Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Mason County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mason 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 1804
County Seat Point Pleasant

United States  Gotoarrow.png  West Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Mason County

County Courthouse

Mason County Court House
200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550

  • County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853
  • Marriage and land records from 1804
  • Military records 1918
  • Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records[1]


Mason County, West Virginia

Parent County

1804--Mason County was created 2 January 1804 from Kanawha County.
County seat: Point Pleasant [1]

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mason County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Mason County Cemeteries Mason County, West Virginia Cemetaries

 Find A Grave - Mason County Mason County Tombstone Transcription Project

Mason County Obituaries Cemeter Records on line

West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc - Mason County

Political Graveyard Mason County, West Virginia


Churches in Mason County, West Virginia


For tips on accessing Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

 Mason County Census Records 


Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


  • [Chapman] Machir, Violette S. Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. & Ohio. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. FHL Fiche 6017211.
  • [Clemens] Bell, Raymond Martin. The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain. Washington, Pa.: R.M. Bell, 1980. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Book 929.273 C591brm.
  • [Jolly] Machir, Violette S. Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. & Ohio. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. FHL Fiche 6017211.


Local Histories


Mason County, West Virginia Map

Map Showing Mason County, West Virginia


Revolutionary War

The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774

  • A 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 versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 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 Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  •  West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
  • Mason County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force



The Point Pleasant Register
200 Main Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-1333


Mason County, West Virginia Will Book 1834 - 1968

West Virginia Will Books


How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1805-1846] Heinegg, Paul. "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846," Free African [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages  

Mason County, West Virginia Births

Mason County, West Virginia Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Mason County Family History Hall of Fame
"May we preserve their memories & Contributions!"
Please write about deceased historians & Genealogist!

Mason County Genealogical Historical Society
Henderson, West Virginia 25106

Mason County Public Library
508 Viand Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-0894
Fax: 304-675-0895

Hannan Public Library
6760 Ashton Upland Road
Ashton, West Virginia 25503
Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200

Mason City Public Library
8 Brown Street
Mason, West Virginia 25260
Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580

New Haven Public Library
P O Box 417
New Haven, West Virginia 25265
Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252

Source: West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory

Family History Centers

The closest family history centers are the Huntington West Virginia Family History Center and the Charleston West Virginia Family History Center.

Web Sites

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