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1 MAP: Virginia and West Virginia Circa 1884

Black and white map, printed on 17.5" x 27.5" paper., Reproduction map of original
Frank Gray's map of Virginia and West Virginia is rich in topographical detail. First issued in 1877 and updated some years later, this map shows rivers, creeks and their branches as well as many small villages and settlements in both states. Railway lines are shown and identified. Insets show Norfolk Harbor, Hampton Roads and Harper's Ferry.
Price: 7.95 USD



2 MAP: Virginia with Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia: 1864

Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original
Useful to anyone studying the Civil War and showing the newly created state of West Virginia, this 1864 A.J. Johnson map locates counties, roads, towns and railways in all four states. Rivers and creeks are also identified.
Price: 7.95 USD

West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer

3 West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer

11 x 15 1/2, paperback, Langenscheidt Publishing Group / DeLorme
This West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer contains back roads, recreation sites, hiking trails, campgrounds, golf courses, scenic drives, a guide to state and national park historic sites/museums, fishing, and ski areas. Includes a comprehensive index.
Price: 19.95 USD

Absentee Landowning and Exploitation in West Virginia, 1760-1920, Barbara Rasmussen

4 Absentee Landowning and Exploitation in West Virginia, 1760-1920
Barbara Rasmussen
232 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, cloth, University of Kentucky Press

"The book is consistently and appropriately engaged in present-day political concerns and ends with a prescription to revise West Virginia tax codes. Both activists and scholars can benefit from Rasmussen's research."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A thought-provoking and frequently insightful work that will contribute significantly to the ongoing scholarly debate concerning the roots of Appalachian dependency." —Journal of Appalachian Studies
Price: 21.96 USD

History Of The Great Kanawha Valley [West Virginia] With Family History And Biographical Sketches. A Statement Of Its Natural Resources, Industrial Growth And Commercial Advantages, Brant, Fuller & Co

5 History Of The Great Kanawha Valley [West Virginia] With Family History And Biographical Sketches. A Statement Of Its Natural Resources, Industrial Growth And Commercial Advantages
Brant, Fuller & Co
(1891), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 2 vols. , 666 pp, Heritage Books
The picturesque Kanawha valley spans Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam, and Mason counties in West Virginia with Charleston resting in its mid-section. The valley's Kanawha river runs 98 miles to its junction with the Ohio river at Point Pleasant. Volume I opens with the early history of the valley, from pre-historic mound builders, to the Cherokees, to the early settlers including the Ingles-Draper settlement. Notable historic spots and events, plantation life, Daniel Boone, Lord Dunmore, the murder of Cornstalk, a chronological record of border events, and much more are covered in this volume. The bulk of Volume II is devoted to hundreds of brief biographical sketches, arranged alphabetically by county. This volume also covers the medical history of the valley from 1790-1890, Point Pleasant, Fayette County, Kanawha County, Putnam County, Mason County, and banking institutions.
Price: 52.00 USD

A History of Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia, Including the Woodbridgetown and Salemville Churches in Pennsylvania and the Shrewsbury Church in New Jersey, Corliss Fitz Randolph

6 A History of Seventh Day Baptists in West Virginia, Including the Woodbridgetown and Salemville Churches in Pennsylvania and the Shrewsbury Church in New Jersey
Corliss Fitz Randolph
(1905), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 722 pp, Heritage Books
This mammoth compilation of information, based on records extant at the time of the original writing, covers the histories of sixteen churches; biographies (with basic genealogical data) of twelve ministers and several other notable men including William Davis, considered the father of the Shrewsbury Church; sketches of several schools and lists of students; a selection of tombstone inscriptions; rosters of soldiers from the Revolution through the Civil War; lists of landowners; marriages; wills and more. Each church's history generally includes information on its founding, growth and membership activities. Chapters are replete with dates and names, and frequently have a selection of transcribed documents. Approximately 100 pictures and maps of people, buildings and places are included.
Price: 43.50 USD

History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory, David E. Johnston

7 History of Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory
David E. Johnston
(1906), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 562 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
This regional history concerns the area in southern WV and southwestern VA along the New River. The focus of attention is Mercer County, WV, and Tazewell and Giles Counties in VA. The text consists of three major segments: the first presents a detailed history of settlements in the area prior to the Civil War; the second concerns events in the area during the Civil War era; and the third consists of several appendices. The latter is mainly a long section of genealogies and biographies, but also includes several lists of officials, and numerous Civil War rosters.
Price: 40.50 USD



8 Uphill Both Ways - Barefooted
David H. Halsey
2008, 5½x8½, paper, 130 pp, Heritage Books, Inc

Price: 18.50 USD



9 Transnational West Virginia
Edited by Ken Fones-Wolf and Ronald L. Lewis
344 pages, paperback, West Virginia University Press
West Virginia is one of the most homogeneous states in the nation, with among the lowest proportions of foreign-born and minority populations among the states. But as this collection of historical studies demonstrates, this state was built by successive waves of immigrant labors, from the antebellum railroad builders to the twentieth-century coal miners. Transnational West Virginia offers a new understanding of how laborers and their communities shape a region's history.
Transnational West Virginia is the first volume in the West Virginia and Appalachia series, which is under the general editorship of WVU Joyce Robbins Professor of History Ronald L. Lewis. The collection of essays by ten distinguished scholars of the diverse ethnic settlements in our state was edited by WVU History Professor Kenneth Fones-Wolf and Ronald L. Lewis.
The topics in Transnational West Virginia include:
Immigrant networks-- Irish workers along the B&O Railroad-- Wheeling Germans in the Civil War era-- Swiss Immigration to West Virginia, 1864-84-- East European Jews in Southern W. Va.-- Belgian Glassworkers in W. Va.-- Black migration to Southern W. Va.-- Italians in the Upper Kanawha Valley-- Italian immigration to Marion County-- Wheeling Iron and the Welsh-- West Virginia and immigrant labor to 1920-- Monongalia miners between the World Wars-- West Virginia rubber workers in Akron.
Price: 27.50 USD



10 Pinnick Kinnick Hill: An American Story
G. W. González
246 pages, hardback, West Virginia University Press
Nearly a century ago, hundreds of families journeyed from Spain to the United States, to search for a better life in the growing zinc-industry towns of Harrison County, West Virginia. As they created a new culture and a new home in this strange land, they added another thread to the rich fabric of our nation.
Writing from his perspective as a first-generation son of this immigrant community, González recounts his childhood memories of his neighborhood, where these immigrants raised their families, worked in the often insufferable conditions of the zinc factories, and celebrated "romerias" and feast days with their neighbors.
Gavin W. "Bill" González was born in 1909 in Anmoore, West Virginia, the son of immigrants from Asturias, Spain. The Gonzálezes and their neighbors built a lively community centered around a place called Pinnick Kinnick Hill. Though Gavin González eventually moved away from his childhood home, he never forgot West Virginia, often taking his children and grandchildren on pilgrimages to Pinnick Kinnick Hill. Only after his death in 1988 did the family discover that he had written a memoir recounting the stories of his youth.
The book is partly a memoir, partly a history, and partly a novel, all combined in a sometimes heartwarming and sometimes bittersweet celebration of how one small Spanish community survived and then prospered in the ethnic caldron that was America.
Published in side-by-side English and Spanish, Pinnick Kinnick Hill: An American Story is a story of struggle and disappointment, but ultimately one of resilience, cooperation, and one man's discovery of America.
Price: 37.50 USD



11 CD: West Virginia, Volume 2
HB Archives
(2000), 2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 2098 pp, Heritage Books
Contains: 1) Monongalia County, West Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 - Rick Toothman (1994); 2) A History of Lewis County, West Virginia - Edward C. Smith (1920); 3) The History of Barbour County, West Virginia: From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time - Hu Maxwell (1899); and 4) Capon Valley: Its Pioneers and Their Descendants 1698 to 1940 Volumes 1 & 2 - Maud Pugh (1946).
Price: 30.50 USD

Trans-Allegheny Pioneers (West Virginia and Ohio): Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and After, John P. Hale

12 Trans-Allegheny Pioneers (West Virginia and Ohio): Historical Sketches of the First White Settlers West of the Alleghenies, 1748 and After
John P. Hale
(1886), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 356 pp, Heritage Books
The author was a descendant of the Scotch-Irish Ingles and Draper families, the first pioneers to make permanent settlements beyond the Alleghenies in 1748. He states that "In connection with... these histories of the Ingles and Draper settlements and families, I shall endeavor to trace, in chronological order, the progressive frontier explorations and settlements along the entire Virginia border, from the Alleghenies to the Ohio, from the New River-Kanawha and tributaries in the South-west, where settlements first began, to the Monongahela and tributaries, in the North-west, and the intervening country, and along the Ohio, where the frontier line of settlements was last to be advanced, but I shall give more special attention to the early history of the region of the New River-Kanawha and tributaries, with collateral facts and incidents of more or less local or general historical interest." The time period covered is primarily from 1750 to 1800, and while the central focus is on the exploits of the Ingles and Draper families, there is a great deal of interesting information on the other early settlers of the region which has been made much more accessible by the addition of a full name index.
Price: 28.50 USD

Clash of Loyalties, John W. Shaffer

13 Clash of Loyalties
John W. Shaffer
264 pages, hardback, West Virginia University Press
A border county in a border state, Barbour County, West Virginia felt the full terror and tragedy of the Civil War. The wounds of the Civil War cut most bitterly in the border states, that strip of America from Maryland to Kansas, where conflicting loyalties and traditions ripped apart communities, institutions, and families. Barbour County, in the mountainous Northwest of (West) Virginia, is a telling microcosm of the deep divisions which both caused the war and were caused by it. By examining and interpreting long-ignored documents of the times and the personal accounts of the people who were there, Clash of Loyalties offers a startling new view of America's most bitter hour.
Nearly half of the military-age men in the county served in the armed forces, almost perfectly divided between the Union and the Confederacy. After West Virginia split with Virginia to rejoin the Union, Confederate soldiers from the regions could not safely visit their homes on furlough, or even send letters to their families. The county's two leading political figures, Samuel Woods and Spencer Dayton, became leaders of the fight for and against secession, dissolved their close personal friendship, and never spoke to one another again. The two factions launched campaigns of terror and intimidation, leading to the burning of several homes, the kidnapping of a sheriff, the murder of a pacifist minister, and the self-imposed exile of many of the county's influential families.
The conflicting loyalties crossed nearly all social and economic lines; even the county's slave owners were evenly divided between Union and Confederate sympathies. With a meticulous examination of census and military records, geneologies, period newspapers, tax rolls, eyewitness accounts, and other relevant documents, Clash of Loyalties presents a compelling account of the passion and violence which tore apart Barbour County and the nation.

About Author
John W. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. He has taught at California State University at Chico. He is the author of Family and Farm: Agrarian Change and Household Organization in the Loire Valley, 1500-1900, as well as numerous articles in journals and books. Shaffer is currently vice president of United Mercantile Agencies in San Francisco.
Price: 40.00 USD



14 Virginia/West Virginia Husbands and Wives, Volume 1
Patrick G. Wardell
1994, 5½x8½, cloth, index, 496 pp, Heritage Books
Arranged alphabetically according to the name of the groom. When available the date and place of marriage is given; if unknown, the compiler has listed approximate dates and likely places of marriage. The guesstimates of dates and places not known for sure at least give the researcher a time and place in which to start searching. For each record a source is given; the sources are a combination of original and previously published material.
Price: 45.00 USD



15 Virginians & West Virginians, 1607-1870, Volume 2
Patrick G. Wardell
(1988), reprint, 5½x8½, paper, 589 pp, Heritage Books
Vital statistics on thousands of people extracted from unindexed biographical volumes. Every person indicated to be a Virginia or West Virginia native has an entry. The entries give the full name of the subject, their date and place of birth, and the names of parents and spouses. Most of the people were born in the nineteenth century. Aproximately 20,000 entries from those unindexed volumes Virginia, Rebirth of the Old Dominion, (Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1929).
Price: 47.00 USD

She Came From West Virginia. A Historical Novel of the Civil War, Paul Dodd

16 She Came From West Virginia. A Historical Novel of the Civil War
Paul Dodd
(2006), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, 250 pp, Heritage Books
The formation of the state of West Virginia was filled with drama and intrigue. The Virginias separated during the Civil War and this book chronicles the actions of some of the leaders of loyal Virginians who carved the new state of West Virginia out of the Old Dominion. This is a vivid portrait of a people who were, firstly, Virginians loyal to the United States, and only secondly, advocates of the creation of a new state. The depiction of living conditions, life situations, and viewpoints are the result of extensive research by the author. Numerous historical figures are woven throughout the narrative.Readers will experience the turmoil and political passion of the times through the eyes of Jeremiah Blake, his family and others in the Melford Creek community. Jeremiah is deeply religious, fascinated by his country's politics, and accepts the practice of slavery as "the way it is." Jeremiah's views are complicated when he is confronted by his young son's empathy for a young slave child being sold away from his mother. In contrast to his father's acceptance, Andy is horrified to learn that slaves are treated as livestock. Sam, a runaway slave boy, further challenges Jeremiah's views and earns the affection and respect of the entire Blake family.
Price: 23.00 USD

Tell Me a Story Grandpa: West Virginia Stories About Farm Life, One-Room Schools, Logging, Hunting, Civil War, Thomas B. McQuain

17 Tell Me a Story Grandpa: West Virginia Stories About Farm Life, One-Room Schools, Logging, Hunting, Civil War
Thomas B. McQuain
2008, 5½x8½, paper, 348 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
Do you know how to make a whistle out of chestnut bark? Did you ever put your hat in front of the fireplace for Santa to fill? Or have your very own branch of the Christmas tree to trim? Did you know that sleds aren't just for snow? Can you remember how cold the one room schoolhouse was except right by the stove? Or the two-mile walk to get there, and crossing the creek twice on the way? Did your grandpa fight in the Civil War? Grandpa McQuain recounts these things for his grandchildren, including many stories his father and grandfather told him on those long evenings at home before radio, TV and electricity. Thomas Bryan McQuain was born on the family farm near Troy, West Virginia in 1897. This book covers his growing-up years from his birth until 1918 when he went off to serve in World War I. His reminiscences offer readers a taste of West Virginia farm life, clearing land, one-room schools, logging, rafting, and hunting. He also includes many stories his father told them around the fireplace, and first-hand accounts of the Civil War told to him by his grandfather Lewis, who served with the Confederates. Several drawings augment the text.
Price: 31.00 USD

To the Front and Back: A West Virginia Marine Fights World War I, Thomas Bryan McQuain

18 To the Front and Back: A West Virginia Marine Fights World War I
Thomas Bryan McQuain
2005, 5½x8½, paper, 280 pp, Heritage Books
On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and joined the conflict that had ignited in Europe in 1914. In all the cities and towns across the United States men enlisted for the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps.When Thomas Bryan McQuain volunteered for the Marines in 1918, he had never been more than twenty-five miles from home. He had never seen a big city, or even a train. At twenty-one years of age, he had been helping on the family farm near Troy, West Virginia, and teaching in a one-room school. After enlisting, he traveled to Parris Island, and through major cities in both the United States and Europe. Thomas McQuain survived some of the worst battles of the war before returning to Gilmer County, West Virginia. He was an astute observer of both places and people, and his keen eye is reflected in his narrative. The front lines, the flu of 1918, armistice, Pershing's Honor Guard, the hardships of daily life, and much more come alive on these pages. During the war he carried a two-inch by four-inch notebook in which he jotted down dates and important places. To compensate for the lack of a camera, he recorded notes on picture postcards. In the 1930s, these notes and postcards, in combination with his vivid memory, enabled Thomas McQuain to recount his journey in now-yellowed notebooks. These notebooks were transcribed in the 1960s to preserve this detailed firsthand account of World War I. Facsimile reprints of vintage photographs and picture postcards enhance the text.
Price: 29.00 USD


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