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Henry Clay Colerider



15. Henry Clay Colerider (Married Anna Eliza Payne(#16) (raised as Alma Shirer), 25 September 1879, Grafton, Taylor Co., W. Virginia) (Taylor County, WV-West Virginia Marriage Records, 1863-1900 Record). Source of green information is from Claudine Harding in numerous e-mails February and March 2009 to Susan L. Snyder. [Note: Claudine Harding is the GGGG Granddaughter of Rebecca Love (Eleanor Winnie Love's (#58) sister) and GGGGG Granddaughter of William Love (#115) and Winford Carney (#116)]


Born: 26 January 1855, of Edward Jackson Colerider (#29) & Jemima Reger (#30) at Buckhannon, Upshur Co. West Virginia. Photos of Edward Jackson Colerider #29 and Jemima Reger (#30) are shown below.





Died: 3 July 1933 in Fayetteville, N. C. (at the age of 78, in Cleveland County, North Carolina...Source NC State Archives. North Carolina Deaths, 1908-67); he is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C. He was buried there on 6 July 1933 in Section B, Lot 50, Site 5. (Source of this information: Phone conversation with Prospect Hill Cemetery staff member on 12 June 2007). His tombstone and additional information about his death appear at the bottom of this web page.


[His siblings included:

a) John W. Colerider: Born: about 1849, 1849, in Upshur Co., W V. Died: 1851 2 years of age with croup;

b) Bertie (Alverda Isadore) Colerider: Born: about 1857; 24 November 1857 in Upshur Co. W.V. if this is the Alverda Colerider listed as 3 years old in the 1860 Census; Died: ?;

c) Margaret L. Colerider: (Married:H. Douglas 25 October 1864 according to Upshur County WV Marriage Records 1853-1970, submitted by Marla Snow) Born: about 1844; 1843 in Upshur County, W.V. Circa 1845 according to 1860 Census, Died: ?; [Note: According to The History of Upshur County, West Virginia by Cutright, p. 444, Margaret was the second wife of Edgar Reger Farnsworth ]

d) Ellen B. Colerider (Barbara Ellen Colerider) (Ellen Barbara): (Married: Dudley) Born: July 1845, 1845, in Upshur Co., W.V. Circa 1847 according to 1860 Census if Ellen B. is the same person as Barbary E., Died: 13 November 1905;

e) Winefred (Winford) C. (Winifred Columbia) Colerider: (Married: Shahan) Born: about 1847, 1847, in Upshur Co., W.V. Circa 1849 according to 1860 Census, Died: 1899

f) Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth) Colerider: (Married: Quillen B.Young-According to The Pioneer-1776 19 September 1872 in Harrison Co., W.V. ) Born: about 1851, 1851 in Upshur Co., W.V. Circa 1851 according to 1860 Census, Died: 7 October 1895 in Upshur Co., W.V.; her death certificate states she died of Dropsy and general debility.

g) Virginia Minerva Colerider: (Married: Frank H. Bussell (Buzzell on 25 June 1872 in Harrison Co., W.V.) Born: about 1853, 1853,in Upshur Co., W.V.; Circa 1853 according to 1860 Census, Died: ?;

h) Sally T. (Trimbel) Colerider: (Married: Thomas W. Davis on 14 September 1882 in Taylor Co., W.V.) Born: 13 December 1858, 1859, in Upshur Co., W.V. Circa 1859 according to 1860 Census; Died: ?;

i) Flora (Florence) (Florence Cecelia) Cecilia Colerider: (Married: Andrew W. Hesser on 26 September 1883 in Taylor Co., W.V. ) Born: about 1863, 1861 in Upshur Co., W.V. Circa 1861 according to the 1880 Census of Taylor County, Virginia; Died: ? She and her husband are buried at Bluemont Cemetery in Grafton, West Virginia (Source of information: e-mail corespondence in 2009 between Susan Snyder and Kathryn Smith. Kathryn is Flora's Great Granddaughter. (The source of orange information: a note in an old family photo book in the possession of Evelyn Sharpe Bumgarner, a Colerider Descendant). A newsarticle in The Wheeling daily intelligenter, November 6, 1877, describes a murdered man to whom Flora had been writing. To read this story, click here. ]


Below: Henry with his mother, father, and sisters. Front Row: Bertie Colerider, Virginia Colerider, Henry Clay Colerider, Sallie (Sally) Colerider, Flora Colerider; Back Row: Maggie (Margaret) Colerider, Mary Colerider, Edward Jackson Colerider (#29), Jemima Reger (#30) , Lum (Winifred) Colerider, and Ellen Colerider.




In the 1860 Census of Buckhannon, Upshur, Virginia, enumerated on the 30th day of June, there were 11 people living in E. J. Colerider's home (Henry's father's home). Ten of these people are family members and one is apparently a tenant. Those listed include: E.J. Colerider: 42 (a mechanic), Jemima Colerider: 33 (wife), Margaret Colerider: 15 (Domestic), Barbary E. Colerider: 13, Winfield C. Colerider: 11, Mary Colerider: 9, Virginia Colerider: 7, Henry Colerider (5), Alverta Colerider: 3, Sally T. Colerider: 1, and Melville Johnson: 18 (Town Shoemaker?...difficult to read.. [Susan Snyder's note: John had already died. Also missing in the 1860 census are Bertie, Ellen, and Flora. Names that appear in the census, but not in black above are Barbary, and Alverta. Note that Winefred in black above is probably the same as Winfield on the census. It is also possible that Ellen B. is Barbary E. and Alverta could be Alberta/ Bertie. Flora was not born until after this census.]

Click on the image above to see the 1860 census.




Left: This boy is believed to be Henry. The tin type photograph image was found in an old family photo book in the possession of Evelyn Sharpe Bumgarner in 2009, a Colerider Descendant. The photo was labeled, "Henry Colerider ?"


According to Kathryn Smith, stories have come down to her from her father (Great Nephew of Henry Colerider and Alma Shirer and Great Grandson of Edward Colerider and Jemima Reger): "The Coleriders lived in Buckhannon until Edward's cobbler shop was burned by the Confederate Army because he was suspected of Unionist activity. During this period, one of Edward's daughters, only about 8 or 10 at the time (Dad said her name was Birdie or Bertie, so I assume it was Alverta) stood upon a horseblock as the Confederate Army rode through Buckhannon and shouted "You dirty-rotten Rebels." Supposedly she was threatened by one of the soldiers but the commanding officer told his men that he saw her as an example of courage (wonderful story but truth is questionable).

After the cobbler's shop burned, they moved to Grafton. They were members of the same church in Grafton where Mother's Day began and in fact were good friends with Anna B. Jarvis, who started the holiday. (Source of information: e-mail messages to Susan Snyder March 17, 2009).


On the 1870 Census of Elk Township, Harrison County, West Virginia, Henry is 14 years old and going to school.

Click on the image at left to see the 1870 census.


Below: Henry posed for a photographic portrait.

Below is a Masonic coin that belonged to Henry in 1878. As stated on the coin, he belonged to Mystic Lodge No. 75. “Enterered” refers to his becoming a 1st degree Mason or an Entered Apprentice on 22 April 1878. “Passed” refers to his becoming a 2nd Degree Mason or receiving the Fellow Craft Degree on 27 May 1878. “Raised” refers to his becoming a 3rd Degree Mason or Master Mason on 24 June 1878. Click on the coin to read more about the coin's journey from 1978 to 2010.


Below: Henry on his wedding day 25 September 1879.



At Left: This certificate was found as a part of a family bible in the possession of Susan Snyder. It states:

Henry C. Colerider and Alma Payne (Shirer) Her real name Payne
Were solemnly united by me in the
Holy Bonds of Matrimony
At Grafton West Virginia
on the Twenty-fifth day of September 1879
in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred
and Seventy nine conformably to the Ordinance
of God, and the Laws of the State.

In Presence of
Agnes Bradshaw and
John Shahan

Rev Jas Flanegan of Grafton"



On the 1880 Census of Taylor County, West Virginia, Henry is the head of a household and 25 years old. He is a shoe maker. His wife, Alma, is 22 and keeping house. Albert Kelly, 18, is his apprentice and boarder. Albert works in the shoe shop. Above Henry's name on the census is the household of his father, Edward. Living with his father are Henry's mother, three sisters, and two boarders. Click on the image to see the 1880 census.




Originally built in 1890 by Henry Colerider to house his shoe store, the building in Grafton, West Virginia, shown below, underwent renovation in 2008 to become the Grafton 123 House of Coffee. The address is 123 W. Main Street. Prior to being a coffee shop, it was a bakery (circa 1935), an insurance agency (Hood’s), and a dentist’s office.

Below:The next four images show the building before construction of the coffee shop. Photos are courtesy of by M. K. Stover.

Below: The next three photographs show the coffee shop as it appeared in 2008.



Left: Another building owned in Grafton, West Virginia. This photograph is dated 1913. Note that the name "Colerider" appears near the top of the building.
















Left: This is the same Grafton, West Virginia building in 1925. Henry is standing in front of the building. His image is enlarged.










As shown in the article at right, on August 29, 1890, The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer stated that Henry was spending a few days among the Wheeling merchants.



Henry and Anna Eliza (Alma) had four children: Nettie Pearl, Marion Hays, Samuel Watkins, and Mary Gertrude (#8.) Following the death of his son, Marion, in 1900 Henry moved his family from Grafton, West Virginia to Fayetteville, North Carolina. He put all of the family and their belongings into a carriage, pulled by a horse. It had rained and the streams were swollen. In crossing one stream, Henry had to whip the horses to get them to the other bank. They narrowly escaped being swept downstream.

Shown above left to right are Marion Hays, Anna Eliza, Samuel Watkins, Henry Clay with Mary Gertrude on his lap, and Nettie Pearl; circa 1887.

Henry was a merchant. He migrated from West Virginia to North Carolina around 1901 and then to Washington, D.C. in 1910. Henry had a store at the bottom of the hill at his Hays-Lon Farm in North Carolina. At first he made shoes. Then he sold groceries. He kept buying property in Fayetteville, including an office building that housed a bakery downstairs and a dentist's office upstairs. He also owned a filling station.

In the 1910 United States Federal Census Record, Henry was 55 . He was living in Fayetteville Ward 3, Cumberland, North Carolina. Living with him were his wife, Alma, aged 51; his daughter Nettie P. (28) and his daughter Mary G. (#8) (aged 23). His occupation is listed "own income" and the general nature of industry: "insurance-real estate." Mary G.'s occupation is listed as "teacher", general nature of industry: "in highschool."

Click on the image to see the 1910 census.



This photograph is labeled :"Residence, H.C. Colerider, Fayetteville N.C." Helen Leach (one of Henry's granddaughters) thinks this was his home before he moved to Hays-Lon Farm.





Elizabeth Whittaker, a great great granddaughter of Henry, in an e-mail on 12 March 2007 to Susan Leach Snyder (a great granddaughter of Henry) stated that she found that Henry Colerider and Pearl Colerider (a daughter) lived at 115 Maryland Avenue NE. (The source of this address was the 1912 Washington, DC City Directory)

The map at left shows the present-day location of this property. (Click on the map to enlarge it.) The block where the Henry and Pearl lived is now occupied by a building across Maryland Avenue from the Supreme Court Building.

As discovered by Janey Cook, descendent of Henry Colerider (#57), Henry Clay Colerider (#15) was very involved with the politics in Washington D. C. He spoke at a Progressives meeting on July 31st, 1912 and he was the chairman of the reception committee for a rally for Teddy Roosevelt in October 25, 1912. Both events were documented in the Washington Post.




In researching, Elizabeth Whittaker found a Washington Post paper dated 4 Sept. 1912, announcing that H. C. Colerider was on a committee to call on the District Commissioners in an effort to enlist their support in securing $400,000 from Congress for street paving near Lincoln Park.








Elizabeth Whittaker discovered that Henry Colerider owned real estate at 1308 A SE, Washington, DC., located in the eastern part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Source of Henry’s address information was the 1914 Washington, DC City Directory, p. 330, the 1916 Washington, DC City Directory, p. 318 , and the 1918 Washington, DC City Directory, p. 330.) The 1914 directory lists him as a slsmn = salesman).

This map shows the present location of this property. (Click to enlarge). Today (2007) 1308 A SE, Washington, DC is an architect’s office.




In researching , Elizabeth Whittaker found a real estate transfer in the December 8, 1915 edition of the Washington Post.



Also dated December 8, 1915 in the Washington Post, Henry posted an ad to rent unfurnished apartments at Lincoln Park. Note that his property at 1308 A SE is near Lincoln Park. The property listed in the real estate transfer above is also near Lincoln Park. (Click to enlarge.) It is likely that it is one of these two properties that he wanted to rent out.

As shown at left, March 1, 1931, Henry wrote his address inside a book titled, Four Minute Essays Volume 9 by Dr. Frank Crane as 1134 Park Place in Washington, D. C.

Interestingly, the first essay in the book, copyright date 1919 was titled "Theordore Roosevelt." As the 1912 articles above describe, Henry had been a staunch supporter of Roosevelt for President against Taft's re-election that year. But, Taft won that election. Roosevelt was the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in the 1920 election. However, Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919 before the election, and the same year as this book was published. The fact that this particular book was kept in the family for so many years suggests its importance to Henry. The book has been passed from Sam Colerider, Henry's son, to Mary Frank (Sam's daughter and Henry's granddaughter), to Becky (Sam's granddaughter and Henry's great granddaughter), to Susan (Sam's great niece and Henry's great granddaughter).

Henry enjoyed playing his harmonica.

Left: Henry’s “ M. Horner” harmonica. Right: Henry in his later years.


Henry's will, signed and witnessd 30 June 1933, indicates that he must have been a wealthy man. His will is six pages long, and includes very detailed descriptions with how he wants his wealth distributed to family members. His wife, Alma, daughters Pearl and Mary Gertrude, son Sam, and grandson Roger are named. as well as his Masonic Lodge and the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in the District of Columbia. The will in its entirety has been transcribed.

Henry's death certificate, dated July 3, 1933 indicates that he died from heart problems with influenza as a contributing cause of death. He died in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Although he died in North Carolina, he is buried with his wife (Alma) and son Marion at Prospect Hill Cemetery (2201 North Capitol Street, NE Washington D. C., 20002-1103). His daughter, Pearl, is also buried in Washington D. C., but she does not appear to be buried with the rest of the family; there is no death date for her on this family Colerider stone.

According to the Find A Grave website, Henry's residence at the time of his death was 1134 Park Place NE Washington D. C. He is buried in Section B of the cemetery. The photographs of the cemetery and tombstone are courtesy of the Find A Grave website. The photograph of the cemetery entrance was taken by Alice Crain on June 4, 2009. The photographs of the tombstone were taken by Jay Kelly on April 26, 2009.

The stone reads:

BORN JAN 25, 1855
DIED JULY 3, 1933

BORN JUNE 20 1858
DIED AUG. 15, 1935

BORN MAY 27, 1881

BORN MAY 23 1883
SHOT & KILLED DEC. 7, 1900"

[Note: The tombstone says Henry was born 25 January, but other records say 26 January. Also, note that Nellie’s birthdate is on the stone, but her death date is not. She died on 13 June 1946. She was the wife of John Robert Pierce and mother of Willliam R. Pierce. Her residence according to Find A Grave was 4023 Illinois Avenue NW Washington D.C. ]


A close-up of Henry's portion of the stone is below:


Lifetime Events Summary for Henry Clay Colerider:

Henry's age
January 26, 1855
West Virginia Becomes State
20 June 1863
Civil War
6 - 10
September 25, 1879
Children's births
1881 - 1886
26 - 31
Age at Father's Death
Spanish American War
Age when son was killed
Age at Mother's Death
World War I
1914 - 1918
59 - 63
The Great Depression
1929- 1939
74 - deceased
July 3, 1933


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