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"The first non-Indian in Lawrence county was in 1674 when Gabriel Arthur, was led and prodded past the forks of the Big Sandy, shackled and terrified, as an Indian captive. In 1754, Mrs. Mary Ingles was the first white woman in the area now known as Lawrence County, who, with some Dutch women floated on driftwood across the big Sandy below the forks, escaping pursuing Shawnees.
The first settler was Charles Vancouver; he obtained a land grant near the forks and labeled it a "short cut" to Virginia. His settlement, Vancouver's Fort, established in 1789, now the site of Louisa, had all its inhabitants run off by Indians in 1790.
Early settlers were Christopher Moore on Georges Creek; Andy Rule, Keeton's Mill; Richard Kezee, McDowell's Camp; Jesse Barnett, Gilbert Barnet, John McDowell, Andrew Woods, Neri Ward, John Smith, James Vinson, Moses Preston, David Graham and John Bryan. Lawrence County was formed in 1822 from sections of Floyd and Greenup Counties. .
Settlers of Lawrence County originally came from all over the Eastern Seaboard
but if you are looking for a good idea as to where to start guessing on
their origins you might want to consider Orange County VA (insert link
here), Old Frederick County VA (link), Washington Co Va (link), and Anson
County NC (link) at first!
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