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McCune and Cogar, Two Revolutionary War Soldiers, Settled In Calhoun

Viola Starcher Cogar kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings she accumulated over many years. Her collection of clippings came into this writer's possession upon her demise.

Peter Cogar was the father of Phoebe Cogar who married Adam Starcher. Adam Starcher was the great-grandfather of Allen B. Starcher, and the great-great-great grandfather of this writer. Thus, Peter Cogar would be a great-great grandfather of Allen B., and a 4-great grandfather of this writer. A selected family tree of John Peter Cogar (Koger) is available AT THIS LINK. Of note, the father of Peter Cogar was John Nicholas Koger, born Auggen Germany 1712, arrived in Philadelphia 1732, and died in 1743. From the Library of Virginia's Index to Wills and Administrations:
1743 Aug 25. Orange Co VA, Will Book 1, p. 281-282 Nicholas Koger (Coger), Executor's bond recorded

1743 Nov 25. Orange Co VA, Will Book 1, p. 292-293 Nicholas Koger (Coger), Inventory and Appraisal recorded

Peter McCune was the father of Nancy McCune Booher who was the mother of Aseneth Booher, who was Allen B. Starcher's grandmother. This, Peter McCune was a great-great grandfather of Allen B. Starcher, and a 4-great grandfather of this writer. A selected family tree of Peter McCune is available AT THIS LINK.

The following clipping was taken from the Calhoun Chronicle, presumably published in 1976.

Peter McCune and Peter Cogar were two Revolutionary war soldiers known to have settled in Calhoun county, and were most likely buried somewhere in the county. Most of West Virginia, especially in the western area, was settled by descendants of soldiers of that war, who were paid for their services with land grants. George Washington received thousands of acres near Parkersburg, in what is now known as Washington's Bottom, a payment for his war years. McCune and Cogar are two old family names of Calhoun, and no doubt many descendants of these two soldiers are still living in the area. Their war records were the subject of a letter written to The Calhoun Chronicle by the late Boyd Stutler, and published January 25, 1940. His letter was written in response to a story that no Revolutionary War Soldiers were buried in Calhoun.

On the subject, Stutler wrote:

A hundred years is a long, long time and the memory of man is short. McCune and Cogar were not the only Revolutionary War veterans who settled in Calhoun, while it was yet a part of Harrison, Lewis or Kanawha counties, but were the only ones who lived long enough to get their names on the pension rolls.

Peter McCune was a soldier in the Virginia Line; pension dated August 3, 1818, at the rate of $96 a year. The pension record report notes that at the time of his death on January 15, 1832 he had been paid the sum of $1,291.35.

Peter Cogar was still living at the date of the last report found, dated June 1, 1840. He was then 85 years old and was making him home with Adam Starcher on Henry's Fork.

Peter McCune's name has been preserved in a poem recited by Rev. Barbabus Cook when taking leave of his flock. Unfortunately this literary gem has almost passed from the memory of men - so far as I knew it was never committed to writing. In his valedictory Rev. Cook recited a long poem in which each member of his church was mentioned by name. The verse mentioning McCune is the only one remembered:
"So fare-ye-well, Adam 0-Brien, And good-bye, Peter McCune, If one jump don't take us to heaven Light, and take a new jump from the moon."
At the time, early 1940, there was a project under taken by the WPA, with help of the American Legion, to register graves of veterans of all wars. This was a time of "make work" for the unemployed, many of whom were soon drafted or in war industries. No reference to the project have been found in later issues of The Chronicle, or any indication that the graves of these two Revolutionary War soldiers were found. Other records from pension lists indicate that at least two other soldiers of that war also settled in Calhoun. Michael Stump and Amos Sturm are listed in records, and both are familiar names in Calhoun.

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Thanks to Regena Cogar

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