Early days in Barbour, Lewis, and Upshur Counties, West Virginia, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and individual biographies in this New 70-page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); 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. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: (Some of these are not mentioned in the booklet.) Barbour County (formed in 1843) Belington, Brownton, Galloway, Junior, Kasson, Moatsville, Philippi (County Seat), Volga. Lewis (formed in 1816) Alum Bridge, Camden, Crawford, Horner, Ireland, Jane Lew, Orlando, Roanoke, Vadis, Valley Chapel, Walkersville, Weston (County Seat), Wildcat. Wyoming (formed in 1851) Adrian, Alexander, Buckhannon (County Seat), Century, Cleveland, Frenchton, Kanawha Head, Lorentz, Rock Cave, Selbyville, Tallmansville, Tennerton. Among the subjects included are: Formation of the counties and towns; physical features; where place names came from; various county seats; Early Settlers; Broaddus College; West Virginia Wesleyan College; Battle of Philippi; Four H Club Camp; Newspapers; Weston State Hospital; Stonewall Jackson's Boyhood; the Pringle brothers, army deserters and pioneers; John Simpson, trapper and explorer; Multiple Name changes; a strange tree house; Alexander Withers; Jonathan M. Bennett; Battle of Laurel Hill; Weston Chamber of Commerce; and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of several residents of the late 1800s, often shedding light on the businesses, churches, and institutions in the area, and on the events of the day. They include: Dillon Pierre Baughman, Hubert David Lowry, Warren Phillips, Samuel Van Horn Woods, J.Blackburn Ware, Paul B. Ware, John E. Wolfe, William Woodson Trent, Aldine S. Poling, Frank H. Shaffer, Judge Henry Brannon, Capt. Mortimer D. Cure; John W. Smith; Edward V. Shore, John R. Davis, Mathew Edmiston, Andrew Edmiston, Thomas F. Law, Grover C. Corder, Roy Vincent Chidester, Dr. Mathew Samuel Holt, Dr. Samuel H. Burton, Dr. George M. Burton, Kenneth S. Kurtz, George Snyder, James D. Brewster, Arthur D. Horton, George I. Davisson, Capt. Edward T.W. Hall, Thomas E. Miles, Edward Arnold Brannon, Captain Aubrey F. Lawson, Guy R. Post, James H. Ashworth, Morgan Bailey, George O. Brown, Claude A. Brake, Albert J. Zickefoose, Troy E. Hardman, Leonard W. Deeds, James A. Rusmissell, John M. N. Downes, Dr. Sobisca S. Hall, French M. Farnsworth, Walter R. Grose, John B. Hilleary, Jerome V. Hall, Charles E. Hiner, John C. McWhorter, Myron B. Hymes, Rev. Homer E. Wark, William Smith O'Brien, Lemuel H. Trippett, Horace H. Withers, Ulysses G. Young. Illustrations include: the a View of Philippi, View of Buckhannon, Falls of Glady Creek at Duffy in Lewis County; view of Weston.