Settlers of the Cheat River, Virginia

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The Cheat River Valley was part of a much larger area disputed in the 1770s by the Colonies of Pennsylvania and Virginia. (This was before they agreed to extend the Mason-Dixon Line westward from Maryland.) Virginia attempted to administer this vast region as the District of West Augusta between 1774 and 1776, after which it subdivided the District into three counties, the Cheat River becoming part of Monongalia County. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania tried to oversee it as part of the overlapping Westmoreland County. After additional surveys, and the resolution of the Virginia-Pennsylvania border dispute in the 1780s, it became established that all but the lowermost 3 miles of the Cheat were within the state of Virginia. The Cheat River country remained part of Monongalia County until 1791 when that county was divided into a smaller Monongalia County and Randolph County.

The Cheat is formed at [current] Parsons, West Virginia, by the confluence of Shavers Fork and Black Fork. Black Fork is fed by the Blackwater River and by the Dry, Glady, and Laurel Forks — these are traditionally referred to as the five Forks of Cheat. From Parsons the Cheat River flows generally northward through Tucker and Preston counties, past the towns of Rowlesburg and Albright. It then flows through an impressive gorge — Cheat Canyon — northeastwardly from Albright, collecting Big Sandy Creek before entering Monongalia County, where a hydro-electric dam just south of the Pennsylvania border causes it to widen as the Cheat Lake reservoir. It then flows for a short distance through southwestern Fayette County, Pennsylvania, before joining the Monongahela River at Point Marion, Pennsylvania. Upstream of its dam, the Cheat is one of the largest undammed watersheds in the eastern United States.Cheat River, Wikipedia.com

Records of Early Settlers

(listed in alphabetical order of surname):



  • Page 260 - Thomas Cushman, Jr., 628 acres, Cheat River. Adjoining Ehpraim Frazee. May 14, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 263 - James Dinwiddie, 382 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 11, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 263 - Charles Donleson, 400 acres branch of Cheat River. May 11, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 261 - Ephraim Frazze, 234 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 10, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 263 - Arthur Gorden, 365 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 9, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 91].
  • Page 262 - John Hartness, 394 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 15, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 261 - Joseph Herlin, 800 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 9, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 261 - Martin Judy, 525 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 10, 1774.[Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 261 - John Maurice, 580 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 13, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 262 - Richard Maurice, 730 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 14, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 262 - Thomas Moore, 400 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 12, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 260 - James Parsons, 714 acres, branch of Cheat River. April 12, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 259 - Thomas Parsons, 340 acres, Cheat River, opposite to and above the upper end of Horse Shoe Bottom. April 12, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 260 - Joseph Robenet, 400 acres, branch of Cheat River. Adjoining John Maurice. May 13, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 263 - Noah Rude, 387 acres, branch of Cheat River. Adjoining Charles Donelson. May 12, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 262 - Samuel Warrel, 550 acres, branch of Cheat River. May 14, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].
  • Page 263 - Anthony Worldly, 300 acres, branch of Cheat River. Adjoining Richard Maurice. May 14, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 90].


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