Local sisters honored for historical work

Sisters Doris and Mary Radabaugh of Parkersburg were honored by the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Inc. of Horner, W.Va., with the John and Margaret Hacker Award for their contributions to historical preservation and genealogy in Central West Virginia, particularly Gilmer County. Joy Gilchrist S. DeFazio of Clarksburg, co-founder and board member of the organization, presents the award to Doris. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Two sisters from Parkersburg have been recognized for their contributions to historical preservation and genealogy in Central West Virginia, particularly Gilmer County.

Doris and Mary Radabaugh were honored by the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Inc. of Horner, W.Va.

The Radabaughs were presented with the John and Margaret Hacker Awards for their contribution of several publications and collections pertaining to the families and history of Gilmer County for inclusion in the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library.

While neither Doris nor Mary was able to attend the organization’s Annual Gathering of the Clans in August, the awards were recently presented by Joy Gilchrist S. DeFazio of Clarksburg, the organization’s co-founder and board member, to the Radabaughs in Parkersburg.

The awards are named for John and Margaret (Sleeth) Hacker, who were among the first permanent settlers of Central West Virginia establishing their home in what is now Lewis County.

Sisters Doris and Mary Radabaugh of Parkersburg were honored by the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants Inc. of Horner, W.Va., with the John and Margaret Hacker Award for their contributions to historical preservation and genealogy in Central West Virginia, particularly Gilmer County. (Photo Provided)

The Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library is located in Horner and is open to the public for research six days a week. A schedule of library hours and contact information can be found on the website hackerscreek.com.

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