William Thomas Price
William T. Price is the author of "Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, WV, of which the author of this web site is indebted. It contains much information about the early settlement of the Pocahontas County, including first hand accounts from many persons.
Rev. W. T. Price holding a copy of his book "History of Pocahontas County, West. Va.". Assume name was changed before final publication.
Undated Photo (circa 1920)
|Death Record : Anna Louise Randolph Price - Jan 20, 1924.|
|William T. Price is the author of "Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, WV, of which the author of this web site is indebted. It contains much information about the early settlement of the Pocahontas County, including first hand accounts from many persons.|
|The late William T.
Price was one of the notable men of his time, distinguishing himself
in more than one field of effort. He was born at Marlinton, then in
Virginia, July 19, 1830, and his death occurred in the town of his birth on
January 19, 1921, at the age of ninety years. The eldest of a large family,
he had a favorable environment in his youth, a happy, healthful boyhood on
the home farm and afterward educational advantages that well prepared him
for the duties and compensations that pertained to the noble activities that
engaged him through a long and busy life. He was early graduated from
Washington College, Lexington, Virginia, where the degrees of A. M. and A.
B. were conferred on him, and later, when this hoary institution became
Washington and Lee University, he received the degree of D. D. For three
years he was a student in the Union Theological Seminary, from which he was
graduated in 1851. Practically his entire life was passed in the
Presbyterian ministry, his work being mainly in Virginia and West Virginia,
with a short interval in Arkansas, and on numerous occasions he was called
upon to serve as moderator of important synods. For over a score of years
Doctor Price rode back and forth
over the country on horse- back, and he and his steed, '' Prince,'' were
familiar figures over a wide range. He developed the church field as the
pioneer and practically alone that at the time of his death required the
services of fifteen Presbyterian ministers to cover. Following his services
in the war between the states lie devoted himself as long as physical
strength permitted to ministerial work, and his missionary efforts among the
mountaineers of West Virginia brought forth influences that will ever bear
fruit. He served as chaplain in Pickett's Division of the Confederate army
and was a close friend of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson. As a member of the
Thirty-first Virginia Regiment he was engaged in the first campaign of the
war in the advance on Grafton, and he buried the first Confederate soldier
killed in that conflict. When the war closed, although still chaplain but
with the rank of captain, having twice declined staff positions under two
Confederate generals, he had been commissioned to raise a regiment, but the
coming of peace made this organization unnecessary.
In 1865 Reverend Price married Miss Anna L. Randolph, who survives. She is a descendant of the famous Virginia Randolphs and a lineal descendant of Pocahontas. Aside from every other distinction Mrs. Price is a poetess, and her volume of verse, published in 1921, entitled "The Old Church and Other Poems," has attracted wide and favorable comment. Seven children were born to Dr. William T.Price and his wife: William R., who died at the age of four years; James W.; Andrew G., who is a prominent member of the Marlinton bar; Susan A., who is a practicing physician of Williamsburg, Virginia; Norman R. and Calvin W., both of whom are prominent in Pocahontas County; and Anna V., who is the wife of Prank Hunter, of Marlinton, Norman R. Price, who is a leading medical practitioner at Marlinton, was born December 5, 1874. He graduated in 1903 from Maryland Medical College, Baltimore, and has been engaged in medical practice in his native city ever since. During the World war he was a surgeon, with the rank of captain, in the Tenth United States Infantry. He married in 1906 Miss Jean Kinsey, of Mingo County, West Virginia, and they have two children: Norman and [D]ean.