BROOKE  COUNTY, WV  

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Brooke County VA/WV Marriages
FORTS OF THE NORTHERN PANHANDLE OF WVA

Mystery Log Cabin

CHAPMAN'S BLOCKHOUSE....Hancock Co., VA/WV
Located in present day Hancock County, just south of Tomlinson Run




COON'S FORT....Brooke Co., VA/WV
Located in current day on the south side of Buffalo Creek, Brooke Co., WV near Pennsylvania state line and just south of Spark's Fort.




CROSS CREEK BLOCKHOUSE....Brooke Co., VA/WV
Located near the mouth of Cross Creek, Brooke Co., VA/WV




EDGINGTON BLOCKHOUSE....Brooke Co., VA/WV
Located on the current Half Moon Industrial Park, Weirton, Brooke Co., WV

An Irishman's Adventure in Early Brooke Co., VA/WV

Although the early days of the settlements here were times of considerable trouble and discomfort to the people, yet they had many occasions to celebrate in which the full sum of endanger, events often happened of the most ludicrous character.

An old citizen related to us an event that transpired at old fort Edgington, which stood on the Virginia side of the river nearly opposite where Steubenville now stands, that admirably illustrate the fact, that into whatever position an honest Irishman is placed, he generally manages to make the most of it possible.

One day about the close of the last century, a number of horsemen were heard in the vicinity of the fort, and suspicion was strong that it was Indians. A large scouting party left the fort in the evening to reconnoitre along the trail. After proceeding some distance without seeing any signs of the braves, and night was approaching, and not wishing to spend it in the forests in those dangerous times, they resolved to return to the fort, and the next day make a further reconnoisance. Shortly after turning back, they came to a small log cabin, which although, quite a cosy and comfortable spot was then tenantless.

Now with the party was an Irishman, who had but lately come from the old country, and who had but a day or two before arrived at the fort, and had not yet had the satisfaction of seeing an Indian in full war costume. The Irishman, when he arrived at the hut and saw how comfortable it looked, determined to go no further, but would spend the night there and wait till his companions returned next morning.

He could not be induced to change his determination, so they moved off and left him in his comfortable quarters. A large fire place was in one corner of the cabin, and a few slabs were stretched along the joists, up to which, after eating his little lunch, the Irishman climbed, and stretched himself for slumber. He was soon comfortable wrapped in the arms of Morpheus, and his dreams were doubtless of the far-off Erin land, when he was suddenly awakened by a loud jabbering of voices outside, and immediately the door was opened, a number of parties came in, set their guns in a corner, and proceeded to kindle a fire and cook some eatables.

The Irishman, knowing full well that it was a band of redskins, maintained a deathly stillness for some time, but curiosity overcame the more discreet impulses of his nature, and he determined to take just one peep at the reds and see what matter of men they were. No sooner thought of that he put his project in execution and began to climb quietly along the slab he was on, to make an observation. He reached the end, stretched himself cautiously over to take a look, when the treacherous slap uplifted and landed the Hibernian right in the middle of the circle. He had hardly touched the floor when he bounded up again, yelling at the top o his voice, “Be Jasus, ye are all prisoners,” and stretched his brawny arms for fight. The astonished troop of redskins, however, whose superstitious fears made them imagine that this huge mass of humanity was some thunderbolt hurled by the arm of the Great Spirit, broke out from the cabin with hideous yells and darted into the obscurity of the forest, leaving their guns in the hut. There was no more sleep for Pat that night, who remained faithfully at his post, blockading the door, and in the morning he was sound condition by his friends to who he turned over quite a number of guns and other Indian accoutrements.

(Abstracted from History of the Pan-Handle, West Virginia, Pg. 316)




FORT HENRY (previously known as FORT FINCASTLE from 1774 - 1776)....Ohio Co., VA/WV
Located in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV and commanded by Col. David SHEPHERD.




FORT RICE Brooke Co., VA/WV
This was a rectangular stockade having a block-house at one of its corners and several cabins with the enclosure. It was situated on Buffalo Creek,by the course of the stream twelve or fifteen miles from its mouth, near where Bethany College now stands in Brooke County. It was erected by Abraham and Daniel Rice, and it afforded protection to twelve families in times of hostilities. In September, 1782, a desperate attack was made upon it by one hundred Indians, who were dispatched to attack it after the siege of Fort Henry had been raised. This action at Fort Rice is among the most remarkable of the border wars. The reds attempted to storm the fort, and while there were but six people in the fort, they killed three Indians and wounded other the first fire. The siege lasted twelve house, then the Indians departed. George Felebaum was killed in the beginning of the battle; the other five members of the heroic band were unhurt; They were Jacob Miller, George Lefler, Peter Fullenweider, Daniel Rice and Jacob Lefler, Jr.




FORT WELLS...Brooke Co., VA/WV
Fort Wells was a small stockade fort erected in the spring of 1773 by Richard Wells. It stood on the dividing ridge between the waters of Cross Creek and Harmon's Creek, in Brooke County. Its commandant was a Quaker, and in consequence of his kindness to the Indians, they never molested him or his people. It was unfortunate for our forefathers as well as for the Indians that the former were not all Quakers.




FORT VAN METER....Ohio Co., VA/WV (W)VA
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..This was a stockade fort, situated on the north side of Short Creek, about five miles from its confluence with the Ohio River, in Ohio County. It was erected in 1774, at the beginning of Dunmore's War. During many consecutive summers the inhabitants found refugee within its walls. It is said that the first court of Ohio County was held in this fort. It was commanded by Maj. Samuel McCullough until his death by the Indians on the 30th of July, 1782, while he and his brother John were reconnoitering to ascertain if Indians were near. His brother escaped to the fort. This fort was the scene of much trouble with the savages.




FORT WETZEL...Marshall Co., VA/WV
Fort Wetzel was a stockade fort situated on Wheelng Creek, now in Sand Hill District, Marshall County. The builders and defenders were John Wetzel and his five sons - Martin, Lewis, Jacob, George and John - the most noted Indian fighters that ever dwelt on the West Virginia frontier. Stories of their adventures with the Indians and some of the personal history can be found in history books.




FORT WETZEL...Marshall Co., VA/WV
Fort Wetzel was a stockade fort situated on Wheelng Creek, now in Sand Hill District, Marshall County. The builders and defenders were John Wetzel and his five sons - Martin, Lewis, Jacob, George and John - the most noted Indian fighters that ever dwelt on the West Virginia frontier. Stories of their adventures with the Indians and some of the personal history can be found in history books.




GRAVE CREEK BLOCKHOUSE....Marshall Co., VA/WV
Located in Marshall County, WV on Middle Grave Creek




GRIFFITH's BLOCKHOUSE....Hancock Co., WV
Located near the current Weir High School stadium, Weirton, Hancock Co., WV




HOLIDAY'S COVE FORT....Brooke Co., VA/WV
Located in Holiday's Cove, Brooke County, WV (then Ohio Co., VA)




RAMSEY's FORT....Brooke Co., VA/WV
Located in current day on the south side of Buffalo Creek, Brooke Co., WV near Pennsylvania state line.




SHEPHERD'S FORT....Ohio Co., VA/WV
Located center of Ohio County on Wheeling Creek




There are many other named places for protection of the frontier - Baker's Bottom, Van Swearingen's Landing and Wells Station (located Charleston [Wellsburg]VA/WV; Bogg Settlement and Tomlinson Settlement, McMechen's Settlement, Round Bottom, Cresap's Bottom, and Fish Creek Flats.




Sources:
Brooke County Genealogy Society,
"That Dark and Bloody River" by Allan W. Eckert,
"History of the Panhandle Being Historical Collections of the Counties, Ohio, Brooke, Marshall, and Hancock WV 1879".





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