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History of the Great Kanawha Valley

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History of the Great Kanawha Valley

with family history and biographical sketches. A statement of its natural resources, industrial growth and commercial advantages, Vol.II

  • by Brant, Fuller & Co, Madison, WI, 1891

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Table of Contents

Chapter I. Pre-historic Occupation of the Kanawha Valley — Mound Builders — Who Were They ? — Whence Came They?— Historical Sketch of the Cherokees — Interesting Explorations of Ancient Earth and Stone Works
Chapter II. First White Settlement in the New River Kanawha Valley, and the First That Crossed the Alleghenies Westward
Chapter III. Ingles-Draper Settlement— First Indian Blood Spilled — Cupid's Work in the Wilderness — First White Wedding West of the Alleghenies— Bloody Encounter and Murder of Whites — Carried Into Captivity— Babe Born on the Route — Story of Mrs. Ingles' Hardships — First Salt Made by Her in the Kanawha Valley
Chapter IV. Names of Rivers in the Ohio Valley — Indian Titles — Their Beauty and Descriptive Character—Weary Journey of Two Escaped Women — Up the Ohio and Kanawha on Foot — Notable Historic Spots and Events — The Burning Spring — First Natural Gas in the Valley — Features of the Country
Chapter V. Canyon of New River — Awful Chasm Passed by the Lonely Fugitives — Frightful Perils — "Drawing Straws "—Which Shall Die? — Life and Death Struggle — Weary Journey Renewed— Scaling Anvil Cliff — Yielding to Despair — Relief at Last and Home — Fate of the Old Dutch Woman — Battles, Sieges and Surprises
Chapter VI. Early Explorers — First Surveys in West Virginia and Kentucky— Early Routes of Travel — Weary Roads Through the Wilderness — Story of William Ingles — His Life Among the Indians — His Ransom and Reluctant Return — Mother's Joy — His Subsequent Restless Career — Bloody Raid on Burke's Garden — Pursuit and Vengeance— The Captives of Abt's Valley
Chapter VII. Rebecca Davidson — Hunting in "Ye Olden Time — How the Sport Was Arranged — Excitement and Dangers — "Buck Ague " -- The Ingles Family Clock — Ticking for Several Generations— Moralizing on "Ye Grandfather's Time-piece"— A Century's Changes — Contrast Between Now and Then -Picture on Plantation Life
Chapter VIII. Daniel Boone — Career of the Illustrious Pioneer — His Life in the Kanawha Valley --Battle of Point Pleasant — Its Far Reaching Importance — Events Leading Thereto— Forces Engaged — The Indian Side — Outrages That Infuriated Them — Graphic Description of the Conflict
Chapter IX. Lord Dunmore — His Conduct While Governor of Virginia Colony — His Treachery to the Frontiersmen — His Subsequent Rascally Conduct — Point Pleasant as a Military School — Notable Characters of the Place — Gen. Andrew Lewis — Logan, the Mingo Chief — Cornstalk, the Famous Indian Commander
Chapter X. Murder of Cornstalk — "Red Hawk" — His Effort to Shoot Washington at Braddock's Defeat — Bloody Raids by Indians to Avenge Their Leader — Attack on Pt. Pleasant — Its Repulse — Raid up the Kanawha and Attack on Donnally's - - Spirited Battle — Hannah Dennis — Her Career Among the Indians
Chapter XI. Chronological Record of Events Along the Border — Dates of Battles, Sieges and Settlements
Chapter XII. The Kanawha River and Kanawha Valley
Chapter XIII. Charleston, West Virginia
Chapter XIV. Orange County
Chapter XV. The Great Kanawha River— History of Its Navigation and Improvements — Aboriginal Methods — Silent Glide of the Birch-barb Canoe — Advent of the Pioneers — Flat-boats and Batteaux — First Steamboat — Revolution Accomplished Thereby — Plans to Improve the Channel — Elaborate System of Locks and Dams — Character and Cost of the Work — Statistics of Coal Shipments
Chapter XV. Salt Manufacture in the Kanawha Valley — Development of the Industry by Slow Degrees — Crude Beginnings — Petroleum Oil — Discovery and Effects — "Old Greasy 11" — Natural Gas — First Appearance and Wonderful Results — A Harvai d Professor's Experience with a Match at the Well — Disastrous Consequences to the Inquisitive Scientist — Not so Pretty but Much Wiser — Interesting Statistics
Chapter XVI. Church History of the Kanawha Valley — First Law Passed in the New World Commands Religious Attendance— "Blue Laws' 1 by the Fanatics of old Virginia — How It Was Beyond the Mountains — Pioneer Preachers — Self-sacrifice and Zeal — First Baptist Minister on the Kanawha — Primitive Meeting Houses — Widely Scattered Congregations — The Baptist Church and Its Heroes— The Presbyterians — Historic Split in That Denomination — Methodist Episcopal — Early Missionary Work — Protestant Episcopal — United Brethren — The Catholic Church, Its Work in the Valley — The Lutherans
Chapter XVII. Educational History — Gov. Berkeley's Famous Dictum Against Schools — Progress of Two Centuries — Virginia's Backwardness in Embracing the Free School System — The "Pauper Schools" — Various Old Time Statutes — But Little Progress — The "Old Field Schools" — What They Were — Pen Portrait of Building and Surroundings — The Pioneer Teacher — Readin 1 , Ritin' and 'Rithmetic — "Boarding Around " — Names of "SchoolMasters" of ye Olden Time — Gradual Improvements — Modern Progress — Schools Under the New Constitution — First Official Reports — Present Status
Chapter XVIII. Military History of the Kanawha Valley — Early Struggles — The Revolution — Warfare With Both Savages and British — War of 1812 — Virginia's Ready Response With Troops — The Civil War — Brother Against Brother —Occupation of the Valley by Opposing Forces — Gov. Wise' Foray — Battle of Scary Creek — Federals' Control of the Valley — Battle of Carnifex Ferry — Advance of Loring's Command — Lightburn's Famous Retreat — Federals Driven Out — Their Triumphant Return — Jenkins' Raid to Pt. Pleasant — A Dastardly Murder — "Johnnies" Capture a Steamboat — Witcher's Attack on Winfield —Estimate of Kanawha Troops in the War — Casualties on Both Sides
Chapter XIX. Bench and Bar — Early Struggles of the Profession — First Courts in the Kanawha Valley — Methods of Administration - Old Time County Courts — Pioneer Practitioners —The War Period — Effects of the Famous Lawyer's Test Oath — Hardships of the Same — Sketches of Eminent Judges — Bright Minds of the Kanawha Bar — Brilliant Advocates and Shrewd Special Pleaders —Anecdotes of the Profession --Mr. Fisher's Wit and Repartee— Review of Noted Law Cases — Increase of Litigation and Changes in Modes of Practice
Chapter XX. Medical History of the Kanawha Valley from 1790 to 1890 — Early Diagnosis of Fevers — Old-time Doctors and Their Methods — Diseases Peculiar to the First Settlers — Medical Writers Abroad — Influence on the American Practitioner — List of Complaints in the Valley Scientifically Defined — Measles, Mumps, "Kidney Troubles," and Other Evils Flesh is Heir to — Cholera and Its Ravages — Improvement in Medical Treatment—How They Used to Bleed 'em — Calomel and Jalap — Supremacy of the Lancet — The "Root and Yarb " Doctor — He " Sneezed " Her — Peripatetic Physicians and the Inevitable Saddle-bags — Description of a Long Night Ride — Fording Mill Creek by Moonlight— Pen Portraits of Old-timers— The Harveys, Putneys and Others
Chapter XXI. Point Pleasant the Oldest English Town on the Ohio — Claims of Wheeling — Of Marietta
Chapter XXII. Formation of Mason County — Topography — Naming of the County — the County Seat — Burial of the Leaden Plates by the French — Principal Towns in Mason County — Hon. John Hall — Natural Resources — Newspapers
Chapter XXIII. Area of Putnam County — Its Formation — The County Seat and Principal Towns — Its First County Court — Topography — Natural Resources — Early Settlers — Incidents of Early History — Newspapers
Chapter XXIV. Formation of Fayette County — The County Seat — The Principal Towns — Mineral and Agricultural Resources — Topography — Historic Incidents — John R. Peyton — Marshall's Pillar — Climate — Newspapers
Chapter XXV. The Formation of Kanawha County — The First Settler— The Site of Charleston — The First County Court— Climate— Mining Interests — Fruit — Newspapers
Chapter XXVI. Banking Institutions


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