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In tribute to and loving remembrance of our veterans of all eras

Veterans Memorial Page


Dedicated to those buried at Arnold Hill Cemetery
who fought for our freedom through the Revolutionary War to the Civil War.
Includes Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Wars and the War between the States.

Do you have information on an ancestor who served his or her country? Any descendant or family member of a Randolph County pioneer family may submit their information. The ancestor does not have to be buried at AHC.

FORTS

Fort Minear, built in 1776 on the east side of Cheat River on the site of the present town of St. George in Tucker County;

Fort Wilson, built two miles south of Elkins on the east side of the Tygart's Valley River in Randolph County;

Fort Friend, built at Maxwell's Ferry on Leading Creek in Randolph County;

Fort Hadden, built at the mouth of Elkwater creek in Huttonsville district, Randolph County;

Fort Warwick, built in Huttonsville district, Randolph County.

Military Service of Arnold HIll Families
Below is a list of some of the Arnold Hill men who served in American Wars.  We currently have data through the Civil War; plus a list of men who served Raldoph County in civil offices.  We would like to add the names of veterans of all of America's conflicts.

RW = Revolutionary War

1812 = War of 1812

IW = Indians Wars (including Dunmore's War)

USA = Civil War Union

CSA = Civil War Confederate

WWI - World War I

WWII - World War II

KW - Korean War

VW - Vietnam War

GW - Gulf War

WoT - War on Terror

CHENOWETH, Andrew (CSA) McClanahans Battery, 20th Va. Cavalry

CHENOWETH, Eli (CSA), Private, Company F, 31st Virginia Infantry, or "Jacob Currence's Company"

CHENOWETH, John (RW) Corporal, Capt. Abel Westfall's Company; taken prisoner Oct. 4, 1777.

CHENOWETH, Maj. Joseph Hart (CSA), 31st Virginia Infantry; killed at Port Republic, June 9, 1862. Was a cadet at Virginia Military Institute, 1855-1859, teacher there until the start of the Civil War. Click here for more on Joseph Hart Chenoweth.

COLLETT, Parkinson (CSA) McClanahans Battery, 20th Va. Cavalry

CORTEZ, Ryan; Specialist Ryan Clayton Cortez, served in Iraq (2003) and Afghanistan (2002) as an airborne infantryman with C Company, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.  Submitted by his father, Major Christopher A. Cortez, descendants of Elizabeth Jane Kittle Miller.

CURTIS, David Blackman (USA) 2nd WV Volunteer Company B, transferred to the West in 1865 to fight against the Sioux Indians, returned to Randolph County and taught school until 1890.

HOLLAND, Mike (VW); U.S. Army:  served his country for 8 years in Vietnam, South Korea, Germany, and Homestead, FL. His numerous commendations include the National Defense Service, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms, Good Conduct Medal, two Sharpshooter Medals, two service stripes, two overseas bars.  He was honorably discharged in 1977. Mike was an important contributor of the history of the Kittle and other Arnold Hill families.

KELLY,  Abel W., (1812)  pensioner for War of 1812 refer: History of Randolph Co. Discharged due to ill health at camp in rear of Fort Barbour at Norfolk on 18 October 1814. Pension file says he was drafted on 3 September 1814 at Beverly, married Jemima Kittle near Beverly on 24 September 1809, and he was 84 years old and living on Cheat Mountain in Randolph County on 14 March 1871.

KITTLE,  Abraham (RW) born 1 Jan 1731 in Wawarsing, Ulster, NY. He died 16 Sep 1816 in Randolph, VA...Abraham was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, in Captain Anthony Shimer's Company, Colonel Jacob Stroud's, 6th Battalion of the Northampton County, PA militia in 1778, according to the muster roll for May 14th of that year he was a Lieutenant in this company. Pennsylvania Archives Fifth Series, Vol 8, p, 428. He is buried at Arnold Hill Cemetary, Elkins, W. Va. ****DAR Ancestor**** { may not be buried there} memorial DAR stone in AHC.

KITTLE, Cecil W., (VW), Sgt. C Co., 2nd Bat., 7th Cavalry, KIA, Ia Drang Valley, November 17, 1965 from Huttonsville, W.Va., brother of Floyd Kittle. The Virtual Wall, Sgt. Cecil Kittle

KITTLE, Cyrus, (USA) Adjutant, 107th Regiment, Virginia Militia.

KITTLE, David H., (USA) Company D, 14th Regiment Infantry Virginia Volunteers.

KITTLE,   Jacob (RW) 26 July 1757-6 January 1841, son of Abraham Kittle, Sr., Private, 3 BN PA Militia

KITTLE, Morgan (CSA) McClanahans Battery, 20th Va. Cavalry

KITTLE, Moses (CSA) Private, Co. D, 26th Regt. Virginia Cavalry; prisoner at Camp Chase, Ohio paroled May 12, 1865. Click here for photos of Moses Kittle and family.

LOUGH, Elias (USA) 10th Regiment WV Infantry

MCLEAN, Daniel, (RW) listed in the DAR patriot index, service in VA listed as Commissary, spouse, Anna Marstiller.

MCLEAN, Col. George (CSA) McClanahans Battery, 20th Va. Cavalry

PHILLIPS, Thomas, (IW, RW) soldier in Capt. Ralph Stewart's Tygart Valley company, Dunmore's War; Indian fighter under Gen. George Rogers Clark, 1780; soldier, Virginia State Line Revolutionary War. Click here to see photos.

RAINES, James, (USA) 5th WV Infantry

ROBINSON, John (USA) 5th WV Cavalry

WELLS  Phineas (RW) refer: History of Randolph Co.

WEES, Jacob [spelled Weice in record] Augusta County Colonial Militia, Sept. 1758

WEES, Jacob Sr., (IW) 1733-11 June 1826 (Lord Dunmore's War in Virginia) refer: University of Virginia

WEES.  Jacob Jr., (IW) 1776-24 June 1832, son of Jacob Wees, Senior (Lord Dunmore's War in Virginia) refer: University of Virginia.

WEES, Michael (1812)

WEESE, Daniel (1812) Private. Discharged 18 October 1814 at Norfolk. In an affidavit dated 25 November 1816 Daniel Wees of Randolph County appoints John M. Hart his attorney to collect money due him that he did not receive. Wees served at Camp Tan near Norfolk. George Stalnaker witnessed the affidavit.

WEESE, Jacob Weese, (CSA) McClanahans Battery, 20th Va. Cavalry,

WEESE, Michael (RW), Capt Abel Westfall's Company, furloughed for illness; will recorded in Hampshire County; buried at Arnold Hill Cemetery.

 

See the Library of Virginia web site for more infomation

 

1687 List of Soldiers in Esopus
Many of the pioneers of Randolph County and Arnold Hill families were descendants of the Dutch Colonist of New Amsterdam (New York). Esopus is known today as Kingston, N.Y. in Ulster County.

Abraham Kittle's Revolutionary War Service

Revolutionary War Pensioners of West Virginia
Check this website for Revolutionary War ancestors of Families of AHC

Capt. Abel Westfall's Company 1776-1778
A list of soldiers from Hampshire County, Virginia who served under Abel Westfall during the Revolutionary War.

Weese Revolutionary War Pension Files
Peter Wees, George Weese and Michael Weese Revolutionary War pension application abstracts.

War of 1812, Company of Capt. Jonathan Wamsley
Abel W. Kelley, who is buried at AHC was one of the soldiers listed in Capt. Wamsley's Co

 

West Virginia Civil War Medals
(Union) unclaimed Medals - Many heirs of West Virginia Union veterans of the Civil War may be eligible to claim medals struck to honor their ancestors years ago. Over 4,000 of the original 26,000 medals authorized by the 1866 West Virginia Legislature remain unclaimed. The other 21,000 medals were claimed by the veterans themselves, their immediate families, or their descendants.

Company C of the 20th Virginia Cavalry (CSA Randolph County unit).

Company F of the 31st Virginia Infantry CSA
in the Spring of 1862. Company F was composed mainly of men from Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Known as Jacob Currance's Company. Listing of men who served in the company.

Beverly, WV in the 1860's
"Prior to the Civil War there was a volunteer company in Beverly"

Civil War Letter of Cyrus Kittle
Adjutant, 107th Reg. Va. Militia (June 21, 1862)

The Kittle Family - Blue & Grey
A list of men with the surname Kittle who served in Union and Confederate Armies during the Civil War.

Camp Chase, Ohio Civil War Prisoner of War Camp
This history of Camp Chase lists prisoners.  Among those who died while being held prisoner there, and were buried in the cemetery at Camp Chase was Benjamin Kittle, son of Benjamin Wilson Kittle and Nancy Stalnaker, grandson of Jacob and Mary Hendrickson Kittle. He was married to Emily Clark. and was the brother of Dolbeare Kelley's wife Margaret.  He is listed as "citizen" meaning that he was not a soldier.

Confederate Prisoners of Camp Chase, Ohio
Dolbeare Kelley, [son of William Kelley and Gean Kittle] who was a mail carrier and a citizen, was arrested and held prisoner at Camp Chase because he was a sympathizer of the Confederate Army.  He is listed as number 413.

 

Historians hunt for Purple Heart stories - Yahoo! News

Historians hunt for Purple Heart stories By MICHAEL HILL,
Associated Press Writer Sun May 28, 11:24 PM ET

VAILS GATE, N.Y. - Cpl. Robert Frink was captured in Germany during the final months of World War II. He and two comrades were forced to swap uniforms with their Waffen SS captors, lined up and shot in the back of the head.

Miraculously, the bullet entered Frink's neck and exited his cheek without shearing his spine or jugular vein. He even felt a German kick him as he lay bleeding. "Believe me, I played dead!" After his captors left, Frink fled, found some Canadian troops, and was saved. The wound earned him a Purple Heart.

Sixty-one years later, it is earning him an entry on the "Roll of Honor," a database being compiled for a museum honoring Purple Heart recipients. When the museum, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, opens in November, visitors will be able to search out facts and stories about soldiers wounded or killed. New York officials heading the project think — though no one knows for sure — there are up to 1.7 million soldiers who belong on the list.

So they're putting out a call: If you or a family member has been awarded the Purple Heart, they want you.
More precisely, they want your information for the most comprehensive list of American military sacrifice.
"Somewhere, in every family tree, this is going to hit home," said state Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro.

The Hall of Honor is being built at a woodsy historic site north of New York City where George Washington's army camped toward the end of the Revolutionary War. It was here in 1782 that Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, which he decreed would be "the figure of a heart in purple cloth."

"The end of the war was coming," said Michael Clark, manager of the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. "He thought that this was an opportunity to recognize the troops before the army was disbanded and went home."

The original badge was awarded for exceptional performance, not battle wounds. Surviving records show three sergeants received the medal, though Clark said more soldiers might have been honored. The badge fell into disuse after the war, but was reintroduced as the Purple Heart in 1932. Thousands of World War I veterans received Purple Hearts retroactively — as did a few very old Civil War veterans. In 1942, Purple Hearts were restricted to those "wounded in action against any enemy."

How many have been awarded, no one knows. Clark has heard of wounded World War II soldiers told to simply grab one from a box. But a tally of the wounded and dead from World War I on is about 1.7 million, most from World War II. It's impossible to find and verify every single award. But the modest staff at the state historic site is trying. After quietly collecting information for years, parks officials in March put out a widespread plea for veterans and families to share stories and materials for hall. Clark said about 5,000 responses have come in, everything from e-mails from Iraq to packages with typed stories and sepia-tinged photos.

Ronald Vellner sent in a tiny piece of metal shrapnel that pierced his right thigh in Korea. Survivors of Frank Emberson sent in a small envelope stuffed with photos; a corner of the envelope is frayed off where a bullet caromed off his breast pocket into his arm during World War II.

Gold Star mother Deborah Tainsh sent in the story of her son Patrick, a rebellious young man obsessed with surfing who shocked friends when at age 29 he sought his father's blessing to follow his footsteps into the military. The 33-year-old sergeant was on patrol in Iraq in a Humvee when he was killed by an explosion in February 2004. "I just want you to know I tried to do the right thing," he wrote in a note to his family in the event of his death. " ... I didn't always do things on your time line, but I've always looked up to you, Dad, as the man I've always wanted to be."

The men and their stories will be included on the Roll of Honor. Clark also is coaxing wounded veterans to tell their story in front of cameras for the museum's exhibits and archives. There's a sense of urgency because the number of surviving World War II veterans is shrinking quickly. Ironically, members of that legendarily stoic generation are providing a lot of the stories. Project workers think older veterans realize
it's finally time to talk.

Frink, for instance, barely mentioned his near-miss execution in Germany since coming home to California in 1945. Now 81, he still chokes up recalling how his two comrades who were killed. He finally wrote down his story recently and e-mailed it to a veterans' Web site. "I've had a hard time grappling with this baggage I've been carrying around all these years," Frink said. "Years later, it still hurts."

Purple Heart Hunters (link no longer active)

 

Links to other military sites

Please let us know if the links to any of these sites no longer work; these sites are external to Arnold Hill and we have no control over them or their content

Civil War Research for West Virginia
5th West Virginia Cavalry
7th West Virginia Cavalry
We Were Soldiers - West Virginia Bikers
POW/MIA Links