William Covington Amos

Male 1829 - 1902


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  • Name  William Covington Amos 
    Born  18 Feb 1829  Mason Twp., Lawrence Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Mar 1902  Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • March 20, 1902 - A HARVEST OF DEATH
      W. C. Amos Passed Away Sunday Morning - Other Deaths.
      Mr. W. C. Amos, one of Ironton's leading citizens, and one of the pioneer iron men of this region, died at his home, corner of Eighth street and Park avenue, at 8:36 a.m. Sunday.

      Six week ago carbuncles formed on his neck gradually getting worse, until on Thursday last, he became so weak from lack of nourishment, which he could not take, that he had a partial stroke of paralysis and sank gradually until the end came at the hour above mentioned. He was conscious of his impending death, but accepted the inevitable with Christian resignation and cheerfulness.

      William Covington Amos was born in Mason Township, Lawrence county, February 18, 1829, being a son of Asa and Nancy Amos, who moved to this county from Virginia several years prior to his birth. He was reared on a farm and obtained an education in the local schools, fitting himself for teaching, a profession which he took up at the age of 21, teaching for three years. He then commenced merchandising in Mason and Elizabeth townships and in 1854, went to Etna Furnace, this county, where he kept store for 19 months. He then clerked for the same firm, as storekeeper and salesman until December 1, 1865. He then leased an interest in the furnace and commenced managing it. This interest he held for five years. In 1858, three years later, he leased Vesuvius Furnace for 5 years and organized a company composed of Col. George N. Gray, F. A. Dempsey, H. L. Amos, Oliver Lyons and W. C. Amos, under the firm name of Gray, Amos & Co. This lease was sold out to the Etna Iron Works Company four years later. In 1879 he purchased an interest in Bloom Furnace, holding that for one year, when he sold out to J. D. Clare of Portsmouth. Prior to this, he was associated with John T. McKnight in the wholesale and retail grocery business under the firm name of McKnight & Amos. After he left Bloom Furnace he spent about a year with a compnay at Don Du Lac, Wis. in manufacture of pig iron. Leaving Fond du Lac, he went south for P. N. Moore of Olympia, Ky., and P. B. Warner of Cincinnati, Ohio, in searching for iron ore properties, locating three places, which the above named parties purchased and which Mr. Amos managed for about five years.

      Upon leaving the south, Mr. Amos returned to Ironton and later leased Vesuvius Furnace, for a period of five years, operating it for six blasts, having organized the Vesuvius Iron Company to do so. The last furnace work in which he was engaged was for the Amos & Davis Iron Company, in the management of Center Furnace.

      Mr. Amos was married to Harriet E. sutton at Etna Furnace, Ohio, November 26, 1857. Eight children, five girls and three boys, were born of the union. Of the children, only two, Mrs. William E. Delaney of Williamsburg, Ky., and mr. Horace L. Amos of Ironton, survive him.

      Mr. Amos became a member of the Methodist Church in 1869, and in August 1871, was granted an exhorter's license by Presiding Elder John G. Dillon fo the Portsmouth District. He was an active member of the Spencer M. E. Church at the time of his death..... The funeral services were held from the family residence at 1 p.m. Tuesday...Burial at Woodland.
    Person ID  I1466  Campbell Family Southern Ohio
    Last Modified  7 Mar 2008 

    Family  Harriet Sutton 
    Married  26 Nov 1857  Etna Furnace, Lawrence Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Horace L. Amos
     2. Son Amos
     3. Son Amos
     4. Daughter Amos
     5. Daughter Amos
     6. Daughter Amos
     7. Daughter Amos
     8. Daughter Amos
    Last Modified  7 Mar 2008 
    Family ID  F541  Group Sheet