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GENEALOGY OF LUVERNA STOVER
OF MASON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

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"Generation Number 1"

LUVERNA M. STOVER was born October 15, 1878 in Mason County, West Virginia. She died on August 27, 1915 in Eagle Township, Vinton Township, Ohio. She was the daughter of DAVID H. STOVER and MARY ANN RHODES. She married JAMES WILSON FLOWERS on April 26, 1894 in Mason County, West Virginia.

Luverna Flowers probably could neither read nor write. Her birth certificate gives her name as Luvenia. Other variations appear on the birth records of her children -- Luvern, Laverne, Luvenia. Cemetery records have her name spelled Suvernia (could someone have mistaken a cursive L for an S?) On a deed on file at the Mason County, West Virginia Courthouse, where her signature was required there is found, instead, an "X" -- her mark. This might help explain why her first name is found spelled so many different ways.

Luverna (Stover) Flowers died on August 27, 1915 -- only weeks after giving birth to son Clevy Francis. The cause of death is listed on her death record as "Puerperal Fever" -- an infection after giving birth due to poor midwifery techniques, especially antiseptic measures. The infection would enter through injuries to the birth canal, leading to septicemia (blood poisoning) and -- as in Luverna's case -- often to death.

Obituary from the McArthur Democrat Inquirer, September 20, 1915:

LUVERNA FLOWERS was born Oct. 24, 1878 and departed this life, August 27, 1915, aged 36 years, 10 months, 3 days. Mrs. Flowers united with the UB [United Brethren] Church at Mt. Tabor, West Virginia in 1893 and was married to J. W. Flowers April 26, 1894. To this union were born nine children, all living with the exception of one daughter, Sophrona, who departed this life Sept. 28, 1914 -- the youngest, a wee babe of six weeks.

She leaves to mourn her loss a loving husband, father, mother and eight children namely: Rachel, Howard, Luther, Mary, Vernon, George, Jasper, and baby Francis, also four brothers and three sisters. The deceased was a loving wife and mother and will be greatly missed in her home.


A loved one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

Funeral conducted by B. F. Timmons at Oakely Chapel. Burial at Boblitt Cemetery.

Boblett (correct spelling) Cemetery is located in Harrison Township, Vinton County, Ohio:
www.rootsweb.com/~ohvinton/cemeteries-by-township.htm.


For the children of LUVERNA STOVER and JAMES W. FLOWERS,
see the Flowers Family Genealogy.


"Generation Number 2"

DAVID H. STOVER was born between 1844-1850 (depending on which record you consult) in Jackson County, western Virginia. He was the son of JOHN J. STOVER and CATHERINE HARTMAN. He married MARY ANN RHODES on July 4, 1873 in Mason County, West Virginia. On their marriage license, David Stover's occupation is given as "Farming."

MARY ANN RHODES was born on February 19, 1854 in Mason County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Her date of death is not known, but it was after 1915. She was the daughter of JOHN RHODES and DELLA.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the history of West Virginia -- until the Civil War, what we know as the State of West Virginia was the western portion of the State of Virginia. My listing of the state in which each is born tries to reflect this change, i.e., western Virginia for pre-Civil War, West Virginia after the western Virginia seceeded from Virginia.

Children of DAVID STOVER and MARY RHODES:

Information on the siblings of Luverna Stover was found online,
and has not as yet been verified.

  • Howard Stover, born April 15, 1874 in Mason County, West Virginia; died November 10, 1901 in Gunville, Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Lewis C. Stover, born about 1876 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Luverna M. Stover, born October 15, 1878 in Mason County, West Virginia; died August 27, 1915 in Eagle Township, Vinton County, Ohio. -- See above for details.
  • Bertha Ann Stover, born June 4, 1881, probably in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Prudence Stover, born January 16, 1884, probably in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Orion O. Stover, born February 8, 1887, probably in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Jasper Stover, born November 15, 1889 in Mason County, West Virginia. Married Lora Smith on July 17, 1926 in Jackson County, West Virginia.
  • Sandusky Stover, born May 11, 1892 in Gunville, Mason County, West Virginia; died August 8, 1959.
  • Unknown Stover, born August 19, 1895, probably in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Erkie Otis Stover, born October 6, 1895, probably in Mason County, West Virginia.

"Generation Number 3"

JOHN J. STOVER (different researchers give his middle name as JAMES or JEFFERSON) was born 1795 in Virginia. The exact location has not yet been discovered; it may have been in what is now West Virginia. He died January 30, 1890 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married CATHARINE HARTMAN on June 24, 1830 in Pendleton, Virginia -- now West Virginia. (For a map of Pendleton County in 1895, click here. Use your browser's back button to return to this page.) In looking over the dates and places listed by previous researchers, I'm wondering if John Stover and his wife might not have been from Pennsylvania, then migrated down into the western portion of Virginia. It is a possibility that might be worth looking into.

CATHERINE HARTMAN was born in 1800 in Virginia. The place is not presently known, but like her husband, it is likely to be in what is now West Virginia. She died January 29, 1900 in Mason County, West Virginia.

Children of JOHN STOVER and CATHERINE HARTMAN:

Most of the information about the children of John and Catherine Stover was found online,
and has not as yet been verified.

  • Samuel Pleasant Stover, was born January 1, 1829 possibly in Western Virginia?; he died on December 7, 1918. He married Eliza J. Hill on October 27, 1856 in Mason County, [West] Virginia. Eliza's date of birth is not known; she died July 30, 1891 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • Jacob B. Stover, was born about 1835, possibly in western Virginia?
  • Mary M. Stover, was born about 1836, possibly in western Virginia?
  • Silvanus Stover, was born December 24, 1838 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania; he died June 16, 1922 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married Harriet Ann Hughes on February 21, 1862 in Mason County, West Virginia. Harriet was born on December 22, 1839 -- place not known. She died on August 3, 1930 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • George Washington Stover, was born about 1840 in Pendleton County, western Virginia. He died on December 23, 1872 in Mason County, West Virginia. He married SARAH E. POSTLETHWAIT on Juy 27, 1865 in Mason County, West Virginia. Sarah died on August 3, 1930 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • James S. Stover, was born about 1841 in Pendleton County, western Virginia. His date of death is not known. He married Christena Baker on July 28, 1864 in Mason County, West Virginia.
  • William P. Stover, was born about 1843, possibly in western Virginia?
  • David H. Stover, was born between 1844-1850 in Jackson County, western Virginia. See above for details.
  • Susan Stover, was born about 1848 in western Virginia.
  • Benjamin Stover, was born about 1851 in western Virginia.
  • Harriet Stover, was born about 1854 in western Virginia.



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