West Virginia

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Welcome to the state of West Virginia Project!

This page is part of the West Virginia Project which is also part of United States Project

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all West Virginia related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.

Quick Links: West Virginia Category / West Virginia Projects / WV Maintenance Categories

West Virginia was admitted to the Union following the Wheeling Conventions of 1861. West Virginia was the only state to form by separating from a Confederate state, and the first to separate from any state since Maine separated from Massachusetts.

Before statehood - Virginia
Admission to Union - June 20, 1863, 35th State
Nickname - Mountain State
Motto - Montani semper liberi, Mountaineers Are Always Free
Capital - Charleston
List of West Virginia State symbols

Neighbouring states

Ohio NW Location Ohio
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Maryland E Location Maryland
Virginia SE Location Virginia
Kentucky W Location Kentucky

West Virginia Counties
Barbour Berkeley Boone Braxton Brooke Cabell
Calhoun Clay Doddridge Fayette Gilmer Grant Greenbrier
Hampshire Hancock Hardy Harrison Jackson Jefferson Kanawha
Lewis Lincoln Logan Marion Marshall Mason McDowell
Mercer Mineral Mingo Monongalia Monroe Morgan Nicholas
Ohio Pendleton Pleasants Pocahontas Preston Putnam Raleigh
Randolph Ritchie Roane Summers Taylor Tucker Tyler
Upshur Wayne Webster Wetzel Wirt Wood Wyoming

West Virginia County 1.
West Virginia County 2.


West Virginia Timeline 1607 - 1900

West Virginia became the 35th State on June 20, 1863
Colony of Virginia, Coat of Arms
1607 - Virginia Colony established by England
1671 - Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam discover waters flowing westward into the Ohio River and help establish English claims to the Ohio Valley
1719 - The Potomoke Church at Shepherdstown was the first church founded in West Virginia by Presbyterians
1722 - Virginia government allows families to live rent-free on land owned by the state for ten years to try to encourage settlers
Iroquois surrender claims to land south of the Ohio River in addition to counties in the east
1725 - Western Appalachians explored by fur traders
1727 - Settlement at New Mecklenburg founded by Pennsylvania Germans
1731 - Morgan establishes first settlement in present West Virginia near Bunker Hill in Berkeley County
1732 - Scotch-Irish, Welsh, and German pioneers settle the western portions of Virginia
1742 - Coal discovered by John Howard and John Peter Salley on Coal River near Racine
1744 - Territory between the Allegheny Mountains and the Ohio River ceded to the English by Native Americans of the Six Nations
George Washington
1748 - George Washington surveys land in western Virginia for Lord Fairfax
The Harpers Ferry begin carries passengers across the Shenandoah River
1749 - First recorded settlement west of the Alleghenies made in Marlinton by Jacob Marlin and Stephen Sewell
1754 - 1763 - French and Indian War; see French and Indian War Project
1755 -General Braddock defeated at Pittsburgh by the French and Native Americans after traveling through the eastern panhandle
July 3 - Shawnee attack settlement at Draper's Meadows, New River, nearly all are killed or captured; see Native Americans Shawnee Project
1762 - December 23 - Romney and Mecklenburg (later Shepherdstown) established when the Governor of Virginia signs bills of incorporation
1765 - Clarksburg settled
Delaware and Mingo Natives destroyed community of Morgantown founded by Zackquill Morgan in 1766-1767
1767 - Ice's Ferry, Monongalia County, settled by Frederick Ice; Adam Ice, son of Frederick was the first white child born in the Monongahela Valley
1768 - Iroquois cede lands north of the Little Kanawha River to the British in the Treaty of Fort Stanwix
First recorded flood of the Ohio River
Williamstown founded by Isaac Williams
October 10 - Battle of Point Pleasant (Lord Dunmore's War) between Virginia settlers and militia and a confederacy of Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, Cayuga, and other Native tribes led by Cornstalk
1776 - Western Virginia petition the Continental Congress for a separate government
1777 - September - Native Americans unsuccessfully besiege Fort Henry
November 10 - Chief Cornstalk, his son, and Chief Red Hawk murdered by whites at Fort Randolph
1788 - Federal Constitution ratified by Virginia
Daniel Boone
1789 - Daniel Boone commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Kanawha Militia
1791 - Daniel Boone elected as a delegate to the Virginia Assembly
1800 - 78,000 people in West Virginia, with 35,000 west of the Alleghenies; 13 counties, 8 post offices, and 19 incorporated towns
1830 - Separation of western Virginia from eastern Virginia proposed by The Wheeling Gazette
1851 - Joseph Johnson, Bridgeport becomes the only governor of Virginia to chosen by popular vote and to come from the western part of the state
New constitution grants concessions to the western Virginia
1861 - Civil War: West Virginia contributes about 32,000 soldiers to the Union Army and about 10,000 to the Confederate
Union victories forces Confederate out of the Monongahela and Kanawha valleys; see US Civil War between the States Project
1862 - January - Colored School Board of Parkersburg, West Virginia, formed by seven men and organize a day school for African American children; first public school for African Americans
April - Voters approve the new Constitution for West Virginia
1865 - First free public school opens in Charleston
February 3 - Governor approves an act abolishing slavery and provides for emancipation of all slaves
April 9 - Civil War ends
1866 - State constitution deny citizenship and suffrage to all persons who had supported the Confederacy
1869 - February 10 - Charleston named the seat of government
March 23 - West Virginia State Senate ratifies the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
1881 - February 3 - Governor approves a bill allowing all eligible voting citizens, including African Americans, to be jurors
1885 - Charleston becomes the permanent state capital
City of Charleston West Virginia
1896 - George W. Atkinson elected Governor, first Republican governor since Reconstruction period
Voters elected the first African American to the legislature, Christopher Payne of Fayette County
1898 - Spanish American War: West Virginia furnishes two regiments of volunteer infantry; see Spanish American War Project

55 West Virginia County Seats

List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in West Virginia need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree; see the West Virginia Cemeteries Project
  2. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about West Virginia state tribes
  3. Work on West Virginia's unsourced profiles
  4. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from West Virginia for the West Virginia in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project

Related WikiTree Categories

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West Virginia (Confederate), United States Civil War
West Virginia Resource Page US Civil War: War Between the States
Hatfield and McCoy

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Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park, Fayette County, West Virginia

West Virginia State Recreational Areas


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West Virginia Counties and Historical Facts
Native American Tribes of West Virginia
History of Native Americans in West Virginia
"The WVGenWeb Project"
Categorizing for cemetery listings
History of West Virginia, old and new : in one volume : and West Virginia biography in two additional volumes - Family
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Please remove Category:West Virginia, Name Studies from this page. It is not part of the approved structure for One Name Studies. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
edited by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Do not really understand why it is not, but removed what I thought you wanted removed.
It is still linked under Related WikiTree Projects & Categories.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
WOW is right ! Looks great !
posted by MaryAnn (Ford) Thomas
Wow, Terry, Wow!! ;-)
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