Jackson County Historical Society


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:   genealogy@jchswv.org‚Äč



Don't forget to complete the 2020 Census.   http://www.census.gov/  

It won't be made public until 2092!

Those who do genealogy know how important the information in

the old census records is to their research.


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)
(Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic programs may be changed or rescheduled.)
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
football rivalry.
Oct. 19 – Topic: Mysterious WV
Attorney Sean McCracken investigates some of the Mountain State’s most noted
unsolved crimes.
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.