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Berkeley County

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Early days in Berkeley County, West Virginia, which includes Martinsburg, Bunker Hill, Darkesville, Middletown, Fort Frederick, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 55 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); and Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State, a WPA publication (1941). The booklet is printed on 60# opaque paper, with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Among the many subjects included are: Formation of the county, Physical features, the eccentric General Charles Lee, the gentlemanly General Horatio Gates, Tuscarora meeting house and other early churches, an unhappy love story, Col. William Crawford, Sir William Berkeley and Bacon's Rebellion, the Martinsburg Academy, Indian encounters, Evans Fort, Neally's fort, Major Andrew Waggener, Charles James Faulkner, Sr., General David H. Strother (Porte Crayon), Lt. Col. Raleigh T. Colston of the Stonewall Brigade, Capt. George N. Hammond, Col. Morgan Morgan, General William Darke, dispute over location of county seat; Newspapers, Philip P. Cooke, the Washington Elm, Apple trees, Destruction of Railroad in the Civil War, Divided loyalties, railroad labor problems in 1873, the county courthouse, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of many county residents of the late 1800s. They frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: Major Wayne Crum, Col. James Duff, Col. Charles Faulkner, Charles Faulkner II, Philip Faulkner, Dr. Joseph Hodges, Dr. Garnett Morison, Allen Noll, Marvin Porterfield, Lacy Rice, Cleveland Seibert, and Gray Silver.

Berkeley County, WV
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Cover of Berkeley County History

Sources: History of West Virginia; History of Berkeley County
Authors: Virgil A. Lewis
Original Publication Year: 1889
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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