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Josiah Melvin Ripple

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 66

JOSIAH MELVIN RIPPLE, JR., who is one of the progressive
merchants in the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley County,
was born at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1883,
and is a son of Josiah Melvin Ripple, Sr., and Virginia
(Smeltz) Ripple. The father was born at Marlowe, Berk-
eley County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and was a son
of William Ripple, who is supposed to have been born in the
same county, where the family was founded when this sec-
tion of West Virginia represented the western frontier of
Virginia. William Ripple was a man of superior education
and was for many years a successful teacher in the schools
of Berkeley County, he having been a venerable and honored
citizen of Marlowe, this county, at the time of his death.
Josiah M. Ripple, Sr., gained much of his youthful educa-
tion under the effective tutorship of his father, and through
apprenticeship he became a skilled workman at the trade of
carriage maker. In connection with his trade he was for
several years foreman of the Thrush & Stoughs carriage
factory at Hagerstown, Maryland. He was successful in his
business activities, and from 1904 until his death, in 1910,
he lived virtually retired at Martinsburg., His marriage
to Miss Virginia Smeltz was solemnized in 1880, and Mrs.
Ripple still maintains her home at Martinsburg. She was
born in Rockingham County, Virginia, as were also her
parents, John and Susanna (Dinkle) Smeltz, the former of
whom died at the venerable age of eighty-eight years and
the latter of whom passed away at the age of sixty-nine
years. Their children were eight in number. John Smeltz,
whose father was a successful planter and slave-owner in
Rockingham County, Virginia, was there reared and edu-
cated, and after the close of the Civil war he came to
Berkeley County, West Virginia, where he became a sub-
stantial farmer and where he passed the remainder of his
life on his old homestead farm, not far distant from the
road leading from Marlowe to Williamsport.

Josiah M, Ripple, Jr., the only child of his parents, gained
his preliminary education in rural schools and thereafter
attended the public schools and also a business college at
Hagerstown, Maryland. Thereafter he made a record of
marked success as a traveling salesman for the Hess Car-
riage Company, which he represented in the states of Penn-
sylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.
After having been thus engaged five years he engaged in
the book and stationery business at Martinsburg, and in
1920 he purchased the building in which his well equipped
store is now established, on South Queen Street. The Mar-
tinsburg Bank formerly occupied a part of the building,
and since its removal to other quarters in 1922 Mr. Ripple
has utilized the entire ground floor of the building of his
substantial and constantly expanding business. He is a
director of the Shenandoah Valley Bank & Trust Company,
and is one of the loyal and progressive members of the
Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ripple is a re-
publican in political allegiance, he and his wife are com-
municants of St. John’s Lutheran Church in their home
city, and he is affiliated with Martinsburg Lodge No. 778,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Washington
Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias; Aghar Temple No. 226,
Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan; and the local camp
of the Woodmen of the World.

In 1910 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Ripple and
Miss Clandia May Schill, who was born and reared at Mar-
tinsburg, a daughter of George W. and Mary Ellen Sehill.
Mr. and Mrs. Ripple have one son, Melvin Harold.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

John Robert Poland

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. 340-341

JOHN ROBERT POLAND is one of the substantial and pro-
gressive business men of the City of Martinsburg, Berkeley
County. He was born on a farm on Black Oak Bottom,
bordering the Potomac River, in Allegany County, Mary-
land, and the date of his nativity was March 25, 1871. He
is a son of Guinn and Anna V. (Holt) Poland, both natives
of Maryland. The latter’s grandfather, L. O. Holt, repre-
sented Allegany County in the Maryland Legislature and
served also as county sheriff. The grandmother of John
R. Poland was Ruth Cresap, a daughter of Colonel Cresap,
who was the founder of the City of Cumberland, Maryland.
In memory of Colonel Cresap the Cresap Family Associa-
tion has erected a handsome monument in one of the parks
of Cumberland, Maryland. Colonel Cresap was a resident of
Allegany County, Maryland, at the time of his death. Guinn
Poland was born at Dawson, Maryland, in 1844. In his
native state he served several years as steward of the
Mineral County, West Virginia, Infirmary. Thereafter he
established his residence at Keyser, Mineral County, West
Virginia, and engaged in the transportation of merchandise
between that place and Burlington. He died at Keyser in
1902, at the age of fifty-eight years, and his widow now
resides at Clarksburg, this state. Of their two children,
John R., of this sketch, is the elder. Bessie Lynn married
L. P. Sonders, and they have two children, Lawrence and
Ruth Holt.

John R. Poland attended the public schools at Burlington
and thereafter became a clerk in a general store at Elk
Garden. He continued his service as a clerk ten years and
then engaged in an independent mercantile enterprise. In
1899 he became a merchant in the City of Richmond,
Indiana, where he remained until 1902, when he came to
Martinsburg, West Virginia, and with a partner established
the Perfection Garment Factory. From a small inception
the business has developed to one of substantial order, a
second factory having been established, in the City of
Charles Town, and a retail store, known as the Garment
Shop, at Martinsburg.

Mr. Poland served as the first president of the Martins-
burg Chamber of Commerce, and he is a former vice presi-
dent of the local Rotary Club, in both of which progressive
organizations he takes deep interest. He east his first
presidential vote for Benjamin Harrison, and has continued
an independent in politics. He served one term as a mem-
ber of the city council of Martinsburg, is a member of the
board of directors of the local Young Men’s Christian Asso-
ciation, and he has twice served as vice president of the
West Virginia State Sunday School Association, of the
executive committee of which he is now a member. Both
he and his wife are zealous members of Trinity Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, in their home city. In the Masonic
fraternity Mr. Poland’s affiliations are with Equality Lodge
No. 44, A. F. and A. M.; Lebanon Chapter No. 2, R. A. M.;
Palestine Commandery No. 2, Knights Templars; Scottish
Rite Lodge of Perfection at Martinsburg; and Osiris
Temple of the Mystic Shrine in the City of Wheeling.

In 1908 Mr. Poland married Miss May Supples, who was
born at Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Thomas A. and
Mary E. Supples. Mr. and Mrs. Poland have three children:
John E., Jr., Anna Mary and James Lloyd.

Lewis H. Thompson

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

LEWIS H. THOMPSON. It is possible to characterize justly
Mr. Thompson’s position in Martinsburg as that of a man
of affairs. In private business he has prosecuted his in-
terests with a vigor and judgment that have earned some-
thing more than ordinary success. At the same time he has
recognized the claims of citizenship, and has been efficient
and competent in public office. Organized movements and
institutions which are the source of Martinsburg’s best
fame before the world have profited from his wise leader-
ship and influence.

Mr. Thompson is a native of Martinsburg. His great-
grandfather, Joseph Thompson, was born in County Down,
Ireland, but of Scotch ancestry, and brought his family to
America and became a pioneer in Berkeley County. He
served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and for these serv-
ices was granted land in Iowa. He died at the age of
seventy-eight, transmitting the vigor of his mind and body
to his descendants. His son James Thompson was twelve
years of age when brought to America. He possessed the
essential talents of the scholar, and it is said that before
he came to America he had read the Bible through three
times. He learned the trade of weaver, and that was his
chief occupation during his active life. He died at the age
of eighty.

Samuel J. Thompson, father of the Martinsburg business
man, was a soldier in the Confederate army, being with
J. E. B. Stuart’s command until wounded. Following the
war he entered the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Company and was a passenger conductor until late in years
he resigned and lived retired until his death at the age of
eighty-three. He married Sally Reed, whose father, James
P. Reed, was born in Martinsburg in 1818, and was the
son of a weaver who owned and operated a mill on East
John Street. James P. Reed succeeded to the ownership
of the mill, and also operated another mill a mile and a
half west of Martinsburg. James P. Reed married Ann
Snyder. Sally Reed Thompson died at the age of sixty-
seven, after rearing a family of ten sons and three

In this last family Lewis H. Thompson was next to the
youngest son. While growing up at Martinsburg he at-
tended the city school, and at the age of seventeen became
a clerk in the store of Thompson & Tabler, remaining with
that firm five years, and for three years was with his
brother James F. He then engaged in business with his
brother Benjamin, and subsequently became sole proprietor
and still conducts a high class men’s furnishing store.
However, that business is only one of several important
affairs in which he is interested as a stockholder and execu-
tive. He is vice president of the Shenandoah Bank and
Trust Company, was for a number of years a director of
the Bank of Martinsburg, is president of the Cherry Run
Orchard Company, is president of the Martinsburg Fruit
Exchange and for several years was president of the
Business Men’s Association and is a director of the Cham-
ber of Commerce.

Mr. Thompson was for six years a member of the City
Board of Affairs and for six years a member of the City
Council, and during that time was also city treasurer. A
prominent democrat, he has been chairman of the County
Democratic Committee, a member of the Congregational
District Committee and has attended as a delegate a number
of local, district and state conventions.

At the age of twenty-one Mr. Thompson married Alice A.
Grimes, a native of Martinsburg, and daughter of Harry
and Julia Grimes. They have two children, -Ethel Amelia
and LaGarde Jones. Ethel Amelia is the wife of Capt.
Hugh C. Parker, of the United States Army. Mr. and Mrs.
Thompson are members of the Baptist Church, and for
twenty-two years he served as superintendent of the Sun-
day school.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Randolph Lingan Strother

Source: The South in the Building of the Nation, Volume XII.
Richmond, Va.: The Southern Historical Publication Society, 1909.
Volume XII, page 331

RANDOLPH, Lingan Strother, engineer: b. Martinsburg, W. Va., May 13, 1859. He
was educated at the Shenandoah Valley Academy, Winchester, Va., 1873-76, and
the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., 1876; he graduated from the
Stevens Institute of Technology 1833 [probably 1883] with the degree of
mechanical engineer, and was in the employ of various railroads as engineer of tests,
superintendent of motive power and electrical engineer from 1883-93. He has
been professor of mechanical engineering in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute
since 1893. He is the author of Economic Element in Technical Education;
Virginia Anthracite Coal Fields; Cost of Lubricating Car Journals, etc.

Submitted by: Valerie F.Crook

Nat T. Frame

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Tina Hursh
January 3, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg. 74

Nat T. Frame, A.B. Among the modern leaders of achievement in the field of
agriculture in west Virginia perhaps none are more widely known than Nat Terry
Frame, of Morgantown, who fills the important position of director of
Agricultural Extension of the West Virginia University. He is a man of college
training and versatile gifts, one to whom opportunity offers many paths in
which these gifts would crown him with success, but for a number of years he has
devoted himself closely to the study of scientific agriculture.

Professor Frame was born at Depauville, Jefferson County, New York, February 25,
1877. He is a son of the lateDr. S. W. and Harriet Antoinette (Terry) Frame, a
grandson of Doctor Luke and a great-grandson of Dr. WilliamFrame, his paternal
ancestry for generations back being continuously professional. The Frames were
known in the Colonial history of New England. Dr. William Frame was a native of
Vermont and removed from there about 1810 to Northern New York, settling in
Jefferson County, where he spent the rest of his existence pursuing the arduous
life of a country doctor.

Dr. Luke Frame, a grandfather of Professor Frame, had somewhat better advantages
than had his father, whom he succeeeded in practice, being a graduate of the
Geneva (New York) Medical College, and in turn was succeeded by his son, Dr.
S.W. Frame, a graduate of Bellevue Medical College, New York City. He is well
remembered in Jefferson County as a farmer and horse breeder, where he became
eminent, and practically spent his entire life. He married Harriet Antoinette
Terry, who was born in Jefferson county, New York, a daughter of Richard
Terry, a country merchant. Her maternal grandfather, John Little, was a native
of Glasgow, Scotland, where he received university training and from there
came to Jefferson County at an early date, settling there about the same time
as did the Frames and Terrys. The early annals of that county mention their
importance in its development.

Nat Terry Frame obtained early educational training in village public schools,
but in 1890 he entered Union Academy at Bellville, New York, where he
completed the entire course in two years, and when he was graduated in 1892 had
the distinction of being the youngest graduate who had ever received a diploma
from that institution. After teaching school for one year at Rual Hill,
Jefferson County, he entered Colgate University, New York, from which he was
graduated A.B. with the class of 1899.

After completing his univerity course Professor Frame became principal of the
high school at Black river, New York, where he continued for two years, retiring
in order to accept the position of superintendent in chare of vocational
training at the George Junior Republic, New York, in which work he remained
greatly interested for two years. He then turned his attention to other
interests for a time, in 1905 becoming identified with the Mutual Reserve Life
Insurance Company in New York, Indiana and Maryland, and during the latter part
of 1907 had his headquarters in New York City, where his executive ablity was
manifested at the head of the company’s school for the training of agents.

It is some fifteen years ago since Professor Frame came first to West Virginia.
He joined with John W. Stewart in the business of manufacturing and
distributing horticultural supplies at Martinsburg, under the style of the
American Horticultural Dustributing Company. In 1910 he became further
interested in association with Alexander Colhan, Gray Silver and C.B. Hart in the
development of orchards and farms. This association continued for three years,
during which time Professor Frame, in addition to his other duties, served
as secretary of the Eastern Fruitgrowers Association and also of the Berkley
Horticultural Society, being also actively concerned with the affairs of the
West Virginia State Horticultural Society and additionally with civic and
community movement in Martinsburg.

On June 19, 1900, professor Frame was united in marriage with Miss Grace Boomer,
who was born at Bellville, New York, a daughter of Edward and Mary (Overton)
Boomer, who belonged to old pioneer families of Jefferson County. Four children
have been born to Professor and Mrs. Frame: Luke W., born April, 1901;
Richard N., born in 1902, died in 1907; Robert, born in March, 1911; and
William, born in May, 1912.

In 1913 professor Frame went fo Louisville, Kentucky, in answer to a call to
become agent in agricultural extension for Jefferson County, but on January 1,
1914, he retuned to West Virginia to become state agent in charge of county
agents in the extention service, and on January 1, 1919, he was made director
ofAgricultural Extension in the West Virginia University. He has many
associated interests and is one of the busy men of the university and city,
enthusiastic on the subject of his specialty, but not unmindful of the claims of
other important world-wide interests to the attention of scholarly men, and to
the real need taht may arise for the help of their trained understandings in
solving many public problems. He is field secretary of the American Country
Life Association; is a chairman on Co-relations of the State Social Workers
Conference; and is a member of the Morgantown Kiwanis Club and of other
organizations, including his old college Greek letter fraternity, the Phi
Kappa Psi. he has never been a politician but always a sincere citizen, and
naturally is proud of his true American ancestry.

Ernest L. Luttrell

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 19-20

ERNEST L. LUTTRELL. A lawyer of exceptional ability
and well matured powers and experience, Mr. Luttrell has
been a member of the Berkeley County bar, and while he
has had official responsibilities during the greater part of
the time since his admission he has also built up an exten-
sive general practice. His offices are in the Shenandoah
Bank Building at Martinsburg.

Mr. Luttrell was born on a farm thirteen miles northwest
of Winchester, in Frederick County, Virginia. His father,
Charles W. Luttrell, was born near Collinsville, in the same
county, on December 3, 1855. The grandfather was Lewis
Luttrell, a native of the same county, and the great-grand-
father was John Luttrell, also a native and life-long resident
of Frederick County, where his ancestors settled when they
came from England in Colonial times. Lewis Luttrell grew
up on the farm, inherited a portion of the old homestead,
but subsequently sold it and farmed as a renter. He died
at the age of sixty-nine. The maiden name of his wife was
Elizabeth Dick, a native of Frederick County and daughter
of Richard Dick, a farmer and woodsman of that section.

Charles W. Luttrell was reared on a farm. His ambition
led him to make the most of his advantages in the local
schools, and at the age of twenty-one he began teaching
and was a factor in local educational circles for five years.
>From Frederick County he moved to Berkeley County, was
clerk in a general store at Glengary and later at Ganotown,
and in 1906 bought property at Nollville, where he was in
the mercantile business until January, 1921. At that date
he sold out and is now retired at Martinsburg. He served
as postmaster at De Haven in Frederick County, and was
assistant postmaster at Glengarry and postmaster at Gano-
town, both these appointments coming during Grover Cleve-
land’s administration. In 1881 Charles W. Luttrell married
Julia P. De Haven, a native of Frederick County. Her
father, James De Haven, owned and operated a flour mill
on Green Spring Creek in Frederick County. Charles W.
Luttrell and wife had two children, Elston M. and Ernest
L. The parents are active members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, and the father has been on the
official board of the church. Charles W. Luttrell is very
conspicuous for his religious work, to which he has devoted
much of his time and means. He is sincerely interested in
every movement for the betterment of his fellow man.

Ernest L. Luttrell received a rural education during his
early years, later attended Shepherd College, and from there
entered West Virginia University, where he took a brief
academic course and then continued in the law school until
graduation in 1910. Mr. Luttrell has done all his practice
as a lawyer at Martinsburg. In that city he became asso-
ciated with A. B. Noll, and served four years as assistant
district attorney under Mr. Noll and later four years under
District Attorney W. W. Downey. Mr. Luttrell in 1919
formed a partnership with Decatur Rogers, and this firm is
recognized as one of the strongest in Berkeley County.

In 1912 Mr. Luttrell married Ida Lillian Rice, who was
born in Jefferson County, daughter of William M. Rice, a
farmer near Shepherdstown. Mr. and Mrs. Luttrell had two
children, Edna Marie and Ernest Glenville. Mr. Luttrell
is affiliated with Equality Lodge No. 44, A. P. and A. M.,
with the thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Masons, is a
member of Washington Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias,
and the D. 0. K. K. branch of that order, and is a member
of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Patriotic Sons of

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Peyton Randolph Harrison

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie Crook
September 19, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 242-243
Berkeley County

PEYTON RANDOLPH HARRISON bears a historic name, is a
member of the third successive generation of that name,
and for many years has been an active and prominent citi-
zen and business man of Martinsburg.

He was born in that city. His father, Peyton Randolph
Harrison, was born at Clifton on the James River, and his
grandfather, Rev. Peyton Randolph Harrison, was born at
Brandon on the same river and represented the distin-
guished Harrison family of that state. Rev. Mr. Harrison
was a Presbyterian minister, and at an early time was iden-
tified with the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church at
Martinsburg. He finally removed to Baltimore, where he
spent his last years retired, dying at the age of eighty-one.
He married a daughter of Judge Carr, of Virginia. Their
children were: Mrs. William Hoge; Mrs. Lyle Turnbull;
Mary, who became the wife of Maj. Robert W. Hunter;
William Wirt; Peyton Randolph; and Henry Tucker.

Peyton Randolph Harrison, II, graduated from the law
department of Princeton University and achieved a very suc-
cessful practice at Martinsburg. He was appointed to de-
liver the oration at the 4th of July celebration at Martins-
burg in 1860. Immediately before the outbreak of the war
between the states he entered the Confederate Army, with
the commission of lieutenant, and he and two of his cousins
were killed in the first battle of Manassas. He married
Sarah Forrest Hunter, a native of Martinsburg and daugh-
ter of Edmund Pendleton and Martha Crawford (Abell)
Hunter. Edmund Pendleton Hunter was a native of Mar-
tinsburg, an attorney by profession, and died of cholera
in early life. He was a grand master of Virginia Masonry
before the state was divided, and was one of the first emi-
nent grand commanders of Knights Templars in West Vir-
ginia. In that capacity he laid the cornerstone of the old
Reformed Church at Martinsbnrg. Later, when this church
was burned down, his grandson, the present Peyton Ran-
dolph Harrison, as grand master officiated at the corner-
stone laying. E. P. Hunter’s wife was born near Elkwood
in Jefferson County. Sarah F. Harrison is still living, at
the age of eighty-eight. She became the mother of the fol-
lowing children: Jane Cary, wife of Rev. Edward D.
Washburn; Edmund P.; Peyton Randolph.

Peyton Randolph Harrison, III, was educated in a pri-
vate school taught by John Sellers, a Scotchman, and fin-
ished his military and technical education in the Virginia
Military Institute at Lexington, where he specialized in
civil engineering. On returning to Martinsburg he took
up a business career, and since 1888 has been prominent in
the insurance and bonding field. He represents gome of the
standard companies of fire, life, accident and liability insur-
ance. His influence and capital have been identified with
a number of commercial enterprises. He helped organ-
ize and is principal owner of the Expert Apple Company,
being secretary, treasurer and general manager of this cor-

Soon after his college career Mr. Harrison was chosen a
magistrate. In 1896 he was candidate for re-election, but
suffered defeat with the republican landslide of that year.
Subsequently he was appointed by the County Court, and
served two and a half years. In 1912 he was elected mayor,
serving two years, and in 1916 was again chosen the city’s
chief executive. In 1913 he was appointed deputy collector
of internal revenue, with office in the Federal Building at
Martinsburg, and he held that post until June 30, 1921,
when the office was abolished. In the meantime he had col-
lected for the Government a sum totalling $1,450,000. Mr.
Harrison is commissioner in chancery for the Circuit Court,
and several cases have been referred to him from the Fed-
eral Court.

He has been twice married. His first wife was Lillian
Gorham, a native of Rockford, Illinois, and daughter of
Marquis L. and Helen (Meade) Gorham. She died in 1890,
leaving a daughter, Lillian, who is the wife of Forrest A.
Brown, only son of Forrest W. Brown, of Charles Town,
and they have three children, Sarah Forrest, Forrest Wash-
ington and Peyton Randolph Brown. For his second wife
Mr. Harrison married a daughter of E. Holmes and Lily
(Dandridge) Boyd, of Winchester. The two children of
this marriage are Peyton Randolph and Ann Spotswood.
The family are members of the Presbyterian Church. Judge
Harrison is affiliated with Equality Lodge, A. F. and A. M.,
Lebanon Chapter No. 2, R. A. M., Palestine Commandery
No. 2, K. T., of which he is a past eminent commander, and
Osiris Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Wheeling.

Ezekiel Dean Gardner

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 104-110

EZEKIEL DEAN GARDNER, who is established in the plumb-
ing and tinning business in his native city of Martinsburg,
Berkeley County, was here born on the 9th of August, 1867,
and he is a son of John F. and Emma (Showers) Gardner.
John F. Gardner was born at Smithsburg, Washington
County, Maryland, a son of George Gardner, who is sup-
posed to have been born at Reading, Pennsylvania, the latter
having been a son of one of two or three brothers who came
from Holland to America in the Colonial period of our
national history and established residence in Pennsylvania.
George Gardner learned the weaver’s trade, at the time
when weaving was done by hand. He lived for a number
of years at Smithsburg, Maryland, and then came to Mar-
tinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), where he died at
the age of eighty-four years. The maiden name of his
wife was Getzendanner, and she was reared at Frederick,
Maryland. She preceded him to the life eternal.

John F. Gardner received good educational advantages,
and as a young man he taught school on Stephen Street at
Martinsburg until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he
engaged in the provision business, to which he here gave his
attention until his death, at the age of fifty-two years. His
wife was a daughter of Ezekiel Showers, who was an early
settler in Berkeley County, where he purchased a large tract
of land, including that now comprising Green Hill Cemetery,
an appreciable portion of his landed estate being now
within the city limits of Martinsburg. Mr. Showers erected
and equipped a woolen mill on Tuscarawas Street, and this
he operated successfully in addition to his farming enter-
prise. His wife, whose maiden name was Susan Sibert, was
a member of the well known family of that name in this
section of West Virginia. Mrs. Emma (Showers) Gardner
died at the age of sixty-seven years. Her children were
six in number: Susan, Hannis, Kate (who died young),
John Franklin (deceased), Ezekiel Dean, and Roberta Lee
(died at the age of twenty-five years).

Ezekiel D. Gardner gained his early education in the
public schools of Martinsburg, and as a youth he served
an apprenticeship to the carpenter’s trade. After follow-
ing this trade for a time he established himself in the
plumbing and tinning business, in which he here continued
until 1904, when he was elected sheriff of the county. Upon
the completion of his term of four years he was renamed
for a similar period as a clerical assistant in the office of
the sheriff, and next served four years as deputy sheriff.
At the expiration of this last period he resumed business
in the plumbing and tinning line, in which he has continued
with excellent success. Mr. Gardner is affiliated with
Equality Lodge No. 44, A. P. and A. M.; Lebanon Chapter
No. 1, R. A. M.; Palestine Commandery No. 2, Knights
Templars; the Lodge of Perfection; Osiris Temple, Mystic
Shrine, at Wheeling; and also with the Fraternal Order of

At the age of thirty years Mr. Gardner married Miss
Mary Cecelia Sullivan, who was born and reared at Martins-
burg and who is a daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Sulli-
van. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner have two children: Louise
Marie and John Frederick.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Philip Pendleton Cooke

Source: The South in the Building of the Nation.
Richmond, Va.: The Southern Historical Publication Society, 1909.
Volume XI, page 228

COOKE, Philip Pendleton, poet, son of John Rogers Cooke: b. Martinsburg, Va.
(now W. Va.), Oct. 26, 1816; d. Clarke county, Va., Jan. 20, 1850. He
at Princeton in 1834, studied law, began practice, and married before he was
twenty-one. He had no great love for his profession, and, removing to a fine
estate in Clarke county, he devoted himself to literature and field sports,
becoming known as the greatest huntsman in the Shenadoah Valley. He is best
known for short lyrics, the most popular of which is Floence Vane, praised by
Lowell, translated into many languages, and set to music by celebrated
His genius was much admired by Poe, who recognized in his poetry the genuine
sense for beauty and the charming freshness and sincerity of poetic
Even his popular novels are characterized by vivid picturesqueness and
No doubt his devotion to out-door life accounts in part for the freshness
of his
style. His early death was caused by pnemonia contracted through exposure
in the
chase. His works embrace: Froissart Ballads, and Other Poems (1847); John
The Crime of Andrew Blair; The Gregories of Hackwood; and Chevalier Merlin

Submitted by: Valerie

Frank H. Kneisly

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. 329-330

FRANK H. KNEISLY. Early in life Frank H. Kneisly
learned to depend upon himself and his exertions, and his
industry and good character have brought him both pros-
perity and the general esteem of the people of Berkeley
County, among whom he has lived the greater part of his

Mr. Kneisly was born in Washington County, Maryland.
His father, Joseph H. Kneisly, was bom on a farm a mile
from Columbia in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and as
a youth learned the trade of shoemaker. This was then a
good business for which to qualify, since there were few
factories for the manufacture of shoes by machinery, and a
shoemaker was in realty the proprietor of an important
local business. However, he did not follow his trade long,
but, moving to Washington County, Maryland, bought land
on the road leading from Hagerstown to Half Way and in
connection with farming he engaged in the transport of
produce and merchandise between Hagerstown and Wil-
liamsport. He lived there until his death at the age of
seventy-three. He married Leah Huber, a native of Lan-
caster County, Pennsylvania, who died in early life, her only
child being Frank H. Kneisly.

Frank H. Kneisly attended public schools, acquired a good
business education, and at the age of nineteen left home and
since then has been self-supporting. He was employed as a
farm hand until 1890, when he moved to Berkeley County
and at Martinsburg established a transfer line, fully
equipped for all the demands put upon it. About that time
he also bought the farm he now occupies on the Martinsburg
and Williamsport Pike, two miles from the courthouse.
This farm has few superiors in that section of the country
in the way of equipment of buildings and other improve-

On August 28, 1890, Mr. Kneisly married Lucy Helena
Kensel, who was born on a farm in Falling Waters District
of Berkeley County. Her father, John J. Kensel, a native
of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, was left an orphan at an
early age, was reared by an uncle in Berkeley County and
as a youth returned to Franklin County to learn the trade of
tailor. Eventually he returned to Berkeley County and
located in Falling Waters District and engaged in farming.
Subsequently he lived in Arden District eight years, eleven
years in Dry Run District, and then moved to the Williams-
port Pike, where he spent his last days and died at the age
of eighty-two. He married Elizabeth Turner, who was born
in Falling Waters District, daughter of James and Sophia
Turner. Elizabeth Kensel died at the age of eighty-five.
Mr. and Mrs. Kneisly have five children, James Franklin,
Hamilton Bernard, John Joseph Arlington, William Adrian
and Lncy Helen, and they lost a daughter, Berkeley Vir-
ginia, at the age of five and a half years. The son James
married Lucy Shriver, and they have three children: Paul
Preston, James Kenneth and Paulina. The family are all
members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.