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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
'''Harrison County'''<br>301 W Main Street<br>Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909<br>304-624-8611 <br>  
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[http://www.harrisoncountywv.com/ Harrison County Courthouse]<br>301 W Main Street<br>Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909<br>Phone: 304-624-8611 <br>
  
*County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853  
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853<br>Marriage Records from 1784<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Doddridge County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
*Marriage Records from 1784  
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*Probate Record from 1788
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*Land Records from 1786<ref name="Handybook" />
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
 
[http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvsamenu.html West Virginia State Archives]
 
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{WVcensus}}  
 
{{WVcensus}}  
  
'''''1785 Enumeration'''''  
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'''''1785 Enumeration'''''
  
 
*[http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790m-03.pdf Harrison County Heads of Families - 1785] at U.S. Census Bureau - free. County begins on page 90.
 
*[http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1790m-03.pdf Harrison County Heads of Families - 1785] at U.S. Census Bureau - free. County begins on page 90.
  
Join us in [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]  
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Join us in [https://www.familysearch.org/1940census indexing the 1940 Census]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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===== Baptist =====
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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
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#Simpson's Creek (1775)<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 434. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
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#Buchannon (1786)<ref name="baptist"/>
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#Good Hope (1806)<ref name="baptist"/>
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#Olive Branch (1803)<ref name="baptist"/>
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#Salem (1801)<ref name="baptist"/>
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#Union (1802)<ref name="baptist"/>
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#West Fork<ref name="baptist"/>
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Harrison County fell within the bounds of the Union Association.
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===== LDS =====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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==== Court  ====
 
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==== Genealogy<br> ====
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==== Genealogy<br> ====
  
*'''[Criss]''' Johnston, Aaron Montgomery. ''Ancestors and Descendants of James and Althea (Loose) Johnston and Allied Families: Bennett, Criss, Gay, Loose, Maitland, Montgomery, Palm and Round''. Knoxville, Tenn., 1983. {{FHL|143526|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 J644j}}.<br>
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*'''[Criss]''' Johnston, Aaron Montgomery. ''Ancestors and Descendants of James and Althea (Loose) Johnston and Allied Families: Bennett, Criss, Gay, Loose, Maitland, Montgomery, Palm and Round''. Knoxville, Tenn., 1983. {{FHL|143526|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 J644j}}.<br>  
*'''[Cunningham]''' Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.<br>
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*'''[Cunningham]''' Newman, Betty Cunningham. ''Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. {{FHL|985527|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C917n}}.<br>  
 
*'''[Dennison]''' Dennison, Edmund and Karl C. Priest. ''Baptized on the 4th of July: The Elder Edmund Dennison Story''. South Charleston, W. Va.: K.C. Priest, 1995. {{FHL|751696|item|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*'''[Dennison]''' Dennison, Edmund and Karl C. Priest. ''Baptized on the 4th of July: The Elder Edmund Dennison Story''. South Charleston, W. Va.: K.C. Priest, 1995. {{FHL|751696|item|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*'''[Hacker]''' “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in ''Hacker’s Creek Journal,'' Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at [http://www.hackerscreek.com/files.php?fcid=9 Hacker's Creek website].  
 
*'''[Hacker]''' “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in ''Hacker’s Creek Journal,'' Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at [http://www.hackerscreek.com/files.php?fcid=9 Hacker's Creek website].  
 
*'''[Mills]''' Hackett, John Davis and Kathryn Dickerson Shannon. "Mills Families of Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1991):215-228; Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1991):284-296; Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1992):34-48; Vol. 36, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1992):109-119. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 35 (1991)-v. 36 (1992)}}.  
 
*'''[Mills]''' Hackett, John Davis and Kathryn Dickerson Shannon. "Mills Families of Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1991):215-228; Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1991):284-296; Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1992):34-48; Vol. 36, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1992):109-119. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 35 (1991)-v. 36 (1992)}}.  
 
*'''[Prunty]''' Wassenaar, Ardyth. ''Memoirs and Geneology of the Prunty Family''. Seattle, Wash.: A. Wassenaar, 1984? {{FHL|121194|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P953w}}.<br>
 
*'''[Prunty]''' Wassenaar, Ardyth. ''Memoirs and Geneology of the Prunty Family''. Seattle, Wash.: A. Wassenaar, 1984? {{FHL|121194|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 P953w}}.<br>
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*'''[Shore]''' Dennis, Barbara. ''The Shore Family: Michael Shore and His Descendants.'' 1971; reprint, Spokane, Wash.: M.B. Shore, 1992. {{FHL|609512|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Sh78d}}.
 
*'''[Swisher] '''Swisher, Robert Edward. ''The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia''. Richmond, Va.: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1974. {{FHL|168207|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r}}.<br>
 
*'''[Swisher] '''Swisher, Robert Edward. ''The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia''. Richmond, Va.: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1974. {{FHL|168207|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r}}.<br>
  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>  
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== War of 1812  =====
 
===== War of 1812  =====
  
Harrison County men served in the 11th and 119th Regiments.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 104. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
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Harrison County men served in the 11th and 119th Regiments.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 104. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429Naturalization Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]  
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company C.
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:- [[20th_Regiment,_Virginia_Cavalry_(Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Companies E and F.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>
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:- [[31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company C (Harrison Rifles) presumably was recruited in Harrison County.<ref>John M. Ashcraft, ''31st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|370004|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48}}.</ref>
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Records and histories are available, including:
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*West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429Naturalization Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099Taxation Will Books]  
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==== Tax List  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
[[Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc.|'''Hackers Creek Pioneers Descendants Inc''']]<br>c/c Central West Virginia<br>Genealogy &amp; Historical Library<br>P O&nbsp;Box 56<br>Horner, West Virginia 26372-0056  
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[[Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc.|'''Hackers Creek Pioneers Descendants Inc''']]<br>c/c Central West Virginia<br> Genealogy &amp; Historical Library<br>P O&nbsp;Box 56<br>Horner, West Virginia 26372-0056  
  
[http://clarksburglibrary.info/index.html Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library]
 
  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
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Revision as of 19:32, 9 July 2012


Harrison County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1784
County Seat Clarksburg
Courthouse

United States  Gotoarrow.png West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png Harrison County

Contents

County Courthouse

Harrison County Courthouse
301 W Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909
Phone: 304-624-8611

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853
Marriage Records from 1784[1]

History

Parent County

1784--Harrison County was created 3 May 1784 from Monongalia County.
County seat: Clarksburg[2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Harrison County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Oddfellows Cemetery

Census

For tips on accessing Harrison County, West Virginia census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

1785 Enumeration

Join us in indexing the 1940 Census

Church

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Simpson's Creek (1775)[3]
  2. Buchannon (1786)[3]
  3. Good Hope (1806)[3]
  4. Olive Branch (1803)[3]
  5. Salem (1801)[3]
  6. Union (1802)[3]
  7. West Fork[3]

Harrison County fell within the bounds of the Union Association.

LDS

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Clarksburg

Court

Genealogy

  • [Criss] Johnston, Aaron Montgomery. Ancestors and Descendants of James and Althea (Loose) Johnston and Allied Families: Bennett, Criss, Gay, Loose, Maitland, Montgomery, Palm and Round. Knoxville, Tenn., 1983. FHL Book 929.273 J644j.
  • [Cunningham] Newman, Betty Cunningham. Adam and 500 More Cunninghams of the Valley of Virginia, c.1734-c.1800. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C917n.
  • [Dennison] Dennison, Edmund and Karl C. Priest. Baptized on the 4th of July: The Elder Edmund Dennison Story. South Charleston, W. Va.: K.C. Priest, 1995. FHL.
  • [Hacker] “A Noted Mason Dead: The Demise of William Hacker at a Ripe Old Age,” [Newspaper obituary] (Shelbyville, Ohio), 29 July 1891, reprinted in Hacker’s Creek Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1987):31-32 - free digital version at Hacker's Creek website.
  • [Mills] Hackett, John Davis and Kathryn Dickerson Shannon. "Mills Families of Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1991):215-228; Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1991):284-296; Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1992):34-48; Vol. 36, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1992):109-119. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 35 (1991)-v. 36 (1992).
  • [Prunty] Wassenaar, Ardyth. Memoirs and Geneology of the Prunty Family. Seattle, Wash.: A. Wassenaar, 1984? FHL Book 929.273 P953w.
  • [Shore] Dennis, Barbara. The Shore Family: Michael Shore and His Descendants. 1971; reprint, Spokane, Wash.: M.B. Shore, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 Sh78d.
  • [Swisher] Swisher, Robert Edward. The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia. Richmond, Va.: Whittet & Shepperson, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 Sw65r.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Harrison County on page 134.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Harrison County men served in the 11th and 119th Regiments.[4]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Harrison County, West Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Harrison County, West Virginia:

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company C.
- 20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Companies E and F.[5]
- 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Harrison Rifles) presumably was recruited in Harrison County.[6]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. FHL Collection. [Includes a section on Clarksburg silversmiths.]

Probate

Harrison County, West Virginia Will Books 1822 - 1970

West Virginia Will Books

Tax List

How can West Virginia tax list help me?

  • [1754-1800] Harrison County, [West] Virginia Tithable Lands: 1754-1800. Extracts in the West Virginia Collection at the West Virginia University Library, Morgantown, West Virginia; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • [1784-1824] Harrison County, [West] Virginia Tithable List, 1784-1824. Original records, Harrison County Courthouse; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Harrison County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • [1789] Indexed images of the 1789 Personal Property Tax List of Harrison County, Virginia  (now West Virginia) is indexed online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1801] Images of the 1801 Personal Property Tax List of Harrison County, Virginia  (now West Virginia) are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Harrison County is included in Vol. 6.]

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

Societies and Libraries

Hackers Creek Pioneers Descendants Inc
c/c Central West Virginia
Genealogy & Historical Library
P O Box 56
Horner, West Virginia 26372-0056


Family History Centers

Townships and Cities

Websites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Doddridge County, West Virginia. Page 743 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 434. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 104. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  5. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  6. John M. Ashcraft, 31st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 48.