Grave of Lt. John D. Heslep
Stender Cemetery, Wetzel County, West Virginia

     Lieutenant John D. Heslep enlisted on 7 Aug 1861 in Company "K" 7th West Virginia Infantry. He served as a Sergeant in Companies "C" and "E" and received his commission as 1st Lieutenant in Company "E" on 2 May 1865.

     Lt. Heslep is buried next to his wife, Elizabeth Sturgeon, in the Stender Cemetery north of Paden City, in Wetzel County, West Virginia. The children of John D. and Elizabeth were: Gloria Victoria, b. 5 Oct 1881; Seth Flavius, b. 2 Mar 1884; Pharoh Vitellius, b. 31 Dec 1885; Myrtle Naomi, b. 1 Mar 1888; Darius Antiochus, b. 4 Apr 1890; Dewitt Rolfe, b. 3 Jun 1892; Paul McKinley, b. 13 Jun 1896.

     Lt. Heslep was the great-grandfather of Richelle Champion Blankenship, wife of Tim Blankenship.


Grave of Thaddeus S. Heslep
Evans Cemetery, Tyler County, West Virginia

     Thaddeus S. Heslep was the brother of Lieutenant John D. Heslep, 7th West Virginia Infantry. Thaddeus mustered in with Company "C" on 7 Aug 1861. He was taken POW 6 May 1864 and spent time in Andersonville Prison, Georgia.

     Thaddeus married Elizabeth Villers (also Viellers). Their children were Colfax, Nora and Ulysses Grant.

     John D. and Thaddeus Heslep were the sons of George Tilghman Heslep and Christine Rabe.

Photos & information submitted by Tim Blankenship.