Now in the march of the slow-treading years Men build a nation; and its many states.
The origin of the names of the Northumberland group of counties is as follows:
1789—Hardy, now in West Virginia was named in honor of Samuel Hardy one of the signers of the Deed of Cession of the Northwest Territory to the government. He -,vas long a resident of Isle of Wight County.
1789—Pendleton (now in West Virginia)-In honor of Edmund Pendleton, of Caroline, President of the Virginia Convention of 1775.
1791—Bath-In honor its medicinal springs.
1797—Brooke (in West Virginia)—In honor of Robert Brooke (Governor of Virginia 1794-1796) Grandson of Robert Brooke, who came to Virginia with Governor Spottswood in 1710.
1814—Tyler (West Virginia)—In honor of Governor John Tyler, father of the President of the salve name. Governor Tyler -,vas in office from 1808 to 1811.
1821—Pocahontas (West Virginia)—In honor of Matoaka, better known by her pet name Pocahontas. which means "Little Romp" or "Little Vixen." ``hen converted to Christianity she Avas given the name of Rebecca. Pocahontas was born about 1595, and was twelve years of age when she is recorded as saving the life of Captain John Smith. Pocahontas married John Rolfe, April 1613, at the age of 18. Her son, Thomas Rolfe, named in honor of Sir Thomas Dale, his godfather, was born between 1614 and 1616, prior to the visit of his parents to England where they- arrived in June 1616. Pocahontas died in 1617 (age 22) after embarking for Virginia but before the ship left England. Her son, who also came near to death's door, when the ship arrived at Plymouth en route to Virginia, was left in England and educated by his Uncle. John Rolfe, his father, married again in Virginia, and was killed in the massacre of 1622, before young Rolfe finished his education and returned to the home of his birth.
1822—Alleghany—In honor of Alleghany Mountains. The name Alleghany is derived from the pre-historic race, the Alleghi, who lived in that region prior to the coming of the Indians. They were mound builders and understood something of astronomy and geometry. Their knowledge of the making of pottery and metal implements shows them more advanced in civilization than their conquerors.
1831—Page—In honor of John Page, Governor of Virginia (1802-05).
1846—Wetzel (West Virginia)—In honor of Louis Wetzel, the famous Indian scout of Northwestern Virginia.
1847—Highland—Descriptive of the high altitude of the county.
1848—Hancock—In honor of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. His signature to the Declaration of Independence, stands out with such prominence it is familiar to all who have seen copies of that famous document.