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Manassah S. Judy

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Elizabeth Burns
January 1, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume II,
pg. 216

Manassah S. Judy

When the citizens of Grant County elected Manassah S. Judy to the dual
office of circuit and county clerk in 1920 they placed in this
responsible position a representative of one of the oldest families
native to this region of West Virginia. He descends on both sides from
native parents of Grant County, and their fathers were likewise born in
Grant County, so that he can justly lay claim to being a genuine West
Virginian. In the discharge of his official duties he has displayed the
possession of marked efficiency and a conscientious desire to improve
the public service and give a good account of his stewardship.

Mr. Judy was born on a farm in Grant County, adjoining the town site of
Petersburg, September 23, 1891 and is a son of George F. and Mattie E.V.
(Sites) Judy. Manassah Judy, the grandfather of Manassah S. Judy was
born in Grant County where he passed his life as an agriculturist and
was greatly esteemed and respected. He married Sarah Dyer and they
became the parents of the following children: Jennie, who married
Andrew Trumbo and resides in Bedford County, Virginia; William A., a
resident of Petersburg; Fena who died as Mrs. W.H. Cola at Monterey,
Virginia; H. Seymour of Petersburg, a retired farmer; George Franklin,
the father of Manassah S; Edward D., a retired farmer of Petersburg;
Rebecca who is the wife of Jared A. Hiner of Doe Hill Virginia; and
Manassah Parren who is a farmer at North Manchester Indiana.

The maternal grandfather of Clerk Judy was Rev. Sampson G. Sites, a
Dunkard preacher who gave his life after middle age to active church
work and the farm. Reverend Sites was born and passed his life in Grant
County where he was widely known and universally esteemed for his
sterling excellencies of mind and heart. He was the father of thirteen
children, of whom eleven grew to maturity: Mattie E.V. who became the
wife of George F. Judy and died Decmeber7, 1907; James, who died at
Idaville Indiana; B. Harvey, one of the prosperous and extensive farmers
and stockmen of the vicinity of Hoopeston Illinois; George E., a well
known citizen and prosperous agriculturist of Monticello Indiana;
Charles, a railroad man of Salem Illinois; Mrs. M.P. Judy of North
Manchester, Indiana; Mrs. M.A. Judy also of that city; Sampson G. Jr. of
Monticello Indiana; I. William, a farmer operating the old Sites
homestead near Petersburg; D. Eston, a traveling salesman of Kansas City
Missouri; and Edgar C., a student of medicine at the University of

George Franklin Judy was reared on his father’s farm in Grant County and
received the usual country school education of his day. When he
attained years of maturity he chose farming for his life work, and for
some years carried on agricultural operations near Petersburg, a
community in which he had an excellent reputation for integrity in
business affairs and as a public spirited citizen. He died in 1896 at
Petersburg West Virginia. He and Mrs. Judy were the parents of the
following children: Edna R., who married W.H. Judy of Peru, West
Virginia; Manassah Sampson, of this review, named for both of his
grandfathers; and Sarah Elizabeth who married Clyde Ours and resides at
Fisher, Hardy County, West Virginia.

The first fifteen years of the life of Manassah Sampson Judy were passed
in his home neighborhood near Petersburg, where he attended the public
school, following which he entered Bridgewater College, at Bridgewater,
Virginia. After spending one year at that institution in the fall of
1908 he went to Indiana and attended North Manchester College until
1912, where for three terms he taught penmanship and assisted in the
commercial department. He also supervised penmanship in the public
schools during these years. During the summers of 1910, 1911 and 1912
he was a student at the Zanerian Art College, Columbus, Ohio. In the
fall of 1912 he became principal of the commercial department of the
high school at Cambridge, Ohio and in the spring of 1913 returned to
West Virginia, locating at Petersburg, where he was engaged in the stock
business on the old home farm. While thus engaged Mr. Judy became
interested in politics, and eventually was persuaded by his friends to
make the race for the office of county and circuit clerk of Grant
County. In the primaries of 1920 he became a candidate for this office
against one of the ablest clerks of West Virginia and one of the
ancients among the state officials, and won the nomination as a
republican. He defeated his opponent in the primary election by 355
votes and in the general election defeated his opponent by 2,200 or 200
votes ahead of the ticket. When he took office, succeeding the veteran
D.P. Hendrickson, whom everybody delights to honor, he became the third
clerk Grant County has ever had. In his official position Mr. Judy has
“made good” and has lived up to his pre-election promises. He has
entrenched himself firmly in the confidence of the people of the
community who have recognized and appreciated his efforts in their
behalf. Mr. Judy was one of the organizers of the Potomac Valley Bank
of Petersburg, in which he is a member of the Board of Directors and its
secretary. He belongs to the Blue Lodge and Chapter of Masonry, and is
a past master of Petersburg Lodge No. 145 in addition to which he holds
membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His religious
affiliation is with the Presbyterian Church in the work of which he is
active, being a teacher in the Sunday School.

On June 9, 1912 at Bowers, Montgomery County Indiana, Mr. Judy was
united in marriage with Miss Lillian E. Dunbar, who was born in
Montgomery County Indiana, as were her father and paternal grandfather
both of whom were agriculturists. She is a daughter of E.P. and Emma
(Parker) Dunbar, the latter being a native of the State of Delaware. To
Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar there were born eight children: May, who is the wife
of L.V. Halliday of Bellfontaine Ohio; Lillian E., now Mrs. Judy who was
born February 23, 1891; Joseph E. of Colfax Indiana; Austin, a farmer
near that place; Harvey M. of Bowers Indiana; Willard P., who is
attending high school at Kokomo Indiana and Roscoe and Theodore who are
students at Blue Ridge College, New Windsor Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. Judy
have no children.

John A. Kimble

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 4, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 415-416

JOHN A. KIMBLE. The chief officer of the courts and
law enforcer of Grant County is Sheriff John A. Kimble, a
fearless and alert official whose work in office has justified
fully the confidence of the citizens who put him there with
their votes. For many years he was associated in the tim-
ber and lumber industry, and was in that business during
the early years of his residence at Bayard.

Mr. Kimble was born in Pendleton County, April 4, 1863.
His father, also named John A. Kimble, was born in Ger-
many and as a young man came to the United States. In
Pendleton County he married Miss Sarah Shirk, who was
of Scotch ancestry. His father devoted his active years to
farming, and at the time of the Civil war he enlisted as a
Union soldier and died just about the close of the struggle.
His widow was left the task of rearing her young children,
and she did her part by them nobly. She finally married
Isaac Harman, and by that union had one child, Rosa, wife
of John Judy, of Maysville, West Virginia. The children
by her first marriage were: William R., of Pendleton
County; Wellington F., a fanner in the same county;
Phoebe J., who married Jacob Harman and died in Pendle-
ton County; Rebecca, wife of David Harman and a resi-
dent of Denver, Colorado; and John A.

Sheriff John A. Kimble spent the first thirteen years of
his life in Pendleton County. He then left the home of his
mother, and at that early age began making his own way
in the world. His first employment was at Flinstone, Mary-
land, where he was waterboy for a tanbark crew, gathering
tanbark for the market. He continued his work until the
close of the fall season for gathering bark, and then came
up the Potomac Valley to the vicinity of Luke, Maryland,
where there was in operation a saw mill of the Davis Coal
and Coke Company. For two years he operated the gang-
saw of this mill. His next removal took him to Mount
Pleasant, Ohio, where he worked as a farm hand and utilized
some of the experience gained as a boy on the farm. For
this work he was paid wages of $25 a month and board.
After a year he continued his western experiences, and for
about a year worked on a farm at Spring Hill, Johnson
County, Kansas. From there he went on to Texas, joining
a brother at Austin, and was in that state some seven or
eight months. For a time he rode a cow pony for his
brother, and he knows something of the life of the cow-
boy. Having in the meantime seen a great deal of the
West and the Southwest, he returned to Maryland, and
again resumed work with the Davis Coal and Coke Company
in their saw milling plant at Deer Park, and later at Chafee
on the Western Maryland Railway. From there he came
to Grant County, West Virginia, and had charge of the
timber property for the Wilson-Colston Company, and then
removed to Henry, called Hamilton, and had charge of the
timber and mill of the firm of Miller and Levering for eight
years. While there he married, and when he left the service
of the lumber company he located at Bayard, and has ever
since been an influential factor in that community.

At Bayard he entered business, conducting a livery and
a retail lumber yard. He followed this enterprise for
about six years. Since then his time has been almost fully
taken up with public office. For a dozen years he was
postmaster of Bayard and deputy sheriff of the county, be-
ing appointed postmaster under the Roosevelt administra-
tion. He was deputy sheriff until his elevation to the posi-
tion of high sheriff. He won the republican nomination
for sheriff against three competitors in 1920, and was
elected over his democratic opponent by more than 1,200
votes. He succeeded Sheriff W. H. Munsing in office in
January, 1921. Sheriff Kimble has discharged his respon-
sibilities as sheriff in a way to merit the esteem of all good
people and to entitle him to the respect and awe of law
breakers. He was personally instrumental in bringing to
light the details of the Harman Bell murder and getting
the guilty parties brought to justice. The manufacture of
illicit liquor in Grant County is rapidly disappearing, since
the law violators understand that the sheriff means to en-
force the law impartially and firmly.

Mr. Kimble is a republican, cast his first presidential
vote for James G. Blaine at Bayard, and for years was a
consistent admirer Of Colonel Roosevelt and supported him
as a progressive candidate in 1912.

He still retains some important business interests at
Bayard, having some holdings in the lumber business there,
is a partner in the Barrett Hardware and Furniture Com-
pany and one of the first stockholders of the Bayard Na-
tional Bank and one of its directors. He is a past noble
grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, past master
of Bayard Lodge. Knights of Pythias, and a member of
the D. O. K. K. The family are Presbyterians.

On February 14, 1892, Sheriff Kimble married Miss
Sarah E. Bartley, who was born in Deer Park, Maryland, in
1868, daughter of John F. and Sadie E. (Thrasher) Bart-
ley. Her father was born in Virginia, served as a Confed-
erate soldier in the war, and was a farmer. The children of
Sheriff and Mrs. Kimble are: Beulah, who married J. B.
Blocher, of Pierce, West Virginia, and has one child, Billie
Blocher; Twila, a graduate of the Keyser High School and
now connected with the Bayard Hardware and Furniture
Company; and Juanita, a student at Dayton, Virginia.