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Doors to The Past

Little Seven Mile Community

        EARLY HISTORY OF LITTLE SEVEN MILE COMMUNITY
                        Prepared by Mrs. John Kyle
 
The history of this community dates back to the land grant given by and 
surveyed by George Washington in 1770. Said lands being given to soldiers 
who fought in the French and Indian War, and the lands were purchased and 
acquired in various ways from their descendants by the parties mentioned 
in this history. 
 
Situated as we are between two of the oldest towns in West Virginia, 
Guyandotte founded in 1810, and Barboursville in 1813, our community is 
full of interesting historical incidents. I called upon one of the oldest 
surviving inhabitants who at the age of eighty-five has a remarkably clear 
memory of old settlers, beginning with himself Mr. Lewis Wintz showed me 
an old deed dated 1833 conveying to one Alexander Roberts seventy-five 
acres of land now known as the Wintz Hollow. It was conveyed to Robert by 
Lett W. Tazewell then Governor of Virginia. Mr. Wintz purchased the land 
in 1860 making him one of the oldest land owners in this community having 
been owner of the land for sixty-three years with no change of ownership. 
 
Probably the oldest settlers in this part of Cabell County were the Cox 
Family. William T. Cox who was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, in 
1790 moved to Mason County, West Virginia, in 1811, married Sarah White, 
and moved to the Baker Farm where he lived until 1855. He then bought the 
Cox Landing Farm from Adam Woodyard. Mr. Cox was the father of eleven sons 
and one daughter, and was evidently not a believer in race suicide. The 
present site of Cox Landing at the time of purchase was covered with very 
valuable timber which was used as fuel to make steam to run boats on the 
Ohio River. The land is still in possession of the Cox family. The 
children of John Cox, son of William T. Cox, make the fifth generation of 
Cox's to own this land. William T. Cox was one of our first citizens to 
come out for prohibition. He signed the pledge reproduced here, in 1876. 
 

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