Meadowville Rich in Love of an Earlier Day
By Stuart Levi Johnson
Published under “Bits of Barbour” in the Belington Exponent ca 1933
Submitted by Louise Righman



Part Four



Stand for the South:
      The Civil War found Meadowville a hot bed of Confederates and the list is long of men who served under the Stars and Bars of the South. Samuel Elliot was captured and died in route to Champ Chase [Columbus, OH] I.V. Johnson became a Colonel in Imboden’s Brigade while Mortimer Johnson and Henry Sturm attained the rank of Captain and Colonel respectively. [Evidence shows that Henry Sturm attained only the rank of Captain although he generally referred to as Colonel Henry. There are indications that he may have attained the rank of Major in the Virginia Militia, pre-1860] Officers in the Barbour Greys included Hiram Smith, Hanibal Hill, and Obidiah Phillips. Numbers of other served as officers in the cause of the South.

      For thirty years after the Civil, Meadowville flourished. The best normal schools in the county were held there. A town hall was built. James Elliott and James Knotts built fine residences of handmade brick. The railroad made its way to Philippi, Belington, and Parsons and the trading centers shifted. Finally the Elliotts established their main store at Belington. The younger generation sought distant fields for their careers. The last of the Elliotts moved Meadowville and Joseph Johnson closed his store and retired to Philippi about 1920, Perhaps no section had produced more men who have established a record for themselves in state and national affairs than the village of Meadowville and its surrounding community. Records give us a faint picture of Simeon Harris, who organized at least two churches, Bethel and Mt. Olive, and who served as an important faith leader for more than fifty years. A Revolutionary soldier, a pioneer and a man of God, he indeed earned a place high in the history and the making of the country.

      Samuel Elliott was sent as a delegate from Randolph County to the Virginia Legislature in 1840 and 1841. Henry Sturm, a colonel in the Confederate Army and a soldier in the War of 1812 represented Randolph in the Virginia body from 1828 to 1857. Col. William Johnson, a member of the first county court of Barbour County was elected to the Virginia legislature in 1860 and was a delegate until 1865, s representing a West Virginia county in the Virginia law making body for four years after the state had seceded. Col. I.V. [Isaac Vandevender] Johnson, son of William, after returning from the war served as clerk of the country court and for two terms [1893-1897] as state treasurer under Governor [William Alexander] McCorkle. Dr. Daniel Phillips, registrar of Shepherd College occupied the chair in the University of Colorado and is known as a lecturer in educational circles, and Meadowville is the homeland of Herman G. Johnson, long time editor of the Elkins Inter-M ountain and for the past few years, Secretary of ththe State Board of Control.

      The secreted village and its county should be proud of its past. Here have lived heroes of three wars and here they are buried, here great men have been born, here are landmarks of pioneers, sturdy folk whose names are found in the annals of three counties and whose names still live in the section. How wonderful if some organization could see their way to preserve these landmarks and history before nature and the careless hand of men completely destroys the work of our pioneer ancestors.


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