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Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s
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Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s
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Early West Virginia Settlers features approximately 200,000 names of West Virginia residents from the 1700s to the 1900s.

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This unique collection of family and local histories, marriage records, military records, and court records references approximately 200,000 individuals.

Among the valuable resources, you'll find a list of all Revolutionary War soldiers who ever lived in West Virginia and an index to civilians who participated in the War effort. You'll also find an exhaustive compilation of the state's earliest marriages and, in an interesting twist on genealogical record keeping, two volumes of genealogical and architectural histories. Such works include historical information on a building and genealogical information on its inhabitants. In combination, all of the records collected here will help you put the lives of your early West Virginia ancestors in historical context.

 Sources for Early West Virginia Settlers, 1600s-1900s:
  • West Virginia Estate Settlements
    by Ross B. Johnston
    Here you'll find an index of wills, inventories, appraisements, land grants, and surveys up to 1850. It covers the thirteen West Virginia counties that were formed before 1800 and references approximately 25,000 residents. The book is arranged alphabetically by the names of the principals in the estate settlements.

  • West Virginians in the American Revolution
    by Ross B. Johnston
    This book references all of the Revolutionary War soldiers who lived, at one time or another, in what is now the State of West Virginia. For each individual, you'll generally learn age, date of birth, service record, date pension applied for and granted, place of residence, names of family members.

  • Marriage Records of Berkeley County, Virginia, 1781-1854
    by Guy L. Keesecker
    Berkeley County was formed from Frederick County, Virginia in 1772 and remained a part of Virginia until the state of West Virginia was created in 1863. Because of its location, the first great migration to the West cut through Berkeley County (originating for the most part in Pennsylvania and Maryland). The majority of Berkeley County's early records (including its marriage records) can be found in the courthouse in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The marriage records commence in 1781 and are recorded in marriage bond books, church record books, and a miscellaneous volume of marriage records. Here you'll find a digest of the marriage records for the entire period from 1781 through 1854. It is arranged in alphabetical order by the names of both brides and grooms and contains the records of approximately 6,000 marriages. In addition to the names of the bride and groom, you'll learn the following information about a marriage: date(s) of the marriage bond and marriage, names of suretor, bondsmen, and minister who performed the ceremony, and reference to the location of the actual marriage record. In all, approximately 15,000 persons are mentioned in this work, not counting ministers.

  • Genealogy of Some Early Families in Grant and Pleasant Districts, Preston County, West Virginia
    by Edward T. King
    This book details the early families of Grant and Pleasant Districts. You'll find the following West Virginia families among the 7,500 individuals referenced here: Christopher, Connor, Cunningham, King, Metheny, Ryan, Street, Thorpe, Walls, Wheeler, and Wolf. In addition to the genealogies, the work features separate sections on church records, Bible records, and cemetery records.

  • The Soldiery of West Virginia
    by Virgil A. Lewis
    This comprehensive collection of West Virginia soldiers in the Revolution and other wars contains rosters and service records for thousands of individuals. The rosters and rolls, collected here for the first time, are drawn from both published and unpublished sources. Often, the original source of the records is the Department of Archives and History of the State of West Virginia. "The reader is struck by the extent of the troop rosters, especially in regard to detail. All manner of tidbits of information went into the routine rosters of participants, replete with rank and survival data." — West Virginia History.

  • Roane County, West Virginia Families
    by William H. Bishop
    Hundreds of pioneer families are detailed within the genealogical and historical essays of pioneer families collected here. For the most part, the essays are based upon interviews conducted by the author with a surviving family member. Most of the family histories trace back to the early nineteenth century and pertain to migrants from Virginia and the middle states possessing British, Irish, or Scotch-Irish heritage.

  • Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes
    by Ruth Woods Dayton
    An interesting twist on genealogy research, this book combines genealogy and architectural history to capture the pioneer days of Lewisburg and surrounding Greenbrier County. Each chapter details an important building more than 100 years old at the time of the book's original publication in 1942 and the people who either built, occupied, or were otherwise associated with it. Nearly 100 homes, schools, taverns, and farms in Greenbrier County are described. While the genealogical coverage of the buildings' inhabitants varies, in most cases you'll learn: names of the original head of household, his spouse and children, names of subsequent owners and their families, years occupied, and details of the residents' lives and/or careers.

  • Pioneers and Their Homes on Upper Kanawha
    by Ruth Woods Dayton
    Kanawha County, West Virginia (formerly Virginia) was formed in 1788 from Greenbrier and Montgomery counties. Today, it is the most populated of West Virginia counties (partly because it encompasses Charleston, the state capital). This history of Upper Kanawha pioneers and their homes, first published in 1947, is an exciting companion to her Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes. Like the aforementioned first volume, in this volume the author blends architectural history and genealogy in chapters devoted to Kanawha's historic sites and the people who built, occupied, or were otherwise connected with them. Among the topics covered by this book are the formation of the county, its geography, and its role in the American Revolution. There is also a bibliography and a brief appendix listing the earliest justices, civil officials, military officers, and trustees of Kanawha. In her history of Upper Kanawha, the author composed a series of biographical/genealogical essays about the following families and pioneers: Anne Bailey, Bream, Clendenin, Cobb, Craik, Dickinson, Donnally, Hansford, John Harriman, Samuel Hensley, Simon Kenton, Littlepage, Lovell, MacFarland, Miller, Montgomery, Morris, Benjamin Morris, Patrick, Dr. Richard Putney, Quarrier, Rand, Rogers, Anne Royall, Ruby, Ruffner, Shrewsbury, Levi Welch, and Col. Henry Wood.

  • Capon Valley: Its Pioneers and Their Descendants, 1698 to 1940
    by Maud Pugh
    This is a detailed account of the early settlers of the Capon Valley in Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia). The Capon Valley was primarily settled by the Pugh family and the majority of the work consists of genealogical essays and Bible records detailing their lives.

  • Genealogies of West Virginia Families
    This is a compilation of all the family history articles that have appeared in The West Virginia Historical Magazine Quarterly, from 1901 to 1905. This hard-to-find, short-lived periodical was a rich source of information on some thirty pioneer West Virginia families.

  • West Virginia Revolutionary Ancestors
    by Anne Waller Reddy
    In ninety pages, this volume lists the names of approximately 2,000 West Virginians whose Public Claims are on record in manuscripts at the Virginia State Library. Public Claims were registered for people who performed a great variety of non-military duties during the Revolutionary War. These included people who nursed the sick and wounded, fed the troops, furnished supplies, buried the dead, rode express, and manufactured firearms. This index to the Public Claims is particularly valuable, therefore, because it contains names of patriots whose services are recorded in no other place unless they performed military as well as non-military service.

  • Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia
    by Clara McCormick Sage and Laura Sage Jones
    Hampshire County was the first county wholly in the territory that is now West Virginia. The documents contained in this carefully compiled work are therefore the earliest records of West Virginia. Approximately 11,000 individuals are referenced within this collection of abstracts for: deeds, mortgages, leases, and other instruments from the 1760s to 1800; state censuses of Hampshire County, 1782 and 1784; revolutionary pensioners in Hampshire County, 1835; marriage bonds, 1824-28; wills from the 1770s to the 1860s; and early estate records.

  • Mason County, West Virginia Marriages, 1806-1915
    by Julie Chapin Hesson with Sherman Gene Gesson and Jane J. Russell
    This publication represents the most comprehensive digest of Mason County's oldest existing marriage records. Based on a thorough examination of the original licenses and ministers' returns, it pulls together more than 11,000 marriage entries from 1806 to 1915. The marriage entries are arranged alphabetically according to surname of the groom and are followed by the name of the bride, the date of the marriage or marriage license, and a reference to the original marriage book where the record may be found.

  • Cabell County Annals and Families
    by George Selden Wallace
    This book traces the Cabell County's history from its formation and early settlement through the pivotal Civil War era to World War I and the Great Depression. Special chapters are devoted to the county's churches, railroads, schools, manufacturers, theaters, public utilities, etc. With this information, you'll be able to gain an understanding of the environment in which your Cabell County ancestors lived. You'll also find lists of county, state, and federal officials from Cabell County, as well as muster rolls from the War of 1812 through World War I. Among the most significant sections of this work are the detailed sketches of 100 prominent Cabell County families.
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