Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Guide to Jackson County West Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Jackson County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1831
County Seat Ripley

County Courthouse

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Jackson County Courthouse
P O Box 800
Ripley, WV 25271

County Clerk has birth and death from 1853
Land records from early 1800's
Probate Records 1861
Military records from 1918
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]


Welcome to Jackson County, West Virginia

Jackson County History

Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia...Special History of the Virginias..1883.

From Early Settlers of Jackson County by O. J. Morrison:

William Hannamon, Benjamin Cox, and James McDade were the first known English settlers in Jackson County, moving into the Mill Creek area in May 1796. The first two built homes and took up permanent residence in the county. McDade served as an Indian scout, traveling the banks of the Ohio River, with his only companion, a faithful dog, at his side. It was said that his sole ambition in life was to alert some poor traveler of the presence of Indians and preventing them from becoming a victim of what he viewed were murderous savages.
In the month of May, 1796, William Hannamon, Benjamin Cox and James McDade reared their cabins within the present limits of Union District, and were thus the first to establish civilized homes in what is now Jackson County. The first two became actual settlers and began to fell the forest and cultivate the soil. McDade, who was a soldier in the service of Virginia, selected a site for his future home, but continued to discharge the duties assigned him-that of Indian scout-and many days and nights did he spend in the dreary wilderness between the mouths of the Great and Little Kanawha Rivers, watching to catch a glimpse of the savage foe on the shore of the Old Northwest Territory beyond the Ohio. Jackson County was created in 1831, from parts of Mason, Kanawha and Wood, in compliance with an act of the General Assembly of Virginia, passed March 1st of that year, and named in honor of the hero of New Orleans, who was at that time President of the United States. The present area of the county is 400 square miles.

From Hardesty's History of Jackson County, Page 2:

Wayne's treaty with the Indians in 1795, forever put an end to savage warfare in the Ohio valley. The storm had spent its force and died away, and hundreds of pioneers now found homes on the banks of the Ohio. Among those who sought a dwelling place within the present limits of Jackson county were Samuel McDade, and John Hannamon, both of whom came in 1796. Then followed Charles Parsons, Samuel Tanner, John Greathouse, Elijah Staats, Jacob Starcher, Isaac McKown, John McKown, Joel Buffington, who settled on Buffington's island; John Ingles, Joshua Freehart and Joel Dewey, who built the block-house at the mouth of Pond Creek; John Coleman, who was killed by Indians near where the town of Cottageville now stands; Joseph Hall, James Hydes, Isaac Hydes, George Hydes, John Brown, Benjamin Wright, and A. W. Alkire.
From the formation of Mason county in 1804 to the year 1831. Jackson was a part of Mason and Wood, but in the latter year the old pioneers, wearied with long jaunts to court at Point Pleasant or Parkersburg, court circulated which was numerously signed and sent to Richmond, where it was laid before the general assembly, then in session in that city. The prayer was heard with favor, and in 1831 Jackson county named in honor of Andrew Jackson, then president of the United States-was checkered upon the map of Virginia.
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The county is named after President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).[2]

Parent County

1831--Jackson County was created 1 March 1831 from Kanawha, Wood and Mason Counties.
County seat: Ripley[3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Jackson County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places


Ravenswood | Ripley

Inhabited places

Advent | Cottageville | Evans | Flatwoods | Gay | Given | Independence |  Kenna |  Kentuck | LeRoy | Millwood | Mount Alto | Murraysville | Rock Castle | Sandyville | Sherman

Neighboring Counties




Census Records of Jackson County, West Virginia


Cemeteries of Jackson County, WV 
Find A Grave Jackson County, WV
Jackson County, Obituaries 
Cemeteries Jackson County Tombstone Photos
Political Graveyard Jackson County West Virginia
Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia




Local Histories

West Virginia Archives & Histories Jackson County

Books by John House - Histories of Jackson County, West Vriginia


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Jackson County, West Virginia Map

Maps of West Virginia


Revolutionary War
  • Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Jackson County on pages 134-135.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy:


- 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Companies B, C, and D.
- 10th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (1st Cavalry Regiment, Wise Legion (Confederate). Company G (The Jackson Rangers).[4]
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company N (Night Hawk Rangers).[5]
- 19th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company C.[6]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment). Company F (Border Rifles).[7]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company D and Company F.[8]


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[9]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War I

World War I Draft Registration in Jackson County

World War II

World War II  Enlistment Records

World War II Military Service News

Jackson County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force


West Virginia, Naturalization Records, 1814-1991



Jackson County, West Virginia Will Books 1831 - 1967

West Virginia Will Books

Jackson County WV Gen Web Wills


Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1830-1968 - free.

Societies and Libraries

Jackson County Historical Society
P O Box 22
Ripley, WV 25271

Jackson County Public Library

Jackson County Public Library

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "List of counties in West Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_West_Virginia, accessed 14 February 2012.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Robert J. Driver, 10th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1992). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 87.
  5. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  6. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  7. Terry D. Lowry, 22nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44.
  8. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  9. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.

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