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Samuel Showalter Felker

BERKELEY COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 330
Berkeley

SAMUEL SHOWALTER FELKER is a citizen of varied and
important interests in Berkeley County, a successful business
man, a democratic leader, and at all times cultivating the
best interests of the community.

Mr. Felker was born on a farm two and a half miles
west of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. His father, Jacob
Felker, was born on a farm near the line of Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Maryland,
and at an early age was left an orphan. He then lived, until
he was grown, with his uncle, Abraham Felker, in Franklin
County. At the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted as a
Union soldier and served in a Pennsylvania regiment. In
1869 he moved to Berkeley County, West Virginia, buying a
farm in the Hedgesville District. He remained there work-
ing and prospering until his death at the age of seventy-
two. He married Mary Showalter, a native of Washington
County, Maryland, who died at the age of eighty-two. They
reared a family of nine children: Kate, who married James
Robinson; Annie, who married Moses Kilmer; Louise, who
became the wife of Calvin Zentmeyer; Charles H.; David,
who died at the age of thirty-three; John D.; Calvin G.;
Rebecca, who married George A. Mason; and Samuel S.

Samuel S. Felker attended school in the Hedgesville Dis-
trict, and at the age of seventeen began learning the trade
of miller in Brown’s Mill in Pennsylvania. After three
years there he returned to Berkeley County, and for two
years operated Kilmers Mill, for one year the Back Valley
Mill and for two years the Darkesville Mill. Ill health
compelling him to make a change of vocation, he then
became agent for the Cumberland Valley Railroad Com-
pany at Darkesville, and at the same time conducted a
general mercantile business there for three and a half years.
On leaving the railroad service Mr. Felker moved to Martins-
burg, and since then has been one of the progressive business
men of this city. For three and a half years he was in
business on West King Street, near the Square, following
which he bought property on West King, near the postoffice,
and continued his store in that location about three years.
Selling out, he entered the real estate business, and in
1904 was elected a justice of the peace, an office he filled
eight years. For three years Mr. Felker had a rather widely
extended business in the sale of coal rights and coal lands.
He and D. W. Shaffer were then partners in the real estate
business for two years, and since then Mr. Felker has con-
tinued alone, dealing in city and farm lands, and he makes
sales over the three states of West Virginia, Maryland and
Virginia.

At the age of twenty-two Mr. Felker married Alice
Virginia Shipper, a native of Berkeley County and daughter
of James B. and Hester (Stuckey) Shipper. Mr. and Mrs.
Felker had one son. Guy G., who was educated in the city
schools, prepared for college in Washington and Lee Uni-
versity and subsequently entered the University of West
Virginia. He graduated in the law department and had
already achieved a substantial place in his profession when
his early death occurred at the age of twenty-nine. For
some time prior to his death he had been in the service of
the income tax department of the Federal Government.
Guy G. Felker married Gertrude Manown. He is survived
by a son, Samuel Showalter Felker, who lives with his
paternal grandparents.

Mr. and Mrs. Felker are active members of the Presby-
terian Church, and he is president of the board of deacons.
Mr. Felker is prominent in the Masonic Order, being a past
master of Equality Lodge No. 44, A. F. and A. M., past
high priest of Lebanon Chapter No. 2, R. A. M., past
eminent commander of Palestine Commandery No. 2, K. T.,
was president of the class that took the Scottish Rite degrees
at Wheeling in 1920, and is a member of the Martinsburg
Masonic Club. He is also affiliated with Washington Lodge
No. 1, Knights of Pythias, and for six years was repre-
sentative to the State Lodge and is a past grand master of
the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is also a mem-
ber of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Mr. Felker has had a deep interest in public affairs
throughout his active career, and has served as delegate
to numerous county, district and state conventions of the
democratic party and for ten years was chairman of the
county committee.

Walter J. Lambert

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 112-113

WALTER J. LAMBERT, first vice president of the Citizens
Bank of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, was born at Fred-
erick City, Maryland, on the 15th of July, 1850. He is a
son of Frederick Lambert, presumably a native of Vir-
ginia. The original American progenitors came from Eng-
land in an early day and settled in the historic Old
Dominion State. Frederick Lambert became a representa-
tive merchant at Frederick City, Maryland, his store and
residence having been at the west end of Patrick Street.
The maiden name of his wife was Catherine Lambright, she
having been born and reared in Frederick City, where she
and her husband continued to reside until their deaths.
They became the parents of the following sons and daugh-
ters: David, Michael, William H., Charles O. (served three
terms as mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia), John C.,
Harriet A., George Dallas (served as a member of the city
council at Martinsburg, West Virginia, and was a soldier
in the Civil war three years), Thomas F., Lewis E., Walter
J., Franklin P. (died at the age of four years), and Emma
J. The daughter Harriet became the wife of Walter H.
Keedy, who served as a soldier of the Union in the Civil
war. Mr. and Mrs. Keedy became the parents of six chil-
dren, namely: Eugene, Mary, Laura, Naomi, Mabel and
Emma, the latter of whom died in infancy. Emma J.
Lambert became the wife of Charles E. Zieler, now deceased,
and she now presides over the domestic economies and social
regime of the home of her brother, Walter J., subject of
this review.

In his youth Walter J. Lambert attended the excellent
schools conducted by Professor James English at Frederick
City, Maryland, and he early manifested distinct native
talent as a trader, he having been a lad of twelve years
old when he entered the employ of Augustus Fraley, a
dealer in horses and other live stock, for whom he bought
and sold with remarkable judgment for a youth of that
immature age. Mr. Lambert was fourteen years old when
he came to Martinsburg, West Virginia, to enter the employ
of his brothers, George D. and Charles O., who had here
established themselves in the provision business. He con-
tinued to be thus associated with his brothers until they
dissolved their partnership. Thereafter he was for three
years in the employ of his brother George D., who then
consolidated his business with that of his father-in-law,
Andrew Grazier. After remaining for a time with this new
firm Walter J. Lambert engaged in the provision business in
an independent way. Three years later he turned his atten-
tion to the restaurant business, with which he continued to
be successfully identified a few years, in the meanwhile
having been successful also as a local buyer and shipper of
live stock. Mr. Lambert was one of the organizers of the
Citizens Bank of Martinsburg, and has been a member of
its directorate from the time of its incorporation, besides
which he has given effective executive service as its first
vice president, an office of which he is the incumbent at the
present time, his mature business judgment and effective
counsel having been a potent influence in connection with
the development of this substantial financial institution.
Mr. Lambert has made judicious investments in Martins-
burg real estate, and was the owner of the local operahouse,
which was destroyed by fire in 1920. He is a member of
Robert White Lodge No. 67, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, Martinsburg Lodge No. 778, Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, and of Washington Lodge No. 1,
Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Lambert has taken deep and helpful interest in the
welfare of the fine little city that has long represented his
home, and while he has had no desire for public office he
has been at all times a liberal and progressive citizen-one
who has inviolable place in the esteem and good will of the
community. Mr. Lambert is a bachelor.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

William Smith Snyder

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 114-115

WILLIAM SMITH SNYDER is a native of Martinsburg, and
was an active business man of the city for twenty years or
more, but now gives his time chiefly to the management of
his private property interests. He is member of one of the
substantial old families of the Eastern Panhandle.

Mr. Snyder was born at Martinsburg, January 28, 1858.
His grandfather, John Snyder, at one time was a resident of
Chillicothe, Ohio, and from there came to Virginia, lived for
a time in Jefferson County, and then established his perma-
nent home at Martinsburg. He was a hatter by trade, and
he served as a constable in Martinsburg. He had three
sons. Two of them, John and Daniel, were shoemakers at
a time when shoe making was a manual trade and all boots
and shoes were made to order. John Snyder continued the
business of custom shoemaker in Martinsburg for many
years, and was also a member of the official board of the
Methodist Church. All business houses of the city were
closed during his funeral. Daniel Snyder specialized in the
making of women’s shoes. His son removed to Baltimore
and for many years was in business in that city.

Samuel Snyder, father of William Smith Snyder, learned
the trade of carpenter and followed that occupation. He
was a Union sympathizer when the war broke out between
the states, removed to Pennsylvania and was soon stricken
with diphtheria, and died in May, 1861, soon after return-
ing home. He married Mary A. P. Legg, who was born at
Annapolis, Maryland. Her father was a farmer in Mary-
land, and on leaving the farm lived with her at Annapolis.
Mrs. Mary Snyder was left a widow with three small
children, named Clara W., who subsequently married Wil-
liam Rouark, Maggie O. and William Smith. William
Smith was only three years old when his father died. The
mother kept her children together and carefully reared and
educated them, and she died at the age of sixty-two. She
and her husband were active members of the First Methodist
Episcopal Church.

William Smith Snyder attended the city schools, and
early sought a useful occupation that would provide his self-
support. He learned the tinner’s trade at the age of
twenty, established himself in business as a tinsmith, and
that was the active business line he followed. Mr. Snyder
has made numerous investments in local real estate, and
his accumulating interests in this field give him property
that requires much of his time.

At the age of twenty-five he married Emma Susan
Shaffer, who was born at Martinsburg, daughter of Jacob
and Isabelle (Burnett) Shaffer. Her grandfather, John
Shaffer, was born in 1795 and was a son of Peter Shaffer,
a Pennsylvania soldier in the American Revolution. John
Shaffer was an early settler of Martinsburg, and a wagon
manufacturer whose place of business was at the corner of
West King and South Raleigh streets. He married Sally
Curtis. The father of Mrs. Snyder was the first superin-
tendent of the Martinsburg Water Works, and continued in
that official capacity for forty years. The maternal grand-
parents of Mrs. Snyder were Archibald and Eve Burnett.

Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, who are members of the First Meth-
odist Episcopal Church, reared five children. Edith May,
the oldest, is the wife of A. D. Darby and has two children,
named Ruth May and Albert D., Jr. Roland Shaffer, the
oldest son, entered the United States service in the World
war, was first stationed at Kelly Field, near San Antonio,
Texas, and was at Chanute Field, near Champaign, Illinois,
until the close of the war. The third child is Hattie Webb.
The fourth, Mary Isabella, is the wife of Roy Harrison and
has two children, Isabella and Margaret. William Stanley,
the younger son, also is an ex-service man, and was stationed
at Camp Lee until the close of the war. He attended
Washington and Lee University and West Virginia Uni-
versity, and is now a clerk in the office of the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad at Cumberland, Maryland.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Wilson Porterfield Sperow

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 115-116

WILSON PORTERFIELD SPEROW. The Sperows were one of
the many families that moved down from Pennsylvania and
joined in the very early settlement of the Shenandoah
Valley in what is now Berkeley County. They were here
before the Indians had departed, and shared in the struggles
and vicissitudes of making the country habitable. Some five
or six generations of the family have lived here, and one of
the youngest is represented by Wilson Porterfield Sperow, a
prominent school man living in Martinsburg.

He was born at Bedington in Berkeley County, son of
John Wilson Sperow, grandson of George O. Sperow and
great-grandson of George Sperow, who died on the farm
which he owned and occupied in Hedgesville District. He
had a family of six sons and two daughters: Brown,
George O., Henry V., Cromwell S., James, Peter S., Kate
and Sallie. George O. Sperow was born in Hedgesville
District, acquired a farm in Falling Water District, and
when he finally left the farm he moved to Martinsburg,
where he died at the age of seventy-eight. His wife was
Mary S. Riner, who was born in Falling Waters District, a
daughter of Henry and Polly (Couchman) Riner. She died
at the age of sixty-nine, mother of four children: Henry
Riner, John Wilson, Anna May and Hester.

John Wilson Sperow is now a resident of Martinsburg.
He was born on a farm in Falling Waters District, grew up
there and received a rural school education, and at the age
of twenty-two bought the home farm and gave his time to
its management and cultivation until 1911, when he moved
to Martinsburg. Since then he has been a traveling sales-
man, though he still owns and manages the farm. He was
elected a member of the State Legislature in 1911, and was
a member of some of the important committees during his
term. He and his wife are members of Trinity Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, at Martinsburg. John Wilson
Sperow married Sallie A. Porterfield, who was born on a
farm in Falling Water District. Her father, Alexander
Robinson Porterfield, is now eighty-eight years of age,
sturdy and useful in spite of his long life, and is still
living on the farm where he was born December 24, 1833.
He was a son of William and Polly (Rush) Porterfield, and
both the Porterfield and Rush families were early settlers of
Berkeley County. Alexander R. Porterfield was an active
farmer before the Civil war, and had slaves to operate his
plantation. He married Susan B. Small, who was born In
Opequan District of Berkeley County, daughter of John and
Sallie Small. John Wilson Sperow and wife reared two
children, Wilson Porterfield and Dora Vivian. The latter
is the wife of Daniel Franklin Dennis and has a daughter,
named Margaret Katherine.

Wilson Porterfield Sperow received his first educational
advantages in Bedington. He pursued a four-year course
in the Shepherd College State Normal, graduating in 1914
with the A. B. degree and in 1916 received the Master of
Arts degree. His career as a teacher has been in connection
with some of the larger schools of this section. He taught
in the Martinsburg High School until he answered the call
to the colors in 1918. He was a sergeant and remained at
Camp Meade until honorably discharged in December, 1918.
On returning home he was an employe of the old National
Bank at Martinsburg until the fall of 1919, when he began
his duties as principal of the Bunker Hill High School.

On March 20 1920, Mr. Sperow married Lillian Henrietta
Sites, who was born in Pendleton County, West Virginia,
daughter of Dr. Johnson McKee and Isabella (Kile) Sites.
Her father was a practicing physician in Martinsburg for
many years, and is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Sperow are
members of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
He is affiliated with Equality Lodge No. 44, A. F. and A.
M., Lebanon Chapter, R. A. M., Palestine Commandery No.
2, K. T., Washington Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias,
Azhar Temple No. 226, D. O. K. K. He is past moderator
of the Potomac Valley Bound Table, a teachers organiza-
tion, and is a member of the Rotary Club at Martinsburg.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Harry Preston Henshaw

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

pg. 738

HENSHAW, HARRY PRESTON. (Democrat.) Ad-
dress: Bunker Hill, West Va. Born in that village; edu-
cated in public schools of Berkeley county, at Shenandoah
Academy, Winchester, Va., and the West Virginia Uni-
versity; a prominent and successful farmer and fruit
grower in a section noted for its fine farm products and
fruits; elected in 1917 as one of the delegates from Berkeley
county; committee assignments 1917: Arts, Science and
General Improvements (Chairman); Federal Relations,
Education, Counties, Districts and Municipal Corpora-
tions, Private Corporations and Joint Stock Companies,
Humane Institutions and Public Buildings, Immigration
and Agriculture, Medicine and Sanitation.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Herbert E. Hannis

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 19

HERBERT E. HANNIS, who was a lieutenant of field artil-
lery during the great war, was born and reared in Martins-
burg, and completed a liberal education in the law before
the war, and when he left the service he returned home to
practice and shortly afterward was elected prosecuting at-
torney of Berkeley County.

The Hannis family is descended from Andrew Hannis, a
native of Scotland, who came to America in Colonial times
and established his home in Philadelphia. He was buried
in Christ Churchyard in that city. The name Hannis has
been a prominent one in Philadelphia in all subsequent
generations. The grandfather of the Martinsburg lawyer
was Henry Stites Hannis, a. native of Philadelphia. He
owned and operated the Hannis Distillery in Philadelphia.
He married a Miss Poole, of English descent.

Herbert E. Hannis, Sr., a native of Philadelphia, where
he was reared and educated, at the age of eighteen moved
to Martinsburg, where his father had acquired the Naden-
bousch Distillery, and he took an active part in its manage-
ment until his death in 1906. Herbert E. Hannis, Sr., mar-
ried Susan Gardner, a native of Berkeley County and resi-
dent of Martinsburg. She represents the old Gardner and

Showers families of Berkeley County, her father having
been John Gardner.

Lieutenant Hannis was one of eight children, was
educated under private tutors, and took both literary and
law courses in Washington and Lee University. He re-
ceived his degrees A. B. and LL. B. from that university,
and supplemented his law course in Columbia University
at New York.

Mr. Hannis in August, 1917, entered the United States
service, was trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indian-
apolis, was commissioned first lieutenant of field artillery,
and was on duty for a time at Camp Funston in Kansas, at
Camp Jackson, South Carolina, and from Camp Dix, New
Jersey, went overseas and was with his command in all its
activities in France until March, 1919. He then returned
to the United States, was at Camp Upton on Long Island
for a brief time, and was then assigned special work at
Washington, D. C. In July, 1920, he resigned and received
his honorable discharge, and returned home to find that
his friends had nominated him as republican candidate for
prosecuting attorney of Berkeley County. In November
of that year he was elected to office, and now devotes all
his time to its duties.

Mr. Hannis is one of the very popular public officials of
Berkeley County. He is a member of several bar associa-
tions, the American Legion Post, and is affiliated with
Martinsburg Lodge No. 778, Benevolent Protective Order
of Elks, and Washington Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Jacob W. Gatrell

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 111

JACOB W. GATRELL is closely associated with some of the
primary business interests of the Eastern Panhandle, par-
ticularly those involved in the handling and storage and
also the production of the most distinctive output of this
region-fruit. He grew up in the cold-storage business, and
the Rothwell-Gatrell Company, of which he is president, is
one of the larger concerns of this kind at Martinsburg.

Mr. Gatrell was born in Martinsburg, a son of Charles
Anthony Oscar Gatrell and grandson of Charles Gatrell.
Charles Gatrell, who was born in 1807, was a native of
either Jefferson or Berkeley County, and his ancestors were
pioneers here. Owing to the early death of his father
Charles Gatrell had to become a wage earner to assist in the
support of an invalid sister and a blind mother. The best
wages he could earn was 6 cents a day. His industry and
long continued application to work brought him a reason-
able degree of prosperity, and after rearing his family he
bought a home in Shepherdstown, where he spent his last
days and died at the advanced age of ninety-four. He
married a Miss Leshorne, whose people were early settlers
of Berkeley County, and she died some years before her
husband.

Charles Anthony Oscar Gatrell was born on a farm in
Berkeley County in 1845, and during his youth learned the
trade of miller. He spent practically all his active life as a
miller at Martinsburg, where he died at the age of seventy-
two. He married Emma Eliza Hess, who was born at the
family homestead then located at the corner of Queen and
West Race streets in Martinsburg, daughter of David H.
and Mary (Cline) Hess. The Hess family is represented
elsewhere in this publication. Mr. Jacob Gatrell and his
sister, Maud, are the only living children. His sister and
her mother occupy the old home in Martinsburg.

Jacob W. Gatrell was educated in Martinsburg, and the
industrious habits of his family have earned him a career
of usefulness and success. He worked at different lines as a
boy, and at the age of twenty-three he went with the Roth-
well Cold Storage Plant. He learned that business in every
detail, was advanced to general manager, and eventually
became a large stockholder. In 1921 he reorganized the
business as the Rothwell-Gatrell Company, of which he is
president and general manager. This plant has storage
capacity for 50,000 barrels of apples, manufactures thirty-
five tons of ice daily and supplies ice to the city in addition
to refrigeration for the storage plants.

Mr. Gatrell married Louise I. Hanshew, a native of Mar-
tinsburg and daughter of Allen and Bernice Hanshew. The
four children of Mr. and Mrs. Gatrell are Ann, Jacob W.,
Jr., Louise and David. Mr. Gatrell was reared a Lutheran.
Among other business interests he is vice president and
treasurer of the Rothwell Farm and Orchard Company, is
president and general manager of the Pomona Orchard
Company, and is a stockholder in the Imperial Orchard
Company. He is affiliated with Tuscarora Lodge No. 24,
Modern Woodmen of America.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Jasper L. Graves

BERKELEY COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 323

JASPER L. GRAVES, a native of Berkeley County, is one
of the prosperous young business men of Martinsburg. He
began acquiring experience in mercantile lines before he
left school, and has built up a satisfactory business by
steady application and industry.

Mr. Graves was born on a farm near Jones Springs in
Berkeley County, son of John M. Graves, a native of the
same county and grandson of William Graves. William
Graves was of early English ancestry, and on leaving Penn-
sylvania located in Berkeley County, on a farm on Stuckey
Ridge. He married Sarah Stuckey, of a pioneer family of
that community. Both were stricken with diphtheria and
died a week apart, leaving two small children, the daughter
Barbara dying at the age of five years. John M. Graves
was only five years old when his parents died, and he was
cared for by his uncle, Michael Stuckey, with whom he lived
until he was twenty-one. As a young man he did farm
work, later bought a small tract of land near Jones Springs,
was a tract farmer for several years, and on leaving his
farm and moving to Martinsburg, was employed at Bishops
Mill and lived at Martinsburg until his death at the age
of fifty-two. On December 85, 1878, he married Sarah
Catherine Albright, who was born on a farm in Berkeley
County, daughter of Lewis Grantham Albright, a native of
the same county, and granddaughter of William Albright,
who is said to have been of Pennsylvania-Dutch ancestry.
Lewis G. Albright learned the trade of shoemaker, when all
boots and shoes were made to order, and he followed that
trade in connection with farming. He married Sally Shimp,
and both lived to a good old age. Mrs. Sarah Catherine
Graves is a resident of Martinsburg. She became the
mother of the following children: William Lewis, James
Franklin, Nellie Gertrude, Jasper L., Ernest Cleveland and
Andrew J. The son Andrew died at the age of twenty-two,
while attending a training camp at Morgantown during the
world war. William L. is a machinist by trade, and is now
a foreman in the Southern Pacific Railroad shops at Oak-
land, California. He married Grace Arvin, and they have
three children, named Lester, Francene and Howard. James

Franklin Graves lives at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a
Pennsylvania Railroad conductor, and by his marriage to
Alice Gift has children named Marvin, Virginia, Sarah,
Jasper and Learie. Nellie Gertrude is the wife of I. F.
Hyle, foreman at the Kelly Island Stone Quarry and has
a daughter, Catherine, now a student in the Martinsburg
High School. The parents of these children were both
active members of the United Brethren Church and reared
their family in the same faith.

Jasper L. Graves at the age of fourteen began clerking in
a grocery store, doing that work after hours and on holi-
days. After leaving the city schools he continued clerking
until 1911, then he engaged in the grocery business on his
own account, and with a very small stock of goods. He now
has one of the leading stores of the kind in Martinsburg.
He lives with his mother. Mr. Graves is a member of the
United Brethren Church and has been prominent in the
church in various official capacities, having been a member
of the board of trustees, is a teacher in the Sunday school
and has served as president of the Christian Endeavor
Society.

Jonas Barrett Chamberlin

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 18-19

REV. JONAS BARRETT CHAMBERLIN, who has given able
and successful service as a clergyman of the United Breth-
ren Church but who has been identified with business enter-
prises in the period of his residence at Martinsburg,
Berkeley County, was born at Winchester, Frederick
County, Virginia. His father, Abraham Chamberlain, was
born in Hampshire County, that state, August 11, 1822, a
son of Jonas Chamberlin, born in Frederick County, Vir-
ginia, January 13, 1774. The latter’s father, Jonas, Sr.,
was born in England and came to America in company with
two of his brothers, one brother, Joseph, having settled in
Pennsylvania and the other in Massachusetts, they having
been members of an old and prominent family in Birming-
ham, England. Jonas Chamberlin, Sr., settled in Frederick
County, Virginia, where he passed the remainder of his life,
his religious faith, that of the Society of Friends, which is
opposed to warfare, having prevented him entering military
service in the War of the Revolution. He was a graduate
of Oxford University, and after coming to America he en-
gaged in the manufacturing of silk hats for the gentry of
that period. Jonas Chamberlin, Jr., engaged in the manu-
facturing of scythes in Hampshire County, Virginia, where
he continued to reside until his death, February 20, 1853.
His wife (Ann Bane) was born in that county September
11, 1787, a daughter of English parents who were pioneers
of Mineral County. By marriage the Bane family was
connected with that of which General Morgan, the Revolu-
tionary patriot and officer, was a member. Jonas Chamber-
lin and his wife were members of the Society of Friends.
Mrs. Chamberlin died June 9, 1825. Their children were:
Margaret, Mary, Joseph Morgan and Abraham.

Abraham Chamberlin received his early education under
the direction of private tutors, and as a man of fine mental-
ity and mature judgment he became influential in com-
munity affairs and was called to various offices of public
trust. In the Civil war period he was sheriff of Hampshire
County, Virginia, a position which he held at the time of
the formation of the new state, of which he became one of
the first county sheriffs under the new regime. He was
interested in mercantile business, and he ever commanded
unqualified popular esteem. His death occurred June 15,
1907. He married Elizabeth Ann Barrett, who was born in
Frederick County, Virginia, where her parents, of English
lineage, passed their entire lives. The death of Mrs. Cham-
berlin occurred May 20, 1901. Her children were four in
number: Jonas Barrett, Mary (Mrs. Joseph Martin),
Nancy Jane (Mrs. C. E. Liller) and Joseph. The parents
wore birthright members of the Society of Friends, to the
gracious faith of which they adhered until the close of their
lives.

Joseph Barrett Chamberlin attended the rural schools, a
state normal school in Virginia and the Shenandoah Acad-
emy at Dayton, Virginia. In his youth he became a mem-
ber of the United Brethren Church, and after due prepara-
tion was ordained a clergyman in the same at Winchester,
Virginia, in 1893. Thereafter he held pastoral charges at
Winchester, Virginia, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, and
in Washington, D. C. In the meanwhile he took a special
course in Columbian University (now George Washington
University), at the national capital, with the intention of
engaging in foreign missionary work, but impaired health
frustrated his plans, and since establishing his permanent
home at Martinsburg he has been identified with various
business interests. He is treasurer of the Farmers & Me-
chanics Mutual Insurance Company, a director and a mem-
ber of the finance committee of the Old National Bank of
Martinsburg, and a trustee of the local Kiwanis Club.

At the age of twenty-five years Mr. Chamberlin was
united in marriage with Miss Maude C. Earmon, who was
born in Rockingham County, Virginia, a daughter of New-
ton and Corinne (Sheets) Earmon, the latter likewise a
native of Rockingham County. Her father, Strother Sheets,
was born in that county, March 10, 1821, and his wife
whose maiden name was Frances Shirley, was born in
Augusta County, Virginia, July 9, 1822, of Colonial an-
cestry. Mrs. Chamberlin passed to the life eternal on the
17th of November, 1917, and is survived by two daughters,
Minnie G. and Carrie E.

Submitted by: Valerie

John Nadenbousch Parks

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

Source:
West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

744

PARKS, JOHN NADENBOUSCH. (Democrat.) Ad-
dress: Martinsburg, West Va. One of the members of
the House of Delegates from Berkeley county. Born in
Martinsburg, West Virginia; educated in the public
schools, the West Virginia University, Virginia Military
Institute and the University of Virginia; since leaving
school has been engaged in a general line of business, and
has occupied the position of cashier; elected to the legis-
lature in 1916, and served in the 1917 sessions, being
chairman of the committee on Roads and Internal Navi-
gation. He was also a member of the following com-
mittees: Taxation and Finance, Prohibition and Tem-
perance, Labor, and Executive Offices and Library.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook