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Pendleton County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Pendleton County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1787
County Seat Franklin

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


County Courthouse

Pleasants County
301 Court Lane #101
Saint Mary's, WV 26170

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, and probate records from 1853
  • Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]


Parent County

1787--Pendleton County was created 4 December 1787 from Augusta, Hardy and Rockingham Counties (Virginia).
County seat: Franklin [1]

Formation of Pendleton County

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Pendleton County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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

LDS Ward and Branch Records 

1810 Census of Pendleton County, Virginia 
1850 Pendleton County Census

1910 Pendleton County Census

1930 Pendleton County Census Information

Pendleton County Districts

  • Franklin
  • Zigler



  • [Coberly] Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • [Cunningham] Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • [Harper] Rutherford, William Kenneth and Anna Clay Rutherford. Genealogical History of Our Ancestors. Revised Edition. 2 vols. Lexington, Mo., 1977. FHL Book 929.273 R933ra 1977 v. 1-v. 2.
  • [Skidmore] Skidmore, Warren. Thomas Skidmore (Scudamore), 1605-1684, of Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, and Fairfield, Connecticut; His Ancestors and His Descendants to the Ninth Generation. 1980. FHL Book 929.273 Sk32sk; 1985 edition: FHL Book 929.273 Sk32sk 1985; 1998 edition: FHL CD-ROM.
  • [Van Deventer] Vandevander, Paul J. and Ida Christobelle Van Deventer. The Van Deventer Family, 1550-1977. Parsons, W.Va.: McClain Print. Co., 1978. FHL Book 929.273 V286v.
  • [Van Deventer] Arthaud, John Bradley and Catherine DeEtte Arthaud. The Mary Coberly and William Van Deventer Family of Pendleton and Randolph Counties, West Virginia, An Annotated Index to Paul J. Vandevander's The Van Deventer Family 1550-1977. Columbia, Mo., 1988. FHL Book 929.273 V286v index.


Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and 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. 1967 reprint: FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Pendleton 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
Civil War 

Civil War Links

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

Sons of Confederate Veterans, Brig. Gen. James Boggs' Camp # 1706
Dewayne Borror, Commander

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 7th WV Infantry Camp #7
P.O. Box 622
Franklin, WV 26807



Online Newspapers from Surrounding Areas

Pendleton Times
P.O. Box 906
Franklin, WV 26807-0906


Pendleton County, West Virginia 1788 - 1970 Will Books

West Virginia Will Books

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Pendleton County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1976):119-123. FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).


How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

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

Pendleton County Historical Society

Main Street

Franklin, West Virginia 26807

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Learning How to Edit our Wiki Sites


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


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