Braxton County, West Virginia

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Braxton County, West Virginia

Braxton County was created on January 15, 1836, from Kanawha, Lewis, and Nicholas counties. while still a county in Virginia, which later became West Virginia in June 1863. The county is named for Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The County seat is Sutton and named for founder John D. Sutton. The Carpenter family, who settled at the mouth of Holly River in the 1780s are believed to be the first settlers of Braxton County. [1]

Government Offices
County Courthouse, 250 Skidmore Lane, Sutton, WV 26601 - Phone: 304-765-6533
Braxton County page on[2]

The center of West Virginia is located in in Braxton County, south of Flatwoods, about five miles southeast of Sutton and four miles west of Centralia, in the Elk River Wildlife Management Area. The county is part of the rolling central highlands in which elevations ranging from 760 feet to 2,180 feet. The main water ways are the Elk, Little Kanawha, Holly, Birch, and Little Birch rivers.[3]

Adjacent counties

Lewis County (northeast)
Webster County (southeast)
Nicholas County (south)
Clay County (southwest)
Calhoun County (west)
Gilmer County (northwest)[2][1]

Protected areas

Elk River Wildlife Management Area[1]
National Register of Historic Places listings in Braxton County, West Virginia[1]


Land Area (sq miles): 510.81
Population: 14,523
Median Income: $31,623 [2]

Burnsville / Canfield / Caress / Centralia / Clem / Copen / Corley / Cutlips / Elmira / Exchange / Falls Mill / Flatwoods / Frametown / Gassaway / Gip / Glendon / Heaters / Herold / Knapp / Little Birch / Little Otter / Napier / Newville / Riffle / Rosedale / Strange Creek / Sutton (County Seat) / Tague / Tesla / Wilsie [2]

Formed From
Kanawha, Lewis, and Nicholas counties on January 15, 1836.


Braxton County on Wikipedia
Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy on FamilySearch
Braxton County on WVGenWeb
Braxton County on West Virginia Archives and History


2000 United States Census, there were 14,702 people, 5,771 households, and 4,097 families residing in the county.[1]
2010 United States Census, there were 14,523 people, 6,000 households, and 4,043 families residing in the county.[1]


Land Grants

Braxton County Cemeteries on WikiTree


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wikipedia contributors, "Braxton County, West Virginia," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, [1] (accessed June 25, 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Braxton County, West Virginia"-West Virginia Counties-West online resources Copyright © 2017 [2](acsessed 22 June 2017)
  3. Johnson, Skip "Braxton County." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 31 May 2013. [3]. (Web. 25 June 2017).

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