Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas Jr.              by Guest blogger and descendant of Jesse and Avis Thomas, Mark Thomas   Jesse Thomas Jr. was born May 28, 1771 at Mattamuskeet, Hyde County, North Carolina; being the 2nd son of Jesse Thomas-Sr. and Sarah Muncy, who had a total...Read more
Truth

Truth

  What is the truth? Let’s get philosophical for a minute.  What is the truth? What is true for me, may not be true for you. Take it a step further. There’s your truth, my truth, the truth of the community, perhaps others. Bear with me. My truth: I saw...Read more
Colonization or Assimilation?

Colonization or Assimilation?

  Where would the freed slaves live once emancipation was achieved? Some favored assimilation, while others like Benjamin Lundy supported colonization. Lundy traveled to Haiti, Mexico, Texas and Canada looking for suitable land to settle the freed slaves on.  The American Colonization Society purchased land on the West Coast of...Read more
William Reid

William Reid

William Reid: Skilled Wheelright and so much more!   William Reid was born Apr. 2, 1807 in Hancock County, VA (WV). He was married in 1835 to Rachel Scott Mitchell and their family included 8 children. In 1840, William purchased lot #2 on the corner of Union and Concord streets and...Read more
Ottoway Moore

Ottoway Moore

James Ottoway Moore was one of the emancipated Taliferro slaves who was relocated to Mt Pleasant.  He was twenty years old when he arrived.  In 1858 he is listed as a hack driver in Mt Pleasant.  The hack was the predecessor of the taxi.    The Wheeling Times of Tuesday...Read more
David Milner

David Milner

      David N. Milner, was born in  Guernsey Co., Ohio in 1814. At the age of 16, he apprenticed to be a saddler. He worked that trade for over 60 years. His harness shop was located in a building that had previously been a tavern, located on the...Read more
Immediate or Gradual Emancipation?

Immediate or Gradual Emancipation?

  Continuing our previous abolitionists post.  Charles Osborn and Elisha Bates believed in an immediate end to slavery, however, many Northern whites, especially the Irish immigrants, feared there would be greater competition for laboring jobs particularly if the slaves were freed all at one time. In the late 18th century, after the...Read more
Abolition

Abolition

  We know that Mount Pleasant was an abolitionist of stronghold from contemporary accounts, as early as 1817. However, even among the abolitionists there was derision.  Not everyone agreed on how to end slavery. Some, like Charles Osborn and Elisha Bates believed in an immediate end to slavery, others like...Read more
Reese B Smith

Reese B Smith

  Reese Smith, second from the left,  was born at Pleasant Grove. He came to Mt. Pleasant in the 1850s, where he worked at the blacksmiths’ trade for a number of years. His shop was where the Friends Church stands now. He developed a process for manufacturing steel for which...Read more
Historic Occupations

Historic Occupations

Many of the Mt. Pleasant businesses that existed in the 19th and early 20th centuries were related to the care and use of horses.  From early maps, directories and census records, we find occupations that include: Livery Stables, Harness and Saddle Makers, Coach Makers, Wagon Makers, Blacksmiths, Hackman/driver, Stage driver...Read more