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These are only some of the Obits, Births and Deeds that have been published in the Record Delta Newspaper - Buckhannon, Upshur Co., West Virginia.
As time allows I will add to these as I come across them.
If you have any Record Delta births, deaths and marriage please send along and I will post them.
I NEED COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING WILLS
James McCauley/McCally Do you have a copy???
James Carter Shackelford/Shackleford Do you have a copy
If you have a Will for any Upshur County person, please forward me a copy to post on this web site. Thanks
Upshur County was formed in 1851 from parts of Barbour County, Lewis County & Randolph County, Virginia. June 30, 1863 it became Upshur County, West Virginia. Buckhannon is the county seat.
Upshur County was named in honor of Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of State under President John Tyler.
The forming of Upshur County and the names of her 6 Magisterial Districts
There are 354.86 square miles in Upshur County.
Magisterial Districts that were formed July 31, 1863
1. Banks District was named in honor of New England statesman Nathaniel Prentiss Banks
2. Buckhannon District was named for the river and town This is our county seat.
3. Meade District was named for George Gordon Meade
4. Union District Union military leader
5. Warren District was named for Kemble Warren, Civil War Soldier
6. Washington District was named for George Washington, first president of the United States(Cutright 231-281)
Information taken from the Upshur County Historical newsletter fall 1996, thank you.
For whom was the town/river Buckhannon named?
In reading "The History of Upshur County West Virginia" by W.B.Cutright, page 274 are as follows:
"Buckhannon takes its name from the river whose head-waters are in the hemlock forests of the Allegheny and whose mouth is near the northern boundary of the county. The river was so named on account of this historical fact. The family document of Jacqueline Ambler Treasurer of the State of Virginia several years before and at his death in 1797, contains this entry. "There was living (1785) in Richmond a poor old Scotch clergyman, named John Buchannon, whom I invited to make my house his home until he should be able to have better support and care." Taking this entry as a starting point, my researches led me into the early church history of the Mother State. We learn by reading widely that John Buchannon was a missionary minister and teacher for several years after his arrival in this country, that he was very active in his work, braving sore trails and privations in order that he might do good for his fellow-man, be he a pioneer white or vindictive red. One one occasion his bishop sent him to the head-waters of the Monongahela on a tour of inspection and a mission of help. He crossed the mountains to Tygarts Valley and from thence was going to a mission which he learned was on the West Fork near where the town of Weston now is. We are unable to find whether he made more than this one trip, as we also are unable to possess facts of his discovery and exploration. Our personal opinion is that he thought that the river which runs from south to north through Upshur county, had not been discovered, named and explored by any white man, thoroughly. He assumed to do both and being desirous to perpetuate the deed, called the river after his own name."
There are other thoughts as to how Buckhannon was named and can be found in the above book which can be purchased from the Upshur County Historical Society.
This information has been submitted by: Rowan Fairgrove
She is a descendant of Farnsworth folks who helped start Buckhannon. Thank you Rowan
1883 description by Hardesty of Upshur County
Prior to the year 1784, the territory now composing the county of Upshur was a part of Monongalia County, but in that year it became a part of Harrison County, and as such remained until 1787 when a portion of it was taken to form Randolph County. The remainder continued to be part of Harrison County until 1816, when another portion was cut off to form a portion of the new county of Lewis.
In 1843 Barbour was formed and the remainder was included in that county. Eight years passed away and the people became wearied witlong jaunts to Beverly, Weston and Philippi to attend court. Accordingly, a petition was circulated and numerously signed and sent to Richmond, praying the general assembly to provide for the formation of a new county. The prayer was heard with favor, and on the 26th day of March 1851, that body passed a bill entitled "an act to establish the county of Upshur out of part of the counties of Randolph, Barbour and Lewis". Thus was the new county checkered on map of Virginia.
|Writing a Family History by: Tee A. Corinne|
LINKS - To Genealogy Societys, Web Pages & Home Pages
Upshur County Historical Society Web Page http://www.upshurcountyhistoricalsociety.com
to 1860 Upshur County, (W)Va Census [text version]
to 1860 Upshur County, (W)Va Census [Index with names linked to scanned census images]
Creek Pioneer Descendants
Mining Your History
|Interested in old handwriting? Check out
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Cindys Page http://www.CyndisList.com/
Also try (online papers for each state)
Alphabetic list of towns with newspapers which began publication before 1900 (inclusion does not necessarily imply that copies or microforms exist). Current mailing addresses for those still publishing may be found at. Submitted by: Hampshire Co., WV host at: Cheryl Thank You for sharing Cheryl
|Address of the Upshur County, West
County Court House
Records started in 1851 for marriages, 1853 for births & deaths
Upshur County Court House
State Archives: http://www.wvculture.org/history/genealog.html
Genealogical & Historical
West Virginia Historical Society http://www.wvculture.org/HiStory/wvhssoc.html
LINKS - To Genealogy Society, Web Page's & Home Page
Mining Your History Foundation A Statewide Genealogy and Local History Society
SOME NEIGHBORING COUNTY'S TO UPSHUR COUNTY, WV
WVGenWeb Project Sites
Harrison County, West Virginia (north)
Barbour County, West Virginia (northeast)
Randolph County, West Virginia (southeast)
Webster County, West Virginia (south)
Lewis County, West Virginia (west)
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Here you will find three old map gifs to the VAGenWeb site you will find three old map gifs. In the beginning, all of America was Virginia
Also try (online papers for each state) http://www.newslink.org
Alphabetic list of towns with newspapers which began publication before 1900 (inclusion does not necessarily imply that copies or microforms exist). Current mailing addresses for those still publishing may be found at. Submitted by: Hampshire Co., WV. host at: Cheryl Thank You for Sharing Cheryl
The Weston Democrat http://www.westondemocrat.com
|Paul Kankula has created a webpage for a listing of foreign names and their English versions at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~scoconee/names.html|
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Thank you, Patricia Viellenave
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