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Dr. Jesse Bennett. Grave and home (½ mile west) of Dr. Jesse Bennett, whose Caesarean operation on his wife, 1794, was the first in America. Bennett, colonel of Virginia Militia, 1804-1814, refused to aid Blennerhassett and Burr in their ambi…
Destruction of Saltpeter Works. A key component of gun powder,the saltpeter mined near Franklin was of great importance to the South during the Civil War. On August 19, 1863, during his raid of Pendleton and surrounding counties, Union Gen. Willia…
Born May 6, 1821, Whaley served as a Union recruiter and colonel in the 9th WV Volunteer Infantry. He was captured November 10, 1861, in Guyandotte during the battle there but escaped. First elected to the U.S. Congress in 1861, in 1863 he became …
In Point Pleasant Cemetery are graves of John Roush and John Roseberry, Revolutionary War soldiers, Major Andres Waggener, hero of Craney Island in the War of 1812, and others who were prominent in early history.
Near here stood the blockhouse
built by Captain Isaac Robinson
in 1794. Indians attacked the
fort soon after its erection but
the little garrison drove them
away. Robinson spent 12 years
as an Indian captive and was a
noted border scout.
Born 1805 in Ireland but moved to Mason County as a child. He served as sheriff and in both houses of Virginia legislature. Delegate to the first Wheeling convention, he was elected president of the first constitutional convention, serving 1861-62…
Michael Coleman, member of a hunting party from frontier fort at Belleville, was killed and scalped by the Indians at this point about 1793. Near by at Mill Creek Falls, Benjamin Wright build an early power flour mill.
Educator and historian born near West
Columbia, July 6, 1848; died in Mason
City, December 5, 1912; was buried in
Point Pleasant. He founded the Southern
Historical Magazine in 1892; was State
Superintendent of Schools, 1893-97; first
On November 3, 1897, John Morgan
murdered Chloe Greene and two of
her three children, James Greene
and Matilda Pfost. Daughter Alice
Pfost managed to escape despite
being wounded during the attack.
G.W. Shamblen captured Morgan who
Westward lies the Millwood Tract of 4,395 acres patented by George Washington on December 15, 1772, based on a survey made in June 1771. It bordered on the Ohio River above the Great Bend for "file miles and 700 poles."