Category Archives: Lincoln

Walker J Sanford

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 17, 1999

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
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

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 20, 1999

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.