Monday, September 25, 2006

Kirkland Obituaries in Wetzel County, WV

The following are all the Kirkland obituaries found in the book "Wetzel Co., WV Obituaries", published by Wetzel County Genealogical Society and compiled by Carol Rush Hassig and Elizabeth Estlack Mullett. They appear to have been cut from newspapers and pasted onto pages that were photocopied to make these volumes. I accessed this book in the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. I've left misspellings in and anything in brackets "[]" are my comments.


J.F. Kirkland [Vol. 2, p. 52]
April 28, 1930 [date handwritten]

Mr. J. F. Kirkland, son of Alexander and Eliza Jane Kirkland, departed this life April 28, 1930, aged 68 years, 11 months and 28 days. He was born May 3, 1861, near Wileyville, Wetzel County, where he lived until about seventeen years ago, when he moved to his late home located about five miles east of this city. He was one of Wetzel County’s most successful and prosperous farmers. He achieved success by faithful to[illeg.] coupled with attention to details and wise management.

December 25, 1895, he was united in marriage to Sarah Belle Briggs, daughter of the late Henry Briggs, who resided at Green Hill, Wetzel County. To this union were born four children, all of whom are graduates of Magnolia High School and highly respected citizens. Clark and Cline are with the Lemley-Bridgeman Company garage of this city. Dr. Matt is owner and manager of the Fulton Pharmacy, Wheeling, and Mrs. Eliza Kirkland Brown is a successful teacher of Fairmont. He is also survived by his widow; his aged mother, living at Maud, who has passed her ninety-third birthday; one grandson, Matt, Junior; three brothers and three sisters: Mrs. Samantha Moore, of this city; Mrs. G. W. Huff, of Maud; Mrs. Virginia McIntire, of Maud; Lockwood Kirkland, of Centerville, Iowa; Shriver Kirkland, of Clarksburg, and Elsworth Kirkland, of Maud.

Mrs. Kirkland, too, has shared with her husband the responsibilities and sacrifices that come to a farmer’s wife, incidental to the maintenance of a happy, comfortable, and hospitable home.

For a number of years Mr. Kirkland had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Along with his farm cares he found time to devote to the worship of his Creator. He was seldom absent either from Sunday school or the [article cut off at this point]


KIRKLAND [Vol. 3, p. 29]

Ross C. Kirkland, 77, of Pine Grove, died at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, 1963, at the Wetzel County Hospital. Born in Wetzel County, Nov. 11, 1885, he was a son of Foster and Adaline Martin Kirkland. He was a retired employe of the Hope Natural Gas Co. and was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Pine Grove.. Survivors include his wife, Ethel Cosgray Kirkland; two sons, Hugh, of Canton, and Kenneth, of Pine Grove; a half-brother, Joseph Bland, of Pine Grove; and a granddaughter. Friends are being received at the Palmer Funeral Home in Pine Grove. Services will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) with the Rv. Albery O. Morrison officiating.. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville.


KIRKLAND [Vol. 3, p. 30]

Ethel Kirkland, 79, of Pine Grove, died Wed., Nov. 5, at the Wetzel County Hospital. She was born in Wetzel County, June 16, 1890, daughter of John and Emma McAlister Cosgray. She was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. Her husband, Ross C. Kirkland, preceded her in death in 1963. Surviving are two sons, Hugh of Canton, and Kenneth of Pine Grove; and one granddaughter. Friends were received at the Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Harshburger officiating. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville.


Sarah Kirkland [Vol. 3, p. 31]

Mrs. Sarah Belle Kirkland, 73, member of a well known family, died at her home on Little Creek last Sunday after she had suffered a heart attack.
She was a native of Wetzel County, having been born at Proctor Sept. 14, 1867. She was a daughter of Henry and Massa Brookover Briggs.

Mrs. Kirkland was a member of the First M. E. church and of the Mrs. D. N. Mangolg Sunday school class. She took an active part in Ladies’ Aid work.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. C. H. Huffman of New Martinsville; three sons, Clark and Cline Kirkland of New Martinsville, and Matt L. Kirkland of Wheeling; three sisters, Mrs. J. G. Guthrie and Grace Briggs, both of New Martinsville, and Mrs. W. E. McKnight of Charleston; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services for the deceased woman were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Wharton Funeral Home. Rev. S. B. Cunningham preached the funeral. Mrs. Kirkland was buried in the Northview cemetery.


Pfc. Warren R. Huff’s [Vol. 4, p. 32]

The body of Pfc. Warren Robert Huff arrived in New Martinsville on Monday and was taken to the Wharton & Ellis Funeral home.

He was killed in action December 27, 1943 in the invasion of New Britain, Cape Gloucester, South Pacific.

He was attached to the First Marine Division, and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He enlisted in June, 1942 at Wheeling.

Pfc. Huff was born August 13, 1920 at Maud, W. Va., the son of Robert and Esta Kirkland Huff, who survive him, also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Lucile Ball and Miss Maxine Huff, both of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Sue Heinzman of Pittsburgh, and two brothers, Sgt. Norman Huff of the U. S. Air Force, stationed at Brookley Field, Mobile, Ala., and Raymond Huff at home.

Services were held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. H. A. Hopson of St. John’s Methodist church. Burial was in North View cemetery, with full military honors by Marne [Marine] Post No. 28, American Legion, New Martinsville.


J. A. KIRKLAND [Vol. 4, p. 43]

James A. Kirkland, 70, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Amanda Jackson, of Wileyville, Wednesday morning at 3:00 o’clock. He was a member of the Wileyville Baptist Church.

Mr. Kirkland was born at Wileyville, September 8, 1871, the son of the late Joseph and Lucinda Furbee Kirkland.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Junie Richmond Kirkland, of Elm Grove; six sons, Joseph, of Missouri, and Roy, Charles, Frank, Alton and Bryan, of Elm Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Andrews and Mrs. Hattie Scyock, both of Elm Grove; three sisters, Mrs. Amanda Jackson and Mrs. Etta Blake, both of Wileyville, and Mrs. Olive Barr, of Pine Grove.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon from the Jackson home at Wileyville, in charge of Rev. James Webb. Interment in the Kirkland cemetery will be in charge of the Palmer Funeral Service, of Pine Grove. Apr. 1942 [date is handwritten]


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