Berkeley County West Virginia Biographies

          The following are just some of Berkeley County, West Virginia's early pioneers, politicians and other individuals. Following the names (if known) are years of birth and death (most of the biographies of individuals have been extracted from books published prior to the individual's death); birthplace; burial location; occupation; spouse (including year of marriage); and other surnames that were mentioned in the biography (in italics). Note: although West Virginia did not become a state until after the Civil War, Berkeley County and/or cities within that county are often referred to here and in the biographies as West Virginia prior to 1865 — all mention of West Virginia in those instances was really Virginia.
          Note: In many cases, these surnames could have been a mere mention; in other cases they have more information. Frequently, these links to more complete biographies will contain names, birthdates, and additional information on the individual's parents and siblings.
         For a number of the names here, I have found no additional information beyond what is listed. Because Berkeley County was formed from Frederick County, Virginia, in 1772, and the counties of Jefferson and Morgan were formed from Berkeley, in 1801 and 1820, respectively (prior to the formation of West Virginia), some of the early settlers mentioned here connect in today's boundaries of Jefferson and Morgan counties of West Virginia and even Frederick County, Virginia. They have been included because of some connection to Berkeley — they were born or died in Berkeley County, lived or worked here at one time, or married into a family from Berkeley County. They might even have influenced the outcome of a battle fought in the area and their only connection was their military experience while in Berkeley County.
         Where other areas are mentioned, it is possible you may find more complete biographies by visiting the GenWeb pages associated with the area, e.g., Jefferson or Morgan County, West Virginia.
          Please keep in mind, many of these biographies were written prior to the subject's death, so facts may not be listed — for example, the list of children might not be complete or the subjects could have moved elsewhere, etc. If you can supply additional information on any of these individuals — or if you have biographies of folks with a connection to Berkeley County, please contact me and I will either include your information here (attributed to you and/or your source) or link to your website here and/or on 'Meet the Family" page.
          Please note all attempts have been made to provide correct information; the accuracy of the facts is only as good as the transcriptions and published sources. It is always advisable to attempt to verify any information you find on any website or even in many books, particularly older and family publications. While there is never an attempt to publish erroneous information, transcribers can make mistakes, handwriting can be misread, and family information handed down can change with each version. Therefore, the more information you can collect on your ancestors, the better the chances are that you will find more than one source with the same information (and thus, factual data).

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    • William ALBURTIS (1806-1847) Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1806. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army of the United States, March 8, 1927. Was engaged against the Seminole Indians in the Seminole War in Florida, at Fort Brooks on Orange Creek of that State, March 2, 1841. Was made a Captain in 1842 and was killed in action on March 11, 1847, at the storming of Vera Cruz

    • Frank Vernon ALER (1868-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; attorney, author; Coomes, Elkins, Faulkner, Lucas, Richardson, Wisner.

    • H.L. ALEXANDER, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1927

    • George W. ANDERSON (1839-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1862, Isabell HAWN; Martin, Troxel.

    • George W. ANDERSON — A family group sheet on the Internet shows George W. ANDERSON married to Margaret CUSTER (born 1823), a daughter of Samuel CUSTER (1797-bef. 1870) and Mary CRIM (1802-1885), married June 9, 1823, in Berkeley County, Virginia.

    • James W. ARMBRESTER — His family first settled in Back Creek Valley near Shanghai in Berkeley County. He was elected school commissioner of Hedgesville District and, together with A. Hunter Walker and James W. Dillon, planned and executed construction of the new high school building at Hedgesville. In 1924, he was appointed by Assessor H.E. Johnston to be Deputy Assessor for the Hedgesville district.

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    • John Griffith BAIR (1858-?) born Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, Virginia; educator, attorney; married, 1886, Miss Mary RAMSEY; Griffith.

    • John BAKER (1769-1823) U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1811-1813; admitted to the bar and began practice in Berkeley County, Virginia. Died Shepherdstown, Virginia (now Jefferson County). See Congressional Biography of John Baker

    • Dr. Newton Diehl BAKER (1841-1909) born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; physician; married Mary BILLMYER

    • Newton Diehl BAKER (1871-1937) born Martinsburg, West Virginia, one of four sons of Newton Diehl Baker I and Mary (Dukehart) Baker; died December 25, 1937, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; buried in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio; Mayor, Cleveland, 1912-1916; U.S. Secretary of War 1916-21; Delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1924; Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1932; Episcopalian; member, Amrican Judiciary Society. An early leader in Adult Education, he was instrumental in the founding of the American Expeditionary Force University, Cleveland College, and the American Association of Adult Education [AAAE]. Married, 1902, Elizabeth LEOPOLD of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; three children, Elizabeth, Newton D., and Margaret. Baker High School at Columbus, Georgia, was named for Newton D. Baker. See an interesting biography at the school's website.

    • George T. BARNES (1829-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1852, Margaret Pitzer; Crown, French

    • Thomas E. BARRETT, son of Benjamin And Eloner Barrett of Frederick County, Virginia; December 4, 1783, in Hopewell, Virginia, married Elizabeth Thornbrough, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Thornbrough of Berkeley County, Virginia.

    • Thomas E. BARRETT (1854-?) born in Frederick County, Virginia; farmer; married, 1877, Rachel FRIES; Taylor

    • Edward S. BARTON (1845-?) born in Rockingham County, Virginia; B&O Railroad car inspector; married, Levina M. YOST

    • Dr. George W. BAYLIS, born in Fauquier County, Virginia, and educated in the rural schools of that county and Union University, Richmond, Virginia. African-American doctor practiced for 15 years in Berkeley County, West Virginia. During the flu epidemic, he worked day and night, but did not contract the disease. Member of the Knights of Pythias and Masonic Lodge, master of finance for Knights of Pythias, and treasurer for Blue Ridge Lodge No. 31.

    • Alfred BEALL, born in Baltimore County, Maryland; employed by B∓O Railroad; married, Mary A. HELFESTAY

    • Charles R. BEALL (1879-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia, on November 30, 1879; Republican member West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1915-16, 25-30, 35-36, 39-40, 43-48; United Brethren Church minister

    • Charles Ralph BEARD (1895-?) born at Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia, April 23, 1895, son of Edward and Laura (Marsh) Beall; graduate of Washington and Lee University in 1915, LL.B; admitted to Martinsburg Bar, 1917; May 8, 1923, married Virginia EMMART, daughter of Frank S. Emmart, businessman of F.S. Emmart & Son; associated with the law firm of Martin & Seibert. Entered World War I as First Lieutenant at Fort Benjamin Harrison Camp and Perry's Camp Custer, 45th Division, in 1917.

    • William Shuart BEARD (1819-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; married, 1848, Isabella Cline HORN; Cline, Shuart

    • Aaron BECHTOL born Berkeley Springs (now Morgan County); West Virginia State Senate, 1863-1865; married Sarah ROACH; Coughlin, Hines, Tritapoe, Wheat.

    • Daniel BEDINGER, born near Shepherdstown, Berkeley County (now Jefferson County). At 16, he ran away from home and joined a company of volunteers in the Revolutionary War, where he was captured September 11, 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine. The next year he was exchanged and rejoined the army at the same rank of Ensign. He was appointed Navy Agent at Gasport, Virginia, by President Jefferson. When the old frigate "Constitution" was dismantled he purchased the masts and used them as pillars in the portico of his house which he built at Shepherdstown. His home was burned on the order of General Hunter during the Civil war in retaliation of the burning of the Governor Bradford home in Maryland by the Confederate forces.

    • Major Henry BEDINGER (1753-1843) born in Little York, Pennsylvania; clerk of the Berkeley County Court; member of the State House of Delegates

    • Joseph V. BELL (1844-?) born Berkeley County, Virginia, April 10, 1844; in 1866 entered the drug store business in Piedmont and 1869 opened a dry goods store. In 1870 went into the employ of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railroad Company; in 1867-1869 was Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue; West Virginia Legislature, 1878 and 1880; 1884 appointed Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts of Mineral County, West Virginia; and then reelected City Council and Mayor, Piedmont; married, 1867, Virginia WOLFF; Babb, Beverstock, Jordan, Rhodes, Roberts, Ward

    • George W. BENDER (1827-?) born in Washington County, Maryland; farmer; married Rebecca PITZER and Mary Ann SMITH (in 1863); Seidestic

    • Harold H. BENDER (1882-?) born Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; philologist; married, 1924, Amelia Oshcom HETZEL

    • I. Lewis BENDER (1850-1908) born at Bendersville, Pennsylvania; businessman, orchardist; married Margaret Eleanore (Kline) Bender

    • Lee M. BENDER (1854-?) born in Bendersville, Pennsylvania; builder

    • William Stanton BERT (1862-?) born Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; tailor, businessman and president of the Board of Education, and member of city council, City of Martinsburg; president of a Sunday School class at First Methodist Episcopal Church, Martinsburg; Married, 1899, Miss Minnie M. DIFFENDERFER; Brendle, Burt, Cantner, Good, Houser, Poisal, Rearick.

    • David F. BILLMYER, Shepherdstown (now Jefferson County); West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1879

    • Charles M. BISHOP (1840-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1867, Ann Rebecca FRAVEL; Coffelt, Stuckey

    • Josephus BISHOP settled on Back Creek at the old Bishop homestead at Shanghai and was the father of Charles and Thomas Bishop. Thomas J. Bishop was a soldier in the Confederate Army and was a farmer living in the upper regions of Back Creek Valley in Berkeley County. Charles Bishop was the owner of the old Bishop house which stood 1 mile north of Shanghai and was said to be the oldest house still standing at the beginning of the twentieth century in that valley.

    • George BLAIR, born about 1789 in Berkeley County, Virginia, was the fifth of six sons and one daughter of John BLAIR and Susannah EWING. John was a Revolutionary soldier from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and lived in Berkeley County, Virginia, after his marriage where his first son was born in 1778. The family moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1790 and then to Franklin County, Ohio by 1800. John Blair died in Madison County, Ohio July 1810.

    • J.A. BLONDEL (1847-?) hardware merchant; married, 1873, Clara E. HUBER; Helfersta

    • Jacob S. BOAK was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1839, and was a Lieutenant of the Jackson Horse Artillery. He entered the Confederate service in 1861 as a Corporal, promoted to Orderly Sergeant and later to Third Lieutenant, and served until the end of the war. He was in the engagement of Two-Mile Creek near Charleston Cross Lanes, Big Sewell Mountain, Carnifax Ferry, and Fayetteville and was captured at Fort Donaldson. He was held at Camp Douglas, Illinois, for eight months; later exchanged. Jacob Boak was at the battles of Gettysburg and Atlea's Station near Richmond. At Fisher's Hill, his horse was shot out from under him and eight bullet holes were found in his clothing, several inflicting minor wounds. Dr. Boak also had three brothers in the Confederate Army. After the war he studied dentistry and followed that profession in Martinsburg. He married Kate A. DAVIS in Maryland in 1873 and they had eight children.

    • The BOGGS Family; Hutchinson

    • William BOGGS, son of Hugh Boggs, was born in Londonderry, Ireland; married Elizabeth HUTCHINSON; settled Back Creek, Berkeley County, about 1750 (see Boggs Family above).

    • Lydia BOGGS, born Back Creek Valley, Berkeley County, Virginia; married first, Moses Shepherd, and second, General David Cruger

    • John H. BOLTZ (1820-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1852, Rebecca GRUBER; Anderson, Baughman, Lloyd, Puls

    • Clyde C. BORUM was born at Strausburg, Virginia, and moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1872. He purchased the Borum farm at Arden and was a successful farmer there until his death. He was a soldier in the Civil War, CSA (Confederate States of America). His father was Richard Borum and his son, C.C. Borum, succeeded his father on the farm, becoming one of the largest growers of apples in the county.

    • Joseph BOSLER (1838-?) married, 1868, Sarah E., daughter of Thomas Newton and Margaret (Billmeyer) Lemen, of Berkeley County, West Virginia. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • Norborne Berkeley Baron BOTETOURT (ca. 1717-Oct. 15, 1770) born England; Colonial governor of Virginia, 1768.

    • M. Tucker BOWEN (1852-?) born Frederick County, Virginia; teacher, commissioner of revenue, JP; married, 1875, Nanie M. BODEN; Barley

    • George Meade BOWERS (1863-1925) born Gerrardstown, West Virginia; died December 8, 1925 and buried Presbyterian Cemetery, Gerrardstown; West Virginia State House, 1883-1887; U.S. Representative, West Virginia; member and treasurer, World's Fair at Chicago, 1893; married, 1884, Miss Bessie C. GRAY; Blaine, Brown, Daugherty, Gilbert, Grove, Harrison, Lamon, Maddox, McComas, McKinley, Stump, Ward.
      See Congressional Biography of George M. BOWERS

    • Andrew H.H. BOYD (1814-1865) born Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; preacher

    • Belle BOYD (married name HARDINGE) (1835-1900) born Martinsburg, Virginia; author, actress, Confederate spy, donning maile attire and scouting for the Confederate Army; Mr. Hardinge; she was a relative of Colonel John E. Boyd Jr. and attorney Robert H. Boyd. More about Belle Boyd, including a photo in West Virginia Archives and Biography.

    • General Elisha BOYD ((1769-1841) born in Berkeley County, Virginia; attorney, member of Virginia State House; married first Mary WAGGONER, second Ann HOLMES, third Elizabeth BYRD; Faulkner, Pendleton.

    • John E. BOYD, born in England; landholder

    • Colonel John E. BOYD, Jr. (1840-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; agriculturist, merchant; married, 1868, Mary V. STUART; Mayburry, Maslin

    • Robert H. BOYD, attorney; educated in Martinsburg city schools and graduated from Martinsburg High School, Class of 1868; graduate of West Virginia University, Class of 1902, A.B. degree and Class of 1903, LL.B.; Martinsburg city attorney under Mayor P.W. Leiter.

    • Benjamin F. BRADY, Martinsburg, West Virginia; Berkeley County Commission, West Virginia State House, 1881, 1882

    • Major Samuel BRADY (abt. 1753-?) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, near Harper's Ferry (now Jefferson County); frontiersman, scout

    • Benjamin F. BRISCOE was the leader of a colony of African-American people who first settled at Mount Pleasant, 2 miles south of Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, West virginia. This colony consisted of about 50 folks gathered from the western section of Virginia in 1866. He was the founder of the Mt. Pleasant school in that community, where the schoolhouse was also used as the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

    • J. Frank BRISCOE was educated at the Mount Pleasant School and was a "Four Minute Man" in the World War. He was assistant Food Administrator and was a member of the State Auxiliary Council. He served in the U.S. Fish Commission under Commissioner George M. Bowers at Woodshole, Massachusetts. Organized a colored Elks Club, Martinsburg, was a member of the Mount Pisda Lodge (Masons), and the Knights of Pythias. He was the secretary and treasurer of the Mount Zion Colored Church and was the supervisor of employees at Hotel Berkeley for 37 years.

    • Jacob H. BRISTOR (also spelled BRISTER) (1830-?) born in Pennsylvania; teacher, principal of Grafton Institute, special agent of the B &O Railroad; married, 1868, Jane B. MOORE

    • Ed. C. BROWN was a rural mail carrier for Route No. 6, out of Martinsburg, for 25 years. His twin brother, John H. BROWN of the Arden district, was a school commissioner of that district and a candidate for the office of County Commissioner in the August primary of 1926, but was defeated by a small majority. Ed. Brown began his working life on a farm for $1 a month and his board.

    • G.S. BRUMBAUGH was born in Dunmore, Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1843. He served the Confederacy in the Civil war, enlisting in Company K, 7th Virginia Cavalry in Aster's Brigade; he was captured at Pikeside, Berkeley County, and confined at Fort McHenry and Point Lookout, Maryland, He was on the last board that went up the James River prior to the surrender of General Robert E. Lee in 1865. He returned to live in Berkeley County, being among the few remaining Confederate veterans in 1928.

    • Henry Payne BRYARLY born near Darkesville, West Virginia; landowner, farmer; married Mary EVANS; Nelson, Payne, Scollay, Scullay.

    • Samuel Clive BRYARLY born on farm between Darkesville and Tablers Station, West Virginia; machinist, landowner; married, 1901, Sabina Lee GRAHAM; Breneizen, Bust, Glass, Lancaster, Meade, Schendel, Wilson.

    • Thomas C. BRYARLY (1815-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1841, Susan GLASS; Rust

    • Daniel BURKHART, Sheriff of Berkeley County, West Virginia; married Ruth FLAGG

    • Robert Christopher BURKHART (1839-?) born Darkesville, Berkeley County, Virginia; West Virginia State Senate, 1899; married, 1866, Susan W. MOORE; Berlin, Early, Emmert, Flagg, Johnston, Lee, Magraw, Rosenberger, Rummel, Sheridan, Stewart. A second biography.

    • John BURNS (1844-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; Confederate soldier, Army, farmer; married 1886, Mary STUMP; Arden District, Berkeley County; Bates, Butts, Collis

    • B.P.S. BUSEY, minister of the United Brethren Church; son of Mrs. Benjamin F. BUSEY, a descendant of Martin PITZER

    • Samuel BUSEY (1824-1902) born in Ohio; died Berkeley County; bank president, farmer; married, 1849, Evelina McKOWN; Henshaw, Walper — see Lori (Grantham) Bush homepage

    • Michael Seibert BUTLER, M.D.; born in Hedgesville, West Virginia; physician; married Catherine MYERS; Anderson, Bodarf, Fairfax, Henshaw, Johnson, Kaufman, Kohpisch, McConnell, Patterson, Seibert, Smith, Snodgrass, Stephen, Stephenson.

    • M.K. BUTTS, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1921

    • George W. BUXTON owned and operated the first brick plant at Martinsburg, Berkeley County; was a member of the West Virginia State House, 1889, and was involved with various enterprises of Martinsburg, mainly the development of "Greater Martinsburg" by the addition of the Boom Land; was a Civil war veteran, fighting for the Union Army and volunteering for a Pennsylvania Regiment at the beginning of that war; saw service in and around Martinsburg and moved there after the war.

    • Harry Flood BYRD (1887-1966) born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 10, 1887; son of Richard Evelyn Byrd and Eleanor Bolling Flood; nephew of Henry De La Warr Flood and Joel West Flood; father of Harry Flood Byrd, Jr.; moved to Virginia with family; Virginia State Senate; Governor of Virginia, 1926-1930; newspaper publisher, fruit farmer, U.S. Senator, Virginia; Democratic candidate for President of the United States, 1932; States Rights candidate for President of the United States, 1956; Episcopalian; member Grange, Freemasons, Elks, Moose, United Commercial Travelers; died in Berryville, Clark County, Virginia, October 20, 1966 with burial in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia. See Congressional Biography of Harry F. Byrd. Additional Information

    • Harry Hopkins BYRER (1877-?) born Philippi, Barbour County, West Virginia; attorney; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1928; Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1914-22; Prosecuting Attorney for Barbour County, 1909-1913; Kilmer, Walker, Woods.

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    • Nelson Clifford CALDWELL, born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; known as "Cliff" Caldwell; B&O railroad detective, resigning to become jailer and Deputy Sheriff of Berkeley County under Sheriff Charles L. Stuckey, 1901-05, and Sheriff J.C. McKown, 1905 to at least 1928.

    • Henry CAMPBELL (1820-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; Whitnah

    • James CAMPBELL V, orchardist

    • Dr. James Pendleton CARTER (1830-?) physician, married, 1853, Mary S. STIER; Baldwin, Burgess, Gatewood, Gold, Leith, Muir, Shephard, Wood

    • The CASKEY Family; Casque, Matthaei, Palmer, Schoffstall, Seckman

    • Jonas Barrett CHAMBERLIN, The Rev.; clergyman, businessman; married Miss Maude C. EARMON; Bane, Barrett, Liller, Martin, Morgan, Sheets, Shirley.

    • J.A. CHAPMAN (1832-?) teacher, farmer; married, 1856, Ella H. PICKING; Cunningham, Williams

    • John CHESNUT (1826-?) born Bedford County, Pennsylvania; lumberman; married, 1848, Elizabeth FLORA; Edwards, Simpson

    • George A. CHRISMAN (1831-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; county sheriff; married first, Rebecca CRISWELL; second, Mary E. LINGAMFELTER; third, Sallie J. OWNES; Porterfield — A family group sheet on the Internet shows George A. CHRISMAN was married to Mary Eliza LINGAMFELTER (b. 1832), daughter of John LINGAMFELTER and Mary E. HEDGES (1797-1868), Berkeley, Virginia. Mary E. HEDGES is shown to be the daughter of Solman HEDGES and Sarah VINSONHALER, also of Berkeley. The HEDGES are well-known early settlers of Berkeley County.

    • E.E. CHURCH (1897-?) born at Rutan, Green County, Pennsylvania; married Mary NOBLE; Riley

    • Albert J. CLENDENING — ancestors came from Scotland and settled in Loudon County, Virginia, and moved west of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 1800. His grandfather, Andrew Clendening, was a soldier in the Mexican War. An uncle, Abram Clendening, who seved in the Union Army, was klled inthe storming of Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father, William Clendening, in addition to serving in the Union Army during the Civil War under General Sheridan in the Valley of Virginia, was a school commissiner of Mill Creek District for a number of years.

    • John R. CLIFFORD (1849-?) born in Williamsport, Grant County, West Virginia; attorney, school principal; married, 1876, Mary FRANKLIN

    • S.S. CLINE, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1915

    • Alexander CLOHAN (1846-?) born at Hollytown, Scotland; puddler, businessman, agriculturist, deputy sheriff, postmaster; married, 1872, Celia CROUCH; Anderson, Cline, Dunn

    • George H. COACHMAN; contractor, builder; married Sarah M. GWILLIAMS; Small, Staley

    • William CODY was the grandfather of the famous Indian fighter and scout, William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill). Tradition has it that he once lived in Back Creek Valley and hunted and trapped over the mountains and along the streams of Back Creek, Sleepy Creek and Meadow Branch and along the banks of the Potomac, the section of Berkeley County, West Virginia, now included in Morgan County.

    • Wilson P. COE (1829-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, stock-raiser; married, 1851, Fannie V. TRENT; Dean, Wilson

    • William COLE (1813-before 1884) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; manufacturer, road surveyor, overseer of the poor; married, 1837, Catherine LEWIS; Miller

    • Edward COLSTON (1786-1852) born near Winchester, Virginia; son of Travers Colston of Richmond County, Virginia, and a descendant of William Colston, of Bristol, England, a merchant and cavalier in the time of Charles I. Married (first) Jane MARSHALL, daughter of Charles Marhsall, and (second) Sarah Jane Brockenbrough. He was brother-in-law of Willoughby Newton and Charles James Faulkner. Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative, Virginia; Died in Berkeley County, Virginia. See Congressional Biography of Edward Colston. NOTE: There are some disparities between sources — see the next biography on Edward COLSTON

    • Edward COLSTON (1788-1851) attorney, state legislature; married first, Jane MARSHALL; second, Sarah Jane BROCKENRIDGE

    • Raleigh COLSTON, born in England; married Elizabeth MARSHALL

    • William COLSTON (1836-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; attorney, farmer; married, 1866, Minnie SUMMERS

    • William N. CONFARR (1833-?) born near Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia (grandfather Michael CONFARR/CONFER and father John CONFARR were born in Berkeley County, Virginia); Civil War soldier, blacksmith, merchant, Justice of the Peace, member of the board of education; married Eliza BICKMORE; Bickmore, Confer, Long, Stimmel, Tildner.

    • John R. COOKE (ca. 1787-1854) born in the Bermuda Islands, son of Dr. Stephen and Catherine (Eston) Cooke; settled in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, in 1810 to practice his profession (law). Elected to represent Berkeley County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1814. Moved to Winchester, Virginia, then Baltimore, Maryland, and then Richmond, Virginia. Elected a member of the Constitutional Convention of Virginia, 1830; writer of some note. Died Richmond, 1854, at 67.

    • Philip Pendleton COOKE (1816-1850) born Martinsburg, Virginia, son of John Rogers Cooke; author and poet in publications such as Knickerbocker Magazine, Southern Literary Messenger, and Winchester Virginian. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • Maria COOPER — In the fall of 1854, when the cholera pestilence visited the Shenandoah Valley, Maria Cooper fell victim to its ravishes. She left a will bequeathing a large portion of her estate to charitable institutions, among them an amount for founding an academy at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, and an institution was incorporated under the name of Martinsburg Cooper Academy. But the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia declared the bequest invalid — hence, the institution was lost to the city.

    • John W. CORSEY, born at Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, West Virginia, June 22, 1859; educated at Storer College, Harper's Ferry, graduating with the Class of 1887. Was a teacher in the colored schools of the county for many years; principal of Sumner School, Martinsburg, three terms. Douglas Grove, a school for colored children, located in the Arden District, east of Pikeside, was named by him. Through his activities, Sumner School, Martinsburg, was increased from a one room to a three-room building. Was a delegate to the Republican Congressional Convention at Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1888; and was chairman of the Colored Republican rally at Martinsburg in the second McKinley campaign.

    • Mattie E. CORSEY — Teacher in the colored schools of Berkeley County for 33 years, including the Sumner School in Martinsburg; educated at Storer College.

    • John H. COX (1833-1902) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, November 10, 1833; served in Union Army during the Civil War; member of Missouri State Senate, 1864-66; died of stomach cancer, Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri, August 2, 1902; buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Brookfield, Missouri

    • Charles M. CRABBE, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1949-1953

    • Col. William CRAWFORD (1732 or 1734-1782) born Berkeley County, Virginia; surveyor — A gedcom on the Internet shows William CRAWFORD was born 1722 in Orange, Virginia, son of William Valentine CRAWFORD and Honora GRIMES and was married in Berkeley, Virginia, 1742, to Hannah VANCE, Fayette, Pennsylvania. See a second and third write-up on this man.

    • William CREIGHTON, Jr. (1778-1851) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, October 28, 1788; graduated from Dickenson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he studied law. Was admitted to the bar at the age of 20. In 1798, moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, continuing in his profession. Was the first Secretary of State of the State of Ohio, 1803-08; member of the Ohio State House, 1810; U.S. Representative, Ohio, 1813-17, 1827-28, and 1829-1833; died October 8, 1851 in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. See Congressional Biography of William Creighton, Jr.

    • Kensey B. CREQUE, Sr., born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; moved to Ohio for a year, then to Grand Rapids, Michigan, until the Civil War broke out when he was 17. He joined Company K, Michigan Volunteers and, in the fall of 1862, was transferred to the 1st New York Lincoln Cavalry as a Sergeant. Was detailed on Detach Service (Scout Service) in the 18th New York Regiment in the Valley of Virginia under General Milroy and General Philip Sheridan. After the war, he made his home there, serving on the Martinsburg police force as Chief Sergeant under Mayor William Logan and as Deputy Sheriff and Jailer under Berkeley County Sheriff George Chrisman. He was a director of the Old National Bank for years.

    • Robert L. CRISWELL, World War I soldier, volunteering in the 368th Aero Squad, Langley Field, Virginia; was Army Field Clerk, G.H.Q. Chamont, France; horticulturist; had gardens at Arden, Berkeley County. One of his ancestors, John Shober, born August 17, 1759, was made Clerk of the County Court or Gentlemen Justice Court of Berkeley County in June 1827.

    • David CROCKETT — Born in Tennessee; died in Texas; lived in Berkeley County for a time; Gray

    • William CROSFIELD born Strathroy, County Lambton, Province of Ontario, Canada; educator, businessman; married Mrs. Belle DIEL and Anna HUNT.

    • Joseph Benjamin CROWL (1838-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; married, 1868, Hannah E. LOWERY; Carver, Manor

    • James N. CUNNINGHAM, born in Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • Philip S. CUNNINGHAM (1847-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; married, 1877, Mary McCALEB; Cisna, Walker

    • Robert H. CUNNINGHAM (1825-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; married, 1877, Mary E. SWIMLEY; Hayslett

    • Philip C. CURTIS (1841-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; miller; married, 1874, Susan L. SEIBERT; Chenowith, Cromwell

    • Daniel G. CUSHWA (1837-?) farmer, owner of flour mill and sawmill; married, 1870, Lewellyn BURKHART; Gibson, Gehr

    • Harry S. CUSHWA, carpenter, contractor, hardware business; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1889, 1901

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    • Christopher H. DAILEY, Martinsburg City Council, Fifth Ward, 1925; Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1937

    • J.H. DAILEY, druggist at Snodgrass Drug Store on Queen Street, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    • James H.C. DAILEY, born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1865; boiler maker for the B&O Railroad company at their shops in Martinsburg.; married Anna Gertrude BAKER

    • James S. DAILEY, sales department of Trammell Hollis, automobile business; Republican member of West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1923, 1931; candidate for West Virginia State Senate, 1936, 15th District; 1948, 16th District; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention, 1944; son of James H.C. Dailey

    • Raymond B. DAILEY, clerk in the Citizens National Bank, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • John W. DAILY (1821-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; corn merchant, grain dealer and farmer; married, Isabella V. McQUILKIN; Curtis, Tabb

    • Betty DANDRIDGE, cousin of Colonel John E. Boyd and a daughter of President Zachary Taylor; lived at Dandrige's Ford, "The Bower," near the Berkeley and Jefferson county line.

    • G.W. DANIELS, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1909

    • Albert D. DARBY (1868-?) born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, January 22, 1868. His father, Ezra Darby, came from Devonshire, England, to the Virginia Colony of Jamestown in 1826, and raised tobacco. Moved to Berkeley County after the Civil War. Albert Darby, after leaving the public schools, took a position as clerk, the Old National Bank; then was assistant cashier of the Peoples Trust Company and, when the Bank of Martinsburg was organized in 1902 by the late John J. Hetzel, was elected cashier of that institution. He was active in organizing the Adamantine Clay Products Company works at North Mountain; attended Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday School.

    • General William DARKE (1736-1801); born Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; raised in Virginia; delegate to Virginia State Constitutional Convention, 1788; landowner Berkeley County, Virginia; died Jefferson County, Virginia

    • Amelia DAVIS, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945

    • Thomas DAVIS, M.D., physician; born in Kentucky and moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1820. He practiced medicine for 10 years in Martinsburg, but gradually allowed his practice to lapse, devoting his time to literature and history. Went to Natchez, Tennessee, in 1845, but died there of yellow fever. Founded the Martinsburg Library and supported it for many years. Represented Berkeley County in the Virginia Legislature for one term, in 1831.

    • James William DEAN, born in Virginia; moved to Berkeley County in 1864 from Maryland where he was a farmer. Helped to build the stone bridge over Burke Street for the B&O railroad after the Civil War to replace the one destroyed by the Confederates. Later in life he worked in the B&O machine shops at Martinsburg as a boilermaker. In 1873 he married Emily SNIDEAL and had sons, John W. Dean, George R. Dean (in the automobile business in Brooklyn, New York), J.E.A. Dean (shoe merchant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and William Dean.

    • John W. DEAN, son of James William and Emily (Snideal) Dean. When he was a junior at Martinsburg High School, Berkeley County, West Virginia, his father died and John W. Dean had to quit school to help support the family. He was a clerk for 29 years and a traveling salesman for J.H. Miller & Son wholesale grocers for about 12 years. Started in business for himself on the Blondell Corner, corner of Queen and Martin Streets in Martinsburg, under the firm name of Dean-Whitmore-Drewry Company clothiers; eventually he acquired the entire business and purchased the building. He was Deputy Assessor under Otho Williams. On February 28, 1901, he married Daisy May SCHILL, daughter of George W. SCHILL, who came from Maryland and was a businessman in Martinsburg. Their son, John W. Dean, Jr., was a graduate of the Martinsburg High School Class of 1924 and attended Carnegie School of Technology at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    • William DEAN born Martinsburg, West Virginia; Sheriff, Berkeley County; Malone, Minick, Snodeal, Sullivan.

    • Bennet M. DeHAVEN was in the mercantile business and was a contractor; married Miss Daisy BISHOP; five children: two of whom were teachers in the public schools: Sula DeHaven and Virginia (DeHaven) Stuckey; Elizabeth DeHaven attended Shepherd College; sons Leslie DeHaven was with the O.M. Ramsey Furniture Company and Levi with Ford Sales in Martinsburg. Ancestors Samuel DeHaven, Peter DeHaven, and William DeHaven came to American with General LaFayette in the Revolutionary War. They loaned the American government $400,000, according to General Washington's records. A distant ancestor was William DeHaven, who lived in Frederick County, Virginia. B.M. DeHaven's father was Jackson DeHaven and his uncle, Alex DeHaven, was a soldier in the Confederate Army.

    • Gene DIAMOND, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1973-1975

    • Charles E. DICK, county commissioner of Berkeley County, West Virginia; father Robert W. DICK (1853-1919)

    • Greenberry D.W.C. DITTO (1840-) born in Washington County, Maryland; farmer; married, 1842, Mary E. MILLER

    • David DODD, moved from Clearspring, Maryland, to Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1851; barn builder; Poince, Williamson

    • David Henry DODD, teacher, principal, county superintendent of schools

    • Colonel John W. DODD (?-1923) auctioneer, assessor, hotel proprietor; married Georgia JEFFERSON; Berkeley County Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1912, 1920

    • S. Lowell DODD, agriculturist; son of Samuel L. DODD; grandson of David DODD

    • Samuel L. DODD, farmer, teacher, county superintendent of schools, deputy assessor, Berkeley County

    • Martin L. DORN (1830-?) born Albany, New York; tailor; married first, 1850, Rebecca KING; second, 1866, Miss ROBINSON; Mesner, White

    • Harry Allen DOWNS (1886-?) born Martinsburg, West Virginia; Virginia State House, 1921; attorney; married, 1920, Mrs. Ethel Boyer LEMEN; Albright, Cookus, Dayton, Evans, LeFevre, Orcutt, Orr, Sites, Seibert, Sperow, Swimley, Tonkin, Van Metre

    • Harry E. DUGAN, West Virginia State Senate from Berkeley County, 1995-1997

    • Frank Campbell DUNHAM born Darkesville, West Virginia; businessman; married Miss Elizabeth MILLARD; Crook, Crout, Pine.

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    • George Franklin EVANS, born in Berkeley County, Virginia, February 13, 1848, is descended from an old Virginia family, and was educated in the common schools; laborer, machinist, B&O railroad; tobacco farmer; Martinsburg postmaster, 1884; member of West Virginia State House, 1881-1885; Chairman of the Republican State Convention at Parkersburg, 1884

    • Henry Clay EVANS (1844-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, merchandiser; married, 1874, Anna Bell BARNEY; Poisal, Stuckey, Walker

    • James W.B. EVANS (?-1918) son of Tillotson Evans and Mary Ann (Orr) Evans; teacher, deputy sheriff

    • John EVANS II, son of John Evans I; farmer, married Polly VanMETRE

    • Polly VanMetre EVANS, daughter of Abraham VanMetre; married John EVANS II

    • Willis F. EVANS, educator; married, 1902, Mable Claire TOWNSEND

    • John W. EVERHART (1823-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; postmaster, farmer; married, 1845, Catherine KERNS; Keys, Siler, Smith, Wheeler

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    • Charles James FAULKNER Sr. (1806-1884) born Martinsburg, Virginia; U.S. Representative, Virginia and West Virginia; married, 1833, Mary Wagner BOYD; Boyd, Cameron, Cromwell, Chenowith, Ely, Hawkins, Hunter, Holmes, Mackey, Mason, McGraw, Morgan, Murray. See Congressional Biography or a second biography of Charles J. Faulkner, Sr.

    • Charles James FAULKNER, Jr. (1847-1929) born Martinsburg, Virginia; buried Old Norbourne Cemetery, Martinsburg; U.S. Senator, West Virginia; Married, 1869, Sallie WINN and 1894, Virginia Fairfax WHITING; Wise. See Congressional Biography or a second biography of Charles J. Faulkner, Jr. Also see another biography of both father and son.

    • Elisha Boyd FAULKNER (1841-1917) born near Martinsburg, Virginia; West Virginia State Legislature; married, 1868, Miss Susan Campbell; Buckner, Boyd. See second biography of E. Boyd FAULKNER.

    • James FAULKNER (1776-1817) Arnaugh, Ireland; businessman, soldier; married, 1803, Sarah MACKEY

    • Mary Boyd FAULKNER (?-1894) married, Charles James FAULKNER

    • Elvina V. FAWVER, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1949

    • George W. FEIDT, born in Washington County, Maryland; teacher, farmer, attorney

    • Samuel Showalter FELKER born near Greencastle, Pennsylvania; businessman, JP; married Alice Virginia Shipper; Kilmer, Manown, Robinson, Shaffer, Showalter, Stuckey, Zentmeyer.

    • B.H. FELLERS, born at Vanclevesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; member of the 8th New York Cavalry in connection with General George B. Meade and saw service in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was present the night General Philip Sheridan stopped in Martinsburg at the Everett House, a famous hostelry in those days, and notified Sheridan that he was wanted at his army headquarters at Winchester since his army was in danger. Two Berkeley County soldiers serving in different armies and each in the scout service brought about the Battle of Cedar Creek — Robert C. Burkhart being the one to advise General Early to make the attack and B.H. Fellers the one to inform General Sheridan of the danger of his army.

    • George FERRELL (?-1881) Hedgesville, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1881; died while in office

    • Wallace L. FILES (1926-?) born at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, February 19, 1926; served U.S. Army, WWII, barber, Republican member West Virginia State House, 1st District, 1967-70, 1973-74; member American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, Moose

    • Reuben FINE (1892-?) born at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, March 6, 1892, son of Louis and Julia (Wolf) Fine; attorney; graduate of West Virginia University, class of 1913, degree of LL.B.; admitted to the Bar in 1913; member of the American Bar Association and of the Berkeley Bar Association.

    • Harry M. FISHER born Martinsburg, West Virginia; jeweler; married Miss Kate May League; Barrick, Chamberlain, Smurr, Couchman, Wilen.

    • James B. FISHER, born in Fulton County, Pennsylvania; businessman, store owner, Martinsburg; Beck, Herring, Hoffman, Pitzer, Vanmetre

    • Michael FITZGERALD — emigrated from Ireland to America (Indiana), took government land and became a farmer; volunteered for service in the Union Army in the spring of 1861, serving in the 11th Indiana Regiment and fighting under General Lew Wallace during the Civil War. He was a scout after the Civil War and did duty in the Black Hills and in the far west. He personally knew General George A. Custer and warned him of the close proximity of the Indians and their large number before the Little Big Horn massacre, but his warning wasn't heeded. His first visit to Berkeley County was during the war when his command encamped for several days on Berkeley Place. He liked the area so well that when the war was over he moved to the county and settled in Martinsburg. He knew Major McKinley (later President) at the battle of Anteitam. The night of President Lincoln's assassination he was detailed to guard duty at the White House. He had two sons, Maurice Fitzgerald, who was a foreman at Interwoven Mills in Martinsburg, and J.P. Fitzgerald, freight conductor for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and a member of the Holy Name Society of the Catholic Church.

    • Josiah FLAGG was sixth in descent from Thomas Flegg (original spelling), ancestor of the Flagg family, who emigrated from Norfolk County, England, under Richard Carver, governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1637. Josiah Flagg inherited the grant of land situated at "Flagg" Mill, at Flagg's Crossing, east of Martinsburg, from his wife, Margaret, who was the duaghter of John Shively, who obtained that land from Thomas, Lord Fairfax of Greenway Court, in 1755. Josiah Flagg operated a mill located on Tuscarora Creek 1 mile east of Martinsburg for many years. It was build in 1800 and at one time, a large distillery and barrel plant was also operated there. The Hon. Alexander Parks, of Martinsburg, operated this mill for several years under the name of Enterprise Mills. He bought the property from the Flagg estate in 1885. On October 13, 1926, he sold that site with 14 acres of land adjacent, to the B&O Railroad. The brick in the old Flagg family home, which was owned in 1928 by Mrs. Sally B. Harrison, Josiah Flagg's great-grandchild, was brought from England as ballast in ships.

    • Eli FLEMING, Little Georgetown, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1872-1873

    • W.H.H. FLICK was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 24, 1841, and was educated in the country schools, one term at Garfield School at Hiram, Ohio; entered the Union Army of the Civil War, July 1861, 41st Ohio Regiment; wounded at Shiloh, April 7, 1862. Taught school; graduated from Cleveland Law School, 1865; moved to Moorfield, West Virginia, and practiced law there for two years; moved to Pendleton County, West Virginia, and served two terms in the Legislature from that county; appointed to fill the unexpired term of Prosecuting Attorney of Grant County, West Virginia; moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, 1874; was a candidate for Congress, Second Congressional District, West Virginia, in 1886, but lost by 90 votes. Practiced law in Martinsburg until his death.

    • Charles W. FOLTZ (1850-?) born Hampshire County, West Virginia; teacher, merchant; married, 1874, Agnes MORE; Myres, Whittington

    • Peter FOREMAN (1833-?) born Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married 1859, Mary MEHAFIE; Sanderson, Sevres

    • Nat T. FRAME (1877-?) considered a modern leader of achievement in the field of agriculture in West Virginia; Martinsburg businessman of manufacturing and distributing horticultural supplies, in partnership with John W. Stewart. Boomer, Colhan, Hart, Little, Overton, Silver, Stewart. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • Jacob M. FRENCH (1828-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1855, Mary C. ELLIS; Jacques, Myers, Rickard

    • Joseph D. FRY, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1937

    • Aaron FULK (1826-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1852, Ellen N. SMURR; Bretcher, Randall

    • George W. FULK (1854-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1880, Martha BYERS; Smurr, Wilhelm.

    • Henry C. FULK (1830-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1856, Anna E. MARTIN; Nicely, Quetzer

    • John H. FULK (1853-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1875, Catherine TELLERS; Oliver, Smurr

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    • GAIN Family — Christopher GAIN was the head of the Gain family of Berkeley County, West Virginia. He came from Ireland and settled at Jamesburg (Ganotown) in Back Creek Valley around 1800. Among his descendants were many educators: Lucy B. Gain Hiett and John C. Gain taught in the schools of Berkeley County; Josiah W. Gain, graduate of the Martinsburg High School, Shepherd College Normal School, and Johns Hopkins University, was a teacher in the county schools; Charles G. Gain, also a teacher in the county schools, principal of the Romney High School for several terms, a teacher in Shepherd College Summer School and faculty member at Martinsburg High School; and daughter Blanche Gain, a graduate of Shepherd College and a teacher in the county schools.

    • John S. GALLAHER (1796-1877) born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia; newspaperman, member, Virginia state legislature; buried Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, West Virginia.

    • The GANO Family

    • Ezekial Dean GARDNER (1867-?) born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman, Deputy Sheriff, Berkeley Co.; married Miss Mary Cecelia SULLIVAN; Getzendanner, Showers.

    • Henry Scott GARDNER, D.D.S.; born near Berkeley Station, West Virginia; dental surgeon; 1918, Nora Park CHAPMAN; Couchman.

    • Mabel Henshaw GARDNER — graduate of the New Windsor College of Maryland with a degree of Mistress of Polite Literature; student of West Virginia University; teacher of History, Shepherd College State Normal School, Shepherdstown; member of the American Historical Association. She married Dr. I.H. Gardner; they had one child, Anna Henshaw Gardner, a student of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1928. Mrs. Gardner's sister, Frances L. Henshaw was a teacher in Berkeley County schools.

    • George GARRETT (1834-?) born in Derbyshire, England; farmer; married, 1873, Sarah E. SMURR; Bates, Randall

    • Vernon B. GARTON was the assistant editor and reporter for the Martinsburg Evening Journal. He moved from Winchester, Virginia, to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1909 and worked for that newspaper for 18 years. His father was a soldier in the Union Army in the Civil War, connected with Cole's Cavalry.

    • Jacob GASSMAN was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1852; joined the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Confederate Army, at Romney, Virginia, in 1861, and fought in a number of major battles, including Kernstown, Winchester, Front Royal, and with Stuart's command at Second Manassas, Sharpsburg and Gettysburg. At the latter, he was shot through the neck and, in a fall from his horse broke his collar bone. He recovered, joined his command again and was wounded so severely at Moorfield, West Virginia, that he was unable to do any more fighting during the remainder of the war. He moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1879 and became a farmer.

    • Major General Horatio GATES (1728-1806) born Malden, Essex, England; plantation owner, Berkeley County, Virginia; married Mary VALENCE. See a second biography on Major General GATES.

    • Jacob W. GATRELL born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman; Married Louise I. HANSHEW; Hess.

    • The GERHARDT Family, Rebert, Riley

    • J. Howard GETTINGER, Martinsburg, West Virginia State House, 1875, and Senate, 1887-1889

    • Arthur Merryman GILBERT born on farm, Opequan Creek, near Middleway, Jefferson Co., West Virginia; pharmacist, Martinsburg City Council member and treasurer; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1931; married, 1893, Mabel RODRICK; Burrell, Dorsey, Fry, Harvey, Merryman, Milton, Ridgley.

    • Samuel GOLD born 8 Sep 1832, Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, Virginia, son of Washington Gold and Jane Crawford McKown; married Mary Elizabeth Lamon, 17 May 1859, daughter of George Lamon and Elizabeth Ward; Died 21 Feb 1891, Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, West Virginia. See personal website for more family details on Gold, Lamon, McConnell and McKown families. Mill Creek District, West Virginia State House, 1868-1869 and Senate, 1870-1872

    • Washington GOLD born abt. 1803, Clark County, Virginia; married Jane Crawford McKown of Mill Creek, Berkeley County, Virginia on 10 Jun 1830; died 16 Mar 1870, Gerrardstown, Berkeley County, West Virginia. See personal website for more family details on Gold, Lamon, McConnell and McKown families.

    • Andrew M. GRAHAM, born in Greencastle, Pennsylvania; teacher, magistrate; married Belle BRENEIZEN

    • Moses S. GRANTHAM born in Berkeley County, Virginia; senator, landholder, judge, bank director; married, 1869, Melvina KITCHEN; Buzzard, Fry — A gedcom on the Internet shows Moses S. GRANTHAM (1819-1890) born in Berkeley County, son of William GRANTHAM (1767-1838) and Susanna FRY (1775-1836), both Berkeley County; married 1869 to Melvina KITCHEN

    • Jasper L. GRAVES born on farm near Jones Springs, West Virginia; grocer; Albright, Arvin, Gift, Hyle, Shimp, Stuckey.

    • The GRAY Family; Allen, Bartlett, Bowers, Craighill, Cowan, Daugherty, Gerard, Gilbert, Haw, Henshaw, Lee, McKowan, Moon, Nadenbousch, Parks, Patterson, Rennie, Sherrard, Silver, Stewart, Wardrop, Wilson

    • Joseph GROVE (1840-?) born Frederick County, Virginia; farmer; married, 1866, Sarah C. DUFFEY; Fout, Mercer

    • Roy C. GROVE (1888-?) born near Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co., West Virginia; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1919; businessman; married, 1910, Miss Adda Virginia Geyer; Bohrer, Buzzard, Gano, Grove, Powers, Shade.

    • Zachary T. GROVE — Merchant of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, during the latter part of the 1800's; father of Philip Grove, who worked for Nelson Hardware Company of Roanoke, Virginia; married Eleanor BOWERS, daughter of George M. Bowers. Their children were George Bowers Grove, graduate of the Martinsburg High School class of 1923, and Phillip Royal Grove, a 1928 graduate of Martinsburg High School. Mrs. Grove was eduated at Martinsburg High School and the Mary Baldwin Seminary, Staunton, Virginia. She was the sister of Jean B. Daugherty, who married Draper M. Daugherty, son of Harry M. Daugherty, Attorney General of the U.S. in President Harding's cabinet.

    • Felix GRUNDY (1777-1840) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, September 11, 1777; Delegate to Kentucky state constitutional convention, 1799; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1800; justice of Kentucky state supreme court, 1806; U.S. Representative from Tennessee at-large, 1811-14; member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1815; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1829-38, 1839-40; died in office 1840; U.S. Attorney General, 1838-39. Died December 19, 1840. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee. Grundy counties in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee are named for him.Kentucky State Legislature; U.S. Senator, Tennessee. See complete history and biography of Felix Grundy on Tennessee GenWeb. See Congressional Biography of Felix Grundy and another biography.

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    • Richard HAMMERSLA was the son of J.A. HAMMERSLA, a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War. Richard Hammersla was one of the founders of the Independent Roller Mining Company of North Mountain, Berkeley County, West Virginia, founded in 1900, where he has been superintendent since its inception. He was superintendent of the Potomac Pulp Mill at Dam No. 5 on the Potomac River until the Johnstown flood that occurred in 1889 and extesively damaged the plant.

    • Herbert E. HANNIS born Martinsburg, West Virginia; Candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia; Prosecuting Attorney, Berkeley County; Gardner, Showers.

    • Raymond Arthur HARE (1901-1994) born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, April 3, 1901; Foreign Service Officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Constantinople, 1929; U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1950-53, Lebanon, 1953-54, Egypt, 1956-68, United Arab Republic, 1958-59, Turkey, 1961-65; U.S. Minister to Yemen, 1950-53 & 1959-60; died of pneumonia, Washington, D.C., February 9, 1994.

    • Thomas L. HARRIS, M.D. (1889-); physician; Martin, Tyler.

    • B.F. HARRISON, born October 28, 1830, in Berkeley County, Virginia; raised on a farm, received a common school education. From the old-time Whig stock, he voted against the ordnance of secession. Although a Southerner in principle and a slaveholder, the frictions of war, the registration laws, test oaths and persecution of southern people — all so contrary to his prejudices — made him a Democrat, and he was elected president of the Cleveland club, which polled 250 majority in Shepherdstown. Mr. Harrison was a farmer, Justice of the Peace, Mayor of Shepherdstown, member of the West Virginia Legislature in 1869, cashier of the Shepherdstown Savings Bank, and a notary public.

    • John S. HARRISON, M.D. (?-1838) born on West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and educated at St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland. Spent four years in the medical and surgical institutions of France and England; married, 1805, Holland William STULL, niece of the General Otho Holland Williams of Revolutionary War fame, after whom she was named. Moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1806 and built up a large and lucrative practice in that city and area surrounding. Appointed a Justice of the Peace of the County Court of Berkeley County, 1818, and continued in that office for many years.

    • Captain Napoleon B. HARRISON (1823-1869) born Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; Naval service

    • Peyton Randolph HARRISON born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman; Mayor of Martinsburg; Commissioner in Chancery for Circuit Court; Married Lillian GORHAM, and Miss Holmes; Abell, Boyd, Brown, Carr, Dandridge, Harrison, Hoge, Hunter, Meade, Pendleton, Sellers, Turnbull, Washburn. NOTE: This second biography shows a different name for P.R. Harrison's second wife and may have additional information on the Peyton Harrisons.

    • Roy E. HARRISON, son of Robert L. and Ella (Crimm) Harrison, was educated in city schools and was a clerk in Minor's grocery for a number of years. He began his banking career as a messenger and assistant cashier for the Bank of Martinsburg. When the Shenandoah Valley Bank and Trust Company was organized in 1920, he was elected cashier. He was trustee of the First Methodist Church, and ex-superintendent of the Sunday school; member of the Masonic Club, Treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, and Treasurer for the Chamber of Commerce of Martinsburg.

    • Samuel S. HARRISON, farmer and orchardist living at Arden. His grandfather, Jacob Harrison, was a soldier in the War of 1812; at the conclusion of that war, he settled at Marlowe, Berkeley County, Virginia. Samuel's father was William J. Harrison (biography here) who married Elizabeth Cox, the daughter of his employer, Samuel Cox, the first Steward of the County Infirmary; when Samuel Cox left that position, William J. Harrison succeeded him. William and Elizabeth Harrison had two sons, Samuel S. Harrison (the subject of this sketch) and Robert L. Harrison. Samuel married Anna Pitzer and they had two sons, Ernest T. Harrison, a minister of the M.E. Church South in Vienna, New Jersey, who was educated at Front Royal Academy at Ashland, Virginia, and Randolph-Macon College; and Elmer S. Harrison, a member of the Citizens Military Training Camp at Camp Knox, Kentucky, and member of the Cadet Corps (at the book's writing in 1928).

    • William J. HARRISON (1823-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1856, Elizabeth S. COX; French, Ward.

    • Emory HEDGES; farmer; Married, 1858, Nancy J. GAINER; Hamilton, Robinson.

    • Josiah HEDGES (1778-1858) born Virginia; founder of Tiffin, Ohio; Belmont County, Ohio Sheriff and Clerk of the Court; Ohio State Legislature; Married, 1803, Rebecca RUSSELL, 1817, Eliza HAMMERLY, 1844, Harriet SNOOK; Armstrong, Baldwin, Gross, Hall, Hunter, Noble, Walker.

    • W.H. HEISTON, born at Luray, Page County, Virginia, and educated in schools of that city. Moved to Martinsburg in 1887; he was a millwright and engaged in erecting hydroelectric power and water wheels. Mr. Heiston erected mills in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and has erected over 1,000 water wheels throughout Berkeley County; established the business in Martinsburg known as the W.H. Heiston Construction Company. Built and owned a mill at Smithfield, Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was connected with the Signal Corps of the Confederate Army from Richmond to the Potomac River during the Civil War.

    • John E. HELSLEY was born in Morgan County, West Virginia, near Unger's Store, August 22, 1869, son of George W. and Catherine (Hoil) Helsley. His father was a Civil War veteran, Confederate Army under the command of Captain Chew at Charles Town at the time of the execution of John Brown. John E. Helsley was a teacher in the schools of Berkeley County, Gerrardstown District, for 18 years. In 1910, he was a candidate for County Commissioner against Hon. Charles W. Stuckey, but was defeated by only 6 votes. He moved to Berkeley Springs in 1914 and was in the mercantile business. He was elected Mayor of Berkeley Springs for six consecutive terms, a member of the City Council three terms, and in 1926 president of the Bath District Board of Education.

    • P.H. HENSELL (1831-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married first Susan R. CROWL, then in 1875 to Nancy C. HARBAUGH; Hoke, Shover

    • Edgar C. HENSHAW, postmaster, horticulturist, orchardist; married Florence LANGFORD; Hollis

    • Harry Preston HENSHAW (1886-?) born Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, son of Edwin S. and Mary (Campbell) Henshaw; West Virginia Road/Highway Commissioners, 1931-1933; West Virginia State House, 1917 and Senate, 15th District encompassing the counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan and Hampshire, 1921-1931. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • John HENSHAW (1680-1772) built the Henshaw homestead on Mill Creek, Berkeley County, Virginia.

    • John HENSHAW, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1897

    • Joshua HENSHAW (abt. 1670-) born England; founder of the American branch of the Henshaw family.

    • Levi HENSHAW (1769-?) born in Mill Creek, Berkeley County, West Virginia; JP, member Virginia assembly, Sheriff, Berkeley County; Butler, Snodgrass, Williams

    • Marion Lee HENSHAW (1845-1929) born Berkeley County, West Viriginia; farmer, West Virginia State House, 1883; married, 1869, Emily P. PAYNE; Huntsicker, Wright. See family history and biography at this personal website. Includes parents, Samuel Preston Henshaw and Julia ann Margaret Hunsicker and additional information on the Henshaw history, as well as siblings, their spouses and children and some of their ancestors.

    • W.T. HENSHAW, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1901
      Note: The Hinshaw Family Association is an informal group of people with an interest in the genealogy and history of the Hinshaw/Henshaw family and allied lines. Check this site if you have any connections to the Henshaw or related spelling surname.

    • William HENSHAW, born on Mill Creek, Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • Jack O. HENSON (1890-?) born Bunker Hill, West Virginia; attorney, city attorney, State Board of Law Examiners Commissioner, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1936

    • Aaron Thomas HESS (1840-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; railroad train conductor; businessman; Married Miss Elizabeth STAUB; Becker, Cline, Heininger, Henkel, McPherson, Wachtel.

    • Joseph F. HESS (1836-?), born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1861, Catherine E. SWIMLEY; Harden, Hyslett

    • Peter HESS, father of the large Hess family in the communities of Salem and Needmore, Berkeley County; was steward of the Berkeley County Informary at Salem after the end of the Civil War; father of George Hess, Solomon Hess, and Balem Hess and the grandfather of Lewis Hess and William T. Hess, the latter a merchant in the vicinity of Needmore.

    • Jacob HESSE was the son of Ludwig Hesse, who emigrated to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, from Hanover, Germany, about 1850, and established a meat market on Liberty Street. Jacob moved to the vicinity of Jones Springs and later to Baxter in Back Creek Valley in the county. He was elected county commissioner of Berkeley County from 1918 to 1924. He operated extensive apple orchards in Back Creek Valley.

    • John J. HETZEL, Sr. (1849-?) born in New York City; auditor, grocery owner, member of West Virginia State Legislature; married, 1871, Anna Barndollar

    • Mary S. HICKS, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1949

    • Robert A. HIETT (1850-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; builder/manufacturer; married, 1878, Sally A. POWELL; Dehaven, Horner, Mason, Perrell

    • Thomas HINDS (1780-1840) born Berkeley County, Virginia; U.S. Representative from Mississippi. See Congressional Biography of Thomas Hinds

    • Henry G. HINTON (1850-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; farmer

    • John Walter HINTON, born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married Isabella S. LOCKE; Hawkins, Van Cleve

    • Bartholomew W. HIRSCH (1810-?) born in Bavaria, Germany; farmer; married Mary GEAISE

    • E.A. HOBBS, born in Wheeling, West Virginia; clerk of the Berkeley County Court

    • Edmund Lee HOFFMAN (1839-1904) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, state legislator; married, 1866, Isabella CHENOWITH; Walker, Willson — A descendant outline on the Internet shows Edmund Lee HOFFMAN, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, was the son of Joseph HOFFMAN and Elizabeth WILSON, died 1904, married Isabella CHENOWETH (1843-1862), Arden, Berkeley County

    • M.J.C. HOFFMAN (1826-?) born in Ohio County, West Virginia; carpenter, builder, farmer; married, 1851, Nancy E. BARRETT; Miller, Raney, Shaff

    • John Blair HOGE (1790-1826) born Jefferson County, Virginia, son of the Rev. Moses Hoge; married Ann K. Hunter of Martinsburg, Virginia

    • John Blair HOGE (1825-1896) born Richmond, Virginia, son of John Blair and Nancy (Hunter) Hoge; U.S. Representative, West Virginia, and Virginia House of Delegates, U.S. District Attorney for Dictrict of Columbia. See Congressional Biography of John B. Hoge
      Note: There is an excellent Hoge family history letter from the 1730's in the Chester/Cumberland/Fayette/Washington Co., PA GenWeb archives, which mentions Opequon Creek and other areas, which eventually became part of Berkeley County, Virginia and then West Virginia.
      There is more Hoge history at these websites: Rev. John Hoge and Rev. John Blair Hoge (if the website loads at the top of the page, scroll down as biographies are alphabetical).

    • Joseph T. HOKE (1835-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; prosecuting attorney, newspaper man, West Virginia State House and Senate; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia.

    • John W. HOLLIDA (1836-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; magistrate, farmer; married, 1866, Susan COUCHMAN; Myers, Staley

    • Harry HOLLIS born Mill Creek District of Berkeley County, West Virginia; businessman; married, 1902, Mamie Shaull; Byers, Chamberlain, Dick, Long, Sharff, Thornburg.

    • John Conrad HOLPP (1846-?) born in Bissengen, Wurtemberg, Germany; blacksmith; married, 1870, Elizabeth Ann HIRSCH; Fischer, Geaise

    • Risser HUBER (1827-?) born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; farmer, currier; married, 1850, Rebecca BASORE; Blondel, Risser, Slighter

    • Jacob HULL (1807-?) born in Adams County, Pennsylvania; carpenter, joiner, mechanic; married Elizabeth SEIBERT.

    • Henry T. HUNT (ca. 1879-1956) born Cincinatti, Hamilton County, Ohio; died Martinsburg, West Virginia, February 29, 1956, burial Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia; Mayor, Cincinnati, Ohio, known as "Boy Mayor"; Democrat member of Ohio State House, 1907; Mayor of Cincinatti, Ohio, 1912-13

    • Andrew HUNTER was born at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1804; attorney; appointed by Governor Wise of Virginia to assist Charles W. Harding in the prosecution of John Brown and his associates at Charles Town (1859). John Brown was tried for treason for raiding the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry of that year; he and six of his companions were found guilty and hanged there December 2, 1859.

    • David HUNTER (?-1813) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, son of Moses T. Hunter. Joined the U.S. Army in the War of 1812, rank of Lieutenant; was assigned to duty in the Northern section, was killed leading his troops in the assault of Williamsburg on the St. Lawrence in 1813.

    • Colonel David HUNTER (1761-?) born in York, Pennsylvania; Berkeley County Court Clerk; married Elizabeth PENDLETON

    • Edmund Pendleton HUNTER (1809-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia, March 24, 1809; owner/editor of Martinsburg Gazette; married, 1832, Martha C. ABELL; Doll, Harrison, Forrest, Patterson, Pendleton, Riddle.

    • Moses T. HUNTER (1790-1829) born in Berkeley County, Virginia; attorney, Virginia House of Delegates, 1827

    • John C. HUTSLER (1846-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; B&O railroad engineman; married, 1876, Hattie L. SNOOK; Gibbins, Smith

    • James B. HUTZLER, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1964

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    • Charles Denton JACK (1882-1940) born near Marlowe, West Virginia; jailer, deputy sheriff, constable, state and federal prohibition officer, and JP; married, Emilie Ida (STOECKER) BEITZEN Dean, Nicklan

    • Aquila JANNEY (1836-1922) born Martinsburg, Virginia; farmer; married, 1874, Miss Mary Johnson HAMILTON; McKeever, McPherson, Mendenhall, Stuart, Tabb, Torrence

    • Mrs. Mabel B. JEFFERSON was educated at Washington, M. St. High School, she was a teacher in the rural schools of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and specialized in Sunday School work among the Afrrican-American race; superintendent of the Sunday School Teacher Training at Charleston, West Virginia, District.

    • Rev. W.E. JEFFERSON was the pastor of Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church of Martinsubrg; he was educated at Hampden Institute. Member of A.F. and A.M. Mount Zion No. 18 Lodge; specialized in Sunday School work among the members of the African-American race; District Sunday School Superintendent of West Virginia (Colored), in the auspices of the Council of Education, Charleston District.

    • Major General Thomas Sidney JESUP (also spelled JESSUP (1788-1860); Photo and a biography of Thomas S. Jesup. He is generally considered the father of the modern Quartermaster Corps. He was appointed Quartermaster General in 1818 and held the post 42 years, exceeding the service of any other officer as head of a department or corps.

    • K. Brent JOHNSON, Martinsburg, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate, 1966; member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1967

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    • Rt. Rev. John Joseph KAIN (1841-1903) born at Martinsburg, Virginia; clergyman, archbishop; Murphy, Ryan

    • John William KASTLE born Martinsburg, West Virginia; tailor, Postmaster at Martinsburg; married Miss Mida Brannon RIGSBY; Kestler, Price, Stocker, Westbrook.

    • Harold H. KEEDY was the Assistant Clerk of the County Clerk of Berkeley County, West Virginia, beginning January 21, 1921. He was appointed by Paul H. Martin to be Chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Berkeley County in 1921. Was a soldier in World War I, with position in the Ordnance Department stationed at Camp Hancock, Georgia; military instructor, 1918 to the end of the war; was First Lieutenant in the Officers' Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States.

    • D.N. KEES (1837-?) was born and riased at Jones' Spring, Berkeley Couny, Virginia. He was father of Joseph Ed. Kees, commercial man of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His son, Robert L. KEES lives at home and occupies the farm of his father. He is also father of Mrs. Matilda Wheeler and grandfather of Victor WHEELER, assistant cashier of the Shenandoah Valley Bank & Trust Company of Martinsburg. Early records show the family name spelled Keys, emigrated to the U.S. about the beginning of the Revolution, always living in Back Creek Valley.

    • Captain John KERNEY was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, and volunteered in the Virginia Line as First Sergeant to a company, July 1775, in Colonel Hugh Stephenson's Regiment of Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Fort Washington and held for a long period; he was released and continued in the American Army. Appointed a Lieutenant in a Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Joseph Crockett, later succeeded to the captaincy of his company and srved until the regiment was disbanded. After his war service, he returned to Berkeley County and held the position of Magistrate and member of the County Court of Berkeley County until 1805, when he moved to Kentucky. He died in that state.

    • Ephraim B. KETTERING (?-1921) Sheriff, Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1908-12; died at Martinsburg, West Virginia.

    • William H. KIBLER was born in Luray, Virginia and was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, Company K, Infantry, Captain Parks commanding. His son, William Walter Kibler, was born in Frederick County, Virginia and moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1887, and was a machinist at the Middlesex Mill, Martinsburg, 1891. He was the oldest employee of the Interwoven Mills, Inc. of Martinsburg. He was past Great Sachem of Improved Order of Red Man of West Virginia, and member of Tuscarora Tribe No. 50, Improved Order of Red Man, at Martinsburg. His son, Calvin H. Kibler, was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1922, and a clerk at the B&O freight office at Martinsburg. Another son, Charles E. Kibler, was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1927.

    • Bessie D. KILMER, first woman to hold political office in Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • Wade C. KILMER, son of John D. and Anna (Cushwa) Kilmer, graduated from West Virginia University with degrees of A.B. and L.L.B. He was admitted to the Bar, 1899, and was a member of the law firm of Walker, Kilmer & Byrer. He was appointed a member of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, 1913-15; was director of the Citizens National Bank of Martinsburg; and was a former Captain of Company F, First West Virginia National Guards.

    • William KILMER (1820-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farming; married, 1842, Ann A. DAVIS; Seibert

    • William H. KILMER (1847-?) farmer, businessman; married, 1869, Georgianna MYERS.

    • Noah KIRSON (1848-?) born in Kovno, Russia; pack peddler, merchant; Birnbeck

    • Bethuel Middleton KITCHEN (1812-1895) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; legislator, agriculturist; married, 1836, Mary BUZZARD; Ghulic, Stone. See Congressional Biography of Bethuel M. Kitchen

    • Joseph T. KITCHEN, Ganotown, Berkeley County; West Virginia State house, 1889

    • Frank H. KNEISLY born Washington County, Maryland; farmer, businessman; married, 1890, Lucy Helena KENSEL; Huber, Shriver, Turner.

    • Henry KRATZ (1820-?) born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany; clothier, tailor; married, 1842, Mary FISHPAW

    • Alfred K. KYNER (1840-?) born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; married, 1861, Martha J. SPENCER; Bears, Mark

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    • Will S. LAISE (1850-?) born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1850, Elizabeth Clendening; Showalter, Bushman

    • Charles McMullen LAMAR (1860-1932) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; grain distiller; married, 1882, Alice Virginia REED; Caskey, Grimes — Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1904; former member of Martinsburg City Council and past and grand high priest of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia, died Martinsburg March 11, 1932.

    • George Dallas LAMBERT born Frederick City, Maryland; businessman; married Margaret GRAZIER, Miss Mary Kathleen WHITMORE.

    • Walter J. LAMBERT (1850-?) born Frederick City, Maryland; businessman; Fraley, Grazier, Keedy, Lambright, Zieler

    • John W. LAMON, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1870

    • Robert LAMON, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1891

    • W.F. LANDERS (1844-?) born in Boone County, Indiana; B&O railroad station agent; married, 1865, Laura M. SHAWEN; Bentz, Sawyer

    • Joseph LANDIS (1848-?) born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1876, Rebecca RIPPLE; Miller, Williams

    • Samuel M. LANGFORD, D.V.S., son of Dr. W.E. Langford, born in Newark, New York, in 1889, and educated at Ontario College, Ontario, Canada, graduated Class of 1912. Moved to Martinsburg in 1905 and practiced his profession with his father until the U.S. entered World War I when he volunteered for service and was commissioned First Lieutenant, Veterinary Corps, 14th Field Artillery, stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, June 12, 1917. He received an honorable discharge from the army in April 1919. Was appointed Consulting State Veterinarian by the Hon. Howard E. Williams, Commissioner of Agriculture of West Virginia; appointed Recorder of the City of Martinsburg by Mayor George W. Appleby Jr., June 1, 1926.

    • W.E. LANGFORD, D.V.S., born at Granton, Province of Ontario, Canada, in 1860. Graduate of Ontario Veterinary College. Moved to Newark, New York, in 1889, and moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1905, where he practiced his profession until 1917, when he moved to Keyser, West Virginia. He was Chief of the Martinsburg Fire Department and was involved in the agricultural fairs of the county.

    • Shivley LAYMASTERS (1858-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, Mary Virginia BENDER; Pitzer, Tabler

    • Benson LECKY (ca. 1760-bef. 1821) born County Antrim, Ireland; married Mary JOHNSTON; Allen, Davis, Elliott, Henderson, Hindman, Lahew, Nelson, Sampson, Sproul

    • Major General Charles LEE (1731-1782) born Dernhall, Cheshire, England; estate owner, Berkeley County, Virginia; Bunbury

    • David William LEE (1853-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; teacher, married, 1881, Anna Marie BELLE; Furny, Parker

    • Henry LEFEVRE (1822-1872) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1847, Catherine A. DUGAN; Hill, Miller, Williamson

    • George W. LEGG, Mill Creek, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1872-1873

    • William Robinson LEIGH (1866-?) born near Falling Waters, Berkeley County, after the Civil War, and raised in Baltimore.; an artist (painter) of the American West, with a career spanning 75 years. See this biography.

    • Percey W. LEITER was a native of Washington County, Maryland. He moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1874; he was elected Mayor of that city one term and Recorder for five terms, or 11 years. While Mayor, he instigated the bond issue for the sewage system and the subway at North Queen Street. He married the daughter of H.N. DEATRICK, a former merchant of the city. Percey Leiter was a groceryman for 5 years and a wholesale produce merchant for 3 years, and he was a trust officer of the Old National Bank.

    • Hiram H. LEMEN (1822-1876) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; married, 1858, Mary V. BYERS; Ernst, Hedges

    • Benjamin F. LEWIS (1818-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1837, Mary ANDERSON; Custer, Seckman

    • Hamilton J. LIGHT (1812-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; superintendent of roads, farmer; married, 1853, Louisa WILLIAMS; Strode, Underdunk

    • Hilda LINGAMFELTER, Hedgesville, Berkeley County; president of the West Virginia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1943

    • W.H. LINGAMFELTER, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1913

    • Charles William LINK, D.D.S. was born in Duffields, Jefferson County, West Virginia, February 6, 1868. He was educated in the district schools of that county, Charles Town Academy, West Virginia University, class of 1892; University of Maryland, class of 1895, with a degree of D.D.S. He had his dentistry practice in Martinsburg and, in 1903, married Margharetta HETZEL, daughter of the Hon. John J. Hetzel.

    • W.T. LOGAN (1834-?), born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; journalist; married, Margaret A. SHOWERS; Seibert, Silver

    • Sondra Moore LUCHT, West Virginia State Senate for Berkeley County, 1983-1994

    • Ernest L. LUTTRELL born Winchester, Virginia; attorney; married, 1912, Ida Lillian RICE; De Haven, Dick, Downey, Noll, Rogers.

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    • James W. McDONALD Sr. (?-1918) landowner in Darkesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia; Miller, Zeilor

    • Gilbert McKOWN, born in Ireland; married Jane CRAWFORD

    • Gilbert William McKOWN (1840-?), born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, stock-dealer; married, 1875, Anna M. McKOWN; Demoss, Campbell

    • J.C. McKOWN was the Sheriff of Berkeley County, West Virginia, elected in the fall of 1924. He married Miss Martha ZIMMERMAN of Louisville, Kentucky. Children were Charlotte Campbell McKown, Martinsburg High School Class of 1927, and Gilbert C. McKown, Martinsburg High School, Class of 1930. J.C. McKown was secretary, Cumberland Fruit Exchange, the original fruit exchange of the Cumberland-Shenandoah apple section and handled from 500 to 1100 carloads of apples yearly for the Cumberland Fruit Exchange; business manager agent for John M. Miller.

    • Samuel McKOWN (1827-1858) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1851, M.L. OAK; Collins, Henshaw, Shepherd

    • Abraham Rush McQUILKIN (1817-?) born near Bedington, Berkeley County, Virginia; businessman; West Virginia State House, 1866-67; married Ellen G. RUSH; DeGrange, Marshall, Oldham, Stock, Van Metre.

    • James Whann McSHERRY, M.D. (1833-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; physician, banker; married, 1876, Virginia FAULKNER; Abell, Fitzhugh, Forrest, Lilly. See second biography of J. Whann McSHERRY

    • Richard McSHERRY, M.D. (1792-?), born at Leetown, Jefferson County, West Virginia; physician; married, 1817, Miss Ann C. KING

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    • William MACKEY (1738-?) born in Belfast, Ireland; soldier; Faulkner

    • Elisha P. MACONAUGHY (1845-?) born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1866, Sarah R. BEARD; Price, Roberts

    • John G. MANOR (1808-) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, miller, merchant; married, 1837, Nancy GARDNER; Clark, Parsons

    • Clarence Eugene MARTIN, Sr., Martinsburg, Berkeley County; judge; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1944

    • Clarence Eugene MARTIN, Jr. (1909-?) Martinsburg, Berkeley County, September 10, 1909; attorney; West Virginia State Senate, 16th District, 1951-70; Delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1956; served U.S. Navy, World War II; Catholic; member American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, Elks, Kiwanis, Knights of Clumbus, Moose

    • George Thomas MARTIN (1839-1899) born Martinsburg, Virginia; businessman, postmaster at Mohawk, Yuma Co., Arizona.

    • Marie Buxton MARTIN, wife of County Court Clerk Paul H. MARTIN, and daughter of the George W. Buxton of Martinsburg; author of note, having written and published "Within The Rock" in 1926; contributed magazine articles for the West Virginia Review; a graduate of Martinsburg High School and West Virginia University

    • Paul B. MARTIN, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1947; Member of West virginia Republican Executive Committee, 1949

    • Paul H. MARTIN born Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia; attorney, Martinsburg City Attorney, 1914-17, under Mayors Thomas W. Turner and Percey W. Leiter, Clerk of Berkeley County, West Virginia, appointed by the Hon. E.A. Hobbs; married, 1909, Miss Marie Buxton; Carroll, Foreman, Gussman, Hawley, Mussetter, Poisal, Shaffer, Trail, Snee, Snyder, Weaver.

    • Thomas MASLIN (1808-1878), born in Gerardstown, Berkeley County, Virginia; businessman

    • Charles H. MILLER, Berkeley County Assessor, County Sheriff, businessman

    • George D. MILLER (1816-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1839, Eliza A. PITZER; Aiken, Bender, Hensell, Horner, Ramsburg, Weller

    • Henry Columbus MILLER (1830-?) born in Allegheny County, Maryland; farmer; married, Elizabeth Anna HUTCHINSON; Eichelberger, Huff, Rine

    • J. William MILLER (1857-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; merchant; married, 1861, Ida E. NOLL; Myers, Pitzer

    • Jacob MILLER (1815-?); born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; county court receiver; farmer; married, 1839, Evalina MASON, and in 1856, Eliza MASON RUSH; Miller, Mumma

    • James D. MILLER (1814-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1838, Elizabeth RAMSBURG; Dust, Hensel

    • John MILLER (either 1778 or 1781-1846) born on Tuscarora Creek, Berkeley County, Virginia, October 29, 1778 (two different sources list different birth dates and birth years); officer in U.S. Army, War of 1812; Register of the Land office in Missouri, later U.S. Representative and Governor of that state. Died near Florissant, Missouri, March 13, 1846. See Congressional Biography of John Miller

    • Milton S. MILLER, Deputy Sheriff and Jailer, Berkeley County; member of Arden District Board of Education

    • Oscar B. MILLER, son of Milton S. Miller, was Assistant Jailer for Sheriffs E.H. Tabler and H.S. Miller, and Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff J.C. McKown; appointed City Sergeant of Martinsburg by Mayors G.B. Wiltshire and Cleveland M. Seibert. His wife was a teacher in the Pikeside Grade School.

    • Virginia MILLER, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1952-1953

    • W.S. MILLER, orchardist

    • W.E. MINGHINI (1867-?) born in Middleway, Jefferson County, West Virginia; dentist; Martinsburg, West Virginia Mayor; married, 1899, Viola Marie Pitcher; Sencindiver

    • Lazarus MINICH (1834-?) born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; married, 1858, Jane E. HEFFELFINGER; Bayles, Woolf

    • Frank A. MINOR was born in Martinsburg and was a merchant there. He began his business in 1896 at 105 Queen Street in the Ripple building and expanded to open a second store at 219 West King Street. He was Superintendent of the Sunday School of the M.E. Church South for 20 years. His father was R.T. Minor, a soldier in the Confederate Army, who came from Fredericksburg, Virginia, and was a storekeeper for a number of years on the corner of Queen and Burke Streets where the Bank of Martinsburg was located in 1928.

    • Bertha M. MOCK was born in Loudon County, Virginia. Her efficiency as a stenographer attracted the attention of the Draft Board of Berkeley County during World War I and she was detailed to do stenographic work for that board, which consisted of Charles W. Thatcher, President; Dr. William T. Henshaw; and Paul Martin. She was Deputy Assessor for Berkeley County, West Virginia, under three difference assessors — John W. Dodd, John H. Riner and HArry E. Johnson. During the flu epidemic she was the only stenographer to remain at her post of duty around the Court House, fortunately escaping the attacks of that disease.

    • Samuel MOHLER (1836-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; wagonmaker; married, 1859, Mary J. SNYDER; Fanster, Strine

    • Samuel MOHLER, Mill Creek District, Berkeley County — A Gedcom on the Internet shows Samuel MOHLER (1859-?), son of Richard MOHLER (1816-?) and Henrietta HERMAN; Richard MOHLER was the son of Samuel MOHLER (1784-1827) and Mary NAGLE (1792-1851).

    • Daniel Grove MOLER (1908-?) born in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, December 16, 1908; attorney; Democratic member of West Virginia State Senate, 1937-40 (15th District, 1937-38, 16th District, 1939-40); Member West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1949; Episcopalian; Member, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    • Henry MOLER — A Gedcom on the Internet shows Henry MOLER (1765-1801), Berkeley County, son of George Adam MOLER (1728-?) and Eve HORN (1734-abt. 1810), who both died in Berkeley. George MOLER was born in Germany.

    • Hon. William E. MONG was born on Tuscarora in the stone house of the Mong family erected about 1800 and still standing in 1928. He was a farmer, a member of the County Court of Berkeley County for many years, a Justice of the Peace for Arden District; and elected to the Virginia Legislature in 1860.

    • John MOORE (1788-1867) born in Berkeley County, Virginia; Louisiana State House; U.S. Representative, Louisiana, 1841-43 and 1851-53; 1841, married Mary Conrad WEEKS. See information on Mary Conrad WEEKS and John MOORE. See Congressional Biography of John Moore (Note: His last name was spelled MORE in some sources)

    • John Jamison MOORE was born October 19, 1814, in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia; clergyman, bishop; 1839 united with the Philadelphia conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; in 1852, moved to California, where he established several churches and took an active part in contending for the rights of his race. He returned to the East in 1868; was elected bishop in that year; undertook missions to England and British America. He was the author of a pamphlet on Universalism and history of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of America.

    • Daniel MORGAN (1733 or 1736-1802) born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey; moved to Charlestown, Berkeley County, Virginia (now Jefferson County, West Virginia), in 1754; farmer; elected to a seat in the 5th Congress from Berkeley and Frederick counties; married Abigail BASLEY

    • John Thorburn MORGAN (1889-?) born Charleston, Virginia; mechanical engineer; married Miss Rebecca PUTNEY; Johnson, Littlepage, Miller, Mosely, Thoburn, Thorn.

    • Morgan MORGAN, M.D. (1852-1934) born near Gerrardstown, West Virginia September 1, 1852; physician and surgeon; married, 1906, Mary J. BRANNON; Henshaw, Silver. From one branch of this family, many settlers by the name of Morgan settled in what is now northern West Virginia; one of those descendants founded Morgantown. Some of the descendants include Zackwell Morgan, Indian fighter and scout; Daniel Morgan of Revolutionary War fame; B.S. Morgan, at one time State Superintendent of Free Schools of West Virginia; and Ephraim B. Morgan, Governor of West Virginia.

    • William C. MORGAN was born in Clarke County, Virginia, and moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1892. He was County Surveyor and was the opponent of George W. Vanmetre for that position at every election from that time until Mr. Vanmetre's death in 1919.

    • Garnett Pierce MORISON, M.D.; born Bunker Hill, West Virginia; physician EENT specialist; married, 1910, Melinda J. PETERS; Bell, Buckles, Chipley, Clevenger, Lee, Livers, Pierce, Porterfield, Shaull.

    • A.H. MYERS (1839-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1861, Isabelle V. VAN METRE; McQuilkin

    • Howard F. MYERS, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1967; Candidate for West Virginia State House, 1954

    • J. Howard MYERS (1901-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, October 24, 1902; Berkeley County Sheriff; West Virginia Democratic State Chair, 1948, 1952-56; vice chairman of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1949; member West Virginia State Executive Committee, 1949; Presbyterian; member Freemasons, Shriners, Elks

    • John MYERS (?-1835) — Received the name of "Hunter John Myers" because he was so well known in Berkeley County as an excellent hunter and trapper; his home was in the mountainous section of the county. For a number of years his grandson, John Myers, lived on Meadow Branch and was the sole inhabitant of that valley. He reared a large family — at one time there 17 children living there and Mr. Myers built a house and employed a private teacher for his children. Hunter John Myers lived by his rifle, was an unerring shot and would often be seen with deer and bear meat and numbers of wild turkeys for sale.

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    • Adrian C. NADENBOUSCH was the brother of John T. Nadenbousch; an attorney, orator, active in all public enterprises for the uplift of the county and city; served as Judge of the Judicial Court of Berkeley County; consluted on all important questions in law; one of the "four-minute-men" who volunteered in Worl War I to put Liberty Loans for the Government across in Berkeley County.

    • Frederick NADENBOUSCH (1778-1854) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, October 14, 1778, lived in the neighborhood of Hedgesville; married, 1815, Eleanor COLLINS; their son, Moses T. Nadenbousch was born in Hedgesville April 1, 1827. Moses T., Sheriff of Berkeley County, appointed his son, John T. Nadenbousch (born at Martinsburg) Deputy Sheriff of Berkeley County at 16. Afterwards he was employed by the old Adams Express Company at Martinsburg. When the Merchants and Farmers Bank was organized — the first State bank in that section — he was elected as assistant cashier; and became cashier of that bank in 1875. John T.'s son, J. Roy Nadenbousch, was in insurance in Martinsburg.

    • J. Roy NADENBOUSCH born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman; married Eva E. GERLING; Collins, Goff, Harris, Miller.

    • John Q.A. NADENBOUSCH (1834-?) soldier in the Confederate Army; Parks

    • John Thomas NADENBOUSCH, cashier, Berkeley County Deputy Sheriff; married, Laura E. GOFF

    • Moses C. NADENBOUSCH, Hedgesville, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1871-1872

    • Moses T. NADENBOUSCH (1827-ca. 1899) building contractor; married Margaret Ann Wood HARRIS

    • Philip NADENBOUSCH (1777-1863) born Bedford County, Pennsylvania, October 20, 1777; moved to Berkeley County, Virginia, 1799; was commissioned a Magistrate for the county in 1807 and was twice appointed Sheriff; was a Presiding Justice of the Court for 20 years; died in 1863.

    • Charles H. NEWKIRK, Hedgesville, Berkeley County; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945

    • Allen B. NOLL born in Gerardstown, Berkeley County, West Virginia; attorney

    • Cecil S. NOLL (1914-?), born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, October 15, 1914; member, West Virginia State House, 1959-62; Presbyterian

    • William T. NOLL, Deputy Sheriff

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    • Samuel A. OILER (1843-?) born in Perry County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1866, Rosanna MILLER; Henry, Landis

    • Nelson B. O'NEAL, banker and businessman. Educated in the Martinsburg schools and began his career as bookkeeper for the National Commercial Company, once located on West Race Street, in that city; was a clerk for the Old National Bank for 11 years. At the end of that period, entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War I; was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Sanitary Corps, stationed at Camp Meade, Maryland; was later transferred to Washington, D.C. in the same capacity in the Surgeon General's Office. After his honorable discharge, he accepted a position with the Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C. as assistant auditor; after two years of service there, went to Martinsburg as cashier of the Bank of Martinsburg for three and one-half years, and then returned to Riggs National Bank as assistant cashier.

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    • Thomas D. PAGE (1842-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1877, Mary F. DAILY; Morrison, Thomas

    • Alexander B. PARKS, Sr. (1847-?) born Baltimore, Maryland, April 22, 1847; West Virginia State Senate from Berkeley County; City Council; City Treasurer; Berkeley County Court Clerk; milling, grain & fertilizer business; built Shendandoah Fertilizer and Enterprise Roller Mills; eleventh Grand Commander of Knights Templar of West Virginia, 1887-1888; married Mary Ella NADENBOUSCH

    • Alexander B. PARKS, Jr., pilot; milling business

    • John Nadenbousch PARKS, born Martinsburg, West Virginia, son of the Hon. Alexander Parks and Mary Ella (Nadenbousch) Parks; West Virginia State House, 1916-1917. Volunteered his services in 1917 to the World War I effort, but was not accepted because he was a member of the Legislature. When he tried to resign that seat, it was not accepted, so he entered the war anyway and was commissioned Captain in the fall of 1917; later promoted to Major in the 99th Division. He was instrumental in getting the first post of the American Legion established at Martinsburg, and had a letter on file from Colonel Theodore Roosevelt commending him for his work of organizing that post. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • Josiah PAYNE and Martha Shepherd Payne, his wife, emigrated to America from England about the beginning of the 18th Century, to New Garden Towship, Chester County, Pennsylvania. They moved to Berkeley County, Virginia, just before the American Revolution and settled in the vicinity of Hopewell Meeting House, now Hopewell, Virginia. The older members of the family were of the Quaker faith. One of the descendants was Martin Luther PAYNE, ex-Confederate soldier and one of the Assessors of Berkeley County. His son, John D. PAYNE was magistrate for the Magisterial District of Mill Creek, Berkeley County.

    • Martin Long PAYNE (1840-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1866, Mary Catherine DILLEN; Buckston, Long

    • William H. PEERY, West Virginia State House, 1933; Mayor of Martinsburg, 1955

    • Jonathan PHILLIPY (1824-?) born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; farmer, blacksmith; married, 1847, Catherine HARBAUGH; Rauch, Weaver

    • John Page PINE (1849-?) born in Frederick County, Virginia; married, 1873, Lucy PITSNOGLE; Long, Ulster

    • Levi PITSNOGLE (1814-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1847, Matilda LONG; Gletner, Miller

    • The PITZER Family; Bender, Brady, Busey, Catrow, Couchman, Harrison, Lewis, Miller, Noll, Rench, Seibert, Snook, Sperow, Turner, Vanmetre, Walker

    • Brown W. PITZER (1858-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; farmer; married Alice M. BELTZ; Bender

    • Glenn M. PITZER was appointed a member of the Berkeley County Court April 13, 1927 to fill the unexpired term of the late Charles L. Pitzer; engaged in the culture of apple orchards in the county. World War record; entered the army April 2, 1918, at camp Lee, Virginia, as a private in 36th Company, 9th Training Battaltion, 155th Depot Brigade; was made a Corporal April 17, 1918 of that company, and Sergeant on May 5, 1918; mustered out of service of Officers Training School, Camp Lee, Virginia, November 22, 1918.

    • Adah Dodd POINCE born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; public speaker; married John William POINCE

    • John Robert POLAND (1871-?) born Black Oak Bottom, Allegany County, Maryland; businessman; married 1908, Miss May SUPPLES; Cresap, Holt, Sonders.

    • George PORTERFIELD was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1790. When he was a small boy, he witnessed the killing of his brother Charles by the Indians, who had a day earlier attacked Neely's Fort on the Opequon River, massacred the inmates and carried off several prisoners, George Porterfield among them. He managed to escape, however. He was commissioned a Magistrate, which body then constituted the County Court; Sheriff of Berkeley County, 1808; member of West Virginia House of Delegates, 1810; elected chairman of the meeting for the organization of the Berkeley County Bible Society, 1814.

    • Charles PRATHER (1839-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1866, Joan CUSTER; Lewis, Philipia

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    • Martin QUINN, Chief of the Martinsburg Fire Department and president of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. He joined the volunteer forces in 1904; was appointed a paid fireman January 17, 1906; appointed chief July 1, 1913; and attended the New York Fire department in 1924. He saw the department grow from the hand-drawn reel to motor-driven apparatus and a modern fire station. In 1926 he wrote a history of the Martinsburg Fire Department for the Silver Anniversary of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association at their convention at Martinsburg, August 11-13, 1926.

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    • James H. RACEY (1854-?) born in Frederick County, Virginia; farmer; married, 1875, Nancy M. RANEY; Butt, Vohon

    • Frederick Randolph RAMER (1869-?) born at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; teacher, principal

    • Otho Moseby RAMSEY and Oscar Mahone RAMSEY, twin brothers born April 11, 1871, in Steel's Tavern, Augusta County, Virginia, sons of D.C. and Vervenia (Fauver) Ramsey. Their father was a soldier for the Confederate Army in the Civil War. The brothers moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, in 1903 and organized the firm of O.M. Ramsey & Company, House Furnishings, located on West King Street in the Smith building. Otho M. Ramsey was a director of the Shenandoah Hotel Corporation.

    • Joseph RANDALL (1806-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; contractor of public works; married, 1832, Mary JONES; Wynkoop

    • Lingan Strother RANDOLPH (1859-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; Professor, mechanical engineer.
      Note: This short biography is on the same page as that of Belle BOYD.

    • B. Wood RANNELLS, candidate for West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1944

    • Hannon REED born Romines Mills, Harrison County, West Virginia; farm enterprise, coal operations; married, 1884, Josephine MILES; Boyer, Cummings, Debar, Fisher, Miles, Miller, Reed, Shreeves, Stewart, Westphall, Williams.

    • Lacy I. RICE, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1929

    • Leon RICE (1911-?), Hedgesville, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1941

    • Daniel RIKER (1821-?) born in Astoria, Long Island, New York; trucking; married Eliza Jane PENFOLD; 1866, Catharine FLOOK; and 1882, Mary M. SCHAD; Brinckerhoff, Fausel, Shoup

    • Michael W. RIORDON, Martinsburg Police Officer, former detective, B&O Railroad; Smith

    • Josiah Melvin RIPPLE, Jr. (1883-?) born Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; merchant and businessman; married 1910, Miss Claudia May Schill; Dinkle, Smeltz. Note: the link for this biography opens into a new window.

    • William RIPPLE (1815-?) born in Jefferson County, Virginia; farmer, justice of the peace; married, 1842, Ellender WILLIAMS; Herbert

    • Charles ROBERTS — (ca. 1680-1796) possibly the longest-lived person in Berkeley County, he was born at Oxfordshire, England; lived in the county for 80 years; died February 17, 1796, aged 116 years. Another aged resident of Berkeley County was Andrew McKown, great-great-great-grandfather of Sheriff J.C. McKown, who lived to be 114 years old.

    • Absalom Willis ROBERTSON (1887-1971) born Martinsburg, West Virginia, May 27, 1887; member, Virginia State Senate, 1946-47; U.S. Representative, Virginia (at large, 1933-35; 7th District, 1935-46); National Convention from Virginia, 1948, 1952; Baptist; Society of the Cincinnati; Sons of Confederal Veterans; Freemasons; Omnicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Alphs; died Lexington, Virginia, November 1, 1971; interment, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. See Congressional Biography of A.B. Robertson

    • James W. ROBINSON (1834-?), born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; merchant, politician, newspaper publisher, surveyor of lands; married, 1860, Catherine G. KITCHEN; Buzzard, Riley

    • Decatur H. RODGERS (1890-?) born at Taxahaw, Lancaster County, South Carolina; Judge of Judicial Circuit of West Virginia; Hedges

    • Perry A. ROHRBAUGH, born in Lewis County, West Virginia; attorney; married, 1876, Susan L. ABRIGHT; Jackson, White

    • Michael ROONEY, born in Ireland; Magistrate for Berkeley County

    • G.H. ROPP, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1887

    • Jacob L. ROPP (1849-?) farmer, West Virginia State House, 1870; married, 1876, Eliza J. ANDERSON; Riner, Speck

    • Charles ROUSH (1838-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; businessman; 1874, married Margaret Virginia SEIBERT; DeHaven, Fryett, Hout, Jenkins, Magalis, Mercer, Painter, Small, Stephen, Tice, Randall, Reinfeld, Walters.

    • Conrad ROUSCH, born in Pennsylvania; moved to Martinsburg when a young man and engaged in the hat manufacturing business; later in farming; married Sarah RANDALL. Their son, George Roush, was a farmer; he married Margaret Walter. They had two sons, Charles Rousch and George Smith Rousch. The latter became a successful real estate operator, so when the town of Martinsburg extended westward he subdivided his farm, known as "Rosemont," into lots. His son, Arlington Rousch, carried on the operations of his father and became a director in the Rousch-Bowers Real Estate Company. George was instrumental in establishing and building the Methodist Episcopal Church South on West Martin Street, laid September 19, 1885, and was completed October 1887. See biographies on both Charles and George Smith Rousch here.

    • George Smith ROUSH (1841-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, dairyman, bank director; married, 1866, Anmi Elizabeth MONG

    • Charles W. RUBLE was the son of Matthias Ruble, who moved from Frederick County, Virginia, to Berkeley County about 1873. Charles Ruble bought a farm at Marlowe in December 1907. He was active in securing the Marlowe Consolidated School, the first of its kind in the county, at which place most of the scholars of Falling Waters District were transported by truck to there. He was president of the Board of Education of the Falling Waters District for 8 years; had been a director of the Williamsport Turnpike Company for 8 years, until it was taken over by the State Road Commission; was a director in the Shenandoah Valley Bank and Trust Company of Martinsburg; and was a member of the Board of Equalization. He was a farmer.

    • James F. RUSH (1836-?) born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania; preacher; married, 1861, Mary J. McKEE; and 1866, Leah M. McCARTY

    • Robert RUTHERFORD — elected from Berkeley County to a seat in the Third Congress in 1793 from the First District composing the counties of Berkeley and Frederick, Virginia. Re-elected to the Fourth Congress in 1795; was defeated in the next election by Daniel Morgan. He contested the election before the House, but Morgan won.

    • George RYNEAL, Sr. (1798-1879) born in Switzerland; emigrated from there to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, where he established a bakery, embarked in the mercantile business which he continued until his death. During the Civil ar he was a Union supporter; he received a testimonial from his soldiers as follows: "Presented to George Ryneal, Sr., by Company A, 18th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, for his manifestations of loyalty, true patriotism and faithfulness to the United States Government in preserving their efforts from falling into the hands of the enemy during the recent invasion of Maryland," signed by Lieutenant R. Kerr and 42 others. He had the following sons: O.F. Ryneal, Principal, Third Ward School; and George Ryneal, Jr., connected with the Martinsburg Herald, published in Martinsburg.

    • George RYNEAL, Jr. (1838-?) born at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia, March 24, 1838; accepted a clerkship in a store at St. Louis, Missouri (1857); was clerk in a pharmacy at Pocahontas, Arkansas; moved to Washington, D.C. (1862); held clerkship in a store there and, in 1865, launched a business for himself dealing in paint, oils and artists' supplies; continued there until 1894, when he turned his business over to his three nephews. Accumulated large real estate holdings in Washington, D.C.; was president of the Independent Roller Milling Company of North Mountain; director of the Peoples Trust Company Bank of Martinsburg; president of the Franklin Insurance Company of Washington, D.C.; and president of the North Mountain Brick Works. In 1905 he presented Maritnsburg with a modern fire engine with complete equipment and made honorary president of the Ryneal Hose Company; helped financially in the financially and building of the YMCA building on West King Street; one of the builders of the Lutheran Memorial Church in Washington, D.C.; bought and repaired the old colonial mansion of the Potomac River near Dam No. 5 in the northern section of the county, known as "Honeywood," the ancestral home of the Colston's. Was a member of the West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1907. Died at Martinsburg.

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    • D.W. SCHAFFER, West Virginia State Senate from Berkeley County, 1897

    • Samuel SCHAPPERT (1814-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; blacksmith; married, 1841, Sarah G. BEARD; Miller, Shuert

    • William H. SCHILL — State Prohibition Officer for the Eastern District of West Virginia; appointed 1924 by J.H. Gadd, Federal Prohibition Director for the U.S. Government, and held that position until March 31, 1927, when he was appointed by Ross G. Wells to State Prohibition Commission

    • William Henry SCHLINKMAN (1844-?) born in Baltimore, Maryland; coachmaker; married, 1870, Sarah Rebecca CHAMBERS; Nott, Reed

    • Rev. Roy C. SCHMUCKER — Pastor of the Winchester Avenue Christian Church; previously, had been stationed at Downs, Maryland, for 3 years, and 7 years at Gore, Frederick County, Virginia. He married 1000 and baptised 1300 people. His father, Morgan Schmucker, died when he was 81; he was a Confederate soldier and had been Assessor of Shenandoah County for two terms. The Schmucker family migrated from Germany to Pennsylvania about 1778, and afterwards moved to Berkeley County, Virginia, where they engaged in farming. He was a descendant of Rev. S.S. Schmucker, Professor of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He was an extensive writer of books on Theology.

    • Perry SCOTT, Sr. (?-1921) born in Berkeley County and was a horse dealer, being thought of as one of the best judges of horse flesh in the county. He died at Martinsburg in January 1921. He had three sons, Harry Scott, Sydney Scott and James Scott, who under the firm name of Scott Bros. Taxi Company, operated a transfer line in the city. Perry Scott, Jr., another son, was a gardener at Washington, D.C.

    • Richard D. SEAMAN (1804-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; legislator, farmer; married, 1828, Rosanna TATE; Downey, Parnell

    • Cleveland M. SEIBERT born Arden District, Berkeley County, West Virginia; attended Tinsley's Berkeley Military Academy, Martinsburg; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1908, 1911-15, Majority Floor Leader, 1911; Mayor of Martinsburg, 1901-03 — instituted first sewerage and street paving program; nominated Judge of the Circuit Court of the Twenty-third West Virginia Judicial District in 1926, but was defeated for the first time in his political career; married Elizabeth TRAMMEL; Hollman, Siebert, Sybert. Major General William Seibert, a relative of the Seibert family of Berkeley County, led the First Division of the American Army which landed in France when the U.S. became inolved in World War I. He was also Chief Army Engineer with Colonel George W. Goethels in the building of the Panama Canal; was also inspector of Munition Plants of the U.S. during the war; Curtis, Miller, Mong, Noll, Rousch, Showers

    • George SEIBERT, one of the original settlers on Tuscarora Creek, Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • Henry J. SEIBERT served as a member of the first County Court of Berkeley County; he was elected for the short term in 1880. Prior to that date, the county was governed by a Board of Supervisors, one man from each district, seven members for the county. Henry J. Seibert was elected for the long term — 6 years — in 1890. The first county court under this system was composed of Blackburn Hughes, Jacob Miller and Henry J. Seibert.

    • Wendell SEIBERT was a Berkeley County farmer; volunteered as a private in Company B, First Virginia Cavalry under General J.E.B. Stuart; promoted to Fourth Corporal (1861); taken prisoner and held for 24 hours at Hedgesville prison when he effected his escape; served with distinction throughout the war.

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    • Ray SEVERS was a Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff J.C. McKown. Prior to that appointment he was engaged in the apple barrel industry at Inwood.

    • John Peter Cleaver SHANKS (1826-1901) born Martinsburg, Virginia; visited the field of Bull Run in July 1861 as a spectator, but became a participant; raised and commanded the 7th Indiana Cavalry and was subsequently given command of a brigade of cavalry; promoted bigadier-general of volunteers, was brevetted (given a promotion without an increase in pay) major-general of volunteers, February 14, 1865, and mustered out September 22, 1865; U.S. Representative, Indiana. See Congressional Biography of John P.C. Shanks

    • Captain Abraham SHEPHERD (abt. 1753-1822) Revolutionary War soldier

    • Edward C. SHEPHERD born Shepherdstown, West Virginia (now Jefferson County); Martinsburg businessman; Briscoe, Magruder, Strode, Van Metre, Williams.

    • Francis R. SHEPHERD (1816-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1855, Margrett McMURRAN; Peck, Lucus

    • John SHIMP was one of the earliest settlers in Back Creek Valley near Jones Spring, having moved to Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1780 with Peter Dick. He was a soldier in the American Revolution, serving the entire period of the war. He left three sons: Jonas S. Shimp, who purchased the Dick homestead in 1823; Jacob Shimp, a Methodist minister; and John Shimp. Nathan Shimp, about the only blacksmith left in the county in 1928, was practicing his trade on the Warm Spring road at John Riner's Crossroads. Note: the article did not say how Nathan was releated to John or his sons.

    • James H. SHIPPER, M.D. (1864-?) born at the old Shipper homestead near Tomahawk Springs, in Back Creek Valley, in 1864, the son of James B. and Hester Virginia Stuckey Shipper. He was educated in the country schools, Molton High School, Molton, Iowa, and the University of Baltimore. By 1928, he had been a practicing physician for 22 years in Gerardstown and 8 years in Martinsburg; the County Infirmary Doctor for 25 years, and parish physician for Berkeley County and Martinsburg City Schools for 4 years. He was appointed by Governor Henry D. Hatfield to be a member of the State Board of Health for 4 years.

    • Richard SHROADES (1828-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1851, Nancy HASTINGS and 1880, Martha V. LIKINS; Boothe, Miller

    • Andrew SHUCK (1733-1803), born Germany or Holland. He is said to have come from the Rhine area of Germany. Known to have lived in Virginia from 1760 to 1783. The family moved to Pack Horse Ford, Frederick County, Virginia (now Shepherdstown, formerly Berkeley County, now Jefferson County, West Virginia) in 1760 where they lived until after the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). He eventually migrated to the Low Dutch Company in Shelby County, Kentucky where he died in 1803.

    • Lee SILER was a son of George and Isabelle Siler; was educated in the Martinsburg High School, class of 1887, and the Independent Normal School of Virginia. He was a teacher in the schools of the county, having taught at the Dry Run School for 6 years continuously until going to Martinsburg, where he had been engaged in teaching as principal of the John Street School for 34 years (as of 1928). He has held the position as secretary of the Martinsburg Board of Education for a number of years.

    • William T. SILER (1851-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; married, 1875, Mary L. WILSON; Canby, Lowe

    • Frank SILVER (1841-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1867, Mary A. GRAY; Henshaw

    • Gray SILVER (1870-?) born White Hall, Frederick County, Virginia; farmer; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1907-13; Legislator for American Farm Bureau Federation; married Kate BISHOP; Beall, Gilbert, Gray, Henshaw, Magruder, McConnell. See second biography.

    • C.J. SINNIGER (1852-?) born Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; printer; married, 1877, Carrie LANG; Garman, Ratzle

    • Jacob SITES, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1903

    • Mary Ethel (Downs) SITES was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1913, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College at Lynchburg, Virginia, degree of A.B.; DAR; Woman's Club of Martinsburg; historian.

    • Daniel J. SLOAN (1846-?) born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; police and section boss, B&O railroad; married, 1869, Ellen E. SMALL; Linsay, Williamson

    • Adam SMALL, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1875

    • Alexander B. SMALL (1887-?) born Martinsburg, West Virginia; contractor, builder; Burr, Carson, Calhoun, McGary, Mong, Painter, Porterfield, Seibert, Small, Williamson.

    • James B. SMALL (1836-?) born near Martinsburg, Berkeley County, farmer, West Virginia; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County; 1897, married, 1865, Mary F. CHENOWETH; Seibert, Walker

    • L.W. Brown SMALS (1849-?) born in Rockingham County, Virginia; mason, brick moulder; married, 1872, Laura V. BAKER; Dinkle, Grush

    • Almon W. SMITH (1865-?) born Gloucester City, New Jersey; minister, teacher, farmer, U.S. Railway Mail Service, Berkeley County Commissioner

    • Charles G. SMITH born Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; merchant and businessman; married Miss Minnie Belle BOWERS; Orem, Russell, Sneidikar, Spangler.

    • David SMITH (1801-?) born Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland; farmer, miller; married, 1827, Elizabeth Seibert; Bender, Fultz, Stonebraker

    • Harry Fenton SMITH born Frederick County, Maryland; manager of telegraph office in Berkeley County; farmed property on Dry Run Road; appointed Deputy Assessor by Assessor Harry E. Johnson, 1924; married, 1899, Hannah Orrick WEVER; Brown, Cromwell, Davenport, Fleck, Hammond, Howard, Keedy, Larkin, LeFevre, Muller, Orrick, Patterson, Piper, Pfeiffer, Rawlings, Rohr, Ourrouch, Snodgrass, von Miller.

    • Henry Lott SMITH, member, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1923, 1925; apple industry

    • James H. SMITH, member of West Virginia State House representing Berkeley County, 1885; member county Board of Equalization; Sheriff, Berkeley County, West Virginia; married Emma THATCHER

    • John W. SMITH, son of James H. SMITH, farmer in apple culture on his farm near the Old Smith homestead in Berkeley County

    • Joseph D. SMITH, born in Jefferson County, West Virginia; Magistrate for Arden District

    • William SMITH, father of the Smith family on Tuscarora; one of the first Delegates to represent Berkeley County State House, after it became part of West Virginia, 1865-1867

    • William Dean SMITH (1828-1917 born at Stockport, England, and died in Berkeley County; father of Almon W. Smith, Berkeley County Commissioner; emigrated to the U.S. as a young man; became naturalized in the 1850's; enlisted in Company D, Sixth New Jersey Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac, Gloucester City, New Jersey, Civil War — served actively until the Battle of Gettysburg where he lost a limb, ending his days as soldier; member of the G.A.R.; moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1879.

    • The SNAPP Family

    • The SNODGRASS Family, Fryall, Hebard, Bailey

    • I.B. SNODGRASS, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1885

    • John Fryall SNODGRASS (1804-1854) born in Berkeley County, Virginia, March 2, 1804; Delegate to the Virginia State Constitutional Convention, 1850-51; U.S. Representative, Virginia, 11th District, 1853-54; died in office June 5, 1854; lived Parkersburg, Wood County, Virginia (now West Virginia); Cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C. See Congressional Biography of John F. Snodgrass

    • William Smith SNYDER (1858-?) born Martinsburg, Virginia; businessman; married Emma Susan SHAFFER; Burnett, Curtis, Darby, Harrison, Legg, Rouark.

    • Alonzo SORTWELL — Principal of the Martinsburg Academy for many years. Born in the New England section; educator.

    • Adam B. SPECK (1842-?) born York County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1868, Mary E. RITTER; Berkheymer, Brumley

    • Benjamin S. SPECK (1851-?) born near North Mountain Station, Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1873, Ida V. HARLEY; Robinson, Seibert

    • David SPEER (1843-?) born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; teacher; married, 1868, Rebecca BECHTEL; Calhoun, Plough

    • Benjamin Franklin SPEROW (1844-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1879, Elizabeth FRIEND; Duble, Watts

    • George H. SPEROW (1855-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1878, Ella R. CROWEL; Randall, Small

    • John W. SPERROW — father of Professor Wilson P. Sperow; farmer and businessman; Berkeley County Road Engineer, 1913-15; member of the West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1911-12

    • William SPEROW (1814-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1835, Rebecca DUBLE; Avy, Baker, Buxton, Eakle, Emmert, Friend, Varner

    • Wilson Porterfield SPEROW born Bedington, Berkeley County, West Virginia; educator; past moderator of the Potomac Valley Round Table, a teacher's organization; married, 1920, Lillian Henrietta SITES; Couchman, Dennis, Kile, Porterfield, Small.

    • William R. SPIKER, born in Shenandoah County, Virginia; father of Arthur L. Spiker of the Spiker farm at Horner Sawmill on the Arden Road; Edward Spiker, west of Arden; Edward Spiker, farmer at Bunker Hill; Amos W. Spiker, Arden; Mrs. Carter Coe, at Tablers; and Mrs. George William Pitzer, at Pitzer's Chapel. Farmer — the "Runnymeade" farm in Berkeley County, situated near the Frederick County, Virginia border, south of Gerrardstown. Union soldier in the Civil War; enlisted February 4, 1864, at Logansport, Indiana, 73rd indiana Regiment; transferred to the 29th Indiana Regiment and assigned under General Thomas' Brigade.

    • George Jacob Edward SPONSELLER, M.D. (1873-?) born New Market, Frederick County, Maryland; physician; married, 1910, Miss Nellie R. REDDIG; Houck, Roberts.

    • Thomas H. STALEY (1848-?) born in Frederick County, Maryland; blacksmith; married, 1875, Nancy H. MILLER; Hinkle, Ramsburg

    • Miles W. STARR (1843-?) born in Huntington County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married Emma S. JONES; Lemen, Swoope

    • L.F. STAUB, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1934

    • John A. STEHLEY, Falling Waters, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1871

    • Adam STEPHEN (abt. 1730-1791) born Virginia; died in Berkeley County, Virginia. See excellent life timetable, information and photos of Adam Stephen at the West Virginia University website.

    • The STEPHENSON Family

    • Hugh STEPHENSON, born in Berkeley County, Virginia; Revolutionary War fame.

    • James STEPHENSON (1764-1833) born Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; moved to Martinsburg, Virginia (a second source shows he was born in Berkeley County on March 20, 1764); Military with General St. Clair in his defeat on the St. Mary's River, near the boundary of Indiana and Ohio. At that battle, 38 officers and 593 men were slaughtered by the Miami Indians and 21 officers and 243 men were badly wounded. Helped to overcome the "Whiskey Rebellion" in Western Pennsylvania, and was made Brigade Inspector. Represented Berkeley County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1800-1802; was a representative in Congress from that district, 1803-05, 1809-11, and 1822-25; died in Martinsburg in 1833. See Congressional Biography of James STEPHENSON

    • Robert M. STEPTOE (1920-) born in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, May 15, 1920; member, West Virginia State House, 1st District, 1865-67, 1971-72; member, state Senate, 16th district, 1975-82; served U.S. Navy, WW II; attorney

    • Charles STEWART — Charles STUART, as the name was once spelled, emigrated from England to the Colony of Jamestown and became a tobacco farmer. He was a staunch supporter of the English throne at that time. After building a home of the James River, he sent to England for his young wife. William S. Stewart, a descendant of Chalres Stuart, was born in Martinsburg, Virginia, in 1844. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits and then became a successful financier; built "Aspen Hall," a large country resident on Boyd Avenue in the suburbs of Martinsburg. His son, William T. Stewart, married Miss Amelia L.E. EMMART.

    • Charles D. STEWART (?-1854) Held the distinction of holding the officer of Deputy Sheriff of Berkeley Sheriff of Berkeley County longer than any other man — 48 years.

    • David L. STEWART (1848-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1879, Elizabeth H. SENCINDIVER; Maddox, Ward

    • John W. STEWART — Son of William T. and Amelia (Emmart) Stewart; educated in the public schools of Martinsburg, University of West Virginia, and University of Maryland; entered real estate and insurance business; later founded the American Horticultural Distributing Company at Martinsburg and, together with Nat T. Frame, patented and manufactured the "Target Brand" insecticide spray material for the eradication of sucking insects and fungi, unjurious to fruit trees. Developed the large "Protumna Orchards" at Tablers, Berkeley County; manufactured the Stewart Spraying Outfit at Tablers, a machine for spraying fruit trees for large commercial orchards, operated and transported by its own power. He died in 1921 without seeing his invention revolutionize the fruit industry.

    • Robert H. STEWART (1879-?) born Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, July 13, 1879, son of William T. and Amelia (Emmart) Stewart; educated at Fishburn Academy, Waynesboro, Virginia, West Virginia University and graduated from University of Maryland in 1900, scientific agriculture; purchased 517 acres of land and planted apple trees; married Elizabeth BOAK, daughter of S.D. Boak of Martinsburg.

    • Ward STEWART (1840-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1870, Mary RIDGEWAY; Lewis, Ward

    • Isabella STOCKTON

    • Roy STOTLER, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1949

    • James W. STRONG (1836-?) born Kent County, Maryland; married, 1860, Kate E. STEWART; Eagle, Maslin

    • Thomas S. STRONG, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1933

    • David Hunter STROTHER (1816-1888) writer and illustrator known as "Port Crayon"; wrote for Harper's Magazine during the Civil War, in which he served in the Federal Army; Consul-General to Mexico, 1877

    • John STROTHER (1792-1862) Berkeley County Clerk; Union Army, Civil War; married Elizabeth PENDLETON

    • C. Newton STUCKEY — County Road Engineer of Berkeley County

    • Carlton B. STUCKEY, son of C. Newton Stuckey, was appointed Road Machinist by the County Court in 1923. Note: The Political Graveyard showed Carlton B. Stuckey was Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1950-1954 — it is not clear if that was the same Carlton Stuckey who was the son of C. Newton Stuckey.

    • Charles STUCKEY (1825-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, JP; married 1st to Sarah C. URTON, 2nd to Nancy A. CAPITO in 1868; Bowman, Hart, Haines, Moorehead

    • Charles L. STUCKEY, the grandson of Jacob Stuckey, the originator of the family in Berkeley County, was first elected to the West Virginia State House, 1895; in 1900, he was elected Sheriff of Berkeley County; he was a candidate for County Commissioner in 1926, received the nomination, but was defeated at the polls. Daniel Stuckey, his father, was Captain of Company B, Stonewall Brigade, Confederate Army, during the Civil War. He served in the Shenandoah Valley with Jackson. At the Battle of Cedarville he became rheumatic, resigned his commission, and came home. Lewis Grantham, a grandfather by marriage on Charles L. Stuckey's mother's side, was elected a member of the Virginia Assembly.

    • David H. STUCKEY, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Grantham) Stuckey, was elected Assessor of Berkeley County, 1880; he filled the office of Deputy Sheriff under his brother, Charles, who was High Sheriff. He was also appointed to take the census of 1880.

    • Jacob STUCKEY — the originator of the STUCKEY family in Berkeley County, he moved from Pennsylvania to the county in company with John Cushwa, the originator of the Cushwa family in that county (then spelled Gushwa), to Tuscarora Creek. Both were of German descent. Jacob Stuckey bought a large tract of land on Tuscarora and John Cushwas bought a large track on Back Creek in the vicinity of Jones Springs. After being informed that Back Creek occasionally raised and overflowed its banks, and because neither was happy with the location chosen, John Cushwa proposed a trade of tracts of lands owned by him on Back Creek for tracts of lands owned by Jacob Stuckey on Tuscarora. The trade was effected and Jacob Stuckey went to Back Creek, while John Cushwa went to Tuscarora. Jacob Stuckey was a soldier in the War of 1812, as was his son, Samuel Stuckey. A son of Samuel, Jacob H. Stuckey, was elected County Commissioner of Berkeley County, but died before he could take the office; his brother Charles W. Stuckey, was appointed to fill the unexpired term and was voted in at the next election. Samuel was the grandfather of Dr. James H. Shipper of Martinsburg and Mrs. S.S. Felker of that city. Daniel Stuckey, another son of Jacob, married Elizabeth Grantham and they had three children: Charles L. Stuckey, David H. Stuckey, and Mrs. Anna McKune.

    • Michael STUCKEY (1834-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, married, 1867, Rebecca HITE; Kerns, Turner

    • Jacob R. STUMP (1851-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1870, Sadie A. STOKES; Black, Henry

    • Thomas Van SWEARINGEN was born in Berkeley County and represented that Virginia district in Congress from 1819 to 1821.

    • Jacob SYESTER (1833-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; justice of the peace, farmer; married, 1858, Rebecca WARD; Crown

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    • John William TABB (1832-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, stock-raiser; married, 1859, Mary Ann McKOWN; Cunningham, Silver

    • Carlton L. TABLER born Martinsburg, Berkeley County; businessman; married Miss Louise Milboure FOREMAN; Hawk, LeFevre, Schindell,Zimmennan.

    • Christopher Columbus TABLER, educator

    • E.S. TABLER, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1893

    • Levi J. TABLER, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; West Virginia State House, 1868-1869

    • Moses S. TABLER (1852-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1865, Laura OLMSTEAD; Boyden, Welshhans

    • Holmes TALBOTT — Soldier in World War I, volunteered December 8, 1917 and was assigned to Quartermaster Corps, Motor Transport Company No. 444; served with the Corps at Columbus Barracks, Ohio; at Camp Johnson, Jacksonville, Florida; and at Camp Wadsworth, Spartansburg, South Carolina. Member of the American Legion. Grocery business at Arden, Berkeley County, West Virginia. His father, Robert Talbott, was a farmer residing at Vanclevesville, that county. His grandfather was a Confederate soldier and served with Lee at Gettysburg.

    • Magnus TATE (1760-1823) born Berkeley County, Virginia; Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia. See Congressional Biography of Magnus Tate

    • Luke E. TERRY (1916-?) born in Oneida, Scott County, Tennessee, August 21, 1916; U.S. Army Air Force, World War II; member, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1957-58; attorney; member American Bar Association, National Rifle Association, American Legion, Disable American Veterans, Freemasons, Shriners, Elks, Rotary, United Commercial Travelers.

    • Charles W. THATCHER, as traveling agent for the Walter A. Wood Moving and Reaping Machine Company (for 4 years), visited Christchurch, New Zealand; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Hayti, Samoan Islands, and saw Queen Lilluokalani imprisoned in Honolulu when that queen was deposed as Queen of the Sandwich Islands. Elected County Commissioner of Berkeley County, 1910-1916; President of the County Court, 1914-16; and Chairman of the Local Draft Board for Berkeley County during World War I. The latter was composed of Charles W. Thatcher, Dr. W.T. Henshaw, Dr. S.N. Myers, and Paul H. Martin. While a member of the County Court, built the Arden Road with convict labor from the penitentiary.

    • Harlan C. THATCHER, the junior member of the J.N. Thatcher Orchard Company in Berkeley County; apple orchardist

    • Jonathan Newton THATCHER, first postmaster of Inwood, Berkeley County, West Virginia; the village was formerly named Gerrard.

    • Jonathan W. THATCHER (1818-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1842, Nancy Elizabeth MILLER, and 1863, Abalina MILLER; Lyle, Tharp

    • Samuel THATCHER, the ancestor of the Thatcher family in Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    • Andrew J. THOMAS (1819-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1863, Nanny H. SEIBERT; Kearney

    • Wilbur H. THOMAS (1876-?) attorney; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, (alternate) 1916, 1932; 1906, married Millicene R. COOTES; Hedges

    • Ben J. THOMPSON had a men's furnishing establishment under the name of "Just Ben" for a few years on North Queen Street in Martinsburg, Berkeley County. He then associated with his brother Louis H. (Lewis H.?) Thompson in the clothing business. When he was a young man, he was the fastest bicycle rider in the area, winning races at Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and elsewhere in the Shenandoah Valley.

    • Charles E. THOMPSON operated a shoe store on Queen Street in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, and had other holdings in the county. His two sons were Charles Thompson, in business with his father and a 1924 graduate of Martinsburg High School, and Downey Thompson, assistant cashier of the Bank of Martinsburg, also a graduate of that school, class of 1925.

    • H.S. THOMPSON, elected Magistrate for Martinsburg District for three terms; insurance business.

    • J. Frank THOMPSON, appointed by President Wilson to be Postmaster of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, for two terms, 1912-20; at one time, was in business with his brother, James F. Thompson. Was a director of the Peoples Trust Company of Martinsburg.

    • James F. THOMPSON was a clothing merchant who started in the business as a clerk in a store of the late David Weil, Martinsburg, Berkeley County. After clerking for some time in that store, he formed a partnership with Maybury G. Tabler under the firm name of Thompson & Tabler. When the partnership was dissolved, Mr. Thompson opened a store for men's furnishings under the firm name of J.F. Thompson & Bro., the Bro. being J. Frank Thompson. A daughter, Anna Lee Alonzo Ryneal, was one time a principal of the Third Ward School.

    • John W. THOMPSON, operated a meat market at Thomas, West Virginia, for several years before moving to Martinsburg,Berkeley County, West Virginia, and operating a grocer and butcher shop on East Martin Street.

    • Joseph THOMPSON, progenitor of the Thompson family that were eventually in Berkeley County; weaver; soldier — an officer in the Orange Army in the Orange Rebellion in Ireland, but had his property confiscated for the English by the Irish branch of it by the Duke of Antrim when the rebellion was unsuccessful; in 1790, immigrated to America, from Ireland, landing at Baltimore, moving to Kearneysville, Jefferson County; was overseer of the "Bowery," the home of the Dandriges on the Opequon; soldier in the War of 1812; helped defend Fort McHenry, Baltimore, against the British fleet; married Mary BROWN; they had nine children, five boys and four girls.

    • Lewis H. THOMPSON born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman, men's clothing merchant with his brother, Ben, under the firm name of Thompson & Thompson; Martinsburg City Council member, one term; president of the Shenandoah Valley Bank and Trust Company; president of the Shenandoah Hotel Corporation; president of the local baseball club, during which time the club won the penant of the Blue Ridge Baseball Association, three times; elected a member of the Democratic National Convention at New York City which nominated John W. Davis for president in the 1924 convention; West Virginia State Senate from Berkeley County, 1931; public office; married Alice A. GRIMES; Parker, Reed, Snyder.

    • Robert S. THOMPSON, hardware merchant at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    • Samuel J. THOMPSON, conductor of a wood train which supplied the various engines of the B&O Railroad with fuel, coal not then being thought of as a fuel for railroad engines; son of Joseph Thompson, he was the father of 13 children, including the following: James F. Thompson, John W. Thompson, Charles E. Thompson, Robert S. Thompson, H.S. Thompson, J. Frank Thompson, Louis H. Thompson, Ben J. Thompson, and Virginia Thompson; all of the boys were connected with businesses in Martinsburg (most boys listed here).

    • Virginia THOMPSON, daughter of Samuel J. Thompson, married Boyd Lambert, a large livestock dealer in the Berkeley County, West Virignia, area.

    • H.P. THORN, moved from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, 1897; lumber business under the name of H.P. Thorn Lumber; builder — one of the builders of "Greater Martinsburg," participating in the building of more than 1,600 houses and buildings in and around the city — 600 of those were to purchasers on a long-time payment plan and at a small advance of the cost; purchased the George M. Bowers farm on the Arden road and built a dairy barn.

    • Collins Unseld THORNBERG (1835-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; magistrate, county court president, JP, school teacher; married, 1865, Leonora MILLER; Myers, Chapman

    • David W. THROCKMORTON (1840-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1873, Almira V. THOMAS; Lee, Stewart

    • J.A. THROCKMORTON, practicing dentist at Sidney, Ohio; soldier in the Civil War, Union Army, and was a scout in the cavalry service under Generals Sheridan and George W. Custer. After the war, was aide-de-camp on the staff of the commander of the G.A.R. On March 7, 1909, he made his famous long distance ride of 126 miles on horseback, continuously in 12 hours and 36 minutes, to show he was as good a hoseback rider as Colonel Roosevelt. Dr. Throckmorton was the son of Job Throckmorton, who operated Throckmorton Mill west of Darkesville for many years.

    • H. Glenville TONKIN, M.D. — born at Concord, New Hampshire, 1881; married, no children; graduate of the University of Maryland, 1908; moved to Martinsburg to practice medicine; while in his residency, he was a pitcher of the Martinsburg Baseball Club, season of 1907. Elected Mayor of that city, 1918-20 and 1922-24; enlisted as a Captain during World War I while Mayor (1918). His parents were from England and emigrated to this country about 1870.

    • Jacob S. TRAMMELL (1844-?) born at Opequon Mills, Berkeley County, West Virginia; school commissioner, merchant; married first, 1866, Elizabeth MARSHALL; second, 1881, Maria F. HOLLMAN; Foster, Sperow

    • Elias Stevenson TROXELL (1824-?) born at Emmittsburg, Maryland; attorney; married first, Barbara S. FUNK; second, 1873, Margaret J. BOSSERMAN; Stevenson

    • Charles S. TRUMP, D.D. (?-1916) minister of the Lutheran Church of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, from 1888 to his death in 1916. His family emigrated from Holland.

    • Charles S. TRUMP Jr. (1891-?) born Martinsburg, West Virginia; attorney; married, 1917, Miss Rose Lee LaVELLE; Holtzworth, Krantz, Schick, Schloegel, Welty.

    • John D. TURNER (1826-?) born near Williamsport, Berkeley County, West Virginia; town sergeant and constable; married, 1851, Mary McILHENNY; Monohan, Shoafstall

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    • The VAN METRE Family

    • Henry S. VAN METRE (1820-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1847, Mary E. WHITSON; Knight

    • I.D. VAN METRE, dairy farmer

    • Nathan VAN METRE (1820-?) born Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer, landholder; married, 1851, Harriet C. CARPER and 1865, Harriet WILLIAMS; Chrisman, Ramberg, Rush, Walters

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    • Major Andrew WAGGONER, Jr. (1779-1863) son of Major Andrew Waggoner of Revolutionary War fame. Born at Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, Virginia, October 24, 1779. Elected a member of the House of Delegates, 1811. When the War of 1812 began, he volunteered as a private, but was soon promoted to Captain, then as Major of Infantry. Was with his Regiment at the Battle of Craney Isalnd, but wasn't called into action there. After the war, he returned to his home in Berkeley, but later moved to Point Pleasant, Mason County, Virginia, in 1836 to take possession of some valuable land there which had been granted to his father for his Revolutionary War services; was elected a member of the Virginia House of Degegates from that county in 1836. He was killed on March 30, 1863, by the fire of a detachment of Federal soldiers stationed there as he was passing from the town to his farm.

    • Joseph F. WAGONER, Candidate for West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1962

    • David A. WALKER (1836-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1858, Barbara C. WALTERS

    • James H. WALKER (1827-?) farmer, businessman; married, 1852, Mary E. KILMER; Bowers, Walters, Wilson

    • James W. WALKER (1867-) born in Frederick County, July 11, 1867. Graduated from Storer College, Harper's Ferry West Virginia, May 3, 1887; Virginia Normal Industrial Institute, Petersburg, Virginia, May 1892. Taught in the rural schools of Virginia for 35 years. Father was William Frances Walker, born Warren County, Virginia, of free parents, in 1840, beneficiaries of the last will and testament of one Constance Carter, a slave holder.

    • Stuart or Stewart W. WALKER (1862-1923) member, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1893; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1912, 1920; U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1914-21; West Virginia Democratic State Chairman, 1912-13; married Annette THAYER

    • General Lew WALLACE — soldier and an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. He encamped with his entire command on the site of the Old Fair Grounds, southeast of Martinsburg for a period of two weeks and spent about a week with his command just below the location of the Hedgesville High School. This was during the latter years of the war — working in conjunction with General Phil Sheridan in driving the Confederates out of the Shenandoah Valley. Many years after the war he wrote "Ben Hur."

    • James Hamilton WARD (1844-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; businessman, farmer; Ginrich, Mandling

    • Joel WARD (1881-1937) born and died in Berkeley County, West Virginia, near Bunker Hill, May 4, 1881-February 17, 1937; Magistrate of Berkeley County

    • Roger Earl WATSON (1886-?) born Leetown, Jefferson County, West Virginia; attorney; married, 1919, Miss Catherine McHARG; Carroll, Greene, Lee, Nicely, Rogers, Shaull.

    • C.A. WEAVER, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1891

    • John L. WEAVER (?-1937) West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1937, died while in office

    • Carl L. WELLINGER, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1948

    • Henry C. WELSHHANS (1829-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1841, Catherine E. DALWICK; Schlummp, Voorhees

    • D.C. WESTENHAVER (1865-?) born Berkeley County, West Virginia, January 13, 1865, son of David and Harriet (Turner) Westenhaver; educated public schools, Georgetown University College, degree, LL.B., abt. 1886; LL.D, 1920. Married July 1, 1887, Mary C. PAULL. President West Virginia State Bar Association, 1898-99; attorney, Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1886-1903; Prosecuting Attorney, Berkeley County, 1902-03; moved to Cleveland, Ohio; resumed practice, 1903; appointed U.S. District Judge Northern District of Ohio, February 19, 1917; President, Board of Education, Cleveland, Ohio, 1914-15. Home address in 1928 — 1944 East 93rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

    • W.W. WESTPHAL, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1905

    • Amos Asbury WESTRATER, D.D.S. (1878-?) born Martinsburg, West Virginia; dentist; married, 1910, Miss Ethel SMOKE; Armstrong, Krebs, Payne, Ringer, Vine.

    • George L. WEVER was a soldier in the Spanish-American War, commissioned First Lieutenant, Company F, West Virginia National Guard, a company of soldiers from Berkeley County comprising 65 men; served this company as Captain on the Mexican border in the trouble with "Villa," the Mexican bandit, under General Pershing; and served in World War I. Was elected a member of the Martinsburg District Board of Education with W.R. Caskey, W.S. Bert, Charles E. Siler, Mrs. Carrie Hess Hinkle, and Lee Siler; was connected with the Merchants and Farmers Bank of Martinsburg as clerk for a number of years prior to World War I.

    • John L. WEVER was born in Martinsburg. Machinist with the B&O Railroad Shops in that city; has been a candidate for the Legislature from Berkeley County for several terms, but not elected. His daughter, Anna Lee (Wever) Hammersla, was a teacher in the public schools of Berkeley County. His father, the Hon. Charles Albert Wever, was a member of the West Virginia Legislature, State Bank Examiner under Governor William A. MacCorkle, President of the Bank of Martinsburg, and a farmer.

    • Nota K. WEVER, member of the D.A.R. (Shenandoah Chapter), the U.D.C. and a Colonial Dame; historian, researched and compiled historical records of Berkeley County.

    • Joseph S. WHEAT (1803-1872) born Berkeley Springs (now Morgan County), Virginia; married Miranda GROVE; Bechtol, Hunter, Newbaugh, Shaw.

    • Alexander WHITE — first attorney commissioned to practice law in Berkeley County; first representative of the first district to sit in the first session of Congress of the United States, and the first member to be at his post of duty from Virginia.

    • Robert WHITE, Judge of the Superior Court of Law, District of Virginia, Berkeley County, served as an officer in the American Army during the Revolution, entered the bar August 17, 1790, married a Miss Baker, lived at Winchester, Virginia and was a member of the committee of revisors of the Laws of Virginia.

    • Richard Fairfax WHITING born Long Meadow, Jefferson County, West Virginia; businessman and postmaster, Inwood; married, 1901, Mary Catherine SHEWBRIDGE; Cooke, Horner, Huyett, Llewellyn, Throckmorton, Washington.

    • George F. WHITMORE, son of John C. Whitmore, who moved from Maryland to Berkeley County; carpenter

    • George F. WHITMORE, soldier, Spanish-American War, World War I; Superintendent of Mails, Martinsburg Post Office.

    • Joseph WHITMORE was in business in Maritnsburg from 1906 to 1912 under the firm name of Dean-Whitmore-Drewry Men's Clothing; appointed Deputy Assessor under John Riner, Assessor, 1920-24.

    • John L. WHITMORE was in the real estate business at Miami, Florida. Republican candidate for the West Virginia State Senate from the 15th Senatorial District, but was defeated by 300 votes in an overwhelming Democratic district.

    • John A. WILEN born Martinsburg, West Virginia; businessman; married, 1881, Almira McCAHAN; Coffman, Craft, Dubal, Kantner, Schoppert, Smith, Wolfies.

    • William WILEN (Oct 28, 1819-?) born Boonsboro, Maryland, moved to Martinsburg, Virginia; City Council member; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1865; furniture manufacturer; honored member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was the fifth Grand Master for West Virginia.

    • David WILLET (1826-?) born in Adams County, Pennsylvania; miller; married, 1851, Mary A. HOTT; McKincey, Frieze

    • Edward Claggett WILLIAMS, Jr., born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; businessman; married, 1879, Laura H. HENSHAW; Shepherd, Snodgrass

    • D.T. WILLIAMSON (1848-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1881, Ida M. KNIPE; Haines, McQuilkin

    • Nathaniel WILLIS (1773-1870) born in Massachusetts; moved to Martinsburg about 1794 and founded the first newspaper in Berkeley County in 1797 — The Potomack Guardian, two years before the Berkeley Intelligencer. Mr. Willis continued to edit the Intelligencer until 1803 when he sold it to John Alburtis and left Martinsburg for Maine, where he established the Eastern Argus. Nathaniel Willis died at Boston May 26, 1870. His son was the poet Nathaniel Parker Willis. In 1927, the Hon. Clifford Myers, state historian and archivist, found one copy of each newspaper in a curio shop in Indiana and purchased them for posterity.

    • Alexander WILSON, born in Virginia; member of the State house of delegates in 1803 and in 1804; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1804-1809 (at large 1804-1807). See Congressional Biography of Alexander Wilson

    • Rev. Edwin Lindsley WILSON (1845-?) born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; minister; married, 1873, Nannie E. DUPUY; Chamberlin, Daniel, Forman, Tabb

    • G.B. WILTSHIRE was born at Leetown, Jefferson County, Virginia, July 3, 1861; married Miss Lorena FLICK, daughter of Judge W.H.H. Flick; elected a member of the Martinsburg City Council two terms; elected Mayor of Martinsburg; treasurer and deacon of the building committee of the First Baptist Church, W. King Street. Three children: Harrison Wiltshire, educated at Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and Princeton University, with Armour & Co.; Elizabeth, graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1922, educated at Wilson College, married C. Bruce Flick, moved to Berkeley, California; and B.G. Wiltshire Jr., graduate of Martinsburg High School, class of 1926, attended Washington and Lee University.

    • J.C. WOLF — Veterinary Surgeon, following in the footsteps of his father, Jacob Wolf and grandfather, Michael Wolf, all practicing in Berkeley County. The family was originally from York, Pennsylvania. J.C. Wolf served as jailer under Sheriff E.D. Gardner; Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff E.H. Tabler; elected Constable of Martinsburg District; elected Justice of the Peace of Martinsburg District in 1915 and re-elected in 1919, the only Democrat elected to any county office.

    • Bernard C. WOLFF, D.D. (1795-1870) born in Martinsburg, Virginia, son of George WOLFF, a Magistrate for Berkeley County. At 36, entered the theological seminary of the German Reformed Church of York, Pennsylvania; pastor of that church at Easton, Pennsylvania, for 9 years. In 1845, took charge of the Third Reformed Church of Baltimore; became professor of Dogmatic and Pastoral Theology at Mercersburg Seminary (1854); in 1864, moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and devoted his attention to the interests of Franklin and Marshall College. Died October 31, 1870.

    • Herbert D. WOLFF (?-?), born in Springfield, West Virginia; married, 1903, Harriet Louise LOWREY. He was the son of the Rev. James H. WOLFF, born in Martinsburg and the grandson of John WOLFF, a life-long resident of Berkeley County; Bratton, Hout, Lowrey, Miller.

    • Charles WOLFORD (1833-?) born in Butler County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1860, Julia FREESER

    • Jacob E. WOLFORD (1855-?) born in Washington County, Maryland; merchant; married, 1881, Maria C. MILLER; Brewer, Dellinger

    • Emory WOLFORD, son of Thomas Wolford, in the mercantile business at Jones Spring, Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • Harry WOLFORD, son of Thomas Wolford, farmer in Berkeley County, West Virginia

    • John WOLFORD, Chief of Police, City of Martinsburg under Mayor George W. Appleby, Jr., appointed June 1, 1926; elected a member of the City Council of Martinsburg for three terms; son of Thomas Wolford, a soldier in the Union Army of the Civil War.

    • R.G. WOLFORD, son of Thomas Wolford, soldier in World War I; severely wounded in the Argonne, France.

    • Thomas WOLFORD, soldier in the Union Army of the Civil War, member of the First Maryland Regiment; Stewart of the County Infirmary for four years. He had four sons, Harry, Emory, John, and R.G. The Wolford family moved to Berkeley County from Adams County, Pennsylvania.

    • D. Robertson WOOD (1877-?) born Turtle Rock, Floyd County, Virginia; educator and West Virginia National Bank Examiner; married, 1908, Miss Gertrude Christian Howard; Ball, Barnard, Brammer, Bilbo, Branard, Burnett, Cannaday, Chapman, Clark, Cochran, Corn, DeHart, Dennis, Goodwin, Graham, Green, Hatcher, Howard, Hubbard, Johnson, Latham, Lester, Nix, Psalter, Ripley, Robertson, Scales, Shortt, Slusher, Smith, Striekland, Thomas, Turner, Washington

    • I.W. WOOD, West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1907

    • F.M. WOODS, D.D., Presbyterian minister

    • Judge J.M. WOODS, attorney, Judge

    • Arthur James WOORE born Monmouthshire, England; businessman; married, 1893, Fredda Milton DARLINGTON; Alther, Coachman, Cooper, Dark, Davis, Edwards, Hauptman, McDonald, Prince, Roberts, Swartz, Vincent.

    • Thomas WORTHINGTON (1766-1827) born Berkeley County, Virginia; moved to Ohio and settled in Ross County, 1798; represented his state in the Constitutional Convention, also in Congress, 1803-07 and 1810-14; elected Governor of Ohio, 1814; member of the first Board of Canal Commissioners of that state and served until his death in 1827.

    • R.K. WRIGHT (1812-?) born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; farmer; married, 1853, Matilda ADAMS; Kennedy, Porter

    • Stuart Alton WRIGHT (1904-?) born Berkeley County, August 27, 1904; West Virginia State House from Berkeley County, 1949-1956; Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners; Moose. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.

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    • Hattie L. ZEPP, born in Berkeley County, West Virginia; Sergeant of Accounts for the city of Martinsburg, appointed by Dr. H.G. Tinkon, Mayor of the city, July 1, 1922, and served under three mayors — Dr. Tinkon, Albert A. Smallwood, and George W. Applebey, Jr.

    Bibliography:
    Beers, J.H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1893
    Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949
    Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present (Links to Congressional biographies)
    Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, Officers of the State Government and Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals, 1917
    Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904
    Charleston Daily Mail
    Encyclopedia of Virginia Biographies, 1915
    Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884
    Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century, Addenda, 1902
    History of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1886
    Prominent Men of West Virginia, 1890 Syracuse University Library Archives
    The Political Graveyard
    The South in the Building of the Nation, 1909
    The History of West Virginia, Old and New, 1923
    Washington Post (The)
    West Virginia Division of Highways
    West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3
    West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Registry, 1917
    West Virginia Prominent Men, 1884


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