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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 Charles Ladwig in the 1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Ladwig
Age in 1870: 49
Birth Year: abt 1821
Birthplace: Berlin, Stadt (city)
Dwelling Number: 9
Home in 1870: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Occupation: Farmer
Father of Foreign Birth: Y
Mother of Foreign Birth: Y
Male Citizen over 21: Y
Personal Estate Value: 1600
Real Estate Value: 3000
Inferred Spouse: Caroline Ladwig
Inferred Children: Albert Ladwig
Robert Ladwig
Victor Ladwig
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Ladwig 49
Caroline Ladwig 53
Albert Ladwig 23
Robert Ladwig 20
Victor Ladwig 8

Charles Ladwig in the 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles Ladwig
Age: 68
Birth Date: Abt 1812
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1880: Wolf River, Doniphan, Kansas, USA
Dwelling Number: 11
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Caroline Ladwig
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Occupation: Farming
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Ladwig 68
Caroline Ladwig 63
Victor Ladwig 18 
LADWIG, Charles (I125140)
3 Daisy June Ball Varner
Birth 8 Sep 1887
Sardis, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death 21 Sep 1956 (aged 69)
New Martinsville, Wetzel County, West Virginia, USA
Seventh-Day Baptist Church Cemetery
Salem, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 201876971 · View Source

Daughter of Henry William Ball & Dollie Jane Cunningham.

Married Guy Varner (1880-1960) on 31 Aug 1907 in Salem, Harrison Co, WV.

Daisy Mable Collins Varner
Birth 29 Jul 1899
Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA
Death 5 Feb 1975 (aged 75)
Springboro, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Snyder Cemetery Stewarts Creek •
Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 16760534 · View Source

Daughter of Granville and Viola Myrtle Kirkpatrick Collins. Wife of Rayburn Dare Varner.
Family Members

Granville Collins

Viola Myrtle Kirkpatrick Collins



Rayburn Dare Varner



Nora Blanch Collins Varner

Oris Wilbur Collins

Opal E. Collins Keller

BALL, Daisy June (I125069)
4 David GordonShaver Sr.
1945 - 2014

David Gordon Shaver Sr., age 69, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 28, 1945 in Fairmont, WV, a son of the late Wilbert Shaver and Ann Shaver Garcia.

Mr. Shaver is survived by his wife of 15 years, Kathryn Jo “Kathie” (Wilson) Shaver, one son David Gordon “Bo” Shaver Jr. of Gaithersburg, MD, two granddaughters Nicole and Laura Shaver, brothers: Joe, Ted, and Frank Shaver; and sisters: Bobbie Banach, Patty Lepante, and Delores Shaver. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

David attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was an avid gardener. He loved to fish, watch boxing matches, and most importantly loved his wife and family. David also enjoyed muscle cars and his '77 Chevy Nova SS.

The family would like to thank People's Hospice for their amazing care and support during David's illness. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations be made in David's memory to People's Hospice P.O. Box 1680 Clarksburg, WV 26302.

There will be no public visitation and cremation services will be performed. A graveside service will be held at a later date to be announced by the family. The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Shaver Family during this time 
SHAVER, David Gordon (I124662)
5 Floyd F Lipscomb
Birth 21 Apr 1896
Death 13 Nov 1970 (aged 74)
Alger Cemetery
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot Sec L Row 14 Plot 49
Memorial ID 81821793 · View Source

Id#: 0606707
Name: Lipscomb, Floyd F.
Date: Nov 15 1970
Source: Plain Dealer; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #130.

Lipscomb. Floyd F. Lipscomb, beloved husband of Verna, father of Mrs. Clifford Cogar (Helen), step-father of Anna Walker, Mabel Roder, Verda Dowson, Margaret Word, Elizabeth Rader, James Arnett and Allen Rader, grandfather, passed away Nov. 13th 1970. Funeral Monday, 11 a.m. at Daniels Funeral Home, 15800 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, O. Visitation Sunday 2-4 And 7-9 P.M. 
LIPSCOMB, Floyd Freeman (I125060)
6 George Jones in the 1840 United States Federal Census
Name: George Jones
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Harrison, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 4
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4
NOTE: Examination of the original census record reveals the location to be in present-day Doddridge County.

1850 Census, Doddridge County, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Aug 7 1850:
George Jones, 68, b. Maryland, farmer, cannot read/write; Margaret, 70, b. Va, cannot read/write; Sarah, 48 (42 ?), b. Va, cannot read/write; John W. Miller, 17, b. Va, farmer.
The next enumerated household was that of George & Margaret's daughter & son-in-law, Margaret & Thomas McKinley, and their six children.

1860 Census, Doddridge Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Jul 5 1860:
Jno Miller, 25, farmer, value of real estate $800, value of personal estate $150; G. M. M. (female), 20; A. G. M. (female), 3; E. E. (female), 12; George Jones, 75, farmer, value of real estate (blank), value of personal estate $200, cannot read/write; Margaret Jones, 80; Sara L. Jones, 48. All born in Virginia. 
Family F34222
7 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)
8 Patrick Haney in the 1830 United States Federal Census
Name: Patrick Haney
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Western District, Monongalia, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 3
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 5 
Family F52443
9 Rolly Miller in the 1840 United States Federal Census
Name: Rolly Miller
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Harrison, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7 
Family F54248
10 Thomas McWhorter
Birth 15 Jul 1785
Death 28 Dec 1815 (aged 30)
McWhorter Church Cemetery
McWhorter, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 20664954 · View Source

Aged 30 years, 5 months and 13 days

Thomas, the second son, born July15, 1785, inherited a part of the home farm on McKinney’s Run, and was a prosperous farmer. He was a man of sterling worth to his community during his short life. He died December 28, 1815, and was the first buried in the McWhorter cemetery.

On Easter morning, 1807, Thomas McWhorter married Delila Stalnaker, daughter of Samuel Stalnaker, Sr., an old resident of Hacker’s Creek.

His only son, Henry, was a commissary Sergeant, Company E., Third West Virginia Volunteers Cavalry. He was killed in a fight at the Gibson house on Greenbrier River, Poschontas County, West Virginia, January 22 or 23 (near midnight), 1863. Early in the engagement, he fell mortally wounded, and congratulated himself that it was his privilege to die in battle for his country. A few moments later he was shot through the heart.

“The Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia”, 1915, By Lucullus Virgil McWhorter


The death of Thomas was a tragic one. Early one morning he went to the wood yard to bring in some wood. When he failed to return his wife went to call him to breakfast. She found him lying dead on the woodpile. He had been bitten many times by rattlesnakes, five times about the face.”

The Henry McWhorter Family of NJ and WV, by Minnie S. McWhorter

(submitted by Dennis McWhorter)
Family Members

Henry McWhorter

Mary Fields McWhorter



Delila Stalnaker McWhorter

1789–1872 (m. 1807)


John McWhorter

Walter Fields McWhorter



Talitha McWhorter Smith

Henry McWhorter

Salina McWhorter Lowther

Rulina McWhorter Lynch

1813 – unknown
Margaret Catherine McWhorter Ward

Mary McWhorter Nutter

Susan McWhorter Crumrine

MCWHORTER, Thomas (I32384)
11 "... Later he was located in Monroe County, Mississippi where he gave erroneous testimony that he was his father's sole living heir in an abortive attempt to receive the whole estate." 
MCREYNOLDS, John Dabney (I104072)
12 "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)
13 "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)
14 "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)
15 "According to Chambers and other researchers, the relationship of Nicholas Muse to John Muse Sr. is unproven." MUSE, Nicholas (I35672)
16 "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
17 "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)
18 "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)
19 "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)
20 "Another family which not previously mentioned is the Strickling family, one of the most influential in the early history of the community. Dr. William and Matilda Strickling came here from Ohio, via Shirley where they lived a short while about the time of the Civil War. They founded their home at what is known as the Strickling Farm, now owned by John and Eleazer Freeman. Here they raised a family of nine children-eight boys and one girl. Dr. Strickling was a a teacher and one of the first County Superintendent, he was also a successful doctor, doing a great deal for the health of the community. But perhaps he was best known as a preacher. He spent many years preaching and practicing medicine. The last years of his life were given entirely to the ministry.

"All the Strickling family became successful teachers. F.E. served as County Superintendent of Schools in this county and is now Postmaster at West Union. James, after teaching for a time, graduated from Bethany College. He studied law and became a well known lawyer, and a member of the State Legislature, serving as Speaker of the House during a late session. His home is in Huntington."

"History of Nutter's Fork Community" (1925)
by Lily Smith Corathers 
Family F26483
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 Duckworth Schoolhouse near Wilbur W.Va." Family F50845
25 "at House of John Eddy" Family F50146
26 "at House of John Eddy" Family F50146
27 "at J. E. Bates residence" Family F40787
28 "at James Wilson's" Family F42531
29 "at Joe McKinney's residence near Blandville, W.Va." Family F41016
30 "at John M. Hoey's" This was probably at Big Battle in Doddridge County. Family F41107
31 "at John Postlethwaits" "Consent given by Luther Postlethwait." Family F44607
32 "at Lot Enix's" Family F25105
33 "at or near the residence of George Freeman." Informant for marriage license: B. J. Scott. Family F7252
34 "at Residence of Widow Hendershot" Family F50140
35 "at Residence of Widow Hendershot" Family F50140
36 "at Stouts" Informants for marriage license: George and Thomas Murphy, and James F. (?) Stout. Family F21659
37 "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)
38 "at the bride's home, Ira Williams, Rt 2, Cox's Mills, W.Va." Family F29593
39 "at the Depot" Wife's father incorrectly identified as David Weekley. Family F51119
40 "at the Depot" Wife's father incorrectly identified as David Weekley. Family F51119
41 "at the Double Bridges near Shiloh" Family F34000
42 "at the home of his son" GASTON, John Morris (I150)
43 "at the house of David Barker" Family F41168
44 "at the house of G. W. Moore" Family F26026
45 "at the house of J. W. Norris" Family F37406
46 "at the residence of Geo. Clice" Family F42285
47 "at the residence of Joseph Davis" Family F54381
48 "at the residence of the bride's mother" Family F16813
49 "at the watch box near Central Station" Family F39198
50 "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)

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