Memorable Historic Bramwell Pioneer

William Joseph Rumburg (1841- 1909)


William J. Rumburg (1843-1902) was born to (Barber) Rumburg - Pennington. No information is available on William Joseph's father. William was reared by Pennington, a farmer in Mercer County. William J. served in Company B., 23rd battalion, Virginia infantry. He enlisted July 31, 1862 and his name last appeared on the roles October 31, 1864.

It has been reported that William Joseph Rumburg served as a Justice of the Peace in Bramwell, WV, between 1880-1890. He may have been the first licensed brewer in Virginia and West Virginia, and it is reported that his brewer was at the “mouth of Allen Creek and the New River”.

William Joseph Rumburg's obituary says he lived in Bramwell for 4 years and was justice of the peace for Rock District. He was also Justice of the Peace in Bramwell, W. Va. during the coal boom era 1880-1890.

William J. Rumburg married Nancy Jane Rorrer, who was born in Giles County, Va. Eleven children resulted from the union of William J. and Nancy Jane Rorrer Rumburg; but two died at birth or shortly thereafter and are excluded from the list.There were five boys and six girls; Elias Vickers (October 7, 1867), E.I. Zora (Clarke), William H. (November 20, 1873), Charles Crocket (February 15, 1876), Rachel Ellen (Akens) (May 6, 1878), Maria Jane (Watts) (November 6, 1881), Mary Bee (Spangler) (November 18, 1883), Angenlian Cora (Griggs) (February 26, 1885), and George A. Rumburg (June 28, 1889).

He ran the first saloon in Princeton, W.Va. and was the first licensed brewer in Virginia and W. Va. His brewery was at the mouth of Allen Creek on the New River. William J. died under rather mysterious circumstances in 1902 while residing with a son (Charles Crocket). The story is that he died from drinking poisoned whiskey, foul play was suspected but never proven.

( Above information supplied by: Lynn Jewell Richardson. )

Birth: Sep. 3, 1841 in Virginia, USA - Death: Aug. 15, 1909 Mercer County, West Virginia, USA.

He started the cemetery when he set aside a plot of land on the hill behind his house. He was the devoted husband of Nancy Jane Rorrer Rumburg(1840-1935). The informant was William Herbert Rumburg(son).

Burial: Rumburg Cemetery, Spanishburg, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA.

Family links: Spouse: Nancy Jane Rorrer Rumburg (1840 - 1935) Children: Elias Rumburg (1865 - 1951)* William Herbert Rumburg (1875 - 1945)* Charles Crockett Rumburg (1876 - 1935)* Mary Beatrice Rumburg Spangler (1882 - 1964)* Cora Angeline Rumburg Griggs (1886 - 1964)* George Alexander Rumburg (1889 - 1932)*

Above information supplied by: Kenneth Bowen.

William Rumburg Grave Marker (1841 - 1909)

Nancy Jane Rorrer Rumburg Grave Marker (1840 - 1935)

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