Category Archives: Lincoln

Henry Roberts

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: ROBERTS, Henry
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Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Histocial and Geographical
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Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Comstock, Richwood: Comstock 1974,

HENRY ROBERTS is a son of Samuel and Starah (Spurlock)
Roberts, very early settlers of this part of the sate. he was born on Coal
river September 9, 1829. At Clinton Furnace Kanawha Valley, September 9, 1850
Henry Roberts and Catharine Tucker were united in marriage. They have had a
family of eleven children, one of whom died in 1882; Charles C., born August
15, 1852; Franklin N December 24, 1853; James Erasmus January 10, 1856; died
January 12, 1882; Samuel B. May 27, 1858; Hewett,
February 12, 1860; George Washington, May 18, 1862; Nancy A. May 29, 1864;
Keenan, January 11, 1866; Carrie, October 21, 1868; Rebecca October 27,
1869; Virginia January 14, 1874. Samuel B. resides at Campbells Creek,
Kanawha valley West Virginia: the rest are at home; Franklin N, joined the
Missionary Baptist Church in December, 1875. Mrs. Roberts was born in
Brownstown (now) West Virginia, March 10, 1839 and her parents were James R.
and Emily (Molz, Moles) Tucker. Henry Roberts came to Lincoln county in 1860
and is a miner and farmer in Carroll district owning 173 acres of fine
farming land, about five miles east of Hamlin. There are good improvements on
the farm, good orchard, some timber, iron ore and superior coal, Mr. Roberts
is and has been for several years foreman of a coal mine. His son Charles C,
is a miner also. Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia, is the address of
henry Roberts.

William Harrison Curry

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CURRY, William Harrison
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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

WILLIAM HARRISON CURRY, D. D. — Is a son of
Thomas and Susanna (Johnson) Curry and was born in Fayette county (now) West
Virginia April 11, 1846. He was joined in marriage in Lincoln county,
September 8, 1869 with Parthenia, daughter of Charles B and Sarah Jane
(Spurlock) Lawrence. She was born in Boone County, (now) West Virginia, April
28, 1851, and died October 8, 1883. They had nine children of whom five are
living: Alice Stella, born September 3, 1870, died November 30, 1879;
Josephine, October 6, 1871, died December 4, 1871; Cora Belle, October 4,
1872; Leonidas, September 28, 1874, died January 13, 1875; Benjamin Franklin,
October 6, 1875; Minnie Valeria, April 23, 1877; Charles Thomas, January 22,
1879; Martha Ellen, February 20, 1880, died November 12, 1882; George
Washington, March 13, 1883. Mr. Curry’s parents died in 1846, when he was but
eight years old, and Mrs. Curry’s father died in September 1881. The subject
of this sketch joined the Baptist Church in 1870 in which he is now an
ordained minister, and preaches the Gospel at two points, Trace Fork and
Mount Moriah. His wife became a member of the Baptist Church in 1870. W. H.
Curry enlisted in the war between the States in September 1861, serving in
Company B. 34th Battalion, Virginia Volunteer Mounted Riflemen. he was a
soldier on the Confederate side and participated in the battles at Blue
Springs, Knoxville, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Lynchburg, Martinsburg,
Piedmont, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. Dr. Curry owns about 272 acres of
fine farming land in the counties of Lincoln and Putnam on Big Creek, six
miles north of Hamlin. There is a large orchard of apple, peach and pear
trees, and a portion of the land is heavily timbered. Dr. Curry’s postoffice
address is Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

Winfield Scott Bowles

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: BOWLES, Winfield Scott
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Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardestry’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.

WINFIELD SCOTT BOWLES, M D
was born in Nelson County, Virginia,
October 26, 1851, and his parents are Nathaniel Parrish and Martha Miller
(Gay) Bowles. His father died March 22, 1881, and his mother died December
29, 1863. In Brownstown, West V0irginia December 28, 1876, Winfield S. Bowles
and Roxie Lena Woods were joined in wedlock and their home has been
brightened by two children; Guy Augustus, born November 4, 1877; Eva Gay,
November 25, 1879, Mrs. Bowles was born in Cabell county, West Virginia
November 23, 1853 and she is a daughter of Lewis G. and Lizzie Prince
(Claughton) Woods; the former died in 1863 and the later is still living in
Missouri. Six brothers of W. S. Bowles, Charles, Samuel, William, Oscar,
Walter, and Augustus, were in the late war. They were all on the Confederate
side: William in Pickett’s division and the others in J. N. Lambkin’s
Company. Haskell’s Battalion. Oscar, Walter. and William were wounded.
Winfield S Bowles was constable in Nelson county, Virginia, and Kanawha
county, West Virginia, and is at present a member of the board of health in
Lincoln county, Dr. Bowles attended medical lectures at St Louis, Missouri,
in 1879 and at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1881. He is a physician and surgeon,
attending promptly all calls day or night. Address, Hamlin, Lincoln county,
West Virginia.

George Washington Smith

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: SMITH, George Washington
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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.

GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH is a school
teacher in Lincoln county in which county he has taught thirteen years,
reading all literature which tends to qualify him for his profession. he is
eminently successful, and in each district would be heartily welcome. He is a
native of Lawrence county, Ohio, born December 1, 1855. He came to Lincoln
county in 1868 with his parents, Thomas and Rachael (Ullom) Smith. Two
brothers of Mr. Smith were in the late war, in the Federal army, one of whom
served three years. Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia is the postoffice
address of G. W. Smith.

Harrison Floyd Chambers

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CHAMBERS, Harrison Floyd
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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

HARRISON FLOYD CHAMBERS–born in Logan
county West Virginia, March 6, 1832, is a son of James and Elizabeth (Cole)
Chambers. In Logan county, December 6, 1855, Harrison F. Chambers was united
in the holy bonds of wedlock with Araminta daughter of William and Mary Ann
(McNeally) Burgess. She was born in Logan county, August 5, 1837, and she is
the mother of twelve children all but two living. They were born as follows:
Millard Whitten, October 8, 1856, Elizabeth Ann, February 18, 1859; James
Wise, March 21, 1861; Mary Melinda, November 27, 1862; William Lewis, April
13, 1865; Martha Alice, July 25, 1867; John Lee, June 2, 1869; Minerva May,
August 16, 1872; died September 8, 1873; Georgia Cora, February 16, 1875;
Albert Sidney, May 13, 1878; Lulie Bell, April 24, 1880. The children are all
living at home with the exception of Elizabeth, who resides in Logan county.
H. F. Chambers was constable of Logan county before he settled in Lincoln
county, in 1883. he had two brothers in the late war; one ranked as captain
in the Confederate army, and the other served as private in the same army.
Mrs. Chambers had two brothers in the Federal army, both killed, and one on
the Confederate side, who returned home safe. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers owns 200
acres of good farming land on Scary creek, seven miles from Hamlin and 8
miles from Griffithsville. The land is well improved, good trees, and a
portion of the land heavily timbered with poplar, oak and walnut; coal and
iron are found in abundance. Address Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

James H. Long

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: LONG, James H.
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Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and geographical
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Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia: Ed. Jim Comstock. Richwood: Comstock, 1874.

JAMES H LONG was
born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, September 28, 1838 and settled in
Lincoln county March 19, 1878. His parents James and Jane (Conner) Long are
still residents in Franklin county. J. H. Long first married A. E. Eldridge
on the 29th of January, 1860 the ceremony having been performed at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One child was born of this union; James E., born
May 19, 1862, died October 14, 1879. Emma Barton (Richards) daughter of Peter
M and Peninah C (Akers) Barton was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania in
1842 and in this county, October 22, 1873, she became the wife of Mr. J. H.
Long. At the time of her marriage with Mr. Long she was a widow and the
mother of two children. Her first husband was Samuel A Eshleman whom she
married May 29, 1862 and Charles E was born June 11, 1863 and died October 4,
1881, and Mr. Eshleman died July 1, 1864. She then married T. T. S. Richards
February 20, 1867 and of their union was born one child Mary Zena born March
21, 1868 who now resides in Bedford county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Richards
departed this life January 3, 1869. James H Long was in the militia during
the late war and one brother was in the 126th Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry. Mrs. Long is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Long
is a harness maker by trade but at present he is proprietor of the Hamlin
House, which is in every respect a first-class hotel, the rooms are well
furnished neat and comfortable, good stables attached: charges reasonable,
Hamlin Lincoln county West Virginia.

Jermon Hollandsworth

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: HOLLANDSWORTH, Jermon
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Virginia heritage encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock. Richwood: Comstock, 1974

JERMON HOLLANDSWORTH–is one of the farming
population in Carroll district, Lincoln county, owning about 200 acries of
land on Big Creek five miles north of Hamlin, which has the best
improvements; is well-watered; heavily timbered with pine, poplar, locust,
hickory, sugar beech, maple and walnut; a fine young orchard of rare fruit;
coal and iron ore in abundance and good indication of silver. Mr.
Hollandsworth was baptized in April, 1878 and joined the United Baptist
Church. His wife joined the same church in July, 1878; their sons; C. S.
November 24, 1878; Thomas R. January 4, 1880; John F., January 1, 1882. The
subject of this sketch was born in Henry county Virginia, December 20, 1832
and came to Lincoln county, November 11, 1865 and he is a son of Madison and
Susan (Hollandsworth) Hollandsworth. In Franklin county Virginia January 14,
1857, the words were pronounced which made Jermon Hollandsworth and Martha
Jane McGee man and wife. She was born in Franklin county, August 29, 1839 and
her parents are Nelson and Susan (Richards) McGeeThe children born to Mr. and
Mrs. Hollandsworth are: Charles Smith, April 9, 1859; Thomas Reed, September
19, 1862; John Franklin November 14, 1865; Edward Lee, February 5, 1869;
Madison Vinton January 1, 1872; Sera Alwilda, December 20, 1874; Laura Susan
January 9, 1878 all at home but Charles who resides at Trace Fork, Putnam
County West Virginia. Mr. Hollandsworth was trustee of schools several years;
he served in the late war in the Confederate army. Direct mail to Hamlin
Lincoln county, West Virginia.

John Wesley Pearson

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: PEARSON, John Wesley
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Source: Hardesty, Henry. H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
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Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia: Ed. Jim Comstock, Richwood: Comstock, 1974

JOHN WESLEY PEARSON son of William and Belinda
(Holton) Pearson is a native of Lincoln county, born December 5, 1851. He has
been a member of the board of examiners in Carroll district for two years. An
uncle and two cousins of J. W. Pearson served in the Federal army during the
civil war, in which William Pearson, father of J. W. was killed. John Wesley
Pearson owns about 203 acres of fine farming land in Carroll district, three
miles sought of Hamlin. It is heavily timbered well watered and abounds in
coal. Mr. Pearson has been teaching free schoosl in Lincoln county for about
thirteen years, and as a teacher no one in this locality stands higher in the
estimation of the people and as a man he is respected by all. His postoffice
address is Hamlin Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Joseph E Chilton

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CHILTON, Joseph E.
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Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock. Richwood: Comstock, 1974.

JOSEPH E CHILTON –was born at
the mouth of Coal river, Kanawha county, (now) West Virginia, December 6,
1855, and came to Lincoln county in 1878. He is a son of William Edwin and
Mary Elizabeth (Wilson) Chilton. Joseph E. Chilton taught in the public
schools of Kanawha county, West Virginia, five years, two years of which were
spent in Charleston. He read law in the office of Kuna & Walls while
teaching, and at the age of twenty-one was admitted to the bar. In 1880 he
was elected prosecuting attorney of the counties of Lincoln and Boone, West
Virginia, which office he still holds. Mr. Chilton is a Regent of West
Virginia University, having been appointed by Gov. Jackson in October, 1882.

Walker J Sanford

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: SANFORD, Walker J.
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WALKER J SANFORD:
Among the early
settlers in the Guyandotte Valley was Robert Sanford. For many years he
resided in Orange county, Virginia, but in 1809 removed west and settled on
Guyandotte river, near where Barboursville, the county seat of Cabell county,
now stands. His son, Walker J the subject of this sketch was born in Orange
county on the 3 day of June, 1797; he still lives, now in his eighty-seventh
year. At the age of twelve he accompanied his father to their new home in the
Guyandotte country. he well remembers the formation of Cabell county and the
attempt to hold the first court in 1810 at which time the people informed the
judge who came to preside, that they did not care to be bothered with
judgments, indictments, etc.’ and that he would do better to return east,
where they had more need of law. When the war of 1812 broke out he was in his
fifteenth year and he remembers the names of many of those from Cabell county
who enrolled their names and carried arms in defense of “free trade and
sailors’ rights.”
In 1817 Mr Sanford was united in
marriage with Sarah Brumfield. They reared a family of nine children, two
girls and seven boys. Of the latter Marine, the eldest, born in 1819, is a
merchant at Hamlin, and although now in his sixty-third year, has never
resided more than three miles from his present location. Five of the sons are
prominent ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Henry C is the
presiding elder of the Charleston district. Vanlinden resides four miles west
of Charleston, and has been in the ministry more than twenty-five years;
William D has charge of a circuit somewhere in the Elk River valley; James L
was for several years in charge of Weston station; but some time since was
transferred to an Ohio conference and is now laboring in the northern part of
that State; Robert lives at West Columbia, West Virginia where he preaches
occasionally and George W resides at New Haven, in the same State,
prominently identified with the church and Sabbath schools of that town.

The father, though having lived seventeen
years beyond the scriptural allotment, still retains all his mental
faculties, especially that of memory, which does not appear to be in the
least impaired, and if one visits Hamlin and can induce “Grandpa Sanford,” as
he is familiarly called, to abandon his work and engage in conversation, he
will learn much of the early history of the Mud and Guyandotte valleys, from
one who has long outlived his own generation.