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Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Rev. Richard Allen BILLUPS

         Reverend Richard Allen BILLUPS was born March 8, 1827, in Cabell county, a son of Samuel and Sarah W. (Chandler) Billups. His father was born in Botetourt county, Virginia, in 1796 and was a soldier of the 1812 war. His mother was born in Albemarle county, Virginia, in 1806. His parents made their home in Wayne county in 1844, and his father died in Butler district in that county on April 1, 1870. Near St. Albans, Kanawha county, (then) Virginia, March 22, 1848, Richard A. Billups and Huldah W. Moore were united in marriage. She was born in Kanawha county April 15, 1828, a daughter of Olive and Mary (Chandler) Moore. Her parents were born in Virginia, her father about 1779, and her mother about 1781, and her father served in the 1812 war. He died in Scotland county, Missouri, in 1858 and her mother died in Kanawha county on July 20, 1857.

         The record of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Billups is: James B., born January 10, 1849, lives in this district; Robert H., born March 9, 1850, has been a minister of the Baptist Church for the past 15 years, married Hester A. Thompson of Lawrence county, Kentucky, in November 1870 and their home is in that county; Mary E., born August 2, 1851, died September 6, 1852; Adelaide, born October 27, 1852, married McCager Frasher, February 22, 1872, and they live in this district; Charles A., born March 5, 1854, married Susan Crabtree, March 5, 1873, and they live in this district; Samuel, born November 27, 1855, died December 12th following; Elliott T., born March 16, 1857, married Mary Jane McCorkle, September 2, 1881, and they live in Hamilton county, Indiana; John W., born May 20, 1859, married Rhoda C. Farmer, March 24, 1881, and they live in Hamilton county, Indiana; William, born February 28, 1861, died July 5, 1862; Elizabeth F., born November 27, 1863, married George W. Grizzle, May 29, 1878, and they live in this district; George W., born September 2, 1864, lives in this district; Sarah A., born October 18, 1867; Elbert E., December 22, 1869, and Nannie, December 3, 1874; the last three live at home. Richard Allen Billups has been a minister of the Gospel in the Baptist denomination for 16 years, and under his labors the Big Hurricane Baptist Church was organized, December 4, 1869. His ministerial labors have been of great good in this county, and his worthy wife has been his co-laborer in every good work. His postoffice address is Hubbardstown, Butler District, Wayne county, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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