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Trans-Allegheny Pioneers (West Virginia and Ohio): Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and After, John P. Hale

1 Trans-Allegheny Pioneers (West Virginia and Ohio): Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and After
John P. Hale
(1886), 2007, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 356 pp, Heritage Books
The author was a descendant of the Scotch-Irish Ingles and Draper families, the first pioneers to make permanent settlements beyond the Alleghenies in 1748. He states that "In connection with... these histories of the Ingles and Draper settlements and families, I shall endeavor to trace, in chronological order, the progressive frontier explorations and settlements along the entire Virginia border, from the Alleghenies to the Ohio, from the New River-Kanawha and tributaries in the South-west, where settlements first began, to the Monongahela and tributaries, in the North-west, and the intervening country, and along the Ohio, where the frontier line of settlements was last to be advanced, but I shall give more special attention to the early history of the region of the New River-Kanawha and tributaries, with collateral facts and incidents of more or less local or general historical interest." The time period covered is primarily from 1750 to 1800, and while the central focus is on the exploits of the Ingles and Draper families, there is a great deal of interesting information on the other early settlers of the region which has been made much more accessible by the addition of a full name index.
Price: 28.50 USD



2 CD: Some of the First Settlers of "The Forks of the Delaware" and Their Descendants: Being a Translation from the German of the Record Books of the First Reformed Church of Easton, Pennsylvania, from 1760-1852
Rev. Henry Martyn Kieffer, D.D
(1902), 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac,, Heritage Books
Here is a splendid record of German families in this pre-Revolutionary settlement. In its very early days, Easton was an important site for Indian trading and treaty negotiations. The first 75 pages of the book give an interesting narrative history, discussing the significance of the of the location of “The Forks of the Delaware,” the first German settlers, the old church record books, the Indian treaty which was signed in the church, and more. Illustrations of the interior and exterior of the church, facsimile pages of the record books and other historical documents, and portraits of the pastors enhance this volume. The records are presented as they appear in the original books; chronologically arranged and categorized into baptisms, deaths and burials, and marriages. The author inserted notations and comments within the actual records to indicate when a new pastor took over the record-keeping duties. This helps to account for the variations in name spellings and the difficulty of reading some of the handwritten entires. This edition is updated with the addition of a new surname index. “For genealogical purposes it is believed that this publication will prove of great value to many people. On a moderate estimate there are nearly, or quite, 20,000 names recorded in this book. The descendants of the people for whom these names stand, though scattered far and wide, will find material for their family history which is simply invaluable.”
Price: 15.95 USD


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