S. W. Atkinson


S. W. ATKINSON, a very prominent farmer and resident of Buffalo township, Brooke Co., W. Va., was born April 28, 1839, in the same house in which he now lives, situated about three miles south of Bethany on Castleman's run. He is the son of John and Margaret (Trimble) Atkinson. The father was born in Ohio county, W. Va., January 3, 1800, and died May 12, 1882. Mrs. Atkinson was born December 12, 1801, in Cumberland county, Penn., coming to West Virginia with her mother when about twelve years of age, she settled in Ohio county, and is still living there. John Atkinson started in life with but a meager education, only having been able to obtain a two weeks' schooling. He took possession of the farm on which his son S. W., now lives, about sixty-five years ago, coming from Ohio county. The country was nothing but a wilderness in that day, but by his thrift and enterprise he left one of the finest farming properties in the township. He was an early abolitionist, and was probably the first subscriber to the New York Tribune, in Bethany. He died in his eighty-third year, his mind was vigorous and active to the last. A fine specimen of an American pioneer. Nine of the thirteen children born to him are still living, named: Elizabeth, Mary A. (Hupp), James, David T., Theressa, William, Ewing T., S. W., and John S. S. W. Atkinson was educated at the academy of West Liberty, Ohio. He and his brother, Ewing, enlisted August 27, 1861, in COmpany K, First West Virginia cavalry. They were discharged July 20, 1865, having served with bravery and faithfulness for four years. He fought in the battles of Gettysburg, Winchester; was in the Richmond campaign; from Richmond went to Appomatox Court House; was in the Shenandoah valley under Sheridan, and several minor engagements. After the war he returned home and took up his farm work where he had left it four years before to give his life and services to his country. Clarinda L. Snedeker became his wife November 4, 1868. She is the daughter of William and Mary (Waddle) Snedeker, and was born August 10, 1844, near Nashville, Holmes Co., Ohio. Four children have been born to this union: Minneola, Elizabeth, Charles S. and Mary W. The family are earnest members of the United Presbyterian church. Mr. Atkinson, like his father, is a republican, and was an energetic abolitionist. He is now prominently identified with his party, being a member of the republican party, and is considered as one of the solid and progressive agriculturalists of the county.

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