Early days in Brooke and Hancock Counties, WV, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this 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 NEW 55 page 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. Communities currently listed for this area of West Virginia's northern panhandle by the National Association of Counties include: Brooke County: Beech Bottom, Bethany, Colliers, Follansbee, Short Creek, Weirton (part), Wellsburg (County Seat), Windsor Heights Hancock County: Chester, New Cumberland (County Seat), New Manchester (formerly Fairview and Pughtown), Newell, Weirton (part) (Some of these communities may not be mentioned in the booklet.) Among the many subjects included are: Formation of the counties and Physical features; early population figures; the history of Bethany College, Dr. Alexander Campbell, and a historical sketch of "the Disciples of Christ"; Charles Prather, Alexander Wells, Henry Hervey, the Boner family, Col. Richard Brown, George Chapman, and other early settlers; Philip Dodridge (the Patrick Henry of Western Virginia); the Rev. Joseph Dodridge and a Description of the strange wedding customs of the early settlers; Capt. Samuel Brady and encounters with Indians; Death of Captain Van Buskirk; Robert Brooke; the First Courts; Patrick Gass of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition; Contest for the County Seat of Hancock Co.; Encounter of the Poe Brothers with the Wyandotte Chiefs; Iron, steel, pottery and other industries; Site of the Logan Massacre, Hollidays Cove, Fowlersville; The Wheeling Steel corportation Plant at Beech Bottom; Power and the Windsor Power Plant; site of the original Grimes Golden apple tree; 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: William Kirk Woolery, professor at Bethany College; William Saylor Wilkin, member of the West Virginia Senate from Wellsburg; and Frank A. Chapman, descendent of an early Hancock Co. settler; and Dr. Alexander Campbell, who with his father, Thomas Campbell, is considered a founder of the Disciples of Christ. The booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of Bethany College and Wellsburg.
Brooke and Hancock Counties, WV
Sources: History of West Virginia /Brooke County History / Hancock County History
Authors: Virgil A. Lewis
Original Publication Year: 1889
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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