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History of Ritchie County

The following is taken from the book "History of Ritchie County" written by Minnie Kendall Lowther, and published in 1910.
Transcribers are Janet Waite, Earl Cowan, Erin Stewart, Bonnie Ryan, Margaret Udell, Sylvia Cox and Laura Heath.

NOTE [ Although Minnie's book contains some errors, it has to be regarded as one of the most important single works on Ritchie County Genealogy.  It not only gives you family information, but information on the connecting families, as well. Plus it gives you a wealth of information on the different localities around Ritchie County.  It was published in 1910, just sixty-seven years after the formation of the county, at a time when the stories were still fresh in everyone's mind and before some of the stories could be lost. ] 

Last updated on -- Friday, 05-Nov-1999 21:19:38 MST
TABLE OF CONTENTS 
CHAPTER I 
Discovery of Ritchie County                                                   Page    1 
CHAPTER II 
First Settlers in Ritchie County                                              Page   23 
CHAPTER III 
South Fork Settled                                                                     Page   46 
CHAPTER IV 
Thomas and Phebe Cunningham                                          Page  63 
CHAPTER V 
The Westfalls and Whites                                                         Page  74 
CHAPTER VI 
South Fork Settlers - Continued                                            Page  83 
CHAPTER VII 
South Fork Settlers - Continued                                            Page 102 
CHAPTER VIII 
North Fork Settled                                                                      Page 120 
CHAPTER IX 
North Fork Settlers - Continued                                             Page 141 
CHAPTER X 
First Settlers in the Cairo Vicinity                                          Page160 
CHAPTER XI 
Scotch Settlers                                                                              Page 172 
CHAPTER XII 
Bond's Creek Settled                                                                  Page 188 
CHAPTER XIII 
Husher's Run                                                                                Page 209 
CHAPTER XIV 
Goose Creek Settled                                                                  Page 220 
CHAPTER XV 
Middle Fork Settled                                                                   Page 225 
CHAPTER XVI 
Bone Creek Settled                                                                     Page 240 
CHAPTER XVII 
Otterslide Settled                                                                         Page 256 
CHAPTER XVIII 
Spruce Creek Settled                                                                  Page 261 
CHAPTER XIX 
Grass Run Settled                                                                       Page 276 
CHAPTER XX 
Leatherbarke Settled                                                                  Page 295 
CHAPTER XXI 
Indian Creek Settled                                                                  Page 303 
CHAPTER XXII 
Chevauxdefrise Settled                                                              Page 316 
CHAPTER XXIII 
Slab Creek Settled                                                                       Page 330 
CHAPTER XXIV 
White Oak Settled                                                                       Page 347 
CHAPTER XXV 
Beeson Settled                                                                              Page 357 
CHAPTER XXVI 
Macfarlan Settled                                                                        Page 367 
CHAPTER XXVII 
Devil Hole Settled                                                                        Page 377 
CHAPTER XXVIII 
Ritchie Mines                                                                                Page 382 
CHAPTER XXIX 
Pioneer Life and Character                                                      Page 390 
CHAPTER XXX 
Schools and Teachers                                                                  Page 394 
CHAPTER XXXI 
Churches                                                                                         Page 406 
CHAPTER XXXII 
Mills                                                                                                 Page 418 
CHAPTER XXXIII 
Post offices                                                                                     Page 428 
CHAPTER XXXIV 
Ritchie County Formed                                                              Page 430 
CHAPTER XXXV 
Developments                                                                                Page 435 
CHAPTER XXXVI 
Physicians                                                                                       Page 442 
CHAPTER XXXVII 
Newspapers                                                                                     Page 452 
CHAPTER XXXVIII 
Harrisville                                                                                        Page 463 
CHAPTER XXXIX 
Prominent Harrisville Families                                                 Page 474 
CHAPTER XL 
Cairo                                                                                                 Page 499 
CHAPTER XLI 
Pennsboro                                                                                        Page 512 
CHAPTER XLII 
Ellensboro                                                                                        Page 532 
CHAPTER XLIII 
Smithville                                                                                         Page 541 
CHAPTER XLIV 
Burnt House (Goff's, Fonsoville)                                                   Page 553 
CHAPTER XLV 
Auburn                                                                                              Page 560 
CHAPTER XLVI 
Berea                                                                                                  Page 573 
CHAPTER XLVII 
Pullman (Oxford, Holbrook)                                                            Page 579 
CHAPTER XLVIII 
Petroleum (Highland, Cornwallis, Glendale, Mole Hill, Rusk)    Page 586 
CHAPTER XLIX 
Tollgate                                                                                             Page 594 
CHAPTER L 
Other Prominent Families                                                           Page 599 
CHAPTER LI 
The Younger Men's Calendar                                                    Page 620 
CHAPTER LII 
The Poets Corner                                                                           Page 636 
CHAPTER LIII 
The Blue and The Gray                                                                Page 644 
CHAPTER LIV 
Some Additional Ancestries                                                        Page 653 
CHAPTER LV 
Natural Resources                                                                          Page 666 
  
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