Pendleton County History, Settlers and Naturalizations

Edmund Pendleton, in whose honor this county was named, was born on a plantation in Caroline County, Virginia, Sept. 6, 1721. He was himself a planter, but attained great eminence in his profession of the law. He was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1752 until the breaking out of the Revolution in 1775. As a member of the Virginia committee to protest against the Stamp Act, he took a strong yet conservative ground.

After the flight of Lord Dunmore, the royal governor, he was President of the Committee on Public Safety. As such he was virtually at the head of the state government from August 17, 1775, until July 5, 1776. He was then succeeded by Patrick Henry, the first governor under American independence. In the same year he presided over the convention which framed the first state constitution, and he drew the declaration of Virginia in favor of American independence. In connection with Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe, he revised the laws of the state in order to harmonize them with the altered condition of affairs. As President of the Court of Chancery, he was at the head of the state judiciary from 1779 until 1795. He was also president of the Virginia convention that ratified the Federal Constitution. He died Oct. 23, 1803, aged 82 years. "Taken all in all," says Jefferson, "he was the ablest man in debate I ever met."

Settlers before 1760

The following pioneers arrived before or during the period of the Indian war. The time of arrival is also given. A date with a * means the person was living here in the year named, the precise year of arrival not being known.

Alkire, Henry, 1752*
Bogard, Anthony, ?
Bright, Samuel, 1754
Burner, Abraham, about 1745
Burnett, William, 1759
Conrad, Ulrich, 1753
Cunningham, James, 1753
Cunningham, John, 1753
Cunningham, William, 1753
Davis, John, 1753
Dice, Mathias, 1757
Dunkle. John, 1753
Dyer, Roger, 1747
Dyer, William, 1747
Eckard, Michael, 1754
Evick, Christian, 1756*
Freeze, Michael, 1753
Goodman, Jacob, 1753
Gragg, William, 1757*
Harper, Hans, 1756
Harper, Philip, 1758*
Harper, Adam, 1758*
Hawes, Peter, 1750
Hevener, William, 1756*
Keister, Frederick, 1757*
Mallow, Michael, 1753
Miller, Mark, 1757*
Moser, Peter, 1753
Moser, Andrew, 1750
Osborn, Jeremiah, 1752*
Patton, Matthew, 1747
Patton, John, Jr., 1747
Peterson, Jacob*, 1758*
Propst. Michael, 1753
Reed, Peter, 1752*
Ruleman, Jacob, 1756*
Scott, Benjamin, 1753
Seybert, Jacob, 1753
Simmons, Michael, 1753
Simmons, Leonard, 1753?
Skidmore, Joseph, 1754
Smith, John, 1747
Stephenson, William, 1747
Swadley, Mark, 1756*
Vaneman, Peter, 1754
Westfall, Abraham, 1752*
Westfall, John, 1752
Wilson, Charles, 1756.*
Zorn, Jacob, 1756*

Naturalizations of Pendleton Pioneers before the Revolution

The records of Augusta state that the individuals named below "produced a certificate of their having received the sacrament, and took the usual oaths to his majesty's person and government, subscribed the abjuration oath and test, which is ordered to be certified in order to their obtaining warrants of naturalization." Since the name of Henry Peninger occurs twice, his naturalization does not seem to have been perfected in 1762.


Ulrich Conrad
John Dunkle
George Hammer
Nicholas Hevener
Sebastian Hoover
Frederick Keister
Gabriel Kile
Michael Mallow
Henry Peninger
Henry Pickle
Michael Propst
Henry Stone
Mark Swadley
Lewis Wagoner


Neorge Coplinger
Leonard Simmons
Gicholas Simmons


Valentine Kile Jacob Peterson


Jacob Harper


Michael Hoover


Jacob Eberman
Philip Harper
Henry Peninger

Pendleton County | West Virginia AHGP

Source: History of Pendleton County West Virginia, By Oren F. Morton, Franklin, West Virginia, Published by the author, 1910.


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