JAMES W. M. CARMICHAEL, of Wellsburg, a member of the prominent coal firm of Forbes, Carmichael & Co., was born in Washington county, Penn., December 29, 1839. He is the son of G. W. Carmichael, a man well known in his day, a farmer, and subsequently engaged in furnishing fuel to Ohio river steamers, who died in 1857, aged forty-four years. The latter married Nancy, a daughter of James Ward, of Eldersville, Washington county, Penn., a well known early citizen, who in the days of Indian warefare was carried by his mother to the Harmon's Creek, Penn., block house for safety. This worthy lady is still living, at the age of seventy-two years. Thirteen children were born to them, the subject of this sketch being the second born, and seven are now living. James M. Carmichael, grandfather of the subject, was a well known local writer of prose and poetry, and school teacher in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties, Penn., and Brooke county, then in Virginia, having taught among other places at Cross Creek village and at what is now known as Buchanan's or Hammond's school house on Buffalo creek. He had the most valuable and complete library in the community in his day but this with his poetical manuscripts were destroyed by fire. At the death of his father, James W. M. Carmichael began to aid in the support of the family and was employed as a coal miner. Subsequently he purchased an interest with his brothers-in-law and the firm of Forbes, Carmichael & Co., was established in 1863. This, the oldest firm in the county still continues to do a prosperous business operating the oldest coal works in the county of Brooke. They have been remarkably free from accidents and have not stopped work a week since beginning. Mr. Carmichael is esteemed as one of the successful and enterprising business men of the town, and a public spirited citizen. He is an active member of the Presbyterian church, holding the office of elder and is a working republican. He was married May 7, 1861 to Mary, daughter of Thomas Forbes, Sr., of Wellsburg and they have twelve children living: Thomas W., bookkeeper in the Wellsburg National Bank, who married Gertrude L. Henke, of Steubenville, Ohio and has two children; Nannie; John F., a glass blower of Washington, Penn., who married Laura Wheatly and has one child; George, a printer of Wheeling; Eliza, a popular teacher in the Wellsburg public school; M. Alice; W. James; Herbert S.; Robert H.; Isabelle; Irene G. and Chester H., and two, Charles E. and Martha Pearl, having died in infancy.
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