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Author to discuss the Clendenins

Jul. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Author Gregory Clendenin will present "The Clendenin Family and the Clendenin Massacre" at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The program is free and open to the public.

Clendenin will discuss the Clendenin family, prominent early settlers of the Greenbrier and Kanawha river valleys in the 18th century who came to West Virginia from central Virginia. They were among the founders of Charleston and of Kanawha and Mason counties. The Kanawha County town of Clendenin is named for them.

The Clendenin massacre occurred on July 15, 1763, at the family homestead about two miles west of present-day Lewisburg. Archibald Clendenin Jr. and two of his children were among a number of settlers killed by a party of Shawnee led by Chief Cornstalk. His wife escaped the Indians, and his daughter was released by the tribe many years later. Gregory Clendenin also will discuss the genealogy of the family.

Clendenin was born in Charleston and is a descendent of Archibald Clendenin Sr. and Charles Clendenin. He is the author of The Clendenin Massacre (Infinity Publishing, 2013). He holds a bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and a master's degree from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.

Participants interested in registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at 304-558-0230.