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Randolph County, West Virginia, USA

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  • Nancy Skidmore (1787 - 1861)
    Nancy Skidmore Scott BIRTH 25 Dec 1787 Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 1861 (aged 73–74) Randolph County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Thomas Scott Family Cemetery Randolph County, W...
  • Edith Marie Skidmore (1910 - 1990)
    Edith Marie Hughes Skidmore BIRTH 23 Dec 1910 Birch River, Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 21 Feb 1990 (aged 79) Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Elkins Memorial Gardens Elk...
  • Athella May Pringle (1921 - 1959)
    Athella May Cutright Pringle BIRTH 27 Jan 1921 Czar, Randolph County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 14 Jan 1959 (aged 37) Sewickley, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA BURIAL Mount Carmel Cemetery Tallmans...
  • James Franklin Workman (1892 - 1984)
    James Frank Workman MyHeritage Family Trees Farley Web Site, managed by Randell Farley (Contact) Birth: Feb 8 1892 - Orlando, Lewis, West Virginia, United States Death: Mar 7 1984 - Elkins, Randolph, W...
  • Marcellus H. Hess (1857 - 1934)
    Marcellus H Hess FamilySearch Family Tree Birth: Oct 10 1857 - Harrison, Virginia, United States Death: Feb 5 1934 - Elkins, Randolph, West Virginia, United States Parents: Jacob W Hess, Sarah M. Hess ...

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The first attempt by Europeans to settle in present-day Randolph County came in 1752 or '53 when David Tygart — for whom the Tygart Valley River was named — and Robert Foyle (later called Files) located (separately) with their families in the vicinity of present-day Beverly. Although there had been no recent history of conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans in that immediate area, that summer a party of Native Americans traveling the Shawnee Trail discovered the Foyle cabin and killed seven members of the family. One son escaped and alerted the Tygart family, allowing all to escape. (The Tygart-Foyle settlements were the first European settlements attempted anywhere within the Monongahela River watershed in present-day West Virginia.) No other European settlement was attempted in present Randolph County until 1772.

Thomas Skidmore (ca. 1733–1807), born in Maryland, obtained a title to 400 acres of land (“by virtue of a settlement”) in the future Elkins area before 1778. This land, on the east side of the Tygart Valley River, was surveyed by John Poage in 1780 and included the land that is now most of downtown Elkins. Thus, Skidmore was probably the first European settler in what became Elkins.

When Randolph County, Virginia (now West Virginia) was created out of the vast Harrison County on October 16, 1787, it included not only present-day Randolph County, but parts of what are now eight other counties. It took its name from the surname of the then Governor of Virginia. The name of the new county seat, originally Randolph Court House, or Edmundton (the latter from the Governor's given name), was changed to Beverly by 1790. Beverly remained the county seat until 1890 when county government was moved to Elkins.

Minor actions of the American Civil War which took place in Randolph County include the Battle of Rich Mountain and a part of the Battle of Cheat Mountain, both in 1861. These operations came in the course of the Western Virginia Campaign.

Randolph was one of fifty Virginia counties that were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. Later that year, the new state'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. Randolph County was divided into nine districts: Beverly, Clarke, Clay, Dry Fork, Green, Mingo Flats, Reynolds, Scott, and Union. Several of these were renamed during the 1870s: Clark became Valley Bend, Clay became New Interest, Green became Leadsville, Mingo Flats was abbreviated to Mingo, Reynolds became Huttonsville, Scott became Roaring Creek, and Union became Middle Fork.


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