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The speaker is an 80-year-old White man with a college education from Buckhannon, West Virginia; he was recorded in 1970.



County: Upshur
State: WV

Commentary:
The city of Buckhannon was established in 1816 by two English soldiers. Due to its near-central location, there was discussion of making the city the capital of West Virginia. Officials rejected the idea because they felt the Buckhannon River, which the city lies alongside, was not wide enough for commerce. In this segment the speaker talks about his German ancestors??? arrival in the United States and eventual settlement in West Virginia.
Inf: Well, my first ancestor left Germany in seventeen hundred and seventeen [FW: Mm-hmm]. A minister of the gospel with a family of seven children, and he joined the Frankfort Land Company, induced by William Penn to come to America [FW: Mm-hmm]. And he landed here in September nineteen and seventeen. And as a member of the Land Company he was given a two-hundred-and-fifty-acre tract of land up near Puckstown [sic], Pennsylvania [FW: Mm-hmm]. And he had a large family, well, he had his seven children and, uh, his wife and he preached there for years and years. And his children, then there were four boys and the three girls and, uh, my ancestor the fifth child. He came here to West Virginia in the Seneca Valley over here, and in seventeen hundred and six they built the old Henckel Fort. And these people all around here are his descendants. He had eleven children and they branched out from here and then the-, the others remained in Pennsylvania, two of ???em. And one of ???em went to North Carolina and the-, that branch of the Henckels down there are the same family. And we were a people that were an independent people, we were a working people and, uh, we were not a people that were wantin??? to get into office but they did get into all kinds of business [FW: Mm-hmm]. Our people, which established the first printing press in Cincinnati, established the first printing press in St. Louis in eighteen hundred and ten and signed the charter for the incorporation of two of ???em for the city of St. Louis [FW: Mm-hmm]. And we helped to establish schools and, if I know, one family there was seven ministers of the gospel out of the seven children, Lutherans and Methodists [FW: Mm-hmm]. Now that???s, that???s the type of people they were. They believed in education and hard work.

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