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Bridge at Charleston, 1943
Bridge at Charleston, 1943

Kanawha County was created in 1789.
It takes its name from the Native term, Kanawha: "place of white stone".
The county seat is Charleston, which is also the state capital.

Kanawha County is the most populous county in the state of West Virginia
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Charleston Facts:

1788 - In May Charleston was first settled by George Clendenin, who built the first house of logs on Kanawha Street, about one hundred and fifty feet above Brooks Street, and known as Clendenin Fort or Block House. Kanawha Street was called Front Street and Virginia Street, Main Street.

1790 - Charleston Population:  35

1794 - The last person to be killed by Indians was Shararack Harmon, living at the mouth of Venables Branch.

1796 - First Court house built of logs 30x40 feet, one story high. August first, first attorney admitted to practice, Edward Graham.

1797 - The first white child born in Charleston was General Lewis Ruffner, born October 1st, in Clendenin fort.

1798 - Daniel Boone made last survey on Kanawha September 8th.
1800-Population 65.

1801 First Post Office Kanawha Court House, Edward Graham, Post Master.
[Source: Ledger of Genealogy Quarterly Publication; WV Gen. Society; vol. 24, #2; June 2007]

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Cities

* Charleston * Dunbar * Marmet * Montgomery (part)
* Nitro (part) * Smithers (part) * South Charleston * St. Albans

Towns
* Belle * Cedar Grove * Chesapeake * Clendenin
* East Bank * Glasgow * Handley * Pratt

Plus many unincorporated communities.

 

Kanawha County Data

Biographies


Births


Cemeteries

Census


Church Histories / Records


County Records


Death Records


Family Bibles and Diaries

County History


Marriages


Military


Miscellaneous Data


Newspaper Gleanings


Obituaries


School Records


Wills/Probate Records

 

 

Website Updates
Apr 2016:  Marriage announcements for VANCE-ALEXANDER, CLARK-WOLFE, GARRED-FORSYTHE, DENNEY-HAWKS.  Gossip news for DIXON, LUNDQUIST, SAMMONS.  Crime news for HENRY.  Community News "Starts Dairy Crusade"  Sicklist:  Drug Addicts go to Insane Asylums.  St. Albans Presbyterian church records

Dec 2015:  obits for GWINN, BALDWIN;  Court News for HIGGINBOTHAM, HUMPHREYS;  Marriage Announcements:  HAMILTON-REYNOLDS, WOLFE-WHITE;  Gossip news for MILLER, NEELER, WILLIAMSON.  Party News for GOFF

Sept 2015:  Burials in Patrick, Sharp and Glenn Cemeteries
May 2015:  
obits for BARKER, LOVE, BRITT, LAWHORN, BIBBY, HOLMES, PAGE, HOWARD, RAY, CHURCHMAN; Birth announcements for HOVER, LEWIS, PIERCE, EVERBANK; MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BANNISTER-BALSER

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