Welcome to the Taylor County site for the WVGenWeb project, which is part of the much larger project - The USGenWeb Project. I'm Connie Burkett, the volunteer county coordinator for Taylor County, WVGenWeb. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you find this website useful for your genealogy and history research.

Brief History - Taylor County, West Virginia

  • Formed on January 19, 1844 from Harrison, Barbour, and Marion Counties.County outline map of WV
  • Named for the John Taylor (1753-1824), distinguished soldier and statesman of Caroline County, Virginia.
  • Williamsport, the oldest communtiy in the county, was chosen as the first county seat.
  • Williamsport was renamed Pruntytown after John Prunty, one of the county's earliest settlers.
  • Grafton is the current county seat, originally chartered in 1856 and named in honor of John Grafton, a civil engineer who laid out the route of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1852 across what was then northwestern Virginia.
  • Monument to T. Bailey Brown, the first Union soldier killed during the Civil War.
  • Birthplace of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day and site of the international Mother's Day was observed. Mother's Day Church, (Andrews Methodist Church).

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This site was first created in 1996. The previous hosts: Sharon Smith 1996-2001; Rhonda Smith 2001-2005.