Category Archives: Monroe

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.

William Blanton

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. 313


William came from the Cowpasture at a very early day. He settled on the
Gaston Caperton place, was constable, 1773, and was a prominent member of the
Rehoboth congregation. The family went to Kentucky. John was a son and Isabel
(Abner Wiseman, 1800) a daughter or granddaughter.

William Burdett

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. 317-318


William (d. 1836) was a son of James of Culpeper county. He settled on Flat
Top about 1800, as a neighbor to Andrew Miller, with whom he was on close
terms of friendship. After his second marriage he moved to Wolf Creek. He was
resourceful and ingenious. He m. (1) Sarah Cornwell of Edward, (2)
C: Isham (Nancy Shumate, 1805)-Elizabeth (Tolison Shumate)-Margaret (William
Walker, 1808)
-Miles ( Legg)-Willis (Nancy Boon of John, 1807)-Rachel( Aymick)-William
(Clay Co.)-Archibald (Rhoda Shumate)-John ( Swope)-Alexander (Mary L.
Hill)-Ruth (John Robersen, 1816c)-Eliza; by 2d w.-Harvey (dy)-Lewis (
Hedrick)-Clarkson ( Burns).
The wife of Isham, while working as a girl in the sugar orchard, carried a
bucket of sap in each hand and another on her head. The first of her 12
children were twins, and when the third was a baby she would ride to her
father’s home, 35 miles away, carrying the baby in front and the twins behind
her. The return would be made the next day. She lived to the age of 98, at
which time there were 89 descendants of her children.
C. of Isham: Sarah, Mary, Abner (Tex.), Granville, Nancy 3., Julia A., James
H., Andrew 3., Elizabeth S., Joseph H., Lewis A.
C. of Alexander: Lucy 3. (Samuel Gwinn), Elizabeth A. (James E. Miller),
Sarah (James Y. Miller). Emmeline (Harry Shanklin), Eliza, James, William,
Lee, Powell. William was a Confederate scout who did not think he could get
lost in West Virginia. His captain said he fired the first shot in the war in
West Virginia and the last in Virginia.
A number of the above connection entered the ministry.
Another early Burdette was Giles (d. before 1829) (Sarah Dunbar).
C: John (1795-1882) (Lydia Curry, 1816). C. of John: Sarah A. (1817-1895)
(James M. Nickell, 1833)-Mary (1824-1894) (James Crawford, 1840)-Elizabeth
3. (Andrew F. Young, 1855)-Rebecca M. (E. F. Patton)-Lydia S. (A. F.
Wickline, 1864)-Robert C. (1819-1893) (Elizabeth B. Curry)-James H.
(1821-1890) (Rachel M. Christian, 1847)-John C. (Mary C. Lynch, 1851)-Calvin
H. (Barbara A. Curry, 1849)-Franklin C. (b. 1832) (Elizabeth A. Ford, 1858,
Arlie Smithwick, 1870)
C. of Archibald (Margaret) (d. 1834): Archibald, James, Polly, Margaret,
Elizabeth ( Holmes), Sam~el (has James and Archibald).

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.