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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for John B. Wilkinson, who resided at Logan Court House in Logan County, West Virginia:
Prosecuting attorney, Logan C.H., W.Va., is a member of one of the oldest and most honorable families of that State. His ancestors came from England, and were among the early settlers of Virginia, where their descendants have ever been held in the highest esteem for those sterling qualities of mind and heart that have been transmitted from father to son through many generations. The subject of this sketch is a son of David and Rebecca (Chafin) Wilkinson. The father, born in Wythe county, Va., Feb. 13, 1837, was married Feb. 11, 1859, and died in his native county Nov. 25, 1862, holding rank of captain in the Confederate army, in which he had been one of the bravest officers. His wife, and the mother of John B. Wilkinson, was born in Logan county, March 29, 1838; she resides there at present. Her son, the gentleman of whom this brief record is taken, was born in Logan county, W.Va., Feb. 13, 1860, and was married there Sept. 21, 1882, to Mary B. Straton, also a native of that county. Their home has been blessed with the following offspring: Maggie, born May 3, 1884; Nellie, born Nov. 14, 1886, died Aug. 5, 1888; and John B., born Nov. 30, 1888. Mrs. John B. Wilkinson was born March 20, 1864. Mr. Wilkinson was appointed Circuit Clerk of Logan county in 1883; was an efficient officer, but resigned the same year. In 1884 he was elected prosecuting attorney for that county, and served so ably that, at the expiration of his term, he was re-elected and has held the office ever since, having never had any opposition at either election. Though young, he is one of the ablest in his profession in his State, and is a citizen well meriting the confidence and trust that have been reposed in him by his fellow citizens. With his amiable and accomplished wife and their two promising children, he resides at his beautiful residence at Logan C.H., where he has the largest and most extensive library in the county, and his law office is the handsomest in the town.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 846-847.