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Mason County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1804
Named: For Stevens Thomson Mason (1794-1803) a distinguished patriot, long a member of the Virginia Assembly and of the Senate of the United States (Lewis, History and Government, 266);
          or, for George Mason (1725-1792), deviser of the Constitution of Virginia and a member of the convention which framed the Federal Constitution (Lewis, History of West Virginia in Two Parts, 616). Learn more
County Seat: Point Pleasant

Sources

Books

Account Book Mason County, 1818-1819.
Ms 79-31.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Genealogical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 v.5.

Eavenson, Howard Nicholas. "Notes On An Old West Virginia Coal Field," Charleston, West Virginia, West Virginia History, 1943-44.
Arc 1. 4:5.

Ferguson, Robert H. History of Mason County, West Virginia. Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Robert H. Ferguson, 1961.
975.433 F353.

Gibbs, Mildred. Founding and Development of New Haven. Middleport, Ohio, n.p., n.d.
975.433 G443n.

____________. Hartford City-West Virginia, 1853-1922. s.l., n.p., 1975.
975.433 G443.

____________. Mason City, West Virginia; The History of the Town and Its People. Middleport, Ohio, Quality Print Shop, 1978.
975.433 G443m.

History of Mason County, West Virginia, 1987. Salem, West Virginia, Walsworth Publishing Company, 1987.
975.433 M398.

Land Survey Map, 1795 August 17, Mason County Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d.
Ma 10-3.

Lederer, Anna Fredericka. The 19th Century Coal and Salt Drama of Pomeroy Bend. s.l., n.p, n.d.
977 L473.

McCulloch, Delia A. Pioneers of Mason County. s.l., n.p,1908.
975.433 M133 Pam.

New Haven Graham District Album of Honor Dedicated To All Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice or Fought in World War I and II, Memorial Unveiling Dedication, May 30. 1947. Middleport, Ohio, The Middleport Printing Company, 1947.
920.075433 N532.

Poffenbarger, Livia. The Mansion House-Point Pleasant, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d.
917.5433 P745.

________________. Excerpts From the Battle of Point Pleasant: A Battle of the Revolution. s.l., n.p., n.d.
973.27 B974.

Smyth, Cecil B. Jr. Dunmore's War 1774: A Concise Narrative of the 1774 Campaign of the Virginia Frontiersman Against the Indian Tribes of the Ohio Valley. Midothian, Virginia, Smyth, n.d.
973.27 S667.

Weirwick, George C. The Lutheran Church in Mason and Jackson Counties of West Virginia. Ravenswood, West Virginia, George C. Weirwick, 1992.
284.1754 W425.

West Columbia Mining and Manufacturing Company, Mason County, 1852-1855.
Ms 79-202.

Newspaper Clippings

"A Popular Mason County Minister," Tribune-Telegraph, 7-26-1922.
"A Gibralter of the Ohio River," n.p. n.d.
"A History of the New Haven Post Office," Point Pleasant Register, 5-23-1925.
"A Long Dangerous Journey Made by Newspaper Men," The Daily News, 3-16-1922.
"Apple Grove, WV Little All-American Town Gets P.O. Stamp," Herald Dispatch, 11-21-1988.
"Apple Blossom Festival... In...Mason City..," Pt. Pleasant Register, 5-13-1926.
"Back Roads Part VI, Mason County, WV," Herald Dispatch, 8-16-1987.
"Bicentennial Salute to Mason County," WV Hillbilly, 3-20-1976.
"Bridge Authorization Shown in Official Record of House," Daily Tribune, 2-11-1927.
"Catfish Man of the Woods, Heralded Herbalist..." Charleston Gazette, 6-14-1991.
"Clifford Myers, Objects Changing Name Crooked Cr.," Pt. Pleasant Register, 9-29-1927.
"Clifton Writer Boosts New Paper," State Gazette, 4-9-1925.
"Co. Court Dedicates Old Town & Crooked Creek Bridges...," Pt. Pleasant Register, 4-23-1930.
"Coming Up the Ohio River on a Plague Stricken Boat," n.p. 2-27-1922.
"County Records to be Microfilmed," Pt. Pleasant Register, 11-2-1968.
"Dedication of "Silver Bridge' Over Ohio Link Ohio and WV," Charleston Gazette, 5-27-1928.
"Dr. Sommer Made Visits to the Sick," Point Pleasant Register, 5-25-1972.
"Dr. T. M. Hood Recalls Trip Made by U Cadets in 1874," Clarksburg Exponent, 10-31-1937.
"Dreaded Small-Pox Scourge Pays Visit to Mason City," Daily News, 2-22-1922.
"Early Church Life in Hartford and New Haven," Tribune Telegraph, 1-17-1923.
"Elm Grove, George Washington Surveyed Here," Charleston Gazette, 9-13-1989.
"First Free Schools in Arbuckle District," Point Pleasant, 1-28-1925.
"First Coal Mines Opened in Pomeroy Bend,' n.p. 2-3-1922.
"Fort Randolph and the Coming Pageant," State Gazette, 7-30-1925.
"George Mason, Father of the Constitution & WV County Namer, WV Hillbilly, 5-25-1989.
"Grand Jury Opens Mason School Probe," Charleston Gazette, 2-12-1963.
"Hartford Postoffice and Postmasters," Tribune Telegraph, 7-22-1925.
"Heritage Farm Recognized as Bicentennial by USDA," Point Pleasant Register, 5-25-1989.
"History of the New Haven Post Office," Old Home Paper, 5-20-1925.
"History of Mansion House," State Gazette, 4-19-1928.
"History of the Mansion House," Point Pleasant Register, 5-16-1990.
"Legend Gives Mason County Growers Name for Brand," Charleston Gazette, 11-25-1923.
"Leon to Celebrate 100th Anniversary," Point Pleasant Register, 5-24-1972.
"Longtime Leon Resident Recalls History," Point Pleasant Register, 5-25-1972.
"Looking Back, Series Articles, Mason County," Pt. Pleasant Register, 11-15-1969/2-28-1970.
"Man Leaps Over Cliff Escapes Capture, Ben Eulin," n.p. n.d.
"Man O' War Makes First Voyage on Ohio," Charleston Gazette, 8-27-1941.
"Mason County Coal Miners Went Out on Strike," Daily News, 2-1-1922.
"Mason Countians Helped Win Revolution," Beckley Post Herald, 2-1-1966.
"Mason County German Influence Heavy," Beckley Post Herald, 1-24-1966.
"Mason County Claims Finest Farm in State," Herald Advertiser, 10-13-1929.
"Mason City Founds Its Sunday School Seventy Years Ago," Point Pleasant Register, 1-10-1927.
"Mason County man Makes Good in Hollywood Movie, Jimmy Walker," Register, 8-23-1945.
"Mason County Should Publish its Own History," Beckley Post Herald, 3-13-1964.
"Mason City After Gravely Plow Co," Point Pleasant Register, 4-29-1925.
"McClintic," Charleston Daily Mail, 4-18-1985.
"McCullochs Have Roots in Mason County," Beckley Post Herald, 7-11-1963.
"Mothman Legend is Now 30 Years Old, Strange Sightings," Herald Dispatch, 10-27-1996.
"Mothman Legend 30 Years Old," Weirton Daily Times, 11-6-1996.
"Mysterious Skeletons Found in Mason," WV Hillbilly, 4-28-1966.
"National Youth Administration Aids 10,450 Students,..." Charleston Gazette, 9-18-1938.
"New Haven High School Situation: By L.J. Corby," Pt. Pleasant Register, 6-20-1928.
"One-story Brick Cottage is Transferred into Church by Pt. Pleasant Catholics," Advertiser, n.d.
"Past 80 Recalls His School Days," WV Hillbilly, 3-6-1965.
"Pen Sketch of Mason City in Days of Auld Lang Syne," Daily News, 2-10-1922.
"People in Mason City in the Days of Yore," Daily News, 5-10-1922.
"People in Mason City in Days of Yore," Daily News, 2-17-1922.
"Pioneer Families of Mason County...," Weekly Register, 1-20-1886.
"Pioneers of Mason County," State Gazette, 4-2-1908.
"Point Pleasant Counts Flood Loss," Point Pleasant Daily Register, 3-14-1964.
"Point In All WV City Finals," Point Pleasant Register, 3-3-1989.
"Point Pleasant Moose Lodge No. 731," Point Pleasant Register, 3-7-1994.
"Point Pleasant Woman Fears Repeat of Bridge Collapse," Cumberland Times, 8-13-1996.
"President of State Historical Organization Continental Days Dunmore Took Virginia," n.p, nd.
"Ready Revolver," Tribune Telegraph, 8-15-1923.
"Reminiscences and Genealogies of Pioneer Families on Mason Co.," State Gazette, 12-9-1909.
"Silver Bridge," WV Hillbilly, 3-20-1976.
"Stella Lawrence Fuller, 1883-1981," WV Hillbilly 6-4-1983.
"Ten Dollar Bill From Heaven," Tribune-Telegraph, 8-5-1925.
"The Lead Plates," Pocahontas Times, 11-20-1924.
"The S & L Twins," Charleston Gazette, 12-8-1996.
"The Clifton of Forty Years Ago and the Clifton of Today," State Gazette, 5-13-1909.
"The Past is Her Future, Patricia Burton," Point Pleasant Register, 8-14-1990.
"The Haunt of Sliding Hill," Tribune-Telegraph, n.d.
"The Nease Trial," Daily News, 10-8-1923.
"The Night The Mothman Struck," WV Hillbilly, 10-22-1987.
"The Organization of Mason County, Virginia, Now WV," State Gazette, March 19, 26,1908.
"Thirty First Anniversary of Clifton Fire," Pomeroy Daily News, 4-7-1924.
"Thirty First Anniversary of Clifton Fire," Point Pleasant Register, n.d.
"Tu-Endie-Wei Park Early Struggle Ohio Valley," Christian Science Monitor, 10-30-1959.
"West Columbia Half Century Contrasted With West Columbia Today, State Gazette, 6-7-1909.
"When Mason City Was Not More Than Corn Field," Daily News, n.d.
"When General Lafayette Paid Visit to Letart Falls," Daily News, 2-24-1922.
"When Famous Bryan Family Lived in WV Recalled, Charleston Daily Mail, 8-3-1924.
"Why County Seat Fight Was Finally Abandoned," Daily News, 1-27-1922.
"WV Sisters Close Bank After 102 Years in Business," Martinsburg Journal, 3-18-1995.

Mason County Records on Microfilm

County History Resources

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