Welcome to the home of the Barbour County WVGenWeb project. You will
find queries, lists of published resources, links to other genealogy sites and other items of
interest to Barbour County genealogy researchers. In 2015 this page celebrates its 19th year on the WWW! It will be updated and expanded as I find more to include so please come back often and participate by sharing your knowledge with us.
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Photos: Belington Methodist Episcopal Church, 1908, Franklin P. Rease Home, 1913
Keller Family of Barbour County, with 2 photos
Teter Family of Barbour County
Belington School 8th grade photo, 1941
The Mystery of Jacob S. Bennett
19 old Photographs and postcard views of Barbour County including Belington, Junior,
1895 Photograph of Junior School
New July 2012: Districts of Barbour County
New Queries added: 8 October 2015
Updated 23 July 2015
A sampling of articles in the Album:
Photograph of the Franklin P. Rease Home in Belington c.1911
Photograph of Belington Methodist Episcopal Church c.1911
1937 Belington 5th grade class photograph
1895 Junior School Photograph -- some students identified.
1941 Belington 8th grade class
Photo of sons of Labon Moore of Junior c. 1908
1937-38 Belington 4th grade class
c.1903-1932 Photos and postcard views of Belington, Philippi, Philippi High School, more
Photos of Chestnut Flats, Overfield and Watercamp Schools
Ashable Clevenger family
Edward & Catherine Digman Hill family
A Boggs Family Cemetery in Clay County
Belington Directory 1893-1894
The Final Resting Place of John Minear
"Lost" families of Barbour County: Allen, Hand, Howell, McClaskey, Moore,
Townsend & Others
Addie Wince Zinn's Scrapbook - news clippings from the 20's to the 60's
Farm Bureau Membership List, 1933
Barbour County Vital Statistics
These are compiled lists from several sources including public records, family histories and
records. You are invited to add to the lists from your research.
Marriages of Barbour County families from the records of Randolph
Readings of over 30 Barbour County cemeteries.
New Cemetery Reading added October 2011
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Wills of some Barbour County citizens.
New Wills added March 2009
You are invited to add to
the list from your research.
Updates July 2012
The Barbour County Genealogy Archives in the USGenweb Archives contain Biographies, Births, Cemeteries,
Census, Deaths, History, Land Records, Marriages, Obituaries and School Records. The Archives records do not
duplicate those found on the Barbour County WV Genealogy Web page.
The 1850 Barbour County WV Census images are now on-line in the USGenWeb
Archives. In addition there is an index to 1860 Federal Census Online Images and a link to the 1860
Federal Census page images at SDK Publications. A 1 percent Sample of the 1880 Census is also available. Barbour County Census.
Volunteers are needed to transcribe the Federal Census Records for the USGenweb Census Project and there are records
for Barbour County awaiting transciption. Want to volunteer? See how at: USGenweb Census Project - Barbour County WV
On March 3, 1843 the General Assembly of Virginia passed the bill
establishing the County of Barbour out of parts of the Counties of
and Randolph .
The county was named in honor to and in memory of
Philip P. Barbour of Virginia. The first court was held at the
home of William F. Wilson on the first Monday of April, 1843. The
bill described the boundary lines forming the new county:
Beginning opposite the mouth of Sandy Creek, on the
east side of Valley River, with the several meanders thereof, to
McDaniel's Ferry, thence a straight line to the dividing ridge of
the waters of Simpson's Creek and Bartletts Run (so as to include
Reuben Davisson's farm in the new county); thence a straight line
to the old farm now occupied by Samuel Bartlett; thence to the head
of Goodwins run; thence a straight line to William Beans on Gnatty
Creek; thence a straight line to the head of Pecks Run; thence with
the dividing ridge between the head of Pecks Run and Hackers Creek
to the gap of said ridge, where the road crosses, leading down to
Hackers Creek; thence a straight line to Samuel Black's residence
including the farm of the said Black within the new county) on
Buckhannon River; thence a straight line to the mouth of Sarvis
Run, on the middle fork of the Valley River; thence a straight line
to the gap of the Laurel Hill mountain where the widow Corley's
corner tree stands; thence with the top of the said mountain until
where it comes to the Preston County line; thence with the Preston
and Randolph County line to the beginning.
The County Seat is Philippi.
From: West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, compiled by
According to the Handy Book for Genealogists the following records
exist for Barbour County: Birth and death records from 1853;
marriage records from 1843; Land records from 1845; the Clerk of
the Circuit Court has Divorce, Probate and Civil Court Records.
For records of events prior to the date of the formation of Barbour
County try the parent counties Monongalia, Harrison, Lewis
West Virginia became a state in June 1863. Records that were of
interest to the state government (tithables, military records,
assessor's records, etc.) prior to 1863 may be on file in the
county or at the Virginia State Library.
Similar records after West Virginia statehood will be found at
Archives and History, the Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard
East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300. Archives and History
recently acquired the tax records for most West Virginia counties
We will be collecting information about other sources for published
records, county histories and other references about Barbour County
families and adding it to this page for you.
To the Barbour County Resources
Publications Information Page
Please send me your Barbour County VA/WV query.
Submit a New Query
To make your query work harder for you remember the old rules of
news reporting and include as many of the following things
- WHO: State the names of people as completely as you
- WHAT: Try to limit your query to one or two
events or bits of information. Post another one or more later
with additional questions rather than load all your questions into
one. In this way each of your questions will stand out and get
- WHEN: Dates are important, if you don't know the
day, month and year try to put in a period (1790's, late 1800's
- WHERE: Mention the County in the body of the query.
Include a more specific location if you can.
- WHY, HOW: Do you know a little more that will
identify your Barbour County family and help us to help you? Make
your query as interesting as you can.
I hope that we can help you to fill in the blanks in your family
Go to: Current Queries
1996 Queries and
Barbour County Surname Page to find
connections to your lines.
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Click here Surname Page to see Barbour
County families and those who are researching them. Send me your
Barbour County Surnames for inclusion on this page.
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- Barbour County Courthouse
- PO Box 310
- Philippi, WV 26416-0310
- Phone: (304) 457-2232
- Barbour County Historical Society
- Main and Depot
- Philippi, WV 26416
- Belington Public Library
- PO Box 878
- Belington, WV 26250
- Phone: (304) 823-1026
- Librarian: Janice Coontz
- Philippi Public Library
- 110 North Main Street
- Philippi, WV 26416
- Phone: (304) 457-3495
- Librarian: Mary Ellen Weekly
- Pickett Library Media Center
- Alderson-Broadus College
- Philippi, WV 26416
- Phone: (304) 457-1700, ext. 258
- Federal Census Records for Barbour County
Images of the Federal Census 1860 pages are available online. See the
first to locate the pages you want to view.
Then see the original records at:
County 1860 Census Images
Volunteers are needed to transcribe the Federal Census Records for the USGenweb Census Project. Want to volunteer?
See how at: USGenweb Census Project
- Hening's Laws of Virginia
- An online transcription of the laws of Virginia from 1619 to 1792.
Abstracts of Scotch Irish Settlers from Augusta County
- All three volumes of this wonderful collection of entries from records
of the early settlement of Augusta County, Virginia are now online! In spite of its
title, there are records of many non Scots-Irish
700 West Virginia Families
- These records, compiled by Don Norman, can provide you many
clues to identify your West Virginia ancestors.
Creek Pioneer Descendants
- Members research all the counties once comprising Harrison
County. You will find numerous resources on this page.
Regional Family History Society
- This society focuses on Randolph, Barbour, Pendleton, and
Tucker Counties in West Virginia and some Maryland counties. Randolph and Barbour
were part of Harrison County at one time.
- Marriages Performed
by the Reverend Simeon Harris in Barbour and Randolph Counties
This additional source for Barbour County area marriages (1809-1846) can be found on the
Allegheny Regional Family History Society Web page.
Guide To Virginia Historical Resources
- A listing of Virginia libraries, museums and other historical, cultural and genealogical resources.
- If you have early German lines from Orange Co. VA or from the
Virginia Piedmont, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the
modern counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock you
must see John Blankenbaker's website and newsletter.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
- Included on this web site are:Archives and History, Arts, Historical Preservation, Museums with
many links and databases to explore.
See resources for Barbour County here.
WV Division of Culture and History Vital Research Records Search
- The birth, marriage and death records for WV counties are available for 6 counties
(Calhoun, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Mineral and Pendleton) additional counties have been added.
The latest records available are for events 100 years ago ie, for 2011 -- records from 1910 or earlier.
An exception in the case of the original 6 counties surveyed permits access to records as late as 1930.
- Special Collections, Morrow Library, Marshall University
- Archived Obituaries:
- The Parsons
These archives are stored on the Tucker County WV Genealogy page.
- West Virginians in the Military
Military Research Site:
Information about West Virginians in the military service from colonial times to the present.
This page, at the new WVGenWeb location, is for ALL of West Virginia. It includes
links to county military information on other web sites too.
Coordinated by Linda Fluharty.
- West Virginia Wills
- FamilySearch.org is a treasure trove if your ancestor left a will in West Virginia. Read the will as it is recorded on the pages of the county will books. In addition, if your ancestor had his/her estate probated in one of these counties,
there may be other papers in the probate, sales, appraisals etc.
- Civil War: West Virginia
- Civil War: West Virginia
Linda Fluharty's Civil War site with information on:
First WV Cavalry, First WV Infantry, 12th WV Infantry, and 5th WV Cavalry
- Richmond Daily
- Through support from an IMLS grant and in collaboration with Project
Perseus at Tufts University, the University of Richmond has digitized
the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper for the Civil War years. The
project is not yet complete. However the newspaper is now available for
use and exploration. We hope this will be useful to a broad audience encompassing scholars,
students, genealogists, Civil War buffs, re-enactors, and more.
Documenting the American
First-Person Narratives of the American South, Library of Southern Literature,
North American Slave Narratives, The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865,
The Church in the Southern Black Community
Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern
history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th
century. The Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
sponsors DAS, and the texts come primarily from its Southern holdings. An
editorial board guides its development.
- At the Library of Congress Web site, American Memory, Historical Collection for the
National Digital Library contains hundreds of digital images including George Washington's
Papers. The contents can be searched online
Maps of West Virginia Counties
- These detailed maps show landmarks, dwellings, cemeteries and more. They are
inexpensive and easy to annotate. Order from:
WV Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Planning
1900 Kanawha Boulevard I Building 5
Charleston, WV 25305-0430
Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm (lunch 12-12:30)
Maps, Charts, & Atlases: The Alan M.
Voorhees Collection at the Library of Virginia
The permanent on-line exhibition allows easy access to images of the
maps and information about the maps and cartographers. To view the
on-line exhibition on the Library of Virginia's web site: http://www.lva.lib.va.us
click Spotlight What's New in the left margin
or, click Site Index, click the letter E, and click Exhibitions.
U.S. Geological Survey
National Mapping Information
Name Info System Query Form
- Visit the USGS and the Geographic Name Information System online for maps and
Land Record Research
- Taking the
Mystery Out of Land Records
Where to Obtain a Land Patent
Help for your research in these important
resources, by Linda Haas Davenport firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbour County Census Surname Index
- online tool offered by John F. Schunk of S-K Publications.
- 35 free electronic spreadsheets for archiving federal, state and international census data!
Designed and offered by Gary Minder.
- Barbour County Genealogy Mailing List
- This list is maintained by Margaret Lew for the discussion of families in Barbour County.
To subscribe, send regular e-mail to WVBarbou-Lemail@example.com. In the body of the
message type Subscribe. Instructions for posting will arrive in the e-mail
confirmation of your request to subscribe.
- Harrison-Monongalia Mailing List
- This list is maintained by Sue Moore. It is for discussion of
families in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties. To
subscribe, send regular e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
and in the body of the message type < SUB harrison-monongalia.va your e-mail address>.
You will receive instructions for posting via e-mail.
- Does your family have roots in Asturia? Learn more about Spanish emigrants from Asturia
to WV; many to work in the mining industry. Managed by Bob Martinez, Suronda Gonzalez and
Art Zoller Wagner, this page offers a mailing list and much of interest, including family histories
- Families of Barbour County
- Post your webpage link or family association address here. Send information to me
Margaret C. Lew
- Brady Trilogy
- There is much interesting information on Barbour County on Robert M. Brady's Web site.
It features a detailed ancestry of the following surnames: BRADY, COPELAND, CRISLIP,
CURRY, HENDERSON, KNAGGS , LEMON, LOBBAN, MATHEWS, MURPHY, PRICE,
ROW, SHOMO, SQUIRES, THRASH, UMSTOT, VIQUESNEY, WARE and WINGFIELD.
- Christlieb -
Chrislip - Crislip Family Association
- Web site maintained by Jeff Christlieb, includes several photos of the family cemetery
Elk City, WV.
William K. Fisher's Genealogy Pages
- Fisher, Holsberry families and more.
- Carole Ann
- Read about Barbour in the 16 Mile Story and bibliography by Georgia
Heater and see Carole Ann Heaster's Cunningham Family Tree.
- Don and Jeanine Hartman's FamilyHart Online Database recently updated with a total of
over 405,000 linked names online contains thousands from Barbour County. Families such as
Sturm, Gainer, Ryan, Stemple, Poling, Nestor, Bennett, Stalnaker, and many more are found in
WVReed Family Blog and Photo
- David Williams's photo blog for the Reed family has photos of Ida L. Reed, the hymn
writer and other Reed family members.
The Reger Family
- Dan Hyde's page devoted to the genealogy and history of the Hans Jacob and Barbara
(Crites) Reger family of Virginia and West Virginia: genealogy, articles, images and
- Diana Taylor's family page has DeLauders (and variant spellings), Murphy, Nestor,
Phillips, Bennett, etc. - lots of Barbour County names.
- Amy Bolton's
- Amy Bolton's family page has information on the Biller's, Bolton's, Ketchem's and
McDaniels and other Barbour County names.
- Marshall Lucas's
- Marshall Lucas collects information and links connected with his families: Mayle, Mail,
Male, Norris, Goins, Gowins, Croston, Hill and others from Barbour County.
- Nancy McKane's
- Many Barbour County ancestors. Use password to access it: "Longfellow"
Harry Skidmore's Web
- Harry Skidmore has information on his Skidmore and Ball ancestors from Barbour County
and some data on the Hovatter line.
Another site for
- For information on the Colebank, Dadisman, Stewart, Smith and other Barbour County
names. The second site has a searchable family tree.
- Walter Family
- Dale Walter's family settled in the Barbour County area around 1805. Dale invites you to
visit his two web pages The second site is: The Walter Family and Religion
The Four Goff Brothers of
- Phillip Goff presents this site devoted to the study of the ancestors and descendants of
James Goff (1735-1834),
John Turton Goff (d. 1803), Thomas Goff (1747-1824) and Salathiel Goff
(c1748-1791). This site includes information on the history and genealogy book published on this
2003, a DNA study of the Goff surname and links to Goff forums.
- Proudfoot Family
- Martin Lewis Proudfoot has begun a genealogy site devoted to his Proudfoot family in the Talbott Community of Barbour County. The Proudfoot family has lived in Barbour County since 1808.
Announcements - Reunions
Please notify me of Barbour County Family reunions or other events of interest to genealogists
and local historians. Margaret Lew
North Hills Genealogists' Fall Genealogy Conference
The Fall 2015 Conference will take place on
Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Two featured speakers: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Michael J. Leclerc
Programs for beginning to advanced genealogists.
Attend the entire conference or customize your schedule
Online registration and additional information:
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create a center for genealogical research for every county in the
States. USGenWeb Project is not a commercial enterprise and
information found on
the pages is freely available to the public.
In June of 1996, a group of genealogists organized the
WVGenWeb Project. The
to provide a single entry point for all counties in West Virginia, where collected databases would
be stored and queries and lookup volunteers could be posted.
If you wish to host a county page, please contact
Les Shockey, sponsor of the
West Virginia state page. Thanks.
West Virginia History Hero
Each year since 1997 the WV Division of Culture and History recognizes History Heros,
members of organizations who have made significant contributions to the
preservation and dissemination of West Virginia's history and historical
resources. Les Shockey was selected as one of the 2011 History Heros to be honored on 24 February 2011
Les was nominated by the Jackson County Historical Society for his work with the society,
the Jackson County WVGenWeb page, and most importantly, his work with the WVGenWeb Project.
Les joins a large group of dedicated West Virginians with this fantastic
honor. See all the History Heros for the years 1997-2013
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