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Boone County’s wealthiest men in 1860

Last updated: August 20. 2014 4:26PM - 216 Views
By Jenine Browning Kimbler Boone County Genealogical Society



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This is a compilation of the richest men in Boone County, derived from the 1860 US Federal Census, the last census taken before the succession of West Virginia from the Confederate State of Virginia.


In parentheses is the HSL value (Historic Standard of Living) which measures the purchasing power of an income based on today’s values.


As you can see, there were some affluent families in the area. It is interesting to note that of the 25 men listed, 15 are shown in the 1860 census Slave Schedules as slave owners.


Many of these families were Confederate sympathizers and/or had family members who were CSA soldiers, and much of their wealth dwindled following the Civil War and the emancipation of their slaves.


Augustus Pack $47,000 ($1,360,000)


Joel Stollings $41,000 ($1,190,000)


Robert Wood $33,000 ($ 954,000)


Samuel Smoot $23,000 ($ 665,000)


George Gore $22,000 ($ 636,000)


William Smoot $20,000 ($ 578,000)


Adam Coon $15,000 ($ 434,000)


St. Clair Ballard $13,000 ($ 376,000)


Henry Hopkins $11,000 ($ 318,000)


George Zirkle $ 9,000 ($ 260,000)


Joseph Barrett $ 9,000 ($ 260,000)


Manderville Hopkins $ 9,000 ($ 260,000)


Peter Price $ 9,000 ($ 260,000)


Chapman Ballard $ 8,000 ($ 231,000)


Alex Cabell $ 8,000 ($ 231,000)


John Hill $ 8,000 ($ 231,000)


Lorenzo Coon $ 7,000 ($ 202,000)


Robert Gore $ 7,000 ($ 202,000)


Griffin Stollings $ 7,000 ($ 202,000)


Robert Toney $ 7,000 ($ 202,000)


George Green $ 6,000 ($ 173,000)


William Griffith $ 6,000 ($ 173,000)


Robert Hager $ 6,000 ($ 173,000)


William Meadows $ 6,000 ($ 173,000)


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