George Edgington

Copyright 1999 Julia A. (Heaton) Krutilla
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GEORGE EDGINGTON, SR. and family of Brooke Co., VA/WV

Much of the early documents on this family have conflicting information
but all are included so you can
weigh the evidence and quality of the source.

George EDGINGTON, Sr. was supposedly born in London c1706/07, some
sources say Wales, and ran
away from home due to a whipping. He was discovered as a stowaway when
far out to sea, came to
American at the age of 15, and settled near Philadelphia, PA. There he
married Margaret BROOME on 30 Jul
1743 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. George EGERTON is
the name found on this church
document.

Some secondary evidence connects his wife, Margaret BROOME with parents
Thomas BROOME and
Elizabeth COLEY who married 27 July 1712 at Christ Church, Philadelphia,
PA.

The following is abstracted material from the Draper Manuscripts.

“George EDGINGTON, who came from London to America, settled first near
Philadelphia and there
married, then to Hampshire Co., VA, below the mouth of South Branch,
thirty miles from Winchester.
Edward’s Fort, six miles from EDGINGTON was where the people forted.
EDGINGTON went to a tub mill
belonging to another Edwards, and there were about a dozen Dutch boys
and girls also there at the mill and
all had to stay overnight. The next morning, all were taken by the
Indians; they tomahawked the children
except two boys and EDGINGTON in the mill, and set it on fire, and
started for Fort DuQuesne (Pittsburgh,
PA).

After going three miles, they killed the two remaining Dutch boys. In
crossing a stream, an Indian walked
over a log, leading EDGINGTON, who waded and when in the middle of the
stream pulled in the Indian,
who when reaching the shore, aimed a tomahawk blow, which EDGINGTON
partly dodging, split his nose
and upper lip; the other Indian interfered and saved a repetition of the
blow; tied up the wound – took him
first to Fort DuQuesne, then up to Scioto, and kept him three years.

Two days after EDGINGTON was taken, his wife barely escaped being with a
couple of families of eight
persons, under protection of two soldiers, going to Edward’s Fort; all
were waylaid and killed. While he
was absent, his wife, two years after, not doubting he was killed at the
mill, married again; but when he
returned, he kindly gave her the choice of husbands, and she chose her
first.”

The Compendium of American Genealogy Vol., 1, pg. 77 states “that George
EDGINGTON served in the
French and Indian War and lived below the south fork of the Potomac
River in Hampshire County, VA.”

His land transactions in Hampshire Co., VA/WV include a purchase of 200
acres on 10 August 1772 on the
North River of Cacapon, and he sold it 2 October 1774 before moving to
Holliday’s Cove, Ohio Co., VA (now
Weirton, Brooke Co., WV).

The following is an abstract from “Pioneer Days, Early History of
Jefferson County, OH”, M. D. Sinclair, pg.
155 regarding the EDGINGTON Family:

“History of Pioneer EDGINGTON Family Reads Like Fiction – Among the many
strange happenings which
befell the settlers of pioneer days, adventures of the EDGINGTON family
are among the most unusual.

George and Margaret (BROOME) EDGINGTON came to this country from England
at a very early date and
settled in Hampshire Co., VA on a grant of land given them by Lord
Fairfax. Later they decided to remove
from that location and went to what we now call Hollidays Cove (Weirton,
WV).

They are said to have had six sons in the War of the Revolution. One of
these was Thomas, born in 1744,
died 1814, buried in Union Cemetery together with his wife, Martha, a
son, Thomas, a daughter, Drusilla,
and a son, Jesse, who was born 1779, died 1866. Also Mrs. Mary VIERS
EDGINGTON born 1783, died 1852.
The family lived in the red brick house which is still standing not far
from the approach to the Fort Steuben
bridge on the West Virginia side of the Ohio River . . . . . . The
pioneers, George and Martha (Margaret is who
they meant) EDGINGTON, were buried in a private burying ground not far
from the house where they lived
in West Virginia (then VA) and recently a descendant, who is a prominent
resident of Wheeling, WV, has
been making an effort to locate the graves and will have the remains
disinterred and placed in the
EDGINGTON lot in Union Cemetery. In addition to the members already
referred to there will also be found
in Island Creek Cemetery, Ashiel EDGINGTON, 1760-1826 and Cassandra
(VEIRS) , 1773-1828; Jesse
EDGINGTON never married but was prominent among the early settlers in
this district. Mrs. Martha
EDGINGTON McCAUSLEN is descended on her mother’s side from these old
pioneers.”

During the Indian depredations in the early 1780’s, the EDGINGTON along
with most of the valley pioneer
families safely moved into Washington Co., PA. The 1783 Nottingham Twp.,
Washington Co., PA Tax lists
include George Sr., his sons Jesse, John, Isaac, George Jr., and an
unknown Norrid EDGINGTON. (With
Thomas presumed dead, perhaps this Norris [an early surname in
Washington Co., PA] is the widow
Martha “Patty” with her maiden name, inheriting her husband’s property
or perhaps the new husband. He
could also be an unknown son of George Sr.) George and Margaret’s sons
Thomas and Joseph are clearly
missing from these tax records. Thomas was most likely an indian captive
in the Indian towns as he is
missing from 3 years of tax records and perhaps Joseph was active
service with the militia as he later
appears as a squatter across the Ohio River at Hart’s Rock on 30
November 1785. And in the 1787 Ohio Co.,
VA tax records all of the EDGINGTONs return to their property in the
1787 Ohio Co., VA (WV) Tax records.

In 1788, George Sr. believing his days on this earth were soon coming to
an end, gave his son, George Jr.
power of attorney. This document can be found in the Ohio Co., WV(VA)
Deed Book 1, pg. 209.

Unfortunately, no records have been found on Margaret BROOME EDGINGTON
date of death or even
much about her life.

George EDGINGTON, SR. died in 1791 age 84 at his son, Thomas’s farm in
Ohio Co., VA according to
Leyman Draper Manuscripts. And Mr. Draper mentions seeing the grave,
crude stone and inscription as
date and age were given on this same field stone.

CHILDREN OF GEORGE EDGINGTON SR. and MARGARET BROOME:

Thomas EDGINGTON b. 1744 Hampshire Co., VA, d. 2 January 1814 Brooke
Co., VA(WV). Served in
Brady’s Rangers, a spy for the Frontier Rangers, Indian captive in 1781,
taken to Detroit and sold to the
British. Ref: Pa Arch 6th Series, Vol. II, pg. 153; Draper Mss. 2 S 292,
293. He was reburied at the Union
Cemetery, Steubenville, OH. Married Martha “Patty” _______. Children:
Asahel, George, Mary, John, Sarah,
Jesse, Rachel, Drucilla, and Thomas.

George EDGINGTON, JR. b. c1746 Hampshire Co., VA, d. 1816, said to be
buried in EDGINGTON Cemetery.
Moved to Manchester, Adams Co., OH in 1791 shortly after the town was
founded by Massie. About 1795
he left the stockade and settled in Sprigg Township near Zane’s Trace.
Pioneer to the Northwest Territory.
Ref: PA Archives Series Vol. 2, pg. 41, 83; Evans’s & Stivers History of
Adams Co., OH. George died in 1816.
He left his wife Mary (who was born about 1750, and was possibly a
Naylor) and a large family (order of
birth unknown). Children: John, George, Elizabeth “Tacy”, Sarah,
William, Mary, Absalom, Drucilla, and
Abel.

Joseph EDGINGTON, b. c 1749, Hampshire Co., VA, d. April 1832, probably
buried in the Aerl (Wilson)
Cemetery. While living in Holiday’s Cove, Ohio Co., WV (now Brooke Co.,
WV) area with his brothers, Isaac
and Jesse, enlisted in Capt. James Munn’s Co. of Pennsylvania militia,
and participated in Col. William
Crawford’s disastrous Sandusky expedition. His nephew Jacob EDGINGTON
states that on one occasion
he shot a squaw he saw coming up a branch; she was “very richly dressed,
wearing many silver brooches”.
Shortly afterwards he had his arm broken by a musket ball, recovered.
About 1795 he went with his family
to Massie’s, and is reported to have been one of the first to settle
outside the stockade. He remained in Sprigg
Twp. until about 1817, when he bought land in what is now Eagle Twp.,
Brown Co., OH where he resided
until his death in April 1832. Joseph was married twice; first to
Eleanor, whose maiden name is unknown;
and second on August 8, 1814, to Hannah (McLAUGHLIN) GUTRIDGE, widow of
James GUTRIDGE. She
survived him, dying August 2, 1845, aged 74 years, 4 months, 17 days and
is buried in the Aerl Cemetery.
Joseph EDGINGTON was the father of a large family – all by his 1st wife
Eleanor. He did not leave a will as
he disposed of his real estate prior to his death and no paper trail has
been found giving all the names of his
children. Known children: Ashahel, Margaret, Eleanor, George, Joseph
Jr., Isaac, Joshua, Jemina, Henry,
Honor, and Asa.

Isaac EDGINGTON, b. c1752 in Hampshire Co., VA, d. abt. 1836, buried
Bentonville, Adams Co., OH. Pvt.
on Sandusky Exp. under Col. William Crawford in Capt. James Munn’s Co.,
Washington Co., PA Militia.
Ref: PA Archives 6th Series, Vol. 2 pg. 51, 72, 84, 396; Evan’s &
Stivers History of Adams Co.; Draper
Manuscripts 19 S 162, 163. He was married c1777 to Elizabeth, maiden
name unknown. He moved from
Hampshire Co., VA to the then western frontier area near Ft. Henry,
Wheeling, VA(WV), where he and his
brothers Joseph and Jesse, enlisted in Capt. James Munn’s Co. of PA
militia and served in Crawford’s
expedition in the summer of 1782. He was for many years a scout in the
Wheeling area, and was granted a
tract of land in Strabane Twp., Washington Co., PA, patent dated 17
March 1787. He later sold this tract to
his brother Jesse, which was recorded May 18, 1796. His son Jacob
EDGINGTON says in his 1863 statement
to Mr. Draper, that his father removed to Adams Co., in 1794. Isaac
settled outside the stockade at
Manchester in Sprigg Twp. along Isaac’s Creek, which bears his name
about the age of 84 years. He
supposedly left a will, which was distroyed in the Court House fire of
February 1910. He and his wife,
Elizabeth are believed to be buried near Bentonville. No complete list
of their children has been found, but
the following are constructed from records available: Ruah Ann (Ruanna,
Ruey Ann), Abraham, Isaac Jr.,
Jacob, Rachel, Brice Viers, Azariah, and John.

John EDGINGTON b. c1754 Hampshire Co., VA, d. 1813 Stark Co., OH. Moved
from Brooke Co., VA to Stark
Co., OH in 1811. Buried 1 mile west of Canal Fulton. Pvt. In Capt. James
Munn’s Co., 2nd Batt. Washington
Co., PA Militia, ordered to rendezvous 18th of March 1782. Ref: PA
Archives 6th Series, Vol. II, pg. 36, 60, 83.
Married Nancy Bruce. Children: Aaron, John, Sarah, Mary, Rebecca, Noah,
Nancy, Margaret, and Isaac.

Jesse EDGINGTON b. 1759 Hampshire Co., VA, d. July 6, 1821 Springfield
Twp., Richland Co., OH, on farm
7 miles west of Mansfield, buried near Ontario, Richland Co., OH.
Removed from Jefferson Co., OH near
Steubenville to Richland Co., OH in 1815. Pvt. In Washington Co., PA
Militia Capt. James Munn’s Co., 1782;
Williamson expedition, the disastrous foray of the Sandusky Exp. under
Col. Wm. Crawford. Married
October 5, 1779, Margaret Palmer (Parmer, Paramour, or Parramore).
Children: Thomas, John, Levi, Isaac,
Jesse, and William.

Recommended reading and reference on this family:

1. Further Materials on Lewis Wetzel & the Upper Ohio Frontier, …
Historical Narrative of George
Edgington (from the Draper Manuscripts), Jared C. Lobdell – The
Edgington Family, pg. 1.
2. Pioneer Days, Early History of Jefferson County, OH, M. D. Sinclair,
pg. 155
3. History of Adams Co., OH Vol. I, 1982, C. N. Thompson, 169-191
4. That Dark & Bloody River, Allan W. Eckert
5. Ohio DAR Revolutionary Rosters Vol. I & II 1929-1938
6. The Draper Manuscripts – Microfilm rented from American Genealogical
Lending Library
7. PA Colonial Archives 6th Series – Microfilm rented from American
Genealogical Lending Library

Submitted by: Julia A. Krutilla
Date: December 13, 1999