The Settlement of the Greater Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia: The People, Their Homeplaces and Their Lives on the Frontier

The Settlement of the Greater Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia: The People, Their Homeplaces and Their Lives on the Frontier

by Fred Ziegler

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Overview

This study combines the names of settlers from the original1772-1775 Botetourt County courthouse records with the latest thinking on the conditions and events in the contemporary counties of Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier, and southern Pocahontas, West Virginia.

This first permanent settlement included 583 families on an average 200 acre tract, and these were arrayed in 19 diffuse communities along 60 miles of the Greenbrier Valley. These adventurous souls found arable land, conditioned by thousands of years of Native American occupation, but vacated because the original populations were decimated by European diseases. The remaining Native Americans were defeated in Dunmore’s War, which included 288 militia troops from this area who performed the diverse functions of ranging, fort-building, as well as fighting at the Battle of Point Pleasant.

Contemporary accounts of life on the frontier are also discussed and 132 products available at the Mathews Trading Post are listed, as are the 24 natural remedies used to treat the afflictions experienced on the frontier.

The Greenbrier Valley is special because it was a gateway through the rugged Allegheny Mountains. Many descendants of these early settlers are now dispersed across the country but return here to discover their roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996576437
Publisher: 35th Star Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2019
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments....................................................................v

Introduction...........................................................................vii

One: The Geographic Setting.......................................................... 1

Two: The Settlers............................................................................ 13

Three: The Surveys of 1774.............................................................. 39

Four: The Settlements..................................................................... 51

Five: The Local Militia and Dunmore’s War................................ 79

Six: Roads And Commerce........................................................ 113

Seven: Life on the Virginia Frontier.............................................. 123

Eight: Aftermath: Transition to the 1780’s................................... 139

Bibliography........................................................................ 143

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