1809. Manuscript deed of sale for 68 acres in Harrison County, Virginia for the sum of $200. 39 x 32 cm. 2pp. Signed on the second page, with their marks, by Elias, Charity and Sotha Hickman. Recorded in the Harrison County January Court 1810. Signature of James H. Neal, of the Wood County Court attesting to his examining Charity Hickman "as the law directs" and affirming she had relinquished her rights to the property. The words "This Indenture" written in a flourishing script, the remainder of the document in a good, clear hand. Some separations at folds, some ink blots, upper edge of document scalloped. Item #63704
Harrison County, Virginia [now West Virginia] was founded in 1784 and Wood County was created from the western portion of Harrison in 1798. Sotha Hickman (c.1748-c.1833) arrived in the area in the early 1770s. He purchased land in Harrison County on Elk Creek, where he and his family lived, and where he was fond of proclaiming that his son Arthur was the first white child born in the county, "that he raised the first crop of corn and owned the first rooster that ever crowed in the County." Sotha Hickman served as a private in the company of Capt. William Lowther on the frontier during the Revolutionary War, and was a well-known Indian fighter. His Revolutionary War pension application states that he served as a private with Lowther's Virginia militia "watching the frontier and protecting it from the invasion and ravages of the combined Indian & British Canadian Troops," and in scouting parties along Ten Mile Creek and West Fork River. [pension application testimony July 17, 1832]. Likely the purchaser of the property was Thomas Haymond (1776-1853), a deputy surveyor, Justice of the Peace, amd Commissioner of Delinquent & Forfeited Lands, and from 1821 until his death, the principal surveyor for Harrison County. [see their brief biographies in Henry Haymond's "History of Harrison County, West Virginia," (Acme Publishing: 1910)]. Sotha Hickman is mentioned by DeHass in his "History of the Early Settlement and Indian Wars of Western Virginia," [Wheeling: 1851].