Early days in four West Virginia counties -- Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler -- are recalled in this NEW 34 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# opaque paper, with the print size enlarged as needed to fit the 8 1/2 x 11 size. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Doddridge County -- Blandville, Center Point, New Milton, Smithburg, West Union (County Seat). Pleasants County -- Belmont, Eureka, Saint Marys (County Seat), Willow Island. Ritchie County -- Auburn, Berea, Burnt House, Cairo, Ellenboro, Greenwood, Harrisville (County Seat), Hazelgreen, Highland, Macfarlan, Mahone, Mountain, Newberne, Pennsboro, Petroleum, Pullman, Smithville, Toll Gate. Tyler County -- Alma, Bens Run, Friendly, Middlebourne (County Seat), Paden City (part), Shirley, Sistersville, Wick, Wilbur. The source books include: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe (1845); West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry by Morris Purdy Shawkey (1928); History of West Virginia by Virgil A. Lewis (1889); and Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State, a WPA publication (1941). Among the topics included are: Formation of the county; Physical features and mineral deposits; Life along the Ohio River; Philip Doddridge; John Tyler (1747-1813); James Pleasants; a passage about the prolific pioneers of this area, along the Ohio River; Matthew Simpson Hughes, theologian of Doddridge County; Newspapers; Joseph Diss Debar of Doddridge Co., designer of the Great Seal of West Virginia; tours encompassing West Union, the Site of Jacko Inn, Central Station, Greenwood Hill, Toll Gate, Pennsboro, the Ritchie County Fairgrounds, Lamberton, Ellenboro, and Pike; Harrisville, King Knob Hill, Smithville, Paden City, Sistersville, Friendly, Long Reach, Raven rock, Spring Run, St. Mary's and Eureka; and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of many area residents of the late 1800s. These frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on area businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. They include: Tyler County -- Mrs. Gertrude Traugh, clerk of the Circuit Court; Strauss Reger Wood, High School principal; Hans Peter Wert, Sisterville doctor; Robert W. Robinson, Union National Bank cashier; Clarence V. Little, Sisterville doctor; Ritchie County -- Thomas J. Davis, lawyer; James B. Wilson, Pennsboro doctor; Homer B. Wood, justice of the West Virginia Supreme court; Harvey Marsh, member of the State Road Commission; Joseph Smith Goode, sheriff; John Thomas Harris, clerk of the WV Senate; Lawrence D. James, cashier of the Citizens National Bank; David Graham McGregor, oil operator, etc.; Doddridge County -- The McReynolds family; Major Jackson V. Blair, West Union lawyer; Ross Wells, St. Mary's lawyer; William C. Dotson, oil operator; Pleasants County -- Ida Peryl Morris, superintendant of schools; Homer F. Simonton, clerk of the circuit court.