Doddridge County Roots

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James H. THORNDELL

Male 1825 - 1904  (79 years)


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  • Name James H. THORNDELL 
    Born 15 Jan 1825  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1837  [2
    Census 1850  Fayette Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880, 1900  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation shoemaker, hotel keeper (U.S. Hotel in West Union, 1875 - ca 1905)  [3, 4
    Died 1 Apr 1904  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Presumed. Death record says only West Union, but wife's headstone (inscribed "Wife of J. H. Thorndell") is at Blockhouse Hill Cemetery in the old Seventh Day Baptist section.
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from an article in the series "Mostly About Ourselves," by Alton Childers, "West Union Herald Record," Aug 1 1989, in which Silas P. Smith is quoted reminiscing about West Union as it was when he first published the "West Union Record" in March 1886:
      "... The crowd of men attending court were taken care of by two hotels, the U.S. Hotel and the Grant House. J. H. Thorndell was proprietor of the U.S. Hotel and Joseph Cheuvront of the Grant House. ... At that time, West Union had one two-room school house located where the Columbian hotel now stands. In fact, the school house forms part of the present hotel building which was completed by Mrs. M. I. Ash about 1893, the year of the Columbian Exposition of Chicago. It was this year that Columbian street was widened, having been only an alley up to that time."
    Person ID I81763  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2015 

    Family Mary A. CRUSEN,   b. CA 1827, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1885, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Notes 
    • 1880 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (West Union District), enumerated on Jun 2 1880:
      J. H. Thorndell, 53, b. England, shoemaker; wife M. A. Thorndell, 47, b. Pa; son A. W. Thorndell, 27, b. Pa, clerk in store, married; dau (should be dau-in-law) M. A. Thorndell, 26, b. Va; niece Ida Crusen, 15 (or 5?), b. Iowa; boarder John Donohoe, 40, b. Canada (both parents b. Ireland), sheriff of Doddridge County, single; boarder B. C. Bland, 27, b. Va, doctor, widowed; boarder S. B. Ankrom, 23, b. Va, lawyer, single; boarder Daniel Watts, 21, b. Va, huckster, single; boarder Leopold Hinterer, 25, b. Austria, huckster, single; boarder Robert Bowie (?), 30, b. Va, huckster, single; grandson Clyde Thorndell, 3; grandson J. C. Thorndell, 2.
      (NOTE: Since James H. Thorndell is known to have been the proprietor of the U.S. Hotel in West Union, the six boarders were presumably paying guests of that establishment.)
    Children 
    +1. Alvert W. THORNDELL,   b. Apr 1852, Uniontown, Fayette Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1908, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Family ID F34956  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880, 1900 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Apr 1904 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1864] Death Record - Birth date calculated from age at death.

    2. [S1998] 1900 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union District).

    3. [S2148] 1880 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union District).

    4. [S1563] Doddridge County Death Records, West Union, WV.

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