How West Virginia was Settled

Jeannette Holland Austin
3 min readJun 13, 2022

As immigrants and settlers moved from the eastern-seaboard through the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, they found hardship, strife, and war with the various Indian tribes following the great buffalo herds. As the Indian performed his tasks alongside nature, likewise, the frontiersman hunted and fished, bearing the trails which came upon him. Suffice it to say that a major portion of the white man’s troubles were amongst the more violent and revengeful Indian tribes who opposed settlers.

The first white man to find a home in West Virginia was Richard Morgan. In 1726 he…

Jeannette Holland Austin

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