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1706

Louis Michel and Baron Christopher de Graffenreid envisioned a settlement, the first known plans for settlement in present West Virginia; Michel and others established a temporary settlement at Harpers Ferry

Other events that happened on or around 1706

1716

Gov. Alexander Spotswood crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains by way of Swift Run Gap, claiming the Shenandoah Valley for England and awarding golden horseshoes to his companions

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1717

A settlement known as "Potomoke," possible Shepherdstown, is one of first possible settlements in West Virginia

1731

Earliest recorded settlement by Morgan Morgan near Bunker Hill in present Berkeley County; Morgan Morgan is later credited as the first white settler in present West Virginia

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1745

Expansive grants given to Ohio, Greenbrier and Loyal companies

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1751

John and Andrew Lewis discovered Marlin and Sewell living in present Pocahontas County during their survey

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1753

Robert Files and David Tygart families first settled Beverly

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1755

Indians attacked the Greenbrier settlements killing and capturing 24 colonists

1758

Families returned to the area after French defeated in upper Ohio Valley

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1764

John Simpson settled on the West Fork River.

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1768

The Treaties of Hard Labor and Fort Stanwix were signed with the Cherokee and Iroquois

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1769

Colonists began returning to the Greenbrier Valley.

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1770

Col. George Washington and Dr. James Craik claimed land in the Ohio watershed on their canoe trip

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1772

The Tygart Valley was resettled

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1784

People settled in Monongalia County and Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary War

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1785

Capt James Neal settled at Parkersburg

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1790

The first U.S. Census found the population of the territory now comprising West Virginia to be 55,873

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