Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Bethuel M. KITCHEN


         Bethuel M. KITCHEN was born in Gerrardstown district, Berkeley County, West Virginia, on March 21, 1812. His parents, Joseph and Catherine (Ghulic) Kitchen, moved there from New Jersey about 1807.

         In the same district, on January 27, 1836, Bethuel M. Kitchen and Mary Buzzard were married and the following were their children: Melvina Kitchen, October 31, 1836-?; John Kitchen, November 25, 1838-April 14, 1862; Catherine Kitchen, October 5, 1840-?, married James W. Robinson on October 16, 1860; Joseph Kitchen, December 5, 1842-?; Elizabeth Kitchen, December 21, 1844=?; Henry C. Kitchen, October 21, 1847-?; Montgomery Kitchen, December 1, 1849-October 16, 1856; Gilbert Kitchen, February 13, 1852-?; Hezekiah Kitchen, April 15, 1854-October 14, 1880; and Mary Kitchen, June 8, 1856-July 24, 1856; and Fannie Kitchen, August 1, 1859-September 26, 1859. Mary Buzzard was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Stone) Buzzard, residents of Hampshire County, West Virginia.

         Bethuel M. Kitchen was a member of the Virginia legislature for Berkeley County in 1861, was a member of the State senate in 1864 and 1865, was sent to the 38th and 40th Congress as representative, again elected to the legislature in 1878, and served two years in the State senate between the 38th and 40th Congress. He spent three terms as president of the board of the Agricultural and Mechanical Association of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, and was elected master of the State Grange in 1873, holding that office for six years. Mr. Kitchen owned and cultivated a large and productive tract of land in Back Creek Valley; his farms were in the Gerrardstown district and his post office address was Shanghai, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

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

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