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Ritchie County, West Virginia History

CHAPTER XV Middle Fork Settled

The Nutters.--The 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.

The 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.

Mrs. 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.

Christopher 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.

Their 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.

Andrew 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.

He 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.

Willis Nutter 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.

VV. 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.

John Nutter, 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.