Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of W.E. MINGHINI, D.D.S.


         W.E. MINGHINI, D.D.S. was born at Middleway, Jefferson County, West Virginia, June 5, 1867, the son of Joseph L. and Lydia Sencindiver, descended on his fatherís side of Italian ancestors. His great-grandfather was an Italian nobleman, an officer in the Italian Army and personal friend of General Charles Lee of Revolutionary War fame. His father, Joseph L. Minghini was a cabinet maker and undertaker. His father enlisted in Company D, Twelfth Virginia Cavalry, Confederate Army, and was a scout for General J.E.B. Stewart, in service at Chancellorsville, Kelly Ford, Fredericksburg, and Mine Run. He was ordered to burn Hallís rifle factory at Harperís Ferry. At the Battle of Kellyís Ford, where Major John Pelham was wounded, he carried that officer off the field and remained with him until he died.

         Dr. Minghini was educated in the public schools of Jefferson County, graduated from the University of Maryland, class of 1893, degree of D.D.S.; and moved to Martinsburg after graduation and began his dentistry practice there. In 1899 he was appointed a member of the West Virginia State Board of Dental Examiners and filled every office of that body — president, secretary and treasurer. He was elected Mayor of Martinsburg in the election of 1904 by a large majority over his Republican opponent. He owned the first automobile in Berkeley County and organized the Martinsburg Auto Club.

         On October 3, 1899, W.E. Minghini married Viola Marie Pitcher of Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Roger Williams and Mollie Pitcher of the Battle of Bennington fame (Revolution).


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

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