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June 19, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
Camp Family
A gentleman asked us about a small lonely cemetery located on Jennings Run Road in Lewis County, WV.  He felt sad that the cemetery was not being looked after and just wondered if any family still exsisted. The farm area was located on then called Rush Run, in Court House District.  With his photo's of the grave stones, I was able to do a little research and find out who the people were that are buried there.  Below is a short story of who the family was and what I found out with the census report.  Surely there is someone that ties into the Camp family line.
In the early 1800’s in the town of Weston, was living a man called James Camp.  He was a widower at the time and had the title of Squire James Camp.  He was basically in todays term the judge and court. He owned a lot of property and was a ladies’ man.   One of his sons Col. John Camp married the only daughter of Humphery Arnold and lived on the same farm of his father in-law.  Col Camp was the eldest son of Squire James M. Camp.  He was known as a educated and had influence in the county.  Humprey Arnold’s farm was on the water of Middle Run.
William Camp or W.G.T. Camp was the 2nd son of James Camp (Squire Camp) and he resided on the waters of Rush Run, or in the same area of Jennings Run, today.  He owned a valuable farm and was stated as a good citizen and kind hearted man.
This info came from a book / Ebook we sell "Oliver Letters".  We also have and sell copies of the census and death records.
Here is what I gathered from the census.
Year 1860
William G. T. Camp                46  farmer
Mariah V.                                41 wife
James T.                                  16
Elizabeth A                             14
William H                                12
Sarah A                                   20
Year 1870
William G. T. Camp                55
Maria (Mariah)                       51
Jeniza Lockard                          8  (whose child not sure)
Year 1880
W.G.T.                                     65 farmer
Mariah                                    61 housewife
No others listed in household
Death record for Mariah Camp:  Died Jan. 18, 1892 of the grippe
Found no  death record for W.G.T Camp.
Not sure who Betty Ware or Ward was that is buried in the family lot, could have been daughter Elizabeth, married last name   or could have been a neighbor as Ward’s lived in the adjoining farm.
June 12, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
EvUnBreth Camp, Upshur County
In 1948 the WV Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church purchased 122 acres of land in Upshur County for the price of $8,500.  The land had been in the Dean family since 1828.  John Dean, II and his wife Catherine Heavner Dean were the first of the Dean family to live on this tract of land.  Goodman Lloyd Dean was the last member of his family to live on the land.  The property was a prime spot for the vision of the church camp.  Rev. Clarence Edman family moved into the Dean log cabin. They overseen the building and development of the area for 10 yrs.  The first camp was held in June 1950 with 162 young people, oh yes, it rained the entire week.  This was before any of the buildings were completed.  Interesting tibit,  is that the farm had an apple orchard and from a bounty of apples the church ladies made 150 gals. of apple sauce and 50 gallons of apple butter, which the campers enjoyed the following year.  In 1959 Rev. Edman was replaced by Rev. Harry Stone who served until 1964.  The pool was completed in 1963, before this the campers went swimming in the old farm pond.  Rev. James Reed took over in 1964. In 1969 the two WV conferences united. Around 1971 the camp became a liability versus the accomdations located in Roane County.  The camp was sold in 1982 and today is a golf course. 
John Dean II was a soldier of the War of 1812. In 1814 he married Catherine Heavner, daughter of Nicholas Heavner.  With the danger of Indian raids in the Buckhannon Valley ending, Nicholas Heavner purchased nearly 400 acres from George Jackson on the Buckhannon river. John and Catherine Dean did not arrive until later in 1818.  They raised 15 children in the old log cabin on the property.  Supposely that cabin was moved to a Methodist Camp near the Ohio river.  The descendants of John and Catherine Dean are numerous in Upshur County.  Some wonderful historical stories about the family.  This information was taken from The Upshur County Historical Society journal, Spring 2010 
Vol. 22   We have copies of the Journals in our library to view, and you might want to contact the Upshur County Historical Society to see if you could purchase back issues or join to receive current issues.
May 3, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
Tomahawk Rights
During most of American History the act of settling land was considered a public service.  In the early  days of Virginia, people could get up to 400 acres of land by settling on it.  Of course, there was some rules:  Settle on vacant land, build a cabin on it, clear some fields and live there for 5 yrs.  This method of acquiring land was called tomahawk rights.  The settlers used tomahawks to slash trees to mark the boundaries of their land.  About 1779 this ended.
February 8, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
Buckhannon Opera House
The Buckhannon Opera House was located on North Kanawha Street having been designed by Draper C. Hughes and built in 1903 at a cost of $16,000.  It could seat up to 800 people and had a stage of 52X36 feet being illuminated with 150 incandescent lights.  Through the years it served as a meeting place and later having live shows and moving pictures.  In 1950 the last film was shown, and the building was destroyed by fire on Sept. 14, 1960.  Strangely when first built it was noted, bulding of brick, fire proof, and handsomely furnished.
February 1, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
Weston Woolen Mill
Taken from A History of Lewis County
The superior grade of wool grown in Lewis County led to the establisment in Weston of a woolen mill in 1871 by the Cliftons. They had formerly been in business at Beaver Falls, Pa., but had determined to seek a better location near a good source of raw wool.  The exceptionally long staple produced in Lewis County was decided to be exactly the kind of raw material they desired and they moved thier woolen mill to WV.  For the next 14 years it was the most important manufacturing industry in the town.  The factory was located in a building 32 X 80 feet and 2 1/2 stories high.  The most modern machinery was installed, consisting of 240 spindles, one picker, one steam dresser, several power looms, etc.  The management advertised their ability to manufacture all kinds of fabrics, but stated that special attention was given to custom work.  Goods were also exchanged for wool.  The principal items made were yarn, blankets and jeans cloth used by the farmers.
January 23, 2018 By: Patty Lesondak
Romance of Fans
Fans speak the language of love.  Women of the Elizabethan and Victorian eras learned to manipulate their pretty fans for a type of communication.   A fluttering fan under smiling eyes was clearly an invitation “I’m interested.”  If the lady snapped her fan shut, it usually meant “Really, don’t bother me!”  In a strict formal society the fan was a way of communication between couples.  One of the most romantic, flirtatious and creative tools used for silent wooing was the folding fan.  Can you believe during the 18th century fan language emerged? Books were published that taught women how to use fan language.  Phrases could be expressed by a single movement. For example, a lady seen twirling the fan in the left hand was really telling her admirer “We are being watched.”   
Fans represent a bygone era of romance and intrigue.  Maybe it is an art we should bring back.

December 27, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
Answers to Moon puzzle from newsletter
Box of Matches
No oxygen on the moon: worthless
Food Concentrate
Efficient means of energy
50ft Nylon rope
Useful in scaling cliffs, tying injured together, etc.
Parachute silk
Sun protection
Solar Powered heating unit
Not needed unless on dark side of the moon
2 45Cal Pistols
Possible means of propulsion
One case of dehydrated milk
Bulkier duplication of food concentrate
Two 100lb oxygen tanks
Most pressing survival need
Stellar Map
Primary means of navigation
Self-inflating life raft
Co2 bottle in raft may be used for propulsion
Magnetic Compass
Magnetic field on moon not polarized: useless
5 gals. Water
Replacement for tremendous liquid loss on light side of moon
Signal Flares
Distress signal when mother ship is located
First-aid kit with injection needles
Needles fit special aperture in space suits
Solar-powered FM 2-way radio
For communication with mother ship, but FM requires line-of-sight transmission, short range
November 8, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
Short Story of First Settler of Lewis Co
This was the article printed in the Weston Democrat the week of  11/08/2017
It all started with the Pringle brothers, John and Samuel.  They deserted Fort Pitt and upon their wandering came upon a huge hollow sycamore tree at the mouth of Turkey Run on the Buckhannon River.  It is now Upshur County.   After finding out they were no longer wanted for desertion, they told others about the beautiful land they had camped at.  In 1768 they led a group of people composed of John Hacker, John Jackson, John Hughes and Alexander Sleeth to the area.  They all fell in love with the land and decided to settle in the area.   John Hacker cleared off a patch of land, only to find out it was claimed by Samuel Pringle.  The men came to an agreement that Samuel would clear off the same amount of land for Hacker, when Hacker found the area he wanted to settle.  John Hacker came upon a beautiful fertile valley west of where Pringle claimed.  This area became known as Hacker’s Creek, just a mile from today’s Berlin. John most likely erected some kind of shelter and planted his crops, then returned to bring his family to the area, becoming the first settler of Lewis County.  He built his cabin in 1770.
Later other known settlers settled in or near Hacker’s Creek. They were John Sleeth, Samuel Bonnett, Jesse Hughes and William Lowther.  Weston was not laid out in town lots for several years, but was a village in 1789.  Weston began in 1818.
This is just a short story and it leaves out a lot of historical information.  If you are interested in the history and the families who settled in Lewis and surrounding counties, then I suggest visiting the HCPD Library located in Horner, WV.  Consider also the purchase of the following books in the library:  Chronicles of Border Warfare by Alexander Scott Withers, Border Settlers, Northwestern Virginia by Lucullus Virgil McWhorter and A Pictorial History of Old Lewis County by Joy Gregoire Gilchrist and Charles H. Gilchrist.  Make great Christmas gifts!
October 17, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
Building St. Paul's
Actual construction of the present church building was begun and completed during the rectorate of the Rev. William Hullihen Burhardt (1894-1900) The lot was acquired by exchanging the old church lot for the Baptist's lot.  The vestry also procured the ground upon which the "old Rink" was located for $1,050.  The present location of West Hall.  The photo was probably taken in early 1897, and shows the masonry about eighty percent completed.  According to the Diocesan map of 1900, Lewis County shows a population of 16,980, and one Episcopal church with 86 communicants. 
On Sept 23, 1900, five years after the laying of the cornerstone, St. Paul's Church was consecrated by the 2nd Bishop of WVa, the Rt. Rev. W.L. Gravatt, with the Rev. T.H. Lacy, D.D. preaching the sermon.  The last payment of the building was made July 30, 1900.  The total cost of the project was $16,215.46.  In the second finished church photo you can see at the extreme left Matthew Edmiston home, behind the church on the left is the recognizable Jonathan M. Bennett home (now the library)  and on the right is the Fornash home followed by Dr. William J. Bland homeand the Lewis County Courthouse.
October 16, 2017 By: Patty Lesondak
St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1895 Weston
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Weston, WV (new building 1895)
The ceremonies of the laying of the Cornerstone of the present building took place the afternoon of July 25, 1895.  The Hon. William E. lively delivered the opening remarks in behalf of St. Paul's Congregation after which E. G. Davisson, acting for the Grand Lodge of AF and AM of WVa., conducted the rite in accordance with the ancient customes of the Masonic Order.
James Ralston executed the copper plates listing the officers of Weston lodge No. 10AF and AM, the rector, vestry and trustess of St. Paul's Church along with other items placed in said casket placed within the cornerstone.