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TYLER COUNTY HISTORY
Tyler County was
created by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on December 16, 1814
from parts of Ohio County. The county was named in honor of John Tyler
John Tyler was born
in James City County, Virginia on February 28, 1747. A graduate of
William and Mary College, he studied law and was appointed a judge of
the admiralty in 1776. He was a member of the Virginia General Assembly
(1778-1788), serving as Speaker in 1781 and in 1783. He was elected a
judge of the Virginia general court (1789-1808) and later served as the
Governor of Virginia (1808 to 1811). After his term had expired, he was
appointed by President James Madison Judge of the U.S. District Court
for Virginia in 1811. Judge Tyler served in that position until his
death on January 6, 1813. His son, John Tyler, was the 10th President
of the United States.
current county seat, replaced Sistersville as the county seat in 1815,
primarily because it was more centrally located and had a larger
population (then around 100). It had been established as a town by
legislative enactment on January 27, 1813 on the lands of Robert
Gorrell. He had settled in the area in 1798. The town was named
Middlebourne because it was about halfway between Pennsylvania and the
old Salt Wells on the Kanawha River above Charleston. The county court
met at various residences throughout Middlebourne until 1854 when a
court house was finally built. The town was incorporated on February 3,
Tyler County is the
site of the world's largest gas well, "Big Moses." It produces approximately 100 million cubic feet
of gas each day, and was drilled in 1894.
Adonis * Akron * Atwood * Bearsville *
Bens Run * Bert * Big Moses * Blue
Booher * Braden
* Bridgeway * Centerville * Conaway * Dale * Deep Valley
Everett * Falls Mills
* Frew * Friendly *
Luka * Kidwell * Link * Little *
Little Pittsburg Locke * Lone Tree * Long Reach * Luzon * McKim *
Meadville * Meeker
Middlebourne * Paden * Plum Run * Polard * Pursley
* Sandusky * Shiloh * Shirley Sistersville * Stringtown * Sunnyside * Tyler *
Watkins * Wick * Wilbur
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Tyler County Courthouse
P. O. Box 66
Middlebourne, WV 26149
(located at corner of Main and Court)
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4PM
Tyler County Public Library
Main & Broad Streets
PO Box 124
Middlebourne, WV 26149-0124
Phone & Fax: (304) 758-4304
Sistersville Public Library
518 Wells Street
Sistersville, WV 26175-1408
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