Category Archives: Preston

Ivan Davis

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
February 13, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 129-130

Ivan Davis is a banker at Kingwood, being cashier of the Kingwood
National Bank. He acquired his early business training at Morgantown, where
he was connected with the glass industry for many years.
Mr. Davis succeeded W. A. Schaeffer as cashier of the Kingwood National
Bank and is also one of its directors. This bank was organized in 1902 by
local capitalists, the moving spirit being James W. Flynn. Other associates
were Ira Robinson, of Grafton, Senator Stephen B. Elkins and S. H. White. The
capital has always been maintained at $25,000 and the surplus and undivided
profits now stand at a similar figure. The officers are: Mr. Flynn,
president; C. A. Craig and George A. Herring, vice presidents; Mr. Davis,
cashier; and Charles Manown, bookkeeper.
Mr. Davis represents one of the older families of West Virginia, both his
father and grandfather having been born in the state. His great-grandfather
more than 100 years ago came from New Jersey and established his home in
Doddridge County, where he lived out his life as a farmer. His son William
was a Doddridge County farmer all his life, and the third generation of the
family here was represented by William G. Davis, father of the Kingwood
William G. Davis was born in 1834, and has now reached venerable years,
his active life having been devoted to farming. He was a Confederate soldier
and was in the army until the close of the war. He was a private, and though
in many battles he escaped wounds or capture. That has been practically his
only service outside of his farm and home community. Like most of his
ancestors he has been satisfied to vote as a democrat, and he is a member of
the Baptist Church. William G. Davis married Miss Martha Hall, who died in
June, 1921, at the age of sixty-eight. Her father was Lemuel Hall, of Auburn,
in Ritchie County. William G. Davis and wife had seven sons and one daughter:
Newton F., Lewis T., William L., Cyrus A., Marshall, Fred, Ivan, and Lydia,
the latter the wife of W. Lewis of Doddridge County. All the sons are farmers
but William L., who is a Baptist minister, and Ivan.
Ivan Davis was born near Salem, Doddridge County, November 7, 1882, and
he grew up near the county seat and was a factor on the farm until about
eighteen. He then supplemented his common school education by attending Salem
College three years, and at the age of twenty-one completed the course of the
Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg. With this education and
training Mr. Davis became an office man for the Mississippi Glass Company at
Morgantown, and was continuously with that corporation for fifteen years,
seeing it grow from a plant employing about seventy-five men to and industry
with a pay roll of about 300. he was assistant manager of the company when he
resigned in July, 1917, to remove to Kingwood and enter upon his duties as
cashier of the Kingwood National Bank.
Mr. Davis is a member of the minority party in Kingwood, a democrat, and
only once has been a candidate for office. He was on the ticket in 1920 for
county clerk of Preston County, and made a splendid showing in spite of the
inevitable defeat of that year. He is a Methodist, and a member of the
Masonic Lodge. Mr. Davis and his wife planned their very attractive home at
Kingwood, which is of English style of architecture and was completed in 1921.
Mrs. Davis before her marriage was Miss Isa Lynne Bucklew. She was born
in Preston County in 1892 and was married at Kingwood, December 25, 1912. Her
father, George W. Bucklew, represents one of the pioneer families of West
Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have two sons: George William and Delroy Richard.

John Byrne

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

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 285
Braxton County

JOHN BYRNE. The most prominent, successful and ca-
pable men are not always those who started out in life
with the ambition to achieve something especially great or
famous, but almost invariably are found to be individuals
who at the outset placed a proper valuation upon indus-
try, integrity and determination. Possessing these quali-
ties as a capital, John Byrne, of Sutton, entered upon his
business career, and during the course of many years rose
to a position of independence and prominence in his local-
ity, where he is now living retired. For him the path to
success was not an easy one, for his youthful advantages
were limited and his earlier years were ones crowded with
labor, but these facts made his success all the more wel-
come and gratifying when it had been achieved.

Mr. Byrne was born at Sutton, February 9, 1848, a son
of John P. and Sabina C. (Sterrett) Byrne. He traces
his ancestry back to George Byrne, a native of Wicklow,
Ireland, who immigrated to America in the year 1720 and
settled near what is now the City of Washington, D. C.
He was the father of Samuel B. Byrne, whose son, Peyton
Byrne, was the first of the family to migrate westward, lo-
cating in what is now Preston County, West Virginia, in
1794. He was the father of John B. Byrne, whose son,
John P. Byrne, was the father of John Byrne. John P.
Byrne was born in Lewis County, West Virginia, July 6,
1817, and acquired his education in a private school. Dur-
ing the greater part of his life he applied himself to agri-
cultural pursuits, but was also prominent in public and
political affairs and was a leader of the whig party. When
Braxton County was organized, in 1836, he was made a
deputy sheriff under the first sheriff of the newly-organized
county, and later in life became county clerk, a position
which he held for eighteen years and which he was occu-
pying at the time of his death, February 2, 1860, when
he was but forty-three years of age. He first married
Sabina C. Sterrett, who was born in Missouri, in 1830, and
died August 29, 1853, in the faith of the Presbyterian
Church. They became the parents of three children, of
whom John Bryne is the only survivor. In 1854 John P.
Byrne took as his second wife Jane Hamilton.

John Byrne was but five years of age when his mother
died, and his youthful education was somewhat neglected,
although in later years he gained much practical knowl-
edge through reading, experience and observation, and
became a man of good education. When he was twelve
years of age his father died, and he went to live at the
home of his grandmother, Mrs. Sterrett, with whom he
remained until reaching the age of seventeen years, when
he began to be self-supporting. For some years he worked
as clerk in a store and saved his money carefully, so that
in 1871 he became a proprietor on his own account through
the purchase of a modest stock of goods. This business
he gradually built up from small proportions to become a
nourishing and successful enterprise, and continued as its
head until his retirement in 1916. Mr. Byrne gained suc-
cess solely through his own efforts, aided by a reputation
for fair and honorable dealing that has always been well-
merited. During his career he has also interested himself
to some extent in farming, and in this field, as in the other,
hard work and intelligent management served as the me-
dia through which prosperity was gained. Like his father,
Mr. Byrne has been active and influential in public and
political life. For several years he was one of the leaders
of the democratic party, and served as chairman of the
Braxton County Democratic Committee. In 1876 he was
elected sheriff of Braxton County, and acted in that capacity
for a period of four years, giving the people an excellent

Mr. Byrne was united in marriage with Miss Frances C.
Squires, who was born near Sutton, October 17, 1858, a
daughter of Norman B. Squires, a native of Braxton
County, who died of wounds received during the Civil war
while serving in the Federal Army. Mrs. Byrne is a faith-
ful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sutton.
She is the owner of farming land in Braxton County. To
Mr. and Mrs. Byrne there have been born fourteen chil-
dren, of whom ten are living: Sabina C., the widow of
Joel S. Berry; Norman, of Nicholas County, this state;
Ella, the wife of Dr. M. T. Morrison; John P., a farmer
near Sutton; Charles M., printer of the Braxton Central
newspaper; Robert E. and Ethel, at home; George C., a
traveling salesman; Mary A., the wife of John Newlon, of
Sutton; and Clarence, a resident of Sebring, Ohio.

Sanford Lee Cobun

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Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770


pg. 723

COBUN, SANFORD LEE. (Republican.) Address:
Masontown, West Va. Born September 11, 1860, in
Masontown, Preston county; educated in the free and
county select schools; occupation, merchant; President of
the Bank of Masontown; has served as Councilman and
Mayor of his native town; elected to the House of Dele-
gates in 1910; re-elected in 1912; elected to the Senate
from the Fourteenth District in 1916; is a hold-over Sena-
tor; in 1917 served on standing committees as follows:
Banks and Corporations (Chairman); Finance, Public
Buildings and Humane Institutions, Federal Relations, Im-
migration and Agriculture, Mines and Mining, Prohibition
and Temperance, Forestry and Conservation.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Thomas D. Craig

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
February 13, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 129

Thomas D. Craig. Craig is one of the prominent family names of Preston
County, and some space is given on other pages to a formal record of the
family, while here particular attention is devoted to one of the individual
members, Thomas D. Craig, a native of Preston County, and for many years
expressing his service as a teacher, farmer, and merchant.
He was born on Morgan’s Run, two miles south of Kingwood, March 1, 1870,
son of Charles C. Craig, who is one of the surviving members of the Civil war
still living in this community. Thomas D. Craig was reared on his father’s
farm and alternated between its duties and the work of nearby coal mines. He
did his first work in coal mines as early as ten years of age. Subsequently
he was a mine operator. He acquired the advantages of the country schools,
attended the old Normal School at Kingwood, and at the age of twenty-two
began teaching in rural districts. Altogether he taught for sixteen years,
his last school being Snyder’s School in the Kingwood district. While
teaching he also operated a coal mine and a farm. About the time the World
war began Mr. Craig had to give up business because of a physical breakdown,
and, selling his property, he sought renewed health in Florida and Alabama.
After a period he was thoroughly recuperated, and then returned and resumed
farming, and since December 1, 1921, has conducted a store at Snyder’s
Mr. Craig has done his duty as a citizen as a republican voter, and in
1900 and again in 1910 was one of the census enumerators in Preston County.
He was a delegate to the Berkeley Springs Convention when George W. Bowers
was nominated for Congress by the Second Congressional District. Mr. Craig
has filled various chairs in the Knights of Pythias Lodge and represented the
Kingwood Lodge in the Grand Lodge for two years. He and Mrs. Craig are almost
life-long members of the Methodist Church, and he has been superintendent of
the Sunday school.
In Preston County, February 12,1896, he married Miss Cora Savage,
daughter of David Harrison Savage. Some account of the Savage family should
appropriately be given at this point.
They represent an original line of people who established their homes in
the United States in Colonial times, and the family was represented in the
Revolutionary war. Farming has been with few exceptions the regular vocation
of the different generations. More than a hundred years ago the grandfather
of David H. Savage, John R. Savage, settled in Garrett County, Maryland,
seventeen miles northeast of Oakland, near Friendsville. The Savages and the
Friends were among the first settlers in that section of Maryland. John R.
Savage was a man of intelligence, capable in business and farming, and spent
his life in Garrett County in the development and improvement of his estate.
He married into the Friend family, his wife being Miss Caren, as they called
her. They had five daughters and one son: Mrs. Lavina Winger, Mrs. Lydia
Savage, Mrs. Savilla Friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Friend, while Mary died
unmarried. The only son, Thomas Savage, was born in February, 1823, and grew
up near Friendsville. He acquired a good common school education and was a
prosperous farmer in that community. In 1863 he enlisted in the Third
Maryland Infantry, under Captain Ambrose, and was a soldier until the end of
the war. He was in the Army of the Potomac, and among other engagements was
at the battle of Monocacy. He received his discharge at Baltimore in the
spring of 1865, and then resumed the work of the farm where he had left off.
He was never in official life, voted as a republican and was a Methodist.
Thomas Savage married Elizabeth Evans, a native of Wales, coming to the
United States at the age of fourteen with her parents, who first located at
Mount Savage, Maryland, and later in the Friend settlement in Garrett County.
Mrs. Thomas Savage died on the home farm where she had spent her married
life. She was the mother of thirteen children, and those who survived infancy
were: David Harrison, of Kingwood, West Virginia; Martha, who married Alfred
Jenkins, of Friendsville; George, of Somerfield, Pennsylvania; William and
Benton, who died unmarried; Arthur, who became a commercial traveler and died
at Pittsburgh; Emily, who died young; Freeman, who owned the old Garrett
County homestead, where he reared his family; and Effie, wife of Frank
Thomas, of Markersburg, Pennsylvania.
David Harrison Savage, whose home for over forty years has been in
Preston County, was born in Garrett County, Maryland, October 17,1848, and
finished his education in West Virginia University at Morgantown, but left
before graduating. For ten years he was a teacher in the public schools of
Preston County. He established his home two miles west of Kingwood, and his
last teaching was done in the home district there. While still teaching he
began cultivating and improving his farm, and was one of the very progressive
exponents of agricultural endeavor in this section. he did diversified
farming, growing the various cereals, raising livestock, making butter at
home, marketing poultry, fat hogs and cattle. His present home is almost
against the townsite of Kingwood, where he has lived since November, 1917,
and where he still cultivates half of the eighty acres he owns.
David H. Savage served as deputy assessor under Assessor Summers. He cast
his first presidential vote for General Grant in 1868, and since early
manhood has been an active member of the Methodist Church, and has been on
the official board.
In Preston County in June, 1872, Mr. Savage married Miss Jerusha Cale, a
native of the county, and daughter of Amos and Mary (Wishell) Cale. She was
one of a family of one son and four daughters, and the others still living
are Emory Cale and Mrs. Lucy Burk. Mr. and Mrs. Savage have one son and four
daughters: Cora M., wife of Thomas D. Craig; Gertrude, Mrs. William Morris,
of Tunnelton; Grace, who died as the wife of Walter Wilson; John M., who is
unmarried and a framer near Kingwood; and Lucy, wife of Charles Evick, of
Kingwood. The only two grandchildren of Mr. Savage were born to his daughter,
Mrs. Gertrude Morris.

Thomas J. Shaw

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 10, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 311-312

THOMAS J. SHAW. This is probably the last history of
the State of West Virginia which will include representa-
tion of surviving members of the Civil war. All these sur-
vivors of the great conflict have passed the age of three
score and ten. One of them, a highly honored citizen of
Preston County, a retired farmer living in the Village of
Denver, is Thomas J. Shaw, whose life as a civilian has
been thoroughly worthy of his record as a soldier.

He was born in Preston County, Reno District, February
24, 1842. His grandfather, Thomas Shaw, was a native
of England, spent many years as a sailor on the high seas,
and after leaving the sea he lived near Philadelphia for
a time and then came to West Virginia. He died in 1866
and is buried in the Israel Cemetery in Reno District of
Preston County. His children were Thomas A., Nicholas C.,
and Mary, who became the wife of Henson Pointer.

Thomas A. Shaw was born in Monongalia County, West
Virginia, about 1820, moved from there to Preston County,
where he married Rebecca Stillwell, whose father had come
from the vicinity of Philadelphia to Morgantown and later
settled in Preston County. Thomas A. Shaw for more
than half a century was a farmer in the Reno District.
He was one of the pioneers there, purchasing land covered
with heavy timber, and every acre put in cultivation was
the result of arduous work with the axe and other imple-
ments required for clearing. He lived there until his death
in 1897. He was a republican after that party came into
existence, and was a member of the Methodist Church. His
wife died several years before him. Their children were:
Eliza A., who married Christian Nine and is now living
at Terra Alta; Thomas Jackson, Lemuel Clark, whose home
is in Colorado; Mary Elizabeth and Rebecca Jane, twins,
the former of whom died as the wife of Jacob Miller, while
the latter is living in Reno District, the wife of James
Braham; Mrs. Virginia Ford, of Reno District; Columbia,
who first married Aaron Hardesty, then Mr. Bucklew, and
finally Lloyd Bolyard, and is now living as a widow near
Fellowsville in Preston County; Melissa, Mrs. Alexander
Shahan, living not far from Fellowsville.

Thomas J. Shaw spent his youth in what might be
termed a backwoods district. As soon as he was old enough
he handled the axe and other tools, assisting his father to
clear away the timber and brush from their acreage on
the headwaters of the Sandy. He is a product, so far as
his education is concerned, of one of the typical schools
of that generation. The community provided only an old
log shack as a schoolhouse, its furnishings being split logs
for benches, greased paper windows, a fireplace, the fuel
for which had to be chopped by the older boys. In this
rude temple of learning he studied a spelling book, learned
a little writing and figuring, and he considered it a good
record if he was permitted to attend school four days out
of the week.

He had barely completed his experience in this school-
house when the cloud of Civil war arose, and in 1863, when
he was twenty-one, he volunteered for the defense of the
flag in Company E of the Fifteenth West Virginia Infantry,
under Captain Paul and Colonel Morris. He drilled with
this company on Wheeling Island, went to Sir John’s Run
in Morgan County, then to the Big Kanawha, and from
there the command was ordered to Lynchburg. He caught
his first view of Confederate forces and engaged in his
first battle at Cloyd Mountain. He also fought at Lynch-
burg, Cedar Creek, Winchester, Hatchers Run, and in front
of Richmond his division took the three Confederate forts
of Harris, Gregg and Hill. Later his regiment was on
a forced march to Appomattox, and his command came in
contact with the enemy and had a skirmish before the
final surrender. Thomas Shaw was in sight of the place
where the negotiations for the surrender of Lee’s army
took place, and for a long time he owned a portion of a
tree from McClain’s orchard, the tree under which the
terms of capitulation were written. After the surrender
his regiment was sent to Wheeling, mustered out in June,
1865, and Mr. Shaw came out of the army with a record
of active participation in thirteen different battles. His
company went into service with 117 men, only 33 were
mustered out, and he was one of the three who escaped

As soon as his discharge was in his hand Mr. Shaw hur-
ried home to help on the farm, finding the harvest ready,
and he aided in putting it away. For a time he worked
at the sawmill of Martin L. Shaffer, later cut timber,
worked as a carpenter on several houses, and for some
twenty years he put up a strenuous fight to win existence
from an old farm on Brushy Ridge, where all the land
had to be cleared before any crops could be raised. This
was the strenuous period of his existence, as he recalls it,
since he worked from 4 in the morning until 8 at night,
regardless of weather conditions. His grit and persistence
while there laid the foundation of something like pros-
perity, and after he sold the coal under his land he estab-
lished himself at Denver on a little farm; and here, too,
the exertion of clearing had to be put forth before culti-
vation could be practiced. Then for some years followed
a successive program of crops, grain and stock, with sub-
sequent purchases of more land from time to time, until
the evening of life found him prepared with an ample
competence and now, with the companionship of the wife
of his youth, he is enjoying the comforts of a good resi-
dence at Denver, and they look back over the past without
regret and to the future without concern.

Thomas J. Shaw voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1864,
while he was in the army. He has cast a vote at every suc-
cessive national election, always in the same party faith.
He has served as a. trustee of the Methodist congregations
at Denver and at Nazareth.

In Taylor County, near Grafton, Mr. Shaw married, on
December 7, 1865, Miss Rosanna Rosier. She was born in
Taylor County, daughter of John and Narcissus (Hull)
Rosier. Her father was a native of Germany, was brought
to the United States at the age of ten years, spent his
active career as a farmer, and he and his wife are buried
in the Knottsville graveyard. Their children were: Edgar
Rosier, who served as a Union soldier and is living at
Grafton; Sarah Ann, who died at Webster, West Virginia,
wife of Balden Funk; Lemuel, also a Union soldier, who
died in Taylor County; Mrs. Shaw, whose birth occurred
April 10, 1844; Caroline, wife of Reuben Dillon, living
near Knottsville; Sanford, of Grafton; Miss Hattie, liv-
ing near Grafton; Amanda, who died unmarried; Jacob, a
farmer at the old homestead in Grafton; and Belle, Mrs.
Mart Thomas, of Fairmont.

Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, who celebrated their golden wed-
ding anniversary half a dozen years since, have one son,
and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The son, Charles Franklin Shaw, was born at Austen, Pres-
ton County, September 19, 1866, and is a successful mer-
chant at Clarksburg. He married Cora Taylor, and their
children are: Lula, Nellie Rose, Charles F., Jr., Carl J.,
and Ruby. The daughter Lula is the wife of Ned Edwards,
and they have five children, named Catherine, Edward,
Thomas, Susan and Lncile. Nellie Shaw married Roy
Repard, and her children are Cloyd, Walter and Luella
Jean. The grandson of Thomas J. Shaw, Carl J. Shaw, is
married and has a daughter, Bettie.

Wade H. Post

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
John “Bill” Wheeler
December 10, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume ll.
pg. 116

Wade H. Post, M.D. For sixteen consecutive years Doctor Post has
applied himself to the practice of medicine and the varied service demanded of
a capable and high minded physician in the Masontown community of Preston
County. He came here as successor to the old physician, Doctor Cobun, who had
carried most of the burden of local practice.
Doctor Post was born in Lewis County, West Virginia, April 8, 1877. His
grandfather, John Post, spent his active life in Lewis County, and married a
Miss Cookman. Of their eight children, six are still living. William F. Post,
father of Doctor Post, was a native of Lewis County and married Elizabeth Jane
Young, of Harrison County. Her children were: Scott of Seattle, Washington;
Birdie, wife of W.E. Rhodes, of Lewis County; Wilda, wife of Dr. C.L. Cookman,
of Buckhannon, West Virginia; Wade H.; Ansel B., of Lost Creek, West Virginia;
and Porter W., who was killed in an automobile accident at Morgantown in June
1919, leaving a wife and daughter, Jane Porter Post.
Wade H. Post lived on his father’s farm during his youth and continued to
call that his home until he was about twenty-five years of age and qualified for
professional work. He was educated in the county schools,in Union College at
Buckhannon one term, then in the national Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio,
and prepared for his profession in the Baltimore Medical College, where he
graduated in 1901. Dr. Post first practiced at Jane Lew in Lewis County,
remaining there a year, and then at dellglow in Monongalia County. When he
located at Masontown he moved only a short distance across the county line from
Dellglow. Doctor Post has served a year as president of the County Medical
Society, is a member of the West Virginia State and American Medical
Association, is a local surgeon for the Baltimore & Ohio Railway and a member
of the Railway Surgeons Association of the Baltimore & Ohio system.
Aside from hi busy days as a physican, Doctor Post was one of the organizers
and is first vice president and one of the directors of the Bank of Masontown.
he is also president of the Reed Run Coal Company, and has had other business
interests but has disposed of them. He avoids to many of the honors and
responsibilities of politics, but is a member of the Executive Committee of the
Democratic Party in Preston County. His first national vote went to Mr. Bryan
in 1900. Doctor Post is affiliated with Preston Lodge No. 90, A.F. and A. M.,
Royal Arch Chapter No. 30 at Morgantown; Osiris Temple of the Mystic Shrine in
Wheeling; and he is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd fellows and
Knight of Pythias.
In Harrison County, October 7, 1902, Doctor Post married Miss Mary Eleanor
Eib, a native of that county and sixth and youngest child of James M and
Arminda (Arnold) Eib. Her father was a farmer of the Lost Creek community and
member of an old family of German origin. Doctor Post lost his first wife by
death. She is survived by three children: Mary Christine, James William and
Helena Arminda. At Rockville, Maryland, April 8, 1915, Doctor Post married Miss
Grace Clayton. The only child born to Doctor and Mrs. Post died in infancy.

William Henry Glover

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

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Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770


pg. 736

Members of the House of Delegates.

GLOVER, WILLIAM HENRY. (Republican.) Ad-
dress: Terra Alta. Born in Preston county, May 17, 1846,
near Cranberry Summit (now Terra Alta). educated in
country and public schools; served in the Union army,
1864-5; located at Cranberry Summit when the war closed
and engaged in mercantile business; member of the House
of Delegates in 1885, 1895, 1897 and 1913; postmaster at
Terra Alta 1899-1904; served several terms as Mayor; is a
banker and officially connected with the Terra Alta and
Englehart Woolen mills; re-elected to the Legislature in
1916; committee assignments, 1917: Judiciary, Pri-
vate Corporations and JointStock Companies, Virginia Debt.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

Harry Rupert Werner

Biographical Sketches of Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature,
Officers of the State Governement and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals,
West Virigina, 1917

West Virginia Legislative Hand Book and Manual and Official Register, 1917,
Compiled and Edited by John T. Harris, Clerk of the Senate,
The Tribune Printing Co., Charleston, West Va.
pgs. 719 – 770



WERNER, HARRY RUPERT. (Republican.) Ad-
dress: Thomas, West Va. Member of the Legislature
from Tucker county. Born March 10, 1881, at Eglon,
Preston county; educated in the public schools and in
Cincinnati, Ohio, medical schools, taking courses in the
Eclectic Medical College and post graduate work at the
Polyclinic Hospital and College for Graduates in Medicine
member of city council for two terms; President of City
Board of Health for ten years, and member of County
Board of Health; elected to the Legislature in 1916;
in 1917 served on the committees on Medicine and Sani-
tation (Chairman); Mines and Mining, Private Cor-
porations and Joint Stock Companies, Penitentiary.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook

H. Foster Hartman

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. 338

H. FOSTER HARTMAN, a former sheriff of Preston County,
has for many years been one of the keen and resourceful
business men of that section of the state. He was a
merchant before reaching his majority and is now pro-
prietor of a prosperous lumber and planing mill business
at Kingwood.

Mr. Hartman was born on a farm near Tunnelton in
Preston County December 25, 1880. His grandfather, Henry
Hartman, was a farmer at Craborchard in the same county,
and was buried in that locality. He was twice married and
had two sons and four daughters. George W. Hartman,
father of the Kingwood business man, was born in the
Whetsell settlement of Preston County, grew up on a farm
and acquired a common school education, and was a Union
soldier in the Civil war, being in Company F of the Sixth
West Virginia Infantry. He saw some of the fighting
within the borders of his native state, and at the end of
the war he came out of the army, and thereafter his chief
interests were centered on farming, though he also in-
vested some of his capital in merchandising as a means
of getting his sons in business. He was without ambi-
tion for public office, voted as a republican, and was a
leader in the Camp Chappel Methodist Church, and is
buried in the churchyard there. George W. Hartman, who
died December 7, 1917, married Susan Bonafield, daugh-
ter of Thornton and Sarah Bonafield. Her father was a
life-time farmer, and was probably born in Preston County.
Mrs. George W. Hartman died February 9, 1913, and her
children, besides H. Foster, were: Edward Thornton, of
Boston, Massachusetts; Arnold W., of Tunnelton; Mabel,
wife of B. T. Gibson, of Masontown, West Virginia; L.
Bert, of Tnnnelton; Alice, wife of Bruce Falkenstine, of
Mountain Lake Park, Maryland; and Lessie, of Kingwood.

H. Foster Hartman grew up on the old farm near Tun-
nelton and acquired a common school education there. At
the age of nineteen he went to Lenox and took charge of
the mercantile business known as George W. Hartman &
Son, owned by his father and brother. He was conducting
this store when he reached his majority, and subsequently
bought the stock and altogether was a merchant there three
years. When he sold out this business he moved a portion
of the stock to Terra Alta, but after a time closed out
his line of general merchandise and made the candy and
ice cream feature his line. About three years later he
sold to Ezra B. Hanger, and then went on the road as a
traveling salesman for the Bowlesburg Wholesale Grocery
Company. He had been on the road about a year when
be decided to make the race for sheriff. It was an inter-
esting campaign before the primaries, and there were five
candidates, so that Mr. Hartman’s qualifications and pop-
ularity were thoroughly tested. He was elected sheriff in
the fall of 1912. Mr. Hartman had east his first vote for
President in behalf of Colonel Roosevelt in 1904. The
year 1912 was the year of the great split in the republican
party, and the division extended to Preston County, where
however, Mr. Hartman succeeded in defeating his com-
petitor by a good margin. He entered the office as suc-
cessor to Charles Spindler, and served the legal limit for
sheriff, four years.

On retiring from the office of sheriff Mr. Hartman turned
his attention to business interests he had already acquired,
a garage and planing mill. He soon sold his garage, but
the planing mill is still a prominent factor of his enter-
prises. This factory is located at Albright, near King-
wood. In April, 1921, he purchased the old site and
building of the Kingwood Glass Company, and now uses
that for handling a large stock of lumber and builders’

Besides this substantial participation in the commercial
life of Kingwood, Mr. Hartman is a stockholder in the
Bank of Kingwood, is a stockholder and director of the
Englehart Woolen Mills Company, and a director and stock-
holder in the Bowlesburg Wholesale Grocery Company,
which he formerly represented as a traveling salesman.

At Lenox, Preston County, April 23, 1901, Mr. Hartman
married Miss Belle Kelley, who was born and reared in the
Lenox community, daughter of Winfield Scot and Sarah
Elizabeth (Feather) Kelley. Mrs. Hartman was past nine-
teen when she married. They have three children: Ruby
Beatrice, attending the Martha Washington Seminary at
Washington, D. C.; Donald Kelley, a student in Kingwood
High School; and Harland Spencer.

The Hartman family are Methodists, and Mr. Hartman
is one of the Official Board of the Kingwood Church. His
home is one of the very modern and attractive ones in the
county, and in other ways he has contributed to the sub-
stantial improvement of the city.

Howard M. Martin

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
February 13, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 128

Howard M. Martin. Farming, carpenter work, contracting and school
teaching have been the useful, and busy program of activities with which
Howard M. Martin has been concerned in his mature years. He is one of the
honored residents of Masontown in Preston County.
He represents one of the very old American families in this section of
West Virginia, and is a descendant of Daniel Martin, who went into the war
for American independence as a hostler for his uncle, Col. John Martin.
Subsequently he became a soldier in the ranks and served seven years and six
months, practically throughout the entire war. Daniel Martin was a native of
Germany. He married Elizabeth Wynne. His first settlement was in New Jersey,
whence he removed to Pennsylvania, and finally came to Preston County, West
Virginia. He lived beyond the century mark, and some declare died at the age
of 105. His wife died of cancer about 1837. Their children were: Abigail, who
married George Sypolt; Jacob, whose record follows; John, a stone mason who
married Sarah Sypolt; Isaac, a cripple, married Susanna Metheny and followed
a shoemaking trade throughout his life; and Sarah, who became the wife of
John McNair and lived near Valley Point in Preston County.
Jacob Martin was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1793.
He was a pioneer in the Valley Point district of Preston County, establishing
his first home in the woods there. He lived out his life in that section and
is buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery. He married Mrs. Mary (Metheny)
Miller, widow of Peter Miller. Her two children by her first husband are
Susanna, and John P. Mrs. Miller became Mrs. Jacob Martin, February 7, 1816.
By her second marriage she was the mother of James, who became a Baptist
minister and school teacher, married Minerva Rogers and died June 14,1896,
and Daniel T.
Daniel T. Martin, who was born near Valley Point, January 6, 1819, died
near Kingwood, June 1,1887. His first wife was Elizabeth Teets and his second
Mary M. Kirkpatrick. The children of the first marriage were Simon R., Phoebe
(who married Pulaski Messenger), Jasper and Jacob Tucker. The children of the
second marriage were Sarah Jane, Sampson, Rachel, Josiah F. and Margaret
Virginia, who lived in one of the states west of the Mississippi River.
Simon R. Martin, who continues the ancestral record and was the father of
Howard M. Martin, was born in the vicinity of Valley Point, December 22,1838,
and except for a few years when his parents lived in Wetzel County he
remained in his native county all his life. he started with the education
that could be acquired in the district schools of the country, and he and two
brothers and his father were Union soldiers in the Civil war. He was in
Company H of the Third Maryland Infantry in the Army of the Potomac. He was
once taken prisoner, but was exchanged and he was in the service almost from
the beginning until the close of the war. He was taken captive and held for
some time and then exchanged. Simon R. Martin died June 14, 1915. he married
Sarah A. Liston, daughter of John and Nancy (Smith) Liston. She died July 3,
1914. Of their children Howard M. is the oldest. Mintie Victoria was first
the wife of B. B. Miller and her second husband, Harry Green, lives in
Preston County. Anna is the wife of M. H. Taylor, of Masontown. Granville
Ross married first Blanche Greathouse and for his second wife married Bessie
Broyle, and both are deceased. He married for his third wife Ella Neely, and
they live at Masontown. Atlanta Lura is the wife of I. W. Spencer, of
Howard M. Martin was born at Bruceton Mills, April 16,1862, and when he
was about eight years of age his parents moved into the Masontown locality,
where he came to manhood. He attended the public schools, took normal courses
at Masontown and about the time he reached his majority he began teaching.
This profession formed an important part of his life for sixteen years. He
was a teacher in the winters and worked in the fields on the farm during the
summers. After teaching and farming he took up mechanical work, at the bench
as a carpenter and later as a contractor. He did much work of this character
in the locality, but eventually surrendered that business to concentrate his
time upon his farm. After his marriage he established his home at Masontown
for seven years, then lived for two years at Albright, again was for four
years at Masontown, and from there went to Colorado to benefit his wife’s
health. She yielded to the progress of the disease and died a few months
later. Mr. Martin then returned to Preston County, and in 1918 bought his
present farm, almost against the townsite of Masontown, and continued its
cultivation until his own health compelled him to desist. Among other
improvements he erected a substantial eight room house on the farm.
Mr. Martin cast his first vote for James G. Blaine, and has never failed
to vote at national elections in the republican faith. He was a justice of
the peace for one term, was the first mayor of Masontown, and also served as
recorder and councilman several terms. He has for many years been active in
the Methodist Episcopal Church, has served as steward and trustee of the
Masontown congregation, was one of the building committee at the erection of
the new house of worship and for about ten years was superintendent of the
Sunday school.
On June 5,1889, Mr. Martin married Anna Fay Jackson, daughter of Richard
Philip and Sophia (Heidelberg) Jackson. She was born near Albright, Preston
County, March 10,1871, and died February 3,1904. She is survived by her
daughter Estella S., wife of Charles Malcolm, of Petersburg, West Virginia,
and they have a daughter, Anna Lee. On July 12,1905, in Preston County, Mr.
Martin married Mrs. Etta O’Bryon. Her father, Zaccheus G. Smith, married Sue
E. Wilhelm, a daughter of John Wilhelm. Mrs. Martin was born in Preston
County, January 10,1878, one of a family of twelve children. By her marriage
to Charles O’Bryon she had two children, Sarah R., wife of Arthur Pell, and
Opal M., wife of Ferris Taylor. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have four children: Glenn
F., born April 14, 1906; Simon Harold Gibson, born march 23,1908; Dana Ray,
born May 7,1912; and Susan Ruth, born April 7, 1915.