Doddridge County Roots

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James Arthur FOLEY

Male 1812 - 1871  (59 years)


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  • Name James Arthur FOLEY 
    Born 1812  Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1820  Wood Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1846, 1858  [2, 3, 4
    retail merchant 
    Died 1871  [1
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Doddridge County Death Records indicate that three slaves of James A. Foley's died in West Union in September 1855. They were a 47-year-old female and her one-day-old son, and a three-year-old boy. They were all listed as black slaves. Name of the infant was not given, while the other names were illegible. Cause of death for all was given as "Want of Bread."
      http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5046319&Type=Death

      The 1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule for Doddridge County, enumerated on Jun 1 1860, contains the following entry:
      Slave owner: Jas. A. Foley
      Description of slaves:
      1 black female, age 25
      1 black female, age 4

      BURNING OF THE TOWN OF WEST UNION.
      On the night of March 27th, 1858, the fire fiend once more visited West Union, and this time laid the town in ashes. At the time many of the citizens were absent at Clarksburg, attending the United States court, then in session in that city. The fire originated in an upper room of the residence of L.R. Charter. A brisk gale was blowing and the flames spread rapidly to other buildings, the first being the large hotel and store room belonging to James A. Foley. Then followed the residence of Ethelbert Bond and the storehouse of Arthur Ingram. Many other buildings shared the same fate, and the next morning, what the evening before had been the town of West Union, was but a mass of smoldering ruins. But just at the time the Parkersburg and Grafton branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railway was completed, and the town, phoenix-like, arose from its own ashes, and in a short time no traces of the holocaust remained behind.
      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvpioneers/doddridgecountyhistory.html
      Hardesty’s 1883 History of Doddridge County
    Person ID I28951  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2015 

    Father Mason FOLEY 
    Mother Hannah PHELPS 
    Family ID F11002  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Tabitha J. B. HARNESS,   b. Mar 1819,   d. 1901  (Age ~ 81 years)  [6, 7
    Married 2 Apr 1846  Wood Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
    +1. Henry C. FOLEY,   b. CA 1848, Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1898, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    +2. Hannah V. FOLEY,   b. 19 Apr 1850,   d. 14 Dec 1877  (Age 27 years)
    +3. James I. FOLEY,   b. Sep 1852, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1927, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
    +4. Benjamin W. FOLEY,   b. 5 Oct 1854, West Union, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1935, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Mary J. FOLEY,   b. 5 Sep 1856,   d. 23 Oct 1877  (Age 21 years)
    +6. Kate Ann FOLEY,   b. Sep 1858, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1938, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
    +7. Sarah Frances "Fannie" FOLEY,   b. 23 Sep 1860, West Union, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1947, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F11019  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    999999_Meeting-in-Doddridge_RichmondWhig_14Jan1859.jpg
    Political Meeting in Doddridge, Richmond Whig, 14 Jan 1859
    West Union Fire, Daily Dispatch, Richmond Va, 3 Apr 1858
    West Union Fire, Daily Dispatch, Richmond Va, 3 Apr 1858
    28951_FOLEY_JamesA_Three-slaves-died-from-want-of-bread_DeathRecord_DoddridgeCo_Sep1855.jpg
    28951_FOLEY_JamesA_Three-slaves-died-from-want-of-bread_DeathRecord_DoddridgeCo_Sep1855.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S638] Headstone (year only).

    2. [S12] Doddridge County Court House, West Union, WV, Doddridge Co Minute Book, Vol 1, p. 73.

    3. [S1592] Birth record of daughter.

    4. [S941] 1850 Census, Doddridge County, (W)VA.

    5. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).

    6. [S1604] Death record of son.

    7. [S1590] Death record of daughter.

    8. [S2050] Wood County Marriage Records, Parkersburg, WV.