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Re: Hagans-Sturgis, Brandonville, Preston Co
Posted by: Nancy Gornichec Date: February 19, 2001 at 14:33:42
In Reply to: Hagans-Sturgis, Brandonville, Preston Co by Sabra Petersmann of 1448

From my Morton's History of Preston County:

The Rev. George E. Hagans was a native of Connecticut. He moved to Vermont and thence to Indiana, but on account of ill health was advised to seek a less malarial country. This consideration led him about 1815 to Beech Run Hill, where he lived until 1818, when he removed to Brandonville. His wife was a native of Massachusetts. They had twelve children, seven of whom accompanied them to Preston. Three of the latter carried on a large mercantile business, Harrison at Brandonville, Elisha M. at Kingwood, and Zer at Petersburg, PA. They were virtually partners, their stores being conducted on a cooperative basis. For their day the brothers were men of considerable wealth. The connection has displayed great business ability and civic power, and its disappearance from its original seat in the north of the county is a direct result of the industrial setback which followed the decay of the National Road. Harrison took an active part in enterprises looking to the development and general well-being of his adopted county and his name is deeply written in its annals. He was an able mathematician and inventor and was liberal to the interests of religion and education. He was a member of the Wheeling Convention of 1861 and the State Legislature of 1866. Of Elisha M. it has been said that a more able, upright and public spirited citizen did not live at the county seat. Lucian A., son of Harrison, was Secretary of State for West Virginia. He became a partial owner of the Wheeling Intelligence, and then a member of the firm of Rand, McNally and Co. of Chicago. J. Marshall, another son, was a member of the forty-third Congress and the Reporter of the State Court of Appeals. He was the compiler of "Hagan's Reports". Marcellus B., son of Elisha M., was Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati.

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