A Community History of Glen Easton

Moundsville Daily Echo, Friday, December 13, 1929

By F. M. DAY
The Indians

Submitted by Eric M. Anderson.

     There is much evidence that the roaming Indians were in the Glen Easton community in the pioneer days. On the farm owned by Mrs. Mary Hubbs there can be found darts made of flint. It is said a raging battle took place between the red skins and the white settlers at this place. On the farm now owned by Z. S. Simmons on Fork ridge, there is a large cave which can be explored for a distance of twenty-five yards. Much material used by the Indians has been found within this cave.

The farm now owned by W. F. Naylor is not without its historic fame, for only a short distance from the home there is another great cave in which it is said that the Indians spent the winter months. This cave is in a very remote place, and due to its good concealment, they sought it to protect them from the severe cold.

Early Settlers

     Among the early settlers of this community was Charles Harris who came from what is now Ohio county and settled on what is now called Brushy ridge in the year of 1827. He died here in the year of 1884. Three of his sons were veterans of the Civil War.

     A man by the name of William Lydick lived for a short time in a log cabin on the farm now owned by Harry Long and conducted a blacksmith shop. The cabin was built by Uriah Harris.

     A man known by the name of Fran Cain settled on the farm now owned by William Mason. His body now lies buried on this farm.

     What is said to be the first white people to settle in this community were named Holmes. They are also buried on what is known now as the Dr. Crow farm below Glen Easton.

     There was a man by the name of Billetter who was a very Christian man and who was killed by a saw-log while clearing the ground in what is known now as Brushy ridge. Owing to religious affairs of those days he was not permitted to be buried in a cemetery and was laid to rest on a plot of ground which he labored to put in the state of cultivation.

     A settler named William White owned the farm where Walter Naylor now resides, in 1876.

     Two more old settlers who were very useful to this community were F. A. Cunningham and his faithful wife. He lived in a cabin on the Earlywine farm and was a farmer, broom-maker and minister. What is said to be the last funeral to be conducted by him was that of Amos Terrill. People came to him for timely advice on all public questions.

     A man by the name of Morton Marple settled on what is now the Hubbs farm and was engaged in the manufacture of barrels.

     A family named Blake lived on what is now the Aston farm on Bear ridge. They helped to clear much land in this community. David Harris one of the early settlers of this community, built the house and lived there for many years in what is known as the I. C. Arnold homestead farm on Fork ridge.

Early Church and School

     The old Universalist church was erected in the year of 1835. It was remodeled in 1867 by William and Levi Lydick. The last sermon to be preached in the old church was by a minister named Bacon. The last subscription school to be taught at this place was in 1866 by a man named M. J. Jones.

     The first free school was taught by Sallie Wilson in the spring of 1867. Joseph Adair was also a teacher in the subscription schools of this community.

     An old log school house formerly stood on what is now the Muldrew farm. The school was conducted under the old Virginia law, and the pauperís bench was used, and the old time log fire place provided heat during the cold days of winter. J. R. Earlywine, a pupil of the old Universalist school, is yet living on his farm on Fork ridge. The old Universalist church was used as a grand hall in 1876. The old church yard was bought rom a man named Criss.

Post Office on Fork Ridge

     On what is now the farm of C. A. Ritchea stood an old building which was used as a post office in 1856. The mail was taken from Elizabethtown (now Moundsville) to Belton, West Virginia. John Dayton served as the last post master at this place.

Saw Mill and Grist Mill

     On what is known as the Spencer Cox farm on French run stood an old water mill built by L. Wetzel in 1837. in the year of 1856 Dan Hall bought the mill from Wetzel and used it until 1876.

Pioneer Graves

     Elias Harris who served this community in the Civil war is buried in an old family grave yard on the John Long farm near Glen Easton.

     On the J. R. Earlywine farm near this place can be found, in a small burying plot, the grave of Samuel Lydick. The stone marker tells that he was buried there January 5, 1852, or 77 years ago. Two of his sons were among those from this section to fight for the reservation of the union in the Civil war.

Old Log Cabin

     Among the first log cabins to be built by settlers of Glen Easton community was one on the Muldrew farm by William Lydick.

New Bethel Church

     The New Bethel church near Glen Easton was built by a man named Joe Wilson. The shingles were donated by Uriah Harris and he cut them on what is now the I. C. Arnold farm on Fork ridge.

Negro Settlers

     A band of Negro settlers built a cabin and lived for a time on what is now the Day farm. During a quarrel with the white settlers a man named Sims was killed and buried on what is now the Dobbs farm near this place.

Corrections

     Despite the fact the writer tried to collect the best information possible a few minor mistakes in my first instalment published recently occurred which are corrected below. In the early history of New Bethel church, in the names of the early members the names of Daniel Dodd and Daniel Gorby; the name of Adam Titis; and Wm. Jenny should of read Wellington Jenney, who later became a member of the General Assembly of Virginia before West Virginia was formed. The year of the donation by Absalom Titis of the two acres of ground for this church and cemetery should have read 1842 instead of 1881. The mention of a hidden rock with a turkey foot carved on it where the Indians came, should have read on the old David Harris farm now owned by I. C. Arnold, not the Uriah Harris farm as was written.

     Like other parts of Marshall county, this community contributed its share of hunting and trapping, the much enjoyed sport of the pioneer days.

     The writer wishes to thank very much the people who so kindly gave him this information that some pioneer events of Glen Easton community might be written. This is my last instalment to be written of Glen Easton and Community.

BACK