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  • Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 18301896

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Few papers in Charles Town had the longevity of the Virginia Free Press. It began as the Harpers Ferry Free Press in 1821 and subsequently became the Virginia Free Press in 1824. The Virginia Free Press merged with another local paper, the Farmers' Repository, in 1827. Five years later, the Virginia Free Press and Farmers' Repository dropped the second half of its name. The senior editor, John S. Gallaher, and his successors published the Virginia Free Press until 1916. Upon its discontinuation, the Shepherdstown Register admitted that it was "sorry to see the passing of this good old weekly." The Virginia Free Press had been a staple of West Virginia publishing for nearly a hundred years.

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  • 9,930
  • Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 18301896

Source Information

Virginia Free Press, 1832–1896 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: October 29, 2022

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Obituary for Randall Evans

Obituary for Randall Evans

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Obituary for Elizabeth Rutherford

Obituary for Elizabeth Rutherford

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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Obituary for William Monroe

Obituary for William Monroe

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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Joel Ferguson Divorce Virginia Free Press January 1840, page 2
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Archive Info

  • 9,930
  • Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 18301896

Source Information

Virginia Free Press, 1832–1896 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: October 29, 2022