Category Archives: Greenbrier

Samuel H. Austin

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. AUSTIN, M. D. – born in Augusta County, Virginia, March 18, 1840,
took up residence in Greenbrier County in 1865. In the same year, on
the 28th of June, in Lewisburg, he was united in marriage with Mary C.
McPHERSON, and to them in the years that have ensued have been born
seven children: Amanda J., April 28, 1866; Mary A., March 4, 1868;
Addie L., July 9, 1871; Samuel Mc., July 11, 1873; Charlie V., October
4, 1875; Erle H., March 10, 1881; Hale B., December 14, 1882 – all are
at home. The birth of Mrs. AUSTIN was in Lewisburg, and she is a daughter
of Joel and Amanda (McCLUNG) McPHERSON. Her father was born in Fauquier
County, Virginia, in October 1807, and came to Greenbrier County in 1828,
and her mother was born in this county, July 4, 1808. The parents of
Dr. AUSTIN were natives of Augusta County, Virginia, and are now residents
in Harrison County, West Virginia. Alexander M. AUSTIN, his father, was
born January 3, 1803, and his mother, whose maiden name was Mary L.
HUNTER, was born in October, 1808. Samuel H. AUSTIN was four years in
the Confederate army, the first two years as lieutenant in Company B,
22nd Virginia Infantry, and the last two as assistant surgeon of the
20th Virginia Cavalry. He was in the battle of Lewisburg, in May, 1862,
and of Winchester, September 19, 1864, and others. He graduated in
medicine from the Virginia Medical College in March, 1866, and has been
practicing ever since. Since 1881 he has been United States examining
surgeon at Lewisburg, and he is serving his second term of three years
as school commissioner at Lewisburg, his place of residence and address.

Submitted by Valerie Crook
Email: vfcrook @trellis.net 1999

Samuel H. Doss

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.

Submitted by Valerie Crook, , 1999.

Samuel H00Ver

SAMUEL H00VER – born in Garrett County, Maryland, December 15, 1842, has been a
resident in Greenbrier County since August 1, 1881, and is a farmer and blacksmith
in Fort Spring District. He is a son of Carlyle H00VER, born in Somerset County,
Pennsylvania, and Rosanna (DURST) H00VER, born in Garrett County, Maryland.
His wife, whom he married in Grantsville, Maryland, was Rachel A. RECKNER and
her birth was in Garrett County, Maryland. Her parents were natives of that State,
John and Barbara E. (Potter) RECKNER. The children of Mr. and Mrs. H00VER, all
at home are: Lucretia E., born November 17, 1867; Fannie B., May 20, 1870;
Ralph R., October 13, 1874; Clara V., April 23, 1877; John Franklin and
Nathaniel W., May 10, 1879. Samuel H00VER was made prisoner by the Confederate
troops on the 3d of January, 1862, and was sent first to Libby prison, thence to
Belle Isle, where he remained two months, and was then sent to Andersonville.
From Andersonville to Savanna, (Georgia), then to Charleston and to Florence,
(South Carolina), and then to Wilmington, then to Goldsborough (North Carolina).
The Federals making it warm for the Confederates in North Carolina at that time,
he was soon taken back to Wilmington and paroled, and the weary pilgrimages of his
captivity were ended as he passed again within the Union lines. When he entered
Andersonville his weight was 150 pounds, and under the kind care of Captain Whirz
his weight was reduced to 75 pounds before he was released. He rapidly regained
his health but was exceedingly weak for some time after his release. Ronceverte,
Greenbrier county, West Virginia, is his post office address.

Samuel Jarrett

SAMUEL JARRETT – born in Blue Sulphur district, Greenbrier County, December
13, 1804, was a son of James and Ruth (GWINN) JARRETT, and grandson of
James and Elizabeth (GRIFFY) JARRETT, of Pennsylvania. The JARRETT family
were among the very first to come to Greenbrier county, and were two or
three times driven off by the Indians while effecting a settlement here,
which they finally succeeded in. They were always prominent in the affairs
of the county and of Blue Sulphur district, where the fourth generation
of the name is now living. The GWINNs were also very early settlers
here, and Samuel GWINN was the father of Ruth, mother of Samuel JARRETT. The
brothers and sisters of Samuel JARRETT were Elizabeth, Deliah, Ira, Joseph,
Andrew, Jacob, James, Ruth, Rosanna, Eveline, Margaret, and Sidney C.
Elizabeth lives in Missouri; Delilah died in Indiana; Ira died in Greenbrier
in 1851; Joseph lives in this county; Andrew died in Missouri; Jacob died in
infancy in this county; James lives in Greenbrier County; Ruth died in
Lewisburg in 1853; Rosanna lives in Monroe County, West Virginia; Eveline
died in this county in 1850; Margaret lives in Greenbrier County. Samuel
JARRETT and his brother Joseph were made political prisoners in 1862, by
the Federals, although not taking part in the war, probably through the
enmity of neighbors who reported falsely of them. They were sent to Camp
Chase, Ohio, and held six months, when they returned home and were not
again molested. Samuel JARRETT, now nearly eighty years of age, has never
married, and is one of the wealthiest landowners in the district, having
871 acres in one farm. His post office address is Palestine, Greenbrier County,
West Virginia.

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.

Submitted by Valerie Crook, , 1999.

Samuel J. Smith

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 J. SMITH — was born in Louisa County, Virginia, in 1839, and was married
in that State and county, October 25 1858. His wife is Parmelia F. SMITH, born
in Louisa County in 1839, and the three living children of their union are:
N. F., born January 9 1861; and F. B., born May 18, 1866; J. I., born October
27 1874. Laura M., born August 30, 1859, now deceased was the first born of
five children of Mr. and Mrs. SMITH. Robert K. and Elvira T. (GIBSON) SMITH,
parents of Samuel J., were Virginians, his fathers born in Hanover County in
1800 and his mother in Louisa County in 1806. His father died in the last-named
county in 1876. His mother is still a resident of that county. James C. SMITH,
born in King and Queen County, Virginia, August 16, 1800 and Adelia M. (HOPKINS)
SMITH, born in Caroline County, Virginia, March 22 1801, were the parents of
Mrs. SMITH. Both died in Louisa County, Virginia, her father in 1864, and her
mother in 1872. Samuel J. SMITH was four years captain in the Louisa County
militia, 1857-60. He entered the Confederate service during the war between
the States, and was three years a member of the 56th Virginia Infantry. His
brother served in the same army, under “Stonewall” Jackson and was killed but
a short time before that lamented general fell, in the fight near Fredericksburg,
in 1863. In 1876, Samuel J. SMITH came to Greenbrier County, and is established
in a general mercantile business at Lewisburg, which is his place of residence
and post office address.

Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook, , 1998.

Samuel Price

“The History of West Virginia, Old and New”
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 626

GOVERNOR SAMUEL PRICE, of Lewisburg, one of the distinguished men of
his generation in the two Virginias, was lieutenant governor of Virginia
during the war between the states.
He was born July 28, 1805, in Fauquier County, Virginia, on the
maternal side being a descendant of a prominent Revolutionary officer,
Major Morris of New Jersey. His mother was Mary Clymann. His father,
Samuel Price, moved from New Jersey to Fauquier County with his parents,
and in 1815 he established a home in Preston County, in what is now West
Virginia. Governor Samuel Price was reared in Preston County, acquired
his primary education in old Virginia, and studied law with Judge Hason
at Paris, Kentucky. He returned to Virginia and took the census of
Nicholas County in 1830, in 1831 was elected clerk of court for that
county in 1832 was admitted to the bar at Summersville. He was elected
prosecuting attorney in 1833, was chosen for the Legislature in 1834
and re-elected for two succeeding years. While in the Legislature he
introduced an important bill providing for the building of the
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. In 1836 he moved to Wheeling, but
subsequently established his home in Greenbrier County. At that time the
sessions of the Federal District Court, the Supreme Court of appeals,
the Circuit and County Courts were held at Lewisburg, one of the most
important judicial centers of the Virginias. In the intensely competitive
field of this court town, where some of the greatest lawyers of the time
gathered, he held his own and was regarded as the peer of any who
practiced there.
Vice President Henry Wilson estimated Samuel Price as “the best land
lawyer in the two Virginias.” In 1847 he was elected representative from
Greenbrier County, and was in the Legislature four years. He was a
member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850-51 and again in
1860-61. He opposed secession, but sided with his state when it went
into the Confederacy. He was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia,
and held that office until the close of the war. In 1865 he was elected
circuit judge, but declined to qualify.
Governor Price was a member of the Constitutional Convention of West
Virginia in 1872, and was chosen president of the convention. His last
important public service was his appointment to the United States Senate,
following the death of Allen T. Caperton. He served in that body from
December 4, 1876, to January 31, 1877.
On February 8, 1837, Governor Samuel Price married Jane Stuart,
daughter of Lewis Stuart and granddaughter of Col. John Stuart of
Greenbrier County. A brief account of the distinguished Stuart family of
old Greenbrier is contained in another article. Governor and Mrs. Stuart
had nine children, three of whom died young. Mary married J. C.
Alderson. Margaret Lynn is deceased. John S. married Susan McElhenney,
and died about twenty-five years ago, his surviving daughter being the
wife of John C. Dice. Sallie Lewis became the wife of John A. Preston,
and is survived by two sons, who are individually mentioned elsewhere in
this publication. The fifth of the children is Samuel Lewis Price.
Jennie Stuart Price lives at Lewisburg. Samuel Lewis Price was born July
10, 1850, was reared at Lewisburg, attended private schools, and in 1860
went to Kansas. He taught school in Doniphan County and for a time
farmed there, but sold his interests and after a year returned to
Lewisburg. His life for a half a century has been largely devoted to
farming and stock raising, and he is also interested in coal properties
in the state. His home is the oldest house in Greenbrier County, the
large stone house erected by his great-grandfather Col. John Stuart, in
1789. On the same property is another stone building, now used as an
office and which, as stated elsewhere, was the first office of the
clerk of Greenbrier County.
October 23, 1878, Samuel Lewis Price married Mary A. McCue, of
Augusta County, Virginia. Seven children were born to their marriage:
Elizabeth W.; Samuel, a lawyer at Lewisburg; Jane Stuart; Sallie Lewis,
wife of Prof. W. W. Wood, of Davidson, North Carolina; Edward Clayton,
who died while nearly qualified to graduate at the University of
Virginia; Mary McCue, a graduate of Columbia University, who served
as a nurse during the World war; and Thomas Lewis, of Lewisburg. Samuel
L. Price is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and an active member
of the Masonic fraternity.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook 1999
Email: vfcrook@trellis.net

Sarah C. Lowry

Source: Unknown. This biography was from a photocopy from a book that also
listed other doctors from the Gallia County/Lawrence County, Ohio, area.

Sarah C. Lowry.

Sarah C. Lowry, M. D., began to read medicine in 1892 and entered the Ohio
Medical University the following year taking a two year course at that institution.
She entered the Laura Memorial Medical College for Women at Cincinnati, September,
1895, where she graduated in April, 1896. Since this time she has been actively
engaged in the practice of her profession at Ironton and her ability, as
particularly shown in handling the cases of women and children, is bringing
her rapidly tot he front ranks among her professional associates as well as
the public generally. Dr. Sarah C. Lowry is a native of Greenbriar county,
West Virginia, but from infancy has resided in this state. Her office is
located at 180 Mulberry street, Ironton, Ohio.

Submitted by Valerie Crook, , 1999.

Simeon R. Huffman

SIMEON R. HUFFMAN – has lived over thirty-seven years on his homestead
farm of 335 acres, in Blue Sulphur district, Greenbrier County, and has
it nearly all improved and under cultivation. On Snake Run he has 60 or
70 acres of mountain land, mostly in timber. He was elected treasurer of
schools for this district, and served from 1867 to 1869. He served eighteen
months as magistrate, also. His birth was in Blue Sulphur district,
October 19, 1822, and he married in Monroe County, then Virginia, February
26, 1846 His wife was Bellicent GWINN, born in Monroe County, December 2, 1819,
and their children were four, of whom two only survive: William, born March
18, 1847, died October 7. 1862; Mary, born February 13, 1857, died
August 2, 1859. At home with the parents are: John, born September
23, 1849, and George, born January 21, 1854. Enos HUFFMAN, father of
Simeon R., was born in the Shenandoah Valley, August 15, 1793, and was
quite a boy when his mother brought her family from the valley to
Greenbrier County. Afterward she moved to Preble County, Ohio, with all
her family except Enos, who remained in this county, and married Jane
GEORGE, born in this district, October 25, 1794. She was a daughter of
Thomas GEORGE, who settled here in 1790, and was a great hunter. He killed
many bear and deer, and used to capture wolves and pen them in a corn-crib,
where at one time he had seven. Enos HUFFMAN died in Indiana, April 19, 1856,
and his widow still lives in Blue Sulphur district. Joseph and Mary
(TAYLOR) GWINN, the parents of Mrs. HUFFMAN, died in Monroe County,
the father on the 23d of April, 1862, and the mother June 23, 1872.
Joseph GWINN was Born in Monroe County, November 6, 1783, and his wife
was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, May 15, 1786. Simeon R. HUFFMAN’s
postoffice address is Palestine, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Milton Wylie Humphreys

Source: The South in the Building of the Nation, Volume XI.
Richmond, Va.: The Southern Historical Publication Society, 1909.
Volume XI, page 527

HUMPHREYS, Milton Wylie, educator: b. Greenbrier county, Va. (now West Virginia),
Sept. 15, 1844. In 1869 he was graduated from Washington and Lee University,
and in 1874 received the degree of Ph. D. from Leipzig. In 1862 he entered the
Confederate army and served in the artillery from that date until the close of
the war. From 1867-75, with the exception of two years in Germany, he was at
Washington and Lee University as assistant professor of Latin and Greek (1867-70),
and adjunct professor of ancient languages (1870-75). From 1875-83 he was
professor of Greek in Vanderbilt University, and from 1883-87 he was professor
of Latin and Greek in the University of Texas. In 1887 he became professor of
Greek in the University of Virginia, which position he still holds. In 1880-82
he was vice-president of the American Philosophical Association, and president
of that organization in 1882-83. He published editions of The Clouds of
Aristophanes (1885) and The Antigone of Sophocles (1901), and for ten years
served as American chief editor of Revue des Revues, appended to Revue de Philogie,
Paris. Dr. Humphreys is one of the leading classical scholars of the United States.

Submitted by Valerie F. Crook
Email: , 1999.

T. Hickman Jarrett

T. HICKMAN JARRETT – is descended from the JARRETT family who were pioneers of the
first country settled west of the Blue Ridge, and his grandfather, James JARRETT,
was born at Keenys Fort, mouth of Mill Creek, when the pioneers of Greenbrier
County were assembled there in anticipation of an attack from the Indians.
James JARRETT, father of T. Hickman, was born in Greenbrier County, April 25,
1815, and his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth HICKMAN, was born on Big
Sewell Mountain this county. She died in January, 1858. The subject of this
sketch was born in Blue Sulphur district, June 25, 1851, and in this district
has a farm of 800 acres, mostly in sod for grazing purposes, to which he gives
the most of his attention. In Sherman, Texas, October 5, 1877, T. Hickman
JARRETT was united in marriage with Georgia (MORGAN) BUSTLE, and they have
one son and two daughters: James H., born February 25, 1879; and Leake, born
August 9, 1880. The youngest is unnamed, born September 15, 1883. The wife of
Mr. JARRETT is a daughter of Jesse and Julena J. (KASEY) MORGAN, who are
residents in Bedford County, Virginia, the place of their nativity. Her
father was born May 5, 1795. Her birth was in Bedford County, Virginia,
December 29, 1852 the date. She was a widow at the time of her marriage
with Mr. JARRETT. Blue Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia,
is the post office address of T. H. JARRETT.

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.

Submitted by Valerie Crook, , 1999.