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Most historians believe that the county was named in honor of the distinguished Virginia jurist Judge Philip Pendleton Barbour He studied law, and, at the age of 17, moved to Kentucky to manage some business affairs for his father, Thomas Barbour. The businesses failed, and his father was reportedly so angry that he disowned him. Philip then took up the study of law once again and, at age 19, entered the College of William and Mary.

He subsequently returned to Orange County and became a successful lawyer. House of Representatives , , and served as Speaker of the U. House of Representatives Supreme Court where he remained until his death on February 24, He was the Governor of Virginia , a member of the U.

Envoy to Great Britain in More than 2, years old, it stands 69 feet high and feet in diameter. According to missionary reports, several thousand Hurons occupied present-day West Virginia during the late s and early s. They were driven out of the state during the s by members of the powerful Iroquois Confederacy consisting of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida, and Seneca tribes, and joined later by the Tuscaroras tribe. Instead, they used it as a hunting ground during the spring and summer months.

During the early s, northern West Virginia, including present-day Barbour County, was used primarily as hunting grounds by the Ohio-based Shawnee, the Mingo, who lived in both the Tygart Valley and along the Ohio River northwest of Barbour County, the Delaware, who lived in present-day eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but had several autonomous settlements as far south as present-day Braxton County, and the Seneca, one of the largest and most powerful members of the Iroquois Confederacy.

The Shawnee settled in villages along the Ohio River, primarily in the area between present-day Wood and Cabell counties. Following the construction of Fort Pitt in by the British, the Shawnee moved further in-land and built a series of villages along the Scioto River in southern Ohio. These villages were collectively known as Chillicothe and served as their base camp for hunting and fishing in present-day West Virginia.

The Mingo were not actually an Indian tribe, but a multi-cultural group of Indians that established several communities within present-day West Virginia. They lacked a central government and, like all other Indians within the region at that time, were subject to the control of the Iroquois Confederacy. The Mingo originally lived closer to the Atlantic Coast, but European settlement pushed them into western Virginia and eastern Ohio.

The Seneca, headquartered in western New York, was the closest member of the Iroquois Confederacy to West Virginia, and took great interest in the state. In , the Seneca boasted to Virginia officials that they had conquered the several nations living on the back of the great mountains of Virginia. Among the conquered nations were the last of the Canawese or Conoy people who became incorporated into some of the Iroquois communities in New York.

The Seneca, and other members of the Iroquois Confederacy, claimed all of present-day West Virginia as their own, using it primarily as a hunting ground. Also, war parties from the Seneca and other members of the Iroquois Confederacy often traveled through the state to protect its claim to southern West Virginia from the Cherokee. The Cherokee were headquartered in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee and rivaled the Iroquois nation in both size and influence.

The Cherokee claimed present-day southern West Virginia as their own, setting the stage for conflict with the Iroquois Confederacy. During the mids, the English had made it clear to the various Indian tribes that they intended to settle the frontier. The French, on the other hand, were more interested in trade.

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Although the Iroquois Confederacy officially remained neutral, many in the Iroquois Confederacy also allied with the French. Unfortunately for them, the French lost the war and ceded the all of its North American possessions to the British. The Mingo retreated to their homes along the banks of the Ohio River, and the Shawnee retreated to their homes at Chillicothe.

Although the war was officially over, many Indians continued to see the British as a threat to their sovereignty and continued to fight them. In the summer of , Pontiac, an Ottawa chief, led raids on key British forts. Shawnee chief Keigh-tugh-qua, or Cornstalk, led similar attacks on western Virginia settlements in present-day Greenbrier County.

Then, on August 6, , British forces under the command of Colonel Henry Bouquet retaliated and destroyed Delaware and Shawnee forces at Bushy Run in western Pennsylvania, ending the hostilities. However, many land speculators, including George Washington, violated the proclamation by claiming vast acreage in western Virginia.

The next five years were relatively peaceful on the frontier. With the frontier now open, settlers, once again, began to enter into present-day West Virginia. Nearly half of the Americans manning the fort were killed in the three-day assault.

The Indians then left the Fort celebrating their victory. For the remainder of the war, smaller raiding parties of Mingo, Shawnee, and other Indian tribes terrorized settlers throughout northern West Virginia. Following the war, the Mingo and Shawnee, once again allied with the losing side, returned to their homes.

However, as the number of settlers in the region began to grow, and with their numbers depleted by the war, both the Mingo and the Shawnee moved further inland. They arrived in Richard was then 16 years old, Cotteral was 18, and Charity was They abandoned their cabin several times due to Indian uprisings, and twice had to leave the county entirely due to the treat of Indian raids.

In , Richard Talbot married Margaret Dowden, then 11 years old. They subsequently had 13 children together. His older brother, Cotteral Talbot, married Elizabeth Reger later that same year. There have only been two recorded incidences of Indians attacking European settlers in Barbour County.

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The first occurred in either or John Gibson and his family, possibly the first settlers on Sugar Creek, were at their sugar camp when Indians surprised and attacked them. The Indians took the family prisoner and, before they had gone far, killed Mrs. Gibson in front of her children.

One of her sons later escaped to tell the tale. He never found out what happened to the rest of his family. Families living along the river had been warned of Indian attacks, but because Indians had not been sighted in the area for many years no one expected any trouble. George reached the house first.

An Indian emerged from the house and fired a gun at George. The shot missed, but George fell to the ground, pretending to be hit. The Indian chased the man back toward the field, narrowing missing him with a tomahawk. While the Indian was chasing his father, George ran away in the other direction.

As he was running, he found one of his younger brothers limping on a bad leg.

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Believing that if he stayed to help his younger brother to escape they would both be caught and killed, he left his younger brother to his fate. The Indians killed two of Mr. Bozarth and two of his sons captive. They were never heard from again.

At that time, there were twenty-one Justices of the Peace in the county, and all were present at the meeting. One of the first orders of business was to select a county clerk. Three candidates, Lair D. The next order of business was to nominate a sheriff for referral to the governor.

At that time, sheriffs had to have served as a Justice of the Peace. By tradition, the sheriff was whomever had served as a Justice of the Peace the longest. An election was held, with Booth receiving two votes and McCoy receiving sixteen.

Joseph McCoy was then recommended to the Governor for appointment. The county court then selected three places to be used as polls in public elections: In , a covered bridge across the Tygart Valley River was built in Philippi.

It was designed by Lemuel Chenoweth, from Beverly. Chenoweth presented his plan he placed a wooden model of his bridge between two chairs facing each other and stood on it. The bridge was feet long, and made entirely of wood except the steel bolts holding it together.

During its construction typhoid fever broke out among the men working on it. Between fifteen and twenty of the workers were ill at the same time, and work almost halted because other workers could not be found. The Philipi bridge was the first bridge captured during the Civil War.

In , the Union Army was going to burn it down, but Southern sympathizers in the town prevented it from happening. Sadly though, in , an accidental fire almost completely destroyed the bridge. It was reconstructed, as close as possible to the original, and reopened in It is the only bridge of its kind on the national highway system.

Local legend has it that President Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, held a secret meeting at the bridge shortly after the Civil War began in a futile effort to end the conflict. There were many southern sympathies in Barbour County. In January , the Confederate flag was raised above the county court house.

It remained there until Union troops, under the command of Colonel B. Kelley, occupied Philipi on June 3, On March 7, a meeting was held at the county court house to discuss succession for the Union. After attempting to speak, a gun was leveled at his chest, and he abruptly removed himself from the meeting by jumping through a court house window. The meeting was later called the "Shoe Shop Convention. Aware that Unionists had elected delegates to the Wheeling Convention, southern sympathizers posted guards at the end of the covered bridge in an attempt to prevent them from leaving the town.

When the time came for the delegates to leave, the only one who would go was Spencer Dayton, the many who had jumped through the court house window to save his life.