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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
301 W Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301-2909
304-624-8611

History

Parent County

1784--Harrison County was created 3 May 1784 from Monongalia County.
County seat: Clarksburg[1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Harrison County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Communities and Towns

Neighboring Counties

Resources

West Virginia State Archives

West Virginia & Regional History Collection WVU

Cemeteries

Harrison Cemetery Information & Readings

Obituaries  Harrison County, West Virginia

Census

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

1785 Enumeration

 Harrison County Census Information

Church

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.
  • [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

Harrison County West Virginia Deeds

 

Local Histories

Area Histories

History of Harrison County, West Virginia From the Early Days of Northwestern Virginia to the Present ebooks free

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Maps of Harrison County

Harrison County, West Virginia Map

Military

Military Records of Harrison County, West Virginia

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.[2]

Civil War

West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram
P. O. Box 2000
Clarksburg, WV 26302
(304) 624-6411
Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal
P.O. Box 187
Shinnston, WV 26431
(304) 592-1030

The Bridgeport News
1400 Johnson Ave Suite 21
Bridgeport, WV 26330
304-842-8840


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

Harrison County WV Birth Records

Harrison County WV Death Records

Harrison County WV Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Harrison County Genealogical Society

Allegheny Regional Family History Society

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

Mining Your History Foundation

Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library


Family History Centers

Townships and Cities

Websites

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 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.

 

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