Berkeley County, West Virginia Ephraim B. KETTERING


         Ephraim B. KETTERING was elected Sheriff of Berkeley County, 1908-1912, and had served as Deputy Sheriff under Sheriffs C.L. Stuckey, 1900-1904 and E.D. Gardner, 1904-08. He had sons: Bryan Kettering, who served in World War I as a volunteer engineer at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana, as a member of the 49th Division; and Walter Kettering, who was appointed to fill the vacancy of his brother, Harrison Kettering (when he died) as Deputy Sheriff of Berkeley County. E.B. Kettering died at Martinsburg December 12, 1921, and was buried at Ganotown, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

         His father, Adam Kettering, in company with Daniel Long, Therman Long and James Hogue, moved by “prairie schooner” to Back Creek Valley, Berkeley County, about 1876, from Indiana County, Pennsylvania. James Hogue returned, but the other three remained and bought about 250 acres of land there. Daniel Long brought the first threshing outfit, called a “shaker,” to Berkeley County. Adam Kettering served in the Union Army under General Banks and had sons Albert Kettering, Ephraim B. Kettering, and Isaac Kettering.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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