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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
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]



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

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

Census-designated places
Alum Creek (part) * Coal Fork * Cross Lanes * Elkview * Pinch * Sissonville * Upper Falls

Plus many unincorporated communities.

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Website Updates
Apr 2017:  bio for CARR;  obit for MAXWELL.  News of Court Docket
Jan 2017:  Sicklist news for WALLEN, birth record for MASON.  Sicklist news for WALLEN.  Gossip news for HUNTER, LUSK, COLLINS, BARR.  Crime news: HALL.  Obits for VAN SANN, TEAYS, LEE

Sept 2016: obits for MATHENY, CHAPMAN, HORNER. Bios for MAGLONE, ELKINS. Birth Record for REYNOLDS

June 2016: obit for HODGE
Apr 2016: Marriage announcements for VANCE-ALEXANDER, CLARK-WOLFE, GARRED-FORSY THE, DENNEY-HAWKS. Gossip news for DIXON, LUNDQUIST, SAMMONS. Crime news for HENRY. Community News "Starts Dairy Crusade" Sicklist: Drug Addict s go to Insane Asylums. St. Albans Presbyterian church records

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