Category Archives: Lincoln

Walker J Sanford

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: SANFORD, Walker J.
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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. Richmond; Comstock. 1974
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.

Joseph W Holt

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: HOLT, Joseph W.
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Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Georgraphical
Encyclopedia, New York: H. H. Hardesty and Company, 1884. Rpt. in West
Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock Richwood: Comstock, 1974

JOSEPH W HOLT attorn at law in Hamlin, Lincoln
county was born in Campbell county, Virginia, December 6, 1825 and settled in
Lincoln county in 1869. He is a son of Samuel and Nancy (Howard) Holt and in
Botetourt county Virginia in 1847 he wedded Nancy Hanes a native of Botetourt
county born in 1826. The birth record of Mr. and Mrs. Holts six children is:
Lulu born December 17, 1850; James W., August 7, 1853; Samuel W., May 5,
1857; Bettie May, October 24, 1859; Edward I June 5, 1861; Sallie, September
17, 1864. James W resides in Monroe county West Virginia and Samuel W in
Randolph, Virginia. The remaining four reside in Hamlin, West Virginia.
Joseph W Holt joined the Presbyterian Church when quite young and has since
been a devoted christian; he is a worker in the Sabbath school and a ruling
elder in the church. His wife and all the children, save one are members of
the church. Mr. Holt was commonwealth’s attorney in Craig county, Virginia
twelve years and has represented the county of Lincoln in the legislature
several sessions. Judge Holt was not in the regular Confederate army, but
served in it as clerk in a hospital. Two of his brothers served in the
Confederate army during the late war. Judge Holt practices in all the courts
in Lincoln county regularly and occasionally in the adjoining counties and is
one of the leading lawyers of this section of the State. 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
Encyclopedia, New York: H. H. Hardesty and Company, 1864. Rpt. in West
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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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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Source: Hardesty, Henry H Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
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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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Virginia Heritage encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock. Richwood: Comstock, 1974

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.

David Emory Wilkinson

LINCOLN COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA – BIOS: WILKINSON, David Emory
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DAVID EMORY WILKINSON -was admitted to the bar
May 12, 1883 and practices in all the courts of Lincoln county and the
counties adjoining. He is a native of Lincoln county, born March 23, 1856 and
a son of John Samuel and Pamelia (Kayser) Wilkinson, who came to Lincoln
county in 1850 from Harrison county (then) Virginia. David E Wilkinson was
teacher of public and select school nine years member of the board of school
examiners two years and commissioner of the circuit court three years which
office he still holds. D. E. Wilkinson attorney-at-law is a promising young
man and a brilliant future is before him. His postoffice address is Hamlin,
Lincoln county, West Virginia.