Doddridge County Roots

A West Virginia Genealogy

William R. TOWNER

Male 1839 - 1865  (~ 26 years)


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  • Name William R. TOWNER 
    Born Jan 1839  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Age 26y 1m 26d in death record puts birth date at Jan-18-1839. But the age on his headstone is 26y 1m 21d, putting his birth date at Jan-23-1839.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850, 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Co E, 6th W.Va. Infantry, Civil War  [4
    • Military records show that William R. Towner enlisted in 1861 in Company E, 6th (W)Va. Infantry. He was captured by the Rebels at Bridgeport on April 30, 1863, probably as part of the Jones-Imboden Raid through northwestern Virgina, He was held prisoner, but was eventually paroled. He returned to duty on October 3, 1863. It was during his period of captivity that his father was killed at Beverly. There's no way to know when he learned of his father's death, possibly not until he was released months later. William R. Towner was sick in hospital from February 1864 until October 6, 1864 when he was discharged upon expiration of his service obligation. He returned home to Doddridge County, where he died on March 16, 1865. His cause of death was listed as starvation, which may have referred to the effects of some underlying medical condition, perhaps related to his prior hospitalization.
    Died 16 Mar 1865  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Cause: starvation 
    Buried Duckworth (Summit) Cemetery, Greenwood, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I86915  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 

    Father John J. TOWNER,   b. 18 Feb 1810, Fairfax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1863, Beverly, Randolph Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Matilda A. HUNT,   b. CA 1816, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1891, Central Station, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1836  Preston Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F37281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Duckworth (Summit) Cemetery, Greenwood, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1864] Death Record - Birth date calculated from age at death.

    2. [S1838] Headstone - Date calculated from age at death.

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

    4. [S1563] Doddridge County Death Records, West Union, WV, DR p. 9, Line 22 : http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5051345&Type=Death.

    5. [S5] Headstone.

    6. [S934] Findagrave.com.