Town of West Union, WV
Established July 20, 1881
County Seat of Doddridge County

The most progressive Class IV city in the State of West Virginia

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Greenwood 1882 - 1883
Population 200
The town steam has a steam grist mill & saw mill
B&O Express
Postmaster J.B. McGregor with daily mail
Churches United Brethren & Methodist (Duckworth Summit)
The town had a common school
Carriage & Wagon Maker J. W. DeBrular
Express & Railroad Agent M. O'Neal
Blacksmith D.L. Dotson
Cooper D. Dotson
Boot & Shoemaker J.H. Shone
Cabinetmaker E.H. O'Donnell
General Store J.B. McGregor
General Store M & C O'Neal
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 179, 1882 - 1883

Mathias C. Young bought the Grange house and lot for $350 on April 30, 1884.
From the diary of William Clark

Greenwood 1884
Population 200
Postmaster J. Wilson
Justice of the Peace W.S. Jones
Lawyer B.F. Burwell
Wagon Maker J.W. DeBrular
Cooper D. Dotson
Blacksmith W.H. Sawyer
Cabinetmaker E.H. O'Donnell
General Store Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 669, 1884

A meeting of the County Commissioners of Doddridge County met on November 25, 1885 with the following results:

Court record:
Daniel Sherwood and E.H. O'Donnell, two of the viewers appointed at the January term of this court in 1885 to view and mark a way for a public road. Commencing at the Ritchie and Doddridge County line on Cabin Run thence to Greenwood. Having filed a map and report of the proposed road commencing at the said County line thence through the lands of Mrs. J. Flannigan, James Caldwell, F.W. Waldo, Hickman Waldo, Rubush Ellifritt, William L. Dotson, William L. Dotson heirs, William Ellifritt heirs and Benjamin Welch intersecting the North Western Turnpike at Greenwood and none of the land owners having claimed damages for said road except for William L. Dotson who agrees to take $15.00. It is therefore ordered by this court that the same is hereby established as viewed and reported and the road surveyor in whose precinct is located are directed to make open and work same.
Ordered that this court do now adjourn. Until the 3rd Monday in December 1885.
Jacob Bennings, Pres.
Road Record #1 Page 221, Doddridge County

Hiram Henry aged 22 and Ada Dotson aged 21 were married at the residence of Mrs. Mary Dotson on February 22, 1887. The minister who performed the service was W. S. Oliver a regular Baptist minister. Some of this information conflicts with an earlier marriage but is as recorded.
Marriage Book 3 Page 162 Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Clide Mason on October 20, 1887.
Book 2, Page 205, Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Charles Raymond Mason on March 17, 1888.
Book 2, Page 207, Doddridge County

Clyde Dotson was born to the union of Franklin Pierce and Nancy Clark Dotson on April 9, 1889.
Book 2, Page 74 Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Hattie Mason on August 27, 1889.
Book 2, Page 210, Doddridge County

Winfield Scott and Martha Edwards Ellifritt born a son named Grover Cleveland Ellifritt on March 9, 1890.
Book 2 Page 95 Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Edward H. Mason on July 5, 1891.
Book 2, Page 215, Doddridge County

Hiram And Ada Dotson Henry born a son on March 8, 1892 but he lived only a few days and died on March 15, 1892. We assume that he is buried in the Greenwood cemetery.
Book named Richard Dotson and his descendants by James M. Dotson and Barr Wilson

Greenwood 1891 - 1892
Population 200
Postmaster Mrs. L.J. Young
Justice of the Peace Jacob Binnegar
Blacksmith William Collins
Wagon Maker William Collins
Cabinetmaker E.H. O'Donnell
General Store Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 189, 1891 - 1892

Edna Mary Ellifritt was born to the union of Winifield Scott and Martha Edwards Ellifritt on February 16, 1893. She was to be the wife of Clyde Dotson.
Delayed Births Book 1 Page 50 Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Carl Wayne Mason on October 20, 1893.
Delayed Births - Book 1, Page 109 Doddridge County

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Cecil Henry Mason on March 7, 1895.
Delayed Births - Book 1, Page 109 Doddridge County

Victor E. Ellifritt was born to the union of Winfield Scott and Martha Edwards Ellifritt on March 14, 1896.
Book 2 Page 98 Doddridge County

Greenwood 1895 - 1896
Population 75
Postmaster Mrs. L. J. Young
Blacksmith James Bond & brother
Justice of the Peace W.W. Clark
Cabinetmaker E.H. O'Donnell
Cabinetmaker John L. Young
Flour Mill Benjamin Smith
General Store E.R. Young & brother (Duckworth Crossing)
General Store Mathias C. Young
Staves & Barrel hoops are shipped from here.
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 222 , 1895 - 1896

William Anthony and Ethanissa Mason became the parents of Gerta Mason on December 5, 1897.
Date from her death record Doddridge County

The expense for traveling from Central Station to Parkersburg by rail on September 5, 1897 was
.95 cents each way.
From the diary of William Clark Page 73

The marriage of Reginald Rochester Dotson and Gracie L. Mason took place on March 27, 1898 at the Home of William Anthony Mason. He was aged 28 years and she 20. The minister was Charles Fisher.
From the diary of William Clark Page 75
Marriage Book 5, Page 416 Doddridge County

The “Summer Subscription school” was started by Ray Hudkins at the Duckworth Summit School in 1898. The 1st teacher was Dean Banniger then Hugh Hammond. Some other teachers at these summer sessions were Walter Swentzel, H. Laban White and a Mr. Borror.
Information provided by Burdett & Barbara Borror Warden. West Union Record

Mathias C. Young and Ida Duckworth were married at 9:00 pm on April 16, 1889 at the home of the bride. She was the daughter of Wellington and June Cunningham Duckworth and his family must reside in the Salem area.
From the diary of William Clark
Book 5 Page 427 Doddridge County

Greenwood 1898 - 1899
Population 80
Postmaster B. W. Cowan
School Teacher Smith Duckworth
Blacksmith James Bond
Planing Mill James Bond
Physician V. Caruthers
Justice of the Peace W.W. Clark
Notary Public B.W. Cowan
Flour Mill Benjamin Smith
Saw Mill Benjamin Smith
Mason Samuel Tuning
Cabinetmaker John L. Young
General Store A.M. Cowan
General Store E.R. Young & brothers (Duckworth Crossing)
General Store Mathias. C. Young
Railroad Express Agent Mathias. C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 227, 1898 - 1899

Theodore Hufford aged 28 and Lilly Ellifritt aged 22 were married on September 2, 1900.
From the diary of William Clark Page 85
Book 6 Page 233 Doddridge County

Gracie Mason Dotson, wife of Reginald Rochester Dotson, passed to the other side on October 20, 1900. She died of typhoid fever and was aged 33 years at her passing. She is at rest in the Greenwood cemetery.
The diary of William Clark shows that she died at 7:00 on October 15, 1900 and was buried at 10:00 on October 16, 1900.
Death Book 1, Page 136, Line 1621, Doddridge County

Shirley Garner Towner wrote this story about when she was a small child and attended Greenwood school. They lived at the house where the railroad and the Long Run road intersect at Duckworth Crossing.

In the late 1800's, a doctor named Caruthers lived in the house before my grandmother grew up in it. The house was very near the B&O railroad in a place called the Duckworth Summit near Greenwood. He lived there with his wife. They had no children.

His wife was coming home one day when a train spooked her horse. The buggy tipped over, and she was run over by the train and was killed. The doctor later died of old age. He only had one leg the other being wood. People say that you can still hear him walking up and down the steps late at night. "Thunk, thunk, thunk", up the stairs you'll hear him go.

Later the house was used as a telegraph office for the B&O railroad and was run by Lizzy Boyce. She lived and ran the office in the house. When my grandmother first came she lived with her father one brother and sister. After losing her mother she longed for one.

The spirit of the family remained in the house and when Shirley was 7 or 8 she was awakened by somebody tucking her in bed. She was so scared she couldn't speak. When she caught her voice, she screamed for her daddy who was downstairs asleep. He ran up the stairs. When he got there nobody was there but Shirley, wide-eyed and pale, neatly tucked in bed.

After this event she said that there was no fear associated with the spirit that was as much of a part of the home as the people that lived there. To this day the family says that there are things that occur that cannot be explained. They just take it that the Doctor and his wife are closing doors that they feel should be closed and taking care of the home.

Shirley Garner


Greenwood 1900 - 1901
Population 100
Postmaster J. W. Richards
Notary Public I.N. Dotson
Physician V. Caruthers
Justice of the Peace W.W. Clark
Hotel Hiram Henry
Live Stock Mason & Waldo
Wagon Maker James S. Bond
Planing Mill James S. Bond
Flour Mill Benjamin Smith & Sons
Mason Samuel Tuning
Cabinetmaker John L. Young
Carpenter F.P. smith
General Store Sylvester Calhoun
General Store J.W. Richards
General store E.R. Young & Sons (Duckworth Crossing)
General Store Mathias C. Young
Railroad & Express Agent Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 231, 1900 - 1901

William Clark was the Overseer for the poor in Doddridge County. The County Court passed an ordinance stating that no poor person should receive assistance from the County outside the Poor Home. William Clark disagreed with this decision and resigned his position on January 22, 1901.
From the diary of William Clark Page 88

Greenwood 1902 - 1903
Population 100
Postmaster J.W. Richards
Justice of the Peace J.C. Dotson
Blacksmith James S. Bond
Flour Mill Benjamin Smith
General Store J.W. Richards
General Store E.R. Young (Duckworth Crossing)
General Store Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 331, 1902 - 1903

Area schools were closed due to small pox on May 5, 1903.
From the diary of William Clark Page 95

Mrs. Jane Ellifritt burned to death on July 24, 1903.
From the diary of William Clark Page 96

L.F. & Annie K. Thomas sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to J.F. Waldo and Clarence Ellifritt for $270.00 on August 21, 1903
Book 40, Page 425, November 23, 1903 Doddridge County

Greenwood 1904 - 1905
Population 100
Telephone Connection
Postmaster J.M. Atkins
Justice of the Peace J. Towner
Justice of the Peace Grant Smith
Constable J.C. Dotson
Nursery Wellington Duckworth
Blacksmith James S. Bond
General Store A.E. Dotson
General Store G.W. Swiger
General Store E.R. Young (Duckworth Crossing)
General Store Mathias C. Young
Express and railroad Agent Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, 1904 - 1905

When the telephone lines were installed in the Greenwood area during September 1905 some of the workers boarded in area homes.
From the Diary William Clark Dotson Page 110

J.F. Waldo & Clarence Ellifritt sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to Minor E. Dotson & Hiram Henry for $425.00 on October 4, 1905
Book 45, Page 453, March 26, 1905 Doddridge County

Minor E. Dotson, Lulu Dotson, Hiram Henry and Ada Henry sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to F.P. Dotson for $125.00 on August 7, 1906.
Book 48, Page 242, April 20, 1907 Doddridge County

Greenwood 1906 - 1907
Population 60
Telephone connection
Postmaster J.M. Atkins
Justice of the Peace A. Beavor
Constable J.C. Dotson
Blacksmith James S. Bond
Nursery Wellington Duckworth
General Store A.E. Dotson
General Store G.W. Swiger
General Store Mathias C. Young
Railroad and Express Agent Mathias C. Young
W.Va. Telephone Agent Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 411 , 1906 - 1907

F.P. & N.L. Dotson sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to Grant Smith for $140.00 on May 23, 1907.
Book 48, Page 351, May 27, 1907 Doddridge County

Greenwood 1908 - 1909
Population 60
Telephone connection
Churches United Brethren & Methodist (Duckworth Summit)
Postmaster J.M. Atkins
Justice of the Peace A. Beavor
Constable J.C. Dotson
Blacksmith J. Bond
Nursery Wellington Duckworth
Livestock W.A. Mason
General store C. W. Swiger
General Store Mathias C. Young
Railroad and Express Agent Mathias C. Young
Pay Station Mathias C. Young
Telephone Agent Mathias C. Young
West Virginia State Gazetteer, Page 347 , 1908 - 1909

Ray Hudkins built his home on top of Greenwood Hill in 1908. He hauled the lumber to the planning mill of Nelson Smith’s grandfather in West Union to be dressed & planed.
Information provided by Burdett & Barbara Borror Warden.
West Union Record

Charles Garner purchased a home and property from the heirs of Jacob Benniger . The selling price was $350. The property was previously owned by Ephriam Bee and later sold to Franklin Benniger then to Jacob Benniger.
Book 50, Page 329 June 6, 1908 Doddridge County

Grant & Jereth A. Smith sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to L.B. Welch for $2,500.00 on July 24, 1908
Book 50, Page 392, July 25, 1908, Doddridge County

L.B. & Carrie Welch sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to James S. Walsh for $3,500.00 on July 27, 1908.
Book 50, Page 395, July 29, 1908 Doddridge County

J.S. & Clyda Welch sold property known as the Old Mill Lot in Greenwood to H.K. Hewitt of Athens, Ohio for $3,500.00 on September 15, 1908.
Book 50, Page 457, September 19, 1908 Doddridge County

Reginald Rochester Dotson married Margaret Henry at the home of Hiram Henry (1864 - 1952) and Ada Henry (1865 - 1960), on February 16, 1911). According to information provided by Nellie Waldo and transcribed by Barr Wilson, Hiram Henry and Margaret Henry were brother and sister. Her parents were Eugene and Elizabeth Burnside Henry. The minister was D.W. Prunty
Marriage Book 8, Page 407 Doddridge County

Edward Henry O’Donnell passed to the other side on February 2, 1913. The record shows that he was a widower.
Book 2, Page 122 Doddridge County
 

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