Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of John W. DAILY


         John W. DAILY was born in the Opequon district, Berkeley County, West Virginia, on May 29, 1821, the son of John and Nancy (Curtis) Daily. His father died in 1852 and his mother in 1845.

         In Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, John W. Daily and Isabella V. McQuilkin, also a native of the Opequon district, were married. She was born August 27, 1838, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Tabb) McQuilkin, also natives of Berkeley County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Daily’s ancestors were famous pioneer families in that county. His father, John Daily Sr. was a soldier of the war of 1812 and his maternal grandfather had eight sons and nine daughters. Mrs. Daily had an ancestor who was a magistrate under King George.

         John and Isabella Daily had the following children: George D. Daily, April 13, 1855-?; Sarah E. Daily, July 9, 1857-?; Nancy V. Daily, April 21, 1860-?; Martha A. Daily, March 6, 1863-?; John W. Daily, February 16, 1867-?; and Bessie B. Daily, August 21, 1875; all were living in Berkeley County in 1884.

         Mr. Daily was a delegate to the first convention for the formation of the State of West Virginia in 1861. At the same time he was elected to a seat in the legislature for the reorganization of Eastern Virginia, but refused to acceptit, saying it would compromise the right of Berkeley County to go with old Virginia. He was bitterly opposed to secession. John W. Daily was a corn merchant, a grain dealer and farmer in Bedington, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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