Judge Sylvester Orval Prunty

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Judge Sylvester Orval Prunty

Birthplace: Pullman, Ritchie Co., West Virginia, United States
Death: February 07, 1956 (77)
Harrisville, Ritchie Co., West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Harrisville IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Marshall Neal Prunty and Flora O'Dell Prunty (Lawson)
Husband of Elsie D Prunty
Ex-husband of Mabel Josephine Pride
Brother of Anna Long (Prunty); Felix O Prunty; Jessie Lowther (Prunty); May Starkey Nay (Prunty); Raymond Cleo Prunty and 2 others

Occupation: attorney & judge
Managed by: Joan Frum Marshall
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About Judge Sylvester Orval Prunty


Education: Ohio Northern University (1904, Bachelor of Law)

Occupation: attorney & judge (Ritchie, Doddridge & Pleasants counties)

Front page article, "Doddridge County Republican," Thursday, Dec 6, 1928: "KIWANIS NOTES - Judge S. O. Prunty was the principal speaker at the weekly luncheon of the West Union Kiwanis Club held at the Columbian Hotel. The theme of the address, which was very timely, was that of law enforcement...."

1st Wife: Mabel Josephine KESTER, married 4 Apr 1906 in Cairo, Ritchie Co, WV


1. Orean Kester PRUNTY, b. CA 1906

2. Frances PRUNTY, b. 20 Feb 1908, Cairo, Ritchie Co, WV

2nd Wife: Elsie D. HADDIX, married Aug 1913 (aka Elsie Haddox)


Copied from the Prather genealogy, www.doddridgecountyroots.com:

Judge Sylvester Orval Prunty, (Flora Odell Lawson, Anna Pritchard, Peter, Thomas, Thomas, Christopher, Thomas, .Christopher) b. Jul-17-1878 in Oxford, Doddridge Co, WV, d. Feb- 7-1956 in Harrisville, Ritchie Co, WV, buried in IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, Ritchie Co, WV, occupation attorney & judge (Ritchie, Doddridge & Pleasants counties),201,451 education Ohio Northern University (1904, Bachelor of Law).451 He married (1) Apr- 4-1906 in Ritchie Co, WV, divorced 1913, Mabel Josephine Kester, b. ca 1887.49 He married451 (2) Aug- -1913,201 Elsie D. Haddix, b. May-21-1889 in Ritchie Co, WV, (daughter of Jonathan H. Haddix and Sophronia Collins) d. Sep- 8-1988 in Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV, buried in IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, Ritchie Co, WV,135 resided in Harrisville, Ritchie Co, WV,135 resided in Weston, Lewis Co, WV.

Children by Mabel Josephine Kester:

Orean Kester Prunty. He was born mentally impaired due to the fact that his mother Mabel was in bed for 5 months during her pregnancy because she had typhoid fever. The last record of Orean is in the 1930 census record where he is living with his mother and step-father in Miami, Gila County, AZ. He never applied for a Social Security Card.


The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 62

SYLVESTER O. PRUNTY has made in his profession a record that marks him as one of the representative members of the bar of Ritchie County, where he is established in active gen- eral practice at Harrisville, the county seat. He was born on a farm in this county, July 17, 1878, and is a son of Marshall N. and Flora (Lawson) Prunty, both likewise natives of this county, with whose civic and material development and progress the respective family names have been long and prominently identified. The parents received the advantages of the common schools, and the mother attended also the State Normal School at Fairmont. Marshall N. Prunty was for many years engaged in successful farm enterprise near Oxford, this county, and he and his wife now reside in the village of Pullman, likewise in Ritchie County. He is a democrat, and he and his wife hold membership in the Meth- odist Episcopal Church. Of the eight children all but one are living: F. O. is a contractor and also engaged in the oil and general production business at Blackville, Oklahoma; Anna is the wife of John Long, a locomotive engineer, and they reside at Fairmont, West Virginia; Jessie is the wife of H. B. Lowther, a civil engineer, and they reside at Salem, this state; May is the wife of Everett Nay, of Pullman, Ritchie County; Ray- mond is a farmer in this county; Marshall E. is a mining engineer at Fairmont; and the subject of this sketch is the oldest of the number.

Sylvester O. Prunty passed his childhood and earlier youth on the home farm and in the meanwhile profited fully by the advantages of the public schools of his native county. Later he graduated from the Regent School, White Plains, New York, and in preparation for his chosen profession he completed a course in the law department of the Ohio Northern University, in which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. After his admission to the bar he was engaged in practice in the village of Cairo, Ritchie County, four years, and he then, in 1911, transferred his resi- dence and professional headquarters to Harrisville, the county seat, where he has since built up a large and representative law business. He served two terms as mayor of Cairo, and for three terms was mayor of Harrisville, his administration in this city having been signally progressive and effective. He is a leader in the local councils and campaigns activities of the republican party in Ritchie County, and is now a mem- ber of the Board of Education of Harrisville. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Prunty is a director of the People's Bank at Harrisville, is a stockholder in the First National Bank of this city, and he is a stockholder also in each of the follow- ing named corporations: Kansas & Gulf Oil Company, Central Mexican Oil Company, Imperial Ice Company at Parkersburg, the National Woolen Mills in that city and other corporations. He has real estate holdings not only at Harrisville but also in the City of Washington, D. C.

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Judge Sylvester Orval Prunty's Timeline

July 17, 1878
Pullman, Ritchie Co., West Virginia, United States
February 7, 1956
Age 77
Harrisville, Ritchie Co., West Virginia, United States
Harrisville IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA