Photos, Prints, Drawings Memorial to General Alfred Beckley, son of John Beckley (who was, incidentally, the first librarian of Congress), and founder of Beckley in 1838
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Raleigh County Courthouse
Land Ownership History
- Memorial to General Alfred Beckley, son of John Beckley (who was, incidentally, the first librarian of Congress), and founder of Beckley in 1838
- Contributor Names
- Hufford, Mary, 1952- (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- April 17, 1998
- Subject Headings
- - Local History
- - April
- - Spring
- - Land ownership history
- - Land speculators
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Raleigh County Courthouse
- - West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Beckley
- - Visit to Raleigh County Courthouse.
- - The memorial was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) on the occasion of the centennial anniversary in 1938. Beckley was also a surveyor who speculated in real estate. Throughout much of the 19th century Beckley served as the land agent for Francis Granger, collecting rents and selling off small portions of it to homesteaders. Granger, a U.S. Congressman from New York had purchased the famed Rutter and Etting Land Grant when Beckley put it up for auction in 1841 for lapsed taxes. In the 1880s Granger's heirs sold the land to speculators like Azel Ford, a state legislator and banker from Hinton who in turn sold it to the men who founded the Rowland Land Company: J. Harvey Rowland, Seth Foresman, J. Roman Way, and Ben C. Bowman. The Rowland Land Company owns 55,000 acres on the Marsh and Clear Forks of the Big Coal River.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-MH-C072-10
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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