Chapter I. Outline history
of Virginia. From 1492-1606.
Chapter II. Outline history
continued. Reasons for writing this outline history ---
History continued to 1752.
Chapter I. Introduction to
the history of Tazewell. Reputation of Tazewell --- Why
desirable --- Possibility of the formation of a new State of which
Tazewell would be a part --- Objections answered --- Pertinent
questions --- The south-west has been overlooked --- Howe's and De
Hass' works --- Local history a new feature --- Proposed history of
the S. W.
Chapter II. Discovery and
Settlement. Difficulty of obtaining material --- Why the early
settlers visited Tazewell --- Hunting companies described --- War
against the frontier in 1763 ---Shawanoes and Cherokees at war ---
War raging during the first years of settlement in Tazewell ---
First hunting company visits Tazewell in 1766 --- 1767 Carr and
Butler settle --- Indian battle on Rich mountain in 1768 ---
Shawanoes beaten --- Butler and Carr separate --- Thomas Witten,
John Greenup, and others move out in 1771 --- Settle in 1772 --- In
1773 --- Settlers of '74, '5, and '76 stop near others --- Cresop's
war and the revolution --- Market in eastern Va. --- Kept up a line
Chapter III. Formation and
Outline Geography. Old boundary lines --- Altered in 1835 and
again in 1837 --- Map --- How Tazewell county was named ---
Chapter IV. Climate.
Winter in Tazewell --- Business season --- Christmas ---
Manner of celebration --- Spring --- Sugar-making --- The
process --- Beauty of spring --- Summer --- Does not differ
in appearance from spring --- Autumn --- Indian summer.
Chapter V. Meteorology.
Little attention has been paid to it --- Variety of climate in
the county --- Tables --- Appearance of snow --- Prevailing winds
--- General temperature higher, and less rain than formerly ---
Cause --- Sudden changes --- Why meteorological observations should
be made --- Scientific farmers' school needed.
Chapter VI. Descriptive
Geography. Mountains --- Principal mountains in
Tazewell --- Clinch, Eastriver, Rich, Brushy, Paint Lick, Deskins,
Great Flat-top --- Valleys --- Clinch valley, Abb's, Poor,
Thompson's, Baptist, and Deskins' valleys --- Rivers and
Creeks --- How named --- Maiden Spring forked --- Named
--- Sandy --- La Visee --- Why named --- Tug river --- Named
--- East-river, and Bluestone --- Great Indian creek ---
Description of particular localities --- Cove --- Richlands ---
Bluestone --- Burk's Garden --- Country around Jeffersonville ---
Clear-fork settlement --- Jeffersonville --- Business directory ---
Chapter VII. Soil and
Productions. Bottom lands described --- Hill
or upland described --- Mountain lands described ---
Difference in north and south side lands --- Soil tenacious ---
Encomiums on Tazewell land --- List of plants and forest trees, and
Chapter VIII. Live Stock.
Horses --- Different breeds referred to --- Mules ---
Few in the county --- Cattle --- Adaptation of the county to
stock growing --- Sheep --- Too little attention paid to
wool-growing --- Hogs.
Chapter IX. Commerce of
Tazewell. Formation and growth --- Witten's prophesy ---
Markets change. Articles of export --- Commercial
prospects brightening --- Home manufactures --- Cannot
be pursued with profit in Tazewell---Remarks.
Chapter X. Education.
Mr. Brittain, quoted from a report to the Jeffersonville Historical
Chapter XI. Slavery in
Tazewell. Subject discussed --- Number in the county --- The
condition of the slave --- Salutary advice.
Chapter XII. Agriculture.
Reasons why this subject should be studied --- Agricultural
prospects improving---Peculiarities of agriculture in Tazewell.
Chapter XIII. Church History
--- Judiciary. First sermon --- Methodists ---
Baptists --- Presbyterians --- Roman Catholics ---
Juciciary --- First court --- First court-house --- Remarks.
Chapter XIV. Literary and
Benevolent Institutions --- Newspapers. Formation of the
Jeffersonville Historical Society --- Richmond Examiner quoted
--- Reasons for fostering the existence of this institution --- Its
operation upon the community ---Odd Fellows --- Sons of
Temperance B. U. (H. F.) C. A. --- Masons --- Influence
of these associations --- Newspapers --- First press ---
Jeffersonville Democrat --- S. W. Advocate.
Chapter XV. Minerals and
Natural Curiosities. Kinds of minerals found --- Mineral
wealth of the county unknown --- Great quantities of coal ---
Natural curiosities --- Cave under Rich mountain described ---
Cave near Liberty hill --- Lapidifying process still progressing ---
Illustrative incident --- Another --- Petrifactions and
fossil remains --- Fucoids --- Manner of accounting for their
Chapter XVI. Waters.
Great variety --- Tazewell White Sulphur --- Taylor's springs ---
Alum spring --- Iodureted spring --- Sweet spring --- Saline springs
--- Warm spring --- Common blue limestone water --- Health of
Tazewell --- Tazewell not so healthy as it should be --- Caused
by want of proper dwellings --- Climate healthy.
Chapter XVII. Manners and Custons. Introductory remarks --- Dress of the early
settlers --- Its manufacture --- House furniture
described by Dr. Doddridge --- Hunting a favorite sport with
the early settlers --- The science of hunting --- Hunting profitable
at an early day --- Manner of approaching deer --- 1200 bears killed
by Ebenezer Brewster.
Chapter XVIII. Scenery ---
Dial Rock. Its location --- Why named --- Manner of ascending
the mountain --- Clefts --- Scene in the distance --- Lasting
impressions made upon a visitor to this rock --- Day in the
mountains --- A sun-rise --- Mountain blast --- Rain --- Snow
--- Budding frost --- Sunset.
Appendix to Book II. Tables.
Table referring to population --- Miscellaneous table --- Table
showing the wealth of the county --- Table showing the number
engaged in professions and trades --- Table of livestock --- Table
showing the value of lands --- Table showing the productions of the
county, and value --- Kinds of birds in the county --- List of
fishes --- List of animals --- List of representatives in the Va.
Legislature from the county.
Chapter I. Introduction to
Indian Wars. Difficulty of tracing Indian history --- Its
connection with European history --- Discovery of America --- An
error has given rise to the name "Indian" now applied to the
American aborigines --- The priesthood were the early historians ---
The history of the American aborigines, from 1340 to the present
time, may be gleaned from the writings of the priesthood --- Sources
of information --- Documents referred to --- De Soto visited S. W.
Va. in 1540 --- His route --- Proofs --- De Biedma quoted --- Name
of S. W. Va., in 1540, was Xuala --- Indian forts --- Several
described --- Roads and trails made by Indians are not to be
neglected by the historian --- Several Indian trails noticed ---
Covenant pillars --- Recapitulation and final remarks.
Chapter II. Introduction
continued --- Compend history of the Shawanoes. Orthography
and true name --- Curious tradition --- Parting of the tribes ---
War with the Delawares --- Their present resident and number.
Chapter III. Defensive
Position of Tazewell During the Frontier War. Forts, stations,
and blockhouses --- List of persons posted in these forts --- Spies
--- List of spies --- Character of James Witten --- List of those
citizens of the county who were engaged in the revolution --- List
of those who served the country in the war of 1812-14 --- Mexican
Chapter IV. Evans Family.
Their emigration to the county --- John Evans taken prisoner ---
Jesse Evans' children murdered --- Noble and heroic conduct of Mrs.
Evans --- Cowardice of Goldsby --- Preparations for burying the
children, an affecting scene --- Mr. Evans moves to Tennessee ---
Another fight --- A son wounded --- Bravery of Robert --- Daniel in
danger --- Fortunate escape --- Robert again among the enemy ---
Brave feat --- Robert and Daniel with Col. Crawford --- With Gen.
Jackson in his southern battles --- Death of Robert --- Jackson's
care for his children.
Chapter V. James Moore and
The Moore Family --- Jas. Taken Prisoner. Taken from Howe's
History of Va. --- Massacre of Capt. James Moore's family ---
The horse Yorick --- Suffering of Mrs. Moore.
Chapter VI. Harman and
Pemberton Fights --- Battle between the Harmans and Seven Indians.
Pemberton's fight --- His devotion to his family.
Chapter VII. Captivity of
the Davidson Family, and Other Massacres. Introductory remarks
--- Massacre of the Henry family --- Death of Gilbert --- Murder of
William Whitley --- Moffit's children captured --- Roark family
massacred --- Ray family killed --- Capture and massacre of the
English family --- John Davidson killed --- Skirmish on the islands
Chapter VIII. Motives for
War on the Part of the Indians. A plea for Indian barbarity
--- Speech of Laulewasikaw --- Comprehensive words of Hautey --- Our
duty to see justice rendered to the Indians.
Note to Book III. Reasons for not writing
personal history, etc.