|Three Virginia Counties|
Crumrine tells in his Washington County history of the first proposal (p 183) about l775 to establish 3 western counties in Virginia. This plan was never carried into effect.. It probably has never been published before. Ohio County To begin where the division line between Maryland & Pennsylvania continued on the same course westward strikes the Monongahela. Thence the same course continued to the River Ohio. Thence up the River Ohio & along the several windings thereof to the Monongahela River & up the said Monongahela River to the place of beginning. Remarks. This would make a county of a good figure, nearly square, about 50 miles long and 30 broad - the whole bounded by natural lines except about 30 miles. The center of this tract of country would be near the head of Chartiers Creek. A rich country - thick settled and well watered with fine springs. Monongahela County To begin at the lower side of the mouth of the little Kanawha. Thence southeast to the Laurel Hill. Thence along the Laurel Hill to where it is crossed by the boundary line between Maryland & Pennsylvania extended westward. Thence westward the same course as the said line continued to the River Ohio. Thence down the River Ohio to the place of beginning. Remarks. This is nearly a square figure & contains all the. settlements on the Monongahela above Youghiogane County. It is about 50 miles long and nearly 40 broad. The center of the settled part of this county is at or near the west fork of the Monongahela - a rich well-settled country. And as the Indiana Claim is contained within these lines, no other county would be involved in a dispute with the Proprietors. Youghiogane County To begin where Ohio County does, viz, where the division line between Maryland & Pennsylvania continued in the same course westward strikes the Monongahela. Thence down the River Monongahela to the Allegany River & up the said Allegany River to the western boundary line of the state of Pennsylvania. Thence along the said western boundary line of the state of Pennsylvania to the southern boundary line of the said state of Pennsylvania. Thence eastward along the said southern boundary line of the state of Pennsylvania to the meridian of the westward boundary line of Maryland. Thence south to the northwest corner or boundary of Maryland. Thence west to the place of beginning. And it is uncertain where the western & southern boundary lines of Pennsylvania will fall or be fixed, when the line of property shall be run. Suppose until then the said boundary should be pointed out as follows. To begin at the mouth of Plum Run and up the same to the head thereof. Thence to the bullock pens in tenure of a certain William Elliot. Thence along the great road to the widow Mires. Thence (crossed out) along the new Virginia Road to Stewart's Crossings. Thence along the same road by Guess's along the new Virginia Road - Braddock old road (as proposed by the Honorable Convention of Virginia to the Convention of Pennsylvania) a temporary boundary between the two states to the boundary of Maryland. Remarks. This is a very compact figure nearly the same size as the other two counties. The center of it would be somewhere about the mouth of Jacobs Creek in a fertile & populous country. By this division (there is) no inhabitant of the 3 counties would have to cross any difficult water when obliged to attend at courts or other public meetings. Additional remark. The inhabitants settled between the Laurel Hill & the Allegany Mountain along Cheat River, Tygart Valley & Greenbrier are sufficient for a fourth county or they might remain in Augusta, or be included in Monongahela County by extending the first line to the Allegany Hill. Memorandum. Every foot of Youghiogane County as above proposed is claimed by Pennsylvania, and as the Monongahela is the extent of their present claim, the Proceedings in the courts of the undisputed parts of Virginia, would not, should this division be adopted, be interrupted or party quarrels arise in them.
This article was transcribed by George and Mary Ann Plance in August 1998.
|Raymond M. Bell Anthology   Genealogy in Washington Co., PA|
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