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West Virginia during this period.1 And, as will be seen on page 4-33 below, at least one such person, Richard Hill, made it into the Little Levels settlement.

Clearly, the southern area near the Cumberland Gap, which was then the staging area for pioneers going further west, would have held certain advantages for a person wanting to improve his position in the horse trade -- there would have been many more willing customers here than in the Little Levels. At any rate, John1 apparently began to spend more and more time near the Gap and finally made a rather complete break with his Little Levels family.

Aside from the possibility of his own horse trading to the south, or perhaps predating it, there are at least two other ways in which John1 could have become knowledgeable about and interested in the Cumberland Gap area.3

First, in the second chapter we noted that his father's former employer, Christopher Gist, had moved to that area in 1745. It is entirely possible that he was accompanied by a friend or friends of the Casebolts who remained there and who maintained some contact with the Casebolt family.

Second and more likely, men from the Gap area and from Little Levels served together as comrades-in-arms for almost two months preparing for and fighting the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774.2 Strong friendships surely were formed and some contact likely was maintained. Although John1 was not in the Point Pleasant contingent himself, many of his neighbors and likely friends were: William Clendinen, Joseph Day, John Doherty, Spencer Cooper, John McNeal (likely brother-in-law), William Erving, Charles Kennison (father-in-law of John1's niece) and George Clendenin (from whom early Casebolt land was purchased and who had started the Charleston settlement where John1 served).

In the table above, John's last recorded official transaction in Bath County was a land survey in

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1 Chalkley, II:332.

2 Lewis, Battle, pp. 25-26.

3 The 1992 version of this chapter was written before I heard from cousin Kenneth L. Dyer who is the premier researcher of early Casebolt history in southern Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  Most, but not all, of the revisions that follow are based on his work.  He, of course, is not responsible for and cannot necessarily be expected to agree with the conclusions I have reached in this version.  Information which initially came from him will either be directly attributed to him in the notes or the note will end with a {kld}.

CASEBOLT -- An American Family         Copyright 1992 - RAK

Ch.4 - Second Generation, South                   Page 4-15

Last Revised: 7 September 2001

 

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