History of Kanawha County: From Its Organization in 1789 Until the Present Time : Embracing Accounts of Early Settlements, and Thrilling Adventures with the Indians Derived from History and Aged Citizens ; Also, Biographical Sketches of a Large Number of the Early Settlers of the Great Kanawha Valley

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Printed at the office of the West Virginia Journal, 1876 - Frontier and pioneer life - 338 pages

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This is a good book of the history of the pioneers of Kanawha Co. Good background of the history and the people of the county. If YOU have famous family names there is also a history of the major players in this county.
The most useful part of this book is the religious section that has lists and biography's of preachers in this area. I feel that these records could be a springboard of the Marriages, Births, and Baptisms to find records that may be listed in church histories.

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Page 156 - But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Page 176 - Chill Penury repressed their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul. Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark, unfathomed caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
Page 166 - DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony...
Page 107 - Divisions, or partitions of logs separated the cabins from each other. The walls on the outside were ten or twelve feet high, the slope of the roof being turned wholly inward.
Page 220 - ... hole, was cautiously pressed down to its place, and found to answer the purpose perfectly ; the brine flowed up freely through the tube into the gum, which, was now provided with a water tight floor or bottom, to hold it ; and from which it was raised by the simple swape and bucket. Thus was bored and tubed, rigged and worked, the first rock-bored salt well west of the Alleghanies, if not in the United States.
Page 107 - In some forts instead of blockhouses, the angles of the fort were furnished with bastions. A large folding gate, made of thick slabs, nearest the spring closed the fort. The stockades, bastions, cabins, and blockhouse walls were furnished with port holes at proper heights and distances. The whole of the outside was made completely bullet proof. It may be truly said that necessity is the mother of invention...
Page 88 - Leave me but a banner to plant upon the mountains of Augusta, and I will rally around me the men who will lift our bleeding country from the dust, and set her free.
Page 90 - Lewis," says Stuart, in his Historical Memoir, " was upwards of six feet high, of uncommon strength and agility, and his form of the most exact symmetry. He had a stern and invincible countenance, and was of a reserved and distant deportment, which rendered his presence more awful than engaging.
Page 220 - ... eighteen months or more to prepare, bore and complete this well for use, but, rather, that it was accomplished at all under the circumstances. In these times, when such a work can be accomplished in as many days as it then required months, it is difficult to appreciate the difficulties, doubts, delays and general troubles that beset them then. Without preliminary study...

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