FLEMING, Solomon S., Esq., Death Notice
3/8/1901 The Clarksburg [WV] Telegram
SOLOMON S.FLEMING, ESQ.,
A Prominent and Useful Citizen
Passes to His Reward in the
Solomon S. Fleming, Esq., died athis late residence in Shinnston at 6:15 o'clock Saturday morning, March 2,1901, of paralysis and old age. Mr.Fleming was born in Harrison county October 19, 1812 and was in the 89th yearof his age. He was a son of William andAnn Fleming, whose ancestors settled in this section about 1784. He was married July 2, 1835, in Fairmont, toElizabeth Ebert, daughter of Henry Ebert and Mary A. Tice Ebert, who were born,and reared and married in Maryland, but who moved shortly after their marriageto Greensborough, Greene county, Pa., and thence to West Virginia. Mrs. Ebert died in Fairmont in 1848, and Mr.Ebert died in Shinnston in 1865. Mrs.Solomon S. Fleming died some months before the demise of the subject of thissketch. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming had eightchildren, namely, Mrs. Ann Rebecca Shinn, wife of David M. Shinn, of Shinnston;Mrs. Isabella Sophia Knox, deceased wife of William Knox; Louisa LowrieFleming, deceased; Mrs. Mary Ann Davis of Shinnston, whose first husband was D.Edgar Foreman, father of Mrs. Dr. T. M. Hood, of this city; Mrs. FlorenceAugusta Wilkinson, deceased wife of Squire W. R. Wilkinson, of Shinnston;William H. Fleming, of Shinnston; Robert B. Fleming, who died in infancy; andJohn A. Fleming, of Shinnston, the present sheriff of Harrison county. Mr. Fleming was an uncle of ex-Governor A.B. Fleming and Robert Fleming, of Fairmont.
Solomon S. Fleming located inShinnston in 1840, and was a resident of that place 60 years. He was active in the affairs of the countyand played an important part in the formation of the State of West Virginia, asa delegate to the Clarksburg convention April 22, 1861, and the Wheelingconstitutional convention in 1862 and 1863. In June, 1863, he was elected from Harrison county to the House of Delegatesand served by successive re-elections until the close of the 1869 term. In the last session he was speaker of theHouse and served with eminent ability and distinction in that capacity. Associated with him in these terms of thestate legislature were Nathan Goff, Sr., and Dick Camden, and he was a warmpersonal friend of W. P. Hubbard, of Wheeling, and many other prominent men ofthe state.
Politically, he was a republicanand always loyal to that faith. He wasone of the party's warmest advocates and ever active in party council and service.
Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Flemingwere Presbyterians of the old school, but were not members of any church hereuntil recent years, when they united with the Presbyterian church atFairmont. They were born and rearedPresbyterians and professed faith in middle life.
An interesting war incident wasconnected with Mr. Fleming's life. Heengaged in the mercantile business from 1841 to 1872. On April 13, 1863, his store was robbed by Confederate soldiersunder General Jones, and in November of the same year was again robbed byConfederate guerillas in Federal uniforms, who went through his stock, whilesome of their number stood guard with levelled [sic] carbines.
Funeral services were held at threeo'clock Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Masonic cemetery atShinnston. Almost innumerable relativesin this and other states mourn his demise.
FORTNEY, Joshua D., Trial
5/19/1893 The Clarksburg [WV] Telegram
The important case of this term of our circuit court was theprosecution of Mr. Joshua D. Fortney for the shooting of Austen A. Swiger onJuly 2, 1892. The details of the affairappeared in the columns at the time of the shooting. It grew out of a general row in which several partiesparticipated. Fortney was stabbedseveral times and retaliated by shooting Swiger in the bowels, producing awound that came near being fatal-in fact, Swiger's recovery is regarded as amiracle. Ex-prosecuting attorneyClifford, Hon. Ben. Wilson and Melville Sperry, represented the State and Hon.B. B. Dovener, Hon. J. J. Davis and Mr. E. G. Smith, appeared to defend Mr.Fortney. Thus it will be seen that theablest legal talent of the State was employed on both sides.
Large crowds attended the trail, which lasted almostseven days.
The jury brought in a verdict of "guilty ofassault" on Thursday morning. Thispractically is an acquittal but the defense not being satisfied with thisseemingly lenient verdict have moved for a new trial based on the ground thatone of the attorneys for the state had "shaken hands" with two of thejurymen.
FORTNEY, Joshua D., Death Notice
8/23/1901The Clarksburg [WV] Telegram
JOSHUAD. FORTNEY DEAD.
Jacob D. Fortney, of Lumberport, received a telegram at noon Tuesdayfrom his mother, announcing the death of his father, Josphua D. Fortney, inPurdy, Arkansas, and he left for that place Tuesday night. Mr. Fortney went to Arkansas the first oflast April with his wife and two youngest children on a vacation and aprospective tour, expecting to locate there if the country pleased them. The cause of his death has not been learnedbut he probably died from heart trouble, an affliction he has had for years. He was born and reared near Lumberport andresided there until he went went last spring. He was one of Harrison county's very best citizens, a very substantialfarmer and a loyal republican. He was59 years of age. A large familysurvives him.
FORTNEY, Joshua, Cause ofDeath
9/6/901 The Clarksburg[WV] Telegram
CAUSE OF JOSHUA FORTNEY'SDEATH
Joshua D. Fortney, of Gypsy, West Virginia, died at Purdy on August 19,of fecal impaction which produced appendicitus [sic] and fatty degeneration ofthe heart. Doctors Youngblood andMassie, of Huntsville, and Hill, of Marble, held a post mortem examinationwhich confirmed the above diagnosis. Mr. Fortney was a respected citizen in the community in which he lived,was a soldier of four years' service in the late war, and came to Purdy lastMarch with the intention of residing there one year on trial, and if he wassufficiently satisfied at the end of that time he would locatepermanently. We regret the loss of avaluable citizen, and extend sympathy to his family, who we understand willreturn at once to West Virginia.--Huntsville, Ark., Republican
MARTIN,Elisha, Death Notice
7/5/1901 The Clarksburg [WV] Telegram
DEATHOF ELISHA MARTIN.
Elisha Martin[,] Esq., of Bingamon, died at 1 o'clock Monday July 1,1901, of consumption at the age of about 60 years. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon and interment was made inthe Martin burial ground on Bingamon Undertaker Harmer, of Shinnston havingchange of the funeral arrangements.
SHINN, Albert I., DeathNotice
The Clarksburg [WV]Telegram 8/16/1901
KILLEDBY A HORSE
Albert I. Shinn met Death in a
PeculiarManner at Terra Alta,
where heand his wife were
Kicked By a Playful Horse.
The Deceased was a Useful Man
inhis Neighborhood in many
Waysand served his coun-
Albert I. Shinn, of Shinnston, waskicked by a horse at Terra Alta, at 10 o'clock last Saturday morning andreceived injuries from which he died at 11 o'clock Sunday night.
Mr. Shinn and his wife were on anouting at that place. He was not a horseman but concluded to take a rideSaturday morning. He went to a stable, got a horse and started on aride. The animal was quite frisky and Mr. Shinn became afraid ofhim. He got off and began to lead him. The horse seemed playful,whirled and kicked him just before the left shoulder blade. The animalran to a blacksmith shop and neighed and shook his head in the direction of theplace where Mr. Shinn was lying and caused a hunt to be made which ended infinding the wounded man.
The body was shipped home, being escorted to thetrain by the Terra Alta I. O. O. F. lodge and received by the Shinnston lodge,and funeral services in the presence of an immense audience were held at 10:30o'clock Tuesday morning. Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemeteryat that place, under the auspices of the order.
Mr.Shinn was 59 years of age. He was married to Louisa Martin 35 yearsago. He belonged to the COngregational church for 25 years.
He wasin the Civil war three years, first in the 3rd Virginia Infantry and later inthe 6th Virginian Cavalry and was wounded twice in the hand. He was amemeber of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Shinnston 25 years. As a republicanhe was ever loyal and unswerving. As a citizen there was nonebetter. No tribute is too high to pay him.
The deceased was a brother of Rev.Q. H. Shinn, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Mrs. Felix Martin. He had nochildren. The wife survives him.