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Welcome to
Braxton County, West Virginia
History & Genealogy


 

Source:
History of Braxton County
and
Central West Virginia
by
John Davison Sutton
Author of "Sixty Years in a Dream"
and other serial stories
Sutton, West Virginia, January 1919

  PAGE
PREFACE 9

CHAPTER I. -
 - VIRGINIA - 15
 - BISON RANGE - 18
 - Governors of the Colony of Virginia - 21
 - The Interregnum - 21
 - Governors under the Re-Organized Government - 22
 - Eighteenth Century and Now - 22
 - Moccasin Tracks - 22

15
CHAPTER II. -
 - Convention of Virginia - 24
 - Early Settlers in Central West Virginia - 25
 - Constitutions - 26
 - Framers of the First Constitution - 28
 - History of the First West Virginia Legislature - (1863) - 29
 - Governors of West Virginia - 31
 - Elevation of West Virginia - 31
 - Counties of West Virginia and Dates of Their Formation - 32
- "The West Virginia Hills" - 35
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CHAPTER III. -
 - Formation of Braxton County; - 36
 - First Surveys and Settlements - 37
 - First Survey Made in the County - 37
 - SUTTON - 43
 - ELK RIVER - 43
 - ELK RIVER - 44
 - LIST of DRAINAGE BASINS of CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA - 45
 - Basin Rocks - Natural Scenery - 46
 - Caverns at Head of the Elk River - 46
 - A Ledge of Flint - 47
 - BRAXTON County Schools - 48
 - Braxton County Schools - 52
 - Braxton County Court Records - 60
 - The First Court Records After the Close of the Civil War - 61
 - WEST VIRGINIA - 62
 - Minor Civil Divisions - 63
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CHAPTER IV. -
 - Defenses - 64
 - Forts 65
 - Old CHimney and Mound Builders - 70
 - Cliff Dwellers - 72
 - Early Settlements and Indian Troubles - 73
 - Settlements and Massacres - 76
 - Mad Ann - 76
 - Indians - 77
 - Indians on Skidmore Run - 80
 - Indian Skeleton - 81
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CHAPTER V. -
 - State and County Roads; County Towns; Central Counties of the State
 - Central West Virginia - 83
 - Jacob Summers - 84
 - A. J. Stephenson - 84
 - Madison Stephenson - 84
 - Calhoun County - 84
 - History of Gilmer County - 86
 - - Gilmer, A New County - 87
 - - First County Court - 87
 - - Glenville, the County Seat - 87
 - - The Glenville Normal School - 88
 - Webster County - 88
 - - Isaac Gregory - 89
 - - William Hamrick - 90
 - - William Doddrill - 90
 - NICHOLAS COUNTY - 90
 - - Powell's Mountain - 91
 - FORMATION of LEWIS.
 - - Settled in 1780 - 92
 - UPSHUR COUNTY - 93
 - - Settled in 1867 - 93
 - - Roads - 94
 - The North Western Turnpike - 96
 - The Buckhannon and Little Kanawha Turnpike - 98
 - The Clarksburg and Buclkhannon Turnpike - 99
 - Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike - 99
 - Phillipi and Buckhannon Turnpike - 99
 - Postal Development in West Virginia - 100
 - Rural Free Delivery - 101
 - Roads - 101
 - Railroads - 102
 - SUTTON - 103
 - - The County Seat - 103
 - - Resident Lawyers of Sutton - 106
 - - Resident Physicians of Sutton - 106
 - - Dentists - 106
 - FLATWOODS - 107
 - BURNSVILLE - 108
 - GASSAWAY - 110
 - FRAMETOWN - 111
 - COWEN - 112
 - CENTRALIA - 113
 - SLABTOWN - 113
 - TESLA - 114
 - NEWVILLE - 114
 - BIRCH RIVER - 114
 - LITTLE BIRCH - 115
 - SAVAGE TOWN - 115
 - SERVIA - 116
 - BULLTOWN - 116
 - ROANE COUNTY - 116
 - - CANFIELD - 117
 - - CORLEY + 117
 - - NAPIERL 117
 - - ROLLYSON - 117
 - - HEATER - 117
 - SALT LICK BRIDGE - 118
 - PALMER - 118
 - ROSEDALE - 119
 - ERBACON - 120
 - NEEDMORE - 120
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CHAPTER VI. -
 - Organization of the County Court;
 - First Court;
 - Last Circuit and County Court Held in the County Before the Organization of the Board of Supervisors;
 - First Officers Appointed and Elected, County Roads, Early Marriage Licences, etc.
121
CHAPTER VII. -
 - Virginia in the Revolutionary War;
 - General Averill's Great Raid to Salem;
 - Morgan's Raid;
 - Confederate Raids in the State;
 - Cronology of Military Event;
 - Roster of Soldiers of Braxton County, both Union and Confederate;
 - Civil War Incidents and Tragedies.
159
CHAPTER VIII. -
 - Early Commerce - 207
 - Hog Stealing - 207
 - Ginseng - 212
 - Old Mills - 214
 - Great Floods - 217
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CHAPTER IX. -
 - Prominent Men - 220
 - A Story of Personal Strength - 221
 - Quakers - 226
 - History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States - 228
 - Native Ministers of Braxton County - 231
 - Churches - 231
 - Methodist Protestant Church - 233
 - The Baptist Church - 237
 - M. E. Church, South - 239
 - Presbyterian - 243
 - The Mountaineer - 246
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CHAPTER X. -
 - Last Panther Killed in the County - 240
 - William Barnett - 251
 - The Wild Pigeon - 252
 - The Great Crow Roost - 253
 - The Wild Goose - 255
 - Elk River Fish - 256
 - Petrified Snake - 258
 - The Power of Animals to Reason - 259
 - Large and Wonderful Trees - 261
 - Meterorology - 263
 - Nine National Capitols - 267
 - Generals of the Army - 268
 - Presidents Who have Died in Office - 268
 - Where the Presidents are Buried - 269
 - The Monroe Doctrine - 270
 - An Emancipation Paper - 270
 - The Seventeen Year Locust - 271
 - Going to Mill - 272
 - Minnie Ball Found in the Heart of a Deer - 279
 - Hoopi Skirts - 280
 - A Small Child - 280
 - Small People - 281
 - A Progressive Family - 281
 - Early and Late Marriages - 281
 - Slave-Holders - 282
 - Daniel Boone - 282
 - The Lincolns of Rockingham - 283
 - The Courtship of George Washington - 284
 - Lincoln's Famous Short Letter of Acceptance - 285
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CHAPTER XI. -
 - Cane Raising - 287
 - Sugar Making - 287
 - Lumber and oil Districts - 289
 - "Rock Oil" Formerly Recommended as a Panacea - 290
 - Silk Factory - 291
 - Early Salt Industry - 292
 - The Gas Wells of Kanawha - 293
 - Tanneries and Journeymen Shoemakers - 293
 - Stock Raising - 295
 - Silos - 296
 - Hornless Cattle - 298
 - Braxton County's First Fair - 299
 - Tragedies - 300
 - Anecdotes - 312
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CHAPTER XII. -
 - Fence Rail Period in West Virginia
 - Personal Writings;
 - A Tribute to the Life and Virtue of his daughter-in-law by John D. Sutton
 - Rules of Etiquette
 - Civility
 - "Majestic Child of Nature, I Christen Thee, Mount Bayard." by Henry G. Davis
 - The Natural Scenery of Pisga's Top by Rev. A. B. Riker
 - Names of Persons Living 100 Years and More
 - Names of Persons nearing the Hundred Mark
 - Names of Persons Who Lived to Celebrate Their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
 - Large Families
 - Samuel Bennett
 - Five Generations
 - Youthful Marriages
 - Our Fifth Foreign War - 344
 - High Prices - 344
 - Biography - 345
 - John Adams - 345
 - Rev. Richard A. Arthur - 345
 - G. W. Arbogast - 346
 - Solomon Baker - 347
 - E. W.Hefner - 347
 - Levi Bond - 347
 - Wm. D. Baxter
 - Nathan Barnett - 348
 - Rev. M. L. Barnett - 348
326

PORTRAITS AND ILLUSTRATIONS:
Hon. Felix Sutton - 13
James H. Facemire - 23
Mrs. Delila Coger - 36
Wm. D. Baxter - 48
School House - 53
John P. Byrne - 103
Dr. J. W. Kidd - 108
Main Street, Gassaway - 110
Simon Prince and His Great-Great-Grandson Spurgeon Heffner - 121
Wm. Craig - 123
William J. Bryan, Abraham Lincoln, John J. Ingall - 159
John D. Baxter - 178
John Brown - 207
Andrew Skidmore - 225
Rev. C. Warman - 228
Rev. Daniel H. Davis - 234
Rev. Dr. Wade - 240
John Brown's Residence, near Harpers Ferry - 245
Wm. Wolford and his Assistants - 256
Store House on Wilderness Road, Nicholas County - 273
Evans Family milking the cows - 295
Burning of Riverview Hotel, Sutton - 300
The Felix Sutton Cemetery - 329
Kennedy Family and Five Generations - 343

 

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