Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
SAMUEL H. DOSS – was born in Franklin County, Virginia, October 2,
1853, but his home has been in Greenbrier County since he was twelve years old.
His parents were James and Ann (WEST) DOSS, both natives of Pennsylvania County,
Virginia, his father born in August, 1814, and his mother June 11, 1815. His
mother died in Franklin County, Virginia, July 22, 1865, and his father is
still a resident in Pittsylvania County. The brothers and sisters of Samuel H. DOSS,
who are living are: Christopher C., in Minnesota; Chalihill T. and
Mary A. in Summers County, this State, and Tabitha W., Cornelia V. and
Elizabeth J. in Greenbrier County. His brother James L. died April 29, 1870,
and his brother Lewis P. died October 16, 1873. Christopher C. served in the
Confederate Army from Pittsylvania County, James L. was a member of Dunn’s
Battalion, and Lewis P. a member of the Franklin County Cavalry. In Meadow Bluff
district, Greenbrier County, August 12, 1879, Samuel H. DOSS wedded Ledonia V.
WELCH, who was born in Greenbrier County, March 21, 1859. Robert A. and Margaret
A. (NICKELL) WELCH were her parents, her father born in Greenbrier County, and
her mother in Missouri. Her father is still living in this county, and her
mother died April 9, 1878. The two children of Mr. and Mrs. DOSS, born at the
foot of Little Sewell Mountain, are: Norma V., born May 27, 188O; W. Clarence,
February 15, 1882. Samuel H. DOSS has been selling goods in this county since
his start in life, and now charge of a store at Blue Sulphur Springs, which is
his post office address. His business card is elsewhere given.
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