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Lincoln County was created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature on February 23,
1867, from parts of Boone, Cabell, Kanawha and Putnam counties. The county was named for Abraham Lincoln. After
the American Civil War, there was an effort by former Confederates to rename the area "Davis County"
after Jefferson Davis, but the effort proved fruitless.
Hamlin, the county seat, was named in honor of Hannibal Hamlin, who was Vice-president under him for whom the county
Jesse, John, David, William and Moses McComas were the first English
settlers in Lincoln County. They cultivated 20 acres of corn, the first ever grown in the area, in 1799. Later
that year, they returned to Virginia to get their families. Their families were initially left behind because it
was not known if there were any Indians in the area, or if the soil would be suitable for cultivation. John Lucas,
William Hinch and John Johnson soon joined the McComas' in the county. They built cabins in the county around 1800.
[source: wikipedia and "The History of West Virginia"]
Incorporated Cities and Towns
* Hamlin * West Hamlin
* Alum Creek (part) * Harts
* Alkol * Atenville * Big Ugly * Branchland * Dollie * Eden Park * Ferrellsburg * Fourteen * Fry * Gill * Green Shoal * Griffithsville
* Leet * Midkiff * Ranger * Rector * Sod * Spurlockville * Sumerco * Sweetland * Warren * Wewanta * Yawkey
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