submitted by: Brenda Dillon
The History of Nicholas County, West Virginia
Trancsribed by Brenda Collins Dillon
This gives a partial account of some of the early settlers of Nicholas
County, West Virginia. We can't be sure what settlements were made first
outside of the Morris and Sims settlements. One thing we do know is that the
killings of the Strouds family was before the Morris children were killed.
On both occasions the citizens living in the Glades went to Donally's Fort
in Greenbrier for safty. The Givens, Hamricks, Hannas, Cutlips, Gregory's
Roses, McClures, and Doyles were families that carried their children and
everything of value that they could.
William Hutchinson, a scotchman married Rebecca Warrack, a sister of Issac
Warrack. He died at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a captain in the
Revolutionary War. After his death his wife gave birth to triplets, Issac,
William, and Rebecca. Jacob Warrack, then of Clover Lick, raised the
David Hanna married Rebecca Hutchinson and came to the Glades. Soon after
C.W. Cottle married Warrack's daughter and Jacob Hutchinson married Hanna
McMillion, both couples soon followed.
Hanna had bought 1,000 acres of land at the Welch Glades near the present
site of Cowen. C.W.Cottle bought 1,000 an acres near what is now
Camden-on-Gauley. Hutchinson bought 500 acres on McCillion Creek, but of him
we will speak later. Both of these other men did well, each one clearing
over 200 acres of land and made other improvements and raised cattle and
stock of all kinds. Both had large families that were well respected. Cottle
was High Sheriff of Kanawha County and was one of the most influential men
in the county. He, afterwards represented Nicholas County in the
Legislature. Both men were shrewd business men, but strange , it is that
both of these farms went delinquent and was sold for taxes from time to time
until they passed into hands of strangers, and family connections have
almost disappeared. William and John Cottle on Phillips Run are great, great
grandchildren of C.W. Cottle.
C. R. Hanna of Glade Creek is a grandson of David Hanna and is now over 80
years old. His father is William Hanna. He is the only survivor of that
Not long afterwards, Nathan Hanna came and settled on Beaver Creek, where
Thomas Callaghan now lives. Andrew Hanna came at the same time and settled
on Little Beaver Creek at what we now call the Harris improvement, but in a
short time he moved away to Ohio. Nathan cleared a large farm and did well.
He had a large family of children most of whom married and settled in the
area and did well and became good citizens, but they are all dead. All the
Hanna's of Beaver Creek section came from that family and could never be
connected with the David Hanna family.
With these last names came David McCue, who had a son also named David that
married when he came here. They located on what is now called the Dixon
McClung and Kyle Bright places, on Beaver Creek. His son, John, married
Melinda McClung, but both are now dead. All the McCues of this county are
descendants of this family. David McCue Sr. and Jr. both sold to John
McClung and moved to Missouri. David Jr. then 75 years old was in the seize
of Vicksburg, on the confederate side in the Civil War with 24 of his sons
and all came out unhurt.
Eli Taylor in those days lived at the mouth of the Cranberry River at what
is now Woodbine and he kept a ferry boat to transport horses and footmen
across the river. This was the main thoroughfare to Greenbrier and Lewisburg
which was the market place for the county. Cherry Tree Bottom , now
Richwood, was the halfway place and several people lived there. Finally,
John McClung bought the ferry and made large improvements there, but later
sold it and came to McMillion's Creek.
First settler on McMillon's Creek was James Rodgers, John Wooden, and Henry
Shannon. In 1798 Henry Woodson sold to Jacob Hutchinson; In 1800 Rodgers
sold to David McCoy and Shannon to John Groves. Jacob Hutchinson has been
previously named, He and his brother came to this county with C.W.Cottle.
William was a single man and a tanner by trade and lived with Cottle. He
helped run the tannery until they had a dispute and Cottle whipped him and
William left , going to Gallipolis, Ohio, where he married and had a large
family. In years after there were a good many marriages between his family
and the Gutherie family that went from this part of the county to that part
of Ohio and many of them still live in Nicholas County today.
Jacob Hutchinson was a farmer, and not withstanding all kinds of game was
abundant, he never owned a gun or spent anytime i the woods, but spent his
time strictly on his farm where he did well. He raised 4 sons , all married
and stayed in the area and became good citizens. William, the eldest moved
to Salt Lick, Braxton County, where he raised a family of 6children all of
whom are now dead. Jacob's family consisted of 9 children, J.M. Hutchinson
of Hookersville, now 74 years of age being the only one survivor. Joseph
Hutchinson raised 10children, 9 of whom raised families. Jas F. of Muddlety
and Anthoney of McMillion's Creek, being the only ones of that family still
( I will say now that we had two families of Hutchinson's but they were from
two different nationalities. Jacob Hutchinson was Scotch and the Samuel and
Archibald Hutchinson families were English, and their names and connections
have long disappeared from this county.)
David McCoy came to Greenbrier County and his wife was Lydia Gillilland. He
was a man of considerable wealth and owned slaves. His family consisted of 4
daughters, the eldest of whom married Elijah Williams who built the mill
below the Jones Mill on Muddlety and made extensive improvements where
William Rader now lives. He and his wife both died young and are buried on
the place. They left 1 daughter named ,Mary, that his brother, John of
Greenbrier County raised. Mary married Rufus Bobbitt, the father of
W.S.Bobbitt of Cowen. The Bobbitt families are the only connection of that
McCoy family that still remain in the area.
The second daughter of David McCoy married a merchant in Malden by the name
of Jones. That connection live about Malden and Charleston, but I never was
aquainted with the family. The third daughter married George Hibbens of
Gallipolis, Ohio and raised an intelligent family. The fourth daughter ,
Virginia, married Samuel Shrewsbury Hamilton of Summersville. They lived for
a considerable time on the David McCoy property, but later moved to
Gallipolis, Ohio. Their family consisted of 3 sons and 2 daughters . Ralph
and William were steamboat men and John A. was a banker. Hulda married and
lived in Gallipolis. After the death of Mrs. McCoy, Lydia ,the other
daughter, moved to Texas, where she married and never returned. Her father
remained with her in Texas until his death.
David McCoy died in May 1822. His widow, assisted by a Negro man named
Immanuel and his family kept house until all were married, after which she
sold the Negroes and spent the remainder of her life with Samuel Shrewsbury
Hamilton in Ohio.
About the year 1814 John Groves sold to John McClung and bought land of Jim
McCoslin near Summersville and moved onto it. His history is well known. He
lived and raised a large family and to see them all settled and doing well.
They were all good citizens.
About the time David McCoy settled on McMillion's Creek, James McCoy came
and settled two miles above Summersville where Mrs. Peck now lives. He
raised a large family that scattered as they grew up. William H. McCoy of
Hookersville now 80 years of age is the grandson of his. The McCoy's and
Michael and George Rader came to this county together. George settled on
Bucks Garden. He was drafted and went to Norfork in 1812, but was able to
return in good health. He raised 7 children and all married and settled in
Nicholas County. His eldest daughter married Samuel Bell, who was the
grandfather and great grandfather of all the Bell's in the county.
Michael Rader settled on the south side of Gauley. He, too, was drafted and
went to Norfork. His wife was the sister of John and Samuel McClung , and
their wives were sisters of Michael Rader. Michael and George Rader, being
only half brothers. He improved a large farm and did well. His family
consisted of 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom married and
settled in the county.
John.........married Elvina Lemasters
Samuel ......married Agnes Robinson
Feamster.......married Elizabeth Rader
Allen.....married Lauria Moore
Nancy ....married David Eagle
Eliza........married James McMillion
Abbie......married William Cottle
John McClung came to McMillon Creek from Cherry Tree Bottom in April 1814.
He was a man of means and traded mostly in land and stock of all kinds. He
had a good many slaves. Old Peter and Aunt Saria were both kidnapped,
brought to America, and sold into slavery. McClung was High Sheriff at
different times and represented the county in Legislature often. He was one
of the country's most prominent men of that day. He raised 7 children, 1son
and 6 daughters.
Fielding.........married Ann Stanard ......also Sallie Tyree
Melinda........married John McCue
Margaret.......married William Groves
Sallie .........married George Fitzwater
Elizabeth......married John Tyree
Tybithia.......married Feamster Rodgers
( Fielding and Rodgers later went west)
That same spring that John McClung came to McMillions Creek, Samuel McClung
brought Alexander Stephenson on Phillip's Run and both men moved there. His
family numbered 7, 4 sons and 3 daughters:
Anthoney .......married Martha Taylor
Allen .....married Mary Alderson
Joseph.......married Elizabeth Taylor
Margaret......married Alexander Spinks
Katie..........married Daniel Brock
Delilia ........married John Cree
Samuel McClung had a second wife, who had 1 child
Samuel........married Jane Rader
Those three double-cousin families with all their descendents for three
generations, constitute the strongest relationship in the county, unless it
be the connection on the south side of Gauley, from Jeremiah O'Dell,
Sylvanus O'Dell and David Nutter. It is likely that they have more that bear
the original name, but, while these are the largest connections from our
pioneer settlers, there were many as worthy as they that helped to bear the
hardships and privations of frontier life in the early1800's and who did
much toward building up our county as they did.