Kanawha County, West Virginia
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Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and
placing it online for the free use of all researchers. This WV Genealogy Trails website is hosted by Kim Torp.
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data from cemetery trompings and/or readings, the data from military pensions and other service records; enumerations
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death notices/obits and anything in between.
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Bridge at Charleston, 1943
Kanawha County was created in
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
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.
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]