The Jackson County Historical Society
The Jackson County Historical Society has been collecting information about Jackson County's past since the Society was established in 1969. Our plan is to include much of the information we have gathered on this website.
Browse our collection by clicking on menu on the left.
We have more than 10,000 obituaries on the site
and many articles on Jackson County history.
Interest in genealogy has taken a new insurgence with the popularity of DNA testing and
the easy accessibility to information available on the internet.
Here in the county we have access to some local sources not available elsewhere.
Our genealogy group answers queries received through this website,
by mail or through the local library.
To email us with a query: email@example.com
Join us for informative programs each month of 2020
2020 Event Schedule
2 p.m. third Sunday monthly @ Jackson Co. Public Library – Ripley location (unless otherwise noted)
March 15 – Topic: Trials, Triumphs & Tragedy (Alpine Theatre)
A new documentary is debuted highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Jackson
April 19 – Topic: War Between the States
Author and historian Terry Lowery presents information about Jackson County’s role
in the Civil War.
May 17 – Topic: Our Greatest Generation!
Roundtable discussion involving Jackson County WW II Veterans and their families.
June 21 – Topic: General & President
Don Miller of ‘We Made History’ brings Ulysses S. Grant to life.
July 19 – Topic: Who’s Counting?
What information can be obtained from the U.S. Census?
Aug. 16 – Topic: Shootout on Route 21 (Greene Center @ Kenna)
A horrific 1933 incident in southern Jackson County resulted in two murders
and an execution.
Sept. 20 – Topic: History of the Hatchet (Alpine Theatre)
Sportscaster Mark Martin presents a documentary about Jackson County’s classic
Oct. 19 – Topic: Mysterious WV
Attorney Sean McCracken investigates some of the Mountain State’s most noted
Nov. 15 – Topic: Back in the Day
Mark McComas documents the historic community of Cottageville.
Our 2020 Jackson County History Hero
Merrilee Fisher Matheny
Ms. Matheny was honored at West Virginia History Day at the Legislature on February 20th, where she was recognized as Jackson County's History Hero. She was nominated for this award for publishing a book about John Morgan and the last public hanging, "Swift Justice". The book is available on Amazon.com, at our two local libraries and wherever great West Virginia books are sold.