Washington Lafayette Deem

b. 10 March 1872, d. 12 June 1960

Father*William Alonzo Deem b. 1839, d. 20 May 1916
Mother*Abigail Hannah Deem b. Nov 1852, d. 5 Jan 1940
Washington Lafayette Deem|b. 10 Mar 1872\nd. 12 Jun 1960|p493.htm|William Alonzo Deem|b. 1839\nd. 20 May 1916|p475.htm|Abigail Hannah Deem|b. Nov 1852\nd. 5 Jan 1940|p1020.htm|William B. Deem|b. 1798\nd. 17 Apr 1885|p306.htm|Nancy Golden|b. 8 Nov 1802\nd. 20 Mar 1893|p425.htm|Jacob Deem III|b. 1 Jan 1822\nd. 10 Apr 1916|p420.htm|Catherine Fought|b. 3 Dec 1822\nd. 19 Feb 1897|p1016.htm|

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Occupation*Washington Lafayette Deem occupation at School Teacher, Post Master. 
Education*He was educated at Mountain State Business College. 
Religion* At Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 
OccupationHe occupation at Rural mail carrier out of Roosevelt, Wood County, WV and Mineral Wells, Wood Co., WV. 
Note*He Biography of' Washington Lafayette Deem Born March. 1872, the 10th on a farm what is now known as Mineral Wells. WV. Attended school, then known as Chesterville, WV, Wood Co. Worked on the farm of my father, William A. Deem. Clearing of land of brush, weeds, and etc, scoring cross ties, plowing, hoeing corn, building fences and general farm work. Wheat raising for money crop was the main and most crop raised. As I grew older my folks tried to keep me in school as much as they could afford. Attending what was then called a select school. At the age of' 21 years. I was prepared to teach school, passing an examination, received second grade certificate. The wages for 2nd grade was $25.00 per month. The next year tried again made a first grade $30.00 per month. I taught six or eight terms including one term in Tavernerville upper room of advanced pupils. Then spent one winter attending Mountain State Business College which received a diploma. Conducted a grocery store for two years also was post master of the Chesterville office, selling my business. became deputy assessor under J. E. White for three years. Early in 1905 there was an opening for eligibles for rural mail carrier, taking a test, I became eligible for appointment, so I was appointed rural mail carrier out of Roosevelt, Wood County, WV. Carrying several years was transferred to Mineral Wells, Wood Co., WV. Worked until I was 65 years old which the post office employees must retire.

Washington L. (Lafe.) Deem, 88, of 1110 William Street. died at the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital at 9 p.m. Sunday. Born in Wood County on March 10, 1872, he was the son of William Alonzo and Abigail Deem. He had lived his entire life in Wood County. He taught school in this county for six years and was a rural mail carrier in the Mineral Wells area or 31 years, retiring in 1936. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Knights of Pythias and the Old Guard. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roxie Deem; four sons. Clark and Walter, both of Parkersburg, Stewart of Norfolk, Va., and Basil at home; four daughters, Mrs. Nora Robbins of Washington, WV; Mrs. Marian Phillips of Cairo, and Mrs, Kathryn Coe of Vienna, one sister, Mrs. Grace Elliott of Parkersburg; 29 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and one gg grandchild; and one stepson, Bernie Butler of Parkersburg. He was preceded in death by his first wife. Frances, and five children. services will he conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. F. I. Roberts officiating assisted by the Rev. Talmadge Duncan. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 
Birth*He was born on 10 March 1872 at Grassy Run, Wood County, WV.1
Marriage*He married Frances Holland, daughter of James Holland and Matilda Bishop, on 12 October 1893 at Home of Israel Day, Athens County, Ohio. 
Marriage*Washington Lafayette Deem married Roxie Butler, daughter of William Butler and Ruey Dennison, on 9 January 1942 at Wood County, WV. 
Death*Washington Lafayette Deem died on 12 June 1960 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, Wood Co WV, at age 88. 
Burial*He was buried on 15 June 1960 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Chesterville, Wood Co., WV. 

Family 1

Frances Holland b. 31 October 1870, d. 5 April 1937

Family 2

Roxie Butler b. 11 April 1906, d. 25 November 2000

Last Edited26 Sep 2009


  1. [S52] Wood County WV Birth Record.