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Wood County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1798
Named: In honor of James Wood, Governor of Virginia, 1796-1799
County Seat: Parkersburg

Sources

Books

Allen, Bernard L. People, Places, Rivers and Experiences: A Guide for Reconstructing Wood County's History in Commemoration of West Virginia's 125th Birthday, June 20th 1988. Parkersburg, West Virginia, Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission, 1988.
975.422 A425.

Art Work of Wood County, Published in Twelve Parts. Chicago, Illinois, Parish Publishing Company, 1897.
917.5422 A784.

Bartlett, Margaret Henderson. Early History of Parkersburg and Vicinity. s. l., n. p., 1903.
975.423 B291 Pam.

Beckwith, Nancy Stout. The Story of Quakertown Community Lubeck District, Wood County, West Virginia. s. l., n. p. n. d.
975.422 W874.

___________________. Old Homes of Wood County: Washington Borttom, Its Pioneers and Old Homes and Their Descendants. s. l., n. p., n. d.
917.5422 B397 Pam.

Belleville Bicentennial, 1785-1985. s. l., n. p., 1985.
975.422 B442.

Bibbee, Fannie Roush. History of Leachtown, West Virginia. Parkersburg, West Virgnia, Wes Cochran, 1989. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: B581.

Bonar, Jennie. History of Lee Creek Community Wood County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1926. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: L3.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 V.8.

Gibbens, Alvaro Franklin. Wood County Formation. Morgantown, West Virginia, Acme Press, 1899.
975.422 G438.

Hildreth, Samuel Prescott. A Brief History of the Settlement at Bellville in Western Virginia, With an Account of Events There and Along the Borders of the Ohio River...From the Year 1785- 1795. In the Hesperian Vol III., s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.422 H54 Pam.

History of the First 100 Years of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Wood County, West Virginia, Ending the Second Sunday in June, 1915. s. l., n. p., 1915.

History of Mineral Wells Community Wood County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1938. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: M55.

The History of Murphytown: 1955 Murphytown's 100th Anniversary. s. l., n. p., 1955.
975.422 M978.

House, John A. Pioneers in Wood County, West Virginia. Parkersburg, West Virginia, Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission, 1984.
975.422 H842.

Matheny, H. E. Wood County, West Virginia, in the Civil War Times; With an Account of the Guerrilla Warfare in the Little Kanawha Valley. Parkersburg, West Virginia, Trans Joseph M. Sakach, Jr., Trans Allegheny Books Inc., 1987.
975.422 M426.

Parkersburg WV Women's Club. Pioneers and Early Incidents of Wood County, Virginia. Parkersburg, West Virginia, Bicentennial Committee, 1976.
929.3 W873.

Sams, Lena. History of Locust Valley Community Wood County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, 1930. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: S2.

Shaw, Stephen C. Wood County Sketches: Its Early History as Embraced in and Connected With Other Counties of West Virginia... Clarksburg, West Virginia, W Guy Tetrick, @1932.
975.422 S536. 1932.

__________. Sketches of Wood County: Its Early History as Embraced in and Connected With Other Counties of West Virginia. Parkersburg, West Virginia, G. Elletson, 1878.
975.422 S536.

Washington Women's Club. A History of Washington Bottom, Wood County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Agricultural Extension Division, West Virginia University, 1932. (On-line version)
Xwv 1. Agr 3. 2: W37.

West Augusta Historical and Genealogical Society. The History of Wood County, West Virginia. Paoli, Pennsylvania, Dallas, Texas, Taylor Publishing Company, 1980.
975.422 W516.

________________________________________. Index to the Wood County History Book. Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Augusta Historical and Genealogical Society, 1983.
975.422 W516 Index.

________________________________________. Southern Sympathizers: Wood County Confederate Soldiers and a Sketch of the Nighthawk Rangers of Wood, Jackson, Wirt and Roane Counties in West Virginia. Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Augusta Historical and Genealogical Society, n. d.
973.742 S727.

Wolfe, John L. The Planting of Methodism in Wood and Adjacent Counties. s. l., n. p., n. d.
287.6 W83 Pam.

Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission. Historical Map...Wood County, West Virginia. s. l., Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission, 1985.
Ma 3-11.

_____________________________________. Wood County Post Offices, 1850- 1971. s. l., n. p., 1982.
917.5422 W873 Pam.

Newspaper Clippings

"1793 History Making Year ; Capture of Maj. Goodale," Parkersburg News, 9-21- 1941.
"A Chapter From Historic Belleville," WV Hillbilly, 4-3-1965.
"A Fair West Virginia Bandit Made Things Lively," Pomeroy Ohio Daily News, 3-18- 1922.
"Acreage For Proposed Park Rich in History," Parkersburg Sentinel, 9-29-1999.
"All Aboard, Historic Williamstown Railroad Depot," Parkersburg News, 4-20-1997, Parkersburg Sentinel, 4-3-1997.
"Baytown Has Been Termed The Parkersburg of Texas," n. p. n. d.
"Belleville First Harris Settlement," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"Bicentennial Salute to Wood County," WV Hillbilly, 4-3-1976.
"Blennerhassett Sycamore is Thought to be Oldest Tree," Parkersburg News, 5-11- 1938.
"Burr Finally Seen in True Light by Man he Ruined," n. p. n. d.
"Carpenter Run Is Named for Indian Massacre Victim," Parkersburg News, 12-8- 1963.
"Chuting, From the Ground Up," Charleston Gazette, 7-11-1995.
"Claysville's History Truly Wood County," Parkersburg News, 11-16-1975.
"Community Yearbook," Parkersburg News, 7-31-1995.
"Courthouse is Impressive Structure," Parkersburg News, 4-18-1966.
"Creel Log Cabin Built To Last," Parkersburg Sentinel, 5-24-1990.
"D. A. R. Marks Grave of Revolutionary Soldier," Parkersburg News, 6-1-1926.
"Deadly Zoo Fire Prompts Closure," Parkersburg Sentinel, 3-19-1998.
"Dupont Gives Memorial Land to Wood Community," Charleston Gazette, 12-8- 1959.
"Early Days in Wood County Proved Exciting, Dangerous," Parkersburg News, 6-18- 1963.
"Elizabeth Hotel, Old Hotel to Share Past With Visitors," Parkersburg News, 6-20- 1997.
"Engineer's Old Scrapbook Yields Interesting Story," Clarksburg Exponent, 8-25- 1940.
"First Bathtub in Wood Co. Installed in Stiles Mansion," Parkersburg News, 10-6- 1963.
"First Wedding at Neal Station...," Parkersburg News, 3-7-1926.
"Fort Boreman Hill Plans to be Unveiled," Parkersburg Sentinel, 9-29-1999.
"German-Americans Add to Wood County's Early History," Parkersburg News, 5-1- 1988.
"Henderson Hall is a Portal to the Past," Hancock County Courier, 10-29-1992.
"Historical Structures Identified," Parkersburg News, 4-22-1990.
"History of Waverly," St. Marys Oracle, 11-21-1963.
"History of Wood County Districts 60 Years Ago," n. p. n. d.
"History of Old Log Cabin Related," Parkersburg Sentinel, 6-7-1963.
"History of Williamstown is Related," Parkersburg Sentinel, 4-15-1965.
"History Lives in Henderson Hall," Parkersburg Sentinel, 1-23-1988.
"Holl's Chocolate in Vienna, Wood Co., Cravings of Chocolate," Charleston Gazette, 12-5-1993; 12-6-1988.
"How Isaac Williams Warned Settlers Indians Coming," Parkersburg News, n. d.
"Indian Depredations Part of the Life of the Early Settlers Here," n. p n. d.
"J. A. House Chronicled Wood Co. Pioneers," Parkersburg Sentinel, 8-15-1984.
"Lauckport One of Oldest Suburbs of Parkersburg," n. p. n. d.
"Leachtown Settled in the Early 1800's." Parkersburg News, 1-23-1966.
"Little Kanawha Falls," Weston Independent, 1-6-1926.
"Local Woman Recalls Days in Log Cabin," Parkersburg News, 7-2-1939.
"Locust Years, Severe Winters in Wood Co. Are Recalled," Parkersburg News, 2-9- 1964.
"Manganese, Town Gone; Mine Still Sleep on Hill," Parkersburg News, 7-12-1987.
"Mellow Memories of Fifty Years Citizens Coal Co.," Parkersburg News, 1-23- 1938.
"Michael Simay, City Native Pens Book," Parkersburg Sentinel, 2-4-1977.
"Mineral Wells Water Hailed as Cure," Parkersburg News, 11-15-1987.
"Mineral Wells Group Sues Over July Executive Session," Parkersburg Sentinel, 8-21- 1997.
"Mineral Wells Community Has Popular Summer Resort," Parkersburg News, 2-20- 1966.
"Mountwood," Parkersburg News, 7-7-1979.
"Mrs. White Sells Famous Collection Letters of Revolution," Charleston Gazette, 7-11- 1926.
"Mustapha Most Mysterious of County's Islands," Parkersburg News, 1-8-1989.
"Neale Brothers Among Early Arrivals in Wood County Area," Parkersburg News, 3-15- 1964.
"New Paper Makes County Documents More Secure," Parkersburg Sentinel, 3-20- 1998.
"Nicolette," Parkersburg News, 9-19-1999.
"North Hills, Anyone Else State's Richest Town a Subdivision," Charleston Gazette, 12- 8-1982.
"Older Residents Can Recall Brewery Located on 7th St.," Parkersburg News, 5-24- 1964.
"Pictured Kesterson Ice Company and McClinton Chevrolet," Parkersburg News, 7-9- 1996.
"Rambling Rarebits, Dr. Henry Spencer," Parkersburg News, 9-22-1940.
"Renovation of Train Depot Gets Go-Ahead," Parkersburg News, 1-3-1995.
"Report: City Economy Built on Clay," Parkersburg Sentinel, 3-18-1997.
"Restoration of Historical Blennerhassett Completed," Charleston Gazette, 11-28- 1937.
"Rev. Harley E. Bailey a Voice for the People," Parkersburg News, 5-17-1998.
"Scenic Spot Not Disturbed by Ohio River Improvement," Charleston Gazette, 10-18- 1936.
"Store Has Fixtures Installed in 1898," Parkersburg News, 11-7-1965.
"The Little Kanawha Valley 1800-1820," Calhoun Chronicle, n. d.
"The Little Kanawha Valley 1800-1820," Times Record, n. d.
"The Ohio River Valley Has Had Its Share of Tragedy," Parkersburg News, 11-5- 1978.
"Third Annual Volcano Days to Provide Peek at Bygone Era," Parkersburg News, 9-22- 1991.
"Tradition of Belpre-Parkersburg Valley Knows No Match," Parkersburg News, 10-9- 1938.
."Vienna Mayor's Miracle Mile Just Keeps Expanding," Parkersburg News, 1-28- 1996.
"Vienna Envisioned as City of the Future," Parkersburg Sentinel, 3-30-1966.
"Vienna Museum Being Developed," Parkersburg Sentinel, 10-30-1985.
"Vienna Past and Present," Parkersburg News, 5-15-1997.
"Volcano: Reunion for 100th Birthday," Ritchie Gazette, 9-24-1992.
"Volcano Twilight of a Boom Town," Charleston Gazette, 6-3-1973.
"Volcano Community Plans Historic Festival," Parkersburg News, 6-16-1989.
"Volunteers Save 200 Year Old Cabin, Belleville," Parkersburg News, 2-25-1990.
"Washington Party Surveyed Area of Belleville in 1771," Parkersburg News, 8-2- 1963.
"Washington in Wood County's History Shown," Parkersburg News, 3-6-1927.
"Washington Camped in What is Now City of Williamson," Parkersburg News, 3-31- 1963.
"Waverly Post Office Established in 1830," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"West Virginians Death on Diplomatic Trip Recalled," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-25- 1941.
"White Oak Handicapped Center to be Model," Parkersburg News, 11-18-1979.
"Wolves Once More Numerous Here Than Rabbits Today," n. p. n. d.
"Wood Co. Number One Marriage Record Book Saved," Parkersburg News, 6-14- 1965.
"Wood County Woman Celebrates 99th Birthday With Friends," Parkersburg Sentinel, 9- 22-1999.
"Wood Town's Name Sparks Debate, Mineral Wells," n. p. n. d.
"Wood County Couple Takes Quadruplets Home," Charleston Gazette, 4-5-1995.
"Wood County to Restore County Record Books," Parkersburg News, 5-7-1997.
"Wood County Court Houses Explored," Parkersburg News, 5-13-1990.
"Wood County Bank Celebrates," Parkersburg News, 3-8-1969.
"Wood County is 171 Years Old," Parkersburg Sentinel, 4-29-1970.
"Wood Genealogy Room Receives New History," Parkersburg News, 6-13-1984.
"Yes It's Mineral Wells," Parkersburg News, 11-11-1974.
"Young Wood County Lad Oil Pioneer," Clarksburg Telegram, 3-3-1929.

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