William T. Ice

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 339

JUDGE WILLIAM T. ICE. In the annals of pioneer settle-
ment in West Virginia one of the first family names to
appear is that of Ice. Many branches of the old family
have been conspicuous in different parts of the state. The
following is a brief sketch of the late Judge William T.
Ice, who conferred additional honors upon the name through
his long and active career as a lawyer and judge in Barbour

He was born in Marion County in March, 1840, one of the
several sons and daughters of Andrew Ice, who lived in
Marion County, where he was a farmer and surveyor. Wil-
liam T. Ice grew up on a farm, attended rural schools and
was mainly self educated. He probably taught in early
life, read law at Fairmont, and was admitted to the bar
at Philippi, where he established his practice and where
except for his official work he was continuously engaged in
his profession until his death.

Judge Ice was elected and served as prosecuting attorney
of Barbour County, was for several years a member of the
House of Delegates, and in 1880 was elected judge of the
Circuit Court, composed of Barbour, Tucker, Randolph,
Preston and Taylor counties. He was a judge with a wide
learning in the law and a sound knowledge of human nature.
He was dignified, impartial, and made a splendid record
on the bench. After retiring he resumed private practice,
and continued it until his death in February, 1908. Judge
Ice was a democrat, was affiliated with the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and was a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church.

He married Miss Columbia Jarvis. They were the parents
of five daughters, and the only son is William T. Ice, Jr.