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Hancock County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1848
Named: For John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
County Seat: New Cumberland



Boyd, Peter. History of Northern West Virginia Panhandle; Embracing Ohio, Marshall, Brooke and Hancock Counties. Topeka, Indianapolis, Historical Publishing Company, 1927.

Cashdollar, Ray. A History of Chester. Chester, West Virginia, Chester Bicentennial Committee and the Hancock County Federal Saving and Loan Association, 1977.
975.412 C338.

Dodrill, Carlin Frederick. History of the Cross Creek and Harmon Creek Country: Brooke and Hancock Counties, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, Dodrill, 1938.

Ferguson, Mary Shakley. The History of Hollidays Cove. Weirton, West Virginia, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, 1976.
975.412 F353.

Mayer-Oakes, William James. Excavations at the Globe Hill Shell Heap Hancock County, West Virginia. Moundsville, West Virginia Archeological Society, 1955.
913.75412 M468 Pam.

Newton, J. History of the Pan-Handle; Being Historical Collections of the Counties of Ohio, Brooke, Marshall and Hancock, West Virginia. Wheeling, West Virginia, J.A. Caldwell, 1879 and Evansville , Indiana, Unigraphic Inc., 1975.
975.41 N564.

Orler, Inez. The History of Weirton: a Salute to Our 67th Birthday. Weirton, West Virginia, Avon Publishing, 1976.
975.412 O71

Welch, Jack. History of Hancock County, Virginia and West Virginia. Wheeling, West Virginia, Wheeling News Printing and Litho. Company, 1963.
975.412 W439.

Wheeling Area Genealogical Society. Index to History of the Pan-Handle: Ohio, Brooke, Marshall and Hancock Counties in West Virginia. Wheeling, West Virginia, Wheeling Genealogical Society, 1979.
975.41 N564i.

Newspaper Clippings

"150 Years Celebrated by New Cumberland," Weirton Daily Times, 6-19-1989.
"1869-1959 Centennial," Hancock County Courier, 2-19-1969.
"About New Cumberland," Hancock County Courier, 1969.
"Am I Condemed or Am I Historical?," Panhandle Press, 4-17-1974.
"Arner Funeral Chapel Has an Intriguing, Fascinating History," Weirton Daily Times, 8- 27-1983.
"Bicentennial Salute to Hancock County," WV Hillbilly, 8-7-1976.
"Book Traces Hancock County Rackets Investigation," Charleston Gazette, 9-26- 1982.
"Discovery of Clay Giant Step," Weirton Daily Times, 6-20-1989.
"Former Weir Football Great Shot in Dispute," Wheeling Intelligencer, 12,25-1995.
"Fund Drive Underway to Renovate Civil War Statue," Weirton Daily Times, 8-30- 1990.
"Hancock Historical Calendar is Available," Morgan Messenger, 9-27-1989.
"Hancock Group Would Restore Original Courthouse," News-Register, 7-31-1966.
"Historical Community," Weirton Daily Times, 10-2-1967.
"Industry Built Newell," Intelligencer, 5-1-1995.
"Landmark, Building Built as Family Home," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 3-18- 1990.
"Memories of Christmas Past," Weirton Daily Times, 12-25-1997.
"Monies Are Said Lacking For Area Historical Site," Weirton Daily Times, 10-18- 1983.
"Mrs, Frank Bowman Relates Cove History," Weirton Daily Times, 2-10-1967.
"New Manchester Preferred," Weirton Daily Times, 11-28-1966.
"Our Home Town Let's Reminisce," Hancock County Courier, 7-18; 8-22-1991 & 7,16,23-1992.
"Our Home Town," Hancock County Courier, 7-30-1992.
"Racketeering.....Probe in Hancock," Charleston Gazette-Mail, 4-29-1979.
"Spring Echos in Memories," Weirton Daily Times, 8-25-1983.
"Steamboat Around the Bend," Weirton Daily Times, 7-20-1970.
"WV Scenery, History, Wildlife, Panhandle Train Excursion....," Parkersburg Sentinel, 9-2-1995.

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