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Hancock County, West Virginia, USA

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  • Jennings Lee Cottrill (1922 - 2017)
    Jennings Lee Cottrill BIRTH 14 Sep 1922 New Milton, Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 11 Mar 2017 (aged 94) Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA BURIAL Chapel Hill Cemetery Weirton, Hanco...
  • Robert B Hibbs (1926 - 2001)
    SGT US ARMY WORLD WAR II Robert B. Hibbs BIRTH 9 Apr 1926 West Virginia, USA DEATH 12 Jan 2001 (aged 74) BURIAL New Cumberland Cemetery New Cumberland, Hancock County, West Virginia, USA PLOT F-061-4...
  • Virginia Jean Hibbs (1923 - 2021)
    Virginia Jean Leadmon Hibbs BIRTH 11 May 1923 Montgomery, Trigg County, Kentucky, USA DEATH 15 Sep 2021 (aged 98) BURIAL New Cumberland Cemetery New Cumberland, Hancock County, West Virginia, USA MEMO...
  • Helen Rice (1930 - 1989)
  • Glenn C Rice (1925 - 2002)
    Parents Alpheus Milton Rice 1870–1945 Matilda Elizabeth King Rice 1888–1972 Spouse Helen Barr Rice 1930–1989 (m. 1947) Siblings Dewey A. Rice 1898–1974 Leslie Earl Rice 1901–1986 Iva Ellen Ri...

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Hancock County was formed from Brooke County in 1848, some 15 years before West Virginia became a state. Both counties were once part of Ohio County, Virginia, which had been formed from the District of West Augusta in 1776. Hancock County has significant Revolutionary-period roots due to its location on the Ohio River south of Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh and north of Fort Henry in Wheeling.

Hancock County was the site of the infamous massacre of Iroquois leader Chief Logan's family in 1774, at Baker's Tavern across the Ohio River from the mouth of Yellow Creek. The event, known as the Yellow Creek massacre, sparked Lord Dunmore's War. Adam Poe had his famous fight with the Indian known as Big Foot at the mouth of Tomlinson Run in 1781. Historical markers commemorate both events. Significant Revolutionary War forts and blockhouses in Hancock County included Holliday's Cove Fort in downtown Weirton and Chapman's Blockhouse in New Cumberland.

In 1863, West Virginia's counties were divided into civil townships, with the intention of encouraging local government. This proved impractical in the heavily rural state, and in 1872 the townships were converted into magisterial districts. Hancock County was divided into four districts: Butler, Clay, Grant, and Poe. Poe, the least populous district, was discontinued in the 1920s.


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