Lincoln County West Virginia Biographies

          The following are just some of Lincoln County, West Virginia's early pioneers, other individuals, and early- to mid-20th century politicians. Following the names (if known) are years of birth and death (most of the biographies of individuals have been extracted from books published prior to the individual's death); birthplace; burial location; occupation; spouse (including year of marriage); and other surnames that were mentioned in the biography (in italics). For those who don't have a link to a biography, which will include religion, organization affiliations, etc., that has been included here. Note: although West Virginia did not become a state until after the Civil War, Lincoln County and/or cities within that county are often referred to here and in the biographies as West Virginia prior to 1865 — all mention of West Virginia in those instances was really Virginia.
          Note: In many cases, these surnames could have been a mere mention; in other cases they have more information. Frequently, these links to more complete biographies will contain names, birthdates, and additional information on the individual's parents and siblings.
         For a number of the names here, I have found no additional information beyond what is listed. Because Lincoln County was formed from Kanawha, Boone, Putnam and Cabell counties, in 1867, some of the early settlers mentioned here connect in today's boundaries of those counties of West Virginia. They have been included because of some connection to Lincoln — they were born or died in Lincoln County, lived or worked here at one time, or married into a family from Lincoln County. They might even have influenced the outcome of a battle fought in the area and their only connection was their military experience while in Lincoln County.
         Where other areas are mentioned, it is possible you may find more complete biographies by visiting the GenWeb pages associated with the area, e.g., Kanawha County, Boone County, Putnam County, or Cabell County, West Virginia.
          Please keep in mind, many of these biographies were written prior to the subject's death, so facts may not be listed — for example, the list of children might not be complete or the subjects could have moved elsewhere, etc. If you can supply additional information on any of these individuals — or if you have biographies of folks with a connection to Lincoln County, please contact me and I will either include your information here (attributed to you and/or your source) or link to your website here and/or on 'Meet the Family' page.
          Please note all attempts have been made to provide correct information; the accuracy of the facts is only as good as the transcriptions and published sources. It is always advisable to attempt to verify any information you find on any website or even in many books, particularly older and family publications. While there is never an attempt to publish erroneous information, transcribers can make mistakes, handwriting can be misread, and family information handed down can change with each version. Therefore, the more information you can collect on your ancestors, the better the chances are that you will find more than one source with the same information (and thus, factual data).
    NOTE: This page, like the remainder of this website, is a work in progress! New information will be added as often as possible!

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    • Braden A. ABBOTT (1835-?) Born Kanawha County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County, 1877; physician in Jefferson District, farming land on Stinson Creek in the Jefferson District of Lincoln County; married first, Catherine WILKISON, and second, Rhuhame ESTEP in 1867; Estep, Scott, Wilkison, Woodrum.
    • Albert M. ADKINS (1844-?) Born in Lincoln County, Virginia; farmer on Fourteen-mile Creek in the Laurel Hill district; married, 1868, Casby J. LAMBERT; Hedrick, Hunter.
    • Elza B. ADKINS (?-?) of Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Chair of Lincoln County Democratic Party, 1940.
    • Evermont ADKINS (1839-?) Born in Wayne County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County in 1844; school trustee, farmer in the Laurel Hill District; married, 1865, Elizabeth Hester DRAKE; Drake, Hunter, Lucas.
    • H.C. ADKINS (1853-?) Born Lincoln County, Virginia; farmer in the Laurel Hill District; married, 1873, Sarah M. SMITH; Myers, Smith.
    • Lewis ADKINS (1814-?) Born in Wayne County, Virginia; moved to what is now Lincoln County in 1841; farmer in Laurel Hill District; married first to Melcena HUNTER, and second, 1866, to Emma BROOMFIELD; Bradshaw, Broomfield, Haskins, Hunter.
    • Murrill ADKINS (1918-1998) born Lincoln County, West Virginia; died Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter of Andrew Jackson and Maggie ADKINS; retired from Frisches in Cincinnati, Ohio; three children surviving.
    • Watson ADKINS (?-?) Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, elected 1934.
    • William A. ALBRIGHT (1817-?) Born in Wythe County, Virginia; moved to Sheridan District of Lincoln County in 1868 where he farms land on Trace Fork of Four-Mile Creek; overseer of the poor, deputy sheriff and constable of his district; married, 1837, Frances ADKINS; Adkins, Camper, Meadows.
    • George Washington ALFORD (1837-1890) born Cabell County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer; married, 1861, Sarah Jane SMITH; Alford, Coon, Smith.
    • John ALFORD Sr. (1824-1895) born Lincoln County, West Virginia; constable, county sheriff, deputy United States Marshall of West Virginia, notary public, farmer; married, Jennie MARKHAM; Aistrop, Alford, Hatfield, Markham.
    • Lafayette ALFORD (1850-1921) born Cabell County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1873, Sarah Catharine V. Adams; Adams, Alford, Coon, Goode.

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    • David M. BAKER (1832-?) Born In Meigs County, Ohio; moved to Lincoln County in 1880; stonemason, farmer; married, 1859, Emily D. MOORE; Moore, Russel, Wolf.
    • James BALLARD (1793-?) Born Orange County, Virginia; millwright; married, 1817, Mary WELLS; Ballard, Dahoney, Greene, Merrett, Morris, O'Hara, Swindler, Thomas, Thompson, Wells.
    • Joseph BAYS (1844-?) Born in Surry County, North Carolina; came to Lincoln County in 1881; farmer on Bear fork of Mud river; married, 1867, Julia Ann PARSONS; Eads, Parsons, Turlley.
    • A.J. BELCHER (1906-?) aka "Doc"; Born in Madison, Boone County, West Virginia, December 16, 1906; automobile dealer; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1959-65; Baptist; member Freemasons, Shriners, Lions.
    • B. Randolph BIAS aka Bennett Randolph BIAS (1875-?) of Williamson, Mingo County, West Virginia; Born in Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia, December 20, 1875; Son of Rolan Armstrong Bias and Lucy (Byus) Bias; married, 1901, Clothilde GAUJOT; school teacher, postmaster, newspaper editor, lawyer; chair of Mingo County Republican Party, 1904-08; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1924; member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1937, 1955; Episcopalian; member American Bar Association, Kiwanis, Phi Kappa Sigma.
    • Dan BIAS (1855-after 1930) aka Daniel Boone BIAS; Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; High Sheriff, Lincoln County; married, 1877, Emily Selvinas ALFORD; Adkins, Alford, Baker, Bias, Galloway, Hazelett, Johnson, Polley, Powel, Scites, Witcher, Zigan.
    • Samuel A. BIAS (1852-?) Born Cabell County, West Virginia; farmer, lumber dealer; married, 1877, Jerusha A. McDONALD; Bias, Dingess, McDonald.
    • John T. BILLS (1843-?) Born Wood County, Virginia; road overseer, school trustee, and farmer in Sheridan District of Lincoln County since 1866; married, 1867, Sarah J. MIDKIFF; McComas, Midkiff, Tate.
    • A.F. BLACK (?-?) of Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1937.
    • Rev. Tandy Griffith BONHAM (1847-?) Born in Kanawha County; moved to Lincoln County; minister, farmer; married, 1867, Emily Catharine YOUNG; Tuhley, Wallace, Young.
    • Winfield Scott BOWLES, M.D. (1851-?) Born Nelson County, Virginia; physician, surgeon, constable, member of board of health; married 1876, Roxie Lena WOODS; Bowles, Claughton, Gay, Miller, Woods.
    • Lloyd Edward BRAGG (1914-1980) Born Logan County, West Virginia, lived Lincoln County, West Virginia, died Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia; buried Palm Memorial Gardens, Wyoming County; railroad worker, coal miner; married, 1933, Rita Irene ELKINS; Adkins, Bragg, Crouse, Spears, Elkins, Lafferty, Lowe, Milam, Sexton, Slatton, Spurlock.
    • Robert Town BREEDLOVE (1845-?) Born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County and owns a farm in Duval district; farmer, road surveyor, school trustee; married, 1867, Elizabeth Ann STONE; Hatfield, Stone, Towns.
    • Evormint Ward BRUMFIELD (1841-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer, orchardist; married, 1867, Laury GILKINSON; Brumfield, Gilkinson, Haskins, Johnson.

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    • Charles William CAMPBELL (1856-?) Born Monroe County, West Virginia; commissioner of school lands; Campbell, Johnson. Note: Typographical error in transcription lists his birth date as 1836. It is unclear which date is correct.
    • Merriman L. CAMPBELL (1837-?) Born Botetourt County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1872; farms land on the Left Fork of Mud River in the Jefferson District; married, 1858, Martha A. SARVER; Lawrence, Sarver, Tracy.
    • Harless M. CARPER (1831-?) Born in Monroe County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1872; farms 370 acres in Jefferson District; first married Catherine KIBERT, and second, Mary S. SARVER in 1858; Sarver, Tracy.
    • William A. CARROLL (?-?) of Lincoln County, West Virginia; member of West Virginia state senate, 5th District, 1907-09.
    • Harrison Floyd CHAMBERS (1832-1898) Born Logan County, West Virginia; constable, farmer; married, 1855, Araminta BURGESS; Burgess, Chambers, Cole, McNeally.
    • Richard Allen CHANDLER (1840-?) Born in Kanawha County, Virginia; in 1879 moved to a farm in Duval district of Lincoln County; farmer; married, 1868, Parlonia Jane ROBINSON; Hutson, Robinson, Wells.
    • William Arsker CHANDLER (1836-?) Born Kanawha County, Virginia; farmer on the forks of Coal river, blacksmith in Washington District, Lincoln County; married, 1864, Massay ANGLE, who lived in Lincoln County; Angle, Holston, Wells.
    • Jacob Armstrong CHASE (1854-?) Born at Rutland, Meigs County, Ohio; resides Lincoln County, West Virginia; teacher; Chase, Winn.
    • Joseph E. CHILTON (1855-?) Born Kanawha County, West Virginia; attorney, prosecuting attorney, teacher; Chilton, Wilson.
    • Benjamin Franklin CURRY (1839-?) Born Fayette County, Virginia; farmer, hotel propietor; county recorder, county clerk; married, 1860, Emily Jackson WITCHER; Curry, Kayser, Thompson, Witcher.
    • Blackburn B. CURRY (1850-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; county assessor, businessman; married, 1882, Lulu M.S. SAMUELS; Curry, Kayser, Morris, Samuels.
    • Granvill CURRY (1841-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer, orchardist; married, 1868, Nancy Ann THOMPSON; Curry, Kayser, Morrison, Thompson.
    • William Harrison CURRY, D.D. (1846-1926) Born Fayette County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer, orchardist; married, 1869, Parthenia LAWRENCE; Curry, Lawrence, Spurlock.

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    • Sylvia Belle DAVIDSON HAGER (1907-1982) Born Clay County, Kentucky, lived Lincoln County, West Virginia; married, 1922, Watson Riley HAGER; Acord, Baxter, Brumfield, Davidson, Hager, Hays, Hendricks, Hurst, Meck, Potter, Turner.
    • Joe Witcher DINGESS (1900-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; attorney; Dingess, Hainor.
    • John Milton DINGESS (1822-?) Born Logan County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1845, Matilda McDONALD; Dingess, Ingram, McDonald.
    • William P. DINGESS (1848-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County with his parents in 1862 and while here was actively engaged in business as a lumberman; secretary of the board of education in the Sheridan District of Lincoln County; moved to Greenup County, Kentucky, in 1883; married, 1867, Susan SHELTON; Berry, Messenger, Shelton.
    • Charles DUNLAP (1833-?) Born in Kanawha (now Lincoln) County, Virginia; school trustee, farmer in Washington District, 4 miles from the mouth of Cobbs Creek; married, 1859, Elizabeth McCOZNIC; Furlley, McCoznic.
    • John Chancery DUNLAP (1860-?) Born in Kanawha (not Lincoln) County, Virginia; farmer, Washington District, Lincoln County; married, 1883, Mary Elizabeth CHANDLER; Chandler, Daily, Hill.

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    • James Madison EDWARDS (1824-?) Born in Henry County, Virginia; farms in the Union district of Lincoln County; married, 1849, Elizabeth Ann GOODE; Craig, Goode, McMillen.
    • Everett J. ELKINS (1887-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; county clerk; married, 1910, Myrtle BOLT; Bolt, Cooper, Elkins, Lawson.
    • Overton ELKINS (1831-?) Born in the part of Logan County, Virginia, that became Lincoln County; farmer in Hart Creek district on Fourteen-mile Creek of the Guyandotte River; married, 1853, Nancy ESTEP; Davis, Estep, May.
    • William Floyd ELKINS (1856-?) Born in Cabell County, Virginia; farms on land in the Hart Creek district of Lincoln County; married, first, 1872, Sarah DOLTON, and second, 1876, Elizabeth Dennison ESTEP; Dolton, Estep, Farley.

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    • William T. FOWLER (1825-?) Born in Kanawha County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1847; merchant, miller and farmer on the Guyandotte River at the mouth of Big Hart Creek and has timberland at Mud River; married, first, Polly EMMERINE, and second, 1871, Martha A. ADKINS; Adkins, Childers, Emmerine, Gillaspie.
    • Christian T. FRY (1824-?) Born in Cabell County, Virginia; farms a large piece of land on Browns Branch, in the Hart Creek district of Lincoln County; married, 1849, Elizabeth HUNTER; Hunter, Snodgrass, Taylor.

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    • Isaac Griffith GARTIN (1832-?) Born in Monroe County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1864; member of the board of education, justice of the peace, and farmer at the head of Little Hart Creek; married, 1856, Elizabeth Margaret TONEY; Carper, Gahlaspie, Toney.
    • Thomas Jefferson GRASS (1856-?) Born in Lincoln County, Virginia; teacher, farmer; married, 1879, Stella Frances WIGINGTON; Oxley, Spurlock, Wigington.
    • Francis James GRAVES (1814-?) Born in Goochland County, Virginia; 1874 moved to the Duval district in Lincoln County where he is a farmer; married first, 1840, Susan GILTNAN, and second in 1860 to Martha Jane (Roberts) WOODS; Clements, Giltnan, Preston, Roberts, Spurlock, Woods, Young.
    • Henry Leftridge GRAVLEY (1846-?) Born in Henry County, Virginia; farmer on Strait Fork of Mud River in the Duval district, Lincoln County; 1873, married Sallie PITTMAN; Bailey, Clark, Pittman.
    • Victor N. GRIFFITH (1893-?) Born Griffithville, Lincoln County, West Virginia; bookkeeper, cashier, sheriff; married, 1915, Jeane WORKMAN; Griffith, Midkit, White, Workman.

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    • Rev. Andrew J. HAGER (1853-?) Born in Kanawha County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1874; farmer on land located on the Left Fork of Mud River, minister; married, 1874, Channie E. MARTIN; Hager, Martin.
    • Earl B. HAGER (1911-?) of Logan, Logan County, West Virginia; Born Gill, Lincoln County, West Virginia, April 10, 1911; U.S. Army during World War II; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Logan County, 1953-54, 1955-72; appointed 1955; Protestant; Member American Legion, Redmen.
    • Hezekiah HAGER (1842-?) Born Boone County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer, county clerk; married, 1876, Emily J. ROBERTS; Hager, Pauley, Roberts, Tucker.
    • Phenandus HAGER (1845-?) Born in Boone County, Virginia; notary public, member of the board of education, and farmer in the Jefferson District of Lincoln County; married, 1865, Nancy E. AKERS; Akers, Sperry, Spurlock.
    • Philip HAGER Jr. (1872-?) West Virginia State Senator, civil engineering, surveyor, road engineer, businessman; married, 1894, Sarah A. FERRELL; Adkins, Dalton, Ferrell, Hager, Toney, Vickers. This man's great-grandfather was also named Philip, as was his father. His grandfather was named John M. HAGER.
    • Rev. Phillip HAGER (1841-?) Born Boone County, West Virginia; soldier, farmer, minister; married, 1858, Elizabeth Jane DALTON; Barrett, Bruster, Dalton, Grass, Hager, Miller. Note: It is very confusing with both Philip HAGER's listed; in fact, some have thought it was the same man. From what we can determine, this Phillip HAGER is the father of the subject directly above. This man's father was John M. HAGER and his grandfather and great-grandfather were also named Philip HAGER. One of the Philip HAGER's first came to Lincoln County in 1807.
    • Watson Riley HAGER (1897-1979) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; buried Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, Wyoming County, West Virginia; veteran, organizer United Mine Workers; married, 1922, Sylvia Belle DAVIDSON; Cooper, Davidson, Lovejoy, Price, Riley.
    • Calvin N. HALL (1899-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia, March 5, 1899; son of Rev. W. T. and Polly (Moore) Hall; married, October 14, 1917, to Oma ROBERTS (died 1928) and Eva BURTON; oil and gas business; Democratic member of West Virginia state senate, 1937-40 (5th District 1937-38, 7th District 1939-40); Sergeant-at-Arms, West Virginia Senate, 1941; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952; Baptist; member Freemasons, Order of the Eastern Star, Elks, Knights of Pythias, Redmen.
    • Columbus Van Linden HALL (1855-?) Born Kanawha County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County 1875; school trustee, farmer; married, 1875, Sarah Ann PAULEY; Hill, Pauley, Pulley.
    • Rev. Meredith HAMMACK (1842-?) Born Roane County, West Virginia; minister; married, 1863, Martha WALKER; Hammack, Myers, Phillips, Walker.
    • Robert Eli Edry Calhoun HANNA (1861-?) Born in Greenbrier County, Virginia; in 1865, moved to Lincoln County; farmer, teacher.
    • Floyd H. HARLESS (1884-?) attorney; Harless, Humphrey.
    • James Albert HARLESS (1883-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; mercantile owner, county assessor; married, 1913, Katie ROW; Eplin, Harless, Row.
    • Archibald B. HARRISON (1837-?) Born in Tazewell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1878; farmer in the Laurel Hill District; married, first to Mary SPURLOCK, and second, 1865, to Martha FRY; Bailey, Fry, Harmon, Spurlock.
    • Benjamin Franklin HARVEY (1837-?) Born Perry County, Kentucky; soldier, constable, justice of the peace, farmer; married first Sarah ClEMONS, 1857, and May REED, 1864; Clemons, Hall, Reed.
    • Elisha P. HATFIELD (1835-?) Born in Cabell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1875; farmer on land near Fourteen-mile Creek; married, 1875, Mary SANDERS; Dunlap, Sanders, Wabler.
    • Fernandez F. HATFIELD (1824-?) born Cabell County, Virginia, in the area that is now Lincoln County; justice of the peace, member of the board of education, and farmer on land which is on Fourteen-mile and Ten-mile creeks; married, first, Mary E. FRANKLIN, and second, 1856, Nancy A. HARRIS; Clay, Dunlap, Franklin, Harris.
    • Caleb HEADLEY, M.D. (1808-?) Born in Pennsylvania; moved to Lincoln County in 1866; physician, commissioner of revenue, justice of the peace, and farmer on Fourteen-mile Creek; married, first, Nancy WRIGHT, and second to Sarah A. FARLEY; Asher, Clark, Farley, Wright.
    • Jermon HOLLANDSWORTH (1832-?) Born Henry County, Virginia; soldier, farmer; married, 1857, Martha Jane McGEE; Hollandsworth, McGee, Richards.
    • Elisha Walter HOLLEY, M.D. (1851-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; physician, surgeon, farmer; Holley, Holster.
    • Hamaline Haden HOLLEY (1849-?) Born in Mason County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1882 where he has a farm in the Duval District; married first, 1870, Mary Jane MATHENY, and second, 1880, Sarah Melvina MILLER Cremeans, Donalson, Henry, Matheny, Miller.
    • Peter Looney HOLSTEIN (1833-?) Born Kanawha County, West Virginia; living Garrets Bend, Lincoln County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1857, Mary PAULEY; Burgess, Holstein, Lewis, McClure, Meikle, Pauley, Tulley.
    • Joseph W. HOLT (1825-?) Born Campbell County, Virginia; attorney, judge; married, 1847, Nancy HANES; Hanes, Holt, Howard A second biography has birth year as 1824 and occupations as prosecuting attorney, teacher, judge, and member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
    • George Thomas HOLTON (1847-?) Born in Cabell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1872; school teacher, farmer; married, 1878, Yantus ELKINS; Cooper, Elkins.


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    • Sescoe C. ISAACS (1897-?) Born in Sheridan, Lincoln County, West Virginia, May 1, 1897; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, elected 1948; Baptist.

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    • Lloyd G. JACKSON (1918-?) Born in Yawkey, Lincoln County, West Virginia, May 30, 1918; father of Lloyd G. Jackson II; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Democratic member of West Virginia state senate 7th District, 1947-70, elected unopposed 1950; Methodist; member American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Freemasons, Shriners, Elks, Moose.
    • Roy F. JIMISON (1900-?) of Kayford, Kanawha County, West Virginia; Born near Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia, April 10, 1900; son of James William Jimison and Ruth Jimison; married, May 2, 1936, to Sybil GIBSON. Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Kanawha County, 1933-38; member of West Virginia state senate 8th District, 1939-44; Baptist; Member Knights of Pythias.
    • F.M. JOHNSON (1847-?) Born Cabell County, West Virginia, living Falls Mills, Lincoln County, West Virginia; mercantile owner, deputy sheriff; married first Spicy ADKINS, second, 1880, Emma McCOMAS; Johnson, McComas.
    • Maxvill JOHNSON (?-?) Born in Cabell County; moved to Lincoln County in 1867; sales, sheriff of Sheridan District, and farmer on 300 of his 1,300 acres in that district; married, 1855, Mary ADKINS; Adkins, Crameans, Parsons.
    • Luther R. JONES (1892-?) of Madison, Boone County, West Virginia; Born Lincoln County, West Virginia, June 18, 1892; son of M. L. and Emily (Johnson) Jones; married, November 7, 1920, to Ella NELSON; school teacher and principal; served in the U.S. Army during World War I; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Boone County, 1917-18; member of West Virginia state senate, 1933-36, 1941-42 (8th District 1933-36, 7th District 1941-42); Baptist.

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    • Leftridge Woodson KING (1841-?) Born in Kanawha County in what is now Lincoln County; road surveyor, school system, farmer on Fall Creek; married, 1864, Mary Margaret SPURLOCK; Hazlett, Roberts, Spurlock.
    • Sylvester Monticue KING (1847-?) Born in Kanawha County in what is now Lincoln County; road surveyor, farmer on land on the Trace fork of Mud river; married, 1866, Martha Frances ESQUE; Chandler, Esque, Hazlett.
    • Wellington G. KINNISON (1831-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; came to what is now Lincoln County in 1847; member of the board of education, justice of the peace, river boat pilot, school teacher, and farmer in the Laurel Hill district; married, 1851, Nancy ADKINS; Adkins, Drake, McComas.

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    • Della LAWSON (?-?) of Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49.
    • Rev. Andrew J. LINVILLE (1843-?) Born in Kanawha County; settled in Lincoln County in 1865; supervisor of county court, school commissioner, secretary of the board of education, minister, mercantile business with a store on the Left Fork of Mud River in the Jefferson District; married, 1865, Nancy STOWERS; Estep, Hager, Stowers.
    • Rev. William M. LISTER (1866-?) Born in Caroline County, Maryland, lived in Hamlin, Lincoln County for a time; Methodist minister; 1896, married Jennie BLACK; Black, Butler, Cain, Lunsford, Pippin, Reed.

    • Joseph William LIVELY (1879-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; teacher, manager for furniture company; married Nora HILBERT;Hilbert, Lively, Midkiff.
    • James H. LONG (1838-?) soldier, harness maker, hotel proprietor; married, 1860, A.E. ELDRIDGE; 1873, Emma BARTON RICHARDS; Barton, Eldridge, Eshleman, Long, Richards.
    • Henry W. LUSHER (1847-?) Born in Cabell County, Virginia; farmer and lumberman in the Sheridan District of Lincoln County since 1869; married, 1867, Sarah WILLIAMS; Blake, Jones, Williams.
    • Lewis W. LUSHER (1836-?) born in Cabell County, Virginia; moved to what is now Lincoln County when he was 12 years old; farmer, lumberman on 2250 acres of land on the Mud and Guyandotte rivers; first married Cynthia H. CHAPMAN, and then Julia PRESTON in 1868; Belcher, Blake, Chapman, Preston.

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      Elijah J. McCLURE (1848-?) Born in Boone County, Virginia; farmer of 40 acres at the head of Fuguas Creek in what was Kanawha County and now is Lincoln County; married, 1868, Susan Elizabeth CLARK; Clark, Lacy, Pauley.

    • Nelson McCLURE, M.D. (1829-?) Born Logan County, Virginia; township clerk, secretary of the board of education, Kanawha County constable, constable of Washington District, Lincoln County, farmer with property at the headwaters of Fuguas Creek in what was then Kanawha County, now Lincoln County, physician; married first Mary Jane CHAPMAN, second 1863, Nancy (Hall) CLARK; Chapman, Clark, Fulley, Hall, Pauley, Pigg.
    • William Henry McCLURE (1830-?) Born in what was then Logan County, Virginia, and is now Lincoln County, West Virginia; road overseer, member of the board of education, overseer of the poor; first married, 1855, Mary Ann VICKERS, second married Minerva Jane CLARK in 1871; Clark, Lacy, Pauley, Vickers.
    • John B. McGHEE (?-?) of Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Chair of Lincoln County Democratic Party, 1941.
    • A.W. McLEAN (?-?) of Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Chair of Lincoln County Democratic Party, 1945.
    • Arthur W. McLEAN (1866-?) Born Wilkesboro, North Carolina; variety of occupations, including business owner, Lincoln County, West Virginia; married, 1893, Nellie BLAKE; 1917, Mrs. Nettie DAVIS; 1920, Matilda CRAIG; Blake, Craig, Davis, McLean, Perkins.

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    • Robert MADDEN (1823-?) Born Zanesville, Ohio; soldier, farmer; married, 1848, Catherine WHITE; Hamilton, Hopper, Madden, White.
    • William Clifton MALONE (1821-1883) Born Lynchburg, Virginia; county board of supervisors, post office, farmer; married Nancy D. CARROLL, May 13, 1841; Black, Carroll, Lucas, Witcher
    • Charles J. MARCUM (1908-?) aka Charles Jackson MARCUM; Born Wayne County, West Virginia, May 30, 1908; son of Jacob McDonald and Carrie (Hager) Marcum; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1941-42; Baptist; Member Junior Order.
    • A.D. MATTHEWS (?-?) of near Alum Creek, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Republican candidate for West Virginia state senate, 7th District, 1966.
    • Clark W. MAY (?-1908) of Lincoln County, West Virginia; Republican; West Virginia state attorney general, 1905-08; died in office 1908. Died April 25, 1908.
    • Jacob C. MAY (1841-?) Born in Kanawha County, Virginia; farmer, soldier, engineer; married, 1868, Edna Jane SPURLOCK; Curry, Heff, Lawrence, Price, Spurlock

    • Wilbur S. MAY (1875-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; rancher, farmer; married, 1898, Allie Margaret OXLEY; Hall, Oxley, Spurlock

    • George W. MESSINGER (1842-?) Born in what is now Lincoln County, (then) Virginia; farms on 518 acres of land on Fall Creek, timberman; married, 1868, Sarah E. McCOMAS; Condons, McComas, Williams.
    • Anderson Cook MILLER (1842-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; farmer of land on Big Horse creek in Lincoln County; married, 1868, Martha Jane STONE; Hatfield, Stone, Walker.
    • John Jackson MITCHELL (1842-?) Born Logan County, Virginia; owns 142 acres of farmland and timber on the waters of Island Creek; married first, 1866, Eliza JOHNSON, and second, 1869, Mary Alice HOLCOMB; Anderson, Elkins, Hazlett, Holcomb, Johnson.
    • Jonathan MOORE (1838-?) Born Randolph County, West Virginia; farmer; married Mary BRANNAN, 1857; Barnhouse, Brannan, King .
    • James P. MULLINS (1848-?) Born in Kentucky; came to Lincoln County in 1877; merchandiser, farmer with land on Hart Creek; married, 1872, Elizabeth J. COLLINS; Collins, Johnson.

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    • John H. NAPIER (1843-?) born in Wayne County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1879; superintendent of free schools, merchant; married, 1865, Julia A. ROSS; Adkins, Osburn, Ross.
    • David NELSON (1826-?) Born Monroe County, Virginia; farmer on Big Laurel, Lincoln County; married, first, 1851, Mary STICKLER, and second, 1872, Catherine HAIFIELD; Cottell, Haifield, Swan.
    • George Washington NELSON (1875-?) Born Chatham, Virginia; soldier, electrical engineer, surveyor, county engineer; Nelson, Scollay.
    • John S. NESTER (1853-?) Born Lincoln County, Virginia; farmer on Little Hart Creek; married, 1877, Melinda DALTON; Brumfield, Dalton, Workman.
    • William Riley NESTER (1858-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; moved to the Hart Creek district before organization of Lincoln County (bef. 1867); farmer on land located between Big Hart and Little Hart creeks; married, 1879, Cora B. PERRY; Brumfield, Clark, Perry.

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    • B.R. OSBORNE (?-?) Republican candidate for West Virginia state senate, 5th District, 1936; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1940, 1948.
    • Benjamin H. OXLEY (?-?) member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1885-86; member of West Virginia state senate, 7th District, 1887-90.
    • James Alford OXLEY (1819-1881) Born in Virginia; teacher, farmer on land situated on Sycamore; 1845, married Sarah GOODE; Craig, Goode, Johnson.

    • Watt S. OXLEY (1861-?) Born in Lincoln County, West Virginia; teacher, salesman, businessman/merchant; married, 1891, Sallie SWEETLAND; Eskey, Frazier, McGhee, Reynolds, Sweetland


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    • Andrew PAULEY (1833-1866) Born Kanawha County; farmer, Trace Fork of Mud River, Lincoln County; married, 1856, Permelia Ann HOLSTEIN; Esque, Dunlap, Holstein, Pauley.

    • Garfield L. PAULEY (1881-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; clerk, teacher, county superintendent of schools; married, 1902, Alice HARLESS; Harless, McClure, Mann, Pauley.
    • Washington PAULEY (1832-?) Born Logan County, Virginia; lived in Kanawha County when that area became Lincoln County; farmer; first married, 1854, Eliza Ann PAULEY, second to Eliza (Smith) Dunlap HILL, 1877; Dunlap, Hill, McComic, Muhlon, Smith.
    • John Wesley PEARSON (1851-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; farmer, board of examiners; teacher; Holton, Pearson.
    • David J. PETERS (1838-?) Born in Scott County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1870; farmer on land at the headwaters of Ten-mile Creek in the Laurel Hill district of Lincoln County; married, 1863, Nancy A. FRAZIER; Frazier, Hicks, Humbard.
    • Henry PEYTON (1818-?) Born Cabell County, West Virginia, living Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia; farmer, landowner; married first Margaret J., and second, 1866, Frances J. DICK; Cook, Dick, Peyton.
    • J.D. PORTER (?-1907) Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1895-96; member of West Virginia state senate, 5th District, 1907; died in office 1907.
    • Manderville PRICE settled in Lincoln County, 1880; he was a farmer on Porters Fork in the Duval district; married, 1879, Alice Ann M. ILER; Hager, Iler, Turley.
    • J.S. PRIDEMORE (?-?) Republican candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1934.

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    • Henry ROBERTS (1829-) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; miner, farmer; married, 1850, Catharine TUCKER; Moles, Molz, Roberts, Spurlock, Tucker.
    • Isham ROBERTS (1861-?) Born in Martin County, Kentucky; settled in Lincoln County in 1877; merchant; married, 1883, Martha J. BROOMFIELD; Broomfield, Collins, Tony.
    • Andrew D. ROBINSON (1837-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County in 1851; justice of the peace, member of the board of education, postmaster and farmer on land on Hart Creek; married, 1859, Rhoda J. ADAMS; Adams, Browning, Mullins.
    • Samuel W. ROSS (1834-?) Born in Kentucky; moved with parents to Wayne County ca. 1840 where he lived until 1881 when he moved to Lincoln County; owns land in Wayne County, most of it in timber, and his address is Hamlin, Lincoln County; practicing law and farming; married, 1854, Electra ADKINS; Adkins, Wagner.
    • William Amburs RUSSELL (1829-?) Born Cabell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1839; constable, superintendent of roads, school trustee, farmer; married, 1853, Rebecca Jane FINDLEY; Drake, Findley, Thompson.
    • Robert Wellington RYAN (1851-?) Born in Montgomery County, Virginia; farmer on land on Big Horse Creek; married, 1873, Caroline MILLER; Drake, Findley, Miller, Tunley, Vancestavern.

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    • William SANDERS (1833-?) Born Scott County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1878; farmer on land at the head of Four-mile creek in Laurel Hill District; married, 1854, Judy NICELY; Nicely, Peters, Wampler.
    • Walker J. SANFORD (1797-?) Born Orange County, Virginia; married, 1817, Sarah BRUMFIELD; Brumfield, Sanford. If the above link doesn't work, view a second biography.
    • Christopher SCITES (1811-?) Born in Germany, moved to Lincoln County, West Virginia in 1819; soldier, farmer; married, 1844, Elizabeth PEYTON; Hill, Peyton, Scites.
    • Hiram SCITES (1849-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; farmer; married, 1868, Margaret HILL; Hill, Peyton, Price, Scites.
    • Jerome SHELTON (?-?) of Lincoln County, West Virginia; member of West Virginia state senate, 7th District, 1881-82.
    • Hon. Moses Jerome SHELTON (1821-1883) Born in the part of Cabell County that became Lincoln County; prosecuting attorney, magistrate, state senator, minister, and farmer of 1,000 acres on Guyan and Mud rivers; married, 1843, Melinda MESSINGER; McComas, Messinger, Wilhi~s.
    • Andrew Lewis SIAS (1842-?) Born in Mercer County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1867; farms on land located on the East fork of Fourteen-mile Creek in the Hart district; married Martha Ellen LAMBERT; Adkins, Hedrick, Lambert.
    • Evi SIAS (1835-?) Born Fayette County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County in 1857; justice of the peace, commissioner of reassessment of land, secretary of the board of education, teacher, farmer in Jefferson District; married, 1871, Sarah R. HILL; Adkins, Hill, Thomas.
    • Albert Poindexter SMITH (1831) Born Kanawha County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County in 1867 and was a farmer in the Duval district; married first, 1854, Louisa Jane McCLURE, and second, in 1857, Cynthia Ann CHANDLER; Chandler, McClure, Nicholas, Williams
    • Allanthaus Berresstorde SMITH (1853-?) Born in Tazewell County, Virginia; settled in Lincoln County in 1865 and has a farm in Union district; married, 1874, Nancy Jane STOWERS; Fletcher, Stowers.
    • George Washington SMITH (1855-?) Born Lawrence County, Ohio; teacher; Smith, Ullom.
    • Jacob David SMITH (1870-?) Born Lawrence County, Ohio; attorney, deputy county clerk, assistant prosecuting attorney, prosecuting attorney; married, 1904, Rose Alexander; Alexander, Lewis, Mitchell, Smith.
    • Luke S. SMITH (1835-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1866; member of the board of education, constable, and engaged in farming and stock raising on land in the Laurel Hill district; married, 1865, Ellen SMITH; Hatfield, McNelly, Smith.
    • Robert Jackson SMITH (1835-?) Born Kanawha County, Virginia; soldier, farmer; married Martha ROBERTS, 1854; Bryant, Lakenan, Roberts
    • Ralph W. SMITH (1930-?) Born West Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia, August 8, 1930; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1957-58; Methodist.
    • Burrell SPURLOCK (1833-?) Born in Boone County, Virginia; farming land on Big Laurel in Union District, Lincoln County; married, 1857, Phebe Jean SPEAR; Cummins, Haskins, Spear.
    • Rev. Eliphus SPURLOCK (1824-?) Born in Cabell County; came to Lincoln County in 1851; overseer of the poor, road surveyor, minister, and farmer; married, 1853, Selpha ELKINS; Elkins, Hager.
    • Rev. John Harrison STARKEY (1838-?) Born in Franklin County, Virginia; came to Lincoln County in 1875; school trustee, minister; married, 1859, Ann MACE; Mace, Moler, Sloan.
    • Dennis STEED (?-?) of Lincoln County, West Virginia; member of West Virginia state senate, 5th District, 1913-16.
    • William Henry STEED (1845-?) Born Noble County, Ohio; moved to Lincoln County in 1875; farmer, teacher; married, 1868, Margaret Jane SNYDER Dement, Prescott, Snyder.
    • Crispen Monterville STONE (1839-?) Born Cabell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1875; constable, farmer on land on Big Horse Creek; married first, 1858, Eveline SPURLOCK, and second, 1866, Nancy Ellen HOFFMAN; Adkins, Hatfield, Hoffman, Price.
    • Samuel S. STONE (1812-?) Born in Cabell County (now Logan County); settled in Lincoln County in 1854; farmer in Jefferson District; married, 1834, Folly HATFIELD; Hatfield, Shelton, Williams.
    • Rufus STOWERS (1842-?) Born Tazewell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County in 1872; teacher, farmer; married, 1859, married Sarah Elizabeth LAMBERT; Lambert.
    • Isaac VanMeter SWEETLAND (1821-?) Born Botetourt county, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County, 1868; county court president, school superintent; married, 1844, Martha RUSSEL; Russel, Sims, VanMeter.

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    • L.E. THOMPSON (1906-?) also known as "Duck"; Born in Sweetland, Lincoln County, West Virginia, August 22, 1906; accountant, automobile dealer; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, elected 1952, 1954; Baptist; member Freemasons, Shriners, Moose, Odd Fellows, Redmen.
    • Patton THOMPSON (1824-?) Born in Logan County, Virginia; farms on land located on the Guyan river in the Hart district of Lincoln County and has acreage in Logan County on Hart Creek; deputy sheriff & constable of Lincoln County; married, 1845, Delana TOMLIN; Lewis, Tomlin, Wilkins.
    • Robert James TRACY (1861-?) Born Bland County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County, 1870; school teacher; Lambert

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    • Elias H. Powers VICKERS (1822-?) Born in Kanawha County, Virginia; minister, farmer on land on Big Horse Creek in the Duval district of Lincoln County; married first Chloa WORKMAN, second, 1856, Rhoda Woodburn PAULEY; Gore, Pauley, Rout, Workman.

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    • Willian Hurt WALTON (1842-?) Born in Henry County, Virginia; he farms land on Sycamore in Union District, Lincoln County; married first, 1868, Mary Ellen LOYD, and second, 1878, Hannah Alice GRIFFITH; Griffith, Loyd, Mines, Stone.
    • Daniel WATSON (1825-?) Born Floyd County, Kentucky; farms 300 acres of land on Kentuck Fork of Four-Mile Creek in Sheridan District, Lincoln County; married, 1848, Susanna CLARK; Clark, Gipson.
    • Henry F. WHITE (1883-?) of Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia; Born in Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia, November 21, 1883; school teacher; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Cabell County, 1941-52; Methodist; Member Junior Order.
    • David Emory WILKINSON (1856-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; attorney; Kayser, Wilkinson
    • John S. WILKINSON (1820-?) justice of the peace, cabinet maker, high sheriff; married, 1844, Mary KAYSER; 1861, Isabel M. CARROLL; Carroll, Kayser, Wilkinson
    • George D. WILLIAMS (1909-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia, June 26, 1909; son of Elvin and Mattie (McClure) Williams; married, November 24, 1927, to Lillian BROGAN; Coal miner; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lincoln County, 1951-52; Baptist; member American Legion, Moose.
    • George W. WYSONG (1855-?) born Cabell County, Virginia; mercantile business w ith a store on Guyan river; married, 1883, Mary E. SITS; Funk, McComas, Sits.
    • Thomas Jefferson WYSONG (1873-?) Born Lincoln County, West Virginia; teacher, county clerk, deputy county assessor; married, 1906, Harriet DINGESS; Dingess, Spurlock, Wysong.
    • William N. WYSONG (1845-?) Born Cabell County, Virginia; moved to Lincoln County the same year as his birth; county assessor, school superintendent, merchant; married first Nancy SMITH, second, Bettie M. HOLT, 1875; Frunk, Hanes, Holt
    • William S. WYSONG (1876-1963) of Webster Springs, Webster County, West Virginia; Born Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia, February 13, 1876; son of William M. and Bettie Mayo (Holt) Wysong; married, April 18, 1900, to Mattie L. WYSONG; lawyer; Democratic member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Webster County, 1911-14, 1929-30, 1935-36, 1951-52; chair of Webster County Democratic Party, 1940-41; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1940; Methodist; Member Freemasons, Lions.

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    • C.F. YEAGER (?-?) of Branchland, Lincoln County, West Virginia; Chair of Lincoln County Republican Party, 1940-41.


    Bibliography:
    Descendants of 'Irish' John Alford, http://n_alford.home.comcast.net/ Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, 1894
    Harless Genealogies, http://www.harlessgenealogy.com/biographies/
    http://www.e-familytree.net
    Lively Roots, http:www.livelyroots.com
    Sylvia Acord Bragg
    The History of West Virginia, Old and New, 1923
    The Political Graveyard, http://politicalgraveyard.com/
    West Virginia GenWeb Archives, http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/
    West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, 1974 (reprint of Hardesty's)

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