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Woody County Clerks Discover Old Records


Wood County deputy clerks are getting a history lesson from a record preservation project.
Records discovered by the workers include the deed for Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett’s sale of Blennerhassett Island to longtime friend Joseph Lewis of Philadelphia in 1816.

The county received a $10,000 state grant to make its older records available online.
County Clerk Mark Rhodes tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that many of the older record books are fragile. He says county officials want to prevent further deterioration or damage.
He says records in the courthouse date back to about 1798.