POCAHONTAS COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERKS


                                                          Served from:

 JOHN BAXTER  April 2, 1822-June 7, 1830
 HENRY M. MOFFETT  May 23, 1831-October 2, 1839
 JAMES TALLMAN  October 2, 1839-March 3, 1842
 WILLIAM SKEEN  March 3, 1842-May 2, 1842
 HENRY M. MOFFETT  May 2, 1842-May 2, 1848
 WILLIAM SKEEN  May 2, 1848-July 13, 1858
 WILLIAM CURRY  July 13, 1858-August 17, 1865
 ROBERT T. GAY   August 17, 1865-October 14, 1872
 WILLIAM CURRY   October 14, 1872-December 12, 1878
 JOHN J. BEARD   December 12, 1878-January 1, 1891
 J. H. PATTERSON  January 1, 1891-October 4, 1907
 J. G. TILTON  October 15, 1907-December 31, 1908
 G. W. SHARP  January 1, 1909-December 31, 1920
 D. C. ADKISON  January 1, 1921-December 31, 1933
 KERTH NOTTINGHAM  January 1, 1933-October 5, 1937
 RICHARD McNEEL  October 5, 1937-December 31, 1938
 GRADY K. MOORE  January 1, 1939-June 12, 1942
 J. E. HAMRICK  March 1, 1943-November 14, 1945
 GRADY K. MOORE  November 14, 1945-November 9, 1960
 FRED C. ALLEN, JR.  December 1, 1960-September 14, 1961
 LLOYD D. PAYNE  September 15, 1961-May 15, 1970
 HOUSTON E. SIMMONS  May 16, 1970-August 31, 1979
 EARL “BUTCH” MICHAEL  September 1, 1979-December 31, 2010
 CONNIE M. CARR  January 1, 2011-Current

POCAHONTAS COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGES

                                                                        Served from:

 

 ARCHIBALD STEWART  August 28, 1822-May 23, 1831
 ALLEN TAYLOR  May 23, 1831-October 3, 1836
 EDWIN S. DUNCAN  May 2, 1832-October 2, 1832
 JOHN J. ALLEN  October 3, 1836-May 3, 1841
 EDWARD JOHNSTON  May 3, 1841-September 23, 1853
 ROBERT M. HUDSON  September 23, 1853-August 17, 1865
 NATHANIEL HARRISON  August 17, 1865-April 1, 1870
 JOSEPH M. McWHORTER  April 1, 1870-May 1, 1873
 HENRY S. GILLISPIE  June 8, 1871-March 8, 1872
 HOMER A. HOLT  May 1, 1873-April 1, 1889
 A. N. CAMPBELL  April 1, 1889-April 6, 1897
 F. A. GUTHRIE  October 27, 1889-October 17, 1893
 W. G. BENNETT  June 21, 1892-October 18, 1892
 JOSEPH M. McWHORTER  April 6, 1897-April 2, 1901
 W. R. BENNETT  January 9, 1905-October 3, 1907
 S. C. BURDETT  June 20, 1905-October 10, 1905
 CHARLES S. DICE  April 14, 1911-March 17, 1917
 R. W. DAILEY  July 25, 1916-September 25, 1916
 S. H. SHARP  March 17, 1917-February 23, 1937
 M. L. JARRETT  February 23, 1937-July 1, 1949
 NICKELL KRAMER  July 1, 1949-December 31, 1976
 CHARLES M. LOBBAN  January 1, 1977-December 31, 1996
   Senior Status,January 1, 1997-May 23, 2011
 FRANK E. JOLLIFFE  July 1, 1979-October 31, 2006
 
 Senior Status-November 1, 2006-Current
JAMES J. ROWE
 January 1, 1997-Current
 J. C. POMPONIO, JR.  February 26, 2007-June 30, 2014
 SENIOR STATUS
 July 1, 2014-Current
 ROBERT E. RICHARDSON
 July 1, 2014-Current

COURT RECORDS-CIVIL WAR TIME

At the time of the breaking out of the war, the Hon. William Curry was serving as both circuit and county clerk, and when it became evident that the Federals would invade the county, the court ordered Mr. Curry to remove the records to a place of safety.  In compliance with this order, he caused them to be taken to the private residence of Joel Hill, Esq., on the Little Levels.  Here they remained until January, 1862, when Mr. Curry became alarmed as to the safety of so valuable a charge thus placed in his custody, and he therefore caused them to be removed to Covington, Virginia, where for a short time they lay in the Clerk’s office of Alleghany County.  From here they were taken to the storehouse of Captain William Scott.  In September, 1863, General Averill’s command reached Covington, and Mr. Curry again removed the records, first to the residence of William Clark, and then to a stack of buckwheat straw, in which they lay concealed for three weeks, and were then conveyed into the mountains and stored away at the house of a Baptist minister, and here they remained until after the surrender at Appomattox.  The storm of war had now passed away, and Mr. Curry, in June, 1865, when the first court after the close of the war convened (November, 1865), in the Methodist Church at Hillsboro.  From that time they were kept in the old academy building until June, 1866, when they were taken back to the county seat and deposited at the house of John B. Garey.  More than five years have passed away since their first removal, and strange to say, that notwithstanding all the vicissitudes of war through which they passed, but one thing was lost, and that was an old process book of no value.  Was not Mr. Curry true to his trust?  Let those interested in the records of Pocahontas answer.  

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                                                Pocahontas County WVGenWeb-

                                                Pocahontas Co. In The Civil War by Hardesty











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