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Charles B. Williams

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 337

CHARLES B. WILLIAMS, M. D. The distinction of Doctor
Williams has been his devotion for more than a quarter
of a century to the practice of medicine in the community
of Philippi. He began practice with a superior education
and training, and has sought opportunities since then to
keep in touch with men of prominence and the growing
knowledge in the profession of medicine and surgery.

Doctor Williams was born at Grafton, Taylor County West
Virginia, October 1, 1872. His father, George Williams,
was a native of Maryland, and his father was a native
of Wales. George Williams died at Grafton in 1874, while
master mechanic in the Grafton Shops of the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad. He was twice married. By his first wife he
had two sons and three daughters. The daughters all died
in childhood. The sons were: George, who died at Grafton,
and Chester, who died at Pittsburgh, both leaving families.
The second wife of George Williams was Christina See, a
daughter of Charles See, a farmer in Randolph County,
West Virginia, where Mrs. Williams was born. They were
married in Taylor County, and Doctor Williams was their
only child. The mother of Doctor Williams subsequently
married Moses H. Crouch at Lee Bell, West Virginia, and
died at the home of her son in Philippi in 1916.

Doctor Williams was only two years of age when his
father died. He attended his first school in Grafton, and
was a pupil of Miss Amanda Abbott, the venerable primary
teacher of Taylor County, who is still active in the service
of the schools at Grafton. When Doctor Williams was
seven years of age his mother removed to Lee Bell, Randolph
County, and he lived there until he went away to college,
completing his work in the public schools. Later he became
a student in the Augusta Military Academy at Fort Defi-
ance, Virginia, and in June, 1895, graduated from the
University of Virginia Medical School at Charlottesville.
Immediately after completing his medical course Doctor
Williams located at Philippi, and with only brief interrup-
tions has been steadily engaged in his private practice in
that city ever since. During 1911 he was absent for a time
taking work in the New York Post-Graduate Medical School
in New York City, and the following year he did post-
graduate work in the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Outside his private practice he has served several terms as
county health officer and is now city health officer and
county health officer. He is also Baltimore & Ohio Railway
surgeon at Philippi, and is a member of the County, State
and American Medical associations and of the Baltimore and
Ohio Surgeons Association.

During 1918 Doctor Williams was commissioned as Cap-
tain in the Medical Corps, and for six months was on duty
at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia, until discharged there Decem-
ber 24, 1918. He is a charter member of Barbour County
Post No. 44 of the American Legion. Doctor Williams
is a republican, and voted at all the national elections since
casting his first vote for Major McKinley. He took his
Masonic degree in Bigelow Lodge No. 52, A. F. & A. M.,
at Philippi, has filled all the chairs in that lodge and been
representative to the Grand Lodge, and is a member of
Tygart Valley Chapter No. 39, B. A. M. He and Mrs.
Williams are Presbyterians, and Mrs. Williams took a con-
siderable part in the work of the local Red Cross Chapter
during the war.

At Philippi June 30, 1898, Doctor Williams married Miss
Annie Bosworth. Her father was the venerable Doctor J. W.
Bosworth, who is still living at Philippi at the age of eighty-
five, a pioneer physician of the city and also a former Con-
federate soldier. Doctor Bosworth married Mattie Dold,
of Waynesboro, Virginia, and Mrs. Williams is her only
child. Mrs. Williams finished her education in the Mary
Baldwin Seminary at Staunton, Virginia, and married soon
after leaving that school. Doctor and Mrs. Williams have
one son, George Woodbridge, who finished his preparatory
education in Broaddus College at Philippi, and is now a
student in the Augusta Military Academy at Fort Defiance,

Worthington Chenoweth

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 19, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 355-356

WORTHINGTON CHENOWETH. In the profession of dental
surgery Worthington Chenoweth is one of the oldest ac-
tive practitioners in the state. His work and study have
been directed along that line for more than a half cen-
tury, and for forty-eight years his home has been in Phil-
ippi, where he is held in the highest esteem for the in-
fluence and quality of his good citizenship at all times.

Chenoweth is an historic name in Randolph County of
this state. His great-grandfather, John I. Chenoweth, was
a native of South Wales, and he and a brother came to
America before the Revolution and settled in Maryland.
John I. Chenoweth served as a soldier in the war for in-
dependence. After that war he moved into Western Vir-
ginia, and spent his life here near Beverly, at the home
of his son, John I., Jr., and he was laid to rest in the
cemetery near Beverly.

John I. Chenoweth, Jr., was a farmer near Beverly, his
farm being on Chenoweth’s Creek, two miles from Elkins.
He cleared a good farm and owned a large body of land
in that vicinity. He was well educated for his time, pos-
sessed a strong mind and exercised great personal influence,
was in the official life at Randolph County, was a mem-
ber of the Primitive Baptist Church and a whig in pol-
itics. He voted for secession, and one of his sons became
a captain in the Confederate Army. John I. Chenoweth,
Jr., died about twelve or fifteen years after the Civil war.
He married Miss Skidmore. Their children were: Eli,
Washington, Archibald, Lemuel, Thomas, Elijah, Martha
and Jerusha. Only one of the sons served in the war be-
tween the states. Martha married Job Daniels and Je-
rusha married Allison Daniels.

Archibald Chenoweth, father of Doctor Chenoweth, was
born on Chenoweth’s Creek in Randolph County, had a
country school education, and as a young man learned
the trade of wagon-maker. To this trade he devoted all
his active life, maintaining his shop in Beverly, where for
a short time he had his brother Lemuel associated with
him. He was a skilled worker, but was a modest and re-
tiring citizen. He became a member of the Presbyterian
Church after reaching middle life, and was a democrat.
Archibald Chenoweth, who died when about seventy-five
years of age, married Margaret Hyre. Her father, Wil-
liam Hyre, owned a farm at the head of Buckhannon River
in Upshur County, and was a noted hunter in that vicinity.
He was’ a strong Union man, and two of his sons were
Federal soldiers and all of them were republicans in pol-
itics. Margaret Hyre was a daughter of her father’s first
marriage, to Miss VanDeavender. Archibald Chenoweth
and wife reared one son and three daughters: Belle, who
died at Beverly, wife of John Leonard; Rose, resident of
Charleston and wife of John Conner; and Idella, who died

Worthington Chenoweth was born October 26, 1848, and
up to the age of twenty-four he lived in the historic com-
munity of Beverly. He attended some of the old sub-
scription schools, and finished his education soon after the
free school system was established. He has a vivid recol-
lection of some of the events and conditions of the Civil
war period. After one of the raids made by the Con-
federate general Rosser he helped bury the dead. For
several years he worked with his father in the wagon
shop, and he began the study of dentistry at Beverly with
Dr. D. B. Campbell, a pioneer dentist in Randolph County.
He remained with Doctor Campbell four years there, and
both of them in 1874 moved to Philippi. Since then Doc-
tor Chenoweth has carried on a very successful practice.
He has made a specialty of plate work.

In the line of public service Doctor Chenoweth was
for one term mayor of Philippi, twice served as treasurer,
for twelve years was a member of the Board of Educa-
tion and was on the Board when the property was ac-
quired for the site of the new high school. While he
has rendered public service he has not been in politics as
an active candidate for office. Some years ago he was
named jury commissioner for the District Federal Court
of West Virginia by Judge Alston G. Dayton. Judge
Dayton knew him intimately in civil and religious life,
and while they were not of the same political faith the
Judge explained his appointment by saying: “I know
him to be a man I can trust and I want him.” Doctor
Chenoweth gave his first presidential vote to Horace
Greeley, and has voted for all the nominees of the demo-
cratic party for half a century, including three votes for
William J. Bryan.

Doctor Chenoweth is one of the very prominent Odd Fel-
lows of West Virginia, having joined the lodge at Philippi
the year he moved to that town. He has been financial
secretary of the lodge fifteen years, financial secretary of
the Encampment, and has represented both branches in
the Grand Lodge. He is also financial secretary of the
Knights of Pythias. When he was forty-nine years of age
he was converted and joined the Presbyterian Church, and
for a number of years has been an elder in the church
at Philippi and superintendent of the Sunday school.

At Philippi, February 23, 1889, Doctor Chenoweth mar-
ried Miss Mary H. Bosworth. Her father, Elam Bosworth,
was born in the Beverly community of Randolph County,
and married Miss Switzer, by whom he had four children:
Harriet, Mary, Squire and Erastus. By a second marriage
Elam Bosworth had two sons, James and Thomas, the for-
mer a merchant at Brownsburg, West Virginia, and the
latter a teacher in the high school at Richmond, Virginia.
Mrs. Chenoweth was born March 8, 1849, was liberally edu-
cated, and died January 5, 1922, at the age of seventy-
three. She was associated with her husband in the work
of the church, and both of them took an active interest
in the war work of the community.

Albert Gallatin Chrislip

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 18, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 353

ALBERT GALLATIN CHRISLIP. An ambition to be a mer-
chant was the leading motive in the early career of Mr.
Chrislip. Having no capital but what he could earn, he
farmed, taught school and clerked until the day of realiza-
tion came when he could get into business for himself. In
point of years of service he is the oldest merchant of
Philippi, and is one of the very successful and substan-
tial citizens of that community.

His family name involves an interesting story of his
original German ancestor. At the close of the thirty years’
war in Germany, known as the war of extinction, after
which that country was left practically desolate, a lonely
babe was found in an old oven and the king of the prov-
ince was asked to name the child. He called it “Chris-
lieb,” meaning Christ love. After coming to manhood
this youth came to America and settled in Pennsylvania,
establishing his home near Carlisle in the Cumberland
Valley. The family name has since undergone a change
of form, and a number of branches of the descendants
of the original settler have become scattered over the
Allegheny region and further west.

The grandfather of the Philippi merchant was Abram
Chrislip, who, accompanied by two brothers, Isaac and
Samuel, settled in Barbour County and were successful
farmers near Elk City. Abram Chrislip married Amanda
Britton, and they are buried in the grave-yard near the lit-
tle Village of Elk City. Of their children Ervin was the
oldest child; Elza lives at Elk City; Elmore Lee lives
with his older brother; Elizabeth is the wife of Albert
Reeder, of Carthage, Illinois; and Julia, married Alpheus
Corder and died at Carthage, Illinois.

Ervin Chrislip was born near Elk City and spent his
life there on a farm. He was a Confederate soldier, going
through the war without injury. He died in April, iyi»,
at the age of eighty-five. Mis wife, who died in March,
1874, when about fifty years of age, was Mary Darnels.
Her father, Joseph Daniels, was a pioneer in this region
of West Virginia, his home being near Elk City, and he
died during tne Civil war. He came here from Augusta
County, Virginia. At one time he was elected a member
of the Legislature in old Virginia, and attended the legis-
lative sessions, journeyed to and from Richmond on horse-
back. Ervin Chrislip and wife had the following chil-
dren: William L., a merchant of Philippi; Albert Gal-
latin; Edmond H., who died, leaving a family, at Elk
City; Emma, wife of Jacob Rogers, of Phillppi; Abram,
a graduate of Columbia University, New York and an
educator living at Berkeley, California; and Bessie, wife
of Lawrence McGee, of Elk City.

Albert Gallatin Chrislip was born near Elk City, one
of the old villages of Barbour County, on August 26, 1859.
During his youth he attended a brief term of instruction
in the country school each winter, and the rest of the time
he worked on the farm. At the age of twenty-two he
began teaching, and taught in the country for two winters.
In 1882 he came to Philippi, and after taking a course
in the select school of Professor Cornwell, taught in the
public schools at Philippi fur two years, For another
year he was a deputy in the office of County Clerk Luther
C. Elliott, one of the good old citizens of Barbour County,
long since passed away. About that time came the op-
portunity to get experience in the line which he had de-
termined to follow permanently, and he became a clerk
in the store of Job H. Glasscock, this being then the largest
general siore at Philippi. Two years later he started in
business for himself as an implement dealer, and he brought
to Philippi the first improved farm machinery ordered for
sale here. About the same time he became a representa-
tive of a fertilizer manufacturing concern, and it is claimed
that Mr. Chrislip sold the first stock of fertilizer in Bar-
bour County. This business brought him in direct touch
with farmers, and he was soon marketing for his customers
large quantities of raw wool. But his business expanded
step by step, and later he added a stock of groceries and
finally merged all his departments into one large general
mercnandise business on Main Street now known as the
Farmers Supply Store, which runs an annual aggregate
of sales totaling $30,000. He erected his business house
on Main Street, one of the modern structures in the town,
and also owns one of the beautiful and attractive resi-
dences of the city.

In the line of public duty Mr. Chrislip responded sev-
eral times to election as a memuer of the City Council. At
that time plans were being made for some of the public
improvements which have since ueen completed. Mr. Chris-
lip for many years was an active democrat, but with pass-
ing years he hass cut away from partisan affiliations and
regards himself as strictly independent. Since the age
of fourteen he has been a member of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church, and fraternally he is a past noble grand of
the Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows and one
of the oldest members of that fraternity at Philippi, also
belongs to the Encampment and is a member of the Ki-
wanis Club.

In Taylor County, October 28, 1898, he married Miss
Ella Nuzum, daughter of Allen Nuzum, Boothsville, that
county, where she was born and reared on a farm. Mrs.
Chrislip was one of a family of two sons and four daugh-
ters. Mr. and Mrs. Chrislip have four talented children.
Lillian Nuzum Chrislip, the oldest, graduated from Broad-
dus College of Philippi, and in 1922 graduated from tne
Boston Conservatory of Music. John Howard, the second
child, is a graduate of the Philippi High School and of
Broaddus College, and is now taking a course in electrical
engineering. The two younger children are Allen Rockwell,
a high school boy, and Charles Woodrow.

Clark L. Rohrbough

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 327-328

CLARK L. ROHRBOUGH, M. D., is one of the able and repre-
sentative physicians and surgeons of Barbour County, where
be has been established in successful general practice since
1883, with residence and professional headquarters at

The Doctor was born on a farm near Buckhannon, Up-
shur County, February 23, 1858, and is a son of John M.
and Matilda (Butt) Rohrbough, the latter having been bom
in Lewis County, as was also her father, William Butt, who
was a member of one of the sterling pioneer families of
that county. John M. Rohrbough was a son of Anthony
Rohrbough, who came from the vicinity of the north branch
of the Potomac River and became one of the very early
settlers of what is now Upshur County, West Virginia, his
farm having been two miles east of Buckhannon and he
having there reclaimed his land from the wilderness. He
was a member of the first class, of ten members, that
established the first Methodist Church in that county, and
his Christian faith was ever shown in his daily life. He
and his wife remained on the old homestead until their
deaths, and there were reared not only their children but
also a number of their grandchildren. The eldest son,
George, removed to Illinois and there remained until his
death in Hancock County; Anthony remained in Upshnr
County until his death, as did also Benjamin; John M.,
father of the subject of this sketch, was the next younger
son; Jacob died at Buckhannon and Isaac in Lewis County.
Dorcas, the elder daughter, became the wife of Michael
Strader after the death of her first husband, whose name
was Tenny, and Mahala, who became the wife of John Love,
died in Barbour County.

John M. Rohrbough continued as a successful farmer in
Upshur County until his death, in the. spring of 1860, and
his widow survived him by more than thirty years, her
death having occurred in 1893, on the old home place near
Buckhannon. All of their ten children attained to adult
age: Elizabeth is the widow of Seth Williams and resides
at Buckhannon; Marietta is the widow of John Griffith and
now resides at Harlingen, Texas; Virginia, the wife of
John Hyer, died in Upshur County, when still a young
woman; William lives at Beverly, Randolph County; Je-
mina, wife of Jerome Pultz, died in Lewis County;
Matilda is the wife of S. S. Leonard of Buckhannon;
Columbia is the wife of Archibald Hinkle, Jr., and they
maintain their home at Belington; Ardelia, the widow of
Tillotson Martin, resides in Barbour County; Vermont
died unmarried; and Dr. Clark L., of this review, is the
youngest of the number.

The public and county normal schools afforded to Doctor
Rohrbough his early education, and for six years he was
a successful teacher in the schools of his native county, his
earnings enabling him to realize his ambition and begin
preparation for his chosen profession. After reading
medicine two years under the preceptorship of Dr. J. P.
Miller, of Buckhannon, he entered the Medical College of
Ohio in the City of Cincinnati, and in the spring of 1883
he received from this institution his degree of Doctor of
Medicine. For five years thereafter he gave his attention to
a wide rural practice in Barbour County, with residence
at Talbott, and he then removed to Belington, where he
has continued in practice as one of the leading physicians
of the county and where he has status as one of the loyal,
public-spirited and influential citizens. He is actively iden-
tified with the Tri-County Medical Society (Randolph, Bar-
bour and Tucker counties) and also with the West Virginia
State Medical Society. He has served as health officer of
the Belington independent school district, was city recorder
one term, and later gave two terms of specially effective
administration as mayor of Belington, he having been very
strenuous in his efforts to eliminate the liquor traffic in
the city. He has given unfaltering allegiance to the repub-
lican party, and he and his wife hold membership in the
Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has been an active
member of thirty years.

On the 27th of January, 1885, was solemnized the mar-
riage of Doctor Rohrbough and Miss Hulda Carpenter, who
was born and reared in Barbour County and who was the
third in order of birth of the five children of Coon and
Julia (Harris) Carpenter. Doctor and Mrs. Rohrbough have
four children: Pearl, wife of Herbert Sparks, of Niles,
Ohio; Otis C., of Davis, West Virginia; Flossie, wife of
Frank Phillips, of Belington; and Mrs. Hazel Dunlap, of
Mount Clemens, Michigan.