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1895 Map of Mercer County

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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,
      birth/marriage/deeds: 487-8313,
      Fiduciary/wills/Estates: 487-8312.

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, $150-life member

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 24740

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

Boundary Changes

 View these "rough" maps showing Mercer County's boundary changes.

The Athens We Knew

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.

Historic Bramwell, WV

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 .

McComas, WV

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.



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Genealogically Oriented Pages

Surname Register

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Researcher's WebPages

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Query Page

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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".

Index to 1870 Mercer Co, WV Census

Mercer Co Cemeteries

Check the Mercer Co page in the Tombstone Inscription Project

WV Vital Records - online

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.

WVGenWeb Archives

Mercer County Specific Files

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.
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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 out.

Where to Write for Vital Statistics

This WebSite <http://www.vitalrec.com/wv.html> has address for both state and counties


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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)
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        |                                     |
    New Kent Co (1654)                    Lancaster Co (1651)
        |                                     |
 King and Queen Co (1691)           Rappahanock Co (1656-1692)
       |  |____________                       |
       |               |                      |
       |     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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