Tyler County, West Virginia History

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Tyler County lies in the northwestern region of West Virginia in the Ohio River Valley. It is bordered on the west by the Ohio River, - and Monroe County, Ohio - on the north by Wetzel County, on the east by Doddridge County, and on the southeast and south by Ritchie and Pleasants counties. Prior to the formation of the state of West Virginia on June 20th in 1863, Tyler County was a county in the state of Virginia.

Tyler County was formed from Ohio County on December 6, 1814. It was named for John Tyler who was the governor of Virginia from 1808 to 1811. Subsequently, the entirety of Wetzel (1846) and parts of Doddridge (1845) and Pleasants (1851) counties were formed from the territory of Tyler.

The first county seat was Sistersville. The courts met at the homes of various individuals. In 1816 the county seat was moved to Middlebourne. In 1818 the first jail was built in Middlebourne, but the courts continued to be held in private homes. In 1822 the first courthouse was built on part of the the site where the present one stands. It was torn down and a new courthouse constructed in 1854. That building was completely renovated in 1922, resulting in the courthouse that is now in use.

Tyler County has an area of 261 square miles and the population as of 2000 was 9,592. The largest inland stream is Middle Island Creek. This stream is 77 miles in length and transverses Doddridge, Tyler and Pleasants Counties, where it enters the Ohio River. A unique feature occurs in Tyler County, where the creek flows in a 7 mile bend that causes it to return to within 100 feet of where the bend starts. This effectively forms a peninsula and the area is known as "The Jug" because the shape of the creek resembles a jug handle.

The main highways are State Routes 2, 18, 23, and 74. Incorporated towns include Middlebourne, Sistersville, Paden City, and Friendly. There are numerous unincorporated communities, some of which are: Adonis, Alma, Alvy, Bearsville, Blue, Falls Mills, Frew, Josephs Mills, Kidwell, Lima, Little, Mountain, Pursley, Shiloh, Shirley, Tyler City, Wick, and Wilbur.

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Tyler County Sandborn Maps, Library of Congress

Tyler County Deeds, Tyler County WVGenWeb Archives


1825 Tax List
Tyler Court - Witnesses, Spring Term 1830-1831
Tyler Court - Witnesses, 1815-1816
Delinquents in the Poor Levy, 1824 & 1825
Tyler Court, Next Friends

Middlebourne Baseball Teams, 1937
Pioneer Nurses of West Virginia
1866 West Virginia Senate - [WV Archives; once owned by Linda Fluharty]
The Ankrom Family - Tenmile Country
Prudence Ann Wood - Born in Sistersville, 1822
Albert & Nora (Moore) Meyer Family - [Doris Meyer Tobias]
Murder of Garlan Bayless, 1930
Wells Family of Marshall (& Tyler) County
William Russell Grew 220 Pound Pumpkin
Rachel Grist Jolly - Scalped by Indians
Tyler County Shinn Family in Indiana
Williamson Family Reunion, 1929
William Washington Dillon
William W. Dillon & Ethel Jane White
Alice & Erceline Gorrell & Elizabeth Hawthorne Smith
Miller Sisters
J. H. Buck
Clora Ann Collins Masters & Daughters
Aley Masters Hughes Family
Wm. Tyler Masters Family
Dora Painter, John Masters & Sarah Willison
John Daley/Daily, Margie Hughes, Maggie Collins Daley
Marcellus & Charlotte Hughes Cornell & Children
Possibly Martin or Mark Collins Family
Ida Fuchs Riggs Family, 1949
Possibly Maggie Dailey
John Daily/Dailey & Maggie Collins Daily
Hal & Mary Rollins
John, Herman & Cecil Hughes
Brayde Masters O'Connell
Ben Masters Family
Audry Masters O'Connell & Aley Masters Hughes
Thomas A. Twyford Family
Ora & Ida Riggs
Daniel Wells Family - Early Residents of Tyler County
Who was J. H. Shinn, Oil Magnate?

Tyler County: A Brief History
Old Stone House, Scene of Many Strange Events
Middlebourne - Myers' History of West Virginia
The New Town of Sistersville, 1815

Tyler County Timeline
How W.Va. Counties Got Their Names
Old Tyler County - Hangings


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