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Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA

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  • Herbert Howard "Herb" Seaman (1959 - 2019)
    Herbert Howard “Herb” Seaman BIRTH 23 Jul 1959 Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 11 Dec 2019 (aged 60) Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Cunningham Memorial Park Sa...
  • Arlie Jean Dunlap (1926 - 2017)
    Arlie Jean Godfrey Dunlap BIRTH 6 Nov 1926 Withers, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 27 Nov 2017 (aged 91) Saint Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Donated to Medical Science MEMO...
  • Elizabeth Given (1814 - 1881)
    Elizabeth Judy Given BIRTH 14 Oct 1814 Virginia, USA DEATH 29 Oct 1881 (aged 67) Jarretts Ford, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Given Cemetery Elkview, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA ...
  • Bessie Emma Buxton (1868 - 1943)
    Husband: Perry Bradbury Buxton 1858–1926 Children: Fred Herman Buxton 1889–1960 Walter Sinclair Buxton 1891–1952 Helen Buxton Combs 1902–1954
  • Paul Mitchell Lewis (1904 - 1982)
    Paul Mitchell Lewis BIRTH 27 Jun 1904 Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA DEATH Apr 1982 (aged 77) Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Cunningham Memorial Park Saint Albans, Kanawha Co...

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The county began taking formation on November 14, 1788, under the authorization of the Virginia General Assembly and was founded on October 5, 1789. The county was named for the Kanawha River, which in turn was named after a Native American tribe that lived in the area. During the American Civil War, a number of state infantry and cavalry regiments were organized in the county for both Confederate Army and Union Army service.

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. Kanawha County was divided into ten districts: Big Sandy, Cabin Creek, Charleston, Elk, Jefferson, Loudon, Malden, Poca, Union, and Washington. In the 1970s the historic districts were consolidated into five new magisterial districts: District 1, District 2, District 3, District 4, and District 5. A District 6 was created in the 1980s, but in the 1990s the county was redistricted again, reducing the number of magisterial districts to four: District 1, District 2, District 3, and District 4.

Kanawha County was the site of a bloody miners' strike in 1912, and a school textbook controversy in 1974, that resulted in bombings, and received national attention.

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