William Spencer Sumner


The Clarksburg Telegram., February 23, 1900, page 1

An honored Citizen Leaves behind a long and upright career.
Grave marker inscription for William Spencer Sumner

William S. Sumner passed to the great beyond at about 2 o’clock, Wednesday morning, February 21, 1900.

Mr. Sumner was born in Sandisfield, Mass., July 3, 1809, and had he lived until July 3rd next, he would have been 91 years old. He was married at Walkers Meadows, Greenbrier county, Va., September 29, 1836, to Katharine George, who died February 16, 1883. Two children, Daniel E. and Agnes, (wife of James H. Steuart), were born to them. Daniel E. died September 11, 1861, at Greenbank, Va., in the Confederate army. He is said to have been one of the brightest young men Clarksburg ever produced.

Mr. Sumner and family came to Clarksburg in 1857. He was a tanner by trade and successfully engaged in that pursuit the 43 years he has been a resident of this city, accumulating considerable wealth.

In the spring of 1859 he became a Mason and in December of that year he was elected treasurer of Hermon Lodge, No. 6, and held that office for 40 consecutive years, but owing to his impaired physical health, the lodge did not re-elect its faithful and trusted officer last December.

The deceased was a Congregationalist in religious belief until about a year ago, when he was baptized and received into membership of the Baptist church, at which he had been a constant attendant during his abode here. He possessed the strictest business integrity, enjoying the confidence and respect of every one in his long and successful business career. Quiet and modest in his demeanor, prompt in all his engagements, devoted to his family and friends, he was a typical Christian gentleman.

The funeral will be held in the Baptist church at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon under the direction of Hermon Lodge, No. 6, A. F. & A. M., and interment will be made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

Free Mason Symbol
The Clarksburg Telegram., February 23, 1900, page 4

In the death of William Spencer Sumner the city loses one of its most reliable and aged citizens. He was a man of strict integrity in every respect and had the confidence of everyone who knew or had dealings with him and the enmity of none.

He was loved by his family and intimate friends to an unusual degree and respected by all. For one of his advanced years his health was more than ordinarily good until within forty-eight hours of his death, which occurred so quietly that the family supposing he was asleep do not know the exact time of his demise.

Funeral of William Spencer Sumner.

The Clarksburg Telegram., March 02, 1900, page 2

Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large concourse of friends attended the funeral of W. S. Sumner, Saturday afternoon.

Sketch of individual in mourning

In the Baptist church Rev. R. B. McDanel paid an eloquent and beautiful tribute to the deceased, after which the remains were borne to the I. O. O. F. cemetery, where the last sad rites were performed by the deceased’s fellow Masons, who attended the obsequies in a body.

W. S. Sumner’s Will.

The Clarksburg Telegram., March 09, 1900, page 5

Stock image of Last Will and Testament

The will of the late William Spencer Sumner was filed for probate in County Clerk V. L. Highland’s office Monday.

Mr. Sumner bequeathed his entire estate, personal and real, to his only living child, Mrs. Agnes C. Stuart.

She is named as executor and is not required to give bond.

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