Skip Navigation

Wetzel County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1846
Named: For Lewis Wetzel, famous frontier character and Indian fighter
County Seat: New Martinsville

Sources

Books

Cork, Barbara Brookover. New Martinsville, West Virginia: Sesquicentennial Commemorative Booklet, 1838-1988. New Martinsville, West Virginia, Fonner Printing, 1988.
975.418 C799 Pam.

History of the Upper Ohio Valley, With Family Sketches and Biographical Sketches. Madison, Wisconsin, Brant and Fuller, 1891.
975.41 H673.

Hunt, John P. Hunt's Improved Map of Wetzel County, West Virginia. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John P. Hunt, 1865.
Ma 32-2.

McEldowney, John C. History of Wetzel County, West Virginia. s. l., n. p., 1901.
975.418 M141.

War Records of Wetzel County. s. l., n. p., n. d.
973.7454 W544 Pam.

Wetzel County Genealogical Society. History of Wetzel County, West Virginia, Marceline, Missouri, Walworth Publishing, 1983.
975.418 W544w.

Wetzel County History. New Martinsville, West Virginia, Mountaineer Insurance Agency, n. d.
975.418 W544.

Newspaper Clippings

"'97 Republican Editor Tells of Boom," Webster Republican, 3-21-1957.
"Burton A Pleasant Residential Country Town," Wetzel Democrat, 1-24-1968.
"Data Sought Century Old Wetzel Co. Meteor Shower," Wheeling News Register, 3-25- 1997.
"Fate of Old Well Subject of Dispute," Wetzel Chronicle, 3-14-1984.
"Folsom: Small Wetzel Town Full of History," Clarksburg Telegram, 8-7-1995.
"Folsom From Start in Tents to Now," Wetzel Democrat, 8-16-1967.
"Gorgeous Gloria Swanson Captivates City," Wetzel Democrat, 8-20-1925.
"Historians Still Baffled by Origin of Wetzel Stone," Intelligencer, 10-20-1964.
"Hope's Famous Plant at Hastings," Clarksburg Exponent, 3-31-1940.
"How New Martinsville Got Its Name," Wetzel Republican, 1-17-1957.
"How Hundred WV Got Its Name," Charleston Gazette, 10-14-1962.
"Hundred History Related," Morgantown Post, 7-16-1963.
"Hundred Town Named For Centenarians," Beckley Post Herald, 5-20-1965.
"Hundred Town Named For Centenarians," Beckley Post Herald, 5-20-1965.
"Hundred Named 109 Year Old Englishman, Henry Church," Wetzel Democrat, 8- 12,26-1969.
"Indian's Slayer Escapes Hangman's Noose," Beckley Post Herald, 5-18-1965.
"Jacksonburg Landmark Razed, Once Hallmark of Oil Boom," Wetzel Republican, 1-9- 1969.
"James Troy Settled First in Reader With 1788 Cabin," Wetzel Democrat, 8-21- 1967.
"Levi Morgan...Yes He Did Exist," Wetzel Republican, 1-23-1964.
"Lewis Wetzel, County Namer No. 1," WV Hillbilly, 10-18-1989.
"Marker Set on Grave of Capt. Wetzel," Moundsville Daily Echo, 7-22-1940.
"Memories of Frontier Days in WV Vivid to Elzina Ice Hood of Folsom," Times-WV, 8- 1-1937.
"Meteor Shook New Martinsville & Injured Man Century Ago," Intelligencer, 3-11- 1997.
"Mystery Still Surrounds Origin of Engraving on Wetzel Rock," Times Signal, Ohio, 3- 17-1957.
"New Martinsville, 1899," WV Hillbilly, 4-19-1969.
"Once It Was Little Morgantown," Clarksburg Telegram, 9-30-1995.
"Our Court House Guardian L. Morgan," Wetzel Republican, 2-28-1957.
"Paden City Articles," Wetzel Democrat/Wetzel Republican, 10-8-1964; 12-10-1964; 1- 29-1965.
"Paden City Articles," Tyler Star News, 5-21-1964.
"Paden City Articles," Journal, 4-2,8,23-1964.
"Partnership Created 50 Years Ago Still Sustaining Library," News Register, 11-10- 1996.
"Pine Grove Adopted Name From Post Office," Clarksburg Telegram, 9-9-1995.
"Pine Grove Once Thriving Community in County," Wetzel Democrat, 9-19-1967.
"Reflections in the Glass," Wheeling News Register, 1-15-1995.
"River Heritage Celebrated With Festival," Wheeling Intelligencer, 6-6-1997.
"Sistersville Concert Band," Journal, 4-9-1969.
"Sisterville What The Town Looked Like in 1925," Tyler Star News, 3-28-1968.
"Soliloquy, An Old Name Now A Memory," Herald Advertiser, 9-20-1964.
"Wells Twyford Home Placed on National Registry," Tyler Star News, 7-3-1991.
"Wetzel Growth Continues," Panorama Dominion Post, 1-24-1971.
"Wetzel County Siblings Recall Years at Howell's Grist Mill," News Register, 8-31- 1997.
"Wetzel Man Aged 102 Recalls Interesting Facts State's Early History," Exponent, 2-28- 1937.
"Wetzel Remembers Major Lacy," Clarksburg Exponent, 12-31-1939.
"Wetzel County Has Its Ghost Story Too," Beckley Post Herald, 5-21-1965.

Wetzel County Records on Microfilm

County History Resources

West Virginia History CenterWest Virginia History Center

West Virginia Archives and History