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Old 07-15-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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For some reason I remember reading somewhere that the entirety of West Virginia was originally a single county in VA. Googling around came up with the District of West Augusta, but that doesn't appear to encompass the entire current state. Can anyone point me to a link that describes the geographic boundaries and place names pre-civil war?
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Better inc KY also as part of VA!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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Early maps were very different than today's. Entire states were included within other states in the 1700s.
Vermont was part of New York, for example. In the early days, almost all of the development was in the Wheeling area.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Here you go:


Here you will find some old map gifs at the VAGenWeb site. In the beginning, all of America was Virginia

http://www.vagenweb.org/1634map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1738map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1770map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1792map.gif



Bath County, VA., VAGenWeb Page
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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The entire states of WV and KY were part of Orange.
Orange included Augusta and Frederick, the eastern panhandle of current WV; and other VA counties.
Much of the "lower" Shenandoah was Prince William County.

Newer counties were created so that someone wanting to "attend court" could get to the courthouse on horseback, attend the session, and return home on the same day. Thus, many county seats designated in the 1800's are 20 to 25 miles from each other.

Some books show census records in such a fashion that it looks like no-one lived in an area before it became a separate county. A very interesting source with lots of supporting data is now available at Amazon at a reasonable price. If you are doing any searches involving going to courthouses to look at records, this is invaluable:

Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia 1634-1895
By Michael F. Doran
Publication Date: June 1987

"Maps covering the growth of Virginia counties and their subdivisions for each decade beginning in 1634 and ending with the last county formed in West Virginia in 1895. Each map is accompanied with a discussion of the changes and a table listing each new county and its parent county(ies). With the Atlas a researcher can locate exactly what county an ancestor lived in during the colonial days by checking the maps for the appropriate time period. It is possible that the absence of any records on an individual might not necessarily denote his moving, but the shifting of the county boundary and recording of information in a different county."

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Old 07-16-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Bobbilee has some maps from the time the state was created on his site, WV The Other History: https://sites.google.com/site/wvotherhistory/home

His maps show counties.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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The entire states of WV and KY were part of Orange.
Orange included Augusta and Frederick, the eastern panhandle of current WV; and other VA counties.
Much of the "lower" Shenandoah was Prince William County.

Newer counties were created so that someone wanting to "attend court" could get to the courthouse on horseback, attend the session, and return home on the same day. Thus, many county seats designated in the 1800's are 20 to 25 miles from each other.

Some books show census records in such a fashion that it looks like no-one lived in an area before it became a separate county. A very interesting source with lots of supporting data is now available at Amazon at a reasonable price. If you are doing any searches involving going to courthouses to look at records, this is invaluable:

Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia 1634-1895
By Michael F. Doran
Publication Date: June 1987

"Maps covering the growth of Virginia counties and their subdivisions for each decade beginning in 1634 and ending with the last county formed in West Virginia in 1895. Each map is accompanied with a discussion of the changes and a table listing each new county and its parent county(ies). With the Atlas a researcher can locate exactly what county an ancestor lived in during the colonial days by checking the maps for the appropriate time period. It is possible that the absence of any records on an individual might not necessarily denote his moving, but the shifting of the county boundary and recording of information in a different county."
Great info, thanks!
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Here you go:


Here you will find some old map gifs at the VAGenWeb site. In the beginning, all of America was Virginia

http://www.vagenweb.org/1634map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1738map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1770map.gif

http://www.vagenweb.org/1792map.gif



Bath County, VA., VAGenWeb Page
Very cool, thanks. It shows that most of it was Augusta County at one point.
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