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Marion County, West Virginia, USA

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  • Eli Daugherty, (twin) (1887 - 1955)
    Eli Daugherty BIRTH 28 Apr 1887 Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 23 Feb 1955 (aged 67) Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Maple Grove Cemetery Fairmont, Marion County, West ...
  • James Francis Halterman (1874 - 1945)
    James Francis Halterman BIRTH 22 Oct 1874 Taylor County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 13 Feb 1945 (aged 70) Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Mount Nebo Cemetery Winfield, Marion County, W...
  • Cenith Bell Rogers (1872 - 1915)
    Cenith Bell Halterman Rogers BIRTH 12 Sep 1872 Taylor County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 7 May 1915 (aged 42) Mount Nebo, Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Rogers Cemetery Smithville, Marion Co...
  • Charlene Shreve-White (1941 - 2016)
    Charlene White, age 74 years, a resident of Elkins, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Fairmont Regional Medical Center in Fairmont, WV. She was born October 12, 1941 at Leesville, Louisiana...
  • Harriet Myra Hale (1877 - 1939)
    Harriet Rogers Hale BIRTH 1877 West Virginia, USA DEATH 1939 (aged 61–62) West Virginia, USA BURIAL Woodlawn Cemetery Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia

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The Adena and successor Hopewell cultures flourished in this area at one time. The region which includes the land now known as Marion County was sparsely occupied by Native Americans, if at all, in the late 18th century. Like much of the Ohio Valley, it had been depopulated by the Iroquois during the later Beaver Wars (1670–1700). Only a few abortive attempts to start European settlements upon the Monongahela River or its branches (such as that which gave its name to Dunkard Creek) are known prior to the French and Indian War. It was not until 1772 that any permanent settlements were made in this region.

Marion County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on January 14, 1842, from parts of Monongalia and Harrison Counties. It was named after General Francis Marion, of American Revolutionary War fame, known to history as "The Swamp Fox".

1852 was an eventful time in Marion County's history, starting with the great flood on Monday, April 5. Heavy rains the day before caused the Monongahela and West Fork Rivers to rise at rate of 5 feet per hour until Tuesday afternoon, when the water reached 43 feet above its normal level. The greatest damage was sustained on the West Fork, where over 40 houses and buildings were swept away and floated past Fairmont.

The flood damaged the railroad, which was in the final stages of being completed. By June 23 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was completed, connecting Fairmont to the west and to large cities in the east like Baltimore. The railroad required the building of a bridge to cross the Monongahela River about 1 mile west of Fairmont. This was achieved by building a massive iron bridge spanning 650 feet and lifted 35 feet above the water.

The third major event of the year 1852 was the completion of the Fairmont and Palatine suspension bridge, connecting Fairmont to what was then the town of Palatine. The bridge was built under the direction of James L. Randolph, assistant engineer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, at a cost of about thirty thousand dollars.

Marion was one of fifty Virginia counties that were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863, at the height of the Civil War. In the months that followed, 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. Marion County was divided into seven districts: Fairmont, Grant, Lincoln, Mannington, Paw Paw, Union, and Winfield. In the 1980s, the historic magisterial districts were consolidated into three new districts: Middletown, Palatine, and West Augusta.


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