A report by Catherine Thompson
The Roy families, along with other families of the area, were mentioned in several articles written and illustrated by "Porte Crayon", probably written in the 1850's. The articles were published in the early 1870's in Harper's (New Monthly) magazine in a series called "The Mountains". "Porte Crayon" was the pen name of David H. Strother (1816-1888). He was a writer and illustrator. The articles are most entertaining and very descriptive of the Randolph Co. region. I enjoyed them so much that I'd like to share them with all of you. Each article is linked below, with some of my notes regarding subjects, locations and names/surnames.
You can view these articles at the Cornell University Library - The Making of America web site (an excellent resource).
Once you get to the site, be sure to click the box in the upper left corner to adjust the VIEW to 75% for easier reading.
The Making of America project is extensive and if you wish to visit their main site (which is searchable),
The link is: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/
"The Mountains - I"
Volume 44, Issue 263, Published April 1872, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, traveling companions, Ice Mountain, Romney, peach brandy, Moorfield, Mullin's Hotel, peacocks and turkeys.
Locations: Morgan Co., Martinsburg & Romney Turnpike, Cacapon River, North River, Hampshire Co., Slane's Crossroads, Fah's Tavern, Ice Mountain of Hampshire, Romney, Mill Creek, Moorfield, South Branch, Highland Co., Pendleton Co., South Branch, North Fork, Middle Fork, South Fork, North Branch of Potomac
This first article of the series tells about his group's plans to visit the Mountains and the adventure they anticipate. The writer introduces himself and his traveling companions (5 men and 4 ladies, 9 total) and tells about the first few days of their trip.
Mr. Meadows - a large landed proprietor and cattle dealer of the South Branch country.
Mrs. Meadows - middle-aged matron and the best housekeeper in Hardy County.
Lilly Meadows - 18 years old, just returning from boarding school in Philadelphia.
Miss Prudence Primrose - a bright New Englander, Lilly's teacher from school and her friend.
Mrs. Rhoda Dendron - Fair Rhoda, a charming young widow, about 25 years old.
Major Marshal - a veteran of the Mexican war.
Richard Rattlebrain - Dick, about 23 years old, a society gentleman.
Augustus Cockney - a dry goods clerk from New York City.
Laurence Laureat - the author, 33 years old (this would date this series about 1850?).
In this article the group has reached Moorfield. (Nice names he made up for the travelers!)
Volume 44, Issue 264, Published May 1872, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, description of a mountaineer, Dr. Didiwick, Roby's, Yeokem's, mountain supper, bear hunting, turkeys.
Locations: South Branch, Petersburg Gap, Petersburg, Big Plains.
Names/Surnames: Dr. Didiwick, Roby, Yeokem, Betsy Yeokem, John Yeokem,
In this article the group has reached Petersburg.
Volume 45, Issue 265, Published June 1872, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: Adam Karr's place, young minister story, Seneca Rocks, eagle story, horse story, visit to Karr's, Adamson's store, Sylvester Rains, Cathedral Rock mouth of Seneca,
Sketches: Karr's pinnacles, Country Store
Locations: North Fork of South Branch, Pendleton Co., Old Seneca Road, Chimney Rocks, Cloverton, North Fork Gap, Adam Karr's place, Seneca Rocks, Dry Fork
Names/Surnames: Adam Karr, Jim Pogue, Sylvester Rains, Mahala Armantrout, Susie Mullinx, Peg Teters, Zed Kyle, Dilly Wyatt, Martha White, Emily Bonner, old Sam Bonner,
In this article the party gets as far as Seneca Rocks.
Volume 45, Issue 267, Published August 1872, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, cooking trout, exploding fish, Washington Roy. Hetterick's cabin, Gandy tunnel.
Locations: North Fork, Seneca creek, Alleghany Ridge, Red Creek, Gandy, Franklin, Dry Fork Valley, Gandy, Teter's,
Sketches: Curiosity (Washington Roy), Jesse Hetterick, Jane Hetterick, Job Hetterick,
Names/surnames: Aaron Armantrout (Armentrout?), Hetterick (Hedrick?), Roy, Zed Kyle, Nelson, Tom Mullinx, Jane Hetterick, Job Hetterick, Harney Hetterick,In this article the party meets up with Washington Roy (son of Joseph Roy 2, grandson of Joseph Roy 1)
Volume 45, Issue 268, Published September 1872, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, Rifle shooting, Soldier White, Dilly Wyatt Names/surnames: Roy, Jesse Armantrout, White, Wyatt
Nov 1872"The Mountains - VI" Volume 45, Issue 270, Published November 1872, Harper & Bros., New York http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/moa-cgi?notisid=ABK4014-0045-115 Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, dancing, ladies, fishing, Gandy tunnel. Locations: Gandy, Gandy tunnel. Sketches: Jake Nelson, Old Teters, Peggy Teters, Names/surnames: Dilly Wyatt, Soldier White, Sylvester Rains, Phemie Bonner, Peg Teters, Adamson's store, Jake Nelson, Mrs. White, Armantrout, Tom Mullenix,
Volume 46, Issue 275, Published April 1873, Harper & Bros., New York
http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/moa-cgi?notisid=ABK4014-0046-101Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, Soldier White, Gandy tunnel, ruffians, wolf story, visit to Joseph Roy cabin, kitten story, Washington Roy, jug story. Locations: Dry Fork Valley, Gandy, Red Creek, Dry Fork Sketches: The Old Dragon (Joseph Roy 2), Bub (Jacob Roy), kitten story, etc. Names/surnames: Soldier White, Miss Prue, Peg Teters, Roy, Tom Mullinx, Jesse Hetterick (Hedrick?), Bill Grey, Flanagin, Bub Roy, Betsy Roy,
This article mentions Joseph Roy (2) and his children, "Bub" (Jacob Roy), "Betsy" (Elizabeth Roy), Washington Roy.
Volume 47, Issue 282, Published November 1873, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: The Mountains of West Virginia, a trip to Blackwater Falls with Washington Roy, visit to Washington Roy's place. Locations: Black Fork of Cheat, Blackwater Falls, Red Creek, Canaan Falls, Horseshoe Bend, north fork of Potomac, Dry Fork, Laurel Fork, Middle Fork, Par-a-fax's stone. Sketches: Washington Roy's family, Fanceller's youngest, Roy & Johnson. Names/surnames: Fanceller (Fansler?), Roy, Teeters (Teter?), Mulciber (blacksmith), Johnson, Flanagin, Bill Grey
This article is about a trip to Blackwater Falls with Washington Roy.
"The Mountains - IX"
Volume 49, Issue 290, Published July 1874, Harper & Bros., New York
Subject: Traveling talk, Winston Tavern, Winston-Parkersburg Turnpike, Rowzey's life and bears,
Locations: Winston Tavern, Beverly, Reamer's Tavern, Greenland Gap, Moorfield, Mullen's Hotel,
Sketches: Rowzey, Leather Bill Atkins,
Names/Surnames: Martha White, Dilly Wyatt, Mr. Rowzey, Mr. Best, Bill Swanson,
This article is about the return trip and has stories told by Rowzey.
_______Sep 1875 "The Mountains - X" Volume 51, Issue 304, Published September 1875, Harper & Bros., New York http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/moa-cgi?notisid=ABK4014-0051-71 Subject: Ice Mountain tournament and games, Raphael and his horse, the Black Knight.. Locations: Ice Mountain, Dry Fork Names/Surnames: Raphael, Rhodomont, Jake Nelson of Dry Fork. This is the last article in the series. _______ ABOUT HARPERS NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Journal title: Harper's (New Monthly) Magazine
Preceding Title: International monthly magazine
Succeeding Title: Harper's monthly magazine
Publisher: Harper &I Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
MOA Volumes: 1-98 (1850-1899)
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