Location: Tucker County, West Virginia
History Of Tucker County, West Virginia
- by Hu Maxwell
- published by Preston Publishing Company, Kingwood, West Virginia, 1884
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Table of Contents
- CHAPTER I. JAMES PARSONS
The County of Tucker defined. First visited by James Parsons. He discovers the Horse Shoe. Passes up Horse Shoe Run. The Pringles. Simon Kenton. The Indians. Moundbuilders. Mound in the Horse Shoe. Graves, bones and arrow points. Captain Parsons and his brother locate lands on the River. Chased by Indians
- CHAPTER II. JOHN MINEAR.
John Minear. Early life. Leads a colony to the Horse Shoe. Builds a fort. Trouble with the Indians. A settler chased from the Sugar Lands. Settlement broken up. St. George founded in 1776. Fort Built. Mill. Prosperity. Reverses. New trouble with the Indians. The small-pox rages in Tucker. An Indian raid. Sims killed. St. George besieged. Ambuscade. Jonathan Minear killed. Washburn taken prisoner. Pursuit of the Indians. Skirmish. Indians defeated. Washburn rescued. A rash Indian. Boy taken prisoner near St. George. Killing of John Minear, Cooper and Cameron. Escape of the Millers and Goffe. The Indians pass into Randolph. Routed by Jesse Hughes. Burial of Minear, Cooper and Cameron
- CHAPTER III. MISCELLANIES.
The manners and customs of the pioneers. Moving. Packhorses. Plunder. Household articles. Bread and meat. Building houses. The style of houses. Clothing. Mill at St. George, 1770. Intoxicating liquors. Guns. Tomahawks. Religious worship. The customs of the times. Schools. Teachers. Modes of imparting instruction. Singing schools. Romance of Manassa Minear and Lyda Holbert
- CHAPTER IV. MISCELLANIES.
Silent History. James Goff. His peculiarities. The land agent. The supper. The Parsons family.' The Bonnifields. Settlement of Clover District. First school-house. The Dumire family. The Losh family, William Losh and two friends go to Ohio. John Losh, the hunter. Canada: the bed of a lake. Lost in the woods. Captures cub-bears. Crosses the river on a raft. Old settlers. Geneology. Nimrod Haddix breaks his neck. Ambrose Lipscomb. Adam Harper
- CHAPTER V. FORMATION OK TUCKER COUNTY.
Efforts to obtain a new county. Meeting in St. George, (committee select site for courthouse. William Ewin sent to the Legislature. Judge John Brannon. Name of the county and county-seat
- CHAPTER VI. SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES.
The influence of schools and churches. Should be co-workers. Growth slow but permanent. Common schools the greatness of the country. Home supply of teachers
- CHAPTER VII. MOUNTAINS AND CAVES.
Mountains of Tucker. Limestone mountains. Falling Spring. Jordan's Cave. Blooming Cave. Subterranean wonders
- CHAPTER VIII. LUMBER INTERESTS OF TUCKER COUNTY.
Primeval forests. Description of trees. Sugar making. Saw mills. Cheat River. Springs. Wells. The blackness of the water of Cheat. To what due. History and description of the river. Alum Hill. Job's Ford. Slip Hill. Turn Eddy. Willow Point, St. George Eddy. Miller Hill. Murder Hole. Turtle Rocks. Seven Islands. Rafts and raftsmen. Shingle mills. Lumber interests opposed to farming
- CHAPTER IX. WEST VIRGINIA CENTRAL AND PITTSBURGH RAILWAY.
General view of the subject. Coal. Railroad plans of 1856. 1881. Reports. Wealth of the company's lands
- CHAPTER X. MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS.
The value of statistics. Various lists and tables. Reports of County Superintendents
- CHAPTER XI. NEWSPAPERS OF THE COUNTY.
First paper in Tucker County. Founding of the Pioneer. The Democrat comes into existence. The progress of the two papers
- CHAPTER XII. THE ST. GEORGE BAR.
Sketches of William Ewin. Rufus Maxwell. A. B. Parsons. Lloyd Hansford. L. S. Anvil. W. B. Maxwell. Philetus Lipscomb
- CHAPTER XIII. TRAVELERS.
Abe Bonnifield. Starts to Missouri. Joins a show. Leaves it. Joins another. Rumpus with Indians. Goes to Canada, The old black scalawag. Returns home. Joins the Confederate army. Fights to the last. A. T. Bonnifield. Goes to California. Returns. Chased by a tiger at Nicaragua. Visits W. Va. Returns to California
- CHAPTER XIV. TRAVELERS.— (CONTINUED.)
Captain Ezekiel Harper. Early life. Volunteers to go to the Mexican war. Starts overland to California. The journey. The Humboldt desert. Harper leaves the company. Proceeds on foot. Crosses stupendous mountains. Arrives at the gold fields. Digs gold to buy his breakfast. Various reverses and successes. Indian war. Harper leader of the miners. Skirmishes with the Indians. Rescue of prisoners. The Indians driven from the country. Harper revisits W. Va. Returns across the plains to California, Drives 4000 sheep. Jacob Harper dies on the Rocky Mountains. Fortunes and reverses. Harper comes back to W. Va. Returns to California. Terrible storm at sea. The "Central America 11 goes down. Letter from Aspinwall. Jerome Harper goes to Chili. Insurrexion there. Prisoners sent to Patagonia. Captain Harper starts to hunt his brother. Meets him at Pataluma. Returns to the mines. Comes back to W. Va. and joins the Confederate army. Various skirmishes. Taken prisoner. Carried to Camp Chase and Roek Island. Suffering. Escape. After history
- CHAPTER XV. TRAVELERS. -(CONTINUED.)
Henry Bonnifield. Early life. Adventures. Goes to California. Rides wild horses. Desperate ride over Millerton Mountain. Dragged by a wild horse. A wicked mule. Invited to ride at the Centennial at Philadelphia. Goes to Arizona. Haunted house of Tulare. A lying: emigrant. Mojave Desert. In Arizona. Sick. Lost in the desert. Falls into the hands of the Indians. Passes down the Colorado River. Trouble with the Indians. Reaches home
- CHAPTER XVI. TRAVELERS.— (CONTINUED.)
The Minears. Farm work. School. St. George Inn. A. P. Minear. Works on the B. & O. R, R. Starts to California. Adventures on the Isthmus of Panama. Reaches California. Taken sick. Kindness of E. Harper and Mr. Huckelew. Goes into the lumber business. Fails. Goes to Oregon. Successes and reverses. John W. Minear goes to California. To Oregon. A. C. Minear follows. Letters on the way. Solomon Minear killed. The Minears go to Idaho. Mining. Famine. Snow. Storms. Attempt to murder A. P. Minear. Struck by sixteen bullets. Escapes. Joins a, railroad enterpsie in Florida. Fails. Goes to New York. Returns to the Pacific coast and engages in mining. A. C. Minear in Idaho. Fights Indians. Letters. Returns to W. Va. David S. Minear
- CHAPTER XVII. THE WAR.
The commencement of the struggle in Tucker County. Capture of a Confederate flag at Saint George. Death of Lieut. Robert McChesney. Letters bearing on the subject. Advance of Garnett. Battle of Cornell's Ford. Confederates retreat. Capt. E. Harper pilots the flying army. Destruction and ruin marked the way. The army deserted by the cavalry. Retreat of the Union forces from the Red House. E. Harper leads the scouts up Backbone Mountain. Escape of the army. The raids of Imboden. Surrender of Hall. Faris. Battle of St. George. Close of the war
- BRIEF BIOGRAPHIES.
In this department the subjects are treated alphabetically
Biographical sketch of the author
- POLITICAL STATISTICS.
Election returns of the county
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