Daniel W. Rector

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer., March 26, 1877

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Daniel W. Rector was elected to Elder’s orders. —


Rector Family Headstone



Was Prominent Figure in Religious Circles and Church Work For Over Forty Years–Came Here From Virginia Half Century Ago.

The Daily Telegram., January 14, 1904

Daniel W. Rector, an aged and esteemed resident of this city died at his home at No. 539 West Pike street, Thursday morning at nine o’clock. Mr. Rector had been in feeble health for some time past. A general break down and the infirmities attendant upon old age caused his death.

The deceased was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, near Rectortown, in March, 1817, and was near the end of his eighty-seventh year.

In 1851 he married Miss Sarah Keen, of Philadelphia, and four years later moved to Clarksburg, where he had since made his this home. To this union were born five children: Mrs. W. R. Waldeck, Mrs. W. R. Alexander, Miss Gertrude Rector, of this city, and Miss Alice Rector and Mrs. John Griffin, deceased. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Odell, of this city, and Mrs. George Loar of Monongahela county; his three daughters and six grandchildren.

The grandchildren are Misses Florence and Belle Waldeck, Clarence Waldeck, Roy Alexander, Charles Griffin and Miss Alice Griffin. His wife preceded him to the grave twelve years ago.

He was a prominent and widely known citizen in this community and his kindness and agreeable personality gained and kept him many friends who will hear of his death with regret and sorrow.

Map of Fauquier County

Mr. Rector was engaged in agricultural pursuits while living in Virginia.

After coming to this city and about forty years ago he entered the Methodist ministry and continued in the same until his death.

When eleven years old he joined his church and ever since that time was an ardent church worker and a consistent and conscientious Christian.

For the past forty years he has been prominent in church work and in religious circles in Clarksburg.

His ministerial duties were devoted to local work. He was a class leader for many years in the Goff Methodist Episcopal Church in this city and was superintendent of the Sunday School for several years.

In his death the church loses its oldest member in Clarksburg and the city and community one of its most prominent and respected citizens.

His life was indeed an exemplary one.

I.O.O.F. Three Links and All seeing eye

Mr. Rector was a member of the local Masonic lodge and the Odd Fellows’ order. He had been identified with these societies for many years and the members found in him a loyal and tame brother.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed as yet. The Masonic and Odd Fellows’ lodges will have charge of the obsequies and  notice of the same will be given in the daily newspapers.


Of the Late Rev. Daniel W. Rector Will Be Held at Goff M. E. Church Sunday Afternoon.

The Daily Telegram., January 15, 1904

The funeral services of the late Rev. Daniel W. Rector, who died at his home on West Pike street Thursday morning at an advanced age, will take place at the Goff Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

The services will be conducted by Rev. S. K. Arbuthnot the pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. L. M. Barnard, the assistant pastor and Presiding Elder D. L. Ash.

The Masonic and Odd Fellows’ lodges will take part in the obsequies.

The interment will be at the I. O. O. F. cemetery with lodge ceremonies.

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