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TYLER COUNTY DATA
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 (1747-1813).
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.
Middlebourne, the 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, 1871.
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.
CITIES, TOWNS & OTHER AREAS
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
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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