Early days in Wayne and Lincoln Counties, WV, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 26 page booklet comprised of excerpts from four rare vintage books: 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). The booklet is printed single sided 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: Wayne County: Ceredo, Cove Gap, Crum, Dunlow, East Lynn, Fort Gay, Genoa, Glenhayes, Huntington (part), Kenova, Kiahsville, Lavalette, Prichard, Radnor, Shoals, Wayne (County Seat, formerly Trout's Hill), Wilsondale. Lincoln County: Alkol, Branchland, Ferrellsburg, Griffithsville, Hamlin (County Seat), Harts, Leet, Midkiff, Morrisvale, Myra, Palermo, Ranger, Sias, Sod, Spurlockville, Sumerco, Sweetland, West Hamlin, Woodville, Yawkey. (Some of these communities may not be mentioned in the booklet.) Among the subjects included are: Formation of the counties and physical features, including the mouth of the Big Sandy River; First Courts in each county and early court officers and grand jurors; First Board of Supervisors of Lincoln County; First Land Survey with many names mentioned; Pioneer settlers in each county; and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of many county residents of the late 1800s. They frequently include ancestors, siblings, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: This booklet contains relatively detailed biographies of several residents of the late 1800s, often shedding light on the businesses, churches, and institutions in the area, and on the events of the day. They include: Rev. Bascom Ray Lakin, Taylor B. McClure, Belvard Jones Prichard, David Dolliver Wallace, Jerome Akers, Harley Galloway Harper, Herman P. Dean, Paris P. Lester, Edward Henry Smith, Jack Wallace Ferguson, John Hardin Beckley, Rev. Harley James Francis, Henry Jacob Stark, Charles Brooks Hoard, William F. Damron, David Emory Wilkinson, George H. Damron, and R. Dennis Steed. The booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of Bethany College and Wellsburg.