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Isaac and Betsy (Swope) Argabrite, both Virginians, married in Greenhrier County, western Virginia, came to these parts and settled on upper Middle Fork of Reedy about the year 1844; with them or born soon after their arrival were their three sons and three daughters:

George, Jacob H., Floyd, Amanda, Elvira and Rebecca, all of which children grew up, married near and raised families, of which read on:

George Argabrite, son of Isaac and Betsy, married Emily (Hardman), then widow of John Ingraham, with three children: Hugh, Alice and Lycurgus, the last born December 26, year 1853; the names of the children born to George and Emily Argabrite are Ella, wife of Thomas Snow; Fannie, wife of E. Swazy Ball; Rebecca, wife of Dempsy Parsons; Mary J., wife of John Roberts; and two sons, Romeo and William Argabrite.

Jacob H. Argabrite, son of Isaac and Betsy, married Alice, daughter of John and Emily (Hardman) Ingraham; the names of the children of Jacob H. and Alice Argabrite, in order of their ages are Fleetwood, eldest, born April 20, 1865; Homer Elliott; Ida, wife of Oscar Hunt; Benjamin P. ,a graduate physician now of Depoy, Kentucky; Merit French, now a merchant and restauranteur of Spencer, and Emma, wife of Homer Thompson, of Spencer, electric engineer of the Spencer Water & Ice Company.

Floyd, son of Isaac and Betsy Argabrite, died some years ago leaving two sons, William and Cola, both now of the City of Spencer.

The three daughters of Isaac and Betsy are, Amanda, wife of Thomas Simmons; Elvira became the wife of Henry Greathouse, and Rebecca married John Erran Greathouse.

Martin Argabrite, born in Greenbrier County, came to these parts with his brother Isaac, in the eighteen-and-forties; he was a pensioner of the war of 1812; he married.

Of the children of Martin Argabrite we can name here Diana, who married William Burdette; Kellis, who married Jinnie Hardman; they 'have left one son, Okey Argabrite, who now (1926) lives at the old home place above Peniel with his wife, a daughter of Miles Board, of Jack-son County; and Wiley W. Argabrite, who married Mary Showen; this is the Wiley W. Argabrite mentioned in the history of the City of Spencer, in which he appears to have owned a tavern about the time of the Civil War.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 434-435
Submitter:Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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