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Webster County, West Virginia

County History

Webster county was formed from Nicholas, Braxton, and Randolph, by Act of January 10. 1860, and named in honor of Daniel Webster. The act creating the county located the seat of justice on lands of Addison McLaughlin, at "Fork Lick", of Elk river, and declared that it should be known by the name of Addison. The name of "Fork Lick" however, continued to be applied until March 21, 1873, when the Legislature enacted "that the town of 'Fork Lick,' in Webster, shall hereafter be known by the name of Addison." Source: History of West Virginia Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst 

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