Brooke County


Established as Charles Town in 1791, the town name was changed to Wellsburg in the 1800s in honor of Charles Wells.

Population 2010 Census: 2,805
Median Age: 48.3 years

Courthouse: Completed 1849; addition 1938
Architect: J. W. Kerr

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Formed: 1797
Named: In honor of Robert Brooke, Governor of VA from 1794 to 1796.
County Seat: Wellsburg
Land in Square Miles: 89.21
Population 2010 Census: 24,069
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 269.8

Primary Sources Online
Patrick Gass
Alexander Campbell
Prize Fight at Colliers Station
Cliftonville Riot
1960 Presidential Campaign in Brooke County

Civil War
Flag Presentation at the Court House, 1861
The Bethany Expedition, 1861
Union Meeting at Bethany, 1862
Sent to Columbus, 1862
County Court Mass Meeting, 1862
New State Meeting, 1863
New State Meeting of the Citizens of Brooke and Hancock, 1863
Brooke County Meeting, 1863
Parkersburg Convention - Appointment of Delegates from Brooke County, 1863
Union Meeting in Wellsburgh, 1863
Dinner and Pole Raising at Bethany, 1863
Confiscation, 1863
Counterfeiter Arrested, 1864
Meeting in Brooke County, 1864
Hubbard and Crane at Wellsburg, 1864
Lieut. Richards, 1865
Brooke County Union Militia Letters, Folder 13
Brooke County Union Militia Letters, Folder 15
Brooke County Union Militia Letters, Folder 16
Brooke County Union Militia Letters, Folder 17
Hugh W. Crothers

Photographs of Schools in Brooke County
Alexander Campbell of Bethany
Isaac Hardin Duval of Wellsburg
Campbell Tarr of Wellsburg
Alexander Campbell House in Bethany
Bethany College, 1860s
Lantz Dairy Company truck, Emmett Edwin Lantz and Ernie Virgin beside it holding milk bottles, in Follansbee

Secondary Sources Online
List of Brooke County Legislators
"The First West Virginia Infantry" (West Virginia History)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Raymond Harrison Jones and Thomas Dale Jones
Russell Samuel Hayes
Pete Kavadas
James Edward Marlier
George W. McConnell
Robert Maxwell Richey

Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History