Waid Fithen


WAID FITHEN, a well known citizen of Mingo Junction is a son of William Fithen, a native of Philadelphia, who came to Jefferson county at an early day, and made his home on Salt run. He was a son of Waid Fifthen, a native of Pennsylvania. William Fithen was by trade a stone mason and brick layer, and followed those callings all his life. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Belle, had fourteen children, eight boys and six girls all of whom are living but the oldest son who died in Iowa in 1865. The father died in 1854 and the mother in 1871. Waid Fifthen, the subject of this sketch, at fifteen years of age, engaged in the river traffic, running between Pittsburgh and New Orleans, and remained in that business for fifteen years, after which he made his residence in Jefferson county, until the beginning of the rebellion. In that struggle he was honorably engaged, serving three years and six months as a member of Company G, Thirtieth Ohio regiment. He participated in the battles of Bull Run, South Mountain, Maryland, the siege of Vicksburg, and several other important engagements and was wounded at South Mountain. He returned to his Jefferson county home at the close of the war, and first found employment calking boats, but three years later engaged in carpentering, at which he is still occupied. Nineteen years ago he came to Mingo Junction and entered the employment of the Furnace company, for which he has been at work the greater part of the time since. He is a member of the G. A. R. He was married in 1866 to Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Bell.

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