Ritchie County, West Virginia History
CHAPTER XV Middle Fork Settled
year 1849 was marked by the coming of Christopher Nutter to the farm that
is now the home of his son, C. W. Nutter; and two years later, his father,
Thomas Nutter, made the first improvement, on the farm that was until recently
the home of his grandson, T. E. Nutter--now owned by M. B. Zinn.
elder Nutter (Thomas), who was a native of the CIarksburg vicinity, married
Miss Lois Parks, and was the father of--W. H. H. Nutter, of Iowa; G. Hamilton,
of Ohio: Daniel, of Barbour county; Mrs. Thomas Scoonover, of Randolph; Sarah,
who became the wife of the Rev. Thomas Hatfield, of Ohio; Mrs. Mary (William)
Douglass, and Mrs. Belinda (Levi) Douglass, both of Barbour county: and Lois,
who went to California, and there married.
Nutter died and was laid to rest in Harrison county, before he came to Ritchie
county. Here on thee Middle fork, he passed from earth, and in the Lowther
cemetery, he sleeps.
Nutter married Miss Sarah Swisher, daughter of Isaac Swisher---a pioneer
of Lost creek, Harrison county, and from the time of their arrival until
they were laid in the Lowther cemetery (in 1883 and '94. respectively) they
were among the substantial citizens of this community.
children were John A. Nutter, who lost his life in the Confederate cause;
the late Mrs. Frances (G. W.) Brown, who sleeps at Holbrook; Mrs. Mary A.
(A. S.) Lowther. of Peabody, Kansas: the late T. E., of Parkersburg, and
C. W., of Holbrook; who is now a member of the honorable County court.
M. Bruce Nutter, who is a prominent attorney at Buckhannon, belongs to thin
family, he being the grandson of Hamilton, and the son of Thomas.
Nutter, an early pioneer of the Oxford vicinity, whose descendants in this
county are not a few in number, also, belonged to this family, he being a
first cousin of Thomas Nutter.
was a native of Harrison county and a veteran of the war of 1812; he having
enlisted at the age of seventeen years, and was in the engagement of Ft.
Defiance on the Maumee river. He married Miss Malinda Willis (sister of Robert
Willis, of Oxford; of Mrs. Peter Pritchard, of White Oak; and of Mrs. William
Elder), and they were the parents of Willis, John, Andrew, junior, and Mrs.
Julia Warren, of Oxford; Mrs. Nancy Hart, Mrs. Malinda Hart, and Mrs. Elizabeth
Hart, of Pleasants county; and Mrs. Sallie Watson, of Roane county; all of
whom have passed on, except Mrs. Warren, who is now a nonagenarian, and possibly
another one or two.
married Miss Julia Richards, of Harrison county, and his son, Thomas, married
Miss Sarah A. Allender, daughter of the late Jacob Allender, of Oxford, and
they were the parents of ex-Sheriff Okey E. Nutter; of Emma, the wife of
Lee Prunty, of Oxford; of Mrs. Lola (Ben) Wilson, of Tollgate; Mrs. Bessie
(Fred) Ross, of Pennsboro; and of Mrs. Eva Tharpe, of Oklahoma city.
M. Nutter of Eva; M. B., of Oxford; and W. J., of Pennsboro, are the other
descendants of Andrew, senior, they being the sons of Andrew (III), of Oxford.
brother of Andrew, senior, and his wife, Mrs. Emily Vincient Nutter, were
early settlers just across the Doddridge county line; but they removed from
there to Leatherbarke, in the early fifties, and there spent their last days;
and on the old homestead, near Iris, they sleep. They were the parents of
several children: Jacob and Andrew, Mrs. Julia (Lewis) Rogers, Mrs. Mary
(Henry) Smith, and Cassie, who married and lived in Ohio, have all passed
on. Nelson lives in California; Thomas, in Kansas; Mrs. Ellen (William) Connolly,
in Virginia; and Dorinda, who never married, on Leatherbarke.
The Nutters are
of Scotch-English descent. Four brothers came from England and settled in
Harrison county, where they figured quite prominently as pioneers and as
Indian fighters; and from them the far-famed Indian fort took its name; and
from them all the Nutters of this, and adjoining counties, are descended.
Thomas, one of these brothers, with a company of other men, followed the
savages from Harrison county, to what is now the vicinity of Washburn, where
they overtook and killed one of the leaders of the band, who managed to crawl
under a cliff of rocks, where his skeleton was found a number of years afterwards.
He (Thomas) was the progenitor of the Holbrook, Oxford, and Leatherbarke
families, his son, Christopher, being the father of Thomas, of Holbrook;
and his son, John, of Andrew- senior, of Oxford, and of John, of Leatherbarke.