Thomas Charlton

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
September 20, 1999

A History of Monroe County, West Virginia
Oren F. Morton, B. Lit.
Staunton, VA
The McClure Company, Inc.
p. 325


The Charltons crossed the ocean to Philadelphia about 1750. One of them was
Thomas, who died in that city in 1791, leaving to his cousin Thomas 30 pounds
and all his wearing apparel. His benevolence is illustrated by his legacy of
60 pounds to the poor among the communicants of his church. The second Thomas
(1741-1819) (Alice Perry, 1763) came here about 1792 and settled on a large
tract between Hillsdale and New Lebanon. It is said he was the first pioneer
to arrive in a wagon. It was a four-horse conveyance with a canoe-shaped bed,
and it held himself and wife, their eight children, and their household goods
He is also credited with bringing the eglantine to Monroe. The two roomed log
house he built stood by the spring near the home of S. R. H. Irons. The only
one of his children with descendants in the county was his youngest son,
Joseph (b. 1784, m. Janet Ewing, 1807)-C: Frances -Oliver-Thomas
-JennieLettiJoseph P. E.-James E. Like three of the sisters of their father,
the three daughters of Thomas, Sr., never married, but lived most of their
lives in a home of their own. The door of John’s house was made like a slat
curtain or a stave hammock, and in the day time was rolled up and fastened by
pins above the door.