Thaxton items from West Virginia newspapers (1904-1924)

Some Thaxton / Thackston news items from West Virginia newspapers, 1904-1924:

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 30 Dec 1904:

Keystone. . . . J. A. Thaxton and daughter, Lizzie, and little son, Clinton, of Bedford City, Va., returned to their home yesterday after spending the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Garrett. . . .  R. M. Garrett, jr., and father-in-law, J. A. Thaxton, were visiting the latter’s son, William Thaxton, at Wilcoe, the first of this week.

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Charleston Mail, 19 Sep 1914:

OBITUARY.  Julia Ann Thaxton.

Death this morning removed one of the oldest residents of the Pontaligo region of Tuppers Creek.  Mrs. Julia Ann Thaxton died at her home there at the age of 84 years, after having been an invalid for a long time.  A cancer was the cause.  Mrs. Thaxton was the widow of the late John Henry Thaxton, and prior to her marriage was a Layne, a sister of Squire Thomas Layne.

Mrs. Thaxton was a resident of the neighborhood in which she died all her life.  The mother of a large family, she was a grandmother of fifty and great grandmother of ten.  Her surviving children are Mrs. T. W. Morgan of this city, and Mrs. Mander Young, Mrs. William Ransom and Mrs. William Jenkins of Tuppers Creek.  R. D. Thaxton is one of the sons.  He resides in this city.  John, of Nicholas county, and Absalom of Tuppers creek, are the others.

Mrs. Thaxton died this morning at 4:30 o’clock.  The funeral will be conducted from the family residence tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 09 Apr 1915:


Mrs. Blanche Thaxton, wife of Ab Thaxton, whose home is on Tuppers creek, Pocotaligo and Guthrie, died at her home last night at the age of 37 years.  She had been ill for the last six months and her condition for a month or more had been serious.

The decedent was a daughter of J. L. Goff, of St. Albans, and is survived by her father, four brothers, A. L., R. A., and D. C. Goff, all of Charleston, Charles Goff, of Rocky Fork; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Aultz, of Pocotaligo, and Mrs. Pearl Malcolm, of Rocky Fork.  Two daughters and two sons and her husband also survive.

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Charleston Daily Mail, Sunday, 11 Dec 1921:

Obituary. . . .  Thaxton.

Catherine Thaxton, five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.  C. Thaxton, 10 Clay avenue, died yesterday at the home from heart failure caused by acute indigestion.  The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 09 Sep 1918:

Obituary.  Brightwell.

Mrs. Martha Jane Brightwell, nee Thaxton, wife of H. F. Brightwell, of the city, died last week at the age of 74.  She is survived by her husband and four sons.

Born near Gallipolis, O., June 29, 1844, she entered the church sixteen years later and was married at the age of 28.

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Charleston Daily Mail, Wednesday, 22 Mar 1922:

Personal. . . . Bernard Thaxton has been called here from Washington, by the serious condition of his brother, Oscar Thaxton, who was injured at the time the state capitol burned.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 23 Mar 1922:


Reports from a local hospital this morning are to the effect that Oscar Thaxton is in a serious condition. Mr. Thaxton was injured by falling debris when the state house burned over a year ago, while carrying valuable records from the burning building. He has been in the hospital since that time and has undergone several operations.

Mr. Thaxton was at one time a member of the city fire department and was working as a volunteer during the burning of the state house. He has suffered intensely since his injury and his condition is regarded as hopeless.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 25 Mar 1922:


Oscar Thaxton Passes Away in Hospital From Injuries Received in Capitol Fire


Oscar Thaxton, former captain of Hose Company No. 1, Charleston fire department, who was injured by a falling wall during the burning of the state capitol here on January 3, 1921, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, following a heroic struggle of many months to win out against his injuries.  The end came in a local hospital where he had been for several weeks.

Mr. Thaxton was 36 years of age.  He leaves a widow and one son, Dana Lee Thaxton, aged 7.

The funeral will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Central Methodist church, Rev. W. M. Shultz, pastor, officiating.  The Glendale lodge, Knights of Pythias will have charge of the services and members of the city fire department will act as active and honorary pall bearers.  The West Side fire department building has been draped in mourning, as a tribute to the dead fireman.

Oscar Thaxton was the son of J. M. Thaxton, ofTupper’s Creek.  He came to Charleston a number of years ago.

Besides his wife and son, other relatives who survive him are:  his father, and the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. George Dooley, Mrs. Owen Whittingham, Mrs. C. S. Fisher, Mrs. H. C. Young, Harry Thaxton, Emmett Thaxton, Elmer Thaxton and Bernard Thaxton.  The latter brother lives in Washington, D.C.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 27 Mar 1922


Firemen Take Part in Services, Held in Central M.E. Church; Many Floral Tributes

One of the most impressive funerals held in the city for some time was that of Oscar Thaxton, captain of engine Co. 1, Charleston fire department, which was held from the Central M.E. church yesterday afternoon.  Members of the fire department and the Glendale lodge, of which he was a member, had charge of the funeral.  Rev. W. M. Shultz, pastor of the Central M.E. Church, officiated.

Beginning at the Thaxton home in Reynolds street, the funeral procession went to the church.  In the procession, was the fire truck of which he had been captain.  In the captains seat of this truck was placed a wreath of flowers donated by the fire department.  The fire department also donated another wreath to go with the body to the grave.

Active pall bearers were Chief Graham, Assistant Chief McLane, Captains O’Conner, Pauley, Young, and Guthrie.  The honorary pall bearers were from the Glendale lodge.

During the funeral, the alarm bell of the fire department were run every minute for 37 minutes, as his age was 37.  All of the stations were draped in mourning.

So many persons attended the funeral that every seat in the church was taken in tribute to the fireman that had died in the performance of his duty.

Members of the fire department stated that those that attended the funeral from the department were of the off shift and that the efficiency of the department was in no way hampered by the funeral.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 28 Oct 1922


Funeral to be Held Here; Was Member of One of Kanawha’s Oldest Families

Benjamin Lewis Young, former resident of Charleston, died at his home in Huntington at 11:35 this morning.

Mr. Young was a member of one of the oldest families of the Great Kanawha valley.  HIs great grandfather, John Young, was named as one of the trustees in the first charter of Charleston passed by the legislature of Virginia December 19, 1794.  He was an early settler.  He married Keziah Tackett, a sister of the famous Indian fighter, Lewis Tackett.  Their son Jacob Young married Nancy Ann Stephenson.  To this union was born John Valley Young, who was married to Paulina Marshall Franklin.  They were the parents of B. L. Young.

Mr. Benjamin Young was born May 27, 1847.  For several years he has been in delicate health.  He served for a number of years as city jailer under Mayor Morgan and is well known in Charleston.  The late Mrs. Sarah F. Blundon was a sister.  Mr. Young is survived by his wife who was Melissa J. Thaxton and two daughters, Mrs. Wm. L. Branch and Mrs. Guy Rolph, both of Huntington.  The funeral will be held in Charleston but details of arrangements have not been announced.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 19 Aug 1923


[This is a very interesting article by Mrs. William Clement Humphreys about the founding and early families of the Poca District of the Kanawha Valley.]  It includes these references to the Thaxton family:

As the population increased the education of the younger generation was to be considered; so a log cabin school house was built on Second Creek.  This school house was used for many years.  In fact many of the older inhabitants and still living learned their alphabet and sums there.  The next school house was built on the place where James Thaxton now resides, but that too is gone.  Poca District has sent forth many of her sons who years ago trudged the roads to these same little school houses.  Justly proud is she of the physicians she has given the world. . . . Dr. Thaxton . . . .

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One of the oldest settlers was Frank Thaxton.  His widow, Lottie Thaxton, still survives at the age of 95.  James Thaxton, who with his son conducts an auto repair shop in Sissonville, and Scott Thaxton, of Charleston, are sons.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 14 Oct 1923

Interesting Wedding

One of the most interesting weddings of the month will be that of Miss Alice Thaxton Young, formerly of Charleston, daughter of the late Mr. B. L. Young and Mrs. Young of Huntington, to Mr. James Holden Barnette, of Virginia.  The wedding will take place Tuesday evening at 8:30 at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. W. L. Branch of Huntington, and will be one of the most important events in the social calendar of that city for the season.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 07 Feb 1924:  JENKINS FUNERAL TO BE HELD TODAY

Prominent Resident of Guthrie and Civil War Veteran Dies At Age of 75 Years

Funeral services for G. W. Jenkins, Sr., 75 year-old Civil war veteran who died Tuesday at his home in Guthrie, will be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Thompson chapel, Methodist church.

“General” Jenkins, as he was known to hundreds of friends, served with Company “A” Seventh West Virginia regiment, in which organization he enlisted at the age of 15 years to follow the Union colors.  For several years, following his discharge from the army, he was justice of the peace in Union district. . . . Surviving are the following children: . . . Mrs. Bessie Thaxton, of Charleston . . . The aged veteran will be buried in the Jenkins cemetery at the side of his wife.

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Charleston Daily Mail, 02 Dec 1923:

ST. ALBANS . . . Mrs. George Burton entertained the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Saturday afternoon, at her home in Kanawha Terrace.  Mrs. Burton’s father, Mr. Thaxton, was present at the meeting in full Confederate uniform.  About 20 members were present and two visitors, Mrs. Osborne of Glendenin and Mrs. Mallon of Charleston, were also present.

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Charleston Daily Mail, Friday, October 3, 1924:

Double Rites for Mother, Daughter

Deaths of Two Huntington Women Within Eight Hours of Each Other

HUNTINGTON, Oct. 3–Funeral services for Mrs. Eugenia Miller Thackston and her eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary Watson Stewart, whose deaths occurred in the same house eight hours apart, Tuesday will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

Mrs. Stewart dropped dead at the house of her mother at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon while talking with visitors and while her aged mother lay critically ill in a room on the floor above.  Eight hours later, about 11 o’clock, Mrs. Thackston died without knowing that death had already claimed her daughter.

Services for Mrs. Thackston and Mrs. Stewart will be held simultaneously from the two homes, 1018 and 1020 Fifth avenue.  Rev. J. Layton Mauze [?], who was in the room when Mrs. Stewart fell dead, will conduct her funeral, while Bishop U. V. W. Darlington will officiate at the funeral of Mrs. Thackston.  A double service will be held at the grave in Spring Hill cemetery, where both mother and daughter will be interred.

Mrs. Thackston had been desperately ill for five weeks, but her daughter apparently was in the best of health when she expired suddenly.  Mrs. Thackston was the widow of B. H. Thackston and Mrs. Stewart was the widow of James B. Stewart. 

Surviving Mrs. Thackston are three daughters, Mrs. C. W. Blair, Mrs. C. C. Rammels, and Miss Sallie Thackston, two sons, Alex and William Thackston, all of Huntington, and five grandsons, James and Marion Thackston, of Huntington; John and Edward Thackston of Washington, D.C., and Walter Thackston of Guyandotte.  She also is survived by a sister, Mrs. George F. Miller of Huntington, and one brother, J. W. Miller, of Barboursville.

Mrs. Stewart leaves one daughter, Mrs. J. Ferguson Thompson, of 1118 Fifth avenue.

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