Doddridge County Roots

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1 Born in Doddridge County, West Virginia, Harry Ross moved to Warrenton, Virginia in 1931 to work for the Columbia Gas System. He worked there until 1941. It was during that time that he married Margaret Turner, who was working in Washington but returned home to Warrenton on weekends. In 1941, Harry was promoted to foreman of the Rockville, Maryland section. Rev. Rosenburger was the Minister of Rockville Methodist Church at that time.
After World War II, the company expanded and Harry & Margaret then moved to Harford County, Maryland, where they stayed until 1956. In that year, he accepted the position of Assistant Division Superintendent, with offices in Rockville. He worked there until his retirement in 1971.
An active churchgoer since his youth in West Virginia, Harry quickly became involved in the programs and ministries of Rockville United Methodist Church. He was for many years a member of the Men's Bible Class and served as an usher and as a member of several church committees. He was one of the original member of the FFF Club. 
ROSS, Harry Edwin (I49769)
2 Carl Ford in the Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001
Name: Carl Ford
Gender: Male
Race: White
Event Type: Marriage Registration (Marriage)
Birth Date: 16 Aug 1891
Birth Place: West Virginia
Marriage Licence Place: Indiana, United States
Residence Place: Yazoo City, Mississippi
Father: Thomas Ford
Mother: Etta Davis
Spouse: Beryl Butcher
Page: 211
FHL Film Number: 001313348

Beryl Butcher in the Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001
Name: Beryl Butcher
Gender: Female
Race: White
Event Type: Marriage Registration (Marriage)
Birth Date: 22 May 1897
Birth Place: Virginia
Marriage Licence Place: Indiana, United States
Residence Place: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Father: James Butcher
Mother: Virginia Keener
Spouse: Carl Ford
Page: 211
FHL Film Number: 001313348 
Family F50911
3 Geo W Richards in the 1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Geo W Richards
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1831
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: Western District, Ritchie, Virginia, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 564
Household Members:
Name Age
Benjn Richards 54
Priscilla Richards 44
Cath E Richards 21
Geo W Richards 19
Benjn L Richards 14
Jacob H Richards 12
Elias C Richards 9
Mahala Richards 4
Clarinda Richards 2 
RICHARDS, George W. (I94810)
4 Herman H Friend

Birth 1886
Death 1968
Burial Miami Cemetery Corwin, Warren County, Ohio, USA

Memorial ID 14211868


Louisa Samantha Hufford Friend*



James Warren Friend*

Mildred Louis Friend Gillis*

FRIEND, Herman H. "Doss" (I91163)
5 Margaret J. Lindsey Cottrill

Birth 1828 Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death 19 Jan 1893 Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Chestnut Grove Cemetery Flint, Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA

Memorial ID 158160666

Margaret was married to Elijah "Elzie" Cottrill on February 10, 1863. They had five known children.

According to dc she was buried in "Hoskins" cemetery. I believe this is another name for Chestnut Grove??? <<====


Alexander Thompson Lindsey

Lucy Golden Lindsey



Mary Lindsey Corbin*



Curtis Adelbert Cottrill*

William Augustus Cottrill*

Mary Columbia Cottrill Williams*

Lucy Ann Cottrill Knight*

LINDSEY, Margaret J. (I77146)
6 Margaret O Gorrell in the 1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Margaret O Gorrell
Age: 15
Birth Year: abt 1845
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Virginia
Home in 1860: District 2, Pleasants, Virginia
Post Office: Hebron
Dwelling Number: 217
Family Number: 217
Attended School: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
A S Gorrell 50
Mary Gorrell 47
John B Gorrell 18
Margaret O Gorrell 15
Rebecca L Gorrell 12
Alexander C Gorrell 2
A C Gorrell 25 
GORRELL, Margaret Octavia (I118346)
7 Marie Thomas in the West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938
Name: Marie Thomas
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1904 <<=======
Birth Place: Greenwood, Doddridge, West Virginia
Birth County: Doddridge
Father: Walter Thomas
Mother: Cora Elliott
FHL Film Number: 838203

Marie Cavins in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Marie Cavins
SSN: 208-32-7432
Last Residence:
15207 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
BORN: 1 Jul 1904 <<=========
Died: 9 Nov 1999
State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (1958-1960) 
THOMAS, Marie (Riley) (I70516)
8 NEWTON, Emily Regina Abel Lawrence

Emily Regina Abel Lawrence Newton died January 7, 2005 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of ninety. She was born on May 30, 1914, in Washington, D.C., the elder child of Susan Maxwell Abel of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Colonel Charles Abel and was the granddaughter of William Brent Maxwell and Emma Williams Maxwell of Clarksburg.

Emily grew up in Santa Barbara, where she attended Howard School in Montecito, and in New York where she graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy. She attended Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from the Royal Academy in London, England, where she studied acting.

Always treasuring her West Virginia roots, she was a very generous donor to Alderson-Broaddus College, endowing the Maxwell Chair in the Humanities, as well as the Alderson-Broaddus College Scholarship Fund, established in memory of Emily's mother, Susan Alice Maxwell Tutenberg.

During her acting career she appeared on the New York stage and toured with Katherine Cornell in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" as Henrietta. That tour included an extended overseas engagement with the USO, performing before military audiences during World War II. Among her many theatrical credits were Portia in "Julius Caesar" and Kathleen in "The Prescott Proposals."

She performed professionally under the stage name of Emily Lawrence.

Mrs. Newton was first married to Robert Lawrence Balzar of Los Angeles and then to Theodore Newton, also a stage and screen actor, who preceded her in death on February 28, 1963. Thereafter, she resided in Santa Barbara near her mother, Susan Tutenberg, who died in 1970.

She cared deeply for her fellow man and was a generous supporter of social and environmental causes throughout her lifetime, including Santa Barbara Rehabilitation Foundation, Santa Barbara County United Way, Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Planned Parenthood, Laguna Cottages for Seniors, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara County Mental Health Assn., Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Assn., Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse Assn., Community Action Commission, KCET, Santa Barbara Humane Society, Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council and G.O.O. (Get Oil Out), among many others.

Emily is survived by her brother, Brent Maxwell Abel and his wife, Corinne, of San Rafael, California; a stepson, David Newton of Northampton, Massachusetts; two step-grandchildren, Hillary and Peter Newton; a niece, Molly Abel Warner of Monterey, California; and a nephew, Brent M. Abel Jr. of Moraga, California.

In accordance with her wishes, no memorial service will be held and her ashes will be committed to the water of the Pacific Ocean.

Donations honoring the memory of Emily Newton may be made to the Santa Barbara Foundation, 15 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or to the Santa Barbara Humane Society, 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider. 
ABEL, Emily Regina (I118585)
9 Reva Loraine Smith Ashcraft

Birth 12 Mar 1921 Brown, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA <<=== 25 Mar 1921 on headstone
Death 24 Jul 2010 Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Burial Island Creek Cemetery Toronto, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA

Memorial ID 73921154

Daughter of the late Eugene and Ethel Ashcraft Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Ashcraft and a daughter, Nancy Ashcraft.
Family Members

Harlen Jefferson Ashcraft*



Nancy Ashcraft*

SMITH, Reva Loraine (I119086)
10 Russell C Davisson in the Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980
Name: Russell C Davisson
Gender: Male
Marriage Age: 33
Birth Date: 2 Oct 1892
Birth Place: Weston, West Virginia
Marriage Date: 21 Dec 1925
Marriage Place: Summit, Ohio, USA
Father: William J Davisson
Mother: Burga Furbee
Spouse: Elairbel Barnett

Elairbel Barnett in the Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980
Name: Elairbel Barnett
Gender: Female
Marriage Age: 23
Birth Date: 17 Oct 1902
Birth Place: Clacksburg, West Virginia
Marriage Date: 21 Dec 1925
Marriage Place: Summit, Ohio, USA
Father: McClellan Barnett
Mother: Margaret Mitchell
Spouse: Russell C Davisson 
Family F50865
11 Wilson Josiah Swiger SOMETHING IS OFF
Birth 13 Apr 1853
Sardis, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death 27 May 1949 (aged 96)
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Greenlawn Cemetery
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 31263440 · View Source

Son of
William G (Benjamin) Swiger (1830-1856)
Amanda Hughes (1836-1893)
Family Members

Emmaline Hurst Swiger

1860–1938 (m. 1875)


Sarah E Swiger Coffman*

William O'Hara Swiger*

Grayson Swiger*

Myrtle Lucie Swiger Hardman*

Benjamin Franklin Swiger*

Bertha Swiger*

SWIGER, Wilson Josiah (I119442)
12 "[Mary Jane Gaston and husband Martin Ward] came to Bone Creek [about 1842]. Mrs. Ward rode on horseback through the forest, with her babe in her arms, and her ten-year old sister behind her. Mr. Ward cleared three hundred acres in Union District, and marvelous were the changes their hands helped to bring about.... When they came to Bone Creek there was but few families there, and no other pioneers had longer connection or were held in higher esteem." Family F450
13 "A. A. BROWN, of Brown & Thompson, hardware merchants. Was born in Otsego County, N. Y., in 1840, and reared in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he studied the profession of dentistry. In May, 1861, he enlisted in the Second Michigan Infantry, serving three months; and on the 12th of August following re-enlisted in Company I, Second Michigan Cavalry; was almost immediately promoted to Quartermaster's Sergeant, and during the last year of the war acted as Quartermaster at Franklin Post, Tenn., and was mustered out of the service in September, 1865. He came to Kansas in January, 1866, locating at Topeka. Was for a year employed as baggagemaster on the K. P.R. R., after which he was employed as a clerk in hardware for some eight years, and during that period he learned the trade of gas and steam fitter. He was also for eight years a member of the Topeka Cornet Band, and for two years had charge of the fire department building at Topeka. Was then for three years engineer at the State Insane Asylum, and for three years engineer at the State Deaf and Dumb Asylum. He came to Olathe January 1, 1882, and in company with O. D. Dickey purchased the hardware stock of W. B. Walker. They conducted the business together until April 13, 1882, when Mr. Dickey sold out his interest to G. S. Thompson. Mr. Brown was married at Topeka, Kan., in 1875, to Lila Little. They have one son--Clarence W."
[William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas," 1883, ] 
BROWN, Ammi A. (I90633)
14 "About four years after his second marriage, James B. Davis returned to Doddridge County, West Virginia to live, where he was ordained and preached at the Middle Island Seventh Day Baptist Church. After his retirement they moved to Salem."
["Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia," p. 42] 
DAVIS, James Ball (I35952)
15 "According to a biographical sketch in 'The Horn Papers,' ... Richard Moody was an Englishman by birth and a tailor by trade. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1712, and in 1721 established Moody's Inn near Paterson, New Jersey, where his son Robert Moody, Sr. was born. MOODY, Richard (I35582)
16 "According to Chambers and other researchers, the relationship of Nicholas Muse to John Muse Sr. is unproven." MUSE, Nicholas (I35672)
17 "Adam and Jane (Hall) Kasson emigrated from Belfast, Ireland, sometime in the year 1722, and landed in Boston, Mass., with their family, consisting of seven sons and two daughters. From Boston they removed to Vountown, Conn., where he died Nov 1 1752, aged 71; his wife Mar 31 1767, aged 85. They called themselves Scotch-Irish, with some English blood intermixed; but some of their descendants claim to be of French descent, and left France in the time of the persecution of the Huguenots." Family F15477
18 "After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Music, she traveled through Northern West Virginia teaching music at multiple high schools. Following the guidance of her beloved father, who believed that personal growth and opportunity in the 1930's, required one to explore new people and challenges outside of the small town atmosphere of West Virginia, Virginia moved to Washington, D.C. Beginning an active life of travel unusual for single women at that time, she took a position with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During World War II, she was active in the creation and management of emergency housing plans for families having to relocate due to loss of their husbands to the war. Following the war, Virginia was transferred to Atlanta in a regional management position for Housing and Urban Development " retiring in 1970. STUCK, Virginia Isabelle (I29399)
19 "After marrying Lucretia Green, Robert Moody Sr. settled in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in 1759. A year later, he joined Thomas Cresap's group of explorers and traders to the Ohio River country. For nearly two years, he made his home at the 'forks' (presumably the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers), then returned to his family in 1764. By then, they were living near the Cresap home on the Potomac River. In 1769, Robert Moody Sr. joined a party of settlers from Frederick County, Virginia, who headed for the Monongahela River territory. Upon locating a tract of land in Greene County, Pennsylvania, he settled there and fathered at least four children, including Robert Moody Jr., who grew to maturity. By 1794, his eldest son, William, was a merchant tailor in Greensboro." MOODY, Robert Sr. (I35580)
20 "Amos Bee was enrolling officer during the civil war, for Capt. Stone of Wheeling, preparing for draft. He served as deputy sheriff four years, 1877-81, was first clerk of the school board under the free school system, and has been clerk of the board of supervisors." BEE, Amos (I37182)
21 "at B. L. Davises" Informant for marriage license: W. B. Allen. Family F41280
22 "at Clod Swigers" Family F40716
23 "at Duckworth Schoolhouse near Wilbur W.Va." Family F50845
24 "at House of John Eddy" Family F50146
25 "at J. E. Bates residence" Family F40787
26 "at James Wilson's" Family F42531
27 "at Joe McKinney's residence near Blandville, W.Va." Family F41016
28 "at John M. Hoey's" This was probably at Big Battle in Doddridge County. Family F41107
29 "at John Postlethwaits" "Consent given by Luther Postlethwait." Family F44607
30 "at Lot Enix's" Family F25105
31 "at or near the residence of George Freeman." Informant for marriage license: B. J. Scott. Family F7252
32 "at Residence of Widow Hendershot" Family F50140
33 "at Stouts" Informants for marriage license: George and Thomas Murphy, and James F. (?) Stout. Family F21659
34 "At the age of 12 years she made a public profession of religion, was baptized by Amos R. Wells, in a creek called Patterson's Fork, Va., now W. Va., and joined the Greenbrier Church. In those days children of that age were not supposed to be old enough to be Christians."
Obituary, "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 42, No 24, p 8, June 17, 1886. 
DAVIS, Vienna (I115926)
35 "at the bride's home, Ira Williams, Rt 2, Cox's Mills, W.Va." Family F29593
36 "at the Depot" Wife's father incorrectly identified as David Weekley. Family F51119
37 "at the Double Bridges near Shiloh" Family F34000
38 "at the home of his son" GASTON, John Morris (I150)
39 "at the home of his son" GASTON, John Morris (I150)
40 "at the house of David Barker" Family F41168
41 "at the house of G. W. Moore" Family F26026
42 "at the house of J. W. Norris" Family F37406
43 "at the residence of Geo. Clice" Family F42285
44 "at the residence of the bride's mother" Family F16813
45 "at the watch box near Central Station" Family F39198
46 "Benjamin Family in America," p. 113, incorrectly reports John Brown's death as 1780. Connecticut vital records of the Barbour Collection show that 1780 was actually the year that he married, and that he had at least three children in the next few years. BROWN, John (I72137)
47 "Benjamin Family in America," p. 114, reports birth date as Apr 27 1769, but Connecticut Town Birth Records (Barbour Collection), show it as Nov 5 1767. BROWN, Hannah (I72147)
48 "between Harrisville and Ellenboro" TERRY, Jane (I91817)
49 "Camp Merritt was a military base in Cresskill, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, that was activated for use in World War I. It was from this camp that tens of thousands of soldiers were deployed to Hoboken, New Jersey before being shipped off to Europe. Approximately four million troops were sent to the Western Front during World War I, about one million of them passed through Camp Merritt. Camp Merritt was decommissioned in 1919."
[Source: Wikipedia] 
CRAWFORD, David Harry (I93583)
50 "Cemeteries of Elk District, Harrison County WV," p. 26, reports burial in unmarked grave in A. D. Douglas Cemetery at Raccoon Run, citing the statement of a local resident. But death record shows burial at Benedum Memorial Cemetery in Bridgeport. DOUGLAS, Jefferson Davis (I50893)

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