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Roane County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Roane County
Location in the state of West Virginia
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Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1856
County Seat Spencer

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


County Courthouse

Roane County
200 Main Street
Spencer, WV 257601497


Roane County West Virginia Encyclopedia

Roane County History

Parent County

1856--Roane County was created 11 March 1856 from Kanawha, Jackson and Gilmer Counties.
County seat: Spencer [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Roane County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcription Project Roane County

Roane County, West Virginia Obituaries Cemetery Records online

Find A Grave Roane County

Political Roane County, West Virginia

Roane County Tombstone Photos

Roane County History and Genealogy Obituaries

Roane County Genealogy Project Ferrell Cemetery


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

 Roane County, West Virginia 1860 and 1870 Census

Roane County West Virginia Archives



  • [Ashley] Ross, Clara Mae. John Thomas Ashley (1838-1923), His Ancestors of Surry County, North Carolina, His Descendants of Roane County, West Virginia, and Related Families. Colfax, N.C., n.d. FHL Collection.


Local Histories

Bishop, William Henry:  History of Roane county, West Virginia, from the time of its exploration A.D. 1927

google ebooks

West Virginia Archives & History Roane County


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Roane County, West Virginia 1895 map

Roane County, West Virginia Maps

Roane County, West Virginia Maps


Civil War

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

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company G.
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company N (Night Hawk Rangers).[2]
- 19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company C.[3]
- 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharpshooters (Clarke's) (Confederate). Company F.[4]
- 36th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (2nd Kanawha Infantry) (Confederate). Company B (Logan County Wildcats), Company C (Chapmanville Riflemen), Company D (Boone Rangers), Company E (Raleigh Rangers), and Company G (Western Riflemen).[5]

Records and histories are available, including:




Roane County, West Virginia Will Books 1857 - 1968


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

Roane County Historical Society
P O Box 161
Spencer, WV 25276

Roane county Library -census records and more

Web Sites

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  3. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  4. Michael West, 30th Battalion Virginia Sharpshooters (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 108.
  5. J.L. Scott, 36th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 36.


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