Benjamin Newton, son of Wilson Poling, was born February 22, 1845, at Philippi, Barbour county, Virginia, now West Virginia. He was a farmer during the early part of his life, and later entered the mercantile business in Jackson county, West Virginia. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Company K, of the Sixth West Virginia Regiment of the Federal army. He was in many battles and engagements, and was mustered out of the service at Wheeling, West Virginia, after a service of two years and ten months. He married Jane, daughter of Peter and Lethea (Board) Rhodes. Her father was a son of Christs (2) Rhodes, whose father was Christs (1) Rhodes, who came to this country from Germany prior to 1800, and settled in Botetourt county, Virginia, and served throughout the war of 1812. Peter Rhodes, grandson of Christs (1) Rhodes, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, and came to Jackson county, West Virginia, in early manhood, and settled near the present town of Ripley, the county seat of Jackson county. Peter Rhodes is now (1913) in his ninety-eighth year, and has retained all of his faculties and bids fair to live many more years. Lethea (Board) Rhodes was the daughter of George and Betsey Board. Children of Benjamin Newton and Jane (Rhodes) Poling: William Luther, of whom further: Benjamin Owen; Mary. (V) William Luther, son of Benjamin Newton and Jane (Rhodes) Poling, was born at Kentuck, Jackson county, West Virginia. April 1, 1886. He received his early education in the public schools, and attended the Wesleyan Conference Seminary at Buckhannon, West Virginia, in 1903-04, entering the University at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1905, and completing his studies. He then entered the law school at the West Virginia University, graduating in June, 1910, and being admitted to the bar of West Virginia. He then opened an office in Point Pleasant, where he is now in the practice of his profession, and has been appointed commissioner in chancery in the circuit court of Mason county, and commissioner of accounts for the county court of Mason county.
Title: West Virginia and Its People, Volume 3
West Virginia and Its People, Thomas Condit Miller
Authors: Thomas Condit Miller, Hu Maxwell
Publisher: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913