Braxton County


Settled in 1792, the town of Suttonville was established in 1826.

Population 2010 Census: 994
Median Age: 45.1 years

Courthouse: Completed 1882; addition 1938
Architect: C. C. Kimble

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Formed: 1836
Named: For Carter Braxton, VA statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
County Seat: Sutton
Land in Square Miles: 510.81
Population 2010 Census: 14,523
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 28.4

Primary Sources Online
Establishment of Sutton
Suzanne Fisher debut at the Met
Danny Heater Sets National Record
1960 Presidential Campaign in Braxton County

Grist mill at Wolf Creek, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Railroad spike artist Lonny Means, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Helen Jarvis of Frametown, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Richard Taylor of Gassaway, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Dolly Woodell of Tesla, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Jean Nichols of Gregory, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
Norman Adams of Gassaway, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
Public Meeting in Braxton County, 1861
Burning of Sutton, 1861
The Enemy Discomfited in Braxton County, 1862
Braxton County, 1862
Three Murderers to be Hung in Sutton, 1862
From Braxton County, 1862
Camp Sutton, 1862
From Braxton County, 1863
A Letter from a Secesh Girl to a Member of the 3d Virginia Regiment, 1863
Appointment of Delegates from Braxton County, 1863
To The Loyal Citizens Of Upshur, Lewis, Barbour, Randolph, Braxton And Gilmer Counties, 1863
Jones-Imboden Raid, 1863
A Severe Sufferer, 1863
Kate Brown, 1863
Battle of Bulltown, 1863
Retreat of the Rebel Raiders through Braxton County, 1864
Braxton Court House, 1864
Meeting at Bulltown, 1865
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 2
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 3
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 9
Braxton County Union Militia Letters, Folder 12

Photographs of Schools in Braxton County
"Crossing Little Birch River to Bulltown," sketch by J. Nep. Roesler
Shelt Carpenter of Braxton County paddling the canoe he hand-made, circa 1930, Elk River. Photographer: Thomas Swisher
Jack Swisher with brush and lather for shaving, on back stoop of the home of his grandmother Ella Mae Hyer Swisher, Sutton, circa 1930. Photographer: Thomas Swisher

Secondary Sources Online
List of Braxton County Legislators
Exchange, Agricultural Extension Community History
Frametown, Agricultural Extension Community History
Gassaway and Community, 1796-1942

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Benjamin Harrison Carr
Kenneth Earl Cunningham
Orlan Jefferson Fulks
John Earl Kraft
Lucinda Lovie Rose
James Norton Waugh

Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History