Category Archives: Monroe

William L. Hunter

Submitted by
Valerie Crook
September 16, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 239-240
Monroe County

WILLIAM L. HUNTER, M. D. It is a well-known fact that
a forceful personality speaks for itself and that the indi-
vidual who can govern himself successfully is frequently
called upon to govern the affairs of others. Men of broad
ideas and firm grasp on civic matters develop into respon-
sible citizens, and because of their resourcefulness and
ripened judgment their communities benefit not only in a
material sense but also with reference to those things which
make for a general uplift. One of the men who for years
has exerted an influence for good in professional life and
in civic affairs throughout a large territory contiguous to
Tralee is Dr. William L. Hunter, a member of the Wyoming
County Court and physician in charge of practice at the
Harty Coal Company, Barker’s Creek Coal Company, Mead
Pocahontas Coal Company and Virginian Railroad Company,
at Tralee, West Virginia.

Doctor Hunter was born on his father’s farm at Green-
ville, Monroe County, West Virginia, November 4, 1872, and
is a son of J. Allen and Laura A. (Smith) Hunter, and a
grandson of Joseph Hunter, also a native of Monroe County.
J. Allen Hunter was a native of the agricultural community
of Monroe County, and was only twelve years of age when
the war between the states came on, so that he did not see
service, although his older brothers all fought in the Con-
federate army. When he attained manhood he adopted
farming for his life work, and has been engaged therein
throughout his career, being still a resident of Monroe
County and in moderate circumstances. He was formerly a
democrat, but for some years past has voted with the re-
publican party. He is now seventy-three years old, and his
wife, also a native of Monroe County, is sixty-eight, and
both are faithful members of the Methodist Church and
active in church and Sunday school work. She is a daughter
of William Smith, who was a pioneer of Monroe County.
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter: William
L., of this review; Clayton, who is engaged in agricultural
pursuits in Monroe County; J. O., a graduate of the Mary-
land Medical College, and now a practitioner of medicine
and surgery at Peterstown, Monroe County; Prank, who is
in the mercantile business at Princeton, Mercer County, this
state; Mary, who is the wife of Doctor Harber, a physician
and surgeon of Seminole, Oklahoma; Marguerite, who is
now Mrs. Bennett, of Ada, Oklahoma; and Ruby, who is
the wife of Albert McCurry, residing also in Oklahoma.

The early education of William L. Hunter was acquired
in the country schools of Monroe County, following which
he began his career as a school teacher, a course followed
by many professional men whose financial circumstances
were such that they must earn their own way through the
higher institutions of learning. For ten years he was en-
gaged in instructing the young, and then, in 1897, entered
the Medical College of Virginia, at Richmond, from which
he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in
1900. He at once entered practice at Red Sulphur Springs,
Monroe County, where he remained nearly fifteen years,
then coming to Tralee to take over the practice of the
companies mentioned above. He has won for himself a
position high in the confidence of the people and the esteem
of his fellow-practitioners in the county, and has shown
himself thoroughly capable and learned and possessed of a
kindly and sympathetic nature that makes friends out of
patients. In 1918 Doctor Hunter became a member of the
Wyoming County Court, and has remained thereon to. the
present time, and 1920 served as president. During his term
of office many improvements have been accomplished, one of
the chief of which has been the extensive building of modern
highways throughout the county.

In 1894 Doctor Hunter was united in marriage with Miss
Josephine Weikle, daughter of Tippet Weikle, of Monroe
County, and to this union there have been born three daugh-
ters: Ida, Pauline and Zelma. The family belongs to the
Methodist Church, in the work of which they have been
active. Doctor Hunter is a Master Mason, holding his
membership at Blue Indian Creek, Monroe County, and his
Scottish Rite degree at Wheeling. He is a republican in
politics and progressive in his ideas and actions.

Zachariah Callaway

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


Zachariah (d. 1816) (Ellender) had a blockhouse on Trigger Run near
C: Andrew, Margaret, Nancy, Patty, Polly (?James Ellison, 1796c), Sarah,
Joshua (Rebecca Campbell, 1808, ?Nancy Roads, 1813), James, Priscilla
(Delaney Swinney, 1806), Elizabeth (Ephraim Simmons, 1802), Charles (Ellen
Garten, 1812). Richard may have been in this locality in 1775. He was a
resident of Fincastle, which then included the southern extremity of 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.