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The CHENOWETH family in America has descended from John CHENOWETH, who came to this country from Isle of Wright in 1652. He settled in Maryland and married Mary CALVERT, daughter of Lord BALTIMORE. William, a son of this marriage was a member of a colony that settled in Frederick County, Maryland, prior to 1750. John, a son of William was born in 1755. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and drew a pension. He was in Pendleton in 1790 and entered 50 acres of land in that county in that year. The PUGHS who were related to the CHENOWETHS and came to Randolph with them, also entered land in Hampshire in the year of 1790. John CHENOWETH entered land in Randolph in 1792, but perhaps he had been a resident of the county a few years previous.

A monument was unveiled to the memory of John CHENOWETH about three miles south of Elkins on the Job DANIELS place October 16, 1915. On one side is the inscription: John CHENOWETH, Born November 15, 1755, Died June 16, 1831. A Soldier of the Revolution. On another side is the inscription to his wife as follows: Mary PUGH, Wife of John CHENOWETH, Born January 29, 1762, Died February 1, 1849. They were married on January 7, 1779.

On another side are the names of all the children as follows: Robert, William, Mary, John, Jehu, Gabriel, Nellie.

John Chenoweth was captain of the militia in 1794; coroner in 1803; sheriff in 1810; justice of the peace in 1799. His son Robert was commissioner of the Revenue in 1816; sheriff in 1827. Z. T. CHENOWETH was sheriff in 1884.

Source: History of Randolph County by Dr. A. S. Bosworth (Published 1916. Reprinted 1975.) Chapter XVI, Chapter XVI, Page 327, THE CHENOWETH FAMILY


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