Nine Generations of Pioneer Families
Part III
Submitted by Ethel Nielsen

      The early forts were hastily put together as a unified defense against the Indians. The Forts were not much more than a stockade made of logs and usually put together in a hurry.

      Some Forts (Nutter Fort-near Clarksburg) were built before the Revolution. They were built more to defend against Indian attacks rather than against the British. Incidentally, the last Royal Governor was Lord Dunmore. He is the one who beat back the Indians at Point Pleasant in what became known as Dunmore’s War of 1774.

      In 1774, war had broken out between the Virginia frontier settlers and the Native Americans. This conflict was called Lord Dunmore's War, named after the governor of the Colony. Captain Zackquill MORGAN organized a company of militia to defend the settlements. The roll of this company included Jacob YOUNGMAN, Thomas HARBERT and John JONES. For this service, Thomasreceived 400 acres. Samuel, the oldest son of Thomas, inherited his father’s 400 acres in 1781 by the Commissioner of unpatented lands. It was the custom for the oldest son to inherit. Later, Samuel sold some of this land to his brother John. John and Samuel had both married into the John Wade LOOFBOURROW family.

      John Harbert(1769-1857), son of Thomas, filed a claim in Harrison County 21 June 1834 for a pension based on his service in the revolutionary war for six months in 1783. He applied for pension (No. R-4585) saying he was 67 or 68 years old and that he was stationed at Powers Fort at Grundy's blockhouse as much as six months but can't say whether it was before or after the year 1783, nor how old he was at the time. He stated Captain Wm Robinson !> was in command of the station during his service and he lived with his father who had a settlement within eight miles of the fort. His claim was never approved.

      According to the book, "Old Grist Mills of Harrison County", John Harbert petitioned the court March 3, 1823 for permission to erect a mill on his land on the left-hand fork of Tenmile Creek. The permit was granted and he erected a dam and built a water saw and grist mill. He later conveyed the mill to his grandson Benjamin who operated it for 16 years and then conveyed it to his son Francis in 1867. The mill was a short distance from the town of Sardis, near Clarksburg, WV.

The children of John Harbert and Sarah Loofbourrow were: Jessie married Jane Reed;

      Thomas m Hannah Randall--Aug. 17, 1810; John Jr. married Julia Davisson; David (1797) married Elizabeth Arnold; Melinda (1800) married Jeriah Scott; Noah married Acsah Shinn; Absalom m Frances F. Allen; Louisa m Lemuel Haggerty; William m Lulu Grifford and their daughter Martha married James Scarff Griffin in 1820.

Samuel Griffin and son James Scarff Griffin

      Martha Harbert (1802-1889), daughter of John Harbert and Sarah Loofbourrow married James Scarff Griffin (1799-1867) in 1820; he was born in Frederick, Maryland and is buried in Flemington, Harrison County. His father was Samuel, born in Wales, Dec. 6, 1753 and died in Harrison Co. Samuel is buried in the Simpson Church Graveyard in Bridgeport, W.V. and his grave says he died August 5, 1829, age 77. Samuel Griffin married Sarah Scarff (1763-1837) before 1778. The tax list of 1776, Eden Hundred, Harford County, Maryland lists Samuel Griffin in the household of Henry SCARFF. He was probably a hired hand who eventually married Henry’s daughter Sarah SCARFF.

      In 1803, Samuel moved across the mountains to what is now West Virginia and settled on Brushy Fork of the Elk River, near Clarksburg. His eleven children are listed on TETRICK Reel 71, and his youngest son was James Scarff born April 13, 1799 in Frederick County, Va and died August 3, 1867, Taylor County, WV. Samuel is listed as a member of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church, the first church in the Clarksburg area.

      James Scarff was baptized by Rev. John ALLEN, Jones Run Church, at the meeting on July, 1831. At the meeting in January, 1833 he was licensed by the church to exercise his gifts of singing, prayer and preaching in the bounds of the Association. On October 8th, 1836, he was licensed to proceed to his ordination to the full work of the gospel ministry. He served as pastor of the Jones Run Church from Sept. 21, 1850 until July 11, 1857.

      The minutes of the Va Baptist Assoc. for 1850, page 62, lists him with the ministers in the state of Va. His post office address was listed as Lumberport, Harrison Co. In 1855 he is listed as the pastor of Ten Mile Church in Harrison County.

      Pages 40-44 Griffin and Related Families History by Paul E. Griffin1987, gives a history of the Jones’ Run Baptist Church, located in Lumberport, WV. The church was organized in 1831 as the Ten Mile Church and the name was changed to Jones' Run, December, 1855. The Ten Mile Church had its start as the West Fork River Church organized in 1791 by Tomas Maxson. James Scarff also served as pastor 1861-1863 for the Clarksburg Baptist Church, according to Harrison County records.

      Martha Harbert and James Scarff Griffinhad eleven known children. The one of interest here is their daughter Sarah Jane Griffin born July 20, 1832 who married Christian A. Davis in 1847 in Harrison County, WV.

The Davis Family & John Bee Christian Anderson Davis (1823-1895) and Sarah Jane GRIFFIN had thirteen children, one was John Bee Davis. John Bee’s great-great-grandfather was Pioneer William DAVIS born c1740 who made land settlements in Harrison County in 1772 and 1776. Pioneer Williamwas a minister and also a delegate from the Simpson Creek Baptist Church to the first Redstone Annual Meeting at Great Bethel, Monongalia Co. Va on Oct. 13, 1777.

      John Bee DAVIS married Florence Virginia DYE (1876-1946) on December 24, 1891. He was born in Doddridge County November 25, 1867 and died April 22, 1950 in Harrison County, WV. He was the father of six girls and seven sons, most of them born in Big Battle, Doddridge County. He was a farmer and they spent most of their life on Lamberts Run and Crooked Run in Harrison County.

      The source of his middle name “Bee” is not known but it is thought there is a connection to the Ephraim Bee who also lived in Doddridge Co. Ephraim Bee served in the first legislature when the state of West Virginia was formed in 1863. He also helped to win West Union, Doddridge Co. as the county seat and later served as their Postmaster.


      Nine Generations after the Flagship ARBELLA landed on Massachusetts Bay in 1630 bringing Simon Bradstreet and wife Ann Dudley, John Bee DAVIS was born in the new state of West Virginia (formed in 1863 from Virginia during the Civil War). John Bee and Florence Virginia Dye spent most of their married life in Harrison County on Lambert’s Run and Crooked Run; their 13 children, however, were born in Big Battle, Doddridge County, W.Va. Their daughter Zona Blanche Davis married JosephClarence Hammond in 1915.

      After his wife died in 1946, John Bee relocated to Detroit, Michigan where he lived with and near several of his sons who had migrated to Detroit during the depression years 1932-1940. John Bee died in Clarksburg in 1950 at the age of 83 at the home of his daughter.

      The families of these nine generations represent a good cross section of our society and the contributions they made to the growth of our nation. Represented are soldiers, politicians, ministers, artists, and more importantly our farmers, as well as many others.

Listed below is a recap of the generations from Simon Bradstreet and Ann Dudley’s arrival in 1630 to the 1891 marriage of John Bee Davis (1867-1950).

1. Simon Bradstreet & Ann Dudley –arrived in America 1630
2. Their daughter Mercy (1647-1691) married Nathaniel WADE in 1672
3. Their son Nathaniel WADE married Mary DAVENPORT
4. Their daughter Abigail WADE married John LOOFBOURROW
5. Their son John Wade LOOFBOURROW married Mary HOFF in 1767
6. Their daughter Sarah LOOFBOURROW married John HARBERT 1789
7. Their daughter Martha married James S. GRIFFIN in 1820
8. Their daughter Sarah Jane married Christian Anderson DAVIS in 1847
9. Their son John Bee DAVIS married Florence Virginia DYE in 1891

The tenth generation would be John Bee’s daughter, Z.Blanche DAVIS who married J. C. HAMMOND in 1915.

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