Two documents regarding the estate of William Haymond (1740-1821), a prominent 18th century pioneer of western Virginia. There is an "inventory" in 10 pages of the property of Haymond with appraised values; the appraisal was conducted on 9 March 1822, the year after his death. There is a related but undated document showing both Haymond property "sold and assigned to the widow "Mary Haymond," and property simply "assigned" to same.
Biographical / Historical
William Haymond was born in Frederick County, Maryland. His first encounter with history occurred in 1755 with his participation in the French and Indian War when, at the age of fifteen, he joined the Braddock expedition. On General Braddock's staff, incidentally, was a young George Washington serving as a senior officer in the colonial militia. Although the expedition aimed to capture Fort Duquesne, it met with disaster at the Battle of the Monongahela on July 9th. Haymond survived, as did Washington, but General Braddock did not. He later joined the Forbes Expedition of 1758, which finally dislodged the French from Fort Duquesne and the Ohio River region. He then served as a member of the Virginia Regiment from 1759-1762, a unit that George Washington had trained and commanded from 1754-1758. The Regiment garrisoned territory captured from the French, among other duties, and was finally discharged in 1762.
Haymond moved from Maryland to Morgantown in 1773, and when Monongalia County was formed in 1776, he served in various capacities such as justice of the peace and deputy surveyor. When the American Revolution broke out he joined the American side, and was appointed a militia captain in 1777 to command troops at Prickett's Fort. He was later promoted to Major in 1781 for his service during the French and Indian War.
After the Revolution, Haymond moved to Harrison County in 1784, the year of the county's founding, at which time he was appointed the county's principal surveyor, a position he served in for years. This appointment followed an examination he undertook at William and Mary College. Haymond continued to live in the Clarksburg area, working as a surveyor, and passed away on 12 November 1821.
(Sourced from blog by curator Michael Ridderbusch that appeared on the WVU Libraries webpages on 13 June 2016.)