These 1865-1868 obituaries were submitted by Camille Ammerman.
Source: LDS Microfilm No. 0215305, "The West Virginia Weekly Times", Vol. 1, No. 1 (23 Sep 1865) - Vol. 3, No. 25 (7 May 1868). As noted in the microfilm "some issues are missing or damaged and some have clippings removed" - which explains why not all obituaries for deaths occurring during the timeframe indicated were available.
AMISS, JAMES B.
WRIGHT, GEORGE H.
Sat 5 Oct 1867
Died. J. B. Amiss at Parkersburg, W. Va., on September 30th, 1867
Two More Funerals. Yesterday afternoon the remains of the late Mr. J. B. Amiss and G. Wright were buried, accompanied by a large conflux of mourning friends at the Odd Fellows burial grounds. An impressive sermon was delivered at Mr. J. B. Amiss' residence by Rev. D. Stevenson, and an affecting prayer by the Rev. Elder Monroe.
Mr. Amiss was about 33 years old; a widow, a small boy and a heart broken father mourn the irreparable loss, while a host of afflicted relatives and friends miss by the unexpected death the cheerful countenance and the good and amiable nature of the man, who had not a single enemy, and whom everybody loved and respected.
The last three days spread a gloom over our city; many stores were shut in honor of the memory of the deceased and it will take some time to recover from the terrible infliction of the last three days.
BOONE, CHARLES H.
Sat 13 Oct 1866
In Memoriam. The remains of Charles H. Boone, Esq., were yesterday escorted to the depot by the members of our bar and many of our citizens. He was a young lawyer of our city, a native of Philadelphia, and brother of General Boone, now of Baltimore, who came on for the body.
He had been acquainted here for two years, and none knew him but to love. He was a young man of great genius, of pure thought, of earnest purpose, a ripe scholar for his age and one who looked forward - as well he might - to a brilliant future. An accident was his death. His life here was to make all men who knew him esteem him as one of our best men.
Sat 9 Dec 1865
Professor Brown last Monday a week, by a dispatch, announcing the illness of his wife, was suddenly called home. He left next day, found her very sick, but once had a glimmering hope of her recovery; in that hope dropped a few lines to one of the members of the Board of Education expecting to be able to return soon. Alas! his hopes were sadly blighted, he is now a crushed down man. His beloved wife after feeling apparently a little better, grew worse and worse, until death put an end to her sufferings at 1 o'clock Friday morning, the 1st last.
The Professor has our and his many friends deepest sympathies in his great affliction. The only consolation, we can impart him, is the thought, that it was God's will, to which we all should submit without murmur. May he be able to return soon into our midst.
Sat 16 Jun 1866
The body of Michael Cain, who was drowned on Sunday night from one of the barges, was found about forty rods below on Monday morning.
COFFMAN, GEORGE WASHINGTON
Sat 18 Nov 1865
Died. Coffman - In this city on Saturday 11th inst., of flux, George Washington, youngest son of C. M. and S. C. Coffman, aged 9 months and two days.
Sat 30 Nov 1867
Sad Accident. We learn that yesterday evening, John Daugherty, a small boy, the son of an employee of the B. & O. R. Company, while standing on the platform near Messrs. McComber & Tabor's oil tank, and probably leaning too far forward, was caught by a freight train bound West, buried on the track, run over and instantly killed.
Sat 2 Feb 1867
Fatal Result of Accident. The unfortunate child of James W. Dils, Esq., who was accidentally burned severely on Tuesday last, expired from the injuries yesterday. It is a surprise to us that more accidents of the kind do not occur from the custom of using grate fires around which children constantly gather and play. This sad occurrence, so purely accidental and unavoidable, should be turned to account in the future as illustrating the absolute necessity of constantly guarding against the possibility of such a calamity among little ones in families being repeated in our community.
DOLLMEYER, LOUIS PHILLIP
Sat 6 Apr 1867
Louis Phillip Dollmeyer. A bright boy of five years, the hope and delight of his parents, who died March 28th at 4 1/2 o'clock p.m., was buried last Sunday afternoon. We refer to Louis Philip Dollmeyer, the son of Mr. Phillip and Louisa Dollmeyer. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Reed and attended by a large concourse of people. As the solemn procession moved to the Odd Fellows grave yard, it was impossible to restrain a bitter feeling of pain, that one as young and but a short time ago in blooming health, with all prospects of a happy, useful future, would depart so suddenly from among his loving circle. The Rev. minister in his short, touching sermon, well illustrated the sentiments of the large assembly.
The parents of the defunct tender their heartfelt thanks to all and friends who have manifested by their presence a sympathy with their deep affliction; they will ever cherish this kindness and rendering the last honors to their dear departed son.
Sat 14 Oct 1865
We are sorry to announce that our friend Mr. H. Hess's baby boy aged eight months, died this morning at 2 o'clock. He has our heartfelt sympathies in his affliction. The burial will take place the 11th inst. at 2 o'clock p.m. All his friends are invited to be present at the funeral.
Sat 14 Dec 1867
Sad Accident. On Sunday last, Mrs. H. Kramer on Market Street, holding her little daughter, aged nine months, on her arms went to the stairs and called her husband to dinner, and not receiving an answer, while starting down stairs slipped and fell to the foot of the stairs, hurting herself and the baby as it was thought at the time, to some extent, but it was supposed not severely. The baby lingered until the next day and expired yesterday morning at 5 o'clock a.m. The unfortunate mother is naturally in distress, but every hope is entertained that the injuries received by her in falling will have no more serious results. The burial of the deceased baby will take place today.
LITTLE, CLAUD L.
Sat 21 Jul 1866
Died. On Thursday, the 19th inst. Claud L., infant son of Robert A. and Maria Little, aged three months. The relations and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at the residence of the parents on Green St. this evening at 3 1/2 o'clock, without further notice.
Sat 19 Oct 1867
Fatal Accident. Larry Logston who resided three miles out of town, while returning home on last Friday evening, was run over by a Freight Train and instantly killed; he has made several narrow escapes before but it is not the luck of mortals to escape every time.
Sat 6 Oct 1866
Mr. Morgan Lumpkin of this township, died on Thursday night. He was under the impression he was 100 years of age, but he did not know precisely. He has lived in the county over sixty years... and perhaps longer.
Sat 21 Jul 1866
Died. The funeral of Henry Marsh will take place on Saturday, the 21st inst. at 9 o'clock a.m. at his late residence in Belpre, O. The friends of the family are requested to attend.
Sat 22 Jun 1867
Thomas Martin - father of David Martin, Esq. - of Lawrence township, recently came to his death under mysterious circumstances. Friday, May 31st, he was in Marietta, and going out, was left by those in his company, a little before dark, at the mouth of Moss Run, he going up the Little Muskingum, towards his home. He was missing from that time till Monday, June 3d when his body was found in the Little Muskingum, near Dye's mill. His hat was found a short distance above, and his shoes were gone, also his pocket book, which contained some $8 or $10. - His friends have suspicions of foul play. He was sixty-seven years of age. - Marietta Register.
MAYBERRY, MRS. FRANCES ELIZABETH KINCHELOE
Sat 29 Sep 1865
Died. Mayberry. In this city on the 16th inst., after a protracted illness. Mrs. Frances E. Mayberry, aged 42 years and five months. She was the best of mothers and an amiable lady and affectionate wife.
MAYBERRY, JOHN PENNYBACKER
Sat. 16 Nov 1866
Obituary. Died yesterday, very suddenly, John P. Mayberry, Esq., one of our oldest and most respected citizens, who had reached the age of nearly 77 years. He died while sitting in his carriage, on the race track, with his servant beside him.
He was, we believe, an Eastern Virginian by birth. He early came west with his parents and settled near Marietta. He was successful as a lawyer and business man, and secured a large fortune. In the latter portion of his life, he devoted himself to the raising of blooded horses, and to the quiet improvement of the farms he owned in the State. He had raised some of the best stock in the region, perhaps in the west, and felt great interest in their speed; but his son had the general management of it. On yesterday, his favorite horse Lath was running, at the moment, he fell back and expired.
Mr. Mayberry has lived in this city near fifty years, most of it in the quiet of the old home he loved, and his house and grounds have become shaded with fine old trees he planted, and his office, used only for his quiet resting place, was one where hundreds daily would stop for a moment's talk, as they loved the kind heart evinced by the genial face and the cordial speech. He did little for many years past in public matters, though more in gifts to public improvements than most of our people knew. His desire was to look upon the world and rest, be quiet.
His life was truly and purely innocent. He loved to see the children that passed him, and for the servant who went freely to his yard for water, he had always a kindly smile. Often have we seen him rise and open the gate to let them in, while many would have driven them away.
Everybody esteemed him, and we do not believe he had an enemy in the city. He was himself - he was the quiet, honest gentlemanly John P. Mayberry, and he will be a great loss to the feeling of those who pass his fine old mansion, or on the streets where he sunned himself much of the day. He will be a loss to our hearts and feelings, more than to our business. He was a ripe scholar and good thinker, and we firmly believe, a devout and humble Christian.
Sat 24 Nov 1866
The funeral of John P. Mayberry, Esq., on Saturday, was largely attended and every private carriage in the city was out. The services were performed by Rev. Mr. Miller of the M. E. Church South, to a sympathetic audience.
McCALLISTER, MARY WALLIS
Sat 9 Jun 1866
Died. - In Baltimore on the 4th inst., Mary Wallis McCallister, aged 2 years. She was a daughter of the late agent of the railroad in this city and was a very sweet child.
Sat 5 Oct 1867
The Funeral of Charles McCreary. - We witnessed yesterday the funeral solemnities of our lamented young friend Charles McCreary, who died on Sept. 30th, in the bloom of his life. The ceremonies were performed in the Presbyterian church by Rev. Wicks of Marietta. The sad countenances of the large assembly were expressive of the deep sympathy with the unfortunate brave young man, who so unexpectedly lost his life, dear not only to his esteemed mother, whose hope and reliance he was, but dear to all who knew him. Years shall have sunk into the waves of eternity, and we still will hold in affectionate remembrance our too soon departed young friend.
Our excellent Hook & Ladder Co., and the Blennerhassett B. B. Club, both of which the deceased was an efficient member, paid him the last honors. They, headed by our Cornet band playing mournful strains, led the funeral procession to Cook's Cemetery, where after a short prayer the body of the deceased was lowered into its last resting place.
We observed many tearful eyes, indeed there was not a single person not deeply affected. It was one of the most solemn, most impressive funerals it has been our sad duty to witness in this city, and when the Hook & Ladder Co. and Base Ball Club returned from their mournful mission marching in double file, the vacant space in the rear of the Hook & Ladder Co.'s columns again reminded us of the loss we have sustained and increased our sadness.
Sat 28 Oct 1865
We announce with deep affliction the death of Mrs. Mounts, the wife of our friend, Captain Mounts. She died after a brief sickness at eleven o'clock Monday morning of typhoid fever. The deceased was an amiable lady, the best of wives and mothers. We most sincerely sympathize with our friend in his sad bereavement.
MOUNTZ, MAGGIE EMMA
Sat 28 Oct 1865
Died. Mountz. - Oct. 24, 1865. Maggie Emma Mountz, aged 24 years 3 months and 19 days; the funeral will take place from the residence of A. Q. Mountz, on Ann street, Oct. 25th at 10 o'clock a.m. All friends are respectfully invited to attend.
POLSLEY, COL. JOHN J.
Wed 22 Dec 1866
Death of Col. J. J. Polsley. - Our citizens were startled on last Monday morning by the intelligence of the sudden death of John J. Polsley, late Lieut. Col. of the 7th West Va. Vet. Cavalry. He was upon our street on Saturday, apparently in usual health, and the sad intelligence of his decease sent a thrill of awe through our whole community. The members of his late regiment and others held a meeting on Monday afternoon, at which resolutions of respect for his memory were adopted.
Court was finally adjourned for the term yesterday morning with the assent of the bar - Judge Polsley being in no condition to continue the sitting.
We learn that Mrs. Polsley is lying severely, even dangerously ill. She has the sympathy of the community in her bereavement.
The funeral took place from his residence, on 2d street, the 12th inst., at 11 o'clock. ; West Va. Journal.
PRITCHETT, J. O.
Thu 2 Apr 1868
Died. Suddenly on Thursday morning the 26th at his residence, Mr. J. O. Pritchett of Utica, New York, in the 44th year of his age. The deceased removed from the vicinity of Parkersburg about a year since, and was generally known as the brother-in-law of Mrs. Geo. Karns. His many friends will mourn his unexpected demise cut off as he has been in the prime of life.
RECTOR, MINDWELL RANSOM
Sat 7 Dec 1867
Died. Rector - On Monday evening, December 2, 1867, at the residence of her son-in-law, Jno. L. Johnson, Esq., Mrs. M. Rector, wife of Elder Enoch Rector, in the 63d year of her age.
Sat 20 Jul 1867
We learn through a dispatch received from Pittsburgh by a friend of Mr. Alexander R. Reed, in Parkersburg, that David, infant son of Mr. Reed, who has been an oil operator and sojourner in this city for some time past, died on Thursday evening last in that city. His numerous friends here will sympathize with him in his great loss.
REED, MRS. MARY A.
Sat 5 Oct 1867
Died. Mrs. Mary A., wife of Alexander R. Reed, on Friday, the 27th inst., at Allegheny City, Pa.
Sat 14 Oct 1865
Fatal Accident. Yesterday evening, between the hours of six and seven, Mr. Ruble's son was killed. He was riding a horse, when the animal reared up, and losing his balance, fell backward on the boy. He survived but a few moments. The boy was about ten years old, and had been porter of late at the Virginia Hotel.
Sat 17 Mar 1866
The remains of Abner Saunders and Wm. Logan 36th [Rebel] Virginia regiment, were received here last night, and will be buried today. - They were killed in the battle of Cedarville, Va.
Sat 18 May 1867
Beverly Smith. Our community was startled yesterday morning by the sad news that Beverly Smith, Esq. had been found dead in his bed. We cannot express in words the pang, the affliction and melancholy feeing we felt, when ascertaining the deplorable event.
Mr. Smith was one of our best citizens; kind hearted, rendering aid and assistance to any industrious, energetically working person. Sometimes even extending his helping hand to lift those who were unsuccessful in proving, that they deserved his assistance. For our city and its progress, he has done more probably than any of our citizens. In Financial matters he was considered the highest authority in our community. Our people well appreciated his kind heart and rate attainments; as he not only commanded their unbounded confidence, but was also compelled by their unanimous will to give his services as Councilman for several successive years; at the election this year both parties expressing their unreserved confidence in his ability and honesty by casting almost all their votes for him.
He was eminently one of our landmarks. His departure from this earthly world will render gloomy a good many abodes. Our community has lost in him a true friend, a progressive citizen, and one of its best men. We fear his place cannot be filled soon. The Parkersburg National Bank whose Cashier he was for a long period, will justly deplore his death as the greatest calamity.
We all have lost a good friend. What his family has lost - our pen is too feeble to convey. That they have our deepest sympathy, is expressing a good deal less than what we feel.
When the funeral services will take place is not yet determined; but as soon as Mrs. Smith, the widow of the deceased, returns from Cincinnati, the time will be set and announced.
Sat 22 Jun 1867
Drowned. The decomposed body of a man supposed to be George Smith, an engineer and sawyer, from papers on his person, was fished out of the Little Kanawha river near Wirt Court House one day last week. He had apparently fallen overboard from a steamer during a rise in the river in the Winter or Spring.
SMITH, ROBERT S.
Sat 19 Jan 1867
We are under the sad necessity of recording the death of one of our most energetic, efficient and patriotic citizens. R. S. Smith, Esq., so well known to all our citizens, who held several responsible offices, entrusted to him by the choice of our people, after a few weeks illness expired last Friday night between the hours of 10 and 11, from the effects of acute rheumatism, at the age of 47 years.
Well may our community mourn. We have lost in him a man of rare talents, of untiring energy, quick perception and sound judgment. He possessed a heart, which always prompted him to lend an aiding hand to the needy and afflicted. But more particularly have we and all Union men, cause to deplore his unexpected death. He was an unflinching patriot, never shrinking from the paramount duty of sustaining with all his great ability our country's sacred cause. He was emphatically, foremost in the ranks of our Union men. He has been deservedly popular. His ready dry wit and love of fun, made him everywhere a pleasant companion, and the large number of his friends will sadly miss him.
As a mark of the esteem which he commanded, we publish the proceedings of our Hook and Ladder Company, in regard to the deceased in which we only add, that we entirely concur with the sentiments of the Company.
Sat 26 Oct 1867
Obituary Notice. We deeply regret to learn that Joseph Spencer, Esq., a leading lawyer of this city died yesterday after an illness of only a week. He had long been feeble in health, but his death from an attack of bilious fever fell upon the community almost too suddenly to be realized. Out of respect to his memory the Circuit Court adjourned. His loss will be sadly felt by his numerous friends.
Sat 14 Dec 1867
Burial of the Murdered Man. The funeral of Mr. Rudolph Tsutor, who was so brutally murdered on last Thursday night, took place on Saturday at 2 1/2 p.m. Mr. Wm. Bechler, in whose house he lived, took upon himself the labor, care and expense of furnishing him a respectable funeral. He was interred in the Cemetery of the Catholic Church. His wife and daughter who formerly assisted him in the business of selling farm production at one of the stalls in the Parkersburg Market House, had gone to Ohio about a month before the murder and were expected to return at an early day. No evidence as to the place they had gone to could be elicited, and hence no information of the terrible tragedy or of the funeral could be imparted to them, and they are doubtless still in ignorance that anything unusual has occurred. Mr. Tsutor formerly stopped at Gallipolis, and during last summer he resided at St. Johns.