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Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Hugh STEPHENSON

         Hugh STEPHENSON was born in Berkeley County, Virginia. When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in June 1775 and passed a resolution calling on Virginia to place soldiers in the field to fight for American liberties, Colonel Stephenson raised a company of volunteers to serve 1 year in the army. Among the privates in the company who rose to prominence after the war were: Robert White, Judge of the General Court of Virginia; Joseph Swearingen, Justice of the Court of Berkeley County; General Samuel Findlay; Major Henry Bedinger; Major Michael Bedinger of Revolutionary War fame; Nathaniel Pendleton, Esq.; and Lieutenant Abraham Shepherd, who was unanimously elected to fill the position in the company when Lieutenant Hite resigned his commission. Hugh Stephenson was appointed Colonel with John Rawlins as Lieutenant-Colonel.

         Colonel Stephenson, who was a half brother of Colonel William Crawford, whose death at the hands of the savages on the Sandusky River in 1782 was “most revolting in savage warfare,” died at “Roxbury Camp," New England.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928.

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