Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Roswell F. CYRUS


         Roswell F. CYRUS is a grandson of one of the pioneers of what is now Wayne county, Jesse Cyrus, who came here from Stokes county, North Carolina, and settled in the valley of Whites creek in 1811. He had been a soldier of the Continental army in the war of 1776. Abraham Cyrus, his son, was born in Stokes county, North Carolina, February 16, 1781, and he married Sarah Blue, who was born in Virginia, January 15, 1789. Their son, Roswell F., was born on Big Sandy in what is now Butler district, October 15, 1829. Abraham Cyrus died August 4. 1860, and his widow died July 9, 1871, both on the farm on Big Sandy that had been their home for many years. In Boyd county, Kentucky, January 19, 1842, was born Caroline Lockwood, who became the wife of Roswell F. Cyrus in the State and county of her birth, their marriage consummated February 1, 1869. She died October 22, 187-, having been the mother of: Leon, born February 12, 1870; William F., February 11, 1872; Carney, February 9, 1874; and Burnie, January 28, 1876. The wife of Mr. Cyrus had been a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for eight years previous to her death. She was a daughter of William and Sarah (White) Lockwood, her father born in Boyd county, Kentucky, January 9, 1805, and her mother born in the same county, February 14, 1811. Her father died in Boyd county, and her mother, 73, is still living there.

         Roswell F. Cyrus owns 270 acres of improved and valuable land in Butler district, on Big Sandy. His postoffice address is Whites Creek, 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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