County West Virginia
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
of Rich Mountain toward Buckhannon. These are the beginning of the
and complex system of highways which are the avenues of travel to all
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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