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BOARD: Of Curtis District.

Board, William M., 1830-1914, son of John Board an early settler of the adjoining county, Jackson, married for a first wife Susan Waybright; they made their home for the first several years in Jackson County; the names of the children of William and Susan, mentioned in the order of their ages, are Emma Jane, who married Hugh Ingram, son of John Ingram of the same neighborhood.

Ernestine, who married Sase Hardman; Hon. Michael Thomas, married for first wife Elenora Curry, of this marriage three daughters were born: Minnie BeH, Sadie and Myrtle; for a second wife Michael T. married Dora Winter, of this marriage no children are living. Michael Thomas Board lived many years on upper Reedy; was elected and served as a member of the House of Delegates of the State Legislature, thirty-second session, year 1915. We do not have the names of all of this famHy.

For a second wife William Board married Mary Hess; of this marriage seven children were born, whose names in order of their births are Thomas James Board.

Second child: Reverend Benjamin T. Board, he married Annie, daughter of C. Columbus Kelley, of Curtis District. Reverend Benjamin T. Board has for several years been a highly respected member of the West Virginia Methodist Episcopal Conference.

Fourth child of William and Mary (Hess) Board is Viola, she married Asbury Reed. Sixth child, Nora, who became wife of William S. Roberts. Seventh, Lakin Board, married Mary, daughter of Frank Wolfe; Lakin became owner of the old William Board home farm, where he now is living and prospering.

All these Boards were public spirited and influential in their neighborhood; William Board settled there about the year 1872; soon a neighborhood M. E. Church was built, next a parsonage on lands donated by William, and that became the center of the M. E. Church business of the whole district and so remained for twenty-five years.

Source: History of Roane County, West Virginia, 1774-1927, William H. Bishop, Esq., p 452
Submitter: Sandy Spradling, October 1, 1999

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