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Webster County Virginia
Webster County was formed in 1860 on the eve of the Civil War from portions of Braxton and Nicholas counties. In 1863 parts of Randolph, Nicholas, and Greenbrier counties were added to Webster, and in 1882 additional portions of Greenbrier and Nicholas were ceded to Webster. The new county was named in honor of Daniel Webster, New England statesman and orator.
Webster County was the last county created while West Virginia remained part of the Virginia Commonwealth. when the Civil War broke out the following year, the organization of the county's political structure was incomplete, and throughout the war, court was not held in the county, nor were taxes collected or official records kept. Regular record-keeping did not begin until the final year of the conflict. However, a courthouse fire in 1888 destroyed most of these records.
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