1865 Birth and Death Records for Pendleton County found!
Eric Hedrick has outdone himself. In a recent trip to Franklin, he located birth and death records for a missing Civil War year in Allen Dyer's district. The several pages are not year-dated but can be demonstrated to be from 1865. The pages have been previously presumed permanently lost and there is no indication that they have been viewed in recent time. (The pages of recordings are not currently on the West Virginia Archives site.)
There are 132 birth recordings. Of those, seven indicate that the father is unknown (counter-intuitively, these can actually be quite helpful for certain family researchers). Four are for births out of the county of Pendleton. There are 45 death recordings (which seems less than might be expected). Of those, five (more than 10%) are homicides - 2 "murdered", 1 "killed" and 2 "shot" [to death].
1865 was the year that the Civil War would end and it's likely that Pendleton County was fully under Union control by relatively early in the year. Michael Mallow, a Union militia Captain, was confident enough to report the birth of a granddaughter. The shooting of young George W. Hedrick, whose death is recorded, is known to have been a result of hostilities (written up in some detail in Calhoun's Twixt North and South). The other violent deaths include "Simon [sic] Harper", "John Hartman", "A.H. Judy" and "Enos Tingler" - the latter two recorded as having occurred in Hardy County. Washington Moats was reported as having died in Camp Chase, OH (a POW camp for Confederate prisoners) as was James B. Rader. Rader's death appears to have been recorded twice, having been reported by two different relatives - each giving a different day of death and a different age . (I hope that family members who have additional information on these deaths will post to this thread.)
Besides the obvious genealogical value, there is also material for the perceptive historian. (By way of example, Allen Dyer was apparently unfamiliar with the word "mechanic", a term new to the Pendleton area, and spelled it, the first time, as “ mccannick” - and, although he improved the spelling, he never quite got it right in this year's recordings!)
Best of all, Eric has gone the extra mile and created a website where the digitized pages can be viewed for free.
The web address is:http://www.erichedrick.com/research/
Click on the link that says Pendleton County Birth and Death Records 1865 and you’ll find a separate link for each page.
I hope everyone who accesses the records will post a thank you to Eric. This is an incredible find and it is extremely generous of Eric to freely share it. I hope that those of you who can will support Eric’s efforts to continue to find and preserve the original documents for our South Branch heritage.