Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Shivley LAYMASTERS


         Shivley LAYMASTERS was born in Berkeley County, June 14, 1858, the son of John and Ann (Tabler) Laymasters. He is descended from the Laymasters of the pioneer days. Mr. Laymasters had two brothers who served in the Union army during the Civil war and served four years; one brother, Theodore Laymasters, was wounded.

         Shivley Laymasters and Mary Virginia Bender, the daughter of George W. and Rebecca (Pitzer) Bender, were married at the Lutheran Church in Martinsburg. She was born in Berkeley County, also.

         Mr. Laymasters was a farmer in the Opequon district, Martinsburg, 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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