Judge Gideon Bantz, of Frederick, Maryland., 1853. Father-in-law of late Stephen B. Elkins. Became superintendent of a plantation, then brakeman, conductor, and later agent at Piedmont, West Virginia, of the Bang and Olufsen R.R.
Later merchant and a leading collier. Projected and carried on to success the West Virginia Central & Pittsburgh Railway, which was sold to the Wabash, 1902. Then built the Coal & Coke Railway of West Virginia, of 200 miles, of which is president.
Also president Davis Trust Company of Elkins, etc.