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The Name of Mercer County
Mercer Co, WV, was formed as a VA county, in 1837 from portions of Giles and Tazewell Counties.
It was named in honor of General Hugh Mercer of Fredericksburg, who died at the Battle of
Princeon, NJ, during the Revolutionary War. The county seat is Princeton. It's the second VA
county to be named after General Mercer, the first was formed in 1785, and was in that part of VA
that became the state of Kentucky
Links to information of all sorts, about the county.
Mercer Co Courthouse
Mail address: P.O. Box 1716, Princeton, WV 24740
Hours: 8:30-4:30 (plan on 9-4) weekdays ;)
Enter through the door on the West side of Courthouse Circle.
Phone numbers: (Area Code 304) clerk: 487-8313, deeds: 487-8321,
Mercer Co Historical Society
P.O. Box 5012
Princeton, WV 24740.
Publishes a monthly newsletter (either email or US mail). Dues are $15-single, $20-family,
News from MCHS
The Mercer County Historical Society has purchased a 1910 home at 908 Harrison Street we are in
process of renovations. The plan is to house a headquarters for the society along with a
Historical Library Research Center Museum. This is a 12 room house that has gone through many
changes in past few months, with new electrical, 22 new windows, new heating system, all new
lighting, plaster work, wood stripping and much more. We have also moved a 1890 log structure
Broyles Cabin into the back yard as a accessory to our museum.
The Clay Memorial Park Foundation
Preserving this history for future generations, we meet at War Museum Memorial Building
Princeton WV (across from New Court House Annex) 3rd Tue. of each month, dues are 15.00 per year.
There is a Clay Memorial site at the cemetery at Clover Bottom, now Lake Shawnee and have started
a Clay Family and Friends Reunion. See photos of the Mitchel Clay Historical
Marker. and the Clay Cemetery Markers
United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 1876
Meetings held at Memorial Building Princeton 7:00 PM 2nd Monday of each month.
President Drema Hatcher White. For more information write to 407 Old Oakvale Road Princeton, WV
The Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
In operation of the Robert B. McNutt house located on corner of Honaker Ave. They hold tours of
the 1843 home which is being renovated too. call for info. 487-1502
A History of the Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory
This book, originally published by David E. Johnston in 1906, and reprinted many times
is still available but often at "outrageous" prices. ... NOW, it's being posted on-line
at URL: http://www.kinyon.com/westvirginia/midnewriver/contents.htm.
Misadventure in Princeton in 1852
Or an Englishman's Thrilling Experiences in Mercer County
This is an excerpt, Edited by Kyle McCormick, from With Border
Ruffians, by Williams, Robert H., relating his stay in the Mercer/ Wyoming Co area.
The Late Unpleasantness
The organization, some history, and unit roster of the 151st Militia Regiment (Mercer County) is presented
here, with the kind permission of Bill Crews, who did the hard work of researching the
Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from Virginia,
Microfilm Copy 324, Role 1060, National Archives. I found one of my gggfathers in this unit, how
about you? I've added some information about the other units brigaded with the 151st.
News From Home
Princeton Times online edition
Bluefield Daily Telegraph online edition
1896 Bluefield Daily Telegraph
From a microfilm copy of their early numbers, the Bluefield Telephone
Directory, births, marriages and other items with genealogical interest from January,
February & March 1896 [now Indexed].
Diane Roberts provided this transcription of similar articles from
1897-1905, in MS Word format:
Formation of Mercer Co
is described in this sketch from Official Blue Book of Mercer County
View these "rough" maps
showing Mercer County's boundary changes.
An attractive website with history, and new stuff. Although concentrating on the 50's & 60's,
there's much of interest to all Mercer Co buffs.
Got an empty hour? Visit this imaginative, graphics-heavy tour of Bramwell, with side trips to
Freeman and Nemours. Many pages take a while to load, there' SO many pictures .
The website of Patricia Smith, devoted to her McComas memories & roots
Other Communities' Histories
Four more communities' histories, posted on WV Archives webpages: Athens, Glenwood, Pisgah, & Spanishburg.
Search any page on this site, using "FreeFind":
The search engine's "index" is updated only weekly, so your search results
may not include "late additions
Searches for complete email addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org, will not be
successful, because I do not post them in this form. ... HINT: search for the "username"
Genealogically Oriented Pages
Let me ADD your SURNAME to our Register of researchers' email addresses.
And if you have a WebPage, covering your Mercer Co families, send the
, surnames and URL to me and I'll post it.
Visit our Query Page, and see if you can help
your fellow researchers, or post your own query about Mercer County families
Books for Sale & Lookup
Check out the list of books currently available
from various vendors, and those for which Lookup Offers have been made. Let me post your books
here if you're willing to help others.
I also post there the contact info for persons
willing to do research "for hire".
Mercer Co Cemeteries
Check the Mercer Co page in the Tombstone Inscription Project
Mercer County's death records for 1914 & 1917-1954 are currently available, at the State Division
of Culture and History' webpage. ... More to be added later.
There may be something there of interest to you, and files are being added daily. Please help us
get more information online for everyong to share. Visit often to see what they've added.
Or use the USGenWeb Archive Search Engine,
Privately Contributed Data, Outside Archives
Will of Joseph Bradford, probated 1869. (Microsoft Word)
Martha Rehm has provided a biographical sketch of
Horton G. Cowan, Bluefield Pioneer
Read/Reed/Reid marriages in Mercer Co 1856-1899 (ASCII text)
Establishing a monument to Spanishburg, WV
pioneers, Jeremiah and Mary Solesbury
Shrewsbury/Shrewsberry descendents check this
This WebSite <http://www.vitalrec.com/wv.html> has address for both state and
Climbing the Web
Shortcuts to Neighboring Counties
Wyoming Co Raleigh Co Summers Co
McDowell Co Mercer Co Monroe Co
Tazewell Co Bland Co Giles Co
Shortcuts to Ancestor Counties
Charles River Co Chickacoan Indian District
name changed to |
York Co (1642/43) Northumberland Co (1648)
New Kent Co (1654) Lancaster Co (1651)
King and Queen Co (1691) Rappahanock Co (1656-1692)
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| King William Co (1702) Essex Co (1692)
Spotsylvania Co (1721)
Orange Co (1734)
Augusta Co (1745)
Botetourt Co (1770)
Fincastle Co (1772-1777) defunct
Montgomery Co (1777)
| Wythe Co(1790) See Notes
See Notes | Tazewell Co(1800)
Giles Co (1806)
Mercer Co (1837)
Counties removed from the chart because
they did not contribute land to Mercer Co
Monroe Co contributed to Giles Co
Russell Co contributed to Tazewell Co
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