Category Archives: Monroe

Robert Campbell

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 319-322


Robert (1760-1847) was born at Armagh, county Antrim, Ireland, his parents,
Archibald and his wife Jean Meathers, being of Scottish blood. In 1781 he
came to Philadelphia, and thence by way of Fincastle to Pickaway, where he at
length owned 1500 acres of the best land in that locality and from 30 to 40
slaves. Owing to an unpleasant experience in his early life he never
afterward incurred a debt. He was a heavy owner of livestock and a great
lender of money. He was a hard trader yet charitable. He was a justice and
otherwise prominent in the social and political life of the county. In
religion he was a Presbyterian and in politics a Democrat Since there was no
local bank in his time he kept large sums of money in his home. In Noveniber,
1846, he had $13,000 in his possession, a heavy payment having been made a
few days before a visit by five robbers. One of them broke into his sleeping
room, tore the money drawer from the table and tossed it through the window
to his companions. The aged man grappled with the robber, and two others came
through the window to his relief. But his son Andrew Campbell, a very large,
powerful man, heard the noise, rushed into the room, pitched two of the
would-be thieves out of the entrance they had used, and pursued the third.
The negro men came to the rescue and the robbers fled, nothing more being
heard of them. They secured no booty, the money being in another room. During
the affray the old gentleman was severely cut on the head with a club and the
son received several slight bruises. The wife of Robert was Lydia Jeifries, a
native of Wales, whom he was married to in 1791.
C: Archibald (Susan Jones)-Robert (1801-1880) (Sarah McDowell, 1830)-Matthew
(Virginia Brown)-Andrew (Ann Hawkins)
-Isaac (Mary A. Jenness, 1831)-Lewis (Mary Brown)-Caperton (Re-becca
Jennings)-Sarah (John Skaggs, 1817)-Jean (John Holsapple)-Mary (William
C. of Archibald: Robert, Dr. William, John, Allen, Wentworth, Margaret,
Mary. All these left the county.
C. of Robert: James (d. 1899)-Mary J. (Clark Johnson)-Ann (Cal-vin
Young)-John (d. 1903) (Alcesta Black)-Dr. Robert (d. 1862)-Marga ret S.
(Kenneth Williams) -Isabella (Thomas Williams) -Alcesta
-Sarah C. (Henry Dunn)-Burnett-Thompson (d. 1906)-Zerilda E. (Joseph
Brown)-Dr. Clark R.-Everett L.
C. of John of Robert: Edwin ( Frap)-Gertrud~Burnett-Catharine (James B.
C. of Matthew: Elizabeth, Jane, Amanda ( Smith), Nannie, Henry, William.
C. of Andrew: Mary J. (N. H. Roberts)-Frances A. (William Boyd)
-Archibald-Andrew N. (Eliza 3. Leach)-James P. (Fannie Crews)-Lewis E.-Isaac
N. (Mrs. Elizabeth Parker)-Nathaniel B. (Bettie Davis).
C. of Andrew N.-Nannie E., Nettie G., Andrew A., Kenna C., Wal-ter R., Crete
C. of James P.-Gertrude, Nannie M., Hattie, James, Carey.
C. of Isaac N.-Georgia.
C. of Nathaniel B.-Frank, Annie ( Shanklin).
C. of Isaac: Dr. Christopher C., John E., William H. H., Virginia 3. (Robert
Humphreys, 1841).
C. of Lewis: Charles R., Henry B., Isaac, Andrew L., John, Mary A.
C. of Caperton: Elizabeth (James Parker), Ella D., John H., Lewis C.
Andrew N. Campbell served throughout the war of 1861 and was graduated from
the law school of Washington College during the presidency of General Robert
E. Lee, with whom he was personally acquainted. By reason of the test oath
restriction he was not admitted to the bar until 1870. As an attorney he
acquired a statewide reputation. He has represented his county in the state
legislature and has been a member of the Board of Regents of the West
Virginia University. In 1888-1896 he was judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit,
and was unanimously inominated by his party. In 1912 he retired from the
active practice of his profession. Judge Campbell enjoys the esteem and
respect of those who know him by reason of his kindly social qualities and
his abundant Store of anecdote and reminiscence.
Of the 29 grandsons of Robert Campbell all but one were in the Confederate
army. The sole exception was a resident of Illinois and a Southern
sympathizer. Two great grandsons, David Skaggs and Cephalus Black were also
in the same service.
Samuel (Margaret) died, 1814. C: Sarah (George Steele, 1800)-Samuel
(Elizabeth M. Steele, 1805)-Mary A. (Matthew Ellison, 1806)-Jane (Michael
Smith, 1808)-William-Rebecca-Isaac (1786-1860) (M )
The above John was the father of Jesse (1813-1909) and Anderson; Isaac, of
Clement, Calvin, Emily ( Vass), Elizabeth (Robert llumphreys, 1841).
Samuel (Elizabeth M. Steele) lived on Indian a mile and a half above Red
Sulphur. C: Robert D. (b. 1818) (Mary K. Johnson, 1850) Isaac-
( Vass) -Thomas-Will iam-Eliza (Wilson Shumate, 1841) –
Agnes ( Wheeler)-Polly ( Dunbar)-Amanda (Morgan
Barger, 1847)-Adaline (Christopher Handley). Thomas and Isaac were
proprietors of Red Sulphur Springs. They died before the war, William in 1879.
C. of Robert D.-Elizabeth M. (J. Oscar Neel)-Margaret E. (John
D. Beard-Charles W. (Jennie E. Ratliff of Wayne Co.)-George C.
(Susan Wylie, Eliza VanBuren)-Ann R. (Clark 0. Neel)-Lewis M.-Robert E.
(Annie McClaugherty)-Eldridge H. (Elizabeth Spessard)-Walter (Mary
Bowner)-Roxie (James Miller). L. M. and E. H. are physicians. W. M., an
attorney, lives in Cal. and G. C. in Arizona.
Charles W., an attorney of Huntington, is a circuit judge. C: Nannie
M., Ruth R., Rolla D., Jennie E., Charles W.
C. of R. E.-Catharine K., Robert M., Walter M., Mary E., Agnes M., William L.
C. of E. H.-Eldridge H., Elizabeth.
C. of Isaac: James A. (Margaret Rutherford)-William (k.
’61)-Thomas-Henry-Lewis-Robert-Erastus (0)-Mary ( Ballard).
C. of William of Samuel: Walter I., Edgar H., William, Emma.
Still another Campbell was William (d. 1827). C: James (Sarah
Young, 1806) -William-Thomas-Sarah (Alexander Hutchinson, 1807) -Polly (
Caldwell)-Mattie E. (William Chanley, 1811)-Rebecca (Joshua Callaway, 1808).

Samuel Bare

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 306


Samuel (1796-1874) came from Staunton about 1824 and settled on In-dian
Draft. He was a son of Jacob (Eve) of Germany and could speak no English
until seven years old. He was a captain of militia. His wife, Mary P. Smith
(1808-1884) was of this county.
C: Jacob W. (1827-1909) (Elizabeth P. Charnbers, 1844, Amanda B. Baker)-Isaac
B. (1831-1912) (Sarah F. Lynch, Margaret Surber)-Paulina (Joseph A. H.
Ellison, 1853)-Virginia F. (William F. Nelson, 1861)-John H. C. (b. 1844)
(Mary S. Thompson, Mary P. Kershner).
C. of Jacob W. by 1st w.-Mary E. (b. 1848), Newton J., Margaret A., Samuel
F., Elizabeth V., Georgia A., C. S.
C. of 3. H. C.-Sarah E. S., Ellen Ml., Carol C., Frances M., Jennie A., E.
G., Sarah C.

Robert Carlisle

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 324


Robert (Polly) came from Bullpasture river and was of the group-family to
which John G. of Kentucky belonged. He died in 1823, an old man.
C: John, Jane ( Graham), Joseph, Elizabeth (
Ham), Samuel, Nancy ( Glenn), Mary ( Mims?), Margaret (
Alford), James.
In 1782 Joseph and David had military claims on Indian. The latter was
appraised, 1786, by John Hutchinson, Hugh Caperton, Roger Kilpatrick,
Valentine Cook.
William (1815-1895) was a native of New York City and came here in 1835.

Samuel Brown

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 315-316


A county without the names of Brown, Miller, Smith, and Jones would be sadly
incomplete, and Monroe has never lacked for any of these. Yet we are able to
set in order only a few items of our data. A list of the persons present at
the Samuel Brown sale in 1794, the schedule totaling $426.24, will be of some
interest, since the names are chiefly of Second Creek district. Matthew
Alexander, John Akin, William Arbuckle, Thomas Best, William Brown, Samuel
Brown, John Cantly, James Corbit, John Cornwall, Elijah Cornwall, James
Dempsey, Hugh Douling, Jonathan Dunbar, William Dunbar, Thomas Flowers,
Nimrod Foster, Nathaniel Foster, Isaac Foster, John Foster, John Gray, Senr.,
John Gray, Peter Grass (Glass?), James Glenn, Jesse Green, Joseph Ham, Senr.,
Joseph Ham, Junr., David Jarrat, Robert King, William Leach, John Leg,
Nicholas Leak, Jacob Longingacre, Moses Massy, Henry McCart, Nancy McKensy,
Will-iam McKinster, Daniel McMullin, Samuel Miller, James Murdock, David
Nelson, John Perry, Daniel Perry, James Smith, Matthew Wealch, Andrew Young.
William (Jane) (d. 1806) lived in the Sinks. C: John, Alexander, Mary, Jane,
William, Sarah, Margaret, Rosa. Alexander of this family (Polly Foster, 1805)
(d. 1822) had Polly, John, Samuel. An older family was composed of Samuel
(Mary), John, Margaret, Sarah, Martha, Dorothy, William, Mary (James Nelson).
Several of the above groups appear to ~ave married into other families of the
Sinks. John of Potts Creek moved to Kentucky about 1808.
3. W. A., a son of Reuben, (Nannie Thompson, Allie Garvin, Mrs.
Mary E. Smith) came from Franklin to Orchard. C: William H. (Elsie
Mead), C. Reuben (Amelia Ferguson), Nora (Wilber F. Boon), (Minta
(Eli Weaver), Sudie (Harry Zink), Willie ( Alexander). Henry
C. (Ann Pack) is a brother to T. W. A.
Edwin M. came from Lynchbur, Va., m. Caroline, Va.; Marshall (Fredericksburg,
Va.). C: Emma (Chas. Maddy), Frank (Mary Mont-gomery), Ferdinand, Carrie (3.
W. McNeer), H. M. (Mary Rudd), Lizzie (3. W. Bell).

Thomas Burns

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 318


Thomas (d. 1849) (Martha Miller, b. 1769, d. 18+4) was a resident of Union,
where he had a brewery. There was a contemporary Thomas.

Thomas Charlton

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 325


The Charltons crossed the ocean to Philadelphia about 1750. One of them was
Thomas, who died in that city in 1791, leaving to his cousin Thomas 30 pounds
and all his wearing apparel. His benevolence is illustrated by his legacy of
60 pounds to the poor among the communicants of his church. The second Thomas
(1741-1819) (Alice Perry, 1763) came here about 1792 and settled on a large
tract between Hillsdale and New Lebanon. It is said he was the first pioneer
to arrive in a wagon. It was a four-horse conveyance with a canoe-shaped bed,
and it held himself and wife, their eight children, and their household goods
He is also credited with bringing the eglantine to Monroe. The two roomed log
house he built stood by the spring near the home of S. R. H. Irons. The only
one of his children with descendants in the county was his youngest son,
Joseph (b. 1784, m. Janet Ewing, 1807)-C: Frances -Oliver-Thomas
-JennieLettiJoseph P. E.-James E. Like three of the sisters of their father,
the three daughters of Thomas, Sr., never married, but lived most of their
lives in a home of their own. The door of John’s house was made like a slat
curtain or a stave hammock, and in the day time was rolled up and fastened by
pins above the door.

Thomas Cary Johnson

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

Johnson, Rossiter, ed. Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable
Americans, – Vol. I-X (10). Boston, MA: The Biographical Society, 1904.
Volume VI
page 107

JOHNSON, Thomas Cary, educator, was born at Fishbok Hill, Monroe county, Va.,
July 19, 1859; son of Thomas and Alinerva. (Hinchman) Johnson; grandson of
Barnabas and Sarah (Thomas) Johnson and of William and Mary (Simms) Hinchman,
and a descendant of Scotch, Irish, Huguenot, Dutch and English ancestors. He
was graduated from Hampden-Sidney college, Va., in 1881, took diplomas in
Latin, Greek and mathematics at the University of Virginia, 1883-84, graduated
from Union Theological seminary, Va., in 1887, and was a special student at
the Yale Divinity school, 1887-88. He was licensed by the presbytery of
Greenbrier, W. Va., in May, 1887; was professor of Greek and Hebrew exegesis
at Austin Theological school, Texas, 1888-90, and was also assistant professor
of mental and moral philosophy at the University of Texas during those years.
He was ordained by the presbytery of Central Texas in August, 1890, and was a
stated supply and pastor-elect of the 3d Presbyterian church at Louisville,
Ky., 1890-91. He was professor of English Bible and pastoral theology at Union
Theological seminary, Virginia, 1891-92, and became professor of
history and polity there in 1892. He was elected a member of the American
Historical association. He received from Hampden-Sidney college the degree
of D.D. in 1891, and that of LL.D. in 1899. He is the author of: A History
of the Southern Presbyterian Church (1894, in Vol. XI. of the American Church
History Series); Alleged Differences Between the Northern and Southern
Presbyterian Churches (1894); Ministerial Training (1896-97); A Brief Sketch
of the United Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
(1897); The Mode of Baptism in the Apostolic Age (1899); John Calvin and the
Genevan Reformation: A Sketch (1899). He also edited the collected writings
of the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Peck, and contributed numerous articles to
and newspapers.

Undrel Budd

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 316


Undrel (1780-1845) (Mary Keenan, 1807) came from N. Y. and lived in Union. Of
his large family Christopher died in Mexico as a soldier in 1848. Sarah m.
Jacob Osborne, Charles m. (1) Mary E. McCartney (2) Marietta McCartney,
Harriet m. Jolin Mann.

William A. Barnett

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 306


William A. (Lydia A. Boyd, 1865), a native of Harrison, and a member of the
19th Virginia Cavalry, came here during the war and settled on the Knobs.
C: Eliza (Gordon Taylor), Harvey (Jessie Kuhn), Annie (Floyd Flack), Laura (
Flack), Mary (James DeHart), Jessie ( Bowyer), Porterfield (Mrs.
Spencer), Archelaus, William.

William Ballard

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

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 304-306


William (1732-1799) (Elizabeth Step, d. 1830) was one of the 10 children of
William, Sr., who came from Scotland to the vicinity of where after-ward
arose the city of Washington. With several of his brothers he served in the
American Army of the Revolution. Shortly after that event he left his home on
the Rapidan and after a short stay in Albemarle he journeyed to Indian Creek
with two horses, one cow, and a few household goods, arriving at Benjamin
Harvey’s on Christmas night, 1793. He acquired no realty. The years in which
he was born and died were precisely the same as in the case of the Father of
his Country. C: Johnson (Ky.)-Jeremiah (1777-1867) (Jaley Thompson)-Lucy
(John Stodghill, John Good-all)-Millie (Jacob Mann, 1804)-William (1784-1880)
(Mollie Snow)-Nancy (William Farrell )-Mollie (Mathias Kessinger,
1803)-Willis (1791-1880) (Isabel Thompson, 1813)-James (Jennie Keaton, 1804).
C. of Jeremiah: Elizabeth (Andrew Campbell)-Margaret (Anderson
Keaton, 1831, Robert D. Shanklin)-John (b. 1818) (Jane Dennis)-Baldwin (b.
1821) (Emily Mann, 1847) (Leah Mann, 1850)-Riley (1823-1915)
(Amanda Cummings)-Lewis (d. 1906) (Malinda 3. Spangler, 1854)-Mary
(1830-1914) (John Hecht)-Frank (1833-1915) (Lizzie Chapman,
C. of Baldwin: Allen T. by 2d w.-Simpson S. (s)-Marion C. (Kate
Humphreys, 1878)-Henry (Jennie McNeer, 1885)-Jeremiah (Amanda
Burdett, 1883, Mamie Hinkle, 1913)-Margaret (Charles Lingo) -Wallace
(Cornelia Humphreys)-Isaac N. (Kate M. Walkup, 1893)-Emma A.
(Henderson Reed)-Charles S. (Ida Borden, Nancy Buchanan).
C. of Frank: India W., Don B., Cora, Eva L., Roland E.
Willis and Jeremiah purchased in 1817 of the heirs of Daniel Jarrell, 280
acres for $350. This property still remains in the Willis branch.
C. of Willis: Thompson (b. 1814) (Anna Miller, 1841)-Elizabeth (Henly Mann,
1833)-George (1819-1879) (Delilah Mann, 1838)-Wil-liam (1821-1914) (Elizabeth
Riner, 1914)-Harrison (Huldah Mann, 1847)
-Susan (1826-1914) (Samuel Miller)-Sylvester (Lucinda Riner, 1848)-Nancy
(1830-1904) (Eli Mann, 1850)-Hugh (b. 1836) (Rachel Mann, 1866). All these
sons except Hugh, who had the homestead, opened new farms on Stinking Lick.
C. of Thompson: Overton (d. ’63), Willia, (d. ’62), Isabella (b. 1844)
(Lewis Campbell), John T. (b. 1845), Ellen (Dayton Humphreys), Millard F.
(Lydia Keatly), James K. (Mary Campbell), Agnes (Henry Wills), Sarah A.
(James McClaugherty).
C. of George: Polly (1839-1861) (Garland Hurt), Isabella (Henry Humphreys),
James (Mary Wills), Clayton (Ellen Spangler), Jarrett (Mary Spangler), Gaston
(Catharine Spangler, Molly Thompson)
C. of William: Marinda (b. 1849) (Lewis Ellison), Amanda (Henderson Barton)
Molly (John Spangler), Juretta (William Keatly), Martha (John Keatly).
C. of Harrison: Maston (b. 1848) ( Barton, Ruth Smith), Mary (Wilson Davis),
Isabella (Benjamin Tinsley), Delilah (Lewis Mea-dows), Nelson (Elizabeth
Hanks), Grant (Lidia Bonham), Sylvester (-Chambers).
C. of Sylvester: George (Margaret Thompson).
C. of Hugh: Oliver (Kate Broyles), Molly (F. G. Lilly), Annie L. (Sylvester
A. Miller).
The Ballards are remarkable for longevity and they constitute a numerous
connection. The five brothers of William, Jr., came to Monroe before he did,
but we have little knowledge of them. Curtis (Esther) moved from Hans Creek
to Ohio in 1810. His daughter Sarah married Isaac Hutchinson in 1801.
Baldwin Ballard, 95 years of age as we go to press, is of striking
personality and has had an eventful career. A white swelling in his ankle
made him a cripple at the age of 12. A few years later he removed a
splintered bone by the free use of a razor and kept on hoeing corn to the
close of the day. He learned to sew and to weave and followed the tailoring
trade more than 20 years, doing much of his work at the homes of his patrons.
He thus traveled much territory on the east of the lower course of the
Grecobrier. In partnership with his brother John he purchased in 1845 the
farm on which he now lives. Previous to the war he carried on for a while a
mercantile career in connection with his tailoring business. The latter came
to an end with the appearance of ready-made clothing in the stores. Mr.
Ballard was one of the three men at Greenville who voted against secession.
His lameness rendered him exempt from military service but his opposition to
the Confederate cause was uncompromising. His unconcealed sympathy with the
North made his position a trying one, yet he did not discriminate in the
matter of hospitality. Many a time Confederate soldiers ate at his table
while at the same time Union soldiers or runaways were concealed in the loft.
On one occasion he was brought into Greenville under arrest and for a while
it looked as though he would he hanged, but the intercession of neighbors who
nevertheless were of Confederate feeling caused him to he let off with a
lecture and a warning. At another time he was fired upon and his horse
wounded. During the reconstruction period he was six years a justice of the
peace and it has been his boast that not one of his decisions was ever
reversed by a higher Court. Mr. Ballard has been very successful as a
business man and is one of the wealthiest stockgrowers of Monroe. He is quick
at repartee, as is well known to those acquainted with him. His iron will and
inflexible convictions have in polidcal discussion made him able to give as
well as take blow for blow. Yet he is a personage of kindly nature, and now
that the tempestuous period of the 60’s and 70’s has receded almost half a
century into the background, his relations with his neighbors are entirely
cordial. With his second wife he lived happily for the remarkable span of 65
Others of the connection also espoused the Federal cause. Frank, son of
Jerry, became a captain of WeSt Virginia state troops, and his was the first
Federal cortunand to enter Monroe county. He was at Cloyd’s Mountain and in
other engagements. During the reconstruction period he served as county
superintendent, twice as delegate to the legislature, and once as prosecuting
attorney. He secured the passage of a law permitting a landholder to pass
through the land of another to reach a public road.
Lewis Ballard sat in the West Virginia legislature in 1863, and was the first
sheriff of Monroe after the war. His property had been confiscated in 1863,
but he made his escape from the military prison at Salisbury, N. C.