Doddridge County Roots

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Joseph Stillman JEFFREY

Male 1838 - 1863  (25 years)


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  • Name Joseph Stillman JEFFREY 
    Born 6 May 1838  Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850, 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military ENLISTED 5/2/1863  [4
    Sgt, 180th Militia (Capt J. H. Bee, Co A), Civil War 
    • Although Doddridge County did not see any full-blown battles during the Civil War, there was a noteworthy "skirmish" that occurred in West Union on May 6, 1863. By that time in the Civil War, Confederate officers realized that the best way to cut off Union supplies and communications was to disable the B&O railroad. Under the command of Generals William E. Jones and John D, Imboden, Confederate forces were sent out to destroy bridges and tunnels all along the railroad that was referred to as "Lincoln’s lifeline" because of its importance in conveying troops and supplies. One local soldier who encountered the Jones-Imboden raid here in West Union was Joseph Stillman Jeffrey. Joseph was born May 6, 1838 in Doddridge County, the son of Joseph Jeffrey, Jr. and Tacy Davis. He enlisted on May 2, 1863 in Company A of Captain Josiah H. Bee’s 180th Militia Home Guard. He survived the Jones-Imboden Raid at West Union (on his 25th birthday), only to be accidentally shot with a musket on May 14, 1863. We do not know the circumstances surrounding the accident, only that he died from this wound the next day.

      Flavius Josephus Ashburn wrote about Joseph’s death in his diary. "On Thursday the 14th Stillman Jeffrey was accidentally shot through with a musket. After enduring excessive agony, until sometime in the night he expired." This is the only documentation we have for the circumstances of Joseph Stillman Jeffrey’s death. If not for that diary, Joseph’s story would have been lost in history. Although his headstone can no longer be located, we know from earlier cemetery readings that he is buried in the Seventh Day Baptist section of the Blockhouse Hill Cemetery in West Union.

      SOURCE: Researched and written by Jennifer Wilt. Originally printed in "The Doddridge Independent," May 20 2016.
    Died 15 May 1863  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Cause: accidental gunshot wound 
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • A readable marker for him can no longer be found. Earlier readings of this cemetery placed his grave beside his mother's and in line with his father and other family members.
    Person ID I98144  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 5 May 2016 

    Father Joseph JEFFREY, Jr.,   b. 8 Jun 1794, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1874, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Tacy DAVIS,   b. 25 Jun 1801, Virginia (now West Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1872, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1817  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14887  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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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1838] Headstone - Date calculated from age at death.

    2. [S83] Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Susie Davis Nicholson, (Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged) < www.wvgenweb.org/harrison/books.htm >), p. 35.

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

    4. [S2582] West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database, (http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/wvvetmem.html).

    5. [S5] Headstone.

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