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Ephraim Whitwam was born December 14, 1837, in Golcar, Yorkshire, England to William and Thirza Whitwam. On August 9, 1858 he married Mary Ann Bates, she passed in their second year of marriage Jan 1861. Sometime prior to 1869 Ephraim married Helen Wallace, to their union were born 7 children. August 25, 1896 Ephraim passed from this world in his fifty eighth year of life.
A WORTHY CITIZEN GONE
The Clarksburg Telegram., August 28, 1896
Mr. Ephraim Whitwam was born in Yorkshire, England, December 14, 1837. He emigrated to America, and married a daughter of Rev. Mr. Wallace. Ephraim had been for many years a citizen of Clarksburg, and was well-known as a business man of unimpeachable integrity. He was for several years business manager of the Clarksburg Woolen Mills.
This position he filled with marked ability, and won the warm esteem of all the employees. Mr. Whitwam was converted to the Christian faith about six weeks before his death. At the time he confidently expected to recover from his illness. His death Tuesday morning was a shock to the community. He leaves a wife and family of seven children.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. B. Evans, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, and the interment took place at the I. O. O. F. cemetery Wednesday evening.
All the employees of the factory attended the funeral in a body, and his demise is universally lamented.
Resolutions of Respect
The Clarksburg Telegram., September 04, 1896, page 6
CLARKSBURG, W. VA.,
LODGE NO. 30, K. of P’S.
WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom to remove from our midst our well beloved brother and Past Chancellor Ephraim Whitwam, be it therefore
Resolved, That while we bow in submission to the divine ruling of Him who doeth all things well. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing wife and children in appreciation of this, their great affliction.
Resolved, That by the death or our deceased brother this community has lost an honest and industrious citizen, and our lodge a true and worthy Knight. Whose place amongst us can not be filled, and whose name will always be held in loving remembrance.
Resolved, That our Charter be draped in mourning for thirty days and the members of this lodge wear the badge of mourning for the usual period.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family of our deceased brother, and entered on the records of the lodge, and a copy furnished the local newspapers for publication.
GEO. L. DUNCAN,
O. Q. OWENS,
C. A. CHAMBERS,