Race

Race

  RACE Race is a challenging subject to tackle. It’s also a very interesting subject with so many aspects. Rather than tackle it lets just put a few things out here and you can continue the research yourself.   Race is not biological. There is no gene or cluster of genes...Read more
Jake Washington

Jake Washington

We have said in the past, The Mt Pleasant abolitionists were Quaker, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist. They were men, women and children.  They were black and they were white.   Many people think that most of the people involved with the Underground Railroad were white. The truth is that most...Read more
J C Hoge

J C Hoge

The occupations relating to horses in the previous post did not include horse/stock breeders. Mt. Pleasant was home to several stock breeders who were very well known in the local area and beyond.  James Clayton Hoge. Known as J. C. Hoge owned and operated The Oakland Stock Farm. His family consisted...Read more
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