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It has been established through family histories, legends, early records, published county histories and other sources that the origination of our particular "Male" ancestral line was with Wilmer Male, Sr., who arrived in America around 1765 from England to the Colony of Maryland. With him were his wife, Elizabeth, and several children. At least one of his children was born in this country.
1768 shows Wilmer, Sr. living in Baltimore, Maryland, where he appears as signing a petition to remove the County Seat from Joppatown, Maryland, to Baltimore, Maryland. They then travel overland where they next turn up in 1777, living in the area of paris' Marsh, Berkeley County, Virginia, where his oldest son, Wilmer, Jr., enlisted in the Twelfth Virginia Regiment under lt. Robert White and served four years during the Revolutionary War. He returned to his father's family in 1782, and the whole family then migrated west to Romney, Hampshire County, Virginia. At this time the family consisted of nine children. There were six boys and three girls.
Records for the next few intervening years are scarce. However, between 1784 and 1805 the children marry and the family begins to migrate. Wilmer, Jr. marries a Priscilla, son Richard marries a Rhoda, son George marries Margaret Pritchard, daughter of Rees Pritchard. William and John, two other sons, also marry. In this period of time, Wilmer, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, along with their sons Richard, William, John, and George and their families migrate west through Monongalia County and finally settle in the area of Hackers Creek in Harrison County and Randolph County, Virginia, which is now Barbour County, West Virginia. Son Wilmer, Jr. and his wife Priscilla remained in the Romney area. Others of Wilmer, Sr.'s and Elizabeth's children drift on to Maryland and southern Ohio.
By 1805, three of the sons are firmly entrenched in the Tygart River Valley of what was then the western part of Virginia. The area in which they finally settled was at the mouth of Hackers Creek where it enters the Tygart River north of Phillipi, West Virginia. This is now Barbour County. At that time it was part of Harris County and Randloph County, Virginia.
There were four main lines of this family in the area of what are now Taylor, Barbour and Randolph Counties, West Virginia. They were for years separate and distinct, for the most part.
1. The family of Wilmer, Jr. and Priscilla remained in Hampshire County at first and them migrated through Preston County and intertwined with the family of Richard and Rhoda locating mostly on the east side of the Tygart River around Chestnut Ridge.
2. The family of Richard and Rhoda settled that area now in Barbour County, West Virginia, south of Hacker Creek and on both sides of the Tygart River and north of Phillipi. Their family had early close connections with the early Norris family.
3. The family of William Male settled in the northeastern section of Barbour County in what was called the Cove District. This family had early connections with the Dalton (Dorton) family.
4. The family of George, the youngest of Wilmer and Elizabeth, who married Margaret Pritchard, settled in what was then Harrison County, Virginia (now Barbour County). This area was north of the Hacker, on the ridge between the Fox Grape (Creek) and the Taylor Dreen (Creek). George's family had early connections with the Kennedy (Cannady) and Pritchard families. --
Written by Bernard Victor Mayhle, 106 N.W. 77th St., Seattle, WA 98117