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Archibald Scott, one of our dear brethren of long standing in the Methodist E. Church, died on October 30th (if I recollect,) 1840, by the fall of a limb from a falling tree which he had cut down. The limb though small broke his skull, that he lived but a few hours, and never spoke after the fatal blow. but brother Scott's former life of piety has left no doubt on the minds of his friends that he made a happy exchange. He has left a bereaved widow and two sons, who are settled, and a daughter to lament their loss. His funeral was attended on Sabbath Nov. 6th, in Sisterville, at which time I preached to a very attentive and interesting audience.
O Lord prepare us for that day that we may be found ready.
                                                                  P. Greene.
Middlebourne, Nov. 26th, 1840.
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, December 9, 1840.
Vol. VII.---No. 46. Whole No. 358. Pg 184, Col. 2.
Source: Roy Lockhart


Died, at the residence of his father, in Tyler County, Va., August 1st, 1840, in the full assurance of a glorious immortality, brother Peter Sharpneck, in the 28th year of his age, and 6th of his Christian career.
   The subject of this memoir was remarkable for morality from his 'youth up.'  He was one of the most consistent youths in the neighborhood, honest in his dealings, kind and obliging in his manners, and exemplary in his general deportment.  As it regarded the letter of the law, it may be said of him, that, touching the law, he was blameless.  He was, however, convinced of his fallen condition in the year 1834, and sought and obtained remission of sins thro' faith in the blood of Christ.'   Soon after he attached himself to the M. E. Church, of which he remained an acceptable and useful member until he exchanged the Church Militant for the Church Triumphant.  He was remarkably fond of class meetings, and has been heard to say that he never felt more of the presence of God than in the use of this means of grace.  He was much attached to his Bible, which he habitually read, and carefully regulated his life by its precepts.  His zeal for his fellow-creatures often constrained him to exhort sinners to flee the wrath to come, and urge his brethen to give diligence to make their 'calling and election sure.'  During his affliction, which lasted about three weeks, he was patient and resigned, and perfectly willing the will of the Lord should be done.  Though he suffered much, not a murmur was heard to fall from his lips.  During his sufferings he was much blessed of God.
   For some hours before he left this world a brother came to see him, and observed he 'hoped that he still had the good Spirit with him.'  He replied, 'richly.'  Soon after he closed his eyes on all sublunary objects, and his soul took flight to the paradise of God.  'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.'                                    B. HAYNES.
   Fish Creek, August 24th, 1840.
source: Pittsburgh Conference Journal, Pittsburgh, September 10, 1840.
Vol. VII --- No. 33, Whole No. 345. Pg 132, Col 2.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, Typed by Linda Ritthaler.


Ozias W. Shook was born in Tyler County, (West) Virginia on January 17, 1858 and died March 21, 1916, aged 58 years, two months and four days. On September 19, 1880, he married Rebecca Shriver and they had two children, Essie and Pearley, all of whom survive. He also leaves a father, five brothers, four sisters and two grandchildren. His mother and three sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Christian Church at Oak Grove. Burial was made at Oak Grove on March 25, 1916. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. Linkletter, pastor of the Christian Church at Sistersville, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 6 April 1916
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Ashby Shuman about 80 years of age. Died Wednesday night at the home of his son David Shuman on George's Run above Shirley. Mr. Shuman is the father of Jim Shuman, and John Shuman of Pursley. Funeral services were held at Pusley at the Church of Christ this afternoon with burial being made in Archer's Chapel at Next.
( Found at Wheeling University)
This is the obit for James Asbury Shuman b. 5/24/1862 in Tyler Co. - d. 11/27/1935 in Tyler Co.
Source: Barbara Yoder


Grace Slusser, 96, partner in Slusser Drilling Co., died Friday, Jan. 17, 1992.
Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Okla. with the Rev. Brett Collins officiating.
A memorial fund has been established in her name at marion Christian Church.
The daughter of Thomas and Sarah Moore, she was boon Oct. 26, 1895, at Friendly, WV.
The family moved to Cleveland, Okla., where she attended school. She was married to Wallace Slusser in 1914.  The couple had three sons.
In 1942 the family moved to Marion where they maintained their home until Mr. Slusser's death in 1950.  She continued to maintain the home until failing health caused her to move to Marion Manor Care Center in 1981.  She lived in the care center the remaining years of her life.
A faithful member of Marion Christian Church, she served in many capacities including secretary and teacher in the Sunday School, was active in Christian Women's Fellowship, and was always willing to serve on various committees,  The church was her inspiration to life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace Slusser; five brothers, Hiram, Emery, Blaine, John, and Clarence; two sisters, Eunice Whitset and Isophene Thorne, and one granddaughter, Peggy Slusser.
Survivors include three sons, Blaine Slusser of Tuscon Ariz., Billy Slusser and Alden Slusser, both of Marion; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; neices and nephews.
Burial was in Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Okla., with Thompson-Harp-Seiner Funeral Home of Marion in charge of arrangements.  
Susie Jones <djones2 at ma.rr.com>


Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society Obituary Collection
Mrs. Alfred B. Smith of Locke, passed away in her 73rd year. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Sina Asher Smith and was born on Sancho 27 June 1859. She married Alfred B. Smith on 29 Jan. 1881, who recently passed away. She is survived by the following children; James E. Smith, County Clerk at Middlebourne, Warren of Congo WV, Clem of Bridgeport IL, Herman and William of East Liverpool OH, and Warden and Grace at home. Interment in the Smith Cemetery.
(Aug. 1932)
Note: This would be Sarah E. Smith.
Mary Summers <summernan at ohiohills.com>

Tyler County Star March 25, 1909

Anthony Smith Dead
Anthony Smith, a former well known resident of Sancho but lately of Sistersville, died in that city Saturday evening after a brief illness from consumption. Mr. Smith was a native of the county and was born on Sancho, March 22, 1863. He is survived by his faithful wife, two sons and three daughters. Funeral services were held at Sistersville by Rev. Daniel Westfall of whose church the deceased was a faithful member and on Monday at Ash Chapel near the scene of his birth by Rev. G. W. Kepler after which the remains were laid to rest in the Smith Cemetery.
Source: Mary Summers <summernan at ohiohills.com>


Tyler County Star October 15, 1908
Charles W. Smith whose illness has been noted in these columns, died Sunday morning at his home on Sancho from a complication of heart trouble and spinal disease and at the age of 63 years and a few months. He was born near where he died and passed all his life in Tyler county. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Lavina Masters who passed away 22 years ago leaving the following children: E.H. of Sancho, R.C. of North Dakota, Mrs. Anthony Smith of Sistersville and Selmon of Wheeling. He later united with Miss Elizabeth Ash and six children, all at home, were the fruits of this union: Lola, Clova, Leta, Arizona, Blaine and Sherman. Mr. Smith's standing as a neighbor, man and citizen was amply testified to by the large outpouring of friends from all parts of the county gathered together to pay a last tribute of respect. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Crall followed by interment under the direction of the Odd Fellows of which the deceased was an honored and beloved member.
Source: Mary Summers <summernan at ohiohills.com>


Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society Obituary Collection

Endsley Homer Smith, son of the late Charles W. and Lavina Masters Smith, was born on the old Smith homestead on Little Sancho, near what is now known as Locke, on the 1st day of April, 1867 and died Sunday November 6, 1927, aged 60 years, 7 months and 5 days. The immediate cause of his death was Bright's disease and heart trouble. He and Minah Emma Ash were united in marriage on January 16, 1886 by Rev. Warren G. Smith of the M. E. Church, to which union five children were born, two daughters, Mrs. Essie V. Mead of Bridgeway and Banna Smith at home and three sons, Charles E. Smith of Loneberger, Lotus D. Smith of Centreville and Hobert L. Smith of Wheeling. He was a member of the Ash M. E. Church and also a member of the Middlebourne I.O.O.F. Lodge and the Alhambra Encampment of that order. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, November 8, 1927 at 2 o'clock at Ash's Chapel by Rev. Rowland Aspinall, a former pastor of Ash's Church assisted by Rev. W. R. Kiger, the present pastor and internment at the Alfred B. Smith cemetery. The burial services were under the auspices of Middlebourne Lodge I.O.O.F.

Note: According to cemetery records recorded March 31, 2002 by Steve McAnarney and Gary Patterson, Endsley H. Smith was actually buried at the Greenwood Cemetery along with several other family members.
Source: Mary Summers <summernan at ohiohills.com>


Taps Sounded Tuesday For Veteran Soldier Of The Civil War --------- Jacob Smith, a Brave Union Soldier, passed away early Tuesday Morn- ing at Bridgway Home. April 9, 1918
Rapidly the ranks of the veterans of the Civil War are being thinned out in Tyler County as elsewher[e] in the nation. At the best a few years will witness the passing of the youngest and strongest of them

In the defense of the country during that other great crisis, they set a splendid example of sacrifice and heroism which has had its influence in the present world war. With un- bounded patriotism, these veternas[veterans] have taken up the cause of their country and their influence has caused many a young man to volunteer his services.

Mr. Jacob Smith, whose death occurred at 3:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, was a brave soldier, having volunteered his services in 1862 and entered the Second Virginia infantry. He served with great credit and in November, 1864 was captured at New Creek. He was sent to the infam- ous Libby Prison and was held there till March 5, 1865, when he was exchange. He came home weak and starved and it took some time to recuperate. Dr. Martin Rymer and Mr. D.C.Sweeney of Centreville guaranteed his return. He was with his command at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and with his regiment took up the pursuit of Boothe through Virginia. He was present when Booth was driven from the burning barn and picked up his pistol. Later he was sent with his regiment which had been consolidated with the Second cavalry to the plains and served there till the expiration of his enlistment. Among his officers was the late Captain J.B. Smith of Shirley.

After his return home he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Smith, of Frew and whose death occurred just about one year ago. Nine children were born of this union of whom seven survive: [a break in the clipping occurs here] Mrs. John Roberts of Dry Run; Elizabeth and Hannah at home, Mrs. Nellie Wilcox of Alma, Charles of Alma, Paul of Middle- bourne and Eli Smith of Parkersburg, Mrs. Martha Spencer, Mrs. J.J. Sellers and Mrs. Eliza Kinney all of Middlebourne are his sisters.

The deceased was aged about 78 years and was a miller by trade. For several years he was on his farm near Frew but the exposure and hardships of army life brought rheumatism and finally heart trouble which was the cause of his death.

He was converted while in the Army and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Centreville, but later joined with the United Brethern in which denom- ination he died.

The Funeral was held at his late home in Bridgeway, well after noon, and was later taken to the Ali [Alf] Smith cemetery at Frew for burial.

A host of friends regret the death of Mr. Smith, especially in the McElroy and Centreville sections where he spent most of his life.

I believe there are some errors in this obituary, but most of it appears to be accurate. My husband is descended from Charles Smith one of Jacob Smith's sons.
Source: Amy Steele <steelek at hotmail.com>


Mrs. Mary C. S. Smith   
Mrs. Mary Corbet S. Wells Smith was born in Pleasants County, West Virginia, April 29, 1863. She was married to A. T. Smith, December 31, 1882.  To this happy union were born seven children, Charles S., Maggie R., Cora J., Alfred C., James W., Maxie M., and Alphretta Grace.  She was an earnest, faithful Christian woman, having been a Sunday school teacher from girlhood days.  She believed "The Book" and taught it with all power.  On August 5th,1909, she fell asleep in Christ.  Dr. S. B. Moore, of the Christian church at Marietta, Ohio, preached the funeral sermon.  She was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery that overlooks the village of Friendly. Thus passes from earth the faithful wife and most tender and loving mother, a true and devoted friend and above all - a consecrated Christian.  All was done that hands could do to make her comfortable.  Amid her suffering, as intense or severe as it might be, she never murmured but bore it all saying,"They that suffer with him shall also reign with him."  So comes to a close the life of one of the purest and best of women.  While her husband and children shall be deprived of her presence, they have a rich and precious heritage in her life and triumphant death.
                                                     - Rev. J. M. Helm
Tyler County Star, Thursday, August 26, 1909, front page.
Source: Becky <Bncole at aol.com>



Dated: Friday October 17, 1952
Selmon W. Smith, 74 of 1907 Forbes Street, Pittsburg PA, died Wednesday October 8 at 9:45 a.m. at his home. He was born in Tyler County, a son of Charles W. and Lavina Masters Smith, and was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are two nieces: Mrs. Lessie Summers of Middlebourne and Mrs. Zelma Grimm of Baltimore, Md. Services were held Saturday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sawyer-Sellers funeral home in Middlebourne with the Rev. Achsah Miller officiating. Burial was in the Alfred Smith cemetery at Big Sancho. Friends were received at the Sawyer-Sellers funeral home.
Source: Mary Summers <summernan at ohiohills.com>


It has pleased Almighty God to remove from this state of trial to a blissful immortality, my dear father, Rev. Stewart Smith, in the 86th year of his age.
He was a native of Ireland, and was converted to God through the instrumentality of Rev. John Wesley, during one of his visits to that country.  For a period of between fifty and sixty years he sustained the relation of a local preacher in the Methodist connexion, in his native and adopted country;  and in that relation(?), he labored in the vineyard of his Lord until within a few years of his death.
He was gifted with a good deal more than ordinary mind, which he had improved by reading and study ; but being a man of few words, and retiring in his manners, he never sought the praise of men.  His highest ambition appeared to be, so to pass through this world as to gain a share of the inheritance of the saints in light.
He died at his residence in Tyler Co. Va., on Saturday night, the 20th inst. – His end was peace.
I feel very thankful that my appointment this year permitted me to be with him in his last moments.

                                        WESLEY SMITH.
Pleasant Valley, Va., Nov. 23.
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, December 22, 1847.
Vol. XIV.--No. 50. Whole No. 726, pg 394, col. 1.
Source: Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Jan Rader.


DIED, At the residence of his parents  in Tyler County, VA. July 30th 1855, Isaac Smith, son of Isaac and Maria Means aged 3 years 10 months and 20 days. 

The subject of this notice was an interesting little boy.  He seemed to have been pious from very infancy, and would often kneel by his father, at the bedside before retiring to rest.  He was very fond of the Sunday school, and would not be absent if it was possible for him to be there. He appeared to have some knowledge of his approaching end previous to his being taken sick; this is evident from what he would say when yet in health, his own words we will give as nearly as possible.  A day or two before he was taken sick, he said "I am going to be sick, and I will not be well again; I am going to die." It was perhaps the day before he took sick,  (his father being at work some distadce from the house, ) he proposed to take his dinner to him saying, " I will never take his dinner again."  After his return from taking the dinner, he asked his sister for something to eat saying, " "you may give me something, for I shall not want anymore." It was given to him, and he ate as usual, and then said, "now I shall never want to eat any more", and he never did eat anymore of "the bread that perisheth". The next morning he was taken with dysentery, which terminated his life after a painful illness of near two weeks.  His afflictions, though severe were borne with a courage and patience far beyond his ears, and he frequently referred to death as the terminus of his sufferings; and often told his parents  " that he was going to where he would be sick any more".  From the first of his sickness he would not consent for the doctor to be brought; he said his medicine would not make him well. He was frequently heard to sing, or try to sing, " I Want to go," &c and "We'll cross the river of Jordan," & c. As he approached his end, he seemed to exult in the hope of his " heavenly home", and seemed to pass away in an ecstacy .  Who can doubt but that "Angels were from glory come" to carry him home to Him who said  "suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them  not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."  May God grant that his parents, brothers, and sisters, may all have a like happy death, and finally meet him in heaven
Evansville, Nov 26 th 1855
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, December 25, 1855.
Vol. XXII---No. 51. Whole No. 1141. pg 204, col. 3.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkely.


JUNE 3-6, 1933 Moundsville Journal Mrs Vonnie (Fulmer) SNIDER ,26, was almost instantly killed when a bolt of lightning struck. Her mother , Mrs. Edith Fulmer, 65, is confined to bed from shock, while Lloyd Snider, her husband, was also shocked. Storm victim buried June 6, 1933. Funeral services for Mrs. Vonnie Snyder, wife of Llody Snyder, killed when hit by lightning at her home in Cresaps Saturday evening, were held this afternoon at 2:00 at the home. Rev. Moore of the Paden Ciry Christian church officiated and interment was in Paden City Cemetery.
Source: Donna Allen


Name: Mabel M. Spencer
Age: 84
Place: Middlebourne, Blue Community
Date: Sunday, May 3, 1992
Born: Tyler Co.,
Parents: daughter of the late James L. and Maude Cupp Moffett.
Occupation: homemaker and the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Preceded in death: by her husband, Delbert J. Spencer, in 1984; 3 brothers: Herman D. Moffett, Clint R. Moffett and Lester C. Moffett; 3 sisters: Minnie Wise, Jessie Burrows, and Mary Meredith.
Survivors: several nieces and nephews.
Burial: Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.
Source: Donna Allen


Joseph Stackhouse, an elderly and respected citizen of Sancho, Tyler County, W.Va., has died of old age. He was a relative of Squire J. H. Marshall of this place. Interment was in Long's Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 27 April 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Samuel Stoneking, an aged and well known citizen of Ellsworth District, Tyler County, W.Va., died February 26, 1917 at his home on Point Pleasant Creek. He was born on McElroy Creek in McElroy District, in January 1837 and was 80 years of age last January. The deceased was the son of Henry Stoneking and wife, pioneer settlers of McElroy District, who emigrated from Greene County, Pennsylvania in 1836. The deceased was one of seven brothers, all of whom are dead except Daniel Stoneking of Booher, this county, and seven sisters, all of whom are dead except Mrs. Sarah Ann Moore, wife of Israel Moore of Lima, this county. The deceased and Mary Virginia Beatty, daughter of Major John C. Beatty and wife, were married over 52 years ago and moved on the farm on which he died. They had four sons: Orlando, deceased; Henry W. and William N., both of Fairmont, W.Va.; and John B., on the home farm. He is survived by his widow who is 82 years of age and very sick. Mr. Stoneki
ng was a member of Company E, 14th Regiment West Virgnina Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Dan D. Johnson's Regiment and he was in service throughout the Civil War. He is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Lazear's Chapel by Rev. A. E. Michael of the M.E. Church. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 1 March 1917
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Maude Stoneking Straight, daughter of the late David and Amanda Stoneking, died December 7, 1926 at New Martinsville, W.Va. She was born near Victory, Indian Creek, Tyler County, W.Va., on July 24, 1889. On October 18, 1907, she was married to Ensil Straight of Atwood. They were the parents of four children: Arretta, Louella, Juanita and Alden. She is survived by her children, husband and brothers, Rev. Oliver Stoneking of Buckhannon, W.Va.; Meredith Stoneking of Burgettstown, Pa.; and Charles Stoneking of Middlebourne; sisters, Mrs. Emma Thomas of Middlebourne; Mrs. Rachel Woodburn of Lima, W.Va.; and Mrs. Mary Jane Woodburn of Sistersville, W.Va. Interment was in the Victory Cemetery.
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Lavina Summers, one of Tyler's oldest and most loved women, passed away at the home of her son, Henry Summers at Polard, W.Va., on June 24, 1917. As nearly as can be remembered, she was past 95 years of age. She was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of David and Agness Hartley Province. When still in her teens she was married to Cephas Harris and located in Marion County, W.Va. It was while living at Farmington, W.Va., that her husband was very sick with typhoid fever, that the big flood of 1852 swept away their home and its contents, thus destroying all family records and therefore, her children are uncertain of her exact age. Mr. Harris passed away soon after the flood. They had five children; two died young. Benjamin Harris died on Elk Fork several years ago. Mrs. Matthew Ferrell of Lone Tree, W.Va. and Mrs. P. H. Engle of Louisa, Virginia, survive her. Years after her first husband died, Lavina married Alexander Summers and in the year of 186
8, they came to Tyler county, locating at the Jug, but soon afterwards moved to Elk Fork, now Number Three. Here they lived until the death of her husband, and her boys had grown to manhood. There were five children born to this union, the daughter dying in infancy, and one son, J. R. of the state road, died about two years ago. Henry Allen of Polard; George Atwell of Akron, Ohio; and David Edgar of Ravenna, Ohio, survive her. In 1887 Lavina was united with the Christian Church at Number Three and it was in this same "meeting house" that they carried her for the final services and where all the old friends who had been with her in joys and sorrows, gathered to see her once more. Her friend and neighbor, when she lived in this place, Rev. Amos A. Dye, conducted the services. Interment was in the cemetery nearby beside her husband.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 28 June 1917
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Mrs. Samuel Suter Passed Away Today
Former Resident of This City Succumbs to Tuberculosis
The death of a well known woman occurred this morning at 5 o'clock at her home in Sardis, Ohio, when Mrs. Samuel M. Suter succumbed to tuberculosis.  She has been afflicted with the disease for some time, but has only been confined to her room for about a week. Mr. and Mrs. Suter were residents of Sistersville for many years, but inst spring they moved to Sardis, where they have been making their home since that time. The deceased was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, being one of its most energetic and conscientious workers. She was a woman of many noble qualities, that endeared her to a very wide circle of friends, by whom she will be sadly missed. She was aged 55 years. The funeral services will be held in the Methodist church in Sardis on Sunday, but the hour has not been arranged. Mrs. Suter is survived by her husband, four sons, Roy, Karl, Harry and Albert, of this city., one sister, Mrs. Andrew Burkle, of Riverview Ohio, and three brothers, Rev. George Richardson, of Pittsburg; Melvin and Lon Richardson of Wellsburg.
 Daily Oil Review, Sistersville, February 22, 1912
note: Ida Belle Richardson was her maiden name
Source: Sara Richardson Kelly <Edward.F. Kelly at verizon.net>


JAMES TAGGART   The subject of this notice, was born on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1780.   He was then removed to Rockingham county, Va. thence to Randolph county, Va., where he married and lived for many years near the Horseshoe where he also lost his first wife, and some years later married his second; and in 1845 he came to Tyler county, Va. and settled in Centreville where he breathe his last on February, 1848.  

Bro. Taggart joined the M. E. Church in 1810 as a seeker of religion, and some time after obtained a saving interest in Christ. — From my first acquaintance with him, between thirteen and fourteen years ago, and from the information, his example was always that of a Christian, and his testimony unwavering. He was for several years a class-leader and his house a home for way-worn Methodist Preachers.  

For several years he was afflicted with asthma, which prevented him from lying down; yet he bore his afflictions with patience to the last, and bore unequivocal testimony to the triumphant grace of Christ. — In a dying hour he could speak of his funeral, and give directions to have his coffin placed in the meeting-house, and a sermon preached before he was buried.  

On Friday before his death I visited with him and found him sinking very fast ; and while talking about his funeral and his death he did it with much composure as if going on a journey; and after we had prayer,  I asked him if I could have his authority, while preaching his funeral sermon, tell the congregation that he had gone to rest.  He replied " Yes ".  His funeral sermon was preached from Matt xiii 43:  " Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father."  

About the time of his death there was a quarterly protracted meeting where he was a member, it was a theme of rejoicing for him to know his family and neighbors were coming into the Church. " O may they live as he lived, and die as he died, that they may form a permanent association in the kingdom of Christ.

"There all the ship's company meet,
Who sailed with their Savior's beneath". 

And while his companion and friends are left to mourn the loss, their loss is the eternal gain.  
Adieu until the last day, and may we all meet to part no more.
Geo Monroe
Middlebourne March  18, 1848
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, April 5, 1848.
Vol. XV.---No. 14. Whole no. 741. pg 110, col 2.
Source: Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkaly.


Audra Tennant, 79-; of Alma, died Monday in Weirton Medical Center, Weirton.

She was born in Tyler County, a daughter of the late Alex and Lucy Stewart Arnett.

She is survived by one son, Charles Tennant of New Cumberland; three daughters, Mrs. Doris Adadis of Follansbee, Mrs. Lynna Eureka of New Cumberland, and Mrs. Shirley Guzz of Weirton; two sisters, Aretta "Tet" Stoneking of Alma and Pluma Tennant of Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glennie O. Tennant, in 1978.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Furbee Funeral Home, Alma, with Evangelist Clarence Rice officiating with burial in the Victory Cemetery, Alma. Friends may call at the funeral home from 24 and 7-9 p.m .today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Tue. Dec 23, 1986]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Elijah Thomas died June 11, 1926. He was born on the old Thomas farm, near Tyler City, W.Va., on January 16, 1844, a son of the late Henry and Sarah Baker Thomas. He married Emily J. Smith on April 23, 1870 and to this union the following children survive: Mrs. Della Berkley of Middlebourne, W.Va.; Randolph of Conaway, W.Va.; and H. J. and French, both of Oklahoma. Two children died a number of years ago. He and his family lived most of their lives at Blue. He was a member of the Christian Church on Muddy Creek. Later he united with the local M. E. Church. Funeral services were held at the Berkley home by Rev. Hamrick and interment was in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Alma, W.Va.
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Samuel Thomas, son of William and Sarah Thomas, departed this life, Oct 11,1852, aged 21 years 4 months and 7 days.

His disease was, fever, which took him in a few days from the enjoyment of health and youth to the grave.  I visited with him during his illness, and not withstanding his mind was much shattered at times by the fever, he conversed composedly, and soon called for the Bible, and proposed prayer. While we were praying the doctor came in, which prevented further conversation.— Sometime before his departure he called his friends and told them his prospect of heaven was clear beyond doubt.  A sister who was absent came in some time after and he spoke to her of his glorious hope, for which he praised the Lord. In a conversation with his father, he said  Jesus, was with him all the time. Thus he went off, shouting victory.  He has left a wife and one child, with other friends, to mourn their loss. He was for five years a member of the M.E. Church on Barbour Circuit, Tyler county, Va.
R.L. Brooke
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate, Pittsburgh, December 7, 1852.
Vol. XIX. -- No. 49. Whole No. 983. pg 68, col 2.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Carol (Weekley) Turkaly.


J. M. Tracy died at his home near Parkersburg, W.Va., last week. The funeral took place at his home last Thursday. He lived in Tyler County, W.Va. for many years at Iuka and moved with his family many years ago. He leaves a widow and several children, including W. J. Tracy and Thomas C. Tracy of Pursley, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 17 January 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Name: Naomi Jean Underwood
Age: 66
Place: of Alma (Joseph's Community), WV,
Date: Thursday, Nov, 28, 1996, at her residence.
Born: Joseph's Mills
Parents: the late Harry Jones and Opal Tennant.
Occupation: own-operator of Underwood’s Grocery in Joseph's Mills, was secretary-treasurer of the Spring Hill Cemetery Association, treasurer of the Joseph's Mills Women's Club and a 25-year 4-H leader in Tyler County. She was a former member of the Tyler County Democratic Executive Committee and a member of the Tyler County Historical Society and Riggs Memorial Chapel, Joseph's Mills.
Survivors: two sons, Donald Underwood of Poca, WV, and Edward Underwood of Alma; a daughter, Opal Kunz of Pittsburgh, PA; two brothers, Robert "Jack" Tennant and Virgil Tennant, both of Alma; three sisters, Betty Doll of Pennsboro, WV, Jennetta Doll of Clarksburg, WV, and Janice Goff of Middlebourne, WV; and six grandchildren.
Preceding in death: her husband, James a Underwood; a son, John P. Underwood; and a sister, Joann Tennant.
Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph's Mills.
[Ritchie Gazette, Harrisville, WV, Thur., Dec. 5, 1996]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Rest came to Mrs. Polly Underwood on June 6, 1929 after an active life of nearly 74 years in the Shirley, W.Va. community. She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Weekley Underwood and a granddaughter of William Underwood of the brick house on McElroy and has always lived near Shirley. She was first married to Eli Cunningham and to this union five children were born, three sons and two daughters. Her second marriage was to Peter Smith and one daughter, Mrs. Dave Myers, survives. About four years ago she married to Jesse Underwood, who survives her. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Combs of the U.B. Church and interment was at Shirley.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 13 June 1929
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


At his home near New Martinsville, Geo. Waytt died November 21 in the 59th year of his life. He was born in Wetzel County and lived there all his life. His wife died eight years ago. He is survived by one son Charles.
He was a member of the Baptist Church at New Martinsville. The funeral at Vancamp Tuesday was conducted by Rev. Michael of this place.
[Tyler County Journal, Middlebourne, W. VA., Thursday, December 9, 1915
Vol XVL, No. 36]
Source: Susie Jones <djones at ma.rr.com>



Ada A. Weekley, 78, of 310 East St.,. Middlebourne, died Tuesday at Wetzel County Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born in Tyler County, a daughter of the late William J. and Frances Ferrell Weekiey. She was a homemaker and had done private duty nursing care for several years.

She is survived by three sons, Leslie Bruce Weekley of Dinwiddie, Va., Victor Allen Weekley of Middlebourne and Gary Lynn Weekley of Charlotte, N.C.; four daughters, Wilma Jean White, Vera June Henderson and Sara Jane White, all of Valparalso, Ind., and Beverly Joyce Stutzman of Powhatan Point, Ohio; one sister Ruth Weekley of New Martinsville; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie H. Weekley, in 1967; two sons, Charles E. and William F. Weekley; one sister and one brother.

The funeral will be 11 a.m Thursday at East Street United Methodist Church, Middlebourne, with the Rev. Daniel A. Deem officiating. Burial will be in Beechwood Cemetery at Alma. Friends may call at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today .

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Aug. 23, 1989]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Castle A. Weekley, 83, of Route 1, Middlebourne, died Tuesday morning in Wetzel County Hospital at New Martinsville.

He was born in Tyler County, son of the late Armstrong and Annie Waters Weekley. He was a retired Columbia Gas System field foreman.

He is survived by his wife, Blythe Haught Weekley; a daughter, Merle Ferrell of New Martinsville; two grandsons. Sheldon and Larry Ferrell; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

The funeral will be at 1 a.m. Thursday at the Furbee-Goodwin Funeral Home in Middlebourne, with burial in the Beechwood Cemetery Alma. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

[Parkersburg Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1986]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Esta Caroline Weekley, 69, of 310 East St., Middlebourne, Tyler County, died Friday in the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was born in Marjory Run, daughter of the late William and Frances Ferrell Weekley. She was a dietitian for 25 years at Methodist Hospital, N.Y., she was a veteran of the U.S Army.

She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Weeldey of New Martinsville, Ada Weekley of Middlebourne; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at the Furbee-Goodwin Funeral Home, Main Street, Middlebourne Monday 11 a.m. with the Rev. Samuel Moore and the Rev. David Eubanks officiating. Burial will be In Aif Smith Cemetery, Tyler County. Friends will be received at the Wells Funeral Home, 515 Mapel Ave., New Martinsville, today 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friends then will be received at the Furhee-Goodwin Funeral Home Sunday 12-4 and 7-9 p.m.

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


Frank B. Weekley, 81 of 306 Burt St., Sistersville, died Thursday at Sistersville General Hospital.

He was born in Tyler County, son of the late Jessie and Laura Leasure Weekley. He was a member of Sistersvllle Nazarene Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a retired city of Sistersville employee.

He is survived by four sons, Lawrence Clayton Jr., and Fred Clayton, both of Sistersville, and Robert Clayton and Homer Clayton of Sebring, Ohio; one daughter, Freda Simmons Rice of Route 2, New Martinsville; one brother, Homer Weekley of Sistersville; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Gulley Weekley, in 1986.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Eckels Funeral Home with the Rev. Herman George officiating. Burial will be in Pierpoint Cemetery, Tyler County. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Saturday.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Fri., June 16, 1989]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Ira A. Weekley, 70, of 109 Klondike Ave., Sistersville, died Tuesday in Sistersville General Hospital.

He was born in Tyler County, son of the late Jesse and Laura Leasure Weekley. He was a plasterer and was retired from employment with the city of Sistersville.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Booher Weekley; a son, Frank Weekley, two daughters, Donna Clayton and Ruby Weekley; and two brothers, Homer and Frank B. Weekley, all of Sistersville; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Weekley, in 1980; and a son, Donald.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Eckels Funeral Home in Sistersville, the Rev. Bobby Wood officiating, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Sistersvllle. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today and after 2 p.m. Thursday.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Wed., Dec. 3, 1986]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Jesse Weekley, 83, year old farmer died at his home at the Jug, Wednesday night at 7:30 o'clock of pneumonia. He was the son of the late Mr and Perry Weekley and all his life had been in Tyler Co. Mr. Weekley married twice. His first wife was Miss Nancy Dawson and to that reunion the following children were born John Weekley - Middlebourne; Sarah and Celina; deceased. His second wife was Miss Laura Sarah Leasure and to that reunion the following children were born, Earl Weekley, Smithfield, Wva.; Delbert Weekley - Sistersville, Wva.; Mrs. Jacob Gaiser, Sistersville, Wva.; Alvy Weekley - Frank B. Weekley, Ira Weekley, Harley Weekley, Miss Wanda Lee Weekley all of Middlebourne, Wva. Golden Weekley of Bell Veron, Pa., and Martha, Charles, Hilda Weekley are deceased. He was a member of the U. B. Church. Funeral services will be held at Victory Church on Indian Creek on Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Burial at a nearby cemetery.
Born 12/30/1853 -- Death unknown -- There was no death date in the obit section that this was found.
Source: Barbara Yoder.


Early Saturday morning, March 18, (-?-) died at his home in Bellevue, (-?-) of our best known and (-?-) generally (-?-) citizen, Joseph Marion Weekly.

Mr. Weekly was born August 8, 1837, at Hebron, Tyler County, W. Va. He moved to Ohio in 1850, where he married Miss Sarah Jane Pool on June 21, 1857. ...?... moving thence to Illinois, in 1880. From Illinois he moved to Lincoln, Neb. in 1887 to LaPlatte, Sarpy County, in the same year to Atkinson, Holt County, in 1892, and to Bellevue in 1894, where he has since lived up to the time of his death.

There were eleven children born of that union, six girls and five boys, of whom five girls and two boys, together with his wife, survive him. the children were all home at the time of death except two daughters, Mrs. Gilman Davis, of Atkinson, Neb. and Mrs. Jefferson Moore, of Thermopolis, Wyo. Mr. Weekley was a consistent Christian and a kind and generous neighbor, whose loss is felt outside his own family.

A large concourse of people followed his remains to Bellevue Cemetery, where he was laid to rest Sunday afternoon.
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Name: Loran D. Weekly
Age: 54
Of: Alma, W.Va.
Date: died Aug.16, 1991
Location: Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville.
Born: in Glen Dale
Parents: Mary Adams Weelkey of Middlebourne and the late Walton Weekley.
Occupation: an employee of the Mobay Corp. at Natrium, W.Va., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Burt Church of Christ of Middlebourne. He was a member of the McElroy Grange 539 and the Tyler County Pomona Grange 16, was treasurer of the West Virginia State Grange, a seventh degree member of the national grange, president of the Tyler County 4-H Farm Community Service, and a member and past chairman of the Tyler County Republican Executive Committee.
Survivors his mother, Elizabeth Yoho Weekley; one son, Ronald Weekley of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; four daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Stephanie) Walters of Alvy, W.Va., Mrs. Tom (Rondi) Bailey of Sistersville, Mrs. Allen (Lorana) Ferrell of Alma and Marie Weeldey at home; one sister, Mrs. Rex (Shirley) Lapp of Middlebourne; and seven grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Middlebourne Cemetery.
[Parkersburg News, Aug. 18, 1991]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Millard J. Weekley, 68, of Route 1, Middlebourne, died Sunday at Sistersville General Hospital. Weekley was a retired employee of Columbia Gas with 34 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born in Tyler County, a son of the late Charles and Maud Sellers Weekley.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Metz Weekley; four sons, Jim Weekley of Beech Bottom, W.Va., Dave Weekley of New Martinsville, Terry Weekley of Middlebourne, and Mike Weekley of Sistersville; two daughters, Paula Ferrell and Sandy Metz, both of Middlebourne; a brother, Orrin Weekley of Middlebourne; a sister, Lucille Kocher of Porters Falls, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Weekley, in 1970, and Jerry Weekley, in 1980.

The funeral will be 2 p.m Tuesday at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, with Evangelist Landon Hope officiating. Burial will be in Middlebourne Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Monday, Nov. 26, 1990]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Mrs. Minerva Weekley, one of Tyler's well known women, passed away at her home at Frew, Monday Feb. 6, after a lingering illness.

Minerva Smith Weekley was born 77 years ago a daughter of the late Hugh and Agnes Thomas Smith, at the old homestead near Frew. She was married to Elmore Weekley, a civil war veteran, who died a number of years ago.

To this union were the following children: Mrs. Flora Reed of Paden City; Mrs. Laura Smith and Mrs. Ina Stringer of West Union; Cyrus and Elmer of Oil Fields, Calif.; W. J., of Frew; and H. C., of Paden City. Mrs. Ida Garman, Charles and Pearl died several years ago. She is also survived by brothers, John W. Smith of Frew, Jacob Smith of McKim and one sister, Mrs. Flora Freeman, of West Union. She was a member of the Christian church and a very devoted mother. The entire community mourns the departure of this good woman.

Funeral services Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. Rice of Sistersville and interment was in the Alpheus Smith cemetery at Frew.

[Tyler Journal, 1922]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Ruby Weekley, 59, of Shirley, died Tuesday in the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, following an extended illness. Weekley was a homemaker and a member of Shirley United Methodist Church; Shirley.

She was born in Tyler County, a daughter of Sylvia Main Kester of Weiron and the late Murl Kester.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Weekley;three sons, Clifton of Weinon, David of Shirley and Perry of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Paula Dunlap of Slidell, La., and Chris Seese of Shirley; three brothers, Harry Kester of Virginia, Walter Kester of Midland, Pa., and Gary Kester of Weirton; five sisters, Mary Edgell of Kentucky, DeEtta Tibbs and Opal Whear of Weirton, Dorothy Curtis of Wellsville, Ohio, and Kathy DeVaux of Chester; and six grandchildren.

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

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Wed. July 3, 1991]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Mrs. Virl I. Weekley, 73, of 316 Mineral Ave., Weirton, died Wednesday evening in Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born In Tyler County, daughter of the late William M. and Nettie Way Adams. She was a member of the Mount Nebo Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Howard A. Weekley; a son, Lloyd D. Weekley of Weirten; three sisters, Ival Adams of Sistersville, Mary Weekley of Alma and Audry Fletcher of Middlebourne; and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Furbee-Goodwin Funeral Home in Middlebourne, Clarence Rice officiating, with burial in Middlebourne Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

[Parkersburg Sentinel, Fri., Jan. 2, 1987]
Source: Nancy E. Gates <NEGates at prodigy.net>


Abraham Wells died Monday, March 30, 1907 in Williamstown, W.Va. He was born in Tyler County, W.Va. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>



Elizabeth Wells, consort of Thomas Wells, was born in Tyler County, Va., July 4, 1806, and became a member of the M.E. Church, January 9, 1835, under brother John Coil.  She took sick September 14, 1837, and never recovered, but departed this life on July 17, 1840.
   Sister Wells was not only a Methodist in name, but in heart and in practice.  She was not one of those who made a very loud profession, but was stable, sound in faith, a lover of God and of all men.  It may be safely said, she was an ornament to the Church, both by precept and example.  Several of the brethren in the Conference were acquainted with her, and it must not only be gratifying to her friends who waited on her, and saw her resignation and patience during her illness, and witnessed her dying scene, but to them, to know of her triumphant death.  On my way to Conference, hearing she was very ill, I called to see her.  She was low indeed, but not so much so as to be unable to inform me distinctly, that she was not afraid to die.  She told brother Wells, to request me to preach her funeral sermon, and also selected two hymns, one to be sung at the house before her remains were removed, and also at the opening of her funeral sermon, commencing,
                            'If now I have acceptance found,'
the other side to be sung at the grave, and at the close of the sermon, commencing,
                            'And let this feeble body fail,'
Thus you may see she was very deliberately and calmly making her arrangements for her long journey.  A little before she closed her pilgrimage she called her husband to her, and said, 'I am dying.'  'Are you afraid to die?' asked brother Wells.  'No--not afraid to die.'  Suffering much, she prayed, 'Lord have mercy on me, and relieve me from my pain; come Lord, and take me to thyself; come, Lord Jesus, and receive my spirit'  Her blood-washed soul then took its flight, to mingle with the host of heaven.
   Her funeral sermon was preached by the writer on the 23d of this instant, from Isaiah xxv.--8,9, to a large and weeping congregation, and no doubt her spirit rejoiced when it beheld her aged mother, at the close of the funeral, give her name to that church she so much loved, and to fill up the vacuum caused by her removal.
Middlebourne, August 26, 1840.
source: Pittsburgh Conference Journal. Pittsburgh, September 10, 1840.
Vol VII--No. 33. Whole No. 345. Pg 132, col. 1.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Linda Ritthaler.


Bro. John D. Wells, in the 51st year of his age. He was a Justice of the Peace for the County, and a faithful Steward in the M.E. Church. He united with the church through the influence of Rev. W. D. Lemmon. He has left a widow and several children to mourn their loss, yet they "sorrow not as those who have no hope." Of him it might be said "he loveth our nation, and hath built us a synagogue," having erected a meeting-house on his farm at his own expense, in which God has been graciously pleased to convert souls. He was asked by his leader, when in the agony of death if he was afraid to die, to which he replied: "No, thank God, I am not afraid to die!"--There can be no doubt, he rests in Abraham's bosom.
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.


Melinda Wetzel, wife of the late George Wetzel, died at her home on the S&S Turnpike near Luzon on February 21, 1907 at the age of 77 years. Her maiden name was Morris. She was born in Monroe County, Ohio near Clarington. She married in Monroe county and she and her husband and only child came to Tyler county about 40 years ago. Mr. Wetzel died in January 1896. Mrs. Wetzel is survived by her daughter, Mrs. A. T. Marlow, and by nephews, Joseph Wetzel and Isaac Wetzel of New Martinsville, W.Va., and by her niece, Mrs. John Hickman. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. U. G. Edgell of the M.P. Church at Archer's Chapel at the old homestead. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery at Middlebourne, W.Va.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., February 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Joseph Whitten, one of a family of old river pilots, passed away while seated in an arm chair at his farm at Whitten's Landing above Sistersville, W.Va., on Saturday. He was 88 years and four months old. He was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom were Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Louisville pilots. He was the last survivor of a family of 13 children whose grandparents left Wheeling Fort and settled on the banks of the Ohio River on September 1, 1790, at what is known as the Whitten farm in Monroe County, Ohio. Joseph Whitten was born January 11, 1830. He was sick only a short while, being active and doing his duties around the farm home until a short while before his death. Since leaving the river as an active pilot, which position he held for 25 years, he has devoted his time to farming.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., Thursday, 6 June 1918
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Elizabeth Gregg Williams has died at the home of her nephew, Okey Williams, near Shirley, W.Va. She was aged 80/7/19. She was the widow of Eleazar Williams who died about 25 years ago. One daughter came to this family and she died some years ago. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Guthrie. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 26 April 1923
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Departed this life on the evening of the 6th of February, at his residence in Tyler county, Va.
Brother Williams was born in the north western part of Franklin county, Pa., in the year 1761, Feb. the 14th.  In the year ‘78 he entered into the service of the United States, and came to the mouth of Big Beaver Creek where they were building Fort McIntosh.   He entered into the pack horse service under Capt. John McFarland, and continued till Feb. the next year;  then he served eight months under General McIntosh.   In the year ‘80 or ‘81 he entered as an Indian spy under the direction of Col. James Marshall and served six months in that service.     In the year ‘02 he engaged again as a spy under Col. David Shepherd, until March the next year.   He lived on the frontier from ‘78 till ‘95.  His horse was once shot under him.  Through all the dangers of a savage war, his life was  providentially preserved.  In the year ‘90 he moved to Fishing Creek, now Tyler county.   He said he had a pious mother, who belonged to the Baptist Church, who taught him early to fear God;  but not until he had lived fifty years did he embrace the Saviour.  He connected himself with the M.E. Church with his companion about thirty years ago, and embarked for the kingdom above.  His house became a preaching place and a home for the Itinerant; many of my brethren in the ministry will doubtless remember the kindness of brother Williams and his family and their liberality.  He was a warm friend to the church of God in all her operations, and liberally contributed to the support of all her institutions;  and whilst he rests in peace his works do follow him.  At the age of 84 years, lacking a few days, he took leave of the church below to join the church above.   His last struggle was very short;  only a few hours was he called to suffer---and as a man of God, he sweetly passed from a world of trouble into the arms of Jesus.  On the day of interment, the writer of this  preached a funeral discourse to a large concourse of friends and neighbors.   The intense feeling manifested on the occasion give evidence of the high respect entertained for our dear brother.   But he is gone, and widowed wife, and a large family connection, and the church are left to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope, whist they mourn, no doubt he forms a part of the heavenly throng around the eternal throne and mingles with theirs his songs of rejoicing.  C.  TALBOTT
February 12, 1845
Western Christian Advocate, please copy.  C.T.
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh, March 26, 1845.
Vol. XII.---No 10. Whole no. 582. pg 40, col. 1.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Martha Johnson.


Dr. J. M. Williamson was called to Beverly, W.Va., on account of the death of his brother, H. J., who died last night, February 20, 1907, after a brief illness.  He was the son of the late Capt. J. W. Williamson of Friendly, W.Va.  He was born at the Williamson homestead in Tyler county on the hill above Friendly where he grew to manhood.  He took up his abode a number of years ago in Randolph County, W.Va.  He leaves surviving him, his widow and several children and a number of brothers and sisters.
SOURCE:  "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., February 1907
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


James Williamson. ---The subject of this memoir, departed this life on the 12th day of June, 1855.
He was born in the State of Penna., on the 24th day of July, 1780. He subsequently moved to Tyler county, Va., where he lived until called to be his reward in another and better world.
Father Williamson was converted and joined the M. E. church in the year 1800; in which church he lived a consistent member for nearly 53 years, when, at the age of about 75, he was called to join the church triumphant.
Father Williamson was a very devoted man, he made it his daily business to recommend religion to all with whom he met. He enjoyed the blessing of perfect love for about 25 years. He was a Methodist indeed and in truth. He loved the Methodist doctrine and discipline; and amid all the persecutions of the old M.E. church, and while many were forsaking the old ship and taking passage on the little craft of Protestantism, and enlisting under the banner of mutual rights and republicanism, (so-called;) this father in Israel was steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord. He continued to gather his flock around him in his own house, (which was a preaching place for many years) and exhorted them to follow him as he followed Christ. But he is no more, he is gone to rest from his labors, while his works do follow him.
His last illness he bore with patience and christian fortitude. The writer attended a prayer meeting in his room, the Sabbath before he died; and while the friends were singing and praying, he employed all his strength in praising God. It may truly be said that he made it his business in death, to cry "Behold, behold the Lamb."
After prayer meeting on Sabbath, he told me if he had bodily strength, he could tell the time and place of his conversion---that the circumstances were all fresh in his memory. He continued to the last in his right mind, giving evidence that he desired to depart and be with Christ. Oh that despisers, unbelievers, and infidels might have witnessed the scene.
Father W. leaves an afflicted, and now bereft companion, with many relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but they mourn not as those that have no hope. Many of them are converted and on their road to heaven, others are penitent. May the father of spirits direct and comfort them, and finally bring them, with the writer, and all the readers of this notice, to meet father Williamson on the blissful shores of immortality.
A.C. Higgins.
source: Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. Pittsburgh. July 10, 1855.
Vol. XXII.---No. 27. Whole No. 1117, pg 108., col. 4.
Obit provided by Roy Lockhart, typed by Kathy Yokiel.


Robert Wilson died at the home of his son, Roy Wilson, near Dale, W.Va., on June 4, 1924. He was 72 years old and was the son of Jerry Wilson and wife, pioneer settlers of Indian Creek, Tyler County, W.Va., near what was called in the early days, Moore's Post Office. The deceased was born on the old Wilson homestead near what is now Dale Post Office. He married a Miss Eddy, the daughter of the late Robert Eddy and wife, of what is now called Alvy. Mrs. Wilson died several years ago, along with one son. He is survived by his son, Roy Wilson, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Lemasters, wife of Seth Lemasters of Alvy. Mr. Wilson was a member of the M.E. Church of Alvy. Funeral services were held at the home by his pastor, Rev. Davis, on June 5, 1924. Burial was made in the Alvy Cemetery.
SOURCE: "Journal", Middlebourne, W.Va., 12 June 1924
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


(This obit is not complete-part of paper not copied)
At her home in Pittsburg [sic] Saturday morning, Mrs. John Woodburn passed away, after an illness of several years, from nervous breakdown.
Amanda Ruffner Sweeney was born at Sweeney's Mills, on McKlroy creek, June 8, 1863, a daughter of the late Danied and Mary Wells Sweeney. In 1879 when was converted at the Baptist church at Alma then under the pastorate of Rev. Newland and later united with the M. E. church of which she was a member until her marriage when she united with the M.P. church with her husband.
In 1888 she was married to John Woodburn, formerly of Fairpoint but then of Orrsburg Missouri, where they lived until 1895 when they moved to Pittsburg [sic] where they have since resided. Three children....

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


Rebecca Yost, wife of Lomeck Yost, died at her home on Elk Fork, Tyler County, W.Va. She was the former Rebecca Craig of Wetzel County, W.Va. Funeral services were held at the home and interment was in the Simpson Cemetery at Lone Tree.
SOURCE: "Journal", Tyler County, W.Va., 23 March 1905
OBIT provided by Linda Goddard Stout <donstout at suddenlink.net>


Bro Zinn, who once belonged to the Pittsburgh Conference one year as a probationer, and traveled on Middlebourne Circuit is no more.  He died at brother Marquis Mores, on this circuit, on the 10 th inst.,  where he had all the care and attention paid to him that could be. Oh ! how I am reminded of the consoling language of the Psalmist,  " When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." Brother Zinn has not been able to preach for some time.  The last sermon he preached was at our first quarterly meeting Sept. 21, from Isaiah,1v.10,11.   He certainly, as many in the bounds of the conference, both preachers and people know, was a young man of no ordinary talents, and whose christian deportment was unexceptionable; and wherever  he preached and travelled he was much beloved.  He was confined about seven weeks, and the Friday preceding his death I called him to see him. He was very low, but not so that he could not praise God. When I asked him if he had got any rest, he observed, " I doze a little, but my soul is at rest."  Such sweet and heavenly language I never heard from the lips of any person in health or death. Farther particulars concerning his life, ministerial labors and triumphant death, will be given as soon as can be gathered.  Any person having any correct information concerning Brother Zinn, would do a favor to communicate such information to us by letter; i.e. information concerning his age, life, and labors.  Our address is Middlebourne , Tyler co. Va.
                                         Geo . Monroe
Jan. 14,1840
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.




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