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Joseph Trapnell - Church Paper Pays Tribute to Deceased Father of Bluefield Rector

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  • Title Joseph Trapnell - Church Paper Pays Tribute to Deceased Father of Bluefield Rector 
    Date 24 Mar 1912 
    Periodical Bluefield Daily Telegraph 
    Place Bluefield, Mercer, WV USA 
    Source Type Newspaper 
    Source ID S743 
    Text Joseph Trapnell

    Church Paper Pays Tribute to Deceased Father of Bluefield Rector

    The following on the death of Joseph Trapnell, father of Rev. R. W. Trapnell, of this city, is taken from the Southern Churchman:

    Joseph Trapnell, of Charles Town, W. Va., died Saturday, a.m. March 16, 1912. Born in the city of Annapolis, Md., Sept 1, 1842.

    A grandson of Rev. Joseph Trapnell, who was born at Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England, November 8, 1775. Oldest son of Rev. Joseph Trapnell, D. D., who was born at Bemerton, Wiltshire, England, June 19, 1814. Our subject’s boyhood days Baltimore, Bristol, R.I., and Keokuk, Iowa, where his father was rector of churches in these places. He commenced the study of law in the office of Belknap & Lomax, at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1859. In 1861 (his father having moved to St. Marks parish, Frederick Co, Md.) he continued his legal studies with Joseph Palmer, esq., a noted attorney of Frederick, Md., until Sept, 1862, when he entered the confederate army on the 12th, Company G, 7th Va. Cavalry, where he remained until the late fall of 1864, when he joined the Maryland Battalion, which had the honor of being the last army of northern Virginia to surrender. In the summer of 1865 he continued his interrupted studies in the offices of the late N. S. White esq., at Charles Town, W. Va.. In Oct, 1866, he was admitted to the bar at Frederick, Md., and commenced the practice of his profession with his late preceptor, N. S. White, making the firm of White & Trapnell. On Nov. 20, 1866, he was united in marriage in Zion church, Charles Town, with Miss Rebecca Holmes White, only child of his preceptor and partner. The Rev. Joseph Trapnell officiated. His long useful life in the practice of his profession was spent in this ancient and beautiful town. He was the chancellor of the diocese of West Virginia, a lay deputy to the general convention of the church, which meets every three years, since 1889; a vestryman, of Zion Church, Charles Town, or warden, for upwards of forty years. Throughout the whole valley of Virginia, especially, and in all parts of the state and adjoining states of Virginia and Maryland, in many parts his professional ability makes him much sought after — especially in the intricacies of the great science, he was known to be a master of the law. Respected, honored, loved by the whole community, after a life spent there of nearly 47 years, he will be missed in the church and state. He leaves a widow and one sister. His brother is Dr. R. Watkins Trapnell, of Point of Rocks, and his sister, Miss Ella Trapnell, of Middletown, Md. 
    Linked to (1) Family: TRAPNELL, Joseph III / WHITE, Rebecca Holmes 

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