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Thomas Lazzell (b. Abt. 1753, d. April 30, 1825)Thomas Lazzell was born Abt. 1753 in Plymouth, Massachusetts810, and died April 30, 1825 in Monongalia, West Virginia810.He married Hannah Beck on 1772 in Plymouth, Massachusetts810.
Notes for Thomas Lazzell:
Thomas has a will (June, 1825); it mentions wife Hannah, son William and other children.
RUFUS FENTON LAZZELL
The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
RUFUS FENTON LAZZELL. The Lazzell family in Mon-
ongalia County dates back to the period immediately follow-
ing the close of the Revolutionary war. The first Lazzell
was an itinerant Methodist minister as well as a farmer.
Agriculture and stock raising have claimed the energies of
all the subsequent generations, though several of the name
have achieved prominence in the professions and public
The name is of French origin. Geoffrey de Lascelles
lived in the twelfth century, left his home in Normandy
and went to live in England, and was probably the ances-
tor of the English branch of the family.
In 1647 John Lasell came to Hingham, Massachusetts,
from Lincolnshire; England, and he and his wife, Eliza-
beth Gates, are the ancestors of the Lazzell family in
America. The name appears in fourteen different forms
Thomas Lazzell, the ancestor of the family in West Vir-
ginia. was born in Massachusetts in 1753 or 1754 and mar-
ried there about 1775 Hannah Beck, who was also born
in Massachusetts, in 1757. They settled in Casa District
of Monongalia County, at a time when Indians were hos-
tile, and when every condition was that of the savage
frontier. He was tireless and devoted as a Methodist min-
ister, and performed his work in the midst of obstacles
and dangers, and became widely known through all the
Scottish settlements of the Upper Monongahela Valley.
Their son, Thomas Lazzell, II, was born in Cass Dis-
trict in 1787 and died in 1867, at the age of eighty. He
was a man of great energy, and was known for his won-
derful leadership and versatility. He made a success of
farming, stock raising and merchandising, and came to
own 1,800 acres of land, which later was discovered to be
underlaid with heavy veins of coal. He was a class leader
and steward in the Methodist Episcopal Church. In poli-
tics he was a whig and later a republican, voting for
Lincoln in 1860. In 1810 he married Rebecca Bowlby,
daughter of James Bowlby and Lydia (Carhart) Bowlby,
who were also pioneers in Cass District, coming from Sus-
sex County, New Jersey.
Another source-Thomas Lazzelle, the great-
grandfather of the Judge, was born near the City of Phila-
delphia, married Hannah Beck, of Pennsylvania, and a
short time after marriage he and his wife came to the bor-
derland of Virginia and settled on Government land in
Cass District of what is now Monongalia County, West Vir-
ginia. Thomas Lazzelle was a pioneer farmer, and was
also the first Methodist preacher of his district.
More About Thomas Lazzell:
Occupation: Methodist minister.
More About Thomas Lazzell and Hannah Beck:
Marriage: 1772, Plymouth, Massachusetts.810
Children of Thomas Lazzell and Hannah Beck are:
- +William Webster Lazzell, b. May 20, 1800, Morgantown, Monongalia, Virginia (now West Virginia)810, d. July 28, 1869, Preston, West Virginia810.