Jackson County



Ripley

Chartered in 1832.

Population 2010 Census: 3,252
Median Age: 46.1 years

Courthouse: Completed 1920; addition 1961;
Architect: Levi J. Dean

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Formed: 1831
Named: For Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States
County Seat: Ripley
Land in Square Miles: 464.35
Population 2010 Census: 29,211
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 62.9

Primary Sources Online
Formation of Jackson County
Kaiser Aluminum Producing First Aluminum
1960 Presidential Campaign in Jackson County

Ripley businesses, circa 1950   (dialup)    (broadband)
Ripley and Jackson County, circa 1950   (dialup)    (broadband)
Jackson County, circa 1950   (dialup)    (broadband)
Tatting lace in Ravenswood, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Lucky, the singing dog, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
George Washington Day event at Ripley Elementary, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
States Rights Convention, 1861
Meeting in Jackson County, 1861
Descent on Murraysville, 1861
Skirmish in Jackson County, 1861
Attack on Ripley, 1861
Legislative Petition, 1861
Cold Blooded Murder, 1862
Daniel Duskey and Jacob Varner convicted of robbing the mail, 1862
Order from Camp Ravenswood, 1862
Guerrilla Raids in Western Virginia, 1862
Post Order No. 3, Ravenswood, 1862
The Rebels Driven Out, 1862
Noted Guerrilla Killed, 1863
Meeting in Jackson County, 1863
New State Meeting in Jackson County, 1863
Guerrilla Raid in Jackson County, 1864
Murder in Jackson County, 1864
Letter from Jackson County, 1864
Raid in Jackson County, 1865
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 3
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 4
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 5
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 7
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 8
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 10
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 11
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 12
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 14
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 17
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 22
Jackson County Union Militia Letters, Folder 23

Photographs
Photographs of Schools in Jackson County
Sketch of guerilla Dan Duskey by Joseph H. Diss Debar drawn in 1864
Pleasant View Farm in Jackson County, residence of R. Swan

Secondary Sources Online
List of Jackson County Legislators
"Five Tri-state Women During the Civil War: Day-to-Day Life," by Claudia Lynn Lady (West Virginia History)
"Five Tri-state Women During the Civil War: Views on the War," by Claudia Lynn Lady (West Virginia History)
State's Last Public Hanging In Ripley 53 Years Ago

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Clarence Lewis Dragoo
Joseph Easter
Farrell Cyrus Girkin
Ralph Henry McKown
Howard William Southall
Carl Emmons West



Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History