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Peter Darnel, was born in Ohio county, near Wheeling, Virginia, October 11, 1816. He resided on a farm until seventeen years old,
then learned the trade of a blacksmith, and at the age of nineteen moved to Kanawha county, and located near Blackshire's Mills,
learned and pursued the business of a mill-wright. He was a captain in the militia from 1843 to 1850. At the formation of Roane
county he was a Justice of the Peace and served until 1858, then removed to Mason county and there served as President of the
Board of Education. He was three years in the Union army as Captain of Company I, Thirteenth Regiment, West Virginia Infantry. He
enlisted September 9, 1862, and was mustered out June 24, 1865. In that year he was elected to the Legislature from Mason county,
and served on the Committee of Military, session of 1866. His mother's father, Robert Thornton, received the original grant to the land
on which the city of Parkersburg now stands. In 1881 Captain Darnel removed from West Columbia, Mason county, to Big Sandy,
Kanawha county, and there died June 9, 1889.
Taken from Prominent Men of West Virginia,
Geo. W Atkinson and Alvaro F Gibbens, W.L. Callin Publishing, Wheeling, WV, 1890.
© 1996 Becky Falin
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