H. C. Hervey


H. C. HERVEY, a prominent attorney of Wellsburg, was born at that place , December 8, 1859, of a family which is conspicious in the history of Brooke county. The ancestors were devoted Presbyterians of Scotland and at the time of the religious persecutions there they emigrated to county Monahan, Ireland. Thence Henry Hervey who was born in 1740 came to this country in 1770 and settled in 1772 in Brooke county. He took up a farm which is still in the possession of his descendants. Soon after reaching America he was married to Margaret Hutchinson, who came over in the same ship. The home of these pioneers was on the very frontier and the wife was frequently left for safety in Fort Wells, while the husband went out to work for a week upon his farm. In this fort were born some of their nine children: William, Jane, James, Mary, John, Isabel, David, Margaret and Henry. The parents were among the founders of the Lower Buffalo church (Presbyterian) and their descendants have been botable workers in the same denomination. Henry Hervey died in 1805, and his widow January 16, 1834. Three of the sons, James, David and Henry became distinguished ministers. David, born October 29, 1794 was graduated at Jefferson college in 1825, was licensed as a minister in 1827 and preached for nearly half a century, organizing the church of Wellsburg. He died in 1881. By his marriage to Dorothy Ferris, who died about 1873, aged seventy-two years, he had a large family of children, who were all these, James Hervey, born in Ohio in 1818 became an accomplished lawyer, and was well known throughout the state as a man of brilliant characteristics, broad culture and great professional ability. He took an active part in politics, represented Brooke county in the first constitutional convention of West VIrginia; served as representative in the legislature three terms, as prosecuting attorney of Brooke county two terms, and held several minor offices such as mayor of the town. He died May 1, 1888. He married Nancy, daughter of Edward Smith, a prominent physician who died in 1872, aged about seventy-five years. The latter was an influential man and represented Brooke county in the old Virginia legislature. His wife, whose maiden name was James, died at a comparatively early age. The widow of James Hervey is still living in Wellsburg, venerated by her many relatives and friends. She is a member of the Presbyterian church. Of her nine children, four are living. H. C. Hervey, the sixth born, was educated at Wellsburg, and in youth began the reading of law, at which he has since been engaged, having an extensive and lucrative practice in this and other counties. He is now serving his second term as prosecuting attorney of the county. As a citizen he is influential and active in aiding all worthy enterprises.

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