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Jackson County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1831
Named: For Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States
County Seat: Ripley

Sources

Books

Adams, Samuel Hopkins. Dan Cunningham, A Huntsman of the Law. New York, McClure's Magazine, June 1904.
B C973a Pam.

Bicentennial Committee of Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Early History of Pioneer Days in Jackson County, A History of Jackson County, Virginia. Ripley, West Virginia, Jackson County Public Library, 1981.
975.431 D366

Brown, R.S. Address of Hon. R.S. Brown, Comprising a Sketch of the Early History of Jackson County, Delivered at Ravenswood on the Centennial Anniversary Day, July 4th 1876. West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, 1966-67.
Arc 1. 4:28.

Carder, Roscoe H. History of Education in Jackson County, 1863-1936. Lexington, Kentucky, 1937.
370.9 C17.

Carney, Betty. A Survey of Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia. Charleston, West Virginia, Morris Harvey College, 1977.
975.431 C289.

Cook, Roy Bird. Washington's Western Lands. Strasburg, Virginia, Shenandoah Publishing Company, 1930.
973.31 C771

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Genealogical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 v. 4. and Mi 49-15.

Cunningham, Dan. Murders of Roane and Jackson Counties. Charleston, West Virginia, n.p., 1931.
364.152 C973.

Curtis, Hal C. West Virginia's Last Public Hanging, s.l. n.p., 1928.
975.431 C978.

Fisher, C. History of Staats Mills Community and Bridge. Ripley, West Virginia, Jackson County Public Library, 1983.
975.431 F533.

Hite, Delmar R. Index to Jackson County History and Folklore. Ripley, West Virginia, Jackson County Historical Society, 1988.
975.431 J12h index.

_____________. Roster of Jackson County, West Virginia, Civil War Soldiers. Murraysville, West Virginia, n.p., 1972.
975.7554 H675.

House, John A. Pioneers in Jackson County: A History of Mill Creek and Sandy Valley. s.l., n.p., n.d.
975.431 J12p.

Hutchison, Alberta Kessel. The Kessel Clan, Including the History of the Pleasant Hill Community. s.l. n.p., 1976.
929.2 K42.

Jackson County Historical Society. Jackson Countians in America's Wars, 1775-1918. Ripley, West Virginia, 1978.
975.431 J12 closed stacks.

____________________________. Jackson County History and Folklore. Ripley, West Virginia, Jackson County Historical Society, 1983.
975.431 J12h.

____________________________. Jackson County, West Virginia: Past and Present, 1990. Waynesville, North Carolina, Don Mills Inc., 1990.
975.431 J12j.

Moore, Dean W. Washington's Woods, A History or Ravenswood and Jackson County, West Virginia. Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1971.
975.431 M821.

Morrison, Okey J. The Slaughter of the Pfrost-Greene Family of Jackson County, WV. Cincinnati, Ohio, Gibson and Sorin Company, 1898.
364.152 M881.

Skeen, Larry L. Jackson County, West Virginia, Sketch Book. Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia Library Commission, 1978.
917.5431 S627.

O'Brien, Winnifred E. Early Settlers and Their Contributions to Jackson County and its County Seat, Ripley, West Virginia. Ripley, West Virginia, Jackson County Public Library, 1979.
975.431 O13.

Wolfe, Fred. Jackson County Feud Between the Castos and the Powers. West Virginia Heritage, Richwood, West Virginia, 1971.
975.4 W52.

Zachman, Richard E. Historical Homes of Ripley. s.l., n.p., n.d.
975.431 Z16.

Newspaper Clippings

"A Legend Was Launched, O. J. Morrison, Star News, 1992.
"Alpin Ridge Area Rich in Jackson County History," Jackson Herald, 8-23-1989.
"Angerona...," Ravenswood News, 4-23-1978.
"Antiques and History, Ripley's Starcher House Comes Alive Again," Gazette, 8-21- 1996.
"Arts and Craft Fair Begins at Cedar Lake," Ravenswood News, 7-4-1963.
"Ballad of John Morgan Recalled 95 Years Later," Star News, 12-19-1992.
"Bicentennial Salute to Jackson County," WV Hillbilly, 5-22-1976.
"Buffington Island Has Spot in History,"Parkersburg News, 7-21-1980.
"Cedar Lakes Offers Activities Year Round," Parkersburg Sentinel, 2-18-1989.
"Christian Church Built in 1895," n.p. n.d.
"Colonel Muse Ungrateful for Land Gift," Post Herald, 7-26-1983.
"Communities Centers of the Past," Jackson Star News, 2-26-1992.
"Community Restores Church," Jackson Herald, 7-2-1986.
"Cottageville First Named Wrights Mill," Jackson Herald, 1-23-1970.
"Donaghho Jar Dated by Record Study," Beckley Post-Herald, 6-13-1969.
"Early History in Jackson County," Charleston Daily Mail, 1-17-1926.
"Early Settlers in Jackson County, Part 1-VI, Beckley Post Herald, 12-1,2,3,4,5,6- 1958.
"Farmer-Sculptor Gave Us a Stone Mountain," Charleston Daily Mail, 12-12-1963.
"Fire Forces Family to Renovate House Twice," Parkersburg News, 9-20-1996.
"Former Ripley Mayor Gay Duke Dead at 98," Charleston Gazette, 7-10-1996.
"From Genevieve With Love," Jackson Herald, 1-4-1974.
"Gable Boasts Aged Lithograph...," Ravenswood News, 2-15-1984.
"GAR Monument," Jackson Herald, 3-19-1965.
"Ground Broken on Auto Plant," Parkersburg News, 7-13-1996.
"He'll Buy Your Radiator, Possum and Kitchen Sink," Star News, 2-12-1992.
"Henry Davis Cites Silverton History," Jackson Herald, 11-15-1968.
"Historic Island in Ohio River Threatened," Charleston Gazette, 1-9-1981.
"Historic Interest," Parkersburg News, 12-14-1997.
"Historical Sites of County are Listed," Jackson Herald, 3-13-1970.
"History of a House," Gazette Mail, 10-27-1996.
"Jackson County's Historical Scenic Spots are Described," Parkersburg News, 10-6- 1963.
"Jackson County's First: Bank of Ripley," Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Jackson County Wins Top Betterment Award," Herald Dispatch, 4-3-1963.
"Jackson County in the World War," Jackson Herald, 4-27-1934.
"Jackson Welcomes Business, Cyanamid 9.7 Billion Merger," Parkersburg News, 8-18- 1994.
"Jackson County's Silver Dream," Charleston Gazette, 3-20-1966.
"Jackson Countians Have Always Been Fair Minded," Jackson Star News, 2-27- 1991.
"Jackson Star News," Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Jackson Port Authority's Next Step is Gig One: Global," Parkersburg Sentinel, 8-12- 1997.
"Jesse Hughes's Name Was a Terror to Indians Comfort to Settlers," Star News, 2-27- 1991.
"Judge Robert S. Brown's Address of 1876," Ravenswood News, 7-27-1967.
"Kenna Centennial ," Charleston Daily Mail, 7-1-1980.
"Landmark Establishment Approaches 37th Anniversary," Star News, 1-22-1992.
"Liquid Gold, Discovery of Oil at Silverton...," Jackson Star News, 2-26-1992.
"Listing of All Elected Jackson County Officials," Jackson Star News, 2-26-1992.
"Little Store A Journey Into Past," Charleston Gazette, 5-4-1979.
"Murder's Timepiece, John R. Morgan," Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Museum Cabin Display County's Past," Parkersburg News, 8-16-1996.
"Napoleon's Bodyguard Buried in Ravenswood, Joseph Rool, Star News, 2-24- 1993.
"One Hundred Years Ago in Jackson County," Jackson Herald, 11-29-1963, 1964.
"Otis Shinn," Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Profile 1993 A Time to Remember, Burning Desires, Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Prominent Pioneers of Jackson County," Jackson Herald, 3-15-1935.
"Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department Started in 1937," Jackson Star News, 2-24- 1993.
"Ravenswood's Southern Belle, Virginia Ashton," Jackson Star News, 1-13-1993.
"Remembering Rhodes Hatchery," Star News, 1992.
"Ripley Lions Club to Sponsor Home Tour," Metro North, 6-2-1993.
"Robinson Honored for Four Decades of Service," Star News, 1-22-1992.
"Rockcastle Named for an Early Residents...," Jackson Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Roots of Jackson County, Ravenswood News, 3-19-1978.
"Rough Yet Gentle Grandson Pays Tribute to Daniel Darius Martin," Star News, 2-24- 1993.
"Sayre Family Encourage You to Visit Log House," Ravenswood News, 8-11-1990.
"Sheriff Grandma Packin Heat in WV, News Tribune, 6-10-1995.
"Signs of the Times, George Smith," Star News, 1992.
"Sketches of Early Oil Wells of Jackson County," n.p. n.d.
"Tales of Jackson County Woodlands Not Idle Yarns," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-29- 1964.
"Terrible Tragedy in 1800's Recalled," Parkersburg News, 1-19-1969.
"The Jackson County Bank," Ravenswood News, 2-27-1936.
"The Little Store on Alpin Ridge," Charleston Gazette, n.p. n.d.
"The World War Review, Jackson Herald, 6-26-1931.
"The Mountaineer," n.p. n.d.
"The Town of Three Names, Ripley in its 161st Year of Government," Star News, 2-24- 1993.
"The City of Ripley...160 Years Old," Jackson Star News, 12-19-1992.
"They Were Virginians, A Civil War Story Smith Brothers," Jackson Star News, 2-24- 1993.
"They took Part of Wood County to Make Jackson," Parkersburg News, 3-30-1969.
"Train Robber Al Jennings," Jackson Star News, 2-24-1993.
"Tuesday a Disastrous Day for Republicans..The Elections," Jackson Herald, 11-14- 1910.
"Vail Family's Ventures Rooted 150 Years Deep," Charleston Gazette, 6-28-1994.
"Valentines Travel Road to Romance," Charleston Gazette, 2-14-1984.
"Wayne Hughes: Longtime Conservationist," Parkersburg News, 5-17-1996.
"Why is She Not Blind? 72 Year Mystery Oversees Jackson Co. Court," Star News, 2-5- 1992.

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