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on the sheriff. At the flash of his revolver, the sheriff fired, both shots
being almost simultaneous. The instant he fired, Smithley whirled on
his horse to shoot at Jackson who instantly fired at Smithley. Smithley's
shot took effect in the sheriff's right breast. Jackson's shot struck the
horse. The ball from the sheriff's revolver went straight to Smithley's
right breast. These three shots were fired rapidly in succession and all
within less than ten seconds. When the horse was shot, it fell forward
with great force and threw Smithley violently over its head to the
ground, badly bruising his face and stunning him. The officers thought
him dead, and the horse died instantly. Smithley's escape was miracu-
lous, as the ball from Sheriff Shaw's revolver struck a package of four
cigarette photographs in his upper vest pocket and fell into the pocket
below, where it was afterwards found. As Smithley fell. Sheriff Shaw
cried, 'Boys, I am shot, but give attention to the capture of the thieves.'
Mr. Jackson supposing Smithley to be dead, turned his attention to the
rest of the gang. During the melee with George Smithley, they were
being securely held by Menear, Feather, Crane and Elliott, who by the
sheriff's direction closed in, pulled them from their horses, and began
to disarm and handcuff them. By this time George Smithley had re-
covered and was searching for his revolver which had dropped as he
fell, but Sheriff Shaw, standing over him, called out, 'Boys, this fellow
will get away; I can't do anything as I'm shot, and shot bad.' Jackson
then caught Smithley, found his revolver and handcuffed him. They
soon had the entire gang disarmed, handcuffed and ready to march to
Kingwood. By this time the sheriff's wounds were becoming very

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painful and he was growing sick, so he started to walk to Mr. Jordan's
house. He went about half-way, when he sank down and was carried
to the house and made as comfortable as it was possible. Mr. Taylor
rode rapidly to Kingwood, summoned Drs. Manown, Pratt and Mc-
Millen, who promptly responded and his wife and friends were soon at
his side. After the sheriff was taken to the house, Jackson, Menear
and Feather took the prisoners to jail; Bishop took charge of the
horses, and Crane and Elliott remained to assist Mrs. Jordan and fam-
ily in the care of the wounded man. All this occurred In three-quarters
of an hour after the sheriff and posse left the sheriff's residence in King-

Mr. Shaw was taken slowly to town and suffered greatly. When
it was generally made known in the community, feeling ran high and
mob law was talked strongly, but better judgment prevailed and the
men were given a fair trial and sentenced to five years' Imprisonment.
Fortunately the sheriff recovered and Is still living, though shot through
the lung. The ball still remains there, and will doubtless go to the
grave with him. When searched, there were found on the prisoners,
eight revolvers, a bag of cartridges, a lot of jewelry, screw-drivers,
wire cutters, watches, clothing, etc.; also a large dirk knife and brass
knuckles. This was a portion of the Cooley gang from Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. They called themselves the "Wandering Star Order,"
and claimed they were organized for hunting and fishing. After serving
time in the penitentiary, they were rearrested and served another term
for crimes previously committed in Pennsylvania. Later the county
court passed resolutions and placed them on the county records, In
which they gave Mr. Shaw great credit for bravery and sagacious con-
duct In this affair, with a vote of thanks from the court.

Leroy Shaw married, July 4, 1866, Nancy M., daughter of Israel
Schaeffer, an old pioneer of Preston county, grandson of Benjamin and
Susan Schaeffer of Scotch-Irish descent, who were residents in Virginia,
in colonial days Mrs. Shaw holds membership in the Methodist Epis-
copal church.

This was an old revolutionary family that locat-
ROHRBOUGH ed in Upshur county, Virginia, in the revolution-
ary war period, where at least one generation
was bom after the settlement and prior to 1794, as the record shows a

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son Jacob was bom in the family during that year in that county. He
is the direct ancestor of the West Virginia family of this name to-day.

(I) Jacob Rohrbough, born in Upshur county, Virginia, in 1794,
died in 1869, at the age of seventy-five years. He spent his entire life
as a farmer in this county. He married and reared a family, including
a son, Commodore Perry, named for Commodore Perry, the hero of
Lake Erie in the war of 18 12.

(II) Commodore Perry, son of Jacob Rohrbough, was born in
Buckhannon in 1825, died soon after his retirement from business life,
in 1892, aged sixty-seven years. He was a merchant and had been a
wholesaler of fruits for a few years after the civil war. He served as
deputy sheriff of Upshur county, and was postmaster at Buckhannon
under President Lincoln's administration. He was a Republican, and
in church faith a Methodist Episcopalian. He married Martha, daugh-
ter of David Hazelton, who came from England when he was but
twelve years of age, and became a pioneer in Upshur county, where he
was sheriff and a very prominent man in his day. He was a merchant
and later in hfe went to Illinois where he engaged in farming until
called by death in 1901, at the age of eighty-five years. Commodore
Perry Rohrbough had a brother, Captain Calvin Rohrbough, who
fought under General U. S. Grant at Vicksburg, during the civil war.
He was a merchant at Kinmundy, Illinois, until his death in 1909,
when he was sixty-nine years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Commodore
Perry Rohrbough had five children: AUie, died in infancy; May, wife
of James L. Smith, of Ashland, Kentucky; Lloyd, died in 1883; Orr
Lawson, of whom further; Rev. A. B. Rohrbough, a minister of Meth-
odist Episcopal church, a member of the West Virginia conference,
who died at Salem in 1907. The great-grandfather of the above
named family of children, Mr. Burr, was born in Connecticut, and
was a soldier in the war for national independence. He died in New
England. He was a cousin of Aaron Burr, so famous in the history of
this country.

(III) Orr Lawson, son of Commodore Perry and Martha (Hazel-
ton) Rohrbough, was born at Buckhannon, Upshur county, Virginia
(now West Virginia), April 15, 1862. He obtained his education at
the public schools of Buckhannon and Clarksburg. At the age of fif-
teen years he entered the telegraph office at Clarksburg as a messenger

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boy and was taught telegraphy; he became night operator at Salem,
where he remained one year, and went to Doddridge county, this state,
where the central dispatcher's office was then located. There he re-
mained five years and then went to Grafton, as the dispatcher's office
had then been removed to that point. He was employed there four
years, then was transferred to Salem again, in 1889, since which time
he has resided there. He is now one of the directors of the board
of trade; was mayor in 1907, and inaugurated several improvements
under his administration. Politically he is a Republican. He belongs
to the Masonic order, being raised to a Knight Templar and Shriner.
In religious faith he is a communicant of the Baptist church.

He married, at Grafton, September 8, 1886, Hattie Ware, born at
Grafton. Children: i. Lottie L., born September 8, 1887; at home,
assisting her father in his office as clerk. 2. Gay, bom July 5, 1889;
now Mrs. Charles Hathaway, whose husband is in the United States
navy, on the battleship "Vermont"; they reside at Norfolk, Virginia;
he is highly esteemed by his fellow comrades. 3. Robert, born May
27, 1898; attending school.

The name of Arnett is an old and honorable one in
ARNETT West Virginia and the Monongahela Valley. This

article refers more particularly to the representatives
of the family who are located at Clarksburg and vicinity, one branch
of a very large family tree.

(I) Solomon Arnett, born in 1807, at Arnettsville, now in West
Virginia, married Mary Cordrey. He died in his native place at the
age of forty-five years; his wife died in 1886, aged seventy-nine. He
was a farmer, and among his children was Thomas Calvin, of whom

(II) Thomas Calvin, son of Solomon and Mary (Cordrey) Ar-
nett, was born August 28, 1834, died at Fairmont, November 3, 1905.
He was by occupation both farmer and carpenter. He served in the
confederate army in civil war days from his native county. Politically
he was a Democrat, and his church relations were of the Methodist
Episcopal faith. He married Hannah Trippett, born in Lowesville,
Monongalia county, Virginia, January 15, 1839, and died December
18, 1907. She was a daughter of Topliff Trippett, who was a miller

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in both Monongalia and Marion counties, born May, 1807, died No-
vember 8, 1902; his wife was Catherine Keenan, who died in 1869.
Children of Thomas C. and Hannah (Trippett) Arnett: May Cath-
erine, Dennis S., Lydia Belle, Parris, Curtis T., of whom further;
Lillian B., Lucy A.

(Ill) Dr. Curtis Topliff Arnett, son of Thomas C. and Hannah
(Trippett) Arnett, was born March 14, 1870, at Arnettsville, West
Virginia, on the old homestead of the family. He obtained his edu-
cation at the local schools and graduated in medicine at the Hospital
College of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, 1897. He also took sev-
eral courses as post-graduate at the Polyclinic of New York. He
immediately began practice at Marshville, Harrison county. West
Virginia, in 1897. In 1903 he left that place for Riversville, where he
practiced medicine about a year and a half, then removed to Clarks-
burg, in 1905, and has been in active practice there ever since. He
treats both medically and surgically and carries on a general practice.
Dr. Arnett has been a member of the militia company; is a member of
the Harrison County Medical Association; the State Medical Associa-
tion; the American Medical Association; Masonic fraternity, and polit-
ically is a Democrat. He is a stockholder and treasurer of the Curtis
Oil and Gas Company; director of the Marshville Oil and Gas Com-
pany; director of Point Comfort Oil and Gas Company. He holds
some real estate and this includes his fine home at Clarksburg. He also
has a royalty from 627 acres of oil producing lands.

Dr. Arnett was married at Marshville, January i, 1900, to Lucy
C. Morrison, born in Harrison county, September 9, 1877, daughter of
Thomas David Morrison, who still resides on his farm three miles
from Adamson, Harrison county; his wife was Matilda Southern. The
children of Dr. and Mrs. Arnett are: Basil, born March 23, 1901;
Belle Marie, June 13, 1903, died May 14, 1909; Thomas Morrison,
August 13, 1906; Lucy E. V., December 3, 191 1.

Among the pioneer merchants to locate at Clarksburg,
DESPARD West Virginia, was Richard Despard, who, accom-
panied by his family, emigrated from his native land,
Ireland, and became a merchant in New York City, where he at one
rime owned a considerable portion of Murray Hill. Later he came to

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West Virginia and began merchandising there. He lived to a good old
age, highly respected by all who traded with him.

(II) Burton, son of Richard Despard, was a prominent lawyer
in Clarksburg for many years, and up to his death, October 2, 1874,
when he was about sixty years of age. He was a director in many
enterprises, banks, etc. He also had a coal mine called the "Despard
Coal Company." He married (first) Emily Smith, born in Prunty-
town, Virginia, died in the fifties. Children by this union: Charles S.,
deceased; Laura E., born in Clarksburg, wife of Judge Nathan Gofi;
Wheaton Braddish, deceased; Burton McMahon, of whom later; Em-
mett, died in infancy. He married (second) Gertrude Lee, still living
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and by whom were bom: Diana Mc-
Mahon, deceased; Flora H., deceased; Duncan L., a practicing physi-
cian of Philadelphia. Abraham Smith, father of Emily (Smith) Des-
pard, lived and died in Pruntytown, Virginia, where he was a pioneer
and carried the mail through the mountains when a boy. He became a
well-to-do merchant.

(III) Burton McMahon, son of Burton and Emily (Smith) Des-
pard, was born in Clarksburg, Virginia, November 20, 1855. He
received his education in the public schools, including the high school,
after which he attended Washington and Lee University, at Lexing-
ton, Virginia. He then engaged in merchandising at Clarksburg, under
the firm name of Thorn & Despard, which relation existed a number of
years, and terminating about 1877, since which time he has been en-
gaged in the real estate business, and speculated in oil and coal lands,
etc. He is the owner of much valuable realty, including many resi-
dences and town lots. He belongs to the Elks fraternity, in church
profession is an Episcopalian, and in politics an Independent.

This Walker family is of Scotch origin, but has been
WALKER known in Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of Somerset
county, for generations. The American ancestor was
Donald Walker. The name was originally spelled Walter, but inad-
vertently changed in recording deeds in Edinburg, as in shown by the
deeds themselves. The later generations have intermarried with the
well known Lane family.

(II) Peter Walker, son of Donald Walker, the ancestor, was bom

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in Washington county, Maryland, but in 1746 left his native county
and located in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, where he became for his
time a wealthy farmer. The Walkers have all remained in Somerset
county except John P., of whom further.

(III) John P., son of Peter Walker, left Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, in 1839, removing to Loudoun county, Virginia, where he re-
mained a short time, then moved to Ohio county in what is now West
Virginia, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. Later he retired
and lived in the city of Wheeling, where he died in 1852. He mar-
ried Margaret, daughter of John and Catherine (Devlin) Lane. Mar-
garet Walker died in 1874. She was a noted linguist and continued the
study of languages until overtaken by old age. Children of John P.
and Margaret (Lane) Walker are: William, a physician of Mon-
mouth, Ohio, now deceased; Alexander, a civil engineer in the railway
service of Newark, Ohio, now deceased; Mifflin, a farmer of Ottawa,
Kansas, deceased; Kephart D., of whom further.

(IV) Kephart D., son of John P. and Margaret (Lane) Walker,
was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1838. When
sixteen years of age he entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad Company, in 1853, as construction camp clerk, remaining in
such position eighteen months, during which time he picked up enough
in telegraphy to enter the telegraph department of the company. Later
he became a brakeman, then rose to conductor. At the breaking out
of the civil war he joined the secret service of the confederate army
and had an exciting and varied experience; was under "Stonewall"
Jackson and General John B. Walker (a relative). After the war
ended he resumed work for the Baltimore & Ohio Company. He was
made station agent at Fairmont, holding the position ten years. He
was then promoted to superintendent of the Fairmont division, and
when the Fairmont, Morgantown & Pittsburgh line was undertaken, he
was assigned the duty of securing the right-of-way between Fairmont
and Morgantown, and during the construction of this line was pur-
chasing agent. He was in charge of the first train that ever run over
the line to Pittsburgh. He then became passenger conductor and
served until 1906. In 1870 Mr. Walker became a member of the
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, uniting with Lodge No. 9, at Fair-
mont, and in 1875 was elected grand master of the West Virginia

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Lodge. He has held all the chairs to past grand priest. He is now
one of eight men in West Virginia who have advanced in the mysteries
of Masonry to the thirty-third degree, taking the degree in Washing-
ton, D. C, under his personal friend, General Albert Pike. He is con-
sidered authority in the workings of Masonry. He has made a study
of the Indian races which once inhabited West Virginia; has donated
to the Smithsonian Institution many exhibits — skeletons, pipes, arrows,
etc. These he had exhumed from mounds and other Indian burying

He married, in 1859, Josephine, daughter of Presley and Sarah
Wigginton, of Loudoun county, Virginia. Presley Wigginton was born
in Virginia, a son of Benjamin Wigginton, who came to America at a
very early date. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Walker: i. Charles W.,
deceased; was with the Penn Oil Company. 2. Mifflin Presley, died
young. 3. Ettie Franklin, wife of E. J. Thomas, of Mannington,
West Virginia. 4. Hattie Brownfield, wife of Fred W. Bartlett, of
Mannington. 5. Amy Long, wife of George C. Jeffreys, of Grafton,
West Virginia. 6. Gertrude Pike, wife of F. B. Jenkins, of Grafton,
West Virginia. 7. Lillian Davisson, wife of J. J. Dorsey, of Fairmont.
8. Carlotta Roome, wife of W. B. Rector, of Belington, West Vir-
ginia. 9. Edna Whiting, wife of F. S. Thompson, of Clarksburg.

(The Lane Line).

The history of this Lane family is traced genealogically back to
about 1655, and has been identified with the American continent since
1680, after a record of some five years near London in England. The
family has been represented in almost every state in this country, and
eminent members have appeared in nearly every vocation through the
various generations, in the professions and trades, in the old and new

(I) John Lane, the earliest member of whom there is an authentic
account, was born at Cleaves, near the river Rhine, on the northern
border of Prussia, A. D., 1655. In 1675 he, with his three brothers,
Abraham, Nicholas and Richard, moved to London, England. In 1680
all three, still unmarried, came to America, all locating in Pennsylvania.
Abraham, Nicholas and Richard settled in Lancaster county, and John
near Berlin, Somerset county. At the age of ninety-nine years, the last-

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named died in 1754. His wife's name and nationality are unknown.
They had two sons: John, settled at Pipe Creek, Maryland; Peter, see

(II) Peter, son of John Lane, was born 17 19, died at Berlin,
Pennsylvania, 1787, aged sixty-eight years. He married a Miss Irwin,
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Children: i. John, see forward. 2.
Samuel, settled in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. 3. Abraham, died
at Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania. 4. Thomas, died at Berlin,
Pennsylvania. 5. Seth, settled in Hagerstown, Maryland; children:
John, Carlisle, Samuel, Mary (the names of the others not known).
6. Hannah, married a Captain Seabrook, of Hanover, Maryland. 7.
Catherine, married Jacob Seylor, of Adams county, Pennsylvania, where
she died in 1866, aged eighty-eight years, surviving all of her brothers
and sisters. 8. Mary, married a Mr. Curry, of Spring Garden, near
Baltimore, Maryland.

(III) John (2), oldest child of Peter Lane, was bom at Berlin,
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, October 21, 1757, died in the same
place, September 6, 1843. He married Catherine Devlin, born at Mt.
Joy, near Armagh, Ireland (Scotch-Irish), in 1760, died November
28, 1840, at Berlin, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, to which locality
they removed in 1802. Her father, John Devlin, came to America
and settled at Carlisle, where he died and is buried. John and Cath-
erine Lane had children: i. Peter, born near Berlin, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, January 17, 1782, died In the same county, June 14,
1864; married Maria HoU, born near Berlin, 1787, died at Berlin, De-
cember, 1866. Her father, Walter Hoil, was born in southwestern
Prussia, near Kirkshire, about 1732, died at Berlin, Somerset county,
Pennsylvania, March, 1806, aged seventy-four years. He married
Mary Barbary Martin, born In western Shinirk, Bavaria, 1739, died
March 30, 1830. Her father, Michael Martin, was born and died in
Bavaria. His widow Angellne, whose maiden name was Krestmars,
came to America about 1735 and died in Berlin, Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, 1800, aged eighty-five years. Peter and Maria (Hoil) Lane
had thirteen children. 2. John, born in Berlin, Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, 1783, died in 1835, aged fifty-two years; married Catherine
Mantel; after living in Somerset county for thirty-five years, he re-
moved to Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, where he died; had eight

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children. 3. Samuel, married Rachel Montel, and had four children.
4. Thomas, died at Johnston, Pennsylvania, in 1863, aged seventy-eight
years; married (first) Elizabeth Lohr, of Baltimore, by whom he had
two daughters; married (second) Elizabeth Brown, of Baltimore, by
whom he had four sons and three daughters. 5. Nancy. 6. Catherine.
7. Sarah. 8. Polly. 9. Amy. 10. Margaret, see forward. 11. Han-
nah. 12. Harriet, died about 1875, aged near seventy-six; married
Daniel Landis, who died soon after she did; they had one son.

(IV) Margaret, daughter of John (2) and Catherine (Devlin)
Lane, died in 1874. She married John P. Walker, and had four sons
(see Walker III).

This is the Jackson family from which the famous
JACKSON "Stonewall Jackson" was descended, and has long re-
sided in what is now West Virginia. The early an-
cestors were of Scotch-Irish descent and moved to this part of the state
immediately after the revolutionary war and became landowners in the
vicinity of Clarksburg as early as 1791. The line covering the families
of this name to be considered in this connection is as follows:

(I) Edward Jackson, a captain in the revolutionary war, living
then in New Jersey, near the Delaware river. After the war ended he
emigrated from there with his family to Virginia, locating near Clarks-
burg. He reared a family, including a son, Stephen, see forward.

(II) Stephen, son of Edward Jackson, was between eighteen and
twenty years of age when the family came to Virginia from New Jersey.
He was also a revolutionary soldier and a soldier in the war of 1812.
He served several years as an Indian scout from the West Fork river
to the Ohio river. He Is described as having been an unusually fine
looking man, of wonderful physique and great strength. He was a
splendid marksman with rifle and pistol. He married a Miss Pomeroy,
of Pomeroy, Ohio, and among their children was a son, Stephen Pom-
eroy, see forward.

(III) Stephen Pomeroy, son of Stephen Jackson, was born in
1796, near Clarksburg, In what Is now West Virginia. He was reared
on Brown's creek, at the old Jackson homestead, purchased In 1792.
He remained there until about 1838, and removed to Janelew, Virginia,

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where he bought the first hotel, and was also a merchant and trader.
He bought cattle, horses and hogs, as well as droves of sheep, all of
which animals he was accustomed to drive over the mountains to Rich-
mond, Virginia. He had a race course back of his hotel, and his horses
often raced against the horses of Cummings Jackspn, and his nephew,
Thomas Jackson, who became the great civil war character known as
"Stonewall Jackson." At that time he was a young man about eighteen
years of age, and used to ride his uncle's horses in the swift races. Isaac
Jackson, a son of Stephen Jackson, was a chum of his in boyhood days.

(IV) James W., son of Stephen Pomeroy Jackson, was born Feb-
ruary I, 1833, near Clarksburg, Virginia. He was vice-president of
the Citizens Bank of Weston for years, and was also a stockholder in
the first railroad that was built between Clarksburg and Weston. He
was also engaged in farming and mercantile business. He was a Dem-
ocrat, and in his church faith was of the Baptist denomination. He
married, January 3, 1856, Sarah Ann Goodloe, of Albemarle county,
Virginia, by whom six children were born, including a son, John Good-
loe, see forward.

(V) John Goodloe, son of James W. and Sarah Ann (Goodloe)
Jackson, was born in Janelew, Lewis county, Virginia, March 7, 1857.
He obtained his education in the free schools of his native place and at
private schools in Weston and Buckhannon, after which he united with
his father in business operations, with which he was actively connected
for over thirty-five years. In 1903 he aided in organizing the Bank of
Janelew, which opened for business, December 7, 1903, with Mr. Jack-
son as its president, which position he still holds. He is also interested

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