Harrison County, WVGenWeb
Hardesty's 1882 Biographical Atlas
of 
Harrison County
Eagle District:

   The first entry of land in this district was made March 12, 1785.  The first actual settlement was made on Jones Run; Thomas and Edward Cunningham, John Hull, Captain Thomas Harbert, John Wood, Benjamin Robinson, Samuel Harbert, Peter, John and Elizabeth Cornelius, and Nathan Reece, first settlers.  The first abode of civilization in this wilderness was a rude log cabin, built more than one hundred years ago.
   Ten-Mile Creek, a considerable stream, runs easterly though the middle of the district; in the northern part is Bingamon Creek, running easterly.  Cunningham Creek empties into Bingamon, and Jones Run empties into Ten-Mile at Lumberport.  There are two mills doing a good business in Eagle district, on Ten-Mile.
   The land of the district is very hilly, but remarkably  fertile, producing blue grass in abundance.  Limestone is found, and there is a good ten-foot vein of coal.  The timber is the best quality of tough white oak.
   The first grist mill of the district was built about 1800 by Benjamin Robinson, at the present site of lumberport.  It was a stone mill, and was washed out in 1820.  The earliest and most primitive milling was done by Edward and Thomas Cunningham, who, about 1785, settled a short distance from the mouth of Cunninghams Run.  They put in a dam to work a piston over a beam that had an iron wedge in the end.  The wedge was worked to strike against a rock, and in this way corn was founded fine.  These mills became quite common in this section during the pioneer days.  The first saw mill was also built by Benjamin Robinson, commonly called 

 

"Major Robinson", and was a No. 1 mill for it's time, built of stone, with two sets of buhrs.  It was erected in the closing years of the eighteenth century.  In 1809, Benjamin J. Copeland built some salt works at the Fork of Ten-Mile, three miles from Lumberport, which were operated about twenty years.
  The first school in the district was taught in a little log hut on Ten-Mile Run, in 1802, Gabrielle G. Wilkinson, teacher.  The first school house was built 1818, with the usual pioneer expedients in way of architecture.  It was located on Robinsons Run.  There are now twelve good good-houses, with an attendance of 660 pupils.
   The first post office was established at Lumberport, and is still in existence; there is one other in the district, at Prospect Valley.
   The first sermon was preached at the fort on Jones Run, by the Rev. Mr. Cooley, in 1785.  The first church was established about 1816, on Robinsons Run, by the Rev. Mr. Poole, Methodist.  Among it's members were David Masters, Bazul Lucas, and Bazul Harvey.  The Methodist Church at Lumberport was organized in 1840, the church building erected in 1845. Benjamin Ison was the clergyman in charge, and among the first members were:  Jacob Bowman, Thomas and Daniel Robinson, Mary Sandy, and Dorcas Steer.  The Baptist, Methodist, and United Brethren churches all have places of worship now in the district.
  The first Sabbath school in the district was organized in 1830 by John Flowers, and soon had an attendance of forty.  The Methodist Protestant Church at Lumberport has a Sabbath School with fifty scholars, Ed. Denham, Superintendent.
 
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