Upshur County West Virginia
County History


County Court
The first session of the County Court of Upshur County met on Thursday the 24th day of July, 1851. Present: George Clark, George Bastable, David Bennett, John W. Marple, Amos Brooks, Adam Spittler, Simon Rhorbough, William W. Foster, Anthony B. See, Willis H. Woodley, A. M. Bastable, Alva Teter and Jacob Lorentz. Gentlemen justices of the peace composing the County Court (at the time of the formation of the County, up to 1864 the County Court was made up of the several justices of the peace, in the various townships of the County.)


The Indians must, at one time, have inhabited Upshur county. The Indian skull unearthed in the year 1892 under the Indian Camp rock, by L. V. McWhorter, Ernest Phillips and others, and sent to Washington, D. C, would prove it tenta- tively. But the finding of spear-heads, stone hatchets, flints and earthen pots covered with three feet of wood ashes under this same projecting rock and at Ash.  Camp rock near by, reinforces the first proof so abundantly that it would be folly to controvert the habitancy of Upshur by the Indians. What tribe or tribes lived and hunted here is unknown. How long they lived here or how often they came to hunt, is uncertain. All we know is that tons and tons of ashes have been hauled away from under these two rocks and spread upon near-by farms, and the supply is not yet exhausted.


In 1798 the Court established "a road" from Beverly to Wolfs and the foot
of Rich Mountain toward Buckhannon. These are the beginning of the great
and complex system of highways which are the avenues of travel to all parts of
Upshur County.


Col. Edward Jackson , was perhaps the first surveyor in Upshur county. He also married a Miss Hadden and moved to the West Fork river where he built a grist mill which is still known as Jackson's Mill, near the mouth of Hacker's creek. Their children were, Mrs. Polly Brake, Mrs. Rachel Brake, Mrs. Laura Arnold, the mother of Stark W. Arnold, and the grandmother of Gohen Arnold ; and Jonathan Jackson who was the father of Stonewall Jackson, the pride of the army of the southern Confederacy. His second wife was a Miss Brake. The most important issue of this marriage was Cummins Jackson, the notorious widely known counterfeiter. They had other children.

Source: History of Upshur County West Virginia, by W. B. Cutright
1907 Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

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