It was owned by William Carnifex, who ran a ferry there. He was prominent in the affairs of Fayette County and is mentioned numerous times in HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, WV. He is also mentioned in the history of Nicholas County, but I have forgotten the exact title of that book.
In the Nicholas County history book, it tells how William Carnifex gave the land to his granddaughter Mary Ann McVey who married Henry Patterson. It was while Mary Ann and Henry were living on the property that it became the site of the Civil War battle.
Mary Ann McVey was the daughter of William Steele McVey and Elizabeth Carnifex, who lived in Fayette County.
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