Category Archives: Monroe

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.

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 18, 1999

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A History of Monroe County West Virginia, Oren F. Morton, 1916, p. 319-322

Robert Campbell

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 local-‘ty 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 poli-tics a Democrat. Since there was
no local bank in his time he kept large sums of money in his home. In
November, 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 compan-ions. 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 thena 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 mar-ried 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, Mar-garet,
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.-Everttt L.
C. of John of Robert: Edwin (Frap)-Gertrude-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 J. 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 grad-uated 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 repre-sented 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 I nominated 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 Con-federate
army. The sole exception was a resident of Illinois and a South-ern
sympathizer. Two great grandsons, David Skagga and Cephalus Black were also
in the same service.
Samuel (Margaret) died, 1814. C: Sarah (George Steele, 1800)-Sam ud
(Elizabeth M. Steele, 1805)-Maty 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; [saac, of
Clement, Calvin, Emily ( Vass), Elizabeth (Robert Humphreys, 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-William-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 0. 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-(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,

John Alford

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. 301


John (Jane) came from Rockinghain during or just after the Revolution.
C: Thomas (1771-1853) (Phoebe Cummins)-John (1773-1853)
(Margaret)-James-Margaret-Sarah (James Ellis) -Jane.
C. of Joseph (d. 183Oc) (Jane): James, John, Nancy, Lois, Robert,, Polly,

John Anderson

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. 301


C. of John A. (Susan McMann): Ednonia (Robert Ralston), Ada, Arthur C.,
Susan, James (Birdie Hoylman), Homer (Minnie Parker), Mamie (Otey Bland),
Ella ( ____Wickline), Cora (William Hoylman, Boone), John (Ida Nicely).


Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 18, 1999

This information may be freely copied and distributed to any genealogy site
or genalogical organization.

A History of Monroe County West Virginia, Oren F. Morton, 1916, p. 318


John Burnside came from the north of Ireland in his boyhood and found
employment in a store at Fincastle. It was here that Oliver Beirne met him
casually, and being very favorably impressed, the young man entered the
Beirne store as a clerk. After a few years he hcame a partner. Finding this
business field too narrow for the powers of which he felt himself capable, he
and Andrew Beirne, Jr., established at New Orleans the large dry goods house
of Beirne and Burnside. Andrew Beirne was succeeded as partner by his brother
Oliver. Burnside had an ambition to become the greatest sugar planter in the
world, and a few years before the war he paid one million dollars cash for
the Preston plantation in Louisiana. To this he added nine other estates, so
that if he did not quite realize his ambition, he became the largest sugar
planter in the United States, his holdings being valued at $6,000,000 and
producing 7500 hogs-heads yearly of sugar and about 14,000 barrels of
molasses. He was unmarried and at his death at White Sulphur in 1881, he left
his estate to Oliver Beirne. Though a man of remarkable business
qualifications, John Burnside seemed to be without human sympathy or public
spirit It was said of him that he professed to be a British subject and used
this claim to avoid confiscation of his goods during the regime of General
Butler. Yet he took out naturalization papers in 1830. He was morose and
reserved, and it was one of his peculiarities that he would tell his age and
place of birth to no one.

John Caperton

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. 322-324


The Capertons are derived from a French ancestor who went from the south of
France to the British Isles. The progenitor of the Monroe connection was John
who crossed the Atlantic about 1725 and at length found his way from
Philadelphia to the Valley of Virginia. His wife was Mary Thompson, whom he
met on the ship that conveyed him to America. In 1759 we find mention on
Christian Creek of John Caperton, a yeoman, whose wife was Mary. The
following year John “Capbritton” is spoken of as in the vicinity of Peaked
Mountain. His final location was on the east side of New River, below the
mouth of Rich Creek and very near the line of Summers county. His children
were Hugh, William, Adam, and Elizabeth. Hugh and Adam were in the Dunmore
war and the Revolution. The former, whose wife was Rhoda, lived on the
homestead. His children were Hugh, John, Thompson H., Elizabeth, Polly,
Augustus W. J., Green, Washington and Overton. Some of their descendants are
to be found in Mercer county. William, who married Lucy Woods in 1790, went
to Kentucky. Elizabeth married James Gibson and went with him to Tennessee.
Gibson county of that state is named for John H., one of their sons. Adam
was a deputy sheriff of Greenbrier in 1780. His wife, who was of German
parentage, was Elizabeth, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Fudge) Miller.
He went to Kentucky, where he was killed in 1782 in the battle with the
Indians known as Estill’s defeaL His widow married a minister named Smith.
The children of Adam were Mary, Elizabeth, John, George, and Hugh. “Mary, who
married George Swope, went to Louisiana. Elizabeth and John went with their
consorts to Tennessee, and George to Alabama. Soon after the death of his
father Hugh returned to his uncle’s home on New River, but after the
organization of this county he established himself at Union. As a merchant,
even in the face of the formidable competition of the Beirnes, he was very
successful, and became wealthy in land, slaves, and other forms of property.
In physique he was large, and he is spoken of by Mrs Royall as handsome. He
built “Elmwood,” near Union, and bequeathed it to his son Allen T. It was
here that he is said to have entertained Henry Clay about 1845. Mr. Caperton
died in 1847 at the age of 66 years. His first wife was Jane Erskine, to whom
he was married in 1806. The second, married in
1834, was Delilah Alexander, widow of George Beirne. His children, and their
consorts in marriage, were as follows: Elizabeth, married (1) William
Steenbergen, (2) Anders R. Rude; Lewis E., married Frances C. Alexander;
Allen T., married Harriette Echols; Margaret M., married Oliver Beirne;
William G., married Harriette B. Alexander in 1843, John A. married Mary E.
Coke Guthrie; Hugh, married Eliza J. Mosher; Mary J., married John Echols;
Sarah A., married James F. Preston; George H., married Mary E. Henderson.
The children of Lewis B. are Hugh, Elizabeth, Bettie, Henry, and Lewis. Hugh
married Catharine A. King, Bettie, Andrew P. Beirne, and Lewis, Mary W Carr.
The children of Allen T. are Eliza J., Mary, wife of Tomlin Braxton,
Harriette E., wife of William A. Gordon, Melinda, wife of James Patton, and
later of B. F. Bingham, Allen, who married Elizabeth V. Rowan, Ella, and
Lelia, wife of Robert Stiles. William G. had John, Alice B., wife of Frank
Hereford, Jaae E., James A., Will-iam G., who married Rosa A. Stiles
Christian, and Isabel, wife of John
B. Hereford, brother to Frank. John A.’s children are John H., Mary E.,
Sarah J., and Hugh S., the first of whom wedded Virginia Standiford. Hugh had
James M., Jane, Hugh, Imogen, and Mary. Of these, James married Emma S.
Ratchife and Hugh married Mattie Booth Kyle. The children of George H. are
Eliza H., Walter, Allen T., George H. (mar-ried Anna P. Chambliss), Jane B.
(wife of William M. Warrick), Sarah P. (wife of Isaac P. Wailes), Florence,
and William G. (married Mary A. Austin).
At an earlier day the Capertons were very wealthy and possessed great social
and political prestige. Among their best known rural seats are Elmwood,
Walnut Grove, and Idlewilde.
Allen Taylor Caperton was born at Elmwood Nov. 21, 1810, and died at
Washington, D. C., July 26, 1877. When a boy of fourteen he rode horseback to
Huntsville, Ala., to attend school. In 1832 he was graduated from Yale
College, standing seventh in a class of fifty-three. He studied law at
Staunton and took up the practice of that profession in his native county. In
1841 and again in 1859-1861 he represented Monroe in the Virginia Assembly.
In 1844-8 he was state senator, and in 1850 he was a member of the
constitutional convention, representing Monroe, Giles, Mercer, and Tazewell.
In the controversy which divided that body he stood with the western counties
in advocating the white basis of represensation. In the secession convention
of 1861 he was present as a delegate. When the crisis came he voted for
secession. At the close of hostilities he counseled his constituents that it
was the part of wisdom and patriotism to accept the logic of events. In 1876
he was elected to the Federal Senate, thus enjoying the unique distinction of
sitting in both the Federal and Confederate senates as the choice of two
different state governments. His term of service at Washington was brief, a
sudden illness cutting short his career. In person Mr. Caperton was of rather
more than medium size and he wore a long beard without a mustache. He was
well groomed and was regarded as handsome. He delighted in horseback riding
and in natural scenery, and was fond of agricultural pursuits. Socially he
was aristocratic and exclusive, yet was courteous and affable. He was a close
student of political science, a good talker, a ready debater, and a
promi-nent lawyer. Like his father before him he was a Whig, adhering to that
creed until political lines were modified by the war. After that event he
adhered to the Democratic party.

John Sr. Connor

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September 20, 1999

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 328


John, Sr. (b. 1764) (Mary Carraway) built on an extensive farm near Blue
Sulphur Springs a large brick house of six rooms. This was about 1789. The
walls are two feet thick, and the interior, including doors, floors, and
paneling, is in solid black walnut. The house is yet standing, the walls both
inside and out being in perfect condition, and it is occupied by Henry
George, a great-grandson of the builder. To John and Mary were born 11
children, one of whom was William (b. 1792c) (Mary Rader of Anthony). While
still a young man he was Sent by his father by way of Cincinnati to sell some
slaves, and as nothing was ever seen of him after he had received his money,
there is strong suspicion of foul play. The oldest of his five children was
Perry, Sr. (1810-1877) (Evaline Jar-rett, Sarah Ellis of Joseph). Henry and
Margaret, the children of the first wife, are not now living. After the
second marriage, Perry settled on Wolf Creek. C: James A. (Emma
Ellis)-Fletcher (s)-Evaline (C. Lon Johnson)-Elizabeth (s)-Amanda (Dr. 0. 5.
Baker)-Martha (Allen Bowles, John H. Burgess)-Perry E. (Mae Woodson)-Luella
(Dr. C. E. Copeland).