Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Richard SHROADES


         Richard SHROADES was born in Berkeley County in 1828, the son of George and Nancy (Boothe) Shroades, natives of that county. His ancestors were among the earliest settlers in the county, coming to this country from England about 1770 and engaging in agricultural pursuits on land bought from Lord Fairfax.

         The first wife of Richard Shroades was Nancy Hastings, to whom he was married June 8, 1851; they had nine children: Anna M. Shroades, June 5, 1854-before 1884; Sarah V. Shroades, August 18, 1858-before 1884; Ella C. Shroades, July 2, 1860-before 1884; Hannah E. Shroades, June 19, 1861-before 1884; Armand M. Shroades, July 11, 1862-before 1884; George H. Shroades, October 16, 1865-?; Amelia J.T. Shroades, May 2, 1867-?; Rosa A. Shroades, September 17, 1870-before 1884; and Nannie Coe Shroades, March 14, 1872-?. Richard Shroades married Martha V. Likins in Gerrardstown on July 15, 1880, and they have a daughter, Mary Pearl Shroades, July 12, 1881-?. Martha Likins was born in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1861, and her parents, Henry Mann and Mary Susan (Miller) Likins, moved to Berkeley County in 1879.

         Richard Shroades served in the Gerrardstown district as school trustee in 1881-82 and he owns a farm in that same area, 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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