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
Encyclopedia: New York: H. H> Hardesty and Company, 1884. Rpt. in West
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.

Blackburn B Curry

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CURRY, Blackburn B.
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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

BLACKBURN B CURRY—a native of
Lincoln county, was born May 20, 1850. He is a son of Hiram Curry, deceased
and Barbara A. (Kayser) Curry. In Madison, Boone County, West Virginia,
December 28, 1882 Blackburn B Curry and Lulu M S. Samuels were joined in
marriage; she was born in Boone county, July 16, 1860 and she is a daughter
of Colonel I. S. and Margaret M. (Morris) Samuels. Blackburn B. Curry
attended the University at Morgantown, West Virginia. two years, and at the
Commencement in 1875 he was awarded the regents’ prize on declamation. Mr.
Curry, a very efficient business man, has held the office of assessor of
Lincoln county for five years, having been appointed in 1878, and elected in
1880, one year remains for him to serve. During 1877 and 1878 he was a member
of the board of examiners in Lincoln county. His postoffice address is
Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

Meredith Hammack

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: HAMMACK, Rev. Meredith
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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.

REV. MEREDITH HAMMACK–and Martha Walker were united
in wedlock in Roane county, West Virgina April 9, 1863, and they have been
blessed with eight children all now living at home, Mary Catherine born
Janurary 1, 1864; Daniel St.Clair, July 6, 1865; Elizabeth Mildred, April 6,
1866; John Monroe May 19, 1867; Nathaniel March 11, 1869; Sarah Jane,
December 21, 1871; Hugh Pepin, November 5, `879; Olevia Belle, March 11,
1882; Mrs. Hammack was born in Botetourt County, Virginia. February 1, 1841,
and her parents are Daniel and Catherine (Myers) Walker; the former died in
1879. Mr. Hammack has been a member of the Christian Church twenty years and
he has been an ordained minister twelve years. His wife and daughter, Mary
C., belong to the same church, the former having been a member eighteen
years. Mr. Hammack was born in Roane county (now) West Virginia, November 27,
1842 and he is a son of St. Clair and Catherine (Phillips) Hammack, residents
of Lincoln county. Meredith Hammack came to Lincoln county in 1881, and now
owns a grist and saw mill on Big Creek, six miles northeast from Hamlin. For
two years he was a member of the board of school examiners in Roane county,
and he has taught school for twelve years. The postoffice address of the Rev.
Mr. Hammack is Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.

Benjamin Franklin Curry

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CURRY, Benjamin Franklin
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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.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CURRY was born in Fayette
county, (then) Virginia, July 21, 1839. He is a son of Hiram and Barbara
(Kayser) Curry and he came to Lincoln county in December 1841, with his
parents, who were prominent residents of the county. B. F. Curry and Emily
Jackson daughter of Jeremiah and May Paulina (Thompson) Witcher, were joined
in marriage in Cabell county, West Virginia, December 12, 1860, and they have
been blessed with eight children, born as follows; Jeremiah Wilson, October
10, 1861, died September 23, 1863; John Granville, May 29, 1863; Lizzie
Florence, December 5, 1865; William Dallas, July 16, 1868, died September 16,
1869; Carrie May, July 21, 1870; Valeria French, May 24, 1873; Lulu Maud,
July 22, 1875; Blackburn Frank, February 1, 1878. The six living children are
at home. Mrs. Curry is a native of Cabell county, born January 17, 1837. Mr.
Curry was for six years recorder of Lincoln county, and clerk of circuit
court sixteen years, which position he still holds. Two brothers of Mr. Curry
served in the late war, in the Federal army; Granville in Company G. 3d West
Virginia Cavalry, and George in Company L. 1st West Virginia Cavalry.
Benjamin F. Curry joined the Methodist Church in 1859 of which he is a
steward. He is a farmer in Carroll district and the proprietor of a hotel,
newly furnished and in every respect a first class hotel, terms moderate and
fare unsurpassed “Campbell House.” B F Curry, proprietor, Hamlin, Lincoln
county, West Virginia.

Robert Madden

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: MADDEN, Robert
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Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed, Jim Comstock Richwood: Comstock, 1974.

ROBERT MADDEN and Catherine White
were united in marriage in Gallia county, Ohio November 16, 1848. She was
born in Maryland, September 29, 1829 and is a daughter of Job and Catharine
(Hamilton) White. Mr. Madden is a native of Zanesville, Ohio, born July 8,
1823 and his parents are Joseph and Nancy (Hopper) Madden. Mr. and Mrs.
Madden have been blessed with eight children all living at home or very near
home. with the exception of one, deceased. They were born as follows:
Joseph, October 29, 1849; WIlliam September 13, 1853; James, March 16, 1836;
Enoch Hamilton, May 27, 1859; Nancy Corrilla July 25, 1862; Sarah Lucetta,
June 18, 1865; Mary Catherine, March 21, 1868; Virginia Ellen March 1, 1871;
died September 30, 1876; Joseph Madden father of Robert was drowned in
Muskingum river, Ohio in 1828 and his mother died in Lincoln county,
September 1, 1876. Mrs. Madden’s father died in Maryland in 1829 and her
mother in Ohio, January 26, 1873. Robert Madden was a soldier in the Mexican
war, Levi WHite a nephew of Mrs. Madden was in the Federal army during the
civil war, Robert Madden is a farmer in Carroll district, owning 200 acres of
good farming land on Mud River, one and one-half mile from Hamlin. There is
upon the farm a large orchard of apple, peach, pine, maple, hickory, locust
and walnut, Mr, and Mrs,. Madden, two daughters and two sons are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dan Bias

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 140-141

DAN BIAS. In the trying period of reconstruction after
any great war one of the most serious problems confronting
the officials is the enforcement of the laws, and the creation
and maintenance of a proper respect for them. In some
communities those in authority have lamentably fallen short
of living up to very high standards, but Lincoln County,
West Virginia, is fortunate in having as its high sheriff
Dan Bias, whose utter fearlessness, high personal integrity
and great popularity with all classes have given him a
prestige and secured for his section a remarkable record.
Mr. Bias belongs to one of the old and honored families of
the South, and he is very proud of it and his descent from
men and women of stainless honor and courageous deeds.

Dan Bias is a native son of the county, where he was
born July 5, 1855. His father, Anderson Bias, was born in
West Virginia, while his mother, Mrs. Nancy (Bias) Bias,
was born in Virginia, and they were farming people, and
for a number of years he was overseer of the poor of Lin-
coln County. The sheriff had two brothers to serve in the
war between the North and the South, Enos and Linvil, the
latter being a sergeant, and both were in the Third Vir-
ginia Cavalry, under Capt John Witcher. They were in all
of the campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley, and although
participating in all of the heavy fighting, escaped any
serious injury.

Completing his schooldays at sixteen, Dan Bias began
working on the farm, and later became seriously interested
in politics. He was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff
Adkins, and served under him from 1896 to 1900, and was
re-appointed under Sheriff H. H. Baker, and served until
1904. He then began farming on his own account, and
continued in this occupation until his election to the office of
high sheriff in November, 1920, and assumed the duties of
his office in January, 1921. During the late war he rendered
an appreciated service by operating his farm at full
capacity.

On December 20, 1877, Mr. Bias married Emily Selvinas
Alford, a daughter of James and Mary Jane Alford, Lin-
coln County farming people who came here from Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Bias became the parents of nine children,
eight of whom survive, namely: S. C., who married Maggie
Powel, have four children and are living in Lincoln County,
but Miss Powel came from Kentucky; A. M., who married
Miss Polley, lives at Logan, Logan County, West Virginia;
E. W., who married Ersie Johnson, and they had one child,
and he was a brakeman on the Norfolk & Western Railroad
when he was run over by a train in 1920 and killed; Queen
Victoria, who married Frank Scites, of Lincoln County, and
has six children; E. R., who married first Emma Galloway,
had two children, and after her death he married Hattie
Johnson, they have three children, and both wives were of
Lincoln County; Crosby Ellis, who married Eva Johnson, of
Lincoln County, has five children; Chauncey M., who mar-
ried Essie Zigan, has two living children, their third one
having died; Charles H., who is unmarried; and Otis O.,
who married Addie Hazelett, and has one child. Mr. Bias
is not connected with any religious organization. He is a
zealous member of Hamlin Lodge, A. F. and A. M., lives up
to the highest ideals of his fraternity, and is a fine example
of the Christian gentleman of the old school. While he is
rigorous in his prosecution of a criminal, he is equally in-
sistent in securing for each man fair treatment, and will not
permit any persecution of anyone under his charge. Be-
cause of his well-known character and his stainless reputa-
tion the lawless element recognize that Lincoln County is
not a profitable field for their nefarious operations, and as
a rule give this region a wide berth. Such men as Sheriff
Bias not only secure results for their own communities, but
set an example which stimulates other officials to live up to
their oath of office, and in this way their influence is much
more than local.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Samuel A Bias

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: BIAS, Samuel A.
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SAMUEL A BIAS is a son of Rolen S and
Sarah (Turner) Bias, who came from Virginia to Lincoln county in 1848. He was
born in Cabell county, West Virginia in 1852, came to Lincoln county with his
parents and in this county in 1877 he wedded Jerusha A. daughter of John M
and Matilda D. (McDonald) Dingess. To Mr. and Mrs. Bias two children have
been given; Fayaway, born April 10, 1878; Silas L., December 29, 1880. Mrs.
Bias was born in Logan county, West Virginia in 1852 and came to Lincoln
county with her parents in 1854. Rolen S Bias, father of Samuel A., served in
the late war in the 1st West Virginia Cavalry, Federal army; he was in the
battle of Gettysburg, was captured at Guyandotte, and held prisoner nine
months. Samuel A. Bias is a farmer and a dealer in lumber in Carroll
district, owning one hundred acres of fine land on Trace creek, one mile from
Hamlin, Lincoln county. There is, upon the farm, a small orchard of apple,
peach, pear, plum and cherry trees; the timber is pine, maple, ash and
hickory, and there is a vein of coal of superior quality upon the land. Mr.
Bias and his wife are members in good standing in the Methodist Episcopal
Church South. Samuel A Bias’ postofffice address is Hamlin, Lincoln county,
West Virginia.

Charles William Campbell

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: CAMPBELL, Charles William
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CHARLES WILLIAM
CAMPBELL–attorney-at-law in Carroll district, Lincoln county, was born in
Monroe county (now) West Virginia, September 29, 1836 and his parents, Robert
Daunbar and Mary Catherine (Johnson) Campbell are now residents of that
county. C. W. Campbell came to Lincoln county in 1879 and in 1882 he was
appointed commissioner of school lands, which position he still holds. His
father was a soldier in the Confederate army during the civil war. C. W.
Campbell attorney and counselor at law, has a very extensive practice in the
counties of Logan, Lincoln, Boone and Wayne, West Virginia and also in the
United States District Court at Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Campbell is a
promising young man, a good student. eloquent speaker and has before him a
brilliant future. Address, Hamlin, Lincoln county, West Virginia.