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Steamboat ‘Round the Bend

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

I found another interesting book on the history of the Georgetown area.  This book is a collection of articles by James F Mullooly entitled “Steamboat ‘Round the Bend” published by the Fort Vance Historical Society in 1994.  James Mullooly (1914-1979) was a river history buff who wrote articles for local newspapers in the panhandle of WV and western PA.  His column was Steamboat ‘Round the Bend.   


In my boxes of Poe stuff, I have clippings of some of Mullooly’s articles about Georgetown and the steamboat days of the Tri-State region.  Today I read an article from the book, Georgetown Rich in History for River Experts, which caught my attention for two reasons.  First, Mr Mullooly published the recollections of Capt Adam Poe which I so painfully transcribed from a poor copy of his work.


Mr Mullooly also wrote that during the Was of 1812, Georgetown was the site of an important ferry on the Ohio.  This ferry was used by volunteers from Washington, PA and Burgettstown marching north to fight the British.  That I did not know.  I do know that an Adam Poe was a veteran of the War of 1812.  That Adam Poe Jr , I think, was the son of Adam Poe, the famed Indian fighter, and Elizabeth Smith.  I have little information about Adam Poe Jr.  He married Catherine Ann Mower and died in Jul 1840. 


Dawson’s Ferry had been used for years for river crossings into the Northwest Territory before Ohio was officially opened for settlement.  It follows that the same ferry would serve the soldiers of the War of 1812.