Category Archives: Harrison

James Bassel

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

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


pg. 730

Members of the House of Delegates.

BASSEL, JAMES. (Democrat.) Address: Weston,
West Va. Born March 26,1842, in Harrison county; elemen-
tary education received in country schools and at his home;
later attended Monongalia Academy, Morgantown; entered
United States Military Academy, West Point, June 5, 1863;
graduated June 17,1867, class receiving their diplomas from
the hands of General Sherman; commissioned Second Lieu-
tenant Second United States Artillery; resigned November,
1870; served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Egyptian Army;
made tour of world 1873-5; elected to House from Lewis in
1916; committee assignments 1917: Military Affairs (Chair-
man); Federal Relations, Humane Institutions and Public
Buildings, Prohibition and Temperance.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

James David Hornor

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

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 278
Harrison County

JAMES DAVID HORNOR was one of Harrison County’s
best known citizens. His life was a varied one in its
relationship. He was a farmer, merchant and also a public

He was born at Lumberport, Harrison County, August
8, 1847, and was a resident of that town throughout his
life. He was a son of Jamea Yardley and Mary A. (Rob-
inson) Hornor. James Y. Hornor was born in Fauquier
County, Virginia, and was a pioneer settler of Lumber-
port. His first wife was Dollie Ferguson, and he had chil-
dren by both marriages.

James D. Hornor carried on an extensive business in
Lumberport. He was also well known at the county seat
as one of the prominent county officials. He served two
or three terms as county assessor and in 1884 was elected
sheriff, serving one term of four years. He was a democrat
in politics.

James D. Hornor, who died May 13, 1898, married on
December 6, 1870, Elizabeth Florence Hood, daughter of
William and Hannah (Pindall) Hood. She was born in
Marion County November 11, 1850, and is now past three
score and ten. She is a Methodist. Her children were:
James Hood, Vance Leslie, Goff, Haymond, who died in
childhood, Mary, wife of Paul S. Hornor, and Florence E.,
wife of Oliver Napoleon Hill.