Place:Harrison, West Virginia, United States

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Harrison County, is a county located in the State of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 69,099. The county seat is Clarksburg. The county was founded in 1784.

Harrison County is part of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Harrison County was created in 1784, formed from Monongalia County and named for Benjamin Harrison V,[1] who had recently retired as the Governor of Virginia. He was also the father of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States and great-grandfather of Benjamin Harrison, twenty-third president.

The first meeting of the Harrison County court was held on July 20, 1784 at home of George Jackson. One of the first orders of business was to select a permanent county seat. It was decided to move the county seat to Clarksburg. In 1773, Daniel Davisson claimed the land upon which Clarksburg was formed. The town, named in honor of the explorer General George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in October 1785, and it was incorporated in 1795.

Clarksburg's first newspaper, The By-Stander, began publication in 1810. Clarksburg began to grow following the construction of the Northwestern Turnpike connecting Winchester and Parkersburg. It reached Clarksburg in 1836. Clarksburg's economic development was also helped by the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1856. The railroad was instrumental in the development of the local coal mining industry during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1784 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1784 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1784 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1786 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1788 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1853 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1863 Effective date for move from Virginia to West Virginia Source:Wikipedia

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 2,080
1800 4,848
1810 9,958
1820 10,932
1830 14,722
1840 17,669
1850 11,728
1860 13,790
1870 16,714
1880 20,181
1890 21,919
1900 27,690
1910 48,381
1920 74,793
1930 78,567
1940 82,911
1950 85,296
1960 77,856
1970 73,028
1980 77,710
1990 69,371

Research Tips

Source:Haymond, Henry. History of Harrison County, West Virginia, from Earliest Days of Northwestern Virginia to the Present

Text from Harrison County, Virginia Page

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Harrison County, Virginia was established in 1784 from part of Monongalia County, Virginia. Harrison County became part of West Virginia when it became the 35th state admitted to the Union.

From Preface of History of Harrison County, West Virginia:
"When Harrison County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly in 1784, it extended over that vast territory reaching from the Maryland line to the Ohio River, with a front of sixty miles on that stream and including the upper waters of the Monongahela River, all of the Little Kanawha and portions of the waters of the Big Kanawha."


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