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Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Gilbert William McKOWN

         Gilbert William McKOWN was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, in 1840, son of John and Eloisa (Demoss) McKown, who were married in May 1829 at Prospect Hill and settled in Gerrardstown where they raised a large family. They were both born in Berkeley County, his father in 1796 and his mother in 1813, and they died July 20, 1872, both in the same hour. They were buried in one grave in the Presbyterian church yard at Gerrardstown. Gilbert McKown was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for 40 years, following in his fatherís footsteps, who had been a ruling elder for many years.

         In 1875, Gilbert W. McKown and Anna M. McKown were married in the Mill Creek district of Berkeley County. They had two children: Louisa B. McKown, July 24, 1876-?; and John Calvin McKown, January 27, 1879-?. Anna McKown was born in Berkeley County in 1854, the daughter of Hiram and Isabella T. (Campbell) McKown.

         G.W. McKown was a farmer and stock-dealer in Gerrardstown, 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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