LIVIA SIMPSON-POFFENBARGER, LL. D.
Point Pleasant Battle Monument Commission.
State Historian, National Society, Colonial
Dames of America,
resident in West Virginia.
Founder and Honorary Life Regent, Colonel
Charles Lewis Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Life Member, Ohio Archaeological and Historical
POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE
BATTLE OF POINT PLEASANT OCTOBER 10, 1774
FIRST BATTLE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
While on its face there is no politics in
the Battle of Point Pleasant, it is tremendous from the point of gratitude when
we consider that of the 1122 now known men of the Battle of Point Pleasant there
were at least nine hundred fifty men of that battle who reproduced themselves by
a family of an average of nine children for the three generations following and
an average of five and three for the two generations following thereafter.
It is reasonable to presume that of the
1122 known men of the battle of whom forty-four were killed, that there were 950
men at least who reproduced themselves at a time when the average family of
children was nine, of whom an average of seven in each generation lived to
maturity and reproduced themselves with the following results:
Of these 950 men who reproduced themselves
through seven surviving children, there would be at theó
FIRST GENERATION, average of seven. . . .
. . . . . 6,850
A generation averaging 38 years.
SECOND GENERATION, average of seven. . . .
THIRD GENERATION, average of five. . . . .
. . . . 335,950
FOURTH GENERATION, average of five. . . .
. . 1,679,750
OF DESCENDENTS LIVING
It is reasonable to believe that the
number of descendants yet living who were of the Fourth Generation (1888) with a
then average of a family of five children would have resulted in that year in
1,679,750, there would yet survive
five percent, or a total of . . . . . . .
. . . . . 839,870
FIFTH GENERATION, average of three would
result in 8,719,000. 1/10th of whom now deceased
One-fourth of a generation averaging three
to a family would result in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,926,360
A grand total of persons yet surviving the
men of the Battle of Point Pleasant of . . . ... . . . . . . . .10,713,230
Of course, this number is largely
distributed throughout the United States, with Virginia and Kentucky sharing
West Virginia boasts of a larger percent
of citizens of native born descent than any state of the Union. It is easy to
realize what a large proportion of them descend from men of the battle who will
point with pride wherever they reside, not only to their own ancestors, but to
their commander, Colonel, later Brigadier General, Andrew Lewis, who with his
blood kin and his in-laws, together with their blood kin and their in-laws,
neighbors and friends, were because of their Scotch-Irish fighting blood, their
high ideals, their educational achievement, the most forceful men for resisting
not only Indian invasion but English oppression.
To refer to ones sires having fought under
Andrew Lewis is as great a distinction and pride as is that of the Frenchmen who
yet boast "My sires fought under Napoleon."