Archibald Woods (1764-1846). Woods settled in Wheeling,
West Virginia after the Revolutionary War and was a delegate to the
state convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. He served for
20 years as president of the Northwestern Bank of Virginia.
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"DRAWINGS FROM PATRICK GASS'S DIARY"
Above left is Patrick Gass, center is his last child, Mrs. Rachel Gass Brierley, died 1926. The third photo is of the home that Patrick built at Pierce's Run, Brook Co., West Virginia.
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The picture on the left depicts the capture of Jemima Boone and the Calloway girls. The
one on the right portrays the rescue, from which incident, John and David Gess/Gass became noted heroes.
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Daniel Boone (1734-1820). Boone was a pioneer in present-day West Virginia and Kentucky, established his home on the south side of the Kanawha River opposite Campbell's Creek in present-day Kanawha City in Charleston. He served as Kanawha County's delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 1791, and lived in the Charleston area until 1799. Portrait, from a steel engraving from the original painting by Chappel.
David Gass (1732-1806) started to Kentucky with Boone and his party in 1773 from
North Carolina, but after a surprise attack by the Indians in which Boone's son was
killed, the party turned back to the home of the Gass family at the most western point of
civilization. There the Boone family lived in the cabin with the Gass family for two years,
or until Boone and his thirty axemen left to cut a path through to the mouth of Otter
Creek on the Kentucky River for Richard Henderson and his party in 1773. However,
Gass had come with Boone and others to Kentucky during the period of waiting for more
settled conditions. Gass and his family lived in Fort Boonesborough three years. There
the women molded bullets and carried water during the siege, before moving in 1781 to
....................................................................... Estill's Station where they lived five years.
By 1786 David Gass had moved to the first county seat at Milford: the
first court met in his home in 1786 and continued to meet there until
a courthouse was provided. David Gass was appointed one of the Judges
of the Court of Quarter Sessions by Patrick Henry.
During the Second Virginia Convention, his most famous speech was delivered on March 23,
1775 at St. John's Church in Richmond. His words became the clarion call that led the colonies
into Revolution. With courage and eloquence, he cried, "I know not what course others may
take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
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