B. F. SHUTTLEWORTH CLAIMED BY DEATH
The Daily Telegram., June 22, 1907
One of City’s Oldest and Most Successful Business Citizens Passes Away.
Benjamin F. Shuttleworth, Sr., after a long and useful career in Clarksburg, peacefully laid down the cares of this life at 2:40 o’clock Saturday afternoon at his home on West Main street, and his spirit joined the heavenly hosts.
Dissolution came after more than a month’s confinement to his room.
The announcement of his death was received with the deepest regret by all who knew him and hosts of friends are grieved.
Mr. Shuttleworth was one of the wealthy men of Clarksburg and was one of the most prominent businessmen. He was one of the promoters of the Clarksburg gas works, the electric company, and the Clarksburg Industrial Company, being a director at the later at the time of his death and also served as director of banks.
Identified with many large and useful enterprises his counsels were ever wise and beneficial, and death has claimed one whose place can never be filled.
Benjamin F. Shuttleworth was born in October, 1821, near Lang’s Mills, in Simpson district, the second son of Notley and Frances Shuttleworth.
When he was three years of age the family moved to Clarksburg where they resided for a number of years. Benjamin F. Shuttleworth first entered business at Romines Mills conducting a general merchandise store successfully. He next came to Clarksburg where on the first day of January, 1856, he and his brother, N. A. Shuttleworth, now deceased, opened a general merchandise store which was very successfully conducted until 1888 when they were succeeded by his two sons, G. W. and H. M. Shuttleworth.
In November, 1852, Mr. Shuttleworth married Marian R. Blair, of Augusta County, VA., and to this union eight children were born, seven of whom with their mother survive. They are George W., of Clarksburg; Mrs. J. W. Vandervort, of Parkersburg; Mrs. Jesse L. Miller, of Clarksburg; Harry M., of Colorado; Frank, Robert, Dr. William M., deceased, and Dr. B. F. Shuttleworth, of Clarksburg.
Mr. Shuttleworth was a delegate representing Harrison County, to the two constitutional conventions held in Wheeling when the State of West Virginia was formed. For four years he was a justice of the peace in Clarksburg. He was a life-long member of the Methodist church and a liberal giver to church work.
No arrangements for the funeral have been made yet.
The Daily Telegram., June 24, 1907 page 8
Harry Shuttleworth, of Colorado, is expected here tonight for the funeral of his father, Mr. B. F. Shuttleworth.
SHUTTLEWORTH WILL PROBATED IN COURT
The Daily Telegram., July 01, 1907
Large Estate is Equally Divided Among the Seven Surviving Heirs of Decedent.
The will of the late Benjamin F. Shuttleworth was probated in county court Monday morning. It provided that the seven heirs should share equally in the distribution of the estate and named his sons, G. W. and H. M. Shuttleworth, as executors, with bond at $50,000. It was written in September, 1905, and witnessed by Samuel R. Harrison and Howard L. Cunningham. The executors named qualified Monday morning, giving the bond stated, with Frank, Robert and B. F. Shuttleworth, Jr., as sureties. A. R. Timberlake, S. R. Harrison and Thomas Haymond were appointed appraisers of the estate. The will covers one of the largest personal estates left in the county’s history.
The Fairmont West Virginian., July 03, 1907, page 6
SEVEN HEIRS OF BENJAMIN SHUTTLEWORTH SHARE EQUALLY IN HIS ESTATE.
CLARKSBURG, July 2.–The will of the late Benjamin F. Shuttleworth was probated in county court here yesterday. It provides that the seven heirs shall share equally in the distribution of the estate and named his sons, G. Howard L. Cunningham. The executors with bond of $50,000. It was written in September, 1905, and was witnessed by Samuel R. Harrison and Howard L. Cunningham. The executors named, qualified yesterday morning giving the bond stated, with Frank, Robert and B. F. Shuttleworth as sureties. A. B. Timberlake, S. R. Harrison and B. F. Shuttleworth were named as appraisers of the estate the will covers one of the largest personal estates left in the county’s history.