Capt. Edward Ball Withers


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Capt. Edward Ball Withers

  • Born: 2 Jan 1797, Virginia
  • Marriage: Evelina W. Payne
  • Died: 10 Mar 1849, Virginia at age 52

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A brief Withers Family History can be found in the following:
Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches: Embracing the History of Campbell County, Virginia 1782 - 1926 By Ruth Hairston Early
Originally Published 1927
... page 525 / 536 Withers

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Name: Edward Ball WITHERS
Birth: 10 JAN 1797 in Virginia 1
Death: 10 MAY 1849 in Virginia 1

Father: Enoch Keane WITHERS b: 14 OCT 1760 in Fauquier Co., Virginia
Mother: Jannett May CHINN b: 10 NOV 1764 in Prince William Co., Virginia

Marriage 1 Evalina Washington PAYNE b: 24 FEB 1801 in Virginia
1. Philip Thornton WITHERS , Sr. b: 27 APR 1822 in Virginia
2. Janet Elizabeth WITHERS b: 14 JUL 1823 in Virginia
3. Edward Dandridge WITHERS b: OCT 1824 in Virginia
4. Walter Scott WITHERS b: 10 JAN 1829 in Virginia
5. Alice Chinn WITHERS b: ABT. 1832 in Virginia
6. Robert Woodson WITHERS b: 18 JAN 1835 in Virginia
7. Zuleika Lemmon WITHERS b: 13 FEB 1836 in Virginia

Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley
Page 920 - 923
John Withers, emigrant ancestor, came from Lanca- WITHERS shire, England, about the middle of the seventeenth century, and settled in the northern part of Virginia. He married and among his children was Thomas, of whom further. (II) Thomas, son of John Withers, married and reared a large family of children, among whom was Enoch Keane, of whom further. (III) Enoch Keane, son of Thomas Withers, was born October 14, 1760, died in Green Meadow, Fauquier county, Virginia, July 26, 1813. He enlisted under the name of Enoch Withers. The records show that one Enoch Withers served as a sergeant of Peter Grant's company, Colonel William Grayson's regiment, Continental troops, in the revolutionary war; he enlisted May 28, 1777, for three years; commissioned ensign, November 1, 1777, in Captain Moore's com pany, same regiment; resigned March 14, 1778. He married, May 15, 1786, Janet, daughter of Thomas and Janet (Scott) Chinn, the latter a native of Scotland and first cousin to Sir Walter Scott. Children: 1. Eliza Scott, born 1787, died June 2, 1845; married George Lemmon, an Episcopal minister of Baltimore. 2. Jane Margaretta, born October 2, 1788, died, unmarried, 1847. 3. Thomas Thornton, born December 11, 1790, died, unmarried, February 6, 1855. 4. Alexander Scott, of whom further. 5. Robert Walter, born February 22, 1795, died October 23, 1 881 ; he married Susan Dabney Alexander. 6. Edward Ball, born January 2, 1797, died March 10, 1849; married Evelina W. Payne, of Cabot [Campbell Co.?] county, Virginia. 7. Horatio Chinn, born April 14, 1799, died May 20, 1840; married Carolina Fitzhugh. 8. Mary E., born January 15, 1802, died April 25, 1867; married Dr. Samuel B. Fisher. 9. Henry Howard, born October 20, 1805, died, unmarried, August 7, 1838. (IV) Alexander Scott, son of Enoch Keane Withers, was born at Green Meadow, near Warrenton, Fauquier county, Virginia, October 12, 1792, died at Parkersburg, West Virginia, January 23, 1865. By profession he was a lawyer, but late in life he turned his whole attention to farming pursuits. In 1831 he wrote "The Chronicles of Border Warfare," a history of the early settlement, which became very popu lar, giving much of Virginia history and in an interesting style. Before the civil war he was politically a Whig and during that struggle was a strong advocate of the Union cause. He married, in August, 18 15, Malinda Fisher, and their children were: 1. Janet Scott, married Cabel Tavenner, a lawyer. 2. Enoch Thornton, was a lawyer and died in Texas in 1865. 3. Henry Howard, of whom further. 4. Mary Jo sephine, married James Owen, and died in Galveston, Texas. 5. Eliza beth Ann, married John Thornhill; she died at New Orleans, Louisiana. (V) Major Henry Howard Withers, son of Alexander Scott Withers, was born in Virginia in 1824, died in 1873. He began his business life at Weston as a merchant, and subsequently became a farmer. In 1870 he was elected sheriff of Gilmer county, West Vir ginia, and died while holding that office. Before the civil war he was a Whig, and after the war a Democrat. He served almost four years in the Union army as major of the Tenth West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. During that time he was a prisoner for six months in Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia. He married, at Weston, in 1844, Dorcas Dianah Lorentz, a native of Weston, Lewis county, Virginia, born April 4, 1827. Children: 1. Mary Howard, born in 1845. 2. John Scott, of whom further. 3. Ella Virginia, born in 1849. 4. Emma, born in 1 85 1. 5. Minnie Malinda, born in 1854. 6. Henry Lorentz, born in 1859. 7. Herbert Howard, born in 1868. All of these chil dren are dead except John Scott, Emma and Herbert Howard. John Lorentz, father of Dorcas Dianah (Lorentz) Withers, was a son of Jacob Lorentz, who was born in Germany and came to America when quite a youth. Dorcas Dianah's mother was Rachel ( Regar) Lorentz. Her ancestors lived near Buckhannon, West Virginia, and were among the early settlers in that section of the country. (VI) John Scott, son of Major Henry Howard and Dorcas Dianah (Lorentz) Withers, was born at Weston, Lewis county, West Virginia, July 29, 1847. He attended the public schools, and from 1861 to 1864, when Rev. J. R. Moore was principal, attended Monongahela Academy at Morgantown. His business career, public and private, may be summed up briefly as follows: He began as deputy sheriff under his father, Major Henry H. Withers, in 1870, and who was then sheriff of Gilmer county, West Virginia. In 1872 he was elected super intendent of public schools in Gilmer county; he served one term in this office, after which he read law in Glenville, West Virginia, in the law office of Hon. Robert G. Linn, and was admitted to the bar in 1879. He then formed a law partnership with Mr. Linn, and for twenty years the firm was known as Linn & Withers. They practiced in Gilmer and adjoining counties, with principal offices at Glenville. In 1898, having succeeded in his profession, he sought other fields for operation and formed a partnership in the lumber, coal and land business with C. E. Van Devender, with chief offices at Parkersburg, and they continued in this business until the present time, under the firm name of Withers & Van Devender. Mr. Withers is also connected with the Buckhannon Bank, he being its vice-president ; is a director of the Kanawha Union Bank at Glenville, West Virginia. Politically he is a Democrat. Aside from holding the office of superintendent of schools, as already men tioned, he was elected prosecuting attorney for Gilmer county in 1880- 84-88, serving twelve years in all. In the summer of 19 10 he was nominated for congress by the Democratic convention for the fourth district of West Virginia. For business and personal reasons he de clined the nomination, and the present congressman, Hon. J. M. Hamil ton, was placed on the ticket. Like Mr. Hill, Mr. Withers is not ashamed to have it known "I am a Democrat." He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, and he with his family are members of the Meth odist Episcopal church. He married, at Glenville, West Virginia, September 29, 1875, Sabina Holt, born at Glenville, West Virginia, October 25, 1856, daughter of John Fletcher West and Elizabeth (McKisic) Holt. They had three children : Ella, married Emory Gough ; Sabina, Mrs. With ers; Abraham Lincoln Holt. The father was an all-round business man, a farmer and stockman. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Withers were: 1. Olita, born August 3, 1877; educated and graduated in music at Shephardson College, Granville, Ohio; also graduated at Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia; in 1903 she married Nelson Morley Hooker, and they have two daughters, Elizabeth Morley and Mary Withers Hooker. 2. Horace Holt, born July 9, 1881, educated and graduated from Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia; also a graduate of the law department of the West Virginia University; he married Virgie Phillips in 1905, and they have one daughter, Dorothy Scott Withers. 3. Irma, born November 19, 1883; educated at Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; married Frank Raymond Ast, in 1905, and they have one daughter, Virginia Withers Ast. 4. Janet, born October 20, 1885 ; educated and graduated from Wesleyan College, Buckhannon; she married Richard Harry Pettean, of Scott- dale, Pennsylvania, June 12, 1912. 5. John Henry, born February 8, 1893; has been attending school at the Kentucky Military Institute at Lyndon, Kentucky, and now a student at Wesleyan College, Buck hannon, West Virginia.


Edward married Evelina W. Payne. (Evelina W. Payne was born on 24 Feb 1801 in Campbell Co., VA and died after 1870 in Campbell Co., VA.)

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