Early Tax Receipt Document, Morgan County, WV

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Early Tax Receipt Document (1863-1865) from Morgan County, WV. Document Signed, J.J. Wysong on 04/28/1868 - 8 x 5 1/4 written in blk ink on line fiber parchment with prominent age-toning seen and a one-center fold crease. A tax receipt docket for general merchant and postmaster related correspondence for a Henry Willard in Martinsburg, WV.  Overall, fine condition. 

Morgan County, WV was created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in March 1820 from parts of Berkeley and Hampshire counties. It was named in honor of General Daniel Morgan (1736–1802). He was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and moved to Winchester, Virginia as a youth. He served as a wagoner in Braddock’s Army during the campaign against the Native Americans in 1755.

During the campaign, a British Lieutenant became angry with him and hit him with the flat of his sword. Morgan punched the Lieutenant, knocking him unconscious. Morgan was court-martialed for striking a British officer and was sentenced to 500 lashes. Morgan later joked that the drummer who counted out the lashes miscounted and he received only 499 lashes. For the rest of his life he claimed the British still owed him one. 

As mentioned previously, George Washington visited present-day Berkeley Springs several times with his half-brother, Lawrence. When he vacationed in the area in 1767, he noted how busy the town had become. Lord Fairfax had built a summer home there and a "private bath" making the area a popular destination for Virginia's social elite. As the town continued to grow, the Virginia General Assembly decided to formally recognize it. 

In October 1776, the town was officially named Bath, in honor of England's spa city called Bath. The town's main north-south street was named Washington and the main east-west street was named Fairfax. Also, seven acres (28,000 m²) were set aside for "suffering humanity." When West Virginia gained statehood, that area became West Virginia’s first state park. 

The countie and named in honor of General Daniel Morgan, prominent soldier of the American Revolutionary War.