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8-THE PRESTON COUNTY JOURNAL-October 31,2012-Kingwood, WV rge ;hin Part 7 by Clyde Cale Jr George Wash- ingtons Last Trip Across The Allegheny Tablelands In 1784 cont. It is related that he was in the home of Squire David Reed, and Reed and James Scott wanted to buy some land. Washington said he would lease the land for 999 years. The deal was not con- summated and Washington and his party retraced their journey to Beesontown, (Uniontown, Pa.). While Washington was in Beesontown he employed Attorney Thomas Smith to proceed with ejectment suits against the tenants at Canons- burg, Pa. In Beesontown, Washington had an interview with Captain Harden Concerning the portage between the head waters of the Potomac and the Cheat River. We do not have any account of this conversation but Washing- ton decided to send Dr. Craik, and his son William back to Mt. Vernon, by way of Fort Cum- berland with their baggage, while he and his nephew Bush- rod Washington left Beeson- town and rode to Point Marion, at the out of Cheat River where it empties into the Monongahela River. Legends and Folklore stories tell us that Christopher Gist and Bernard Eckerline descended the Monongahela River in a small boat to Logstown on the Ohio River in 1737. Washington and his nephew proceeded to Pierponts (Easton, Monongahela County, W.Va.) where he spent the night and talked with Zackwell Morgan and others, discussing the water route ,oYer the Alleghenies from the head waters 01~ the Cheat. In the morning Washington was told that the "Old path to Dunkard's bottom was grown up". In referemce to this trail and early road from Brad- docks Road at "Bear Camp", I quote from Mrs. Weeks "Oak- land Centennial History, 1849- 1949", Page 14. The Morgantown Road was referred to by Washing- ton in 1784 as "the new road". It followed an Indian trail from Bear Camp on Brad- dock's Road, through Selby's Port to Morgantown. Washington and his only com- panion Bushrod Washington crossed Cheat River at Ice's Fer- ry below the present Lake Lynn and travelled over a part of the old Morgantown Road and also over a part of the McColoughs' Path from Winchester, Va. to the Redstone Country in Fay; ette County, PA. They passed by "Mortons" Mill on Big Sandy, a tributary of Cheat River to the home of James Spurgeon in the "Sandy Creek Glades". We will briefly mention the Spurgeons- James and John, and a number of other pioneers who had crossed over the Al- legheny Mountains from the east as early as 1767. I shall quote Samuel Wiley, from his '"History of Preston County, W.Va.", Kingwood W.Va. 1882: In September 1767, Mason and Dixon ran their celebrat- ed line along the Northern boundary of (what is, Pres- ton) through an unbroken wildness, and were ordered back by the Shav,,nees ~nd Delawares but a few miles east of where Preston and Monongalia now corner upon the said line. In this same year Lawrence Harrison in Hght of George Washington, located 267 acres of land in (West) Au- gusta County (Va.) embracing the site of "Fort Necessity", and Washington received a land Certificate for it from Virginia. Washington and his nephew coming form "Mortons" mill -(Bruceton Mills W.Va.) assed through the Quaker settlement where Brandonville was started, the oldest settlement perhaps in Preston County. The Judy's on the Henry Smith Farm were *** Vote *** For SHERIFF Preston County Your Vote and Support Appreciated Ftme For A Change Paid Fm By Candidate Route 50 Evansville Landscaping = Mulching Planting Trimmings Retaining Walls Pavers Nursery Open By Appointment Call Travis 304-612-6820 GAME NIGHT METRONEWS HIGH SCHOOL THE DANA HOLGORSEN STATEWIDE 8PORTSLINE iMETRONEWS MOUNTAINEER supposed to have been there in 1767. The reader can imagine how the Spurgeon family were surprised to have General Wash- ington and his nephew Bushrod Washington, ask for lodging for the night in September 1784. We have no record as to how many were in the family of James Spurgeon, But one of his sons, Jesse Spurgeon, died April 3, 1865; aged 81 years; which would make Jesse, 4 years old when General Washington was an overnight guest in the home. We have no record of the trip the next day, only that they camped on the ground sleeping on their overcoats, at a point on the old DeBerry Farm where Hopemont Sanitarium is lo- cated. General Washington and his nephew called the next morn- i ng after breaking camp, at the home of Charles Friend, now Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, and secured corn for their horses and "porridge" or it may have been'cold mush made from corn meal. The General and his nephew passed over a part of the "McCollough Path", until it intersected with'the Northwest Turnpike, now U.S. 50 at Mt. Storm. Then they started home over the Allegheny Tablelands to his "beloved Mount Vernon Man- sion", on the "Potomac. Four and one half years later, April 30, 1789, Mr. Washington was sworn in as President of the United States in New York City. Bushrod Washington, his neph- ew, became one of the Chief Justices of the United States. It has been said that George Washingtons vast land hold- ings totaled 56,475 acres and had a total value placed on it at $464,804.00. This was a huge amount of money for this period of time. Mqst.of his land hold- ings were fn western Pennsylva- nia and Virginia. One of the older roads in this area, Route 50, or the old Northwestern Turnpike is still often called The George Wash- ington Highway. It was com- pleted through Preston County in 1833. It was named for Washington, to not only honor his memory, but also because he was the originator of the road plans and its routing. Early in his career, in connec- tion with the French and Indian War, he observed how the trade routes through Maryland and Pennsylvania were benefitting those colonies at the expense of his own. From the close of the Revolu- tion until his death, Washing- tons primary domestic policy was to provide over land and water transport between the tidewater and the trans-Allegh- eny region. He felt that a good road was essential for Virginia's expand- ing economY, and it should be routed entirely through Virginia from the Chesapeake Bay coun- try on the east to the Ohio coun- try on the est. It has often been said that he was the father of American transportation. The old National Pike, Route 40, lies only 35 miles north. Although not completed until 15 years after the National Pike reached Wheeling, the. North- western enjoyed a period of great success after the railroad arrived on the scene. George Washington, paint- ing by John Trumbull. Cour- tesy of Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur. is the Qualified Judge, running for State Supreme Court lustice this year. He is the *ONLY* candidate this year who: - Has managed a small business--his law practice--for 25 years; - Received a Presidential appointment, by President Reagan, to the U.S. Justice Dept.; - Worked on the Staff of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land; - Has experience as a trial judge, serving currently as,a Circuit ....... ludge in the Eastern ..... Panhandle; - Served two terms in the State Senate, reinforcing Yoder's view that judges and justices should not "legislate from the bench." * But s one more on* Did you know that *four out of the five* justices on the WV Supreme Court are all from Charleston? And did you know that ludge Yoder's three opponents this year all live in Charleston? Charleston only constitutes 3% of the state's population, but it has 80% of our Supreme Court! ludge Yoder resides in Harpers Ferry, which, like Preston County, is about as far away from Charleston as you can get in WV. Don't the rest of us deserve some representation on the WV Supreme Court? After all, it's the Supreme Court of West Virginia--not the Supreme Court of Charleston. VOTE FOR AND ELECT CIRCUIT JUDGE IOHN YODER TO THE SUPREME COURT OF WEST VIRGINIA THIS NOVEMBER 6 He's qualified--and he's the only Supreme Court candidate who is not from Charleston. Paid for by the Yoder for lustice Committee, Robert Morris, Treasurer. it,