Abner Jehu Paxton
Hester Elmore

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SOURCES:  This genealogy was copied from  Paxton Update: 2080 Offsprings, the work of Cousin Roscoe C. Keeney, Jr., Charleston, WV, April 1985.  It has been reformatted using my own numbering system.  Links to other pages have been added by me; any notes added by me are clearly marked as such.  I have a copy of Roscoe's book, so if you would like me to do a lookup, please e.mail me at jmcdgwin@zianet.com.
John M. Gwin, Dec 2003

NAMES IN RED are those of CONTRIBUTORS to this site.      John M. Gwin, Dec 2003

23.00--Abner Jehu Paxton, b. 1817 in Botetourt Co., VA; bd. unk.; d. ca. 1898; m. 26 Sep 1839 to Hester Elmore (b. 1814; bd. unk.; d. 1882); nine known ch.

From Paxtons from West Virginia 1820-1977 by Roscoe C. Keeney, p. 8-9:

ABNER JEHU PAXTON (1817 - ca. 1898) 

Family historians agree that Abner Jehu Paxton was born in the Virginia county of Botetourt in the year 1817.  Whether he came from the long line of Pennsylvania and Rockbridge County Paxtons is a debatable question.  It is likely that he did.  One account has his father coming directly from England, which is not likely, since there were already several families of Paxtons in the Botetourt area.

Abner served as a member of Troop H, 14th Regiment, Confederate Army, apparently as a volunteer, since he was well up in years.  He was also in Co., K, 22nd Virginia Infantry.  He enlisted September 18, 1864, at Winchester; the record shows that he was never paid.  He was captured at Fisher's Hill September 22, 1864, was exchanged on January 17, 1865, was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, and deserted the hospital two days later, apparently homesick.

Abner Paxton is listed as Constable of Craig County (Craig had been formed from Botetourt in 1851) in the 1860 census.  His age was listed as 33 in the 1850 Botetourt census, as 45 in the 1860 Craig Co., census, and as 63 in the 1880 Clay County (WV) census.

No record [is known to] exist of his death in Clay or Kanawha counties.  No doubt someone knows, but the best information available seems to be that he died about 1898.  Grover Samples, a great-grandson (still living), was born in 1894, and he states that he saw Abner when he was quite quite young.

Abner married
on September 26, 1839

HESTER ELMORE (born 1814 - died of paralysis in Clay County 7 January 1882)

The following MARRIAGE OATH was copied from the original at the Botetourt Co., Court House at Fincastle: KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we, ABNER PAXTON and WILLIAM ELMORE, are held and firmly bound unto David Campbell, Governor of Virginia, in the sum of 150 dollars, current money, and for the payment of which, well and truly to be make to the said Governor and his successors in office, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presentsSealed with our seals and dated this 26th day of September, 1839.  The condition of the above obligation is such that, whereas a marriage is shortly to be had and solemnized between the above bound ABNER PAXTON and HESTER ELMORE of the County of Botetourt.  If therefore there be no lawful cause of impediment to obstruct said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Signed by ABNER PAXTON and WILLIAM ELMORE (X - his mark)

Note: William Elmore made oath before me that the woman named Hester Elmore is above the age of 21 years, and Abner Paxton also made oath that he is above the age of 21 years this 26th day of September 1839.
F. Woltz, Clerk
24.01--Sarah Jane Paxton, b. ca. 1838 in Craig Co., VA (age 12 in 1850 Craig Co. Census); d. in childbirth 6 May 1870; bd. unk.; m. in Craig Co., to James Brisendine; two ch.:

25.01--William H. Brisendine, b. Aug 1869; d. 1923; grew up with two oldest sons of Hester Paxton, with their grandparents, Abner and Hester on Horner's Fork Creek, then in a large log house on Twistabout Ridge; inherited Abner Paxton property; d. unk.; bd. unk.; never married; was living with Henry Park family in 1900 Census.

25.02--Sissie Brisendine, b. 6 May 1870; taken to raise by Will and Hallie Ashley; d. 1872 at age two; bd. unk.

24.02--Elizabeth A. Paxton, b.

24.03--Cephas Shelburne Paxton, b.

24.04--Eliza Adeline Paxton, b.

24.05--Caroline Paxton, b.

24.06--Hester Leurinda Paxton, b.

24.07--Winfield Worthington "Worth" Paxton, b. 6 Oct 1853 in Craig Co., VA; d. 17 Dec 1931 in Clay Co., WV; lived on Horner's Fork, then at Twistabout, later on the Long Sam Samples farm and then settled on a farm between Big Sandy Creek and Big Laurel Creek; lived short time in Fayette Co., WV; m. 27 Apr 1871 in Kanawha Co., WV, to Rena Malinda Burnside (b. 8 Dec 1885 at Bethlehem, PA; d. 8 Jan 1942; bd. unk.); 

25.01--Charles Abner Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.01--Winifred Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.02--Lawrence Shelburne Paxton, b.; d. ; m1. Bertha Caroline Procious (b. Nov 1874); m2. Chessie May Loving Nicholas;

26.03--Riley Leonard Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.04--William W. Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.05--Oscar Winfield Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.06--Dorothy Belle "Mom" Paxton, b.; d. ; m1. Ona Byrne "Big Daddy" Hamrick (b. ca. 1895; d. 1953; bd. Cunningham Memorial Cem., St. Albans, WV); m2. Alfred Gill; d. Bradenton, FL; bd. Bradenton, FL; four ch.

27.01--Kenneth Byrne "Kenny" Hamrick, m. Lasca Elaine Kelly;

27.02--Stanford Sherman "Stan", "Stub", "Buck" "Poppaw" Hamrick, m1. Leona Boggs; div.; m2. Frances Marie "Punk" "Mommaw" Droddy

27.03--Leona June "June" "Hezzie" Hamrick, m. Donald Lee Kniseley, Sr.

27.04--Mavis Jeannette "Puggy" Hamrick, b. 1931; d. ; m. Marion J. Pitsenbarger; 2 adopted ch.

26.07--Rhoda Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.08--Raymond Howard Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.09--Roy William Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.10--Clifford Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.11--Gilbert J. C. Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.12--Aubrey Leo Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.13--Arlene Claire Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

26.14--Charter Dale Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

25.02--Laura Bell Paxton, b. 12 Aug 1874 in Procious, Clay Co., WV; d. 28 Apr 1948 in Clay Co., WV; bd. Friend Cem., Ivydale, Clay Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 64960771; m. Harry Wyant Bleakney (b. Oct 1871; d. 1913; bd. Friend Cem., Ivydale, Clay Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 64963036); one ch.

Laura Bell Paxton Bleakney

Information supplied to Marily E. (FAG memorial creator) by Frank Cain who requested she post these two memorial pages for him:

According to her death record, Hardman & Hardman Funeral Home handled the arrangements and burial took place 30 April 1948. Age at time of death, 73 years, 8 months, 18 days. Residence at time death, Widen, Clay Co., WV.  She was the widow of Harry Wyant Bleakney. Informant listed on the death record was Ben Hamrick.

Parents: Winfield Worthington Paxton and Rena Malinda Burnside Paxton (both born in VA).

26.01--Clara Ocie Bleakney, b. 3 Feb 1899; d. 3 Nov 1987; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 28797506; m. 25 Aug 1918 to Benjamin Randolph Hamrick (); 6 ch.

27.01--Benjamin Carsel Hamrick, b. 16 Jan 1920 in Elkhurst, Clay Co., WV; d. 7 Jan 2009 in Braxton Co., WV; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 39446813; m. Dollie Mae Salisbury (b. 16 Jan 1925 in Clay Co., WV, to Marion M. Salisbury and Lydia Triplett Salisbury; d. 14 May 2001 in Braxton Co., WV; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 39446586); unk. ch.

Benjamin Carsel Hamrick, 88, of Sutton, died January 7, 2009 at his home. He was born in Elkhurst, WV (Clay County).

Also preceding him in death were his wife Dollie Salisbury Hamrick, brothers Clarence, Clayton & Howard Hamrick.

He was a conductor for the Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad and was an Army/Air Force World War II veteran.

27.02--Clarence Randolph Hamrick, b. 17 Aug 1921 in Dundon, Clay Co., WV; d. 5 Jun 1974; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 28797455; m. 1 Nov 1947 to Clara Lucille Workman (b. 26Jul 1929 in Clay Co., WV; d. 10 Dec 2009 in Braxton Co., WV; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 42319569); at least four ch.

28.01--Hamrick, [PRIVATE]

28.02--Hamrick, [PRIVATE]

28.03--Hamrick, [PRIVATE]

28.04--Hamrick, [PRIVATE]

27.03--Erma Wilda Hamrick, b. ; d. ; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 28797478; m. Junior Ray Connor (b. 1923; d. 1994; bd. Canfield Cem., Braxton Co., WV--Find A Grave Memorial# 28797469); at least 8 ch., 15 gch., 24 g-gch, 2 g-g-grch;

Erma Wilda Connor

    Erma Wilda Connor, 89, died at home October 31, 2013, after a long illness. She was born November 25, 1923, the daughter of the late Benjamin Hamrick and Ocie Bleakney Hamrick.
    She was also preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Junior Ray Connor and brothers, Carsel, Clarence, Clayton and Howard Hamrick.
    She is survived by sons, James “Smokey” and wife Kaaren, Ben and wife Cathy, Don and wife Carolyn all of Sutton, Jerry of Huntington, John and wife Dianne of Greenville, Virginia, and Gene and wife Becky of Vienna,
WV; daughters, Shirley Salisbury and husband, Bill, and Patricia Given and husband, Marty, all of Sutton; brothers, Dale Hamrick and wife Shirley of Sutton and Keith Hamrick and wife Wanda of Widen. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, five step grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, nine step great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and three step great-great-grandchildren.
    Friends called at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. and services were held Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Burial was in the Canfield Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.
    Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Connor family.
Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com

28.01--James "Smokey" Connor, [PRIVATE]; m. Kaaren L. (nee unk.), facebook [PRIVATE];

28.02--Ben Connor, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Kathy (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

29.01--Alan Connor, facebook [PRIVATE];

28.03--Don Connor, [PRIVATE]; m. Carolyn (nee unk.), facebook [PRIVATE];

28.04--Jerry Connor, [PRIVATE];

28.05--John Connor, [PRIVATE]; m. Dianne (nee unk.), facebook [PRIVATE];

28.06--Gene Connor, [PRIVATE]; m. Becky (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

28.07--Shirley Connor, [PRIVATE]; m. Bill Salisbury, [PRIVATE];

28.08--Patricia "Trish" Connor, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Marty Given, [PRIVATE];

27.04--Russell Clayton Hamrick, b.; d. bef. 2009; m. ;  Russell Clayton Hamrick (1925 - 1981)*

27.05--Howard Demster Hamrick, b.; d. bef. 2009; m. ;  Howard Dempster Hamrick (1927 - 1990)*

27.06--LeRoy Keith "Keith" Hamrick, [PRIVATE]; m. Wanda (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

25.03--John Riley Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

25.04--Alonzo Shelburne "Lonnie" Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

25.05--Robert Henry Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

25.06--Harrison Leonard Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

25.07--Jesse Howard Paxton, b.; d. ; m. ;

24.08--Mary M. Paxton, b.

24.09--Harriett M. Paxton, b.