Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of William Clifton MALONE


           William Clifton Malone was the man who circulated the petition to have this county named Lincoln and the town Hamlin out of respect to the president and vice-president. The district in which he lives was named for his wife's father, James Tilman Carroll. W.C. Malone was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, August 16, 1821, and settled in Lincoln county in 1843, and died October 8, 1883. His father, William Jordan Malone, died April 16, 1844, and his mother, Frances Ann (Lucas) Malone, died June 10, 1845. In Lincoln county, May 13, 1841, William C. Malone was united in wedlock with Nancy D. Carroll, and to them five children have been given, born as follows; Mahala Forentine, May 16, 1843, a resident of San Francisco, California; Virgil Hamlin, February 27, 1846, resides near home; Bennett Doliver, July 10, 1849, Fayette county, West Virginia; Alpheus Haden, May 9, 1852, Charleston, West Virginia; Almeda Adarene, January 8, 1856, died August 24, 1882. Mrs. Malone was born in Cabell county, April 16, 1821. She is a daughter of James Tillman and Margaret Ann (Black) Carroll; the former died June 6, 1877, and the latter March 20, 1857. Mr. Malone was president of the board of supervisors of Lincoln county 1867, and in 1869 he was appointed by President Grant to the post office department at Washington, District of Columbia. John S. Witcher, a son-in- law of Mr. Malone, was major general in the Federal army during the late war, and he is now United States paymaster in California. Mr. Malone's father was a soldier in the war of 1812. William C. Malone joined the Methodist Episcopal Church when but sixteen years of age, and his wife joined at the age of twelve years. Their five children are members of the same church, and one son is a minister of the Gospel. Mr. Malone was a farmer and carpenter in Carroll district, and his widow's post office address is Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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