THE FIRST AND THE PRESENT
Edith E. Fulk, 17
Old documents tell us that the families living in this community
from 1760 to 1825 were the Trumbo, Brock, Shoemaker, Yont, Eater, and Bible. Later came
the Miller, Alger, Kennon, Cootes, Moore, Wonder, Carrier, Nave, and Brunk families.
On the west side of the gap the name of Riddle, Faulk, and Runion
may be mentioned as some of the oldest families.
In some of the cemeteries that we have visited we find the above
names mentioned. We also find mention made of slaves being buried there. Some of the
families who owned slaves were Riddle, Cootes, and Branson. From the accounts given us
there must have been a number of slave owners in this section.
Since there are no descendants of those living in this community
between 1760 and 1825, it is almost impossible to collect very much matter concerning
those people. We have been told that this land was granted to the first settlers by a
charter from Williamsburg, Virginia.
The Cootes place has never changed hands since the pioneer Samuel L.
Cootes, built and lived here. The Dellinger place also has been kept by some member of the
family. This place is about one mile north of Cootes Store. Mr. Charles S. Estep now lives
on the old Shoemaker place on the west side of our school-ground. The home of W. E. Parks
was one of the old homes. It was built by the Brunks. There are ruins of some old homes
around here, but we are not able to find out to whom they belonged.
The occupation of these people as far as we can learn was farming,
burning lime and char-coal, weaving flax and carpet. Some of them made a living by raising
cattle and distilling whiskey.
There was an iron furnace on the farm now owned by Mrs. Mary Davis,
about three fourth of a mile from here. This was one of the furnaces operated by the
Pennybackers in the valley in the early part of 1800.
The people living around here now are Estep, Donavin, Cootes, Will,
Hoover, Brenneman, Carr, Funkhouser, Tussing, Riggleman, and Turner. The occupation of
these people is mostly farming, except the Brenneman and the Cootes families who are