Skip to main content

Harrison Hagans (1796-1867) Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0012

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Hagans family of Preston County, West Virginia including Harrison, Elisha, George M., Henry C., John Marshall, Zer Hagans, and others. There are correspondence, invoices, account books, advertisements, and other business records, 1810-1895, relating to various family enterprises.

A chain of general merchandise stores were established, with outlets in Petersburg, Somerfield, and Bryants, Pennsylvania; Oakland, Maryland; and at Brandonville, Kingwood, Greenville, and Palatine, West Virginia.

There are several postal records including financial, correspondence, and certificates from Harrison Hagans' twenty years as postmaster, 1822-1841, at Brandonville, as well as magistrate records and deeds, most pertaining to the leases of right-of-way from Preston County residents to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for $1.00.

There are also financial records documenting Hagans' years as president of the Greenville Mining and Manufacturing Company which produced iron in Preston County in the 1830s. Other records document Hagans' interests in: county roads, schools, churches, government, and politics; the Preston Telegraph Company; a fulling mill, 1827; and a linseed oil mill, 1842. Hagans developed, patented, and sold in three states, ca.1845, a washing and wringing machine, and also completed working models of mowing and threshing machines.

The collection includes a volume of minutes of the quarterly conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1834-1859, and an 1832 editorial written by Harrison Hagans and addressed to "The Farmers, Mechanics, and All Who Labor for Their Daily Bread", regarding the tariff, the National Bank and state banks and the "anti-American" spirit which presides over the "administration of public affairs".

West Virginia statehood is documented by some of the 1861 Wheeling Convention papers of Delegate Harrison Hagans. There are also letters from family and friends written during the Civil War, and a copy of a U.S. Congressional bill regarding division of the state of Virginia (in box 1, folder 2).

Dates

  • 1810-1895

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

Harrison Hagans settled in Preston County, West Virginia in 1818. He was involved in several business ventures and held many appointed position throughout his life such as magistrate and postmaster in Brandonville, W. Va.. He was a delegate at the Wheeling Convention in June, 1861 and went to Washington in 1863 to lobby members of Congress to vote for the admission of West Virginia as a state. In 1866-67 he served in the West Virginia Legislature. Harrison Hagans died in May 1867.

Extent

12 Linear Feet (12 ft. (22 document cases, 5 in. each); (6 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (4 small flat storage boxes, 5 in. each); (3 small flat storage boxes, 3 in. each))

Overview

Papers of the Hagans family of Preston County, West Virginia, including Harrison, Elisha, George M., Henry C., John Marshall, Zer Hagans, and others. There are letters, invoices, account books, advertisements, and other business records pertaining to family business enterprises including several general merchandise stores and outlets in western Pennsylvania and Maryland, and at Brandonville, Kingwood, Greenville, and Palatine, West Virginia. There are several postal records from Harrison Hagans' twenty years as postmaster, 1822-1841, at Brandonville, and magistrate papers and deeds, most regarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. There are also financial records documenting Hagans' tenure as president of the Greenville Mining and Manufacturing Company which produced iron in Preston County in the 1830s. Other information records Hagans' interests in: county roads, schools, churches, government and politics; the Preston Telegraph Company; a fulling mill, 1827; and a linseed oil mill, 1842. There are Hagan patents for a washing and wringing machine (1845), and working models of mowing and threshing machines. There is a volume of minutes of the quarterly conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1834-1859, and 1861 Wheeling Convention papers regarding a new state government, and Civil War letters from family and friends.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Title
Harrison Hagans (1796-1867) Papers, 1810-1895
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536