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Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Thomas MASLIN

         Thomas MASLIN was born at Gerardstown, Berkeley County, Virginia, October 28, 1808, the son of William and Ann Maslin of that community. He began his business career as a clerk in a store at Harper’s Ferry and later moved to Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia, and continued in business there for 30 years. When the Bank of the Valley established a branch there (1853), he became a director and was made president, a position he held until the Civil War period closed most of the banks of that section.

         In 1837 he was commissioned a Magistrate by the Governor of Virginia for Hardy County and was made Presiding Justice of the County Court of that county, elected by the people of his county to represent them in the Virginia State Convention at Richmond in 1861. In 1872, he helped to frame a new State Constitution of West Virginia, representing Hardy and Grant counties in that convention. He held other offices of trust in Hardy County, including treasurerof one turnpike company and president of another. He died at Moorefield in 1878.

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

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