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William Edwin Allen. While all men are free moral agents and the architects of their own fortunes, to many is given the full benefit of education and proper preparation before being compelled to assume individual responsibility. Other have to carve their own way from youth, make their own preparations for life's battle and secure education while also providing for their own needs and those of others. To this latter class the name "self-made" is then applied and no better understanding can be obtained of William Edwin Allen than to regard him as a self-made man. He struggled against adverse circumstances to obtain an education and admission to the bar and know intimately the meaning of the term "midnight oil." This struggle for an "even chance" with his fellows explains in a large degree his thoroughly democratic, sympathetic nature, which makes every man his friend and has brought him the confidence of his fellow citizens and the high regard of both bench and bar in the counties he has served as commonwealth attorney.
William Edwin Allen is a son of Alphonso Samuel Allen and a grandson of James Allen, both of Botetourt county, Virginia. Alphonso S. Allen was born in that county in 1831, died in 1904, a farmer. He was a soldier of the Confederacy, serving in "Stonewall" Jackson's brigade and suffered all that a soldier can suffer and live, wounds, in battle, capture and imprisonment. But the wounds healed, his ten months' imprisonment at Point Lookout brought him naught but chagrin and sorrow that he could not be with his comrades in the field of action. After the war he returned to the farm and passed his after years at his home in Augusta county. He married Frances A. Wallace, born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, near Lexington, in 1832, died in 1894, daughter of Jesse D. Wallace. There in the fertile valley of the North river the Wallaces were long seated and there he youth was spent nearby the two famous Virginia institutions, Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, and Virginia Military Institute, founded in 1839, seven years after her birth. Here, too, are buried the great soldiers, General Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson, under whose command her husband marched, fought and suffered, as did his brothers, David and Bartram S. Allen, the latter giving up his life early in the war.
Children of Alphonso S. and Frances A. Allen: William Edwin, of further mention; Charles Ware, born at Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1863, now a member of the law firm, Allen & Walsh, of Charlottesville, of which he is ex-mayor; Walter G., born in Augusta county, Virginia; Emma C., now deceased, married James F. Harlan.
William Edwin Allen, of Covington, Virginia, was born in Augusta county, Virginia, June, 1861. His early and preparatory education was obtained in the public schools of Charlottesville, Virginia, after which he was for a time student in the law department of the University of Virginia. He could not remain at the university to complete his course and it was not until he was twenty-seven years of age that he was admitted to the Virginia bar. During this interim he engaged in mercantile business in his own name, studying at night and at all times he could spare from his business. In this way he mastered Latin and other advanced studies, and in 1888 he passed the required examinations before the state board of law examiners and was admitted to practice in the Virginia courts. It was not until 1890 that he located in Clifton Forge, Alleghany county, Virginia, and began practice, and from that date his rise was paid. In 1891 he was elected commonwealth attorney of Alleghany, serving in that responsible position four years. At the expiration of his term he returned to private practice and for eight years was thus successfully engaged. In 1903 he was again elected commonwealth attorney and has since served continually through successive re-elections. Since his first election to that office in 1891, Mr. Allen has resided in Covington, the county seat, his private and public practice having been conducted there. He is a member of the Virginia State and Alleghany County Bar associations, attends the Protestant Episcopal church, is a leading member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a present grand officer of the order in Virginia. He is also a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics, the Improved Order of Red Men and Knights of Pythias. His club is the Shenandoah of Roanoke, Virginia.
A Democrat in politics, Mr. Allen has been for many years active and influential in the party. For a number of years he has been a member of the state Democratic committee, was presidential elector from the sixteenth Virginia district in 1909, was a delegate from the tenth Virginia district to the national Democratic convention held in St. Louis in 1904, an in 1912 was alternate delegate-at-large to the national Democratic convention held in Baltimore that nominated Woodrow Wilson for President.
Mr. Allen married, in November, 1891, Lucia George Sterling, born at Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, 1868. Children: Mary Sterling, born at Covington, May 5, 1895; Francis Sterling, born in Covington, Virginia, July 24, 1904.
Lewis Murphree Roper, D. D. The active ministry of the Rev. Lewis M. Roper, D. D., since his ordination as a clergyman of the Baptist church has been over a wide field and among people far separated in ideals and manner of life. He has been city missionary in Washington, District of Columbia, pastor of country churches in his native state of South Carolina, temporary pastor to one of the most noted churches of London, England, and since 1912 has been pastor of the First Baptist Church of Petersburg, Virginia. During all this time Dr. Roper preached as an evangelist in almost every state in the South. Dr. Roper is a gentleman of high scholarly attainments, declining to enter educational work because of his deep attachment to his life work, and in his ministry has been faithful, zealous and true. Petersburg has received him gladly, not only into the religious life of the city, but into the active interests of citizenship, and during his short residence there he has gained a wide acquaintance outside of his congregation and wields a powerful influence for good in many circles.
Rev. Dr. Roper is a son of Levi Hudgins and Caroline (Mahaffey) Roper, member of the Roper family that has been prominent, and grandson of Charles Roper. Levi Hudgins Roper has been a farmer and miller throughout his active life, now aged seventy-eight years, and fought in a South Carolina regiment during the war between the states, receiving wounds in the battle of Sharpsburg and in the Seven-day's battle around Richmond. His wife, Caroline, was a daughter of Lewis and Temperance Shaw Mahaffey, both families of Irish descent.
Lewis Murphree Roper was born in Laurens county, South Carolina, March 21, 1870. As a youth he performed his share of the work upon the home farm and attended a private school in the neighborhood. (Dr. Roper's first year in Latin was done while working on a farm, and with only occasional help of a teacher). His diligent application at this institution prepared him for his advanced studies of later years, while his youthful industry supplied him with that greatest of all essentials, vigorous health and a sincere love for nature. At the age of sixteen years be became a teacher in a country school of his native county, and at the early age of eighteen years was ordained a minister of the Baptist church. Matriculating at Furman University, South Carolina, he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in the class of 1891, in the following year receiving his Master's degree from the same institution, also receiving an A. B. from the Columbian University (now the George Washington University) in 1892. The problem of an education was to him no mean one, for he was but poorly supplied with funds, and twice during his college life he abandoned his studies for a brief period in order to earn money to continue his course.
From 1889 to 1891 he filled pulpits in the country churches of South Carolina, and was subsequently engaged in city missionary work in Washington, District of Columbia, whence he was called to a charge in Attica, New York, which he occupied from 1892 to 1896. In the latter year he was graduated from the Rochester Theological Seminary, and in that year accepted a call to the First Baptist Church of Canton, Ohio, which he served as pastor until 1900. He became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1900, his ministry in this place of twelve years duration. During this period, in 1905, his alma mater, Furman University, conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity, having two years previously extended him the presidency of the institution, an honor he felt obliged to decline. It was also during this time that Dr. Roper accepted service for May, 1911, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England (Spurgeon's old church), supplying that church for one month.
In 1912 Rev. Dr. Roper accepted his present Petersburg charge, and has since labored continuously and successfully in that field. He is an independent Democrat in political stand, and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, to which he was elected while a student. Furman University and Anderson (South Carolina) Female College claim his services in the capacity of trustee, and in the welfare of both of these institutions he takes a keen interest. The devoted pastor always, Dr. Roper is essentially a student and scholar, but the love of nature and the out-of-doors, won during a boyhood passed in the charms of country life, clings to him with undiminished attraction. He is fond of fishing, swimming and mountain climbing, and indulges his likings whenever possible.
Rev. Dr. Roper married, September 5, 1893, Leonora, daughter of William H. and Leonora (Connors) Mauldin, granddaughter of B. F. and Adeline (Hamilton) Mauldin. Her mother was a daughter of George W. and Elizabeth (Willis) Connors, and Mrs. Roper is descended from Andrew Liddell, a soldier of the Continental army during the war for independence, in whose name she holds membership in the Frances Randolph Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Roper are the parents of Lenora, Helen, Ruth, Emily, William, Lewis M., Jr., all of whom are students at school.
Fred Carlton Abbott. Few young men have labored under greater disadvantages and more successfully won their way in spite of them than Fred C. Abbott, of Norfolk, one of the younger members of the bar of that city. Since a lad of thirteen years he has fought his own battle, securing a good preparatory education, good business training, took his father's place as head of the family, studied law and in 1910, at the age of thirty years, was admitted to the bar. He is of an old Virginia family that descends from the distinguished Abbott family of England and through maternal lines is closely connected with other leading Virginia families. He is a grandson of William C. C. Abbott, who was a prosperous farmer of Page county, Virginia, owning considerable property. He married Martha Campbell and had issue.
George Rust Abbott, son of William C. C. and Martha (Campbell) Abbott, was born in Page county, Virginia, in 1859, died at Brandy Station, Culpeper county, Virginia, in 1907. He was educated in public school and academy, beginning business life as clerk in a general store. After becoming thoroughly familiar with merchantile methods, he located at Brandy Station, where for many hears he was a merchant and postmaster. He was a member of the official board of Fleetwood Chapel (Methodist Episcopal), belonging to Stevens Lodge, No. 169, Free and Accepted Masons. He was a kindly-hearted gentleman, noted for his sympathetic, generous nature. He married, January 13, 1880, Mary Dawson Green, born in 1860, died in 1906. Children: 1. Fred Carlton, of further mention. 2. Allie Balsora, married, November, 1904, Joseph Murray Slaughter, and has two children: Alice major, born July 16, 1905, Joseph Murray (2), born in 1910. 3. Walter Roberts, married, in 1911, and has a son Walter Roberts (2). 4. Lila, married Henry A. Haywood. 5. George Rust (2), whose sketch follows. 6. Mary Olive. 7. William Campbell.
Fred Carlton Abbott, eldest son of George Rust and Mary Dawson (Green) Abbott, was born near Brandy Station, Culpeper county, Virginia, December 8, 1880, and until thirteen years of age attended public schools. He then secured a clerkship in a mercantile house in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he acquired a thorough business training. He continued private study during this period and decided to prepare himself for the practice of law, hopeless as the case then seemed. He later located in Norfolk, where in 1901 he began study in a private law school. He continued study there and at such times as he could spare from his business duties, and by self-denial, patience and hard work made satisfactory progress. In 1906 his mother died and in 1907 the death of his father placed him under the additional burden of keeping the family together and giving the younger members an opportunity to finish their schooling. But pluck and "grit" finally won and in 1910 he passed the required examination and was admitted to the bar, the goal of his ambition. He at once began practice in Norfolk and has in the five years since intervening fully demonstrated the wisdom of his choice of a profession. He is building up a good practice in the state and Federal courts to which he has been admitted, has a host of warm friends, and through native ability and pleasing personality is steadily winning his way upward. He takes an active interest in public affairs and in 1914 was a candidate for city council. He is a Democrat in politics, and for twenty-five years has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church (South), all the children of George Rust Abbott having been carefully reared in the faith of their father.
Mr. Abbott married, October 4, 1911, Alyda Hatfield Dey and has two children: William George, born February 19, 1913, and Fred Carlton, Je., born October 9, 1914.
George Rust Abbott. Mr. Abbott is one of the capable young business men of Norfolk, having been well grounded in mercantile methods during his boyhood with McNair & Company, Newport News, Virginia, and developed more rapidly from the fact that he was early thrown upon his own resources.
George Rust (2) Abbott, the fifth child and third son of George Rust (1) and Mary (Mollie) Dawson (Green) Abbott, was born at Brandy Station, Virginia, June 28, 1888. He was educated in the public schools of Charlottesville and Newport News, Virginia. He began business life as clerk in a retail grocery store, and after some years spent in that line became a cashier for Morris & Company, of Newport News. After a few years as cashier he located in Norfolk, establishing in business for himself, as manufacturers' agent and manager of the Norfolk branch of R. D. Holloway & Company, main offices in Newport News, Virginia. He has built up a good business and is rated one of the capable, successful young business men of Norfolk. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Abbott married, June 28, 1911, Louise Nash Small, daughter of Benjamin T. and Lavina (Whitehurst) Small, and has a daughter, Louise Elizabeth, born May 2, 1912.
F. W. Morton. Mr. Morton descends from an ancient Colonial and revolutionary family of Virginia, his great-grandfather, Major James Morton, who stood six feet and six inches in height, being one of nine brothers who served in the armies of independence.
Dr. William Smith Morton, son of Major James Morton, was one of the noted men of his day. His wife, Clementine (Minor) Morton, was a niece of Dr. John H. Rice and a member of the Minor family of Virginia, distinguished in law and letters.
Captain John Blair Morton, son of Dr. William Smith and Clementine (Minor) Morton, was born at the old homestead on the Appomattox river. "High Hill Plantation," Cumberland county, Virginia, in 1836, died in 1867, a planter. He served in the Confederate army, ranking as captain in the Seventeenth Virginia Regiment. During the latter part of the war he served in the ordnance department engaged in manufacturing powder for the army. He married Annie Rice Bowman, born at Greensboro, Georgia, June 6, 1840, daughter of Dr. Francis and Harriet (Rice) Bowman, and niece of Dr. John H. Rice, founder of the Presbyterian Union Seminary, at Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Morton survived her husband and married (second) Judge Isaac Hudson and resided for many years at Dublin, Virginia. Children of Captain John Blair Morton: 1. Edith, born in 1861, now residing at Lynchburg, Virginia, unmarried. 2. F. W., of further mention. 3. Rev. John Blair, born at Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1867, now a clergyman of the Presbyterian church, located at Charleston, West Virginia. Children of Mrs. Annie Rice (Bowman) Morton by her second husband, Judge Isaac Hudson: 1. Rev. Robert B. Hudson, a Presbyterian minister, now located at Sinks Grove, Virginia. 2. Raymond M., and attorney of Washington, D. C. 3. Clement H., and attorney of Logan, West Virginia, now deceased. r. John B., mining engineer of Logan, West Virginia, now deceased. 5. Annie R., now residing in Montreat, North Carolina, unmarried.
F. W. Morton, eldest son of Captain John Blair and Annie Rice (Bowman) Morton, was born in Cumberland county, Virginia, at the home of his grandfather, "High Hill Plantation," on Appomattox river, December 17, 1863. He attended private and public schools of the district, Dublin high school, G. Walker's Academy, preparatory to entering Hampden-Sidney College, in Prince Edward county, Virginia, in September, 1884. He entered in the junior year and in 1886 was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He taught for one year in the graded schools of Radford, Virginia, then accepted an assistant professorship at Southwestern Presbyterian University, at Clarksville, Tennessee, remaining there three years. AT that time, the Divinity School of the university was in charge of Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, father of Woodrow Wilson, now president of the United States. He then taught in private schools in Lexington and Dublin, Virginia, in the meantime pursuing a course of legal study under the precentorship of his stepfather, Judge Isaac Hudson, of Dublin, an eminent member of the Virginia bench and bar.
Mr. Morton continued legal study under Judge Hudson until 1892, then passed the required examinations and was admitted to the bar. He began practice in Newbern, forming a law partnership with J. C. Wysor and continuing in Newbern about three years. He then moved to Pulaski, the capital of Pulaski county, Virginia, where he still continues a successful, honorable practitioner in all state and Federal courts of the district. In 1911 Mr. Morton was elected commonwealth's attorney for Pulaski county, was inducted in to office, January 1, 1912, and has since that date defended the people's interest against wrong-doers. He is devoted to his profession but has been a frequent contributor to magazines, newspapers and legal journals on subjects legal, economic, and educational, that have attracted most favorable comment. His essay on "the Study of Current Events in Schools and Colleges" was entered and won in the prize essay competition conducted by "Public Opinion." He takes a broad outlook on life, his pedagogic and legal experience being tempered by a practical and liberal mind. He is a member of the professional associations of the district, the Masonic fraternity, the Presbyterian church, and in politics is a Democrat.
Mr. Morton married, July 30, 1895, Katherine Benson, born in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1863, daughter of Henry and Frances (Jarvis) Benson, the latter a sister of Captain George Jarvis, who commanded the Richmond "Blues," during the war between the states. Children, all born in Pulaski: Francis Byron, May 27, 1897, Byron Benson, May 12, 1898, Christie Blair, December 21, 1899.
Thomas Demoval Armistead. Thomas Demoval Armistead, M. D., a prominent citizen and physician of Roanoke, Virginia, is a descendant from some of the oldest and most distinguished families of Virginia. He was born September 18, 1873, in Cumberland county, Virginia, a son of J. A. and Virginia (Madison) Armistead. His paternal grandfather, Dr. T. D. Armistead, was a graduate from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and was for many years a prominent physician in Virginia. J. A. Armistead, father of Thomas D. Armistead, is a planter of Cumberland county. His wife, who was Virginia Madison, was a daughter of James Madison, whose family is related to the family of President Madison.
Dr. Thomas D. Armistead received his early education from private tutors, under whose direction he was fitted for a college career, Medical College of Virginia, from which he graduated with the class of 1898, taking the degree of M. D. He has been for six years city physician of North America and still holds that office. For five years he has held the position of assistant surgeon of the Norfolk & Western Railroad, and is now serving his second term as secretary and treasurer of the Norfolk & Western Railway Surgeon's Association. Added to his numerous professional duties, are those incidental to a member of the staff of the Roanoke City Hospital. Dr. Armistead is a member of the Virginia State and American Medical Associations and of the American Clinical Congress.
Dr. Armistead married, December 8, 1903, Ethel Shelburne, a daughter of Silas Shelburne, a prominent citizen of Richmond, Virginia. To Dr. and Mrs. Armistead have been born three children, Balmer, Gay and Virginia Madison Armistead. Dr. Armistead, as in the case of all the Armisteads, is a member of the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Armistead is active in the Episcopal church and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Joseph Tyler Allyn. A descendant of early English families, Allyn, Very and Tyler, Joseph Tyler Allyn, a native of Virginia, was there educated, served in the Confederate army, and gave to his state the enthusiasm of his youth, the vigor of his manhood, and the matured wisdom of his after years. Of revolutionary sires he notably upheld the best traditions of his race, and left behind him an honored name.
Joseph Tyler (2) Allyn, son of Joseph Tyler (1) and Elizabeth (Avery) Allyn, was born August 9, 1840, died in Norfolk, Virginia, July 20, 1904. His Allyn forbears came early to Connecticut from England, Robert Allyn being the original settler. His son, David Allyn, a revolutionary soldier, was promoted for gallantry at Bunker Hill, and in the years of the struggle for freedom, bore well a patriot's part. His wife Desire (Tyler) Allyn, was also of colonial and revolutionary blood. Their son, Joseph Tyler (1) Allyn, married Elizabeth Avery, a descendant of Christopher Avery, who settled in Massachusetts at Salem, June 12, 1630, later locating at Groton, Connecticut, and in early life moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he resided until his death which occurred in July, 1862.
Joseph Tyler (2) Allyn was prepared in private schools of Norfolk, Virginia, entered Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, in the fall of 1858, and in 1860 was graduated Bachelor of Arts. He entered the university at the beginning of the fall term, 1860, but when hostilities began between the states of the North and South, he enlisted in the Confederate army, joining Floyd's brigade in Western Virginia. Later he was drill master at Raleigh, North Carolina, and Norfolk, Virginia, enlisting in the latter city in the Norfolk Light Artillery Blues. He served with this command as private, corporal and sergeant, participating in many engagements. Immediately after the battle of Chancellorsville, he was promoted for gallantry in action to the rank of lieutenant of ordnance, and at the time of the surrender at Appomattox Court House in April, 1865, was serving as captain by special appointment. He was a good soldier, and in every test of courage, whether in battle, advance or retreat, bore himself as a man. After the final surrender, Mr. Allyn returned to his home in Norfolk. During the session of 1867-68 he studied law in the law department of the University of Virginia. After his admission to the bar he located in Norfolk, Virginia, where he continued in the practice of his profession for thirty-five years, honored and respected. He was a strong, learned exponent of the law, and enjoyed the profound respect of both bench and bar. He was president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association in 1902, and a lifelong member of that association. A Democrat in politics, he twice served the city of Norfolk as councilman, and in all things was the patriotic, interested, useful citizen.
Mr. Allyn married, December 16, 1868, Mary Russell Bell, daughter of Russell Bell, a native of London, England. Her mother was Mary Elizabeth (Herman) Bell, daughter of Henry and Emily (Arnold) Herman. Children: 1. Elizabeth, born November 22, 1869; married, April 28, 1904, George Mason Dillard; children: Allyn, George Mason (2), Mary Waldon, Elisabeth Allyn. 2. Joseph Tyler (3), born in Norfolk, Virginia, March 16, 1874, died in that city, October 3,1896; he was educated at Norfolk Academy, Episcopal High School, and the University of Virginia Law School, and in 1895 began the practice of law in Norfolk with his father, under the firm name, J. T. Allyn & Son; his promising career was ended by death one year later, a violent attack of typhoid fever being the immediate cause; he was of robust constitution, and devoted to athletics, winning many college prizes and honors. 3. Emily Whitehead, born November 7, 1877; married, April 2, 1913., Mann Randolph Page Lee. 4. Mabel Moore, born November 11, 1880; married, April 30, 1914, Nathaniel Cole Harrison. 5. Herman Avery, born April 19, 1887. Mrs. Mary Russell (Bell) Allyn survives her husband a resident of Norfolk, Virginia.
William James Moore, M. D. Joseph Tyler Allyn (q. v.) was the only son of Joseph Tyler and Elizabet (Avery) Allyn, and they were also the parents of an only daughter,Camilla Amelia Allyn, born in 1826, died May 15,1885. She married, December 19, 1848, Dr. William James Moore, of Norfolk, Virginia, whose daughter Elizabeth Allyn Moore, is well known in her native city.
Dr. William James Moore was born May 21, 1819, in Norfolk, Virginia, died there, May 19, 1888, eldest son of Joshua Moore, an elder of the Presbyterian church. He obtained his elementary education in the best schools of his native city, and subsequently pursued with success his studies in the literary department of Jefferson College, Pennsylvania. He then began the study of medicine under the distinguished Dr. Thomas T. Andrews, of Norfolk, Virginia, and finished his medicine course at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in April, 1841, receiving the degree of M. D. Returning to Norfolk, Virginia, he at once began practice. A short time after graduating he was appointed naval surgeon on the United States brig-of-war "Oregon," remaining during a cruise of about six months, and at the expiration of this period of time he again entered the practice of medicine and surgery in Norfolk, where he rapidly rose in public favor as an honorable and skillful physician and representative citizen. He went through the dreadful yellow fever epidemic of 1855, and was one of that noble though small band of physicians who stuck to their posts and worked day and night in their heroic efforts to stay the dread disease. Dr. Moore literally lived in his clothes for weeks, until help came from outside, then himself succumbed to the fever, but recovered. His reputation as a surgeon was high, and in 1855 he was appointed the surgeon of the United States Marine Hospital at Norfolk, which he held until the commencement of hostilities between the states in 1861, when he promptly tendered his services to his native state. He was at once commissioned a surgeon and served as a division surgeon and subsequently as a surgeon-in-charge of the Seabrook Receiving Hospital, one of the Confederate States general hospitals and one of the largest, located in Richmond. He was also surgeon-in-charge of several hospitals, in Liberty, and served in the Army of Northern Virginia until the war closed.
After the war Dr. Moore returned to Norfolk, where he practiced his profession until his death. He was a perfect type of the Christian gentleman, and although standing at the very head of his profession, he never refused a call, whether it came fro rich or poor, white or black, holding his profession sacred and his ability to relieve suffering a God-given trust. All men were his brethren, and all diseases his foe. It is needless to say his practice was large, or that his life was a useful one. He gave freely not only of his medical skill, but of his means, and was a leader in every good work. He was a member of the American Medical, the Virginia State and the local medical societies; served on the city board of health; was deeply interested in the cause of education, and displayed his public spirit by aiding in all that pertained to the public good.
Dr. Moore was cultured in art, music and literature. He was one of the first to promote the organization of the Norfolk Library Association and was deeply interested in the conduct of its affairs. Quoting from a review of the life of Dr. Moore by his pastor, the Rev. George D. Armstrong, D. D.: "In February, 1848, he made a public profession of his fath in Christ and for forty years lived in communion with the church of his fathers * * * At his funeral the house, though large, could not hold the number who sought by their attendance to express their respect for his memory and to mingle their tears with those of his afflicted family. The death of a good man is a loss to any community, and the people of Norfolk feel that in the death of Dr. Moore a good man has passed away from among them; blessed be God for the consolation furnished by our belief that his passing away was in response to his Master's call, 'friend go up higher.'" Dr. Moore was a polished gentleman, excellent scholar, brave and accomplished physician, true friend and noble-hearted man, and the world was better for his unselfish manly life.
Dr. Moore survived his devoted wife, Camilla Amelia (Allyn) Moore, three years, her death occurring thirty-seven after their marriage. He was a devoted husband and father, his home being his greatest delight, and there his hours "off duty" were spent. Children: Elizabeth Allyn, the only daughter was born in Norfolk, her president residence; she is a lady of most kindly, sympathetic and generous nature, a true daughter of the "good doctor," devoting her life to the common good and the service of those less fortunate than she; she is a member of many organizations, charitable and philanthropic in their objects, and is active in the work of all. Joshua, the first born son, died in infancy. William Paul, the youngest son, is a graduation of the School of Mines, Columbia University, receiving the degree of Mining Engineer, 1885; graduate in analytical chemistry from Virginia Military Institute, also took full course of two years in dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland, but does not practice in any of these professions; he married Ellen Douglass Lewis and has had children: William James, died in infancy; Camilla Allyn, married Samuel Bell Boone, M. D., of Jackson, North Carolina, and their children are: Elizabeth Moore, Samuel Bell Jr., and Ellen Douglass, attending school.
Luther Howard Jenkins. Beginning life at a time when Virginia was in the throes of a terrible war, left fatherless when one year of age, having to make his own way unaided and in the face of great obstacles, and to attain to the position of one of the captains of industry in his state and one of the most successful in his line in the country, is, in simple outline, the course followed by Luther Howard Jenkins to business prominence and leadership in the greatest book manufactory in the South. Mr. Jenkins' and in this city he is identified, exclusive of his own business, with financial, fraternal, social and religious circles, a citizen of wide interests and connections.
Luther Howard Jenkins is a son of Captain Joel R. Jenkins, a native of Fredericksburg, who was a ship-owner and commander. He followed this life during the greater part of his active years, his death occurring when his son, Luther Howard, was one year old. He married Ann C. Peyton, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Maddox) Peyton, of Stafford county, Virginia, her mother being a daughter of Basil Maddox, a native of England, who came to the United States from that land in 1806, and her father, a member of the old Peyton family of Virginia.
Luther Howard Jenkins was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 25, 1856, and came with his widowed mother to Richmond just before the great battle of Fredericksburg, when their property and home were destroyed by the Federal troops. Under such circumstances he faced the problem of getting an education, and helping to support the family, not a bright outlook for a boy beginning life. He was educated in a private school of the city of Richmond, and here as a lad entered the employ of Randolph & English, book publishers, and received as his first salary fifty cents per week. His term of service with this old firm was thirteen years, during which time he became proficient in the art of bookmaking. In 1882 he formed a partnership with E. C. Walthall, borrowing money to contribute his share of the little capital of the new firm, Jenkins & Walthall. Moderate success attended the firm until 1897, when Mr. Jenkins, having a vision of a larger business, bought the interest of his partner and continued the business alone. He is at the present time sole owner of a business well known throughout the country. The humble establishment in which he began business hardly seems worthy to be the birthplace of the important industry that Mr. Jenkins there founded, and the comparison of its size at its beginning and its present wide dimensions impresses one with the vastness of the grown that the seventeen intervening years have witnessed. Soundly and firmly has Mr. Jenkins built, and the business that today stands as a monument to his business sagacity, judgment and acumen is one reared upon principles of honor, uprightness and fair-dealing. The plant owned by Mr. Jenkins is equipped with all the most modern and improved appliances in printing and binding, and permits the accomplishment in the one plant in all the processes of book manufacturing in large editions. He has chosen a distinctive field of endeavor, and in it, through the exercise of his innate qualities and a determination that would not be refused, has forged to leadership, and owns a concern that is known throughout the country, and has not its equal in the South. Mr. Jenkins is a director of the American National Bank, and is also identified with the Richmond Trust & Savings Company and other financial and industrial enterprises, besides being a large property owner in Richmond. He was one of the organizers, and the first president of the Union Envelope Company, and also of the Southern Historical Publication Society, of Richmond. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary and Business Men's clubs, Virginia Historical Society, and in the Masonic order holds the thirty-second degree, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, belonging to Joppa Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Washington Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, St. Andrew Commandery, Knights Templar, and Acca Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of the Baptist church, and an active Sunday school worker.
Mr. Jenkins married, in Richmond, Virginia, May 20, 1879, Rosa Belle, daughter of Captain John and Susan E. (Todd) King, and is the father of two sons and three daughters.
Clifton Meredith Miller, M. D. A regularly accredited M. D. at the age of nineteen years, Dr. Miller has, since attaining his majority, devoted his life to the practice of his profession and in educational work along special lines. He has attained high rank as a lecturer and demonstrator in his special field, and since 1894 has been intimately associated with the medical colleges and hospitals of Richmond. He is a man of intense purpose and throughly alive to the possibilities and responsibilities of his profession and position. A close student and investigator, the future must yield him a deeper knowledge of the diseases of men and their treatment that will result in incalculable benefit to the human race.
Along maternal lines Dr. Miller descends for Robert Lewis, the Welsh founder of a branch of the Lewis family in America, and Robert Lewis, of Belvoir, Virginia. Paternally he descends from Captain Christopher Miller, of New Kent county, Virginia, through Dabney Meredith Miller, a son of Captain Christopher Miller by his first wife, Dabney Meredith Miller was born in Richmond, Virginia. He was a tax collector of New Kent county, a Whig politically and a member of the Protestant Episcopal church. He married February 14, 1832, Fanny Lumpkin, and had issue: Lee, Mary G., William Gardner, James P., Robert.
William Gardner Miller, son of Dabney Meredith and Fanny (Lumphin) Miller, was born in Richmond, Virginia, February 27, 1835. He is a prosperous business man of the city and has been a leaf tobacco broker for many years. He entered the military service of his state in 1861, serving in the Confederate army with the famous Otey battery until the close of the war in 1865. A Whig prior to 1860, he later affiliated with the Democratic party. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian. He married November 17, 1858, in Richmond, Virginia, Emma Hazeltine Wiglesworth, daughter of Warren Ashley and Lucy (Lewis) Wiglesworth, of Spottsylvania county, Virginia. Children: Gay Warren, born February 28, 1860; William Gardner, December 31, 1864; Alten Sydney, October 6, 1868; Ashley Macon, November 26, 1870; Clifton Meredith, of whom further; Carroll, March 18, 1875.
Clifton Meredith Miller, son of William Gardner and Emma Hazeltine (Wiglesworth) Miller, was born in Richmond, Virginia, April 21, 1873. His preparatory and classical education was obtained in Mrs. A. B. Camm's School, Thomas H. Norwood's University School, and Richmond College. HE then entered the Medical College of Virginia, whence he was graduated M. D., class of 1892. During the remainder of that year he was interene at the United States Marine Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and during the year 1893 was acting assistant surgeon in the United States Marine Hospital service. In 1894 he became a teacher in the Medical College of Virginia, department of anatomy. In the latter year he began specializing and until 1912 was professor of diseases of the nose and throat in the same college, his alma mater. In the latter year, after the union of the Medical College of Virginia and the University College of Medicine, Dr. Miller was elected associate professor of otology and rhinology, and is visiting opthalmologist, otologist and rhinologist to the City Home Hospital, also rhinologist and laryngologist to the Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. Learned, earnest and progressive, Dr. Miller has the confidence of the student body and through them he gives to the public the results of his special study and investigation in laboratory, dissecting room and sick ward.
He is a member of the Masonic order and the college fraternities, Omega Upsilon Phi, Theta Nu Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta, and is president of the Richmond Alumni Chapter. Politically a Democrat, Dr. Miller served his party as member of the Richmond City Democratic Committee in 1906-10, and in 1910-12 represented his ward in the Richmond city council. He was in the military service of the state 1898-1910, serving as captain and surgeon of the "Blues Battalion," Richmond Light Infantry. His clubs are the Westmoreland, Country of Virginia, and the Automobile.
Dr. Miller married, in Wilmington, Virginia, September 2, 1903, Mary Ashley Bell, born in Richmond, December 3, 1878, daughter of Adolphus Orlando and Blanche (Ellet) Bell. She was the eldest of four children: Mary Ashley, Evelyn Gray, Frank Ellet, Horace Orlando, Susie E. Children of Dr. and Mrs. Miller: Clifton Meredith, born January 24, 1905; Mary Bell, born September 4, 1906; Ashley Lewis, born October 19, 1911.
Josiah Staunton Moore. From the year 1861, when but a lad of eighteen years Mr. Moore left school to enter the Confederate army, until his retirement from business in 1903, his life was one of unceasing activity. Indeed, after his retirement there was but little abatement; the cares of business gone, other avenues of usefulness were followed with greater zeal, until death released him from earthly obligations, May 3, 1913. The literature of his state particularly has been enriched by contributions from his facile pen. There was nothing equivocal or uncertain about his character; what he did he did with his might, this trait pervading his every interest in life. As a soldier boy he bravely fought and suffered in defence of his state; in business he strove for and attained a competence; in literature he gave to his writings the best of his thought, travel and experience; in public life he rose to positions of honor; in the Masonic order he ably filled executive chairs; in short, he achieved honorable distinction in every field he entered.
Josiah Staunton Moore was born in Richmond, Virginia, June 18, 1843, son of James Robert Moore, born in James City county, Virginia, in 1812, and grandson of James Moore, a farmer of James City county. Family papers and the Bible with all records were burned during the war, but the belief is warranted that the branch descends from Robert Moore who came from England to Virginia early in the seventeenth century, settling in Elizabeth city county, where he owned the "Russell Tract" or "Halfway House," near Bethel Church. James Moore married Elizabeth, sister of Turner Richardson, of James City county. He died when his son James Robert was a child, the latter being his only son. James Robert Moore was a carpenter and later a manufacturer of Richmond. During the war he served on various occasions with the troops around Richmond. In religious faith he was an Episcopalian, as was his father, and in politics a Democrat. He married, in 1840, Maria Louisa Higgins, born in New Kent county, Virginia, in 1813, daughter of Josiah Higgins, a soldier of the war of 1812, his widow receiving a government pension in consideration of his services. He married Elizabeth Hewlett Pollard, daughter of Robert Pollard, who was a soldier in the Continental line, and a revolutionary pensioner until his death, after which payments were continued to his widow, whose maiden name was Ann (Nancy) Talman. She was a daughter of Captain Henry Talman and granddaughter of William Talman, comptroller of Great Britain, and owner of the manor Felmingham, Norfolk county, England. Captain Henry Talman married Ann Ballard, granddaughter of Thomas Ballard, born in England in 1630, died in Virginia in 1689.
Thomas Ballard was clerk of York county thirty years; lieutenant-colonel of York county in 1669; member of the Virginia council, 1670; speaker of the house, 1682-85; vestryman of Bouton parish church, 1668-1674, and was buried from that church in 1689. Hon. Thomas Ballard was a son of William Ballard, who came to Virginia in the ship "James" in May, 1635, with his wife Elizabeth and son Thomas. James Robert and Maria Louisa (Higgins) Moore had issue: Josiah Staunton, of previous and further mention; William Savage and John Cullen (twins), born May 17, 1846; Betty Bassett, born September 8, 1850, married, in 1867, P. H. Kelly, and died without issue, August 22, 1874. William Savage married in Cleveland, Ohio. William Savage married in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Hefflebower, and died in Detroit, Michigan, in 1906 without issue. John Cullen married in Washington, D. C., Alvira Gordon, and had issue, Walter Staunton and Harry Gordon.
Josiah Staunton Moore spent his boyhood days in Richmond, and there acquired his education, being a student at Jefferson Male College when the war between the states of the North and South was declared. He enlisted May 14, 1861, in Company B, Fifteenth Regiment, Virginia Infantry, and had his "baptism of fire" at the battle of Bethel, June 10, following. He was engaged in various skirmishes on the peninsula, and in the great battles with the Army of the Potomac around Richmond, including "Malvern Hill," serving with the Army of Northern Virginia until the winter of 1864, when he was captured at Five Forks by the Federals. He was taken to Point Lookout where he was confined until June 16, 1865, and then was released and returned home. He began business in Chesterfield after the war closed, operating a retail grocery there during the years 1866 to 1877, was married during this period, and in the latter year returned to Richmond. He established a wholesale grocery house in the city, which he successfully conducted until 1903, when he retired from active business. He was also honored by his fellows in this line, holding the office of president of the Wholesale Grocers Association.
After his retirement Mr. Moore traveled extensively in his own country, Europe and the Orient, adding to his practical experiences the delight and benefit of foreign travel. During his residence in Chesterfield he served as magistrate many years, and in Richmond was a member of the Board of Public Interests. In 1908 he was appointed by Governor Swanson delegate to the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, and the same year was named by Governor Swanson delegate to the meeting of the American Prison Association. In 1910 he was appointed by Governor Mann delegate to the Third Annual Convention of the Atlantic Deep Waterways Association, and in 1912 was delegate to the meeting of the American Prison Association, by Governor Mann's appointment.
Besides his numerous contributions to the secular and religious press, Mr. Moore was for a time one of the editors of the "Virginia Masonic Journal." In 1901 he published "A Trans-Atlantic Itinerary;" in 1905 "History of Henrico Union Lodge, No. 130, A. F. and A. M.," and in the same year edited "History of Henrico Parish and St. John's Church"; in 1906 "From Gotham to Jerusalem"; in 1908 "The Virginia Convention of 1788"; in 1911 "History of Royal Arch Chapter No. 3." His writings include a "History of the Ballard Family," which appeared in the "Richmond Times-Dispatch" issues of March 9, 23 and 30, 1913. He was also the author of "Reminisences." His travel books are delightful, entertaining and instructive; his historical works valuable in the depth of their research, and preservation of important date concerning the men, institutions and times of which they treat. His style was pleasing and betrayed the deep, practical, thoughtful mind of the writer.
For many years Mr. Moore was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and hew was one of the old, highly respected brethren of the order. He was past master of Henrico Union Lodge, No. 130, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; past high priest of Richmond Chapter, No. 3. Royal Arch Masons; past eminent commander of Richmond Commandery, No. 2. Knights Templar, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The amount of work required and knowledge necessary to fill the high positions enumerated, testify most eloquently to Mr. Moore's deep interest, and love for the ancient and honorable institution. In addition to these local honors he was president of the Pastmasters Association of Virginia; was president of the Masonic Home six years; member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Home twelve years; and was a member of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
His patriotic ancestry gained him admission to the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, of which he was president. He also belonged to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; the Virginia Historical Society; Robert E. Lee Camp, No. 1., United Confederate Veteran Association; Pickett Camp, Confederate Veterans; was president of the Fifteenth Virginia Regiment Association. In religion he was a communicant of St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, and in politics a Democrat.
Mr. Moore married, March 6, 1867, at the residence of the bride's father, "Clover Hill" Chesterfield county, Virginia, Rev. A. B. Tizzard officiating, Jane Ellen Owens, born in Chesterfield county, August 25, 1844. Her parents, Robert Owens, a mining engineer, and his wife, Cecelia Fellows, came from Wales in 1835. Children: Elizabeth Cecelia, Joseph Lumsden, Samuel Robert, Harriet Henrietta, Jane Ellen, Robert Napoleon, John Webster and William Henry. Children of Josiah S. and Jane Ellen (Owens) Moore: 1. Lulu Maria, born December 25, 1867, educated in the Episcopal High School, Staunton, Virginia; married C. P. Garry, and has Alice Elizabeth, Jennie Moore, and James Park. 2. Ernest Walke, born March, 1870 educated in a business college, now a bookkeeper; married Martha Preston Fendley. 3. James Staunton, born June 3, 1872, educated in the public schools, now a merchant; married Minnie H. Cardwell, and has Minto Cardwell, maria Louisa, James Staunton (2), Dolly Collins. 4. Nora Alice, born May 7, 1874, educated in the public schools; married William Lozelle Phillips. 4. William Owens, born June 29, 1876, died May 3, 1909, educated in Virginia Military Institute; married Mollie M. Yeager. 5. Richmond, born January 1, 1879, educated in Virginia Medical College, now engaged in the insurance business; married Ida Beveridge; children, Ida Beveridge and Richmond Jr.. 6. Daisey Cecelia, born April 17, 1881, died July 12, 1881. 7. Harry Talman, born January 9, 1883, educated at county Polytechnic Institute; now in insurance business in Richmond; married Katie Christian McPhail. 8. Percy Laurence, born August 29, 1886, educated at the University of Virginia, now a bank clerk; married Louise Short and has a son, Percy Laurence (2).