with burial in the Pierpoint cemetery at Alma. Surviving are six sons, Earl Weekley of Smithfield; Goldyn Weekley of Belle Veron Pa. Delbert Weekley of Alvy; Frank Weekley, Ira Weekley, and Homer Weekley, all of Sistersville, two daughters, Mrs. J. L. Gasier of Sistersville and Mrs. Alvy Rose of New Martinsville. six half brothers David Leasure of Johnstown, Pa.; James Leasure of Columbus, Ohio; Clarence Leasure of Middlebourne; Dewey Lasure of Newell; Daniel Leasure of Middlebourne and George Leasure; and one half sister Cora Fletcher of Middlebourne, 31 grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren. Her first husband, Jesse Weekley; her second husband Theodore Rose; two sons; two daughters; one brother and one sister preceded her in death.
(died July 6, 1956)
Source: Barbara Yoder


Inna B. Rymer died at her residence on February 6, 1907. She was a daughter of Henry Rymer of Middlebourne, W.Va. She was born at Boothville, W.Va., on September 27, 1856 and came here when quite young. She is survived by one brother, F. L. Rymer and two sisters, Mrs. D. M. Smith and Mrs. Dr. Boyers of Fairmont, W.Va. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., February 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>




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