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The TRIPLETT Family

by Dr. A. S. Bosworth

The TRIPLETT family came from England and was among the settlers of Jamestown. John TRIPLETT, the first in Randolph County, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, August 28, 1778. He came to Virginia when a boy eighteen or nineteen years old, having run away from his master, a tanner to whom he was bound. He was married young to a Miss KITTLE, who seems to have been of a different family from Abraham KITTLE. To them were born fourteen children, two of whom died in infancy. Of those who lived to manhood and womanhood, Ephrain, Jacob, Moses, and Job spent their lives and reared families in Randolph County. William and Loami settled in Kanawha County, where they spent their lives. Eli and James went to Missouri after marrying in Randolph, Eli to Margaret HART, a daughter of James HART, and James to Deborah HARRIS, a daughter of Henry HARRIS, of Leading Creek. Ann was the wife of Archibald FERGUSON, and Mary, the wife of Solomon FERGUSON. Eunice was the wife of Isaac TAYLOR.

In April, 1829, after the death of the first wife, John TRIPLETT and Nancy KITTLE were married. She was a BENNETT, and came from Fauquier County, and was born in 1798. Her first husband was the brother of his first wife. Her son by the first marriage was Maj. Ben KITTLE, and a daughter was the mother of Lloyd and Hamilton ISMER. To this union were born Martha, who married Amasa KITTLE, Rachael, who married Arnold WILMOTH, Harriet, who married William FERGUSON, (John J. FERGUSON is the only living child); John J., who went to Montana when the trouble between the North and South came up and died there in the eighties; Randolph TRIPLETT, born August 28, 1837; Hickman, who went to Nebraska about twenty-five years ago and now lives in British Columbia; and Anthony, who lives near Grafton in Taylor County.

Jasper and Owen TRIPLETT were sons of Job. Elijah TRIPLETT was the son of Jacob, and the sons of Ephriam (sic) were Milton and David.

Floyd J. TRIPLETT, son of Randolph and Sarah (KITTLE) TRIPLETT, was born in 1863. He married Ella May, daughter of Archibald and Caroline (TAYLOR) WILMOTH. Children, Eva, Belle, Samuel, Lucebia Maria, Sallie and Clare. Mr. TRIPLETT has been editor of the Randolph Enterprise and Tygarts Valley News, and was county clerk in 1891-7. He is now editor of the Plymouth, N. C., Independent.

Jasper W. TRIPLETT, son of Job and Sydney (WILMOTH) TRIPLETT, was born in 1842 and died in 1914. He married Eliza CHENOWETH. Children, Wade H., George and Delphia, who married Rev. Wm. FLINT. Wade married Louie LAMBERT. Children, Delphia, Mary, Hellen, Preston and Revely. Graydon died in infancy. Jasper TRIPLETT was assessor of Randolph twelve years.

Source: History of Randolph County by Dr. A. S. Bosworth (Published 1916. Reprinted 1975.) Chapter XVI, Pages 382-383 THE TRIPLETT FAMILY

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