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Old 12-30-2008, 02:28 PM   #91
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John Powers Fort - Harrison Co

John Powers' Fort was located in Bridgeport, on nearby Simpson Creek. The following excerpt also explains (possibly) the origins of the town's name.

From the North American Forts website:

Bridge Fort
(1774 - 1780's), Bridgeport
A settlers' fort on Simpson Creek, with access provided by a log pontoon bridge over the creek, hence the name. Site located on Davis Street. This may have been John Powers' Fort (1771), or another site. The town was originally named Bridge Fort, but was mis-spelled on an early map.

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For the Wikipedia article on Benjamin Wilson, click here. He appears to have been more of a politician than a soldier/settler.




Historical Marker, located on Rt 50 in Bridgeport. Sign is across from Ace Hardware, about 2 miles east of I-79. (Also very close to Leeson's Suzuki, a GREAT family-run shop ) The actual location of the fort was unknown for years until one of the local historians discovered some documents that show it was about 3 miles from here at the I-79 Exit 121 (Meadowbrook Mall).




Rt 50 looking eastbound.




Looking at Exit 121 on I-79. It was at this interchange area where it is believed the original fort stood. I guess the chances of searching for clues around here is lost forever. Progress?
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Richwood Hall

Marker is at the entrance to the estate 1827 Earle Road, about four miles west of Charles Town, WV. Originally part of the Harewood estate, the property remained in the Washington family until 1802, has had several additions and owners. Privately owned.
This is the fourth of seven Washington family homes in this area of WV.





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Benedum Civic Center, Bridgeport - Harrison Co.

Benedum Civic Center is located in the heart of Bridgeport where Rt 50 crosses the railroad tracks, and next door to the city pool. I was surprised to read about Michael Benedum.

From an article by Linda Fluharty: (in yellow)

Michael Late Benedum, born in Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia on July 16, 1869, was the son of Emanuel Benedum and Caroline Southworth. Michael was the namesake of Dr. Michael Late, the physician who delivered him.

Early in his career, Michael worked in flour mills and sold milling machinery, but he got involved in the oil business soon after giving up his seat on a train to a stranger. The man was John Worthington, the general superintendent of South Penn Oil Company. Michael eventually became a leasing agent for Worthington but resigned in 1898 to begin an independent company. With his partner, Joseph Trees, he owned and operated one of the most successful oil and gas corporations in the United States.
On May 17, 1896, in Monongalia County, West Virginia, Michael L. Benedum married Sarah Nancy Lantz, born in September 1870. They lived in Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia and are found there in the 1900 census with their two year old son, Claude W., born in Cameron on January 13, 1898. Michael Benedum's occupation was "Superintendent Oil Company."
Later, Benedum quit his position with the South Penn. company and with other men took up a number of leases in the Cameron district and began to do his own drilling. An office was opened in Cameron and Parriott, who was born and reared there, was placed in charge. Since then they had worked together in the industry. They moved their headquarters to Wheeling in 1903 and went from there to Pittsburgh where the partnership was dissolved a few years ago.

The Benedum family moved to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1907. In the census of 1910, Michael Benedum, an Oil Producer, resided with his wife of fourteen years and their only child, Claude, age twelve.
According to his draft registration card, dated September 12, 1918, Claude Worthington Benedum, 20, born January 13, 1898, was a resident of 3021 Macomb Street, Washington, D. C. He was employed by the Federal Government at American University and worked as a "Laboratory Assistant Chemical Warfare." He was medium height, with light hair and blue eyes.



About three weeks later, on October 3, 1918, Claude was in a motorcycle accident:
"A motorcycle, ridden by Claude Benedum, 3021 Macomb street northwest, ran into Clyde Edwards, 35 years old, of 5304 Eighth street northwest, yesterday, seriously injuring him about the head and breast. The accident occurred on Macomb street near Thirty-third. Edwards was taken to Georgetown University Hospital. Benedum, who was slightly injured, refused hospital treatment." - Washington Post, Oct 4, 1918.



Just two weeks later, on October 17, 1918, Claude Worthington Benedum died. The news of his death was published in the Moundsville Journal (West Virginia) the next day, and, if accurate, reveals that he was born in Cameron, Marshall County.

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An article in the Washington Post, dated October 18, lists the name of Claude Benedum among the ninety-one deaths from Spanish Influenza that occurred in a 24-hour period in Washington, D. C. Claude's death occurred at Walter Reed Hospital.
The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed between twenty and forty million people, making it more devastating than the Bubonic Plaque and taking more lives than the 15,000,000 lost during the four years of World War I.

Which proves riding motorcycles is less dangerous than the Spanish Influenza!





The Historical Marker located in front of the Civic Center on Rt 50 in Bridgeport.



View from across the street (along with the obligatory bike shot).



Better view of the Civic Center.
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Cedar Lawn

Marker is on Rt 51 at the intersection of Earle Road, Charles Town, WV.





This was close enough for me...they have security.



1937 photo:



Cedar Lawn has also been known as Berry Hill and Poplar Hill. Built in 1825 for John Thornton Augustine Washington. In the 1940's, the property was bought by R.J. Funkhouser, and remains in the Funkhouser family. It is now part of O'Sullivan Farms, a Funkhouser venture.
This the fifth of seven Washington homes in this area of WV.
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Claymont Court

This marker is located with the marker for Blakeley, at the intersection of RT 340 and Huyett Rd south of Charles Town, WV. The estate is about 1.5 miles west, directly across from Blakeley.





Facing Blakeley estate.



This photo was included with a 1937 survey document.



The back door:



90 slaves built this palatial 34-room mansion called Claymont, that faces Blakeley some 600 yards away. It is the grandest of the Washington homes.
In 1943, the house was purchased by R.J. Funkhouser, an industrialist who owned and rehabilitated several of the Washington homes in the area.
Claymont Court is currently the home of The Claymont Society for Continuous Education. More info on this organization can be found here:
http://www.claymont.org/aboutus.htm

This is the sixth of seven Washington homes in this area.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:37 PM   #96
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Johnsontown


Jefferson County, West Virginia
This marker is on County Road 14, Hite Road, west of Wilshire Road.



This church and cemetery are at the marker site. No other signs of a community are readily visible.

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Center Branch Church - Harrison Co

Located on Rt 20 just southeast of Clarksburg and Nutter Fort is the location of one of the area's oldest churches, Center Branch Church.

The following excerpts : Copyright 1997 by Jane Hodgson. Jane Hodgson grants USGenWeb Archivesthe right to post this information. This information may be freely copied, but may not be sold.

The Church of Jesus Christ in Harrison County, Virginia, called the
Center Branch Baptist Church was formally organized Sept. 26, 1818.
Members of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church at Bridgeport residing in
this Center Branch area found it a hardship to attend services so far
away, necessitating travel over roads which were scarcely more than
bridle paths.


On Sept. 26, 1818 nineteen members constituted the original organization
and entered into the usual covenant at this session. They became the
first members of the church. Elder John Bailey acted as
moderator and David Holden as clerk at the initial session.
One month later, Oct. 24, the first business session of the new church
was held.


The original church building of the Center Branch Church was an old log
house which stood in the grove below the road near the present structure.
It was later used as a schoolhouse. The old church answered the purpose
of the congregation until December 1853, when it was decided to build a
new meeting house.


Enjoying a steady increase of membership the church and an enrollment of
218 members in 1845. The old records show 'people of color', using the
language found in the old church minutes, had been admitted to
membership. The latter were mostly slaves in the Devers, HOLDEN, Stout
and other families. They occupied rear seats of the services. It is
also learned slaves later demitted from the Center Branch Church to unite
with the Clarksburg Church, which likewise had opened its doors to
colored people.

The Center Branch Church celebrated their 150th Anniversary of its
founding on September 29, 1968 with a homecoming dinner and special
dedication service.


There can be no complete history of this church as the ruthless
hand of theft broke into the edifice the summer of 1931 and committed to
destructive flames. Many of its most valuable records covering a period
of years of possibly its greatest activities though perhaps, not of its
almost insurmountable problems for its very existence and yet it has
survived and is today a striking example of what faith, work and devotion
can accomplish.

[End of Quote]



Historical Marker located on Rt 20 between Nutter Fort and Quiet Dell.




View north/west on Rt 20 going into Nutter Fort. Present day church is up on the hill to your left about 100 yards.



Present-Day Center Branch Church.
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Jefferson / Berkeley County Marker

Located on RT 51 between Middleway and RT 11





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Prato Rio



Marker is located on the west side of Leetown Rd, Jefferson County,
south of Leetown, WV.








The property was originally acquired in 1731 by Han Yost Heydt (or Hite), who built a log cabin on the property he called "Hopewell". Heydt's son Jacob expanded the cabin in 1733. In 1774 Jacon Heydt sold the 3,000-acre plantation to General Charles Lee, who renamed the estate "Prato Rio". During the nineteenth century a number of additions were built.

Undated photo from the US Park Service archives



General Charles Lee, having fell into disfavor with General George Washington, was "retired" from military duty and led a life of solitude with his dogs, servants and butler here at Prato Rio. Considered eccentric, his will stipulated that he not be buried in any churchyard or within a mile of any Presbyterian or Anabaptist meeting house, stating that " I have kept so much bad company while living, that I do not wish to continue it when dead".
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I updated an earlier post (#21) on Page 2 to add photos of the Indian Burial Mound (well, sort of.... ) Interesting (and sad) story from the county historian.
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The Bower





Marker is located on Leetown Road, Jefferson County WV at the intersection of Leetown Rd and Paynes Ford Road.



General Adam Stephen is credited with founding the community of Martinsburg, WV, where he later moved. On a lessor known note, General Stephen was "cashiered" [sword broken, court martialed] for a friendly fire incident where his men fired upon General Anthony Wayne's troops. Seems General Stephen was drunk at the time of the advance. Against orders, he also instigated an attack on "Cliveden", the home of Benjamin Chew. These incidents happened during the Battle of Germantown, Germantown, PA.



Following the Confederate retreat from Antietam, General Jeb Stuart and his staff made camp at The Bower, which at the time was the home of Stephen Dandridge. A horse bred at The Bower was given as a gift to General Lee to use when his primary mount, "Traveler," needed a rest. That horse was the well known "Lucy Long."
The Bower remains in the Dandridge family.
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Harrison Co - Barbour Co Line Rt 20

Located southeast of Clarksburg about 15 miles along Rt 20 at the Harrison / Barbour Co line. Rt 20 is a great ride down to Buckhannon (and beyond).




Historical Marker located on Rt 20 at Harrison/Barbour Co line. This is southbound going into Barbour Co.



Opposite side of sign looking northbound into Harrison Co. Sorry I didn't get a perfectly straight shot at it, but I was keeping a little distance between me and the electric fence.




Again, looking south on Rt 20 into Barbour County. Nice, relaxing ride with good scenery.
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Dang, vatrader is kicking ass up in this part of the state. Believe it or not, I won a Golden Horseshoe in the 8th grade. Gov. Jay Rockefeller knighted me as such. I'm on a mission.
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Dang, vatrader is kicking ass up in this part of the state. Believe it or not, I won a Golden Horseshoe in the 8th grade. Gov. Jay Rockefeller knighted me as such. I'm on a mission.
Welcome, Sir Tood. Congratulations on the Golden Horseshoe.

Yeah, vatrader01 is a hard act to keep up with! I'm guessing his KLR has about a zillion miles on it already. Does he ever sleep?

Looking forward to more folks joining and contributing to our thread. Considering the weather the past month, I think we're doing pretty well. Thanks to all!
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