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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Franklin Pierce Roach, who resided in Wyoming County, West Virginia:

The Roach family is of English descent. Reuben R. Roach, who was grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1790; his wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Ball, about 1794. Their son, William Roach, father of Franklin P. Roach, was born in Monroe county, Va., May 17, 1822. He has always been looked up to as one of the leading citizens of his county, having filled several offices of trust, among them the office of sheriff for several terms, and is now U.S. Commissioner. During the war, he was a gallant soldier; he and his wife now reside in Wyoming county, W.Va. Mrs. Roach, whose maiden name was Nellie Cook, was born in Wyoming county June 13, 1828; they married there Feb. 13, 1845, the issue of this union being Franklin Pierce Roach, of whom this record is made. He was born at Oceana, W.Va., April 15, 1856; in 1872 he was appointed page of the Senate, W.Va., serving through two sessions; in 1875 he was elected doorkeeper of the Senate, though but 18 years old, being the youngest man who has ever filled that office. March 23, 1876, he was united in wedlock to Demaris Cook, who was born in Wyoming county, July 14, 1857. Their children have the following record: John Kenna, born Jan. 5, 1877; Bertie Camden, June 12, 1879; Ira McDowell, Oct. 6, 1881; Maggie, May 9, 1884; Charles Philip, Sept. 21, 1886; and Franklin P., Jr., July 15, 1889, died May 20, 1890. Mr. F.P. Roach was elected, Oct., 1884, to the office of clerk of Circuit and also County Court, in Wyoming county; both offices he is filling at present time with an ability that proves him fully entitled to the trust and confidence placed in him by his fellow citizens. The county can boast of no more honorable gentleman among her citizens than himself and father.

Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 837-838.

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