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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Mercer County, West Virginia|Mercer County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Mercer-County-West-Virginia-Courts.htm Mercer County Courthouse]<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 1716, <br>Princeton, WV 24740<br>Phone: 304-487-8311  
 
[http://www.courtreference.com/Mercer-County-West-Virginia-Courts.htm Mercer County Courthouse]<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 1716, <br>Princeton, WV 24740<br>Phone: 304-487-8311  
  
County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837<ref name="Handybook" />
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County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/athens.html Athens West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/glenwood.html Glenwood, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/pisgah.html Pisgah Community, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/spanish.html Spanishburg Community, West Virginia]
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[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/athens.html Athens West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/glenwood.html Glenwood, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/pisgah.html Pisgah Community, West Virginia]<br>[http://www.wvculture.org/history/agrext/spanish.html Spanishburg Community, West Virginia]  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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==== Cemetery  ====
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=13532 Find A Grave Mercer County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mercer.htm Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County]<br>[http://www.angelfire.com/wv/akers/mercer.html Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia]  
 
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mercer.htm Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County]  
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[http://www.angelfire.com/wv/akers/mercer.html Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/wv/mercer.htm Interment.net Mercer County]
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==== Census  ====
 
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]  
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]<br>[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=mercer+county,+west+virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884e684d7723eaf1:0xfaea783bd846d2ec,Mercer,+WV&gl=us&ei=usiRT8rlFpHJiQL3j8iBAw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CEIQ8gEwAg Mercer County West Virginia Map]  
 
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==== Military  ====
 
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*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
  
 
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*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Mercer County on page 135.]  
 
*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Mercer County on page 135.]  
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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:- [[8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. '''Company D (1st)''' (French's Company), '''Company E''' (Border Rangers) and '''Company H''' (Tazewell Troop).<ref>Jack L. Dickinson, ''8th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|498421|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25}}.</ref>
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:- [[23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate)]]. Company B (The Blue Stone Greys).<ref>J.L. Scott, ''23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). {{FHL|479129|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79}}.</ref>
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:- [[24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company G.<ref>Ralph White Gunn, ''24th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). {{FHL|577176|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34}}.</ref>
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:- [[26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate)|26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate)]]. Company C.<ref>Terry Lowry, ''26th Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). {{FHL|570993|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 81}}.</ref>
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:- [[30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)|30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate)]]. Company A.<ref>Michael West, ''30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). {{FHL|746071|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108}}.</ref>
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:- [[34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)|34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate)]]. Company K.<ref>Scott C. Cole, ''34th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). {{FHL|676842|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94}}.</ref>
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Mercer County.
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*May 15 - 17, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv009.htm Princeton Court House, also known as Princeton Court House, WV<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/wv009.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 20 September 2012)</ref>]
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/WVmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.
  
 
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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[http://www.newrivernotes.com/hockett/mercerwvdeaths.htm Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records]
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[http://www.newrivernotes.com/hockett/mercerwvdeaths.htm Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records]  
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
'''[http://www.mercercountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Mercer Co Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 5012 <br>Princeton, WV 24740.<br>[mailto:mercercountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com mercercountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com]&nbsp;<br>'''
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'''[http://www.mercercountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Mercer Co Historical Society]<br>P.O. Box 5012 <br>Princeton, WV 24740.<br>'''  
  
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The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston Family History Center]].  
 
The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston Family History Center]].  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/misadven.htm Book One Western Virginia]&nbsp;An old&nbsp; man's thrilling experiences in Mercer County.  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/misadven.htm Book One Western Virginia]&nbsp;An old&nbsp; man's thrilling experiences in Mercer County.  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_County,_West_Virginia Mercer County Wikipedia]
 
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/merc-tel.htm The New Dailey Telegraph]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/merc-tel.htm The New Dailey Telegraph]  
 
*[http://www.bramwellwv.com/ Historic Bramwell, West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.bramwellwv.com/ Historic Bramwell, West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/cowanbio.htm Horton G Cowan]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mercer/cowanbio.htm Horton G Cowan]  
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/wv/Mercer/state.html National Register of Historic Places - Mercer County, West Virginia]
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Mercer County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mercer 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 1837
County Seat Princeton
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Mercer County, West Virginia Courthouse.JPG

Mercer County Courthouse
P O Box 1716,
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-487-8311

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1853; probate and land recrods from 1837; Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1837[1]

History

Early History of Mercer County
Official Blue Book of Mercer County, West Virginia by Charles B Hedrick
Welcome to Mercer County, West Virginia
Mercer County, West Virginia Discover America's Coal Story

Parent County

1837--Mercer County was created 17 March 1837 from Giles and Tazewell Counties (Virginia).
County seat: Princeton [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mercer County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Athens West Virginia
Glenwood, West Virginia
Pisgah Community, West Virginia
Spanishburg Community, West Virginia

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemetery

Tombstone Transcription Project Mercer County
Cemeteries Located in Mercery County, West Virginia

Census

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

Index to the 1870 Mercer County, West Virginia Census

 

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bluefield

Court

Land

Local Histories

Johnston, Daniel E  A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Kinyon Digital Library

Maps

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia
Mercer County West Virginia Map

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, Mercer County on page 135.]
  • 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.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Mercer 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 Mercer County, West Virginia:

- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company D (1st) (French's Company), Company E (Border Rangers) and Company H (Tazewell Troop).[3]
- 23rd Battalion, Virginia Infantry Reserves (Confederate). Company B (The Blue Stone Greys).[4]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company G.[5]
- 26th Battalion, Virginia Infantry (Edgar's) (Confederate). Company C.[6]
- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company A.[7]
- 34th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Witcher's Battalion, Virginia Mounted Rifles) (Confederate). Company K.[8]

Records and histories are available, including:


Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Mercer County.



Map showing Civil War battles in West Virginia.

Naturalization

West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

Newspapers

Probate

Mercer County, West Virginia Will Books 1838 - 1969
West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

Vital Records

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

Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Mercer Co Historical Society
P.O. Box 5012
Princeton, WV 24740.

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington Family History Center and the Charleston Family History Center.

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, West Virginia. Page 744 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. Jack L. Dickinson, 8th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25.
  4. J.L. Scott, 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 79.
  5. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  6. Terry Lowry, 26th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 81.
  7. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  8. Scott C. Cole, 34th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 94.
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 20 September 2012)