ON. ABRAM McCOLLOCH, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits near
Clinton, West Virginia, comes from one of the most prominent of the
early families of Ohio County. He was born in 1844 on the old homestead established by his grandfather in the eighteenth century,
which has continued in the family down to the present time, now being
owned by our subject's brother and sister. He is a son of Samuel
McColloch, who was also born on the old homestead in 1802. He was a
farmer and for many years a justice of the peace.
Abram McColloch, grandfather of our subject, came to Ohio County, Virginia, with three
brothers in the latter half of the eighteenth century. They were typical representatives of the sturdy pioneers of
that day. They were foremost in the many engagements with the Indians
of that period, and Abram was slightly wounded upon one occasion while
trying to effect his escape on horse.
Samuel McColloch, father of our subject, and his wife, Rebecca
Lauck, had the following children: Mary L., wife of Samuel Sprigg Jacob, a farmer living in
Ohio County; Rebecca B., who married L. D. Wilson, M.D., of Wheeling;
Tabitha, wife of H. H. Dils, Jr., of Parkersburg; Samuel Wilbur, a
farmer who died in 1888; Millard F., and his sister Catherine, who own
the old homestead, both of them being unmarried; Margaret, who married
William Baird; Jessie, who died at the age of fifteen years; Simon L.,
an inventor, who died in April 1900; and Alexander, who is a successful farmer.
Abram McColloch, whose name heads this sketch, attended the common
schools and completed his education in the academy at Morgantown, West
Virginia. He has always devoted his efforts to farming, and has met
with the success that well directed industry merits. He lives on a beautiful farm near Clinton, in Ohio County.
In 1870 Mr. McColloch was joined in marriage with Druscilla R. Jacob, a
daughter of John J. And Mahala W. (Ridgley) Jacob, her father being a
prosperous farmer. This union was prolific of the following offspring:
Sally M., born June 1, 1872, a graduate in 1891 of the West Liberty
State Normal School, married H. F. B. McLain, who is identified with
the Mountain State Electrical Company at Wheeling, and they have two
children, Henry and Adele; J. C., born June 29, 1875, who was educated
at the West Liberty State Normal School and remains with his father as a farmer; and Jessie D., born in 1882, also educated at the West Liberty State Normal School, who lives at home.
Mr. McColloch has been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for forty two years, and for many
years has been steward and trustee. He is a Republican in politics and
has held numerous offices. He was appointed a member of the executive
board of the West Liberty State Normal School; is a member of the State
Legislature, to which body he was elected in 1900; and is president of
the state board of agriculture. Fraternally, he is a member of Liberty
Lodge, No. 26, A. F. & A. M., and at the present time is district
deputy grand master of the First Masonic District.
NOTES: This sketch of the HON Abram McColloch,
states that Abram's brother Millard F. was unmarried. This
sketch was done in 1902, it may be that Millard was unmarried at
that time but he is buried in the Short Creek Cemetery with his
"wife" Sue Loyd.
Source: HISTORY OF WHEELING CITY And OHIO COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
And REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS: Edited and Compiled by HON.
GIBSON LAMB CRANMER
BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, George Richmond, Pres.; S. Harmer
Neff, Sec'y; C. R. Arnold, Treas. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, 1902
Remember!!! These short sketches by Mr. Cranmer were published
100 years ago and may be somewhat but not completely accurate.
Abram McColloch and Druscilla R. (Jacob) McColloch in tree . .
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